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Akira Nishikado, Ryo Kawata, Shin-Ichi Haginomori, Tetsuya Terada, Masaaki Higashino, Yoshitaka Kurisu, Yoshinobu Hirose
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the clinical outcomes of patients with parotid carcinoma at a single institution during an 18-year period, with the focus on diagnosis, treatment, and survival. METHODS: The subjects were 171 patients with parotid carcinoma treated at our department during the 18-year period from September 1999 to August 2017. There were 19 patients in stage I, 65 patients in stage II, 22 patients in stage III, and 65 patients in stage IV. The symptoms, preoperative diagnosis, node metastasis, survival rate, prognostic factors, and immunohistological findings were investigated...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
S Rajesh, Amar Mukund, Binit Sureka, Kalpana Bansal, Maxime Ronot, Ankur Arora
Non-cirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH) comprises a group of diseases that are characterized by increased portal pressure in the absence of cirrhosis of the liver. It may arise as a result of either primary hepatic disease or the effects of systemic disorders on liver. The natural course of NCPH is largely indolent and benign with an overall better outcome than cirrhosis, as long as the complications of portal hypertension are properly managed and regular surveillance is carried out. However, due to the numerous and variable etiological factors and lack of standardized diagnostic criteria, this entity is under-recognized clinically as well as pathologically and often gets mislabeled as cryptogenic cirrhosis...
March 21, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, Alireza Zandi, Hassan Razmjoo, Sara Ghaffari, Seyed-Mojtaba Abtahi, Hamidreza Jahanbani-Ardakani, Zahra Kasaei, Samira Kasaei-Koupaei, Sepideh Sajjadi, Seyed-Ali Sonbolestan, Seyed-Hossein Abtahi
Purpose: Ameloblastoma is a non-encapsulated and slow-growing tumor with high recurrence rate. Orbital involvement by this neoplasm is an extremely rare entity. In this study, we present a systematic review on this situation along with clinical and paraclinical features of a case. Methods: An electronic search was conducted on major medical sources. Data of the cases in the literature in addition to our own case were extracted, summarized, and statistically analyzed...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Cheng Chen, Mukil Natarajan, David Bianchi, Georg Aue, John H Powers
We present a case of acute epiglottitis in a 16-year-old with severe aplastic anemia. He was admitted with a history suggestive of a severe upper airway infection and an absolute neutrophil count of 0 per cubic millimeter. Despite his immunocompromised state, he presented with the classical signs and symptoms of epiglottitis. We review here the presentation and comorbidities of immunocompromised patients with epiglottitis. In addition, the appropriate choice of empirical antibiotic therapy is important for the management of epiglottitis in immunocompromised patients, especially in the post- Haemophilus influenza type B vaccination era...
March 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Julia Christina Gross, Laura Cecilia Zelarayán
Wnt signaling is an important pathway in health and disease and a key regulator of stem cell maintenance, differentiation, and proliferation. During heart development, Wnt signaling controls specification, proliferation and differentiation of cardiovascular cells. In this regard, the role of activated Wnt signaling in cardiogenesis is well defined. However, the knowledge about signaling transmission has been challenged. Recently, the packaging of hydrophobic Wnt proteins on extracellular vesicles (EVs) has emerged as a mechanism to facilitate their extracellular spreading and their functioning as morphogens...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Mustafa Zakkar, Vito Domanico Bruno, Alexandru Ciprian Visan, Stephanie Curtis, Gianni Angelini, Emmanuel Lansac, Serban Stoica
Aortic valve replacement is the gold standard for the management of patients with severe aortic stenosis or mixed pathology that is not amenable to repair according to currently available guidelines. Such a simplified approach may be suitable for many patients, but it is far from ideal for young adults considering emerging evidence demonstrating that conventional valve replacement in this cohort of patients is associated with inferior long-term survival when compared to the general population. Moreover; the utilisation of mechanical and bioprosthetic valves can significantly impact on quality and is linked to increased rates of morbidities...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Chang-Ihll Kim, Tae-Yeem Lee, Sung-Taek Park, Hong-Bae Kim, Sung-Ho Park
Ectopic pregnancy is an extrauterine pregnancy, and 98% of which occur in the fallopian tube. The incidence of twin tubal pregnancy is rare but is increasing due to assisted reproductive technology. Spontaneous unilateral twin tubal pregnancy is extremely rare, and only a small number of case reports have been made. We herein report a rare case of spontaneous unilateral twin tubal pregnancy with both fetuses presenting with heart activities and a literature review. Right salpingectomy was performed in this case...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Guilherme Naccache Namur, Anna Carolina Batista Dantas, Ricardo Jureidini, Thiago Costa Ribeiro, Ulysses Ribeiro Junior, Estela Figueira, Ivan Cecconello, Telesforo Bacchella
Background: Due to rising life expectancy of population, very complex surgical procedures such as pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), are more commonly being performed in elderly patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety of PD in patients older than 75 years old and the risk factors associated with severe complications. Methods: Patients who underwent PD for periampullary tumors were retrospectively reviewed and divided into two groups, A (<75 years) and B (>75 years)...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Andrew R Summers, Travis Philipp, Jacob D Mikula, Kenneth R Gundle
Metastatic bone disease affects approximately 300,000 people in the United States, and the burden is rising. These patients experience significant morbidity and decreased survival. The management of these patients requires coordinated care among a multidisciplinary team of physicians, including orthopaedic surgeons. This article reviews the role of radiation therapy after orthopaedic stabilization of impending or realized pathologic extremity fractures. Orthopaedic surgeons have an opportunity to benefit patients with metastatic bone disease by referring them for consideration of post-operative radiation therapy...
December 14, 2017: Orthopedic Reviews
Sang Jun Song, Cheol Hee Park, Hu Liang, Sang Jun Kim
Noise in the knee joint is a common symptom that often leads to outpatient clinic visits. However, there have been no previous review articles regarding noise around the knee despite its high prevalence. We will review the noise characteristics according to sound nature and onset as well as factors for differentiation between physiological and pathological noises. In addition, we will describe causes of the physiological and pathological noises and management of noise in the knee. An appropriate review of the characteristics of noise, its pathophysiology, and factors for differentiation between physiological and pathological noises can facilitate patient guidance...
March 2018: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
Blaise Corthésy, Gilles Bioley
Vaccination is the process of administering immunogenic formulations in order to induce or harness antigen (Ag)-specific antibody and T cell responses in order to protect against infections. Important successes have been obtained in protecting individuals against many deleterious pathological situations after parenteral vaccination. However, one of the major limitations of the current vaccination strategies is the administration route that may not be optimal for the induction of immunity at the site of pathogen entry, i...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mariana Alves, Edward Beamer, Tobias Engel
Epilepsy encompasses a heterogeneous group of neurological syndromes which are characterized by recurrent seizures affecting over 60 million people worldwide. Current anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are mainly designed to target ion channels and/or GABA or glutamate receptors. Despite recent advances in drug development, however, pharmacoresistance in epilepsy remains as high as 30%, suggesting the need for the development of new AEDs with a non-classical mechanism of action. Neuroinflammation is increasingly recognized as one of the key players in seizure generation and in the maintenance of the epileptic phenotype...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Antonio José Mateo Orobia, Jorge Saa, Alberto Ollero Lorenzo, José María Herreras
Background: Dry Eye Disease (DED) is a multifactorial disease, with a high prevalence, that can have a great impact on the quality of life of patients. The first step of treatment includes the use of lacrimal substitutes composed of polymers, possible to associate osmoprotectant agents to the lacrimal substitutes. The aim of this article is to analyze the properties of the combination of hyaluronic acid (HA), carmellose, and osmoprotectors (Optava Fusion® ; Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) on DED...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
H Nagaraja, N Srivatsa, S Hemalatha, S Shweta, S K Raghunath
Although lymphadenectomy is currently accepted as most accurate and reliable staging procedure for lymph node metastases, its therapeutic benefit in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) still remains controversial. Although the new, targeted therapy paradigms have changed the treatment of patients with advanced RCC and offer prolonged survival, cure is extremely uncommon in the absence of surgical resections. In this paper, the current role of metastasectomy is reviewed. Review the available literature concerning the role of retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and metastasectomy in outcome of oligometastatic RCC...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Samskruthi P Murthy, Deepak Balasubramanian, Adharsh Anand, Shashikant Vishnubhai Limbachiya, Narayana Subramaniam, Vasantha Nair, Krishnakumar Thankappan, Subramania Iyer
Differentiated thyroid cancers (DTC) are seen with increasing incidence in clinical practice. These tumours have good prognosis and the extent of surgery can be tailored to the size and pathological characteristics of the lesion. Historically total thyroidectomy was the recommended procedure for tumours >1 cm; however, current recommendations suggest a more conservative approach. This review focuses on the evolution of the extent of surgery in differentiated thyroid cancer.
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Pervinder Bhogal, Leonard L Yeo, Hans Henkes, Timo Krings, Michael Söderman
Intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulae are a commonly encountered pathology that can present with a variety of different clinical symptoms. Although there is a significant body of work relating to the natural history and treatment of dural arteriovenous fistulae the exact underlying pathogenesis remains elusive. Various different pathogenetic models have been put forward but there is now a growing body of evidence implicating angiogenesis and the involvement of angiogenetic factors. In this review we attempt to show how the various animal and human studies performed over the past two decades have contributed to the proposed hypothesis on the development of dural arteriovenous fistulae...
January 1, 2018: Interventional Neuroradiology
Mostafa Mahmoud, Ramez Nader Abdalla, Ayman Hemdan Mohamed, Mostafa Farid
Cerebral pial fistula is a rare vascular pathology with no more than 150 cases reported. Most cases reported in infancy have been published as case reports. Owing to its high flow, its occurrence in this age group carries the potential risk of heart failure, chronic venous hypertension, seizures and, less frequently, cerebral haemorrhage. We present two cases of pial fistulae in infancy treated by endovascular embolisation using N-butyl cyanoacrylate. A review of the English-language literature was performed for this age group with special emphasis on ruptured cases...
January 1, 2018: Interventional Neuroradiology
Evelia Y Salinas, Jerry C Hu, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
The use of tissue-engineered articular cartilage (AC) constructs has the potential to become a powerful treatment option for cartilage lesions resulting from trauma or early stages of pathology. Although fundamental tissue-engineering strategies based on the use of scaffolds, cells, and signals have been developed, techniques that lead to biomimetic AC constructs that can be translated to in-vivo use have yet to be fully confirmed. Mechanical stimulation during tissue culture can be an effective strategy to enhance the mechanical, structural, and cellular properties of tissue-engineered constructs toward mimicking those of native AC...
March 21, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
Ruud P M Dings, Michelle C Miller, Robert J Griffin, Kevin H Mayo
Galectins are a family of small, highly conserved, molecular effectors that mediate various biological processes, including chemotaxis and angiogenesis, and that function by interacting with various cell surface glycoconjugates, usually targeting β-galactoside epitopes. Because of their significant involvement in various biological functions and pathologies, galectins have become a focus of therapeutic discovery for clinical intervention against cancer, among other pathological disorders. In this review, we focus on understanding galectin structure-function relationships, their mechanisms of action on the molecular level, and targeting them for therapeutic intervention against cancer...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Daniela Caccamo, Sergio Ricca, Monica Currò, Riccardo Ientile
Hypovitaminosis D has become a pandemic, being observed in all ethnicities and age groups worldwide. Environmental factors, such as increased air pollution and reduced ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation, as well as lifestyle factors, i.e., decreased outdoor activities and/or poor intake of vitamin D-rich food, are likely involved in the etiology of a dramatic reduction of vitamin D circulating levels. The insufficiency/deficiency of vitamin D has long been known for its association with osteoporosis and rickets...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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