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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910175/neurotrophic-keratopathy-therapeutic-approach-using-a-novel-matrix-regenerating-agent
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Marta Guerra, Sara Marques, João Quadrado Gil, Joana Campos, Paula Ramos, Andreia Martins Rosa, Maria João Quadrado, Joaquim Neto Murta
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of a new matrix-regenerating agent (RGTA), Cacicol(®), a polymer that mimics heparan sulfates bound to extracellular matrix proteins, avoiding its proteolysis, to treat neurotrophic keratopathy (NK). METHODS: Uncontrolled prospective clinical study performed between January 2014 and May 2016. Twenty-five patients (25 eyes) with corneal neurotrophic ulcers, nonresponsive to at least 2 weeks of conservative therapy, were treated with Cacicol, instilled once/twice a week...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898538/longitudinal-slit-procedure-combined-with-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-for-exposed-achilles-tendons
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Tino Wetzig, Diana Kohn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 12, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859707/quality-of-life-outcomes-in-patients-who-underwent-subcutaneous-immunotherapy-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-in-a-real-world-clinical-setting
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Theresa Schwanke, Eugene Carragee, Maria Bremberg, William R Reisacher
OBJECTIVE: To compare changes in quality of life (QOL) that resulted from sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) in a real-world clinical setting. BACKGROUND: SLIT is established as a viable alternative to SCIT for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Although comparative trials are increasingly available, few studies have examined QOL outcomes between these two treatments. METHODS: One hundred and five participants who underwent immunotherapy for airborne allergies were enrolled in this prospective, single-center study...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858960/ahmed-valve-upstream-obstruction-caused-by-fibrous-ingrowth-surgical-approach
#4
Joana Medeiros Pinto, Nuno Pinto Ferreira, Luis Abegão Pinto
Glaucoma secondary to penetrating keratoplasty can be challenging and multiple surgeries may be needed to control the intraocular pressure (IOP), including the use of glaucoma drainage implants. However, late failure of these drainage implant surgery is common, mostly because of excessive scarring or bleb encapsulation which may require further surgical intervention. We present a case of a young patient referred for advanced glaucoma secondary to penetrating keratoplasty and chronic uveitis. He presented with elevated IOP under maximal therapy, already with 2 failed trabeculectomies and a nonfunctional Ahmed Valve...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852936/down-regulation-of-pax2-promotes-in-vitro-differentiation-of-podocytes-from-human-cd34-cells
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Manne Mudhu Sunitha, Lokanathan Srikanth, Pasupuleti Santhosh Kumar, Chodimella Chandrasekhar, Potukuchi Venkata Gurunadha Krishna Sarma
Podocytes are major kidney cells that help in glomerular filtration and any damage or loss is a major event in the progression of kidney diseases. Understanding podocytes development will help in designing therapeutic strategies against these renal diseases. Therefore, in vitro generation of podocytes from adult hematopoietic CD34(+) stem cells is explored in the present study. Apheretically, isolated human HSCs from peripheral blood showed the presence of CD34 surface glycoprotein through immunocytochemistry (ICC) and flowcytometry...
August 29, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852159/loss-of-the-podocyte-glucocorticoid-receptor-exacerbates-proteinuria-after-injury
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Han Zhou, Xuefei Tian, Alda Tufro, Gilbert Moeckel, Shuta Ishibe, Julie Goodwin
Nephrotic syndrome is a common disorder in adults and children whose etiology is largely unknown. Glucocorticoids remain the mainstay of therapy in most cases, though their mechanism of action remains poorly understood. Emerging evidence suggests that immunomodulatory therapies used in nephrotic syndrome directly target the podocytes. To study how steroids directly affect the podocytes in the treatment of proteinuria, we created a mouse model with podocyte-specific deletion of the glucocorticoid receptor. The podocyte-specific glucocorticoid receptor (GR) knockout mice had similar renal function and protein excretion compared to wild type...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846472/the-current-state-of-food-allergy-therapeutics
#7
Meng Chen, Michael Land
The prevalence of IgE mediated food allergy is an increasing public health concern. The current standard of treatment is strict avoidance of the offending food(s). There are no FDA approved treatments for food allergy. This review will provide an overview of strategies currently under investigation for the treatment of food allergy. The main focus of research has been directed at various forms of immunotherapy, including oral, sublingual and epicutaneous delivery routes. While oral immunotherapy (OIT) has shown the greatest promise for efficacy in terms of amount of protein that can be ingested, it has also demonstrated less tolerability and a less favorable safety profile as compared to sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT), which offers the least protection but has the best safety and tolerability profile...
August 28, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830451/bacterial-pathogens-associated-with-external-ocular-infections-alongside-eminent-proportion-of-multidrug-resistant-isolates-at-the-university-of-gondar-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
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Ergibnesh Getahun, Baye Gelaw, Abate Assefa, Yared Assefa, Anteneh Amsalu
BACKGROUND: External ocular infection is a public health problem in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of external ocular bacterial infections. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted at the University of Gondar Hospital among patients seeking health services at the Department of Ophthalmology from January to April, 2016. All patients with suspected external ocular infections were examined under slit lamp microscope...
August 22, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825920/rabbit-model-of-corneal-endothelial-injury-established-using-the-nd-yag-laser
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Weijie Zhang, Yang Hu, Linna Lu, Yan Liu, Xiaodan Yang, Hao Sun, Jing Ruan, Junzhao Chen, Qinke Yao, Chenxi Yan, Ping Gu, Yao Fu, Chunyi Shao, Xianqun Fan
PURPOSE: To develop a new rabbit model of corneal endothelial injury using a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. METHODS: The corneal endothelia of 2 groups of New Zealand white rabbits were treated with an Nd:YAG laser in a uniformly scattered fashion. Rabbits in group A underwent laser burns on the whole corneal endothelium, including the limbus area, whereas rabbits in group B were subjected to laser burns in the central 9-mm diameter zone of the endothelium...
October 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818062/ocular-toxicity-due-to-trametinib-and-dabrafenib
#10
Stephanie Sarny, Michael Neumayer, Julian Kofler, Yosuf El-Shabrawi
BACKGROUND: To report a case of uveitis and neuroretinal detachment in a patient treated with Trametinib and Dabrafenib due to metastatic cutaneous melanoma stage IV. CASE PRESENTATION: We evaluated slit lamp examination, fundoscopy, optical coherence tomography, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography in a 66 years old man suffering visual loss. Fundoscopy showed serous neuroretinal detachment of the fovea accompanied with white spots surrounding the fovea in both eyes...
August 17, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816148/prompt-gamma-imaging-for-in%C3%A2-vivo-range-verification-of-pencil-beam-scanning-proton-therapy
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Yunhe Xie, El Hassane Bentefour, Guillaume Janssens, Julien Smeets, François Vander Stappen, Lucian Hotoiu, Lingshu Yin, Derek Dolney, Stephen Avery, Fionnbarr O'Grady, Damien Prieels, James McDonough, Timothy D Solberg, Robert A Lustig, Alexander Lin, Boon-Keng K Teo
PURPOSE: To report the first clinical results and value assessment of prompt gamma imaging for in vivo proton range verification in pencil beam scanning mode. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A stand-alone, trolley-mounted, prototype prompt gamma camera utilizing a knife-edge slit collimator design was used to record the prompt gamma signal emitted along the proton tracks during delivery of proton therapy for a brain cancer patient. The recorded prompt gamma depth detection profiles of individual pencil beam spots were compared with the expected profiles simulated from the treatment plan...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806766/sublingual-immunotherapy-slit-for-house-dust-mites-does-not-prevent-new-allergen-sensitization-and-bronchial-hyper-responsiveness-in-allergic-rhinitis-children
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Jae Hyun Lim, Jin Youp Kim, Doo Hee Han, Chul Hee Lee, Seung-No Hong, Jee Hye Wee, Sue K Park, Chae-Seo Rhee
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to identify the effects of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) on immunologic parameters and bronchial-hyper-responsiveness in children with allergic rhinitis to house-dust mite (HDM), through long-term follow-up cohort. METHODS: Among the Allergic Rhinitis Cohort Study for Kids, pediatric patients who visited the hospital for rhinitis symptoms and proven allergy to HDM through skin prick test were studied. In this cohort, 37 patients received SLIT more than 3-years (SLIT group), and 184 patients received only pharmacologic therapy (non-SLIT group) were included in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777468/technical-note-a-novel-quality-assurance-test-to-identify-gantry-angle-inaccuracies-in-respiratory-gated-vmat-treatments
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Emily Hubley, Michael Briscoe, Nicolas Ploquin, Greg Pierce
PURPOSE: During respiratory-gated volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), the radiation beam is turned off each time the target exits the gating window. At the same time, the gantry slows, stops, and rewinds before the beam is turned back on. A quality assurance (QA) test was developed to detect inaccuracies in the gantry angle position between beam-off and beam-on events during respiratory-gated VMAT. METHODS: Strips of Gafchromic(™) EBT3 film were taped to the surface of a Capthan(®) 504 phantom mounted at isocentre...
August 4, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761380/corneal-deposits-associated-with-topical-tosufloxacin-following-penetrating-keratoplasty-a-case-report
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Haruki Katahira, Shigeto Kumakura, Takaaki Hattori, Hiroshi Goto
PURPOSE: To report the adverse event of topical tosufloxacin administered after penetrating keratoplasty in one patient. CASE REPORT: A 60-year-old female was referred to our hospital for treatment of vision loss due to corneal opacification, etiology was unknown. Slit lamp examination showed dense opacification in corneal stroma. Penetrating keratoplasty was performed on her left eye. She was treated with topical applications of 1.5% levofloxacin, 0.5% cefmenoxime, 0...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752368/long-term-follow-up-of-conjunctival-melanoma-treated-with-topical-interferon-alpha-2b-eye-drops-as-adjunctive-therapy-following-surgical-resection
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Iku Kikuchi, Satoru Kase, Kan Ishijima, Susumu Ishida
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to report the clinical outcomes of patients with conjunctival melanoma treated with interferon (IFN) α-2b eye drops following local tumor resection. METHODS: Five eyes of five patients were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent the local resection of tumors, and topical IFNα-2b eye drops were subsequently administered 4 times/day until the complete disappearance of the pigmented lesions determined by slit-lamp examination...
July 27, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739646/koh-mount-as-an-aid-in-the-management-of-infectious-keratitis-at-secondary-eye-care-centre
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Varsha M Rathi, Monica Thakur, Savitri Sharma, Rohit Khanna, Prashant Garg
AIMS: To report the clinical outcome of infectious keratitis managed after doing 10% KOH mount of corneal smears and reporting done by an ophthalmologist in the secondary eye care centre in South India. METHODS: 103 consecutive cases of microbial keratitis were studied. Inclusion criteria were presence of corneal infiltrate on slit lamp biomicroscopy. An ophthalmologist carried out microbiological evaluation of 10% KOH mount of corneal scrapings. No cultures were done at secondary centres...
July 24, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730110/incidence-of-cystoid-macular-edema-after-descemet-s-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Eduard Pedemonte-Sarrias, Toni Salvador Playà, Irene Sassot Cladera, Oscar Gris, Joan Ribas Martínez, José García-Arumí, Núria Giménez
AIM: To determine the incidence of cystoid macular edema (CME) after Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). METHODS: This study included all consecutive patients operated in a Spanish tertiary reference hospital over a period of four years. A total of 55 eyes from 47 patients matched the selection criteria. CME was diagnosed clinically at the slit-lamp and confirmed by optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: Six cases of CME were diagnosed postoperatively, which represented an incidence of 11%...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#18
Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674857/an-uncommon-case-of-intermittent-pourfour-du-petit-syndrome-associated-with-acute-angle-closure-glaucoma-successfully-treated-by-laser-iridotomy
#19
Roberta Farci, Pietro Emanuele Napoli, Maurizio Fossarello
PURPOSE: To describe a case of acute angle-closure glaucoma secondary to intermittent mydriasis related to Pourfour du Petit Syndrome caused by tracheal deviation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 70-year-old Caucasian woman visited the Emergency Room of the University Eye Clinic complaining of blurring of vision and difficulty to move superior eyelid in her right eye. Examination revealed reactive mydriasis, and upper lid retraction on the right side. The rest of the ophthalmological examination was normal, and a cranial computed tomography (CT) did not identify any abnormalities...
July 3, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674835/photodynamic-therapy-in-chronic-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-with-subretinal-fluid-outside-the-fovea
#20
Elon H C van Dijk, Greet Dijkman, Camiel J F Boon
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC), in whom subretinal fluid (SRF) was solely present outside the foveal area. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 16 eyes of 15 cCSC patients who received half-dose PDT because of notable subjective visual complaints due to the presence of extrafoveal SRF, were included. An ophthalmic examination was performed before treatment, including Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best-corrected visual acuity measurement, applanation tonometry, slit-lamp examination, and indirect ophthalmoscopy, followed by multimodal imaging, including fundus photography, fundus autofluorescence, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), enhanced-depth imaging OCT of the choroid, fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography...
July 3, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
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