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  1. Patients with proximal junctional kyphosis requiring revision surgery have higher postoperative lumbar lordosis and larger sagittal balance corrections.

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    Kim, Han Jo; Bridwell, Keith H; Lenke, Lawrence G; Park, Moon Soo; Song, Kwang Sup; Piyaskulkaew, Chaiwat; Chuntarapas, Tapanut

    2014-04-20

    Case control study. To evaluate risk factors in patients in 3 groups: those without proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) (N), with PJK but not requiring revision (P), and then those with PJK requiring revision surgery (S). It is becoming clear that some patients maintain stable PJK angles, whereas others progress and develop severe PJK necessitating revision surgery. A total of 206 patients at a single institution from 2002 to 2007 with adult scoliosis with 2-year minimum follow-up (average 3.5 yr) were analyzed. Inclusion criteria were age more than 18 years and primary fusions greater than 5 levels from any thoracic upper instrumented vertebra to any lower instrumented vertebrae. Revisions were excluded. Radiographical assessment included Cobb measurements in the coronal/sagittal plane and measurements of the PJK angle at postoperative time points: 1 to 2 months, 2 years, and final follow-up. PJK was defined as an angle greater than 10°. The prevalence of PJK was 34%. The average age in N was 49.9 vs. 51.3 years in P and 60.1 years in S. Sex, body mass index, and smoking status were not significantly different between groups. Fusions extending to the pelvis were 74%, 85%, and 91% of the cases in groups N, P, and S. Instrumentation type was significantly different between groups N and S, with a higher number of upper instrumented vertebra hooks in group N. Radiographical parameters demonstrated a higher postoperative lumbar lordosis and a larger sagittal balance change, with surgery in those with PJK requiring revision surgery. Scoliosis Research Society postoperative pain scores were inferior in group N vs. P and S, and Oswestry Disability Index scores were similar between all groups. Patients with PJK requiring revision were older, had higher postoperative lumbar lordosis, and larger sagittal balance corrections than patients without PJK. Based on these data, it seems as though older patients with large corrections in their lumbar lordosis and sagittal balance

  2. Efficient use of automatic exposure control systems in computed tomography requires correct patient positioning.

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    Gudjonsdottir, J; Svensson, J R; Campling, S; Brennan, P C; Jonsdottir, B

    2009-11-01

    Image quality and radiation dose to the patient are important factors in computed tomography (CT). To provide constant image quality, tube current modulation (TCM) performed by automatic exposure control (AEC) adjusts the tube current to the patient's size and shape. To evaluate the effects of patient centering on tube current-time product (mAs) and image noise. An oval-shaped acrylic phantom was scanned in various off-center positions, at 30-mm intervals within a 500-mm field of view, using three different CT scanners. Acquisition parameters were similar to routine abdomen examinations at each site. The mAs was recorded and noise measured in the images. The correlation of mAs and noise with position was calculated using Pearson correlation. In all three scanners, the mAs delivered by the AEC changed with y-position of the phantom (P<0.001), with correlation values of 0.98 for scanners A and B and -0.98 for scanner C. With x-position, mAs changes were 4.9% or less. As the phantom moved into the y-positions, compared with the iso-center, the mAs varied by up to +70%, -34%, and +56% in scanners A, B, and C, respectively. For scanners A and B, noise in two regions of interest in the lower part of the phantom decreased with elevation, with correlation factors from -0.95 to -0.86 (P<0.02). In the x-direction, significant noise relationships (P<0.005) were only seen in scanner A. This study demonstrates that patient centering markedly affects the efficacy of AEC function and that tube current changes vary between scanners. Tube position when acquiring the scout projection radiograph is decisive for the direction of the mAs change. Off-center patient positions cause errors in tube current modulation that can outweigh the dose reduction gained by AEC use, and image quality is affected.

  3. 24 CFR 3282.406 - Required manufacturer correction.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Required manufacturer correction... Handling and Remedial Actions § 3282.406 Required manufacturer correction. A manufacturer required to... by the manufacturer, including an error in design or assembly of any component or system...

  4. Correction for near vision in pseudophakic patients

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    Dujić Mirjana

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective of the study was to show the mean values of correction for near vision and to discuss the presbyopic correction in pseudophakic patients. Setting was the Eye department where authors work. Inclusion criteria for 55 patients were native or corrected distant vision of 0.8-1.0 on Snellen's chart; 0,6 on Jagger's chart for near vision; round pupil and good position of the implant. Biometry of the anterior chamber depth with Alcon biophysics during distant and near vision was performed in our study. „Hi square" test was carried out and it was concluded that patients younger than 59 years (41 eyes had median correction of +2.0 dsph, while patients older than 60 years (36 eyes had correction of+3.0 dsph, but it was not statistically significant. There was no statistically significant difference of the correction between pseudophakic (41 and phakic (19 eyes in patients younger than 59 years. The anterior movement of the IOL was 0.18 mm in the younger group and 0.15 mm in the older group. With good IOL movement and new materials which could have changeable refractive power, the problem of pseudophakic correction for near vision might be solved.

  5. Metric-based method of software requirements correctness improvement

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    Yaremchuk Svitlana

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The work highlights the most important principles of software reliability management (SRM. The SRM concept construes a basis for developing a method of requirements correctness improvement. The method assumes that complicated requirements contain more actual and potential design faults/defects. The method applies a newer metric to evaluate the requirements complexity and double sorting technique evaluating the priority and complexity of a particular requirement. The method enables to improve requirements correctness due to identification of a higher number of defects with restricted resources. Practical application of the proposed method in the course of demands review assured a sensible technical and economic effect.

  6. 77 FR 29586 - Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp Trawling Requirements; Correction

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    2012-05-18

    ... Part 223 RIN 0648-BC10 Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp Trawling Requirements; Correction AGENCY... turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in their nets, and announced five public hearings to be held in...

  7. [The correction of anemia with a high requirement for transfusion in patients on maintenance hemodialysis by conventional and reduced doses of recombinant human erythropoietin].

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    Sivak, L; Scuteri, R M; Cavalli, N H; Gotlieb, D; López Blanco, O A

    1992-01-01

    The hematologic findings of chronic renal failure are consistent with hypoproliferative anemia; the pathogenesis of the anemia is primarily due to decreased erythropoietin production by the diseased kidneys. There are aggravating factors (AF) contributing to this primordial cause: inhibitors to erythroid marrow function, shortened red cell survival, nonevident chronic blood loss (owing to uremic platelet dysfunction), iron and/or folate deficiency, aluminium toxicity, hemolysis (acute or chronic), etc. Ten patients with end stage renal disease, treated with maintenance hemodialysis and high transfusional requirement (more than 300 ml/month) are presented; in five the AF were discarded by a previously presented protocol (Table 1) and they were treated with human recombinant erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) intravenously, in conventional schemes (three times a week) and doses (195 +/- 41 Units/Kg)-Group A-. The AF were not studied in the other five and the r-HuEPO treatment employed different doses (125 +/- 70 U/K/W) and protocols (1.7 +/- 0.5 times a week)-Group B-(Table 2). The transfusional requirement disappeared and the hematocrit and the hemoglobin rose significantly in both groups (more in group A) (Table 3). The significant drop in ferritin levels (147 +/- 30 ng/ml vs 27.5 +/- 11 ng/ml at the 12th week) and the stabilization in reticulocyte count (1.4% at start vs 2% at 12th week) indicate iron consumption; in the meantime, the persistent increment in reticulocyte production index (1 at start vs 3 at 12th week) revealed a continuous stimulation of the erythropoiesis (Fig. 1). No clinical and/or vascular complications were observed; arterial pressure and serum potassium levels did not rise significantly so that r-HuEPO treatment was not canceled in any case.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  8. 77 FR 63849 - Facility Security Officer Training Requirements; Correction

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    2012-10-17

    ... SECURITY Coast Guard Facility Security Officer Training Requirements; Correction AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS...), announcing a public meeting to receive comments on the development of a Facility Security Officer training program. The notice contains an inaccurate Internet link to RSVP for the public meeting. DATES: The...

  9. Developing Formal Correctness Properties from Natural Language Requirements

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    Nikora, Allen P.

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the rationale of the program to transform natural language specifications into formal notation.Specifically, automate generation of Linear Temporal Logic (LTL)correctness properties from natural language temporal specifications. There are several reasons for this approach (1) Model-based techniques becoming more widely accepted, (2) Analytical verification techniques (e.g., model checking, theorem proving) significantly more effective at detecting types of specification design errors (e.g., race conditions, deadlock) than manual inspection, (3) Many requirements still written in natural language, which results in a high learning curve for specification languages, associated tools and increased schedule and budget pressure on projects reduce training opportunities for engineers, and (4) Formulation of correctness properties for system models can be a difficult problem. This has relevance to NASA in that it would simplify development of formal correctness properties, lead to more widespread use of model-based specification, design techniques, assist in earlier identification of defects and reduce residual defect content for space mission software systems. The presentation also discusses: potential applications, accomplishments and/or technological transfer potential and the next steps.

  10. Hemostasis system correction in patients with cirrhosis

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    А. S. Tugushev

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Nature of violations of hemostasis system in cirrhosis is difficult, often unpredictable and concerns all its links. Thus both bleedings and thrombosis are possible. Disease decompensation is accompanied by deeper haemostatic imbalance towards thrombophilia. It is connected with that hepatocytes is the main place of synthesis vitamin K dependent pro- and anticoagulant proteins. Respectively, medical tactics should be directed on correction of pathogenetic mechanisms of haemostatic imbalance. Aim. To estimate influence Vikasolum on pro- and anticoagulant link of hemostasis in patients with cirrhosis. Methods and results. 30 patients with cirrhosis were under supervision. Patients received Vikasolum in dose 1.0 ml of 0.01 % solution intramuscularly 3 times a day within 3-4 days, with shift to oral route – on 1 tablet (0.015 twice a day up to 2 weeks. Estimation of procoagulant unit included determination of the number of platelets, prothrombin index, activated partial thromboplastin time, blood-coagulation factor F VIII, fibrinogen levels, «B» and D-dimer fibrinogen. Anticoagulant system was evaluated with activity of coagulation inhibitor of protein C. It is shown that hemostasis condition is characterised by an imbalance towards hyper coagulation on the ground of normal or hyperactivated blood-coagulation factor F VIII in patients with cirrhosis. At appointment of vikasoli increase levels of a protrombin index and the protein C is noted. Conclusion. Vikasolum intake promotes normalisation of a haemostatic imbalance, vitamin K dependent pro- and antikoagulyant factors synthesis.

  11. Correction

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    Pinkevych, Mykola; Cromer, Deborah; Tolstrup, Martin

    2016-01-01

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  12. Hypertelorism and micro-orbit simultaneous correction in a patient with paramedian bilateral facial clefts.

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    Prada, José Rolando; Mendoza, María Bibiana

    2014-09-01

    The aim of this paper is to report a case of a patient with paramedian bilateral facial clefts and hypertelorism associated with a severe encephalocele and micro-orbit. The patient required a facial bipartition to correct a transsphenoidal encephalocele, and a modified medialization surgery of the orbits to simultaneously expand the micro-orbit and correct the hypertelorism. These procedures achieved hypertelorbitism correction, orbital expansion which allowed symmetrical facial growth, and a functional orbit that permitted the use of an ocular prosthesis. We present this unique case to highlight the predictable results of a procedure that combines 2 surgical reproducible techniques of craniofacial surgery.

  13. Dizziness and neck pain: a correct diagnosis is required before consulting a physiotherapist.

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    van Leeuwen, Roeland B; van der Zaag-Loonen, Hester

    2017-03-01

    Patients with dizziness often present with concurrent neck complaints. Although there is no evidence that physiotherapy treatment of the neck reduces dizziness, many patients have been treated by a physiotherapist before they visit our tertiary dizziness centre. 1. How often do dizziness and neck complaints co-occur? and 2. how many patients have been treated by a physiotherapist for their neck complaints with a view to reduce the dizziness complaints? In a prospective observational study, the following data were collected: age, gender, neck complaints, and whether or not the dizziness had been treated by physiotherapy. From 455 non-consecutive patients with dizziness, 192 (42 %) patients had concurrent neck complaints in addition to dizziness. Within this group, 87 (45 %) had been treated with physiotherapy to reduce the dizziness. In 81 patients (94 %) who had been treated with physiotherapy, the doctors of the dizziness centre discovered a cause of the dizziness that could be treated medically. Neck complaints and dizziness often coincide. Treatment of the neck complaints with physiotherapy is frequently used. However, the causes of the dizziness are often vestibular (non-cervical) for which medical treatment is available. A correct diagnosis is required before consulting a physiotherapist.

  14. Simultaneous Reprogramming and Gene Correction of Patient Fibroblasts

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    Sara E. Howden

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The derivation of genetically modified induced pluripotent stem (iPS cells typically involves multiple steps, requiring lengthy cell culture periods, drug selection, and several clonal events. We report the generation of gene-targeted iPS cell lines following a single electroporation of patient-specific fibroblasts using episomal-based reprogramming vectors and the Cas9/CRISPR system. Simultaneous reprogramming and gene targeting was tested and achieved in two independent fibroblast lines with targeting efficiencies of up to 8% of the total iPS cell population. We have successfully targeted the DNMT3B and OCT4 genes with a fluorescent reporter and corrected the disease-causing mutation in both patient fibroblast lines: one derived from an adult with retinitis pigmentosa, the other from an infant with severe combined immunodeficiency. This procedure allows the generation of gene-targeted iPS cell lines with only a single clonal event in as little as 2 weeks and without the need for drug selection, thereby facilitating “seamless” single base-pair changes.

  15. 78 FR 44873 - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations; Correction

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    2013-07-25

    ... entitled, ``Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations'' (78 FR 42324... rule; correction. SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting a final rule published on July 15, 2013 (78 FR 42324... Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 61 RIN 2120-AJ67 Pilot Certification and...

  16. Surgical results of strabismus correction in patients with myelomeningocele

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    Dayane Cristine Issaho

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Myelomeningocele is one of the most common birth defects. It is associated with severe neurological deficiencies, and ocular changes, such as strabismus, are very common. The purpose of this study was to describe indications for strabismus surgery in patients with myelomeningocele and to evaluate the results achieved with surgical correction. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed records of all patients with myelomeningocele who underwent surgery for strabismus correction in a 5-year period in an institution for disabled children. Results: The main indications for strabismus surgery were esotropia and A-pattern anisotropia. Excellent surgical results were achieved in 60.9% of patients, satisfactory in 12.2%, and unsatisfactory in 26.9%. Conclusion: Patients with myelomeningocele and strabismus had a high incidence of esotropia and A-pattern anisotropia. Strabismus surgery in these patients had an elevated percentage of excellent and satisfactory results, not only for the ocular deviation, but also for improvement of head posture.

  17. 77 FR 72993 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Electronic Dealer Reporting Requirements; Correction

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    2012-12-07

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE... Species; Electronic Dealer Reporting Requirements; Correction AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service... final regulations regarding electronic dealer reporting, which published August 8, 2012, with an...

  18. 76 FR 50481 - Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Lifeline Facebook App Challenge”; Correction

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    2011-08-15

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Announcement of Requirements and Registration for ``Lifeline Facebook App Challenge... Facebook App Challenge''. DATES: This correction is effective August 15, 2011. FOR FURTHER...

  19. [Correction of intracranial pressure in patients with traumatic intracranial hemorrhages].

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    Virozub, I D; Chipko, S S; Chernovskiĭ, V I; Cherniaev, V A

    1986-01-01

    Therapeutical correction of intracranial pressure changes were conducted in 14 patients suffering from traumatic intracranial hematomas by endolumbar administration of physiological solution. The distinguishing feature of this method is the possibility of continuous control of the intracranial pressure level by means of long-term graphic recording of epidural pressure. This makes it possible to perform endolumbar administration of physiological solution in a dose which is determined by the initial level of epidural intracranial pressure. Therapeutic correction of intracranial pressure by endolumbar injection of physiological solution proved successful in the initial stages of dislocation of the brain and in stable intracranial hypotension.

  20. Reduction of wafer-edge overlay errors using advanced correction models, optimized for minimal metrology requirements

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    Kim, Min-Suk; Won, Hwa-Yeon; Jeong, Jong-Mun; Böcker, Paul; Vergaij-Huizer, Lydia; Kupers, Michiel; Jovanović, Milenko; Sochal, Inez; Ryan, Kevin; Sun, Kyu-Tae; Lim, Young-Wan; Byun, Jin-Moo; Kim, Gwang-Gon; Suh, Jung-Joon

    2016-03-01

    In order to optimize yield in DRAM semiconductor manufacturing for 2x nodes and beyond, the (processing induced) overlay fingerprint towards the edge of the wafer needs to be reduced. Traditionally, this is achieved by acquiring denser overlay metrology at the edge of the wafer, to feed field-by-field corrections. Although field-by-field corrections can be effective in reducing localized overlay errors, the requirement for dense metrology to determine the corrections can become a limiting factor due to a significant increase of metrology time and cost. In this study, a more cost-effective solution has been found in extending the regular correction model with an edge-specific component. This new overlay correction model can be driven by an optimized, sparser sampling especially at the wafer edge area, and also allows for a reduction of noise propagation. Lithography correction potential has been maximized, with significantly less metrology needs. Evaluations have been performed, demonstrating the benefit of edge models in terms of on-product overlay performance, as well as cell based overlay performance based on metrology-to-cell matching improvements. Performance can be increased compared to POR modeling and sampling, which can contribute to (overlay based) yield improvement. Based on advanced modeling including edge components, metrology requirements have been optimized, enabling integrated metrology which drives down overall metrology fab footprint and lithography cycle time.

  1. Correction

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    2002-01-01

    Tile Calorimeter modules stored at CERN. The larger modules belong to the Barrel, whereas the smaller ones are for the two Extended Barrels. (The article was about the completion of the 64 modules for one of the latter.) The photo on the first page of the Bulletin n°26/2002, from 24 July 2002, illustrating the article «The ATLAS Tile Calorimeter gets into shape» was published with a wrong caption. We would like to apologise for this mistake and so publish it again with the correct caption.

  2. A patient-specific scatter artifacts correction method

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    Zhao, Wei; Niu, Kai; Schafer, Sebastian; Royalty, Kevin; Chen, Guang-Hong

    2015-01-01

    This paper provides a fast and patient-specific scatter artifact correction method for cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) used in image-guided interventional procedures. Due to increased irradiated volume of interest in CBCT imaging, scatter radiation has increased dramatically compared to 2D imaging, leading to a degradation of image quality. In this study, we propose a scatter artifact correction strategy using an analytical convolution-based model whose free parameters are estimated using a rough estimation of scatter profiles from the acquired cone-beam projections. It was evaluated using Monte Carlo simulations with both monochromatic and polychromatic X-ray sources. The results demonstrated that the proposed method significantly reduced the scatter-induced shading artifacts and recovered CT numbers.

  3. Correction

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    2002-01-01

    The photo on the second page of the Bulletin n°48/2002, from 25 November 2002, illustrating the article «Spanish Visit to CERN» was published with a wrong caption. We would like to apologise for this mistake and so publish it again with the correct caption.   The Spanish delegation, accompanied by Spanish scientists at CERN, also visited the LHC superconducting magnet test hall (photo). From left to right: Felix Rodriguez Mateos of CERN LHC Division, Josep Piqué i Camps, Spanish Minister of Science and Technology, César Dopazo, Director-General of CIEMAT (Spanish Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology), Juan Antonio Rubio, ETT Division Leader at CERN, Manuel Aguilar-Benitez, Spanish Delegate to Council, Manuel Delfino, IT Division Leader at CERN, and Gonzalo León, Secretary-General of Scientific Policy to the Minister.

  4. Correction

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Regarding Gorelik, G., & Shackelford, T.K. (2011. Human sexual conflict from molecules to culture. Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 564–587: The authors wish to correct an omission in citation to the existing literature. In the final paragraph on p. 570, we neglected to cite Burch and Gallup (2006 [Burch, R. L., & Gallup, G. G., Jr. (2006. The psychobiology of human semen. In S. M. Platek & T. K. Shackelford (Eds., Female infidelity and paternal uncertainty (pp. 141–172. New York: Cambridge University Press.]. Burch and Gallup (2006 reviewed the relevant literature on FSH and LH discussed in this paragraph, and should have been cited accordingly. In addition, Burch and Gallup (2006 should have been cited as the originators of the hypothesis regarding the role of FSH and LH in the semen of rapists. The authors apologize for this oversight.

  5. Correction

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Regarding Tagler, M. J., and Jeffers, H. M. (2013. Sex differences in attitudes toward partner infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 821–832: The authors wish to correct values in the originally published manuscript. Specifically, incorrect 95% confidence intervals around the Cohen's d values were reported on page 826 of the manuscript where we reported the within-sex simple effects for the significant Participant Sex × Infidelity Type interaction (first paragraph, and for attitudes toward partner infidelity (second paragraph. Corrected values are presented in bold below. The authors would like to thank Dr. Bernard Beins at Ithaca College for bringing these errors to our attention. Men rated sexual infidelity significantly more distressing (M = 4.69, SD = 0.74 than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 4.32, SD = 0.92, F(1, 322 = 23.96, p < .001, d = 0.44, 95% CI [0.23, 0.65], but there was little difference between women's ratings of sexual (M = 4.80, SD = 0.48 and emotional infidelity (M = 4.76, SD = 0.57, F(1, 322 = 0.48, p = .29, d = 0.08, 95% CI [−0.10, 0.26]. As expected, men rated sexual infidelity (M = 1.44, SD = 0.70 more negatively than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 2.66, SD = 1.37, F(1, 322 = 120.00, p < .001, d = 1.12, 95% CI [0.85, 1.39]. Although women also rated sexual infidelity (M = 1.40, SD = 0.62 more negatively than they rated emotional infidelity (M = 2.09, SD = 1.10, this difference was not as large and thus in the evolutionary theory supportive direction, F(1, 322 = 72.03, p < .001, d = 0.77, 95% CI [0.60, 0.94].

  6. 78 FR 32988 - Core Principles and Other Requirements for Designated Contract Markets; Correction

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    2013-06-03

    ... COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 38 RIN 3038-AD09 Core Principles and Other Requirements for Designated Contract...: This document corrects the Federal Register release of the final rule regarding Core Principles and... language for the previously published Federal Register release of the final rule regarding Core...

  7. 77 FR 30887 - Amendments to Sterility Test Requirements for Biological Products; Correction

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    2012-05-24

    ... Test Requirements for Biological Products; Correction AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION... manufacturers of biological products greater flexibility, as appropriate, and encourages use of the most appropriate and state-of-the-art test methods for assuring the safety of biological products. The rule...

  8. Correction.

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    2015-10-01

    In the article by Quintavalle et al (Quintavalle C, Anselmi CV, De Micco F, Roscigno G, Visconti G, Golia B, Focaccio A, Ricciardelli B, Perna E, Papa L, Donnarumma E, Condorelli G, Briguori C. Neutrophil gelatinase–associated lipocalin and contrast-induced acute kidney injury. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2015;8:e002673. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.002673.), which published online September 2, 2015, and appears in the September 2015 issue of the journal, a correction was needed. On page 1, the institutional affiliation for Elvira Donnarumma, PhD, “SDN Foundation,” has been changed to read, “IRCCS SDN, Naples, Italy.” The institutional affiliation for Laura Papa, PhD, “Institute for Endocrinology and Experimental Oncology, National Research Council, Naples, Italy,” has been changed to read, “Institute of Genetics and Biomedical Research, Milan Unit, Milan, Italy” and “Humanitas Research Hospital, Rozzano, Italy.” The authors regret this error.

  9. Evaluation of attenuation and scatter correction requirements in small animal PET and SPECT imaging

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    Konik, Arda Bekir

    Positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT) are two nuclear emission-imaging modalities that rely on the detection of high-energy photons emitted from radiotracers administered to the subject. The majority of these photons are attenuated (absorbed or scattered) in the body, resulting in count losses or deviations from true detection, which in turn degrades the accuracy of images. In clinical emission tomography, sophisticated correction methods are often required employing additional x-ray CT or radionuclide transmission scans. Having proven their potential in both clinical and research areas, both PET and SPECT are being adapted for small animal imaging. However, despite the growing interest in small animal emission tomography, little scientific information exists about the accuracy of these correction methods on smaller size objects, and what level of correction is required. The purpose of this work is to determine the role of attenuation and scatter corrections as a function of object size through simulations. The simulations were performed using Interactive Data Language (IDL) and a Monte Carlo based package, Geant4 application for emission tomography (GATE). In IDL simulations, PET and SPECT data acquisition were modeled in the presence of attenuation. A mathematical emission and attenuation phantom approximating a thorax slice and slices from real PET/CT data were scaled to 5 different sizes (i.e., human, dog, rabbit, rat and mouse). The simulated emission data collected from these objects were reconstructed. The reconstructed images, with and without attenuation correction, were compared to the ideal (i.e., non-attenuated) reconstruction. Next, using GATE, scatter fraction values (the ratio of the scatter counts to the total counts) of PET and SPECT scanners were measured for various sizes of NEMA (cylindrical phantoms representing small animals and human), MOBY (realistic mouse/rat model) and XCAT (realistic human model

  10. Requirements for qualification of manufacture of the ITER Central Solenoid and Correction Coils

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    Libeyre, Paul, E-mail: paul.libeyre@iter.org [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 St Paul lez Durance (France); Li, Hongwei [ITER China, 15B Fuxing Road, Beijing 100862 (China); Reiersen, Wayne [US ITER Project Office, 1055 Commerce Park Dr., Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Dolgetta, Nello; Jong, Cornelis; Lyraud, Charles; Mitchell, Neil; Laurenti, Adamo [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 St Paul lez Durance (France); Sgobba, Stefano [CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23 (Switzerland); Turck, Bernard [ITER Organization, Route de Vinon sur Verdon, 13115 St Paul lez Durance (France); Martovetsky, Nicolai; Everitt, David; Freudenberg, K.; Litherland, Steve; Rosenblad, Peter [US ITER Project Office, 1055 Commerce Park Dr., Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Smith, John; Spitzer, Jeff [General Atomics, P.O. Box 85608, San Diego, CA 92186-5608 (United States); Wei, Jing; Dong, Xiaoyu; Fang, Chao [ASIPP, Shushan Hu Road 350, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • A manufacturing line is installed for the ITER Correction Coils. • A manufacturing line is under installation for the ITER Central Solenoid. • Qualification of the manufacturing procedures has started for both manufacturing lines and acceptance criteria set. • Winding procedure of Correction Coils is qualified. - Abstract: The manufacturing line of the ITER Correction Coils (CC) at ASIPP in Hefei (China) was completed in 2013 and the manufacturing line of the ITER Central Solenoid (CS) modules is under installation at General Atomic premises in Poway (USA). In both cases, before starting production of the first coils, qualification of the manufacturing procedures is achieved by the construction of a set of mock-ups and prototypes to demonstrate that design requirements defined by the ITER Organization are effectively met. For each qualification item, the corresponding mock-ups are presented with the tests to be performed and the related acceptance criteria. The first qualification results are discussed.

  11. Visual performance in cataract patients with low levels of postoperative astigmatism: full correction versus spherical equivalent correction

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    Lehmann RP

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Robert P Lehmann1, Diane M Houtman21Lehmann Eye Center, Nacogdoches, TX, 2Alcon Research Ltd, Fort Worth, TX, USAPurpose: To evaluate whether visual performance could be improved in pseudophakic subjects by correcting low levels of postoperative astigmatism.Methods: An exploratory, noninterventional study was conducted using subjects who had been implanted with an aspheric intraocular lens and had 0.5–0.75 diopter postoperative astigmatism. Monocular visual performance using full correction was compared with visual performance using spherical equivalent correction. Testing consisted of high- and low-contrast visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and reading acuity and speed using the Radner Reading Charts.Results: Thirty-eight of 40 subjects completed testing. Visual acuities at three contrast levels (100%, 25%, and 9% were significantly better using full correction than when using spherical equivalent correction (all P < 0.001. For contrast sensitivity testing under photopic, mesopic, and mesopic with glare conditions, only one out of twelve outcomes demonstrated a significant improvement with full correction compared with spherical equivalent correction (at six cycles per degree under mesopic without glare conditions, P = 0.046. Mean reading speed was numerically faster with full correction across all print sizes, reaching statistical significance at logarithm of the reading acuity determination (logRAD 0.2, 0.7, and 1.1 (P , 0.05. Statistically significant differences also favored full correction in logRAD score (P = 0.0376, corrected maximum reading speed (P < 0.001, and logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution/logRAD ratio (P < 0.001.Conclusions: In this study of pseudophakic subjects with low levels of postoperative astigmatism, full correction yielded significantly better reading performance and high- and low-contrast visual acuity than spherical equivalent correction, suggesting that cataractous patients may benefit from surgical

  12. [Correction of psychoemotional status in patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis].

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    Kuz'menko, V V; Kuz'menko, A V; Kurnosova, N V

    2012-01-01

    To comparatively analyze the efficiency of combination treatment in patients with chronic prostatitis. Psychometric and psychological methods, such as the Hamilton depression rating scale and the Hamilton anxiety rating scale, determination of the types of an attitude toward illness, and the personality rating questionnaire, were used to examine 80 men with chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) who were allocated to 2 groups. A study group received levofloxacin in combination with adaptol for 10 days; a control group had antibacterial therapy only. The patients receiving adaptol were ascertained to have a more evident normalization of mental disorders, as shown by the scales, as lower scores: 4.9 +/- 0.6 for irritability, 5.7 +/- 0.6 for reactive aggression, 5.1 +/- 0.7 for shyness, and as a higher score (up to 5.2 +/- 1.3) for sociability (p patients with an exacerbation of CBP permits correction of the mental status and improves the quality of life of patients in a shorter period of treatment.

  13. The correct renal function evaluation in patients with thyroid dysfunction.

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    Simeoni, Mariadelina; Cerantonio, Annamaria; Pastore, Ida; Liguori, Rossella; Greco, Marta; Foti, Daniela; Gulletta, Elio; Brunetti, Antonio; Fuiano, Giorgio

    2016-05-01

    Thyroid dysfunction induces several renal derangements involving all nephron portions. Furthermore, dysthyroidism is a recognized risk factor associated with the development of chronic kidney disease. Current data, in fact, demonstrate that either subclinical or overt thyroid disease is associated with significant changes in creatinine, estimated glomerular filtration rate, measured glomerular filtration rate and Cystatin C. Herein, we systematically reviewed several relevant studies aiming at the identification of the most sensitive and specific parameter for the correct renal function evaluation in patients with thyroid dysfunction, that are usually treated as outpatients. Our systematic review indicates that estimated glomerular filtration rate, preferably with CKD-EPI equation, appears to be the most reliable and wieldy renal function parameter. Instead, Cystatin C should be better used in the grading of thyroid dysfunction severity.

  14. NEUROORTHOPEDICAL APPROACH TO THE CORRECTION OF EQUINES CONTRACTURE IN PATIENTS WITH SPASTIC PARALYSIS

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    Валерий Владимирович Умнов

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The frequency of recurrent contractures of the joints of the lower limb after their correction by means of tendon-muscle plasty remains significant. Therefore, the search for effective ways to correct contractures with the most resistant long-term result is relevant. The objective of the study is to improve treatment outcomes of equinus contracture in children with spastic paralysis. Materials and methods. We analyzed the results of correction of contractures in joints of lower limbs in 40 patients with cerebral palsy and the influence of spasticity of patognomonic muscles on them. The mean age was 6 years 7 months. In addition, for the correction of hypertonus of triceps muscle of tibia, the 330 lower limb segments were performed selective neurotomy of appropriate motor branches of the general tibial nerve. This operation in 304 cases was combined with achilloplastics or Strayer operation. Results. A mean degree of correlation between the degree of contracture in the ankle and increased tone of triceps tibia was determined (r value ranged from 0.451 to 0.487. Short-term results of the combined neuroorthopedic method for correction of contractures were good in estimating within 1 year post surgery, but a study of its short-run effect requires long-term follow-up.

  15. Correct patterning of the primitive streak requires the anterior visceral endoderm.

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    Daniel W Stuckey

    Full Text Available Anterior-posterior axis specification in the mouse requires signalling from a specialised extra-embryonic tissue called the anterior visceral endoderm (AVE. AVE precursors are induced at the distal tip of the embryo and move to the prospective anterior. Embryological and genetic analysis has demonstrated that the AVE is required for anterior patterning and for correctly positioning the site of primitive streak formation by inhibiting Nodal activity. We have carried out a genetic ablation of the Hex-expressing cells of the AVE (Hex-AVE by knocking the Diphtheria toxin subunit A into the Hex locus in an inducible manner. Using this model we have identified that, in addition to its requirement in the anterior of the embryo, the Hex-AVE sub-population has a novel role between 5.5 and 6.5dpc in patterning the primitive streak. Embryos lacking the Hex-AVE display delayed initiation of primitive streak formation and miss-patterning of the anterior primitive streak. We demonstrate that in the absence of the Hex-AVE the restriction of Bmp2 expression to the proximal visceral endoderm is also defective and expression of Wnt3 and Nodal is not correctly restricted to the posterior epiblast. These results, coupled with the observation that reducing Nodal signalling in Hex-AVE ablated embryos increases the frequency of phenotypes observed, suggests that these primitive streak patterning defects are due to defective Nodal signalling. Together, our experiments demonstrate that the AVE is not only required for anterior patterning, but also that specific sub-populations of this tissue are required to pattern the posterior of the embryo.

  16. Correct safety requirements during the life cycle of heating plants; Korrekta saekerhetskrav under vaermeanlaeggningars livscykel

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    Tegehall, Jan; Hedberg, Johan [Swedish National Testing and Research Inst., Boraas (Sweden)

    2006-10-15

    The safety of old steam boilers or hot water generators is in principle based on electromechanical components which are generally easy to understand. The use of safety-PLC is a new and flexible way to design a safe system. A programmable system offers more degrees of freedom and consequently new problems may arise. As a result, new standards which use the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) concept for the level of safety have been elaborated. The goal is to define a way of working to handle requirements on safety in control systems of heat and power plants. SIL-requirements are relatively new within the domain and there is a need for guidance to be able to follow the requirements. The target of this report is the people who work with safety questions during new construction, reconstruction, or modification of furnace plants. In the work, the Pressure Equipment Directive, 97/23/EC, as well as standards which use the SIL concept have been studied. Additionally, standards for water-tube boilers have been studied. The focus has been on the safety systems (safety functions) which are used in water-tube boilers for heat and power plants; other systems, which are parts of these boilers, have not been considered. Guidance has been given for the aforementioned standards as well as safety requirements specification and risk analysis. An old hot water generator and a relatively new steam boiler have been used as case studies. The design principles and safety functions of the furnaces have been described. During the risk analysis important hazards were identified. A method for performing a risk analysis has been described and the appropriate content of a safety requirements specification has been defined. If a heat or power plant is constructed, modified, or reconstructed, a safety life cycle shall be followed. The purpose of the safety life cycle is to plan, describe, document, perform, check, test, and validate that everything is correctly done. The components of the safety

  17. Correct safety requirements during the life cycle of heating plants; Korrekta saekerhetskrav under vaermeanlaeggningars livscykel

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    Tegehall, Jan; Hedberg, Johan [Swedish National Testing and Research Inst., Boraas (Sweden)

    2006-10-15

    The safety of old steam boilers or hot water generators is in principle based on electromechanical components which are generally easy to understand. The use of safety-PLC is a new and flexible way to design a safe system. A programmable system offers more degrees of freedom and consequently new problems may arise. As a result, new standards which use the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) concept for the level of safety have been elaborated. The goal is to define a way of working to handle requirements on safety in control systems of heat and power plants. SIL-requirements are relatively new within the domain and there is a need for guidance to be able to follow the requirements. The target of this report is the people who work with safety questions during new construction, reconstruction, or modification of furnace plants. In the work, the Pressure Equipment Directive, 97/23/EC, as well as standards which use the SIL concept have been studied. Additionally, standards for water-tube boilers have been studied. The focus has been on the safety systems (safety functions) which are used in water-tube boilers for heat and power plants; other systems, which are parts of these boilers, have not been considered. Guidance has been given for the aforementioned standards as well as safety requirements specification and risk analysis. An old hot water generator and a relatively new steam boiler have been used as case studies. The design principles and safety functions of the furnaces have been described. During the risk analysis important hazards were identified. A method for performing a risk analysis has been described and the appropriate content of a safety requirements specification has been defined. If a heat or power plant is constructed, modified, or reconstructed, a safety life cycle shall be followed. The purpose of the safety life cycle is to plan, describe, document, perform, check, test, and validate that everything is correctly done. The components of the safety

  18. Perioperative concerns in pediatric patients undergoing different types of scoliosis correction surgery: A retrospective observational study

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    Anjolie Chhabra

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    Patients and Methods: After taking parental consent, data were collected retrospectively for 33 patients who underwent 37 procedures (four patients had both anterior and posterior procedures on 2 days of the week mainly from August 2008 to February 2010 at a tertiary care institution. Results: Children undergoing GR surgery were younger (8.1 ± 2.1 years than patients undergoing AR (12.9 ± 1.7 years or posterior fusion (14.2 ± 2.2 years. AR children had a significantly higher Cobb′s angle and more rigid curves. (P = 0.057 Associated congenital abnormalities especially neurological were commoner in the GR children. Surgical duration and blood loss was significantly more for PF (2207.5 ± 1224.13 ml than GR (456 ± 337.5 ml, or AR (642.85 ± 304.72 ml, (P = 0.0002. PF patients needed Intensive care unit (ICU care mainly due to the blood loss and prolonged surgery (35%. AR performed via thoracotomy was associated with the need for mechanical ventilation in 28.6%. The GR patients had major intraoperative hemodynamic events and 20% needed ICU care. Conclusions: Post-operative ventilation may be required in 20-35% patients undergoing procedures for scoliosis correction. Despite GR insertion involving lesser blood loss; younger age, congenital abnormalities, positioning, and surgical manipulation resulted in life threatening events in these patients.

  19. 78 FR 53025 - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations; Correction

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    ... rule; correction. SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting a final rule published on July 15, 2013 (78 FR ] 42324... Carrier Operations'' (78 FR 42324). In that final rule, which became effective July 15, 2013, the FAA..., FR Doc. 2013-16849, published on July 15, 2013, at 78 FR 42324, make the following correction: 1....

  20. Nutritional requirements of the critically ill patient.

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    Costa, Nuno André de Almeida; Marinho, Aníbal Defensor; Cançado, Luciana Ribeiro

    2012-09-01

    Given the inaccessibility of indirect calorimetry, intensive care units generally use predictive equations or recommendations that are established by international societies to determine energy expenditure. The aim of the present study was to compare the energy expenditure of critically ill patients, as determined using indirect calorimetry, to the values obtained using the Harris-Benedict equation. A retrospective observational study was conducted at the Intensive Care Unit 1 of the Centro Hospitalar do Porto. The energy requirements of hospitalized critically ill patients as determined using indirect calorimetry were assessed between January 2003 and April 2012. The accuracy (± 10% difference between the measured and estimated values), the mean differences and the limits of agreement were determined for the studied equations. Eighty-five patients were assessed using 288 indirect calorimetry measurements. The following energy requirement values were obtained for the different methods: 1,753.98±391.13 kcal/day (24.48 ± 5.95 kcal/kg/day) for indirect calorimetry and 1,504.11 ± 266.99 kcal/day (20.72±2.43 kcal/kg/day) for the Harris-Benedict equation. The equation had a precision of 31.76% with a mean difference of -259.86 kcal/day and limits of agreement between -858.84 and 339.12 kcal/day. Sex (p=0.023), temperature (p=0.009) and body mass index (p<0.001) were found to significantly affect energy expenditure. The Harris-Benedict equation is inaccurate and tends to underestimate energy expenditure. In addition, the Harris-Benedict equation is associated with significant differences between the predicted and true energy expenditure at an individual level.

  1. Immediate postoperative outcome of orthognathic surgical planning, and prediction of positional changes in hard and soft tissue, independently of the extent and direction of the surgical corrections required

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    Donatsky, Ole; Bjørn-Jørgensen, Jens; Hermund, Niels Ulrich;

    2011-01-01

    Our purpose was to evaluate the immediate postoperative outcome of preoperatively planned and predicted positional changes in hard and soft tissue in 100 prospectively and consecutively planned and treated patients; all had various dentofacial deformities that required single or double jaw...... orthognathic correction using the computerised, cephalometric, orthognathic, surgical planning system (TIOPS). Preoperative cephalograms were analysed and treatment plans and prediction tracings produced by computerised interactive simulation. The planned changes were transferred to models and finally...

  2. Correction of Pulmonary Oxygenizing Dysfunction in the Early Activation of Cardiosurgical Patients

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    I. A. Kozlov

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to justify a comprehensive approach to preventing and correcting pulmonary oxygenizing dysfunction requiring prolonged artificial ventilation in patients operated on under extracorporeal circulation for coronary heart disease. Subjects and methods. One hundred and twenty-three patients aged 55±0.6 years were examined. The study excluded patients with a complicated course of operations (perioperative myocardial infarction, acute cardiovascular insufficiency, hemorrhage, and long extracorporeal circulation. Stimulating spirometry was initiated 2 days before surgery. An alveolar opening maneuver was performed using a continuous dynamic thoracopulmonary compliance monitoring. The parameters of lung oxygenizing function and biomechanics were analyzed. Results. In 78% of the patients, preoperative inspiratory lung capacity was 5—30% lower than the age-related normal values. After extracorporeal circulation, pulmonary oxygenizing dysfunction was diagnosed in 40.9% of cases; at the same time PaO2/FiO2 was associated with an intrapulmonary shunt fraction (Qs/St (r=-0.53; p=0.002 and Qs/Qt was related to static thoracopulmonary compliance (Cst (r=-0.39; p=0.03. Preoperative stimulating spirometry provided a considerable increase in intraoperative PaO2/FiO2 values (p<0.05; improved Cst and decreased Qs/Qt. After extracorporeal circulation, the incidence of pulmonary oxygenizing dysfunction was decreased by more than twice (p<0.05. Patients with relative arterial hypoxemia showed a noticeable relationship to the magnitudes of a reduction in Cst and a rise in Qs/Qt (r=0.72; p=0.008, which served as the basis for applying the alveolar opening maneuver. This type of lung support corrected arterial hypoxemia in 67% of cases. Conclusion. In car-diosurgical patients with coronary heart disease, effective prophylaxis and correction of relative arterial hypoxemia caused by the interrelated impairments of pulmonary biomechanical properties and

  3. Scoring correction for MMPI-2 Hs scale with patients experiencing a traumatic brain injury: a test of measurement invariance.

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    Alkemade, Nathan; Bowden, Stephen C; Salzman, Louis

    2015-02-01

    It has been suggested that MMPI-2 scoring requires removal of some items when assessing patients after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Gass (1991. MMPI-2 interpretation and closed head injury: A correction factor. Psychological assessment, 3, 27-31) proposed a correction procedure in line with the hypothesis that MMPI-2 endorsement may be affected by symptoms of TBI. This study assessed the validity of the Gass correction procedure. A sample of patients with a TBI (n = 242), and a random subset of the MMPI-2 normative sample (n = 1,786). The correction procedure implies a failure of measurement invariance across populations. This study examined measurement invariance of one of the MMPI-2 scales (Hs) that includes TBI correction items. A four-factor model of the MMPI-2 Hs items was defined. The factor model was found to meet the criteria for partial measurement invariance. Analysis of the change in sensitivity and specificity values implied by partial measurement invariance failed to indicate significant practical impact of partial invariance. Overall, the results support continued use of all Hs items to assess psychological well-being in patients with TBI. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Approximation of Corrected Calcium Concentrations in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease Patients with or without Dialysis Therapy

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    Yoshio Kaku

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The following calcium (Ca correction formula (Payne is conventionally used for serum Ca estimation: corrected total Ca (TCa (mg/dl = TCa (mg/dl + [4 - albumin (g/dl]; however, it is inapplicable to advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD patients. Methods: 1,922 samples in CKD G4 + G5 patients and 341 samples in CKD G5D patients were collected. Levels of TCa (mg/day, ionized Ca2+ (iCa2+ (mmol/l and other clinical parameters were measured. We assumed the corrected TCa to be equal to eight times the iCa2+ value (measured corrected TCa. We subsequently performed stepwise multiple linear regression analysis using the clinical parameters. Results: The following formula was devised from multiple linear regression analysis. For CKD G4 + G5 patients: approximated corrected TCa (mg/dl = TCa + 0.25 × (4 - albumin + 4 × (7.4 - pH + 0.1 × (6 - P + 0.22. For CKD G5D patients: approximated corrected TCa (mg/dl = TCa + 0.25 × (4 - albumin + 0.1 × (6 - P + 0.05 × (24 - HCO3- + 0.35. Receiver operating characteristic analysis showed the high values of the area under the curve of approximated corrected TCa for the detection of measured corrected TCa ≥8.4 mg/dl and ≤10.4 mg/dl for each CKD sample. Both intraclass correlation coefficients for each CKD sample demonstrated superior agreement using the new formula compared to the previously reported formulas. Conclusion: Compared to other formulas, the approximated corrected TCa values calculated from the new formula for patients with CKD G4 + G5 and CKD G5D demonstrates superior agreement with the measured corrected TCa.

  5. Surgical correction of ulnar deviation deformity of the wrist in patients with birth brachial plexus palsy sequelae.

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    Bhardwaj, Praveen; Parekh, Harshil; Venkatramani, Hari; Raja Sabapathy, S

    2015-01-01

    Ulnar deviation deformity of the wrist in patients with birth brachial plexus palsy is an important cosmetic concern among the patients and their relatives; especially in the patients who have recovered the basic limb functions. Though there is ample literature available regarding the management of the shoulder deformity there is paucity of literature regarding management of wrist ulnar deviation deformity. We report our experience with correction of this deformity in five cases with isolated ulnar deviation deformity without forearm rotational deformity or weakness of the wrist muscles. All the patients underwent extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) to extensor carpi radialis longus (ECRL) tendon transfer. At a minimum of 18 months follow-up all the patients and their families were satisfied with the cosmetic appearance of the limb. Correction of the deformity improves the appearance of the limb, improves self-confidence of the child, and allows them to integrate well into the society. Interestingly, the patients expressed improvement in their grip strength and overall hand function after this surgery. The notable functions which improved were easy reach of the hand-to-mouth for feeding and easy handling of the things requiring bimanual activities. Although the main aim of this operation was to correct the appearance of the hand it was found to be also functionally useful by the patients and hence we are encouraged to report it for wider use. The results were maintained during the follow-up period of as long as 47 months.

  6. Ambulatory Anesthesia in an Adult Patient with Corrected Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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    Jennifer Knautz

    2012-01-01

    congenital heart defects are surviving into adulthood and presenting for noncardiac surgeries. We describe one such example of a 26-year-old patient with corrected hypoplastic left heart syndrome presenting for knee arthroscopy and performed under general anesthesia with preoperative ultrasound guided saphenous nerve block. In this case, we review the anesthetic implications of corrected single ventricle physiology, anesthetic implications, as well as discuss the technique and role of saphenous nerve block in patients undergoing knee arthroscopy.

  7. Self-Injurious Behavior in Correctional and Noncorrectional Psychiatric Patients.

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    Hillbrand, Marc

    1993-01-01

    Examined prevalence and selected correlates of self-injurious behavior (SIB) among inmates (n=23) referred for treatment to maximum-security forensic hospital, non-SIB inmates (n=23), and noncorrections SIB patients (n=30). Found two distinct patterns of SIB: pattern consistent with conceptualization of SIB as expression of generalized behavioral…

  8. Patient Position Verification and Corrective Evaluation Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in Intensity modulated Radiation Therapy

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    Do, Gyeong Min; Jeong, Deok Yang; Kim, Young Bum [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-09-15

    Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) using an on board imager (OBI) can check the movement and setup error in patient position and target volume by comparing with the image of computer simulation treatment in real.time during patient treatment. Thus, this study purposed to check the change and movement of patient position and target volume using CBCT in IMRT and calculate difference from the treatment plan, and then to correct the position using an automated match system and to test the accuracy of position correction using an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) and examine the usefulness of CBCT in IMRT and the accuracy of the automatic match system. The subjects of this study were 3 head and neck patients and 1 pelvis patient sampled from IMRT patients treated in our hospital. In order to investigate the movement of treatment position and resultant displacement of irradiated volume, we took CBCT using OBI mounted on the linear accelerator. Before each IMRT treatment, we took CBCT and checked difference from the treatment plan by coordinate by comparing it with the image of CT simulation. Then, we made correction through the automatic match system of 3D/3D match to match the treatment plan, and verified and evaluated using electronic portal imaging device. When CBCT was compared with the image of CT simulation before treatment, the average difference by coordinate in the head and neck was 0.99 mm vertically, 1.14 mm longitudinally, 4.91 mm laterally, and 1.07 degrees in the rotational direction, showing somewhat insignificant differences by part. In testing after correction, when the image from the electronic portal imaging device was compared with DRR image, it was found that correction had been made accurately with error less than 0.5 mm. By comparing a CBCT image before treatment with a 3D image reconstructed into a volume instead of a 2D image for the patient's setup error and change in the position of the organs and the target, we could measure and

  9. Surgical correction of class II skeletal malocclusion in an adult patient

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    Ramakrishnan Balachander

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Correction of skeletal deformities in adult patients with orthodontics is limited. Orthognathic surgery is the best option for cases when camouflage treatment is questionable and growth modulation is not possible. This case report illustrates the benefit of the team approach in correcting vertical maxillary excess along with class II skeletal deformity. A cosmetic correction was achieved by superior repositioning of maxilla with LeFort I osteotomy and augmentation genioplasty, along with orthodontic treatment. The patient′s facial appearance was markedly improved along with functional and stable occlusion

  10. 76 FR 16588 - Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations; Correction

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 39 RIN 3038-AC98 Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations..., regarding Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. FOR FURTHER...

  11. Central and extrapontine myelinolysis in a patient in spite of a careful correction of hyponatremia.

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    Leens, C; Mukendi, R; Forêt, F; Hacourt, A; Devuyst, O; Colin, I M

    2001-03-01

    We report the case of a 54-year-old alcoholic female patient who was hospitalized for neurologic alterations along with a severe hyponatremia (plasma Na+: 97 mEq/l). She suffered from potomania and was given, a few days before admission, a thiazide diuretic for hypertension. A careful correction of plasma Na+ levels was initiated over a 48-hour period (rate of correction < 10 mEq/l/24h) in order to avoid brain demyelination. After a 2-day period of clinical improvement, her neurologic condition started to deteriorate. By the 5th day of admission, she became tetraplegic, presented pseudobulbar palsy, ataxia, strabism, extrapyramidal stiffness and clouding of consciousness. Scintigraphic and MRI investigations demonstrated pontine and extrapontine lesions associated with Gayet-Wernicke encephalopathy. After correction of ionic disorders (hyponatremia, hypokaliemia) and vitamin B (thiamine) deficiency, the patient almost completely recovered without notable disabilities. This case illustrates that profound hyponatremia, in a paradigm of slow onset, can be compatible with life. It also demonstrates that demyelinating lesions, usually considered as a consequence of a too fast correction of hyponatremia, may occur despite the strict observance of recent guidelines. There is increasing evidence to suggest that pontine swelling and dysfunction may sometimes occur in alcoholic patients even in absence of disturbance in plasma Na+ levels. It is therefore of importance, while managing a hyponatremic alcoholic patient, to identify additional risk factors (hypokaliemia, hypophosphoremia, seizure-induced hypoxemia, malnutrition with vitamin B deficiency) for brain demyelination and to correct them appropriately.

  12. Correction of Systemic Hemodynamics and Gas Exchange in Patients with Severe Brain Injury

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    S. Yu. Kozlov

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Intensive care of patients with severe brain injury (SBI should be performed, by taking into account damaging factors. The adequacy of correction of systemic hemodynamics and oxygen support in acute SBI determines the effectiveness of the performed treatment. Sixty-seven patients aged 21 to 68 years who had experienced SBI were examined and treated (28 patients were treated with the routine basic regimen and 39 were treated via goal-oriented correction of damaging factors. A comprehensive examination of the patients was made. The outcomes of therapy were assessed, by using the Glasgow coma scale (GCS. The episodes of hypoxia and arterial hypotension were detected in the virtually equal number of victims (as high as 90% in both groups. The outcomes of therapy were better in patients without arterial hypotension. The mean blood pressure was maintained at a level of higher than 90 mm Hg; the volume of circulating blood was replenished. Endotracheal intubation was made in patients with depressed consciousness (less than 9 scores by GCS if hypoxia was retained, which permitted controlled artificial ventilation to be performed. Amino acid drugs, fatty emulsions, hydroexyethyl starch preparations, and balanced enteral formulas were used to correct the internal environment. Goal-oriented correction of damaging factors in Group 2 reduced the number of poor outcomes and death rates.

  13. Process, design and optical proximity correction requirements for the 65nm device generation

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    Lucas, Kevin; Montgomery, Patrick; Litt, Lloyd C.; Conley, Will; Postnikov, Sergei V.; Wu, Wei; Yuan, Chi-Min; Olivares, Marc; Strozewski, Kirk; Carter, Russell L.; Vasek, James; Smith, David; Fanucchi, Eric L.; Wiaux, Vincent; Vandenberghe, Geert; Toublan, Olivier; Verhappen, Arjan; Kuijten, Jan P.; van Wingerden, Johannes; Kasprowicz, Bryan S.; Tracy, Jeffrey W.; Progler, Christopher J.; Shiro, Eugene; Topouzov, Igor; Wimmer, Karl; Roman, Bernard J.

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    The 65nm device generation will require steady improvements in lithography scanners, resists, reticles and OPC technology. 193nm high NA scanners and illumination can provide the desired dense feature resolution, but achieving the stringent overall 65nm logic product requirements necessitates a more coherent strategy of reticle, process, OPC, and design methods than was required for previous generations. This required integrated patterning solution strategy will have a fundamental impact on the relationship between design and process functions at the 65nm device node.

  14. Residual aniseikonia among patients fitted with one or two intraocular lenses (pseudophakic corrections)

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    Lakshminarayanan, V; Enoch, J M; Knowles, R A

    1993-02-01

    In the presence of one or two intraocular lenses (IOL's; pseudophakic corrections) or in the presence of naturally occurring or developmental anisometropia (due to a tumescent cataract) some induced or residual refractive aniseikonia is usually encountered. We wish to call this problem to the attention of the optometric practitioner. We provide a discussion of the resultant aniseikonia and simple rules of thumb for management of such patients with refractive aniseikonia. Aniseikonia in these patients may be less important than once had been suggested, but certainly it is more significant than it is currently being considered. Use of personal computers to calculate this aniseikonia makes appropriate correction relatively easy and readily applicable.

  15. PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF INTERMEDIARY METABOLISM CORRECTION IN PATIENTS WITH VASCULAR COMORBIDITY

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    Full Text Available Disorders of intermediary metabolism in the glycolysis cycles and fatty acids oxidation play a major role in heart and brain lesions of vascular origin. Features of the free-radical processes in various forms of vascular disease are presented. Differences within the free-radical processes reflecting the severity of tissue energy deficit are shown in stroke patients with concomitant ischemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes mellitus. Various aspects of the treatment of patients with vascular comorbidity are presented with the focus on correction of intermediary metabolism disorders. Complex energy correcting therapy including beta-oxidation blocker (meldonium is discussed.

  16. 78 FR 12063 - Announcement of Requirements and Registration for healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge; Correction

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Announcement of Requirements and Registration for healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge... Register of December 6, 2012, announcing the requirements and criteria for the healthfinder.gov Mobile...

  17. Osteomyelitis in burn patients requiring skeletal fixation

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    Barret, JP; Desai, MH; Herndon, DN

    2000-01-01

    Deep and severe burns often present with the exposure of musculoskeletal structures and severe deformities. Skeletal fixation, suspension and/or traction are part of their comprehensive treatment. Several factors put burn patients at risk for osteomyelitis, osteosynthesis material being one of them.

  18. METHODS FOR CORRECTION OF RHINOPHONIA IN PATIENTS WITH ACQUIRED MAXILLARY DEFECTS

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    E. G. Matyakin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Speech recovery sessions were conducted in 63 patients with acquired maxillary defects. Assessment of speech quality in patients after auditory maxillary resection without a prosthestic has indicated 100 % significant rhinolalia, indistinct articulation. Prosthetic defect replacement completely corrects speech dysfunction and creates conditions for forming correct speech stereotypes. Speech therapy sessions and testing are aimed at increasing the performance of the speech apparatus and at improving the automatizaton of speaking skills. The techniques to remove nasal emission include: – articulation exercises (activation of the muscles of the lips, cheeks, tongue, pharynx, neck, and larynx; – speech respiratory gymnastics; – phonopedic (vocal exercises. The elements of rational psychotherapy have extensive applications during each session and include suggestion, an emotional exposure to correct personality disorders, as well as pedagogical elements. 

  19. Prevention and correction of hypocalaemia during systematic hypothermia in patients with aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhages

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    Dudukina S.

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of hypothermia as a method of neuroprotection in brain damage has been proved in many studies, but a large number of complications requires development of further protocols of its management. The article presents experience of treatment of aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage under conditions of preventive hypothermia. 84 patients were examined. In 56 of them the efficacy of developed method on prevention and correction of hypocalaemia developed as a result of cold diuresis has been proposed. It has been found that decrease in plasma potassium occurs in parallel with decrease in body temperature regardless the technique of potassium chloride injection. Introduction of potassium chloride solution in physiological dose of 0.2 mmol/kg prevents hypocalaemia development during preventive hypothermia. Injection of potassium chloride in the physiological dose of 0.2 mmol/kg/h and after beginning of patient’s rewarming – 0.8 mmol/kg within the period of one postsurgery day prevents the development of postoperative hypocalaemia in the postoperative period; and after patient’s rewarming– 0.8. mmol/kg within the period of one postoperative day prevents development of postoperative cardiac complications in the perioperative period by 20%.

  20. Surgical correction of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in a patient with severe hypertrophy and septal myocardial fibrosis.

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    Borisov, Konstantin Valentinovitch

    2012-10-01

    In patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, myocardial fibrosis is an independent predictor of an adverse outcome. A new technique of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) surgical correction in patients with severe hypertrophy and septal myocardial fibrosis has been proposed. This approach avoids mechanical damage to the heart conduction system, and for the surgeon it improves visual inspection of the area to be resected. We present a case report of a 33-year old female patient with biventricular obstruction, extreme hypertrophy, septal myocardial fibrosis and episodes of ventricular tachycardia who underwent surgical correction according to this novel procedure. The advantage of the approach is an effective surgical treatment of HOCM in patients with severe hypertrophy and septal myocardial fibrosis who cannot be treated with the current surgical techniques.

  1. [Correction of psycho-emotional state by the biofeedback method in patients with metabolic syndrome].

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    Koichubekov, B K; Shaikhin, A M; Tabagari, S I; Sorokina, M A; Omarbekova, N K

    2014-11-01

    Metabolic syndrome is one of the important clinical problems of medicine. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the efficacy of heart rate variability biofeedback method in correction of mental and emotional state in patients with metabolic syndrome. For this task was set to study the dynamics of indicators of mental and emotional stress by biofeedback based hardware-software complex "Amblyocor" in patients with metabolic syndrome. Course of heart rate variability biofeedback passed 10 patients with the metabolic syndrome. During biofeedback sessions conducted tests that assess psycho-emotional state by 5 characters. Data processing was performed using software package «Statistica 8.0» and showed a statistically significant decrease in indicators of mental and emotional stress, that demonstrates the effectiveness of biofeedback in the correction of mental and emotional stress in patients with metabolic syndrome.

  2. Should dosing of rocuronium in obese patients be based on ideal or corrected body weight?

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    Meyhoff, Christian S; Lund, Jørgen; Jenstrup, Morten T;

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pharmacokinetic studies in obese patients suggest that dosing of rocuronium should be based on ideal body weight (IBW). This may, however, result in a prolonged onset time or compromised conditions for tracheal intubation. In this study, we compared onset time, conditions for tracheal...... intubation, and duration of action in obese patients when the intubation dose of rocuronium was based on three different weight corrections. METHODS: Fifty-one obese patients, with a median (range) body mass index of 44 (34-72) kg/m2, scheduled for laparoscopic gastric banding or gastric bypass under...... propofol-remifentanil anesthesia were randomized into three groups. The patients received rocuronium (0.6 mg/kg) based on IBW (IBW group, n = 17), IBW plus 20% of excess weight (corrected body weight [CBW]20% group, n = 17), or IBW plus 40% of excess weight (CBW40% group, n = 17). Propofol was administered...

  3. Transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect in a patient with Noonan syndrome after corrective surgery

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    Mangovski Ljupčo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD closure is considered to be a gold standard for patients with the suitable anatomy as compared to cardiac surgery. Reocurrence of ASD after surgical closure is a very rare late complication which can be successfully managed with transcatheter procedure. Case report. We reported a female patient with Noonan syndrome who presented with hemodinamically significant ASD 37 years after the corrective cardiac surgery. Due to numerous comorbidities which included severe kyphoscoliosis, pectus excavatum and multiple surgeries we decided to perform transcatheter closure of ASD. The procedure itself was very challenging due to the patient’s short stature and heart’s orientation in the chest, but was performed successfully. The subsequent follow-up was uneventful and the patient reported improvement in the symptoms. Conclusion. Transcatheter closure of ASD in a patient with Noonan syndrome with the history of surgically corrected ASD can be performed successfully, despite challenging chest anatomy.

  4. PET/CT with intravenous contrast can be used for PET attenuation correction in cancer patients

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    Berthelsen, A K; Holm, S; Loft, A

    2005-01-01

    correction, but this may result in a bias in the attenuation factors. The clinical significance of this bias has not been established. Our aim was to perform a prospective clinical study where each patient had CT performed with and without IV contrast agent to establish whether PET/CT with IV contrast can...

  5. ROLE FAILURE CORRECTION OF 25(OH)D IN PATIENTS WITH POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

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    Objective. To estimate the correction failure 25 (OH) D in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.Material and Methods. The study involved 44 patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, aged 31.32 ± 5.05, who were randomly assigned to 2 groups: 1st – obtained coca biguanides and Kolekaltsiferol, second – combined oral contraceptive (combined hormonal ) and biguanides. The comparison group consisted of 22 healthy women matched for age and sex. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was verified on t...

  6. Subtalar Joint Distraction Arthrodesis to Correct Calcaneal Valgus in Pediatric Patients with Tarsal Coalition: A Case Series.

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    Schwartz, Jaclyn M; Kihm, Carl A; Camasta, Craig A

    2015-01-01

    Subtalar joint middle facet coalitions commonly present in children who have a painful, rigid, pes planovalgus foot type. The middle facet coalition allows rearfoot forces to be distributed medially through the coalition, and this can result in arthritis or lateral tarsal wedging. The senior author has used a wedged bone graft distraction subtalar joint arthrodesis to correct calcaneal valgus and restore the talar height in these patients. The tight, press-fit nature of the tricortical iliac crest allograft provides stability and can negate the need for internal fixation. We retrospectively reviewed 9 pediatric subtalar joint distraction arthrodesis procedures performed on 8 patients during a 6-year period. All patients began weightbearing at 6 weeks after surgery. All patients had osseous union, and no complications developed that required a second surgery. The clinical outcomes, assessed at a mean of 25.5 (range, 6.3 to 75.8) months postoperatively, were satisfactory. The mean American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society score was 90.1 (range, 79 to 94), on a 94-point scale. The wedged distraction arthrodesis technique has not been previously described for correction of pediatric patients with lateral tarsal wedging, but it is an effective option and yields successful outcomes. Copyright © 2015 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. 75 FR 7550 - Requirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products; Correction

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    ... Register of December 29, 2009 (74 FR 68668). The document issued a final rule under section 104(d) of the... . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In FR Doc. E9-30485 appearing on page 68668 in the Federal Register of Tuesday... COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 1130 Requirements for Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler...

  8. 78 FR 47154 - Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities; Correction

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    ... COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 37 RIN 3038-AD18 Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities... Acceptable Practices in, Compliance With Core Principles 2. On page 33600, in the second column, under the heading Core Principle 3 of Section 5h of the Act--Swaps Not Readily Susceptible to Manipulation,...

  9. 77 FR 59139 - Prompt Corrective Action, Requirements for Insurance, and Promulgation of NCUA Rules and Regulations

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    ...'' credit union for determining whether risk-based net worth requirements apply, and 12 CFR 741.3(b)(5)(i... risk to the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). The Board believes the $10 million... the NCUSIF based on recent trends. (iii) Credit Union Complexity and NCUSIF Risk The Board...

  10. Precise temporal regulation of roughest is required for correct salivary gland autophagic cell death in Drosophila.

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    Simon, Claudio R; Moda, Livia M R; Octacilio-Silva, Shirlei; Anhezini, Lucas; Machado-Gitai, Luciana C H; Ramos, Ricardo Guelerman P

    2009-07-01

    The Drosophila roughest (rst) locus encodes an immunoglobulin superfamily transmembrane glycoprotein implicated in a variety of embryonic and postembryonic developmental processes. Here we demonstrate a previously unnoticed role for this gene in the autophagic elimination of larval salivary glands during early pupal stages by showing that overexpression of the Rst protein ectodomain in early pupa leads to persistence of salivary glands up to at least 12 hours after head eversion, although with variable penetrance. The same phenotype is observed in individuals carrying the dominant regulatory allele rst(D), but not in loss of function alleles. Analysis of persistent glands at the ultrastructural level showed that programmed cell death starts at the right time but is arrested at an early stage of the process. Finally we describe the expression pattern and intracellular distribution of Rst in wild type and rst(D) mutants, showing that its downregulation in salivary glands at the beginning of pupal stage is an important factor in the correct implementation of the autophagic program of this tissue in space and time. 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  11. Detection and correct handling of prescribing errors in Dutch hospital pharmacies using test patients.

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    Beex-Oosterhuis, Marieke M; de Vogel, Ed M; van der Sijs, Heleen; Dieleman, Hetty G; van den Bemt, Patricia M L A

    2013-12-01

    Hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play a major role in detecting prescribing errors by medication surveillance. At present the frequency of detected and correctly handled prescribing errors is unclear, as are factors associated with correct handling. To examine the frequency of detection of prescribing errors and the frequency of correct handling, as well as factors associated with correct handling of prescribing errors by hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This study was conducted in 57 Dutch hospital pharmacies. Prospective observational study with test patients, using a case-control design to identify factors associated with correct handling. A questionnaire was used to collect the potential factors. Test patients containing prescribing errors were developed by an expert panel of hospital pharmacists (a total of 40 errors in nine medication records divided among three test patients; each test patient was used in 3 rounds; on average 4.5 prescribing error per patient per round). Prescribing errors were defined as dosing errors or therapeutic errors (contra-indication, drug-drug interaction, (pseudo)duplicate medication). The errors were selected on relevance and unequivocalness. The panel also defined how the errors should be handled in practice using national guidelines and this was defined as 'correct handling'. The test patients had to be treated as real patients while conducting medication surveillance. The pharmacists and technicians were asked to report detected errors to the investigator. The percentages of detected and correctly handled prescribing errors were the main outcome measures. Factors associated with correct handling were determined, using multivariate logistic regression analysis. Fifty-nine percent of the total number of intentionally added prescribing errors were detected and 57 % were handled correctly by the hospital pharmacists and technicians. The use of a computer system for medication surveillance compared to no

  12. Neighbourhood continuity is not required for correct testis gene expression in Drosophila.

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    Lisa A Meadows

    Full Text Available It is now widely accepted that gene organisation in eukaryotic genomes is non-random and it is proposed that such organisation may be important for gene expression and genome evolution. In particular, the results of several large-scale gene expression analyses in a range of organisms from yeast to human indicate that sets of genes with similar tissue-specific or temporal expression profiles are clustered within the genome in gene expression neighbourhoods. While the existence of neighbourhoods is clearly established, the underlying reason for this facet of genome organisation is currently unclear and there is little experimental evidence that addresses the genomic requisites for neighbourhood organisation. We report the targeted disruption of three well-defined male-specific gene expression neighbourhoods in the Drosophila genome by the synthesis of precisely mapped chromosomal inversions. We compare gene expression in individuals carrying inverted chromosomes with their non-inverted but otherwise identical progenitors using whole-transcriptome microarray analysis, validating these data with specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. For each neighbourhood we generate and examine multiple inversions. We find no significant differences in the expression of genes that define each of the neighbourhoods. We further show that the inversions spatially separate both halves of a neighbourhood in the nucleus. Thus, models explaining neighbourhood organisation in terms of local sequence interactions, enhancer crosstalk, or short-range chromatin effects are unlikely to account for this facet of genome organisation. Our study challenges the notion that, at least in the case of the testis, expression neighbourhoods are a feature of eukaryotic genome organisation necessary for correct gene expression.

  13. CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Correction of the FANCD1 Gene in Primary Patient Cells

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    Karolina Skvarova Kramarzova

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Fanconi anemia (FA is an inherited condition characterized by impaired DNA repair, physical anomalies, bone marrow failure, and increased incidence of malignancy. Gene editing holds great potential to precisely correct the underlying genetic cause such that gene expression remains under the endogenous control mechanisms. This has been accomplished to date only in transformed cells or their reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cell counterparts; however, it has not yet been reported in primary patient cells. Here we show the ability to correct a mutation in Fanconi anemia D1 (FANCD1 primary patient fibroblasts. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas9 system was employed to target and correct a FANCD1 gene deletion. Homologous recombination using an oligonucleotide donor was achieved and a pure population of modified cells was obtained by using inhibitors of poly adenosine diphosphate-ribose polymerase (poly ADP-ribose polymerase. FANCD1 function was restored and we did not observe any promiscuous cutting of the CRISPR/Cas9 at off target sites. This consideration is crucial in the context of the pre-malignant FA phenotype. Altogether we show the ability to correct a patient mutation in primary FANCD1 cells in a precise manner. These proof of principle studies support expanded application of gene editing for FA.

  14. Differential requirement for utrophin in the induced pluripotent stem cell correction of muscle versus fat in muscular dystrophy mice.

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    Amanda J Beck

    Full Text Available Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD is an incurable degenerative muscle disorder. We injected WT mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs into mdx and mdx∶utrophin mutant blastocysts, which are predisposed to develop DMD with an increasing degree of severity (mdx <<< mdx∶utrophin. In mdx chimeras, iPSC-dystrophin was supplied to the muscle sarcolemma to effect corrections at morphological and functional levels. Dystrobrevin was observed in dystrophin-positive and, at a lesser extent, utrophin-positive areas. In the mdx∶utrophin mutant chimeras, although iPSC-dystrophin was also supplied to the muscle sarcolemma, mice still displayed poor skeletal muscle histopathology, and negligible levels of dystrobrevin in dystrophin- and utrophin-negative areas. Not only dystrophin-expressing tissues are affected by iPSCs. Mdx and mdx∶utrophin mice have reduced fat/body weight ratio, but iPSC injection normalized this parameter in both mdx and mdx∶utrophin chimeras, despite the fact that utrophin was compromised in the mdx∶utrophin chimeric fat. The results suggest that the presence of utrophin is required for the iPSC-corrections in skeletal muscle. Furthermore, the results highlight a potential (utrophin-independent non-cell autonomous role for iPSC-dystrophin in the corrections of non-muscle tissue like fat, which is intimately related to the muscle.

  15. BIOFEEDBACK: A NEW METHOD FOR CORRECTION OF MOTOR DISORDERS IN PATIENTS WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

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    Ya. S. Pekker

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Major disabling factors in multiple sclerosis is motor disorders. Rehabilitation of such violations is one of the most important medical and social problems. Currently, most of the role given to the development of methods for correction of motor disorders based on accessing natural resources of the human body. One of these methods is the adaptive control with biofeedback (BFB. The aim of our study was the correction of motor disorders in multiple sclerosis patients using biofeedback training. In the study, we have developed scenarios for training rehabilitation program computer EMG biofeedback aimed at correction of motor disorders in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS. The method was tested in the neurological clinic of SSMU. The study included 9 patients with definite diagnosis of MS with the presence of the clinical picture of combined pyramidal and cerebellar symptoms. Assessed the effectiveness of rehabilitation procedures biofeedback training using specialized scales (rating scale functional systems Kurtzke; questionnaire research quality of life – SF-36, evaluation of disease impact Profile – SIP and score on a scale fatigue – FSS. In the studied group of patients decreased score on a scale of fatigue (FSS, increased motor control (SIP2, the physical and mental components of health (SF-36. The tendency to reduce the amount of neurological deficit by reducing the points on the pyramidal Kurtske violations. Analysis of the exchange rate dynamics of biofeedback training on EMG for trained muscles indicates an increase in the recorded signal OEMG from session to session. Proved a tendency to increase strength and coordination trained muscles of patients studied.Positive results of biofeedback therapy in patients with MS can be recommended to use this method in the complex rehabilitation measures to correct motor and psycho-emotional disorders.

  16. Interest of corrective makeup in the management of patients in dermatology

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    Seité S

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available S Seité,1 P Deshayes,2 B Dréno,3 L Misery,4 P Reygagne,5 P Saiag,6 F Stengel,7 AM Roguedas-Contios,4 A Rougier11La Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Asnières, France; 2Service de Dermatologie, Caen, France; 3Hôtel-Dieu, Nantes, France; 4CHU de Brest-Hôpital Morvan, Brest, France; 5Centre Sabouraud, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France; 6CHU Ambroise Paré, Boulogne, France; 7Department of Dermatology, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBackground: Disfiguring dermatoses may have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life, namely on their relationship with others, self image, and self esteem. Some previous studies have suggested that corrective foundation can improve the quality of life (QOL of patients with facial dermatoses; in particular, in patients with acne vulgaris or pigmentary disorders.Objective: The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the impact of the skin conditions of patients with various skin diseases affecting their face (scars, acne, rosacea, melasma, vitiligo, hypo or hyperpigmentation, lentigines, etc on their QOL and the improvement afforded by the use of corrective makeup for 1 month after being instructed on how to use it by a medical cosmetician during an initial medical consultation.Methods: One hundred and twenty-nine patients with various skin diseases affecting the patients’ face were investigated. The patients were instructed by a cosmetician on how to use corrective makeup (complexion, eyes, and lips and applied it for 1 month. The safety of the makeup application was evaluated and the QOL was assessed via a questionnaire (DLQI and using a 10-cm visual analog scale (VAS completed before the first application and at the final visit. The amelioration of their appearance was documented by standardized photography.Results: No side effects occurred during the course of the study. A comparison of the standardized photographs taken at each visit showed the patients’ significant improvement in

  17. Two‑gene mutation in a single patient: Biochemical and functional analysis for a correct interpretation of exome results.

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    Bianco, Anna Monica; Faletra, Flavio; Vozzi, Diego; Girardelli, Martina; Knowles, Alessandra; Tommasini, Alberto; Zauli, Giorgio; Marcuzzi, Annalisa

    2015-10-01

    Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has generated a large amount of sequence data with the requirement of frequent critical revisions of reported mutations. This innovative tool has proved to be effective in detecting pathogenic mutations; however, it requires a certain degree of experience to identify incidental findings. In the present study, whole exome sequencing analysis was performed for the molecular diagnosis and correct genotype/phenotype correlation between parents and a patient presenting with an atypical phenotype. In addition, mevalonic acid quantification and frequency analysis of detected variants in public databases and X‑chromosome inactivation (XCI) studies on the patient's mother were performed. V377I as well as the S135L mutations were identified on the mevalonate kinase deficiency gene and the levels of mevalonic acid in the patient were 5,496 µg/ml. A D59G variation, reported in ESP6500 in two healthy individuals, was found on the Martin Probst syndrome gene (RAB40AL). Based on XCI studies on the patient's mother, it is likely that RAB40AL escapes XCI, while still remaining balanced. In conclusion, the results of the present study indicated that the Martin Probst syndrome is an X‑linked condition, which is probably not caused by RAB40AL mutations. Although NGS is a powerful tool to identify pathogenic mutations, the analysis of genetic data requires expert critical revision of all detected variants.

  18. Long-term patient satisfaction after surgical correction of penile curvature via tunical plication

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    Alvaro Paez

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess patient satisfaction and functional results at long term follow-up after surgical correction for Peyronie's disease (PD and congenital penile curvature (CPC with the technique of tunical plication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and two men operated for PD (n = 76 or CPC (n = 26 in four different departments of urology in public hospitals agreed to answer a six-question telephone questionnaire about treatment satisfaction. Tunica albuginea plication procedures represented the standard surgical approach. Subjects under investigation were correction of the deformity, feeling of bumps under the skin, pain during erection, penile sensory changes, development of erectile dysfunction (ED and postoperative ability for complete vaginal intromission. Subjective response rates were compared using the chi square test on the basis of the etiology of the disease (CPC or PD. RESULTS: Significant differences (p < 0.05 between patients with CPC and PD were noticed in the prevalence of postoperative penile deformity, sensory changes, ED and ability to complete vaginal intromission, PD patients always showing a more pessimistic view. No significant differences (p = ns were detected in terms of unpleasant nodes under the penile skin or pain during erection. CONCLUSIONS: Long-term outcome after surgical correction for PD and CPC with the technique of tunical plication can be poor. Probably patient expectations are above the real performance of surgical techniques. Preoperative information should be more exhaustive.

  19. Use of antisense oligonucleotides to correct the splicing error in ISCU myopathy patient cell lines.

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    Holmes-Hampton, Gregory P; Crooks, Daniel R; Haller, Ronald G; Guo, Shuling; Freier, Susan M; Monia, Brett P; Rouault, Tracey A

    2016-12-01

    ISCU myopathy is an inherited disease that primarily affects individuals of northern Swedish descent who share a single point mutation in the fourth intron of the ISCU gene. The current study shows correction of specific phenotypes associated with disease following treatment with an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) targeted to the site of the mutation. We have shown that ASO treatment diminished aberrant splicing and increased ISCU protein levels in both patient fibroblasts and patient myotubes in a concentration dependent fashion. Upon ASO treatment, levels of SDHB in patient myotubular cell lines increased to levels observed in control myotubular cell lines. Additionally, we have shown that both patient fibroblast and myotubular cell lines displayed an increase in complex II activity with a concomitant decrease in succinate levels in patient myotubular cell lines after ASO treatment. Mitochondrial and cytosolic aconitase activities increased significantly following ASO treatment in patient myotubes. The current study suggests that ASO treatment may serve as a viable approach to correcting ISCU myopathy in patients. Published by Oxford University Press 2016. This work is written by US Government employees and is in the public domain in the US.

  20. Decreased Variability of the 6-Minute Walk Test by Heart Rate Correction in Patients with Neuromuscular Disease

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    Prahm, Kira Philipsen; Witting, Nanna; Vissing, John

    2014-01-01

    by heart rate correction. METHODS: Sixteen patients with neuromuscular diseases, including Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooths, Dystrophia Myotonica and Congenital Myopathy and 12 healthy subjects were studied. Patients were excluded if they had...

  1. Surgical correction of kyphosis in patients with camptocormia due to Parkinson's disease: a retrospective evaluation.

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    Wadia, Pettarusp M; Tan, Gamaliel; Munhoz, Renato P; Fox, Susan H; Lewis, Stephen J; Lang, Anthony E

    2011-04-01

    Camptocormia or 'bent spine syndrome' is a rare manifestation of Parkinson's disease. The postural deformity can be a great source of disability. Camptocormia is typically not responsive to dopaminergic medication. Results with deep brain stimulation to treat camptocormia have been mixed but generally poor. The authors report two cases of camptocormia in Parkinson's disease treated with spinal corrective surgery. Despite prolonged postoperative courses, including a high complication rate and the need for multiple revisions, both patients benefited from the procedures.

  2. Renal Cell Protection of Erythropoietin beyond Correcting The Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

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    Hamid Nasri

    2013-01-01

    Currently many patients with chronic renal failure have profited from the use of erythropoietin to correct anemia (1,2). In chronic kidney disease, anemia is believed to be a surrogate index for tissue hypoxia that continues preexisting renal tissue injury (1-3). Erythropoietin is an essential glycoprotein that accelerates red blood cell maturation from erythroid progenitors and facilitates erythropoiesis. It is a 30.4 kD glycoprotein and class I cytokine containing 165 amino acids (3,4). App...

  3. Class II correction in a growing patient with hyperdivergent growth patterns and severe overjet.

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    Park, Jae Hyun

    2010-01-01

    In general, the success of Class II treatment depends as much on the skill of the orthodontist as it does on a favorable facial-growth pattern. Lack of sufficient favorable growth during treatment will make it difficult to correct the skeletal malrelationship or significantly improve the facial profile. The case report presents the treatment of a patient with a Class II, Division 1 malocclusion with severe overjet and a hyperdivergent growth pattern. © 2011 BY QUINTESSENCE PUBLISHING CO, INC.

  4. GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE EFFICACY OF RISK FACTORS CORRECTION AND TREATMENT COMPLIANCE IN PATIENTS AFTER ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME

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    A. Y. Efanov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To compare the efficacy of correction of modifiable risk factors for ischemic heart disease (IHD, and treatment compliance within 6 months of observation in group of men and group of women after acute coronary syndrome (ACS. Material and мethods. Patients (n=147: 100 men and 47 women aged under 70 years who underwent ACS were examined. Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and frequency of basic drugs taking were evaluated at baseline and after 6 months. The efficacy of risk factors correction in men was compared with this in women. Results. A general number of patients with effective blood pressure (BP control as well as patients who reached the target levels of total cholesterol (TC <4.5 mmol/l and cholesterol of low>density lipoproteins (LDC <2.5 mmol/l after 6 months increased significantly in comparison with this before observation. Taking of drugs from all main groups left unsatisfactory and did not>reach the advisable values. Women have better antihypertensive treatment compliance, but worse lipidemia level control; they more often have glucose metabolism disorders, arterial hypertension and obesity. Men smoked more often, but have better BP, TC and cholesterol LDC control. Conclusion. The high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors requires intensification of preventive activity regarding IHD onset and progression among both men and women.

  5. Nitrogen Balance and Protein Requirements for Critically Ill Older Patients

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    Roland N. Dickerson

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Critically ill older patients with sarcopenia experience greater morbidity and mortality than younger patients. It is anticipated that unabated protein catabolism would be detrimental for the critically ill older patient. Healthy older subjects experience a diminished response to protein supplementation when compared to their younger counterparts, but this anabolic resistance can be overcome by increasing protein intake. Preliminary evidence suggests that older patients may respond differently to protein intake than younger patients during critical illness as well. If sufficient protein intake is given, older patients can achieve a similar nitrogen accretion response as younger patients even during critical illness. However, there is concern among some clinicians that increasing protein intake in older patients during critical illness may lead to azotemia due to decreased renal functional reserve which may augment the propensity towards worsened renal function and worsened clinical outcomes. Current evidence regarding protein requirements, nitrogen balance, ureagenesis, and clinical outcomes during nutritional therapy for critically ill older patients is reviewed.

  6. Nitrogen Balance and Protein Requirements for Critically Ill Older Patients.

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    Dickerson, Roland N

    2016-04-18

    Critically ill older patients with sarcopenia experience greater morbidity and mortality than younger patients. It is anticipated that unabated protein catabolism would be detrimental for the critically ill older patient. Healthy older subjects experience a diminished response to protein supplementation when compared to their younger counterparts, but this anabolic resistance can be overcome by increasing protein intake. Preliminary evidence suggests that older patients may respond differently to protein intake than younger patients during critical illness as well. If sufficient protein intake is given, older patients can achieve a similar nitrogen accretion response as younger patients even during critical illness. However, there is concern among some clinicians that increasing protein intake in older patients during critical illness may lead to azotemia due to decreased renal functional reserve which may augment the propensity towards worsened renal function and worsened clinical outcomes. Current evidence regarding protein requirements, nitrogen balance, ureagenesis, and clinical outcomes during nutritional therapy for critically ill older patients is reviewed.

  7. A dynamic compensation strategy to correct patient-positioning errors in conformal prostate radiotherapy.

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    Lauve, A D; Siebers, J V; Crimaldi, A J; Hagan, M P; Kealla, P J

    2006-06-01

    Traditionally, pretreatment detected patient-positioning errors have been corrected by repositioning the couch to align the patient to the treatment beam. We investigated an alternative strategy: aligning the beam to the patient by repositioning the dynamic multileaf collimator and adjusting the beam weights, termed dynamic compensation. The purpose of this study was to determine the geometric range of positioning errors for which the dynamic compensation method is valid in prostate cancer patients treated with three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy. Twenty-five previously treated prostate cancer patients were replanned using a four-field technique to deliver 72 Gy to 95% of the planning target volume (PTV). Patient-positioning errors were introduced by shifting the patient reference frame with respect to the treatment isocenter. Thirty-six randomly selected isotropic displacements with magnitudes of 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, 6.0, 8.0, and 10.0 cm were sampled for each patient, for a total of 5400 errors. Dynamic compensation was used to correct each of these errors by conforming the beam apertures to the new target position and adjusting the monitor units using inverse-square and off-axis factor corrections. The dynamic compensation plans were then compared with the original treatment plans via dose-volume histogram (DVH) analysis. Changes of more than 5% of the prescription dose, 3.6 Gy, were deemed significant. Compared with the original treatment plans, dynamic compensation produced small discrepancies in isodose distributions and DVH analyses. These differences increased with the magnitudes of the initial patient-positioning errors. Coverage of the PTV was excellent: D95 and Dmean were not increased or decreased by more than 5% of the prescription dose, and D5 was not decreased by more than 5% of the prescription dose for any of the 5400 simulated positioning errors. D5 was increased by more than 5% of the prescription dose in only three of the 5400 positioning errors

  8. Visual outcome after correcting the refractive error of large pupil patients with wavefront-guided ablation

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Mounir A Khalifa,1,2 Waleed A Allam,1,2 Mohamed S Shaheen2,31Ophthalmology Department, Tanta University Eye Hospital, Tanta, Egypt; 2Horus Vision Correction Center, Alexandria, Egypt; 3Ophthalmology Department, Alexandria University, Alexandria, EgyptPurpose: To investigate the efficacy and predictability of wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK treatments using the iris registration (IR technology for the correction of refractive errors in patients with large pupils.Setting: Horus Vision Correction Center, Alexandria, Egypt.Methods: Prospective noncomparative study including a total of 52 eyes of 30 consecutive laser refractive correction candidates with large mesopic pupil diameters and myopia or myopic astigmatism. Wavefront-guided LASIK was performed in all cases using the VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser platform. Visual, refractive, aberrometric and mesopic contrast sensitivity (CS outcomes were evaluated during a 6-month follow-up.Results: Mean mesopic pupil diameter ranged from 8.0 mm to 9.4 mm. A significant improvement in uncorrected distance visual acuity (UCDVA (P < 0.01 was found postoperatively, which was consistent with a significant refractive correction (P < 0.01. No significant change was detected in corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA (P = 0.11. Efficacy index (the ratio of postoperative UCDVA to preoperative CDVA and safety index (the ratio of postoperative CDVA to preoperative CDVA were calculated. Mean efficacy and safety indices were 1.06 ± 0.33 and 1.05 ± 0.18, respectively, and 92.31% of eyes had a postoperative spherical equivalent within ±0.50 diopters (D. Manifest refractive spherical equivalent improved significantly (P < 0.05 from a preoperative level of −3.1 ± 1.6 D (range −6.6 to 0 D to −0.1 ± 0.2 D (range −1.3 to 0.1 D at 6 months postoperative. No significant changes were found in mesopic CS (P ≥ 0.08, except CS for three cycles/degree, which improved significantly (P = 0

  9. Arrival time correction for dynamic susceptibility contrast MR permeability imaging in stroke patients.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine if applying an arrival time correction (ATC to dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC based permeability imaging will improve its ability to identify contrast leakage in stroke patients for whom the shape of the measured curve may be very different due to hypoperfusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A technique described in brain tumor patients was adapted to incorporate a correction for delayed contrast delivery due to perfusion deficits. This technique was applied to the MRIs of 9 stroke patients known to have blood-brain barrier (BBB disruption on T1 post contrast imaging. Regions of BBB damage were compared with normal tissue from the contralateral hemisphere. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC analysis was performed to compare the detection of BBB damage before and after ATC. RESULTS: ATC improved the area under the curve (AUC of the ROC from 0.53 to 0.70. The sensitivity improved from 0.51 to 0.67 and the specificity improved from 0.57 to 0.66. Visual inspection of the ROC curve revealed that the performance of the uncorrected analysis was worse than random guess at some thresholds. CONCLUSIONS: The ability of DSC permeability imaging to identify contrast enhancing tissue in stroke patients improved considerably when an ATC was applied. Using DSC permeability imaging in stroke patients without an ATC may lead to false identification of BBB disruption.

  10. Correction for FDG PET dose extravasations: Monte Carlo validation and quantitative evaluation of patient studies

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    Silva-Rodríguez, Jesús, E-mail: jesus.silva.rodriguez@sergas.es; Aguiar, Pablo, E-mail: pablo.aguiar.fernandez@sergas.es [Fundación Ramón Domínguez, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain); Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Complexo Hospitalario Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), 15782, Galicia (Spain); Grupo de Imaxe Molecular, Instituto de Investigación Sanitarias (IDIS), Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Galicia (Spain); Sánchez, Manuel; Mosquera, Javier; Luna-Vega, Víctor [Servicio de Radiofísica y Protección Radiológica, Complexo Hospitalario Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), 15782, Galicia (Spain); Cortés, Julia; Garrido, Miguel [Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Galicia, Spain and Grupo de Imaxe Molecular, Instituto de Investigación Sanitarias (IDIS), Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Galicia (Spain); Pombar, Miguel [Servicio de Radiofísica y Protección Radiológica, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Galicia (Spain); Ruibal, Álvaro [Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Complexo Hospitalario Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), 15782, Galicia (Spain); Grupo de Imaxe Molecular, Instituto de Investigación Sanitarias (IDIS), Santiago de Compostela, 15706, Galicia (Spain); Fundación Tejerina, 28003, Madrid (Spain)

    2014-05-15

    Purpose: Current procedure guidelines for whole body [18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) state that studies with visible dose extravasations should be rejected for quantification protocols. Our work is focused on the development and validation of methods for estimating extravasated doses in order to correct standard uptake value (SUV) values for this effect in clinical routine. Methods: One thousand three hundred sixty-seven consecutive whole body FDG-PET studies were visually inspected looking for extravasation cases. Two methods for estimating the extravasated dose were proposed and validated in different scenarios using Monte Carlo simulations. All visible extravasations were retrospectively evaluated using a manual ROI based method. In addition, the 50 patients with higher extravasated doses were also evaluated using a threshold-based method. Results: Simulation studies showed that the proposed methods for estimating extravasated doses allow us to compensate the impact of extravasations on SUV values with an error below 5%. The quantitative evaluation of patient studies revealed that paravenous injection is a relatively frequent effect (18%) with a small fraction of patients presenting considerable extravasations ranging from 1% to a maximum of 22% of the injected dose. A criterion based on the extravasated volume and maximum concentration was established in order to identify this fraction of patients that might be corrected for paravenous injection effect. Conclusions: The authors propose the use of a manual ROI based method for estimating the effectively administered FDG dose and then correct SUV quantification in those patients fulfilling the proposed criterion.

  11. X-ray scatter correction method for dedicated breast computed tomography: improvements and initial patient testing

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    Ramamurthy, Senthil; D'Orsi, Carl J.; Sechopoulos, Ioannis

    2016-02-01

    A previously proposed x-ray scatter correction method for dedicated breast computed tomography was further developed and implemented so as to allow for initial patient testing. The method involves the acquisition of a complete second set of breast CT projections covering 360° with a perforated tungsten plate in the path of the x-ray beam. To make patient testing feasible, a wirelessly controlled electronic positioner for the tungsten plate was designed and added to a breast CT system. Other improvements to the algorithm were implemented, including automated exclusion of non-valid primary estimate points and the use of a different approximation method to estimate the full scatter signal. To evaluate the effectiveness of the algorithm, evaluation of the resulting image quality was performed with a breast phantom and with nine patient images. The improvements in the algorithm resulted in the avoidance of introduction of artifacts, especially at the object borders, which was an issue in the previous implementation in some cases. Both contrast, in terms of signal difference and signal difference-to-noise ratio were improved with the proposed method, as opposed to with the correction algorithm incorporated in the system, which does not recover contrast. Patient image evaluation also showed enhanced contrast, better cupping correction, and more consistent voxel values for the different tissues. The algorithm also reduces artifacts present in reconstructions of non-regularly shaped breasts. With the implemented hardware and software improvements, the proposed method can be reliably used during patient breast CT imaging, resulting in improvement of image quality, no introduction of artifacts, and in some cases reduction of artifacts already present. The impact of the algorithm on actual clinical performance for detection, diagnosis and other clinical tasks in breast imaging remains to be evaluated.

  12. [Free radical processes at patients with pathologies of biliary ducts and methods of their correction].

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    Bolevich, S B; Stupin, V A; Gakhramanov, T V; Khokonov, M A; Silina, E V; Men'shova, N I; Bogdanova, L S

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of a research in the early diagnostics of a functional condition of a liver, is to estimate the degree of the level of its expressiveness and timely pathogenetic correction on the basis of the free radical system processes of studying of patients with mechanical jaundice. Results were carried out among 61 patients with pathologies of bile tracts( biliary ducts) which proved the essential role of free radical processes with strengthening of peroxidation of membrane lipids against the absolute or relative insufficiency of endogenic antioxidants in the mechanism of development of hepatic insufficiency at the given category of patients with the highest degree expressed at the serious conditions of the patients with malignant diseases. It is revealed that the inclusion of energy corrector antioxidants of reamberin to the therapy as a part of standard schemes of treatment promoted positive regressing dynamics of parameters of free radical processes that are correlated with positive clinical symptoms and outcome of diseases.

  13. Correction of iron deficiency anaemia using IV CosmoFer in CKD patients with asthma: a prospective study.

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    Syed, A; Bhandari, S

    2016-03-01

    Intravenous (IV) iron is commonly used for correcting iron deficiency anaemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). There remains a concern for its use in patients with asthma as it may trigger an acute exacerbation. Pre-treatment with a single dose of parenteral hydrocortisone may obviate this risk. We carried out a prospective study of known asthmatic patients with CKD requiring single-dose iron repletion therapy. We analysed the efficacy and safety of IV CosmoFer (low molecular weight iron dextran). Twenty non-dialysis CKD patients with iron deficiency anaemia and a history of asthma were enrolled. Severity of asthma and level of control were recorded as per British Thoracic Society Guidelines and Royal Collage of Physician questionnaire, respectively. All patients received IV hydrocortisone 30 min before the test dose of CosmoFer followed by the remaining total dose. Patients were monitored for adverse reactions. Haemoglobin, serum ferritin levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate were measured pre and 6-weeks post-infusion. All patients were followed up until 6 weeks to assess the control of their asthma. All 20 patients completed the study. No patient experienced acute hypersensitivity or infusion reactions. At 6 weeks follow-up, no patient reported worsening of their asthma. There was an increase in mean haemoglobin from 10.1 to 11.1 g/dl and mean ferritin from 93.5 to 302.6 ng/ml. This study demonstrates that IV CosmoFer may be administered safely in asthmatics by administering a single 50 mg dose of hydrocortisone pre-infusion. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Association of Physicians. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction frame counts in diabetic patients with angiographically normal coronary arteries.

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    Turkoglu, Sedat; Ozdemir, Murat; Tacoy, Gulten; Tavil, Yusuf; Abaci, Adnan; Timurkaynak, Timur; Cengel, Atiye

    2008-08-01

    To evaluate corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count (CTFC) in patients with angiographically normal coronary arteries and diabetes mellitus, a condition known to be associated with microvascular dysfunction. Patients who underwent coronary angiography in Gazi University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey between January 2000 and January 2005 were studied. Corrected TIMI frame count was calculated over the left anterior descending (LAD), left circumflex (Cx) and right coronary arteries (RCA) in 118 diabetic and 122 non-diabetic patients with normal coronary angiogram. The mean CTFC values of the LAD, Cx, and the RCA were similar in diabetics and nondiabetics 21.0 +/= 7.5 versus 21.3 +/= 9.6, 23.3 +/= 9.7 versus 23.5 +/= 10.8, 17.9 +/= 6.7 versus 18.7 +/=7.4 respectively, p>0.05 for all comparisons. In stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis, body surface area had a significant correlation with CTFC of all the 3 coronary arteries. We conclude that CTFC in diabetics and non-diabetics with angiographically normal coronary arteries is similar. Since microvascular disease is an inherent component of diabetes, our finding may reflect the inadequacy of CTFC in predicting microvascular disease in diabetic patients with normal coronary angiograms.

  15. Toric Intraocular Lens Implantation for Correction of Astigmatism in Cataract Patients with Corneal Ectasia

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    Efstratios A. Parikakis

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Our purpose was to examine the long-term efficacy of toric intraocular lens (IOL implantation in cataract patients with high astigmatism due to corneal ectasia, who underwent phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Five eyes of 3 cataract patients with topographically stable keratoconus or pellucid macular degeneration (PMD, in which phacoemulsification with toric IOL implantation was used to correct high astigmatism, are reported. Objective and subjective refraction, visual acuity measurement and corneal topography were performed in all cases before and after cataract surgery. In all cases, there was a significant improvement in visual acuity, as well as refraction, which remained stable over time. Specifically, in subjective refraction, all patients achieved visual acuity from 7/10 to 9/10 with up to -2.50 cyl. Corneal topography also remained stable. Postoperative follow-up was 18-28 months. Cataract surgery with toric IOL implantation seems to be safe and effective in correcting astigmatism and improving visual function in cataract patients with topographically stable keratoconus or PMD.

  16. Emergency correction of coagulation before major surgery in two elderly patients on oral anticoagulation

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    Pechlaner Christoph

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Recommendations for urgent reversal of oral anticoagulation with vitamin K1 antagonists are largely derived from case series employing empirical dosing regimens with vitamin K1 and prothrombin complex concentrates. Data on the use of prothrombin complex concentrates in this indication are scarce in the elderly who are at high risk of both hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications. The two cases presented here describe patients older than 75 years who underwent rapid International Normalized Ratio (INR reversal with prothrombin complex concentrates for surgical treatment of a bleeding ruptured spleen and for emergency surgery of a dissecting aorta. Both patients had their INRs rapidly corrected to ≤ 1.6 and underwent operation without complications. Evidence on treatment of patients who present with elevated INR and who have major bleeding or need to undergo emergency surgery is based mainly on observational studies. The two elderly patients presented here underwent successful emergency surgery after their INRs had been corrected with the intravenous use of vitamin K1 in combination with prothrombin complex concentrate that was administered according to current guideline recommendations.

  17. CORRECTION OF MICROCIRCULATORY DISORDERS IN NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

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    M. E. Statsenko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Combined liver damage in patients with chronic heart failure and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease leads to the formation of pathological hemodynamic types of microcirculation with prevalence of shunt blood flow, nutritional deficiency, that correlated with changes in the functional state of the liver. Using cytoprotector mexicor for 16 weeks as part of the basic treatment of patients with chronic heart failure and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can correct these microcirculatory disorders, has a beneficial effect on endothelial function, autonomic tone of microvessels, which is accompanied by the positive dynamics of indicators of cytolysis and cholestasis.

  18. Complex correction of erectile and copulative violations at patients with obesity and reproductive function violation

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    Kotenko K.V.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The study aimed the development and assessment of features of corrective action of a medical complex on a lipid imbalance at patients with obesity. Material and methods. For an assessment of features of corrective action of a medical complex on a lipid imbalance at patients with obesity in research I was 50 male patients with obesity and frustration of the reproductive sphere aged from 24 to 68 years are included, middle age was 38,5±6,1 years and 7 healthy persons, men of comparable age without any pathological states, results of which all researches were accepted to values of norm. To all patients included in research, except all-clinical inspection calculation of an index of body weight and the relation of a circle of a waist to a circle of hips, measurement of arterial pressure were applied questioning concerning food and food behavior, anthropometry (growth the body weight, a circle of a waist and hips. Besides all patients conducted laboratory methods the researches including definition of atherogenic fractions of lipids (the general cholesterol, triglycerides, LPNP and LPVP. Researches were conducted before treatment and after a course of treatment. Results. The effective complex program for restoration of reproductive function at patients with obesity is developed. Conclusion. Application of the developed complex program more than its separate components caused the expressed reduction of body weight, mainly due to reduction of fatty tissue and manifestations of visceral obesity in patients with obesity and violation of reproductive function, including due to elimination of a metabolic imbalance.

  19. MRI findings in patients with defecatory dysfunction after surgical correction of anorectal malformation

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    Cui, Yong; Shao, Guang-rui [Second Hospital of Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Jinan (China); Wang, Ruo-yi [Second Hospital of Shandong University, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Jinan (China); Zhang, Yuan [Second Hospital of Shandong University, Evidence-based Medical Center, Jinan (China); Zhang, Shu-hui [Second Hospital of Shandong University, Department of Laboratory, Jinan (China)

    2013-08-15

    Postoperative anorectal malformation patients frequently have defecatory dysfunction. MRI may be useful in the management of these patients. To analyze static and dynamic MRI findings in patients with defecatory dysfunction after correction of anorectal malformation (ARM), and compare differences between patients with constipation and fecal incontinence. Pelvic MRI studies of 20 constipated and 32 incontinent postoperative ARM patients were analyzed retrospectively to determine the location and morphology of the neorectum, presence of peritoneal fat herniation, presence of scarring, development of the striated muscle complex (SMC) and any other abnormalities. The two groups were then compared using {chi} {sup 2}-test. Eighteen patients also underwent MRI defecography to evaluate pelvic floor function and abnormalities are reported. The children with incontinence were more likely to have abnormal location of the neorectum (P = 0.031), increased anorectal angle (ARA) (P = 0.031) and peritoneal fat herniation (P = 0.032), and less likely to have dilation of the neorectum (P = 0.027), than the children with constipation. There were no significant differences between the two groups in incidence of focal stenosis of the neorectum (P = 0.797), presence of extensive scarring (P = 0.591) and developmental agenesis of the SMC (P > 0.05). MRI defecography showed 6 anterior rectoceles, 6 cystoceles and 18 pelvic floor descents. MRI is a helpful imaging modality in postoperative ARM patients with defecatory dysfunction, and it shows distinct differences between the children with constipation and incontinence and provides individualized information to guide further treatment. (orig.)

  20. Insulin requirements in non-critically ill hospitalized patients with diabetes and steroid-induced hyperglycemia.

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    Spanakis, Elias K; Shah, Nina; Malhotra, Keya; Kemmerer, Terri; Yeh, Hsin-Chieh; Golden, Sherita Hill

    2014-04-01

    Steroid-induced hyperglycemia is common in hospitalized patients with diabetes mellitus. Guidelines for glucose management in this setting are lacking. We conducted a retrospective chart review of non-critically ill patients with diabetes receiving steroids, hospitalized from January 2009 to October 2012. Fifty-eight patients were identified from 247 consults. Multivariable linear regression was used to assess median daily insulin requirements of normoglycemic patients compared with hyperglycemic patients. Of the 58 total patients included in our study, 20 achieved normoglycemia during admission (patient-day weighted mean blood glucose [PDWMBG] level = 154 ± 16 mg/dL) and 38 remained hyperglycemic (PDWMBG level = 243 ± 39 mg/dL; P < 0.001). There were no differences between the 2 patient groups in age, sex, race, body weight, renal function, HbA1c level, glucose-altering medications, diabetes type, or disease duration. Following multivariable adjustment, compared with hyperglycemic patients, normoglycemic patients required similar units of basal insulin (median interquartile range [IQR])(23.6 [17.9, 31.2] vs 20.1 [16.5, 24.4]; P = 0.35); higher units of nutritional insulin (45.5 [34.2, 60.4] vs 20.1 [16.4, 24.5]; P < 0.001]; and lower units of correctional insulin (5.8 [4.1, 8.1] vs 13.0 [10.2, 16.5]; P < 0.001]). Patients achieving normoglycemia required a significantly lower percentage of correction insulin (total daily dose [TDD]: 7.4% vs 23.4%; P < 0.001) and a higher percentage of nutritional insulin (TDD: 58.1% vs 36.2%; P <0.001) than hyperglycemic patients. There was no difference in the TDD per kilogram, TDD per milligram hydrocortisone dose, or TDD per milligram hydrocortisone dose per kilogram weight between the 2 groups. The data suggest that non-critically ill patients with hyperglycemia receiving steroids require a higher percentage of TDD insulin therapy as nutritional insulin to achieve normoglycemia.

  1. Decreased total and corrected antioxidant capacity in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Koutroubakis, Ioannis E; Malliaraki, Niki; Dimoulios, Philippos D; Karmiris, Konstantinos; Castanas, Elias; Kouroumalis, Elias A

    2004-09-01

    Oxidative stress and depletion of antioxidants may play a key role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-related intestinal damage. A new automated assay for the determination of blood total antioxidant capacity (TAC), based on the crocin bleaching method, has been used for the measurement of TAC and corrected TAC (cTAC) in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) in comparison to healthy controls (HC). Ninety-four patients with UC, 97 patients with CD, and 72 HC were included in this study. Serum TAC was measured in all patients and controls on an Olympus AU-600 chemistry analyzer using a TAC kit. cTAC was calculated from TAC after subtraction of the interactions due to endogenous uric acid, bilirubin and albumin. Mean serum TAC as well as cTAC levels were significantly lower in both UC and CD patients compared with HC (P < 0.0001). Patients with active UC had no different TAC and cTAC compared to those with inactive disease. Patients with active CD had significantly lower mean TAC compared to those with inactive disease but cTAC was not different between the two phases of disease activity. Patients with proctitis had significantly higher TAC and cTAC compared to patients with left-sided colitis and total colitis. In CD patients no association between disease localization and these markers was found. TAC and cTAC are significantly reduced in IBD patients compared with controls irrespective of disease activity. The decreased antioxidant defenses may be a primary phenomenon severely compromising the mucosa and therefore increase susceptibility to oxidative tissue damage.

  2. Correction of anemia in multiple myeloma patients by erythropoiesis-stimulating agents

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    N. A. Romanenko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper analysis of anemia correction efficacy in multiple myeloma patients was shown. Patients (n = 68 treated with epoetin alfa (recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO 150 IU/kg subcutaneously three times per week (no more 20 weeks were included in the study group. Patients who did not receive erythropoiesis-stimulating therapy were included in the control group (n = 31. Patients in both groups received at least 3 courses of chemotherapy and continued to receive anticancer treatment during follow-up. Baseline hemoglobin level was 5.3 g/dl – 10.0 g/dl. The increase in hemoglobin level to normal range (≥ 12.0 g/dl during ≤ 20 weeks was considered as positive therapy response. Positive response rate was higher in patients received epoetin alfa comparing with control group (64.7 % and 25.8 %, respectively; p < 0.05. Transfusion dependence persisted in 6 from 19 study patients who received RBC transfusions along with rEPO therapy (31.6 %, whereas in 5 from 9 control group patients (55.6 %. In epoetin alfa group significant increase in reticulocytes count at 2–3 weeks of therapywas revealed: from 27.3 × 109/l to 64.9 × 109/l (in patients with positive response and from 13.3 × 109/l to 25.1 × 109/l (in patients without response. Changes in the reticulocytes count in the control group were not revealed. Thus in patients with positive response reticulocytes level significantly increased to 3 weeks of therapy compared with negative response patients (37.6 × 109/l versus 11.8 × 109/l, respectively; p < 0,05, it can be used as prognostic factors of rEPO response.

  3. Correction of anemia in multiple myeloma patients by erythropoiesis-stimulating agents

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    N. A. Romanenko

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper analysis of anemia correction efficacy in multiple myeloma patients was shown. Patients (n = 68 treated with epoetin alfa (recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO 150 IU/kg subcutaneously three times per week (no more 20 weeks were included in the study group. Patients who did not receive erythropoiesis-stimulating therapy were included in the control group (n = 31. Patients in both groups received at least 3 courses of chemotherapy and continued to receive anticancer treatment during follow-up. Baseline hemoglobin level was 5.3 g/dl – 10.0 g/dl. The increase in hemoglobin level to normal range (≥ 12.0 g/dl during ≤ 20 weeks was considered as positive therapy response. Positive response rate was higher in patients received epoetin alfa comparing with control group (64.7 % and 25.8 %, respectively; p < 0.05. Transfusion dependence persisted in 6 from 19 study patients who received RBC transfusions along with rEPO therapy (31.6 %, whereas in 5 from 9 control group patients (55.6 %. In epoetin alfa group significant increase in reticulocytes count at 2–3 weeks of therapywas revealed: from 27.3 × 109/l to 64.9 × 109/l (in patients with positive response and from 13.3 × 109/l to 25.1 × 109/l (in patients without response. Changes in the reticulocytes count in the control group were not revealed. Thus in patients with positive response reticulocytes level significantly increased to 3 weeks of therapy compared with negative response patients (37.6 × 109/l versus 11.8 × 109/l, respectively; p < 0,05, it can be used as prognostic factors of rEPO response.

  4. Patient time requirements for anticoagulation therapy with warfarin.

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    Jonas, Daniel E; Bryant Shilliday, Betsy; Laundon, W Russell; Pignone, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Most patients receiving warfarin are managed in outpatient office settings or anticoagulation clinics that require frequent visits for monitoring. To measure the amount and value of time required of patients for chronic anticoagulation therapy with warfarin. /Participants. Prospective observation of a cohort of adult patients treated at a university-based anticoagulation program. Measurements. Participants completed a questionnaire and a prospective diary of the time required for 1 visit to the anticoagulation clinic, including travel, waiting, and the clinic visit. The authors reviewed subjects' medical records to obtain additional information, including the frequency of visits to the anticoagulation clinic. They used the human capital method to estimate the value of time. Eighty-five subjects completed the study. The mean (median) total time per visit was 147 minutes (123). Subjects averaged 15 visits per year (14) and spent 39.0 hours (29.3) per year on their visits. Other anticoagulation-related activities, such as communication with providers, pharmacy trips, and extra time preparing food, added an average of 52.7 hours (19.0) per year. The mean annual value of patient time spent traveling, waiting, and attending anticoagulation visits was $707 (median $591). The mean annual value when also including other anticoagulation-related activities was $1799 (median $1132). The time required of patients for anticoagulation visits was considerable, averaging approximately 2.5 hours per visit and almost 40 hours per year. for reducing patient time requirements, such as home-based testing, could reduce costs for patients, employers, and companions.

  5. Patient Accounting Systems: Are They Fit with the Users' Requirements?

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    Ayatollahi, Haleh; Nazemi, Zahra; Haghani, Hamid

    2016-01-01

    A patient accounting system is a subsystem of a hospital information system. This system like other information systems should be carefully designed to be able to meet users' requirements. The main aim of this research was to investigate users' requirements and to determine whether current patient accounting systems meet users' needs or not. This was a survey study, and the participants were the users of six patient accounting systems used in 24 teaching hospitals. A stratified sampling method was used to select the participants (n = 216). The research instruments were a questionnaire and a checklist. The mean value of ≥3 showed the importance of each data element and the capability of the system. Generally, the findings showed that the current patient accounting systems had some weaknesses and were able to meet between 70% and 80% of users' requirements. The current patient accounting systems need to be improved to be able to meet users' requirements. This approach can also help to provide hospitals with more usable and reliable financial information.

  6. Correction of anteversion in skeletally immature patients: percutaneous osteotomy and transtrochanteric intramedullary rod.

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    Stevens, Peter M; Anderson, Dustin

    2008-01-01

    There has been reluctance by some surgeons to accept antegrade femoral nailing in children and adolescents due to concerns about producing iatrogenic osteonecrosis or growth disturbance of the femoral neck. Others believe that with the recent advent of pediatric transtrochanteric intramedullary nails, femoral fracture and osteotomy fixation may now safely be accomplished using these devices. Extrapolating from experience treating mature patients, the senior author (P.S.) has adopted the technique of percutaneous femoral osteotomy and transtrochanteric intramedullary fixation in skeletally immature patients as a standard approach for the correction of anteversion, combining this with concomitant surgery as indicated. With the institutional review board approval, we reviewed our experience using the Phillips intramedullary rod (EBI/Biomet, Inc, Warsaw, Ind), to secure femoral osteotomies in a series of 30 patients with 40 femoral osteotomies (10 bilateral). The etiologies of anteversion included idiopathic and neuromuscular. There were 10 boys and 20 girls, ranging in age from 8 to 16 years and in weight from 32 to 60 kg. Additional surgical bony and soft tissue procedures were combined as indicated. These included supramalleolar osteotomy, hindfoot stabilization, tendon lengthening or transfers, and hemiepiphysiodesis in select patients. Two of the femoral rotational corrections were combined with shortening. Despite early mobilization without casts, each osteotomy healed primarily in an average of 3 months, and the complication rate was exceedingly low. One patient had removal of a loose distal interlocking screw at 6 weeks postinsertion. By that time, he had formed good callus and had rotational stability; thus, the outcome was not compromised. Importantly, we have not observed osteonecrosis, growth disturbance of the femoral neck, or limb length discrepancy resulting from this treatment method. In the skeletally immature patient, femoral anteversion can safely be

  7. Continuous Monitoring and Intrafraction Target Position Correction During Treatment Improves Target Coverage for Patients Undergoing SBRT Prostate Therapy

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    Lovelock, D. Michael, E-mail: lovelocm@mskcc.org [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Messineo, Alessandra P. [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Cox, Brett W. [North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, New Hyde Park, New York (United States); Kollmeier, Marisa A.; Zelefsky, Michael J. [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States)

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    Purpose: To compare the potential benefits of continuous monitoring of prostate position and intervention (CMI) using 2-mm displacement thresholds during stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) treatment to those of a conventional image-guided procedure involving single localization prior to treatment. Methods and Materials: Eighty-nine patients accrued to a prostate SBRT dose escalation protocol were implanted with radiofrequency transponder beacons. The planning target volume (PTV) margin was 5 mm in all directions, except for 3 mm in the posterior direction. The prostate was kept within 2 mm of its planned position by the therapists halting dose delivery and, if necessary, correcting the couch position. We computed the number, type, and time required for interventions and where the prostate would have been during dose delivery had there been, instead, a single image-guided setup procedure prior to each treatment. Distributions of prostate displacements were computed as a function of time. Results: After the initial setup, 1.7 interventions per fraction were required, with a concomitant increase in time for dose delivery of approximately 65 seconds. Small systematic drifts in prostate position in the posterior and inferior directions were observed in the study patients. Without CMI, intrafractional motion would have resulted in approximately 10% of patients having a delivered dose that did not meet our clinical coverage requirement, that is, a PTV D95 of >90%. The posterior PTV margin required for 95% of the dose to be delivered with the target positioned within the PTV was computed as a function of time. The margin necessary was found to increase by 2 mm every 5 minutes, starting from the time of the imaging procedure. Conclusions: CMI using a tight 2-mm displacement threshold was not only feasible but was found to deliver superior PTV coverage compared with the conventional image-guided procedure in the SBRT setting.

  8. Does corrective spine surgery improve the standing balance in patients with adult spinal deformity?

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    Yagi, Mitsuru; Ohne, Hideaki; Kaneko, Shinjiro; Machida, Masafumi; Yato, Yoshiyuki; Asazuma, Takashi

    2017-05-23

    The effect of corrective spine surgery on standing stability in adult spinal deformity (ASD) has not been fully documented. To compare pre- and postoperative standing balance and posture in patients with ASD. This study is a prospective case series. Standing balance before and after corrective spine surgery was compared in 35 consecutive female patients with ASD (65.6±6.9 years, body mass index 22.3±2.7 kg/m(2), Cobb angle 50.2±19.2°, C7 plumb line 9.3±5.6 cm, and pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis mismatch 40.8±23.3°). The Scoliosis Research Society Patient Questionnaire, the Oswestry Disability Index, and force-plate analysis were used to evaluate the patient outcomes. We reviewed patient charts and X-rays and compared standing balance before and after corrective spine surgery. All subjects were assessed by force-plate analysis using optical markers while standing naturally on a custom-built force platform. The spinal tilt, pelvic obliquity, pelvic tilt, and joint angle were calculated. The lower leg lean volume was obtained by whole-body dual X-ray absorptiometry to assess muscle strength. ASD patients showed significant differences between the left and right sides in ground reaction force (dGRFs), hip (dHip), and knee angle (dKnee) while standing (dGRF 15.1±8.7%, dHip 7.1±6.6°, dKnee 5.9±5.5°). The recorded center-of-gravity (CoG) area was not improved after surgery, whereas the dGRF, dHip, and dKnee all decreased. The spinal tilt, pelvic obliquity, and pelvic tilt were all significantly improved after surgery. We found significant correlations between the radiographic trunk shift and the postoperative coronal CoG distance and recorded CoG area, and between the sagittal CoG distance and the age and the lean volume of the lower extremities (trunk shift R=0.33, 0.45; age R=0.32; lean volume R=0.31). Corrective spinal surgery improved the spinal alignment and joint angles in patients with ASD but did not improve the standing stability. A correlation

  9. Static and Dynamic Parameters in Patients With Degenerative Flat Back and Change After Corrective Fusion Surgery.

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    Lee, Jung Hwan; Lee, Sang-Ho

    2016-08-01

    To evaluate characteristics of static and dynamic parameters in patients with degenerative flat back (DFB) and to compare degree of their improvement between successful and unsuccessful surgical outcome groups. Forty-seven patients with DFB were included who took whole spine X-ray and three-dimensional motion analysis before and 6 months after corrective surgery. Forty-four subjects were selected as a control group. As static parameters, thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracolumbar junction (TLJ), lumbar lordosis (LL), pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), and pelvic tilt (PT) were measured. As dynamic parameters, maximal and minimal angle of pelvic tilt, lower limb joints, and thoracic and lumbar vertebrae column (dynamic TK and LL) in sagittal plane were obtained. The DFB group showed smaller TK and larger LL, pelvic posterior tilt, hip flexion, knee flexion, and ankle dorsiflexion than the control group. Most of these parameters were significantly corrected by fusion surgery. Dynamic spinal parameters correlated with static spinal parameters. The successful group obtained significant improvement in maximal and minimal dynamic LL than the unsuccessful group. The DFB group showed characteristic lower limb and spinal angles in dynamic and static parameters. Correlation between static and dynamic parameters was found in spinal segment. Dynamic LL was good predictor of successful surgical outcomes.

  10. The status of oral hygiene in cleft lip, palate patients after surgical correction

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    Pandey S

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The cleft lip and palate patients usually present a number of problems viz. altered oral anatomy leading to changes in oral physiology diminishing the self-cleansing ability of individual. The handicapped children are unable to maintain their oral hygiene properly. The present study was formulated with the aim that does normalization of oral anatomy have its effect on improvement of oral hygiene? An assessment of oral hygiene index-simplified was performed between preoperative and postoperative values in the same patient at KGMU and KGDU. A total of 50 cases were recorded in two groups of 25 each: (i < 6 years old and (ii > 6 years. The observations are statistically analyzed by paired ′t′ test to get the significance of results. Results: The data analyzed showed the significant decrease in oral hygiene indices observed in both groups. A relative significance in oral hygiene status following surgery was observed. Both groups expressed greater significance when compared pre and postoperatively which is indicative of considerable improvement of oral hygiene after surgical correction. The study concludes that oral hygiene improves more in older cleft lip-palate cases following reconstruction of palatal vault, premaxilla and anterior lip seal by secondary bone grafting method when compared with oral hygiene indices results in primary periosteoplasty cases. The surgical correction of cleft lip palate enhances self-cleaning ability and better compliance to maintain oral hygiene in children as the age advances.

  11. [The effectiveness of dynamic proprioceptive correction in patients with cerebral palsy with cognitive impairment].

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    Nemkova, S A; Maslova, O I

    2013-01-01

    One hundred and sixty-seven patients with cerebral palsy (CP), aged 11-16 years, with spastic diplegia (n=87) and hemiparetic forms (n=80), with subgroups of mental retardation (MR) or intellectual delay (ID) have been studied. Standard treatment and application of a method of dynamic proprioceptive correction (MDPC) in the complex rehabilitation with the use of a medical and loading Adeli suit were used. Cognitive deficit in patients was characterized by the relative integrity of short-term nonverbal memory and marked impairment of verbal memory, verbal and nonverbal intellect. CP patients with intellectual delay demonstrated the predominant impairment of verbal functions. CP patients with mental retardation have the deficiency of both verbal and non-verbal cognitive functions. An individual profile of brain functional asymmetry in patients with CP was more lateralized than in healthy peers that can represent a mechanism for irregular development of cognitive functions in CP. Implementing the MDPC into comprehensive rehabilitation promotes the improvement of postural regulation and cognitive functions in children with CP compared to traditional methods of treatment. This is accompanied by the changes in functioning of the associative brain areas and hemispheric interaction.

  12. Uncorrected and Albumin-Corrected Calcium, Phosphorus, and Mortality in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Dialysis.

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    Rivara, Matthew B; Ravel, Vanessa; Kalantar-Zadeh, Kamyar; Streja, Elani; Lau, Wei Ling; Nissenson, Allen R; Kestenbaum, Bryan; de Boer, Ian H; Himmelfarb, Jonathan; Mehrotra, Rajnish

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    Uncorrected serum calcium concentration is the first mineral metabolism metric planned for use as a quality measure in the United States ESRD population. Few studies in patients undergoing either peritoneal dialysis (PD) or hemodialysis (HD) have assessed the association of uncorrected serum calcium concentration with clinical outcomes. We obtained data from 129,076 patients on dialysis (PD, 10,066; HD, 119,010) treated in DaVita, Inc. facilities between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2006. After adjustment for potential confounders, uncorrected serum calcium excess mortality in patients on PD or HD (comparison group uncorrected calcium 9.0 to albumin concentration substantially attenuated the all-cause mortality hazard ratios (HRs) associated with uncorrected calcium Albumin-corrected calcium ≥10.2 mg/dl and serum phosphorus ≥6.4 mg/dl were also associated with increased risk for death, irrespective of dialysis modality. In summary, in a large nationally representative cohort of patients on dialysis, abnormalities in markers of mineral metabolism, particularly high concentrations of serum calcium and phosphorus, were associated with increased mortality risk. Additional studies are needed to investigate whether control of hypercalcemia and hyperphosphatemia in patients undergoing dialysis results in improved clinical outcomes.

  13. SURGICAL CORRECTION OF HEART VALVE DISEASE WITH CARDIOPULMONARY BYPASS IN PATIENTS AFTER RENAL TRANSPLANTATION

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    D. A. Belokurov

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Evaluation of the possibility heart valve replacement in renal transplant recipients from a position of safe- ty for graft function. Materials and methods. 5 patients, heart valve replacement was performed with a func- tioning kidney transplant at a satisfactory its function. The average age of patients at the time of cardiac surgery was 38,8 ± 12,6 years, among whom were two (40% men and 3 (60% women. The interval between renal transplantation and heart surgery was 40,3 ± 44,1 (2 to 120 months. Prior to kidney transplantation, all patients were on renal replacement therapy with hemodialysis program for 50,2 ± 48,6 months. In 4 of the 5 patients of heart disease was the cause of infective endocarditis. Results. Average time IR was 81,2 ± 21,7 minutes , the average time of aortic clamping 63,6 ± 20,9 minutes and hypothermia during CPB 29,2 ± 3,2 °C. All patients were implanted with double-leaf mechanical prostheses "MedEng-2" and "SarboMedics". All 5 patients in sa- tisfactory condition were discharged from the hospital. The average duration of the postoperative period was 14,2 ± 3,4 days. All patients had relatively smooth flow after surgery, no infectious complications, a satisfactory renal transplant function and prosthetic heart valves. In the late period in four patients and transplant graft func- tion is satisfactory in terms of the observation of 5 years, 3 years and 6 months after surgery. Conclusion. Our experience shows the possibility of successful correction of heart defects in IR in renal transplant recipients. 

  14. Are We Being Informed Correctly During the Patient Transfer to the Intensive Care Units?

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    Münire Babayiğit

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to demonstrate to what extent do the right information in patients’ inter-hospital transfers due to the intensive care indications Material and Method: In this study, 38 patients who applied to our general intensive care unit (ICU from the other hospitals were included. The demographic data of patients, declarations before ICU admission and diagnosis after admission, the reason and accuracy of the transfer, the overall stay time and the treatments in ICU were recorded. Results: Of all the patients, 17 of them (44.7% were male and 21 of them (55.3% were female. Of the people who informed the patients 50% were research assistants, 34.2% of them were medical specialists and 15.8% were paramedics. The most common causes of transfer were found to be invasive hemodynamic monitoring (52.6%, mechanical ventilation (36.8% and the need for dialysis (10.5%. As the patients were evaluated after admission to ICU, the 71.1% of the information about patients was found to be incomplete and/or misleading. The most common health problems that found to be not reported during acceptance were chronic systemic diseases (25.8%, emergent cardiac pathologies (16.1%, malignancy (12.9%, active infection (12.9%, psychiatric disorders (12.9% and neurological deficiencies (%9,7. Conclusion: This study revealed that the most of the patient transfers were made improperly with incomplete or misleading information and without the tertiary care ICU indication. In order to use ICU effectively, we believe that an efficient system which provides correct information should be used during inter-hospital patient transfer.

  15. Metabolic changers in oxygen transport in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2. Possibilities for correction

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    I Z Bondarenko

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2 - is an independent predictor of development of heart failure (HF. Spiroergometry - is a method for studying blood gas exchange parameters, commonly used for specification of HF. The purpose: 1. To study features of gas exchange at patients with DM2 without cardiovascular diseases in comparison with healthy control. 2. To estimate efficiency of metoprolol for correction of metabolic disturbances in patients with DM2. Materials and methods: 12 patients with DM2, aged 48,4±8, without history of cardiovascular diseases and 15 control subjects, aged 43,6±8 underwent cardio-pulmonary exercise test on treadmill, according to Bruce protocol. Exercise energy, VO2 peak, MET, VE max, VCO2 production were observed. Results: Patients with DM2 had a reduced exercise duration (p<0,001, lower peak oxygen consumption (p<0,001, VCO2 production and MET (p<0,005, than controls, representing the same state of hypoxia as in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD of functional class 2. The introduction of metoprolol to patients with DM2 significantly increased exercise duration time and VCO2 production (p<0,005. Conclusions: 1. VO2 consumption in patients with DM2 is decreased to the same levels as in persons without DM2, who have IHD and HF. 2. Changes in oxygen-transport in persons with DM2 may serve as a marker of negative influence of the disease on cardiovascular system status. 3. Metoprolol improves parameters of cardio-respiratory system in patients with DM2.

  16. Information security requirements in patient-centred healthcare support systems.

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    Alsalamah, Shada; Gray, W Alex; Hilton, Jeremy; Alsalamah, Hessah

    2013-01-01

    Enabling Patient-Centred (PC) care in modern healthcare requires the flow of medical information with the patient between different healthcare providers as they follow the patient's treatment plan. However, PC care threatens the stability of the balance of information security in the support systems since legacy systems fall short of attaining a security balance when sharing their information due to compromises made between its availability, integrity, and confidentiality. Results show that the main reason for this is that information security implementation in discrete legacy systems focused mainly on information confidentiality and integrity leaving availability a challenge in collaboration. Through an empirical study using domain analysis, observations, and interviews, this paper identifies a need for six information security requirements in legacy systems to cope with this situation in order to attain the security balance in systems supporting PC care implementation in modern healthcare.

  17. Laser refractive correction of myopia in visually impaired patients improves visual acuity.

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    Vuori, Elisa; Tervo, Timo M T; Holopainen, Juha M

    2011-09-01

    To retrospectively evaluate the visual and refractive outcome of visually impaired adults treated with refractive surgery (photorefractive keratectomy or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). We searched a refractive surgery database comprising 1716 mildly visually impaired patients [best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) on a logMAR scale ≤ -0.1 (Snellen ≤ 0.8)] who had undergone either PRK or LASIK (n = 96). PRK patients who had visits at 5-7, 8-13 and 14-24 months postoperatively were selected. Eleven patients and nine PRK control myopic patients were found (cohort 1). From the same database, 41 visually impaired patients and 54 controls who had a postoperative control at 14-24 months postoperatively were chosen. These patients formed cohort 2. Preoperatively, in cohort 1, the mean BSCVA on a logMAR scale was -0.15 ± 0.13 (Snellen 0.73 ± 0.16) in visually impaired patients and 0.04 ± 0.02 (Snellen 1.11 ± 0.17) in myopic controls. At 14-24 months postoperatively, the mean BSCVA improved to 0.05 ± 0.04 (Snellen 1.13 ± 0.10) in visually impaired patients and 0.05 ± 0.08 (Snellen 1.13 ± 0.21) in control patients. In cohort 2, preoperatively the mean BSCVA on a logMAR scale was -0.15 ± 0.12 (Snellen 0.74 ± 0.14) in visually impaired patients and 0.01 ± 0.03 (Snellen 1.04 ± 0.10) in myopic controls. At 14-24 months postoperatively, the mean BSCVA improved to 0.02 ± 0.07 (Snellen 1.06 ± 0.16) in visually impaired patients and 0.06 ± 0.06 (Snellen 1.15 ± 0.16) in control patients. Refractive surgery improves BSCVA in visually impaired patients, possibly through plastic changes in the visual cortex. Consequently, refractive surgery may be used successfully for the treatment of visually impaired adults to enhance their visual acuity. © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Acta Ophthalmol.

  18. Long-term outcome of correction of tetralogy of Fallot in 56 adult patients

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    ZHENG Da-wei; SHAO Guo-feng; FENG Qiang; NI Yi-ming

    2013-01-01

    Background Although most patients with tetralogy of Fallot undergo radical repair during infancy and childhood,patients that remain undiagnosed and untreated until adulthood can still be treated.This study aimed to evaluate longterm outcomes of adult patients with tetralogy of Fallot who were treated surgically,and to determine the predictors of postoperative pulmonary regurgitation.Methods Fifty-six adult patients underwent complete surgical repair.Forty-three patients (76.8%) required a transannular patch.Systolic,diastolic,and mean pressure in the main pulmonary artery were measured after repair.Results The early mortality rate was 3.6%.The 16-year survival rate was (84.4±11.5)%.Late echocardiography revealed 41 patients with transannular patch who had pulmonary regurgitation,consisting of mild pulmonary regurgitation in 28 patients,moderate in eight,and severe regurgitation in five patients.In addition,there was right ventricular outflow tract stenosis in nine patients,moderate/severe tricuspid valve regurgitation in seven,and residual ventricular septal defect in five.Logistic regression analysis demonstrated that the mean pulmonary pressure measured just after repair predicted late pulmonary regurgitation.Conclusions The long-term survival of surgically treated adult patients with tetralogy of Fallot is acceptable.The mean pressure >20 mmHg in the main pulmonary artery measured right after surgical repair may be a feasible reference to time the reconstruction of the pulmonary valve.

  19. The changes of the interspace angle after anterior correction and instrumentation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients

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    Fei Qi

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In idiopathic scoliosis patients, after anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation, the discs (interspace angle between the lowest instrumented vertebra (LIV and the next caudal vertebra became more wedged. We reviewed these patients and analyzed the changes of the angle. Methods By reviewing the medical records and roentgenograms of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients underwent anterior spinal fusion and instrumentation, Cobb angle of the curve, correction rate, coronal balance, LIV rotation, interspace angle were measured and analyzed. Results There were total 30 patients included. The mean coronal Cobb angle of the main curve (thoracolumbar/lumbar curve before and after surgery were 48.9° and 11.7°, respectively, with an average correction rate of 76.1%. The average rotation of LIV before surgery was 2.1 degree, and was improved to 1.2 degree after surgery. The interspace angle before surgery, on convex side-bending films, after surgery, at final follow up were 3.2°, -2.3°, 1.8° and 4.9°, respectively. The difference between the interspace angle after surgery and that preoperatively was not significant (P = 0.261, while the interspace angle at final follow-up became larger than that after surgery, and the difference was significant(P = 0.012. The interspace angle after surgery was correlated with that on convex side-bending films (r = 0.418, P = 0.022, and the interspace angle at final follow-up was correlated with that after surgery (r = 0.625, P = 0.000. There was significant correlation between the loss of the interspace angle and the loss of coronal Cobb angle of the main curve during follow-up(r = 0.483, P = 0.007. Conclusion The interspace angle could be improved after anterior correction and instrumentation surgery, but it became larger during follow-up. The loss of the interspace angle was correlated with the loss of coronal Cobb angle of the main curve during follow-up.

  20. [Evaluation of preoperative anxiety in patients requiring glaucoma filtration surgery].

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    Lemaitre, S; Blumen-Ohana, E; Akesbi, J; Laplace, O; Nordmann, J-P

    2014-01-01

    Preoperative anxiety is often expressed by patients requiring filtration surgery for their glaucoma. So far, there has been no scale for screening this group of patients for preoperative anxiety. The Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale (APAIS) is a self-evaluation questionnaire which has been used in specialties other than ophthalmology and which makes it possible to identify the adult patients with a high level of preoperative anxiety over an upcoming surgical procedure. The purpose of this study is to estimate the preoperative anxiety in glaucoma patients requiring filtration surgery. We performed a prospective study of 36 adult patients with chronic glaucoma not responding to medical treatment and who were about to undergo filtration surgery (trabeculectomy or deep sclerectomy). The APAIS questionnaire was given to the patients after discussing the indication for surgery. A global anxiety score (ranging from 4 to 20) above 10 defined patients with a high level of preoperative anxiety. We attempted to identify among these patients the factors related to filtration surgery which caused them anxiety (lack of control of intraocular pressure, risk of blindness, presence of the filtering bleb). In our sample of patients, we found that glaucoma was a source of anxiety. That was also true for the surgical procedure, though most patients believe that once the decision had been made, their psychological status was not modified by the upcoming procedure. The patient-clinician relationship is important in any chronic disease, all the more so in glaucoma, since this disease remains asymptomatic for a long time. When filtration surgery is necessary, the patients are going to express less preoperative anxiety if they trust their physician and if individualized information has been given to them The French version of the APAIS is a quick scale, easily completed, that can be recommended for evaluating anxiety and patients' need for information prior to filtering

  1. [Truth telling to patients--A discussion of Jewish sources (corrected)].

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    Gesundheit, Benjamin; Zlotnick, Eitan; Wygoda, Michael; Rosenzweig, Joshua P; Steinberg, Avraham

    2014-10-01

    Defining truth and truth-telling to patients are central topics in philosophy, law, and psychology, with many implications in medicine. In the last hundred years, with the transition from paternalistic medicine to a system in which the patient's autonomy is emphasized, the decision on the quantity and quality of medical information to be disclosed to the patient has become more complicated and requires careful consideration and special sensitivity on the part of the doctor. The Israeli Patients' Rights Act (1996] established guidelines for medical staff about telltting the truth to patients with occasional special authority delegated to the doctor to decide for the benefit of the patient at his discretion and with the approval of the institutional ethics committee, but in practice there are difficulties in implementing the Law. This article reviews a selection of sources from Jewish tradition throughout the ages that deal with truthtelling or concealing the truth in medical contexts and other contexts. Sources are drawn from the Bible, Mishna-Talmud, and halachic Literature, from which.conclusions can be drawn regarding this issue. In our opinion, these sources yield messages and values that are also relevant to the modern medical world. This is especially true in a multi-cultural environment such as Israel that requires the physician to consider the patient's background and to communicate information in accordance with his/her will, in an efficient and sensitive manner.

  2. Diagnostics and correction of metabolic disorders in patients with recurrent urolithiasis after endoscopic removal of stones

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    T. Kh. Nazarov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the problem of kidney stones. The authors provide the results of a study of 107 men aged 48 to 76 years, were divided into three groups – primary and two control groups. The main and the first control group consisted of 40 patients with recurrent urolithiasis without urinary tract obstruction after endoscopic stone removal and partial androgen deficiency. The second control group consisted of 27 healthy men aged 48 to 70 years. Patients for one year he was promoted endoscopic removal of urinary stones: transurethral nephrolithotripsy – 55 patients, and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy – 25. After discharge from hospital all patients had a diagnosis and correction of metabolic disorders using physical-chemical and biochemical indicators of urine and blood. To study the mineral composition and structural-textural features of urinary stones and their fragments after surgical interventions were performed: x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, polarization and electron microscopy. Was carried out following the relapse of urolithiasis: patients of the main group received pathogenetic androgen therapy as monotherapy, and patients in the control group conventional treatment (antibiotics, spasmolytic, herbal remedies. The results of therapy and follow-up care for 6 years showed a low recurrence of stone formation in patients of the main group and highest in the control. Age-related decline in androgen levels in men may be an additional factor in stone formation. Pathogenic androgen replacement therapy leads to normalization of the content of lithogenic substances in the blood and urine, as well as physico-chemical properties of urine, thereby reducing the process of stone formation.

  3. ROLE FAILURE CORRECTION OF 25(OHD IN PATIENTS WITH POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

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    M. V. Matveyeva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To estimate the correction failure 25 (OH D in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.Material and Methods. The study involved 44 patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, aged 31.32 ± 5.05, who were randomly assigned to 2 groups: 1st – obtained coca biguanides and Kolekaltsiferol, second – combined oral contraceptive (combined hormonal and biguanides. The comparison group consisted of 22 healthy women matched for age and sex. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS was verified on theОригинальные статьиБюллетень сибирской медицины, 2015, том 14, № 5, с. 47–53 53basis of diagnostic criteria ESHRE / ASRM (2012. 25 (OH vitamin D was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA ng/ml. Examined glucose and fasting insulin, HOMA index of insulin re-sistance. Depression was assessed using the Beck test. Statistical analysis – R-system.Results. The patients with PCOS defined by the expression deficit of 25 (OH D, which is associated with hyperandrogenism, hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, as well as depression. Ad-mission kolekaltsiferola leads to improved glucose metabolism and manifestations of PCOS, and also significantly reduces the parameters of OT, OT / OB, depression.Conclusion. Failure correction of 25 (OH D contributes to the improvement of metabolic and psycho-logical parameters of fertility.

  4. The Role of Insulin Therapy in Correcting Hepcidin Levels in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Driton Vela

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Iron overload can cause or contribute to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM, but how the major parameters of iron metabolism change in different settings of diabetes are still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between iron, ferritin, and hepcidin levels in diabetic patients and the effect of insulin treatment. Methods: The study included 80 subjects, 60 with T2DM and 20 without (control group. Serum hepcidin, insulin, ferritin, and iron levels were determined as well as other clinical parameters. The associations between these parameters were analyzed between both groups. Results: Hepcidin levels expressed as mean± standard deviation between groups showed no significant changes (14.4±6.7 ng/mL for the control group, and 18.4±7.9 ng/mL for patients with diabetes, p = 0.069. Parameters of iron metabolism showed modest correlation with the parameters of glucose metabolism. However, the correlation between ferritin and insulin in both groups was statistically significant (p = 0.032; ρ = 0.480 vs. p = 0.011; ρ = 0.328. Conclusions: Our study showed that hepcidin levels in patients with T2DM on insulin therapy do not change, which might be a result of treatment with insulin. In this context, insulin treatment can be used as a novel method for correction of hepcidin levels. By correcting hepcidin levels, we can prevent cellular iron overload and reduce the risk of diabetes.

  5. Brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction before posterior correction in patients with severe scoliosis

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    QIAN Bang-ping; QIU Yong; WANG Bin; YU Yang; ZHU Ze-zhang

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To explore the clinical features and treatment results of brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction before posterior correction in patients with severe scoliosis.Methods: A total of 300 cases of severe scoliosis received halo traction before posterior correction in our department from July 1997 to November 2004. Among them, 7 cases were complicated with brachial plexus palsy.The average Cobb angle was 110° (range, 90°-135°).Diagnoses were made as idiopathic scoliosis in 1 case,congenital scoliosis in 3 cases, and neuromuscular scoliosis in 3 cases. Additionally, diastematomyelia and tethered cord syndrome were found in 3 cases and thoracolumbar kyphosis in 2 cases. Weight of traction was immediately reduced when the patient developed any abnormal neurological symptoms in the upper extremity, and rehabilitation training was undertaken. Simultaneously,neurotrophic pharmacotherapy was applied, and the neurological function restoration of the upper limbs and the recovery time were documented.Results: Traction was used for an average of 3.5 weeks (range, 2-6 weeks) before spinal fusion for these 7 patients. The average traction weight was 8 kg, which was 19% on average (range, 13%-26%) of the average body weight (40.2 kg). These 7 patients had long and thin body configuration with a mean height of 175 cm. The duration between symptoms of brachial plexus paralysis and the diagnosis was 1-3 hours. All of these 7 patients presented various degrees of numbness in the ulnar side of the hand and forearm. Median nerve paresis was found in 3 cases and ulnar nerve paresis in 4 cases. Complete recovery of the neurological function had been achieved by the end of three months.Conclusions: The clinical features of brachial plexus palsy caused by halo traction include median nerve paresis,ulnar nerve paralysis, and numbness in the ulnar side of the hand and forearm, which may be due to the injury of the inferior part of the brachial plexus, i.e. , damage of Cs and

  6. Current ideas on the pathogenesis of uric acid nephrolithiasis and its correction methods in gouty patients

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    V G Barskova

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available output The paper describes current ideas on the pathogenesis and treatment of nephrolithiasis, virtually a constant attendant of gout. The prevalence of nephrolithiasis is reported to be increasing worldwide. Among all cases of nephrolithiasis, the frequency of uric acid nephrolithiasis ranges from 5 to 40%; that of nephrolithiasis in gout is, according to the data by different authors, 7 to 10%. Hyperuricosuria, low urine volume, and low urine pH are considered to be classical risk factors for uric acid nephrolithiasis. Uric acid nephrolithiasis, including that in gout, even if asymptomatic, is noted to require active therapy. The paper presents the basic principles of treatment for uric acid nephrolithiasis: to normalize urine pH; to eliminate or neutralize the sequels of hyperuricosuria, to correct comorbidities, and to increase urine.

  7. Abdominal injury patterns in patients with seatbelt signs requiring laparotomy

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    Seema Biswas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: We analyzed our series of patients with seatbelt signs (bruising that underwent laparotomy in order to correlate injury pattern with clinical course and outcome. Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of patients with seatbelt signs presenting to the level 1 Trauma Unit between 2005 and 2010 was performed. We evaluated the nature of injuries during laparotomy associated with seatbelt signs and their treatment and complications. Results: There were 41 patients, 25 (61% male, with a median age of 26 years. Median injury severity score (ISS was 25 (range 6-66 and overall mortality was 10% (four patients. Patients were classified into three groups according to time from injury to surgery. Median time to surgery for the immediate group (n = 12 was 1.05 h, early group (n = 22 was 2.7 h, and delayed group (n = 7 was 19.5 h. Patients in the immediate group tended to have solid organ injuries; whereas, patients in the delayed group had bowel injury. Patients with solid organ injuries were found to be more seriously injured and had higher mortality (P < 0.01 and morbidity compared with patients with the "classic" bowel injury pattern associated with a typical seatbelt sign. Conclusion: Our data suggest that there is a cohort of patients with seatbelt injury who have solid organ injury requiring urgent intervention. Solid organ injuries associated with malpositioned seatbelts lying higher on the abdomen tend to result in hemodynamic instability necessitating immediate surgery. They have more postoperative complications and a greater mortality. Seatbelt signs should be accurately documented after any car crash.

  8. Anaesthetic management of a patient with Pompe disease for kyphoscoliosis correction

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    Vaishali Kumbar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pompe disease (PD is a type II glycogen storage disease, characterised by abnormal glycogen deposition, mainly in heart and skeletal muscles, leading to progressive loss of muscle function. The infantile variety is associated with severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and generally do not reach adulthood. The juvenile variety presents with progressive muscle weakness and respiratory failure. Anaesthetic management concerns in the patient reported here were mainly due to respiratory failure, myopathy and sensitivity to muscle relaxants and significant haemodynamic changes perioperatively. We successfully managed a 13-year-old girl with juvenile PD on respiratory support scheduled for thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis corrective surgery. Ketamine and dexmedetomidine were used for induction of anaesthesia and maintenance. Muscle relaxants were diligently avoided in this case.

  9. Correction of Class II malocclusion and soft tissue profile in an adult patient

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    Aditi Gaur

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of Class II malocclusion in nongrowing individuals is a challenging situation for the clinician. Class II malocclusion with bialveolar protrusion often dictates premolar extractions with maximum anchorage. The present article describes the case of an adult female with skeletal Class II malocclusion, bimaxillary protrusion, increased overjet, deep bite, lip protrusion, everted lower lip, deep mentolabial sulcus, and lip incompetence. To correct the malocclusion, all four first premolars were extracted. Direct anchorage from miniscrews was used for retraction of the anterior segment. The mandibular buccal segment was protracted into the extraction space using Class II mechanics. Ideal Class I canine and molar relation were achieved in 24 months. There was a significant improvement in facial profile and smile esthetics of the patient.

  10. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Device Implantation in a Patient with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of Great Vessels

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    Reza Mollazadeh

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A 29-year-old woman was referred to our hospital due to exacerbation in dyspnea on exertion and easy fatigability. A known case of congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels and congenital complete heart block, she had already received a permanent single-chamber pacemaker. Decision was made to implant a biventricular pacemaker for the treatment of the failing heart. Excellent coronary sinus lead implantation was done, conferring amelioration of symptoms, QRS narrowing in the electrocardiogram, and improvement of systemic ventricular systolic function in echocardiography. Over a 15-month follow-up period, she had no dyspnea on exertion. This case highlights the significance of upgrading pacemakers in patients with heart failure.

  11. Higher dose of erythropoietin for anemia correction in Balkan endemic nephropathy patients

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    Lukić Ljiljana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN patients maintained with hemodialysis have more severe anemia than patients with other kidney diseases. Objective. The aim of the study was to compare the improvement of anemia in BEN patients and those with other kidney diseases during treatment with human recombinant erythropoietin (rHuEpo. Methods. The study involved 240 patients on regular hemodialysis for more than one year. Out of them 146 had BEN and 94 other kidney diseases (21 glomerulonephritis, 20 hypertension, 18 diabetes, 10 policystic kidney disease, 5 obstructive nephropathy, 18 other diseases. Treatment with rHuEpo was carried out according to European guidelines for the management of anemia. Results. Patients with BEN were older and were less frequently treated with ACEi than patients with other kidney diseases. At the onset of the study mean hemoglobin level (109.6±22.3 vs. 112.7±11.3 g/l was significantly lower, but serum ferritin level and rHuEpo dose (65.4±22.3 vs. 57.5±22.5 U/kg/week were significantly higher in BEN patients than in others. In prospective four months study these differences in hemoglobin levels and rHuEpo doses maintained. The rate of anemia improvement was examined in 15 BEN patients and 10 patients with other kidney diseases at the beginning of rHuEpo treatment. No difference in the rate of anemia improvement was found between the two groups but higher rHuEpo doses were used in BEN patients. Conclusion. Patients with BEN on regular hemodialysis had more severe anemia and required higher rHuEpo doses for maintaining target hemoglobin level.

  12. Correction of the axial and appendicular deformities in a patient with Silver-Russel syndrome

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    Ali Al Kaissi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Scoliosis and limb length discrepancy are the major orthopaedic abnormalities in patients with Silver-Russel syndrome (SRS. In this paper, we describe a series of orthopaedic interventions in an attempt to overcome the progressive pathologic mechanism in a 7-year-old girl who manifested the full phenotypic features of SRS. Materials and Methods: Unilateral hip dislocation, progressive scoliosis and limb length discrepancy have been dealt with through Pemberton osteotomy, spinal fusion and Taylor-Spatial-Frame respectively. Results: In order to correct the axial and the appendicular deformities a sum of seven operations were performed (between the age of 7 years and 13 years. Pemberton osteotomy was performed to treat dislocation of her right hip because of developmental dysplasia of the hip. Spinal fusion (spondylodesis of segments Th3-L5 was done to correct her scoliosis. And, to overcome the limb length discrepancy of 15-cm we used Taylor-Spatial-Frame with percutaneous distal corticotomy of the femur, and the proximal tibia, as well as the foot, were performed. We were able to minimize the limb length discrepancy to 5 cm. The girl became able to walk with the aid of a below knee orthosis and through lifting the left limb with 5-cm height shoe. Conclusion: Limb lengthening surgery in patients with multiple malformation complex as in SRS is associated with high recurrence risk because of; muscular hypotonia, overtubulation of the long bones, and the poor bone regenerative quality. Our interventions were principally directed towards improving the cosmetic outlook, functions and the biomechanics.

  13. Mental Health Status of the Keratoconus Patients Visually Corrected with Contact Lens Compared to Spectacles

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    Padmakali Banerjee

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    Full Text Available 1.1.Aim of the Study:To analyse the mental health status and psychological well being of the keratoconus patients using rigid contact lenses compared to spectacle corrected ones. The objective is to study if the correcting vision with contact lenses impacts the mental health status of the patients suffering from keratoconus. 1.2.Methodology:In the month of January to April, 2015 a cross sectional study was conducted in Ahooja eye hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India and Rajan eye care hospital, Tnagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. Thirty two keratoconus patients were enrolled for the study and subjects were asked to the mental health status questionnaire MHI 38 with informed consent. Fifteen were habitual contact lens wearers and seventeen non contact lens wearers who volunteered to participate this study. Study included those contact lens users who wore lenses all waking hours and had been wearing them for atleast one year. All the questions were score coded for entering the data in Microsoft Excel sheet. The status of mental health was based on eight indicises which provided information on mental well being. 1.3.Results:17 males and 15 females participated in this study. The mean age of the participant was 28.03± 5.56 (range 20-39 years. The mean score of keratoconus patients of non contact lens wearer and contact lens wearer in Anxiety was 32.84 ± 2.99 &18.79 ± 3.67, Depression 13.34 ± 4.08 & 7.71 ± 2.19, Loss of behavioural / Emotion Control 30.29 ± 2.22 & 22.77 ± 6.70, General Positive Affect 49.00 ± 3.86 & 29.73 ± 4.48, Emotion Ties 10.17 ± 1.44 & 5.28 ± 1.71, Life Satisfaction 3.44 ± 0.96 & 4.94 ± 0.73, Psychological Distress 81.28 ± 4.48 & 53.15 ± 9.62, Psychological Well Being 41.15 ± 4.75 & 69.08 ± 5.26, Mental Health Index 119.81 ± 5.53 & 185.82 ± 11.03 respectively. Our results show that P value is <0.05 is statistically significant in all subscales and on the global scale variable of MHI 38. It suggests those who wear

  14. Noninvasive Ventilatory Correction in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Tsivgoulis, Georgios; Alexandrov, Andrei V; Katsanos, Aristeidis H; Barlinn, Kristian; Mikulik, Robert; Lambadiari, Vaia; Bonakis, Anastasios; Alexandrov, Anne W

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    Even though current guidelines suggest that noninvasive ventilatory correction (NIVC) could be considered for acute ischemic stroke patients with obstructive sleep apnea, available evidence is conflicting, with no adequately powered randomized clinical trial being available to date. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available literature data evaluating the effect of NIVC on neurological improvement (based on decrease in National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score), vascular events (recurrent stroke, transient ischemic attack, myocardial infarction and unstable angina), and mortality during the follow-up period. We identified 4 randomized clinical trials and 1 prospectively matched observational cohort, comprising a total of 389 patients (59.8% males, mean age: 64.4 years). The risk of both performance and detection bias was considered high in most of the included randomized clinical trials because of the lack of blinding in participants, personnel and/or outcome assessors. The mean decrease in National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores during the first (≤30) days of acute ischemic stroke was found to be greater in NIVC-treated patients in comparison to controls (standardized mean difference, 0.38; 95% confidence interval, 0.11-0.66; P=0.007). However, no significant differences were detected between NIVC-treated acute ischemic stroke patients and controls on both the risk of vascular events (risk ratio, 0.53; 95% confidence interval, 0.25-1.14; P=0.11) and mortality (risk ratio, 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.37-1.36; P=0.30). No evidence of heterogeneity (I(2)=0%; P for Cochran Q>0.50) or publication bias were detected in all analyses. NIVC seems to be associated with greater short-term neurological improvement in acute ischemic stroke patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This finding deserves further investigation within the settings of an adequately powered, sham-control, randomized clinical trial. © 2017 American Heart

  15. Corrective Jaw Surgery

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    Full Text Available ... and Craniofacial Surgery Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Surgery A cleft lip may require one or more ... find out more. Corrective Jaw Surgery Corrective Jaw Surgery Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct the misalignment ...

  16. Corrective Jaw Surgery

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    ... and Craniofacial Surgery Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Surgery A cleft lip may require one or more ... find out more. Corrective Jaw Surgery Corrective Jaw Surgery Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct the misalignment ...

  17. Open Source Patient-Controlled Analgesic Pump Requirements Documentation.

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    Larson, Brian R; Hatcliff, John; Chalin, Patrice

    2013-01-01

    The dynamic nature of the medical domain is driving a need for continuous innovation and improvement in techniques for developing and assuring medical devices. Unfortunately, research in academia and communication between academics, industrial engineers, and regulatory authorities is hampered by the lack of realistic non-proprietary development artifacts for medical devices. In this paper, we give an overview of a detailed requirements document for a Patient-Controlled Analgesic (PCA) pump developed under the US NSF's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program. This 60+ page document follows the methodology outlined in the US Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Requirements Engineering Management Handbook (REMH) and includes a domain overview, use cases, statements of safety & security requirements, and formal top-level system architectural description. Based on previous experience with release of a requirements document for a cardiac pacemaker that spawned a number of research and pedagogical activities, we believe that the described PCA requirements document can be an important research enabler within the formal methods and software engineering communities.

  18. Secondary correction of nasal deformities in cleft lip and palate patients: surgical technique and outcome evaluation.

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    Vass, Gabor; Mohos, Gabor; Bere, Zsofia; Ivan, Laszlo; Varga, Janos; Piffko, Jozsef; Rovo, Laszlo

    2016-12-01

    Nasal deformity associated with cleft lip and palate is a highly challenging reconstructive problem in rhinoplasty. In the literature, several operative solutions and evaluation methods have been described, however these do not offer a standard procedure for the surgeon. Our aim was to standardize our surgical technique-as much as the uniqueness of each case allowed it-based on the most frequent deformities we had faced; and to evaluate our results via a postoperative patient satisfaction questionnaire. Between 2012 and 2014 12 consecutive patients with combined cleft lip and palate deformities underwent secondary nasal and septal correction surgery with the same method by the same surgeon. The indications of surgery were, on one hand, difficult nasal breathing and altered nasal function (tendency for chronic rhinosinusitis) and on the other hand the aesthetic look of the nose. No exclusion criteria were stated. In our follow-up study we evaluated our results by using a modified Rhinoplasty Outcome Evaluation (ROE) questionnaire: patients answered the same four questions pre- and postoperatively. Data were statistically analyzed by t-test. Based on the questionnaire, all patients experienced improvement of nasal breathing function, improved appearance of the nose and less stigmatization from the society. According to the t-test, all scores of the four questions improved significantly in the postoperative 4-6 months, compared with the preoperative scores. In our opinion with our standardized surgical steps satisfactory aesthetic and functional results can be achieved. We think the modified ROE questionnaire is an adequate and simple method for the evaluation of our surgical results.

  19. Intraoperative blood loss and blood transfusion requirements in patients undergoing orthognathic surgery.

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    Faverani, Leonardo Perez; Ramalho-Ferreira, Gabriel; Fabris, André Luis Silva; Polo, Tárik Ocon Braga; Poli, Guilherme Henrique Souza; Pastori, Cláudio Maldonado; Marzola, Clóvis; Assunção, Wirley Gonçalves; Garcia-Júnior, Idelmo Rangel

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    Procedures for the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities may produce important complications, whether due to the potential for vascular injury or to prolonged surgery, both of which may lead to severe blood loss. Fluid replacement with crystalloid, colloid, or even blood products may be required. The aim of this study was to assess blood loss and transfusion requirements in 45 patients (18 males and 27 females; mean age 29.29 years, range 16-52 years) undergoing orthognathic surgery, assigned to one of two groups according to procedure type-rapid maxillary expansion or double-jaw orthognathic surgery. Preoperative hemoglobin and hematocrit levels and intraoperative blood loss were measured. There was a substantial individual variation in pre- and postoperative hemoglobin values (10.3-17 and 8.8-15.4 g/dL, respectively; p surgery and follow meticulous protocols to minimize the risks.

  20. An open-access endoscopy screen correctly and safely identifies patients for conscious sedation.

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    Kothari, Darshan; Feuerstein, Joseph D; Moss, Laureen; D'Souza, Julie; Montanaro, Kerri; Leffler, Daniel A; Sheth, Sunil G

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    Open-access scheduling is highly utilized for facilitating generally low-risk endoscopies. Preprocedural screening addresses sedation requirements; however, procedural safety may be compromised if screening is inaccurate. We sought to determine the reliability of our open-access scheduling system for appropriate use of conscious sedation. We prospectively and consecutively enrolled outpatient procedures booked at an academic center by open-access using screening after in-office gastroenterology (GI) consultation. We collected the cases inappropriately booked for conscious sedation and compared the characteristics for significant differences. A total of 8063 outpatients were scheduled for procedures with conscious sedation, and 5959 were booked with open-access. Only 78 patients (0.97%, 78/8063) were identified as subsequently needing anesthesiologist-assisted sedation; 44 (56.4%, 44/78) were booked through open-access, of which chronic opioid (47.7%, 21/44) or benzodiazepine use (34.1%, 15/44) were the most common reasons for needing anesthesiologist-assisted sedation. Patients on chronic benzodiazepines required more midazolam than those not on chronic benzodiazepines (P = .03) of those patients who underwent conscious sedation. Similarly, patients with chronic opioid use required more fentanyl than those without chronic opioid use (P = .04). Advanced liver disease and alcohol use were common reasons for patients being booked after in-office consultation and were significantly higher than those booked with open-access (both P open-access scheduling. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Oxford University Press and Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University.

  1. Predictive factors of open globe injury in patients requiring vitrectomy.

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    Pimolrat, Weeraya; Choovuthayakorn, Janejit; Watanachai, Nawat; Patikulsila, Direk; Kunavisarut, Paradee; Chaikitmongkol, Voraporn; Ittipunkul, Nimitr

    2014-01-01

    To determine the outcomes and predictive factors of patients with open globe injury requiring pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). The medical records of 114 patients age 10 years or older who had undergone PPV due to ocular trauma, with at least 6 months follow up, were retrospectively reviewed. The mean age of the patients was 42 (SD14) years, with males accounting for 89% of the cases. Penetrating eye injury was the most common injury mechanism (43%) with most injuries occurring secondary to work related incidents (54%). After surgical interventions, 78% of the patients had visual improvement of one or more Snellen lines, while no light perception occurred in 10%. Anatomical attachment was achieved in 87% of eyes at the final follow up. Logistic regression analysis showed that the presence of a relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD) was a significant predictive factor of visual outcome, while initial retinal detachment was a significant predictor of anatomical outcome. Pupillary reaction is an important presenting ocular sign in estimating the post-vitrectomy poor visual outcome for open globe injury. Vision was restored and improved in more than half of the patients in this study; however, long-term sequelae should be monitored. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Cognitive dysfunction in patients with renal failure requiring hemodialysis

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    Rohini Thimmaiah

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Renal failure patients show significant impairment on measures of attention and memory, and consistently perform significantly better on neuropsychological measures of memory and attention, approximately 24 hours after hemodialysis treatment. The objectives are to determine the cognitive dysfunction in patients with renal failure requiring hemodialysis. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 subjects comprising of 30 renal failure patients and 30 controls were recruited. The sample was matched for age, sex, and socioeconomic status. The tools used were the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination and the Brief Cognitive Rating Scale. Results: The patients showed high cognitive dysfunction in the pre-dialysis group, in all the five dimensions (concentration, recent memory, past memory, orientation and functioning, and self-care, and the least in the 24-hour post dialysis group. This difference was found to be statistically significant (P=0.001. Conclusion: Patients with renal failure exhibited pronounced cognitive impairment and these functions significantly improved after the introduction of hemodialysis.

  3. Treatment effects of a fixed intermaxillary device to correct class II malocclusions in growing patients.

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    Heinrichs, Dean A; Shammaa, Imad; Martin, Chris; Razmus, Thomas; Gunel, Erdogan; Ngan, Peter

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the treatment effects of Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Device (FRD; 3M Unitek, Monrovia, CA, USA) in growing patients with Class II non-extraction malocclusions. A retrospective sample of 24 class II patients treated consecutively with the FRD followed by comprehensive orthodontic treatment was compared to a sample of untreated control subjects from the Bolton Brush Study who was matched in age, sex, and craniofacial morphology. Lateral cephalometric radiographs were taken before treatment (T1) and after removal of fixed appliances (T2). Growth changes were subtracted from the treatment changes to obtain the treatment effects of the appliance. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and a match paired t test. Significant differences were found between the treated and control groups for 12 of the 29 measured variables (Co-Gn minus Co-Apt, Wits, Is-OLp, Ii-OLp, overjet, Mi-OLp, molar relationship, overbite, Mic-ML, SNA, ANB, and Ii-ML). With 27.8 months of treatment, all patients were corrected to a class I dental arch relationship. Overjet and molar relationships were improved by an average of 4.7 and 3.1 mm, respectively. This was contributed by a 1.2 mm of restraint in forward maxillary growth, 0.7 mm of forward movement of the mandible, 1.5 mm of backward movement of the maxillary incisors, 1.3 mm forward movement of the mandibular incisors, 0.5 mm backward movement of the maxillary molars, and 1.3 mm of forward movement of the mandibular molars. The overbite was decreased by 2 mm with no significant change in the occlusal, palatal, or mandibular plane. Individual variations in response to the FRD treatment were large for most of the parameters tested. Significant differences in treatment changes between male and female subjects were found only in a few parameters measured. These results demonstrate that significant overjet and overbite corrections can be obtained with the Forsus FRD in conjunction with comprehensive orthodontic

  4. Reversal of the Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy through Correction of Vitamin D Deficiency in a Type 1 Diabetic Patient

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    David S. H. Bell

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as both the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be more common in diabetic patients who have symptoms of distal symmetrical polyneuropathy. In addition, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a lower pain threshold which increases when vitamin D deficiency is corrected. Herein, I describe a type 1 diabetic patient with neuropathic symptoms so severe that he could not work and for which he needed narcotics for pain management and whose symptoms improved dramatically with correction of the vitamin D deficiency. To my knowledge, this is the first report of an improvement in severe symptoms of diabetic neuropathy with correction of vitamin D deficiency in a single patient.

  5. Posterior-only surgical correction of dystrophic scoliosis in 31 patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1 using the multiple anchor point method.

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    Deng, Ang; Zhang, Hong-Qi; Tang, Ming-Xing; Liu, Shao-Hua; Wang, Yu-Xiang; Gao, Qi-Le

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    OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy of posterior-only surgical correction of dystrophic scoliosis in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) using a multiple anchor point method (MAPM). METHODS From 2005 to 2014, 31 patients (mean age 13.5 years old, range 10-22 years old) suffering from dystrophic scoliosis associated with NF1 underwent posterior-only surgical correction using a MAPM. The apex of the deformity was thoracic (n = 25), thoracolumbar (n = 4), and lumbar (n = 2). The mean preoperative coronal Cobb angle was 69.1° (range 48.9°-91.4°). The mean Cobb angle on the side-bending radiograph of the convex side was 58.2° (range 40°-79.8°). The mean flexibility and apical vertebral rotation (AVR) were 15.6% (range 8.3%-28.2%) and 2.5° (range 2°-3°), respectively. The mean angle of sagittal kyphosis was 58.3° (range 34.1°-79.6°). RESULTS The mean follow-up period was 53 months (range 12-96 months). The mean postoperative coronal Cobb angle was 27.4° (range 16.3°-46.7°). Postoperatively, the mean AVR and angle of sagittal kyphosis were 1.2° (range 1°-2°) and 22.4° (range 4.2°-36.3°), respectively. All patients showed good correction of all indices postoperatively. The mean postoperative correction rate was 58.7% (range 46.3%-74.1%). At the final follow-up evaluation, the corrective loss rate of the Cobb angle was only 2.3%. Only 1 patient required revision surgery. No severe complications such as spinal cord, neural, or large vascular injury occurred during the operation. CONCLUSIONS Posterior-only surgical correction of dystrophic scoliosis in patients with NF1 using a MAPM could yield satisfactory clinical efficacy of correction and fusion.

  6. Improvement in reflux gastroesophagitis in a patient with spinal muscular atrophy after surgical correction of kyphoscoliosis: a case report.

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    Yang, Jae Hyuk; Kasat, Niraj Sharad; Suh, Seung Woo; Kim, Seung Young

    2011-12-01

    Scoliosis, a three-dimensional deformity, has secondary effects on the gastrointestinal system. Reflux gastroesophagitis with hiatus hernia in patients with scoliosis is difficult to manage. We present a patient in whom primary correction of a spinal deformity was associated with resolution of symptoms of reflux. A 15-year-old girl with severe thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis visited our scoliosis research institute complaining of back pain, positional imbalance, intermittent respiratory tract infections, and gastrointestinal discomfort such as pain, dysphagia, and heartburn for several years. On preoperative CT, her abdominal organs were in a deviant position, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed severe reflux gastroesophagitis, Los Angeles classification (LA) Grade D, and a sliding hiatus hernia. After kyphoscoliosis correction, the patient's truncal balance and pain improved. Postoperatively, the patient reported abdominal pain and dysphagia that gradually subsided after 3 weeks. At 1 year, the patient had no abdominal complaints secondary to reflux gastroesophagitis, and episodes of recurrent respiratory tract infections were substantially reduced. Postoperative evaluation showed the reflux gastroesophagitis had improved to LA Grade A. Postoperative CT showed the abdominal cavity had expanded and the abdominal organs were more centered. The association between scoliosis and reflux gastroesophagitis is well documented. However, the secondary effects of scoliosis correction on gastrointestinal symptoms caused by reflux gastroesophagitis have not been investigated in detail. This patient illustrates the relationship between spinal deformity and gastrointestinal symptoms. Postural balance correction resulted in the alleviation of reflux gastroesophagitis symptoms secondary to hiatus hernia.

  7. Babesia in a Nonsplenectomized Patient Requiring Exchange Transfusion

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    Dikshya Sharma

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    Full Text Available Babesiosis is a tick born zoonosis caused by red blood cell parasites of the genus Babesia. It is caused predominantly by B. microti and B. divergens, microti being more common in the US. The parasites are transmitted by Ixodes tick to their host but infection can also spread by blood transfusion and perinatally. Clinical manifestations vary from subclinical infection to fulminating disease depending upon the immune status of the patient. About half of patients, hospitalized with babesiosis, develop complication with fatality rates of 6 to 9% which increase up to 21% among those with immunosuppression. A case of 58-year-old previously healthy man, infected by B. microti, was reported on 2000 who presented with severe disease characterized by severe anemia, DIC, and renal and respiratory failure. First case of overwhelming septic shock without respiratory involvement due to babesiosis in a healthy patient with an intact spleen was published in a case report on 2011. Since our patient here is an immunocompetent healthy male with intact spleen presenting with severe babesiosis requiring exchange transfusion, this presentation of Babesia is rare and warrants further study.

  8. What does respect for the patient's autonomy require?

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    Cheng, Kam-Yuen

    2013-11-01

    Personal autonomy presupposes the notion of rationality. What is not so clear is whether, and how, a compromise of rationality to various degrees will diminish a person's autonomy. In bioethical literature, three major types of threat to the rationality of a patient's medical decision are identified: insufficient information, irrational beliefs/desires, and influence of different framing effects. To overcome the first problem, it is suggested that patients be provided with information about their diseases and treatment choices according to the objective standard. I shall explain how this should be finessed. Regarding the negative impact of irrational beliefs/desires, some philosophers have argued that holding irrational beliefs can still be an expression of autonomy. I reject this argument because the degree of autonomy of a decision depends on the degree of rationality of the beliefs or desires on which the decision is based. Hence, to promote patient autonomy, we need to eliminate irrational beliefs by the provision of evidence and good arguments. Finally, I argue that the way to smooth out the framing effects is to present the same information in different perspectives: it is too often assumed that medical information can always be given in a complete and unadorned manner. This article concludes with a cautionary note that the protection of patient autonomy requires much more time and effort than the current practice usually allows.

  9. Corrected transposition of the great arteries with several associated anomalies in a 68-year-old patient

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    Jacob José Luiz Balthazar

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Few patients with corrected transposition of the great arteries survive past 50 years of age because of the association with congenital defects, development of total atrioventricular block, and right ventricular dysfunction. We report the case of a male patient with dextrocardia in situs solitus and corrected transposition of the great arteries associated with a wide atrial septal defect and severe pulmonary valvar and subvalvar stenoses. The patient also developed a large aneurysm on the pulmonary artery, total atrioventricular block diagnosed 8 years earlier, symptoms of dysfunction of the systemic ventricle in the previous 2 years, insufficiency of the left atrioventricular valve, and aortic regurgitation. Despite all these associated anomalies, the patient developed class III cardiac decompensation only at the age of 68 years, which makes this case a rarity. The patient was clinically treated, and was discharged from the hospital in good condition.

  10. Effects of Degree of Surgical Correction for Flatfoot Deformity in Patient-Specific Computational Models.

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    Spratley, E M; Matheis, E A; Hayes, C W; Adelaar, R S; Wayne, J S

    2015-08-01

    A cohort of adult acquired flatfoot deformity rigid-body models was developed to investigate the effects of isolated tendon transfer with successive levels of medializing calcaneal osteotomy (MCO). Following IRB approval, six diagnosed flatfoot sufferers were subjected to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and their scans used to derive patient-specific models. Single-leg stance was modeled, constrained solely through physiologic joint contact, passive soft-tissue tension, extrinsic muscle force, body weight, and without assumptions of idealized mechanical joints. Surgical effect was quantified using simulated mediolateral (ML) and anteroposterior (AP) X-rays, pedobarography, soft-tissue strains, and joint contact force. Radiographic changes varied across states with the largest average improvements for the tendon transfer (TT) + 10 mm MCO state evidenced through ML and AP talo-1st metatarsal angles. Interestingly, 12 of 14 measures showed increased deformity following TT-only, though all increases disappeared with inclusion of MCO. Plantar force distributions showed medial forefoot offloading concomitant with increases laterally such that the most corrected state had 9.0% greater lateral load. Predicted alterations in spring, deltoid, and plantar fascia soft-tissue strain agreed with prior cadaveric and computational works suggesting decreased strain medially with successive surgical repair. Finally, joint contact force demonstrated consistent medial offloading concomitant with variable increases laterally. Rigid-body modeling thus offers novel advantages for the investigation of foot/ankle biomechanics not easily measured in vivo.

  11. Correction of patient positioning errors based on in-line cone beam CTs: clinical implementation and first experiences

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    Häring Peter

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of the study was the clinical implementation of a kV cone beam CT (CBCT for setup correction in radiotherapy. Patients and methods For evaluation of the setup correction workflow, six tumor patients (lung cancer, sacral chordoma, head-and-neck and paraspinal tumor, and two prostate cancer patients were selected. All patients were treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, five of them with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT. For patient fixation, a scotch cast body frame or a vacuum pillow, each in combination with a scotch cast head mask, were used. The imaging equipment, consisting of an x-ray tube and a flat panel imager (FPI, was attached to a Siemens linear accelerator according to the in-line approach, i.e. with the imaging beam mounted opposite to the treatment beam sharing the same isocenter. For dose delivery, the treatment beam has to traverse the FPI which is mounted in the accessory tray below the multi-leaf collimator. For each patient, a predefined number of imaging projections over a range of at least 200 degrees were acquired. The fast reconstruction of the 3D-CBCT dataset was done with an implementation of the Feldkamp-David-Kress (FDK algorithm. For the registration of the treatment planning CT with the acquired CBCT, an automatic mutual information matcher and manual matching was used. Results and discussion Bony landmarks were easily detected and the table shifts for correction of setup deviations could be automatically calculated in all cases. The image quality was sufficient for a visual comparison of the desired target point with the isocenter visible on the CBCT. Soft tissue contrast was problematic for the prostate of an obese patient, but good in the lung tumor case. The detected maximum setup deviation was 3 mm for patients fixated with the body frame, and 6 mm for patients positioned in the vacuum pillow. Using an action level of 2 mm translational error, a target point

  12. Lumbar Lordosis Minus Thoracic Kyphosis: Remain Constant in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Before and After Correction Surgery.

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    Yang, Mingyuan; Yang, Changwei; Chen, Ziqiang; Wei, Xianzhao; Chen, Yuanyuan; Zhao, Jian; Shao, Jie; Zhu, Xiaodong; Li, Ming

    2016-03-01

    A retrospective study. To explore the relationship between the change of lumbar lordosis (LL) and thoracic kyphosis (TK) in AIS patients after correction surgery. TK tends to decrease in Lenke 1 and Lenke 2 AIS patients after correction surgery using pedicle screws, with the compensation of LL decrease. We hypothesize that lumbar lordosis minus thoracic kyphosis (LL-TK) remains constant after correction surgery to achieve the sagittal balance in AIS patients. Medical records of Lenke 1 or Lenke 2 AIS patients who received posterior correction surgery using pedicle screws in our hospital from January 2010 to January 2013 were reviewed. General characters of patients and radiological parameters were evaluated before the surgery and at two years' follow-up. Correlation analysis between TK and LL was conducted. LL-TK and the change of LL and TK were analyzed at preoperation and final follow-up. A total of 76 Lenke 1 and Lenke 2 AIS patients were included. Both TK and LL decreased significantly after correction surgery (P = 0.019 and P = 0.040, respectively). There were significant correlations between TK and LL before and after surgery, respectively (preoperative: r = 0.234, P = 0.042; postoperative: r = 0.310, P = 0.006). Preoperative and postoperative LL-TK was 23.80° and 25.09°, respectively, and no significant difference of LL-TK was observed (P = 0.372). The same tendency was observed in the change of LL and TK, and significant correlation was also found between the change of TK and LL (r = 0.626, P = 0.002). The same change of LL and TK and no significant difference in LL-TK indicated that LL-TK might be an important compensatory mechanism in keeping sagittal balance.

  13. Renal Cell Protection of Erythropoietin beyond Correcting The Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients.

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    Nasri, Hamid

    2014-01-01

    Currently many patients with chronic renal failure have profited from the use of erythropoietin to correct anemia (1,2). In chronic kidney disease, anemia is believed to be a surrogate index for tissue hypoxia that continues preexisting renal tissue injury (1-3). Erythropoietin is an essential glycoprotein that accelerates red blood cell maturation from erythroid progenitors and facilitates erythropoiesis. It is a 30.4 kD glycoprotein and class I cytokine containing 165 amino acids (3,4). Approximately 90% of systemic erythropoietin in adults is produced by peritubular interstitial fibroblasts in the renal cortex and outer medulla of the kidney (3-5). A feedback mechanism involving oxygen delivery to the tissues seems to regulate erythropoietin production. Hypoxia-inducible factor regulates transcription of the erythropoietin gene in the kidney, which determines erythropoietin synthesis (3-5). Erythropoietin is an essential glycoprotein that accelerates red blood cell maturation from erythroid progenitors and mediates erythropoiesis in the bone marrow (4-6). Kidney fibrosis is the last common pathway in chronic renal failure irrespective of the initial etiology (5,6). Constant inflammatory cell infiltration and pericyte-myofibroblast transition lead to renal fibrosis and insufficiency which result in decreased production of erythropoietin (4-7). Thus far, therapeutic efforts to treat patients with chronic renal failure by administering erythropoietin have been made only to correct anemia and putative hypoxic tissue damage. The introduction of recombinant human erythropoietin has marked a significant advance in the management of anemia associated with chronic renal failure (6-9). With an increasing number of patients with chronic renal failure receiving erythropoietin treatment, emerging evidence suggests that erythropoietin not only has an erythropoietic function, but also has renoprotective potential. In fact, in recent years, the additional non

  14. Development and demonstration of a novel computer planning solution for predefined correction of enophthalmos in anophthalmic patients using prebended 3D titanium-meshes--a technical note.

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    Rana, Majeed; Essig, Harald; Rücker, Martin; Ruecker, Martin; Gellrich, Nils-Claudius

    2012-11-01

    Ablative surgery of the orbit is often associated with dramatic changes in facial geometry. Surgical intervention is often necessary to correct the functional and esthetic appearance in those patients who are anophthalmic, having an intact eyelid appearance and an orbital prosthesis. The outcome of the surgical correction depends on the shape of the orbital implants and their adequate placement. In the case of comparatively small rearrangements, the effect of implants on soft tissues can be estimated by surgeons on the basis of their experience. However, large deformities in complex cases (including large deformation of soft tissue or asymmetry) can be hardly predicted on the basis of simple empirical considerations. The purpose of the present technical note was to describe a new procedure of inverse design of customized orbital titanium meshes. To demonstrate this procedure, an anophthalmic patient with superior sulcus deformity and enophthalmos was enrolled. The volume and structure of the extraocular muscles, soft tissue, and bony structure of the orbital walls were examined using high-resolution multislice computed tomography. Next, a geometric model of the patient's anatomy was generated from the tomography data. Afterward, the orbital prosthesis was virtually relocated to a new position. Then, the desired correction of the particular soft tissue regions was performed using virtual sculpturing tools. Next, the deformation of the soft tissues and initial prosthesis boundaries were computed from the predefined displacements of the relocated tissue regions with the help of the Finite Element Method. The differential volume between the initial and designated position of the orbital prosthesis yielded the preferred implant shape required to effect the desired correction of soft tissue. During surgery, the preplanned position of the customized titanium meshes was guided using a navigation system. Although the inverse design of custom-tailored titanium meshes for

  15. Corrective Osteotomy for Malunited Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures Using Preoperative 3-Dimensional Planning and Patient-Specific Surgical Guides and Implants.

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    Byrne, Ann-Maria; Impelmans, Bianca; Bertrand, Veronique; Van Haver, Annemieke; Verstreken, Frederik

    2017-07-11

    Three-dimensional planning based on computed tomography images of the malunited and the mirrored contralateral forearm allows preoperative simulations of corrective osteotomies, the fabrication of patient-specific osteotomy guides, and custom-made 3-dimensional printed titanium plates. This study aims to assess the precision and clinical outcome of this technique. This was a prospective pilot study with 5 consecutive patients. The mean age at initial injury was 11 years (range, 4-16 years), and the mean interval from the time of injury to the time of corrective surgery was 32 months (range, 7-107 months). Patient-specific osteotomy guides and custom-made plates were used for multiplanar corrective osteotomies of both forearm bones at the distal level in 1 patient and at the middle-third level in 4 patients. Patients were assessed before and after surgery after a mean follow-up of 42 months (range, 29-51 months). The mean planned angular corrections of the ulna and radius before surgery were 9.9° and 10.0°, respectively. The mean postoperative corrections obtained were 10.1° and 10.8° with corresponding mean errors in correction of 1.8° (range, 0.3°-5.2°) for the ulna and 1.4° (range, 0.2°-3.3°) for the radius. Forearm supination improved significantly from 47° (range, 25°-75°) before surgery to 89° (range, 85°-90°) at final review. Forearm pronation improved from 68° (range, 45°-84°) to 87° (range, 82°-90°). In addition, there was a statistically significant improvement in pain and grip strength. This study demonstrates that 3-dimensional planned patient-specific guides and implants allow the surgeon to perform precise corrective osteotomies of complex multiplanar forearm deformities with satisfactory preliminary results. Therapeutic V. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Safety and persistence of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid fillers for nasolabial folds correction in 30 Indian patients

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    Shehnaz Z Arsiwala

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Correction of nasolabial creases through minimally invasive procedures is increasingly being sought by patients. Injecting non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid filler is a highly effective method to achieve an optimal and persistent cosmetic result. Aims: To evaluate the efficacy, persistence and safety of Restylane and Perlane (Q-Med, Sweden for correction of nasolabial folds in Indian patients. Materials and Methods: Thirty Indian patients with mild, moderate and severe nasolabial folds (based on Wrinkle Assessment Scale were recruited in the study after informed consent for correction of their folds with Restylane or Perlane or both. Injections were administered in a single sitting after global assessment of the patient′s face using Wrinkle assessment scale (WAS.Optimal filling was performed by using appropriate techniques and its safety and efficacy assessed independently by the investigator as well as by patients at immediately, 3, 6 and 9 months post-procedure. Any adverse reactions were noted. Results: Twenty two females and 8 males (age range 45-55 years, mean age 52 years were recruited in the study. An optimum cosmetic correction was obtained in all patients. The efficacy increased with time and was greatest at 3 months after the treatment. Grade 2 improvement was maintained at 9 months in mild and moderate folds, and grade 3 improvement for severe folds. Minor post injection side effects like erythema at puncture site, needle marks and bruising were seen. Conclusion: Restylane and Perlane are safe and effective dermal fillers for correction of nasolabial creases and offer immediate effect.

  17. New frontier in regenerative medicine: site-specific gene correction in patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Garate, Zita; Davis, Brian R; Quintana-Bustamante, Oscar; Segovia, Jose C

    2013-06-01

    Advances in cell and gene therapy are opening up new avenues for regenerative medicine. Because of their acquired pluripotency, human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are a promising source of autologous cells for regenerative medicine. They show unlimited self-renewal while retaining the ability, in principle, to differentiate into any cell type of the human body. Since Yamanaka and colleagues first reported the generation of hiPSCs in 2007, significant efforts have been made to understand the reprogramming process and to generate hiPSCs with potential for clinical use. On the other hand, the development of gene-editing platforms to increase homologous recombination efficiency, namely DNA nucleases (zinc finger nucleases, TAL effector nucleases, and meganucleases), is making the application of locus-specific gene therapy in human cells an achievable goal. The generation of patient-specific hiPSC, together with gene correction by homologous recombination, will potentially allow for their clinical application in the near future. In fact, reports have shown targeted gene correction through DNA-Nucleases in patient-specific hiPSCs. Various technologies have been described to reprogram patient cells and to correct these patient hiPSCs. However, no approach has been clearly more efficient and safer than the others. In addition, there are still significant challenges for the clinical application of these technologies, such as inefficient differentiation protocols, genetic instability resulting from the reprogramming process and hiPSC culture itself, the efficacy and specificity of the engineered DNA nucleases, and the overall homologous recombination efficiency. To summarize advances in the generation of gene corrected patient-specific hiPSCs, this review focuses on the available technological platforms, including their strengths and limitations regarding future therapeutic use of gene-corrected hiPSCs.

  18. Accelerated acquisition of tagged MRI for cardiac motion correction in simultaneous PET-MR: Phantom and patient studies

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    Huang, Chuan, E-mail: chuan.huang@stonybrookmedicine.edu [Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 (United States); Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Departments of Radiology, Psychiatry, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States); Petibon, Yoann [Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 (United States); Ouyang, Jinsong; El Fakhri, Georges [Center for Advanced Medical Imaging Sciences, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 and Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Reese, Timothy G. [Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129 (United States); Ahlman, Mark A.; Bluemke, David A. [Radiology and Imaging Sciences, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 (United States)

    2015-02-15

    Purpose: Degradation of image quality caused by cardiac and respiratory motions hampers the diagnostic quality of cardiac PET. It has been shown that improved diagnostic accuracy of myocardial defect can be achieved by tagged MR (tMR) based PET motion correction using simultaneous PET-MR. However, one major hurdle for the adoption of tMR-based PET motion correction in the PET-MR routine is the long acquisition time needed for the collection of fully sampled tMR data. In this work, the authors propose an accelerated tMR acquisition strategy using parallel imaging and/or compressed sensing and assess the impact on the tMR-based motion corrected PET using phantom and patient data. Methods: Fully sampled tMR data were acquired simultaneously with PET list-mode data on two simultaneous PET-MR scanners for a cardiac phantom and a patient. Parallel imaging and compressed sensing were retrospectively performed by GRAPPA and kt-FOCUSS algorithms with various acceleration factors. Motion fields were estimated using nonrigid B-spline image registration from both the accelerated and fully sampled tMR images. The motion fields were incorporated into a motion corrected ordered subset expectation maximization reconstruction algorithm with motion-dependent attenuation correction. Results: Although tMR acceleration introduced image artifacts into the tMR images for both phantom and patient data, motion corrected PET images yielded similar image quality as those obtained using the fully sampled tMR images for low to moderate acceleration factors (<4). Quantitative analysis of myocardial defect contrast over ten independent noise realizations showed similar results. It was further observed that although the image quality of the motion corrected PET images deteriorates for high acceleration factors, the images were still superior to the images reconstructed without motion correction. Conclusions: Accelerated tMR images obtained with more than 4 times acceleration can still provide

  19. Correcting for mortality among patients lost to follow up on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa: a cohort analysis.

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    Gilles Van Cutsem

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Loss to follow-up (LTF challenges the reporting of antiretroviral treatment (ART programmes, since it encompasses patients alive but lost to programme and deaths misclassified as LTF. We describe LTF before and after correction for mortality in a primary care ART programme with linkages to the national vital registration system. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We included 6411 patients enrolled on ART between March 2001 and June 2007. Patients LTF with available civil identification numbers were matched with the national vital registration system to ascertain vital status. Corrected mortality and true LTF were determined by weighting these patients to represent all patients LTF. We used Kaplan-Meier estimates and Cox regression to describe LTF, mortality among those LTF, and true LTF. Of 627 patients LTF, 85 (28.8% had died within 3 months after their last clinic visits. Respective estimates of LTF before and after correction for mortality were 6.9% (95% confidence interval [CI] 6.2-7.6 and 4.3% (95% CI 3.5-5.3 at one year on ART, and 23.9% (95% CI 21.0-27.2 and 19.7% (95% CI 16.1-23.7 at 5 years. After correction for mortality, the hazard of LTF was reversed from decreasing to increasing with time on ART. Younger age, higher baseline CD4 count, pregnancy and increasing calendar year were associated with higher true LTF. Mortality of patients LTF at 1, 12 and 24 months after their last visits was respectively 23.1%, 30.9% and 43.8%; 78.0% of deaths occurred during the first 3 months after last visit and 45.0% in patients on ART for 0 to 3 months. CONCLUSIONS: Mortality of patients LTF was high and occurred early after last clinic visit, especially in patients recently started on ART. Correction for these misclassified deaths revealed that the risk of true LTF increased over time. Research targeting groups at higher risk of LTF (youth, pregnant women and patients with higher CD4 counts is needed.

  20. Preoperative screening for coagulopathy using prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time in patients requiring primary cranial vault remodeling.

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    Genecov, David G; Por, Yong-Chen; Barcelo, Carlos Raul; Salyer, Kenneth E; Mulne, Arlynne F; Morad, Ammar B

    2005-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of abnormal preoperative screening prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time in patients listed for primary cranial vault remodeling that required hematologic workup and their diagnoses and subsequent management. This retrospective analysis was performed from January of 2000 to December of 2003 at the International Craniofacial Institute, Dallas, Texas, on a total of 168 patients. All patients had a normal prothrombin time. Abnormally raised partial thromboplastin time was found in six patients (prevalence of 3.57 percent), one who had factor XI deficiency, one who had a borderline factor XI deficiency and circulating inhibitor, one who had an intermittent factor XI deficiency and circulating inhibitor, one who had a borderline von Willebrand's disease with low factor XII, and the remaining two who had a circulating inhibitor of coagulation. Of these six patients, the perioperative management was altered in four of five patients, and one patient declined surgery out of fear of surgical morbidity. The surgery of one patient was aborted intraoperatively because of abnormal bleeding without clot formation after the calvarial burr holes had been drilled. The mean blood loss was 183 ml for the four patients with completed surgery and 100 ml for one patient. The authors conclude that even though the prevalence of abnormal screening partial thromboplastin time in these patients was low (3.57 percent), detection of an abnormal result required preoperative correction of coagulopathy in 80 percent of cases.

  1. Surgical repair of pectus excavatum not requiring exogenous implants in 113 patients.

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    Iida, Hiroshi; Sunazawa, Toru; Ishida, Keiichi; Doi, Atsuo

    2010-02-01

    Pectus excavatum is relatively common congenital chest deformity that is often accompanied by physical and psychological impairment. The surgical methods for pectus excavatum repair are the subject of some controversy. We review our experience using a procedure in which the introduction of exogenous material is unnecessary. From July 1993 to March 2008, 113 patients underwent surgical repair of pectus excavatum. Sterno-costal elevation was adopted for 102 patients, including all of the paediatric patients and most of the adults. Sternal turnover was employed for 11 adult patients with severe asymmetric deformities. In sterno-costal elevation, a section of the third or fourth to the seventh costal cartilages as well as the lower tip of the sternum below the sixth cartilage junction are resected, and all of the cartilage stumps are re-sutured to the sternum. The secured ribs generate 0.5-10 kg of tension, pulling the sternum bilaterally, such that the resultant force causes the sternum to rise anteriorly. These forces are sufficient to correct the deformities and to prevent flail chest. In sternal turnover, the sternum is cut at the third intercostal space. The lower part of the sternum is turned over and fixed to the upper sternum with an overlap of 1cm. Sections of the third to the seventh rib cartilages are resected and affixed in the same fashion as in sterno-costal elevation. There were no operative deaths, and in all cases the deformities were corrected satisfactorily. Ninety-nine patients (88%) were graded as Excellent, and the remaining 14 (12%) were graded Good. None of the patients developed any life-threatening complications. No patient reported residual pain. No re-operations were required for any reasons. The patients resumed daily activities of all types, including contact sports, within 3 months after surgery. We believe that morbidity is one of the most important factors to be considered in operative invasions. Our technique represents a less

  2. Correction of enzymatic disorders in patients with metabolic syndrome under the influence of non-drug technologies

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    Korchazhkina N.B.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The authors have developed a comprehensive rehabilitation program promotes functional state and raise reserve and adaptive capacity of the organism. Aim. To analyze the effect of advanced features integrated programs and combined non-drug technologies on carbohydrate and lipid balance and enzymatically-metabolic processes in patients with metabolic syndrome. Material and Methods: The study included 250 patients with metabolic syndrome. Results: under the influence of extended medical complex was detected more pronounced corrective effect on lipid and metabolic imbalance. Conclusion: Underthe influence of the developed optimized advanced integrated programs to a greater extent with the use of multimodal physiotherapy multifactorial influences, there is highly reliable correction of carbohydrate, lipid and enzyme metabolism in patients with metabolic syndrome.

  3. Application of 3D rapid prototyping technology in posterior corrective surgery for Lenke 1 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients.

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    Yang, Mingyuan; Li, Chao; Li, Yanming; Zhao, Yingchuan; Wei, Xianzhao; Zhang, Guoyou; Fan, Jianping; Ni, Haijian; Chen, Ziqiang; Bai, Yushu; Li, Ming

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    A retrospective study to evaluate the effectiveness of 3-dimensional rapid prototyping (3DRP) technology in corrective surgery for Lenke 1 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients. 3DRP technology has been widely used in medical field; however, no study has been performed on the effectiveness of 3DRP technology in corrective surgery for Lenke 1 AIS patients. Lenke 1 AIS patients who were preparing to undergo posterior corrective surgery from a single center between January 2010 and January 2012 were included in this analysis. Patients were divided into 2 groups. In group A, 3-dimensional (3D) printing technology was used to create subject-specific spine models in the preoperative planning process. Group B underwent posterior corrective surgery as usual (by free hand without image guidance). Perioperative and postoperative clinical outcomes were compared between 2 groups, including operation time, perioperative blood loss, transfusion volume, postoperative hemoglobin (Hb), postoperative complications, and length of hospital stay. Radiological outcomes were also compared, including the assessment of screw placement, postoperative Cobb angle, coronal balance, sagittal vertical axis, thoracic kyphosis, and lumbar lordosis. Subgroup was also performed according to the preoperative Cobb angle: mean Cobb angle 50°. Besides, economic evaluation was also compared between 2 groups. A total of 126 patients were included in this study (group A, 50 and group B, 76). Group A had significantly shorter operation time, significantly less blood loss and transfusion volume, and higher postoperative Hb (all, P 0.05). There was also no significant difference in misplacement of screws in total populations (16.90% vs 18.82%, P = 0.305), whereas a low misplacement rate of pedicle screws was observed in patients whose mean Cobb angle was >50° (9.15% vs 13.03%, P = 0.02). Besides, using 3DRP increased the economic burden of patients (157,000 ± 9948.85 Ren Min Bi

  4. A patient presenting with metabolic acidosis despite severe vomiting--correct diagnosis by use of the physical-chemical approach.

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    Lindner, Gregor; Pfortmüller, Carmen; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis K

    2013-06-01

    We describe the case of a 28-year-old otherwise healthy woman who presents to our emergency department with nausea for 2 days and severe vomiting for 1 day. She has no history of travel, and her medical history is unremarkable. The physical examination shows a soft and nontender abdomen. Laboratory examinations reveal the presence of significant metabolic alkalosis despite the severe vomiting of the patient. Hypochloremic alkalosis would be expected to be present in this patient. We explain how to correctly identify the rare cause of metabolic acidosis present in this patient using the physicochemical approach (Stewarts approach) for the analysis of human acid-base disorders.

  5. Precise Correction of Disease Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived From Patients With Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy.

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    Turan, Soeren; Farruggio, Alfonso P; Srifa, Waracharee; Day, John W; Calos, Michele P

    2016-04-01

    Limb girdle muscular dystrophies types 2B (LGMD2B) and 2D (LGMD2D) are degenerative muscle diseases caused by mutations in the dysferlin and alpha-sarcoglycan genes, respectively. Using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), we corrected the dysferlin nonsense mutation c.5713C>T; p.R1905X and the most common alpha-sarcoglycan mutation, missense c.229C>T; p.R77C, by single-stranded oligonucleotide-mediated gene editing, using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system to enhance the frequency of homology-directed repair. We demonstrated seamless, allele-specific correction at efficiencies of 0.7-1.5%. As an alternative, we also carried out precise gene addition strategies for correction of the LGMD2B iPSC by integration of wild-type dysferlin cDNA into the H11 safe harbor locus on chromosome 22, using dual integrase cassette exchange (DICE) or TALEN-assisted homologous recombination for insertion precise (THRIP). These methods employed TALENs and homologous recombination, and DICE also utilized site-specific recombinases. With DICE and THRIP, we obtained targeting efficiencies after selection of ~20%. We purified iPSC corrected by all methods and verified rescue of appropriate levels of dysferlin and alpha-sarcoglycan protein expression and correct localization, as shown by immunoblot and immunocytochemistry. In summary, we demonstrate for the first time precise correction of LGMD iPSC and validation of expression, opening the possibility of cell therapy utilizing these corrected iPSC.

  6. Depression and anxiety before and after limb length discrepancy correction in patients with unilateral developmental dysplasia of the hip.

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    Liu, Ruiyu; Li, Yongwei; Fan, Lihong; Mu, Mingchao; Wang, Kunzheng; Song, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Limb length discrepancy (LLD) is common in patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and may influence the psychological status of these patients. The present study aims to investigate depression and anxiety in DDH patients with different extents of LLD and to assess the effect of LLD correction on these two psychological factors. 161 patients with DDH were recruited and divided into two groups based on whether they could perceive LLD preoperatively. The patients who could not perceive LLD were assigned to group N, and those who could perceive LLD were assigned to group P. Depression/anxiety, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores and LLD were assessed one week before, six months and two years after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Depression and anxiety were significantly higher in group P patients compared to group N patients. The patients in group N presented significant improvement in depression and anxiety six months after arthroplasty, while DDH patients in group P did two years after arthroplasty. Correlation analyses revealed their improvement was associated with pain relief and improved hip function in both groups of patients and was also related to changes in the perception of LLD in group P patients. Depression and anxiety levels were higher in DDH patients with perceived LLD. Their improvement was related to pain relief and improved hip function following THA. In DDH patients with perceived LLD, a change in the perception of LLD also played a part in their improvement. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. FGFR-1 is required by epicardium-derived cells for myocardial invasion and correct coronary vascular lineage differentiation.

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    Pennisi, David J; Mikawa, Takashi

    2009-04-01

    Critical steps in coronary vascular formation include the epithelial-mesenchyme transition (EMT) that epicardial cells undergo to become sub-epicardial; the invasion of the myocardium; and the differentiation of coronary lineages. However, the factors controlling these processes are not completely understood. Epicardial and coronary vascular precursors migrate to the avascular heart tube during embryogenesis via the proepicardium (PE). Here, we show that in the quail embryo fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR)-1 is expressed in a spatially and temporally restricted manner in the PE and epicardium-derived cells, including vascular endothelial precursors, and is up-regulated in epicardial cells after EMT. We used replication-defective retroviral vectors to over-express or knock-down FGFR-1 in the PE. FGFR-1 over-expression resulted in increased epicardial EMT. Knock-down of FGFR-1, however, did not inhibit epicardial EMT but greatly compromised the ability of PE progeny to invade the myocardium. The latter could, however, contribute to endothelia and smooth muscle of sub-epicardial vessels. Correct FGFR-1 levels were also important for correct coronary lineage differentiation with, at E12, an increase in the proportion of endothelial cells amongst FGFR-1 over-expressing PE progeny and a decrease in the proportion of smooth muscle cells in antisense FGFR-1 virus-infected PE progeny. Finally, in a heart explant system, constitutive activation of FGFR-1 signaling in epicardial cells resulted in increased delamination from the epicardium, invasion of the sub-epicardium, and invasion of the myocardium. These data reveal novel roles for FGFR-1 signaling in epicardial biology and coronary vascular lineage differentiation, and point to potential new therapeutic avenues.

  8. [Evaluation of the sagittal profile in patients with thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis Lenke type 1 following posterior correction].

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    Akbar, M; Dreher, T; Schwab, F; Omlor, G; Wang, H; Bruckner, T; Carstens, C; Wiedenhöfer, B

    2013-03-01

    The principle philosophy of posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion (PSIF) for the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) has changed during recent decades. In the past the treatment of AIS mainly focused on correction of the major curve in the frontal plane while the sagittal profile and balancing were only of inferior interest in treatment planning. Various long-term outcome studies have demonstrated that many AIS patients developed a flatback syndrome (decrease of thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis) associated with pain. It was concluded that treatment of AIS should consider the sagittal profile and balance; however, there are only few studies addressing additional procedures, which include the correction of the sagittal profile. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of different posterior correction techniques on sagittal profile and balance. A total of 36 consecutive patients with thoracic AIS, who were treated with selective thoracic posterior correction were included in this retrospective study. The patients were further assigned to three different subgroups according to different surgical strategies: A: pedicle screws, B: long-head pedicle screws and C: additional Ponte osteotomy. Standardized radiographs in the standing position of the whole spine in two planes were evaluated before and at least 2 years after correction for all patients and a subgroup analysis was done to identify differences between the three groups. A significant correction of the major curve was achieved in all three groups (p sagittal profile, there was a significant difference in the development of thoracic kyphosis (TK) and lumbar lordosis (LL). While a significant reduction of TK and LL was found in groups A and B after surgery, a significant increase of TK and LL was noted in group C which was associated with a decrease of pelvic tilt and an increase of sacral slope. The 2-year follow-up showed the lowest ODI-% value only in group C which was

  9. Improvement of quality of speech in patients with velo-pharyngeal insufficiency corrected using a buccinator myomucosal flap.

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    Dias, D K; Fernando, P D; Dissanayake, R D

    2016-01-01

    Oro-facial clefts involving the palate is the commonest structural defect causing velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and poor intelli gibility of speech. Proper repair of the soft palateis a surgical challenge. Posterior-based buccinator myomucosal flap (BMF) is used to lengthen the soft palate of patients who undergo primary palatoplasty at Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya (THK). BMF is a good choice for the repair of medium sized mucosal defects in the oral cavity since it has appropriate thickness, contains mucous membrane with mucous glands and has a rich blood supply. Objectives To assess improvement in quality of speech after soft palate repair using BMF in patients with previously corrected cleft pate. Thirty four patients (M:F-1:1) who had undergone palatal lengthening using BMF procedure for correction of VPI for speech improvement at Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya from 2010 to 2012, were assessed before and one year after surgery for quality of speech. All patients below 8 years showed significant reduction of hypernasality (pspeech quality after surgery. Palatal lengthening using BMF procedure is a good treatment option for correction of VPI.

  10. 3D movement correction of CT brain perfusion image data of patients with acute ischemic stroke

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    Fahmi, Fahmi [Academic Medical Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Amsterdam (Netherlands); University of Sumatera Utara, Department of Electrical Engineering, Medan (Indonesia); Marquering, Henk A.; Streekstra, Geert J. [Academic Medical Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Academic Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Borst, Jordi; Beenen, Ludo F.M.; Majoie, Charles B.L. [Academic Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Niesten, Joris M.; Velthuis, Birgitta K. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); VanBavel, Ed [Academic Medical Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Collaboration: on behalf of the DUST study

    2014-06-15

    Head movement during CT brain perfusion (CTP) acquisition can deteriorate the accuracy of CTP analysis. Most CTP software packages can only correct in-plane movement and are limited to small ranges. The purpose of this study is to validate a novel 3D correction method for head movement during CTP acquisition. Thirty-five CTP datasets that were classified as defective due to head movement were included in this study. All CTP time frames were registered with non-contrast CT data using a 3D rigid registration method. Location and appearance of ischemic area in summary maps derived from original and registered CTP datasets were qualitative compared with follow-up non-contrast CT. A quality score (QS) of 0 to 3 was used to express the degree of agreement. Furthermore, experts compared the quality of both summary maps and assigned the improvement score (IS) of the CTP analysis, ranging from -2 (much worse) to 2 (much better). Summary maps generated from corrected CTP significantly agreed better with appearance of infarct on follow-up CT with mean QS 2.3 versus mean QS 1.8 for summary maps from original CTP (P = 0.024). In comparison to original CTP data, correction resulted in a quality improvement with average IS 0.8: 17 % worsened (IS = -2, -1), 20 % remained unchanged (IS = 0), and 63 % improved (IS = +1, +2). The proposed 3D movement correction improves the summary map quality for CTP datasets with severe head movement. (orig.)

  11. Variable angle stereo imaging for rapid patient position correction in an in-house real-time position monitoring system.

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    Arumugam, Sankar; Sidhom, Mark; Truant, Daniel; Xing, Aitang; Udovitch, Mark; Holloway, Lois

    2017-01-01

    To develop and validate a variable angle stereo image based position correction methodology in an X-ray based in-house online position monitoring system. A stereo imaging module that enables 3D position determination and couch correction of the patient based on images acquired at any arbitrary angle and arbitrary angular separation was developed and incorporated to the in-house SeedTracker real-time position monitoring system. The accuracy of the developed system was studied by imaging an anthropomorphic phantom implanted with radiopaque markers set to known offset positions from its reference position in an Elekta linear accelerator (LA) and associated XVI imaging system. The accuracy of the system was further validated using CBCT data set from 10 prostate SBRT patients. The time gains achieved with the stereo image based position correction was compared with the manual matching of seed positions in Digitally Reconstructed Radiographs (DRRs) and kV images in the Mosaiq record and verify system. Based on phantom and patient CBCT dataset study stereo imaging module implemented in the SeedTracker shown to have an accuracy of 0.1(σ=0.5)mm in detecting the 3D position offset. The time comparison study showed that stereo image based methodology implemented in SeedTracker was a minimum of 80(4)s faster than the manual method implemented in Mosaiq R&V system with a maximum time saving of 146(6)s. The variable angle stereo image based position correction method was shown to be accurate and faster than the standard manual DRR-kV image based correction approach, leading to more efficient treatment. Copyright © 2017 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Comparison between MRI-based attenuation correction methods for brain PET in dementia patients

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    Cabello, Jorge; Lukas, Mathias; Pyka, Thomas; Nekolla, Stephan G.; Ziegler, Sibylle I. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany); Rota Kops, Elena; Shah, N. Jon [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine 4, Medical Imaging Physics, Juelich (Germany); Ribeiro, Andre [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine 4, Medical Imaging Physics, Juelich (Germany); Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Lisbon (Portugal); Yakushev, Igor [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany); Institute TUM Neuroimaging Center (TUM-NIC), Munich (Germany)

    2016-11-15

    The combination of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in hybrid PET/MRI scanners offers a number of advantages in investigating brain structure and function. A critical step of PET data reconstruction is attenuation correction (AC). Accounting for bone in attenuation maps (μ-map) was shown to be important in brain PET studies. While there are a number of MRI-based AC methods, no systematic comparison between them has been performed so far. The aim of this work was to study the different performance obtained by some of the recent methods presented in the literature. To perform such a comparison, we focused on [{sup 18}F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/MRI neurodegenerative dementing disorders, which are known to exhibit reduced levels of glucose metabolism in certain brain regions. Four novel methods were used to calculate μ-maps from MRI data of 15 patients with Alzheimer's dementia (AD). The methods cover two atlas-based methods, a segmentation method, and a hybrid template/segmentation method. Additionally, the Dixon-based and a UTE-based method, offered by a vendor, were included in the comparison. Performance was assessed at three levels: tissue identification accuracy in the μ-map, quantitative accuracy of reconstructed PET data in specific brain regions, and precision in diagnostic images at identifying hypometabolic areas. Quantitative regional errors of -20-10 % were obtained using the vendor's AC methods, whereas the novel methods produced errors in a margin of ±5 %. The obtained precision at identifying areas with abnormally low levels of glucose uptake, potentially regions affected by AD, were 62.9 and 79.5 % for the two vendor AC methods, the former ignoring bone and the latter including bone information. The precision increased to 87.5-93.3 % in average for the four new methods, exhibiting similar performances. We confirm that the AC methods based on the Dixon and UTE sequences provided by the vendor are

  13. Comparison between MRI-based attenuation correction methods for brain PET in dementia patients.

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    Cabello, Jorge; Lukas, Mathias; Rota Kops, Elena; Ribeiro, André; Shah, N Jon; Yakushev, Igor; Pyka, Thomas; Nekolla, Stephan G; Ziegler, Sibylle I

    2016-11-01

    The combination of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in hybrid PET/MRI scanners offers a number of advantages in investigating brain structure and function. A critical step of PET data reconstruction is attenuation correction (AC). Accounting for bone in attenuation maps (μ-map) was shown to be important in brain PET studies. While there are a number of MRI-based AC methods, no systematic comparison between them has been performed so far. The aim of this work was to study the different performance obtained by some of the recent methods presented in the literature. To perform such a comparison, we focused on [(18)F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/MRI neurodegenerative dementing disorders, which are known to exhibit reduced levels of glucose metabolism in certain brain regions. Four novel methods were used to calculate μ-maps from MRI data of 15 patients with Alzheimer's dementia (AD). The methods cover two atlas-based methods, a segmentation method, and a hybrid template/segmentation method. Additionally, the Dixon-based and a UTE-based method, offered by a vendor, were included in the comparison. Performance was assessed at three levels: tissue identification accuracy in the μ-map, quantitative accuracy of reconstructed PET data in specific brain regions, and precision in diagnostic images at identifying hypometabolic areas. Quantitative regional errors of -20--10 % were obtained using the vendor's AC methods, whereas the novel methods produced errors in a margin of ±5 %. The obtained precision at identifying areas with abnormally low levels of glucose uptake, potentially regions affected by AD, were 62.9 and 79.5 % for the two vendor AC methods, the former ignoring bone and the latter including bone information. The precision increased to 87.5-93.3 % in average for the four new methods, exhibiting similar performances. We confirm that the AC methods based on the Dixon and UTE sequences provided by the vendor are inferior to

  14. Predicting patients that require care at a trauma center: analysis of injuries and other factors.

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    Schoell, Samantha L; Doud, Andrea N; Weaver, Ashley A; Barnard, Ryan T; Meredith, J Wayne; Stitzel, Joel D; Martin, R Shayn

    2015-04-01

    The detection of occult or unpredictable injuries in motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) is crucial in correctly triaging patients and thus reducing fatalities. The purpose of the study was to develop a metric that indicates the likelihood that an injury sustained in a MVC would require management at a Level I/II trauma centre (TC) versus a non-trauma centre (non-TC). Transfer Scores (TSs) were computed for 240 injuries that comprise the top 95% most frequently occurring injuries in the National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS) with an Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) severity of 2 or greater. A TS for each injury was computed using the proportions of patients involved in a MVC from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) that were transferred to a TC or managed at a non-TC. Similarly, a TSMAIS that excludes patients with higher severity co-injuries was calculated using the proportion of patients with a maximum AIS (MAIS) equal to the AIS severity of a given injury. The results indicated for injuries of a given AIS severity, body region, and injury type, there were large variations in the TSMAIS. Overall results demonstrated higher TSMAIS values when injuries were internal, haemorrhagic, intracranial or of moderate severity (AIS 3-5). Specifically, injuries to the head possessed a TSMAIS that ranged from 0.000 to 0.889, with head injuries of AIS 3-5 severities being the most likely to be transferred. The analysis indicated that the TSMAIS is not solely correlated with AIS severity and therefore it captures other important aspects of injury such as predictability and trauma system capabilities. The TS and TSMAIS can be useful in advanced automatic crash notification (AACN) research for the detection of highly unpredictable injuries in MVCs that require direct transport to a TC. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. RESOLUTE PET/MRI Attenuation Correction for O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine (FET) in Brain Tumor Patients with Metal Implants.

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    Ladefoged, Claes N; Andersen, Flemming L; Kjær, Andreas; Højgaard, Liselotte; Law, Ian

    2017-01-01

    Aim: Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is a useful tool for assisting in correct differentiation of tumor progression from reactive changes, and the radiolabeled amino acid analog tracer O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine (FET)-PET is amongst the most frequently used. The FET-PET images need to be quantitatively correct in order to be used clinically, which require accurate attenuation correction (AC) in PET/MRI. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of the subject-specific MR-derived AC method RESOLUTE in post-operative brain tumor patients. Methods: We analyzed 51 post-operative brain tumor patients (68 examinations, 200 MBq [18F]-FET) investigated in a PET/MRI scanner. MR-AC maps were acquired using: (1) the Dixon water fat separation sequence, (2) the ultra short echo time (UTE) sequences, (3) calculated using our new RESOLUTE methodology, and (4) a same day low-dose CT used as reference "gold standard." For each subject and each AC method the tumor was delineated by isocontouring tracer uptake above a tumor(T)-to-brain background (B) activity ratio of 1.6. We measured B, tumor mean and maximal activity (TMEAN, TMAX), biological tumor volume (BTV), and calculated the clinical metrics TMEAN/B and TMAX/B. Results: When using RESOLUTE 5/68 studies did not meet our predefined acceptance criteria of TMAX/B difference to CT-AC PET metrics. Conclusions: Overall, we found RESOLUTE to be the AC method that most robustly reproduced the CT-AC clinical metrics per se, during follow-up, and when interpreted into defined clinical use cut-off criteria and into the patient history. RESOLUTE is especially suitable for brain tumor patients, as these often present with distorted anatomy where other methods based on atlas/template information might fail.

  16. 24 CFR 115.307 - Requirements for participation in the FHAP; Corrective and remedial action for failing to comply...

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  17. Quantitative Assessment of Right Atrial Function by Strain Imaging in Adult Patients with Totally Corrected Tetralogy of Fallot

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    Azin Alizadehasl

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atrial function could be affected by many cardiac disorders. Recently Strain imaging has been employed for the assessment of atrial function in several disorders involving atria.Objectives: We aimed to measure the right atrial function by this method in adult patients with surgically corrected Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF.Patients and Method: Forty six adult patients with TOF who underwent total correction surgery in childhood and had severe pulmonary regurgitation and fulfilled the criteria of ACC/AHA guideline for PVR enrolled. The control group included 50 healthy adults with matched age and sex. Standard transthoracic echocardiography was performed on both groups which myocardial velocities and strain imaging indices were obtained from their RA free wall.Results: The myocardial velocities and deformational indices of RA free wall were significantly compromised in TOF patients compared with normal subjects. There was no correlation between RA function data measured by strain imaging and RV volume measured in CMR.Conclusions: In light of our findings, we concluded that RA function is severely diminished in adult patients with TOF. It would play an important role in pathophysiological process of the right sided heart failure in these patients

  18. Correct usage, ease of use, and preference of two dry powder inhalers in patients with COPD: analysis of five phase III, randomized trials

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    Full Text Available John H Riley,1 Maggie Tabberer,2 Nathalie Richard,3 Alison Donald,3 Alison Church,3 Stephanie S Harris3 1MDC Global Clinical Development – UK, GlaxoSmithKline, 2Value Evidence and Outcomes, GlaxoSmithKline, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK; 3Respiratory Medicines Development Center, GlaxoSmithKline, Durham, NC, USA Background: Handheld inhalers are used to deliver treatment for COPD. Incorrect usage leads to suboptimal disease control. Complex treatment regimens and use of multiple inhalers may reduce patient compliance. The Anoro Ellipta™ dry powder inhaler (DPI simultaneously delivers umeclidinium bromide (UMEC and vilanterol (VI without coformulation being required.Aim: To assess the correct usage and ease of use of the Ellipta™ DPI administering UMEC/VI and to compare patient preference for Ellipta™ with the HandiHaler® through exploratory analyses of patient and observer questionnaires in five Phase III studies.Methods: Two Phase III, 3-month double-blind, placebo-controlled studies assessed the correct usage of the Ellipta™ DPI at Day 1 and after 6 weeks, and ease of use of the Ellipta™ DPI using a nonvalidated patient questionnaire after 6 weeks or early withdrawal. In three 6-month, blinded double-dummy, active comparator studies (two Phase IIIa and one Phase IIIb, patients completed a COPD device preference questionnaire between the Ellipta™ DPI and the HandiHaler® at Day 168 (Week 24 or early withdrawal.Results: In the 3-month placebo-controlled studies, ≥98% of patients used the Ellipta™ DPI correctly and 99% of patients found the inhaler easy/very easy-to-use and the dose counter easy/very easy to read. Across the two Phase IIIa active comparator studies, patients consistently stated a preference for the Ellipta™ DPI over HandiHaler® regarding the number of steps to use (59% vs 17%, time taken to use (62% vs 14%, and ease of use (63% vs 15% regardless of which inhaler contained active drug. Results were consistent

  19. The effect of a scapular postural correction strategy on trapezius activity in patients with neck pain.

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    Wegner, Sally; Jull, Gwendolen; O'Leary, Shaun; Johnston, Venerina

    2010-12-01

    Extensive computer use amongst office workers has lead to an increase in work-related neck pain. Aberrant activity within the three portions of the trapezius muscle and associated changes in scapular posture have been identified as potential contributing factors. This study compared the activity (surface electromyography) of the three portions of the trapezius in healthy controls (n = 20) to a neck pain group with poor scapular posture (n = 18) during the performance of a functional typing task. A scapular postural correction strategy was used to correct scapular orientation in the neck pain group and electromyographic recordings were repeated. During the typing task, the neck pain group generated greater activity in the middle trapezius (MT) (p = 0.02) and less activity in the lower trapezius (LT) (p = 0.03) than the control group. Following correction of the scapula, activity recorded by the neck pain group was similar to the control group for the middle and lower portions (p = 0.09; p = 0.91). These findings indicate that a scapular postural correction exercise may be effective in altering the distribution of activity in the trapezius to better reflect that displayed by healthy individuals. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Effect of Regular Corrective Exercises on the Spinal Column of Dyspraxic Patients

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    Saeid Teimori

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Spinal column abnormalities can highly restrict motor movement in students with dyspraxia. The present study investigated the effect of regular corrective exercises on the spinal column of students with dyspraxia. Materials and Methods: The present study is a quasi-experimental research. For the purposes of the study, spinal column abnormalities of a total of 150 girls and 220 boys were analyzed. The subjects then went through a 12-week period of corrective exercises. The students' spinal column abnormalities were re-examined to determine the effects of the exercise. The study employed SPSS-16 to analyze the data. Also, for the purposes of the study, statistical-descriptive methods, samples t-test and Pearson’s correlation coefficient were used to further analyze the data in detail. Results: The results of the study indicated that students with dyspraxia constituted 6.16 % of the total sample. That is to say, dyspraxic girls and boys made up 5% and 7.3% of the sample, respectively. Moreover, 60% of the boys and 63.3% of the girls suffered from spinal column abnormalities. The results of the experiment indicated that corrective exercises can reduce spinal column abnormalities in school students. Conclusion: The results of the experiment indicated that corrective exercises can reduce spinal column abnormalities in school students.

  1. Heart rate variability in patients being treated for Dengue viral infection: New insights from mathematical correction of heart rate

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Severe dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF is a viral infection that acts to increase permeability of capillaries, resulting in internal hemorrhage. Linear frequency domain Fourier spectral analysis represents the most published noninvasive tool for diagnosing and assessing health status via calculated heart rate variability (HRV. As such, HRV may be useful in assessing clinical status in DHF patients, but is prone to erroneous results and conclusions due to the influence of the average HR during the time period of HRV assessment (defined as the ’prevailing’ HR. We tested the hypothesis that alterations in HRV calculated with linear frequency analysis would be minimal when mathematically corrected for prevailing HR following dengue viral infection. Methods: Male (N=16 and female (N= 11 patients between the ages of 6 months and 15 years of age (10 ± 6 SD years were tracked through the progression of the dengue viral infection with treatment following the abatement of a fever (defervescence. Electrocardiographic recordings were collected and analyzed for HRV. Results: High frequency (HF, low frequency (LF, and LF/HF ratio were unaffected by correction for prevailing HR. Conclusion: HRV corrected for changes in HR did not alter the interpretations of our data. Therefore, we conclude that cardiac parasympathetic activity (HF frequency is responsible for the majority of the HR reduction following defervescence in patients with dengue viral infection.

  2. [Correction of free-radical processes in patients with chronic brain ischemia with intravenous laser irradiation of blood].

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    Karneev, A N; Solov'eva, E Iu; Fedin, A I

    2007-01-01

    We examined lipid peroxidation (LPO) in 130 patients with chronic brain ischemia (CBI). Primary and secondary LPO products, oxidative and antioxidative enzymes were studied in the course of therapy with antioxidant drug cytoflavin and intravenous laser radiation of blood (ILRB). The latter proved to have a normalizing action on LPO and antioxidant defense. With progression of CBI, effects of ILRB on enzymatic activity weakens due to depletion of endogenic antioxidants. This necessitates administration of exogenic antioxidants (cytoflavin) for complex correction of free radical processes. This conclusion allows recommending combined schemes of therapy for patients with CBI stage II and III.

  3. In situ genetic correction of F8 intron 22 inversion in hemophilia A patient-specific iPSCs.

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    Wu, Yong; Hu, Zhiqing; Li, Zhuo; Pang, Jialun; Feng, Mai; Hu, Xuyun; Wang, Xiaolin; Lin-Peng, Siyuan; Liu, Bo; Chen, Fangping; Wu, Lingqian; Liang, Desheng

    2016-01-08

    Nearly half of severe Hemophilia A (HA) cases are caused by F8 intron 22 inversion (Inv22). This 0.6-Mb inversion splits the 186-kb F8 into two parts with opposite transcription directions. The inverted 5' part (141 kb) preserves the first 22 exons that are driven by the intrinsic F8 promoter, leading to a truncated F8 transcript due to the lack of the last 627 bp coding sequence of exons 23-26. Here we describe an in situ genetic correction of Inv22 in patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). By using TALENs, the 627 bp sequence plus a polyA signal was precisely targeted at the junction of exon 22 and intron 22 via homologous recombination (HR) with high targeting efficiencies of 62.5% and 52.9%. The gene-corrected iPSCs retained a normal karyotype following removal of drug selection cassette using a Cre-LoxP system. Importantly, both F8 transcription and FVIII secretion were rescued in the candidate cell types for HA gene therapy including endothelial cells (ECs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from the gene-corrected iPSCs. This is the first report of an efficient in situ genetic correction of the large inversion mutation using a strategy of targeted gene addition.

  4. Gene Correction of iPSCs from a Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Patient Normalizes the Lymphoid Developmental and Functional Defects

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    Tamara J. Laskowski

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS is an X-linked primary immunodeficiency disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding the WAS protein (WASp. Here, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs were derived from a WAS patient (WAS-iPSC and the endogenous chromosomal WAS locus was targeted with a wtWAS-2A-eGFP transgene using zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs to generate corrected WAS-iPSC (cWAS-iPSC. WASp and GFP were first expressed in the earliest CD34+CD43+CD45− hematopoietic precursor cells and later in all hematopoietic lineages examined. Whereas differentiation to non-lymphoid lineages was readily obtained from WAS-iPSCs, in vitro T lymphopoiesis from WAS-iPSC was deficient with few CD4+CD8+ double-positive and mature CD3+ T cells obtained. T cell differentiation was restored for cWAS-iPSCs. Similarly, defects in natural killer cell differentiation and function were restored on targeted correction of the WAS locus. These results demonstrate that the defects exhibited by WAS-iPSC-derived lymphoid cells were fully corrected and suggests the potential therapeutic use of gene-corrected WAS-iPSCs.

  5. Warfarin Dosing Algorithms Underpredict Dose Requirements in Patients Requiring ≥7 mg Daily: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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    Saffian, S M; Duffull, S B; Wright, Dfb

    2017-08-01

    There is preliminary evidence to suggest that some published warfarin dosing algorithms produce biased maintenance dose predictions in patients who require higher than average doses. We conducted a meta-analysis of warfarin dosing algorithms to determine if there exists a systematic under- or overprediction of dose requirements for patients requiring ≥7 mg/day across published algorithms. Medline and Embase databases were searched up to September 2015. We quantified the proportion of over- and underpredicted doses in patients whose observed maintenance dose was ≥7 mg/day. The meta-analysis included 47 evaluations of 22 different warfarin dosing algorithms from 16 studies. The meta-analysis included data from 1,492 patients who required warfarin doses of ≥7 mg/day. All 22 algorithms were found to underpredict warfarin dosing requirements in patients who required ≥7 mg/day by an average of 2.3 mg/day with a pooled estimate of underpredicted doses of 92.3% (95% confidence interval 90.3-94.1, I(2) = 24%). © 2017 American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

  6. QT correction formulas and laboratory analysis on patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes

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    Wong, Sara; Rivera, Pedro; Rodríguez, María. G.; Severeyn, Érika; Altuve, Miguel

    2013-11-01

    This article presents a study of ventricular repolarization in diabetic and metabolic syndrome subjects. The corrected QT interval (QTc) was estimated using four correction formulas commonly employed in the literature: Bazett, Fridericia, Framingham and Hodges. After extracting the Q, R and T waves from the electrocardiogram of 52 subjects (19 diabetic, 15 with metabolic syndrome and 18 control), using a wavelet-based approach, the RR interval and QT interval were determined. Then, QTc interval was computed using the formulas previously mentioned. Additionally, laboratory test (fasting glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides) were also evaluated. Results show that metabolic syndrome subjects have normal QTc. However, a longer QTc in this population may be a sign of future complication. The corrected QT interval by Fridericia's formula seems to be the most appropriated for metabolic syndrome subjects (low correlation coefficient between RR and QTc). Significant differences were obtained in the blood glucose and triglyceride levels, principally due to the abnormal sugar metabolization of metabolic syndrome and diabetic subjects. Further studies are focused on the acquisition of a larger database of metabolic syndrome and diabetics subjects and the repetition of this study using other populations, like high performance athletes.

  7. 78 FR 63223 - Fibromyalgia Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development; Correction

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Fibromyalgia Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug... public meeting entitled ``Fibromyalgia Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development''...

  8. Vertebral column decancellation: a new spinal osteotomy technique for correcting rigid thoracolumbar kyphosis in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Zhang, X; Zhang, Z; Wang, J; Lu, M; Hu, W; Wang, Y; Wang, Y

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    The aim of this study is to introduce and investigate the efficacy and feasibility of a new vertebral osteotomy technique, vertebral column decancellation (VCD), for rigid thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity (TLKD) secondary to ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We took 39 patients from between January 2009 and January 2013 (26 male, 13 female, mean age 37.4 years, 28 to 54) with AS and a TLKD who underwent VCD (VCD group) and compared their outcome with 45 patients (31 male, 14 female, mean age 34.8 years, 23 to 47) with AS and TLKD, who underwent pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO group), according to the same selection criteria. The technique of VCD was performed at single vertebral level in the thoracolumbar region of AS patients according to classification of AS kyphotic deformity. Pre- and post-operative chin-brow vertical angle (CBVA), sagittal vertical axis (SVA) and sagittal Cobb angle in the thoracolumbar region were reviewed in the VCD and PSO groups. Intra- , post-operative and general complications were analysed in both group. lf patients could lie on their backs and walk with horizontal vision and sagittal profile, radiographic parameters improved significantly post-operatively in both groups. No major acute complications such as death or complete paralysis occurred in either group. In the VCD group, five patients (12.8%) experienced complications such as severe CSF leak (n = 4), deep wound infection (n = 1) and in one patient a transient neurological deficit occurred. In the PSO group, eight patients (17.8%) suffered conditions such as severe CSF leak (n = 5), infections (n = 2) and sagittal translation at osteotomy site (n = 1). Scoliosis Research Society outcomes instrument (SRS-22) improved significantly in both groups. All patients achieved solid fusion at latest follow-up and no implant failures were noted in either group. The VCD technique is a new, safe and effective strategy for correction of rigid TLKD in AS patients. The main advantage of the new

  9. [Diagnostics and planning of orthodontic treatment of patients with crowded teeth position with the use of elastomeric correcting splints].

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    Arsenina, O I; Riakhovskiĭ, A N; Safarova, N M

    2011-01-01

    3D scanning of plaster jaw models and further processing of the received data in editing program for three dimensional models Rapid Form 2006 Basis is one of the used methods of diagnostics of patients with crowded teeth position (measurement of anthropometric parameters of jaw models, dental arches symmetry, sizes and forms of dentitions). On 3D jaw models with crowded teeth position there were planned trajectories of gradual single tooth displacement in such a way that to move them in new correct position. Prescribing determined step with which the tooth would be moved there was made a series of individual plastic jaw models corresponding to each stage of treatment by stereolithographic method. On the received models there was made a series of elastomeric correcting splints producing some pressure upon teeth and making for their displacement.

  10. A prefoldin-associated WD-repeat protein (WDR92) is required for the correct architectural assembly of motile cilia

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    Patel-King, Ramila S.; King, Stephen M.

    2016-01-01

    WDR92 is a highly conserved WD-repeat protein that has been proposed to be involved in apoptosis and also to be part of a prefoldin-like cochaperone complex. We found that WDR92 has a phylogenetic signature that is generally compatible with it playing a role in the assembly or function of specifically motile cilia. To test this hypothesis, we performed an RNAi-based knockdown of WDR92 gene expression in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea and were able to achieve a robust reduction in mRNA expression to levels undetectable under our standard RT-PCR conditions. We found that this treatment resulted in a dramatic reduction in the rate of organismal movement that was caused by a switch in the mode of locomotion from smooth, cilia-driven gliding to muscle-based, peristaltic contractions. Although the knockdown animals still assembled cilia of normal length and in similar numbers to controls, these structures had reduced beat frequency and did not maintain hydrodynamic coupling. By transmission electron microscopy we observed that many cilia had pleiomorphic defects in their architecture, including partial loss of dynein arms, incomplete closure of the B-tubule, and occlusion or replacement of the central pair complex by accumulated electron-dense material. These observations suggest that WDR92 is part of a previously unrecognized cytoplasmic chaperone system that is specifically required to fold key components necessary to build motile ciliary axonemes. PMID:26912790

  11. MERISTEM-DEFECTIVE, an RS domain protein, is required for the correct meristem patterning and function in Arabidopsis.

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    Casson, Stuart A; Topping, Jennifer F; Lindsey, Keith

    2009-03-01

    Plant growth and development is dependent on the specification and maintenance of pools of stem cells found in the meristems. Mutations in the Arabidopsis MERISTEM-DEFECTIVE (MDF) gene lead to a loss of stem cell and meristematic activity in the root and vegetative shoot. MDF encodes a putative RS domain protein with a predicted role in transcription or RNA processing control. mdf mutants exhibit decreased levels of PINFORMED2 (PIN2) and PIN4 mRNAs, which is associated with a reduction in PIN:GFP levels, and with a defective auxin maximum in the basal region of the developing mdf embryo and seedling root meristem. Seedling roots also exhibit reduced PLETHORA (PLT), SCARECROW and SHORTROOT gene expression, a loss of stem cell activity, terminal differentiation of the root meristem and defective cell patterning. MDF expression is not defective in the bodenlos, pin1 or eir1/pin2 auxin mutants, and is not modulated by exogenous auxin. plt1 plt2 double mutants have unaffected levels of MDF RNA, indicating that MDF acts upstream of PIN and PLT gene expression. Differentiation of the shoot stem cell pool also occurs in mdf mutants, associated with a reduced WUSCHEL (WUS) expression domain and expanded CLAVATA3 (CLV3) domain. Overexpression of MDF leads to the activation of markers of embryonic identity and ectopic meristem activity in vegetative tissues. These results demonstrate a requirement for the MDF-dependent pathway in regulating PIN/PLT- and WUS/CLV-mediated meristem activity.

  12. Vinculin and Rab5 complex is required [correction of requited]for uptake of Staphylococcus aureus and interleukin-6 expression.

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    Makoto Hagiwara

    Full Text Available Vinculin, a 116-kDa membrane cytoskeletal protein, is an important molecule for cell adhesion; however, little is known about its other cellular functions. Here, we demonstrated that vinculin binds to Rab5 and is required for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus uptake in cells. Viunculin directly bound to Rab5 and enhanced the activation of S. aureus uptake. Over-expression of active vinculin mutants enhanced S. aureus uptake, whereas over-expression of an inactive vinculin mutant decreased S. aureus uptake. Vinculin bound to Rab5 at the N-terminal region (1-258 of vinculin. Vinculin and Rab5 were involved in the S. aureus-induced phosphorylation of MAP kinases (p38, Erk, and JNK and IL-6 expression. Finally, vinculin and Rab5 knockdown reduced infection of S. aureus, phosphorylation of MAPKs and IL-6 expression in murine lungs. Our results suggest that vinculin binds to Rab5 and that these two molecules cooperatively enhance bacterial infection and the inflammatory response.

  13. A retrospective analysis of vision correction and safety in keratoconus patients wearing Toris K soft contact lenses.

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    Sultan, Pinar; Dogan, Cezmi; Iskeleli, Guzin

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of the Toris K silicone hydrogel contact lens (SwissLens; Prilly, Switzerland) in keratoconus patients. A database with information on 50 keratoconus patients (64 eyes) fitted with Toris K soft contact lenses over a 2-year period was retrospectively reviewed. Demographic data, prefitting refraction, the reason for choosing the Toris K soft contact lens, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), best-corrected visual acuity with a rigid gas permeable lens (BCVA RGP), best-corrected visual acuity with the Toris K lens (BCVA Toris K), and complications were evaluated. The mean age ± standard deviation at the time of fitting was 27.92 ± 9.86 years. The mean spherical refractive power was -4.62 ± 6.53 dioptres, and the mean cylinder was -3.78 ± 2.43 dioptres. The most common reason for using Toris K soft contact lenses was an inability to fit the patient with a RGP contact lens. There was a statistically significant difference between UCVA and BCVA Toris K (p = 0.0001), as well as between BSCVA and BCVA Toris K (p = 0.0001). However, there was no statistically significant difference between BCVA Toris K and BCVA RGP (p = 0.20). Superficial punctate keratitis and giant papillary conjunctivitis were the most common complications. The Toris K contact lens is a viable alternative for the optical management of all grades of keratoconus. The Toris K soft contact lens is a promising alternative for the visual rehabilitation of keratoconus patients who cannot tolerate RGP lenses or achieve a good fit.

  14. Verbal memory declines more in female patients with Parkinson's disease: the importance of gender-corrected normative data.

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    Fengler, S; Roeske, S; Heber, I; Reetz, K; Schulz, J B; Riedel, O; Wittchen, H U; Storch, A; Linse, K; Baudrexel, S; Hilker, R; Mollenhauer, B; Witt, K; Schmidt, N; Balzer-Geldsetzer, M; Dams, J; Dodel, R; Gräber, S; Pilotto, A; Petrelli, A; Fünkele, S; Kassubek, J; Kalbe, E

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    Data on gender-specific profiles of cognitive functions in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) are rare and inconsistent, and possible disease-confounding factors have been insufficiently considered. The LANDSCAPE study on cognition in PD enrolled 656 PD patients (267 without cognitive impairment, 66% male; 292 with mild cognitive impairment, 69% male; 97 with PD dementia, 69% male). Raw values and age-, education-, and gender-corrected Z scores of a neuropsychological test battery (CERAD-Plus) were compared between genders. Motor symptoms, disease duration, l-dopa equivalent daily dose, depression - and additionally age and education for the raw value analysis - were taken as covariates. Raw-score analysis replicated results of previous studies in that female PD patients were superior in verbal memory (word list learning, p = 0.02; recall, p = 0.03), while men outperformed women in visuoconstruction (p = 0.002) and figural memory (p = 0.005). In contrast, gender-corrected Z scores showed that men were superior in verbal memory (word list learning, p = 0.02; recall, p = 0.02; recognition, p = 0.04), while no difference was found for visuospatial tests. This picture could be observed both in the overall analysis of PD patients as well as in a differentiated group analysis. Normative data corrected for gender and other sociodemographic variables are relevant, since they may elucidate a markedly different cognitive profile compared to raw scores. Our study also suggests that verbal memory decline is stronger in women than in men with PD. Future studies are needed to replicate these findings, examine the progression of gender-specific cognitive decline in PD and define different underlying mechanisms of this dysfunction.

  15. Early rehabilitation treatment combined with equinovarus foot deformity surgical correction in stroke patients: safety and changes in gait parameters.

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    Giannotti, Erika; Merlo, Andrea; Zerbinati, Paolo; Longhi, Maria; Prati, Paolo; Masiero, Stefano; Mazzoli, Davide

    2016-06-01

    Equinovarus foot deformity (EVFD) compromises several prerequisites of walking and increases the risk of falling. Guidelines on rehabilitation following EVFD surgery are missing in current literature. The aim of this study was to analyze safety and adherence to an early rehabilitation treatment characterized by immediate weight bearing with an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) in hemiplegic patients after EVFD surgery and to describe gait changes after EVFD surgical correction combined with early rehabilitation treatment. Retrospective observational cohort study. Inpatient rehabilitation clinic. Forty-seven adult patients with hemiplegia consequent to ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke (L/R 20/27, age 56±15 years, time from lesion 6±5 years). A specific rehabilitation protocol with a non-articulated AFO, used to allow for immediate gait training, started one day after EVFD surgery. Gait analysis (GA) data before and one month after surgery were analyzed. The presence of differences in GA space-time parameters, in ankle dorsiflexion (DF) values and peaks at initial contact (DF at IC), during stance (DF at St) and swing (DF at Sw) were assessed by the Wilcoxon Test while the presence of correlations between pre- and post-operative values by Spearman's correlation coefficient. All patients completed the rehabilitation protocol and no clinical complications occurred in the sample. Ankle DF increased one month after surgery at all investigated gait phases (Wilcoxon Test, Prehabilitation associated with surgical procedure is safe and may be suitable to correct EVFD by restoring both the neutral heel foot-ground contact and the ankle DF peaks during stance and swing at one month from surgery. The proposed protocol is a safe and potentially useful rehabilitative approach after EVFD surgical correction in stroke patients.

  16. [Did the patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Primary Care center Anton de Borja correctly utilize inhalers?].

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    Represas-Carrera, Francisco Jesús

    2015-01-01

    To determine the percentage of patients with Pulmonary Obstructive Chronic Disease who doing of incorrect form the inhaler technique. Descriptive transversal study made in the Primary Care Center "Antón de Borja" of Rubi (in Barcelona) during the period between May and December 2013, where it was studied a representative sample of 200 patients. To assess the inhaler technique was performed a personal interview with the patient in which it was requested him to carry out a demonstration of how he was using his inhaler regularly evaluating his inhaler technique by means of the regulations established by Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery. 43% of the patients carry out inhaler technique incorrectly. The percentage of inadequate use of inhalers of dry powder was 26%, of the pressurized cartridge 38% and the inhaler chamber 10%. 82% of patients ≥ 65 years who have prescribed a pressurized inhaler cartridge do not perform accompanied by an inhaler chamber. A high percentage of patients do not correctly carry out inhaler technique, pointing the rare use made of the inhaler chamber despite its proven efficacy and the high number of patients with pressurized inhaler cartridge. These results reflect the need for the implementation of an educational program in our Primary Care Center to teach patients to use inhaler devices. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Analysis of risk factors for hospital mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases requiring invasive mechanical ventilation

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    LIU Hui; ZHANG Tian-tuo; YE Jin

    2007-01-01

    Background Accurate prediction for prognosis is important for hospitalized patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requiring invasive mechanic ventilation (IMV) and for their family members to make end-of-life decisions. The response to therapy in such a patient population has rarely been investigated. The aim of the study was to evaluate the risk factors in these patients and investigate their response to IMV and the relationship between their responses and prognosis.Methods A cohort of 138 patients with COPD requiring IMV≥12 hours for acute respiratory failure of diverse etiological factors during a 4-year period were retrospectively studied using prospectively gathered data. All variables potentially related to hospital mortality were evaluated by univariate and multiple stepwise logistic regression analysis.Results The mean age of all patients investigated was (65.7±11.6) years and the hospital mortality was 39.9%(31.1% with COPD exacerbation). Correction of acidosis (pH≥7.30) was seen in 58 patients (69.9%) in survivors but only 12 patients (21.8%) in nonsurvivors (P<0.05) after ventilation. Using multivariate logistic analysis, the variables independently associated with hospital mortality were a higher acute physiology score before intubation, lower pH value measured 24 hours after the onset of ventilation and development of multiorgan dysfunction syndrome (MODS).Conclusions In COPD patients requiring IMV, the postintubation pH value can not only reflect patients' response to treatment, but also serve as an independent determinant of hospital mortality apart from other risk factors such as a higher preintubation APACHE II score and development of MODS. A close correlation between the response to IMV and prognosis was proved in these patients.

  18. Correction effects of the ScoliOlogiC® „Chêneau light" brace in patients with scoliosis

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    Stephan Carola

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Different bracing concepts are used today for the treatment of scoliosis. The plaster cast method worldwide seems to be the most practiced technique at the moment. CAD (Computer Aided Design systems are on the market which allow brace adjustments without plaster. The latest development however, is the use of the ScoliOlogiC™ off the shelf system enabling the orthopaedic technician to construct a light brace for scoliosis correction from a variety of pattern specific shells to be connected to an anterior and a posterior upright. This „Chêneau light" brace, developed according to the Chêneau principle, promises a reduced impediment of quality of life in the brace. However, material reduction should not result in reduced effectiveness. Therefore the primary correction effect in the „Chêneau light" brace has been evaluated and compared with that of other braces used today. Methods The correction effects of the first 81 patients (main diagnosis Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS [n = 64] or Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS [n = 15], treated according to the principle of the „Chêneau light" brace were evaluated after an average treatment time of 6 weeks by a full-body X-ray made in the standing position whilst wearing the brace and compared with the last X-ray before bracing. The average curvature angle of the whole group was 35,6°, the average age was 12,9 years (SD 1,9, average Risser sign was 1,3 (SD 1,5, average Tanner rating 2,75 (SD 0,7. Results The Cobb angle in the whole group was reduced by an average of 16,4°, which corresponds to a correction effect of 51%. The differences were highly significant in the T-test (T = 17,4; p Conclusion The use of the „Chêneau light" brace leads to correction effects above average when compared to the correction effects of other braces described in literature. The reduction of material seems to affect the desired correction in a positive way.

  19. TALEN-mediated functional correction of X-linked chronic granulomatous disease in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Dreyer, Anne-Kathrin; Hoffmann, Dirk; Lachmann, Nico; Ackermann, Mania; Steinemann, Doris; Timm, Barbara; Siler, Ulrich; Reichenbach, Janine; Grez, Manuel; Moritz, Thomas; Schambach, Axel; Cathomen, Toni

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    X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD) is an inherited disorder of the immune system. It is characterized by a defect in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in phagocytic cells due to mutations in the NOX2 locus, which encodes gp91phox. Because the success of retroviral gene therapy for X-CGD has been hampered by insertional activation of proto-oncogenes, targeting the insertion of a gp91phox transgene into potential safe harbor sites, such as AAVS1, may represent a valid alternative. To conceptually evaluate this strategy, we generated X-CGD patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which recapitulate the cellular disease phenotype upon granulocytic differentiation. We examined AAVS1-specific zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) for their efficacy to target the insertion of a myelo-specific gp91phox cassette to AAVS1. Probably due to their lower cytotoxicity, TALENs were more efficient than ZFNs in generating correctly targeted iPSC colonies, but all corrected iPSC clones showed no signs of mutations at the top-ten predicted off-target sites of both nucleases. Upon differentiation of the corrected X-CGD iPSCs, gp91phox mRNA levels were highly up-regulated and the derived granulocytes exhibited restored ROS production that induced neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. In conclusion, we demonstrate that TALEN-mediated integration of a myelo-specific gp91phox transgene into AAVS1 of patient-derived iPSCs represents a safe and efficient way to generate autologous, functionally corrected granulocytes.

  20. The methodical approach to determining the heterogeneity of cognitive function in preschool children requiring correction of speech impediments

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    Petrenko N.B.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. It has been confirmed that children who suffer from speech impediments may experience difficulties in their cognitive activity, limitations in communication, asociality and sense detachment. It is also clear that these children require not only logopedic treatment, but also assistance in developing functions of their cognitive and mental activities. Aims. To identify the case of uniformity lack of cognitive and somatomental functions of 5-6 year old children with speech impediments in a group; to evaluate the method used for this research. Methods. Use estimates of major mental and cognitive activities by means of tests increases the difficulty. Scores from 1 to 10 were given. Such factors as movement coordination, musicality and body plasticity were taken into consideration too. StatSoft STATISTICA10.0. programme was used to run the statistical analysis. Results. The changes of the group with uniformity of physical, cognitive, somatomental and dance abilities were analysed and estimated at the beginning and at the end of the academic year. The results of the claster analysis have shown that the children managed to develop their cognitive and somatomental abilities. Also it was estimated that the level of uniformity has increased in the group. Conclusions. Having done the research we can state that with the help of cluster analysis children with speech impediments can be grouped according to their physical, cognitive, somatomental and dance abilities. With the help of the results of the claster analysis that notifies that the children managed to develop their cognitive and somatomental abilities, we can observe the positivie effects of the suggested dance-cognitive teaching elements in an educational programme.

  1. The protein domains of the Dictyostelium microprocessor that are required for correct subcellular localization and for microRNA maturation.

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    Kruse, Janis; Meier, Doreen; Zenk, Fides; Rehders, Maren; Nellen, Wolfgang; Hammann, Christian

    2016-10-02

    The maturation pathways of microRNAs (miRNAs) have been delineated for plants and several animals, belonging to the evolutionary supergroups of Archaeplastida and Opisthokonta, respectively. Recently, we reported the discovery of the microprocessor complex in Dictyostelium discoideum of the Amoebozoa supergroup. The complex is composed of the Dicer DrnB and the dsRBD (double-stranded RNA binding domain) containing protein RbdB. Both proteins localize at nucleoli, where they physically interact, and both are required for miRNA maturation. Here we show that the miRNA phenotype of a ΔdrnB gene deletion strain can be rescued by ectopic expression of a series of DrnB GFP fusion proteins, which consistently showed punctate perinucleolar localization in fluorescence microscopy. These punctate foci appear surprisingly stable, as they persist both disintegration of nucleoli and degradation of cellular nucleic acids. We observed that DrnB expression levels influence the number of microprocessor foci and alter RbdB accumulation. An investigation of DrnB variants revealed that its newly identified nuclear localization signal is necessary, but not sufficient for the perinucleolar localization. Biogenesis of miRNAs, which are RNA Pol II transcripts, is correlated with that localization. Besides its bidentate RNase III domains, DrnB contains only a dsRBD, which surprisingly is dispensable for miRNA maturation. This dsRBD can, however, functionally replace the homologous domain in RbdB. Based on the unique setup of the Dictyostelium microprocessor with a subcellular localization similar to plants, but a protein domain composition similar to animals, we propose a model for the evolutionary origin of RNase III proteins acting in miRNA maturation.

  2. Cytokine markers of the efficiency of correction of oxidative stress in patients with limited sclerodermia

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    Tlish M.M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to improve treatment of patients with limited sclerodermia (LSD by increasing efficiency and reducing the time of their treatment. Material and methods. The examination and treatment of 52 patients with circumscribed scleroderma were conducted. Two groups of these patients were formed with method of adaptive randomization. In the control group complex treatment was underwent according to the standards in this nosology. In the general group the patients additionally received antioxidant therapy. The course of treatment was 21 days in both groups. Results. Treatment results were evaluated in accordance with the dynamics of cutaneous pathological process and cytokine profile. In the course of treatment positive clinical dynamics in patients of the study group went faster and was accompanied by a more pronounced reduction in inflammatory activity in the blood serum. Conclusion. The results suggest that antioxidant therapy improves the efficiency and reduces the treatment time of patients with circumscribed sclerodermia.

  3. [Correction of atherogenic dyslipidemia with honey, pollen and bee bread in patients with different body mass].

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    Kas'ianenko, V I; Komisarenko, I A; Dubtsova, E A

    2011-01-01

    To assess efficacy of treatment of patients with atherogenic dyslipidemia (ADL) with beekeeping products (honey, pollen, bee bread). ADL parameters were examined in 157 patients (64 males and 93 females) aged 39 to 72 (mean age 61,7 + 8,5 years) with ADL. Products of beekeeping were given in the absence of allergy and individual resistance to honey, pollen, bee bread. The patients were divided into four groups: patients on hypolipidemic diet only, on diet and honey or pollen, on bee bread, combined treatment - diet, honey, pollen. A significant hypolipidemic effect was registered in patients taking honey in combination with pollen (total cholesterol decreased by 18,3 %, LDLP cholesterol by 23,9 %) and bee bread (total cholesterol decreased by 15,7 %, LDLP cholesterol by 20,5 %). Improvement of blood lipid composition in taking honey and pollen in overweight (body mass index - BMI 25 - 30) and obese (BMI over 30) patients occurs only in loss of body mass.

  4. Orthotic correction of postural unleveling in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Lipton, James A; Mitchell, Lisa J

    2014-02-01

    The authors describe the case of a patient with ankylosing spondylitis who was treated with orthotic devices for postural unleveling. The patient described specific pre-existing postural problems, both static and dynamic, that had been present for many years. A unilateral 9-mm gel heel lift was used, followed by custom-molded orthotic devices that incorporated the heel lift. The patient reported immediate resolution of these symptoms after orthotic treatment, as well as increased functionality and satisfaction in activities of daily living, which coincided with the leveling of his posture. The orthotic devices were used until the patient underwent total hip arthroplasty, at which point the orthotic treatment was discontinued.

  5. [Corrective surgery of thoracic anomalies in Poland syndrome. General review of 20 patients].

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    Glicenstein, J

    2001-12-01

    Breast and thoracic anomalies in Poland's syndrome, whether associated or not with hypoplasia of the upper limb, have no functional impairment. They present an important cosmetic disgrace. Several methods for correction were proposed: muscular transfer with or without implants. Each one has its advantages and drawbacks. We operated 20 adolescents and adults with this deformity: 13 females and 7 males. If the inferior bundle of the pectoralis major was always absent, other muscular anomalies such as aplasia of the latissimus dorsi may complicate the corrective procedure. The choice of the treatment depends upon the importance of the muscular and sometimes associated costal aplasia, in the young girl, the breast development and in both sexes the position of the nipple. The latissimus dorsi transfer may be considered as the most adapted technique for the pestoralis major replacement. The results are often disappointing due to the secondary muscular atrophy. A composite implant with a part for breast reconstruction and another to fill the subclavicular gap gives satisfactory results but it has the hazards of implants.

  6. The first experience of melatonin administration for correction of sleep disturbances in rheumatoid arthritis patients

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    A. E. Karateev

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To assess efficacy melatonin administered for correction of sleep disturbances in pts with rheumatoid arthritis (RA. Material and methods. 3-weeks randomized controlled study of melatonin (Melaxen, Unipharm 3 mg/day (in the evening in 20 RA pts with sleep disturbances was performed. Control placebo group included 10 pts comparable with study group. Effect of the drug on insomnia so as on the main clinical and laboratory indices of RA activity was scored. Results. To the end of follow up study group pts showed improvement of sleep quality in comparison with initial. Frequency of such insomnia signs as feeling of dissatisfaction with night sleep, tiredness persistence after sleep and unpleasant feelings during sleep significantly decreased. The general result of treatment with melaxen was assessed by pt and doctor as improvement or significant improvement in 47,4-63,2% of cases. Morning stiffness, swollen and tender joint counts so as pain intensity significantly decreased during treatment. Improper drug tolerability was noted in only one pt. Signs of insomnia and RA activity did not change in placebo group. Conclusion. Melatonin is an effective and safe drug for correction of sleep disturbances in RA pts. It also showed capacity to decrease inflammatory activity of RA.

  7. Myasthenic crisis patients who require intensive care unit management.

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    Sakaguchi, Hideya; Yamashita, Satoshi; Hirano, Teruyuki; Nakajima, Makoto; Kimura, En; Maeda, Yasushi; Uchino, Makoto

    2012-09-01

    The purpose of this report was to investigate predictive factors that necessitate intensive care in myasthenic crisis (MC). We retrospectively reviewed MC patients at our institution and compared ICU and ward management groups. Higher MG-ADL scale scores, non-ocular initial symptoms, infection-triggered findings, and higher MGFA classification were observed more frequently in the ICU group. In patients with these prognostic factors, better outcomes may be obtained with early institution of intensive care.

  8. Postoperative prophylaxis with norfloxacin in patients requiring bladder catheters.

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    Verbrugh, H A; Mintjes-de Groot, A J; Andriesse, R; Hamersma, K; van Dijk, A

    1988-08-01

    The effect of once daily doses of 200 mg oral norfloxacin on the occurrence of catheter-associated bacteriuria (greater than 1000 CFU/ml) and pyuria was studied in 105 post-operative gynaecologic patients. Norfloxacin was given from the second day after surgery until catheter removal. Bacteriuria developed in 32 of 51 (63%) control patients compared to 8 of 54 (15%) patients receiving norfloxacin (p less than 0.001). Pyuria was present in 22 of 51 (43%) control subjects versus only 3 of 54 (5%) patients treated with norfloxacin (p less than 0.001). Bacteria isolated from control patients comprised species of Enterobacteriaceae (40%), Staphylococcus (35%), and Streptococcus (17%); seven isolates were resistant to multiple antibiotics reflecting their nosocomial origin. In contrast, strains isolated from norfloxacin-treated patients comprised non-fermenting gram-negative rods (79%, usually Alcaligenes or Acinetobacter spp.) and faecal streptococci (12%). It is concluded that once daily doses of 200 mg oral norfloxacin are effective in reducing the rate of catheter-associated bacteriuria and pyuria following reconstructive gynaecologic surgery.

  9. Detecting and Correcting for Rater-Induced Differences in Standardized Patient Tests of Clinical Competence.

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    Abrahamowicz, Michal; And Others

    1990-01-01

    In standardized patient-based tests of clinical competence, patients are used to present the clinical problem and to rate the actions taken by the student. This approach is evaluated by a microanalysis of 1 case used in a fourth year clinical examination of 98 medical students at the University of Manitoba. (MLW)

  10. Generation of a gene-corrected isogenic control hiPSC line derived from a familial Alzheimer's disease patient carrying a L150P mutation in presenilin 1

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    Poon, Anna Fong-Yee; Schmid, Benjamin; Pires, Carlota

    2016-01-01

    a familial AD patient carrying a L150P point mutation in PSEN1. Here we used CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to correct for the single base pair mutation. This gene-corrected line, L150P-GC-hiPSC, serves as an isogenic control to the mutant line for future investigation of mechanisms and cellular phenotypes altered...

  11. [Surgical-orthodontic correction of unerupted upper canine teeth and motivation for the procedure from the patient's viewpoint].

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    Razouk, G; Roykó, A; Dénes, J

    1995-10-01

    The surgical correction of the retention of upper canines is made easier by the direct bonding method, furthermore it increases the chances of successful treatment. At the same time at teen-age the treatment is usually missing, since the persistent milk-teeth in the place of impacted canines are ensuring the aesthetic effect. The late treatment is motivated by aesthetic aspects also by loosing the milk-canines. Thus the indication of the treatment is a cure only from the orthodontist's aspect, from the patient's view it's only the aesthetics.

  12. Spinal and pelvic corrections in a patient with spondylocostal dysplasia syndrome and hemimyelomeningocele

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    Ali Al Kaissi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Congenital malformation complex of the spine and the spinal cord can be a syndromic entity rather than a symptom complex. The spinal cord lesion is usually bilaterally symmetrical, but, there are occasional cases with one or more hemivertebrae, often associated with a central bony spur splitting the cord (diastematomyelia, in which one leg is virtually normal while the other is severely paralysed. Hemimyelomeningocele over the lumbar area may be associated with extensive spine malsegmentation compatible with the diagnosis of spondylocostal dysplasia syndrome. In this report, we present a 3-year-old girl who underwent neurological evaluation and spinal imaging studies for extensive spine malsegmentation compatible with spondylocostal dysostosis syndrome associated with hemimyelomeningocele. She had a series of corrective orthopaedic interventions to reconstruct her pelvic girdle and spine deformities, with a satisfactory outcome.

  13. [Why and how should the patient perform a correct home blood pressure measurement?].

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    Krzesinski, F; Krzesinski, J M

    2009-04-01

    Home blood pressure (BP) measurement is a medical prescription. The interpretation of the results must be left to the physician. This method is complementary to the classical office BP measurement and the 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement. It must be proposed to some selected patients on the basis of their capacity of learning and understanding the place of the technique for the diagnosis and the treatment compliance. It allows a more active contribution of the patient to the management of her chronic disease and, this, may improve the prevention of cardiovascular complication. A normal blood pressure during self BP measurement is equal or lower to 135/85 mmHg or even lower in high cardiovascular risk patients. This new technique, already largely used by patients, needs adequate education and good advice for buying a validated device.

  14. [Correction of dyslipidemia in patients with chronic hepatitis C, combined with diabetes type 2].

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    Derbak, M; Boldizhar, P

    2014-01-01

    The article shows the results of treatment of 118 patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) which is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). When planning therapeutic interventions in chronic hepatitis C in patients with diabetes, it is considered the presence of visceral obesit , dyslipidemia, and hepatic steatosis. The efficacy of different treatment regimens was studied. Found that the usage of ursodeoxycholic acid and ademetionin in HCV patients with diabetes type 2 receiving standard antiviral therapy (SAVT), significantly make a positive effect on the level of dyslipidemia. The normalization of lipid profile allows for a full course of SAVT, which reduces the frequency of relapse. It is also noted that the simultaneous use of ademetionin and ursodeoxycholic acid in treatment of chronic hepatitis C leads to a reduction of side effects of SAVT. Metabolic therapy may be recommended for patients with chronic hepatitis C in combination with type 2 diabetes in case of SAVT, and at its contraindications or intolerance.

  15. Analysis of physical requirements for simple three-qubit and nine-qubit quantum error correction on quantum-dot and superconductor qubits

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    Sohn, IlKwon; Tarucha, Seigo; Choi, Byung-Soo

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    The implementation of a scalable quantum computer requires quantum error correction (QEC). An important step toward this goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of QEC where the fidelity of an encoded qubit is higher than that of the physical qubits. Therefore, it is important to know the conditions under which QEC code is effective. In this study, we analyze the simple three-qubit and nine-qubit QEC codes for quantum-dot and superconductor qubit implementations. First, we carefully analyze QEC codes and find the specific range of memory time to show the effectiveness of QEC and the best QEC cycle time. Second, we run a detailed error simulation of the chosen error-correction codes in the amplitude damping channel and confirm that the simulation data agreed well with the theoretically predicted accuracy and minimum QEC cycle time. We also realize that since the swap gate worked rapidly on the quantum-dot qubit, it did not affect the performance in terms of the spatial layout.

  16. Is Scores Derived from the Most Internationally Applied Patient Safety Culture Assessment Tool Correct?

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    Javad Moghri; Ali Akbari Sari; Mehdi Yousefi; Hasan Zahmatkesh; Ranjbar Mohammad Ezzatabadi; Pejman Hamouzadeh; Satar Rezaei; Jamil Sadeghifar

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Background Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, known as HSOPS, is an internationally well known and widely used tool for measuring patient safety culture in hospitals. It includes 12 dimensions with positive and negative wording questions. The distribution of these questions in different dimensions is uneven and provides the risk of acquiescence bias. The aim of this study was to assess the questionnaire against this bias. Methods Three hundred nurses were assigned into study ...

  17. [Blood rheologic disorders in patients with polycythemia vera and their correction by therapeutic erythrocytapheresis].

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    Likhovetskaia, Z M; Prigozhina, T A; Gorbunova, N A; Kalinin, N N; Petrov, M M

    1989-11-01

    The rheologic blood properties were studied in patients with polycythemia vera (PV) before and after erythrocytapheresis. The patients with PV showed a complex of hemorheologic disorders (high blood viscosity at different rates of deviation, intensified red blood cell aggregation, decreased deformability of these cells) found to be implicated in the disease pathogenesis. Erythrocytapheresis promoted the improvement of the rheologic characteristics such as dynamic blood viscosity and the red blood cell aggregation ratio.

  18. [A patient with toxic shock syndrome following correction of the nasal septum].

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    Schweitzer, D H; Moffie, B G; van der Mey, A G; Thompson, J

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    A male aged 30 suffered from toxic shock syndrome after septorhinoplasty with positioning of a tampon. Initial treatment consisted of removing the tampon and supportive care, as a result of which the patient recovered. The patient was a carrier of Staphylococcus aureus which produced toxic shock syndrome toxin-I (TSST-I). Anti-TSST-I antibodies were already found in the serum in the initial phase of the disease.

  19. Accuracy of cryptorchidism diagnoses and corrective surgical treatment registration in the Danish National Patient Registry

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    Jensen, M S; Snerum, T M Ø; Olsen, L H;

    2012-01-01

    In recent years several Danish studies of the etiology, time trends and long-term health consequences of cryptorchidism have relied on diagnoses and surgical treatments registered in the National Patient Registry. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of these registry data.......In recent years several Danish studies of the etiology, time trends and long-term health consequences of cryptorchidism have relied on diagnoses and surgical treatments registered in the National Patient Registry. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of these registry data....

  20. Are patients with chronic pain and fibromyalgia correctly classified by MMPI-2 validity scales and indexes?

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    Alfonso Palmer

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A study was designed to find out whether MMPI-2 validity scales and indexes differentiate between truefibromyalgia sufferers, patients with chronic organic pain and normal people, as well as whether they arecorrectly classified. 105 subjects participated in the study, 27 diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 44 withchronic organic pain and 34 were healthy people, who answered the MMPI-2 following standardinstructions. The results showed that fibromyalgia patients scored higher than the control group in the F,Fb, F-K, Fp, Ds, and FBS scales and indexes and that patients with chronic organic pain scored higher in theDs and FBS scales than the control group. The case study revealed that the F, Fb, F-K, Fp, Ds, and FBS scalesand indexes over-diagnose malingering in patients with fibromyalgia, both in comparison with the clinicalpopulation and with the normative group. Likewise, patients with chronic organic pain were overdiagnosedas malingerers by all the scales and indexes in comparison with the normative population andby the Fp and FBS scales in comparison with the clinical population. In addition, it was found that at leastone of the scales for measuring defensiveness –L, Wsd and Mp– classified 79.5% of the truly ill patients asfaking good. The implications for clinical and forensic practice are discussed, as well as for the definition ofdecision criteria and the (reclassification as true negatives of genuine cases classified as malingerers bythe malingering measuring scales and indexes.

  1. CORRECTION OF ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC COR PULMONALE BY ANGIOTENSIN II RECEPTORS ANTAGONISTS

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    V. S. Zadionchenko

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    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate intensity of endothelial dysfunction, processes of apoptosis, state of central and peripheral hemodynamics and to evaluate how these characteristics are influenced by angiotensin II receptors antagonists (ARA II – candesartan (Atacand and losartan (Cosaar in patients with chronic cor pulmonale (CCP at different stages of disease.Material and methods. 100 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, complicated by CCP were included into the study. Caspase activity as apoptosis induction marker, von Willebrand factor, production of nitric oxide in blood plasma and condensate of breathing out air were assessed. 70 patients received ARA II (50 patients – candesartan 4-8 mg daily, 20 patients – losartan 50-100 mg daily, 30 patients received neither ARA II nor angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI.Results. Significant increase in intensity of endothelial dysfunction and activation of apoptosis processes were registered according to growth of CCP severity. After 6 months of therapy von Willebrand factor decreased by 25,2% and 27,7% in candesartan and losartan groups respectively (p<0.01 for both groups. In the control group only 13.2% of von Willebrand factor reduction was seen.Conclusion. ARA II added to common therapy of COPD complicated by CCP improves functional state of endothelium restricting hyperproduction of nitric oxide and its toxic effects and slowing down apoptotic cell death.

  2. CORRECTION OF ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC COR PULMONALE BY ANGIOTENSIN II RECEPTORS ANTAGONISTS

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    V. S. Zadionchenko

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    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate intensity of endothelial dysfunction, processes of apoptosis, state of central and peripheral hemodynamics and to evaluate how these characteristics are influenced by angiotensin II receptors antagonists (ARA II – candesartan (Atacand and losartan (Cosaar in patients with chronic cor pulmonale (CCP at different stages of disease.Material and methods. 100 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, complicated by CCP were included into the study. Caspase activity as apoptosis induction marker, von Willebrand factor, production of nitric oxide in blood plasma and condensate of breathing out air were assessed. 70 patients received ARA II (50 patients – candesartan 4-8 mg daily, 20 patients – losartan 50-100 mg daily, 30 patients received neither ARA II nor angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI.Results. Significant increase in intensity of endothelial dysfunction and activation of apoptosis processes were registered according to growth of CCP severity. After 6 months of therapy von Willebrand factor decreased by 25,2% and 27,7% in candesartan and losartan groups respectively (p<0.01 for both groups. In the control group only 13.2% of von Willebrand factor reduction was seen.Conclusion. ARA II added to common therapy of COPD complicated by CCP improves functional state of endothelium restricting hyperproduction of nitric oxide and its toxic effects and slowing down apoptotic cell death.

  3. PERSISTENT AND INTERMITTENT HYPERHYDRATION IN PATIENTS ON PROGRAM HAEMODIALYSIS: METHODS OF EVALUATION AND CORRECTION

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    A. G. Strokov

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    Full Text Available Hyperhydration, the sum of persistent (PH and intermittent (IH ones is the strong predictor of mortality in patients on program haemodialysis (PHD. The aim of this research was to investigate the complex of methods for minimization of PH as well as IH. Materials and methods. The bioimpedance multifrequency analysis (BIA, relative blood volume (RBV monitoring and plasma conductivity evaluation by ionic dialysance device were performed in candidates for kidney transplantation. Results. In 380 PHD patients, comparing with 26 healthy persons the expansion of extracellular volume was only observed even in the cases of the huge (3.5–15 L overload. PH of more than 15% of extracellular volume was observed in 41% of patients. The deviation of hydration status from reference value was 3.7 ± 1.4 L at first measurement and 1.9 ± 1.2 L at last one in every patient. RBV decreased insignificantly (less than 2.5% / L ultrafiltration during PHD sessions in patients with PH. This value increased after dry weight consummation and it appeared as surrogate of intravascular refueling capacity. The minimization of sodium dialysate – plasma gradient resulted in decrease of IH. Conclusion. The elimination of both PH and IH in PHD patients is the paramount goal; it demands the complex approaches and further investigations. 

  4. 75 FR 82277 - Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements Under the Patient...

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    ... ``Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements Under the Patient Protection... Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements accurately states our... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND...

  5. Effects of a novel walking training program with postural correction and visual feedback on walking function in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis

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    Won, Sang Hee; Kim, Jae Cheol; Oh, Duck-Won

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] This study aimed to elucidate the effects of a novel walking training program with postural correction and visual feedback on walking function in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis. [Subjects...

  6. 1082: Prevalence of Kidney Injury in Burn Patients Requiring Fluid Resuscitation

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    to kind of acidosis in the immediately postoperative period. The clas- sification evaluated metabolic acidosis by base excess <-4 mmol/L and albumin ...high and normal albumin -corrected anion gap) and to the non-acidosis. Results:The study involved 618 patients. Overall, the acidosis incidence was

  7. [The effectiveness of correction of the postural problems in the patients presenting with juvenile cerebral palsy].

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    Barbaeva, S N; Kulishova, T V

    2016-01-01

    We have studied stabilographic characteristics and their dynamics in the healthy children (n=30) and the patients suffering from juvenile cerebral palsy (JCP) in the form of spastic diplegia (n=99) after they had undergone the combined rehabilitation treatment with the use of various methods of electrical stimulation. The mean age of the children was 7.0±1.7 years. The patients with JCP included in the main group (n=45) received therapy with the application of electrical stimulation based on the AKorD apparatus while the patients with JCP comprising the group of comparison were treated with the use of the Mioritm 040 apparatus. Vertical stability of the schoolchildren was evaluated using the Stabilan-01-2 hardware system, once in the healthy children and twice (before and after the termination of rehabilitation) in the patients with JCP. A course of the rehabilitative treatment of the patients with JCP included in the main group resulted in a 24.6% and 15.8% reduction (pposture in comparison with the treatment based on the use of the Mioritm 040 apparatus.

  8. Teaching Cancer Patients the Value of Correct Positioning During Radiotherapy Using Visual Aids and Practical Exercises.

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    Hansen, Helle; Nielsen, Berit Kjærside; Boejen, Annette; Vestergaard, Anne

    2016-10-10

    The aim of this study was to investigate if teaching patients about positioning before radiotherapy treatment would (a) reduce the residual rotational set-up errors, (b) reduce the number of repositionings and (c) improve patients' sense of control by increasing self-efficacy and reducing distress. Patients were randomized to either standard care (control group) or standard care and a teaching session combining visual aids and practical exercises (intervention group). Daily images from the treatment sessions were evaluated off-line. Both groups filled in a questionnaire before and at the end of the treatment course on various aspects of cooperation with the staff regarding positioning. Comparisons of residual rotational set-up errors showed an improvement in the intervention group compared to the control group. No significant differences were found in number of repositionings, self-efficacy or distress. Results show that it is possible to teach patients about positioning and thereby improve precision in positioning. Teaching patients about positioning did not seem to affect self-efficacy or distress scores at baseline and at the end of the treatment course.

  9. Comparison of Srs-24 And Srs-22 Scores in Thirty Eight Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Who Had Undergone Surgical Correction

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    CYW Chan

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects patients’ self image and confidence. Surgery is offered when the curvature is greater than 50 degrees based on the likelihood of curvature progression. Outcome measures for scoliosis correction can be described in terms of radiological improvement or improvement of health related quality of life scores. The Scoliosis Research Society 22 (SRS-22 and Scoliosis Research Society 24 (SRS-24 questionnaires are widely accepted and used to characterize clinical results. Therefore, this prospective study of 38 patients aims to investigate how the SRS-24 and SRS-22 questionnaires compare to each other in terms of scoring when the same group of patients is evaluated. The SRS-22 questionnaire tends to give an inflated value in the overall score, pain and self image domain compared to the SRS-24 questionnaire.

  10. Nutrition interventions in patients with gynecological cancers requiring surgery.

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    Obermair, Andreas; Simunovic, Marko; Isenring, Liz; Janda, Monika

    2017-04-01

    Including developing countries, between 20 and 88% of gynecological oncology patients may present with at least mild malnutrition at diagnosis. Significant morbidity and mortality is attributed to malnutrition. Here we reviewed randomized clinical trials of nutritional interventions used to achieve early return to oral diet, enhance recovery from surgery and reduce adverse events in gynecological cancer patients undergoing surgery. Ebscohost (CINAHL+Medline+PsycINFO), Cochrane, Embase, PubMed and Scopus databases were searched for articles published from 2000 onwards. Potentially eligible articles were screened by two reviewers. Length of hospital stay (LOS), postoperative complications, recovery of intestinal function, quality of life (QOL), hematological and immunological parameters were outcome measures of the nutritional interventions. Seven randomized clinical trials were included in the review. Early clear liquid diet, semiliquid diet, regular diet or immune-enhanced enteral diets were all found to be safe as nutritional interventions. In five of the seven trials significantly better outcomes were observed in the intervention group compared to usual care for one of more of the outcomes intestinal recovery time, LOS, postoperative complications and immunological parameters. However, the nutritional interventions varied greatly between the trials, making it difficult to directly compare their findings. Trial quality was low to moderate. Recommended malnutrition screening and assessment tools and guidelines for treatment are reviewed. From the limited findings it would appear that nutritional interventions of early oral feeding and enteral feeding are safe. Receiving nutritional interventions seems to reduce LOS, intestinal recovery time and postoperative complications for some patients. Increasing use of neoadjuvant treatment may reduce the prevalence of patients presenting malnourished for surgery in the future. Crown Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier

  11. Corrections of diverse forms of lower limb deformities in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA (Morquio syndrome

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    Ali Al Kaissi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Thoracolumbar kyphosis has been considered as the first presenting deformity and is often a key diagnostic clue noted in children with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS type IV (Morquio′s syndrome. However, we observed that the progressive irregularities of the epiphyses of the long bones were the most prominent skeletal pathology, causing effectively the development of diverse forms of lower limbs deformities with extreme variation in age of onset. Materials and Methods: Ten patients (seven children and three adults with an average age of 15 years have been enrolled in this study. Age of diagnosis of MPS IVA has a variable age of onset and a MISLEADING rate of severity. Hip dislocations, genu valgum, protrusio acetabuli and osteoarthritis were the most common lower limbs deformities in these patients. Clinical and radiographic phenotypes were the baseline tools of documentation. Urinary screening and genotypic characterizations have been applied accordingly. Results: Combined pelvic and femoral procedures for hip dislocation, epiphysiodeses and supracondylar osteotomy for genu valgum and hip arthroplasty for protrusio acetabuli have been performed. All patients manifested insufficient activity of N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulphate sulphatase, an enzyme that degrades keratin sulphate and chondroitin-6 sulphate. Conclusion: The extensive clinical heterogeneity contributed significantly in the delay in establishing the diagnosis particularly in adult patients with MPS IV. The epiphyseal irregularities of the long bones and the progressive flattening pathology of MPS IV A were the reason to falsely diagnose some patients as spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital and/or tarda. Proximal femoral osteotomy, realignment osteotomy and total hip arthroplasty have been performed for coxa vara, genu valgum and protrusio acetabuli, respectively, in children and adult group of patients. The importance of early diagnosis on MPS IV A is to receive enzyme

  12. Mechanisms by Which Interleukin-12 Corrects Defective NK Cell Anticryptococcal Activity in HIV-Infected Patients

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    Stephen K. Kyei

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    Full Text Available Cryptococcus neoformans is a pathogenic yeast and a leading cause of life-threatening meningitis in AIDS patients. Natural killer (NK cells are important immune effector cells that directly recognize and kill C. neoformans via a perforin-dependent cytotoxic mechanism. We previously showed that NK cells from HIV-infected patients have aberrant anticryptococcal killing and that interleukin-12 (IL-12 restores the activity at least partially through restoration of NKp30. However, the mechanisms causing this defect or how IL-12 restores the function was unknown. By examining the sequential steps in NK cell killing of Cryptococcus, we found that NK cells from HIV-infected patients had defective binding of NK cells to C. neoformans. Moreover, those NK cells that bound to C. neoformans failed to polarize perforin-containing granules to the microbial synapse compared to healthy controls, suggesting that binding was insufficient to restore a defect in perforin polarization. We also identified lower expression of intracellular perforin and defective perforin release from NK cells of HIV-infected patients in response to C. neoformans. Importantly, treatment of NK cells from HIV-infected patients with IL-12 reversed the multiple defects in binding, granule polarization, perforin content, and perforin release and restored anticryptococcal activity. Thus, there are multiple defects in the cytolytic machinery of NK cells from HIV-infected patients, which cumulatively result in defective NK cell anticryptococcal activity, and each of these defects can be reversed with IL-12.

  13. Fixator-Assisted Lengthening and Deformity Correction Over an Intramedullary Nail in a Patient with Achondroplasia

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    Erdal Uzun

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    Full Text Available Achondroplasia is the most frequently encountered form of nonlethal skeletal dysplasia and a type of rhizomelic dwarfism. It results in considerable physical and psychologic handicaps owing to the disproportionate stature of the body and difficulty in performing routine activities of daily living. They also have major musculoskeletal problems including symptomatic malalignment of the lower limbs. Limb lengthening has been used in patients with achondroplasia by different techniques (Intramedullar nailing, monolateral or circular external fixator. We report our treatment of a patient 17 years of age with achondroplasia for bilateral lower limb length discrepancy and bilateral tibial varus deformity.

  14. SURGICAL CORRECTION OF HEART VALVE DISEASE WITH CARDIOPULMONARY BYPASS IN PATIENTS AFTER RENAL TRANSPLANTATION

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    D. A. Belokurov; M. L. Semenovskiy; Y. G. Moysyuk

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    Aim. Evaluation of the possibility heart valve replacement in renal transplant recipients from a position of safe- ty for graft function. Materials and methods. 5 patients, heart valve replacement was performed with a func- tioning kidney transplant at a satisfactory its function. The average age of patients at the time of cardiac surgery was 38,8 ± 12,6 years, among whom were two (40%) men and 3 (60%) women. The interval between renal transplantation and heart surgery was 40,3 ± 44,1 (2 to 1...

  15. Glycosylated Hemoglobin and Albumin-Corrected Fructosamine Are Good Indicators for Glycemic Control in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

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    Tsai, I-Chieh; Yen, Chung-Jen; Chueh, Shu-Neng; Chuang, Hsueh-Fang; Wu, Hon-Yen; Chiang, Chih-Kang; Cheng, Hui-Teng; Hung, Kuan-Yu; Huang, Jenq-Wen

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    Purpose Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease and is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality after dialysis. However, glycemic control among such patients is difficult to assess. The present study examined glycemic control parameters and observed glucose variation after refilling different kinds of fresh dialysate in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. Methods A total of 25 DM PD patients were recruited, and continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) was applied to measure interstitial fluid (ISF) glucose levels at 5-min intervals for 3 days. Patients filled out diet and PD fluid exchange diaries. The records measured with CGMS were analyzed and correlated with other glycemic control parameters such as fructosamine, albumin-corrected fructosamine (AlbF), glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and glycated albumin levels. Results There were significant correlations between mean ISF glucose and fructosamine (r = 0.45, Picodextrin dialysate which kept ISF glucose levels unchanged. Conclusion HbA1c and AlbF significantly correlated with the mean ISF glucose levels, indicating that they are reliable indices of glycemic control in DM PD patients. Icodextrin dialysate seems to have a favorable glycemic control effect when compared to the other glucose-containing dialysates. PMID:23469230

  16. The SOOF lift: its role in correcting midfacial and lower facial asymmetry in patients with partial facial palsy.

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    Horlock, Nigel; Sanders, Roy; Harrison, Douglas H

    2002-03-01

    Subperiosteal face lifting has gained wide acceptance in aesthetic surgical practice. It may also have a role to play in patients with partial facial palsy. These patients demonstrate poor static position of the mouth but maintain some degree of facial movement. This study examined the role of subperiosteal facial suspension as an alternative treatment modality in this patient group. In this series, five patients with varying degrees of partial facial palsy underwent subperiosteal face lifting, including sub-orbicularis oculi fat elevation via a temporal, lower lid, and buccal approach, thereby mobilizing and elevating and suspending the zygomaticus major and levator labii superioris muscles on the facial skeleton. An attempt was made to categorize the patients according to overall House-Brackmann score. It was not possible to precisely classify the patients by this method, although the approximate scores were two patients scoring 3, two patients scoring 4, and one patient scoring 5. To overcome inconsistencies with this method, the degree of static and dynamic asymmetry of the mouth and also the excursion of the mouth were graded separately. Four patients with mild to moderate dynamic and static asymmetry (House-Brackmann score of approximately 3 and 4) who maintained excellent or good excursion of the mouth achieved excellent or good results. One patient with poor excursion and severe partial facial palsy (House-Brackmann score of 5) was improved but remained markedly asymmetric (follow-up, 4 months to 1 year). Subperiosteal face lifting is a useful therapeutic modality for management of selected patients with mild partial facial palsy. These patients demonstrate asymmetric static position but maintain some degree of muscle excursion. Patients with severe facial palsies with poor muscle excursion continue to require muscle transfer or sling procedures. The authors hope that long-term follow-up will confirm the sustained effect of midfacial suspension in this

  17. Correction of malnutrition and maldigestion with enzyme supplementation in patients with surgical suppression of exocrine pancreatic function.

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    Braga, M; Cristallo, M; De Franchis, R; Mangiagalli, A; Agape, D; Primignani, M; Di Carlo, V

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    We studied the occurrence and extent of malnutrition and maldigestion in 13 patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) and injection of Neoprene (polychloroprene) (NI) into the duct of Wirsung, which results in sclerosis of hte acinar pancreatic tissue, but spares the endocrine function. At discharge, patients under took an enzyme supplementation regimen with pancreatin (18, 00 United States Pharmacopoeia units of lipase per meal). Patients were rehospitalized 24.9 months after PD plus NI to undergo nutritional and metabolic evaluation (hospital control). Nutritional status was evaluated by measuring the serum albumin level, total iron binding capacity and total lymphocyte count. Digestive function was assessed by the D-xylose tolerance test and determination of fecal fat excretion. Patients were then discharged with pancrelipase, enteric-coated microspheres (ECM) supplementation (16,050 United States Pharmacopoeia units of lipase per meal). Malnutrition, defined as the occurrence of at least two abnormal nutritional parameters, was observed in six patients at hospital control. After six months on pancrelipase ECM, the nutritional status was re-evaluated in nine patients (three previously malnourished) who were all well nourished. The mean body weight was 84.7 per cent of usual body weight at discharge after PD plus NI and raised to 88.0 per cent at the hospital control (p less than 0.01) and to 93.7 per cent )p less than 0.05) after six months on pancrelipase ECM. At hospital control, results from the D-xylose test were normal in all patients, and steatorrhea dropped from 33.6 grams per day without enzyme supplementation to 15.3 grams per day with pancrelipase ECM (16,050 United States Pharmacopoeia units of lipase per meal). Steatorrhea was incompletely but satisfactorily corrected by pancrelipase ECM. On supplementation therapy with pancrelipase ECM, patients recover a good deal of the body weight and normalize the biochemical indices of malnutrition.

  18. Is Scores Derived from the Most Internationally Applied Patient Safety Culture Assessment Tool Correct?

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    Javad Moghri

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, known as HSOPS, is an internationally well known and widely used tool for measuring patient safety culture in hospitals. It includes 12 dimensions with positive and negative wording questions. The distribution of these questions in different dimensions is uneven and provides the risk of acquiescence bias. The aim of this study was to assess the questionnaire against this bias.Methods: Three hundred nurses were assigned into study and control groups randomly. Short form of HSOPS was distributed in the control group and totally reversed form of it was given to the study group. Percent positive scores and t-test were applied for data analysis. Statistical analyses were conducted using SPSS Version 16.Results: Finally a total of 272 nurses completed the questionnaire. All dimensions with positive wording items in both groups had higher scores compared with their negative worded format. The first dimension "organizational learning and continued improvement" which had the only statistically significant difference, got 16.2% less score in the study group comparing the other group. In addition six out of 18 differences in questions were statistically significant.Conclusion: The popular and widely used HSOPS is subject to acquiescence bias. The bias might lead to exaggerate the status of some patient safety culture composites. Balancing the number of positive and negative worded items in each composite could mitigate the mentioned bias and provide a more valid estimation of different elements of patient safety culture.

  19. Baffle puncture guided by transoesophageal echocardiography in a patient with dextrocardia and Mustard correction

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    B. Schwagten (Bruno); L.J.L.M. Jordaens (Luc); E. Jessurun; M. Witsenburg (Maarten); M.G. Scheffer (Michael); T. Szili-Torok (Tamas)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractA baffle puncture is a challenging procedure but can be safely done using direct visualization of the region of interest. To our knowledge, however, it has never been performed in a patient with dextrocardia. We present a 62-year-old male with dextrocardia, right isomerism, congenitally

  20. CORRECTION OF HUMORAL IMMUNITY DYSFUNCTIONS IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC TONSILLITIS AND DIABETES MELLITUS

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    Full Text Available In the therapy of various forms of chronic tonsillitis (CT were used as immunomodulatory agents Respibron and Licopid. Diabetes mellitus type 1 (also known as type 1 diabetes, or T1DM is one of the important factors that could significantly complicate the therapy of chronic tonsillitis. T1DM is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The aim of our study was to explore the dynamics of immunologic indicators during the active disease and treatments in patients with various forms of chronic tonsillitis, including tonsillitis complicated with T1DM. Materials and methods. 64 patients with various forms of chronic tonsillitis in active period of disease observed during the study. Patients were divided into the following groups: 21persons with the compensate form of CT (CTC, 24 persons with the decompensate form of CT (CTD and 9 persons with the decompensate form of CT complicated with T1DM (CTD+ T1DM. The control group consisted of 15 apparently healthy persons. Concentrations of sIgA and IgA in the oropharyngeal secret were determined by the method of radial immune diffusion by Manchini. Lysozyme content was determined using the test system "Lysozyme" ("Reakompleks", Russia. Levels of lactoferrin and SLPI in the oropharyngeal secret of patients were evaluated using ELISA test systems of "BioChemMack", Russia. Patients of group CTC were divided into subgroups CTC1 and CTC2, depending on the applied treatment. Both subgroups treated with standard therapy for two weeks, on the fifteenth day of therapy patients of subgroup CTC2 received Respibron during 10 days by 1 tablet once a day and Licopid during 10 days by 1 mg once a day. Similarly patients of group CTD were divided into subgroups CTD1 and CTD2. Patients of subgroup CTD2 received therapy according to the scheme of CTC2. Patients of group CTD+ T1DM divided into subgroups CTD1+ T1DM and CTD2+ T1DM. Patients of

  1. Lactulose administration for correction of stool disturbances in patients with rheumatic diseases

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    A E Karateev

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To study efficacy and tolerability of Normase® (lactulose, Doctor Reddy’s laboratories for correction of stool disturbances in pts with rheumatic diseases (RD. Material and methods. 50 pts with RD (female with mean age 64,2+19,6 years suffering from constipation (stool frequency less than 3 times a week at least for 3 months were included. Lactulose 30 ml was administered once a day in the evening. In the absence of effect dose was increased to 60 ml, in case of prominent effect — decreased to 15 ml. Duration of treatment was 2 weeks. Dejection frequency from 8 lh to 14 ,h day and changes of general health connected with bowels function (on VAS were used as outcome measures. Results. Results of treatment were assessed in 48 pts. Two pts were lost to follow up, in two the drug was withdrawn due to adverse events (haemorrhoidal bleeding increase in one and prominent wind in another. Stool normalization was achieved in 12, significant improvement (increase of dejection frequency at least by 50% — in 19 (39,6%, insignificant improvement (increase of dejection frequency less than by 50% — in 9 (18,7% pts. In 6 pts (12,5% effect was absent. Mean dejection frequency significantly increased from 1,8+0,4 to 4,1 ±1,7 times a week (p<0,001 Conclusion. Lactulose is effective and relatively safe drug for treatment of chronic constipation in pts with RD and can be recommended for wide administration in rheumatological practice.

  2. Cicatricial ectropion correction in a patient with pyoderma gangrenosum: case report.

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    Procianoy, Fernando; Barbato, Mariana Tremel; Osowski, Luiz Eduardo; Bocaccio, Francisco José de Lima; Bakos, Lucio

    2009-01-01

    A 19 year old female with pyoderma gangrenosum was referred to the oculoplastic clinic for evaluation of severe cicatricial ectropion of the right lower eyelid. Examination evidenced important scarring of lower eyelid and malar region with secondary ectropion. A full-thickness skin graft associated with a lateral tarsal strip procedure and scar tissue release was performed. The patient's corticosteroid dose was raised for the procedure, and after surgery there was no healing problem or ulcer formation in the eyelid or in the graft donor site. As pyoderma gangrenosum is associated with a pathergy phenomenon in up to 25% of the cases, the onset of new lesions is a relevant concern when performing surgery in these patients. In this case, the surgery was safely performed under corticosteroid immunosuppression.

  3. [Anaesthesia for correction of scoliosis in pediatric patient with Friedreich's ataxia].

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    Agámez Medina, G L; Pantin, E J; Lorthé, J; Therrien, P J

    2015-01-01

    Friedreich ataxia (FA) is an inherited autosomal recessive disease characterized by a neurological degenerative process of the cerebellum, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. FA is associated with ataxia, dysarthria, motor and sensory impairment, scoliosis, cardiomyopathy, and diabetes. There is a significant risk of perioperative major complications during the anesthetic management of these patients. We present the case of a fourteen-year-old patient with FA, who had a posterior spinal fusion and instrumentation underwent to total intravenous anesthesia. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  4. [The use of stabilizing platforms in the correction of atactic disorders in patients with vertebrobasilar stroke].

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    Prokopenko, S V; Liapin, A V; Ondar, V S; Derevtsova, S N

    2011-01-01

    Results of the treatment of atactic gait and balance disorders in post-stroke patients are presented. A method of neurorehabilitation using stabilizing platforms based on the excluding ankle joint postural strategy and support square is proposed. The efficacy of this method assessed by the computerized stabilometry and functional balance scale was comparable with the results of the generally accepted computerized dynamic posturography with visual biofeedback.

  5. Fixator-Assisted Lengthening and Deformity Correction Over an Intramedullary Nail in a Patient with Achondroplasia

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    Erdal Uzun

    2016-01-01

    Achondroplasia is the most frequently encountered form of nonlethal skeletal dysplasia and a type of rhizomelic dwarfism. It results in considerable physical and psychologic handicaps owing to the disproportionate stature of the body and difficulty in performing routine activities of daily living. They also have major musculoskeletal problems including symptomatic malalignment of the lower limbs. Limb lengthening has been used in patients with achondroplasia by different techniques (Intramed...

  6. Correction of skeletal Class III in a growing male patient by reverse pull facemask

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    P Kapoor

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The following case report describes the management of a 6-year-old male patient in early mixed dentition with a mesial step molar relation, an anterior reverse overjet, and skeletal Class III due to a slightly deficient maxilla. The treatment plan included protraction of the maxilla by a reverse pull Petit type facemask for 10 months followed by 15 months of active retention by a Frankel III appliance.

  7. Correction of Cortisol Overreplacement Ameliorates Morbidities in Patients with Hypopituitarism: A pilot study

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    Karina Danilowicz

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Context: Hyporituitarism in adults is known to be associated with deleterious effects on body composition, lipid profile and quality of life (QoL. This was attributed to GH deficiency. The potential role of glucocorticoid overreplacement had never been investigated. Objective: To investigate whether reduction in glucocorticoid replacement dose to more physiological one could ameliorate the "AO-GHD"-attributed symptomatology in patients with hypopituitarism. Design: Eleven patients with panhypopituitarism taking 20-30 mg/day of hydrocortisone, but on no GH replacement were switched to 10 to 15 mg of hydrocortisone daily. Both basally and 6-12 months later, their body mass index, body composition by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, lipid profile, and the score of quality of life, QOL-AGHDA were measured. Results: Within 6-12 months of lower hydrocortisone dose, subjects lost an average of 7.1 kg of total body fat and 4.1 kg of abdominal fat. No changes were seen in lean body mass, bone mineral content and HOMA-IR Plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations decreased significantly (<0.05 and the QoL improved (p=0.018. Conclusions: Our pilot study suggests that decreasing the glucocorticoid replacement dose to ~ 15 mg/ day is beneficial in terms of patients' body composition, lipid profile and quality of life.

  8. Cyclosporin A corrects mitochondrial dysfunction and muscle apoptosis in patients with collagen VI myopathies.

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    Merlini, Luciano; Angelin, Alessia; Tiepolo, Tania; Braghetta, Paola; Sabatelli, Patrizia; Zamparelli, Alessandra; Ferlini, Alessandra; Maraldi, Nadir M; Bonaldo, Paolo; Bernardi, Paolo

    2008-04-01

    Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy and Bethlem myopathy are skeletal muscle diseases that are due to mutations in the genes encoding collagen VI, an extracellular matrix protein forming a microfibrillar network that is particularly prominent in the endomysium of skeletal muscle. Myoblasts from patients affected by Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy display functional and ultrastructural mitochondrial alterations and increased apoptosis due to inappropriate opening of the permeability transition pore, a mitochondrial inner membrane channel. These alterations could be normalized by treatment with cyclosporin A, a widely used immunosuppressant that desensitizes the permeability transition pore independently of calcineurin inhibition. Here, we report the results of an open pilot trial with cyclosporin A in five patients with collagen VI myopathies. Before treatment, all patients displayed mitochondrial dysfunction and increased frequency of apoptosis, as determined in muscle biopsies. Both of these pathologic signs were largely normalized after 1 month of oral cyclosporin A administration, which also increased muscle regeneration. These findings demonstrate that collagen VI myopathies can be effectively treated with drugs acting on the pathogenic mechanism downstream of the genetic lesion, and they represent an important proof of principle for the potential therapy of genetic diseases.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging for stress incontinence: evaluation of patients before and after surgical correction

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    Perk, Hakki E-mail: hakkiperk@yahoo.com; Oral, Baha; Yesildag, Ahmet; Serel, T. Ahmet; Oezsoy, Mesut; Turgut, Tayfun

    2002-10-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the pre and postoperative assessment of stress urinary incontinence. Methods: Fifteen female patients with clinical evidence of stress urinary incontinence were included in this prospective study. All the patients underwent MRI in the supine position both preoperatively and postoperatively. For imaging, we used a 1.0 T magnet, T2-weighted images were obtained in the midline sagittal plane with patients at rest. Images were evaluated for anatomical stress urinary incontinence alterations, such as the increased distance between the pubococcygeal line and the bladder base and the posterior urethro-vesical angle and the urethral inclination angle changes. Wilcoxon signed rank test allowed comparisons of pre and postoperative results. Results: Compared with postoperative measurements, the bladder base was lowered significantly by an average of 9.4{+-}4.0 mm (P<0.01), posterior urethro-vesical angle was significantly increased by an average of 127.8{+-}11.4 deg. (P<0.01), and the urethral inclination angle was significantly increased by an average of 54.9{+-}10.1 deg. (P<0.01) preoperatively. Conclusion: Our results suggest that MRI can play a major role in the preoperative and postoperative assessment of stress urinary incontinence. It can reliably detect anatomical urinary incontinence alterations. MRI should be considered in failed surgery, complex prolapse, and in differentiating genuine stress incontinence resulting from malposition of the bladder neck from stress incontinence due to intrinsic urethral damage.

  10. [Beat therapeutic inertia in dyslipidemic patient management: A challenge in daily clinical practice] [corrected].

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    Morales, Clotilde; Mauri, Marta; Vila, Lluís

    2014-01-01

    Beat therapeutic inertia in dyslipidemic patient management: a challenge in daily clinical practice. In patients with dyslipidemia, there is the need to reach the therapeutic goals in order to get the maximum benefit in the cardiovascular events risk reduction, especially myocardial infarction. Even having guidelines and some powerful hypolipidemic drugs, the goals of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-c) are often not reached, being of special in patients with a high cardiovascular risk. One of the causes is the therapeutic inertia. There are tools to plan the treatment and make the decisions easier. One of the challenges in everyday clinical practice is to know the needed percentage of reduction in LDL-c. Moreover: it is hard to know which one is the treatment we should use in the beginning of the treatment but also when the desired objective is not reached. This article proposes a practical method that can help solving these questions. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  11. Estimation of energy requirements for mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients using nutritional status

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    Kan, Mee-Nin; Chang, Han-Hsin; Sheu, Woei-Fen; Cheng, Chien-Hsiang; Lee, Bor-Jen; Huang, Yi-Chia

    2003-01-01

    Background There is very little information on what is considered an adequate energy intake for mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients. The purpose of the present study was to determine this energy requirement by making use of patients' nutritional status. Methods The study was conducted in a multidisciplinary intensive care unit of Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan. Patients were hemodynamically stable and not comatose, and were requiring at least 7 days of mechanical ventilation. Fifty-four patients successfully completed this study. The resting energy expenditure was measured using indirect calorimetry. The total energy requirement was considered 120% of the measured energy expenditure. The daily nutrient intake was recorded. Nutritional status was assessed using single and multiple parameters, nitrogen balance, and medical records, and was performed within 24 hours of admission and after 7 days in the intensive care unit. Results Fifteen patients were being underfed (requirement), 20 patients were in the appropriate feeding (AF) group (within ± 10% of total energy requirement), and 19 patients received overfeeding (>110% of total energy requirement). Patients in the underfeeding group received only 68.3% of their energy requirement, while the overfeeding group patients received up to 136.5% of their required calories. Only patients in the AF group had a positive nitrogen balance (0.04 ± 5.1) on day 7. AF group patients had a significantly higher Nutritional Risk Index value at day 7 than at day 1. Conclusion AF patients had more improvement in nutritional status than patients in the other feeding groups. To provide at least 120% of the resting energy expenditure seemed adequate to meet the caloric energy needs of hemodynamically stable, mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients. PMID:12974978

  12. Surgical Treatment After Failed Primary Correction of Urogenital Sinus in Female Patients with Virilizing Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

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    Maria Helena Palma Sircili

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Genital reconstruction in female patients with virilizing congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH is very challenging. Our aim was to evaluate the techniques employed to treat complications after failure of primary urogenital sinus (UGS surgery, as well as the result of these reoperations.Patients and Methods: Twenty girls with virilizing CAH who were previously submitted to genitoplasty in our service and elsewhere had recurrent UGS stenosis and vaginal introitus stenosis that required surgical treatment. The main symptoms were recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI in nine, dyspareunia in six and hematocolpos in three (two associated with sepsis. The anatomical findings were the persistence of UGS with stenosis in 17 patients and vaginal introitus stenosis in three. The mean age at procedure was 15.2 yrs., averaging 13.1 yrs. after the first surgery. The surgical techniques employed were: isolated perineal flap in 17 patients and perineal flap with partial mobilization of UGS in three. The mean follow-up after the procedure was 4.8 years (varying from 1 to 17yrs.Results: Vaginal dilations were performed after surgery in 15 patients. Good functional and anatomical results were obtained in 15 patients, with vaginal introitus amenable to dilators of 3.0 cm in diameter. Five patients with high vaginal insertion had recurrent vaginal stenosis and required a surgical revision. No patients presented menstrual obstruction or UTI after surgery. Eight of the 15 adult patients are sexually active. Conclusion: The reoperation to treat failed primary UGS treatment using Y-V flap and partial mobilization techniques associated to vaginal dilations, promoted good anatomical and functional results with low morbidity in 75% of the patients.□

  13. Partial volume effect-corrected FDG PET and grey matter volume loss in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease

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    Samuraki, Miharu; Yanase, Daisuke; Yamada, Masahito [Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Department of Neurology and Neurobiology of Aging, Kanazawa (Japan); Matsunari, Ichiro; Chen, Wei-Ping; Yajima, Kazuyoshi; Fujikawa, Akihiko; Takeda, Nozomi; Nishimura, Shintaro [The Medical and Pharmacological Research Center Foundation, Hakui-City, Ishikawa (Japan); Matsuda, Hiroshi [Saitama Medical School Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Saitama (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    Although{sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET is an established imaging technique to assess brain glucose utilisation, accurate measurement of tracer concentration is confounded by the presence of partial volume effect (PVE) due to the limited spatial resolution of PET, which is particularly true in atrophic brains such as those encountered in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our aim was to investigate the effects of PVE correction on FDG PET in conjunction with voxel-based morphometry (VBM) in patients with mild AD. Thirty-nine AD patients and 73 controls underwent FDG PET and MRI. The PVE-corrected grey matter PET images were obtained using an MRI-based three-compartment method. Additionally, the results of PET were compared with grey matter loss detected by VBM. Before PVE correction, reduced FDG uptake was observed in posterior cingulate gyri (PCG) and parieto-temporal lobes (PTL) in AD patients, which persisted after PVE correction. Notably, PVE correction revealed relatively preserved FDG uptake in hippocampal areas, despite the grey matter loss in medial temporal lobe (MTL) revealed by VBM. FDG uptake in PCG and PTL is reduced in AD regardless of whether or not PVE correction is applied, supporting the notion that the reduced FDG uptake in these areas is not the result of atrophy. Furthermore, FDG uptake by grey matter tissue in the MTL, including hippocampal areas, is relatively preserved, suggesting that compensatory mechanisms may play a role in patients with mild AD. (orig.)

  14. Identification of patient's requirements in quality management system in health care institutions.

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    Kaźmierczak, Daniel; Bogusz-Czerniewicz, Marta

    2011-12-16

    To present the solutions implemented in health care institution in the context of identification of patient's requirements, and evaluation of the level of patients' satisfaction in accordance with the requirements of ISO norm 9001:2008 based on the experience of GPCC. The fundamental mechanisms behind the free market, such as competition, start applying also to the public health sector. Health service providers are gradually realising that patients are actual clients of health care institutions, with physicians, nurses, supporting personnel, registration officers and other staff responding to patients demand for medical and auxiliary services (e.g. exam registration, provision of information). PN-EN ISO 9001:2009 "Quality Management Systems. Requirements", relevant literature and documentation of quality management system from the GPCC. The review of relevant literature and legal requirements; interpretation of provisions in relation to the functioning of health care institutions. Model of identification of patient's requirements and satisfaction in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 has been elaborated and implemented in the GPCC. The identification of patient's requirements is much more complicated than evaluating the same parameters in manufacturing companies. In the context of medical services one should be aware of the subjectivity of patient's feelings, the psycho-social status and the general state of health during his or her treatment. Therefore, the identification of patient's requirements and satisfaction must be carefully thought out, implemented and regularly improved.

  15. Access to care for patients with insulin-requiring diabetes in developing countries

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    Beran, David; Yudkin, John S; de Courten, Maximilian

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the barriers to care for patients with insulin-requiring diabetes in Mozambique and Zambia.......The objective of this study was to assess the barriers to care for patients with insulin-requiring diabetes in Mozambique and Zambia....

  16. [25 year experience with using surgical correction of dislipidemia in treatment of patients with atherosclerosis].

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    Sedov, V M; Mirchuk, K K; Sedletskiĭ, Iu I

    2011-01-01

    An analysis of results of using partial ileoshunting for the treatment of dislipidemia in 159 patients with atherosclerosis has shown that operation of partial ileoshunting has an obligatory, pronounced and lifelong lipidcorrecting effect. An antiatherogenic effect of the operation of partial ileoshunting is manifested as the improvement of the clinical course of the disease caused by atherosclerosis, by less number of thrombotic complications of atherosclerosis and less lethality from cardio-vascular diseases. At a longer follow-up period, the efficiency of partial ileoshunting as a means of secondary prophylactics of atherosclerosis is confirmed but in case of liquidation after operation of dislipoproteidemia.

  17. Postoperative epidural analgesia for patients undergoing pectus excavatum corrective surgery: a 10-year retrospective analysis

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Asad Siddiqui,1 Andrew Tse,2 James E Paul,3 Peter Fitzgerald,4 Bernice Teh,51Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2Department of Anesthesia, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 3Department of Anesthesia, 4Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 5Canterbury Anesthetic Services, Victoria, Australia Introduction: Managing postoperative pain in patients undergoing minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure is challenging but essential in facilitating ambulation and minimizing the length of stay. Although multiple epidural regimens with varying opioids are presently used for pain management, there is currently no clinical consensus regarding which epidural regimen provides the best analgesia outcomes with the fewest side effects. This 10-year retrospective cohort study was performed to compare the quality of analgesia and the incidence of side effects associated with the three most common epidural regimens used at a tertiary care children's hospital, in patients undergoing the Nuss procedure. Methods: Seventy-two pediatric patients were identified as having been treated with one of three epidural regimens for postoperative pain management following the Nuss procedure: Group A (n=12 received 0.125% bupivacaine and 5 µg/mL fentanyl, Group B (n=21 received 0.125% bupivacaine and 10 µg/mL hydromorphone, and Group C (n=39 received 0.1% ropivacaine and 20 µg/mL hydromorphone. Our primary outcome was maximal daily pain scores (numerical rating scale 0–10, with an analytical focus on postoperative day 1 scores. The primary outcome was analyzed using linear regression. The secondary outcomes included the length of stay, side-effect profiles as reflected by the number of treatments for nausea and pruritus, pain scores according to epidural site insertion, occurrence of breakthrough pain, and presence of severe pain throughout their hospital stay. Secondary outcomes were analyzed using linear or

  18. Dental and skeletal contributions to occlusal correction in patients treated with the high-pull headgear-activator combination.

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    Lagerström, L O; Nielsen, I L; Lee, R; Isaacson, R J

    1990-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine dental and skeletal changes in patients treated with the high-pull headgear-activator combination. A group of 40 consecutively treated subjects with a Class II molar relationship and a minimum of 5 mm overjet was used for this study. The results showed that Class II correction often was achieved by distal repositioning of the maxillary teeth (mean, 0.07 mm) and mesial repositioning of the mandibular teeth (mean, 3.3 mm) with a wide range of variation. Correlation of maxillary molar repositioning with total interarch occlusal change showed a positive relationship; however, a weak correlation suggested that other variables were contributing factors, in addition to distal upper molar positioning. The change in mandibular molar position compared with the movement of pogonion strongly suggests that forward growth of the mandible is important to the correction of the Class II malocclusion. When total molar repositioning in the upper jaw was correlated with total molar repositioning in the lower jaw, a strong inverse correlation was found, indicating that upper molar movement parallels lower molar movement.

  19. Comment mesurer correctement la PA chez les patients hémodialysés?

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    VANDERWECKENE, Pauline; Saint-Remy, Annie; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie

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    Objectifs : Le contrôle de la pression artérielle (PA) chez le patient hémodialysé (HD) est un enjeu majeur en raison des résultats controversés sur les risques cardiovasculaires qui y sont associés. Cependant, la mesure de la PA dans cette population est difficile à appréhender au vu de sa grande variabilité. L’exactitude des mesures péridialytiques (enregistrées dans l’unité d’HD pendant la séance) est souvent remise en question. L’objectif de notre étude est d’établir la contribution et l...

  20. Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (Levitra: possibility of correction of erectile dysfunction in obese patients

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    A Yu Popova

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Obesity is the cause of a number of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease [1]. Obesity is associated with the development of a number of hormone-dependent tumors (breast cancer, uterine cancer and colon cancer [2]. Metabolic and hormonal disorders that accompany obesity and underlying a number of diseases, including may have an impact on erectile function. Despite the fact that in the literature there are few publications on the relationship of obesity and erectile dysfunction (ED, we could not find work on the effectiveness of treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction and obesity. These large-scale research on the role of weight loss in the treatment of other diseases, such as such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, suggest that weight control and related metabolic disorders are able to provide a significant improvement in erectile quality function and effectiveness of the treatment of ED [3, 4, 5, 6].

  1. Postoperative epidural analgesia for patients undergoing pectus excavatum corrective surgery: a 10-year retrospective analysis

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    Siddiqui, Asad; Tse, Andrew; Paul, James E; Fitzgerald, Peter; Teh, Bernice

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Managing postoperative pain in patients undergoing minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure) is challenging but essential in facilitating ambulation and minimizing the length of stay. Although multiple epidural regimens with varying opioids are presently used for pain management, there is currently no clinical consensus regarding which epidural regimen provides the best analgesia outcomes with the fewest side effects. This 10-year retrospective cohort study was performed to compare the quality of analgesia and the incidence of side effects associated with the three most common epidural regimens used at a tertiary care children’s hospital, in patients undergoing the Nuss procedure. Methods Seventy-two pediatric patients were identified as having been treated with one of three epidural regimens for postoperative pain management following the Nuss procedure: Group A (n=12) received 0.125% bupivacaine and 5 µg/mL fentanyl, Group B (n=21) received 0.125% bupivacaine and 10 µg/mL hydromorphone, and Group C (n=39) received 0.1% ropivacaine and 20 µg/mL hydromorphone. Our primary outcome was maximal daily pain scores (numerical rating scale 0–10), with an analytical focus on postoperative day 1 scores. The primary outcome was analyzed using linear regression. The secondary outcomes included the length of stay, side-effect profiles as reflected by the number of treatments for nausea and pruritus, pain scores according to epidural site insertion, occurrence of breakthrough pain, and presence of severe pain throughout their hospital stay. Secondary outcomes were analyzed using linear or logistic regression adjusted for pain scores at baseline. The criterion for statistical significance was set a priori at alpha =0.05. Results Group A had significantly higher day-1 pain scores (score 5.42/10) than Group B (4.52/10; P=0.030) and Group C (4.49/10; P=0.015) after adjusting for baseline pain and age. No significant difference in maximum daily

  2. Mid- to long-term outcome of 96 corrective hindfoot fusions in 84 patients with rigid flatfoot deformity.

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    Röhm, J; Zwicky, L; Horn Lang, T; Salentiny, Y; Hintermann, B; Knupp, M

    2015-05-01

    Talonavicular and subtalar joint fusion through a medial incision (modified triple arthrodesis) has become an increasingly popular technique for treating symptomatic flatfoot deformity caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to look at its clinical and radiological mid- to long-term outcomes, including the rates of recurrent flatfoot deformity, nonunion and avascular necrosis of the dome of the talus. A total of 84 patients (96 feet) with a symptomatic rigid flatfoot deformity caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction were treated using a modified triple arthrodesis. The mean age of the patients was 66 years (35 to 85) and the mean follow-up was 4.7 years (1 to 8.3). Both clinical and radiological outcomes were analysed retrospectively. In 86 of the 95 feet (90.5%) for which radiographs were available, there was no loss of correction at final follow-up. In all, 14 feet (14.7%) needed secondary surgery, six for nonunion, two for avascular necrosis, five for progression of the flatfoot deformity and tibiotalar arthritis and one because of symptomatic overcorrection. The mean American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Hindfoot score (AOFAS score) at final follow-up was 67 (between 16 and 100) and the mean visual analogue score for pain 2.4 points (between 0 and 10). In conclusion, modified triple arthrodesis provides reliable correction of deformity and a good clinical outcome at mid- to long-term follow-up, with nonunion as the most frequent complication. Avascular necrosis of the talus is a rare but serious complication of this technique.

  3. Patient-specific scatter correction for flat-panel detector-based cone-beam CT imaging.

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    Zhao, Wei; Brunner, Stephen; Niu, Kai; Schafer, Sebastian; Royalty, Kevin; Chen, Guang-Hong

    2015-02-07

    A patient-specific scatter correction algorithm is proposed to mitigate scatter artefacts in cone-beam CT (CBCT). The approach belongs to the category of convolution-based methods in which a scatter potential function is convolved with a convolution kernel to estimate the scatter profile. A key step in this method is to determine the free parameters introduced in both scatter potential and convolution kernel using a so-called calibration process, which is to seek for the optimal parameters such that the models for both scatter potential and convolution kernel is able to optimally fit the previously known coarse estimates of scatter profiles of the image object. Both direct measurements and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations have been proposed by other investigators to achieve the aforementioned rough estimates. In the present paper, a novel method has been proposed and validated to generate the needed coarse scatter profile for parameter calibration in the convolution method. The method is based upon an image segmentation of the scatter contaminated CBCT image volume, followed by a reprojection of the segmented image volume using a given x-ray spectrum. The reprojected data is subtracted from the scatter contaminated projection data to generate a coarse estimate of the needed scatter profile used in parameter calibration. The method was qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated using numerical simulations and experimental CBCT data acquired on a clinical CBCT imaging system. Results show that the proposed algorithm can significantly reduce scatter artefacts and recover the correct CT number. Numerical simulation results show the method is patient specific, can accurately estimate the scatter, and is robust with respect to segmentation procedure. For experimental and in vivo human data, the results show the CT number can be successfully recovered and anatomical structure visibility can be significantly improved.

  4. Correction of immune disorders in patients with malignant tumors at level of craniovertebral junction and upper cervical spine

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    Bazhanov S.P.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the cellular and humoral immunity in patients with malignant tumors of the upper cervical spine. Material and methods: The study included 22 patients with malignant tumors of the craniovertebral junction and upper cervical spine. To assess the function of the immune system the methods of population and subpopulation immuno-phenotyping of peripheral blood lymphocytes have been applied. Cytokine parameters and functional status (cytotoxic activity of NK-cells have been studied using immunofermental methods. The indices have been presented in absolute and relative terms. All the patients have been subjected to the adjuvant therapy. Results: Correction of cellular immunity has led to significant increase in CD3 + (T-lymphocytes and CD3 + CD8 + (T-killers. Cytokine levels in the groups studied in the dynamics have not been significantly altered. The changes of cytotoxic (functional activity of NK-cells in the first group after the combined treatment have been considered to be higher than before the treatment. Cytotoxic index of (functional activity of NK-cells in the second group under the study after the combined treatment has been determined to be lower than before the treatment. Conclusion: It has been found out that the application of complex treatment accompanied by immunotropic therapy may positively influence the immune status.

  5. Glycosylated hemoglobin and albumin-corrected fructosamine are good indicators for glycemic control in peritoneal dialysis patients.

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    Lee, Szu-Ying; Chen, Yin-Cheng; Tsai, I-Chieh; Yen, Chung-Jen; Chueh, Shu-Neng; Chuang, Hsueh-Fang; Wu, Hon-Yen; Chiang, Chih-Kang; Cheng, Hui-Teng; Hung, Kuan-Yu; Huang, Jenq-Wen

    2013-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease and is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality after dialysis. However, glycemic control among such patients is difficult to assess. The present study examined glycemic control parameters and observed glucose variation after refilling different kinds of fresh dialysate in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. A total of 25 DM PD patients were recruited, and continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) was applied to measure interstitial fluid (ISF) glucose levels at 5-min intervals for 3 days. Patients filled out diet and PD fluid exchange diaries. The records measured with CGMS were analyzed and correlated with other glycemic control parameters such as fructosamine, albumin-corrected fructosamine (AlbF), glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and glycated albumin levels. There were significant correlations between mean ISF glucose and fructosamine (r = 0.45, P<0.05), AlbF (r = 0.54, P<0.01), and HbA1c (r = 0.51, P<0.01). The ISF glucose levels in glucose-containing dialysate increased from approximately 7-8 mg/dL within 1 hour of exchange in contrast to icodextrin dialysate which kept ISF glucose levels unchanged. HbA1c and AlbF significantly correlated with the mean ISF glucose levels, indicating that they are reliable indices of glycemic control in DM PD patients. Icodextrin dialysate seems to have a favorable glycemic control effect when compared to the other glucose-containing dialysates.

  6. Glycosylated hemoglobin and albumin-corrected fructosamine are good indicators for glycemic control in peritoneal dialysis patients.

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    Szu-Ying Lee

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Diabetes mellitus (DM is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease and is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality after dialysis. However, glycemic control among such patients is difficult to assess. The present study examined glycemic control parameters and observed glucose variation after refilling different kinds of fresh dialysate in peritoneal dialysis (PD patients. METHODS: A total of 25 DM PD patients were recruited, and continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS was applied to measure interstitial fluid (ISF glucose levels at 5-min intervals for 3 days. Patients filled out diet and PD fluid exchange diaries. The records measured with CGMS were analyzed and correlated with other glycemic control parameters such as fructosamine, albumin-corrected fructosamine (AlbF, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, and glycated albumin levels. RESULTS: There were significant correlations between mean ISF glucose and fructosamine (r = 0.45, P<0.05, AlbF (r = 0.54, P<0.01, and HbA1c (r = 0.51, P<0.01. The ISF glucose levels in glucose-containing dialysate increased from approximately 7-8 mg/dL within 1 hour of exchange in contrast to icodextrin dialysate which kept ISF glucose levels unchanged. CONCLUSION: HbA1c and AlbF significantly correlated with the mean ISF glucose levels, indicating that they are reliable indices of glycemic control in DM PD patients. Icodextrin dialysate seems to have a favorable glycemic control effect when compared to the other glucose-containing dialysates.

  7. Eicosapentaenoic Acid Supplementation Changes Fatty Acid Composition and Corrects Endothelial Dysfunction in Hyperlipidemic Patients

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    Yamakawa, Ken; Shimabukuro, Michio; Higa, Namio; Asahi, Tomohiro; Ohba, Kageyuki; Arasaki, Osamu; Higa, Moritake; Oshiro, Yoshito; Yoshida, Hisashi; Higa, Tohru; Saito, Taro; Ueda, Shinichiro; Masuzaki, Hiroaki; Sata, Masataka

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    We investigated the effects of purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on vascular endothelial function and free fatty acid composition in Japanese hyperlipidemic subjects. In subjects with hyperlipidemia (total cholesterol ≥220 mg/dL and/or triglycerides ≥150 mg/dL), lipid profile and forearm blood flow (FBF) during reactive hyperemia were determined before and 3 months after supplementation with 1800 mg/day EPA. Peak FBF during reactive hyperemia was lower in the hyperlipidemic group than the normolipidemic group. EPA supplementation did not change serum levels of total, HDL, or LDL cholesterol, apolipoproteins, remnant-like particle (RLP) cholesterol, RLP triglycerides, or malondialdehyde-modified LDL cholesterol. EPA supplementation did not change total free fatty acid levels in serum, but changed the fatty acid composition, with increased EPA and decreased linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and dihomo-γ-linolenic acid. EPA supplementation recovered peak FBF after 3 months. Peak FBF recovery was correlated positively with EPA and EPA/arachidonic acid levels and correlated inversely with dihomo-γ-linolenic acid. EPA supplementation restores endothelium-dependent vasodilatation in hyperlipidemic patients despite having no effect on serum cholesterol and triglyceride patterns. These results suggest that EPA supplementation may improve vascular function at least partly via changes in fatty acid composition. PMID:23326753

  8. Eicosapentaenoic Acid Supplementation Changes Fatty Acid Composition and Corrects Endothelial Dysfunction in Hyperlipidemic Patients

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    Ken Yamakawa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effects of purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA on vascular endothelial function and free fatty acid composition in Japanese hyperlipidemic subjects. In subjects with hyperlipidemia (total cholesterol ≥220 mg/dL and/or triglycerides ≥150 mg/dL, lipid profile and forearm blood flow (FBF during reactive hyperemia were determined before and 3 months after supplementation with 1800 mg/day EPA. Peak FBF during reactive hyperemia was lower in the hyperlipidemic group than the normolipidemic group. EPA supplementation did not change serum levels of total, HDL, or LDL cholesterol, apolipoproteins, remnant-like particle (RLP cholesterol, RLP triglycerides, or malondialdehyde-modified LDL cholesterol. EPA supplementation did not change total free fatty acid levels in serum, but changed the fatty acid composition, with increased EPA and decreased linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and dihomo-γ-linolenic acid. EPA supplementation recovered peak FBF after 3 months. Peak FBF recovery was correlated positively with EPA and EPA/arachidonic acid levels and correlated inversely with dihomo-γ-linolenic acid. EPA supplementation restores endothelium-dependent vasodilatation in hyperlipidemic patients despite having no effect on serum cholesterol and triglyceride patterns. These results suggest that EPA supplementation may improve vascular function at least partly via changes in fatty acid composition.

  9. Nutritional requirements of surgical and critically-ill patients: do we really know what they need?

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    Reid, Clare L

    2004-08-01

    Malnutrition remains a problem in surgical and critically-ill patients. In surgical patients the incidence of malnutrition ranges from 9 to 44%. Despite this variability there is a consensus that malnutrition worsens during hospital stay. In the intensive care unit (ICU), 43% of the patients are malnourished. Although poor nutrition during hospitalisation may be attributable to many factors, not least inadequacies in hospital catering services, there must also be the question of whether those patients who receive nutritional support are being fed appropriately. Indirect calorimetry is the 'gold standard' for determining an individual's energy requirements, but limited time and financial resources preclude the use of this method in everyday clinical practice. Studies in surgical and ICU patient populations have been reviewed to determine the 'optimal' energy and protein requirements of these patients. There are only a small number of studies that have attempted to measure energy requirements in the various surgical patient groups. Uncomplicated surgery has been associated with energy requirements of 1.0-1.15 x BMR whilst complicated surgery requires 1.25-1.4 x BMR in order to meet the patient's needs. Identifying the optimal requirements of ICU patients is far more difficult because of the heterogeneous nature of this population. In general, 5.6 kJ (25 kcal)/kg per d is an acceptable and achievable target intake, but patients with sepsis or trauma may require almost twice as much energy during the acute phase of their illness. The implications of failing to meet and exceeding the requirements of critically-ill patients are also reviewed.

  10. [Microalbuminuria as a marker of endothelial dysfunction in the long-term follow-up patients after surgical correction of aortic coarctation].

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    Volkova, N I; Lazoryshynets, V V

    2013-06-01

    1170 patients after surgical correction of aortic coarctation during the period from 1988 to 2002 were studied. The median period of medical supervision after coarctation repair was 13,8 years, maximum age - 24 years. For diagnostics of the Microalbuminuria (MAU) it were used the special test-strings Microalbu PHAN (PLIVA-Lachema Diagnostica). MAU were discovered in 62.6% of and 34.9% of normotesive patients. Credible decrease of MAU of hypertensive patients with corrected coarctation of the aorta were defined after 3 months-long treatment by Losartan.

  11. Methods of Correcting Intestine Dysbiosis and Their Influence on the Dynamics of Clinical Manifestations of Hepatic Encephalopathy among Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

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    Full Text Available Here are given the results of a complex survey of 169 patients with liver cirrhosis having signs of liver encephalopathy. We found more significant positive dynamics of clinical manifestations of liver encephalopathy in patients (n = 70, for whom for correcting microbiocenosis of the colon we prescribed in complex therapy not only prebiotics, but also probiotics.

  12. LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY REQUIRES CONVERSION IN FEW PATIENTS ONLY: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF 370 PATIENTS

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    Mahesh

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Gallstone disease is a major health problem worldwide and laparoscopic cholecystectomy(LC has become the gold standard surgical treatment of this entity. There are various complications related to this procedure which may lead to conversion into open cholecystectomy. We have done a prospective study of 370 cases in our institution to assess the reasons for conversion from LC to open cholecystectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS 370 cases of symptomatic gallstones were admitted in surgical unit of Rama Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Kanpur, U.P and all of them had undergone LC. The study was done prospectively from September 2013 to August 2015. All the patients with symptomatic gallstone disease including acute cholecystitis were included in this study and the reasons for conversion were recorded. RESULTS In our study we had to convert only 9(2.43% cases out of 370 into open cholecystectomy and the most common reason found was dense adhesions and acutely inflamed gallbladder with a very low incidence of bile duct injury. CONCLUSIONS Despite of good selection of cases and experience of the operating surgeon few cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy may require conversion into the open procedure.

  13. Tracheotomy does not affect reducing sedation requirements of patients in intensive care – a retrospective study

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    Veelo, Denise P; Dongelmans, Dave A; Binnekade, Jan M; Korevaar, Johanna C; Vroom, Margreeth B; Schultz, Marcus J

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    Introduction Translaryngeal intubated and ventilated patients often need sedation to treat anxiety, agitation and/or pain. Current opinion is that tracheotomy reduces sedation requirements. We determined sedation needs before and after tracheotomy of intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of the use of morphine, midazolam and propofol in patients before and after tracheotomy. Results Of 1,788 patients admitted to our intensive care unit d...

  14. THE POSSIBILITIES OF NON-DRUG CORRECTION OF UROGENITAL DISORDERS IN FEMALE PATIENTS WITH THE METABOLIC SYNDROME DURING THE MENOPAUSE

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    Full Text Available The aim of the research was to assess the effect of nondrug correction of urogenital disorders in female patients with metabolic syndrome during the menopause. The research includes 330 women aged 45-50 with metabolic syndrome. Three equal groups with 110 female patients each were formed: the main group, the first control group, and the second control group. In the main group, the non-drug treatment (diet therapy, psychotherapy, physical therapy, exercise therapy and the vitamin-mineral treatment were combined. In the first control group, only non-drug treatment was used. In the second control group, only the vitamin-mineral treatment was used. Before the treatment and in six months after the treatment, the following was assessed: the intensity of vaginal atrophy symptoms according to the 5-point Barlow scale; Bochman vaginal health index; urinary diaries data. The results of the research showed: the average value of Bochmanvaginal health index has most significantly increased in the main group (from 3,64±0,63 pointsto 4,67±0,68 points, p

  15. Clinical application of peroneal nerve stimulator system using percutaneous intramuscular electrodes for correction of foot drop in hemiplegic patients.

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    Shimada, Yoichi; Matsunaga, Toshiki; Misawa, Akiko; Ando, Shigeru; Itoi, Eiji; Konishi, Natsuo

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    Objective.  To assess the orthotic effect of a functional electrical stimulation device (Akita Heel Sensor System; AHSS) in the treatment of hemiplegic gait with foot drop. Materials and Methods.  In the AHSS, a heel sensor is attached to a small plastic heel brace, and the peroneal nerve is stimulated via percutaneous intramuscular electrodes. During the swing phase of the hemiplegic gait, the common peroneal nerve is stimulated by the AHSS. Eight patients in chronic stages of hemiplegia participated in this study. Walking speeds and step cadences on a 10-m course were compared between walking with stimulation and walking without stimulation. Results.  Mean walking speed (± SD) was 0.50 ± 0.26 m/sec without stimulation and 0.64 ± 0.31 m/sec with stimulation. The mean percentage increase in walking speed with stimulation was 30.1%. Mean step cadence was 31 ± 7 steps/10 m without stimulation and 27 ± 7 steps/10 m with stimulation. By correcting foot drop, the AHSS significantly increased walking speed and decreased cadence (p AHSS can significantly improve walking in hemiplegic patients with foot drop.

  16. Correction of glucocerebrosidase deficiency after retroviral-mediated gene transfer into hematopoietic progenitor cells from patients with Gaucher disease

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    Fink, J.K.; Correll, P.H.; Perry, L.K.; Brady, R.O.; Karlsson, S. (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (USA))

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    Retroviral gene transfer has been used successfully to correct the glucocerebrosidase (GCase) deficiency in primary hematopoietic cells from patients with Gaucher disease. For this model of somatic gene therapy, the authors developed a high-titer, amphotropic retroviral vector designated NTG in which the human GCase gene was driven by the mutant polyoma virus enhancer/herpesvirus thymidine kinase gene (tk) promoter (Py{sup +}/Htk). NTG normalized GCase activity in transduced Gaucher fibroblasts and efficiently infected human monocytic and erythroleukemic cell lines. RNA blot-hybridization (Northern blot) analysis of these hemaptopoietic cell lines showed unexpectedly high-level expression from the Moloney murine leukemia virus long terminal repeat (Mo-MLV LTR) and levels of Py{sup +}/Htk enhancer/promoter-initiated human GCase RNA that approximated endogenous GCase RNA levels. Furthermore, NTG efficiently infected human hematopoietic progenitor cells. Detection of the provirus in approximately one-third of NTG-infected progenitor colonies that had not been selected in G418-containing medium indicates that relative resistance to G418 underestimated the actual gene transfer efficiency. Northern blot analysis of NTG-infected, progenitor-derived cells showed expression from both the Mo-MLV LTR and the Py{sup +}/Htk enhancer/promoter. NTG-transduced hematopoietic progenitor cells from patients with Gaucher disease generated progeny in which GCase activity has been normalized.

  17. Active-treatment effects of the Forsus fatigue resistant device during comprehensive Class II correction in growing patients.

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    Cacciatore, Giorgio; Alvetro, Lisa; Defraia, Efisio; Ghislanzoni, Luis Tomas Huanc; Franchi, Lorenzo

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    To evaluate the active-treatment effects of the Forsus fatigue resistant device (Forsus) during comprehensive correction of Class II malocclusion in growing patients. Fifty-four patients (mean age, 12.5 ± 1.2 years) with Class II division 1 malocclusion were consecutively treated with fixed app-liances in combination with Forsus. Lateral cephalograms were analyzed at the beginning of the fixed treatment (T1), Forsus insertion (T2), its removal (T3), and end of the comprehensive therapy (T4). Statistical comparisons were carried out by repeated-measures ANOVA with Tukey's post-hoc test (p overjet and overbite decreased significantly (-3.5 and -1.5 mm, respectively) and the molar relationship improved by 4.3 mm. These changes were associated with significant retroclination of the maxillary incisors (-3.1°), proclination and intrusion of the mandibular incisors (+5.0° and -1.5 mm, respectively), and mesialization of the mandibular molars (+2.0 mm). Forsus had mainly dentoalveolar effects and contributed largely to the overall therapeutic outcome.

  18. Correction of deficient CD34+ cells from peripheral blood after mobilization in a patient with congenital erythropoietic porphyria.

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    Mazurier, F; Géronimi, F; Lamrissi-Garcia, I; Morel, C; Richard, E; Ged, C; Fontanellas, A; Moreau-Gaudry, F; Morey, M; de Verneuil, H

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    Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is an inherited disease due to a deficiency in the uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS), the fourth enzyme of the heme pathway. It is characterized by accumulation of uroporphyrin I in the bone marrow, peripheral blood, and other organs. The onset of most cases occurs in infancy and the main symptoms are cutaneous photosensitivity and hemolysis. For severe transfusion-dependent cases, when allogeneic cell transplantation cannot be performed, autografting of genetically modified primitive/stem cells is the only alternative. In the present study, efficient mobilization of peripheral blood primitive CD34(+) cells was performed on a young adult CEP patient. Retroviral transduction of this cell population with the therapeutic human UROS (hUS) gene resulted in both enzymatic and metabolic correction of CD34(+)-derived cells, as demonstrated by the increase in UROS activity and by a 53% drop in porphyrin accumulation. A 10-24% gene transfer efficiency was achieved in the most primitive cells, as demonstrated by the expression of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) in long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-IC). Furthermore, gene expression remained stable during in vitro erythroid differentiation. Therefore, these results are promising for the future treatment of CEP patients by gene therapy.

  19. The effect of esmolol on corrected-QT interval, corrected-QT interval dispersion changes seen during anesthesia induction in hypertensive patients taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor

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    Zahit Çeker

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The importance of minimizing the exaggerated sympatho-adrenergic responses and QT interval and QT interval dispersion changes that may develop due to laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation during anesthesia induction in the hypertensive patients is clear. Esmolol decreases the hemodynamic response to laryngoscopy and intubation. However, the effect of esmolol in decreasing the prolonged QT interval and QT interval dispersion as induced by laryngoscopy and intubation is controversial. We investigated the effect of esmolol on the hemodynamic, and corrected-QT interval and corrected-QT interval dispersion changes seen during anesthesia induction in hypertensive patients using angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. METHODS: 60 ASA I-II patients, with essential hypertension using angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors were included in the study. The esmolol group received esmolol at a bolus dose of 500 mcg/kg followed by a 100 mcg/kg/min infusion which continued until the 4th min after intubation. The control group received 0.9% saline similar to the esmolol group. The mean blood pressure, heart rate values and the electrocardiogram records were obtained as baseline values before the anesthesia, 5 min after esmolol and saline administration, 3 min after the induction and 30 s, 2 min and 4 min after intubation. RESULTS: The corrected-QT interval was shorter in the esmolol group (p = 0.012, the corrected-QT interval dispersion interval was longer in the control group (p = 0.034 and the mean heart rate was higher in the control group (p = 0.022 30 s after intubation. The risk of arrhythmia frequency was higher in the control group in the 4-min period following intubation (p = 0.038. CONCLUSION: Endotracheal intubation was found to prolong corrected-QT interval and corrected-QT interval dispersion, and increase the heart rate during anesthesia induction with propofol in hypertensive patients using angiotensin converting

  20. Subcutaneous C Shape Muscular Flap for Correcting the Depression of Alar Base in Affected Side in Patients With Unilateral Complete Cleft Lip/Palate During Primary Surgery.

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    Wu, Dandan; Wang, Guomin; Ouyang, Ningjuan; Lin, Yuhen; Chen, Yang; Dai, Jiewen

    2017-06-01

    The depression of alar base in affected side in patients with unilateral complete cleft lip/palate (CL/P) is one of common clinical features. In this study, the authors try to explore the effect of subcutaneous C shape muscular flap for correcting the depression of alar base in affected side in patients with unilateral complete CL/P during primary surgery. A total of 30 patients with unilateral complete CL/P who received primary correction of the lip nose deformity were included in this study. The C flap was used to drop and lengthen the height of upper lip in unaffected side, and the subcutaneous muscular flap was dissected from the C flap and positioned at the alar base in the affected side of upper lip to correct the depression. Then the surgical effect was evaluated based on clinical examination during follow-up. Alar base symmetry was obtained in 26 patients of this case series, and 4 patients showed slight improvement in alar base symmetry. No major complications such as flap necrosis, infection, or hypertrophic scars were observed during surgery and follow-up. No additional incisions and operative time were necessary. The subcutaneous C shape muscular flap described in this article could offer enough muscular support and markedly correct the depression of nostril and alar base in affected side in primary lip nose repair with no additional incisions and operative time for patients with unilateral complete CL/P.

  1. Right Ventricular Myocardial Tissue Velocities, Myocardial Performance Index, and Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion in Totally Corrected Tetralogy of Fallot Patients

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    Asadolah Tanasan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Longer survival after the total repair of the Tetralogy of Fallot increases the importance of late complications such as right ventricular dysfunction. This is a prospective study of the right ventricular function in totally corrected Tetralogy of Fallot patients versus healthy children.Methods: Thirty-two healthy children were prospectively compared with 30 totally corrected Tetralogy of Fallot patients. Right ventricular myocardial tissue velocities, right ventricular myocardial performance index, and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion were investigated as well as the presence and severity of pulmonary regurgitation.Results: The two groups were age-and sex-matched. Mean systolic peak velocity (Sa and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion were significantly decreased, while myocardial performance index and early to late diastolic velocity (Ea/Aa were significantly increased in the Tetralogy of Fallot patients. Early diastolic velocity (Ea showed no significant difference between the two groups. Sa correlated significantly with tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion in both the normal children and totally corrected Tetralogy of Fallot patients. Myocardial performance index was significantly higher in the patients with moderate to severe pulmonary regurgitation than in those with mild regurgitation. However, there was no significant correlation between this index and right ventricular myocardial tissue velocities.Conclusion: In this study, systolic right ventricular function indices (Sa and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion were impaired in the totally corrected Tetralogy of Fallot patients. Myocardial performance index was affected by the severity of pulmonary regurgitation.

  2. Early Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Anterior Longitudinal Ligament Release for Correction of Sagittal Imbalance in Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity

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    Armen R. Deukmedjian

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The object of this study was to evaluate a novel surgical technique in the treatment of adult degenerative scoliosis and present our early experience with the minimally invasive lateral approach for anterior longitudinal ligament release to provide lumbar lordosis and examine its impact on sagittal balance. Methods. All patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD treated with the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas interbody fusion (MIS LIF for release of the anterior longitudinal ligament were examined. Patient demographics, clinical data, spinopelvic parameters, and outcome measures were recorded. Results. Seven patients underwent release of the anterior longitudinal ligament (ALR to improve sagittal imbalance. All cases were split into anterior and posterior stages, with mean estimated blood loss of 125 cc and 530 cc, respectively. Average hospital stay was 8.3 days, and mean follow-up time was 9.1 months. Comparing pre- and postoperative 36′′ standing X-rays, the authors discovered a mean increase in global lumbar lordosis of 24 degrees, increase in segmental lumbar lordosis of 17 degrees per level of ALL released, decrease in pelvic tilt of 7 degrees, and decrease in sagittal vertical axis of 4.9 cm. At the last followup, there was a mean improvement in VAS and ODI scores of 26.2% and 18.3%. Conclusions. In the authors’ early experience, release of the anterior longitudinal ligament using the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach may be a feasible alternative in correcting sagittal deformity.

  3. Use of sodium-chloride difference and corrected anion gap as surrogates of Stewart variables in critically ill patients.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: To investigate whether the difference between sodium and chloride ([Na(+] - [Cl(-] and anion gap corrected for albumin and lactate (AG(corr could be used as apparent strong ion difference (SID(app and strong ion gap (SIG surrogates (respectively in critically ill patients. METHODS: A total of 341 patients were prospectively observed; 161 were allocated to the modeling group, and 180 to the validation group. Simple regression analysis was used to construct a mathematical model between SID(app and [Na(+] - [Cl(-] and between SIG and AG(corr in the modeling group. Area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve was also measured. The mathematical models were tested in the validation group. RESULTS: in the modeling group, SID(app and SIG were well predicted by [Na(+] - [Cl(-] and AG(corr (R(2 = 0.973 and 0.96, respectively. Accuracy values of [Na(+] - [Cl(-] for the identification of SID(app acidosis (47.5 mEq/L were 0.992 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.963-1 and 0.998 (95%CI, 0.972-1, respectively. The accuracy of AG(corr in revealing SIG acidosis (>8 mEq/L was 0.974 (95%CI: 0.936-0.993. These results were validated by showing excellent correlations and good agreements between predicted and measured SID(app and between predicted and measured SIG in the validation group (R(2 = 0.977; bias = 0±1.5 mEq/L and R(2 = 0.96; bias = -0.2±1.8 mEq/L, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: SID(app and SIG can be substituted by [Na(+] - [Cl(-] and by AG(corr respectively in the diagnosis and management of acid-base disorders in critically ill patients.

  4. [Albumin corrected anion gap is an independent risk factor for long-term mortality of patients with sepsis].

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    He, Xiaoli; Liao, Xuelian; Xie, Zhichao; Jiang, Chao; Kang, Yan

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    To explore whether albumin corrected anion gap (ACAG) is associated with long-term mortality of sepsis patients. Adult patients with a diagnosis of sepsis within the first 24 hours (from December 2013 to December 2014) admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) were included via the Sepsis database of West China Hospital Sichuan University. To record their long-term survival, patients were followed up by telephone interview one year after enrollment. ACAG was calculated according to the anion gap (AG) level within the first 24 hours admitted to ICU, and patients were divided into normal ACAG group (ACAG 12-20 mmol/L) and high ACAG group (ACAG > 20 mmol/L), and clinical characteristics and 1-year mortality were compared between groups. Patients were also divided into survivors and non-survivors according to the 1-year survival outcome, and multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted to find independent risk factors for long-term mortality of sepsis patients. A total of 296 sepsis patients were enrolled in the study, with 191 (64.5%) in the high ACAG group and 105 (35.5%) in the normal ACAG group. There were no significant differences in age, gender, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II), sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA), Charlson cormobidity index (CCI) and other background variables between groups. Compared with the normal ACAG group, patients who suffered from multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in the high ACAG group were more prone to develop renal and gastrointestinal injury (43.5% vs. 25.7%, 52.9% vs. 33.3%, respectively), had significantly higher serum creatinine [SCr (μmol/L): 89.0 (61.0, 148.0) vs. 67.1 (48.0, 86.0)], greater need for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT, 16.8% vs. 6.7%), and significantly shorter length of ICU stay and hospital stay [days: 11 (5, 22) vs. 16 (18, 31), 21 (14, 39) vs. 28 (20, 47)], with statistically significant differences (all P year cumulative survival for the

  5. 76 FR 76573 - Medical Loss Ratio Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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    ... Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Final Rule #0;#0;Federal Register / Vol. 76... Affordable Care Act AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Final rule with... period. I. Background The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) was enacted...

  6. Posterior Correction Without Rib-head Resection for Patients With Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Dystrophic Scoliosis, and Rib-head Protrusion Into the Spinal Canal.

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    Cai, Siyi; Zhang, Jianguo; Shen, Jianxiong; Zhao, Hong; Weng, Xisheng; Qiu, Guixing

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    A retrospective study. The objective of this study is to report the result of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1(NF-1), dystrophic scoliosis, and rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal who received posterior scoliosis correction surgery without rib-head resection. A total of 124 patients with NF-1 and dystrophic scoliosis were treated at our institution during the study period. Eight patients with a median age of 12 years had rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal and received surgery and were included in the analysis. All 8 patients (6 male, 2 female) were treated from 2003 to 2013 and received posterior correction with a pedicle screw-rod 3-dimensional correction system or screw-hook hybrid system. Scoliosis correction rate and percentage of spinal canal occupied by the rib head were analyzed. The median patient age, number of segments fused, and follow-up duration were 12 years, 10.5, and 22.5 months, respectively. There were no surgery-related complications, and symptoms in all patients improved after surgery. The median postoperative and 1-year follow-up sagittal kyphotic angles were significantly smaller as compared with the preoperative value (28.5 and 31 vs. 62.5 degrees, P=0.012). The median postoperative coronal Cobb angle of the main thoracic curve was significantly smaller compared with the preoperative value (29 vs. 64.5 degrees, P=0.012). The median percentage of the spinal canal occupied by the intraspinal rib was significantly lower at 1-year follow-up compared with the preoperative value (23.1% vs. 28.6%, P=0.018). Posterior correction without rib-head excision can provide good outcomes for patients with NF-1 and dystrophic scoliosis and rib-head protrusion into the spinal canal.

  7. Monte Carlo evaluation of tissue heterogeneities corrections in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients using stereotactic radiotherapy.

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    Pokhrel, Damodar; McClinton, Christopher; Sood, Sumit; Badkul, Rajeev; Saleh, Habeeb; Jiang, Hongyu; Lominska, Christopher

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to generate Monte Carlo computed dose distributions with the X-ray voxel Monte Carlo (XVMC) algorithm in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients using stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) and compare to heterogeneity corrected pencil-beam (PB-hete) algorithm. This study includes 10 head and neck cancer patients who underwent SRT re-irradiation using heterogeneity corrected pencil-beam (PB-hete) algorithm for dose calculation. Prescription dose was 24-40 Gy in 3-5 fractions (treated 3-5 fractions per week) with at least 95% of the PTV volume receiving 100% of the prescription dose. A stereotactic head and neck localization box was attached to the base of the thermoplastic mask fixation for target localization. The gross tumor volume (GTV) and organs-at-risk (OARs) were contoured on the 3D CT images. The planning target volume (PTV) was generated from the GTV with 0 to 5 mm uniform expansion; PTV ranged from 10.2 to 64.3 cc (average=35.0±17.5 cc). OARs were contoured on the 3D planning CT and consisted of spinal cord, brainstem, optic structures, parotids, and skin. In the BrainLab treatment planning system (TPS), clinically optimal SRT plans were generated using hybrid planning technique (combination of 3D conformal noncoplanar arcs and nonopposing static beams) for the Novalis-Tx linear accelerator consisting of high-definition multileaf collimators (HD-MLCs: 2.5 mm leaf width at isocenter) and 6 MV-SRS (1000 MU/min) beam. For the purposes of this study, treatment plans were recomputed using XVMC algorithm utilizing identical beam geometry, multileaf positions, and monitor units and compared to the corresponding clinical PB-hete plans. The Monte Carlo calculated dose distributions show small decreases (D100 and D10 of the GTV were lower by about 2% and ranged between -0.8 and 3.1%. For the spinal cord, both the maximal dose difference and the dose to 0.35 cc of the structure were higher by an average of 4.2% (ranged 1.2 to -13

  8. Menstrual and reproductive function repair in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity by correcting of glucose intolerance

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of sibutramine on metabolic and hormonal parameters in women with PCOS and obesity. Materials and methods. The study included 53 women aged 18 to 35 years (mean age 31,3 ± 1,1 years with PCOS and obesity. All patients received therapy with sibutramine. The total treatment duration was 6 months. The treatment was evaluated monthly nature of the menstrual cycle, anthropometric parameters (body weight, BMI, ON, ON, ON / OF. The Results. The studies found that after 3 months of treatment with weight loss was 8,1 ± 0,31 kg, after 6 months - 13,1 ± 0,78 kg (p <0,05. Results of the survey of women included in this study strongly support the negative impact of obesity on the functional state of the reproductive system, evidenced by the high incidence of anovulation, rhythm disturbances of menstruation (amenorrhea up to, infertility. Conclusions. The obtained results once again confirm the high efficacy and safety of sibutramine to reduce body mass, suggest correction of metabolic, hormonal disorders and positive impact on women's reproductive health. This allows us to consider the use of sibutramine in women with PCOS and obesity as a way to restore the endocrine function of the reproductive system.

  9. Three-column osteotomy for correction of cervical and cervicothoracic deformities: alignment changes and early complications in a multicenter prospective series of 23 patients.

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    Smith, Justin S; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Lafage, Renaud; Lafage, Virginie; Schwab, Frank J; Kim, Han Jo; Scheer, Justin K; Protopsaltis, Themistocles; Passias, Peter; Mundis, Gregory; Hart, Robert; Neuman, Brian; Klineberg, Eric; Hostin, Richard; Bess, Shay; Deviren, Vedat; Ames, Christopher P

    2017-08-01

    Three-column osteotomy (3CO), including pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) and vertebral column resection (VCR), can provide powerful alignment correction for adult cervical deformity (ACD). Our objective was to assess alignment changes and early complications associated with 3CO for ACD. ACD patients treated with 3CO with minimum 90-day follow-up were identified from a prospectively collected multicenter ACD database. Complications within 90-days of surgery and pre- and postoperative radiographs were collected. All 23 ACD patients treated with 3CO (14 PSO/9 VCR) had minimum 90-day follow-up (mean age 62.3 years, previous cervical/cervicothoracic instrumentation in 52.2% and thoracic/thoracolumbar instrumentation in 47.8%). The primary diagnosis was kyphosis in 91.3% and coronal deformity in 8.7%. The mean number of fusion levels was 12 (range 6-18). The most common 3CO levels were T1 (39.1%), T2 (30.4%) and T3 (21.7%). Eighteen (12 major/6 minor) complications affected 13 (56.5%) patients. The most common complications were neurologic deficit (17.4%), wound infection (8.7%), distal junctional kyphosis (DJK 8.7%), and cardiorespiratory failure (8.7%). Three (13.0%) patients required re-operation within 90-days (1 each for nerve root motor deficit, DJK, and implant pain/prominence). Cervical alignment improved significantly following 3CO, including cervical lordosis (-2.8° to -12.9°, p = 0.036), C2-7 sagittal vertical axis (64.6-42.3 mm, p < 0.001), and T1 slope minus cervical lordosis (46.4°-27.0°, p < 0.001). Among 23 ACD patients treated with 3CO, cervical alignment improved significantly following surgery. Thirteen (56.5%) patients had at least one complication. The most common complications were neurologic deficit, infection, DJK, and cardiorespiratory failure.

  10. Effects of a novel walking training program with postural correction and visual feedback on walking function in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis.

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    Won, Sang Hee; Kim, Jae Cheol; Oh, Duck-Won

    2015-08-01

    [Purpose] This study aimed to elucidate the effects of a novel walking training program with postural correction and visual feedback on walking function in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis. [Subjects] Sixteen subjects were randomly allocated to either the experimental group (EG) or the control group (CG), with eight subjects in each. [Methods] EG and CG subjects performed a 30-min treadmill walking training exercise twice daily for 2 weeks. EG subjects also underwent postural correction using elastic bands and received visual feedback during walking. The 10-m walk test was performed, and gait parameters were measured using a gait analysis system. [Results] All parameters showed significant main effects for the group factor and time-by-group interactions. Significant main effects for the time factor were found in the stride length and stance phase ratios. [Conclusion] The novel walking training program with postural correction and visual feedback may improve walking function in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis.

  11. Narcotic Use and Postoperative Doctor Shopping by Patients with Nephrolithiasis Requiring Operative Intervention: Implications for Patient Safety.

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    Kappa, Stephen F; Green, Elizabeth A; Miller, Nicole L; Herrell, Stanley D; Mitchell, Christopher R; Mir, Hassan R; Resnick, Matthew J

    2016-09-01

    We sought to determine perioperative patterns of narcotic use and the prevalence of postoperative doctor shopping among patients with nephrolithiasis requiring operative management. We retrospectively reviewed the records of consecutive patients residing in Tennessee who required ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy for nephrolithiasis at a single institution from January to December 2013. Using the Tennessee CSMD (Controlled Substances Medication Database) patients were categorized by the number of postoperative narcotic providers. Doctor shopping behavior was identified as any patient seeking more than 1 narcotic provider within 3 months of surgery. Demographic and clinical characteristics associated with doctor shopping behavior were identified. During the study period 200 eligible patients underwent ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy for nephrolithiasis, of whom 48 (24%) were prescribed narcotics by more than 1 provider after surgery. Compared to those receiving narcotics from a single provider, patients with multiple narcotic providers were younger (48.1 vs 54.2 years, p shopping is common among patients with nephrolithiasis who require operative management. Urologists should be aware of available registry data to decrease the likelihood of redundant narcotic prescribing. Copyright © 2016 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Cervical compensatory alignment changes following correction of adult thoracic deformity: a multicenter experience in 57 patients with a 2-year follow-up.

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    Oh, Taemin; Scheer, Justin K; Eastlack, Robert; Smith, Justin S; Lafage, Virginie; Protopsaltis, Themistocles S; Klineberg, Eric; Passias, Peter G; Deviren, Vedat; Hostin, Richard; Gupta, Munish; Bess, Shay; Schwab, Frank; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ames, Christopher P

    2015-06-01

    OBJECT Alignment changes in the cervical spine that occur following surgical correction for thoracic deformity remain poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to evaluate such changes in a cohort of adults with thoracic deformity treated surgically. METHODS The authors conducted a multicenter retrospective analysis of consecutive patients with thoracic deformity. Inclusion criteria for this study were as follows: corrective osteotomy for thoracic deformity, upper-most instrumented vertebra (UIV) between T-1 and T-4, lower-most instrumented vertebra (LIV) at or above L-5 (LIV ≥ L-5) or at the ilium (LIV-ilium), and a minimum radiographic follow-up of 2 years. Sagittal radiographic parameters were assessed preoperatively as well as at 3 months and 2 years postoperatively, including the C-7 sagittal vertical axis (SVA), C2-7 cervical lordosis (CL), C2-7 SVA, T-1 slope (T1S), T1S minus CL (T1S-CL), T2-12 thoracic kyphosis (TK), apical TK, lumbar lordosis (LL), pelvic incidence (PI), PI-LL, pelvic tilt (PT), and sacral slope (SS). RESULTS Fifty-seven patients with a mean age of 49.1 ± 14.6 years met the study inclusion criteria. The preoperative prevalence of increased CL (CL > 15°) was 48.9%. Both 3-month and 2-year apical TK improved from baseline (p 0.05 for both). In a subset of patients with a maximum TK ≥ 60° (35 patients) and 3-column osteotomy (38 patients), no significant postoperative cervical changes were seen. CONCLUSION Increased CL is common in adult spinal deformity patients with thoracic deformities and, unlike after lumbar corrective surgery, does not appear to normalize after thoracic corrective surgery. Cervical sagittal malalignment (C2-7 SVA) also increases postoperatively. Surgeons should be aware that spontaneous cervical alignment normalization might not occur following thoracic deformity correction.

  13. Efficacy,safety and tolerance of continuous erythropoietin receptor activator intravenous administration on anemia correction in dialysis patients with chronic renal anemia

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    钱家麒

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy,safety and toler-ance of continuous erythropoietin receptor activator(CE-RA) once every 2 weeks intravenous injection on anemia correction in dialysis patients compared to Epoetin-β(EPO-β) administration. Methods An open label,

  14. Comparing nutritional requirements, provision and intakes among patients prescribed therapeutic diets in hospital: An observational study.

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    Rattray, Megan; Desbrow, Ben; Roberts, Shelley

    Nutrition is an important part of recovery for hospitalized patients. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritional adequacy of meals provided to and consumed by patients prescribed a therapeutic diet. Patients (N = 110) prescribed a therapeutic diet (texture-modified, low-fiber, oral fluid, or food allergy or intolerance diets) for medical or nutritional reasons were recruited from six wards of a tertiary hospital. Complete (24-h) dietary provisions and intakes were directly observed and analyzed for energy (kJ) and protein (g) content. A chart audit gathered demographic, clinical, and nutrition-related information to calculate each patient's disease-specific estimated energy and protein requirements. Provisions and intake were considered adequate if they met ≥75% of the patient's estimated requirements. Mean energy and protein provided to patients (5844 ± 2319 kJ, 53 ± 30 g) were significantly lower than their mean estimated requirements (8786 ± 1641 kJ, 86 ± 18 g). Consequently, mean nutrition intake (4088 ± 2423 kJ, 37 ± 28 g) were significantly lower than estimated requirements. Only 37% (41) of patients were provided with and 18% (20) consumed adequate nutrition to meet their estimated requirements. No therapeutic diet provided adequate food to meet the energy and protein requirements of all recipients. Patients on oral fluid diets had the highest estimated requirements (9497 ± 1455 kJ, 93 ± 16 g) and the lowest nutrient provision (3497 ± 1388 kJ, 25 ± 19 g) and intake (2156 ± 1394 kJ, 14 ± 14 g). Hospitalized patients prescribed therapeutic diets (particularly fluid-only diets) are at risk for malnutrition. Further research is required to determine the most effective strategies to improve nutritional provision and intake among patients prescribed therapeutic diets. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Genetic correction of β-thalassemia patient-specific iPS cells and its use in improving hemoglobin production in irradiated SCID mice.

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    Wang, Yixuan; Zheng, Chen-Guang; Jiang, Yonghua; Zhang, Jiqin; Chen, Jiayu; Yao, Chao; Zhao, Qingguo; Liu, Sheng; Chen, Ke; Du, Juan; Yang, Ze; Gao, Shaorong

    2012-04-01

    The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from differentiated somatic cells by over-expression of several transcription factors has the potential to cure many genetic and degenerative diseases currently recalcitrant to traditional clinical approaches. One such genetic disease is β-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia). This disease is caused by either a point mutation or the deletion of several nucleotides in the β-globin gene, and it threatens the lives of millions of people in China. In the present study, we successfully generated iPSCs from fibroblasts collected from a 2-year-old patient who was diagnosed with a homozygous 41/42 deletion in his β-globin gene. More importantly, we successfully corrected this genetic mutation in the β-thalassemia iPSCs by homologous recombination. Furthermore, transplantation of the genetically corrected iPSCs-derived hematopoietic progenitors into sub-lethally irradiated immune deficient SCID mice showed improved hemoglobin production compared with the uncorrected iPSCs. Moreover, the generation of human β-globin could be detected in the mice transplanted with corrected iPSCs-derived hematopietic progenitors. Our study provides strong evidence that iPSCs generated from a patient with a genetic disease can be corrected by homologous recombination and that the corrected iPSCs have potential clinical uses.

  16. Genetic correction of β-thalassemia patient-specific iPS cells and its use in improving hemoglobin production in irradiated SCID mice

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    Yixuan Wang; Juan Du; Ze Yang; Shaorong Gao; Chen-Guang Zheng; Yonghua Jiang; Jiqin Zhang; Jiayu Chen; Chao Yao; Qingguo Zhao; Sheng Liu; Ke Chen

    2012-01-01

    The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from differentiated somatic cells by over-expression of several transcription factors has the potential to cure many genetic and degenerative diseases currently recalcitrant to traditional clinical approaches.One such genetic disease is β-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia).This disease is caused by either a point mutation or the deletion of several nucleotides in the β-globin gene,and it threatens the lives of millions of people in China.In the present study,we successfully generated iPSCs from fibroblasts collected from a 2-year-old patient who was diagnosed with a homozygous 41/42 deletion in his β-globin gene.More importantly,we successfully corrected this genetic mutation in the β-thalassemia iPSCs by homologous recombination.Furthermore,transplantation of the genetically corrected iPSCs-derived hematopoietic progenitors into sub-lethally irradiated immune deficient SCID mice showed improved hemoglobin production compared with the uncorrected iPSCs.Moreover,the generation of human β-globin could be detected in the mice transplanted with corrected iPSCs-derived hematopietic progenitors.Our study provides strong evidence that iPSCs generated from a patient with a genetic disease can be corrected by homologous recombination and that the corrected iPSCs have potential clinical uses.

  17. SU-E-T-619: Planning 131I Thyroid Treatments for Patients Requiring Hemodialysis

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    Stroud, D [Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Ca, CA (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Treatment of 131I thyroid cancer patients who also require regular hemodialysis (HD) treatments requires consideration of the administered activity and the HD schedule. In this work the red bone marrow is considered the dose limiting organ and the treatment plan optimized the HD schedule with the amount of radioactivity administered. Methods: The ‘Safe’ dose was considered to be 2 Gy (200 rad) to the red bone marrow.1 131Iodine doses of 50 mCi to 100 mCi were modeled and found to require a range of HD schedules. In order to achieve the safe dose to the red marrow, more aggressive HD schedules are required. 100 mCi required an aggressive HD treatment of every 24 hours for at least one week to achieve the ‘safe’ dose and an exposure appropriate for release from the hospital. A more normal schedule of HD beginning at 18 hours then every 48 hours allowed for up to 60 mCi administered dose allowed for a safe dose and expected release after less than one week.2In addition room was equipped with video cameras cameras for monitoring the patient and their vital signs from an adjacent room during HD. In this way the dialysis nurses were able to monitor the patient closely from an adjoining room. Results: Two HD patients were administered adjusted doses of about 50 mCi. The medical and nursing staff were exposed to no more than 4 mR for the entire treatment. The residual Iodine in the patient appeared to be normal after 4 to 6 days when the patient was released. Conclusion: With careful treatment planning 131Iodine treatments can be performed safely for patients needing HD and treatments appear to be as effective as those for patients with normal renal function.

  18. Enhancing requirements engineering for patient registry software systems with evidence-based components.

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    Lindoerfer, Doris; Mansmann, Ulrich

    2017-07-01

    Patient registries are instrumental for medical research. Often their structures are complex and their implementations use composite software systems to meet the wide spectrum of challenges. Commercial and open-source systems are available for registry implementation, but many research groups develop their own systems. Methodological approaches in the selection of software as well as the construction of proprietary systems are needed. We propose an evidence-based checklist, summarizing essential items for patient registry software systems (CIPROS), to accelerate the requirements engineering process. Requirements engineering activities for software systems follow traditional software requirements elicitation methods, general software requirements specification (SRS) templates, and standards. We performed a multistep procedure to develop a specific evidence-based CIPROS checklist: (1) A systematic literature review to build a comprehensive collection of technical concepts, (2) a qualitative content analysis to define a catalogue of relevant criteria, and (3) a checklist to construct a minimal appraisal standard. CIPROS is based on 64 publications and covers twelve sections with a total of 72 items. CIPROS also defines software requirements. Comparing CIPROS with traditional software requirements elicitation methods, SRS templates and standards show a broad consensus but differences in issues regarding registry-specific aspects. Using an evidence-based approach to requirements engineering for registry software adds aspects to the traditional methods and accelerates the software engineering process for registry software. The method we used to construct CIPROS serves as a potential template for creating evidence-based checklists in other fields. The CIPROS list supports developers in assessing requirements for existing systems and formulating requirements for their own systems, while strengthening the reporting of patient registry software system descriptions. It may be

  19. Organ preservation with neoadjuvant chemoradiation in patients with orbit invasive sinonasal cancer otherwise requiring extenteration

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    Amsbaugh, Mark J.; Yusuf, Mehran; Silverman, Craig; Bumpous, Jeffery; Perez, Cesar A.; Potts, Keven; Tennant, Paul; Redman, Rebecca; Dunlap, Neal [University of Louisville, Louisville (United States)

    2016-09-15

    We sought to determine if organ preservation (OP) with neoadjuvant chemoradiation (CRT) was feasible in patients with sinonasal cancer determined to require exenteration. Twenty patients were determined to require exenteration for definitive treatment from 2005 to 2014. Fourteen patients underwent OP and 6 patients received exenteration with adjuvant CRT. Exenteration free survival (EFS), locoregional control (LRC), progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS) were estimated. Five patients (36%) receiving OP had complete disease response at time of surgery. With a median follow-up of 18.8 months, EFS was 62% at 2 years for patients undergoing OP. At 2 years, there were no significant differences in LRC, PFS or OS (all all p > 0.050) between the groups. Less grade 3 or greater toxicity was seen in patients undergoing OP (p = 0.003). Visual function was preserved in all patients undergoing OP. For patients with sinonasal cancer, OP may avoid exenteration, offering similar disease control and improved toxicity.

  20. Optimized statistical parametric mapping for partial-volume-corrected amyloid positron emission tomography in patients with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia

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    Oh, Jungsu S.; Kim, Jae Seung; Chae, Sun Young; Oh, Minyoung; Oh, Seung Jun; Cha, Seung Nam; Chang, Ho-Jong; Lee, Chong Sik; Lee, Jae Hong

    2017-03-01

    We present an optimized voxelwise statistical parametric mapping (SPM) of partial-volume (PV)-corrected positron emission tomography (PET) of 11C Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB), incorporating the anatomical precision of magnetic resonance image (MRI) and amyloid β (A β) burden-specificity of PiB PET. First, we applied region-based partial-volume correction (PVC), termed the geometric transfer matrix (GTM) method, to PiB PET, creating MRI-based lobar parcels filled with mean PiB uptakes. Then, we conducted a voxelwise PVC by multiplying the original PET by the ratio of a GTM-based PV-corrected PET to a 6-mm-smoothed PV-corrected PET. Finally, we conducted spatial normalizations of the PV-corrected PETs onto the study-specific template. As such, we increased the accuracy of the SPM normalization and the tissue specificity of SPM results. Moreover, lobar smoothing (instead of whole-brain smoothing) was applied to increase the signal-to-noise ratio in the image without degrading the tissue specificity. Thereby, we could optimize a voxelwise group comparison between subjects with high and normal A β burdens (from 10 patients with Alzheimer's disease, 30 patients with Lewy body dementia, and 9 normal controls). Our SPM framework outperformed than the conventional one in terms of the accuracy of the spatial normalization (85% of maximum likelihood tissue classification volume) and the tissue specificity (larger gray matter, and smaller cerebrospinal fluid volume fraction from the SPM results). Our SPM framework optimized the SPM of a PV-corrected A β PET in terms of anatomical precision, normalization accuracy, and tissue specificity, resulting in better detection and localization of A β burdens in patients with Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia.

  1. Risk factors for drainage-requiring ascites after refractory peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients.

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    Lee, Cheng-Chia; Tu, Kun-Hua; Chen, Hsiao-Hui; Chang, Ming-Yang; Hung, Cheng-Chieh

    2016-10-01

    Refractory peritonitis remains a thorny issue for patients with chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD). Shortly after catheter removal, some patients develop persistent peritoneal inflammation and ascites formation, which require percutaneous drainage for symptom relief. Our study aimed at finding the risk factors for this kind of event. A total of 47 PD patients complicated with refractory peritonitis who underwent catheter removal between January 2009 and December 2011 were enrolled in this study. Data were compared between patients with and without the development of symptomatic ascites requiring drainage during hospitalization. Among the 47 refractory peritonitis patients, 15 patients developed symptomatic ascites that needed further drainage shortly after catheter removal during hospitalization. The following factors were associated with an increased risk: longer dialysis duration, higher peritoneal Kt/V urea, and a significant rise in serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level after catheter removal. These patients had a prolonged hospital stay (62 vs 21 days, P peritonitis experienced ascites requiring drainage shortly after catheter removal, which led to a prolonged hospitalization. Whether routine drain placement at the time of catheter removal for this high-risk group would be of benefit warrants further prospective studies.

  2. Patient-specific scatter correction in clinical cone beam computed tomography imaging made possible by the combination of Monte Carlo simulations and a ray tracing algorithm

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    Slot Thing, Rune; Bernchou, Uffe; Mainegra-Hing, Ernesto;

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Purpose. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) image quality is limited by scattered photons. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations provide the ability of predicting the patient-specific scatter contamination in clinical CBCT imaging. Lengthy simulations prevent MC-based scatter correction from...... and pelvis scan were simulated within 2% statistical uncertainty in two hours per scan. Within the same time, the ray tracing algorithm provided the primary signal for each of the projections. Thus, all the data needed for MC-based scatter correction in clinical CBCT imaging was obtained within two hours per...

  3. [Corrective effects of electromagnetic radiation in a millimeter wavelength range on the parameters of oxidative stress after standard anti-helicobacterial therapy in patients with ulcer disease].

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    Ivanishkina, E V; Podoprigorova, V G

    2012-01-01

    We assessed the possibilities of correction of oxidative stress parameters in the serum and gastroduodenal mucosa using electromagnetic radiation in a millimeter wavelength range in 127 patients with gastric and duodenal ulcer after eradication therapy. Control group included 230 healthy subjects. Parameter of lipid oxidation by free radicals were measured by direct methods (hemiluminescence and EPR-spectroscopy). The results show that standard eradication therapy does not influence parameters of oxidative stress. More pronounced effect of electromagnetic radiation in a millimeter wavelength range may be due to the correction of prooxidant-antioxidant and antioxidant disbalance. This observation provides pathogenetic substantiation for the inclusion of this physical method in modern therapeutic modalities.

  4. Serum concentration of amino-terminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP) as a prognostic marker for skin fibrosis after scar correction in burned patients.

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    Ulrich, Dietmar; Noah, Ernst-Magnus; Burchardt, Elmar Reinhardt; Atkins, Derek; Pallua, Norbert

    2002-12-01

    The amino-terminal propeptide of procollagen type III (PIIINP) has been proposed as a marker for fibrogenesis in patients with different fibroproliferative disorders, e.g. liver and lung fibrosis. In this study, serum concentrations of PIIINP were measured by ELISA as a marker for excessive cicatrization in burned patients before and after scar correction. All patients were followed 6 months to determine a new fibrotic reaction during the wound healing process using the Burn Scar Index and to correlate pre- and post-operative concentrations of PIIINP in their sera with the risk to develop a new severe tissue fibrosis leading to pathological scar formation. Furthermore, PIIINP was determined in the excised scar tissue by immunohistochemistry. The study included 38 patients. Nineteen patients (8 female, 11 male, average age 48.3+/-18.9 years) had hypertrophic scars after major burn injury (TBSA, 21+/-12%; Burn Scar Index, 10.4+/-3.7 points) and underwent scar correction. Nineteen patients (12 female, 7 male, average age 42.3+/-25.5 years) who underwent elective plastic-surgical operations served as the control group. Blood samples were drawn immediately before operation, at the 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 14th post-operative days, as well as 1st, 3rd, and 6th months after operation.Pre-operatively, PIIINP was significantly elevated (P<0.05) in burned patients who underwent scar correction. There was a significant increase (P<0.05) of PIIINP in burned patients from 9.8+/-3.7ng/ml pre-operatively to 13.9+/-4.2ng/ml at the 7th post-operation day. Up to 3 months after operation, the 6 months after scar correction concentration remained at a significantly elevated level compared to pre-operative values. The burned patients had a Burn Scar Index of 7.8+/-3.6 points. Pre-operative PIIINP serum concentrations correlated with the Burn Scar Index (r(2)=0.7 and 0.68; P<0.05). Scar tissue stained intensively positive for PIIINP. There was a significant correlation between pre

  5. Prevalence of cardiac dysfunction and abnormalities in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis requiring surgery.

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    Liu, Limin; Xiu, Peng; Li, Qian; Song, Yueming; Chen, Rigao; Zhou, Chunguang

    2010-12-01

    The prevalence of cardiac abnormalities in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in an Asian population has not been reported. A retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the incidence of cardiac abnormalities in these patients. From January 2007 to April 2009, echocardiography and pulmonary function tests were performed in 80 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients who required surgical intervention. A thorough analysis of cardiopulmonary functions and cardiac structures was performed. The risk factors, types of cardiac abnormalities, and associations between severity of scoliosis or pulmonary function and cardiac abnormalities were assessed. Cardiac abnormalities were detected by echocardiogram in 25 patients, including 14 with structural abnormalities and 11 with functional abnormalities. The most common functional abnormality was tricuspid regurgitation (9 of 80; 11.3%), whereas atrial septal defect was the most common structural abnormality (7 of 80). Altered hemodynamics occurred in 5 patients, including 3 with ventricular septal defect and 2 with mitral valve dysplasia. Abnormal electrocardiographic findings presented in only 9 of the 25 patients with cardiac abnormalities. No significant associations were found between severity of scoliosis or pulmonary function and cardiac abnormalities. A high incidence of cardiac abnormality exists in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in this region. Although most patients tolerated surgery, some patients were at risk of decompensation postoperatively. Electrocardiography is of limited value for detecting cardiac problems in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, we recommend echocardiography as a routine modality in the preoperative evaluation of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

  6. A comparison of adherence to correctly documented triage level of critically ill patients between emergency department and the ambulance service nurses.

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    Jönsson, Kenneth; Fridlund, Bengt

    2013-07-01

    Priority or triage has always occurred in emergency care. Today it is performed by both nurses in emergency departments (EDs) and ambulance services (ASs) to ensure patient safety. Recent studies have shown that nurses are unlikely to change their first impressions and patients suffering from blunt trauma are undertriaged. Our study aimed to compare and evaluate the adherence to correct triage level documentation, between nurses in the ED and the AS, according to current regulations. Of 592 analysed triage records from a university, a central and a district hospital, the adherence was 64% by ED nurses and 43% by AS nurses (pnurses do not adhere to the triage system and do not correctly document the triage level. Internal feedback and control are two approaches to improve the patient outcome, indicating that organisational actions must be taken.

  7. Water equivalent path length calculations using scatter-corrected head and neck CBCT images to evaluate patients for adaptive proton therapy

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    Kim, Jihun; Park, Yang-Kyun; Sharp, Gregory; Busse, Paul; Winey, Brian

    2017-01-01

    Proton therapy has dosimetric advantages due to the well-defined range of the proton beam over photon radiotherapy. When the proton beams, however, are delivered to the patient in fractionated radiation treatment, the treatment outcome is affected by delivery uncertainties such as anatomic change in the patient and daily patient setup error. This study aims at establishing a method to evaluate the dosimetric impact of the anatomic change and patient setup error during head and neck proton therapy. Range variations due to the delivery uncertainties were assessed by calculating water equivalent path length (WEPL) to the distal edge of tumor volume using planning CT and weekly treatment cone-beam CT (CBCT) images. Specifically, mean difference and root mean squared deviation (RMSD) of the distal WEPLs were calculated as the weekly range variations. To accurately calculate the distal WEPLs, an existing CBCT scatter correction algorithm was used. An automatic rigid registration was used to align the planning CT and treatment CBCT images, simulating a six degree-of-freedom couch correction at treatments. The authors conclude that the dosimetric impact of the anatomic change and patient setup error was reasonably captured in the differences of the distal WEPL variation with a range calculation uncertainty of 2%. The proposed method to calculate the distal WEPL using the scatter-corrected CBCT images can be an essential tool to decide the necessity of re-planning in adaptive proton therapy.

  8. Low-dose insulin infusions in diabetic patients with high insulin requirements.

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    Dandona, P; Foster, M; Healey, F; Greenbury, E; Beckett, A G

    1978-08-01

    Six patients with high insulin requirements (range 120-3000 units daily) have been infused with much smaller doses (range 50-63 units daily) of insulin intravenously. All six maintained adequate glucose homoestasis on this regimen. It is suggested that subcutaneous tissue at the site of injection may alter insulin or impair its absorption. Insulin resistance in some patients may be due to these mechanisms.

  9. A randomised open-label cross-over study of inhaler errors, preference and time to achieve correct inhaler use in patients with COPD or asthma: comparison of ELLIPTA with other inhaler devices.

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    van der Palen, Job; Thomas, Mike; Chrystyn, Henry; Sharma, Raj K; van der Valk, Paul Dlpm; Goosens, Martijn; Wilkinson, Tom; Stonham, Carol; Chauhan, Anoop J; Imber, Varsha; Zhu, Chang-Qing; Svedsater, Henrik; Barnes, Neil C

    2016-11-24

    Errors in the use of different inhalers were investigated in patients naive to the devices under investigation in a multicentre, single-visit, randomised, open-label, cross-over study. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma were assigned to ELLIPTA vs DISKUS (Accuhaler), metered-dose inhaler (MDI) or Turbuhaler. Patients with COPD were also assigned to ELLIPTA vs Handihaler or Breezhaler. Patients demonstrated inhaler use after reading the patient information leaflet (PIL). A trained investigator assessed critical errors (i.e., those likely to result in the inhalation of significantly reduced, minimal or no medication). If the patient made errors, the investigator demonstrated the correct use of the inhaler, and the patient demonstrated inhaler use again. Fewer COPD patients made critical errors with ELLIPTA after reading the PIL vs: DISKUS, 9/171 (5%) vs 75/171 (44%); MDI, 10/80 (13%) vs 48/80 (60%); Turbuhaler, 8/100 (8%) vs 44/100 (44%); Handihaler, 17/118 (14%) vs 57/118 (48%); Breezhaler, 13/98 (13%) vs 45/98 (46%; all PELLIPTA and did not require investigator instruction. Instruction was required for DISKUS (65%), MDI (85%), Turbuhaler (71%), Handihaler (62%) and Breezhaler (56%). Fewer asthma patients made critical errors with ELLIPTA after reading the PIL vs: DISKUS (3/70 (4%) vs 9/70 (13%), P=0.221); MDI (2/32 (6%) vs 8/32 (25%), P=0.074) and significantly fewer vs Turbuhaler (3/60 (5%) vs 20/60 (33%), PELLIPTA over the other devices (all P⩽0.002). Significantly, fewer COPD patients using ELLIPTA made critical errors after reading the PIL vs other inhalers. More asthma and COPD patients preferred ELLIPTA over comparator inhalers.

  10. Clinical approach to the patient with diabetes mellitus and very high insulin requirements.

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    Ovalle, F

    2010-12-01

    A number of patients with diabetes require very high (> 2 Ukg⁻¹ day⁻¹), or extremely high (> 3 Ukg⁻¹ day⁻¹), insulin doses for the management of their hyperglycemia. Unfortunately, many of the physicians who treat these patients limit themselves to prescribing ever higher doses of insulin, without questioning why. Furthermore, when the insulin requirements get to be extreme, demanding an explanation, clinicians are frequently lost in a sea of literature where there is not a single paper dealing with this problem systematically. A systematic approach to the evaluation of these patients is necessary to facilitate an appropriate diagnosis, select the most reasonable therapy, and hopefully improve the long-term outcome of these patients. This manuscript intends to provide the clinician with a review of the literature pertinent for the differential diagnosis, work-up, and management of these patients. We will review the definitions of insulin sensitivity during normality, the various degrees or categories of insulin resistance, and the expected insulin requirements during each of these states. Subsequently, we propose a simple alphabetic mnemonic approach to help remember the differential diagnosis, and a clinical algorithm to help guide the work-up of these patients. Lastly, we briefly discuss general management considerations in these conditions.

  11. Monte Carlo evaluation of tissue heterogeneities corrections in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients using stereotactic radiotherapy.

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    Pokhrel, Damodar; McClinton, Christopher; Sood, Sumit; Badkul, Rajeev; Saleh, Habeeb; Jiang, Hongyu; Lominska, Christopher

    2016-03-08

    The purpose of this study was to generate Monte Carlo computed dose distributions with the X-ray voxel Monte Carlo (XVMC) algorithm in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients using stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) and compare to heterogeneity corrected pencil-beam (PB-hete) algorithm. This study includes 10 head and neck cancer patients who underwent SRT re-irradiation using heterogeneity corrected pencil-beam (PB-hete) algorithm for dose calculation. Prescription dose was 24-40 Gy in 3-5 fractions (treated 3-5 fractions per week) with at least 95% of the PTV volume receiving 100% of the prescription dose. A stereotactic head and neck localization box was attached to the base of the thermoplastic mask fixation for target localization. The gross tumor volume (GTV) and organs-at-risk (OARs) were contoured on the 3D CT images. The planning target volume (PTV) was generated from the GTV with 0 to 5 mm uniform expansion; PTV ranged from 10.2 to 64.3 cc (average = 35.0±17.5 cc). OARs were contoured on the 3D planning CT and consisted of spinal cord, brainstem, optic structures, parotids, and skin. In the BrainLab treatment planning system (TPS), clinically optimal SRT plans were generated using hybrid planning technique (combination of 3D conformal nonco-planar arcs and nonopposing static beams) for the Novalis-Tx linear accelerator consisting of high-definition multileaf collimators (HD-MLCs: 2.5 mm leaf width at isocenter) and 6 MV-SRS (1000 MU/min) beam. For the purposes of this study, treatment plans were recomputed using XVMC algorithm utilizing identical beam geometry, multileaf positions, and monitor units and compared to the corresponding clinical PB-hete plans. The Monte Carlo calculated dose distributions show small decreases (< 1.5%) in calculated dose for D99, Dmean, and Dmax of the PTV coverage between the two algorithms. However, the average target volume encompassed by the prescribed percent dose (Vp) was about 2.5% less with XVMC vs. PB-hete and

  12. Assessment of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular risk in patients with osteoarthritis who require NSAIDs: the LOGICA study.

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    Lanas, Angel; Tornero, Jesús; Zamorano, José Luis

    2010-08-01

    Medical management of adults with osteoarthritis (OA) who require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) must be decided after assessing prevalent gastrointestinal (GI) and cardiovascular (CV) risks in the individual patient. To evaluate the GI and CV risk profile of patients with OA who require NSAIDs. A transversal, multicentre and observational study was conducted in consecutive patients with OA who were considered candidates for NSAID treatment and were visited by 374 unselected rheumatologists throughout the National Health System. Patients were classified into three risk groups (low, moderate and high) for their GI and CV characteristics. These were defined by considering the presence of a number of well-established GI risk factors or by application of the Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation model for assessing the overall risk for CV disease, respectively. Of 3293 consecutive patients, most (86.6%) were at increased GI risk and a considerable number, 22.3%, were at high GI risk. The CV risk was high in 44.2% of patients, moderate in 28.5% and low in 27.3%. Overall, 15.5% of patients presented a very high-risk profile, having high GI and CV risks. The type of NSAID prescription was similar regardless of the associated GI and CV risk profile. Most patients with OA requiring NSAIDs for pain control showed a high prevalence of GI and CV risk factors. Over half of the patients were at either high GI or CV risk, or both, such that the prescription of OA treatments should be very carefully considered.

  13. A Prognostic Model for One-year Mortality in Patients Requiring Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

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    Carson, Shannon S.; Garrett, Joanne; Hanson, Laura C.; Lanier, Joyce; Govert, Joe; Brake, Mary C.; Landucci, Dante L.; Cox, Christopher E.; Carey, Timothy S.

    2009-01-01

    Objective A measure that identifies patients who are at high risk of mortality after prolonged ventilation will help physicians communicate prognosis to patients or surrogate decision-makers. Our objective was to develop and validate a prognostic model for 1-year mortality in patients ventilated for 21 days or more. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting University-based tertiary care hospital Patients 300 consecutive medical, surgical, and trauma patients requiring mechanical ventilation for at least 21 days were prospectively enrolled. Measurements and Main Results Predictive variables were measured on day 21 of ventilation for the first 200 patients and entered into logistic regression models with 1-year and 3-month mortality as outcomes. Final models were validated using data from 100 subsequent patients. One-year mortality was 51% in the development set and 58% in the validation set. Independent predictors of mortality included requirement for vasopressors, hemodialysis, platelet count ≤150 ×109/L, and age ≥50. Areas under the ROC curve for the development model and validation model were 0.82 (se 0.03) and 0.82 (se 0.05) respectively. The model had sensitivity of 0.42 (se 0.12) and specificity of 0.99 (se 0.01) for identifying patients who had ≥90% risk of death at 1 year. Observed mortality was highly consistent with both 3- and 12-month predicted mortality. These four predictive variables can be used in a simple prognostic score that clearly identifies low risk patients (no risk factors, 15% mortality) and high risk patients (3 or 4 risk factors, 97% mortality). Conclusions Simple clinical variables measured on day 21 of mechanical ventilation can identify patients at highest and lowest risk of death from prolonged ventilation. PMID:18552692

  14. Correction factors for estimating potassium concentrations in samples with in vitro hemolysis: a detriment to patient safety.

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    Mansour, Mai M H; Azzazy, Hassan M E; Kazmierczak, Steven C

    2009-06-01

    Correction factors have been proposed for estimating true potassium concentrations in blood samples with evidence of in vitro hemolysis. We used 2 different models of true (ie, nonsimulated) in vitro hemolysis to evaluate the clinical utility of correction factors for estimating potassium concentrations in samples with evidence of in vitro hemolysis. Potassium correction factors were derived using 2 different models. In model 1, potassium and plasma hemoglobin were measured with the Hitachi 747 analyzer in 132 paired blood samples, with each pair consisting of 1 sample with evidence of hemolysis and 1 without, collected during the same phlebotomy procedure. The change in measured potassium concentration was plotted versus the change in plasma hemoglobin concentration for each pair of samples. In model 2, the potassium levels of 142 784 blood samples and the corresponding hemolytic index values were measured with the Beckman LX20 analyzer. Potassium concentrations at the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles were calculated for each hemolysis index category. From our 2 models, we derived correction factors expressing an increase in potassium concentration of 0.51 and 0.40 mEq/L for every increase in plasma hemoglobin concentration of 0.1 g/dL. These correction factors are much higher than those reported in studies that simulated in vitro hemolysis by freeze-thaw lysis or osmotic disruption of whole blood. Use of correction factors for estimating the true potassium concentration in samples with evidence of in vitro hemolysis is not recommended. Derivation of correction factors by using samples with nonsimulated in vitro hemolysis suggests that the actual increase in potassium in hemolyzed samples is much higher than that reported in previous studies that produced hemolysis with artificial means.

  15. Effect of protein-energy malnutrition on erythropoietin requirement in maintenance hemodialysis patients.

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    Akgul, Arzu; Bilgic, Ayse; Sezer, Siren; Ozdemir, Fatma Nurhan; Olcay, Irem; Arat, Zubeyde; Haberal, Mehmet

    2007-04-01

    Possible interactions between inflammatory and nutritional markers and their impact on recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) hyporesponsiveness are not well understood. We investigated the role of nutritional status in rHuEPO requirement in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients without evidence of inflammation. This cross-sectional study included 88 MHD patients. The associations between required rHuEPO dose and malnutrition-inflammation score (MIS) and several laboratory values known to be related to nutrition and/or inflammation were analyzed. Anthropometric measures including body mass index, triceps skinfold thickness, and midarm circumferences were also measured. Twenty-three patients with serum C-reactive protein levels >10 mg/L were excluded from the analysis. The remaining 65 patients (male/female, 41/24; age 49.1+/-11.4 years; dialysis duration 99.7+/-63.0 months) were studied. These patients had moderate malnutrition and the average MIS was 7.4 (range 3-17). The average weekly dose of administered rHuEPO was 69.1+/-63.1 U/kg. Malnutrition-inflammation score had a positive correlation with the serum concentration of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, whereas it had a negative correlation with anthropometric measures, total iron-binding capacity, prealbumin, phosphorus, creatinine, and triglyceride. According to Pearson's correlation analysis, significant relationships of increased MIS with increased required rHuEPO dose and rHuEPO responsiveness index (EPO divided by hematocrit) were observed (p=0.008, r=-0.326; p=0.017, r=-0.306, respectively). Recombinant human erythropoietin dose requirement is correlated with MIS and adverse nutritional status in MHD patients without evidence of inflammation. Further research should focus on reversing the undergoing microinflammation for a better outcome in dialysis patients.

  16. Patients with hematological disorders requiring admission to medical intensive care unit: Characteristics, survival and prognostic factors

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    Subhash H

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: This retrospective chart review assessed the characteristics and outcome of patients with hematological disorders who required admission to medical intensive care unit over a 4 year period (January 1998 to December 2001. Results: There were a total of 104 patients, 67 (64% male, 37 (36% female subjects, with a mean age of 36.3 ± 15.3 years (range 10 to 65 years. The mean duration from hospital admission to ICU transfer was 11 days. Sixty-nine (66% had malignant and 35 (34% had non-malignant conditions. Respiratory distress was the commonest reason for ICU admission 58 (56%. The other indications were hemodynamic instability 38 (36%, low sensorium 22 (21%, following cardio-pulmonary arrest 12 (11.5% and generalized tonic-clonic seizures 5 (5%. Forty-three (42% patients had absolute neutophil count (ANC less than 500, 48 (47.5% had platelet count < 20000. The mean duration of ICU stay was 4 days (range < 24 hours to 28 days. Sixty-nine (66% patients required mechanical ventilation, 61 (59% required hemodynamic support. Pneumonia or sepsis was diagnosed in 71 (68%. Twenty-five (24% survived ICU stay and 20 (19% survived to hospital discharge. ICU admission following cardio-pulmonary arrest, advanced malignancy, requirement of mechanical ventilation, vasopressor support, ANC count < 500 and platelet count < 20000 were the predictors of adverse outcome. Associated organ dysfunction further increases the mortality.

  17. Creation of a certification requirement for pharmacists in direct patient care roles.

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    Hager, David R; Hartkopf, Katherine J; Koth, Sara M; Rough, Steven S

    2017-10-01

    Steps taken by a large health system to require certification for all pharmacists in direct patient care roles are detailed. Major supply chain changes and rising payer expectations are reshaping pharmacy practice, resulting in expanded responsibilities for pharmacists and a heightened need for certification in specialized practice areas. In response, the pharmacy leadership team at UW Health, the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, used an iterative process and a "rolling" FAQ format to develop and implement a certification requirement. Key decisions during the process included decisions to accept only rigorous certifications (mainly those offered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties), to provide institutional support for continuing education-based recertification, and to use an accepted definition of direct patient care in determining which pharmacists need to be certified. The team obtained the support of the UW Health human relations department by drafting a policy and rewriting all pharmacist position descriptions to incorporate the certification requirement. An all-pharmacist forum was held to build staff commitment. As a result of the requirement, 73 pharmacists were required to obtain certification by 2018 at a total cost to UW Health of $44,000; ongoing support of certification maintenance will cost an estimated $40,000 per year. Health systems can be successful in establishing uniform certification expectations for pharmacists in direct patient care roles, even across diverse practice settings, by aligning expectations with organizational goals. Copyright © 2017 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Comparative Analysis of Interval, Skipped, and Key-vertebral Pedicle Screw Strategies for Correction in Patients With Lenke Type 1 Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

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    Wang, Fei; Xu, Xi-Ming; Lu, Yanghu; Wei, Xian-Zhao; Zhu, Xiao-Dong; Li, Ming

    2016-03-01

    Pedicle screw constructs have become the mainstay for surgical correction in patients with spinal deformities. To reduce or avoid the risk of pedicle screw-based complications and to decrease the costs associated with pedicle screw instrumentation, some authors have introduced interval, skipped, and key-vertebral pedicle screw strategies for correction. However, there have been no comparisons of outcomes among these 3 pedicle screw-placement strategies.The aim of this study was to compare the correlative clinical outcomes of posterior correction and fusion with pedicle screw fixation using these 3 surgical strategies.Fifty-six consecutive patients with Lenke type 1 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis were included in this study. Twenty patients were treated with the interval pedicle screw strategy (IPSS), 20 with the skipped pedicle screw strategy (SPSS), and 16 with the key-vertebral pedicle screw strategy (KVPSS). Coronal and sagittal radiographs were analyzed before surgery, at 1 week after surgery, and at the last follow-up after surgery.There were no significant differences among the 3 groups regarding preoperative radiographic parameters. No significant difference was found between the IPSS and SPSS groups in correction of the main thoracic curve (70.8% vs 70.0%; P = 0.524). However, there were statistically significant differences between the IPSS and KVPSS groups (70.8% vs 64.9%) and between the SPSS and KVPSS groups (70.0% vs 64.9%) in correction of the main thoracic curve (P SPSS group was significantly higher than those in the IPSS (P SPSS and KVPSS groups (P SPSS, it can achieve a satisfactory clinical outcome and is more cost-effective.

  19. Nutritional status, assessment, requirements and adequacy of traumatic brain injury patients.

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    Daradkeh, Ghazi; Essa, Musthafa Mohamed; Al-Adawi, S Samir; Subash, Selvaraju; Mahmood, Lubna; Kumar, Parvathy R

    2014-10-01

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been considered as a serious public health problem. Each year, traumatic brain injuries are contributing to a substantial number of cases of permanent disability and deaths and it can be classified according to the severity into penetrating and closed head injury. Symptoms, beside to be unconscious can be defined as vomiting, nausea, headache, dizziness, lack of motor coordination, difficulty in balancing, blurred vision and lightheadedness, bad taste in the mouth, ringing in the ears, fatigue and lethargy as well as changes in sleep patterns. The brain is known to be the functional regulator for all the metabolic activities inside the body and TBI patients mostly have a complex metabolic alterations including aberrant cellular metabolism, abnormal metabolic processes, changes in hormones functions and inflammatory cascade. The TBI patient's status needed to be assessed medically and nutritionally since the medical status of the patients can affect the nutrition part. Data from the four assessment tools are needed to be correctly used and interpreted in order to make a proper nutritional diagnosis, clinical assessment, biochemistry as well as anthropometric measurements. Regardless the methods used for assessing TBI patients, having adequate intake and medical care can lead to a reduction in hospital costs, numbers of day hospitalized, numbers of hours of mechanical ventilation and in the overall infection rates.

  20. Physical and psychosocial support requirements of 1,500 patients starting radiotherapy

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    Kirchheiner, K.; Czajka, A.; Luetgendorf-Cacig, C.; Schmid, M.P.; Komarek, E.; Poetter, R. [Medical Univ. of Vienna, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vienna (Austria). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Ponocny-Seliger, E. [Sigmund Freud Private Univ. Vienna (Austria). Dept. of Psychology; Doerr, W. [Medical Univ. of Vienna, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vienna (Austria). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Medical Univ. of Vienna (Austria). Christian Doppler Lab. for Medical Radiation Research for Radiation Oncology

    2013-05-15

    Background. The need for psychosocial support in cancer patients is estimated in the literature at 14-50%. At the Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical University of Vienna, approximately 3,000 patients are seen annually. Due to limited staff resources, highly distressed patients need to be selected for focused support. A multidisciplinary screening questionnaire covering physical, social and psychological problems and needs was successfully implemented in clinical routine. We present the results of a representative sample of 1,500 heterogeneous cancer patients before beginning radiotherapy. Patients and methods. The prevalence rates of physical, social and psychological problems and needs were evaluated. Independent risk factors for critical psychological distress were analyzed in a multivariate logistic regression model, in order to identify vulnerable subgroups for focused psychosocial support. Results. Critical psychological distress was found in 22% of the overall cohort, of whom only 26% reported a need for psychological information. Clinically relevant pain was suffered by 31%. Patients' most frequent complaints were weakness, sleeping difficulties and exhaustion. Consequently, 40% were impaired in activities and 35% reported a requirement for support in daily life. A need for further information was expressed by 37% of patients. Significant risk factors for critical psychological distress included pain, functional status, support requirements and patient-reported symptoms. Differences in tumor type, metastases and sociodemographic variables had no impact on critical psychological distress. Conclusion. Approximately one third of all patients beginning radiotherapy have physical, social and psychological problems and should receive focused psychosocial support. Multivariate analysis reveals that patients with impaired ''physical integrity'' are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing critical psychological distress. (orig.)

  1. Correction of ocular dystopia.

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    Janecka, I P

    1996-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine results with elective surgical correction of enophthalmos. The study was a retrospective assessment in a university-based referral practice. A consecutive sample of 10 patients who developed ocular dystopia following orbital trauma was examined. The main outcome measures were a subjective evaluation by patients and objective measurements of patients' eye position. The intervention was three-dimensional orbital reconstruction with titanium plates. It is concluded that satisfactory correction of enophthalmos and ocular dystopia can be achieved with elective surgery using titanium plates. In addition, intraoperative measurements of eye position in three planes increases the precision of surgery.

  2. Postural correction for kyphosis improves the dyspnea index and pulmonary functions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A randomized trial over 12 weeks

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    Gajanan S Gaude

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD tend to attain forward shoulder posture and kyphosis and this affects their respiratory functions. Correcting this posture leads to straightening of the spine leading to improvement in the lung functions. The present study was carried out to evaluate the additional effect of correction of kyphosis in COPD patients. Objectives: The objective of the following study is to evaluate the effect of postural correction with respiratory muscle training in patients with COPD. Settings and Study Design: A randomized controlled prospective study in a tertiary care hospital in out-patients for 12 weeks. Materials and Methods: Confirmed cases of COPD were randomly divided into two groups by computer generated randomization: Study and control group. Study group patients received combination of respiratory muscle training and postural correction by a brace, whereas the control group received only respiratory muscle training exercises. The outcome measures evaluated were maximal inspiratory pressure, spirometry values, dyspnea scores and 6-min walk distance (MWD. Statistical Analysis: Statistical analysis was performed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 16. Descriptive statistics are reported as means and standard deviation. Results: A total of 120 patients were included in the study with 60 in each group. Both groups showed a significant improvement in the inspiratory muscle strength, lung functions, dyspnea index and functional capacity at 8 weeks and 12 weeks of intervention. However, the interscapular distance, percentage of kyphotic index (KI and grades of a plumb line (PL measurement reduced significantly in the study group when compared to the control group (P < 0.01. There was also significant improvement in the 6-MWD and reduction of Borg scale of dyspnea when compared to the control group (P < 0.01. The pulmonary functions improvement was better in the study

  3. Multiplex cytokine analyses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis require use of agents blocking heterophilic antibody activity.

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    Olsson, P; Theander, E; Bergström, U; Jovinge, S; Jacobsson, Lth; Turesson, C

    2017-01-01

    Heterophilic antibodies, such as rheumatoid factor (RF), are known to interfere with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α blockers is well established. The aims of this study were to develop a protocol for blocking the interaction of present heterophilic antibodies and to validate this procedure by evaluating the effect on correlations of cytokine levels to clinical response in RA patients treated with adalimumab. Fourteen patients with active RA were evaluated at baseline and 3 months after starting adalimumab treatment. Cytokines were analysed with a commercial 12-plex bead ELISA. To block interference by RF, a commercial blocker (HeteroBlock) was used. To determine the optimal concentration of HeteroBlock, patient sera were analysed with different concentrations of HeteroBlock. Subsequently, baseline and follow-up sera from the 14 patients were analysed and correlated with clinical outcome. Measured cytokine levels were reduced in the majority of samples when adding the blocker. The optimal concentration of HeteroBlock was 1600 μg/mL of serum. Sera with high RF levels were more prone to produce false positive values, although some RF-negative sera also demonstrated evidence of interference. HeteroBlock did not interfere with the analysis. In RA patients treated with adalimumab, changes in interleukin (IL)-6 levels between baseline and follow-up correlated with changes in erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in sera with added HeteroBlock. When analysing sera from patients with RA with multiplex bead ELISA, the assay should be evaluated for interference by heterophilic antibodies, and if present corrected with, for example, HeteroBlock.

  4. Air transport of patients with pneumothorax: is tube thoracostomy required before flight?

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    Braude, Darren; Tutera, Dominic; Tawil, Issac; Pirkl, Gregory

    2014-01-01

    It is conventionally thought that patients with pneumothorax (PTX) require tube thoracostomy (TT) before air medical transport (AMT), especially in unpressurized rotor-wing (RW) aircraft, to prevent deterioration from expansion of the PTX or development of tension PTX. We hypothesize that patients with PTX transported without TT tolerate RW AMT without serious deterioration, as defined by hypotension, hypoxemia, respiratory distress, intubation, bag valve mask ventilation, needle thoracostomy (NT), or cardiac arrest during transport. We conducted a retrospective review of a case-series of trauma patients transported to a single Level 1 trauma center via RW with confirmed PTX and no TT. Using standardized abstraction forms, we reviewed charts for signs of deterioration. Those patients identified as having clinical deterioration were independently reviewed for the likelihood that the clinical deterioration was a direct consequence of PTX. During the study period, 66 patients with confirmed PTX underwent RW AMT with an average altitude gain of 1890 feet, an average barometric pressure 586-600 mmHg, and average flight duration of 28 minutes. All patients received oxygen therapy; 14/66 patients (21%) were supported with positive pressure ventilation. Eleven of 66 patients (17%) had NT placed before flight and 4/66 (6%) had NT placed during flight. Four of 66 patients (6% CI0.3-11.7) may have deteriorated during AMT as a result of PTX; all were successfully managed with NT. In this series, 6% of patients with PTX deteriorated as result of AMT without TT, yet all patients were managed successfully with NT. Routine placement of TT in patients with PTX before RW AMT may not be necessary. Further prospective evaluation is warranted. Copyright © 2014 Air Medical Journal Associates. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Outcome of Concurrent Occult Hemothorax and Pneumothorax in Trauma Patients Who Required Assisted Ventilation

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    Mahmood, Ismail; Tawfeek, Zainab; El-Menyar, Ayman; Zarour, Ahmad; Afifi, Ibrahim; Kumar, Suresh; Latifi, Rifat; Al-Thani, Hassan

    2015-01-01

    Background. The management and outcomes of occult hemopneumothorax in blunt trauma patients who required mechanical ventilation are not well studied. We aimed to study patients with occult hemopneumothorax on mechanical ventilation who could be carefully managed without tube thoracostomy. Methods. Chest trauma patients with occult hemopneumothorax who were on mechanical ventilation were prospectively evaluated. The presence of hemopneumothorax was confirmed by CT scanning. Hospital length of stay, complications, and outcome were recorded. Results. A total of 56 chest trauma patients with occult hemopneumothorax who were on ventilatory support were included with a mean age of 36 ± 13 years. Hemopneumothorax was managed conservatively in 72% cases and 28% underwent tube thoracostomy as indicated. 29% of patients developed pneumonia, 16% had Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), and 7% died. Thickness of hemothorax, duration of mechanical ventilation, and development of ARDS were significantly associated with tube thoracostomy in comparison to no-chest tube group. Conclusions. The majority of occult hemopneumothorax can be carefully managed without tube thoracostomy in patients who required positive pressure ventilation. Tube thoracotomy could be restricted to those who had evidence of increase in the size of the hemothorax or pneumothorax on follow-up chest radiographs or developed respiratory compromise. PMID:25785199

  6. Corrected QT dispersion as a predictor of the frequency of paroxysmal tachyarrhythmias in patients with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome

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    Eid M. Daoud

    2014-04-01

    Conclusion: Calculation of QTcd in patients with WPW syndrome presented with paroxysmal tachyarrhythmias is a simple noninvasive clinical test for risk stratification of those patients and hence detecting patients at higher risk for frequent and recurrent tachyarrhythmias.

  7. Surgical treatment of "chin-on-pubis" deformity in a patient with ankylosing spondylitis: a case report of consecutive cervical, thoracic, and lumbar corrective osteotomies.

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    Kim, Ki-Tack; Lee, Sang-Hun; Son, Eun-Seok; Kwack, Yoon-Ho; Chun, Young-Soo; Lee, Jae-Hoon

    2012-07-15

    A case report. To report the successful consecutive spinal osteotomies of multiple segments performed on a patient with extremely severe kyphotic deformity. There have been no reports on the experience and surgical strategy of spinal osteotomy on multiple segments for severe global spine deformity. A 48-year-old man, a patient with ankylosing spondylitis with "chin-on-pubis" deformity, underwent consecutive spinal osteotomies to correct the severe, fixed global kyphosis. The axial skeletons from the skull, all vertebrae, and both sacroiliac joints and hip joint were fused into a single bone. After both hip resectional arthroplasties for the first step, staged, sequential spinal osteotomies, including pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) on C6, posterior vertebral column resection on T11-T12, and PSO on L3, were performed. Finally, both total hip arthoroplasties were performed. The chin-brow vertical angle improved from 140° to 15°. Correction angles of 45°, 70°, and 30° in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines, respectively, were achieved without complication. At the last follow-up, excellent improvement in activities of daily living and horizontal gaze were achieved. This is the first report on C6 PSO and spinal osteotomies in whole spine segments. For patients with a severe global kyphotic deformity, it is important to place the patient in a stable prone position so that corrective surgery can be performed on the thoracolumbar spine. To accomplish this, initially correcting the deformities in the hip joints and the cervical spine can yield excellent clinical results.

  8. Correction of chordee. The Nesbit procedure.

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    Montague, D K

    1986-02-01

    In select patients the Nesbit operation is a useful procedure for the correction of congenital or acquired chordee. This operation results in a deliberate shortening of the convex surface of the corpora cavernosa to counterbalance congenital or acquired shortening on the opposite side. Precise placement of the corrective tuck allows complete correction of the chordee with minimal disturbance of normal tissue. An artificial erection should be created to permit precise identification of the point of maximal curvature on the longer (convex) side of the penis. The transverse elliptical segment to be removed should be placed precisely at this point and should be of sufficient width to result in complete correction of the chordee. Care should be taken to remove only a segment of the tunica albuginea without damaging the underlying erectile tissue. In cases of ventral chordee, the corrective procedure will require elevation of the neurovascular bundle. In cases of dorsal chordee, the procedure will require elevation of the urethra and corpus spongiosum. A repeat artificial erection insures that an adequate correction has been obtained.

  9. Patients with worsening chronic heart failure who present to a hospital emergency department require hospital care

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    Shafazand Masoud

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic heart failure (CHF is a major public health problem characterised by progressive deterioration with disabling symptoms and frequent hospital admissions. To influence hospitalisation rates it is crucial to identify precipitating factors. To characterise patients with CHF who seek an emergency department (ED because of worsening symptoms and signs and to explore the reasons why they are admitted to hospital. Method Patients (n = 2,648 seeking care for dyspnoea were identified at the ED, Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra. Out of 2,648 patients, 1,127 had a previous diagnosis of CHF, and of these, 786 were included in the present study with at least one sign and one symptom of worsening CHF. Results Although several of the patients wanted to go home after acute treatment in the ED, only 2% could be sent home. These patients were enrolled in an interventional study, which evaluated the acute care at home compared to the conventional, in hospital care. The remaining patients were admitted to hospital because of serious condition, including pneumonia/respiratory disease, myocardial infarction, pulmonary oedema, anaemia, the need to monitor cardiac rhythm, pathological blood chemistry and difficulties to communicate. Conclusion The vast majority of patients with worsening CHF seeking the ED required hospital care, predominantly because of co-morbidities. Patients with CHF with symptomatic deterioration may be admitted to hospital without additional emergency room investigations.

  10. Orbital soft tissue surgery for patients with Treacher-Collins or Nager syndrome. A new surgical approach with early correction of soft tissue: prospective study.

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    Franchi, G; Kadlub, N; Diner, P A; Bandini, M; Vazquez, M-P; Picard, A

    2015-05-01

    Orbitopalpebral anomalies in mandibulofacial dysostosis (Treacher-Collins syndrome) can be difficult to correct surgically and most authors recommend correction of the malar bone after the age of 8 years. We propose a new, early surgical approach for periorbital defects that involves initial implantation of autologous fat and subperiosteal malar lift with a pedicled upper eyelid flap. We prospectively studied 5 children, 3 of whom had previously had orbital reconstruction. Initial fat graft into the periorbital area was followed by a subperiosteal malar lift with lateral canthopexy, and a pedicled upper eyelid flap if needed. Two surgeons independently assessed the patients' characteristics including scleral show before and after operation, antimongoloid palpebral fissures, canthal dystopia, number 6 cleft (Tessier classification), skin quality, and surgical and ophthalmic complications. Before operation 3 patients had had ophthalmic problems. Postoperative evaluation showed improvements in scleral show, canthal dystopia, and skin quality, and correction of antimongoloid palpebral fissures and subcutaneous number 6 clefts. There were no postoperative complications. The proposed protocol gave satisfactory aesthetic and functional results in children with Treacher-Collins syndrome. We recommend that it is considered for periorbital reconstruction in all patients with a mandibulofacial deformity.

  11. The 8-plate versus physeal stapling for temporary hemiepiphyseodesis correcting genu valgum and genu varum: a retrospective analysis of thirty five patients.

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    Jelinek, Eva Maria; Bittersohl, Bernd; Martiny, Friederike; Scharfstädt, Axel; Krauspe, Rüdiger; Westhoff, Bettina

    2012-03-01

    In skeletally immature patients, treatment of malalignment about the knee is possible by performing temporary hemi-epiphyseodesis. Following the well-established procedure of physeal stapling, the 8-plate was introduced as a new device. The purpose of this study was to compare physeal stapling with 8-plate hemi-epiphyseodesis. We focused on evaluating deformity correction, complication rate and duration of the procedures. We retrospectively analysed 35 patients (61 extremities, age 2.9-16.0 years) who were treated by temporary hemi-epiphyseodesis about the knee for correction of genu varum or genu valgum by using Blount staples (32 extremities) or the 8-plate (29 extremities). Plain radiographs were analysed at the time of operation and at hardware removal that included measurement of mechanical axis deviation, mechanical lateral distal femoral angle and mechanical medial proximal tibial angle. Time until hardware removal, operation time and complications were recorded. A statistically significant improvement of all radiographic measurements could be achieved with comparable results in both groups. Complications were similar in both groups with no relevant differences in amount and severity. In the 8-plate group, however, the surgical time was significantly shorter by an average of ten minutes for implantation and 12 minutes for explantation. Both Blount stapling and the 8-plate technique are methods for correction of genu varum and valgum deformity in skeletally immature patients; however, a shorter operating time for implantation and explantation was noted for the 8-plate technique.

  12. Tracheotomy does not affect reducing sedation requirements of patients in intensive care – a retrospective study

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    Veelo, Denise P; Dongelmans, Dave A; Binnekade, Jan M; Korevaar, Johanna C; Vroom, Margreeth B; Schultz, Marcus J

    2006-01-01

    Introduction Translaryngeal intubated and ventilated patients often need sedation to treat anxiety, agitation and/or pain. Current opinion is that tracheotomy reduces sedation requirements. We determined sedation needs before and after tracheotomy of intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of the use of morphine, midazolam and propofol in patients before and after tracheotomy. Results Of 1,788 patients admitted to our intensive care unit during the study period, 129 (7%) were tracheotomized. After the exclusion of patients who received a tracheotomy before or at the day of admittance, 117 patients were left for analysis. The daily dose (DD; the amount of sedatives for each day) divided by the mean daily dose (MDD; the mean amount of sedatives per day for the study period) in the week before and the week after tracheotomy was 1.07 ± 0.93 DD/MDD versus 0.30 ± 0.65 for morphine, 0.84 ± 1.03 versus 0.11 ± 0.46 for midazolam, and 0.62 ± 1.05 versus 0.15 ± 0.45 for propofol (p < 0.01). However, when we focused on a shorter time interval (two days before and after tracheotomy), there were no differences in prescribed doses of morphine and midazolam. Studying the course in DD/MDD from seven days before the placement of tracheotomy, we found a significant decline in dosage. From day -7 to day -1, morphine dosage (DD/MDD) declined by 3.34 (95% confidence interval -1.61 to -6.24), midazolam dosage by 2.95 (-1.49 to -5.29) and propofol dosage by 1.05 (-0.41 to -2.01). After tracheotomy, no further decrease in DD/MDD was observed and the dosage remained stable for all sedatives. Patients in the non-surgical and acute surgical groups received higher dosages of midazolam than patients in the elective surgical group. Time until tracheotomy did not influence sedation requirements. In addition, there was no significant difference in sedation between different patient groups. Conclusion In our intensive care unit, sedation

  13. Perioperative management of a patient with recently placed drug-eluting stents requiring urgent spinal surgery.

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    Roth, Eira; Purnell, Chad; Shabalov, Olga; Moguillansky, Diego; Hernandez, Caridad A; Elnicki, Michael

    2012-08-01

    Patients receiving drug-eluting coronary stents (DES) require antiplatelet therapy for at least 12 months to prevent stent thrombosis (ST), a potentially calamitous event. Since interruption of antiplatelet therapy is the greatest risk factor for ST, it is imperative that the decision to discontinue these agents be based on an accurate assessment of the patient's risk for bleeding complications. Individuals who are regarded as being at a high risk are those undergoing intracranial, spinal or intraocular surgeries. These patients require alternative agents during the perioperative period to minimize both their risk of perioperative thrombosis and intraoperative hemorrhage. We report the case of a woman who required spinal surgery 3 months after she underwent placement of two drug-eluting stents. The patient's clopidogrel was stopped 5 days prior to surgery and an infusion of eptifibatide was used to "bridge" antiplatelet therapy during the perioperative period. Postoperatively, anticoagulation therapy was reinstituted using aspirin with clopidogrel. This case serves as a successful example of bridging therapy using a short acting and gycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa inhibitor as a means of maintaining antiplatelet therapy during the perioperative period to minimize the risk of stent thrombosis and the risk of intraoperative bleeding.

  14. Provision of protein and energy in relation to measured requirements in intensive care patients

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    Allingstrup, Matilde Jo; Esmailzadeh, Negar; Knudsen, Anne Wilkens

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Adequacy of nutritional support in intensive care patients is still a matter of investigation. This study aimed to relate mortality to provision, measured requirements and balances for energy and protein in ICU patients. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study of 113 ICU...... patients in a tertiary referral hospital. RESULTS: Death occurred earlier in the tertile of patients with the lowest provision of protein and amino acids. The results were confirmed in Cox regression analyses which showed a significantly decreased hazard ratio of death with increased protein provision......, also when adjusted for baseline prognostic variables (APACHE II, SOFA scores and age). Provision of energy, measured resting energy expenditure or energy and nitrogen balance was not related to mortality. The possible cause-effect relationship is discussed after a more detailed analysis of the initial...

  15. Predictive value of the corrected TIMI frame count in patients with suspected angina pectoris but no obstructive coronary artery disease at angiography

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    Jespersen, Lasse; Abildstrøm, Steen Z; Peña, Adam

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: To evaluate whether the corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction frame count (CTFC), an index of resting coronary blood flow, is associated with the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with suspected stable angina pectoris (SAP) but no obstructive coronary...... artery disease (CAD) at angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this case-control study, CTFC at baseline in 127 patients (50 % women) who subsequently experienced a myocardial infarction, non-hemorrhagic stroke or cardiovascular death during 2001-2011 was compared with CTFC in 254 event-free matched...

  16. Results of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in morbidly obese vs superobese patients: similar body weight loss, correction of comorbidities, and improvement of quality of life.

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    Suter, Michel; Calmes, Jean-Marie; Paroz, Alexandre; Romy, Sébastien; Giusti, Vittorio

    2009-04-01

    Gastric bypass corrects comorbidities and quality of life similarly in superobese (SO) and morbidly obese (MO) patients despite higher residual weight in SO patients. Prospective cohort study comparing results of primary laparoscopic gastric bypass in MO and SO patients. University hospital and community hospital with common bariatric programs. A total of 492 MO and 133 SO patients treated consecutively between January 1, 1999, and June 30, 2006. Primary laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Operative morbidity, weight loss, residual body mass index (BMI) (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), evolution of comorbidities, quality of life, and Bariatric Analysis and Reporting Outcome System score. Surgery was longer in SO patients, but operative morbidity was similar. The MO patients lost a maximum of 15 BMI units and maintained an average loss of 13 BMI units after 6 years, compared with 21 and 17 in SO patients, which corresponds to a 30.1% and 30.7% total body weight loss, respectively. After 6 years, the BMI was less than 35 in more than 90% of MO patients but in less than 50% of SO patients. Despite these differences, improvements in quality of life and comorbidities were impressive and similar in both groups. Although many SO patients remain in the severely obese or MO category, equivalent improvements in quality of life and obesity-related comorbidities indicate that weight loss is not all that matters after bariatric surgery.

  17. Efficacy of a Required Preoperative Weight Loss Program for Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery.

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    Conaty, Eliza A; Bonamici, Nicolas J; Gitelis, Matthew E; Johnson, Brandon J; DeAsis, Francis; Carbray, JoAnn M; Lapin, Brittany; Joehl, Raymond; Denham, Woody; Linn, John G; Haggerty, Stephen P; Ujiki, Michael B

    2016-04-01

    The efficacy of mandatory medically supervised preoperative weight loss (MPWL) prior to bariatric surgery continues to be a controversial topic. The purpose of this observational study was to assess the efficacy of a MPWL program in a single institution, which mandated at least 10% excess body weight loss before surgery, by comparing outcomes of patients undergoing primary bariatric surgery with and without a compulsory preoperative weight loss regimen. We analyzed our database of 757 patients who underwent primary bariatric surgery between March 2008 and January 2015. Patients were placed into two cohorts based on their participation in a MPWL program requiring at least 10% excess weight loss (EWL) prior to surgery. Patients were evaluated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months after surgery for weight loss, comorbidity resolution, and the occurrences of hospital readmissions. A total of 717 patients met the inclusion criteria of whom 465 underwent surgery without a preoperative weight loss requirement and 252 participated in the MPWL program. One year after surgery, 67.1% of non-participants and 62.5% of MPWL participants showed a resolution of at least one of five associated comorbidities (p = 0.45). Non-participants showed an average of 58.6% EWL, while MPWL participants showed 59.1% EWL at 1 year postoperatively (p = 0.84). Readmission rates, excluding those which were ulcer-related, at 30 days (3.4 vs. 6.40%, p = 0.11) and 90 days (9.9 vs. 7.5%, p = 0.29) postoperatively were not significantly different between the non-participants and MPWL patients, respectively. A mandatory preoperative weight loss program prior to bariatric surgery did not result in significantly greater %EWL or comorbidity resolution 1 year after surgery compared to patients not required to lose weight preoperatively. Additionally, the program did not result in significantly lower 30- or 90-day readmission rates for these patients. The value of a MPWL program must be weighed against

  18. The COOH-terminal domain of the JIL-1 histone H3S10 kinase interacts with histone H3 and is required for correct targeting to chromatin.

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    Bao, Xiaomin; Cai, Weili; Deng, Huai; Zhang, Weiguo; Krencik, Robert; Girton, Jack; Johansen, Jørgen; Johansen, Kristen M

    2008-11-21

    The JIL-1 histone H3S10 kinase in Drosophila localizes specifically to euchromatic interband regions of polytene chromosomes and is enriched 2-fold on the male X chromosome. JIL-1 can be divided into four main domains including an NH(2)-terminal domain, two separate kinase domains, and a COOH-terminal domain. Our results demonstrate that the COOH-terminal domain of JIL-1 is necessary and sufficient for correct chromosome targeting to autosomes but that both COOH- and NH(2)-terminal sequences are necessary for enrichment on the male X chromosome. We furthermore show that a small 53-amino acid region within the COOH-terminal domain can interact with the tail region of histone H3, suggesting that this interaction is necessary for the correct chromatin targeting of the JIL-1 kinase. Interestingly, our data indicate that the COOH-terminal domain alone is sufficient to rescue JIL-1 null mutant polytene chromosome defects including those of the male X chromosome. Nonetheless, we also found that a truncated JIL-1 protein which was without the COOH-terminal domain but retained histone H3S10 kinase activity was able to rescue autosome as well as partially rescue male X polytene chromosome morphology. Taken together these findings indicate that JIL-1 may participate in regulating chromatin structure by multiple and partially redundant mechanisms.

  19. Predictors of outcome in patients with cystic fibrosis requiring endotracheal intubation.

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    Jones, Andrew; Bilton, Diana; Evans, Timothy W; Finney, Simon J

    2013-05-01

    Acute severe clinical deterioration of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) may mandate endotracheal intubation. The benefits of intubation were evaluated by examining which pre-admission parameters were associated with intensive care unit (ICU) outcome and assessing the potential benefits of intubation for survivors in terms of time from ICU discharge to death. A retrospective analysis of data from a single centre was undertaken. Thirty patients required intubation on 34 occasions (8 per 1000 admissions). Eleven patients died in ICU and 7 after ICU but not hospital discharge. Fifty-nine per cent of 22 patients intubated for pneumothorax and/or haemoptysis survived to hospital discharge. Of the twelve intubated for infective exacerbations, 33% survived to hospital discharge. Those who died after hospital discharge survived 447 days. There were no significant differences for survivors in reasons for intubation, colonizing organism, frequency of infective exacerbations, severity of illness or pulmonary physiology. Osteoporosis and a greater fall in body mass index over the 24 months prior were more frequent in non-survivors. Patients with CF developing haemoptysis and/or pneumothorax should be admitted to ICU and intubated promptly, should this be required. Chronic disease markers may be more relevant prognostically than rates of hospitalization or forced expiratory volume in 1 s decline which should not be bars to invasive ventilation. © 2013 The Authors. Respirology © 2013 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

  20. The effect of aspirin on blood loss and transfusion requirements in patients with femoral neck fractures.

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    Manning, Brian J

    2012-02-03

    Although it is widely accepted that aspirin will increase the risk of intra- and post-operative bleeding, clinical studies have not consistently supported this assumption. We aimed to assess the effect of pre-operative aspirin on blood loss and transfusion requirements in patients undergoing emergency fixation of femoral neck fractures. A prospective case-control study was undertaken in patients presenting with femoral neck fractures. Parameters recorded included intra-operative blood loss, post-operative blood loss, transfusion requirements and peri-operative reduction in haemoglobin concentration. Of 89 patients presenting with femoral neck fractures 32 were on long-term aspirin therapy. Pre-operative aspirin ingestion did not significantly affect peri-operative blood loss, or change in haemoglobin concentration or haematocrit. However those patients taking aspirin pre-operatively had a significantly lower haemoglobin concentration and haematocrit and were more likely to be anaemic at presentation than those who were not receiving aspirin. Patients taking aspirin were also more likely to receive blood transfusion post-operatively.

  1. Assessing decision quality in patient-centred care requires a preference-sensitive measure

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    Kaltoft, Mette Kjer; Cunich, Michelle; Salkeld, Glenn

    2014-01-01

    A theory-based instrument for measuring the quality of decisions made using any form of decision technology, including both decision-aided and unaided clinical consultations is required to enable person- and patient-centred care and to respond positively to individual heterogeneity in the value...... and preference-sensitive instrument, can constitute a key patient-reported measure of the quality of the decision-making process. It can provide the basis for future decision improvement, especially when the clinician (or other stakeholders) completes the equivalent instrument and the extent and nature...

  2. Prevalence and characterization of coronary artery disease in patients with symptomatic bradyarrhythmias requiring pacemaker implantation.

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    Alai, Mohammad S; Beig, Jahangir Rashid; Kumar, Sanjay; Yaqoob, Irfan; Hafeez, Imran; Lone, Ajaz A; Dar, Mohammad Iqbal; Rather, Hilal A

    2016-12-01

    This study was conducted to assess the prevalence and characterization of CAD in high risk patients requiring pacemaker implantation for symptomatic bradyarrhythmias. This study included 100 patients with symptomatic sinus node dysfunction or atrioventricular block, who were at high risk of CAD or had previously documented atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASCVD). Coronary angiography was performed before pacemaker implantation. CAD was defined as the presence of any degree of narrowing in at least one major coronary artery or its first order branch. Obstructive CAD was defined as ≥50% diameter stenosis. CAD was categorized as single vessel disease (SVD), double vessel disease (DVD), or triple vessel disease (TVD); and obstructive CAD in the arteries supplying the conduction system was sub-classified according to Mosseri's classification. Out of 100 patients (mean age 64.6±10.7 years), 45 (45%) had CAD. 29% patients had obstructive CAD while 16% had non-obstructive CAD. 53.3% patients had SVD, 15.6% had DVD and 31.1% had TVD. Among patients with obstructive CAD; Type I, II, III and IV coronary anatomies were present in 6.9%, 34.5%, 10.3% and 48.3% patients respectively. Presence of CAD significantly correlated with dyslipidemia (p=0.047), history of smoking (p=0.025), and family history of CAD (p=0.002). Angiographic CAD is observed in a substantial proportion of patients with symptomatic bradyarrhythmias and risk factors for CAD. It could be argued that such patients should undergo a coronary work-up before pacemaker implantation. Treatment of concomitant CAD is likely to improve the long term prognosis of these patients. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Optical design of a novel instrument that uses the Hartmann-Shack sensor and Zernike polynomials to measure and simulate customized refraction correction surgery outcomes and patient satisfaction

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    Yasuoka, Fatima M. M.; Matos, Luciana; Cremasco, Antonio; Numajiri, Mirian; Marcato, Rafael; Oliveira, Otavio G.; Sabino, Luis G.; Castro N., Jarbas C.; Bagnato, Vanderlei S.; Carvalho, Luis A. V.

    2016-03-01

    An optical system that conjugates the patient's pupil to the plane of a Hartmann-Shack (HS) wavefront sensor has been simulated using optical design software. And an optical bench prototype is mounted using mechanical eye device, beam splitter, illumination system, lenses, mirrors, mirrored prism, movable mirror, wavefront sensor and camera CCD. The mechanical eye device is used to simulate aberrations of the eye. From this device the rays are emitted and travelled by the beam splitter to the optical system. Some rays fall on the camera CCD and others pass in the optical system and finally reach the sensor. The eye models based on typical in vivo eye aberrations is constructed using the optical design software Zemax. The computer-aided outcomes of each HS images for each case are acquired, and these images are processed using customized techniques. The simulated and real images for low order aberrations are compared using centroid coordinates to assure that the optical system is constructed precisely in order to match the simulated system. Afterwards a simulated version of retinal images is constructed to show how these typical eyes would perceive an optotype positioned 20 ft away. Certain personalized corrections are allowed by eye doctors based on different Zernike polynomial values and the optical images are rendered to the new parameters. Optical images of how that eye would see with or without corrections of certain aberrations are generated in order to allow which aberrations can be corrected and in which degree. The patient can then "personalize" the correction to their own satisfaction. This new approach to wavefront sensing is a promising change in paradigm towards the betterment of the patient-physician relationship.

  4. Successful intraosseous infusion in the critically ill patient does not require a medullary cavity.

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    McCarthy, Gerard

    2012-02-03

    OBJECTIVES: To demonstrate that successful intraosseous infusion in critically ill patients does not require bone that contains a medullary cavity. DESIGN: Infusion of methyl green dye via standard intraosseous needles into bones without medullary cavity-in this case calcaneus and radial styloid-in cadaveric specimens. SETTING: University department of anatomy. PARTICIPANTS: Two adult cadaveric specimens. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Observation of methyl green dye in peripheral veins of the limb in which the intraosseous infusion was performed. RESULTS: Methyl green dye was observed in peripheral veins of the chosen limb in five out of eight intraosseous infusions into bones without medullary cavity-calcaneus and radial styloid. CONCLUSIONS: Successful intraosseous infusion does not always require injection into a bone with a medullary cavity. Practitioners attempting intraosseous access on critically ill patients in the emergency department or prehospital setting need not restrict themselves to such bones. Calcaneus and radial styloid are both an acceptable alternative to traditional recommended sites.

  5. [Wisdom teeth-complications requiring in-patient treatment. A 1-year prospective study].

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    Kunkel, Martin; Morbach, Thomas; Wagner, Wilfried

    2004-11-01

    In view of the conflicting guidelines issued by national and international scientific societies, debate about the indications for prophylactic extraction of wisdom teeth is ongoing. This prospective study was therefore set up to explore the complications associated with wisdom teeth and requiring in-patient treatment. From January /2003 to December 2003, 21 subjects were admitted for treatment of complications associated with wisdom teeth. The medical history was recorded for each of these patients, as were the cause and type of the complications. The parameter used to quantify the severity of any infections was the CRP, and the overall clinical complexity level of each case was assessed by the length of stay in hospital (and the duration of intensive care if this had been necessary). The characteristics of patients in the group with postoperative complications were compared to those of patients with complications attributable to pericoronitis. Moreover, complications in patients who had undergone prophylactic extraction of wisdom teeth that had not been causing any symptoms were compared with those in patients whose wisdom teeth had been extracted because of morbidity. Overall, 18 deep-space infections (15 abscesses, 2 inflammatory infiltrations, 1 case of phlegmonous cellulitis), 2 mandibular fractures and 1 lingual nerve injury were noted within 1 year. The complications resulted from surgical procedures in 15 of the 21 cases, while in 6 they had their origin in pericoronitis. Extensive surgery or intensive care was required only for patients with postoperative complications. The length of stay in hospital was significantly greater for patients with postoperative complications ( p= 0.007, U-test). However, 9 of these 15 patients reported preoperative episodes of infection. Thus, more than two thirds of the complications could be traced back to wisdom teeth that were causing symptoms. In our clinic's catchment area, infectious complications were more frequent and

  6. Individually-tailored thyroxine requirement in the same patients before and after thyroidectomy: a longitudinal study.

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    Del Duca, S C; Santaguida, M G; Brusca, N; Gatto, I; Cellini, M; Gargano, L; Verga Falzacappa, C; Frattaroli, F M; Virili, C; Centanni, M

    2015-09-01

    Thyroxine (T4) requirement after total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) is a debated issue. As most of the studies in the area have been retrospective and/or performed with heterogeneous therapeutic approaches, we designed our study to determine T4 requirement in the same patients and treatment settings, before and after total thyroidectomy. This was a longitudinal study including 23 goitrous patients treated with T4 in an individually tailored fashion. All patients exhibited a stable TSH (median TSH = 0.28 mU/l) at a stable T4 dose for at least 1 year before surgery (median T4 dose = 1.50 μg/kg per day). The patients underwent total thyroidectomy based on cancer suspicion or compressive symptoms. Eventually diagnosed as having DTC (pT1b-pT2N0) and following surgical and radiometabolic treatment, they were treated with the same pre-surgical doses of T4. Three months after surgery,using the same pre-surgical dose, median TSH increased up to 5.38 mU/l (P<0.0001) and so the T4 dose had to be increased (median T4 dose = 1.95 μg/kg per day; +30%; P < 0.0001). Once divided by patients' age, we observed that, after thyroidectomy and maintaining the same pre-surgical dose, serum TSH significantly increased both in younger and in older patients (median TSH = 4.57 and 6.11 mU/l respectively). Serum TSH was restored to the pre-surgical level by increasing the dose up to 1.95 and 1.77 μg/kg per day (+25 and +21%) respectively. Following the same treatment regimen, a thyroidectomized patient requires one-third higher therapeutic T4 dose than before surgery. Despite this increase, the dose of T4 needed in our patients remains significantly lower than that previously described in athyreotic patients. © 2015 European Society of Endocrinology.

  7. Dietary energy requirements in relatively healthy maintenance hemodialysis patients estimated from long-term metabolic studies.

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    Shah, Anuja; Bross, Rachelle; Shapiro, Bryan B; Morrison, Gillian; Kopple, Joel D

    2016-03-01

    Studies that examined dietary energy requirements (DERs) of patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) have shown mixed results. Many studies reported normal DERs, but some described increased energy needs. DERs in MHD patients have been estimated primarily from indirect calorimetry and from nitrogen balance studies. The present study measured DERs in MHD patients on the basis of their dietary energy intake and changes in body composition. This study assessed DERs in MHD patients who received a constant energy intake while changes in their body composition were measured. Seven male and 6 female sedentary, clinically stable MHD patients received a constant mean (±SD) energy intake for 92.2 ± 7.9 d while residing in a metabolic research ward. Changes in fat and fat-free mass, measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, were converted to calorie equivalents and added to energy intake to calculate energy requirements. The average DER was 31 ± 3 kcal · kg(-1) · d(-1) calculated from energy intake and change in fat and fat-free calories, which was 28 ± 197 kcal/d over the 92 d of the study. DERs of MHD patients correlated strongly with their body weight (r = 0.81, P = 0.002) and less closely with their measured resting energy expenditure expressed as kcal/d (r = 0.69, P = 0.01). Although the average observed DER in MHD patients was similar to published estimated values for normal sedentary individuals of similar age and sex, there was wide variability in DER among individual patients (range: 26-36 kcal · kg(-1) · d(-1)). Average DERs of sedentary, clinically stable patients receiving MHD are similar to those of sedentary normal individuals. Our data do not support the theory that MHD patients have increased DERs. Due to the high variability in DERs, careful monitoring of the nutritional status of individual MHD patients is essential. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT02194114. © 2016 American Society for Nutrition.

  8. Comparison of Srs-24 And Srs-22 Scores in Thirty Eight Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Who Had Undergone Surgical Correction

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    CYW Chan; LB Saw; Kwan MK

    2009-01-01

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects patients’ self image and confidence. Surgery is offered when the curvature is greater than 50 degrees based on the likelihood of curvature progression. Outcome measures for scoliosis correction can be described in terms of radiological improvement or improvement of health related quality of life scores. The Scoliosis Research Society 22 (SRS-22) and Scoliosis Research Society 24 (SRS-24) questionnaires are widely accepted and ...

  9. Risk factors for SARS transmission from patients requiring intubation: a multicentre investigation in Toronto, Canada.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In the 2003 Toronto SARS outbreak, SARS-CoV was transmitted in hospitals despite adherence to infection control procedures. Considerable controversy resulted regarding which procedures and behaviours were associated with the greatest risk of SARS-CoV transmission. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to identify risk factors for transmission of SARS-CoV during intubation from laboratory confirmed SARS patients to HCWs involved in their care. All SARS patients requiring intubation during the Toronto outbreak were identified. All HCWs who provided care to intubated SARS patients during treatment or transportation and who entered a patient room or had direct patient contact from 24 hours before to 4 hours after intubation were eligible for this study. Data was collected on patients by chart review and on HCWs by interviewer-administered questionnaire. Generalized estimating equation (GEE logistic regression models and classification and regression trees (CART were used to identify risk factors for SARS transmission. RESULTS: 45 laboratory-confirmed intubated SARS patients were identified. Of the 697 HCWs involved in their care, 624 (90% participated in the study. SARS-CoV was transmitted to 26 HCWs from 7 patients; 21 HCWs were infected by 3 patients. In multivariate GEE logistic regression models, presence in the room during fiberoptic intubation (OR = 2.79, p = .004 or ECG (OR = 3.52, p = .002, unprotected eye contact with secretions (OR = 7.34, p = .001, patient APACHE II score > or = 20 (OR = 17.05, p = .009 and patient Pa0(2/Fi0(2 ratio < or = 59 (OR = 8.65, p = .001 were associated with increased risk of transmission of SARS-CoV. In CART analyses, the four covariates which explained the greatest amount of variation in SARS-CoV transmission were covariates representing individual patients. CONCLUSION: Close contact with the airway of severely ill patients and failure of infection control practices to prevent exposure

  10. PHARMACOECONOMIC ASPECTS OF NICOTINE ADDICTION TREATMENT IN PATIENTS WITH ANGINA REQUIRING CARDIAC SURGERY

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    A. V. Rudakova

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Smoking is a major risk factor in patients with angina pectoris. Interventions that facilitate the rejection of it are an important part of the treatment. Aim. To analyze the cost effectiveness of the partial agonist of nicotinic receptors, varenicline, in patients with angina who require cardiac interventions. Material and methods. The estimation was conducted using a Markov model based on the results of clinical trials and epidemiological studies. The cost of treatment of complications were calculated on the basis of compulsory medical insurance rates for St. Petersburg in 2011. Results. The varenicline therapy in 70-year-old patients before cardiac surgery reduces hospital mortality at an extremely high cost-effectiveness (the cost of preventing one death - 148.8 thousand rubles. The cost/effectiveness ratio in the analysis for the period of survival of patients in this situation was 31.3 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life. Life expectancy will be increased by an average of 0.147 years. Analysis for the period of survival of 50-year-old patients has shown that in patients after cardiac surgery cost-effectiveness of varenicline is extremely high (in the analysis from the perspective of the health care system the cost/effectiveness ratio was 36.0 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life, in the analysis, taking into account the social perspective – 17.9 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life. Increase in the life expectancy of 50 year-old patients will be 0.291 year in average. Conclusion. Varenicline therapy of patients with angina pectoris is the economy before cardiac surgery , and after their execution, and this applies not only young, but older patients. The desirability of varenicline including to federal and regional programs to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is shown.

  11. PHARMACOECONOMIC ASPECTS OF NICOTINE ADDICTION TREATMENT IN PATIENTS WITH ANGINA REQUIRING CARDIAC SURGERY

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    A. V. Rudakova

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Smoking is a major risk factor in patients with angina pectoris. Interventions that facilitate the rejection of it are an important part of the treatment. Aim. To analyze the cost effectiveness of the partial agonist of nicotinic receptors, varenicline, in patients with angina who require cardiac interventions. Material and methods. The estimation was conducted using a Markov model based on the results of clinical trials and epidemiological studies. The cost of treatment of complications were calculated on the basis of compulsory medical insurance rates for St. Petersburg in 2011. Results. The varenicline therapy in 70-year-old patients before cardiac surgery reduces hospital mortality at an extremely high cost-effectiveness (the cost of preventing one death - 148.8 thousand rubles. The cost/effectiveness ratio in the analysis for the period of survival of patients in this situation was 31.3 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life. Life expectancy will be increased by an average of 0.147 years. Analysis for the period of survival of 50-year-old patients has shown that in patients after cardiac surgery cost-effectiveness of varenicline is extremely high (in the analysis from the perspective of the health care system the cost/effectiveness ratio was 36.0 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life, in the analysis, taking into account the social perspective – 17.9 thousand rubles for 1 additional year of life. Increase in the life expectancy of 50 year-old patients will be 0.291 year in average. Conclusion. Varenicline therapy of patients with angina pectoris is the economy before cardiac surgery , and after their execution, and this applies not only young, but older patients. The desirability of varenicline including to federal and regional programs to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is shown.

  12. Precise Correction of the Dystrophin Gene in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patient Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells by TALEN and CRISPR-Cas9

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    Hongmei Lisa Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD is a severe muscle-degenerative disease caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. Genetic correction of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs by TALENs or CRISPR-Cas9 holds promise for DMD gene therapy; however, the safety of such nuclease treatment must be determined. Using a unique k-mer database, we systematically identified a unique target region that reduces off-target sites. To restore the dystrophin protein, we performed three correction methods (exon skipping, frameshifting, and exon knockin in DMD-patient-derived iPSCs, and found that exon knockin was the most effective approach. We further investigated the genomic integrity by karyotyping, copy number variation array, and exome sequencing to identify clones with a minimal mutation load. Finally, we differentiated the corrected iPSCs toward skeletal muscle cells and successfully detected the expression of full-length dystrophin protein. These results provide an important framework for developing iPSC-based gene therapy for genetic disorders using programmable nucleases.

  13. Platelet adhesiveness and aggregation in congenital afibrinogenemia. An investigation of three patients with post-transfusion, cross-correction studies between two of them.

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    Girolami, A; De Marco, L; Virgolini, L; Peruffo, R; Fabris, F

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    Platelet adhesiveness and aggregation were studied in three patients with congenital afibrinogenemia. The results obtained may be summarized as follows: The retention of platelets to a glass-bead filter determined with the Salzman method was significantly decreased; it was normal after fibrinogen infusion. With a modification of the Hellem test the values obtained were slightly decreased. Adrenalin-induced aggregation was absent whereas ADP-and collagen-induced aggregation was near normal or slightly decreased. Thrombofax aggregation was absent in citrated plasma. The abnormalities of platelet aggregation were corrected after fibrinogen infusion or after addition in vitro of fibrinogen, hemofilia A plasma and PPP obtained from an afibrinogenemic patient after fibrinogen infusion. The abnormalities of platelet aggregation were corrected well by ADP, collagen and Thrombofax in heparinized blood, but only a slight correction of adrenalin-induced aggregation was noted. Thrombin aggregation proved to be normal with the higher concentrations, whereas it was defective with the lower ones. Ristocetin aggregation was normal in citrated plasma at the concentration of 1.5 mg per ml but it was absent at the lower concentration (1.0 mg per ml). Ristocetin aggregation was, on the other hand absent in heparinized blood regardless of the concentration. These findings are in agreement with the presence of a prolonged bleeding time in congenital afibrinogenemia and suggest that fibrinogen plays an important role in platelet aggregation and adhesiveness.

  14. Causes and correction of dissatisfaction after implantation of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses

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    Gibbons, Allister; Ali, Tayyeba K; Waren, Daniel P; Donaldson, Kendall E

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the causes and possible solutions for patient dissatisfaction after the implantation of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs). Methods This study was a retrospective review of clinical records. All patients who were seen between January 2009 and December 2013 whose primary reason for consultation was dissatisfaction with visual performance after presbyopia-correcting IOL implantation were included in the study. A single treating physician, who determined the most probable cause of dissatisfaction, decided which interventions to pursue following the initial consultation. Results Data from 74 eyes of 49 patients were analyzed. The most common cause for complaint was blurry or foggy vision both for distance and near (68%). Complaints were most frequently attributed to residual refractive error (57%) and dry eye (35%). The most common interventions pursued were treatment of refractive error with glasses or contact lenses (46%) and treatment for dry eye (24%). Corneal laser vision correction was done in 8% of eyes; 7% required an IOL exchange. After the interventions, 45% of patients had completed resolution of symptoms, 23% of patients were partially satisfied with the results, and 32% remained completely dissatisfied with the final results. Conclusion The most identifiable causes of dissatisfaction after presbyopia-correcting IOL implantation are residual refractive error and dry eye. Most patients can be managed with conservative treatment, though a significant number of patients remained unsatisfied despite multiple measures. PMID:27784985

  15. Antithrombotic management in patients with percutaneous coronary intervention requiring oral anticoagulation

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    Jarosław Zalewski

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    Full Text Available The dynamic evolution of therapeutic options including the use of vitamin K antagonists (VKA, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOAC, more potent antiplatelet drugs as well as new generation drug-eluting stents could lead to the view that the current recommendations on the management of patients with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI requiring oral anticoagulation do not keep up with the results of several clinical studies published within the last 5 years. In the present overview, we summarize the recent advances in antithrombotic management used in atrial fibrillation patients undergoing PCI for stable coronary artery disease or acute coronary syndrome (ACS. The safety and efficacy of prasugrel and ticagrelor taken with oral anticoagulants also remain to be established in randomized trials; therefore the P2Y12 inhibitor clopidogrel on top of aspirin or without is now recommended to be used together with a VKA or NOAC. It is still unclear which dose of a NOAC in combination with antiplatelet agents and different stents should be used in this clinical setting and whether indeed NOAC are safer compared with VKA in such cardiovascular patients. Moreover, we discuss the use of anticoagulation in addition to antiplatelet therapy for secondary prevention in patients with ACS. To minimize bleeding risk in anticoagulated patients following PCI or ACS, the right agent should be prescribed to the right patient at the right dose and supported by regular clinical evaluation and laboratory testing, especially assessment of renal function when a NOAC is used.

  16. User requirements for a practice-integrated nurse-administered online communication service for cancer patients.

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    Ruland, Cornelia M; Borosund, Elin; Varsi, Cecilie

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes the use of participatory design methods in the development of a nurse-administered online patient-provider communication (OPPC) service that is designed to be integrated into routine clinical practice. The OPPC service let patients stay connected with expert nurses and other health care providers to ask questions and receive advice from home. Through focus groups, workshops, heuristic evaluations and usability testing, we identified patients' and clinicians' (nurses' and physicians') user requirements, factors important for successful adoption, implementation and maintenance of the OPPC service, and usability. This paper shares important insights from these participatory design processes that may be helpful for other researchers who wish to implement clinical applications into routine practice.

  17. Confidence in correct inhaler technique and its association with treatment adherence and health status among US patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Amin, Alpesh N; Ganapathy, Vaidyanathan; Roughley, Adam; Small, Mark

    2017-01-01

    Improper use of bronchodilators is associated with poor disease control, nonadherence to long-term therapy, and poor clinical outcomes. Our current understanding of factors associated with correct inhaler use and adherence is limited. We measured physician-and patient-reported confidence in device usage and associations with treatment adherence and COPD-related health status. This was an analysis of a US observational, point-in-time survey of physicians and patients. Physicians who met study eligibility criteria completed surveys for 5 consecutive, eligible patients who were then invited to respond to questionnaires. We assessed patient demographics, type of prescribed inhaler device(s), device training, COPD severity, comorbidities, physician-and patient self-reported confidence in device usage, treatment adherence, and health status. Completed questionnaires for 373 patients were provided by 134 physicians. Complete confidence in device usage was observed for 22% and 17% of patients as reported by patients and physicians, respectively. Greater confidence was associated with higher self-reported adherence to inhaler usage. Physicians were more likely than patients to report lower levels of patient confidence in device usage. High physician- and patient-reported confidence were associated with more favorable health status. Predictors of confidence in device usage included fewer comorbidities, no depression, and higher education levels. Low confidence in inhaler usage was associated with lower adherence and poor COPD-related health status. Choice of inhaler device tailored to patients' ability to use specific devices and ongoing education to support optimal inhaler usage may improve patient confidence and enhance both adherence and health status.

  18. Correction for Patient Sway in Radiographic Biplanar Imaging for Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Spine: In Vitro Study of a New Method

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    Legaye, J. (Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Univ. of Louvain - Mont-Godinne, Yvoir (Belgium)); Saunier, P.; Dumas, R. (Univ. of Lyon 1 - INRETS, Villeurbanne (France)); Vallee, C. (Radiology Dept., Hpital Raymond Poincare, Garches (France))

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    Background: Three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions of the spine in the upright position are classically obtained using two-dimensional, non-simultaneous radiographic imaging. However, a subject's sway between exposures induces inaccuracy in the 3D reconstructions. Purpose: To evaluate the impact of patient sway between successive radiographic exposures, and to test if 3D reconstruction accuracy can be improved by a corrective method with simultaneous Moire-X-ray imaging. Material and Methods: Using a calibrated deformable phantom perceptible by both techniques (Moire and X-ray), the 3D positional and rotational vertebral data from 3D reconstructions with and without the corrective procedure were compared to the corresponding data of computed tomography (CT) scans, considered as a reference. All were expressed in the global axis system, as defined by the Scoliosis Research Society. Results: When a sagittal sway of 10 deg occurred between successive biplanar X-rays, the accuracy of the 3D reconstruction without correction was 8.8 mm for the anteroposterior vertebral locations and 6.4 deg for the sagittal orientations. When the corrective method was applied, the accuracy was improved to 1.3 mm and 1.5 deg, respectively. Conclusion: 3D accuracy improved significantly by using the corrective method, whatever the subject's sway. This technique is reliable for clinical appraisal of the spine, if the subject's sway does not exceed 10 deg. For greater sway, improvement persists, but a risk of lack of accuracy exists

  19. Significance of hanging total spine x-ray to estimate the indicative correction angle by brace wearing in idiopathic scoliosis patients

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    Kuroki Hiroshi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although most idiopathic scoliosis patients subject to conservative treatment in daily clinical practice, there have been no ideal methods to evaluate the spinal flexibility for the patients who are scheduled the brace treatment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of hanging total spine x-ray to estimate the indicative correction angle by brace wearing in idiopathic scoliosis patients. Methods One hundred seventy-six consecutive patients with idiopathic scoliosis who were newly prescribed the Osaka Medical College (OMC brace were studied. The study included 14 boys and 162 girls with a mean age of 13 years and 1 month. The type of curves consisted of 62 thoracic, 23 thoracolumbar, 22 lumbar, 42 double major, 14 double thoracic, and 13 triple curve pattern. We compared the Cobb angles on initial brace wearing (BA and in hanging position (HA. Of those, 108 patients who had main thoracic curves were selected and evaluated the corrective ability of OMC brace. These subjects were divided into three groups according to the relation between BA and HA (BA HA group, and then, maturity was compared among them. Results The average Cobb angle in upright position (UA of all cases was 31.0 ± 7.8°. The average BA and HA of all cases were 20.3 ± 9.5° and 21.1 ± 8.4°, respectively. The average chronological age was lowest in BA Conclusions The use of hanging total spine x-ray served as a useful tool to estimate the degree of correction possible curve within the OMC brace for main thoracic curve in idiopathic scoliosis. Maturity had some influence on the correlation between HA and BA. Namely, in immature patients, HA tended to be larger than BA. In contrast, in mature patients, HA had a tendency to be smaller than BA. With consideration for spinal flexibility based on maturity, in mature patients, larger BA than HA may be allowed. However, in immature patients, smaller BA than HA should be aimed.

  20. Managing chronic pain in elderly patients requires a CHANGE of approach.

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    Kress, Hans-Georg; Ahlbeck, Karsten; Aldington, Dominic; Alon, Eli; Coaccioli, Stefano; Coluzzi, Flaminia; Huygen, Frank; Jaksch, Wolfgang; Kalso, Eija; Kocot-Kępska, Magdalena; Mangas, Ana Cristina; Margarit Ferri, Cesar; Morlion, Bart; Müller-Schwefe, Gerhard; Nicolaou, Andrew; Pérez Hernández, Concepción; Pergolizzi, Joseph; Schäfer, Michael; Sichère, Patrick

    2014-06-01

    In many countries, the number of elderly people has increased rapidly in recent years and this is expected to continue; it has been predicted that almost a quarter of the population in the European Union will be over 65 years of age in 2035. Many elderly people suffer from chronic pain but it is regularly under-treated, partly because managing these patients is often complex. This paper outlines the extent of untreated pain in this population and the consequent reduction in quality of life, before articulating the reasons why it is poorly or inaccurately diagnosed. These include the patient's unwillingness to complain, atypical pain presentations, multiple morbidities and cognitive decline. Successful pain management depends upon accurate diagnosis, which is based upon a complete history and thorough physical examination, as well as an assessment of psychosocial functioning. Poor physician/patient communication can be improved by using standardized instruments to establish individual treatment targets and measure progress towards them. User-friendly observational instruments may be valuable for patients with dementia. In line with the widely accepted biopsychosocial model of pain, a multidisciplinary approach to pain management is recommended, with pharmacotherapy, psychological support, physical rehabilitation and interventional procedures available if required. Declining organ function and other physiological changes require lower initial doses of analgesics and less frequent dosing intervals, and the physician must be aware of all medications that the patient is taking, in order to avoid drug/drug interactions. Non-adherence to treatment is common, and various strategies can be employed to improve it; involving the elderly patient's caregivers and family, using medication systems such as pill-boxes, or even sending text messages. In the long term, the teaching of pain medicine needs to be improved--particularly in the use of opioids--both at undergraduate level

  1. Persistent cat scratch disease requiring surgical excision in a patient with MPGN.

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    King, Katherine Y; Hicks, M John; Mazziotti, Mark V; Eldin, Karen W; Starke, Jeffrey R; Michael, Mini

    2015-06-01

    We present the case of a 13-year-old immunosuppressed patient with unrelenting cat scratch disease despite 9 months of antibiotic therapy. The patient was being treated with mycophenolate and prednisone for membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (type 1) diagnosed 13 months before the onset of cat scratch disease. Cat scratch disease was suspected due to epitrochlear lymphadenitis and an inoculation papule on the ipsilateral thumb, and the diagnosis was confirmed by the use of acute and convalescent titers positive for Bartonella henselae. The patient experienced prolonged lymphadenitis despite azithromycin and rifampin therapy, and she developed a draining sinus tract ∼4 months after initial inoculation while receiving antibiotics. Acute exacerbation of the primary supratrochlear node prompted incision and drainage of the area, with no improvement in the disease course. Ultimately, excision of all affected nodes and the sinus tract 9 months after the initial diagnosis was required to achieve resolution. Bartonella was detected at a high level according to a polymerase chain reaction assay in the excised nodes. Persistent treatment with oral antibiotics may have prevented disseminated infection in this immunosuppressed patient. Surgical excision of affected nodes should be considered in patients with cat scratch disease that persists beyond 16 weeks.

  2. Public versus Private Drug Insurance and Outcomes of Patients Requiring Biologic Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Rumman, Amir; Candia, Roberto; Sam, Justina J.; Croitoru, Kenneth; Silverberg, Mark S.; Steinhart, A. Hillary

    2017-01-01

    Background. Antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy is a highly effective but costly treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Methods. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of IBD patients who were prescribed anti-TNF therapy (2007–2014) in Ontario. We assessed if the insurance type was a predictor of timely access to anti-TNF therapy and nonroutine health utilization (emergency department visits and hospitalizations). Results. There were 268 patients with IBD who were prescribed anti-TNF therapy. Public drug coverage was associated with longer median wait times to first dose than private one (56 versus 35 days, P = 0.002). After adjusting for confounders, publicly insured patients were less likely to receive timely access to anti-TNF therapy compared with those privately insured (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.66; 95% CI: 0.45–0.95). After adjustment for demographic and clinical characteristics, publicly funded subjects were more than 2-fold more likely to require hospitalization (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 2.30; 95% CI: 1.19–4.43) and ED visits (IRR 2.42; 95% CI: 1.44–4.08) related to IBD. Conclusions. IBD patients in Ontario with public drug coverage experienced greater delays in access to anti-TNF therapy than privately insured patients and have a higher rate of hospitalizations and ED visits related to IBD. PMID:28239601

  3. Public versus Private Drug Insurance and Outcomes of Patients Requiring Biologic Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Amir Rumman

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF therapy is a highly effective but costly treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD. Methods. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of IBD patients who were prescribed anti-TNF therapy (2007–2014 in Ontario. We assessed if the insurance type was a predictor of timely access to anti-TNF therapy and nonroutine health utilization (emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Results. There were 268 patients with IBD who were prescribed anti-TNF therapy. Public drug coverage was associated with longer median wait times to first dose than private one (56 versus 35 days, P=0.002. After adjusting for confounders, publicly insured patients were less likely to receive timely access to anti-TNF therapy compared with those privately insured (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.66; 95% CI: 0.45–0.95. After adjustment for demographic and clinical characteristics, publicly funded subjects were more than 2-fold more likely to require hospitalization (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 2.30; 95% CI: 1.19–4.43 and ED visits (IRR 2.42; 95% CI: 1.44–4.08 related to IBD. Conclusions. IBD patients in Ontario with public drug coverage experienced greater delays in access to anti-TNF therapy than privately insured patients and have a higher rate of hospitalizations and ED visits related to IBD.

  4. The impact of dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury on long-term prognosis of patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation: nationwide population-based study.

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    Chia-Ter Chao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV is increasingly common worldwide, consuming enormous healthcare resources. Factors that modify PMV outcome are still obscure. METHODS: We selected patients without preceding mechanical ventilation within the one past year and who developed PMV during index admission in Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI system during 1998-2007 for comparison of mortality and resource use. They were divided into three groups: (1 patients with end-stage renal diseases (ESRD before the index admission for PMV onset; (2 patients with dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury (AKI-dialysis during the hospitalization course; and (3 patients without AKI or with non dialysis-requiring AKI during the hospitalization course (non-AKI. We used a random-effects logistic regression model to identify factors associated with mortality. RESULTS: Compared with the other two groups, patients with AKI-dialysis had significantly longer mechanical ventilation, more frequent use of vasopressors, longer intensive care unit/hospital stay and higher inpatient expenditures during the index admission. Relative to non-AKI patients, patients with AKI-dialysis had an elevated mortality hazard; the adjusted relative risk ratios were 1.51 (95% confidence interval [CI]:1.46-1.56, 1.27 (95% CI: 1.23-1.32, and 1.10 (95% CI: 1.08-1.12 for mortality rates at discharge, 3 months, and 4 years after PMV, respectively. Patients with AKI-dialysis also consumed significantly higher total in-patient expenditure than the other two patient groups (p<0.001. CONCLUSIONS: Among patients that need PMV care during an admission, the presence of de novo AKI requiring dialysis significantly increased short and long term mortality, and demand for health care resources.

  5. Correction of camptocormia using a cruciform anterior spinal hyperextension brace and back extensor strengthening exercise in a patient with Parkinson disease.

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    Ye, Byung Kook; Kim, Hyoung-Seop; Kim, Yong Wook

    2015-02-01

    Parkinson disease, one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, is characterized by cardinal motor features including bradykinesia, rigidity, resting tremor, postural instability, freezing gait, and fatigue. Of these, postural instability in the form of hyperflexion of the thoracolumbar spine upon standing and walking that disappears on recumbent positioning is called camptocormia. Many different trials have been conducted on the treatment of camptocormia, including physiotherapy, corsets, medications, and deep brain stimulation. However, there is insufficient evidence as to which treatment modality is the most valid in terms of effectiveness, cost, safety, and patient satisfaction. In this study, we present a patient whose symptom of camptocormia was effectively resolved using a cruciform anterior spinal hyperextension (CASH) brace and back extensor strengthening exercise which was modified through follow-ups based on a short-term outpatient setting for proper application with minimal discomfort. The patient was satisfied with the amount of correction provided by the brace and exercise.

  6. Prognostic indicators and patterns of renal recovery in patients requiring hemodialysis for acute kidney injury

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    Vaddadi Suresh, Usha Bhargavi E, N.S.R.C Guptha, Vinod L, Vijay Kumar P, Ravinder P

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    Full Text Available Background: The outcome of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI is highly variable. Patients who receive renal replacement therapy (RRT for similar diseases may recover differently. The factors that operate in each patient may alter the prognosis and outcome. Aims: Our study aims at identification of prognostic factors influencing recovery in patients who required hemodialysis for AKI. Material and Methods: Patients admitted in different ICUs with AKI who underwent hemodialysis in a tertiary care hospital over a three year period were included in the study. Time from day one of disease to first dialysis, hematological and biochemical parameters were noted. Patients were grouped based on the time taken for recovery of renal function following hemodialysis into group A (2 weeks. Studied parameters have been statistically analyzed to find any significant association with recovery time. Results: Out of 63 patients, 9 progressed to chronic kidney disease. In the remaining 54, Group A comprised 31 and group B 23. Out of all the factors studied, serum creatinine (7.0±1.3 vs 8.4±3.8; P=0.018, S. bicarbonate (21.7±2.8 vs 19.7±3.8; P=0.03, pH at admission (7.25±0.13 vs 7.1±0.19; P=0.048; number of hemodialysis sessions (3.5 ±1.5 vs 5±2.4; P=0.016 and time lag from day one of disease to first hemodialysis (8.6 ± 3.6 vs 11.5±5.9; P=0.007 showed significant association with recovery time. Conclusion: Recovery following AKI is influenced by factors liked delayed presentation, late initiation of hemodialysis, low pH and low bicarbonate which can predict delayed renal recovery following hemodialysis.

  7. Nasal Functional Evaluation Using Nasal Endoscopy, Acoustic Rhinometry, and Rhinomanometry on Nasal Airway-Obstructed Patients after Endoscopic Septoplasty, Corrective Rhinoplasty, and Internal Nasal Valve Surgery

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    Yiğit Özer Tiftikcioğlu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Rhinoplasty is a very common surgical procedure that is performed throughout the world as well as in our country for aesthetic concerns, nasal obstruction, or both. However, functional results still remain subjective, and compared to the vast number of operations, studies about functional results in the literature are very limited. The aim of this study is to evaluate respiratory functions after corrective rhinoplasty and to find the benefits both numerically and statistically. Material and Methods: Thirty patients who were admitted to our department with nasal obstruction based on the statements of the patients were included in the study. Patients who were admitted only for aesthetic considerations were excluded from the study. These patients were preoperatively evaluated with radiographic and endoscopic imaging; preoperative nasal resistance and nasal airway cross-sectional area values were measured and recorded with acoustic rhinometry and rhinomanometry devices. Then, patients were operated by open rhinoplasty technique, and measurements were repeated at three months and one year postoperative follow-ups. Results: As a result of measurements made with rhinomanometry one year after the surgery, a decrease in resistance value was observed in 20 patients, and an increase in minimal cross-sectional area measured with acoustic rhinometry was observed in 24 patients. The values measured by both methods were found to be statistically significant. Conclusion: As a result of our study, we advocate performing both functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty operations instead of functional or aesthetic purposes alone.

  8. Protein requirements in larvae and adults of Scaptotrigona postica (Hymenoptera: Apidae [correction of Apidia], Meliponinae): midgut proteolytic activity and pollen digestion.

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    do Carmo Zerbo, A; Silva de Moraes, R L; Brochetto-Braga, M R

    2001-05-01

    The number and degree of digestion of pollen grains in the midgut and rectum, the midgut proteolytic activity and the time of pollen grain passage through the digestive tract in the stingless bee Scaptotrigona postica (Latreille) have been analyzed. The results show similar protein requirements among larvae, nurse bees and queens, as well as between forager bees and old males, but these requirements are higher in individuals from the former groups than in those from the latter. Although protein requirements have been demonstrated to vary according to a bee's activity in the colony, they are similar among bees from different castes or sexes. These changes in feeding behavior are related to the bee's function and to less competition for nourishment among individuals of the colony. It is also noted that pollen grains took between 6 and 28 h to pass through the digestive tract. Pollen grains are irregularly accumulated in the various regions of the midgut, which may reflect functional differentiation throughout the midgut.

  9. Corrective Jaw Surgery

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  10. [The training programs for correction of the nutritional disturbances behavior in patients with arterial hypertension and diabetes mellitus type 2].

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    Shapiro, I A; Kalinina, A M; Eganian, R A; Petrichko, T A; P'iankova, E Iu

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    The aim of the present study is to evaluate the alimentary disorders in patients with high risk for cardiovascular diseases, also in patients with arterial hypertension (AH) and njn--insulin-diabetes mellitus (DM). The results showed that patients with AH (155 patients) and DM (107 patients) have high prevalence of the alimentary disorders: high consumption of total fat--46% (DM) and 70.9% (AH), high consumption of carbohydrates--14.9% and 73%, salt intake--34.9% and 68.6%, respectively. Application of special training programs in groups provided stable modification of dietary habits and was more effective, compared with the traditional ones. These groups demonstrated better results in dietary habits modification, compared with the existing routine individual medical control groups.

  11. SURGICAL CORRECTION OF HALLUX VALGUS IN PATIENTS WITH TRANSVERSE FLATFOOT AND DEFORMING ARTHROSIS OF THE FIRST METATARSOPHALANGEAL JOINT

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    V. M. Mashkov

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    Full Text Available Objective: to determine the opportunity of usage of Schede-Brandes procedure in the treatment of patients with hallux valgus. Material and methods. The results of Shede-Brandeis operation were studied in 119 patients (198 feet. The study included patients who were followed up long-term results of treatment for up to 10 years. The results of the surgical treatment were assessed by the AOFAS scale and total criteria proposed I.A. Pakhomov. According to these scales the following results were obtained: the good - in 59,59% of patients, satisfactory - in 22,73%, poor - in 17,68%. Conclusion. These results allow to recommend Schede-Brandes procedure for use in elderly patients with osteoporosis, concomitant vascular diseases of lower extremities and with rheumatoid arthritis.

  12. Estimating energy requirements in hospitalised underweight and obese patients requiring nutritional support: a survey of dietetic practice in the United Kingdom.

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    Judges, D; Knight, A; Graham, E; Goff, L M

    2012-03-01

    Many methods are available to determine energy requirements, however, all have limitations, particularly when used for the obese. The aim of this survey was to investigate current practice in the estimation of energy requirements in an underweight and obese hospitalised patient in a large cohort of UK dietitians. A cross-sectional anonymous online survey of UK registered dietitians was performed. A total of 672 responses were received. Underweight patient: prediction equations with adjustment for metabolic stress and physical activity were most commonly used (90%). The median estimated energy requirement was 2079 kcals/day. The estimated energy requirement using calorie per kilogram method was significantly lower compared with equations (Prequirements was found (PNutrition support dietitians used a lower stress factor compared with non-nutrition support dietitians (P=0.016). Method used to estimate the energy requirements was associated with years in clinical practice and place of work (Prequirements was found, particularly in the obese patient group. In an age of rapidly increasing rates of obesity a professional consensus of treatment of this patient group is needed.

  13. Patient care and nursing practice when staff requirements exceed staff availability.

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    Maloney, J P; Allanach, B C; Bartz, C; Peterson, S L

    1993-08-01

    This study examined the Workload Management System for Nurses at a tertiary-care Army hospital to determine the incongruence between recommended nursing care hours and actual nursing care hours provided. The purpose of the study was to describe patient care and nursing practice when calculated staff requirements exceed actual staff availabilty. The findings of the study indicated that basic nursing care tasks were accomplished; however, professional development activities were sacrificed. The data reveal that nurses do not have the time to grow professionally through research or education, and they are reduced to assembly-line mentality as they go from task to task without being able to care for a patient as a person.

  14. Long-term outcome of patients with multiple [corrected] myeloma-related advanced renal failure following auto-SCT.

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    Glavey, S V; Gertz, M A; Dispenzieri, A; Kumar, S; Buadi, F; Lacy, M; Hayman, S R; Kapoor, P; Dingli, D; McCurdy, A; Hogan, W J; Gastineau, D A; Leung, N

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    Renal failure commonly complicates multiple myeloma (MM) and is associated with reduced survival. It is not clear whether auto-SCT results in improved renal function or attainment of independence from dialysis in patients with advanced renal impairment due to MM. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all patients who underwent auto-SCT for MM complicated by advanced renal failure at our institution over a 10-year period (2000-2010). We aimed to assess the association between auto-SCT and renal outcome in patients with serum creatinine (SCr) over 3 mg/dL, attributable to MM, including those who were dialysis dependent. Thirty patients (2.8% of all auto-SCT patients) met inclusion criteria. Fourteen of 15 patients who were dialysis dependent before auto-SCT remained dialysis dependent in the long term despite hematological response (HR). Of the remaining 15 patients with SCr >3 mg/dL, an improvement in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from 15 to 19.4 mL/min/1.73 m(2) was noted post auto-SCT (P=0.035); however, neither HR post auto-SCT or pre-existing renal function were independently associated with renal outcome. Auto-SCT was not associated with independence from dialysis in patients with renal failure due to MM at our institution. Although auto-SCT was associated with an improvement in GFR in patients with SCr >3 mg/dL, this improvement was not related to HR.

  15. Orthodontic decompensation and correction of skeletal Class III malocclusion with gradual dentoalveolar remodeling in a growing patient.

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    Cai, Bin; Zhao, Xiao-Guang; Xiang, Lu-Sai

    2014-03-01

    An 8-year-old girl with a skeletal Class III malocclusion was treated in 2 phases. Maxillary expansion and protraction were carried out as the early intervention. However, her maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular hyperplasia deteriorated with age. The phase 2 comprehensive treatment began with proper mechanics when she was 12 years old with growth potential. In the maxillary arch, an auxiliary rectangular wire was used with a round main wire and an opening spring to create space for the impacted teeth and to bodily move the anterior teeth forward. Decompensation of mandibular incisors and correction of the Class III malocclusion were achieved by short Class III elastics with light forces and a gentle interaction between the rectangular wires and the lingual root-torque slots. The phase 2 active treatment period was 4 years 8 months. The 2-year follow-up indicated that our treatment results were quite stable.

  16. Insulin signal transduction in skeletal muscle from glucose-intolerant relatives of type 2 diabetic patients [corrected

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    Storgaard, H; Song, X M; Jensen, C B;

    2001-01-01

    To determine whether defects in the insulin signal transduction cascade are present in skeletal muscle from prediabetic individuals, we excised biopsies from eight glucose-intolerant male first-degree relatives of patients with type 2 diabetes (IGT relatives) and nine matched control subjects...... phosphorylation in control subjects and IGT relatives, with a tendency for reduced phosphorylation in IGT relatives (P = 0.12). In conclusion, aberrant phosphorylation/activity of IRS-1, PI 3-kinase, and Akt is observed in skeletal muscle from relatives of patients with type 2 diabetes with IGT. However...... resistance in skeletal muscle from relatives of patients with type 2 diabetes....

  17. [Changes of fatty acids spectrum of plasma triglycerides and their pharmacological correction by statins in patients with unstable angina].

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    Lyzohub, V H; Artemchuk, O O; Dolynna, O V; Altunina, N V; Sharaieva, M L; Koniuk, T N

    2013-01-01

    The fatty acid composition of plasma triglycerides by gas chromatography, the dynamics of the segment ST, cardiac arrhythmia by daily monitoring of electrocardiogram in patients with unstable angina (progressive) and the effects of treatment with statins were studied. Revealed marked qualitative abnormalities of plasma triglycerides in patients with progressive angina manifest increase in the amount of saturated and reduction--of unsaturated fatty acids. High therapeutic effect of simvastatin and atorvastatin may be due to the identified strong correlation between the dynamics of the fatty acid components of plasma triglycerides and indicators of ischemia, ectopic activity in patients with progressive angina.

  18. Clinical audit of COPD patients requiring hospital admissions in Spain: AUDIPOC study.

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    Francisco Pozo-Rodríguez

    Full Text Available BACKGROUNDS: AUDIPOC is a nationwide clinical audit that describes the characteristics, interventions and outcomes of patients admitted to Spanish hospitals because of an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ECOPD, assessing the compliance of these parameters with current international guidelines. The present study describes hospital resources, hospital factors related to case recruitment variability, patients' characteristics, and adherence to guidelines. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: An organisational database was completed by all participant hospitals recording resources and organisation. Over an 8-week period 11,564 consecutive ECOPD admissions to 129 Spanish hospitals covering 70% of the Spanish population were prospectively identified. At hospital discharge, 5,178 patients (45% of eligible were finally included, and thus constituted the audited population. Audited patients were reassessed 90 days after admission for survival and readmission rates. A wide variability was observed in relation to most variables, hospital adherence to guidelines, and readmissions and death. Median inpatient mortality was 5% (across-hospital range 0-35%. Among discharged patients, 37% required readmission (0-62% and 6.5% died (0-35%. The overall mortality rate was 11.6% (0-50%. Hospital size and complexity and aspects related to hospital COPD awareness were significantly associated with case recruitment. Clinical management most often complied with diagnosis and treatment recommendations but rarely (<50% addressed guidance on healthy life-styles. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The AUDIPOC study highlights the large across-hospital variability in resources and organization of hospitals, patient characteristics, process of care, and outcomes. The study also identifies resources and organizational characteristics associated with the admission of COPD cases, as well as aspects of daily clinical care amenable to improvement.

  19. Value of patient time invested in the colonoscopy screening process: time requirements for colonoscopy study.

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    Jonas, Daniel E; Russell, Louise B; Sandler, Robert S; Chou, Jon; Pignone, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Previous cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening have not considered the value of patient time despite consensus recommendations to do so. The authors sought to estimate the amount and value of patient time required for screening colonoscopy. Patients who were scheduled to undergo screening colonoscopy were recruited from a university endoscopy center. Participants completed a time diary for the screening colonoscopy process, including time spent in preparation, travel, waiting, colonoscopy, and recovery. The authors defined several time intervals and estimated their value. The primary time interval of interest, called occupied time, included preparation, travel, waiting, the colonoscopy procedure, and on-site recovery. Time was valued at the 2005 average wage rate. The authors performed sensitivity analyses to test other time intervals and wage rates. They then incorporated patient time costs into a previously published cost-effectiveness analysis of colorectal cancer screening to examine their impact. One hundred ten subjects completed the study. The sample was 57% female, 85% Caucasian, and 90% insured (40% Medicare, 4% Medicaid). The mean occupied time was 23.2 hours, worth $432 at the average wage rate. The authors estimate that including patient time costs in cost-effectiveness analysis would increase the cost per life-year saved with screening colonoscopy by 68%, from $13,100 to $22,000. Sensitivity analyses showed that the increase could range from 17% to 224% depending on the time interval valued. Patient time constitutes an important cost in colonoscopy screening and should be included in cost-effectiveness analyses.

  20. Update on dexmedetomidine: use in nonintubated patients requiring sedation for surgical procedures

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    Mohanad Shukry

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Mohanad Shukry, Jeffrey A MillerUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USAAbstract: Dexmedetomidine was introduced two decades ago as a sedative and supplement to sedation in the intensive care unit for patients whose trachea was intubated. However, since that time dexmedetomidine has been commonly used as a sedative and hypnotic for patients undergoing procedures without the need for tracheal intubation. This review focuses on the application of dexmedetomidine as a sedative and/or total anesthetic in patients undergoing procedures without the need for tracheal intubation. Dexmedetomidine was used for sedation in monitored anesthesia care (MAC, airway procedures including fiberoptic bronchoscopy, dental procedures, ophthalmological procedures, head and neck procedures, neurosurgery, and vascular surgery. Additionally, dexmedetomidine was used for the sedation of pediatric patients undergoing different type of procedures such as cardiac catheterization and magnetic resonance imaging. Dexmedetomidine loading dose ranged from 0.5 to 5 μg kg-1, and infusion dose ranged from 0.2 to 10 μg kg-1 h-1. Dexmedetomidine was administered in conjunction with local anesthesia and/or other sedatives. Ketamine was administered with dexmedetomidine and opposed its bradycardiac effects. Dexmedetomidine may by useful in patients needing sedation without tracheal intubation. The literature suggests potential use of dexmedetomidine solely or as an adjunctive agent to other sedation agents. Dexmedetomidine was especially useful when spontaneous breathing was essential such as in procedures on the airway, or when sudden awakening from sedation was required such as for cooperative clinical examination during craniotomies.Keywords: dexmedetomidine, sedation, nonintubated patients

  1. Pain in the cancer patient: different pain characteristics CHANGE pharmacological treatment requirements.

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    Müller-Schwefe, Gerhard; Ahlbeck, Karsten; Aldington, Dominic; Alon, Eli; Coaccioli, Stefano; Coluzzi, Flaminia; Huygen, Frank; Jaksch, Wolfgang; Kalso, Eija; Kocot-Kępska, Magdalena; Kress, Hans-Georg; Mangas, Ana Cristina; Ferri, Cesar Margarit; Morlion, Bart; Nicolaou, Andrew; Hernández, Concepción Pérez; Pergolizzi, Joseph; Schäfer, Michael; Sichère, Patrick

    2014-09-01

    Twenty years ago, the main barriers to successful cancer pain management were poor assessment by physicians, and patients' reluctance to report pain and take opioids. Those barriers are almost exactly the same today. Cancer pain remains under-treated; in Europe, almost three-quarters of cancer patients experience pain, and almost a quarter of those with moderate to severe pain do not receive any analgesic medication. Yet it has been suggested that pain management could be improved simply by ensuring that every consultation includes the patient's rating of pain, that the physician pays attention to this rating, and a plan is agreed to increase analgesia when it is inadequate. After outlining current concepts of carcinogenesis in some detail, this paper describes different methods of classifying and diagnosing cancer pain and the extent of current under-treatment. Key points are made regarding cancer pain management. Firstly, the pain may be caused by multiple different mechanisms and therapy should reflect those underlying mechanisms - rather than being simply based on pain intensity as recommended by the WHO three-step ladder. Secondly, a multidisciplinary approach is required which combines both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment, such as psychotherapy, exercise therapy and electrostimulation. The choice of analgesic agent and its route of administration are considered, along with various interventional procedures and the requirements of palliative care. Special attention is paid to the treatment of breakthrough pain (particularly with fast-acting fentanyl formulations, which have pharmacokinetic profiles that closely match those of breakthrough pain episodes) and chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, which affects around one third of patients who receive chemotherapy. Finally, the point is made that medical education should place a greater emphasis on pain therapy, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  2. The Seesaw Technique for Correction of Vertical Alar Discrepancy.

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    Hyun, Sang Min; Medikeri, Gaurav Shankar; Jung, Dong-Hak

    2015-09-01

    Alar vertical discrepancy including alar base has been viewed as one of the most challenging reconstructive problems in rhinoplasty. The authors have created a simple technique that consistently gives aesthetically acceptable results. The authors have designed the seesaw technique to correct alar discrepancy (type 1 to 3). Type 1 has been used in 14 patients, type 2 has been used in three patients, and type 3 has been used in seven patients. Alar discrepancy was corrected satisfactorily in all cases, with good cosmetic outcome. One case required scar revision and another case required revision for overcorrection; satisfactory results were ultimately achieved in both cases. This new technique is quite easy to design and is effective in the correction of alar discrepancy. It yields good postoperative results along with satisfactory aesthetic outcomes.

  3. Surgeon motivations behind the timing of breast reconstruction in patients requiring postmastectomy radiation therapy

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    Lee, Ming; Reinertsen, Erik; McClure, Evan; Liu, Shuling; Kruper, Laura; Tanna, Neil; Boyd, J. Brian; Granzow, Jay W.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Objectives Although postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) has been shown to reduce breast cancer burden and improve survival, PMRT may negatively influence outcomes after reconstruction. The goal of this study was to compare current opinions of plastic and reconstructive surgeons (PRS) and surgical oncologists (SO) regarding the optimal timing of breast reconstruction for patients requiring PMRT. Methods Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS), and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) were asked to participate in an anonymous web-based survey. Responses were solicited in accordance to the Dillman method, and they were analyzed using standard descriptive statistics. Results A total of 330 members of the ASPS and 348 members of the ASBS and SSO participated in our survey. PRS and SO differed in patient–payor mix (p reconstruction versus SO, overall timing did not significantly differ between the two specialists (p = 0.14). The primary rationale behind delayed breast reconstruction differed significantly between PRS and SO (p reconstructive outcome is significantly and adversely affected by radiation. Both PRS and SO cited “patient-driven desire to have immediate reconstruction” (p = 0.86) as the primary motivation for immediate reconstruction. Conclusions Although the optimal timing of reconstruction is controversial between PRS and SO, our study suggests that the timing of reconstruction in PMRT patients is ultimately driven by patient preferences and the desire of PRS to optimize aesthetic outcomes. PMID:26277336

  4. [Changes of twenty-four-hour profile blood pressure and its correction of patients with arterial hypertension on the background of combined antihypertensive therapy application].

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    Solomennchuk, T M; Slaba, N A; Prots'ko, V V; Bedzaĭ, A O

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this research was the study of efficiency and endurance antihypertensive therapy on the basis of fixed combination of enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and enalapril and HCTZ in combination with amlodipine according to the twenty-four-hour (? day-and-night) monitoring of blood pressure (? 24H BPM) of patients with arterial hypertension (AH) 2-3 severity. The study included 33 patients with 2-3 grade of hypertension (average age--54,40 ± 3.45 years). All patients performed ? 24H BPM before treatment and after 12 weeks of therapy. The combination of enalapril and HCTZ allowed to achieve target levels of blood pressure in 79% of patients, amlodipine additional purpose--in 86% of patients. We found that this therapy has a corrective effect on daily blood pressure profile, significantly reducing the load pressure and blood pressure variability. During treatment with the combination of enalapril and HCTZ combination of enalapril, HCTZ with amlodipine optimal daily profile of blood pressure after 12 weeks of reaching respectively 63.1% and 71.4% of patients. The treatment with combination of enalapril and HCTZ and adding of amlodipine is characterized by good endurance and high adherence to treatment.

  5. Early versus late percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in critically ill patients anticipated requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation

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    ZHENG Yue; LI Wen-xiong; SUI Feng; CHEN Xiu-kai; ZHANG Gui-chen; WANG Xiao-wen; ZHAO Song; SONG Yang; LIU Wei; XIN Xin

    2012-01-01

    Background Tracheostomy should be considered to replace endotracheal intubation in patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation (MV).However,the optimal timing for tracheostomy is still a topic of debate.The present study aimed to investigate whether early percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) can reduce duration of MV,and to further verify whether early PDT can reduce sedative use,shorten intensive care unit (ICU) stay,decrease the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP),and increase successful weaning and ICU discharge rate.Methods A prospective,randomized controlled trial was carried out in a surgical ICU from July 2008 to June 2011 in adult patients anticipated requiring prolonged MV via endotracheal intubation.Patients meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to the early PDT group or the late PDT group on day 3 of MV.The patients in the early PDT group were tracheostomized with PDT on day 3 of MV.The patients in the late PDT group were tracheostomized with PDT on day 15 of MV if they still needed MV.The primary endpoint was ventilator-free days at day 28 after randomization.The secondary endpoints were sedation-free days,ICU-free days,successful weaning and ICU discharge rate,and incidence of VAP at day 28 after randomization.The cumulative 60-day incidence of death after randomization was also analyzed.Results Total 119 patients were randomized to either the early PDT group (n=58) or the late PDT group (n=61).The ventilator-free days was significantly increased in the early PDT group than in the late PDT group ((9.57±5.64) vs.(7.38±6.17) days,P <0.05).The sedation-free days and ICU-free days were also significantly increased in the early PDT group than in the late PDT group (20.84±2.35 vs.17.05±2.30 days,P <0.05; and 8.0 (interquartile range (IQR):5.0-12.0)vs.3.0 (IQR:0-12.0) days,P <0.001 respectively).The successful weaning and ICU discharge rate was significantly higher in early PDT group than in late PDT

  6. [Correction of the glicemia level in elderly and senile patients with diabetes mellitus, operated for purulent-necrotic foot lesion].

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    Ivashchenko, V V; Kolkin, Ia g; Koval'chuk, V S; Ivashchenko, A V

    2005-08-01

    Basing on the analysis of surgical treatment experience of 685 elderly and senile patients with diabetes mellitus, suffering purulent-necrotic affection of foot, the authors admit possibility of the insulinotherapy abolition before the operation in patients with for the first time diagnosed diabetes type II or in those, who before hospitalization received preparations in tablets, while the signs of intoxication are absent (extended purulent process, humid gangrene) and initial level of glycemia no more than 10 mmol/l.

  7. Roentgenographic evaluation of the actual CCD and AT angle according to Rippstein and Mueller. Pt. 1. Correction of the conversion tables and examination of the influences caused by deviations in the positioning of the patient

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    Grunert, S.; Brueckl, R.; Rosemeyer, B.

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    The femoral neck-shaft angle (CCD) and the angle of torsion (AT) are angles in the space; in the commonly used radiographs they are not pictured in their true and actual size (rCCD, rAT), but in a more or less deviating projected size (pCCD, pAT). The formulas required for the conversion are explained in detail and the existing conversion-tables are being corrected. The effects of minor deviations (5/sup 0/, 10/sup 0/ and 20/sup 0/ resp., increased/decreased abduction or flexion, as well as exterior/interior rotation) from the prescribed position of the patient are being calculated and displayed in diagrams. It is evident that the determination of the angle according to Rippstein and Mueller may be influenced at a considerable extent already by minor discrepancies (+-5-10/sup 0/) in the placing of the patient. In cases of high AT-angle values, or in cases where the placing of the patient causes problems and where the determination of the angle would involve major therapeutic measurements another procedure will have to be applied which should be almost independent from discrepancies in the placing of the patient.

  8. [Development of a System to Use Patient's Information Which is Required at the Radiological Department].

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    Satoh, Akihiro

    2016-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a new system to get and share some data of a patient which are required for a radiological examination not using an electronic medical chart or a radiological information system (RIS), and also to demonstrate that this system is operated on cloud technology. I used Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) as a programing language and MySQL as a server software, and I used two laptops as hardware for client computer and server computer. For cloud computing, I hired a server of Google App Engine for Java (GAE). As a result, I could get some data of the patient required at his/her examination instantly using this system. This system also helps to improve the efficiency of examination. For example, it has been useful when I want to decide radiographic condition or to create CT images such as multi-planar reconstruction (MPR) or volume rendering (VR). When it comes to cloud computing, the GAE was used experimentally due to some legal restrictions. From the above points it is clear that this system has played an important role in radiological examinations, but there has been still few things which I have to resolve for cloud computing.

  9. Clinical Practice Variability in Temperature Correction of Arterial Blood Gas Measurements and Outcomes in Hypothermia-Treated Patients After Cardiac Arrest.

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    Terman, Samuel Waller; Nicholas, Katherine S; Hume, Benjamin; Silbergleit, Robert

    2015-09-01

    Mechanical ventilation in patients treated with mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) for the postcardiac arrest syndrome may be challenging given changes in solubility of arterial blood gases (ABGs) with cooling. Whether ABG measurements should be temperature corrected (TC) remain unknown. We sought to describe practice variability in TC at a single institution and explored the association between TC and neurological outcome. We conducted a retrospective cohort study reviewing electronic health records of all patients treated with MTH after cardiac arrest. We examined whether the percentage of TC ABGs relative to total number of ABGs drawn for each subject during hypothermia was associated with the neurological outcome at hospital discharge and 6-12-month follow-up. The cerebral performance category of 1-2 was defined as a favorable outcome in the logistic regression models. 1223 ABGs were obtained during MTH on 122 subjects over 6 years. TC was never used in 72 subjects (59%; no TC group), made available in 1-74% of ABGs in 17 subjects (14%; intermediate TC group), and made available in ≥75% of ABGs in 33 subjects (27%; mostly TC group). Groups differed in the proportion of subjects with shockable presenting rhythms (47% vs. 47% vs. 76%, p=0.02) and admitting ICU (p=0.005). Favorable 6-month outcomes were more common in the mostly TC than no TC group (48% vs. 25%; OR [95% CI]: 2.9 [1.2-7.1]), but not after adjustment (OR 1.5, 95% CI 0.33-6.9). There was substantial practice variability in the temperature correction strategy. Availability of temperature-corrected ABGs was not associated with improved neurological outcomes after adjusting for covariates.

  10. Mode of correction is related to treatment timing in Class II patients treated with the mandibular advancement locking unit (MALU) appliance.

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    Candir, Muhsin; Kerosuo, Heidi

    2017-05-01

    To investigate the proportion of skeletal/dentoalveolar components for correction of Class II malocclusion in relation to the pubertal growth peak (PGP) among patients treated with the mandibular advancement locking unit (MALU) appliance. We conducted a retrospective study of 27 orthodontic patients (age range: 12-18 years; mean age 14.9 years) with skeletal Class II Division 1 malocclusion who were treated with the MALU appliance until they reached Class I occlusion with overjet and overbite within normal range. Pretreatment (T1) and posttreatment (T2) lateral cephalograms were analyzed using standard cephalometrics and sagittal occlusion analysis to assess changes in the dentoalveolar and skeletal complex. The cervical vertebral maturation (CVM) method was used to determine participants' skeletal maturation in T1 cephalograms. Based on this maturation, participants were divided into two groups: the peak group (treatment initiation before or during PGP [peak group, n=15]) or the postpeak group (treatment initiation after the PGP [n = 12]). No significant differences between groups were found at T1 for most of the skeletal and dental parameters investigated. At T2, the mean ANB angle and proclination of the mandibular incisors were significantly smaller in the peak group than in the postpeak group. In the peak group, skeletal correction comprised 54% and dental correction 46% of the total change at T2, while in the postpeak group the corresponding figures were 24% and 76%, respectively. Treatment initiated before or during PGP seems to result in a more favorable SNA/SNB relationship and less tipping of the mandibular incisors than when treatment is initiated after PGP.

  11. Correction of renal dysfunction under the influence of dietary management, exercises and lisinopril in patients with abdominal obesity and hypertension

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    Rokutova М.К.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of research is to assess the impact of diet therapy, physical activity and an ACE inhibitor (lisinopril on renal dysfunction in patients with abdominal obesity and hypertension. The study involved 14 patients with abdominal obesity, 2-3 degrees in BMI, hypertension, I-II stage, 1 degree, and severe insulin resistance. Men were 9 (64.3% patients, women - 5 (35.7% persons. The average age of the patients was 37,0±1,7 years, mean BMI - 44.7 [35.5; 46.5] kg/m2. BP was between 140-158/90-98 mm Hg. Diroton (lisinopril, Richter Gedeon Ltd, Hungary was administered 1 time per day in the morning at a dose of 10 mg. The effect of diet therapy, exercise and lisinopril on parameteres of renal function (glomerular filtration rate, urine protein, urine albumin, urine І2 microglobulin, urine albumin / creatinine ratio, І2- microglobulin / urine creatinine ratio. After 6 months of treatment there was a significant decrease in body weight (p<0.001 from 123.5 [110.0; 154.0] to 120.0 [105.0; 142.0] kg, with a BMI from 44.7 [35.5; 46.5] to 42.7 [33.9; 45.2] kg/m2 (p <0.001 and waist from 118.0 [105.0; 142.0] to 116.0 [105.0; 135.0] cm (p<0.05. Normalization of blood pressure was achieved in 71,4% (n=10 patients and a significant decrease in blood pressure - in 28,7% (n=4 persons in the 6th week of treatment. The level of GFR was significantly (p<0.01 decreased from 202.2 [156.1; 254.6] to 200.3 [148.8; 220.6] ml/min, the level of І2-mg decreased from 3.4 [1.1, 4.8] to 2.8 [1.4; 3.6] mg/24 h, the І2-mg / Cr urine ratio - from 2.3 [0.9, 4.0] to 1.9 [1.0, 2.7] mg/g, which is a positive point prognosis of obesity-associated nephropathy in these patients. GFR normalized in 2 (14.3% patients, І2-mg and І2-mg / Сr ratio - only in 1 (7.1% patients. GFR decreased in 10 (71.4% patients, І2-mg and І2-mg / Cr ratio – in 12 (85.7% patients. It is the result of complex treatment of diet, exercises and lisinopril. A significant reduction (p<0.01 of leptin

  12. Predictive factors for obtaining a correct therapeutic range using antivitamin K anticoagulants: a tertiary center experience of patient adherence to anticoagulant therapy

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    Jurcuţ R

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Ruxandra Jurcuţ,1 Sebastian Militaru,1 Oliviana Geavlete,1 Nic Drăgotoiu,1 Sergiu Sipoş,1 Răzvan Roşulescu,2 Carmen Ginghină,1 Ciprian Jurcuţ2 1Prof Dr CC Iliescu Emergency Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2Dr Carol Davila Central University Emergency Military Hospital, Bucharest, Romania Background: Patient adherence is an essential factor in obtaining efficient oral anticoagulation using vitamin K antagonists (VKAs, a situation with a narrow therapeutic window. Therefore, patient education and awareness are crucial for good management. Auditing the current situation would help to identify the magnitude of the problem and to build tailored education programs for these patients. Methods: This study included 68 hospitalized chronically anticoagulated patients (mean age 62.6±13.1 years; males, 46% who responded to a 26-item questionnaire to assess their knowledge on VKA therapy management. Laboratory and clinical data were used to determine the international normalized ratio (INR at admission, as well as to calculate CHA2DS2-VASC and HAS-BLED scores for patients with atrial fibrillation. Results: The majority of patients (62% were receiving VKA for atrial fibrillation, the others for a mechanical prosthesis and previous thromboembolic disease or stroke. In the atrial fibrillation group, the mean CHA2DS2-VASC score was 3.1±1.5, while the average HAS-BLED score was 1.8±1.2. More than half of the patients (53% had an INR outside of the therapeutic range at admission, with the majority (43% having a low INR. A correct INR value was predicted by education level (higher education and the diagnostic indication (patients with mechanical prosthesis being best managed. Patients presenting with a therapeutic INR had a trend toward longer treatment duration than those outside the therapeutic range (62±72 months versus 36±35 months, respectively, P=0.06. There was no correlation between INR at admission

  13. [Human resources requirements for diabetic patients healthcare in primary care clinics of the Mexican Institute of Social Security].

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    Doubova, Svetlana V; Ramírez-Sánchez, Claudine; Figueroa-Lara, Alejandro; Pérez-Cuevas, Ricardo

    2013-12-01

    To estimate the requirements of human resources (HR) of two models of care for diabetes patients: conventional and specific, also called DiabetIMSS, which are provided in primary care clinics of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). An evaluative research was conducted. An expert group identified the HR activities and time required to provide healthcare consistent with the best clinical practices for diabetic patients. HR were estimated by using the evidence-based adjusted service target approach for health workforce planning; then, comparisons between existing and estimated HRs were made. To provide healthcare in accordance with the patients' metabolic control, the conventional model required increasing the number of family doctors (1.2 times) nutritionists (4.2 times) and social workers (4.1 times). The DiabetIMSS model requires greater increase than the conventional model. Increasing HR is required to provide evidence-based healthcare to diabetes patients.

  14. The results of correction of endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes mellitus in patients with diabetic retinopathy and associated hypertension

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    L. K. Moshetova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose:Studying the dynamics of clinical functional and morphological status of the retina against the metabolic and antiischemic therapy of retinopathy in type 2 diabetes associated with hypertension based on indicators in the tear fluid and serum nitric oxide metabolites.Methods: Following a standard ophthalmologic examination of 50 patients, among which are the two groups are similar in age andsex. The main group (n = 37 with Cd 2, DR and DR I and II hypertension II, III stage, the average age was 62,2±1,2 years, antihypertensive therapy — an ACE inhibitor Prestarium (5 mg. Patients of the group were divided into two subgroups: the first subgroup (n = 19who underwent parabulbarnom Mildronate (10 injections, the second subgroup (n = 18, which the drug was administered intranasally Semaks (20 days. The control group (n = 13 healthy (n = 6, and patients with type 2 diabetes without DR and GB (n = 7. Quantitative determination of the stable NO metabolites was determined in biochemical method samples of serum and lacrimal fluid.Results: After completing a course of therapy for patients of the first subgroup marked decrease in retinal thickness (p ≤ 0,05 in f.centralis, temporal lobe, the upper and lower bands parafovea and temporal area perifovea, while in the second group — in 9 areas of the macular area (p ≤ 0.05. It is also noted a significant increase in sensitivity to light in the macular area in patients of both subgroups (MAIA. On the background of the treatment observed reduction of NOx in the lacrimal fluid and serum of patients in both clinical groups. Thus, reduction of NOx in the lacrimal fluid was statistically significant in the subgroup of patients receiving anti-ischemic therapy semaks (p <0,05. In both clinical subgroups after treatment revealed correlation between systolic blood pressure and the level of NOx in the serum (r = 0,4; p <0,05.Conclusion: The positive effect (p <0,05 antioxidant (Mildronat and

  15. Prolongation of heart rate-corrected QT interval is a predictor of cardiac autonomic dysfunction in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Nomura, Atsushi; Kishimoto, Mitsumasa; Takahashi, Osamu; Deshpande, Gautam A; Yamaguchi, Kenichi; Okada, Masato

    2014-05-01

    Heart rate-corrected QT interval duration (QTc) has been shown to be related to cardiac autonomic dysfunction in patients with diabetes mellitus, although this association has not been previously described in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 91 SLE patients and 144 non-SLE connective tissue disease patients visiting our clinic from November 2010 to April 2011. We compared ambulatory heart rate identified by pulse measured by automated machine in an outpatient waiting area versus resting heart rate identified on prior screening electrocardiogram. Heart rate differences were analyzed in relation to QTc interval and other characteristics. Ambulatory and resting heart rate differences were larger among SLE patients with QTc prolongation (QTc > 430 ms) than those without QTc prolongation (mean difference, 15.9 vs. 9.6, p = 0.001). In multivariate analysis, differences in heart rate were associated with QTc prolongation (OR 1.10, 95 % CI 1.01-1.21; p = 0.038), independent of age, duration of disease, immunosuppressant use, hydroxychloroquine use, diabetes mellitus, cardiac abnormality, anti-Ro/SS-A antibody positivity, or resting heart rate. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction is a common manifestation of SLE and may be related to QTc prolongation.

  16. A Case of Stercoral Perforation Detected on CT Requiring Proctocolectomy in a Heroin-Dependent Patient

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    William H. Seligman

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Stercoral perforation of the colon is rare but carries with it significant morbidity and mortality. Stercoral perforation usually occurs in elderly, immobile patients with chronic constipation. In this manuscript, we report the case of stercoral perforation in a patient due to chronic heroin dependence. We report the case of a 56-year-old male patient with stercoral perforation, diagnosed by computed tomography, secondary to heroin dependence, requiring proctocolectomy and an end ileostomy. There are very few reports in the literature describing cases of stercoral perforation and questions have been asked about the importance of preoperative cross-sectional imaging. In our case, the diagnosis of stercoral perforation was made only on CT. Although this is not the first such case to be reported, it is significant as preoperative CT imaging was influential not only in determining the aetiology of the abdominal distension seen on the plain film, but also in detecting the pneumoperitoneum which was not evident clinically or on plain radiographs.

  17. [Posttraumatic disturbances in patients with light craniocerebral injury and their correction via various variants of dynamic magnetotherapy].

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    Cherevashchenko, L A; Moliavchikova, O V; Zhuravlev, M E

    2008-01-01

    Examination of 90 patients in intermediate period of slight craniocerebral injury before and after use of curative technologies with including of dynamic magnetotherapy suboccipitally or transcranially. It is established, that choosing rehabilitation methods, it is necessary to take into consideration clinical manifestation of disease, state of cerebral blood circulation, vegetative nervous system, bioelectrogenesis of cerebrum.

  18. [PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AS A WAY OF CORRECTING MOTIVATIONAL COMPONENTS IN PATIENTS WITH PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA WITH ABDOMINAL OBESITY].

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    Sinayko, V; Korovina, L

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of motivational and targeted psychoeducational programs designed for patients with paranoid schizophrenia with abdominal obesity. We observed 34 women aged 18-42 with continuous-flow type paranoid schizophrenia. All patients had a concomitant abdominal obesity, which developed secondarily after long-term administration of second generation antipsychotic medications (at least 1 year). Based on clinical-psychopathological and psychometric methods of assessment and on the analysis of Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire we have developed modules for psychoeducational programs. Based on the results of the treatment we conclude that the application of psychoeducational programs is an effective component of complex treatment of patients with paranoid schizophrenia. Abdominal obesity should be regarded as an important and the main side effect of long-term therapy with atypical antipsychotic medications. It has a marked negative effect on subjective assessment of patients and decreases the level of their mental and social adaptation. This factor should be the basis for the formation of re-socialization and compliance-oriented actions.

  19. Surgical Versus Orthodontic Correction for Class II Patients: Age and Severity in Treatment Planning and Treatment Outcome

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    Camilla Tulloch, J. F.; Lenz, Brent E.; Phillips, Ceib

    2013-01-01

    Treatment options for Class II malocclusion include orthognathic surgery. Treatment choices are particularly difficult for young patients because of the uncertainty regarding future growth. Surgical treatment has generally been considered necessary for older patients with more severe Class II problems. The treatment records of more than 500 patients with Class II malocclusion were reviewed. Patients were grouped according to their initial treatment plan (surgery or orthodontics) and treatment outcome (overjet [OJ] reduced to function analyses using data from the patient’s pretreatment cephalogram were used to determine whether age, in combination with malocclusion severity, could predict the choice of treatment, and whether a simple set of pretreatment variables could predict the success or failure of OJ reduction. The derived equations were tested in a similar group of growing Class II children. Although the data showed clinicians use patient’s age in determining treatment choice, age did not seem to be associated with treatment outcome. The majority of the variability that determined the success or failure of OJ reduction was not explained by patient’s age or malocclusion severity. These findings suggest other factors, including psychosocial variables, need to be explored if we are to gain a better understanding of why treatments succeed or fail. PMID:10860060

  20. Correction of the functional condition of the bile excretory system in pathogenetic management of polymorbid patients with atherosclerosis

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    I. A. Gorbacheva

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the search was development of some methods for improvement of effectiveness of treatment of polymorbid patients with atherosclerosis and disordered bile outflow. Complex phytotherapy (phytocomplex «Hepar» with its hepatoprotective and choleratic effects was prescribed for 33 patients with atherosclerosis and hepatobiliary dysfunction (in addition to dietotherapy and choleratics. Administration of the balanced phytotherapy resulted in significant reduction of the cholesterol level associated with the decrease of the C-reactive protein index in the blood. These changes were followed by decrease of the blood lipids and protein substrates oxidation - the factors meaning suppression of the degree of oxidative stress and of inflammation in the body.

  1. Side effects of aesthetic therapy by lasers and IPL source: a dark side of the correct management of the patients

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    Oskarbski, George V.

    2004-09-01

    A medical practice by laser or IPL device means professional experience, reputation, strong economical investment, while a patient needs results for the bill he pays. In front of a publicity of non-invasive solutions for a broad base of clinical applications, the everyday practice offers embarrassing side effects about which it is better to prepare the users. Inefficiency, hypo-hyper-pigmentations, scars show that we need to have clear instructions and experienced studies, before emphasizing good results.

  2. Intravenous digital subtraction angiography in the assessment of patients with left to right shunts before and after surgical correction

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    Yiannikas, J.; Moodie, D.S.; Gill, C.C.; Sterba, R.; McIntyre, R.; Buonocore, E.

    1984-06-01

    Pre- and postoperative structural changes and pulmonary to systemic flow (QP/QS) ratios were assessed using digital angiography in 34 patients documented to have a left to right shunt at cardiac catheterization. There were 16 men and 18 women whose ages ranged from 4 months to 60 years. The radiographic single mask mode was used for all digital subtraction angiographic studies with a typical radiographic sequence being 80 to 100 kV, 5 to 10 mA/frame at six frames/s for 15 seconds. Renografin-76 was used as a bolus injection at 0.5 to 1.0 ml/kg via an arm vein in most patients. The level of the left to right shunt and any associated anomalies were noted and compared with results from cardiac catheterization. Digital subtraction angiographic flow curves were generated from the pulmonary arteries, and QP/QS ratios were calculated pre- and postoperatively using the gamma variate fit method and compared with the QP/QS ratio from first pass radionuclide studies. A strong correlation between preoperative digital subtraction angiographically derived QP/QS ratio and radionuclide-derived QP/QS ratio was found, with an r value equal to 0.89, p less than 0.0001. Postoperatively, all patients had a QP/QS ratio less than 1.2:1.0 for both digital subtraction angiography and radionuclide studies. The level of left to right shunt was accurately assessed in all patients, and its absence observed postoperatively. Associated anomalies, such as a persistent left superior vena cava, coarctation of the aorta and partial anomalous venous return, were identified in all cases.

  3. Left Atrial Deformation Analysis in Patients with Corrected Tetralogy of Fallot by 3D Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography (from the MAGYAR-Path Study

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    Kálmán Havasi

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: Three-dimensional (3D echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF. Objectives: To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls. Methods: The study population consisted of 19 consecutive adult patients with cTOF in sinus rhythm nursing at the University of Szeged, Hungary (mean age: 37.9 ± 11.3 years, 8 men, who had repair at the age of 4.1 ± 2.5 years. They all had undergone standard transthoracic two-dimensional Doppler echocardiographic study extended with 3DSTE. Their results were compared to 23 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (mean age: 39.2 ± 10.6 years, 14 men. Results: Increased LA volumes and reduced LA emptying fractions respecting cardiac cycle could be demonstrated in cTOF patients compared to controls. LA stroke volumes featuring all LA functions showed no differences between the 2 groups examined. LA global and mean segmental uni- and multidirectional peak strains featuring LA reservoir function were found to be diminished in adult patients with cTOF as compared to controls. Similarly to peak strains reduced global and mean segmental LA strains at atrial contraction characterizing atrial booster pump function could be demonstrated in cTOF patients as compared to controls. Conclusions: Significant deterioration of all LA functions could be demonstrated in adult patients with cTOF late after repair.

  4. Left Atrial Deformation Analysis in Patients with Corrected Tetralogy of Fallot by 3D Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography (from the MAGYAR-Path Study)

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    Havasi, Kálmán; Domsik, Péter; Kalapos, Anita; McGhie, Jackie S.; Roos-Hesselink, Jolien W.; Forster, Tamás; Nemes, Attila

    2017-01-01

    Background Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE) capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF). Objectives To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls. Methods The study population consisted of 19 consecutive adult patients with cTOF in sinus rhythm nursing at the University of Szeged, Hungary (mean age: 37.9 ± 11.3 years, 8 men, who had repair at the age of 4.1 ± 2.5 years). They all had undergone standard transthoracic two-dimensional Doppler echocardiographic study extended with 3DSTE. Their results were compared to 23 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (mean age: 39.2 ± 10.6 years, 14 men). Results Increased LA volumes and reduced LA emptying fractions respecting cardiac cycle could be demonstrated in cTOF patients compared to controls. LA stroke volumes featuring all LA functions showed no differences between the 2 groups examined. LA global and mean segmental uni- and multidirectional peak strains featuring LA reservoir function were found to be diminished in adult patients with cTOF as compared to controls. Similarly to peak strains reduced global and mean segmental LA strains at atrial contraction characterizing atrial booster pump function could be demonstrated in cTOF patients as compared to controls. Conclusions Significant deterioration of all LA functions could be demonstrated in adult patients with cTOF late after repair. PMID:28198938

  5. INFLUENCE OF PATIENTS EMOTIONAL DISORDERS AND THEIR POSSIBLE CORRECTION USING ART-THERAPY DURING REHABILITATION AFTER NEUROSURGICAL TREATMENT

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    E. V. Sinbukhova

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    Full Text Available Nowadays neurosurgery has come to an absolutely new level. Modern techniques allow to perform complex operations on the brain, spinal cord and spine. Despite the possibilities of neurosurgery the rehabilitation questions remain significant in the postoperative period. Personality features of patients play a direct role in the manifestation of spinal cord disease, and spinal somatic diseases. Stress, previous illness and injury contribute to the formation of pain behavior habits. Experienced pain is fixed in our emotions causing fear which is fixed and reproduced in the future. Because of past events consequence expectation of the future events are formed. Not adequate fixation of negative emotions, in its turn, leads to obsessions, phobias, mania. Various studies confirm the reduction of patients anxiety using art therapy. A new component of this research is to study the use of art therapy (projective drawing technique to raise the paitients autopsychology competence level.In this analysis were examined 45 patients of spinal department (21 women and 24 men, medium age 39,22, with diagnoses: spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, hernia, tumors.

  6. An Evaluation of the Responsiveness and Discriminant Validity of Shoulder Questionnaires among Patients Receiving Surgical Correction of Shoulder Instability

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    Kyle A. R. Kemp

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Health-related quality-of-life (HRQL measures must detect clinically important changes over time and between different patient subgroups. Forty-three patients (32 M, 13 F; mean age  =  26.00  ±  8.19 years undergoing arthroscopic Bankart repair completed three validated shoulder questionnaires (Western Ontario Shoulder Instability index (WOSI, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment form (ASES, Constant score preoperatively, and at 6, 12, and 24 months postoperatively. Responsiveness and discriminant validity was assessed between those with a satisfactory outcome and those with (1 a major recurrence of instability, (2 a single episode of subluxation, (3 any postoperative episode of instability. Eight (20% patients reported recurrent instability. Compared to baseline, the WOSI detected improvement at the 6- (P<0.001 and 12-month (P=0.011 evaluations. The ASES showed improvement at 6 months (P=0.003, while the Constant score did not report significant improvement until 12 months postoperatively (P=0.001. Only the WOSI detected differential shoulder function related to shoulder instability. Those experiencing even a single episode of subluxation reported a 10% drop in their WOSI score, attaining the previously established minimal clinically important difference (MCID. Those experiencing a frank dislocation or multiple episodes of subluxation reported a 20% decline. The WOSI allows better discrimination of the severity of postoperative instability symptoms following arthroscopic Bankart repair.

  7. [CARDIOREABILITATION PECULIARITIES AND CORRECTION OF VIOLATIONS OF SISTOLIC, DIASOLIC FUNCTION AND HEART RATE VARIABILITY IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME AND CORONARY ARTERY REVASCULARIZATION].

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    Shved, M; Tsuglevych, L; Kyrychok, I; Levytska, L; Boiko, T; Kitsak, Ya

    2017-04-01

    In patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent coronary arteries revascularization, violations of hemodynamics, metabolism and heart rate variability often develop in the postoperative period, therefore, the goal of the study was to establish the features of disturbances and the effectiveness of correction of left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction and heart rate variability in stages of cardiorehabilitation in patients with acute coronary syndrome who underwent coronary arteries revascularization. The experimental group included 40 patients with ACS in the postoperative period who underwent balloon angioplasty and stenting of the coronary arteries (25 patients with ST-segment elevation ACS and 15 patients without ST-segment elevation ACS). The age of examined patients was 37 to 74 years, an average of 52.6±6.7 years. The control group consisted of 20 patients, comparable in age and clinico-laboratory manifestations of ACS, who underwent drug treatment with direct anticoagulants, double antiplatelet therapy, β-blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins. Clinical efficacy of cardiorespiratory process in patients of both groups was assessed by the dynamics of general clinical symptoms and parameters of natriuretic propeptide, systolic and diastolic function of the left ventricle and heart rate variability. In the initial state, clinical and laboratory-instrumental signs of myocardial ischemia disappear in patients with ACS undergoing surgical revascularization of the coronary arteries, but clinical and subclinical manifestations of heart failure were diagnosed. The use of the accelerated program of cardiac rehabilitation already during the first month of studies leads to a decreasement of the signs of systolic and diastolic dysfunction, the level of NT-proBNP and improve in the variability of the heart rhythm wich significantly improves the life quality of patients with ACS. To monitor the effectiveness and safety of cardiac rehabilitation in

  8. [Correction of the disturbed coagulation circadian rhythm in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus treated by aspirin chronotherapy].

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    Zaslavskaia, R M; Tulemisov, E U

    2008-01-01

    Circadian rhythms of hemostasis were studied in 20 healthy subjects and 30 patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus before and after conventional therapy (CT) with aspirin (125 mg thrice daily) and chronotherapy (ChN) with aspirin taken once daily at 22.00 (i.e., two hours before the acrophase of the blood coagulation activity revealed during a chronobiological study of hemostasis pripor to the initiation of the treatment). The parameters measured in the study included results of the auticoagulation test, hemolysate of the aggregation test, thrombin time, fibrinogen level, fibrinolytic activity, fibrinolygase activity, and antithrombin III level at 07 h 00 min, 11 hr 00 min, 15 hr 00 min, 19 hr 00 min, 23 hr 00 min, and 03 hr 00 min in 20 healthy subjects and 30 patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. The data obtained were treated by cosinor analysis as described by F. Halberg. The results suggest internal and external synchronization of circadian rhythms and hemostatic parameters in healthy subjects. Coagulation activity, platelet aggregation in daytime, and blood anticoagulative potential at night increased. In diabetic patients, circadian patterns of hemostasis were disturbed by a combination of enhanced coagulation activity and platelet aggregation with a decrease of anticoagulative potential throughout 24 hours. The maximum disturbance (acrophase) occurred at night. Combined CT with aspirin and insulin therapy caused mean daily levels of plasma and platelet hemostasis to decrease in the absence of normalization of their circadian rhythms. CT not only decreased these parameters and increased anticoagulation activity but also tended to improve chronobiological structure of hemostasis. This effect was reached using thrice lower doses of aspirin.

  9. The Effects of Preoperative Oral Pregabalin and Perioperative Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion on Postoperative Morphine Requirement in Patients Undergoing Laparatomy

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    Senniye Ulgen Zengin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To evaluate and compare the effects of preoperative oral pregabalin and perioperative intravenous lidocaine infusion on postoperative morphine requirement, adverse effects, patients’ satisfaction, mobilization, time to first defecation and time to discharge in patients undergoing laparotomy.

  10. Differences in essential fatty acid requirements by enteral and parenteral routes of administration in patients with fat malabsorption

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    Jeppesen, Palle B; Høy, Carl-Erik; Mortensen, Per B

    1999-01-01

    Background: Essential fatty acid (EFA) requirements of patients receiving home parenteral nutrition (HPN) are uncertain. Objective: The objective was to evaluate the influence of the route of administration (enteral compared with parenteral) on plasma phospholipid EFA concentrations. Design...

  11. Human resources requirements for diabetic patients healthcare in primary care clinics of the Mexican Institute of Social Security

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    Svetlana V Doubova

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To estimate the requirements of human resources (HR of two models of care for diabetes patients: conventional and specific, also called DiabetIMSS, which are provided in primary care clinics of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS. Materials and methods. An evaluative research was conducted. An expert group identified the HR activities and time required to provide healthcare consistent with the best clinical practices for diabetic patients. HR were estimated by using the evidence-based adjusted service target approach for health workforce planning; then, comparisons between existing and estimated HRs were made. Results. To provide healthcare in accordance with the patients’ metabolic control, the conventional model required increasing the number of family doctors (1.2 times nutritionists (4.2 times and social workers (4.1 times. The DiabetIMSS model requires greater increase than the conventional model. Conclusions. Increasing HR is required to provide evidence-based healthcare to diabetes patients.

  12. X-PAT: a multiplatform patient referral data management system for small healthcare institution requirements.

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    Masseroli, Marco; Marchente, Mario

    2008-07-01

    We present X-PAT, a platform-independent software prototype that is able to manage patient referral multimedia data in an intranet network scenario according to the specific control procedures of a healthcare institution. It is a self-developed storage framework based on a file system, implemented in eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and PHP Hypertext Preprocessor Language, and addressed to the requirements of limited-dimension healthcare entities (small hospitals, private medical centers, outpatient clinics, and laboratories). In X-PAT, healthcare data descriptions, stored in a novel Referral Base Management System (RBMS) according to Health Level 7 Clinical Document Architecture Release 2 (CDA R2) standard, can be easily applied to the specific data and organizational procedures of a particular healthcare working environment thanks also to the use of standard clinical terminology. Managed data, centralized on a server, are structured in the RBMS schema using a flexible patient record and CDA healthcare referral document structures based on XML technology. A novel search engine allows defining and performing queries on stored data, whose rapid execution is ensured by expandable RBMS indexing structures. Healthcare personnel can interface the X-PAT system, according to applied state-of-the-art privacy and security measures, through friendly and intuitive Web pages that facilitate user acceptance.

  13. A comparative study of two techniques (electrocardiogram- and landmark-guided for correct depth of the central venous catheter placement in paediatric patients undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery

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    Neeraj Kumar Barnwal

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    Full Text Available Background and Aims: The complications of central venous catheterisation can be minimized by ensuring catheter tip placement just above the superior vena cava-right atrium junction. We aimed to compare two methods, using an electrocardiogram (ECG or landmark as guides, for assessing correct depth of central venous catheter (CVC placement. Methods: In a prospective randomised study of sixty patients of <12 years of age, thirty patients each were allotted randomly to two groups (ECG and landmark. After induction, central venous catheterisation was performed by either of the two techniques and position of CVC tip was compared in post-operative chest X-ray with respect to carina. Unpaired t-test was used for quantitative data and Chi-square test was used for qualitative data. Results: In ECG group, positions of CVC tip were above carina in 12, at carina in 9 and below carina in 9 patients. In landmark group, the positions of CVC tips were above carina in 10, at carina in 4 and below carina in 16 patients. Mean distance of CVC tip in ECG group was 0.34 ± 0.23 cm and 0.66 ± 0.35 cm in landmark group (P = 0.0001. Complications occurred in one patient in ECG group and in nine patients in landmark group (P = 0.0056. Conclusion: Overall, landmark-guided technique was comparable with ECG technique. ECG-guided technique was more precise for CVC tip placement closer to carina. The incidence of complications was more in the landmark group.

  14. Correction of vitamin D deficiency in critically ill patients - VITdAL@ICU study protocol of a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial

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    Amrein Karin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vitamin D deficiency is associated with multiple adverse health outcomes including increased morbidity and mortality in the general population and in critically ill patients. However, no randomized controlled trial has evaluated so far whether treatment with sufficiently large doses of vitamin D can improve clinical outcome of patients in an intensive care setting. Methods/design The VITdAL@ICU trial is an investigator-initiated, non-commercial, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. This study compares high-dose oral cholecalciferol (vitamin D3 versus placebo treatment in a mixed population of 480 critically ill patients with low 25-hydroxyvitamin-D levels at study enrollment (≤ 20ng/ml. Following an initial loading dose of 540,000 IU of vitamin D3, patients receive 90,000 IU of vitamin D3 on a monthly basis for 5 months. The study is designed to compare clinical outcome in the two study arms with the primary endpoint being length of hospital stay. Secondary endpoints include among others length of ICU stay, the percentage of patients with 25(OHD levels > 30 ng/ml at day 7, ICU and hospital mortality and duration of mechanical ventilation. We describe here the VITdAL@ICU study protocol for the primary report. Discussion This trial is designed to evaluate whether high-dose vitamin D3 is able to improve morbidity and mortality in a mixed population of adult critically ill patients and correct vitamin D deficiency safely. Trial registration ClinicalTrials: NCT01130181

  15. Transfusion requirements in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding: a study in a Blood Unit at a referral hospital

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    Full Text Available Objectives: 1. To study transfusion requirements in the Department of Gastroenterology of a Tertiary Referral Hospital, and their evolution over the last seven years. 2. To analyze risk factors associated with greater erythrocyte transfusion requirements. Patients and methods: erythrocyte transfusion requirements were compared for patients admitted to the Department of Gastroenterology at Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Seville, from 1999 to 2005. Clinical data of interest have been analyzed in order to determine factors associated with greater transfusion requirements. Results: 1,611 patients with a mean age of 60.45 years (59.7-61.2 were included in this study; 76.41% were males. Gastric ulcers were the cause of bleeding in 18.4% of cases (with 69% requiring transfusions; duodenal ulcers caused 22.2% of cases (with 52.9% requiring transfusions, and portal hypertension caused 33.6% of cases (with 90.2% requiring transfusions. Upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding of unknown origin requires transfusions in 88.9 and 96.2% of cases, respectively. A multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that clinical presentations such as hematemesis (odds ratio = 3.12, hematochezia (odds ratio = 33.17, gastrointestinal hemorrhage of unknown origin (odds ratio = 6.57, and hemorrhage as a result of portal hypertension (odds ratio = 3.43 were associated with greater transfusion requirements for erythrocyte concentrates. No significant differences were observed between the percentages of patients who received transfusions from 1999 to 2005. Conclusions: 1. No differences have been observed between the percentages of patients who received transfusions over the last seven years at our Department of Gastroenterology. 2. Patients presenting with hematemesis or hematochezia, in addition to those with bleeding of unknown origin or from portal hypertension, are prone to have greater transfusion requirements.

  16. Insulin signal transduction in skeletal muscle from glucose-intolerant relatives of type 2 diabetic patients [corrected

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    Storgaard, H; Song, X M; Jensen, C B;

    2001-01-01

    To determine whether defects in the insulin signal transduction cascade are present in skeletal muscle from prediabetic individuals, we excised biopsies from eight glucose-intolerant male first-degree relatives of patients with type 2 diabetes (IGT relatives) and nine matched control subjects...... in signal transduction noted for IRS-1 and PI 3-kinase may be attributed to elevated basal phosphorylation/activity of these parameters, because absolute phosphorylation/activity under insulin-stimulated conditions was similar between IGT relatives and control subjects. Insulin increased Akt serine......, the elevated basal activity of these signaling intermediates and the lack of a strong correlation between these parameters to glucose metabolism suggests that other defects of insulin signal transduction and/or downstream components of glucose metabolism may play a greater role in the development of insulin...

  17. Efficient correction of hemoglobinopathy-causing mutations by homologous recombination in integration-free patient iPSCs

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    Mo Li; Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte; Keiichiro Suzuki; Jing Qu; Preeti Saini; Ilir Dubova; Fei Yi; Jungmin Lee; Ignacio Sancho-Martinez; Guang-Hui Liu

    2011-01-01

    Dear Editor,Hemoglobinopathies are a collection of heritable diseases caused by abnormal structure or insufficient production of hemoglobins [1].Many forms of hemoglobinopathies,such as sickle cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia,which are caused by mutations of the β-globin (HBB) gene,lead to severe anemia and other life-threatening conditions.Ultimately,due to the lack of a curative treatment,patients generally have shortened life spans even under life-long supportive care.Given the high prevalence of these diseases,especially in some areas of Africa,Asia and the Mediterranean region,much effort has been devoted to developing a genetic cure for hemoglobinopathies.

  18. Investigation of iron deficiency in patients with congestive heart failure: A medical practice that requires greater attention.

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    Belmar Vega, Lara; de Francisco, Alm; Albines Fiestas, Zoila; Serrano Soto, Mara; Kislikova, María; Seras Mozas, Miguel; Unzueta, Mayte García; Arias Rodríguez, Manuel

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    Iron deficiency in congestive heart failure (CHF), with or without concomitant anaemia, is associated with health-related quality of life, NYHA functional class, and exercise capacity. Prospective, randomised studies have demonstrated that correcting iron deficiency improves the quality of life and functional status of patients with CHF, including those who do not have anaemia. The aim of this study was to analyse how frequently these iron parameters are tested and thus determine the extent to which this quality improvement tool has been implemented in patients admitted with CHF. Retrospective observational study of patients from a university hospital diagnosed with CHF on admission between 01/01/2012 and 11/06/2013. Iron parameters were tested in 39% (324) of the 824 patients analysed. There was no significant difference in age between the patients whose iron was tested and those whose iron was not tested, but the difference in terms of gender was significant (P=.007). Glomerular filtration rate and haemoglobin, were significantly lower in the group of patients whose iron was tested (P<.001). The proportion of patients with anaemia, renal failure or both was significantly higher in the group of patients who had iron tests (P<.001). Of the 324 patients whose iron parameters were tested, 164 (51%) had iron deficiency. There were no differences between patients with and without iron deficiency in terms of age or gender. The iron parameters in both groups, ferritin and transferrin saturation index were significantly lower among the patients with iron deficiency (P<.001). The glomerular filtration rate values were significantly lower in patients with no iron deficiency (P<.001). Significant differences were also observed between those with and without iron deficiency in the proportion of patients with renal failure (79 vs. 66%, respectively, P=.013), but not in terms of haemoglobin concentration. Congestive heart failure is very frequently associated with anaemia, iron

  19. Generation of a gene-corrected isogenic control cell line from an Alzheimer's disease patient iPSC line carrying a A79V mutation in PSEN1

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    Carlota Pires

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    Full Text Available Alzheimer's disease (AD is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease causing neural cell degeneration and brain atrophy and is considered to be the most common form of dementia. We previously generated an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC line from an AD patient carrying an A79V mutation in PSEN1 as an in vitro disease model. Here we generated a gene-corrected version from this hiPSC line by substituting the point mutation with the wild-type sequence. The reported A79V-GC-iPSCs line is a very useful resource in combination with the A79V-iPSC line in order to study pathological cellular phenotypes related to this particular mutation.

  20. Generation of a gene-corrected isogenic control cell line from an Alzheimer's disease patient iPSC line carrying a A79V mutation in PSEN1

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    Pires, Carlota; Schmid, Benjamin; Petræus, Carina

    2016-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease causing neural cell degeneration and brain atrophy and is considered to be the most common form of dementia. We previously generated an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line from an AD patient carrying an A79V...... mutation in PSEN1 as an in vitro disease model. Here we generated a gene-corrected version from this hiPSC line by substituting the point mutation with the wild-type sequence. The reported A79V-GC-iPSCs line is a very useful resource in combination with the A79V-iPSC line in order to study pathological...

  1. The role of curcumin as an inhibitor of oxidative stress caused by ischaemia re-perfusion injury in tetralogy of Fallot patients undergoing corrective surgery.

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    Sukardi, Rubiana; Sastroasmoro, Sudigdo; Siregar, Nurjati C; Djer, Mulyadi M; Suyatna, Fransciscus D; Sadikin, Mohammad; Ibrahim, Nurhadi; Rahayuningsih, Sri E; Witarto, Arief B

    2016-03-01

    Cardiopulmonary bypass during tetralogy of Fallot corrective surgery is associated with oxidative stress, and contributes to peri-operative problems. Curcumin has been known as a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species, which enhances the activity of antioxidants and suppresses phosphorylation of transcription factors involved in inflamation and apoptosis. To evaluate the effects of curcumin as an antioxidant by evaluating the concentrations of malondialdehyde and glutathione, activity of nuclear factor-kappa B, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, caspase-3, and post-operative clinical outcomes. Tetralogy of Fallot patients for corrective surgery were randomised to receive curcumin (45 mg/day) or placebo orally for 14 days before surgery. Malondialdehyde and glutathione concentrations were evaluated during the pre-ischaemia, ischaemia, re-perfusion phases, and 6 hours after aortic clamping-off. Nuclear factor-kappa B, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and caspase-3, taken from the infundibulum, were assessed during the pre-ischaemia, ischaemia, and re-perfusion phases. Haemodynamic parameters were monitored until day 5 after surgery. In all the observation phases, malondialdehyde and glutathione concentrations were similar between groups. There was no significant difference in nuclear factor-kappa B activity between the groups for three observations; however, in the curcumin group, c-Jun N-terminal kinase significantly decreased from the pre-ischaemia to the re-perfusion phases, and caspase-3 expression was lower in the ischaemia phase. Patients in the curcumin group had lower temperature and better ventricular functions, but no significant differences were found in mechanical ventilation day or length of hospital stay in the two groups. Cardioprotective effects of curcumin may include inhibition of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway and caspase-3 in cardiomyocytes, particularly in the ischaemia phase.

  2. The Adequacy of Doctor Patient the Relationship to the Requirements of Validity of the legal Transaction: the Doctor Patient Relationship as legal Phenomenon

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    Silvio Romero Beltrão

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This work is interdisciplinary and aims to examine the adequacy of the patient-physician relationship to the requirements of validity of legal business. The doctor-patient relationship needs a complete overview on the elements and requirements that constitute its validity in law. As a starting point analyzes the doctor-patient relationship as a legal fact, to then verify the validity requirements of the patient medical legal business, capable agent, object and lawful manner prescribed by law. Investigating the manifestation of the will as the main element of the legal transaction to define the end of the study the importance of the doctor-patient relationship by law, based on the General Theory of Civil Law.

  3. A Comparative Analysis of Nursing Manpower Requirements: Traditional Staffing Methodology versus Patient Classification System at Madigan Army Medical Center

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    intake monitoring more often than TID. CODE (B) Patient requires assistance at mealtime for prepar- ation of food (cutting meat, opening containers...CARE - Time spent in the presence of the patient and/or family ; preparation and tear-down time for direct care tasks are in- cluded since these times

  4. 非老视患者的近距离屈光矫正%Necessity of correcting short distance refractive error in non-presbyopia patients

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    刘文兰; 王莉; 杨扬; 刘珍

    2014-01-01

    and the appropriate method of correcting short distance refractive error in non-presbyopia patients by analyzing the relation between astigmatic refractive error and fixation distance. METHODS: In this prospective clinical study, 166 right eyes with myopic astigmatism were selected by sequential processing to measure at distance of 5m, 40cm and 20cm. The distance corrected near vision acuity ( NCNVA) and accommodative astigmatism corrected near vision acuity ( ACNVA) were measured with distance-corrected glasses and near -corrected glasses, respectively, using near vision chart. The astigmatism at near were measured under monocular condition with cross-cylinder lenses, with the tested eye looking straight ahead at the line of its best corrected vision acuity in near vision chart. The degree and axis of astigmatism between two distance of the three, DCNVA and ACNVA were compared by paired t test respectively if the data are normal distribution, if not, compared by Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-ranks test. RESULTS:The degree of astigmatism with accommodation was increased significantly as follow order: fixating at 20cm, 40cm and distance.[(40cm-5m): Z=-5.316, P40cm, (0.78DC± 0.43D)>5m, 0.63DC ±0.47D)]; The near vision acuity when fixing at 40cm and 20cm were both increased significantly when accommodative astigmatism corrected (Z=-5.741, P CONCLUSION: The degree of astigmatism has a tendency of increasing when fixating at near, and astigmatism with the rule will be followed by the axis, while this change is random and personalized, asthenopia is more likely to appear at the distance of maxium astigmatism change, so correct the refractive error at near may be a appropriate method to treat asthenopia.

  5. The revolving door phenomenon revisited: time to readmission in 17’145 [corrected] patients with 37'697 hospitalisations at a German psychiatric hospital.

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    Ulrich Frick

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Despite the recurring nature of the disease process in many psychiatric patients, individual careers and time to readmission rarely have been analysed by statistical models that incorporate sequence and velocity of recurrent hospitalisations. This study aims at comparing four statistical models specifically designed for recurrent event history analysis and evaluating the potential impact of predictor variables from different sources (patient, treatment process, social environment. METHOD: The so called Andersen-Gil counting process model, two variants of the conditional models of Prentice, Williams, and Peterson (gap time model, conditional probability model, and the so called frailty model were applied to a dataset of 17’145 [corrected] patients observed during a 12 years period starting from 1996 and leading to 37’697 psychiatric hospitalisations Potential prognostic factors stem from a standardized patient documentation form. RESULTS: Estimated regression coefficients over different models were highly similar, but the frailty model best represented the sequentiality of individual treatment careers and differing velocities of disease progression. It also avoided otherwise likely misinterpretations of the impact of gender, partnership, historical time and length of stay. A widespread notion of psychiatric diseases as inevitably chronic and worsening could be rejected. Time in community was found to increase over historical time for all patients. Most important protective factors beyond diagnosis were employment, partnership, and sheltered living situation. Risky conditions were urban living and a concurrent substance use disorder. CONCLUSION: Prognostic factors for course of diseases should be determined only by statistical models capable of adequately incorporating the recurrent nature of psychiatric illnesses.

  6. SU-E-I-05: A Correction Algorithm for Kilovoltage Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Dose Calculations in Cervical Cancer Patients

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    Zhang, J; Zhang, W; Lu, J [Cancer Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong (China)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: To investigate the accuracy and feasibility of dose calculations using kilovoltage cone beam computed tomography in cervical cancer radiotherapy using a correction algorithm. Methods: The Hounsfield units (HU) and electron density (HU-density) curve was obtained for both planning CT (pCT) and kilovoltage cone beam CT (CBCT) using a CIRS-062 calibration phantom. The pCT and kV-CBCT images have different HU values, and if the HU-density curve of CBCT was directly used to calculate dose in CBCT images may have a deviation on dose distribution. It is necessary to normalize the different HU values between pCT and CBCT. A HU correction algorithm was used for CBCT images (cCBCT). Fifteen intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans of cervical cancer were chosen, and the plans were transferred to the pCT and cCBCT data sets without any changes for dose calculations. Phantom and patient studies were carried out. The dose differences and dose distributions were compared between cCBCT plan and pCT plan. Results: The HU number of CBCT was measured by several times, and the maximum change was less than 2%. To compare with pCT, the CBCT and cCBCT has a discrepancy, the dose differences in CBCT and cCBCT images were 2.48%±0.65% (range: 1.3%∼3.8%) and 0.48%±0.21% (range: 0.1%∼0.82%) for phantom study, respectively. For dose calculation in patient images, the dose differences were 2.25%±0.43% (range: 1.4%∼3.4%) and 0.63%±0.35% (range: 0.13%∼0.97%), respectively. And for the dose distributions, the passing rate of cCBCT was higher than the CBCTs. Conclusion: The CBCT image for dose calculation is feasible in cervical cancer radiotherapy, and the correction algorithm offers acceptable accuracy. It will become a useful tool for adaptive radiation therapy.

  7. Age-related postoperative morphine requirements in children following major surgery--an assessment using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)

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    Hansen, T G; Henneberg, S W; Hole, P

    1996-01-01

    To investigate if small children require less morphine for postoperative analgesia than do older children and adolescents we analysed the morphine consumption pattern of 28 consecutive children on intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) following major surgery. The median age-specific morp......To investigate if small children require less morphine for postoperative analgesia than do older children and adolescents we analysed the morphine consumption pattern of 28 consecutive children on intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) following major surgery. The median age...... of this age group may have a higher total postoperative morphine requirement following major surgery than older children and adolescents....

  8. On-pump beating heart coronary surgery for high risk patients requiring emergency multiple coronary artery bypass grafting

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    von Segesser Ludwig K

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB with aortic cross-clamping and cardioplegic arrest remains the method of choice for patients requiring standard myocardial revascularization. Therefore, very high-risk patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina, onset of cardiac decompensation and requiring emergency multiple myocardial revascularization, can have a poor outcome. The on-pump beating heart technique can reduce the mortality and the morbidity in such a selected group of patients and this report describes our clinical experience. Methods Out of 290 patients operated for CABG from January 2005 to January 2006, 25 (8.6% selected high-risk patients suffering from life threatening coronary syndrome (mean age 69 ± 7 years and requiring emergency multiple myocardial revascularization, underwent on-pump beating heart surgery. The mean pre-operative left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF was 27 ± 8%. The majority of them (88% suffered of tri-vessel coronary disease and 6 (24% had a left main stump disease. Nine patients (35% were on severe cardiac failure and seven among them (28% received a pre-operative intra-aortic balloon pump. The pre-operative EuroScore rate was equal or above 8 in 18 patients (73%. Results All patients underwent on-pump-beating heart coronary revascularization. The mean number of graft/patient was 2.9 ± 0.6 and the internal mammary artery was used in 23 patients (92%. The mean CPB time was 84 ± 19 minutes. Two patients died during the recovery stay in the intensive care unit, and there were no postoperative myocardial infarctions between the survivors. Eight patients suffered of transitorily renal failure and 1 patient developed a sternal wound infection. The mean hospital stay was 12 ± 7 days. The follow-up was complete for all 23 patients survived at surgery and the mean follow-up time was 14 ± 5 months. One patient died during the follow-up for cardiac arrest and 2 patients required an

  9. On-pump beating heart coronary surgery for high risk patients requiring emergency multiple coronary artery bypass grafting.

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    Ferrari, Enrico; Stalder, Nicolas; von Segesser, Ludwig K

    2008-07-02

    Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with aortic cross-clamping and cardioplegic arrest remains the method of choice for patients requiring standard myocardial revascularization. Therefore, very high-risk patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina, onset of cardiac decompensation and requiring emergency multiple myocardial revascularization, can have a poor outcome. The on-pump beating heart technique can reduce the mortality and the morbidity in such a selected group of patients and this report describes our clinical experience. Out of 290 patients operated for CABG from January 2005 to January 2006, 25 (8.6%) selected high-risk patients suffering from life threatening coronary syndrome (mean age 69 +/- 7 years) and requiring emergency multiple myocardial revascularization, underwent on-pump beating heart surgery. The mean pre-operative left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) was 27 +/- 8%. The majority of them (88%) suffered of tri-vessel coronary disease and 6 (24%) had a left main stump disease. Nine patients (35%) were on severe cardiac failure and seven among them (28%) received a pre-operative intra-aortic balloon pump. The pre-operative EuroScore rate was equal or above 8 in 18 patients (73%). All patients underwent on-pump-beating heart coronary revascularization. The mean number of graft/patient was 2.9 +/- 0.6 and the internal mammary artery was used in 23 patients (92%). The mean CPB time was 84 +/- 19 minutes. Two patients died during the recovery stay in the intensive care unit, and there were no postoperative myocardial infarctions between the survivors. Eight patients suffered of transitorily renal failure and 1 patient developed a sternal wound infection. The mean hospital stay was 12 +/- 7 days. The follow-up was complete for all 23 patients survived at surgery and the mean follow-up time was 14 +/- 5 months. One patient died during the follow-up for cardiac arrest and 2 patients required an implantable cardiac defibrillator. One

  10. Correct Pre-Operative Diagnosis of Breast Cancer by Tru-cut Biopsy: Key Point in Breast Cancer Management and a Part of Patient Right

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    A. Joulaee

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The new revolutionary concept in breast cancer diagnosis and management during the last 3 decades significantly decreases invasion against patients while maximizing the accuracy of diagnosis and the effectiveness of treatment."n"n In this new concept team work multidisciplinary approach is the key. The presence of an interventional breast radiologist in this new approach is absolutely necessary. The role of an interventional and a non interventional breast radiologist in this team work is highlighted and must be respected, especially by surgeons. Now the surgeon performs surgery only to treat the patient either for malignant pathology or symptomatic benign masses. No surgery is acceptable for diagnosis or staging. Diagnosis is best done by preoperative Tru-cut biopsy is done by an interventional breast radiologist for non palpable lesions  in the ideal situation. For palpable lesions depending on the situation either a radiologist or a surgeon would carry out office tru-cut biopsy. For non palpable lesions, the interventional radiologist and not the surgeon performs the diagnosis. Depending on the case, either the radiologist or the surgeon can peform Tru-cut biopsy for palpable lesions. The benefits of pre-operative diagnosis are both for the patients and the whole health care system. The patient would profit the most from this new concept: -No surgery would be done for non-cancerous non-symptomatic lesions. -In the case of cancer, diagnosis would be confirmed pre-operatively. Correct pre-operative diagnosis would eliminate unnecessary surgery for benign pathology for many non-palpable and non-symptomatic palpable lesions. The patient would profit from not having surgery for a benign condition and as a result there will be no endangered health. In the same time avoidance of surgery for non-symptomatic benign breast pathology would significantly decrease the overall health care price for breast disease to have more budgets to instruct standard

  11. Effect of early correction of anemia with erythropoietin on left ventricular mass in predialysis patients:a multi-center trial

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    Fanfan HOU; Weihua PENG; Jianping WU; Zhongmin YANG; Jianping JIANG; Lizhen GAO; Yangbin PAN; Niansheng YANG; Wei CHEN; Guiyang SHU; Youming CHEN; Jian CHEN

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    Objective To assess the effects of early correction of anemia with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) on the development and progression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in patients with mild-to-moderate chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) who are not on hemodialysis. Methods A total of 158 patients with serum creatinine from 147μmol/L to 400μmol/L were nrolled in this prospective, multicenter study. Eighty-six patients with hemoglobin (Hb)<110g/L received rHuEPO treatment with a target Hb of ≥110g/L (Group A). Forty patients with comparable Hb concentration (<110g/L) but did not receive rHuEPO (Group B) and 32 patients with Hb≥110g/L and without rHuEPO treatment (Group C) were served as controls. Left ventricular mass index (LVMI) was evaluated by echocardiography at baseline and every 3 months for 2 years. Results There was no difference in age, gender, etiology of renal failure, blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors among the 3 groups. At baseline, the prevalence of LVH was 72.1% in group A,72.5% in group B and 59.4% in group C. LVMI was inversely correlated with Hb levels (r=0.70, P<0.01). During the 2-year period, the mean LVMI decreased from 142.6±25.7g/m2 to 132.4±18.5 g/m2 in group A, while increased significantly in both group B and group C. The mean Hb concentration increased from 93.8±14.6g/L to 111.2±10.3g/L (P<0.05) in group A, but tended to decrease in group B and group C. There was no significant change of the mean blood pressure, number of anti-hypertensive drugs and serum creatinine concentrations in all 3 groups. However, patients' serum creatinine doubled more often in group B and group C than in group A.Conclusions LVH was common in predialysis CRI patients and was associated with the severity of anemia. Early intervention with rHuEPO may reverse LVH in these patients.

  12. Goal-directed hemostatic therapy using the rotational thromboelastometry in patients requiring emergent cardiovascular surgery

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    Danièle Sartorius

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: We assessed the clinical impact of goal-directed coagulation management based on rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM in patients undergoing emergent cardiovascular surgical procedures. Materials and Methods: Over a 2-year period, data from 71 patients were collected prospectively and blood samples were obtained for coagulation testing. Administration of packed red blood cells (PRBC and hemostatic products were guided by an algorithm using ROTEM-derived information and hemoglobin level. Based on the amount of PRBC transfused, two groups were considered: High bleeders (≥5 PRBC; HB and low bleeders (<5 PRBC; LB. Data were analyzed using Chi-square test, unpaired t-test and analysis of variance as appropriate. Results: Pre-operatively, the HB group (n = 31 was characterized by lower blood fibrinogen and decreased clot amplitude at ROTEM compared with the LB group (n = 40. Intraoperatively, larger amounts of fibrinogen, fresh frozen plasma and platelets were required to normalize the coagulation parameters in the HB group. Post-operatively, the incidence of major thromboembolic and ischemic events did not differ between the two groups (<10% and the observed in-hospital mortality was significantly less than expected by the Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enumeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM score, 22% vs. 35% in HB and 5% vs. 13% in LB group. Conclusions: ROTEM-derived information is helpful to detect early coagulation abnormalities and to monitor the response to hemostatic therapy. Early goal-directed management of coagulopathy may improve outcome after cardiovascular surgery.

  13. Gynaecomastia correction: A review of our experience

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    Arvind Arvind

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Gynaecomastia is a common problem in the male population with a reported prevalence of up to 36%. Various treatment techniques have been described but none have gained universal acceptance. We reviewed all gynaecomastia patients operated on by one consultant over a 7-year period to assess the morbidity and complication rates associated with the procedure. Materials and Methods: Clinical notes and outpatient records of all patients who underwent gynaecomastia correction at University Hospital North Staffordshire between 01/10/2001 to 01/10/2009 were retrospectively reviewed. A modified version of the Breast Evaluation Questionnaire was used to assess patients satisfaction with the procedure. Results: Twenty-nine patients and a total of 53 breasts were operated on during the study period. Patients underwent either liposuction alone (6 breasts - 11.3%, excision alone (37 breasts - 69.8% or both excision and liposuction (10 breasts - 18.9%. Twelve operated breasts (22.6% experienced some form of complication. Minor complications included seroma (2 patients, superficial wound dehiscence (2 patients and minor bleeding not requiring theatre (3 patients. Two patients developed haematomas requiring evacuation in theatre. No cases of wound infection, major wound dehiscence or revision surgery were encountered. Twenty-six patients (89.7% returned the patient satisfaction questionnaire. Patients scored an average 4.12 with regards comfort of their chest in different settings, 3.98 with regards chest appearance in different settings, and 4.22 with regards satisfaction levels for themselves and their partner/family. Overall complication rate was 22.6%. Grade III patients experienced the highest complication rate (35.7%, followed by grade II (22.7% and grade I (17.6%. Overall complication rates among the excision only group was the highest (29.8% followed by the liposuction only group (16.7% and the liposuction and excision group (10.0%. There

  14. Two to five repeated measurements per patient reduced the required sample size considerably in a randomized clinical trial for patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases

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    Smedslund Geir; Zangi Heidi Andersen; Mowinckel Petter; Hagen Kåre Birger

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    Abstract Background Patient reported outcomes are accepted as important outcome measures in rheumatology. The fluctuating symptoms in patients with rheumatic diseases have serious implications for sample size in clinical trials. We estimated the effects of measuring the outcome 1-5 times on the sample size required in a two-armed trial. Findings In a randomized controlled trial that evaluated the effects of a mindfulness-based group intervention for patients with inflammatory arthritis (n=71)...

  15. INFLUENCE OF ABDOMINAL OBESITY ON HEART STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL CHANGES AND POSSIBILITY OF THEIR PHARMACOLOGICAL CORRECTION IN PATIENTS WITH ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION

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    V. R. Veber

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To study clinical and epidemiological features of arterial hypertension (HT combined with abdominal obesity (AO and pharmacological correction of left ventricle myocardium structural and functional disorders.Material and methods. Single-stage epidemiological study was conducted in Novgorod region population (n=4840. All patients with HT were revealed and analyzed depending on age and gender. Patients with HT grade 2 were split in two groups. 124 women (aged 49,36±1,2 y.o. and 126 men (aged 50,15±1,8 y.o. with HT and AO were included in the first group. 127 women (aged 50,05±1,7 y.o. and 125 men (aged 49,61±1,6 y.o. with HT and normal body mass index were included in the second group. Anthropometric and echocardiography examination was performed before and after 1, 3 and 6 months of therapy (metoprolol, nebivolol, amlodipine, lisinopril.Results. High prevalence of HT was revealed: 44,4% in men and 48,7% in women. AO was observed 5,4 times more often in women than this in men (18,5% and 3,4%, respectively, р<0,001. Combination of HT and AO was also revealed 5,3 times more often in women than this in men (14,3% and 2,7%, respectively, р<0,001. AO in patients with HT contributes to development of left ventricle concentric hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction.Conclusion. Antihypertensive therapy does not prevent left ventricle hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction in hypertensive patients with AO.

  16. Prior-based artifact correction (PBAC) in computed tomography

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    Heußer, Thorsten, E-mail: thorsten.heusser@dkfz-heidelberg.de; Brehm, Marcus [Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Ritschl, Ludwig [Ziehm Imaging GmbH, Donaustraße 31, 90451 Nürnberg (Germany); Sawall, Stefan; Kachelrieß, Marc [Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany and Institute of Medical Physics, Friedrich–Alexander–University (FAU) of Erlangen–Nürnberg, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen (Germany)

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    Purpose: Image quality in computed tomography (CT) often suffers from artifacts which may reduce the diagnostic value of the image. In many cases, these artifacts result from missing or corrupt regions in the projection data, e.g., in the case of metal, truncation, and limited angle artifacts. The authors propose a generalized correction method for different kinds of artifacts resulting from missing or corrupt data by making use of available prior knowledge to perform data completion. Methods: The proposed prior-based artifact correction (PBAC) method requires prior knowledge in form of a planning CT of the same patient or in form of a CT scan of a different patient showing the same body region. In both cases, the prior image is registered to the patient image using a deformable transformation. The registered prior is forward projected and data completion of the patient projections is performed using smooth sinogram inpainting. The obtained projection data are used to reconstruct the corrected image. Results: The authors investigate metal and truncation artifacts in patient data sets acquired with a clinical CT and limited angle artifacts in an anthropomorphic head phantom data set acquired with a gantry-based flat detector CT device. In all cases, the corrected images obtained by PBAC are nearly artifact-free. Compared to conventional correction methods, PBAC achieves better artifact suppression while preserving the patient-specific anatomy at the same time. Further, the authors show that prominent anatomical details in the prior image seem to have only minor impact on the correction result. Conclusions: The results show that PBAC has the potential to effectively correct for metal, truncation, and limited angle artifacts if adequate prior data are available. Since the proposed method makes use of a generalized algorithm, PBAC may also be applicable to other artifacts resulting from missing or corrupt data.

  17. Causes and correction of dissatisfaction after implantation of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses

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    Gibbons A

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    Full Text Available Allister Gibbons, Tayyeba K Ali, Daniel P Waren, Kendall E Donaldson Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the causes and possible solutions for patient dissatisfaction after the implantation of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs. Methods: This study was a retrospective review of clinical records. All patients who were seen between January 2009 and December 2013 whose primary reason for consultation was dissatisfaction with visual performance after presbyopia-correcting IOL implantation were included in the study. A single treating physician, who determined the most probable cause of dissatisfaction, decided which interventions to pursue following the initial consultation. Results: Data from 74 eyes of 49 patients were analyzed. The most common cause for complaint was blurry or foggy vision both for distance and near (68%. Complaints were most frequently attributed to residual refractive error (57% and dry eye (35%. The most common interventions pursued were treatment of refractive error with glasses or contact lenses (46% and treatment for dry eye (24%. Corneal laser vision correction was done in 8% of eyes; 7% required an IOL exchange. After the interventions, 45% of patients had completed resolution of symptoms, 23% of patients were partially satisfied with the results, and 32% remained completely dissatisfied with the final results. Conclusion: The most identifiable causes of dissatisfaction after presbyopia-correcting IOL implantation are residual refractive error and dry eye. Most patients can be managed with conservative treatment, though a significant number of patients remained unsatisfied despite multiple measures. Keywords: intraocular lens, cataract, presbyopia, multifocal intraocular lens

  18. An anaesthetic pre-operative assessment clinic reduces pre-operative inpatient stay in patients requiring major vascular surgery.

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    O'Connor, D B

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing major vascular surgery (MVS) require extensive anaesthetic assessment. This can require extended pre-operative stays. AIMS: We investigated whether a newly established anaesthetic pre-operative assessment clinic (PAC) would reduce the pre-operative inpatient stay, avoid unnecessary investigations and facilitate day before surgery (DBS) admissions for patients undergoing MVS. PATIENT AND METHODS: One year following and preceding the establishment of the PAC the records of patients undergoing open or endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, carotid endarterectomy and infra-inguinal bypass were reviewed to measure pre-operative length of stay (LoS). RESULTS: Pre-operative LoS was significantly reduced in the study period (1.85 vs. 4.2 days, respectively, P < 0.0001). Only 12 out of 61 patients in 2007 were admitted on the DBS and this increased to 33 out of 63 patients (P = 0.0002). No procedure was cancelled for medical reasons. CONCLUSION: The PAC has facilitated accurate outpatient anaesthetic assessment for patients requiring MVS. The pre-operative in-patient stay has been significantly reduced.

  19. Aberration Corrected Emittance Exchange

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    Nanni, Emilio A

    2015-01-01

    Full exploitation of emittance exchange (EEX) requires aberration-free performance of a complex imaging system including active radio-frequency (RF) elements which can add temporal distortions. We investigate the performance of an EEX line where the exchange occurs between two dimensions with normalized emittances which differ by orders of magnitude. The transverse emittance is exchanged into the longitudinal dimension using a double dog-leg emittance exchange setup with a 5 cell RF deflector cavity. Aberration correction is performed on the four most dominant aberrations. These include temporal aberrations that are corrected with higher order magnetic optical elements located where longitudinal and transverse emittance are coupled. We demonstrate aberration-free performance of emittances differing by 4 orders of magnitude, i.e. an initial transverse emittance of $\\epsilon_x=1$ pm-rad is exchanged with a longitudinal emittance of $\\epsilon_z=10$ nm-rad.

  20. Glucose and insulin variations in patients during the time course of a FDG-PET study and implications for the 'glucose-corrected' SUV

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    Hadi, Mohiuddin [Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)], E-mail: dochadi@gmail.com; Bacharach, Stephen L. [Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA (United States); Whatley, Millie [Nuclear Medicine Department, NIH, Bethesda, MD (United States); Libutti, Steven K. [Surgical Branch, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD (United States); Straus, Stephen E.; Rao, V. Koneti [Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD (United States); Wesley, Robert [Biostatistics Service, Clinical Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD (United States); Carrasquillo, Jorge A. [Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (United States)

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    Introduction: 2-Deoxy-2[{sup 18}F]fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) has an established role in the evaluation of cancer. Generally, tumor uptake and response to treatment are evaluated using the standardized uptake value (SUV). Some authors have proposed correcting SUV for glucose levels. Insulin is also thought to influence tumor uptake by changing uptake in other tissues. However, little attention has been paid to understanding the variability of glucose or insulin during a single PET study. Method: We studied the biological and instrumental variability of glucose and insulin measurements in 71 nondiabetic patients undergoing FDG-PET studies. Multiple glucose measurements were obtained in all 71 subjects, and in 69 of these 71 subjects, multiple serum insulin measurements were made. We determined the coefficient of observed variation (CV{sub ow}) and the coefficient of variation attributable to biological variability (CV{sub bv}) for both glucose and insulin. Results: The mean glucose concentration was 78.9{+-}13.5 mg/dl. The mean insulin value was 6.49{+-}5.92 {mu}U/ml. The weighted mean CV{sub ow} and CV{sub bv} was 5.0% and 3.6%, respectively, for glucose and 14.2% and 8.3%, respectively, for insulin. Conclusions: Variations in the range of 3.6% are observed in glucose measurements during the time course of an FDG scan even after accounting for analytical error; larger variations of 8.3% are observed in insulin levels. Therefore, corrections of SUV for blood glucose, especially if obtained from single measurements, can introduce additional errors of at least this much.

  1. Congenitally corrected transposition

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    Debich-Spicer Diane

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Congenitally corrected transposition is a rare cardiac malformation characterized by the combination of discordant atrioventricular and ventriculo-arterial connections, usually accompanied by other cardiovascular malformations. Incidence has been reported to be around 1/33,000 live births, accounting for approximately 0.05% of congenital heart malformations. Associated malformations may include interventricular communications, obstructions of the outlet from the morphologically left ventricle, and anomalies of the tricuspid valve. The clinical picture and age of onset depend on the associated malformations, with bradycardia, a single loud second heart sound and a heart murmur being the most common manifestations. In the rare cases where there are no associated malformations, congenitally corrected transposition can lead to progressive atrioventricular valvar regurgitation and failure of the systemic ventricle. The diagnosis can also be made late in life when the patient presents with complete heart block or cardiac failure. The etiology of congenitally corrected transposition is currently unknown, and with an increase in incidence among families with previous cases of congenitally corrected transposition reported. Diagnosis can be made by fetal echocardiography, but is more commonly made postnatally with a combination of clinical signs and echocardiography. The anatomical delineation can be further assessed by magnetic resonance imaging and catheterization. The differential diagnosis is centred on the assessing if the patient is presenting with isolated malformations, or as part of a spectrum. Surgical management consists of repair of the associated malformations, or redirection of the systemic and pulmonary venous return associated with an arterial switch procedure, the so-called double switch approach. Prognosis is defined by the associated malformations, and on the timing and approach to palliative surgical care.

  2. Intracranial hemorrhage requiring surgery in neurosurgical patients given ketorolac: a case-control study within a cohort (2001-2010).

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    Magni, Giuseppina; La Rosa, Italia; Melillo, Guido; Abeni, Damiano; Hernandez, Helssy; Rosa, Giovanni

    2013-02-01

    Ketorolac tromethamine (ketorolac) is a nonsedating drug with potent analgesic and moderate anti-inflammatory activity, which does not increase the sedation level. The safety of ketorolac with respect to risk of bleeding has been demonstrated in large numbers of patients undergoing general surgery, yet comparable safety data for neurosurgical patients are lacking. We studied the risk of symptomatic bleeding requiring surgery in patients undergoing elective neurosurgical procedures who received ketorolac as analgesic therapy. We established a cohort of patients who had elective intracranial procedures from January 2001 to August 2010 (excluding patients with urgent surgery, coagulopathy, history of anticoagulant or nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug therapy) and verified the occurrence of postcraniotomy intracranial hemorrhage (ICH; detected by computed tomography and requiring surgery) in patients who received or did not receive ketorolac. Then, to control for potential confounders, we conducted a "nested" case-control study within the cohort: cases were defined as patients with ICH; controls were patients without ICH matched in a 2:1 ratio. The cohort included 4086 craniotomy patients (mean age, 52.4±14.3 years, 2124 male, 52%). Of the 1571 patients who received ketorolac (mean dosage, 50±15 mg/d), 8 (0.5%) suffered ICH; of the 2515 patients who did not receive ketorolac, 35 (1.3%) had ICH (relative risk, 0.37; 95% confidence interval, 0.17-0.79; P=0.007). In the nested case-control study, the adjusted odds ratio for ketorolac administration between the 2 groups was 1.09 (95% confidence interval, 0.35-3.44; P=0.88). Although the adjusted estimate for risk of symptomatic bleeding requiring surgery and ketorolac use is very close to the null effect, it may be not reproducible, and the width of the confidence interval is not conclusive evidence of the safety of ketorolac after elective neurosurgical procedures.

  3. 75 FR 74863 - Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements Under the Patient...

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    ... reserves) to earned premiums.'' The statute, as implemented by this interim final regulation, requires...'' the ratio of the ``incurred loss'' to ``earned premium.'' The statute does not simply require the... ratios than those required by section 2718(b)(1)(A)(i) and (ii) of the PHS Act. In order to allow a...

  4. Generalised geometry for string corrections

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    Coimbra, André; Triendl, Hagen; Waldram, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    We present a general formalism for incorporating the string corrections in generalised geometry, which necessitates the extension of the generalised tangent bundle. Not only are such extensions obstructed, string symmetries and the existence of a well-defined effective action require a precise choice of the (generalised) connection. The action takes a universal form given by a generalised Lichnerowitz--Bismut theorem. As examples of this construction we discuss the corrections linear in $\\alpha'$ in heterotic strings and the absence of such corrections for type II theories.

  5. Factors influencing transfusion requirement in patients undergoing first-time, elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery

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    Ailin Mazuita Mazlan

    2017-01-01

    Conclusions: By stratifying patients according to their risk factor for red cell transfusion, the high-risk patients could be recognized and should be enrolled into effective patient blood management program to minimize their risk of exposure to allogeneic blood transfusion.

  6. Early Whole Blood for Patients Requiring Massive Transfusion after Major Trauma. Addendum

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    2013-10-01

    and 3 obese . Of these, six patients (17.6%) are sarcopenic, despite no patient being underweight. Analysis of adiposity is more complicated as... Australia in a mixed population of patients (trauma, cardiac, ob- stetrics) receiving WB and COMP therapy. They noted that despite improved coagulation

  7. A Coordinated Patient Transport System for ICU Patients Requiring Surgery: Impact on Operating Room Efficiency and ICU Workflow.

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    Brown, Michael J; Kor, Daryl J; Curry, Timothy B; Marmor, Yariv; Rohleder, Thomas R

    2015-01-01

    Transfer of intensive care unit (ICU) patients to the operating room (OR) is a resource-intensive, time-consuming process that often results in patient throughput inefficiencies, deficiencies in information transfer, and suboptimal nurse to patient ratios. This study evaluates the implementation of a coordinated patient transport system (CPTS) designed to address these issues. Using data from 1,557 patient transfers covering the 2006-2010 period, interrupted time series and before and after designs were used to analyze the effect of implementing a CPTS at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Using a segmented regression for the interrupted time series, on-time OR start time deviations were found to be significantly lower after the implementation of CPTS (p < .0001). The implementation resulted in a fourfold improvement in on-time OR starts (p < .01) while significantly reducing idle OR time (p < .01). A coordinated patient transfer process for moving patient from ICUs to ORs can significantly improve OR efficiency, reduce nonvalue added time, and ensure quality of care by preserving appropriate care provider to patient ratios.

  8. Rehabilitation assessments for patients with stroke in Australian hospitals do not always reflect the patients' rehabilitation requirements.

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    Lynch, Elizabeth A; Luker, Julie A; Cadilhac, Dominique A; Hillier, Susan L

    2015-05-01

    To examine the frequency and factors associated with patients with stroke in Australian hospitals receiving documented rehabilitation assessments; to examine the criteria used when rehabilitation was not recommended; and to examine whether being assessed for rehabilitation affected access to rehabilitation. Retrospective medical record audit of patients with a diagnosis of stroke who were discharged consecutively between 2013 and 2014. Acute care public hospitals. Adults with stroke (N=333) receiving care in participating hospitals. Not applicable. Documented assessment regarding patient suitability for rehabilitation during acute hospitalization. Data from 292 patients were included for analysis (60% men; mean age, 72y). Of the patients, 42% were assessed for rehabilitation by a health professional providing care in the hospital, 43% were assessed for rehabilitation by a representative from a rehabilitation service, and 37% did not receive any documented rehabilitation assessment. In multivariable analysis, patients were significantly more likely to be assessed for rehabilitation if they lived in the community before their stroke, had moderate severity strokes, or received occupational therapy during hospital admission. Rehabilitation was not recommended in 9% of assessments despite the presence of stroke-related symptoms. Patients not assessed for rehabilitation were significantly less likely to access rehabilitation than patients who were assessed. More than one third of patients were not assessed for rehabilitation. When assessed, rehabilitation was not consistently recommended for patients with stroke-related symptoms. This study highlights factors that increase the likelihood of being assessed for rehabilitation. Copyright © 2015 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. [Correction of hypospadias].

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    Bianchi, M

    1998-12-01

    A thorough evaluation of both urethral and penile malformation are mandatory for the choice of the best surgical treatment of patients with hypospadias. The site and the size of the urethral meatus, the presence of a chordee and of a velamentous distal urethra must be carefully assessed. In distal (glandular and coronal) hypospadias, the meatal advancement with glanduloplasty is the treatment of choice. In proximal hypospadias with chordee, the transverse preputial island flap according to the Duckett's technique allows a one-stage hypospadias repair. The awareness of the possible psychologic impact of genital malformations in childhood recommends an early correction of hypospadias, if possible during the first year of life.

  10. [Correction of paralytic lagophthalmos].

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    Iskusnykh, N S; Grusha, Y O

    2015-01-01

    Current options for correction of paralytic lagophthalmos are either temporary (external eyelid weight placement, hyaluronic acid gel or botulinum toxin A injection) or permanent (various procedures for narrowing of the palpebral fissure, upper eyelid weights or spring implantation). Neuroplastic surgery (cross-facial nerve grafting, nerve anastomoses) and muscle transposition surgery is not effective enough. The majority of elderly and medically compromised patients should not be considered for such complicated and long procedures. Upper eyelid weight implantation thus appears the most reliable and simple treatment.

  11. Correction of frontonasoethmoidal encephalocele: the HULA procedure.

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    Kumar, Anand; Helling, Eric; Guenther, Dax; Crabtree, Tom; Wexler, Andrew W; Bradley, James P

    2009-02-01

    The frontonasoethmoidal encephalomeningocele deformity involves central herniation of a glial mass that "pushes outward" and deforms the medial orbit, medial canthus, nasomaxillary process, and nasal structures without resulting in hypertelorbitism. The authors studied a modification of the "Chula" repair, called the HULA procedure (H = hard-tissue sealant, U = undermine and excise encephalocele, L = lower supraorbital bar, A = augment nasal dorsum), which provided complete correction of the midline hard and soft-tissue structures using an intracranial and extracranial approach. Filipino patients with frontonasoethmoidal encephalomeningoceles were treated by a civilian/military humanitarian team at Tripler Army Hospital (n = 12). Operative technique followed the four steps of the HULA frontoethmoidal encephalocele procedure. Postoperative and follow-up assessments were based on examination, photographic images, computed tomography scans, parental surveys, Whitaker score, and developmental testing. Patient ages ranged from 5 to 12 years; 67 percent were female and 33 percent male. Sixty-seven percent required excisions of poor-quality, hyperpigmented skin along with the large glial mass; the other 33 percent had a "closed" resection of the smaller mass through a gingivobuccal sulcus incision. No patients manifested cerebrospinal fluid leaks, infection, or elevated intracranial pressures postoperatively. Skeletal correction showed improved medial orbit distance, with a mean correction of 14 mm (42 percent). Whitaker score was 1.3 (no or minor soft-tissue revision necessary). Parental survey showed a high degree of satisfaction with the aesthetic and functional outcomes. Follow-up developmental tests showed normal global evaluations for all but one child with normal memory and attention skills. The authors' outcomes demonstrated that the HULA technique was a safe and effective approach for the complete correction of frontonasoethmoidal encephalomeningoceles.

  12. Restoration of human B-cell differentiation into NOD-SCID mice engrafted with gene-corrected CD34+ cells isolated from Artemis or RAG1-deficient patients.

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    Lagresle-Peyrou, Chantal; Benjelloun, Fatine; Hue, Christophe; Andre-Schmutz, Isabelle; Bonhomme, Delphine; Forveille, Monique; Beldjord, Kheira; Hacein-Bey-Abina, Salima; De Villartay, Jean-Pierre; Charneau, Pierre; Durandy, Anne; Fischer, Alain; Cavazzana-Calvo, Marina

    2008-02-01

    Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) caused by mutation of the recombination-activating gene 1 (RAG1) or Artemis gene lead to the absence of B- and T-cell differentiation. The only curative treatment is allogeneic bone marrow (BM) transplantation, which displays a high survival rate when an HLA compatible donor is available but has a poorer prognosis when the donor is partially compatible. Consequently, gene therapy may be a promising alternative strategy for these diseases. Here, we report that lentiviral gene-corrected BM CD34(+) cells (isolated from Artemis- or RAG1-deficient patients) sustain human B-cell differentiation following injection into non-obese diabetic/SCID (NOD-SCID) mice previously infused with anti-interleukin-2 receptor beta chain monoclonal antibody. In most of the mice BM, engrafted with Artemis-transduced cells, human B-cell differentiation occurred until the mature stage. The B cells were functional as human immunoglobulin M (IgM) was present in the serum. Following injection with RAG1-transduced cells, human engraftment occurred in vivo but B-cell differentiation until the mature stage was less frequent. However, when it occurred, it was always associated with human IgM production. This overall approach represents a useful tool for evaluating gene transfer efficiency in human SCID forms affecting B-cell development (such as Artemis deficiency) and for testing new vectors for improving in vivo RAG1 complementation.

  13. Protein requirement in critical illness.</