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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345480/ultrasound-in-the-management-of-pleural-disease
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Rachel M Mercer, Ioannis Psallidas, Najib M Rahman
Pleural disease encompasses a large range of conditions, is a common presentation to the acute medical take and often requires comprehensive investigation and treatment. Ultrasound is well recognised as a useful investigative tool in pleural disease especially in the field of pleural effusion, pleural thickening and interventional procedures. Thoracic ultrasound (TUS) has gained widespread use by physicians as evidence has shown a reduced rate of complications when performing pleural procedures with ultrasound guidance...
April 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345174/overall-evaluability-of-low-dose-protocol-for-computed-tomography-angiography-of-thoracic-aorta-using-80%C3%A2-kv-and-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-using-different-concentration-contrast-media
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Andrea Daniele Annoni, Maria E Mancini, Daniele Andreini, Alberto Formenti, Saima Mushtaq, Enrica Nobili, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Edoardo Conte, Mauro Pepi
INTRODUCTION: Multidetector Computed Tomography Angiography (MDCTA) is presently the imaging modality of choice for aortic disease. However, the effective radiation dose and the risk related to the use of contrast agents associated with MDCTA is an issue of concern. Aim of this study was to assess image quality of a low dose ECG-gated MDCTA of thoracic aorta using different concentration contrast media without tailored injection protocol. METHODS: Two-hundred patients were randomised into four different scan protocols: Group A (Iodixanol 320 and 80 Kvp tube voltage), Group B (Iodixanol 320 and 100 Kvp tube voltage), Group C (Iomeprol 400 and 80 Kvp tube voltage) and Group D (Iomeprol 400 and 100 Kvp tube voltage)...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344762/protracted-refractory-pain-post-tevar-post-implantation-syndrome
#3
Peter Waweru, Hardeep Gill, Chris Abeid
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition and has one of the highest mortality rates of cardiovascular diseases. It remains a devastating disease; with multiple unanswered questions concerning treatment modalities. The role of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) in these patients; especially those with uncomplicated acute aortic Type B dissections (AAD-B) is especially controversial although it has been shown to have better long-term outcomes compared to medical therapy alone. For those who have TEVAR, up to 60% may develop an acute, transient systemic inflammatory response syndrome that remains vaguely defined...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343332/posterior-elements-disruption-with-hybrid-constructs-in-ais-patients-is-there-an-impact-on-proximal-junctional-kyphosis
#4
S Ghailane, Sebastien Pesenti, E Peltier, E Choufani, B Blondel, J L Jouve
PURPOSE: Proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) is a frequent proximal adjacent segment disease following spinal fusion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and its rate has been estimated to 28% in the literature. The etiology is multifactorial, and risk factors associated with PJK are controversial. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that the disruption of muscular and bony tissue above the upper instrumented vertebra (UIV) during surgery does not increase the rate of PJK in patients undergoing posterior fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis...
March 25, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341507/endovascular-aortic-repair-for-progressive-chronic-thoracoabdominal-aortic-dissections
#5
Vito Mantese, Shameem Kunhammed
BACKGROUND: Ascending and thoracic aortic dissections progress into thoracoabdominal aneurysms 20-40% of the time, due to the initial aortic injury with associated weakness of the aortic wall. The increased firmness of the intimal flap usually results in a collapsed true lumen that does not spontaneously re-expand even with progressive dilatation of the aorta. In an effort to identify a safe and effective treatment path for this complex disease process, we present 4 cases illustrating successful sequential thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR)...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341128/-a-bronchial-mucous-gland-adenoma-resected-by-endoscopic-procedure
#6
C Vergnenègre, J Hureaux, B Morvant, T Urban, T Jeanfaivre
INTRODUCTION: Surgical resection is usually performed for the treatment of endobronchial tumors. This case describes the use of endoscopic resection as an initial treatment, allowing to spare lung parenchyma. CASE REPORT: A patient was admitted to the emergency unit with right lower lobe pneumonia. A thoracic CT-scan and subsequent bronchoscopy revealed an intrabronchial tumor between the right main and intermediate bronchus. Biopsies were non-diagnostic and a PET-scanner did not find any abnormalities...
March 21, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340925/duration-of-twice-daily-thoracic-radiotherapy-and-time-from-the-start-of-any-treatment-to-the-end-of-chest-irradiation-as-significant-predictors-of-outcomes-in-limited-disease-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Masahiro Morimoto, Kyoichi Okishio, Masanori Akira, Naoki Omachi, Akihiro Tamiya, Kazuhiro Asami, Tomoya Kawaguchi, Shinji Atagi
BACKGROUND: The hypothesis of this retrospective study was that the duration of twice-daily (BID) thoracic radiotherapy (TRT) and time from the start of any treatment to the end of chest irradiation (SER) would predict outcomes in limited-disease small-cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All 81 patients received 45 Gy in 30 fractions BID with a ≥ 6-hour interval and concurrent chemotherapy of platinum and etoposide. RESULTS: The median radiotherapy duration was 25 days (range, 21-38 days)...
March 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339144/australian-and-new-zealand-pulmonary-rehabilitation-guidelines
#8
Jennifer A Alison, Zoe J McKeough, Kylie Johnston, Renae J McNamara, Lissa M Spencer, Sue C Jenkins, Catherine J Hill, Vanessa M McDonald, Peter Frith, Paul Cafarella, Michelle Brooke, Helen L Cameron-Tucker, Sarah Candy, Nola Cecins, Andrew S L Chan, Marita T Dale, Leona M Dowman, Catherine Granger, Simon Halloran, Peter Jung, Annemarie L Lee, Regina Leung, Tamara Matulick, Christian Osadnik, Mary Roberts, James Walsh, Sally Wootton, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines (Guidelines) is to provide evidence-based recommendations for the practice of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) specific to Australian and New Zealand healthcare contexts. METHODS: The Guideline methodology adhered to the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II criteria. Nine key questions were constructed in accordance with the PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome) format and reviewed by a COPD consumer group for appropriateness...
March 24, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338551/standardizing-robotic-lobectomy-feasibility-and-safety-in-128-consecutive-lobectomies-within-a-single-healthcare-system
#9
John F Lazar, Laurence N Spier, Alan R Hartman, Richard S Lazzaro
OBJECTIVE: Single-surgeon cohorts assessing robotically assisted video-assisted thoracic (RA-VATS) lobectomy have reported good outcomes, but there are little data regarding multiple surgeons applying a standard technique in separate hospitals. The purpose of this study was to show how a standardized robotic technique is both safe and reproducible between surgeons and institutions. METHODS: From July 1, 2012, to October 1, 2013, patients undergoing RA-VATS lobectomy for both benign and malignant disease were identified from a prospectively collected database of two thoracic surgeons from different hospitals within the same healthcare system and retrospectively analyzed...
March 23, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338434/coexistence-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-worsens-the-overall-outcome-of-intracranial-aneurysm-a-pioneer-study
#10
Shyamal C Bir, Anil Nanda, Hugo Cuellar, Hai Sun, Bharat Guthikonda, Cesar Liendo, Alireza Minagar, Oleg Y Chernyshev
OBJECTIVE Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with the progression of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. However, the role of OSA in the overall outcome of intracranial aneurysms (IAs) has not yet been established. Authors of this report investigated the role of OSA in the overall outcome of IAs. METHODS Radiological and clinical data on patients (from 2010 through 2015) with confirmed IA were retrospectively reviewed. Significant differences between the OSA and non-OSA groups were determined using a chi-square test...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338158/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-duodenal-injury-and-fistula
#11
Kunmei Gong, Shikui Guo, Kunhua Wang
Duodenal injury is a serious abdominal organ injury. Duodenal fistula is one of the most serious complications in gastrointestinal surgery, which is concerned for its critical status, difficulty in treatment and high mortality. Thoracic and abdominal compound closed injury and a small part of open injury are common causes of duodenal injury. Iatrogenic or traumatic injury, malnutrition, cancer, tuberculosis, Crohn's disease etc. are common causes of duodenal fistula, however, there has been still lacking of ideal diagnosis and treatment by now...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336819/fundamental-hemodynamic-mechanisms-mediating-the-response-to-myocardial-ischemia-in-conscious-paraplegic-mice-cardiac-output-versus-peripheral-resistance
#12
Heidi L Lujan, Stephen E DiCarlo
Autonomic dysfunction, a relative sedentary lifestyle, a reduced muscle mass and increased adiposity leads to metabolic abnormalities that accelerate the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) in individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI). An untoward cardiac incident is related to the degree of CAD, suggesting that the occurrence of a significant cardiac event is significantly higher for individuals with SCI Thus, understanding the fundamental hemodynamic mechanisms mediating the response to myocardial ischemia has the potential to positively impact individuals and families living with SCI Accordingly, we systematically investigated if thoracic level 5 spinal cord transection (T5X; paraplegia) alters the arterial blood pressure response to coronary artery occlusion and if the different arterial blood pressure responses to coronary artery occlusion between intact and paraplegic mice are mediated by changes in cardiac output and or systemic peripheral resistance and whether differences in cardiac output are caused by changes in heart rate and or stroke volume...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335088/further-characterization-of-computed-tomographic-and-clinical-features-for-staging-and-prognosis-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-west-highland-white-terriers
#13
Florence Thierry, Ian Handel, Gawain Hammond, Lesley G King, Brendan M Corcoran, Tobias Schwarz
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease of unknown etiology resulting in progressive interstitial fibrosis, with a known predilection in West Highland white terriers. In humans, computed tomography (CT) is a standard method for providing diagnostic and prognostic information, and plays a major role in the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis staging process. Objectives of this retrospective, analytical, cross-sectional study were to establish descriptive criteria for reporting CT findings and test correlations among CT, clinical findings and survival time in West Highland white terriers with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis...
March 23, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
#14
Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331906/associations-between-sarcopenia-and-degenerative-lumbar-scoliosis-in-older-women
#15
Yawara Eguchi, Munetaka Suzuki, Hajime Yamanaka, Hiroshi Tamai, Tatsuya Kobayashi, Sumihisa Orita, Kazuyo Yamauchi, Miyako Suzuki, Kazuhide Inage, Kazuki Fujimoto, Hirohito Kanamoto, Koki Abe, Yasuchika Aoki, Tomoaki Toyone, Tomoyuki Ozawa, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Seiji Ohtori
BACKGROUND: Age-related sarcopenia can cause various forms of physical disabilities. We investigated how sarcopenia affects degenerative lumbar scoliosis (DLS) and lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS). METHODS: Subjects comprised 40 elderly women (mean age 74 years) with spinal disease whose chief complaints were low back pain and lower limb pain. They included 15 cases of DLS (mean 74.8 years) and 25 cases of LSCS (mean age 72.9 years). We performed whole-body dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to analyze body composition, including appendicular and trunk skeletal muscle mass index (SMI; lean mass (kg)/height (m)(2)) and bone mineral density (BMD)...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331176/novel-microwave-torso-scanner-for-thoracic-fluid-accumulation-diagnosis-and-monitoring
#16
S Ahdi Rezaeieh, A Zamani, K S Bialkowski, A M Abbosh
Thoracic fluid accumulation is one of the significant and early-stage manifestations of fatal diseases, such as lung-cancer, liver-failure and congestive heart-failure. Currently, computational-tomography (CT)-Scan is the most widely used tool for the detection of thoracic fluid. Yet, it is unable to detect small amounts of fluid, has ionizing radiation and lacks mobility. On the other hand, microwave imaging systems have emerged as an accurate and portable complementary diagnostic tool. However, there is a lack of a complete clinical platform that can fulfill the requirements of accurate and reliable imaging...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329923/-actinomycosis-involving-chronic-pancreatitis-a-case-report-with-literature-review
#17
Seong Jae Yeo, Chang Min Cho, Min Kyu Jung, Ki Ju Kim, Myung Hi Kim, Seung Hyun Cho, Gab Chul Kim, An Na Seo
Actinomycosis is a slowly progressive, chronic infectious disease. It is caused by the genus Actinomyces, which are gram-positive anaerobic bacteria. It presents as a mass-like lesion, composed of bacterial nidus and characteristic granulomatous inflammatory fibrosis. As such, it has frequently been mistaken for a malignancy. Surgical resection is a common procedure in these patients prior to a definite diagnosis. Although actinomycosis can occur in a variety of regions, including oral-cervicofacial, thoracic, and abdominopelvic cavities, the involvement of the pancreas is very rare...
March 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329330/three-port-one-incision-plus-two-port-endoscopic-mitral-valve-surgery-without-robotic-assistance%C3%A2
#18
Toshiaki Ito, Atsuo Maekawa, Satoshi Hoshino, Yasunari Hayashi, Sadanari Sawaki, Junji Yanagisawa, Masayoshi Tokoro
OBJECTIVES: Totally endoscopic minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) is technically demanding and often performed with robotic assistance. We hypothesized that three-port video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) would facilitate endoscopic MIMVS and evaluated its feasibility and safety. METHODS: From October 2010 to June 2016, we performed first-time MIMVS in 250 consecutive patients (122 male), with median age of 65 years (54-73 years, 25-75 percentile)...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329325/comparison-of-radial-and-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-in-patients-with-peripheral-vascular-disease%C3%A2
#19
Dmitry Pevni, Yanai Ben-Gal, Rephael Mohr, Nadav Teich, Zvi Raviv, Amir Kramer, Yosef Paz, Benjamin Medalion, Nahum Nesher
OBJECTIVES: The composite T-graft with radial artery (RA) attached end-to-side to the left internal thoracic artery (ITA) provides arterial myocardial revascularization without the increased risk of deep sternal wound infection associated with harvesting 2 ITAs. However, many surgeons are reluctant to use RA in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) due to concerns regarding the quality of the conduit in this subset of patients. The purpose of this study is to compare early- and long-term outcomes of arterial grafting with bilateral ITAs (BITA) to that of single ITA and RA in patients with PVD...
March 2, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329256/is-the-thoracic-aorta-a-safe-site-for-the-proximal-anastomosis-for-bypassing-the-mesenteric-arteries-in-patients-with-chronic-mesenteric-ischaemia
#20
James Barr, John Kokotsakis, Konstantinos Velissarios, Thanos Athanasiou
A best evidence topic in cardiovascular surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether the thoracic aorta is a safe site for the proximal anastomosis when bypassing the mesenteric arteries in patients with chronic mesenteric ischaemia. Five articles reported the use of the thoracic aorta as the site of proximal anastomosis in 35 patients with chronic mesenteric ischaemia. All of these studies were retrospective case reports or case series. The ascending aorta was the site for the proximal anastomosis in 7 patients with the descending thoracic aorta being used in the other 28 patients...
February 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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