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Andres Canales, Seongjun Park, Antje Kilias, Polina Anikeeva
Multifunctional devices for modulation and probing of neuronal activity during free behavior facilitate studies of functions and pathologies of the nervous system. Probes composed of stiff materials, such as metals and semiconductors, exhibit elastic and chemical mismatch with the neural tissue, which is hypothesized to contribute to sustained tissue damage and gliosis. Dense glial scars have been found to encapsulate implanted devices, corrode their surfaces, and often yield poor recording quality in long-term experiments...
March 21, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Yong-Ha Kim, Chi-Ho Yeo, Kyu-Jin Chung, Jun Ho Lee, Taegon Kim
BACKGROUND: We present our results of primary repair of lower canalicular injury using the Mini-Monoka stent and report our experience with revisional repair of canalicular blocks to treat epiphora following primary repair METHODS:: We performed primary repair in 169 canalicular laceration patients using Mini-Monoka. The primary repair was defined as the first operation proceeded within 48 hours after injury. Revisional repairs were performed in patients who underwent primary repair of canalicular laceration and subsequently complained of epiphora with canalicular block owing to peripheral scarring...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Z X Ren, C L Liu, Q Zhang, F Xu, Y N Zheng, X J Li, J Yang
RATIONALE: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a life-threatening situation that is rare in children, especially infants, and early diagnosis is challenging. Timely identification and broad-spectrum antibiotic and supportive treatment before surgical debridement are very important for survival and may reduce scar formation. PATIENT CONCERNS: A previously healthy 4-month-old infant was admitted to our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with a history of fever and cough for 5 days and extreme swelling of the scrotum for one day...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Qinghong Lin, Lin Zheng, Xiumei Lin, Qian Wang
RATIONALE: Recently, some ophthalmologists performed PRK or LASEK surgeries in FFKC suspicious patients, which is supposed to prevent FFKC evolvement via fibrotic scar formation. Our report indicates that keratectasia can occur after LASEK in FFKC suspicious patients, highlighting the importance of stricter regulation of patient recruitment before the procedure and postoperative follow-up. PATIENT CONCERNS: This is a report of a 25-year-old man with poor corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) 6 years after LASEK...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Matilda Karlsson, Moustafa Elmasry, Ingrid Steinvall, Folke Sjöberg, Pia Olofsson, Johan Thorfinn
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate scarring at split-thickness skin graft donor sites 8 years after surgery. METHODS: At surgery, 67 patients were randomized to hydrofiber, polyurethane foam, or porcine xenograft treatment. Scars were evaluated with the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale. RESULTS: Results showed significant differences in observed scar outcomes at donor sites, leaving the polyurethane foam-treated and the porcine xenograft-treated patients with the least satisfying scars...
April 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Marine Potez, Audrey Bouchet, Jeannine Wagner, Mattia Donzelli, Elke Bräuer-Krisch, John W Hopewell, Jean Laissue, Valentin Djonov
PURPOSE: To analyze the effects of micro-beam irradiation (MBI) on the normal tissues of the mouse ear. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Normal mouse ears are a unique model, which in addition to skin contain striated muscles, cartilage, blood and lymphatic vessels, and few hair follicles. This renders the mouse ear an excellent model for complex tissue studies. The ears of C57BL6 mice were exposed to MBI (50-μm-wide micro-beams, spaced 200 μm between centers) with peak entrance doses of 200, 400, or 800 Gy (at ultra-high dose rates)...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Michael Oeverhaus, Margarethe Fischer, Herbert Hirche, Anke Schlüter, Joachim Esser, Anja K Eckstein
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We performed a retrospective analysis to examine clinical results, establish a dose-effect coefficient and analyze the long-term efficacy of tendon elongation with bovine pericardium (Tutopatch®) for surgical correction of severe esotropia, occurring after three-wall orbital decompression for dysthyroid optic neuropathy in patients with Graves' orbitopathy (GO). METHODS: Tendon elongation of the medial rectus muscle (MR) was performed in our institution using an interponate of bovine pericardium in 60 patients (27 underwent unilateral and 33 bilateral surgery)...
March 20, 2018: Strabismus
Ping Yao, Peng Li, Jun-Jian Jiang, Hong-Ye Li
Scar hyperplasia at the suture site is an important reason for hindering the repair effect of peripheral nerve injury anastomosis. To address this issue, two repair methods are often used. Biological agents are used to block nerve sutures and the surrounding tissue to achieve physical anti-adhesion effects. Another agent is glucocorticosteroid, which can prevent scar growth by inhibiting inflammation. However, the overall effect of promoting regeneration of the injured nerve is not satisfactory. In this regard, we envision that these two methods can be combined and lead to shared understanding for achieving improved nerve repair...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Jingyu Jin, Sharada Tilve, Zhonghai Huang, Libing Zhou, Herbert M Geller, Panpan Yu
As one major component of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the central nervous system, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) have long been known as inhibitors enriched in the glial scar that prevent axon regeneration after injury. Although many studies have shown that CSPGs inhibited neurite outgrowth in vitro using different types of neurons, the mechanism by which CSPGs inhibit axonal growth remains poorly understood. Using cerebellar granule neuron (CGN) culture, in this study, we evaluated the effects of different concentrations of both immobilized and soluble CSPGs on neuronal growth, including cell adhesion, spreading and neurite growth...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Yu Tsukanov
BACKGROUND: To study the possibility of minimization of the skin incisions up to a puncture size at stripping by Mayo with the use of the stripper with an oval-ring head for large-diameter veins. METHODS: The problem is solved due to the geometrical changing of the stripper head from a round to an oval one. The laboratory experiment showed that with a vein diameter of 10-20 mm the total cross-sectional area of its walls constituted 13.61 mm2, with a diameter of more than 20 mm it was 19...
March 15, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
John DeMeritt, Ethan Wajswol, Anoop Wattamwar, Babak Litkouhi, Ami Vaidya, Michael Sbarra, Stacy Zamudio, Rocio Acera Pozzi, Andrew Canning, John Woytanowski, Abdulla Al-Khan
Two patients with placenta percreta underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) for abnormally invasive placenta (AIP) in the first trimester. Patient 1 had a 9-week cervical ectopic, while Patient 2 had a 9-week cesarean scar pregnancy. Elective termination of pregnancy was performed in both patients. UAE was performed with tris-acryl gelatin microspheres as well as gelfoam until stasis and was repeated in cases of revascularization. Both patients were followed with US/MRI/MRA scans and β-hCG levels. Revascularization occurred in both patients following UAE, requiring multiple embolizations to achieve complete placental involution...
March 19, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Adam Vandergriff, Ke Huang, Deliang Shen, Shiqi Hu, Michael Taylor Hensley, Thomas G Caranasos, Li Qian, Ke Cheng
Rationale: Cardiac stem cell-derived exosomes have been demonstrated to promote cardiac regeneration following myocardial infarction in preclinical studies. Recent studies have used intramyocardial injection in order to concentrate exosomes in the infarct. Though effective in a research setting, this method is not clinically appealing due to its invasive nature. We propose the use of a targeting peptide, cardiac homing peptide (CHP), to target intravenously-infused exosomes to the infarcted heart. Methods: Exosomes were conjugated with CHP through a DOPE-NHS linker...
2018: Theranostics
Chuan Tian, Xi Chen, Jin Cao, Lu Yang
The present study was designed to compare the effect of indocyanine green (ICG)-enhanced laser (810 nm) thermocoagulation method and photodynamic therapy (PDT) on circumscribed choroidal hemangioma (CCH). A total of 36 patients (36 pair of eyes) diagnosed with CCH in the Ocular Fundus Disease Center of The Affiliated Hospital of Medical College of Ningbo University from June 2010 to January 2016 were selected and randomly divided into two groups. ICG-enhanced thermocoagulation was used to treat 18 patients (18 pair of eyes), and PDT was used to treat the remaining 18 patients (18 pair of eyes)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Lorenzo Merlini, Matthew Yalizis, Yannick Carrillon, Hugo Bothorel, Mo Saffarini, Arnaud Godenèche
BACKGROUND: A rare form of rotator cuff tear (RCT) is observed secondary to glenohumeral dislocation, followed by immediate repositioning, as well as formation of scar tissue between tendons and tuberosities. Radiographic diagnosis of such "degloving" tears is problematic because they are obscured by scar tissue. We aimed to describe characteristics of degloving tears and report outcomes following their arthroscopic repair. METHODS: Among 67 patients who underwent arthroscopic repair of RCTs secondary to shoulder dislocation, we identified 8 patients (12%) (7 anterior dislocations and 1 posterior dislocation), aged 54...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Henry Chubb, Rashed Karim, Sébastien Roujol, Marta Nuñez-Garcia, Steven E Williams, John Whitaker, James Harrison, Constantine Butakoff, Oscar Camara, Amedeo Chiribiri, Tobias Schaeffter, Matthew Wright, Mark O'Neill, Reza Razavi
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has been used to visualise post-ablation atrial scar (PAAS), generally employing a three-dimensional (3D) late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) technique. However the reproducibility of PAAS imaging has not been determined. This cross-over study is the first to investigate the reproducibility of the technique, crucial for both future research design and clinical implementation. METHODS: Forty subjects undergoing first time ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) had detailed CMR assessment of PAAS...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Min Kyeong Lee, Stephen L-K Yen, Veerasathpurush Allareddy
OBJECTIVE: Cleft lip repair surgeries in neonates have shown to be effective and safe, resulting in less scarring and excellent aesthetic outcomes. However, existing studies are based on single-center experiences with limited numbers of patients and surgeons. Complication rates and hospital outcomes of neonatal lip repair have not yet been established at the national level. The objective of this study was to examine the association between age at cleft lip repair and hospital outcomes...
April 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Eva A Huis ʼt Veld, Chao Long, Gloria R Sue, Arhana Chattopadhyay, Gordon K Lee
BACKGROUND: Patients with breast cancer frequently opt to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The timing and aesthetic outcome of the breast reconstruction may be affected by the need for radiation therapy (RT). Delayed-immediate autologous reconstruction (DIAR) is a novel surgical approach for patients in whom the need for adjuvant RT after mastectomy is preoperatively unknown. AIM: We sought to evaluate the difference in clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cosmetic results between DIAR and patients who underwent delayed autologous reconstruction...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Ali Salim, Erica Metz, James S Constant, Anandev Gurjala, Karen Yokoo, Winnie M Y Tong
INTRODUCTION: Despite the rising popularity of subcutaneous mastectomy (top surgery) in patients born female and identifying as male or nonbinary, there are limited studies on how prior breast surgeries affect subcutaneous mastectomy. This study evaluates if previous breast reduction affected subcutaneous mastectomy in this patient population. METHODS: The case series consists of 5 patients who, having had prior breast reductions, elected to have subcutaneous mastectomy...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Hai-Chun Ni, Jie-Cong Wang, Jia-Ming Sun, Neng-Qiang Guo
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of nasal tip defects presents a significant challenge for plastic surgeons. The form, function, and aesthetic appeal of all nasal subunits must be addressed. The expanded paramedian forehead flap is a good choice for nasal reconstruction, providing similar texture, structure, and skin color, and high reliability. This article discusses the authors' modification of the expanded paramedian forehead flap in reconstructing defects on or around the nasal tip. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with nasal defects located on or around the nasal tip were treated in our institution...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Yonatan Edel, Rivka Mamet
The porphyrias are a group of rare metabolic disorders, inherited or acquired, along the heme biosynthetic pathway, which could manifest with neurovisceral and/or cutaneous symptoms, depending on the defective enzyme. Neurovisceral porphyrias are characterized by acute attacks, in which excessive heme production is induced following exposure to a trigger. An acute attack usually presents with severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and tachycardia. Other symptoms which could appear include hypertension, hyponatremia, peripheral neuropathy, and mild mental symptoms...
March 15, 2018: Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
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