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Hongli Li, Victoria M Hitchins, Samanthi Wickramasekara
Bacterial endotoxins are lipopolysaccharides bound to the bacterial cell wall and released when bacteria rupture or disintegrate. Possible contamination of endotoxin in ophthalmic devices can cause a painful eye inflammation or result in toxic anterior segment syndrome after cataract surgery. Measurement of bacterial endotoxin in medical device materials is difficult since endotoxin binds with polymer matrix and some of the materials are very viscous and non-water soluble, where traditional enzyme-based Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) assay cannot be applied...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Prakash Aroor Sarvotham Rao, S N Nagendra Prakash, Somanath Vasudev, M Girish, Arun Srinivas, H P Guru Prasad, P Jayakumar, Venu Gopal Anandaswamy
We present a 62-year-old lady admitted in our hospital with two episodes of acute ischemic stroke about 2 weeks apart. She was evaluated for acute ischemic stroke and was thrombolysed for recent stroke in right MCA territory first time. On further evaluation, she was found to have a RVOT mass. A transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a PFO and a large, 5.1cm×2.3cm, ovoid, well circumscribed, echogenic mass in the right ventricle outflow tract attached by small pedicle to the ventricular side of anterior tricuspid leaflet, partly obstructing the right ventricular outflow tract and protruding through the pulmonic valve during systole...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Mi Ji Lee, Sung-Ji Park, Chang Hyo Yoon, Ji-Won Hwang, Sookyung Ryoo, Suk Jae Kim, Gyeong-Moon Kim, Chin-Sang Chung, Kwang Ho Lee, Oh Young Bang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Left atrial dysfunction has been reported in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO). Here we investigated the role of left atrial dysfunction in the development of embolic stroke in patients with PFO. METHODS: We identified consecutive patients with embolic stroke of undetermined sources except for PFO (PFO+ESUS). Healthy subjects with PFO served as controls (PFO+control). A stratified analysis by 10-year age group and an age- and sex- matching analysis were performed to compare echocardiographic markers between groups...
September 2016: Journal of Stroke
Jacob Matz, James L Howard, David J Morden, Steven J MacDonald, Matthew G Teeter, Brent A Lanting
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral joint biomechanics contribute to anterior knee pain, instability, and dysfunction following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Information about specific factors leading to anterior knee pain and dysfunction is currently limited. Changes in patellofemoral joint offset (PFO) refers to a mismatch between the preoperative and postoperative anteroposterior geometry of the patellofemoral joint. It remains unclear whether these changes lead to adverse outcomes in TKA...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Kevin O'Gallagher, Evelyn Chou, Swarna Jeyabraba, Aish Sinha, Daniel Robb, Jonathan Byrne
An 80-year-old female presented with progressive breathlessness, worse on sitting or standing and relieved by lying flat. Subsequent investigations identified a patent foramen ovale (PFO) with right-to-left flow across the interatrial septum (IAS). A diagnosis of platypnoea orthodeoxia syndrome secondary to inter-atrial shunting was made. Technical features precluded a percutaneous PFO closure so an open surgical repair was performed with complete resolution of symptoms. We discuss the pathophysiology and management of platypnoea orthodeoxia syndrome...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Monika Szturmowicz, Aneta Kacprzak, Barbara Burakowska, Agnieszka Skoczylas, Iwona Bestry, Jan Kuś, Anna Fijałkowska, Adam Torbicki, Marcin Kurzyna
INTRODUCTION: Inhomogeneity of lung attenuation pattern is observed in high resolution chest computed tomography (HRCT) in some IPAH patients despite lack of interstitial lung disease. Such radiological changes are described either as ill-defined centrilobular nodules (CN) or as focal ground glass opacities (FGGO). There is no consensus in the literature, whether they indicate the distinct type of IPAH, or pulmonary venoocclusive disease (PVOD) with subtle radiological changes. Thus the aim of the present pilot study was to assess the frequency and clinical significance of inhomogenic lung attenuation pattern in IPAH...
2016: Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska
Dawn S Hui, Fernando Fleischman, P Michael McFadden
BACKGROUND: Thromboembolism-in-transit straddling a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a rare condition that requires urgent surgical intervention to prevent arterial emboli. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 42-year-old female who presented with a symptomatic pulmonary embolism. Echocardiography identified a PFO, with a bridging thrombus-in-transit and evidence of right ventricular strain. Urgent surgery was performed because of the risk of systemic embolism. A large thrombus was identified during biatrial exploration...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick, Shilpa N Reddy, Ruchika D Bhatt, Benjamin J Shin, James N Kirkpatrick, Scott O Trerotola
PURPOSE: To explore significance, management, and outcomes of central venous catheter (CVC) tip-associated thrombi incidentally detected on echocardiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Echocardiogram data from all patients with CVCs from October 2009 to June 2011 were reviewed (N = 170). Patients with CVC tip-associated thrombi were selected (n = 49). Echocardiograms were reviewed for ejection fraction, presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO), presence of other intracardiac shunts, and mean thrombus size...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Ashish H Shah, Mark Osten, Andrew Leventhal, Yvonne Bach, Daniel Yoo, Danny Mansour, Lee Benson, William M Wilson, Eric Horlick
OBJECTIVES: This study reviewed a series of patients treated with transcatheter closure of septal defect to treat platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome, with specific attention to septal characteristics and device choice. BACKGROUND: Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome is an uncommon condition characterized by positional dyspnea and hypoxemia due to intracardiac right-to-left shunting through a patent foramen ovale (PFO), an atrial septal defect, or pulmonary arteriovenous malformations...
September 26, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
A Schmermund, J Eckert, S N Schelle, H Eggebrecht
For the treatment of structural heart disease, current options in the catheterization laboratory include MitraClip® implantation for treating severe mitral regurgitation, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) and occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA). These treatment options are based on a precise diagnosis provided by modern cardiac imaging, which is indispensable for treatment recommendations. Its importance for supporting the invasive procedures in the catheterization laboratory is less well known...
September 19, 2016: Herz
Wenyan Wang, Huaicong Long, Zhiying Zhao
Cardiac lymphoma is extremely rare. An intracardiac mass has rarely been reported to be the cardiac involvement of extranodal lymphoma. It is difficult to establish a final diagnosis via routine examinations. The ability of an echocardiogram to characterize tissue is limited; systemic (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans provide important information for both staging and response assessment in patients with lymphoma. A 68-year-old Chinese male with a second patent foramen ovale (PFO) and an interventricular septal defect presented at our institute with persistent fever, shortness of breath, repeated paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) attack, and rapidly progressing superior vena cava syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Davinia Larrosa, César Ramón, Rocío Alvarez, Pablo Martínez-Camblor, Eva Cernuda, Julio Pascual
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiology of migraine is not fully known. A link has been proposed between migraine and patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, there are conflicting data regarding the causal relationship between PFO and migraine. OBJECTIVE: To test a potential association between migraine frequency and PFO by way of an observational, single-center, case-controlled study. METHODS: We studied a total of 130 chronic migraine (CM) and 53 episodic migraine (EM) patients...
October 2016: Headache
Satoshi Tsujimoto, Aldo Genovesio
In previous reports, we described neuronal activity in the polar (PFp), dorsolateral (PFdl), and orbital (PFo) pFC as monkeys performed a cued strategy task with two spatial goals. On each trial, a cue instructed one of two strategies: Stay with the previous goal or shift to the alternative. A delay period followed each cue, and feedback followed each choice, also at a delay. Our initial analysis showed that the mean firing rate of a population of PFp cells encoded the goal chosen on a trial, but only near the time of feedback, not earlier in the trial...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Lucas S Zier, Horst Sievert, Vaikom S Mahadevan
INTRODUCTION: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common congenital cardiac abnormality and that has been associated with several disease processes including transient ischemic attacks (TIA), stroke, migraine headaches with aura, decompression sickness, platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome, and shunt induced cyanosis. Controversy exists regarding closure of PFO as a therapeutic treatment modality for these disease processes. This review addresses the contemporary clinical indications for PFO closure...
September 10, 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Varun Miriyala, Muhammad Umer Awan, Kirmanj Faraj, Bipinpreet Nagra
A 72-year-old male is diagnosed with paradoxical embolus after he presented with concurrent deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and multiple arterial emboli in the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Paradoxical embolus requires the passage of a thrombus from the venous into the arterial circulation through a right-to-left shunt leading to systemic embolism. But, despite the high incidence of PFO (27.3% across all age groups by autopsy), paradoxical embolism (PDE) is uncommon, representing <2% of all arterial emboli...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Marlene Biermayr, Barbara Brunner, Kathrin Maurer, Rudolf Trawoeger, Ursula Kiechl-Kohlendorfer, Vera Neubauer
BACKGROUND: Thrombosis in neonates is commonly a central venous access device (CVAD) associated complication. Furthermore, a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is frequently seen in preterm infants. Even though a coincidence of both is not unusual, detaching of the thrombus and organisation of an aortic embolism has not been described until now. Treatment recommendations of CVAD-associated thrombosis in neonates do not consider frequently seen complications of preterm infants e.g. intraventricular haemorrhage...
2016: BMC Pediatrics
Alessandro Pezzini, Mario Grassi, Corrado Lodigiani, Rosalba Patella, Carlo Gandolfo, Andrea Zini, Maria Luisa DeLodovici, Maurizio Paciaroni, Massimo Del Sette, Antonella Toriello, Rossella Musolino, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Paolo Bovi, Alessandro Adami, Giorgio Silvestrelli, Maria Sessa, Anna Cavallini, Simona Marcheselli, Domenico Marco Bonifati, Nicoletta Checcarelli, Lucia Tancredi, Alberto Chiti, Elisabetta Del Zotto, Giampaolo Tomelleri, Alessandra Spalloni, Elisa Giorli, Paolo Costa, Giacomo Giacalone, Paola Ferrazzi, Loris Poli, Andrea Morotti, Valeria Piras, Maurizia Rasura, Anna Maria Simone, Massimo Gamba, Paolo Cerrato, Maria Luisa Zedde, Giuseppe Micieli, Maurizio Melis, Davide Massucco, Davide Guido, Valeria De Giuli, Silvia Bonaiti, Cataldo D'Amore, Sara La Starza, Licia Iacoviello, Alessandro Padovani
BACKGROUND: We sought to compare the benefit of percutaneous closure to that of medical therapy alone for the secondary prevention of embolism in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO) and otherwise unexplained ischemic stroke, in a propensity scored study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2000 and 2012, we selected consecutive first-ever ischemic stroke patients aged 18 to 45 years with PFO and no other cause of brain ischemia, as part of the IPSYS registry (Italian Project on Stroke in Young Adults), who underwent either percutaneous PFO closure or medical therapy for comparative analysis...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Chao Liu, Ni-Na Zhai, Ning Bu, Meng-Yi Chen, Hai-Qin Wu
OBJECTIVE: To compare agitated saline solution (AS) and the mixture of AS with blood (ASb) as the contrast agents in contrast transcranial Doppler (c-TCD) in the diagnosis of patent foramen ovale (PFO). METHODS: We recruited 248 consecutive patients for c-TCD examination between November 2015 and January 2016, and the sequence of the use of AS (9 mL saline solution mixed with 1 mL air) and ASb (9 mL saline solution and a drop of the patient's blood mixed with 1 mL air) was determined by coin-tossing method...
August 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
James E Dalen, Joseph S Alpert
More than 25% of all ischemic strokes per year are cryptogenic, that is, their cause is not determined after an appropriate evaluation. In 1988, it was reported that the incidence of a patent foramen ovale was 30 to 40% in young patients with a cryptogenic stroke compared with 25% in the general population. This led to the suspicion that cryptogenic strokes were due to paradoxical embolism, that is, a venous thrombus crossing a patent foramen ovale to enter the left atrium and then the arterial circulation...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Felipe Vidal, Pilar Vásquez, Carola Díaz, Daniela Nova, Joel Alderete, Leonardo Guzmán
Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers are hyperbranched macromolecules which have been described as one of the most promising drug nanocarrier systems. A key process to understand is their cellular internalization mechanism because of its direct influence on their intracellular distribution, association with organelles, entry kinetics, and cargo release. Despite that internalization mechanisms of dendrimers have been studied in different cell types, in the case of neurons they are not completely described. Considering the relevance of central nervous system (CNS) diseases and neuropharmacology, the aim of this report is to describe the molecular internalization mechanism of different PAMAM-based dendrimer systems in hippocampal neurons...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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