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Musculoskeletal diagnosis

Sharon Reif, Rachel Sayko Adams, Grant A Ritter, Thomas V Williams, Mary Jo Larson
Introduction: Soldiers are at risk for acute and chronic pain due to the mental and physical challenges of military duties and ongoing training for force readiness. With the burden of pain on any individual attributable across pain sources, a broad perspective that goes beyond prior characterizations of pain is important. We aim to further the understanding of pain's effects among non-deployed active duty soldiers and the Military Health System (MHS), by describing prevalence of 10 painful conditions, reported pain levels, duration of pain and impact of pain on military duty limitations...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Susan Kane Patton, Bailey Phillips
Evidence-based strategies for nurses. ABSTRACT: Lyme disease is recognized as the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Surveillance data indicate both increasing numbers of Lyme disease cases and geographic expansion of areas where the causative spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, can be found. With prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment in the acute stage, most patients will recover fully. Without treatment, however, the infecting pathogen remains within the body, often producing long-term complications, including musculoskeletal, neurologic, and cardiovascular effects...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Nursing
Sturla Gjesdal, Tor Helge Holmaas, Karin Monstad, Øystein Hetlevik
OBJECTIVES: To identify new cases of musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders among employed people presenting in Norwegian primary care in 2012, frequency of sickness certification and length of sick leave. To identify patient-, diagnosis- and GP-related predictors of sickness certification, prolonged sick leave and return to work (RTW). METHODS: An observational multiregister-based cohort study covering all employed persons in Norway(1 176 681 women and 1 330 082 men) based on claims data from all regular GPs merged with individual sociodemographic data from public registers was performed...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Mohamed Omar, Maximilian Petri, Nael Hawi, Christian Krettek, Jörg Eberhard, Emmanouil Liodakis
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of swab polymerase chain reaction (PCR) compared with tissue culture as the current gold standard. METHODS: Forty-one consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled undergoing revision arthroplasty due to septic and aseptic reasons. Infection classification was done according to the criteria of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. Intraoperatively, tissue samples of the periprosthetic membrane were collected for culture analysis, and swabs were taken from the accessible implant surface to perform 16S ribosomal RNA PCR...
January 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
James B Wood, Lauren S Jones, Nicole R Soper, Meng Xu, Victor J Torres, C Buddy Creech, Isaac P Thomsen
Background: Staphylococcus aureus is among the most commonly identified causes of invasive bacterial infection in children; however, reliable results from cultures of sterile-site samples often cannot be obtained, which necessitates prescription of a broad empiric antimicrobial agent(s). Children with invasive S aureus infection rapidly generate high antibody titers to the cytotoxin LukAB; therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic utility of an anti-LukAB antibody assay for children with musculoskeletal infection (MSKI)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Rogerio Ferreira Liporaci, Marcelo Camargo Saad, Julio César Crescêncio, Fabiana Marques, Debora Bevilaqua-Grossi, Lourenço Gallo-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Maintenance of orthostatism requires the interaction of autonomic and muscle responses for an efficient postural control, to minimize body motion and facilitate venous return in a common type of syncope called neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS). Muscle activity in standing position may be registered by surface electromyography, and body sway confirmed by displacement of the center of pressure (COP) on a force platform. These peripheral variables reflect the role of muscles in the maintenance of orthostatism during the active tilt test, which, compared with muscle activity during the passive test (head-up tilt test), enables the analyses of electromyographic activity of these muscles that may anticipate the clinical effects of CNS during these tests...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Jessica T Servey, Christopher Jonas
Plantar fascia rupture in the absence of previous diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, corticosteroid injection, or injury is a rare occurrence with only 7 case reports in the literature since 1978. This is a case of spontaneous plantar fascia rupture in a 38-year-old active-duty US military member with current considerations in musculoskeletal ultrasound, other radiologic imaging, treatment, and followup of this diagnosis.
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Vishal Hegde, Zachary D C Burke, Howard Y Park, Stephen D Zoller, Daniel Johansen, Benjamin V Kelley, Ben Levine, Kambiz Motamedi, Noah C Federman, Leanne L Seeger, Scott D Nelson, Nicholas M Bernthal
BACKGROUND: Although there is widespread acceptance of core needle biopsy (CNB) for diagnosing solid tumors, there is reluctance by some clinicians to use CNB for aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) as a result of concerns of safety (bleeding, nerve injury, fracture, readmission, or infection) and reliability, particularly to rule out malignant diagnoses like telangiectatic osteosarcoma. This is especially true when CNB tissue is sent from an outside hospital, where the technique used to obtain the tissue may be spurious...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Germán L Farfalli, Jose I Albergo, Nicolas S Piuzzi, Miguel A Ayerza, D Luis Muscolo, Lucas E Ritacco, Luis A Aponte-Tinao
BACKGROUND: The treatment of locally aggressive bone tumors is a balance between achieving local tumor control and surgical morbidity. Wide resection decreases the likelihood of local recurrence, although wide resection may result in more complications than would happen after curettage. Navigation-assisted surgery may allow more precise resection, perhaps making it possible to expand the procedure's indications and decrease the likelihood of recurrence; however, to our knowledge, comparative studies have not been performed...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Malo Le Hanneur, Andres A Maldonado, Benjamin M Howe, Michelle L Mauermann, Robert J Spinner
BACKGROUND: Several hypotheses have been proposed for the pathophysiology of suprascapular nerve (SSN) palsy, including compression, traction, and nerve inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To provide insight into the pathophysiology of isolated nontraumatic SSN palsy by performing critical reinterpretations of electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies and magnetic resonance (MR) images of patients with such diagnosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients referred to our institution for the past 20 yr with a diagnosis of nontraumatic isolated suprascapular neuropathy who had an upper extremity EDX study and a shoulder or brachial plexus MR scan...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
A Nascimento Osorio, J Medina Cantillo, A Camacho Salas, M Madruga Garrido, J J Vilchez Padilla
INTRODUCTION: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common myopathy in children, with a worldwide prevalence of approximately 0.5 cases per 10,000 male births. It is characterised by a progressive muscular weakness manifesting in early childhood, with the subsequent appearance of musculoskeletal, respiratory, and cardiac complications, causing disability, dependence, and premature death. Currently, DMD is mainly managed with multidisciplinary symptomatic treatment, with favourable results in terms of the progression of the disease...
March 8, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Jisook Yi, Young Han Lee, Ho-Taek Song, Jin-Suck Suh
Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of synthetic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compared to conventional MRI for the diagnosis of internal derangements of the knee at 3T. Materials and Methods: Following Institutional Review Board approval, image sets of conventional and synthetic MRI in 39 patients were included. Two musculoskeletal radiologists compared the image sets and qualitatively analyzed the images. Subjective image quality was assessed using a four-grade scale...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
Gwendolyn Vuurberg, Alexander Hoorntje, Lauren M Wink, Brent F W van der Doelen, Michel P van den Bekerom, Rienk Dekker, C Niek van Dijk, Rover Krips, Masja C M Loogman, Milan L Ridderikhof, Frank F Smithuis, Sjoerd A S Stufkens, Evert A L M Verhagen, Rob A de Bie, Gino M M J Kerkhoffs
This guideline aimed to advance current understandings regarding the diagnosis, prevention and therapeutic interventions for ankle sprains by updating the existing guideline and incorporate new research. A secondary objective was to provide an update related to the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions and prevention strategies. It was posited that subsequent interaction of clinicians with this guideline could help reduce health impairments and patient burden associated with this prevalent musculoskeletal injury...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Mark J Landau, Ido Badash, Christine Yin, Ram K Alluri, Ketan M Patel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vascularized bone grafting after tumor resection can be an important component in the treatment of bony neoplasms of the upper extremity. The purpose of this study was to determine the outcomes of free vascularized fibula grafting (FVFG) in the treatment of upper extremity sarcomas. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature of FVFG used in the treatment of upper extremity sarcomas was performed. RESULTS: A total of 56 studies were included in final analysis...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Toshimi Michigami
Congenital skeletal dysplasias have been considered to be fundamentally untreatable diseases. However, molecular diagnosis by genetic testing has become more prevalent, and efforts are being made to develop novel therapies based on the pathogenesis. As treatments for osteogenesis imperfecta, in addition to anti-resorptive agents, neutralizing antibodies against sclerostin and transforming growth factor(TGF)-β and chemical chaperones can be beneficial. Enzyme replacement therapy using bone-targeting recombinant alkaline phosphatase has been recently developed to treat hypophosphatasia and has much improved the prognosis of the patients affected with severe forms of the disease...
2018: Clinical Calcium
F Safa, M Pant, C Weerasinghe, R Felix, T Terjanian
Merkel cell carcinoma (mcc) is an uncommon malignancy of the skin arising from cells located in the deeper layers of the epidermis called Merkel cells. This malignancy rarely presents as a metastatic disease, and the field is therefore deficient in regards to management. We report the case of a 49-year-old woman who presented with a presumptive diagnosis of osteomyelitis of the left fifth digit that was resistant to treatment with antibiotics; she underwent debridement of the digit that revealed mcc and was later to have metastatic disease to her lungs, liver, and musculoskeletal system...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Victoria Rizzo, Yousuf Salmasi, Michael Hunter, Pushpinder Sidhu
Sternal osteomyelitis secondary to mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) is rare, with <1% of musculoskeletal TB cases reported. The recurrent scenario is unresolving infection and delayed diagnosis. A 75-year-old woman presented with a persistently discharging sternal wound 10 months after coronary artery bypass grafting. Multiple antibiotics, wound debridement and removal of sternal wires was attempted; however, progression to local osteomyelitis and sternoclavicular joint destruction occurred. Tissue biopsies were finally sent for mycobacterial culture testing positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis High index of suspicion is necessary for diagnosis of sternal tuberculosis, confirmed through timely microbiological investigations...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Nathalia Costa, Manuela L Ferreira, Marita Cross, Joanna Makovey, Paul W Hodges
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the definitions for "flare" in musculoskeletal conditions, the derivation processes, and validation of definitions for the 12 most burdensome musculoskeletal conditions. METHODS: A literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED, PsycInfo and Lilacs to identify studies that investigated derivation or validation of a flare definition, which we considered as a phrase or group of domains. RESULTS: Reports of derivation of flare definitions were identified for 9/12 musculoskeletal conditions...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Thivviya Vairamuthu, Susan Pfeiffer
The Late Archaic in northeastern North America (4500-2800 B.P.) pre-dates reliance on pottery and domesticated plants. It is thought to reflect a highly mobile, seasonal migratory foraging/hunting regimen. A juvenile skeleton with pervasive bone wasting and fragile jaws from the Hind Site (AdHk-1), ca. 3000 B.P., southwestern Ontario, provides evidence of the social context of her family group, including aspects of mobility and food management. The well-preserved bones and teeth are considered in bioarchaeological context...
March 2018: International Journal of Paleopathology
Carl A Deirmengian, Joshua S Dines, Joseph V Vernace, Michael S Schwartz, R Alexander Creighton, James N Gladstone
The use of arthroscopy for purely diagnostic purposes has been largely supplanted by noninvasive technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The mi-eye+TM (Trice Medical) technology is a small-bore needle unit for in-office arthroscopy. We conducted a pilot study comparing the mi-eye⁺™ unit with MRI, using surgical arthroscopy as a gold-standard reference. We hypothesized that the mi-eye⁺™ needle arthroscope, which can be used in an office setting, would be equivalent to MRI for the diagnosis of intra-articular pathology of the knee...
February 2018: American Journal of Orthopedics
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