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Frank Birklein, Seena K Ajit, Andreas Goebel, Roberto S G M Perez, Claudia Sommer
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that usually affects a single limb, often following an injury. The underlying pathophysiology seems to be complex and probably varies between patients. Clinical diagnosis is based on internationally agreed-upon criteria, which consider the reported symptoms, presence of signs and exclusion of alternative causes. Research into CRPS biomarkers to support patient stratification and improve diagnostic certainty is an important scientific focus, and recent progress in this area provides an opportunity for an up-to-date topical review of measurable disease-predictive, diagnostic and prognostic parameters...
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Frank X Scheuermeyer, Christopher DeWitt, Jim Christenson, Brian Grunau, Andrew Kestler, Eric Grafstein, Jane Buxton, David Barbic, Stefan Milanovic, Reza Torkjari, Indy Sahota, Grant Innes
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Fentanyl overdoses are increasing and few data guide emergency department (ED) management. We evaluate the safety of an ED protocol for patients with presumed fentanyl overdose. METHODS: At an urban ED, we used administrative data and explicit chart review to identify and describe consecutive patients with uncomplicated presumed fentanyl overdose (no concurrent acute medical issues) from September to December 2016. We linked regional ED and provincial vital statistics databases to ascertain admissions, revisits, and mortality...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Christiaan H Koster, Annelieke Mk Harmsen, Miranda C Lichtenberg, Frank W Bloemers
Three physical examination tests are most commonly used to evaluate cruciate ligament injury. The best known and most frequently used technique is the anterior drawer test. The other 2 tests, the Lachman test and the pivot shift test, are more difficult to perform and are used less often, especially by physicians untrained in their use. In addition, there is a relatively new diagnostic test: the lever sign test. The aim of our article is to provide a short, clinically relevant overview of the literature and to assess the diagnostic value of physical examination for the primary care physician...
March 2018: Journal of Family Practice
Ricarda Seemann, Frank Graef, Anja Garbe, Johannes Keller, Fan Huang, Georg Duda, Kate Schmidt-Bleek, Klaus-Dieter Schaser, Serafeim Tsitsilonis
INTRODUCTION: The combination of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and long-bone fracture leads to increased formation of callus and mineral density in wild-type (WT) mice. However, this effect was not detected radiologically in leptin-deficient mice. Due to the complex interactions between hormonal and bone metabolism and the important role of leptin in this setting, our aim was to investigate morphologic properties and the tissue composition in the fracture callus comparing WT and leptin-deficient mice...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
William Curtis, Motoyo Yano
Acute pathology in the abdominal aorta is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The most feared complication of abdominal aortic disease is acute rupture in the setting of atherosclerotic abdominal aortic aneurysm. Although frank rupture often is easily diagnosed on CT, other findings such as a hyperattenuating crescent, discontinuous intimal calcium, and draping of the aorta are subtle signs of aneurysm instability. A true aneurysm should be distinguished from a rapidly growing, saccular pseudoaneurysm in the setting of infectious aortitis, as treatment strategy differs...
March 1, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Leonie Waldenmeier, Christoph Evers, Michael Uder, Rolf Janka, Frank Friedrich Hennig, Milena Liese Pachowsky, Götz Hannes Welsch
Objective To evaluate and characterize the appearance of articular cartilage in the tibiofemoral joint of young professional soccer players using T2-relaxation time evaluation on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Design In this study, we included 57 male adolescents from the youth academy of a professional soccer team. The MRI scans were acquired of the knee joint of the supporting leg. An "early unloading" (minute 0) and "late unloading" (minute 28) T2-sequence was included in the set of images...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Eric J Cotter, Charles P Hannon, David Christian, Rachel M Frank, Bernard R Bach
CONTEXT: Shoulder pain and dysfunction are common, with patients presenting complaints to both primary and orthopaedic physicians. History and physical examination remain essential to creating a differential diagnosis, even as noninvasive imaging has improved. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Literature was obtained through keyword searches based on the pathology in question (eg, rotator cuff) and the keywords physical examination using PubMed from January 1, 1980, through September 20, 2017...
February 1, 2018: Sports Health
Robin Christensen, Berit L Heitmann, Karina Winther Andersen, Ole Haagen Nielsen, Signe Bek Sørensen, Mohamad Jawhara, Anette Bygum, Lone Hvid, Jakob Grauslund, Jimmi Wied, Henning Glerup, Ulrich Fredberg, Jan Alexander Villadsen, Søren Geill Kjær, Jan Fallingborg, Seyed A G R Moghadd, Torben Knudsen, Jacob Brodersen, Jesper Frøjk, Jens Frederik Dahlerup, Anders Bo Bojesen, Grith Lykke Sorensen, Steffen Thiel, Nils J Færgeman, Ivan Brandslund, Tue Bjerg Bennike, Allan Stensballe, Erik Berg Schmidt, Andre Franke, David Ellinghaus, Philip Rosenstiel, Jeroen Raes, Mette Boye, Lars Werner, Charlotte Lindgaard Nielsen, Heidi Lausten Munk, Anders Bathum Nexøe, Torkell Ellingsen, Uffe Holmskov, Jens Kjeldsen, Vibeke Andersen
INTRODUCTION: Chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs) are frequently treated with biological medications, specifically tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi)). These medications inhibit the pro-inflammatory molecule TNF alpha, which has been strongly implicated in the aetiology of these diseases. Up to one-third of patients do not, however, respond to biologics, and lifestyle factors are assumed to affect treatment outcomes. Little is known about the effects of dietary lifestyle as a prognostic factor that may enable personalised medicine...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Frederick F Lang, Charles Conrad, Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, W K Alfred Yung, Raymond Sawaya, Jeffrey S Weinberg, Sujit S Prabhu, Ganesh Rao, Gregory N Fuller, Kenneth D Aldape, Joy Gumin, Luis M Vence, Ignacio Wistuba, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Pamela A Villalobos, Clemens M F Dirven, Sonia Tejada, Ricardo D Valle, Marta M Alonso, Brett Ewald, Joanna J Peterkin, Frank Tufaro, Juan Fueyo
Purpose DNX-2401 (Delta-24-RGD; tasadenoturev) is a tumor-selective, replication-competent oncolytic adenovirus. Preclinical studies demonstrated antiglioma efficacy, but the effects and mechanisms of action have not been evaluated in patients. Methods A phase I, dose-escalation, biologic-end-point clinical trial of DNX-2401 was conducted in 37 patients with recurrent malignant glioma. Patients received a single intratumoral injection of DNX-2401 into biopsy-confirmed recurrent tumor to evaluate safety and response across eight dose levels (group A)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Achim Seeger, Maximilian Schulze, Frank Schuettauf, Ulrike Ernemann, Till-Karsten Hauser
Objective The objective of this article is to evaluate advanced techniques of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements of the optic nerve in patients with optic neuritis. Methods In this prospective and institutional review board-approved trial, we examined 15 patients with acute visual loss and clinical signs of optic neuritis including thin-slice multi-shot segmented readout of long variable echo trains (rs-EPI, RESOLVE) DWI and reduced field-of view DWI using a parallel transmit system (rFOV-EPI)...
January 1, 2018: Neuroradiology Journal
Frank Siebenhaar, Benno Sander, Huyen Tram, André Ellrich, Marcus Maurer, Karsten Weller
BACKGROUND: Mastocytosis is a heterogeneous disease characterized by a clonal expansion of mast cells in various organs. The vast majority of patients suffer from signs and symptoms caused by mediator release from mast cells. Although the disease burden is high, there is currently no specific and validated instrument to measure and monitor signs and symptoms in patients with mastocytosis. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a disease-specific tool to measure and monitor the activity of signs and symptoms in patients with mastocytosis, the Mastocytosis Activity Score (MAS)...
February 6, 2018: Allergy
E C Rijkmans, B van Triest, R A Nout, E M Kerkhof, J Buijsen, T Rozema, J H Franssen, L A Velema, M S Laman, A Cats, C A M Marijnen
INTRODUCTION: The HERBERT study evaluated a high-dose-rate endorectal brachytherapy boost (HDREBT) after EBRT in medically inoperable/elderly patients with rectal cancer. The response-rates are promising but not without risk of toxicity. The current analysis provides a comprehensive overview of patient reported, physician reported and endoscopically observed toxicity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A brachytherapy dose finding study was performed in 38 inoperable/elderly patients with T2-T4N0-1 rectal cancer...
February 2, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard, Diane Frank
When presented with a behavioral complaint, veterinarians must identify all contributing medical or behavioral disorders. Veterinarians can give valuable information regarding management and training tools. Owners should be directed to trainers or staff who are familiar with positive, reward-based training techniques. Psychotropic medication is prescribed to animals with a behavioral disorder (abnormal behavior), showing signs of anxiety and/or increased reactivity. Veterinarians need to collect a thorough behavioral history, understand the rationale behind the use of a drug class, and discuss expectations with pet owners...
February 2, 2018: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
Pirunthan Pathmarajah, Christopher Rowland Payne
Diagonal ear lobe creases, often known as Frank's sign, are a folding in the skin of the ear lobe. Many studies have found an association between diagonal ear lobe creases and coronary artery disease. To our knowledge, this is the first report of paired ear creases of the helix. They may have similar relevance to cardiovascular disease as the diagonal ear lobe creases. We report the case of a 68-year-old South Asian man with coronary artery disease and a diagonal ear lobe crease. On closer inspection of the auricle, he also had ear creases on the helix on the same side...
November 27, 2017: Curēus
Matthias Koopmann, Liane Hinrichs, Jan Olligs, Michael Lichtenberg, Lars Eckardt, Dirk Böse, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Johannes Waltenberger, Frank Breuckmann
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and coronary artery disease (CAD) may be encountered coincidently in a large portion of patients. However, data on coronary artery calcium burden in such patients are lacking. Thus, we sought to determine the value of cardiac computed tomography (CCT) in patients presenting with new-onset AF associated with an intermediate pretest probability for CAD admitted to a chest pain unit (CPU). METHODS: Calcium scores (CS) of 73 new-onset, symptomatic AF subjects without typical clinical, electrocardiographic, or laboratory signs of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) admitted to our CPU were analyzed...
January 24, 2018: European Journal of Medical Research
Sumeet Kalia, Michelle Greiver, Xu Zhao, Christopher Meaney, Rahim Moineddin, Babak Aliarzadeh, Eva Grunfeld, Frank Sullivan
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVE: Guidelines recommend screening for risk factors associated with chronic diseases but current electronic prompts have limited effects. Our objective was to discover and rank associations between the presence of screens to plan more efficient prompts in primary care. METHODS: Risk factors with the greatest impact on chronic diseases are associated with blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, glycaemic and lipid levels, smoking, alcohol use, diet, and exercise...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Vidya Perera, Joseph M Luettgen, Zhaoqing Wang, Charles E Frost, Cynthia Yones, Cesare Russo, John Lee, Yue Zhao, Frank P LaCreta, Xuewen Ma, Robert M Knabb, Dietmar Seiffert, Mary DeSouza, Pierre Mugnier, Brenda Cirincione, Takayo Ueno, Robert J A Frost
AIMS: To assess the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of BMS-962212, a first-in-class Factor XIa inhibitor, in Japanese and non-Japanese healthy subjects. METHODS: This was a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, sequential, ascending dose study of 2 hour (Part A) and 5 day (Part B) intravenous (IV) infusions of BMS-962212. Part A used 4 doses (1.5, 4, 10, and 25 mg h-1 ) assigned to BMS-962212 or placebo in a 3:1 ratio per dose. Part B used 4 doses (1, 3, 9, and 20 mg h-1 ) enrolling Japanese (n = 4 active, n = 1 placebo) and non-Japanese subjects (n = 4 active, n = 1 placebo) per dose...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Frank Fischbach, Lukas Wien, Sascha Krueger, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Daniel Baumunk, Björn Friebe, Martin Schostak, Jens Ricke, Katharina Fischbach
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was (1) to establish an in-bore targeted biopsy of suspicious prostate lesions, avoiding bowel penetration using a transgluteal approach and (2) to assess operator setup, patient comfort and safety aspects in the clinical setting for freehand real-time MR-guidance established for percutaneous procedures in an open MR-scanner. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 30 patients with suspect prostate lesions were biopsied in a cylindrical 3T-MRI system using a transgluteal approach in freehand technique...
January 17, 2018: European Radiology
Arya Haj-Mirzaian, Ali Guermazi, Frank W Roemer, Mike A Bowes, Philip G Conaghan, Shadpour Demehri
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between bisphosphonate treatment with the change of periarticular bone area and three-dimensional (3D) shape in participants of the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) study. DESIGN: Using propensity score (PS) matching method in females, 48 bisphosphonate users and 105 non-users, who were matched for OA and osteoporosis related factors were included. Baseline and 24-month MRI-based periarticular bone area and 3D shape measurements were used...
January 9, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Tom Hellebuyck, Stephan Göbel, Frank Pasmans, Connie Adriaensen, An Martel
Oropharyngeal swab samples were collected from 438 live racing pigeons ( Columba livia), with and without signs of respiratory disease, that were housed in 220 lofts in 3 provinces in the western part of the Netherlands. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to identify Mycoplasma species and pigeon herpesvirus-1 (PHV-1) from the samples. In 8.6% of the pigeon lofts tested, signs of respiratory disease were present in pigeons at sampling, and in 30.9% of the sampled pigeon lofts, respiratory signs were observed in pigeons during the 6-month period immediately before sampling...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
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