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Ablation Techniques

Margaret M Fleming, Anna I Holbrook, Mary S Newell
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to delineate the potential techniques for percutaneous ablation of breast cancer, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each technique, and provide results from recent studies on these technologies. The techniques discussed are cryotherapy, laser irradiation, microwave irradiation, radiofrequency ablation, high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation, and irreversible electroporation. CONCLUSION: Although percutaneous ablation techniques have some promising potential for less-invasive treatment of breast cancer, larger multicenter trials are needed to confirm their efficacy, especially in comparison with the reference standard of lumpectomy...
October 20, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Nobuyuki Murakoshi, Kazutaka Aonuma
Drug treatment and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation are the most widely accepted first-line therapies for channelopathic patients who have recurrent syncope, sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT), or documented ventricular fibrillation (VF), or are survivors of cardiac arrest. In recent years, there have been significant advances in mapping techniques and ablation technology, coupled with better understanding of the mechanisms of ventricular tachyarrhythmia in channelopathies. Catheter ablation has provided important insights into the role of the Purkinje network and the right ventricular outflow tract in the initiation and perpetuation of VT/VF, and has evolved as a promising treatment modality for ventricular tachyarrhythmia even in channelopathies...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Ivo Roca, Nuria Rivas, Jaume Francisco, Jordi Perez, Gabriel Acosta, Gerard Oristrell, Maria Terricabres, David Garcia-Dorado, Angel Moya
BACKGROUND: Ablation in aortic cusps could be necessary in up to 15% of the patients, especially in para-Hisian atrial tachycardia and ventricular arrhythmias arising from outflow tracts. Risk of coronary damage has led to recommendation of systematic coronary angiography (CA) during the procedure. Other image tests as intravascular (ICE) or transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) have been proposed. Both methods have limitations: additional vascular access for ICE and needing for additional CA in some patients in case of TEE...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Tomasz Żądkowski, Paweł Nachulewicz, Maciej Mazgaj, Magdalena Woźniak, Czesław Cielecki, Andrzej Paweł Wieczorek, Iwona Beń-Skowronek
Treatment of hypertrophic scars arising as a result of thermal burns in children is still a big problem. The results of the treatment are not satisfactory for patients and parents, and new methods of treatment are still investigated.We present the use of one of the most modern carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers (Lumenis Encore laser equipped with a Synergistic Coagulation and Ablation for Advanced Resurfacing module) in the treatment of hypertrophic scars in children after burns.From March to April of 2013, a group of 47 patients aged 6 to 16 years underwent 57 laser surgery treatments...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Benedicta E Beck-Broichsitter, Jörn Huck, Thomas Küchler, Daniela Hauke, Jürgen Hedderich, Jörg Wiltfang, Stephan T Becker
PURPOSE: The extent of functional impairment after ablative surgery in the orofacial region may be directly reflected in a reduction in Quality of Life. This study intended to compare the patients' perception with an objective functional evaluation of the orofacial system in order to bilaterally distinguish direct influence factors. METHODS: A total of 45 patients were included in this study and were asked to complete the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-30) and the Head and Neck 35 Module (H&N 35)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Alastair Henry, James A McCaul
INTRODUCTION: Complex hard and soft tissue defects produced as a result of ablative resection of head and neck malignancy can represent a reconstructive challenge, especially when patients are medically compromised. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present the case of 72-year-old women presenting with an oral squamous cell carcinoma of the right floor of mouth invading the right mandible. Surgical management of the disease required ablative surgery with complex free tissue transfer reconstruction to provide restoration of form and function...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Ashish A Deshmukh, Hui Zhao, Prajnan Das, Elizabeth Y Chiao, Yi-Qian Nancy You, Luisa Franzini, David R Lairson, Michael D Swartz, Sharon H Giordano, Scott B Cantor
OBJECTIVE: A comparative assessment of treatment alternatives for T1N0 anal canal cancer has never been conducted. We compared the outcomes associated with the treatment alternatives-chemoradiotherapy (CRT), radiotherapy (RT), and surgery or ablation techniques (surgery/ablation)-for T1N0 anal canal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registries linked with Medicare longitudinal data (SEER-Medicare database)...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yue Cai, Zhengyu Huang, Michelle Hoi Ching Cheung, Vincent Motto-Ros, Po-Chun Chu, Yuanwei Wang, Haoyi Zhong, Ronald Yuen, Kelvin Sze-Yin Leung, Judy T S Lum, Sut Kam Phoebe Ho, Nai Ho H Cheung
Chemical analysis of Chinese black ink on xuan paper is useful for the authentication of Asian artwork. The analysis has to be non-destructive and has to accommodate artworks of all sizes. We apply three analytical techniques, ArF laser-induced plume fluorescence, Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy and portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) to analyze five commercial Chinese black inks on two kinds of xuan paper. The FTIR signal is found to be interfered by the substrate which is inevitable because the pigments diffuse extensively into the xuan fiber network...
October 18, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Ari Garber, Sunguk Jang
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, the most common etiology of which is peptic ulcer disease, remains a persistent challenge despite a reduction in both its incidence and mortality. Both pharmacologic and endoscopic techniques have been developed to achieve hemostasis, with varying degrees of success. Among the pharmacologic therapies, proton pump inhibitors remain the mainstay of treatment, as they reduce the risk of rebleeding and requirement for recurrent endoscopic evaluation. Tranexamic acid, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, is an antifibrinolytic agent whose role requires further investigation before application...
September 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Ghaith Habboub, Mayur Sharma, Gene H Barnett, Alireza M Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Minimally-invasive approaches are attractive alternative to standard craniotomy for large intracranial tumors with potentially lesser morbidity. In this report, we describe a sequential combination of two minimally-invasive surgical techniques to treat a large intracranial tumor. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 49year-old woman presented with a history of breast cancer and large left parietal metastasis with significant perilesional edema. This was initially managed by whole brain radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Adam M Nagy, Christopher M Tolleson
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a unique, functional neurosurgical therapy indicated for medication refractory movement disorders as well as some psychiatric diseases. Multicontact electrodes are placed in "deep" structures within the brain with targets varying depending on the surgical indication. An implanted programmable pulse generator supplies the electrodes with a chronic, high frequency electrical current that clinically mimics the effects of ablative lesioning techniques. DBS's efficacy has been well established for its movement disorder indications (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia)...
October 8, 2016: Brain Sciences
Joseph Em van Agteren, Kristin V Carson, Leong Ung Tiong, Brian J Smith
BACKGROUND: Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) performed to treat patients with severe diffuse emphysema was reintroduced in the nineties. Lung volume reduction surgery aims to resect damaged emphysematous lung tissue, thereby increasing elastic properties of the lung. This treatment is hypothesised to improve long-term daily functioning and quality of life, although it may be costly and may be associated with risks of morbidity and mortality. Ten years have passed since the last version of this review was prepared, prompting us to perform an update...
October 14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Malte Kuniss, Harald Greiß, Dmitri Pajitnev, Ersan Akkaya, Nikolas Deubner, Andreas Hain, Lars Bodammer, Alexander Berkowitsch, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Christian W Hamm, Thomas Neumann
AIMS: Although the generation of linear lesions by ablation improves success rates in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), the procedure has been considered unsuitable for cryoablation balloon catheter technologies. We developed a technique for linear ablations, using second-generation cryoballoon technology. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a single-arm, prospective study in 76 patients with persistent AF treated consecutively at our centre. Cryoablation was performed using a 28 mm second-generation cryoballoon...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Martin Huemer, Daniel Qaiyumi, Philipp Attanasio, Abdul Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Alexander Wutzler
AIMS: In persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial low-voltage areas and complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) have been thoroughly discussed as critical substrate points for AF perpetuation. Thus, in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation, these sites are often considered additional ablation targets. Currently, mapping techniques for these substrate indicators are still under discussion. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of different mapping catheters on the detection of low-voltage areas and CFAE...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Melanie P Caserta, Candice Bolan, M Jennings Clingan
The purpose of this pictorial review is to describe the normal appearance of the endometrium and to provide radiologists with an overview of endometrial pathology utilizing case examples. The normal appearance of the endometrium varies by age, menstrual phase, and hormonal status with differing degrees of acceptable endometrial thickness. Endometrial pathology most often manifests as either focal or diffuse endometrial thickening, and patients frequently present with abnormal vaginal bleeding. Endovaginal ultrasound (US) is the first-line modality for imaging the endometrium...
October 12, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Habib Bagheri, Misagh Allahdadlalouni, Cyrus Zamani
An inexpensive silicon rubber-based chip was constructed by fabricating a triangle-shaped microcanal with a 135 μm width and 234 μm depth by laser ablation technique. The fabricated groove was sealed by a thin glass cover while two pieces of stainless-steel tubing were connected to each side of the canal. Then, a thin polyaniline film was synthesized on the walls of the canal by chemical oxidation using a syringe pump to deliver the relevant reagents. The microfluidic system was eventually connected to a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Pruthvi C Shivakumar, Pierre-François Lenne
Laser ablation is nowadays a widespread technique to probe tissue mechanics during development. Here we describe the setup of one such ablation system and ablation experiments performed on the embryo and pupa of Drosophila. We describe in detail the process of sample preparation, how to disrupt single-cell junctions and perform linear or circular cuts at the tissue scale, and how to analyze the data to determine relevant mechanical parameters.
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Stefan Nydahl
Modern management of varicose veins Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition and occurs in about one-third of the adult population. Reflux, and to a much lesser extent obstruction of the superficial and deep venous systems, generates venous hypertension. The goal of the treatment is to reduce venous hypertension in order to prevent complications, progression of venous disease and to improve patients' quality of life. Today we have a wide spectrum of different treatment options at our disposal. Management is based upon accurate clinical diagnosis and duplex imaging...
October 4, 2016: Läkartidningen
Xin Li, Jie Yu, Ping Liang, Xiaoling Yu, Chengzhi Gang, Hanzhi Yu, Hui Huang, Shaobo Duan, Jiasheng Zheng
Purpose To analyze the clinical outcomes of combination therapy of three-dimensional (3D) visualization operative treatment planning system and US-guided percutaneous microwave ablation (PMWA) in larger renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) (D≥4cm). Materials and Methods The results from 20 patients with 20 larger RCCs treated with 3D visualization operative treatment planning system and US-guided PMWA were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were followed up by contrast-enhanced images at 1, 3, and 6 months and every 6 months thereafter...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Hyperthermia
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