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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937303/palliative-coverage-of-cranial-defect-following-failed-cranial-flap-for-advanced-squamous-cell-carcinoma-case-report
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Vyacheslav Makler, Jeffrey S Litt, N Scott Litofsky
INTRODUCTION: With advanced-stage head and neck cancers, patients may develop large and/or complex wounds despite multiple reconstruction attempts. Wound coverage may require novel approaches to palliate the patient. METHOD: We present the case of a 56-year-old female with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp and skull who required multiple surgical interventions. Despite our best reconstructive efforts, the patient subsequently developed scalp infection and sepsis, necessitating further debridement for source control...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935349/spinal-ischemia-in-thoracic-aortic-procedures-impact-of-radiculomedullary-artery-distribution
#2
Fabian A Kari, Karin Wittmann, Sonja Krause, Babak Saravi, Luisa Puttfarcken, Katharina Förster, Bartosz Rylski, Sven Maier, Ulrich Göbel, Matthias Siepe, Martin Czerny, Friedhelm Beyersdorf
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the influence of thoracic anterior radiculomedullary artery (tARMA) distribution on spinal cord perfusion in a thoracic aortic surgical model. METHODS: Twenty-six pigs (34 ± 3 kg; study group, n = 20; sham group, n = 6) underwent ligation of the left subclavian artery and thoracic segmental arteries. End points were spinal cord perfusion pressure (SCPP), regional spinal cord blood flow (SCBF), and neurologic outcome with an observation time of 3 hours...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934879/two-year-evaluation-of-osteochondral-repair-with-a-novel-biphasic-graft-saturated-in-bone-marrow-in-an-equine-model
#3
Taralyn M McCarrel, Sarah L Pownder, Susannah Gilbert, Matthew F Koff, Emme Castiglione, Ryan A Saska, Gino Bradica, Lisa A Fortier
Objective To evaluate a biphasic cartilage repair device (CRD) for feasibility of arthroscopic implantation, safety, biocompatibility, and efficacy for long-term repair of large osteochondral defects. Methods The CRD was press-fit into defects (10 mm diameter, 10 mm deep) created in the femoral trochlea of 12 horses. In the contralateral limb, 10 mm diameter full-thickness chondral defects were treated with microfracture (MFX). Radiographs were obtained pre- and postoperatively, and at 4, 12, and 24 months...
October 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934349/the-association-between-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-and-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
#4
Daniela Weber, Katrin Frauenschläger, Sakhila Ghimire, Katrin Peter, Isabella Panzer, Andreas Hiergeist, Markus Weber, Daniel Kutny, Daniel Wolff, Matthias Grube, Elisabeth Huber, Peter Oefner, Andre Gessner, Thomas Hehlgans, Wolfgang Herr, Ernst Holler
Intestinal microbiota disruption is associated with acute gastrointestinal (GI) Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD) and poor outcome after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Here, in a retrospective analysis of 200 patients undergoing ASCT at the Regensburg University Medical Center, we assessed the relative expression of Paneth cell antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), Human Defensins (HD) 5 and 6 and regenerating islet-derived 3α (Reg3α), in 292 human intestinal biopsies as well as Reg3α serum levels in relation to acute GI GvHD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933341/c4d-expressing-glomerulopathy-and-proteinuria-post-transplantation-of-a-%C3%A2-too-big-for-size-mismatched-kidney-allograft-an-unusual-case-with-good-outcome%C3%A2
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Francois Gougeon, Alexei V Mikhailov, Keisha Gibson, Tomasz Kozlowski, Harsharan K Singh, Volker Nickeleit
A 5-year-old severely growth-retarded child with tubulointerstitial, oliguric end-stage renal disease received an adult-size kidney transplant. Three years post grafting under standard triple immunosuppression (mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, and prednisone) de novo nephrotic range proteinuria without the nephrotic syndrome developed. Graft function was normal (serum creatinine: 0.2 - 0.3 mg/dL), there were no donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA), and the urine sediment was inactive. Two biopsies collected 3 and 4 years post-transplantation showed severe glomerular capillary wall remodeling and associated pseudolinear C4d staining as morphologic correlates for the proteinuria...
September 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933221/neural-stem-cell-transplantation-is-associated-with-inhibition-of-apoptosis-bcl-xl-upregulation-and-recovery-of-neurological-function-in-a-rat-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ai-Lan Pang, Liu-Lin Xiong, Qing-Jie Xia, Fen Liu, You-Cui Wang, Fei Liu, Piao Zhang, Bu-Liang Meng, Sheng Tan, Ting-Hua Wang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common disease that usually causes severe neurological damage, and current treatment is far from satisfactory. The neuroprotective effects of neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation in the injured nervous system have largely been known, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear, and their limited sources impede their clinical application. Here, we established a rat model of TBI by dropping a weight onto the cortical motor area of the brain and explored the effect of engrafted NSCs (passage 3, derived from the hippocampus of embryonic 12- to 14-d green fluorescent protein transgenic mice) on TBI rats...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932339/penetrating-keratoplasty-for-keratoconus-excimer-versus-femtosecond-laser-trephination
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Berthold Seitz, Achim Langenbucher, Tobias Hager, Edgar Janunts, Moatasem El-Husseiny, Nora Szentmáry
BACKGROUND: In case of keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses as the correction method of first choice allow for a good visual acuity for quite some time. In a severe stage of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no more tolerated. In case of existing contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. METHODS: In case of advanced keratoconus - especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet's membrane - penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) still is the surgical method of first choice...
2017: Open Ophthalmology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932227/targeted-delivery-of-neutralizing-anti-c5-antibody-to-renal-endothelium-prevents-complement-dependent-tissue-damage
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Paolo Durigutto, Daniele Sblattero, Stefania Biffi, Luca De Maso, Chiara Garrovo, Gabriele Baj, Federico Colombo, Fabio Fischetti, Antonio F Di Naro, Francesco Tedesco, Paolo Macor
Complement activation is largely implicated in the pathogenesis of several clinical conditions and its therapeutic neutralization has proven effective in preventing tissue and organ damage. A problem that still needs to be solved in the therapeutic control of complement-mediated diseases is how to avoid side effects associated with chronic neutralization of the complement system, in particular, the increased risk of infections. We addressed this issue developing a strategy based on the preferential delivery of a C5 complement inhibitor to the organ involved in the pathologic process...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930104/liver-transplantation-in-the-obese-cirrhotic-patient
#9
Erin K Spengler, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Helen S Te, Shari Rogal, Anjana A Pillai, Abdullah Al-Osaimi, Archita Desai, James N Fleming, Daniel Ganger, Anil Seetharam, Georgios Tsoulfas, Martin Montenovo, Jennifer C Lai
Despite the rapidly increasing prevalence of obesity in the transplant population, the optimal management of obese liver transplant candidates remains undefined. Setting strict body mass index cutoffs for transplant candidacy remains controversial, with limited data to guide this practice. Body mass index is an imperfect measure of surgical risk in this population, partly due to volume overload and variable visceral adiposity. Weight loss before transplantation may be beneficial, but it remains important to avoid protein calorie malnutrition and sarcopenia...
October 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928922/liver-transplantation-as-definitive-treatment-of-an-unresectable-mesenchymal-hamartoma-in-a-child-with-beckwith-wiedemann-syndrome
#10
Evelyn T Pan, Dor Yoeli, Michael L Kueht, N Thao N Galvan, Ronald T Cotton, Christine A O'Mahony, Abbas Rana, John A Goss
Mesenchymal liver hamartomas are benign tumors that can cause life-threatening abdominal distension and carry a risk for malignant transformation. In this case report, we describe a 13-month-old male with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) who presented with multiple mesenchymal liver hamartomas causing severe intra-abdominal mass effect. Imaging revealed six large multi-locular cystic lesions, ranging from 3.8 to 8.9 cm in diameter. The large size and spread of the tumors necessitated liver transplantation for complete removal...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928918/arterial-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-secondary-to-hypertrophy-of-the-anterior-scalene-muscle
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Erion Qaja, Sara Honari, Robert Rhee
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) was first introduced in literature by Peet et al. in 1956. Since then is has been studied extensively and subcategorized into at least four closely related syndrome. Neurogenic TOS due to the compression of brachial plexus, arterial TOS in cases of compression of the subclavian artery, venous TOS in cases of compression of the subclavian vein, and non-specific type of TOS. Neurogenic TOS is by far the most common consisting of 95% of the cases, followed by venous and lastly arterial...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927607/synthesis-and-characterization-of-grafting-polystyrene-from-guar-gum-using-atom-transfer-radical-addition
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Yang Yang, Fu Chen, Qi Chen, Jie He, Tao Bu, Xuemei He
To broaden the application fields for guar gum, this natural polymer is often grafted to/from the surface to modify its properties. Polystyrene-guar gum (PS-guar gum) is successfully synthesized using atom transfer radical addition based n-BuBr(C4H9Br), Cu(I)Cl and N,N,N',N″,N‴-penthamethyldiethylenetriamine (C9H23N3,PMDETA) as initiator, electronating agent and ligand respectively in an inert atmosphere. The graft copolymer is characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, XRD and scanning electron microscope (SEM)...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926522/bos-is-associated-with-increased-cytotoxic-proinflammatory-cd8-t-nkt-like-and-nk-cells-in-the-small-airways
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Greg Hodge, Sandra Hodge, Aeneas Yeo, Phan Nguyen, Emily Hopkins, Chien-Li Holmes-Liew, Paul N Reynolds, Mark Holmes
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppression therapy after lung transplantation fails to prevent bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) in many patients, primarily a disease of the small airways. We have reported that BOS is associated with a lack of suppression of cytotoxic mediators, and proinflammatory cytokines, in peripheral blood T, NKT-like (particularly CD8+) and NK cells. We also showed a loss of glucocorticoid receptor (GCR) in proinflammatory lymphocytes after transplant. It is unknown whether these proinflammatory lymphocytes target the small and/or large airways in BOS...
October 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926192/testing-of-a-bioactive-moldable-bone-graft-substitute-in-an-infected-critically-sized-segmental-defect-model
#14
Matt E Brown, Yuan Zou, Rebecca Peyyala, Sarandeep S Huja, Larry L Cunningham, Todd A Milbrandt, Thomas D Dziubla, David A Puleo
Large infected bone defects, often resulting from high energy traumas, are difficult to treat due to their variability in complexity and location. Standard treatment for infected bone defects begins with a protocol that includes a series of debridements in conjunction with an extended course of systemic antibiotics. Only after the infection has been eliminated will repair of the defect commence, typically with implantation of autologous bone. To address some of the shortcomings of the standard treatment methods, such as serial procedures, limited grafting material, and the need for a second surgical site for autologous bone, a sequential, dual drug-releasing, moldable, calcium sulfate-based bone graft substitute was developed previously...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923649/hypothermic-machine-perfusion-s-protection-on-porcine-kidney-graft-uncovers-greater-akt-erk-phosphorylation
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N He, J-H Li, J-J Jia, K-D Xu, Y-F Zhou, L Jiang, H-H Lu, S-Y Yin, H-Y Xie, L Zhou, S-S Zheng
BACKGROUND: To investigate the potential mechanisms of hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP)'s beneficial effects on kidney graft over static cold storage (SCS) in vitro. METHODS: Ten kidneys of 5 Bama miniature male pigs were paired into 2 groups: SCS group and HMP group. Preservation solutions were taken at 0, 1, 3, and 6 hours for the measurement of K(+), Na(+), Cl(-), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine (Cr), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) using the standard laboratory methods...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922978/6-year-old-sheep-as-a-clinically-relevant-large-animal-model-for-aortic-valve-replacement-using-tissue-engineered-grafts-based-on-decellularized-allogenic-matrix
#16
Karolina Theodoridis, Igor Tudorache, Serghei Cebotari, Tanja Meyer, Alexandru Calistru, Samir Sarikouch, Cristoph Bara, Axel Haverich, Andres Hilfiker
Tissue-engineered (TE) grafts based on decellularized grafts have shown very promising results in preclinical and clinical studies. However, in animal models valves have either been tested in juvenile models or in the clinically less relevant pulmonary valve position. In this study, we tested the grafts in the aortic valve (AV) position of 6-year old sheep, as geriatric patients in need of an aortic valve substitute due to calcification are the largest patient group benefiting from TE grafts. Decellularized AV (n=4) and decellularized AV additionally re-endothelialized with autologous cells (n=3) were implanted in the aortic valve position of 6-year-old female sheep...
September 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922518/accelerated-epithelialization-and-improved-wound-healing-metrics-in-porcine-full-thickness-wounds-transplanted-with-full-thickness-skin-micrografts
#17
Christina L Rettinger, John L Fletcher, Anders H Carlsson, Rodney K Chan
Split-thickness skin grafting (STSG) is the current gold standard for treatment of extensive burn and traumatic skin injuries. However, STSG is limited by donor-site morbidity and availability, and often leads to scarring and wound contracture. Furthermore, these thin grafts lack dermal elements such as nerves and adnexa which are important in recapitulating normal skin function. Methods of fractional skin replacement either as minced STSGs or microscopic skin tissue columns (MSTCs) have been proposed, though these techniques have not been fully-characterized and lack evidence of regenerated adnexal structures...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922454/surgery-for-t4-lung-cancer-invading-the-thoracic-aorta-do-we-push-the-limits
#18
Giuseppe Marulli, Erino A Rendina, Walter Klepetko, Reinhold Perkmann, Davide Zampieri, Giulio Maurizi, Thomas Klikovits, Francesco Zaraca, Federico Venuta, Egle Perissinotto, Federico Rea
BACKGROUND: Few investigators have described en bloc resection of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) invading the aorta. AIM OF STUDY: Analysis of outcome and prognostic factors for en bloc resections of NSCLC invading the aorta. METHODS: Thirty-five patients (27 males, 8 females; mean age 63 ± 8.6 years) were operated between 1994 and 2015 in four European Centers. HISTOLOGY: 12 (34.3%) squamous cell carcinoma, and 6 (17...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922300/recent-advances-in-the-field-of-warm-ex-vivo-liver-perfusion
#19
Dagmar Kollmann, Markus Selzner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Organ shortage remains a major obstacle for liver transplantation, resulting in an increased mortality on the liver transplant waiting list. The usage of extended criteria donors (ECD) is a strategy to increase the number of available donor organs, however, with the risk of a higher rate of posttransplant graft dysfunction. Novel preservation strategies, such as warm ex-vivo liver perfusion, could improve the outcome of liver transplantation with ECD grafts. The present review summarizes the advances in the field of warm ex-vivo liver perfusion over the last 12 months...
September 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920945/neutrophils-a-cornerstone-of-liver-ischemia-and-reperfusion-injury
#20
Thiago Henrique Caldeira de Oliveira, Pedro Elias Marques, Paul Proost, Mauro Martins M Teixeira
Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is the main cause of morbidity and mortality due to graft rejection after liver transplantation. During IRI, an intense inflammatory process occurs in the liver. This hepatic inflammation is initiated by the ischemic period but occurs mainly during the reperfusion phase, and is characterized by a large neutrophil recruitment to the liver. Production of cytokines, chemokines, and danger signals results in activation of resident hepatocytes, leukocytes, and Kupffer cells. The role of neutrophils as the main amplifiers of liver injury in IRI has been recognized in many publications...
September 18, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
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