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Alejandro Gabriel G Gonzalez Garay, Daniel Molano Franco, Víctor H Nieto Estrada, Arturo J Martí-Carvajal, Ingrid Arevalo-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: High altitude illness (HAI) is a term used to describe a group of mainly cerebral and pulmonary syndromes that can occur during travel to elevations above 2500 metres (˜ 8200 feet). Acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE) are reported as potential medical problems associated with high altitude ascent. In this second review, in a series of three about preventive strategies for HAI, we assessed the effectiveness of five of the less commonly used classes of pharmacological interventions...
March 12, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Adolph V Lombardi, Antonio G Manocchio, Keith R Berend, Michael J Morris, Joanne B Adams
INTRODUCTION: Short stem femoral components in primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) have increased in popularity since the advent of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The concept of a short stem is particularly compatible with tapered designs where the goal is to offload forces proximally in the femur. The purpose of this retrospective review was to review our early experience with a short, tapered titanium femoral component with updated design features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Beginning in November 2011 through February 2012, 92 consented patients (93 hips), at a single center, were treated with primary cementless THA using a short stem, tapered femoral component (Taperloc® Complete Microplasty; Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, Indiana) and were available for review with a minimum two-year follow-up...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Vittorio Mattugini, Carmine Citarelli, Fabio Cosseddu, Marco Ghilard, Guido Luppichini, Francesco Casella, Giulio Agostini, Federico Sacchetti, Rodolfo Capanna
Fibular head avulsion fractures are rare injuries determined by traction of the fibular attachment of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Surgical treatment is often recommended with different techniques such as tension band fixation or lag screws stabilization. In this article, we describe a fixation technique of fibular head fractures obtained through the use of anchors. A 45-year-old athletic patient came to our attention in our traumatologic service after a motorcycle accident. He reported a complex injury of the posterolateral corner with an avulsion fracture of the left fibular head...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Ahmed Siddiqi, Nicole E George, Peter B White, Bartlomiej W Szczech, John V Thompson, Jennifer I Etcheson, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Alexander T Caughran, Ronald E Delanois, James Nace
INTRODUCTION: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) following primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a challenging complication for surgeons and patients alike. Although two-stage revision arthroplasty remains the gold standard PJI management in the United States, one-stage revision has had success in many parts of Europe. The aim of this study was to retrospectively review: 1) ultimate treatment success; 2) necessary antibiotic duration; 3) change in knee range of motion (ROM); and 4) final Knee Society Scores (KSS) in a case series of patients managed with retention of articulating antibiotic spacers following PJI...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Martha Lappas, Harry M Georgiou, Anida Velagic, Jane C Willcox, Michael Permezel, Alexis Shub
AIMS: The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is greater in women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Apolipoprotein (Apo) species have been associated with the development of type 2 diabetes in the general population. The aim of this study was to determine if circulating levels of Apo species can predict development of type 2 diabetes in women with previous GDM. METHODS: Apo AI, Apo AII, Apo B, Apo CII, Apo CIII and Apo E levels were measured in 95 women with normal glucose tolerance, 12 weeks following an index GDM pregnancy...
March 12, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Karel Kostev, Alexander Lucas, Louis Jacob
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to analyze the frequency of blood pressure (BP) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) testing in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients followed in general and diabetological practices in Germany. METHODS: The study included individuals who had at least two concultations due to T2DM diagnosis (ICD-10: E11) between January and December 2016. Patients were followed in 557 general and diabetological practices. The primary outcome was the frequency of BP and eGFR testing in T2DM patients in 2016...
March 12, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Wolfgang Miehsler, Clemens Dejaco, Hans-Peter Gröchenig, Harry Fuchssteiner, Christoph Högenauer, Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, Harald Maier, Andreas Mayer, Alexander Moschen, Walter Reinisch, Wolfgang Petritsch, Reingard Platzer, Pius Steiner, Herbert Tilg, Harald Vogelsang, Heimo Wenzl, Gottfried Novacek
Anti-TNFα-antibodies have revolutionized the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Due to the increasing application of these substances, the Working Group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology intended to update their consensus report on the safe use of Infliximab (published in 2010) and to enlarge its scope to cover all anti-TNFα-antibodies. The present consensus report summarizes the current evidence on the safe use of anti-TNFα-antibodies and covers the following topics: general risk of infection, bacterial infections (i...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Mohd Rizwan, Mohd Akhtar, Abul Kalam Najmi, Kuldeep Singh
AIM: This study was carried out to record the sensitivity/resistance pattern of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae towards antimicrobial drugs prescribed to urinary tract infection (UTI) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 68 bacteriologically proven simple UTI patients were included in the study, based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Subjects demographics, antibiotics prescribed, sensitivity pattern of antibiotics towards the urinary pathogens were recorded in drug utilization and documentation form...
March 12, 2018: Drug Research
Matthew T Houdek, Cody C Wyles, Mark S Collins, Benjamin M Howe, Andre Terzic, Atta Behfar, Rafael J Sierra
BACKGROUND: Randomized trials have shown the benefits of injecting bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BmMSCs) after standard hip decompression in patients with osteonecrosis of the femoral head. However, the combination of BmMSCs and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injected into the femoral head after decompression has not been reported previously. This study reports the results in a preliminary series of patients with osteonecrosis of the femoral head treated with BmMSCs plus PRP...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Sang-Hyun Park, Zhen Lu, Robert S Hastings, Patricia A Campbell, Edward Ebramzadeh
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a widely used metal-on-metal hip implant design was voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because of higher than anticipated failure rates at 5 years. Although there was a large published range of revision rates, numerous studies had reported a higher risk of revision for excessive wear and associated adverse tissue reactions when compared with other metal-on-metal total hips. The reasons for this were suggested by some to be related to cup design features. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: From retrievals of ASR metal-on-metal implants and tissue samples obtained at revision surgery, we asked the following questions: (1) What were the common and uncommon surface features? (2) What were the common and uncommon linear and volumetric wear characteristics? (3) Were there common taper corrosion characteristics? (4) What aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis-associated lesion (ALVAL) features were present in the tissues? METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five ASRs, including 23 resurfacings, were studied at one academic research center...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Andrew J Jacobs, Carol D Morris, Adam S Levin
BACKGROUND: Reported rates of the incidence of lymph node metastasis in soft tissue sarcoma vary considerably. Many are based on single-institution series and small patient populations. Certain sarcoma subtypes, including synovial sarcoma, have been associated with a higher risk of lymph node involvement. Most single centers have insufficient numbers of patients to assess lymph node metastasis accurately, but larger national databases may allow a more accurate estimation. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We queried a large national database and asked the following questions: (1) What proportion of patients with soft tissue sarcoma have lymph node metastasis and distant metastasis? (2) What histologic subtypes are associated with increased risk of nodal metastasis? (3) What is the impact of lymph node metastases and histologic subtype on survival? (4) Does lymph node excision improve survival of patients with soft tissue sarcoma? METHODS: The National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program is a national database that covers a geographic cross-section representing approximately 28% of the US population across demographic groups...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Meena Bedi, David M King, Carlos Mendez, Barbara Slawski, John A Charlson, Donald A Hackbarth, John C Neilson
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled blood glucose impacts key phases of the wound healing process. Various factors have been associated with postoperative wound complications in soft tissue sarcomas; however, the association of postoperative early morning blood glucose with wound complications, if any, remains to be determined. Because blood glucose levels may be modified, understanding whether glucose levels are associated with wound complications has potential therapeutic importance. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purposes of this study were (1) to evaluate if postoperative early morning blood glucose is associated with the development of wound complications in soft tissue sarcomas; (2) to determine a blood glucose cutoff that may be associated with an increased risk of wound complications; and (3) to evaluate if patients with diabetes have higher postoperative blood glucose and an associated increased risk of wound complications...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Anas Nooh, Krista Goulding, Marc H Isler, Sophie Mottard, Annie Arteau, Norbert Dion, Robert Turcotte
BACKGROUND: Bone metastases represent the most frequent cause of cancer-related pain, affecting health-related quality of life and creating a substantial burden on the healthcare system. Although most bony metastatic lesions can be managed nonoperatively, surgical management can help patients reduce severe pain, avoid impending fracture, and stabilize pathologic fractures. Studies have demonstrated functional improvement postoperatively as early as 6 weeks, but little data exist on the temporal progress of these improvements or on the changes in quality of life over time as a result of surgical intervention...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Ding Chen, Jian Liu, Shuwei Duan, Pu Chen, Li Tang, Li Zhang, Zhe Feng, Guangyan Cai, Jie Wu, Xiangmei Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the past, little attention has been paid to patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) who had minimal proteinuria upon the onset. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinicopathological features and the prognostic factors in patients with IgA nephropathy. METHODS: Data of patients that had their first renal biopsy in our hospital and were diagnosed with primary IgAN with proteinuria <1 g/d from January 1995 to December 2014 were retrospectively examined...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Mustafa Kir, Gulay Kir
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative pain is a frequently problem after orthopedic procedures like hallux valgus surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether ankle block improves early and mid-term functional outcomes and postoperative pain management after hallux valgus surgery in patients receiving general anesthesia. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled trial investigated 60 patients who underwent hallux valgus surgery under general anesthesia. Patients were prospectively randomized into two groups; general anesthesia only (Group A) and ankle block added to general anesthesia (Group B)...
March 12, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Věra Čertíková Chábová, Petr Kujal, Petra Škaroupková, Zdeňka Varňourková, Šárka Vacková, Zuzana Husková, Soňa Kikerlová, Janusz Sadowski, Elzbieta Kompanowska-Jezierska, Iwona Baranowska, Sung Hee Hwang, Bruce D Hammock, John D Imig, Vladimír Tesař, Ludek Červenka
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We found recently that increasing renal epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) levels by blocking soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), an enzyme responsible for EETs degradation, shows renoprotective actions and retards the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Ren-2 transgenic hypertensive rats (TGR) after 5/6 renal ablation (5/6 NX). This prompted us to examine if additional protection is provided when sEH inhibitor is added to the standard renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockade, specifically in rats with established CKD...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Yoonhee Kim, Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Yeonseung Chung, Ho Kim, Yasushi Honda, Yue Leon Guo, Youn-Hee Lim, Bing-Yu Chen, Lisa A Page, Masahiro Hashizume
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence suggesting an association between air pollution and suicide. However, previous findings varied depending on the type of air pollutant and study location. OBJECTIVES: We examined the association between air pollutants and suicide in 10 large cities in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. METHODS: We used a two-stage meta-analysis. First, we conducted a time-stratified case-crossover analysis to estimate the short-term association between nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ), and particulate matter [aerodynamic diameter ≤10μm (PM10 ), aerodynamic diameter ≤2...
March 6, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
Sara C Atehortúa, Luz H Lugo, Mateo Ceballos, Esteban Orozco, Paula A Castro, Juan C Arango, Heidi E Mateus
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness ratio of different courses of action for the diagnosis of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy in Colombia. METHODS: The cost-effectiveness analysis was performed from the Colombian health system perspective. Decision trees were constructed, and different courses of action were compared considering the following tests: immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB), multiplex polymerase chain reaction, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), and the complete sequencing of the dystrophin gene...
March 9, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
Edson Baltazar Estrada-Arriaga, Jesús Hernández-Romano, Liliana García-Sánchez, Rosa Angélica Guillén Garcés, Erick Obed Bahena-Bahena, Oscar Guadarrama-Pérez, Gabriela Eleonora Moeller Chavez
In this study, a continuous flow stack consisting of 40 individual air-cathode MFC units was used to determine the performance of stacked MFC during domestic wastewater treatment operated with unconnected individual MFC and in series and parallel configuration. The voltages obtained from individual MFC units were of 0.08-1.1 V at open circuit voltage, while in series connection, the maximum power and current density were 2500 mW/m2 and 500 mA/m2 (4.9 V), respectively. In parallel connection, the maximum power and current density was 5...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Xueqing Shi, Tsuey Shan Yeap, Shujuan Huang, Jianqiu Chen, How Yong Ng
A green microalga Chlorella sp. isolated from marine environment was investigated for its potential to pretreat saline antibiotic wastewater containing amoxicillin (AMX). Through Biolog EcoPlate assay, the Chlorella sp. showed its unique carbon source metabolic patterns under autotrophic condition. In addition, the microalga could effectively remove AMX (>99%) under initial AMX concentrations ranging from 10 to 150 mg/L through a treatability test. In the continuous AMX treatment using a lab-scale membrane photobioreactor (MPBR), a stable AMX removal efficiency of 85...
February 24, 2018: Bioresource Technology
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