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Grace Frances Mary McKay, Asoka Weerasinghe
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonography is recognised as an invaluable imaging modality for assessing critically unwell patients and obtaining vascular access. Senior emergency medicine and anaesthetic clinicians will regularly use ultrasound-guided imaging to establish vascular access for unwell patients; however, junior doctors, who are routinely the first clinicians to review deteriorating patients, are not encouraged or required to develop basic ultrasound interventional skills and are therefore ill equipped to use ultrasonography...
March 15, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Asad Zaman Khan, Aslam Khan, Arshad Naseem
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy when performed by physician intensivists. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Adult Medical ICU in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from September 2013 to August 2016. METHODOLOGY: Departmental record for percutaneous tracheostomies, performed by physician intensivifts, was evaluated...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Yoshihiro Seo, Tomofumi Nakatsukasa, Seika Sai, Tomoko Ishizu, Noriko Iida, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Tomoko Machino-Ohtsuka, Yasushi Kawakami, Akihiko Nogami, Kazutaka Aonuma
In the management of heart failure (HF), decongestion is critical for improving clinical outcomes in addition to patients' symptoms. Although physicians accept this theory, there are no established markers for the achievement of optimal decongestion status. Organ congestion, in particular liver and kidney congestion, has recently attracted substantial attention. Ultrasound methods have been introduced for assessing organ congestion, although this is merely a preliminary step. Here, we review the clinical implications of the assessment of organ congestion by ultrasound...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Jasper M Smit, Reinder Raadsen, Michiel J Blans, Manfred Petjak, Peter M Van de Ven, Pieter R Tuinman
BACKGROUND: Insertion of a central venous catheter (CVC) is common practice in critical care medicine. Complications arising from CVC placement are mostly due to a pneumothorax or malposition. Correct position is currently confirmed by chest x-ray, while ultrasonography might be a more suitable option. We performed a meta-analysis of the available studies with the primary aim of synthesizing information regarding detection of CVC-related complications and misplacement using ultrasound (US)...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Aleksandar N Neskovic, Henry Skinner, Susanna Price, Gabriele Via, Stefan De Hert, Ivan Stankovic, Maurizio Galderisi, Erwan Donal, Denisa Muraru, Erik Sloth, Luna Gargani, Nuno Cardim, Alexandros Stefanidis, Matteo Cameli, Gilbert Habib, Bernard Cosyns, Patrizio Lancellotti, Thor Edvardsen, Bogdan A Popescu
There is a growing trend of using ultrasound examination of the heart as a first-line diagnostic tool for initial patient evaluation in acute settings. Focus cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) is a standardized but restricted cardiac ultrasound examination that may be undertaken by a range of medical professionals with diverse backgrounds. The intention of this core curriculum and syllabus is to define a unifying framework for educational and training processes/programmes that should result in competence in FoCUS for various medical professionals dealing with diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
William Bortcosh, Ashkon Shaahinfar, Sakina Sojar, Jean E Klig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnostic capability, efficiency and versatility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have enabled its use in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and paediatric critical care (PICU). This review highlights the current applications of POCUS for the critically ill child across PEM and PICU to identify areas of progress and standardized practice and to elucidate areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: POCUS technology continues to evolve and advance bedside clinical care for critically ill children, with ongoing research extending its use for an array of clinical scenarios, including respiratory distress, trauma and dehydration...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Floyd W van de Graaf, Jacqueline van den Bos, Laurents P S Stassen, Johan F Lange
BACKGROUND: Bile duct injury remains a dilemma in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, with an incidence still higher than in conventional cholecystectomy. The Critical View of Safety technique is used as one of the important operating technique to reduce bile duct injury incidence. The objective of this study was to determine current practices in laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the use of the Critical View of Safety technique among surgeons and residents in surgical training. METHODS: We conducted an electronic survey among all affiliated members of the Association of Surgeons of the Netherlands containing questions regarding the current practice of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, essential steps of the Critical View of Safety technique, reasons for conversion to open cholecystectomy, and the use of other safety techniques...
March 7, 2018: Surgery
Elizabeth Curtis, Ritin Fernandez, Astin Lee
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to identify the effectiveness of topical medications on radial artery spasm (RAS) in patients undergoing transradial percutaneous coronary procedures. INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous coronary procedures were traditionally carried out via the femoral artery; however, over the last 20 years there has been a global increase in the number of proceduralists carrying out percutaneous coronary procedures via the transradial approach...
March 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Kun Huang, Ningning Gao, Qixi Zhai, Donglin Bian, Difei Wang, Xuemei Wang
This study investigates the application of ultrasound, especially the anteroposterior diameter of nodules in the malignancy and metastasis risk assessment of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma through a retrospective analysis of 500 cases of thyroid nodule ultrasonography.We selected 500 patients with thyroid nodules (maximum nodule diameter ≤2.0 cm) that had been diagnosed clinically and graded TI-RADS 4c by ultrasonography and surgically treated. Among these, there were 258 cases of pathologically diagnosed papillary thyroid microcarcinoma, 72 cases of nodular goiter or adenoma, 137 cases of papillary thyroid carcinoma, 28 cases of acinar cell carcinoma, and 5 cases of undifferentiated carcinoma...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
David F Pinal-García, Carlos M Nuño-Guzmán, Audrey Gómez-Abarca, Jorge L Corona, Ismael Espejo
Spontaneous rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a potentially life-threatening complication. Diagnosis may be difficult, particularly in the absence of known liver cirrhosis or tumor. A 20-year-old male patient presented with progressive abdominal pain and shock. His past medical history was uneventful. Anemia, acute renal failure, and abnormal liver function test were demonstrated. Mild hepatomegaly, perihepatic and flank fluid, and multiple hypodense liver lesions suggestive of intrahepatic metastases or multifocal HCC were revealed by computed tomography...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Paolo Ceruti, Sara Lonni, Francesca Baglivo, Giampietro Marchetti
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related aggressive tumor, that requires proper diagnosis and management. Symptoms are nonspecific and chest computed tomography (CT) and chest ultrasound (US) are important radiological tools in the initial workup to identify early pathological signs. Performing a medical thoracoscopy (MT) is essential for a definitive diagnosis of MPM. The procedure, integrated with a prior US, allows a global evaluation of the pleural cavity and the execution of multiple targeted biopsies, with low risk of complications...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Thermann F
Two cases of below- knee-bypasses using an arterialized cephalic vein are presented. Both patients had critical ischemia but no greater or lesser saphenous veins were useable. According to ultrasound, the cephalic veins were thin but regularly positioned. Four weeks after wrist fistula was created, ultrasound showed adequate maturation and the bypass operations were performed. Both patients had uneventful courses and were discharged after a few days with patent bypasses since then (35 and 18 months). As this report shows, creation of a fistula can be a useful option to gain autologous bypass material in case of critical limb ischemia...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Makoto Nishioka, Yuji Inaba, Mitsuo Motobayashi, Yosuke Hara, Ryusuke Numata, Yoshiro Amano, Kunihiko Shingu, Yoichiro Yamamoto, Kei Murayama, Akira Ohtake, Yozo Nakazawa
INTRODUCTION: Mitochondrial dysfunction results in a wide range of organ disorders through diverse genetic abnormalities. We herein present the detailed clinical course of an infant admitted for extensive, rapidly progressing white matter lesions and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy due to a BOLA3 gene mutation. CASE: A 6-month-old girl with no remarkable family or past medical history until 1 month prior presented with developmental regression and feeding impairment...
February 28, 2018: Brain & Development
John Bates McCutcheon, Pascha Schaffer, Matthew Lyon, Richard Gordon
Bedside ultrasound is often used as a part of the evaluation of patients who are critically ill. The McConnell sign is an important echocardiographic finding in some critically ill patients with pulmonary embolism and an acute right ventricular infarct. We present 3 critically ill patients with confirmed acute chest syndrome who showed the McConnell sign on echocardiography. In patients with sickle cell disease presenting with chest pain and shortness of breath, the presence of the McConnell sign does not narrow the differential diagnosis between pulmonary embolism, an acute right ventricular infarct, and acute chest syndrome...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Dawei Wei, Sayed Haidar Abbas Raza, Jiupan Zhang, Linsheng Gui, Siddiq Ur Rahman, Rajwali Khan, Seyed Mahdi Hosseini, Hubdar Ali Kaleri, Linsen Zan
The sine oculis homeobox homolog 4 (SIX4) gene belongs to the SIX gene family, which plays a critical role in muscle regeneration and early stages of ontogeny. This study aimed to detect promoter variations of bovine SIX4 genes in Qinchuan cattle, and to evaluate the effect of transcription regulations and body measurement traits. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) results showed that the mRNA expression levels of SIX4 gene were found significantly highest in longissimus thoracis tissue and individual before attaining the stage of physiological maturity...
February 26, 2018: Gene
Ruming Jiang, Meiying Liu, Hongye Huang, Liucheng Mao, Qiang Huang, Yuanqing Wen, Qian-Yong Cao, Jianwen Tian, Xiaoyong Zhang, Yen Wei
Ultrasound as a powerful technique has increasingly been used in both industry and academia in recent years. Herein, an efficient approach to the ultrafast preparation of cross-linked fluorescent copolymers (PEGMA-AEMA-TPE) with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) via an ultrasound-assisted multicomponent reaction (MCR) is described. A number of characterization techniques were carried out to certify the successful preparation of these AIE-active copolymers. Due to the introduction of a hydrophilic PEG fragment and a hydrophobic AIE-active dye, the obtained fluorescent copolymers showed amphiphilic properties and could assemble into organic dyed polymer nanoparticles (ODPNs) with great water dispersibility...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Frank Rasulo, Rita Bertuetti, Joseph Donnelly, Liu Xiuyun, Zofia Czosnyka, Manuel Cabeleira, Peter Smielewski, Basil Matta, Alessandro Bertuccio, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive measurement of intracranial pressure (ICP) can be invaluable in the management of critically ill patients. Invasive measurement of ICP remains the "gold standard" and should be performed when clinical indications are met, but it is invasive and brings some risks. In this project, we aim to validate the non-invasive ICP (nICP) assessment models based on arterious and venous transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD)...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Laurel Willig, Erin Paquette, D Micah Hester, Bradley A Warady, John D Lantos
A 3-month-old boy with failure to thrive was referred to a nephrology clinic after a diagnostic workup for failure to thrive revealed a serum urea nitrogen level of 95 mg/dL and creatinine level of 3.6 mg/dL. A renal ultrasound revealed marked bilateral hydronephrosis with little remaining renal cortex in either kidney. A voiding cystourethrogram revealed evidence of posterior urethral valves. The child had no evident comorbidities. Fulguration of the valves was successfully performed but did not lead to improvement in kidney function...
February 28, 2018: Pediatrics
Andrew Cameron, Kosalan Akilan, David Carr
Infectious mononucleosis is typically a self-limited viral infection of adolescence and early adulthood that resolves in a period of weeks, causing no major sequelae. We describe a case of a healthy 18-year-old female diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis who also presented with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, moderate transaminitis, and cholestatic biochemistry. An ultrasound revealed acute acalculous cholecystitis, generally a condition seen in the context of critical illness. Further investigating emergency department patients with infectious mononucleosis is often not indicated, but may be important for those who present atypically...
March 1, 2018: CJEM
Myong-Hwan Karm, Sohee Lee, Syn-Hae Yoon, Sukyung Lee, Wonuk Koh
RATIONALE: Although lower-extremity surgeries are mainly performed under general or central neuraxial anesthesia, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block (PNB) can be a good alternative, especially for patients who require continuous anticoagulation treatment and present with poor cardiovascular conditions. PATIENTS CONCERNS: The patient required continuous anticoagulation treatment due to the high risk of thromboembolism and poor cardiovascular conditions. DIAGNOSES: The patient required lower-extremity amputation due to atherosclerotic and thromboembolic obstruction...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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