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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149156/survival-analysis-of-occipital-nerve-stimulator-leads-placed-under-fluoroscopic-guidance-with-and-without-ultrasonography
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James H Jones, Alison Brown, Daniel Moyse, Wenjing Qi, Lance Roy
BACKGROUND: Electrical stimulation of the greater occipital nerves is performed to treat pain secondary to chronic daily headaches and occipital neuralgia. The use of fluoroscopy alone to guide the surgical placement of electrodes near the greater occipital nerves disregards the impact of tissue planes on lead stability and stimulation efficacy. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that occipital neurostimulator (ONS) leads placed with ultrasonography combined with fluoroscopy would demonstrate increased survival rates and times when compared to ONS leads placed with fluoroscopy alone...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149143/efficacy-of-magnesium-sulfate-added-to-local-anesthetic-in-a-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-for-analgesia-following-total-abdominal-hysterectomy-a-randomized-trial
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Kelany A Abd-Elsalam, Khaled M Fares, Montaser A Mohamed, Mohamed F Mohamed, Ahmad M Abd El-Rahman, Moaaz M Tohamy
BACKGROUND: Major abdominal surgeries are associated with severe pain, which can affect respiratory and cardiac functions if insufficiently treated; this increases postoperative morbidity. OBJECTIVE: We aim at evaluating the efficacy of magnesium sulfate as an adjuvant to local anesthetic in an ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block for postoperative analgesia in total abdominal hysterectomy. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, double-blinded clinical trial...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148955/experience-of-tubo-ovarian-abscess-a-retrospective-clinical-analysis-of-318-patients-in-a-single-tertiary-center-in-middle-turkey
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Zeynep Ozturk Inal, Hasan Ali Inal, Umit Gorkem
BACKGROUND: The objective was to identify the clinical and laboratory parameters, ultrasonographic (USG) morphology, and to predict surgical treatment for patients with tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for a total of 318 patients with a diagnosis of TOA between January 2005 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively at a referral center in Turkey. Patients requiring surgical treatment were compared with those who did not with respect to demographic characteristics and clinical, USG, and laboratory findings...
November 17, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148856/novel-applications-for-serum-procalcitonin-testing-in-clinical-practice
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Justin J Choi, Matthew W McCarthy
Procalcitonin has emerged as a reliable marker of acute bacterial infection in hospitalized patients and the assay has recently been incorporated into several clinical algorithms to reduce antimicrobial overuse, but its use in patients with end-organ dysfunction is controversial. Areas covered: In this review, the authors examine what is known about procalcitonin testing in patients with organ dysfunction, including those with end-stage renal disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cirrhosis, and explore how the assay is now being used in the management of non-infectious diseases...
November 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148179/clinical-implications-of-de-barsy-syndrome
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Lindsay L Warner, David A Olsen, Hugh M Smith
BACKGROUND: De Barsy syndrome is a rare, autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by cutis laxa, progeroid appearance, ophthalmic opacification, skeletal malformations, growth delays, and intellectual disability. AIMS: The aim of this case series is to identify the anesthetic considerations in the clinical management of patients with de Barsy syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective case review from 1968 to 2016 was performed at a single tertiary medical center to identify patients with de Barsy syndrome who underwent anesthesia for diagnostic and surgical procedures...
November 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148138/artificial-walking-technologies-to-improve-gait-in-cerebral-palsy-multichannel-neuromuscular-stimulation
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Jessica Rose, Katelyn Cahill-Rowley, Erin E Butler
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood motor disability and often results in debilitating walking abnormalities, such as flexed-knee and stiff-knee gait. Current medical and surgical treatments are only partially effective in improving gait abnormalities and may cause significant muscle weakness. However, emerging artificial walking technologies, such as step-initiated, multichannel neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), can substantially improve gait patterns and promote muscle strength in children with spastic CP...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147878/knowledge-gaps-in-the-management-of-postoperative-crohn-s-disease-a-us-national-survey
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Vu Q Nguyen, Jessica L Mays, Marissa Lang, Yingxing Wu, Themistocles Dassopoulos, Miguel Regueiro, Alan Moss, Deborah D Proctor, Dario Sorrentino
BACKGROUND: Postoperative recurrence (POR) of Crohn's disease (CD) is common. Guidelines on POR management have recently been issued, but clinical practice may vary. AIMS: To examine the current clinical practice of POR management in the USA METHODS: A web-based survey was sent to all members of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. The survey consisted of multiple-choice questions with clinical scenarios to assess how participants manage POR...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147439/uterine-smooth-muscle-tumor-of-uncertain-malignant-potential-clinicopathologic-sonographic-characteristics-follow-up-and-recurrence
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Besim Haluk Bacanakgil, Mustafa Deveci, Emine Karabuk, Zeynep Soyman
Background: Uterine smooth muscle tumor of uncertain malignant potential (STUMP) is rare tumor, and regarded as sub-classification in uterine smooth muscle tumors between benign and malignant criteria. In this study, we evaluated characteristics of cases with STUMP diagnosis in a 10-year period. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated medical records of patients with histopathological STUMP diagnosis in Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, a tertiary center. We analyzed preoperative demographic, clinical features and postoperative follow-up...
June 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147104/predictors-of-intraocular-pressure-after-phacoemulsification-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-eyes-with-wide-versus-narrower-angles-an-american-ophthalmological-society-thesis
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Shan C Lin, Marisse Masis, Travis C Porco, Louis R Pasquale
Purpose: To assess if narrower-angle status and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) parameters can predict intraocular pressure (IOP) drop in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients after cataract surgery. Methods: This was a prospective case series of consecutive cataract surgery patients with POAG and no peripheral anterior synechiae (PAS) using a standardized postoperative management protocol. Preoperatively, patients underwent gonioscopy and AS-OCT...
August 2017: Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146648/economic-evaluation-of-an-e-mental-health-intervention-for-patients-with-retinal-exudative-diseases-who-receive-intraocular-anti-vegf-injections-e-pseye-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Hilde P A van der Aa, Ger H M B van Rens, Frank D Verbraak, Machteld Bosscha, Marc A Koopmanschap, Hannie C Comijs, Pim Cuijpers, Ruth M A van Nispen
INTRODUCTION: Because of the great potential of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (anti-VEGF) for retinal exudative diseases, an increased number of patients receives this treatment. However, during this treatment, patients are subjected to frequent invasive intravitreal injections, and the effects on reversing the process of vision loss are uncertain, which may have negative consequences for patients' mental health. One in three patients experience at least mild symptoms of depression/anxiety...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146020/clinical-and-demographic-predictors-of-continuing-remission-or-relapse-following-discontinuation-of-antipsychotic-medication-after-a-first-episode-of-psychosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Meghan Bowtell, Aswin Ratheesh, Patrick McGorry, Eoin Killackey, Brian O'Donoghue
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines recommend maintenance treatment with antipsychotic medication for one to two years following remission of symptoms after a first episode of psychosis. However, recent research has suggested that this may not be indicated. Consistent predictors of outcome would be beneficial to guide clinicians as to which individuals are likely to have a successful discontinuation. OBJECTIVES: This study reviews the literature with the aim of identifying demographic and clinical predictors of either relapse or continued remission in those with a first episode of psychosis following discontinuation of antipsychotic medication...
November 13, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145675/-implementing-the-cross-disciplinary-subject-palliative-care-lecture-s-perspective
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Leonie Isermeyer, Benjamin Ilse, Gabriella Marx, Stephanie Seidemann, Jana Jünger, Friedemann Nauck, Bernd Alt-Epping
Introduction In 2009, palliative care was introduced as a mandatory subject in the undergraduate medical curriculum in Germany. Despite all efforts to integrate this subject into the curriculum, research suggests substantial differences and deficits in the quality of education between the medical schools. The aim of this research was to find out promoting as well as impedimental aspects of implementing palliative care in the medical training program. By this, a suitable framework in terms of content and structure for palliative care teaching should be extracted...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145326/should-fraction-flow-reserve-be-considered-an-important-decision-making-tool-to-stratify-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-for-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis
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Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Chakshu Gupta, Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, fraction flow reserve (FFR) is being discussed in every percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) capable hospitals. Owing to recent development in the medical field, FFR-guided PCI should be able to find a place in Interventional Cardiology. At present, the importance of FFR to stratify patients who require PCI has seldom systematically been investigated. In this analysis, we aimed to compare the major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) mainly in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) to whom PCI was recommended and deferred respectively based on the FFR value...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144794/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-eus-fna-in-the-diagnosis-of-adrenal-metastasis-in-a-high-risk-population
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Catherine D Zhang, Dana Erickson, Michael J Levy, Ferga C Gleeson, Diva R Salomao, Danae A Delivanis, Irina Bancos
Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) in the diagnosis of adrenal metastasis in a high-risk population Objective: While the left adrenal gland is readily accessible via endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA), data regarding the utility of EUS-FNA in the diagnosis of adrenal lesions remain limited. We aimed to 1) describe the clinical context, adverse event rate, and diagnostic performance of EUS-FNA and 2) compare the safety profile and diagnostic accuracy of EUS-FNA with percutaneous adrenal biopsy...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143625/trends-in-hepatitis-b-virus-testing-practices-and-management-in-hiv-clinics-across-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Patrick A Coffie, Matthias Egger, Michael J Vinikoor, Marcel Zannou, Lameck Diero, Akouda Patassi, Mark H Kuniholm, Moussa Seydi, Guillaume Bado, Ponsiano Ocama, Monique I Andersson, Eugène Messou, Albert Minga, Philippa Easterbrook, Kathryn Anastos, François Dabis, Gilles Wandeler
BACKGROUND: Approximately 8% of HIV-infected individuals are co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Knowledge of HBV status is important to guide optimal selection of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and monitor/prevent liver-related complications. We describe changes in testing practices and management of HBV infection over a 3-year period in HIV clinics across SSA. METHODS: A medical chart review was conducted in large urban HIV treatment centers in Côte d'Ivoire (3 sites), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia (1 site each)...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142958/diagnostic-performance-of-a-saliva-urea-nitrogen-dipstick-to-detect-kidney-disease-in-malawi
#17
Rhys Evans, Viviane Calice-Silva, Jochen G Raimann, Ulla Hemmila, Alison Craik, Mwayi Mtekateka, Fergus Hamilton, Zuze Kawale, Hamish Dobbie, Gavin Dreyer, Nathan Levin, Peter Kotanko, Roberto Pecoits-Filho
Introduction: Kidney disease (KD), including acute kidney injury, is common, severe and leads to significant mortality in the developing world. However, simple tools to facilitate diagnosis and guide treatment are lacking. We studied the diagnostic performance of saliva urea nitrogen (SUN) measured by dipstick to diagnose KD in a low-resource setting. Methods: Medical admissions to a tertiary hospital in Malawi had serum creatinine tested at presentation; SUN was measured using a dipstick...
March 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141805/treating-depression-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-antidepressants-a-brief-review-of-clinical-trials-and-exploration-of-clinical-symptoms-to-guide-treatment-decisions
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REVIEW
Nabeela Nathoo, Aaron Mackie
Depression is a common comorbidity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Those with MS and concurrent depression have poorer quality of life and are also less likely to be compliant with disease-modifying treatment, which may ultimately affect their MS disease course. Treating depression in MS with pharmacological agents can improve not only depression, but may also impact the MS disease course. However, no guidelines exist around treating depression in MS. Few randomized-controlled trials using antidepressants in MS exist...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141515/mri-powered-biomedical-devices
#19
Sierra Hovet, Hongliang Ren, Sheng Xu, Bradford Wood, Junichi Tokuda, Zion Tsz Ho Tse
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is beneficial for imaging-guided procedures because it provides higher resolution images and better soft tissue contrast than computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and X-ray. MRI can be used to streamline diagnostics and treatment because it does not require patients to be repositioned between scans of different areas of the body. It is even possible to use MRI to visualize, power, and control medical devices inside the human body to access remote locations and perform minimally invasive procedures...
November 16, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141466/retrospective-cohort-analysis-of-pedal-procedures-in-the-thrombocytopenic-patient
#20
Brian M Schmidt, Crystal M Holmes
Thrombocytopenia is an important medical condition to understand prior to performing procedures in the foot and ankle. We have set forth to highlight factors a physician should take into consideration before performing procedures in the thrombocytopenic patient. A retrospective cohort analysis at a large academic institution was undertaken utilizing a cohort discovery tool to discover incidence and management strategies for patients with foot-related conditions that require in-office procedures. We demonstrate that a full history and physical are important to guide treatment along with complete blood count testing prior to intervention...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
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