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Ravi S Hira, Larry S Dean
Provisional use of rotational atherectomy (RA) is indicated for procedural success in heavily calcified lesions. In the current study, RA use at three high volume percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) centers between 2005 and 2013 was 1.4%. MACE rate was 17.8% at median follow-up of 22 months. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), diabetes mellitus (DM), acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and SYNTAX > 23 were found to be independently associated with MACE. With increasing complexity of disease and SYNTAX score, there is usually an increase in severity of calcification and need for atherectomy...
October 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Camila V Ventura, Maria Paula Fernandez, Ivan A Gonzalez, Delia M Rivera-Hernandez, Roberto Lopez-Alberola, Maria Peinado, Angelica A Floren, Patricia A Rodriguez, Basil K Williams, Gabriela de la Vega Muns, Ana J Rodriguez, Catherin Negron, Brenda Fallas, Audina M Berrocal
A 6-day-old female baby with known diagnosis of congenital Zika infection was referred for ophthalmologic examination. The mother (37 years old) was referred for a pruritic rash, conjunctival hyperemia, and malaise at 12 weeks of gestation while still living in Venezuela. Upon arrival to Miami, Zika virus (ZIKV) exposure was confirmed during prenatal screening. At birth, due to the known exposure, a complete congenital ZIKV workup was performed, including brain ultrasound and MRI, which disclosed calcifications in the frontal lobe...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Ayça Ata Korkmaz, Ali R Akyüz
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypertension are predisposed to atherosclerosis of large vessels and are at increased risk of target organ damage and related clinical sequelae. Cardioankle vascular index (CAVI) is a novel parameter of arterial stiffness and a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between aortic knob calcification (AKC) and CAVI in asymptomatic hypertensive patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients with AKC and age-matched sex-matched 60 control individuals without AKC were enrolled...
October 18, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
Lars J Grimm, David Y Johnson, Karen S Johnson, Jay A Baker, Mary Scott Soo, E Shelley Hwang, Sujata V Ghate
OBJECTIVES: To determine the malignancy rate overall and for specific BI-RADS descriptors in women ≥70 years who undergo stereotactic biopsy for calcifications. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 14,577 consecutive mammogram reports in 6839 women ≥70 years to collect 231 stereotactic biopsies of calcifications in 215 women. Cases with missing images or histopathology and calcifications associated with masses, distortion, or asymmetries were excluded. Three breast radiologists determined BI-RADS descriptors by majority...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
Jeganathan Manivannan, Manjunath Prashanth, Venkatesan Saravana Kumar, Manickaraj Shairam, Jayachandran Subburaj
Since there is no precise therapy for treating vascular calcification by directly targeting the vascular wall, we aim to unveil novel drug targets through mining the molecular effect of a high phosphate environment on vascular cells through computational methods. Here, we hypothesize that manipulation of the vascular pathogenic network by small molecule therapeutics predicted from prior knowledge might offer great promise. With this, we intend to understand the publicly available transcriptomic data of vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells exposed to the high phosphate induced vascular calcification milieu and to re-examine the above published experiments for reasons different from those examined in the previous studies through multilevel systems biological understanding...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Fang-Fei Wei, Nadja E A Drummen, Lutgarde Thijs, Lotte Jacobs, Marjolein Herfs, Cynthia Van't Hoofd, Cees Vermeer, Jan A Staessen
Vitamin-K-dependent carboxylation of matrix Gla protein (MGP) protects the macrocirculation against calcification. We recently reported in a multiethnic population study that the estimated glomerular filtration rate, a microvascular trait, decreased and the risk of chronic kidney disease increased with higher circulating levels of inactive dephospho-uncarboxylated MGP, a marker of vitamin K deficiency. These findings highlighted the possibility that vitamin K might have a beneficial effect on the renal microcirculation...
September 2016: Pulse (Basel, Switzerland)
Kazuhiro Yokota, Dai Kishida, Hidekazu Kayano, Masahide Yazaki, Yuki Shimada, Yuji Akiyama, Toshihide Mimura
We report the case of a Japanese woman with amyloid light chain (AL) amyloidoma in the abdominal aortic retroperitoneum and mesentery. Irregular soft tissue mass lesions with calcification in the abdominal aortic retroperitoneum and mesentery were initially detected by computed tomography at another hospital. The lesions gradually compressed the duodenum, causing symptoms of bowel obstruction. The patient was clinically diagnosed with retroperitoneal fibrosis, and prednisolone was administered at a dose of 40 mg/day...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
J J Jiang, H K Qing, X M Zhang, X M Zhang, W Li, C Y Shen, Q L Li, Y Jiao
OBJECTIVE: To compare total percutaneous access using preclose technique with femoral artery cut-down in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and assess the safety and feasibility of preclose technique. METHODS: In the study, 81 cases undergoing EVAR from Dec. 2011 to Nov. 2014 in Peking University People's Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative CT angiography (CTA) showed presence of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm or descending aortic aneurysm in all the cases...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Y Xiao, Y Y DU, C Gao, W Kong
OBJECTIVE: To study the change of microRNA during the early stage of high phosphorus induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) calcification and its related mechanism. METHODS: The in vitro calcification model was created through stimulating VSMC cell line A7r5 with high Pi (2.6 mmol/L) for 7 d. The calcification was validated through ocresolphthalein complexone colorimetry to detect the cellular calcium content, real-time PCR to measure the calcification-related gene expression and alizarin red staining to observe the formation of calcium nodules...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Jannet Labidi, Yosra Ben Ariba, Abdelkader Ben Gabsia, Faida Ajili, Riadh Battikh, Bassem Louzir, Nadia Ben Abdelhafidh, Saleh I Othman
Tissue calcification is a common complication in patients on continuous hemodialysis (HD) for chronic renal failure; however, severe calcification is unusual. Three distinct clinical types of extraosseous calcifications are found in uremic patients: vascular calcification, periarticular (tumoral) calcification, and visceral calcification (heart, lung, and kidney). We report a case of a young chronic HD patient who presented with extensive metastatic calcifi cations both vascular, visceral specially localized in the lungs, and periarticular with progressively increasing multiple subcutaneous swellings...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Abdussamet Batur
Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is a condition caused by excessive and uncontrolled secretion of parathyroid hormone. The classical presenting symptoms in primary hyperparathyroidism are renal stones, hypercalcemic crisis, soft tissue calcifications, and cystic bone disease. Although most cases of pHPT are detected early and before symptomatic lesions appear, some patients may present late in the course of their disease. In this report, we present a patient with extensive parenchymal calcifications forming a cast of the right kidney which is called as "putty kidney" with Brown tumor located in the pubic ramus...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Noha A Osman, Nevine El-Abd, Mohamed Nasrallah
Vitamin K is necessary for the carboxylation of clotting factors and matrix Gla protein (MGP). Vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKOR) is the enzyme responsible for recirculation of Vitamin K increasing its tissue availability. Polymorphisms of VKOR may alter the function of MGP, thereby influencing vascular calcification. We conducted this study to investigate the relationship of VKORC1 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP's) to vascular calcification and clinically overt cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on hemodialysis (HD)...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
A B Gopalamurugan, K Murali, B Jyotsana, A Jacob, V V Bashi
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a well-described treatment for symptomatic calcific severe aortic stenosis. However, TAVI technology is being increasingly used around the world to treat selected cases of severe aortic regurgitation (AR). One of the main limitations of using TAVI technology for AR is the lack of calcification, which is common in such cases. This makes anchoring of a TAVI prosthesis to the aortic annulus difficult and risks displacement or embolization. However, with the availability of recapturable and repositionable TAVI technologies, these limitations have been overcome to a large extent...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Rajiv Ananthakrishna, Nagaraja Moorthy
Myocardial calcification is rare and occurs in previous myocardial infarction, endomyocardial fibrosis, and infections such as tuberculosis, chronic renal failure, or hyperparathyroidism. We present an interesting case of massive myocardial calcification of the left ventricle following prior extensive myocardial infarction, presenting as progressive heart failure.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Jagdish C Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Vishwas Mohan, Arvind Sethi
Mitral annular calcification (MAC) has been considered a predisposition and an association of thrombo-embolic disease. Superimposed thrombus on MAC is under-appreciated as a potential cause of systemic thrombo-embolism. This report describes an elderly gentleman, who had recurrent cerebral embolism and in one of the episodes, a large mobile thrombus was detected on the ventricular surface of calcified mitral annulus. The thrombus disappeared after initiation of anti-coagulation.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Rei-Yeuh Chang, Chien-Chang Chen, Wei-Pang Hsu, Pei-Ching Hsiao, Han-Lin Tsai, Ping-Gune Hsiao, Jiann-Der Wu, How-Ran Guo
BACKGROUND: Avulsion of the aortic valve commissure as a cause of acute aortic valve regurgitation is mostly due to trauma, infective endocarditis, or ascending aortic dissection. Nontraumatic avulsion of the aortic valve commissure is very rare. We reviewed the literature and analyzed potential risk factors of nontraumatic avulsion. CASE PRESENTATION: An 80-year-old male with hypertension was seen in the emergency department with acute onset dyspnea. Echocardiogram revealed left ventricular hypertrophy with adequate systolic function, prolapse of the noncoronary cusp, and incomplete coaptation of the right coronary and noncoronary cusps with severe aortic valve regurgitation...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Myrthe van der Ven, Maren C Karreman, Angelique E A M Weel, Ilja Tchetverikov, Marijn Vis, Tamar E C Nijsten, Johanna M W Hazes, Jolanda J Luime
OBJECTIVES: Part of the psoriasis patients with musculoskeletal complaints will have inflammation of the entheses. Entheseal inflammation is difficult to assess by clinical examination only. Therefore, we aimed to determine the frequency of clinically relevant ultrasound inflammation at the most commonly assessed entheses (MASEI; Madrid Sonographic Enthesis Index) in primary care psoriasis patients with one or more tender entheses. METHODS: Adult primary care psoriasis patients with musculoskeletal complaints (tender enthesis or arthritis at physical examination) had an ultrasound examination of seven entheses according to the MASEI...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Ao Zhang, Shiji Wang, Hongxiang Li, Juan Yang, Hui Wu
Studies on aortic arch calcification (AAC) and mortality risk in maintenance dialysis patients have yielded conflicting findings. We conducted this meta-analysis to investigate the association between the presence of AAC and cardiovascular or all-cause and mortality risk in maintenance dialysis patients. Observational studies evaluating baseline AAC and cardiovascular or all-cause mortality risk in maintenance dialysis patients were searched through the PubMed and Embase, CNKI, VIP and Wanfang databases until January 2016...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jaison Arivalagan, Teja Yarra, Benjamin Marie, Victoria A Sleight, Evelyne Duvernois-Berthet, Melody S Clark, Arul Marie, Sophie Berland
Bivalves have evolved a range of complex shell forming mechanisms that are reflected by their incredible diversity in shell mineralogy and microstructures. A suite of proteins exported to the shell matrix space plays a significant role in controlling these features, in addition to underpinning some of the physical properties of the shell itself. Although, there is a general consensus that a minimum basic protein tool kit is required for shell construction, to date, this remains undefined. In this study the shell matrix proteins (SMPs) of four highly divergent bivalves (The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas; the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis; the clam, Mya truncata and the king scallop, Pecten maximus) were analyzed in an identical fashion using proteomics pipeline...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Francesco Nappi, Cristiano Spadaccio, Jean Louis Sablayrolles
The recent literature on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is shedding new light on the perspective to extend this procedure to other lower risk-category of patients, leading in fact to a potential erosion of the current guidelines. Notwithstanding the warnings provided in the literature regarding the risk of severely impairing complications, unclear survival advantage and cost-inefficiency, many observational studies, especially performed in high-volume centers, support a general drive toward the recruitment of intermediate-low risk patients in the expectation of clinical advantages versus standard surgical replacement...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
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