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Yoshie Kurita, Kakuya Kitagawa, Yusuke Kurobe, Shiro Nakamori, Hiroshi Nakajima, Kaoru Dohi, Masaaki Ito, Hajime Sakuma
This article describes data related to a research article titled "Estimation of myocardial extracellular volume fraction with cardiac CT in subjects without clinical coronary artery disease: A feasibility study", Kurita et al. (in press) [1]. Myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) is an imaging biomarker that can elevate in various heart diseases. This article describes correlation between CT-derived and MRI-derived ECV in 24 myocardial segments in 8 patients. CT-derived ECV was obtained from pre-contrast and delayed-phase images acquired by using dual-source CT system...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Ömer Erküner, Roy Claessen, Ron Pisters, Germaine Schulmer, Roos Ramaekers, Laura Sonneveld, Elton Dudink, Theo Lankveld, Ione Limantoro, Bob Weijs, Laurent Pison, Yuri Blaauw, Cees B de Vos, Harry Jgm Crijns
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing elective electrical cardioversion (ECV) for atrial fibrillation have a temporarily increased risk of thromboembolism. Current guidelines recommend adequate anticoagulation for ≥3 consecutive weeks precardioversion, i.e. consecutive INR values 2.0-3.0 in patients with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence and impact of subtherapeutic INRs precardioversion and to study factors associated with these unwanted fluctuations. METHODS: We recruited 346 consecutive patients undergoing elective ECV in the Maastricht University Medical Centre between 2008 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Thierry Kammalac Ngouana, Pascal Drakulovski, Donika Krasteva, Rufin Kuipou Toghueo, Charles Kouanfack, Jacques Reynes, Eric Delaporte, Fabrice Fekam Boyom, Michèle Mallié, Sébastien Bertout
The molecular epidemiology and the antifungal susceptibility profiles of Candida albicans are scarce in Cameroon. Authors studied the genetic diversity and the antifungal susceptibility of C. albicans isolates from Yaoundé HIV-infected patients. Clinical isolates were obtained by mycological diagnosis of oropharyngeal swabs, stools, urine, and vaginal swabs from patients. C. albicans isolates were confirmed by the Light cycler real-time PCR of the ITS1 region of the 5.8s ribosomal DNA. The ABC genotypes and the Hwp1 gene amplification were carried out with specific primers...
October 14, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Yuko Y Inoue, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Nathan Mewton, Gustavo J Volpe, Yoshiaki Ohyama, Ravi K Sharma, Colin O Wu, Chia-Ying Liu, David A Bluemke, Elsayed Z Soliman, João A C Lima, Hiroshi Ashikaga
Purpose To examine the associations of myocardial diffuse fibrosis and scar with surface electrocardiographic (ECG) parameters in individuals free of prior coronary heart disease in four different ethnicities. Materials and Methods This prospective cross-sectional study was approved by the institutional review boards, and all participants gave informed consent. A total of 1669 participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, or MESA, who were free of prior myocardial infarction underwent both ECG and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging...
October 13, 2016: Radiology
Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Hannah Steubing, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt, Simon Greulich
BACKGROUND: Severe arrhythmias or heart failure may be surrogates of myocardial involvement in patients with connective tissue disorders (CTD). However, most patients present with unspecific symptoms, normal ECG, and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF). Therefore, timely diagnosis by an accurate technique is crucial. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has proven value for the detection of focal processes, but due to the often diffuse character of fibrosis/inflammation in CTD patients, CMR mapping techniques might be of incremental value for the assessment of myocardial involvement...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Johanna Quist-Nelson, Kathryn Landers, Rebekah McCurdy, Vincenzo Berghella
BACKGROUND: External cephalic version (ECV) increases the likelihood of a vaginal delivery in patients with breech presentation. Our objective was to determine the rate of cephalic vaginal delivery in women undergoing ECV after PROM. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of all case reports, case series, and clinical trials of patients undergoing an ECV after PROM ≥ 24 weeks. Maternal demographics and outcome data were obtained. The primary outcome was rate of cephalic vaginal delivery...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
C M Gieseker, T C Crosby, L C Woods
The gliding aquatic bacterium Flavobacterium columnare causes columnaris disease, a common problem for wild and farmed freshwater fish worldwide. Recently, a broth microdilution method was standardized to test the susceptibility of F. columnare against antimicrobials commonly used in aquaculture. We used this new method to measure the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of ten antimicrobials against 120 F. columnare isolates. The resulting MIC frequency distributions for each antimicrobial (1 MIC/isolate) were used to estimate epidemiological cut-off values (ECVs) which separate isolates with typical wild-type (WT) susceptibility from isolates with decreased non-wild-type (NWT) susceptibility...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Lukasz Antoniewicz, Jenny A Bosson, Jeanette Kuhl, Samy M Abdel-Halim, Anna Kiessling, Fariborz Mobarrez, Magnus Lundbäck
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The use of electronic cigarettes is increasing dramatically on a global scale and its effects on human health remain uncertain. In the present study, we measured endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and microvesicles (MVs) in healthy young volunteers following short-term exposure to inhalation of e-cigarette vapor (ECV) to determine vascular changes. METHODS: Sixteen healthy seldom smokers were randomized into two groups either exposed or not exposed to 10 puffs of ECV for 10 min, in a crossover design...
September 22, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Carolyn F Weiniger, Pervez Sultan, Ashley Dunn, Brendan Carvalho
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Neuraxial blockade may increase external cephalic version (ECV) success rates. This survey aimed to assess the frequency and characteristics of neuraxial blockade used to facilitate ECV. SETTING AND DESIGN: We surveyed Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology members regarding ECV practice using a 15-item survey developed by 3 obstetric anesthesiologists and tested for face validity. The survey was e-mailed in January 2015 and again in February 2015 to the 1056 Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology members...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Oliver James, Richard Payne, Andrew Bathe, Tim Greet, Claire Wylie
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical details and pathology within the dorsal and plantar pouches of the tarsocrural joint of a population of horses that underwent arthroscopic surgery for tarsocrural osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. ANIMALS: Horses referred for arthroscopic treatment of tarsocrural OCD between 2005 and 2013 (102 horses; 144 joints). METHODS: Case records of all horses that had tarsocrural arthroscopy for OCD at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket, United Kingdom were included...
September 29, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Hui Lu, Hong Chen, Wei Du, Ruyin Long
Ethical culture construction is beneficial to maximize policy following behavior (PFB) and avoid accidents of coal miners in an economic downturn. This paper examines the congruence between coal mine ethical culture values (ECVs) and miners' moral values (MVs) and the relationship with PFB. To shed light on this relationship, supervisor moral values (SMVs) act as a key moderator. We build on the initial structure of values to measure ECVs, MVs, and SMVs. At the same time, available congruence was defined to describe the relationship between the two values...
September 23, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
Paul Wexberg, Marion Avanzini, Julia Mascherbauer, Stefan Pfaffenberger, Birgit Freudenthaler, Reginald Bittner, Günther Bernert, Franz Weidinger
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease that occurs in males leading to immobility and death in early adulthood. Female carriers of DMD are generally asymptomatic, yet frequently develop dilated cardiomyopathy. This study aims to detect early cardiac manifestation in DMD using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and to evaluate its association with clinical symptoms. METHODS: Clinical assessment of DMD carriers included six minutes walk tests (6MWT), blood analysis, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and CMR using FLASH sequences to detect late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Gabriella Captur, Peter Gatehouse, Kathryn E Keenan, Friso G Heslinga, Ruediger Bruehl, Marcel Prothmann, Martin J Graves, Richard J Eames, Camilla Torlasco, Giulia Benedetti, Jacqueline Donovan, Bernd Ittermann, Redha Boubertakh, Andrew Bathgate, Celine Royet, Wenjie Pang, Reza Nezafat, Michael Salerno, Peter Kellman, James C Moon
BACKGROUND: T1 mapping and extracellular volume (ECV) have the potential to guide patient care and serve as surrogate end-points in clinical trials, but measurements differ between cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scanners and pulse sequences. To help deliver T1 mapping to global clinical care, we developed a phantom-based quality assurance (QA) system for verification of measurement stability over time at individual sites, with further aims of generalization of results across sites, vendor systems, software versions and imaging sequences...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Vassilios S Vassiliou, Ee Ling Heng, Peter D Gatehouse, Jacqueline Donovan, Claire E Raphael, Shivraman Giri, Sonya V Babu-Narayan, Michael A Gatzoulis, Dudley J Pennell, Sanjay K Prasad, David N Firmin
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) phantoms are routinely used for quality assurance in MRI centres; however their long term stability for verification of myocardial T1/ extracellular volume fraction (ECV) mapping has never been investigated. METHODS: Nickel-chloride agarose gel phantoms were formulated in a reproducible laboratory procedure to mimic blood and myocardial T1 and T2 values, native and late after Gadolinium administration as used in T1/ECV mapping...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Keyur Parekh, Michael Markl, Jie Deng, Roger A de Freitas, Cynthia K Rigsby
To assess the global and segmental left ventricular (LV) native T1 and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in children and young adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) compared to a control cohort. The study population included 21 HCM patients (mean 14.1 ± 4.6 years) and 21 controls (mean 15.7 ± 1.5 years). Native modified Look-Locker inversion recovery sequence was performed before and after contrast injection in 3 short axis planes. Global and segmental LV native T1 and ECV were quantified and compared between HCM patients and controls...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Fritz C Roller, Christoph Wiedenroth, Andreas Breithecker, Christoph Liebetrau, Eckhard Mayer, Christian Schneider, Andreas Rolf, Christian Hamm, Gabriele A Krombach
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess septal and right ventricular insertion point (RVIP) fibrosis in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) via native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) determination and to analyze correlations with functional parameters. METHODS: Imaging was performed at 1.5 Tesla in 24 patients diagnosed with CTEPH and 24 controls. T1 values were measured within the septal myocardium, the upper and lower RVIP, and the lateral wall at basal short axis section...
September 20, 2016: European Radiology
Yishay Weill, Raphael N Pollack
BACKGROUND: External cephalic version (ECV) in the presence of a uterine scar is still considered a relative contraindication despite encouraging studies of the efficacy and safety of this procedure. We present our experience with this patient population, which is the largest cohort published to date. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ECV in the setting of a prior caesarean delivery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 158 patients with a fetus presenting as breech, who had an unscarred uterus, had an ECV performed...
September 14, 2016: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
John D Stack, Matthieu Cousty, Ruth Sanders, Florent David
OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience using intraoperative ultrasound for various conditions in horses. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SAMPLE POPULATION: Horses (n=113). METHODS: Medical records including surgical reports at 2 equine hospitals (2007-2013) were reviewed to identify ultrasound-assisted surgeries. The diagnosis, reasons for using intraoperative ultrasound, the technique employed, and the surgical procedure performed (e...
October 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Rapson Gomez, Alasdair Vance, Shaun Watson
This study examined the applicability and measurement invariance of the bifactor model of the 10 Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) core subtests in groups of children and adolescents (age range from 6 to 16 years) with low (IQ ≤79; N = 229; % male = 75.9) and normal (IQ ≥80; N = 816; % male = 75.0) IQ scores. Results supported this model in both groups, and there was good support for measurement invariance for this model across these groups. For all participants together, the omega hierarchical and explained common variance (ECV) values were high for the general factor and low to negligible for the specific factors...
September 5, 2016: Psychological Assessment
KyungPyo Hong, Jeremy Collins, Daniel C Lee, Jane E Wilcox, Michael Markl, James Carr, Daniel Kim
This study was conducted to improve the precision of arrhythmia-insensitive rapid (AIR) cardiac T1 mapping through pulse sequence optimization and then evaluate the intra-scan repeatability in patients at 3T against investigational modified Look-Locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) T1 mapping. In the first development phase (five human subjects), we implemented and tested centric-pair k-space ordering to suppress image artifacts associated with eddy currents. In the second development phase (15 human subjects), we determined optimal flip angles to reduce the measurement variation in T1 maps...
October 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
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