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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786144/self-initiated-use-of-topical-cannabidiol-oil-for-epidermolysis-bullosa
#1
Malcolm P Chelliah, Zachary Zinn, Phoung Khuu, Joyce M C Teng
Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare blistering skin disorder that is challenging to manage because skin fragility and repeated wound healing cause itching, pain, limited mobility, and recurrent infections. Cannabidiol, an active cannabinoid found in cannabis, is postulated to have antiinflammatory and analgesic effects. We report 3 cases of self-initiated topical cannabidiol use in patients with epidermolysis bullosa in an observational study. One patient was weaned completely off oral opioid analgesics. All 3 reported faster wound healing, less blistering, and amelioration of pain with cannabidiol use...
May 22, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785926/intramedullary-nail-fixation-versus-locking-plate-fixation-for-adults-with-a-fracture-of-the-distal-tibia-the-uk-fixdt-rct
#2
Matthew L Costa, Juul Achten, Susie Hennings, Nafisa Boota, James Griffin, Stavros Petrou, Mandy Maredza, Melina Dritsaki, Thomas Wood, James Masters, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb, Nick R Parsons
BACKGROUND: The best treatment for fractures of the distal tibia remains controversial. Most of these fractures require surgical fixation, but the outcomes are unpredictable and complications are common. OBJECTIVES: To assess disability, quality of life, complications and resource use in patients treated with intramedullary (IM) nail fixation versus locking plate fixation in the 12 months following a fracture of the distal tibia. DESIGN: This was a multicentre randomised trial...
May 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785265/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-topical-gentamicin-collagen-sponge-in-diabetic-patients-with-a-mild-foot-ulcer-infection
#3
Ilker Uçkay, Benjamin Kressmann, Sébastien Di Tommaso, Marina Portela, Heba Alwan, Hubert Vuagnat, Sophie Maître, Christophe Paoli, Benjamin A Lipsky
Objectives: The initial phase of infection of a foot ulcer in a person with diabetes is often categorized as mild. Clinicians usually treat these infections with antimicrobial therapy, often applied topically. Some experts, however, believe that mild diabetic foot ulcer infections will usually heal with local wound care alone, without antimicrobial therapy or dressings. Methods: To evaluate the potential benefit of treatment with a topical antibiotic, we performed a single-center, investigator-blinded pilot study, randomizing (1:1) adult patients with a mild diabetic foot ulcer infection to treatment with a gentamicin-collagen sponge with local care versus local care alone...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785086/the-utilization-of-an-ocular-wound-chamber-on-corneal-epithelial-wounds
#4
Jennifer S McDaniel, Andrew W Holt, Elaine D Por, Elof Eriksson, Anthony J Johnson, Gina L Griffith
Purpose: Currently available ocular moisture chambers are not adequate to manage the treatment of periocular burns, corneal injuries, and infection. The purpose of these studies was to demonstrate that a flexible, semi-transparent ocular wound chamber device adapted from technology currently used on dermal wounds is safe for use on corneal epithelial injuries. Materials and methods: A depilatory cream (Nair™, 30 seconds) was utilized to remove the excess hair surrounding the left eyes of anesthetized Institute Armand Frappier (IAF) hairless, female guinea pigs (Crl:HA-Hrhr)...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784040/antimicrobial-resistance-profile-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-patients-with-infection-at-tikur-anbessa-specialized-hospital-addis-ababa-ethiopia
#5
Sileshi Tadesse, Haile Alemayehu, Admasu Tenna, Getachew Tadesse, Tefaye Sisay Tessema, Workineh Shibeshi, Tadesse Eguale
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major pathogens of public health importance responsible for various forms of infection. Development of resistance to commonly used antimicrobials limited treatment options against infections due to this pathogen. Antimicrobial resistance profile of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from patients with surgical site infection and ear infection and corresponding nasal swab was investigated in Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
May 21, 2018: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783681/encapsulation-and-characterization-of-gentamicin-sulfate-in-the-collagen-added-electrospun-nanofibers-for-skin-regeneration
#6
Wan Khartini Wan Abdul Khodir, Abdul Hakim Abdul Razak, Min Hwei Ng, Vincenzo Guarino, Deny Susanti
In the current practice, the clinical use of conventional skin substitutes such as autogenous skin grafts have shown several problems, mainly with respect to limited sources and donor site morbidity. In order to overcome these limitations, the use of smart synthetic biomaterials is tremendously diffusing as skin substitutes. Indeed, engineered skin grafts or analogues frequently play an important role in the treatment of chronic skin wounds, by supporting the regeneration of newly formed tissue, and at the same time preventing infections during the long-term treatment...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783030/venous-conduits-have-superior-patency-compared-to-prosthetic-grafts-for-femoro-femoral-bypass
#7
Khanh Nguyen, Gregory Moneta, Gregory Landry
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of externally supported polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts and femoral vein as conduits for femoro-femoral crossover grafts. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of consecutive femoro-femoral crossover grafts at our institution between January 2005 and March 2016. Patient demographics, indications, complication rates, patency rates and survival rates were compared between femoro-femoral grafts created with either PTFE or femoral vein conduits, autogenous or cryopreserved...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783026/a-prolonged-and-large-outbreak-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcal-disease-within-a-nursing-home-repeated-intra-facility-transmission-of-a-single-strain
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S A Nanduri, B J Metcalf, M A Arwady, C Edens, M A Lavin, J Morgan, W Clegg, A Beron, J P Albertson, R Link-Gelles, A Ogundimu, J Gold, D Jackson, S Chochua, N Stone, C Van Beneden, K Fleming-Dutra, B Beall
OBJECTIVES: Multiple invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) infections were reported to public health by a skilled nursing facility (Facility A) in Illinois between May 2014 and August 2016. Cases continued despite interventions including antibiotic prophylaxis for all residents and staff. Two other geographically close facilities reported contemporaneous outbreaks of GAS. We investigated potential reasons for ongoing transmission. METHODS: We obtained epidemiologic data from chart review of cases and review of facility and public health records from previous investigations into the outbreak...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781853/the-use-of-pedicled-perforator-flaps-in-chest-reconstruction-a-systematic-review-of-outcomes-and-reliability
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Anne-Sophie Florczak, Benoit Chaput, Christian Herlin, Pascal Rousseau, Eric Watier, Nicolas Bertheuil
BACKGROUND: In recent years, pedicled perforator flaps have revolutionized plastic surgery by reducing donor site morbidity and ensuring larger and deeper reconstructions with local pedicled cutaneous flaps. The aim of the study was to make a systematic review of perforator pedicled propeller flaps (PPPFs) in chest reconstruction. METHODS: Pubmed and Cochrane databases were searched from 1989 to October 2016 for articles describing the use of PPPFs in chest reconstruction...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780599/perioperative-blood-transfusion-is-associated-with-post-operative-infectious-complications-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
#10
Nan Lan, Luca Stocchi, Yi Li, Bo Shen
Background: We have previously demonstrated that blood transfusion (BT) was associated with post-operative complications in patients undergoing surgery for Crohn's disease (CD), based on our institutional data registry. The aim of this study was to verify the association between perioperative BT and infectious complications in CD patients enrolled in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) database. Methods: All CD patients undergoing surgery between 2005 and 2013 were identified from NSQIP...
May 2018: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779862/replenishable-drug-depot-to-combat-post-resection-cancer-recurrence
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Yevgeny Brudno, Matthew J Pezone, Tracy K Snyder, Oktay Uzun, Christopher T Moody, Michael Aizenberg, David J Mooney
Local drug presentation made possible by drug-eluting depots has demonstrated benefits in a vast array of diseases, including in cancer, microbial infection and in wound healing. However, locally-eluting depots are single-use systems that cannot be refilled or reused after implantation at inaccessible sites, limiting their clinical utility. New strategies to noninvasively refill drug-eluting depots could dramatically enhance their clinical use. In this report we present a refillable hydrogel depot system based on bioorthogonal click chemistry...
May 6, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778609/emergency-department-utilization-after-lower-extremity-bypass-for-critical-limb-ischemia
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Vangelina Osteguin, Thomas W Cheng, Alik Farber, Mohammad H Eslami, Jeffrey A Kalish, Douglas W Jones, Denis Rybin, Stephen J Raulli, Jeffrey J Siracuse
OBJECTIVES: Patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) utilize hospital resources at high rates. One major driver for resource utilization are Emergency Department (ED) visits. Our goal was to assess perioperative ED visits after lower extremity bypass (LEB) for CLI. METHODS: All patients undergoing LEB for CLI from 2008 to 2017 at our institution were analyzed. Emergency department visits and details of the visit within 30 and 90 days of discharge from index admission were recorded...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778340/prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-of-polymer-cable-ties-versus-standard-wire-closure-of-midline-sternotomy
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Silvana F Marasco, Louise Fuller, Adam Zimmet, David McGiffin, Michael Seitz, Stephanie Ch'ng, Shivanand Gangahanumaiah, Michael Bailey
OBJECTIVE: Midline sternotomy remains the most common access incision for cardiac operations. Traditionally, the sternum is closed with stainless steel wires. Wires are well known to stretch and break, however, leading to pain, nonunion, and potential deep sternal wound infection. We hypothesized that biocompatible plastic cable ties would achieve a more rigid sternal fixation, reducing postoperative pain and analgesia requirements. METHODS: A prospective, randomized study compared the ZIPFIX (De Puy Synthes, West Chester, Pa) sternal closure system (n = 58) with standard stainless steel wires (n = 60)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778319/anti-infective-biomaterials-with-surface-decorated-tachyplesin-i
#14
Qiong Xue, Xiao-Bin Liu, Yeh-Hsing Lao, Lin-Ping Wu, Dong Wang, Zhen-Qiang Zuo, Jun-Yu Chen, Jing Hou, Yuan-Yuan Bei, Xue-Fei Wu, Kam W Leong, Hua Xiang, Jing Han
Implants decorated with antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) can prevent infection and reduce the risk of creating antibiotic resistance. Yet the restricted mobility of surficial AMP often compromises its activity. Here, we report a simple but effective strategy to allow a more flexible display of AMP on the biomaterial surface and demonstrate its efficacy for wound healing. The AMP, tachyplesin I (Tac), is tagged with the polyhydroxyalkanoate-granule-associated protein (PhaP) and immobilized on haloarchaea-produced poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBHV) via hydrophobic interaction...
May 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778274/outcomes-of-tibia-shaft-fractures-caused-by-low-energy-gunshot-wounds
#15
Charles A Su, Mai P Nguyen, Jeffrey A O'Donnell, Heather A Vallier
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this project was to compare the rates of infections, nonunions, malunions, and secondary operations in tibia fractures resultant from low energy GSWs versus those seen in open and closed tibia fractures resultant from blunt trauma. A secondary objective was to assess the utility of using the traditional Gustilo-Anderson classification system for open fractures to describe fractures secondary to low energy GSW. METHODS: A retrospective review of 327 patients with tibia shaft fractures was conducted at our level I trauma center...
May 16, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777840/negative-pressure-wound-therapy-to-promote-fixation-and-remodeling-of-omental-flap-in-patients-with-revascularized-limbs-a-case-series
#16
Nicla Settembre, Mario D'oria, Charbel Saba, Zakariyae Bouziane, Sergueï Malikov
We present our experience with five patients with CLTI treated with distal revascularization and omental flap coverage. We decided to investigate the efficacy and safety of NPWT (negative-pressure wound therapy) in promoting the fixation and remodeling of the omental flap as there is some evidence in the literature about the optimization of results for skin graft and dermal substitutes. Surgical revascularization was always the first procedure attempted; wound coverage was realized 3-5 days after the primary procedure (omental free-flap in three patients and omental flow-through flap in two patients)...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776645/effectiveness-and-safety-of-total-laparoscopic-distal-gastrectomy-versus-laparoscopy-assisted-distal-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Tenglong Tang, Weihui Peng, Leiyi Zhang, Zhongkun Zuo, Ding Cao, Jiangsheng Huang, Lunxi Duan
AIM: To compare the results of total laparoscopic distal gastrectomy (TLDG) and laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) and explore the safety and feasibility of TLDG. METHODS: Data were collected and analyzed from patients underwent TLDG and LADG from January 2009 to December 2011 at our institution. RESULTS: 127 LADG cases and 104 TLDG cases were included and balanced for age, sex, BMI, ASA scores, and CEA level in this study...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775552/right-colon-resection-for-colon-cancer-does-surgical-approach-matter
#18
Ivy N Haskins, Tammy Ju, Matthew Skancke, Xiangyu Kuang, Richard L Amdur, Fred Brody, Vincent Obias, Samir Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection with curative intent remains the standard of care for colon cancer. This study aims to compare the 30-day outcomes and oncologic results following open, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted right colon resection for colon cancer using the Targeted Colectomy American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients undergoing elective, right colon resection with primary anastomosis were identified within the targeted colectomy ACS-NSQIP database...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775296/incorporation-of-a-theranostic-two-tone-luminescent-silver-complex-into-biocompatible-agar-hydrogel-composite-for-the-eradication-of-eskape-pathogens-in-a-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection-model
#19
Miguel N Pinto, Jorge Martinez-Gonzalez, Indranil Chakraborty, Pradip K Mascharak
Microbial invasion and colonization of the skin and underlying soft tissues are among the most common types of infections, becoming increasingly prevalent in hospital settings. Systemic antibiotic chemotherapies are now extremely limited due to emergence of drug-resistant Gram-positive and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial strains. Topical administration of antimicrobials provides an effective route for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). Therefore, the development of new and effective materials for the delivery of these agents is of paramount importance...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774750/time-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-surgical-site-infections-in-foot-and-ankle-surgery
#20
Eric S Baranek, Direk Tantigate, Eugene Jang, Justin K Greisberg, J Turner Vosseller
BACKGROUND: The time at which patients typically present with surgical site infections (SSI) following foot and ankle surgery has not been characterized. The primary aim of this study was to quantify the time to definitive treatment of SSIs. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 1933 foot and ankle procedures in 1632 patients from 2011 through 2015. Demographic and surgical data were collected. Time to presentation in cases diagnosed with postoperative wound complications or SSIs was analyzed...
May 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
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