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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339444/a-review-of-long-term-pain-relief-after-genicular-nerve-radiofrequency-ablation-in-chronic-knee-osteoarthritis
#1
Ferdinand Iannaccone, Samuel Dixon, Andrew Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Studies of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of genicular nerves have reportedly significantly decreased pain up to 3 months post ablation, but no longer term effects have been reported. We performed an analysis of long-term pain relief of 31 RFA procedures of the genicular nerves to analyze the degree of pain relief past 3 months, culminating at 6 months. STUDY DESIGN: Chart review and study design was approved by Newark Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB)...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339441/the-role-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-area-as-a-morphological-parameter-of-lumbar-central-spinal-stenosis
#2
Young Uk Kim, Jun Young Park, Doo Hwan Kim, Myung-Hwan Karm, Jae-Young Lee, Jee In Yoo, Sung Won Chon, Jeong Hun Suh
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum (LF) has been considered as a major cause of lumbar central spinal stenosis (LCSS). Previous studies have found that ligamentum flavum thickness (LFT) is correlated with aging, disc degeneration, and lumbar spinal stenosis. However, hypertrophy is different from thickness. Thus, to evaluate hypertrophy of the whole LF, we devised a new morphological parameter, called the ligamentum flavum area (LFA). OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that the LFA is a key morphologic parameter in the diagnosis of LCSS...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339432/bipolar-versus-unipolar-intraarticular-pulsed-radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-in-chronic-knee-pain-treatment-a-prospective-randomized-trial
#3
Ersel Gulec, Hayri Ozbek, Sinan Pektas, Geylan Isik
BACKGROUND: Chronic knee pain is a major widespread problem causing significant impairment of daily function. Pulsed radiofrequency has been shown to reduce severe chronic joint pain as a non-pharmacological and less invasive treatment method. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the effectiveness of unipolar and bipolar intraarticular pulsed radiofrequency methods in chronic knee pain control. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind study...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330019/facial-nerve-tractography-a-new-tool-to-detect-perineural-invasion-in-parotid-cancers
#4
René-Charles Rouchy, Arnaud Attyé, Irène Troprès, Maud Medici, Adrian Kastler, Christian Righini, Alexandre Krainik
PURPOSE: To determine whether magnetic resonance (MR) tractography of facial nerve (VIIn) is useful to detect perineural invasion in case of parotid cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients, aged 18 or over, were enrolled in this prospective study between December 2013 and March 2016 (IRB 5891), with a diagnosis of parotid tumors (15 malignant, 15 benign). They have undergone preoperative MR scans (3.0-T) before surgical management. The parameters of the diffusion-weighted (DW) sequence were b-value of 1000s/mm(2); 32 directions; voxel size: 2mm isotropic; scan time: 9' The post-processing generates whole-neck constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD)-based tractography data and super-resolution track-weighted imaging (TWI) technique...
March 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327093/continuous-non-invasive-finger-cuff-caretaker%C3%A2-comparable-to-invasive-intra-arterial-pressure-in-patients-undergoing-major-intra-abdominal-surgery
#5
Irwin Gratz, Edward Deal, Francis Spitz, Martin Baruch, I Elaine Allen, Julia E Seaman, Erin Pukenas, Smith Jean
BACKGROUND: Despite increased interest in non-invasive arterial pressure monitoring, the majority of commercially available technologies have failed to satisfy the limits established for the validation of automatic arterial pressure monitoring by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). According to the ANSI/AAMI/ISO 81060-2:2013 standards, the group-average accuracy and precision are defined as acceptable if bias is not greater than 5 mmHg and standard deviation is not greater than 8 mmHg...
March 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323377/accuracy-of-pdff-estimation-by-magnitude-based-and-complex-based-mri-in-children-with-mr-spectroscopy-as-a-reference
#6
William M Haufe, Tanya Wolfson, Catherine A Hooker, Jonathan C Hooker, Yesenia Covarrubias, Alex N Schlein, Gavin Hamilton, Michael S Middleton, Jorge E Angeles, Diego Hernando, Scott B Reeder, Jeffrey B Schwimmer, Claude B Sirlin
PURPOSE: To assess and compare the accuracy of magnitude-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI-M) and complex-based MRI (MRI-C) for estimating hepatic proton density fat fraction (PDFF) in children, using MR spectroscopy (MRS) as the reference standard. A secondary aim was to assess the agreement between MRI-M and MRI-C. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a HIPAA-compliant, retrospective analysis of data collected in children enrolled in prospective, Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved studies between 2012 and 2014...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321137/navigating-the-institutional-review-board-irb-process-for-pharmacy-related-research
#7
Marjorie Shaw Phillips, Osama Abdelghany, Susan Johnston, Rachel Rarus, Jennifer Austin-Szwak, Craig Kirkwood
Pharmacists' specialized training and knowledge qualify them to lead and engage in research pertaining to optimal medication use. Performing research promotes pharmacy professionalism and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. To conduct research appropriately, one must have thorough knowledge of when institutional review board (IRB) approval is required and how to successfully navigate IRB processes. The overarching mission of the IRB overseeing research at an organization per federal guidelines is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research...
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317003/peri-operative-inflammatory-cytokines-in-plasma-of-the-elderly-correlate-in-prospective-study-with-postoperative-changes-in-cognitive-test-scores
#8
R Kline, E Wong, M Haile, S Didehvar, S Farber, A Sacks, E Pirraglia, M J de Leon, A Bekker
Increasingly, postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is recognized as a complication after surgery in the elderly; but it's etiology remains unclear. Here we examine changes in cytokine levels during both the pre-operative and postoperative period, comparing them with long term variation in cognitive test scores. Forty-one patients aged 65 and older undergoing major surgery with general anesthesia were recruited after written consent in this IRB approved study. Thirty went on to complete this prospective, non-interven-tional and non-randomized study...
August 2016: Int J Anesthesiol Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314701/genitourinary-involvement-and-management-in-children-with-stevens-johnson-syndrome-and-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis
#9
J P Van Batavia, D I Chu, C J Long, M Jen, D A Canning, D A Weiss
BACKGROUND: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are devastating hypersensitivity disorders that cause epidermal cell death and can affect all epidermal surfaces, including the urethra, vagina, labial and scrotal skin. Despite the well-described ocular and orofacial manifestations of SJS/TEN, there is a paucity of reports on the genitourinary (GU) symptoms and their management. Specifically, consulting services often ask the pediatric urology team if it is safe to place a urethral catheter, but there is no data in the literature to help guide management...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306638/the-proinflammatory-cytokines-il-1%C3%A3-and-tnf-%C3%AE-influence-human-annulus-cell-signaling-cues-for-neurite-growth-in-vitro-co-culture-studies
#10
Helen E Gruber, Brittany Jones, Emilio Marrero, Edward N Hanley
STUDY DESIGN: IRB-approved research using human annulus cells co-cultured with F11 nerve cells. OBJECTIVE: To perform functional, kinetic assays of neurite dynamics and media neurotrophin measurement to test whether proinflammatory cytokines influence annulus cells' signaling cues for neurite growth/repulsion. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Nerves grow in response to signaling molecules called neurotrophins which disc cells produce (e.g. brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neurotrophin 3 (NT3)) and which influence neuron survival, differentiation and migration...
March 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306547/synthetic-ct-for-mri-based-liver-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-treatment-planning
#11
Jeremy S Bredfeldt, Lianli Liu, Mary Feng, Yue Cao, James M Balter
A technique for generating MRI-derived synthetic CT volumes (MRCTs) is demonstrated in support of adaptive liver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Under IRB approval, 16 subjects with hepatocellular carcinoma were scanned using a single MR pulse sequence (T1 Dixon). Air-containing voxels were identified by intensity thresholding on T1-weighted, water and fat images. The envelope of the anterior vertebral bodies was segmented from the fat image and fuzzy-C-means (FCM) was used to classify each non-air voxel as mid-density, lower-density, bone, or marrow in the abdomen, with only bone and marrow classified within the vertebral body envelope...
March 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306212/tracheal-extubation-practices-following-adenotonsillectomy-in-children-effects-on-operating-room-efficiency-between-two-institutions
#12
Hiromi Kako, Marco Corridore, Sarah Seo, Charles Elmaraghy, Meredith Lind, Joseph D Tobias
BACKGROUND: Adenotonsillectomy is one of the most commonly performed operative procedures in children. It is imperative to find the most efficient and cost-effective methods of practice to facilitate operating room management while maintaining patient safety. We investigated the efficiency of two different approaches of tracheal extubation in pediatric patients following adenotonsillectomy at two tertiary care pediatric hospitals with large surgical volumes. The primary aim of the study was to determine the difference in the operating room time according to the institutional practice of tracheal extubation in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) as compared to the operating room...
March 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306141/the-attributable-burden-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-to-long-term-care-facilities-stay-a-clinical-study
#13
Styliani Karanika, Christos Grigoras, Myrto E Flokas, Michail Alevizakos, Tori Kinamon, Erna M Kojic, Eleftherios Mylonakis
BACKGROUND: Advanced age, history of hospitalization, and antibiotic consumption are associated with the pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) represent a setting where CDI has been increasingly reported. We aimed to estimate the actual attributable burden of CDI to LTCF stay and determine the characteristics of the disease epidemiology in this setting. DESIGN: IRB-approved retrospective cohort study. SETTING: LTCF and community...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301584/diagnostic-accuracy-and-added-value-of-dual-energy-subtraction-radiography-compared-to-standard-conventional-radiography-using-computed-tomography-as-standard-of-reference
#14
Katharina Martini, Marco Baessler, Stephan Baumueller, Thomas Frauenfelder
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate diagnostic performance of dual-energy subtraction radiography (DESR) for interpretation of chest radiographs compared to conventional radiography (CR) using computed tomography (CT) as standard of reference. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 199 patients (75 female, median age 67) were included in this institutional review board (IRB)-approved clinical trial. All patients were scanned in posteroanterior and lateral direction with dual-shot DE-technique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297332/impact-of-incorporating-visual-biofeedback-in-4d-mri
#15
David T To, Joshua P Kim, Ryan G Price, Indrin J Chetty, Carri K Glide-Hurst
Precise radiation therapy (RT) for abdominal lesions is complicated by respiratory motion and suboptimal soft tissue contrast in 4D CT. 4D MRI offers improved contrast although long scan times and irregular breathing patterns can be limiting. To address this, visual biofeedback (VBF) was introduced into 4D MRI. Ten volunteers were consented to an IRB-approved protocol. Prospective respiratory-triggered, T2-weighted, coronal 4D MRIs were acquired on an open 1.0T MR-SIM. VBF was integrated using an MR-compatible interactive breath-hold control system...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297294/real-time-in-vivo-dosimetry-for-sbrt-prostate-treatment-using-plastic-scintillating-dosimetry-embedded-in-a-rectal-balloon-a-case-study
#16
Justin L Cantley, Chee-Wai Cheng, Fredrick B Jesseph, Tarun K Podder, Valdir C Colussi, Bryan J Traughber, Lee E Ponsky, Rodney J Ellis
A novel FDA approved in vivo dosimetry device system using plastic scintillating detectors placed in an endorectal balloon to provide real-time in vivo dosimetry for prostatic rectal interface was tested for use with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). The system was used for the first time ever to measure dose during linear accelerator based SBRT. A single patient was treated with a total dose of 36.25 Gy given in 5 fractions. Delivered dose was measured for each treatment with the detectors placed against the anterior rectal wall near the prostate rectal interface...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295860/relationships-between-mri-breast-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-bi-rads-lexicon-descriptors-and-breast-cancer-molecular-subtypes-internal-enhancement-is-associated-with-luminal-b-subtype
#17
Lars J Grimm, Jing Zhang, Jay A Baker, Mary S Soo, Karen S Johnson, Maciej A Mazurowski
The aim of this study was to determine the associations between breast MRI findings using the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon descriptors and breast cancer molecular subtypes. In this retrospective, IRB-approved, single institution study MRIs from 278 women with breast cancer were reviewed by one of six fellowship-trained breast imagers. Readers reported BI-RADS descriptors for breast masses (shape, margin, internal enhancement) and non-mass enhancement (distribution, internal enhancement)...
March 13, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293042/polymorphisms-of-the-lipoprotein-lipase-gene-as-genetic-markers-for-stroke-in-colombian-population-a-case-control-study
#18
Leydi Carolina Velásquez Pereira, Clara Inés Vargas Castellanos, Federico Arturo Silva Sieger
OBJECTIVE: To analyze if there is an association between the presence of polymorphisms in the LPL gene (rs320, rs285 and rs328) with development of acute ischemic stroke in Colombian population. METHODS: In a case control design, 133 acute ischemic stroke patients (clinical diagnosis and x-ray CT) and 269 subjects without stroke as controls were studied. PCR -RFLP technique was used to detect rs320, rs285 and rs328 polymorphisms in the LPL gene. RESULTS: In the present research was not found any association between any of the LPL gene polymorphism and acute ischemic stroke in the population studied; the allele and genotypic frequencies of the studied polymorphisms were similar in cases and controls and followed the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium...
December 30, 2016: Colombia Médica: CM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291406/validation-of-the-baseline-severity-stratification-of-objective-functional-impairment-in-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
#19
Martin N Stienen, Nicolas R Smoll, Holger Joswig, Marco V Corniola, Karl Schaller, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Oliver P Gautschi
OBJECTIVE The Timed Up and Go (TUG) test is a simple, objective, and standardized method to measure objective functional impairment (OFI) in patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). The objective of the current work was to validate the OFI baseline severity stratification (BSS; with levels of "none," "mild," "moderate," and "severe"). METHODS Data were collected in a prospective IRB-approved 2-center study. Patients were assessed with a comprehensive panel of scales for measuring pain (visual analog scale [VAS] for back and leg pain), functional impairment (Roland-Morris Disability Index [RMDI] and Oswestry Disability Index [ODI]), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL; EQ-5D and SF-12)...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291158/value-of-second-opinion-review-of-outside-institution-pet-ct-examinations
#20
Gary A Ulaner, Lorenzo Mannelli, Mark Dunphy
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether second-opinion reviews of PET/CT examinations by subspecialists alter reporting of malignant findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This IRB-approved study compared 240 fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT consecutively dictated reports by two nuclear medicine subspecialists against the original outside institution reports. Subspecialist reviews documented whether malignant findings on the outside report were malignant and noted additional malignant findings not described on the outside report...
April 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
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