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Saleem I Abdulrauf, Peter Vuong, Ritesh Patel, Raghu Sampath, Ahmed M Ashour, Lauren M Germany, Jonathon Lebovitz, Colt Brunson, Yuvraj Nijjar, J Kyle Dryden, Maheen Q Khan, Mihaela G Stefan, Evan Wiley, Ryan T Cleary, Connor Reis, Jodi Walsh, Paula Buchanan
OBJECTIVE Risk of ischemia during aneurysm surgery is significantly related to temporary clipping time and final clipping that might incorporate a perforator. In this study, the authors attempted to assess the potential added benefit to patient outcomes of "awake" neurological testing when compared with standard neurophysiological testing performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed after the induction of conscious sedation, and for the neurological testing, the patient is fully awake. METHODS The authors conducted an institutional review board-approved prospective study of clipping unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) in 30 consecutive adult patients who underwent awake clipping...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Wouter C Meijers, A Rogier van der Velde, Anneke C Muller Kobold, Janneke Dijck-Brouwer, Alan H Wu, Allan Jaffe, Rudolf A de Boer
AIMS: Biomarkers can be used for diagnosis, risk stratification, or management of patients with heart failure (HF). Knowledge about the biological variation is needed for proper interpretation of serial measurements. Therefore, we aimed to determine and compare the biological variation of a large panel of biomarkers in healthy subjects and in patients with chronic HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: The biological variability of established biomarkers [NT-proBNP and high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT)], novel biomarkers [galectin-3, suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2), and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15)], and renal/neurohormonal biomarkers (aldosterone, phosphate, parathyroid hormone, plasma renin concentration, and creatinine) was determined in 28 healthy subjects and 83 HF patients, over a period of 4 months and 6 weeks, respectively...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Mitsuru Yagi, Hideaki Ohne, Tsunehiko Konomi, Kanehiro Fujiyoshi, Shinjiro Kaneko, Masakazu Takemitsu, Masafumi Machida, Yoshiyuki Yato, Takashi Asazuma
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Gait patterns and their relationship to demographic and radiographic data in patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) have not been fully documented. PURPOSE: To assess gait pattern in patients with ASD and the effect of corrective spinal surgery on gait. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Prospective case series. PATIENT SAMPLE: The gait patterns of 33 consecutive female with ASD (age 67.1 years; body mass index (BMI) 22...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
J C Menon, J K Joseph, M P Jose, B L Dhananjaya, O V Oommen
INTRODUCTION: Snakebite is an occupational hazard causing considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly so in tropical countries like India. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to (i) review the demographic, clinical and laboratory findings in patients (1051) admitted with venomous snakebite (ii) to correlate mortality, morbidity and duration of hospital stay with clinical signs, symptoms and laboratory parameters. METHODS: A retrospective study of 1051 patients treated for snakebite over 10 years (2000 - 2009) in Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Kerala...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Rachel S Bronheim, Eric K Oermann, Samuel K Cho, John M Caridi
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To identify associations between abnormal coagulation profile and postoperative morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The literature suggests that abnormal coagulation profile is associated with postoperative complications, notably the need for blood transfusion. However, there is little research that directly addresses the influence of coagulation profile on postoperative complications following PLF...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Wei Tang, Jun Zhou, Lili Miao, GuoCao Shi
OBJECTIVE: Cough variant asthma (CVA) is a subtype of asthma that is characterized by a chronic cough. We compared the clinical characteristics and pulmonary function in patients with CVA who had normal and high exhaled fractional nitric oxide (FeNO) levels. METHODS: We collected the clinical history and pulmonary function data from 99 patients with newly diagnosed CVA. RESULT: Newly diagnosed subjects with CVA were divided into a high FeNO group (FeNO value over or equal to 25 ppb, n=52) and a normal FeNO group (FeNO lower than 25 ppb, n=47)...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Rohit Rai, Sanjay Verma, Tanu Midha, Richa Giri, R K Verma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
R Rai, R K Verma, S Verma, R Giri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Amal Dev D, Abraham Varghese, Sunil Mathew, P Viswanatha, Sajit Varghese
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Shinya Fujikawa, Shuntaro Ando, Shinji Shimodera, Shinsuke Koike, Satoshi Usami, Rie Toriyama, Sho Kanata, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Yuji Okazaki, Atsushi Nishida
Although several studies have reported that child physical abuse increased the risk for bullying involvement, the effect of current violence from adult family members (CVA) on bullying involvement and suicidal feelings among adolescents has not been sufficiently examined. This study investigated the association of CVA with adolescent bullying involvement and the interaction effect of CVA and bullying involvement on suicidal feelings. This cross-sectional study used data from a school-based survey with a general population of adolescents (grades 7 to 12)...
2016: PloS One
Øyvind Skadberg, Sverre Sandberg, Thomas Røraas, Per Hyltoft Petersen, Hilde Sellevoll, Einar Svarstad, Kristin Sæle, Kristin Moberg Aakre
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular mortality is high in end stage renal disease (ESRD). This study aimed to: (1) calculate within-week within- and between-subject biological variation (CVI and CVG) for hs-cTn in ESRD; (2) determine the magnitude of hs-cTn concentration changes during haemodialysis (HD) treatment; and (3) compare the CVI and CVG to the within and between-subject variation of cTn concentration changes during HD treatments (CVDIFF-I and CVDIFF-G). METHODS: Serum samples were collected from 20 patients before and after 10 consecutive HD treatments...
October 5, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Takamitsu Asano, Masaya Takemura, Kensuke Fukumitsu, Norihisa Takeda, Hiroya Ichikawa, Hisatoshi Hijikata, Yoshihiro Kanemitsu, Takehiro Uemura, Osamu Takakuwa, Hirotsugu Ohkubo, Ken Maeno, Yutaka Ito, Tetsuya Oguri, Atsushi Nakamura, Akio Niimi
BACKGROUND: Cough-variant asthma (CVA) and cough-predominant asthma (CPA) are the major causes of persistent cough in Japan. The utility of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurement in the differential diagnosis of persistent cough has been reported, but the influence of atopic status, which is associated with higher FeNO levels, on the diagnostic utility of FeNO has been unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 105 non-smoking patients with prolonged and chronic cough that were not treated with corticosteroids and anti-leukotrienes...
September 29, 2016: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Kirill Alekseyev, Sangita T Bajpayee, Calvin R Spott, Mohammad Aalai, Blair E Conard, Marc Ross
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Arpit Arora, Caitlin Cicone, Necolle Morgado-Vega
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Ofure Luke, Christine Greiss
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Seokchun Lim, Louanne M Carabini, Robert D Kim, Ryan Khanna, Nader S Dahdaleh, Zachary A Smith
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Higher ASA classification is a known predictor of postoperative complication in diverse surgical settings. However, its predictive value is not established in single-level elective anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (SLE-ACDF). PURPOSE: To evaluate the predictive value of American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) classification system on 30-day morbidity following SLE-ACDF STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Patients who underwent SLE-ACDF between 2011-2013 were selected from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database...
September 23, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Mostafa Almasi, Nader Hodjati Firoozabadi, Faeze Ghasemi, Mojtaba Chardoli
Background. The ABCD2 score is now identified as a useful clinical prediction rule to determine the risk for stroke in the days following brain ischemic attacks. Aim. The present study aimed to introduce a new scoring system named "ABCD2F" and compare its value with the previous ABCD2 system to predict recurrent ischemic stroke within 90 days of the initial cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Methods. 138 consecutive patients with the final diagnosis of ischemic CVA or TIAs who referred to emergency ward of Rasoul-e-Akram general hospital in Tehran from September 2012 to December 2013 were eligible...
2016: Neurology Research International
Ulrika Falkenö, Anna Hillström, Claudia von Brömssen, Emma M Strage
The applications of data on biological variation include assessment of the utility of population-based reference intervals, evaluation of the significance of change in serial results, and setting of analytical quality specifications. We investigated the biological variation of 19 biochemistry analytes and total T4, measured in serum from 7 clinically healthy domestic cats sampled once weekly for 5 weeks. Samples were frozen and analyzed in random order in the same analytical run. Results were analyzed for outliers, and the components of variance, subsequently generated by restricted maximum likelihood, were used to determine within-subject and between-subject variation (CVI and CVG, respectively), as well as analytical variation (CVA) for each analyte...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Kuang-Ming Liao, Hsueh-Yi Lu
The incidence and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with increasing age. Osteoarthritis is also a growing problem in the aging population, and total knee replacement (TKR) is a common surgical procedure for this population. An increasing number of COPD patients are receiving TKR, but few studies have examined the complications and outcomes after TKR in COPD patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the complications, including mortality, wound infections, hospitalization readmission, pneumonia (PN), and cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) in patients with COPD after receiving TKR...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Patompong Ungprasert, Narat Srivali, Charat Thongprayoon
BACKGROUND: Several chronic inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, have been linked to an increased risk of cerebrovascular accident (CVA), but the data on polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) remains unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies that reported odds ratio, relative risk, hazard ratio, or standardized incidence ratio comparing the risk of CVA in patients with PMR versus non-PMR controls...
September 2016: Neurology India
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