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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522184/is-fluorescence-guided-surgery-with-5-ala-in-eloquent-areas-for-malignant-gliomas-a-reasonable-and-useful-technique
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T Picart, X Armoiry, J Berthiller, C Dumot, I Pelissou-Guyotat, F Signorelli, J Guyotat
INTRODUCTION: High-grade gliomas surgery in eloquent areas must achieve two pivotal aims: oncological efficacy and preservation of unimpaired neurological functions or improvement of impaired neurological functions. Here, we evaluated the safety and the usefulness of 5-ALA fluorescence-guided surgery in eloquent areas. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Single center, retrospective and consecutive series of adult patients operated on for a supratentorial glioblastoma between November 2012 and November 2015...
May 15, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522182/hodotopy-neuroplasticity-and-diffuse-gliomas
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H Duffau
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The historical approach in neurooncology is used to mainly investigate the tumor, with very few considerations regarding the brain itself. Nonetheless, to select the best personalized therapeutic management for each patient with a diffuse glioma, i.e. to optimize the "onco-functional balance", the brain reaction induced by glioma growth and migration should be studied. Indeed, due to strong interactions between the glioma and the brain, cerebral adaptive phenomena often occur in order to maintain neurological and cognitive functions, as well as to compensate glioma spreading...
May 15, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514888/seeing-is-believing-healthcare-professionals-perceptions-of-a-complex-intervention-to-improve-care-towards-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Katherine Bristowe, Irene Carey, Adrian Hopper, Susanna Shouls, Wendy Prentice, Irene J Higginson, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Methods to improve care, trust and communication are important in acute hospitals. Complex interventions aimed at improving care of patients approaching the end of life are increasingly common. While evaluating outcomes of complex interventions is essential, exploring healthcare professionals' perceptions is also required to understand how they are interpreted; this can inform training, education and implementation strategies to ensure fidelity and consistency in use. AIM: To explore healthcare professionals' perceptions of using a complex intervention (AMBER care bundle) to improve care for people approaching the end of life and their understandings of its purpose within clinical practice...
May 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508764/current-incidence-of-different-morphological-types-of-malignant-metastases-to-the-spine-based-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: Malignant tumours particularly often metastasise to the spine, causing considerable pain and limiting the patient's physical function. Standard therapy consists in surgical treatment with adjuvant radiotherapy. The qualification for surgery is a multifaceted process and detailed analysis of the morphology of the metastasis is a key factor. Numerous types of classification of metastatic lesions exist, among which the Tomita system, based on MRI findings, appears to be the most practical...
April 12, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500559/nivolumab-for-patients-with-recurrent-glioblastoma-progressing-on-bevacizumab-a-retrospective-case-series
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Marc C Chamberlain, Bryan T Kim
A single institution retrospective evaluation of nivolumab following disease progression on bevacizumab in adults with recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) with an objective of determining progression free survival (PFS). There is no accepted therapy for recurrent GBM after failure of bevacizumab. 16 adults, ages 52-72 years (median 62), with recurrent GBM were treated. All patients had previously been treated with surgery, concurrent radiotherapy and temozolomide, and post-radiotherapy temozolomide. Bevacizumab (with or without lomustine) was administered to all patients at first recurrence...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498230/high-frequency-of-neuroimaging-abnormalities-among-pediatric-patients-with-sepsis-who-undergo-neuroimaging
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Mary K Sandquist, Mark S Clee, Smruti K Patel, Kelli A Howard, Toni Yunger, Usha D Nagaraj, Blaise V Jones, Lin Fei, Sudhakar Vadivelu, Hector R Wong
OBJECTIVES: This study was intended to describe and correlate the neuroimaging findings in pediatric patients after sepsis. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: Single tertiary care PICU. PATIENTS: Patients admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with a discharge diagnosis of sepsis or septic shock between 2004 and 2013 were crossmatched with patients who underwent neuroimaging during the same time period...
May 11, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490340/morbidity-and-oncologic-outcome-after-saphenous-vein-sparing-inguinal-lymphadenectomy-in-melanoma-patients
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Johannes Baur, Katrin Mathe, Anja Gesierich, Gerhard Weyandt, Armin Wiegering, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Martin Gasser, Jörg O W Pelz
BACKGROUND: Inguinal lymph node dissection (LND) is a surgical procedure with a high morbidity rate. Variations in surgical procedure, such as sparing of the saphenous vein, have been proposed to reduce surgical morbidity. While sparing of the saphenous vein has shown promising results in earlier studies, data for this procedure in melanoma patients are rare. In this retrospective study, we report 10-year findings on the effects of saphenous vein-sparing LND on surgical morbidity and oncologic outcomes in melanoma patients...
May 11, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489834/endoscopic-gastrostomy-critical-analysis-in-a-regional-referral-hospital
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Gabriel Marques Fávaro, Tiago Franco Filho, Diego Soares Coca, Marco Antonio Cunha, Ricardo Sato Uemura, Carlos Kyoshi Furuya Júnior, Dayse Aparício, Everson L A Artifon
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a safe and effective endoscopic surgical procedure for enteral access and gastrointestinal decompression, and it is an excellent alternative to surgical gastrostomy. There are various clinical indications and these mainly include the need for prolonged enteral nutritional support due to complications from neurological, geriatric and oncological diseases and decompression of the gastrointestinal tract. Although safe and effective, a number of possible complications relating to the time (early or late complications) and severity (minor or major complications) may occur...
January 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488085/novel-loss-of-function-mutation-in-krit1-ccm1-is-associated-with-distinctly-progressive-cerebral-and-spinal-cavernous-malformations-after-radiochemotherapy-for-intracranial-malignant-germ-cell-tumor
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Alexandra Russo, Marie Astrid Neu, Johanna Theruvath, Bettina Kron, Arthur Wingerter, Silla Hey-Koch, Yasemin Tanyildizi, Joerg Faber
PURPOSE: Cerebrospinal cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular lesions characterized by dilated and leaky capillary caverns. CCMs can cause seizures, focal neurological deficits or acute intracranial hemorrhage; however, most patients are asymptomatic. CCMs occur either sporadically or as a familial autosomal-dominant disorder. We present a clinical and molecular study of a patient with distinctive cerebral and spinal cavernous malformations following radiochemotherapy for a malignant brain tumor...
May 9, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485386/monitoring-rate-and-predictability-of-intraoperative-monitoring-in-patients-with-intradural-extramedullary-and-epidural-metastatic-spinal-tumors
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H Kang, H S Gwak, S H Shin, M K Woo, I H Jeong, H Yoo, J W Kwon, S H Lee
STUDY DESIGN: Single-center retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the monitoring rate, sensitivity and specificity of intraoperative monitoring (IOM) during removal of intradural extramedullary (IDEM) or epidural metastatic spinal tumors. Also, to assess the efficacy of monitoring somatosensory-evoked potentials (SSEP) when motor-evoked potentials (MEP) are not measurable. SETTING: The Neuro-Oncology Clinic, National Cancer Center, Korea...
May 9, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481390/multimodal-intraoperative-neurophysiologic-monitoring-in-the-neurosurgical-oncology
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Sema Brandmeier, Emine Taşkiran, Fatihhan Bölükbaşi, Ramazan Sari, İlhan Elmaci
AIM: Neurosurgical oncology that is performed for lesions located in critical areas like the sensorimotor area has additional risk because it may cause serious neurological deficiencies. Some intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) modalities can effectively help the surgeons to maximize resections of this kind of lesions with or without an acceptable neurological deficiency. Our aim was to share our IONM experiences with patients who underwent intracranial lesion surgery in critical areas between September 2013 and January 2015...
March 26, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473078/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-plexopathy
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Julie Bykowski, Joseph M Aulino, Kevin L Berger, R Carter Cassidy, Asim F Choudhri, A Tuba Kendi, Claudia F E Kirsch, Michael D Luttrull, Aseem Sharma, Vilaas S Shetty, Khoi Than, Christopher J Winfree, Rebecca S Cornelius
MRI without and with contrast is the most accurate imaging method to determine whether a process is intrinsic or extrinsic to a nerve of the brachial or lumbosacral plexus. However, there are no Current Procedural Terminology codes to correspond to imaging studies of the brachial or lumbar plexus discretely. This assessment uses "MRI of the brachial plexus" or "MRI of the lumbosacral plexus" as independent entities given that imaging acquisition for the respective plexus differs in sequences and planes compared with those of a routine neck, chest, spine, or pelvic MRI, yet acknowledges the potential variability of ordering practices across institutions...
May 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457056/cannabis-use-in-palliative-oncology-a-review-of-the-evidence-for-popular-indications
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Ilit Turgeman, Gil Bar-Sela
A flowering plant of variegated ingredients and psychoactive qualities, cannabis has long been used for medicinal and recreational purposes. Currently, cannabis is approved in several countries for indications of symptomatic alleviation. However, limited knowledge on the benefits and risks precludes inclusion of cannabis in standard treatment guidelines. This review provides a summary of the available literature on the use of cannabis and cannabinoid-based medicines in palliative oncology. Favorable outcomes are demonstrated for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and cancer-related pain, with evidence of advantageous neurological interactions...
February 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456080/radiosynthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-n-2-18-f-fluoropropionyl-3-4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine-as-a-pet-tracer-for-oncologic-imaging
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Caihua Tang, Dahong Nie, Ganghua Tang, Siyuan Gao, Shaoyu Liu, Fuhua Wen, Xiaolan Tang
INTRODUCTION: Several (11)C and (18)F labeled 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (l-DOPA) analogues have been used for neurologic and oncologic diseases, especially for brain tumors and neuroendocrine tumors PET imaging. However, (18)F-labeled N-substituted l-DOPA analogues have not been reported so far. In the current study, radiosynthesis and biological evaluation of a new (18)F-labeled l-DOPA analogue, N-(2-[(18)F]fluoropropionyl)-3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine ([(18)F]FPDOPA) for tumor PET imaging are performed...
April 7, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455788/diagnosis-and-treatment-patterns-for-patients-with-leptomeningeal-metastasis-from-solid-tumors-across-europe
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Emilie Le Rhun, Roberta Rudà, Patrick Devos, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Dieta Brandsma, Pedro Pérez Segura, Riccardo Soffietti, Michael Weller
Leptomeningeal metastases are a late manifestation of systemic cancer which affects up to 10% of patients with solid tumors. Prognosis is poor, and overall survival at 1 year is only approximately 10%. Management depends mainly on general and neurological condition, primary tumor, and patterns of metastasis, notably absence or presence of concurrent systemic or solid brain metastases. Here we set out to characterize current practice patterns of diagnosis and treatment of patients with leptomeningeal metastasis in Europe...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453751/the-neurologic-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-nano-scale-a-tool-to-assess-neurologic-function-for-integration-into-the-response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-rano-criteria
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Lakshmi Nayak, Lisa M DeAngelis, Alba A Brandes, David M Peereboom, Evanthia Galanis, Nancy U Lin, Riccardo Soffietti, David R Macdonald, Marc Chamberlain, James Perry, Kurt Jaeckle, Minesh Mehta, Roger Stupp, Alona Muzikansky, Elena Pentsova, Timothy Cloughesy, Fabio M Iwamoto, Joerg-Christian Tonn, Michael A Vogelbaum, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J van den Bent, David A Reardon
Background.: The Macdonald criteria and the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) criteria define radiologic parameters to classify therapeutic outcome among patients with malignant glioma and specify that clinical status must be incorporated and prioritized for overall assessment. But neither provides specific parameters to do so. We hypothesized that a standardized metric to measure neurologic function will permit more effective overall response assessment in neuro-oncology. Methods...
May 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452903/zonisamide-in-brain-tumor-related-epilepsy-an-observational-pilot-study
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Marta Maschio, Loredana Dinapoli, Alessia Zarabla, Andrea Maialetti, Diana Giannarelli, Alessandra Fabi, Antonello Vidiri, Tonino Cantelmi
OBJECTIVES: Epilepsy heavily affects the quality of life (QoL) of patients with brain tumor because in addition to taking treatments for the oncological illness, patients are required to live with the long-term taking of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). The AEDs' adverse effects are common in these patients and can negatively influence their perceptions of their QoL.We conducted an observational pilot study in patients with brain tumor-related epilepsy to verify efficacy, tolerability, and impact on QoL and global neurocognitive performances of zonisamide (ZNS) in add-on...
May 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452427/results-of-an-innovative-bulking-agent-in-patients-with-stress-urinary-incontinence-who-are-not-optimal-candidates-for-mid-urethral-sling-surgery
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Claudia R Kowalik, Fenne M Casteleijn, Hugo W F van Eijndhoven, Sandra E Zwolsman, Jan-Paul W R Roovers
AIMS: To assess the efficacy and safety of peri-urethral bulking injections (PBI) with an innovative bulking material (PDMS-U) in women with stress-urinary incontinence (SUI) who are not optimal candidates for mid-urethral sling surgery. METHODS: A prospective study was performed in women with SUI who, for several reasons, have a relative contraindication for a mid-urethral sling procedure. These reasons include: (i) recurrent SUI after a prior SUI surgical procedure; (ii) a history of oncologic gynaecological surgery; (iii) a history of neurologic disease resulting in voiding problems; (iv) a maximal flow rate of less than 15 mL per second or; (v) women with a contraindication for surgery with general or regional anaesthesia...
April 28, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449529/do-hospitals-need-oncological-critical-care-units
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EDITORIAL
Abby Koch, William Checkley
Since the inception of critical care as a formal discipline in the late 1950s, we have seen rapid specialization to many types of intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate evolving life support technologies and novel therapies in various disciplines of medicine. Indeed, the field has expanded such that specialized ICUs currently exist to address critical care problems in medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, trauma, burns, organ transplant and cardiothoracic surgeries. Specialization does not only need new infrastructure, but also training and staffing of health care providers, ancillary staff, and development and implementation of processes of care...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449033/response-assessment-in-medulloblastoma-and-leptomeningeal-seeding-tumors-recommendations-from-the-response-assessment-in-pediatric-neuro-oncology-committee
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Katherine E Warren, Gilbert Vezina, Tina Y Poussaint, Monika Warmuth-Metz, Marc C Chamberlain, Roger J Packer, Alba A Brandes, Moshe Reiss, Stewart Goldman, Michael J Fisher, Ian F Pollack, Michael D Prados, Patrick Y Wen, Susan M Chang, Christelle Dufour, David Zurakowski, Rolf D Kortmann, Mark W Kieran
Lack of standard response criteria in clinical trials for medulloblastoma and other seeding tumors complicates assessment of therapeutic efficacy and comparisons across studies. An international working group was established to develop consensus recommendations for response assessment. The aim is that these recommendations be prospectively evaluated in clinical trials, with the goal of achieving more reliable risk stratification and uniformity across clinical trials. Current practices and literature review were performed to identify major confounding issues and justify subsequently developed recommendations; in areas lacking scientific investigations, recommendations were based on experience of committee members and consensus was reached after discussion...
April 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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