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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078376/ipsilateral-dual-site-same-sitting-percutaneous-lung-biopsy-a-feasibility-study
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Joseph Barnett, Aniket N Tavare, Sajid Khan, Ashish Saini, Dean D Creer, Samanjit S Hare
PURPOSE: Patients with thoracic malignancies often have more than one site of pulmonary, nodal or pleural disease within one hemithorax. In addition, large heterogeneous lesions may comprise distinct, mixed pathological entities. Histological analysis of these lesions can alter tumour staging and treatment options. We investigated the feasibility, safety and benefit of performing image-guided percutaneous lung biopsy (PLB) of two lesions in the same hemithorax at a single sitting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten consecutive outpatients with two or more potential disease foci within the same hemithorax were analysed over a 15-month period...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078124/advanced-biliary-tract-cancer-clinical-outcomes-with-abc-02-regimen-and-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-in-a-tertiary-care-center-in-the-united-states
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Rishi Agarwal, Arun Sendilnathan, Nabeela Iffat Siddiqi, Shuchi Gulati, Abhimanyu Ghose, Changchun Xie, Olugbenga Olanrele Olowokure
BACKGROUND: Gemcitabine plus cisplatin (GC) is currently the standard regimen for advanced biliary tract cancers (BTC) based on the outcomes in ABC-02 trial. Multiple factors can affect outcomes in these patients. This retrospective review evaluates the University of Cincinnati experience with GC in advanced intrahepatic (IHC)/extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (EHC) and gall bladder carcinoma (GBC). METHODS: In this study approved by University of Cincinnati IRB, retrospective analysis of advanced BTC patients seen between 01/2008 and 01/2015 was done...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071146/cardiac-rehabilitation-programme-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gustavo S Ribeiro, Rosangela D Melo, Luís F Deresz, Pedro Dal Lago, Mauro Rn Pontes, Marlus Karsten
Background Aortic stenosis is a valvular heart disease characterised by fixed obstruction of the left ventricular outflow. It can be managed by surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This review aimed to describe the evidence supporting a cardiac rehabilitation programme on functional capacity and quality of life in aortic stenosis patients after sAVR or TAVI. Methods The search was conducted on multiple databases from January to March 2016. All studies were eligible that evaluated the effects of a post-interventional cardiac rehabilitation programme in aortic stenosis patients...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068928/newly-recognized-cerebral-infarctions-on-postmortem-imaging-a-report-of-three-cases-with-systemic-infectious-disease
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Sakon Noriki, Kazuyuki Kinoshita, Kunihiro Inai, Toyohiko Sakai, Hirohiko Kimura, Takahiro Yamauchi, Masayuki Iwano, Hironobu Naiki
BACKGROUND: Postmortem imaging (PMI) refers to the imaging of cadavers by computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Three cases of cerebral infarctions that were not found during life but were newly recognized on PMI and were associated with severe systemic infections are presented. CASE PRESENTATIONS: An 81-year-old woman with a pacemaker and slightly impaired liver function presented with fever. Imaging suggested interstitial pneumonia and an iliopsoas abscess, and blood tests showed liver dysfunction and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)...
January 10, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065906/incidence-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-infective-endocarditis-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease-focus-on-the-use-of-prosthetic-material
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Joey M Kuijpers, Dave R Koolbergen, Maarten Groenink, Kathinka C H Peels, Constant L A Reichert, Marco C Post, Hans A Bosker, Elly M C J Wajon, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara J M Mulder, Berto J Bouma
AIMS: Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) predisposes to infective endocarditis (IE). Surgical advancements have changed the ACHD population, whereas associated prosthetic material may constitute additional IE targets. We aimed to prospectively determine contemporary incidence, risk factors, and predictors of IE in a nationwide ACHD cohort, focusing on the presence of prosthetics. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 14 224 patients prospectively followed in the CONCOR ACHD registry (50...
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062138/determinants-and-prognostic-value-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-aortic-valve-stenosis
#6
Virginia Nguyen, Claire Cimadevilla, Dimitri Arangalage, Monique Dehoux, Isabelle Codogno, Xavier Duval, Sarah Tubiana, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of N-terminal fragment of pro B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) in aortic stenosis (AS) is still being debated. We sought to evaluate the determinants of Nt-proBNP in AS and its prognostic value in asymptomatic patients. METHODS: Patients with pure isolated at least mild degenerative AS enrolled in our prospective cohort (2006-2013) constituted our population. Clinical and biological measurements as well as echocardiographic evaluations were performed at study entry for all patients...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052863/double-stranded-rna-up-regulates-the-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-human-aortic-valve-cells-through-the-tlr3-trif-non-canonical-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Qiong Zhan, Rui Song, Fei Li, Lihua Ao, Qingchun Zeng, Dingli Xu, David A Fullerton, Xianzhong Meng
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a chronic inflammatory condition and the inflammatory responses of aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) play a critical role in the disease progression. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) released from damaged or stressed cells is pro-inflammatory and may contribute to the mechanism of chronic inflammation observed in diseased aortic valves. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of dsRNA on AVIC inflammatory responses and the underlying mechanism...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043075/an-integrated-rotary-microfluidic-system-with-dna-extraction-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-lateral-flow-strip-based-detection-for-point-of-care-pathogen-diagnostics
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Byung Hyun Park, Seung Jun Oh, Jae Hwan Jung, Goro Choi, Ji Hyun Seo, Do Hyun Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Tae Seok Seo
Point-of-care (POC) molecular diagnostics plays a pivotal role for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. In spite of recent advancement in microfluidic based POC devices, there are still rooms for development to realize rapid, automatic and cost-effective sample-to-result genetic analysis. In this study, we propose an integrated rotary microfluidic system that is capable of performing glass microbead based DNA extraction, loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and colorimetric lateral flow strip based detection in a sequential manner with an optimized microfluidic design and a rotational speed control...
December 14, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994895/surgical-management-of-multiple-valve-endocarditis-associated-with-dialysis-catheter
#9
R Zea-Vera, M Sanchez, E Castañeda, L Soto-Arquiñigo
Endocarditis associated with dialysis catheter is a disease that must be suspected in every patient with hemodialysis who develops fever. Multiple valve disease is a severe complication of endocarditis that needs to be managed in a different way. There is very limited data for treatment and every case must be considered individually. We present a patient with this complication and describe the medical treatment and surgical management. We report the case of a 15-year-old patient with acute renal failure that develops trivalvular endocarditis after the hemodialysis catheter was placed, with multiple positive blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982350/valvular-disorders-in-carcinoid-heart-disease
#10
Shi-Min Yuan
Carcinoid heart disease is a rare but important cause of intrinsic right heart valve disorders leading to right heart failure. Occasionally, left-sided heart valves may also be involved. The characteristic cardiac pathological findings of carcinoid heart disease are endocardial thickening as a result of fibrous deposits on the endocardium. Echocardiographic examination and right heart catheterization are very useful for the diagnosis of the lesion. If more cardiac valves are affected, multiple valve replacement should be considered...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973580/a-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-sarcomere-contractility-acutely-relieves-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-feline-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Joshua A Stern, Svetlana Markova, Yu Ueda, Jae B Kim, Peter J Pascoe, Marc J Evanchik, Eric M Green, Samantha P Harris
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease of the heart muscle characterized by otherwise unexplained thickening of the left ventricle. Left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction is present in approximately two-thirds of patients and substantially increases the risk of disease complications. Invasive treatment with septal myectomy or alcohol septal ablation can improve symptoms and functional status, but currently available drugs for reducing obstruction have pleiotropic effects and variable therapeutic responses...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942694/atrial-myxoma-a-rare-cause-of-hemiplegia-in-children
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Uchenna Onubogu, Boma West, Boma Orupabo-Oyan
BACKGROUND: Atrial myxoma is an uncommon cause of hemiplegia in children. However hemiplegia is the commonest manifestation of atrial myxoma in the paediatric age group. CASE REPORT: An 11-year-old girl presented with left hemiplegia and palpitations. Three months later she had a deepvein thrombosis of the right common iliac vein. MRI of the brain showed a subacute right thalamic infarct, and an ECG showed left atrial and left ventricular hypertrophy. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a left atrial myxoma impinging on the mitral valve...
December 12, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940954/frailty-and-cardiac-rehabilitation-a-call-to-action-from-the-eapc-cardiac-rehabilitation-section
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Carlo Vigorito, Ana Abreu, Marco Ambrosetti, Romualdo Belardinelli, Ugo Corrà, Margaret Cupples, Constantinos H Davos, Stefan Hoefer, Marie-Christine Iliou, Jean-Paul Schmid, Heinz Voeller, Patrick Doherty
Frailty is a geriatric syndrome characterised by a vulnerability status associated with declining function of multiple physiological systems and loss of physiological reserves. Two main models of frailty have been advanced: the phenotypic model (primary frailty) or deficits accumulation model (secondary frailty), and different instruments have been proposed and validated to measure frailty. However measured, frailty correlates to medical outcomes in the elderly, and has been shown to have prognostic value for patients in different clinical settings, such as in patients with coronary artery disease, after cardiac surgery or transvalvular aortic valve replacement, in patients with chronic heart failure or after left ventricular assist device implantation...
December 11, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939432/regulation-of-microrna-expression-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-by-mrtf-a-and-actin-polymerization
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Azra Alajbegovic, Karolina M Turczyńska, Tran Thi Hien, Pilar Cidad, Karl Swärd, Per Hellstrand, Alessandro Della Corte, Amalia Forte, Sebastian Albinsson
The dynamic properties of the actin cytoskeleton in smooth muscle cells play an important role in a number of cardiovascular disease states. The state of actin does not only mediate mechanical stability and contractile function but can also regulate gene expression via myocardin related transcription factors (MRTFs). These transcriptional co-activators regulate genes encoding contractile and cytoskeletal proteins in smooth muscle. Regulation of small non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) by actin polymerization may mediate some of these effects...
December 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930590/low-mortality-but-increasing-incidence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-endocarditis-in-people-who-inject-drugs-experience-from-a-swedish-referral-hospital
#15
Hilmir Asgeirsson, Anders Thalme, Ola Weiland
Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of infective endocarditis in people who inject drugs (PWID). The management of S aureus endocarditis (SAE) in PWID can be problematic. The objective of this retrospective observational study was to assess the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and mortality of S aureus endocarditis (SAE) in PWID in Stockholm, Sweden.The Department of Infectious Diseases at the Karolinska University Hospital serves as a regional referral center for drug users with severe infections...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
#16
Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903575/early-severe-coronary-artery-disease-and-aortic-coarctation-in-a-child-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia
#17
Dina Labib, Haytham Soliman, Kareem Said, Khaled Sorour
An 11-year-old boy presented with easy fatigability, multiple xanthomas, and absent pedal pulsations. Laboratory workup showed severe hypercholesterolaemia and non-invasive imaging revealed 'normally functioning' bicuspid aortic valve and tight aortic coarctation. Coronary angiography showed severe right coronary artery (RCA) stenosis. Medical treatment resulted in significant improvement of dyslipidaemia. We successfully performed balloon dilation and stenting of his coarctation, as well as percutaneous coronary intervention for RCA lesion...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898500/patterns-and-trends-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-italy-insights-from-rispeva
#18
Arturo Giordano, Nicola Corcione, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Sergio Berti, Anna Sonia Petronio, Carlo Pierli, Patrizia Presbitero, Pietro Giudice, Gennaro Sardella, Antonio L Bartorelli, Roberto Bonmassari, Ciro Indolfi, Alfredo Marchese, Elvis Brscic, Alberto Cremonesi, Luca Testa, Nedy Brambilla, Francesco Bedogni
AIMS: Clinical trials have shown that transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic stenosis compares favorably to surgical replacement in high-risk patients and is superior to medical therapy in those at prohibitive risk. There is uncertainty however on patterns and trends in transcatheter aortic valve implantation, especially focusing on Italy. METHODS: The RISPEVA study is a prospective Italian registry including 21 institutions. Patients have been enrolled since late 2012, and data collection includes several baseline, procedural, in-hospital, and follow-up details...
February 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884484/ross-hybrid-arch-and-frozen-elephant-trunk-reconstruction-for-late-complications-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortopathy
#19
Matthew Valdis, Gaetano DeRose, Linrui Guo, Michael W A Chu
Young patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortopathy remain a clinical challenge, with many requiring multiple corrective operations throughout their lifetimes. Innovative surgical approaches are often required to address complex aortic pathologic conditions but leave patients at risk for reintervention, lifelong anticoagulation, and suboptimal hemodynamics. We describe an active 44-year-old female triathlete with recurrent bicuspid aortic stenosis, a small aortic root, a hypoplastic aortic arch and complex distal arch, and a descending aortic aneurysm, who underwent a single-stage reconstruction with a combined Ross procedure, hybrid arch, and frozen elephant trunk reconstruction...
December 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876829/integrated-microrna-and-messenger-rna-analysis-in-aortic-stenosis
#20
Sean Coffey, Michael J A Williams, L Vicky Phillips, Ivor F Galvin, Richard W Bunton, Gregory T Jones
Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, with no effective medical therapies. Investigation into the underlying biology of AS in humans is limited by difficulties in obtaining healthy valvular tissue for use as a control group. However, micro-ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) are stable in post-mortem tissue. We compared valve specimens from patients undergoing aortic valve replacement for AS to non-diseased cadaveric valves. We found 106 differentially expressed miRNAs (p < 0...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
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