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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816991/a-case-report-of-tracheal-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-in-a-34-week-pregnant-woman-misdiagnosed-with-asthma
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Xiaochen Li, Juan Li, Xiaoling Rao, Qilin Ao, Xiaopei Cao, Yali Huang, Shengding Zhang, Xiaoyu Fang, Xiansheng Liu, Min Xie
RATIONALE: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is an uncommon neoplastic entity with a tendency of local recurrence and a low risk of distant metastasis. Involvement of trachea is extremely rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 34-week pregnant woman previously diagnosed with asthma for 2 months was admitted with persistent wheezing and hemoptysis. A computed tomography scan and bronchoscopy revealed a gigantic polyp in the trachea. DIAGNOSES: Tracheal inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816864/increased-photoreceptor-outer-segment-volume-following-systemic-treatment-of-birdshot-chorioretinopathy
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Gavin Docherty, Rosanna Martens, Farzin Forooghian
PURPOSE: Retinal degeneration in birdshot chorioretinopathy can be quantified using spectral domain optical coherence tomography by measuring the photoreceptor outer segment (PROS) volume. The purpose of this study was to determine if the PROS volume in BSCR responds to systemic immunomodulatory therapy (IMT). METHODS: Retrospective chart review with analysis of PROS volume derived from spectral domain optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: We identified a total of three patients who met our inclusion criteria...
August 14, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815254/-the-relationship-between-periodontitis-and-arterial-sclerosis-without-genetic-confounding
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Ya-Kun Han, Xiao-Ping Lin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate periodontitis as a significant risk factor related to arterial sclerosis after eliminating genetic confounding. METHODS: Fifty two monozygotic twin pairs, 104 patients, were divided into 3 groups. group A: 24 pairs, 48 healthy people, as the blank group; group B: 28 patients with periodontitis, as the control group; group C: 28 patients with periodontitis, as the treatment group. The sample in group B and C had the same gene type...
April 2017: Shanghai Kou Qiang Yi Xue, Shanghai Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810641/allicin-improves-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-hyperhomocysteinemia
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De-Shan Liu, Shu-Li Wang, Jun-Mei Li, Er-Shun Liang, Ming-Zhong Yan, Wei Gao
Homocysteine (Hcy) is an important and independent risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases, such as coronary artery disease and ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Increased carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) is a non-invasive marker of systemic atherosclerosis. Allicin treatment may decrease serum Hcy levels and improve impaired endothelial function in rats with hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy). The present study hypothesized that allicin has an anti-atherosclerotic effect in coronary heart disease and tested the effects of allicin treatment on carotid artery IMT and plasma Hcy levels in coronary heart disease patients with HHcy...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810593/carotid-atherosclerosis-promotes-the-progression-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-three-year-prospective-study
#5
Jing Xiang
Although cerebrovascular diseases have been considered as risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia, the associations between atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease (AD) have not been fully examined and remain controversial. The aim of this three-year prospective study was to investigate whether arotid artery atherosclerosis accelerates cognitive impairment in AD patients. The association of carotid intimal medial thickness (IMT) with prospective trajectories of cognitive function was assessed among 521 patients with light to moderate AD, and 437 AD patients were followed up annually for 3 years...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804814/factors-associated-with-cardiovascular-target-organ-damage-in-children-after-renal-transplantation
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Bianca Borchert-Mörlins, Daniela Thurn, Bernhard M W Schmidt, Anja K Büscher, Jun Oh, Tanja Kier, Elena Bauer, Sabrina Baig, Nele Kanzelmeyer, Markus J Kemper, Rainer Büscher, Anette Melk
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the second-most common cause of death in pediatric renal transplant recipients. The aim of this study was to evaluate subclinical cardiovascular target organ damage defined as the presence of arterio- and atherosclerotic lesions and cardiac remodeling and to analyze contributing risk factors in a large cohort of children after renal transplantation (RT). METHODS: A total of 109 children aged 13.1 ± 3.3 years who had undergone RT at one of three German transplant centers were enrolled in this study...
August 13, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803396/early-regression-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-after-bariatric-surgery-and-its-relation-to-serum-leptin-reduction
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G Lambert, Marcelo Miranda de Oliveira Lima, A C Felici, J C Pareja, A C J Vasques, F S Novaes, S Rodovalho, F F P Hirsch, J R Matos-Souza, Élinton A Chaim, B Geloneze
PURPOSE: Bariatric surgery (BS) promotes carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT) regression as early as 6 months post-surgery. To verify whether C-IMT regression occurs even earlier, we aimed at the effect of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) and biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) on C-IMT 1-2 months and 12 months post-surgery. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Prospective trial. BS was performed on 109 patients either with (RYGBP = 42; BDP = 40) or without type 2 diabetes (RYGBP = 27)...
August 12, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802699/relationship-between-limited-joint-mobility-of-hand-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Yusuke Mineoka, Michiyo Ishii, Yoshitaka Hashimoto, Muhei Tanaka, Naoto Nakamura, Yasukazu Katsumi, Motohide Isono, Michiaki Fukui
AIM: Limited joint mobility (LJM) of hand, which is one of a complication of diabetic hand, has a close association with diabetic microangiopathy. However, it remains to be elucidated about the relationships between LJM of hand and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate the relationships between LJM of hand and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque score in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We evaluated the relationships between LJM of hand, and carotid IMT and plaque score, evaluated by carotid ultrasound examination, in 341 consecutive patients with type 2 diabetes...
July 20, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798782/evaluation-of-local-carotid-stiffness-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-stable-angina-pectoris
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Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Ayşe Nur Özcan, Hüseyin Ayhan, Serkan Sivri, Filiz Çelebi, Karabekir Ercan, Tahir Durmaz
INTRODUCTION: Arterial stiffness (AS) is a well-accepted and reliable predictor of atherosclerotic diseases. Inflammation plays an important role in the development of AS. AIM: To evaluate local carotid stiffness (CS) together with fibrinogen and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels in stable angina pectoris (SAP) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study consisted of 353 consecutive patients with SAP. All underwent coronary angiography (CAG) after the evaluation of local CS parameters and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) from both common carotid arteries by a real-time echo-tracking system...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795494/an-extended-high-frequency-ultrasound-protocol-for-detection-of-vessel-wall-inflammation
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H Zachrisson, C Svensson, A Dremetsika, P Eriksson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate an extended protocol of the large vessels using high-frequency duplex ultrasound (DUS) for detection of vessel wall inflammation. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients performed a DUS examination where arteritis could not be excluded. All DUS examinations were performed using ACUSON S2000 TM ultrasound system (Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.). High-frequency linear transducers were used (18L6 MHz, 9L4MHz) or curve linear for the aortic arch (6C2 MHz)...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782187/sensitive-three-dimensional-ultrasound-assessment-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-by-weighted-average-of-local-vessel-wall-and-plaque-thickness-change
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Jieyu Cheng, Eranga Ukwatta, Shadi Shavakh, Tommy W S Chow, Grace Parraga, J David Spence, Bernard Chiu
PURPOSE: Vitamin B deficiency has been identified as a risk factor for vascular events. However, the reduction of vascular events was not shown in large randomized controlled trials evaluating B-Vitamin therapy. There is an important requirement to develop sensitive biomarkers to be used as efficacy targets for B-Vitamin therapy as well as other dietary treatments and lifestyle regimes that are being developed. Carotid vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness change (VWT-Change) measured from 3D ultrasound has been shown to be sensitive to atorvastatin therapies in previous studies...
August 7, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776906/association-of-subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-with-immediate-memory-and-other-cognitive-functions
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Lumine Matsumoto, Kazushi Suzuki, Yoshiko Mizuno, Yumiko Ohike, Atsuko Ozeki, Satoshi Ono, Mikio Takanashi, Daigo Sawaki, Toru Suzuki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shoji Tsuji, Atsushi Iwata
AIM: To clarify whether carotid atherosclerosis and its risk factors are associated with cognitive decline. METHODS: We evaluated 206 individuals who visited our center for health screening. We carried out physical examinations, blood tests, intima-media thickness (IMT) measurement by carotid ultrasonography, brain magnetic resonance imaging scanning and cognitive function assessments. A total of 30 individuals, who had significant cerebrovascular lesions detected in magnetic resonance imaging scans, were excluded...
August 4, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772918/switching-vo%C3%A2-single-crystals-and-related-phenomena-sliding-domains-and-crack-formation
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Bertina Fisher, Larisa Patlagan
VO₂ is the prototype material for insulator-metal transition (IMT). Its transition at TIMT = 340 K is fast and consists of a large resistance jump (up to approximately five orders of magnitude), a large change in its optical properties in the visible range, and symmetry change from monoclinic to tetragonal (expansion by 1% along the tetragonal c-axis and 0.5% contraction in the perpendicular direction). It is a candidate for potential applications such as smart windows, fast optoelectronic switches, and field-effect transistors...
May 19, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767608/carotid-intima-media-thickness-is-a-novel-predictor-of-new-onset-of-hypertension-in-normotensive-subjects
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Hiroyuki Takase, Tonomori Sugiura, Shunsuke Murai, Sumiyo Yamashita, Nobuyuki Ohte, Yasuaki Dohi
Increased carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in individuals without hypertension might indicate other factors promoting the atherosclerotic process that are often simultaneously clustered in individuals. The present study tested the hypothesis that carotid IMT predicts new onset of hypertension in the normotensive subjects.A total of 867 participants were enrolled from our yearly physical checkup program and their carotid IMT was measured. After a baseline examination, the subjects were followed up for a median of 1091 days with the endpoint being the development of hypertension...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763875/-a-clinical-study-on-the-effect-of-nattokinase-on-carotid-artery-atherosclerosis-and-hyperlipidaemia
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N N Ren, H J Chen, Y Li, G W Mcgowan, Y G Lin
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of oral nattokinase (NK) in the reduction of common carotid artery intimal medial thickness (CCA-IMT) and carotid artery plaque size and in lowering blood lipids, and to explore the underlying mechanism of actions of NK and its potential clinical use. Methods: All enrolled patients were from the Out-Patient Clinic of the Department of TCM at the 3(rd) Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Using randomised picking method, all patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups, NK and Statin (ST) group...
July 11, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759189/carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-plaque-free-area-carotid-plaque-and-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-in-high-risk-population-of-north-china
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OBJECTIVE: Stroke is the leading cause of mortality and acquired disability in adults in China. In this study, we investigated the role of carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and carotid plaques in new ischemic stroke of high-risk population in North China. METHODS: The study was conducted in 4 towns in North China area. Subjects with three or more cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidemia (or unknown), diabetes mellitus, currently smoking, over weight, family history of stroke, with a history of transient ischemic attack (TIA) and ischemic stroke were included in this study...
July 31, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755237/uncertainty-quantification-and-sensitivity-analysis-of-an-arterial-wall-mechanics-model-for-evaluation-of-vascular-drug-therapies
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Maarten H G Heusinkveld, Sjeng Quicken, Robert J Holtackers, Wouter Huberts, Koen D Reesink, Tammo Delhaas, Bart Spronck
Quantification of the uncertainty in constitutive model predictions describing arterial wall mechanics is vital towards non-invasive assessment of vascular drug therapies. Therefore, we perform uncertainty quantification to determine uncertainty in mechanical characteristics describing the vessel wall response upon loading. Furthermore, a global variance-based sensitivity analysis is performed to pinpoint measurements that are most rewarding to be measured more precisely. We used previously published carotid diameter-pressure and intima-media thickness (IMT) data (measured in triplicate), and Holzapfel-Gasser-Ogden models...
July 28, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754066/pulse-pressure-tracking-from-adolescence-to-young-adulthood-contributions-to-vascular-health
#18
Xavier Melo, Diana A Santos, Rui Ornelas, Bo Fernhall, Helena Santa-Clara, Luís B Sardinha
PURPOSE: We examined whether exposure to high PP in adolescence predicts carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and stiffness indices at young adulthood. METHODS: Seventy-nine participants had their brachial systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood (DBP) pressures taken at the age of 15-16 years and later at young adulthood (29-31 years). Carotid IMT, distensibility and stiffness index β were measured at young adulthood. Linear and logistical regression analysis were performed...
July 28, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752137/echocardiographic-epicardial-fat-thickness-measurement-a-new-screening-test-for-subclinic-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Kamil Ozdil, Zuhal Caliskan, Nursen Keles, Oguzhan Ozturk, Ahmet Selami Tekin, Resul Kahraman, Levent Doganay, Kenan Demircioglu, Yusuf Yilmaz, Mustafa Caliskan
OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) consist of a number of chronic inflammatory diseases. Inflammatory process is known to be involved in all stages of atherosclerosis. Early atherosclerosis is reflected by increased levels of carotid artery intima media thickness (c-IMT) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) strongly influences both the formation and progression of atherosclerosis. Recent studies have demonstrated a relationship between c-IMT and hs-CRP levels and the risk of atherosclerosis in patients with IBD...
2017: Northern Clinics of Istanbul
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750365/a-novel-evaluation-for-predicting-aortic-complicated-lesions-using-calcification-on-chest-x-ray
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Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Tomotaka Tanaka, Sohei Yoshimura, Masatoshi Koga, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka, Kazunori Toyoda
BACKGROUND: The aorta is a significant source of cerebral thromboembolisms. Aortic complicated lesions (ACLs) are key findings on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for assessing aortic sources of emboli to the brain. TEE is sometimes avoided due to its invasiveness. However, few reports have examined alternative methods for predicting ACLs. We investigated relationships between aortic arch calcification (AAC) on chest X-ray and ACLs. METHODS: Participants comprised 300 patients with acute ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack who underwent TEE for the evaluation of the aortic arch and heart...
July 28, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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