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Farahnaz Golriz, Lane F Donnelly, Sridevi Devaraj, Raj Krishnamurthy
BACKGROUND: Until recently scurvy has been viewed in developed countries as a disease of the past. More recently there have been reports of case series of children with scurvy who have had a delayed diagnosis after an extensive diagnostic workup that included imaging. Most of these children have had underlying neurologic conditions such as autism. OBJECTIVE: To review the medical records of children diagnosed with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency based on serum ascorbic acid levels at a large pediatric health care system, to determine imaging findings and utility of imaging in management, and to identify at-risk pediatric populations...
October 24, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Ja Hyang Cho, Eungu Kang, Gu-Hwan Kim, Beom Hee Lee, Jin-Ho Choi, Han-Wook Yoo
Vitamin D hydroxylation-deficient rickets type 1A (VDDR1A) is an autosomal recessively-inherited disorder caused by mutations in CYP27B1 encoding the 1α-hydroxylase enzyme. We report on a female patient with VDDR1A who presented with hypocalcemic seizure at the age of 13 months. The typical clinical and biochemical features of VDDR1A were found, such as hypocalcemia, increased alkaline phosphatase, secondary hyperparathyroidism and normal 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3). Radiographic images of the wrist showed metaphyseal widening with cupping and fraying of the ulna and distal radius, suggesting rickets...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Christopher Bliemel, Ludwig Oberkircher, Benjamin Bockmann, Eric Petzold, Rene Aigner, Thomas Jan Heyse, Steffen Ruchholtz, Benjamin Buecking
INTRODUCTION: Compromised bone quality and the need for early mobilization continue to lead to implant failure in elderly patients with distal femoral fractures. The cement augmentation of screws might facilitate improving implant anchorage. The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of cement augmentation of the condylar screws on implant fixation in a human cadaveric bone model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ten pairs of osteoporotic femora (mean age: 90 years, range: 84-99 years) were used...
October 18, 2016: Injury
John Turri
This paper addresses a fundamental question in folk metaphysics: how do we ordinarily view human agency? According to the transcendence account, we view human agency as standing outside of the causal order and imbued with exceptional powers. According to a naturalistic account, we view human agency as subject to the same physical laws as other objects and completely open to scientific investigation. According to exceptionalist naturalism, the truth lies somewhere in between: we view human agency as fitting broadly within the causal order while still being exceptional in important respects...
October 21, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
David Gøttsche, Thomas Lind, Thorbjørn Christiansen, Henrik M Schrøder
INTRODUCTION: Revision total knee arthroplasty with a cementless metaphyseal sleeve is suggested to be used without stem in revision total knee arthroplasty (rTKA). To the best of our knowledge, no papers investigating this have been published. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcome. METHOD: In this retrospective study, 71 patients operated with rTKA with sleeves without stem in the period 2009-2011 were identified; 63 were examined. All patients with the prosthesis still in place were invited to a medical examination including X-rays...
October 19, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Hille Haker
This essay explores the two main objectives of Bishop's book, which he analyzes in the context of the care for the dying: (1) the medical metaphysics underlying medical science and (2) biopolitics as governance of the human body. This essay discusses Bishop's claims in view of newer developments in medicine, especially the turn to the construction of life, and confronts the concept of the patient's sovereignty with an alternative model of vulnerable agency. In order to overcome the impasses of contemporary bioethics, the essay argues that practical reason requires a two-fold ethics: first, it must develop a new hermeneutics of illness and disease, and second, in order to protect the individuals in the process of dying, moral claims concerning death must be based on the concept of human rights...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Utku Kandemir, Safa Herfat, Mary Herzog, Paul Viscogliosi, Murat Pekmezci
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to compare the fatigue strength of a locking intramedullary nail (LN) construct to a double locking plate (DLP) construct in comminuted proximal extra-articular tibia fractures. METHODS: Eight pairs of fresh frozen cadaveric tibias with low bone mineral density (Age: 80 ± 7 (SD) years, T-score: -2.3 ± 1.2) were used. One tibia from each pair was fixed with LN while the contralateral side was fixed with DLP for complex extra-articular multifragmentary, metaphyseal fractures (simulating OTA41-A3...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Anton Khlopas, Michael A Mont, Morad Chughtai, Robert Molloy, Prem N Ramkumar, Steven F Harwin
Revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can be challenging in the setting of bone loss. Previously, severe bone loss was managed with impaction grafting and structural allografts; however, these had limited success. Recently, metaphyseal cones have been developed as useful adjuncts with good early outcomes. Presently, there are no published guidelines on how to preoperatively predict the need for metaphyseal cone implantation radiographically. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate how well preoperative radiographs were able to predict the use of cones in a small series of patients undergoing revision TKA...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Jonathan J E White, John R Soothill, Marie Morgan, David I Clark, Marius P Espag, Amol A Tambe
BACKGROUND: A large metaphyseal volume shoulder hemiarthroplasty has been in use within our department since 2008; however, no clinical outcome data are available for this prosthesis apart from the designer surgeon series. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During a 5-year period, data were collected for 40 patients (30 women, 10 men) treated consecutively with the Zimmer Anatomical Shoulder Fracture hemiarthroplasty system (Zimmer, Warsaw, IN, USA). RESULTS: The final analysis included 26 patients...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
B Lakshmi Divya, P Narasimha Rao
SAPHO syndrome (synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis, osteitis), a rare inflammatory disorder, is an association of distinct skin disorders with pustules with osteoarticular inflammation. Its etiology remains unclear, and various treatment regimens frequently fail to control the disease. An 18-year-old male patient presented to the outpatient department with severe nodulocystic acne on the face with pain at both the wrists and lower back associated with high-grade fever and chills. On physical examination, he had severe tenderness at both wrist joints and lower back, along with swelling of right wrist...
September 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
M Chmielnicki, A Prokop
Tibial shaft fractures are among the most common long bone fractures in humans. The incidence is 1-2 per 100,000. The gold standard of treatment for AO type 42 A-C fractures is a locking intramedullary nail. The development of new implants has extended the indications for this minimally invasive technique, so that now AO types 41 and 43 can also be treated with special nails. Fixed-angle screw anchors increase primary stability and supplemental locking devices located proximally and distally extend the spectrum of use to metaphyseal fractures...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Connie Y Chang, Daniel I Rosenthal, Deborah M Mitchell, Atsuhiko Handa, Susan V Kattapuram, Ambrose J Huang
Metabolic bone diseases are a diverse group of diseases that result in abnormalities of (a) bone mass, (b) structure mineral homeostasis, (c) bone turnover, or (d) growth. Osteoporosis, the most common metabolic bone disease, results in generalized loss of bone mass and deterioration in the bone microarchitecture. Impaired chondrocyte development and failure to mineralize growth plate cartilage in rickets lead to widened growth plates and frayed metaphyses at sites of greatest growth. Osteomalacia is the result of impaired mineralization of newly formed osteoid, which leads to characteristic Looser zones...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Anne-Sylvia Sacri, Annelyse Bruwier, Geneviève Baujat, Sylvain Breton, Stéphane Blanche, Tracy A Briggs, Brigitte Bader-Meunier
Childhood-onset chronic and refractory cytopenias are rare and may be genetic in etiology. We report three pediatric cases of severe autoimmune thrombocytopenia or anemia associated with growth retardation and spastic diplegia with intracranial calcification. The identification of platyspondyly and metaphyseal lesions suggested a potential diagnosis of spondyloenchondrodysplasia (SPENCD), which was confirmed with the identification of biallelic ACP5 mutations. Two patients demonstrated elevated serum interferon alpha levels...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
C Holwein, S Hinterwimmer, H O Mayr, L Lämmle, P U Brucker, E O Münch, A B Imhoff
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates sports ability, rotational laxity and potential growth changes in children after transphyseal ACL reconstruction with metaphyseal fixation technique, considering physis biology by placing drill holes vertically in the femoral anatomic origin in order to reduce volumetric injury to the physis. METHODS: In this retrospective trial of 42 patients data were collected. Thirty-seven were reviewed measuring rotational laxity and anteroposterior tibial translation using the Laxitester (ORTEMA Sport Protection, Markgroeningen, Germany) and the KT1000...
October 4, 2016: Knee
Mélanie A Frelat, Michael Coquerelle, Erik Trinkaus
OBJECTIVES: Whereas variation of modern human adult body size and shape has been widely studied in the context of ecogeographical clines, little is known about the differential growth patterns of transverse and longitudinal dimensions among human populations. Our study explored the ontogenetic variation of those body proportions in modern humans. METHODS: We compared results from four different approaches to study cross-sectional skeletal samples of Africans (n = 43), Amerindians (n = 69) and Europeans (n = 40) from 0 to 14 years of age...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
Nirav K Patel, Eric G Kim, Morad Chughtai, Anton Khlopas, Randa D K Elmallah, Steven F Harwin, Ronald E Delanois, Michael A Mont
Highly porous metaphyseal cones are used for the management of large bone defects in revision total knee arthroplasty. These cones fill defects and allow bony ongrowth while providing several sizing and offset options. In this case series, we evaluated three patients who received these latest generation metaphyseal cones. Specifically, these cases will be explored in detail with respect to history, indications, operative technique, and short-term outcomes. Overall, these newer generation porous coated cones are excellent options for large contained bone loss in the absence of infection, and they have demonstrated good clinical and radiological outcomes at short-term follow-up...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Denty Paul Vaughn, Jason Alan Syrcle, John E Ball, Steven H Elder, Jennifer Michele Gambino, Russell L Griffin, Ronald M McLaughlin
OBJECTIVE: Monocortical screws are commonly employed in locking plate fixation, but specific recommendations for their placement are lacking and use of short monocortical screws in metaphyseal bone may be contraindicated. Objectives of this study were to evaluate axial pullout strength of two different lengths of monocortical screws placed in various regions of the canine humerus compared to bicortical screws and to derive cortical thickness and bone density values for those regions using quantitative computed tomography analysis (QCT)...
October 6, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Irayda Jakušovaitė, Žydrunė Luneckaitė, Eimantas Peičius, Živilė Bagdonaitė, Olga Riklikienė, Edgaras Stankevičius
The prominence of biomedical criteria relying on brain death reduces the impact of metaphysical, anthropological, psychosocial, cultural, religious, and legal aspects disclosing the real value and essence of human life. The aim of this literature review is to discuss metaphysical and biomedical approaches toward death and their complimentary relationship in the determination of death. A critical appraisal of theoretical and scientific evidence and legal documents supported analytical discourse. In the metaphysical discourse of death, two main questions about what human death is and how to determine the fact of death clearly separate the ontological and epistemological aspects of death...
2016: Medicina
Kerry McKenzie
The view that the fundamental kind properties are intrinsic properties enjoys reflexive endorsement by most metaphysicians of science. But ontic structural realists deny that there are any fundamental intrinsic properties at all. Given that structuralists distrust intuition as a guide to truth, and given that we currently lack a fundamental physical theory that we could consult instead to order settle the issue, it might seem as if there is simply nowhere for this debate to go at present. However, I will argue that there exists an as-yet untapped resource for arguing for ontic structuralism - namely, the way that fundamentality is conceptualized in our most fundamental physical frameworks...
October 2016: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Dingmar van Eck, Huib Looren de Jong
Approaches to the Internalism-Externalism controversy in the philosophy of mind often involve both (broadly) metaphysical and explanatory considerations. Whereas originally most emphasis seems to have been placed on metaphysical concerns, recently the explanation angle is getting more attention. Explanatory considerations promise to offer more neutral grounds for cognitive systems demarcation than (broadly) metaphysical ones. However, it has been argued that explanation-based approaches are incapable of determining the plausibility of internalist-based conceptions of cognition vis-à-vis externalist ones...
October 2016: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
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