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Sheng Yan, Hangyan Shi, Da Chen, Jincai Guo, Yi Sun, Sufan Wu
The reconstruction of large full-thickness scalp defects remains a surgical challenge, especially when the skull is exposed completely without periosteum. Surgical technique options for wound coverage have included tissue expansion, skin grafting, local or regional flaps, and microvascular free tissue transfer. In recent years, some authors have reported to use biological material as an alternative for repairing complex wounds. The authors report the successful reconstruction of a large defect with bare skull in bilateral temporal regions of a 3-year-old child...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Giuseppe Giannaccare, Jayne S Weiss, Laura Sapigni, Cristina Bovone, Leila Mattioli, Emilio C Campos, Massimo Busin
PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate and outcomes of immunologic stromal rejection occurring after large deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and the effect of the underlying disease on the cumulative probability of rejection. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of all eyes that underwent a 9-mm DALK at Ospedali Privati Forlì (Forlì, Italy). On the basis of preoperative diagnosis, eyes were assigned to group 1: keratoconus, group 2: stromal disease with a low risk for rejection, or group 3: stromal disease with a high risk for rejection...
March 14, 2018: Cornea
Gustavo Heluani Antunes de Mesquita, Yuri Justi Jardim, Leandro Ryuchi Iuamoto, Fabio Yuji Suguita, Felipe Futema Essu, Lucas Torres Oliveira, Alberto Meyer, Alessandra Crescenzi, Vinícius Rocha-Santos, Flavio H F Galvão, Wellington Andraus, Eleazar Chaib, Luiz Augusto Carneiro D'Albuquerque
Background: Islets of Langerhans transplantation is a promising alternative for glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes. The graft site is a factor that has large impact on the functioning of this transplant, and the stomach appears to be a promising location. Our objective is to describe a new experimental model for the grafting of Islets of Langerhans in rat stomachs. Methodology: Islets of Langerhans were extracted from 45 isogenic male rats of the Lewis lineage and transplanted into 9 isogenic rats of the Wistar lineage; 5 in the gastric body submucosa, and 4 in the gastric fundus submucosa...
April 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Nicole A Pilch, Vinayak Rohan, Vinaya Rao, Patrick D Mauldin, Zemin Su, Derek A Dubay, Thomas A Morinelli, David J Taber
BACKGROUND: Several studies have been performed to evaluate surrogate markers of long-term allograft function in renal transplant recipients. These include serum creatinine, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), slope of eGFR, and more recently eGFR variability. The aim of this study was to measure eGFR slope while assessing the variability of this slope and if high variability occurring at any time post-transplant was predictive of poorer long-term outcomes in a large cohort of kidney transplant recipients...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Liaoran Wang, David K C Cooper, Lars Burdorf, Yi Wang, Hayato Iwase
There has recently been considerable progress in the results of pig organ transplantation in nonhuman primates (NHPs), largely associated with the availability of (i) pigs genetically-engineered to overcome coagulation dysregulation, and (ii) novel immunosuppressive agents. The barriers of thrombotic microangiopathy and/or consumptive coagulation were believed to be associated with (i) activation of the graft vascular endothelial cells (VECs) by a low level of anti-pig antibody binding and/or complement deposition and/or innate immune cell activity, and (ii) molecular incompatibilities between the NHP and pig coagulation-anticoagulation systems...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Mark Gage, Frank Liporace, Kenneth Egol, Toni McLaurin
Treatment of traumatic bone defects is dictated by a multitude of clinical factors including the defect size, patient comorbidities, soft tissue condition, and the possibility of infection present in the defect. With a variety of treatment strategies described, it is critical to choose the approach that will maximize outcomes in addressing this difficult problem. When addressing small-scale defects, bone grafting is the primary treatment. For large-scale defects, there are two major options to consider: induced membrane technique and distraction osteogenesis...
March 2018: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Irene Papanicolas, Liana R Woskie, Ashish K Jha
Importance: Health care spending in the United States is a major concern and is higher than in other high-income countries, but there is little evidence that efforts to reform US health care delivery have had a meaningful influence on controlling health care spending and costs. Objective: To compare potential drivers of spending, such as structural capacity and utilization, in the United States with those of 10 of the highest-income countries (United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark) to gain insight into what the United States can learn from these nations...
March 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
A C Van Erp, R A Rebolledo, D Hoeksma, N R Jespersen, P J Ottens, R Nørregaard, M Pedersen, C Laustsen, J G M Burgerhof, J C Wolters, J Ciapaite, H E Bøtker, H G D Leuvenink, B Jespersen
Hepatic and renal energy status prior to transplantation correlates with graft survival. However, effects of brain death (BD) on organ-specific energy status are largely unknown. We studied metabolism, perfusion, oxygen consumption, and mitochondrial function in the liver and kidneys following BD. BD was induced in mechanically-ventilated rats, inflating an epidurally-placed Fogarty-catheter, with sham-operated rats as controls. A 9.4T-preclinical MRI system measured hourly oxygen availability (BOLD-related R2*) and perfusion (T1-weighted)...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Khawar Abbas, Muhammed Mubarak, Mirza Naqi Zafar, Wajiha Musharraf, Mehjabeen Imam, Tahir Aziz, Adibul Hassan Rizvi
OBJECTIVES: Plasma cell-rich acute rejection is an aggressive form of acute rejection that occurs late after transplant and is usually resistant to standard antirejection therapy. This study reports the safety, efficacy, and outcomes of plasma cell-rich acute rejection after treatment with bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, in 10 patients after a first living-related renal transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plasma cell-rich acute rejection was diagnosed using the 2007 Banff classification...
March 9, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
You-Zhi Cai, Chi Zhang, Ri-Long Jin, Tong Shen, Peng-Cheng Gu, Xiang-Jin Lin, Jian-De Chen
BACKGROUND: Due to the highly organized tissue and avascular nature of the rotator cuff, rotator cuff tears have limited ability to heal after the tendon is reinserted directly on the greater tubercle of the humerus. Consequently, retears are among the most common complications after rotator cuff repair. Augmentation of rotator cuff repairs with patches has been an active area of research in recent years to reduce retear rate. HYPOTHESIS: Graft augmentation with 3D collagen could prevent retears of the repaired tendon and improve tendon-bone healing in moderate to large rotator cuff tears...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Anne-Sophie Poinsard, Iona Mathieson, Olivier Balland
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our work was to study the potential of tarsomarginal grafting technique, in canine. ANIMAL STUDIED: All dogs included in this study had tumors of the upper or lower eyelid. Furthermore, resection of the tumor necessitated excision of the eyelid margin comprising 1/4 and 2/3. PROCEDURE: Harvesting of the graft with the length of half the length of the tumor, including its free margins was performed via a full-thickness incision on the ipsilateral healthy eyelid...
March 13, 2018: Veterinary Ophthalmology
Jonathan P Rehfuss, Kenneth M DeSart, Jared M Rozowsky, Kerri A O'Malley, Lyle L Moldawer, Henry V Baker, Yaqun Wang, Rongling Wu, Peter R Nelson, Scott A Berceli
BACKGROUND: Despite being the definitive treatment for lower extremity peripheral arterial disease, vein bypass grafts fail in half of all cases. Early repair mechanisms after implantation, governed largely by the immune environment, contribute significantly to long-term outcomes. The current study investigates the early response patterns of circulating monocytes as a determinant of graft outcome. METHODS: In 48 patients undergoing infrainguinal vein bypass grafting, the transcriptomes of circulating monocytes were analyzed preoperatively and at 1, 7, and 28 days post-operation...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
A Llobet, N Nieto, A Damecourt, S Galmiche, M de Boutray
INTRODUCTION: The omental free flap is an effective tool for craniofacial reconstruction. However it is generally under-utilised by a large number of practitioners. This paper's goal is to increase awareness of this free flap's accessibility and to demonstrate that it can be an attractive option for reconstructive surgery. CLINICAL REPORT: This article outlines the details of a 57-year-old patient who required coverage of a fronto-parietal wound with dura mater exposure...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Gulraj S Matharu, Andrew Judge, David W Murray, Hemant G Pandit
BACKGROUND: Metal-on-metal hip replacement (MoMHR) revision surgery for adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD) has been associated with an increased risk of early complications and reoperation and inferior patient-reported outcome scores compared with non-ARMD revisions. As a result, early revision specifically for ARMD with adoption of a lower surgical threshold has been widely recommended with the goal of improving the subsequent prognosis after ARMD revisions. However, no large cohorts have compared the risk of complications and reoperation after MoMHR revision surgery for ARMD (an unanticipated revision indication) with those after non-ARMD revisions (which represent conventional modes of arthroplasty revision)...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Arnaud Setondji Amoussouhoui, Ghislain Emmanuel Sopoh, Anita Carolle Wadagni, Roch Christian Johnson, Paulin Aoulou, Inès Elvire Agbo, Jean-Gabin Houezo, Micah Boyer, Mark Nichter
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, commonly known as Buruli ulcer (BU), is a debilitating neglected tropical disease. Its management remains complex and has three main components: antibiotic treatment combining rifampicin and streptomycin for 56 days, wound dressings and skin grafts for large ulcerations, and physical therapy to prevent functional limitations after care. In Benin, BU patient care is being integrated into the government health system. In this paper, we report on an innovative pilot program designed to introduce BU decentralization in Ouinhi district, one of Benin's most endemic districts previously served by centralized hospital-based care...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Darren de Sa, Ajaykumar Shanmugaraj, Melissa Weidman, Devin C Peterson, Nicole Simunovic, Volker Musahl, Olufemi R Ayeni
The all-inside technique (AIT) for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) is gaining popularity as a more anatomic, less invasive, technique with the potential for more rapid recovery. This systematic review aims to critically assess components of the technique, its safety profile, outcomes, and complications. PUBMED, EMBASE, and MEDLINE were searched for studies discussing primary ACLR using the AIT. Article screening, quality assessment, and data abstraction were completed in duplicate, and a minimal clinically important difference (MCID) was used to frame the descriptive results in a clinically significant context...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Meng Wei, Pengxiang Xu, Yizhong Yuan, Xiaohui Tian, Jinyu Sun, Jiaping Lin
A coarse-grained model-based molecular dynamics simulation was employed to investigate the mechanical properties of NR-graft-rigid-polymer/rigid-polymer systems (N30 -g-(R3 )6 /R10 ). An external factor (the strain rate) as well as internal factors such as the nonbonding interaction strength, the proportion of rigid polymers, and architecture parameters (the length and number of graft chains in a molecule) were examined for their effect on the tensional behavior of N30 -g-(R3 )6 /R10 systems. Simulation results show that a higher strain rate can promote the enhancement of mechanical performance, such as a higher modulus or yield stress...
March 12, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sehnaz Tezcan, Ebru Ayvazoglu Soy, Nihal Uslu, Mehmet Haberal
Urinary tract infection is the most common complication after kidney transplant and often is associated with graft loss and mortality. Ultrasonography is the most widely applied imaging modality for diagnosis of complications after kidney transplant. Here, we report a case of a 52-year-old male patient who underwent renal transplant 1 month earlier and who presented with fever, leukocytosis, and leukocyturia. Klebsiella pneumoniae was found in the urine and blood cultures. Ultrasonography revealed multiple, ill-defined margined, hypoechoic areas and cysts within the cortex...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Bibigul Ilyassova, Yevgeny Yenin, Bolatbek Baymakhanov, Maksat Doskhanov
OBJECTIVES: At the National Scientific Center of Surgery named A. Syzganova, more than 100 liver transplants have been conducted from 2012 to November 2017. Survival and quality of life of patients in the posttransplant period largely depend on the compliance of patients, monitoring of complications, cause of liver disease, the severity of the condition of patients in the pretransplant period, and the technical features of the operation. The aims of the study were to analyze the results of liver biopsy in patients after liver transplant and to evaluate the value of morphologic studies of the liver for the diagnosis of complications in the posttransplant period...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Damla Ateş, Fatma Cebeci
Obesity, which has become an increasing problem worldwide, poses a risk for kidney transplant recipients both before and after surgery. In this literature review, we studied the effects of obesity before and after kidney transplant. There are numerous studies and different opinions on the effects of obesity on graft function before and after transplant. Obesity prolongs surgery time and the ischemic process. A large cohort study of 11 836 recipients noted a close association between body mass index and delayed renal transplant and delayed graft function...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
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