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  1. ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO SOBRE ENCAPSULAMENTO DE COMPOSTOS BIOATIVOS

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    Larissa Assunção

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Com o advento da nanotecnologia, houve o desenvolvimento de técnicas envolvendo processamento, fabricação e aplicação de estruturas, com forma e tamanho controlados, sendo que na indústria de alimentos, estas formulações, tanto na faixa micrométrica como nanométrica, vêm sendo utilizadas com o objetivo de favorecer o produto final. Tendo em vista a importância tecnológica dessa técnica e do grande interesse nacional e internacional, principalmente no ramo da indústria alimentícia, sobre os benefícios do encapsulamento, o presente estudo prospectivo teve como objetivo avaliar o panorama mundial relativo ao tema em questão, correlacionando-o com os documentos de patentes depositados. Para tanto, realizou-se uma pesquisa das patentes na base de dados europeia Espacenet®, utilizando os descritores do tema em estudo associados aos códigos de classificação. As informações encontradas foram compiladas em gráficos e discutidas. Pôde-se observar que o maior número de patentes referiu-se ao código A23L1/00 - alimentos ou produtos alimentícios: a sua preparação ou tratamento e houve um crescimento exponencial em relação ao depósito de patentes nos últimos 10 anos, sendo os Estados Unidos o país líder em número de patentes depositadas (60%. A Firmenich e CIE lidera o ranking com mais patentes depositadas. Em relação à área de atuação, predomina a indústria alimentícia (69%. No que diz respeito ao Brasil, o país aparece com apenas 1 patente detentora desta tecnologia, sendo um número bastante reduzido o que mostra a falta de incentivo neste setor. Diante dos resultados obtidos, concluiu-se que, apesar de ser uma tecnologia recente, observa-se uma tendência ao crescimento de depósito de patentes.

  2. Antibioticoprofilaxia na colecistectomia videolaparoscópica eletiva: estudo prospectivo randomizado e duplo cego

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    Hamilton Petry de Souza

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar a necessidade de profilaxia antibiótica em colecistectomias videolaparoscópicas eletivas. MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo, randomizado e duplo-cego, em pacientes submetidos à colecistectomia videolaparoscópica eletiva, durante o período de Junho de 2003 a Julho de 2007, com alocação de 163 pacientes em dois grupos: A (n=82, recebeu profilaxia com cefoxitina 2g intravenoso na indução anestésica; B (n=81, recebeu solução salina 2 mililitros intravenoso. A equipe e a técnica cirúrgica utilizadas foram as mesmas. O desfecho avaliado foram complicações infecciosas de sítio cirúrgico, isto é, infecção de ferida operatória e abscessos superficiais e/ou profundos. Os pacientes foram revisados em sete e 28 dias pós-operatório. Os dados foram analisados pelo Teste exato de Fisher (p<0,05. RESULTADOS: O presente estudo demonstrou uma taxa de complicações infecciosas de 4,76%, no Grupo A e de 6,17% no Grupo B. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa (p=0,746 nas taxas de complicações infecciosas. Os grupos foram homogêneos e comparáveis. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes submetidos à colecistectomia videolaparoscópica eletiva, de baixo risco cirúrgico, não necessitam de antibioticoprofilaxia, pois a mesma não traz redução das taxas de infecção.

  3. Estudo prospectivo da cadeia produtiva do capim-limão: estado do Paraná

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    Eliane Carneiro Gomes

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available A aplicação de prospectiva para cadeias produtivas engloba várias etapas como a segmentação de cada elo, a análise do ambiente institucional e organizacional que envolve a cadeia, a identificação das necessidades e aspirações de cada segmento da cadeia e dos fatores críticos para a melhoria do desempenho. Desta forma, considerando a importância econômica da produção, industrialização e comercialização do capim-limão, Cymbopogon citratus (D.C. Stapf, e visando uma ação integrada do setor agrícola envolvido, este trabalho propõe o estudo prospectivo da cadeia produtiva desta espécie no estado do Paraná, identificando também fatores e condicionantes de qualidade em cada segmento desta cadeia. Para isto, o presente estudo apresenta o panorama da produção agroindustrial e da comunidade produtora agrícola paranaense de capim-limão; identifica e caracteriza os outros segmentos que integram a respectiva cadeia produtiva no Paraná e, por fim, identifica e analisa os principais gargalos, elos faltantes e pontos de estrangulamento. Evidenciaram-se como principais componentes da cadeia produtiva: a unidade produtiva, a agroindústria, a indústria (alimentícia, farmacêutica e química e o mercado consumidor interno (atacadista e varejista e externo. Com esse estudo prospectivo, espera-se contribuir para a implementação de medidas político-organizacionais, entre os agentes econômicos dos setores público e privado, que fazem parte da cadeia produtiva do capim-limão, possibilitando-lhes desenvolver estratégias que aumentem a competitividade e conduzam à expansão do mercado.The application of a prospective study to productive chains incorporates several stages like the segmentation of each link, the analysis of institutional and organizational environments to include the chain, the identification of necessities and aspirations of each chain segment and the critical factors for the improvement of performance. Thus

  4. Erythema nodosum: prospective study of 32 cases Eritema nodoso: estudo prospectivo de 32 casos

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    Nurimar C. Fernandes

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available The results of 32 cases studied lead us to the conclusion that erythema nodosum's investigation routine is very important, once in our retrospective study, the percentage of cases of unknown etiology was 69.4%, and in this prospective study it is 21.8%. In 10 cases (31.2%, more than one causing agent was suspected. Infections (bacterial, helminthic, fungal, by protozoa were diagnosed in 26 cases, streptococcal infection having predominated (12 cases. Drugs-dipirone, aspirin, anovulatory - were suspected as causing agents in 13 cases. The association of erythema nodosum and histoplasmosis capsulata is described for the first time in Brazil. We consider erythema nodosum to be a complex syndrome which should be regarded as a manifestation of underlying diseases. The fact that all 32 subjects were women, 26 of them during menacme, suggests that particular hormonal media may favor the action of various processes (infections and drugs, precipitating erythema nodosum's clinical picture.O estudo de 32 casos de eritema nodoso permite concluir que a rotina de investigação é extremamente importante já que em nosso estudo retrospectivo, o percentual de etiologia indeterminada foi de 69,4% e neste estudo prospectivo é de 21,8%. Em 10 casos (31,2% mais de um agente causal foi suspeitado. Infecções (bacteriana, helmíntica, fúngica e por protozoário foram diagnosticadas em 26 casos, tendo predominado a infecção estreptocócica com 12 casos. As drogas de suspeição foram dipirona, aspirina e anovulatório em 12 casos. A associação de eritema nodoso e histoplasmose capsulata é descrita pela primeira vez no Brasil. O eritema nodoso é síndrome complexa e deveria ser considerado sempre como manifestação de doença subjacente. A amostra de 32 pacientes exclusivamente do sexo feminino sendo que 26 em idade fértil sugere que vários processos (infecções e drogas podem atuar em meio hormonal, particular e favorecedor, precipitando o quadro de

  5. A influência do treinamento na discinesia escapular em jogadoras de voleibol: um estudo prospectivo

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    Renato Rozenblit Soliaman

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: No movimento de ataque, o equilíbrio do ritmo escapulotorácico exerce papel fundamental na eficiência do gesto esportivo, sendo a discinesia escapular comumente associadas a lesões específicas do ombro do arremessador. Dentre suas causas é frequentemente relatada a fadiga muscular consequente ao uso excessivo da musculatura periescapular. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a influência do treinamento na presença de discinesia escapular em atletas de voleibol. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo de coorte prospectivo, no qual foram avaliadas 12 atletas do gênero feminino praticantes de voleibol, que não possuíam cirurgias prévias nos ombros e praticavam no mínimo 10 horas de treinos semanais. Foi realizada avaliação pré e pós treino, no qual realizavam 30 min de aquecimento e 120 min de treino específico da modalidade. A discinesia escapular foi avaliada em 'SIM' ou 'NÃO', definida de acordo com a presença ou ausência de alterações no padrão de movimento escapulotorácico, respectivamente. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de discinesia nesta população foi identificada em nove das doze atletas na avaliação pré-treino (75% e após a realização do treinamento uma atleta que não apresentava inicialmente alteração evoluiu com o padrão de discinesia, resultando na prevalência acumulada de 10 atletas (83% nesta população. CONCLUSÃO: Concluiu-se que uma única sessão de treinamento foi capaz de aumentar a prevalência de discinesia escapular em 8% (ou uma atleta das atletas de voleibol.

  6. Infecções dos espaços cervicais: estudo prospectivo de 57 casos

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    Sennes Luiz Ubirajara

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: apesar da antibioticoterapia, as infecções dos espaços cervicais profundos continuam a ter grande importância, tanto por sua alta incidência, como pelo risco de complicações. Forma de estudo: clínico, prospectivo. Material e método: descrevem-se neste estudo 57 casos de pacientes com diagnóstico de infecção cervical (celulite, abscesso e fasceíte necrotizante internados na Enfermaria de Otorrinolaringologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP entre janeiro de 1999 e janeiro de 2001. Cinqüenta pacientes (87,7% apresentavam abscesso cervical, cinco (8,8%, celulite e dois pacientes (3,5%, fasceíte necrotizante. A infecção odontogênica foi o foco de origem mais prevalente, responsável por 24 casos (42%, seguida das amigdalites (17,5% e linfadenites (15,8%. Os espaços cervicais mais acometidos foram o submandibular (57,9%, o sublingual (26,3% e o parafaríngeo (24,6%. Em 53 pacientes realizaram-se culturas das quais 71,7% foram positivas, sendo que 20,8% destas apresentaram flora mista. Os microorganismos mais prevalentes dentre os aeróbicos foi o Streptococcus viridans (41,5% e, dentre os anaeróbios, Peptostreptococcus micros e Peptostreptococcus sp (5,7% e 3,8%, respectivamente. A associação entre penicilina cristalina e metronidazol foi o tratamento preconizado em 31 pacientes (54,3%. Nos demais, diversos antibióticos como clindamicina, cefalosporinas de terceira geração, cloranfenicol e oxacilina foram utilizados. Cinqüenta e quatro pacientes (94,7% evoluíram satisfatoriamente, dois (3,5% apresentaram deiscência da ferida cirúrgica e um (1,7% foi a óbito por mediastinite. Conclusão: os abscessos cervicais ainda configuram uma importante causa de morbidade em nossa população e suas complicações requerem vigilância para a prevenção e abordagem oportunas, especialmente pelo tratamento mais adequado.

  7. Timectomia e imunossupressão em miastenia gravis estudo prospectivo

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    Sandmann, Marcos C.; Gorz, Ana M.; Gracia, Cleverson M.; Batista, Randas J. V.; Seixas, Ricardo Ranieri; Bittencourt, Paulo Rogério M.

    1990-01-01

    Entre 1982 e 1988 24 mulheres e 6 homens com miastenia gravis foram submetidos a protocolo diagnóstico e terapêutico prospectivo e estandardizado. A idade variou de 10 a 74 anos (34±16, média±desvio padrão). Três com forma ocular foram tratados com piridostigmina. Quatro com forma generalizada, de idade avançada, receberam corticosteróide e/ou azatioprina. Vinte e três com a forma generalizada foram submetidos a timectomia seguida de prednisona e/ou azatioprina. Um paciente faleceu após timec...

  8. Timectomia e imunossupressão em miastenia gravis estudo prospectivo

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    Marcos C. Sandmann

    1990-03-01

    Full Text Available Entre 1982 e 1988 24 mulheres e 6 homens com miastenia gravis foram submetidos a protocolo diagnóstico e terapêutico prospectivo e estandardizado. A idade variou de 10 a 74 anos (34±16, média±desvio padrão. Três com forma ocular foram tratados com piridostigmina. Quatro com forma generalizada, de idade avançada, receberam corticosteróide e/ou azatioprina. Vinte e três com a forma generalizada foram submetidos a timectomia seguida de prednisona e/ou azatioprina. Um paciente faleceu após timectomia complexa de timoma invasivo. Qutro faleceu logo após a admissão, em crise miastênica/colinérgica. Dois outros tiveram complicações menores da timectomia. De 19 pacientes seguidos por 1-60 (média 24 meses, 11 (58% têm fraqueza residual mas levam vida normal e 8 (42% estão em remissão completa, um sem medicação.

  9. Septoplastia com ou sem tamponamento pós-operatório? Estudo prospectivo

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    Maria Teresa Bernardo

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available O tamponamento nasal anterior é efetuado num grande número de cirurgias nasais, nomeadamente na septoplastia. Contudo, não é um procedimento inócuo pelo que o seu benefício tem vindo a ser questionado. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a necessidade do tamponamento nasal anterior e a qualidade de vida nos doentes submetidos à septoplastia. MÉTODO: Doentes submetidos à septoplastia, com ou sem turbinoplastia inferior, foram randomizados para a colocação ou não de tamponamento nasal anterior no pós-operatório. Foram registados e comparados os dados relativos ao pós-operatório (dor, hemorragia. A qualidade de vida foi avaliada no pré e pós-operatório. Estudo prospetivo randomizado. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídos 73 doentes (37 tamponados e 36 não tamponados com seguimento mínimo de 3 meses. Nos doentes tamponados, a dor nasal e as cefaleias no pós-operatório imediato foram superiores. Destes doentes, 75,7% referiram dor moderada/intensa no destamponamento. Nos doentes não tamponados, a hemorragia foi mais frequente, mas apenas um doente necessitou tamponamento. Houve melhoria da qualidade de vida em todos os doentes. CONCLUSÃO: A septoplastia melhora a qualidade de vida do doente com desvio do septo e obstrução nasal. O uso por rotina do tamponamento nasal anterior deve ser questionado por não apresentar benefício comprovado.

  10. Melanoma cutâneo: estudo prospectivo de 65 casos Cutaneous melanoma: prospective study of 65 cases

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    Nurimar C. Fernandes

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A incidência e a mortalidade por melanoma cutâneo vêm aumentando em todo o mundo. Os registros brasileiros de bases populacionais não refletem precisamente a real dimensão do problema. OBJETIVOS: Estudo prospectivo de 65 casos de melanoma cutâneo observados no Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho no período de 1993 a 2003. MÉTODOS: Foram analisadas as variáveis idade, sexo, cor, localização, tipos clínico-histológicos e estadiamento. RESULTADOS: 64,7% na faixa etária de 40 a 69 anos, distribuição etária homogênea entre o sexo masculino (49,2% e o sexo feminino (50,8%, predominância de brancos (83%, localização no tronco (35,3%, tipo clínico-histológico expansivo superficial (63%/30,7% e relação de significância entre tipo acral localizado no pé em não brancos. Segundo o American Joint Committee on Cancer, em 2002, 22 casos (33,8% no estádio IA, 14 (21,5% melanomas in situ e um caso indeterminado. CONCLUSÕES: O melanoma cutâneo primário na amostra estudada mostrou padrões semelhantes aos classicamente reconhecidos e maior freqüência do estádio IA e melanoma in situ.BACKGROUND: Incidence and mortality of cutaneous melanoma are increasing all over the world. The data base for the Brazilian population is still inadequate. OBJECTIVES: Prospective study of 65 cases seen at University Hospital Clementino Fraga Filho, from 1993 to 2003. METHODS: Patient's age, sex, ethnic group, anatomic site, clinical histological presentation and staging were analyzed. RESULTS: The case distribution was 64.7% aged 40 to 69 years, males (49.2% and females (50.8%, majority white (83.1%, most lesions in the trunk (35.3%, more frequently of the clinical histological superficial spreading type (63%/30.7% and significant relationship between foot acral type in non-whites. According to American Joint Committee on Cancer 2002 system, 22 cases (33.8% in stage IA, 14 (21.5% melanomas in situ, and one indeterminate case

  11. Estudo prospectivo dos fatores de risco para complicações neurológicas na meningite bacteriana infantil

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    Sadie Namani

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Análise prospectiva de fatores de prognóstico para complicações neurológicas da meningite bacteriana infantil. MÉTODOS: Este estudo prospectivo recrutou 77 crianças de um mês a 16 anos de idade tratadas de meningite bacteriana durante o período de 1/1/2009 a 31/12/2010. Foram escolhidos 16 preditores relevantes para analisar sua associação com a incidência de complicações neurológicas. Valores P abaixo de 0,05 foram considerados estatisticamente significativos. RESULTADOS: Das 77 crianças tratadas para meningite bacteriana, desenvolveram-se complicações neurológicas em 33 pacientes (43%, e duas crianças morreram (2,6%. A etiologia dos casos de meningite bacteriana foi comprovada em 57/77 (74% dos casos: foram encontrados 32 isolados de meningococos; 8 de pneumococos; 6 de bacilos gram-negativos; 5 de H. influenzae; 5 de estafilococos e 1 de S. viridans. Os fatores que se mostraram associados a aumento do risco de desenvolvimento de complicações neurológicas foram idade 5.000 células/mm³, pleiocitose > 5.000 células/mm³ depois de 48 horas, baixa relação da glicose no LCS/sangue 48 horas, presença de comorbidade e foco primário de infecção não se associaram a aumento do risco para o desenvolvimento de complicações neurológicas. CONCLUSÃO: Idade inferior a 12 meses e gravidade da apresentação clínica na admissão foram identificadas como os preditores mais fortes de complicações neurológicas e podem ter valor para selecionar pacientes para tratamento mais intensivo.

  12. Vírus varicela zoster em paralisia de Bell: estudo prospectivo Varicella zoster virus in Bell's palsy: a prospective study

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    Mônica Alcantara de Oliveira Santos

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Embora a paralisia de Bell seja o tipo mais frequente de paralisia facial periférica,sua causa ainda é objeto de inúmeros questionamentos. A reativação do vírus varicela zoster tem sido considerada uma das principais causas da paralisia de Bell, porém, os poucos trabalhos que estudam a prevalência do VVZ como agente etiológico da PB são japoneses, o que determina características geográficas e populacionais bastante díspares de nossa população. OBJETIVOS: Verificar a frequência do vírus varicela zoster em saliva de indivíduos com PB, pela técnica de PCR. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo com 171 pacientes com PFP, sendo 120 pacientes portadores de paralisia de Bell, com até uma semana de evolução, sem uso prévio de drogas antivirais. O grupo controle foi composto de 20 adultos sadios. Nestes indivíduos foram coletadas três amostras de saliva em semanas consecutivas, para pesquisa de DNA viral pela técnica de PCR. RESULTADOS: O vírus varicela zoster foi encontrado em amostras de saliva de dois pacientes com paralisia de Bell (1,7%. Nenhum vírus foi identificado no grupo controle. CONCLUSÃO: Foi verificada frequência de 1,7% para vírus varicela zoster em amostras de saliva de pacientes com paralisia de Bell, pela técnica de PCR.Although Bell's palsy is the major cause of acute peripheral facial palsy, its pathogenesis remains unknown. Reactivation of the varicella zoster virus has been implicated as one of the main causes of Bell's palsy, however, studies which investigate the varicella zoster virus reactivation in Bell's palsy patients are mostly Japanese and, therefore, personal and geographic characteristics are quite different from our population. AIMS: To determine varicella zoster virus frequency in saliva samples from patients with Bell's palsy, using PCR. MATERIAL AND METHOD: One hundred seventy one patients with acute peripheral facial palsy were prospectively enrolled in this study. One hundred twenty

  13. Videocirurgia robótica: estudo clínico prospectivo na colecistectomia laparoscópica

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    Ricardo Zorrón

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: A videocirurgia com tecnologia robótica é um avanço médico e tecnológico recente, que tem no conceito de cirurgia-solo (sem auxiliares uma das aplicações práticas que podem permitir maior controle e precisão. Este estudo prospectivo foi desenhado para avaliar a curva de aprendizado da cirurgia-solo com o AESOP 3000 para colecistectomia laparoscópica, avaliando resultados e aplicações desta nova técnica. MÉTODO: Quinze pacientes foram submetidos à cirurgia vídeo-laparoscópica com auxílio de tecnologia robótica, utilizando a câmera com comando de voz AESOP 3000 e um braço mecânico fixo, permitindo a realização dos procedimentos sob o conceito de cirurgia-solo. A câmera posicionada no trocarte umbilical, foi ajustada para receber comando de voz através do transmissor HERMES, permitindo também a gravação de posições-chave. Um braço mecânico foi ligado à mesa cirúrgica para retração fixa de órgãos quando necessário. RESULTADOS: As cirurgias transcorreram sem anormalidades, sem necessidade de conversão, sendo necessária a retirada do AESOP para realização de câmera manual em um caso. O tempo operatório foi aumentado para permitir o tempo de ajuste do aparelho que foi, em média, de 21,9 min. Não foram documentadas complicações locais ou sistêmicas pós-operatórias. Quanto ao tempo de internação, a maioria dos pacientes recebeu alta em 24-48hs (86,7%. O grau de satisfação subjetiva da equipe com o auxiliar robótico foi de 3,94, em um máximo de 5,0. CONCLUSÕES: As potenciais vantagens do AESOP 3000 e dos sistemas de telecirurgia podem ser vislumbradas nesta avaliação inicial. A curva de aprendizado é simples e permitiu a realização das cirurgias por residentes em treinamento. Apesar de maior tempo operatório que o procedimento laparoscópico padrão, a assistência robótica mostrou maior precisão e estabilidade de câmera, sendo um passo inicial para a realização de

  14. Incidência e fatores de risco de lesões osteomioarticulares em corredores: um estudo de coorte prospectivo

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    Pileggi,Paula; Gualano,Bruno; Souza,Maisa; Caparbo,Valéria de Falco; Pereira,Rosa Maria Rodrigues; Pinto,Ana Lucia de Sá; Lima,Fernanda Rodrigues

    2010-01-01

    A prática de corrida de média e longa distância tem crescido em todo o mundo. Apesar de todos os efeitos benéficos da prática de corrida, tem-se observado uma elevada incidência de lesões, sobretudo em membros inferiores. O mecanismo de lesão relacionada à corrida obedece a um padrão comum a todas as lesões nos diferentes esportes e decorre da sobreposição de dois ou mais fatores. Os objetivos desse estudo foram: 1) relatar prospectivamente a incidência de lesões osteomioarticulares em corred...

  15. Otite externa difusa aguda: um estudo prospectivo no verão do Rio de Janeiro Acute diffuse external otitis: a prospective study in Rio de Janeiro's summer

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    Ricardo R. Figueiredo

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available A Otite Externa Aguda é uma doença extremamente comum em países tropicais, especialmente no verão. Vários fatores predisponentes são identificáveis e o quadro clínico pode ser bastante variado, principalmente com relação à intensidade da otalgia. OBJETIVO: Avaliar, através de um estudo prospectivo no maior hospital de Emergências do Rio de Janeiro, a incidência e as características da otite externa no período de verão. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Estudo clínico com coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: 391 pacientes com otite externa atendidos no Serviço de ORL do Hospital Souza Aguiar foram avaliados em uma série de parâmetros clínicos e de tratamento, incluindo análise de possíveis fatores predisponentes. RESULTADOS: Os principais sintomas referidos foram otalgia, otorréia discreta e plenitude auricular. Os principais fatores predisponentes foram banho de mar e piscina e uso de cotonetes. CONCLUSÃO: A otite externa aguda é uma doença extremamente comum em países tropicais, especialmente no verão. A possível contaminação da água de praias e piscinas, embora descartada por vários autores como fatores predisponentes, pode ter alguma influência na sua patogênese.The acute external otitis is a very common disease in tropical countries, especially in summer. There are many predisposing factors and clinical features may vary, particularly the pain's severity. AIM: Evaluate, with a prospective study in Rio de Janeiro's largest Urgencies Hospital, the incidence and characteristics of the acute external otitis in summer. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical study with transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METH: 391 patients with acute external otitis in Souza Aguiar Hospital were evaluated in several clinical and treatment parameters, including predisposing factors analysis. RESULTS Pain, moderate ear discharge and sensation of "full ear" were the most common complaints. Sea and pool baths and the use of ear sticks were the most common

  16. Estudo prospectivo sobre os hábitos de sono na criança e no adolescente

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    Vera Rocha

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O sono desempenha um papel fundamental do ponto de vista biológico, emocional, familiar e social. O impacto do sono sobre a saúde ganhou nos últimos tempos, uma maior atenção e tem-se tornado uma preocupação crescente dos pais. Este estudo tem como objetivos avaliar e caracterizar os hábitos de sono das crianças e dos adolescentes e relacionar o padrão de sono e o rendimento escolar desta população. Métodos: Foi aplicado um inquérito por entrevista direta com as crianças e adolescentes com idades entre os 10 e os 18 anos, em consulta de vigilância de saúde infantil, durante três meses. Resultados: Analisaram-se 113 inquéritos. A idade mediana foi de 13 anos, sendo 62,8% do sexo feminino. A mediana da duração do sono em ambos os sexos foi de 8 horas. Apenas 15 (13,3% cumpriram a recomendação das 10 a 11 horas de sono. 51,2 % das crianças / adolescentes que ficaram retidos, pelo menos uma vez, no mesmo ano letivo, dormiam menos de oito horas / dia (p <0,001. Cerca de 88% com a autoavaliação do desempenho escolar como “mau” apresentavam uma duração do sono inferior a 8 horas, sendo essa proporção de 11,8% (17% do total de inquiridos naqueles com uma autoavaliação “muito bom” (p <0,001. Crianças/ adolescentes com uma duração de menos de oito horas/ dia apresentavam uma probabilidade 5,5 vezes maior de ficarem retidos no mesmo ano escolar em comparação com aqueles com a duração mínima de 8 horas de sono. Foram encontradas diferenças estatisticamente significativas (p <0,001 entre a duração do sono e a dificuldade em adormecer e o adormecer em sala de aula. Discussão/ Conclusões: Os resultados mostram que é importante atuar na prevenção, alertando pais, crianças e adolescentes para a importância de uma boa higiene do sono, promovendo padrões de sono saudável.

  17. Avaliacao da espessura medio-intimal em pacientes com doenca renal cronica nao dialitica: estudo prospectivo de 24 meses

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    Andrea Gaspar Marcos

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O aumento da espessura média-intimal (EMI avaliada por ultrassom é um preditor de risco cardiovascular na população geral. Porém, em pacientes com doença renal crônica nos estágios iniciais, essa associação ainda não está bem estabelecida. Objetivo: Avaliar a associação EMI com a ocorrência de eventos cardiovasculares e mortalidade em pacientes nos estágios iniciais da doença renal crônica. Métodos: A análise post hoc de uma coorte de pacientes nos estágios 2-4 da DRC. Foram avaliados dados laboratoriais, ultrassom da artéria carótida e tomografia coronariana no início do estudo e a ocorrência de óbito, em seguimento por 24 meses. Resultados: Um total de 117 pacientes (57 ± 11 anos, 61% sexo masculino foram avaliados. A taxa de filtração glomerular foi 36 ± 17 mL/min, 96% dos pacientes eram hipertensos, 23% diabéticos e 27% obesos. Calcificação arterial coronariana esteve presente em 48% dos pacientes, sendo mais prevalente em pacientes nos estágios mais avançados da DRC (p = 0,02. EMI foi 0,6 mm (0,4-0,7 mm. Comparado aos pacientes com EMI < 0,6mm, aqueles com EMI ≥ 0,6 mm eram mais velhos (p = 0,001, apresentavam maior prevalência do sexo masculino (p = 0,001, menor taxa de filtração glomerular (p = 0,01 e maior proporção de pacientes com calcificação (p = 0,001. Não foi observada relação entre a espessura média-intimal e a ocorrência de evento cardiovascular e óbito. Conclusão: A espessura médio-intimal em pacientes DRC se associou à calcificação coronariana, mas não à ocorrência de eventos cardiovasculares e óbito, em um seguimento de 24 meses.

  18. Estudo prospectivo da hipocalcemia clínica e laboratorial após cirurgia da tireoide Prospective study of clinical and laboratorial hypocalcemia after thyroid surgery

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    Rogério Aparecido Dedivitis

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available A hipocalcemia pode ser detectada clínica e laboratorialmente após a tireoidectomia. OBJETIVO: Analisar a incidência e fatores de risco da hipocalcemia clínica e laboratorial após cirurgia da glândula tireoide. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo prospectivo de 91 pacientes submetidos à tireoidectomia. Aspectos demográficos, intraoperatórios e anatomopatológicos foram correlacionados com os achados de hipocalcemia. RESULTADOS: Foram considerados fatores de risco para o hipoparatireoidismo clínico a faixa etária acima dos 50 anos (p = 0,022 e realização de cirurgia não parcial (p Hypocalcemia can be detected clinically and through lab tests after thyroidectomy. AIM: To analyze the incidence and risk factors of clinical and laboratorial hypocalcemia after thyroid surgery. METHODS: Prospective study of 91 patients undergoing thyroidectomy. Demographics, intraoperative, and pathological aspects were correlated to our hypocalcemia findings. RESULTS: Age higher than 50 (p = 0.022 and complete thyroidectomy (p < 0.001 were considered risk factors for hypoparathyroidism. Complete thyroidectomy was considered a risk factor for the 48-hour laboratorial hypoparathyroidism (p = 0.004. There was no risk factor associated with the one-month laboratorial hypoparathyroidism. There was significance between the 48-hour and the one-month laboratorial hypoparathyroidism. CONCLUSIONS: Thyroidectomy extension is a risk factor for both the clinical and laboratorial hypoparathyroidism, whereas age is a risk factor for clinical hypoparathyroidism. The detection of 48-hour laboratorial hypoparathyroidism is a predisposing factor for the one-month laboratorial hypoparathyroidism. However, most of the cases were temporary.

  19. ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO SOBRE PROPRIEDADES ANTINEOPLÁSICAS DE PLANTAS DA FAMÍLIA FABACEAE COM ÊNFASE EM Mimosa caesalpiniifolia BENTH.

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    Jurandy Nascimento Silva

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    Full Text Available A demanda por utilização de métodos alternativos para o tratamento do câncer está aumentando a cada ano e estudos sugerem ação citotóxica e antitumoral de um grande número de moléculas de origem vegetal contra diferentes tipos de cânceres. Mimosa caesalpiniifolia Benth. é uma planta nativa do bioma Caatinga, presente em grande parte da Região Nordeste do Brasil que vem sendo progressivamente cultivada do Maranhão ao Rio de Janeiro e apresenta-se como promissora na buscas de moléculas com atividades antineoplásicas. Nesse contexto, este trabalho teve como objetivo realizar uma prospecção científica e tecnológica sobre a utilização dessa espécie vegetal no tratamento de neoplasias e/ou cânceres. Esse levantamento prospectivo mostrou que de um modo geral que as patentes foram depositadas em maior número nas bases WIPO (Word Intelectual Property Organization e EPO (European Patent Office, com classificação internacional principalmente nas áreas de ciência médica ou veterinária e higiene (A61K e alimentos, produtos alimentícios ou bebidas não alcoólicas (A23L. As produções científicas estão alocadas principalmente nas áreas de medicina, farmacologia, toxicologia, farmacêutica e bioquímica, genética e biologia molecular, com um ápice de publicações em nossa década atual, demostrando o interesse da comunidade científica.

  20. Fungal infections in neutropenic patients: a 8-year prospective study Infecções fúngicas em pacientes neutropênicos: estudo prospectivo de 8 anos

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    Marcio Nucci

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    Full Text Available In this paper we report a eight-year prospective study designed to further characterize incidence, epidemiology, specific syndromes, treatment and prognosis associated with fungal infections in neutropenic patients. During the study period 30 fungal infections were diagnosed in 30 patients among 313 episodes of fever and neutropenia (10%. There were 15 cases of candidiasis, 5 pulmonary aspergillosis, 3 sinusitis by Aspergillus fumigatus, 5 infections by Fusarium sp., one infection by Trichosporon sp., and one infection due to Rhodotorula rubra. Blood cultures were positive in 18 cases (60%. The predisposing factors for fungal infection in multivariate analysis were the presence of central venous catheter (pCom o objetivo de melhor caracterizar incidência, epidemiologia, síndromes específicas, tratamento e prognóstico associado com infecções fúngicas sistêmicas em pacientes neutropênicos foi feito um estudo prospectivo de 8 anos. Durante este período foram diagnosticadas 30 infecções fúngicas em 30 pacientes neutropênicos febris (10%. Houve 15 casos de candidíase, 5 aspergiloses pulmonares, 3 sinusites por Aspergillus fumigatus, 5 infecções por Fusarium sp., uma infecção por Trichosporon sp., e uma infecção por Rhodotorula rubra. As hemoculturas foram positivas em 18 casos (60%. Os fatores de risco para infecção fúngica em análise multivariada foram: presença de cateter venoso central (p<0,001, duração maior de neutropenia <100/mm³ (p<0,001, uso de corticosteróides (p<0,001, bacteremia por germes gram-positivos (p=0,002 e idade menor (p=0.03. Em análise multivariada apenas recuperação da neutropenia (p<0,001 esteve associada com bom prognóstico, enquanto que o diagnóstico de infecção por Fusarium sp. (p=0,006 se correlacionou com um mau prognóstico. A taxa de óbito foi de 43%. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significante nas taxas de óbito em pacientes que receberam (52% ou não (50% terapia anti

  1. C18. Docetaxel como quimioterapia de 2ª linha nos doentes com CPNPC: estudo prospectivo multicêntrico.

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    A.S. Oliveira

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Durante cinco anos (1998-2002 foi realizado um estudo prospectivo com docetaxel (75 mg/m2 d1 3/3 semanas como tratamento de 2ª linha em doentes com CPNPC.Características: sexoM/F:94/15; idade:58.6(33-74; SP£1:96(88%; histologia: adenocarcinoma-52,pavimento-celular-41; estadio IIIB/ IV:19/90. 94% tratados inicialmente com derivados da platina.Administrados 355 ciclos de docetaxel (3.3/doente. RP em 21 doentes (19.3% IC 95% 11.7-26.8 e estabilização em 36(33%. Ausência de correlação entre resultados com quimioterapia de 1ª linha (taxa de resposta/intervalo até progressão e taxa de resposta ao docetaxel.Neutropenia grau ¾: 52 doentes (48%; 4:neutropenia febril; uma morte tóxica. Efeitos adversos não-hematológicos: alopécia (59%, astenia (28% e polineuropatia (22%.Sobrevivência mediana global: 12.7 meses, sobrevivência pósdocetaxel:6.1 meses, tempo até progressão:12 semanas e taxas de sobrevivência 1 e 2 anos:19 e 7%, respectivamente.Resultados positivos apesar de doentes maioritáriamente quimioresistentes ou quimiorefractários(>70% e estadio IV(>80%. Conclui-se que a administração de docetaxel em doentes com CPNPC e SP70% pts were refractory to 1st-line CT and >80% were in stage IV.We conclude that for NSCLC pts with PS<2, docetaxel as a 2nd-line-CT is a worthwile treatment with acceptable toxicity that significantly prolongs survival. Palavras-chave: CPNPC, docetaxel, Key-words: NSCLC, docetaxel

  2. Estudo prospectivo de 76 casos de fratura do acetábulo tratados cirurgicamente Prospective study on seventy-six cases of fractured acetabulum with surgical treatment

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    André Gaudêncio Ignácio de Almeida

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Fazer estudo prospectivo sobre fratura instável e incongruente do acetábulo, comparativo com a literatura, abordando o tipo de acesso, material de fixação, grau de redução, tipo de fratura e seus resultados após cirurgia. MÉTODOS: Os autores avaliaram 76 pacientes com fratura instável e incongruente do acetábulo entre janeiro de 1999 e dezembro de 2009. A classificação utilizada foi a de Marvin Tile e todos foram tratados cirurgicamente segundo a técnica preconizada pelo grupo AO-ASIF. RESULTADOS: A avaliação radiológica foi feita segundo os critérios de Ruesch; foram obtidos resultados bons, ótimos e perfeitos em 64 pacientes (84,2%. Quanto à avaliação clínica, segundo os critérios de Harris, os resultados foram bons e ótimos em 62 pacientes (81,6%. As complicações foram avaliadas e, quando comparadas com a literatura, mostraram-se compatíveis mesmo após a análise estatística. CONCLUSÃO: Os autores concluem que a redução anatômica e a fixação estável são importantes para um bom resultado.OBJECTIVE: To conduct a prospective study on unstable and incongruent fractures of the acetabulum, in comparison with the literature, covering the type of access, fixation materials, degree of reduction, type of fracture and results after surgery. METHODS: The authors evaluated 76 patients with unstable and incongruent fracture of the acetabulum between January 1999 and December 2009. The Marvin Tile classification was used, and all cases were treated surgically using the technique recommended by the AO-ASIF group. RESULTS: The radiological evaluation was done in accordance with the Ruesch criteria, and good, excellent or perfect results were obtained for 64 patients (84.2%. The clinical evaluation was done in accordance with the Harris criteria, and good or excellent results were obtained for 62 patients (81.6%. The complications were assessed and, in comparison with the literature, were shown to be compatible

  3. Hemorragia subaracnóidea e síndrome de Terson: estudo prospectivo Subarachnoid hemorrhage and Terson's syndrome: a prospective study

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    Eun Song Sung

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a incidência, evolução clínica, alteração oftalmológica e prognóstico de vida de pacientes com hemorragia subaracnóidea e síndrome de Terson. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo e consecutivo de pacientes admitidos no pronto socorro de neurocirurgia da Universidade Federal de São Paulo com diagnóstico de hemorragia subaracnóidea aguda. Após exame neurológico, o mapeamento de retina foi realizado em todos os pacientes na admissão e no 3º, 7º, 30º e 60º dia. Em todos os casos foi realizada a correlação entre a escala de Hunt e Hess e a presença de hemorragia intra-ocular. RESULTADOS: Dezessete pacientes foram examinados durante julho a outubro de 2000. A síndrome de Terson foi observada em 5 casos (29,4%. Em 15 pacientes a etiologia da hemorragia foi ruptura de aneurisma cerebral e em 2 casos a causa foi relacionada a traumatismo crânio-encefálico. Não houve predominância significante de sexo (9F e 8M e a idade mediana foi de 48 anos (22 a 80 anos. Houve 4 óbitos de pacientes com síndrome de Terson e apenas 1 no grupo de pacientes sem alteração ocular. Não houve nenhuma correlação entre a gravidade do quadro clínico e a presença da síndrome de Terson. CONCLUSÃO: Neste estudo, a incidência da síndrome de Terson foi de 29,4% e sua presença indicou alto risco de mortalidade (80% dos casos com a síndrome de Terson.PURPOSE: To analyze the incidence, clinical course, ophthalmic findings, and prognosis of the patients with intracranial bleeding and Terson's syndrome. METHODS: A prospective consecutive study of patients admitted to the emergency room with the diagnosis of acute subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurological and funduscopic examinations were performed upon admission and at days 3, 7, 30 and 60 after the diagnosis. In all cases the clinical condition was graded according to the Hunt and Hess classification. RESULTS: Seventeen patients were enrolled in this study from July to October, 2000

  4. Movimento do ombro após cirurgia por carcinoma invasor da mama: estudo randomizado prospectivo controlado de exercícios livres versus limitados a 90º no pós-operatório

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    Silva,Marcela Ponzio Pinto e; Derchain,Sophie Françoise Mauricette; Rezende,Laura; Cabello,César; Martinez,Edson Zangiacomi

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    OBJETIVO: avaliar a eficácia de um protocolo de exercícios físicos na recuperação do movimento do ombro em mulheres submetidas a esvaziamento linfonodal axilar por câncer de mama, comparando exercícios com amplitude livre e restrita do movimento. MÉTODOS: 59 mulheres submetidas a linfadenectomia axilar associada a mastectomia modificada (46) ou quadrantectomia (13) foram incluídas neste estudo clínico, prospectivo e randomizado. No primeiro dia após a cirurgia, 30 mulheres foram randomizadas ...

  5. Variáveis hemodinâmicas, gasométricas e imunomoleculares em pacientes submetidos a revascularização miocárdica com uso de azul de metileno: estudo clínico e prospectivo

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    Nilzo Augusto Mendes Ribeiro

    2004-01-01

    O objetivo do presente estudo, prospectivo e randomizado, é avaliar comparativamente as respostas hemodinâmicas, laboratoriais, imunomoleculares e clínicas, em dois grupos de pacientes submetidos a cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica com extracorpórea utilizando-se, em um deles infusão de azul de metileno durante o período intraoperatório. As variáveis hemodinâmicas estudadas foram: FC, PAE, PVC, DC, RVS, RVP, PAPM, PASS, PASD e PASM. Os dados laboratoriais avaliados foram: gasometria art...

  6. Reações adversas a medicamentos em pediatria: uma revisão sistemática de estudos prospectivos Adverse drug reactions in pediatrics: a systematic review of prospective studies

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    Djanilson Barbosa dos Santos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta revisão foi explorar e comparar as informações derivadas de estudos prospectivos sobre a incidência de reações adversas a medicamentos (RAM em pediatria, publicados de janeiro de 1966 a novembro de 2003 em revistas indexadas nas bases MEDLINE, IPA e LILACS. Foram buscados trabalhos que abordassem a ocorrência de RAM em crianças atendidas em ambulatório, durante a hospitalização ou como causa de internação hospitalar não focalizados em tratamentos ou condições clínicas específicas. A análise incluiu vinte estudos de coorte prospectivos, entre os quais a incidência de RAM variou de 0,75% a 11,1% em ambulatório, de 0,6 a 4,3% como causa de internação hospitalar e de 4,4 a 18,1% entre crianças hospitalizadas. O trabalho ressalta o potencial de contribuição dos estudos prospectivos para o uso seguro de medicamentos em pediatria e sugere que a padronização de definições e de critérios metodológicos poderia torná-los mais úteis para esse objetivo.The aim of this literature review is to explore and to compare information derived from prospective studies of adverse drug reactions (ADR incidence in pediatrics. A systematic literature research was performed looking for studies involving outpatient and inpatient children as well hospitalizations due to ADR. The studies were identified in MEDLINE, IPA and LILACS databases from January 1966 to November 2003. Investigation focused on specific treatments or morbidities was not included in the review. Twenty prospective cohort studies were included in the analysis. In outpatient investigations ADR incidence varied from 0.75% to 11.1% between the studies; 0.6% to 4.3% of hospital admissions were related to ADR with ADR frequency during hospitalization varying from 4.4% to 18.1% of the children. The lack of definition standards and of methodological criteria hindered results comparison and could partly explain the different observations.

  7. Analgesia preemptiva nas cirurgias da coluna lombossacra: estudo prospectivo e randomizado Analgesia preventiva en las cirugías de la columna lumbosacra: estudio prospectivo y aleatorio Preemptive analgesia in lumbosacral spine surgeries: prospective randomized study

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    Augustin Malzac

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a eficácia da analgesia preemptiva pelo método da administração de analgésicos antes e após o início do estímulo doloroso operatório, comparando-as. A melhora do quadro doloroso pós-operatório nas cirurgias da coluna vertebral no segmento lombossacro, por via posterior, não tem sido completamente investigada. MÉTODOS: Sessenta e dois pacientes submetidos à microdiscectomia ou microdescompressão, em um único nível, na coluna lombossacra, foram divididos em três grupos, 20 pacientes no primeiro (A não receberam qualquer substância analgésica (controle. Vinte e dois no segundo (B, os quais foram submetidos à injeção epidural, 20 minutos antes da incisão cirúrgica, contendo 10 mL de marcaína e morfina. No terceiro e no último grupo (C com vinte pacientes, foi injetado, com auxílio de um cateter, no espaço epidural, as mesmas drogas do grupo B, através da incisão antes do fechamento da ferida operatória. Os pacientes foram examinados durante as primeiras 24 horas com auxílio da escala verbal de dor. RESULTADOS: Os três grupos foram comparados quanto à idade, sexo, nível e tempo cirúrgico. Os dados não obedeceram a uma distribuição Gaussiana, o teste não paramétrico de Mann-Whitney foi adotado para análise estatística. Desta maneira, os valores da escala verbal de dor, em todos os intervalos de tempo, foram significativamente baixos (pOBJETIVO: analizar la eficacia y comparar la analgesia preventiva por el método de la administración de analgésicos antes y después del inicio del estímulo doloroso operatorio. La mejoría del cuadro doloroso postoperatorio en las cirugías de la columna vertebral en el segmento lumbosacro, por vía posterior, no ha sido completamente investigada. MÉTODOS: sesenta y dos pacientes sometidos a la microdisección o microdescompresión, en un único nivel, en la columna lumbosacra fueron divididos en tres grupos. Veinte pacientes en el primer grupo (A no

  8. Estudo prospectivo da deglutição na Mucopolissacaridose II (síndrome de Hunter) antes e após tratamento enzimático

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    Ana Carolina Rocha Gomes Ferreira; Zelita Caldeira Ferreira Guedes

    2011-01-01

    Estudo de caso para avaliar a deglutição pré e pós-tratamento enzimático de um indivíduo com Mucopolissacaridose e analisar se o tratamento ocasionou melhora na deglutição. Foi realizado o estudo descritivo de um indivíduo com 9 anos e 6 meses do gênero masculino, com a forma grave da doença, com observação em três momentos: uma avaliação pré-tratamento e duas pós-tratamento. Foram realizadas as seguintes avaliações: fonoaudiológica para disfagia; quadro respiratório por um pneumologista; clí...

  9. Estudo prospectivo comparativo entre pseudoartrose e fusão óssea na estenose de canal lombar Prospective-comparative study between pseudarthrosis and bone fusion in lumbar stenosis

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    Luciano Miller Reis Rodrigues

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudo prospectivo comparativo entre pseudoartrose e fusão óssea na estenose de canal lombar MÉTODO: 38 pacientes operados de estenose de canal lombar e submetidos à artrodese avaliados por meio de questionários (escala visual analógica - VAS e questionário de incapacidade Rolland Morris. Foram solicitadas radiografias para avaliação da fusão lombar. RESULTADOS: Foi observada uma efetiva melhora entre o momento pré-operatório e após um ano em relação ao VAS, tanto no grupo que obteve fusão óssea como no grupo com pseudartrose. Em relação ao questionário Rolland Morris houve uma tendência de melhora no grupo com fusão óssea e uma significante melhora no grupo com pseudoartrose. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve diferença entre os grupos (fusão óssea e pseudoartrose em relação à dor e incapacidade. Nível de Evidência: Nível II, estudo prospectivo longitudinal.OBJECTIVE: Prospective-comparative study between pseudarthrosis and bone fusion in lumbar stenosis METHODS: 38 patients operated on for lumbar spinal stenosis and submitted to arthrodesis were evaluated by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS and Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire. Radiographs were requested to evaluate spinal fusion. RESULTS: An effective improvement was observed between the preoperative period and one year after the operation, in relation to VAS, both in the group that received a bone fusion and in the group with pseudarthrosis. With regard to the Roland Morris questionnaire, there was a tendency towards an improvement in the bone fusion group and a significant improvement in the pseudarthrosis group. CONCLUSION: There was no difference between the groups (bone fusion and pseudarthrosis in relation to pain and disability. . Level of Evidence: Level II, longitudinal prospective study.

  10. Associação entre comportamentos externalizantes e baixo desempenho escolar: uma revisão de estudos prospectivos e longitudinais Association between externalizing behavior and underachievement: a review of prospective and longitudinal studies

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    Lylla Cysne Frota D'Abreu

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    Full Text Available Foi feito um levantamento na literatura de estudos prospectivos e longitudinais investigando a associação entre problemas de comportamento externalizantes e baixo desempenho escolar no ensino fundamental, no período de 1990 a 2006. Por meio dos sistemas PsycInfo, Medline, Lilacs, Scielo e Web of Science, foram selecionados e adquiridos 18 artigos, classificados em quatro categorias: estudos com amostras clínicas; estudos comparando grupos com ou sem comorbidade; estudos que buscam testar modelos de trajetória de desenvolvimento; estudos sobre precursores da associação entre problemas de comportamento e baixo desempenho escolar. A análise dos artigos evidencia que a co-ocorrência de baixo desempenho escolar e problemas externalizantes sugere a influência de variáveis antecedentes, como condições adversas na família e baixo nível socioeconômico. Indica, ainda, que a associação traz mau prognóstico às crianças, como comorbidades com transtornos psiquiátricos, posteriores problemas acadêmicos e de comportamento anti-social, evidenciando a situação de risco psicossocial em que se encontram.A survey in the literature of prospective and longitudinal studies was made investigating the association between externalizing behavior and underachievement in the period of 1990-2006. It was used PsycInfo, Medline, Lilacs, Scielo and Web of Science systems and it was selected and acquired 18 articles, classified in four categories: studies with clinical samples; studies comparing groups with or without comorbidity; studies that try to establish or to test models of developmental trajectory; studies of precursors of the association between behavior problems and underachievement. The analysis of articles evidences that the co-occurrence of underachievement and externalizing behavior suggests the influence of antecedent variables, such as adverse conditions in the family and low socio-economic level. It indicates that the association brings

  11. Fluxo salivar, pH e capacidade tampão da saliva de crianças com linfoma de Hodgkin tratadas com radioterapia : estudo prospectivo

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    Lenita Marangoni Lopes

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    Resumo: A saliva é um importante fator de proteção contra doenças bucais devido a propriedades como clearence promovido pelo fluxo salivar e manutenção do pH em níveis aceitáveis pela capacidade tampão. Entretanto, inúmeros fatores podem afetar a produção de saliva, podendo resultar em hipossalivação e no sintoma de boca seca, a xerostomia. Estudos mostram que uma das causas da hipossalivação é a radioterapia envolvendo a região de cabeça e pescoço, utilizada no tratamento de câncer. Dentre a...

  12. Incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis in southern Brazil: a prospective study Incidência de toxoplasmose congênita no sul do Brasil: estudo prospectivo

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    Liége Mozzatto

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The study aimed to determine the incidence of congenital infection by Toxoplasma gondii and to describe neonatal and maternal characteristics regarding newborn infants treated at a teaching hospital in the town of Passo Fundo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Cord blood samples collected from 1,250 live newborns were analyzed. The laboratory diagnosis was established by the detection of Toxoplasma gondii IgM using an enzyme linked fluorescent assay. Gestational age, intrauterine growth, anthropometric measures, and prenatal characteristics were assessed. The incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis at birth was 8/10,000 (95%CI 0.2-44.5. Mean birthweight was 3,080 ± 215.56 grams and mean gestational age was 38.43 ± 1.88 weeks. With regard to prenatal care, 58% of the pregnant patients visited their doctors five times or more and 38.9% were serologically tested for toxoplasmosis in the first trimester of pregnancy. The incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis was similar to that found in most studies conducted in our country and abroad. Our study sample is representative of the town of Passo Fundo and therefore it is possible to consider the frequency observed as the prevalence of the disease in this town during the study period.O objetivo do estudo foi determinar a incidência de infecção congênita pelo Toxoplasma gondii e descrever características neonatais e maternas, em recém-nascidos atendidos num Hospital Universitário de Passo Fundo, RS. Foram analisadas amostras de sangue do cordão umbilical de 1250 recém-nascidos vivos. O diagnóstico laboratorial foi realizado através da detecção de IgM-Toxoplasma gondii pelo método ELFA (Enzyme Linked Fluorescent Assay. Avaliou-se a idade gestacional, o crescimento intra-uterino, as medidas antropométricas e características do pré-natal. A incidência de toxoplasmose congênita ao nascimento foi de 8/10.000 (IC 95% 0,2 - 44,5. A média do peso de nascimento e idade gestacional foi 3080

  13. Aspectos clínicos e nutricionais da doença de Gaucher: estudo prospectivo de 13 crianças em um único centro

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    Oliveira Maria Christina L.A.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: a doença de Gaucher (DG é uma doença de depósito lisossomal, de herança autossômica recessiva, causada por mutações do gene GBA (gene da glucocerebrosidase, localizado no cromossomo 1. O presente estudo foi realizado para identificar as características clínicas, nutricionais, bioquímicas e genéticas dos pacientes com DG acompanhados no serviço de Hematologia Pediátrica do HC-UFMG. Pacientes e métodos: foram acompanhados prospectivamente 13 pacientes, nos quais o diagnóstico de DG foi confirmado através da determinação da atividade enzimática leucocitária da enzima beta-glucocerebrosidase e/ou genótipo. Foram estudados fatores demográficos, nutricionais e bioquímicos obtidos à admissão. O estudo genético foi realizado em 7 pacientes. A mediana de seguimento foi de 5,3 anos. Foram calculados o escore z de peso e estatura na admissão e no final de seguimento. A prevalência padronizada de desnutrição foi calculada pelo método de Mora. Resultados: a mediana de idade ao diagnóstico foi de 5,8 anos. A manifestação clínica predominante ao diagnóstico foi hepatoesplenomegalia, e todos os pacientes foram classificados como tipo clínico 1. Plaquetopenia ao diagnóstico foi observada em oito crianças, e anemia em seis. A mutação genética mais freqüente foi a N370S. No período de seguimento, foi detectado um óbito por septicemia, após esplenectomia. A prevalência de desnutrição foi de 26% à admissão, e de 48% no final do seguimento. Conclusão: a análise da casuística demonstra que predomina em nosso meio a mutação genética N370S e o tipo clínico 1, caracterizando as formas mais brandas da doença. O uso irregular da medicação não permitiu conclusões clínicas sobre a eficácia da reposição enzimática.

  14. ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO DA FERMENTAÇÃO DO CACAU (Theobroma cacao L. SOB O ENFOQUE EM PEDIDOS DE PATENTES DEPOSITADOS NO MUNDO ENTRE 1899 A 2012

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    Adrielle Souza Leão Macêdo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available O cacaueiro tem importância econômica no contexto internacional por ser um commodity de participação relevante no comércio mundial de produtos agrícolas tanto em importações quanto exportações. As etapas de beneficiamento do cacau, principalmente a fermentação, devem ser conduzidas com excelência para garantir a  uniformidade das amêndoas de cacau e chocolates de alta qualidade. Este estudo tem por objetivo identificar patentes depositadas que tratam de  fermentação  do cacau. A pesquisa foi realizada nas bases de Espacenet (EP, utilizando como palavras-chave cocoa*and fermentation*. Foram encontradas 75 patentes depositadas nessa base de dados e nenhuma no Brasil (INPI. Observou-se que nos anos de 1991 e 2012, foram depositadas 48 patentes de novas tecnologias, métodos e equipamentos aplicáveis ao processo de fermentação de cacau, provavelmente pelo incentivo recebido pelos pesquisadores das áreas. O Reino Unido, Rússia e Estados Unidos, apesar de não produzir cacau, apresentam-se como países com maior investimento em relação à esta tecnologia de processamento.

  15. Pancreatite aguda leve: avaliação pela ultra-sonografia. estudo prospectivo Mild acute pancreatitis: ultrasound evaluation: a prospective study

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    Márcio Martins Machado

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Neste estudo foram avaliados, por meio da ultra-sonografia, 21 pacientes com pancreatite aguda leve. Foram analisadas a presença ou ausência de hipoecogenicidade do pâncreas e a presença ou ausência de líquido peripancreático. Em 19 pacientes (90,5% foi identificada hipoecogenicidade pancreática, e em três (15,8% destes pacientes foi identificada a presença de pequena quantidade de líquido na pequena cavidade dos epíploons. Em dois pacientes (9,5% não se identificou qualquer alteração pancreática. Com relação à possível etiologia da pancreatite aguda, em 15 pacientes (71,5% pôde-se demonstrar a presença de colecistopatia calculosa, em quatro pacientes (19,0% havia história de alcoolismo crônico e não foram identificados cálculos na vesícula biliar, e em dois pacientes (9,5% não foi identificada qualquer causa aparente. Os autores concluem que a ultra-sonografia pode identificar alteração na maioria dos pacientes com pancreatite aguda leve e permite, ainda, o acompanhamento daqueles com pequenas coleções líquidas peripancreáticas.We analyzed the ultrasonographic findings of 21 patients with mild acute pancreatitis. The presence or absence of pancreatic hypoechogenicity and peripancreatic fluid collection was assessed. Pancreatic hypoechogenicity was identified in 19 patients (90.5% whereas small sac fluid collection was identified in 3 (15.8% of these patients. No abnormality was seen in 2 patients (9.5%. Regarding the etiology of acute pancreatitis, cholelithiasis was identified in 15 patients (71.5%, alcohol abuse was identified in 4 patients (19.0%, and in 2 patients (9.5% no probable etiology could be found. The authors conclude that ultrasonography may identify abnormalities in the majority of patients with mild acute pancreatitis and can be used to assess patients with peripancreatic fluid collections.

  16. Tipo, número e tamanho de cálculos da vesícula biliar: estudo prospectivo de 300 casos de colelitíase

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    Júlio Cezar Uili Coelho

    Full Text Available O nosso objetivo é determinar prospectivamente o número, tamanho e tipo de cálculos da vesícula biliar de trezentos pacientes consecutivos submetidos à colecistectomia. O tipo de cálculo foi correlacionado com o sexo e idade dos pacientes, o tamanho e o número de cálculos e a presença de colecistite aguda e de displasia da vesícula biliar. Cálculo de colesterol foi encontrado em 262 pacientes (87,3%, pigmentar negro em 33 (11 % e pigmentar marrom em cinco (1,7%. Todos os tipos de cálculos foram mais comuns no sexo feminino e aumentaram com a idade. O cálculo de colesterol foi mais comum em todas as faixas etárias. O número de cálculos variou de um a 465, sendo que a metade dos pacientes apresentou menos do que cinco cálculos. Cálculo único foi encontrado em 65 dos 262 pacientes (24,8% com cálculo de colesterol, em um dos cinco pacientes (20% com cálculo pigmentar marrom e em nenhum paciente com cálculo pigmentar negro. A incidência de colecistite aguda foi similar para os três tipos de cálculos. Não houve diferença na incidência de displasia da vesícula biliar em relação ao número, tipo e tamanho de cálculo. Conclui-se deste estudo que os cálculos de colesterol são os mais comuns da vesícula biliar, independente da idade e do sexo dos pacientes. Apesar do número de cálculos ser extremamente variável, metade dos pacientes submetidos à colecistectomia por litíase apresenta menos do que cinco cálculos. Pacientes com cálculo pigmentar preto não apresentam cálculo único.

  17. Linfonodo sentinela após mamoplastia de aumento pela via transaxilar: estudo prospectivo controlado por meio de linfocintilografia em 43 pacientes Sentinel lymph node detection after transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty: a prospective controlled study utilizing lymphoscintigraphy in 43 breasts

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    Heitor Naoki Sado

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar se a mamoplastia de aumento pela via transaxilar apresenta potencial de prejudicar a identificação futura do linfonodo sentinela. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo controlado em que foram selecionadas 22 pacientes divididas em grupo pós-mamoplastia e grupo controle, totalizando 43 mamas (22 no grupo pós-mamoplastia e 21 no grupo controle avaliadas por meio de linfocintilografia imediatamente após injeções periareolares de fitato-99mTc. Os testes estatísticos consideraram como diferenças significativas valores de p OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential influence of transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty on future detection of sentinel lymph node. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective controlled study where 22 patients were selected and divided into two groups (post-mammoplasty and control corresponding to 43 breasts (22 in the post-mammoplasty group and 21 in the control group evaluated by lymphoscintigraphy immediately after periareolar 99mTc-phytate injections. In the statistical analysis, p values < 0.05 were considered as significant. RESULTS: All the breasts in the post-mammoplasty group presented lymphatic drainage to the axillary chain, with no difference as compared with the control group (p = 0.488. The average number of hot lymph nodes was 1.27 ± 0.46 in the post-mammoplasty group, and 1.33 ± 0.58 in the control group (p = 0.895. The mean time required to visualize the first lymph node was 3.14 ± 4.42 minutes in the post-mammoplasty group, and 5.48 ± 5.06 minutes in the control group (p = 0.136. CONCLUSION: Transaxillary augmentation mammoplasty did not affect the future detection of sentinel lymph node.

  18. Traumatismo da medula espinhal em cães e gatos: estudo prospectivo de 57 casos Spinal cord injuries in dogs and cats: prospective study of 57 cases

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    Daniela S. Mendes

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O traumatismo da medula espinhal é uma causa comum de disfunção neurológica em cães e gatos. Lesões nestas espécies ocorrem devido a vários tipos de acidentes, podendo ocasionar sequelas que prejudicam o paciente como animais de estimação ou lesões que comprometam a vida. O objetivo principal deste estudo foi a monitoração intensiva de animais com lesão medular atendidos entre 8/2009 e 11/2010 no Hospital Veterinário da Universidade Estadual de Londrina, estudando os fatores epidemiológicos e etiológicos, fatores de risco, segmentos medulares mais afetados, resultados dos tratamentos conservativo ou cirúrgico, relação entre o tempo de atendimento e a recuperação do animal, eficácia e efeitos colaterais do succinato sódico de metilprednisolona, complicações, sequelas e evolução do quadro. Durante este período foram acompanhados 57 animais (48 cães e nove gatos. Observou-se predominância de animais machos (68% e domiciliados (79%. A principal causa de lesão foi o atropelamento (66%. O tempo entre o trauma e o atendimento foi menos de oito horas em 42% dos casos e mais de um dia em 51%. O segmento medular mais atingido foi o toracolombar (52%. Vinte animais foram submetidos à eutanásia após o atendimento inicial devido ao prognóstico reservado. O tratamento conservativo com repouso e/ou imobilização externa foi realizado em 29 animais e um bom resultado com esta modalidade foi obtida em 72,4% dos casos: houve recuperação funcional total em 17 (58,6% animais e parcial em quatro (13,8%. Quatro animais não se recuperaram e quatro animais morreram. Oito pacientes foram submetidos ao tratamento cirúrgico, sendo que três animais recuperaram-se, um paciente não apresentou recuperação e quatro morreram ou foram submetidos a eutanásia devido a complicações no trans ou pós-operatório. O tratamento conservativo foi viável, principalmente em cães com lesão medular cervical.Spinal cord injury is a common

  19. Antidepressant treatment-emergent affective switch in bipolar disorder: a prospective case-control study of outcome Ciclagem afetiva associada a tratamento com antidepressivo no transtorno bipolar: estudo caso-controle prospectivo

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    Renata Sayuri Tamada

    2006-12-01

    érios diagnósticos do DSM-IV, foram seguidos por 12 meses: 12 pacientes com mania associada a antidepressivo e 12 pacientes com mania espontânea. Os pacientes foram avaliados semanalmente com a Escala para Mania de Young e a Escala para Depressão de Hamilton até remissão do episódio inicial e, mensalmente, até completar o período de seguimento de 12 meses. RESULTADOS: Onze pacientes com mania associada ao antidepressivo tiveram uma recorrência no seguimento, sendo todos os episódios depressivos. No grupo de mania espontânea, seis pacientes apresentaram recorrência, sendo dois episódios depressivos, e quatro episódios de mania (p = 0,069 para novo episódio e p = 0,006 para polaridade do episódio. Pacientes com mania associada a antidepressivo recaíram em um menor período de tempo que os pacientes com mania espontânea (p = 0,016. CONCLUSÕES: Neste estudo prospectivo, os pacientes com mania associada a antidepressivo apresentaram maior risco de recorrência, especialmente episódios depressivos, e com menor duração de remissão quando comparados aos pacientes com mania espontânea.

  20. Avaliação neurológica de pacientes adultos com linfoma não-Hodgkin: estudo prospectivo Neurologic evaluation of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in adult patients: a prospective study

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    SYLVIA REGINA MIELLI

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudo prospectivo incluindo 67 pacientes adultos com linfoma não-Hodgkin, considerados segundo o "Working Formulation". A população foi estudada como um todo, quer apresentasse ou não anticorpos anti-HIV no soro. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos a avaliação neurológica e o exame do líquido cefalorraqueano (LCR foi realizado em 63 deles. Os achados neurológicos e do exame do LCR foram correlacionados. Mostraram-se significativas as associações: dor tóraco-lombar localizada e alterações do LCR (presença de células neoplásicas, aumento da concentração proteica e/ou aumento do teor de globulinas gama; anormalidade da força muscular nos membros inferiores e alterações do LCR nos pacientes HIV soro-negativos. Houve correlação entre o aparecimento de sinais de comprometimento dos nervos cranianos III, IV e VI e a detecção de células neoplásicas no LCR.This prospective study included 67 adult patients with low, intermediate or high malignancy degrees of non-Hodgkin' s lymphomas according to the Working Formulation. Patients with or without anti-HIV antibodies in the serum were considered. All patients were submitted to neurologic evaluation, and 63 of them to examination of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF. Patients presenting neurologic signs and symptoms were 42 (62.7%. Neurologic findings and CSF changes were correlated. The association of localized thoraco-lumbar pain and CSF changes (presence of neoplastic cells, increased protein concentration and/or increased gamma globulin content was statistically significant, as the association of abnormal muscle strength in the lower limbs and CSF changes in patients without HIV antibodies in the serum. Cranial nerve dysfunction (III, IV and VI cranial nerves correlated with the finding of neoplastic cells in the cerebrospinal fluid.

  1. Eletrencefalograma digital com mapeamento em demência de Alzheimer e doença de Parkinson: estudo prospectivo controlado Digital EEG with brain mapping in Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's disease: a prospective controlled study

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    Marcos C. Sandmann

    1996-03-01

    Full Text Available Com o intuito de estudar a atividade eletrencefalográfica em vigilia da demência senil de tipo Alzheimer (DA e da doença de Parkinson (DP foi iniciado estudo prospectivo e controlado. Foram comparados 6 pacientes com DA e 11 pacientes com DP, com um grupo controle composto por 12 pacientes com depressão maior crônica leve a moderada (DSM-III-R, 1987. Nos três grupos, através de análise espectral, foi obtida a mediana da frequência da energia da atividade dominante posterior. O grupo controle apresentou atividade posterior com frequência de 8,79 ± 0,52 (m±dp. No grupo com DA este valor foi 6,65 ± 0,80 (m±dp e no grupo com DP 7,69± 1,39 (m±dp. A hipótese experimental de que pacientes com DA e DP diferem dos controles em relação à atividade de fundo (definida como anormal sendo In order to evaluate the EEG activity during wakefulness in senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (AD and Parkinson's disease (PD, a prospective controlled study was performed. We compared 6 AD and 11 PD patients with a control group of 12 patients with mild to moderate major chronic depression (DSM-III-R 1987. The median of the frequencies and the power of the posterior dominant activity was obtained in the three groups using spectral analysis. The posterior activity had a frequency of 8.79±0.52 (mean±sd in the contrc group, 6.65+0.80 (mean+sd in the AD group and 7.69+1.39 (mean±sd in the PD group. The experimental hypothesis that patients with AD and PD differ from controls in relation to the background activity (defined a abnormal <8 was confirmed by the chi square test (p=0.0l and the t test showed that the mean of the frequency of the posterior power was significantly lower in AD (p=0.01 and PD (p=0.05 patients, compared with the controls. The results indicate that this abnormality could be correlated with the degree of cortical damage and natural history of these disorders.

  2. Análise postural da coluna vertebral: estudo comparativo entre surdos e ouvintes em idade escolar

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    Renato de Souza Melo

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A postura é determinada pela atuação dos sistemas visual, somatossensorial e vestibular, situado na orelha interna. Crianças com perda auditiva sensório-neural podem apresentar problemas na regulação do controle postural, favorecendo o surgimento de desvios e alterações posturais na coluna vertebral, provocados, possivelmente, pela hipoatividade do sistema vestibular, em decorrência da lesão na orelha interna. OBJETIVOS: Identificar e comparar a distribuição de alterações posturais na coluna vertebral em escolares surdos e ouvintes na faixa etária entre 7 e 17 anos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Este estudo analítico, observacional, de corte transversal analisou a postura da coluna vertebral de 44 escolares com perda auditiva sensório-neural e 44 escolares ouvintes, de ambos os gêneros. O estudo foi desenvolvido por meio de uma avaliação postural, com o uso de um simetrógrafo, segundo os critérios propostos por Kendall et al. RESULTADOS: Observou-se uma maior ocorrência de alterações posturais nos escolares surdos, se comparados aos ouvintes (surdos: 100%; ouvintes: 84,1%, p = 0,012. A escoliose foi a alteração postural mais observada em ambos os grupos (surdos: 84,1%; ouvintes: 59,1%, p = 0,009, seguida da hipercifose torácica (surdos: 68,2%; ouvintes: 45,5%, p = 0,031. CONCLUSÃO: Os escolares surdos apresentaram uma probabilidade ainda maior quando comparados aos escolares ouvintes de desenvolver alterações posturais na coluna vertebral. Tal condição pode ter relação com o acometimento do sistema vestibular, em decorrência da lesão na orelha interna, de maus hábitos posturais em atividades diárias e da ergonomia desfavorável do ambiente escolar.

  3. Estudo prospectivo de 2151 pacientes com doença renal crônica em tratamento conservador com abordagem multidisciplinar no Vale do Paraíba, SP

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    Eduardo de Paiva Luciano

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A doença renal crônica (DRC é uma enfermidade grave, comum e tratável, cuja detecção envolve exames de baixo custo. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito de uma intervenção multidisciplinar (nefrologista, assistente social, enfermeira, nutricionista e psicóloga em parâmetros clínicos e laboratoriais de pacientes com DRC. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo de 2.151 pacientes atendidos no Centro Estadual de Doenças Renais do Vale do Paraíba, SP, de fevereiro de 2008 a março de 2011. A função renal foi avaliada no início e ao final do seguimento por testes de albuminúria e taxa de filtração glomerular estimada (TFGe pela fórmula do MDRD. Os desfechos clínicos foram: ocorrência de eventos cardiovasculares (ECV, episódios de hospitalização, necessidade de terapia renal substitutiva (TRS e óbito. RESULTADOS: A idade média foi 62 anos (variação: 14 a 101, com acompanhamento médio de 546 dias (variação: 90 a 1540, havendo predomínio do estagio três da DRC (59%. Os diagnósticos de base mais comuns foram: hipertensão arterial (41,2% e diabetes (32,4%. A média da pressão arterial antes e ao final do seguimento foi de 143 ± 26 mmHg x 87 ± 14 mmHg e 123 ± 16 mmHg x 79 ± 9 mmHg, respectivamente (p < 0,001; a TFGe reduziu de 58,5 ± 31 ml/min para 56,3 ± 23 ml/min (p < 0,01. A proteinúria caiu de 1,04 ± 1,44 g/dia para 0,61 ± 1,12 g/dia (p < 0,001; e a glicemia de jejum de 137 ± 73 mg/dl para 116 ± 42 mg/dl. Cento e vinte e dois pacientes (5,7% apresentaram eventos cardiovasculares, a taxa geral de hospitalizações foi de 6,6% (n = 143 pacientes, foram observados 156 (7,3% óbitos e 23 (1,1% pacientes evoluíram para TRS. O risco de ECV, hospitalização e óbito aumentou de forma inversa à TFGe, mas são considerados baixos quando comparados à literatura internacional. CONCLUSÕES: A intervenção multidisciplinar com metas bem definidas é efetiva para preservação da função renal e redução da morbidade e

  4. Transconjunctival retinopexy with active external drainage of subretinal fluid: a prospective pilot study of eight consecutive cases Retinopexia transconjuntival com drenagem externa do fluido sub-retiniano: um estudo piloto prospectivo de oito casos consecutivos

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    Rubens Camargo Siqueira

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To describe an alternative surgical technique for the management of retinal detachment with no or minimal proliferative vitreoretinopathy (grade B using transconjunctival retinopexy with active external drainage of subretinal fluid. METHODS: In a prospective, interventional study, eight consecutive patients with retinal detachment with no or minimal proliferative vitreoretinopathy (grade B underwent transconjunctival retinopexy with active external drainage of subretinal fluid. Transconjunctival external drainage of subretinal fluid was achieved by using a 29 gauge needle placed in the subretinal space under indirect ophthalmoscopic monitoring. Active suction was performed (500 mmHg vacuum using a vitrectomy line coupled to the needle. After retinal reattachment, cryotherapy was applied to the scleral region corresponding to the area of the retinal break(s. RESULTS: In all cases there was retinal attachment at the end of surgery. Retinal redetachment occurred in four pseudophakic patients who then underwent pars plana vitrectomy. The four phakic patients maintained retinal attachment during follow-up (13-20 months. CONCLUSION: Transconjunctival retinopexy with active external drainage of subretinal fluid represents a useful, faster, and cheaper alternative to scleral buckling for retinal detachments with no or minimal proliferative retinopathy in phakic patients and, unlike scleral buckling, is not associated with induced myopia.OBJETIVO: Descrever uma técnica cirúrgica alternativa para o tratamento de descolamento da retina sem ou com mínima vitreorretinopatia proliferativa (grau B usando uma retinopexia transconjuntival com drenagem externa do fluido sub-retiniano. MÉTODOS: Prospectivo estudo intervencional, com oito pacientes consecutivos com descolamento da retina com nenhum ou mínima vitreorretinopatia proliferativa (grau B que foram submetidos a retinopexia transconjuntival com drenagem externa ativa do fluido sub

  5. Tratamento da doença hemorroidária com ligadura elástica: estudo prospectivo com 59 pacientes Rubber band ligation for the treatment of hemorrhoidal disease: prospective study with 59 patients

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    Marcel Machado da Motta

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available A ligadura elástica (LE é considerada um método minimamente invasivo para o tratamento da doença hemorroidária (DH e apresenta vantagens em relação à hemorroidectomia, como: simplicidade de execução e realização ambulatorial sem o emprego de anestesia. Trata-se de um método eficaz, principalmente nos portadores de DH grau II. Porém, apresenta complicações, sendo as mais frequentes: dor, tenesmo, hematoquezia e retenção urinária. Alguns trabalhos mostram complicações mais graves, como sangramentos vultosos que necessitaram de hemotransfusão. Assim, este trabalho avaliou a eficácia e a morbidade do tratamento da DH pelo método da LE. Foi um estudo prospectivo, com 59 pacientes. Destes, cinco (8,5% eram portadores de DH grau I, 33 (55,9% de DH grau II e 21 (35,6% de DH grau III. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos pelo menos a duas sessões. Nas 135 sessões realizadas, encontramos: hematoquezia em 62 (45,9%, dor intensa em 39 (28,9%, sintomas vagais em 10 (7,4% e pseudoestrangulamento em um (0,7% sessão. A taxa de cura do prolapso hemorroidário entre os portadores de DH grau II foi de 87,9% e entre aqueles com DH grau III, de 76,2%. O tratamento da DH pelo método da ligadura elástica mostrou-se seguro e com boa taxa de cura.Rubber band ligation (RB is considered a minimally invasive method for the treatment of hemorrhoidal disease (HD and has advantages in relation to hemorrhoidectomy whereby: simplicity of execution, outpatient realization and no need of anesthesia. It is an effective method, especially in the HD grade II. However, shows complications, and the most frequents are: anal pain, tenesmus, hematochezia and urinary retention. Some studies have shown severe complications as major bleeding that needs blood transfusion. Thus, this study evaluated the effectiveness and the morbidity of the treatment of HD by the method of RB. It was a prospective study with 59 patients. Five (8,5% patients had HD graded in the

  6. Variações nos níveis de adiponectina nos pacientes com doença renal crônica: um estudo prospectivo de 12 meses

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    Maria Ayako Kamimura

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: As complicações cardiovasculares permanecem como a principal causa de mortalidade nos pacientes portadores de doença renal crônica (DRC. A adiponectina é uma proteína produzida pelo tecido adiposo que apresenta importante propriedade cardioprotetora. O nosso objetivo foi investigar os determinantes dos níveis de adiponectina nos pacientes com DRC. MÉTODOS: Este estudo prospectivo observacional incluiu 98 pacientes [taxa de filtração glomerular (TFG 36,1+-14,4 ml/min; 56,5+-10,4 anos; 63% homens; 31% diabéticos e índice de massa corporal (IMC 27,1+-5,2 kg/m²]. A avaliação da adiponectina (teste imunoenzimático, dos parâmetros laboratoriais, do estado nutricional (avaliação global subjetiva, da gordura corporal total (absortometria de raios-x de dupla energia e da gordura abdominal visceral e subcutânea (tomografia computadorizada foi realizada no início e após 12 meses. RESULTADOS: A adiponectina correlacionou-se com a TFG (r = -0,45; p < 0,001, a proteinúria (r = 0,21; p = 0,04, o IMC (r = -0,33; p < 0,01 e a gordura visceral (r = -0,49; p < 0,001. Na análise de regressão múltipla, os determinantes das concentrações de adiponectina foram o sexo (feminino β = 3,8; p < 0,01, a idade (β = 0,14; p = 0,03, a TFG (β = -0,15; p < 0,01 e a gordura visceral (β = -0,04; p < 0,001 (R² = 0,41. Após 12 meses, a progressão da DRC foi evidenciada pela diminuição da TFG (-1,6+-6,3 ml/min; p = 0,01 e aumento da proteinúria (0,3+-0,8 g/d; p < 0,01. Houve um aumento da gordura visceral de 97+-73 cm² para 111+-82 cm² (p < 0,001 e concomitante redução dos níveis de adiponectina, de 27,6+-7,5 mg/l para 22,2+-11,6 mg/l (p < 0,001. O peso corporal, o IMC, a gordura corporal total e a gordura abdominal subcutânea não se alteraram neste período. Ajustando pelos fatores associados à adiponectina, observamos que somente o acúmulo de gordura visceral ao longo do tempo determinou a redução nos níveis de

  7. Refluxo laringofaringeano: estudo prospectivo correlacionando achados laringoscópicos precoces com a phmanometria de 24 horas de 2 canais Laringopharingeal reflux: prospective study that compare early laryngoscopic finds and 2 channel and 24 hours esophageal testing

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    O. Marambaia

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: Manifestações laríngeas do refluxo gastro-esofágico são problemas cada vez mais comuns. Estudos revelam alta associação com sensação de "globus", rouquidão crônica e com tosse crônica. Seu diagnóstico e tratamento diferem da clássica doença do refluxo gastro-esofágico. Os achados à endoscopia laríngea de hiperemia e edema de estruturas glóticas, espessamento do espaço interaritenóideo, granulomas, pólipos, edema de Reinke, estenose subglótica sugerem uma investigação diagnóstica completa através da pHmanometria de 24 horas, exame de maior sensibilidade e especificidade. Objetivo: correlacionar achados clínicos e laringoscópicos precoces sugestivos de refluxo gastro-esofágico com resultados da pHmanometria de 24 horas. Avaliar terapia medicamentosa e modificações dietéticas. Forma de estudo: Clínico prospectivo. Material e Método: pacientes adultos com queixas crônicas: tosse seca, "globus", sialorréia, disfonia, pigarro, halitose e engasgos. Foram excluídos pacientes com outras patologias de vias aéreas. Endoscopia laríngea descartava aqueles que apresentassem lesões laríngeas mais avançadas. Encaminhamento à pHmanometria e iniciado tratamento clínico. Resultados: 83,6% apresentaram refluxo patológico. Sintomas mais freqüentes: disfonia (72,5%, pigarro (60,8%, tosse (29,4%, "globus" (23,5% e sialorréia (19,6%. Associação de sintomas: dois (67,4%; três (41,2% e quatro (21,5%. 49 pacientes iniciaram tratamento com omeprazol (20 mg e dieta: 83,7% cursaram com melhora dos sintomas após 6 meses. Em 95,9% dos pacientes tratados houve melhora laringoscópica. Conclusões: Houve uma correlação importante entre história clínica e endoscopia laríngea com achados à pHmanometria de 24 horas. Outros estudos poderão fortalecer a telescopia laríngea para o diagnóstico do refluxo laringofaríngeo e seu acompanhamento. É necessária abordagem multidisciplinar, além de um aumento do grau

  8. Refluxo laringofaringeano: estudo prospectivo correlacionando achados laringoscópicos precoces com a pHmanometria de 24 horas de 2 canais Laringopharingeal reflux: prospective study that compare early laryngoscopic finds and 2 channel and 24 hours esophageal testing

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    O. Marambaia

    Full Text Available Introdução: Manifestações laríngeas do refluxo gastro-esofágico são problemas cada vez mais comuns. Estudos revelam alta associação com sensação de "globus", rouquidão crônica e com tosse crônica. Seu diagnóstico e tratamento diferem da clássica doença do refluxo gastro-esofágico. Os achados à endoscopia laríngea de hiperemia e edema de estruturas glóticas, espessamento do espaço interaritenóideo, granulomas, pólipos, edema de Reinke, estenose subglótica sugerem uma investigação diagnóstica completa através da pHmanometria de 24 horas, exame de maior sensibilidade e especificidade. Objetivos: correlacionar achados clínicos e laringoscópicos precoces sugestivos de refluxo gastro-esofágico com resultados da pHmanometria de 24 horas. Avaliar terapia medicamentosa e modificações dietéticas. Forma de estudo: clínico prospectivo randomizado. Método: 61 pacientes adultos com queixas crônicas: tosse seca, "globus", sialorréia, disfonia, pigarro, halitose e engasgos. Foram excluídos pacientes com outras patologias de vias aéreas. Endoscopia laríngea descartava aqueles que apresentassem lesões laríngeas mais avançadas. Encaminhamento à pHmanometria e iniciado tratamento clínico. Resultados: 83,6% apresentaram refluxo patológico. Sintomas mais freqüentes: disfonia (72,5%, pigarro (60,8%, tosse (29,4%, "globus" (23,5% e sialorréia (19,6%. Associação de sintomas: dois (67,4%; três (41,2% e quatro (21,5%. 49 pacientes iniciaram tratamento com omeprazol (20 mg e dieta: 83,7% cursaram com melhora dos sintomas após 6 meses. Em 95,9% dos pacientes tratados houve melhora laringoscópica. Conclusões: Houve uma correlação importante entre história clínica e endoscopia laríngea com achados à pHmanometria de 24 horas. Outros estudos poderão fortalecer a telescopia laríngea para o diagnóstico do refluxo laringofaríngeo e seu acompanhamento. É necessária abordagem multidisciplinar, além de um aumento do

  9. Estudo prospectivo das complicações da Doença de Kawasaki: análise de 115 casos Prospective study of Kawasaki Disease complications: review of 115 cases

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    Natália Ribeiro de M. Alves

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Chamar a atenção para as complicações, que podem surgir em qualquer fase da Doença de Kawasaki (DK, para os fatores de risco que contribuem para o aparecimento dessas complicações e para as possíveis sequelas da doença, sejam elas transitórias ou permanentes. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo (coorte clínica realizado entre abril de 2002 e abril de 2009 de 115 pacientes com DK internados no serviço de Reumatologia Pediátrica do Hospital Geral do Distrito Federal. Todos os pacientes foram sequencialmente avaliados com exames clínicos e laboratoriais, ecocardiogramas com Doppler, imitanciometria, potenciais evocados auditivos, avaliação psicológica, exame oftalmológico e, em um paciente com coreia, angiorressonância magnética cerebral. Em todos os pacientes foram aplicados questionários avaliando a possível presença de dificuldades cognitivas, emocionais, comportamentais e sociais. RESULTADOS: Vinte e cinco pacientes (21,7% apresentaram aneurismas de coronárias. Trinta e oito pacientes (33% apresentaram perda auditiva neurossensorial durante a doença aguda e subaguda, e 13 pacientes (11,3% mantiveram a perda auditiva seis meses após a primeira avaliação. Outras complicações observadas foram: paralisia facial em um paciente (0,9%, ataxia na fase aguda e subaguda em 11 pacientes (9,5%, complicações oftalmológicas em 15 pacientes (13,2%, constatando-se uveíte em 13, edema de papila em um paciente e hemorragia conjuntival em outro. Um paciente apresentou coreia (0,9% sendo que a angioressonância magnética evidenciou alterações compatíveis com isquemia cerebral. Em um paciente constatou-se a presença de aneurisma de aorta torácica (0,9%, e outro apresentou vasculite necrosante que evoluiu com gangrena periférica e perda da ponta da língua (0,9%. Alterações de comportamento durante a convalescença (20% foi observada em 23 crianças. CONCLUSÃO: A DK pode evoluir com complicações diversas, mesmo meses

  10. Symptoms of depression in patients with cancer of the head and neck undergoing radiotherapy treatment: a prospective study Síntomas del depresión en los pacientes con cáncer de cabeza y cuello en tratamiento radioterápico: un estudio prospectivo Sintomas de depressão nos pacientes com câncer de cabeça e pescoço em tratamento radioterápico: um estudo prospectivo

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    Juliana Maria de Paula

    2012-04-01

    adherencia al tratamiento y disminución de la calidad de vida de los pacientes.Este estudo teve como objetivo identificar a frequência dos sintomas de depressão nos pacientes com câncer de cabeça e pescoço, em tratamento radioterápico, no início, meio e final do tratamento. Trata-se de estudo exploratório prospectivo, com abordagem quantitativa, de 41 pacientes com câncer de cabeça e pescoço, em tratamento radioterápico no Ambulatório de Oncologia do Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa de Ribeirão Preto. Os dados foram coletados por meio do instrumento inventário de depressão de Beck, e analisados de modo quantitativo, por meio do programa Statistical Package of Social Science. Conclui-se que os sintomas de disforia aumentaram ao longo do tratamento, assim como o número de pacientes com depressão. Os resultados mostram a importância de os profissionais da saúde detectarem a prevalência e os níveis dos sintomas de depressão, uma vez que esses sintomas tendem a aumentar, podendo levar a consequências como falta de aderência ao tratamento e diminuição da qualidade de vida desses pacientes.

  11. Estudo prospectivo do valor da acupuntura no controle da náusea e vômitos em pacientes de câncer de mama submetidas a quimioterapia adjuvante

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    Wu Tu Chung

    2007-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar a eficácia de duas técnicas de acupuntura no controle da náusea e vômito em pacientes portadoras de Carcinoma Invasivo de mama, submetidas à quimioterapia anti-neoplásica. Foram incluídas no estudo 64 pacientes no período de março de 2003 a fevereiro de 2007, do Hospital A.C. Camargo com diagnóstico anatomopatológico de carcinoma invasivo da mama, candidatas à quimioterapia adjuvante com esquemas que incluem doxorrubicina e ciclofosfamida. O estudo foi realiz...

  12. Estudo anatômico do trajeto da artéria vertebral na coluna cervical inferior humana Anatomical study of the vertebral artery path in human lower cervical spine

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    Ben Hur Junitiro Kajimoto

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available O aumento da utilização de novas técnicas e materiais de síntese para o tratamento cirúrgico de afecções da coluna cervical baixa foi acompanhado da crescente preocupação em relação às complicações que podem ocorrer. A técnica de fixação transpedicular, amplamente utilizada para os outros níveis da coluna vertebral, quando realizada na coluna cervical, apesar de conferir maior estabilidade quando comparada a outras técnicas, pode cursar com complicações graves como lesão da artéria vertebral, lesão de raiz nervosa, além de lesão da articulação facetária. A vértebra C7, no entanto, é considerada mais segura para a realização de tal procedimento, já que, na grande maioria das pessoas, segundo os estudos anatômicos disponíveis, esta não possui a artéria vertebral dentro de seu forame transverso, pois este vaso irá penetrar tal estrutura apenas na vértebra C6. Como hoje existem apenas estudos de imagem para avaliação do trajeto desta artéria e suas variações anatômicas, realizamos este estudo anatômico dissecando 40 artérias vertebrais de cadáveres para avaliar a incidência das variações anatômicas. Encontramos 3 casos onde a artéria vertebral penetrou o forame transverso já em C7 (7,5%, o que aumentaria o risco de uma técnica transpedicular neste nível. O restante das peças anatômicas possuíam anatomia habitual.The increasing use of new techniques and materials for surgical treatment of lower cervical spine conditions has come along with an increasing concern regarding potential complications that might occur. The transpedicular fixation technique, frequently used in other spine levels, is used on the cervical spine, while providing more stability than other techniques, it may cause serious complications such as vertebral artery injury, nervous root injury, or facet joint injuries. However, the C7 vertebra is considered safer for performing this procedure, since, in the vast majority of

  13. Raquianestesia para cesariana com bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica associada ao fentanil e morfina: estudo prospectivo com diferentes volumes Raquianestesia para cesariana con bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica asociada al fentanil y morfina: estudio prospectivo con diferentes volúmenes Spinal anesthesia for cesarean section with 0.5% isobaric bupivacaine plus fentanyl and morphine: prospective study with different volumes

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A raquianestesia para cesariana foi descrita poucos anos após o primeiro relato de Bier em 1898 e nos últimos 5 anos ela se tornou método de escolha em nosso hospital. O objetivo deste estudo prospectivo em cesariana é avaliar o uso da bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica, administrada com as parturientes em decúbito lateral, após injeção de fentanil e morfina, e correlacionar com a incidência de complicações hemodinâmicas e dispersão cefálica com diferentes volumes. MÉTODO: Cem pacientes submetidas à raquianestesia para cesariana eletiva foram aleatoriamente separadas em três grupos que receberam: 4 ml (20 mg, 3 ml (15 mg e 2,5 ml (12,5 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica acrescida de 25 µg de fentanil e 50 µg de morfina injetadas antes do anestésico. Foram avaliados e comparados os seguintes parâmetros: latência da analgesia, bloqueio motor, dispersão cefálica da analgesia, alterações cardiovasculares e incidência de náuseas e vômitos. RESULTADOS: Os três volumes de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica produziram efeitos comparáveis. O tempo de latência foi maior com a menor dose. Não foram observadas diferenças na dispersão cefálica, no número de pacientes que tiveram níveis cervicais, nas alterações cardiovasculares e na incidência de cefaléia pós-punção. O nível máximo da analgesia foi T4 (amplitude: T3-T6 com 4 ml, T4 (amplitude: T4-T11 com 3 ml e T4 (amplitude: T4-T8 com 2,5 ml. Nenhuma paciente necessitou de efedrina para tratar hipotensão arterial. O bloqueio motor não foi completo em todas as pacientes. Uma paciente desenvolveu cefaléia pós-punção. CONCLUSÕES: O resultado deste estudo confirma que a bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica injetada após administração, em seringas separadas de fentanil e morfina, e em decúbito lateral nos volumes de 2,5, 3 e 4 ml proporciona uma rápida e efetiva anestesia para cesariana.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La raquianestesia para

  14. Estudo prospectivo, duplo cego e cruzado da Camellia sinensis (chá verde nas dislipidemias Estudio prospectivo, doble ciego y cruzado de la Camellia sinensis (té verde en las dislipidemias Prospective double-blind crossover study of Camellia sinensis (green tea in dyslipidemias

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    Gesiani de Almeida Pierin Batista

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Estudos epidemiológicos estabeleceram uma associação entre dislipidemias e aterosclerose. A terapia nutricional é um ponto central da estratégia preventiva em indivíduos que apresentam fatores de risco para doença aterosclerótica. OBJETIVOS: Investigar os efeitos do chá verde (Camellia sinensis em pacientes portadores de dislipidemias. MÉTODOS: O estudo envolveu 33 pacientes, com idade entre 21 e 71 anos, que consumiam uma dieta com baixo teor de gorduras (25% a 35% das calorias totais e 200 mg de colesterol por dia. Foram randomizados para dois tratamentos sequenciais: cápsulas contendo 250 mg de extrato seco do chá verde ou placebo, administradas por um período total de 16 semanas, tendo cada paciente utilizado chá verde (Camellia sinensis por oito semanas e placebo em igual período. RESULTADOS: Os valores lipídicos basais (mg/dl foram os seguintes: HDL-colesterol 60,7 ± 7,3; colesterol total 255 ± 30,9; LDL-colesterol 158,8 ± 29,0; triglicerídeos 169,0 ± 61,3 e Apo-B 120,2 ± 18,9. As variações lipídicas médias, provocadas pelo uso do chá verde (Camellia sinensis, mostraram uma redução de 3,9 % (p = 0,006 nas concentrações do colesterol total e uma redução de 4,5 % (p = 0,026 do LDL-colesterol. A ingestão de chá verde não influenciou significativamente os níveis de HDL-colesterol, dos triglicerídeos e do Apo-B. Resultados não significativos foram observados na avaliação dos lipídeos sanguíneos (colesterol total e LDL-colesterol com o uso do placebo. CONCLUSÃO: Foi demonstrado o efeito benéfico do chá verde (Camellia sinensis, que reduziu significativamente, em oito semanas, os níveis de colesterol total e LDL-colesterol nesse grupo de pacientes.FUNDAMENTO: Estudios epidemiológicos establecieron una asociación entre dislipidemias y aterosclerosis. La terapia nutricional es un punto central de la estrategia preventiva en individuos que presentan factores de riesgo para enfermedad

  15. Saúde bucal no EpiFloripa: estudo prospectivo das condições de saúde de adultos de Florianópolis, Sul do Brasil

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    Marco Aurelio Peres

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Descrever a metodologia e desafios de estudos de saúde bucal, inseridos em uma coorte prospectiva de adultos. Métodos: Foi obtida uma amostra de 2.016 adultos residentes em Florianópolis em 2009. Visitas domiciliares foram realizadas para a aplicação de um questionário sobre condições socioeconômicas e demográficas, de saúde geral, uso de serviços e de medicamentos, doação de sangue, violência doméstica e uma seção relativa à saúde da mulher. Informações sobre saúde bucal incluíram autoavaliação de seu estado, número de dentes, uso de serviços, percepção de necessidade de tratamento, ocorrência, intensidade e impacto nas atividades diárias da dor dentária, sintomas de xerostomia e dificuldade de alimentação em virtude de problemas bucais. Adicionalmente, aferiram-se a pressão arterial e medidas antropométricas. Em 2012, ocorreu a segunda onda do estudo, na qual foi aplicado um questionário sobre questões socioeconômicas, qualidade de vida, experiências discriminatórias, recordatório alimentar de 24 horas e de saúde bucal. Além disso, foi aferida a pressão arterial, medidas antropométricas, e foram realizados exames bucais (cárie, perdas dentárias e condições periodontais. Resultados: A taxa de participação foi de 85,3% (n = 1.720 em 2009 e, destes, 1.222 (71,1% foram investigados em 2012. Conclusões: A continuidade do estudo poderá contribuir para a elucidação da causalidade de associações entre condições de saude bucal e agravos e doencas cronicas.

  16. Estudo clínico prospectivo das modificações da borda alveolar inferior após projeção ortodôntica em tomografia computadorizada de feixe cônico

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    Flavio Cesar de Carvalho

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    A projeção de incisivos e expansão dos arcos dentários são uma alternativa valiosa à extração dentária, especialmente quando se considera a estética facial em pacientes adultos. O efeito da projeção ortodôntica dos incisivos inferiores sobre o periodonto é controverso devido às avaliações em exames bidimensionais e os aspectos multi-fatoriais que envolvem as recessões gengivais. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar as modificações na altura da borda alveolar dos dentes ântero-inferiores de pa...

  17. “Hospital em Casa” versus internamento hospitalar para doentes com exacerbação de DPOC: Estudo prospectivo, controlado e randomizado

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    L. Davis

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: O objectivo do estudo foi comparar o tratamento “hospitalar em casa” com o tratamento em internamento hospitalar na exacerbação da DPOC.O local de realização do estudo foi o Hospital Universitario Aintree, em Liverpool.A população alvo foi seleccionada a partir de doentes com DPOC agudizada encaminhados ao Serviço de Urgência para internamento hospitalar, após avaliação medica inicial nos Cuidados Primanos.Como criterios de inclusiio salienta-se:FEV17.35, Pa02>7.3 kPa (55 mmHg, PaC02<8kPa (60 mmHg.A presença de pneumotórax, pneumonia ou insuficiencia ventricular esquerda grave, assim como a necessidade de cuidados de enfermagem permanentes ou de terapêutica endovenosa, foram considerados criterios de exclusão.A intervenção clínica com cuidados de enfermagem no domicílio foi efectuada num grupo de doentes randomizados numa proporção de 2/1 em alternativa ao intemamento hospitalar.O grupo de doentes tratado no domicílio envolveu uma equipa composta por enfermeiro especialista, clinico geral e suporte social. Foi fomecido nebulizadores para aerossolterapia com salbutamol e brometo de ipratropium, e prescrito corticóides orais e antibióticos. Em caso de agravamento os doentes poderiam ser referenciados para intemamento.Os mesmos fármacos foram administrados aos doentes internados com restante intervenção da responsabilidade do clfnico hospitalar.As medidas de a valiação de resultados foram:Percentagem de intemamento as duas semanas e aos tres meses; Alterações no FEV1 em relação ao basal nas mesmas datas;Mortalidade.Quanta aos resultados, dos 583 doentes com DPOC agudizada referenciados para internamento,l92 preenchiam os criterios de selecção mas 42 recusaram participar no estudo.Assim,lOO doentes foram randomizados para tratarnento no domicflio, 9 dos quais vieram a necessitar de intemamento hospitalar nas primeiras duas

  18. Estudo prospectivo das repercussões de baixas doses de remifentanil na função sinoatrial e na condução e refratariedade cardíaca Estudio prospectivo de las repercusiones de bajas dosis de remifentanil en la función sinoatrial en la conducción y refractariedad cardiaca Prospective study on the repercussions of low doses of remifentanil on sinoatrial function and in cardiac conduction and refractory period

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    Simone Soares Leite

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O remifentanil é um opióide com início e término de ação rápidos, cujo uso em procedimentos de curta duração vem se propagando nos últimos anos. Entre os efeitos colaterais descritos, há relatos de bradicardia e assistolia. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os efeitos desse fármaco na condução e refratariedade cardíaca, em humanos. MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo de 16 pacientes, entre 18 e 65 anos, de ambos os sexos, ASA I a III, submetidos a estudo eletrofisiológico intracardíaco eletivo. Foram excluídos os pacientes com doença do nódulo sinoatrial e os portadores de bloqueios cardíacos graves. No laboratório de eletrofisiologia, os pacientes foram inicialmente sedados com midazolam (0,03 mg.kg-1, após 5 minutos (M0 avaliou-se o grau de sedação de intensidade de dor, pressões arteriais sistólica e diastólica, freqüências cardíaca e respiratória e saturação de oxigênio. O eletrofisiologista avaliou as variáveis de condução cardíaca (duração do QRS, intervalos AA, AH, HV e PA, o tempo de recuperação do nódulo sinoatrial e as variáveis de refratariedade cardíaca (período refratário do átrio direito, período refratário do ventrículo direito e período refratário do nódulo atrioventricular. Após as medidas iniciais o remifentanil foi introduzido (bolus de 0,5 µg.kg-1 + infusão de 0,05 µg.kg-1.min-1 e após 20 minutos as mesmas variáveis foram reavaliadas (M1. RESULTADOS: Observou-se diminuição das pressões sistólica e diastólica (p = 0,0001 entre M0 e M1, sem diferença estatística significativa da freqüência respiratória ou da saturação de oxigênio. Houve aumento do intervalo átrio-His (p = 0,006 e do tempo de recuperação do nódulo sinoatrial (p = 0,0004, do período refratário do átrio direito (p = 0,001 e do período refratário do nódulo atrioventricular (p = 0,0001, porém não houve diminuição da freqüência cardíaca basal entre M0 e M1

  19. Estudo comparativo prospectivo para a avaliação da reabilitação de usuários de próteses com amputações transtibiais

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    Gabriel de Souza Prim

    Full Text Available Resumo Indivíduos com amputações transtibiais apresentam dificuldades em realizar marcha e manter-se em equilíbrio, afetando diretamente a sua qualidade de vida. A utilização de próteses pode possibilitar a reabilitação do indivíduo, mas questiona-se o quão eficiente são para determinadas tarefas e como ainda podem melhorar. Objetivando avaliar as próteses para amputações transtibiais, foi realizado um estudo comparativo com dois grupos: Amputados e NÃO Amputados. Com o auxílio da tecnologia de Captura de Movimentos, realizou-se mensuração dos ângulos de equilíbrio estático, velocidade de marcha e pontuações na execução de atividades diárias. Os resultados indicam que as maiores dispersões dos ângulos de equilíbrio estático pertencem ao grupo de amputados. Em relação às médias de Velocidade de Marcha e nas pontuações das Atividades Diárias, constatou-se melhor desempenho para o grupo dos NÃO amputados. A partir disso, foi identificado ainda que as características técnicas das próteses transtibiais podem impactar na reabilitação de seus usuários.

  20. Estudo clínico prospectivo aleatório sobre o uso da máscara laríngea Supreme® em pacientes submetidos a anestesia geral

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    Sara R. Barreira

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Dispositivos supraglóticos são cada vez mais usados como opção à intubação traqueal durante procedimentos eletivos de complexidade variável. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar prospectivamente o uso clínico da máscara laríngea Supreme® (MLS em pacientes submetidas a procedimentos cirúrgicos eletivos na mama e compará-la ao tubo endotraqueal (TE. MÉTODO: 60 pacientes submetidas a procedimentos cirúrgicos da mama sob anestesia geral foram distribuídas aleatoriamente em dois grupos de acordo com o dispositivo usado (MLS ou TE. Foram avaliados: tempo de inserção, número de tentativas para inserção, resposta hemodinâmica à inserção, presença de sangue no dispositivo usado e incidência de dor de garganta, disfagia, náuseas e vômitos no pós-operatório. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença entre os grupos com relação ao tempo de inserção, ao número de tentativas para inserção bem-sucedida e à presença de sangue no dispositivo. A frequência cardíaca e a pressão arterial após a inserção foram maiores no grupo TE. A incidência de dor de garganta e disfagia após duas horas de pós-operatório também foi maior no grupo TE. Não houve diferença na incidência e na intensidade das complicações avaliadas após seis horas de pós-operatório. CONCLUSÕES: O uso da MLS como técnica de acesso à via aérea durante a anestesia geral em procedimentos cirúrgicos eletivos na mama é tão seguro e eficiente quanto a intubação traqueal, com a vantagem de desencadear menor resposta hemodinâmica durante a sua execução e menor incidência de dor de garganta e disfagia nas primeiras horas de pós-operatório.

  1. Study of efficacy and safety of a new local cream ("healer" in the treatment of chronic anal fissure: a prospective, randomized, single-blind, comparative study Estudo da eficácia e segurança de novo creme cicatrizante para o tratamento da fissura anal crônica: estudo prospectivo, randomizado, simples-cego e comparativo

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    Mostafa Yakoot

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of "healer" cream as monotherapy in the treatment of acute and chronic anal fissure. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, single blinded, comparative trial. METHODS: Sixty patients suffering from anal fissure were included in the study. Patients were randomly divided into three groups: group A: treated with "healer" local cream application 3 times daily; group B: treated with nitroglycerine 0.25% local cream 3 times daily; group C: treated with a lidocaine 2% cream applied locally 3 times daily. All the followings were followed up and compared between groups. (1 Visual pain analogue score after defecation; (2 severity of straining and discomfort during defecation; (3 frequency of ulcer healed at 30 days; (4 any side effects or complications. RESULTS: The pain scoring after defecation was significantly reduced in the three treatment groups. The group treated with "healer" isosorbide-di-nitrate showed the greatest reduction of the visual pain analogue score median from 9 before treatment to 3 & 1 after 10 and 20 days respectively, while the median visual pain analogue score in group B treated with nitroglycerine cream was 9 reduced to 4 & 2 after 10 and 20 days respectively, and the median visual pain analogue score in lidocaine group only dropped from 9 to 6 and 4, respectively. The reduction of both pain scoring and defecation scoring with "healer" was statistically significantly greater than the other two treatments by Kruskal-Wallis test, POBJETIVOS: Determinar a eficácia e segurança de "creme cicatrizante" (dinitrato de isosorbida 1%; lidocaína 2%; rutosídios 5% em base de creme anti-séptico como monoterapia no tratamento da fissura anal aguda ou crônica. METODOLOGIA: Estudo prospectivo, randomizado, simples-cego, comparativo. Foram incluídos 60 pacientes com fissura anal. Foram divididos randomicamente em três grupos: grupo A: tratados com "creme cicatrizante", grupo B: tratados

  2. Efeito do ácido zoledrônico em tíbias de ratas ooforectomizadas: estudo prospectivo e randomizado Effects of zoledronic acid on ooforectomized rats' tibiae: a prospective and randomized study

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    Fernando Roberto Alves Pereira

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar as repercussões clínicas, biomecânicas e histomorfométricas do ácido zoledrônico em tíbias de ratas osteoporóticas, após ooforectomia bilateral. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas, prospectivamente, 40 ratas da linhagem Wistar (Rattus novergicus albinus. Com 60 dias de vida, os animais foram aleatorizados em dois grupos de acordo com o procedimento cirúrgico: ooforectomia bilateral (O (n=20 e pseudo-cirurgia ("sham" (P (n=20. Após 30 dias, os animais foram divididos em quatro subgrupos, de acordo com a administração de 0,1mg/kg de ácido zoledrônico (AZ ou água destilada (AD: OAZ (n=10, OAD (n=10, PAZ (n=10 e PAD (n=10. Após 12 meses, os animais foram eutanasiados e suas tíbias analisadas. No estudo clínico foi considerado o peso dos animais; no estudo biomecânico foram realizados ensaios compressivos e na análise histomorfométrica foi determinada a área trabecular óssea. RESULTADOS: Os grupos "O" tiveram aumento de peso significativamente maior que os grupos "P" (p=0,005. Os grupos OAZ e PAZ tiveram aumento, não significativo, de peso quando comparados aos grupos OAD (p=0,47 e PAD (p=0,68. Os grupos com ácido zoledrônico e com água destilada suportaram carga máxima, semelhante (p=0,2, no momento em que ocorreu fratura. Nos grupos com ácido zoledrônico verificou-se o aumento não significante da área trabecular óssea quando comparados aos grupos com água destilada (p=0,21. Houve correlação positiva entre a área trabecular e a carga máxima (p=0,04; r=0,95. CONCLUSÃO: O ácido zoledrônico não influiu significativamente no peso dos animais. Os resultados mostraram aumento, não significante, tanto da resistência óssea diafisária tibial, como da área trabecular óssea.OBJECTIVE: To investigate clinical, biomechanic and histomorphometric effects of zoledronic acid on osteoporotic rats'tibiae after bilateral ooforectomy. METHODS: 40 female Wistar (Rattus novergicus albinus rats were prospectively

  3. Estudo cefalométrico prospectivo dos efeitos da terapia de tração reversa da maxila associada à mecânica intermaxilar Prospective cephalometric study of the effects of maxillary protraction therapy associated with intermaxillary mechanics

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    Juliana de Oliveira da Luz Fontes

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o diagnóstico e o tratamento precoce do Padrão III são temas ainda muito discutidos na literatura ortodôntica. A tração reversa associada à expansão rápida da maxila constitui a abordagem mais popular e estudada, produzindo os melhores resultados no menor período de tempo. O foco deste estudo foi avaliar as mudanças gradativas ocorridas no complexo dentofacial em crianças com Padrão III de crescimento tratadas com tração reversa da maxila associada à mecânica intermaxilar. MÉTODOS: a amostra foi constituída por 10 pacientes Padrão III, com média de idade de 8 anos e 2 meses ao início do tratamento, tratados consecutivamente com aparelho expansor de Haas modificado, arco lingual modificado, elásticos intermaxilares e máscara de Petit para tração reversa da maxila por 9 meses. Foram realizadas 4 telerradiografias em norma lateral de cada paciente, uma correspondente ao início do tratamento e as demais em intervalos regulares de 3 meses (T1, T2, T3 e T4. As grandezas cefalométricas foram comparadas entre os tempos através de Análise de Variância de Medidas Repetidas, complementada pelo Teste de Comparações Múltiplas de Tukey. RESULTADOS: pôde-se observar que as alterações esqueléticas mais significativas ocorreram nos primeiros 3 meses de tratamento, sendo que, após esse período, elas se mantiveram constantes até o final do tratamento. Ocorreram poucas compensações dentárias e as alterações verticais ocorridas apresentaram significado clínico reduzido. CONCLUSÃO: a terapia empregada obteve não só uma correção do trespasse horizontal entre as arcadas, mas também uma melhora no relacionamento sagital entre as bases ósseas e na estética tegumentar.OBJECTIVE: The early diagnosis and treatment of skeletal Class III (Pattern III is still a much debated topic in orthodontic literature. Maxillary protraction associated with rapid maxillary expansion is the most popular and widely researched

  4. Estudo prospectivo randomizado entre as fixações transversas e extracorticais nas reconstruções do ligamento cruzado anterior Randomized prospective study comparing transverse and extracortical fixation in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Eduardo da Silva Guarilha

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar prospectivamente as fixações transversas (Cross-PinTM com as extracorticais (EZLocTM no fêmur nas reconstruções cirúrgicas do ligamento cruzado anterior sob o ponto de vista clínico, biomecânico e funcional. MÉTODOS: Entre abril de 2007 e novembro de 2009, 50 pacientes com lesões do ligamento cruzado anterior, agudas e crônicas, foram submetidos à reconstrução por abordagem artroscópica utilizando os tendões flexores homólogos (grácil e semitendíneo. A randomização do método de fixação femoral ocorreu por meio de sorteio no momento da cirurgia. Excluímos os pacientes portadores de lesões ligamentares múltiplas, fraturas, cirurgias prévias, doenças autoimunes e comprometimento do membro contralateral. Foram utilizadas as escalas de Lysholm, o questionário qualidade de vida SF-36 e o artrômetro KT-1000TM. RESULTADOS: Após 18,1 meses, em média, não foram observadas diferenças estatisticamente significantes entre os grupos quanto utilizadas as escalas de Lysholm e as medidas do KT-1000TM. Quanto aos resultados do SF-36, observamos diferença significante com superioridade da fixação transversa considerando a dor e a vitalidade. CONCLUSÃO: As duas técnicas mostraram ser eficientes na fixação transfemoral com tendões flexores, porém quase sem nenhuma diferença estatística significante. Entendemos que novos estudos serão necessários para melhor entendimento dessas diferenças.OBJECTIVE: This study had the objective of prospectively comparing transverse fixation (Cross-PinTM with extracortical fixation (EZLocTM for the femur, in surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, from a clinical, biomechanical and functional point of view. METHODS: Between April 2007 and November 2009, 50 patients with acute or chronic anterior cruciate ligament injuries underwent arthroscopic reconstruction using the homologous flexor tendons (gracilis and semitendinosus. Randomization of the

  5. Avaliação clínica da infiltração facetaria no tratamento da dor lombar crônica por síndrome facetaria: estudo prospectivo Evaluación clínica de la infiltración de las facetas en el tratamiento del dolor crónico de espalda baja por el síndrome de faceta síndrome: estudio prospectivo Clinical evaluation of the lumbar facet joint blocks in treatment of chronic low back pain: a prospective study

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    Thiago Miller Santana Silva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados do bloqueio facetário lombar com anestésico local e corticóide em pacientes com lombalgia crônica por síndrome facetária. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se um estudo prospectivo em 30 pacientes com lombalgia crônica por síndrome facetária, os quais foram submetidos à infiltração facetária com bupivacaína a 0,25% e acetato de metilpredinisolona sob controle radioscópico, e foram seguidos e avaliados seguindo as escalas Visual Analógica da Dor, Oswestry Disability Index e os Critérios de MacNab nos quais 17 foram do sexo feminino e 13 do sexo masculino. RESULTADOS: Foi observada diminuição significativa (pOBJETIVO: Evaluar los resultados del bloqueo facetario lumbar, con anestésico local y corticoide, en pacientes con dorsalgia crónica por síndrome facetario. MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio prospectivo en 30 pacientes, 17 del sexo femenino y 13 del sexo masculino, con dorsalgia crónica por síndrome facetario, quienes fueron sometidos a la infiltración facetaria con bupivacaína a 0,25% y acetato de metilpredinisolona bajo control radioscópico, y fueron acompañados y evaluados siguiendo las escalas Visual Analógica del Dolor, Oswestry Disability Index y los Criterios de MacNab. RESULTADOS: Se observó una disminución significativa (pOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the lumbar facet block with local anesthetics and corticosteroids in patients with chronic low back pain of facet joint origin. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study on 30 patients with chronic low back pain in facet syndrome who underwent facet infiltration with bupivacaine 0.25% and methylprednisolone acetate under radioscopic control; the subjects were followed and evaluated following the Visual Analogue Scale of Pain , Oswestry Disability Index and MacNab criteria; 17 of them were female and 13 male. RESULTS: Reduction of pain was found by Visual Analogue Scale significant (p <0.05. We obtained 73.3% of satisfactory results in the first

  6. ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO RELATIVO À MODELAGEM DE CREDIT SCORE

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    Fillipe Silva Marinho Mota

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Empresas do ramo financeiro possuem uma grande necessidade de uma gestão financeira que permita resguardar a empresa quanto a perdas que possam ser evitadas. Para que essa gestão seja eficiente, deve-se adotar uma análise que leve em consideração critérios que permitam um amplo conhecimento do tomador de crédito. Porém, o processo de tomada de decisão sobre uma avaliação de risco de crédito é frequentemente de uma complexidade muito grande para o julgamento humano, devido à enorme gama de variáveis envolvidas no processo, o que dificulta a análise dos fatores atrelados e suas respectivas inter-relações. Esse artigo tem como finalidade realizar o levantamento de depósitos de patentes a respeito de modelagem de credit score utilizando sistemas computacionais.

  7. Estudo clínico epidemiológico das fraturas da coluna vertebral Estudio clínico epidemiológico de las fracturas de la columna vertebral Clinical epidemiological study of spinal fractures

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    Rony Brito Fernandes

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizar um levantamento epidemiológico das fraturas da coluna vertebral. MÉTODOS: Estudo de revisão de prontuário, retrospectivo analisando dados clínicos e epidemiológicos no período de 1991 a 2010. Foram avaliados dados como: idade, sexo, procedência, escala de Frankel admissional, mecanismo de trauma, tipo de fratura, tratamento e complicações, nos prontuários de 1.917 pacientes submetidos a tratamento de fraturas da coluna vertebral. O teste do qui-quadrado foi utilizado para comparação entre as variáveis discretas e o teste t Student foi utilizado no caso de variáveis contínuas, adotando níveis de significância de p OBJETIVO: Hacer un estudio epidemiológico de las fracturas de la columna vertebral. MÉTODOS: Estudio de revisión de la ficha médica, retrospectivo, analizando los datos clínicos y epidemiológicos desde 1991 hasta 2010.Se evaluaron datos como la edad, el sexo, el origen, la escala de admisión de Frankel, el mecanismo del trauma, el tipo de fractura, tratamiento y complicaciones en los registros médicos de 1.917 pacientes tratados por fracturas de la columna vertebral. Se utilizó la prueba de chi-cuadrado para comparar las variables categóricas y la prueba t de Student fue utilizada en el caso de las variables continuas, adoptando un nivel de significación p OBJECTIVE: To conduct an epidemiological survey of fractures of the spine. METHODS: We conducted a chart review retrospective study, analyzing clinical and epidemiological data from 1991 to 2010. The evaluated data were age, sex, origin, Frankel scale at admission, injury mechanism, fracture type, treatment and complications in the medical records of 1,917 patients treated for fractures of the spine. The chi-square test was used to compare discrete variables and Student t test was used in the case of continuous variables, adopting a significance level of p<0.05. RESULTS: Most patients were male (85.2%, mean age 34 years, urban origin (69

  8. Efeito da duração da amamentação predominante no crescimento infantil: um estudo prospectivo com modelos não lineares de efeitos mistos Effect of predominant breastfeeding duration on infant growth: prospective study using nonlinear mixed effect models

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    Maria Helena Constantino Spyrides

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da duração da amamentação predominante no crescimento infantil com uso de modelos para medidas repetidas. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de estudo prospectivo com quatro ondas de seguimento realizadas com aproximadamente 0,5, 2, 6 e 9 meses pós-parto, que incluiu entrevistas estruturadas e coleta de dados de peso, comprimento e sobre práticas de aleitamento. O estudo foi desenvolvido em um Centro Municipal de Saúde no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, entre 1999 e 2001. Quatrocentos e setenta e nove mulheres e seus filhos foram estudados. As variáveis dependentes foram o peso e o comprimento, aferidas em cinco momentos (ao nascimento, 0,5, 2, 6 e 9 meses. O crescimento foi analisado usando modelos não lineares de efeitos mistos. RESULTADOS: Crianças com maior duração de aleitamento predominante apresentaram maior velocidade de crescimento durante os primeiros meses de vida, mas alcançaram peso e comprimento de equilíbrio menor quando comparadas com crianças que receberam outros leites não humanos no início da vida. A idade na qual a velocidade de crescimento de crianças alimentadas com fórmulas tornou-se maior do que as amamentadas foi de 6,75 meses para meninos e 7 meses para meninas. CONCLUSÕES: Esse estudo confirma a presença de diferenças no crescimento físico segundo práticas de aleitamento a partir dos 6 meses de vida. O uso de modelos não lineares permitiu maior precisão na estimativa dos parâmetros. Acredita-se que essa abordagem facilite a análise e interpretação de dados de crescimento nos níveis individual e populacional.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess the effect of predominant breastfeeding duration on infant growth by means of repeated measurements model. METHODS: This prospective study is comprised of four follow-up evaluations at approximately 0.5, 2, 6 and 9 months after birth, including structured interviews that simultaneously gathered information regarding infant growth and

  9. A prospective randomized double blind placebo controlled crossover study of fluoxetine efficacy in the prophylaxis of chronic daily headache in children and adolescents Estudo randomizado prospectivo duplo-cego cruzado controlado com placebo da eficácia da fluoxetina na profilaxia da cefaléia crônica diária na infância e adolescência

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    José Luiz Dias Gherpelli

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Thirty-two children (21 female and 11 male, between 7 and 14 years old, with chronic daily headache (CDH were consecutively included in a prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo controlled crossover study. The patients were divided in group I (fluoxetine vs. placebo, with 17 patients and group II (placebo vs. fluoxetine, with 15 patients. After one month of baseline headache frequency recording, the patients received fluoxetine in dosages from 0.25 to 0.50 mg/kg for three months. A wash out period of one month was followed by another three months treatment period. Results showed a significant decrease in headache frequency in the study period [78% reduction in group I (pTrinta e duas crianças (21 feminino, 11 masculino, com idades entre 7 e 14 anos, com cefaléia crônica diária (CCD foram incluídos consecutivamente no estudo prospectivo, randomizado, duplo-cego, cruzado com placebo. Os pacientes foram divididos em grupo I (fluoxetina vs. placebo, com 17 pacientes, e grupo II (placebo vs. fluoxetina , com 15 pacientes. Após um mês de registro da freqüência da cefaléia, os pacientes receberam fluoxetina em doses de 0,25-0,5 mg/kg por três meses. Após período de interrupção da droga de um mês, seguiu-se novo período de três meses de tratamento. Os resultados mostraram diminuição estatisticamente significativa da freqüência da cefaléia [78% de redução no grupo I (p<0,025 e 45% de redução no grupo II (p<0,025]. Efeitos colaterais gastrointestinais ocorreram em 9 pacientes (29% na vigência da fluoxetina, comparado com 3 (10% com placebo. Concluímos que não houve diferença entre o efeito da fluoxetina e do placebo na profilaxia da CCD em crianças e adolescentes.

  10. A prospective study of dentoalveolar trauma at the Hospital das Clínicas, São Paulo University Medical School Estudo prospectivo do trauma dento-alveolar no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo

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    Fernanda Mendes do Carmo Rezende

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: This prospective study evaluated the profile of patients with dentoalveolar trauma assisted at the emergency room of the Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma and Surgery Service at the Hospital das Clínicas, São Paulo University Medical School (Brazil. METHODS: A prospective study by a questionnaire applied during the first attendance of those patients, in a period of eight months. RESULTS: The collected data were statistically analyzed. It was observed that 4.7% of the patients that sought treatment at the Service had sustained dentoalveolar trauma and among these 74% were male. The most affected individuals were children aged 0 to 5 years and fall was the most prevalent etiologic factor. Avulsion and coronal/crown-root fractures were the most common types of dentoalveolar traumatic injures. As the age increases, the most common etiologic factors are traffic accidents and physical assault. CONCLUSION: The incidence of dentoalveolar trauma decreased with age and the main etiologic factors in adult patients were traffic accidents and physical assault.PROPOSIÇÃO: Avaliar o perfil dos pacientes, com traumatismo dento-alveolar, atendidos no Pronto-Socorro do Serviço de Cirurgia e Traumatologia Buco-Maxilo-Facial do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo prospectivo, através de um questionário aplicado, durante o primeiro atendimento desses pacientes, em um período de oito meses. RESULTADOS: Os dados obtidos foram analisados estatisticamente e verificou-se que dos pacientes atendidos 4,7% apresentavam traumatismo dento-alveolar, e destes, 74% eram do gênero masculino; as crianças de 0 a 5 anos eram as mais acometidas, a etiologia mais comum foi a queda; e o tipos de traumas mais freqüentes foram a avulsão e fratura dental. A medida que a idade avança os fatores etiológicos mais comuns são os acidentes de trânsito e as agressões físicas. CONCLUSÃO: A

  11. Spontaneous extracranial carotid atherosclerosis evolution in asymptomatic individuals: a three-year prospective study Evolução espontânea da aterosclerose carotídea extra craniana em indivíduos assintomáticos: estudo prospectivo de três anos

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    Rubens José Gagliardi

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the spontaneous evolution of extracranial carotid atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients who did not present the main risk factors associated to the disease. METHOD:A prospective study including patients of both genders, age ranging from 40 to 70 years, not presenting any signs and symptoms of cerebrovascular disease and without the main atherosclerosis risk factors were included. Patients who were using or had used medication during the follow-up period that could potentially influence in the spontaneous course of atherosclerosis were excluded. The evaluation of the plaque and degree of stenosis were acquired using mode B, 7.5 MHz Doppler ultrasonography (USG. The follow-up was carried out for 36 months, with clinical, neurological, and USG exams repeated in a period of 6 to 8 months. Ninety-six individuals (48 women completed the study with the presence of plaque, and 52 (26 women with a degree of stenosis. RESULTS: As to the degree of stenosis, 25% of the patients had worsening, 69% remained stable and 6% improved. When only the presence or absence of plaque was considered, 20% showed worsening (plaque developed during follow-up, 7% improved (disappearance of plaque, and 73% remained stable. No differences were found between the male and female patients. CONCLUSION: These results confirm the dynamic characteristics of plaque. In asymptomatic individuals without specific treatment, spontaneous improvement may occur, however, rarely. These findings may contribute as an assessment criterion when a decision is to be made in high-risk patients.OBJETIVO: avaliar a evolução espontânea da aterosclerose carotídea. MÉTODO: estudo prospectivo com pessoas de ambos os sexos, idade de 40 a 70 anos, sem sinais e sintomas de doença cerebrovascular e sem os principais fatores de risco para aterosclerose. Foram excluídos os doentes que estavam em uso ou os que, durante o período de acompanhamento, usaram medicações que

  12. Fraturas vertebrais em grandes animais: estudo retrospectivo de 39 casos (1987-2002 Vertebral fractures in large animals: retrospective study of 39 cases (1987-2002

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    A.S. Borges

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo retrospectivo (1987-2002 dos aspectos clínicos das fraturas vertebrais em eqüinos, bovinos, ovinos, caprinos e suínos atendidos no hospital veterinário da FMVZ-Unesp de Botucatu. Todos os casos tiveram confirmação radiográfica ou post-mortem. Segundo a espécie, a ordem de acometimento foi: bovina, eqüina, ovina, caprina e suína. As lesões ocorreram desde os 12 dias de idade até os 10 anos, com maior freqüência até os 12 meses. O segmento torácico foi o mais comprometido seguido dos segmentos lombar, cervical e sacral. As fraturas vertebrais devem fazer parte da lista de diagnósticos diferenciais de animais em decúbito, independente da espécie, sexo ou idade.It was performed a retrospective study (1987-2002 of clinical features of spinal fractures in the equine, bovine, ovine, caprine and swine referred to the Veterinary Hospital - FMVZ-Unesp in Botucatu, SP, Brazil. All the cases were confirmed by necropsy or radiographic evaluation. Bovines were the most affected species, followed by horses, sheep, goats and swines, and lesions occurred from 12 days to 10 years of age, being more frequent up to 12 months of age. Thoracic vertebrae were the most affected, followed by lumbar, cervical and sacral segments. Vertebral fractures should be included for differential diagnosis of recumbent animals, independently on species, sex or age.

  13. Movimento do ombro após cirurgia por carcinoma invasor da mama: estudo randomizado prospectivo controlado de exercícios livres versus limitados a 90º no pós-operatório Shoulder movement after surgery for invasive breast carcinoma: randomized controlled study of postoperative exercises

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    Marcela Ponzio Pinto e Silva

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a eficácia de um protocolo de exercícios físicos na recuperação do movimento do ombro em mulheres submetidas a esvaziamento linfonodal axilar por câncer de mama, comparando exercícios com amplitude livre e restrita do movimento. MÉTODOS: 59 mulheres submetidas a linfadenectomia axilar associada a mastectomia modificada (46 ou quadrantectomia (13 foram incluídas neste estudo clínico, prospectivo e randomizado. No primeiro dia após a cirurgia, 30 mulheres foram randomizadas para realizar os exercícios do ombro com amplitude livre do movimento e 29 mulheres tiveram a amplitude restrita a 90º nos primeiros 15 dias de pós-operatório. Eram realizados 19 exercícios, com três sessões semanais, por seis semanas. Foram comparadas as médias com desvio-padrão (DP de déficit de flexão e abdução do ombro, assim como as taxas de incidência bruta e ajustadas de seroma e deiscência. RESULTADOS: após 42 dias as médias de flexão e abdução do ombro foram semelhantes nos dois grupos. Houve déficit de flexão de 17,2º e 21,6º, e de abdução de 19,7º e 26,6º, nos grupos com exercício livre e limitado a 90º, respectivamente. As incidência de seroma e deiscência não estiveram relacionadas com o exercício nem com o tipo de cirurgia, tempo de permanência do dreno, número de linfonodos dissecados ou comprometidos, idade ou obesidade. CONCLUSÃO: a fisioterapia precoce com movimentação livre do ombro da mulher não esteve associada com o aumento ou diminuição da capacidade funcional e nem com maiores complicações cirúrgicas.PURPOSE: to evaluate the efficacy of a physical exercise protocol in the recovery of shoulder movement in women who underwent complete axillary lymph node dissection due to breast carcinoma, comparing free and restricted amplitude movements. METHODS: 59 women who underwent complete axillary lymph node dissection associated with modified mastectomy (46 or quadrantectomy (13 were

  14. Estudo prospectivo e randomizado de pacientes com fraturas expostas da diáfise do fêmur submetidos a osteossíntese com placa e haste intramedular bloqueada a foco aberto Prospective and randomized study of patients with open fractures of the femoral shaft, treated with plate or open intramedullary locked nail

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    Antonio Marcos Ferracini

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de um estudo prospectivo e randomizado de duas técnicas de osteossíntese no tratamento das fraturas expostas diafisárias do fêmur, realizado entre janeiro de 2002 a abril de 2004. Haste intramedular bloqueada fresada realizada a foco aberto e placa e parafusos foram empregadas no tratamento de 20 pacientes em cada grupo. De acordo com a classificação de Gustilo, 26 (65% foram tipo I, 10 (25% tipo II e 4 (10% tipo IIIA. Quanto ao mecanismo das fraturas, 21 por trauma contuso e 19 por ferimentos de arma de fogo.Três pacientes foram excluídos nas avaliação final. Houve complicação em 12 (32,4%,sendo 4 no grupo de placas e 8 no grupo das hastes. O grupo de haste bloqueada apresentou 2 (10% infecções profundas, 2 infecções superficiais (10%, 1 falha de consolidação (5%.O grupo de placa e parafusos resultou em 1 infecção profunda associada à falha de consolidação (5,8%, 1 infecção superficial (5,8%. Pela classificação de resultados de Thorensen obteve-se bons e excelentes resultados em 28 (75,7% fraturas, 3 (7.5% casos regulares e 6 (15% casos ruins. A estabilização com placas e parafusos, trouxe menores taxas de complicações, quando comparadas com o uso de hastes fresadas a foco aberto,embora sem significado estatístico.We assessed the complications and treatment outcomes in a prospective and randomized study of two osteosynthesis techniques in open femoral shaft fractures. Between January 2002 and April 2004, 40 patients with open fractures of the femoral shaft were assessed, with 20 being treated with open reamed intramedullary locked nail and 20 with plate. Twenty-six (65% fractures were classified as Gustilo type -I open fractures; ten (25% as type II and four (10%, as type IIIA. There were 21 blunt injuries and 19 gunshot injuries. Three patients were excluded from the final assessment. Complications were observed in 12 (32.4% patients, 4 in the plate group and 8 in the nail group. Reamed intramedullary

  15. Prospective study on the effects of a polypropylene prosthesis on testicular volume and arterial flow in patients undergoing surgical correction for inguinal hernia Estudo prospectivo dos efeitos da prótese de polipropileno sobre o volume e o fluxo arterial testicular em pacientes submetidos à correção cirúrgica de hérnia inguinal

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    Edgar Valente de Lima Neto

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate testicular volume and arterial flow in patients undergoing surgical correction for inguinal hernia, with polypropylene prosthesis. METHODS: This was an observational prospective clinical study on 39 male patients with unilateral inguinal hernia of types III A and III B according to the Nyhus classification who underwent surgical correction with implantation of a polypropylene prosthesis by means of the Lichtenstein technique. The patients were evaluated using Doppler ultrasound before the operation and selectively at the third and sixth months after the operation. The variables studied were testicular volume, systolic and diastolic velocity, resistance index and pulsatility index. RESULTS: No statistically significant alterations in the variables studied were observed over the course of time: testicular volume (p= 0.197; systolic velocity (p= 0.257; diastolic velocity (p= 0.554; resistance index (p= 0.998; and pulsatility index (p= 0.582. CONCLUSION: No alteration in testicular volume and arterial flow over a six-month period was observed among patients who underwent surgical correction for inguinal hernia using a polypropylene prothesis.OBJETIVO: Avaliar o volume testicular e o fluxo na artéria testicular em pacientes operados de inguinal com prótese de polipropileno. MÉTODOS: Estudo clínico prospectivo observacional em 39 pacientes do sexo masculino portadores de hérnia inguinal tipo III A e III B na classificação de Nyhus os quais foram submetidos a hernioplastia inguinal com implantação de prótese de polipropileno com a técnica de Lichtenstein. Os pacientes foram avaliados com ultra-sonografia Doppler no pré-operatório; no 3º mês e no 6º mês de pós-operatório. As variáveis estudadas foram: volume testicular; velocidade sistólica e diastólica, o índice de resistividade e o índice de pulsatilidade. RESULTADOS: Não se observou alterações estatisticamente significantes nas variáveis ao longo do

  16. Avaliação da dor pós-operatória e alta hospitalar com bloqueio dos nervos ilioinguinal e ílio-hipogástrico durante herniorrafia inguinal realizada com raquianestesia: estudo prospectivo Assessment of postoperative pain and hospital discharge after inguinal and iliohypogastric nerve block for inguinal hernia repair under spinal anesthesia: a prospective study

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    Guilherme de Castro Santos

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a qualidade da analgesia (intensidade da dor e consumo de analgésicos e o tempo de alta hospitalar dos pacientes que receberam ou não bloqueio ilioinguinal (II e ílio- hipogástrico (IH pós-incisão associado à infiltração da ferida operatória com ropivacaína 0,75% em cirurgia de herniorrafia inguinal, sob raquianestesia. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo prospectivo, aleatório, duplo-cego com 34 pacientes submetidos à herniorrafia inguinal. Eles foram divididos em dois grupos: controle (C e bloqueio II e IH (B. O grupo C (n = 17 recebeu raquianestesia com 15 mg de bupivacaína 0,5% hiperbárica e o grupo B (n = 17 recebeu raquianestesia com 15 mg de bupivacaína 0,5% hiperbárica em associação com bloqueio II e IH (10 mL de ropivacaína 0,75% e infiltração da ferida cirúrgica (10 mL de ropivacaína 0,75%. Foram registrados os dados antropométricos, intensidade da dor pela escala analógica visual (EAV e número de doses de analgésicos (dipirona, cetorolaco e nalbufina no pós-operatório imediato, assim como o tempo de alta hospitalar. RESULTADOS: A EAV em repouso três horas após o término do procedimento e o tempo de hospitalização foram significativamente menores no grupo B em comparação com o grupo C (p OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate analgesia (pain intensity and analgesic consumption and the time of discharge of patients who underwent ilioinguinal (II and iliohypogastric (IH nerve block associated with wound infiltration with 0.75% ropivacaine, or not, after inguinal hernia repair surgery under spinal anesthesia. METHODS: This was a prospective, randomized, double-blind study with 34 patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair. Patients were divided into two groups: control (C and II and IH nerve block (B. Group C (n = 17 received spinal anesthesia with 15 mg hyperbaric 0.5% bupivacaine and Group B (n = 17 received spinal anesthesia with 15 mg hyperbaric 0.5% bupivacaine associated

  17. Performance of computed tomographic colonography for the screening of colorectal polyp in acromegalic patients: a prospective study Desempenho da colonografia tomográfica computadorizada para o rastreamento de pólipo colorretal em pacientes acromegálicos: um estudo prospectivo

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    Odery Ramos Jr.

    2009-06-01

    >10 mm described by conventional colonoscopy and only 6 of the 10 small polyps identified at conventional colonoscopy were detected by computed tomographic colonography. The histological analysis of resected lesions revealed 12 tubular adenomas, 6 hyperplastic polyps and 1 colonic tubulo-villous adenoma with an adenocarcinoma focus. CONCLUSION: The authors present the first reports of computed tomographic colonography in the screening of colorectal polyps in acromegalic patients. In this study, computed tomographic colonography was performed without complications and a complete and safe colorectal evaluation was possible in all acromegalic patients. Moreover, computed tomographic colonography presented good sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for the identification of acromegalic patients with polyps of any size and better results in the diagnosis of large polyps, when they were compared to small polypoid lesions.CONTEXTO: Pacientes com acromegalia apresentam maiores chances de desenvolver pólipo e câncer colorretal e, sendo considerados integrantes do grupo de risco, necessitam serem submetidos aos exames de rastreamento. Por sua vez, na acromegalia, o maior comprimento do cólon e a formação de alças intestinais complexas podem prever maiores dificuldades técnicas e aumentar o risco em potencial de complicações durante o exame de colonoscopia convencional. A colonografia tomográfica computadorizada, também denominada colonoscopia virtual, é uma tecnologia inovadora e segura, que está revolucionando o diagnóstico das neoplasias do cólon e do reto. OBJETIVO: Analisar o desempenho da colonografia tomográfica computadorizada no rastreamento de pólipos colorretais em pacientes com acromegalia. Métodos - Estudo prospectivo com 21 pacientes acromegálicos, 12 do sexo masculino e 9 do sexo feminino, idade média de 49 anos, assintomáticos, submetidos a colonografia tomográfica computadorizada e colonoscopia convencional. A colonografia tomogr

  18. Early marginal ulcer following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass under proton pump inhibitor treatment: prospective multicentric study Úlcera perianastomótica após derivação gástrica em Y-de-Roux mesmo em uso de inibidor de bomba de prótons: estudo prospectivo multicêntrico

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    Arthur Belarmino Garrido Jr.

    2010-06-01

    ção ácida, capaz de diminuir sintomas pépticos e evitar lesões mucosas, mesmo em pacientes usuários de antiinflamatórios não-esteróides. OBJETIVOS: Estudo prospectivo não-randomizado procura avaliar a ocorrência de dispepsia e úlceras perianastomóticas nos 2 primeiros meses após derivação gástrica em Y-de-Roux. MÉTODOS: Cento e dezoito obesos mórbidos foram operados em quatro centros de cirurgia bariátrica pela técnica de derivação gástrica em Y-de-Roux por laparotomia ou laparoscopia. À endoscopia digestiva alta, H. pylori estava ausente. Todos os operados tomaram 20 mg de esomeprazol por dia do 3º ao 60º pós-operatório. RESULTADOS: Entre o 10º e o 15º dia, nenhum paciente referiu epigastralgia ou pirose, um referiu vômitos moderados, quatro dor abdominal e oito náuseas. Entre o 55º e o 65º dia, três referiram epigastralgia leve, seis vômitos, um dor abdominal, dois náuseas e seis pirose. O exame endoscópico neste período revelou esofagite em 10 pacientes (8,5%, hérnia hiatal em 2 (1,7% e corpo estranho nas linhas de sutura em 12 (10,2%. Em nove pacientes (7,6% encontrou-se úlcera de boca anastomótica ou adjacente a ela, em dois incluindo granuloma de fio de sutura ou de grampo metálico. Dez pacientes utilizaram alguma vez antiinflamatórios não-esteróides nos 2 meses de estudo, nenhum deles apresentando úlcera. CONCLUSÕES: A ocorrência de úlcera de boca anastomótica 2 meses após derivação gástrica em Y-de-Roux, é considerável, mesmo em uso de esomeprazol. Não houve relação com ingestão de antiinflamatórios não-esteróides, o que realça as possibilidades dos fatores isquemia e corpo estranho na gênese das lesões.

  19. Estudo prospectivo randomizado comparativo entre os tratamentos cirúrgico utilizando placa anterior e o não cirúrgico das fraturas do terço médio da clavícula Prospective randomized study comparing surgical treatment using anterior plate to non-surgical treatment of midshaft clavicle fractures

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    Eduardo Antônio de Figueiredo

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar os tratamentos não cirúrgico e cirúrgico com placa anterior, através da avaliação funcional dos pacientes portadores de fraturas do terço médio de clavícula após 12 meses de seguimento. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se estudo prospectivo, durante o período de agosto de 2005 a janeiro de 2007; 50 pacientes portadores de fratura do terço médio de clavícula com desvio foram aleatoriamente divididos em dois grupos. Entre os pacientes 10 foram excluídos da amostra devido à perda de seguimento. O grupo 1 foi submetido ao tratamento cirúrgico por meio de redução e fixação da clavícula com placa anterior. Já o grupo 2 foi tratado com uso de tipóia. Após o período mínimo de 12 meses de seguimento, foi realizada análise comparativa, utilizando-se como parâmetros funcionais as escalas da AAOS e da UCLA. RESULTADOS: A média de idade foi de aproximadamente 30 anos (variando de 18 a 58 anos, com 77,5% dos pacientes do sexo masculino. O lado mais freqüentemente acometido foi o direito (55%, sendo nestes pacientes o ombro dominante. O mecanismo de trauma encontrado com maior freqüência foi o acidente de trânsito (75% dos casos. Pelos critérios da UCLA, o grupo 1 teve 91,5% dos pacientes com resultado considerado satisfatório (bom e excelente, enquanto que o grupo 2 apresentou 81,25%. O retorno ao trabalho e às atividades cotidianas foi mais rápido no grupo 1, com média de 8,67 semanas, comparando-se com 15,13 semanas no grupo 2. Como complicações podemos citar no grupo 1: cicatriz hipertrófica (12,5%, pseudartrose (8,3%, dor residual (8,3%, soltura de material (4,1%. Já no grupo 2: deformidade estética (43,75%, capsulite adesiva (12,5% e pseudartrose (6,25%. CONCLUSÕES: O tratamento cirúrgico proporcionou, após 12 meses de acompanhamento, retorno mais rápido às atividades cotidianas, com resultados funcionais pela escala da UCLA percentualmente maior, porém não estatisticamente significativo, comparado

  20. Linfopenia em doentes submetidos a ventilação mecânica por exacerbação de insuficiência respiratória crónica: estudo prospectivo

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    Paulo Marcelino

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Objectivo: avaliar e caracterizar a linfopenia em doentes admitidos numa unidade de cuidados intensivos para suporte ventilatório por exacerbação de insuficiência respiratória crónica e eventual relação com a gravidade da doença.Material e métodos: estudo prospectivo com 6 meses de duração e mais 6 meses de seguimento após alta da unidade. Incluídos 24 doentes, 22 homens, com APACHE II médio de 19,7, 3 dos quais com possibilidade de seguimento após a alta. Foram colhidas análises para determinação das subpopulações linfocitárias na admissão e a cada 7 dias de ventilação mecânica. Excluídos doentes com sinais de infecção ou imunossupressão prévia, à excepção dos corticóides.Resultados: a linfopenia foi encontrada em 79,2 % dos doentes com depleção de todas as subpopulações linfocitárias sendo mais expressiva a depleção de linfócitos B CD19+. Esta linfopenia não se relacionou com os níveis séricos de cortisol, e apesar de se relacionar com uma maior gravidade clínica não esteve associada a uma maior mortalidade. O registo evolutivo no internamento mostrou tendencialmente uma recuperação da linfopenia.Conclusões: a linfopenia é frequente em doentes ventilados por exacerbação de doença respiratória crónica. Trata-se de uma linfopenia não selectiva, que recupera ao longo do internamento, mais acentuada ao nível dos linfócitos B CD19+. Estes doentes apresentam indices de gravidade maior mas sem diferenças na mortalidade. O seguimento ambulatório destes doentes mostrou-se difícil e foi inconclusivo.REV PORT PNEUMOL 2004; X (5: 373-381 ABSTRACT: Objectives: Evaluate and characterize lymphopenia in patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU for mechanical ventilation due to aggravated chronic respiratory failure and its probable relation to severity

  1. Incidência de parada cardíaca durante anestesia, em hospital universitário de atendimento terciário: estudo prospectivo entre 1996 e 2002 Incidencia de parada cardíaca durante anestesia, en hospital universitario de servicio terciario: estudio prospectivo entre 1996 y 2002 Cardiac arrest during anesthesia at a tertiary teaching hospital: prospective survey from 1996 to 2002

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    Leandro Gobbo Braz

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A incidência e causas de parada cardíaca (PC durante a anestesia variam e são difíceis de comparar diante dos diversos métodos usados nos estudos. A pesquisa teve como objetivo estudar todas as PC ocorridas no intra e pós-operatório, durante um período de sete anos, de 1996 a 2002, em hospital de ensino de atendimento terciário para determinar incidência e causas da PC. MÉTODO: A incidência prospectiva de PC ocorrida durante a anestesia em 40.941 pacientes consecutivos foi identificada, utilizando-se um Banco de Dados. Todos os casos de PC e óbito foram revisados por uma Comissão, para determinar o fator desencadeante da PC ou óbito. A incidência de PC foi calculada em relação à idade, sexo, estado físico, segundo a classificação da ASA, tipo de atendimento, fatores desencadeantes, como alteração do estado físico do paciente e complicações cirúrgicas e anestésicas, tipo de anestesia e evolução para óbito. RESULTADOS: Ocorreram 138 PC (33,7:10.000, sendo a maioria em recém-nascidos, crianças até um ano e idosos, no sexo masculino (65,2%, em pacientes com estado físico ASA III ou superior, em atendimento de emergência e durante anestesia geral. Alterações do estado físico foram o principal fator de PC (23,9:10.000, seguidas de complicações cirúrgicas isoladamente (4,64:10.000 ou associadas a alterações do estado físico (2,44:10.000 e da anestesia isoladamente (1,71:10.000 ou associadas a alterações do estado físico (0,98:10.000. O risco de óbito relacionado à anestesia como fator principal ou contributivo foi igual para ambos (0,49:10.000. As principais causas da mortalidade associada à anestesia foram os problemas ventilatórios (45,4%, eventos relacionados à medicação empregada (27,3%, aspiração pulmonar (18,2% e hidratação excessiva (9,1%. CONCLUSÕES: A incidência de PC durante a anestesia ainda continua elevada. A maioria das PC e óbitos associados

  2. Estudo prospectivo comparativo de duas modalidades de posicionamento do sensor de phmetria esofágica prolongada: por manometria esofágica e pela viragem do Ph Comparative prospective study of two positioning modes of 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring: by esophageal manometry and by the pH step-up technique

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    Ary Nasi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: Por padronização aceita internacionalmente, posiciona-se o sensor distal de pHmetria esofágica a 5 cm acima da borda superior do esfíncter inferior do esôfago, localizado por manometria esofágica. Porém, vários autores sugerem técnicas alternativas de posicionamento que prescindem da manometria. Dentre essas, destaca-se a da viragem do pH, tema este controverso pela sua duvidosa confiabilidade. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a adequação do posicionamento do sensor distal de pHmetria pela técnica de viragem do pH, considerando-se a presença, o tipo e o grau de erro de posicionamento que tal técnica proporciona, e também estudar a influência da posição adotada pelo paciente durante a técnica da viragem. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados de modo prospectivo, durante o período de 1 ano, 1.031 pacientes. Durante entrevista clínica, foram registrados os dados demográficos e as queixas clínicas apresentadas. Todos foram submetidos a manometria esofágica para localização do esfíncter inferior do esôfago e a técnica da viragem do pH. A identificação do ponto de viragem foi realizada de dois modos distintos, caracterizando dois grupos de estudo: com o paciente sentado (grupo I - 450 pacientes e com o paciente em decúbito dorsal horizontal (grupo II - 581 pacientes. Após a identificação do ponto de viragem, o sensor distal de pHmetria era posicionado na posição padronizada, baseada na localização manométrica do esfíncter. Registrava-se onde seria posicionado o sensor de pH se fosse adotada a técnica da viragem. Para avaliação da adequação do posicionamento, considerou-se que o erro é representado pela diferença (em centímetros entre a localização padronizada (manométrica e a localização que seria adotada caso fosse empregada a técnica da viragem. Considerou-se que o erro seria grosseiro se fosse maior que 2 cm. Analisou-se também o tipo de erro mais freqüente (se acima ou abaixo da posição padronizada. Foram

  3. Efeitos do método pilates na mobilidade da coluna vertebral na qualidade de vida de idosos: estudo de caso

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    Josiane Teresinha Bertoldi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: investigar os efeitos dos exercícios do método Pilates na mobilidade da coluna vertebral, na independência e na qualidade de vida de idosos. Método: foram realizadas anamnese, teste de Schober (TSC para flexibilidade da região lombossacral; teste de Stibor (TST para região tóraco-lombar; atividades básicas de vida diária (ABVD´s pelo Índice de Katz e o questionário WHOQOL-Bref de qualidade de vida (QV. Os critérios de inclusão foram idosos da comunidade em geral, com idade igual ou superior a 60 anos, sendo excluídos os idosos com déficit cognitivo, acamados ou cadeirantes, com infecções, com patologias que restrinjam o movimento da coluna como artrose, artrodese, osteoporose, entre outras com diagnóstico clínico. A amostra foi composta por um idoso, sexo masculino, com 67 anos, submetido a 10 sessões de exercícios selecionados do método Pilates aplicados no solo para nível iniciante, sendo três vezes por semana com duração de 30 minutos. Resultados: os resultados apontaram acréscimo de 4,5cm no TSC e 3,0cm no TST, ABVD´s sem alterações e WHOQOL-Bref com leve evolução. Considerações finais: o método Pilates promove melhora significativa na mobilidade e flexibilidade da coluna vertebral, porém traz poucos efeitos sobre a percepção da qualidade de vida em idosos independentes.

  4. Dysfunction of the temporalis muscle after pterional craniotomy for intracranial aneurysms: comparative, prospective and randomized study of one flap versus two flaps dieresis Disfunção do músculo temporal após craniotomia pterional para tratamento de aneurismas intracranianos: estudo comparativo, prospectivo e aleatório da diérese em camada única versus camada dupla

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    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available Patients with intracranial aneurysm(s of the carotid artery territory, treated with pterional craniotomy, were prospectively and randomly addressed to one layer flap (n=36 or myocutaneous (MC versus two layers' dieresis (n=32 or interfascial (IF. The study protocol included the patient's sex, age, area of craniotomy, time of flap dieresis and synthesis, time of bone dieresis and synthesis, the intracranial time, including dura mater dieresis and synthesis and time of flap retraction. Before and after surgery, the patients were evaluated with examination specially oriented to V and VII cranial nerves, bi-temporal diameter measurement, the symmetry of the temporal region, tempora-mandibularis joint (TMJ movements and cranial CT scan. The evaluations of the TMJ dysfunctions were postoperative pain, movement limitations at mastication, occlusion, mouth aperture and lateral movements of the jaw. The statistical analysis showed that the incidence of pain at TMJ and moderate and severe temporalis muscle atrophy was observed, comparing MC and IF, and there were significant differences among these ones, being greater in IF group. We concluded that both techniques permit equivalent access to the studied intracranial aneurysm(s, and the atrophy of temporalis muscle, pain and movement limitations of the temporomandibularis joint were prevalent, worse and more long-lasting in two-layers flap dieresis than in one-layer flap dieresis.Pacientes com aneurisma(s intracraniano(s foram tratados pela via pterional e de modo prospectivo e aleatório submetidos às variantes técnicas, miocutânea (MC(n=36 ou em retalho único e interfascial (IF (n=32 ou em retalho duplo. No protocolo foram anotados o sexo, idade, área da craniotomia, período de diérese e síntese do retalho, período de diérese e síntese óssea, o período do procedimento intracraniano, incluindo o tempo de diérese e síntese da dura-máter e o período de retração do retalho. Os pacientes

  5. Estudo sobre a associação de cerâmica a plasma rico em plaquetas na coluna vertebral de ratos Study about fusion using ceramic with platelet-rich plasma in the spine of rats

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    Rita Delgado

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar o efeito osteoindutor dos fatores de crescimento contidos no plasma rico em plaquetas (PRP quando associados a cerâmicas no processo de fusão na coluna vertebral de ratos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Laminectomia lombar foi realizada em 16 ratos Lewis isogênicos para implantar cerâmica. O PRP foi preparado no ato operatório a partir do sangue de outras duas cobaias.os grupos estudo e controle foram estabelecidos por randomização, recebendo o grupo estudo cerâmica associada a PRP e o controle apenas cerâmica. Os animais foram sacrificados após 10 semanas e as colunas enviadas para análise histopatológica. RESULTADOS: Intensa atividade osteoblástica e osteoclástica e completa reabsorção da cerâmica foram achados no grupo estudo. No grupo controle havia ilhotas de osso em meio a tecido fibroso e cerâmica não reabsorvida. Discussão: Os fatores de crescimento liberados pelas plaquetas agem ligando-se à superfície de osteoblastos e fibroblastos, estimulando a síntese de colágeno para formação de matriz óssea. macrófagos ativados continuam secretando os fatores de crescimento e estimulando a osteogênese. CONCLUSÃO: O uso de PRP associado a cerâmica mostrou maior atividade osteoblástica e osteoclástica e completa reabsorção da cerâmica em relação à enxertia da mesma isoladamente na coluna vertebral de ratos.OBJECTIVE: To assess the osteoinductive action of platelet-rich plasma when associated to ceramics in the spine of rats. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Laminectomy was performed in 16 isogenic Lewis rats for posterior ceramic grafting. PRP was prepared intraoperatively using blood collected from two other rats. Study and control groups were set by randomization, with the study group receiving ceramics associated to PRP, and the control group receiving only ceramics. The animals were sacrificed for histopathological analysis after 10 weeks. RESULTS: Strong osteoblastic and osteoclastic activity and full re

  6. O uso de corticoesteróides após dilatação esofágica em pacientes portadores de estenose por substâncias corrosivas: estudo prospectivo, randomizado e duplo-cego Use of corticosteroids after esophageal dilations on patients with corrosive stenosis: prospective, randomized and double-blind study

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    Marcelo Amade Camargo

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Determinar, através de um estudo randomizado e duplo-cego, o efeito de injeções intralesionais de triancinolona associadas à dilatação esofágica nos casos de estenose corrosiva. MÉTODOS: Quatorze pacientes adultos (seis homens e oito mulheres portadores de graves estenoses corrosivas do esôfago foram randomizados em dois grupos: Grupo A: tratados com dilatação esofágica e posterior injeção intralesional de triancinolona 10 mg/ml; Grupo B: tratados com dilataç��o esofágica e posterior injeção de solução fisiológica 0,9% (placebo. Aplicações subseqüentes foram feitas baseadas na sintomatologia do paciente. Foram analisados: a freqüência de dilatações, diâmetros obtidos e disfagia antes e após a pesquisa, durante 12 meses. RESULTADOS: Em nosso estudo, onze pacientes ingeriram soda cáustica, dois ingeriram amoníaco e um tomou ácido muriático. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa (p > 0,05 em relação à freqüência de dilatações e à disfagia entre os grupos estudados. Entretanto, foi observada melhora no diâmetro obtido no grupo que recebeu corticoesteróides, em relação ao grupo controle (p OBJECTIVE: To determine triancinolone intralesional injections effects in association with esophageal dilations in corrosive stenosis cases, by means of a double-blind and randomized study. METHOD: Fourteen adults patients (6 men and 8 women with severe esophageal corrosive stenosis were randomized in two groups: Group A: treated by esophageal dilations and posterior triancinolone 10 mg/ml intralesional injection; Group B: treated by esophageal injections and posterior saline solution 0,9% injection (placebo. New applications were made based on the patient symptomatology. It had been analysed dilation frequency, obtained diameters and dysphagia before and after the research, for 12 months. RESULTS: Eleven patients had ingested sodium hydroxide, two had ingested ammoniac and one had taken

  7. Paracetamol e dipirona por via endovenosa aplicados à analgesia pós-operatória de pacientes pediátricos submetidos à amigdelectomia em hospital-dia: um estudo prospectivo, randomizado, duplo-cego, placebo controlado Intravenous paracetamol and dipyrone for postoperative analgesia after day-case tonsillectomy in children: a prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study

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    Aysu Inan Kocum

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available O manejo da dor pós-amigdelectomia pode ser feito com uma série de medicamentos. OBJETIVO: O presente estudo duplo-cego placebo controlado pretendeu avaliar a eficácia de paracetamol e dipirona administrados por via endovenosa na analgesia de pacientes pediátricos pós-amigdelectomia. MÉTODO: Cento e vinte crianças com idades entre três e seis anos submetidas à amigdelectomia com ou sem adenoidectomia e/ou entubação foram randomizadas para receber infusões de paracetamol (15 mg/kg, dipirona (15 mg/kg ou placebo (0,9% NaCl durante a cirurgia. As avaliações foram executadas com 0,25, 0,50, 1, 2, 4, 6h de pós-operatório. Petidina 0,25 mg/kg foi utilizada como analgésico de resgate. Dose acumulada de petidina foi o desfecho primário. Medições de intensidade da dor, alívio da dor, nível de sedação, náusea e vômitos, hemorragia no pós-operatório e outros efeitos adversos foram anotados. RESULTADOS: Nenhuma diferença significativa foi encontrada na dose acumulada de petidina entre os grupos paracetamol e dipirona. A dose acumulada de petidina foi significativamente menor nos grupos paracetamol e dipirona em comparação ao grupo placebo. Nenhuma diferença significativa foi observada entre os escores de dor no pós-operatório dos grupos durante o estudo. CONCLUSÃO: Paracetamol endovenoso tem eficácia analgésica semelhante à da dipirona endovenosa; ambos ajudam a reduzir a necessidade de opioides na analgesia pós-operatória de pacientes pediátricos submetidos à amigdelectomia em hospital-dia.Tonsillectomy is associated with severe postoperative pain for which, several drugs are employed for management. OBJECTIVE: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous paracetamol and dipyrone when used for post-tonsillectomy analgesia in children. METHOD: 120 children aged 3-6 yr, undergoing tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy and/or ventilation tube insertion were

  8. Evolução de parâmetros antropométricos em portadores do vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana ou com Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida: um estudo prospectivo Changes in the anthropometric parameters of patients with the Human Immunodeficiency virus or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: a prospective study

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    Maíra Ladeia Rodrigues Curti

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o estado nutricional e a evolução de parâmetros antropométricos para alterações morfológicas em pacientes vivendo com o vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana ou com Síndrome da Imunodeficiência Adquirida em uso de terapia antirretroviral de alta atividade. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de estudo de coorte prospectiva com duração de 12 meses, envolvendo indivíduos adultos, de ambos os sexos, em terapia antirretroviral recém introduzida. Os indicadores antropométricos estudados foram índice de massa corporal, circunferência de cintura, dobras cutâneas subescapular, biciptal e triciptal, avaliados com intervalos de três meses, totalizando 4 medidas do tempo. Variáveis foram descritas segundo mediana e percentis 25 e 75 e analisadas por ANOVA para medidas repetidas. RESULTADOS: A população estudada foi composta por 53 indivíduos, a maioria do sexo masculino (81%, entre 30 e 39 anos. Apenas a dobra cutânea subescapular apresentou significante variação no tempo (T1=13,7 vs T4=16,0; pOBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the nutritional status and changes in the anthropometric indicators of patients with the human Immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome using the highly active antiretroviral therapy. METHODS: This is a 12-month prospective cohort study of adult males and females who recently started antiretroviral therapy. The anthropometric indicators studied were body mass index, waist circumference and subscapular, biceps and triceps skinfold thicknesses, taken 4 times during the year in 3-month intervals. The variables were described according to medians and 25 and 75 percentiles and analyzed by ANOVA for repeated measurements. RESULTS: The studied population consisted of 53 patients, mostly males (81% aged 30 to 39 years. Only subscapular skinfold thickness changed significantly over time (T1=13.70 vs T4=16.00, p<0.001, indicating cervical lipohypertrophy (buffalo hump. CONCLUSION

  9. Reconstrução anatômica do ligamento cruzado anterior com dupla banda: estudo prospectivo com seguimento de dois anos Double-bundle anatomical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament: a prospective study with two-year follow-up

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    Julio Cesar Gali

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliação prospectiva dos resultados da reconstrução do ligamento cruzado anterior com dupla banda, de pacientes de nossa clínica, através do protocolo International Knee Documentation Committee 2000. DESENHO DO ESTUDO: Série de casos; nível de evidência IV. MÉTODOS: Cinquenta e oito pacientes submetidos à reconstrução anatômica do ligamento cruzado anterior, com enxerto autólogo de tendões flexores, pela técnica da dupla banda, foram avaliados de acordo com o protocolo do IKDC 2000. A idade dos pacientes variou de 17 a 58 anos, com média de 35,2 anos. O seguimento variou de 24 a 37 meses (média de 28,9 meses. RESULTADOS: No pós-operatório 89,65% dos testes do pivot shift foram negativos; na avaliação final, 44 (75,86% joelhos dos pacientes foram graduados normais, 13 (22,41%, como praticamente normais e um (1,72%, como anormal. CONCLUSÃO: A técnica utilizada foi eficaz em promover o retorno da estabilidade articular, sem comprometer a mobilidade.OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the results from double-bundle reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, among patients at our clinic, by means of the 2000 protocol of the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC. STUDY DESIGN: Case series; level of evidence IV. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients who underwent anatomical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament using an autologous flexor tendon graft by means of the double-bundle technique were evaluated in accordance with the IKDC 2000 protocol. The patients' ages ranged from 17 to 58 years, with a mean of 35.2 years. The follow-up ranged from 24 to 37 months (mean of 28.9 months. RESULTS: Postoperatively, 89.65% of the pivot-shift test findings were negative. In the final evaluation, 44 (75.86% of the patients' knees were graded as normal, 13 (22.41% as nearly normal and one (1.72 % as abnormal. CONCLUSION: The technique used was effective in promoting restoration of joint stability, without

  10. Estudo prospectivo de avaliação de dor e incapacidade de pacientes operados de estenose de canal lombar com seguimento mínimo de dois anos Estudio prospectivo de la evaluación del dolor e incapacidad de los pacientes operados de estenosis del canal lumbar con seguimiento mínimo de dos años Prospective analysis of pain and disability of patients operated on lumbar spinal stenosis with a minimum two-year follow-up

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    Edgar Santiago Valesin Filho

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: realizar uma análise prospectiva de dor e incapacidade em pacientes operados de estenose de canal lombar após dois anos do procedimento através da escala VAS e Roland Morris. MÉTODOS: trinta e oito pacientes foram avaliados por meio dos questionários em um momento pré-operatório, pós-operatório um mês, seis meses, um ano e dois anos, tendo sido realizada descompressão e artrodese com instrumentação pedicular associada. RESULTADOS: foi observado melhora nas análises comparativas de dor e incapacidade no decorrer do seguimento em relação aos valores iniciais, porém uma tendência à estabilização do quadro com sua evolução. CONCLUSÃO: o tratamento cirúrgico da estenose do canal lombar, quando criteriosamente indicado, melhora a dor e a incapacidade após dois anos de seguimento.OBJETIVO: realizar un análisis prospectivo del dolor e incapacidad en pacientes operados de estenosis del canal lumbar después de dos años del procedimiento, por medio de la escala VAS y Roland Morris. MÉTODOS: treinta y ocho pacientes fueron evaluados por medio de los cuestionarios en un momento preoperatorio, postoperatorio un mes, seis meses, un año y dos años, realizando una descompresión y artrodesis con instrumentación pedicular asociada. RESULTADOS: fue observada mejoría en los análisis comparativos de dolor e incapacidad con el decorrer de los seguimientos en relación a los valores iniciales; sin embargo, hubo una tendencia a la estabilidad del cuadro con su evolución. CONCLUSIÓN: el tratamiento quirúrgico de la estenosis del canal lumbar, con indicación criteriosa, mejora el dolor y la incapacidad después de dos años de seguimiento.OBJECTIVE: to perform a prospective analysis of pain and disability in patients operated on lumbar spine stenosis two years after the procedure by means of VAS and Roland Morris scales. METHODS: thirty-eight patients answered questions before and after the surgery, within one-month, six

  11. Estudo epidemiológico, clínico e microbiológico prospectivo de pacientes portadores de fraturas expostas atendidos em hospital universitário Epidemiological, clinical and micorbiological prospective study of patients with open fractures assisted at a university hospital

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    Sérgio Swain Müller

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados 117 pacientes com fraturas expostas, submetidos a protocolo para identificação do paciente e características do trauma, internados para tratamento cirúrgico, durante um período de dois anos. A avaliação microbiológica da ferida foi realizada em 45 pacientes antes do desbridamento cirúrgico, com predomínio dos germes gram positivos. A antibioticoterapia foi utilizada profilaticamente em todos os pacientes, podendo, no entanto, ser melhor padronizada. O perfil da maioria dos pacientes da amostra foi: sexo masculino, branco, casado, com idade entre 21 e 30 anos, trabalhador industrial com Primeiro Grau completo, vítima de acidente de automóvel ou motocicleta. As fraturas foram agrupadas segundo a classificação de Gustilo, sendo que a maioria dos casos encontrados foram do tipo III. Os índices de infecção estiveram relacionados ao grau da classificação, sendo mais freqüente no tipo III. No entanto, o estudo também revelou índice elevado de infecção no tipo II, comparado com a literatura. O tempo médio de exposição foi de cinco horas e trinta e nove minutos, sendo o fixador externo o meio de tratamento mais utilizado. Foi também avaliada a freqüência de politraumatizados, 15%. O período de internação foi em média de 9,14 dias, com uma média de aproximadamente oito retornos por paciente nos ambulatórios. As principais complicações foram a infecção e a pseudoartrose, sendo a tíbia o osso mais acometido.Epidemiological, clinical and microbiological prospective study of patients with open fractures assisted at university Hospital. We studied 117 patients with open fractures during a period of two years, submitted to a protocol to identify the patient and the kind of trauma, interned for surgical treatment. The culture was collected in 45 patients for microbiological evaluation, before the surgery. The Gram-positive bacteria were the most observed type. All patients used prophylactic antibiotic

  12. Estudo prospectivo comparativo entre a descompressão do canal do carpo pela mini-incisão transversa proximal e a incisão palmar longitudinal convencional Prospective comparative study between the proximal transverse incision and the conventional longitudinal incision for carpal tunnel release

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    Marcelo de Pinho Teixeira Alves

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome do túnel do carpo (STC é patologia frequente em consultório de ortopedia, sendo a neuropatia compressiva mais comum e também a mais tratada por cirurgia. O diagnóstico da STC é eminentemente clínico, através da história clínica, exame físico (testes de Tinel, Phalen, Durkan e exames complementares, mais especificamente estudos de neurocondução. Eventualmente, pode-se lançar mão de exames de ultrassonografia e ressonância magnética. O tratamento conservador é reservado para pacientes em que os sintomas são leves, pouco incapacitantes e melhoram com o uso de medicações anti-inflamatórias (esteroidais ou não esteroidais, fisioterapia e modificação dos hábitos de vida. O tratamento cirúrgico é o mais frequente, empregando diversas técnicas. O objetivo da cirurgia é descomprimir o canal do carpo e liberar o nervo mediano, por secção do ligamento transverso do carpo (LTC. O objetivo deste trabalho é comparar o tratamento cirúrgico da STC por mini-incisão transversa, proximal ao canal do carpo, com a incisão clássica, longitudinal, sobre o canal do carpo. A mini-incisão mostra-se uma opção menos invasiva e igualmente eficaz para o tratamento cirúrgico da STC, com menor morbidade do que a incisão longitudinal clássica.Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS is the most common compressive neuropathy, a pathology frequently seen in orthopedic clinics and the neuropathy most often treated surgically. The diagnosis of CTS is made clinically, through a clinial history, physical examination (Tinel, Phalen, and Durkan tests and complementary exams, and more specifically nerve conduction studies. Eventually, ultrasound scans and magnetic resonance imaging may be used. Conservative treatment is reserved for patients presenting with light symptoms, mild impairment and showing a good response to non-steroidal or steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Surgical treatment is the most

  13. Metastatic tumor of thoracic and lumbar spine: prospective study comparing the surgery and radiotherapy vs external immobilization with radiotherapy; Metastases do segmento toracico e lombar da coluna vertebral: estudo prospectivo comparativo entre o tratamento cirurgico e radioterapico com a imobilizacao externa e radioterapia

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    Falavigna, Asdrubal; Ioppi, Ana Elisa Empinotti; Grasselli, Juliana [Universidade de Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina]. E-mail: asdrubal@doctor.com; Righesso Neto, Orlando [Faculdade Federal de Ciencias Medicas da Santa Casa de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    Bone metastases at the thoracic and lumbar segment of the spine are usually presented with painful sensation and medullar compression. The treatment is based on the clinical and neurological conditions of the patient and the degree of tumor invasion. In the present study, 32 patients with spinal metastasis of thoracic and lumbar segment were prospectively analyzed. These patients were treated by decompression and internal stabilization followed by radiotherapy or irradiation with external immobilization. The election of the groups was in accordance with the tumor radiotherapy sensitivity, clinical conditions, spinal stability, medullar or nerve compression and patient's decision. The Frankel scale and pain visual test were applied at the moment of diagnosis and after 1 and 6 months. The surgical group had better results with preserving the ambulation longer and significant reduction of pain.(author)

  14. Risco de reinternamento na doença pulmonar obstrutiva crónica: Estudo prospectivo com ênfase no valor da avaliação da qualidade de vida e depressão Risk factors for readmission after hospital discharge in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: The role of quality of life indicators

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    Rui Carneiro

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O objectivo do estudo é identificar factores demográficos, clínico-funcionais e inerentes à qualidade de vida (QV e depressão, com impacto na utilização do Serviço de Urgência (SU e nos reinternamentos após alta hospitalar por agudização de doença pulmonar obstrutiva crónica (DPOC num período de 66 semanas. A QV foi avaliada pelo St.George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ. A Beck Depression Inventory avaliou a depressão. Avaliámos prospectivamente 45 doentes (84,4% homens; mediana de idades: 73 anos; estádio IV:51%. A mediana do score total do SGRQ foi de 50,6, sendo maior o impacto dos sintomas, principalmente nos mais jovens (r:-0425; p:0,043, e da limitação à actividade do que o impacto emocional. Mais de metade encontravam-se deprimidos. Pior QV associou-se a depressão (R:0,699;p:0,02. Valores baixos do VEMS correlacionaram-se com a depressão (r=-0,46;p=0,054 mas não com QV. A prescrição de anticolinérgicos de longa acção ou corticóides inalatórios melhoraram a QV. Quase 85% dos doentes recorreram ao SU (25,8% por DPOC agudizada. A taxa de reinternamento por todos os motivos e por DPOC agudizada foi de 64,9% e 33,3% (por unidade de tempo. O número de reinternamentos (todos os motivos correlacionou -se com a idade (R=0,48; p=0,003, cor pulmonale (R=-0,46; p=0,03 e com a QV (R=0,67 p=0,004. Doentes deprimidos (R=0,51; p=004, com VEMS baixo (R=-0,413; p=0,04 e com cor pulmonale (R=-046;p=0,005 estiveram mais dias internados por agudização da DPOC. A QV e a depressão são variáveis a considerar na avaliação e tratamento de doentes com DPOC, fazendo parte dum conjunto de dados clínicos, analíticos e funcionais que podem predizer o risco de reinternamento após alta por DPOC agudizada.Aims: To identify demographic, clinical, functional and inherent quality of life (QOL and depression factors with impact on use of the Emergency Services (ES or readmission after hospital discharge for acute exacerbation of

  15. Vertebral chondroblastoma

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    Ilaslan, Hakan; Sundaram, Murali [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (United States); Unni, Krishnan K. [Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (United States)

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    To determine the age distribution, gender, incidence, and imaging findings of vertebral chondroblastoma, and to compare our series with findings from case reports in the world literature.Design and patients Case records and imaging findings of nine histologically documented vertebral chondroblastomas were retrospectively reviewed for patient age, gender, vertebral column location and level, morphology, matrix, edema, soft tissue mass, spinal canal invasion, and metastases. Our findings were compared with a total of nine patients identified from previous publications in the world literature. The histologic findings in our cases was re-reviewed for diagnosis and specifically for features of calcification and secondary aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC). Clinical follow-up was requested from referring institutions. Nine of 856 chondroblastomas arose in vertebrae (incidence 1.4%; thoracic 5, lumbar 1, cervical 2, sacral 1). There were six males and three females ranging in age from 5 to 41 years (mean 28 years). Satisfactory imaging from seven patients revealed the tumor to arise from the posterior elements in four and the body in three. All tumors were expansive, six of seven were aggressive, and the spinal canal was significantly narrowed by bone or soft tissue mass in six. In one patient canal invasion was minimal. Calcification was pronounced in two and subtle in four. The sole nonaggressive-appearing tumor was heavily mineralized. Bony edema and secondary ABC were not seen on MR imaging. None of the cases had microscopic features of significant secondary ABC. Calcification, and specifically ''chicken wire'' calcification, was identified in two patients. Pulmonary metastases occurred in none. Vertebral chondroblastoma is a rare neoplasm that presents later in life than its appendicular counterpart. On imaging it is aggressive in appearance with bone destruction, soft tissue mass, and spinal canal invasion. The lesions contain variable amounts of mineral

  16. El balance social y los estados financieros prospectivos

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    Balance Social es un instrumento de gestión para planear, organizar, dirigir, registrar, controlar y evaluar en términos cuantitativos o cualitativos la gestión social de una empresa, en un periodo determinado y frente a unas metas preestablecidas. alta calidad en materia de contabilidad y revelación de información financiera y no financiera. Cabe destacar, la importancia que reviste para estos nuevos informes de sustentabilidad la presentación de los estados financieros prospectivos. El Esta...

  17. Considerações anestésicas para cistectomia robótica: estudo prospectivo

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    Menekse Oksar

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    Full Text Available Experiência e objetivos: a cistectomia robótica vem rapidamente se tornando parte do repertório cirúrgico de rotina para o tratamento do câncer de próstata. Nosso objetivo foi descrever os desafios respiratórios e hemodinâmicos e as complicações observadas em pacientes de cistectomia robótica. Pacientes: foram prospectivamente recrutados 16 pacientes tratados com cistectomia robótica entre dezembro de 2009 e janeiro de 2011. As medidas de desfecho primário foram monitoração não invasiva, monitoração invasiva e análise de gases sangüíneos feita nas posições supina (T0, Trendelenburg (T1, Trendelenburg + pneumoperitônio (T2, Trendelenburg antes da dessuflação (T3, Trendelenburg depois da dessuflacão (T4 e supina (T5. Resultados: houve diferencas significativas entre T0 - T1 e T0 - T2 com frequências cardíacas mais baixas. O valor médio para a pressão arterial em T1 foi significativamente mais baixo do que em T0. O valor da pressão venosa central foi significativamente mais elevado em T1, T2, T3 e T4 versus T0. Não foi observada diferença significativa no valor de PET-CO2 em qualquer ponto temporal, em comparação com T0. Também não foram notadas diferenças significativas na frequência respiratória em qualquer ponto temporal, em comparação com T0. Os valores médios de ƒ em T3, T4 e T5 foram significativamente mais elevados versus T0. A ventilação minuto média em T4 e T5 foi significativamente mais elevada versus T0. As pressões de platô e de pico médias em T1, T2, T3, T4 e T5 foram significativamente mais elevadas versus T0. Conclusões: embora a maioria dos pacientes geralmente tolere satisfatoriamente a cistectomia robótica e perceba os benefícios, os anestesiologistas devem levar em consideração as mudanças no sistema cardiopulmonar ocorrentes quando os pacientes são colocados na posição de Trendelenburg e ao ser criado um pneumoperitônio.

  18. Síndrome de Rett: estudo retrospectivo e prospectivo de 28 pacientes

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    Bruck Isac

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available No período entre Novembro 1982 e Maio 1999, 28 crianças com Síndrome de Rett foram seguidas por um período médio de 6 anos e 2 meses.O início da regressão do desenvolvimento psicomotor ocorreu entre 5 e 20 meses.Os 19 casos de síndrome de Rett típica apresentavam períodos pré e perinatal normais,e evoluíram com perda das habilidades previamente adquiridas, retardo psicomotor e estereotipias de mãos; 16 tinham desaceleração do crescimento craniano e 12 tinham marcha anormal. Nove pacientes foram casos atípicos: 2 formas frustras, 2 congênitas, 3 com crises precoces, 1 com fala preservada e 1 sendo do sexo masculino. A epilepsia esteve presente em 21 pacientes com crises predominantemente parciais e a droga de escolha foi a carbamazepina (15 pacientes. Na avaliação inicial a maioria dos pacientes estava distribuída em estágios II e III da síndrome e evolutivamente passaram aos estágios III e IV, sendo que 3 faleceram.

  19. Traqueostomia a beira de leito na uti: estudo prospectivo de 70 casos

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    Cícero de Andrade Urban

    Full Text Available A traqueostomia apresenta uma série de vantagens em relação à entubação endotraqueal prolongada: conforto e maior possibilidade de comunicação para o paciente, diminuição da resistência respiratória, melhor controle de via aérea e facilidade de aspiração. No período de setembro de 1996 a dezembro de 1997 foram realizadas setenta traqueostomias à beira de leito na UTI, sob anestesia local, com tempo operatório médio de 30,5 minutos. A principal indicação foi ventilação mecânica prolongada, com uma média de 6,5 dias. Os pacientes foram acompanhados durante a internação por 1.494 dias. No terceiro dia de pós-operatório foi colhida cultura de secreção traqueal em 49 pacientes, predominando Pseudomonas aeruginosa em 40,8% dos casos. Houve 11 casos (15,7% de complicações maiores: uma fístula traqueoesofágica, uma fasciíte necrotizante, uma úlcera traqueal, duas infecções e seis sangramentos, que necessitaram reintervenção. Um óbito foi relacionado ao procedimento, devido à fasciíte necrotizante cervical. Tendo em vista a gravidade dos pacientes, a traqueostomia à beira de leito demonstrou ser um procedimento seguro e com baixo índice de complicações maiores. Além disso, evita o transporte de doente crítico dentro do hospital, e os custos são menores do que a traqueostomia no centro cirúrgico.

  20. O desempenho diagnóstico da procalcitonina na febre sem foco – estudo prospectivo

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    Moreira, Diana; Balona, Filipa; Lameirão, Angelina; Ramos, Sandra; Marques, Eduarda; Ferreira, Graça; Vilarinho, António

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    Introdução: A procalcitonina (PCT) tem sido descrita como um marcador promissor na identificação precoce de infecção bacteriana invasiva (IBI) na febre sem foco (FSF).Objectivo: Avaliar o desempenho diagnóstico da PCT, proteína C reactiva (PCR), contagem total de leucócitos (CTL) e neutrófilos (N) na identificação de IBI em crianças com FSF.

  1. Estudo comparativo da medida da rotação vertebral pelos métodos de Nash & Moe e método de Raimondi Comparative study of the measurements of the vertebral rotation using Nash & Moe and Raimondi methods

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    Helton L. A. Defino

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo foram avaliados a sensibilidade e precisão dos métodos de Nash e Moe e de Raimondi para a medida da rotação da vértebra torácica e lombar.Três cirurgiões de coluna avaliaram, independentemente, as radiografias de uma vértebra torácica (T9 e de uma vértebra lombar (L2 com graus de rotação que variaram de 0º a 60º e estabeleceram valores de acordo com o método de Nash e Moe e o método de Raimondi.Foram estudadas a concordância entre os examinadores para um determinado método, a variação das medidas obtidas na vértebra torácica e lombar a partir de uma mesma rotação real conhecida e a correlação entre um valor real conhecido de rotação vertebral e a sua estimativa pelos métodos utilizados no estudo . Os resultados mostraram boa concordância entre os examinadores para o método de Nash e Moe, tanto para a vértebra torácica (k médio = 0,66, quanto para a lombar (k médio = 0,80. Pelo método de Raimondi não houve diferença significativa entre os examinadores para a vértebra torácica, no entanto, para a vértebra lombar houve baixa reprodutibilidade do método.Para uma mesma rotação na vértebra torácica e lombar os resultados foram não concordantes pelo método de Nash e Moe, e pelo método de Raimondi os valores observados para a vértebra torácica foram significativamente maiores que os da vértebra lombar. A correlação entre os valores reais e as estimados pelo método de Raimondi para a vértebra torácica mostrou que houve diferença significativa produzida em função da rotação até 20º graus, já para a vértebra lombar, os valores obtidos foram muito próximos do real.The sensibility and precision of the Nash and Moe and Raimondi methods were evaluated in this study for the measurement of the rotation of the thoracic and the lumbar vertebra. Three spine surgeons evaluated, independently, the x-rays of a thoracic vertebra (T9 and of a lumbar vertebra (L2 with varying rotational

  2. Dissecção espontânea cervical carotídea e verbal: estudo de 48 pacientes Spontaneous cervical carotid and vertebral arteries dissection: study of 48 patients

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    Cynthia Resende Campos

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Dada a ausência de estudos de séries brasileiras de pacientes com dissecção arterial cervical espontânea, com o objetivo de descrever os fatores de risco, sintomas precedentes, manifestações clínicas, resultados da investigação, tratamento e evolução. MÉTODO: realizamos a análise retrospectiva dos prontuários e laudos radiológicos [angiografia digital(AD, ressonância magnética(RM e ângio-ressonância(ARM] dos pacientes com esse diagnóstico atendidos no Serviço de Neurologia do HC/USP entre 1997 e 2003. RESULTADOS: 48 pacientes (24 homens, média de idade 37,9 anos; 26 pacientes com dissecção carotídea (DC unilateral, 15 com vertebral (DV unilateral e 7 com multiarterial, todos com déficits neurológicos. Os principais fatores de risco para doença vascular foram hipertensão arterial, tabagismo e dislipidemia. Mais de 80% apresentaram pelo menos um sintoma precedente, na maioria cefaléia têmporo-parietal. Cervicalgia foi referida por 44% dos pacientes com DV e por 3,4% dos com DC. O tempo médio entre o primeiro sintoma e o déficit foi 5,4 dias para as DC e 13,5 para as DV. AD foi o principal método diagnóstico (93%, associado a RM e ARM em 42% dos casos. Em 3 pacientes a RM cervical com supressão de gordura foi isoladamente suficiente. 75% dos pacientes receberam anticoagulação. Dois pacientes fizeram trombólise endovenosa sem complicações. A evolução foi boa, exceto por dois óbitos (DC bilateral. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados são semelhantes aos da literatura, exceto pela baixa freqüência de cervicalgia nos casos de DC e pelo predomínio de cefaléia têmporo-parietal nas dissecções arteriais cervicais. Fatores de risco para doença vascular isquêmica foram frequentes.OBJETIVE: To report a Brazilian series of spontaneous cervical arterial dissections, risk factors, warning symptoms, clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests, treatment and prognosis. METHOD: We performed the retrospective

  3. Cifoplastia no tratamento da fratura vertebral por insuficiência: avaliação funcional prospectiva Cifoplastia en el tratamiento de la fractura vertebral por insuficiencia: evaluación funcional prospectiva Kyphoplasty in the treatment of vertebral compression fracture: prospective functional evaluation

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    Bartolomeu Ribeiro Coutinho Filho

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o resultado funcional e o grau de satisfação do tratamento cirúrgico utilizando cifoplastia em pacientes com fratura vertebral por insuficiência localizada na coluna tóraco-lombar. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo prospectivo em pacientes adultos, com diagnóstico de fratura vertebral por insuficiência com evolução superior a oito semanas, apresentando dor no local da fratura e edema ósseo evidente ao exame de RM. A avaliação funcional foi realizada através do Oswestry Disability Index 2.0 e da Escala Visual Analógica de Dor no pré- e pós-operatório. A satisfação pessoal com o tratamento foi quantificada pela escala de Johnson. RESULTADOS: Houve melhora significativa da dor com uma queda média de 6.4 pontos na Escala Visual Analógica de Dor ao final de doze meses de seguimento em comparação ao período pré-operatório (p OBJETIVO: Evaluar el resultado funcional y el grado de satisfacción del tratamiento quirúrgico mediante cifoplastia en pacientes con fractura vertebral debido a la insuficiencia situada en la columna toracolumbar. MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio prospectivo en pacientes adultos, con diagnóstico de fractura vertebral por insuficiencia, con tiempo de evolución de más de ocho semanas, con dolor en el sitio de la fractura y edema óseo evidente por resonancia magnética. La evaluación funcional se realizó mediante el Índice de Incapacidad de Oswestry 2.0 y la Escala Analógica Visual del Dolor antes y después de la operación. La satisfacción personal con el tratamiento fue medida por la escala de Johnson. RESULTADOS: Una mejora significativa en el dolor con una caída promedio de 6,4 puntos en la escala visual analógica del dolor al final de doce meses de seguimiento, en comparación con el período preoperatorio (p OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional outcome and degree of satisfaction of surgical treatment using kyphoplasty in patients with vertebral compression fractures

  4. Carga inmediata sobre implante unico: estudio clinico prospectivo.(ARTICULOS ORIGINALES DERIVADOS DE INVESTIGACION)

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    Arango B., Paola Andrea; Arismendi E., Jorge Alberto; Porras, Andres Felipe

    2009-01-01

    ... y disminucion del tiempo total de tratamiento. Se hizo un estudio prospectivo controlado para la colocacion de implantes en casos clinicos de restauracion de diente unico que recogiese el consenso propuesto en la literatura para evaluar el exito...

  5. Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral em pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos avaliando a frequência do espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV nos pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência do EOAV em uma amostra de pacientes com malformações cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos uma coorte prospectiva de pacientes com DCC, admitidos em uma unidade de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica no Brasil. O diagnóstico de EOAV foi feito com base em dados clínicos, considerando critérios padrões. Os pacientes que preenchiam esses critérios foram submetidos ao cariótipo de alta resolução com bandamento GTG e hibridização fluorescente in situ para a microdeleção 22q11.2. O teste exato de Fisher (P < 0,05 foi usado para as análises estatísticas. RESULTADOS: Durante o período de avaliação, 330 pacientes foram hospitalizados pela primeira vez na UTI, mas trinta deles não participaram deste estudo. Dos 300 pacientes que constituíram a amostragem final, o EOAV foi verificado em três casos (1%. Todos apresentaram estudos citogenéticos normais. CONCLUSÃO: O EOAV parece ser uma condição frequente em pacientes com DCC. Contudo, não podemos excluir a possibilidade de que a frequência de EOAV encontrada em nosso estudo possa ter sido subestimada devido à baixa taxa de detecção pré-natal de DCC e ao acesso limitado dos pacientes ao tratamento médico apropriado em nosso meio. Estudos prospectivos futuros com critérios clínicos bem definidos e pacientes com defeitos leves e graves serão importantes para avaliar o papel do EOAV na população em geral de indivíduos com malformações cardíacas.

  6. Lordose lombar: estudo dos valores angulares e da participação dos corpos vertebrais e discos intervertebrais Lumbar lordosis: a study of angle values and of vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs role

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    Luiz Henrique Fonseca Damasceno

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Foi estudado, em indivíduos normais, o valor angular da lordose lombar e a participação dos corpos vertebrais e discos intervertebrais na sua composição. Foram avaliadas as radiografias da coluna lombar de 350 indivíduos normais e assintomáticos com a idade variando de 18 a 50 anos (média 29,0 anos ± 8,24, sendo 143 homens e 207 mulheres. Foram medidas a curvatura lombossacra (L1S1 e a curvatura lombolombar (L1L5. As medidas das curvaturas lombares e dos seus componentes apresentaram grande variabilidade. Foram observados valores médios de -61° para a curvatura lombossacra e de -45° para a curvatura lombolombar. As medidas dos corpos vertebrais apresentaram valores cifóticos para L1, neutros para L2, e progressivamente lordóticos de L3 a L5. Os discos intervertebrais apresentaram angulação lordótica progressiva desde L1-L2. Os elementos caudais da curvatura, discos intervertebrais L4-L5 e L5-S1 e o corpo vertebral L5 corresponderam a quase 60% medida angular da curvatura lombossacra. Foi observada diferença significante entre os sexos masculino e feminino para as medidas das curvaturas lombares, e dos corpos vertebrais L2 e L4, tendo sido observados valores maiores no sexo feminino. Foram observadas diferenças relacionadas à idade na medida das curvaturas lombares e dos corpos vertebrais.The angular value of lumbar lordosis and the role of vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs in its constitution were studied in normal individuals. X-Ray images of lumbar spine were studied in 350 normal and asymptomatic individuals, ages ranging from 18 to 50 years old (average 29.0 years old ± 8.24, being 143 males and 207 females. The lumbosacral (L1S1 and the lumbolumbar (L1L5 curves were measured. Measurements for lumbar curves and their components presented a large variation. Average values of -61º were seen for lumbosacral curve and of -45º for lumbolumbar curve. Vertebral bodies measurements presented kyphotic values for L1

  7. Implantes de resina de poliuretana vegetal (Ricinus communis na tração linear, fixação e fusão vertebral no cão: estudo experimental Implants of Ricinus communis polyurethane resin in distraction, fixation and vertebral fusion in dogs: experimental study

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    M.G. Laranjeira

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Placa e espaçador de polímero derivado do óleo de mamona (PDOM (Ricinus communis foram avaliados clínica, radiográfica e histologicamente na tração linear, fixação e fusão vertebral cervical em 20 cães adultos, sem raça definida, pesando entre 17 e 22kg. Foram sacrificados quatro animais aos 10, 30, 60, 90 e 120 dias de pós-operatório. Após exposição da coluna cervical, por acesso ventral, o disco intervertebral de C4-C5 foi fenestrado e a abordagem ao canal medular foi feita por meio de fenda óssea. Um espaçador de PDOM foi colocado preenchendo o defeito ósseo. Os corpos vertebrais C4-C5 foram fixados com placa do mesmo material, utilizando-se dois parafusos corticais em cada corpo vertebral. Apenas um animal apresentou déficit neurológico no pós-operatório imediato. Radiograficamente as vértebras mostravam-se normais e alinhadas, sem colapso do espaço intervertebral, porém não houve neoformação óssea entre as vértebras. Ao exame mielográfico, não houve compressão da medula espinhal. Os implantes foram efetivos em manter a tração linear e fixação das vértebras cervicais e não ocorreu a fusão vertebral.Clinical, radiographic and histological evaluation of plate and biomechanical spacer of Ricinus communis polyurethane resin were performed in distraction, fixation and vertebral cervical fusion in 20 adult dogs, weighting between 17 and 22kg. Four animals were euthanized at 10, 30, 60, 90 and 120 days after surgery. After ventral exposition of cervical spine, cervical disk fenestration was performed on intervertebral spaces C4-C5 and a slot was created. A biomechanical spacer of Ricinus communis polyurethane resin was placed to fill bone defect. C4-C5 spinous processes were fixed with plate of the same material, utilizing two cortical screws in each spinal process. Only one animal had neurological signs immediately after surgery. Radiographic examination indicated that vertebrae were normal and aligned

  8. Estudo clínico, prospectivo, aberto, randomizado e comparativo para avaliar a segurança e a eficácia da luz azul versus peróxido de benzoíla 5% no tratamento da acne inflamatória graus II e III A prospective, randomized, open and comparative study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of blue light treatment versus a topical benzoyl peroxide 5% formulation in patients with acne grade II and III

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    Lúcia H. F. de Arruda

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Muitos pacientes relatam melhora da acne com a exposição à luz solar, e vários estudos demonstram que a luz azul é efetiva no tratamento da acne. OBJETIVOS: Verificar a segurança e a eficácia da luz azul (espectro eletromagnético de 407 a 420 nm no tratamento da acne inflamatória graus II e III, comparada à terapêutica tópica com peróxido de benzoíla a 5%. MÉTODOS: O estudo avaliou 60 pacientes em cinco visitas: uma de seleção, uma com 7, 14 e 28 dias de tratamento e uma última de seguimento, 14 dias após o término do tratamento. Trinta foram randomizados para luz azul (oito sessões, duas vezes por semana, e outros 30, para peróxido de benzoíla a 5%, duas vezes ao dia, diariamente. A avaliação foi por meio da contagem das lesões e fotografias. RESULTADOS: A redução no número médio de lesões foi semelhante com os dois tratamentos, independente do tipo de lesão (p 0,05, porém o tratamento com a luz azul apresentou menos efeitos colaterais. CONCLUSÕES: A luz azul foi um tratamento tão eficaz quanto o peróxido de benzoíla a 5% para o tratamento da acne graus II e III, mas com menos efeitos adversos.BACKGROUND: Many acne patients improve after exposure to sunlight and there are many reports about the efficacy of blue light phototherapy on acne lesions. OBJECTIVES - The purpose of this study was to evaluate efficacy and safety of blue light treatment versus topical benzoyl peroxide 5% formulation in patients with acne grades II and III. METHODS - Sixty volunteers with facial acne were included and evaluated in 5 visits: the first one for screening, another 3 held on days 7, 14 and 28 of treatment, and the last one after 14 days of the end of treatment. Thirty of them were irradiated with Blue Light (8 times, twice a week and the other thirty were treated with topical Benzoyl Peroxide 5% formulation, auto-applied twice a day, every day. We assessed the severity of acne by counting the lesions and

  9. Coleção líquida adjacente ao ligamento falciforme em pacientes no pós-operatório imediato de transplante de fígado: achado ultra sonográfico normal ou anormal? Estudo prospectivo Fluid collection around the falciform ligament in the immediate postoperative period of liver transplantation: an unusual ultrasonographic finding or a normal occurrence? A prospective study

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    Márcio Martins Machado

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Os transplantes de fígado estão sendo cada vez mais realizados, havendo necessidade, cada vez maior, de uma avaliação acurada das possíveis complicações. A ultra-sonografia é entendida, nesse contexto, como o método de escolha para a avaliação inicial das complicações envolvendo o transplante. Os autores relatam, neste estudo, o achado de coleção líquida adjacente ao ligamento falciforme, no pós-operatório imediato de pacientes transplantados de fígado e que não apresentavam nenhum sinal de complicação infecciosa intra-abdominal. Foi demonstrada a presença de coleção líquida em torno do ligamento falciforme em 33 (94,3% de 35 pacientes avaliados. Dessa forma, os autores sugerem que este achado pode corresponder a aspecto normal encontrado no pós-operatório imediato de transplante de fígado.Liver transplantations are increasingly being performed, thus requiring accurate evaluation of related complications. Ultrasonography is the first screening technique for the detection of complications of liver transplantation. The authors report the finding of fluid collection around the falciform ligament in the immediate postoperative period of liver transplantation in patients with no signs of intraabdominal sepsis. This finding was observed in 33 (94.3% of the 35 patients evaluated. The authors consider this finding to be a normal occurrence in the immediate postoperative period of liver transplantation.

  10. Daily interferon induction regimen using different manufactured interferons (alpha-2a or alpha-2b in combination with ribavirin for treatment of chronic hepatitis C: a prospective randomized study Esquema de indução diário com interferon alfa 2-a ou alfa 2-b em combinação com ribavirina para tratamento da hepatite crônica C: estudo prospectivo randomizado

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    Eduardo Lorens Braga

    2006-12-01

    .6% (50% IFN TIW vs 63.6% IFN QD CONCLUSIONS: Combination therapy had an overall sustained virological response rate of 39.8% ("intention to treat analysis". There was no difference with respect to sustained virological response rates between patients who used daily induction schedule compared to standard regimen. Adverse events, even more frequent in the daily induction group, did not interfere with the treatment strategies.RACIONAL: Estudos em cinética viral na hepatite C demonstraram que há uma queda dos níveis séricos de interferon 48 h após a sua administração, quando a carga viral do vírus C volta a se elevar. Antes da disponibilidade do interferon peguilado, diversos ensaios clínicos investigaram a terapia de indução com interferon standard OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a segurança e eficácia do esquema de indução diário com interferon alfa associado à ribavirina. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Noventa e três pacientes com hepatite crônica C foram incluídos. Através de randomização, foram alocados em um de dois braços terapêuticos: 44 indivíduos no grupo A: IFN 3MU três vezes por semana + ribavirina 1,0-1,2 g diariamente por 48 semanas e 49 indivíduos no grupo B: IFN 3MU diariamente por 12 semanas, seguindo-se por IFN 3MU três vezes por semana até completar 48 semanas + ribavirina 1,0-1,2 g diariamente por 48 semanas. A genotipagem do vírus C foi realizada em 85 indivíduos. Considerou-se resposta virológica sustentada a persistência do HCV-RNA negativo 6 meses após o término da terapia RESULTADOS: Oitenta e três pacientes completaram o tratamento. Houve cinco abandonos (um do grupo A e quatro do grupo B e em cinco pacientes a terapia foi retirada devido a efeitos adversos (dois do grupo A e três do grupo B. Não houve diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos quanto à interrupção do tratamento. A freqüência de cirrose foi 29%, semelhante entre os grupos. Na análise "intention to treat" a resposta virológica sustentada foi 39

  11. Estudo microscópico da interface implante-osso vertebral e sua relação com o modo de preparo do orifício piloto Estudio microscópico de la interface implante hueso vertebral y su relación con el modo de preparación del orificio piloto Microscopical study of the bone screw interface and its correlation with the pilot hole preparation

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    José Roberto Benites Vendrame

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: estudar as alterações do tecido ósseo da interface entre o implante e o osso da vértebra submetido ao preparo do orifício piloto por meio de sonda, broca e broca seguida de macheamento. MÉTODOS: foram utilizadas três vértebras lombares (l2-L3-L4 de cadáveres humanos adultos do sexo masculino. No interior dos pedículos vertebrais, foram inseridos parafusos de 6 mm de diâmetro externo do sistema USIS de fixação vertebral. O preparo do orifício piloto para a inserção dos parafusos nos pedículos vertebrais foi realizado por meio de sonda, broca ou broca seguida de macheamento. As vértebras foram preparadas para o estudo em microscopia de luz e foi avaliado o coeficiente de fragmentação por meio da relação entre a porcentagem da área ocupada por tecido ósseo na região próxima do implante e no osso normal. RESULTADOS: o coeficiente de fragmentação foi menor, com diferença estatística, no grupo do orifício piloto preparado com sonda em relação ao orifício piloto preparado com broca ou broca seguida de macheamento. CONCLUSÃO: o menor coeficiente de fragmentação observado com a utilização da sonda para a realização do orifício piloto indica a maior compactação do osso na interface entre o implante e o osso da vértebraOBJETIVO: estudiar las alteraciones del tejido óseo de la interfase entre el implante y el hueso de la vértebra, sometido al preparo del orificio piloto por medio de sonda, broca y broca seguida de aplastamiento. MÉTODOS: fueron utilizadas tres vértebras lumbares (L2-L3-L4 de cadáveres humanos adultos del sexo masculino. En el interior de los pedículos vertebrales fueron insertados tornillos de 6 mm de diámetro externo del sistema USIS de fijación vertebral. El preparo del orificio piloto, para la inserción de los tornillos en los pedículos vertebrales, fue realizado por medio de sonda, broca o broca seguida de aplastamiento. Las vértebras fueron preparadas para el estudio en

  12. Estudo prospectivo randomizado sobre a luxação traumática de patela: tratamento conservador versus reconstrução do ligamento femoropatelar medial com tendão patelar - mínimo de dois anos de seguimento Randomized prospective study on traumatic patellar dislocation: conservative treatment versus reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament using the patellar tendon, with a minimum of two years of follow-up

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    Alexandre Carneiro Bitar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar os resultados da cirurgia (reconstrução do ligamento femoropatelar medial; LFPM com os resultados do tratamento conservador da luxação primária de patela. MÉTODOS: Trinta e nove pacientes (41 joelhos com luxação de patela foram randomizados em dois grupos (um grupo foi tratado conservadoramente - imobilização e fisioterapia - e o outro cirurgicamente com a reconstrução do LFPM e foram avaliados com um seguimento mínimo de dois anos. O questionário de Kujala foi aplicado para avaliar dor e qualidade de vida e as recidivas foram avaliadas. Os testes do Qui-quadrado de Pearson e exato de Fisher foram utilizados na avaliação estatística. RESULTADOS: A análise estatística mostrou que a média do escore de Kujala foi significativamente mais baixa no grupo conservador (70,8 quando comparada à média do grupo cirúrgico (88,9, com p = 0,001. O grupo cirúrgico apresentou maior porcentagem de resultados bom/excelente (71,43% no escore de Kujala quando comparados ao grupo conservador (25% com p = 0,003. O grupo conservador apresentou um número maior de recorrências (35% dos casos, enquanto que no grupo cirúrgico não houve relatos de recorrências e/ou subluxações. CONCLUSÕES: O tratamento com a reconstrução do ligamento femoropatelar medial com o tendão patelar produziu melhores resultados, com base na análise das recorrências pós-tratamento e nos resultados finais melhores no questionário de Kujala após um seguimento mínimo de dois anos.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the surgical results from reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL with non-operative treatment of primary patellar dislocation. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients (41 knees with patellar dislocation were randomized into two groups. One group was treated conservatively (immobilization and physiotherapy and other was treated surgically with reconstruction of the MPFL, and the

  13. Acidentes de trabalho afetando a coluna vertebral: um estudo realizado com trabalhadores de enfermagem de um hospital universitário Los accidentes de trabajo que afectan la columna vertebral: un estudio realizado con trabajadores de enfermeria de un hospital universitario Occupational accidents affecting the spinal vertebrae: a study among nursing workers of a university hospital

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    Neusa Maria Costa Alexandre

    1998-04-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar determinadas características da ocorrência de acidentes do trabalho afetando a coluna vertebral em trabalhadores de enfermagem de um hospital universitário, entrevistou-se todos os funcionários que sofreram esse tipo de acidente em um período de seis meses. Esses trabalhadores eram basicamente do sexo feminino e tinham uma idade média de 43,2 anos. Não houve uma diferença estatística significante que demonstrasse um predomínio de acidentes entre os turnos de trabalho e entre as diferentes categorias de enfermagem envolvidas. A maioria dos acidentes ocorreu na própria unidade de trabalho, quando esses trabalhadores estavam movimentando ou transportando pacientes e equipamentos e por quedas devido ao piso escorregadio. As regiões mais atingidas da coluna vertebral foram a lombar e a cervical e a maior parte dos entrevistados afirmou que já tinha tido algum tipo de problema na região dorsal.Con el objetivo de evaluar determinadas características sobre casos de accidentes de trabajo que afectan la columna vertebral en trabajadores de Enfermería, estrevistamos todos los funcionarios que sufrieron este tipo de accidente en un período de 6 meses. Estos trabajadores eran básicamente del sexo femenino y tenían una edad média de 43,2 ãnos. No hubo diferencia estatística significante que muestre un predomínio de accidentes entre los turnos de trabajo y entre las diferentes categorías de Enfermería. La mayoría de los accidentes ocurrieron en la propia unidad de trabajo cuando esos trabajadores estaban moviendo o transportando pacientes y equipos, y por caídas debido al piso resbaladizo. Las regiones más frecuentemente afectadas fueron la región lumbar y la cervical. La mayor parte de los entrevistados afirmó que ya había tenido algún tipo de problema en la columna.In order to evaluate certain characteristics of the occurrence of occupational back injury among nursing staff, all workers affected

  14. The shape of the human lumbar vertebral canal A forma do canal vertebral lombar humano

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    Edmundo Zarzur

    1996-09-01

    Full Text Available Literature on the anatomy of the human vertebral column characterizes the shape of the lumbar vertebral canal as triangular. The purpose of the present study was to determine the precise shape of the lumbar vertebral canal. Ten lumbar vertebral columns of adult male cadavers were dissected. Two transverse sections were performed in the third lumbar vertebra. One section was performed at the level of the lower border of the ligamenta flava, and the other section was performed at the level of the pedicles. The shape of the lumbar vertebral canal at the level of the pedicles tends to be oval or circular, whereas the shape of the lumbar vertebral canal at the level of the lower border of the ligamenta flava is triangular. Thus, the shape of the human lumbar vertebral canal is not exclusively triangular, as reported in the literature. It is related to the level of the transversal section performed on the lumbar vertebra. This finding should be taken into consideration among factors involved in the spread of solutions introduced into the epidural space.A literatura sobre a anatomia da coluna vertebral descreve como sendo triangular o formato do canal vertebral na região lombar. O objetivo deste estudo é determinar a real forma do canal da coluna vertebral lombar.Dez colunas vertebrais de cadáveres de homens adultos foram dissecadas. Dois cortes transversais foram executados na terceira vértebra lombar. Um corte foi feito no nível das bordas inferiores de dois ligamentos amarelos vizinhos e o outro corte foi transversal, no nível dos pedículos. A forma do canal vertebral variou: no nível dos pedículos ela tende a ser oval ou circular e junto às bordas inferiores dos ligamentos amarelos passa a ser triangular. Portanto, a forma do canal vertebral lombar não é somente triangular; ela depende do nível em que se faz o corte transversal da vértebra. Estes achados devem ser levados em consideração entre os fatores envolvidos na difusão das

  15. Distalização dos molares superiores com aparelho Pendex: estudo cefalométrico prospectivo

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    Eduardo César Almada Santos

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A distalização dos molares superiores constitui um desafio na correção da má oclusão de Classe II em tratamentos sem extrações dentárias e sem avanço mandibular. Há uma procura por dispositivos que substituam a tração extrabucal (AEB e que não exijam demasiada colaboração do paciente, o que estimula os ortodontistas a testarem métodos alternativos aos relatados na literatura. Dentre estes, destacam-se os aparelhos Pêndulo e Pendex de Hilgers. OBJETIVO: a realização desta pesquisa teve o intuito de avaliar, mediante a cefalometria, os efeitos do aparelho Pendex aplicado no final da dentadura mista e na dentadura permanente. METODOLOGIA: a amostra constou de 14 pacientes com má oclusão de Classe II bilateral, com média de idade de 11 anos e 3 meses. Foram tomadas duas telerradiografias em norma lateral, uma correspondente ao início do tratamento e outra aproximadamente 5 meses após sua finalização, quando a relação dos molares encontrava-se sobrecorrigida. RESULTADOS: após a determinação e mensuração das grandezas cefalométricas lineares e angulares e análise estatística (Teste t de Student, pode-se concluir que os efeitos do aparelho Pendex foram predominantemente ortodônticos: distalização da coroa dos primeiros molares permanentes numa velocidade média de 0,8 mm/mês e vestibularização dos incisivos superiores com aumento do trespasse horizontal. CONCLUSÃO: assim sendo, quando há indicação para distalização dos molares, cumpre-se fazer uma análise dos fatores envolvidos, a fim de eleger, com prudência, a solução terapêutica mais adequada às exigências individuais e profissionais.The upper molar distalization is a challenge in the Class II malocclusion correction in treatments without dental extraction and without mandibular advance. There is a search for appliances that replace the extrabuccal traction (AEB and do not require patient cooperation, that stimulate the orthodontists to test the alternative methods related in the literature. Among these, we see the Hilgers' Pendulum and Pend-X appliances. AIM: The realization of this research has the aim to evaluate, through the cephalometry, the effects of the Pend-X appliance applied in the end of the mixed dentition and in the permanent too. METHODS: The sample consisted of 14 patients with bilateral Class II malocclusion and with mean age of 11 years and 3 months old. Two teleradiographies were taken in the lateral norm, one was correspondent to the beginning of the treatment and the other one after approximately 5 months, when the molars relation were overcorrected. RESULTS: After the determination and measurement of angular and linear cephalometry quantities and the statistical analysis (Student's t tests could one to conclude that the effects of the Pend-X appliance were predominantly dental: first molars crown distalization in a mean speed of 0.8mm/month and superior incisive vestibularization with overjet increase. CONCLUSION: So, when there is indication to molars distalization, we have to analyse the involved factors to elect, with prudence, the most adequated therapeutic solution with the individual and professional exigencies.

  16. ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO DA PRÓPOLIS E TECNOLOGIAS CORRELATAS SOB O ENFOQUE EM DOCUMENTOS DE PATENTES DEPOSITADOS NO BRASIL

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    Bruna Aparecida Souza Machado

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    Full Text Available A própolis é um produto natural elaborado a partir de secreções de árvores, flores, folhas e pólen, recebendo ainda a adição de substâncias secretadas pelo metabolismo glandular das abelhas. Devido à importância farmacológica, terapêutica, científica e econômica deste produto, o objetivo deste trabalho foi analisar as potencialidades, características e evolução das competências tecnológicas, traduzidas através de dados estatísticos de patentes depositados no Brasil, no que diz respeito aos processos de extração e obtenção de compostos ativos da própolis, bem como suas aplicações industriais a partir da elaboração de novos produtos. O termo documento de patente abrange pedidos de patente publicados ou patentes concedidas. A pesquisa foi realizada a partir de palavras-chave do tema na base de dados do Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial. O primeiro documento de patente identificado foi de 1992, tendo como o país de origem o Japão. Do universo de patentes depositadas 94% são de residentes e 6% de não residentes. Em relação à tecnologia protegida os inventores independentes são os maiores depositantes, seguida das empresas e universidades. Apesar de o Brasil ser um dos maiores exportadores mundiais da própolis, este não é considerado como um mercado atraente e competitivo para a proteção desta tecnologia por outros países.

  17. Vertebral osteomyelitis without disc involvement

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    Kamani, I.; Syed, I.; Saifuddin, A. E-mail: asaifuddin@aol.com; Green, R.; MacSweeney, F

    2004-10-01

    Vertebral osteomyelitis is most commonly due to pyogenic or granulomatous infection and typically results in the combined involvement of the intervertebral disc and adjacent vertebral bodies. Non-infective causes include the related conditions of chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) and SAPHO (synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis, and osteitis) syndrome. Occasionally, these conditions may present purely within the vertebral body, resulting in various combinations of vertebral marrow oedema and sclerosis, destructive lesions of the vertebral body and pathological vertebral collapse, thus mimicking neoplastic disease. This review illustrates the imaging features of vertebral osteomyelitis without disc involvement, with emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings.

  18. Anatomia do sulco da artéria vertebral Vertebral artery groove anatomy

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    Max Franco de Carvalho

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Diversas técnicas cirúrgicas têm sido realizadas na região craniocervical devido a diversas patologias. Durante o acesso cirúrgico a essa região existe um risco potencial de lesão iatrogênica da artéria vertebral, relacionado ao acesso lateral amplo e à avaliação inadequada da anatomia local. Variações no trajeto da artéria vertebral ocasionam maior risco de lesão vascular. O estudo pré-operatório por imagem da anatomia da artéria vertebral e do seu sulco tem sido realizado para aumentar a segurança cirúrgica. OBJETIVO: Estudar a morfometria da artéria vertebral no atlas através da tomografia computadorizada do sulco da artéria vertebral (SAV em 30 atlas isolados de cadáveres. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: O SAV e suas relações com a linha média foram avaliados através de oito medidas lineares e duas angulares, bilateralmente. A média, valor máximo e mínimo, e desvio padrão foram calculados para cada parâmetro. RESULTADOS: O SAV apresentou uma maior largura e maior espessura do lado esquerdo (pINTRODUCTION: Several surgical techniques have been carried through in the skull-cervical region due to various pathologies. During the surgical access to this region, a potential risk of iatrogenic injury of the vertebral artery exists, related to extended lateral access and the inadequate evaluation of the local anatomy. Variations in the groove of the vertebral artery lead to a greater risk of vascular injury during surgery. Preoperative image study of the vertebral artery anatomy and its groove has been realized to enhance surgical safety. OBJECTIVE: to study the morphometry of atlas vertebral artery on computed tomography scan images of the vertebral artery groove (VAG in 30 dry atlas. METHODS: VAG and its relationship with the midline were evaluated through eight linear and two angular measures, bilaterally. The average, maximum and minimum values, and standard deviation were calculated for each parameter

  19. Estudo epidemiológico de 55 pacientes portadores de doença vertebral metastática sintomática em Santo André - SP, Brasil Estudio epidemiológico de 55 pacientes con enfermedad metastásica sintomática de la columna vertebral en Santo André - SP, Brasil Epidemiological study of 55 patients with symptomatic metastatic spinal disease in Santo André - SP, Brazil

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    Edgar Santiago Valesin Filho; Ricardo Tardini; Luiz Carlos de Abreu; Bruno Vieira Motter; Fernando Adami; Luciano Miller Reis Rodrigues

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    OBJETIVO: Apresentar o perfil epidemiológico dos pacientes portadores de doença vertebral metastática sintomática de serviço público de atenção terciária na região do ABC. MÉTODO: Avaliamos de Janeiro de 2008 a Janeiro de 2011, 55 pacientes com diagnóstico de metástase vertebral e coletamos dados de idade no diagnóstico de lesão metastática, sexo, tipo de tumor, topografia vertebral e sintomatologia. A evolução da doença foi observado nas datas: biópsia da neoplasia primária; início de sintom...

  20. Vertebral Fracture Prediction

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    Vertebral Fracture Prediction A method of processing data derived from an image of at least part of a spine is provided for estimating the risk of a future fracture in vertebraeof the spine. Position data relating to at least four neighbouring vertebrae of the spine is processed. The curvature...

  1. Epidemiologia do traumatismo da coluna vertebral

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    Marcelo Ferraz de Campos

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliação epidemiológica retrospectiva de 100 casos de traumatismo da coluna vertebral. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal de dados colhidos por levantamento de prontuário, segundo protocolo de decodificação local. RESULTADOS: Predomínio etário de 20 a 40 anos em 64% dos casos; sexo masculino em 86%; segmento toracolombar mais comumente atingido 64% e 36% para o segmento cervical; principais causas foram às quedas em 40%, seguidas de acidentes automobilísticos em 25% e quedas da laje 23%. A prevalência dos ferimentos por arma de fogo foi de 7%, mergulho em águas rasas 3% e agressões 2%. Houve análise complementar com cruzamentos entre idade, sexo, causa e segmento da coluna vertebral acometido, observando que o segmento cervical teve grande predomínio nas mulheres em relação aos homens em 85,7% X 14,3%. CONCLUSÃO: O traumatismo da coluna vertebral ocorreu predominantemente em homens entre 20 e 40 anos e o segmento cervical foi o mais acometido nas mulheres em relação aos homens na proporção de 6:1.

  2. Predicting vertebral bone strength by vertebral static histomorphometry

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    Thomsen, Jesper Skovhus; Ebbesen, Ebbe Nils; Mosekilde, Lis

    2002-01-01

    The study investigates the relationship between static histomorphometry and bone strength of human lumbar vertebral bone. The ability of vertebral histomorphometry to predict vertebral bone strength was compared with that of vertebral densitometry, and also with histomorphometry and bone strength...... of the entire vertebral bodies (L-2) were used for histomorphometry. The other iliac crest biopsies and the L-3 were destructively tested by compression. High correlation was found between BV/TV or Tb.Sp and vertebral bone strength (absolute value of r = 0.86 in both cases). Addition of Tb.Th significantly...... of improving the prediction of bone strength of the vertebral body. The correlations between BV/TV of L-2 and bone strength of L-3 were comparable with the correlation obtained by quantitative computed tomography (QCT), peripheral QCT (pQCT), and dual-energy X-ray absorptrometry (DEXA) of L-3 and bone strength...

  3. AUTOEVALUACIÓN Y ACREDITACIÓN DEL POSTGRADO: PREMISAS DE UN ENFOQUE PROSPECTIVO

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    Danilo Arquímedes Quiñones Reyna

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available La concepción didáctica de la Educación Postgraduada presupone un análisis reflexivo de la relación centralización-descentralización, la que se configura como antinomia de los modelos en los diferentes niveles de Educación, desde la primaria hasta el preuniversitario; que como precedentes de la Educación Superior, nos orientan desde un enfoque prospectivo, hacia el perfeccionamiento de las estrategias de orientación profesional y captación de estudiantes para las diferentes carreras y el estudio de las particularidades del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje. Se debe tomar en cuenta la necesaria consideración de las categorías pedagógicas generales y las didácticas más particulares, en las que la evaluación se distingue como un proceso de retroalimentación prospectivo, así como, la autoevaluación y acreditación, los cuales se conciben como macroprocesos integradores que demandan la evaluación de su impacto sobre la base de determinados indicadores en las Universidades de Ciencias Pedagógicas.

  4. Procedimiento para el análisis retrospectivo y prospectivo de sistemas lecheros

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de proponer un procedimiento integrador para el análisis retrospectivo y prospectivo de sistemas lecheros, se realizó una investigación documental basada en una revisión bibliográfica narrativa. La información provino de dos tipos de fuente: primaria y secundaria, mientras que la estrategia de búsqueda se basó en combinaciones de palabras clave. El procedimiento, que consistió en realizar 22 operaciones de manera ordenada, se basó en el enfoque de ingeniería de sistema y contempló las cuatro dimensiones generales (productiva, económica, social y ambiental que definen la sostenibilidad de los sistemas agropecuarios. Se utilizó este enfoque por considerar que el análisis de dichos sistemas se debe orientar al examen holístico de lo que en ellos ocurre, así como a proponer soluciones concretas con bases científicas. Los resultados demostraron que la secuencia de operaciones propuesta puede ser considerada como un procedimiento útil para realizar el análisis retrospectivo y prospectivo de sistemas lecheros, con un enfoque sistémico e integrador que permite interrelacionar la caracterización del sistema de producción de leche en pastoreo, el análisis de la eficiencia y el diseño de alternativas tecnológicas para la mejora de este.

  5. Sex reversal in vertebrates

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    This special topic issue of Sexual Development gives an overview of sex reversal in vertebrates, from fishes naturally changing their sex, to rodents escaping the mammalian SRY-determining system. It offers eight up-to-date reviews on specific subjects in sex reversal, considering fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, marsupials, and placental mammals, including humans. The broad scope of represented animals makes this ideal for students and researchers, especially those interested in the...

  6. Building the Vertebrate Spine

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    Pourquié, Olivier

    2008-03-01

    The vertebrate body can be subdivided along the antero-posterior (AP) axis into repeated structures called segments. This periodic pattern is established during embryogenesis by the somitogenesis process. Somites are generated in a rhythmic fashion from the paraxial mesoderm and subsequently differentiate to give rise to the vertebrae and skeletal muscles of the body. Somite formation involves an oscillator-the segmentation clock-whose periodic signal is converted into the periodic array of somite boundaries. This clock drives the dynamic expression of cyclic genes in the presomitic mesoderm and requires Notch and Wnt signaling. Microarray studies of the mouse presomitic mesoderm transcriptome reveal that the segmentation clock drives the periodic expression of a large network of cyclic genes involved in cell signaling. Mutually exclusive activation of the Notch/FGF and Wnt pathways during each cycle suggests that coordinated regulation of these three pathways underlies the clock oscillator. In humans, mutations in the genes associated to the function of this oscillator such as Dll3 or Lunatic Fringe result in abnormal segmentation of the vertebral column such as those seen in congenital scoliosis. Whereas the segmentation clock is thought to set the pace of vertebrate segmentation, the translation of this pulsation into the reiterated arrangement of segment boundaries along the AP axis involves dynamic gradients of FGF and Wnt signaling. The FGF signaling gradient is established based on an unusual mechanism involving mRNA decay which provides an efficient means to couple the spatio-temporal activation of segmentation to the posterior elongation of the embryo. Another striking aspect of somite production is the strict bilateral symmetry of the process. Retinoic acid was shown to control aspects of this coordination by buffering destabilizing effects from the embryonic left-right machinery. Defects in this embryonic program controlling vertebral symmetry might lead

  7. Anatomia do sulco da artéria vertebral

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    Carvalho,Max Franco de; Rocha,Roberta Teixeira; Monteiro,João Tiago Silva; Pereira,Carlos Umberto; Defino,Helton Luiz Aparecido

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    INTRODUÇÃO: Diversas técnicas cirúrgicas têm sido realizadas na região craniocervical devido a diversas patologias. Durante o acesso cirúrgico a essa região existe um risco potencial de lesão iatrogênica da artéria vertebral, relacionado ao acesso lateral amplo e à avaliação inadequada da anatomia local. Variações no trajeto da artéria vertebral ocasionam maior risco de lesão vascular. O estudo pré-operatório por imagem da anatomia da artéria vertebral e do seu sulco tem sido realizado para a...

  8. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty: complementary tecniques for the treatment of painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures Vertebroplastia y cifoplastia: técnicas complementarias para el tratamiento de la fractura vertebral osteoporótica dolorosa tipo compresión Vertebroplastia e cifoplastia: técnicas complementares para o tratamento da fratura vertebral osteoporótica dolorosa tipo compressão

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    Alessio Lovi

    2009-03-01

    osteomalacia. RESULTADOS: ciento treinta y cuatro pacientes fueron incluidos de acuerdo con los criterios del estudio. El promedio de edad fue 67.7 años. El seguimiento promedio fue de 33 meses. Diez pacientes no fueron seguidos y 154 llegaron a un seguimiento mínimo de dos. 118 pacientes (69.5% fueron sometidos a la vertebroplastia y 36 (30.5% a la cifoplastia. Complicaciones ocurrieron en cinco pacientes tratados por vertebroplastia, siendo que un paciente presentó neuropatía intercostal transitoria y cuatro pacientes una fractura por compresión en la vértebra adyacente. No fue observada diferencia entre los índices de la evaluación del dolor y del cuestionario de Oswestry. CONCLUSIÓN: después del seguimiento promedio de tres años fueron observados resultados satisfactorios con la utilización de la vertebroplastia o cifoplastia para el tratamiento de las fracturas osteoporóticas por compresión. Ambas técnicas mostraron buenos resultados de acuerdo con su indicación específica.OBJETIVO: estudo prospectivo para avaliar a utilização da cifoplastia e vertebroplastia como técnicas complementares para o tratamento das fraturas osteoporóticas tipo compressão. MÉTODOS: após um mês de tratamento conservador, os pacientes com fratura osteoporótica do tipo compressão e com dor intratável, foram submetidos à cifoplastia ou vertebroplastia de acordo com algoritmo que considera o tempo da fratura e a quantidade do colapso do corpo vertebral. Biópsia óssea foi obtida no intra-operatório para excluir os pacientes com tumor ou osteomalácia. RESULTADOS: cento e trinta e quatro pacientes foram incluídos de acordo com os critérios do estudo. A média de idade foi 67,7 anos. O seguimento médio foi 33 meses. Dez pacientes não foram seguidos e 154 atingiram um seguimento mínimo de dois; 118 pacientes (69,5% foram submetidos à vertebroplastia e 36 (30,5% à cifoplastia. Ocorreram complicações em cinco pacientse tratados por verebroplastia, sendo que um

  9. Radiotherapy of vertebral hemangiomas

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    Sakata, Kohichi; Hareyama, Masato; Oouchi, Atushi; Sido, Mitsuo; Nagakura, Hisayasu; Tamakawa, Mituharu; Akiba, Hidenari; Morita, Kazuo [Dept. of Radiology, Sapporo Medical Univ., School of Medicine (Japan)

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    Between 1975 and 1996, 14 patients (11 females, 3 males) with vertebral hemangioma received treatment with radiotherapy. Thirteen patients had a history of back pain or lumbago and 2 patients had neurological symptoms such as sensory impairment or paraplegia. The standard dose administered was 36 Gy in 18 fractions (five treatments per week). In the 13 patients with pain, this was completely or partially relieved. The condition of a man with hypesthesia of the legs deteriorated and a woman with paraplegia who was treated with decompressive laminectomy followed by radiotherapy recovered completely after irradiation. CT scan before irradiation showed thickened trabeculae as small punctate areas of sclerosis in all patients. At MR imaging before irradiation, T2-weighted MR images showed areas of high intensity in all patients and MR images demonstrated lesion enhancement. However, none of the patients who were treated successfully with radiation demonstrated any changes of the affected vertebra in the conventional radiographic films, CT scan or MR imaging, even 5 years after irradiation. Radiological imaging is indispensable for the diagnosis of vertebral hemangiomas but does not appear to be useful for evaluating the effects of radiotherapy. (orig.).

  10. Estudo epidemiológico de 55 pacientes portadores de doença vertebral metastática sintomática em Santo André - SP, Brasil Estudio epidemiológico de 55 pacientes con enfermedad metastásica sintomática de la columna vertebral en Santo André - SP, Brasil Epidemiological study of 55 patients with symptomatic metastatic spinal disease in Santo André - SP, Brazil

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    Edgar Santiago Valesin Filho

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar o perfil epidemiológico dos pacientes portadores de doença vertebral metastática sintomática de serviço público de atenção terciária na região do ABC. MÉTODO: Avaliamos de Janeiro de 2008 a Janeiro de 2011, 55 pacientes com diagnóstico de metástase vertebral e coletamos dados de idade no diagnóstico de lesão metastática, sexo, tipo de tumor, topografia vertebral e sintomatologia. A evolução da doença foi observado nas datas: biópsia da neoplasia primária; início de sintomas vertebrais; diagnóstico de doença vertebral metastática (imagem e data da cirurgia. RESULTADOS: A idade dos pacientes variou de 28 a 85 anos; 40% homens e 60% mulheres. Os principais tumores foram carcinoma de mama (32,7%, mieloma múltiplo (25,4% e carcinoma de próstata (14,5%. Observamos 25 pacientes (45,4% com lesões na coluna torácica; 13 pacientes (23,6% lombares ou sacrais; 11 pacientes (20% difusas e 6 pacientes (10,9% cervicais. 34 pacientes (61,8% apresentavam somente dor, os demais (38,2% apresentavam também alteração neurológica. O intervalo entre a lesão primária e a manifestação clínica de lesão vertebral apresentou mediana de 190 dias; entre a sintomatologia na coluna e o diagnóstico por imagem teve mediana de 70 dias; aos submetidos a cirurgia, entre o diagnóstico e o procedimento foi de 288 dias. CONCLUSÃO: Observamos os dados epidemiológicas, compatíveis a literatura: predomínio do sexo feminino (60%, com idade média de 55 anos; metástases predominantemente toracolombares (69% por neoplasia de mama, mieloma múltiplo e próstata (72%. Observamos ampla variação no intervalo de tempo na descrição cronológica dos eventos clínico-diagnósticos e cirúrgicos.OBJETIVO: Presentar el perfil epidemiológico de los pacientes con síntomas de enfermedad metastásica espinal tratados en el servicio público de atención terciaria en la región del ABC. MÉTODO: Se evaluaron 55 pacientes con diagn

  11. Vertebral contour in spondylolisthesis

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    Lee, J. S.; Rho, J. C.; Park, J. H.; Choi, H. Y.; Kim, B. K. [Wallace memorial Baptist Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    1981-09-15

    The defect in the pars interarticularis of spondylolisthesis may be dependent on contributing factors related to trauma and stress to which the neural arch is subjected, superimposed on a hereditary diasthesis. Posterior wedging of 5th lumber vertebral body in lumbosacral spondylolisthesis together with the degree of slip have been measured. The average wedging in spondylolisthesis is significantly greater than patient without this condition, and forms a characteristic radiological sign. The degree of wedging and slip show a statistically valid correlation. The diagnosis of spondylolisthesis is becoming more prevalent as the complexity of our society result in the increasing use of roentgenography of the lumbar spine. Isolated lateral deviation and rotation of spinous process seen in anteroposterior radiographs of the lumbar spine seems to be associated with pathology in the pars interarticularis.

  12. Reabilitação vestibular na criança: estudo preliminar Vestibular rehabilitation in children: preliminary study

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    Bittar Roseli S.M.; Pedalini Maria E. B; Medeiros Ítalo R.T.; Bottino Marco A.; Bento Ricardo F.

    2002-01-01

    Forma de estudo: Clínico prospectivo. Objetivo: O estudo analisa prospectivamente os resultados da Reabilitação Vestibular pelo método de Cawtorne & Cooksey em 22 crianças, portadoras de vestibulopatia periférica, associada ou não a sintomas centrais, com idade média de 8,6 anos. Material e método: Os exames quantitativos da função vestibular utilizados para quantificar a vestibulopatia foram a eletronistagmografia e a prova rotatória pendular decrescente (PRPD), mas a história clínica altame...

  13. Associação entre líquen plano e infecção pelo vírus da hepatite C: um estudo prospectivo envolvendo 66 pacientes da clínica de dermatologia da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Association between lichen planus and hepatitis C virus infection: a prospective study with 66 patients of the dermatology department of the hospital Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo

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    Thais Dias Tavares Guerreiro

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: O líquen plano é dermatose inflamatória crônica de etiologia desconhecida. Sua associação com doença hepática, particularmente a hepatite C, é tema de diversos trabalhos em todo o mundo, desde 1990, quando a sorologia para detecção do vírus da hepatite C (VHC se tornou disponível. OBJETIVOS: Este estudo visa avaliar uma possível relação causal entre a infecção pelo vírus C e o líquen plano. MÉTODOS: Tomaram-se por grupo de estudo 66 pacientes com líquen plano matriculados na Clínica de Dermatologia da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, no período de 2000 a 2003. O grupo comparativo foi constituído pelos doadores de sangue voluntários do Banco de Sangue da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, durante o período de outubro de 2001 a outubro de 2002. RESULTADOS: Dos 66 pacientes com líquen plano, cinco apresentaram sorologia positiva para VHC, representando 7,5% em comparação com 0,69% dos doadores de sangue. CONCLUSÕES: Esse resultado é compatível com muitos dados contidos na literatura médica mundial. Entretanto, são necessários novos estudos para o melhor conhecimento dessa controversa relação.BACKGROUND: Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis of unknown etiology. Its association with liver diseases, particularly hepatitis C, has been widely approached since 1990, when serology for the detection of hepatitis C virus became available. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate a possible causal relation between virus C infection and lichen planus. METHODS: Sixty-six patients with lichen planus seen at the Dermatology Department of Santa Casa de Misericórida de Sao Paulo from 2000 to 2003 were included in the study group. The control group comprised volunteer blood donors of the Blood Bank of Santa Casa de Misericórida de Sao Paulo, from October 2001 to October 2002. RESULTS: Five out of the 66 patients with lichen planus had a positive serology for HCV

  14. Estudo de acurácia em cirurgia assistida por navegação na revisão cirúrgica de deformidade vertebral Estudio de la precisión en cirugía asistida por navegación en la reoperación de deformidad espinal Study of the accuracy of navigation-assisted surgery in the surgical revision of spinal deformity

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    Chárbel Jacob Junior

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as vantagens da cirurgia com navegação na revisão cirúrgica de deformidades vertebrais, verificando a acurácia deste método. MÉTODO: Foram revisados cincos pacientes com deformidades vertebrais que tiveram intercorrências na primeira cirurgia. Esses pacientes foram submetidos a um estudo de tomografia computadorizada (TC com cortes de 2mm da coluna vertebral antes da segunda cirurgia. Nos cinco pacientes submetidos a reabordagem cirúrgica procedeu-se a instrumentação posterior com auxílio da navegação. Foram 84 parafusos pediculares implantados, sendo que 33 destes parafusos foram assistidos por computação. A navegação foi empregada nos níveis da deformidade vertebral onde a anatomia apresentava-se alterada inviabilizando o correto uso dos parâmetros anatômicos para inserção de parafusos pediculares. Nos demais níveis onde era possível a correta identificação desses parâmetros anatômicos foi utilizada a técnica padrão. A TC pós-operatória foi realizada para aferição do posicionamento dos parafusos pediculares. Avaliamos os resultados obtidos no posicionamento com e sem o uso da navegação. O tempo de fluoroscopia e o tempo da cirurgia também foram comparados com o padrão ouro da literatura. RESULTADOS: Dos 33 parafusos implantados com navegação observou-se uma acurácia de 94%, com uma taxa de violação pedicular de 6%. CONCLUSÕES: O uso da navegação é importante nas revisões cirúrgicas das deformidades vertebrais com anatomia alterada, influenciando no bom resultado final da cirurgia.OBJETIVO: Evaluar las ventajas de la cirugía con navegación en reoperación por deformidades vertebrales, verificando la precisión de este método. MÉTODO: Fueron revisados cinco pacientes con deformidades vertebrales que tuvieron complicaciones en la primera cirugía. Esos pacientes fueron sometidos a un estudio de tomografía computada (TC con cortes de 2 mm de la columna vertebral antes de la

  15. Hermenéutica del modelo prospectivo para la educación

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    Blanca Labrador

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Desde tiempos inmemorables el hombre ha tratado de saber que va a suceder en el futuro. El interés por ver más allá del día de hoy siempre ha estado presente como una de las preocupaciones del ser humano. En tal sentido, a lo largo de toda la historia se han realizado diversos esfuerzos por tratar de entender el futuro, por preverlo; tales esfuerzos cubren un amplio espectro que van desde la adivinación, oráculos y profecías de tiempos antiguos, y las proyecciones meramente estadísticas, hasta los enfoques sistémicos basados en la investigación científica propia de nuestros días. En el ámbito educativo se visualizan con frecuencia tendencias prospectivas que no dejan evidencia física sobre el método utilizado para esos hallazgos, en este sentido, y debido a la preocupación por el vacío presente en las mencionadas, se propone un modelo prospectivo para la educación cuyo objetivo primordial es dejar evidencia sobre la forma correcta de manejar el futuro, para ello se utiliza una tipo de investigación documental, haciendo uso de la hermenéutica, analizando los planteamiento de Flórez (2000 sin actualizaciones recientes, Godet (1985 sin actualizaciones recientes y Mojica (1992 sin actualizaciones recientes .

  16. Software para mejorar la aplicación de técnicas cuantitativas en estudios prospectivos

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    Amaury Cabarcas Álvarez

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Durante las dos últimas décadas se ha observado preocupación de organizaciones para lograr competitividad y obtener estabilidad en el mercado, impulsándolas a analizar ventajas de ir a un futuro deseado, haciendo uso de herramientas como los estudios prospectivos. Con el fin de optimizar la aplicación de estudios prospectivos, se han desarrollado herramientas de apoyo que aún no abarcan ciertos intereses de los involucrados como el uso de recursos económicos, ambientales, tecnológicos y humanos. Para suplir la necesidad encontrada, se planteó un software que contribuya al acompañamiento de estudios prospectivos apoyándose de tecnologías Web 2.0 independientemente de técnicas utilizadas por la persona guía del mismo, para lograr racionalizar recursos aprovechando las ventajas que ofrece la web. La investigación permitió concluir que los estudios prospectivos constituyen una alternativa viable para las organizaciones que desean planificar para alcanzar sus objetivos empresariales. Sin embargo, el intento de lograr el futuro deseable traería una serie de costos, que se incrementarán cuando la aplicación de estos estudios se lleve a cabo al margen de las herramientas, software y modelos adecuados. Por esta razón, el hombre debe emplear herramientas tecnológicas que combinen métodos, software, capacidad colaborativa y de integración como la ofrecida por la Web 2.0 para optimizar sus procesos y permitir así, que áreas como la prospectiva, alcancen un alto nivel de eficiencia y masificación

  17. Vertebral Malformations in French Bulldogs

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    KURICOVÁ, Mária; LEDECKÝ, Valent; KVETKOVÁ, Jaroslava; LIPTÁK, Tomáš

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    The aim of this study was to detect vertebral malformations among French Bulldogs admitted between the years 2011 – 2016 due to the high popularity of the breed and the intentions to increase the breed welfare by reducing the occurrence of congenital anomalies. Besides, we aimed to look for gender predisposition, possible vertebral predisposition, occurrence of clinical symptoms and radiographic findings. A total of 73 French Bulldogs met the inclusion criteria (radiographs of the whole spine...

  18. DMRT genes in vertebrate gametogenesis.

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    Zarkower, David

    2013-01-01

    Genes containing the DM domain DNA-binding motif regulate sex determination and sexual differentiation in a broad variety of metazoans, including nematodes, insects, and vertebrates. They can function in primary sex determination or downstream in sexual differentiation, and they can act either throughout the body or in highly restricted cell types. In vertebrates, several DM domain genes--DMRT genes--play critical roles in gonadal differentiation or gametogenesis. DMRT1 has the most prominent role and likely regulates testicular differentiation in all vertebrates. In the mammalian gonad, DMRT1 exerts both intrinsic and extrinsic control of gametogenesis; it is required for germ cell differentiation in males and regulates meiosis in both sexes, and it is required in supporting cells for the establishment and maintenance of male fate in the testis. These varied functions of DMRT1 serve to coordinate gonadal development and function. In other vertebrates, DMRT1 regulates gonadal differentiation, and it also appears to have played a central role in the evolution of new sex-determining mechanisms in at least three vertebrate clades. This chapter focuses on the regulation of vertebrate gametogenesis by DMRT1. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. El estudio prospectivo europeo sobre cáncer y nutrición (EPIC

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    Carlos A. González

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available EPIC es un estudio prospectivo multicéntrico coordinado por la Agencia Internacional de Investigación del Cancer (IARC de la OMS, que se inició en 1993 con la recogida de datos y muestras de sangre en 23 centros de 10 países europeos: Alemania, Dinamarca, España, Francia, Grecia, Holanda, Italia, Noruega, Reino Unido y Suecia, En España se realiza en 5 áreas geográficas: Asturias, Granada, Guipúzcoa, Murcia y Navarra. Se incluyeron en la cohorte 519.978 individuos (de los cuales 366.521 son mujeres y en 385.719 de ellos se dispone de muestras de sangre por análisis de laboratorio. Hasta la fecha se han identificado 24.195 casos incidentes de cáncer. Los resultados de la comparación del consumo alimentario entre los 23 centros europeos se han publicado en el 2002, en un suplemento de una revista europea de Nutrición. Los primeros resultados obtenidos en EPIC sobre la relación de la dieta y el cáncer muestran un efecto protector del consumo de fibras, frutas y verduras sobre el cáncer colo-rectal, un efecto protector del consumo de frutas sobre el cáncer de pulmón, y de las frutas y verduras sobre el tracto digestivo superior, mientras que se ha confirmado que el alto consumo de frutas y verduras no tiene efecto sobre el cáncer de próstata. Usando un diario de 7 días para evaluar el consumo de grasas saturadas, se ha confirmado que un alto consumo de estas aumenta el riesgo de cáncer de mama.

  20. Reconstructing the ancestral vertebrate brain.

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    Sugahara, Fumiaki; Murakami, Yasunori; Pascual-Anaya, Juan; Kuratani, Shigeru

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    Highly complicated morphologies and sophisticated functions of vertebrate brains have been established through evolution. However, the origin and early evolutionary history of the brain remain elusive, owing to lack of information regarding the brain architecture of extant and fossil species of jawless vertebrates (agnathans). Comparative analyses of the brain of less studied cyclostomes (only extant agnathan group, consisting of lampreys and hagfish) with the well-known sister group of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes) are the only tools we have available to illustrate the ancestral architecture of the vertebrate brain. Previous developmental studies had shown that the lamprey lacked well-established brain compartments that are present in gnathostomes, such as the medial ganglionic eminence and the rhombic lip. The most accepted scenario suggested that cyclostomes had fewer compartments than that of the gnathostome brain and that gnathostomes thus evolved by a stepwise addition of innovations on its developmental sequence. However, recent studies have revealed that these compartments are present in hagfish embryos, indicating that these brain regions have been acquired before the split of cyclostomes and gnathostomes. By comparing two cyclostome lineages and gnathostomes, it has become possible to speculate about a more complex ancestral state of the brain, excluding derived traits in either of the lineages. In this review, we summarize recent studies on the brain development of the lamprey and hagfish. Then, we attempt to reconstruct the possible brain architecture of the last common ancestor of vertebrates. Finally, we discuss how the developmental plan of the vertebrate brain has been modified independently in different vertebrate lineages. © 2017 Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists.

  1. Third-generation percutaneous vertebral augmentation systems

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    Vanni, Daniele; Galzio, Renato; Kazakova, Anna; Pantalone, Andrea; Grillea, Giovanni; Bartolo, Marcello; Salini, Vincenzo; Magliani, Vincenzo

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    Currently, there is no general consensus about the management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVF). In the past, conservative treatment for at least one month was deemed appropriate for the majority of vertebral fractures. When pain persisted after conservative treatment, it was necessary to consider surgical interventions including: vertebroplasty for vertebral fractures with less than 30% loss of height of the affected vertebral body and kyphoplasty for vertebral fractures with greater...

  2. Pregnancy related symptomatic vertebral hemangioma

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    Meena Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertebral hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors of the spine that remain asymptomatic in most cases and incidentally encountered on imaging. Rarely, altered hemodynamic and hormonal changes during pregnancy may expand these benign lesions resulting in severe cord compression. The management of symptomatic vertebral hemangioma during pregnancy is controversial as modalities like radiotherapy and embolization are not suitable and surgery during pregnancy has a risk of preterm labor. Few cases of pregnancy related symptomatic vertebral hemangioma with marked epidural component have been reported in the literature. We report a case of 23-year-old primigravida who developed rapidly progressive paraparesis at 28 weeks of gestation and spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed upper thoracic vertebral hemangioma with extensive extra-osseous extension and spinal cord compression. Laminectomy and surgical decompression of the cord was performed at 32 weeks of the pregnancy. There was significant improvement in muscle power after a week of surgery. Six weeks postoperatively she delivered a full term normal baby with subsequent improvement of neurologic deficit. Repeat MRI of dorsal spine performed at 3 months postoperatively showed reduced posterior and anterior epidural components of vertebral hemangioma.

  3. Vertebrate pressure-gradient receivers

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    Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob

    2011-01-01

    The eardrums of all terrestrial vertebrates (tetrapods) are connected through Eustachian tubes or interaural canals. In some of the animals, these connections create pressure-gradient directionality, an enhanced directionality by interaction of sound arriving at both sides of the eardrum and stro......The eardrums of all terrestrial vertebrates (tetrapods) are connected through Eustachian tubes or interaural canals. In some of the animals, these connections create pressure-gradient directionality, an enhanced directionality by interaction of sound arriving at both sides of the eardrum....... Recent vertebrates form a continuum from perfect interaural transmission (0 dB in a certain frequency band) and pronounced eardrum directionality (30-40 dB) in the lizards, over somewhat attenuated transmission and limited directionality in birds and frogs, to the strongly attenuated interaural...

  4. Efectos del programa PRM en la inteligencia emocional en un grupo de estudiantes dentro del marco prospectivo de universidad saludable

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    Gaspar Prado, Cirila Celinda

    2015-01-01

    El presente estudio informa los resultados de los efectos del programa PRM en la inteligencia emocional en un grupo de estudiantes dentro del marco prospectivo de universidad saludable. El tipo de investigación empleado es de corte experimental, mientras que el diseño utilizado es cuasi-experimental de medición de dos grupos; experimental (G.E), y control (G.C), con Pre y Post test. Las muestras ha sido obtenida de forma no probabilístico intencional, quedando constituida por un total de 48 e...

  5. Alteraciones nerviosas tras la extracción quirúrgica de terceros molares inferiores. Estudio prospectivo

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    Valmaseda Castellón, Eduardo

    1999-01-01

    1)OBJETIVOS:Determinar la incidencia de lesiones del nervio dentario inferior y del nervio lingual tras la extracción quirúrgica de terceros molares inferiores e identificar los factores de riesgo de dichas lesiones. Establecer un modelo de regresión logística para predecir la probabilidad de lesión de los nervios dentario inferior y lingual. Describir la evolución de las alteraciones sensoriales.2) MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS:Se recogieron datos para un estudio prospectivo preliminar sobre 449 extrac...

  6. Dupla meningocele na coluna vertebral

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    Ehrenfried O. Wittig

    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available É relatado caso de dupla meningocele de coluna vertebral, respectivamente nas regiões cervico-torácica e tóraco-lombar, no qual ocorreu hidrocéfalo após pneumoventriculografia. Para a compensação do hidrocéfalo foi feita drenagem ventrículo-peritonial.

  7. Symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas during pregnancy.

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    Moles, Alexis; Hamel, Olivier; Perret, Christophe; Bord, Eric; Robert, Roger; Buffenoir, Kevin

    2014-05-01

    Symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas during pregnancy are rare, as only 27 cases have been reported in the literature since 1948. However, symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas can be responsible for spinal cord compression, in which case they constitute a medical emergency, which raises management difficulties in the context of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a known factor responsible for deterioration of these vascular tumors. In this paper, the authors report 2 clinical cases of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas during pregnancy, including 1 case of spontaneous fracture that has never been previously reported in the literature. The authors then present a brief review of the literature to discuss emergency management of this condition. The first case was a 28-year-old woman at 35 weeks of gestation, who presented with paraparesis. Spinal cord MRI demonstrated a vertebral hemangioma invading the body and posterior arch of T-3 with posterior epidural extension. Laminectomy and vertebroplasty were performed after cesarean section, allowing neurological recovery. The second case involved a 35-year-old woman who presented with spontaneous fracture of T-7 at 36 weeks of gestation, revealing a vertebral hemangioma with no neurological deficit, but it was responsible for pain and local instability. Treatment consisted of postpartum posterior interbody fusion. With a clinical and radiological follow-up of 2 years, no complications and no modification of the hemangiomas were observed. A review of the literature reveals discordant management of these rare cases, which is why the treatment course must be decided by a multidisciplinary team as a function of fetal gestational age and maternal neurological features.

  8. Percutanous vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture in ...

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    ; a report of two cases. ... Background: Osteoporotic vertebral fractures are common in the geriatric age group. ... Conclusion: Percutanous vertebroplasty offers effective, immediate and sustained pain relief in osteoporotic vertebral fractures.

  9. An invertebrate stomach's view on vertebrate ecology

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    Calvignac-Spencer, Sébastien; Leendertz, Fabian H.; Gilbert, Tom

    2013-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that vertebrate genetic material ingested by invertebrates (iDNA) can be used to investigate vertebrate ecology. Given the ubiquity of invertebrates that feed on vertebrates across the globe, iDNA might qualify as a very powerful tool for 21st century population...

  10. Pesquisa de aloimunização após transfusão de concentrados de hemácias em um estudo prospectivo

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    Alves, Vitor Mendonça; Martins, Paulo Roberto Juliano; Soares, Sheila; Araújo, Gislene; Schmidt, Luciana Cayres; Costa, Sidneia Sanches de Menezes; Langhi, Dante Mário; Moraes-Souza, Helio

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    BACKGROUND: Several irregular red blood cell alloantibodies, produced by alloimmunization of antigens in transfusions or pregnancies, have clinical importance because they cause hemolysis in the fetus and newborn and in transfused patients. OBJECTIVE: a prospective analysis of patients treated by the surgical and clinical emergency services of Hospital de Clínicas of the Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (HC/UFTM), Brazil was performed to correlate alloimmunization to clinical and epi...

  11. Prevalência de hipertensão resistente em adultos não idosos: estudo prospectivo em contexto ambulatorial

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    Daniela Massierer

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Em face de definições de variáveis e critérios de amostragem, a real prevalência de hipertensão resistente em ambiente clínico é desconhecida. OBJETIVO: Investigar a prevalência de real hipertensão resistente em uma clínica de hipertensão arterial. MÉTODOS: Hipertensão resistente verdadeira foi diagnosticada quando fenômeno do jaleco branco, insuficiente adesão ao tratamento e hipertensão secundária foram excluídos em pacientes com Pressão Arterial (PA ≥ 140/90 mmHg em duas visitas consecutivas, usando três de fármacos anti-hipertensivos, incluindo um diurético. RESULTADOS: No total, 606 pacientes, com 35 a 65 anos de idade, a maioria mulheres, com PA de 156,8 ± 23,8 mmHg por 91,9 ± 15,6 mmHg e IMC de 29,7 ± 5,9 Kg/m² foram sequencialmente avaliados. Cento e seis pacientes em uso de três agentes anti-hipertensivos estavam com pressão arterial não controlada (17,5% da amostra total na primeira visita. Oitenta e seis pacientes (81% dos pacientes com PA não controlada na primeira avaliação retornaram para a avaliação de confirmação: 25 estavam com PA controlada; 21 tinham evidência de baixa adesão ao tratamento; 13 tinham fenômeno do jaleco branco; e 9 tinham hipertensão secundária, restando 18 pacientes (20,9% dos não controlados na consulta de confirmação e 3% da amostra total com verdadeira hipertensão resistente. Considerando pacientes com hipertensão secundária como casos de hipertensão refratária, a prevalência de hipertensão resistente aumentou para 4,5%. CONCLUSÃO: A frequência de hipertensão resistente verdadeira em pacientes não idosos é baixa em um ambiente clínico, e não é substancialmente aumentada com a inclusão de pacientes com hipertensão secundária. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2012; [online].ahead print, PP.0-0

  12. Estudo prospectivo de pacientes pediátricos com dor abdominal crônica Prospective study of infants with chronic abdominal pain

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    Tatiana Kores Dorsa

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Classificar a dor abdominal crônica em crianças e adolescentes por meio dos critérios de Roma II e definir o desfecho diagnóstico em três anos de seguimento. MÉTODOS: Durante um ano, 71 pacientes com dor abdominal crônica foram atendidos como casos novos num ambulatório terciário de gastroenterologia pediátrica. Causas orgânicas foram excluídas por bases clínicas e laboratoriais, e relatos clínicos foram avaliados especificamente quanto à possibilidade de preencherem os Critérios de Roma II para dor abdominal em crianças. Para estabelecer o diagnóstico definitivo, os pacientes foram seguidos por três anos, em média. RESULTADOS: A alocação dos 71 pacientes segundo Roma II foi: doença orgânica (n=12, remissão dos sintomas após a primeira consulta (n=7, ou preencheram os critérios para dor funcional (n=52. Dos 12 pacientes de doença orgânica, nove foram diagnosticados como intolerantes à lactose, mas foram re-alocados para doença funcional no seguimento, visto que a dieta de isenção não aliviou a queixa. Dos 52 pacientes com doença funcional (idade mediana=9,3 anos, 50% meninos, nove, que inicialmente preencheram o critério para dor abdominal funcional, foram re-alocados no diagnóstico de constipação funcional e 43 mantiveram o diagnóstico funcional: 24 com dispepsia funcional, 18 com dor abdominal funcional e um com síndrome do intestino irritável. CONCLUSÕES: Dentre os casos de dor abdominal crônica, a dor do tipo funcional foi mais comum que as causas orgânicas e, dentre os seus subgrupos, a dispepsia funcional foi mais freqüente. O seguimento em longo prazo permitiu estabelecer o diagnóstico definitivo da origem da dor abdominal nessas crianças.OBJECTIVE: To classify chronic abdominal pain in children and adolescents, according to Rome II criteria and to define diagnosis outcome in a three-year follow-up period. METHODS: During one year, 71 consecutive new patients with abdominal pain were seen in a tertiary pediatric gastroenterology outclinic. Organic diseases were excluded by physical examination and laboratory procedures, and clinical complaints were evaluated according to Rome II criteria for children abdominal pain. In order to establish definitive diagnosis, patients were followed for a mean of three years. RESULTS: Allocation of the 71 patients was: organic disease (n=12, complete remission of symptoms following first clinical presentation (n=7, and functional disease (n=52. Nine patients from the organic disease group, who had been diagnosed as having lactose intolerance, were re-allocated to the functional disease criteria since their symptoms did not relieve when lactose was excluded from their diet. Out of the 52 patients of the functional disease group (median age=9.3 years, 50% boys, nine children with initial diagnosis of functional abdominal pain were re-allocated to functional constipation diagnosis during follow-up, and other 43 patients fulfilled the functional disease diagnosis defined by Rome II: 24 with functional dyspepsia, 18 with functional abdominal pain and one with irritable bowel syndrome. CONCLUSIONS: In a group of children with chronic abdominal pain, functional diseases were found more frequently than organic diseases, and functional dyspepsia was the commonest subtype. Long term follow-up was useful to establish definitive diagnosis in children with chronic abdominal pain.

  13. Vitamina D e cicatrização de pele: estudo prospectivo, duplo-cego, placebo controlado na cicatrização de úlceras de perna

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    Claudine Juliana Cristina Caznoch Burkiewicz

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a relação entre deficiência de vitamina D e cicatrização de pele em pacientes com úlceras de perna, relacionar esta deficiência com características da úlcera e avaliar se a reposição de vitamina D nos indivíduos deficientes acelera a cicatrização da úlcera. MÉTODOS: Foram escolhidos aleatoriamente 26 pacientes com úlceras venosas de perna e 26 sem úlcera pareados para sexo, idade, HAS e tabagismo. Os grupos foram comparados com relação à dosagem sérica de vitamina D. O grupo úlcera foi dividido em dois subgrupos: um que tomou placebo e outro que recebeu vitamina D 50.000UI por semana durante dois meses. Foi realizada a dosagem da 25-OH-vitamina D e avaliados o tamanho da úlcera e a gravidade da dor, antes e após o tratamento. RESULTADOS: A maioria dos pacientes apresentava níveis insuficientes de vitamina D. Não foi encontrada correlação entre o tamanho da úlcera sem tratamento e os níveis de vitamina D. Nos pacientes que receberam vitamina D, após o tratamento, o tamanho mediano da área da úlcera, diminui de 25cm², para 18cm² e no grupo placebo, de 27cm² para 24,5cm² (p=0,7051 e p=0,7877, respectivamente. Considerando-se a variabilidade da área da úlcera do grupo vitamina D versus placebo, a mediana foi igual a -0,75cm² no primeiro grupo e 4cm² no segundo grupo (p=0,0676. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com úlcera de perna têm mais deficiência de vitamina D que os sem. A deficiência de vitamina D não influiu nas características das lesões. A cicatrização nos pacientes com hipovitaminose D mostrou tendência para ser maior naqueles que receberam reposição vitamínica.

  14. IMPACTO DA INFECÇÃO PELO HELICOBACTER pylori NOS RESULTADOS DA CIRURGIA BARIÁTRICA: ESTUDO PROSPECTIVO COMPARATIVO DE DUAS TÉCNICAS OPERATÓRIAS.

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    SILVA, F. A. F.

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A obesidade é uma doença multifatorial altamente prevalente, de incidência crescente e com distribuição em todo o mundo1. É um fator de risco independente para inúmeras comorbidades, como diabetes mellitus tipo 2, hipertensão arterial sistêmica, dislipidemias, síndrome metabólica, esteatose hepática, doença do refluxo gastroesofágico, colelitíase, artrose, apnéia do sono, dentre outras1 .O papel da infecção pelo H. pylori na obesidade ainda gera grandes discussões, estas se torna...

  15. Adverse reactions to oxacillin in hospitalized children: a prospective study Reações adversas à oxacilina em crianças hospitalizadas: um estudo prospectivo

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    Mariana de Oliveira Brizeno de Souza

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: follow-up of children exposed to oxacillin during hospitalization focusing on adverse reactions. METHODS: patients were selected from the pediatric wards of two hospitals in Fortaleza (Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio-HUWC and Hospital Infantil Albert Sabin-HIAS from the first oxacillin prescription with a prospective cohort study between October, 2000 and July, 2001 (HUWC and July/2001 and March, 2002 (HIAS. Patients' follow-up was performed by daily visits to the wards and medical charts and prescription analysis. Suspected oxacillininduced adverse reactions (OxAR cases were notified and classified according to causality and severity. Related statistic tests were completed. RESULTS: of the 130 patients exposed to oxacillin, 27 had OxAR (20.8%. Fever was the most frequent reaction (50% followed by rash (35.7%. The majority of reactions were considered Probable, for oxacillin was the only medication involved and 92.6% of the cases had Moderate severity with the need of therapeutic interventions caused by OxAR. A significant relation between oxacillin exposure time and OxAR was determined as well as hospitalization time and the appearance of adverse reactions. Exposure time over 14 days to oxacillin was established as a risk factor for OxAR (relative risk = 5.49. CONCLUSIONS: careful administration of oxacillin in children is recommended with established treatment duration. Empiric and prolonged use must be avoided.OBJETIVOS: acompanhar crianças expostas à oxacilina durante hospitalização, com foco na incidência de reações adversas. MÉTODOS: os pacientes foram selecionados em enfermarias pediátricas de dois hospitais de Fortaleza (Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio-HUWC e Hospital Infantil Albert Sabin-HIAS, desde a primeira prescrição de oxacilina, sendo feita coorte prospectiva entre outubro, 2000 e julho, 2001 (HUWC, e entre julho,2001 e março,2002 (HIAS. O seguimento de pacientes deu-se através de visitas diárias às enfermarias e análise de prontuários e prescrições. Os casos de RAOx foram notificados e classificados quanto à causalidade e gravidade, sendo realizados testes estatísticos pertinentes. RESULTADOS: dos 130 pacientes expostos à oxacilina, 27 apresentaram RAOx (20,8%, sendo febre a reação mais freqüente (50%, seguida do rash cutâneo (35,7%. A maioria das reações foi considerada Provável, pois a oxacilina foi o único medicamento envolvido e 92,6% dos casos tiveram gravidade Moderada, sendo necessárias intervenções terapêuticas devido à RAOx. Uma associação significante entre tempo de exposição à oxacilina e aparecimento de RAOx, assim como entre tempo de internamento e ocorrência de reação foi observada. Um tempo de exposição maior que 14 dias apresentou-se como fator de risco para ocorrência de RAOx (risco relativo = 5,49. CONCLUSÕES: recomenda-se administração cautelosa de oxacilina em crianças, com duração do tratamento estabelecida, evitando-se tratamento empírico e uso prolongado.

  16. Tratamento de varizes com laser endovenoso: estudo prospectivo com seguimento de 39 meses Treatment of varicose veins with endovenous laser: a prospective 39-month follow-up study

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    Luiz Marcelo Aiello Viarengo

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados da terapêutica endovenosa com laser no tratamento de varizes primárias. PACIENTES E MÉTODO: No período compreendido entre julho de 2001 e setembro de 2004 (39 meses, 253 pacientes (417 membros foram tratados ambulatorialmente com laser de diodo de 810 e 980-nm, com energia liberada endovenosamente através de fibra óptica introduzida por punção guiada por eco-Doppler. Foi utilizada anestesia por infiltração intumescente perivasal com solução de lidocaína a 0,2% (50-150 ml. A potência e duração do pulso foram determinadas pelo diâmetro da veia. Os controles foram realizados com eco-Doppler aos 7 dias, 1 mês, 3 meses, 6 meses, 1 ano e, a seguir, anualmente, para avaliar a eficácia do tratamento e os efeitos adversos. RESULTADOS: A oclusão primária da veia safena magna foi obtida em 405 dos 417 membros (97,1% tratados. Houve reintervenção em 12 casos (2,9%, com sucesso. O tempo médio de observação foi de 18 meses, e, nesse período, a taxa de recidiva global de varizes foi de 7,4%, sendo 6,3% (26 membros veias colaterais tributárias da crossa e 1,2% (cinco membros com recanalização da safena magna. Todas as recorrências ocorreram entre o terceiro e o 12º mês. Os efeitos indesejáveis mais freqüentes foram: equimoses (60,6%; dor suportável durante o procedimento (16,1%; hematomas (5,5%; flebite em colaterais não-tratadas (3,4%; hiperpigmentação (2,9%; e parestesia transitória (3,4%. Nenhum caso de tromboflebite da safena magna foi observado. Não houve nenhum caso de trombose venosa profunda ou embolia pulmonar. CONCLUSÃO: O tratamento endovenoso de varizes com laser, conforme descrito, foi eficaz para ocluir a safena magna e seus principais ramos, com efeitos adversos autolimitados e com recorrência inferior a 8% no período de seguimento.OBJETIVE: To evaluate results of endovenous laser treatment for primary varicose veins. PATIENTS AND METHOD: From July 2001 to September 2004 (39 months, 253 outpatients (417 limbs were treated with 810 and 980 nm diode laser energy delivered percutaneously using optical fiber introduced by puncture under ultrasound guidance. Tumescent anesthesia (50-150 ml of 0.2% lidocaine was delivered perivenously. Power and duration of the pulse were determined by vein diameter. Duplex control was performed at 7 days, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and yearly thereafter to assess treatment efficacy and adverse effects. RESULTS: Primary great saphenous vein occlusion was obtained in 405 of 417 members (97.1%. Twelve recurrent cases (2.9% were successfully treated. Mean follow-up time was 18 months. During this period, global recurrence rate of varicose veins was 7.4%; 6.3% (26 limbs related to tributary and collateral veins of the saphenofemoral junction, and 1.2% (five limbs with great saphenous vein recanalization. All recurrences occurred between 3 and 12 months. Ecchymosis was the most common adverse effect (60.6%. Other complications were: moderate pain during the procedure (16.1%; hematoma (5.5%, superficial phlebitis of varicose tributaries (3.4%, hyperpigmentation (2.9%, transient paresthesia (3.4%. There were no cases of great saphenous vein thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary emboli. CONCLUSION: Varicose vein treatment with endovenous laser technique was successful in occluding great saphenous vein and its branches, with self-limited adverse effects and recurrence rate lower than 8% in the follow-up period.

  17. Cefaléia na infância: diagnóstico e terapêutica. estudo prospectivo de 77 casos

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    Mauro Muszkat

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    Full Text Available Foram analisados 77 casos de cefaléia na infância. A faixa etária situou-se em 9 anos ± 2 sem diferença entre os sexos. A localização frontal foi encontrada em aproximadamente 49% dos casos com relato de hemicrania em apenas 9%. Os fatores associados mais freqüentes foram náuseas, vômitos e tontura, sendo o fator desencadeante mais comum o stress emocional. Antecedente familiar de cefaléia ocorreu em 76,5%. Dos 36 pacientes considerados como tendo enxaqueca, 31 foram submetidos a tratamento profilático com pizotifeno ou propranolol. Houve resposta clínica satisfatória em aproximadamente 90% dos casos.

  18. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: prospective study on respiratory parameters Esclerose lateral amiotrófica: estudo prospectivo de parâmetros respiratórios

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    Sara Regina Meira Almeida

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To verify how efficient respiratory parameters are in the follow-up of subjects with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and to observe possible correlations between respiratory and nutritional functions. METHOD: Sixteen patients with probable or defined ALS were selected and evaluated over eight months using the following respiratory parameters: spirometry, maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP, maximum expiratory pressure (MEP, arterial gasometry and pulse oximetry; and nutritional parameters such as body mass index (BMI and percentage weight loss. RESULTS: PaCO2 was a significant parameter to follow up disease evolution (p=0.051. There was significant correlation between MIP and MEP (r: 0.83; BMI and MIP (r: 0.70; BMI and MEP (r: 0.72; pulse oximetry and forced vital capacity (r: 0.57. CONCLUSION: PaCO2 was shown to be an efficient and significant parameter in the measurement of respiratory impairment; the correlations among MIP, MEP and BMI indicated that these are significant parameters for periodic clinical evaluation.OBJETIVO: Verificar a eficácia dos parâmetros respiratórios na evolução de indivíduos com esclerose lateral amiotrófica (ELA e identificar possíveis correlações entre função respiratória e nutricional. MÉTODO: 16 pacientes com diagnóstico provável ou definido de ELA foram selecionados por critérios definidos e avaliados, durante 8 meses, através de parâmetros respiratórios: espirometria, pressão inspiratória máxima (PIM, pressão expiratória máxima (PEM, gasometria arterial e oximetria de pulso; e parâmetros nutricionais: índice de massa corporal (IMC e porcentagem de perda de peso. RESULTADOS: PaCO2 foi um parâmetro significativo para acompanhar a evolução da doença (p=0.051. Houve correlação significante entre PIM e PEM (r: 0.83; IMC e PIM (r: 0.70; IMC e PEM (r: 0.72; oximetria de pulso e capacidade vital forçada (r: 0.57. CONCLUSÃO: PaCO2 foi marcador eficaz e significante para medir o comprometimento respiratório; correlações entre PIM, PEM e IMC indicaram ser bons parâmetros nas avaliações clínicas periódicas.

  19. Needlescopic versus laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a prospective study of 60 patients Colecistectomia agulhascópica versus colecistectomia laparoscópica: um estudo prospectivo de 60 pacientes

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    Pedro Henrique Oliveira Cabral

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that needlescopic cholecystectomies (NC offer superior outcomes in comparison to common laparoscopic cholecystectomies (LC. METHODS: Sixty consecutive patients with gallbladder disease undergoing either LC or NC were evaluated with respect to differences in operative time, frequency of per-operative incidents, post-operative pain, late postoperative symptoms, length of scars and level of postoperative satisfaction. RESULTS: Mean operative time was similar in both groups. Most of the patients, irrespective of the technique, informed mild postoperative pain. NC patients had lower levels of pain on the 7th postoperative day (PO7 (pOBJETIVO: Testar a hipótese de que colecistectomias agulhascópicas oferecem resultados superiores aos da colecistectomia laparoscópica usual (CL. MÉTODOS: Sessenta pacientes consecutivos com colecistopatia submetidos à CA ou CV foram avaliados quanto ao tempo operatório, freqüência de acidentes peroperatórios, dor pós-operatória, sintomas pós-operatórios tardios, comprimento das cicatrizes e grau de satisfação. RESULTADOS: O tempo operatório médio foi semelhante em ambos os grupos. A maioria dos pacientes, independentemente da técnica, relataram dor pós-operatória leve. Aqueles operados por CA tiveram menores níveis de dor no 7º dia de pós-operatório (PO7 (p<0.01 e menor necessidade de analgesia adicional. Menor freqüência de dor epigástrica foi observada no grupo CA até o PO4 (p<0.01. O resultado estético foi amplamente superior após CA (comprimento total das cicatrizes menor que a metade após CL. Não houve diferença quanto ao grau de satisfação entre os grupos. CONCLUSÕES: As duas técnicas foram seguras e eficazes, apresentando tempos operatórios semelhantes e baixos níveis de dor pós-operatória. A redução dos portais para 2-3 mm associou-se a menor freqüência de dor pós-operatória apenas na incisão epigástrica até o PO4. O resultado estético da agulhascopia foi significantemente superior ao da laparoscopia, apesar desta vantagem não ter influenciado o grau de satisfação dos doentes.

  20. Diabete e gravidez: estudo prospectivo do custo benefício da hospilização comparado com atenção ambulatorial

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    A avaliação de custos é importante instrumento de trabalho na otimização do gerenciamento hospitalar, indicando ao administrador os resultados que estão dentro dos parâmetros esperados e os que exigem correção. Auxilia também na determinação do preço de venda, nas decisões de investimentos, na expansão de instalações hospitalares e na definição de volumes de estoques de materiais e medicamentos. Os custos podem ser classificados em diretos, indiretos, variáveis e fixos; podem ser calculados p...

  1. Efeito da fisioterapia respiratória no pós-operatório imediato, em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia abdominal alta: estudo prospectivo

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    Roberta Munhoz Manzano

    2006-01-01

    Introdução: A piora da função muscular respiratória pós-cirurgia aumenta o risco de hipoventilação, hipóxia, atelectasia e infecções. O fisioterapeuta tem um papel essencial na recuperação desses pacientes. O objetivo da pesquisa foi avaliar se a intervenção da fisioterapia respiratória no pós-operatório imediato de pacientes submetidos à cirurgia abdominal alta eletiva, em sala de recuperação pós-anestésica, resulta em melhor função pulmonar, observando valores de espirometria e oximetria de...

  2. Zygotic Genome Activation in Vertebrates.

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    Jukam, David; Shariati, S Ali M; Skotheim, Jan M

    2017-08-21

    The first major developmental transition in vertebrate embryos is the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) when maternal mRNAs are degraded and zygotic transcription begins. During the MZT, the embryo takes charge of gene expression to control cell differentiation and further development. This spectacular organismal transition requires nuclear reprogramming and the initiation of RNAPII at thousands of promoters. Zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is mechanistically coordinated with other embryonic events, including changes in the cell cycle, chromatin state, and nuclear-to-cytoplasmic component ratios. Here, we review progress in understanding vertebrate ZGA dynamics in frogs, fish, mice, and humans to explore differences and emphasize common features. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Estudo longitudinal dos fatores associados à evolução de sintomas depressivos em idosos institucionalizados

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    Filomena Vicente; Helena Espirito-Santo; Diana Cardoso; Fabiana da Silva; Marina Costa; Sónia Martins; Inês Torres-Pena; Vera Pascoal; Fátima Rodrigues; Ana Pinto; Sara Moitinho; Sónia Guadalupe; Henrique Testa Vicente; Laura Lemos

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    Objetivos : Constatando que a depressão é comum em idosos institucionalizados, associando-se à solidão, à ansiedade e à afetividade, pretendemos descrever a evolução da depressão durante dois anos e verificar que fatores se associam a essa evolução. Métodos : Em um estudo de coorte prospectivo em dois momentos (2011 e 2013), avaliamos 83 idosos institucionalizados, com idade no primeiro momento entre os 60 e os 100 anos, sendo 79,5% mulheres, 86,7% sem companheiro(a), e 72,3% com algum gr...

  4. Estudo demográfico de pacientes portadores de deformidades de coluna vertebral que aguardam cirurgia em hospital terciário de alta complexidade Estudio demográfico de pacientes con deformidades de la columna en espera de cirugía en hospital de tercer nivel de alta complejidad Demographic study of patients with spinal deformities who are awaiting surgery in a tertiary hospital of high complexity

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    Nicola Jorge Carneiro Neto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Definir as características demográficas dos pacientes portadores de deformidades secundárias da coluna vertebral que aguardam em fila de espera para tratamento cirúrgico em hospital terciário de alta complexidade. MÉTODOS: As informações foram obtidas através dos prontuários dos pacientes no período previamente definido. Os dados foram selecionados conforme os critérios já apresentados e manipulados estatisticamente. RESULTADOS: O estudo incluiu um total de 170 pacientes, dos quais 94 eram do sexo feminino com idades entre 1 e 58 anos, e 76 do sexo masculino com idade entre 1 e 26 anos. Entre as deformidades encontradas foram identificadas: escolioses congênitas por segmentação (6 ou 3,5%, formação (39 ou 22,9%, mistas (34 ou 20,0% e complexas (14 ou 8,2%, escolioses neuromusculares por paralisia cerebral (PC (54 ou 31,8%, miopatia (11 ou 6,5%, artrogripose (2 ou 1,2% e escolioses por neurofibromatose (10 ou 5,9%. CONCLUSÃO: Existe uma considerável lista de pacientes portadores de deformidades de coluna vertebral que aguardam em fila de espera para tratamento cirúrgico por um período muitas vezes bastante prolongado. Este fato acarreta um problema social de difícil manuseio e quando somadas, escoliose neuromuscular e escoliose congênita são responsáveis pela grande maioria dos casos que aguardam cirurgia.OBJETIVO: Definir las características demográficas de los pacientes con deformidades secundarias de la columna vertebral en la lista de espera para el tratamiento quirúrgico en un hospital de tercer nivel de complejidad alta. MÉTODOS: Las informaciones fueron obtenidas de los archivos de pacientes en período predefinido. Los datos fueron seleccionados de acuerdo con los criterios ya presentados y manipulados estadísticamente. RESULTADOS: En el estudio participaron un total de 170 pacientes, de los cuales 94 eran mujeres de edades comprendidas entre 1 y 58, y 76 varones de edades comprendidas entre 1 y 26

  5. Vertebral development and amphibian evolution.

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    Carroll, R L; Kuntz, A; Albright, K

    1999-01-01

    Amphibians provide an unparalleled opportunity to integrate studies of development and evolution through the investigation of the fossil record of larval stages. The pattern of vertebral development in modern frogs strongly resembles that of Paleozoic labyrinthodonts in the great delay in the ossification of the vertebrae, with the centra forming much later than the neural arches. Slow ossification of the trunk vertebrae in frogs and the absence of ossification in the tail facilitate the rapid loss of the tail during metamorphosis, and may reflect retention of the pattern in their specific Paleozoic ancestors. Salamanders and caecilians ossify their centra at a much earlier stage than frogs, which resembles the condition in Paleozoic lepospondyls. The clearly distinct patterns and rates of vertebral development may indicate phylogenetic separation between the ultimate ancestors of frogs and those of salamanders and caecilians within the early radiation of ancestral tetrapods. This divergence may date from the Lower Carboniferous. Comparison with the molecular regulation of vertebral development described in modern mammals and birds suggests that the rapid chondrification of the centra in salamanders relative to that of frogs may result from the earlier migration of sclerotomal cells expressing Pax1 to the area surrounding the notochord.

  6. Osteomielitis vertebral piógena Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis

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    Pedro P. Perrotti

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available La osteomielitis vertebral piógena (OVP es una localización poco frecuente (2-7% Se confirma con el aislamiento de un microorganismo de una vértebra, disco intervertebral, absceso epidural o paravertebral. Se describe una serie de casos por la infrecuente presentación de esta enfermedad, que puede ser consulta inicial en los servicios de clínica médica y por su sintomatología inespecífica que supone una dificultad diagnóstica. Tanto la columna lumbar como la dorsal fueron los sitios más afectados. El dolor dorsolumbar y la paraparesia fueron los síntomas más frecuentes de presentación. En ocho pacientes se aislaron Staphylococcus aureus, en uno Escherichia coli y en el restante Haemophylus sp. Se observó leucocitosis sólo en tres pacientes, y en dos velocidad de sedimentación globular mayor de 100 mm/h. Los diez pacientes presentaron imágenes características de osteomielitis vertebral piógena en la resonancia nuclear magnética. Dentro de las complicaciones, los abscesos paravertebrales y epidurales fueron los más frecuentes (en cinco enfermos. Además, un paciente presentó empiema pleural. De los diez pacientes de esta serie, siete recibieron inicialmente tratamiento médico empírico y luego específico para el germen aislado. En los restantes el tratamiento fue guiado de acuerdo al antibiograma. A dos enfermos fue necesario realizarles laminectomía descompresiva por compromiso de partes blandas y a otros dos estabilización quirúrgica por inestabilidad espinal, observándose buena evolución en todos los casos. Esta serie demuestra que, ante un paciente con dolor dorsolumbar y síntomas neurológicos se deberá tener en cuenta esta entidad para evitar un retraso en el tratamiento.Pyogenic osteomyelitis seldom affects the spine (2-7%. It is diagnosed by the isolation of a bacterial agent in the vertebral body, the intervertebral disks or from paravertebral or epidural abscesses. We report a retrospective study of ten

  7. Cenários prospectivos para o comércio internacional de etanol em 2020

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    Antonio Thiago Benedete da Silva

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Há crescentes pressões para que sejam adotados hábitos sustentáveis pela sociedade, o que impacta diversos mercados, incluindo os de energia. Combustíveis fósseis são fontes finitas, não renováveis e responsáveis por emissões consideráveis de CO2 na atmosfera. Nesse contexto, o etanol é apontado com umas das alternativas mais viáveis de fornecimento de energia limpa e renovável. O Brasil possui liderança tecnológica no setor devido ao lançamento do Proálcool na década de 1970. Nos anos 2000, o País despontou novamente na produção do biocombustível, passando a enfrentar concorrência maior de players norte-americanos e da União Europeia. Para o futuro, podem ser apontadas diversas incertezas que o setor enfrentará, sendo a prospecção baseada em cenários uma forma de modelar tais incertezas e auxiliar o desenvolvimento de estratégias robustas para as empresas que pretendem investir no setor. O objetivo neste trabalho foi desenvolver quatro cenários para o comércio internacional de etanol em 2020 e discutir as implicações para as estratégias empresariais. Para tanto, foi utilizado o método de elaboração de cenários em uma abordagem exploratória e qualitativa. Os cenários apresentados no estudo podem ser utilizados por empresas e diferentes stakeholders para testar opções estratégicas e de investimentos no setor de etanol.

  8. CIRSE Guidelines on Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation

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    Tsoumakidou, Georgia, E-mail: gtsoumakidou@yahoo.com; Too, Chow Wei, E-mail: spyder55@gmail.com; Koch, Guillaume, E-mail: guillaume.koch@gmail.com; Caudrelier, Jean, E-mail: jean.caudrelier@chru-strasbourg.fr; Cazzato, Roberto Luigi, E-mail: gigicazzato@hotmail.it; Garnon, Julien, E-mail: juliengarnon@gmail.com; Gangi, Afshin, E-mail: gangi@unistra.fr [Strasbourg University Hospital, Interventional Radiology Department (France)

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    Vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is an important cause of severe debilitating back pain, adversely affecting quality of life, physical function, psychosocial performance, mental health and survival. Different vertebral augmentation procedures (VAPs) are used in order to consolidate the VCFs, relief pain,and whenever posible achieve vertebral body height restoration. In the present review we give the indications, contraindications, safety profile and outcomes of the existing percutaneous VAPs.

  9. Evolutionary Specialization of Tactile Perception in Vertebrates

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    Schneider, Eve R.

    2016-01-01

    Evolution has endowed vertebrates with the remarkable tactile ability to explore the world through the perception of physical force. Yet the sense of touch remains one of the least well understood senses at the cellular and molecular level. Vertebrates specializing in tactile perception can highlight general principles of mechanotransduction. Here, we review cellular and molecular adaptations that underlie the sense of touch in typical and acutely mechanosensitive vertebrates. PMID:27053733

  10. Evolutionary Specialization of Tactile Perception in Vertebrates

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    Schneider, Eve R.; Gracheva, Elena O.; Bagriantsev, Slav N.

    2016-01-01

    Evolution has endowed vertebrates with the remarkable tactile ability to explore the world through the perception of physical force. Yet the sense of touch remains one of the least well understood senses at the cellular and molecular level. Vertebrates specializing in tactile perception can highlight general principles of mechanotransduction. Here, we review cellular and molecular adaptations that underlie the sense of touch in typical and acutely mechanosensitive vertebrates.

  11. Vertebral wedging characteristic changes in scoliotic spines.

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    Parent, Stefan; Labelle, Hubert; Skalli, Wafa; de Guise, Jacques

    2004-10-15

    A morphometric analysis of vertebral wedging in vertebrae from scoliotic specimens. To quantify the vertebral body changes in 30 anatomic specimens affected by a scoliotic deformity. Only a few studies have evaluated the exact changes occurring at the level of the vertebral body in scoliotic spines. Most are observational studies of rare scoliotic specimens presenting major curvatures. The orientation of vertebral wedging is important for the planning of corrective surgery, performing vertebral osteotomy, and the evaluation of possible growth modulation. Thirty scoliotic specimens with curves presenting various degrees of severity were studied using a three-dimensional digitizing protocol developed to create a precise three-dimensional reconstruction of the vertebrae. Every scoliotic specimen was then matched with a normal specimen, and comparisons were made on the vertebral body parameters both for thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Analysis of variance and t test calculations were performed to identify significant differences with P = 0.05. A total of 471 vertebrae from scoliotic spines and 510 vertebrae from normal specimens were measured. Vertebral wedging increased progressively towards the apex of the curve and was maximal at the apex. Vertebral wedging was more prominent in the frontal plane, and there was minimal wedging in the sagittal plane. Vertebral heights were significantly different at T3 and T4 for the upper adjacent curve and at T6-T8 for a typical right thoracic curve, with smaller heights located on the concavity of the curve. No changes were observed on the convexity of the curve. Vertebral wedging is an essential component of the scoliotic deformity. The present study provides critical information for corrective surgery and vertebral osteotomy, as vertebral wedging occurs primarily in the frontal plane. Accurate knowledge of this deformity should also provide new insight into corrective surgical strategies aiming at growth modulation and more

  12. Ghrelin receptors in non-mammalian vertebrates

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    Hiroyuki eKaiya

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The growth hormone secretagogue-receptor (GHS-R was discovered in humans and pigs in 1996. The endogenous ligand, ghrelin, was discovered three years later, in 1999, and our understanding of the physiological significance of the ghrelin system in vertebrates has grown steadily since then. Although the ghrelin system in non-mammalian vertebrates is a subject of great interest, protein sequence data for the receptor in non-mammalian vertebrates has been limited until recently, and related biological information has not been well organized. In this review, we summarize current information related to the ghrelin receptor in non-mammalian vertebrates.

  13. Third-generation percutaneous vertebral augmentation systems.

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    Vanni, Daniele; Galzio, Renato; Kazakova, Anna; Pantalone, Andrea; Grillea, Giovanni; Bartolo, Marcello; Salini, Vincenzo; Magliani, Vincenzo

    2016-03-01

    Currently, there is no general consensus about the management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVF). In the past, conservative treatment for at least one month was deemed appropriate for the majority of vertebral fractures. When pain persisted after conservative treatment, it was necessary to consider surgical interventions including: vertebroplasty for vertebral fractures with less than 30% loss of height of the affected vertebral body and kyphoplasty for vertebral fractures with greater than 30% loss of height. Currently, this type of treatment is not feasible. Herein we review the characteristics and methods of operation of three of the most common percutaneous vertebral augmentation systems (PVAS) for the treatment of OVF: Vertebral Body Stenting(®) (VBS), OsseoFix(®) and Spine Jack(®). VBS is a titanium device accompanied by a hydraulic (as opposed to mechanical) working system which allows a partial and not immediate possibility to control the opening of the device. On the other hand, OsseoFix(®) and Spine Jack(®) are accompanied by a mechanical working system which allows a progressive and controlled reduction of the vertebral fracture. Another important aspect to consider is the vertebral body height recovery. OsseoFix(®) has an indirect mechanism of action: the compaction of the trabecular bone causes an increase in the vertebral body height. Unlike the Vertebral Body Stenting(®) and Spine Jack(®), the OsseoFix(®) has no direct lift mechanism. Therefore, for these characteristics and for the force that this device is able to provide. In our opinion, Spine Jack(®) is the only device also suitable for the treatment OVF, traumatic fracture (recent, old or inveterate) and primary or secondary bone tumors.

  14. Routine needle biopsy during vertebral augmentation procedures. Is it necessary?

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    Pneumaticos, Spiros G; Sofia N. Chatziioannou; Savvidou, Christiana; Pilichou, Anastasia; Rontogianni, Dimitra; Korres, Dimitrios S

    2010-01-01

    Vertebral augmentation procedures are currently widely performed to treat vertebral compression fractures. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of underlying previously unrecognized etiology in a consecutive series of patients undergoing kyphoplasty to treat vertebral compression fractures. A prospective histological evaluation of vertebral body biopsy specimens from presumed osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures were performed in order to identify aforementioned ca...

  15. High-altitude adaptations in vertebrate hemoglobins

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    Weber, Roy E.

    2007-01-01

    Vertebrates at high altitude are subjected to hypoxic conditions that challenge aerobic metabolism. O2 transport from the respiratory surfaces to tissues requires matching between the O2 loading and unloading tensions and theO2-affinity of blood, which is an integrated function of hemoglobin......, birds and ectothermic vertebrates at high altitude....

  16. The MHC molecules of nonmammalian vertebrates

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    Kaufman, J; Skjoedt, K; Salomonsen, J

    1990-01-01

    to develop. There is no molecular evidence yet to decide whether vertebrate immune systems (and particularly the MHC molecules) are evolutionarily related to invertebrate allorecognition systems, and the functional evidence can be interpreted either way. Even among the vertebrates, there is great...

  17. [Spondylosis: diseases of the vertebral column].

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    Pérez, Amador Schüller

    2008-01-01

    Frequent and transcendent diseases for the difficulties of his diagnosis and treatment. The components of the vertebral column, vertebral bodies, discs and unvertebral joints, spondylosis ligaments must be considered to be a functional Unit. The Patology of each one of their parts concerns or reverberates in others.

  18. BK Channels in the Vertebrate Inner Ear

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    Pyott, S. J.; Duncan, R. K.; Contet, C

    2016-01-01

    The perception of complex acoustic stimuli begins with the deconstruction of sound into its frequency components. This spectral processing occurs first and foremost in the inner ear. In vertebrates, two very different strategies of frequency analysis have evolved. In nonmammalian vertebrates, the

  19. Vertebral architecture in the earliest stem tetrapods.

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    Pierce, Stephanie E; Ahlberg, Per E; Hutchinson, John R; Molnar, Julia L; Sanchez, Sophie; Tafforeau, Paul; Clack, Jennifer A

    2013-02-14

    The construction of the vertebral column has been used as a key anatomical character in defining and diagnosing early tetrapod groups. Rhachitomous vertebrae--in which there is a dorsally placed neural arch and spine, an anteroventrally placed intercentrum and paired, posterodorsally placed pleurocentra--have long been considered the ancestral morphology for tetrapods. Nonetheless, very little is known about vertebral anatomy in the earliest stem tetrapods, because most specimens remain trapped in surrounding matrix, obscuring important anatomical features. Here we describe the three-dimensional vertebral architecture of the Late Devonian stem tetrapod Ichthyostega using propagation phase-contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography. Our scans reveal a diverse array of new morphological, and associated developmental and functional, characteristics, including a possible posterior-to-anterior vertebral ossification sequence and the first evolutionary appearance of ossified sternal elements. One of the most intriguing features relates to the positional relationships between the vertebral elements, with the pleurocentra being unexpectedly sutured or fused to the intercentra that directly succeed them, indicating a 'reverse' rhachitomous design. Comparison of Ichthyostega with two other stem tetrapods, Acanthostega and Pederpes, shows that reverse rhachitomous vertebrae may be the ancestral condition for limbed vertebrates. This study fundamentally revises our current understanding of vertebral column evolution in the earliest tetrapods and raises questions about the presumed vertebral architecture of tetrapodomorph fish and later, more crownward, tetrapods.

  20. Multiple vertebral fluid-fluid levels

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    Bladt, O.; Demaerel, P.; Catry, F.; Breuseghem, I. Van [University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); Ballaux, F. [University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Department of Pathology, Leuven (Belgium); Samson, I. [University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Leuven (Belgium)

    2004-11-01

    We present a case of multiple vertebral metastases, with multiple fluid-fluid levels, from a moderately to poorly differentiated carcinoma of unknown origin. We suggest that fluid-fluid levels in multiple vertebral lesions are highly suggestive of bone metastases. (orig.)

  1. Lamprey: a model for vertebrate evolutionary research

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    XU, Yang; ZHU, Si-Wei; LI, Qing-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Lampreys belong to the superclass Cyclostomata and represent the most ancient group of vertebrates. Existing for over 360 million years, they are known as living fossils due to their many evolutionally conserved features. They are not only a keystone species for studying the origin and evolution of vertebrates, but also one of the best models for researching vertebrate embryonic development and organ differentiation. From the perspective of genetic information, the lamprey genome remains primitive compared with that of other higher vertebrates, and possesses abundant functional genes. Through scientific and technological progress, scientists have conducted in-depth studies on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems of lampreys. Such research has significance for understanding and revealing the origin and evolution of vertebrates, and could contribute to a greater understanding of human diseases and treatments. This review presents the current progress and significance of lamprey research. PMID:27686784

  2. Estudo dos achados oculares na síndrome de Stevens-Johnson em pacientes de centro de referência de atendimento terciário

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    Franca, Marciel Dourado; Lima, Jane Palma Galrão; Freitas, Denise de; Cunha, Marcelo; Gomes, José Álvaro Pereira [UNIFESP

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar a epidemiologia, os possíveis fatores desencadeantes, complicações encontradas e as variedades de tratamentos administrados a um grupo de pacientes com complicações oculares secundárias à síndrome de Stevens-Johnson. MÉTODOS: Realizado estudo prospectivo, série de casos com 22 pacientes portadores de síndrome de Stevens-Johnson. Os pacientes foram estudados seguindo um protocolo com o objetivo de se buscar uma história detalhada sobre a doença, suas manifestações sistêmicas ...

  3. Estudo comparativo entre a aplicação de crioterapia, cinesioterapia e ondas curtas no tratamento da osteoartrite de joelho

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    Silva,Adriana Lucia Pastore; Imoto,Daniela Mayumi; Croci,Alberto Tesconi

    2007-01-01

    A osteoartrite é a forma mais prevalente de doença articular. Os agentes físicos como o gelo e o calor podem combater o processo álgico quando corretamente indicados e utilizados. O objetivo deste trabalho foi a comparação de protocolos de tratamento fisioterapêutico, que envolveram o uso de cinesioterapia, crioterapia e ondas curtas, em indivíduos com osteoartrite de joelho. Em um estudo randomizado prospectivo cego foram tratados 25 indivíduos (25 joelhos), de 58 a 78 anos. GRUPO A: cinesio...

  4. Mitotic chromosome condensation in vertebrates

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    Vagnarelli, Paola, E-mail: P.Vagnarelli@ed.ac.uk

    2012-07-15

    Work from several laboratories over the past 10-15 years has revealed that, within the interphase nucleus, chromosomes are organized into spatially distinct territories [T. Cremer, C. Cremer, Chromosome territories, nuclear architecture and gene regulation in mammalian cells, Nat. Rev. Genet. 2 (2001) 292-301 and T. Cremer, M. Cremer, S. Dietzel, S. Muller, I. Solovei, S. Fakan, Chromosome territories-a functional nuclear landscape, Curr. Opin. Cell Biol. 18 (2006) 307-316]. The overall compaction level and intranuclear location varies as a function of gene density for both entire chromosomes [J.A. Croft, J.M. Bridger, S. Boyle, P. Perry, P. Teague,W.A. Bickmore, Differences in the localization and morphology of chromosomes in the human nucleus, J. Cell Biol. 145 (1999) 1119-1131] and specific chromosomal regions [N.L. Mahy, P.E. Perry, S. Gilchrist, R.A. Baldock, W.A. Bickmore, Spatial organization of active and inactive genes and noncoding DNA within chromosome territories, J. Cell Biol. 157 (2002) 579-589] (Fig. 1A, A'). In prophase, when cyclin B activity reaches a high threshold, chromosome condensation occurs followed by Nuclear Envelope Breakdown (NEB) [1]. At this point vertebrate chromosomes appear as compact structures harboring an attachment point for the spindle microtubules physically recognizable as a primary constriction where the two sister chromatids are held together. The transition from an unshaped interphase chromosome to the highly structured mitotic chromosome (compare Figs. 1A and B) has fascinated researchers for several decades now; however a definite picture of how this process is achieved and regulated is not yet in our hands and it will require more investigation to comprehend the complete process. From a biochemical point of view a vertebrate mitotic chromosomes is composed of DNA, histone proteins (60%) and non-histone proteins (40%) [6]. I will discuss below what is known to date on the contribution of these two different classes

  5. Organizational heterogeneity of vertebrate genomes.

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    Svetlana Frenkel

    Full Text Available Genomes of higher eukaryotes are mosaics of segments with various structural, functional, and evolutionary properties. The availability of whole-genome sequences allows the investigation of their structure as "texts" using different statistical and computational methods. One such method, referred to as Compositional Spectra (CS analysis, is based on scoring the occurrences of fixed-length oligonucleotides (k-mers in the target DNA sequence. CS analysis allows generating species- or region-specific characteristics of the genome, regardless of their length and the presence of coding DNA. In this study, we consider the heterogeneity of vertebrate genomes as a joint effect of regional variation in sequence organization superimposed on the differences in nucleotide composition. We estimated compositional and organizational heterogeneity of genome and chromosome sequences separately and found that both heterogeneity types vary widely among genomes as well as among chromosomes in all investigated taxonomic groups. The high correspondence of heterogeneity scores obtained on three genome fractions, coding, repetitive, and the remaining part of the noncoding DNA (the genome dark matter--GDM allows the assumption that CS-heterogeneity may have functional relevance to genome regulation. Of special interest for such interpretation is the fact that natural GDM sequences display the highest deviation from the corresponding reshuffled sequences.

  6. Melatonin Receptor Genes in Vertebrates

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    Hua Dong Yin

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Melatonin receptors are members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR family. Three genes for melatonin receptors have been cloned. The MT1 (or Mel1a or MTNR1A and MT2 (or Mel1b or MTNR1B receptor subtypes are present in humans and other mammals, while an additional melatonin receptor subtype, Mel1c (or MTNR1C, has been identified in fish, amphibians and birds. Another melatonin related orphan receptor, GPR50, which does not bind melatonin, is found exclusively in mammals. The hormone melatonin is secreted primarily by the pineal gland, with highest levels occurring during the dark period of a circadian cycle. This hormone acts systemically in numerous organs. In the brain, it is involved in the regulation of various neural and endocrine processes, and it readjusts the circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This article reviews recent studies of gene organization, expression, evolution and mutations of melatonin receptor genes of vertebrates. Gene polymorphisms reveal that numerous mutations are associated with diseases and disorders. The phylogenetic analysis of receptor genes indicates that GPR50 is an outgroup to all other melatonin receptor sequences. GPR50 may have separated from a melatonin receptor ancestor before the split between MTNR1C and the MTNR1A/B ancestor.

  7. Molecular Synapomorphies Resolve Evolutionary Relationships of Extant Jawed Vertebrates

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    Byrappa Venkatesh; Mark V. Erdmann; Sydney Brenner

    2001-01-01

    .... We identified 13 derived shared molecular markers (synapomorphies) that define clades in the vertebrate lineage and used them to resolve the phylogenetic relationships of extant jawed vertebrates...

  8. Pulmonary Embolism with Vertebral Augmentation Procedures

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    Swetha Bopparaju

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available With the prevalence of an aging American population on the rise, osteoporotic vertebral fractures are becoming a common occurrence, resulting in an increase in vertebral augmentation procedures and associated complications such as cement leakage, vertebral compressions, and pulmonary embolism. We describe a patient who presented with respiratory distress three years following kyphoplasty of the lumbar vertebra. Computed tomography (CT angiogram of the chest confirmed the presence of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA cement in the lung fields and pulmonary vessels. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature identifying effective management strategies for the treatment of vertebroplasty-associated pulmonary embolism.

  9. Epidemiology of acute vertebral osteomyelitis in Denmark

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    Krogsgaard, M R; Wagn, P; Bengtsson, J

    1998-01-01

    We studied the epidemiology of acute, non-tuberculous, hematogenous vertebral osteomyelitis in Denmark during 1978-1982. 137 patients fulfilled the criteria for acute vertebral osteomyelitis. The incidence was 5/mill/year. There were no cases in the age group 20-29 years. The highest incidence......-1993, the relative number of reported patients with vertebral osteomyelitis had increased in the age group 20-49 years, compared to 1978-1982, but the incidence was highest in the group aged 60-79 years....

  10. The vertebral biomechanic previous and after kyphoplasty.

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    Pesce, V; Piazzolla, Andrea; Moretti, L; Carlucci, S; Parato, C; Maxy, P; Moretti, B

    2013-10-01

    The biomechanical understanding of increasing anterior column load with progressing kyphosis leading to subsequent vertebral compression fracture (VCF) established the basic rationale for kyphoplasty. The lumbar spine can support an effort of 500 kg in the axis of the vertebral body, and a bending moment of 20 Nm in flexion. Consequently, if this effort is forward deviated of only 10 cm, the acceptable effort will be reduced to 20 kg so it is important to restore the vertebral anterior wall after a VCF: the authors describe the biomechanical modifications in the spine after kyphoplasty.

  11. Estudos sobre a psicopatia

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    Peres, Kenia

    2008-01-01

    Esta dissertação é resultado de extensa pesquisa sobre a psicopatia, fenômeno psicopatológico tão recorrente no cotidiano social, porém pouco explorado, talvez pela indiscutível dificuldade técnica no manejo desses pacientes. O interesse em compreender o psicodinamismo desses indivíduos caminha paralelamente ao meu desenvolvimento profissional, tanto como pesquisadora como psicóloga clínica. Neste trabalho, utilizei além da pesquisa bibliográfica da teoria psicanalítica sobre o tema, estudos ...

  12. Delayed vertebral diagnosed L4 pincer vertebral fracture, L2-L3 ruptured vertebral lumbar disc hernia, L5 vertebral wedge fracture - Case report

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    Balasa D

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available An association between delayed ruptured lumbar disc hernia, L5 vertebral wedge fracture and posttraumaticL4 pincer vertebral fracture (A2.3-AO clasification at different levels is a very rare entity. We present the case of a 55 years old male who falled down from a bicycle. 2 months later because of intense and permanent vertebral lumbar and radicular L2 and L3 pain (Visual Scal Autologus of Pain7-8/10 the patient came to the hospital. He was diagnosed with pincer vertebral L4 fracture (A2.3-AO clasification and L2-L3 right ruptured lumbar disc hernia in lateral reces. The patient was operated (L2-L3 right fenestration, and resection of lumbar disc hernia, bilateral stabilisation, L3-L4-L5 with titan screws and postero-lateral bone graft L4 bilateral harvested from iliac crest.

  13. Vertebral Fractures After Discontinuation of Denosumab

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    Cummings, Steven R; Ferrari, Serge; Eastell, Richard

    2018-01-01

    Denosumab reduces bone resorption and vertebral and nonvertebral fracture risk. Denosumab discontinuation increases bone turnover markers 3 months after a scheduled dose is omitted, reaching above-baseline levels by 6 months, and decreases bone mineral density (BMD) to baseline levels by 12 months....... We analyzed the risk of new or worsening vertebral fractures, especially multiple vertebral fractures, in participants who discontinued denosumab during the FREEDOM study or its Extension. Participants received ≥2 doses of denosumab or placebo Q6M, discontinued treatment, and stayed in the study ≥7...... months after the last dose. Of 1001 participants who discontinued denosumab during FREEDOM or Extension, the vertebral fracture rate increased from 1.2 per 100 participant-years during the on-treatment period to 7.1, similar to participants who received and then discontinued placebo (n = 470; 8.5 per 100...

  14. Interconnections between the Ears in Nonmammalian Vertebrates

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    Feng, Albert S.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J.

    2010-01-01

    Many of the nonmammalian vertebrates (anurans, lizards, crocodiles, and some bird species) have large, continuous air spaces connecting the middle ears and acoustically coupling the eardrums. Acoustical coupling leads to strongly enhanced directionality of the ear at frequencies where diffraction...

  15. Innate immunity in vertebrates: an overview.

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    Riera Romo, Mario; Pérez-Martínez, Dayana; Castillo Ferrer, Camila

    2016-06-01

    Innate immunity is a semi-specific and widely distributed form of immunity, which represents the first line of defence against pathogens. This type of immunity is critical to maintain homeostasis and prevent microbe invasion, eliminating a great variety of pathogens and contributing with the activation of the adaptive immune response. The components of innate immunity include physical and chemical barriers, humoral and cell-mediated components, which are present in all jawed vertebrates. The understanding of innate defence mechanisms in non-mammalian vertebrates is the key to comprehend the general picture of vertebrate innate immunity and its evolutionary history. This is also essential for the identification of new molecules with applications in immunopharmacology and immunotherapy. In this review, we describe and discuss the main elements of vertebrate innate immunity, presenting core findings in this field and identifying areas that need further investigation. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Recombination drives vertebrate genome contraction.

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    Nam, Kiwoong; Ellegren, Hans

    2012-01-01

    Selective and/or neutral processes may govern variation in DNA content and, ultimately, genome size. The observation in several organisms of a negative correlation between recombination rate and intron size could be compatible with a neutral model in which recombination is mutagenic for length changes. We used whole-genome data on small insertions and deletions within transposable elements from chicken and zebra finch to demonstrate clear links between recombination rate and a number of attributes of reduced DNA content. Recombination rate was negatively correlated with the length of introns, transposable elements, and intergenic spacer and with the rate of short insertions. Importantly, it was positively correlated with gene density, the rate of short deletions, the deletion bias, and the net change in sequence length. All these observations point at a pattern of more condensed genome structure in regions of high recombination. Based on the observed rates of small insertions and deletions and assuming that these rates are representative for the whole genome, we estimate that the genome of the most recent common ancestor of birds and lizards has lost nearly 20% of its DNA content up until the present. Expansion of transposable elements can counteract the effect of deletions in an equilibrium mutation model; however, since the activity of transposable elements has been low in the avian lineage, the deletion bias is likely to have had a significant effect on genome size evolution in dinosaurs and birds, contributing to the maintenance of a small genome. We also demonstrate that most of the observed correlations between recombination rate and genome contraction parameters are seen in the human genome, including for segregating indel polymorphisms. Our data are compatible with a neutral model in which recombination drives vertebrate genome size evolution and gives no direct support for a role of natural selection in this process.

  17. LA EDUCACIÓN INCLUSIVA Y LINEAMIENTOS PROSPECTIVOS DE LA FORMACIÓN DOCENTE: UNA VISIÓN DE FUTURO

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    Cristina Castillo Briceño

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo se propone valorar una visión de futuro de la educación inclusiva con el fin de brindar lineamientos prospectivos en torno a la formación docente. Para lo anterior, se realizó una investigación documental por medio de la detección, acceso, selección, revisión y análisis del material pertinente de diversos escenarios y autores que han trabajado aspectos vinculados a la temática del objetivo propuesto. Los resultados muestran que los requerimientos de la sociedad actual demandan una preparación académica más integral y humana para afrontar una realidad cada vez más compleja y dar respuestas de calidad en la formación de un docente reflexivo y respetuoso de la diversidad, capaz de construir escenarios de aprendizaje y garantizar una educación inclusiva. Para las unidades de desarrollo docente la educación inclusiva constituye una oportunidad para hacer la tarea educativa de maneras diferentes. Para ello, es necesario articular teoría y práctica, tener conciencia de las teorías que se aplican, propiciar espacios reflexivos para ampliar la percepción de lo que significa educar, en y para la diversidad. Por lo tanto, avanzar hacia una educación inclusiva requiere partir de la realidad del entorno, tener claro hacia dónde se orienta la educación e implementar ambientes adecuados. Las conclusiones señalan que la educación inclusiva en la formación docente se constituye en una herramienta para atender la diversidad: oportunidad e igualdad para todos.

  18. Estudio prospectivo de quistes de la lámina dental en neonatos venezolanos vih(+ y vih(-

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la prevalencia de quistes de la lámina dental en un grupo de neonatos venezolanos VIH (+ y VIH (- verticalmente expuestos. Materiales y métodos: Estudio prospectivo, analítico y descriptivo. Se recolectaron datos en neonatos VIH(+ y VIH (- verticalmente expuestos. Fueron examinados clínicamente con la técnica rodilla a rodilla y con iluminación de la lámpara de la unidad dental. Se analizó la información general obtenida de las madres. El tratamiento de los datos se realizó mediante el Programa SPSS versión 11 de la escuela de Estadística y Actuario de la Facultad de Economía Universidad Central de Venezuela. Resultados: La población estuvo conformada por 62 neonatos 32 VIH (+ Y 30 VIH(-. La ocupación de la madre en su mayoría eran amas de casa, 68% procedía de Caracas, 57% pertenecían al género masculino, el motivo de consulta de los expuestos fue el control 72% y el de VIH(+ emergencias 88%, el 83% presentaron quistes, con un predominio en el reborde maxilar. Conclusión: Los resultados obtenidos nos permiten destacar la importancia de la participación del odontopediatra dentro del equipo interdisciplinario que atiende a neonatos así como destacar la importancia del examen bucal del recién nacido.

  19. Manejo das neoplasias metastáticas da coluna vertebral - uma atualização

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    João Luiz Vitorino Araujo

    Full Text Available O aumento da sobrevivência do paciente oncológico decorrente da melhoria e do avanço das modalidades terapêuticas promove progressivo aumento da prevalência das neoplasias metastáticas da coluna vertebral, tornando o seu conhecimento condição sine qua non para os profissionais da área de saúde. As metástases na coluna vertebral são usualmente procedentes de neoplasia maligna da mama, pulmão e próstata, o gênero masculino é o mais acometido e a dor é o sintoma inicial em mais de 90% dos pacientes. Estima-se que 30-90% dos pacientes com câncer em estágio terminal apresentem metástase em algum segmento da coluna vertebral. A alta prevalência das neoplasias malignas e a significativa experiência dos autores no tratamento das metástases na coluna vertebral motivaram uma atualização do tema. Acreditamos que a padronização da conduta e o conhecimento pormenorizado dos principais aspectos da doença, podem promover a melhor opção terapêutica. O presente estudo visa à revisão e descrição didática dos principais aspectos relacionados à fisiopatologia, diagnóstico e tratamento desta entidade.

  20. Maturação das vértebras cervicais e sua correlação com a idade óssea da mão e punho como indicadores no tratamento ortodôntico Cervical vertebral maturation and the correlation between the skeletal age of the hand-wrist as orthodontic treatment indicators

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    Vitoria Aparecida Muglia Moscatiello

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: a proposta deste estudo prospectivo, transversal e multicêntrico foi correlacionar as alterações morfológicas das vértebras cervicais C2, C3 e C4, com a idade cronológica e comparar com a idade esqueletal dos ossos da mão e punho; e verificar se existem diferenças no padrão de crescimento ósseo entre os gêneros masculino e feminino. METODOLOGIA: a amostra foi constituída por 140 pacientes, 74 do gênero feminino e 66 do masculino. A avaliação das alterações das vértebras cervicais foi feita pelo método de Hassel e Farman modificado por Baccetti, Franchi e McNamara para 5 estágios que se correlacionam com o crescimento puberal em telerradiografias cranianas em norma lateral. As radiografias da mão e punho avaliaram os eventos de ossificação por meio do método de Greulich e Pyle. RESULTADOS: os resultados demonstraram correlação dos estágios de maturação das vértebras cervicais com a idade cronológica; e correlação positiva e moderada, estatisticamente significante entre os dois métodos com r = 0,6326 (IC = 95% e p AIM: The aim of this prospective, transversal, multicentric study was to determine the correlation between the morphologic changes of the second, third and fourth cervical vertebral bodies and the chronological age; to compare with the skeletal age of the hand and wrist bones; and to verify the differences in the bone growth pattern between male and female. METHODS: The sample was constituted by 140 subjects, 74 girls and 66 boys. The morphologic alterations of the cervical vertebrae was analyzed by the Hassel and Farman method modified by Baccetti, Franchi and McNamara to 5 stages that correlate to the puberal growth in lateral cephalometric radiographs. The hand-wrist radiographs evaluated the events of ossification by the method of Greulich and Pyle. RESULTS: The results demonstrated: correlation of the stages of cervical vertebral maturation with the chronological age; positive and

  1. Ensaios mecânicos e estudo histológico da interface dos implantes vertebrais

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    José Roberto Benites Vendrame

    2006-01-01

    A cirurgia da coluna vertebral tem se desenvolvido muito nos últimos anos em decorrência da evolução dos sistemas de fixação. O comportamento da interface do parafuso com o osso continua sendo um aspecto não muito dominado. Como o parafuso é a âncora de sustentação, o trabalho procura investigar as técnicas de introdução do parafuso pedicular. Para atingir esse objetivo desenvolvemos o trabalho por meio de estudo com ensaios mecânicos de arrancamento e estudo histológico. Dois tipos de parafu...

  2. In quest of Great Lakes ice age vertebrates

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    Holman, J. Alan

    2001-01-01

    ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Pleistocene in the Great Lakes Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Where to Find Vertebrate Fossils...

  3. Evolution of circadian organization in vertebrates

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    M. Menaker

    1997-03-01

    Full Text Available Circadian organization means the way in which the entire circadian system above the cellular level is put together physically and the principles and rules that determine the interactions among its component parts which produce overt rhythms of physiology and behavior. Understanding this organization and its evolution is of practical importance as well as of basic interest. The first major problem that we face is the difficulty of making sense of the apparently great diversity that we observe in circadian organization of diverse vertebrates. Some of this diversity falls neatly into place along phylogenetic lines leading to firm generalizations: i in all vertebrates there is a "circadian axis" consisting of the retinas, the pineal gland and the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN, ii in many non-mammalian vertebrates of all classes (but not in any mammals the pineal gland is both a photoreceptor and a circadian oscillator, and iii in all non-mammalian vertebrates (but not in any mammals there are extraretinal (and extrapineal circadian photoreceptors. An interesting explanation of some of these facts, especially the differences between mammals and other vertebrates, can be constructed on the assumption that early in their evolution mammals passed through a "nocturnal bottleneck". On the other hand, a good deal of the diversity among the circadian systems of vertebrates does not fall neatly into place along phylogenetic lines. In the present review we will consider how we might better understand such "phylogenetically incoherent" diversity and what sorts of new information may help to further our understanding of the evolution of circadian organization in vertebrates

  4. Potential underdiagnosis of osteoporosis in repeated vertebral augmentation for new vertebral compression fractures

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    İlhan B

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Birkan İlhan, Fatih Tufan, Gülistan Bahat, Mehmet Akif KaranDivision of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Istanbul Medical School, Istanbul University, Istanbul, TurkeyWe read with great interest the article by Liang et al “Repeated vertebral augmentation for new vertebral compression fractures of postvertebral augmentation patients: a nationwide cohort study”.1\tIn their study, the authors investigated the factors possibly associated with new vertebral compression fractures in patients who previously had vertebral augmentation procedures. They reported that osteoporosis (OP was not observed as a risk factor for repeat vertebral augmentation. Among multiple chronic diseases, hypertension (HT was reported as one factor associated with new vertebral fractures. Among the medications used to treat or prevent OP, they reported calcium/vitamin D, bisphosphonates, and calcitonin were associated with not having repeat vertebral augmentation. However, steroids, paracetamol, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were associated with having repeat vertebral augmentation. We would like to comment on their article.View original paper by Kurimato and colleagues.

  5. Estudio multicéntrico prospectivo observacional sobre implantes PIP® colocados en 12 años

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    L. Cárdenas-Camarena

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A pesar de la controversia existente con los implantes PIP® (Poly Implant Prothèse, Francia son pocos los estudios que existen al respecto, por lo que determinamos realizar un análisis multicéntrico en nuestro entorno para conocer las características y el comportamiento clínico de los mismos. Planteamos un estudio multicéntrico, prospectivo y observacional, en el que participaron 7 cirujanos plásticos certificados que durante un periodo de 12 años habían colocado implantes PIP®. Analizamos clínicamente y con ultrasonido mamario todas las pacientes que acudieron a revisión, recogimos todos los datos y cuantificamos los hallazgos en aquellas que se intervinieron quirúrgicamente para revisión de los implantes. Entre enero del 2012 y febrero del 2013 acudieron a consulta 184 pacientes de las 1.315 que habían sido operados entre 1998 y 2010 (14%, evaluando un total de 368 implantes. Solo 39 pacientes (21,2% presentaban sintomatología. Mediante ultrasonido mamario, 322 implantes (87,5% fueron informados como íntegros y 46 (12,5% rotos. Del total de pacientes revisadas, 55 (30% no se reoperaron por no tener datos de rotura, mientras que 129 pacientes (70% decidieron operarse. De ellos, solo 46 presentaban datos de rotura ecográfica (36%. Durante la cirugía se encontraron 213 implantes íntegros (83% y 45 implantes rotos (17, 8%. No se encontraron datos de malignidad en las piezas de biopsia tomadas de las cápsulas o en el líquido periprotésico; tampoco crecimiento bacteriano. El índice de rotura comprobada, 17,8%, fue mayor que el que presentan otros estudios pero que tienen tiempos de seguimiento más cortos. No se encontró irritación de tejidos o sintomatología mamaria en los implantes íntegros, ni datos de toxicidad en las cápsulas o en el líquido en los implantes rotos. En base a todo ello consideramos que no es mandatorio retirar los implantes PIP® como medida de rutina, sino hacerlo cuando exista evidencia o

  6. Vertebral body stenting versus kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures: a randomized trial.

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    Werner, Clément M L; Osterhoff, Georg; Schlickeiser, Jannis; Jenni, Raphael; Wanner, Guido A; Ossendorf, Christian; Simmen, Hans-Peter

    2013-04-03

    In the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, vertebral body stenting with an expandable scaffold inserted before application of the bone cement was developed to impede secondary loss of vertebral height encountered in patients treated with balloon kyphoplasty. The purpose of this study was to clarify whether there are relevant differences between balloon kyphoplasty and vertebral body stenting with regard to perioperative and postoperative findings. In a two-armed randomized controlled trial, patients with a total of 100 fresh osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures were treated with either balloon kyphoplasty or vertebral body stenting. The primary outcome was the post-interventional change in the kyphotic angle on radiographs. The secondary outcomes were the maximum pressure of the balloon tamp during inflation, radiation exposure time, perioperative complications, and cement leakage. The mean reduction (and standard deviation) of kyphosis (the kyphotic correction angle) was 4.5° ± 3.6° after balloon kyphoplasty and 4.7° ± 4.2° after vertebral body stenting (p = 0.972). The mean pressures were 24 ± 5 bar (348 ± 72 pounds per square inch [psi]) during vertebral body stenting and 16 ± 6 bar (233 ± 81 psi) during balloon kyphoplasty (p = 0.014). There were no significant differences in radiation exposure time.None of the patients underwent revision surgery, and postoperative neurologic sequelae were not observed. Cement leakage occurred at twenty-five of the 100 vertebral levels without significant differences between the two intervention arms (p = 0.230). Intraoperative material-related complications were observed at one of the fifty vertebral levels in the balloon kyphoplasty group and at nine of the fifty levels in the vertebral body stenting group. No beneficial effect of vertebral body stenting over balloon kyphoplasty was found among patients with painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures with regard to kyphotic correction, cement leakage

  7. Symptomatic vertebral hemangioma: Treatment with radiotherapy

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    Aich Ranen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Vertebrae are the second commonest site among skeletal locations affected by hemangioma, but only about one per cent becomes symptomatic throughout the life. Though surgery, intra vertebral injection of various sclerosing agents have been tried in treating this benign process, no general consensus regarding management has been reached. Radiotherapy is emerging as a low cost, simple, non-invasive but very effective modality of treatment of symptomatic vertebral hemangioma. Aim: This study aims to find out the role of external beam radiotherapy in alleviating the symptoms of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas without compromising the quality of life. Materials and Methods: Seven consecutive patients with symptomatic vertebral hemangioma were treated with a fixed dose of external beam radiotherapy; and muscle power was assessed before, after treatment and during follow-up. Results: All patients showed improvement of muscle power, which increased with the passage of time. Pain relief with improvement of quality of life was obtained in all the patients. Conclusion: Effect of radiotherapy on vertebral hemangioma is dose-dependent and the dose limiting factor is the spinal cord tolerance. In the present era of IMRT, greater dose can be delivered to the parts of vertebra affected by the hemangioma without compromising the spinal cord tolerance and expected to give better results.

  8. Bone creep can cause progressive vertebral deformity.

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    Pollintine, Phillip; Luo, Jin; Offa-Jones, Ben; Dolan, Patricia; Adams, Michael A

    2009-09-01

    Vertebral deformities in elderly people are conventionally termed "fractures", but their onset is often insidious, suggesting that time-dependent (creep) processes may also be involved. Creep has been studied in small samples of bone, but nothing is known about creep deformity of whole vertebrae, or how it might be influenced by bone mineral density (BMD). We hypothesise that sustained compressive loading can cause progressive and measurable creep deformity in elderly human vertebrae. 27 thoracolumbar "motion segments" (two vertebrae and the intervening disc and ligaments) were dissected from 20 human cadavers aged 42-91 yrs. A constant compressive force of approximately 1.0 kN was applied to each specimen for either 0.5 h or 2 h, while the anterior, middle and posterior heights of each of the 54 vertebral bodies were measured at 1 Hz using a MacReflex 2D optical tracking system. This located 6 reflective markers attached to the lateral cortex of each vertebral body, with resolution better than 10 microm. Experiments were at laboratory temperature, and polythene film was used to minimise water loss. Volumetric BMD was calculated for each vertebral body, using DXA to measure mineral content, and water immersion for volume. In the 0.5 h tests, creep deformation in the anterior, middle and posterior vertebral cortex averaged 4331, 1629 and 614 micro-strains respectively, where 10,000 micro-strains represents 1% loss in height. Anterior creep strains exceeded posterior (Pspecimens with average BMDfracture.

  9. Vertebral Column Resection for Rigid Spinal Deformity.

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    Saifi, Comron; Laratta, Joseph L; Petridis, Petros; Shillingford, Jamal N; Lehman, Ronald A; Lenke, Lawrence G

    2017-05-01

    Broad narrative review. To review the evolution, operative technique, outcomes, and complications associated with posterior vertebral column resection. A literature review of posterior vertebral column resection was performed. The authors' surgical technique is outlined in detail. The authors' experience and the literature regarding vertebral column resection are discussed at length. Treatment of severe, rigid coronal and/or sagittal malalignment with posterior vertebral column resection results in approximately 50-70% correction depending on the type of deformity. Surgical site infection rates range from 2.9% to 9.7%. Transient and permanent neurologic injury rates range from 0% to 13.8% and 0% to 6.3%, respectively. Although there are significant variations in EBL throughout the literature, it can be minimized by utilizing tranexamic acid intraoperatively. The ability to correct a rigid deformity in the spine relies on osteotomies. Each osteotomy is associated with a particular magnitude of correction at a single level. Posterior vertebral column resection is the most powerful posterior osteotomy method providing a successful correction of fixed complex deformities. Despite meticulous surgical technique and precision, this robust osteotomy technique can be associated with significant morbidity even in the most experienced hands.

  10. Estudio observacional prospectivo con insulina detemir en pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 mal controlados que inician por primer vez tratamiento con insulina (estudio SOLVE)

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    Orozco-Beltrán, Domingo; Artola-Menéndez, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Objetivo: Describir la experiencia en atención primaria con insulina detemir en pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 mal controlados con antidiabéticos orales que necesitan incorporar una insulina a su terapia antidiabética. Métodos: Estudio observacional prospectivo de 6 meses de seguimiento realizado en 10 países. En España participaron solo centros de atención primaria. Se reclutaron pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 mal controlados a cuyo tratamiento con antidiabéticos orales se...

  11. Efectividad de la hidroterapia en comparación con la fisioterapia convencional en la ruptura del LCA. Estudio prospectivo aleatorizado

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    Moreno Martos, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Introducción: Existe una prevalencia de 0,30/ 10000 habitantes que padezcan una ruptura del ligamento cruzado anterior (LCA). La hidroterapia ofrece unos beneficios terapéuticos que otros tratamientos convencionales no tienen. Objetivo: El objetivo principal de este estudio es comprobar si la aplicación de la hidroterapia a un protocolo convencional de rehabilitación en el postoperatorio de la reconstrucción de un LCA, ofrece un mejor control del dolor. Diseño: Estudio prospectivo, controlado...

  12. Amigdalitis aguda recurrente bacteriana: Estudio prospectivo, comparativo y controlado de sus características clínicas y microbiológicas

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    Der M,Carolina; Iñiguez C,Rodrigo; Guzman D,Ana Maria; Jofré P,David; Iñiguez C,Armando; Labarca L,Jaime

    2007-01-01

    Introducción: La amigdalitis aguda recurrente es una patología de frecuente consulta, es una de las indicaciones de amigdalectomía. No se sabe con exactitud el origen de esta patología. Objetivo: Identificar la microbiología y patrones de susceptibilidad de las bacterias en la amigdalitis aguda recurrente bacteriana (AARB) a los antimicrobianos más comúnmente en el medio nacional, usados en su tratamiento. Material y método: Se planificó un estudio prospectivo, controlado y ciego. Se evaluaro...

  13. The origin of the vertebrate skeleton

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    Pivar, Stuart

    2011-01-01

    The anatomy of the human and other vertebrates has been well described since the days of Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius. The causative origin of the configuration of the bones and of their shapes and forms has been addressed over the ensuing centuries by such outstanding investigators as Goethe, Von Baer, Gegenbauer, Wilhelm His and D'Arcy Thompson, who sought to apply mechanical principles to morphogenesis. However, no coherent causative model of morphogenesis has ever been presented. This paper presents a causative model for the origin of the vertebrate skeleton, based on the premise that the body is a mosaic enlargement of self-organized patterns engrained in the membrane of the egg cell. Drawings illustrate the proposed hypothetical origin of membrane patterning and the changes in the hydrostatic equilibrium of the cytoplasm that cause topographical deformations resulting in the vertebrate body form.

  14. Mitochondrial genome organization and vertebrate phylogenetics

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    Pereira Sérgio Luiz

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available With the advent of DNA sequencing techniques the organization of the vertebrate mitochondrial genome shows variation between higher taxonomic levels. The most conserved gene order is found in placental mammals, turtles, fishes, some lizards and Xenopus. Birds, other species of lizards, crocodilians, marsupial mammals, snakes, tuatara, lamprey, and some other amphibians and one species of fish have gene orders that are less conserved. The most probable mechanism for new gene rearrangements seems to be tandem duplication and multiple deletion events, always associated with tRNA sequences. Some new rearrangements seem to be typical of monophyletic groups and the use of data from these groups may be useful for answering phylogenetic questions involving vertebrate higher taxonomic levels. Other features such as the secondary structure of tRNA, and the start and stop codons of protein-coding genes may also be useful in comparisons of vertebrate mitochondrial genomes.

  15. Influência do trauma cirúrgico no comportamento dos níveis séricos de albumina após cirurgia da coluna vertebral Influencia del trauma quirúrgico sobre el comportamiento de los niveles de albúmina sérica después de cirugía de columna vertebral Influence of surgical trauma on the behavior of serum albumin after spine surgery

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    Rafael Paiva Luciano

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a variação da concentração da albumina nas cirurgias de coluna vertebral e relacioná-la às repercussões clínicas no pós-operatório. MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo observacional sobre os valores do nível sérico da albumina de 55 pacientes submetidos à cirurgia na coluna vertebral. As amostras de sangue foram coletadas um dia antes da cirurgia e 24 horas após o procedimento. Foi aplicado o teste t pareado na avaliação da variação (pré versus pós nos parâmetros albumina, hemoglobina e hematócrito. A presença de associação entre grau de variação nos níveis de albumina (1 g/dL e as variáveis de interesse: presença de complicações, necessidade de transfusão, procedimento realizado, idade e gênero do paciente e diagnóstico foram avaliadas pelo teste do χ2 de Pearson ou teste do χ2 da razão de verossimilhança quando apropriado. RESULTADOS: a redução média dessa proteína foi de 0,58 g/dL, variando de 0 a 1,8 g/dL. Dos pacientes, 78,2% apresentaram valores da albumina no período pós-operatório abaixo da faixa considerada normal. Somente dois pacientes da amostra apresentaram complicações durante os 30 dias de seguimento. O grupo com correção de deformidades apresentou 100% de pacientes com variação >1 g/dL. CONCLUSÃO: houve influência do trauma cirúrgico na redução sérica da albumina, em média, de 0,58 g/dL nas cirurgias da coluna vertebral. Não foi possível associar essa queda às complicações no período pós-operatório após seguimento de 30 dias desses pacientes.OBJETIVO: evaluar la variación de la concentración de albúmina en las cirugías de la columna vertebral y relacionarla con los efectos clínicos en el período postoperatorio. MÉTODOS: estudio observacional prospectivo sobre los valores de los niveles de la albúmina de suero de 55 pacientes sometidos a cirugía de la columna vertebral. Muestras de sangre fueron tomadas un día antes de la cirugía y 24 horas

  16. Slipped vertebral epiphysis (report of 2 cases

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    2009-02-01

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    • Avulsion or fracture of posterior ring apophysis of lumbar vertebra is an uncommon cause of radicular low back pain in pediatric age group, adolescents and athletes. This lesion is one of differential diagnosis of disc herniation. We reported two teenage boys with sever low back pain and sciatica during soccer play that ultimately treated with diagnosis of lipped vertebral apophysis.
    • KEY WORDS: Ring Apophysis, vertebral fracture, sciatica, low back pain, disc herniation.

  17. Cervical vertebral fusion with anterior meningocele.

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    Gallagher, Mathew J; Chavredakis, Emmanuel; Carter, David; Bhojak, Manesh; Jenkinson, Michael D; Clark, Simon R

    2015-04-01

    We present the first described case of cervical vertebral fusion associated with anterior meningocele and syringomyelia. A 45-year-old woman presented with minor trauma, and plain cervical spine radiographs highlighted a congenital deformity of the cervical vertebral bodies. She had a normal neurological examination; however, further imaging revealed a meningocele and syringomyelia. This case highlights the importance of thorough imaging investigation when presented with a congenital deformity in order to detect and prevent development of degenerative spinal cord pathologies. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  18. Nocardia brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess.

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    Johnson, Philip; Ammar, Hussam

    2013-04-11

    Nocardia species exist in the environment as a saprophyte; it is found worldwide in soil and decaying plant matter. They often infect patients with underlying immune compromise, pulmonary disease or history of trauma or surgery. The diagnosis of nocardiosis can be easily missed as it mimics many other granulomatous and neoplastic disease. We report a 69-year-old man who presented with chronic back pain and paraparesis. He was found to have Nocardial brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. Laminectomy and epidural wash out was performed but with no neurological recovery. This is the second reported case of N brasiliensis vertebral osteomyelitis in the literature.

  19. les hemangiomes vertebraux agressifs vertebral hemangiomas

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    Background 1. Vertebral hemangiomas are benign tumeurs and are raré< ly symptomatic Aggressive forms represent less than. 1% of all cases Medical imaging allows both diagnosis ... '+ tro'ubles sphinctêriens. Irritation pyramidale '. Laminectomie - échec [saignement important) embolieationcomplêtée par une résection.

  20. Impacts of underwater noise on marine vertebrates

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    Liebschner, Alexander; Seibel, Henrike; Teilmann, Jonas; Wittekind, Dietrich; Parmentier, Eric; Dähne, Michael; Dietz, Rune; Driver, Jörg; Elk, van Cornelis; Everaarts, Eligius; Findeisen, Henning; Kristensen, Jacob; Lehnert, Kristina; Lucke, Klaus; Merck, Thomas; Müller, Sabine; Pawliczka, Iwona; Ronnenberg, Katrin; Rosenberger, Tanja; Ruser, Andreas; Tougaard, Jakob; Schuster, Max; Sundermeyer, Janne; Sveegaard, Signe; Siebert, Ursula

    2016-01-01

    The project conducts application-oriented research on impacts of underwater noise on marine vertebrates in the North and Baltic Seas. In distinct subprojects, the hearing sensitivity of harbor porpoises and gray seals as well as the acoustic tolerance limit of harbor porpoises to impulsive noise

  1. Separation of vertebral epiphyses in bovine carcases.

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    Cooke, M

    1987-01-01

    Separation of vertebral epiphyses in the thoracolumbar region is a cause of rejection of beef carcases for Intervention storage. Incidence is highest in younger cattle and the problem is associated with certain types of hide puller and dressing technique. Three dressing methods are evaluated and tensile strenght of bone specimens is measured. Copyright © 1987. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Extensive thoracolumbosacral vertebral osteomyelitis after Lemierre syndrome

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    Kempen, D. H R; van Dijk, M.; Hoepelman, A. I M|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/074382160; Oner, F. C.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/188615326; Verlaan, J. J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/269057285

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    Purpose: To present a unique case of multilevel vertebral osteomyelitis after Lemierre syndrome. Methods: A previously healthy 27-year-old man presented in the Emergency Department in septic shock because of Lemierre syndrome for which he was subsequently treated with intravenous benzylpenicillin

  3. Diagnosis and Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures.

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    McCarthy, Jason; Davis, Amy

    2016-07-01

    Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are the most common complication of osteoporosis, affecting more than 700,000 Americans annually. Fracture risk increases with age, with four in 10 white women older than 50 years experiencing a hip, spine, or vertebral fracture in their lifetime. VCFs can lead to chronic pain, disfigurement, height loss, impaired activities of daily living, increased risk of pressure sores, pneumonia, and psychological distress. Patients with an acute VCF may report abrupt onset of back pain with position changes, coughing, sneezing, or lifting. Physical examination findings are often normal, but can demonstrate kyphosis and midline spine tenderness. More than two-thirds of patients are asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally on plain radiography. Acute VCFs may be treated with analgesics such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotics, and calcitonin. Physicians must be mindful of medication adverse effects in older patients. Other conservative therapeutic options include limited bed rest, bracing, physical therapy, nerve root blocks, and epidural injections. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation, including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, is controversial, but can be considered in patients with inadequate pain relief with nonsurgical care or when persistent pain substantially affects quality of life. Family physicians can help prevent vertebral fractures through management of risk factors and the treatment of osteoporosis.

  4. VerSeDa: vertebrate secretome database

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    Cortazar, Ana R.; Oguiza, José A.

    2017-01-01

    Based on the current tools, de novo secretome (full set of proteins secreted by an organism) prediction is a time consuming bioinformatic task that requires a multifactorial analysis in order to obtain reliable in silico predictions. Hence, to accelerate this process and offer researchers a reliable repository where secretome information can be obtained for vertebrates and model organisms, we have developed VerSeDa (Vertebrate Secretome Database). This freely available database stores information about proteins that are predicted to be secreted through the classical and non-classical mechanisms, for the wide range of vertebrate species deposited at the NCBI, UCSC and ENSEMBL sites. To our knowledge, VerSeDa is the only state-of-the-art database designed to store secretome data from multiple vertebrate genomes, thus, saving an important amount of time spent in the prediction of protein features that can be retrieved from this repository directly. Database URL: VerSeDa is freely available at http://genomics.cicbiogune.es/VerSeDa/index.php PMID:28365718

  5. Progressive non-infectious anterior vertebral fusion

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    Smith, J.R.G.; Martin, I.R.; Shaw, D.G.; Robinson, R.O.

    1986-11-01

    Four cases of progressive non-infectious anterior vertebral fusion are described. Three cases remain relatively asymptomatic, but one has developed spinal cord compression secondary to an acute angled kyphosis. The clinical, radiological, and pathological features are reviewed and some comparisons with the spinal changes in thalidomide embryopathy are made.

  6. Neogene vertebrates from the Gargano Peninsula, Italy

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    Freudenthal, M.

    1971-01-01

    Fissure-fillings in Mesozoic limestones in the Gargano Peninsula yield rich collections of fossil vertebrates, which are characterized by gigantism and aberrant morphology. Their age is considered to be Vallesian or Turolian. The special features of the fauna are probably due to isolation on an

  7. Biomechanical aspects of bone microstructure in vertebrates ...

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    2009-10-29

    Oct 29, 2009 ... Bone is an important tissue in paleontological studies as it is a commonly preserved element in most fossil vertebrates, and can often allow its ... of the size of the bone's building blocks (such as osteon or trabecular thickness) to meet the metabolic demand concomitant to minimal expenditure of energy.

  8. Biomechanical aspects of bone microstructure in vertebrates ...

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    Prakash

    2009-10-29

    Oct 29, 2009 ... Biomechanical aspects of bone microstructure in vertebrates: potential approach to palaeontological investigations. S MISHRA. School of Engineering Systems and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology,. Brisbane 4000, Australia. (Email, sk.mishra@qut.edu.au).

  9. Pleistocene vertebrates of the Yukon Territory

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    Harington, C. R.

    2011-08-01

    Unglaciated parts of the Yukon constitute one of the most important areas in North America for yielding Pleistocene vertebrate fossils. Nearly 30 vertebrate faunal localities are reviewed spanning a period of about 1.6 Ma (million years ago) to the close of the Pleistocene some 10 000 BP (radiocarbon years before present, taken as 1950). The vertebrate fossils represent at least 8 species of fishes, 1 amphibian, 41 species of birds and 83 species of mammals. Dominant among the large mammals are: steppe bison ( Bison priscus), horse ( Equus sp.), woolly mammoth ( Mammuthus primigenius), and caribou ( Rangifer tarandus) - signature species of the Mammoth Steppe fauna ( Fig. 1), which was widespread from the British Isles, through northern Europe, and Siberia to Alaska, Yukon and adjacent Northwest Territories. The Yukon faunas extend from Herschel Island in the north to Revenue Creek in the south and from the Alaskan border in the west to Ketza River in the east. The Yukon holds evidence of the earliest-known people in North America. Artifacts made from bison, mammoth and caribou bones from Bluefish Caves, Old Crow Basin and Dawson City areas show that people had a substantial knowledge of making and using bone tools at least by 25 000 BP, and possibly as early as 40 000 BP. A suggested chronological sequence of Yukon Pleistocene vertebrates ( Table 1) facilitates comparison of selected faunas and indicates the known duration of various taxa.

  10. Estudo comparativo em crianças com e sem fissura labiopalatina através do protocolo de triagem do desenvolvimento da linguagem até três anos de idade

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    Véra Helena Valente Leirião

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    OBJETIVO: Este estudo tem como objetivo elaborar um protocolo eficiente para triagem do desenvolvimento de linguagem em crianças da população brasileira, analisar se existem diferenças nas habilidades de linguagem das crianças com e sem fissura labiopalatina (FLP) e verificar se há diferenças no perfil do desenvolvimento de linguagem entre crianças com FLP, com e sem otite média. MODELO: Prospectivo e amostra aleatória. LOCAL: Setor de Fonoaudiologia e Ambulatório de Saúde Pública - HRAC- USP...

  11. Estudo comparativo do uso de anestésicos locais com ou sem vasoconstritor em pacientes com arritmias cardíacas durante tratamento odontológico de rotina

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    Maria Teresa Fernández Cáceres

    2007-01-01

    A utilização de anestésicos locais associados a substâncias vasoconstritoras para tratamento odontológico de rotina de pacientes cardiopatas ainda é controversa, devido ao risco de efeitos cardiovasculares adversos. Objetivo: avaliar possíveis alterações hemodinâmicas relacionadas ao uso de anestésico local com vasoconstritor não adrenérgico em pacientes portadores de arritmias cardíacas comparando ao uso de anestésico sem vasoconstritor. Métodos: Estudo prospectivo randomizado, avaliou 33 pa...

  12. CENÁRIOS PROSPECTIVOS: FERRAMENTAS ESTRATÉGICAS PARA OBTENÇÃO E MANUTENÇÃO DA VANTAGEM COMPETITIVA DAS ORGANIZAÇÕES [doi: 10.5329/RECADM.20040302007

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    Henrique Martins Rocha

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Resumo A complexidade de gerir uma organização no contexto atual, onde mudanças e exigências dos clientes são cada vez mais dinâmicas com a competição cada vez mais acirrada, despertou a necessidade de uma avaliação dos possíveis futuros alternativos. Na busca de um sistema que permitisse às organizações uma orientação correta dentro desta nova realidade, surgiram os estudos de cenários prospectivos, uma metodologia utilizada para listar as possibilidades existentes, ampliando a capacidade das organizações proporem e monitorarem suas ações estratégicas, de forma a permitir o atingimento e manutenção de posições competitivas. O presente trabalho visa estudar essa metodologia, reunindo informações e descrevendo os principais conceitos relacionados ao assunto. As conclusões do trabalho indicam que o método mostra-se uma ferramenta que pode auxiliar a definir a estratégia da organização, permitindo ao mesmo tempo, uma posição mais flexível e apropriada para lidar com a incerteza e o novo, tornando-a mais robusta no posicionamento estratégico. Palavras chave: Cenários, competitividade, estratégia,     Abstract The complexity of managing a organization nowadays, whereby changes and customer demands are increasingly more dynamic, and the competition is tougher than ever, brought about a need for a reevaluation based on alternative futures. In search of a system, which would enable the companies to sail forth in a correct direction, within this new reality, arose the prospective scenarios study, which is a methodology whereby futures are identified, expanding the possibility of the organizations to propose and to monitor their strategic actions, in order to enable the achievement and/or maintenance of competitive positions. This present work has the intent of perform an in-deep study of this methodology, gathering information and

  13. The CW domain, a structural module shared amongst vertebrates, vertebrate-infecting parasites and higher plants.

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    Perry, Jason; Zhao, Yunde

    2003-11-01

    A previously undetected domain, named CW for its conserved cysteine and tryptophan residues, appears to be a four-cysteine zinc-finger motif found exclusively in vertebrates, vertebrate-infecting parasites and higher plants. Of the twelve distinct nuclear protein families that comprise the CW domain-containing superfamily, only the microrchida (MORC) family has begun to be characterized. However, several families contain other domains suggesting a relationship between the CW domain and either chromatin methylation status or early embryonic development.

  14. Vertebral body stenting: a new method for vertebral augmentation versus kyphoplasty.

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    Rotter, Robert; Martin, Heiner; Fuerderer, Sebastian; Gabl, Michael; Roeder, Christoph; Heini, Paul; Mittlmeier, Thomas

    2010-06-01

    Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are well-established minimally invasive treatment options for compression fractures of osteoporotic vertebral bodies. Possible procedural disadvantages, however, include incomplete fracture reduction or a significant loss of reduction after balloon tamp deflation, prior to cement injection. A new procedure called "vertebral body stenting" (VBS) was tested in vitro and compared to kyphoplasty. VBS uses a specially designed catheter-mounted stent which can be implanted and expanded inside the vertebral body. As much as 24 fresh frozen human cadaveric vertebral bodies (T11-L5) were utilized. After creating typical compression fractures, the vertebral bodies were reduced by kyphoplasty (n = 12) or by VBS (n = 12) and then stabilized with PMMA bone cement. Each step of the procedure was performed under fluoroscopic control and analysed quantitatively. Finally, static and dynamic biomechanical tests were performed. A complete initial reduction of the fractured vertebral body height was achieved by both systems. There was a significant loss of reduction after balloon deflation in kyphoplasty compared to VBS, and a significant total height gain by VBS (mean +/- SD in %, p VBS: 3.7 +/- 3.8], and total anterior height gain [kyphoplasty: 8.0 +/- 9.4; VBS: 13.3 +/- 7.6]). Biomechanical tests showed no significant stiffness and failure load differences between systems. VBS is an innovative technique which allows for the possibly complete reduction of vertebral compression fractures and helps maintain the restored height by means of a stent. The height loss after balloon deflation is significantly decreased by using VBS compared to kyphoplasty, thus offering a new promising option for vertebral augmentation.

  15. Vertebral body stenting: a new method for vertebral augmentation versus kyphoplasty

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    Rotter, Robert; Martin, Heiner; Fuerderer, Sebastian; Gabl, Michael; Roeder, Christoph; Heini, Paul; Mittlmeier, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are well-established minimally invasive treatment options for compression fractures of osteoporotic vertebral bodies. Possible procedural disadvantages, however, include incomplete fracture reduction or a significant loss of reduction after balloon tamp deflation, prior to cement injection. A new procedure called ?vertebral body stenting? (VBS) was tested in?vitro and compared to kyphoplasty. VBS uses a specially designed catheter-mounted stent which can be impl...

  16. Tuberculose infantil: estudo retrospectivo

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    Boaventura Antonio dos Santos

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: A tuberculose (TB infantil permanece como uma das doenças mais prevalentes e preocupantes no mundo, sobretudo em nações em desenvolvimento, onde as taxas são ainda mais elevadas e os casos descritos subestimados pela dificuldade em se estabelecer um diagnóstico definitivo. Dessa forma, este estudo tem como objetivo descrever o perfil clínico e epidemiológico dos pacientes com TB infantil pulmonar e extrapulmonar. Métodos: Foram avaliados retrospectivamente, através de questionário, pacientes com idade de até 15 anos, internados no Serviço de Pediatria do HCPA, no período de janeiro de 2002 a setembro de 2007.   Resultados: Dos 52 pacientes incluídos, 63% apresentavam TB pulmonar. Das formas extra-pulmonares, a meningoencefalite foi a mais prevalente (22%. Comorbidades foram dectadas em 31 (60% pacientes, dos quais 15 (29% apresentavam desnutrição grave, 9 (18% HIV positivo e 7 (13% pneumopatia crônica. Das manifestações clínicas, febre e tosse estavam presentes na maioria dos pacientes. O padrão radiológico predominante foi o de consolidação pulmonar (51%. A maioria dos pacientes referia história de contato com paciente bacilífero (64%. Conclusão: A TB pulmonar representa a principal forma de apresentação clínica da TB, sendo o diagnóstico feito de forma presuntiva na maioria dos casos. O diagnóstico baseado na comprovação bacteriológica foi obtido numa minoria de pacientes, demonstrando a importância dos achados clínico-laboratoriais, história epidemiológica e vacinal para o diagnóstico. Nesse sentido, a criação de escores tem se tornado uma ferramenta de fácil acesso e com razoável acurácia para auxiliar o diagnóstico de TB em serviços de baixa complexidade, especialmente o ambulatorial.

  17. Varied overstrain injuries of the vertebral column conditioned by evolution

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    Kohlbach, W.

    1983-08-01

    During physiological growth of the juvenile vertebral column, various stages of stability occur which are characterized by the condition of the marginal rim of the vertebral bodies. If the vertebral juvenile column is overstrained, these variations in stability results in a variety of damage to vertebral bodies and vertebral disks. One of these lesions corresponds to Scheuermann's disease (osteochondrosis of vertebral epiphyses in juveniles). Damage of the vertebral column due to overstrain can occur only if the overstrain is applied in upright position. Since Man alone can damage his vertebral column in upright position (as a result of his evolutionary development), Scheuermann's thesis is confirmed that Scheuermann's disease is confined to Man. Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis is also a damage caused by overstrain. Here, too, the damage can occur only if the load is exercised in upright position, with the exception of a slanted positioning of the intervertebral components.

  18. Evolution of the vertebrate claudin gene family: insights from a basal vertebrate, the sea lamprey.

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    Mukendi, Christian; Dean, Nicholas; Lala, Rushil; Smith, Jeramiah; Bronner, Marianne E; Nikitina, Natalya V

    2016-01-01

    Claudins are major constituents of tight junctions, contributing both to their intercellular sealing and selective permeability properties. While claudins and claudin-like molecules are present in some invertebrates, the association of claudins with tight junctions has been conclusively documented only in vertebrates. Here we report the sequencing, phylogenetic analysis and comprehensive spatiotemporal expression analysis of the entire claudin gene family in the basal extant vertebrate, the sea lamprey. Our results demonstrate that clear orthologues to about half of all mammalian claudins are present in the lamprey, suggesting that at least one round of whole genome duplication contributed to the diversification of this gene family. Expression analysis revealed that claudins are expressed in discrete and specific domains, many of which represent vertebrate-specific innovations, such as in cranial ectodermal placodes and the neural crest; whereas others represent structures characteristic of chordates, e.g. pronephros, notochord, somites, endostyle and pharyngeal arches. By comparing the embryonic expression of claudins in the lamprey to that of other vertebrates, we found that ancestral expression patterns were often preserved in higher vertebrates. Morpholino mediated loss of Cldn3b demonstrated a functional role for this protein in placode and pharyngeal arch morphogenesis. Taken together, our data provide novel insights into the origins and evolution of the claudin gene family and the significance of claudin proteins in the evolution of vertebrates.

  19. Vertebrate richness and biogeography in the Big Thicket of Texas

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    Michael H MacRoberts; Barbara R. MacRoberts; D. Craig Rudolph

    2010-01-01

    The Big Thicket of Texas has been described as rich in species and a “crossroads:” a place where organisms from many different regions meet. We examine the species richness and regional affiliations of Big Thicket vertebrates. We found that the Big Thicket is neither exceptionally rich in vertebrates nor is it a crossroads for vertebrates. Its vertebrate fauna is...

  20. The incidence of secondary vertebral fracture of vertebral augmentation techniques versus conservative treatment for painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Song, Dawei; Meng, Bin; Gan, Minfeng; Niu, Junjie; Li, Shiyan; Chen, Hao; Yuan, Chenxi; Yang, Huilin

    2015-08-01

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) are minimally invasive and effective vertebral augmentation techniques for managing osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs). Recent meta-analyses have compared the incidence of secondary vertebral fractures between patients treated with vertebral augmentation techniques or conservative treatment; however, the inclusions were not thorough and rigorous enough, and the effects of each technique on the incidence of secondary vertebral fractures remain unclear. To perform an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of the studies with more rigorous inclusion criteria on the effects of vertebral augmentation techniques and conservative treatment for OVCF on the incidence of secondary vertebral fractures. PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, SpringerLink, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library database were searched for relevant original articles comparing the incidence of secondary vertebral fractures between vertebral augmentation techniques and conservative treatment for patients with OVCFs. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and prospective non-randomized controlled trials (NRCTs) were identified. The methodological qualities of the studies were evaluated, relevant data were extracted and recorded, and an appropriate meta-analysis was conducted. A total of 13 articles were included. The pooled results from included studies showed no statistically significant differences in the incidence of secondary vertebral fractures between patients treated with vertebral augmentation techniques and conservative treatment. Subgroup analysis comparing different study designs, durations of symptoms, follow-up times, races of patients, and techniques were conducted, and no significant differences in the incidence of secondary fractures were identified (P > 0.05). No obvious publication bias was detected by either Begg's test (P = 0.360 > 0.05) or Egger's test (P = 0.373 > 0.05). Despite current thinking in the

  1. Factors for vertebral artery injury accompanied by cervical trauma

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    Murata, Masaaki; Shingu, Hikosuke; Kimura, Isao; Nasu, Yoshiro; Shiotani, Akihide [San-in Rosai Hospital, Yonago, Tottori (Japan). Spine and Low Back Pain Center

    2001-09-01

    Injury of the vertebral artery with cerebellar and brain stem infarction is a complication of cervical vertebral trauma. However, the pathogenesis and etiological factors remain to be clarified. In this study, we investigated patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury. This study included 51 patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury who were treated in our department. In these patients, plain X-ray, CT, MRI, and MRA findings were examined. The incidence of vertebral arterial injury was 33.3% (17 of 51 patients with cervical vertebral trauma). In 11 of the 17 patients, dislocation fracture was noted, comprising a markedly high percentage (64.7%). Particularly, vertebral arterial injury was commonly observed in patients with a large dislocation distance and severe paralysis. Cerebellar and brain stem infarction related to vertebral arterial injury was observed in 5 of the 17 patients (29.4%). No infarction developed in patients 50 years old or younger. Infarction was detected in relatively elderly patients. Vertebral arterial injury and cerebellar/brain stem infarction related to cervical vertebral trauma were frequently observed in patients with high energy injury. However, these disorders commonly occurred in elderly patients. Therefore, age-related factors such as arteriosclerosis may also be closely involved. In the acute stage, the state of the vertebral artery should be evaluated by MRA and MRI. Among patients with vertebral arterial injury, caution is needed during follow-up those with risk factors such as high energy injury and advanced age. (author)

  2. Closure of the vertebral canal in human embryos and fetuses

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    Mekonen, Hayelom K.; Hikspoors, Jill P. J. M.; Mommen, Greet; Kruepunga, Nutmethee; Köhler, S. Eleonore; Lamers, Wouter H.

    2017-01-01

    The vertebral column is the paradigm of the metameric architecture of the vertebrate body. Because the number of somites is a convenient parameter to stage early human embryos, we explored whether the closure of the vertebral canal could be used similarly for staging embryos between 7 and 10weeks of

  3. Lumbar Vertebral Canal Diameters in Adult Ugandan Skeletons ...

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    Background: Normal values of lumbar vertebral canal diameters are useful in facilitating diagnosis of lumbar vertebral canal stenosis. Various studies have established variation on values between different populations, gender, age, and ethnic groups. Objectives: To determine the lumbar vertebral canal diameters in adult ...

  4. Vertebral Augmentation Involving Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty for Cancer-Related Vertebral Compression Fractures: A Systematic Review.

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    2016-01-01

    Cancers that metastasize to the spine and primary cancers such as multiple myeloma can result in vertebral compression fractures or instability. Conservative strategies, including bed rest, bracing, and analgesic use, can be ineffective, resulting in continued pain and progressive functional disability limiting mobility and self-care. Surgery is not usually an option for cancer patients in advanced disease states because of their poor medical health or functional status and limited life expectancy. The objectives of this review were to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous image-guided vertebral augmentation techniques, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, for palliation of cancer-related vertebral compression fractures. We performed a systematic literature search for studies on vertebral augmentation of cancer-related vertebral compression fractures published from January 1, 2000, to October 2014; abstracts were screened by a single reviewer. For those studies meeting the eligibility criteria, full-text articles were obtained. Owing to the heterogeneity of the clinical reports, we performed a narrative synthesis based on an analytical framework constructed for the type of cancer-related vertebral fractures and the diversity of the vertebral augmentation interventions. The evidence review identified 3,391 citations, of which 111 clinical reports (4,235 patients) evaluated the effectiveness of vertebroplasty (78 reports, 2,545 patients) or kyphoplasty (33 reports, 1,690 patients) for patients with mixed primary spinal metastatic cancers, multiple myeloma, or hemangiomas. Overall the mean pain intensity scores often reported within 48 hours of vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty), were significantly reduced. Analgesic use, although variably reported, usually involved parallel decreases, particularly in opioids, and mean pain-related disability scores were also significantly improved. In a randomized controlled trial comparing kyphoplasty

  5. Vertebral Augmentation Involving Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty for Cancer-Related Vertebral Compression Fractures: An Economic Analysis.

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    2016-01-01

    Untreated vertebral compression fractures can have serious clinical consequences and impose a considerable impact on patients' quality of life and on caregivers. Since non-surgical management of these fractures has limited effectiveness, vertebral augmentation procedures are gaining acceptance in clinical practice for pain control and fracture stabilization. The objective of this analysis was to determine the cost-effectiveness and budgetary impact of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty compared with non-surgical management for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures in patients with cancer. We performed a systematic review of health economic studies to identify relevant studies that compare the cost-effectiveness of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty with non-surgical management for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures in adults with cancer. We also performed a primary cost-effectiveness analysis to assess the clinical benefits and costs of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty compared with non-surgical management in the same population. We developed a Markov model to forecast benefits and harms of treatments, and corresponding quality-adjusted life years and costs. Clinical data and utility data were derived from published sources, while costing data were derived using Ontario administrative sources. We performed sensitivity analyses to examine the robustness of the results. In addition, a 1-year budget impact analysis was performed using data from Ontario administrative sources. Two scenarios were explored: (a) an increase in the total number of vertebral augmentation procedures performed among patients with cancer in Ontario, maintaining the current proportion of kyphoplasty versus vertebroplasty; and (b) no increase in the total number of vertebral augmentation procedures performed among patients with cancer in Ontario but an increase in the proportion of kyphoplasties versus vertebroplasties. The base case considered each of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty

  6. Vertebral Augmentation Involving Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty for Cancer-Related Vertebral Compression Fractures: An Economic Analysis

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    2016-01-01

    Background Untreated vertebral compression fractures can have serious clinical consequences and impose a considerable impact on patients' quality of life and on caregivers. Since non-surgical management of these fractures has limited effectiveness, vertebral augmentation procedures are gaining acceptance in clinical practice for pain control and fracture stabilization. The objective of this analysis was to determine the cost-effectiveness and budgetary impact of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty compared with non-surgical management for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures in patients with cancer. Methods We performed a systematic review of health economic studies to identify relevant studies that compare the cost-effectiveness of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty with non-surgical management for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures in adults with cancer. We also performed a primary cost-effectiveness analysis to assess the clinical benefits and costs of kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty compared with non-surgical management in the same population. We developed a Markov model to forecast benefits and harms of treatments, and corresponding quality-adjusted life years and costs. Clinical data and utility data were derived from published sources, while costing data were derived using Ontario administrative sources. We performed sensitivity analyses to examine the robustness of the results. In addition, a 1-year budget impact analysis was performed using data from Ontario administrative sources. Two scenarios were explored: (a) an increase in the total number of vertebral augmentation procedures performed among patients with cancer in Ontario, maintaining the current proportion of kyphoplasty versus vertebroplasty; and (b) no increase in the total number of vertebral augmentation procedures performed among patients with cancer in Ontario but an increase in the proportion of kyphoplasties versus vertebroplasties. Results The base case considered each of

  7. The Sarmatian vertebrates from Draxeni (Moldavian Platform

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    Vlad Codrea

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Middle Miocene (Sarmatian vertebrates had been unearthed at Draxeni (Vaslui district. The site is located in the northern area of the Moldavian Platform. There, the sand belonging to Şcheia Formation (Bessarabian is mined in a restricted open pit. This sand is related to a littoral environment (shoreface and foreshore. Some of its levels are rich in mollusc debris. Vertebrate remains, carried into the Bessarabian brackish basin are present too, but in smaller amounts. Mastodon, rhinoceros, hipparionine, tortoise remains had been collected there over several years. All teeth and bones are isolated and bear the marks of intensive rolling by waves and currents. This assemblage is typical for the top of Bessarabian in Moldavia, i.e. soon after the first hipparionine invasion in this part of the Europe. This assemblage can be related to the base of MN 9 unit.

  8. Photoreceptor cell fate specification in vertebrates

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    Brzezinski, Joseph A.; Reh, Thomas A.

    2015-01-01

    Photoreceptors – the light-sensitive cells in the vertebrate retina – have been extremely well-characterized with regards to their biochemistry, cell biology and physiology. They therefore provide an excellent model for exploring the factors and mechanisms that drive neural progenitors into a differentiated cell fate in the nervous system. As a result, great progress in understanding the transcriptional network that controls photoreceptor specification and differentiation has been made over the last 20 years. This progress has also enabled the production of photoreceptors from pluripotent stem cells, thereby aiding the development of regenerative medical approaches to eye disease. In this Review, we outline the signaling and transcription factors that drive vertebrate photoreceptor development and discuss how these function together in gene regulatory networks to control photoreceptor cell fate specification. PMID:26443631

  9. Functions of Antimicrobial Peptides in Vertebrates.

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    Avila, Eva Edilia

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this review is to examine the multiple activities of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in vertebrates. The largest AMP families are the cathelicidins and defensins, but several peptides derived from bigger proteins have also been reported. Cathelicidins are characterized by a conserved Nterminal pro-region and a variable region that encodes the C-terminal mature peptide. The β-defensins comprise a large family of AMPs that have diversified their functions, apparently without losing their antimicrobial activity. Cathelicidins and β-defensins are present in all vertebrates studied so far; α- defensins are present in mammals, while θ-defensins are only present in some non-human primates. The AMPs are regulated by posttranslational modifications that mainly include proteolysis, amidation, ADP-ribosylation, glycosylation and phosphorylation. In addition to their antimicrobial effects, AMPs show activity against viral particles and interfere in different steps of virus replication. Moreover, AMPs may both promote and inhibit cancer growth: several vertebrate AMPs kill cancer cells, and some tumors grow in an environment wherein the expression of β-defensins is reduced; however, human cathelicidin and some β-defensins are overexpressed in several types of cancer and are correlated with tumor growth. AMPs are part of the complex network of cells and molecules that forms the vertebrate innate defense system and they induce adaptive responses. In addition, they participate in sperm maturation and male reproduction. AMPs are multifunctional peptides that participate in immune responses, wound healing, angiogenesis, toxin neutralization, iron metabolism, male reproduction, among other functions. However, AMPs may also contribute to excessive inflammation and tumorigenesis. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  10. Delayed coupling theory of vertebrate segmentation

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    Morelli, Luis G.; Ares, Saúl; Herrgen, Leah; Schröter, Christian; Jülicher, Frank; Andrew C. Oates

    2008-01-01

    Rhythmic and sequential subdivision of the elongating vertebrate embryonic body axis into morphological somites is controlled by an oscillating multicellular genetic network termed the segmentation clock. This clock operates in the presomitic mesoderm (PSM), generating dynamic stripe patterns of oscillatory gene-expression across the field of PSM cells. How these spatial patterns, the clock’s collective period, and the underlying cellular-level interactions are related is not understood. A th...

  11. Vertebral artery dissection associated with sildenafil abuse.

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    Dersch, Rick; Anastasopoulos, Constantin; Hader, Claudia; Stich, Oliver

    2013-05-01

    We present a 49-year-old male who suffered a cerebellar infarction due to a vertebral artery dissection. The patient had taken sildenafil daily for at least 2 years for sexual enhancement. There was no sexual intercourse or traumatic event prior to symptom onset. Sildenafil intake has been associated with aortic dissection and, in the light of this report, we suggest that chronic sildenafil intake could be a risk factor for arterial dissection. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Vertebral involvement in SAPHO syndrome: MRI findings

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    Nachtigal, A.; Cardinal, E.; Bureau, N.J. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. de Montreal, QC (Canada); Sainte-Marie, L.G. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Univ. de Montreal, QC (Canada); Milette, F. [Department of Pathology, Univ. de Montreal, QC (Canada)

    1999-03-01

    We report on the MRI findings in the vertebrae and surrounding soft tissues in two patients with the SAPHO syndrome (Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis, Osteitis). The MRI findings include abnormal bone marrow signal, either focal or diffuse, of the vertebral bodies and posterior elements; hyperintense paravertebral soft tissue swelling and abnormal signal of the intervertebral discs. These changes are consistent with discitis and osteitis. (orig.) With 6 figs., 17 refs.

  13. Transmission of ranavirus between ectothermic vertebrate hosts.

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    Brenes, Roberto; Gray, Matthew J; Waltzek, Thomas B; Wilkes, Rebecca P; Miller, Debra L

    2014-01-01

    Transmission is an essential process that contributes to the survival of pathogens. Ranaviruses are known to infect different classes of lower vertebrates including amphibians, fishes and reptiles. Differences in the likelihood of infection among ectothermic vertebrate hosts could explain the successful yearlong persistence of ranaviruses in aquatic environments. The goal of this study was to determine if transmission of a Frog Virus 3 (FV3)-like ranavirus was possible among three species from different ectothermic vertebrate classes: Cope's gray treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) larvae, mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis), and red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). We housed individuals previously exposed to the FV3-like ranavirus with naïve (unexposed) individuals in containers divided by plastic mesh screen to permit water flow between subjects. Our results showed that infected gray treefrog larvae were capable of transmitting ranavirus to naïve larval conspecifics and turtles (60% and 30% infection, respectively), but not to fish. Also, infected turtles and fish transmitted ranavirus to 50% and 10% of the naïve gray treefrog larvae, respectively. Nearly all infected amphibians experienced mortality, whereas infected turtles and fish did not die. Our results demonstrate that ranavirus can be transmitted through water among ectothermic vertebrate classes, which has not been reported previously. Moreover, fish and reptiles might serve as reservoirs for ranavirus given their ability to live with subclinical infections. Subclinical infections of ranavirus in fish and aquatic turtles could contribute to the pathogen's persistence, especially when highly susceptible hosts like amphibians are absent as a result of seasonal fluctuations in relative abundance.

  14. The timing of Timezyme diversification in vertebrates.

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    Damien Cazaméa-Catalan

    Full Text Available All biological functions in vertebrates are synchronized with daily and seasonal changes in the environment by the time keeping hormone melatonin. Its nocturnal surge is primarily due to the rhythmic activity of the arylalkylamine N-acetyl transferase AANAT, which thus became the focus of many investigations regarding its evolution and function. Various vertebrate isoforms have been reported from cartilaginous fish to mammals but their origin has not been clearly established. Using phylogeny and synteny, we took advantage of the increasing number of available genomes in order to test whether the various rounds of vertebrate whole genome duplications were responsible for the diversification of AANAT. We highlight a gene secondary loss of the AANAT2 in the Sarcopterygii, revealing for the first time that the AAANAT1/2 duplication occurred before the divergence between Actinopterygii (bony fish and Sarcopterygii (tetrapods, lobe-finned fish, and lungfish. We hypothesize the teleost-specific whole genome duplication (WDG generated the appearance of the AANAT1a/1b and the AANAT2/2'paralogs, the 2' isoform being rapidly lost in the teleost common ancestor (ray-finned fish. We also demonstrate the secondary loss of the AANAT1a in a Paracantopterygii (Atlantic cod and of the 1b in some Ostariophysi (zebrafish and cave fish. Salmonids present an even more diverse set of AANATs that may be due to their specific WGD followed by secondary losses. We propose that vertebrate AANAT diversity resulted from 3 rounds of WGD followed by previously uncharacterized secondary losses. Extant isoforms show subfunctionalized localizations, enzyme activities and affinities that have increased with time since their emergence.

  15. Modular evolution of the Cetacean vertebral column.

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    Buchholtz, Emily A

    2007-01-01

    Modular theory predicts that hierarchical developmental processes generate hierarchical phenotypic units that are capable of independent modification. The vertebral column is an overtly modular structure, and its rapid phenotypic transformation in cetacean evolution provides a case study for modularity. Terrestrial mammals have five morphologically discrete vertebral series that are now known to be coincident with Hox gene expression patterns. Here, I present the hypothesis that in living Carnivora and Artiodactyla, and by inference in the terrestrial ancestors of whales, the series are themselves components of larger precaudal and caudal modular units. Column morphology in a series of fossil and living whales is used to predict the type and sequence of developmental changes responsible for modification of that ancestral pattern. Developmental innovations inferred include independent meristic additions to the precaudal column in basal archaeocetes and basilosaurids, stepwise homeotic reduction of the sacral series in protocetids, and dissociation of the caudal series into anterior tail and fluke subunits in basilosaurids. The most dramatic change was the novel association of lumbar and anterior caudal vertebrae in a module that crosses the precaudal/caudal boundary. This large unit is defined by shared patterns of vertebral morphology, count, and size in all living whales (Neoceti).

  16. Fungal osteomyelitis with vertebral re-ossification.

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    O Guinn, Devon J; Serletis, Demitre; Kazemi, Noojan

    2016-01-01

    We present a rare case of thoracic vertebral osteomyelitis secondary to pulmonary Blastomyces dermatitides. A 27-year-old male presented with three months of chest pains and non-productive cough. Examination revealed diminished breath sounds on the right. CT/MR imaging confirmed a right-sided pre-/paravertebral soft tissue mass and destructive lytic lesions from T2 to T6. CT-guided needle biopsy confirmed granulomatous pulmonary Blastomycosis. Conservative management with antifungal therapy was initiated. Neurosurgical review confirmed no clinical or profound radiographic instability, and the patient was stabilized with TLSO bracing. Serial imaging 3 months later revealed near-resolution of the thoracic soft tissue mass, with vertebral re-ossification from T2 to T6. Fungal osteomyelitis presents a rare entity in the spectrum of spinal infections. In such cases, lytic spinal lesions are classically seen in association with a large paraspinous mass. Fungal infections of the spinal column may be treated conservatively, with surgical intervention reserved for progressive cases manifesting with neurological compromise and/or spinal column instability. Here, we found unexpected evidence for vertebral re-ossification across the affected thoracic levels (T2-6) in response to IV antibiotic therapy and conservative bracing, nearly 3 months later. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  17. Nestedness of ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks.

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    Sean P Graham

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Determining the structure of ectoparasite-host networks will enable disease ecologists to better understand and predict the spread of vector-borne diseases. If these networks have consistent properties, then studying the structure of well-understood networks could lead to extrapolation of these properties to others, including those that support emerging pathogens. Borrowing a quantitative measure of network structure from studies of mutualistic relationships between plants and their pollinators, we analyzed 29 ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks--including three derived from molecular bloodmeal analysis of mosquito feeding patterns--using measures of nestedness to identify non-random interactions among species. We found significant nestedness in ectoparasite-vertebrate host lists for habitats ranging from tropical rainforests to polar environments. These networks showed non-random patterns of nesting, and did not differ significantly from published estimates of nestedness from mutualistic networks. Mutualistic and antagonistic networks appear to be organized similarly, with generalized ectoparasites interacting with hosts that attract many ectoparasites and more specialized ectoparasites usually interacting with these same "generalized" hosts. This finding has implications for understanding the network dynamics of vector-born pathogens. We suggest that nestedness (rather than random ectoparasite-host associations can allow rapid transfer of pathogens throughout a network, and expand upon such concepts as the dilution effect, bridge vectors, and host switching in the context of nested ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks.

  18. Evolution of sound localisation in land vertebrates.

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    Köppl, Christine

    2009-08-11

    The story of the evolution of hearing in land vertebrates is fascinating but complex. The water-to-land transition changed the physical environment in which hearing happens so dramatically that both the peripheral receptor structures and the central auditory circuits underwent a revolution, leading to the sensitive hearing of higher-frequency airborne sound. This (r)evolution took a very long time indeed. Most of it happened after the early divergence of the major clades of land vertebrates. Hearing, at least hearing as we commonly understand it today, is the youngest of the major senses and much of its evolutionary history is not shared between amphibians, lepidosauromorphs (lizards and snakes), archosauromorphs (birds and crocodilians) and mammals. There was no linear evolution of complexity from 'lower' to 'higher' vertebrates. We are only just beginning to appreciate the implications of this for central auditory processing. There is no consensus, yet, on the evolution of sound localisation. The multitude of physical cues involved in sound localisation means that different selective pressures interact and need to be considered. The use and neural processing of interaural time differences is just one example. It has taught us that long-standing assumptions, such as the homology of the mammalian medial superior olive and the avian nucleus laminaris, need to be questioned and that important insights may arise from unexpected directions, such as the paleontology of middle-ear ossicles. There is still much to discover.

  19. Vertebral osteomyelitis in adults: an update.

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    Nickerson, Emma K; Sinha, Rohitashwa

    2016-03-01

    The incidence of vertebral osteomyelitis is increasing, attributed to an ageing population with inherent co-morbidities and improved case ascertainment. References were retrieved from the PubMed database using the terms 'vertebral osteomyelitis' and 'spondylodiscitis' between January 1, 2009 and April 30, 2014 published in English as checked in May 2014 (>1000 abstracts checked). Blood cultures and whole spine imaging with magnetic resonance imaging are essential investigations. Thorough debridement is the mainstay of surgical management, although placing metalwork in active infection is becoming increasingly common. The extent of pursuing spinal biopsies to determine aetiology, antimicrobial choices and duration, monitoring the response to treatment, and surgical techniques and timing all vary widely in clinical practice with heterogeneous studies limiting comparisons. Surgery, rather than conservative approaches, is being proposed as the default management choice, because it can, in carefully selected patients, offer faster reduction in pain scores and improved quality of life. Further studies are needed to define the most effective technique for spinal biopsies to maximize determining aetiology. High-quality trials are required to provide an evidence base for both the medical and surgical management of vertebral osteomyelitis, including challenging medical management as the default option. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  20. Phylotranscriptomic consolidation of the jawed vertebrate timetree.

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    Irisarri, Iker; Baurain, Denis; Brinkmann, Henner; Delsuc, Frédéric; Sire, Jean-Yves; Kupfer, Alexander; Petersen, Jörn; Jarek, Michael; Meyer, Axel; Vences, Miguel; Philippe, Hervé

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    Phylogenomics is extremely powerful but introduces new challenges as no agreement exists on "standards" for data selection, curation and tree inference. We use jawed vertebrates (Gnathostomata) as model to address these issues. Despite considerable efforts in resolving their evolutionary history and macroevolution, few studies have included a full phylogenetic diversity of gnathostomes and some relationships remain controversial. We tested a novel bioinformatic pipeline to assemble large and accurate phylogenomic datasets from RNA sequencing and find this phylotranscriptomic approach successful and highly cost-effective. Increased sequencing effort up to ca. 10Gbp allows recovering more genes, but shallower sequencing (1.5Gbp) is sufficient to obtain thousands of full-length orthologous transcripts. We reconstruct a robust and strongly supported timetree of jawed vertebrates using 7,189 nuclear genes from 100 taxa, including 23 new transcriptomes from previously unsampled key species. Gene jackknifing of genomic data corroborates the robustness of our tree and allows calculating genome-wide divergence times by overcoming gene sampling bias. Mitochondrial genomes prove insufficient to resolve the deepest relationships because of limited signal and among-lineage rate heterogeneity. Our analyses emphasize the importance of large curated nuclear datasets to increase the accuracy of phylogenomics and provide a reference framework for the evolutionary history of jawed vertebrates.

  1. Flapping wing aerodynamics: from insects to vertebrates.

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    Chin, Diana D; Lentink, David

    2016-04-01

    More than a million insects and approximately 11,000 vertebrates utilize flapping wings to fly. However, flapping flight has only been studied in a few of these species, so many challenges remain in understanding this form of locomotion. Five key aerodynamic mechanisms have been identified for insect flight. Among these is the leading edge vortex, which is a convergent solution to avoid stall for insects, bats and birds. The roles of the other mechanisms - added mass, clap and fling, rotational circulation and wing-wake interactions - have not yet been thoroughly studied in the context of vertebrate flight. Further challenges to understanding bat and bird flight are posed by the complex, dynamic wing morphologies of these species and the more turbulent airflow generated by their wings compared with that observed during insect flight. Nevertheless, three dimensionless numbers that combine key flow, morphological and kinematic parameters - the Reynolds number, Rossby number and advance ratio - govern flapping wing aerodynamics for both insects and vertebrates. These numbers can thus be used to organize an integrative framework for studying and comparing animal flapping flight. Here, we provide a roadmap for developing such a framework, highlighting the aerodynamic mechanisms that remain to be quantified and compared across species. Ultimately, incorporating complex flight maneuvers, environmental effects and developmental stages into this framework will also be essential to advancing our understanding of the biomechanics, movement ecology and evolution of animal flight. © 2016. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  2. Malignant paraganglioma with vertebral metastasis: case report Paraganglioma maligno com metástase vertebral: relato de caso

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    Bruno Lázaro

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available A paraganglioma is a rare tumor, composed of chromaffin cells, groups of cells associated to the autonomous system. When the tumor occurs in the adrenal gland, it is called pheochromocitoma. The malignant paraganglioma is a very rare presentation; it is diagnosed by local recurrence after total resection of the primary mass, or findings of distant metastases. We present a case report of a 29-year-old woman with cervico-brachial pain. In 1995 she underwent a carotid body tumor resection. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, plain X-rays and computerized tomography scan revealed multiple lesions in C5, T5 and T12. She underwent a surgical procedure to correct the cervical lesion. The histological and immunohistochemical assays revealed a malignant paraganglioma. She received adjuvant radiotherapy, showing clinical improvement after treatment, presenting no symptoms after one year. The therapeutic approach is based on the total resection of the tumor. The treatment of distant metastases can be made with adjuvant measures such as conventional radiotherapy, I¹³¹-MIBG, or chemotherapy, especially in malignant pheochromocitomas.O paraganglioma é tumor raro, composto de células cromafins, associado ao sistema nervoso autônomo. Quando localizado na glândula supra-renal, o tumor é chamado feocromocitoma. Descreve-se um caso de paciente do sexo feminino, 29 anos, que se apresentou com cervicobraquialgia e que havia sido operada em 1995 para exérese de tumor glômico da carótida cervical. RM, RX e TC revelaram múltiplas lesões acometendo o corpo vertebral de C5, T5 e T12. Foi submetida à ressecção cirúrgica radical da lesão cervical, com substituição do corpo vertebral por prótese de titânio. A histopatologia e o estudo imunohistoquímico da lesão confirmaram o diagnóstico de paraganglioma maligno. As outras lesões foram tratadas com radioterapia. Um ano após os procedimentos, a paciente apresenta-se assintomática. O tratamento destas

  3. Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species.

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    Spatz, Dena R; Zilliacus, Kelly M; Holmes, Nick D; Butchart, Stuart H M; Genovesi, Piero; Ceballos, Gerardo; Tershy, Bernie R; Croll, Donald A

    2017-10-01

    Global biodiversity loss is disproportionately rapid on islands, where invasive species are a major driver of extinctions. To inform conservation planning aimed at preventing extinctions, we identify the distribution and biogeographic patterns of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates (classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature) and invasive vertebrates on ~465,000 islands worldwide by conducting a comprehensive literature review and interviews with more than 500 experts. We found that 1189 highly threatened vertebrate species (319 amphibians, 282 reptiles, 296 birds, and 292 mammals) breed on 1288 islands. These taxa represent only 5% of Earth's terrestrial vertebrates and 41% of all highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates, which occur in invasive vertebrates was available for 1030 islands (80% of islands with highly threatened vertebrates). Invasive vertebrates were absent from 24% of these islands, where biosecurity to prevent invasions is a critical management tool. On the 76% of islands where invasive vertebrates were present, management could benefit 39% of Earth's highly threatened vertebrates. Invasive mammals occurred in 97% of these islands, with Rattus sp. as the most common invasive vertebrate (78%; 609 islands). Our results provide an important baseline for identifying islands for invasive species eradication and other island conservation actions that reduce biodiversity loss.

  4. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation for painful osteolytic vertebral metastasis: a case report

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    Anselmetti GC

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Giovanni C Anselmetti1, Sean M Tutton2, Francis R Facchini3, Larry E Miller4,5, Jon E Block51Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, Turin, Italy; 2Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, USA; 3Interventional Radiology, Interventional Oncology, VIR Chicago, Hinsdale, IL, USA; 4Miller Scientific Consulting, Inc, Arden, NC, USA; 5The Jon Block Group, San Francisco, CA, USAIntroduction: Vertebral metastases are associated with significant pain, disability, and morbidity. Open surgery for fracture stabilization is often inappropriate in this population due to a poor risk-benefit profile, particularly if life expectancy is short. Percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are appealing adjunctive procedures in patients with malignancy for alleviation of intractable pain. However, these patients have higher risk of serious complications, notably cement extravasation. Described in this report is a case of a painful osteolytic vertebral metastasis that was successfully treated by a novel percutaneous vertebral augmentation system.Case presentation: A 42-year-old Caucasian female presented with a history of metastatic lung cancer unresponsive to radiation and chemotherapy with symptoms inadequately controlled by opiates over the previous 6 months. Magnetic resonance imaging and spiral computed tomography with two-dimensional reconstruction showed an osteolytic vertebral metastasis with complete involvement of the T10 vertebral body, extending to the cortical vertebral wall anteriorly and posteriorly. The patient was treated with percutaneous vertebral augmentation (Kiva® VCF Treatment System, Benvenue Medical, Inc, Santa Clara, CA utilizing a novel coil-shaped polyetheretherketone implant designed to minimize the risk of cement extravasation. After the minimally invasive procedure, bone cement distribution within the vertebral body was ideal, with no observed cement extravasation. No

  5. Evolution of vertebrate GnRH receptors from the perspective of a basal vertebrate

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    Stacia A Sower

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This minireview provides the current status on gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptors (GnRH-R in vertebrates, from the perspective of a basal vertebrate, the sea lamprey, and provides an evolutionary scheme based on the recent advance of whole genome sequencing. In addition, we provide a perspective on the functional divergence and evolution of the receptors. In this review we use the phylogenetic classification of vertebrate GnRH receptors that groups them into three clusters: type I (mammalian and non-mammalian, type II, and type III GnRH receptors. New findings show that the sea lamprey has two type III-like GnRH receptors and an ancestral type GnRH receptor that is more closely related to the type II-like receptors. These two novel GnRH receptors along with lGnRH-R-1 share similar structural features and amino acid motifs common to other known gnathostome type II/III receptors. Recent data analyses of the lamprey genome provide strong evidence that 2 whole rounds of genome duplication (2R occurred prior to the gnathostome-agnathan split. Based on our current knowledge, it is proposed that lGnRH-R-1 evolved from an ancestor of the type II receptor following a vertebrate-shared genome duplication and that the two type III receptors resulted from a duplication within lamprey of a gene derived from a lineage shared by many vertebrates.

  6. Prevalence of Vertebral Fractures in Children with Suspected Osteoporosis.

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    Kyriakou, Andreas; Shepherd, Sheila; Mason, Avril; Ahmed, S Faisal

    2016-12-01

    To explore the prevalence and anatomic distribution of vertebral fractures in disease groups investigated for primary and secondary osteoporosis, using vertebral fracture assessment (VFA). VFA was performed independently by 2 nonradiologists, in 165 children (77 males, 88 females) as part of their investigation for osteoporosis. Vertebral bodies from T6 to L4 were assessed for vertebral fractures using the Genant scoring system. The common readings for the presence of vertebral fractures were used for evaluating the prevalence and anatomic distribution of vertebral fractures. The median age of the subjects was 13.4 years (range, 3.6, 18). Of the 165 children, 24 (15%) were being investigated for primary bone disease, and the remainder had a range of chronic diseases known to affect bone health. Vertebral fractures were identified in 38 (23%) children. The distribution of the vertebral fractures was bimodal, with vertebral fractures peaks centered at T9 and L4. Conditions associated with increased odds for vertebral fractures were inflammatory bowel disease (OR, 3.3; 95% CI, 1.4, 8.0; P = .018) and osteogenesis imperfecta (OR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.04, 5.8; P = .022). Among children with vertebral fractures, those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (P = .015) and osteogenesis imperfecta (P = .023) demonstrated higher number of vertebral fractures than the other disease groups. VFA identified the presence of vertebral fractures, in a bimodal distribution, in both primary bone disease and chronic disease groups. VFA is a practical screening tool for identification of vertebral fractures in children and adolescents at risk of fragility fractures. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Clinical and neuroimaging features vertebral radiculopathy in the combination with vertebral hemangiomas

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    Che-honatskaya M.L.

    2012-06-01

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    Aim of the study: to study the clinical and neuroimaging features of radiculopathy vertebral hemangiomas in conjunction with the vertebrae. Materials and methods. A total of 56 patients with radiculopathy vertebral hemangiomas combined with the vertebrae. Results. The patients in addition to pain, and focal neurological symptoms were observed violation of urination, and chronic venous insuffciency of lower extremities. MRI identifed three types of vertebral hem-angiomas, depending on the structural characteristics. Conclusion. The aim of the study is realized.Most hemangiomas are asymptomatic yourself. Pain and neurological symptoms caused by musculo-tonic component, the presence of disc herniation, changes in the intervertebral joints, ligaments violation. Type III meets the criteria for hemangiomas and requires aggressive surgical treatment.

  8. Repeated vertebral augmentation for new vertebral compression fractures of postvertebral augmentation patients: a nationwide cohort study

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    Liang CL

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Cheng-Loong Liang,1 Hao-Kwan Wang,1 Fei-Kai Syu,2 Kuo-Wei Wang,1 Kang Lu,1 Po-Chou Liliang1 1Department of Neurosurgery, E-Da Hospital, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan; 2Department of Pharmacy, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan Purpose: Postvertebral augmentation vertebral compression fractures are common; repeated vertebral augmentation is usually performed for prompt pain relief. This study aimed to evaluate the incidence and risk factors of repeat vertebral augmentation.Methods: We performed a retrospective, nationwide, population-based longitudinal observation study, using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD of Taiwan. All patients who received vertebral augmentation for vertebral compression fractures were evaluated. The collected data included patient characteristics (demographics, comorbidities, and medication exposure and repeat vertebral augmentation. Kaplan–Meier and stratified Cox proportional hazard regressions were performed for analyses.Results: The overall incidence of repeat vertebral augmentation was 11.3% during the follow-up until 2010. Patients with the following characteristics were at greater risk for repeat vertebral augmentation: female sex (AOR=1.24; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.10–2.36, advanced age (AOR=1.60; 95% CI: 1.32–2.08, diabetes mellitus (AOR=4.31; 95% CI: 4.05–5.88, cerebrovascular disease (AOR=4.09; 95% CI: 3.44–5.76, dementia (AOR=1.97; 95% CI: 1.69–2.33, blindness or low vision (AOR=3.72; 95% CI: 2.32–3.95, hypertension (AOR=2.58; 95% CI: 2.35–3.47, and hyperlipidemia (AOR=2.09; 95% CI: 1.67–2.22. Patients taking calcium/ vitamin D (AOR=2.98; 95% CI: 1.83–3.93, bisphosphonates (AOR=2.11; 95% CI: 1.26–2.61, or calcitonin (AOR=4.59; 95% CI: 3.40–5.77 were less likely to undergo repeat vertebral augmentation; however, those taking steroids (AOR=7.28; 95% CI: 6.32–8.08, acetaminophen (AOR=3.54; 95% CI: 2.75–4.83, or nonsteroidal

  9. Alternative approaches for vertebrate ecotoxicity tests in the ...

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    The need for alternative approaches to the use of vertebrate animals for hazard assessing chemicals and pollutants has become of increasing importance. It is now the first consideration when initiating a vertebrate ecotoxicity test, to ensure that unnecessary use of vertebrate organisms is minimised wherever possible. For some regulatory purposes, the use of vertebrate organisms for environmental risk assessments (ERA) has even been banned, and in other situations the numbers of organisms tested has been dramatically reduced, or the severity of the procedure refined. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve replacement of vertebrate organisms to generate environmental hazard data. The development of animal alternatives is not just based on ethical considerations but also to reduce the cost of performing vertebrate ecotoxicity tests and in some cases to provide better information aimed at improving ERAs. The present focus paper provides an overview of the considerable advances that have been made towards alternative approaches for ecotoxicity assessments over the last few decades. The need for alternative approaches to the use of vertebrate animals for hazard assessing chemicals and pollutants has become of increasing importance. It is now the first consideration when initiating a vertebrate ecotoxicity test, to ensure that unnecessary use of vertebrate organisms is minimised wherever possible. For some regulatory purposes, the use of vertebrate organi

  10. Juxta-vertebral lesions in granulomatosis with polyangiitis.

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    Ramirez, Giuseppe A; Della-Torre, Emanuel; Campochiaro, Corrado; Bozzolo, Enrica; Berti, Alvise; Praderio, Luisa; Dagna, Lorenzo; Sabbadini, Maria Grazia

    2016-12-01

    To describe the clinical, pathological, serological, and radiological characteristics of juxta-vertebral masses occurring in patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). We analyzed the clinical records of patients with juxta-vertebral lesions from our GPA study cohort and reviewed the English literature for other cases of GPA with juxta-vertebral localization. Out of 74 patients in our GPA study cohort, six (8%) had juxta-vertebral lesions. We found 10 cases of juxta-vertebral GPA described in the English literature. Overall, juxta-vertebral lesions were detected at GPA onset in 11/16 (69%) patients, and preferentially occurred on the right side of the spine (12/15 patients, 80%). Fifteen patients (94%) with juxta-vertebral lesions had systemic GPA. Juxta-vertebral lesions were associated with back pain at GPA onset in 8/16 (50%) patients. In all of them juxta-vertebral lesions resolved or improved after treatment. Preference for the right-anterior side of the spine, increased 18 FDG uptake on PET scan, low or absent invasiveness of the surrounding tissues, and occurrence in the context of systemic disease were the main features of juxta-vertebral GPA. Symptomatic lesions showed a better response to immunosuppressive therapies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Assisted techniques for vertebral cementoplasty: Why should we do it?

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    Muto, M., E-mail: mutomar@tiscali.it [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Section of Neuroradiology—“A. Cardarelli” Hospital, Naples (Italy); Marcia, S. [Section of Radiology—Santissima Trinità Hospital, Cagliari (Italy); Guarnieri, G. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Section of Neuroradiology—“A. Cardarelli” Hospital, Naples (Italy); Pereira, V. [Unit of Interventional Neuroradiology–HUG, Geneva (Switzerland)

    2015-05-15

    Assisted techniques (AT) for vertebral cementoplasty include multiple mini-invasive percutaneous systems in which vertebral augmentation is obtained through mechanical devices with the aim to reach the best vertebral height restoration. As an evolution of the vertebroplasty, the rationale of the AT-treatment is to combine the analgesic and stability effect of cement injection with the restoration of a physiological height for the collapsed vertebral body. Reduction of the vertebral body kyphotic deformity, considering the target of normal spine biomechanics, could improve all systemic potential complications evident in patient with vertebral compression fracture (VCF). Main indications for AT are related to fractures in fragile vertebral osseous matrix and non-osteoporotic vertebral lesions due to spine metastasis or trauma. Many companies developed different systems for AT having the same target but different working cannula, different vertebral height restoration system and costs. Aim of this review is to discuss about vertebral cementoplasty procedures and techniques, considering patient inclusion and exclusion criteria as well as all related minor and/or major interventional complications.

  12. Angio-RM das artérias carótidas e vertebrais: análise de diferentes técnicas de volume e diluição de contraste em aparelho de 1,0 t e gradiente de 15 mt/m Contrast-enhanced MR angiography of the carotid and vertebral arteries: analysis of different contrast volumes and dilution techniques at 1.0 T with 15 mT/m gradient.

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    Luiz Guilherme C. Hartmann

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as artérias cervicais (carótidas e vertebrais por meio da angio-RM, utilizando-se diferentes dosagens e diluições de contraste paramagnético. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo em 15 pacientes, com análise de 30 artérias carótidas comuns, 30 artérias carótidas internas, 30 artérias carótidas externas e 30 artérias vertebrais, utilizando-se diferentes volumes e dosagens de contraste paramagnético: grupo I - dose única (14 ml de Gd-DTPA; grupo II -dose dupla (28 ml de Gd-DTPA; grupo III - dose única e diluída a 50%. A injeção de contraste foi realizada com a utilização de bomba injetora e com velocidades de injeção de 2 ml/s (grupo I e 3 ml/s (grupos II e III. Os segmentos arteriais foram analisados por três examinadores em consenso de forma subjetiva, avaliando-se o grau de visibilidade, intensidade de contrastação e definição de seus contornos. RESULTADOS: Em todos os itens analisados os pacientes do grupo II apresentaram melhor resultado (visibilização total, boa contrastação dos vasos e contornos bem definidos. No grupo I houve boa visibilização das artérias carótidas e vertebrais, porém a intensidade de contraste e a definição dos contornos apresentaram variabilidade qualitativa. O grupo III apresentou os piores resultados, com dificuldade de visibilização, intensidade de contrastação baixa e contornos mal definidos. CONCLUSÃO: Entre os grupos analisados, a técnica utilizando dose dupla de gadolínio é a que permite melhor avaliação das artérias cervicais. A utilização de contraste diluído prejudica a avaliação dos vasos do pescoço.PURPOSE: To evaluate the carotid and vertebral arteries by magnetic resonance angiography, using different contrast volumes and dilution techniques. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Prospective study of 15 patients, which included the evaluation of 30 common carotid arteries, 30 internal carotid arteries, 30 external carotid arteries and 30

  13. Influence of physical activity on vertebral strength during late adolescence.

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    Junno, Juho-Antti; Paananen, Markus; Karppinen, Jaro; Tammelin, Tuija; Niinimäki, Jaakko; Lammentausta, Eveliina; Niskanen, Markku; Nieminen, Miika T; Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Takatalo, Jani; Tervonen, Osmo; Tuukkanen, Juha

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    Reduced vertebral strength is a clear risk factor for vertebral fractures. Men and women with vertebral fractures often have reduced vertebral size and bone mineral density (BMD). Vertebral strength is controlled by both genetic and developmental factors. Malnutrition and low levels of physical activity are commonly considered to result in reduced bone size during growth. Several studies have also demonstrated the general relationship between BMD and physical activity in the appendicular skeleton. In this study, we wanted to clarify the role of physical activity on vertebral bodies. Vertebral dimensions appear to generally be less pliant than long bones when lifetime changes occur. We wanted to explore the association between physical activity during late adolescence and vertebral strength parameters such as cross-sectional size and BMD. The association between physical activity and vertebral strength was explored by measuring vertebral strength parameters and defining the level of physical activity during adolescence. The study population consisted of 6,928 males and females who, at 15 to 16 and 19 years of age, responded to a mailed questionnaire inquiring about their physical activity. A total of 558 individuals at the mean age of 21 years underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. We measured the dimensions of the fourth lumbar vertebra from the MRI scans of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 and performed T2* relaxation time mapping, reflective of BMD. Vertebral strength was based on these two parameters. We analyzed the association of physical activity on vertebral strength using the analysis of variance. We observed no association between the level of physical activity during late adolescence and vertebral strength at 21 years. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Autophagy in the Vertebrate Inner Ear

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    Marta Magariños

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Autophagy is a conserved catabolic process that results in the lysosomal degradation of cell components. During development, autophagy is associated with tissue and organ remodeling, and under physiological conditions it is tightly regulated as it plays a housekeeping role in removing misfolded proteins and damaged organelles. The vertebrate inner ear is a complex sensory organ responsible for the perception of sound and for balance. Cell survival, death and proliferation, as well as cell fate specification and differentiation, are processes that are strictly coordinated during the development of the inner ear in order to generate the more than a dozen specialized cell types that constitute this structure. Here, we review the existing evidence that implicates autophagy in the generation of the vertebrate inner ear. At early stages of chicken otic development, inhibiting autophagy impairs neurogenesis and causes aberrant otocyst morphogenesis. Autophagy provides energy for the clearing of dying cells and it favors neuronal differentiation. Moreover, autophagy is required for proper vestibular development in the mouse inner ear. The autophagy-related genes Becn1, Atg4g, Atg5, and Atg9, are expressed in the inner ear from late developmental stages to adulthood, and Atg4b mutants show impaired vestibular behavior associated to defects in otoconial biogenesis that are also common to Atg5 mutants. Autophagic flux appears to be age-regulated, augmenting from perinatal stages to young adulthood in mice. This up-regulation is concomitant with the functional maturation of the hearing receptor. Hence, autophagy can be considered an intracellular pathway fundamental for in vertebrate inner ear development and maturation.

  15. Autophagy in the Vertebrate Inner Ear.

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    Magariños, Marta; Pulido, Sara; Aburto, María R; de Iriarte Rodríguez, Rocío; Varela-Nieto, Isabel

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    Autophagy is a conserved catabolic process that results in the lysosomal degradation of cell components. During development, autophagy is associated with tissue and organ remodeling, and under physiological conditions it is tightly regulated as it plays a housekeeping role in removing misfolded proteins and damaged organelles. The vertebrate inner ear is a complex sensory organ responsible for the perception of sound and for balance. Cell survival, death and proliferation, as well as cell fate specification and differentiation, are processes that are strictly coordinated during the development of the inner ear in order to generate the more than a dozen specialized cell types that constitute this structure. Here, we review the existing evidence that implicates autophagy in the generation of the vertebrate inner ear. At early stages of chicken otic development, inhibiting autophagy impairs neurogenesis and causes aberrant otocyst morphogenesis. Autophagy provides energy for the clearing of dying cells and it favors neuronal differentiation. Moreover, autophagy is required for proper vestibular development in the mouse inner ear. The autophagy-related genes Becn1, Atg4g, Atg5, and Atg9, are expressed in the inner ear from late developmental stages to adulthood, and Atg4b mutants show impaired vestibular behavior associated to defects in otoconial biogenesis that are also common to Atg5 mutants. Autophagic flux appears to be age-regulated, augmenting from perinatal stages to young adulthood in mice. This up-regulation is concomitant with the functional maturation of the hearing receptor. Hence, autophagy can be considered an intracellular pathway fundamental for in vertebrate inner ear development and maturation.

  16. Anestesia loco-regional para tratamento odontológico em pacientes cardiopatas: estudo comparativo entre lidocaína 2% sem adrenalina e lidocaína 2% com adrenalina 1:100.000

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    Introdução: Este estudo prospectivo, randomizado, duplo-cego investigou, em valvopatas, alterações hemodinâmicas durante o tratamento odontológico com o uso do anestésico local contendo adrenalina e sem a mesma. Métodos: O estudo foi conduzido na Unidade de Odontologia do Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil 2004-2005). Os pacientes foram alocados em dois grupos através de tabela de números aleatórios: LSA (lidocaína a 2% ...

  17. Molecular mechanisms of taste transduction in vertebrates.

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    Ishimaru, Yoshiro

    2009-01-01

    Among the five senses, taste and olfaction play crucial roles in the detection of chemical substances in the environment and are referred to as chemical senses. In the past decade, much progress has been made in studies on molecular mechanisms of the gustatory system by methods such as those based on molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics. This review covers recent studies on taste receptors, intracellular signaling transduction in taste receptor cells, and taste coding at the periphery in vertebrates from fish to mammals.

  18. Endplates Changes Related to Age and Vertebral Segment

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    Carlos Fernando P. S. Herrero

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Endplate separations are defined as the presence of a space between the hyaline cartilage and the cortical bone of the adjacent vertebral body. This study evaluates endplate separations from the vertebral body and intervertebral discs and verifies if endplate separation is related to age and the spinal level. Groups were formed based on age (20–40 and 41–85 years old and the vertebral segment (T7-T8 and L4-L5 segments. Histological analysis included assessment of the length of the vertebral endplates, the number and dimensions of the separations, and orientation of the collagen fibers, in the mid-sagittal slice. Two indexes were created: the separation index (number of separations/vertebral length and separation extension index (sum of all separations/vertebral length. The results of the study demonstrated a direct relationship between the density of separations in the endplate and two variables: age and spinal level.

  19. Evolution of vertebrate interferon inducible transmembrane proteins

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    Hickford Danielle

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interferon inducible transmembrane proteins (IFITMs have diverse roles, including the control of cell proliferation, promotion of homotypic cell adhesion, protection against viral infection, promotion of bone matrix maturation and mineralisation, and mediating germ cell development. Most IFITMs have been well characterised in human and mouse but little published data exists for other animals. This study characterised IFITMs in two distantly related marsupial species, the Australian tammar wallaby and the South American grey short-tailed opossum, and analysed the phylogeny of the IFITM family in vertebrates. Results Five IFITM paralogues were identified in both the tammar and opossum. As in eutherians, most marsupial IFITM genes exist within a cluster, contain two exons and encode proteins with two transmembrane domains. Only two IFITM genes, IFITM5 and IFITM10, have orthologues in both marsupials and eutherians. IFITM5 arose in bony fish and IFITM10 in tetrapods. The bone-specific expression of IFITM5 appears to be restricted to therian mammals, suggesting that its specialised role in bone production is a recent adaptation specific to mammals. IFITM10 is the most highly conserved IFITM, sharing at least 85% amino acid identity between birds, reptiles and mammals and suggesting an important role for this presently uncharacterised protein. Conclusions Like eutherians, marsupials also have multiple IFITM genes that exist in a gene cluster. The differing expression patterns for many of the paralogues, together with poor sequence conservation between species, suggests that IFITM genes have acquired many different roles during vertebrate evolution.

  20. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty in Vertebral Osteoporotic Fractures.

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    Aparisi, Francisco

    2016-09-01

    Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive treatments and indispensable tools in the treatment of osteoporotic compression fractures. This method of treatment is performed using fluoroscopy or a scanner control an access via the pedicle or the posterolateral angle of the vertebral body. Vertebroplasty requires a smaller caliber needle than kyphoplasty, so it is technically easier. Vertebroplasty uses high-pressure injection, whereas in kyphoplasty the injection is held at low pressure, which together with the effect of compression on the bone that the balloon produces reduces the risk and rate of cement leakage. Vertebroplasty is effective in managing osteoporotic compression vertebral fractures, with improvement in pain and quality of life in the immediate postoperative period and over the medium term.Both techniques have a very low complication rate. There is no consensus on whether the emergence of new fractures in the cases treated by vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are related to mechanical variations that were introduced or is a complication related to the age and evolution of the patient's osteoporosis. Even with this risk of new fractures, the improvement in quality of life obtained after vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty treatment is worthwhile. The benefits outweigh the risks. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  1. Identifying Synonymous Regulatory Elements in Vertebrate Genomes

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    Ovcharenko, I; Nobrega, M A

    2005-02-07

    Synonymous gene regulation, defined as driving shared temporal and/or spatial expression of groups of genes, is likely predicated on genomic elements that contain similar modules of certain transcription factor binding sites (TFBS). We have developed a method to scan vertebrate genomes for evolutionary conserved modules of TFBS in a predefined configuration, and created a tool, named SynoR that identify synonymous regulatory elements (SREs) in vertebrate genomes. SynoR performs de novo identification of SREs utilizing known patterns of TFBS in active regulatory elements (REs) as seeds for genome scans. Layers of multiple-species conservation allow the use of differential phylogenetic sequence conservation filters in the search of SREs and the results are displayed as to provide an extensive annotation of genes containing detected REs. Gene Ontology categories are utilized to further functionally classify the identified genes, and integrated GNF Expression Atlas 2 data allow the cataloging of tissue-specificities of the predicted SREs. We illustrate how this new tool can be used to establish a linkage between human diseases and noncoding genomic content. SynoR is publicly available at http://synor.dcode.org.

  2. Primary bone lymphoma with multiple vertebral involvement

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    Showkat Hussain Dar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 20-year-old student presented with 2 months history of fever and night sweats, 15 days history of low backache, progressive weakness of both limbs of 7 days duration, and urinary retention for last 24 h. Examination revealed a sensory level at D 10 dermatome and grade two power in both the lower limbs with absent reflexes. Examination of spine revealed a knuckle at T8 level, which was tender on palpation. MRI spine showed erosion of D11-12 and L1 in vertebral bodies with destruction of left pedicles, transverse processes and lamina, and a prominent psoas abscess. Post gadolinium study revealed ring-enhancing lesions in the D11-12 and L1 vertebrae as well as the dural sac. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC and bone biopsy demonstrated a non-Hodgkin′s lymphoma (NHL, large cell high-grade of the spine (primary, which as per age is the youngest case of NHL ever reported in literature with multiple vertebral involvement.

  3. Tandemly Arrayed Genes in Vertebrate Genomes

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    Deng Pan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Tandemly arrayed genes (TAGs are duplicated genes that are linked as neighbors on a chromosome, many of which have important physiological and biochemical functions. Here we performed a survey of these genes in 11 available vertebrate genomes. TAGs account for an average of about 14% of all genes in these vertebrate genomes, and about 25% of all duplications. The majority of TAGs (72–94% have parallel transcription orientation (i.e., they are encoded on the same strand in contrast to the genome, which has about 50% of its genes in parallel transcription orientation. The majority of tandem arrays have only two members. In all species, the proportion of genes that belong to TAGs tends to be higher in large gene families than in small ones; together with our recent finding that tandem duplication played a more important role than retroposition in large families, this fact suggests that among all types of duplication mechanisms, tandem duplication is the predominant mechanism of duplication, especially in large families. Finally, several species have a higher proportion of large tandem arrays that are species-specific than random expectation.

  4. Permo-Triassic vertebrate extinctions: A program

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    Olson, E. C.

    1988-01-01

    Since the time of the Authors' study on this subject, a great deal of new information has become available. Concepts of the nature of extinctions have changed materially. The Authors' conclusion that a catastrophic event was not responsible for the extinction of vertebrates has modified to the extent that hypotheses involving either the impact of a massive extra-terrestrial body or volcanism provide plausible but not currently fully testable hypotheses. Stated changes resulted in a rapid decrease in organic diversity, as the ratio of origins of taxa to extinctions shifted from strongly positive to negative, with momentary equilibrium being reached at about the Permo-Triassic boundary. The proximate causes of the changes in the terrestrial biota appear to lie in two primary factors: (1) strong climatic changes (global mean temperatures, temperature ranges, humidity) and (2) susceptibility of the dominant vertebrates (large dicynodonts) and the glossopteris flora to disruption of the equlibrium of the world ecosystem. The following proximate causes have been proposed: (1) rhythmic fluctuations in solar radiation, (2) tectonic events as Pangea assembled, altering land-ocean relationships, patterns of wind and water circulation and continental physiography, (3) volcanism, and (4) changes subsequent to impacts of one or more massive extra terrestrial objects, bodies or comets. These hypotheses are discussed.

  5. A membrane-bound vertebrate globin.

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    Miriam Blank

    Full Text Available The family of vertebrate globins includes hemoglobin, myoglobin, and other O(2-binding proteins of yet unclear functions. Among these, globin X is restricted to fish and amphibians. Zebrafish (Danio rerio globin X is expressed at low levels in neurons of the central nervous system and appears to be associated with the sensory system. The protein harbors a unique N-terminal extension with putative N-myristoylation and S-palmitoylation sites, suggesting membrane-association. Intracellular localization and transport of globin X was studied in 3T3 cells employing green fluorescence protein fusion constructs. Both myristoylation and palmitoylation sites are required for correct targeting and membrane localization of globin X. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a vertebrate globin has been identified as component of the cell membrane. Globin X has a hexacoordinate binding scheme and displays cooperative O(2 binding with a variable affinity (P(50∼1.3-12.5 torr, depending on buffer conditions. A respiratory function of globin X is unlikely, but analogous to some prokaryotic membrane-globins it may either protect the lipids in cell membrane from oxidation or may act as a redox-sensing or signaling protein.

  6. The vertebrate heart: an evolutionary perspective.

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    Stephenson, Andrea; Adams, Justin W; Vaccarezza, Mauro

    2017-09-14

    Convergence is the tendency of independent species to evolve similarly when subjected to the same environmental conditions. The primitive blueprint for the circulatory system emerged around 700-600 Mya and exhibits diverse physiological adaptations across the radiations of vertebrates (Subphylum Vertebrata, Phylum Chordata). It has evolved from the early chordate circulatory system with a single layered tube in the tunicate (Subphylum Urchordata) or an amphioxus (Subphylum Cephalochordata), to a vertebrate circulatory system with a two-chambered heart made up of one atrium and one ventricle in gnathostome fish (Infraphylum Gnathostomata), to a system with a three-chambered heart made up of two atria which maybe partially divided or completely separated in amphibian tetrapods (Class Amphibia). Subsequent tetrapods, including crocodiles and alligators (Order Crocodylia, Subclass Crocodylomorpha, Class Reptilia), birds (Subclass Aves, Class Reptilia) and mammals (Class Mammalia) evolved a four-chambered heart. The structure and function of the circulatory system of each individual holds a vital role which benefits each species specifically. The special characteristics of the four-chamber mammalian heart are highlighted by the peculiar structure of the myocardial muscle. © 2017 Anatomical Society.

  7. "Ostrich sign" indicates bilateral vertebral artery dissection.

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    Rose, David Z; Husain, M Rizwan

    2012-11-01

    Vertebral artery dissections (VADs) comprise about 2% of ischemic strokes and can be associated with trauma, chiropractic manipulation, motor vehicle collisions, whiplash, amusement park rides, golfing, and other motion-induced injuries to the neck. We present a case of bilateral extracranial VAD as a complication of conducting an orchestra. To our knowledge, this has not been documented in the literature. Conceivably, vigorous neck twisting in an inexperienced, amateur conductor may place excessive rotational forces upon mobile portions of the verterbral arteries, tear the intima, deposit subintimal blood that extends longitudinally, and cause neck pain and/or posterior fossa ischemic symptoms. Magnetic resonance angiography examinations of axially oriented slices of bilateral VADs resemble the face of an ostrich. This observation is similar to the "puppy sign," in which bilateral internal carotid artery dissections resemble the face of a dog. Craniocervical dissections of either the carotid or vertebral arteries have the potential to form an aneurysm, cause artery-to-artery embolism, or completely occlude the parent artery, resulting in an ischemic stroke. Because bilateral VADs in axial magnetic resonance angiographic sections stand out like the eyes of an ostrich, and because the fast identification of VADs is so critical, we eponymize this image the "ostrich sign." Copyright © 2012 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. The characters of Palaeozoic jawed vertebrates.

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    Brazeau, Martin D; Friedman, Matt

    2014-04-01

    Newly discovered fossils from the Silurian and Devonian periods are beginning to challenge embedded perceptions about the origin and early diversification of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes). Nevertheless, an explicit cladistic framework for the relationships of these fossils relative to the principal crown lineages of the jawed vertebrates (osteichthyans: bony fishes and tetrapods; chondrichthyans: sharks, batoids, and chimaeras) remains elusive. We critically review the systematics and character distributions of early gnathostomes and provide a clearly stated hierarchy of synapomorphies covering the jaw-bearing stem gnathostomes and osteichthyan and chondrichthyan stem groups. We show that character lists, designed to support the monophyly of putative groups, tend to overstate their strength and lack cladistic corroboration. By contrast, synapomorphic hierarchies are more open to refutation and must explicitly confront conflicting evidence. Our proposed synapomorphy scheme is used to evaluate the status of the problematic fossil groups Acanthodii and Placodermi, and suggest profitable avenues for future research. We interpret placoderms as a paraphyletic array of stem-group gnathostomes, and suggest what we regard as two equally plausible placements of acanthodians: exclusively on the chondrichthyan stem, or distributed on both the chondrichthyan and osteichthyan stems.

  9. Appearance of Myelin proteins during vertebrate evolution.

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    Waehneldt, T V; Matthieu, J M; Jeserich, G

    1986-01-01

    Myelin, defined as an arrangement of spirally fused unit membranes, is an acquisition of vertebrates and first appeared during evolution in Gnathostomata. In all species studied PNS and CNS myelins contain the myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) and the myelin basic protein (MBP). Throughout phylogeny PNS myelin is characterized by the major P(0) glycoprotein which is called IP in fishes. The PNS myelin proteins did not evolve further except for the addition of P(2) protein from reptiles onward. In Elasmobranchii and Chondrostei, PNS and CNS myelin proteins are similar. CNS myelin of actinopterygian fishes possesses a 36,000 Da protein (36K) in addition to P(0)-like IP glycoproteins. In tetrapod CNS myelin, P(0) is replaced by the proteolipid protein (PLP) and the Wolfgram protein (WP). Of particular interest in a transitional phylogenetic sense are the lungfish Protopterus, carrying glycosylated PLP (g-PLP) but no P(0), 36K or WP, and the bichir Polypterus, showing simultaneous presence of P(0), 36K and PLP. These results indicate that myelin proteins could be valuable molecular markers in establishing vertebrate phylogenetic relationships and in reconstructing the fish-tetrapod transition.

  10. Vertebral Compression Fractures after Lumbar Instrumentation.

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    Granville, Michelle; Berti, Aldo; Jacobson, Robert E

    2017-09-29

    Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is primarily found in an older population. This is a similar demographic group that develops both osteoporosis and vertebral compression fractures (VCF). This report reviewed a series of patients treated for VCF that had previous lumbar surgery for symptomatic spinal stenosis. Patients that only underwent laminectomy or fusion without instrumentation had a similar distribution of VCF as the non-surgical population in the mid-thoracic, or lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine. However, in the patients that had previous short-segment spinal instrumentation, fractures were found to be located more commonly in the mid-lumbar spine or sacrum adjacent to or within one or two spinal segments of the spinal instrumentation. Adjacent-level fractures that occur due to vertebral osteoporosis after long spinal segment instrumentation has been discussed in the literature. The purpose of this report is to highlight the previously unreported finding of frequent lumbar and sacral osteoporotic fractures in post-lumbar instrumentation surgery patients. Important additional factors found were lack of preventative medical treatment for osteoporosis, and secondary effects related to inactivity, especially during the first year after surgery.

  11. Evolution of Adaptive Immune Recognition in Jawless Vertebrates

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    Saha, Nil Ratan; Smith, Jeramiah; Amemiya, Chris T.

    2010-01-01

    All extant vertebrates possess an adaptive immune system wherein diverse immune receptors are created and deployed in specialized blood cell lineages. Recent advances in DNA sequencing and developmental resources for basal vertebrates have facilitated numerous comparative analyses that have shed new light on the molecular and cellular bases of immune defense and the mechanisms of immune receptor diversification in the “jawless” vertebrates. With data from these key species in hand, it is beco...

  12. Distal vertebral artery reconstruction when managing vertebrobasilar insufficiency

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    D. M. Galaktionov; A. V. Dubovoy; K. S. Ovsyannikov

    2017-01-01

    This article presents a literature review devoted to the reconstruction of the distal vertebral artery and a clinical case of successful surgical treatment of a patient suffering from vertebrobasilar insufficiency caused by occlusion of the vertebral artery in a proximal segment. The external carotid artery-distal vertebral artery bypass was performed by using the radial artery.Received 27 February 2017. Revised 25 July 2017. Accepted 3 August 2017.Funding: The study did not have sponsorship....

  13. Independent regulation of vertebral number and vertebral identity by microRNA-196 paralogs.

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    Wong, Siew Fen Lisa; Agarwal, Vikram; Mansfield, Jennifer H; Denans, Nicolas; Schwartz, Matthew G; Prosser, Haydn M; Pourquié, Olivier; Bartel, David P; Tabin, Clifford J; McGlinn, Edwina

    2015-09-01

    The Hox genes play a central role in patterning the embryonic anterior-to-posterior axis. An important function of Hox activity in vertebrates is the specification of different vertebral morphologies, with an additional role in axis elongation emerging. The miR-196 family of microRNAs (miRNAs) are predicted to extensively target Hox 3' UTRs, although the full extent to which miR-196 regulates Hox expression dynamics and influences mammalian development remains to be elucidated. Here we used an extensive allelic series of mouse knockouts to show that the miR-196 family of miRNAs is essential both for properly patterning vertebral identity at different axial levels and for modulating the total number of vertebrae. All three miR-196 paralogs, 196a1, 196a2, and 196b, act redundantly to pattern the midthoracic region, whereas 196a2 and 196b have an additive role in controlling the number of rib-bearing vertebra and positioning of the sacrum. Independent of this, 196a1, 196a2, and 196b act redundantly to constrain total vertebral number. Loss of miR-196 leads to a collective up-regulation of numerous trunk Hox target genes with a concomitant delay in activation of caudal Hox genes, which are proposed to signal the end of axis extension. Additionally, we identified altered molecular signatures associated with the Wnt, Fgf, and Notch/segmentation pathways and demonstrate that miR-196 has the potential to regulate Wnt activity by multiple mechanisms. By feeding into, and thereby integrating, multiple genetic networks controlling vertebral number and identity, miR-196 is a critical player defining axial formulae.

  14. Reintroduction of locally extinct vertebrates impacts arid soil fungal communities.

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    Clarke, Laurence J; Weyrich, Laura S; Cooper, Alan

    2015-06-01

    Introduced species have contributed to extinction of native vertebrates in many parts of the world. Changes to vertebrate assemblages are also likely to alter microbial communities through coextinction of some taxa and the introduction of others. Many attempts to restore degraded habitats involve removal of exotic vertebrates (livestock and feral animals) and reintroduction of locally extinct species, but the impact of such reintroductions on microbial communities is largely unknown. We used high-throughput DNA sequencing of the fungal internal transcribed spacer I (ITS1) region to examine whether replacing exotic vertebrates with reintroduced native vertebrates led to changes in soil fungal communities at a reserve in arid central Australia. Soil fungal diversity was significantly different between dune and swale (interdune) habitats. Fungal communities also differed significantly between sites with exotic or reintroduced native vertebrates after controlling for the effect of habitat. Several fungal operational taxonomic units (OTUs) found exclusively inside the reserve were present in scats from reintroduced native vertebrates, providing a direct link between the vertebrate assemblage and soil microbial communities. Our results show that changes to vertebrate assemblages through local extinctions and the invasion of exotic species can alter soil fungal communities. If local extinction of one or several species results in the coextinction of microbial taxa, the full complement of ecological interactions may never be restored. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Osteoporotic vertebral fracture simulating a spinal tumor: a case report

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    Moscote-Salazar Luis Rafael

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Vertebral fractures are a frequent entity, mainly in the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine. In some circumstances the differential diagnosis of vertebral injuries can confuse the physician, since the difference between an osteoporotic vertebral fracture and a fracture secondary to a tumor is not clear. We report the case of a patient with osteoporotic vertebral fracture simulating a spinal tumor, handled by our department of neurosurgery as illustrative experience to guide the approach in those cases, in which the definitive diagnosis is crucial for therapeutic decision making

  16. Presence of the earliest vertebrate hard tissue in conodonts.

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    Sansom, I J; Smith, M P; Armstrong, H A; Smith, M M

    1992-05-29

    From histological investigations into the microstructure of conodont elements, a number of tissue types characteristic of the phosphatic skeleton of vertebrates have been identified. These include cellular bone, two forms of hypermineralized enamel homologs, and globular calcified cartilage. The presence of cellular bone in conodont elements provides unequivocal evidence for their vertebrate affinities. Furthermore, the identification of vertebrate hard tissues in the oral elements of conodonts extends the earliest occurrence of vertebrate hard tissues back by around 40 million years, from the Middle Ordovician (475 million years ago) to the Late Cambrian (515 million years ago).

  17. Estudo dos achados oculares na síndrome de Stevens-Johnson em pacientes de centro de referência de atendimento terciário Study of the ocular findings in Stevens-Johnson syndrome patients from a tertiary ophthalmologic center

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    Marciel Dourado Franca; Jane Palma Galrão Lima; Denise de Freitas; Marcelo Cunha; José Álvaro Pereira Gomes

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar a epidemiologia, os possíveis fatores desencadeantes, complicações encontradas e as variedades de tratamentos administrados a um grupo de pacientes com complicações oculares secundárias à síndrome de Stevens-Johnson. MÉTODOS: Realizado estudo prospectivo, série de casos com 22 pacientes portadores de síndrome de Stevens-Johnson. Os pacientes foram estudados seguindo um protocolo com o objetivo de se buscar uma história detalhada sobre a doença, suas manifestações sistêmicas ...

  18. Tratamento da Eclâmpsia: Estudo Comparativo entre o Sulfato de Magnésio e a Fenitoína

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    Valadares Neto,João de Deus; Bertini,Anna Maria; Taborda,Wladimir Corrêa; Parente,Joaquim Vaz

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    Objetivos: comparar a eficácia do sulfato de magnésio e da fenitoína no controle das convulsões em pacientes com eclâmpsia e avaliar os efeitos de sulfato de magnésio e da fenitoína sobre o prognóstico materno e perinatal em pacientes com eclâmpsia. Métodos: estudo prospectivo, randômico e controlado no qual foram analisados, de forma comparativa, os resultados obtidos no tratamento anticonvulsivante da eclâmpsia em 77 mulheres tratadas com sulfato de magnésio ou fenitoína. As drogas que cons...

  19. Routine needle biopsy during vertebral augmentation procedures. Is it necessary?

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    Pneumaticos, Spiros G; Chatziioannou, Sofia N; Savvidou, Christiana; Pilichou, Anastasia; Rontogianni, Dimitra; Korres, Dimitrios S

    2010-11-01

    Vertebral augmentation procedures are currently widely performed to treat vertebral compression fractures. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of underlying previously unrecognized etiology in a consecutive series of patients undergoing kyphoplasty to treat vertebral compression fractures. A prospective histological evaluation of vertebral body biopsy specimens from presumed osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures were performed in order to identify aforementioned causes. Over a 2-year period, vertebral body biopsies from 154 vertebral levels were performed in 75 patients undergoing kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures. All patients received a preoperative workup that included plain radiographs, MRI, whole body bone scan, and laboratory examinations. Bone specimens were obtained from affected vertebral bodies and submitted for histologic evaluation to identify the prevalence of an underlying cause. All specimens demonstrated fragmented bone with variable amounts of unmineralised bone, signs of bone-remodeling and/or fracture-healing. In 11 patients underlying pathology other than osteoporosis was identified (prostate cancer, 1; pancreatic cancer, 1; colon cancer, 1; breast cancer, 2; multiple myeloma, 3; leukemia, 1; and lung cancer, 2). In all but one patient the results of the biopsy confirmed the diagnosis suspected from the preoperative workup. For the last patient, namely the one with pancreatic cancer, the workup did not identify the origin of the primary tumor, although the patient was considered to have a compression fracture secondary to metastatic disease of unknown origin, the vertebral biopsy suggested the presence of adenocarcinoma which eventually was proven to be pancreatic cancer. In augmentation procedures for vertebral compression fractures, bone biopsy should be reserved for the patients where the preoperative evaluation raises the suspicion of a non-osteoporotic etiology.

  20. Current and emerging treatment strategies for vertebral compression fractures

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Lotfi Hacein-BeyRadiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group Inc, Sacramento, CA, USABackground: Vertebral compression fractures are most commonly related to osteoporosis or cancer, both of which are on the rise throughout the world. Once a vertebra is fractured, gradual deterioration of quality of life due to crippling pain and spinal instability usually follows. Although a number of traditional management options have been available to promote pain relief and to allow for increased activities, such as bed rest, bracing, pain medications, and light exercise programs, these have limited effectiveness in the majority of patients. Over 20 years ago, percutaneous vertebroplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure consisting of the injection of polymethylmethacrylate directly into the fractured vertebra, emerged as an effective treatment. Various vertebral augmentation procedures were subsequently designed, all of which aim at eliminating pain, limiting or reversing vertebral collapse, and providing stability to the affected segment of the spine.Objective: This article discusses clinical aspects of vertebral compression fractures, current indications and contraindications and summarizes technical aspects of vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, lordoplasty, and device-implanting vertebral augmentation procedures. Treatment effectiveness, which is significant despite recent criticism of vertebroplasty and other vertebral augmentation procedures, is also discussed. As economic pressures on health care systems are increasing in all countries, it is expected that the appropriateness, clinical effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of vertebral augmentation procedures will be increasingly established by outcome analyses.Conclusion: It is important that physicians are familiar with vertebroplasty and other procedures designed to treat vertebral fractures in patients with advanced osteoporosis or cancer. These fractures, which are common and often

  1. Motor primitives in vertebrates and invertebrates.

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    Flash, Tamar; Hochner, Binyamin

    2005-12-01

    In recent years different lines of evidence have led to the idea that motor actions and movements in both vertebrates and invertebrates are composed of elementary building blocks. The entire motor repertoire can be spanned by applying a well-defined set of operations and transformations to these primitives and by combining them in many different ways according to well-defined syntactic rules. Motor and movement primitives and modules might exist at the neural, dynamic and kinematic levels with complicated mapping among the elementary building blocks subserving these different levels of representation. Hence, while considerable progress has been made in recent years in unravelling the nature of these primitives, new experimental, computational and conceptual approaches are needed to further advance our understanding of motor compositionality.

  2. Ischemic stroke: carotid and vertebral artery disease

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    Vilela, P.; Goulao, A. [Hospital Garcia de Orta, Servico de Neurorradiologia, Almada (Portugal)

    2005-03-01

    Ischemic strokes may have distinct aetiologies, including several different intrinsic arterial pathological disorders. The diagnosis and understanding of these arterial diseases is critical for the correct management of stroke as different treatment approaches are undertaken according to the aetiology. Atherosclerosis is by far the most common arterial disease among adults, and other pathological processes include arterial dissection, small vessel disease, inflammatory and non-inflammatory vasculopathy and vasomotor disorders. In children, there are several vasculopathies responsible for vaso-occlusive disease such as sickle-cell anemia, acute regressive angiopathy and Moya-Moya disease, neurofibromatosis, dissections, vasculitis associated with intracranial and systemic infections. An overview of the major carotid and vertebral pathological diseases responsible for ischemic stroke in adults and children, highlighting the accuracy of the different imaging modalities for its diagnosis and the imaging appearance of these diseases, is given. (orig.)

  3. High-throughput hyperdimensional vertebrate phenotyping.

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    Pardo-Martin, Carlos; Allalou, Amin; Medina, Jaime; Eimon, Peter M; Wählby, Carolina; Fatih Yanik, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    Most gene mutations and biologically active molecules cause complex responses in animals that cannot be predicted by cell culture models. Yet animal studies remain too slow and their analyses are often limited to only a few readouts. Here we demonstrate high-throughput optical projection tomography with micrometre resolution and hyperdimensional screening of entire vertebrates in tens of seconds using a simple fluidic system. Hundreds of independent morphological features and complex phenotypes are automatically captured in three dimensions with unprecedented speed and detail in semitransparent zebrafish larvae. By clustering quantitative phenotypic signatures, we can detect and classify even subtle alterations in many biological processes simultaneously. We term our approach hyperdimensional in vivo phenotyping. To illustrate the power of hyperdimensional in vivo phenotyping, we have analysed the effects of several classes of teratogens on cartilage formation using 200 independent morphological measurements, and identified similarities and differences that correlate well with their known mechanisms of actions in mammals.

  4. Giant cell tumor of dorsal vertebral body

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    Rakesh Redhu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A 30-year-old female patient presented with complaints of backache, weakness in both lower limbs and bladder/bowel dysfunction. Imaging showed an osteolytic lesion at tenth dorsal (D10 vertebra with anterior compression on the spinal cord. Complete intralesional tumor excision with reconstruction was carried out using the anterolateral extrapleural approach. Histopathological examination was suggestive of giant cell tumor (GCT. Because of complete intralesional tumor excision and fear of post-radiation osteonecrosis of bone used for delayed bony union, a conservative approach was used, and radiation therapy was not given. After one year of follow-up patient is doing well without any recurrence of the tumor and is ambulant with support. GCT of dorsal vertebral body is an uncommon entity and total en bloc excision is difficult. Therefore, the treatment strategy is not well-defined. We discuss in brief about incidence, presentation and various treatment modalities available for spinal GCT.

  5. Microcirurgia endoscópica transanal no tratamento dos tumores do reto: estudo prospectivo em 50 pacientes Transanal endoscopic microsurgery in the treatment of rectal tumors: a prospective study in 50 patients

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    Roberto da Silveira Moraes

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A literatura médica aceita ressecção local como opção válida em casos selecionados de tumores de reto. A seleção dos pacientes requer exata estimativa dos riscos e avaliação pré-operatória precisa, tanto no aspecto clínico como histopatológico. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados da microcirurgia endoscópica transanal em seguimento de 18 meses. MÉTODOS: De abril de 2002 a abril de 2006, 50 pacientes com tumores de reto foram submetidos a microcirurgia endoscópica transanal, selecionados por suas características clínicas e histopatológicas. Os critérios de inclusão foram: adenomas sésseis maiores do que 3 cm e menores do que 8 cm não-circunferenciais; neoplasia intra-epitelial de alto grau; carcinoma retal pT1, e em casos especiais pT2. Todos esses tumores foram submetidos ao mesmo procedimento cirúrgico. RESULTADOS: O resultado histopatológico final revelou 9 adenomas, 26 neoplasias intra-epiteliais de alto grau, 13 carcinomas (9 pT1 e 4 pT2 e 2 carcinóides. A menor idade foi de 25 anos e a maior de 92. O menor tumor ressecado tinha 64 mm² (carcinóide e o maior (adenoma 90 mm². O tempo médio de operação foi de 90 minutos e o de internamento 5 dias. Houve uma morte não relacionada ao método. Um paciente com carcinoma de baixo risco pT1 apresentou recidiva 18 meses após microcirurgia endoscópica transanal e foi submetido a retossigmoidectomia curativa. Foi observado tumor residual em dois pacientes e a complicação mais grave foi uma fístula retovaginal. A taxa de complicação global foi de 9%. CONCLUSÃO: Atualmente a microcirurgia endoscópica transanal é a técnica de escolha para o tratamento de adenomas sésseis, neoplasias intra-epiteliais de alto grau e carcinoma retal pT1 de baixo risco.BACKGROUND: The medical literature accepts local resection as a valuable option in selected cases of rectal tumors. Selection of patients requires an exact perioperative estimation of risks with clinical and histopathological examination. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery aims a safe resection of the tumoral area which leads up to the cure. AIM: To evaluate transanal endoscopic microsurgery results in a follow-up time of 18 months. METHODS: From April 2002 to April 2006, 50 patients with rectal tumors were submitted to transanal endoscopic microsurgery, chosen by clinical history and lesion characteristics. The inclusion criteria were: sessile adenomas larger than 3 cm and smaller than 8 cm, not circumferentially distributed; intra epithelial neoplasia of high degree; and rectal carcinoma pT1, and special cases of pT2. All these rectal tumors were submitted to the same surgical act. RESULTS: The final histopathological results reveal 9 adenoma, 26 intra-epithelial neoplasia of high degree, 13 carcinoma (9 pT1-4 pT2 and 2 carcinoid. The lowest age was 25 and the higher, 92 years-old. The smallest resected tumor had 64 mm² (carcinoid and the largest (adenoma, 90 cm². Operating time was in average 90 minutes and the overall time statement, 5 days. There was one death not related with the method. One patient with low risk carcinoma pT1 presented recurrence 18 months after transanal endoscopic microsurgery and was submitted to curative rectosigmoidectomy. It was proven a residual tumor after local surgery in two patients and the most important complication was one recto-vaginal fistula. The overall complications rate was 9%. CONCLUSION: Today transanal endoscopic microsurgery is chosen as the ideal technique for the treatment of sessile adenomas, intraepithelial neoplasia of high degree and rectal carcinoma pT1.

  6. Valor preditivo do exame clínico, cintilografia, ultra-sonografia, citologia aspirativa e tiroglobulina sérica no nódulo tiroideano único atóxico: estudo prospectivo de 110 pacientes tratados cirurgicamente

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    Alves, Maria Lúcia D.; Maciel, Rui M.B.; Valeri, Fabio V.; Silva, Magnus R. Dias da; Contrera, José D.; Andrade, Jurandyr M.; Llorach-Velludo, Maria A.; Iazigi, Nassim

    2002-01-01

    Nódulos de tiróide são comuns na prática médica. Para estabelecer o valor preditivo dos diversos testes diagnósticos, estudamos prospectivamente os dados de exame clínico, cintilografia, ultra-sonografia, citologia aspirativa e tiroglobulina sérica pré-operatória de 110 pacientes com nódulos operados e os comparamos com o diagnóstico anátomo-patológico da cirurgia. Nos 110 pacientes encontramos à histologia 124 lesões distintas, sendo 106 (85%) benignas e 18 (15%) malignas. Entre as benignas ...

  7. Alloimmunization screening after transfusion of red blood cells in a prospective study Pesquisa de aloimunização após transfusão de concentrados de hemácias em um estudo prospectivo

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    Vitor Mendonça Alves

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several irregular red blood cell alloantibodies, produced by alloimmunization of antigens in transfusions or pregnancies, have clinical importance because they cause hemolysis in the fetus and newborn and in transfused patients. OBJECTIVE: a prospective analysis of patients treated by the surgical and clinical emergency services of Hospital de Clínicas of the Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (HC/UFTM, Brazil was performed to correlate alloimmunization to clinical and epidemiological data. METHODS: Blood samples of 143 patients with initial negative antibody screening were collected at intervals for up to 15 months after the transfusion of packed red blood cells. Samples were submitted to irregular antibody testing and, when positive, to the identification and serial titration of alloantibodies. The Fisher Exact test and Odds Ratio were employed to compare proportions. RESULTS: Fifteen (10.49% patients produced antibodies within six months of transfusion. However, for 60% of these individuals, the titers decreased and disappeared by 15 months after transfusion. Anti-K antibodies and alloantibodies against antigens of the Rh system were the most common; the highest titer was 1:32 (anti-K. There was an evident correlation with the number of transfusions. CONCLUSIONS: Given the high incidence of clinically important red blood cell alloantibodies in patients transfused in surgical and clinical emergency services, we suggest that phenotyping and pre-transfusion compatibilization for C, c, E, e (Rh system and K (Kell system antigens should be extended to all patients with programmed surgeries or acute clinical events that do not need emergency transfusions.OBJETIVO: Vários aloanticorpos irregulares antieritrocitários, produzidos por sensibilizações a antígenos estranhos durante gestações ou transfusões, possuem importância clínica por provocarem hemólise no feto ou recém-nascido e/ou no receptor de sangue. Diante disso, fizemos uma análise prospectiva exclusiva de pacientes atendidos nos serviços de emergência clínica e cirúrgica, correlacionando as aloimunizações aos dados clínicos e epidemiológicos. MÉTODOS: Amostras sanguíneas de 143 pacientes, com pesquisa inicial de anticorpos negativa, foram coletadas até 15 meses após transfusões de concentrados de hemácias (CH, submetidas a Pesquisas de Anticorpos Irregulares (PAI e, quando o resultado fosse positivo, à identificação e titulação seriada do(s aloanticorpo(s. Para comparar proporções, foi empregado Teste Exato de Fisher e Odds Ratio. RESULTADOS: Dos pacientes estudados, 15 (10,49% produziram aloanticorpos em um período de seis meses, com o título decaindo e negativando até 15 meses em 60% dos aloimunizados. Os aloanticorpos anti-K e os dirigidos contra antígenos do sistema Rh foram os mais frequente, o maior título foi de 1:32 (anti-K e houve evidente correlação com o número de transfusões. CONCLUSÃO: Diante da alta ocorrência de aloanticorpos antieritrocitários de importância clínica em indivíduos transfundidos em serviço de emergência clínica e cirúrgica, propomos estender a fenotipagem e compatibilização pré-transfusional para os antígenos C, c, E, e (sistema Rh e K (sistema Kell para todos os pacientes com cirurgias programadas e/ou com eventos clínicos agudos que não necessitem de transfusões emergenciais.

  8. Complicações da terapia anticoagulante com warfarina em pacientes com doença vascular periférica: estudo coorte prospectivo Complications of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin in patients with peripheral vascular disease: a cohort prospective study

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    Fernada Cardoso Santos

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar prospectivamente a freqüência de complicações em pacientes tratados com warfarina e acompanhados no Ambulatório de Anticoagulação da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu da Universidade Estadual Paulista. MÉTODOS: Pacientes sorteados entre os agendados para consulta de junho de 2002 a fevereiro de 2004. Na primeira consulta, foi preenchida ficha com dados de identificação e clínicos. A cada retorno, ou quando o paciente procurou o hospital por intercorrência, foi preenchida ficha com a razão normatizada internacional, existência e tipo de intercorrência e condições de uso dos antagonistas da vitamina K. RESULTADOS: Foram acompanhados 136 pacientes (61 homens e 75 mulheres, 99 com tromboembolismo venoso e 37 com doença arterial; 59 pacientes eram de Botucatu, e 77, de outros municípios. Foram registradas 30 intercorrências: nove não relacionadas ao uso da warfarina e 21 complicações hemorrágicas (38,8 por 100 pacientes/ano. Uma hematêmese foi considerada grave (1,9 por 100 pacientes/ano. As demais foram consideradas moderadas ou leves. Não houve óbitos, hemorragia intracraniana ou necrose cutânea. A única associação significante foi da freqüência de hemorragia com nível médio de razão normatizada internacional. CONCLUSÃO: Nossos resultados mostram a viabilidade desse tratamento em pacientes vasculares em nosso meio, mesmo em população de baixo nível socioeconômico, quando tratados em ambulatório especializado.OBJECTIVE: To prospectively study the frequency of complications in patients treated with warfarin followed at Botucatu Medical School. METHODS: Patients randomly selected among those with appointments scheduled from June 2002 to February 2004. At the first appointment, a protocol was filled with identification and clinical data. At every return or when the patient went to the hospital due to clinical events, another form was filled with the international normalized ratio, existence and type of clinical event and the conditions of use of vitamin K antagonists. RESULTS: A total of 136 patients (61 men and 75 women, were followed; 99 patients with venous thromboembolism and 37 with arterial disease; 59 were from Botucatu and 77 were from other municipalities. Thirty clinical events were registered: nine of them were not related to the use of warfarin and 21 were hemorrhagic complications (38.8 per 100 patients-year. One hematemesis was considered severe (1.9 per 100 patients-year. The others were considered moderate or mild. There were no deaths, intracranial hemorrhage or cutaneous necrosis. The only significant association was frequency of hemorrhage and average international normalized ratio level. CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrate the feasibility of this treatment in vascular patients in our country, even in socially and economically poor populations, when treated in specialized clinics.

  9. Estudo prospectivo dos efeitos da amiodarona na função tiroidiana de pacientes chagásicos em área de deficiência de iodo

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    Maria Aparecida Enes de Barros

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar a junção tiroidiana após uso crônico da amiodarona, em área de deficiência de iodo e endemia chagásica, 24 pacientes foram analisados antes e após três e nove meses de uso da droga. A avaliação constou de exame clínico, dosagem sérica de T4, T3, rT3, TSH, anticorpo antitiroglobulina e TSH 30 minutos após infusão venosa de uma ampola de 200µg de TRH. A captação do iodo radioativo 131 e a cintilografia datiróide foram realizadas antes e aos 9 meses após tratamento. Disfunção tiroidiana ocorreu em 20,8% dos pacientes sendo 12,5% de hipertiroidismo e 8,3% de hipotiroidismo, com anticorpos antitiroglobulina negativos. Captação do iodo radioativo 131 foi positiva em um paciente hipertiroideo com bócio. O diagnóstico de hipertiroidismo foi melhor evidenciado pela resposta reduzida ou bloqueada do TSH ao TRH e não pela concentração do T3 no soro e o de hipotiroidismo pela concentração elevada do TSH. O TSH elevado desde o início do tratamento pode predispor ao aparecimento de bócio. Concluímos que o uso da amiodarona em nossa região deve serjudiciosamente analisado, sendo a função tiroidiana cuidadosamente monitorizada antes e durante o tratamento.

  10. Estudo cefalométrico prospectivo dos efeitos da terapia de tração reversa da maxila associada à mecânica intermaxilar Prospective cephalometric study of the effects of maxillary protraction therapy associated with intermaxillary mechanics

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    Juliana de Oliveira da Luz Fontes; Guilherme Thiesen

    2011-01-01

    ... constituída por 10 pacientes Padrão III, com média de idade de 8 anos e 2 meses ao início do tratamento, tratados consecutivamente com aparelho expansor de Haas modificado, arco lingual modificado...

  11. Meningite bacteriana neonatal: estudo prospectivo da evolução a longo prazo de 55 crianças Neonatal bacterial meningitis: prospective study of the long term outcome of 55 children

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    Vera Lúcia Jornada Krebs

    1996-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudadas prospectivamente 55 crianças que apresentaram meningite bacteriana no período neonatal, com o objetivo da analisar a frequência e o tipo de sequelas neurológicas. Todas as crianças nasceram a termo, sendo 38 do sexo masculino e 17 do feminino; a idade de início da doença variou de 3 a 28 dias. Os principais agentes etiológicos foram as enterobactérias. O tempo médio de seguimento foi 5 anos. A frequência de sequelas neurológicas foi 67,3%, representadas principalmente pelo atraso do desenvolvimento neuropsicomotor (58,2%, hidrocefalia (45,5% e convulsões (34,5%. As alterações motoras graves ocorreram em 23,6% dos pacientes (tetraplegia, diplegia, hemiparesia e ataxia. As convulsões na fase aguda da doença e a cultura positiva do líquido cefalorraqueano estiveram associadas significativamente com a presença de sequelas. Na avaliação do desempenho escolar, realizada em 25 crianças, observaram-se dificuldades na aprendizagem em 48% dos casos, associadas significativamente à deficiência mental.Fifty-five infants who presented bacterial neonatal meningitis were prospectively studied to analyze the frequency and the type of sequelae. All the infants were full term newborns.There were 38 boys and 17 girls; the age of disease onset varied from 3 to 28 days. The causative organism was represented mainly by enterobacteriae. The median time of follow-up was 5 years. The frequency of neurologic sequelae was 63.7%, represented mainly by neuropsychomotor development delay (58.2%, hydrocephaly (45.5% and convulsions (34.5%. Severe motor abnormalities ocurred in 23.6% of children (quadriplegia, diplegia, hemiparesia and ataxia. Convulsions in the acute phase of the disease and the positive cerebrospinal fluid culture were highly associated to sequelae. The school performance, obtained in 25 children, showed presence of disabilities in 48% of cases, which were significantly associated to mental retardation.

  12. Estudo prospectivo e comparativo do escovado obtido pela CPER à ecoendoscopia associada à punção aspirativa com agulha fina (EE-PAAF no diagnóstico diferencial das estenoses biliares

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    Monica Novis

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o desempenho diagnóstico da citologia obtida pela CPER, aquele obtido pela EE-PAAF e a concordância entre patologistas gerais (PG e especialistas (PE em pacientes com estenose biliar. MÉTODOS: Incluímos pacientes com estenose biliar identificados pela CPER. A EE-PAAF foi realizada apenas em áreas com efeito de massa ou da parede espessada do ducto biliar. O padrão-ouro foi a cirurgia, histologia e/ou o seguimento. As amostras teciduais foram consideradas: malignas, suspeitas, atípicas, insuficientes ou benignas. Os espécimes obtidos por cada método foi interpretado (cego por um PG e outro PE. RESULTADO: 46 pacientes foram incluídos (37 malignos e 9 benignos. O diagnóstico final foi de tumor pancreático (26, biliar (11, pancreatite crônica (8 e estenose inflamatória do ducto biliar (1. Sensibilidade e acurácia da CPER foram 43,2% e 52,2% para o PG e 51,4% e 58,7% para o PE. Sensibilidade e acurácia da EE-PAAF foi 52,8% e 58,5% para o PG e 69,4% e 73,2% para o PE. A combinação entre a CPER e EE-PAAF demonstrou maior sensibilidade e acurácia para ambos PG (64,9% e 69,6% e PE (83,8% e 84,8%, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: A citologia obtida pelo escovado da via biliar durante a CPER e as amostras teciduais colhidas pela EE-PAAF tem rendimento semelhante para o diagnóstico das estenoses biliares. No entanto, a combinação dos métodos resulta em uma maior acurácia. Além disso, espera-se que a interpretação das amostras ocorra com maior precisão pelo PE se comparado ao PG.

  13. Artroplastia de excisão do trapézio e interposição tendinosa na rizartrose: estudo prospectivo Arthroplasty for trapezium excision and tendon interposition in rhizarthrosis cases: prospective study

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    Walter Gomes Pinheiro Junior

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar prospectivamente os resultados de uma série de pacientes submetidos ao tratamento cirúrgico da rizartrose, com a técnica de ressecção do trapézio associada à interposição de um novelo do tendão abdutor longo do polegar. MÉTODOS: De maio a agosto de 2005, 10 pacientes foram submetidos ao tratamento cirúrgico da rizartrose. Foram incluídos pacientes com osteoartrose primária da articulação trapézio-metacárpica, estágios II, III, IV da classificação de Eaton, com dor persistente refratária ao tratamento clínico. Para avaliação funcional foi utilizada a escala visual analógica, questionário DASH e o escore de Buck-Gramcko. Na avaliação global do paciente foram mensuradas as forças de preensão palmar, pinça polpa a polpa, pinça lateral, pinça de três pontos, oponência e abduções radial e palmar. Realizou-se, ainda, o índice de migração do primeiro metacarpal na radiografia de repouso e sob estresse. RESULTADOS: Foram considerados bons, no alívio da dor (p = 0,005, com melhora da função na avaliação pelo DASH módulos 2 (p = 0,02 e 3 (p = 0,022 O escore de Buck-Gramcko apresentou um resultado excelente e três ótimos. Houve melhora em quase toda avaliação global, sendo não significante apenas na pinça lateral e abdução. Em todos pacientes houve migração do primeiro metacarpal. CONCLUSÃO: A trapeziectomia associada à interposição de um novelo do tendão abdutor longo do polegar mostrou-se uma técnica de execução relativamente simples e eficaz no alívio da dor e na melhora funcional.OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the results from a series of patients who underwent surgical treatment for rhizarthrosis using the technique of trapezium resection associated with interposition of yarn from the long abductor tendon of the thumb. METHODS: From May to August 2005, ten patients underwent surgical treatment for rhizarthrosis. Patients with primary osteoarthrosis of the trapezium-metacarpal joint, in stages II, III and IV of the Eaton classification, with persistent pain that was refractory to clinical treatment, were included. For the functional assessment, the visual analogue scale, DASH questionnaire and Buck-Gramcko score were used. For the overall assessment on the patients, strength measurements were made for palm grip, pulp to pulp pinch, lateral pinch, three-point pinch, opposition and radial and palmar abductions. The migration index for the first metacarpal was also determined on radiographs at rest and under stress. RESULTS: The pain relief was considered to be good (p = 0.005, with functional improvements in modules 2 (p = 0.02 and 3 (p = 0.022 of DASH. The Buck-Gramcko score showed one excellent and three very good results. There was an improvement in almost all of the overall assessment and was only non-significant regarding lateral pinch and abduction. For all patients, there was migration of the first metacarpal. CONCLUSION: Trapeziectomy associated with interposition of yarn from the long abductor tendon of the thumb was shown to be a relatively simple and effective technique for pain relief and functional improvement.

  14. Estudo prospectivo da morbi-mortalidade precoce e tardia da cirurgia do aneurisma da aorta abdominal Prospective study of early and late morbidity and mortality in the abdominal aortic aneurysm surgical repair

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    Francine C. de Carvalho

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar, prospectivamente, a morbidade e mortalidade precoce e tardia de pacientes submetidos a correção cirúrgica eletiva de aneurisma de aorta abdominal infra-renal e determinar os preditores independentes de eventos cardiológicos. MÉTODOS: Estudados 130 pacientes durante seis anos consecutivos, submetidos a rotina de avaliação pré-operatória padronizada e cirúrgica, sempre pela mesma equipe clínica, cirúrgica e anestesiológica. RESULTADOS: A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 3,1% (4 pacientes, sendo a principal causa de óbito isquemia mesentérica, ocorrida em três pacientes. Houve 48 (37% complicações não-operatórias, 8,5% consistiram em complicações cardíacas e 28,5% em complicações não cardíacas. As complicações pulmonares foram as mais comuns, ocorridas em 14 (10,8% pacientes. A sobrevida no 1º, 3º e 6º ano pós-operatório foi, respectivamente, de 95%, 87% e 76%. As variáveis que se correlacionaram significativamente com a morbimortalidade foram preditor clínico, idade média de 70,5 anos, presença de insuficiência cardíaca e insuficiência renal crônica. Não foi identificado nenhum preditor de morbimortalidade tardia. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar de ser uma cirurgia considerada de alta complexidade, a mortalidade é baixa, as complicações cardíacas são de pequena monta e os pacientes apresentam boa evolução a longo prazo.OBJECTIVE: To prospectively assess early and late morbidity and mortality of patients undergoing elective surgical repair of abdominal infrarenal aortic aneurysms and to determine the independent predictors of cardiac events. METHODS: For 6 consecutive years, this study analyzed 130 patients, who underwent routine standardized preoperative assessment always with the same clinical, surgical, and anesthesia teams. RESULTS: In-hospital mortality was 3.1% (4 patients, and the major cause of death was mesenteric ischemia, which occurred in 3 patients. Forty-eight (37% nonsurgical complications occurred as follows: 8.5% were cardiac complications and 28.5% were noncardiac complications. The most common complications were the pulmonary ones, which occurred in 14 (10.8% patients. Survivals in the first, third, and sixth postoperative years were 95%, 87%, and 76%, respectively. The variables that significantly correlated with morbidity and mortality were clinical predictors, mean age of 70.5 years, and presence of heart failure and chronic renal failure. No predictor of late morbidity and mortality was identified. CONCLUSION: Although this is considered a highly complex surgery, mortality is low, the cardiac complications are not very significant, and the patients have a good long-term evolution.

  15. Estudo prospectivo do derrame pleural pós-cirurgia abdominal e dos fatores de risco associados: avalição por ultra-sonografia Pleural effusion following abdominal surgery and associated risk factors: ultrasound assessment

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    Luiz Antonio Rossi

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available MOTIVAÇÃO: Derrame pleural é alteração pulmonar comumente observada em exames de imagem após cirurgias abdominais eletivas, sem repercussão clínica na maioria dos enfermos, devendo ser individualizada das complicações pulmonares que requerem tratamento. Sua incidência, bem como os indicadores de risco, são desconhecidos em nosso meio. OBJETIVO: Determinar, pela ultra-sonografia, a incidência de derrame pleural pós-operatório (DPPO em cirurgias abdominais eletivas e averiguar suas possíveis associações com fatores de risco relacionados aos doentes e procedimentos anestésico-cirúrgicos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudaram-se 21 (56,8% mulheres e 16 (43,2% homens, entre 29 e 76 anos, submetidos a cirurgias abdominais eletivas. Os exames ecográficos foram realizados no pré-operatório e 48 horas após a cirurgia. Foram estudados os fatores de risco associados ao paciente - idade maior de 60 anos, sexo, obesidade, tabagismo, etilismo e presença de doenças associadas -, e ao procedimento anestésico-cirúrgico - cirurgia para ressecção de câncer, classe ASA > 2, tempo anestésico-cirúrgico, incisão longitudinal e incisão > 15 cm. A litíase biliar (43,2% e a presença de câncer gastrintestinal (43,2% foram os principais responsáveis pela indicação cirúrgica. O DPPO foi graduado de pequeno, médio e grande. RESULTADOS: A incidência de DPPO foi de 70,3% (26/37. Dois (5,4% desses doentes evoluíram com complicações pulmonares graves, um deles vindo a falecer. Idade maior de 60 anos, tabagismo, etilismo, obesidade e presença de doenças associadas não influenciaram o aparecimento de DPPO. Cirurgia para ressecção de câncer, classe ASA > 2, incisão longitudinal e incisão > 15 cm associaram-se de modo significante à presença de DPPO, que ocorreu mesmo na vigência de antibioticoprofilaxia. O tempo de permanência hospitalar foi 2,4 vezes maior nos doentes com DPPO. CONCLUSÃO: A ocorrência de derrame pleural em pós-operatório de cirurgia abdominal eletiva é muito freqüente. A maioria dos DPPO é autolimitada, evoluindo de modo assintomático. A ecografia na constatação do DPPO mostrou-se efetiva e sua utilização merece ser difundida.BACKGROUND: Pleural effusion is frequently seen on imaging examinations following elective abdominal surgery and has no clinical significance in most patients. This condition should be distinguished from pulmonary complications that require treatment. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively determine the incidence of pleural effusion in patients submitted to elective abdominal surgery using ultrasound (US, and to assess the possible association with risk factors related to the patients and anesthetic-surgical procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-seven patients, 21 (56.8% female, and 16 (43.2% male aged 29 to 76 years submitted to elective abdominal surgery were evaluated. US was performed preoperatively and 48 hours after surgery in all patients. Associated risk factors were also assessed - age > 60 years, sex, obesity, smoking history, alcoholism and associated diseases -, and anesthetic-surgical procedure - cancer resection, class ASA > 2, duration of surgery, longitudinal incision and incision > 15 cm. Biliar lithiasis (43.2% and gastrointestinal cancer (43.2% were the main causes leading to surgery. RESULTS: The incidence of postoperative pleural effusion (PPE detected by US was 70.3% (26/37. Two of these patients (5.4% developed pulmonary complications, and one died. The risk factors age > 60 years, smoking history, alcoholism, obesity and associated diseases had no influence on the development of the PPE whereas cancer resection, class ASA > 2, longitudinal incision and incision > 15 cm were significantly statistically associated with the presence of PPE. PPE developed even during antibiotic therapy. The duration of hospitalization was more than 2.4 longer in the patients with PPE. CONCLUSION: PPE is a very frequent condition observed in patients submitted to elective abdominal surgery. Most of the cases of PPE are self-limited, resolving without symptoms. The use of the US for the detection of PPE proved to be effective and should therefore be recommended.

  16. Prospective study of fetal hydronephrosis diagnosed by ultrasound- contribution to prevent renal damage in childhood; Estudo prospectivo da hidronefrose fetal diagnosticada por ultra-som: uma contribuicao na prevencao ao dano renal na infancia

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    Oliveira, Eduardo A.; Cabral, Antonio Carlos V.; Leite, Henrique V.; Filgueiras, Teresa F.; Oliveira, Raquel B.B.; Vilasboas, Aranai S.; Tiburcio, Arthur E.L.; Diniz, Jose Silveiro S. [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas

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    Newborns with anomalies of the urinary tract detected by fetal echography were investigated. The purpose was to identify prevalent uropathies, clinical outcome and variables of prognostic significance in patients with fetal hydronephrosis. The patients were investigated by ultrasound, micturating cystourethrography and radionuclide imaging, after beginning of chemoprophylaxis. Renal function and urinary tract infection were also studied. Eight-three patients were included in this study, 54(65,1%) of these were boys. Postnatal predominant diagnosis were pelviureteric junction obstruction (3,3%) and multicytic kidney (15,7%). Follow-up average was 35 {+-} 2.5 months. Renal function deteriored in 8 children during follow-up. Worse prognosis was associated with prenatal diagnosis before third trimester of gestation, bilateral uropathy, oligohydrammios, abnormal palpable kidney or bladder, abnormal renal function on admission and urethral obstruction. (author) 40 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Aplicação do monitor Narcotrend® para avaliar a profundidade da anestesia em crianças submetidas à cirurgia cardíaca: estudo prospectivo e controlado

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    Yiyan Jiang

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Investigar a eficácia clínica, segurança e viabilidade do monitor Narcotrend® para avaliar a profundidade da anestesia em crianças com doença cardíaca congênita (DCC submetidas à cirurgia cardíaca. MÉTODOS: Foram randomicamente selecionadas 80 crianças submetidas à anestesia geral em cirurgia seletiva. As crianças foram divididas em dois grupos de forma aleatória (n = 40 por grupo. No grupo Narcotrend, a profundidade da anestesia foi monitorada com o Narcotrend. No grupo padrão, a profundidade da anestesia foi controlada de acordo com a experiência clínica. A pressão arterial média (PAM e a frequência cardíaca (FC foram determinadas e a dose de fentanil e relaxante muscular e os tempos de recuperação e de extubação foram registrados. RESULTADOS: Em ambos os grupos, os sinais vitais apresentaram-se estáveis durante a cirurgia. No grupo Narcotrend, a PAM e a FC foram mais estáveis, a dose total de fentanil e relaxante muscular significativamente menor e os tempos de recuperação e extubação acentuadamente mais reduzidos em comparação com o grupo padrão. CONCLUSÃO: A aplicação do monitor Narcotrend para medir a profundidade da anestesia foi útil para controlar a profundidade da anestesia em crianças com DCC que receberam anestesia intravenosa total, na qual uma pequena quantidade de narcóticos pode obter a anestesia ideal. Além disso, os tempos de recuperação e extubação foram menores e os efeitos secundários, como sensibilização intraoperatória, puderam ser evitados.

  18. Incidência de pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica em pacientes submetidos à aspiração endotraqueal pelos sistemas aberto e fechado: estudo prospectivo - dados preliminares

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    Ensaio clínico, randomizado, com amostra de 20 pacientes, sendo 12 submetidos à aspiração endotraqueal pelo sistema aberto e 8 a aspiração endotraqueal pelo sistema fechado, com o objetivo de verificar a incidência de pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica (PAV) entre os dois grupos. A incidência de PAV entre os mesmos não foi significante (p = 0.39). Diferenças como Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II, tempo de entubação e uso de esteróides foram todas não significantes. Tod...

  19. Computed tomography prospective study of pleural-pulmonary changes after abdominal surgery : assessment of associated risk factors; Estudo prospectivo por tomografia computadorizada das alteracoes pleuro-pulmonares apos cirurgia abdominal: avaliacao dos fatores de risco associados

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    Rossi, Luis Antonio [Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Medicas e Biologicas]. E-mail: luizrossimd@uol.com.br; Bromberg, Sansom Henrique [Instituto de Assistencia Medica ao Servidor Publico Estadual de Sao Paulo (IAMSPE), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Curso de Pos-graduacao em Gastroenterologia Cirurgica

    2005-07-01

    Postoperative pleural-pulmonary changes (PPC) are very common following elective abdominal surgery, resolving without clinical manifestations in most patients. The incidence and risk factors associated are unknown. Objective: to determine the incidence of PPC and possible association with risk factors using computerized tomography (CT). Material and method: thirty seven patients submitted to elective abdominal surgery were prospectively analyzed using CT performed in the preoperative period and 48 hours after surgery. The PPC was scored from 0 to III. The risk factors evaluated were: age, sex, obesity, smoking history, alcoholism, comorbid conditions, cancer, ASA classification, duration of surgery, surgical incision type and number of days of hospitalization. Results: Pleura effusion was detected by CT in 70.3% (26/37) of the patients and pulmonary atelectasis in 75.5% (28/37). Grade I and II PPC was found in 59.5% (22/37) of the patients and grade III in 21.6% (8/37). Two (5.4%) of these patients developed serious pulmonary complications whereas one patient died. Surgery due to cancer, class ASA >2, longitudinal incision and > 15 cm showed statistical significance and were associated with pleural effusion. The hospitalization was over 2.4 longer for patients with PPC. Conclusion: PPC is frequently seen in patients submitted to abdominal surgery. The use of the CT for the detection of pulmonary atelectasis and pleural effusion proved to be effective. Most cases of PPC are self-limited, resolving without symptoms. (author)

  20. Colchicine in the treatment of the inflammatory phase of Graves' ophthalmopathy: a prospective and randomized trial with prednisone Colchicina no tratamento da fase inflamatória da oftalmopatia de Graves: um estudo prospectivo e randomizado com prednisona

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    Francisco José da Cunha Stamato

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate if colchicine is valuable in the treatment of Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO, we compared its effect with prednisone in 22 patients during the inflammatory phase of GO. METHODS: All patients, similar in age, sex and smoking habits, were euthyroid for at least 3 months and randomly divided into two groups, one treated with colchicine (1.5 mg/day and the other treated with prednisone (0.75 mg/kg/day. They were monitored with ophthalmologic assessment (clinical activity score-CAS and magnetic resonance imaging, using a signal intensity ratio (SIR of the recti muscles in comparison to the cerebral substantia alba. RESULTS: Amelioration of CAS was seen in 68% of the orbits in both groups. SIR also had a significant reduction after treatment: the initial median of 1.14 in G1 and 1.27 in G2, evolved, after treatment, to 1.07 in G1 and 0.69 in G2. The variation between both groups after treatment was not significant (p=0.22. None of the patients treated with colchicine had side effects; on the other hand, side effects in G2 were weight gain, edema, gastric complaints, hirsutism, weakness, depression, and alterations in blood pressure. CONCLUSION: Colchicine had a beneficial effect on the inflammatory phase of GO without the side effects of prednisone.OBJETIVO: Investigar se a colchicina é eficaz no tratamento da oftalmopatia de Graves, nós comparamos o seu efeito com a prednisona em 22 pacientes tratados na fase inflamatória da doença. MÉTODOS: Todos os pacientes, similares quanto à idade, sexo e hábitos de tabagismo, estavam em eutiroidismo por pelo menos três meses e foram randomizados em dois grupos. O grupo 1 (G1 recebeu colchicina (1,5 mg/dia e o grupo 2 (G2 foi tratado com prednisona (0,75 mg/kg/dia. Os pacientes foram acompanhados com avaliação oftalmológica (escore de atividade clínica - CAS e de imagem por meio da ressonância magnética, usando a relação da intensidade de sinal (SIR dos músculos reto em comparação com a substância alba cerebral. RESULTADOS: Diminuição no CAS de 68% foi notada em ambos os grupos. A SIR também apresentou redução significante após o tratamento: A mediana inicial do G1 de 1,14 e 1,27 do G2 diminui após o tratamento para 1,07 no G1 e 0,69 no G2. A variação entre os grupos após o tratamento não foi significante (p=0,22. Nenhum paciente tratado com colchicina apresentou efeito colateral; ao passo que os efeitos colaterais no G2 foram ganho de peso, edema, queixas gástricas, fraqueza, depressão e alteração na pressão arterial. CONCLUSÕES: A colchicina apresenta efeitos benéficos na fase inflamatória da oftalmopatia de Graves sem os efeitos colaterais da prednisona.

  1. A systematic approach to vertebral hemangioma

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    Gaudino, Simona; Martucci, Matia; Colantonio, Raffaella; Lozupone, Emilio; Visconti, Emiliano; Leone, Antonio; Colosimo, Cesare [Catholic University, School of Medicine, Department of Radiological Sciences, Rome (Italy)

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    Vertebral hemangiomas (VHs) are a frequent and often incidental finding on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the spine. When their imaging appearance is ''typical'' (coarsened vertical trabeculae on radiographic and CT images, hyperintensity on T1- and T2-weighted MR images), the radiological diagnosis is straightforward. Nonetheless, VHs might also display an ''atypical'' appearance on MR imaging because of their histological features (amount of fat, vessels, and interstitial edema). Although the majority of VHs are asymptomatic and quiescent lesions, they can exhibit active behaviors, including growing quickly, extending beyond the vertebral body, and invading the paravertebral and/or epidural space with possible compression of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots (''aggressive'' VHs). These ''atypical'' and ''aggressive'' VHs are a radiological challenge since they can mimic primary bony malignancies or metastases. CT plays a central role in the workup of atypical VHs, being the most appropriate imaging modality to highlight the polka-dot appearance that is representative of them. When aggressive VHs are suspected, both CT and MR are needed. MR is the best imaging modality to characterize the epidural and/or soft-tissue component, helping in the differential diagnosis. Angiography is a useful imaging adjunct for evaluating and even treating aggressive VHs. The primary objectives of this review article are to summarize the clinical, pathological, and imaging features of VHs, as well as the treatment options, and to provide a practical guide for the differential diagnosis, focusing on the rationale assessment of the findings from radiography, CT, and MR imaging. (orig.)

  2. Avaliação da Cavidade Uterina: Estudo Comparativo entre Histerografia, Histerossonografia e Histeroscopia

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    Franco Rodrigo Coelho

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: realizar um estudo comparativo entre os métodos utilizados para avaliar a cavidade uterina por meio da análise da sensibilidade e especificidade da histerografia e da histerossonografia, comparadas com a histeroscopia (padrão ouro. Métodos: foi realizado um estudo prospectivo para a investigação da cavidade uterina com a histerografia, a histerossonografia e a histeroscopia em 18 pacientes. Todas as pacientes apresentavam suspeita de anomalias da cavidade uterina. As principais indicações para a investigação foram: distúrbios do ciclo menstrual, sangramento pós-menopausa e alterações observadas em exames ultra-sonográficos sugestivas de pólipos, miomas e/ou espessamento endometrial. Resultados: a sensibilidade da histerossonografia foi de 90% e a especificidade 87,5%, quando comparadas à histeroscopia. O valor preditivo positivo foi de 90% e o negativo 87,5%. A histerografia, por sua vez, apresentou sensibilidade de 70%, especificidade de 75%, valor preditivo positivo de 77,7% e valor preditivo negativo de 75%. Conclusão: a histerossonografia parece ser um bom método alternativo para a avaliação da cavidade uterina, identificando algumas lesões não observadas à ultra-sonografia convencional ou à histerografia, e permitindo a triagem das pacientes candidatas à realização de uma histeroscopia diagnóstica ou cirúrgica. A histerografia apresentou resultados inferiores à histerossonografia, e não parece ser de utilidade na triagem das pacientes.

  3. ORIGINAL ARTICLE The pattern and prevalence of vertebral artery ...

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    ORIGINAL ARTICLE. 52 SAJR June 2013 Vol. 17 No. 2. Vertebral artery injuries are rare, with an incidence of 0.1 - 1.0%, if all patients admitted with blunt head trauma are considered.[1] It is not unusual for vertebral artery injury to occur when there are fractures through the transverse foraminae of the first to the sixth ...

  4. Vertebrate pests of cassava in Africa and their control | Cudjoe ...

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    Much attention bas been given to almost all agents that cause losses to crops with the possible exception of vertebrate pests of which comparatively little is known in relation to farming activities. Due to the paucity of information on vertebrate pests there is very little or no indication of what damage is caused by which pest, ...

  5. Evolutionarily conserved elements in vertebrate, insect, worm, and yeast genomes

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    Siepel, Adam; Bejerano, Gill; Pedersen, Jakob Skou

    2005-01-01

    We have conducted a comprehensive search for conserved elements in vertebrate genomes, using genome-wide multiple alignments of five vertebrate species (human, mouse, rat, chicken, and Fugu rubripes). Parallel searches have been performed with multiple alignments of four insect species (three spe...... for RNA secondary structure....

  6. Checklist of vertebrate animals of the Cascade Head Experimental Forest.

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    Chris Maser; Jerry F. Franklin

    1974-01-01

    Three months, April and August 1971 and August 1972, were spent studying the vertebrate fauna of Cascade Head Experimental Forest. The resulting annotated checklist includes 9 amphibians, 2 reptiles, 35 birds, and 40 mammals. A standardized animal habitat classification is presented in an effort to correlate the vertebrates in some meaningful way to their environment...

  7. PICTORIAL ESSAY Is anomalous origin of the left vertebral artery ...

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    The incidence of anomalous origin of the left vertebral artery from the aortic arch ranges between 1% and 5.8%.1,2 This anomaly has important implications for thoracic surgery and interventional procedures. The left vertebral artery may originate from: • the left common carotid artery. • the root of the left subclavian artery ...

  8. Sexual dimorphism in cervical vertebral canal measurements of ...

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    Sexual dimorphism in cervical vertebral canal measurements of human foetuses. ... Anatomy Journal of Africa ... Cervical parts of vertebral canal in 30 normal human foetuses was exposed in coronal plane and were divided in groups 1 and 2 which correspond with 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy respectively. Groups 1 ...

  9. Closed cervical spine trauma associated with bilateral vertebral artery injuries

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    Kloen, P.; Patterson, J. D.; Wintman, B. I.; Ozuna, R. M.; Brick, G. W.

    1999-01-01

    Bilateral vertebral artery injuries in closed cervical spine injuries are uncommon, but early recognition and treatment are important to prevent neurological deterioration. A case of bilateral vertebral injuries in a 35-year-old motor vehicle accident victim is presented, and the current literature

  10. Can vertebral density changes be explained by intervertebral disc degeneration?

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    Homminga, J.J.; Aquarius, R.J.; Bulsink, V.E.; Jansen, C.T.; Verdonschot, N.J.

    2012-01-01

    One of the major problems facing the elderly spine is the occurrence of vertebral fractures due to low bone mass. Although typically attributed to osteoporosis, disc degeneration has also been suggested to play a role in vertebral fractures. Existing bone adaptation theories and simulations may

  11. Closed cervical spine trauma associated with bilateral vertebral artery injuries.

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    Kloen, P; Patterson, J D; Wintman, B I; Ozuna, R M; Brick, G W

    1999-01-01

    Bilateral vertebral artery injuries in closed cervical spine injuries are uncommon, but early recognition and treatment are important to prevent neurological deterioration. A case of bilateral vertebral injuries in a 35-year-old motor vehicle accident victim is presented, and the current literature is reviewed.

  12. Vertebrate Osmoregulation: A Student Laboratory Exercise Using Teleost Fish

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    Boily P.; Rees, B. B.; Williamson, L. A. C.

    2007-01-01

    Here, we describe a laboratory experiment as part of an upper-level vertebrate physiology course for biology majors to investigate the physiological response of vertebrates to osmoregulatory challenges. The experiment involves measuring plasma osmolality and Na[superscript +] -K[superscript +] -ATPase activity in gill tissue of teleost fish…

  13. Origin and evolution of retinoid isomerization machinery in vertebrate visual cycle: hint from jawless vertebrates.

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    Full Text Available In order to maintain visual sensitivity at all light levels, the vertebrate eye possesses a mechanism to regenerate the visual pigment chromophore 11-cis retinal in the dark enzymatically, unlike in all other taxa, which rely on photoisomerization. This mechanism is termed the visual cycle and is localized to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE, a support layer of the neural retina. Speculation has long revolved around whether more primitive chordates, such as tunicates and cephalochordates, anticipated this feature. The two key enzymes of the visual cycle are RPE65, the visual cycle all-trans retinyl ester isomerohydrolase, and lecithin:retinol acyltransferase (LRAT, which generates RPE65's substrate. We hypothesized that the origin of the vertebrate visual cycle is directly connected to an ancestral carotenoid oxygenase acquiring a new retinyl ester isomerohydrolase function. Our phylogenetic analyses of the RPE65/BCMO and N1pC/P60 (LRAT superfamilies show that neither RPE65 nor LRAT orthologs occur in tunicates (Ciona or cephalochordates (Branchiostoma, but occur in Petromyzon marinus (Sea Lamprey, a jawless vertebrate. The closest homologs to RPE65 in Ciona and Branchiostoma lacked predicted functionally diverged residues found in all authentic RPE65s, but lamprey RPE65 contained all of them. We cloned RPE65 and LRATb cDNAs from lamprey RPE and demonstrated appropriate enzymatic activities. We show that Ciona ß-carotene monooxygenase a (BCMOa (previously annotated as an RPE65 has carotenoid oxygenase cleavage activity but not RPE65 activity. We verified the presence of RPE65 in lamprey RPE by immunofluorescence microscopy, immunoblot and mass spectrometry. On the basis of these data we conclude that the crucial transition from the typical carotenoid double bond cleavage functionality (BCMO to the isomerohydrolase functionality (RPE65, coupled with the origin of LRAT, occurred subsequent to divergence of the more primitive chordates

  14. Prevalence of silent vertebral fractures detected by vertebral fracture assessment in young Portuguese men with hyperthyroidism.

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    Barbosa, Ana Paula; Rui Mascarenhas, Mário; Silva, Carlos Francisco; Távora, Isabel; Bicho, Manuel; do Carmo, Isabel; de Oliveira, António Gouveia

    2015-02-01

    Hyperthyroidism is a risk factor for reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporotic fractures. Vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is a radiological method of visualization of the spine, which enables patient comfort and reduced radiation exposure. This study was carried out to evaluate BMD and the prevalence of silent vertebral fractures in young men with hyperthyroidism. We conducted a cross-sectional study in a group of Portuguese men aged up to 50 years and matched in hyperthyroidism (n=24) and control (n=24) groups. A group of 48 Portuguese men aged up to 50 years was divided and matched in hyperthyroidism (n=24) and control (n=24) groups. BMD (g/cm(2)) at L1-L4, hip, radius 33%, and whole body as well as the total body masses (kg) were studied by DXA. VFA was used to detect fractures and those were classified by Genant's semiquantitative method. No patient had previously been treated for hyperthyroidism, osteoporosis, or low bone mass. Adequate statistical tests were used. The mean age, height, and total fat mass were similar in both groups (P≥0.05). The total lean body mass and the mean BMD at lumbar spine, hip, and whole body were significantly decreased in the hyperthyroidism group. In this group, there was also a trend for an increased prevalence of reduced BMD/osteoporosis and osteoporotic vertebral fractures. The results obtained using VFA technology (confirmed by X-ray) suggest that the BMD changes in young men with nontreated hyperthyroidism may lead to the development of osteoporosis and vertebral fractures. This supports the pertinence of using VFA in the routine of osteoporosis assessment to detect silent fractures precociously and consider early treatment. © 2015 European Society of Endocrinology.

  15. Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species

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    Spatz, Dena R.; Zilliacus, Kelly M.; Holmes, Nick D.; Butchart, Stuart H. M.; Genovesi, Piero; Ceballos, Gerardo; Tershy, Bernie R.; Croll, Donald A.

    2017-01-01

    Global biodiversity loss is disproportionately rapid on islands, where invasive species are a major driver of extinctions. To inform conservation planning aimed at preventing extinctions, we identify the distribution and biogeographic patterns of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates (classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature) and invasive vertebrates on ~465,000 islands worldwide by conducting a comprehensive literature review and interviews with more than 500 experts. We found that 1189 highly threatened vertebrate species (319 amphibians, 282 reptiles, 296 birds, and 292 mammals) breed on 1288 islands. These taxa represent only 5% of Earth’s terrestrial vertebrates and 41% of all highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates, which occur in species eradication and other island conservation actions that reduce biodiversity loss. PMID:29075662

  16. Non-contiguous multifocal vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Serratia marcescens.

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    Lau, Jen Xin; Li, Jordan Yuanzhi; Yong, Tuck Yean

    2015-03-01

    Serratia marcescens is a common nosocomial infection but a rare cause of osteomyelitis and more so of vertebral osteomyelitis. Vertebral osteomyelitis caused by this organism has been reported in few studies. We report a case of S. marcescens vertebral discitis and osteomyelitis affecting multiple non-contiguous vertebras. Although Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of vertebral osteomyelitis, rare causes, such as S. marcescens, need to be considered, especially when risk factors such as intravenous heroin use, post-spinal surgery and immunosuppression are present. Therefore, blood culture and where necessary biopsy of the infected region should be undertaken to establish the causative organism and determine appropriate antibiotic susceptibility. Prompt diagnosis of S. marcescens vertebral osteomyelitis followed by the appropriate treatment can achieve successful outcomes.

  17. Hyperkyphosis predicts mortality independent of vertebral osteoporosis in older women.

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    Kado, Deborah M; Lui, Li-Yung; Ensrud, Kristine E; Fink, Howard A; Karlamangla, Arun S; Cummings, Steven R

    2009-05-19

    Excessive kyphosis may be associated with earlier mortality, but previous studies have not controlled for clinically silent vertebral fractures, which are a known mortality risk factor. To determine whether hyperkyphosis predicts increased mortality independent of vertebral fractures. Prospective cohort study. Four clinical centers in Baltimore County, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Monongahela Valley, Pennsylvania. 610 women, age 67 to 93 years, from a cohort of 9704 women recruited from community-based listings between 1986 and 1988. Kyphosis was measured by using a flexicurve. Prevalent radiographic vertebral fractures at baseline were defined by morphometry, and mortality was assessed during an average follow-up of 13.5 years. In age-adjusted models, each SD increase in kyphosis carried a 1.14-fold increased risk for death (95% CI, 1.02 to 1.27; P = 0.023). After adjustment for age and other predictors of mortality, including such osteoporosis-related factors as low bone density, moderate and severe prevalent vertebral fractures, and number of prevalent vertebral fractures, women with greater kyphosis were at increased risk for earlier death (relative hazard per SD increase, 1.15 [CI, 1.01 to 1.30]; P = 0.029). On stratification by prevalent vertebral fracture status, only women with prevalent fractures were at increased mortality risk from hyperkyphosis, independent of age, self-reported health, smoking, spine bone mineral density, number of vertebral fractures, and severe vertebral fractures (relative hazard per SD increase, 1.58 [CI, 1.06 to 2.35]; P = 0.024). The study population included only white women. In older women with vertebral fractures, hyperkyphosis predicts an increased risk for death, independent of underlying spinal osteoporosis and the extent and severity of vertebral fractures. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and National Institute on Aging.

  18. The Lamprey: A jawless vertebrate model system for examining origin of the neural crest and other vertebrate traits

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    Green, Stephen A.; Bronner, Marianne E.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Lampreys are a group of jawless fishes that serve as an important point of comparison for studies of vertebrate evolution. Lampreys and hagfishes are agnathan fishes, the cyclostomes, which sit at a crucial phylogenetic position as the only living sister group of the jawed vertebrates. Comparisons between cyclostomes and jawed vertebrates can help identify shared derived (i.e. synapomorphic) traits that might have been inherited from ancestral early vertebrates, if unlikely to have arisen convergently by chance. One example of a uniquely vertebrate trait is the neural crest, an embryonic tissue that produces many cell types crucial to vertebrate features, such as the craniofacial skeleton, pigmentation of the skin, and much of the peripheral nervous system (Gans and Northcutt, 1983). Invertebrate chordates arguably lack unambiguous neural crest homologs, yet have cells with some similarities, making comparisons with lampreys and jawed vertebrates essential for inferring characteristics of development in early vertebrates, and how they may have evolved from nonvertebrate chordates. Here we review recent research on cyclostome neural crest development, including research on lamprey gene regulatory networks and differentiated neural crest fates. PMID:24560767

  19. Estudo multicasos sobre atividades inovativas

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    Sonia Regina Hierro Parolin

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Em estudos sobre competitividade argumenta-se que as empresas necessitam de estratégias baseadas em inovações e de capacidades internas em constantes e intensas transformações, não somente nos padrões tecnológicos, mas também no encadeamento do processo de gestão das atividades inovativas, como processos dinâmicos, não lineares e diversificados, em função de múltiplos fatores dos ambientes interno e externo. Para contribuir com essas discussões, neste artigo apresenta-se um estudo multicasos em quatro indústrias de médio e grande portes, de segmentos, densidades tecnológicas e históricos com inovações diferentes entre si. Como principais resultados, salientam-se o encadeamento das atividades inovativas como parte de uma estratégia organizacional para obter resultados com inovação e a afluência de todas as pessoas, e não somente as alocadas em pesquisa e desenvolvimento, para o cumprimento dessa estratégia.

  20. ANOMALOUS PREVERTEBRAL COURSE OF THE LEFT VERTEBRAL ARTERY. Recorrido prevertebral anómalo de la arteria vertebral izquierda

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    Full Text Available La arteria vertebral es una de las arterias que irriga el cerebro. El conocimiento de la anatomía normal y las variantes de la arteria vertebral adquiere importancia en la práctica clínica y la radiología vascular. El origen anómalo de la arteria vertebral del arco de la aorta o cualquiera de las arterias del cuello ha sido reportado por muchos autores. En este informe se presenta una variación del curso prevertebral de la arteria vertebral izquierda. La arteria vertebral tenía su origen habitual en la arteria subclavia con un largo curso prevertebral y entraba en el foramen transversarium de la vértebra CII. El origen y recorrido de la arteria vertebral en el lado derecho fue normal. Clínicamente es importante conocer el origen y curso del segmento prevertebral de la arteria vertebral y las posibles variaciones. El presente informe debería ser de interés para el médico vascular con respecto a las variaciones en el cuello y región torácica, y puede dar idea para dilucidar el mecanismo de desarrollo de la angiogénesis. Vertebral artery is one of the arteries supplying the brain. Knowledge of the normal and variant anatomy of the vertebral artery assumes importance in clinical practice and vascular radiology. Anomalous origins of the vertebral artery from the arch of the aorta or any one of the arteries of the neck have been reported by several authors. In this report a variation of the prevertebral course of the left vertebral artery is being presented. The Vertebral artery had usual origin from the subclavian artery and had a longer prevertebral course to enter the foramen transversarium of the CII vertebra. The origin and course of the vertebral artery on the right side was normal. It is clinically important to know the origin and course of the prevertebral segment of the vertebral artery and possible variations. The present report should be of interest for clinicians with regard to vascular variations in the neck and thoracic

  1. [The Efficacy of Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty and Stenting for Traumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection due to Cervical Vertebral Fracture].

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    Kawaguchi, Misato; Nii, Kouhei; Sakamoto, Kimiya; Kawahara, Kanae; Inoue, Ritsurou; Hiraoka, Fumihiro; Morinaga, Yusuke; Mitsutake, Takafumi; Hanada, Hayatsura; Tsutsumi, Masanori

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    A 73-year-old man was admitted at another hospital after a traffic accident. The diagnosis was cervical vertebral fracture. Despite conservative treatment, 5 days later he manifested dysarthria due to cerebellar infarction and was transferred to our hospital. Imaging studies revealed right vertebral arterial dissection at the level of the axial fracture. We performed percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting to address his subacute vertebral artery dissection prior to treating the cervical vertebral fracture using external fixation. His clinical course was good;ischemia did not recur after stenting and his dysarthria disappeared upon rehabilitation. Cerebral angiograms obtained 6 months later revealed no significant in-stent restenosis. While medical management tends to be the first-line treatment of traumatic vertebral artery dissection, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting is necessary before treating other traumatic lesions to prevent neurologic events.

  2. Conodonts, Calcichordates and the Origin of Vertebrates

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    J. Bergström

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    Full Text Available Interpretation of early deuterostome evolution and relationships has been hampered by the lack of soft-part preservation in most groups. In addition, a recently revealed upside-down life orientation of vertebrates (the only real notoneuralians compared to other bilateral animals has been misinterpreted as evidence for a unique body design in all deuterostomes, misleading any search for relatives. Regarding echinoderms, the variety of body plans is confusing. The interpretation of some fossils with echinoderm-type calcite skeletons as “calcichordate” ancestors of chordates, however, involves a hypothetical reconstruction of an unusual body plan and a long series of hypothetical transitions. The number of necessary steps is much lower if cephalochordates (amphioxus or lancelet are derived directly from hemichordate enteropneusts. “Sensation interpretations” of fossils (Yunnanozoon, Cathaymyrus from Burgess Shale type deposits have added further confusion. Soft-part preservation of conodont animals, with V-shaped myomeres and a notochord, shows that they were segmented chordates, while probable eyes and teeth suggest that they were already on the vertebrate side. Die Interpretation früher Deuterostomia hinsichtlich ihrer Evolution und verwandtschaftlichen Beziehungen ist in den meisten Gruppen durch den Mangel an Weichkörpererhaltung sehr erschwert. Die kürzlich entdeckte Tatsache, daß Vertebraten, d. h. die einzigen echten Notoneuralia, im Gegensatz zu anderen bilateral symmetrischen Organismen eine mit ihrer ursprünglichen Oberseite nach unten gerichtete Lebensstellung einnehmen, hat zu der irrtümlichen Ansicht geführt, daß alle Deuostomia über einen im Tierreich einzigartigen Bauplan verfügen. Diese Interpretation brachte naturgemäß jede Suche nach Verwandtschaftsverhältnissen auf Abwege. Hinsichtlich der Echinodermata ist die bauplanmäßige Variation in der Tat verwirrend. Die Interpretation einiger Fossilien mit

  3. Do lower vertebrates suffer from motion sickness?

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    Lychakov, Dmitri

    The poster presents literature data and results of the author’s studies with the goal to find out whether the lower animals are susceptible to motion sickness (Lychakov, 2012). In our studies, fish and amphibians were tested for 2 h and more by using a rotating device (f = 0.24 Hz, a _{centrifugal} = 0.144 g) and a parallel swing (f = 0.2 Hz, a _{horizontal} = 0.059 g). The performed studies did not revealed in 4 fish species and in toads any characteristic reactions of the motion sickness (sopite syndrome, prodromal preparatory behavior, vomiting). At the same time, in toads there appeared characteristic stress reactions (escape response, an increase of the number of urinations, inhibition of appetite), as well as some other reactions not associated with motion sickness (regular head movements, eye retractions). In trout fry the used stimulation promoted division of the individuals into the groups differing by locomotor reaction to stress, as well as the individuals with the well-expressed compensatory reaction that we called the otolithotropic reaction. Analysis of results obtained by other authors confirms our conclusions. Thus, the lower vertebrates, unlike mammals, are immune to motion sickness either under the land conditions or under conditions of weightlessness. On the basis of available experimental data and theoretical concepts of mechanisms of development the motion sickness, formulated in several hypotheses (mismatch hypothesis, Traisman‘ s hypothesis, resonance hypothesis), there presented the synthetic hypothesis of motion sickness that has the conceptual significance. According to the hypothesis, the unusual stimulation producing sensor-motor or sensor-sensor conflict or an action of vestibular and visual stimuli of frequency of about 0.2 Hz is perceived by CNS as poisoning and causes the corresponding reactions. The motion sickness actually is a byproduct of technical evolution. It is suggested that in the lower vertebrates, unlike mammals

  4. A unified anatomy ontology of the vertebrate skeletal system.

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    Dahdul, Wasila M; Balhoff, James P; Blackburn, David C; Diehl, Alexander D; Haendel, Melissa A; Hall, Brian K; Lapp, Hilmar; Lundberg, John G; Mungall, Christopher J; Ringwald, Martin; Segerdell, Erik; Van Slyke, Ceri E; Vickaryous, Matthew K; Westerfield, Monte; Mabee, Paula M

    2012-01-01

    The skeleton is of fundamental importance in research in comparative vertebrate morphology, paleontology, biomechanics, developmental biology, and systematics. Motivated by research questions that require computational access to and comparative reasoning across the diverse skeletal phenotypes of vertebrates, we developed a module of anatomical concepts for the skeletal system, the Vertebrate Skeletal Anatomy Ontology (VSAO), to accommodate and unify the existing skeletal terminologies for the species-specific (mouse, the frog Xenopus, zebrafish) and multispecies (teleost, amphibian) vertebrate anatomy ontologies. Previous differences between these terminologies prevented even simple queries across databases pertaining to vertebrate morphology. This module of upper-level and specific skeletal terms currently includes 223 defined terms and 179 synonyms that integrate skeletal cells, tissues, biological processes, organs (skeletal elements such as bones and cartilages), and subdivisions of the skeletal system. The VSAO is designed to integrate with other ontologies, including the Common Anatomy Reference Ontology (CARO), Gene Ontology (GO), Uberon, and Cell Ontology (CL), and it is freely available to the community to be updated with additional terms required for research. Its structure accommodates anatomical variation among vertebrate species in development, structure, and composition. Annotation of diverse vertebrate phenotypes with this ontology will enable novel inquiries across the full spectrum of phenotypic diversity.

  5. A unified anatomy ontology of the vertebrate skeletal system.

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    Wasila M Dahdul

    Full Text Available The skeleton is of fundamental importance in research in comparative vertebrate morphology, paleontology, biomechanics, developmental biology, and systematics. Motivated by research questions that require computational access to and comparative reasoning across the diverse skeletal phenotypes of vertebrates, we developed a module of anatomical concepts for the skeletal system, the Vertebrate Skeletal Anatomy Ontology (VSAO, to accommodate and unify the existing skeletal terminologies for the species-specific (mouse, the frog Xenopus, zebrafish and multispecies (teleost, amphibian vertebrate anatomy ontologies. Previous differences between these terminologies prevented even simple queries across databases pertaining to vertebrate morphology. This module of upper-level and specific skeletal terms currently includes 223 defined terms and 179 synonyms that integrate skeletal cells, tissues, biological processes, organs (skeletal elements such as bones and cartilages, and subdivisions of the skeletal system. The VSAO is designed to integrate with other ontologies, including the Common Anatomy Reference Ontology (CARO, Gene Ontology (GO, Uberon, and Cell Ontology (CL, and it is freely available to the community to be updated with additional terms required for research. Its structure accommodates anatomical variation among vertebrate species in development, structure, and composition. Annotation of diverse vertebrate phenotypes with this ontology will enable novel inquiries across the full spectrum of phenotypic diversity.

  6. Observer agreement in pediatric semiquantitative vertebral fracture diagnosis

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    Siminoski, Kerry [University of Alberta, Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging and Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Edmonton (Canada); Lentle, Brian [University of British Columbia, Department of Radiology, Vancouver (Canada); BC Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Vancouver (Canada); Matzinger, Mary Ann; Shenouda, Nazih [University of Ottawa, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Ottawa (Canada); Children' s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Department of Medical Imaging, Ottawa (Canada); Ward, Leanne M. [University of Ottawa, Department of Pediatrics, Children' s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa (Canada); Children' s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Research Institute, Ottawa (Canada); Collaboration: The Canadian STOPP Consortium

    2014-04-15

    The Genant semiquantitative (GSQ) method has been a standard procedure for diagnosis of vertebral fractures in adults but has only recently been shown to be of clinical utility in children. Observer agreement using the GSQ method in this age group has not been described. To evaluate observer agreement on vertebral readability and vertebral fracture diagnosis using the GSQ method in pediatric vertebral morphometry. Spine radiographs of 186 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia were evaluated independently by three radiologists using the same GSQ methodology as in adults. A subset of 100 radiographs was evaluated on two occasions. An average of 4.7% of vertebrae were unreadable for the three radiologists. Intraobserver Cohen's kappa (κ) on readability ranged from 0.434 to 0.648 at the vertebral level and from 0.416 to 0.611 at the patient level, while interobserver κ for readability had a range of 0.330 to 0.504 at the vertebral level and 0.295 to 0.467 at the patient level. Intraobserver κ for the presence of vertebral fracture had a range of 0.529 to 0.726 at the vertebral level and was 0.528 to 0.767 at the patient level. Interobserver κ for fracture at the vertebral level ranged from 0.455 to 0.548 and from 0.433 to 0.486 at the patient level. Most κ values for both intra- and interobserver agreement in applying the GSQ method to pediatric spine radiographs were in the moderate to substantial range, comparable to the performance of the technique in adult studies. The GSQ method should be considered for use in pediatric research and clinical practice. (orig.)

  7. Facultative parthenogenesis discovered in wild vertebrates

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    Booth, Warren; Smith, Charles F.; Eskridge, Pamela H.; Hoss, Shannon K.; Mendelson, Joseph R.; Schuett, Gordon W.

    2012-01-01

    Facultative parthenogenesis (FP)—asexual reproduction by bisexual species—has been documented in a variety of multi-cellular organisms but only recently in snakes, varanid lizards, birds and sharks. Unlike the approximately 80 taxa of unisexual reptiles, amphibians and fishes that exist in nature, FP has yet to be documented in the wild. Based on captive documentation, it appears that FP is widespread in squamate reptiles (snakes, lizards and amphisbaenians), and its occurrence in nature seems inevitable, yet the task of detecting FP in wild individuals has been deemed formidable. Here we show, using microsatellite DNA genotyping and litter characteristics, the first cases of FP in wild-collected pregnant females and their offspring of two closely related species of North American pitviper snakes—the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) and cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Our findings support the view that non-hybrid origins of parthenogenesis, such as FP, are more common in squamates than previously thought. With this confirmation, FP can no longer be viewed as a rare curiosity outside the mainstream of vertebrate evolution. Future research on FP in squamate reptiles related to proximate control of induction, reproductive competence of parthenogens and population genetics modelling is warranted. PMID:22977071

  8. Microtubules, polarity and vertebrate neural tube morphogenesis.

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    Cearns, Michael D; Escuin, Sarah; Alexandre, Paula; Greene, Nicholas D E; Copp, Andrew J

    2016-07-01

    Microtubules (MTs) are key cellular components, long known to participate in morphogenetic events that shape the developing embryo. However, the links between the cellular functions of MTs, their effects on cell shape and polarity, and their role in large-scale morphogenesis remain poorly understood. Here, these relationships were examined with respect to two strategies for generating the vertebrate neural tube: bending and closure of the mammalian neural plate; and cavitation of the teleost neural rod. The latter process has been compared with 'secondary' neurulation that generates the caudal spinal cord in mammals. MTs align along the apico-basal axis of the mammalian neuroepithelium early in neural tube closure, participating functionally in interkinetic nuclear migration, which indirectly impacts on cell shape. Whether MTs play other functional roles in mammalian neurulation remains unclear. In the zebrafish, MTs are important for defining the neural rod midline prior to its cavitation, both by localizing apical proteins at the tissue midline and by orienting cell division through a mirror-symmetric MT apparatus that helps to further define the medial localization of apical polarity proteins. Par proteins have been implicated in centrosome positioning in neuroepithelia as well as in the control of polarized morphogenetic movements in the neural rod. Understanding of MT functions during early nervous system development has so far been limited, partly by techniques that fail to distinguish 'cause' from 'effect'. Future developments will likely rely on novel ways to selectively impair MT function in order to investigate the roles they play. © 2016 Anatomical Society.

  9. Delayed coupling theory of vertebrate segmentation.

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    Morelli, Luis G; Ares, Saúl; Herrgen, Leah; Schröter, Christian; Jülicher, Frank; Oates, Andrew C

    2009-01-01

    Rhythmic and sequential subdivision of the elongating vertebrate embryonic body axis into morphological somites is controlled by an oscillating multicellular genetic network termed the segmentation clock. This clock operates in the presomitic mesoderm (PSM), generating dynamic stripe patterns of oscillatory gene-expression across the field of PSM cells. How these spatial patterns, the clock's collective period, and the underlying cellular-level interactions are related is not understood. A theory encompassing temporal and spatial domains of local and collective aspects of the system is essential to tackle these questions. Our delayed coupling theory achieves this by representing the PSM as an array of phase oscillators, combining four key elements: a frequency profile of oscillators slowing across the PSM; coupling between neighboring oscillators; delay in coupling; and a moving boundary describing embryonic axis elongation. This theory predicts that the segmentation clock's collective period depends on delayed coupling. We derive an expression for pattern wavelength across the PSM and show how this can be used to fit dynamic wildtype gene-expression patterns, revealing the quantitative values of parameters controlling spatial and temporal organization of the oscillators in the system. Our theory can be used to analyze experimental perturbations, thereby identifying roles of genes involved in segmentation.

  10. Cilia in vertebrate left-right patterning.

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    Dasgupta, Agnik; Amack, Jeffrey D

    2016-12-19

    Understanding how left-right (LR) asymmetry is generated in vertebrate embryos is an important problem in developmental biology. In humans, a failure to align the left and right sides of cardiovascular and/or gastrointestinal systems often results in birth defects. Evidence from patients and animal models has implicated cilia in the process of left-right patterning. Here, we review the proposed functions for cilia in establishing LR asymmetry, which include creating transient leftward fluid flows in an embryonic 'left-right organizer'. These flows direct asymmetric activation of a conserved Nodal (TGFβ) signalling pathway that guides asymmetric morphogenesis of developing organs. We discuss the leading hypotheses for how cilia-generated asymmetric fluid flows are translated into asymmetric molecular signals. We also discuss emerging mechanisms that control the subcellular positioning of cilia and the cellular architecture of the left-right organizer, both of which are critical for effective cilia function during left-right patterning. Finally, using mosaic cell-labelling and time-lapse imaging in the zebrafish embryo, we provide new evidence that precursor cells maintain their relative positions as they give rise to the ciliated left-right organizer. This suggests the possibility that these cells acquire left-right positional information prior to the appearance of cilia.This article is part of the themed issue 'Provocative questions in left-right asymmetry'. © 2016 The Author(s).

  11. Mapping and Quantifying Terrestrial Vertebrate Biodiversity at ...

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    The ability to assess, report, map, and forecast functions of ecosystems is critical to our capacity to make informed decisions to maintain the sustainable nature of our environment. Because of the variability among living organisms and levels of organization (e.g. genetic, species, ecosystem), biodiversity has always been difficult to measure precisely, especially within a systematic manner and over multiple scales. In answer to this challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a partnership with other Federal agencies, academic institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations to develop the EnviroAtlas (https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas), an online national Decision Support Tool that allows users to view and analyze the geographical description of the supply and demand for ecosystem services, as well as the drivers of change. As part of the EnviroAtlas, an approach has been developed that uses deductive habitat models for all terrestrial vertebrates of the conterminous United States and clusters them into biodiversity metrics that relate to ecosystem service-relevant categories. Metrics, such as species and taxon richness, have been developed and integrated with other measures of biodiversity. Collectively, these metrics provide a consistent scalable process from which to make geographic comparisons, provide thematic assessments, and to monitor status and trends in biodiversity. The national biodiversity component operates across approximatel

  12. Vertebrate bacterial gut diversity: size also matters.

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    Godon, Jean-Jacques; Arulazhagan, Pugazhendi; Steyer, Jean-Philippe; Hamelin, Jérôme

    2016-03-23

    One of the central issues in microbial ecology is to understand the parameters that drive diversity. Among these parameters, size has often been considered to be the main driver in many different ecosystems. Surprisingly, the influence of size on gut microbial diversity has not yet been investigated, and so far in studies reported in the literature only the influences of age, diet, phylogeny and digestive tract structures have been considered. This study explicitly challenges the underexplored relationship connecting gut volume and bacterial diversity. The bacterial diversity of 189 faeces produced by 71 vertebrate species covering a body mass range of 5.6 log. The animals comprised mammals, birds and reptiles. The diversity was evaluated based on the Simpson Diversity Index extracted from 16S rDNA gene fingerprinting patterns. Diversity presented an increase along with animal body mass following a power law with a slope z of 0.338 ± 0.027, whatever the age, phylogeny, diet or digestive tract structure. The results presented here suggest that gut volume cannot be neglected as a major driver of gut microbial diversity. The characteristics of the gut microbiota follow general principles of biogeography that arise in many ecological systems.

  13. Gut Melatonin in Vertebrates: Chronobiology and Physiology

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    Dr. Saumen Kumar Maitra

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Melatonin, following discovery in the bovine pineal gland, has been detected in several extra-pineal sources including gastrointestinal tract or gut. Arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT is the key regulator of its biosynthesis. Melatonin in pineal is rhythmically produced with a nocturnal peak in synchronization with environmental light-dark cycle. A recent study on carp reported first that melatonin levels and intensity of a ~23kDa AANAT protein in each gut segment also exhibit significant daily variations but, unlike pineal, show a peak at midday in all seasons. Extensive experimental studies ruled out direct role of light-dark conditions in determining temporal pattern of gut melatoninergic system in carp, and opened up possible role of environmental non-photic cue(s as its synchronizer. Based on mammalian findings, physiological significance of gut derived melatonin also appears unique because its actions at local levels sharing paracrine and/or autocrine functions have been emphasized. The purpose of this mini-review is to summarize existing data on the chronobiology and physiology of gut melatonin and to emphasize their relation with the same hormone derived in the pineal in vertebrates including fish.

  14. Comparative analyses of bidirectional promoters in vertebrates

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    Taylor James

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Orthologous genes with deep phylogenetic histories are likely to retain similar regulatory features. In this report we utilize orthology assignments for pairs of genes co-regulated by bidirectional promoters to map the ancestral history of the promoter regions. Results Our mapping of bidirectional promoters from humans to fish shows that many such promoters emerged after the divergence of chickens and fish. Furthermore, annotations of promoters in deep phylogenies enable detection of missing data or assembly problems present in higher vertebrates. The functional importance of bidirectional promoters is indicated by selective pressure to maintain the arrangement of genes regulated by the promoter over long evolutionary time spans. Characteristics unique to bidirectional promoters are further elucidated using a technique for unsupervised classification, known as ESPERR. Conclusion Results of these analyses will aid in our understanding of the evolution of bidirectional promoters, including whether the regulation of two genes evolved as a consequence of their proximity or if function dictated their co-regulation.

  15. Evolution of the Vertebrate Resistin Gene Family.

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    Qingda Hu

    Full Text Available Resistin (encoded by Retn was previously identified in rodents as a hormone associated with diabetes; however human resistin is instead linked to inflammation. Resistin is a member of a small gene family that includes the resistin-like peptides (encoded by Retnl genes in mammals. Genomic searches of available genome sequences of diverse vertebrates and phylogenetic analyses were conducted to determine the size and origin of the resistin-like gene family. Genes encoding peptides similar to resistin were found in Mammalia, Sauria, Amphibia, and Actinistia (coelacanth, a lobe-finned fish, but not in Aves or fish from Actinopterygii, Chondrichthyes, or Agnatha. Retnl originated by duplication and transposition from Retn on the early mammalian lineage after divergence of the platypus, but before the placental and marsupial mammal divergence. The resistin-like gene family illustrates an instance where the locus of origin of duplicated genes can be identified, with Retn continuing to reside at this location. Mammalian species typically have a single copy Retn gene, but are much more variable in their numbers of Retnl genes, ranging from 0 to 9. Since Retn is located at the locus of origin, thus likely retained the ancestral expression pattern, largely maintained its copy number, and did not display accelerated evolution, we suggest that it is more likely to have maintained an ancestral function, while Retnl, which transposed to a new location, displays accelerated evolution, and shows greater variability in gene number, including gene loss, likely evolved new, but potentially lineage-specific, functions.

  16. Vascular development in the vertebrate pancreas.

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    Azizoglu, D Berfin; Chong, Diana C; Villasenor, Alethia; Magenheim, Judith; Barry, David M; Lee, Simon; Marty-Santos, Leilani; Fu, Stephen; Dor, Yuval; Cleaver, Ondine

    2016-12-01

    The vertebrate pancreas is comprised of a highly branched tubular epithelium, which is intimately associated with an extensive and specialized vasculature. While we know a great deal about basic vascular anatomy of the adult pancreas, as well as islet capillaries, surprisingly little is known about the ontogeny of its blood vessels. Here, we analyze development of the pancreatic vasculature in the mouse embryo. We show that pancreatic epithelial branches intercalate with the fine capillary plexus of the surrounding pancreatic mesenchyme. Endothelial cells (ECs) within this mesenchyme are heterogeneous from the onset of organogenesis. Pancreatic arteries take shape before veins, in a manner analogous to early embryonic vessels. The main central artery forms during mid-gestation, as a result of vessel coalescence and remodeling of a vascular plexus. In addition, we show that vessels in the forming pancreas display a predictable architecture that is dependent on VEGF signaling. Over-expression of VEGF disrupts vascular patterning and arteriovenous differentiation within the developing pancreas. This study constitutes a first-time in-depth cellular and molecular characterization of pancreatic blood vessels, as they coordinately grow along with the pancreatic epithelium. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Organotin Exposure and Vertebrate Reproduction: A Review

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    Julia Fernandez Puñal de Araújo

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    Full Text Available Organotin (OTs compounds are organometallic compounds that are widely used in industry, such as in the manufacture of plastics, pesticides, paints, and others. OTs are released into the environment by anthropogenic actions, leading to contact with aquatic and terrestrial organisms that occur in animal feeding. Although OTs are degraded environmentally, reports have shown the effects of this contamination over the years because it can affect organisms of different trophic levels. OTs act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs, which can lead to several abnormalities in organisms. In male animals, OTs decrease the weights of the testis and epididymis and reduce the spermatid count, among other dysfunctions. In female animals, OTs alter the weights of the ovaries and uteri and induce damage to the ovaries. In addition, OTs prevent fetal implantation and reduce mammalian pregnancy rates. OTs cross the placental barrier and accumulate in the placental and fetal tissues. Exposure to OTs in utero leads to the accumulation of lipid droplets in the Sertoli cells and gonocytes of male offspring in addition to inducing early puberty in females. In both genders, this damage is associated with the imbalance of sex hormones and the modulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis. Here, we report that OTs act as reproductive disruptors in vertebrate studies; among the compounds are tetrabutyltin, tributyltin chloride, tributyltin acetate, triphenyltin chloride, triphenyltin hydroxide, dibutyltin chloride, dibutyltin dichloride, diphenyltin dichloride, monobutyltin, and azocyclotin.

  18. Optimización del tratamiento con hierro endovenoso en hemodiálisis: Estudio clínico prospectivo a largo plazo

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    Esteban Siga

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A pesar del amplio uso del hierro endovenoso en hemodiálisis, resta aún identificar un índice adecuado para optimizar esta terapéutica en el largo plazo. Con ese objetivo, se diseñó un estudio prospectivo de cohorte, de larga duración, que consistió en un período basal (PB y dos períodos experimentales: PI y PII. Se infundió hierro dextran de bajo peso molecular a 100, 150 y 200 mg/mes, respectivamente, durante 6 meses y al final de cada periodo se determinaron: saturación de transferrina (TSAT, ferritina (FERR, porcentaje de eritrocitos hipocrómicos (HYPO y contenido de hemoglobina en reticulocitos (HCr. Durante el estudio la albúmina aumentó significativamente, pero la Hgb, la dosis de EPO y la proteína C-reactiva se mantuvieron sin cambios. Los cambios en HYPO y FERR fueron inespecíficos. Sólo TSAT (desde 21.4 ± 6 en PB a 34 ± 7.1% en PII, p = 0.01 y HCr (desde 27.5 ± 1.3 en PB a 29.3 ± 1.7 pg en PII, P = 0.045 respondieron específicamente, pero el porcentaje de aumento de TSAT fue de 65% (IC95% 22, y el de HCr sólo 6% (IC95% 2.3; p = 0.0002. Esta diferencia a favor de TSAT se observó en todos los pacientes. Los resultados sugieren la utilización de 200 mg/FeIV/mes y que, de los índices estudiados, TSAT sería el más adecuado para optimizar el uso a largo plazo del hierro endovenoso en hemodiálisis.

  19. Factores etiológicos implicados en la contractura capsular en mamoplastia de aumento estética: estudio prospectivo observacional

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    Vanessa Piña-Martínez

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    Full Text Available Antecedentes y Objetivos. La contractura capsular (CC es la complicación más común y frustrante en mujeres que se han sometido a cirugía de aumento mamario con fines estéticos. La causa es actualmente desconocida y se considera que a menudo participan varios factores conjuntamente. Material y Método. Realizamos un estudio prospectivo observacional de casos y controles anidados en una cohorte de pacientes y llevado a cabo durante 4 años en la Clínica Ruber de Madrid. Resultados. Determinamos que el ejercicio físico es un factor de riesgo en el desarrollo de CC, con una probabilidad 5 veces mayor de desarrollo en pacientes que lo realizan respecto a las que no lo practican; sobre todo los ejercicios relacionados con la movilidad de los miembros superiores, entre ellos los aeróbicos suaves, la natación y la musculación. El ejercicio físico actuaría como principal causa de fricción entre cápsula e implante rugoso, y llegado un momento, dicha fricción originaría pequeñas roturas en la cápsula periprotésica generando una respuesta inflamatoria. El brazo hábil dominante resultó ser un factor de riesgo en el desarrollo de contractura, determinando el lado de la mama que se contractura. Los hallazgos microbiológicos de las cápsulas periprotésicascontracturadas demostraron que un mayor grado de contractura en aquellos implantes en los que hubo resultados microbiológicos positivos, encontrando Propionibacteriumacnes y especies de estafilococos coagulasa negativos. Conclusiones. Las pacientes con implantes mamarios que realizan ejercicio físico habitual presentan mayor riesgo de sufrir contractura capsular mamaria.

  20. La educación inclusiva y lineamientos prospectivos de la formación docente: una visión de futuro

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    Castillo Briceño, Cristina

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available El artículo se propone valorar una visión de futuro de la educación inclusiva con el fin de brindar lineamientos prospectivos en torno a la formación docente. Para lo anterior, se realizó una investigación documental por medio de la detección, acceso, selección, revisión y análisis del material pertinente de diversos escenarios y autores que han trabajado aspectos vinculados a la temática del objetivo propuesto. Los resultados muestran que los requerimientos de la sociedad actual demandan una preparación académica más integral y humana para afrontar una realidad cada vez más compleja y dar respuestas de calidad en la formación de un docente reflexivo y respetuoso de la diversidad, capaz de construir escenarios de aprendizaje y garantizar una educación inclusiva. Para las unidades de desarrollo docente la educación inclusiva constituye una oportunidad para hacer la tarea educativa de maneras diferentes. Para ello, es necesario articular teoría y práctica, tener conciencia de las teorías que se aplican, propiciar espacios reflexivos para ampliar la percepción de lo que significa educar, en y para la diversidad. Por lo tanto, avanzar hacia una educación inclusiva requiere partir de la realidad del entorno, tener claro hacia dónde se orienta la educación e implementar ambientes adecuados. Las conclusiones señalan que la educación inclusiva en la formación docente se constituye en una herramienta para atender la diversidad: oportunidad e igualdad para todos.

  1. Estudio prospectivo randomizado sobre el uso de drenaje vs. no drenaje en artroplastia total de rodilla. [Prospective randomized study on the use of drainage in total knee arthroplasty.

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    Matias Pereira Duarte

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducción La utilización de drenaje en la artroplastia total de rodilla es una práctica ampliamente aceptada en la comunidad ortopédica; sin embargo, en la bibliografía, no se encuentra evidencia concluyente sobre su beneficio. El propósito de este estudio fue comparar dos grupos de pacientes sometidos a artroplastia total de rodilla         primaria con drenaje y sin él. Materiales y Métodos Se llevó a cabo un estudio prospectivo aleatorizado en el que se realizaron 76 artroplastias totales de rodilla primarias; se dividió a los pacientes en dos grupos: grupo A, con drenaje y grupo B, sin drenaje. Se evaluaron el número de unidades de sangre transfundidas, el débito de sangre en los pacientes con drenaje, las complicaciones posoperatorias y el tiempo de hospitalización. Antes de la cirugía y después de ella, se registró el diámetro del muslo, el rango de movilidad, el hematocrito y la hemoglobina en ambos grupos. Resultados No se hallaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas en el diámetro del muslo, el rango de movilidad, el hematocrito, la hemoglobina, el número de transfusiones y la estadía hospitalaria. El número de complicaciones en el grupo B (sin drenaje fue mayor (p = 0,019: dos infecciones profundas, dos casos de celulitis, uno de flictena, una fractura de cadera, una trombosis venosa superficial, una trombosis venosa profunda y un tromboembolismo pulmonar. Conclusión Los pacientes sin drenaje posoperatorio sufrieron más complicaciones.

  2. VERTEBRAL DEFORMITY IN CHILDREN AND DISPENSARY CARE ORGANIZATION

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    I. T. Batrshin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to analyze the prevalence of spine deformation pathology and the state of vertebral children care screening of 18 500 schoolchildren was conducted by computer optical topography. In 79.5% of them the posture disturbances and in 14.5% - spinal deformity were detected. The multivariate analysis of vertebral deformity was performed. It is established that vertebral deformity till 10° on Coob has usually monoplane form, and more than 10° - only multiplane form. Dispensary health groups were formed, screening program for children with subsequent monitoring was proposed.

  3. Distal vertebral artery reconstruction when managing vertebrobasilar insufficiency

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    D. M. Galaktionov

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a literature review devoted to the reconstruction of the distal vertebral artery and a clinical case of successful surgical treatment of a patient suffering from vertebrobasilar insufficiency caused by occlusion of the vertebral artery in a proximal segment. The external carotid artery-distal vertebral artery bypass was performed by using the radial artery.Received 27 February 2017. Revised 25 July 2017. Accepted 3 August 2017.Funding: The study did not have sponsorship.Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest. 

  4. Structure related phylogenetic variations in brain gangliosides of vertebrates.

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    Hilbig, R

    1984-01-01

    The concentration and composition of brain gangliosides from five brain structures of vertebrate species belonging to the classes of Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes, Reptilia, Aves and Mammalia were investigated. The complexity of brain ganglioside composition is strikingly reduced over phyletic lines. In lower vertebrates there is only little variation in the ganglioside pattern between the different brain structures, whereas in higher vertebrates differences distinctly occurred. A similarity over phyletic lines of ganglioside pattern was only noted in phylogenetically old brain structures as for instance in the medulla oblongata and the brain stem.

  5. The silurian and devonian vertebrates of Bolivia

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    formas de amplia repartición (Rhenanidos, algunos Acanthodios, Actinopterygios de tipo Moythomasia, formas con afinidades transpacíficas (Acanthodios próximos de Sinacanthus y formas tal vez endémicas (Pucapampella, Zamponiopteron. Silurian and Devonian vertebrate remains are described from various localities in Bolivia. Most of the material occurs in concretions in the marine Devonian of the Altiplano and Subandean area, and some isolated specimens have been found in sandstones and lutites. The jawless vertebrates are known only from isolated thelodont scales which occur in the Uppermost Silurian or Lower Devonian of Seripona, Chuquisaca. All the other vertebrate remains belong to gnathosthomes, in particular to the acanthodians, placoderms, chondrichthyans and actinopterygians. The acanthodians are represented by some ischnacanthid dentigerous jaw bones and climatiid spines and shoulder girdles. They are fairly abundant and show no marked differences from acanthodian remains known elsewhere in the Siluro-Devonian of Europe and North America. However, some isolated spines are suggestive of the genus Sinacanthus, known from the Lower Devonian of China The placoderms are represented only by the rhenanid Bolivosteus chacomensis Goujet et al, known from two well preserved braincases. This genus closely resembles Gemuendina (Lower Devonian of Germany with respect to the overall shape of the braincase, but its shoulder girdle differs substantially. The chondrichthyans are the most abundant vertebrates in the Devonian of Bolivia They are represented by isolated spines and endoskeletal elements lined with prismatic calcified cartilage Among them, some peculiar occipital regions of braincases are referred here to Pucapampella rodrigae n.g , n sp. These brain-cases differ from all other known Devonian chondrichthyan braincases in showing a ventrally continuous occipital fissure which completely separates the occiput from the rest of the brain-case. The strongly vaulted

  6. Evaluation of surgical outcome of Jack vertebral dilator kyphoplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture-clinical experience of 218 cases.

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    Fan, Jin; Shen, Yimin; Zhang, Ning; Ren, Yongxin; Cai, Weihua; Yu, Lipeng; Wu, Naiqing; Yin, Guoyong

    2016-04-30

    Osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture is a serious complication of osteoporosis. Various vertebral kyphoplasty surgeries, which have their own unique features, are commonly used for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture. Based on the anatomic property of the thoracolumbar vertebral pedicle that its horizontal diameter is twice that of the vertical diameter, we designed Jack vertebral dilator for better restoration of the vertebral height by manipulating the mechanical force. A total of 218 patients (236 vertebrae) with osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture were treated with Jack vertebral dilator. Surgery was successfully completed in all cases, and all the 218 patients were followed up for an average of 14.2 months (range 3 to 30 months). Bone cement leakage occurred in 12 cases, but no symptoms were reported. No other complications were noticed. The VAS scores were 8.2 ± 1.3, 1.7 ± 0.9, and 1.8 ± 0.8 and the ODI was 78.2 ± 13.3 %, 18.5 ± 7.3 %, and 20.9 ± 6.8 % before surgery and 1 week after surgery and at the final follow-up, respectively. The anterior vertebral body height was 19.3 ± 3.2, 25.1 ± 2.6, and 24.9 ± 2.6 mm and the central vertebral body height was 18.7 ± 3.0, 24.8 ± 3.0, and 24.5 ± 2.9 mm before surgery and 1 week after surgery and at the final follow-up, respectively. Cobb angle was 16.2° ± 6.6°, 8.1° ± 5.6°, and 8.5° ± 5.6° before surgery and 1 week after surgery and at the final follow-up, respectively. Jack vertebral dilator kyphoplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture is safe, feasible, and effective and has the prospect of further broad application in the future.

  7. Diagnosis of vertebral fractures on lateral chest X-ray: Intraobserver agreement of semi-quantitative vertebral fracture assessment

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    Jagt-Willems, H.C. van der, E-mail: Hvanderjagt@spaarneziekenhuis.nl [Department of Geriatrics, Slotervaart Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Department of Internal Medicine, Spaarne Hospital, Hoofddorp (Netherlands); Munster, B.C. van [Department of Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Department of Geriatrics, Gelre Hospitals, Apeldoorn (Netherlands); Leeflang, M. [Department of Geriatrics, Gelre Hospitals, Apeldoorn (Netherlands); Beuerle, E. [Department of Radiology, Slotervaart Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Tulner, C.R. [Department of Geriatrics, Slotervaart Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Lems, W.F. [Department of Rheumatology, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • (Lateral) chest X-ray's are often performed in older individuals for various reasons. • Vertebral fractures are visualized on lateral chest X-ray, but the diagnosis of vertebral fractures is until now only validated on (lateral) spine X-ray's. • This study shows that a (lateral) chest X-ray is sufficient for the diagnosis of vertebral fractures. • Older individuals with a vertebral fracture on a (lateral) chest X-ray do not need further radiography with thoracic spine X-ray or vertebral fracture assessment with DXA. - Abstract: Background: In clinical practice lateral images of the chest are performed for various reasons. As these lateral chest X rays show the vertebrae of the thoracic and thoraco-lumbar region, we wondered if these X-rays can be used for evaluation of vertebral fractures instead of separate thoracic spine X-rays. Methods: To evaluate the agreement and intraobserver reliability of the semi-quantitative method for vertebral fractures on the lateral chest X-ray (X-chest) in comparison to the lateral thoracic spine X-ray (X-Tspine), two observers scored vertebral fractures on X-Tspine and twice on X-chest, separately, blinded and in different time periods. Agreement and Cohens’ kappa were calculated for a diagnosis of any fracture on patient level and on vertebral body level. The study was done in patients visiting an outpatient geriatric day clinic, with a high prevalence of vertebral fractures. Results: 109 patients were included. The intraobserver agreement for X-chest versus X-Tspine was 95–98% for the two levels of fracturing, with a Cohen's kappa of 0.88–0.91. The intraobserver agreement and reliability of the re-test on the X-chest showed an agreement between 91 and 98% with a Cohen's kappa of 0.81–0.93. More vertebrae were visible on the X-chest, mean 10.2, SD 0.66 versus mean 9.8, SD 0.73 on the X-Tspine (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The results show good agreement and intraobserver reliability on

  8. Sublethal consequences of urban life for wild vertebrates

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    Gallagher, Austin J; Peiman, Kathryn S; de Bruijn, Robert; Cooke, Steven J; Birnie-Gauvin, Kim

    2016-01-01

    ... — while others have not. Here we present a review of the sublethal consequences of life in the city for wild vertebrates, and demonstrate that urban animals face an almost completely different set of physiological...

  9. Growth patterns of fossil vertebrates as deduced from bone ...

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    Prakash

    2009-10-20

    Ray S, Mukherjee D and S Bandyopadhyay S 2009 Growth patterns of fossil vertebrates as deduced from bone microstructure: case studies from. India; J. Biosci. ..... (sensu Smith-Gill 1983; Ray et al. 2004). This flexibility in.

  10. Trends in Medicinal Uses of Edible Wild Vertebrates in Brazil

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of food medicines is a widespread practice worldwide. In Brazil, such use is often associated with wild animals, mostly focusing on vertebrate species. Here we assessed taxonomic and ecological trends in traditional uses of wild edible vertebrates in the country, through an extensive ethnobiological database analysis. Our results showed that at least 165 health conditions are reportedly treated by edible vertebrate species (n=204, mostly fishes and mammals. However, reptiles stand out presenting a higher plasticity in the treatment of multiple health conditions. Considering the 20 disease categories recorded, treatment prescriptions were similar within continental (i.e., terrestrial and freshwater and also within coastal and marine habitats, which may reflect locally related trends in occurrence and use of the medicinal fauna. The comprehension of the multiplicity and trends in the therapeutic uses of Brazilian vertebrates is of particular interest from a conservation perspective, as several threatened species were recorded.

  11. Associations between the Cervical Vertebral Column and Craniofacial Morphology

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    Sonnesen, Ane Liselotte

    2010-01-01

    Aim. To summarize recent studies on morphological deviations of the cervical vertebral column and associations with craniofacial morphology and head posture in nonsyndromic patients and in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Design. In these recent studies, visual assessment of the cerv......Aim. To summarize recent studies on morphological deviations of the cervical vertebral column and associations with craniofacial morphology and head posture in nonsyndromic patients and in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Design. In these recent studies, visual assessment...... of the cervical vertebral column and cephalometric analysis of the craniofacial skeleton were performed on profile radiographs of subjects with neutral occlusion, patients with severe skeletal malocclusions and patients with OSA. Material from human triploid foetuses and mouse embryos was analysed histologically....... Results. Recent studies have documented associations between fusion of the cervical vertebral column and craniofacial morphology, including head posture in patients with severe skeletal malocclusions. Histological studies on prenatal material supported these findings. Conclusion. It is suggested...

  12. The Vertebral Formula of the African Sideneck Turtle ( Pelusios ...

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    Pelusios castaneus), was carried out with the view of deriving its vertebral formula which could be useful in the comparative systematic anatomy of sea and freshwater turtles as well as in paleontological and archaeological investigations. A total ...

  13. Clinical and radiological evaluation in vertebral artery dissections

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    Murat Çabalar

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, vertebral artery dissection (VAD is reported more frequently as a cause of young cerebrovascular accidents. It can occur spontaneously or following a neck manipulation and trauma. The patients were 3 females (mean age: 35±26 years and 7 males (mean age: 37.71±4.96 years. Only 2 patients described neck trauma. Cerebellar findings were prominent in all cases. On radiological investigation, vascular changes of vertebral arteries were detected bilaterally in 2 cases, right in 5 and left in 3 cases. All the cases were treated with anticoagulant therapy and cured but 1 with sequela. Prognosis of vertebral artery dissection is generally good by early diagnosis and treatment. In this article, we reported clinical and radiological properties of 10 vertebral artery dissection cases.

  14. Patterns of Vertebrate Diversity and Protection in Brazil: e0145064

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    Clinton N Jenkins; Maria Alice S Alves; Alexandre Uezu; Mariana M Vale

    2015-01-01

    .... For three groups of terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, and amphibians), we examined geographic patterns of diversity and protection in Brazil, including that of endemic, small-ranged, and threatened species...

  15. MR manifestations of vertebral artery injuries in cervical spine trauma

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    Yu, Jeong Sik; Chung, Tae Sub; Kim, Young Soo; Cho, Yong Eun; Kang, Byung Chul; Kim, Dong Ik [Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-11-01

    To assess the diagnostic efficacy of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the detection of a vertebral artery injury occurring from major cervical spine trauma. Conventional MR findings of 63 patients and 63 control subjects were compared to detect a possible change in the vertebral arteries resulted from trauma. Plain films, CT and clinical records were also reviewed to correlate the degree of cervical spine injury with vascular change. Nine cases of absent flow signals in vessel lumen were observed in eight patients and one was observed in the control group. Patients more frequently demonstrated other abnormalities such as intraluminal linear signals (n=3) or focal luminal narrowing (n=9) but there was no statistical significance. There was a close relationship between degree of cord damage and occlusion of the vertebral artery. Conventional MR imaging is useful in the detection of vertebral artery occlusion resulting from cervical spine trauma.

  16. Checklist of tapeworms (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) of vertebrates in Finland

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    Haukisalmi, Voitto

    2015-01-01

    A checklist of tapeworms (Cestoda) of vertebrates (fishes, birds and mammals) in Finland is presented, based on published observations, specimens deposited in the collections of the Finnish Museum of Natural History (Helsinki...

  17. [About evolution of sleep-wakefulness cycle in vertebrates].

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    Oganesian, G A; Aristakesian, E A; Vataev, S I

    2012-10-01

    Data about behavioral, somato-vegetative and neurophysiological parameters of sleep and wakefulness in insects, cold- and warm-blooded vertebrates are provided. Hypotheses existing now about evolutionary formation of separate sleep phases and stages in vertebrates are considered. In the review are shown the data about correlations of quantitative characteristics of sleep and wake in some mammals with basic metabolic rate, lifestyle, environmental habits. The original experimental results at formation of neurophysiological characteristics of sleep and wake in vertebrates, phylogeny and in ontogeny of mature and immature mammals are provided in detail. On the basis of own concepts about evolutionary development of sleep-wakefulness cycle in vertebrates the interactions of telencephalic, diencephalic and rhombencepalic parts of brain in the processes of cycle wakefulness cycle integration are discussed.

  18. Organization of vertebrate annual cycles: implications for control mechanisms

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    John C Wingfield

    2008-01-01

    The majority of vertebrates have a life span of greater than one year. Therefore individuals must be able to adapt to the annual cycle of changing conditions by adjusting morphology, physiology and behaviour...

  19. An interesting case report of vertebral artery dissection following polytrauma

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    Vikas Acharya

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Our report displays select images related to this case report and emphasizes the consideration of routine imaging in head and neck traumatic injuries to diagnose internal carotid and/or vertebral artery dissections much earlier.

  20. Predicting chemical impacts on vertebrate endocrine systems.

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    Nichols, John W; Breen, Miyuki; Denver, Robert J; Distefano, Joseph J; Edwards, Jeremy S; Hoke, Robert A; Volz, David C; Zhang, Xiaowei

    2011-01-01

    Animals have evolved diverse protective mechanisms for responding to toxic chemicals of both natural and anthropogenic origin. From a governmental regulatory perspective, these protective responses complicate efforts to establish acceptable levels of chemical exposure. To explore this issue, we considered vertebrate endocrine systems as potential targets for environmental contaminants. Using the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT), hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG), and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axes as case examples, we identified features of these systems that allow them to accommodate and recover from chemical insults. In doing so, a distinction was made between effects on adults and those on developing organisms. This distinction was required because endocrine system disruption in early life stages may alter development of organs and organ systems, resulting in permanent changes in phenotypic expression later in life. Risk assessments of chemicals that impact highly regulated systems must consider the dynamics of these systems in relation to complex environmental exposures. A largely unanswered question is whether successful accommodation to a toxic insult exerts a fitness cost on individual animals, resulting in adverse consequences for populations. Mechanistically based mathematical models of endocrine systems provide a means for better understanding accommodation and recovery. In the short term, these models can be used to design experiments and interpret study findings. Over the long term, a set of validated models could be used to extrapolate limited in vitro and in vivo testing data to a broader range of untested chemicals, species, and exposure scenarios. With appropriate modification, Tier 2 assays developed in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program could be used to assess the potential for accommodation and recovery and inform the development of mechanistically based models. © 2010

  1. The 'Tully monster' is a vertebrate.

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    McCoy, Victoria E; Saupe, Erin E; Lamsdell, James C; Tarhan, Lidya G; McMahon, Sean; Lidgard, Scott; Mayer, Paul; Whalen, Christopher D; Soriano, Carmen; Finney, Lydia; Vogt, Stefan; Clark, Elizabeth G; Anderson, Ross P; Petermann, Holger; Locatelli, Emma R; Briggs, Derek E G

    2016-04-28

    Problematic fossils, extinct taxa of enigmatic morphology that cannot be assigned to a known major group, were once a major issue in palaeontology. A long-favoured solution to the 'problem of the problematica', particularly the 'weird wonders' of the Cambrian Burgess Shale, was to consider them representatives of extinct phyla. A combination of new evidence and modern approaches to phylogenetic analysis has now resolved the affinities of most of these forms. Perhaps the most notable exception is Tullimonstrum gregarium, popularly known as the Tully monster, a large soft-bodied organism from the late Carboniferous Mazon Creek biota (approximately 309-307 million years ago) of Illinois, USA, which was designated the official state fossil of Illinois in 1989. Its phylogenetic position has remained uncertain and it has been compared with nemerteans, polychaetes, gastropods, conodonts, and the stem arthropod Opabinia. Here we review the morphology of Tullimonstrum based on an analysis of more than 1,200 specimens. We find that the anterior proboscis ends in a buccal apparatus containing teeth, the eyes project laterally on a long rigid bar, and the elongate segmented body bears a caudal fin with dorsal and ventral lobes. We describe new evidence for a notochord, cartilaginous arcualia, gill pouches, articulations within the proboscis, and multiple tooth rows adjacent to the mouth. This combination of characters, supported by phylogenetic analysis, identifies Tullimonstrum as a vertebrate, and places it on the stem lineage to lampreys (Petromyzontida). In addition to increasing the known morphological disparity of extinct lampreys, a chordate affinity for T. gregarium resolves the nature of a soft-bodied fossil which has been debated for more than 50 years.

  2. Vertebrate phylogeny of hydrogen sulfide vasoactivity.

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    Dombkowski, Ryan A; Russell, Michael J; Schulman, Alexis A; Doellman, Meredith M; Olson, Kenneth R

    2005-01-01

    Hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) is a recently identified endogenous vasodilator in mammals. In steelhead/rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Osteichthyes), H(2)S produces both dose-dependent dilation and a unique dose-dependent constriction. In this study, we examined H(2)S vasoactivity in all vertebrate classes to determine whether H(2)S is universally vasoactive and to identify phylogenetic and/or environmental trends. H(2)S was generated from NaHS and examined in unstimulated and precontracted systemic and, when applicable, pulmonary arteries (PA) from Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stouti, Agnatha), sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus, Agnatha), sandbar shark (Carcharhinus milberti, Chondrichthyes), marine toad (Bufo marinus, Amphibia), American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis, Reptilia), Pekin duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus, Aves), and white rat (Rattus rattus, Mammalia). In otherwise unstimulated vessels, NaHS produced 1) a dose-dependent relaxation in Pacific hagfish dorsal aorta; 2) a dose-dependent contraction in sea lamprey dorsal aorta, marine toad aorta, alligator aorta and PA, duck aorta, and rat thoracic aorta; 3) a threshold relaxation in shark ventral aorta, dorsal aorta, and afferent branchial artery; and 4) a multiphasic contraction-relaxation-contraction in the marine toad PA, duck PA, and rat PA. Precontraction of these vessels with another agonist did not affect the general pattern of NaHS vasoactivity with the exception of the rat aorta, where relaxation was now dominant. These results show that H(2)S is a phylogenetically ancient and versatile vasoregulatory molecule that appears to have been opportunistically engaged to suit both organ-specific and species-specific homeostatic requirements.

  3. Giant pseudoaneurysm of the extracranial vertebral artery: case report

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    Pasquale Gallo; Amauri Dalacorte; Eduardo Raupp; Santos,Amir J.; Frank,Marcos R. C.; Glauco A. Saraiva

    1996-01-01

    Pseudoaneurysms of the extracranial vertebral artery are extremely rare due to their deep location and the anatomical protection of this artery. They can be caused by cervical traumas (firearm injuries, sports, hyperextension of the neck and iatrogeny). The authors report the case of a patient who developed a giant pseudoaneurysm of the extracranial vertebral artery after surgery for the removal of a tumor of the cerebellopontine angle in which surgical lesion of the artery occurred. Treatmen...

  4. Increased genome sampling reveals novel insights into vertebrate molecular evolution

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    Doherty, Aoife

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis, increased vertebrate genome sampling and recent methodological advancements were combined to address three distinct questions pertaining to vertebrate molecular evolution. Gene duplicability is the tendency to retain multiple gene copies after a duplication event. Various factors correlate with gene duplicability, such as protein function and timing of expression during development. The position of a gene’s encoded product in the protein-protein interaction n...

  5. Common mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in vertebrates and invertebrates

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    Glanzman, David L.

    2016-01-01

    Until recently, the literature on learning-related synaptic plasticity in invertebrates has been dominated by models assuming plasticity is mediated by presynaptic changes, whereas the vertebrate literature has been dominated by models assuming it is mediated by postsynaptic changes. Here I will argue that this situation does not reflect a biological reality and that, in fact, invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems share a common set of mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. PMID:20152143

  6. Asymptomatic vertebral fractures in patients with low bone mineral density

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    Caio Cesar Leite de Negreiros

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Summary Objective: Vertebral fracture assessment (VFA is a test technique that can be used to detect asymptomatic vertebral fractures (AVF. It uses dual energy X-ray bsorptiometry (DXA and can be performed concurrently with bone densitometry. This study aims to assess the prevalence of AVF in patients with low bone mass. Methods: Cross-sectional study including 135 individuals with low bone mineral density (BMD with a T-score 61 years.

  7. Prevalence of thoracolumbar vertebral fractures on multidetector CT

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    Bartalena, Tommaso [Department of Radiology, S. Orsola University Hospital, Via Massarenti 9 - 40138 Bologna (Italy)], E-mail: t.bartalena@email.it; Giannelli, Giovanni; Rinaldi, Maria Francesca [Department of Radiology, S. Orsola University Hospital, Via Massarenti 9 - 40138 Bologna (Italy); Rimondi, Eugenio [Department of Radiology, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Via G.C. Pupilli 1 - 40136 Bologna (Italy); Rinaldi, Giovanni [Department of Radiology, S. Orsola University Hospital, Via Massarenti 9 - 40138 Bologna (Italy); Sverzellati, Nicola [Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Radiology, University of Parma, Via Gramsci, 14 - 43100 Parma (Italy); Gavelli, Giampaolo [Department of Radiology, S. Orsola University Hospital, Via Massarenti 9 - 40138 Bologna (Italy)

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    Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in patients undergoing multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) of the chest and/or abdomen. Materials and methods: 323 consecutive patients (196 males, 127 females) with a mean age of 62.6 years (range 20-88) who had undergone chest and/or abdominal MDCT were evaluated. Sagittal reformats of the spine obtained from thin section datasets were reviewed by two radiologists and assessed for vertebral fractures. Morphometric analysis using electronic calipers was performed on vertebral bodies which appeared abnormal upon visual inspection. A vertebral body height loss of 15% or more was considered a fracture and graded as mild (15-24%), moderate (25-49%) or severe (more than 50%). Official radiology reports were reviewed and whether the vertebral fractures had been reported or not was noted. Results: 31 out of 323 patients (9.5%) had at least 1 vertebral fracture and 7 of those patients had multiple fractures for a total of 41 fractures. Morphometric grading revealed 10 mild, 16 moderate and 15 severe fractures. Prevalence was higher in women (14.1%) than men (6.6%) and increased with patients age with a 17.1% prevalence in post-menopausal women. Only 6 out 41 vertebral fractures (14.6%) had been noted in the radiology final report while the remaining 35 (85.45) had not. Conclusion: although vertebral fractures represent frequent incidental findings on multidetector CT studies and may be easily identified on sagittal reformats, they are often underreported by radiologists, most likely because of unawareness of their clinical importance.

  8. Analysis of functional CT scan in cervical vertebral disease

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    Hirofuji, Eiichi; Tanaka, Seisuke; Tomihara, Mitsuo; Kita, Hiroshi; Yamasaki, Hiroyuki

    1982-12-01

    The atlantoaxial joint showed displacement in various directions in rheumatoid arthritis and cervical spondylosis. The displacements were promoted by anterior flexion and rotatory movements, exerting great influences on the spnial cord. The intervertebral space between the 5th and 6th vertebra showed narrowing of the vertebral canal in cervical spondylosis and was promoted by posterior flexion to affect the spinal cord to a great extent. Functional CT scan was useful for observation of pathologic conditions of vertebral diseases.

  9. Radiological examination of the vertebral column of healthy French bulldogs

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    Meyer, Susanne

    2012-01-01

    In this study latero-lateral x-rays of the thoracic and lumbar vertebral column of 106 French bulldogs were examined. Occurrence of vertebral anomalies (wedge-shaped vertebrae, block vertebrae, transitional vertebrae), deviance from the normal number of vertebrae, variations of the spinous process and appearance of spondylosis were assessed. For evaluation of wedge-shaped vertebrae a graduation from degree 0 to degree 4 was developed using the percental deviation between the dorsal and ...

  10. Spontaneous Bilateral Vertebral Artery Dissection During a Basketball Game

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    Mas Rodriguez, Manuel F.; Berrios, Rafael Arias; Ramos, Edwardo

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous vertebral artery dissection accounts for 2% of all ischemic strokes and can occur as a consequence of sports events. We present an unusual case of spontaneous bilateral vertebral artery dissection in a 30-year-old male patient during a basketball game. He developed severe dysphagia, right hemiparesis, and balance dysfunction. We also present a review of the pathology, diagnosis, symptomatology, treatment, prognosis, and occurrence of this entity in sports. PMID:26733592

  11. Vertebrate Paleontology in Central America: 30 years of progress

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    Lucas, Spencer G.

    2014-01-01

    Vertebrate paleontology began in Central America in 1858 with the first published records, but the last 30 years have seen remarkable advances. These advances range from new localities, to new taxa to new analyses of diverse data. Central American vertebrate fossils represent all of the major taxonomic groups of vertebrates—fishes, amphibians, reptiles (especially turtles), birds and mammals (mostly xenarthrans, carnivores and ungulates)—but coverage is very uneven, with many groups (especial...

  12. The origin of conodonts and of vertebrate mineralized skeletons

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    Murdock, Duncan J.E.; Dong, Xi-Ping; Repetski, John E.; Marone, Federica; Stampanoni, Marco; Donoghue, Philip C.J.

    2013-01-01

    Conodonts are an extinct group of jawless vertebrates whose tooth-like elements are the earliest instance of a mineralized skeleton in the vertebrate lineage, inspiring the ‘inside-out’ hypothesis that teeth evolved independently of the vertebrate dermal skeleton and before the origin of jaws. However, these propositions have been based on evidence from derived euconodonts. Here we test hypotheses of a paraconodont ancestry of euconodonts using synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy to characterize and compare the microstructure of morphologically similar euconodont and paraconodont elements. Paraconodonts exhibit a range of grades of structural differentiation, including tissues and a pattern of growth common to euconodont basal bodies. The different grades of structural differentiation exhibited by paraconodonts demonstrate the stepwise acquisition of euconodont characters, resolving debate over the relationship between these two groups. By implication, the putative homology of euconodont crown tissue and vertebrate enamel must be rejected as these tissues have evolved independently and convergently. Thus, the precise ontogenetic, structural and topological similarities between conodont elements and vertebrate odontodes appear to be a remarkable instance of convergence. The last common ancestor of conodonts and jawed vertebrates probably lacked mineralized skeletal tissues. The hypothesis that teeth evolved before jaws and the inside-out hypothesis of dental evolution must be rejected; teeth seem to have evolved through the extension of odontogenic competence from the external dermis to internal epithelium soon after the origin of jaws.

  13. The origin of conodonts and of vertebrate mineralized skeletons.

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    Murdock, Duncan J E; Dong, Xi-Ping; Repetski, John E; Marone, Federica; Stampanoni, Marco; Donoghue, Philip C J

    2013-10-24

    Conodonts are an extinct group of jawless vertebrates whose tooth-like elements are the earliest instance of a mineralized skeleton in the vertebrate lineage, inspiring the 'inside-out' hypothesis that teeth evolved independently of the vertebrate dermal skeleton and before the origin of jaws. However, these propositions have been based on evidence from derived euconodonts. Here we test hypotheses of a paraconodont ancestry of euconodonts using synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy to characterize and compare the microstructure of morphologically similar euconodont and paraconodont elements. Paraconodonts exhibit a range of grades of structural differentiation, including tissues and a pattern of growth common to euconodont basal bodies. The different grades of structural differentiation exhibited by paraconodonts demonstrate the stepwise acquisition of euconodont characters, resolving debate over the relationship between these two groups. By implication, the putative homology of euconodont crown tissue and vertebrate enamel must be rejected as these tissues have evolved independently and convergently. Thus, the precise ontogenetic, structural and topological similarities between conodont elements and vertebrate odontodes appear to be a remarkable instance of convergence. The last common ancestor of conodonts and jawed vertebrates probably lacked mineralized skeletal tissues. The hypothesis that teeth evolved before jaws and the inside-out hypothesis of dental evolution must be rejected; teeth seem to have evolved through the extension of odontogenic competence from the external dermis to internal epithelium soon after the origin of jaws.

  14. Audiological Findings in Patients with Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum

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    Sleifer, Pricila

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum, also referred to as Goldenhar syndrome, is a condition characterized by alterations involving the development of the structures of the first and second branchial arches. The abnormalities primarily affect the face, the eyes, the spine, and the ears, and the auricular abnormalities are associated with possible hearing loss. Objective To analyze the audiological findings of patients with oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum through liminal pure-tone audiometry and speech audiometry test. Methods Cross-sectional study conducted on 10 patients with oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum and clinical findings on at least two of the following areas: orocraniofacial, ocular, auricular, and vertebral. All patients underwent tonal and vocal hearing evaluations. Results Seven patients were male and three were female; all had ear abnormalities, and the right side was the most often affected. Conductive hearing loss was the most common (found in 10 ears, followed by sensorineural hearing loss (in five ears, with mixed hearing loss in only one ear. The impairment of the hearing loss ranged from mild to moderate, with one case of profound loss. Conclusions The results show a higher frequency of conductive hearing loss among individuals with the oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum phenotype, especially moderate loss affecting the right side. Furthermore, research in auditory thresholds in the oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum is important in speech therapy findings about the disease to facilitate early intervention for possible alterations.

  15. THE SPIRIT-PROCAINE PERIARTERIAL BLOCKADES APPLICATION UPON THE THIRD SEGMENT OF VERTEBRAL ARTERY IN VERTEBRAL-BASILAR INSUFFICIENCY

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    I.I. Sholomov

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    Full Text Available The spirit-procaine blockades are pathogenicallyjustified methods oftreatmentofthe vertebral-basilarartery insufficiency caused by vertebral pathology. Chemical desympathisation of the third portion of the vertebral artery (VA can be applied as alternative to stellate ganglionectomy and blockades of stellate ganglion or periarterial plexus of the VA at the level of the sixth cervical vertebra. In case of positive effect after procaine blockade, the next stage of the treatment is the periarterial alcoholisation of vertebral arteries by low-concentrated (30° ethyl alcohol. This effect is analogous to procaine blockade, but more steadfast Clinical and ultrasound investigations proved, thatspirit-procaine blockades improve the blood flow in vertebrobasilar arterial system, reduce the peripherical resistance of the vessels and interhemispherical asymmetry, and decrease the spasm of intracranial arteries, that leads to improvementof neurological condition.

  16. Percutaneous vertebroplasty in the treatment of vertebral body compression fracture secondary to osteogenesis imperfecta

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    Rami, Parag M.; Heatwole, Eric V.; Boorstein, Jeffrey M. [Center for Vascular and Interventional Radiology, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH (United States); McGraw, Kevin J. [Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH (United States)

    2002-03-01

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty, a minimally invasive interventional radiological procedure, has recently been used effectively for the treatment of symptomatic vertebral body compression fractures. Primary indications for vertebroplasty include osteoporotic compression fracture, osteolytic vertebral metastasis and myeloma, and vertebral hemangioma. We present a case and extend the indication of percutaneous vertebroplasty in a patient with a vertebral body compression fracture secondary to osteogenesis imperfecta. (orig.)

  17. Management of vertebral compression fracture in general practice: BEACH program.

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    Full Text Available The pain associated with vertebral compression fractures can cause significant loss of function and quality of life for older adults. Despite this, there is little consensus on how best to manage this condition.To describe usual care provided by general practitioners (GPs in Australia for the management of vertebral compression fractures.Data from the Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health (BEACH program collected between April 2005 and March 2015 was used for this study. Each year, a random sample of approximately 1,000 GPs each recorded information on 100 consecutive encounters. We selected those encounters at which vertebral compression fracture was managed. Analyses of management options were limited to encounters with patients aged 50 years or over.i patient demographics; ii diagnoses/problems managed; iii the management provided for vertebral compression fracture during the encounter. Robust 95% confidence intervals, adjusted for the cluster survey design, were used to assess significant differences between group means.Vertebral compression fractures were managed in 211 (0.022%; 95% CI: 0.018-0.025 of the 977,300 BEACH encounters recorded April 2005- March 2015. That provides a national annual estimate of 26,000 (95% CI: 22,000-29,000 encounters at which vertebral fractures were managed. At encounters with patients aged 50 years or over (those at higher risk of primary osteoporosis, prescription of analgesics was the most common management action, particularly opioids analgesics (47.1 per 100 vertebral fractures; 95% CI: 38.4-55.7. Prescriptions of paracetamol (8.2; 95% CI: 4-12.4 or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (4.1; 95% CI: 1.1-7.1 were less frequent. Non-pharmacological treatment was provided at a rate of 22.4 per 100 vertebral fractures (95% CI: 14.6-30.1. At least one referral (to hospital, specialist, allied health care or other was given for 12.3 per 100 vertebral fractures (95% CI: 7.8-16.8.The prescription of oral

  18. Remodelación con láser de cicatrices hipertróficas y queloideas: estudio prospectivo en 30 pacientes

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    K. Rivera-Secchi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available El uso del láser en el tratamiento de las cicatrices hipertróficas y queloideas ha mostrado resultados aceptables. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar y determinar la eficacia y seguridad del tratamiento combinado de dos láseres en cicatrices hipertróficas y queloideas de cualquier etiología. Se trata de un estudio prospectivo y descriptivo realizado entre enero del 2011 y junio del 2013 sobre una muestra de 40 cicatrices en una población de 30 pacientes con fototipos III a VI. Se utilizó la escala de Vancouver para cicatrices (VSS y la escala de evaluación objetiva de paciente y observador (POSAS para valorar los resultados. En la primera fase se empleó el láser no ablativo de Nd:YAG de 1064 nm hasta computar 6 sesiones. A continuación, en la segunda fase, se empleó un láser de CO² a 20W fraccionado, practicándose de 4 a 7 sesiones. Se realizaron evaluaciones 6 meses después del último tratamiento. Tras el análisis de los resultados conseguidos en la VSS, observamos mejoría en todas las variables. Los parámetros que mostraron una mejoría más notable fueron la vascularización y la flexibilidad de la piel. El prurito fue el síntoma donde más remisión se experimentó y además, la limitación funcional generada por las cicatrices ubicadas en zonas anatómicas de movilidad se recuperó en el 80 % , en el mejor de los casos. La remodelación de cicatrices con láser puede plantearse como una alternativa en el manejo de las cicatrices hipertróficas y queloideas de cualquier etiología, empleando parámetros adecuados según cada caso.

  19. Análisis prospectivo de la base alimentaria en una lechería tropical con programación lineal

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de la investigación fue analizar prospectivamente la base alimentaria de una lechería tropical, por medio de un modelo de optimización. Las variables de este modelo fueron: pasto estrella, leucaena asociada con guinea común, caña de azúcar y CT-115. Los requerimientos se estimaron para vacas de 425 kg de PV, con una producción de 4 kg/animal/día, y se establecieron ocho restricciones. El modelo fue resuelto con el programa WinQSB versión 2.0. La función objetivo fue maximizar la producción de MS por hectárea. La solución óptima indicó que la mayor parte del área debe corresponder al pasto estrella, con 45 % del total. El análisis de sensibilidad mostró que la producción de MS por hectárea de la caña de azúcar puede disminuir hasta 7,64 t y aumentar hasta un valor infinito, sin que se afecte la solución óptima obtenida. En el caso del pasto estrella, la disminución permisible sobrepasó el valor cero, y el incremento no debe ser superior a 6,30 t de MS/ha. De acuerdo con los amplios rangos que se lograron con los análisis de sensibilidad, se puede plantear que el modelo no es sensible a grandes cambios en los coeficientes en la función objetivo ni en las restricciones. La técnica matemática de programación lineal resultó una herramienta útil para el análisis prospectivo de la base alimentaria en una lechería tropical, con un enfoque de optimización

  20. Thyroglobulin Represents a Novel Molecular Architecture of Vertebrates.

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    Holzer, Guillaume; Morishita, Yoshiaki; Fini, Jean-Baptiste; Lorin, Thibault; Gillet, Benjamin; Hughes, Sandrine; Tohmé, Marie; Deléage, Gilbert; Demeneix, Barbara; Arvan, Peter; Laudet, Vincent

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    Thyroid hormones modulate not only multiple functions in vertebrates (energy metabolism, central nervous system function, seasonal changes in physiology, and behavior) but also in some non-vertebrates where they control critical post-embryonic developmental transitions such as metamorphosis. Despite their obvious biological importance, the thyroid hormone precursor protein, thyroglobulin (Tg), has been experimentally investigated only in mammals. This may bias our view of how thyroid hormones are produced in other organisms. In this study we searched genomic databases and found Tg orthologs in all vertebrates including the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). We cloned a full-size Tg coding sequence from western clawed frog (Xenopus tropicalis) and zebrafish (Danio rerio). Comparisons between the representative mammal, amphibian, teleost fish, and basal vertebrate indicate that all of the different domains of Tg, as well as Tg regional structure, are conserved throughout the vertebrates. Indeed, in Xenopus, zebrafish, and lamprey Tgs, key residues, including the hormonogenic tyrosines and the disulfide bond-forming cysteines critical for Tg function, are well conserved despite overall divergence of amino acid sequences. We uncovered upstream sequences that include start codons of zebrafish and Xenopus Tgs and experimentally proved that these are full-length secreted proteins, which are specifically recognized by antibodies against rat Tg. By contrast, we have not been able to find any orthologs of Tg among non-vertebrate species. Thus, Tg appears to be a novel protein elaborated as a single event at the base of vertebrates and virtually unchanged thereafter. © 2016 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  1. Estimulación del asa eferente previa al cierre de ileostomía de protección. Estudio prospectivo randomizado / Israel Abellán Morcillo

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    Abellán Morcillo, Israel

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    Objetivo Pretendemos evaluar la utilidad de una nueva técnica en la disminución del íleo postoperatorio tras el cierre de ileostomía de protección. Introducción El íleo paralítico postoperatorio representa la complicación más frecuente tras el cierre de ileostomía con un aumento de la morbilidad, estancia hospitalaria y gasto sanitario. Pacientes y método Este estudio prospectivo randomizado incluye a 70 pacientes intervenidos de cierre de ileostomía. En 35 pacientes se realiz...

  2. Disturbios da olfacao: estudo retrospectivo

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    Luciano Lobato Gregorio

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O olfato, fenômeno subjetivo de grande importância, é pouco compreendido e estudado no ser humano. Médicos com maior conhecimento sobre os distúrbios desse sentido tendem a considerar a doença mais importante e manejar melhor o diagnóstico e o tratamento. Objetivo: Descrever a amostra dos pacientes com queixa principal de distúrbios do olfato e mostrar a experiência do serviço no manejo e tratamento. Delineamento: Estudo retrospectivo de coorte histórica com corte transversal. Materiais e métodos: Descrição da amostra e avaliação de resposta ao tratamento de pacientes com queixa principal de hiposmia ou anosmia atendidos no ambulatório de Rinologia no período de janeiro de 2005 a outubro de 2011. Resultados: Dos 38 pacientes com distúrbio da olfação, 68,4% dos pacientes apresentaram queixa de hiposmia e 31,5% de anosmia, com duração média de 30,8 meses. Os diagnósticos etiológicos principais foram idiopática (31,5%, rinopatia alérgica (28,9% e RSC com pólipos (10,5%. As respostas ao tratamento com corticosteroide tópico e ácido alfa-lipoico foram variáveis, assim como na literatura. Conclusão: Maior importância deve ser dada aos distúrbios do olfato na prática do otorrinolaringologista, uma vez que o diagnóstico diferencial é amplo e pode trazer grande morbidade ao paciente, com impacto na sua qualidade de vida.

  3. Estudo dos volumes pulmonares e da mobilidade toracoabdominal de portadoras de obesidade mórbida, submetidas à cirurgia bariátrica, tratadas com duas diferentes técnicas de fisioterapia

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    Costa,D; Forti,EMP; Barbalho-Moulim,MC; Rasera-Junior,I

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    OBJETIVO: Comparar os efeitos da fisioterapia respiratória convencional (FRC) e FRC associada à estimulação diafragmática elétrica transcutânea (EDET) nos volumes pulmonares e mobilidade toracoabdominal em pacientes submetidas à cirurgia bariátrica. MÉTODOS: Este estudo prospectivo randomizado avaliou 44 mulheres candidatas a cirurgia bariátrica com 37,4±8,1 anos, índice de massa corpórea de 47,4±6,1 Kg/m², no pré-operatório, 15º e 30º dias pós-operatório em relação às medidas do volume de re...

  4. Estudo comparativo entre ileostomia e colostomia na descompressão temporária de anastomose colorretal: revisão sistemática da literatura e metanálise

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    Guenaga, Katia Ferreira [UNIFESP

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    Objetivo: Analisar as evidências na utilização de ileostomia em alça comparada à colostomia em alça para descompressão temporária de anastomose colorretal. Método: Foram utilizadas a revisão sistemática da literatura e metanálise de estudos prospectivos e casualizados. Fontes de informação utilizadas: EMBASE, LILACS, MEDLlNE, COCHRANE CONTROLLED CLlNICAL TRIALS DATABASE. A metanálise foi realizada utilizando-se o programa de informática da Colaboração Cochrane (Review Manager 4.2.8) e o cálcu...

  5. Insights from amphioxus into the evolution of vertebrate cartilage.

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    Daniel Meulemans

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Central to the story of vertebrate evolution is the origin of the vertebrate head, a problem difficult to approach using paleontology and comparative morphology due to a lack of unambiguous intermediate forms. Embryologically, much of the vertebrate head is derived from two ectodermal tissues, the neural crest and cranial placodes. Recent work in protochordates suggests the first chordates possessed migratory neural tube cells with some features of neural crest cells. However, it is unclear how and when these cells acquired the ability to form cellular cartilage, a cell type unique to vertebrates. It has been variously proposed that the neural crest acquired chondrogenic ability by recruiting proto-chondrogenic gene programs deployed in the neural tube, pharynx, and notochord. To test these hypotheses we examined the expression of 11 amphioxus orthologs of genes involved in neural crest chondrogenesis. Consistent with cellular cartilage as a vertebrate novelty, we find that no single amphioxus tissue co-expresses all or most of these genes. However, most are variously co-expressed in mesodermal derivatives. Our results suggest that neural crest-derived cartilage evolved by serial cooption of genes which functioned primitively in mesoderm.

  6. A checklist of the vertebrates of Kerala State, India

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    P. O. Nameer

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    Full Text Available Following the first publication on vertebrates of India (Blanford 1888–1890, a huge wealth of information has been compiled on the vertebrate fauna of various biogeographic zones of the country, especially the Western Ghats.  The state of Kerala comprising of a land area of 38,863km2, 590km coastline, an intricate system of backwaters along the coast, tropical moist forests of the Western Ghats, the highly undulating terrain, and the tropical monsoon is a unique geographical and environmental entity rich in biodiversity.  A region-specific checklist that summarises and documents the current status of vertebrate diversity provides benchmark data for documentation and appreciation of biodiversity at regional level.  Further, with the current rate of global biodiversity loss and concordant conservation efforts, the taxonomic community has a greater responsibility to make scientific information available to scientists, policy makers, politicians, research students and all relevant stakeholders, an attempt that has been made in the present paper.  The State of Kerala has 1847 species of vertebrates in 330 families and 81 orders, of which 386 are endemic to the Western Ghats region (of the Western Ghats - Sri Lanka Hotspot, and 205 species as threatened. Six hundred and eighty species of vertebrates of Kerala have been listed in the various schedules of the Indian Wildlife (Protection Act, while 148 are listed in the different appendices of CITES.  

  7. Estudo epidemiológico do tracoma em comunidade da Chapada do Araripe - Pernambuco - Brasil

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    Lucena Abrahão da Rocha

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Fazer estudo epidemiológico do tracoma no povoado de Serrolândia, município de Ipubi, na chapada do Araripe, sertão de Pernambuco, região historicamente conhecida como bolsão. MÉTODOS: Em outubro e novembro de 2002 foi realizado trabalho de campo prospectivo, no qual se examinaram 1.239 indivíduos. A idade dos indivíduos variou de 1 a 93 anos (média de 25,3 anos. O exame foi realizado com lupa binocular de 2,5 vezes de magnificação e obedeceu-se a classificação clínica de tracoma preconizada pela OMS. RESULTADOS: O tracoma foi diagnosticado clinicamente em 250 (20,5% indivíduos, com predileção pelo sexo masculino. A média de idade dos indivíduos com tracoma folicular (TF foi 13 anos e com tracoma cicatricial (TS 49 anos. Observaram-se as seguintes gradações do tracoma: 107 (8,6% casos de TF, 2 (0,2% de TI (tracoma inflamatório, 139 (11,2% de TS, 1 (0,1% de TT (triquíase tracomatosa e nenhum caso de CO (opacificação corneana. CONCLUSÕES: Pode-se considerar que o tracoma na comunidade de Serrolândia, Ipubi-PE, apresenta baixa endemicidade (8,8% TF / TI, apesar de localizar-se em região de baixo nível socio-econômico da chapada do Araripe, conhecida como bolsão de tracoma. Não é, portanto, um grave problema de saúde pública nessa comunidade.

  8. Reabilitação vestibular na criança: estudo preliminar Vestibular rehabilitation in children: preliminary study

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    Roseli S. M. Bittar

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    Full Text Available Forma de estudo: Clínico prospectivo. Objetivo: O estudo analisa prospectivamente os resultados da Reabilitação Vestibular pelo método de Cawtorne & Cooksey em 22 crianças, portadoras de vestibulopatia periférica, associada ou não a sintomas centrais, com idade média de 8,6 anos. Material e método: Os exames quantitativos da função vestibular utilizados para quantificar a vestibulopatia foram a eletronistagmografia e a prova rotatória pendular decrescente (PRPD, mas a história clínica altamente sugestiva de processo vestibular foi considerada diagnóstica mesmo na presença de exames normais. Resultado: Os resultados apontam a Reabilitação Vestibular como uma opção válida no tratamento das vestibulopatias na infância, uma vez que não houve casos não responsivos ao tratamento.Study design: Clinical prospective. Aim: The authors analyze prospectively 22 children (mean age 8,6 years with vestibulopathy treated with Vestibular Rehabilitation in order to verify its results. Material and methody: Twenty two children with peripheral vestibular disorders associated or not to central symptoms were submitted to vestibular stimulation by the method of Cawthorne & Cooksey. The methods used to quantify the vestibular abnormalities were the electronystagmography and rotational chair testing, but a suggestive history of vestibular disorder was accepted even the exams were normal. Results: All the patients improved and our results suggest that VR is a therapeutic alternative for the treatment of vestibular disorders in the children.

  9. Contribuição ao estudo da lagoquilascaríase humana Contribution to the study of human lagochilascariasis

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    Francisco X. Palheta-Neto

    Full Text Available Objetivo: realiza análise bibliográfica comentada sobre lagoquilascaríase humana, relativa ao período de 1909 a 2001. Introdução: Trata-se de zoonose causada por Lagochilascaris, com 109 casos humanos registrados exclusivamente na América Tropical, destacando-se o Estado do Pará com 49,5% da casuística mundial. Forma de estudo: prospectivo. Material e método: Utiliza como metodologia consulta a um guia de referência e a discos de 14 bases de dados; pesquisa direta a 8 bibliotecas; nos acervos bibliográficos de Fraiha e Leão, e na bibliografia dos trabalhos obtidos através destas fontes. Conclusão: Justifica o presente estudo pela dispersão e escassez de informações sobre o tema, muitas vezes inexistentes nos bancos de dados; e pelo aumento da casuística humana registrada nas últimas décadas, predominantemente na Amazônia.Aim: it is performed a commented bibliographic analysis on human lagochilascariasis, during the period of 1909 to 2001. Introduction: it is a zoonosis caused by lagochilascaris, with 109 cases reported exclusively in the Tropical America, pointing out the state of Pará with 49,5% of the world’s casuistry. Study desig: systematic bibliograph review. Material and method: it is used, as a methodology for consultation, a reference guide and disks of 14 data bases; direct research in 8 libraries; at bibliographic records of Fraiha and Leão and at the bibliography of papers obtained through such sources. Conclusion: it is justified the present work for the dispertion and scarcity of information about such theme, many times lacking data banks; and for the increase of human casuistry registered during the last decades, mainly in the Amazon Region.

  10. Evolution of a vertebrate social decision-making network.

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    O'Connell, Lauren A; Hofmann, Hans A

    2012-06-01

    Animals evaluate and respond to their social environment with adaptive decisions. Revealing the neural mechanisms of such decisions is a major goal in biology. We analyzed expression profiles for 10 neurochemical genes across 12 brain regions important for decision-making in 88 species representing five vertebrate lineages. We found that behaviorally relevant brain regions are remarkably conserved over 450 million years of evolution. We also find evidence that different brain regions have experienced different selection pressures, because spatial distribution of neuroendocrine ligands are more flexible than their receptors across vertebrates. Our analysis suggests that the diversity of social behavior in vertebrates can be explained, in part, by variations on a theme of conserved neural and gene expression networks.

  11. Unusual cause of generalized osteolytic vertebral lesions: a case report

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    Nanda Sudip

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vertebral sarcoidosis is an extremely rare form of osseous sarcoidosis. Although osseous sarcoidosis is almost always an incidental finding of sarcoidosis elsewhere in the body, vertebrae may be the primary disease site. Involvement of vertebrae is usually localized and sclerotic or lytic. Case presentation We describe a case of extensive asymptomatic vertebral involvement by sarcoid with osteolytic lesions. Making the diagnosis requires biopsy and ruling out other commoner causes of osteolytic vertebral lesions. Conclusion We report this case in the hope of expanding the knowledge of osseous sarcoidosis. Our patient was unique in that all involvement was axial with sparing of the peripheral skeleton, near absence of any other organ involvement, diffuse involvement of the whole spine and osteolytic bone lesions.

  12. Vertebrate Adaptive Immunity—Comparative Insights from a Teleost Model

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    Harry W. Dickerson

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus and the ciliated protozoan parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis are used to study pathogen-specific protective immunity. In this review, we briefly describe this host–parasite system and discuss the comparative insights it provides on the adaptive immune response of vertebrates. We include studies related to cutaneous mucosal immunity, B cell memory responses, and analyses of αβ T cell receptor (TCR repertoires. This host–parasite model has played an important role in elucidating host protective responses to parasite invasion and for comparative studies of vertebrate immunity. Recent findings from bioinformatics analyses of TCR β repertoires suggest that channel catfish preferentially expand specific clonotypes that are stably integrated in the genome. This finding could have broad implications related to diversity in lymphocyte receptors of early vertebrates.

  13. Evolution and ecology of retinal photoreception in early vertebrates.

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    Collin, Shaun P

    2010-01-01

    Visual ecology or the relationship between the visual system of an animal and its environment has proven to be a crucial research field for establishing general concepts of adaptation, specialization and evolution. The visual neuroscientist is indeed confronted with a plethora of different visual characteristics, each seemingly optimised for each species' ecological niche, but often without a clear understanding of the evolutionary constraints at play. However, before we are able to fully understand the influence(s) of ecology and phylogeny on visual system design in vertebrates, it is first necessary to understand the basic bauplan of key representatives of each taxa. This review examines photoreception in hagfishes, lampreys, cartilaginous fishes and lungfishes with an eye to their ecology using a range of neurobiological methods including anatomy, microspectrophotometry and molecular genetics. These early vertebrates represent critical stages in evolution and surprisingly possess a level of visual complexity that is almost unrivalled in other vertebrates. 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. Prevalent morphometric vertebral fractures in professional male rugby players.

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    Karen Hind

    Full Text Available There is an ongoing concern about the risk of injury to the spine in professional rugby players. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of vertebral fracture using vertebral fracture assessment (VFA dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA imaging in professional male rugby players. Ninety five professional rugby league (n = 52 and union (n = 43 players (n = 95; age 25.9 (SD 4.3 years; BMI: 29.5 (SD 2.9 kg.m2 participated in the research. Each participant received one VFA, and one total body and lumbar spine DXA scan (GE Lunar iDXA. One hundred and twenty vertebral fractures were identified in over half of the sample by VFA. Seventy four were graded mild (grade 1, 40 moderate (grade 2 and 6 severe (grade 3. Multiple vertebral fractures (≥2 were found in 37 players (39%. There were no differences in prevalence between codes, or between forwards and backs (both 1.2 v 1.4; p>0.05. The most common sites of fracture were T8 (n = 23, T9 (n = 18 and T10 (n = 21. The mean (SD lumbar spine bone mineral density Z-score was 2.7 (1.3 indicating high player bone mass in comparison with age- and sex-matched norms. We observed a high number of vertebral fractures using DXA VFA in professional rugby players of both codes. The incidence, aetiology and consequences of vertebral fractures in professional rugby players are unclear, and warrant timely, prospective investigation.

  15. Vertebral split fractures: Technical feasibility of percutaneous vertebroplasty

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    Huwart, Laurent, E-mail: huwart.laurent@wanadoo.fr [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France); Foti, Pauline, E-mail: pfoti@hotmail.fr [Department of Biostatistics, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France); Andreani, Olivier, E-mail: andreani.olivier@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France); Hauger, Olivier, E-mail: olivier.hauger@chubordeaux.fr [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Pellegrin, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France); Cervantes, Elodie, E-mail: elodie.cervantes@live.fr [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France); Brunner, Philippe, E-mail: pbrunner@chpg.mc [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Princesse Grasse de Monaco (Monaco); Boileau, Pascal, E-mail: boileau.p@chu-nice.fr [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France); Amoretti, Nicolas, E-mail: amorettinicolas@yahoo.fr [Department of Radiology, Hôpital Archet 2, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Nice, Nice (France)

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    Objective: The treatment of vertebral split fractures remains controversial, consisting of either corset or internal fixation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the technical feasibility of CT- and fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty in the treatment of vertebral split fractures. Materials and methods: Institutional review board approval and informed consent were obtained for this study. Sixty-two consecutive adult patients who had post-traumatic vertebral split fractures (A2 according to the AO classification) without neurological symptoms were prospectively treated by percutaneous vertebroplasty. All these procedures were performed by an interventional radiologist under computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy guidance by using only local anaesthesia. Postoperative outcome was assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores. Results: Vertebroplasty was performed on thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, creating a cement bridge between the displaced fragment and the rest of the vertebral body. Seven discal cement leakages (11%) were observed, without occurrence of adjacent vertebral compression fractures. The mean VAS measurements ± standard deviation (SD) significantly decreased from 7.9 ± 1.5 preoperatively to 3.3 ± 2.1 at 1 day, 2.2 ± 2.0 at 1 month, and 1.8 ± 1.4 at 6 months (P < 0.001). The mean ODI scores ± SD had also a significant improvement: 62.3 ± 17.2 preoperatively and 15.1 ± 6.0 at the 6-month follow-up (P < 0.001). Conclusion: This study suggests that type A2 vertebral fractures could be successfully treated by CT- and fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty.

  16. Do global diversity patterns of vertebrates reflect those of monocots?

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    McInnes, Lynsey; Jones, F Andrew; Orme, C David L; Sobkowiak, Benjamin; Barraclough, Timothy G; Chase, Mark W; Govaerts, Rafaël; Soltis, Douglas E; Soltis, Pamela S; Savolainen, Vincent

    2013-01-01

    Few studies of global diversity gradients in plants exist, largely because the data are not available for all species involved. Instead, most global studies have focussed on vertebrates, as these taxa have historically been associated with the most complete data. Here, we address this shortfall by first investigating global diversity gradients in monocots, a morphologically and functionally diverse clade representing a quarter of flowering plant diversity, and then assessing congruence between monocot and vertebrate diversity patterns. To do this, we create a new dataset that merges biome-level associations for all monocot genera with country-level associations for almost all ∼70,000 species. We then assess the evidence for direct versus indirect effects of this plant diversity on vertebrate diversity using a combination of linear regression and structural equation modelling (SEM). Finally, we also calculate overlap of diversity hotspots for monocots and each vertebrate taxon. Monocots follow a latitudinal gradient although with pockets of extra-tropical diversity, mirroring patterns in vertebrates. Monocot diversity is positively associated with vertebrate diversity, but the strength of correlation varies depending on the clades being compared. Monocot diversity explains marginal amounts of variance (correlations remain among model residuals, and SEMs apparently reveal some direct effects of monocot richness. Our results suggest that collinear responses to environmental gradients are behind much of the congruence observed, but that there is some evidence for direct effects of producer diversity on consumer diversity. Much remains to be done before broad-scale diversity gradients among taxa are fully explained. Our dataset of monocot distributions will aid in this endeavour.

  17. Do global diversity patterns of vertebrates reflect those of monocots?

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    Lynsey McInnes

    Full Text Available Few studies of global diversity gradients in plants exist, largely because the data are not available for all species involved. Instead, most global studies have focussed on vertebrates, as these taxa have historically been associated with the most complete data. Here, we address this shortfall by first investigating global diversity gradients in monocots, a morphologically and functionally diverse clade representing a quarter of flowering plant diversity, and then assessing congruence between monocot and vertebrate diversity patterns. To do this, we create a new dataset that merges biome-level associations for all monocot genera with country-level associations for almost all ∼70,000 species. We then assess the evidence for direct versus indirect effects of this plant diversity on vertebrate diversity using a combination of linear regression and structural equation modelling (SEM. Finally, we also calculate overlap of diversity hotspots for monocots and each vertebrate taxon. Monocots follow a latitudinal gradient although with pockets of extra-tropical diversity, mirroring patterns in vertebrates. Monocot diversity is positively associated with vertebrate diversity, but the strength of correlation varies depending on the clades being compared. Monocot diversity explains marginal amounts of variance (<10% after environmental factors have been accounted for. However, correlations remain among model residuals, and SEMs apparently reveal some direct effects of monocot richness. Our results suggest that collinear responses to environmental gradients are behind much of the congruence observed, but that there is some evidence for direct effects of producer diversity on consumer diversity. Much remains to be done before broad-scale diversity gradients among taxa are fully explained. Our dataset of monocot distributions will aid in this endeavour.

  18. A comparative SEM study of the vertebrate corneal epithelium.

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    Collin, S P; Collin, H B

    2000-03-01

    The anterior surface of the cornea of mammals, including humans, has numerous folds in the anterior epithelial cell membranes in the form of microvilli and microplicae. The role of these surface irregularities may be to increase cell-surface area and therefore aid in intra- and extracellular movement of nutritional and waste products across the cell membranes in addition to stabilizing the corneal tear film. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the nature of these corneal-surface features in various vertebrate classes residing in different environments. The anterior corneal surfaces of various vertebrates were investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy. Cell areas were analyzed by using image-analysis software. Representative species were examined from all the vertebrate classes, with the exception of the Cephalaspidomorphi. The mean epithelial cell density of aquatic vertebrates (17,602 +/- 9,604 cells/mm2) is greater (p = 0.000018) than that of aerial and terrestrial vertebrate species, including amphibians (3,755 +/- 2,067 cells/ mm2). Similarly, the mean epithelial cell density for the marine vertebrates (22,553 +/- 8,878 cells/mm2) is greater (p = 0.0015) than that of the freshwater and estuarine species (10,529 +/- 5,341 cells/mm2). The anterior corneal surfaces of all species examined were found to show a variety of cell-surface structures. Microvilli are predominant in reptiles, birds, and mammals; microridges appear to be characteristic of the Osteichthyes; and microholes were observed only in the Chondrichthyes. The function of these morphologic variations in surface structure appear to be correlated with the range of ecologic environments (marine, aerial, and terrestrial) occupied by each species, corneal phylogeny, and the demands placed on the cornea to ensure clear vision.

  19. Vertebral Fractures and Spondylosis in Men - Original Investigation

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    Selmin Gülbahar

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between vertebral fractures and spondylosis and bone mineral density in men older than 60 years. Material and Method: Thirty-two men with back and low back pain aged over 60 years were included into the study. Thoracic and lumbar spine radiographs were taken and, anterior, central and posterior heights of each vertebral body from T4 to L5 was measured and than the number of vertebral fractures was assessed. Osteophyte and disc scores were used for evaluation of spondylosis. Bone mineral density was measured by dual-energy-X-ray absorptiometry. Measurements were obtained from lumbar vertebrae and proximal femoral region. Results: Significant positive correlations were found between vertebral fracture and osteophyte score and bone mineral density of total femoral region. When osteophyte score and total femoral bone mineral density were taken into consideration, there were no significant correlations between other parameters and vertebral fracture. Significant positive correlations were observed between osteophyte score and bone mineral density and t scores of L1-4. Also there were significant positive correlations between disc score and both bone mineral density and t scores of L1-4. Significant positive correlation was also found between femoral bone density and body weight. Conclusion: Finally, lumbar bone mineral density increases with spinal degenerative changes, but the increase in bone mineral density can not prevent sub clinic vertebral fractures. Especially, in the men who have intensive spinal degenerative changes, the measurement of lumbar bone mineral density is not enough for determining the fracture risk. Measurement of femoral bone mineral density and evaluation of clinic risk factors are more important for determining the fracture risk. (From the World of Osteoporosis 2008;14:1-6

  20. Checklist of the helminth parasites of vertebrates in Costa Rica

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    Beatriz Rodríguez-Ortíz

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Helminth parasites of vertebrates have been studied in Costa Rica for more than 50 years. Survey work on this group of parasites is far from complete. We assembled a database with all the records of helminth parasites of wild and domestic vertebrates in Costa Rica. Information was obtained from different sources such as literature search (all published accounts and parasite collections. Here we present a checklist with a parasite-host list as well as a host-parasite list. Up to now, 303 species have been recorded, including 81 species of digeneans, 23 monogeneans, 63 cestodes, 12 acanthocephalans, and 124 nematodes. In total, 108 species of vertebrates have been studied for helminths in Costa Rica (31 species of fishes, 7 amphibians, 14 reptiles, 20 birds, and 36 mammals. This represents only 3.8% of the vertebrate fauna of Costa Rica since about 2,855 species of vertebrates occur in the country. Interestingly, 58 species (19.1 % were recorded as new species from Costa Rica and most of them are endemic to particular regions. Considering the valuable information that parasites provide because it is synergistic with all the information about the natural history of the hosts, helminth parasites of vertebrates in Costa Rica should be considered within any initiatives to accomplish the national inventory of biological resources. Starting with this compilation work, the Colección de Helmintos de Costa Rica (CHCR, hosted at the Facultad de Microbiología, Universidad de Costa Rica, has reemerged and it is our hope that it will have the standards of quality to assure that it will become the national depository of helminths in the country

  1. Corticoterapia profiláctica transquirúrgica de la hiperplasia cicatricial: estudio clínico-estadístico prospectivo

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    Full Text Available Antecedentes y Objetivo: La hiperplasia cicatricial, denominación que reúne la cicatriz hipertrofica y el queloide, representa un gran desafio en la práctica quirúrgica. Estas patologías que solo acometen a los seres humanos, y en especial el queloide, se han asociado a las razas negra y amarilla, hecho corroborado en el estado de Bahía - Brasil, donde la afro-descendencia es muy significativa y donde gran número de mamoplastias de reducción se acompañan de hiperplasia cicatricial. Son anomalías que generan mucha insatisfacción en los pacientes y en los cirujanos. El objetivo del presente estudio es demostrar que se pueden prevenir este tipo de cicatrices antes de la incisión cutánea y antes del disparo de la cascada de reparación, moldeando las fases iniciales de la cicatrización con el uso de un corticoide especifico. Material y método. Planteamos un estudio prospectivo de prevalencia longitudinal y autocontrolado, en 60 mamas de 30 mujeres con diagnóstico de gigantomastia, a las que se les practicó mamoplastia de reducción en T invertida e injerto de placa areola-papilar (Thorek-Pitanguy, comparando 2 grupos: el primero con 30 mamas derechas infiltradas con solución de corticoide antiquimiotáxico en dermis y subcutáneo, por debajo de la tinta del diseño de la marcación prequirúrgica y antes de las incisiones; y el segundo con 30 mamas izquierdas sin infiltración (grupo control, para determinar estadísticamente, después de un periodo de seguimiento, la eficacia profiláctica del acetato de dexametasona en la prevención de la hiperplasia cicatricial. Tras un seguimiento postoperatorio de 6 a 15 meses, clasificamos el tipo de cicatrización obtenido según la escala de Vancouver, con documentación fotográfica. Realizamos los estudios estadísticos con test de Chi-cuadrado y prueba de Kruskal-Wallis para análisis experimental. Resultados. Comprobamos una disminución estadísticamente significativa al comparar la

  2. Vertebral Osteophyte as Possible Etiology of Aorto-Enteric Fistula.

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    Janko, Matthew; Ciocca, Rocco G; Hacker, Robert I

    2018-02-05

    Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) and aortoenteric erosion (AEE) are deadly and difficult to diagnose. We present here a case report of a patient with a delayed diagnosis of AEF whose preoperative imaging revealed a large vertebral osteophyte which likely directed the aortic impulse into the duodenum. We believe this is the first report documenting an anatomical explanation for AEF/AEE and conclude that the presence of vertebral osteophytes should be considered a risk factor when assessing preoperative likelihood of AEF/AEE. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  3. Dupla meningocele na coluna vertebral Double spinal meningocele

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    Ehrenfried O. Wittig

    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available É relatado caso de dupla meningocele de coluna vertebral, respectivamente nas regiões cervico-torácica e tóraco-lombar, no qual ocorreu hidrocéfalo após pneumoventriculografia. Para a compensação do hidrocéfalo foi feita drenagem ventrículo-peritonial.A case of double spinal meningocele in thoraxic vertebral column in which occurred hydrocephalus after a pneumo-encephalographic examination is reported. To compensate the hydrocephalus a ventricle-peritoneal derivation was performed.

  4. Sensors and signal transduction pathways in vertebrate cell volume regulation

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    Hoffmann, Else K; Pedersen, Stine F

    2006-01-01

    The ability to control cell volume is fundamental for proper cell function. This review highlights recent advances in the understanding of the complex sequences of events by which acute cell volume perturbation alters the activity of osmolyte transport proteins in cells from vertebrate organisms...... will be discussed. In contrast to the simple pathway of osmosensing in yeast, cells from vertebrate organisms appear to exhibit multiple volume sensing systems, the specific mechanism(s) activated being cell type- and stimulus-dependent. Candidate sensors include integrins and growth factor receptors, while other...

  5. THE PROPHYLAXIS OF VERTEBRAL COMPRESSION REFRACTURES USING ZOLEDRONIC ACID

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    A. Yu. Kochish

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available 29 women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, complicated by compression vertebral fractures were treated by infusion of zoledronic acid, 5 mg. The results were assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. By 12 months BMD increased both in lumbar spine (mean 5,2% (σ=0,17 and in femoral neck (mean 3,9% (σ=0,20; by 24 month the mean increase were 6,3% и 4,0% (σ=0,33 respectively. No new compression vertebral fractures were found.

  6. [Indications and results of early functional vertebral fracture treatment].

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    Kempf, L; Plaue, R

    1985-01-01

    Early functional treatment was administered to 213 patients with stable compression fractures of thoracic and lumbar vertebrae between 1975 and 1982. Physiotherapy was carried out according to a uniform schedule. The patients were mobilized after an average of 6 days; hospitalization lasted 2 weeks on an average. Control examinations of 82 of these patients revealed only a slight union of compressed vertebral bodies (on an average, 7% of the initial height), which correlated with the primary compression and the patient's age. Remaining functional restriction of the spine and subjective complaints did not correlate significantly with the extent of vertebral compression.

  7. Gout and the Risk of Non-vertebral Fracture.

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    Kim, Seoyoung C; Paik, Julie M; Liu, Jun; Curhan, Gary C; Solomon, Daniel H

    2017-02-01

    Prior studies suggest an association between osteoporosis, systemic inflammation, and pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1 and IL-6. Conflicting findings exist on the association between hyperuricemia and osteoporosis. Furthermore, it remains unknown whether gout, a common inflammatory arthritis, affects fracture risk. Using data from a US commercial health plan (2004-2013), we evaluated the risk of non-vertebral fracture (ie, forearm, wrist, hip, and pelvis) in patients with gout versus those without. Gout patients were identified with ≥2 diagnosis codes and ≥1 dispensing for a gout-related drug. Non-gout patients, identified with ≥2 visits coded for any diagnosis and ≥1 dispensing for any prescription drugs, were free of gout diagnosis and received no gout-related drugs. Hip fracture was the secondary outcome. Fractures were identified with a combination of diagnosis and procedure codes. Cox proportional hazards models compared the risk of non-vertebral fracture in gout patients versus non-gout, adjusting for more than 40 risk factors for osteoporotic fracture. Among gout patients with baseline serum uric acid (sUA) measurements available, we assessed the risk of non-vertebral fracture associated with sUA. We identified 73,202 gout and 219,606 non-gout patients, matched on age, sex, and the date of study entry. The mean age was 60 years and 82% were men. Over the mean 2-year follow-up, the incidence rate of non-vertebral fracture per 1,000 person-years was 2.92 in gout and 2.66 in non-gout. The adjusted hazard ratio (HR) was 0.98 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.85-1.12) for non-vertebral fracture and 0.83 (95% CI 0.65-1.07) for hip fracture in gout versus non-gout. Subgroup analysis (n = 15,079) showed no association between baseline sUA and non-vertebral fracture (HR = 1.03, 95% CI 0.93-1.15), adjusted for age, sex, comorbidity score, and number of any prescription drugs. Gout was not associated with a risk of non-vertebral

  8. Kyphoplasty for vertebral augmentation in the elderly with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures: scenarios and review of recent studies.

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    Bednar, Timothy; Heyde, Christoph E; Bednar, Grace; Nguyen, David; Volpi, Elena; Przkora, Rene

    2013-11-01

    Vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis are among the most common fractures in the elderly. The treatment focuses on pain control, maintenance of independence, and management of the osteoporosis. Elderly patients often encounter adverse effects to pain medications, do not tolerate bed rest, and are not ideal candidates for invasive spinal reconstructive surgery. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) has become popular as a less-invasive alternative. However, studies have questioned the effectiveness of these procedures. The authors conducted a MEDLINE search using relevant search terms including osteoporosis, osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture, elderly, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. Two elderly patients presented with a fracture of their third and first lumbar vertebral body, respectively. One patient progressed well with conservative treatment, whereas the other patient was hospitalized secondary to pain after conservative measures failed to offer improvement. The hospitalized patient subsequently opted for a kyphoplasty and was able to resume his normal daily activities after the procedure. Selecting patients on an individual case-by-case basis can optimize the effectiveness and outcomes of a vertebral augmentation. This process includes the documentation of an osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture with the aide of imaging studies, including the acuity of the fracture as well as the correlation with the physical examination findings. Patients who are functional and improving under a conservative regimen are not candidates for kyphoplasty. However, if the conservative management is not successful after 4 to 6 weeks and the patient is at risk to become bedridden, an augmentation should be considered. A kyphoplasty procedure may be preferred over vertebroplasty, given the lower risk profile and better outcomes regarding spinal alignment. Published by Elsevier HS Journals, Inc.

  9. An invertebrate stomach's view on vertebrate ecology: certain invertebrates could be used as "vertebrate samplers" and deliver DNA-based information on many aspects of vertebrate ecology.

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    Calvignac-Spencer, Sébastien; Leendertz, Fabian H; Gilbert, M Thomas P; Schubert, Grit

    2013-11-01

    Recent studies suggest that vertebrate genetic material ingested by invertebrates (iDNA) can be used to investigate vertebrate ecology. Given the ubiquity of invertebrates that feed on vertebrates across the globe, iDNA might qualify as a very powerful tool for 21st century population and conservation biologists. Here, we identify some invertebrate characteristics that will likely influence iDNA retrieval and elaborate on the potential uses of invertebrate-derived information. We hypothesize that beyond inventorying local faunal diversity, iDNA should allow for more profound insights into wildlife population density, size, mortality, and infectious agents. Based on the similarities of iDNA with other low-quality sources of DNA, a general technical framework for iDNA analyses is proposed. As it is likely that no such thing as a single ideal iDNA sampler exists, forthcoming research efforts should aim at cataloguing invertebrate properties relevant to iDNA retrieval so as to guide future usage of the invertebrate tool box. © 2013 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Modeling vertebrate diversity in Oregon using satellite imagery

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    Cablk, Mary Elizabeth

    Vertebrate diversity was modeled for the state of Oregon using a parametric approach to regression tree analysis. This exploratory data analysis effectively modeled the non-linear relationships between vertebrate richness and phenology, terrain, and climate. Phenology was derived from time-series NOAA-AVHRR satellite imagery for the year 1992 using two methods: principal component analysis and derivation of EROS data center greenness metrics. These two measures of spatial and temporal vegetation condition incorporated the critical temporal element in this analysis. The first three principal components were shown to contain spatial and temporal information about the landscape and discriminated phenologically distinct regions in Oregon. Principal components 2 and 3, 6 greenness metrics, elevation, slope, aspect, annual precipitation, and annual seasonal temperature difference were investigated as correlates to amphibians, birds, all vertebrates, reptiles, and mammals. Variation explained for each regression tree by taxa were: amphibians (91%), birds (67%), all vertebrates (66%), reptiles (57%), and mammals (55%). Spatial statistics were used to quantify the pattern of each taxa and assess validity of resulting predictions from regression tree models. Regression tree analysis was relatively robust against spatial autocorrelation in the response data and graphical results indicated models were well fit to the data.

  11. Connexin43 orthologues in vertebrates: phylogeny from fish to man

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    van der Heyden, Marcel A. G.; van Eijk, Marleen; Wilders, Ronald; de Bakker, Jacques M. T.; Opthof, Tobias

    2004-01-01

    The gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43) is widely expressed in all vertebrate species; however, in ventricular myocardium, Cx43 expression is restricted to mammalian species only, where it provides the molecular correlate for both electrical conduction and synchronization of the repolarization

  12. Cell to cell signalling during vertebrate limb bud development

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    Panman, Lia

    2004-01-01

    Communication between cells is essential during embryonic development. The vertebrate limb bud provides us a model to study signalling interactions between cells during patterning of embryonic tissues and organogenesis. In chapter 1 I give an introduction about limb bud development that is focussed

  13. Allergenicity of vertebrate tropomyosins: Challenging an immunological dogma.

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    González-Fernández, J; Daschner, A; Cuéllar, C

    With the exception of tilapia tropomyosin, other anecdotic reports of tropomyosin recognition of vertebrate origin are generally not accompanied by clinical significance and a dogmatic idea is generally accepted about the inexistence of allergenicity of vertebrate tropomyosins, based mainly on sequence similarity evaluations with human tropomyosins. Recently, a specific work-up of a tropomyosin sensitised patient with seafood allergy, demonstrated that the IgE-recognition of tropomyosin from different fish species can be clinically relevant. We hypothesise that some vertebrate tropomyosins could be relevant allergens. The hypothesis is based on the molecular evolution of the proteins and it was tested by in silico methods. Fish, which are primitive vertebrates, could have tropomyosins similar to those of invertebrates. If the hypothesis is confirmed, tropomyosin should be included in different allergy diagnosis tools to improve the medical protocols and management of patients with digestive or cutaneous symptoms after fish intake. Copyright © 2016 SEICAP. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. PICTORIAL ESSAY Is anomalous origin of the left vertebral artery ...

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    Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 2 Military Hospital, Wynberg, Cape Town. Sulaiman Moosa, MB ChB, MPhil, BSc Hons, FFRad Diag (SA). Corresponding author: B van der Merwe (attiemalan@mweb.co.za). We present a pictorial review of anomalous origin of the left vertebral artery observed in 5 patients imaged in ...

  15. Vertebral Artery Dissection Causing Stroke After Trampoline Use.

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    Casserly, Courtney S; Lim, Rodrick K; Prasad, Asuri Narayan

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to report a case of a 4-year-old boy who had been playing on the trampoline and presented to the emergency department (ED) with vomiting and ataxia, and had a vertebral artery dissection with subsequent posterior circulation infarcts. This study is a chart review. The patient presented to the emergency department with a 4-day history of vomiting and gait unsteadiness. A computed tomography scan of his head revealed multiple left cerebellar infarcts. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging/magnetic resonance angiogram of his head and neck demonstrated multiple infarcts involving the left cerebellum, bilateral thalami, and left occipital lobe. A computed tomography angiogram confirmed the presence of a left vertebral artery dissection. Vertebral artery dissection is a relatively common cause of stroke in the pediatric age group. Trampoline use has been associated with significant risk of injury to the head and neck. Patients who are small and/or young are most at risk. In this case, minor trauma secondary to trampoline use could be a possible mechanism for vertebral artery dissection and subsequent strokes. The association in this case warrants careful consideration because trampoline use could pose a significant risk to pediatric users.

  16. Vertebrate reservoirs of arboviruses: myth, synonym of amplifier, or reality?

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    Kuno, G.; Mackenzie, J. S.; Junglen, S.; Hubálek, Zdeněk; Plyusnin, A.; Gubler, D. J.

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    Roč. 9, č. 7 (2017), č. článku 185. ISSN 1999-4915 Institutional support: RVO:68081766 Keywords : insect-specific virus * arbovirus * transmission mechanism * vertebrate reservoir * origin of arbovirus * virus maintenance * zoonosis * host range Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 3.465, year: 2016

  17. Did language evolve like the vertebrate eye? | Botha | Stellenbosch ...

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    Did language evolve like the vertebrate eye? R P Botha. Abstract. No abstract. Full Text: EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT · http://dx.doi.org/10.5774/34-0-33 · AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians ...

  18. wild vertebrate pests activities on agricultural crops at gashaka ...

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    A survey was conducted among 57 farmers at three different ranges in Gashaka Gumti National Park to identify wild vertebrate pests that raided and destroyed agricultural crops. The results showed that 16 wild fauna species were identified as crop pests. Six of them, Ceropithecus aethiops, Papio anubis, Heliosciurus ...

  19. Signatures of positive selection in LY96 gene in vertebrates

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    To investigate the natural selection hypothesis, we compared the coding sequences from 13 vertebrates and evaluated the molecular evolution of LY96 gene in these species. Result shows that natural selection at exon 4 has indeed played a role in shaping the function of LY96 in the course of evolution. In addition to the ...

  20. Pilot survey of ethnozoological utilization of vertebrates in ...

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    A survey of some vertebrates used in traditional medical practices was carried out among the Ijebu and Ibadan people of southwestern Nigeria. Open-ended structured questionnaires were administered on 50 traders at five markets namely Oja-Oba, Bode and Oje in. Ibadan; Ita-Osu in Ijebu-Ode and Obada in Ijebu-Igbo.

  1. Wild vertebrate pests activities on agricultural crops at Gashaka ...

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    A survey was conducted among 57 farmers at three different ranges in Gashaka Gumti National Park to identify wild vertebrate pests that raided and destroyed agricultural crops. The results showed that 16 wild fauna species were identified as crop pests. Six of them, Ceropithecus aethiops, Papio anubis, Heliosciurus ...

  2. Frontosagittal and Vertebral indices of West African Dwarf Goat ...

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    Thoracic malformations in animals induce exercise intolerance and reduce the reproductive performance due to respiratory distress. Some of these deformities can be corrected by surgical intervention. Frontosagittal and vertebral indices are crucial for diagnosis and surgical corrections of these anomalies. This information ...

  3. Minimal invasive management of traumatic transection of the vertebral artery

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    de Castro, Steve Mm; Christiaans, Sarah C.; van den Berg, Rene; Schep, Niels Wl

    2014-01-01

    Stab wounds to the neck can be potentially lethal. They are often associated with vascular injury of the carotid artery and jugular vein. Injury of the vertebral artery is rarely seen. The injury can vary from severe bleeding after transection with hemorrhage into the surrounding soft tissues of the

  4. GATA family of transcription factors of vertebrates: phylogenetics ...

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    However, the evolutionary history of the GATA family has not been completely understood. We constructed a complete phylogenetic tree with functional domain information of the GATA genes of both vertebrates and several invertebrates, and mapped the GATA genes onto relevant chromosomes. Conserved synteny was ...

  5. Relative therapeuctic efficacy of vertebral mobilization technique in ...

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    Relative therapeuctic efficacy of vertebral mobilization technique in the management of mechanical low back pain. ... Pre- and post-treatment pain scores among the subjects were compared to determine if there was any significant difference in the severity of pain. The difference in the severity of pain perception before and ...

  6. Evolutionary diversity of vertebrate small heat shock proteins.

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    Franck, E.; Madsen, O.; Rheede, T. van; Ricard, G.; Huynen, M.A.; Jong, W.W.W. de

    2004-01-01

    All vertebrates express multiple small heat shock proteins (sHsps), which are important components of the cellular chaperoning machinery and display a spectacular diversity of functions. This ranges from remodeling the cytoskeleton and inhibiting apoptosis to serving as structural proteins in eye

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    ... Refresher Courses · Symposia · Live Streaming. Home; Journals; Journal of Genetics; Volume 90; Issue 3. Domain combination of the vertebrate-like TLR gene family: implications for their origin and evolution. Baojun Wu Tianxiao Huan Jing Gong Pin Zhou Zengliang Bai. Research Article Volume 90 Issue 3 December ...

  8. Asymptomatic vertebral fractures in patients with low bone mineral density.

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    Negreiros, Caio Cesar Leite de; Berigo, Marina Guareschi; Dominoni, Robson Luiz; Vargas, Deisi Maria

    2016-04-01

    Vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) is a test technique that can be used to detect asymptomatic vertebral fractures (AVF). It uses dual energy X-ray bsorptiometry (DXA) and can be performed concurrently with bone densitometry. This study aims to assess the prevalence of AVF in patients with low bone mass. Cross-sectional study including 135 individuals with low bone mineral density (BMD) with a T-score physical examination. Densitometric variables were obtained by bone mineral densitometry and VFA (Explorer, Hollogic®). Vertebral fractures were classified according to the Genant criteria. Student's t, chi-square and logistic regression were performed for statistical analysis. AVFs occurred in 24.4% of the subjects. They were older compared to those without AVF (65±9.25 versus 60.1±8.66; p=0.005), and had a history of lowimpact fractures (38.24% versus 19.8%; OR 2.5; p=0.03). Half of the patients that reported steroid therapy had AVFs, compared to one fifth of those who did not use steroids (50% versus 21.49%; OR 3.6; p=0.01). Asymptomatic vertebral fractures were present in approximately one fourth of patients. The risk factors associated were history of low-impact fracture, use of steroids and age > 61 years.

  9. Late Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrate fauna, North Slope, Alaska

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    Clemens, W.A.; Allison, C.W.

    1985-01-01

    Closely related terrestrial vertebrates in Cretaceous mid-latitude (30/sup 0/ to 50/sup 0/) faunas of North America and Asia as well as scattered occurrences of footprints and skin impressions suggested that in the Late Mesozoic the Alaskan North Slope supported a diverse fauna. In 1961 abundant skeletal elements of Cretaceous, Alaskan dinosaurs (hadrosaurids) were discovered by the late R.L. Liscomb. This material is being described by K.L. Davies. Additional fossils collected by E.M. Brouwers and her associates include skeletal elements of hadrosaurid and carnosaurian (.tyrannosaurid) dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The fossil locality on the North Slope is not at about 70/sup 0/N. In the Late Cretaceous the members of this fauna were subject to the daylight regime and environment at a paleolatitude closer to 80/sup 0/N. Current hypotheses attributing extinctions of dinosaurs and some other terrestrial vertebrates to impact of an extraterrestrial object cite periods of darkness, decreased temperature (possibly followed by extreme warming) and acid rain as the direct causes of their demise. Unless members of this North Slope fauna undertook long-distance migrations, their high latitude occurrence indicates groups of dinosaurs and other terrestrial vertebrates regularly tolerated months of darkness.

  10. Global patterns in threats to vertebrates by biological invasions

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    Bellard, C.; Genovesi, P.; Jeschke, J. M.

    2016-01-01

    Biological invasions as drivers of biodiversity loss have recently been challenged. Fundamentally, we must know where species that are threatened by invasive alien species (IAS) live, and the degree to which they are threatened. We report the first study linking 1372 vertebrates threatened by more than 200 IAS from the completely revised Global Invasive Species Database. New maps of the vulnerability of threatened vertebrates to IAS permit assessments of whether IAS have a major influence on biodiversity, and if so, which taxonomic groups are threatened and where they are threatened. We found that centres of IAS-threatened vertebrates are concentrated in the Americas, India, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. The areas in which IAS-threatened species are located do not fully match the current hotspots of invasions, or the current hotspots of threatened species. The relative importance of biological invasions as drivers of biodiversity loss clearly varies across regions and taxa, and changes over time, with mammals from India, Indonesia, Australia and Europe are increasingly being threatened by IAS. The chytrid fungus primarily threatens amphibians, whereas invasive mammals primarily threaten other vertebrates. The differences in IAS threats between regions and taxa can help efficiently target IAS, which is essential for achieving the Strategic Plan 2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. PMID:26817767

  11. The molecular evolution of the vertebrate behavioural repertoire.

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    Grant, Seth G N

    2016-01-05

    How the sophisticated vertebrate behavioural repertoire evolved remains a major question in biology. The behavioural repertoire encompasses the set of individual behavioural components that an organism uses when adapting and responding to changes in its external world. Although unicellular organisms, invertebrates and vertebrates share simple reflex responses, the fundamental mechanisms that resulted in the complexity and sophistication that is characteristic of vertebrate behaviours have only recently been examined. A series of behavioural genetic experiments in mice and humans support a theory that posited the importance of synapse proteome expansion in generating complexity in the behavioural repertoire. Genome duplication events, approximately 550 Ma, produced expansion in the synapse proteome that resulted in increased complexity in synapse signalling mechanisms that regulate components of the behavioural repertoire. The experiments demonstrate the importance to behaviour of the gene duplication events, the diversification of paralogues and sequence constraint. They also confirm the significance of comparative proteomic and genomic studies that identified the molecular origins of synapses in unicellular eukaryotes and the vertebrate expansion in proteome complexity. These molecular mechanisms have general importance for understanding the repertoire of behaviours in different species and for human behavioural disorders arising from synapse gene mutations. © 2015 The Authors.

  12. Vertebral osteomyelitis associated with cat-scratch disease

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    Hulzebos, CV; Koetse, HA; Kimpen, JLL; Wolfs, TFW

    We describe a patient with vertebral osteomyelitis and paravertebral soft-tissue collections associated with cat-scratch disease (CSD). Diagnosis was established on the basis of histologic examination and serological and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Treatment consisted of administration of

  13. The MRI appearances of early vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis

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    Dunbar, J.A.T.; Sandoe, J.A.T. [Department of Microbiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX (United Kingdom); Rao, A.S. [Department of Orthopaedics, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX (United Kingdom); Crimmins, D.W. [Department of Neurosurgery, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX (United Kingdom); Baig, W. [Department of Cardiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX (United Kingdom); Rankine, J.J., E-mail: james.rankine@leedsth.nhs.u [Department of Radiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX (United Kingdom); Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Leeds (United Kingdom)

    2010-12-15

    Aim: To describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearances in patients with a clinical history suggestive of vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis who underwent MRI very early in their clinical course. Materials and methods: A retrospective review of the database of spinal infections from a spinal microbiological liaison team was performed over a 2 year period to identify cases with clinical features suggestive of spinal infection and an MRI that did not show features typical of vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis. All patients had positive microbiology and a follow up MRI showing typical features of spinal infection. Results: In four cases the features typical of spinal infection were not evident at the initial MRI. In three cases there was very subtle endplate oedema associated with disc degeneration, which was interpreted as Modic type I degenerative endplate change. Intravenous antibiotic therapy was continued prior to repeat MRI examinations. The mean time to the repeat examination was 17 days with a range of 8-22 days. The second examinations clearly demonstrated vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis. Conclusion: Although MRI is the imaging method of choice for vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis in the early stages, it may show subtle, non-specific endplate subchondral changes; a repeat examination may be required to show the typical features.

  14. Seed dispersal by vertebrates in Madagascar's forests: review and ...

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    seed dispersal by frugivorous vertebrates in Malagasy forests to establish a foundation for future studies to understand the importance of frugivores for plant populations. Specifically, I address the following questions in reference to Malagasy forests: i) What is known about seed removal from parent plants? ii). Where are ...

  15. DNA Methylation, Epigenetics, and Evolution in Vertebrates: Facts and Challenges

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    Annalisa Varriale

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available DNA methylation is a key epigenetic modification in the vertebrate genomes known to be involved in biological processes such as regulation of gene expression, DNA structure and control of transposable elements. Despite increasing knowledge about DNA methylation, we still lack a complete understanding of its specific functions and correlation with environment and gene expression in diverse organisms. To understand how global DNA methylation levels changed under environmental influence during vertebrate evolution, we analyzed its distribution pattern along the whole genome in mammals, reptiles and fishes showing that it is correlated with temperature, independently on phylogenetic inheritance. Other studies in mammals and plants have evidenced that environmental stimuli can promote epigenetic changes that, in turn, might generate localized changes in DNA sequence resulting in phenotypic effects. All these observations suggest that environment can affect the epigenome of vertebrates by generating hugely different methylation patterns that could, possibly, reflect in phenotypic differences. We are at the first steps towards the understanding of mechanisms that underlie the role of environment in molding the entire genome over evolutionary times. The next challenge will be to map similarities and differences of DNA methylation in vertebrates and to associate them with environmental adaptation and evolution.

  16. Seed dispersal by vertebrates in Madagascar's forests: review and ...

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    Madagascar's highly diverse forests are critically threatened because of increasing deforestation, and those that remain are facing declines of vertebrate frugivores that disperse their seeds. Thus, understanding plant - frugivore interactions is of critical importance for the conservation and maintenance of plant diversity in ...

  17. Conodont bioapatite resembles vertebrate enamel by XRD properties

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    Jüri Nemliher

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available XRD properties of Phanerozoic conodont apatite material were studied. It was found out that in terms of crystallinity the apatite resembles the enamel tissue of modern vertebrates. In terms of crystal lattice, apatite of conodonts is independent of taxa on the one hand and of chemistry of the surrounding rock type on the other hand.

  18. A Rare Case: Gastric Cancer; Involving Primery Thoracal Vertebral Metastases

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    Harun Arslan

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Primery bone metastases rarely occur in gastric cancer. Bone metastases indicate that the prognosis is bad. In that article we present a case that is diagnosed as a gastric cancer with primary bone metasteses that caused pathologic thoracal vertebral fracture seenby computer ised tomography.

  19. FULL SCIENTIFIC REPORTS - Complex vertebral malformation in Holstein calves

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    Agerholm, Jørgen S.; Bendixen, Christian; Andersen, Ole

    2001-01-01

    was characterized by shortening of the cervical and thoracic parts of the vertebral column due to multiple hemivertebrae, fused and misshaped vertebrae, and scoliosis. Symmetrical flexures of the carpal joints and the metacarpophalangeal joint in combination with a slight lateral rotation of the phalanges also were...

  20. Domain combination of the vertebrate-like TLR gene family ...

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    (a) Unrooted NJ phylogenetic trees revealing the evolutionary relationship between V-TLR of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus and vertebrate TLRs. (b) Unrooted NJ phylogenetic ... The database accession IDs of these sequences are listed in table 2 of electronic supplementary material. Figure 4. Unrooted ML phylogenetic ...

  1. A method for removal of broken vertebral screws.

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    McGuire, R A

    1992-06-01

    A method for removal of a broken vertebral screw is described using an easily obtained 5/64-inch tungsten drill bit and a #1 screw extractor. It allows removal of the screw while retaining pedicle integrity and also minimizes potential nerve root compromise.

  2. POSTTRAUMATIC MYOCARDIAL SYNDROME IN CHILDREN WITH VERTEBRAL COMPRESSION FRACTURES

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    M. S. Zavorova; O. M. Andryuschenko; M. G. Dudin

    2010-01-01

    Complex clinical and instrumental observation of the children with vertebral compression fractures (VCF) revealed pathological changes in the heart. Clinical symptomatology, confirmed by electrocardiogram and appropriate anamnesis gives opportunity to consider this fact as a posttraumatic myocardial syndrome. Special drug therapy resulted in the positive dynamics.

  3. Growth patterns of fossil vertebrates as deduced from bone ...

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    2009-10-20

    Oct 20, 2009 ... Bone microstructure is affected by ontogeny, phylogeny, biomechanics and environments. These aspects of life history of an extinct animal, especially its growth patterns, may be assessed as fossil bone generally maintains its histological integrity. Recent studies on the bone histology of fossil vertebrates ...

  4. Comparative Studies of Vertebrate Platelet Glycoprotein 4 (CD36

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    Roger S. Holmes

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Platelet glycoprotein 4 (CD36 (or fatty acyl translocase [FAT], or scavenger receptor class B, member 3 [SCARB3] is an essential cell surface and skeletal muscle outer mitochondrial membrane glycoprotein involved in multiple functions in the body. CD36 serves as a ligand receptor of thrombospondin, long chain fatty acids, oxidized low density lipoproteins (LDLs and malaria-infected erythrocytes. CD36 also influences various diseases, including angiogenesis, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, malaria, diabetes, steatosis, dementia and obesity. Genetic deficiency of this protein results in significant changes in fatty acid and oxidized lipid uptake. Comparative CD36 amino acid sequences and structures and CD36 gene locations were examined using data from several vertebrate genome projects. Vertebrate CD36 sequences shared 53–100% identity as compared with 29–32% sequence identities with other CD36-like superfamily members, SCARB1 and SCARB2. At least eight vertebrate CD36 N-glycosylation sites were conserved which are required for membrane integration. Sequence alignments, key amino acid residues and predicted secondary structures were also studied. Three CD36 domains were identified including cytoplasmic, transmembrane and exoplasmic sequences. Conserved sequences included N- and C-terminal transmembrane glycines; and exoplasmic cysteine disulphide residues; TSP-1 and PE binding sites, Thr92 and His242, respectively; 17 conserved proline and 14 glycine residues, which may participate in forming CD36 ‘short loops’; and basic amino acid residues, and may contribute to fatty acid and thrombospondin binding. Vertebrate CD36 genes usually contained 12 coding exons. The human CD36 gene contained transcription factor binding sites (including PPARG and PPARA contributing to a high gene expression level (6.6 times average. Phylogenetic analyses examined the relationships and potential evolutionary origins of the vertebrate CD36 gene with vertebrate

  5. Primary Ewing's sarcoma of the vertebral column

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    Ilaslan, Hakan; Sundaram, Murali [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Ch2-290 200 First Street, SW, Rochester, 55905, MN (United States); Unni, K.Krishnan [Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, SW, 55905, Rochester, MN (United States); Dekutoski, Mark B. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street, SW, 55905, Rochester, MN (United States)

    2004-09-01

    To determine the demographics, imaging findings, clinical symptoms, and prognosis of primary vertebral Ewing's sarcoma (PVES). A retrospective review of medical records and radiological studies of patients diagnosed with PVES from 1936 through 2001 in our institution and Department of Pathology consultation files was undertaken. Metastatic and soft tissue Ewing's sarcoma cases were excluded. From a total of 1,277 cases of Ewing's sarcoma, 125 (9.8%) had a primary vertebral origin. There were 48 females and 76 males. Patient ages ranged from 4 to 54 (mean 19.3, standard deviation 10.7, median 16) years. Vertebral column distribution was four cervical (3.2%), 13 thoracic (10.5%), 31 lumbar (25%), and 67 sacrum (53.2%). More than one vertebral segment was involved in ten cases (8%). Satisfactory imaging studies were available in 51 patients: 49 radiographs, 27 computerized tomography (CT), and 23 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. The majority of tumors were lytic (93%). Three cases were mixed lytic and sclerotic (6%) and one sclerotic. In the nonsacral spine, the majority of lesions (12/20) involved the posterior elements with extension into the vertebral body. Five cases were centered in the vertebral body with extension into the posterior elements. Two cases were limited to the posterior elements, and one case solely involved the vertebral body. Ala was the most frequently affected site in the sacrum (18/26). Spinal canal invasion was frequent (91%). Detailed clinical information was available in 53 patients. Duration of symptoms ranged from 1 to 30 (mean 7) months. Local pain was the first symptom and seen in all cases. Neurological deficits were present in 21 (40%) cases. All patients received radiation in various dosages; 70% additionally received chemotherapy. Twenty-five patients had surgery, and two patients received bone marrow transplantation. Forty-five patients had follow-up; the five-year disease-free survival probability is 0

  6. Estudo dos lactobacilos no biofilme dental

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    Clarissa Cavalcanti Fatturi Parolo

    2009-01-01

    Lactobacilos são um grupo de bactérias relacionadas com cárie dental. Há falta de estudos sobre a biologia populacional dos lactobacilos na cárie dental. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar o efeito das modificações ambientais na composição, diversidade genética dos lactobacilos e Identificar a filogenia dos Lactobacillus paracasei isolados do biofilme. Lactobacilos foram isolados em um modelo de formação de biofilme in situ antes e depois de 28 dias de exposição à solução de sacarose 20%. As co...

  7. MRI and MR angiography of vertebral artery dissection

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    Mascalchi, M. [Cattedra di Radiologia, Universita di Pisa (Italy); Bianchi, M.C. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedale S. Chiara, Pisa (Italy); Mangiafico, S. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedale di Careggi, Firenze (Italy); Ferrito, G. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedali Riuniti, Livorno (Italy); Puglioli, M. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedale S. Chiara, Pisa (Italy); Marin, E. [Servizio di Radiologia, Ospedale S. M. Nuova, Firenze (Italy); Mugnai, S. [Clinica Neurologica, Universita di Firenze (Italy); Canapicchi, R. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedale S. Chiara, Pisa (Italy); Quilici, N. [Servizio di Neuroradiologia, Ospedali Riuniti, Livorno (Italy); Inzitari, D. [Clinica Neurologica, Universita di Firenze (Italy)

    1997-05-01

    A review of 4,500 angiograms yielded 11 patients with dissection of the vertebral arteries who had MRI and (in 4 patients) MR angiography (MRA) in the acute phase of stroke. One patient with incidental discovery at arteriography of asymptomatic vertebral artery dissection and two patients with acute strokes with MRI and MRA findings consistent with vertebral artery dissection were included. Dissection occurred after neck trauma or chiropractic manipulation in 4 patients and was spontaneous in 10. Dissection involved the extracranial vertebral artery in 9 patients, the extra-intracranial junction in 1, and the intracranial artery in 4. MRI demonstrated infarcts in the brain stem, cerebellum, thalamus or temporo-occipital regions in 7 patients with extra- or extra-intracranial dissections and a solitary lateral medullary infarct in 4 patients (3 with intracranial and 1 with extra-intracranial dissection). In 2 patients no brain abnormality related to vertebral artery dissection was found and in one MRI did not show subarachnoid haemorrhage revealed by CT. Intramural dissecting haematoma appeared as crescentic or rounded high signal on T1-weighted images in 10 patients examined 3-20 days after the onset of symptoms. The abnormal vessel stood out in the low signal cerebrospinal fluid in intracranial dissections, whereas it was more difficult to detect in extracranial dissections because of the intermediate-to-high signal of the normal perivascular structures and slow flow proximal and distal to the dissection. In two patients examined within 36 h of the onset, mural thickening was of intermediate signal intensity on T1-weighted images and high signal on spin-density and T2-weighted images. MRA showed abrupt stenosis in 2 patients and disappearance of flow signal at and distal to the dissection in 5. Follow-up arteriography, MRI or MRA showed findings consistent with occlusion of the dissected vessel in 6 of 8 patients. (orig.). With 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  8. Evolution and differential expression of a vertebrate vitellogenin gene cluster

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    Kongshaug Heidi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The multiplicity or loss of the vitellogenin (vtg gene family in vertebrates has been argued to have broad implications for the mode of reproduction (placental or non-placental, cleavage pattern (meroblastic or holoblastic and character of the egg (pelagic or benthic. Earlier proposals for the existence of three forms of vertebrate vtgs present conflicting models for their origin and subsequent duplication. Results By integrating phylogenetics of novel vtg transcripts from old and modern teleosts with syntenic analyses of all available genomic variants of non-metatherian vertebrates we identify the gene orthologies between the Sarcopterygii (tetrapod branch and Actinopterygii (fish branch. We argue that the vertebrate vtg gene cluster originated in proto-chromosome m, but that vtg genes have subsequently duplicated and rearranged following whole genome duplications. Sequencing of a novel fourth vtg transcript in labrid species, and the presence of duplicated paralogs in certain model organisms supports the notion that lineage-specific gene duplications frequently occur in teleosts. The data show that the vtg gene cluster is more conserved between acanthomorph teleosts and tetrapods, than in ostariophysan teleosts such as the zebrafish. The differential expression of the labrid vtg genes are further consistent with the notion that neofunctionalized Aa-type vtgs are important determinants of the pelagic or benthic character of the eggs in acanthomorph teleosts. Conclusion The vertebrate vtg gene cluster existed prior to the separation of Sarcopterygii from Actinopterygii >450 million years ago, a period associated with the second round of whole genome duplication. The presence of higher copy numbers in a more highly expressed subcluster is particularly prevalent in teleosts. The differential expression and latent neofunctionalization of vtg genes in acanthomorph teleosts is an adaptive feature associated with oocyte hydration

  9. Duplication and maintenance of the Myb genes of vertebrate animals

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    Colin J. Davidson

    2012-11-01

    Gene duplication is an important means of generating new genes. The major mechanisms by which duplicated genes are preserved in the face of purifying selection are thought to be neofunctionalization, subfunctionalization, and increased gene dosage. However, very few duplicated gene families in vertebrate species have been analyzed by functional tests in vivo. We have therefore examined the three vertebrate Myb genes (c-Myb, A-Myb, and B-Myb by cytogenetic map analysis, by sequence analysis, and by ectopic expression in Drosophila. We provide evidence that the vertebrate Myb genes arose by two rounds of regional genomic duplication. We found that ubiquitous expression of c-Myb and A-Myb, but not of B-Myb or Drosophila Myb, was lethal in Drosophila. Expression of any of these genes during early larval eye development was well tolerated. However, expression of c-Myb and A-Myb, but not of B-Myb or Drosophila Myb, during late larval eye development caused drastic alterations in adult eye morphology. Mosaic analysis implied that this eye phenotype was cell-autonomous. Interestingly, some of the eye phenotypes caused by the retroviral v-Myb oncogene and the normal c-Myb proto-oncogene from which v-Myb arose were quite distinct. Finally, we found that post-translational modifications of c-Myb by the GSK-3 protein kinase and by the Ubc9 SUMO-conjugating enzyme that normally occur in vertebrate cells can modify the eye phenotype caused by c-Myb in Drosophila. These results support a model in which the three Myb genes of vertebrates arose by two sequential duplications. The first duplication was followed by a subfunctionalization of gene expression, then neofunctionalization of protein function to yield a c/A-Myb progenitor. The duplication of this progenitor was followed by subfunctionalization of gene expression to give rise to tissue-specific c-Myb and A-Myb genes.

  10. A new classification for cervical vertebral injuries: influence of CT

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    Daffner, R.H.; Brown, R.R.; Goldberg, A.L. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Allegheny University Hospitals, Allegheny General, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

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    Objective. Computed tomography (CT) has been demonstrated to be superior to radiography in identifying cervical vertebral injuries. However, many of these injuries may not be clinically significant, and require only minimal symptomatic and supportive treatment. It is therefore imperative that radiologists and spine surgeons have criteria for distinguishing between those injuries requiring surgical stabilization and those that do not. The authors propose a new classification of cervical vertebral injuries into two categories: major and minor.Design and patients. A data base, acquired on 1052 separate cervical injuries in 879 patients seen between 1983 and 1998, was reviewed. Four categories of injury based on mechanism [hyperflexion (four variants), hyperextension (two variants), rotary (two variants), and axial compression (five variants)] were identified. ''Major'' injuries are defined as having either radiographic or CT evidence of instability with or without associated localized or central neurologic findings, or have the potential to produce the latter. ''Minor'' injuries have no radiographic and/or CT evidence of instability, are not associated with neurologic findings, and have no potential to cause the latter.Results and conclusions. Cervical injury should be classified as ''major'' if the following radiographic and/or CT criteria are present: displacement of more than 2 mm in any plane, wide vertebral body in any plane, wide interspinous/interlaminar space, wide facet joints, disrupted posterior vertebral body line, wide disc space, vertebral burst, locked or perched facets (unilateral or bilateral), ''hanged man'' fracture of C2, dens fracture, and type III occipital condyle fracture. All other types of fractures may be considered ''minor''. (orig.)

  11. Duplication and maintenance of the Myb genes of vertebrate animals

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    Davidson, Colin J.; Guthrie, Erin E.; Lipsick, Joseph S.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Gene duplication is an important means of generating new genes. The major mechanisms by which duplicated genes are preserved in the face of purifying selection are thought to be neofunctionalization, subfunctionalization, and increased gene dosage. However, very few duplicated gene families in vertebrate species have been analyzed by functional tests in vivo. We have therefore examined the three vertebrate Myb genes (c-Myb, A-Myb, and B-Myb) by cytogenetic map analysis, by sequence analysis, and by ectopic expression in Drosophila. We provide evidence that the vertebrate My