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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089164/low-median-nerve-palsy-as-initial-manifestation-of-churg-strauss-syndrome
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Young Hak Roh, Young Do Koh, Jung Ho Noh, Hyun Sik Gong, Goo Hyun Baek
Anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) syndrome is typically characterized by forearm pain and partial or complete dysfunction of the AIN-innervated muscles. Although the exact etiology and pathophysiology of the disorder remain unclear, AIN syndrome is increasingly thought to be an inflammatory condition of the nerve rather than a compressive neuropathy because the symptoms often resolve spontaneously following prolonged observation. However, peripheral neuropathy can be 1 of the first symptoms of systemic vasculitis that needs early systemic immunotherapy to prevent extensive nerve damage...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088912/melatonin-as-a-therapeutic-resource-for-inflammatory-visual-diseases
#2
Marcos L Aranda, María Florencia González Fleitas, Hernán Dieguez, Agustina Iaquinandi, Pablo H Sande, Damián Dorfman, Ruth E Rosenstein
BACKGROUND: Uveitis and optic neuritis are prevalent ocular inflammatory diseases, and highly damaging ocular conditions. Both diseases are currently treated with corticosteroids, but they do not have adequate efficacy and are often associated with severe side effects. Thus, uveitis and optic neuritis remain a challenging field to ophthalmologists and a significant public health concern. OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes findings showing the benefits of a treatment with melatonin in experimental models of these inflammatory ocular diseases...
January 13, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087419/cochlear-synaptopathy-in-acquired-sensorineural-hearing-loss-manifestations-and-mechanisms
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REVIEW
M Charles Liberman, Sharon G Kujawa
Common causes of hearing loss in humans - exposure to loud noise or ototoxic drugs and aging - often damage sensory hair cells, reflected as elevated thresholds on the clinical audiogram. Recent studies in animal models suggest, however, that well before this overt hearing loss can be seen, a more insidious, but likely more common, process is taking place that permanently interrupts synaptic communication between sensory inner hair cells and subsets of cochlear nerve fibers. The silencing of affected neurons alters auditory information processing, whether accompanied by threshold elevations or not, and is a likely contributor to a variety of perceptual abnormalities, including speech-in-noise difficulties, tinnitus and hyperacusis...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087418/degeneration-of-auditory-nerve-fibers-in-guinea-pigs-with-severe-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven Kroon, Dyan Ramekers, Emma M Smeets, Ferry G J Hendriksen, Sjaak F L Klis, Huib Versnel
Damage to and loss of the organ of Corti leads to secondary degeneration of the spiral ganglion cell (SGC) somata of the auditory nerve. Extensively examined in animal models, this degeneration process of SGC somata following deafening is well known. However, degeneration of auditory nerve axons, which conduct auditory information towards the brainstem, and its relation to SGC soma degeneration are largely unknown. The consequences of degeneration of the axons are relevant for cochlear implantation, which is applied to a deafened system but depends on the condition of the auditory nerve...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087345/steroid-induced-glaucoma-in-the-pediatric-population
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REVIEW
Brenda Nuyen, Robert N Weinreb, Shira L Robbins
Steroid medications may cause elevation of intraocular pressure, sometimes with permanent damage to the optic nerve. These therapies, via various routes of administration, are commonly prescribed for children, but the potential sequelae of elevated intraocular pressure and glaucomatous optic nerve damage can be even more severe and devastating in children than in adults. This review discusses the pathophysiology and potential risk factors, including the impact of intraocular pressure elevation via the different common routes of administration of steroids, clinical evaluation, and management of steroid response and steroid-induced glaucoma in children...
January 10, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079654/retinal-oximetry-in-subjects-with-glaucomatous-hemifield-asymmetry
#6
Zhu Li Yap, Charles Ong, Yi Fang Lee, Andrew Tsai, Clarissa Cheng, Monisha E Nongpiur, Shamira A Perera
PURPOSE: Although some studies suggest a strong link between retinal vessel oxygenation and damage to the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) seen in glaucoma, it has yet to be conclusively proven. This study compares intraocular retinal oximetry in glaucomatous eyes displaying asymmetrically affected hemifields across different subgroups of glaucoma, namely primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG), primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and normal tension glaucoma (NTG). METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional study, 99 patients (PACG, n=28; POAG, n=37; NTG, n=34) underwent retinal oxygenation and vessel caliber measurements using the Oxymap T1 Retinal Oximeter, Cirrus optical coherence tomography, and Humphrey visual field testing...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079549/contemporary-methods-allowing-for-safe-and-convenient-use-of-amniotic-membrane-as-a-biologic-wound-dressing-for-burns
#7
David N Herndon, Ludwik K Branski
Partial-thickness burns involve damage to the upper layer of skin, which leaves nerve endings exposed, and therefore represent the most painful of several categories of thermal injuries. Historically, partial-thickness burns were treated conservatively by debriding the blisters, by daily tubbing and washing, and the application of new bandages with topical medications. Human amniotic membrane has been used for centuries as a biological wound dressing. In the past 20 years, there has been an increasing body of literature addressing the use of amniotic tissue in chronic wounds and burns...
February 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077485/persistent-anterior-interosseous-nerve-palsy-following-forearm-crutch-use
#8
Peter Macneal, Christopher Robert Crome, Scarlett McNally
A 43-year-old man presented with weakness of the interphalageal joint of his right thumb following the use of forearm crutches. On examination he was unable to oppose his thumb and index finger to form the 'ok' sign. Nerve conduction showed anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) damage along its path to the flexor pollicis longus. The patient was managed conservatively with little clinical improvement seen at 4 months. AIN palsies are very rare and account for <1% of all upper limb lesions. Although AIN palsies resulting from other causes such as surgery and blunt trauma are more common, we report the second case of AIN palsy following crutch use, and the first case in which clinical identification was confirmed using electrodiagnosis...
January 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077315/inhibition-of-inos-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-and-depression-in-diabetic-mice-through-downregulating-the-no-sgc-cgmp-pkg-signal-pathway
#9
Xiao Yan Zhou, Fang Zhang, Chang Jiang Ying, Jing Chen, Ling Chen, Jing Dong, Yue Shi, Mang Tang, Xiao Tong Hu, Zhi Hua Pan, Na Na Xu, Kui Yang Zheng, Ren Xian Tang, Yuan Jian Song
Diabetes mellitus often results in a number of complications involving impaired brain function, including cognitive deficits and depression. However, the potential mechanisms for diabetes-related cognitive deficits and depression are not fully understood. Neurons in the hippocampal, cortical and amygdala functional regions are more susceptible to damage during hyperglycemia. Neuroprotection in the brain can rescue cognitive deficits and depression induced by hyperglycemia. This study investigated the potential mechanisms underlying diabetes-related congnitive deficits and depression, determined whether the inflammatory factor inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and the nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC)/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)/protein kinase G (PKG) pathway, play key roles in cognitive deficits and depression associated...
January 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076883/in-vivo-feasibility-test-using-transparent-carbon-nanotube-coated-polydimethylsiloxane-sheet-at-brain-tissue-and-sciatic-nerve
#10
Caifeng Wang, Sangjin Oh, Hyun Ah Lee, Jieun Kang, Ki-Jae Jeong, Seon Woo Kang, Dae Youn Hwang, Jaebeom Lee
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), with their unique and outstanding properties, such as strong mechanical strength and high electrical conductivity, have become very popular for the repair of tissues, particularly for those requiring electrical stimuli. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based elastomers have been used in a wide range of biomedical applications because of their optical transparency, physiological inertness, blood compatibility, non-toxicity, and gas permeability. In present study, most of artificial nerve guidance conduits (ANGCs) are not transparent...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076622/impact-of-surgeon-experience-during-carotid-endarterectomy-operation-and-effects-on-perioperative-outcomes
#11
Volkan Yüksel, Ahmet Coskun Ozdemir, Serhat Huseyin, Orkut Guclu, Fatma Nesrin Turan, Suat Canbaz
Objective: We evaluated the effect of surgeon experience on complication and mortality rates of carotid endarterectomy operation. Methods: Fifty-nine consecutive patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy between January 2013 and February 2016 were divided into two groups. Patients who had been operated by surgeons performing carotid endarterectomy for more than 10 years were allocated to group 1 (experienced surgeons; n=34). Group 2 (younger surgeons; n=25) consisted of patients operated by surgeons independently performing carotid endarterectomy for less than 2 years...
November 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075618/rodent-models-of-glaucoma-and-their-applicability-for-drug-discovery
#12
Renu Agarwal, Puneet Agarwal
Rodents have widely been used to represent glaucomatous changes both in the presence and absence of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) as they offer clear advantages over other animal species. IOP elevation is commonly achieved by creating an obstruction in the aqueous outflow pathways, consequently leading to retinal ganglion cell (RGCs) and optic nerve (ON) damage, the hallmark of glaucoma. These changes may also be achieved in the absence of elevated IOP by directly inflicting injury to retina or ON. Areas covered: This paper presents a summary of currently used rodent models of glaucoma...
January 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072837/locally-produced-bdnf-promotes-sclerotic-change-in-alveolar-bone-after-nerve-injury
#13
Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Yurie Yamada, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Kenji Seo
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is released due to nerve injury, is known to promote the natural healing of injured nerves. It is often observed that damage of mandibular canal induces local sclerotic changes in alveolar bone. We reported that peripheral nerve injury promotes the local production of BDNF; therefore, it was possible to hypothesize that peripheral nerve injury affects sclerotic changes in the alveolar bone. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of BDNF on osteogenesis using in vitro osteoblast-lineage cell culture and an in vivo rat osteotomy model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072734/closed-reduction-using-the-percutaneous-leverage-technique-and-internal-fixation-with-k-wires-to-treat-angulated-radial-neck-fractures-in-children-case-report
#14
Hai Jiang, Yongtao Wu, Youting Dang, Yusheng Qiu
: Pediatric radial neck fractures are uncommon. Severely displaced and angulated fractures usually require treatment. Our goals for treatment are to avoid incision, reduce the fracture adequately with no reduction loss, and achieve good postoperative function. We aimed to observe the clinical outcomes of closed reduction with the percutaneous leverage technique and internal fixation with Kirschner-wires (K-wires) to treat angulated radial neck fractures in children.From January 2011 to April 2013, we treated 16 cases of angulated radial neck fracture in 12 boys and 4 girls...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070856/mir-29c-prkci-regulates-axonal-growth-of-dorsal-root-ganglia-neurons-under-hyperglycemia
#15
Longfei Jia, Lei Wang, Michael Chopp, Chao Li, Yi Zhang, Alexandra Szalad, Zheng Gang Zhang
Diabetes initially induces distal axonal damage of peripheral nerves, but molecular mechanisms that mediate axonal injury are not fully understood. MircoRNAs (miRNAs) regulate axonal growth. We found that diabetic db/db mice exhibited substantial upregulation of miR-29c in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons, sciatic nerve, and foot pad tissues. Bioinformatic analysis revealed PRKCI, a gene that encodes a member of the protein kinase C (PKC) iota, as a putative target for miR-29c. Western blot analysis showed that diabetic mice exhibited a considerable reduction of PRKCI protein levels in sciatic nerve tissues and DRG neurons...
January 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070049/-common-factors-for-ischemic-cerebral-stroke-in-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-patients-with-concomitant-carotid-and-coronary-artery-severe-stenosis
#16
Lei Huang, Feng Kuang, Zhonggui Shan, Yiquan Lai, Hongwei Guo
To analyze two common factors for perioperative ischemic stroke in patients with concomitant carotid and coronary artery severe stenosis and to improve the therapeutic effect.
 Methods: A total of 44 patients with multi-vessel coronary artery disease combined with carotid stenosis, who admitted to the Department of Cardiac Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University from 2008 to 2014, were enrolled in this study. Among them, 32 cases were male, 12 cases was female. All patients received coronary artery bypass grafting after treatment of neck diseases...
December 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069157/mri-detection-of-cerebral-lesions-in-post-traumatic-anisocoria-specificity-and-prognostic-significance
#17
D Woischneck, B Schmitz, T Kapapa
AIM: To identify whether increased numbers of brainstem lesions are found in the presence of a post-traumatic pupillary function disturbance and classify them anatomically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, a diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination was performed within 8 days after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in patients who had been unconscious for more than 24 hours post-TBI. The Glasgow Outcome Scale was evaluated 6 months after TBI. The data obtained from 140 consecutively enrolled patients between 2005 and 2011 were analysed...
January 7, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067793/time-dependent-nerve-growth-factor-signaling-changes-in-the-rat-retina-during-optic-nerve-crush-induced-degeneration-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
#18
Louise A Mesentier-Louro, Sara De Nicolò, Pamela Rosso, Luigi A De Vitis, Valerio Castoldi, Letizia Leocani, Rosalia Mendez-Otero, Marcelo F Santiago, Paola Tirassa, Paolo Rama, Alessandro Lambiase
Nerve growth factor (NGF) is suggested to be neuroprotective after nerve injury; however, retinal ganglion cells (RGC) degenerate following optic-nerve crush (ONC), even in the presence of increased levels of endogenous NGF. To further investigate this apparently paradoxical condition, a time-course study was performed to evaluate the effects of unilateral ONC on NGF expression and signaling in the adult retina. Visually evoked potential and immunofluorescence staining were used to assess axonal damage and RGC loss...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067686/persistent-knee-pain-after-falling-off-of-a-bicycle
#19
Muhammad Waseem, Julissa Garrido-Joyce, Frances Quee, Soula Priovolos
We present the case of an 18-year-old young man with severe persistent knee pain secondary to a popliteal artery thrombosis. This occurred as a result of a fall from a bicycle. Acute compartment syndrome refers to the sequelae that can occur because of increased fascial compartment pressures, such as crush injuries, burns, traumatic or spontaneous hemorrhage, or constrictive casts. Increased pressures in nonelastic fascial compartments result in decreased perfusion distally, leading to ischemia of muscles and neurovascular tissue...
January 6, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067674/a-pathology-of-mesh-and-time-dysejaculation-sexual-pain-and-orchialgia-resulting-from-polypropylene-mesh-erosion-into-the-spermatic-cord
#20
Vladimir Iakovlev, Andreas Koch, Kevin Petersen, John Morrison, David Grischkan, Vali Oprea, Robert Bendavid
OBJECTIVE: The ubiquitous use of polypropylene mesh in hernia surgery has spawned a new clinical syndrome: chronic post-herniorrhaphy neuralgia. A subset of that clinical picture is dysejaculation, sexual pain, and orchialgia. We propose to identify the processes that lead to that pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Specimens of vas adherent to polypropylene mesh, explanted in an attempt to control severe, life-changing inguinodynia are extremely difficult to obtain...
January 6, 2017: Annals of Surgery
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