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Marc Schmid, S Morteza Seyed Jafari, Luzian Haug, Carsten Surke, Robert E Hunger, Dimitri Van De Ville, Bettina Juon Personeni, Maziar Shafighi, Esther Voegelin
BACKGROUND: Despite various exisiting monitoring methods, there is still a need for new technologies to improve the quality of post-operative evaluation of digital replantation. The purpose of the study is using a laser Doppler imaging device (Easy-LDI) as an additional tool to assess perfusion. In this method, the changes in the frequency of the laser ligth provide information regarding perfusion of the monitored tissue. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included seven patients (10 fingers; age of patients: 21-57 years) who suffered from a total (n = 6) or subtotal amputation (n = 4) due to accidents...
March 14, 2018: Microsurgery
Antonietta Gigante, Luca Navarini, Domenico Margiotta, Biagio Barbano, Antonella Afeltra, Edoardo Rosato
OBJECTIVES: In systemic sclerosis (SSc), vascular injury leads to endothelial dysfunction with reduced capillary blood flow and tissue hypoxia. In SSc the angiogenesis is impaired and implicated in the microvascular damage. In severe vascular damage VEGF is reduced and endostatin is increased. Aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between endostatin serum levels and microvascular and digital arteries damage. METHODS: Seventeen SSc patients were enrolled in this study...
March 14, 2018: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Bin Bai, Jiadela Teliewubai, Yuyan Lu, Shikai Yu, Jing Xiong, Chen Chi, Yiwu Zhou, Hongwei Ji, Ximin Fan, Jacques Blacher, Jue Li, Yi Zhang, Yawei Xu
This study aimed to investigate the discrepancy between pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pulse pressure amplification (PPA) in association with hypertensive target organ damage (TOD) in the elderly. From June 2014 to August 2015, 1599 participants aged >65 years old from communities located in northern Shanghai were recruited. Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), peripheral blood pressure (BP), central BP and other TOD indicators, including the ratio of the early ventricular filling velocity (E) to the peak velocity of the tissue Doppler velocity of septal mitral annulus (E/Ea), left ventricular mass index (LVMI), carotid intima-medium thickness (CIMT), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (ACR), were determined for each participant...
March 13, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Patrício Aguiar, Olga Azevedo, Rui Pinto, Jacira Marino, Carlos Cardoso, Nuno Sousa, Damião Cunha, Derralynn Hughes, José Luís Ducla Soares
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathy is a major determinant of overall Fabry disease (FD) prognosis, with the worst outcomes in patients with myocardial fibrosis. Late gadolinium enhancement is currently the gold standard for evaluation of replacement myocardial fibrosis; however, this event is irreversible, thus identification of biomarkers of earlier diffuse fibrosis is paramount. METHODS AND RESULTS: Type I collagen synthesis and degradation biomarkers (PICP [carboxyterminal propeptide of procollagen type I], ICTP [carboxyterminal telopeptide of type I collagen], and MMP1 [matrix metalloproteinase 1] and MMP2) and markers of bone synthesis and degradation were evaluated (to adjust type I collagen metabolism to bone turnover) in FD patients and controls...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Ilaria Tinazzi, Dennis McGonagle, Alen Zabotti, Donatella Chessa, Antonio Marchetta, Pierluigi Macchioni
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a detailed sonographic evaluation of the hand flexor tendon compartment could help differentiate between psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients with PsA, 47 with RA and 10 healthy controls (HC) had flexor tendon (FT) compartment imaging of the dominant hand 2nd to 4th tendons using grey scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) ultrasound (US) with evaluation for tenosynovitis, peri-tendinous lesions, soft tissue oedema and bony changes at FT insertions...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Eun Song Song, Somy Yoon, Joo Hyun Cho, Eun Mi Yang, Hwa Jin Cho, Young Youn Choi, Jae Sook Ma, Gwang Hyeon Eom, Young Kuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is known as systemic vasculitis, and more than half of the patients with KD have myocarditis, which can induce ventricular dysfunction. In this study, we evaluate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with KD based on the myocardial performance index (MPI) using pulse Doppler (PD) and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), from the acute to convalescent phases. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 89 children diagnosed with KD from January 2010 to August 2012...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Francesco Macrì, Simona Di Pietro, Cyndi Mangano, Michela Pugliese, Giuseppe Mazzullo, Nicola M Iannelli, Vito Angileri, Simona Morabito, Massimo De Majo
BACKGROUND: In veterinary medicine, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography allowed the accurate quantification of liver, splenic and kidney vascularization in healthy dogs and the differentiation between malignant and benign hepatic, renal, and splenic nodules in dogs and cats based on perfusion patterns. The utility of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in other applications is still under study. The aim of this study was to develop diagnostic criteria by contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in 8 client-owned adult dogs affected by urinary bladder transitional cell carcinoma with definitive diagnosis made by cytopathologic evaluation after suction biopsy...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Piotr Dobrowolski, Magdalena Januszewicz, Anna Klisiewicz, Aleksander Prejbisz, Ewa Warchoł-Celińska, Ilona Michałowska, Elżbieta Florczak, Katarzyna Kożuch, Katarzyna Hanus, Anna Aniszczuk-Hybiak, Helena Witowicz, Adam Witkowski, Jacek Kądziela, Marek Kabat, Krzysztof Madej, Sławomir Nazarewski, Andrzej Tykarski, Łukasz Stryczyński, Małgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska, Łukasz Światłowski, Przemysław Kosiński, Krystyna Widecka, Andrzej Januszewicz, Piotr Hoffman
OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive assessment of left ventricle (LV) structure, and function and to detect alterations in cardiac properties in relationship to presence, subtypes and extent of fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). METHODS: We studied 144 patients with FMD. The control group consisted of 50 matched individuals. Office and ambulatory blood pressure levels were evaluated. Echocardiography was employed to assess: left ventricular mass index (LVMI), systolic function including speckle tracking echocardiography and diastolic function assessed by mitral flow and tissue Doppler imaging...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Vivian T Almeida, Ricardo A R Uscategui, Antônio A Camacho, Marlos G Sousa, Victor J C Santos, Marjury C Maronezi, Wilter R R Vicente, Marcus A R Feliciano
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the consequences of the estrous cycle and gestation on the cardiovascular system of bitches evaluated through echocardiographic assessment. Fifteen healthy pregnant bitches aged 2 to 6 years and weighing 8.8 ± 2.5 kg were included in the study. Heart rate and blood pressure were clinically evaluated. M-mode, spectral, and tissue Doppler-echocardiography assessments were performed during the anestrous and estrous stages, every 15 days during pregnancy (15, 30, 45, and 60 days), and 45 days postpartum...
March 1, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Rafi Sheikh, Khashayar Memarzadeh, Christian Torbrand, Jonas Blohmé, Sandra Lindstedt, Malin Malmsjö
Purpose: The eyelid is commonly dissected and divided in the process of, for example, blepharotomy, entropion repair, or when preparing a full-thickness eyelid flap to reconstruct a tumor defect. No study has yet been conducted to examine how perfusion in an eyelid is affected by dissection, using modern imaging techniques. Methods: The eyelid was divided with a 10-mm vertical incision, 5 mm from the medial canthus, and the incision was extended horizontally by 30 mm to provide a full-thickness eyelid. Blood perfusion was measured along the length of the free dissected eyelid using both laser Doppler velocimetry and laser speckle contrast imaging...
2018: Eplasty
Karen V Danielsen, Signe Wiese, Jens Hove, Flemming Bendtsen, Søren Møller
BACKGROUND: The relation between excessive alcohol consumption and coronary arteriosclerosis has remained controversial. The etiology of cirrhosis has been considered a substantial risk factor for development of arteriosclerotic lesions. The coronary artery calcium-score derived from coronary CT angiography is a robust marker of coronary arteriosclerosis. AIMS: To study the burden of coronary arteriosclerosis in cirrhotic patients of various etiologies and association to cardiac dysfunction and survival...
March 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Andreas Hjelm Brandt
This PhD project is based on a longstanding collaboration between physicists and engineers from the Center of Fast Ultrasound Imaging (CFU) at the Technical University of Denmark and medical doctors from the department of Radiology at Rigshospitalet. The intent of this cooperation is to validate new ultrasonic methods for future clinical use. 
Study I compares two B-mode ultrasound methods: the new experimental technique Synthetic Aperture Sequential Beam-forming combined with Tissue Harmonic Imaging (SASB-THI), and a conventional technique combined with THI...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
János Varga, Gábor Mohos, Ákos Varga, Gábor Erős, Balázs Bende, István Balázs Németh, Ádám Kocsis
AIM OF THE STUDY: Immediate breast reconstruction is often applied after mastectomy. However, inappropriate surgical technique, postoperative radiotherapy and infection may lead to tissue necrosis and implant protrusion. Traditional therapies frequently fail. However, previous data suggested that capsule flaps may be appropriate for the salvage of implants. Our goal was to investigate the usefulness of capsuloplasty in patients with exposed breast implant and to monitor the blood supply of capsule flaps during the operation...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
I-Chun Chen, Chin-Sung Kuo, Chih-Cheng Wu, Hsiao-Ya Tsai, Chih-Pei Lin, Szu-Yuan Li, Ruey-Hsing Chou, Po-Hsun Huang, Jaw-Wen Chen, Shing-Jong Lin
Objective: Chronic hyperuricemia is associated with cardiovascular disease, but its impact on endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) and ischemia-induced neovascularization remains unclear. Herein we investigated whether chronic hyperuricemia could impede blood flow recovery in response to tissue ischemia by suppression of EPC. Methods: Human EPC were isolated and cultured in a high-level uric acid medium for functional testing. Cell proliferation, nitric oxide (NO) production and apoptosis assay were examined...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Shuang Liu, Zhengyu Guan, Xianfeng Zheng, Pingping Meng, Yonghuai Wang, Yang Li, Yan Zhang, Jun Yang, Dalin Jia, Chunyan Ma
AIMS: To assess LA diastolic and systolic function and atrial dyssynchrony in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and to examine whether LA dysfunction and dyssynchrony account for the patients' symptoms of HFpEF. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with HFpEF, 31 asymptomatic patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and 33 healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. The LA active ejection fraction (LAAEF) was calculated...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Andrew Feeney, Margaret Lucas
The ability to design tuned ultrasonic devices that can be operated in the same mode at two different frequencies has the potential to benefit a range of applications, such as surgical cutting procedures where the penetration through soft then hard tissues could be enhanced by switching the operating frequency. The cymbal transducer has recently been adapted to form a prototype ultrasonic surgical cutting device that operates at a single frequency. In this paper, two different methods of configuring a dual-resonance cymbal transducer are detailed...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Adrian J Y Chee, Alfred C H Yu
The eigen-based filter has theoretically established itself as a potent solution in ultrasound color flow imaging (CFI) for combating against clutter arising from moving tissues. Yet, it remains poorly understood on how much gain in flow detection sensitivity and specificity can be delivered by this adaptive clutter filter. Here, we investigated the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of the eigen-based clutter filter to statistically evaluate its efficacy. Our investigation was conducted using a new vascular phantom testbed that incorporated both intrinsic tissue motion (vessel pulsation: 7...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Michael Furian, Sara E Hartmann, Tsogyal D Latshang, Deborah Flueck, Christian Murer, Philipp M Scheiwiller, Batyr Osmonov, Silvia Ulrich, Malcolm Kohler, Marc J Poulin, Konrad E Bloch
BACKGROUND: Effects of hypobaric hypoxia at altitude on exercise performance of lowlanders with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have not been studied in detail. OBJECTIVES: To quantify changes in exercise performance and associated physiologic responses in lowlanders with COPD travelling to moderate altitude. METHODS: A total of 31 COPD patients with a median age (quartiles) of 66 years (59; 69) and FEV1 of 56% predicted (49; 69) living below 800 m performed a constant-load bicycle exercise to exhaustion at 60% of the maximal work rate at 490 m (Zurich) and at an identical work rate at 2,590 m (Davos) in randomized order...
March 2, 2018: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Betül Ersoy, Nilgün Eroğlu, Mecnun Çetin, Ece Onur, Mine Özkol, Şenol Coşkun
AIMS: We aimed to evaluate asymmetric dimethylarginine levels in young patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus according to diabetes duration and to examine the relationship between these levels and measures of atherosclerosis and myocardial function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 83 patients (8.5-22 years) with Type 1 diabetes mellitus were stratified by diabetes duration: 12-60 months (Group 1, n = 27), >60-120 months (Group 2, n = 29) and >120 months (Group 3, n = 27)...
March 1, 2018: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
Mohsen S Elalfy, Omneya Ibrahim Youssef, Marwa M R Deghedy, Mariam M Abdel Naby
Cardiovascular complications are well recognized in β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease (SCD). The objective of this study was to evaluate left ventricular (LV) structural and functional changes and their relationship to sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in children with β-thalassemia and SCD. One hundred patients recruited from the hematology clinic were subjected to Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score; 26 patients had positive score (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index ≥5) (15 β-thalassemia major and 11 SCD) and were compared with 25 age-matched and sex-matched controls...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
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