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Ioana Frinc, Petru Ilies, Florin Zaharie, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ljubomir Petrov, Alexandru Irimie, Cristian Berce, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Anca Bojan
In the last decade, there is significant progress in clinical hematology with the discovery of targeted molecules and thus the achievement of both hematologic and molecular responses. Nevertheless, chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many types of hematological malignancies. Aggressive chemotherapy leads to immunosuppression, accompanied by a high rate of infections and an increased rate of treatment-related mortality. Invasive fungal infections, as well as more common bacterial and viral infections are frequent in immunocompromised patients as they are difficult to diagnose and treat...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098413/dermatomal-spread-following-posterior-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-pediatric-patients-our-initial-experience
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Maria A Hernandez, Tricia Vecchione, Karen Boretsky
INTRODUCTION: Several techniques for the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block have been described. The extent of sensory changes using an ultrasound-guided posterior TAP block (pTAP) remains unclear in pediatric patients. The primary aim of this study was to report the extent of sensory changes achieved with pTAP; specifically the highest thoracic dermatome anesthetized. Secondary outcomes were pain scores (PS), opioid consumption, and complications. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients less than 21 years of age undergoing abdominal surgery with a unilateral or bilateral pTAP(s) for postoperative analgesia...
January 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097187/intraoperative-epiaortic-ultrasound-for-traumatic-pseudoaneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Michelle Eddins, Marco Aguirre, Jonathan Price, Michael Wait, Pietro Bajona
Epiaortic ultrasound is an imaging modality that is commonly used to evaluate the ascending aorta for atheroma and other mural lesions during elective cardiac surgery. Its use in contained aortic rupture has not been established. We present a case of thoracic trauma with contained pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta. At operation, the precise location of the aortic tear could not be identified by visual inspection, manual palpation, or transesophageal echocardiography. Epiaortic ultrasound was employed and the aortic defect was identified and successfully repaired...
June 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073593/integrative-cardiopulmonary-ultrasound-for-interstitial-lung-disease-assessment-correlation-between-lung-ultrasound-performance-and-cardiac-involvement
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Wei-Wei Zhu, Yi-Dan Li, Hong Li, Xiu-Zhang Lu, Ling-Yun Kong, Xiao-Guang Ye, Qi-Zhe Cai, Lan-Lan Sun, Wei Jiang, Li Wang
The aims of this study were to apply integrative cardiopulmonary ultrasound (thoracic ultrasound) to the evaluation of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) and to determine the relationship between lung ultrasound signs and echocardiographic parameters such as systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) and various right ventricular parameters. ILD patients and healthy controls underwent lung ultrasound (LUS) and echocardiographic tests. In addition to traditional echocardiographic parameters, right ventricular free wall longitudinal strain (RVLS_FW) was measured using 2-D speckle-tracking echocardiography...
January 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068871/predilation-technique-with-balloon-angioplasty-to-facilitate-percutaneous-groin-access-of-large-size-sheath-through-scar-tissue
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Felice Pecoraro, Mayur Krishnaswamy, Johnny Steuer, Gilbert Puippe, Nicola Mangialardi, Thomas Pfammatter, Zoran Rancic, Frank J Veith, Neal S Cayne, Mario Lachat
Purpose Percutaneous remote access for endovascular aortic repair is an advantageous alternative to open access. Previous surgery in the femoral region and the presence of synthetic vascular grafts in the femoral/iliac arteries represent major limitations to percutaneous remote access. The aim of this study was to evaluate an original technique used for enabling percutaneous remote access for thoracic or abdominal endovascular aortic repair in patients with scar tissue and/or a vascular graft in the groin. Methods Twenty-five consecutive patients with a thoracic (11/25; 44%) or an aortic aneurysm (14/25; 66%) and with a synthetic vascular graft in the groin (16/25; 64%) or a redo groin access (9/25; 36%) were managed through the percutaneous remote access...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058731/improved-intercostal-hifu-ablation-using-a-phased-array-transducer-based-on-fermat-s-spiral-and-voronoi-tessellation-a-numerical-evaluation
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Pascal Ramaekers, Mario Ries, Chrit T W Moonen, Martijn de Greef
PURPOSE: A major complication for abdominal High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) applications is the obstruction of the acoustic beam path by the thoracic cage, which absorbs and reflects the ultrasonic energy leading to undesired overheating of healthy tissues in the pre-focal area. Prior work has investigated the determination of optimized transducer apodization laws, which allow for a reduced rib exposure whilst (partially) restoring focal point intensity through power compensation...
January 6, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054136/-role-of-imaging-procedures-in-clarification-of-complications-of-pneumonia
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K Lampichler
CLINICAL ISSUE: Despite a considerable number of antimicrobial agents and interdisciplinary treatment options, lower respiratory tract infections are still associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Infections of the respiratory tract can lead to severe complications, such as empyema, lung abscesses and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Besides intrapulmonary complications pneumonia can also impair other organs due to a systemic inflammatory response. Underlying cardiovascular diseases, such as chronic heart failure, arteriosclerosis and dysrhythmia can either deteriorate due to infections or be newly manifested as a result of pneumonia...
January 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045734/prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-pet-ct-uptake-in-lymph-nodes-with-active-sarcoidosis
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André Henrique Dias, Mikkel Holm Vendelbo, Kirsten Bouchelouche
We describe 2 cases of Ga-PSMA PET/CT in prostate cancer patients. Both cases demonstrated symmetrical bilateral involvement of mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes besides findings in relation with prostatic disease. In both cases, endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy showed that the involvement of the thoracic lymph nodes was caused by nonnecrotic granulomas compatible with sarcoidosis. The cases demonstrated that increased Ga-PSMA uptake can be seen in lymph nodes with active sarcoidosis, with images mimicking those well known from FDG PET/CT...
December 30, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027224/ultrasound-guided-bilateral-thoracic-paravertebral-blocks-as-an-adjunct-to-general-anesthesia-in-patients-undergoing-reduction-mammaplasty-a-historical-cohort-study
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Emine A Salviz, Nukhet Sivrikoz, Anil Ozonur, Mukadder Orhan-Sungur, Meltem Savran-Karadeniz, Demet Altun, Emre Hocaoglu, Burcu Celet-Ozden, Kamil M Tugrul
BACKGROUND: This study investigates whether ultrasound-guided thoracic paravertebral blocks would improve postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing bilateral reduction mammaplasty. METHODS: After obtaining ethics committee approval, data of 70 patients who underwent bilateral reduction mammaplasty were reviewed. Sixty-four patients' data were evaluable; 30 were in the general anesthesia group and 34 were in the thoracic paravertebral block group. Data such as time to first pain, intraoperative fentanyl requirement, postoperative numeric rating scale scores, number of patients who required tramadol in the postoperative care unit, and rescue analgesic consumption through the first 2 postoperative days were analyzed...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018536/computer-modeling-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-technology-changes-on-resident-procedural-volume
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Tyler R Grenda, Tiffany N S Ballard, Andrea T Obi, William Pozehl, F Jacob Seagull, Ryan Chen, Amy M Cohn, Mark S Daskin, Rishindra M Reddy
BACKGROUND : As resident "index" procedures change in volume due to advances in technology or reliance on simulation, it may be difficult to ensure trainees meet case requirements. Training programs are in need of metrics to determine how many residents their institutional volume can support. OBJECTIVE : As a case study of how such metrics can be applied, we evaluated a case distribution simulation model to examine program-level mediastinoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) volumes needed to train thoracic surgery residents...
December 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017162/quadratus-lumborum-block-in-chronic-pain-after-abdominal-hernia-repair-case-report
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Rita Carvalho, Elena Segura, Maria do Céu Loureiro, José Pedro Assunção
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The quadratus lumborum blockade was described by R. Blanco in its two approaches (I and II). The local anesthetic deposition in this location can provide blockade to T6-L1 dermatomes. We performed this fascia blockade guided by ultrasound for treating a chronic neuropathic pain in the abdominal wall. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 61 years old, 83kg, with a history of thrombocytopenia due to alcoholic cirrhosis, among others; had chronic pain in the abdominal wall after multiple abdominal hernia repairs in the last year and a half, with poor response to treatment with neuromodulators and opioids...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010920/computer-aided-diagnosis-of-coronary-artery-disease-myocardial-infarction-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-using-ultrasound-images-a-review
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REVIEW
Oliver Faust, U Rajendra Acharya, Vidya K Sudarshan, Ru San Tan, Chai Hong Yeong, Filippo Molinari, Kwan Hoong Ng
The diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Myocardial Infarction (MI) and carotid atherosclerosis is of paramount importance, as these cardiovascular diseases may cause medical complications and large number of death. Ultrasound (US) is a widely used imaging modality, as it captures moving images and image features correlate well with results obtained from other imaging methods. Furthermore, US does not use ionizing radiation and it is economical when compared to other imaging modalities. However, reading US images takes time and the relationship between image and tissue composition is complex...
December 20, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009644/imaging-of-nontraumatic-thoracic-emergencies
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Lauran Stöger, Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, Bram H J Geurts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute chest symptoms form an important incentive for imaging in the emergency setting. This review discusses the radiologic features of various vascular and pulmonary diseases leading to acute respiratory distress and recent developments on important emergency radiologic examinations. RECENT FINDINGS: Recently, triple-rule-out computed tomography protocol was introduced in diagnosis of chest pain, and advancing computed tomography technology and knowledge have led to discussion on treatment of pulmonary embolism...
December 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002229/evaluation-of-ultrasound-assisted-thoracic-epidural-placement-in-patients-undergoing-upper-abdominal-and-thoracic-surgery-a-randomized-double-blind-study
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David B Auyong, Lucy Hostetter, Stanley C Yuan, April E Slee, Neil A Hanson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The placement of thoracic epidurals can be technically challenging and requires a thorough understanding of neuraxial anatomy. Although ultrasound imaging of the thoracic spine has been described, no outcome studies on the use of this imaging have been performed. We evaluated whether preprocedural ultrasound of the thoracic spine would facilitate the process of epidural catheterization. METHODS: Subjects undergoing thoracic or upper abdominal surgery with planned thoracic epidural placement at T10 or higher were enrolled in this randomized double-blind study...
December 19, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998860/-anesthetic-effect-and-safety-of-ultrasound-guided-thoracic-paravertebral-blockade-in-sympathectomy-for-palmar-hyperhidrosis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jin-Dong Xu, Li-Na Yu, Da-Qiang Zhao, Liang Xie, Hai-Yu Zhou, Sheng Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the anesthetic effect and safety of ultrasound-guided thoracic paravertebral blockade in video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy for treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis. METHODS: A total of 120 patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy for moderate or severe hyperhidrosis were randomized to receive ultrasound-guided thoracic paravertebral blockade (group A, n=60) or general anesthesia with tracheal intubation (group B, n=60)...
December 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993741/spinal-intradural-arachnoid-webs-causing-spinal-cord-compression-with-inconclusive-preoperative-imaging-a-report-of-three-cases-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Dafang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Spinal arachnoid webs are a rare variant of spinal arachnoid cysts where one or multiple focal membranes of arachnoid tissue obstruct the subarachnoid space. Only 11 prior cases of arachnoid webs have been reported in the literature. Our objective is to present a series of three consecutive cases of arachnoid webs from our institution and to review the literature on this rare condition to provide recommendations for its management. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed for three consecutive cases of intradural arachnoid webs causing spinal cord compression at our institution, with inconclusive preoperative imaging, treatment with surgical decompression and resection...
December 16, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992270/role-of-high-dose-chemotherapy-with-autologous-stem-cell-rescue-in-men-with-previously-treated-germ-cell-tumors
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Lance C Pagliaro
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982294/boerhaave-syndrome-case-report
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Biljana Radovanovic Dinic, Goran Ilic, Snezana Tesic Rajkovic, Tatjana Jevtovic Stoimenov
CONTEXT: Boerhaave syndrome consists of spontaneous longitudinal transmural rupture of the esophagus, usually in its distal part. It generally develops during or after persistent vomiting as a consequence of a sudden increase in intraluminal pressure in the esophagus. It is extremely rare in clinical practice. In 50% of the cases, it is manifested by Mackler's triad: vomiting, lower thoracic pain and subcutaneous emphysema. Hematemesis is an uncommon yet challenging presentation of Boerhaave's syndrome...
December 12, 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978593/fetal-neurosonogaphy-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-competition
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S Tercanli, F Prüfer
Both in routine diagnostics and detailed, highly specialized workups, major advances have been observed in many areas of ultrasound due to an increase in expertise and improved technology in recent years. This is particularly true in the case of fetal neurosonography 1 2 3 4. Malformations of the CNS together with fetal heart defects are among the most common congenital anomalies. From the embryonic phase to the late third trimester, the CNS undergoes extensive development and maturation processes. The diagnosis of CNS anomalies is therefore primarily dependent on the time at which the examination is performed and the experience of the examiner...
December 2016: Ultraschall in der Medizin
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