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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822108/semi-quantitative-metabolic-values-on-fdg-pet-ct-including-extracardiac-sites-of-disease-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-course-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
#1
Mitsutomi Ishiyama, Laurie A Soine, Hubert J Vesselle
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with major adverse cardiac events including cardiac arrest, for which anti-inflammatory treatment is indicated. Oral corticosteroid is the mainstay among treatment options; however, adverse effects are a major concern with long-term use. It would be beneficial for providers to predict treatment response and prognosis for proper management strategy of sarcoidosis, though it remains challenging. Fluorine (F)-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography(PET)/computed tomography(CT) has an advantage over anatomical imaging in providing semi-quantitative functional parameters such as standard uptake value (SUV), metabolic volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), which are well-established biomarkers in oncology...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821988/presentation-and-management-of-symptomatic-central-bone-cement-embolization
#2
Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814492/influence-of-arterial-stiffness-on-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-without-high-blood-pressure
#3
Keishi Ichikawa, Satoru Sakuragi, Takahiro Nishihara, Masahiro Tsuji, Atsushi Mori, Fumi Yokohama, Tadashi Wada, Daiji Hasegawa, Kenji Kawamoto, Machiko Tanakaya, Yusuke Katayama, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Although blood pressure (BP) is a major determinant of arterial stiffness, whether high pulse wave velocity (PWV) adversely influences cardiac parameters and cardiovascular (CV) outcome in patients without high BP remains unclear. METHODS: Outpatients without high BP (n=320), defined as systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg, were enrolled in this retrospective study. At baseline, all patients underwent echocardiography and multidetector CT to determine the coronary artery calcification (CAC) score...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811999/quantitative-analysis-of-epicardial-fat-volume-effects-of-scanning-protocol-and-reproducibility-of-measurements-in-non-contrast-cardiac-ct-vs-coronary-ct-angiography
#4
Luigia D'Errico, Francesco Salituri, Marco Ciardetti, Riccardo Favilla, Alessandro Mazzarisi, Giuseppe Coppini, Carlo Bartolozzi, Paoli Marraccini
BACKGROUND: Several studies have focused on the role of epicardial fat in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The main purpose of the study was to evaluate a computerized method for the quantitative analysis of epicardial fat volume (EFV) by non-contrast cardiac CT (NCT) for coronary calcium scan and coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA). METHODS: Thirty patients (61±12.5 years, 73% male, body mass index (BMI) =25.9±6.3 kg/m(2)) referred to our Institution for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent NCT and coronary CTA...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810921/the-role-of-whole-body-computed-tomography-in-the-diagnosis-of-thoracic-injuries-in-severely-injured-patients-a-retrospective-multi-centre-study-based-on-the-trauma-registry-of-the-german-trauma-society-traumaregister-dgu-%C3%A2
#5
Patricia Lang, Martin Kulla, Fabian Kerwagen, Rolf Lefering, Benedikt Friemert, Hans-Georg Palm
BACKGROUND: Thoracic injuries are a leading cause of death in polytrauma patients. Early diagnosis and treatment are of paramount importance. Whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) has largely replaced traditional imaging techniques such as conventional radiographs and focused computed tomography (CT) as diagnostic tools in severely injured patients. It is still unclear whether WBCT has led to higher rates of diagnosis of thoracic injuries and thus to a change in outcomes. METHODS: In a retrospective study based on the trauma registry of the German Trauma Society (TraumaRegister DGU(®)), we analysed data from 16,545 patients who underwent treatment in 59 hospitals between 2002 and 2012 (ISS ≥ 9)...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810576/application-of-low-dose-dual-source-computed-tomography-angiography-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease
#6
Xian-Feng Chen, Fan Jiang, Lin Li, Yan Chen, Xin Chen, Yan-Yan Jiang, Li Xiang, Xiao-Jing Ma
The objective of the present study was to evaluate image quality and radiation dosage using a low-dose prospectively electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated computed tomography (CT) protocol for dual-source angiography in children with complex congenital heart disease. A total of 206 patients with complex congenital heart disease were equally assigned into two groups at random. The children in group A underwent low-dose retrospective ECG-gated CT scanning with an ECG-pulsing technique, and group B underwent prospective ECG-gated scanning with an ECG-pulsing technique...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809582/iodixanol-versus-iopromide-at-coronary-ct-angiography-lumen-opacification-and-effect-on-heart-rhythm-the-randomized-isocor-trial
#7
Marisa M Lubbers, Marc Kock, André Niezen, Tjebbe Galema, Marcel Kofflard, Tobias Bruning, Henriette S Kooij, Hanneke van Valen, Marcel Dijkshoorn, Ronald Booij, Anthony Padmos, Alain Vogels, Ricardo P J Budde, Koen Nieman
Purpose To show that equal coronary lumen opacification can be achieved with iso- and low-osmolar contrast media when it is injected at the same iodine delivery rate with contemporary cardiac computed tomographic (CT) protocols and to investigate the cardiovascular effect of iso-osmolar contrast media and the image quality achieved. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained for the Effect of Iso-osmolar Contrast Medium on Coronary Opacification and Heart Rhythm in Coronary CT Angiography, or IsoCOR, trial...
August 15, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807509/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-angiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis-and-cardiac-device-infection-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-and-prosthetic-material
#8
María N Pizzi, L Dos-Subirà, Albert Roque, Nuria Fernández-Hidalgo, Hug Cuéllar-Calabria, Antonia Pijuan Domènech, María T Gonzàlez-Alujas, M T Subirana-Domènech, B Miranda-Barrio, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Juan J González-López, Albert Igual, Olga Maisterra-Santos, David García-Dorado, Joan Castell-Conesa, Benito Almirante, Manuel Escobar Amores, Pilar Tornos, Santiago Aguadé-Bruix
OBJECTIVES: Infective endocarditis (IE) and cardiac device infection (CDI) are a major complication in the growing number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) reaching adulthood. We aimed to evaluate the added value of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT angiography (PET/CTA) in the diagnosis of IE-CDI in adults with CHD and intravascular or intracardiac prosthetic material, in whom echocardiography (ECHO) and modified Duke Criteria (DC) have limitations because of the patients' complex anatomy...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805032/improving-outcomes-after-cabg-and-pci
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EDITORIAL
Robert D Safian
Within 1 year of coronary artery bypass surgery , 64% of percutaneous coronary interventions were performed for graft failure and 36% for native vessel disease. Predictors of graft failure were small diameter of the graft and native vessel, poor distal run-off, and disease distal to the graft. In the near future, cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and fractional flow reserve by CT (FFRct) will incorporate accurate determination of coronary anatomy and the presence and extent of myocardial ischemia...
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804656/pneumomediastinum-and-mediastinal-hematoma-secondary-to-right-brachiocephalic-vein-thrombectomy-mimicking-stemi
#10
Prem Shukla, Prudence Dy, Rishi Raj, Sayee Sundar Alagusundaramoorthy, Noel Nivera
A 50-year-old male with a history of hemodialysis dependent chronic kidney disease presented to our emergency department with acute midsternal crushing chest pain. Patient was diagnosed with acute anterolateral wall Myocardial Infraction due to the presence of corresponding ST segment elevations in EKG and underwent emergent cardiac catheterization which revealed normal patent coronaries without any disease. He continued to have chest pain for which CT of the chest was done which revealed pneumomediastinum with mediastinal hematoma, due to the recent attempted thrombectomy for thrombus in his right brachiocephalic vein...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803639/atrial-fibrillation-and-stroke-as-initial-manifestations-of-painless-type-a-aortic-dissection
#11
Claudia Stöllberger, Lilian Schäffl-Doweik, Maria Korn, Josef Finsterer
Aortic dissection is diagnostically challenging, especially in pain-free patients. Detection of acute ischemic stroke secondary to painless aortic dissection is a challenge for emergency physicians and neurologists. We report a previously healthy 58-years old female, admitted because of nausea, dizziness, somnolence, a left-sided hemiparesis and arterial hypotension. The electrocardiogram showed atrial fibrillation with ST-elevations and ST-depressions. Perfusion CT-imaging showed a dilatation of the aortic arch and intraluminal structures indicating an intima flap of aortic dissection...
July 21, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803216/3d-2d-registration-with-superabundant-vessel-reconstruction-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#12
Daniel Toth, Maria Panayiotou, Alexander Brost, Jonathan M Behar, Christopher A Rinaldi, Kawal S Rhode, Peter Mountney
A key component of image guided interventions is the registration of preoperative and intraoperative images. Classical registration approaches rely on cross-modality information; however, in modalities such as MRI and X-ray there may not be sufficient cross-modality information. This paper proposes a fundamentally different registration approach which uses adjacent anatomical structures with superabundant vessel reconstruction and dynamic outlier rejection. In the targeted clinical scenario of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) delivery, preoperative, non contrast-enhanced, MRI is registered to intraoperative, contrasted X-ray fluoroscopy...
August 5, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801918/motion-compensation-in-the-region-of-the-coronary-arteries-based-on-partial-angle-reconstructions-from-short-scan-ct-data
#13
Juliane Hahn, Herbert Bruder, Christopher Rohkohl, Thomas Allmendinger, Karl Stierstorfer, Thomas Flohr, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: In order to mitigate motion-induced artifacts, several motion compensation (MoCo) methods have been developed, which are either able to a) compensate for severe artifacts, but utilize the data for the reconstruction of several cardiac phases, or b) improve image quality of a single reconstruction with only moderate motion artifacts. We propose a method combining both benefits: dose efficiency by utilizing only the data needed for a single short-scan reconstruction while still being able to compensate for severe artifacts...
August 12, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797406/ct-detected-growth-of-coronary-artery%C3%A2-calcification-in-asymptomatic-middle-aged-subjects-and-association-with-15-biomarkers
#14
Søren Zöga Diederichsen, Mette Hjortdal Grønhøj, Hans Mickley, Oke Gerke, Flemming Hald Steffensen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Niels Peter Rønnow Sand, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Michael Hecht Olsen, Axel Diederichsen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the incidence and progression of coronary artery calcification (CAC) in asymptomatic middle-aged subjects and to evaluate the value of a broad panel of biomarkers in the prediction of CAC growth. BACKGROUND: CAC continues to be a major risk factor, but the value of biochemical markers in predicting CAC incidence and progression remains unresolved. METHODS: At baseline, 1,227 men and women underwent traditional risk assessment and a computed tomography (CT) scan to determine the CAC score...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782322/congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-with-11-beta-hydroxylase-deficiency-with-testicular-adrenal-rest-tumour
#15
Archana Sonawale, Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Siddharth Warrier, Rohit Shriwastav, Nilakshi H Sabnis
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia refers to the non-malignant enlargement of adrenal gland tissue as a result of deficiency of one of several enzymes involved in adrenal hormone synthesis, secondary to a genetic mutation. 11 - Beta hydroxylase is one such enzyme, and its deficiency is a rare cause of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. We describe the case of an 18-year old man who presented to us with an acute right ganglio-capsular bleed, hypertension and bilateral scrotal swelling. Investigations revealed hypokalemia, and normal renal and cardiac functions...
June 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781721/the-effects-of-diabetes-induction-on-the-rat-heart-differences-in-oxidative-stress-inflammatory-cells-and-fibrosis-between-subendocardial-and-interstitial-myocardial-areas
#16
Maria C Guido, Alyne F Marques, Elaine R Tavares, Marcelo D Tavares de Melo, Vera M C Salemi, Raul C Maranhão
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by cardiac remodeling and impaired diastolic function that may lead to heart failure. The aim of this study was to evaluate oxidative stress, inflammatory cells, and fibrosis in both subendocardial (SEN) and interstitial (INT) areas of the myocardium. Male Wistar rats were allocated to 2 groups of 9 animals, a control (CT) group and streptozotocin-induced diabetes (DM). After 8 weeks, echocardiography morphometry, protein expression, and confocal microscopy in SEN and INT areas of the left ventricle (LV) were performed...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780193/is-brain-computed-tomography-combined-with-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-useful-in-the-prediction-of-brain-death-after-cardiac-arrest
#17
Maenia Scarpino, Giovanni Lanzo, Francesco Lolli, Marco Moretti, Riccardo Carrai, Maria Luisa Migliaccio, Maddalena Spalletti, Manuela Bonizzoli, Adriano Peris, Aldo Amantini, Antonello Grippo
BACKGROUND: Brain death (BD) in coma after cardiac arrest (CA) is difficult to predict. Basal ganglia gray matter/white matter (GM/WM) ratio density and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) may differentiate patients evolving toward BD. METHODS: We used SEPs and brain computed tomography (CT) after coma onset, within the first 24hours. RESULTS: Of the 160 patients included in the study, 22 (14%) evolved toward BD. SEP patterns predicted BD (ROC area=0...
August 2, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775077/chronic-rejection-of-cardiac-allografts-is-associated-with-increased-lymphatic-flow-and-cellular-trafficking
#18
Lindsey A Edwards, Anna K Nowocin, Nazila V Jafari, Lucy Meader, Kathryn Brown, Aurélien Sarde, Carolyn Lam, Alex Murray, Wilson Wong
Background -Cardiac transplantation is an excellent treatment for end-stage heart disease. However, rejection of the donor graft, particularly by chronic rejection leading to cardiac allograft vasculopathy, remains a major cause of graft loss. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in the alloimmune response, facilitating trafficking of antigen presenting cells (APCs) to draining lymph nodes (dLN). The encounter of APCs with T lymphocytes in secondary lymphoid organs is essential for the initiation of alloimmunity...
August 3, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774473/hyperinflation-of-the-left-anterior-basal-segment-a-new-sign-of-pectus-excavatum-severity-on-ct
#19
S Singh, S B Greenberg
AIM: To describe a new finding in patients with pectus excavatum - left lower lobe anterior basal segment hyperinflation [LABSH]. A secondary objective is to determine the frequency of the new finding and association with pectus excavatum severity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study population included 52 children who underwent preoperative computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of pectus excavatum. A control group of 50 children was obtained after evaluating 137 CT examinations performed for other reasons...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772215/treatment-with-tucum%C3%A3-oil-astrocaryum-vulgare-for-diabetic-mice-prevents-changes-in-seric-enzymes-of-the-purinergic-system-improvement-of-immune-system
#20
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Pedro H Doleski, Thirssa H Grando, Michele R Sagrillo, Aleksandro S da Silva, Daniela B R Leal, Silvia G Monteiro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the enzymatic activity of the purinergic system in sera samples from alloxan-induced diabetic mice treated with tucumã oil (Astrocaryum vulgare). For this, the mice were divided into four groups (n=6): control/water (the group CW); control/tucumã oil (the group CT); diabetic/water (the group DW), and diabetic/tucumã oil (the group DT) treated for 14days with 5.0mLkg(-1) via oral gavage. On day 14 post-treatment, mice were submitted to euthanasia and blood samples were collected by cardiac puncture...
July 31, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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