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Phillip M Mitchell, Benjamin M Weisenthal, Cory A Collinge
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incidence of knee sepsis following suprapatellar nailing of open tibia fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective SETTING:: ACS Level 1 trauma centerPatients/Participants: We reviewed 139 open tibia fractures that underwent suprapatellar nailing as definitive treatment over a five-year period (January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2016). The majority of patients (90%, n=126) underwent intramedullary nailing at the time of their initial surgery. We defined knee sepsis as intra-articular infection requiring operative debridement, either open or arthroscopically, within one month's time...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Chaya Shwaartz, Adam C Fields, Jake G Prigoff, Jeffrey J Aalberg, Celia M Divino
BACKGROUND: Up to 20% of patients with colorectal cancer present with obstruction. The goal of this study was to compare the short-term outcomes of patients with obstructing colon cancer who underwent resection and primary anastomosis with or without proximal diversion. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Procedure Targeted Colectomy databases from 2012 to 2014 were reviewed. Patients undergoing colorectal resection with or without diverting ostomy for obstructing colorectal cancer were analyzed...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Francis Mutebi, Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Hermann Feldmeier, Charles Waiswa, Jeanne Bukeka Muhindo, Jürgen Krücken
BACKGROUND: In endemic communities, zoonotic tungiasis, a severe skin disease caused by penetrating female sand fleas, is a public health hazard causing significant human and animal morbidity. No validated drugs are currently available for treatment of animal tungiasis. Due to the reservoir in domestic animals, integrated management of human and animal tungiasis is required to avert its negative effects. METHODS AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A topical aerosol containing chlorfenvinphos 4...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Kristen Nelson-McMillan, Christoph P Hornik, Xia He, Luca A Vricella, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Kevin D Hill, Sara K Pasquali, Diane E Alejo, Duke E Cameron, Marshall L Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Delayed sternal closure (DSC) is commonly used to optimize hemodynamic stability after neonatal and infant heart surgery. We hypothesized that duration of sternum left open (SLO) was associated with rate of infection complications, and that location of sternal closure may mitigate infection risk. METHODS: Infants (age ≤365 days) undergoing index operations with cardiopulmonary bypass and DSC at STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database centers (from 2007 to 2013) with adequate data quality were included...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Brian I Rini, Arnulf Stenzl, Romauld Zdrojowy, Mikhail Kogan, Mikhail Shkolnik, Stephane Oudard, Steffen Weikert, Sergio Bracarda, Simon J Crabb, Jens Bedke, Joerg Ludwig, Dominik Maurer, Regina Mendrzyk, Claudia Wagner, Andrea Mahr, Jens Fritsche, Toni Weinschenk, Steffen Walter, Alexandra Kirner, Harpreet Singh-Jasuja, Carsten Reinhardt, Tim Eisen
BACKGROUND: In a phase 2 study in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, overall survival was associated with T-cell responses against IMA901, a vaccine consisting of ten tumour-associated peptides. In this phase 3 trial, we aimed to determine the clinical effect of adding IMA901 to sunitinib, the standard first-line treatment in metastatic renal cell carcinoma with postulated favourable immunomodulatory effects. METHODS: The IMPRINT study is an open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial done at 124 clinical sites in 11 countries...
October 3, 2016: Lancet Oncology
A Larcher, M Sun, P Dell'Oglio, V Trudeau, K Boehm, J Schiffmann, Z Tian, N Fossati, U Capitanio, A Briganti, F Montorsi, P Karakiewicz
BACKGROUND: Local tumour ablation (LTA) may yield better perioperative outcomes than partial nephrectomy (PN), however the impact of each treatment on perioperative mortality and health care expenditures is unknown. The aim of the study was to compare mortality, morbidity and health care expenditures between LTA and PN. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A population-based assessment of 2471 patients with cT1a kidney cancer treated with either LTA or PN, between 2000 and 2009, in the SEER-Medicare database was performed...
September 17, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Rodrigo Barboza Nunes, Bruno Francisco Müller, Federico Enrique Garcia Cipriano, Pedro Soler Coltro, Jayme Adriano Farina
Treatment of bronchial fistula (BF) after pulmonary lobectomy is a challenge. Often, patients require long hospital stay, have recurrent empyema and pneumonia, are susceptible to sepsis, often need broad-spectrum antibiotics, as well as various surgical approaches. With the advent and growing evidence of the benefits of negative pressure therapy (NPT), its use in some patients with BF has been reported with encouraging results concerning its feasibility and cost-effectiveness. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the application of NPT as a resource for BF treatment and comparatively analyze the overall cost of treatment...
July 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
M S Reich, A J Dolenc, T A Moore, H A Vallier
BACKGROUND: Previous work established resuscitation parameters that minimize complications with early fracture management. This Early Appropriate Care (EAC) protocol was applied to patients with advanced age to determine if they require unique parameters to mitigate complications. METHODS: Between October 2010 and March 2013, 376 consecutive skeletally mature patients with unstable fractures of the pelvis, acetabulum, thoracolumbar spine, and/or proximal or diaphyseal femur fractures were treated at a level I trauma center and were prospectively studied...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Mansi Shah, Clayton T Ellis, Michael R Phillips, Amy Marzinsky, William Adamson, Timothy Weiner, Kimberly Erickson, Sang Lee, Patricia A Lange, Sean E McLean
The role of preoperative bowel prep in the pediatric surgical population is uncertain. We performed a randomized prospective study to evaluate noninferiority between the presence or absence of a preoperative bowel prep in elective pediatric bowel surgery on postoperative outcomes. Patients aged three months to 18 years were recruited and randomized to the bowel prep group or the no bowel prep group. Patients were evaluated in-hospital and at postoperative clinic visits. Thirty-two patients were recruited; 18 in the bowel prep group and 14 in the no bowel prep group...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Andrew Baird, Chenliang Deng, Matthew H Eliceiri, Fatima Haghi, Xitong Dang, Raul Coimbra, Todd W Costantini, Bruce E Torbett, Brian P Eliceiri
Mice engrafted with human CD34(+) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (CD34(+) -HSPCs) have been used to study human infection, diabetes, sepsis, and burn, suggesting that they could be highly amenable to characterizing the human inflammatory response to injury. To this end, human leukocytes infiltrating subcutaneous implants of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sponges were analyzed in immunodeficient NSG mice reconstituted with CD34(+) -HSPCs. It was reported that human CD45(+) (hCD45(+) ) leukocytes were present in PVA sponges 3 and 7 days postimplantation and could be localized within the sponges by immunohistochemistry...
September 24, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
B Shazi, J L Bruce, G L Laing, B Sartorius, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to audit our current management of colonic trauma, and to review our experience of colonic trauma in patients who underwent initial damage control (DC) surgery. METHODS All patients treated for colonic trauma between January 2012 and December 2014 by the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service were included in the study. Data reviewed included mechanism of injury, method of management (primary repair [PR], primary diversion [PD] or DC) and outcome (complications and mortality rate)...
September 23, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Douglas A Hardesty, Sean Doerfler, Sukhmeet Sandhu, Robert G Whitmore, Patricia Ford, Scott Rushton, Peter D LeRoux
BACKGROUND: Jehovah's Witnesses (JW) are a Christian faith with > 1 million members in the United States who do not accept autologous blood transfusions. The optimal management of these patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures is not well defined. Here, we examined the feasibility and safety of JW undergoing neurosurgery in a blood management program. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Sixty-eight JW patients including 23 males and 45 females (mean age 53 +/- 12 years) who underwent a variety of cranial (n=19) and spinal (n=49) neurosurgical procedures over a 5-year period were identified retrospectively and their hospital charts, anesthetic records and operative reports reviewed...
September 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Wenjun Yan, Aihao Ding, Ha-Jeong Kim, Hua Zheng, Fang Wei, Xiaojing Ma
Progranulin (PGRN) is a widely expressed, pleiotropic protein that is involved in diverse biological processes, including cellular proliferation, neuron development, and wound healing. However, the role of PGRN in the regulation of pathogen-induced systemic inflammation and the mechanisms involved have not been established. In this study, we show that PGRN-deficient mice display heightened mortality in models of polymicrobial sepsis and endotoxinemia, with increased tissue levels of inflammatory cytokines and reduced IL-10 production...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Bryan Stanistreet, Derek Bell
Mucormycosis is a rare, rapidly progressive and often fatal fungal infection. The rarity of the condition lends itself to unfamiliarity, delayed treatment, and poor outcomes. Diagnosis of fungal infections early enough to enable appropriate treatment occurs in less than half of affected patients. A 56-year-old male with a history of diabetes mellitus II, hepatitis C, and intravenous drug abuse was involved in a rollover motor vehicle accident. He sustained circumferential partial and full-thickness burns to his lower extremities with 20% BSA burns...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Ziba Mosayebi, Ali Omidian, Amir Hossein Movahedian, Farzad Kompani, Seyyed Saeed Hosseininodeh
INTRODUCTION: Fournier's gangrene is an infective necrotizing fasciitis of external genital and perineal region. Hematologic malignancies and immunocompromised status are predisposing factors. Simultaneous occurrence of Fournier's gangrene and congenital leukemia in neonates is extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of Fournier's gangrene in a 4-day-old female infant with a necrotic lesion in perineum and no history of trauma or other predisposing condition...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Raafia Memon, WuQiang Fan, Richard Snyder, Mahesh Krishnamurthy
INTRODUCTION: While extremely uncommon, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and thyroid storm (TS) are endocrine emergencies that can coexist. We describe a case with a confounding clinical presentation that identifies these two emergencies within the setting of sepsis and influenza. CASE: A 69-year-old diabetic female was found by the paramedic staff to be disoriented. She demonstrated tachycardia and had a foul-smelling abdominal wound. Laboratory evaluation revealed DKA, leukocytosis, influenza B, and urinary tract infection...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Christina Herrera, Ryan Meehan, Varsha Podduturi, Alexander L Eastman, David B Nelson
BACKGROUND: Soft-tissue infections in women with subcutaneous injection drug use are often polymicrobial. CASE: A 21-year-old nulliparous woman presented at 14-15 weeks of gestation with several gluteal abscesses related to subcutaneous injection of heroin. She was well appearing, afebrile, and without findings of systemic illness. After empiric broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics, same-day incision and drainage was performed. Immediately after the procedure, she developed refractory hypotension, severe tachycardia, pulmonary edema, and leukemoid reaction (white blood cell count 80×10/L)...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ashkan Afshari, Lyly Nguyen, Steven A Kahn, Blair Summitt
Mafenide acetate is an antimicrobial agent used to decrease the bacterial load for burn wounds. The 5% solution is more commonly used yet double the cost of its 2.5% counterpart. This study aims to evaluate outcomes and cost associated with the use of 2.5 vs 5% mafenide acetate formulation in the adult burn population. Adult patients (≥18 years) receiving 2.5% mafenide acetate during an 11-month period between 2014 and 2015, corresponding to a policy change in favor of the use of 2.5% mafenide acetate, were queried...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Alexandra I Stavrakis, Nelson F SooHoo
BACKGROUND: This study provides an updated comparison of the reoperation rates following primary ankle arthrodesis and total ankle replacement on the basis of observational, population-based data from California. We previously reported data from 1995 to 2004, and our current study includes new data from 2005 to 2010. Our hypothesis was that total ankle replacement would demonstrate increasing utilization and lower complication rates given advances in implant design and growth in surgeon experience...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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