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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932107/antibody-mediated-acute-vascular-rejection-of-kidney-allografts-fifteen-year-follow-up
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B Rodríguez Cubillo, I Pérez Flores, N Calvo, A Pascual, J A Cortés, M A Moreno, J Blanco, A Sánchez Fructuoso
BACKGROUND: Although acute vascular rejection (AVR) is associated with a high risk of graft loss, it remains unclear whether AVR with accompanied cellular or humoral rejection (AHR) has dissimilar outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine the association between subtypes of AVR and graft loss. METHODS: We assessed patients who provided biopsy samples for acute allograft rejection from 1998 to 2014. To investigate distinct rejection patterns, we retrospectively assessed rejection episodes with review of graft histology as well as donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies when available...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931764/accuracy-of-remote-burn-scar-evaluation-via-live-video-conferencing-technology
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Lawrence Z Cai, Maria Caceres, Mohan Krishna Dangol, Shankar Man Rai, James Chang, Nicole S Gibran, Tam N Pham
OBJECTIVE: Telemedicine in outpatient burn care, particularly in burn scar management, may provide cost-effective care and comes highly rated by patients. However, an effective scar scale using both video and photographic elements has not been validated. The purpose of this study is to test the reliability of the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS) using live video-conferencing. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted with individuals with healed burn scars in Kathmandu, Nepal...
December 5, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930089/radiation-segmentectomy-versus-tace-combined-with-microwave-ablation-for-unresectable-solitary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-up-to-3-cm-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Derek M Biederman, Joseph J Titano, Vivian L Bishay, Raisa J Durrani, Etan Dayan, Nora Tabori, Rahul S Patel, Francis S Nowakowski, Aaron M Fischman, Edward Kim
Purpose To compare the outcomes of radiation segmentectomy (RS) and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with microwave ablation (MWA) in the treatment of unresectable solitary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) up to 3 cm. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board, and the requirement to obtain informed consent was waived. From January 2010 to June 2015, a total of 417 and 235 consecutive patients with HCC underwent RS and TACE MWA, respectively. A cohort of 121 patients who had not previously undergone local-regional therapy (RS, 41; TACE MWA, 80; mean age, 65...
December 7, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929930/validation-of-a-predictive-scoring-system-for-deep-sternal-wound-infection-after-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-in-a-cohort-of-french-patients
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Andrea Perrotti, Giuseppe Gatti, Enrica Dorigo, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo, Sidney Chocron
BACKGROUND: The Gatti score is a weighted scoring system based on risk factors for deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) that was created in an Italian center to predict DSWI risk after bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafting. No external evaluation based on validation samples derived from other surgical centers has been performed. The aim of this study is to perform this validation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: During 2015, BITA grafts were used as skeletonized conduits in all 255 consecutive patients with multi-vessel coronary disease who underwent isolated coronary bypass surgery at the Department of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Jean Minjoz, Besançon, France...
December 8, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928450/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-myeloperoxidase-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-predictors-of-high-vascular-risk-in-respiratory-bacterial-infections
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Seri A, Marta Ds, Madalan A, Popescu M, Tiglea Ai, Moldoveanu E
Objective. Respiratory bacterial infections are associated with important coagulation disturbances that amplify the pulmonary lesions and determine a more severe course of the disease. The aim of our study was to investigate the correlation between the evolution of the general clinical parameters and the occurrence of thrombotic events on one side, and plasma levels of selected proteins involved in inflammation and coagulation on the other side, with the intent to establish and to validate a laboratory test panel for the assessment of the vascular risk in patients with bacterial respiratory infections...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928449/severe-asymptomatic-coronary-obstruction-in-chronic-hemodialysed-patient-a-case-report
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Voiculeț C, Zara O, Văcăroiu I, Bogeanu C, Tiron T, Turcu F, Aron G, Ciocâlteu A
Introduction. Arterial stiffness and vascular calcifications are independent predictors of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5D population. According to the guidelines, patients on renal replacement therapy represent a very high cardiovascular risk class. Case report. We report the case of a 67-year-old hypertensive male patient, known with CKD stage 5D on hemodialysis (three times per week), secondary bone mineral disease, admitted for progressive right leg pain...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928446/gastrostomy-with-peritoneal-collar-versus-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy
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Tudor C, Branescu C, Savlovschi C, El-Khatib A, Pantu H, Nica A, Dascalu Am, Masoumeh B, Tudor As, Oprescu Sm, Serban D
Aim. The present study aimed to perform a medico-surgical comparative analysis of the 2 most widely used techniques: gastrostomy with peritoneal collar versus percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, based on the vast clinical experience in an Upper Digestive Surgery Clinic. Materials and method. A retrospective study was carried out between January 2010 and January 2015 on the patients admitted for a surgical solution for feeding. The indications, preoperative preparation, surgical techniques, and postoperative outcomes were analyzed...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928444/the-remote-effects-of-intravitreal-anti-vegf-therapy
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Balta F, Merticariu M, Taban C, Neculau G, Merticariu A, Muresanu D, Badescu D, Jinga V
Objective: To study the effects of intravitreal anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) therapy with Avastin for wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)-related symptoms. Methods: An exploratory trial was conducted from August 1, 2013 to February 1, 2014, that included 14 male patients previously diagnosed with BPH, who were aged between 59 and 69 years. The trial was performed in Bucharest and involved two medical institutions: the Clinical Hospital of Eye Emergencies and the "Prof...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927251/increased-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-expression-predicts-a-worse-prognosis-for-laryngeal-cancer-patients-a-meta-analysis
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L-P Zhang, H-L Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the relationship between vascular endothelial growth factor expression and the laryngeal cancer prognosis. METHODS: Systematic computerised searches of PubMed were performed up to 31 January 2015. Prognostic endpoints were overall survival and disease-free survival. The pooled hazard ratios for overall survival and disease-free survival were also calculated. RESULTS: Seven studies containing 975 patients were included...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926758/association-between-surgeon-scorecard-use-and-operating-room-costs
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Victoria Valencia, Christopher Moriates, Christy K Boscardin, Sereina Catschegn, Alvin Rajkomar, Kevin J Bozic, Kent Soo Hoo, Andrew N Goldberg, Lawrence Pitts, Michael T Lawton, R Adams Dudley, Ralph Gonzales
Importance: Despite the significant contribution of surgical spending to health care costs, most surgeons are unaware of their operating room costs. Objective: To examine the association between providing surgeons with individualized cost feedback and surgical supply costs in the operating room. Design, Setting, and Participants: The OR Surgical Cost Reduction (OR SCORE) project was a single-health system, multihospital, multidepartmental prospective controlled study in an urban academic setting...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926594/hepatic-epithelioid-hemangio-endothelioma-and-adult-liver-transplantation-proposal-for-a-prognostic-score-based-on-the-analysis-of-the-eltr-elita-registry
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Quirino Lai, Estelle Feys, Vincent Karam, Rene Adam, Jurgen Klempnauer, Martin Oliverius, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Andreas Pascher, Piotr Remiszewski, Helena Isoniemi, Jacques Pirenne, Aksel Foss, Bo G Ericzon, Sasa Markovic, Jan Lerut
BACKGROUND: Hepatic epithelioid hemangio-endothelioma (HEHE) is a rare vascular tumor which has an intermediate aggressive behavior. Although the value of liver transplantation (LT) is well established, its place in the management of HEHE is still unclear. The aim of this study is to confirm, based on a very large patient cohort, the value of LT in the management of HEHE and to identify risk factors for post-LT recurrence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: the outcome of 149 transplant recipients with HEHE recorded in the European Liver Transplant Registry during the period November1984-May 2014 was analyzed...
December 6, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925044/application-of-prognostic-score-ipset-thrombosis-in-patients-with-essential-thrombocythemia-of-a-brazilian-public-service
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Luana Magalhães Navarro, Damila Cristina Trufelli, Debora Rodrigues Bonito, Auro Del Giglio, Patricia Weinschenker Bollmann
Introduction: In patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET), the vascular complications contribute to morbidity and mortality. To better predict the occurrence of thrombotic events, an International Prognostic Score for Thrombosis in Essential Thrombocythemia (IPSET-thrombosis) has recently been proposed. We present the application of this score and compare its results with the usual classification system. Method: We retrospectively evaluated the characteristics and risk factors for thrombosis of 46 patients with a diagnosis of ET seen in the last 6 years at Faculdade de Medicina do ABC (FMABC)...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922857/comprehensive-assessment-of-the-arginine-pathway-and-its-relationship-to-inflammation-in-hiv
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Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, S M Khurshid Alam, Abdus Sattar, Manjusha Kulkarni, Nicholas Funderburg, W H Wilson Tang, Grace A Mccomsey
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide helps maintain vascular function and is generated through the oxidation of arginine. Whether altered arginine metabolism may lead to elevated levels of inflammation in HIV is unclear. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of HIV-infected adults on stable ART with HIV-1 RNA < 50 copies/mL and HIV-uninfected controls. We measured biomarkers in the arginine pathway, markers of systemic inflammation, and monocyte activation. T-tests, chi-square tests and propensity score matching analyses were used to compare markers by HIV status, and multiple linear regressions were used to assess associations of arginine metabolites with markers of inflammation...
December 5, 2016: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917468/dry-skin-conditions-are-related-to-the-recovery-rate-of-skin-temperature-after-cold-stress-rather-than-to-blood-flow
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Yasuko Yoshida-Amano, Tomoko Nomura, Yoshinori Sugiyama, Kayoko Iwata, Yuko Higaki, Masanori Tanahashi
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous blood flow plays an important role in the thermoregulation, oxygen supply, and nutritional support necessary to maintain the skin. However, there is little evidence for a link between blood flow and skin physiology. Therefore, we conducted surveys of healthy volunteers to determine the relationship(s) between dry skin properties and cutaneous vascular function. METHODS: Water content of the stratum corneum, transepidermal water loss, and visual dryness score were investigated as dry skin parameters...
December 4, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916293/expression-of-glut-1-and-hk-ii-in-pancreatic-cancer-and-their-impact-on-prognosis-and-fdg-accumulation
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Hai-Jing Yang, Wei-Jia Xu, Yi-Hui Guan, Hui-Wei Zhang, Wei-Qun Ding, Lan Rong, Zhi-Bing Qiu, Liang Zhong
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to analyze the expression of Glut-1 and HK-II, the association between their expression and (18)F-FDG accumulation in pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Fifty patients with histologically proven pancreatic cancer were included in this preliminary study, all of whom received (18)F-FDG PET/CT performance before surgery. Immunohistochemical staining of tumor tissue and adjacent normal tissue was performed for Glut-1 and HK-II. By combining proportions and intensity of immunochemical staining, we obtained the modified immunohistological scores for Glut-1 and HK-II respectively...
December 2016: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914841/progression-of-degenerative-changes-of-the-biceps-tendon-after-successful-rotator-cuff-repair
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Norimasa Takahashi, Hiroyuki Sugaya, Momoko Matsumoto, Hikaru Miyauchi, Keisuke Matsuki, Morihito Tokai, Nobuaki Kawai, Kazutomo Onishi, Yusuke Ueda, Shota Hoshika
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the morphologic changes in the biceps tendon using ultrasonography before and after successful arthroscopic posterosuperior rotator cuff repair. METHODS: Forty-four patients (44 shoulders) underwent arthroscopic posterosuperior rotator cuff repair with 1-year postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) follow-up. The patients comprised 22 men and 22 women with an average age of 61 years. The cross-sectional area (CSA) of the biceps tendon in the bicipital groove was measured, and the vascularity in the bicipital groove was graded as 0 to 3, based on the signal density of the anterior circumflex artery, using power Doppler ultrasonography...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914172/cryotherapy-of-renal-lesions-enhancement-on-contrast-enhanced-sonography-on-postoperative-day-1-does-not-imply-viable-tissue-persistence
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Michele Bertolotto, Salvatore Siracusano, Calogero Cicero, Mariano Iannelli, Tommaso Silvestri, Antonio Celia, Alessandro Guarise, Fulvio Stacul
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether persistent enhancement detected on contrast-enhanced sonography at postoperative day 1 (early contrast-enhanced sonography) after cryoablation of renal tumors implies the presence of residual viable tumor tissue, defined as residual enhancing tissue on reference imaging (computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging) performed 6 months after the procedure. METHODS: Seventy-four patients with percutaneous cryoablation of renal tumors had early contrast-enhanced sonography from November 2011 to August 2015...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913913/improved-image-quality-in-abdominal-ct-in-patients-who-underwent-treatment-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-small-metal-implants-using-a-raw-data-based-metal-artifact-reduction-algorithm
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Keitaro Sofue, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Yoshiharu Ohno, Noriyuki Negi, Hiroyasu Inokawa, Naoki Sugihara, Kazuro Sugimura
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of a raw data-based metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) algorithm for image quality improvement in abdominal CT for patients with small metal implants. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with small metal implants (3-15 mm in size) who underwent treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma were imaged with CT. CT data were reconstructed by filtered back projection with and without SEMAR algorithm in axial and coronal planes. To evaluate metal artefact reduction, mean CT number (HU and SD) and artefact index (AI) values within the liver were calculated...
December 2, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913900/bone-mineral-density-of-extremities-is-associated-with-coronary-calcification-and-biopsy-verified-vascular-calcification-in-living-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
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Zhimin Chen, Jia Sun, Mathias Haarhaus, Peter Barany, Lars Wennberg, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Bengt Lindholm, Annika Wernerson, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Stenvinkel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD) may lead to low bone mineral density (BMD) and vascular calcification (VC), but links to the latter are unclear. Here we investigated associations between BMD, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, and histological signs of VC in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing living-donor kidney transplantation (LD-Rtx). In 66 ESRD patients (median age 45 years, 68% males), BMD (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA), CAC score (by computed tomography, CT; n = 54), and degree of VC score (graded by histological examination of epigastric artery specimens collected at LD-Rtx; n = 55) were assessed at the time of LD-Rtx...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913059/cha2ds2-vasc-scores-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-who-are-receiving-rivaroxaban
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W Frank Peacock, Sally Tamayo, Manesh Patel, Nicholas Sicignano, Kathleen P Hopf, Zhong Yuan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessing stroke risk associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation depends on the evaluation of patient characteristics and clinical features. Clinicians must determine that the net clinical benefit from anticoagulation therapy outweighs its risk, namely, bleeding. Risk assessment for stroke is commonly performed by calculating a CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure/left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism, vascular disease, aged 65 to 74 years, sex female) score...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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