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Y Nouma, W Ben Amar, M Zribi, S Bardaa, Z Hammami, S Maatoug
We report a case of a Tunisian footballer who was found dead abroad under suspicious circumstances. The cause of death was, originally, attributed to a lightning strike. The corpse was buried without/autopsy. Over thirty years later, the family requested the exhumation to verify the identity and the cause of death. The exhumation was performed in 2011. DNA profiling from teeth and femur bone samples confirmed the identity of the deceased. The dry bone study revealed defects in the skull and the pelvis evoking firearm injuries...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Noor-Ul-Huda Ghori, Atif Shafique, Muhammad Qasim Hayat, Sadia Anjum
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is the most prevalent human pathogen in Pakistan and is the major cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in infected patients. It has shifted from being hypo-endemic to being hyper-endemic. There was no information about the origin and evolution of the local variants. Here we use newly developed phyloinformatic methods of sequence analysis to conduct the first comprehensive investigation of the evolutionary and biogeographic history in unprecedented detail and breadth...
2016: PloS One
Oholi Tovia-Brodie, Bernard Belhassen, Aharon Glick, Haim Shmilovich, Galit Aviram, Raphael Rosso, Yoav Michowitz
INTRODUCTION: A new imaging software (CARTO® Segmentation Module, Biosense Webster) allows pre-procedural 3-D reconstruction of all heart chambers based on cardiac CT. We describe our initial experience with the new module during ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen consecutive patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias or ischemic ventricular tachycardia (VT) were studied. In the latter group, a combined endocardial and epicardial ablation was performed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Akemi Koshiba, Taisuke Mori, Fumitake Ito, Yukiko Tanaka, Osamu Takaoka, Akiko Takahata, Jo Kitawaki
AIM: To assess and compare the uterine volume and endometrium length between women with and without endometriosis, using pelvic magnetic resonance imaging scans. METHODS: In this case-control study, a total of 75 nulligravid women (aged 20-45 years) with regular menstrual cycles whose uterus were free of any surgically confirmed lesions were enrolled. The endometriosis group underwent surgery for endometrioma (n = 39), and the control group underwent surgery for non-endometrioma ovarian cysts (n = 36)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Tsia-Shu Lo, Yi-Hao Lin, Hsiao-Chien Chu, Eileen Feliz M Cortes, Leng Boi Pue, Yiap Loong Tan, Ma Clarissa Uy-Patrimonio
AIM: By investigating the association of urodynamics and urogenital nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in vaginal mesh surgery, we may be able to associate the likelihood of postoperative lower urinary tract symptoms developing as a result of synthetic mesh implanted for pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. METHODS: Thirty-eight female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups: mesh, sham (no mesh), and control. Urodynamic study and NGF analysis of the urogenital tissues were done and results were compared among all groups...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Henrik Behrend, Vilijam Zdravkovic, Johannes M Giesinger, Karlmeinrad Giesinger
PURPOSE: To measure joint awareness in patients who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and to investigate medium- and long-term results of the procedure. METHODS: All patients who had undergone ACL reconstruction with the same arthroscopic surgical technique at our institution between 2011 and 2014 (medium-term follow-up group (Group I)) or between 2000 and 2005 (long-term follow-up group (Group II)) were considered for inclusion in the study...
October 19, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Ali Ebrahimi, Mohammad Hosein Kalantar Motamedi, Nasrin Nejadsarvari, Azin Ebrahimi, Hamid Reza Rasouli
OBJECTIVE: A variety of nasal skin reconstruction methods are available to meet the esthetic patient's needs. In this article, we review some of modifications of these procedures and share our experience in reconstruction of different parts of the nasal skin following skin tumor ablation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2010 to January 2014, 171 patients underwent nasal skin reconstruction after excising cancerous lesions of the involved nasal skin. The patient's history, pre- and post-operation photographs, and the surgery data were collected and assessed...
July 2016: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Runhua Lei, Cynthia L Frasier, Melissa T R Hawkins, Shannon E Engberg, Carolyn A Bailey, Steig E Johnson, Adam T McLain, Colin P Groves, George H Perry, Stephen D Nash, Russell A Mittermeier, Edward E Louis
The family Lepilemuridae includes 26 species of sportive lemurs, most of which were recently described. The cryptic morphological differences confounded taxonomy until recent molecular studies; however, some species' boundaries remain uncertain. To better understand the genus Lepilemur, we analyzed 35 complete mitochondrial genomes representing all recognized 26 sportive lemur taxa and estimated divergence dates. With our dataset we recovered 25 reciprocally monophyletic lineages, as well as an admixed clade containing Lepilemur mittermeieri and Lepilemur dorsalis Using modern distribution data, an ancestral area reconstruction and an ecological vicariance analysis were performed to trace the history of diversification and to test biogeographic hypotheses...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Heredity
Y Cui, B Li, T Chen, Y Zhao, D M Li
Objective: To study the clinical and pathological features and surgical outcome of eyelid/conjunctival amyloidosis. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. The clinical and pathological records of 11 patients who were diagnosed as eyelid/conjunctival amyloidosis and had surgical treatment between February 2007 and October 2015 at Beijing Tongren Hospital were analyzed. Routine pathological examinations and Congo red staining were performed. All of the 11 patients received surgical treatment. Seven patients with ptosis underwent surgical excision and ptosis repair...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Debra W Yen, Dennis C Nguyen, Gary B Skolnick, Sybill D Naidoo, Kamlesh B Patel, Lynn Marty Grames, Albert S Woo
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the levator musculature during cleft palate repair has been suggested to be important in long-term speech outcomes. In this study, we compare the need for postoperative speech therapy between 2 intravelar veloplasty techniques. METHODS: Chart review was performed for patients with nonsyndromic cleft palate who underwent either primary Kriens or overlapping intravelar veloplasty before 18 months of age. All subjects completed a follow-up visit at approximately 3 years of age...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Ryan P Cauley, Sean A Hickey, Charles Scott Hultman, Katie Mathews, Jeremy Goverman
BACKGROUND: Postburn axillary contractures are common and significantly impact quality of life. Simple release combined with split thickness skin grafting necessitates a donor site, requires immobilization, and may result in poor functional outcome. Common methods of adjacent tissue rearrangement are not well designed to treat broad linear contractures. Flaps from the back, flank, or arm can be used, but may come with significant donor site morbidity. We demonstrate the use of the STARplasty, a novel adjacent tissue rearrangement initially developed to treat neosyndactyly, as a useful reconstructive option for the release of Kurtzman type 1 posterior or anterior axillary contractures...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Russell A Ligon, Richard K Simpson, Nicholas A Mason, Geoffrey E Hill, Kevin J McGraw
The ornaments used by animals to mediate social interactions are diverse, and by reconstructing their evolutionary pathways we can gain new insights into the mechanisms underlying ornamental innovation and variability. Here, we examine variation in plumage carotenoids among the true finches (Aves: Fringillidae) using biochemical and comparative phylogenetic analyses to reconstruct the evolutionary history of carotenoid states and evaluate competing models of carotenoid evolution. Our comparative analyses reveal that the most likely ancestor of finches used dietary carotenoids as yellow plumage colorants, and that the ability to metabolically modify dietary carotenoids into more complex pigments arose secondarily once finches began to use modified carotenoids to create red plumage...
October 19, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Jianhua Wang, Yang Lu, Hong Xia, Qingshui Yin
PURPOSE: To investigate a unique procedure of joined transoral and retropharyngeal high cervical approach (JTRC) without mandibulectomy for treating upper cervical neoplasm involving both C2 and C3. METHOD: A 23-year-old male patient had neoplasma involving C2 and C3 that caused pathologic fracture of C2 and bony destruction of C3. The neoplasm excision and cervical spine reconstruction were performed through JTRC approach without splitting up the mandible. In this approach, there were two surgery windows that could be applied in turns by closing or opening the mouth to gain an ideal exposure...
October 18, 2016: European Spine Journal
Tyler M Gunn, Sotiris C Stamou, Nicholas T Kouchoukos, Kevin W Lobdell, Kamal Khabbaz, Lawrence H Patzelt, Robert C Hagberg
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to compare the early and late outcomes of different techniques of proximal root reconstruction during the repair of acute Type A aortic dissection, including aortic valve (AV) resuspension, aortic valve replacement (AVR), and a root replacement procedure. METHODS: All patients who underwent acute Type A aortic dissection repair between January 2000 and October 2010 at four academic institutions were compiled from each institution's Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database...
April 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
Milan V Stevanovic, Vanessa G Cuéllar, Alidad Ghiassi, Frances Sharpe
: In the upper extremity, the latissimus dorsi muscle can be used as an ipsilateral rotational muscle flap for soft-tissue coverage or functional reconstruction of arm and elbow. Patients who have both major soft-tissue loss and functional deficits can be successfully treated with a single-stage functional latissimus dorsi rotational muscle transfer that provides simultaneous soft-tissue coverage and functional reconstruction. METHODS: Our data base was queried for all patients undergoing a rotational latissimus dorsi muscle transfer for simultaneous soft-tissue coverage and functional reconstruction of elbow flexion...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Thomas C Lam, Caleb J Winch
: Reconstruction after mastectomy is an important milestone for many women treated for breast cancer. However, because many surgeons only offer their preferred method of reconstruction, it is not clear which approach women would choose if offered a genuine choice. METHODS: Between 1998 and 2010, the breast reconstruction service at a major Australian teaching hospital was staffed by a single plastic surgeon trained in both prosthetic and autologous breast reconstruction techniques...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Rei Ogawa, Shimpei Ono, Satoshi Akaishi, Teruyuki Dohi, Takeshi Iimura, Junichi Nakao
: It is difficult to completely resect huge anterior chest wall keloids and then close the wound directly. We report here our retrospective analysis of our case series of patients with such keloids who underwent reconstruction with internal mammary artery perforator (IMAP) pedicled propeller flaps and then received postoperative high-dose-rate superficial brachytherapy. METHODS: All consecutive patients with large/severe keloids on the anterior chest wall who underwent keloid resection followed by reconstruction with IMAP-pedicled propeller flaps and then high-dose-rate superficial brachytherapy in our academic hospital were identified...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Nidal Farhan Al Deek, Donald H Lalonde
Fu-Chan Wei is a world-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is clearly one of the most influential and innovative surgeons in the history of plastic surgery. The Taiwanese legend is the innovator of the osteoseptocutaneous fibula flap, which revolutionized the reconstruction of composite bone and soft tissue defects in the jaw and extremities. He has pioneered several perforator flaps, including the free style variety. He has taken toe-to-hand microsurgical transplantation to a whole new level. He is not only recognized for his surgical skills and clinical innovations, but also for his vision, leadership, and teaching...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Paolo Bogetti, Luigi Rolle, Elisabetta Adelaide Baglioni, Andrea Parisi, Luca Spaziante, Erind Ruka, Filippo Rivarossa, Carlo Ceruti, Mirko Preto, Maria Alessandra Bocchiotti
Acquired scrotal giant muscular hamartoma is an uncommon benign lesion with fewer than 10 documented cases all over the world. It is characterized by a proliferation of dermal smooth muscle bundles of scrotum dartos fascia. The authors report a rare case of acquired scrotal giant muscular hamartoma, which occurred in a 70-year-old severely obese and diabetic man presenting with a progressive scrotal enlargement and swelling in the last year, causing marked reduction in quality of life and cosmetic problems...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Teng Li, Jie Yang, Yinwan Li, Ying Cui, Qiang Xie, Wenjun Bu, David M Hillis
The Rhyparochromidae, the largest family of Lygaeoidea, encompasses more than 1,850 described species, but no mitochondrial genome has been sequenced to date. Here we describe the first mitochondrial genome for Rhyparochromidae: a complete mitochondrial genome of Panaorus albomaculatus (Scott, 1874). This mitochondrial genome is comprised of 16,345 bp, and contains the expected 37 genes and control region. The majority of the control region is made up of a large tandem-repeat region, which has a novel pattern not previously observed in other insects...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
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