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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322477/impact-of-insurance-provider-on-overall-costs-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-cost-study-of-122-827-patients
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Samuel Harrison Farber, Siyun Yang, Syed Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, Kelly R Murphy, Amanda Sergesketter, Carter M Suryadevara, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Shivanand P Lad
OBJECTIVES: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) affects 40% of patients following spine surgery with estimated costs of $20 billion to the US health care system. The aim of this study was to assess the cost differences across the different insurance providers for FBSS patients. METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal study was performed using the Truven MarketScan(®) database to identify FBSS patients from 2001 to 2012. Patients were grouped into Commercial, Medicaid, or Medicare cohorts...
March 21, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320117/use-of-social-media-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-dravet-syndrome-a-caregiver-s-perspective
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Rushna Ali, Mona Elsayed, Manpreet Kaur, Ellen Air, Naznin Mahmood, Jules Constantinou, Jason Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic epilepsy syndrome which is particularly pharmacoresistant. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is commonly used in the treatment of DS as an adjunct to medical therapy. A meaningful assessment of post-surgical outcomes with VNS is difficult given the rarity of the condition. OBJECTIVE: In a novel approach, we used social media to contact patients with DS to gather data on post-surgical seizure reduction and overall satisfaction with VNS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279316/the-remedee-oct-study-an-evaluation-of-the-bioengineered-combo-dual-therapy-cd34-antibody-covered-sirolimus-eluting-coronary-stent-compared-with-a-cobalt-chromium-everolimus-eluting-stent-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-optical-coherence
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Milosz Jaguszewski, Romila Aloysius, Wei Wang, Hiram G Bezerra, Jonathan Hill, Robbert J De Winter, Pasi P Karjalainen, Stefan Verheye, William Wijns, Thomas F Lüscher, Michael Joner, Marco Costa, Ulf Landmesser
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate vascular healing of the bioengineered COMBO Dual Therapy Stent compared with a cobalt-chromium (CoCr) everolimus-eluting stent (EES) as assessed by optical coherence tomography in patients with acute coronary syndromes. BACKGROUND: CD34+ cells promote endothelial repair after vascular injury. The bioengineered COMBO Dual Therapy Stent combines CD34+ cell-capturing technology with abluminal sirolimus release, but more data from clinical studies evaluating the vascular response are needed...
March 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237734/respective-role-of-surface-electrocardiogram-and-his-bundle-recordings-to-assess-the-risk-of-atrioventricular-block-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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N Badenco, C Chong-Nguyen, C Maupain, C Himbert, G Duthoit, X Waintraub, T Chastre, E Gandjbakhch, F Hidden-Lucet, P Le Prince, J-P Collet, R Frank
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular block (AVB) is common after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation is needed in up to 30% of patients. Main predictors of long term AVB are electrocardiographic. The purpose of this study is to assess the prognostic value of serial HV intervals measured before and after TAVR to shorten the timing of PPM implantation. METHODS: His bundle recordings were performed before (HV1), immediately after TAVR (HV2) and at day 2 for Edwards Sapien (ES) and 5 for Medtronic CoreValve (CV) (HV3)...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216214/everolimus-versus-novolimus-eluting-bioresorbable-scaffolds-for-the-treatment%C3%A2-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-matched-comparison
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Jens Wiebe, Oliver Dörr, Hanna Ilstad, Oliver Husser, Christoph Liebetrau, Niklas Boeder, Timm Bauer, Helge Möllmann, Adnan Kastrati, Christian W Hamm, Holger M Nef
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the 1-year outcome of everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds (eBRS) and Novolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds (nBRS) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention in a real-life clinical practice scenario. BACKGROUND: eBRS and nBRS are available and have been proved safe for coronary artery stenting in well-selected patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent bioresorbable scaffold implantation were evaluated retrospectively via 2:1 propensity matching...
February 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191306/chiropractic-management-of-post-spinal-cord-stimulator-spine-pain-a-case-report
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Rachel M Perrucci, Christopher M Coulis
BACKGROUND: A brief overview of failed back surgery syndrome, with emphasis on low back pain status post spinal cord stimulation, and post-surgical spinal manipulation is presented. CASE PRESENTATION: Four cases of patients within the VA Connecticut Health Care System presenting between July 2014 and July 2015 reporting low back pain after surgical insertion of spinal cord stimulators are discussed. This study describes the outcomes experienced by four patients with low back pain status post implanted spinal cord stimulators receiving manual therapy in the form of lumbar spine manipulation or mobilization...
2017: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169594/keratin-hydrogel-enhances-in-vivo-skeletal-muscle-function-in-a-rat-model-of-volumetric-muscle-loss
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Juliana A Passipieri, Hannah B Baker, Mevan Siriwardane, Mary Ellenburg, Manasi Vadhavkar, Justin M Saul, Seth Tomblyn, Luke Burnett, George Joseph Christ
Volumetric Muscle Loss (VML) injuries exceed the considerable intrinsic regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle resulting in permanent functional and cosmetic deficits. VML and VML-like injuries occur in military and civilian populations, due to trauma and surgery as well as a host of congenital and acquired diseases/syndromes. Current therapeutic options are limited, and new approaches are needed for more complete functional regeneration of muscle. A potential solution is human hair derived keratin (KN) biomaterials that may have significant potential for regenerative therapy...
February 7, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146369/evisceration-in-patients-with-sturge-weber-syndrome
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Helen Merritt, Margaret L Pfeiffer, Margaret E Phillips, Karina Richani
The management of blind, painful eyes in Sturge-Weber syndrome patients poses unique challenges to the oculoplastic surgeon. Intraocular and orbital vascular malformations and calcification may theoretically lead to unexpected hemorrhage and difficulty placing an implant in a calcified scleral shell. We present two cases of patients with Sturge-Weber syndrome with blind, painful eyes who underwent evisceration with silicone implant and discuss the relevant current literature. Both of our patients had uncomplicated surgeries and post-operative courses...
February 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132158/evaluation-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-on-the-symptoms-of-anxiety-and-depression-and-pain-intensity-in-patients-with-failed-back-surgery-syndrome
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L P Robb, J M Cooney, C R McCrory
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is now established as the primary treatment for failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Commonly, patients with chronic pain and FBSS often report symptoms of anxiety and depression resulting from this condition. These factors can modulate and amplify the pain experience, therefore, further challenging treatment success. AIMS: This study examined the efficacy of SCS on alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with chronic pain as well as pain intensity in a group of patients with FBSS...
January 28, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115812/ivus-guided-implantation-of-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffolds-for-very-late-paclitaxel-stent-thrombosis
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Zhe-Zhong Lin, Wei-Ting Chang, Chun-Yen Chiang, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Po-Ming Ku
Bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) implantation has been shown to be safe in patients with stable coronary disease, and effective against the thrombotic lesion and the in-stent restenosis (ISR) of the drug-eluting stent (DES). BVSs have the advantages of a snow racket concept, positive vessel remodeling, and better conformability compared with DES in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We report on a young patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who presented to our emergency department arising from very late stent thrombosis (VLST) of a 2...
January 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093805/heartware-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-patients-with-fontan-physiology
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Bartlomiej R Imielski, Robert A Niebler, Steven J Kindel, Ronald K Woods
We aim to describe the clinical course of a series of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and refractory systolic heart failure supported with a HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD) following Fontan palliation. This is a retrospective review of three consecutive patients supported with a HVAD following Fontan palliation through February 2016. Data include patient characteristics, operative variables, postimplantation hemodynamic/device parameters, event outcomes, and duration of HVAD support...
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088607/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-leads-to-a-restoration-of-von-willebrand-factor-vwf-abnormalities-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-incidence-and-relevance-of-clinical-and-subclinical-vwf-dysfunction-in-patients-undergoing-transfemoral-tavi
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Alexander Sedaghat, Hannah Kulka, Jan-Malte Sinning, Nora Falkenberg, Julia Driesen, Barbara Preisler, Christoph Hammerstingl, Georg Nickenig, Bernd Pötzsch, Johannes Oldenburg, Hans-Jörg Hertfelder, Nikos Werner
BACKGROUND: In this study, we sought to analyze the incidence and relevance of von Willebrand factor (VWF) abnormalities in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), especially on perioperative bleeding. Furthermore, we hypothesized that, similar to aortic valve surgery, TAVI results in a restoration of VWF abnormalities. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a prospective analysis of periinterventional VWF parameters in 74 patients (80±7years, female in 37...
January 7, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079431/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-intractable-epilepsy-associated-with-scn1a-gene-abnormalities
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Stephen P Fulton, Kate Van Poppel, Amy L McGregor, Basanagoud Mudigoudar, James W Wheless
Mutations in the SCN1A gene cause a spectrum of epilepsy syndromes. There are 2 syndromes that are on the severe end of this spectrum. The classic severe form, Dravet syndrome, is an epileptic encephalopathy of childhood, causing cognitive decline as well as intractable seizures. Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy-Borderline (SMEIB) is a term used to include cases with similar severities as those with Dravet syndrome, but lacking a single feature of classic severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. Vagus nerve stimulation is a nonpharmacologic treatment for intractable epilepsy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072649/is-early-definitive-fixation-of-bicondylar-tibial-plateau-fractures-safe-an-observational-cohort-study
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Florence Unno, Kelly A Lefaivre, Georg Osterhoff, Pierre Guy, Henry M Broekhuyse, Piotr A Blachut, Peter OʼBrien
OBJECTIVES: The optimal treatment protocol for bicondylar plateau fractures remains controversial. Contrary to popular practice which favors a staged protocol in many high-energy fracture patterns, we have used early single-stage open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) to treat these injuries whenever possible. The purpose of this study was to determine the complication rate and the functional and radiographic outcomes of this strategy. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study and prospective data collection...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056759/should-we-be-concerned-about-the-inflammatory-response-to-endovascular-procedures
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Djordje Radak, Nenad Djukic, Slobodan Tanaskovic, Milan Obradovic, Desanka Cenic-Milosevic, Esma R Isenovic
Endovascular surgery represents a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of occlusive and aneurysmal arterial disease. However, it is followed by inflammatory response, with a rise in specific inflammatory biomarkers, such as C-reactive protein, serum amyloid A and fibrinogen. Shear stress during balloon inflation and vascular injury represents triggering events for the inflammatory process, stimulating the production of proinflammatory molecules and activation of circulating monocytes. The current literature indicates that stent implantation induces more prominent inflammatory reaction...
January 5, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040752/predictors-for-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-a-portable-out-of-centre-implanted-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-device
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Florian Rückert, Thomas Steinke, Lilit Flöther, Michael Bucher, Dietrich Metz, Stefan Frantz, Efstratios I Charitos, Hendrik Treede, Christoph Raspé
OBJECTIVES: Despite progress in the treatment of cardiopulmonary organ failure, the mortality rate for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and cardiogenic shock remains high. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a promising treatment option, but long-term outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are unknown. METHODS: Detailed information related to pre- and post-device data and outcomes from a consecutive sample of 71 patients treated with ECMO was analysed...
December 31, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011621/a-novel-mouse-model-to-study-image-guided-radiation-induced-intestinal-injury-and-preclinical-screening-of-radioprotectors
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Ioannis I Verginadis, Rahul Kanade, Brett Bell, Sravya Koduri, Edgar Ben-Josef, Constantinos Koumenis
Radiation is an important treatment modality for gastrointestinal tumors, but intestinal injury is a common side effect. Here we describe a physiologically relevant model for studying the molecular determinants of radiation-induced intestinal damage and testing novel radioprotectors. The model employs a radiopaque marker implanted into the surface of the mouse jejunum, serving as a fiducial marker for precise radiation targeting. Mice were imaged with Cone-Beam CT (CBCT) and irradiated (IR) to the marked area using the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP)...
December 23, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998845/initial-experience-with-live-three-dimensional-image-overlay-for-ductal-stenting-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Sebastian Goreczny, Gareth J Morgan, Pawel Dryzek, Jadwiga A Moll, Tomasz Moszura
AIMS: Precise visualisation of ductal morphology and adjacent vessels is crucial for accurate stent choice and placement during hybrid palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). We aimed to describe our initial experience with live three-dimensional reconstruction overlay derived from rotational angiography (RA) for ductal stenting in HLHS. METHODS AND RESULTS: We carried out a retrospective review of ductal stenting in 18 newborns with HLHS, including six patients with 3D reconstruction overlay used to guide the intervention...
December 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980323/intrathecal-analgesic-drug-delivery-is-effective-for-analgesia-in-a-patient-with-post-poliomyelitis-syndrome-a-case-report
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Cornelis W J van Tilburg
BACKGROUND Post-poliomyelitis syndrome (PPS) is a progressive neuromuscular syndrome, with chronic pain being one of the most prevalent symptoms. We present a case report on intrathecal analgesic drug delivery to diminish chro-nic, refractory pain in a patient with PPS. CASE REPORT In a wheelchair-bound 45-year-old female patient (Caucasian, body mass index [BMI] 20.5) with severe chronic, refractory pain, a Synchromed® II pump (Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) was implanted after multidisciplinary consultation and a successful trial period...
December 16, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968767/safety-of-device-implantation-under-antipatelet-therapy-with-ticagrelor-about-20-cases
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W Amara, S Naccache, C Akret, S Cheggour, S M'Zoughi, G Galuscan, A Dompnier
INTRODUCTION: Management of antiplatelet therapy at the time of device implantation remains controversial. This study aimed to assess the risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving ticagrelor at the time of cardiac device surgery. METHODS: We performed a multicentre (N=4), retrospective study from January 2015 to January 2016. The survey included all patients (pts) treated with ticagrelor before undergoing pacemaker, implantable-cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation or generator replacement...
November 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
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