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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, James S Babb, Samir S Taneja, Justin M Ream
Purpose To test the impact of existing Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) version 2 (V2) decision rules, as well as of proposed adjustments to these decision rules, on detection of Gleason score (GS) 7 or greater (GS ≥7) prostate cancer. Materials and Methods Two radiologists independently provided PI-RADS V2 scores for the dominant lesion on 343 prostate magnetic resonance (MR) examinations. Diagnostic performance for GS ≥7 tumor was assessed by using MR imaging-ultrasonography fusion-targeted biopsy as the reference...
October 26, 2016: Radiology
R De Carlis, S Di Sandro, A Lauterio, F Ferla, A Dell'Acqua, M Zanierato, L De Carlis
The role of donation after cardiac death (DCD) in expanding the donor pool is mainly limited by the incidence of primary non-function (PNF) and ischemia-related complications. Even greater concern exists towards uncontrolled DCD, which represents the largest potential pool of DCD donors. We recently started the first Italian series of DCD liver transplantation, using normothermic regional perfusion (NRP) in 6 uncontrolled donors and in 1 controlled case to deal with the legally required no-touch period of 20 minutes...
October 26, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Michael Stimmelmayr, Martin Stangl, Judith Kremzow-Stangl, Gerald Krennmair, Florian Beuer, Daniel Edelhoff, Jan-Frederik Güth
Single-retainer resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses (RBFDPs) are difficult to position due to the pressure of soft tissue at the pontic area and the single-retainer design. This clinical report describes an innovative technique for the insertion of single-retainer RBFDPs. An incisal inserting splint is used to position the RBFDPs reliably. With the help of grooves in the buccal and incisal area of the splint, the precise positioning of the splint on the adjacent teeth and the RBFDP can be controlled. Also, a hole in the retainer wing region of the splint gives access for pressure application on the wing during the bonding process...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Erica I Hodgman, Mark J Watson
BACKGROUND: Surgeons continue to seek an incisional hernia repair technique which minimizes cost and morbidity while maximizing durability. We present a single surgeon's experience with a technique described by N.L. Browse and J.P. Chevrel in 1979. METHODS: The Chevrel/Browse repair consists of a bilateral anterior rectus sheath release, hernia sac imbrication, bilateral rectus complex medialization, and repair reinforcement with an anterior prosthetic mesh. Data were collected on all patients who underwent herniorrhaphy between April 2003 and April 2013...
October 25, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
J Schmolders, S Koob, P Schepers, P H Pennekamp, S Gravius, D C Wirtz, R Placzek, A C Strauss
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE: Bone resection regarding adequate surgical margins is the treatment of choice for malignant bone tumors. In the case of metastasis-related complications, so-called skeletal-related events, it is highly important to achieve pain relief and a stable joint situation to re-mobilize the patients immediately following surgery. To bridge the often large osseous defect zones after tumor resection, both cemented and uncemented modular endoprosthetic systems are widely used...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
C Schulz, U M Mauer, R Mathieu
BACKGROUND: Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) has become a standard procedure for patients with spondylotic myelopathy due to multisegmental stenosis of the cervical canal. In addition to the fusion technique using autogenous bone grafts and titanium implants, synthetic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages have been used increasingly during the last years. However, limited evidence on the clinical and radiological results of PEEK cages for ACCF exists in the literature. The study presented here is the largest series to date reporting clinical and radiological outcome as well as complication rates after one to three-level ACCF using PEEK cages augmented by an anterior plate-screw osteosynthesis...
October 25, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Anup Patel, James Clune, Stephan Ariyan
A clinical case of a patient undergoing right functional neck dissection is presented. A detailed, step-by-step video description highlighting the pearls of the operation accompanies the article. This will be the first of many contributions in a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and PRS Global Open Operative Technique Series initiative that endeavors to disseminate plastic and reconstructive knowledge worldwide.
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nikhil Sobti, Eric C Liao
BACKGROUND: The use of acellular dermal matrix has facilitated immediate prosthesis-based breast reconstruction. However, few studies directly compare surgical outcomes following acellular dermal matrix-based reconstruction with two of the most commonly available materials, AlloDerm and FlexHD. Those studies that are available often do not adequately control for the surgeon as a variable. The authors hypothesize that complication rates will not differ significantly between AlloDerm and FlexHD when practice and surgeon variables are properly controlled...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Leigh Hlavaty, Sarah Avedschmidt, Kelly Root, Jeffrey Amley, LokMan Sung
Proper interpretation of gunshot wounds is vital for the forensic pathologist and requires experience and expertise, as well as consultation with a firearms and ballistics expert and careful scene investigation in cases of atypical gunshot wounds. This study is the first large-series examining ricochet gunshot wounds involving different firearm calibers. Typical gunshot wounds created from 4 handgun calibers (22 Long Rifle, 9 × 19 mm Parabellum, .40 Smith &Wesson, and .45 Automatic Colt Pistol) and 2 rifle calibers (5...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Myung Kyu Chung, Patrick J LaRiccia
Presented is the first reported case series of chronic neck and back pain associated with breast scars from breast surgery and successfully treated with an integrative medicine assessment and treatment approach, which included the assessment technique of autonomic response testing and the scar therapy technique of neural therapy. Implications for nursing practice are discussed.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4...
October 25, 2016: Holistic Nursing Practice
Figen Özçay, Eda Karadağ Öncel, Zeren Barış, Oğuz Canan, Gökhan Moray, Mehmet Haberal
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our aim was to determine the etiologies, outcomes, and prognostic indicators in children with acute liver failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-one patients who were followed for pediatric acute liver failure (PALF) over a 15-year period were included. Patients who survived with supportive therapy were designated as Group 1, while those who died or underwent liver transplantation were designated as Group 2. RESULTS: There were 37 (40...
September 2016: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Jakub Dostál, Barbora Benešová, Tobias Brixner
Excitation energy transfer in complex systems often proceeds through series of intermediate states. One of the goals of time-resolved spectroscopy is to identify the spectral signatures of all of them in the acquired experimental data and to characterize the energy transfer scheme between them. It is well known that in the case of transient absorption spectra such decomposition is ambiguous even if many simplifying considerations are taken. In contrast to transient absorption, absorptive 2D spectra intuitively resemble population transfer matrices...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
J R Noriega, L A García-Delgado, R Gómez-Fuentes, A García-Juárez
A low power RF amplifier circuit for ion trap applications is presented and described. The amplifier is based on a class-D half-bridge amplifier with a voltage mirror driver. The RF amplifier is composed of an RF class-D amplifier, an envelope modulator to ramp up the RF voltage during the ion analysis stage, a detector or amplitude demodulation circuit for sensing the output signal amplitude, and a feedback amplifier that linearizes the steady state output of the amplifier. The RF frequency is set by a crystal oscillator and the series resonant circuit is tuned to the oscillator frequency...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
A P Furlan, N G Almarza, M C Barbosa
A lattice model for the study of mixtures of associating liquids is proposed. Solvent and solute are modeled by adapting the associating lattice gas (ALG) model. The nature of interaction of solute/solvent is controlled by tuning the energy interactions between the patches of ALG model. We have studied three set of parameters, resulting in, hydrophilic, inert, and hydrophobic interactions. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations were carried out, and the behavior of pure components and the excess properties of the mixtures have been studied...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Size Zheng, Leili Javidpour, Katherine S Shing, Muhammad Sahimi
It is well understood that in some cases proteins do not fold correctly and, depending on their environment, even properly-folded proteins change their conformation spontaneously, taking on a misfolded state that leads to protein aggregation and formation of large aggregates. An important factor that contributes to the aggregation is the interactions between the misfolded proteins. Depending on the aggregation environment, the aggregates may take on various shapes forming larger structures, such as protein plaques that are often toxic...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Emad A Rakha, Devika Agarwal, Andrew R Green, Ibraheem Ashankyty, Ian O Ellis, Graham Ball, Mohammed A Alaskandarany
: Multigene assay is currently recommended for prognostic stratification of the clinically indeterminate group of breast cancer (BC) patients defined as lymph node (LN)-negative, oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive HER2-negative (LN-/ER+/HER2-) to determine the use of chemotherapy. However this cohort, comprising approximately 40% of BC, is not a homogeneous group and shows variable outcome. This study aims to determine the prognostic value of routinely assessed variables, singly and in combination, in the LN-/ER+/HER2- BC...
October 26, 2016: Histopathology
Guy Hembroff
Healthcare systems globally continue to face challenges surrounding patient identification. Consequences of misidentification include incomplete and inaccurate electronic patient health records potentially jeopardizing patients' safety, a significant amount of cases of medical fraud because of inadequate identification mechanisms, and difficulties affiliated with the value of remote health self-management application data being aggregated accurately into the user's Electronic Health Record (EHR). We introduce a new technique of user identification in healthcare capable of establishing a global identifier...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
S Honecker, J J Hidalgo Diaz, K Naito, E Pire, G Prunières, S Facca, P Liverneaux
As an alternative to amputation of the little finger, we report here seven cases of shortening arthrodesis carried out by resecting the middle phalanx and proximodistal interphalangeal (PDIP) arthrodesis. Our cohort consisted of 6 males and 1 female (58years average age), with a stiff little finger secondary to Dupuytren's disease or trauma. All fingers were approached dorsally; after resection of the middle phalanx and decortication of the subchondral bone, fusion of the remaining phalanges was performed using an intramedullary self-breaking screw-pin...
September 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
G Prunières, S Gouzou, S Facca, A-S Matheron, N Maire, J-J Hidalgo Díaz, P Liverneaux
: Unstable distal phalanx fractures are typically treated by pinning of the distal phalanx or the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP). Complications include unstable fixation, K-wire migration, septic arthritis and osteoarthritis. To limit these complications, we wanted to explore the benefits of using locked extra-articular DIP pinning. The cohort consisted of 12 patients (mean age 36.3 years) who had an extra-articular (6 cases) or intra-articular distal phalanx fracture (6 cases). All patients were treated surgically with a construct consisting of two connected K-wires: one was placed inside the shaft of the distal phalanx and the other was placed perpendicular to the middle phalanx...
October 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Nicholas F Brown, Thomas Carter, Paul Mulholland
Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) is a rare brain tumor. Anaplastic features are found in 20-30% of cases of PXA and are associated with poor outcomes. Typical treatment is with gross total resection, followed by radiation therapy and cytotoxic chemotherapy at relapse. BRAFV600 mutations have been identified in 38-60% of patients with PXA. Several case reports and small case series have identified clinical benefit with BRAF inhibition in patients with BRAFV600-mutated PXA. We report the second published case of successful treatment with the BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib in a female patient with relapsed anaplastic PXA with a BRAFV600 mutation, and the first published case of dabrafinib treatment following intolerance to vemurafenib...
October 26, 2016: CNS Oncology
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