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Devin Vaswani, Adam N Wallace, Preston S Eiswirth, Thomas P Madaelil, Randy O Chang, Anderanik Tomasian, Jack W Jennings
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation in achieving local tumor control and pain palliation of sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 64 sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system in 26 women and 15 men (total = 41) treated with ablation between December 2011 and August 2016 was performed. Mean age of the cohort was 42.9 years ± 16.0 years...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Bryan R Anderson, Jaron Marriott, Chinthaka Bulathsinghala, Humayun Anjum, Salim Surani
Introduction: Gastrointestinal histoplasmosis (GH) is a well-described albeit uncommon disease. It is found almost exclusively in the immunocompromised host, especially those with untreated HIV and low CD4 counts. Presentation with intestinal perforation is seen mostly commonly in the colon. We present a patient with jejunal perforation, and there have been only 3 previous cases reported in the literature. Case: A 39-year-old male with known, untreated HIV presented to the ED with an acute abdomen after experiencing worsening intermittent abdominal pain for 2 months before that was associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Talat Ghane, Nasim Zamani, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Ali Beyrami, Alireza Noroozi
Objective: To describe an outbreak of lead poisoning among opium users in the Islamic Republic of Iran and estimate the number of affected people in the country. Methods: We used data from the country's largest poison treatment centre to illustrate the epidemiology of an outbreak of lead poisoning in oral opium users. We describe the government's referral and treatment guidelines in response to the outbreak. Based on the number of individuals treated and previous studies on the prevalence of oral opium use we estimated the total number of people at risk of lead-contaminated opium nationwide...
March 1, 2018: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Abdullah Shariff, Ruby Skinner, Andrea Pakula
INTRODUCTION: Visceral artery aneurysms are an uncommon clinical problem with aneurysms of the celiac artery only making up a small percentage of all visceral artery aneurysms. The more common splenic and hepatic aneurysms are often symptomatic with pain or rupture and associated hemorrhage. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a case of an otherwise healthy 30 yo male with an asymptomatic, posttraumatic arterial aneurysm of the celiac artery. He initially presented to our trauma center after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds which required multiple abdominal surgeries...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Taylor Jennelle Fitch, Xiao Yu, Lung-Chang Chien, Mohammad Monjurul Karim, Hasanat Alamgir
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more prevalent and burdensome in developing countries. AIMS: The goals of this study were to (1) determine the prevalence of PTSD, (2) identify types and number of traumas related to screening positive for PTSD and (3) determine other sociodemographic risk factors and health/medical conditions that may be correlated to PTSD among garment-factory workers and a comparable working population in Bangladesh. METHOD: A survey was administered to a convenient sample of 607 lower socio-economic status (SES) working women in Bangladesh, 310 of who were garment workers...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Sayam Dubash, Dennis McGonagle, Helena Marzo-Ortega
Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that encompasses ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as well as non-radiographic axial disease (nr-axSpA) and can lead to chronic pain, structural damage and disability. The introduction of tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) drugs for AS heralded a new era of drug therapeutics for what was previously a largely untreatable disease. This has now been expanded with the licensing of secukinumab, an interleukin 17A (IL-17A) inhibitor for the treatment of AS...
March 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
Alex Sabo, Jesse Hatgis, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson
Osteoporotic patients can present with either single or multiple fractures secondary to repeated falls and progressive osteoporosis. Multiple fractures often lead to additional spinal deformity and are a sign of more severe osteoporosis. In the thoracic spine, multiple fractures are associated with the development of gradual thoracic kyphosis but neurologic deficits are uncommon. In the lumbar spine, patients with multiple lumbar fractures have more constant lumbar pain, may have symptoms related to concurrent lumbar stenosis or degenerative scoliosis, and may present with radiculopathy, especially with fractures at L4 and L5...
December 19, 2017: Curēus
Pedro Palazón, Laura Saura, Irene de Haro, Oriol Martín-Solé, Asteria Albert, Xavier Tarrado, Victoria Julià
PURPOSE: Hirschsprung's disease (HD) is uncommon in females. There are very few reports on the patients' obstetric and gynecological outcome. Hydrosalpinx causes pain and infertility. It is rare in nonsexually active teenagers. It may be because of an intrinsic disease of the fallopian tubes or secondary to surgery. AIM: to describe the relationship between hydrosalpinx and HD or its surgical approach; to report the impact of bilateral hydrosalpinx on fertility in HD...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Hany Abdel Gawwad Soliman
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study OBJECTIVE.: The aim of this study was to study the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of adolescents with severe untreated congenital kyphosis (CK) and congenital kyphoscoliosis (CKS) in a developing country. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Surgical intervention is generally indicated early in patients with progressive CK or CKS to prevent the progression of deformity and to improve the quality of life of the patients. HRQOL of adolescents with untreated CK and CKS in developing countries has never been investigated...
February 16, 2018: Spine
Naoya Hirosawa, Kentaro Uchida, Kazuki Kuniyoshi, Kenichi Murakami, Gen Inoue, Masayuki Miyagi, Yusuke Matsuura, Sumihisa Orita, Kazuhide Inage, Takane Suzuki, Masashi Takaso, Seiji Ohtori
Although the therapeutic potential of vein wrapping (VW) for recurrent compressive neuropathy has been widely reported, the mechanisms underlying this technique have not been characterized. M2 macrophages induced by interleukin-4 (IL-4) or interleukin-10 (IL-10) have an anti-inflammatory function and play an important role in peripheral nerve repair. To evaluate whether VW promotes M2 polarization, we divided chronic constriction injury (CCI) rats into untreated and VW (CCI + VW)-treated groups. Pain withdrawal thresholds in both groups were evaluated using von Frey filaments...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Yusuke Ohmichi, Mika Ohmichi, Nobuhito Murai, Masaya Yasui, Nobuaki Takeshita, Hidehiro Oshibuchi, Munekazu Naito, Takashi Nakano, Jun Sato
The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of disuse-induced muscle hyperalgesia through the evaluation of the pharmacological behaviour of muscle hyperalgesia profiles in chronic post-cast pain (CPCP) rats with acute and chronic-phase mirror-image muscle hyperalgesia treated with diclofenac (NSAID), pregabalin (an inhibitor of Ca2+ channel α2δ), and duloxetine (SNRI). After 2 weeks of cast immobilization, the peak cross-sectional area and muscle wet weight of the ipsilateral soleus and gastrocnemius muscles decreased more significantly in CPCP rats than in untreated rats...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Elmang Nchako, Scottie Bussell, Carlos Nesbeth, Chisom Odoh
Africans endure a high burden of pain and suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer, yet receive a meager amount of the world's pain medication. This tragedy occurs needlessly, given that inexpensive, effective and easily administered interventions are available. WHO has a 'three-step analgesic ladder' framework for managing cancer pain. This widely adopted clinical practice guideline is an integral part of palliative care programs and has also been applied to non-cancer pain. However, untreated pain is a major public health problem due to the discordance between scientific evidence and public policy...
February 13, 2018: International Health
Youngwon Youn, Abigail Hellman, Ian Walling, Lucy Gee, Jiang Qian, Clif Burdette, Lance Frith, Julie G Pilitsis
BACKGROUND: Vincristine is a commonly used chemotherapeutic agent that results in debilitating untreatable peripheral neuropathy. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) on sensory thresholds in a validated vincristine-induced neuropathy (VIN) rodent model. METHODS: VIN was induced and mechanical allodynia was confirmed by nociceptive testing. von Frey fibers and Randall-Sellito test were used as measures of innocuous and noxious mechanical thresholds, respectively, and the hot plate test for thermal thresholds...
February 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Eleanor Anderson Reid, Esayas Kebede Gudina, Nicola Ayers, Wondimagegnu Tigineh, Yoseph Mamo Azmera
BACKGROUND: Palliative care aims to reduce physical suffering and the emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial distress of life-limiting illness. Palliative care is a human right, yet there are vast disparities in its provision: of the 40 million people globally in need of palliative care, less than 10% receive it, largely in high-income countries. There is a particular paucity of data on palliative care needs across the spectrum of incurable disease in Ethiopia. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this research were to assess the overall burden of life-limiting illness, the costs associated with life-limiting illness, and barriers to accessing palliative care in Ethiopia...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
M Mirazul Islam, Oleksiy Buznyk, Jagadesh C Reddy, Nataliya Pasyechnikova, Emilio I Alarcon, Sally Hayes, Philip Lewis, Per Fagerholm, Chaoliang He, Stanislav Iakymenko, Wenguang Liu, Keith M Meek, Virender S Sangwan, May Griffith
The severe worldwide shortage of donor organs, and severe pathologies placing patients at high risk for rejecting conventional cornea transplantation, have left many corneal blind patients untreated. Following successful pre-clinical evaluation in mini-pigs, we tested a biomaterials-enabled pro-regeneration strategy to restore corneal integrity in an open-label observational study of six patients. Cell-free corneal implants comprising recombinant human collagen and phosphorylcholine were grafted by anterior lamellar keratoplasty into corneas of unilaterally blind patients diagnosed at high-risk for rejecting donor allografts...
2018: NPJ Regenerative Medicine
Ahmad H Jabali
BACKGROUND: Root canal anatomy is a complex entity. The main objective of root canal treatment is to get rid of the infection and have a good apical and coronal seal with an appropriate filling. Inability to achieve thorough cleaning and shaping followed by three-dimensional obturation of the root canal system usually causes root canal treatment failure. For this reason, clinicians should be aware of these anatomical variations to achieve successful treatment. AIM: The aim of this article is to report on the successful treatment and follow-up of mandibular first molar with additional middle mesial (MM) and middle distal (MD) canals...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
Khushboo K Dalal, Abraham M Joshua, Akshatha Nayak, Prasanna Mithra, Zulkifli Misri, Bhaskaran Unnikrishnan
INTRODUCTION: Knee hyperextension is seen in 40-68% of ambulating hemiparetics. If left untreated it may lead to laxity of posterior structures of knee resulting in early degeneration of knee leading to pain, reduced independence in activities of daily living (ADL), deformities and instability. In this study we hypothesize walking with bent knee attitude (prowling) along with proprioceptive training may help to reduce knee hyperextension during the stance phase of gait cycle. OBJECTIVE: To test the efficacy of prowling along with proprioceptive training on knee hyperextension range, dorsiflexion range and spatio temporal parameters of gait using Wisconsin gait scale (WGS) as compared to routine physiotherapy...
January 26, 2018: Gait & Posture
Nicholas I Kennedy, Márcio B Ferrari, Jonathan A Godin, George Sanchez, Matthew T Provencher
Coracoid fractures are rare injuries, which may occur in isolation or in association with other shoulder pathology. The mechanism of trauma consists of a strong contraction of the conjoint tendon as a result of direct trauma. The diagnosis is usually difficult and many times overlooked, thereby requiring a high level of suspicion. In many cases, standard trauma series shoulder radiographs are unable to provide a definitive and reliable diagnosis. Therefore, other imaging modalities may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis...
October 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
Michael L Redondo, Adam J Beer, Adam B Yanke
The treatment of patellofemoral cartilage defects presents several distinct challenges when compared with cartilage restoration techniques used for other compartments of the knee due to the unique anatomy and distribution of forces. The etiologies of patellofemoral articular cartilage lesions include acute traumatic instability injuries, such as dislocation and subluxation, osteochondritis dissecans, and chronic degenerative changes. Regardless of the etiology, untreated patellofemoral cartilage lesions can contribute to activity-limiting anterior knee pain...
March 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Takeo Nakaya, Hisashi Oshiro, Ayako Takigami, Yoshihiko Kanai, Kenji Tetsuka, Koichi Hagiwara, Hirofumi Fujii, Shunsuke Endo, Akira Tanaka
RATIONALE: Solitary fibrous tumors are mesenchymal tumors presenting as fibroblastic neoplasms with prominent branching vascular patterns, which are often generated from the pleura. Most solitary fibrous tumors are benign; however, some can turn malignant. High-grade sarcomas from solitary fibrous tumors include multidirectional histopathological components. PATIENT CONCERNS: We describe our experience of a giant high-grade sarcoma with mixed components generated from a solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura in a 67-year-old female patient presenting with cough and left-sided chest pain...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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