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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426903/the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-botulinum-toxin-in-treating-scleroderma-associated-raynaud-s-phenomenon-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-assessing
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Ricardo J Bello, Carisa M Cooney, Eitan Melamed, Keith Follmar, Gayane Yenokyan, Gwendolyn Leatherman, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Laura K Hummers, Scott D Lifchez
Objective To assess the therapeutic efficacy of local injections with Botulinum Toxin Type-A (Btx-A) in improving blood flow to the hands of patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon (RP) secondary to scleroderma. Methods In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (http://ClinicalTrials.gov #NCT02165111), patients with scleroderma-associated RP received Btx-A (50 units in 2.5 mL) in one randomly selected hand and sterile saline (2.5 mL) in the opposite hand. Follow-up at 1 and 4 months post-injection included Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) of hands, patient-reported outcomes, and physical exam...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426680/echocardiographic-findings-in-infants-with-presumed-congenital-zika-syndrome-retrospective-case-series-study
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Danielle Di Cavalcanti, Lucas V Alves, Geraldo J Furtado, Cleusa C Santos, Fabiana G Feitosa, Maria C Ribeiro, Paulo Menge, Izabelle M Lira, Joao G Alves
OBJECTIVE: To report the echocardiographic evaluation of 103 infants with presumed congenital Zika syndrome. METHODS: An observational retrospective study was performed at Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP), Recife, Brazil. 103 infants with presumed congenital Zika syndrome. All infants had microcephaly and head computed tomography findings compatible with congenital Zika syndrome. Zika IgM antibody was detected in cerebrospinal fluid samples of 23 infants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426650/neural-injury-markers-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-their-relation-to-perinatal-outcomes
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E Mazarico, E Llurba, R Cumplido, A Valls, J C Melchor, M Iglesias, L Cabero, E Gratacós, Md Gómez Roig
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to: (1) compare the concentrations of two neural injury markers, S100B protein and neuron-specific enolase (NSE), in intrauterine growth-restricted fetuses (IUGR) and in fetuses with appropriate growth-for-gestational-age (AGA), and (2) investigate potential relationships between concentrations of these markers, Doppler abnormalities, and adverse perinatal or neonatal outcomes. METHODS: This was a case-controlled, cooperative, prospective study among Spanish Maternal and Child Health Network (Retic SAMID) hospitals...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426506/applications-of-noninvasive-hemodynamic-monitoring-in-obstetric-management
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John T Sullivan
Clinicians managing obstetric patients are dependent on valid hemodynamic measurements to guide care. Heart rate and noninvasive blood pressure guide most current care. New hemodynamic monitors are being used to report research findings and are being investigated by clinicians for their value to supplement standard monitoring. These include arterial pulse contour analysis, Doppler velocimetry, and bioimpedance among others. This chapter serves to present these new devices with a critical review of their advantages and limitations, and most importantly the validity of their measurements...
June 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
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Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425258/assessment-of-developmental-and-radiological-long-term-outcomeof-children-with-surgically-treated-midgut-volvulus
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Ahmet Murat Çakmak, Özlem Boybeyi Türer, Gülnur Göllü Bahadir, Bilge Türedi, Ufuk Ateş, Adalet Elçin Yildiz, Gönül Küçük, Ömer Suat Fitöz, Betül Ulukol, Mustafa Kemal Aslan, Tutku Soyer, Hüseyin Dindar
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim is to evaluate the long-term outcome of asymptomatic patients who underwent surgical correction for midgut volvulus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients managed surgically for midgut volvulus in the last 3 years were included. Demographic features, symptoms at presentation, diagnoses, surgical procedures, and complications were recorded. Patients were then contacted for follow-up and evaluation of long-term outcomes. General physical conditions, anthropometric parameters, feeding habits, and defecation histories were evaluated...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425041/familial-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-masquerading-as-chronic-guillain-barre-syndrome-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
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Die Hu, Ling Liu, Shuguang Yuan, Yuhong Yi, Daoquan Peng
Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy is a challenging condition that mimics many other diseases, particularly in patients with pronounced neurological presentations and unexplained or equivocal cardiac abnormalities. In this case, a 57-year-old man was admitted for outpatient cardiological evaluation of progressive right heart failure and limb paraesthesias. The patient presented with hypertension, chronic Guillain-Barre syndrome, and sick sinus syndrome. Transthoracic echocardiograms showed a thickened ventricular wall and enlarged atrium...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424659/online-measurement-of-microembolic-signal-burden-by-transcranial-doppler-during-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-results-of-a-multicenter-trial
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Christian von Bary, Thomas Deneke, Thomas Arentz, Anja Schade, Heiko Lehrmann, Sabine Fredersdorf, Dobri Baldaranov, Lars Maier, Felix Schlachetzki
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is an accepted treatment option for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF). This procedure can be complicated by stroke or silent cerebral embolism. Online measurement of microembolic signals (MESs) by transcranial Doppler (TCD) may be useful for characterizing thromboembolic burden during PVI. In this prospective multicenter trial, we investigated the burden, characteristics, and composition of MES during left atrial catheter ablation using a variety of catheter technologies...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424505/usefulness-of-serum-fetuin-a-level-as-a-marker-of-erectile-dysfunction
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W Kandeel, W El-Shaer, A Sebaey, A A Abou-Taleb, A Fathy, B Elmohamady, A I Mansour
This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between serum levels of fetuin-A and the presence and severity of erectile dysfunction (ED) in Egyptian population. The study was performed on 60 ED patients and 20 age-matched healthy controls. A comprehensive medical history and complete physical examination were obtained and performed in all participants. ED and its severity were assessed via International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5). Doppler ultrasound, fasting blood glucose level, complete lipid profile, serum total testosterone (TT) and serum fetuin-A were performed...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424324/preventing-venous-thromboembolism-in-ambulatory-cancer-patients-the-onkotev-study
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Chiara Alessandra Cella, Giovanni Di Minno, Chiara Carlomagno, Michele Arcopinto, Anna Maria Cerbone, Elide Matano, Antonella Tufano, Florian Lordick, Biagio De Simone, Katja Sibylle Muehlberg, Dario Bruzzese, Laura Attademo, Claudia Arturo, Marta Sodano, Roberto Moretto, Ersilia La Fata, Sabino De Placido
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of risk model scores to predict venous thromboembolism (VTE) in ambulatory cancer patients is under investigation, aiming to stratify on an individual risk basis the subset of the cancer population that could mostly benefit from primary thromboprophylaxis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively assessed 843 patients with active cancers, collecting clinical and laboratory data. We screened all the patients with a duplex ultrasound (B-mode imaging and Doppler waveform analysis) of the upper and lower limbs to evaluate the right incidence of VTE (both asymptomatic and symptomatic)...
April 19, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422819/gnaq-tt-695-694-gc-polymorphism-is-associated-with-increased-gq-expression-vascular-reactivity-and-myocardial-injury-after-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Ulrich H Frey, Stefanie Klenke, Anna Mitchell, Tim Knüfermann, Heinz Jakob, Matthias Thielmann, Winfried Siffert, Jürgen Peters
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II receptor type 1-mediated activation of the α-subunit of the heterotrimeric Gq protein evokes increased vasoconstriction and may promote hypertrophy-induced myocardial damage. The authors recently identified a TT(-695/-694)GC polymorphism in the human Gq promoter, the GC allele being associated with an increased prevalence of cardiac hypertrophy. In this article, the authors tested whether the TT(-695/-694)GC polymorphism is associated with differences in (1) myocardial Gq protein expression, (2) vascular reactivity, and (3) myocardial damage after coronary artery bypass grafting...
April 19, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422657/phased-array-ultrasound-system-for-planar-flow-mapping-in-liquid-metals
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Kevin Mader, Richard Nauber, Vladimir Galindo, Hannes Beyer, Lars Buttner, Sven Eckert, Jurgen Czarske
Controllable magnetic fields can be used to optimize flows in technical and industrial processes involving liquid metals in order to improve quality and yield. However, experimental studies in magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) often involve complex, turbulent flows and require planar, two-component velocity measurements through only one acoustical access. We present the phased array ultrasound Doppler velocimeter (PAUDV) as a modular research platform for flow mapping in liquid metals. It combines the pulse wave Doppler method with the phased array technique to adaptively focus the ultrasound beam...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422095/structure-and-variability-of-the-north-equatorial-current-undercurrent-from-mooring-measurements-at-130%C3%A2-e-in-the-western-pacific
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Linlin Zhang, Fu Jun Wang, Qingye Wang, Shijian Hu, Fan Wang, Dunxin Hu
The mean structure and variability of the North Equatorial Current/Undercurrent (NEC/NEUC) are investigated with one-year Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers measurements from 4 subsurface moorings deployed at 10.5°N, 13°N, 15.5°N, and 18°N along 130°E in the western Pacific. The strong westward flowing NEC ranges from the sea surface down to 400 m, and the mean zonal velocity of the NEC at 10.5°N is around -30 cm/s at the depth of 70 m. Eastward flowing NEUC jets are detected below the NEC at 10...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421399/effect-of-intravitreal-aflibercept-eylea-%C3%A2-on-retrobulbar-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mustafa Gok, Hasan Burhanettin Kapti
PURPOSE: To investigate the short-term effect of single intravitreal aflibercept injection on retrobulbar blood flow in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). METHODS: Twenty eyes of 20 patients with nAMD scheduled for single intravitreal aflibercept (Eylea(®)) injection and 20 fellow eyes (uninjected) were enrolled in this prospective interventional study. The hemodynamic parameters of the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA) and posterior ciliary artery (PCA) comprising peak systolic velocity (PSV), end-diastolic velocity (EDV), and resistive index (RI) were measured by using color Doppler ultrasonography (CDU) in both injected and uninjected fellow eyes at baseline and 1 week after the injection...
April 18, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421251/defining-the-ultrasound-longitudinal-natural-history-of-newly-diagnosed-pediatric-small-bowel-crohn-disease-treated-with-infliximab-and-infliximab-azathioprine-combination-therapy
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Jonathan R Dillman, Soudabeh Fazeli Dehkordy, Ethan A Smith, Michael A DiPietro, Ramon Sanchez, Vera DeMatos-Maillard, Jeremy Adler, Bin Zhang, Andrew T Trout
BACKGROUND: Little is known about changes in the imaging appearances of the bowel and mesentery over time in either pediatric or adult patients with newly diagnosed small bowel Crohn disease treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNF-α) therapy. OBJECTIVE: To define how bowel ultrasound findings change over time and correlate with laboratory inflammatory markers in children who have been newly diagnosed with pediatric small bowel Crohn disease and treated with infliximab...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421108/the-effect-of-hepatosteatosis-on-response-to-antiviral-treatment-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Yongfen Zhu, Qiao Yang, Fangfang Lv, Yunsong Yu
Background. This study is to systematically analyze the effects of hepatosteatosis on the response to antiviral treatment in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and hepatosteatosis. Methods. Systematic search was performed in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Elsevier, and the Chinese BioMedical literature databases for relevant studies published until February 2016. Treatment outcomes were compared between patients with CHB plus concomitant hepatosteatosis and those without hepatosteatosis. Results. A total of 8 prospective cohort studies (399 patients with CHB plus hepatosteatosis and 688 patients with only CHB) were included...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420647/incremental-value-of-transthoracic-doppler-echocardiography-assessed-coronary-flow-reserve-in-patients-with-suspected-myocardial-ischemia-undergoing-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy
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Li-Ming Gan, Sara Svedlund, Ann Wittfeldt, Charlotte Eklund, Sinsia Gao, Göran Matejka, Anders Jeppsson, Per Albertsson, Elmir Omerovic, Amir Lerman
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-assisted transthoracic Doppler-derived coronary flow reserve (TDE-CFR) reflects coronary vascular function. The prognostic and incremental value of left anterior descending coronary artery TDE-CFR above myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with suspected myocardial ischemia has not yet been studied. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three hundred seventy-one patients (mean age, 62.3±8.7 years; 46.8% males) referred to myocardial perfusion scintigraphy attributed to suspected myocardial ischemia were included in the study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420646/associations-between-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-brain-structure-and-function-findings-from-the-sabre-southall-and-brent-revisited-study
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Chloe M Park, Emily D Williams, Nish Chaturvedi, Therese Tillin, Robert J Stewart, Marcus Richards, Dean Shibata, Jamil Mayet, Alun D Hughes
BACKGROUND: Subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction has been inconsistently associated with early cognitive impairment, and mechanistic pathways have been poorly considered. We investigated the cross-sectional relationship between LV dysfunction and structural/functional measures of the brain and explored the role of potential mechanisms. METHOD AND RESULTS: A total of 1338 individuals (69±6 years) from the Southall and Brent Revisited study underwent echocardiography for systolic (tissue Doppler imaging peak systolic wave) and diastolic (left atrial diameter) assessment...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420337/right-aortic-arch-analysis-anatomical-variant-or-serious-vascular-defect
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Agata Arazińska, Michał Polguj, Konrad Szymczyk, Magdalena Kaczmarska, Łukasz Trębiński, Ludomir Stefańczyk
BACKGROUND: The right-sided aortic arch (RAA) is a rare congenital defect of the aorta. The aim of the study was to assess the occurrence of RAA in diagnoses performed by the University Radiology Department and analyze the frequency of concomitant vascular abnormalities. METHODS: The database of the Radiology Department was retrospectively analyzed between January 2008 and May 2016 with the keyword "right aortic arch". Twenty patients with this diagnosis were identified from a total of 11,690 CT examinations of the chest area, 19,623 CT examinations of brain-supplying vessels, and 1863 MRI examinations of the heart and aortic arch or brain-supplying arteries...
April 19, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420029/interlobar-artery-resistive-index-predicts-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-syndrome-in-cirrhotic-patients-with%C3%A2-acute-decompensation
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Pablo A Solís-Muñoz, Christopher Willars, Julia Wendon, George Auzinger, Michael A Heneghan, Maria De la Flor-Robledo, José A Solís-Herruzo
Introduction Patients with acutely decompensated (AD) cirrhosis are at risk for developing acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) syndrome. This syndrome is associated with a high short-term mortality rate. The aim of our study was to identify reliable early predictors of developing ACLF in cirrhotic patients with AD. Patients and Methods We assessed 84 cirrhotic patients admitted for AD without ACLF on admission. We performed routine blood testing and detailed ultrasound Doppler studies of systemic arteries and mayor abdominal veins and arteries...
April 18, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
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