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Hand Trauma

Young Hak Roh, Beom Koo Lee, Min Ho Park, Jung Ho Noh, Hyun Sik Gong, Goo Hyun Baek
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort. INTRODUCTION: Patient comprehension of their injury, its treatment, and health care provider's instructions plays an important role in health management and recovery from trauma. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This study investigates the effects of health literacy (the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make appropriate health decisions) on treatment outcomes and satisfaction in patients with mallet finger injuries...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Verena Merki, Juliane Pichler, Roland Giger, Georgios Mantokoudis
BACKGROUND: Chylothorax is a very rare but major complication in thyroid surgery and should be apparent to clinicians in this field. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case with chylothrax after thyroid surgery in our department that drew our attention. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature to evaluate the incidence and the contributing factors of chylothorax after thyroid surgery. Database (PubMed) and hand searches to identify patients with thyroid surgery and postoperative chylothorax...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Sezai Özkan, Jos J Mellema, Adam Nazzal, Sang-Gil Lee, David Ring
PURPOSE: Information gathering is a key component of shared decision making and has a measurable effect on treatment decisions. Access to health information might improve quality of care in hand surgery. Our purpose was to identify socio-demographic, condition-related, and psychosocial factors associated with online information-seeking behavior in patients with hand and upper-extremity conditions. METHODS: From June 2015 to February 2016, we enrolled 134 patients with an upper-extremity condition who presented to an outpatient hand surgery office at an urban level I trauma center in this cross-sectional study...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Kiran C Mahabier, Dennis Den Hartog, Nina Theyskens, Michael H J Verhofstad, Esther M M Van Lieshout
BACKGROUND: The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and Constant-Murley scores are commonly used instruments. The DASH is patient-reported, and the Constant-Murley combines a clinician-reported and a patient-reported part. For patients with a humeral shaft fracture, their validity, reliability, responsiveness, and minimal important change (MIC) have not been published. This study evaluated the measurement properties of these instruments in patients who sustained a humeral shaft fracture...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Hannah A Blair, James E Frampton
Methoxyflurane (Penthrox(®)) is a halogenated ether first used clinically as a volatile inhalational anaesthetic. It has been used as an analgesic in Australia and New Zealand for the past 30 years. In the UK and Europe, methoxyflurane has been approved for the emergency relief of moderate to severe trauma pain in conscious adult patients. Methoxyflurane is self-administered using a hand-held inhaler. This article reviews the pharmacological properties of methoxyflurane and its clinical efficacy and tolerability in these patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Drug Investigation
Nasim Shahidi Hamedani, Heiko Rühl, Julia Janina Zimmermann, Tim Heiseler, Johannes Oldenburg, Günter Mayer, Bernd Pötzsch, Jens Müller
Activated protein C (APC) is a critical regulator of thrombin formation and thereby protects against thrombosis. On the other hand, overwhelming formation of APC increases the risk of bleeding such as in trauma-induced coagulopathy. Thus, pharmacological inhibition of APC activity may improve blood clottability in certain clinical situations. In this study, we demonstrate that the DNA aptamer HS02-52G binds with fast onset (1.118 ± 0.013 × 10(5) M(-1) s(-1)) to APC and possesses a long residence time of 13...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Luis Gerardo Natera Cisneros, Juan Sarasquete Reiriz
INTRODUCTION: Surgical indication for acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) injuries still represents a reason for shoulder and trauma debate. In high-grade injuries, surgery is advocated because some of the non-operatively managed patients may have persistent shoulder pain that could make them unable to return to their previous activity. It has been shown that many of the patients with high-grade ACJ injuries that are managed non-operatively involve the development of scapular dyskinesis, situation that may result in loss of strength and weakness...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Anders Seldén, Fatin Hermiz, Bengt Östlund
Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a possibly underdiagnosed but treatable cause of Raynaud's phenomenon and hand ischemia elicited by thombosis or aneurysm secondary to acute or chronic blunt trauma to the ulnar artery at the level of Guyon's canal. This paper provides a summary of the condition with some emphasis on prophylactic and therapeutic aspects.
October 7, 2016: Läkartidningen
J Christoph Katthagen, Dimitri S Tahal, Scott R Montgomery, Marilee P Horan, Peter J Millett
PURPOSE: To compare glenoid retroversion and functional outcomes between patients with traumatic onset of posterior shoulder instability (PSI) and patients with atraumatic onset of PSI. METHODS: Patients with PSI who underwent arthroscopic posterior capsulolabral anchor repair, were active in sports, and had undergone surgery a minimum of 2 years earlier were included. Traumatic onset was defined as PSI that occurred after a trauma with the shoulder in adduction, flexion, and internal rotation in patients with no history of instability...
October 4, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Aviram M Giladi, Kavitha Ranganathan, Kevin C Chung
Understanding the global burden of trauma, particularly upper extremity trauma, is necessary in addressing the need for surgical services. Critical to that mission is to understand, and accurately measure, disability and related disability-adjusted life-years from massive upper extremity trauma. The impact of these injuries is magnified when considering that they frequently occur to young people in prime working years. This article discusses these social and medical system issues and reviews components of a comprehensive approach to measuring outcomes after these injuries...
November 2016: Hand Clinics
Heather L Baltzer, Steven L Moran
Surgeons managing mutilating hand injures are faced with difficult decisions between attempting to salvage remaining or injured digits or proceeding to amputation and fusion. Through application of a basic understanding of hand biomechanics, the surgeon may more accurately predict what motion and function can best be salvaged. This article provides an explanation of how amputation, fusion, and tendon loss can affect postoperative hand motion. The surgeon can use these concepts in planning the reconstruction or preparing the foundation for secondary reconstructive procedures to achieve the highest functional outcome for the patient...
November 2016: Hand Clinics
Lisa K Schroder, Erich M Gauger, Jeffrey A Gilbertson, Peter A Cole
BACKGROUND: This study's purpose was to assess patient-based functional outcomes following open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of displaced scapular body and glenoid neck fractures. This series represents a 9-year experience at a level-I trauma center and referral destination for this injury. METHODS: A database was established to record surgical and functional outcomes of scapular fractures treated with ORIF. For this report, the cases of all patients who had a glenoid neck or scapular body fracture (AO/OTA 14-A3 or 14-C1) without intra-articular involvement were reviewed...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
T K Kim, Mark Phillips, Mohit Bhandari, John Watson, Rajesh Malhotra
BACKGROUND: Most TKA prostheses are designed based on the anatomy of white patients. Individual studies have identified key anthropometric differences between the knees of the white population and other major ethnic groups, yet there is limited understanding of what these findings may indicate if analyzed collectively. QUESTION/PURPOSE: What are the differences in morphologic features of the distal femur and proximal tibia among and within various ethnicities? METHODS: A systematic review of the PubMed database and a hand-search of article bibliographies identified 235 potentially eligible English-language studies...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Corinne E Wee, Tyler D Ames, Khoi M Le, Tiffany Wang, Laura S Phieffer, Carmen E Quatman
Fragility fractures, or fractures occurring from a low-trauma event, are extremely prevalent among the elderly population worldwide and associated with significant mortality and morbidity. This study evaluated the relationship between FES-I Fear of Falling Survey results, self-reported activity restrictions via the SF-36 survey, and scores recorded by portable, inexpensive clinical assessment tools (CATs) during dynamic functional tasks. Low scores during these tasks may indicate functional deficits that put patients at risk for falls and subsequent fragility fractures...
October 2016: Aging and Disease
Ezequiel Ernesto Zaidenberg, Pablo Roitman, Gerardo Luis Gallucci, Jorge Guillermo Boretto, Pablo De Carli
Background: In recent years the use of biodegradable suture anchors for treating tendon and ligament pathology in hand surgery became popular. These materials are biocompatible, radiolucent, and load sharing, as they incrementally transfer load to surrounding bone during the resorption process. Despite these numerous advantages, polyglycolic (PGA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) have become a problem because of the potential risk for foreign body reactions. Methods: This article presents a case of an intraosseous foreign body reaction and massive osteolysis of the proximal carpal after dorsal lunate dislocation repair with bioabsorbable suture anchors...
September 2016: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Linda Sandström, Carina Nilsson, Päivi Juuso, Åsa Engström
INTRODUCTION: When emergency medical services (EMS) are needed, the choice of transport depends on several factors. These may include the patient's medical condition, transport accessibility to the accident site and the receiving hospital's resources. Emergency care research is advancing, but little is known about the patient's perspective of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). AIM: The aim of this study was to describe trauma patients' experiences of HEMS...
September 30, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Daniele Poole, Andrea Cortegiani, Arturo Chieregato, Emanuele Russo, Concetta Pellegrini, Elvio De Blasio, Francesca Mengoli, Annalisa Volpi, Silvia Grossi, Lara Gianesello, Vanni Orzalesi, Francesca Fossi, Osvaldo Chiara, Carlo Coniglio, Giovanni Gordini
BACKGROUND: Traumatic coagulopathy is thought to increase mortality and its treatment to reduce preventable deaths. However, there is still uncertainty in this field, and available literature results may have been overestimated. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE database using the PubMed platform. We formulated four queries investigating the prognostic weight of traumatic coagulopathy defined according to conventional laboratory testing, and the effectiveness in reducing mortality of three different treatments aimed at contrasting coagulopathy (high fresh frozen plasma/packed red blood cells ratios, fibrinogen, and tranexamic acid administration)...
2016: PloS One
Shepard P Johnson, Kevin C Chung, Lin Zhong, Melissa J Shauver, Michael J Engelsbe, Chad Brummett, Jennifer F Waljee
PURPOSE: To evaluate prolonged opioid use in opioid-naïve patients after common hand surgery procedures in the United States. METHODS: We studied insurance claims from the Truven MarketScan databases to identify opioid-naïve adult patients (no opioid exposure 11 months before the perioperative period) who underwent an elective (carpal tunnel release, carpometacarpal arthroplasty/arthrodesis, cubital tunnel release, or trigger finger release) or trauma-related (closed distal radius fracture fixation, flexor tendon repair, metacarpal fracture fixation, or phalangeal fracture fixation) hand surgery procedure between 2010 and 2012 (N = 77,573 patients)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Mark Riebel, Richard Westrick, Donald Goss
A 24-year-old male Marine presented to a direct-access physical therapy clinic with a chief complaint of bilateral hand paresthesia secondary to a parachuting accident when his neck was forced into lateral flexion. Due to the positive neurologic findings and history of trauma, the physical therapist ordered cervical spine imaging. The odontoid was not adequately visualized on radiographs, but computed tomography revealed an os odontoideum. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2016;46(10):930. doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.0417...
October 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
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