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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217663/a-case-of-intra-articular-angioleiomyoma-of-the-talocrural-joint
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Irene Thung, Sepi Mahooti, Xiangdong Xu
Angioleiomyoma is a benign pericytic neoplasm with smooth muscle differentiation. Intra-articular angioleiomyoma is exceptionally rare with only four cases reported, all involving the knee joint. Here we report the first case of intra-articular angioleiomyoma entirely localized within the ankle joint. An 83-year-old male presented with progressively worsening ankle pain. Subsequent magnetic resonance imaging showed a soft tissue mass within the talocrural joint. Histologic examination and ancillary testing demonstrated fascicles of smooth muscle cells and interspersed, often compressed, vascular channels, consistent with an angioleiomyoma...
October 2016: Joints
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216319/two-levels-of-waviness-are-necessary-to-package-the-highly-extensible-nerves-in-rorqual-whales
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Margo A Lillie, A Wayne Vogl, Kelsey N Gil, John M Gosline, Robert E Shadwick
Peripheral nerves are susceptible to stretch injury [1-4] and incorporate structural waviness at the level of the axons, fascicles, and nerve trunk to accommodate physiological increases in length [5, 6]. It is unknown whether there are limits to the amount of deformation that waviness can accommodate. In rorqual whales, a sub-group of baleen whales, nerves running through the ventral groove blubber (VGB) associated with the floor of the mouth routinely experience dramatically large deformations. In fact, some of these nerves more than double their length during lunge feeding and then recoil to a short, compressed state after each lunge [7-9]...
February 12, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214293/ultra-high-frequency-ultrasound-of-fascicles-in-the-median-nerve-at-the-wrist
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Michael S Cartwright, Vanessa Baute, James B Caress, Francis O Walker
INTRODUCTION: An ultra high-frequency (70 MHz) ultrasound device has recently been approved for human use. This study was conducted to determine if this device facilitates counting of fascicles within the median nerve at the wrist. METHODS: Twenty healthy volunteers underwent imaging of the median nerve at the wrist bilaterally. The number of fascicles in each nerve was counted by two independent raters. RESULTS: The mean fascicle number was 22...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214291/segmental-distribution-of-myosin-heavy-chain-isoforms-within-single-muscle-fibers
#4
Ming Zhang, Maree Gould
Despite many studies looking at the distribution of myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms across a transverse section of muscle, knowledge of MHC distribution along the longitudinal axis of a single skeletal muscle fiber has been relatively overlooked. Immunocytochemistry was performed on serial sections of rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle to identify MHC types I, IIA, IIX, IIY and IIB. Sixteen fascicles which contained a total of 362 fibers were randomly and systematically sampled from the 3 EDL muscles...
February 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203199/plexiform-neurofibroma-involving-the-lacrimal-gland
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Mikael Hofsli, Nico Gampenrieder, Steffen Heegaard
BACKGROUND: To present a rare case of a 2-year-old girl with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) who presented with ptosis of the right upper eyelid along with a tumor in the eyelid. METHODS: A magnetic resonance imaging scan of the orbit revealed a solid tumor located extraconally at the site of the right lacrimal gland. A transcranial orbitotomy was performed. RESULTS: Histopathological examination demonstrated expanded nerve branches/fascicles cut in various planes in between normal lacrimal gland acini...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202647/longitudinal-and-transversal-displacements-between-triceps-surae-muscles-during-locomotion-of-the-rat
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Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The functional consequences of differential muscle activation and contractile behavior between mechanically coupled synergists are still poorly understood. Even though synergistic muscles exert similar mechanical effects at the joint they span, differences in the anatomy, morphology and neural drive may lead to non-uniform contractile conditions. This study aimed to investigate the patterns of activation and contractile behavior of triceps surae muscles, to understand how these contribute to the relative displacement between the one-joint soleus (SO) and two-joint lateral gastrocnemius (LG) muscle bellies and their distal tendons during locomotion in the rat...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202584/comparison-of-human-gastrocnemius-forces-predicted-by-hill-type-muscle-models-and-estimated-from-ultrasound-images
#8
Taylor J M Dick, Andrew A Biewener, James M Wakeling
Hill-type models are ubiquitous in the field of biomechanics, providing estimates of a muscle's force as a function of its activation state and its assumed force-length and force-velocity properties. However, despite their routine use, the accuracy with which Hill-type models predict the forces generated by muscles during submaximal, dynamic tasks remains largely unknown. This study compared human gastrocnemii forces predicted by Hill-type models to the forces estimated from ultrasound-based measures of tendon length changes and stiffness during cycling, over a range of loads and cadences...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188346/-clinical-indications-for-high-resolution-mri-diagnostics-of-the-peripheral-nervous-system
#10
T Godel, M Weiler
CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE: Peripheral neuropathies are common and diagnostically often challenging disorders. Difficulties particularly exist in lesion localization and recognition of complex spatial lesion patterns. STANDARD DIAGNOSTIC METHODS: Medical history taking, neurological examination, neurophysiological tests and nerve ultrasonography represent the gold standard in the diagnosis of peripheral nerve lesions but have known methodical limitations. METHODICAL INNOVATIONS: The use of 3 Tesla magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) is an additional diagnostic imaging tool recently developed for the high-resolution visualization of long segments of peripheral nerves...
February 10, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187630/sternaspidae-annelida-sedentaria-from-vietnam-with-description-of-three-new-species-and-clarification-of-some-morphological-features
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Anna E Zhadan, Alexander B Tzetlin, Sergio I Salazar-Vallejo
Five sternaspid species were found near Vietnam shores: Sternaspis britayevi sp. nov., S. costata von Marenzeller, 1879, S. nana sp. nov., S. papillosa sp. nov., and S. spinosa Sluiter 1882. Sternaspis britayevi is described from the shallow water in Vietnam inhabiting soft bottoms; it resembles S. spinosa described from Java and S. thorsoni Sendall & Salazar-Vallejo, 2013 described from the Persian Gulf, but differs in having a medially projected and markedly ribbed fan of the ventro-caudal shield and nearly parallel, distally widened and rounded branchial plates...
January 25, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181266/improvement-in-muscle-strength-with-low-load-isotonic-training-depends-on-fascicle-length-but-not-joint-angle
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Hiroki Tanaka, Tome Ikezoe, Masatoshi Nakamura, Ko Yanase, Kosuke Fujita, Yoshiki Motomura, Ken Kusano, Kojiro Araki, Jun Umehara, Junya Saeki, Katsuyuki Morishita, Noriaki Ichihashi
INTRODUCTION: This study investigates whether low-load isotonic training will elicit greater improvement in muscle strength at the same fascicle length, rather than at the same joint angle. METHODS: 16 healthy men (24.1 ± 2.5 years) were randomly divided into intervention and control groups. The pre- and post-training, maximum isometric and isokinetic strengths, and the fascicle length of medial gastrocnemius muscle were measured. Isotonic resistance training at 15° to 30° ankle plantar flexion at low intensity was conducted for 4 weeks...
February 9, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179885/plyometric-training-favors-optimizing-muscle-tendon-behavior-during-depth-jumping
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Kuniaki Hirayama, Soichiro Iwanuma, Naoki Ikeda, Ayumi Yoshikawa, Ryoichi Ema, Yasuo Kawakami
The purpose of the present study was to elucidate how plyometric training improves stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) exercise performance in terms of muscle strength, tendon stiffness, and muscle-tendon behavior during SSC exercise. Eleven men were assigned to a training group and ten to a control group. Subjects in the training group performed depth jumps (DJ) using only the ankle joint for 12 weeks. Before and after the period, we observed reaction forces at foot, muscle-tendon behavior of the gastrocnemius, and electromyographic activities of the triceps surae and tibialis anterior during DJ...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168620/-diagnostic-criteria-in-mr-neurography
#14
P Bäumer
Peripheral neuropathies are frequent and can mostly be correctly diagnosed by clinical examination and electrophysiology; however, diagnostically difficult cases are sometimes encountered especially with respect to precise localization of nerve lesions. Imaging of the peripheral nervous system has been shown to provide additional useful diagnostic information. In addition to the more widely available nerve sonography, magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) is the method of choice in diagnostically complex cases...
February 6, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166121/neural-and-muscular-contributions-to-the-age-related-reductions-in-rapid-strength
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Gena R Gerstner, Brennan J Thompson, Joseph G Rosenberg, Eric J Sobolewski, Michael J Scharville, Eric D Ryan
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to investigate the age-related differences in absolute and normalized plantarflexion rate of torque development (RTD) at early (0-50 ms) and late (100-200 ms) time intervals, and to examine specific neural and muscular mechanisms contributing to these differences. METHODS: Thirty-two young (20.0±2.1 yrs) and 20 older (69.5±3.3 yrs) recreationally active men performed rapid plantarflexion isometric muscle actions to examine absolute and normalized RTD and muscle activation using electromyography (EMG) at early and late time intervals...
February 4, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161870/acute-effect-of-static-stretching-on-passive-stiffness-of-the-human-gastrocnemius-fascicle-measured-by-ultrasound-shear-wave-elastography
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Kosuke Hirata, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Naokazu Miyamoto
PURPOSE: Passive muscle stiffness and muscle architecture at a given joint angle, as well as slack angle of the muscle have been shown to change after an acute bout of stretching. However, it remains unclear whether passive muscle stiffness at a given fascicle length is reduced after stretching. We aimed to elucidate the acute effect of static stretching on the passive fascicle stiffness using ultrasound shear wave elastography. METHODS: Shear modulus, fascicle length, and slack angle of the medial gastrocnemius (MG) as well as passive plantar flexion torque during passive dorsiflexion were measured before and after a 5-min static stretching in 14 healthy males...
February 4, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160434/cytological-features-of-atypical-polypoid-adenomyoma-of-the-endometrium-a-case-report-with-literature-review
#17
Yusuke Ebisu, Tomoko Arimoto, Mitsuaki Ishida, Chika Miyasaka, Yoshiko Uemura, Hidetaka Okada, Koji Tsuta
Atypical polypoid adenomyoma (APA) is a rare mixed epithelial and mesenchymal tumor characterized histopathologically by the presence of disorganized hyperplastic glands with cytological atypia embedded in intersecting fascicles of fibromuscular stromal cells. Herein, we report the first documented endometrial cytological case of APA. A 35-year-old Japanese female presented with irregular menstrual cycles and then was found to have polypoid lesions of the endometrium. Cytological examination of the endometrium and endometrial curettage were performed...
February 4, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160082/periodization-effects-during-short-term-resistance-training-with-equated-exercise-variables-in-females
#18
Thiemo Pelzer, Boris Ullrich, Mark Pfeiffer
PURPOSE: During resistance training, volume and load can be altered either gradually (traditional periodization: TP) or with frequent changes between subsequent sessions (daily undulating periodization: DUP). We hypothesized that the periodization model employed would not impact upon training-induced adaptations when exercise variables are equated. METHODS: Nineteen females (22.0 years, moderate resistance training experience of 27.9 months) performed 6 weeks of knee extensor training with 3 weekly sessions exercising one leg using TP and the contralateral leg using DUP...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159909/the-organization-of-the-anterior-limb-of-the-internal-capsule-in-the-rat
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V Coizet, S R Heilbronner, C Carcenac, P Mailly, J Lehman, M Savasta, O David, J-M Deniau, H J Groenewegen, N Haber S
: Dysfunction of the orbitofrontal (OFC) and anterior cingulate (ACC) cortices has been linked with several psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. These conditions are also associated with abnormalities in the anterior limb of the internal capsule, the white matter bundle carrying ascending and descending fibers from the OFC and ACC. Fruthermore, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for psychiatric disorders targets these fibers...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159718/mechanical-function-near-defects-in-an-aligned-nanofiber-composite-is-preserved-by-inclusion-of-disorganized-layers-insight-into-meniscus-structure-and-function
#20
Sonia Bansal, Sai Mandalapu, Céline Aeppli, Feini Qu, Spencer E Szczesny, Robert L Mauck, Miltiadis H Zgonis
: The meniscus is comprised of circumferentially aligned fibers that resist the tensile forces within the meniscus (i.e., hoop stress) that develop during loading of the knee. Although these circumferential fibers are severed by radial meniscal tears, tibial contact stresses do not increase until the tear reaches ∼90% of the meniscus width, suggesting that the severed circumferential fibers still bear load and maintain the mechanical functionality of the meniscus. Recent data demonstrates that the interfibrillar matrix can transfer strain energy to disconnected fibrils in tendon fascicles...
January 31, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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