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Fraser Henderson, Istvan Takacs
BACKGROUND: Troubleshooting of deep brain stimulators (Activa SC/PC/RC Medtronic PLC) sometimes results in a decision to replace a tunneled stretch-coil extension cable. We present a simple technique to accomplish this atraumatically without a tunneling tool. OBJECTIVES: In the treatment of patients with deep brain stimulators, complication avoidance and efficiency of operative time are paramount. We sought to find the most safe, effective, and rapid method for performing the conceptually-simple yet technically-nuanced act of replacing lead extension cables...
October 18, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Baohua Yue, Ron Brendel, Amelia Lukitsch, Thomas Prentice, Brian Doty
BACKGROUND: Commercial baclofen formulations used with infusion pumps are available at therapeutic concentrations of 0.5-2.0 mg/mL. However, patients who receive higher daily doses of baclofen may benefit from products with greater baclofen concentrations since their refill frequency would be reduced (up to a maximum of 180 days). We evaluated baclofen solubility, baclofen 3 mg/mL intrathecal (IT) formulation stability, and chemical and physical compatibility with Medtronic SynchroMed(®) II and Codman Medstream(®) programmable IT infusion pumps...
October 21, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Alberto de Castro Pochini, Eliane Antonioli, Daniella Zanetti Bucci, Luiz Roberto Sardinha, Carlos Vicente Andreoli, Mario Ferretti, Benno Ejnisman, Anna Carla Goldberg, Moisés Cohen
Objective: To evaluate growth factors and cytokines in samples of platelet-rich plasma obtained by three different centrifugation methods. Methods: Peripheral blood of six individuals with no hematological diseases, aged 18 to 68 years, was drawn to obtain platelet-rich plasma, using the open method and commercial columns by Medtronic and Biomet. The products obtained with the different types of centrifugation were submitted to laboratory analysis, including pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines by flow cytometry assays, the concentration of fibroblast growth factors-2 (FGF-2) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1)...
July 2016: Einstein
George Bakris
Renal denervation started out as a very promising approach to treat resistant hypertension with a very strong conceptual and basic science frame work from Gerald DiBona's lab and extending into the early non shame clinical studies demonstrating proof of concept in SYMPLICITY HTN-1 and 2. SYMPLICITY-HTN 3 a properly done, sham control trial failed to show a benefit on further reduction of BP compared to the sham group. The conclusion the procedure doesn't work. How could this be-it was clearly effective in animal models but why not in man...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Christian Ott, Iris Kistner, Axel Schmid, Stefanie Friedrich, Tilmann Ditting, Roland Veelken, Felix Mahfoud, Michael Böhm, Michael Uder, Roland Schmieder
OBJECTIVE: Renal denervation (RDN) lowers blood pressure (BP) by interruption of sympathetic nerve activity. A high sympathetic tone increases not only BP but also decreases pancreatic beta cell insulin secretion. Hence, the objective of the study was to analyze whether RDN improves secretory capacity of beta cells. DESIGN AND METHOD: In 40 patients (7 diabetics, 19 prediabetics, 14 non diabetics) with treatment resistant hypertension (defined by office BP ≥ 140/90 mmHg and diagnosis confirmed with 24-h ambulatory BP ≥ 130/80 mmHg), insulin secretion was measured before and 6 months after RDN (Simplicity flex catheter, Medtronic) by glucagon test...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
P Gal, T J Buist, J J J Smit, A Adiyaman, A R Ramdat Misier, P P H M Delnoy, A Elvan
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection is frequently the cause of recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after ablation. The second-generation gold multi-electrode ablation (Gold-MEA) catheter has a new design possibly resulting in improved lesion formation compared with its predecessor. We aimed to determine the association between effective radiofrequency applications with the Gold-MEA catheter and outcome after AF ablation. METHODS: 50 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF underwent Gold-MEA (PVAC GOLD(TM), Medtronic Inc...
October 17, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Jaume Miranda-Rius, Eduard Lahor-Soler, Lluís Brunet-Llobet, Xavier Sabaté de la Cruz
Patients with cardiac implantable electrical devices should take special precautions when exposed to electromagnetic fields. Proximity to equipment used in clinical dentistry may cause interference. This study evaluated in vitro the risks associated with different types/makes of cardiac devices and types of dental equipment. Six electronic dental tools were tested on three implantable cardioverter defibrillators and three pacemakers made by different manufacturers. Overall, the risk of interference with the pacemakers was 37% lower than with the implantable cardioverter defibrillators...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Eric Leblanc, Fabrice Narducci, Lucie Bresson, Delphine Hudry
OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility of an oncologically acceptable management for an intermediate-risk endometrial cancer (EC) in an elderly, using the combination of transvaginal single-port laparoscopy and sentinel node policy. METHODS: For this 85-years old patient, BMI 32kg/m(2), with IB grade 2 endometrioid EC, a single vaginal approach was attempted [1] to perform a total hysterectomy, bilateral salpinago-oophorectomy and pelvic node assessment guided by SND [2]...
October 13, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Kevin R Lewis, Susan McCrone, Pamela Deiriggi, Sachin Bendre
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) on glycemic control in children, adolescents, and young adults ages 7-21 years with poorly controlled diabetes HbA1c 9.0% or more (74 mmol/mol IFCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The primary outcome was improvement in HbA1c. The secondary outcome included self-reported hypoglycemia. This 12-week study used a prospective, one-group, pre- and posttest pre-experimental design with a convenience sample...
October 14, 2016: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
Viswanathan Mohan, Sunil Jain, Jothydev Kesavadev, Manoj Chawla, Abhay Mutha, Vijay Viswanathan, Banshi Saboo, Rajiv Kovil, Ambrish Mithal, Dharmen Punatar, John Shin
BACKGROUND: Retrospective continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) studies may provide healthcare professionals (HCPs) with better understanding of glycemic patterns in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and thereby support patient education and appropriate therapeutic interventions. METHODS: Adults with T2D and A1C values between 8% and 10% were eligible for this 3-month study. Patients were scheduled for 5 visits that included baseline and a month-2 retrospective CGM study (iPro2, Medtronic) followed by data review and therapy modifications...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
David M Schultz, Aaron K Calodney, Alon Y Mogilner, Todd W Weaver, Michelle D Wells, E Katherine Stromberg, Mollie P Roediger, Peter E Konrad, John T Sasaki
OBJECTIVES: The Implantable Systems Performance Registry (ISPR) was created to monitor the product performance of Medtronic Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and implanted intrathecal drug infusion systems available in the United States. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected on 2605 patients from 44 centers from various geographic regions across the United States implanting and following patients with SCS systems between June 25, 2004 and January 31, 2014. Actuarial life table methods are used to estimate device performance over time...
October 12, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Peter E Konrad, John M Huffman, Lisa M Stearns, Robert J Plunkett, Eric J Grigsby, E K Stromberg, Mollie P Roediger, Michelle D Wells, Todd W Weaver
OBJECTIVES: The ISPR was initially created to monitor the product performance of Medtronic implanted intrathecal drug infusion and spinal cord systems available in the United States. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected from 50 representative sites implanting and following patients with intrathecal drug delivery systems across the United States between August 7, 2003 and January 31, 2014. Device performance over time was estimated using life table survival methods...
October 12, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Roland Hilling-Smith, James Cockburn, Maureen Dooley, Jessica Parker, Andrea Newton, Andrew Hill, Uday Trivedi, Adam de Belder, David Hildick-Smith
: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) are now well established percutaneous procedures. These procedures almost always require bursts of rapid ventricular pacing to temporarily reduce cardiac output to facilitate the procedure, usually done via a temporary pacing wire inserted into the right ventricle. We describe a case series of 132 cases of TAVI and 76 BAV done using ventricular pacing via the left ventricular lead by simply connecting one electrode to the patient's skin and one electrode through the left ventricular (LV) wire...
October 11, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Tatsuhiro Fujimura, Takayuki Okamura, Miyuki Ando, Kousuke Uchida, Takashi Tone, Fumio Yonezawa, Masafumi Yano
BACKGROUND: We assessed performance of six aspiration catheters for distal embolization using a distal protection filter in an in vitro experiment. In acute myocardial infarction, a distal protection filter is used for lesions likely to induce a distal embolism, and an aspiration catheter is used for filter no-flow. It has not been known which aspiration catheter is the most effective used with a distal protection filter. METHODS: A 0.5-cm³ bolus of gelatin as a model of stagnant pools of coronary plaque debris was captured in the distal protection filter and aspirated by six aspiration catheters...
October 7, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Vinay Kansal, Sudhir Nagpal
OBJECTIVES: To report a rare case of delayed Type IIIb endoleak secondary to fabric tear following implantation of a Medtronic Talent endovascular device. METHODS: A 83-year old gentleman underwent elective endovascular aneurysm repair for infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm with a Medtronic bifurcated stent graft in 2008. RESULTS: Seven years after the initial repair, imaging surveillance revealed significant endoleak and brisk aneurysm sac expansion due to Type IIIb endoleak secondary to endograft limb fabric tear...
2016: SAGE Open Med Case Rep
Inês C Mendes, Fernando Maymone-Martins, Rui Anjos
A 30-year-old female with tricuspid valve atresia, ventricular septal defect, and atrial septal defect had a neonatal modified Blalock Taussig shunt and a Fontan-Björk operation performed at five years of age. She did well initially but progressively developed signs of systemic congestion due to severe homograft stenosis and underwent successful percutaneous implantation of a Melody(®) pulmonary valve (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) in the "tricuspid" position.
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Maurizio Landolina, Giovanni Morani, Antonio Curnis, Antonello Vado, Antonio D'Onofrio, Valter Bianchi, Giuseppe Stabile, Martino Crosato, Barbara Petracci, Carlo Ceriotti, Luca Bontempi, Martina Morosato, Gian Paolo Ballari, Maurizio Gasparini
AIMS: Patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) are likely to undergo one or more device replacements, mainly for battery depletion. We assessed the economic impact of battery depletion on the overall cost of CRT-D treatment from the perspectives of the healthcare system and the hospital. We also compared devices of different generations and from different manufacturers in terms of therapy cost. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed data on 1792 CRT-Ds implanted in 1399 patients in 9 Italian centres...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Claudia Fiorina, Giuseppe Bruschi, Luca Testa, Marco De Carlo, Federico De Marco, Giuseppe Coletti, Stefano Bonardelli, Marianna Adamo, Salvatore Curello, Giovanni Scioti, Paolo Panisi, Francesco Bedogni, Anna S Petronio, Federica Ettori
BACKGROUND: About one-third of candidates for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) suffer from severe peripheral artery disease, making the routine femoral approach difficult or impossible. Aim was to compare the trans-axillary (TAx) and the trans-aortic (TAo) route for TAVI with Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System (CRS). METHODS: 242 (23%) out of 1049 consecutive TAVI with 18F CRS were treated in 4 high-volume Italian Centre through TAx (61%) and TAo (39%)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Sotirios Giannakakis, George Galyfos, Georgios Geropapas, Stavros Kerasidis, Gerasimos Papacharalampous, Georgios Kastrisios, Chrisostomos Maltezos
A 75-year-old patient with severe comorbidities was treated with an Endurant(®) (Medtronic, USA) II endograft due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). After four years of unremarkable follow-up, bilateral limb separation was detected. The patient underwent endovascular bridging without any complication. Although rarely detected in newer grafts, late bilateral type IIIa endoleaks can present and should be promptly repaired. Complex or ruptured AAAs treated with off-label use of endografts should be under closer surveillance using imaging tools for potential endoleaks or aneurysm sac growth...
September 2016: Vascular Specialist International
Stefan Linsler, Sebastian Antes, Sebastian Senger, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: The safety of endoscopic skull base surgery can be enhanced by accurate navigation in preoperative computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we report our initial experience of real-time intraoperative CT-guided navigation surgery for pituitary tumors in childhood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report the case of a 15-year-old girl with a huge growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma with supra- and perisellar extension. Furthermore, the skull base was infiltrated...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
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