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Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Norbert Nemeth, Katalin Peto, Adam Deak, Viktoria Sogor, Gabor Varga, Bence Tanczos, Klaudia Balog, Adrienn Csiszko, Zoltan Godo, Zsolt Szentkereszty
BACKGROUND: Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) is a life-threatening condition, of which pathomechanism hasn't been completely clarified, yet. Furthermore, surgical therapy still needs optimization. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate microcirculatory and micro-rheological alterations in ACS, using various temporary abdominal closure methods, including three settings of vacuum-assisted closure technique (negative pressure wound therapy, NPWT). METHODS: On anesthetized pigs, by intraabdominally placed and filled-up silicone bags, intraabdominal pressure at 30 mmHg was maintained for 3 hours, and afterwards, decompressive laparotomy happened...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Maria das Graças Coelho de Souza, Luiz Guilherme Kraemer-Aguiar, Eliete Bouskela
Obesity is a crescent epidemic in the world, affecting more than half a billion of adults worldwide. Obesity is associated to main cardiovascular risk factors, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia. The excessive adiposity causes a dysregulation of adipokines secretion by adipose tissue, upregulating the expression of pro-inflammatory adipokines and downregulating the anti-inflammatory ones. This scenario contributes for the appearance of atherosclerosis...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Brun Jean-Frédéric, Boulot Pierre, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle
Physiological studies on fetal blood in narrow glass tubes have suggested that fetal optimal hematocrit (hct) might be as high as 60%. A theoretical 'ideal' hct can also be predicted with a theoretical curve of hematocrit/viscosity (h/η) ratio vs hct constructed with Quemada's model. We used the database of one of our previous papers on fetal hemorheology to reinterpret its results with this concept. A series of 28 intrauterine cord punctures (between 19 and 33 weeks gestation) with doppler measurements of resistance in umbilical arteries was studied...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Andreas M Fichter, Lucas M Ritschl, Luisa K Robitzky, Stefan Wagenpfeil, David A Mitchell, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Thomas Mücke
The effects of antithrombotic drugs on random and free flap survival have been investigated in the past, but the experimental and clinical results are not in agreement. A perforator-based critical ischaemia model was used to evaluate the effects of different perioperatively administered pharmaceutical agents on tissue ischaemia and to assess the potential additional haemorheological or vasodilative effects of antithrombotics on flap microcirculation. Combined laser Doppler flowmetry and remission spectroscopy revealed an increase in certain microcirculation parameters in most groups in comparison with saline controls, and these changes correlated with flap survival...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
C Roehrig, M Govier, J Robinson, A Aneman
BACKGROUND: It remains unclear whether measuring carotid arterial flow by the time velocity integral using vascular Doppler ultrasound can be used to monitor cardiac output and volume responsiveness. METHODS: The carotid Doppler flow (time velocity integral and peak flow velocity variation) was assessed in triplicate by an intensivist with formal vascular ultrasound training. Thirty-three patients admitted following coronary by-pass surgery were studied before and after a passive leg-raising manoeuvre to investigate volume responsiveness (more than 10% increase in cardiac output) along with indices of arterial load measuring cardiac output by thermodilution...
October 21, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Alexander Dima, Vasilis Ntziachristos
We interrogated the application and imaging features obtained by non-invasive and handheld optoacoustic imaging of the thyroid in-vivo. Optoacoustics can offer complementary contrast to ultrasound, by resolving optical absorption-based and offering speckle-free imaging. In particular we inquired whether vascular structures could be better resolved using optoacoustics. For this reason we developed a compact handheld version of real-time multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) using a detector adapted to the dimensions and overall geometry of the human neck...
June 2016: Photoacoustics
Anukul Ghimire, Mads Andersen, Lindsay M Burrowes, James Christopher Bouwmeester, Andrew D Grant, Israel Belenkie, Nowell M Fine, Barry A Borlaug, John V Tyberg
Using the reservoir-wave approach (RWA) we previously characterized pulmonary vasculature mechanics in a normal canine model. We found reflected backward-travelling waves that decrease pressure and increase flow in the proximal pulmonary artery (PA). These waves decrease right ventricular (RV) afterload and facilitate RV ejection. With pathological alterations to the pulmonary vasculature, these waves may change and impact RV performance. Our objective in this study was to characterize PA wave reflection and the alterations in RV performance in cardiac patients, using the RWA...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Myoung Seok Lee, Jeong Yeon Cho, Sang Youn Kim, Seung Hyup Kim, Joong Shin Park, Jong Kwan Jun
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and usefulness of sagittal color Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) for the diagnosis of fetal cleft lip (CL) and cleft palate (CP). Methods: We performed targeted ultrasonography on 25 fetuses with CL and CP, taking coronal and axial images of the upper lip and maxillary alveolar arch in each case. The existence of defects in and malalignment of the alveolus on the axial image, hard palate defects on the midsagittal image, and flow-through defects on CDUS taken during fetal breathing or swallowing were assessed...
August 6, 2016: Ultrasonography
Ivan R Da Silva, Joao A Gomes, Ari Wachsman, Gabriel Rodriguez de Freitas, Jose Javier Provencio
BACKGROUND: It is not well understood whether age impacts transcranial Doppler (TCD) mean flow velocities (MFVs) in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) with or without delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). The aim of our study was to analyze the behavior of TCD MFV during the first 7 days after SAH in patients of different ages and correlate them with the occurrence of DCI. METHODS: This study is a databank analysis of patients with SAH admitted between 2010 and 2012 in a single center...
October 21, 2016: European Neurology
Panagiotis Kokotis, Martin Schmelz, Aikaterini E Papagianni, Thomas Zambelis, Nikos Karandreas
INTRODUCTION: In chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy (CIDP) the impairment of unmyelinated nerve fibers appears unexpected. The measurement of the electrically induced axon flare reflex is a clinical test to assess the peripheral C-nociceptor function. In this study we compared the flare area in patients suffering from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy with healthy subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined 18 patients fulfilling the criteria for CIDP (11 male, mean age 51...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Kevin Forton, Yoshiki Motoji, Gael Deboeck, Vitalie Faoro, Robert Naeije
There has been revival of in interest in exercise testing of the pulmonary circulation for the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease, but there still is uncertainty about body position and the most relevant measurements. Doppler echocardiography pulmonary hemodynamic measurements were performed at progressively increased workload in 26 healthy adult volunteers in supine, semi-recumbent and upright positions which were randomly assigned at 24 hours intervals. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) was estimated from the maximum tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Jennifer Hamm, Lee Hilliard, Thomas Howard, Jeffrey Lebensburger
Traveling to and from university-based clinics is a major health care barrier for children with sickle cell disease in Alabama. To reduce this barrier, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) developed satellite clinics. This study seeks to determine if these satellite clinics provide a similar level of comprehensive care when compared with the university-based clinic using four surrogate markers: 1) attendance rates, 2) percentage of patients on hydroxyurea, 3) percentage of screening MRIs obtained, and 4) percentage of transcranial dopplers (TCD) completed...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Oluwagbemiga Oluwole Ayoola, Peter Bulus, Olabisi Morebisi Loto, Bukunmi Michael Idowu
AIM: To determine the Doppler indices of the umbilical arteries in normal singleton pregnancy with a view to generating local reference ranges. METHODS: In this prospective, cross-sectional study, 400 pregnant women at 15-39 weeks' gestational age, with estimated fetal weight within the 10th and 90th percentile, no fetal malformation(s), and without any history of maternal medical disease, were recruited. Umbilical arteries were assessed on ultrasound, with the subjects in the supine position...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Jiang Zhu, Li Qi, Yusi Miao, Teng Ma, Cuixia Dai, Yueqiao Qu, Youmin He, Yiwei Gao, Qifa Zhou, Zhongping Chen
Elastography provides a powerful tool for histopathological identification and clinical diagnosis based on information from tissue stiffness. Benefiting from high resolution, three-dimensional (3D), and noninvasive optical coherence tomography (OCT), optical micro-elastography has the ability to determine elastic properties with a resolution of ~10 μm in a 3D specimen. The shear wave velocity measurement can be used to quantify the elastic modulus. However, in current methods, shear waves are measured near the surface with an interference of surface waves...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Annette Vegas
A basic understanding of evolving 3D technology enables the echocardiographer to master the new skills necessary to acquire, manipulate, and interpret 3D datasets. Single button activation of specific 3D imaging modes for both TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) matrix array probes include (a) live, (b) zoom, (c) full volume (FV), and (d) color Doppler FV. Evaluation of regional LV wall motion by RT 3D TEE is based on a change in LV chamber subvolume over time from altered segmental myocardial contractility...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
S R Mittal
A 14 years asymptomatic male was evaluated for a grade 3/6 systolic murmur along lower left parasternal region. Color Doppler evaluation revealed turbulent systolic flow across moderator band with a peak systolic gradient of 127.2 mm hg. There was no other abnormality. This anomaly should be considered in differential diagnosis of systolic murmur in tricuspid area.
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Chaitra P Adiga, Manju Gyanchandani, Lakshmikantha N Goolahally, Rishikesh M Itagi, Kiran V Kalenahalli
Endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) is an aggressive uterine sarcoma. We report a case of a large endometrial stromal sarcoma in a 42 year nulliparous woman with chronic kidney disease presenting with acute urinary retention and irregular per vaginal bleeding. Ultrasound and Doppler imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass in the endometrial cavity with internal vascularity. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a large lobulated mass in the endometrial cavity extending into the vagina, causing local mass effect...
September 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Jeffrey Gnerre, Yankai Sun, Andrzej Jedynak, Anthony Gilet
Gallbladder varices are a rare form of collateralization that develop in patients with portal hypertension. We present here a case of gallbladder varices accurately diagnosed by contrast enhanced CT imaging of the abdomen and confirmed by Color Doppler Sonography. A 76-year-old patient with hepatocellular carcinoma developed portal vein thrombosis due to tumor extension during the course of treatment and was incidentally discovered to have gallbladder varices. While most commonly asymptomatic, gallbladder varices are associated with increased risk of massive bleeding, either spontaneously or during cholecystectomy...
May 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Peter Kruzliak, Alexander Berezin, Alexander Kremzer, Tatyana Samura, Roman Benacka, Ioana Mozos, Emmanuel Egom, Luis Rodrigo
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical stress and inflammatory biomarkers relate to global contractility dysfunction; however, adding these biomarkers into a risk model constructed on clinical data does not improve its prediction value in chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether biomarkers predict declining of left ventricular global contractility function in diabetic patients with ischemia-induced CHF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study retrospectively evolved 54 diabetic patients who had systolic or diastolic ischemia-induced CHF that was defined as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤45% or 46-55% respectively assessed by quantitative echocardiography and other conventional criteria according to current clinical guidelines...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
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