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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215039/impact-of-surgical-experience-on-management-and-outcome-of-pancreatic-surgery-performed-in-high-and-low-volume-centers
#1
Marco Stella, Massimiliano Bissolati, Daniele Gentile, Alessandro Arriciati
Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is one of the procedures in general surgery with the highest rate of life-threatening complications. The positive impact of the volume-outcome ratio on outcomes and mortality in pancreatic surgery (PS) has led to policy-level efforts toward centralization of care for PS that is currently under evaluation by some Regional Health Services. The role of the surgeon's experience and training is still under debate. The aim of this paper is to compare the outcomes of PS by the same surgeon in a high volume (HV) and in a low volume (LV) hospital to assess whether a specific training in PS could outdo the benefits of hospital volume...
February 18, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214979/improved-prognostic-stratification-power-of-cibmtr-risk-score-with-the-addition-of-absolute-lymphocyte-and-eosinophil-counts-at-the-onset-of-chronic-gvhd
#2
Joon Ho Moon, Nada Hamad, Sang Kyun Sohn, Jieun Uhm, Naheed Alam, Vikas Gupta, Jeffrey H Lipton, Hans A Messner, Matthew Seftel, John Kuruvilla, Dennis Dong Hwan Kim
The CIBMTR chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) risk score can be refined and improved for better prognostic stratification. Three hundred and seven consecutive patients diagnosed with cGVHD by the NIH consensus criteria were retrospectively reviewed and had the CIBMTR risk score applied and analyzed. The CIBMTR risk score was successfully validated in our cohort (n = 307). The 3-year overall survival (OS) rates in each risk group (RG) were 82.5 ± 11.3% (RG1), 79.4 ± 3.0% (RG2), 71.8 ± 6.3% (RG3), and 27...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214967/increased-atrial-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-and-grk-2-gene-expression-can-play-a-fundamental-role-in-heart-failure-after-repair-of-congenital-heart-disease-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#3
Marcela Silva Oliveira, Fabio Carmona, Walter V A Vicente, Paulo H Manso, Karina M Mata, Mara Rúbia Celes, Erica C Campos, Simone G Ramos
Surgeries to correct congenital heart diseases are increasing in Brazil and worldwide. However, even with the advances in surgical techniques and perfusion, some cases, especially the more complex ones, can develop heart failure and death. A retrospective study of patients who underwent surgery for correction of congenital heart diseases with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a university tertiary-care hospital that died, showed infarction in different stages of evolution and scattered microcalcifications in the myocardium, even without coronary obstruction...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214956/banding-the-sleeve-improves-weight-loss-in-midterm-follow-up
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Jodok M Fink, Natalie Hoffmann, Simon Kuesters, Gabriel Seifert, Claudia Laessle, Torben Glatz, Ulrich T Hopt, W Konrad Karcz, Goran Marjanovic
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) can achieve excellent weight loss, yet sleeve dilatation with concomitant weight regain proves to be a relevant issue. Hence, additional restriction might improve results after LSG. METHODS: In a retrospective matched-pair analysis, 42 patients who underwent banded LSG (BLSG) using a MiniMizer® ring between January 2012 and October 2014 were analysed regarding weight loss, complications and comorbidity. Median follow-up was 3 years...
February 18, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214923/urinary-free-light-chains-may-help-to-identify-infection-in-patients-with-elevated-systemic-inflammation-due-to-rheumatic-disease
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Carsten P Bramlage, Britta Froelich, Manuel Wallbach, Joan Minguet, Clemens Grupp, Cornelia Deutsch, Peter Bramlage, Gerhard A Müller, Michael Koziolek
The risk of infection in patients with rheumatic diseases is elevated, but a clear marker to differentiate the cause of the systemic inflammation is missing. We assessed the ability urinary immunoglobulin free light chains (FLCs) to indicate the presence of infection in patients with rheumatic disease. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with rheumatic disease attending the Georg-August University Hospital in Goettingen, Germany, from January 2011 to December 2013. Subjects were included if they had urine levels of κ and λ FLCs available...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214902/impact-of-renal-disease-on-patients-with-hepatitis-c-a-retrospective-analysis-of-disease-burden-clinical-outcomes-and-health-care-utilization-and-cost
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Craig A Solid, Senaka A Peter, Tanya Natwick, Haifeng Guo, Allan J Collins, Jean Marie Arduino
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Few studies explore the magnitude of the disease burden and health care utilization imposed by renal disease among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). We aimed to describe the characteristics, outcomes, and health care utilization and costs of patients with HCV with and without renal impairment. METHODS: This retrospective analysis used 2 administrative claims databases: the US commercially insured population in Truven Health MarketScan® data (aged 20-64 years), and the US Medicare fee-for-service population in the Medicare 20% sample (aged ≥65 years)...
February 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214832/the-burden-of-respiratory-disease-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-changes-in-perinatal-care-and-outcomes-in-a-decade-in-spain
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Fermín García-Muñoz Rodrigo, Antonio Losada Martínez, María Dolores Elorza Fernández, Julio Moreno Hernando, Josep Figueras Aloy, Máximo Vento Torres
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal care have led to a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality among very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants. Much of this progress is related to the prevention and management of respiratory disease. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate changes in perinatal care and its influence on respiratory morbidity and mortality among VLBW infants in Spain in 2 consecutive periods (2002-2006 and 2007-2011). METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of data prospectively collected of all VLBW infants included in the Spanish SEN1500 network...
February 18, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214777/utility-of-long-term-video-eeg-monitoring-for-children-with-staring
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Anup D Patel, Babitha Haridas, Zachary M Grinspan, Jack Stevens
OBJECTIVE: Staring spells are a common reason for referral to overnight epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) evaluation. However, inpatient EMU admissions are expensive and time consuming. This study determined what percentage of those referred for staring had a confirmed epileptic seizure on long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) and developed a scoring system to help prioritize which patients should undergo this procedure. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective chart review of all children at a tertiary pediatric hospital who received LTM (long-term monitoring) for the purposes of characterizing staring...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214659/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-of-patients-with-advanced-mesothelioma-treated-in-a-phase-i-clinical-trials-unit
#9
Dionysis Papadatos-Pastos, Desam Roda, Maria Jose De Miguel Luken, Ann Petruckevitch, Awais Jalil, Marta Capelan, Vasiliki Michalarea, Joao Lima, Nikolaos Diamantis, Jaishree Bhosle, L Rhoda Molife, Udai Banerji, Johann S de Bono, Sanjay Popat, Mary E R O'Brien, Timothy A Yap
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a prognostic score for patients in phase I trials in the Drug Development Unit, treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital (RPS). The RPS is an objective tool used in patient selection for phase I trials based on albumin, number of disease sites and LDH. Patients with mesothelioma are often selected for phase I trials as the disease remains localised for long periods of time. We have now reviewed the clinical outcomes of patients with relapsed malignant mesothelioma (MM) and propose a specific mesothelioma prognostic score (m-RPS) that can help identify patients who are most likely to benefit from early referral...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214657/ipilimumab-alone-or-in-combination-with-nivolumab-after-progression-on-anti-pd-1-therapy-in-advanced-melanoma
#10
Lisa Zimmer, Susmitha Apuri, Zeynep Eroglu, Lisa A Kottschade, Andrea Forschner, Ralf Gutzmer, Max Schlaak, Lucie Heinzerling, Angela M Krackhardt, Carmen Loquai, Svetomir N Markovic, Richard W Joseph, Kelly Markey, Jochen S Utikal, Carsten Weishaupt, Simone M Goldinger, Vernon K Sondak, Jonathan S Zager, Dirk Schadendorf, Nikhil I Khushalani
BACKGROUND: The anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) inhibitors pembrolizumab and nivolumab alone or in combination with ipilimumab have shown improved objective response rates and progression-free survival compared to ipilimumab only in advanced melanoma patients. Anti-PD-1 therapy demonstrated nearly equal clinical efficacy in patients who had progressed after ipilimumab or were treatment-naïve. However, only limited evidence exists regarding the efficacy of ipilimumab alone or in combination with nivolumab after treatment failure to anti-PD-therapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214654/programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-inhibitor-therapy-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-and-preexisting-autoimmunity-or-ipilimumab-triggered-autoimmunity
#11
Ralf Gutzmer, Anika Koop, Friedegund Meier, Jessica C Hassel, Patrick Terheyden, Lisa Zimmer, Lucie Heinzerling, Selma Ugurel, Claudia Pföhler, Anja Gesierich, Elisabeth Livingstone, Imke Satzger, Katharina C Kähler
AIM: Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitors are a common treatment strategy for metastatic melanoma and other tumour entities. Clinical trials usually exclude patients with preexisting autoimmune diseases, thus experience with PD-1 inhibitor (PD-1i) in this patient population is limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Metastatic melanoma patients with preexisting autoimmune disorders or previous ipilimumab-triggered immune-related adverse events (irAE) undergoing treatment with PD-1i from seven German skin cancer centres were evaluated retrospectively with regard to flare of the preexisting autoimmunity and development of new, not preexisting irAE as well as response to PD-1i therapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214642/short-term-results-of-carotid-endarterectomy-and-stenting-after-the-introduction-of-carotid-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-single-institutional-retrospective-study
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Ryu Fukumitsu, Kazumichi Yoshida, Yoshitaka Kurosaki, Koichi Torihashi, Nobutake Sadamasa, Masaomi Koyanagi, Osamu Narumi, Tsukasa Sato, Masaki Chin, Akira Handa, Sen Yamagata, Susumu Miyamoto
OBJECTIVE: While carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been gaining popularity as an alternative to carotid endarterectomy (CEA), the perioperative stroke rate following contemporary CAS remains significantly higher than that in CEA. The purpose of this study was to assess perioperative (within 30-day) therapeutic results in patients with carotid stenosis (CS) after the introduction of preoperative carotid magnetic resonance plaque evaluation in a single center offering both CEA and CAS. METHODS: Based on prospectively collected data for patients with CS who were scheduled for carotid revascularization, retrospective analysis was conducted of 295 consecutive CS patients...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214617/demonstrating-construct-validity-of-the-american-board-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-part-i-examination-an-analysis-of-dimensionality
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Mikaela Raddatz, Lawrence R Robinson
BACKGROUND: Ideally, high stakes examinations assess one dimension of medical knowledge to produce precise estimates of a candidate's performance. It has not been reported whether the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Part 1 Certification Examination (ABPMR-CE-1) is unidimensional or not. OBJECTIVE: To examine the ABPMR-CE-1 to measure how many dimensions it assesses. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: We assessed examination results from the 2015 ABPMR-CE-1...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214616/exploring-factors-influencing-low-back-pain-in-people-with-non-dysvascular-lower-limb-amputation-a-national-survey
#14
Hemakumar Devan, Paul Hendrick, Leigh Hale, Allan Carman, Michael P Dillon, Daniel Cury Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal impairment in people with lower limb amputation. Given the multifactorial nature of LBP, exploring the factors influencing the presence and intensity of LBP is warranted. OBJECTIVE: To investigate which physical, personal, and amputee-specific factors predicted presence and intensity of low back pain (LBP) in persons with non-dysvascular transfemoral (TFA) and transtibial amputation (TTA). DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional survey SETTING: A national random sample of people with non-dysvascular TFA and TTA...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214574/minimally-invasive-versus-open-approach-for-cystectomy-trends-in-the-utilization-and-demographic-or-clinical-predictors-using-the-national-cancer-database-ncdb
#15
Andrew G Bachman, Alexander A Parker, Marshall D Shaw, Brian W Cross, Kelly L Stratton, Michael S Cookson, Sanjay G Patel
OBJECTIVES: To examine temporal national trends of operative approach for cystectomy and identify demographic or clinical predictive factors that influence choice of approach. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent cystectomy for bladder cancer between 2010 and 2013 using the National Cancer Database (NCDB). Approach was stratified by open vs. minimally invasive (robotic or laparoscopic). Univariate Pearson chi-square and multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to assess relationships between demographic and hospital factors and the receipt of minimally invasive or open surgical approach...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214571/encountering-dropped-gallstones-during-robotic-assisted-laparoscopic-radical-prostatectomy
#16
Lisa Brubaker, Michael Allgaeuer, Baris Turkbey, Peter Pinto, Abhinav Sidana
We describe a case of an unusual finding during robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy in a 66-year-old male with Stage IIb (T2c, N0, M0) prostate adenocarcinoma. During the operation, intraperitoneal examination of the rectovesical pouch revealed calcifications and stones which were subsequently identified as gallstones. While these stones were not noted initially on this patient's preoperative multiparametric MRI (mpMRI), a retrospective review demonstrated hypointense foci in the rectovesical pouch...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214506/comparison-of-the-extent-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-versus-without-interatrial-block-and-implications-for-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Bryce Alexander, Jimmy MacHaalany, Brandon Lam, Henri van Rooy, Sohaib Haseeb, Adrian Kuchtaruk, Benedict Glover, Antoni Bayés de Luna, Adrian Baranchuk
Interatrial block (IAB) represents delay or block of conduction between the atria. IAB has been shown to predict the development or recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in various clinical scenarios. Few studies have examined the correlation between coronary artery disease and the prevalence of IAB and its impact on AF. The aim of this study was to determine if specific coronary artery lesions (location and number) are associated with the presence of IAB and development of new-onset AF. Retrospective analysis of patients presenting with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) to our institution...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214497/incidence-of-pulmonary-embolism-in-patients-with-isolated-calf-deep-vein-thrombosis
#18
REVIEW
Alvin R Wu, Jonah Garry, Nicos Labropoulos
BACKGROUND: The severity of pulmonary embolism (PE) after isolated calf deep vein thrombosis (C-DVT) is controversial, which leads to inconsistent clinical decision making when treating C-DVT. This systematic review assessed PE frequency and severity in patients with C-DVT. METHODS: Database searches were completed using MEDLINE and Scopus along with cross-referencing. Two independent reviewers used using rigorous inclusion and exclusion criteria to screen the papers...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214489/ablation-of-the-great-saphenous-vein-with-nontumescent-n-butyl-cyanoacrylate-versus-endovenous-laser-therapy
#19
İsmail Koramaz, Helin El Kılıç, Fatih Gökalp, Macit Bitargil, Nilüfer Bektaş, Ersoy Engin, Mehmet Taşkın Egici, Ahmet Kürşat Bozkurt
OBJECTIVE: The endovenous application of n-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) is a new nontumescent ablation technique for the treatment of venous insufficiency. The aim of this study was to retrospectively compare an NBCA-based ablation method with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) for the management of incompetent great saphenous veins. METHODS: Between May 2013 and August 2014, there were 339 patients with incompetent varicose veins who were treated with either the endovenous application of NBCA (VariClose Vein Sealing System [VVSS]; Biolas, Ankara, Turkey) or EVLA...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214487/radiofrequency-ablation-with-concomitant-stab-phlebectomy-increases-risk-of-endovenous-heat-induced-thrombosis
#20
Caitlin W Hicks, Sandra R DiBrito, J Trent Magruder, M Libby Weaver, Cathy Barenski, Jennifer A Heller
OBJECTIVE: Endovenous heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a well-documented phenomenon that follows endovenous ablation, but the treatment, surveillance, and risk factors for EHIT have yet to be comprehensively elucidated. We sought to identify characteristics that may put patients at higher risk for development of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of symptomatic superficial venous insufficiency. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of all consecutive patients undergoing treatment with RFA to the great saphenous vein by a single surgeon from July 2013 through October 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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