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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448892/role-of-procalcitonin-in-infected-diabetic-foot-ulcer
#1
Jung Ho Park, Dong Hun Suh, Hak Jun Kim, Yong In Lee, Il Hoon Kwak, Gi Won Choi
AIMS: Procalcitonin (PCT) has been recently accepted as a marker for diagnosing infection. The aim of the present study was to determine whether PCT levels are associated with infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers and whether PCT levels would be helpful to differentiate infected diabetic foot ulcer (IDFU) from IDFU associated with other infectious diseases (IDFU+O). METHODS: We prospectively included 123 diabetic patients hospitalized for IDFU. Infection severity of diabetic foot ulcers was graded according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America-International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot clinical classification of diabetic foot infection...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448264/use-of-ovine-based-collagen-extracellular-matrix-and-gentian-violet-methylene-blue-antibacterial-foam-dressings-to-help-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-lower-extremity-wounds-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#2
Eric L Lullove
Dressings that provide broad spectrum metalloprotease reduction along with inherent aspects of an extracellular matrix may contribute to improved wound healing outcomes and shorter treatment times. OBJECTIVE: The author performed a retrospective case series analysis to determine the clinical outcomes of regular debridement with the use of ovine-based collagen extracellular matrix dressings and gentian violet/methylene blue polyurethane antibacterial foam dressings in treating 53 patients with 53 chronic lower extremity wounds (diabetic foot ulcers [DFUs], venous leg ulcers, and heel pressure ulcers)...
April 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447969/multicomponent-compression-stockings-in-chronic-venous-leg-ulcer-treatment-a-review-of-the-current-literature
#3
Daniele Bissacco, Marco Piercarlo Viani
The role of compression stockings in the treatment of chronic venous disease was amply demonstrated. Concerning patients with chronic venous leg ulcers (VLUs), multi-layer bandage is the standard of care. Recently, multicomponent compression stocking (McCS) systems for VLUs treatment and healing nowaday have been proposed. The aim of this review is to describe and analyze current literature evidence regarding McCS used in VLUs treatment. KEY WORDS: Compression therapy, Compression stockings, Venous leg ulcers...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447881/clinical-and-duplex-ultrasound-evaluation-of-lower-extremities-varicose-veins-a-practical-guideline
#4
Luca Spinedi, Pavel Broz, Rolf Peter Engelberger, Daniel Staub, Heiko Uthoff
Lower extremities varicose veins are among the most frequent diseases in the general population. They can cause complaints with a deterioration of the quality of life and are associated with potentially threatening clinical conditions such as chronic venous ulceration, haemorrhage from ruptured varicose veins, and venous thromboembolism. An accurate diagnostic work-up is crucial to confirm the presence and the extension of the venous problem, in order to obtain an optimal management of the condition. In the past years, great efforts have been made to reach an international consensus on the terminology, the symptomatology, the classification, and the duplex ultrasound examination of lower extremities varicose veins...
April 27, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440519/-prevention-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-perioperative-complications-of-bariatric-and-metabolic-surgery
#5
Haifu Wu, Ming Zhong, Di Zhou, Chenye Shi, Heng Jiao, Wei Wu, Xinxia Chang, Jing Cang, Hua Bian
Surgical operation in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes is popularizing rapidly in China. Correct prevention and recognition of perioperation-related operative complications is the premise of ensuring surgical safety. Familiar complications of the operation include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary artery embolism, anastomotic bleeding, anastomotic fistula and marginal ulcer. The prevention of deep venous thrombosis is better than treatment. The concrete measures contain physical prophylaxis (graduated compression stocking and intermittent pneumatic compression leg sleeves) and drug prophylaxis (unfractionated heparin and low molecular heparin), and the treatment is mainly thrombolysis or operative thrombectomy...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438262/hair-follicle-transplant-into-chronic-ulcers-a-new-graft-concept
#6
M L Martínez Martínez, E Escario Travesedo, F Jiménez Acosta
Chronic venous leg ulcers are a major therapeutic challenge in clinical practice, and the search for new approaches to improve wound healing is essential. Many ulcers do not heal with traditional treatment using compression, debridement, and dressings. Skin-grafts variants, such as pinch grafts, punch grafts, split- or full-thickness skin grafts, and grafts derived from cells cultured in the laboratory, are among the most widely used options in ulcers that do not heal. In recent years, numerous studies have brought to our attention the important role of the hair follicle in the healing process of cutaneous wounds...
April 21, 2017: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437291/behcet-disease-initially-presenting-as-deep-venous-thrombosis-a-case-report
#7
Arun Gurunathan, David Teachey, Kudakwashe R Chikwava, Char Witmer, Ami V Desai
Behcet disease is a potentially life-threatening multisystemic vasculitis with thrombotic tendency. Mucocutaneous ulcers, arthritis, and uveitis are the most recognizable features, but may be absent at the time of medical evaluation. We report a case in which a 8-year old patient presented with spontaneous bilateral lower extremity deep venous thromboses, and screening for rheumatologic symptoms led to diagnosing Behcet. This case demonstrates that deep venous thromboses can be the initial event bringing a patient with Behcet to medical attention, highlighting the importance of screening for underlying rheumatologic diseases in pediatric patients who present with unprovoked thrombosis...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426451/quality-of-care-and-outcomes-among-hospitalized-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
#8
Geoffrey C Nguyen, Sanjay K Murthy, Brian Bressler, Mindy C W Lam, Ali Alali, Asmae Toumi, Jason Reinglas, Adam Rampersad, Adam V Weizman, Waqqas Afif
BACKGROUND: Half of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) require hospitalization. We sought to characterize inpatient quality indicators of care and outcomes during IBD-related hospitalizations at 4 major IBD referral centers in Canada. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients with IBD admitted from 2011 to 2013 to tertiary centers in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. We assessed the following inpatient indicators of care: pharmacological venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, Clostridium difficile testing, and medical rescue therapy for steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis (UC)...
May 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424334/glycosaminoglycan-based-hydrogels-capture-inflammatory-chemokines-and-rescue-defective-wound-healing-in-mice
#9
Nadine Lohmann, Lucas Schirmer, Passant Atallah, Elke Wandel, Ruben A Ferrer, Carsten Werner, Jan C Simon, Sandra Franz, Uwe Freudenberg
Excessive production of inflammatory chemokines can cause chronic inflammation and thus impair cutaneous wound healing. Capturing chemokine signals using wound dressing materials may offer powerful new treatment modalities for chronic wounds. Here, a modular hydrogel based on end-functionalized star-shaped polyethylene glycol (starPEG) and derivatives of the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) heparin was customized for maximal chemokine sequestration. The material is shown to effectively scavenge the inflammatory chemokines MCP-1 (monocyte chemoattractant protein-1), IL-8 (interleukin-8), and MIP-1α (macrophage inflammatory protein-1α) and MIP-1β (macrophage inflammatory protein-1β) in wound fluids from patients suffering from chronic venous leg ulcers and to reduce the migratory activity of human monocytes and polymorphonuclear neutrophils...
April 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421746/multifunctional-enzymatically-generated-hydrogels-for-chronic-wound-application
#10
Ivaylo Stefanov, Sílvia Pérez-Rafael, Javier Hoyo, Jonathan Cailloux, Orlando O Santana Pérez, Dolores Hinojosa-Caballero, Tzanko Tzanov
The healing of chronic wounds requires intensive medical intervention at huge healthcare costs. Dressing materials should consider the multifactorial nature of these wounds comprising deleterious proteolytic and oxidative enzymes and high bacterial load. In this work, multifunctional hydrogels for chronic wound application were produced by enzymatic cross-linking of thiolated chitosan and gallic acid. The hydrogels combine several beneficial to wound healing properties, controlling the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activities, oxidative stress, and bacterial contamination...
April 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414670/diulafoy-s-lesion-an-uncanny-etiology-of-gastrointestinal-bleed
#11
V Gasia, O Lamendola
INTRODUCTION: Dieulafoy's lesion is a relatively rare, but potentially life-threatening, condition. It accounts for 1-2 percent of acute gastrointestinal (GI); bleeding. CASE: A 99-year-old woman was initially admitted due to left lower extremity cellulitis related to chronic venous stasis ulcer and was receiving broad-spectrum IV antibiotics. Upon admission to the medical floor, she had an episode of hematemesis and multiple bowel movements with black-tarry stools...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411709/chronic-refractory-venous-ulcer-exacerbated-by-a-congenital-pelvic-arteriovenous-malformation-successfully-treated-by-transarterial-onyx-embolization
#12
Naiem Nassiri, Dustin T Crystal, Catherine Hoyt, Randy Shafritz
Congenital arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are an important but often neglected cause of lower extremity venous hypertension. A case of a chronic refractory venous stasis ulcer of the lower extremity exacerbated by a pelvic AVM is presented. Healing of the ulcer was achieved at 2 months without recurrence at 1 year after superselective ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx 34; ev3, Covidien, Plymouth, Minn) embolization of the AVM nidus. Chronic venous arterialization should be considered in cases of refractory, nonhealing venous ulcers...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410605/frosted-branch-angiitis-and-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-as-an-initial-onset-of-neuro-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
Bruno Fortaleza de Aquino Ferreira, Ever Ernesto Caso Rodriguez, Leandro Lara do Prado, Celio Roberto Gonçalves, Carlos Eduardo Hirata, Joyce Hisae Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: Frosted branch angiitis is a rare, severe condition. It can be either a primary or a secondary condition and is characterized by rapid deterioration of vision and fulminant retinal vasculitis that manifests as diffuse sheathing of retinal vessels, macular edema, papillitis, vitritis and anterior uveitis. We aimed to describe a case of frosted branch angiitis and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis as an initial neuro-Behçet's disease onset. Diagnosis of Behçet's disease was based on the current 2014 International Criteria for Behçet's Disease and the International consensus recommendation criteria for neuro-Behçet's disease...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408089/mid-term-outcomes-of-endovenous-laser-ablation-in-patients-with-active-and-healed-venous-ulcers-a-follow-up-study
#14
H Sinabulya, R Östmyren, L Blomgren
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the mid-term ulcer recurrence rate in patients with healed or active venous ulcers treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) for incompetent superficial axial veins and to search for possible risk factors for non-healing and recurrence. METHODS: Consecutive patients treated with EVLA because of a healed or active venous ulcer between 2006 and 2013 were identified in the medical records and quality registry and invited to follow-up, including clinical history, study examination, Duplex ultrasound scanning, ankle brachial pressure, photoplethysmography, venous clinical severity score (VCSS), and health related quality of life (HRQoL) measured with EQ5D...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403291/impact-of-home-visits-on-the-functional-capacity-of-patients-with-venous-ulcers
#15
Fabiana Lopes Joaquim, Alessandra Conceição Leite Funchal Camacho, Rose Mary Costa Rosa Andrade Silva, Bruna Silva Leite, Raquel Santos de Queiroz, Cíntia Raquel da Costa de Assis
OBJECTIVE: to compare the impact of home visits, before and after instructions, on the functional capacity of adult and elderly patients with venous ulcers, by means of the KATZ-EIAVD Scale. METHOD: experimental, clinical, randomized, non-blind and controlled study, developed with 32 patients (case and control groups). The research settings were the Wound Care Clinic of the University Hospital Antonio Pedro, and the homes of patients assisted in this clinic. Data collection took place from February to June 2014, by means of a health unit evaluation tool, the KATZ-EIAVD Scale, and a script of instructions to be given to the research subjects that had received a home visit...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403284/unna-s-boot-experience-of-care-of-people-with-venous-ulcers
#16
Marcelo Henrique da Silva, Maria Cristina Pinto de Jesus, Deíse Moura de Oliveira, Miriam Aparecida Barbosa Merighi
OBJECTIVE: to understand the experience of care of people with venous ulcers using an Unna's boot. METHOD: a qualitative study, based on the social phenomenology by Alfred Schütz, was carried out with 12 adults interviewed in 2015. The statements were analyzed and organized in thematic categories. RESULTS: the following categories emerged: "Unna's boot annoyance versus wound improvement", "Difficulties for accessing care with the Unna's boot", "Care for healing and preventing recurrence", and "Receiving more attention from the healthcare professional"...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396682/heterologous-fibrin-sealant-derived-from-snake-venom-from-bench-to-bedside-an-overview
#17
REVIEW
Rui Seabra Ferreira, Luciana Curtolo de Barros, Luciana Patrícia Fernandes Abbade, Silvia Regina Catharino Sartori Barraviera, Maria Regina Cavariani Silvares, Leticia Gomes de Pontes, Lucilene Delazari Dos Santos, Benedito Barraviera
Hemostatic and adhesive agents date back to World War II, when homologous fibrin sealant came onto scene. Considering that infectious diseases can be transmitted via human blood, a new heterologous fibrin sealant was standardized in the 1990s. Its components were a serine protease (a thrombin-like enzyme) extracted from the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus snakes and a fibrinogen-rich cryoprecipitate extracted from the blood of Bubalus bubalis buffaloes. This new bioproduct has been used as a coagulant, sealant, adhesive and recently as a candidate scaffold for mesenchymal stem cells and bone and cartilage repair...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387882/enzymatic-debridement-is-ha-collagenase-the-right-synergy-randomized-double-blind-controlled-clinical-trial-in-venous-leg-ulcers
#18
A Scalise, F Campitiello, A Della Corte, P Longobardi, M Di Salvo, C Tartaglione, C Santin, N Giordan, G Guarnera
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a new ointment containing Hyaluronic Acid and collagenase from non-pathogenic Vibrio alginolyticus. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Double blind, multicenter, controlled clinical trial (no. ISRCTN71239043) conducted to demonstrate the superiority of Hyaluronic Acid-Collagenase applied once a day over placebo in mean reduction of devitalized/fibrinous/slough tissue after 15 days of treatment. 113 patients with venous ulcers were enrolled and randomized to receive active treatment therapy or vehicle preparation...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380117/reactivation-of-cutaneous-and-mucocutaneous-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-an-emerging-problem
#19
Regina Maia de Souza, Heitor Franco de Andrade, Maria Irma Seixas Duarte, Lucia Maria Almeida Braz, Armando de Oliveira Schubach, Fátima Conceição Silva, Valdir Sabbaga Amato
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is frequent in patients living in tropical areas exposed to leishmaniasis. RA therapy involves immunosuppressant drugs such as methotrexate (MTX), monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and prednisone. We report an unusual presentation of cutaneous (CL) or mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (ML) in RA patients from an endemic area of leishmaniasis. A 51-year-old woman noted a cutaneous ulcer on her left ankle during MTX and prednisone RA therapy. Initially diagnosed as a venous stasis ulcer, the aspirate of the injury revealed the presence of Leishmania DNA...
April 3, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369771/intervention-radiology-for-venous-thrombosis-early-thrombus-removal-using-invasive-methods
#20
REVIEW
Ana I Casanegra, Robert D McBane, Haraldur Bjarnason
The post thrombotic syndrome is one of the most dreaded complications of proximal deep vein thrombosis. This syndrome leads to pain and suffering with leg swelling, recalcitrant ulceration and venous claudication which greatly impairs mobility and quality of life. The prevalence can be high in patients with iliofemoral venous involvement particularly in the setting of a proximal venous stenosis, such as occurs in May Thurner syndrome. Anticoagulation alone does not reduce the likelihood of this outcome. Compression therapy may be effective but garment discomfort limits its implementation...
April 2017: British Journal of Haematology
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