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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435782/thoracic-ultrasound-what-non-radiologists-need-to-know
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REVIEW
Jonathan P Williamson, Chris Grainge, Ahilan Parameswaran, Scott H Twaddell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for non-radiologists to develop the skills necessary to apply thoracic ultrasound as an extension of clinical assessment and intervention. RECENT FINDINGS: Issues relating to training and competence are discussed and a library of thoracic ultrasound videos is provided to illustrate artefacts, pleural, parenchymal and pneumothorax pathology as well as important pitfalls to consider...
2017: Current Pulmonology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434549/systematic-review-of-reintervention-after-thoracic-endovascular-repair-for-chronic-type-b-dissection
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REVIEW
Mourad Boufi, Benjamin O Patterson, Matthew Joe Grima, Alan Karthikesalingam, Mohammed T Hudda, Peter J Holt, Ian M Loftus, Matthew M Thompson
This review analyzed the incidence, mechanisms, and risk factors of aortic-related reintervention after endovascular repair of chronic dissections. The systematic review identified 28 studies describing 1,249 patients at median 27 months follow-up (range, 10.3 to 64.4). There were six reinterventions, 0.7 ruptures, and 1.2 surgical conversions per 100 patient-years of follow-up. Stent-related reinterventions were more frequent than nonstent related (80.2% vs 19.8%). Distal false lumen perfusion was the most common complication (40...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433350/open-repair-of-chronic-thoracic-and-thoracoabdominal-aortic-dissection-using-deep-hypothermia-and-circulatory-arrest
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Joel Corvera, Hannah Copeland, David Blitzer, Adam Hicks, Joshua Manghelli, Philip Hess, John Fehrenbacher
BACKGROUND: Chronic dissection of the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta as sequela of a prior type A or B dissection is a challenging problem that requires close radiographic surveillance and prompt operative intervention in the presence of symptoms or aneurysm formation. Open repair of chronic thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic dissection using deep hypothermia has been our preferred method to treat this complex pathology. The advantages of this technique include organ and spinal cord protection, the flexibility to extend the repair proximally into the arch, and the ability to limit ischemia to all vascular beds...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433201/humoral-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases-clinical-overview-and-chest-high-resolution-computed-tomography-hrct-features-in-the-adult-population
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REVIEW
L Cereser, R Girometti, P d'Angelo, M De Carli, A De Pellegrin, C Zuiani
Humoral primary immunodeficiency diseases (hPIDs) are a heterogeneous group of hereditary disorders resulting in abnormal susceptibility to infections of the sinopulmonary tract. Some of these conditions (e.g., common variable immunodeficiency disorders [CVID]) imply a number of non-infectious thoracic complications such as non-infectious airway disorders, diffuse lung parenchymal diseases, and neoplasms. Chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is a key imaging tool to characterise and quantify the extent of underlying thoracic involvement, as well as to direct and monitor treatment...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432267/assessment-of-lung-function-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-acromegaly
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Sylvere Störmann, Bodo Gutt, Josefine Roemmler-Zehrer, Martin Bidlingmaier, Rudolf Maria Huber, Jochen Schopohl, Matthias Angstwurm
OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is associated with increased mortality due to respiratory disease. To date, lung function in patients with acromegaly has only been assessed in small studies, with contradicting results. We assessed lung function parameters in a large cohort of patients with acromegaly. DESIGN: Lung function of acromegaly patients was prospectively assessed using spirometry, blood gas analysis and body plethysmography. Biochemical indicators of acromegaly were assessed through measurement of growth hormone and IGF-I levels...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432156/epidemiology-of-valvular-heart-disease-in-a-swedish-nationwide-hospital-based-register-study
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Pontus Andell, Xinjun Li, Andreas Martinsson, Charlotte Andersson, Martin Stagmo, Bengt Zöller, Kristina Sundquist, J Gustav Smith
OBJECTIVE: Transitions in the spectrum of valvular heart diseases (VHDs) in developed countries over the 20th century have been reported from clinical case series, but large, contemporary population-based studies are lacking. METHODS: We used nationwide registers to identify all patients with a first diagnosis of VHD at Swedish hospitals between 2003 and 2010. Age-stratified and sex-stratified incidence of each VHD and adjusted comorbidity profiles were assessed...
April 21, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432073/in-situ-laser-fenestration-is-a-feasible-method-for-revascularization-of-aortic-arch-during-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair
#7
Jinbao Qin, Zhen Zhao, Ruihua Wang, Kaichuang Ye, Weimin Li, Xiaobing Liu, Guang Liu, Chaoyi Cui, Huihua Shi, Zhiyou Peng, Fukang Yuan, Xinrui Yang, Min Lu, Xintian Huang, Mier Jiang, Xin Wang, Minyi Yin, Xinwu Lu
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of the aortic major branches during thoracic endovascular aortic repair is complicated because of the complex anatomic configuration and variation of the aortic arch. In situ laser fenestration has shown great potential for the revascularization of aortic branches. This study aims to evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of in situ laser fenestration on the three branches of the aortic arch during thoracic endovascular aortic repair. METHODS AND RESULTS: Before clinical application, the polytetrafluoroethylene and Dacron grafts were fenestrated by an 810-nm laser system ex vivo, which did not damage the bare metal portion of the endografts and created a clean fenestration while maintaining the integrity of the endografts...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431718/coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-a-patient-with-polyarteritis-nodosa
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Yoshitaka Yamamoto, Kenji Iino, Hideyasu Ueda, Hironari No, Yoji Nishida, Shintaro Takago, Yoshiko Shintani, Hiroki Kato, Keiichi Kimura, Hirofumi Takemura
A 38-year-old man with polyarteritis nodosa presented with exertional chest pain. Coronary angiography revealed 3-vessel coronary artery disease. We performed 2-vessel coronary artery bypass grafting with the saphenous vein because the left internal thoracic artery was in poor condition. Histological examination of the left internal thoracic artery showed a strong effect of polyarteritis nodosa.
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431622/quantitative-biomechanical-assessment-of-trunk-control-in-huntington-s-disease-reveals-more-impairment-in-static-than-dynamic-tasks
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Deb A Kegelmeyer, Sandra K Kostyk, Nora E Fritz, Marianne M Fiumedora, Ajit Chaudhari, Marilly Palettas, Gregory Young, Anne D Kloos
Postural instability is common in individuals with Huntington's disease (HD), yet little is known about control of the trunk during static and dynamic activities. We compared the trunk motion of 41 individuals with HD and 36 controls at thoracic and pelvic levels during sitting, standing, and walking using wearable iPod sensors. We also examined the ability of individuals with HD to respond to an auditory cue to modify trunk position when the pelvis moved >8° in sagittal or frontal planes during sitting using custom software...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431165/corrigendum-to-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-plasma-levels-are-correlated-with-degree-of-hypothermia-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-in-congenital-heart-disease-surgery-interact-cardiovasc-thorac-surg-2017-%C3%A2
#11
Luca Vedovelli, Massimo Padalino, Sara D'Aronco, Giovanni Stellin, Carlo Ori, Virgilio P Carnielli, Manuela Simonato, Paola Cogo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429379/retrospective-evaluation-of-thoracic-computed-tomography-findings-in-dogs-naturally-infected-by-angiostrongylus-vasorum
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Mark E Coia, Gawain Hammond, Daniel Chan, Randi Drees, David Walker, Kevin Murtagh, Janine Stone, Nicholas Bexfield, Lizzie Reeve, Jenny Helm
Angiostrongylus vasorum (A. vasorum) is an important emerging disease of canidae. Cardiorespiratory signs are common in affected dogs, therefore thoracic imaging is critical for diagnosing and monitoring disease. Descriptions of thoracic computed tomography (CT) findings in dogs naturally infected with A. vasorum are currently lacking. Aims of this multicenter, retrospective study were to describe thoracic CT findings in a group of dogs with confirmed disease, determine whether any changes were consistent among dogs, and propose standardized terms for describing thoracic CT findings...
April 20, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427540/high-resolution-computed-tomography-pattern-of-usual-interstitial-pneumonia-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-relationship-to-survival
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Zulma X Yunt, Jonathan H Chung, Stephen Hobbs, Evans R Fernandez-Perez, Amy L Olson, Tristan J Huie, Rebecca C Keith, William J Janssen, Barbara L Goldstein, David A Lynch, Kevin K Brown, Jeffrey J Swigris, Joshua J Solomon
PURPOSE: Interstitial lung disease is a common extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA-ILD) and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. However, limited data exist regarding predictors of mortality. We sought to examine the prognostic value of the high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) patterns in patients with RA-ILD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RA-ILD patients with HRCT patterns of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) or nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) were identified among a longitudinal cohort of individuals evaluated at National Jewish Health...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425970/aneurysm-specific-mir-221-and-mir-146a-participates-in-human-thoracic-and-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Premakumari Venkatesh, Julie Phillippi, Sasanka Chukkapalli, Mercedes Rivera-Kweh, Irina Velsko, Thomas Gleason, Paul VanRyzin, Seyed Hossein Aalaei-Andabili, Ravi Kiran Ghanta, Thomas Beaver, Edward Kar Leung Chan, Lakshmyya Kesavalu
Altered microRNA expression is implicated in cardiovascular diseases. Our objective was to determine microRNA signatures in thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs) and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) compared with control non-aneurysmal aortic specimens. We evaluated the expression of fifteen selected microRNA in human TAA and AAA operative specimens compared to controls. We observed significant upregulation of miR-221 and downregulation of miR-1 and -133 in TAA specimens. In contrast, upregulation of miR-146a and downregulation of miR-145 and -331-3p were found only for AAA specimens...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425846/alterations-to-adipose-tissue-morphology-during-inflammatory-arthritis-is-indicative-of-vasculopathology-in-dba-1-mice
#15
Katie Sime, Ernest H Choy, Anwen S Williams
The physiologic function of adipose tissue is altered by the host's inflammatory response; the implications for maintaining human health and regulating inflammation-associated disease progression are ill defined. However, this cannot be investigated in humans, therefore the use of animal models is required. With the aim to determine morphological and molecular alterations to perivascular and organ-associated adipose tissues during inflammatory arthritis, collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was established in male DBA/1 mice...
February 21, 2017: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
#16
Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424443/case-report-of-a-rarely-seen-long-segment-middle-aortic-syndrome
#17
Kahraman Yakut, İlkay Erdoğan
Middle aortic syndrome (MAS) follows a course with distal thoracic and abdominal aorta stenosis. It is a rare disease that is usually diagnosed after the first decade of life. Clinical reflection of MAS is often in the form of hypertension and claudication in the lower extremities. Its etiology is unclear, but is known to be associated with congenital or acquired diseases. This pathology, which is accompanied by malignant hypertension, often does not respond to medical treatment. In patients with MAS, surgical treatment is first line recommendation to prevent complications such as hypertension, heart failure, intracranial bleeding, or aortic rupture...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422833/correction-of-sagittal-imbalance-in-treatment-for-adult-degenerative-scoliosis-with-thoracic-lordosis-and-lumbar-kyphosis-a-case-report
#18
Tao Wang, Hui Wang, Lei Ma, Di Zhang, Wen-Yuan Ding
RATIONALE: Lumbar degenerative scoliosis (LDS) is a common spinal disease for senior citizens. However, LDS accompanied with thoracic lordosis and lumbar kyphosis (LK) is rare in clinic. No reports have reported LDS with thoracic lordosis and LK. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 54-year-old woman just complained about sever back pain without any radiculopathy and neurodeficit of low limb for 2 years, Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for back pain was 9 points and x-ray showed adult LDS with lordosis angle of 10° from 5th thoracic to 12th thoracic (T5-T12) and LK angle of 20°...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422344/use-of-blood-pool-agents-with-steady-state-mri-to-assess-the-vascular-system
#19
Avnesh S Thakor, John Chung, Premal Patel, Anthony Chan, Amdad Ahmed, Graeme McNeil, David M Liu, Bruce Forster, Darren Klass
Over the past two decades there have been significant advances in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess the vascular system. New imaging sequences and improvements in magnet design have enabled the creation of higher spatial resolution images. MRI is now a viable alternative imaging modality when compared to both invasive angiography and computed tomographic angiography. The use of blood pool agents has further facilitated the use of MR angiography (MRA); their high molecular weight allows for lower doses of contrast medium administration while their prolonged presence in the blood stream allows for repeated high-quality volumetric imaging of both the arterial and venous circulation...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420670/confirmed-early-myocardial-rupture-in-a-patient-with-pulseless-electrical-activity-pea-following-late-presentation-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#20
Baskar Sekar, Joe Martins, Sanjiv Petkar
A 69 year old male, an ex-smoker, was admitted with ongoing chest pain of 11 hours duration. Past medical history included treated hypertension and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He delayed seeking medical attention as he assumed the pain to be due to indigestion and kept taking antacids without much symptomatic relief. Clinical examination on arrival was unremarkable. Admission 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was diagnostic of a recent anterolateral myocardial infarction (MI) (Figure 1a). Bedside trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) confirmed an established anterolateral MI (Video 1, Figure 1b)...
April 18, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
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