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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158591/surgical-oncology-for-gliomas-the-state-of-the-art
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Nader Sanai, Mitchel S Berger
Surgical resection remains the mainstay of treatment for patients with glioma of any grade. Maximal resection of the tumour is central to achieving long-term disease control; however, the relationship between the extent of glioma resection and actual clinical benefit for the patient is predicated on the balance between cytoreduction and neurological morbidity. For the neurosurgical oncologist, the clinical rationale for undertaking increasingly extensive resections has gained traction. In parallel, novel surgical techniques and technologies have been developed that help improve patient outcomes...
November 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139096/the-modified-frailty-index-and-30-day-adverse-events-in-oncologic-neurosurgery
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Brett E Youngerman, Alfred I Neugut, Jingyan Yang, Dawn L Hershman, Jason D Wright, Jeffrey N Bruce
The modified frailty index (mFI) is emerging as a leading measure for preoperative risk assessment using routinely available medical record data. Our objective was to determine if mFI predicts morbidity and mortality in the diverse national cohort of patients undergoing neurosurgery for intracranial neoplasms. We identified patients in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program who underwent oncologic neurosurgery procedures between 2008 and 2012. The mFI, ranging from 0 to 1, was calculated as the proportion of 11 possible risk factors present...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135901/clinical-factors-associated-with-pediatric-brain-neoplasms-versus-primary-headache-a-case-control-analysis
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David C Sheridan, Bethany Waites, Bradley Lezak, Robert J Coryell, Kellie J Nazemi, Amber L Lin, Rongwei Fu, Matthew L Hansen
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric headaches are a common presentation to emergency departments accounting for almost half a million annual visits. Providers are left with the difficult task of deciding who has a secondary headache etiology that warrants neuroimaging. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case-control study. Patients from a pediatric neuro-oncology clinic database with brain cancer and a headache at presentation were identified as cases. Controls were patients from 2 local pediatric tertiary care emergency departments with a final diagnosis of headache after negative neuroimaging...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135842/genomic-profiles-of-neuroblastoma-associated-with-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome
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Barbara Hero, Nathalie Clement, Ingrid Øra, Gaelle Pierron, Eve Lapouble, Jessica Theissen, Claudia Pasqualini, Dominique Valteau-Couanet, Dominique Plantaz, Jean Michon, Olivier Delattre, Marc Tardieu, Gudrun Schleiermacher
Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (OMS), often called "dancing eyed syndrome," is a rare neurological condition associated with neuroblastoma in the majority of all childhood cases. Genomic copy number profiles have shown to be of prognostic significance for neuroblastoma patients. The aim of this retrospective multicenter study was to analyze the genomic copy number profiles of tumors from children with neuroblastoma presenting with OMS at diagnosis. In 44 cases of neuroblastoma associated with OMS, overall genomic profiling by either array-comparative genomic hybridization or single nucleotide polymorphism array proved successful in 91% of the cases, distinguishing tumors harboring segmental chromosome alterations from those with numerical chromosome alterations only...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132382/early-motor-function-after-local-treatment-of-brain-metastases-in-the-motor-cortex-region-with-stereotactic-radiotherapy-radiosurgery-or-microsurgical-resection-a-retrospective-study-of-two-consecutive-cohorts
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Bogdan Pintea, Brigitta Baumert, Thomas Mehari Kinfe, Konstantinos Gousias, Yaroslav Parpaley, Jan Patrick Boström
BACKGROUND: We compared the functional outcome and influential factors of two standard treatment modalities for central cerebral metastases: electrophysiological-controlled microsurgical resection (MSR) and stereotactic radiotherapy/stereotactic radiosurgery (SRT/SRS). METHODS: We performed a database search for central metastasis treatments during the period from January 2008 to September 2012 in two clinical registers: 1) register for intraoperative neuromonitoring (Department of Neurosurgery), and 2) prospective database for SRT/SRS (Department of Radiotherapy)...
November 13, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126579/chest-pain-as-a-manifestation-of-hypokalemia-in-a-pediatric-patient
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Jonathan S Schiffman
Patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain are common and a cause of significant concern to patients and families and physicians alike. The causes of chest pain are myriad. These causes span diverse categories including cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal and gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, hematologic and oncologic, and neurologic Thull-Freedman (2010) [1]. These diverse etiologies present a diagnostic and management challenge to the ER physician who is tasked to minimize unnecessary diagnostics while not missing any significant disease...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123346/estimation-of-need-for-palliative-care-among-noncancer-patients-attending-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Parvathy Prasad, Sonali Sarkar, Biswajit Dubashi, S Adinarayanan
Context: Palliative care services, until recently, were mainly restricted to cancer patients with incurable diseases. Hence, evaluative studies of palliative care are sparse in areas other than oncology. Aims: To estimate what proportion of patients attending the Departments of Neurology, Cardiology, and Nephrology of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, required palliative care and to identify the palliative care needs of those patients...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098910/impact-of-extended-lymphadenectomy-on-morbidity-and-regional-recurrence-free-survival-in-melanoma-patients
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Johannes Baur, Katrin Mathe, Anja Gesierich, Gerhard Weyandt, Armin Wiegering, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Jörg O W Pelz
Introdurction: Current guidelines for malignant melanoma do not set a concrete cut-off limit for the number of lymph nodes to be resected during regional lymph node dissection (LND). Here we investigate if extended LND (ext-LND) has an impact on surgical morbidity and oncological outcome in melanoma patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 245 melanoma patients receiving axillary or inguinal LND in curative intention were investigated retrospectively. Ext-LND was defined as axillary LND with 20 or more and inguinal LND with 10 or more resected lymph nodes...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098756/reducing-the-risk-of-healthcare-associated-infections-through-lean-six-sigma-the-case-of-the-medicine-areas-at-the-federico-ii-university-hospital-in-naples-italy
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Giovanni Improta, Mario Cesarelli, Paolo Montuori, Liberatina Carmela Santillo, Maria Triassi
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has been recognized as an effective management tool for improving healthcare performance. Here, LSS was adopted to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), a critical quality parameter in the healthcare sector. METHODS: Lean Six Sigma was applied to the areas of clinical medicine (including general medicine, pulmonology, oncology, nephrology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, and diabetology), and data regarding HAIs were collected for 28,000 patients hospitalized between January 2011 and December 2016...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057339/composite-peek-carbon-fiber-implants-can-increase-the-effectiveness-of-radiotherapy-in-the-management-of-spine-tumors
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Giuseppe Tedesco, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Stefano Bandiera, Riccardo Ghermandi, Stefano Boriani
BACKGROUND: Combination of surgery and radiotherapy in the treatment of primary spine tumour can be indicated in some cases where a satisfactory oncological margin cannot be achieved. The presence of metal hardware has always limited post-operative radiotherapy due to the scattering effects of ionizing radiation or particles. The use of a fixation system (including rods and screw) fully made in PEEK embedded Carbon fiber (CFR-PEEK) could make easier and more effective the post-operative radiotherapy as it is radiolucent and does not interfere with ionizing radiation and accelerated particles...
September 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055023/using-physician-level-emergency-department-utilization-reports-to-address-avoidable-visits-by-patients-managed-by-pediatric-specialists
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Jarone Lee, Esther Israel, Howard Weinstein, T Bernard Kinane, Mark Pasternack, Pamela Linov, Haytham M A Kaafarani, Peter Greenspan, Sandhya K Rao
OBJECTIVES: Emergency department (ED) utilization is a major driver of cost. Specialist physicians have an important role in addressing ED utilization, especially at tertiary medical centers that treat highly specialized patients. We analyzed if reporting of ED utilization to pediatric specialist physicians can decrease ED visits. METHODS: Physicians within pediatric neurology, hematology and oncology, infectious diseases, and pulmonary divisions received their ED use reports...
October 20, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032616/a-survey-on-hematology-oncology-pediatric-aieop-centres-the-challenge-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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Daniele Zama, Pietro Gasperini, Massimo Berger, Mariagrazia Petris, Maria D De Pasquale, Simone Cesaro, Maria E Guerzoni, Elena Mastrodicasa, Francesca Savina, Ottavio Ziino, Valentina Kiren, Paola Muggeo, Rosa M Mura, Fraia Melchionda, Giulio A Zanazzo
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is one of the most common neurological complications in hematology-oncology pediatric patients. Despite an increasingly recognized occurrence, no clear consensus exists regarding how best to manage the syndrome, because most cases of PRES have reported in single case reports or small series. Aim of this paper is to identify incidence, clinical features, management and outcome of PRES in a large series of hematology-oncology pediatric patients METHODS: The cases of PRES occurred in twelve centres of the Italian Association of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology were reported RESULTS: 124 cases of PRES in 112 pediatric patients were recorded with an incidence of 2...
October 15, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031873/does-specialty-matter-a-survey-on-176-italian-neurosurgeons-and-orthopaedic-spine-surgeons-confirms-similar-competency-for-common-spinal-conditions-and-supports-multidisciplinary-teams-in-comprehensive-and-complex-spinal-care
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Matteo Pejrona, Gabriele Ristori, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Fabrizio Ernesto Pregliasco, Pedro Berjano
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spine surgery is a multi-faceted sub-speciality requiring a breadth of knowledge and skill from different branches of medicine for the treatment of pathologies varying from degenerative to deformity, oncological, and trauma. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the self-perceived competency of spine surgeons in relation to different types of spinal procedures. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Survey study. METHODS: We conducted a survey on 176 surgeons (Orthopaedic surgeons and Neurosurgeons)...
October 11, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988692/the-survey-on-cellular-and-tissue-engineered-therapies-in-europe-and-neighboring-eurasian-countries-in-2014-and-2015
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Hilary Ireland, Max H P Gay, Helen Baldomero, Barbara De Angelis, Hossein Baharvand, Mark W Lowdell, Jakob Passweg, Ivan Martin
BACKGROUND AIMS: With the support of five established scientific organizations, this report, the seventh of its kind, describes activity in Europe for the years 2014 and 2015 in the area of cellular and tissue-engineered therapies, excluding hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) treatments for the reconstitution of hematopoiesis. METHODS: In 2015 [respectively 2014], 205 [276] teams from 32 countries responded to the cellular and tissue-engineered therapy survey; 178 [126] teams reported treating 3686 [2665] patients...
October 4, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988668/-neurophysiological-monitoring-options-in-brain-tumour-resections-consensus-statement-from-the-spanish-society-of-neurosurgery-s-senec-neuro-oncology-working-group-and-the-spanish-society-of-clinical-neurophysiology-senfc
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Cristian de Quintana-Schmidt, Estela Lladó-Carbo, Victoria Eugenia Cortés-Doñate
Brain tumours located in or in proximity to eloquent areas are a significant neurosurgical challenge. Performing this kind of surgery with neurophysiological monitoring to improve resections with reduced permanent focal neurological deficit has become widely accepted in the literature. However, how to conduct this monitoring, the exact definition of an eloquent area and whether to perform this surgery with the patient awake or asleep are still subject to rigorous scientific debate. Members of the Neuro-oncology Working Group (GTNO) of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery (SENEC) and members of the Spanish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (SENFC) have published a consensus statement to explain the different neurophysiological monitoring options currently available in awake and asleep patients to obtain better surgical resection without neurological deficits...
October 5, 2017: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987657/feasibility-of-percutaneous-cryoablation-of-vertebral-metastases-under-local-anaesthesia-in-asaiii-patients
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Alessandro Motta, Giuseppe Caltabiano, Stefano Palmucci, Giovanni Failla, Antonio Basile
PURPOSE: spine metastases are common concern from several primary neoplasms, modern management include percutaneous techniques such as ablation and cementoplasty. This research aims to evaluate the treatment under local anaesthesia in high-risk patients (ASA III). METHODS AND MATERIAL: from January 2013 up to September 2016 we treated via percutaneous cryoablation 11 advanced oncological patients classified as ASA III, then retrospectively a review of their clinical history has been performed...
October 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982637/pediatric-chronic-patients-at-outpatient-clinics-a-study-in-a-latin-american-university-hospital
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Renata A Alveno, Caroline V Miranda, Caroline G Passone, Aurora R Waetge, Elza S Hojo, Sylvia C L Farhat, Vicente Odone-Filho, Uenis Tannuri, Werther B Carvalho, Magda Carneiro-Sampaio, Clovis A Silva
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of children and adolescentes with chronic diseases of outpatient clinics at a tertiary university hospital. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed with 16,237 patients with chronic diseases followed-up in one year. The data were collected through the electronic system, according to the number of physician appointments in 23 pediatric specialties. Patients were divided in two groups: children (0-9 years) and adolescents (10-19 years)...
October 2, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973432/staged-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-large-brain-metastases-local-control-and-clinical-outcomes-of-a-one-two-punch-technique
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Ammoren Dohm, Emory R McTyre, Catherine Okoukoni, Adrianna Henson, Christina K Cramer, Michael C LeCompte, Jimmy Ruiz, Michael T Munley, Shadi Qasem, Hui-Wen Lo, Fei Xing, Kounosuke Watabe, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Michael D Chan
BACKGROUND: Treatment options are limited for large, unresectable brain metastases. OBJECTIVE: To report a single institution series of staged stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) that allows for tumor response between treatments in order to optimize the therapeutic ratio. METHODS: Patients were treated with staged SRS separated by 1 mo with a median dose at first SRS of 15 Gy (range 10-21 Gy) and a median dose at second SRS of 14 Gy (range 10-18 Gy)...
July 7, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970685/therapeutic-leukocyte-reduction-for-acute-and-chronic-myeloid-leukemias-a-4-year-experience-from-an-oncology-center-in-india
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Anita A Tendulkar, Puneet A Jain, Abhaykumar Gupta, Nidhi Sharma, Anisha Navkudkar, Vijaya Patle
INTRODUCTION: Hyperleukocytosis (HL) and leukostasis seen in myeloid leukemias are a medical emergency. We present a case series of ten such patients in a 4-year period. Sixteen therapeutic leukocyte reduction (TLR) were done in ten cases along with other supportive measures. The American Society for Apheresis supports the routine implementation of TLR in cases of HL secondary to myeloid leukemias with signs of leukostasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The procedures were performed on the intermittent flow cell separator after discussion with the treating physician about patient's condition...
July 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961805/two-stage-en-bloc-resection-of-multilevel-cervical-chordomas-with-vertebral-artery-preservation-operative-technique
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Xingwen Wang, Eldan Eichbaum, Fengzeng Jian, Dean Chou
BACKGROUND: En bloc excision of cervical chordoma is a technically complex procedure, due to the involvement and closeness of the tumor to the spinal cord, cervical nerve roots, and vertebral arteries. Studies have previously shown that en bloc excision of chordomas with negative margins improves local control and prolongs disease-free survival compared with intralesional excision. True en bloc spondylectomy in the cervical spine is not feasible since bilateral vertebral artery sacrifice is not possible...
August 9, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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