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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318332/-zika-virus-infection-and-the-nervous-system
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I W Husstedt, M Maschke, C Eggers, E Neuen-Jacob, G Arendt
Zika virus is an arbovirus from the family of flaviviruses, which is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegyptii and also by the Asian mosquito Aedes albopticus. The largest observed Zika virus epidemic is currently taking place in North and South America, in the Caribbean, southern USA and Southeast Asia. In most cases the infection is an unspecific, acute, febrile disease. Neurological manifestations consist mainly of microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barré syndrome but other rare manifestations have also become known in the meantime, such as meningoencephalitis and myelitis...
January 9, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316701/the-effect-of-cryopreserved-human-placental-tissues-on-biofilm-formation-of-wound-associated-pathogens
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Yong Mao, Anya Singh-Varma, Tyler Hoffman, Sandeep Dhall, Alla Danilkovitch, Joachim Kohn
Biofilm, a community of bacteria, is tolerant to antimicrobial agents and ubiquitous in chronic wounds. In a chronic DFU (Diabetic Foot Ulcers) clinical trial, the use of a human cryopreserved viable amniotic membrane (CVAM) resulted in a high rate of wound closure and reduction of wound-related infections. Our previous study demonstrated that CVAM possesses intrinsic antimicrobial activity against a spectrum of wound-associated bacteria under planktonic culture conditions. In this study, we evaluated the effect of CVAM and cryopreserved viable umbilical tissue (CVUT) on biofilm formation of S...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280532/sludge-reflects-intra-amniotic-inflammation-with-or-without-microorganisms
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Noriko Yoneda, Satoshi Yoneda, Hideki Niimi, Masami Ito, Kaori Fukuta, Tomohiro Ueno, Mika Ito, Arihiro Shiozaki, Mika Kigawa, Isao Kitajima, Shigeru Saito
PROBLEM: To investigate whether amniotic fluid (AF) "sludge" in patients with preterm labor (PTL) with intact membranes is related to intra-amniotic infection or inflammation. METHOD OF STUDY: 105 PTL patients before 29 weeks' gestation were enrolled. AF "sludge" was evaluated by transvaginal sonography. Microorganisms were identified in AF by our newly established PCR method using a eukaryote-made thermostable DNA polymerase. RESULTS: AF "sludge" was present in 18...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260497/equine-pericardium-for-tectonic-globe-repair
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Konstantinos Droutsas, Dimitrios Papaconstantinou, Ilias Georgalas, Georgios Kymionis, Konstantinos Andreanos, Elli Stamou, Nikolaos Mamas
PURPOSE: To describe the use of equine pericardium as an off-label temporary emergency treatment of scleral and corneal perforations. METHODS: Three eyes of two male patients aged 34 and 38 years were included, i.e. a case with a history of severe bilateral thermal burn undergoing phacoemulsification complicated by tearing of the main port causing iris exposure and a patient with bilateral corneal perforation secondary to non-infectious corneal melt due to presumed ocular non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug abuse...
December 19, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260079/a-stepping-stone-in-treating-dendritic-keratitis
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Hosam Sheha, Sean Tighe, Anny M S Cheng, Scheffer C G Tseng
Purpose: To report the outcome of self-retained amniotic membrane after debridement in recurrent dendritic keratitis. Observations: A 70-year-old female with a recurrent dendritic corneal ulcer received debridement followed by placement of self-retained amniotic membrane. Five days after treatment, the patient experienced a complete resolution of symptoms, marked reduction of inflammation, complete re-epithelialization of the cornea and improvement of visual acuity...
September 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248470/spontaneous-preterm-birth-advances-toward-the-discovery-of-genetic-predisposition
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Jerome F Strauss, Roberto Romero, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Hannah Haymond-Thornburg, Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Timothy P York, Harvey A Schenkein
Evidence from family and twin-based studies provide strong support for a significant contribution of maternal and fetal genetics to the timing of parturition and spontaneous preterm birth. However, there has only been modest success in the discovery of genes predisposing to preterm birth, despite increasing sophistication of genetic and genomic technology. In contrast, DNA variants associated with other traits/diseases have been identified. For example, there is overwhelming evidence suggests that the nature and intensity of an inflammatory response in adults and children is under genetic control...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230915/periapical-infection-may-affect-birth-outcomes-via-systemic-inflammation
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U Harjunmaa, R Doyle, J Järnstedt, S Kamiza, J M Jorgensen, C P Stewart, L Shaw, L Hallamaa, U Ashorn, N Klein, K G Dewey, K Maleta, P Ashorn
OBJECTIVES: Maternal dental periapical infections are associated with preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction. This study investigates if the association is mediated through bacterial spread from periapical lesions to placenta (direct pathway) or systemic inflammatory reaction (indirect pathway). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared birth outcomes in Malawian mothers with and without periapical infection. As markers of a direct pathway, we identified placental bacteria using a 16S rDNA approach, and assessed histological evidence of inflammation in the placenta and amniotic membranes...
December 12, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226760/the-diagnostic-performance-of-the-beta-glucan-assay-in-the-detection-of-intra-amniotic-infection-with-candida-species
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Percy Pacora, Roberto Romero, Offer Erez, Eli Maymon, Bogdan Panaitescu, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Adi L Tarca, Chaur-Dong Hsu, Sonia S Hassan
INTRODUCTION: A bioassay based on the detection of beta-glucan, a constituent of the cell wall of fungi, has been successfully used to diagnose fungal infections in a variety of biological fluids but not yet in the amniotic fluid. OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance of a beta-glucan bioassay in the detection of Candida species in the amniotic fluid. METHODS: The study population comprised women who had a singleton pregnancy without congenital or chromosomal abnormalities, who experienced preterm labor or preterm prelabor rupture of the fetal membranes, and who underwent transabdominal amniocentesis for clinical indications...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193858/exophiala-phaeomuriformis-keratitis-in-a-subarctic-climate-region-a-case-report
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André Vicente, Fátima Pedrosa Domellöf, Berit Byström
PURPOSE: To report a case of Exophiala phaeomuriformis mycotic keratitis in a patient from a subarctic climate region. Dematiaceous fungi (black yeasts) have been gaining importance as corneal keratitis and ulcer causative agents in certain regions, but no cases have been described in Scandinavia. METHODS: Case report of a patient with a persistent corneal erosion that eventually presented a brown-pigmented infiltrate. The patient had a history of several months of topical therapy comprising medication for glaucoma, corticosteroids and antibiotics...
November 29, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190624/extreme-surgical-maneuvers-in-fungal-endophthalmitis
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María Isabel Relimpio-López, María Gessa-Sorroche, Antonio Manuel Garrido-Hermosilla, Concepción Díaz-Ruiz, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta, Jaime Etxebarría-Ecenarro, Diego Ruiz-Casas, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa-Franch
PURPOSE: To present the different evolution of 2 cases of endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium solani, an aggressive filamentous fungus, depending on the medical and surgical treatment performed. METHODS: We present 2 cases of endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium solani. Topical, intrastromal, intravitreal, and systemic antifungal treatment (natamycin, voriconazole, amphotericin B) failed in both cases. Corneal perforation took place in one of them, being unsuccessfully treated with cyanoacrylate and several amniotic membrane transplants...
November 30, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188068/32-week-premature-rupture-of-membranes-caused-by-oropharyngeal-microbiota
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Alberto Hidalgo-Chicharro, Raquel Abad-Torreblanca, José María Navarro-Marí, José Gutiérrez-Fernández
Introduction. Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) usually has a multifactorial etiology that is often unknown, although the most frequently reported cause is infection by group B Streptococcus. Therefore, the etiology of PPROM, although probably infectious, remains unknown in most cases. This case describes a PPROM caused by infection from oropharyngeal microbiota. Case presentation. We report the case of a 26-yr-old pregnant woman. The gestational age was 32 weeks+5 days. Examinations in the emergency department revealed the release of clear amniotic fluid and a closed multiparous cervix with a length of 22 mm...
October 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185951/intraamniotic-infection-and-the-term-neonate
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Deborah A Raines, Ashley Wagner, Alexander Salinas
Intraamniotic infection (IAI) may occur when the amniotic membranes are ruptured >18 hours prior to birth. The term neonate is at risk for early onset sepsis. This article describes the pathophysiology of IAI and the role of the mother-baby nurse during the anticipated birth and the ongoing assessment of the neonate.
November 1, 2017: Neonatal Network: NN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176767/h1n1-influenza-virus-infection-results-in-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-by-disrupting-tissue-specific-hormonal-regulation
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Elizabeth Q Littauer, E Stein Esser, Olivia Q Antao, Elena V Vassilieva, Richard W Compans, Ioanna Skountzou
Increased susceptibility to influenza virus infection during pregnancy has been attributed to immunological changes occurring before and during gestation in order to "tolerate" the developing fetus. These systemic changes are most often characterized by a suppression of cell-mediated immunity and elevation of humoral immune responses referred to as the Th1-Th2 shift. However, the underlying mechanisms which increase pregnant mothers' risk following influenza virus infection have not been fully elucidated. We used pregnant BALB/c mice during mid- to late gestation to determine the impact of a sub-lethal infection with A/Brisbane/59/07 H1N1 seasonal influenza virus on completion of gestation...
November 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165417/-pterygium-etiology-pathogenesis-treatment
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S A Malozhen, S V Trufanov, D A Krakhmaleva
Pterygium is a degenerative condition characterized by fibrovascular outgrowth of conjunctiva over the cornea. Many theories exist that try to explain its pathogenesis. The current belief is that this disease is multifactorial with ultraviolet radiation being the most important trigger. Attention is also paid to such factors as tear film changes, cytokines and growth factors disbalance, immunologic disturbances, genetic mutations, and viral infections. Modern classifications consider the rate of fibrovascular growth, its progressive potential, and histological features...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157179/association-between-false-positive-torch-and-antiphospholipid-antibodies-in-healthy-pregnant-women
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S De Carolis, S Tabacco, F Rizzo, G Perrone, C Garufi, A Botta, S Salvi, P Benedetti Panici, A Lanzone
The present study investigated: (a) the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies and (b) the obstetric outcome in healthy pregnant women showing false-positive TORCH-Toxoplasmosis, Other: syphilis, varicella-zoster, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Herpes infections-results. Data from 23 singleton healthy pregnancies with false-positive TORCH results were collected. Each woman was systematically screened for TORCH IgG and IgM during the pre-conception assessment and/or at the beginning of pregnancy. In the presence of IgM positivity, when indicated (CMV, toxoplasmosis, rubella, herpes simplex virus), IgG avidity was evaluated and, if possible, polymerase chain reaction was performed on an amniotic fluid sample in order to distinguish between primary infection or false positivity...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156159/amnion-the-ideal-scaffold-for-treating-full-thickness-wounds-of-the-lower-extremity
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REVIEW
Bryon McKenna, N Jake Summers
Amnion and amniotic tissue has been studied for more than 100 years in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Recent studies have focused on the use of amnion tissue in the management of full-thickness diabetic wounds, particularly of the lower extremities. With new harvesting, processing, and distribution technologies, amnion is increasingly available in treating these wounds. Current data and research show increased healing potential and decreased healing times, pain, drainage, and infection in wounds treated with amnion products...
January 2018: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155015/optimized-lentiviral-transduction-of-human-amniotic-mesenchimal-stromal-cells
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Federica Pisano, Manuela Mura, Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Federica Calabrò, Nicola Lanzo, Massimiliano Gnecchi
Mesenchymal stromal cells are excellent candidates for regenerative medicine since they are multipotent, easy to isolate, can be expanded to obtain clinically relevant numbers and they are immunoprivileged. Stable genetic modification with viral vectors can improve mesenchymal stromal cell function and enhance their therapeutic potential. However, standard viral vectors achieve sub-optimal transduction efficiency with a single infection. On the other hand, multiple transduction cycles or antibiotic-based selection methods may alter the stem cell phenotype...
November 14, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140861/sealing-of-corneal-lacerations-using-photoactivated-rose-bengal-dye-and-amniotic-membrane
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Timothy A Soeken, Hong Zhu, Sheri DeMartelaere, Brett W Davies, Mirang Kim, Heuy-Ching Wang, James Aden, Rose Grimm, Clemens Alt, Irene E Kochevar, Anthony J Johnson
PURPOSE: Watertight closure of perforating corneoscleral lacerations is necessary to prevent epithelial ingrowth, infection, and potential loss of the eye. Complex lacerations can be difficult to treat, and repair with sutures alone is often inadequate. In this study, we evaluated a potentially sutureless technology for sealing complex corneal and scleral lacerations that bonds the amniotic membrane (AM) to the wound using only green light and rose bengal dye. METHODS: The AM was impregnated with rose bengal and then sealed over lacerations using green light to bond the AM to the deepithelialized corneal surface...
November 14, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124501/quality-and-clinical-outcomes-associated-with-a-gentamicin-use-system-change-for-managing-chorioamnionitis
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Jason B Sauberan, Brittney Choi, Alexander R Paradyse, Jennifer Le
Chorioamnionitis is an intra-amniotic infection with serious maternal and neonatal complications. Clinical studies suggest antibiotic administration before delivery reduces the risk of complications compared to after delivery. Our center implemented a standardized intrapartum gentamicin computerized provider order entry and dosage form dispensing system intended to improve treatment initiation efficiency in hospitalized obstetric patients. The primary objective of this retrospective study was to determine if these system changes were associated with decreased time from gentamicin ordering to administration in patients with chorioamnionitis...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117563/outcomes-of-congenital-zika-disease-depend-on-timing-of-infection-and-maternal-fetal-interferon-action
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Jinling Chen, Yuejin Liang, Panpan Yi, Lanman Xu, Hal K Hawkins, Shannan L Rossi, Lynn Soong, Jiyang Cai, Ramkumar Menon, Jiaren Sun
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy in humans results in intrauterine growth restriction, spontaneous abortion, and microcephaly. Here, we found that fetus-derived type I interferon (IFN-I) signaling can enhance anti-ZIKV responses and provide clinical benefits to the fetus. Because IFN-λ shares signaling cascades and antiviral functions with IFN-I, we investigated the in vivo effects of IFN-λ in ZIKV-infected pregnant mice. IFN-λ administration during mid-pregnancy reduced ZIKV burden in maternal and fetal organs and alleviated placental injuries and fetal demise...
November 7, 2017: Cell Reports
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