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Sharon L I Wong, Maria B Sukkar
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein which regulates interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM), and thus governs fundamental cellular functions such as cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. SPARC also regulates the expression and activity of numerous growth factors and matrix metalloproteinases essential for ECM degradation and turnover. Studies in SPARC-null mice have revealed a critical role for SPARC in tissue development, injury and repair, and in the regulation of the immune response...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Flavia Petrini, Ida Di Giacinto, Rita Cataldo, Clelia Esposito, Vittorio Pavoni, Paolo Donato, Antonella Trolio, Guido Merli, Massimiliano Sorbello, Paolo Pelosi
Proper management of obese patients requires a team vision and appropriate behaviors by all health care providers in hospital. Specialist competencies are fundamental, as are specific clinical pathways and good clinical practices designed to deal with patients whose body mass index is ≥30 kg/m2. Standards of care for bariatric and non-bariatric surgery and for the critical care management of this population exist but are not well defined nor clearly followed in every hospital. Thus every anesthesiologist is likely to deal with this challenging population...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Gulgun Cetintas Afsar, Ozlem Oruc, Sema Sarac, Özgür Bilgin Topçuoğlu, Cuneyt Salturk, Fatma Merve Tepetam, Ismet Bulut
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder affecting 2-4 % of the adult population. In addition to several potential mechanisms, inflammation is one of the suggested etiological factors in OSA. Fractalkine/CX3CL1 which is detected in activated or stressed endothelium, smooth muscle cells, skeletal muscle cells, macrophages, neurons, and hepatocytes is an inflammatory marker and attracts attention of sleep specialists in OSA pathogenesis. In this study, we had two goals...
October 17, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Gang Deng, Zhan-Dong Qiu, Da-Yong Li, Yu Fang, Su-Ming Zhang
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Aldosterone was reported to be increased in patients with OSA and correlated with OSA severity. Many studies investigated the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on plasma aldosterone concentrations (PAC) in OSA patients. The results, however, were inconsistent. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of CPAP therapy on PAC by performing a meta-analysis. Literature search was carried out in electronic databases including PubMed/Medline, Cochrane Library, Embase and Web of Science...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Zoraida Verde, Jose M Rodríguez González-Moro, Luis M Chicharro, Luis Reinoso-Barbero, Fernando Bandrés, Félix Gómez-Gallego, Catalina Santiago
Reports regarding smoking differences in α-klotho expression have provided conflicting results. In the current study we focused on the influence of smoking intensity to serum levels of the aging molecule α-klotho in healthy smokers. 40 middle aged healthy smokers without airway obstruction or restriction were selected for the analysis. Serum levels of soluble α-klotho were significantly higher in heavy smokers (P < 0.001). These results are in agreement with the possibility that α-klotho acts as anti-inflammatory molecule and strengthen the hypothesis that an increase of serum levels of α-klotho might be a compensatory response to smoking stress in healthy population...
October 17, 2016: Lung
Gyeong Bo Kim, Sung Yeon Hwang, Tae Gun Shin, Tae Rim Lee, Won Chul Cha, Min Seob Sim, Ik Joon Jo, Keun Jeong Song, Joong Eui Rhee, Yeon Kwon Jeong
A 59-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a chief complaint of sore throat after swallowing sodium picosulfate/magnesium citrate powder for bowel preparation, without first dissolving it in water. The initial evaluation showed significant mucosal injury involving the oral cavity, pharynx, and epiglottis. Endotracheal intubation was performed for airway protection in the emergency department, because the mucosal swelling resulted in upper airway compromise. After conservative treatment in the intensive care unit, he underwent tracheostomy because stenosis of the supraglottic and subglottic areas was not relieved...
June 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Young Yong Kim, Gu Hyun Kang, Won Hee Kim, Hyun Young Choi, Yong Soo Jang, Young Jae Lee, Jae Guk Kim, Hyeongtae Kim, Gyoung Yong Kim
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare intubation performance between blind intubation through supraglottic airway devices and direct laryngoscopy by novices under manikin simulation. We hypothesized that the intubation time by novices using supraglottic airway devices was superior to that with the Macintosh laryngoscope (MCL). METHODS: A prospective, randomized crossover study was conducted with 95 participants, to evaluate i-gel, air-Q, LMA Fastrach, and MCL devices...
June 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Yong Tack Kong, Hyun Jung Lee, Ji Ung Na, Dong Hyuk Shin, Sang Kuk Han, Jeong Hun Lee, Pil Cho Choi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of the GlideRite stylet with the conventional malleable stylet (CMS) in endotracheal intubation (ETI) by the Macintosh laryngoscope. METHODS: This study is a randomized, crossover, simulation study. Participants performed ETI using both the GlideRite stylet and the CMS in a normal airway model and a tongue edema model (simulated difficult airway resulting in lower percentage of glottic opening [POGO]). RESULTS: In both the normal and tongue edema models, all 36 participants successfully performed ETI with the two stylets on the first attempt...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Jung-In Ko, Sang Ook Ha, Min Seok Koo, Miyoung Kwon, Jieun Kim, Jin Jeon, So Hee Park, Sangwoo Shim, Youjin Chang, Taejin Park
OBJECTIVE: Airway management in patients with suspected cervical spine injury is classified as a "difficult airway." The best device for managing difficult airways is not known. Therefore, we conducted an intubation study simulating patients with cervical spine injury using three devices: a conventional Macintosh laryngoscope, a video laryngoscope (GlideScope), and a fiberoptic bronchoscope (MAF-TM). Success rates, intubation time, and complication rates were compared. METHODS: Nine physician experts in airway management participated in this study...
December 2015: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Sardar Sindhu, Merin Koshy, Areej Abu Al-Roub, Nadeem Akhter, Saad Al Zanki, Shamsha Ali, Sriraman Devarajan, Rasheed Ahmad
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1186/s40200-016-0264-4.].
2016: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
John F Gamble, Dinesh J Kurian, Andrea G Udani, Nathaniel H Greene
We present a case of a 3-month-old female with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) undergoing general anesthesia for laparoscopic gastrostomy tube placement with a focus on airway management. WHS is a rare 4p microdeletion syndrome resulting in multiple congenital abnormalities, including craniofacial deformities. Microcephaly, micrognathia, and glossoptosis are common features in WHS patients and risk factors for a pediatric airway that is potentially difficult to intubate. We discuss anesthesia strategies for airway preparation and management in a WHS patient requiring general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Chikoti Wheat, Ryan J Bickley, Erik Cohen, Danya Wenzler, Nancy Hunter, Donna Astiz
We describe a case of a 24-year-old male presenting urgently with a juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) with difficulty breathing, inability to swallow, and respiratory distress following throat swelling. The swelling was reduced with administration of dexamethasone and the JNA was surgically resected within 48 hours. This presentation was atypical given the acuity of presentation and the patient's older age.
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Jubil Thomas, Áine Heaney, Pradipta Bhakta, Suzanne Crowe
Aspiration of foreign body is a very common emergency in paediatric age group. It is very rare in adult population. Moreover common foreign body in adults are food materials. Aspiration of hypodermic needle is very rarely reported. But this can happen accidentally during use of hypodermic needle for dental block. We hereby report such a case of aspiration of hypodermic needle accidentally aspirated during performing a dental block. Aspiration of sharp foreign body and its bronscopic removal can lead to injury to airway...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Ottavio Piccin, Giovanni Sorrenti, Francesca Milano
Sleep apnea has been shown to be more prevalent in patients who underwent radiotherapy and or surgery for head and neck cancer. Here we describe two cases of severe OSAS induced by surgery and radiotherapy, treated by Mandibular Advancing Devices as an alternative option to continuous positive airway pressure.
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Paola Papoff, Marco Castori, Lucia Manganaro, Fabio Midulla, Corrado Moretti, Piero Cascone
Although micrognathia and cleft palate have been reported in patients with Lymphedema-distichiasis syndrome (LDS), the classic Robin sequence with glossoptosis and airway obstruction has not been previously described in patients with genetically confirmed LDS. Here we report on two female siblings with LDS confirmed by a FOXC2 mutation who presented at birth with severe airway obstruction related to Robin sequence. Respiratory obstruction was successfully managed by early distraction osteogenesis. Our report highlights the unusual occurrence of Robin sequence in LDS patients and advises distraction osteogenesis to resolve breathing problems in LDS patients who present with Robin related severe airway obstruction...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Lauriane Galle-Treger, Yuzo Suzuki, Nisheel Patel, Ishwarya Sankaranarayanan, Jennifer L Aron, Hadi Maazi, Lin Chen, Omid Akbari
Allergic asthma is a complex and chronic inflammatory disorder that is associated with airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and driven by Th2 cytokine secretion. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) produce large amounts of Th2 cytokines and contribute to the development of AHR. Here, we show that ILC2s express the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR), which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory role in several inflammatory diseases. We show that engagement of a specific agonist with α7nAChR on ILC2s reduces ILC2 effector function and represses ILC2-dependent AHR, while decreasing expression of ILC2 key transcription factor GATA-3 and critical inflammatory modulator NF-κB, and reducing phosphorylation of upstream kinase IKKα/β...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
Shahbaz R Arain, Julie K Freed, Jutta Novalija, Paul S Pagel, Thomas J Ebert
OBJECTIVE: The mechanism of perioperative hypotension in patients taking an angiotensin-receptor blocker up to the time of surgery remains unclear. This study tested the hypothesis that short-term angiotensin-receptor blocker treatment attenuated the sympathetic and vascular responses to autonomic stimuli in volunteers undergoing anesthesia. DESIGN: Randomized, crossover, blinded, pilot design. SETTING: Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jonathan Kei, Donald P Mebust
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that an adult 8.0 endotracheal tube (ETT) connected to a neonatal meconium aspirator would improve suctioning during emergent endotracheal intubation compared to the Yankauer suction instrument, the standard tool used by emergency physicians. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of a Yankauer vs. an ETT-meconium aspirator set-up in suctioning liquids of different viscosities. METHODS: The Yankauer and ETT-meconium aspirator device underwent a head-to-head timed comparison, suctioning 250 mL of three different fluids, varying in viscosity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Brooks V Udelsman, Jessica Eaton, Ashok Muniappan, Christopher R Morse, Cameron D Wright, Douglas J Mathisen
OBJECTIVE: Patients with complicated airway defects that exceed the limits of primary repair represent a challenging clinical problem and require alternative techniques for repair. The aim of this study was to evaluate bioprosthetic reconstruction of large tracheal and bronchial defects. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients treated at a single tertiary center from 2008 to 2015 who underwent repair of tracheal or bronchial defects with a bioprosthetic device, namely aortic homograft or acellular dermal matrix...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Daniele Ottinger, Jamie Hicks, Sarah Wilson, Kim Sperber, Keely Power
BACKGROUND: Premature infants have an increased risk for developing skin breakdown. Perceivably noninvasive interventions may have detrimental effects on the infant's skin. PURPOSE: This case presentation describes an extreme case of nasal breakdown associated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP). METHODS: Highlighted is the vital importance of proper placement, along with appropriate apparatus size, in the efforts to prevent skin breakdown...
October 7, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
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