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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792212/the-role-of-human-metapneumovirus-genetic-diversity-and-nasopharyngeal-viral-load-on-symptom-severity-in-adults
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Xiang Yong Oong, Jack Bee Chook, Kim Tien Ng, Wei Zhen Chow, Kok Gan Chan, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Yong Kek Pang, Yoke Fun Chan, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Kok Keng Tee
BACKGROUND: Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) is established as one of the causative agents of respiratory tract infections. To date, there are limited reports that describe the effect of HMPV genotypes and/or viral load on disease pathogenesis in adults. This study aims to determine the role of HMPV genetic diversity and nasopharyngeal viral load on symptom severity in outpatient adults with acute respiratory tract infections. METHODS: Severity of common cold symptoms of patients from a teaching hospital was assessed by a four-category scale and summed to obtain the total symptom severity score (TSSS)...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790035/feasibility-of-intracardiac-echocardiography-imaging-from-the-left-superior-pulmonary-vein-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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Do Young Kim, Seung Yong Shin, Jin-Seok Kim, Seong Hwan Kim, Young-Hoon Kim, Hong Euy Lim
Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is considered an alternative imaging modality for left atrium appendage occlusion (LAAO) to avoid general anesthesia. However, the quality of ICE images obtained from right atrium can be suboptimal compared with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging. Although placing an ICE probe into left atrium can improve imaging quality, there are limited data regarding procedure outcomes of ICE-guided LAAO versus TEE-guided LAAO. One hundred forty four patients who underwent LAAO with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, Amulet, or Watchman device were enrolled from two referral institutes...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788682/immediate-breast-reconstruction-following-nipple-sparing-mastectomy-in-an-asian-population-aesthetic-outcomes-and-mitigating-nipple-areolar-complex-necrosis
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Wan-Sze Pek, Bien-Keem Tan, Yvonne Ying Ru Ng, Veronique Kiak Mien Tan, Mohamed Zulfikar Rasheed, Benita Kiat Tee Tan, Kong Wee Ong, Yee Siang Ong
BACKGROUND: Nipple-sparing mastectomies (NSMs) are increasingly performed to obtain the best aesthetic and psychological outcomes in breast cancer treatment. However, merely preserving the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) does not guarantee a good outcome. Darkly pigmented NACs and a tendency for poor scarring outcomes are particular challenges when treating Asian patients. Herein, we review the reconstructive outcomes following NSM at Singapore General Hospital. METHODS: All breasts reconstructed following NSM over an 11-year period from 2005 to 2015 were reviewed...
May 2018: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785312/a-case-of-progressive-stroke-on-posterior-circulation-with-transient-bilateral-oculomotor-palsy
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Chiaki Takahashi
Infarction located in the midbrain and pons presents various ophthalmic symptoms, because of the damage of the nuclei that control the movement of internal and external ocular and palpebral muscles. We experienced a case which presented with rare ocular symptoms and course. A 61-year-old man presented with left hemiparesis and dysarthria, bilateral ptosis, and bilateral impaired eyeball movement: right eyeball movement was totally impaired and left could only perform slight adduction. MRI showed fresh stroke in the right thalamus, cerebral crus, and posterior lobe and cuneate lesion on bilateral paramedian portion of the midbrain...
2018: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780907/calcified-amorphous-tumor-a-rare-cause-of-central-retinal-artery-occlusion
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Jeffrey H Ma, Manjot K Gill
Purpose: We report the case of a central retinal artery occlusion secondary to presumed embolus from a calcified amorphous tumor of the heart, a very rare non-neoplastic cardiac mass. Observations: A 60-year-old female presented with acute unilateral vision loss of the left eye. Examination revealed hand motion visual acuity of the left eye and a left relative afferent pupillary defect. Fundoscopy showed whitening of the macula with a cherry red spot, consistent with a central retinal artery occlusion...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762929/trileaflet-mitral-valve-treated-with-the-mitraclip%C3%A2-system
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Miguel Rodríguez-Santamarta, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Tomás Benito-González, Javier Gualis, Carmen Garrote, Armando Pérez de Prado, Felipe Fernández-Vázquez
A 79-year-old woman with a history of ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, severely depressed left ventricular ejection fraction and significant mitral regurgitation (MR) was admitted to the authors´ institution for percutaneous mitral valve repair. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed the presence of a posterior mitral cleft at the P2 level, causing a trileaflet mitral valve that contributed significantly to the regurgitant jet. The procedure was performed under general anesthesia and guided by real-time three-dimensional TEE...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762927/isolated-pulmonary-valve-fungal-endocarditis-with-candida-parapsilosis-management-considerations-of-a-rare-case
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Nirmal Guragai, Upamanyu Rampal, Rahul Vasudev, Dhaval Shah, Hiten Patel, Julius Salamera, Raja Pullatt, Fayez Shamoon
Pulmonary valve infections without the involvement of other valves account for only 1.5- 2% of all infective endocarditis cases. Isolated pulmonary valve endocarditis due to fungus is extremely rare. The case is presented of a 36-year-old male who was found to have isolated pulmonary valve endocarditis caused by a very rare organism, Candida parapsilosis, and that was solely managed with medical therapy. The patient was evaluated for three weeks of lowgrade fever, generalized rash and fatigue, and found to have C...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762923/intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-surgical-repair-of-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation
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Calogera Pisano, Claudia Calia, Alessandro Ricasoli, Oreste Fabio Triolo, Vincenzo Argano
BACKGROUND: Segmental analysis of diseased mitral valves is important to predict a successful surgical valve repair. An assessment was made of the comparative accuracy of intraoperative three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the evaluation of mitral valve lesions when compared with intraoperative surgical segmental analysis. METHODS: A total of 42 consecutive patients (12 females, 30 males; mean age 70.5 ± 14 years) with severe mitral valve regurgitation due to degenerative disease and who underwent mitral valve repair was enrolled in the study...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762919/incremental-value-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-integrated-with-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis-severity
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Shmuel Schwartzenberg, Mordehay Vaturi, Shirit Kazum, Daniel Monakier, Alexander Sagie, Ran Kornowski, Yaron Shapira
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the standard method for evaluating the severity of aortic stenosis (AS), while transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is useful for morphologic characterization. The study aim was to assess the impact of complementary TEE to TTE in refining hemodynamic assessment of AS severity. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of sequential TTE and TEE studies performed in 100 patients with moderate or severe AS confirmed on prior TTE...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761512/oral-anticoagulation-and-left-atrial-thrombi-resolution-in-non-rheumatic-atrial-fibrillation-or-flutter-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Norman C Wang, Matthew D Sather, Aliza Hussain, Andrew D Althouse, Evan C Adelstein, Sandeep K Jain, William E Katz, Alaa A Shalaby, Andrew H Voigt, Samir Saba
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is prescribed for left atrial thrombi (LAT) in non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or atrial flutter (AFL). The study objective was to review the existing evidence regarding LAT resolution in non-rheumatic AF and/or AFL with OAC agents. METHODS: Data sources included PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) between January 1, 1991 and February 1, 2017. English-language studies that assessed LAT resolution with OAC agents in subjects with non-rheumatic AF and/or AFL, by serial transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), and with follow-up times ≥3 weeks and < 1 year were selected...
May 14, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759668/incidence-characteristics-and-clinical-course-of-device-related-thrombus-after-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-device-implantation-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Shunsuke Kubo, Yukiko Mizutani, Krissada Meemook, Yoshifumi Nakajima, Asma Hussaini, Saibal Kar
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated characteristics and clinical impact of device-related thrombus formation after Watchman device implantation in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion using the Watchman device is an effective alternative to anticoagulation for stroke prevention in AF patients. However, device-related thrombus formation remains an important concern after Watchman implantation. METHODS: From 2006 to 2014, 119 consecutive AF patients underwent Watchman implantation...
December 11, 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758093/effects-of-human-electro-muscular-incapacitation-hemi-devices-on-cardiovascular-changes-in-anesthetized-swine-as-measured-by-transesophageal-echocardiography-tee
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Jacob R Werner, W Bosseau Murray, Mary J Kennett, David M Jenkins, Edward Liszka, Edward L Hughes
The abundance of, and reliance upon, human electro-muscular incapacitation (HEMI) devices, especially in law enforcement, has generated scrutiny and examination of these technologies. The purpose of this study was to examine cardiovascular effects resulting from typical (5 sec) and longer activation (20 sec) HEMI applications studying myocardial function and peripheral vascular system using a combination of invasive cardiovascular catheters and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Six healthy swine (Sus scrofa) 3-5 months in age and weighing between 60 and 86 kg were anesthetized and exposed to the TASER Model X26 waveform while transesophageal echocardiography was performed...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756387/adam-c-score-new-risk-score-for-predicting-diagnostic-yield-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-after-cerebral-ischemia
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Clément Charbonnel, Christophe Jego, François Jourda, Ulric Vinsonneau, Philippe Garçon, Guillaume Turlotte, Jean François Rivière, Marion Maurin, Rémy Lubret, Patrick Meimoun, Chrystelle Akret, Maxime Cournot, Charles Sokic, Laurent Michel, Maryse Lescure, David Kenizou, Marie Melay, Maxime Fayard, Bruno Gallet, Rémi Fouche, Luc Janin-Manificat, Nicolas Dijoux, Anne Céline Martin, Aurélia Tho-Agostini, Hubert Mann, Cécile Ricard, Fernando Pico, Jean Louis Georges, Loïc Belle, Patrick Jourdain
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The clinical utility of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) after brain ischemia (BI) remains a matter of debate. We aimed to evaluate the clinical impact of TEE and to build a score that could help physicians to identify which patients should better benefit from TEE. METHODS: This prospective, multicenter, observational study included patients over 18 years old, hospitalized for BI. TEE findings were judged discriminant if the results showed important information leading to major changes in the management of patients...
May 14, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755087/-successful-echo-guided-deployment-of-stent-graft-for-intraoperative-retrograde-aortic-dissection-and-rupture-report-of-a-case
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Naoki Kanemitsu, Takehiko Matsuo, Hiroaki Osada, Kazuo Yamanaka, Junichi Tazaki
We report a case of chronic dissecting thoracoabdominal aneurysm with intraoperative retrograde aortic dissection and rupture at proximal descending aorta, which was successfully treated by echoguided stent-graft insertion. An 82-year old male underwent thoracoabdominal aortic replacement for dilatation of infra-diaphragmatic aorta. Under F-F bypass, his thoracoabdominal aorta was replaced by a Dacron graft with 4-branches. After he weaned from F-F bypass, we found massive bleeding from proximal descending aorta...
May 2018: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753425/-the-contribution-of-systematic-implementation-of-cardiovascular-explorations-for-the-detection-of-cardiac-sources-of-embolism-in-patients-with-stroke-about-230-patients
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A Hadi, L Bendriss, A Khatouri
OBJECTIVES: Ischemic stroke are estimated at 80% of all strokes. Embolism of cardiac origin accounts for around 20% of them. The aim of our study is to report the contribution of cardiovascular investigations performed as a routine during the evaluation of patients with ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ischemic stroke cases collated in Cardiology department of the military hospital of Marrakech between January 2010 and December 2014...
May 9, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752997/indications-and-perioperative-outcomes-for-pancreatectomy-with-arterial-resection
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May C Tee, Adam C Krajewski, Ryan T Groeschl, Michael B Farnell, David M Nagorney, Michael L Kendrick, Sean P Cleary, Rory L Smoot, Kristopher P Croome, Mark J Truty
BACKGROUND: Pancreatectomy with AR is infrequently performed. As indications evolve, we evaluated indications, outcomes and predictors of mortality, morbidity, and survival after AR. STUDY DESIGN: Single-institution review of elective pancreatectomies with AR (7/1990-7/2017). Univariate/multivariate analyses performed for predictors of outcomes and survival. RESULTS: Total of 111 patients underwent pancreatectomy with AR including any hepatic (54%), any celiac (44%), any superior mesenteric (14%), or multiple ARs (14%) with revascularization in 55%...
May 9, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752398/device-related-thrombus-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure-incidence-predictors-and-outcomes
#17
Srinivas R Dukkipati, Saibal Kar, David R Holmes, Shephal K Doshi, Vijendra Swarup, Douglas N Gibson, Brijeshwar Maini, Nicole T Gordon, Michael L Main, Vivek Y Reddy
Background -In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device prevents thromboembolism from the LAA; however, thrombus may form on the left atrial face of the device, and then potentially embolize. Herein, we studied the incidence, predictors and clinical outcome of device-related thrombus (DRT) using a large series of clinical trial cohorts of patients undergoing Watchman implantation. Methods -We studied the device arms of 4 prospective FDA trials: PROTECT-AF (n=463); PREVAIL (n=269); CAP (n=566); CAP2 (n=578)...
May 11, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749071/a-polymorphous-rash-of-an-uncommon-blistering-disease
#18
C H Tan, L Y Kuan, Y K Heng, J Y Pan, S I Tee, Y L Lim, L S Tan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748212/tas-114-a-first-in-class-dual-dutpase-dpd-inhibitor-demonstrates-potential-to-improve-therapeutic-efficacy-of-fluoropyrimidine-based-chemotherapy
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Wakako Yano, Tatsushi Yokogawa, Takeshi Wakasa, Keisuke Yamamura, Akio Fujioka, Kunihiro Yoshisue, Eiji Matsushima, Seiji Miyahara, Hitoshi Miyakoshi, Junko Taguchi, Khoon Tee Chong, Yayoi Takao, Masayoshi Fukuoka, Kenichi Matsuo
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is an antimetabolite and exerts antitumor activity via intracellularly and physiologically complicated metabolic pathways. In this study, we designed a novel small molecule inhibitor, TAS-114, which targets the intercellular metabolism of 5-FU to enhance antitumor activity and modulates catabolic pathway to improve the systemic availability of 5-FU. TAS-114 strongly and competitively inhibited deoxyuridine 5'-triphosphate nucleotidohydrolase (dUTPase), a gatekeeper protein preventing aberrant base incorporation into DNA, and enhanced the cytotoxicity of fluoropyrimidines in cancer cells; however, it had little intrinsic activity...
May 10, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747569/systolic-characteristics-and-dynamic-changes-of-the-mitral-valve-in-different-grades-of-ischemic-mitral-regurgitation-insights-from-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Caroline Morbach, Diego Bellavia, Stefan Störk, Lissa Sugeng
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation in ischemic heart disease (IMR) is a strong predictor of outcome but until now, pathophysiology is not sufficiently understood and treatment is not satisfying. We aimed to systematically evaluate structural and functional mitral valve leaflet and annular characteristics in patients with IMR to determine the differences in geometric and dynamic changes of the MV between significant and mild IMR. METHODS: Thirty-seven patients with IMR (18 mild (m)MR, 19 significant (moderate+severe) (s)MR) and 33 controls underwent TEE...
May 10, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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