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Sarah Depaoli, Jitske Tiemensma, John M Felt
The multidimensional graded response model, an item response theory (IRT) model, can be used to improve the assessment of surveys, even when sample sizes are restricted. Typically, health-based survey development utilizes classical statistical techniques (e.g. reliability and factor analysis). In a review of four prominent journals within the field of Health Psychology, we found that IRT-based models were used in less than 10% of the studies examining scale development or assessment. However, implementing IRT-based methods can provide more details about individual survey items, which is useful when determining the final item content of surveys...
January 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Martin Dübbers, Elena Nikolaou, Hans Fuchs, Janina Fischer, Hakan Alakus, Jessica Leers, Christiane Bruns, Grigore Cernaianu
BACKGROUND: Transumbilical laparoscopic-assisted appendectomy (TULAA) is fast and cost-effective since no endoloops, staplers or wound protection devices are used. We analyzed the effects of TULAA as first approach for perforated (PA) and non-perforated (NPA) appendicitis in children. PATIENTS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 181 children for whom TULAA was the first approach for appendicitis between October 2010 and March 2016. METHODS: Morbidity, additional laparoscopic instrument insertion (AI), conversions to open extraumbilical appendectomy (OC), and complications were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: Klinische Pädiatrie
Bethany C Bray, John J Dziak, Megan E Patrick, Stephanie T Lanza
Latent class analysis (LCA) has proven to be a useful tool for identifying qualitatively different population subgroups who may be at varying levels of risk for negative outcomes. Recent methodological work has improved techniques for linking latent class membership to distal outcomes; however, these techniques do not adjust for potential confounding variables that may provide alternative explanations for observed relations. Inverse propensity score weighting provides a way to account for many confounders simultaneously, thereby strengthening causal inference of the effects of predictors on outcomes...
March 15, 2018: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
Maxim Avanesov, Nis Jesper Wiese, Murat Karul, Helena Guerreiro, Sarah Keller, Philip Busch, Frank Jacobsen, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura
OBJECTIVES: To develop a routinely applicable severity index for the management of acute appendicitis in adults using combined clinical and radiological parameters and retroperitoneal space planes (RSP). METHODS: Two hundred consecutive patients with histologically proven acute appendicitis and available presurgical CT scans were analysed retrospectively. Two radiologists assessed all CT scans for morphologic sings of appendicitis and six RSP. Clinical parameters were age, body temperature, C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cell count, and duration of symptoms...
March 14, 2018: European Radiology
B Borghese, P Santulli, L Marcellin, C Chapron
Endometriosis and adenomyosis are histologically defined. The frequency of endometriosis cannot be precisely estimated in the general population. Endometriosis is considered a disease when it causes pain and/or infertility. Endometriosis is a heterogeneous disease with three well-recognized subtypes that are often associated with each other: superficial endometriosis (SUP), ovarian endometrioma (OMA), and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). DIE is frequently multifocal and mainly affects the following structures: the uterosacral ligaments, the posterior vaginal cul-de-sac, the bladder, the ureters, and the digestive tract (rectum, recto-sigmoid junction, appendix)...
March 11, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Q Zhou, F Shi, H Y Zhao, Y Li, Q K Song
Objective: To analyze the relationship between clinicopathologic characteristics of pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) and its prognosis. Methods: Fifty-two cases of PMP collected from 2012 to 2017 at Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Capital Medical University were reviewed using the diagnostic criteria of WHO 2010. The histopathologic features, including original location, neural invasion and calcification were observed; and the relationship with prognosis was analyzed. Immunohistochemical staining for CK7, CK20 and CDX2 was performed on all cases...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Andrew Smith, Sandra Winter, David Lappin, Andrea Sherriff, Ian McIvor, Pamela Philp, Nigel Suttner, Sulisti Holmes, Alan Stewart
BACKGROUND: Currently UK vCJD cases total 178, with an estimated maximum 1:2,000 carriage rate based on archived appendix and tonsil tissue, implying infection maybe rare but carriage relatively common. Previous workers have identified that maintenance of surgical instruments in a humid atmosphere after use and prior to cleaning assists cleaning efficacy. Relatively recently the Department of Health/Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens UK have recommended a surgical instrument cleanliness threshold post cleaning of <5μg protein per instrument side...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Atsushi Aikawa, Masaki Muramatsu, Yusuke Takahashi, Yuko Hamasaki, Junya Hashimoto, Mai Kubota, Youji Hyoudou, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Takeshi Kawamura, Seiichiro Shishido
Lower urinary tract abnormalities are difficult to resolve in pediatric kidney transplant patients. Measure of residual urine, voiding cystourethrography, retrograde urethrography, cystometry, electromyography of urethral external sphincter muscle, urethrometry, and uroflowmetry are the primary methods for evaluation of lower urinary tract abnormalities. Endoscopic resection or ablation of urethral valves is required in children with posterior urethral valve to treat obstruction, but bladder function does not always recover and may deteriorate to end-stage renal failure even after the obstruction is released...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Hanan Goldberg, Gil N Bachar, Riad Majadla, Ofer Yossepowitch, Jack Baniel, Edward Ram
BACKGROUND: Right hydronephrosis secondary to acute appendicitis is an under-reported phenomenon with only several case reports published. OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence of this phenomenon in our database of patients diagnosed with acute appendicitis. METHODS: Data were collected on 1092 patients who underwent surgery due to acute appendicitis between 2003 and 2007 in our tertiary medical center. The data entailed demographic, surgical, and hospitalization parameters including ultrasound or computed tomography examinations and presence of right hydronephrosis prior to surgery...
March 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
M D Bolmers, C C van Rossem, R R Gorter, W A Bemelman, A A W van Geloven, H A Heij
PURPOSE: A laparoscopic approach for emergency appendectomy is increasingly used, in pediatric patients as well. The objective of this study is to audit the current state of diagnostic work-up, surgical techniques and its outcome in children with acute appendicitis. METHODS: A prospective consecutive observational cohort study was carried out in a 2-month study period. All patients under 18 years that were operated for suspected acute appendicitis were included...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
Juan Gómez Rivas, José María Alonso-Dorrego, Diego M Carrión, Mónica Vega Robalino, Pilar González-Peramato
OBJECTIVE: We present the case of a patient incidentally diagnosed with a pelvic mass next to the bladder. After surgical excision, definitive diagnosis was pseudomyxoma peritonei. We provide a concise review of the literature of this pathology. METHODS: A 55 year-old male patient, was found to have, in annual routine ultrasound, a pelvic retrovesical mass. CT guided needle aspirate showed a tumor with myxoid changes and low aggressive cytology. Surgical excision was performed...
March 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Melissa M Cushing, James Kelley, Ellen Klapper, David F Friedman, Ruchika Goel, Nancy M Heddle, Courtney K Hopkins, Julie Katz Karp, Monica B Pagano, Ajay Perumbeti, Glenn Ramsey, John D Roback, Joseph Schwartz, Beth H Shaz, Philip C Spinella, Claudia S Cohn, Claudia S Cohn, Melissa M Cushing, James Kelley, Ellen Klapper
BACKGROUND: The AABB compiles an annual synopsis of the published literature covering important developments in the field of Transfusion Medicine. For the first time, an abridged version of this work is being made available in TRANSFUSION, with the full-length report available as an Appendix S1 (available as supporting information in the online version of this paper). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Papers published in 2016 and early 2017 are included, as well as earlier papers cited for background...
March 9, 2018: Transfusion
Tishara Wijayanayaka, Jacob Davidson, Andreana Bütter
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether children with a positive ultrasound (US) for acute appendicitis but a negative clinical picture developed appendicitis requiring definitive management. METHODS: After obtaining IRB approval, we conducted a retrospective review of patients ≤17years who presented with possible acute appendicitis between April 1st, 2014, and December 31st, 2015. We included patients with a US suggestive of acute appendicitis based on size criteria but without concerning clinical features...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Guadalupe Quiterio-Rendon, Scott Monks, Griselda Pulido-Flores
Neonchocotyle violantei n. sp. (Monogenea: Hexabothriidae) infects the gill of the Atlantic guitarfish, Pseudobatos lentiginosus (Rhinopristiformes, Rhinobatidae) from littoral waters of Celestún, Yucatán, Mexico. It is assigned to Neonchocotyle because it has, among other features, an asymmetrical haptor, a seminal receptacle, a smooth oötype, and an egg with two elongate filaments. It differs from Neonchocotyle pastinacae, the only congener, by having a small body (821 long by 315 wide, length to width = 2...
March 5, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
Alia Zehani, Sarra Aloui, Ines Chelly, Slim Haouet, Nidhameddine Kchir
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the gastrointestinal tract are a heterogeneous group of tumors which have different malignant potential and evolution. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up a new classification of gastrointestinal NETs in 2010. However, it does not evaluate the risk of malignancy for each tumor. AIM: To evaluate the prognostic impact of the WHO classification in 2010 by reclassifying the tumor according to new recommendations and to identify histoprognostic factors to better predict changes...
June 2017: La Tunisie Médicale
Thomas S Zajonz, Michael Sander, Winfried Padberg, Andreas Hecker, Ruediger Hörbelt, Christian Koch, Emmanuel Schneck
Background: Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) poses a widely used and accepted treatment option for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis of gastrointestinal tumors. In contrast to the well-described risks and complications of intravenous cytostatic drugs, literature offers only scarce information of serious complications following HIPEC. To our knowledge no other description of rapid progressive pulmonary hypertension (PH) and consecutive respiratory failure following HIPEC have been described in current literature...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Dwayne T S Chang, Melissa Maluda, Lisa Lee, Chandrasiri Premaratne, Srisongham Khamhing
BACKGROUND: Early and accurate identification or exclusion of acute appendicitis is the key to avoid the morbidity of delayed treatment for true appendicitis or unnecessary appendicectomy, respectively. We aim (i) to identify potential predictive factors for positive and negative appendicectomies; and (ii) to analyse the use of ultrasound scans (US) and computed tomography (CT) scans for acute appendicitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All appendicectomies that took place at our hospital from the 1st of January 2013 to the 31st of December 2015 were retrospectively recorded...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Mathilde J H Girard-Madoux, Mercedes Gomez de Agüero, Stephanie C Ganal-Vonarburg, Catherine Mooser, Gabrielle T Belz, Andrew J Macpherson, Eric Vivier
Biological redundancy ensures robustness in living organisms at several levels, from genes to organs. In this review, we explore the concept of redundancy and robustness through an analysis of the caecal appendix, an organ that is often considered to be a redundant remnant of evolution. However, phylogenic data show that the Appendix was selected during evolution and is unlikely to disappear once it appeared. In humans, it is highly conserved and malformations are extremely rare, suggesting a role for that structure...
March 1, 2018: Seminars in Immunology
Mark B Bignell, Akash M Mehta, Sue Alves, Kandiah Chandrakumaran, Sanjeev P Dayal, Faheez Mohamed, Tom D Cecil, Brendan J Moran
AIM: Ovarian metastases from gastrointestinal tract malignancy have been considered an ominous finding with poor prognosis. The aim of this project was to determine the impact on survival, and potential cure, when cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) are combined to treat peritoneal malignancy in women with Krukenberg tumours. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data between January 2010 and July 2015...
March 4, 2018: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
P D Polm, S Beyerlein, A J Klijn, T P V M de Jong, P Dik
INTRODUCTION: A tubularized conduit from an open 2-cm vascularized ileal segment is a frequently used technique to create a continent catheterizable channel in cases of an inappropriate or absent appendix. In the long term, many patients experience catheterization problems with the classic ileal segment tube, and even more with spiral or double-segment tubes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper was to introduce an ileocystoplasty modification combined with a long ileal segment tube that has better support by surrounding tissue than other lengthy ileal segment tubes...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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