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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403104/effect-of-bipolar-pulsed-radiofrequency-on-refractory-chronic-cervical-radicular-pain-a-report-of-two-cases
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Min Cheol Chang
RATIONALE: Despite undergoing transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI), many patients complain of persisting cervical radicular pain. For the management of chronic cervical radicular pain, clinicians are widely applying pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation to dorsal root ganglions (DRGs). To enhance the effect of PRF stimulation, we conducted bipolar PRF stimulation in 2 patients with chronic cervical radicular pain that was refractory to monopolar PRF and repeated TFESIs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248888/comparison-between-bipolar-pulsed-radiofrequency-and-monopolar-pulsed-radiofrequency-in-chronic-lumbosacral-radicular-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Min Cheol Chang, Yun Woo Cho, Sang Ho Ahn
BACKGROUND: Chronic lumbosacral radicular pain is a challenging medical problem with respect to therapeutic management. Many patients with lumbosacral radicular pain complain of persistent leg pain after transforaminal epidural steroid injection. Nowadays, pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation on the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is widely used for controlling lumbosacral radicular pain. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of bipolar PRF on the DRG for the management of lumbosacral radicular pain...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219848/bioelectronic-neuromodulation-of-the-paravertebral-cardiac-efferent-sympathetic-outflow-and-its-effect-on-ventricular-electrical-indices
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Una Buckley, Ray W Chui, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tina Vrabec, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Neuromodulation of the paravertebral ganglia by using symmetric voltage controlled kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) has the potential to be a reversible alternative to surgical intervention in patients with refractory ventricular arrhythmias. KHFAC creates scalable focal inhibition of action potential conduction. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article was to evaluate the efficacy of KHFAC when applied to the T1-T2 paravertebral chain to mitigate sympathetic outflow to the heart...
February 20, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211248/anesthetic-considerations-for-pediatric-electroconvulsive-therapy
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REVIEW
Andrew D Franklin, Jenna H Sobey, Eric T Stickles
Electroconvulsive therapy is being used more frequently in the treatment of many chronic and acute psychiatric illnesses in children. The most common psychiatric indications for pediatric electroconvulsive therapy are refractory depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, catatonia, and autism. In addition, a relatively new indication is the treatment of pediatric refractory status epilepticus. The anesthesiologist may be called upon to assist in the care of this challenging and vulnerable patient population...
May 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190463/prophylactic-topical-paeoniflorin-prevents-mechanical-allodynia-caused-by-paclitaxel-in-mice-through-adenosine-a1-receptors
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Tsugunobu Andoh, Nao Kobayashi, Daisuke Uta, Yasushi Kuraishi
BACKGROUND: The chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel (PTX) causes refractory peripheral neuropathy as a side effect. Prophylactic oral administration of the traditional herbal medicine Shakuyakukanzoto containing Paeoniae Radix and Glycyrrhizae Radix prevents the development of PTX-induced mechanical allodynia in mice via peripheral effects, mostly due to Paeoniae Radix. However, the bioactive component responsible for the prevention of PTX-induced neuropathic pain remains unknown. PURPOSE: To determine whether a monoterpene glycoside paeoniflorin (PF), which is the principal bioactive constituent of Paeoniae Radix, has inhibitory effects on PTX-induced mechanical allodynia and investigate the underlying mechanisms...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160364/peripheral-nerve-stimulation-of-brachial-plexus-nerve-roots-and-supra-scapular-nerve-for-chronic-refractory-neuropathic-pain-of-the-upper-limb
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Bénédicte Bouche, Marie Manfiotto, Philippe Rigoard, Jean Lemarie, Véronique Dix-Neuf, Michel Lanteri-Minet, Denys Fontaine
OBJECTIVES: We report the outcome of a consecutive series of 26 patients suffering from chronic medically-refractory neuropathic pain of the upper limb (including 16 patients with complex regional pain syndrome), topographically limited, treated by brachial plexus (BP) nerve roots or supra-scapular nerve (SSN) peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The technique consisted in ultrasound-guided percutaneous implantation of a cylindrical lead (Pisces-Quad, Medtronic) close to the SSN or the cervical nerve roots within the BP, depending on the pain topography...
February 3, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120237/hibernating-substrate-of-ventricular-tachycardia-a-three-dimensional-metabolic-and-electro-anatomic-assessment
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Ayman A Hussein, Michelle Niekoop, Vasken Dilsizian, Yousra Ghzally, Mohammed Abdulghani, Ramazan Asoglu, Wengen Chen, Mark Smith, Vincent See, Stephen R Shorofsky, Timm-Michael Dickfeld
PURPOSE: Hibernating myocardium (HM) is associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD). Little is known about the electrophysiological properties of HM and the basis of its association with SCD. We aimed to electrophysiologically characterize HM in patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT). METHODS: Endocardial voltage mapping, metabolic (18)FDG-positron emission tomography (PET) and perfusion (82)Rb, (201)Tl, or (99m)Tc scans were performed in 61 ischemic heart disease patients with VT...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116759/improvement-of-a-patient-s-circadian-rhythm-sleep-disorders-by-aripiprazole-was-associated-with-stabilization-of-his-bipolar-illness
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Tetsuo Tashiro
Splitting of the behavioural activity phase has been found in nocturnal rodents with suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) coupling disorder. A similar phenomenon was observed in the sleep phase in the diurnal human discussed here, suggesting that there are so-called evening and morning oscillators in the SCN of humans. The present case suffered from bipolar disorder refractory to various treatments, and various circadian rhythm sleep disorders, such as delayed sleep phase, polyphasic sleep, separation of the sleep bout resembling splitting and circabidian rhythm (48 h), were found during prolonged depressive episodes with hypersomnia...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098427/emergence-of-mania-in-two-middle-aged-patients-with-a-history-of-unipolar-treatment-refractory-depression-receiving-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Naji C Salloum, Marie C Walker, Sunil Gangwani, Charles R Conway
OBJECTIVES: We report on two patients who experienced emergence of full manic symptoms while receiving vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Two patients, both with a well-documented and verified history of longstanding unipolar depression, were initiated on VNS for treatment of their severe major depressive episodes. RESULTS: The two patients had emergence of full manic symptoms after 8 and 9 months of VNS, respectively. Manic symptoms were adequately managed with standard treatments (mood stabilizer and electroconvulsive therapy) and VNS was continued in the two subjects for up to 5 years without any further occurrences of manic/hypomanic episodes...
February 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073870/successful-treatment-of-takayasu-arteritis-with-rituximab-as-a-first-line-immunosuppressant
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Mortimer B O'Connor, Neil O'Donovan, Ursula Bond, Mark J Phelan
Takayasu arteritis is a rare large vessel vasculitis which has traditionally been treated with high-dose steroids. There have been a small number of publications where biological agents have been used to manage refractory cases. To the authors knowledge, there are no publications using biological agents in combination with steroids as a first-line treatment in Takayasu arteritis. In this publication, we document the case of Takayasu arteritis, in a 39-year-old woman, where rituximab was used in combination with steroids as a first-line agent in the setting of poorly controlled bipolar affective disorder...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069274/extended-bipolar-left-ventricular-pacing-as-a-possible-therapy-for-late-electrical-storm-induced-by-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#11
Dimitrios Asvestas, Richard Balasubramaniam, Mark Sopher, John Paisey, Girish G Babu
Although cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has become a well-established treatment option for patients with drug-refractory severe systolic heart failure, there has been some evidence of adverse proarrhythmic events. We report a case of a patient with ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent CRT with a defibrillator for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. Two years after the implantation, the patient presented with electrical storm, which was completely terminated by modifying the left ventricular (LV) pacing configuration from true to extended bipolar LV pacing...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914146/pregnancy-and-delivery-in-a-generalized-dystonia-patient-treated-with-internal-globus-pallidal-deep-brain-stimulation-a-case-report
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Hye Ran Park, Jae Meen Lee, Hyeyoung Park, Chae Won Shin, Han Joon Kim, Hee Pyoung Park, Dong Gyu Kim, Beom Seok Jeon, Sun Ha Paek
Internal globus pallidus (GPi) deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been widely accepted as an effective treatment modality of medically refractory dystonia. However, there have been few studies regarding the safety issue of pregnancy and childbirth related with DBS. This report describes a female patient who was pregnant and delivered a baby after GPi DBS surgery. A 33-year-old female patient with acquired generalized dystonia underwent bilateral GPi DBS implantation. She obtained considerable improvement in both movement and disability after DBS implantation...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876122/a-hypothesis-on-the-mechanism-of-action-of-high-dose-thyroid-in-refractory-mood-disorders
#13
Tammas Kelly
Multiple lines of evidence suggest the hypothesis that high dose thyroid therapy corrects for cellular hypothyroidism found in bipolar disorders. Evidence indicates that bipolar disorders are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction which results in low cellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) levels. Transport of thyroid hormones into cells is energy intensive and dependent on ATP except in the pituitary gland. Inadequate ATP levels makes it difficult to get thyroid hormone into cells leading to cellular hypothyroidism...
December 2016: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848034/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-psychiatry-a-systematic-review-of-the-available-evidence
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REVIEW
Camelia-Lucia Cimpianu, Wolfgang Strube, Peter Falkai, Ulrich Palm, Alkomiet Hasan
Invasive and non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a promising add-on treatment for treatment-refractory depression, but is also increasingly evaluated for its application in other psychiatric disorders, such as dementia, schizophrenia, somatoform disorder, and others. We performed a systematic review aiming to give a detailed overview of the available evidence of the efficacy of VNS for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Data derived from animal models, experimental trials without health-related outcomes, case reports, single-session studies, and reviews were excluded...
January 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812392/periesophageal-pseudoaneurysms-rare-cause-of-refractory-bleeding-treated-with-transarterial-embolization
#15
Divyanshoo R Kohli, Rachit D Shah, Daniel J Komorowski, George B Smallfield
A 43-year-old female with history of systemic lupus erythematosus, prior cytomegalovirus esophagitis treated with ganciclovir, and long segment Barrett's esophagus (Prague class C8 M9) with high grade dysplasia treated with radiofrequency ablation presented to the hospital with hematemesis. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed multiple esophageal ulcers with active arterial spurting which could not be controlled with endoscopic interventions including placement of hemostatic clips. An emergent angiogram demonstrated actively bleeding saccular dilations (pseudoaneurysms) in the esophageal branches of the lower thoracic aorta as well as left gastric artery for which gelfoam and coil embolization was initially successful...
2016: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756468/the-electrophysiologic-effects-of-acute-mitral-regurgitation-in-a-canine-model
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Christopher P Lawrance, Matthew C Henn, Jacob R Miller, Michael A Kopek, Andrew J Zhang, Richard B Schuessler, Ralph J Damiano
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in 30% of patients with mitral regurgitation referred for surgical intervention. However, the underlying mechanisms in this population are poorly understood. This study examined the effects of acute left atrial volume overload on atrial electrophysiology and the inducibility of AF. METHODS: Ten canines underwent insertion of an atrioventricular shunt between the left ventricle and left atrium. Shunt and aortic flows were calculated, and the shunt was titrated to a shunt fraction to 40% to 50% of cardiac output...
October 15, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659841/neuroprogression-and-illness-trajectories-in-bipolar-disorder
#17
Natália S Kapczinski, Benson Mwangi, Ryan M Cassidy, Diego Librenza-Garcia, Mariane Bagatin Bermudez, Márcia Kauer-Sant'anna, Flávio Kapczinski, Ives Cavalcante Passos
The longitudinal course of bipolar disorder is highly variable, and a subset of patients seems to present a progressive course associated with brain changes and functional impairment. Areas covered: We discuss the theory of neuroprogression in bipolar disorder. This concept considers the systemic stress response that occurs within mood episodes and late-stage deficits in functioning and cognition as well as neuroanatomic changes. We also discuss treatment refractoriness that may take place in some cases of bipolar disorder...
March 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500319/testing-the-efficacy-of-pharmacological-agents-in-a-pericardial-target-delivery-model-in-the-swine
#18
Tinen L Iles, Brian Howard, Stephen Howard, Stephen Quallich, Christopher Rolfes, Eric Richardson, Hanna R Iaizzo, Paul A Iaizzo
To date, many pharmacological agents used to treat or prevent arrhythmias in open-heart cases create undesired systemic side effects. For example, antiarrhythmic drugs administered intravenously can produce drops in systemic pressure in the already compromised cardiac patient. While performing open-heart procedures, surgeons will often either create a small port or form a pericardial cradle to create suitable fields for operation. This access yields opportunities for target pharmacological delivery (antiarrhythmic or ischemic preconditioning agents) directly to the myocardial tissue without undesired side effects...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27473672/growth-inhibition-by-testosterone-in-an-androgen-receptor-splice-variant-driven-prostate-cancer-model
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Daisuke Nakata, Kazuhide Nakayama, Tsuneo Masaki, Akira Tanaka, Masami Kusaka, Tatsuya Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Castration resistance creates a significant problem in the treatment of prostate cancer. Constitutively active splice variants of androgen receptor (AR) have emerged as drivers for resistance to androgen deprivation therapy, including the next-generation androgen-AR axis inhibitors abiraterone and enzalutamide. In this study, we describe the characteristics of a novel castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) model, designated JDCaP-hr (hormone refractory). METHODS: JDCaP-hr was established from an androgen-dependent JDCaP xenograft model after surgical castration...
December 2016: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27448595/prospective-case-series-of-a-novel-minimally-invasive-bipolar-coagulation-system-in-the-treatment-of-grade-i-and-ii-internal-hemorrhoids
#20
Benjamin P Crawshaw, Andrew J Russ, Bridget O Ermlich, Conor P Delaney, Bradley J Champagne
Background Existing nonsurgical procedures for the treatment of grade I and II internal hemorrhoids are often painful, technically demanding, and often necessitate multiple applications. This study prospectively assessed the safety and efficacy of the HET Bipolar System, a novel minimally invasive device, in the treatment of symptomatic grade I and II internal hemorrhoids. Methods Patients with symptomatic grade I or II internal hemorrhoids despite medical management underwent hemorrhoidal ligation with the HET Bipolar System...
December 2016: Surgical Innovation
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