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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156507/liver-transplantation-in-adults-with-liver-disease-due-to-common-variable-immunodeficiency-leads-to-early-recurrent-disease-and-poor-outcome
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Vian Azzu, Joshua E Elias, Adam Duckworth, Susan Davies, Rebecca Brais, Dinakantha S Kumararatne, Alexander E S Gimson, William J H Griffiths
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the commonest from of primary immunodeficiency characterized by antibody deficiency, recurrent bacterial infections and autoimmunity. Advanced chronic liver disease occurs in a subset of patients with CVID and manifests with various histological features such as nodular regenerative hyperplasia, inflammation, fibrosis and cholangiopathy. We present a case series characterizing the outcomes in adult patients transplanted for primary CVID-related liver disease. We discuss the unique transplantation challenges faced in this primary immunodeficiency group including susceptibility to infections and early disease recurrence...
November 20, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156470/-functional-and-anatomic-outcomes-of-primary-and-secondary-internal-limiting-membrane-transplantation-in-large-and-persistent-macular-holes
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Jelka A Hess, Stephan Michels, Matthias D Becker
Background The gold standard therapy for full-thickness macular holes (FTMH) is vitrectomy (PPV) with peeling of the internal limiting membrane (ILM), gas tamponade of the vitreous cavity and postoperative face-down positioning. Nevertheless, eyes with large macular holes (> 400 µm) and surgical failures remain difficult to manage. Recently, ILM transplantation (ILM-TX) techniques were developed with acceptable results, advocating different mechanisms of hole closure: in such a setting, the ILM could serve as a scaffold for neuronal tissue in the pedicle ILM flap technique or the ILM could induce a contraction of the FTMH rims through shrinking of a folded ILM plug...
November 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155702/using-the-sleeve-technique-in-a-mouse-model-of-aortic-transplantation-an-instructional-video
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Zuzanna Rowinska, Simone Gorressen, Marc W Merx, Thomas A Koeppel, Alma Zernecke, Elisa A Liehn
Orthotopic aortic transplantation using the sleeve technique reduces injury to the aorta with failure rate of only 10-20%. The time to anastomose the aorta in mice using the sleeve method was short and easy averaging 20 min, permitting studies of iso/allo grafts. The following article describes the aortic transplantation procedure used in our laboratory. The mice were anesthetized with a mixture of 1.5% volume isoflurane and 100% oxygen through a face mask. At this point, the segment of the aorta between the renal arteries and its bifurcation was separated from the vena cava, freely prepared and clampedat the proximal and distal segments with a single silk suture...
October 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149976/clinical-challenges-of-tacrolimus-for-maintenance-immunosuppression-post-lung-transplantation
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S Ivulich, M Dooley, C Kirkpatrick, G Snell
Lung transplantation (LTx) is a successful treatment option for end-stage lung disease, and immunosuppressant regimens, utilized to prevent rejection of the transplanted graft, are paramount to maintaining long-term graft survival. Immunosuppression can be classified as induction, maintenance, and antirejection therapy. This article focuses on maintenance immunosuppression that includes a combination of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI), cell cycle inhibitor, and corticosteroid. CNIs remain the cornerstone of immunosuppression following LTx, and tacrolimus is now the preferred CNI, based on a better adverse effect profile and some limited evidence for enhanced efficacy...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149949/attitudes-toward-organ-donation-among-relatives-of-the-patients-who-are-being-followed-up-in-intensive-care-and-dialysis-units
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B Kahveci, K Topal, Ç Gereklioglu, H Aksoy
INTRODUCTION: This study sought to investigate attitudes toward organ donation (OD) among the relatives of patients who are being followed up in intensive care units (ICU) and dialysis units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted with relatives of the patients who were being followed up in hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) units and Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesia, and Reanimation ICUs of Adana Numune Research and Training Hospital...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149947/impact-factors-and-attitudes-toward-organ-donation-among-transplantation-patients-and-their-caregivers-in-china
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Q-X Zhang, J-F Xie, J-D Zhou, S-S Xiao, A-Z Liu, G-Q Hu, Y Chen, C-Y Wang
PURPOSE: This study's purpose was to investigate the attitudes toward organ donation among renal transplantation patients and their caregivers. In addition, we sought to explore the impact factors that affect their attitudes toward deceased organ donation. DESIGN AND METHODS: A self-administrated questionnaire was used, which consisted of two parts: 1) demographic data, and 2) transplantation and donation-related data. This study was conducted in three transplantation follow-up centers in three hospitals using a cross-sectional approach...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142746/interaction-between-merkel-cell-carcinoma-and-the-immune-system-pathogenetic-and-therapeutic-implications
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Irene Zanetti, Ilaria Coati, Mauro Alaibac
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive primary cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma. It usually appears on the face and neck of elderly Caucasian people as a flesh-colored, erythematous or violaceous dome-shaped, non-tender nodule with a smooth surface. In immunocompromised patients with T-cell dysfunction, such as patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or solid organ transplant recipients, the incidence of this disease is markedly increased. This suggests a link between the development of MCC and the immune system...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140906/nose-and-lips-graft-variants-a-subunit-anatomical-study
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Jérôme Duisit, Louis Maistriaux, Alexander Gerdom, Martial Vergauwen, Pierre Gianello, Catherine Behets, Benoît Lengelé
BACKGROUND: In the field of Vascularized Composite tissue Allotransplantation (VCA), the surgical design of facial subunit grafts is an evolving concept. The purpose of the present paper is to study the possibilities to divide the historical nose and lips face transplant into several morphological and functional subunit grafts, depending on their respective supply. METHODS: Our study was conducted in 20 adult cadavers. The facial artery and its branches were dissected bilaterally in 16 fresh and 4 embalmed heads...
November 11, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140767/genomic-medicine-without-borders-which-strategies-should-developing-countries-employ-to-invest-in-precision-medicine-a-new-fast-second-winner-strategy
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Konstantinos Mitropoulos, David N Cooper, Christina Mitropoulou, Spiros Agathos, Jürgen K V Reichardt, Fatima Al-Maskari, Wasun Chantratita, Ambroise Wonkam, Collet Dandara, Theodora Katsila, Catalina Lopez-Correa, Bassam R Ali, George P Patrinos
Genomic medicine has greatly matured in terms of its technical capabilities, but the diffusion of genomic innovations worldwide faces significant barriers beyond mere access to technology. New global development strategies are sorely needed for biotechnologies such as genomics and their applications toward precision medicine without borders. Moreover, diffusion of genomic medicine globally cannot adhere to a "one-size-fits-all-countries" development strategy, in the same way that drug treatments should be customized...
November 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133246/potentially-inappropriate-liver-transplantation-in-the-era-of-the-sickest-first-policy-a-search-for-the-upper-limits
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REVIEW
Michael Linecker, Tanja Krones, Thomas Berg, Claus U Niemann, Randolph H Steadman, Philipp Dutkowski, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Ronald W Busuttil, Robert D Truog, Henrik Petrowsky
Liver transplantation has emerged to a highly efficient treatment for a variaty of acute and chronic liver diseases. Organ shortage, however, is becoming an increasing problem worldwide, limiting the applicability of liver transplantation. In addition, potential recipients are becoming sicker, thereby increasing the risk of loosing the graft during transplantation or in the initial post-operative period after liver transplantation (3 months). This trend is challenging the MELD allocation model where sickest candidates are prioritized and no delisting criteria are given...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130648/emergent-percutaneous-therapy-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-retrograde-flow
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Ryan E Wilson, John C Gurley, Navin Rajagopalan, Thomas A Tribble
With the number of heart transplants being performed each year stagnating due to lack of donors the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patient population will continue to grow. As more and more patients are living longer with LVADs, either as a bridge to transplant or destination therapy, we will continue to see an increased number of complications related to assist device therapy. One of the common challenges physicians face are patients who suffer from both bleeding and thrombotic complications. When bleeding complications occur anticoagulation is usually reduced or discontinued and then the thrombosis risk increases...
November 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127680/gene-addition-strategies-for-%C3%AE-thalassemia-and-sickle-cell-anemia
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Alisa C Dong, Stefano Rivella
Beta-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are two of the most common diseases related to the hemoglobin protein. In these diseases, the beta-globin gene is mutated, causing severe anemia and ineffective erythropoiesis. Patients can additionally present with a number of life-threatening co-morbidities, such as stroke or spontaneous fractures. Current treatment involves transfusion and iron chelation; allogeneic bone marrow transplant is the only curative option, but is limited by the availability of matching donors and graft-versus-host disease...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119731/development-and-current-clinical-application-of-ventricular-assist-devices-in-china
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Yue Wu, Liang-Fan Zhu, Yun Luo
Heart failure has become one of the biggest threats to human health. Transplantation remains the most effective therapy for heart failure, but because of the shortage of donors, it cannot meet the demand. Ventricular assist devices (VADs) were developed to treat heart failure, and have now been clinically applied worldwide. As the country with the largest population, China is also facing the threat of heart failure. However, the development of VADs in China is very slow and is seldom discussed. This paper first talks about the background for VAD development in China...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104734/monitoring-kidney-microanatomy-changes-during-ischemia-reperfusion-process-using-texture-analysis-of-oct-images
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Zhifang Li, Qinggong Tang, Lili Jin, Peter M Andrews, Yu Chen
kidney ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) accounts for the majority of acute kidney injury cases, whose consequences are commonly encountered after kidney transplantation. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been applied to image changes in kidney microanatomy and microcirculation. In this paper, we demonstrate a quantitative method for monitoring kidney status during ischemia-reperfusion process using texture properties of OCT images. This approach employs skewness to measure the distribution of en face OCT image intensities at different depths, thus allowing differentiating ischemia-reperfusion status of kidney...
April 2017: IEEE Photonics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103774/a-single-arm-open-label-clinical-trial-of-autologous-epidermal-cell-transplantation-for-stable-vitiligo-a-30-month-follow-up
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Zahra Orouji, Amir Bajouri, Mahshid Ghasemi, Parvaneh Mohammadi, Nasrin Fallah, Atefeh Shahbazi, Mohammad Rezvani, Fatemeh Vaezirad, Zahra Khalajasadi, Ahad Alizadeh, Ehsan Taghiabadi, Sara Dashtbozorgi, Raheleh Aghdami, Seyedeh Esmat Hosseini, Hossein Bahahrvand, Saeed Shafieyan, Nasser Aghdami
BACKGROUND: Recently, we introduced intralesional injection of autologous epidermal cells as a safe and feasible approach for transplantation in patients with stable vitiligo. This approach resulted in less pain during and after the procedure, no scarring or cobblestone formation at the recipient site, and was more feasible to perform on curved surfaces such as joints, lips, eyelids, ears, and face. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to investigate the long-term efficacy and safety of this transplantation technique...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100896/liver-disease-and-heart-failure-back-and-forth
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REVIEW
Michele Correale, Nicola Tarantino, Rossella Petrucci, Lucia Tricarico, Irma Laonigro, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti
In their clinical practice, physicians can face heart diseases (chronic or acute heart failure) affecting the liver and liver diseases affecting the heart. Systemic diseases can also affect both heart and liver. Therefore, it is crucial in clinical practice to identify complex interactions between heart and liver, in order to provide the best treatment for both. In this review, we sought to summarize principal evidence explaining the mechanisms and supporting the existence of this complicate cross-talk between heart and liver...
October 31, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068960/quality-of-life-after-face-transplantation-outcomes-assessment-tools-and-future-directions
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COMMENT
Annalisa Cogliandro, Mauro Barone, Rosa Salzillo, Paolo Persichetti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058535/transplanting-the-body-preliminary-ethical-considerations
#18
Lantz Fleming Miller
A dissociated area of medical research warrants bioethical consideration: a proposed transplantation of a donor's entire body, except head, to a patient with a fatal degenerative disease. The seeming improbability of such an operation can only underscore the need for thorough bioethical assessment: Not assessing a case of such potential ethical import, by showing neglect instead of facing the issue, can only compound the ethical predicament, perhaps eroding public trust in ethical medicine. This article discusses the historical background of full-body transplantation, documents the seriousness of its current pursuit, and builds an argument for why prima facie this type of transplant is bioethically distinct...
October 23, 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052508/assessment-of-the-clinical-efficacy-of-cell-assisted-lipotransfer-and-conventional-fat-graft-a-meta-analysis-based-on-case-control-studies
#19
Yu Wang, Yanfei Wu
BACKGROUND: Cell-assisted lipotransfer is a novel technique for fat grafting. This study aimed to investigate the clinical efficacy of cell-assisted lipotransfer technology compared with conventional fat grafting. METHODS: According to PRISMA guidelines, related articles in PubMed, Embase and Cochrane library were systematically searched. Studies focusing on fat survival rate and/or patient satisfaction rate for fat grafting alone versus cell-assisted lipotransfer were retrieved...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051396/facial-transplantation-an-update-of-results-and-perspectives-from-tissue-engineering
#20
Francesco Simonacci, Roberto Toni, Edoardo Raposio
BACKGROUND/AIM: Facial transplantation is a revolutionary procedure developed recently, which is indicated if autologous transfers fail to restore human appearance. More than 30 patients have undergone facial transplantation in different centers worldwide. Here, we provide an update on its main anatomical, surgical, immunological, ethical, and follow- up aspects. We also provide innovative perspectives of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering that could hold promise for this emerging surgical field...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
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