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Poonam Sagar, Arif Kavungal Nambillath, Vikas Malhotra, Ajay Raj, Abhay Anand
Extracranial carotid artery aneurysms are rare but important entity. Impending rupture of such aneurysms can lead to catastrophic hemorrhage, airway compromise and may prove fatal. The authors report a case of true aneurysm of cervical internal carotid artery in a four-year-old girl who presented with fever and swelling of neck and oropharynx. High clinical suspicion is required to differentiate aneurysm from peritonsillar and parapharyngeal abscess as incision and drainage can prove fatal. Securing airway beforehand and timely embolization has led to the favorable outcome in the present case...
March 15, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Giulia Orioli, Maria Laura Filippetti, Walter Gerbino, Danica Dragovic, Teresa Farroni
The ability to discriminate the trajectories of moving objects is highly adaptive and fundamental for physical and social interactions. Therefore, we could reasonably expect sensitivity to different trajectories already at birth, as a precursor of later communicative and defensive abilities. To investigate this possibility, we measured newborns' looking behavior to evaluate their ability to discriminate between visual stimuli depicting motion along different trajectories happening within the space surrounding their body...
March 2018: Infancy: the Official Journal of the International Society on Infant Studies
Haoyu Wen, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Siew Ann Cheong
There is growing interest in the use of critical slowing down and critical fluctuations as early warning signals for critical transitions in different complex systems. However, while some studies found them effective, others found the opposite. In this paper, we investigated why this might be so, by testing three commonly used indicators: lag-1 autocorrelation, variance, and low-frequency power spectrum at anticipating critical transitions in the very-high-frequency time series data of the Australian Dollar-Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc-Japanese Yen exchange rates...
2018: PloS One
Cheng-Chieh Hsu, Wing-Yin Li, Pen-Yuan Chu
RATIONALE: Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is a rare and aggressive subtype of salivary gland carcinoma that histologically resembles in situ and invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. We present the first case of advanced SDC of the minor salivary gland arising from the supraglottis and review the literature on the clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of SDC. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 59-year-old male patient with progressive difficulty in swallowing and a muffled voice for 2 months...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kimiya Fujio, Hiroki Obata, Taku Kitamura, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Recent studies demonstrated that the corticospinal pathway is one of the key nodes for the feedback control of human standing and that the excitability is flexibly changed according to the current state of posture. However, it has been unclear whether this pathway is also involved in a predictive control of human standing. Here, we investigated whether the corticospinal excitability of the soleus (SOL) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during standing would be modulated anticipatorily when perturbation was impending...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Soisungwan Satarug
Cadmium (Cd) is a food-chain contaminant that has high rates of soil-to-plant transference. This phenomenon makes dietary Cd intake unavoidable. Although long-term Cd intake impacts many organ systems, the kidney has long been considered to be a critical target of its toxicity. This review addresses how measurements of Cd intake levels and its effects on kidneys have traditionally been made. These measurements underpin the derivation of our current toxicity threshold limit and tolerable intake levels for Cd...
March 10, 2018: Toxics
Gang Fang, Bin Chen, Weiguo Fu, Daqiao Guo, Xin Xu, Junhao Jiang, Jianjun Luo, Zhihui Dong
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular treatment (ET) is being increasingly used for splenic artery aneurysms (SAAs), but systematic treatment strategies have not been defined. We set out to investigate the optimal strategies for ET of complicated SAAs (CSAAs). METHODS: CSAAs were classified into three types: type I, rupture or impending rupture; type II, at the origin of the splenic artery; and type III, having an aberrant splenic artery from the splenomesenteric trunk (type IIIA) or celiacomesenteric trunk (type IIIB)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Karim Sabeh, Milad Alam, Samuel Rosas, Shahrose Hussain, Michaela Schneiderbauer
INTRODUCTION: The growing trends of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) foreshadow an inevitable increase in the financial burden on healthcare expenditure estimated to almost nine billion dollars annually. This study aims to demonstrate the potential savings when using all-polyethylene (AP) compared to metal-backed (MB) tibial components and describes the cost variability amongst three major commercially available implants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cost of AP versus MB implants was analyzed using a large nationwide database, Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Anas Nooh, Krista Goulding, Marc H Isler, Sophie Mottard, Annie Arteau, Norbert Dion, Robert Turcotte
BACKGROUND: Bone metastases represent the most frequent cause of cancer-related pain, affecting health-related quality of life and creating a substantial burden on the healthcare system. Although most bony metastatic lesions can be managed nonoperatively, surgical management can help patients reduce severe pain, avoid impending fracture, and stabilize pathologic fractures. Studies have demonstrated functional improvement postoperatively as early as 6 weeks, but little data exist on the temporal progress of these improvements or on the changes in quality of life over time as a result of surgical intervention...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Edward W Jernigan, Joshua N Tennant, Robert J Esther
BACKGROUND: Preoperative transarterial embolization has been utilized in the surgical treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the femur to decrease perioperative blood loss. However, few studies have documented its efficacy in decreasing the proportion of patients receiving transfusions in the setting of prophylactic treatment of impending pathologic femur fractures. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: In a population of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the femur who underwent prophylactic fixation, the purpose of this study was to quantify and compare the proportion of patients who received at least one transfused unit of blood between a group treated with preoperative embolization and a group without preoperative embolization...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Annie Genois, Benoit Côté, Annie Belisle
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of exaggerated bite reactions is based on the clinical and pathological characteristics of the lesions. These reactions can be an indicator of impending immune suppression. METHODS: The authors report the case of a 35-year-old pregnant woman who presented with a pruriginous vesicular and pustular eruption over her thighs and buttocks. The clinical and pathological findings were compatible with an exaggerated bite reaction. The patient did not report any severe or exaggerated reaction to insect bites in the past...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Bernar Tan Wen Sheng, Patrick Wong, Constance Teo Ee Hoon
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis results in hoarseness, stridor and airway obstruction. Management is surgical, with most surgeons using microdebrider or laser. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has been successfully utilised for the excision of oropharyngeal malignancies and paediatric airway surgery. This is the first case report of TORS being used for the excision of laryngeal papillomas. CASE REPORT: A 36 year old Chinese female was diagnosed with juvenile onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
N J C Stapelberg, R Pratt, D L Neumann, D H K Shum, S Brandis, V Muthukkumarasamy, B Stantic, M Blumenstein, J P Headrick
BACKGROUND: Biological pathways underlying major depressive disorder (MDD) can be viewed as systems biology networks. The psycho-immune-neuroendocrine (PINE) network comprises central nervous, immune, endocrine and autonomic systems, integrating biological mechanisms of MDD. Such networks exhibit recurrent motifs with specific functions, including positive and negative feedback loops, and are subject to critical transitions, influenced by feedback loop transitions (FLTs). AIMS: We aim to identify critical feedback loops and their FLTs, as well sentinel network nodes (SNNs), key network nodes that drive FLTs, within the PINE network...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Tsutomu Sugihara, Mitsuru Koizumi, Keiko Hayakawa, Yoshinori Ito, Naohiro Sata
Atypical femoral fractures (AFFs) occur in both osteoporosis patients and cancer patients who receive long-term bisphosphonate treatment. Denosumab offers an alternative approach for the treatment of bone metastases. We describe a 59-year-old woman with a history of breast carcinoma and bone metastasis who was prescribed denosumab for 4 years. The patient had no history of any prior bisphosphonate use. Bone scintigraphy showed an abnormal uptake in the right femur, which was confirmed as an impending AFF or atypical femoral stress reaction...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Bin-Bin Chen, Wen Han, Yichen Wang, Yuan Sui, Zhirong Chen, Lingyun Wan
OBJECTIVES: The reaction of firstborns to the impending arrival of a sibling has received little attention from family psychologists. The present study examined whether firstborns' positive feelings about their sibling before the birth were related to the time at which they were told about the mother's pregnancy and their effortful control, which was defined as the self-regulatory ability to inhibit a dominant response to perform a subdominant response. The goal of this research was to provide preliminary evidence in the social context of the two-child policy in China...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Dexter S L Ma, Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Kok-Gan Chan, Wei Hsum Yap, Priyia Pusparajah, Lay-Hong Chuah, Long Chiau Ming, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh
Bacterial foodborne pathogens are a significant health burden and the recent emergence of pathogenic resistant strains due to the excessive use of antibiotics makes it more difficult to effectively treat infections as a result of contaminated food. Awareness of this impending health crisis has spurred the search for alternative antimicrobials with natural plant antimicrobials being among the more promising candidates as these substances have good acceptability and likely low toxicity levels as they have long been used in traditional medicines...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Isaac P Thomsen, George Y Liu
The emergence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus during the past decade along with an impending shortage of effective antistaphylococcal antibiotics have fueled impressive advances in our understanding of how S. aureus overcomes the host environment to establish infection. Backed by recent technologic advances, studies have uncovered elaborate metabolic, nutritional, and virulence strategies deployed by S. aureus to survive the restrictive and hostile environment imposed by the host, leading to a plethora of promising antimicrobial approaches that have potential to remedy the antibiotic resistance crisis...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Masood Umer, Yasir Mohib, Muhammed Atif, Muhammad Nazim
Background: Renal cell carcinoma account for 3% of all cancers, with peak incidence between 60 and 70 years of age predominantly affecting male population. Renal carcinoma is the most common malignancy of kidney constitutes for 80-90% of renal neoplasm with an overall 45% five years survival rate. Majority are diagnosed incidentally during investigation for other disease process of abdomen. Classical triad of gross hematuria, pain and palpable mass in abdomen is rare accounting to only 6-10%...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Qiang Nai, Mohammad Ansari, Stella Pak, Yufei Tian, Mohammed Amzad-Hossain, Yanhong Zhang, Yali Lou, Shuvendu Sen, Mohammed Islam
Thyroid storm is a potentially fatal manifestation of thyrotoxicosis. Cardiopulmonary failure is the most common cause of death in thyroid storm. Clinicians should keep in mind that thyroid storm complicated with cardiopulmonary failure can be the first presentation of thyrotoxicosis. As early intervention is associated with improved patient outcome, prompt diagnosis based on clinical grounds is of paramount importance in the management of thyrotoxicosis. A high index of suspicion and the ability of early recognition of impending thyroid storm depends on a thorough knowledge of both the typical and atypical clinical features of this illness...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Yuki Yoshioka, Kazuo Yoshioka, Shizuo Ikeyama
BACKGROUND: Gastric hematoma is a rare disorder. Here we report a case of a large gastric intramural hematoma mimicking an impending rupture of a visceral artery aneurysm. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old Japanese woman complained of left flank pain. Computed tomography with intravenously administered contrast agent showed a solid mass of 5 × 5 × 8 centimeter in the left middle abdominal quadrant. On completion of computed tomography, the working diagnosis was an impending rupture of an aneurysm located in a branch of the superior mesenteric artery...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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