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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341936/rheumatic-manifestations-among-cancer-patients-treated-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Merav Lidar, Eitan Giat, Daniela Garelick, Yuval Horowitz, Howard Amital, Yael Steinberg-Silman, Jacob Shachter, Ronnie Shapira-Frommer, Gal Markel
BACKGROUND: The use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) has grown incessantly since they were first approved in 2014. These monoclonal antibodies inhibit T cell activation, yielding a dramatic tumor response with improved survival. However, immunotherapy is frequently hampered by immune adverse events (iAE) such as hypophysitis, colitis, hepatitis, pneumonitis and rash. Until recently, rheumatic side effects were only infrequently reported. Aim To describe the rheumatic manifestations encountered among patients treated with ICIs in a large tertiary cancer center in Israel METHODS: The cancer center's patient registry was screened for patients who had ever been treated with ipilimumab, pembrolizumab and/or nivolumab with relevant data gathered from clinical charts...
January 13, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332731/quantitative-tissue-parameters-of-achilles-tendon-and-plantar-fascia-in-healthy-subjects-using-a-handheld-myotonometer
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Sarah Orner, Wolfgang Kratzer, Julian Schmidberger, Beate Grüner
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the quantitative tissue properties of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia using a handheld, non-invasive MyotonPRO device, in order to generate normal values and examine the biomechanical relationship of both structures. DESIGN: Prospective study of a large, healthy sample population. PARTICIPANTS: The study sample included 207 healthy subjects (87 males and 120 females) for the Achilles tendon and 176 healthy subjects (73 males and 103 females) for the plantar fascia...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327602/combination-therapy-versus-exercise-and-orthotic-support-in-the-management-of-pain-in-plantar-fasciitis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Eda Cinar, Shikha Saxena, Fatma Uygur
BACKGROUND: This study aimed at estimating the effectiveness of two commonly used modalities-extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT)-each combined with usual care (exercises and orthotic supports) in comparison to only usual care to relieve pain in patients with plantar fasciitis (PF). METHODS: Participants with PF were randomly allocated into 3 groups: ESWT (n = 25), LLLT (n = 24), and control (n = 17). All participants received a home exercise program with orthotic support...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322228/-necrotizing-fasciitis-of-the-hand-and-forearm-acute-surgical-treatment-and-defect-reconstruction-with-matriderm%C3%A2-and-split-thickness-skin-graft
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B Niedermueller, G Singer, P Pickl, M Jesacher
This case report describes a 55-year-old male patient with type II necrotizing fasciitis (NF) of the hand and forearm. The rapid progression of the tissue infection could be successfully stopped with radical surgical débridement and antibiotic therapy. For the reconstruction of the extensive loss of soft tissue a combination of split-thickness skin graft (STSG) and the synthetic dermal substitute MatriDerm® was used. In cases of NF, MatriDerm® and STSG provide a rapidly available and simple alternative to other reconstruction techniques...
January 10, 2018: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320846/plantar-pain-is-not-always-fasciitis
#5
N Romano, A Fischetti, V Prono, S Migone, F Barbieri, C Pizzorni, G Garlaschi, M A Cimmino
The case is described of a patient with chronic plantar pain, diagnosed as fasciitis, which was not improved by conventional treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed flexor hallucis longus tenosynovitis, which improved after local glucocorticoid injection.
December 21, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311423/necrotizing-fasciitis-possible-profiles-of-professional-liability-with-reference-to-two-cases
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Gian Luca Marella, Enrico De Dominicis, Giovanni Battista Paliani, Giuseppe Santeusanio, Luigi Tonino Marsella, Saverio Potenza
Necrotizing fasciitis is one of the most dangerous complication of an abscess and it is still a disease with a high mortality. In this work, we decided to consider two cases: the first one concerns a male subject, aged 66, deceased because of a fatal necrotizing fasciitis associated to a cervical descending mediastinitis, which evolved from a primary peritonsillar abscess; the second is about a 50-year-old woman with a perineal abscess, then evolved into necrotizing fasciitis associated to a fatal septis shock...
December 18, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306854/successful-management-of-a-24-year-old-pregnant-woman-with-necrotising-fasciitis-of-the-forearm
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Sam Nahas, Anne McKirdy, Arjuna Imbuldeniya
A 24-year-old woman who was 24 weeks pregnant presented to the emergency department with septic shock and an elbow wound that had become infected. She sustained an injury to the tip of the right elbow on a light switch 4 days prior. In the space of 1 day, she developed a necrotising soft tissue infection, which was rapidly spread to the forearm with florid sepsis. Her initial serum C reactive protein was 392 mg/L, and white cell count was 32×109/L. The patient was treated promptly with aggressive surgical debridement and broad-spectrum antibiotics...
January 6, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299899/clinical-guidelines-for-the-antibiotic-treatment-for-community-acquired-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection
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Yee Gyung Kwak, Seong Ho Choi, Tark Kim, Seong Yeon Park, Soo Hong Seo, Min Bom Kim, Sang Ho Choi
Skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) is common and important infectious disease. This work represents an update to 2012 Korean guideline for SSTI. The present guideline was developed by the adaptation method. This clinical guideline provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of SSTI, including impetigo/ecthyma, purulent skin and soft tissue infection, erysipelas and cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, pyomyositis, clostridial myonecrosis, and human/animal bite. This guideline targets community-acquired skin and soft tissue infection occurring among adult patients aged 16 years and older...
December 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282420/rapid-identification-of-pathogens-responsible-for-necrotizing-fasciitis-on-an-integrated-microfluidic-system
#9
Ju-Ching Yu, Pang-Hsin Hsieh, Hsing-Wen Tsai, Wen-Hsin Chang, Ting-Hang Liu, Mel S Lee, Kuo-Ti Peng, Kuo-Chin Huang, Gwo-Bin Lee
Necrotic fasciitis (NF) is a particularly aggressive and serious infection of the fascia that can penetrate into the musculature and internal organs, resulting in death if not treated promptly. In this work, an integrated microfluidic system composed of micropumps, microvalves, and micromixers was used to automate the detection of pathogens associated with NF. The entire molecular diagnostic process, including bacteria isolation, lysis, nucleic acid amplification and optical detection steps, was enacted on this developed system...
November 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281989/necrotizing-soft-tissue-infection-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-at-a-reconstructive-center-in-jilin-province
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Jing-Chun Zhao, Bo-Ru Zhang, Kai Shi, Xi Zhang, Chun-Hui Xie, Jian Wang, Qing-Hua Yu, Xin-Xin Gao, Lei Hong, Jia-Ao Yu
BACKGROUND: To investigate the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes in necrotizing fasciitis (NF) patients in a reconstructive unit in northeastern China. METHODS: Medical records of patients diagnosed with and treated for NF in the extremities from November 2013 to December 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic data, clinical presentation, duration of signs and symptoms, location of infection, predisposing factors, causative microbiological organisms, laboratory risk indicator for necrotizing fasciitis (LRINEC) score, number of surgical debridements, length of hospital stay, treatments, and outcomes were recorded...
December 28, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278528/treatment-of-severe-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-a-review
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Jason P Burnham, Marin H Kollef
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the salient features of the management of severe skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs), including toxic shock syndrome, myonecrosis/gas gangrene, and necrotizing fasciitis. RECENT FINDINGS: For severe SSTIs, intensive care, source control, and broad-spectrum antimicrobials are required for the initial phase of illness. There is an increasing focus on the utility of rapid diagnostic tests to help in selection and de-escalation of antimicrobials for SSTIs...
December 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277925/morphoea-profunda-and-its-relationship-to-eosinophilic-fasciitis
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C Wlodek, E Korendowych, N McHugh, C R Lovell
In this small case series, all eight patients were women in their fifth and sixth decades. This is similar to the female predominance in morphoea and less in keeping with eosinophilic fasciitis (EF). All cases had diffuse induration of their limbs with both proximal and distal patterns of distribution, and five of the patients exhibited peau d'orange skin. All patients had diffuse induration of the lower limbs and half had restricted ankle movements. Six patients had concomitant superficial morphoea. This group of patients demonstrated a unique subtype of the morphoea spectrum with some features overlapping with EF...
December 26, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275388/contemporary-non-surgical-approach-for-faecal-diversion-in-a-case-of-fournier-s-gangrene
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Harsh Sheth, Shilpa Ashutosh Rao, Karthik Venkataramani
Fournier's gangrene is a fatal necrotising fasciitis of the perineum, genitals and lower abdomen. Patients often need an aggressive surgical debridement, and in few cases, a diverting colostomy. We report the case of a 70-year-old man with multiple comorbidities diagnosed with Fournier's gangrene, who underwent debridement and had a wound complication due to faecal contamination. A novel, self-retaining rectal device was used to perform faecal diversion, which subsequently showed wound healing within a week, hence avoiding the need of a colostomy...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275037/open-surgical-implantation-of-a-viable-intact-cryopreserved-human-placental-membrane-for-the-treatment-of-recalcitrant-plantar-fasciitis-case-report-with-greater-than-2-year-follow-up-duration
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Xingbo P Sun, Amy G Wilson, Georgina M Michael
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions encountered by a podiatric physician. Although most individuals respond well to traditional conservative and surgical remedies, a portion of patients will exhaust all available treatment options and will experience ongoing pain that can ultimately affect their quality of life. There has been an increase in scientific and clinical research surrounding the medical use of human placental membranes (HPMs) and many of these point-of-care allografts are now commercially available...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273892/low-level-laser-therapy-in-the-management-of-plantar-fasciitis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Eda Cinar, Shikha Saxena, Fatma Uygur
This study aimed at estimating the extent to which a combination therapy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with exercise and orthotic support (usual care) affects functional ability in the patient with plantar fasciitis (PF) when compared to usual care alone. Participants with PF were randomly allocated into two groups: LLLT (n = 27) and control (n = 22). All the participants received home exercise program with orthotic support. In addition, the LLLT group received a gallium-aluminum-arsenide laser with a 850-nm wavelength for ten sessions, three times a week...
December 23, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261632/primary-aspergillosis-of-the-sphenoid-sinus-observed-on-bone-spect-ct
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Seung Hyun Son, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn, Jaetae Lee
The bone SPECT/CT allows for precise anatomic delineation of bone activity, which can be valuable for diagnosis of nonmalignant bone diseases. We report an extremely rare case of sphenoid sinus aspergillosis, observed on bone SPECT/CT imaging, as an isolated disease in an immunocompetent individual. A 58-year-old woman with a history of plantar fasciitis was assessed for infection in the tarsal bones. Planar bone scan image revealed incidental focal lesion in skull base, which was considered to be the left sphenoid sinusitis by the bone SPECT/CT scan...
December 19, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259809/the-addition-of-a-tension-night-splint-to-a-structured-home-rehabilitation-programme-in-patients-with-chronic-plantar-fasciitis-does-not-lead-to-significant-additional-benefits-in-either-pain-function-or-flexibility-a-single-blinded-randomised-controlled-trial
#17
Patrick C Wheeler
Objective: To identify any improvements in pain or function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis following the use of a tension night splint (TNS). Methods: Single-blinded randomised controlled trial, with participants split evenly between intervention group (TNS + home exercise programme/HEP) and control group (HEP only). Follow-up at 3 months, with interim data at 6 weeks. Results: 40 patients recruited. Mean age 52.1 years, 33% male, mean body mass index 30...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259652/cytomorphological-spectrum-of-epididymal-nodules-an-institution-s-experience
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Jyotsna Naresh Bharti, Biswajit Dey, Jenna Bhattacharya, Shyama Jain
Background: Epididymal lesions are uncommon in clinical practice. Few case series has been described in the literature documenting the role of cytology in the evaluation of epididymal nodules. This study was undertaken to analyze the cytomorphology of epididymal nodules and to evaluate role of fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in early definitive diagnosis of epididymal nodules. Materials and Methods: A total of seventy cases of epididymal nodules were aspirated over a period of 6 years in the Department of Pathology...
2017: CytoJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250312/severe-fournier-s-gangrene-a-conjoint-challenge-of-gynaecology-and-plastic-surgery
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M Wähmann, M Wähmann, F Schütz, C Sohn, S Schott, T Kremer, J F Hernekamp, U Kneser
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare soft tissue infection characterized by rapidly progressing necroses and a high mortality. Prompt diagnosis and immediate medical treatment including radical debridement and broad spectrum antibiotics are the key to successful management. We report on a 46-year-old diabetic female who developed extensive, deep necroses in the perineal area and proximal thighs within a few days. After initial gynaecological consultation, she was transferred directly to our department. Due to the suspicion of NF, an immediate radical debridement was performed...
December 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247348/eosinophilic-fasciitis-during-pregnancy-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#20
REVIEW
Maria Ester Simeira Fonseca, Maria Victória Quaresma, Ana Paula Luppino-Assad, Henrique Carriço da Silva, Danieli Castro O Andrade, Percival D Sampaio-Barros
The authors describe the case of a 23-year-old woman who was referred to the rheumatologist due to symmetrical and progressive stiffness, induration, and swelling of arms and thighs at the 12th week of her first gestation. The characteristic clinical aspect of 'peau d'orange', associated to the histopathologic results of the deep biopsy of the skin confirmed the diagnosis of eosinophilic fasciitis. Treatment with oral prednisone, at an initial dose of 1 mg/kg/day, was effective and rapidly tapered to 10 mg/day till the birth of a healthy newborn...
December 15, 2017: Rheumatology International
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