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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711277/use-of-a-midstream-clean-catch-mobile-application-did-not-lower-urine-contamination-rates-in-an-emergency-department
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Mary S Jacob, Paige Kulie, Cameron Benedict, Alexander J Ordoobadi, Neal Sikka, Erika Steinmetz, Melissa L McCarthy
OBJECTIVES: Urine microscopy is a common test performed in emergency departments (EDs). Urine specimens can easily become contaminated by different factors, including the collection method. The midstream clean-catch (MSCC) collection technique is commonly used to reduce urine contamination. The urine culture contamination rate from specimens collected in our ED is 30%. We developed an instructional application (app) to show ED patients how to provide a MSCC urine sample. We hypothesized that ED patients who viewed our instructional app would have significantly lower urine contamination rates compared to patients who did not...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701500/assessing-structure-and-function-of-myelin-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-evidence-of-demyelination
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Hanwen Liu, Erin L MacMillian, Catherine R Jutzeler, Emil Ljungberg, Alex L MacKay, Shannon H Kolind, Burkhard Mädler, David K B Li, Marcel F Dvorak, Armin Curt, Cornelia Laule, John L K Kramer
PURPOSE: To assess the extent of demyelination in cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) using myelin water imaging (MWI) and electrophysiologic techniques. METHODS: Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs) and MWI were acquired in 14 patients with CSM and 18 age-matched healthy controls. MWI was performed on a 3.0T whole body magnetic resonance scanner. Myelin water fraction (MWF) was extracted for the dorsal columns and whole cord. SSEPs and MWF were also compared with conventional MRI outcomes, including T2 signal intensity, compression ratio, maximum spinal cord compression (MSCC), and maximum canal compromise (MCC)...
July 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660111/corticosteroid-treatment-for-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-a-review
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REVIEW
Gordon D Skeoch, Matthew K Tobin, Sajeel Khan, Andreas A Linninger, Ankit I Mehta
STUDY DESIGN: Narrative review. OBJECTIVE: Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is a very frequent complication among cancer patients. Presenting commonly as nocturnal back pain, MSCC typically progresses to lower extremity paresis, loss of ambulatory capabilities, and paraplegia. In addition to standard treatment modalities, corticosteroid administration has been utilized in preclinical and clinical settings as adjunctive therapy to reduce local spinal cord edema and improve clinical symptoms...
May 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492105/metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-as-the-first-sign-of-malignancy
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Johan Wänman, Pawel Grabowski, Helena Nyström, Patrik Gustafsson, Anders Bergh, Anders Widmark, Sead Crnalic
Background and purpose - Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) as the initial manifestation of malignancy (IMM) limits the time for diagnostic workup; most often, treatment is required before the final primary tumor diagnosis. We evaluated neurological outcome, complications, survival, and the manner of diagnosing the primary tumor in patients who were operated for MSCC as the IMM. Patients and methods - Records of 69 consecutive patients (51 men) who underwent surgery for MSCC as the IMM were reviewed...
August 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490462/genome-wide-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-gabbr2-as-a-novel-epigenetic-target-for-egfr-19-deletion-lung-adenocarcinoma-with-induction-erlotinib-treatment
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Xiaomin Niu, Fatao Liu, Yi Zhou, Zhen Zhou, Daizhan Zhou, Ting Wang, Ziming Li, Xiangyun Ye, Yongfeng Yu, Xiaoling Weng, Hong Zhang, Junyi Ye, Meilin Liao, Yun Liu, Zhiwei Chen, Shun Lu
Purpose: The past decade has witnessed the rapid development of personalized targeted therapies in lung cancer. It is still unclear whether epigenetic changes are involved in the response to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated lung cancer.Experimental Design: Methyl-sensitive cut counting sequencing (MSCC) was applied to investigate the methylation changes in paired tissues before and after erlotinib treatment for 42 days with partial response (PR) from stage IIIa (N2) lung adenocarcinoma patients (N = 2) with EGFR 19 deletion...
May 10, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437329/metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-and-steroid-treatment-a-systematic-review
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Abhishek Kumar, Michael H Weber, Ziya Gokaslan, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Meic Schmidt, Laurence Rhines, Michael G Fehlings, Ilya Laufer, Daniel M Sciubba, Michelle J Clarke, Narayan Sundaresan, Jorrit-Jan Verlaan, Arjun Sahgal, Dean Chou, Charles G Fisher
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. OBJECTIVES: We conducted a systematic review of the literature to answer the following questions regarding the use of steroid therapy in metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC): 1. In cases of MSCC, what is the effect of steroid administration before definitive radiotherapy or surgery on ambulatory status, bowel and bladder function and survival? 2. What steroid dosing regimens are associated with the best outcomes concerning neurological symptoms and complication prevention in cases of MSCC? SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Currently, there is significant variation in the initial bolus dose, daily maintenance dose and duration of treatment when steroids are used as a bridge to definitive therapy for MSCC...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404935/outcomes-of-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-secondary-to-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-multidisciplinary-treatments
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Shaohui He, Haifeng Wei, Yifei Ma, Jian Zhao, Wei Xu, Jianru Xiao
Few studies have reported progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following surgery and adjuvant therapies. Enrolled in this study were 155 MSCC patients with primary HCC who received surgery and adjuvant therapies between 2000 and 2015. Kaplan-Meier methods and Cox's proportional hazards regression mode were performed to investigate the clinical features and prognostic factors affecting PFS and OS...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264589/minimally-invasive-spinal-surgery-for-the-management-of-symptomatic-spinal-metastasis
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Abdulkader Hamad, Leonidas Vachtsevanos, Andrew Cattell, Matthew Ockendon, Birender Balain
INTRODUCTION: Symptomatic metastatic spinal disease is on the increase. Minimally invasive spinal surgery has been associated with a lower complication profile when compared to traditional open methods; however there is paucity of literature evaluating the place of percutaneous pedicle screw fixation (PPSF) in the management of spinal metastases. The purpose of the study is to assess the efficacy of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) using PPSF with or without mini-decompression in the management of symptomatic spinal metastases...
March 6, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249653/management-of-the-clinically-node-negative-neck-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-maxilla
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Michiel H M A Joosten, Remco de Bree, Ellen M Van Cann
OBJECTIVE: The management of the clinically node negative (N0) neck in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the maxilla (MSCC) is a matter of debate. In this retrospective cohort study the incidence of occult metastases is determined in clinically N0 MSCCs, as well as histopathological factors associated with occult metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 95 patients with clinically N0 MSCCs had maxillectomy. 18 patients with elective treatment of the neck were excluded...
March 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194222/intelligibility-evaluation-of-pathological-speech-through-multigranularity-feature-extraction-and-optimization
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Chunying Fang, Haifeng Li, Lin Ma, Mancai Zhang
Pathological speech usually refers to speech distortion resulting from illness or other biological insults. The assessment of pathological speech plays an important role in assisting the experts, while automatic evaluation of speech intelligibility is difficult because it is usually nonstationary and mutational. In this paper, we carry out an independent innovation of feature extraction and reduction, and we describe a multigranularity combined feature scheme which is optimized by the hierarchical visual method...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193282/preoperative-embolization-in-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-mandatory-or-optional
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Chul Gie Hong, Jae Hwan Cho, Dae Chul Suh, Chang Ju Hwang, Dong-Ho Lee, Choon Sung Lee
BACKGROUND: The contribution of preoperative embolization in reducing intraoperative blood loss and its clinical importance are unclear. So, we aimed to compare the perioperative clinical outcomes based on whether preoperative embolization was performed and assess the role and safety of preoperative embolization in metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients. METHODS: We enrolled 52 patients (men, 37; women, 15) who underwent palliative decompression for MSCC...
February 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181815/onsite-versus-offsite-radiation-treatment-of-malignant-spinal-cord-compression-lessons-from-a-safety-net-health-system
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Albert C Chen, Mark D Bonnen, Henry Mok
OBJECTIVE: Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is an oncologic emergency that often warrants emergent treatment; but, it is unclear whether radiation treatment (RT) can be optimally managed from an offsite radiotherapy facility. METHODS: Patient charts from consecutive patients with MSCC who were treated with radiotherapy alone at either an onsite hospital radiation department (from 2008 to 2012) or an offsite radiotherapy centre (2012-2015) were reviewed...
April 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138012/early-intervention-results-in-lower-mortality-in-patients-with-cancer-hospitalized-for-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression
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Achuta Kumar Guddati, Gagan Kumar, Iuliana Shapira
Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) is one of the most dreaded complications of cancer. A Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2000 to 2011 was used to extract data for all in-hospital stays of patients with MSCC using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. The usage and timing of radiation therapy and surgical interventions were identified using ICD-9-M codes. These interventions were defined as 'early intervention' if they were provided within the first 48 hours of hospitalization...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116507/patient-s-experiences-of-being-discharged-home-from-hospital-following-a-diagnosis-of-malignant-spinal-cord-compression
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Jane Manson, Clare Warnock, Lesley Crowther
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to explore experiences in the days and weeks following discharge home following diagnosis and treatment for metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). METHODS: Eleven participants took part in audio-recorded semi-structured interviews about their experiences at 1 and 3-4 weeks post-discharge home following a diagnosis of MSCC. Transcripts were analysed using a framework approach. RESULTS: Time emerged as an overarching theme within the framework of four time points: past, present, near future and distant future...
January 23, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066741/cell-therapy-for-cartilage-defects-of-the-hip
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Rodrigo Mardones, Alessio Giai Via, Claudio Jofré, José Minguell, Claudio Rodriguez, Alexander Tomic, Matias Salineros
BACKGROUND: Chondral injuries are commonly related to poor clinical outcome, but recent data showed some improvements in function and pain after hip arthroscopy. Cell-based therapies represent an appealing alternative strategy for cartilage regeneration, and interesting results have been recently reported after intra-articular injections of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The results of hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and intra-articular injections of autologous expanded bone marrow - MSCs (BM-MSCs) are reported in this retrospective study...
July 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843413/effectiveness-of-radiotherapy-for-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-in-patients-with-short-life-expectancy
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Alexandra Giraldo, Sergi Benavente, Mónica Ramos, Ramona Vergés, Odimar Coronil, Lina Arbeláez, Xavier Maldonado, Manuel Altabas, Meritxell Mollà, Victoria Reyes, Begoña Navalpotro, Jordi Giralt
AIM: To analyze the effect of radiotherapy (RT) in patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) and poor prognosis in our center. BACKGROUND: RT is an effective treatment for MSCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective evaluation on patients with MSCC and limited survival (according to Rades' scale), and treated with single-dose 8 Gy RT (February 2013-August 2014). Pain, ambulatory status and sphincter control were recorded. Pain relief was evaluated following the International Bone Metastases Consensus Working Party Guidelines...
January 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814990/the-effect-of-written-posted-instructions-on-collection-of-clean-catch-urine-specimens-in-the-emergency-department
#17
Patrick Joseph Maher, Alisha Emily Cutler Brown, Medley O'Keefe Gatewood
BACKGROUND: Urinalysis testing is frequently ordered in the emergency department (ED), but contamination of urine specimens limits the interpretation of results. The mid-stream, clean-catch (MSCC) procedure for urine specimen collection is recommended to decrease contamination rates, but without instructions this procedure has poor compliance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of written instructions alone, we analyzed the rate of specimen contamination, defined by presence of squamous epithelial cells (SECs) and culture results, in the ED after posting information on the MSCC procedure...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804231/role-of-the-overall-treatment-time-of-radiotherapy-with-10%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-3%C3%A2-gy-for-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression
#18
Dirk Rades, Stefan Janssen, Antonio Jose Conde-Moreno, Jon Cacicedo, Michaela Metz, Theo Veninga, Barbara Segedin, Volker Rudat, Steven E Schild
INTRODUCTION: Radiotherapy alone still is the most commonly delivered treatment modality for metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). MSCC is an emergency situation, which requires treatment as soon as possible. When radiotherapy is performed with the most commonly used approach 10 × 3 Gy (30 Gy in 10 fractions) over 2 weeks, the question has been asked whether an overall treatment time (OTT) of 14-15 days including two weekends without irradiation leads to worse outcomes than OTT of 12 days (beginning of radiotherapy on a Monday resulting in only one weekend break)? METHODS: A total of 412 patients with MSCC were included in this retrospective study...
June 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752060/preoperative-prediction-for-regaining-ambulatory-ability-in-paretic-non-ambulatory-patients-with-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression
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M Ohashi, T Hirano, K Watanabe, K Katsumi, H Shoji, A Sano, H Tashi, I Takahashi, M Wakasugi, Y Shibuya, N Endo
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective multicenter study. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the predictive factors for postoperative ambulatory recovery in paretic non-ambulatory patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). SETTING: Japan. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients (74.4% men; mean age, 66.2 years) who could not walk before surgery due to cervical or thoracic MSCC and underwent posterior decompressive surgery between 2003 and 2014 were included...
May 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27674903/spine-stereotactic-ablative-body-radiation-therapy-sabr-with-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-vmat-for-vertebral-metastases-with-and-without-metastatic-spinal-cord-compression-mscc
#20
M M Gestaut, N Thawani, S Kim, V R Gutti, A Morrow, R A Ward, J H Huang, M K Patel
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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