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Yiru Lorna Fan, Mohamad Isham Bin Othman, Niraj Dubey, Wilfred Cg Peh
Adult-onset brachial plexopathy can be classified into traumatic and non-traumatic aetiologies. Traumatic brachial plexopathies can affect the pre- or postganglionic segments of the plexus. Non-traumatic brachial plexopathies may be due to neoplasia, radiotherapy, thoracic outlet syndrome and idiopathic neuralgic amyotrophy. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful to localise the area of injury or disease, and identify the likely cause. This review discusses some of the common causes of adult-onset brachial plexopathy and their imaging features on MRI...
October 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
Eun Ji Park, Dong Hee Na
The separation mechanism of PEGylated peptides in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) is complex, because the PEGylated molecules exhibit physicochemical properties that are different from those of the parent molecules and have heterogeneous structure. Since most separation studies have focused on the hydrophobicity of the peptide relative to poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), the role of PEG in the separation of PEGylated peptides on RP-HPLC is not clear. To elucidate the effect of the attached PEG on the retention of PEGylated peptides on RP-HPLC, the mono-PEGylated forms of collagen pentapeptide and octreotide were fractionated drop-by-drop from the outlet of the HPLC system and each drop was subjected to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Cosimo De Nunzio, Fabrizio Presicce, Riccardo Lombardo, Simon Carter, Carlo Vicentini, Andrea Tubaro
AIMS: To evaluate the role of Bladder wall thickness (BWT) as a predictor of Detrusor overactivity (DO) in patients with Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)/Benign prostatic enlargement without Bladder Outlet Obstruction. METHODS: From January 1996 to December 2000, each new patient, aged 45 years or older with LUTS, underwent standard diagnostic assessment, urodynamic studies (cystometry and pressure flow studies), and ultrasound measurements of the bladder wall thickness (BWT) in two centers...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Jeremy Jost, Adeline Raharivelo, Voa Ratsimbazafy, Mandy Nizard, Emilie Auditeau, Charles R Newton, Pierre-Marie Preux
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of epilepsy is high in Madagascar (23.5/1000), as is the treatment gap (estimated at 92 %). The health system of the country is underfunded; some AEDs are used, and the national drug policy does not encourage price regulation or the administration of generic agents. We conducted a cross-sectional study to assess the availability and cost of solid oral AED formulations in Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar. Data were gathered from all officially registered pharmacies (according to the drug agency list, updated in 2015) by means of telephone interviews lasting no more than 10 min and conducted by a native Malagasy speaker...
2016: SpringerPlus
M Oviedo Gutiérrez, S Amat Valero, A Gómez Farpón, C Montalvo Ávalos, L Fernández García, D C Lara Cárdenas, S Barnes Marañón, C Granell Suárez, N Vega Mata, A J López López, M González Guerrero, V Álvarez Muñoz
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal adenomyoma is a rare benign tumor most frequently located in the stomach. The differential diagnosis is wide because of its large clinical spectrum and unspecific radiological findings. Surgical excision is both diagnostic and therapeutic. CASE REPORT: A 49-days old girl presented with nonbilious vomiting of 48 hours of evolution. Infantile hypertrofic pyloric stenosis was suspected. Ultrasound showed a nonobstructive nodular lesion in the anterior pyloric wall...
April 20, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Florian Stefanov, Tim McGloughlin, Liam Morris
There are several issues attributed with abdominal aortic aneurysm endovascular repair. The positioning of bifurcated stent-grafts (SG) may affect SG hemodynamics. The hemodynamics and geometrical parameters of crossing or non-crossing graft limbs have not being totally accessed. Eight patient-specific SG devices and four pre-operative cases were computationally simulated, assessing the hemodynamic and geometrical effects for crossed (n= 4) and non-crossed (n= 4) configurations. SGs eliminated the occurrence of significant recirculations within the sac prior treatment...
October 20, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Ram A Pathak, Gregory A Broderick, Todd C Igel, Steven P Petrou, Paul R Young, Michael J Wehle, Michael G Heckman, Nancy N Diehl, Emily R Vargas, Kandarp Shah, David D Thiel
OBJECTIVE: To compare the frequency of postoperative encounters in the 30-day and 90-day postoperative periods for various bladder outlet obstruction surgical therapies. METHODS: All patients who underwent transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), GreenLight laser photovaporization of the prostate (GL-PVP) (American Medical Systems Inc.), and holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) from January 1(st), 2012 through December 31(st), 2014 were followed for 6 months postoperatively...
October 19, 2016: Urology
Eric Liow, Rosemin Kassam, Richard Sekiwunga
BACKGROUND: A large number of caregivers in Uganda rely on the private drug delivery sector to manage childhood illnesses such as malaria. In rural settings where the formal private sector is scarce, unlicensed retail drug outlets are an important initial source of care for households. Despite their abundance, little is known about them. This study explores unlicensed retail drug outlet vendors' perceptions of their practice and social environment in one rural district of Uganda. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A qualitative design using semi-structured interviews was conducted with vendors from unlicensed retail drug outlets across all 10 sub-counties of Butaleja District...
October 19, 2016: Acta Tropica
Prem N Ramkumar, Ton La, Evan Fisch, Peter D Fabricant, Alexander E White, Kristofer J Jones, Samuel A Taylor
PURPOSE: The purpose of this observational study of social media in sports medicine was to investigate and analyze the presence and shared content of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) patients, sports surgeons, and top orthopaedic hospitals on popular social media streams. METHODS: A search of 2 public domains (Instagram and Twitter) was performed over a 6-month period. ACL surgery ("#aclsurgery") was selected for the Instagram-based patient analysis after exclusion of veterinary ACL operations...
October 19, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
S U Shah, M Socha, C Sejil, S Gibaud
OBJECTIVE: In recent years, S-nitrosoglutathione has been proposed for the treatment of Crohn's disease to prevent mucosal barrier failure. In this paper, we report the formulation of spray dried microparticles of glutathione and S-nitrosoglutathione based on Eudragit(®) FS 30D polymer (i.e. colon-specific delivery system). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The influence of several spray-drying parameters (inlet temperature 80-150°C, solvent flow 5-10mL/min) was studied. The parameters that yielded the best formulations (inlet temperature 120°C, outlet temperature 47°C, solvent flow 5mL/min and air flow 100%) were selected for further studies...
October 19, 2016: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
Espen Mariussen, Lene Sørlie Heier, Hans Christian Teien, Marit Nandrup Pettersen, Tor Fredrik Holth, Brit Salbu, Bjørn Olav Rosseland
An environmental survey was performed in Lake Kyrtjønn, a small lake within an abandoned shooting range in the south of Norway. In Lake Kyrtjønn the total water concentrations of Pb (14µg/L), Cu (6.1µg/L) and Sb (1.3µg/L) were elevated compared to the nearby reference Lake Stitjønn, where the total concentrations of Pb, Cu and Sb were 0.76, 1.8 and 0.12µg/L, respectively. Brown trout (Salmo trutta) from Lake Kyrtjønn had very high levels of Pb in bone (104mg/kg w.w.), kidney (161mg/kg w.w.) and the gills (137mg/kg d...
October 19, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Kathleen T Puttmann, Bhagwan Satiani, Patrick Vaccaro
Fracture of the first rib with ensuing callus formation is a rare cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. We report a case of a 17-year-old female volleyball player who presented with months of chronic arm pain. Radiographic imaging demonstrated nonunion fracture of the first rib. Physical therapy had been unsuccessful in relieving the pain, and surgical management was performed with resection of the first rib through a transaxillary approach with complete resolution of symptoms. Inflammation surrounding such fractures may destroy tissue planes, making dissection more technically difficult...
October 20, 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Carmen Tejada-Casado, Maykel Hernández-Mesa, Monsalud Del Olmo-Iruela, Ana M García-Campaña
A novel method for the analysis of benzimidazole residues in water samples by capillary electrochromatography-UV detection (290nm), using laboratory-made packed columns is presented. Capillaries (25cm packed length×75µm inner diameter, 34cm total length, 25.5cm effective capillary length) were packed with C18 particles (5µm, non-encapped) following a high pressure packing procedure and using a compact steel unit designed for packing capillary columns. Acetone was employed as solvent to carry the particles through the capillary and pack it under a pressure of 42MPa...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Chai Kobkitsuksakul, Pakorn Jiarakongmun, Ekachat Chanthanaphak, Sirintara Pongpech
PURPOSE: The classic symptoms and signs of carotid cavernous sinus fistula or cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (AVF) consist of eye redness, exophthalmos, and gaze abnormality. The angiography findings typically consist of arteriovenous shunt at cavernous sinüs with ophthalmic venous drainage with or without cortical venous reflux. In rare circumstances, the shunts are localized outside the cavernous sinus, but mimic symptoms and radiography of the cavernous shunt. We would like to present the other locations of the arteriovenous shunt, which mimic the clinical presentation of carotid cavernous fistulae, and analyze venous drainages...
October 21, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
G Magistro, C G Stief, C Gratzke
Novel minimally invasive treatment options for the management of male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) aim to provide equal efficacy compared to standard techniques with a more favourable safety profile. The preservation of all aspects of male sexual function including antegrade ejaculation is increasingly important to patients. It should be ideally performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia to assure a short recovery time. Novel injectables for intraprostatic application (botulinum neurotoxin A, NX-1207, PRX302) have emerged and first phase III results could not confirm the promising initial data...
October 19, 2016: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Umar Sadat, Melissa Loja, Ammara Usman, Julie A Freischlag, Kevin Varty
Arterial thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is the least common type of TOS. Patient's symptoms, clinical examination and duplex ultrasonography usually suffice in deciding patient's management. Our proposed treatment strategies are based on the Scher classification. The choice of the procedure and approach should depend on surgeon's experience and need for arterial reconstruction.
December 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Xingui Dai, Tao Li, Zhenhua Zeng, Chunlai Fu, Shengbiao Wang, Yeping Cai, Zhongqing Chen
BACKGROUND: It is known that continuous venonenous hemofiltration (CVVH) does not affect the plasma level of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (pNGAL) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients. However, because of the unique pathophysiology underlying AKI caused by sepsis, the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in this clinical setting is less certain. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in sepsis-induced AKI patients. METHODS: Between August 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, 42 patients with sepsis-induced AKI underwent CVVH in the general intensive care unit of our institution and were consecutively enrolled in this study...
October 19, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Toshiyuki Takahashi, Yasuyuki Sato, Takeshi Yamazaki, Asako Hayashi, Takayuki Okamoto
BACKGROUND: Most patients with congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) exhibit a failure to thrive. A previous study reported that five of 41 (12 %) infants with CNS had hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS) requiring surgery. The reason for this is undetermined, and there are few reports regarding the relationship between these conditions or their clinical course. CASE DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We present the case of a 4-month-old girl with CNS. She did not show typical manifestations of HPS, but thickened mucosal and submucosal layers and hypertrophy of the pyloric muscle were detected by repeated ultrasound examinations prior to the diagnosis of HPS...
October 18, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Mai Michishita, Kazuo Yano, Ken-Ichi Tomita, Osamu Matsuzaki, Ken-Ichi Kasahara
AIMS: For patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), storage symptoms due to bladder dysfunction are bothersome, and that mechanism elucidation is needed. Piezo1, a mechanically activated ion channel, is believed to play a role in sensing bladder distension. To investigate the involvement of Piezo1 in bladder dysfunction, we examined the expression and distribution of Piezo1 and neurofilament (NF-L) to understand pathological alterations in rat bladders with partial bladder outlet obstruction (pBOO), an animal model of BPH...
October 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Jacqueline R Gerson, Charles T Driscoll, Karen M Roy
With decreases in acid deposition, nitrogen : phosphorus (N:P) ratios in lakes are anticipated to decline, decreasing P limitation of phytoplankton and potentially changing current food web dynamics. This effect could be particularly pronounced in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, a historic hotspot for effects of acid deposition. In this study, we evaluate spatial patterns of nutrient dynamics in Adirondack lakes and use these to infer potential future temporal trends. We calculated Mann-Kendall tau correlations among total phosphorus (TP), chlorophyll a, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), and nitrate (NO3(-) ) concentrations in 52 Adirondack Long Term Monitoring (ALTM) program lakes using samples collected monthly during 2008-2012...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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