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C F Song, H Li, B Tian, S Chen, J B Miao, Y L Fu, B You, Q R Chen, T Li, X X Hu, W Q Zhang, B Hu
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) after thoracic surgery and its characteristic. Methods: This was a single-center, prospective cohort study. Patients undergoing major thoracic surgeries between July 2016 and March 2017 at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University were enrolled in this study. Besides the routine examination, all patients were screened for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) by using noninvasive duplex lower-extremity ultrasonography after surgery...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Maria Jose Escalante, Jose Maria Ceriani-Cernadas, Ivonne D'Apremont, Aldo Bancalari, Veronica Webb, Larisa Genes, Luis Villarroel, Elizabeth Munoz, Jose L Tapia
OBJECTIVE: The main aim is to determine the incidence and associated factors of late onset sepsis (LOS) in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (500-1500 g), from the NEOCOSUR Network during years 2001-2013. Secondary objectives are to describe the microbiology of the first and second episode of LOS and to study the association between catheter dwell time and LOS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Demographic information and outcome data are prospectively and routinely collected across the Network using predefined diagnostic criteria and online data entry...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Emmanuel Marret, Raphael Cinotti, Laurence Berard, Vincent Piriou, Jacques Jobard, Benoit Barrucand, Dragos Radu, Samir Jaber, Francis Bonnet
BACKGROUND: Thoracic surgery for lung resection is associated with a high incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications. Controlled ventilation with a large tidal volume has been documented to be a risk factor for postoperative respiratory complications after major abdominal surgery, whereas the use of low tidal volumes and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) has a protective effect. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of ventilation with low tidal volume and PEEP on major complications after thoracic surgery...
March 19, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Sridevi Gutta, Nadja Grobe, Meenasri Kumbaji, Hassan Osman, Mohammad Saklayen, Gengxin Li, Khalid M Elased
ACE2 and NEP are metalloproteases which are highly expressed in the renal proximal tubules. ACE2 and NEP generate renoprotective angiotensin (1-7) from angiotensin II (Ang II) and Ang I, respectively, and therefore could have a major role in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent data demonstrated increased urinary ACE2 in diabetic patients with CKD and kidney transplants. We tested the hypothesis that urinary ACE2, NEP and ADAM17 are increased and could be risk predictors of CKD in diabetic patients. Urinary and plasma ACE2, NEP, and ADAM17 were investigated in twenty healthy nondiabetics (ND), and forty diabetic patients with normoalbuminuria (Dnormo), microalbuminuria (Dmicro) and macroalbuminuria (Dmacro) using ELISA, Western blot, fluorogenic and novel mass spectrometric-based enzyme assays...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Daniel Appel, Miriam Seeberger, Edzard Schwedhelm, Patrick Czorlich, Alwin E Goetz, Rainer H Böger, Juliane Hannemann
BACKGROUND: Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) is the major cause of lethality and neuronal damage in patients who survived the primary subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA) inhibit nitric oxide production from L-arginine via distinct mechanisms. Elevated ADMA levels are associated with vasospasm after SAH. We aimed to study the time course of ADMA and SDMA in plasma and ventricular cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and their associations with DCI and outcome...
March 20, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Hiroshi Uchi
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive skin cancer with frequent metastasis and death. MCC has a mortality rate of 30%, making it more lethal than malignant melanoma, and incidence of MCC has increased almost fourfold over the past 20 years in the USA. MCC has long been considered to be an immunogenic cancer because it occurs more frequently in immunosuppressed patients from organ transplant and HIV infection than in those with immunocompetent. Chronic UV light exposure and clonal integration of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) are two major causative factors of MCC...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Sui-Ling Liao, Shih-Yun Hsu, Shen-Hao Lai, Shih-Hsiang Chen, Man-Chin Hua, Tsung-Chieh Yao, Li-Chen Chen, Ming-Han Tsai, Jing-Long Huang
Anemia is a major public health problem in young children. Reports on the role of anemia on infectious diseases remained controversial. We aim to investigate the effect of anemia on innate immunity, nasopharyngeal bacterial colonization, and subsequent infectious outcome. Blood tests were examined at the age of 12 months. TLR-induced cytokine production was assessed by ELISA. Bacteria from nasopharyngeal specimens were identified with traditional culture. Clinical infectious diseases were followed yearly until 3 years of age...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Katharina E Effenberger, Cornelia Schroeder, Annkathrin Hanssen, Stefan Wolter, Christine Eulenburg, Michael Tachezy, Florian Gebauer, Jakob R Izbicki, Klaus Pantel, Maximilian Bockhorn
PURPOSE: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most devastating diseases with a 5-year survival rate of 3-5%. Here we investigated if circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may predict metastatic spread and survival in pancreatic cancer patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In a prospective study we enrolled 69 pancreatic cancer patients. In peripheral blood CTCs were identified by MACS enrichment (anti-cytokeratin/anti-EpCam) and subsequent automated analysis after combined anti-cytokeratin/anti-CD45/DAPI staining...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
João Perdigão, Carla Silva, Jaciara Diniz, Catarina Pereira, Diana Machado, Jorge Ramos, Hugo Silva, Fernanda Abilleira, Clarice Brum, Ana J Reis, Maíra Macedo, João L Scaini, Ana B Silva, Leonardo Esteves, Rita Macedo, Fernando Maltez, Sofia Clemente, Elizabeth Coelho, Sofia Viegas, Paulo Rabna, Amabélia Rodrigues, Nuno Taveira, Luísa Jordao, Afrânio Kritski, José Lapa E Silva, Igor Mokrousov, David Couvin, Nalin Rastogi, Isabel Couto, Arnab Pain, Ruth McNerney, Taane G Clark, Andrea von Groll, Elis R Dalla-Costa, Maria Lúcia Rossetti, Pedro E A da Silva, Miguel Viveiros, Isabel Portugal
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major health problem within the Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP). Despite the marked variation in TB incidence across its member-states and continued human migratory flux between countries, a considerable gap in the knowledge on the Mycobacterium tuberculosis population structure and strain circulation between the countries still exists. To address this, we have assembled and analysed the largest CPLP M. tuberculosis molecular and drug susceptibility dataset, comprised by a total of 1447 clinical isolates, including 423 multidrug-resistant isolates, from five CPLP countries...
March 17, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Umberto Benedetto, Douglas G Altman, Marcus Flather, Stephen Gerry, Alastair Gray, Belinda Lees, David P Taggart
BACKGROUND: The Arterial Revascularization Trial has been designed to answer the question whether the use of bilateral internal thoracic arteries can improve 10-year outcomes when compared with single internal thoracic arteries. In the Arterial Revascularization Trial, a significant proportion of patients initially allocated to bilateral internal thoracic arteries received other conduit strategies. We sought to investigate the incidence and clinical implication of bilateral internal thoracic artery graft conversion in the Arterial Revascularization Trial...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Ferraby Ling, Suleiman Halabi, Chris Jones
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection is a major complication of total joint replacement surgery and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and financial burden. Surgical body suits (space suits), originally designed to reduce the incidence of infection, have paradoxically recently been implicated in increased periprosthetic joint infection rates. Air exhausted from space suits may be a contributing factor to this increased rate of periprosthetic joint infection. AIM: Investigate the flow of air exhausted from space suits commonly used in modern operating theatres...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Jie Hua, Hongbo Meng, Zhigang He, Le Yao, Wei Sun, Zhenshun Song
The morbidity rate after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) remains high and a modified digestive reconstruction may affect the postoperative complications. We investigated a new modification of PD by adding mesh reinforcement for the pancreatic stump and Braun enteroenterostomy with the aim of reducing postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) and delayed gastric emptying (DGE), respectively. From November 2010 to April 2015, 81 consecutive patients who underwent modified PD were retrospectively reviewed. The clinically relevant POPF and DGE rates were 4...
March 1, 2018: American Surgeon
David C Grossman, Susan J Curry, Douglas K Owens, Michael J Barry, Aaron B Caughey, Karina W Davidson, Chyke A Doubeni, John W Epling, Alex R Kemper, Alex H Krist, Martha Kubik, Seth Landefeld, Carol M Mangione, Michael Silverstein, Melissa A Simon, Chien-Wen Tseng
Importance: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Although invasive melanoma accounts for only 2% of all skin cancer cases, it is responsible for 80% of skin cancer deaths. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the 2 predominant types of nonmelanoma skin cancer, represent the vast majority of skin cancer cases. Objective: To update the 2012 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on behavioral counseling for the primary prevention of skin cancer and the 2009 recommendation on screening for skin cancer with skin self-examination...
March 20, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Zbyszko Chowaniec, Anna Skoczyńska
Cardiovascular diseases are still the main cause of death in Poland and throughout the world. Independent risk factors of cardiovascular disease, in addition to elevated LDL cholesterol, are both low HDL levels and high levels of non-HDL cholesterol. Plasma phospholipid-transfer protein (PLTP) and cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) both play a major role in the metabolism of those lipoproteins. A lack of these proteins increases HDL and lowers LDL levels. In the light of current knowledge, it seems reasonable to search for compounds that may decrease the activity of CETP, and thus reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease...
March 16, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Hee Jin Kwon, Jae Hyeong Park, Jae Hwan Lee, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee Jung Song, Jei Kim, Mijoo Kim, In Sun Kwon, In Whan Seong
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Neurologic intolerance (NI) is defined as the occurrence of neurological symptoms during carotid artery stenting (CAS). Because NI is inevitable problem, it may be helpful to anticipate its occurrence. So, we studied factors associated with NI during proximal protected CAS. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed all consecutive patients underwent proximal protected CAS from August 2012 to January 2017. RESULTS: We included total 123 patients (109 males, 72±8 years old)...
March 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
Philip H Pucher, L Michael Brunt, Neil Davies, Ali Linsk, Amani Munshi, H Alejandro Rodriguez, Abe Fingerhut, Robert D Fanelli, Horacio Asbun, Rajesh Aggarwal
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC), one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures, remains associated with significant major morbidity including bile leak and bile duct injury (BDI). The effect of changes in practice over time, and of interventions to improve patient safety, on morbidity rates is not well understood. The aim of this review was to describe current incidence rates and trends for BDI and other complications during and after LC, and to identify risk factors and preventative measures associated with morbidity and BDI...
March 19, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Dhanya Lakshmi Narayanan, Shubha R Phadke
Stem cell transplantation and cord blood banking have received much popularity among general public and medical professionals in the recent past. But information about the scientific aspects, its utility and limitations is incomplete amongst laypersons as well as many medical practitioners. Stem cells differ from all other types of cells in the human body because of their ability to multiply in order to self perpetuate and differentiate into specialized cells. Stems cells could be totipotent, multipotent, pluripotent, oligopotent or unipotent depending on the type of cells that can arise or differentiate from them...
March 20, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Megan Z Roberts, G Eric Gaskill, Julie Kanter-Washko, T Rogers Kyle, Brittany C Jones, Nicole M Bohm
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience initial and recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) more commonly and at a younger age than the general population, and it confers a higher mortality for patients with SCD. However, limited evidence is available to guide anticoagulant use for VTE treatment in this population. The primary objective of this study is to characterize the effectiveness and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) and warfarin for VTE treatment among patients with SCD. This single-center retrospective study includes adult patients with SCD who were diagnosed with VTE...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Philipp Schuster, Markus Geßlein, Philipp Mayer, Michael Schlumberger, Raul Mayr, Jörg Richter
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of septic arthritis following arthroscopic posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and multi-ligament reconstructions, and to evaluate a treatment regime with sequential arthroscopic irrigation and debridement procedures combined with antibiotic therapy that is focused on retention of the graft. METHODS: Between 2004 and 2016 a total of 866 PCL reconstructions and multi-ligament reconstructions were performed at our institution (408 isolated PCL reconstructions, 458 combined reconstructions)...
March 20, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Martin Barth, Christel Weiss, Kirsten Schmieder
BACKGROUND: The extent of red blood cell units (RBC) needed for different neurosurgical procedures and the time point of their administration are widely unknown, which results in generously cross-matching prior to surgery. However, RBC are increasingly requested in the aging western populations, and blood donations are significantly reduced. Therefore, the knowledge of the extent and time point of administration of RBC is of major importance. METHODS: This is a retrospective single center analysis...
March 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
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