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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346779/predictors-of-recoverability-of-renal-function-after-pyeloplasty-in-adults-with-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction
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Xiao-Dong Li, Yu-Peng Wu, Yong Wei, Shao-Hao Chen, Qing-Shui Zheng, Hai Cai, Xue-Yi Xue, Ning Xu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify factors predicting the recoverability of renal function after pyeloplasty in adult patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 138 adults with unilateral renal obstruction-induced hydronephrosis and who underwent Anderson-Hynes dismembered pyeloplasty from January 2013 to January 2016. Hydronephrosis was classified preoperatively according to the Society for Fetal Urology (SFU) grading system...
January 18, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346531/doppler-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis-a-25-operator-study-demonstrating-why-reading-the-peak-velocity-is-superior-to-velocity-time-integral
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Stefania Sacchi, Niti M Dhutia, Matthew J Shun-Shin, Massoud Zolgharni, Nilesh Sutaria, Darrel P Francis, Graham D Cole
Aims: Measurements with superior reproducibility are useful clinically and research purposes. Previous reproducibility studies of Doppler assessment of aortic stenosis (AS) have compared only a pair of observers and have not explored the mechanism by which disagreement between operators occurs. Using custom-designed software which stored operators' traces, we investigated the reproducibility of peak and velocity time integral (VTI) measurements across a much larger group of operators and explored the mechanisms by which disagreement arose...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346298/motion-tracking-system-for-robust-non-contact-blood-perfusion-sensor
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Masaaki Hashimoto, Yoshihiro Taguchi
We propose a motion-robust laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) system that can be used as a non-contact blood perfusion sensor for medical diagnosis. Endoscopic LDF systems are typically limited in their usefulness in clinical contexts by the need for the natural organs to be immobilized, as serious motion artifacts due to the axial surface displacement can interfere with blood perfusion measurements. In our system, the focusing lens moves to track the motion of the target using a low-frequency reference signal in the optical data, enabling the suppression of these motion artifacts in the axial direction...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346297/the-dynamic-performance-of-flexural-ultrasonic-transducers
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Andrew Feeney, Lei Kang, George Rowlands, Steve Dixon
Flexural ultrasonic transducers are principally used as proximity sensors and for industrial metrology. Their operation relies on a piezoelectric ceramic to generate a flexing of a metallic membrane, which delivers the ultrasound signal. The performance of flexural ultrasonic transducers has been largely limited to excitation through a short voltage burst signal at a designated mechanical resonance frequency. However, a steady-state amplitude response is not generated instantaneously in a flexural ultrasonic transducer from a drive excitation signal, and differences in the drive characteristics between transmitting and receiving transducers can affect the measured response...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345985/cyp3a-activity-and-rivaroxaban-serum-concentrations-in-russian-patients-with-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Dmitriy Alexeyevich Sychev, Arshak Vardanyan, Aleksandr Rozhkov, Edita Hachatryan, Ani Badanyan, Valery Smirnov, Anna Ananichuk, Natalya Denisenko
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban is metabolized in the liver via CYP3A4, the cytochrome involved in the metabolism of nearly 50% of all medications. Thus, its effective concentration depends on multiple pharmacologic parameters. METHODS: The primary goal of our research was to study the correlation between the CYP3A family activity and the safety and efficacy of anticoagulant therapy with rivaroxaban in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Thirty one patients with DVT aged 21-83 years, 18 men and 13 women, received rivaroxaban (Xarelto) 30 mg/day for 21 days after diagnosis and 20 mg/day for the follow-up period of 6 months...
January 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345165/oral-contraceptive-pills-as-an-option-for-non-surgical-management-of-retained-products-of-conception-a-preliminary-study
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Anat Hershko Klement, Mitri Frederic, Yaakov Bentov, Paul Chang, Dan Nayot, Jigal Haas, Robert F Casper
Many Patients with persistent retained products of conception prefers to avoid surgical interventions, such as a dilatation and curettage (D&C) that might pose an additional future risk to their already compromised fertility or obstetric performance. The aim of this study was to the possibility of induced withdrawal bleeding following oral contraceptive administration as a non-surgical treatment for patients with persistent retained products of conception (RPOC). A retrospective study of patients presenting with retained products of conception (RPOC) after failed expectant management or after treatment with PGE1 was performed...
January 18, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345146/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-for-monitoring-vedolizumab-therapy-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-a-pilot-study
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Ruediger S Goertz, Daniel Klett, Dane Wildner, Raja Atreya, Markus F Neurath, Deike Strobel
Background Microvascularization of the bowel wall can be visualized and quantified non-invasively by software-assisted analysis of derived time-intensity curves. Purpose To perform software-based quantification of bowel wall perfusion using quantitative contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) according to clinical response in patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with vedolizumab. Material and Methods In a prospective study, in 18 out of 34 patients, high-frequency ultrasound of bowel wall thickness using color Doppler flow combined with CEUS was performed at baseline and after 14 weeks of treatment with vedolizumab...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345019/a-vascular-mechanism-to-explain-thermally-mediated-variations-in-deep-body-cooling-rates-during-the-immersion-of-profoundly-hyperthermic-individuals
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Joanne N Caldwell, Anne M J van den Heuvel, Pete Kerry, Mitchell J Clark, Gregory E Peoples, Nigel A S Taylor
Physiologically trivial time differences for cooling the intrathoracic viscera of hyperthermic individuals have been reported between cold- and temperate-water immersion treatments. One explanation for that observation is reduced convective heat delivery to the skin during cold immersion, and this experiment was designed to test both the validity of that observation, and its underlying hypothesis. Eight healthy males participated in four head-out, water immersions: two when normothermic, and two following exercise-induced, moderate-profound hyperthermia...
January 18, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344667/clinical-evaluation-of-covered-stents-in-the-treatment-of-superficial-femoral-artery-pseudoaneurysm-in-drug-abusers
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Jian Xu, Zhao Zheng, Yong Yang, Wei Zhang, Hongliang Zhao, Bei E, Minwen Zheng
The present study aimed to investigate the technical feasibility and initial clinical outcomes of a covered stent for the endovascular treatment of superficial femoral artery (SFA) pseudoaneurysm in drug abusers. A total of 29 drug abuse patients with SFA pseudoaneurysm, as confirmed by color Doppler sonography, were enrolled to the present study between January 2012 and May 2014. All patients were treated percutaneously by implantation of a covered stent. Physical examination and lower extremity computed tomography angiography were performed at 1 and 9 months postoperation...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343893/assessment-of-perfusion-of-free-flaps-used-in-head-and-neck-reconstruction-using-pulsatility-index
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Akshay Kapoor, Malay Karmakar, Collin Roy, Kaushal Priya Anand
Objective: To detect venous or arterial obstruction in the pedicle of a free flap we can monitor resistance in the flap bed which is reflected in Pulsatility Index (PI) Therefore if we detect change in the values of the PI in these flaps then we can detect complications in flap due to vascular insufficiency early. Materials and Methods: Seven patients of Free Fibular Flap Reconstruction and ten patients of Free Radial Forearm Flap reconstruction were evaluated over a period of 18 months...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343820/increased-left-ventricular-mass-index-is-present-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-without-ischemic-heart-disease
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Jelena P Seferovic, Milorad Tesic, Petar M Seferovic, Katarina Lalic, Aleksandra Jotic, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Vojislav Giga, Sanja Stankovic, Natasa Milic, Ljiljana Lukic, Tanja Milicic, Marija Macesic, Jelena Stanarcic Gajovic, Nebojsa M Lalic
Left ventricular mass index (LVMI) increase has been described in hypertension (HTN), but less is known about its association with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). As these conditions frequently co-exist, we investigated the association of T2DM, HTN and both with echocardiographic parameters, and hypothesized that patients with both had highest LVMI, followed by patients with only T2DM or HTN. Study population included 101 T2DM patients, 62 patients with HTN and no T2DM, and 76 patients with T2DM and HTN, excluded for ischemic heart disease...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343075/tocilizumab-in-giant-cell-arteritis-a-real-life-retrospective-study
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Gianfranco Vitiello, Carolina Orsi Battaglini, Giulia Carli, Anna Radice, Andrea Matucci, Alessandra Vultaggio, Catia Olianti, Paola Parronchi, Enrico Maggi, Daniele Cammelli
This study aims to evaluate (1) the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ) as a steroid-sparing agent in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) and (2) the usefulness of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in the follow-up and to detect disease activity. We retrospectively evaluated 12 patients with GCA treated with TCZ (8 mg/kg/mo). Pre- and posttherapy data about clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory results, FDG-PET imaging study, and the mean glucocorticoid (GC) dose were used to assess disease activity...
January 1, 2018: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342466/deep-vein-thrombosis-a-rare-cause-of-acute-testicular-pain-case-report-literature-review
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Adrián Amador Robayna, Jonathan Rodríguez Talavera, Begoña Ballesta Martínez, Javier Falcón Barroso, Almudena Carrión Valencia, Nuria Orribo Morales, Melania Santacruz Pérez, Jesús Monllor Gisbert
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is defined as the formation of a clot in a blood vessel that obstructs the flow of blood to the peripheral tissues. The incidence of thromboembolic disease ranges from 0.7 to 1.2% within urology. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old warehouse worker male presented to the emergency department with worsening of a month's lasting scrotal pain. Physical examination showed the presence of an enlarged and painful left testicle with no other findings. Right testicle, penis and abdominal examination showed no abnormalities whatsoever...
January 17, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342039/an-optimal-partial-ossicular-prosthesis-should-connect-both-to-the-tympanic-membrane-and-malleus-a-temporal-bone-study-using-laser-doppler-vibrometry
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Anders Niklasson, Kilian Gladiné, Anton Rönnblom, Magnus von Unge, Joris Dirckx, Krister Tano
OBJECTIVE: To compare stapes vibrations in different partial ossicular replacement prosthesis (PORP) applications. METHODS: Stapedial vibrations were measured on fresh frozen human temporal bones with laser Doppler vibrometry. Eight different types of common ossiculoplasty methods were compared regarding recovery of stapes vibrations in relation with the normal ossicular chain. The PORPs were divided into three groups: 1) PORPs with the lateral contact only with the tympanic membrane, 2) PORPs with lateral contact only to the malleus handle, and 3) PORPs with lateral contact with both the malleus handle and the tympanic membrane...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341849/factors-affecting-occlusion-pressure-and-ischemic-preconditioning
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Henry Brown, Martyn J Binnie, Brian Dawson, Nicola Bullock, Brendan R Scott, Peter Peeling
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of limb selection (upper/lower), cuff width (small (6 cm)/medium (13 cm) upper; medium/large (18 cm) lower) and anthropometry on arterial occlusion pressure (AOP) in ischemic preconditioning (IPC). METHODS: Twenty athletes (10 females and 10 males) had surface anthropometry and dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) assessments before using Doppler ultrasound to confirm AOP for each limb. Subsequently, 5 min of occlusion occurred, with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measuring muscle oxygenation changes...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341732/3d-sisyphus-cooling-of-trapped-ions
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S Ejtemaee, P C Haljan
Using a laser polarization gradient, we realize 3D Sisyphus cooling of ^{171}Yb^{+} ions confined in and near the Lamb-Dicke regime in a linear Paul trap. The cooling rate and final mean motional energy of a single ion are characterized as a function of laser intensity and compared to semiclassical and quantum simulations. Sisyphus cooling is also applied to a linear string of four ions to obtain a mean energy of 1-3 quanta for all vibrational modes, an approximately order of magnitude reduction below Doppler cooled energies...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341213/detection-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-dysfunction-by-tissue-doppler-imaging-in-horses-with-aortic-regurgitation
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S Ven, A Decloedt, D De Clercq, L Vera, F Rademakers, G van Loon
BACKGROUND: Aortic regurgitation (AR) can have an important clinical impact and in some cases leads to left ventricular (LV) failure. Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is an echocardiographic technique that has been used in horses to detect LV dysfunction. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether TDI detects changes in radial myocardial wall motion in horses with AR compared to control horses. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in 30 healthy Warmblood horses and 34 Warmblood horses with AR, subdivided in groups with mild, moderate or severe AR...
January 17, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340885/quantifying-diastolic-function-from-e-waves-as-triangles-to-physiologic-contours-via-the-geometric-method
#18
Mikhail Golman, William Padovano, Leonid Shmuylovich, Sándor J Kovács
Conventional echocardiographic diastolic function (DF) assessment approximates transmitral flow velocity contours (Doppler E-waves) as triangles, with peak (Epeak), acceleration time (AT), and deceleration time (DT) as indexes. These metrics have limited value because they are unable to characterize the underlying physiology. The parametrized diastolic filling (PDF) formalism provides a physiologic, kinematic mechanism based characterization of DF by extracting chamber stiffness (k), relaxation (c), and load (x o ) from E-wave contours...
January 16, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339740/understanding-turbulent-free-surface-vortex-flows-using-a-taylor-couette-flow-analogy
#19
Sean Mulligan, Giovanni De Cesare, John Casserly, Richard Sherlock
Free-surface vortices have long been studied to develop an understanding of similar rotating flow phenomena observed in nature and technology. However, a complete description of its turbulent three-dimensional flow field still remains elusive. In contrast, the related Taylor-Couette flow system has been well explicated which classically exhibits successive instability phases manifested in so-called Taylor vortices. In this study, observations made on the turbulent free-surface vortex revealed distinguishable, time-dependent "Taylor-like" vortices in the secondary flow field similar to the Taylor-Couette flow system...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339701/subclinical-reduction-in-left-ventricular-function-using-triplane-and-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-after-anthracycline-exposure-in-children
#20
Erman Çilsal, Ayşe Deniz Oğuz, Fatma Sedef Tunaoğlu, Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
OBJECTIVE: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) enables global and regional evaluation of the left ventricle (LV); therefore, it is the most useful method for detecting subclinical dysfunction in patients exposed to cardiotoxic agents. A novel technique triplane (3P) echocardiography also allows single beat assessment of LV global longitudinal strain values. We firstly aimed to demonstrate both two-dimensional (2D)- and 3PSTE-derived LV global longitudinal strain measurements in children after anthracycline exposure...
January 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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