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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548288/hypermineralization-and-high-osteocyte-lacunar-density-in-osteogenesis-imperfecta-type-v-bone-indicate-exuberant-primary-bone-formation
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Stéphane Blouin, Nadja Fratzl-Zelman, Francis H Glorieux, Paul Roschger, Klaus Klaushofer, Joan C Marini, Frank Rauch
In contrast to "classical" forms of Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) types I to IV, caused by a mutation in COL1A1/A2, OI type V is due to a gain-of-function mutation in the IFITM5 gene, encoding the interferon-induced transmembrane protein 5, or bone-restricted ifitm-like protein (BRIL). Its phenotype distinctly differs from OI types I to IV by absence of blue sclerae and dentinogenesis imperfecta, by the occurrence of ossification disorders like hyperplastic callus and forearm interosseous membrane ossification...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547671/is-coronary-calcium-scoring-too-late-total-body-arterial-calcium-burden-in-patients-without-known-cad-and-normal-mpi
#2
Adel H A Allam, Randall C Thompson, Michael A Eskander, Mohamed A Mandour Ali, Ayman Sadek, Chris J Rowan, M Linda Sutherland, James D Sutherland, Bruno Frohlich, David E Michalik, Caleb E Finch, Jagat Narula, Gregory S Thomas, L Samuel Wann
BACKGROUND: Patients with normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have a good prognosis. However, pre-clinical coronary and extracoronary atherosclerosis may exist in the absence of myocardial ischemia. METHODS: 154 Egyptian patients (mean age 53 years) underwent whole-body non-contrast CT following normal MPI. RESULTS: Atherosclerosis in the form of calcification was observed in ≥1 vascular bed in 115 of 154 (75%) patients. This included the iliofemoral (62%), abdominal aorta (53%), thoracic aorta (47%), coronary (47%), and carotid (25%) vascular beds...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543774/spectral-signal-density-of-carotid-plaque-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Exequiel Reynoso, Gastón A Rodriguez-Granillo, Carlos Capunay, Alejandro Deviggiano, Francisco Meli, Patricia Carrascosa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Plaque characterization using virtual monochromatic imaging derived from dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography requires the determination of normal signal density values of each plaque component. We sought to explore the signal density values of carotid plaque components using dual-energy compared to conventional single-energy CT angiography (CTA), and to establish the energy level with the largest differences between plaque components. METHODS: The present prospective study involved consecutive patients referred for carotid artery evaluation by CTA...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543093/relationship-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Anand Jeevarethinam, Shreenidhi Venuraju, Alain Dumo, Sherezade Ruano, Vishal S Mehta, Miranda Rosenthal, Devaki Nair, Mark Cohen, Daniel Darko, Avijit Lahiri, Roby Rakhit
BACKGROUND: The value of screening sub-clinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains controversial. HYPOTHESIS: An integrated model incorporating carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque with traditional risk factors can be used to predict prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic T2DM patients. METHODS: A cohort of 262 asymptomatic T2DM patients were prospectively studied with carotid ultrasound to evaluate CIMT and carotid plaque and also a computed tomography coronary artery calcium (CT-CAC) scan...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542096/modified-dual-energy-algorithm-for-calcified-plaque-removal-evaluation-in-carotid-computed-tomography-angiography-and-comparison-with-digital-subtraction-angiography
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Manoj Mannil, Jaychandran Ramachandran, Ilaria Vittoria de Martini, Susanne Wegener, Bernhard Schmidt, Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Krauss, Antonios Valavanis, Hatem Alkadhi, Sebastian Winklhofer
OBJECTIVES: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a valuable tool for the assessment of carotid artery stenosis. However, blooming artifacts from calcified plaques might result in an overestimation of the stenosis grade. The aim of this study was to investigate a new dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) technique with a modified 3-material decomposition algorithm for calcium removal in extracranial carotid artery stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective, institutional review board-approved study, 30 calcified carotid plaques in 22 patients (15 men; mean age, 73 ± 10 years) with clinical suspicion of stroke were included...
May 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541017/extracranial-internal-carotid-artery-calcium-volume-measurement-using-computer-tomography
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Hediyeh Baradaran, Chuen R Ng, Ajay Gupta, Norliza M Noor, Khalid W Al-Dasuqi, Edward E Mtui, Omar M Rijal, Argiris Giannopoulos, Andrew Nicolaides, John R Laird, Luca Saba, Jasjit S Suri
BACKGROUND: The extent of calcium volume in the carotid arteries of contrast-based Computer Tomography (CT) is a valuable indicator of stroke risk. This study presents an automated, simple and fast calcium volume computation system. Since the high contrast agent can sometimes obscure the presence of calcium in the CT slices, it is therefore necessary to identify these slices before the corrected volume can be estimated. METHODS: The system typically consists of segmenting the calcium region from the CT scan into slices based on Hounsfield Unit-based threshold, and subsequently computing the summation of the calcium areas in each slice...
May 24, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540199/role-of-different-imaging-modalities-of-vascular-calcification-in-predicting-outcomes-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Sinee Disthabanchong, Sarinya Boongird
Vascular calcification (VC) is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The severity of VC is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Risk factors for VC include traditional cardiovascular risk factors as well as CKD-related risk factors such as increased calcium and phosphate load. VC is observed in arteries of all sizes from small arterioles to aorta, both in the intima and the media of arterial wall. Several imaging techniques have been utilized in the evaluation of the extent and the severity of VC...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537526/composite-biomaterial-as-a-carrier-for-bone-active-substances-for-metaphyseal-tibial-bone-defect-reconstruction-in-rats
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Peter Frederik Horstmann, Deepak Raina, Hanna Isaksson, Werner Hettwer, Lars Lidgren, Michael Mørk Petersen, Magnus Tägil
Restoring lost bone is a major challenge in orthopedic surgery. Currently available treatment-strategies all have shortcomings, like risk of infection, non-union and excessive resorption. Our primary aim was to study if a commercially available gentamicin-containing composite calcium sulphate/hydroxyapatite biomaterial (GBM) could serve as a carrier for local delivery of bone morphogenic protein-2 (BMP-2) and zoledronic acid (ZA) in a tibia defect-model in rats. Empty and allograft-filled defects were used as controls...
May 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534833/coagulating-colubrids-evolutionary-pathophysiological-and-biodiscovery-implications-of-venom-variations-between-boomslang-dispholidus-typus-and-twig-snake-thelotornis-mossambicanus
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Jordan Debono, James Dobson, Nicholas R Casewell, Anthony Romilio, Bin Li, Nyoman Kurniawan, Karine Mardon, Vera Weisbecker, Amanda Nouwens, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venoms can deleteriously affect any physiological system reachable by the bloodstream, including directly interfering with the coagulation cascade. Such coagulopathic toxins may be anticoagulants or procoagulants. Snake venoms are unique in their use of procoagulant toxins for predatory purposes. The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and the twig snakes (Thelotornis species) are iconic African snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. Both species produce strikingly similar lethal procoagulant pathologies. Despite these similarities, antivenom is only produced for treating bites by D...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530133/efficacy-of-a-self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-spg-178-gel-for-bone-regeneration-and-three-dimensional-osteogenic-induction-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells
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Jun Tsukamoto, Keiko Naruse, Yusuke Nagai, Shuhei Kan, Nobuhisa Nakamura, Masaki Hata, Maiko Omi, Tatsuhide Hayashi, Tatsushi Kawai, Tatsuaki Matsubara
The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a self-assembling peptide hydrogel as a scaffold for bone regeneration. We used a neutral and injectable self-assembling peptide hydrogel, SPG-178-Gel. Bone defects (5 mm in diameter) in rat calvarial bones were filled with a mixture of alpha-modified Eagle's medium and the peptide hydrogel. Three weeks after surgery, soft X-ray and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) images of the gel-treated bones showed new bone formations in the periphery and in central areas of the defects...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528743/-18-f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-for-molecular-imaging-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-based-on-computed-tomography-analysis
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Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Shinya Toshimitsu, Ko Sasaki, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Fuminari Tatsugami, Kazuo Awai, Yutaka Hirokawa, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at evaluating the relation of (18)F-sodium fluoride ((18)F-NaF) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET) to coronary atherosclerosis detected and assessed by computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Thirty-two patients with one or more coronary atherosclerotic lesions detected on cardiac CT underwent (18)F-NaF PET/CT. Each coronary atherosclerotic lesion was evaluated on CT angiography for plaque types (calcified plaque [CP], non-calcified plaque [NCP], partially calcified plaque [PCP]), and the presence of CT-based high-risk features (minimum CT density <30 Hounsfield units and vascular remodeling index >1...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528430/risk-classification-of-highly-sensitive-troponin-i-predict-presence-of-vulnerable-plaque-assessed-by-dual-source-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Ting Liu, Guan Wang, Peiling Li, Xu Dai
Patients presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain, negative conventional troponin and electrocardiogram require serial testing to rule out acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We studied the association of highly sensitive troponin (hsTn) I with vulnerable plaque features as detected by coronary dual source computed tomography angiography (DSCTA) and determined whether hsTn I at the time of presentation combined with early DSCTA could improve classification of patients as high-risk or low risk for ACS...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522401/comparison-of-the-osteogenesis-and-fusion-rates-between-activin-a-bmp-2-chimera-ab204-and-rhbmp-2-in-a-beagle-s-posterolateral-lumbar-spine-model
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Guang Bin Zheng, Byung-Hak Yoon, Jae Hyup Lee
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Activin A/BMP-2 chimera (AB204) could promote bone healing more effectively than recombinant bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2) with much lower dose in rodent model, but there is no report about the effectiveness of AB204 in a large animal model. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the osteogenesis and fusion rate between AB204 and rhBMP-2 using biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) as a carrier in beagle's posterolateral lumbar fusion model...
May 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500370/long-term-prognostic-performance-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-with-prospective-electrocardiogram-triggering
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Olivier F Clerc, Basil P Kaufmann, Mathias Possner, Riccardo Liga, Jan Vontobel, Fran Mikulicic, Christoph Gräni, Dominik C Benz, Tobias A Fuchs, Julia Stehli, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Oliver Gaemperli, Philipp A Kaufmann, Ronny R Buechel
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term prognosis after low-dose 64-slice coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) using prospective electrocardiogram-triggering. METHODS: We included 434 consecutive patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease referred for low-dose CCTA. Patients were classified as normal, with non-obstructive or obstructive lesions, or previously revascularized. Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) was assessed in 223 patients. Follow-up was obtained regarding major adverse cardiac events (MACE): cardiac death, myocardial infarction and elective revascularization...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500120/the-clinical-conundrum-of-diagnosing-and-treating-systemic-sarcoidosis-in-a-high-tb-burden-area
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Krishnadas Thulasidoss, Lavanya Asokan, Piyush Chandra, Pravinkumar Rejliwal
A 53-year-old woman from Southern India presented with weight loss, anorexia, fever and asthenia. Whole body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) showed fluorodeoxyglucose-avid mediastinal and abdominal lymphadenopathy with hepatic, splenic, parotid and lacrimal glandular inflammations. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of subcarinal lymph node showed non-caseating granulomas. Initial serum ACE level was elevated but with normal calcium. Despite the suspicion of sarcoidosis, a trial of antituberculosis therapy was started empirically due to similar presentations of disseminated tuberculosis (TB) in this high endemic area...
May 12, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493399/diagnosis-of-fatty-liver-by-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-score
#16
Sarah E Kerut, John T Balart, Edmund K Kerut, Michael R McMullan
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may range from simple steatosis to fibrosis and cirrhosis. It is associated with the development of coronary artery calcification and appears to be an independent predictor of future adverse cardiovascular events. As the presence of a fatty liver appears to portray an independent increased risk, it may be beneficial to note this on coronary artery calcium scoring reports. Determination of fatty liver is relatively easy to perform. We discuss the method used by the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) study for determination of fatty liver from CT coronary artery calcium scoring acquisitions, which may be implemented in clinical analysis...
May 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490939/measuring-quality-care-in-localized-renal-cell-cancer-use-of-appropriate-preoperative-investigations-in-a-population-based-cohort
#17
N Moideen, K H Marzouk, K J Matheson, L A Wood
INTRODUCTION: Obtaining appropriate preoperative risk-specific staging investigations for localized renal cell carcinoma (rcc) is a recognized quality indicator. The goal of the present work was to determine the use and appropriateness of preoperative investigations in patients undergoing curative surgery for rcc. METHODS: This population-based retrospective study of patients having surgery for localized rcc recorded the use of preoperative imaging and laboratory investigations within 6 months of surgery...
April 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490641/fetal-alcohol-exposure-reduces-responsiveness-of-taste-nerves-and-trigeminal-chemosensory-neurons-to-ethanol-and-its-flavor-components
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John I Glendinning, Joyce Tang, Ana Paula Morales Allende, Bruce P Bryant, Lisa Youngentob, Steven L Youngentob
Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) leads to increased intake of ethanol in adolescent rats and humans. We asked whether these behavioral changes may be mediated in part by changes in responsiveness of the peripheral taste and oral trigeminal systems. We exposed the experimental rats to ethanol in utero by administering ethanol to dams through a liquid diet; we exposed the control rats to an isocaloric and isonutritive liquid diet. To assess taste responsiveness, we recorded responses of the chorda tympani (CT) and glossopharyngeal (GL) nerves to lingual stimulation with ethanol, quinine, sucrose and NaCl...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482911/rapid-development-of-metastatic-pulmonary-calcifications-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Hui-Ming Sun, Fei Chen, Hong-Lin Yin, Xiao-Yong Xu, Hong-Bing Liu, Bei-Lei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Metastatic pulmonary calcification (MPC) is rarely reported in primary hyperparathyroidism, especially MPC develops quickly. We report such a case here with a literature review. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old woman presented with cough and dyspnea. Data from clinical, radiological, pathological, technetium ((99m)Tc)-methylene diphosphonate (MDP) bone scintillation imaging, and (99m)Tc-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile (MIBI) thyroid imaging were studied...
May 8, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481253/drug-loadable-calcium-alginate-hydrogel-system-for-use-in-oral-bone-tissue-repair
#20
Luyuan Chen, Renze Shen, Satoshi Komasa, Yanxiang Xue, Bingyu Jin, Yepo Hou, Joji Okazaki, Jie Gao
This study developed a drug-loadable hydrogel system with high plasticity and favorable biological properties to enhance oral bone tissue regeneration. Hydrogels of different calcium alginate concentrations were prepared. Their swelling ratio, degradation time, and bovine serum albumin (BSA) release rate were measured. Human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) and bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) were cultured with both calcium alginate hydrogels and polylactic acid (PLA), and then we examined the proliferation of cells...
May 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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