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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549591/single-allele-lmbrd1-knockout-results-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Linda Tzu-Ling Tseng, Chieh-Liang Lin, Kuei-Hsiang Pan, Kai-Yuan Tzen, Ming-Jai Su, Chia-Ti Tsai, Yi-Han Li, Pai-Chi Li, Fu-Tien Chiang, Shin C Chang, Ming-Fu Chang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: LMBD1 protein, a type IV-B plasma membrane protein possessing nine putative trans-membrane domains, was previously demonstrated at cellular level to play a critical part in the signaling cascade of insulin receptor through its involvement in regulating clathrin-mediated endocytosis. However, at physiological level, the significance of LMBD1 protein in cardiac development remains unclear. METHODS: To understand the role of Lmbrd1 gene involved in the cardiac function, heterozygous knockout mice were used as an animal model system...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541158/noninvasive-optical-monitoring-of-critical-closing-pressure-and-arteriole-compliance-in-human-subjects
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Wesley B Baker, Ashwin B Parthasarathy, Kimberly P Gannon, Venkaiah C Kavuri, David R Busch, Kenneth Abramson, Lian He, Rickson C Mesquita, Michael T Mullen, John A Detre, Joel H Greenberg, Daniel J Licht, Ramani Balu, W Andrew Kofke, Arjun G Yodh
The critical closing pressure ( CrCP) of the cerebral circulation depends on both tissue intracranial pressure and vasomotor tone. CrCP defines the arterial blood pressure ( ABP) at which cerebral blood flow approaches zero, and their difference ( ABP -  CrCP) is an accurate estimate of cerebral perfusion pressure. Here we demonstrate a novel non-invasive technique for continuous monitoring of CrCP at the bedside. The methodology combines optical diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) measurements of pulsatile cerebral blood flow in arterioles with concurrent ABP data during the cardiac cycle...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540054/primary-retroperitoneal-mature-cystic-teratoma-dermoid-cyst-in-a-51-year-old-male-case-report-and-historical-literature-review
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Andrew Tiu, Vinayak Sovani, Nasir Khan, Shveta Hooda
OBJECTIVES: Primary retroperitoneal mature cystic teratomas are exceedingly uncommon in males aged 50 years and above, and only seven cases have been reported in the literature so far. They usually occur in infants less than 6 months and young females. The aim of this article is to present a rare case of a 51-year-old male with a primary retroperitoneal mature cystic teratoma located in the right infrarenal area adherent to the psoas muscle and to discuss a historical literature review...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538566/predicting-thrombosis-formation-in-1-mm-diameter-arterial-anastomoses-with-transit-time-ultrasound-technology
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Gabrielle Shaughness, Collin Blackburn, Alberto Ballestín, Yelena Akelina, Jeffrey A Ascherman
BACKGROUND: Thrombosis is a common source of failure in anastomoses, flaps, and vascular grafts. Ensuring vessel patency is critical to the success of microvascular procedures. Any tool that can accurately predict the patency of an anastomosis intraoperatively would enable the surgeon to detect and correct flow restrictions while the patient is still in the operating room. METHODS: The authors used transit-time ultrasound technology in this pilot study to investigate whether a minimal cutoff value for quantitative postoperative blood flow (in milliliters per minute) could be established that would reliably predict sustained vessel patency at 24 hours postoperatively...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537977/perioperative-use-of-focused-transthoracic-cardiac-ultrasound-a-survey-of-current-practice-and-opinion
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Frederick Conlin, Neil R Connelly, Michael P Eaton, Patrick J Broderick, Jennifer Friderici, Adam C Adler
BACKGROUND: The advent of portable ultrasound machines in recent years has led to greater availability of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in the perioperative and critical care setting. To our knowledge, its use in the perioperative setting among anesthesiologists remains undefined. We sought to assess the use of FoCUS by members of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) in clinical practice, to identify variations in its application, to outline limits to its use, and to understand the level of training of physicians using this technology...
May 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534769/a-systematic-investigation-of-lateral-estimation-using-various-interpolation-approaches-in-conventional-ultrasound-imaging
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Zhi Liu, Chengwu Huang, Jianwen Luo
Accurate lateral displacement and strain estimat- ion is critical for some applications of elasticity imaging. Typically, motion estimation in the lateral direction is challenging because of low sampling frequency and lack of phase information in conventional ultrasound imaging. Several approaches have been proposed to improve the performance of lateral estimation, such as lateral interpolation on the RF signals (Interp_RF), lateral interpolation on the cross-correlation function (Interp_CCF) and lateral interpolation on both the RF signals and cross-correlation function (Interp_Both)...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534700/risk-factors-for-lymph-node-metastasis-lnm-in-patients-with-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma-ptmc-role-of-preoperative-ultrasound
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Cheng Zhao, Wenbin Jiang, Yuxiu Gao, Weidong Niu, Xiaojuan Zhang, Lei Xin
Objective This study aimed to investigate the risk factors and clinical value of lymph node metastasis (LNM) and missed central lymph node metastasis (CLNM) using preoperative ultrasound (US) in patients with papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC). Methods This retrospective study included 521 patients who underwent thyroidectomy for confirmed PTMC based on a final histological examination between January 2014 and June 2015. Based on the presence of LNM, 521 cases were divided into two groups: metastasis (218) and non-metastasis (303)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534017/delayed-postpartum-hemoperitoneum-due-to-uterine-artery-pseudoaneurysm-rupture
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Kyu-Sang Kyeong, Ji-Yeon Moon, Song-Hwa Chae, Seung Hwa Hong, Minho Kang, Eun-Hwan Jeong
A 30-year-old woman experienced severe abdominal pain 8 days after vaginal delivery. The patient was diagnosed with hemoperitoneum due to rupture of the left uterine artery pseudoaneurysm, which was confirmed via ultrasound with color Doppler and computed tomography scans. This patient was treated with bilateral uterine artery embolization to maintain fertility. A uterine artery pseudoaneurysm that causes delayed postpartum hemorrhage can occur after cesarean section or vaginal delivery. A uterine artery pseudoaneurysm can be fatal, so its detection and diagnosis are critical...
May 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530846/monitoring-nutrition-in-critical-illness-what-can-we-use
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Suzie Ferrie, Erica Tsang
BACKGROUND: Nutrition monitoring in the context of critical care presents unique challenges. Traditionally used anthropometric and biochemical markers may be difficult to obtain or confounded by factors such as fluid status and the inflammatory response. A previous survey identified 15 parameters in common use, all of which have confounding influences during critical illness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search was conducted to assess current use of commonly used nutrition-monitoring parameters and to explore other possible methods that might be more useful...
May 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525946/ghrelin-attenuates-vascular-calcification-in-diabetic-patients-with-amputation
#11
Suining Xu, Fei Ye, Lihua Li, Jinchuan Yan, Zhengyang Bao, Zhen Sun, Liangjie Xu, Jie Zhu, Zhongqun Wang
Vascular calcification is established to be a critical factor in diabetes mellitus, which causes cardiovascular and amputation complication of diabetic patients. OPG/RANKL/RANK axis serves as a regulatory role in vascular calcification. Ghrelin, an endogenous ligand of growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHSR), has been reported to exhibit potent cardiovascular protective effects. However, the role of ghrelin in the regulation of diabetic vascular calcification is still elusive. Here, we reported the role of ghrelin and its relationship with OPG/RANKL/RANK system in patients with diabetic foot amputation...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525778/inferior-vena-cava-collapsibility-detects-fluid-responsiveness-among-spontaneously-breathing-critically-ill-patients
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Keith A Corl, Naomi R George, Justin Romanoff, Andrew T Levinson, Darin B Chheng, Roland C Merchant, Mitchell M Levy, Anthony M Napoli
PURPOSE: Measurement of inferior vena cava collapsibility (cIVC) by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been proposed as a viable, non-invasive means of assessing fluid responsiveness. We aimed to determine the ability of cIVC to identify patients who will respond to additional intravenous fluid (IVF) administration among spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients. METHODS: Prospective observational trial of spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523313/correlation-of-clinical-and-biological-evidence-a-dominant-therapeutic-element-of-succeeding-in-ectopic-pregnancy
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Simona Daniela NeamŢu, Damian DiŢescu, Maria ForŢofoiu, Liliana Stanca, Cristian Tigae, Mihaela Niculescu, Cristian Ovidiu NeamŢu, Maria Magdalena Manolea, Mirela Anişoara Siminel, Leontina Eugenia Şurtea, Adela Valeria NeamŢu, Marius Bogdan Novac, Liviu Vasile, Adrian Gluhovschi
Tubal pathology, smoking, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, medical or surgical abortion, usage of intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women with salpingitis latent injuries, older than 40 years, are risk factors for ectopic pregnancy. The objective of this study concerns the correlation of the clinical and biological evidence for the early diagnosis of the ectopic pregnancy and, as soon as possible, for the estimation for eventual risk of complications that may appear. The transvaginal ultrasound test, minimal increases in serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) dynamics and blood counts are investigations of choice in achieving our objective...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522757/functional-assessment-of-the-diaphragm-by-speckle-tracking-ultrasound-during-inspiratory-loading
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Eline Oppersma, Nima Hatam, Jonne Doorduin, Johannes G van der Hoeven, Gernot Marx, Andreas Goetzenich, Sebastian Fritsch, Leo M A Heunks, Christian S Bruells
BACKGROUND: Assessment of diaphragmatic effort is challenging especially in critically ill patients in the phase of weaning. Fractional thickening during inspiration assessed by ultrasound has been used to estimate diaphragm effort. It is unknown whether more sophisticated ultrasound techniques such as speckle tracking are superior in the quantification of inspiratory effort. This study evaluates the validity of speckle tracking ultrasound to quantify diaphragm contractility. METHODS: Thirteen healthy volunteers underwent a randomized stepwise threshold loading protocol of 0 to 50% of the maximal inspiratory pressure...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515335/in-situ-bone-tissue-engineering-via-ultrasound-mediated-gene-delivery-to-endogenous-progenitor-cells-in-mini-pigs
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Maxim Bez, Dmitriy Sheyn, Wafa Tawackoli, Pablo Avalos, Galina Shapiro, Joseph C Giaconi, Xiaoyu Da, Shiran Ben David, Jayne Gavrity, Hani A Awad, Hyun W Bae, Eric J Ley, Thomas J Kremen, Zulma Gazit, Katherine W Ferrara, Gadi Pelled, Dan Gazit
More than 2 million bone-grafting procedures are performed each year using autografts or allografts. However, both options carry disadvantages, and there remains a clear medical need for the development of new therapies for massive bone loss and fracture nonunions. We hypothesized that localized ultrasound-mediated, microbubble-enhanced therapeutic gene delivery to endogenous stem cells would induce efficient bone regeneration and fracture repair. To test this hypothesis, we surgically created a critical-sized bone fracture in the tibiae of Yucatán mini-pigs, a clinically relevant large animal model...
May 17, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512099/mitral-valve-vegetation-diagnosed-with-oesophageal-ultrasound-with-bronchoscope-eus-b
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Ajoe John Kattoor, Yogita M Rochlani, Kevin Kuriakose, Nikhil K Meena
Oesophageal ultrasound with bronchoscope (EUS-B) is designed to evaluate mediastinal structures. We describe a case of a 78-year-old woman who presented with altered mental status for 2 weeks. CT head revealed a subacute infarct in the right middle cerebral artery distribution. She was also found to have a lung mass on chest imaging. EUS-B-guided fine needle aspiration demonstrated the presence of adenocarcinoma in station 7 lymph node and in the mass. Immunohistochemistry confirmed it to be a lung primary as the Thyroid Transcription Factor-1 (TTF-1) was strongly positive...
May 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500486/tips-and-tricks-for-a-safe-and-effective-image-guided-percutaneous-renal-tumour-ablation
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Giovanni Mauri, L Nicosia, G M Varano, G Bonomo, P Della Vigna, L Monfardini, F Orsi
Image-guide thermal ablations are nowadays increasingly used to provide a minimally invasive treatment to patients with renal tumours, with reported good clinical results and low complications rate. Different ablative techniques can be applied, each with some advantages and disadvantages according to the clinical situation. Moreover, percutaneous ablation of renal tumours might be complex in cases where there is limited access for image guidance or a close proximity to critical structures, which can be unintentionally injured during treatment...
May 12, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499679/aeromedical-ultrasound-the-evaluation-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-during-helicopter-transport
#18
Jeffrey G Yates, Denise Baylous
INTRODUCTION: This study correlated the eFAST findings performed in-flight by the flight crew with the findings obtained by the trauma team upon initial evaluation at a level 1 trauma center and with the subsequent CT scans that were performed or the surgeon's operative note. We hypothesize that aeromedical eFAST examinations are highly correlated with the trauma teams findings. METHODS: This prospective, observational study evaluated 190 traumatically injured patients from June 2014 to December 2015 in Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina...
May 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492356/high-frequency-irreversible-electroporation-safety-and-efficacy-of-next-generation-irreversible-electroporation-adjacent-to-critical-hepatic-structures
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Imran A Siddiqui, Russell C Kirks, Eduardo L Latouche, Matthew R DeWitt, Jacob H Swet, Erin H Baker, Dionisios Vrochides, David A Iannitti, Rafael V Davalos, Iain H McKillop
Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a nonthermal ablation modality employed to induce in situ tissue-cell death. This study sought to evaluate the efficacy of a novel high-frequency IRE (H-FIRE) system to perform hepatic ablations across, or adjacent to, critical vascular and biliary structures. Using ultrasound guidance H-FIRE electrodes were placed across, or adjacent to, portal pedicels, hepatic veins, or the gall bladder in a porcine model. H-FIRE pulses were delivered (2250 V, 2-5-2 pulse configuration) in the absence of cardiac synchronization or intraoperative paralytics...
June 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490806/quantification-of-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-by-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-nirs
#20
Daniel Milej, Androu Abdalmalak, Lise Desjardins, Hassaan Ahmed, Ting-Yim Lee, Mamadou Diop, Keith St Lawrence
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is integral to maintaining a suitable microenvironment for neurons to function properly. Despite its importance, there are no bedside methods of assessing BBB disruption to help guide management of critical-care patients. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can quantify the permeability surface-area product (PS) of the BBB. Experiments were conducted in rats in which the BBB was opened by image-guided focused ultrasound...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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