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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721318/infective-endocarditis-presenting-as-bilateral-orbital-cellulitis-an-unusual-case
#1
Talal Asif, Badar Hasan, Rehman Ukani, Rebecca R Pauly
Orbital cellulitis is a severe and sight-threatening infection of orbital tissues posterior to the orbital septum. The most common causes of orbital cellulitis are rhinosinusitis, orbital trauma, and surgery. Infective endocarditis (IE) is a systemic infection that begins on cardiac valves and spreads by means of the bloodstream to peripheral organs. Septic emboli can spread to any organ including the eyes and can cause focal or diffuse ophthalmic infection. Ocular complications of IE classically include Roth's spots, subconjunctival hemorrhages, chorioretinitis, and endophthalmitis...
June 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720119/calcified-amorphous-tumor-of-the-heart-with-mitral-annular-calcification-a-case-report
#2
Ryo Nakamaru, Hiroki Oe, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takafumi Masai, Kenshi Fujii
BACKGROUND: Calcified amorphous tumor of the heart is a rare, non-neoplastic cardiac mass characterized by nodular calcium in the background of amorphous degenerating fibrinous material. Clinical diagnosis of calcified amorphous tumor can be difficult, and current single imaging techniques do not specifically differentiate calcified amorphous tumor from other cardiac tumors such as calcified atrial myxoma, calcified thrombi, or vegetation. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice for both symptom improvement and prevention of embolization, as well as for pathological diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717161/development-and-characterization-of-a-novel-prox1-egfp-lymphatic-and-schlemm-s-canal-reporter-rat
#3
Eunson Jung, Daniel Gardner, Dongwon Choi, Eunkyung Park, Young Jin Seong, Sara Yang, Jorge Castorena-Gonzalez, Antoine Louveau, Zhao Zhou, Gene K Lee, David P Perrault, Sunju Lee, Maxwell Johnson, George Daghlian, Maria Lee, Yeo Jin Hong, Yukinari Kato, Jonathan Kipnis, Michael J Davis, Alex K Wong, Young-Kwon Hong
The lymphatic system plays a key role in tissue fluid homeostasis, immune cell trafficking, and fat absorption. We previously reported a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-based lymphatic reporter mouse, where EGFP is expressed under the regulation of the Prox1 promoter. This reporter line has been widely used to conveniently visualize lymphatic vessels and other Prox1-expressing tissues such as Schlemm's canal. However, mice have a number of experimental limitations due to small body size. By comparison, laboratory rats are larger in size and more closely model the metabolic, physiological, and surgical aspects of humans...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717038/a-human-biofilm-disrupting-monoclonal-antibody-potentiates-antibiotic-efficacy-in-rodent-models-of-both-staphylococcus-aureus-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-infections
#4
Yan Q Xiong, Angeles Estellés, L Li, W Abdelhady, R Gonzales, Arnold S Bayer, Edgar Tenorio, Anton Leighton, Stefan Ryser, Lawrence M Kauvar
Many serious bacterial infections are antibiotic-refractory due to biofilm formation. A key structural component of biofilm is extracellular DNA which is stabilized by bacterial proteins, including those from the DNABII family. TRL1068 is a high affinity human monoclonal antibody against a DNABII epitope conserved across both gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial species. In the current study, the efficacy of TRL1068 for disruption of biofilm was demonstrated in vitro in the absence of antibiotics by scanning electron microscopy...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716099/xenoantigenicity-of-porcine-decellularized-valves
#5
Meghana R K Helder, Nicholas J Stoyles, Brandon J Tefft, Ryan S Hennessy, Rebecca R C Hennessy, Roy Dyer, Tyra Witt, Robert D Simari, Amir Lerman
BACKGROUND: The xenoantigenicity of porcine bioprosthetic valves is implicated as an etiology leading to calcification and subsequent valve failure. Decellularization of porcine valves theoretically could erase the antigenicity of the tissue leading to more durable prosthetic valves, but the effectiveness of decellularization protocols in regard to completely removing antigens has yet to be verified. Our hypothesis was that decellularization would remove the more abundant α-gal antigens but not remove all the non α-gal antigens, which could mount a response...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713108/current-prescribing-practices-for-antibiotic-prophylaxis-a-survey-of-dental-practitioners
#6
Leah S Spittle, Kathleen B Muzzin, Patricia R Campbell, Janice P DeWald, Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo
AIM: Antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines have been developed for health care and dentistry. The authors examined whether dentists were following the 2007 American Heart Association (AHA) and the 2012 American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was sent to 600 dentists in the south-central region of the United States. The survey examined dentists' prescribing practices for patients with cardiac and prosthetic joint replacements, antibiotic regimen prescribed, confidence in their prescription decisions, and dentistry's contribution to antibiotic resistance...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712577/bacterial-adherence-to-graft-tissues-in-static-and-flow-conditions
#7
Tiago Rafael Veloso, Jorien Claes, Soetkin Van Kerckhoven, Bartosz Ditkowski, Luis G Hurtado-Aguilar, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela, Ramadan Jashari, Marc Gewillig, Marc F Hoylaerts, Bart Meyns, Ruth Heying
BACKGROUND: Various conduits and stent-mounted valves are used as pulmonary valve graft tissues for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction with good hemodynamic results. Valve replacement carries an increased risk of infective endocarditis (IE). Recent observations have increased awareness of the risk of IE after transcatheter implantation of a stent-mounted bovine jugular vein valve. This study focused on the susceptibility of graft tissue surfaces to bacterial adherence as a potential risk factor for subsequent IE...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707559/viscoelastic-properties-of-mitral-valve-leaflets-an-analysis-of-regional-variation-and-frequency-dependency
#8
Jonathan Baxter, Keith G Buchan, Daniel M Espino
The aim of this study was to determine the regional variation in viscoelastic properties of mitral valve leaflets over a range of physiological and patho-physiological frequencies. This included comparisons to be made between anterior and posterior leaflets, anterior leaflet clear and rough zones, and radial and circumferential leaflet orientation. Dynamic mechanical analysis was used to determine frequency-dependent viscoelastic properties. The valve leaflets were dissected from eight porcine hearts. The leaflets were loaded under a sinusoidal tensile displacement, with a mean dynamic peak to trough strain of 11%, applied to all leaflet samples at nine different frequencies, ranging from 0...
July 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706868/tricuspid-valve-endocarditis
#9
Syed T Hussain, James Witten, Nabin K Shrestha, Eugene H Blackstone, Gösta B Pettersson
Right-sided infective endocarditis (RSIE) is less common than left-sided infective endocarditis (IE), encompassing only 5-10% of cases of IE. Ninety percent of RSIE involves the tricuspid valve (TV). Given the relatively small numbers of TVIE cases operated on at most institutions, the purpose of this review is to highlight and discuss the current understanding of IE involving the TV. RSIE and TVIE are strongly associated with intravenous drug use (IVDU), although pacemaker leads, defibrillator leads and vascular access for dialysis are also major risk factors...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706863/non-functional-tricuspid-valve-disease
#10
REVIEW
Dale S Adler
Only 75% of severe tricuspid regurgitation is classified as functional, or related primarily to pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular dysfunction, or a combination of both. Non-functional tricuspid regurgitation occurs when there is damage to the tricuspid leaflets, chordae, papillary muscles, or annulus, independent of right ventricular dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension. The entities that cause non-functional tricuspid regurgitation include rheumatic and myxomatous disease, acquired and genetic connective tissue disorders, endocarditis, sarcoid, pacing, RV biopsy, blunt trauma, radiation, carcinoid, ergot alkaloids, dopamine agonists, fenfluramine, cardiac tumors, atrial fibrillation, and congenital malformations...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#11
REVIEW
Hyun Suk Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is now more common in adults than in children due to improvements in fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric care, and surgical techniques leading to dramatically increased survivability into adulthood. Adult patients with CHD, regardless of prior cardiac surgery, experience further cardiac problems or therapeutic challenges; therefore, a non-invasive, easily accessible echocardiographic examination is an essential follow-up tool. Among echocardiographic modalities, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provides better delineation of spatial relationships in complex cardiac geometries and more accurate volumetric information without geometric assumptions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698418/-reconstruction-of-anterior-mitral-leaflet-using-fresh-autologous-pericardial-patch-for-active-infective-endocarditis-report-of-a-case
#12
Hideaki Kanda, Tamahiro Kinjo, Yosuke Hisashi
Several reports have described that the prognosis of patients with mitral valve regurgitation due to active infective endocarditis (IE) is better after mitral valve plasty (MVP) than replacement (MVR). However, extensive destruction of valve tissue might cause difficulties with MVP. We repaired a widely-affected anterior mitral leaflet (AML) using an autologous pericardial patch. A 44-year-old woman with mitral regurgitation presented with prolonged fever and backache. We made a diagnosis of active IE accompanied by mitral valve regurgitation...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697788/anatomic-histopathologic-and-echocardiographic-features-in-a-dog-with-an-atypical-pulmonary-valve-stenosis-with-a-fibrous-band-of-tissue-and-a-patent-ductus-arteriosus
#13
Hakyoung Yoon, Jaehwan Kim, Sang-Soep Nahm, Kidong Eom
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus are common congenital heart defects in dogs. However, concurrence of atypical pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus is uncommon. This report describes the anatomic, histopathologic, and echocardiographic features in a dog with concomitant pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus with atypical pulmonary valve dysplasia that included a fibrous band of tissue. CASE PRESENTATION: A 1...
July 11, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697003/the-respect-rather-than-resect-principle-in-mitral-valve-repair-the-lateral-dislocation-of-the-p2-technique
#14
Marco Zanobini, Gabriella Ricciardi, Francesco Liborio Mammana, Samer Kassem, Paolo Poggio, Alessandro Di Minno, L Cavallotti, Matteo Saccocci
BACKGROUND: Leaflet resection represents the reference standard for surgical treatment of mitral valve (MV) regurgitation. New approaches recently proposed place emphasis on respecting, rather than resecting, the leaflet tissue to avoid the drawbacks of the 'resection' approach. OBJECTIVES: The lateral dislocation of mid portion of mitral posterior leaflet (P2) technique for MV repair is a nonresectional technique in which the prolapsed P2 segment is sutured to normal P1 segment...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695557/impact-of-new-technologies-and-experience-on-procedural-aspects-of-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-process-analysis
#15
Bettina Langhammer, Maria Nucera, Lars Englberger, Eva Roost, David Reineke, Florian Schönhoff, Henriette Most, Bernhard Winkler, Fabian Gisler, Thierry Carrel, Christoph Huber
BACKGROUND: Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is the treatment of choice in severe symptomatic aortic valve disease. New techniques and prostheses have been recently developed to facilitate the procedure and reduce aortic cross-clamp time (AOx). The aim of this study was to analyse the different procedural steps in order to identify the most time-consuming part during aortic clamping time and to compare impact of experience on procedural aspects. METHODS: AOx during SAVR was divided into five consecutive steps...
July 11, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693056/-the-clinical-characteristics-of-pulmonary-benign-metastasizing-leiomyoma
#16
H P Wang, J H Shi, L Zhang
Objective: Pulmonary benign metastasizing leiomyoma (PBML) is a rare entity that leiomyoma of uterus metastasized to the lung. The clinical characteristics of this rare disease were analyzed in this article. Methods: The detailed clinical records of 7 patients diagnosed as PBML at Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 2001 and June 2015 were reviewed. Results: All patients were women with median age of 44 years (range 28-62). Symptoms included dyspnea (2/7), chest pain (1/7), cyanosis (1/7), cough (1/7) and bloody sputum (1/7), while 4/7 cases were asymptomatic...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692845/constitutive-modeling-of-jugular-vein-derived-venous-valve-leaflet-tissues
#17
Nayyan Kaul, Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang
Venous valve tissues, though used in vein reconstruction surgeries and bioprosthetic valves with moderate success, have not been extensively studied with respect to their structure. Their inherent anisotropic, non-linear behavior combined with severe diseases which affect veins, such as chronic venous insufficiency, warrant understanding the structure and material behavior of these tissues. Hence, before any bioprosthetic grafts may be used in place of tissues, it is of the utmost importance to understand the mechanical and structural properties of these tissues as this may lead to higher success rates for valve replacement surgeries...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691908/high-pressure-balloon-fracturing-of-small-dysfunctional-mitroflow-bioprostheses-facilitates-transcatheter-aortic-valve-in-valve-implantation
#18
Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Asger Andersen, Christian Juhl Therkelsen, Evald Høj Christensen, Kaare Troels Jensen, Lars Romer Krusell, Mariann Tang, Kim Allan Terp, Kaj-Erik Klaaborg, Jacob Raben Greisen, Bjarne Linde Nørgaard, Henning Rud Andersen
AIMS: Transcatheter valve-in-valve (VIV) implantation in small surgical tissue valves is challenged by the problem of residual stenosis. We report our first ten cases of fracturing small dysfunctional Mitroflow bioprostheses by high-pressure balloon dilatation to increase the internal diameter of the surgical valve before VIV (BF-VIV). METHODS AND RESULTS: BF-VIV was performed in 10 patients (mean age 84±4 years) with failing Mitroflow valves size 19 mm (n=3, threshold of fracture 15 atm) and 21 mm (n=7, threshold of fracture 13 atm)...
July 11, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690937/an-unusual-case-of-aortic-stenosis-in-systemic-sclerosis
#19
Mustafa Kagalwalla, Medhavi Gupta, Umme Haani Malwi, Nazia Hussain
Systemic sclerosis is a connective tissue disorder that frequently involves the heart. All cardiac structures can be involved but aortic valve involvement is rare. We report a case of an 83-year-old man with a history of systemic sclerosis presenting with shortness of breath. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed severe aortic stenosis that could not be explained by other causes. These patients often pose challenges in management as they are not surgical candidates. Transaortic valvular implantation is a viable option for these patients...
June 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687077/joint-analysis-of-left-ventricular-expression-and-circulating-plasma-levels-of-omentin-after-myocardial-ischemia
#20
Louis A Saddic, Sarah M Nicoloro, Olga T Gupta, Michael P Czech, Joshua Gorham, Stanton K Shernan, Christine E Seidman, Jon G Seidman, Sary F Aranki, Simon C Body, Timothy P Fitzgibbons, Jochen D Muehlschlegel
BACKGROUND: Omentin-1, also known as Intelectin-1 (ITLN1), is an adipokine with plasma levels associated with diabetes, obesity, and coronary artery disease. Recent studies suggest that ITLN1 can mitigate myocardial ischemic injury but the expression of ITLN1 in the heart itself has not been well characterized. The purpose of this study is to discern the relationship between the expression pattern of ITLN1 RNA in the human heart and the level of circulating ITLN1 protein in plasma from the same patients following myocardial ischemia...
July 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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