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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538834/characteristics-of-liver-fibrosis-with-different-etiologies-using-a-fully-quantitative-fibrosis-assessment-tool
#1
Q Wu, X Zhao, H You
This study aimed to test the diagnostic performance of a fully quantitative fibrosis assessment tool for liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A total of 117 patients with liver fibrosis were included in this study, including 50 patients with CHB, 49 patients with PBC and 18 patients with NASH. All patients underwent liver biopsy (LB). Fibrosis stages were assessed by two experienced pathologists. Histopathological images of LB slices were processed by second harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy without staining, a system called qFibrosis (quantitative fibrosis) system...
May 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538448/ultrasonography-for-preoperative-diagnosis-of-retroperitoneal-fibrosis
#2
Sheng-Jiang Chen, Ling Qin, Yu-Juan Xie, Jian-Ping Zhu, Qiang Zhang, Mei Chen
This study aimed to assess the application of ultrasonography for preoperative diagnosis of retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF). A total of 51 patients with clinically suspected RPF underwent transabdominal ultrasonography and ultrasound-guided histopathologic biopsy (tAU-UGHB). Retroperitoneal fibrosis was diagnosed in 35 patients; of these, 31 cases (88.6%) received a diagnosis using tAU-UGHB. The ultrasonographic images mainly showed solid, irregular isoechoic masses, which were present behind the retroperitoneum and surrounded the abdominal aorta, inferior vena cava, and ureters and had clear borders with the encapsulated structures...
June 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535570/a-novel-combination-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy-and-epiduroscopic-laser-neural-decompression-for-down-migrated-disc-herniation
#3
Kyung-Chul Choi, Dong Chan Lee, Choon-Keun Park
Although percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is an effective treatment for herniated discs, its application in a disc with extensive migration is still challenging. As such, epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND) provides a new view of the epidural space as well as an alternative treatment for a herniated disc and epidural fibrosis. In this paper the authors introduce the novel combination of PELD and ELND for high grade down-migrated disc herniation.An 87-year old woman presented with severe pain radiating down her leg due to high grade down-migrated disc herniation at L4-5...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534340/imaging-of-cranial-nerves-iii-iv-vi-in-congenital-cranial-dysinnervation-disorders
#4
REVIEW
Jae Hyoung Kim, Jeong Min Hwang
Congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders are a group of diseases caused by abnormal development of cranial nerve nuclei or their axonal connections, resulting in aberrant innervation of the ocular and facial musculature. Its diagnosis could be facilitated by the development of high resolution thin-section magnetic resonance imaging. The purpose of this review is to describe the method to visualize cranial nerves III, IV, and VI and to present the imaging findings of congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders including congenital oculomotor nerve palsy, congenital trochlear nerve palsy, Duane retraction syndrome, Möbius syndrome, congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles, synergistic divergence, and synergistic convergence...
May 12, 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533906/diagnosis-of-cirrhosis-and-portal-hypertension-imaging-non-invasive-markers-of-fibrosis-and-liver-biopsy
#5
REVIEW
Bogdan Procopet, Annalisa Berzigotti
The concept of 'cirrhosis' is evolving and it is now clear that compensated and decompensated cirrhosis are completely different in terms of prognosis. Furthermore, the term 'advanced chronic liver disease (ACLD)' better reflects the continuum of histological changes occurring in the liver, which continue to progress even after cirrhosis has developed, and might regress after removing the etiological factor causing the liver disease. In compensated ACLD, portal hypertension marks the progression to a stage with higher risk of clinical complication and requires an appropriate evaluation and treatment...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533673/cost-effectiveness-of-enhanced-liver-fibrosis-test-to-assess-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-and-alcoholic-liver-disease-patients
#6
Marcelo Soto, Laura Sampietro-Colom, Luis Lasalvia, Aurea Mira, Wladimiro Jiménez, Miquel Navasa
AIM: To assess liver fibrosis (LF) in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and alcoholic liver disease (ALD), estimate health outcomes and costs of new noninvasive testing strategies. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to simulate LF progression in HCV and ALD for a cohort of 40-year-old men with abnormal levels of transaminases. Three different testing alternatives were studied: a single liver biopsy; annual Enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF™) followed by liver stiffness measurement (LSM) imaging as a confirmation test if the ELF test is positive; and annual ELF test without LSM...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533670/diagnostic-value-of-gadobenate-dimeglumine-enhanced-hepatocyte-phase-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-evaluating-hepatic-fibrosis-and-hepatitis
#7
Xiu-Mei Li, Zhu Chen, En-Hua Xiao, Quan-Liang Shang, Cong Ma
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic value of gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA)-enhanced hepatocyte-phase magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in evaluating hepatic fibrosis and hepatitis. METHODS: Hepatocyte-phase images of Gd-BOPTA-enhanced MRI were retrospectively evaluated in 76 patients with chronic liver disease. These patients were classified into five groups according to either the histopathological fibrosis stage (S0-S4) or the histopathological hepatitis grade (G0-G4)...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530849/allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-in-cystic-fibrosis-mr-imaging-of-airway-mucus-contrasts-as-a-tool-for-diagnosis
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Gaël Dournes, Patrick Berger, John Refait, Julie Macey, Stephanie Bui, Laurence Delhaes, Michel Montaudon, Olivier Corneloup, Jean-François Chateil, Roger Marthan, Michaël Fayon, François Laurent
Purpose To assess the diagnostic accuracy of mucus contrast characterization by using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to discriminate allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in cystic fibrosis (CF). Materials and Methods The study was approved by the local Ethics Committee, and all patients or their parents gave written informed consent. One hundred ten consecutive patients with CF were screened between January 2014 and July 2015. All patients underwent a non-contrast material-enhanced MR protocol that included routine T1-weighted and T2-weighted sequences...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526812/soluble-axl-is-an-accurate-biomarker-of-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-development-results-from-a-large-scale-multicenter-analysis
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Mirko Dengler, Katharina Staufer, Heidemarie Huber, Rudolf Stauber, Heike Bantel, Karl Heinz Weiss, Patrick Starlinger, Hannelore Pock, Petra Klöters-Plachky, Daniel N Gotthardt, Peter Rauch, Carolin Lackner, Judith Stift, Christine Brostjan, Thomas Gruenberger, Takashi Kumada, Hidenori Toyoda, Toshifumi Tada, Thomas S Weiss, Michael Trauner, Wolfgang Mikulits
Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) and cirrhosis are at high risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Current diagnostic tools for HCC detection include imaging techniques and serum biomarkers such as α-fetoprotein (AFP). Yet, these methods are limited in sensitivity and specificity to accurately detect early HCC. Here we focused on the potential of soluble Axl (sAxl) as a biomarker in CLD patients by analyzing serum samples of 1067 patients and healthy controls from centers in Europe and Asia. We show that serum concentrations of sAxl were significantly increased at early (82...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524829/role-of-diffusion-weighted-and-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-differentiating-activity-of-ankylosing-spondylitis
#10
Ying-Hua Zhao, Yan-Yan Cao, Qun Zhang, Ying-Jie Mei, Ji-Jie Xiao, Shao-Yong Hu, Wei Li, Shao-Lin Li
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that combining apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value with the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) index value might provide a reliable evaluation of the activity of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and that contrast-enhanced (CE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is unnecessary. However, the results were based on confirming only a small random sample. This study aimed to assess the role of CE-MRI in differentiating the disease activity of AS by comparing ADC value with a large sample...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523000/mast-cells-and-mcpt4-chymase-promote-renal-impairment-after-partial-ureteral-obstruction
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Maguelonne Pons, Liza Ali, Walid Beghdadi, Luca Danelli, Marianne Alison, Lydia Celia Madjène, Jessica Calvo, Julien Claver, Shamila Vibhushan, Magnus Åbrink, Gunnar Pejler, Marie-Laurence Poli-Mérol, Michel Peuchmaur, Alaa El Ghoneimi, Ulrich Blank
Obstructive nephropathy constitutes a major cause of pediatric renal progressive disease. The mechanisms leading to disease progression are still poorly understood. Kidney fibrotic lesions are reproduced using a model of partial unilateral ureteral obstruction (pUUO) in newborn mice. Based on data showing significant mast cell (MC) infiltration in patients, we investigated the role of MC and murine MCPT4, a MC-released chymase, in pUUO using MC- (W(sh/sh)), MCPT4-deficient (Mcpt4(-/-)), and wild-type (WT) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522902/non-invasive-evaluation-of-intestinal-disorders-the-role-of-elastographic-techniques
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REVIEW
Federica Branchi, Flavio Caprioli, Stefania Orlando, Dario Conte, Mirella Fraquelli
Over the recent years the non-invasive techniques for the evaluation of the small bowel have been playing a major role in the management of chronic intestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The diagnostic performances of magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and ultrasound in the field of small bowel disorders, have been assessed and established for more than two decades. Newer sonographic techniques, such as strain elastography and shear wave elastography, have been put forward for the assessment of disease activity and characterization of IBD-related damage in the setting of Crohn's disease and other gastrointestinal disorders...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522755/increased-left-ventricular-extracellular-volume-and-enhanced-twist-function-in-type-1-diabetic-individuals
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Zainisha Vasanji, Ronald J Sigal, Neil Derek Eves, Debra L Isaac, Matthias G Friedrich, Kelvin Chow, Richard B Thompson
Individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) characteristically have high glycemic levels that over time can result in reactive fibrosis and abnormalities in myocardial function. T1 mapping with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can estimate the extent of reactive fibrosis by measurement of the extracellular volume fraction (ECV). The extent of alterations in the ECV and associated changes in left ventricular (LV) function and morphology in individuals with T1D is unknown. Fourteen individuals with long-term T1D and fourteen sex-, age-, and body mass index-matched controls without diabetes underwent MRI measurement of myocardial T1 and ECV values as well as LV function and morphology...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522378/a-comparative-study-of-risk-factors-for-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreatoduodenectomy-or-distal-pancreatectomy
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James M Halle-Smith, Eduardo Vinuela, Rachel M Brown, James Hodson, Zergham Zia, Simon R Bramhall, Ravi Marudanayagam, Robert P Sutcliffe, Darius F Mirza, Paolo Muiesan, John Isaac, Keith J Roberts
BACKGROUND: Evidence associates various biometric and histological variables such as steatosis and absence of fibrosis as risk factors for post-operative pancreatic fistula (POPF) after pancreatoduodenectomy (PD). Following distal pancreatectomy (DP), the association between these factors and POPF is less clear. This study of patients, drawn from the same background population, undergoing PD or DP at a single centre is a comparative study of the risk factors for POPF after these two operations...
May 15, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522072/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-systemic-sclerosis-pearls-and-pitfalls
#15
REVIEW
Sophie I Mavrogeni, Juerg Schwitter, Luna Gargani, Alessia Pepe, Lorenzo Monti, Yannick Allanore, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by vascular dysfunction and excessive fibrosis, involving internal organs including the heart. The estimated prevalence of cardiac involvement in SSc is high and remains subclinical until the late stages. It is either primary, related to myocardial inflammation and fibrosis, or secondary, due to pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) or systemic hypertension, in those patients with renal involvement. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a useful tool for the early assessment of cardiac involvement in SSc...
March 31, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521609/adrenal-obliteration-by-balloon-occluded-retrograde-venous-ethanol-injection-in-a-swine-model
#16
Akitoshi Inoue, Shinichi Ohta, Norihisa Nitta, Shizuka Tsuboi, Akinaga Sonoda, Yuki Tomozawa, Shobu Watanabe, Kenichi Mukaisho, Kiyoshi Murata
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of adrenal obliteration by balloon-occluded retrograde venous ethanol injection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We inserted a micro-balloon catheter into the left adrenal vein of six pigs and retrogradely injected absolute ethanol (0.06 ml/kg) under balloon occlusion. Two pigs were sacrificed on day 3, 7, and 14 after the procedure, respectively. We evaluated adrenal cortical and medullary hormones of the left renal vein, venograms, magnetic resonance imaging scans obtained before and after the procedure, autopsy and microscopic findings, and the weight of the bilateral adrenal glands...
May 19, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515578/imaging-in-ductal-plate-malformations
#17
Binit Sureka, Archana Rastogi, Chhagan Bihari, Kishore G S Bharathy, Vikrant Sood, Seema Alam
Ductal plate malformations are a heterogenous group of congenital fibrocystic liver diseases resulting from insult to the ductal plate at various stages of embryogenesis. As a result various biliary malformations, cysts, hamartomas and congenital hepatic fibrosis may be seen. We present a radiological pictorial of ductal plate malformations, accurate diagnosis of which is important for clinical management.
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514950/lung-function-imaging-methods-in-cystic-fibrosis-pulmonary-disease
#18
REVIEW
Magdalena Kołodziej, Michael J de Veer, Marian Cholewa, Gary F Egan, Bruce R Thompson
Monitoring of pulmonary physiology is fundamental to the clinical management of patients with Cystic Fibrosis. The current standard clinical practise uses spirometry to assess lung function which delivers a clinically relevant functional readout of total lung function, however does not supply any visible or localised information. High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) is a well-established current 'gold standard' method for monitoring lung anatomical changes in Cystic Fibrosis patients. HRCT provides excellent morphological information, however, the X-ray radiation dose can become significant if multiple scans are required to monitor chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis...
May 17, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514304/diagnostic-and-clinical-application-value-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-for-progressive-massive-fibrosis-of-coal-worker-pneumoconiosis-case-reports
#19
Lansheng Zhang, Chun Wang, Qiuyue Yan, Tao Zhang, Zhengxiang Han, Guan Jiang
RATIONALE: Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we diagnosed pneumoconiosis by identifying the content and distribution of hydrogen protons in the water molecules in different tissues and lesions. PATIENT CONCERNS: 25 cases of CWP patients with progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) lesions. DIAGNOSES: Patients were correctly diagnosed, with one case each of Phase I and II pneumoconiosis and 23 cases of Phase III pneumoconiosis. INTERVENTIONS: None...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508868/influence-of-age-and-eosinophilic-esophagitis-on-esophageal-distensibility-in-a-pediatric-cohort
#20
Calies Menard-Katcher, Alain J Benitez, Zhaoxing Pan, Faria N Ahmed, Benjamin J Wilkins, Kelley E Capocelli, Chris A Liacouras, Ritu Verma, Jonathan M Spergel, Glenn T Furuta, Amanda B Muir
OBJECTIVES: Sequelae of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) include food impaction and esophageal stricture. Duration of inflammation is a predicted risk factor; however, complications remain unpredictable. Studies using the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) have demonstrated decreased distensibility of the esophagus in adult patients with EoE. As the impact of inflammation on the developing esophagus is unknown, we investigated esophageal distensibility in a pediatric cohort to determine the effect of age, ongoing inflammation, and fibrotic features on distensibility...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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