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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432931/acute-appendicitis-presenting-as-an-abdominal-wall-abscess-a-case-report
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Khalid Ahmed, Suhail Hakim, Ahmed M Suliman, Ammar Aleter, Ayman El-Menyar, Sheriff Abdulazeim Mustafa, Ahmad Zarour, Hassan Al-Thani
INTRODUCTION: Amyand hernia (AH) is a rare type of hernia characterized by the presence of appendix vermiformis in the inguinal hernial sac. It is rarely reported in women. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We presented a case of a 60- year old woman who was admitted initially with an abdominal wall abscess and found to have perforated appendix in the right inguinal hernia. The patient underwent standard open appendectomy and the post-operative course was uneventful. DISCUSSION: The initial presentation of our case as an abdominal wall abscess is rare in the contemporary literature...
April 4, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432930/an-innovative-procedure-for-norm-scales-treatment-and-radionuclides-separation
#2
Jamal Al Abdullah, Mohammad Said Al-Masri, Yusr Amin, Hussam Khalily, Mohammad Ammar, Samer Nassour
The present study focuses on the development of a new chemical treatment method for naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) scale wastes from the oil industry. The method consists of three-stages, including the separation of oil using the Fenton oxidation process at room temperature, the complete dissolution of soluble and slightly soluble salts and separation of Ra and Pb isotopes. The proposed method can be considered as an innovative procedure for NORM scales treatment and radionuclides separation, which in turn support the radioactive waste management with economic benefits...
April 5, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432670/the-complementary-nature-of-tissue-doppler-to-99m-tc-pyp-imaging-in-diagnosis-of-right-ventricular-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Mirza Mujadil Ahmad, Jaswant Basraon, Imaad Razzaque, Steven C Port, Khawaja Afzal Ammar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431370/hydrodynamic-influence-on-reservoir-sustainability-in-semi-arid-climate-a-physicochemical-and-environmental-isotopic-study
#4
Rawaa Ammar, Véronique Kazpard, Antoine G El Samrani, Nabil Amacha, Zeinab Saad, Lei Chou
Water scarcity and increasing water demand require the development of water management plans such as establishing artificial lakes and dams. Plans to meet water needs are faced by uprising challenges to improve water quality and to ensure the sustainability of hydro-projects. Environmental isotopes coupled to water physicochemical characteristics were investigated over a biennial cycle to assess both geomorphological and environmental impacts on the water quality of a reservoir situated in an intensively used agricultural watershed under a Mediterranean semi-arid climate...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430856/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-rare-genetic-variation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-uk
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Sarah Morgan, Aleksey Shatunov, William Sproviero, Ashley R Jones, Maryam Shoai, Deborah Hughes, Ahmad Al Khleifat, Andrea Malaspina, Karen E Morrison, Pamela J Shaw, Christopher E Shaw, Katie Sidle, Richard W Orrell, Pietro Fratta, John Hardy, Alan Pittman, Ammar Al-Chalabi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons. About 25 genes have been verified as relevant to the disease process, with rare and common variation implicated. We used next generation sequencing and repeat sizing to comprehensively assay genetic variation in a panel of known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genes in 1126 patient samples and 613 controls. About 10% of patients were predicted to carry a pathological expansion of the C9orf72 gene. We found an increased burden of rare variants in patients within the untranslated regions of known disease-causing genes, driven by SOD1, TARDBP, FUS, VCP, OPTN and UBQLN2...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426722/interactions-between-mitoneet-and-naf-1-in-cells
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Ola Karmi, Sarah H Holt, Luhua Song, Sagi Tamir, Yuting Luo, Fang Bai, Ammar Adenwalla, Merav Darash-Yahana, Yang-Sung Sohn, Patricia A Jennings, Rajeev K Azad, Jose' N Onuchic, Faruck Morcos, Rachel Nechushtai, Ron Mittler
The NEET proteins mitoNEET (mNT) and nutrient-deprivation autophagy factor-1 (NAF-1) are required for cancer cell proliferation and resistance to oxidative stress. NAF-1 and mNT are also implicated in a number of other human pathologies including diabetes, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease, as well as in development, differentiation and aging. Previous studies suggested that mNT and NAF-1 could function in the same pathway in mammalian cells, preventing the over-accumulation of iron and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426327/letters-from-our-readers
#7
Hussam M Abdelkader, Ahmed Sm Ammar, Abdallah Sharafeldin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424599/electrophysiological-sequelae-of-hemispherotomy-in-ipsilateral-human-cortex
#8
Ammar H Hawasli, Ravi Chacko, Nicholas P Szrama, David T Bundy, Mrinal Pahwa, Chester K Yarbrough, Brian J Dlouhy, David D Limbrick, Dennis L Barbour, Matthew D Smyth, Eric C Leuthardt
Objectives: Hemispheric disconnection has been used as a treatment of medically refractory epilepsy and evolved from anatomic hemispherectomy to functional hemispherectomies to hemispherotomies. The hemispherotomy procedure involves disconnection of an entire hemisphere with limited tissue resection and is reserved for medically-refractory epilepsy due to diffuse hemispheric disease. Although it is thought to be effective by preventing seizures from spreading to the contralateral hemisphere, the electrophysiological effects of a hemispherotomy on the ipsilateral hemisphere remain poorly defined...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424133/carotid-duplex-ultrasonography-additional-imaging-is-rarely-necessary-for-appropriate-treatment-planning-for-carotid-artery-disease
#9
Chad P Ammar, Stephen D Helmer, Alex D Ammar
This study was conducted to determine the utility of multiple imaging studies (CT angiography, magnetic resonance angiography, and/or conventional angiography), in addition to duplex ultrasonography (DU), in evaluating patients with carotid stenosis. A retrospective case series was conducted of patients with carotid stenosis who underwent DU alone or DU plus additional imaging. Concordance between DU and additional imaging and the effect on treatment plan was evaluated. Two hundred patients with carotid stenosis were evaluated...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422065/detection-of-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-for-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-fungal-infection-in-liver-transplant-recipients
#10
Eric Levesque, Fadi Rizk, Zaid Noorah, Nawel Aït-Ammar, Catherine Cordonnier-Jourdin, Sarra El Anbassi, Christine Bonnal, Daniel Azoulay, Jean-Claude Merle, Françoise Botterel
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are complications after liver transplantation involving high morbidity and mortality. (1,3)-β-d-glucan (BG) is a biomarker for IFI, but its utility remains uncertain. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of BG following their diagnosis. Between January 2013 and May 2016, 271 liver transplants were performed in our institution. Serum samples were tested for BG (Fungitell(®), Associates Cape Code Inc., Falmouth, MA, USA) at least weekly between liver transplantation and the discharge of patients...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421869/alk-protein-expression-in-pulmonary-adenocarcinoma-of-tunisian-patients
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Amira Toumi Arfaoui, Ahlem Blel, Aloui Raoudha, Fatnassi Ghaya, Ben Ammar Jihane, Nadia Znaidi, Yosra Zidi, Mohammed Sadok Boudaya, Hichem Aouina, Rammeh Rommani Soumaya
BACKGROUND: It is now necessary to determine ALK status in order to use targeted therapy. AIM: herein, we assess immunohistochemical profile of ALK protein in a series of Tunisian patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ALK protein expression was studied applying the D5F3 antibody with a fully automated Ventana CDx technique on a series of 19 patients. RESULTS: Positive ALK expression was found in one case (5...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415633/a-phase-2-study-of-vorinostat-in-locally-advanced-recurrent-or-metastatic-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
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Priscila H Goncalves, Lance K Heilbrun, Michael T Barrett, Shivaani Kummar, Aaron R Hansen, Lillian L Siu, Richard L Piekarz, Ammar W Sukari, Joseph Chao, Mary Jo Pilat, Daryn W Smith, Lindsay Casetta, Scott A Boerner, Alice Chen, Elizabeth Lenkiewicz, Smriti Malasi, Patricia M LoRusso
PURPOSE: Vorinostat is a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi). Based on a confirmed partial response (PR) in an adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) patient treated with vorinostat in a prior phase 1 trial, we initiated this phase 2 trial. METHODS: Vorinostat was administered orally 400 mg daily, 28 day cycles. The primary objective was to evaluate response rate (RR). Exploratory studies included whole exome sequencing (WES) of selected patients. RESULTS: Thirty patients were enrolled...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409011/utility-of-t-wave-amplitude-as-a-non-invasive-risk-marker-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Alan Sugrue, Ammar M Killu, Christopher V DeSimone, Anwar A Chahal, Josh C Vogt, Vaclav Kremen, JoJo Hai, David O Hodge, Nancy G Acker, Jeffrey B Geske, Michael J Ackerman, Steve R Ommen, Grace Lin, Peter A Noseworthy, Peter A Brady
OBJECTIVE: Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the most devastating outcome in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). We evaluated repolarisation features on the surface electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify the potential risk factors for SCA. METHODS: Data was collected from 52 patients with HCM who underwent implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Leads V2 and V5 from the ECG closest to the time of ICD implant were utilised for measuring the Tpeak-Tend interval (Tpe), QTc, Tpe/QTc, T-wave duration and T-wave amplitude...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408991/transplantation-of-tissue-engineered-cell-sheets-for-stricture-prevention-after-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-of-the-oesophagus
#14
Eduard Jonas, Sebastian Sjöqvist, Peter Elbe, Nobuo Kanai, Jenny Enger, Stephan L Haas, Ammar Mohkles-Barakat, Teruo Okano, Ryo Takagi, Takeshi Ohki, Masakazu Yamamoto, Makoto Kondo, Katrin Markland, Mei Ling Lim, Masayuki Yamato, Magnus Nilsson, Johan Permert, Pontus Blomberg, J-Matthias Löhr
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Endoscopic mucosal dissection (ESD) is a treatment option for oesophagus tumours localized to the mucosa enabling en bloc removal of large lesions. The resulting larger mucosal defects have resulted in an increase in the occurrence of post-treatment strictures. Transplantation of autologous cell sheets, cultured from oral mucosa, has been shown to prevent post-ESD strictures. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and safety of cell sheet transplantation after oesophageal ESD in a Western patient population where reflux-associated pre-malignant and malignant conditions predominate...
December 2016: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408982/what-causes-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#15
REVIEW
Sarah Martin, Ahmad Al Khleifat, Ammar Al-Chalabi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease predominantly affecting upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in progressive paralysis and death from respiratory failure within 2 to 3 years. The peak age of onset is 55 to 70 years, with a male predominance. The causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are only partly known, but they include some environmental risk factors as well as several genes that have been identified as harbouring disease-associated variation. Here we review the nature, epidemiology, genetic associations, and environmental exposures associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407759/a-new-clinical-algorithm-scoring-for-management-of-suspected-foreign-body-aspiration-in-children
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Ibrahim A Janahi, Shabina Khan, Prem Chandra, Noora Al-Marri, Ammar Saadoon, Lolwa Al-Naimi, Maryam Al-Thani, William Greer
BACKGROUND: Foreign Body Aspiration (FBA) is a serious problem in children and delays in diagnosis and management can be devastating. The history is often vague, with subtle physical and chest radiograph abnormalities. This study aims to determine the indications for bronchoscopy in children with suspected FBA and evaluate the key clinical and statistically significant predictors of FBA, based on the patients' historical, physical and radiological findings at presentation. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study, including patients who were admitted between January 2001 to January 2011 with suspected FBA...
April 13, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402548/the-acylated-unacylated-ghrelin-ratio-is-similar-in-acromegaly-patients-during-different-treatment-regimens
#17
Ammar Muhammad, Patric J D Delhanty, Martin Huisman, Jenny A Visser, Aart Jan van der Lelij, Sebastian J C M M Neggers
Background: Data on plasma acylated ghrelin (AG) and unacylated ghrelin (UAG) levels in acromegaly are limited. High ratios of AG/UAG are linked with type 2 diabetes, obesity and hyperphagia (e.g. in Prader-Willi syndrome). Objective: To assess fasting plasma AG and UAG levels, and the AG/UAG ratio in acromegaly patients on combination treatment of long-acting somatostatin analogues and pegvisomant. As a control, we used patients controlled with pegvisomant monotherapy, and medically naïve patients with active acromegaly...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399682/clinical-molecular-and-computational-analysis-in-patients-with-a-novel-double-mutation-and-a-new-synonymous-variant-in-mecp2-report-of-the-first-missense-mutation-within-the-at-hook1-cluster-in-rett-syndrome
#18
Marwa Kharrat, Yosra Kamoun, Fatma Kamoun, Emna Ellouze, Marwa Maalej, Nourhene Fendri-Kriaa, Leila Ammar-Keskes, Neila Belghith, Ali Gargouri, Chahnez Triki, Faiza Fakhfakh
Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental disorder, primarily caused by MECP2 mutations. In this study, clinical, molecular and bioinformatics analyses were performed in Rett patients to understand the relationship between MECP2 mutation type and the clinical severity. Two double MeCP2 mutations were detected: a novel one (p.G185 V in cis with p.R255X) in P1 and a known one (p.P179 S in cis with p.R255X) in P2. Besides, a novel synonymous mutation (c.807C>T; p.G269G), which could affect mRNA splicing, was identified in P3...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396806/ventricular-septal-dissection-complicating-inferior-wall-myocardial-infarction
#19
Lindsey Kalvin, Rayan Yousefzai, Bijoy K Khandheria, Timothy E Paterick, Khawaja Afzal Ammar
Postmyocardial infarction ventricular septal defect is an increasingly rare mechanical complication of acute myocardial infarction. We present a case of acute myocardial infarction from right coronary artery occlusion that developed hypotension and systolic murmur 12 hours after successful percutaneous coronary intervention. Although preoperative imaging suggested a large ventricular septal defect and a pseudoaneurysm, intraoperative findings concluded a serpiginous dissection of the ventricular septum. The imaging technicalities are discussed...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396500/percutaneous-pericardial-resection-a-novel-potential-treatment-for-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#20
Barry A Borlaug, Rickey E Carter, Vojtech Melenovsky, Christopher V DeSimone, Prakriti Gaba, Ammar Killu, Niyada Naksuk, Lilach Lerman, Samuel J Asirvatham
BACKGROUND: People with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction develop increases in left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressures during exercise that contribute to dyspnea. In normal open-chest animal preparations, the pericardium restrains LV filling when central blood volume increases. We hypothesized that resection of the pericardium using a minimally invasive epicardial approach would mitigate the increase in LV end-diastolic pressure that develops during volume loading in normal and diseased hearts with the chest intact...
April 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
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