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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346969/the-comparison-of-laparoscopic-and-microsurgical-varicocoelectomy-in-infertile-men-with-varicocoele-on-paternity-rate-12%C3%A2-months-after-surgery-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
#1
P Bryniarski, P Taborowski, P Rajwa, Z Kaletka, M Życzkowski, A Paradysz
The best surgical approach for varicocoelectomy is still unknown, however more and more physicians favour subinguinal microsurgery. The aim of this study was to find whether microsurgical approach is superior to laparoscopic varicocoelectomy in terms of pregnancy rate, fertility potential, endocrinological function of the testis, erectile dysfunction and testicle volume increase. It was a prospective, non-masked, parallel-group randomized controlled trial with one to one allocation. It was conducted at authors' institution and designed as per protocol study...
March 27, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346530/quantification-of-left-coronary-bifurcation-angles-and-plaques-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-for-prediction-of-significant-coronary-stenosis-a-preliminary-study-with-dual-source-ct
#2
Yue Cui, Wenjuan Zeng, Jie Yu, Jing Lu, Yuannan Hu, Nan Diao, Bo Liang, Ping Han, Heshui Shi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of left coronary bifurcation angles and plaque characteristics for prediction of coronary stenosis by dual-source CT. METHODS: 106 patients suspected of coronary artery disease undergoing both coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and invasive coronary angiography (CAG) within three months were included. Left coronary bifurcation angles including the angles between the left anterior descending artery and left circumflex artery (LAD-LCx), left main coronary artery and left anterior descending artery (LM-LAD), left main coronary artery and left circumflex artery (LM-LCx) were measured on CT images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344415/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-patients-with-diabetic-nephropathy-and-left-main-coronary-artery-disease
#3
Hsin-Ru Li, Chiao-Po Hsu, Shih-Hsien Sung, Chun-Che Shih, Shing-Jong Lin, Wan-Leong Chan, Cheng-Hsueh Wu, Tse-Min Lu
BACKGROUND: Patients with diabetic nephropathy and unprotected left main (LM) coronary artery disease suffer from high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although surgical revascularization is currently recommended in this special patient population, the optimal revascularization method for this distinct patient group has remained unclear. METHODS: We collected 99 consecutive patients with unprotected LM disease and diabetic nephropathy, including 46 patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and 53 who had coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), with a mean age of 72 ± 10; with 80...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344214/the-outcomes-of-intravascular-ultrasound-guided-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-among-patients-with-complex-coronary-lesions-a-comprehensive-meta-analysis-of-15-clinical-trials-and-8-084-patients
#4
Zhong Guo Fan, Xiao Fei Gao, Xiao Bo Li, Ming Xue Shao, Ya Li Gao, Shao Liang Chen, Nai Liang Tian
OBJECTIVE: The effects of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in patients with complex coronary artery lesions remains to be controversial. This study sought to evaluate the outcomes of IVUS guidance in these patients. METHODS: The EMBASE, Medline, and other internet sources were searched for relevant articles. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), and target-vessel revascularization (TVR)...
March 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343949/lactate-and-echocardiography-before-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
#5
Chiara Lazzeri, Manuela Bonizzoli, Giovanni Cianchi, Stefano Batacchi, Paolo Terenzi, Morena Cozzolino, Pasquale Bernardo, Adriano Peris
BACKGROUND: Lactate has been recognised as a prognostic factor in several critical conditions. Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is a well-established therapy in patients with Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS) unresponsive to conventional therapy and echocardiography pre ECMO initiation has been recently reported to help in risk stratifying these patients. METHODS: We assessed whether the detection of hyperlactataemia could be associated with the presence of left ventricle (LV) or right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in 121 consecutive patients with refractory ARDS...
March 14, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343199/-hypogonadism-in-patients-with-testicular-tumors-and-prostate-cancer
#6
Marcin Radko, Tomasz Syryło, Henryk Zieliński
Hypogonadism is defined as an array of symptoms arising from a deficiency of androgens. It is caused by a hormonal and spermatogenic dysfunction of the testes. It results in impaired fertility and has a negative impact on the functions of multiple organs and systems, physical well-being, sexual functions and also mental state. Particularly patients with a history of cancer have a high risk of developing hypogonadism as a result of not only the nature of the disease, but mainly its treatment. While leaving the patient with cancer without treatment does not fall within the concept of the art of medicine and the ethical canon of a physician, the symptoms of hypogonadism are often ignored and left untreated...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341824/posterior-cingulate-cross-hemispheric-functional-connectivity-predicts-the-level-of-consciousness-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#7
Haosu Zhang, Rui Dai, Pengmin Qin, Weijun Tang, Jin Hu, Xuchu Weng, Xing Wu, Ying Mao, Xuehai Wu, Georg Northoff
Previous studies have demonstrated that altered states of consciousness are related to changes in resting state activity in the default-mode network (DMN). Anatomically, the DMN can be divided into anterior and posterior regions. The anterior DMN includes the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex and other medial prefrontal cortical regions, whereas the posterior DMN includes regions such as the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) and the temporal parietal junction (TPJ). Although differential roles have been attributed to the anterior and posterior DMN regions, their exact contributions to consciousness levels remain unclear...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341764/transesophageal-echocardiographic-guidance-of-transcatheter-closure-of-the-aortic-valve-in-a-patient-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-related-severe-aortic-regurgitation
#8
Preetham Muskala, Taiyeb M Khumri, Michael L Main
A 68 year-old man with a severe ischemic cardiomyopathy underwent left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation (Heart Mate II device) for destination therapy. He presented 49 months following LVAD implant with worsening heart failure symptoms and new severe aortic regurgitation. Given high risk for both surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement, he was admitted for transcatheter closure of the aortic valve under transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) guidance. TEE imaging revealed severe aortic regurgitation (see Figure 1A and 1B, and multimedia files 1 and 2)...
March 24, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341355/comparison-of-clinical-and-electrocardiographic-predictors-of-ischemic-and-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-during-the-initial-evaluation-of-patients-with-reduced-%C3%A2-40-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#9
Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Arvind R Devanabanda, George Zakhem, Sohah N Iqbal, William Slater, John T Coppola
Invasive coronary angiography is routinely performed during the initial evaluation of patients with suspected cardiomyopathy with reduced left ventricular function. Clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) data may accurately predict ischemic cardiomyopathy (IC). Medical records of adults referred for coronary angiography for evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with myocardial infarction (MI), previous coronary revascularization, cardiac surgery, or left-sided valvular disease were excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341304/the-normal-variants-in-the-left-bundle-branch-system
#10
REVIEW
M V Elizari
This article reviewed the main anatomic and physiopathological aspects of the left bundle branch from its origin in the His bundle and its intraventricular distribution on the left endocardial surface. The results are based on the relevant literature and on personal observations executed on 206 hearts distributed as follows: 67 dogs, 60 humans, 45 sheep, 22 pigs, 10 cows, 2 monkeys, 1 guanaco, and 1 sea lion. The main anatomical features of the His-Purkinje conducting system may be summarized as follows: The bundle of His is composed by two segments: the penetrating and branching portions...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340691/fabry-disease-a-fundamental-genetic-modifier-of-cardiac-function
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REVIEW
A Tadevosyan
Fabry disease (FD) is an inherited X-linked metabolic storage disorder triggered by abnormalities in the GLA gene at Xq22, which leads to a deficiency in α-galactosidase A and massive accumulation of intralysosomal glycosphingolipids. Cardiac complications are very common in FD and are the main cause of late morbidity, as well as early mortality in both hemizygous men and heterozygous women. There is a need for a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and management of FD patients as there is a wide range of presentation of FD, which varies with mutation and other organ involvement/dysfunction...
January 2017: Current Research in Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340443/quantitative-eeg-abnormalities-in-major-depressive-disorder-with-basal-ganglia-stroke-with-lesions-in-different-hemispheres
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Chunfang Wang, Yuanyuan Chen, Ying Zhang, Jin Chen, Xiaojing Ding, Dong Ming, Jingang Du
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to examine the aberrant EEG oscillation in major depressive subjects with basal ganglia stroke with lesions in different hemispheres. METHODS: Resting EEG of 16 electrodes in 58 stroke subjects, 26 of whom had poststroke depression (13 with left-hemisphere lesion and 13 with right) and 32 of whom did not (18 with left lesion and 14 with right), was recorded to obtain spectral power analysis for several frequency bands. Multiple analysis of variance and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were used to identify differences between poststroke depression (PSD) and poststroke non-depression (PSND), treating the different lesion hemispheres separately...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340150/severe-conduction-defects-requiring-permanent-pacemaker-implantation-in-patients-with-a-new-onset-left-bundle-branch-block-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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V J Nijenhuis, V F Van Dijk, S M Chaldoupi, J C Balt, J M Ten Berg
Aims: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is frequently associated with cardiac conduction defects (CCD) requiring permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI). Although new-onset left bundle branch block (LBBB) is often seen, the rate of progression to severe CCD is unclear. We aimed to find clinical and electrocardiographic (ECG) parameters associated with severe CCD requiring PPI in patients with a new-onset LBBB after TAVI and assess its effect on clinical outcome. Methods and results: All consecutive patients undergoing TAVI who developed a new-onset LBBB were retrospectively analysed...
March 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340078/image-integration-into-3-dimensional-electro-anatomical-mapping-system-facilitates-safe-ablation-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-originating-from-the-aortic-root-and-its-vicinity
#14
Mario Jularic, Ruken Özge Akbulak, Benjamin Schäffer, Julia Moser, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Christian Eickholt, Stephan Willems, Boris A Hoffmann
Aims: During ablation in the vicinity of the coronary arteries establishing a safe distance from the catheter tip to the relevant vessels is mandatory and usually assessed by fluoroscopy alone. The aim of the study was to investigate the feasibility of an image integration module (IIM) for continuous monitoring of the distance of the ablation catheter tip to the main coronary arteries during ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VA) originating in the sinus of valsalva (SOV) and the left ventricular summit part of which can be reached via the great cardiac vein (GCV)...
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339945/single-site-ventricular-pacing-via-the-coronary-sinus-in-patients-with-tricuspid-valve-disease
#15
Amit Noheria, Martin van Zyl, Luis R Scott, Komandoor Srivathsan, Malini Madhavan, Samuel J Asirvatham, Christopher J McLeod
Aims: To evaluate coronary sinus single-site (CSSS) left ventricular pacing in adult patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) when traditional right ventricular lead implantation is not feasible or is contraindicated. Methods and results: We performed a retrospective analysis of 23 patients with tricuspid valve surgery/disease who received a CSSS ventricular pacing lead to avoid crossing the tricuspid valve. Two matched control populations were obtained from patients receiving (i) conventional right ventricular single-site (RVSS) leads and (ii) coronary sinus leads for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CSCRT)...
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339580/the-integration-of-orthodontic-miniscrews-under-mechanical-loading-a-pre-clinical-study-in-rabbit
#16
B Giuliano Maino, Alberto Di Blasio, Davide Spadoni, Francesca Ravanetti, Carlo Galli, Antonio Cacchioli, Christos Katsaros, Mauro Gandolfini
Introduction: Orthodontic miniscrews are an increasingly popular choice to achieve absolute anchorage. The temporary use of miniscrews and their recent introduction have limited the debate over the biological aspect of the materials to that of the surface that permeates the field of dental implants. The aim of the present study was to investigate the integration of grade 5 titanium mini-implants with machined or sand blasted acid etched surface (SAE) under mechanical load in a rabbit tibia model of implant integration...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338871/renal-sympathetic-denervation-a-viable-option-for-treating-resistant-hypertension
#17
Markus P Schlaich
Accumulating evidence from mainly uncontrolled clinical studies with various types of ablation catheters have shown that renal denervation (RDN) can be applied safely and is effective in lowering blood pressure (BP) in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. Sustained BP lowering has been documented up to 3 years. Furthermore, RDN has been associated with regression of target organ damage, such as left ventricular hypertrophy, arterial stiffness, and others. Several studies indicate potential benefit in other common clinical conditions associated with increased sympathetic tone including chronic kidney disease and heart failure...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338742/brain-mechanisms-for-loss-of-awareness-of-thought-and-movement
#18
Eamonn Walsh, David A Oakley, Peter W Halligan, Mitul A Mehta, Quinton Deeley
Loss or reduction of awareness is common in neuropsychiatric disorders and culturally influenced dissociative phenomena but the underlying brain mechanisms are poorly understood. fMRI was combined with suggestions for automatic writing in 18 healthy highly hypnotically suggestible individuals in a within-subjects design to determine whether clinical alterations in awareness of thought and movement can be experimentally modelled and studied independently of illness. Subjective ratings of control, ownership, and awareness of thought and movement, and fMRI data were collected following suggestions for thought insertion and alien control of writing movement, with and without loss of awareness...
February 17, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337530/chronic-sialadenitis-due-to-the-stone-inside-the-accessory-duct-of-submandibular-gland
#19
Murat Binar, Mert Cemal Gokgoz, Umit Aydin, Ibrahim Yavan, Serdar Karahatay
PURPOSE: Sialolithiasis is the most common cause of chronic sialadenitis. In this case report, intraoperative finding of an accessory submandibular duct, obstructed with stone, originating from the same gland nearby the main Warthon's duct, is presented. CASE REPORT: A 22-year-old male patient, suffering from eating-related pain and swelling in his left submandibular region, was diagnosed with left sublandibular gland sialadenitis with radiologically manifested sialolithiasis, and gland excision was advised...
March 23, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336185/self-expanding-metallic-stent-as-a-bridge-to-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-left-colon-cancer-obstruction-cost-benefit-analysis-and-oncologic-results
#20
Blas Flor-Lorente, Gloria Báguena, Matteo Frasson, Alvaro García-Granero, Andrés Cervantes, Vicente Sanchiz, Andres Peña, Alejandro Espí, Pedro Esclapez, Eduardo García-Granero
INTRODUCTION: The use of a self-expanding metallic stent as a bridge to surgery in acute malignant left colonic obstruction has been suggested as an alternative treatment to emergency surgery. The aim of the present study was to compare the morbi-mortality, cost-benefit and long-term oncological outcomes of both therapeutic options. METHODS: This is a prospective, comparative, controlled, non-randomized study (2005-2010) performed in a specialized unit. The study included 82 patients with left colon cancer obstruction treated by stent as a bridge to surgery (n=27) or emergency surgery (n=55) operated with local curative intention...
March 20, 2017: Cirugía Española
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