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Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hee Chul Yu, Younggeun Choi, Kwangho Yang, Tae Beom Lee, Hong Pil Hwang, Sungwoo Ahn, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Manual tracing of the right and left liver lobes from computed tomography (CT) images for graft volumetry in preoperative surgery planning of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is common at most medical centers. This study aims to develop an automatic system with advanced image processing algorithms and user-friendly interfaces for liver graft volumetry and evaluate its accuracy and efficiency in comparison with a manual tracing method. METHODS: The proposed system provides a sequential procedure consisting of (1) liver segmentation, (2) blood vessel segmentation, and (3) virtual liver resection for liver graft volumetry...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
David Moreno-Ajona, José Ramón Yuste, Paloma Martín, Jaime Gállego Pérez-Larraya
The human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a RNA retrovirus that infects a minimum of 5-10 million people worldwide. Transmission by cell-containing blood products and solid organ transplantation has been reported. Clinical disease occurs in about 5-10% of infected individuals and consists mainly in adult T cell leukemia and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy (HAM). We present a 54-year-old woman who underwent kidney transplant from cadaveric donor in March 2015. Donor also underwent cornea extraction for another recipient (corneal transplant protocol includes HTLV-1/2 serology)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
Calleb George Onyango, Lilian Ogonda, Bernard Guyah, Peter Okoth, Clement Shiluli, Felix Humwa, Vallarie Opollo
OBJECTIVE: Since the implementation of a series of blood donation safety improvements in Kenya, information about seroprevalence and determinants of transfusion transmissible infections among voluntary blood donors especially in high HIV burden regions of Homabay, Kisumu and Siaya counties remain scanty. A cross-sectional study examining HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C virus sero-markers and associated determinants was conducted among voluntary blood donors. Their demographic characteristics and previous risk exposure were recorded in a pre-donation questionnaire, while blood samples collected were screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency viruses by ELISA and RPR (syphilis), then confirmed using CMIA...
March 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Pedro Henrique Nicolau Pinto, Mario Felipe Alvarez Balaro, Joanna Maria Gonçalves Souza-Fabjan, Lilian Dos Santos Ribeiro, Gláucia Mota Bragança, Ceci Ribeiro Leite, Eduardo Kenji Nunes Arashiro, Kleibe de Moraes Silva, Jeferson Ferreira Da Fonseca, Felipe Zandonadi Brandão
This study aims to compare four different methods for selecting high responding sheep donors for in vivo embryo production. These methods include a pre-selection eCG test (eCG), antral follicle count (AFC), plasma anti-Müllerian hormone measurement (AMH) and genotyping for the presence of the FecGE mutation (a polymorphism in the GDF9 gene associated with increased ovulation rate). Santa Ines ewe lambs (n = 25) underwent superovulation (SOV) with 800 IU equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) and the corpus luteum (CL) count was recorded by laparoscopy after eight days...
February 23, 2018: Theriogenology
Carine Prisco Arnoni, Tatiane A De Paula Vendrame, Janaína Guilhem Muniz, Diana Gazito, Rosangela Duarte De Medeiros Person, Afonso J Pereira Cortez, Flavia R M Latini, Lilian Castilho
BACKGROUND: Vel is a high frequency blood group antigen and its alloantibody is involved in haemolytic transfusion reactions. After elucidation of the molecular basis of the Vel-negative phenotype defined by a 17-base pair deletion in SMIM1, genotyping has been the technique of choice to identify the Vel-negative phenotype, and molecular investigations have contributed to explain Vel expression variability. The present study was aimed at screening for Vel negative blood donors and characterising the genetic changes found in Brazilian donors with altered Vel expression...
January 11, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Daniel Candotti, Syria Laperche
Over the past decades, the risk of HBV transfusion-transmission has been steadily reduced through the recruitment of volunteer donors, the selection of donors based on risk-behavior evaluation, the development of increasingly more sensitive hepatitis B antigen (HBsAg) assays, the use of hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) screening in some low-endemic countries, and the recent implementation of HBV nucleic acid testing (NAT). Despite this accumulation of blood safety measures, the desirable zero risk goal has yet to be achieved...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Paola Mariela Saba Villarroel, Elif Nurtop, Boris Pastorino, Yelin Roca, Jan Felix Drexler, Pierre Gallian, Thomas Jaenisch, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Stéphane Priet, Laetitia Ninove, Xavier de Lamballerie
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV), was widely reported in Latin America and has been associated with neuropathologies, as microcephaly, but only few seroprevalence studies have been published to date. Our objective was to determine the seroprevalence amongst Bolivian blood donors and estimate the future potential circulation of the virus. METHODOLOGY: A ZIKV seroprevalence study was conducted between December 2016 and April 2017 in 814 asymptomatic Bolivian volunteer blood donors residing in various eco-environments corresponding to contrasting entomological activities...
March 7, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Akanksha Rawat, Preeti Diwaker, Priyanka Gogoi, Bharat Singh
Background & objectives: Transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs) are the major problem associated with blood transfusion. Accurate estimates of risk of TTIs are essential for monitoring the safety of blood supply. The present study was undertaken to determine the percentage of voluntary donors (VDs) and replacement donors (RDs) and also, to estimate and compare the seroprevalence and changing trends of TTIs amongst VDs and RDs in a regional blood transfusion centre in north India...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Sonja E van Roeden, Eleonoor W Holsboer, Jan Jelrik Oosterheert, Jorge P van Kats, Jacqueline van Beckhoven, Boris M Hogema, Marja J van Wijk
BackgroundAfter a large Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands in the period from 2007 to 2010, the risk of Q fever transmission through tissue and cell transplantation from undiagnosed chronic Q fever cases became a potential issue. Aim: We aimed to evaluate the risk of Q fever transmission through tissue and cell transplantation. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational cohort study among 15,133 Dutch donors of tissues and stem cells from 2010 to 2015 to assess seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies, to identify factors associated with presence of C...
March 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Y Grégoire, M Germain, G Delage
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Since 25 May 2010, all donors at our blood centre who tested false-positive for HIV, HBV, HCV or syphilis are eligible for re-entry after further testing. Donors who have a second false-positive screening test, either during qualification for or after re-entry, are deferred for life. This study reports on factors associated with the occurrence of such deferrals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rates of second false-positive results were compared by year of deferral, transmissible disease marker, gender, age, donor status (new or repeat) and testing platform (same or different) both at qualification for re-entry and afterwards...
March 6, 2018: Vox Sanguinis
Hanna Carlsson, Christina Ekerfelt, Anna J Henningsson, Lars Brudin, Ivar Tjernberg
BACKGROUND: Determinants of a subclinical course of Lyme borreliosis (LB) remain largely unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the extent, sex and age profiles of subclinical Borrelia seroconversion in a LB endemic area in Sweden and to map blood cellular Borrelia-specific immune marker patterns in individuals with a previous subclinical LB course compared with patients previously diagnosed with Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB). METHODS: A large group of 1113 healthy blood donors was screened for multiple IgG anti-Borrelia antibodies and asked to complete a health inquiry regarding previous LB...
February 16, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
E F Klinkenberg, E M J Huis In 't Veld, P D de Wit, A van Dongen, J G Daams, W L A M de Kort, M P Fransen
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to gain more insight into, and summarise, blood donation determinants among migrants or minorities of Sub-Saharan heritage by systematically reviewing the current literature. BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africans are under-represented in the blood donor population in Western high-income countries. This causes a lack of specific blood types for transfusions and prevention of alloimmunisation among Sub-Saharan African patients. METHODS/MATERIALS: Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO and BIOSIS were searched for relevant empirical studies that focused on barriers and facilitators of blood donation among Sub-Saharan Africans in Western countries until 22 June 2017...
March 1, 2018: Transfusion Medicine
Piotr Grabarczyk, Ewa Sulkowska, Jolanta Gdowska, Aneta Kopacz, Grzegorz Liszewski, Dorota Kubicka-Russel, Sally A Baylis, Victor M Corman, Ewa Noceń, Dariusz Piotrowski, Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis, Magdalena Łętowska
BACKGROUND: Until now, markers of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection have not been studied in blood donors throughout Poland, and no acute case of HEV infection has been closely documented or confirmed by HEV RNA detection. The prevalence of HEV infection markers, including HEV RNA in Polish blood donors and virus genotypes was investigated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In total, 12,664 individual donations from 22 Polish blood transfusion centers were tested for HEV RNA by transcription-mediated amplification...
March 1, 2018: Transfusion
Sari Bäckman, Susanne Ångerman-Haasmaa, Milla Jousi, Sanna Siitonen, Katja Salmela
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion through the intraosseous route is gaining popularity in emergency medicine. Pretransfusion peripheral blood (PB) samples are usually not available in these patients, leading to discrepancies in blood group typing and a possible delay in transferring to group-specific blood products. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of ABO and D typing and red blood cell alloantibody screening in marrow (BM) samples. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Direct and reverse ABO typing, D typing, and a two-cell alloantibody screen were performed in EDTA-anticoagulated BM samples with standard manual column agglutination techniques...
March 1, 2018: Transfusion
Melissa Palis Santana, Reinaldo Souza-Santos, Andréa Sobral de Almeida
Despite the decline in prevalence of Chagas disease in Brazil, the Northeast region of the country has favorable conditions for its resurgence. The study aimed to analyze positive Chagas disease serology rates among blood donors in Piauí State from 2004 to 2013. Prevalence of positive Chagas disease serology in blood donor screening was 1%, ranging from 0.4% in the Uruçuí Regional Health District to 2.4% in the São Raimundo Nonato Regional Health District. Of the state's 220 municipalities, 58.6% reported cases...
February 19, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Ahmed S Abdel-Moneim, Mohammad E Mahfouz, Dalia M Zytouni
Human bocavirus is associated with respiratory disease worldwide, mainly in children. There are conflicting results, however, regarding the existence of the HBoV in blood donors. Three hundred whole blood samples from non-immunodeficient healthy blood donors were screened for the presence of HBoV by polymerase chain reaction. The HBoV genotype of positive samples was determined using direct gene sequencing. Twenty-one out of the three hundred blood samples were found to be positive for HBoV. Sequence analysis of the positive samples revealed that all the strains were related to the HBoV-1 type with a low rate of variation among the detected sequences...
2018: PloS One
Joseph E Marcus, Bryant J Webber, Thomas L Cropper, Matthew C Wilson, Heather C Yun
Routine blood donor screening for Trypanosoma cruzi , the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease, began in the U.S. in 2007. Results of follow-up testing and evaluation after a positive screen have not been studied in the armed forces. Among first-time donors at the Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland Blood Donor Center between January 2014 and December 2016 (N=43,402), a total of 23 (0.05%) screened positive for T. cruzi . This descriptive study highlights demographic and follow-up information for all 22 active duty service members who screened positive; a non-active duty member was excluded due to unavailability of clinical records...
February 2018: MSMR
Floris Helmich, Inge Baas, Peter Ligthart, Milou Bosch, Femke Jonkers, Masja de Haas, Fedde van der Graaf
BACKGROUND: Anti-A1 are regularly observed by reverse testing and are generally considered clinically irrelevant. For compatibility testing and the selection of blood, we use the type-and-screen (T&S) strategy, in which ABO confirmation of patients with a definitive blood group is performed by forward grouping only. Because anti-A1 seem clinically irrelevant, it is our policy to provide group A blood in patients with an anti-A1 . STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This is a case report of a 96-year-old woman who died shortly after transfusion of blood group A red blood cells (RBCs)...
February 26, 2018: Transfusion
Séverine Tasker, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann, Sándor Belák, Tadeusz Frymus, Diane D Addie, Maria Grazia Pennisi, Corine Boucraut-Baralon, Herman Egberink, Katrin Hartmann, Margaret J Hosie, Albert Lloret, Fulvio Marsilio, Alan D Radford, Etienne Thiry, Uwe Truyen, Karin Möstl
OVERVIEW: Haemoplasmas are haemotropic bacteria that can induce anaemia in a wide range of mammalian species. Infection in cats: Mycoplasma haemofelis is the most pathogenic of the three main feline haemoplasma species known to infect cats. ' Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum' and ' Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis' are less pathogenic but can result in disease in immunocompromised cats. Male, non-pedigree cats with outdoor access are more likely to be haemoplasma infected, and ' Candidatus M haemominutum' is more common in older cats...
March 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
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