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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346786/changing-trends-in-brain-imaging-technique-for-pediatric-patients-with-ventriculoperitoneal-shunts
#1
Margaret J Trost, Nathan Robison, Dean Coffey, Mary Rose Mamey, R Aaron Robison
BACKGROUND: Children with ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VPS) undergoing brain computed tomography (CT) for shunt malfunction evaluation are at risk for later malignancy due to radiation exposure. We aimed to determine if and how hospitals have adopted radiation-avoiding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database. Children with VPS presenting to acute wards at 31 PHIS hospitals between January 1, 2007 and January 2, 2015 and receiving noncontrast neuroimaging on day of service 0/1 were included...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346650/persistence-of-zika-virus-after-birth-clinical-virological-neuroimaging-and-neuropathological-documentation-in-a-5-month-infant-with-congenital-zika-syndrome
#2
Leila Chimelli, Sheila Moura Pone, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Zilton Farias Meira Vasconcelos, Andrea Araújo Zin, Daniela Prado Cunha, Nathalia Raposo Thompson, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Clayton A Wiley, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil, a baby was born at term with microcephaly and arthrogryposis. The mother had Zika symptoms at 10 weeks of gestation. At 17 weeks, ultrasound showed cerebral malformation and ventriculomegaly. At 24 weeks, the amniotic fluid contained ZIKV RNA and at birth, placenta and maternal blood were also positive using RT-qPCR. At birth the baby urine contained ZIKV RNA, whereas CSF at birth and urine at 17 days did not. Seizures started at 6 days. EEG was abnormal and CT scan showed cerebral atrophy, calcifications, lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, and cerebellar hypoplasia...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344065/optociliary-shunt-vessels-role-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-atypical-pseudotumor-cerebri
#3
Frederico Castelo Moura, Ida Fortini
A 46-year-old man presented with severe visual loss and optic atrophy associated with optociliary shunt vessels. The diagnostic work-up revealed intracranial hypertension and cerebral venous sinus stenosis, with no evidence of previous thrombosis. In view of the severe visual dysfunction, both eyes were submitted to optic nerve sheath fenestration. After surgery, a regression of collateral vessels was observed in both eyes.
August 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342178/chaos-and-multi-scroll-attractors-in-rcl-shunted-junction-coupled-jerk-circuit-connected-by-memristor
#4
Jun Ma, Ping Zhou, Bashir Ahmad, Guodong Ren, Chunni Wang
In this paper, a new four-variable dynamical system is proposed to set chaotic circuit composed of memristor and Josephson junction, and the dependence of chaotic behaviors on nonlinearity is investigated. A magnetic flux-controlled memristor is used to couple with the RCL-shunted junction circuit, and the dynamical behaviors can be modulated by changing the coupling intensity between the memristor and the RCL-shunted junction. Bifurcation diagram and Lyapunov exponent are calculated to confirm the emergence of chaos in the improved dynamical system...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341099/ventriculoperitoneal-shunt
#5
Lisa Hauk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340831/noninvasive-quantification-of-left-to-right-shunt-by-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-secundum-atrial-septal-defect-the-effects-of-breath-holding-and-comparison-with-invasive-oximetry
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Yuzo Yamasaki, Satoshi Kawanami, Takeshi Kamitani, Koji Sagiyama, Ichiro Sakamoto, Ken-Ichi Hiasa, Hidetake Yabuuchi, Michinobu Nagao, Hiroshi Honda
To investigate the effect of breath-holding on left-to-right shunts in patients with a secundum atrial septal defect (ASD). Thirty-five consecutive patients with secundum ASDs underwent right heart catheterization and invasive oximetry. Phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed for the main pulmonary artery and ascending aorta. All measurements were obtained during free breathing (FB) (quiet breathing; no breath-hold), expiratory breath-hold (EBH), and inspiratory breath-hold (IBH). Pulmonary circulation flow (Qp) and systemic circulation flow (Qs) were calculated by multiplying the heart rate by the stroke volume...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340731/sensitive-cardiac-troponins-could-they-be-new-biomarkers-in-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease
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Seyma Kayali, Ilker Ertugrul, Tamer Yoldas, Ozkan Kaya, Senem Ozgür, Utku A Orün, Selmin Karademir
To analyze the role of sensitive cardiac troponin I (scTnI) and high-sensitive troponin T (hscTnT) in the determination of myocardial injury caused by volume and pressure load due to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to investigate if these markers may be useful in the management of PH in childhood. Twenty-eight patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) with left to right shunt and PH, 29 patients with CHD with left to right shunt but without PH, and 18 healthy children, in total 75 individuals, were included in the study...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340275/timing-of-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-for-budd-chiari-syndrome-an-italian-hepatologist-s-perspective
#8
Andrea Mancuso
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) management flow-chart is derived from experts' opinion and is not evidence-based. Guidelines suggest BCS management should follow a stepwise strategy: medical therapy as first-line treatment, revascularization or transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) if no response to medical therapy, and liver transplant as rescue therapy. Recent evidence suggests that only medical therapy results in a bad long-term outcome. The biggest criticism of guidelines is the indication that BCS should receive further treatment only when hemodynamic consequences of portal hypertension become clinically evident...
December 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339425/secondary-metabolism-and-interspecific-competition-affect-accumulation-of-spontaneous-mutants-in-the-gacs-gaca-regulatory-system-in-pseudomonas-protegens
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Qing Yan, Lucas D Lopes, Brenda T Shaffer, Teresa A Kidarsa, Oliver Vining, Benjamin Philmus, Chunxu Song, Virginia O Stockwell, Jos M Raaijmakers, Kerry L McPhail, Fernando D Andreote, Jeff H Chang, Joyce E Loper
Secondary metabolites are synthesized by many microorganisms and provide a fitness benefit in the presence of competitors and predators. Secondary metabolism also can be costly, as it shunts energy and intermediates from primary metabolism. In Pseudomonas spp., secondary metabolism is controlled by the GacS-GacA global regulatory system. Intriguingly, spontaneous mutations in gacS or gacA (Gac- mutants) are commonly observed in laboratory cultures. Here we investigated the role of secondary metabolism in the accumulation of Gac- mutants in Pseudomonas protegens strain Pf-5...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338967/real-time-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-measurement-during-lumbar-puncture
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Getaw Worku Hassen, Mohammed Al-Juboori, Barbara Koppel, Gokhan Akfirat, Hossein Kalantari
Measurement of optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) using point of care ultrasound has been used to indirectly assess the intracranial pressure (ICP) particularly in conditions where it is raised. Direct pressure measurements using probes reaching the ventricle system correlated with ONSD using ultrasound. Attempts were made to measure the ONSD pre and post lumbar puncture (LP) after draining cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as well as post ventricular shunt placement. We report ONSD measurement and demonstrate dynamic changes during LP in a patient with known idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338471/transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-stent-shunt-placement-and-embolization-for-hemorrhage-associated-with-rupture-of-anorectal-varices
#11
Xiuyan Wu, Wei Xuan, Lei Song
Portal hypertension can lead to ectopic varices, which occur most frequently in the rectum. Rectal variceal bleeding in patients with portal hypertension is rare but can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. However, no specific treatment guidelines have been established for rectal variceal bleeding. We herein report a case involving a woman with portal hypertension due to autoimmune liver disease who was successfully treated with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunt and variceal embolization...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336749/heroic-measures-for-an-american-hero-attempting-to-save-the-life-of-general-douglas-macarthur
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Theodore N Pappas
General Douglas MacArthur was a towering public figure on an international stage for the first half of the 20th century. He was healthy throughout his life but developed a series of medical problems when he entered his 80s. This article reviews the General's medical care during two separate life-threatening medical crises that required surgical intervention. The first episode occurred in 1960 when MacArthur presented with renal failure due to an obstructed prostate. Four years later after his 84th birthday, MacArthur developed bile duct obstruction from common duct stones...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334971/the-titanium-elastic-nail-serves-as-an-alternative-treatment-for-adult-proximal-radial-shaft-fractures-a-cohort-study
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Ying-Cheng Huang, Jenn-Huei Renn, Yih-Wen Tarng
BACKGROUND: To investigate whether closed reduction and internal fixation (CRIF) with titanium elastic nails (TENs) is a viable alternative treatment in proximal radial fractures. METHODS: In Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, from November 2013 to April 2015, five adult male patients with forearm injuries (average age 43 years; range 35-64 years) were treated for proximal radial shaft fractures. CRIF with TENs for radial shaft fractures was performed in these five patients...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333071/factors-associated-with-waiting-time-on-the-liver-transplant-list-an-analysis-of-the-united-network-for-organ-sharing-unos-database
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Judy A Trieu, Mohammad Bilal, Bashar Hmoud
Background: Liver transplantation (LT) is an important treatment for acute liver failure and end-stage liver disease. In 2002, the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score was incorporated to prioritize patients awaiting LT. Although there is data on how the MELD score affects waiting times, there is a paucity of literature regarding other components. We aimed to evaluate the factors affecting LT waiting times in the United States. Methods: Using the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database, patients aged 12-75 years listed for LT over the years 2002-2015 were included...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332920/aorto-cutaneous-fistula-after-surgical-treatment-of-stanford-type-a-aortic-dissection
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Chenyu Zhao, Zhicheng Zhu, Xiaomei Zheng, Kexiang Liu
An aorto-cutaneous fistula is a rare complication that occurs after aortic surgery. Due to its rarity, postoperative complications are not normally highlighted in most standard teaching. We report here a case of aorto-cutaneous fistula after surgical treatment of a Stanford type A aortic dissection (AD) in a 67-year-old Chinese male. The patient presented with severe right heart dysfunction and a mass was found in the upper-middle of his chest, which started bleeding in the next years. On admission, preoperative aortic computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed a huge hematoma located in the anterior superior mediastinum and a shunt between the embedding cavity of the aortic root and right atrium...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332308/transcatheter-closure-of-patent-foramen-ovale-for-secondary-prevention-of-ischemic-stroke-quantitative-synthesis-of-pooled-randomized-trial-data
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Abdul Hakeem, Mehmet Cilingiroglu, Angelos Katramados, Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas, Cezar Iliescu, Betul Gundogdu, Konstantinos Marmagkiolis
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous device closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) for secondary prevention of ischemic stroke BACKGROUND: Stroke remains the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. The effectiveness of a percutaneous PFO closure in the prevention of recurrent cryptogenic strokes has not been established. METHODS: We performed a literature search using PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Google Scholar, and Internet-based sources from January 2003 to September 2017...
January 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332215/heparin-coated-grafts-reduce-mortality-in-pediatric-patients-receiving-systemic-to-pulmonary-shunts
#17
Adeel Ashfaq, Mohammad S Soroya, Amit Iyengar, Myke Federman, Brian L Reemtsen
We aimed to evaluate the outcomes of systemic-to-pulmonary (SP) shunt procedures utilizing heparin-coated (HC) polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) vascular grafts compared to uncoated (non-HC) grafts, in order to observe any benefits in pediatric patients. Our institution switched from using non-HC grafts to HC grafts in March 2011. We conducted a retrospective review of consecutive pediatric patients receiving SP shunts from May 2008 to December 2015. Perioperative variables including baseline characteristics, morbidity, mortality, and blood product utilization were evaluated between the HC and non-HC groups...
January 13, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331554/potential-role-of-transfontanelle-ultrasound-for-infants-undergoing-modified-blalock-taussig-shunt
#18
Eun-Hee Kim, Ji-Hyun Lee, In-Kyung Song, Hee-Soo Kim, Young-Eun Jang, Woong-Han Kim, Jae-Gun Kwak, Jin-Tae Kim
OBJECTIVE: Transfontanelle ultrasound is a noninvasive method for assessing cerebral blood flow in neonates and infants. The authors applied this technique as a point-of-care tool, before and after modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, to evaluate cerebral perfusion. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary care children's hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Ten infants undergoing modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328006/parent-guardian-knowledge-regarding-implanted-shunt-type-setting-and-symptoms-of-malfunction-infection
#19
Laurie L Ackerman, Daniel H Fulkerson, Andrew Jea, Jodi L Smith
OBJECTIVE Patients with shunts often interact with providers distant from their primary hospital, making it important that the parent(s)/guardian(s) is well versed in the type of shunt implanted and symptoms of malfunction/infection. This is particularly important with magnetic-sensitive programmable valves, as the use of MRI becomes more prevalent. METHODS Over a 6-month period, primary caregivers of 148 consecutive patients who received shunts were prospectively administered questionnaires at clinic visits...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327408/the-photoconversion-of-phytochrome-includes-an-unproductive-shunt-reaction-pathway
#20
Peter Hildebrandt, David Buhrke, Norbert Michael, Uwe Kuhlmann
Phytochromes are modular bimodal photoswitches that control gene expression for morphogenetic processes in plants. These functions are triggered by the photoinduced conversions between the inactive and active states of the photosensory module, denoted as Pr and Pfr, respectively. In the present time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopic study of bacterial representatives of this photoreceptor family, we demonstrate that these phototransformations do not represent linear processes but include a branching reaction back to the initial state, prior to (de)activation of the output module...
January 11, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
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