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Douglas W Jones, Kirsten Dansey, Allen D Hamdan
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who present with critical limb ischemia (CLI) have become an increasingly common and complex treatment problem for vascular surgeons. Dialysis patients have high short-term mortality rates regardless of whether revascularization is pursued. ESRD patients with CLI can be managed with: local wound care, endovascular or surgical revascularization, or amputation. Some patients may heal small foot wounds with local wound care alone, even if distal perfusion is marginal, as long as any infectious process has been controlled...
October 20, 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Larry D Teeter, Padmaja Vempaty, Duc T M Nguyen, Jane Tapia, Sharon Sharnprapai, Smita Ghosh, J Steven Kammerer, Roque Miramontes, Wendy A Cronin, Edward A Graviss
BACKGROUND: Tracking the dissemination of specific Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains using genotyped Mtb isolates from tuberculosis patients is a routine public health practice in the United States. The present study proposes a standardized cluster investigation method to identify epidemiologic-linked patients in Mtb genotype clusters. The study also attempts to determine the proportion of epidemiologic-linked patients the proposed method would identify beyond the outcome of the conventional contact investigation...
October 21, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Roberto Gandini, Costantino Del Giudice
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous catheter-delivered ultrasound energy to improve local paclitaxel delivery effects in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) treated for femoral-popliteal arterial disease. BACKGROUND: Treatment of patients with CLI continues to be the greatest challenge in peripheral artery disease; in particular, treatment of femoral-popliteal chronic total occlusion is characterized by poor primary patency...
October 24, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Yohsuke Honda, Keisuke Hirano, Masahiro Yamawaki, Shinsuke Mori, Shigemitsu Shirai, Kenji Makino, Takahiro Tokuda, Takuro Takama, Masakazu Tsutumi, Yasunari Sakamoto, Hideyuki Takimura, Norihiro Kobayashi, Motoharu Araki, Yoshiaki Ito
We assessed wound healing in patients on hemodialysis (HD) with critical limb ischemia (CLI). This study enrolled 267 patients (including 120 patients on HD and 147 patients not on HD) who underwent endovascular therapy (EVT) for CLI. The primary endpoint was wound-healing rate at two years. Secondary endpoints were time to wound healing, wound recurrence rate, and limb salvage at two years. The percentage of male and young patients was higher in the HD patients (p < 0.01). A lower patency of the pedal arch after EVT was observed frequently in HD patients (p < 0...
October 6, 2016: Vascular
N Ramaiah, Ajay Kumar
Iris recognition systems are increasingly deployed for large-scale applications such as national ID programs which continue to acquire millions of iris images to establish identity among billions. However with the availability of variety of iris sensors that are deployed for the iris imaging under different illumination/environment, significant performance degradation is expected while matching such iris images acquired under two different domains (either sensor-specific or wavelength-specific). This paper develops a domain adaptation framework to address this problem and introduces a new algorithm using Markov random fields (MRF) model to significantly improve cross-domain iris recognition...
October 10, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
M R Grootendorst, M Cariati, A Kothari, D S Tuch, A Purushotham
Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) is a novel molecular optical imaging technique based on the detection of optical Cerenkov photons emitted by positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents. The ability to use clinically approved tumour-targeted tracers in combination with small-sized imaging equipment makes CLI a particularly interesting technique for image-guided cancer surgery. The past few years have witnessed a rapid increase in proof-of-concept preclinical studies in this field, and several clinical trials are currently underway...
2016: Clinical and Translational Imaging: Reviews in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Tatsuya Shiraki, Osamu Iida, Mitsuyoshi Takahara, Yoshimitsu Soga, Shinsuke Mii, Jin Okazaki, Sosei Kuma, Terutoshi Yamaoka, Daisuke Kamoi, Yoshiaki Shintani, Toshinobu Ishikawa, Ikuro Kitano, Masaaki Uematsu
AIM: The treatment strategy for hemodialysis (HD) patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) has been clinically debatable. Here we compared clinical outcomes after bypass surgery (BSX) and after endovascular therapy (EVT) using propensity score matching. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter database of 246 (68 BSX and 178 EVT) consecutive HD patients with CLI (79% with tissue loss) who underwent infrainguinal revascularization from 2007 to 2009 was used to compare clinical outcomes, including overall survival (OS), major amputation (MA), major adverse limb event (MALE: repeat EVT, surgical reconstruction, or MA), and MALE-free survival after BSX vs...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Katsuyuki Hoshina, Kota Yamamoto, Tetsuro Miyata, Toshiaki Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Distal bypass is the first-line treatment for patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). In Japanese high-volume centers, approximately half of these patients are on hemodialysis (HD). We have treated such patients first with bypass using a multidisciplinary perioperative strategy. We reveal the recent characteristics of patients who underwent distal bypass and the surgical outcomes in Japan, especially focusing on the foot conditions by using the wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI) classification...
October 4, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Pawan K Gupta, Murali Krishna, Anoop Chullikana, Sanjay Desai, Rajkumar Murugesan, Santanu Dutta, Uday Sarkar, Radhakrishnan Raju, Anita Dhar, Rajiv Parakh, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan, Pachaiyappan Viswanathan, Prasanth Kulapurathu Vellotare, Raviraja N Seetharam, Charan Thej, Mathiyazhagan Rengasamy, Sudha Balasubramanian, Anish S Majumdar
: : Critical limb ischemia (CLI) due to Buerger's disease is a major unmet medical need with a high incidence of morbidity. This phase II, prospective, nonrandomized, open-label, multicentric, dose-ranging study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of i.m. injection of adult human bone marrow-derived, cultured, pooled, allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells (BMMSC) in CLI due to Buerger's disease. Patients were allocated to three groups: 1 and 2 million cells/kg body weight (36 patients each) and standard of care (SOC) (18 patients)...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
E Saarinen, P Kauhanen, M Söderström, A Albäck, M Venermo
INTRODUCTION: As the population ages and the incidence of diabetes increases, the expected number of patients with critical limb ischaemia (CLI) requiring distal revascularization will remain high or even increase. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term results of inframalleolar bypass. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 352 inframalleolar bypasses for CLI performed between 2002 and 2013 were included. Risk factors were evaluated and patency (both clinical and imaging based), leg salvage, survival, and amputation free survival (AFS) assessed...
October 2, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Nicola Troisi, Alberto Farina, Emiliano Chisci, Leonardo Ercolini, Pierfrancesco Frosini, Clara Pigozzi, Azzurra Guidotti, Stefano Michelagnoli
BACKGROUND: Previous studies demonstrated that early recoil is frequently observed in patients undergoing balloon angioplasty. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of intra-arterial administration of iloprost (Endoprost®, Italfarmaco S.p.A., Milan, Italy) on early elastic recoil after balloon angioplasty of below-the-knee (BTK) vessels in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). METHODS: Between January 2015 and December 2015 32 patients with CLI underwent balloon angioplasty of at least one BTK vessel followed by intra-arterial administration of iloprost...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Xinran Gao, Guiqiu Zhao, Cui Li, Jing Lin, Nan Jiang, Qian Wang, Liting Hu, Qiang Xu, Xudong Peng, Kun He, Guoqiang Zhu
PURPOSE: To explore the relationship between LOX-1 and TLR4 in Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) keratitis. To determine LOX-1 and TLR4 can affect each other and regulate inflammation through regulation of the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in A. fumigatus keratitis. METHODS: The cornea and abdominal cavity extracted neutrophils of susceptible C57BL/6 mice were infected with A. fumigatus. The cornea and neutrophils were pretreated with LOX-1 neutralizing antibody, Polyinosinic acid (Poly(I)) (the inhibitor of LOX-1) or CLI-095 (the inhibitor of TLR4) separately before infection...
September 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Mehdi H Shishehbor, Christopher J White, Bruce H Gray, Matthew T Menard, Robert Lookstein, Kenneth Rosenfield, Michael R Jaff
Critical limb ischemia (CLI), the most advanced form of peripheral artery disease, is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and health care resource utilization. It is also associated with physical, as well as psychosocial, consequences such as amputation and depression. Importantly, after a major amputation, patients are at heightened risk of amputation on the contralateral leg. However, despite the technological advances to manage CLI with minimally invasive technologies, this condition often remains untreated, with significant disparities in revascularization and amputation rates according to race, socioeconomic status, and geographic region...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Peter A Soden, Sara L Zettervall, Thomas Curran, Ageliki G Vouyouka, Philip P Goodney, Joseph L Mills, John W Hallett, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies on the cause and effect of surgical variation have been limited by utilization of administrative data. The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), a robust national clinical registry, provides anatomic and perioperative details allowing a more robust analysis of variation in surgical practice. METHODS: The VQI was used to identify all patients undergoing infrainguinal open bypass or endovascular intervention from 2009 to 2014. Asymptomatic patients were excluded...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Sara L Zettervall, Peter A Soden, Klaas H J Ultee, Crystal Seldon, Jinhee Oh, Kevin McGann, Marc L Schermerhorn, Raul J Guzman
OBJECTIVE: Elevated serum phosphate levels have been associated with increased risks of cardiovascular events and death in several patient populations. The effects of serum phosphate on outcomes in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) have not been evaluated. In this study, we assessed the effect of abnormal phosphate levels on mortality and major limb events after surgical intervention for CLI. METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken to identify all patients at a single institution who underwent a first-time open or endovascular intervention for CLI between 2005 and 2014...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Shobha Bhaskar, A Helen
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern recognition receptors that have a unique and essential function in innate immunity. The effect of quercetin on TLR-mediated downstream signaling mechanism and its effect on TLR-mediated MAP kinase and Akt pathways were studied in oxLDL-stimulated hPBMCs using specific inhibitors. The pretreatment of hPBMCs with specific TLR inhibitor, CLI-095, decreased the NF-κB nuclear translocation and TNF-α release by oxLDL. When the cells treated with inhibitor and quercetin together, the inhibition was more effective...
September 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Zhongjian Cheng, Venkata Garikipati, Emily Nickoloff, Chunlin Wang, David J Polhemus, Jibin Zhou, Cynthia Benedict, Mohsin Khan, Suresh K Verma, Joseph E Rabinowitz, David Lefer, Raj Kishore
BACKGROUND: -Bone marrow cell-based treatment for critical limb ischemia (CLI) in diabetic patients yielded a modest therapeutic effect due to cell dysfunction. Therefore, approaches that improve diabetic stem/progenitor cell functions may provide therapeutic benefits. Here, we tested the hypotheses that restoration of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) production in diabetic bone marrow cells (BMCs) improves their reparative capacities. METHODS: -Mouse BMCs were isolated by density-gradient centrifugation...
September 22, 2016: Circulation
Zhenhua Hu, Mingxuan Zhao, Yawei Qu, Xiaojun Zhang, Mingru Zhang, Muhan Liu, Hongbo Guo, Zeyu Zhang, Jing Wang, Weidong Yang, Jie Tian
: Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) can image radiopharmaceuticals using high-sensitivity charge coupled device (CCD) camera. However, Cerenkov luminescence (CL) emitted from the radiopharmaceuticals is weak and has low penetration depth in biological tissues, which severely limits the sensitivity and accuracy of CLI. This study presents the three-dimensional (3D) radiopharmaceutical excited fluorescence tomography (REFT) using europium oxide (EO) nanoparticles, which enhances the CL signal intensity, improves the penetration depth, and obtains more accurate 3D distribution of radiopharmaceuticals...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Theodora Szasz, Camilla F Wenceslau, Beth Burgess, Kenia P Nunes, R Clinton Webb
Diabetic bladder dysfunction (DBD) is a common urological complication of diabetes. Innate immune system activation via Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) leads to inflammation and oxidative stress and was implicated in diabetes pathophysiology. We hypothesized that bladder hypertrophy and hypercontractility in DBD is mediated by TLR4 activation. Wild type (WT) and TLR4 knock-out (TLR4KO) mice were made diabetic by streptozotocin (STZ) treatment and bladder contractile function and TLR4 pathway expression were evaluated...
September 20, 2016: Diabetes
S D Patel, L Biasi, I Paraskevopoulos, J Silickas, T Lea, A Diamantopoulos, K Katsanos, H Zayed
BACKGROUND: Both infrapopliteal (IP) bypass surgery and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty have been shown to be effective in patients with critical limb ischaemia (CLI). The most appropriate method of revascularization has yet to be established, as no randomized trials have been reported. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of patients with similar characteristics treated using either revascularization method. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing IP bypass and IP angioplasty for CLI (Rutherford 4-6) at a single institution were compared following propensity score matching...
September 21, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
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