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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351695/reasons-for-failure-of-systemic-to-pulmonary-artery-shunts-in-neonates
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Keti Vitanova, Cornelius Leopold, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Cordula Wolf, Elisabeth Beran, Rüdiger Lange, Julie Cleuziou
BACKGROUND:  Systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt placement is an established palliative procedure for congenital heart disease. Although it is thought to be a simple operation, it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS:  Data for all neonates who underwent surgery for a systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt between 2000 and 2016 were reviewed. The study endpoints were shunt failure and shunt-related mortality. Shunt failure was defined as a shunt dysfunction because of thrombosis or stenosis requiring intervention or reoperation; shunt mortality was defined as death because of a shunt dysfunction...
January 19, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331554/potential-role-of-transfontanelle-ultrasound-for-infants-undergoing-modified-blalock-taussig-shunt
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Eun-Hee Kim, Ji-Hyun Lee, In-Kyung Song, Hee-Soo Kim, Young-Eun Jang, Woong-Han Kim, Jae-Gun Kwak, Jin-Tae Kim
OBJECTIVE: Transfontanelle ultrasound is a noninvasive method for assessing cerebral blood flow in neonates and infants. The authors applied this technique as a point-of-care tool, before and after modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, to evaluate cerebral perfusion. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary care children's hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Ten infants undergoing modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315146/conjunctival-concretions-found-in-mohs-micrographic-surgery
#3
Michael J Davis, Lauren P Rimoin, Travis W Blalock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 8, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310561/endotoxin-activity-in-neonates-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-cohort-study
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Zaccaria Ricci, Simona Benegni, Cristiana Garisto, Isabella Favia, Roberta Haiberger, Luca Di Chiara
BACKGROUND: Endotoxemia in pediatric cardiac surgical patients is poorly understood. The endotoxin activity assay (EAA) levels were examined in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery in order to assess their reference levels and their association with other pre-, intra-, and postoperative risk factors for gut hypoperfusion. We finally observed if refeeding was associated with modification of endotoxin levels. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, neonates undergoing surgery for correction or palliation were enrolled...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296069/tuberous-sclerosis-presenting-as-neonatal-cyanosis-because-of-rhabdomyoma-causing-tricuspid-valve-obstruction-needing-a-blalock-taussig-shunt
#5
Monther Obeidat, Yazan Qawasmeh, Hani Tarawneh, Ibrahim Sawalhah, Ala'a Tawalbeh
We report a newborn female baby who presented at 6 hours of age with cyanosis without any signs of respiratory distress. Cardiovascular and systemic examination was unremarkable apart from cyanosis (saturation 75%). An echocardiogram showed multiple echogenic and homogeneous masses in the interventricular septum, one of which was big and protruding through the tricuspid valve causing right ventricular inflow obstruction. There was a small atrial septal defect (ASD) shunting right to left and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) shunting left to right...
January 2018: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241451/energetic-performance-analysis-of-staged-palliative-surgery-in-tricuspid-atresia-using-vector-flow-mapping
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Mao Kinoshita, Koichi Akiyama, Keiichi Itatani, Ayahiro Yamashita, Maki Ishii, Atsushi Kainuma, Yoshinobu Maeda, Takako Miyazaki, Masaaki Yamagishi, Teiji Sawa
BACKGROUND: Staged palliative surgery markedly shifts the balance of volume load on a single ventricle and pulmonary vascular bed. Blalock-Taussig shunt necessitates a single ventricle eject blood to both the systemic and pulmonary circulation. On the contrary, bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt release the single ventricle from pulmonary circulation. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of tricuspid atresia patient who underwent first palliative surgery and second palliative surgery...
December 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232312/improvement-of-smoking-abstinence-rates-with-increased-varenicline-dosage-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Maher Karam-Hage, George Kypriotakis, Jason D Robinson, Charles E Green, Gurtej Mann, Vance Rabius, Rosario Wippold, Janice A Blalock, Elie Mouhayar, Jean Tayar, Patrick Chaftari, Paul M Cinciripini
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether increasing the dose of varenicline beyond the standard dose of 2 mg/d would improve smoking abstinence. METHODS: We examined the effect of 3 mg/d of varenicline on smoking abstinence among smokers who had reduced their smoking by 50% or more in response to 2 mg/d for at least 6 weeks but had not quit smoking. Of 2833 patients treated with varenicline, dosage of a subset of 73 smokers was increased to 3 mg/d after 6 weeks...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206676/hepatobiliary-hands-of-hopkins
#8
Henry A Pitt
OBJECTIVE: This historical perspective documents the role that John L. Cameron played in advancing hepatobiliary research, education, and surgery at Johns Hopkins in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Dating back to William S. Halsted in the 19th century, leaders of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins have been interested in hepatobiliary disease and surgery. John L. Cameron had broad hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) interests when he completed his surgical training...
December 4, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202450/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-defines-matrikine-regulated-inflammation-and-fibrosis
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Philip J O'Reilly, Qiang Ding, Samia Akthar, Guoqiang Cai, Kristopher R Genschmer, Dhiren F Patel, Patricia L Jackson, Liliana Viera, Mojtaba Roda, Morgan L Locy, Ellen A Bernstein, Clare M Lloyd, Kenneth E Bernstein, Robert J Snelgrove, J Edwin Blalock
The neutrophil chemoattractant proline-glycine-proline (PGP) is generated from collagen by matrix metalloproteinase-8/9 (MMP-8/9) and prolyl endopeptidase (PE), and it is concomitantly degraded by extracellular leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) to limit neutrophilia. Components of cigarette smoke can acetylate PGP, yielding a species (AcPGP) that is resistant to LTA4H-mediated degradation and can, thus, support a sustained neutrophilia. In this study, we sought to elucidate if an antiinflammatory system existed to degrade AcPGP that is analogous to the PGP-LTA4H axis...
November 16, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194229/patient-physician-communication-on-medication-cost-during-glaucoma-visits
#10
Catherine Slota, Scott A Davis, Susan J Blalock, Delesha M Carpenter, Kelly W Muir, Alan L Robin, Betsy Sleath
SIGNIFICANCE: This article is the first to investigate the nature of medication cost discussions between ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients. Only 87 of the 275 office visits analyzed had a discussion of medication cost. Providers should consider discussing medication cost with patients to identify potential cost-related barriers to medication use. PURPOSE: Glaucoma is an incurable chronic eye disease affecting a growing portion of the aging population. Some of the most commonly utilized treatments require lifelong use, requiring high patient adherence to ensure effectiveness...
December 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187425/mirna-210-a-current-overview
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REVIEW
Alberto Bavelloni, Giulia Ramazzotti, Alessandro Poli, Manuela Piazzi, Enrico Focaccia, William Blalock, Irene Faenza
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of highly conserved small non-coding RNAs that were found to enhance mRNA degradation or inhibit post-transcriptional translation. Accumulating evidence indicates that miRNAs contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer metastasis. microRNA-210 has been largely studied in the past several years and has been identified as a major miRNA induced under hypoxia. A variety of miR-210 targets have been identified pointing to its role, not only in mitochondrial metabolism, but also in angiogenesis, the DNA damage response, cell proliferation, and apoptosis...
December 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161197/acceptance-and-psychological-change-at-the-higher-levels-of-care-a-naturalistic-outcome-study
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Keegan Walden, Jamie Manwaring, Dan V Blalock, Emmett Bishop, Alan Duffy, Craig Johnson
This naturalistic outcome study reports on psychological change among a large (N = 617), transdiagnostic sample of eating disordered adults treated at higher levels of care at a private facility. Patients were assessed at admission and discharge for eating disorder psychopathology, depression, personality, and acceptance. Effect sizes ranged from d = .29 to d = 1.29, and the majority of participants (58.2%) were treatment responders, with BN patients showing a higher response rate than AN-R patients. Increased acceptance over the course of treatment was strongly associated with decreased eating disorder risk and may be an important factor in recovery...
November 21, 2017: Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140818/drop-instillation-and-glaucoma
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Scott A Davis, Betsy Sleath, Delesha M Carpenter, Susan J Blalock, Kelly W Muir, Donald L Budenz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe the current state of knowledge regarding glaucoma patients' eye drop technique, interventions attempting to improve eye drop technique, and methods for assessing eye drop technique. RECENT FINDINGS: In observational studies, between 18.2 and 80% of patients contaminate their eye drop bottle by touching their eye or face, 11.3-60.6% do not instill exactly one drop, and 6.8-37.3% miss the eye with the drop. Factors significantly associated with poorer technique include older age, lack of instruction on eye drop technique, female sex, arthritis, more severe visual field defect, lack of positive reinforcement to take eye drops, lower educational level, low self-efficacy, and being seen at a clinic rather than a private practice...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124558/development-of-a-simple-device-enabling-percutaneous-flow-regulation-for-a-small-vascular-graft-for-a-blalock-taussig-shunt-capable-of-flow-regulation-complete-translation-of-a-review-article-originally-published-in-pediatric-cardiology-and-cardiac-surgery
#14
Yoshikazu Motohashi, Ryo Shimada, Tomoyasu Sasaki, Takahiro Katsumata, Kazunori Dan, Yasuhiro Tsutsui, Shintaro Nemoto
OBJECTIVES: The Blalock-Taussig shunt (BTS) operation is a cornerstone as initial palliative surgery for congenital heart disease with severely reduced pulmonary blood flow (PBF). The ideal PBF provided by BTS is crucial for an uneventful postoperative course, since excess PBF results in acute distress of the systemic circulation and insufficient PBF requires another BTS surgery. Therefore, the goal of this study was to develop a simple device to control the shunt graft flow percutaneously using a constrictor balloon connected to a subcutaneous port...
November 9, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121836/retroesophageal-infracardiac-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-drainage
#15
Maria L Rodriguez, Christopher A Caldarone, Hadi Toeg, Gyaandeo Maharajh
This case report describes the management of a term baby, born cyanotic, who was preoperatively diagnosed to have an obstructed total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD) in association with a functionally univentricular heart. An urgent repair of the anomalous pulmonary venous drainage was done, and a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt was constructed. Intraoperative difficulties were encountered when the pulmonary venous confluence was not seen in the usual location in the posterior mediastinal space, anterior to the esophagus...
January 1, 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121129/orange-nodules-on-the-scalp
#16
Marissa Lh Baranowski, Sarah S Chisolm, Benjamin K Stoff, Travis W Blalock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107641/genetic-coding-algorithm-for-sense-and-antisense-peptide-interactions
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Nikola Štambuk, Paško Konjevoda, Petra Turčić, Katalin Kövér, Renata Novak Kujundžić, Zoran Manojlović, Mario Gabričević
Sense and antisense peptides, i.e. peptides specified by complementary DNA and RNA sequences, interact with increased probability. Biro, Blalock, Mekler, Root-Bernstein and Siemion investigated the recognition rules of peptide-peptide interaction based on the complementary coding of DNA and RNA sequences in 3'→5' and 5'→3' directions. After more than three decades of theoretical and experimental investigations, the efficiency of this approach to predict peptide-peptide binding has been experimentally verified for more than 50 ligand-receptor systems, and represents a promising field of research...
October 28, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097367/sex-chromosome-complement-defines-diffuse-versus-focal-angiotensin-ii-induced-aortic-pathology
#18
Yasir Alsiraj, Sean E Thatcher, Eric Blalock, Bradley Fleenor, Alan Daugherty, Lisa A Cassis
OBJECTIVE: Aortic pathologies exhibit sexual dimorphism, with aneurysms in both the thoracic and abdominal aorta (ie, abdominal aortic aneurysm [AAA]) exhibiting higher male prevalence. Women have lower prevalence of aneurysms, but when they occur, aneurysms progress rapidly. To define mechanisms for these sex differences, we determined the role of sex chromosome complement and testosterone on the location and progression of angiotensin II (AngII)-induced aortic pathologies. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used transgenic male mice expressing Sry on an autosome to create Ldlr (low-density lipoprotein receptor)-deficient male mice with an XY or XX sex chromosome complement...
November 2, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067078/tetralogy-of-fallot-repair-in-patients-presenting-after-infancy-a-single-surgeon-experience
#19
Tariq Waqar, Muhammad Usman Riaz, Tania Mahar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the early surgical outcomes of Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair in children and young adults operated after the age of one year. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 307 cases of primary repair of Tetralogy of Fallot were done between September 2012 to February 2017, at CPE Institute of cardiology, Multan. Out of 307 operated patients, 4 (1.3%) patients had previous modified Blalock Taussig shunts, 2 (0.6%) associated ASD with TOF, 3 (0...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042354/a-comparison-between-patent-ductus-arteriosus-stent-and-modified-blalock-taussig-shunt-as-palliation-for-infants-with-ductal-dependent-pulmonary-blood-flow-insights-from-the-congenital-catheterization-research-collaborative
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Andrew C Glatz, Christopher J Petit, Bryan H Goldstein, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Alicia McDonnell, Timothy Buckey, Christopher E Mascio, Subi Shashidharan, R Allen Ligon, Jingning Ao, Wendy Whiteside, W Jack Wallen, Christina M Metcalf, Varun Aggarwal, Hitesh Agrawal, Athar M Qureshi
Background -Infants with ductal-dependent pulmonary blood flow may undergo palliation with either a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) stent or modified Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt. A balanced multi-center comparison of these two approaches is lacking. Methods -Infants with ductal-dependent pulmonary blood flow, palliated with either PDA stent or BT shunt from 1/08 to 11/15, were reviewed from the four member centers of the Congenital Catheterization Research Collaborative. Outcomes were compared using propensity score adjustment to account for baseline differences between groups...
October 17, 2017: Circulation
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