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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149273/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-bronchial-thermoplasty-in-severe-persistent-asthma-on-extended-follow-up
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A O'Reilly, I Browne, D Watchorn, J J Egan, S Lane
Background: Asthma is a common condition and there remains a subset of patients who are poorly controlled on maximal therapy. Bronchial thermoplasty is a bronchoscopic therapy using radio frequency energy to reduce airway smooth muscle which has been shown to improve asthma control although further evidence regarding long term efficacy and safety is required. Aim: We aimed to demonstrate safety and efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty on extended follow up. Our initial experience with this group was previously reported in 2016 where patients were shown to have a significant improvement in Asthma Control Test (ACT) scores 1 year post treatment8...
November 15, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139277/tailor-management-to-the-patient-with-fibroids
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Marie O'Sullivan, Caroline Overton
Fibroids are benign, hormone-dependent tumours of uterine smooth muscle and connective tissue. They are commonly asymptomatic, but can cause symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure symptoms. Between 20 to 30% of women with heavy menstrual bleeding have fibroids. Fibroids are most prevalent in women aged 30-50 years and there may be a genetic predisposition. They are more common in black women than white women. Other risk factors include obesity and nulliparity. Asymptomatic women should only be referred if their uterus is palpable abdominally, if fibroids distort the uterine cavity or the uterus is larger than 12 cm in length...
March 2017: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133709/experience-of-pallidal-deep-brain-stimulation-in-dystonia-at-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-india-an-initial-experience
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M Manjunath, Ravi Yadav, Srinivas Dwarakanath, Ketan Jhunjhunwala, A Jafar, Pratibha Surathi, Abhishek Lenka, Albert Stezin, S Sampath, Pramod K Pal
INTRODUCTION: Dystonia is one of the most prevalent forms of movement disorders and is characterized by sustained or intermittent muscle contractions causing abnormal, often repetitive, movements, postures, or both. Dystonia causes significant morbidity with an adverse impact on the quality of life. When dystonia is medically refractory, causing severe pain and impairment in activities of daily living, deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus interna (GPi) is a potential option to reduce disability...
November 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126337/factors-predicting-lower-leg-chronic-exertional-compartment-syndrome-in-a-large-population
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Johan A de Bruijn, Aniek P M van Zantvoort, David van Klaveren, Michiel B Winkes, Marike van der Cruijsen-Raaijmakers, Adwin R Hoogeveen, Joep A W Teijink, Marc R Scheltinga
Knowledge about lower leg chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is largely obtained from highly selected populations. Patient characteristics may therefore not be appropriate for the general population. Our purpose was to describe a heterogeneous population of individuals suspected of lower leg CECS and to identify predictors of CECS. Charts of individuals who were analyzed for exercise-induced lower leg pain in a referral center between 2001 and 2013 were retrospectively studied. Patients were included if history and physical examination were suggestive of CECS and if they had undergone a dynamic intracompartmental pressure measurement...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119077/osteomyelitis-of-the-pelvic-bones-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-treatment
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Maria Dudareva, Jamie Ferguson, Nicholas Riley, David Stubbs, Bridget Atkins, Martin McNally
Background and Purpose: A case series review of chronic pelvic osteomyelitis treated with combined medical and surgical treatment by a multidisciplinary team. Methods: All patients treated with surgical excision of pelvic osteomyelitis at our tertiary referral centre between 2002 and 2014 were included. All received combined care from a clinical microbiologist, an orthopaedic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. The rate of recurrent infection, wound healing problems and post-operative mortality was determined in all...
2017: Journal of bone and joint infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114239/botulinumtoxin-improves-both-generic-and-disease-specific-quality-of-life-in-cervical-dystonia
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Daniel Weiss, Leonhard Hieber, Justine Sturm, Axel Börtlein, Ingo Mayr, Matthias Appy, Benedicta Kühnler, Joachim Buchthal, Christian Dippon, Guy Arnold, Tobias Wächter
Botulinumtoxin injection (BoNT) into affected muscles is effective to improve motor symptoms of cervical dystonia (CD) by reducing muscle contraction and involuntary dystonic movement and posturing. However, the understanding of the effect on health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) and patient referral under HR-QoL aspects is incomplete. In this open-label clinical prospective observational study, we characterized the outcomes in CD (n = 159) from botulinumtoxin on both generic HR-QoL (EuroQol; EQ-5D-5L) and disease-specific HR-QoL [craniocervical dystonia questionnaire (CDQ-24)]...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089528/postural-screening-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-with-infrared-thermography
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Garcia Kwok, Joanne Yip, Kit-Lun Yick, Mei-Chun Cheung, Chi-Yung Tse, Sun-Pui Ng, Ameersing Luximon
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a multifactorial, three-dimensional deformity of the spine and trunk. School scoliosis screening (SSS) is recommended by researchers as a means of early detection of AIS to prevent its progression in school-aged children. The traditional screening technique for AIS is the forward bending test because it is simple, non-invasive and inexpensive. Other tests, such as the use of Moiré topography, have reduced the high false referral rates. The use of infrared (IR) thermography for screening purposes based on the findings of previous studies on the asymmetrical paraspinal muscle activity of scoliotic patients compared with non-scoliotic subjects was explored in this study...
October 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082549/papillary-muscle-rupture-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-anatomic-echocardiographic-and-surgical-insights
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Rafael Harari, Priya Bansal, Leonid Yatskar, David Rubinstein, Jeffrey J Silbiger
Papillary muscle (PM) rupture is a rare complication of acute myocardial infarction which carries an excessive mortality rate. Optimal outcomes require rapid diagnosis and prompt surgical referral, and in this regard, echocardiography plays a crucial role. Comprehensive echocardiographic examination of the patient with PM rupture consists of identification of the ruptured PM segment, visualization of flail mitral valve segment(s), evaluation of mitral regurgitation severity, and assessment of left ventricular systolic function...
October 29, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067433/urinary-incontinence-in-women-a-review
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Emily S Lukacz, Yahir Santiago-Lastra, Michael E Albo, Linda Brubaker
Importance: Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine, is a common health condition that may decrease quality of life. Ten to twenty percent of women and up to 77% of women residing in nursing homes have urinary incontinence, yet only 25% seek or receive treatment. Observations: This review summarizes the evaluation and therapeutic options for women affected by urinary incontinence. The initial assessment should focus on understanding the effect of incontinence on quality of life, the patient's goals and preferences for treatment, the results of previous treatments, and the presence of concomitant conditions, such as advanced pelvic organ prolapse, that may require referral...
October 24, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063727/nurse-driven-analgesia-and-sedation-in-pediatric-patients-with-univentricular-hearts-requiring-extracorporeal-life-support-after-first-stage-palliation-surgery-a-pilot-study
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Jörg Michel, Michael Hofbeck, Ines Gerbig, Vanya Icheva, Ellen Heimberg, Walter Jost, Christian Schlensak, Matthias Kumpf, Gunnar Blumenstock, Felix Neunhoeffer
BACKGROUND: Few data are available regarding requirements of sedation and analgesia in children during extracorporeal life support. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate if children with functionally univentricular hearts on extracorporeal life support after first-stage palliation surgery have higher requirement of analgesics and sedatives compared with children without extracorporeal life support using a goal-directed nurse-driven analgesia and sedation protocol...
December 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059893/emg-based-energy-expenditure-optimization-for-active-prosthetic-leg-tuning
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Roozbeh Atri, J Sebastian Marquez, Douglas Murphy, Ashraf Gorgey, DingYu Fei, John Fox, William Lovegreen, Ou Bai
In recent years, active prosthetic legs have been developed and deployed commercially that help amputees to initiate gait with less effort and more symmetry in the pattern. However, the process of initial set up and tuning is highly time and cost consuming. It requires prosthetic experts to observe the gait and the feedback from amputees to manually tune the parameters subjectively. In this study, an electromyography (EMG)-based energy expenditure optimization method was presented to automatically tune the prosthetic limb...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023195/depth-of-intestinal-wall-infiltration-and-clinical-presentation-of-deep-infiltrating-endometriosis-evaluation-of-553-consecutive-cases
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Roberto Rossini, Giorgio Lisi, Anna Pesci, Marcello Ceccaroni, Giuseppe Zamboni, Irene Gentile, Lorenzo Rettore, Giacomo Ruffo
INTRODUCTION: Intestinal involvement in endometriosis was first described by Sampson in 1922. The reported incidence ranges between 3% and 37% in patients diagnosed with endometriosis. In literature, there are few studies that correlate the severity of endometriosis (in terms of intestinal infiltration) and its clinical presentation. The aim of this study was to review the correlation between the severity of symptoms, the depth of intestinal wall infiltration, and lymph node involvement in our tertiary referral center...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974310/bladder-sparing-radiotherapy-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-a-survey-of-providers-to-determine-barriers-and-enablers
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Melanie Walker, Simon D French, R Christopher Doiron, Kelly Brennan, Deb Feldman-Stewart, D Robert Siemens, William J Mackillop, Christopher M Booth
BACKGROUND: To understand barriers and enablers to use of curative-intent radiotherapy (RT) for muscle-invasive bladder cancer using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). METHODS: Canadian urologists, radiation oncologists (ROs) and medical oncologists (MOs) participated in a web-based survey to assess barriers and enablers to use of RT. Survey questions were thematically mapped to TDF domains. Logistic regression was used to identify TDF domains associated with high referral/use of RT...
September 30, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973100/outcomes-of-buccinator-treatment-with-botulinum-toxin-in-facial-synkinesis
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Priyesh N Patel, Scott R Owen, Cathey P Norton, Brandon T Emerson, Andrea B Bronaugh, William R Ries, Scott J Stephan
Importance: The buccinator, despite being a prominent midface muscle, has been previously overlooked as a target in the treatment of facial synkinesis with botulinum toxin. Objective: To evaluate outcomes of patients treated with botulinum toxin to the buccinator muscle in the setting of facial synkinesis. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective cohort study of patients who underwent treatment for facial synkinesis with botulinum toxin over multiple treatment cycles during a 1-year period was carried out in a tertiary referral center...
September 28, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967584/telemedicine-for-facio-scapulo-humeral-muscular-dystrophy-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-reduce-hospitalization-rate
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Simona Portaro, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Placido Bramanti, Giuseppe Silvestri, Michele Torrisi, Valeria Conti-Nibali, Santina Caliri, Christian Lunetta, Bernardo Alagna, Antonino Naro, Alessia Bramanti
BACKGROUND: Facio-Scapulo-Humeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterized by a variable and asymmetric involvement of facial, trunk, upper and lower extremity muscles. Although respiratory weakness is a relatively unknown feature of FSHD, it is not rare. Telemedicine has been used in a variety of health care fields, but only recently, with the advent of sophisticated technology, its interest among health professionals became evident, even in such diseases...
September 21, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964675/the-congenital-undescended-scapula-syndrome-sprengel-and-the-cleithrum-a-case-series-and-hypothesis
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Rishi Dhir, Kuen Chin, Simon Lambert
BACKGROUND: Sprengel deformity is a rare congenital shoulder girdle anomaly characterized by scapula malposition, periscapular muscle atrophy, and limited shoulder movement. Traditionally, it has been managed by omovertebral bar excision and muscle transplantation procedures guided by age and Cavendish grade. We present a unique observation in humans: a case series with Sprengel deformity possessing a cleithrum, an ancestral remnant of shoulder girdle development found in archaic bony fish...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960717/retrospective-evaluation-of-155-adult-equids-and-21-foals-with-tetanus-in-western-northern-and-central-europe-2000-2014-part-1-description-of-history-and-clinical-evolution
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Gaby van Galen, Claude Saegerman, Joke Rijckaert, Helene Amory, Lara Armengou, Barbora Bezdekova, Inge Durie, Rikke Findshøj Delany, Nathalie Fouché, Laura Haley, Michael Hewetson, Rene van den Hoven, Anna Kendall, Fernando Malalana, Jessika Muller Cavalleri, Tresemiek Picavet, Katja Roscher, Denis Verwilghen, Meret Wehrli Eser, Cornélie Westermann, Tim Mair
OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical data of hospitalized adult equids and foals with tetanus. DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study (2000-2014). SETTING: Twenty Western, Northern, and Central European university teaching hospitals and private referral centers. ANIMALS: One hundred fifty-five adult equids (>6 months) and 21 foals (<6 months) with tetanus. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Information on geographic, annual and seasonal data, demographic- and management-related data, clinical history, clinical examination and blood analysis on admission, complications, treatments, and outcomes were described and statistically compared between adults and foals...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951003/bladder-sparing-radiotherapy-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-a-qualitative-study-to-identify-barriers-and-enablers
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M Walker, R C Doiron, S D French, D Feldman-Stewart, D R Siemens, W J Mackillop, C M Booth
AIMS: Bladder-sparing radiotherapy for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) may be underutilised in North America. To understand factors driving practice we used the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to identify barriers and enablers of bladder-sparing radiotherapy utilisation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A convenience sample of Canadian urologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists participated in individual semi-structured 1 h interviews. An interview guide was developed using the TDF to assess barriers and enablers of bladder-sparing radiotherapy use...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941306/influence-of-various-factors-on-circulating-25-oh-vitamin-d-concentrations-in-dogs-with-cancer-and-healthy-dogs
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N Weidner, J P Woods, P Conlon, K A Meckling, J L Atkinson, J Bayle, A J Makowski, R L Horst, A Verbrugghe
BACKGROUND: Low blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations have been associated with cancer in dogs. Little research has examined what other factors may affect 25(OH)D concentrations. OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine whether the presence of cancer (lymphoma, osteosarcoma, or mast cell tumor [MCT]) in dogs is associated with plasma 25(OH)D concentrations and (2) identify other factors related to plasma 25(OH)D concentrations in dogs. ANIMALS: Dogs newly diagnosed with osteosarcoma (n = 21), lymphoma (n = 27), and MCT (n = 21) presented to a tertiary referral oncology center, and healthy, client-owned dogs (n = 23)...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938330/temporal-scalp-thickness-body-mass-index-and-suprafascial-placement-of-receiver-coil-of-the-cochlear-implant
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Orhan Ozturan, Alper Yenigun, Erol Senturk, Omer Faruk Calim, Fadlullah Aksoy, Sabri Baki Eren
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study are to demonstrate the relationship between the thickness of the temporal scalp and body mass index (BMI), age, and sex, and to present the surgical technique which we perform in patients with a thick scalp. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective, cross-sectional study. This study was performed in a tertiary referral center. Cranial computed tomography images of 469 subjects were included in the study. These subjects were evaluated according to BMI, age, and sex...
November 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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