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Tomas Maria Perez-Porcuna, Hélio Doyle Pereira-da-Silva, Carlos Ascaso, Adriana Malheiro, Samira Bührer, Flor Martinez-Espinosa, Rosa Abellana
INTRODUCTION: For adequate disease control the World Health Organization has proposed the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) in groups of risk of developing the disease such as children. There is no gold standard (GS) test for the diagnosis of LTBI. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of LTBI in young children in contact with a household case of tuberculosis (TB-HCC) and determine the accuracy and precision of the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) and QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-tube (QFT) used in the absence of a GS...
2016: PloS One
Gianluca Pontone, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Daniele Andreini, Andrea I Guaricci, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Edoardo Conte, Virginia Beltrama, Andrea Annoni, Alberto Formenti, Elisabetta Mancini, Mark G Rabbat, Mauro Pepi
The increased number of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) in developed countries is of great clinical relevance and involves a large burden of the healthcare system. The management of these patients is focused on relieving symptoms and improving clinical outcomes. Therefore the ideal test would provide the correct diagnosis and actionable information. To this aim, several non-invasive functional imaging modalities are usually used as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), but their diagnostic yield remains low with limited accuracy when compared to obstructive CAD at the time of ICA or invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR)...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Marlon E Buncamper, Wouter B van der Sluis, Roos S D van der Pas, Müjde Özer, Jan Maerten Smit, Birgit I Witte, Mark-Bram Bouman, Margriet G Mullender
BACKGROUND: For many transgender women, vaginoplasty is the final stage in the gender-confirming process. Penile inversion vaginoplasty is considered the gold standard for vaginal construction in transgender women. In this study, the authors assessed intraoperative and postoperative complications after penile inversion vaginoplasty. METHODS: All patients who underwent penile inversion vaginoplasty between January of 2000 and January of 2014 were identified retrospectively from the authors' hospital registry...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Benjamin Puccio, James P Pooley, John S Pellman, Elise C Taverna, R Cameron Craddock
BACKGROUND: Skull-stripping is the procedure of removing non-brain tissue from anatomical MRI data. This procedure can be useful for calculating brain volume and for improving the quality of other image processing steps. Developing new skull-stripping algorithms and evaluating their performance requires gold standard data from a variety of different scanners and acquisition methods. We complement existing repositories with manually corrected brain masks for 125 T1-weighted anatomical scans from the Nathan Kline Institute Enhanced Rockland Sample Neurofeedback Study...
October 25, 2016: GigaScience
Maxence Borot de Battisti, Baudouin Denis de Senneville, Metha Maenhout, Jan J W Lagendijk, Marco van Vulpen, Gilion Hautvast, Dirk Binnekamp, Marinus A Moerland
PURPOSE: The development of MR-guided high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy is under investigation due to the excellent tumor and organs at risk visualization of MRI. However, MR-based localization of needles (including catheters or tubes) has inherently a low update rate and the required image interpretation can be hampered by signal voids arising from blood vessels or calcifications limiting the precision of the needle guidance and reconstruction. In this paper, a new needle tracking prototype is investigated using fiber Bragg gratings (FBG)-based sensing: this prototype involves a MR-compatible stylet composed of three optic fibers with nine sets of embedded FBG sensors each...
October 2016: Medical Physics
P J Doolan, Charles-Antoine Collins-Fekete, Marta F Dias, Thomas A Ruggieri, Derek D'Souza, Joao Seco
Theoretical stopping power values were inter-compared for the Bichsel, Janni, ICRU and Schneider relative stopping power (RSP) estimation models, for a variety of tissues and tissue substitute materials taken from the literature. The RSPs of eleven plastic tissue substitutes were measured using Bragg peak shift measurements in water in order to establish a gold standard of RSP values specific to our centre's proton beam characteristics. The theoretical tissue substitute RSP values were computed based on literature compositions to assess the four different computation approaches...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
A-M Gay, A Cerlier, A Iniesta, R Legré
Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) osteoarthritis is a common, disabling condition that mostly affects women. The demand for surgical treatment is growing and the patients are becoming younger, adding to the challenge. Surgery can only be proposed after failure of well-conducted conservative treatment and requires a complete X-ray assessment. In the early stages, conservative surgery measures can be used to stabilize the joint or realign it in cases of dysplasia, but in most cases, patients are seen with more advanced arthritis and joint replacement must be considered...
September 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Tim Lustberg, Johan van Soest, Arthur Jochems, Timo Deist, Yvonka van Wijk, Sean Walsh, Philippe Lambin, Andre Dekker
Data collected and generated by radiation oncology can be classified by the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety, Velocity, and Veracity) because it is spread across different care providers and not easily shared due to patient privacy protection. The magnitude of the 4Vs is substantial in oncology, especially due to imaging modalities and unclear data definitions. To create useful models ideally all data of all care providers is understood and learned from, however this presents challenges in the guise of poor data quality, patient privacy concerns, geographical spread, interoperability, and the large volume...
October 26, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Mohammad El-Ghanem, Tareq Kass-Hout, Omar Kass-Hout, Yazan J Alderazi, Krishna Amuluru, Fawaz Al-Mufti, Charles J Prestigiacomo, Chirag D Gandhi
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) in the pediatric population are relatively rare but reportedly carry a higher rate of rupture than in adults. This could be due to the fact that most pediatric AVMs are only detected after rupture. We aimed to review the current literature regarding the natural history and the clinical outcome after multimodality AVM treatment in the pediatric population, as optimal management for pediatric AVMs remains controversial. A multidisciplinary approach using multimodality therapy if needed has been proved to be beneficial in approaching these lesions in all age groups...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Randall C Edgell, Ahmed E Sarhan, Jazba Soomro, Collin Einertson, Joanna Kemp, Peyman Shirani, Theodore K Malmstrom, Jeroen Coppens
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system vasculitis (CNSV) is a rare disorder, the pathophysiology of which is not fully understood. It involves a combination of inflammation and thrombosis. CNSV is most commonly associated with headache, gradual changes in mental status, and focal neurological symptoms. Diagnosis requires the effective use of history, laboratory testing, imaging, and biopsy. Catheter angiography can be a powerful tool in the diagnosis when common and low-frequency angiographic manifestations of CNSV are considered...
September 2016: Interventional Neurology
Fabienne Hartmann-Fritsch, Daniela Marino, Ernst Reichmann
BACKGROUND: The treatment of severe full-thickness skin defects represents a significant and common clinical problem worldwide. A bio-engineered autologous skin substitute would significantly reduce the problems observed with today's gold standard. METHODS: Within 15 years of research, the Tissue Biology Research Unit of the University Children's Hospital Zurich has developed autologous tissue-engineered skin grafts based on collagen type I hydrogels. Those products are considered as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and are routinely produced for clinical trials in a clean room facility following the guidelines for good manufacturing practice (GMP)...
September 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Jakub Smolar, Souzan Salemi, Maya Horst, Tullio Sulser, Daniel Eberli
Conditions impairing bladder function in children and adults, such as myelomeningocele, posterior urethral valves, bladder exstrophy or spinal cord injury, often need urinary diversion or augmentation cystoplasty as when untreated they may cause severe bladder dysfunction and kidney failure. Currently, the gold standard therapy of end-stage bladder disease refractory to conservative management is enterocystoplasty, a surgical enlargement of the bladder with intestinal tissue. Despite providing functional improvement, enterocystoplasty is associated with significant long-term complications, such as recurrent urinary tract infections, metabolic abnormalities, stone formation, and malignancies...
September 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
T Doshi, C Wilson, C Paterson, C Lamb, A James, K MacKenzie, J Soraghan, L Petropoulakis, G Di Caterina, D Grose
AIMS: To carry out statistical validation of a newly developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) auto-contouring software tool for gross tumour volume (GTV) delineation in head and neck tumours to assist in radiotherapy planning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Axial MRI baseline scans were obtained for 10 oropharyngeal and laryngeal cancer patients. GTV was present on 102 axial slices and auto-contoured using the modified fuzzy c-means clustering integrated with the level set method (FCLSM)...
October 22, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Ilaria Vannozzi, Massimiliano Ciantelli, Francesca Moscuzza, Rosa T Scaramuzzo, Davide Panizza, Emilio Sigali, Antonio Boldrini, Armando Cuttano
PURPOSE: Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a major cause of mortality and morbidity among preterm infants. Although the INSURE technique for surfactant replacement therapy is so far the gold standard method, over the last years new approaches have been studied, i.e. LISA or MIST. Here we propose an originally modified MIST, called CALMEST (Catheter And Laryngeal Mask Endotracheal Surfactant Therapy), using a particular laryngeal mask as a guide for a thin catheter to deliver surfactant directly in the trachea...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Marco Astengo, Caroline Berntsson, Åse A Johnsson, Peter Eriksson, Mikael Dellborg
OBJECTIVE: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a common condition. Adult patients with newly diagnosed CoA and patients with recurring or residual CoA require evaluation of the severity of aortic obstruction. Cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard for the evaluation of hemodynamically significant CoA. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the management of grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH) include noninvasive criteria for identifying significant CoA...
October 25, 2016: Congenital Heart Disease
Wei Zhang, Qing Zhang, Ting-Ting Zheng, Jian-Cun Zhen, Xiao-Hui Niu
BACKGROUND: High-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) with folinic acid (leucovorin) rescue is "gold standard" therapy for osteosarcoma. Plasma concentrations of methotrexate (MTX) are closely related to its efficacy and toxicity. Delayed excretion of MTX can lead to serious adverse reactions that may result in treatment cessation, irreversible organ damage, and death. This study focused on the incidence of delayed excretion of MTX in Chinese osteosarcoma patients. METHODS: A total of 1277 osteosarcoma patients were treated with HD-MTX chemotherapy (4291 cycles) from 2010 to 2015...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
A Sen, C Das, M Mukhopadhyay, S Mukhopadhyay, S Deb, B Mukhopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Tumors of the pituitary gland and sellar region represent approximately 10-15% of all brain tumors. Pituitary adenoma (PA), the most common pathology of the pituitary gland, can be effectively subclassified only with the help of immunohistochemistry (IHC). This is important and needed for individual patient management. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to analyze the importance of intraoperative imprint smear cytology and correlating with final histopathological diagnosis...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Ali Abdel Raheem, Atalla Alatawi, Dae Keun Kim, Abulhasan Sheikh, Koon Ho Rha
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Nephroureterectomy remains the gold standard treatment option for upper tract tumors. However, segmental ureterectomy may be another option in patients with single kidney, borderline renal function or high medical comorbidities. The aim of this video is to assess the feasibility of robotic surgery as a minimally invasive technique in treatment of a high comorbid patient with ureteric tumor. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-year old male patient, with a medical history of chronic hypertensive and uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus, was referred to our department for treatment of ureteric tumor...
October 20, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Fabio C M Torricelli, Denis Jardim, Giuliano B Guglielmetti, Vipul Patel, Rafael F Coelho
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) is indicated for patients with non-seminoma¬tous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) with residual disease after chemotherapy. Although the gold standard approach is still the open surgery, few cases of robot-assisted laparoscopic RPLND have been described. Herein, we aim to present the surgical technique for robot-assisted laparoscopic RPLND. PATIENT AND METHOD: A 30 year-old asymptomatic man presented with left testicular swelling for 2 months...
October 25, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Carina Barbosa Pereira, Xinchi Yu, Michael Czaplik, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Steffen Leonhardt
Diverse studies have demonstrated the importance of monitoring breathing rate (BR). Commonly, changes in BR are one of the earliest and major markers of serious complications/illness. However, it is frequently neglected due to limitations of clinically established measurement techniques, which require attachment of sensors. The employment of adhesive pads or thoracic belts in preterm infants as well as in traumatized or burned patients is an additional paramount issue. The present paper proposes a new robust approach, based on data fusion, to remotely monitor BR using infrared thermography (IRT)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
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