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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150799/a-hybrid-approach-based-on-logistic-classification-and-iterative-contrast-enhancement-algorithm-for-hyperintense-multiple-sclerosis-lesion-segmentation
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Antonio Carlos da Silva Senra Filho
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease with increasing importance in recent years, in which the T2 weighted with fluid attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR) MRI imaging technique has been addressed for the hyperintense MS lesion assessment. Many automatic lesion segmentation approaches have been proposed in the literature in order to assist health professionals. In this study, a new hybrid lesion segmentation approach based on logistic classification (LC) and the iterative contrast enhancement (ICE) method is proposed (LC+ICE)...
November 18, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150476/predictive-value-of-apelin-12-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-with-different-renal-function-a-prospective-observational-study
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Lingchang Yang, Ting Zheng, Haopeng Wu, Wenwei Xin, Xiongneng Mou, Hui Lin, Yide Chen, Xiaoyu Wu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate factors predicting the onset of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) . BACKGROUND: Apelin-12 plays an essential role in cardiovascular homoeostasis. However, current knowledge of its predictive prognostic value is limited. METHODS: 464 patients with STEMI (63.0±11.9 years, 355 men) who underwent successful pPCI were enrolled and followed for 2...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150327/diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-shear-wave-elastography-in-the-detection-of-portal-hypertension-in-pediatric-patients
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M Burak Özkan, M C Bilgici, E Eren, G Caltepe
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the usefulness of point shear wave elastography (p-SWE) of the liver and spleen for the detection of portal hypertension in pediatric patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study consisted of 38 healthy children and 56 pediatric patients with biopsy-proven liver disease who underwent splenic and liver p-SWE. The diagnostic performance of p-SWE in detecting clinically significant portal hypertension was assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves...
November 14, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150159/diagnostic-performance-of-pulmonary-capacitance-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Pankaj Jain, Sriram Rao, Peter Macdonald, Eugene Kotlyar, Andrew Jabbour, Christopher Hayward, Anne Keogh
BACKGROUND: Reliable markers of early disease are needed in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As measures of the contribution of abnormal vascular compliance to overall vascular resistance, resting and exercise pulmonary capacitance-defined as the stroke volume divided by the change in pulmonary pulse pressure-may be sensitive markers of early disease. METHODS: We examined all patients in our pulmonary hypertension database with idiopathic PAH, who had undergone rest and exercise right heart catheterisation in one sitting...
November 8, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150129/diagnostic-accuracy-of-4-intraoral-radiographic-techniques-for-misfit-detection-at-the-implant-abutment-joint
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Pollyana Darós, Vinícius Cavalcanti Carneiro, Amanda Pasolini Siqueira, Sergio Lins de-Azevedo-Vaz
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: A misfit or gap at the implant-abutment joint (IAJ) requires detection as it may compromise the health of the peri-implant tissue. However, which radiographic technique provides the most orthogonal relationship between the central beam and the implant/image receptor is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of 4 intraoral radiographic techniques on misfit detection at the IAJ. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty implants were placed in polyamide jaws, and customized dental implant abutments with a metal collar were installed...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149883/serum-concentrations-of-krebs-von-den-lungen-6-surfactant-protein-d-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-as-diagnostic-biomarkers-in-patients-with-asbestosis-and-silicosis-a-case-control-study
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Changjiang Xue, Na Wu, Xue Li, Meihua Qiu, Xuqin Du, Qiao Ye
BACKGROUND: Asbestosis and silicosis are progressive pneumoconioses characterized by interstitial fibrosis following exposure to asbestos or silica dust. We evaluated the potential diagnostic biomarkers for these diseases. METHODS: The serum concentrations of Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6), surfactant protein D (SP-D), and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-7, and MMP-9 were measured in 43 patients with asbestosis, 45 patients with silicosis, 40 dust-exposed workers (DEWs) without pneumoconiosis, and 45 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148955/experience-of-tubo-ovarian-abscess-a-retrospective-clinical-analysis-of-318-patients-in-a-single-tertiary-center-in-middle-turkey
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Zeynep Ozturk Inal, Hasan Ali Inal, Umit Gorkem
BACKGROUND: The objective was to identify the clinical and laboratory parameters, ultrasonographic (USG) morphology, and to predict surgical treatment for patients with tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for a total of 318 patients with a diagnosis of TOA between January 2005 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively at a referral center in Turkey. Patients requiring surgical treatment were compared with those who did not with respect to demographic characteristics and clinical, USG, and laboratory findings...
November 17, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148407/minor-salivary-gland-fibrosis-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-is-elevated-associated-with-focus-score-and-not-solely-a-consequence-of-aging
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Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the presence of minor salivary gland (SG) fibrosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) as a function of disease pathology or a consequence of ageing. METHODS: Subjects with sicca symptoms attending a Sjögren's research clinic were classified by American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria as either pSS or non-SS (nSS). Discovery (n=34 pSS, n=28 nSS) and replication (n=35 pSS, n=31 nSS) datasets were evaluated. Minor SG cross-sections from haematoxylin and eosin stained slides were imaged, digitally reconstructed and analysed for percent area fibrosis...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148015/clinical-performance-and-utility-of-a-nnmt-based-urine-test-for-bladder-cancer
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Valentina Pozzi, Giulia Di Ruscio, Davide Sartini, Roberto Campagna, Riccardo Seta, Paola Fulvi, Alexia Vici, Giulio Milanese, Gabriele Brandoni, Andrea B Galosi, Rodolfo Montironi, Monia Cecati, Monica Emanuelli
BACKGROUND: Bladder cancer (BC) represents the most common neoplasm of the urinary tract. Although cystoscopy and urine cytology represent the gold standard methods to monitor BC, both procedures have limitations. Therefore, the identification of reliable biomarkers for early and noninvasive detection of BC is urgently required. METHODS: In this study, we analyzed nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) expression in urine samples from 55 BC patients and 107 controls, using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147647/serum-albumin-is-independently-associated-with-persistent-organ-failure-in-acute-pancreatitis
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Wandong Hong, Suhan Lin, Maddalena Zippi, Wujun Geng, Simon Stock, Zarrin Basharat, Bicheng Cheng, Jingye Pan, Mengtao Zhou
Background and Aims: To investigate the association between serum albumin levels within 24 hrs of patient admission and the development of persistent organ failure in acute pancreatitis. Methods: A total of 700 patients with acute pancreatitis were enrolled. Multivariate logistic regression and subgroup analysis determined whether decreased albumin was independently associated with persistent organ failure and mortality. The diagnostic performance of serum albumin was evaluated by the area under Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves...
2017: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147071/exhaled-nitric-oxide-is-useful-in-symptomatic-radioactive-pneumonia-a-retrospective-study
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Jiancheng Li, Xiaobin Fu, Jie Fu
The aim was to defect the exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) prediction value of symptomatic radioactive pneumonia (SRP). 64 cases of lung cancer or esophagus cancer, who had the primary radiotherapy (intensity-modulated radiation therapy), were included from 2015 June to 2016 January. During the following, the patients were divided: the symptomatic radiation pneumonia group (SRP, with the CTCAE v4.0 score > 2) and the asymptomatic radiation pneumonia group (ASRP, with CTCAE v4.0 score ≤ 1). All the patients were measured eNO before and at the end of thoracic radiotherapy and gain the posttherapy eNO value and the eNO ratio (posttherapy eNO value/pretherapy eNO value), then the predictive values of eNO toward SRP were measured using the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC)...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147068/the-italian-version-of-the-five-word-test-a-simple-diagnostic-test-for-dementia-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Luca Rozzini, Anna Ceraso, Marina Zanetti, Silvia Pelizzari, Evita Tomasoni, Vivian Accardo, Alessandro Padovani
Background: The five-word test (FWT) is a neuropsychological tool (derived from the Grober and Buschke paradigm), measuring hippocampal memory trace consolidation. The study aimed to validate the test for the Italian language and to verify its ability to discriminate patients affected by mild cognitive impairment and dementia due to Alzheimer's disease from healthy matches. Methods: 217 subjects (127 controls, 47 MCI due to AD, and 43 AD) underwent neuropsychological evaluation...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146682/magnitude-of-soluble-st2-as-a-novel-biomarker-for-acute-aortic-dissection
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Yuan Wang, Xin Tan, Hai Gao, Hui Yuan, Rong Hu, Lixin Jia, Junming Zhu, Lizhong Sun, Hongjia Zhang, Lianjun Huang, Dong Zhao, Pei Gao, Jie Du
Background -Misdiagnosis of acute aortic dissection (AAD) can lead to significant morbidity and death. Soluble ST2 (sST2) is a cardiovascular injury-related biomarker. The extent to which sST2 is elevated in AAD and whether sST2 can discriminate AAD from other causes of sudden-onset severe chest pain is unknown. Methods -We measured plasma concentrations of sST2 (R&D systems assay) in 1360 patients, including 1027 participants in the retrospective discovery set and 333 patients with initial suspicion of AAD enrolled in the prospective validation cohort...
November 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146549/risk-assessment-of-infected-children-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pneumonia-by-combining-host-and-pathogen-predictors
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Jiayi Chen, Yuhang Chen, Pengwei Hu, Tao Zhou, Xin Xu, Xiaofang Pei
The current criteria of pneumonia severity, which mainly depend on clinical manifestations and laboratory findings from blood routine tests and X-ray examination, are still of great significance in preliminary diagnosis. However, the utility of traditional severe pneumonia indexes (SPI) without considering high virulence and multidrug resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa has limitations. Thus, it is of great value to make a risk assessment, which can serve as a complementary option for incomplete clinical diagnosis...
November 13, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146493/predicting-rosc-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-using-expiratory-carbon-dioxide-concentration-is-trend-detection-instead-of-absolute-threshold-values-the-key
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Peter Brinkrolf, Matthias Borowski, Camilla Metelmann, Roman-Patrik Lukas, Laura Pidde-Küllenberg, Andreas Bohn
AIM: Guidelines recommend detecting return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) by a rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the exhalation air. As CO2 is influenced by numerous factors, no absolute cut-off values of CO2 to detect ROSC are agreed on so far. As trends in CO2 might be less affected by influencing factors, we investigated an approach which is based on detecting CO2-trends in real-time. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case-control study on 169 CO2 time series from out of hospital cardiac arrests resuscitated by Muenster City Ambulance-Service, Germany...
November 13, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146439/risk-stratification-after-paracetamol-overdose-using-mechanistic-biomarkers-results-from-two-prospective-cohort-studies
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James W Dear, Joanna I Clarke, Ben Francis, Lowri Allen, Jonathan Wraight, Jasmine Shen, Paul I Dargan, David Wood, Jamie Cooper, Simon H L Thomas, Andrea L Jorgensen, Munir Pirmohamed, B Kevin Park, Daniel J Antoine
BACKGROUND: Paracetamol overdose is common but patient stratification is suboptimal. We investigated the usefulness of new biomarkers that have either enhanced liver specificity (microRNA-122 [miR-122]) or provide mechanistic insights (keratin-18 [K18], high mobility group box-1 [HMGB1], and glutamate dehydrogenase [GLDH]). The use of these biomarkers could help stratify patients for their risk of liver injury at hospital presentation. METHODS: Using data from two prospective cohort studies, we assessed the potential for biomarkers to stratify patients who overdose with paracetamol...
November 13, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146378/association-of-p-wave-duration-index-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation
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Onur Kaypakli, Hasan Koca, Durmuş Yıldıray Şahin, Sefa Okar, Fadime Karataş, Mevlüt Koç
AIM: We aimed to investigate the relationship between the recurrence of AF and P wave duration index (PWDI) in patients with nonvalvular PAF. METHODS: We included 114 patients who underwent cryoballoon catheter ablation with the diagnosis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) (55 male, 59 female; mean age 55.5±10,9years). PWDI was calculated by dividing the Pwd by the PR interval in DII lead of 12‑lead ECG. Patients had regular follow-up visits with 12-lead ECG, medical history and clinical evaluation...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145836/clinical-utility-of-computed-tomography-hounsfield-characterization-for-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andrea Gallioli, Elisa De Lorenzis, Luca Boeri, Maurizio Delor, Stefano Paolo Zanetti, Fabrizio Longo, Alberto Trinchieri, Emanuele Montanari
BACKGROUND: Computed Tomography (CT) is considered the gold-standard for the pre-operative evaluation of urolithiasis. However, no Hounsfield (HU) variable capable of differentiating stone types has been clearly identified. The aim of this study is to assess the predictive value of HU parameters on CT for determining stone composition and outcomes in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). METHODS: Seventy seven consecutive cases of PCNL between 2011 and 2016 were divided into 4 groups: 40 (52%) calcium, 26 (34%) uric acid, 5 (6%) struvite and 6 (8%) cystine stones...
November 16, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145824/observations-on-significant-hemodynamic-changes-caused-by-a-high-concentration-of-epidurally-administered-ropivacaine-correlation-and-prediction-study-of-stroke-volume-variation-and-central-venous-pressure-in-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia
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Jeong-Min Hong, Hyeon Jeong Lee, Young-Jae Oh, Ah Rhem Cho, Hyae Jin Kim, Do-Won Lee, Wang-Seok Do, Jae-Young Kwon, Haekyu Kim
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) exacerbates hypotension due to peripheral vasodilator effects following the use of general anesthetics. This study aimed to compare the hemodynamic changes caused by three different concentrations of epidural ropivacaine and to evaluate the performance of the stroke-volume variation (SVV) and central venous pressure (CVP) during TEA with general anesthesia. METHODS: A total of 120 patients were administered 8 mL of ropivacaine solution via epidural injection, following randomization into one of three groups based on the concentration of ropivacaine in the study solution: 0...
November 16, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145466/serum-tsh-levels-as-a-predictor-of-malignancy-in-thyroid-nodules-a-prospective-study
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Lenara Golbert, Ana Patrícia de Cristo, Carlo Sasso Faccin, Mauricio Farenzena, Heloísa Folgierini, Marcia Silveira Graudenz, Ana Luiza Maia
BACKGROUND: The role of serum TSH concentrations as a predictor of malignancy of thyroid nodule remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the usefulness of serum TSH levels as a predictor of malignancy in thyroid nodules. METHODS: Patients with thyroid nodule(s) who underwent fine-needle aspiration biopsy under ultrasonographic guidance in a tertiary, university-based hospital were consecutively evaluated. Patients with known thyroid cancer and/or patients receiving thyroid medication were excluded...
2017: PloS One
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