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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203304/muscle-spasms-an-unexpected-adverse-drug-reaction-of-pemetrexed
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REVIEW
Hendrika J A de Rouw, Naomi T Jessurun, Lucie J P Masen-Poos, Hieronymus J Derijks
In this report we describe a 53-year-old woman with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, treated with pemetrexed and cisplatin combination therapy, followed by pemetrexed monotherapy. The patient developed severe muscle spasms at least twice, shortly after administration of pemetrexed monotherapy. A possible explanation for this observation is that in combination with cisplatin therapy, the patient was hyperhydrated before administration to promote renal excretion and reduce toxicity. Pemetrexed is also renally excreted, which supports the finding that toxicity did not occur when the patient was hyperhydrated...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194398/sphincter-of-oddi-function-and-risk-factors-for-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Elham Afghani, Simon K Lo, Paul S Covington, Brooks D Cash, Stephen J Pandol
The sphincter of Oddi (SO) is a smooth muscle valve regulating the flow of biliary and pancreatic secretions into the duodenum, initially described in 1887 by the Italian anatomist, Ruggero Oddi. SO dysfunction (SOD) is a broad term referring to numerous biliary, pancreatic, and hepatic disorders resulting from spasms, strictures, and relaxation of this valve at inappropriate times. This review brings attention to various factors that may increase the risk of SOD, including but not limited to: cholecystectomy, opiates, and alcohol...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191872/spatiotemporal-correlation-of-spinal-network-dynamics-underlying-spasms-in-chronic-spinalized-mice
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Carmelo Bellardita, Vittorio Caggiano, Roberto Leiras, Vanessa Caldeira, Andrea Fuchs, Julien Bouvier, Peter Löw, Ole Kiehn
Spasms after spinal cord injury (SCI) are debilitating involuntary muscle contractions that have been associated with increased motor neuron excitability and decreased inhibition. However, whether spasms involve activation of premotor spinal excitatory neuronal circuits is unknown. Here we use mouse genetics, electrophysiology, imaging and optogenetics to directly target major classes of spinal interneurons as well as motor neurons during spasms in a mouse model of chronic SCI. We find that assemblies of excitatory spinal interneurons are recruited by sensory input into functional circuits to generate persistent neural activity, which interacts with both the graded expression of plateau potentials in motor neurons to generate spasms, and inhibitory interneurons to curtail them...
February 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190443/neurologic-manifestations-of-major-electrolyte-abnormalities
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M Diringer
The brain operates in an extraordinarily intricate environment which demands precise regulation of electrolytes. Tight control over their concentrations and gradients across cellular compartments is essential and when these relationships are disturbed neurologic manifestations may develop. Perturbations of sodium are the electrolyte disturbances that most often lead to neurologic manifestations. Alterations in extracellular fluid sodium concentrations produce water shifts that lead to brain swelling or shrinkage...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188086/two-intermittent-vismodegib-dosing-regimens-in-patients-with-multiple-basal-cell-carcinomas-mikie-a-randomised-regimen-controlled-double-blind-phase-2-trial
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Brigitte Dréno, Rainer Kunstfeld, Axel Hauschild, Scott Fosko, David Zloty, Bruno Labeille, Jean-Jacques Grob, Susana Puig, Frank Gilberg, Daniel Bergström, Damian R Page, Gary Rogers, Dirk Schadendorf
BACKGROUND: Vismodegib, a first-in-class Hedgehog-pathway inhibitor, is approved for use in adults with advanced basal-cell carcinoma. Patients with multiple basal-cell carcinomas, including those with basal-cell nevus (Gorlin) syndrome, need extended treatment. We assessed the safety and activity of two long-term intermittent vismodegib dosing regimens in patients with multiple basal-cell carcinomas. METHODS: In this randomised, regimen-controlled, double-blind, phase 2 trial, we enrolled adult patients with multiple basal-cell carcinomas, including those with basal-cell nevus syndrome, who had one or more histopathologically confirmed and at least six clinically evident basal-cell carcinomas...
February 7, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186662/blepharospasm-40-years-later
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REVIEW
Giovanni Defazio, Mark Hallett, Hyder A Jinnah, Antonella Conte, Alfredo Berardelli
Forty years ago, C.D. Marsden proposed that blepharospasm should be considered a form of adult-onset focal dystonia. In the present paper, we provide a comprehensive overview of the findings regarding blepharospasm reported in the past 40 years. Although prolonged spasms of the orbicularis oculi muscles remain the clinical hallmark of blepharospasm, patients with blepharospasm may be characterized by various types of involuntary activation of periocular muscles. In addition to motor features, blepharospasm patients may also have nonmotor manifestations, including psychiatric, mild cognitive, and sensory disturbances...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186656/phenotype-and-genotype-specific-structural-alterations-in-spasmodic-dysphonia
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Serena Bianchi, Giovanni Battistella, Hailey Huddleston, Rebecca Scharf, Lazar Fleysher, Anna F Rumbach, Steven J Frucht, Andrew Blitzer, Laurie J Ozelius, Kristina Simonyan
BACKGROUND: Spasmodic dysphonia is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary spasms in the laryngeal muscles that occur selectively during speaking. Although hereditary trends have been reported in up to 16% of patients, the causative etiology of spasmodic dysphonia is unclear, and the influences of various phenotypes and genotypes on disorder pathophysiology are poorly understood. In this study, we examined structural alterations in cortical gray matter and white matter integrity in relationship to different phenotypes and putative genotypes of spasmodic dysphonia to elucidate the structural component of its complex pathophysiology...
February 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186450/an-investigation-into-quality-of-life-improvement-in-patients-undergoing-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm
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Jesse D Lawrence, Andrew M Frederickson, Yue-Fang Chang, Patricia M Weiss, Peter C Gerszten, Raymond F Sekula
OBJECTIVE Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a movement disorder characterized by involuntary spasms of the facial muscles, and it can negatively impact quality of life (QOL). This retrospective study and systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the QOL in patients with HFS following intervention with microvascular decompression (MVD) and botulinum toxin (BT). METHODS In the retrospective analysis, a QOL questionnaire was administered to all patients undergoing MVD performed by a single surgeon...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182134/differential-pharmacology-and-clinical-utility-of-sonidegib-in-advanced-basal-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Mohd Wahid, Arshad Jawed, Sajad Ahmad Dar, Raju K Mandal, Shafiul Haque
Patients suffering from advanced basal cell carcinoma (BCC) have very limited treatment options. Sonidegib selectively inhibits the growth of Hedgehog pathway-dependent tumors and can treat locally advanced BCC patients who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy. The BOLT clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the efficacy/potency of sonidegib in the treatment of advanced BCC or metastatic BCC. The patients were randomized in 1:2 ratios to receive 200 or 800 mg oral sonidegib daily, stratified by disease, histological subtype and geographical region...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174479/effect-of-pain-free-range-exercise-on-shoulder-pain-and-range-of-motion-in-an-amateur-skier
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Won-Gyu Yoo
[Purpose] This study prescribed pain-free range exercises for a female amateur skier who complained of limitations in her shoulder range of motion, and pain caused by protective spasms; the tester evaluated the effects of such exercise on pain. [Subject and Methods] A 23-year-old female who complained of pain of 3 weeks in duration in the right glenohumoral and scapulothoracic joints was enrolled. [Results] After pain-free range exercises, the visual analog pain score was 2 and the shoulder flexion and abduction angles improved compared to the initial values...
December 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169412/-reversible-alterations-in-the-neuroimages-associated-with-vigabatrine-treatment-in-infants-with-epileptic-spasms
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M A Fernandez-Garcia, J J Garcia-Penas, H Gomez-Martin, I Perez-Sebastian, E Garcia-Esparza, S Sirvent-Cerda
INTRODUCTION: Vigabatrin (VGB) is a first-line drug for the treatment of infantile spasms. Recently, several reports claim the existence of abnormalities in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (particularly affecting basal ganglia, and visible in T2 and diffusion sequences) in infants with spasms that were receiving high doses of VGB (> 100 mg/kg/day), which appear to be reversible after withdrawal of treatment. CASE REPORTS: We present two cases with an epileptic encephalopathy in the first year of life and seizures consisting of infantile spasms...
February 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164065/localized-tetanus-in-an-adult-patient-case-report
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Mohamed Amirali Gulamhussein, Yueyang Li, Abhijit Guha
INTRODUCTION: Tetanus is a severe and potentially fatal infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. Of all the cases described in literature, generalized tetanus is by far the most common presentation, but it may also present as neonatal tetanus, cephalic tetanus, and localized tetanus, the latter two being much rarer. In this case report, we present the rare form of this disease, i.e., localized tetanus in an adult male with a history of minimal trauma as well as a late, unusual mode of presentation...
September 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158155/comparison-of-cervical-sagittal-alignment-and-kinematics-after-posterior-full-endoscopic-cervical-foraminotomy-and-discectomy-according-to-preoperative-cervical-alignment
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Samuel Won, Chi Heon Kim, Chun Kee Chung, Yunhee Choi, Sung Bae Park, Jung Hyeon Moon, Won Heo, Sung-Mi Kim
BACKGROUND: The progression of cervical kyphosis due to injury to the facet joints and musculature is a major concern for posterior foraminotomy especially for patients with cervical lordosis of less than 10°. However, cervical hypo-lordosis (cervical lordosis < 10°) may be improved with the alleviation of pain and muscle spasms, which corresponds with the disappearance of a positive Spurling's test. When surgery is necessary, the spontaneous recovery of cervical curvature may be minimally offset using minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as posterior percutaneous endoscopic cervical foraminotomy (P-PECF)...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153619/the-effects-of-dual-abnormal-muscle-response-monitoring-on-microvascular-decompression-in-patients-with-hemifacial-spasm
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Xin Zhang, Hua Zhao, Ting-Ting Ying, Yin-Da Tang, Jin Zhu, Shi-Ting Li
BACKGROUND: Microvascular decompression (MVD) is the most useful treatment for hemifacial spasm (HFS). During MVD surgery, traditional abnormal muscle response (tAMR) is widely used to monitor success in decompressing the facial nerve. Dual AMR (dAMR) is a new monitoring method used during MVD for HFS. We compared the sensitivities and reliabilities of tAMR and dAMR. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 1,301 cases of HFS treated using MVD between January 2014 and March 2016...
January 30, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151935/cannabinoid-antagonist-slv326-induces-convulsive-seizures-and-changes-in-the-interictal-eeg-in-rats
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Martin F J Perescis, Natasja de Bruin, Liesbeth Heijink, Chris Kruse, Lyudmila Vinogradova, Annika Lüttjohann, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Clementina M van Rijn
Cannabinoid CB1 antagonists have been investigated for possible treatment of e.g. obesity-related disorders. However, clinical application was halted due to their symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition to these adverse effects, we have shown earlier that chronic treatment with the CB1 antagonist rimonabant may induce EEG-confirmed convulsive seizures. In a regulatory repeat-dose toxicity study violent episodes of "muscle spasms" were observed in Wistar rats, daily dosed with the CB1 receptor antagonist SLV326 during 5 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141904/catheter-based-high-frequency-intraluminal-ultrasound-imaging-is-a-powerful-tool-to-study-esophageal-dysmotility-patients
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Cecilio Santander, Elena Perea, María Caldas, Pere Clave
High-resolution manometry (HRM) is currently the most important diagnostic test for esophageal motility disorders, providing information on the contraction pattern of the circular muscle layer, which helps classify these esophageal motor diseases. However, with the increasing development of ultrasound, other techniques, such as high-frequency intraluminal ultrasound (HFIUS), have gained importance. This technique uses a flexible shaft with a central wire integrated into a standard endoscope, which facilitates real-time sonography...
January 31, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135752/-vismodegib-therapy-for-periocular-basal-cell-carcinoma
#17
M Keserü, S Green, S Dulz
Background Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the commonest periorbital tumour. Mohs' micrographic surgery and secondary reconstruction is the therapeutic gold standard for periorbital BCC. In cases of inoperability for any reason, therapeutic alternatives are needed. Since the approval of vismodegib, an orally administered, targeted BCC therapy is available. Nevertheless there is little information on the use of vismodegib for periorbital BCC. Patients and Methods In a retrospective study, we analysed the data of 4 patients treated with vismodegib since 2014...
January 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120087/the-significance-of-abnormal-muscle-response-monitoring-during-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm
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Ming Xing Liu, Jun Zhong, Lai Xia, Ning-Ning Dou, Hui Sun, Bin Li, Massimiliano Visocchi, Shi-Ting Li
BACKGROUND: Despite the wide adoption of the abnormal muscle response (AMR) to electrical stimulation of the facial nerve during microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery, the value of AMR in the prognosis of the postoperative outcome is still controversial. In order to better use this intraoperative electrophysiology, it is necessary to further address the relationship between AMR and postoperative results. METHODS: Three hundred and thirty-two patients with hemifacial spasm (HFS) in whom MVD surgery was performed and in whom AMR was available were finally enrolled in this study...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107550/enhanced-trpc-channel-mediated-ca-2-influx-in-the-cells-with-phospholipase-c-%C3%AE-1-overexpression-its-possible-role-in-coronary-artery-spasm
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Kazuo Murakami, Tomohiro Osanai, Makoto Tanaka, Kimitaka Nishizaki, Takahiko Kinjo, Tomohiro Tanno, Yuji Ishida, Akiko Suzuki, Tomohide Endo, Hirofumi Tomita, Ken Okumura
We reported that coronary spasm was induced in the transgenic mice with the increased phospholipase C (PLC)-δ1 activity. We investigated the effect of enhanced PLC-δ1 on Ca(2+) influx and its underlying mechanisms. We used human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293 and coronary arteries-smooth-muscle cells (CASMC). Intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+) ]i ) (nM) was measured by fura-2, and Ca(2+) influx was evaluated by the increase in [Ca(2+) ]i after addition of extracellular Ca(2+) . Acetylcholine (ACh) was used to induce Ca(2+) influx...
January 20, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097355/effect-of-etelcalcetide-vs-placebo-on-serum-parathyroid-hormone-in-patients-receiving-hemodialysis-with-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-two-randomized-clinical-trials
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Geoffrey A Block, David A Bushinsky, John Cunningham, Tilman B Drueke, Markus Ketteler, Reshma Kewalramani, Kevin J Martin, T Christian Mix, Sharon M Moe, Uptal D Patel, Justin Silver, David M Spiegel, Lulu Sterling, Liron Walsh, Glenn M Chertow
Importance: Secondary hyperparathyroidism contributes to extraskeletal complications in chronic kidney disease. Objective: To evaluate the effect of the intravenous calcimimetic etelcalcetide on serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations in patients receiving hemodialysis. Design, Setting, and Participants: Two parallel, phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled treatment trials were conducted in 1023 patients receiving hemodialysis with moderate to severe secondary hyperparathyroidism...
10, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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