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Marija Petrovic, Bihong Zhao, Manoj Thangam, Pranav Loyalka, L Maximilian Buja, Biswajit Kar, Igor D Gregoric
Ewing sarcoma is the second most prevalent malignant primary bone tumor but constitutes only a small proportion of cardiac metastases. We present a case of asymptomatic Ewing sarcoma metastatic to the right ventricle. A 36-year-old man presented for evaluation and resection of a pedunculated right ventricular cardiac tumor. Three years before, he had been diagnosed with translocation-negative Ewing sarcoma, for which he had undergone chemotherapy and amputation of the left leg below the knee. We resected the right ventricular tumor...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Nina S Nnamani, Judson C Janak, Steven J Hudak, Jessica C Rivera, Eluned A Lewis, Douglas W Soderdahl, Jean A Orman
BACKGROUND: In Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), genitourinary (GU) wounds have occurred in unprecedented numbers. Severe concomitant injuries, including extremity amputations, are common. The epidemiology of GU injury and extremity amputation in OEF/OIF has not been described. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Department of Defense Trauma Registry was queried from October 2001 through August 2013 to identify all surviving US male service members with GU injuries sustained in OEF/OIF...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Erwin E Argueta, Alvaro Rosales, Jose A Suarez
OBJECTIVES: To describe our single center experience with the use of laser endartherectomy assisted balloon angioplasty in popliteal and infrapopliteal arterial disease. BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) carries significant morbidity to patients. Some patients may have multiple comorbid conditions potentially limiting therapeutic options for PAD. Endovascular interventions are aimed at decreasing arterial disease symptoms, improve wound healing and ultimately limb salvage...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Matthew R Moralle, Nicholas D Stekas, Mark C Reilly, Michael S Sirkin, Mark R Adams
INTRODUCTION: Chronic osteomyelitis is a disease that requires fastidious treatment to eliminate. However, when eradication is unable to be achieved through exhaustive modalities of antibiotic therapy and multiple debridements, significant resection of the infected bone and soft tissue must be considered, including amputation. Here we report of a salvage procedure for chronic osteomyelitis of the left tibia by employing a rotationplasty to avoid an above knee amputation and instead provide the patient with a below knee amputation...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Viviana Rota, Maria Grazia Benedetti, Yusuke Okita, Marco Manfrini, Luigi Tesio
Knee rotationplasty (KRP) is a type of surgery in which the rotated ankle serves as a new knee after being removed for bone tumor. Although this limb salvage surgery is rarely indicated in properly selected patients, it may offer functional advantages over transfemoral amputation, and more durable results compared with a prosthesis. The walking mechanics of adult patients after KRP is believed to be close to that of below-knee amputees. In this study, we evaluated steady-state walking of KRP patients from the viewpoint of the overall muscle power needed to keep the body centre of mass in motion...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
Marie Laberge-Malo, Xavier Rodrigue, Céline Goyette, Annie Pouliot-Laforte, Audrey Parent, Isabelle Marcoux, Laurent Ballaz
OBJECTIVE: Fibula hemimelia is a congenital malformation of the lower limbs that is associated to aplasia or hypoplasia of the fibula. This condition is characterized by knee valgus which tends to increase over years in children walking with a below knee prosthesis. However, few recommendations are available regarding the optimal prosthesis alignment for amputated children with fibula hemimelia. The aim of this case study was to compare different prosthesis alignments and to assess their impact on knee joint moment in the frontal plane during walking...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Ahmed Kayssi, Steven Dilkas, Derry L Dance, Charles de Mestral, Thomas L Forbes, Graham Roche-Nagle
BACKGROUND: The heterogeneity of medical complications that lead to amputation has resulted in a diverse patient population with differing rehabilitation needs; however, the rehabilitation trends for patients with lower extremity amputations across Canada have not been studied previously. OBJECTIVE: To describe trends in rehabilitation after lower extremity amputations and the factors affecting rehabilitation length of stay in Canada. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis...
September 21, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Lucy L Shi, Michael R Sargen, Suephy C Chen, Jack L Arbiser, Brian P Pollack
BACKGROUND: Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injections are an effective treatment for controlling hyperhidrosis at sites of amputation. Hyperesthesia associated with amputated limbs is a major barrier to performing this procedure under local anesthesia. OBJECTIVE: To present a novel method for improving local anesthesia with BTX-A injections. Methods & RESULTS: A 29-year-old military veteran with a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg was suffering from amputation site hyperhidrosis, which was impeding his ability to comfortably wear a prosthesis...
June 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
Bryan Stanistreet, Derek Bell
Mucormycosis is a rare, rapidly progressive and often fatal fungal infection. The rarity of the condition lends itself to unfamiliarity, delayed treatment, and poor outcomes. Diagnosis of fungal infections early enough to enable appropriate treatment occurs in less than half of affected patients. A 56-year-old male with a history of diabetes mellitus II, hepatitis C, and intravenous drug abuse was involved in a rollover motor vehicle accident. He sustained circumferential partial and full-thickness burns to his lower extremities with 20% BSA burns...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Mansher Singh, Hehuan Li, Kristo Nuutila, K C Collins, Jennifer Wall, Robert Riviello, Michael J Weaver, Matthew J Carty, Julian Pribaz, Simon G Talbot
Concurrent injuries to multiple extremities present unique challenges to the reconstructive surgeon. The primary goal in such scenarios is to optimize functional outcomes. The goal of this article is to present an overview of various techniques necessary to provide sufficient soft tissue and preserve amputation limb lengths and function. The concept of innovative techniques for maximizing limb savage and function is presented using an index patient with multiple extremity third- and fourth-degree burn injuries resulting in nonsalvageable lower extremities and severe left-hand wounds...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Alexandra I Stavrakis, Nelson F SooHoo
BACKGROUND: This study provides an updated comparison of the reoperation rates following primary ankle arthrodesis and total ankle replacement on the basis of observational, population-based data from California. We previously reported data from 1995 to 2004, and our current study includes new data from 2005 to 2010. Our hypothesis was that total ankle replacement would demonstrate increasing utilization and lower complication rates given advances in implant design and growth in surgeon experience...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Troy J Boffeli, Steven R Smith, Kyle W Abben
Nonhealing wounds along the fifth metatarsal associated with neuropathy and bone deformity frequently become complicated with osteomyelitis. Our surgical technique for complete fifth ray amputation with peroneal tendon transfer has been previously published. The present study evaluated the outcomes regarding success with initial healing and intermediate-term limb survival after this procedure, which is intended to resolve infection, remove bone deformity, heal and prevent recurrence of lateral column wounds, and maintain functional stability of the foot...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
C Caradu, A S Battut, C Gonthier, D Midy, E Ducasse
One third of patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) has below the knee lesions and requires a restoration of direct blood flow into the foot. However, many of these patients are ineligible for open surgery. The primary goals thus become pain relief and limb salvage over patency. The angiosome concept helps determine the target artery to treat in priority. The endovascular approach has decreased morbidity and mortality rates compared to distal bypass surgery; while subintimal retrograde, trans-collateral and loop techniques push the limits of open surgery by reopening the plantar arch, thereby improving run-off...
September 1, 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
B D Ashman, C Kong, K J Wing, M J Penner, K E Bugler, T O White, A S E Younger
AIMS: Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of wound complications after open reduction and internal fixation of unstable ankle fractures. A fibular nail avoids large surgical incisions and allows anatomical reduction of the mortise. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the results of fluoroscopy-guided reduction and percutaneous fibular nail fixation for unstable Weber type B or C fractures in 24 adult patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes...
September 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
Mohammad Mehdi Akbarin, Hassan Ravari, Ataollah Rajabnejad, Narges Valizadeh, Bahare Fazeli
During a review of patients admitted with thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO), there was evidence of normochromic normocytic anemia and abrupt changes in hemoglobin (Hgb) levels in patients with several hospital admissions. Therefore, the evidence of hemolytic anemia was evaluated based on 37 banked plasma samples taken from Caucasian male TAO patients during disease exacerbation between 2012 and 2014. The patients' hospital records, including clinical manifestations and complete blood count, were evaluated. The following tests were performed on all samples: indirect antiglobulin test (IAT), C-reactive protein (CRP), high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), haptoglobin, indirect bilirubin, d-aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and d-alanine aminotransferase (ALT)...
September 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
Maher Fattoum, Stefan Kennel, Peter Knez, Thomas Schmitz-Rixen, Hazem Khout, Matthias H Tenholt
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine whether it was feasible to increase the diameter of smaller great saphenous veins (GSVs) in preparation for possible bypass and whether such a conditioned conduit could be used with reasonable patency. METHODS: Twenty-five patients (26 cases: 24 peripheral arterial occlusive disease, 2 popliteal aneurysms) with GSV diameters between 2 and 3 mm underwent in situ GSV valvulotomy and were observed for 3 months. After GSV dilation to >3 mm for below-knee revascularization and >3...
September 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
T Bisdas, G Torsello, A Stachmann, R T Grundmann
AIM: On the basis of the CRITISCH registry outcomes in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) undergoing lower extremity bypass surgery were analyzed according to the site of distal anastomosis and type of bypass material. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 284 patients with lower extremity bypasses consisting of 75 patients with bypasses above the knee (group 1), 80 with bypasses below the knee (group 2) and 129 crural or pedal bypasses (group 3) were included in the study...
2016: Gefässchirurgie: Zeitschrift Für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie
Ramon L Varcoe, Olaf Schouten, Shannon D Thomas, Andrew F Lennox
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the midterm performance of an everolimus-eluting, bioresorbable vascular scaffold (Absorb, Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, California) for the treatment of focal tibial and distal popliteal lesions. BACKGROUND: Drug-eluting stents are used below the knee to improve technical success and durability, but the ongoing presence of a permanent metal scaffold may have deleterious effects on the local vessel. METHODS: Tibial and distal popliteal angioplasty with scaffold placement was performed using an everolimus-eluting, bioresorbable scaffold (Absorb)...
August 22, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
André Thevenon, Marguerite Preud'homme, Philippe Patenotre, Benoit Catteau, Anne Blanchard-Dauphin, Valérie Wieczorek, Vincent Tiffreau
OBJECTIVE: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is a rare disease characterized by widespread blistering of the skin and mucous membranes, which may ultimately prompt limb amputation. In this context, the outcome of fitting a prosthesis to a chronically wounded stump is not well known. Our patient's experience (with 15 years of follow-up) should contribute to better knowledge of this topic. CASE REPORT: A 37-year-old man presented with severe dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
K Nagasaki, H Obara, K Tanaka, K Koyano, A Asamia, Y Kitagawa
OBJECTIVE: We retrospectively assessed the effectiveness of peripheral nerve crushing (Smithwick operation) in relieving intractable chronic pain associated with foot ulcers caused by diabetes mellitus (DM) or atherosclerosis. METHOD: From April 2009 to April 2012, patients underwent peripheral nerve crushing in the leg affected by foot ulceration. The cause of ulceration was either DM alone, atherosclerosis alone, or both DM and atherosclerosis. Because sensation in the foot is associated with five nerves: the tibial, deep peroneal, superficial peroneal, sural, and saphenous, one or more of these nerves were crushed over a length of 1...
August 2016: Journal of Wound Care
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