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M Tsatsos, C MacGregor, D Gousia, M Moschos, E Detorakis
A solar eclipse is an impressive natural phenomenon that was last experienced in Europe in 2006. Last year, on March 20th 2015, a solar eclipse was visible in much of Europe. Solar retinopathy is a recognised potentially sight threatening condition that has been associated with direct or unprotected sun gazing. Public education has been shown to improve behaviour and attitudes that could influence the development of solar retinopathy during an eclipse. We have performed a study through newspapers prior to the 2015 solar eclipse in different European countries, in order to determine the level of public health awareness and attitudes to protection...
September 19, 2016: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
J Mehlan, S J Linke, L Wagenfeld, J Steinberg
A 43-year-old male patient with unilateral metamorphosia presented after gazing at an eclipse with only one eye. Damage of the macula was demonstrated funduscopically, with OCT and angiography. Six weeks after initial presentation and oral methylprednisolone therapy (40 mg/d for 10 days), the symptoms and the morphological changes decreased. Solar retinopathy is a photochemical alteration of the retina, usually seen after sun gazing. In younger patients, it mostly presents as bilateral solar maculopathy. Some patients exhibit partial or total recovery...
June 2016: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Mary Smith
"Get the camera!" I yelled. As my young son came running towards me with the camera, I pointed up to the sky. Therethey were, four magnificent gleaming rainbows. The cloudssurrounding were a moody bluish black and the sun swiftly andgracefully beamed through them. The shimmering and glistening rainbows in that brief moment of sunshine pierced throughmy own darkness. In the last few months in my First Nationscommunity, we had experienced many deaths. Some of thesedeaths were relatives and friends. Years later, I would gaze atthe picture taken through hot tears, Nagweyaab geebawug orrainbow spirits I thought--these are the ancestors, those whohave passed reminding us to never give up...
October 2015: CANNT Journal, Journal ACITN
Daniel Tibussek, Rungrote Natesirinilkul, Lisa R Sun, Bruce A Wasserman, Leonardo R Brandão, Gabrielle deVeber
We report on 2 patients who developed widespread cerebral vasospasm and arterial ischemic strokes (AIS) after application of intrathecal (IT) cytarabine. In a 3-year-old child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), left leg weakness, hyperreflexia, and clonus were noted 4 days after her first dose of IT cytarabine during the induction phase of her chemotherapy. Cerebral MRI revealed multiple acute cerebral ischemic infarcts and widespread cerebral vasospasm. A 5-year-old girl complained of right arm and leg pain and began limping 11 days after IT cytarabine...
February 2016: Pediatrics
Yinliang Diao, Sai-Wing Leung, Kwok Hung Chan, Weinong Sun, Yun-Ming Siu, Richard Kong
This article investigates the effect of gaze angle on the specific absorption rate (SAR) and temperature rise in human eye under electromagnetic exposures from 0.9 to 10 GHz. Eye models in different gaze angles are developed based on biometric data. The spatial-average SARs in eyes are investigated using the finite-difference time-domain method, and the corresponding maximum temperature rises in lens are calculated by the finite-difference method. It is found that the changes in the gaze angle produce a maximum variation of 35, 12 and 20 % in the eye-averaged SAR, peak 10 g average SAR and temperature rise, respectively...
December 24, 2015: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Hong Ji, Jiafu Yang, Huali Zhu, Wen Jiang, Fengyuan Sun
OBJECTIVE: To summarized the clinical features of thyroid associated ophthalmopathy patients with myasthenia gravis. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series study. The clinical data of 12 thyroid associated ophthalmopathy patients with myasthenia gravis were collected in the 416 Hospital of Nuclear Industry from Oct. 2012 to Feb. 2014. All patients had a detailed medical history including symptoms of onset, the best corrected visual acuity, anterior and posterior segment examination, the exophthalmos, eyelid position, eye movement, diplopia, strabismus, systemic symptoms, concurrent fatigue test, neostigmine test, thyroid function and orbital CT scan...
August 2015: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Daniel R Leff, David R C James, Felipe Orihuela-Espina, Ka-Wai Kwok, Loi Wah Sun, George Mylonas, Thanos Athanasiou, Ara W Darzi, Guang-Zhong Yang
Minimally invasive and robotic surgery changes the capacity for surgical mentors to guide their trainees with the control customary to open surgery. This neuroergonomic study aims to assess a "Collaborative Gaze Channel" (CGC); which detects trainer gaze-behavior and displays the point of regard to the trainee. A randomized crossover study was conducted in which twenty subjects performed a simulated robotic surgical task necessitating collaboration either with verbal (control condition) or visual guidance with CGC (study condition)...
2015: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Sun-Uk Lee, Seong-Ho Park, Jeong-Jin Park, Hyo Jung Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae, Ji-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The characteristics of infarctions restricted to the dorsal medulla have received little attention. This study aimed to define the distinct clinical features of dorsal medullary infarction. METHODS: Of the 172 patients with a diagnosis of medullary infarction at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital from 2003 to 2014, 18 patients with isolated dorsal medullary infarction were subjected to analyses of clinical and laboratory findings...
November 2015: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Sun Young Im, Young Eun Kim, Yun Joong Kim
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative syndrome that is clinically characterized by progressive postural instability, supranuclear gaze palsy, parkinsonism and cognitive decline. Pathologically, diagnosis of PSP is based on characteristic features, such as neurofibrillary tangles, neutrophil threads, tau-positive astrocytes and their processes in basal ganglia and brainstem, and the accumulation of 4 repeat tau protein. PSP is generally recognized as a sporadic disorder; however, understanding of genetic background of PSP has been expanding rapidly...
September 2015: Journal of Movement Disorders
Miao Yu, Wen-Kui Zhao, Mai Li, Shao-Bo Wang, Yu Sun, Liang Jiang, Feng Wei, Xiao-Guang Liu, Lin Zeng, Zhong-Jun Liu
PURPOSE: To explore the relationship between cervical spine and the global spine alignment and to postulate the hypotheses that a lordotic alignment of cervical spine is not the only standard to identify asymptomatic subjects, and the degenerative modification of cervical curves depends primarily on their spinal-pelvic alignment. METHODS: A cohort of 120 cases of Chinese asymptomatic subjects and a cohort of 121 cases of Chinese cervical spondylotic patients were recruited prospectively from 2011 to 2012...
June 2015: European Spine Journal
Sun Young Shin, Joseph L Demer
PURPOSE: To investigate the superior oblique (SO) extraocular muscle cross section in normal controls and in SO palsy using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). DESIGN: Prospective observational study. METHODS: At a single academic medical center, high-resolution MRI was obtained at 312 μm in-plane resolution using surface coils in multiple, contiguous, quasi-coronal planes perpendicular to the orbital axis in 12 controls and 62 subjects with SO palsy...
June 2015: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Sun-Uk Lee, Hong-Il Suh, Jun Young Choi, Kyun Huh, Hyo-Jung Kim, Ji-Soo Kim
PURPOSE: We aimed to define the characteristics of epileptic nystagmus and correlate those with other clinical findings in a large number of patients. METHODS: We report a patient with epileptic nystagmus and additionally reviewed the reported clinical features of 36 more patients through a systematic literature search. We analyzed the characteristics of epileptic nystagmus and attempted correlations of those with alertness of the patients and epileptic foci on EEG...
2014: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
Sun Young Shin, Joseph L Demer
PURPOSE: This study investigated, using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), inferior oblique muscle (IO) position relative to the adnexa in normal controls, subjects with and without vertical strabismus following lower lid blepharoplasty, and subjects with other hypertropia. METHODS: Sagittal plane MRI was obtained in central gaze, infraduction, and supraduction in 19 controls, 11 subjects with and 2 without hypertropia following bilateral lower lid blepharoplasty, and 13 subjects with hypertropia unrelated to blepharoplasty...
April 2015: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Wencan Wu, Dinesh Selva, Yang Bian, Xiaopeng Wang, Michelle T Sun, Qiao Kong, Wentao Yan
PURPOSE: To describe the surgical technique for endoscopic medial orbital fat decompression in type 1 (lipogenic) Graves orbitopathy and report outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case review. METHODS: We reviewed 108 patients (206 orbits) with inactive, type 1 Graves orbitopathy without diplopia, who underwent endoscopic medial orbital fat decompression solely for proptosis reduction. Following endoscopic transethmoid medial orbital wall decompression, extraconal and intraconal orbital fat was removed with a low-suction cutting instrument...
February 2015: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Jennifer E De Niro, Sandeep Randhawa, H Richard McDonald
PURPOSE: To report a case of vascular tortuosity associated with DiGeorge syndrome that was complicated by solar retinopathy. METHODS: Case report and literature review. RESULTS: A 56-year-old woman with DiGeorge syndrome with secondary schizophrenia and developmental delay presented with decreased vision that was worse in her left eye. Ocular examination revealed bilateral retinal vascular tortuosity involving both the arteries and veins...
2013: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Jake Kurczek, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Melissa Duff
A growing body of work suggests the hippocampus contributes to a variety of cognitive domains beyond its traditional role in memory. We propose that the hippocampus, in its capacity for relational binding, representational flexibility, and online maintenance and integration of multimodal relational representations, is a key contributor to language processing. Here we test the hypothesis that the online interpretation of pronouns is hippocampus-dependent. We combined eye tracking with neuropsychological methods, where participants (4 patients with bilateral hippocampal damage and severe declarative memory impairment, 4 patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex [vmPFC] damage, and healthy comparison participants) viewed a scene while listening to short dialogues introducing 2 characters; for example, Melissa is playing violin for Debbie/Danny as the sun is shining overhead...
November 2013: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
Ji Sun Kim, Ji Soo Kim, Jinyoung Youn, Dae-Won Seo, Yuri Jeong, Ji-Hoon Kang, Jeong Ho Park, Jin Whan Cho
Because of frequent involvement of the cerebellum and brainstem, ocular motor abnormalities are key features of spinocerebellar ataxias and may aid in differential diagnosis. Our objective for this study was to distinguish the subtypes by ophthalmologic features after head-shaking and positional maneuvers, which are not yet recognized as differential diagnostic tools in most common forms of spinocerebellar ataxias. Of the 302 patients with a diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia in 3 Korean University Hospitals from June 2011 to June 2012, 48 patients with spinocerebellar ataxia types 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, or 8 or with undetermined spinocerebellar ataxias were enrolled...
August 2013: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Claudia Bruè, Cesare Mariotti, Edoardo De Franco, Yale Fisher, Jacopo Maria Guidotti, Alfonso Giovannini
Purpose. Solar retinopathy is a rare clinical disturbance, for which spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) findings are not always consistent. We report on two cases of solar retinopathy and discuss its differential diagnosis. Methods. This is an observational case study. Results. A 12-year-old female was referred to ophthalmology for bilateral scotoma. Visual acuity was 20/50 in both eyes. Fundus examination was unremarkable, except for slight yellowish material in the central macula, bilaterally...
2013: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Sarah Moran, Eamonn O'Donoghue
A young woman presented with a 2-day history of bilateral central scotoma and metamorphopsia following an episode of direct sun-gazing lasting 1-2 min. On examination, visual acuity was reduced to 6/9 bilaterally. Fundal examination revealed discrete yellow lesions at both maculae consistent with solar burns. Optical coherence tomography revealed retinal pigment epithelial defects at both fovea, which improved over time. The patient was managed conservatively. There was full resolution of symptoms in the left eye; however, a central scotoma persisted in the right eye at follow-up 1 year later...
2013: BMJ Case Reports
Kun-Hsien Li, San-Ni Chen, Jiunn-Feng Hwang, Chun-Ju Lin
A 63-year-old female patient complained of dimness in the central field of vision in the left eye after viewing an annular partial eclipse without adequate eye protection on 22 July 2009. Fundoscopy showed a wrinkled macular surface. Fundus autofluorescence study revealed well-demarcated hyperautofluorescence at the fovea. Optical coherence tomography demonstrated tiny intraretinal cysts. Fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography were unremarkable. Epimacular membrane developed in the following month with deteriorated vision...
November 2012: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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