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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430540/demystifying-orbital-emergencies-a-pictorial-review
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Viet D Nguyen, Achint K Singh, Wilson B Altmeyer, Bundhit Tantiwongkosi
Imaging of the orbit plays an important role in the workup of orbital emergencies. Orbital imaging is particularly useful in the emergency department, where clinical history and physical examination may be limited or delayed until the exclusion or treatment of more life-threatening conditions. Cross-sectional orbital imaging with multidetector computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is commonly performed in addition to ultrasonography. In an emergent setting, CT is the preferred modality when evaluating for intraorbital foreign bodies, fractures, or calcifications within a mass lesion...
April 21, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429551/the-role-of-calcium-and-non-calcium-based-phosphate-binders-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#2
Grahame J Elder, Jacqueline Center
Rising levels of serum phosphate occur late in the course of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and have been easy targets for nephrologists to treat using phosphate binding drugs, as well as fertile ground for the pharmaceutical industry, for meta-analysis and for the earnest pontifications of guideline writers. Unfortunately, the evidence does little to support this focus, which might be better applied to earlier, adaptive hormonal changes, and to phosphate balance rather than serum phosphate levels. Nevertheless, phosphate binders are ubiquitously prescribed to patients on dialysis, and often prescribed to patients with earlier stages of CKD; for which there is no evidence of benefit and some evidence that calcium-based binders (CBBs) and possibly non-CBBs may cause more harm than placebo...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429550/parathyroid-hormone-targets-in-chronic-kidney-disease-and-managing-severe-hyperparathyroidism
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Carmel M Hawley, Stephen G Holt
Appropriate targets for parathyroid hormone (PTH) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3-5D are controversial, as are the means by which these targets might be achieved. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is linked to symptoms like bone pain and itch, in addition to less clinically overt issues like bone fragility as well as vascular and soft tissue calcification which may lead to adverse hard endpoints, particularly fracture and death. Recognized therapies for managing a rising PTH include vitamin D analogues, with or without calcimimetic (where available), in addition to management of serum mineral concentrations with diet, binders and dialysis...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429547/the-use-of-bone-turnover-markers-in-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorders
#4
Cherie Chiang
Bone turnover markers assist in fracture risk prediction, management and monitoring of osteoporosis in patients without chronic kidney disease (CKD). The use in CKD-mineral bone disorder (MBD) has been limited as many of these markers and breakdown products are renally excreted, including the most commonly used and well standardized procollagen type I N propeptide and C-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen. Of the markers unaffected by renal function, bone specific alkaline phosphatase is associated with mortality and fracture rate in CKD subjects and is now available on several automated analysers...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429546/should-nephrologists-consider-vascular-calcification-screening
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Rathika Krishnasamy, Eugenie Pedagogos
Vascular calcification (VC) has been widely discussed over the last few decades and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease. Importantly, these patients have premature and rapidly progressive calcification when compared with the general population. VC is an active and complex process that is closely regulated by a growing list of inducers and inhibitors. VC can be detected using several non-invasive modalities including plain radiography, echocardiogram and computed tomography scans...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429221/associations-of-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-and-calcitonin-with-inflammation-biomarkers-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-coronary-arteries
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Ya V Polonskaya, E V Kashtanova, I S Murashov, A M Volkov, A V Kurguzov, A M Chernyavsky, Yu I Ragino
We studied associations of osteocalcin, osteoprotegerin, and calcitonin with markers of inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries and assessed the influence of these biomolecules on calcification of atherosclerotic plaques. The initial stage of calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is characterized by activation of inflammatory processes, which is seen from increased levels of proinflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, IL 8, TNF-α, and IL-1β). Progressive calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is accompanied by insignificant accumulation of calcitonin and osteoprotegerin...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427294/increased-phagocytic-nadph-oxidase-activity-associates-with-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-men
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Oscar Beloqui, María U Moreno, Gorka San José, Álvaro Pejenaute, Adriana Cortés, Manuel F Landecho, Javier Díez, Ana Fortuño, Guillermo Zalba
Vascular calcification is a common feature in atherosclerosis and associates with cardiovascular events. Oxidative stress may be involved in the pathogenesis of vascular calcification. Previous studies have shown that the phagocytic NADPH oxidase is associated with atherosclerosis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the association between phagocytic NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production and coronary artery calcium (CAC). NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production was determined by chemiluminescence and CAC by computed tomography in 159 asymptomatic men free of overt clinical atherosclerosis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426428/vascular-calcification-the-role-of-micrornas
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Stelina Alkagiet, Konstantinos Tziomalos
Vascular calcification represents the deposition of calcium phosphate salts in the tunica media of the vascular wall. It occurs during aging but is accelerated and pronounced in patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and established cardiovascular disease. Due to the loss of elasticity of the vessel wall, vascular calcification might result in left ventricular hypertrophy and compromise coronary perfusion. Accordingly, several studies showed that vascular calcification is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality...
April 20, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425047/can-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-antibody-reverse-radiation-necrosis-a-preclinical-investigation
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Chong Duan, Carlos J Perez-Torres, Liya Yuan, John A Engelbach, Scott C Beeman, Christina I Tsien, Keith M Rich, Robert E Schmidt, Joseph J H Ackerman, Joel R Garbow
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) antibodies are a promising new treatment for late time-to-onset radiation-induced necrosis (RN). We sought to evaluate and validate the response to anti-VEGF antibody in a mouse model of RN. Mice were irradiated with the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion™ and then treated with anti-VEGF antibody, beginning at post-irradiation (PIR) week 8. RN progression was monitored via anatomic and diffusion MRI from weeks 4-12 PIR. Standard histology, using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E), and immunohistochemistry staining were used to validate the response to treatment...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424147/treatment-of-leukoencephalopathy-with-calcifications-and-cysts-with-bevacizumab
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Alex J Fay, Allison A King, Joshua S Shimony, Yanick J Crow, Jan E Brunstrom-Hernandez
BACKGROUND: Leukoencephalopathy with calcifications and cysts is a rare, autosomal recessive cerebral microangiopathy that causes progressive white matter disease, calcifications, and cysts within the brain. It is typically associated with slowly progressive psychomotor regression, seizures, and movement disorders. Although leukoencephalopathy with calcifications and cysts affects only the central nervous system, it demonstrates remarkable neuropathologic and radiologic overlap with Coats plus, a disorder of small vessels of the brain, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and bone...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423129/totally-percutaneous-access-using-perclose-proglide-for-endovascular-treatment-of-aortic-diseases
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Eduardo Keller Saadi, Marina Saadi, Rodrigo Saadi, Ana Paula Tagliari, Bernardo Mastella
Objective: To evaluate our experience following the introduction of a percutaneous program for endovascular treatment of aortic diseases using Perclose Proglide® assessing efficacy, complications and identification of potential risk factors that could predict failure or major access site complications. Methods: A retrospective cohort study during a two-year period was performed. All the patients submitted to totally percutaneous endovascular repair (PEVAR) of aortic diseases and transcatheter aortic valve implantation since we started the total percutaneous approach with the preclosure technique from November 2013 to December 2015 were included in the study...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422570/an-induced-adipocyte-sheet-reduces-inflammatory-reactions-during-remodeling-of-xenogeneic-scaffolds-in-vivo
#12
Tong Yi, Qiang Wang, Fan Fan, Gouhui Fan
Surgical therapy of cardiovascular diseases frequently requires replacement of diseased tissues with prosthetic devices or grafts. Calcification is the main reason for the degeneration of implanted grafts. However, some factors reduce stenosis and attenuate calcification of implanted grafts. In this study, we used an autologous induced adipocyte cell-sheet (IACS) as a drug delivery system to determine whether its secretion ability has a beneficial effect on the remodeling process of grafts in a rat subcutaneous model...
April 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421389/preparation-and-biocompatibility-of-demineralized-bone-matrix-sodium-alginate-putty
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Yumin Zhang, Jianru Wang, Yanmiao Ma, Xiaojun Niu, Jianchun Liu, Lan Gao, Xiaoyan Zhai, Kaibo Chu, Bo Han, Liwang Yang, Jue Wang
Demineralized bone matrix (DBM) powder is widely used for bone regeneration due to its osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity. However, difficulties with handling, tendency to migrate from graft sites and lack of stability after surgery sometimes limit the clinical utility of this material. In this work, the possibility of using sodium alginate (ALG) carrier to deliver DBM powder was assessed. DBM-ALG putty with the DBM:ALG weight ratio of 5:5, 6:4, 7:3, 8:2 were prepared, respectively. The properties of the formed composite, including discrete degree, washout property, pH, equilibrium swelling as well as cytotoxicity in vivo, were adopted to ascertain the optimal ratio of DBM and ALG...
April 18, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411264/grecos-project-genotyping-recurrence-risk-of-stroke-the-use-of-genetics-to-predict-the-vascular-recurrence-after-stroke
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Israel Fernández-Cadenas, Maite Mendióroz, Dolors Giralt, Cristina Nafria, Elena Garcia, Caty Carrera, Cristina Gallego-Fabrega, Sophie Domingues-Montanari, Pilar Delgado, Marc Ribó, Mar Castellanos, Sergi Martínez, Marimar Freijo, Jordi Jiménez-Conde, Marta Rubiera, José Alvarez-Sabín, Carlos A Molina, Maria Angels Font, Marta Grau Olivares, Ernest Palomeras, Natalia Perez de la Ossa, Maite Martinez-Zabaleta, Jaime Masjuan, Francisco Moniche, David Canovas, Carlos Piñana, Francisco Purroy, Dolores Cocho, Inma Navas, Carlos Tejero, Nuria Aymerich, Natalia Cullell, Elena Muiño, Joaquín Serena, Francisco Rubio, Antoni Davalos, Jaume Roquer, Juan Francisco Arenillas, Joan Martí-Fábregas, Keith Keene, Wei-Min Chen, Bradford Worrall, Michele Sale, Adrià Arboix, Jerzy Krupinski, Joan Montaner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vascular recurrence occurs in 11% of patients during the first year after ischemic stroke (IS) or transient ischemic attack. Clinical scores do not predict the whole vascular recurrence risk; therefore, we aimed to find genetic variants associated with recurrence that might improve the clinical predictive models in IS. METHODS: We analyzed 256 polymorphisms from 115 candidate genes in 3 patient cohorts comprising 4482 IS or transient ischemic attack patients...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411233/vasculopathy-in-the-setting-of-cardiorenal-syndrome-the-roles-of-protein-bound-uremic-toxins
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Jingbin Guo, Lu Lu, Yue Hua, Kevin Huang, Ian Wang, Li Huang, Qiang Fu, Aihua Chen, Paul Chan, Huimin Fan, Zhong-Min Liu, Bing Hui Wang
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) often leads to and accelerates the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD), whilst CVD also causes kidney dysfunction. This bidirectional interaction leads to the development of a complex syndrome known as cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). CRS not only involves both the heart and the kidney, but also the vascular system through a vast array of contributing factors. In addition to hemodynamic, neuro-hormonal, mechanical and biochemical factors, the non-dialyzable protein-bound uremic toxins (PBUTs) are also key contributing factors that have been demonstrated through in vitro, in vivo and clinical observations...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408452/rigor-and-reproducibility-in-analysis-of-vascular-calcification
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Linda L Demer, Yin Tintut, Kim-Lien Nguyen, Tzung Hsiai, Jason T Lee
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April 14, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406244/cortistatin-reduces-atherosclerosis-in-hyperlipidemic-apoe-deficient-mice-and-the-formation-of-foam-cells
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Virginia Delgado-Maroto, Raquel Benitez, Irene Forte-Lago, Maria Morell, Elena Maganto-Garcia, Luciana Souza-Moreira, Francisco O'Valle, Mario Duran-Prado, Andrew H Lichtman, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Mario Delgado
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory cardiovascular disease that is responsible of high mortality worldwide. Evidence indicates that maladaptive autoimmune responses in the arterial wall play critical roles in the process of atherosclerosis. Cortistatin is a neuropeptide expressed in the vascular system and atherosclerotic plaques that regulates vascular calcification and neointimal formation, and inhibits inflammation in different experimental models of autoimmune diseases. Its role in inflammatory cardiovascular disorders is largely unexplored...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402079/inverse-association-between-size-of-the-lipid-rich-necrotic-core-and-vascularization-in-human-carotid-plaques
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Ola Hjelmgren, Lars Johansson, Ulrica Prahl, Caroline Schmidt, Göran M L Bergström
PURPOSE: To study the relationship between the size of the lipid-rich necrotic core measured by MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and the level of plaque vascularization measured by contrast-enhanced ultrasound, in human carotid plaques. Further, to compare the size of lipid-rich necrotic core from MRI to plaque echogenicity. METHODS: Thirty-one subjects with carotid plaques underwent standard B-mode ultrasound, contrast-enhanced ultrasound and MRI. The lipid-rich necrotic core was quantified using MRI...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401422/acetate-free-biofiltration-to-remove-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-pilot-study
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Valeria Cernaro, Silvia Lucisano, Valeria Canale, Annamaria Bruzzese, Daniela Caccamo, Giuseppe Costantino, Michele Buemi, Domenico Santoro
AIM: Serum levels of 32 kDa-phosphaturic hormone fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) rise early in renal failure in order to keep phosphatemia within the normal range; however, this compensatory mechanism itself contributes to chronic kidney disease-mineral bone disorder. High FGF23 is also associated to left ventricular hypertrophy, vascular calcifications and thus increased cardiovascular risk. The aim of this pilot pre-post study was to evaluate the effects of a single hemodiafiltration session with acetate-free biofiltration (AFB) on FGF23 serum levels...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392544/impact-of-renal-functional-morphological-dynamics-on-the-calcification-of-coronary-and-abdominal-arteries-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Takeo Ichii, Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Hideki Ishii, Yosuke Tatami, Dai Yamamoto, Soichiro Aoki, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Kenji Furusawa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Susumu Suzuki, Yoshinari Yasuda, Toyoaki Murohara
AIM: Fast-progressing vascular calcification (VC) is accompanied by renal atrophy and functional deterioration along with atherosclerosis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the relationship between VC progression and renal functional and/or morphological changes remains unclear. METHODS: We included 70 asymptomatic patients with CKD without hemodialysis in our study. To identify temporal variations, the coronary artery calcification score (CACS), abdominal aortic calcification index (ACI), and renal parenchymal volume index (RPVI) were determined via spiral computed tomography scans taken during the study...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
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