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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350649/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-degenerative-disease-of-the-lumbar-spine-fat-saturation-technique-and-contrast-medium
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Paola D'Aprile, Michelangelo Nasuto, Alfredo Tarantino, Giuseppe Guglielmi, J Randy Jinkins
PURPOSE: To examine both anterior and posterior elements of the lumbar spine in patients with low back pain using MRI T2-weighted sequences with Fat Saturation (FS) and contrast enhanced T1-weighted sequences with FS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two thousand eight hundred and twenty (2820) patients (1628 male, 1192 female, mean age 54) presenting low back pain underwent MRI standard examination (Sagittal T1w TSE and T2w TSE, axial T1 SE) with the addition of sagittal and axial T2w Fat Sat (FS) sequences...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349023/bipolar-acromioclavicular-joint-resection
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Julien Gaillard, Michel Calò, Geoffroy Nourissat
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthropathy remains one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. In the case of AC joint arthropathy resistant to conservative treatment, most authors have recognized distal clavicle resection as the gold-standard treatment. However, some challenges remain to be solved. One is the difficulty in visualization of the superior and posterior part of the distal clavicle from the midlateral portal, causing an incomplete resection of the distal clavicle. This could potentially lead to unresolved pain and therefore surgical failure...
December 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337163/utility-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-for-detection-of-varicella-zoster-virus-antiviral-resistance-mutations
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Mélanie Mercier-Darty, David Boutolleau, Raphaël Lepeule, Christophe Rodriguez, Sonia Burrel
We report the first application of ultra-deep sequencing (UDS) to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) genotypic antiviral testing in a case of acyclovir-resistant VZV infection initially detected by Sanger sequencing within a deeply immunocompromised heart transplant recipient. As added-value compared to Sanger analysis, UDS revealed complex dynamics of viral population under antiviral pressure. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a ubiquitous human herpesvirus affecting populations worldwide. VZV is commonly acquired in youth whose primary infection usually manifests as benign varicella (chickenpox)...
January 11, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330194/telotristat-ethyl-in-carcinoid-syndrome-safety-and-efficacy-in-the-telecast-phase-3-trial
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Marianne E Pavel, David J Gross, Marta Benavent, Petros Perros, Raj Srirajaskanthan, Richard R P Warner, Matthew H Kulke, Lowell Anthony, Pamela Kunz, Dieter Hörsch, Martin O Weickert, Pablo Lapuerta, Wenjun Jiang, Kenneth Kassler-Taub, Suman Wason, Rosanna Fleming, Douglas Fleming, Rocio García-Carbonero
Telotristat ethyl, a tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor, was efficacious and well tolerated in the Phase 3 TELESTAR study in patients with carcinoid syndrome (CS) experiencing ≥4 bowel movements per day (BMs/day) while on somatostatin analogs (SSAs). TELECAST, a Phase 3 companion study, assessed safety and efficacy of telotristat ethyl in patients with CS (diarrhea, flushing, abdominal pain, nausea, or elevated urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid [u5-HIAA]) with <4 BMs/day on SSAs (or ≥1 symptom or ≥4 BMs/day if not on SSAs) during a 12-week double-blind treatment period followed by a 36-week open-label extension (OLE)...
January 12, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327104/long-term-efficacy-of-spa-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#5
Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
Our previous crossover randomized trial suggested that spa therapy added to usual pharmacotherapy provides benefits that lasted 6 months over pharmacotherapy alone in rheumatoid arthritis patients. We now extend, and report the long-term results of that study. In the crossover trial, patients were randomized to spa therapy first group or control first group (first assignment, period 1, 6 months); after this period and washout phase (9 months), they crossed over to the other arm (second assignment, period 2, 6 months)...
January 11, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326030/patient-reported-outcomes-following-abiraterone-acetate-plus-prednisone-added-to-androgen-deprivation-therapy-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-metastatic-castration-naive-prostate-cancer-latitude-an-international-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Kim N Chi, Andrew Protheroe, Alfredo Rodríguez-Antolín, Gaetano Facchini, Henrik Suttman, Nobuaki Matsubara, Zhangqun Ye, Bhumsuk Keam, Ronaldo Damião, Tracy Li, Kelly McQuarrie, Bin Jia, Peter De Porre, Jason Martin, Mary B Todd, Karim Fizazi
BACKGROUND: In the LATITUDE trial, addition of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improved overall survival compared with placebos plus ADT in patients with newly diagnosed, high-risk, metastatic castration-naive prostate cancer. Understanding the effects of treatments on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is important for treatment decisions; therefore we aimed to analyse the effects of ADT plus abiraterone acetate and prednisone versus ADT plus placebos on PROs and HRQOL in patients in the LATITUDE study...
January 8, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322167/use-of-high-risk-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-detection-for-risk-stratification-of-patients-with-stable-chest-pain-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-promise-randomized-clinical-trial
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Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Daniel O Bittner, Hamed Emami, Stefan B Puchner, Michael T Lu, Nandini M Meyersohn, Alexander V Ivanov, Elizabeth C Adami, Manesh R Patel, Daniel B Mark, James E Udelson, Kerry L Lee, Pamela S Douglas, Udo Hoffmann
Importance: Coronary computed tomographic angiography (coronary CTA) can characterize coronary artery disease, including high-risk plaque. A noninvasive method of identifying high-risk plaque before major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) could provide practice-changing optimizations in coronary artery disease care. Objective: To determine whether high-risk plaque detected by coronary CTA was associated with incident MACE independently of significant stenosis (SS) and cardiovascular risk factors...
January 10, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321825/umbilical-cord-blood-stem-cell-treatment-for-a-patient-with-psoriatic-arthritis
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Margaret Coutts, Rowena Soriano, Rajendran Naidoo, Habib Torfi
Clinical and laboratory results document psoriatic arthritis in a 56-year old patient. The symptoms did not resolve with standard treatments (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and methotrexate). TNF-alpha inhibitors (certolizumab pegol and adalimumab) were added to the treatment regime, with some adverse effects. A trial of human umbilical cord stem cell therapy was then initiated. The stem cells were enriched and concentrated from whole cord blood, by removal of erythrocytes and centrifugation...
December 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319776/hypercalcemia-and-acute-renal-insufficiency-following-use-of-a-veterinary-supplement
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Marcelo Fernando Ronsoni, Heloisa de Cassia Dos Santos, Bruno da Silveira Colombo, Carina Gabriela Correa, Ana Paula Gomes Moritz, Marisa Helena Cesar Coral, Simone Van de Sande-Lee, Alexandre Hohl
A previously healthy 24 yo male presented with a two-month history of epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and malaise. He reported abuse of different substances, including an injectable veterinary vitamin compound, which contains high doses of vitamin A, D and E, and an oily vehicle that induces local edema and enhances muscle volume. Serum creatinine was 3.1 mg/dL, alanine transaminase 160 mg/dL, aspartate transaminase 11 mg/dL, total testosterone 23 ng/dL, 25-OH-vitamin D >150 ng/mL (toxicity >100), 1,25-OH-vitamin D 80 pg/mL, vitamin A 0...
October 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315428/cervical-radiculopathy-effectiveness-of-adding-traction-to-physical-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Paolo Pillastrini, Antonio Romeo, Carla Vanti, Valerio Boldrini, Martina Ruggeri, Andrew Guccione, Lucia Bertozzi
Background: Cervical radiculopathy (CR) is a common cervical spine disorder. Cervical traction (CT) is a frequently recommended treatment for patients with CR. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to conduct a review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effect of CT combined with other physical therapy procedures versus physical therapy procedures alone on pain and disability. Data Sources: Data were obtained from COCHRANE Controlled Trials Register, PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, ISI Web of Science, and PEDro, from their inception to July 2016...
January 5, 2018: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315129/relative-contributions-of-adductor-canal-block-and-intrathecal-morphine-to-analgesia-and-functional-recovery-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Abhijit Biswas, Anahi Perlas, Meela Ghosh, KiJinn Chin, Ahtsham Niazi, Barjind Pandher, Vincent Chan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Effective postoperative analgesia may enhance early rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery. This randomized double-blind trial investigates the relative contributions of adductor canal block and low-dose intrathecal morphine (ITM) to postoperative analgesia and functional recovery after total knee arthroplasty. METHODS: Two-hundred one patients undergoing elective unilateral total knee arthroplasty under spinal anesthesia were randomized to 3 groups...
January 9, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314360/patient-reported-symptoms-and-stepwise-symptom-management-in-patients-on-epidermal-growth-factor-inhibitors-a-retrospective-descriptive-cohort-study
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J J Koldenhof, M H G Langenberg, P O Witteveen, S C C M Teunissen
Adverse events (AEs) of epidermal growth factor inhibitors (EGFRi) influence well-being with a risk to dose modifications (DMs). Hereby, clinical benefit of treatment might be affected. This retrospective cohort study was set up to gain insight into the suitability and added value of a patient-reported outcome measurement tool (PROM), together with a stepwise intervention management plan for EGFRi-related AEs in daily practice. The primary objective was to gain insight into total treatment duration and DMs, and the secondary objective to gain insight into patient-reported symptoms and well-being as well as healthcare professional-reported AEs...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313164/treatment-of-nonocclusive-mesenteric-ischemia-with-type-b-aortic-dissection-using-intra-arterial-catheterization-after-trauma-surgery-case-report
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Sho Fujiwara, Yuki Sekine, Ryuichi Nishimura, Kazuya Tadasa, Shukichi Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is a mesenteric arterial spasm and intestinal ischemia. This disease is a highly lethal disease because diagnosis and decision of appropriate treatments are often difficult. Operations cannot resolve the spasms and may worsen the situation. However, the safety and effectiveness of catheterization for NOMI with aortic dissection (AD) have not yet been elucidated. Here, we report a successful case of early diagnosis and treatment of NOMI with type B AD involving the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) using the intra-arterial infusion of a vasodilator via the SMA...
January 8, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310376/perioperative-analgesia-after-intrathecal-fentanyl-and-morphine-or-morphine-alone-for-cesarean-section-a-randomized-controlled-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Wojciech Weigl, Andrzej Bieryło, Monika Wielgus, Świetlana Krzemień-Wiczyńska, Marcin Kołacz, Michał J Dąbrowski
OBJECTIVES: Intrathecal morphine is used in the postoperative management of pain after caesarean section (CS), but might not be optimal for intraoperative analgesia. We hypothesized that intrathecal fentanyl could supplement intraoperative analgesia when added to a local anesthetic and morphine without affecting management of postoperative pain. METHODS: This prospective, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study included 60 parturients scheduled for elective CS...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306768/desire-to-institutionalize-in-alzheimer-s-caregivers-an-empirical-analysis-on-italian-data
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Luisa Colucci, Ivana Molino, Francesco Amenta, Giuseppe Lucio Gaeta
OBJECTIVE: Families choice to institutionalize an Alzheimer's disease (AD)-affected relative is hard and possibly painful. Recent literature contributions have investigated the causes of the emergence of desire to institutionalize (DI) who is affected by AD. This paper contributes to the topic by providing an Italy-based empirical analysis of factors correlated with DI in primary informal caregivers of patients affected by AD. METHODS: Data were drawn from an original survey carried out over 2009...
December 30, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306669/balloon-assisted-tracking-a-practical-solution-to-avoid-radial-access-failure-due-to-difficult-anatomical-challenges
#16
Ioannis Felekos, Rafaqat Hussain, Sundip J Patel, Antonis N Pavlidis
AIM: The balloon assisted tracking (BAT) technique is utilised to overcome various anatomical difficulties during radial procedures when standard measures such as adequate sedation, pain relief, vasodilators and use of hydrophilic guidewires, fail. The aim of this study was to evaluate the success rates of the BAT technique in overcoming anatomical difficulties during radial coronary interventional procedures. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 1100 consecutive patients undergoing coronary procedures from the transradial approach (TRA) between May 2015 and May 2017...
December 6, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305234/reproductive-outcomes-after-fertility-sparing-surgery-for-focal-and-diffuse-adenomyosis-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Justin Tan, Sophie Moriarty, Omur Taskin, Catherine Allaire, Christina Williams, Paul Yong, Mohamed A Bedaiwy
Among the variety of treatment options to improve reproductive outcomes for infertile women with adenomyosis (AD), uterine conserving surgery has demonstrated varying success. Hence, we conducted a systematic review around the topic of fertility-sparing surgery across 18 studies and 1396 infertile women with focal and diffuse AD. Patients with focal AD demonstrated mean pregnancy and miscarriage rates of 52.7% (range:14.3-77.5%) and 21.1% (range:0-44.4%), respectively, while patients with diffuse AD had a mean pregnancy and miscarriage rate of 34...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305127/7-0tesla-mri-tractography-in-patients-with-trigeminal-neuralgia
#18
Hyeong Cheol Moon, Soon-Tae You, Hyeon Man Baek, Young Jai Jeon, Chan-A Park, Jei Jun Cheong, Youn Joo Lee, Young Seok Park
7.0Tesla(T) high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can supply information on changing microstructures in cranial nerves. We investigated DTI parameters and the feasibility of DTI criteria for diagnosing trigeminal neuralgia (TN). In this study, 14 patients (28 hemispheres) of mean age 49.0years (range, 31-64) with TN underwent DTI using 7.0TMRI. We compared fractional anisotropy (FA), axial diffusivity (AD), mean diffusivity (MD), and radial diffusivity (RD) of affected-side and unaffected-side trigeminal nerves using DTI...
January 2, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303142/type-a-intramural-hematoma-in-a-patient-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-mimicking-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection
#19
Ö Gülmez, B Saritas, I Isiklar
Intramural hematoma (IMH) of ascending aorta is a rare but potentially lethal form of acute aortic syndrome (AAS). It is characterized by a hematoma within the media layer of the aorta secondary to rupture of the vasa vasorum in the absence of an intimal tear. However, the theory of "micro-tear" which cannot be easily detected has been raised. It may stabilize, regress, or progress to rupture or dissection. Similar to Type A aortic dissection (AD), patients with IMH of ascending aorta, as well as patients with persistent pain, are treated urgent surgery...
November 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289374/safety-of-flibanserin-in-women-treated-with-antidepressants-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#20
Anita H Clayton, Harry A Croft, James Yuan, Louise Brown, Robert Kissling
BACKGROUND: Depression is often associated with sexual dysfunction, and pharmacologic treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder can be considered in women receiving treatment for depression. AIM: To evaluate the safety of flibanserin in women treated for depression with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. METHODS: In this double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, women with remitted or mild depression treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors who were not postmenopausal and were experiencing symptoms of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (ie, decreased sexual desire and related distress) received flibanserin 50 mg at bedtime (qhs) for 2 weeks and up-titrated to 100 mg qhs, flibanserin 100 mg qhs for the entire treatment period, or placebo for up to 12 weeks...
January 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
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