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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223114/regional-conduction-velocity-calculation-from-clinical-multichannel-electrograms-in-human-atria
#1
Bhawna Verma, Tobias Oesterlein, Axel Loewe, Armin Luik, Claus Schmitt, Olaf Dössel
BACKGROUND: During atrial fibrillation, heterogeneities and anisotropies result in a chaotic propagation of the depolarization wavefront. The electrophysiological parameter called conduction velocity (CV) influences the propagation pattern over the atrium. We present a method that determines the regional CV for deformed catheter shapes, which result due to the catheter movement and changing wall contact. METHODS: The algorithm selects stable catheter positions, finds the local activation times (LAT), considers the wall contact and calculates all CV estimates within the area covered by the catheter...
November 26, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222861/zero-fluoroscopy-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-using-ensite-navx-system-clinical-viability-or-fanciful-technique
#2
Ping Guo, Jie Qiu, Yan Wang, Guangzhi Chen, Riccardo Proietti, Al-Selmi Fadhle, Chunxia Zhao, Dao Wen Wang
BACKGROUND: Fluoroscopy is the imaging modality routinely used for cardiac device implantation and electrophysiological procedures. Due to the rising concern regarding the harmful effects of radiation exposure to both the patients and operation staffs, novel 3D mapping systems have been developed and implemented in electrophysiological procedure for the navigation of catheters inside the heart chambers. Their applicability in cardiac device implantation has been rarely reported. Our aim is to evaluate the feasibility and safety of permanent pacemaker implantation without fluoroscopy...
December 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222738/ct-based-3d-printing-is-superior-to-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-pre-procedure-planning-in-left-atrial-appendage-device-closure
#3
Edinrin Obasare, Sumeet K Mainigi, D Lynn Morris, Leandro Slipczuk, Igor Goykhman, Evan Friend, Mary Rodriguez Ziccardi, Gregg S Pressman
Accurate assessment of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is important for pre-procedure planning when utilizing device closure for stroke reduction. Sizing is traditionally done with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) but this is not always precise. Three-dimensional (3D) printing of the LAA may be more accurate. 24 patients underwent Watchman device (WD) implantation (71 ± 11 years, 42% female). All had complete 2-dimensional TEE. Fourteen also had cardiac computed tomography (CCT) with 3D printing to produce a latex model of the LAA for pre-procedure planning...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222602/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-biliary-drainage-using-a-newly-designed-metal-stent-with-a-thin-delivery-system-a-preclinical-study-in-phantom-and-porcine-models
#4
Kosuke Minaga, Masayuki Kitano, Masahiro Itonaga, Hajime Imai, Takeshi Miyata, Kentaro Yamao, Takashi Tamura, Junya Nuta, Kenji Warigaya, Masatoshi Kudo
PURPOSE: This study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a newly designed self-expandable metal stent for endoscopic ultrasound-guided biliary drainage (EUS-BD) when it was delivered via three different stent delivery systems: a 7.5Fr delivery catheter with a bullet-shaped tip (7.5Fr-bullet), a 7Fr catheter with a bullet-shaped tip (7Fr-bullet), or a 7Fr catheter with a tee-shaped tip (7Fr-tee). METHODS: This experimental study utilized a porcine model of biliary dilatation involving ten pigs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222405/multiple-weekly-dalbavancin-dosing-for-the-treatment-of-native-vertebral-osteomyelitis-caused-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-a-case-report
#5
Thamer A Almangour, Valerie Fletcher, Mohammed Alessa, Abdullah A Alhifany, Deanne Tabb
BACKGROUND Native vertebral osteomyelitis (NVO) is a common form of hematogenous osteomyelitis, with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) being the most commonly isolated organism. Dalbavancin is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) and has a sufficiently promising pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile to be considered for the treatment of vertebral osteomyelitis. We describe here what is probably the first reported case of using multiple weekly dalbavancin to treat a complicated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia and vertebral osteomyelitis...
December 9, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222321/thrombectomy-and-thrombolysis-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-postthrombotic-syndrome
#6
REVIEW
Suresh Vedantham
Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a frequent complication of lower-extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occurring in approximately 40% of patients despite the use of anticoagulant therapy. PTS causes significant impairment of patients' health-related quality of life, and no evidence-based therapies have been consistently effective. Catheter-directed thrombolysis and thrombectomy have been shown to remove acute thrombus, and it has been hypothesized they could prevent or reduce PTS. However, because these procedures can be associated with complications, mainly bleeding, randomized trial data are needed to determine when they should be used...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222206/catastrophic-catheter-induced-coronary-artery-vasospasm-successfully-rescued-using-intravascular-ultrasound-imaging-guidance
#7
Masaki Kodaira, Ryota Tabei, Toshiki Kuno, Yohei Numasawa
A 46-year-old man underwent coronary angiography for stable angina. He developed inferior ST-segment myocardial infarction during the angiography. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) findings suggested coronary vasospasm. Intracoronary administration of isosorbide dinitrate restored the coronary flow. This case illustrates the essential role IVUS imaging played in establishing the diagnosis of catheter-induced coronary vasospasm.
December 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222043/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Eric Black-Maier, Xinru Ren, Benjamin A Steinberg, Cynthia L Green, Adam S Barnett, Normita Sta Rosa, Sana M Al-Khatib, Brett D Atwater, James P Daubert, Camille Frazier-Mills, Augustus O Grant, Donald D Hegland, Kevin P Jackson, Larry R Jackson, Jason I Koontz, Robert K Lewis, Albert Y Sun, Kevin L Thomas, Tristam D Bahnson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined outcomes of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). OBJECTIVE: Compare outcomes of AF ablation in patients with HFpEF versus HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 230 patients with HF who underwent AF ablation, including 97 (42.2%) with HFrEF and 133 (57.8%) with HFpEF. Outcomes included adverse events, symptoms (Mayo AF Symptom Inventory [MAFSI]), New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class, and freedom from recurrent atrial arrhythmia at 12-months...
December 5, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221959/robotically-assisted-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-reasons-for-partial-manual-assistance-or-manual-conversion
#9
Jonathan Harrison, Lawrence Ang, Jesse Naghi, Omid Behnamfar, Ali Pourdjabbar, Mitul P Patel, Ryan R Reeves, Ehtisham Mahmud
BACKGROUND: Robotically-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (R-PCI) is feasible for simple coronary lesions. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency and reasons for partial manual assistance or manual conversion during R-PCI in clinical practice. METHODS: The CorPath 200 System (Corindus, Waltham, MA) enables the operator to sit in a radiation-shielded cockpit and remotely control intracoronary devices including guidewires, balloons, and stents...
November 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221922/pediatric-percutaneous-nephrostomy-a-multicenter-experience
#10
Sphoorti Shellikeri, Robert Daulton, Madeleine Sertic, Bairbre Connolly, Mark Hogan, Francis Marshalleck, Anne Marie Cahill
PURPOSE: To analyze technique, outcomes, and complications of a large series of pediatric percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) procedures performed at 4 tertiary pediatric centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective multicenter study of PCNs performed during an 11-year period. Six hundred seventy-five PCNs were performed on 441 patients (median age: 4 y, range: 1 d-18 y, median weight: 17 kg, range: 0.7-112 kg); 31% were younger than 1 year. The most frequent indications for PCN procedures included hydronephrosis (57%), calculus (14%), and infection (12%)...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221837/a-single-center-retrospective-analysis-of-the-efficacy-of-a-new-balloon-catheter-in-autogenous-arteriovenous-fistula-dysfunction-resistant-to-conventional-balloon-angioplasty
#11
Xiaolei Sun, Yanzheng He, Yarong Ma, Huqiang He, Lei Zhang, Ivo Ricardo de Seabra Rodrigues Dias, Yong Liu
PURPOSE: To present a new alternative balloon catheter option for autogenous arteriovenous fistula (AVF) dysfunction with stiff constriction resistant to conventional balloon angioplasty. METHODS: Our first series of 51 patients with autogenous AVF dysfunction who were simultaneously treated with VascutrakTM balloon catheter, following failed conventional balloon therapy (failure was defined as residual stenosis of >30%), were retrospectively observed and analyzed...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221746/clinical-and-neuroimaging-characteristics-of-cerebral-sinovenous-thrombosis-in-neonates-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Nathalie H P Claessens, Selma O Algra, Nicolaas J G Jansen, Floris Groenendaal, Esther de Wit, Alexander A Wilbrink, Felix Haas, Antonius N J Schouten, Rutger A J Nievelstein, Manon J N L Benders, Linda S de Vries
OBJECTIVES: Neonates with congenital heart disease may have an increased risk of cerebral sinovenous thrombosis, but incidence rates are lacking. This study describes the clinical and neuroimaging characteristics of cerebral sinovenous thrombosis in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: Forty neonates (78% male) requiring neonatal univentricular or biventricular cardiac repair using cardiopulmonary bypass were included. All underwent preoperative (median postnatal day 7) and postoperative (median postoperative day 7) magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, including venography, to detect cerebral sinovenous thrombosis...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221467/urothelial-cells-may-indicate-underlying-bacteriuria-in-pregnancy-at-term-a-comparative-study
#13
N Liou, J Currie, C James, J Malone-Lee, A L David
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection is common in pregnancy. Urine is sampled from by mid-stream collection (MSU). If epithelial cells are detected, contamination by vulvo-vagial skin and skin bacteria is assumed. Outside pregnancy, catheter specimen urine (CSU) is considered less susceptible to contamination. We compared MSU and CSU methods in term pregnancy to test these assumptions. METHODS: Healthy pregnant women at term gestation (n = 32, median gestation 38 + 6 weeks, IQR 37 + 6-39 + 2) undergoing elective caesarean section provided a MSU and CSU for paired comparison that were each analysed for bacterial growth and bladder distress by fresh microscopy, sediment culture and immunofluorescent staining...
December 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221439/catheter-related-blood-stream-infections-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
#14
Stephanie Thompson, Natasha Wiebe, Scott Klarenbach, Rick Pelletier, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, John S Gill, Braden J Manns, Marcello Tonelli
BACKGROUND: For people requiring hemodialysis, infectious mortality is independently associated with geographic distance from a nephrologist. We aimed to determine if differential management of catheter-related blood stream infections (CRBSIs) could explain poorer outcomes. METHODS: We prospectively collected data from adults initiating hemodialysis with a central venous catheter between 2005 and 2015 in Alberta, Canada. We collected indicators of CRBSI management (timely catheter removal, relapsing bacteremia); frequency of CRBSIs; hospitalizations; predictors of CRBSIs, and bacteremia...
December 8, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221438/double-catheter-lavage-combined-with-percutaneous-flexible-endoscopic-debridement-for-infected-pancreatic-necrosis-failed-to-percutaneous-catheter-drainage
#15
Pi Liu, Jun Song, Hua-Jing Ke, Nong-Hua Lv, Yin Zhu, Hao Zeng, Yong Zhu, Liang Xia, Wen-Hua He, Ji Li, Xin Huang, Yu-Peng Lei
BACKGROUND: Infected pancreatic necrosis (IPN) is a serious local complication of acute pancreatitis, with high mortality. Minimally invasive therapy including percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD) has become the preferred method for IPN instead of traditional open necrosectomy. However, the efficacy of double-catheter lavage in combination with percutaneous flexible endoscopic debridement after PCD failure is unknown compared with surgical necrosectomy. METHODS: A total of 27 cases of IPN patients with failure PCD between Jan 2014 and Dec 2015 were enrolled in this retrospective cohort study...
December 8, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221340/sudden-hypotension-occurring-after-4-days-of-left-sided-central-catheter-placement
#16
Youn-Jung Kim, Won Young Kim
Central venous catheters (CVCs) have an important role in the management of critically ill patients. In contrast to the immediate complications after CVC insertion, the late complications were difficult to be noticed without high suspicion despite their life-threatening outcome. We report a rare but fatal delayed vascular perforation occurring after 4 days of left-sided hemodialysis catheter insertion. A 74-year-old male with septic shock was treated with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and recovered smoothly during hospitalization...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221283/effectiveness-and-safety-of-simultaneous-hybrid-thoracoscopic-endocardial-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-obese-and-non-obese-patients
#17
Kevin Phan, Laurent Pison, Nelson Wang, Aran Kanagaratnam, Tristan D Yan, Bart Maesen, Jos G Maessen, Harry J Crijns, Mark La Meir
Background: We evaluated the safety and effectiveness of the hybrid thoracoscopic endocardial epicardial ablation technique for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) in obese versus non-obese patients. Methods: Between January 2010 and January 2015, a cohort of 61 patients were retrospectively identified to undergo ablation of AF as a stand-alone procedure using a thoracoscopic, hybrid epicardial-endocardial technique. All patients underwent continuous 7-day Holter monitoring at 3, 6 months, 1 year and yearly thereafter...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220873/effect-of-sleep-on-overnight-csf-amyloid-%C3%AE-kinetics
#18
Brendan P Lucey, Terry J Hicks, Jennifer S McLeland, Cristina D Toedebusch, Jill Boyd, Donald L Elbert, Bruce W Patterson, Jack Baty, John C Morris, Vitaliy Ovod, Kwasi G Mawuenyega, Randall J Bateman
Sleep disturbances are associated with future risk of Alzheimer's disease. Disrupted sleep increases soluble amyloid-β, suggesting a mechanism for sleep disturbances to increase Alzheimer's disease risk. We tested this response in humans using indwelling lumbar catheters to serially sample cerebrospinal fluid while participants were sleep-deprived, treated with sodium oxybate, or allowed to sleep normally. All participants were infused with 13 C6 -leucine to measure amyloid-β kinetics. We found that sleep deprivation increased overnight amyloid-β-38, amyloid-β-40, and amyloid-β-42 levels by 25-30% via increased overnight amyloid-β production relative to sleeping controls...
December 8, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218697/quantitative-assessment-of-reflux-in-commercially-available-needle-free-iv-connectors
#19
Garret J Hull, Nancy L Moureau, Shramik Sengupta
METHODS: In this study, 14 NFC brands representing each of the four market-categories of NFCs were selected for evaluation of fluid movement occurring during connection and disconnection of a syringe. Study objectives were to 1)theoretically estimate amount of blood reflux volume in microliters (μL) permitted by each NFC based on exact component measurements, and 2) experimentally measure NFC volume of fluid movement for disconnection reflux of negative, neutral and anti-reflux NFC and fluid movement for connection reflux of positive displacement NFC...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218695/author-s-reply-to-comments-on-a-stripping-method-to-remove-stuck-catheter-and-a-plea-to-adopt-a-large-size-hemodialysis-catheters
#20
Massimo Lodi
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December 4, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
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