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Steven M Falowski, Ashwini Sharan, James McInerney, Darren Jacobs, Lalit Venkatesan, Filippo Agnesi
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a common intervention for managing intractable pain. Generally, leads are implanted in a minimally invasive procedure with verbal feedback regarding the location and nature of generated paresthesias by active stimulation; in this way their optimal location can be confirmed. However, lead placement under general anesthesia can have additional benefits. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the outcomes of awake vs asleep lead placement procedures...
March 14, 2018: Neurosurgery
Albena Vassileva, Dorien van Blooijs, Frans Leijten, Geertjan Huiskamp
The aim of this review is to evaluate whether open-loop or closed-loop neocortical electrical stimulation should be the preferred approach to manage seizures in intractable epilepsy. Twenty cases of open-loop neocortical stimulation with an implanted device have been reported, in 5 case studies. Closed-loop stimulation with an implanted device has been investigated in a larger number of patients in the RNS System clinical trials. With 230 patients enrolled at the start of the Long-term Treatment Trial, 115 remained at the last reported follow-up...
February 19, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Fatimah Alnafisah, Shaimaa K Dawa, Sherif Alalfy
Cutaneous endometriosis is one of the rare gynecological conditions. Endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial glands and stroma outside the endometrial cavity. It commonly occurs in pelvic sites, such as the ovaries, cul-de-sac, bowel, or pelvic peritoneum. Endometriosis at the incisional scar is difficult to diagnose because of nonspecific symptoms. Usually, patients complain of pain at the site of the incision during menstruation. The main causes in most of the reported cases are obstetrical and gynecological surgeries...
January 13, 2018: Curēus
Adetola Ladejobi, Deepak K Pasupula, Shubash Adhikari, Awais Javed, Asad F Durrani, Shantanu Patil, Dingxin Qin, Shahzad Ahmad, Muhammad Bilal Munir, Shasank Rijal, Max Wayne, Evan Adelstein, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy in survivors of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), except in those with completely reversible causes. We sought to examine the impact of ICD therapy on mortality in survivors of SCA associated with reversible causes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the records of 1433 patients managed at our institution between 2000 and 2012 who were discharged alive after SCA. A reversible and correctable cause was identified in 792 (55%) patients...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Rafael Arboleda Salazar, Jane Heggie, Piotr Wolski, Eric Horlick, Mark Osten, Massimiliano Meineri
BACKGROUND: Twenty percent of patients born with congenital heart disease present with right ventricular outflow tract abnormalities. These patients require multiple surgical procedures in their lifetime. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR) has become a viable alternative to conventional pulmonary valve and right ventricular outflow tract surgery in pediatric and adult populations. In this retrospective review, we analyze the perioperative management of adult patients who underwent TPVR in our center...
March 14, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
James C Barton, Jackson Clayborn Barton, Luigi F Bertoli
BACKGROUND: We sought to learn more about the utility and safety of implanted ports for monthly immunoglobulin G infusions in adults with primary immune deficiency. METHODS: We reviewed charts of adults who were referred to a single practice during the interval 2006-2016 for evaluation and management of frequent or severe upper and lower respiratory tract and other infections, subnormal total immunoglobulin G or immunoglobulin G subclasses, and suboptimal responses to polyvalent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccinations; were diagnosed to have primary immune deficiency; and were advised to undergo immunoglobulin G therapy...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Aldo Riesgo, Frank Liporace
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is one of the most catastrophic and difficult to manage complications following total hip and total knee arthroplasty. As the number of total joint arthroplasties continues to increase, the burden of PJI will continue to further strain resources. As such, orthopedic surgeons consider four principles crucial in appropriately managing difficult or complex cases of PJI: identification, debridement, antibiotics, and patience. Indications and techniques for nonoperative treatment, debridement with implant retention, and one- and two-stage exchange arthroplasty are reviewed...
March 2018: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Rafi Sakhi, Dominic A M J Theuns, Rohit E Bhagwandien, Michelle Michels, Arend F L Schinkel, Tamas Szili-Torok, F Zijlstra, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Sing-Chien Yap
PURPOSE: In patients with structural heart disease (SHD) or inherited primary arrhythmia syndrome (IPAS), the occurrence of unexplained syncope or palpitations can be worrisome as they are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death. An implantable loop recorder (ILR) can be a useful diagnostic tool. Our purpose was to compare the diagnostic yield, arrhythmia mechanism, and management in patients with SHD, patients with IPAS, and those without heart disease. METHODS: Retrospective single-center study in consecutive patients who underwent an ILR implantation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Michael Young, Greg Imbarrato, Ajeet Gordhan
A 74-year-old male developed cervical carotid artery psuedoaneurysm 8 months after carotid endarterectomy. The patient was successfully managed with dual implantation of flow-diverter and conventional carotid stent. Flow-diverter was placed across the neck of pseudoaneurysm to provide flow diversion while carotid stent was implanted within the lumen of the expanded flow-diverter to approximate and hold the flow diverter proximal and distal to the pseudoaneurysm. Follow-up ultrasonography revealed complete resolution of the pseudoaneurysm...
March 2018: Neurointervention
Talha Maqbool, Adam Binhammer, Paul Binhammer, Oleh M Antonyshyn
PURPOSE: Titanium mesh is used to reconstruct the neurocranium in cranioplasties. Though it is generally well-tolerated, erosion of the overlying soft tissue with exposure of the implant is a complication that adversely affects patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to investigate potential risk factors for titanium mesh exposure. METHODS: This study comprises all consecutive patients who underwent titanium mesh cranioplasty between January 2000 and July 2016...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Derek Leong, Ali A Sovari, Ashkan Ehdaie, Tarun Chakravarty, Qiang Liu, Hasan Jilaihawi, Rajendra Makkar, Xunzhang Wang, Eugenio Cingolani, Michael Shehata
BACKGROUND: Damage to the cardiac conduction system requiring permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation is a known adverse outcome of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A permanent-temporary pacemaker (PTPM) is a device that involves an active-fixation lead attached to an external pulse generator taped to the skin. We reviewed the utility of PTPMs as a temporary bridge measure after TAVR in patients with conduction abnormalities that do not meet conventional criteria for PPM placement...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Lester W M Chan, Antony W Gardner, Merng Koon Wong, Kenon Chua, Ernest B K Kwek
INTRODUCTION: Non-prosthetic peri-implant fractures (NPPIFs) are an under-reported entity. Management is challenging because of alterations in anatomy, the presence of orthopaedic implants and phenomena such as stress shielding, disuse osteopenia and fracture remodeling. The aims of this paper were to review patterns of injury, management and outcomes and to propose a classification system to aid further research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a multi-centered retrospective case series...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
S C Seah, S A L Laili, A Hairiah, A G Ab Rahim
Caesarean scar implantation is one of the rarest form of ectopic pregnancies and most unwanted complication of caesarean scar. However, with the increasing numbers of caesarean section performed, caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) may be on the rise. The diagnosis is often difficult, but establishing an accurate diagnosis of CSP in the early first trimester is utmost important to prevent its detrimental consequences of uterine rupture and fatal haemorrhage. Hence, we present a case to highlight the role of imaging in diagnosing and managing this condition to prevent its associated high morbidity and mortality...
February 2018: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Haiying Wang, Bing Lv
PURPOSE: The purpose was to compare the outcomes between KDSS and PLIF for lumbar degenerative disease. METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed 98 patients who were treated with lumbar surgery from March 2012 to June 2014, including 48 managed with KDSS (KDSS group) and 50 underwent PLIF (PLIF group). All patients were followed up for at least two years. Duration of operation, blood loss, hospital stay, complications and patient satisfaction survey were recorded and analyzed...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
S Geoffron, J Cohen, M Sauvan, G Legendre, J M Wattier, E Daraï, H Fernandez, N Chabbert-Buffet
The available literature, from 2006 to 2017, on hormonal treatment has been analysed as a contribution to the HAS-CNGOF task force for the treatment of endometriosis. Available data are heterogeneous and the general level of evidence is moderate. Hormonal treatment is usually offered as the primary option to women suffering from endometriosis. It cannot be used in women willing to conceive. In women who have not been operated, the first line of hormonal treatment includes combined oral contraceptives (COC) and the levonorgestrel-releasing intra uterine system (52mg LNG-IUS)...
March 10, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Joseph J Kavolus, David Sia, Hollis G Potter, David E Attarian, Paul F Lachiewicz
BACKGROUND: Surgeon-performed periarticular injections and anesthesiologist-performed femoral nerve or adductor canal blocks with local anesthetic are in common use as part of multimodal pain management regimens for patients undergoing TKA. However, femoral nerve blocks risk causing quadriceps weakness and falls, and anesthesiologist-performed adductor canal blocks are costly in time and resources and may be unreliable. We investigated the feasibility of a surgeon-performed saphenous nerve ("adductor canal") block from within the knee at the time of TKA...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Joji B Kuramatsu, Jochen A Sembill, Stefan T Gerner, Maximilian I Sprügel, Manuel Hagen, Sebastian S Roeder, Matthias Endres, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jan Sobesky, Johannes Schurig, Sarah Zweynert, Miriam Bauer, Peter Vajkoczy, Peter A Ringleb, Jan Purrucker, Timolaos Rizos, Jens Volkmann, Wolfgang Müllges, Peter Kraft, Anna-Lena Schubert, Frank Erbguth, Martin Nueckel, Peter D Schellinger, Jörg Glahn, Ulrich J Knappe, Gereon R Fink, Christian Dohmen, Henning Stetefeld, Anna Lena Fisse, Jens Minnerup, Georg Hagemann, Florian Rakers, Heinz Reichmann, Hauke Schneider, Sigrid Wöpking, Albert Christian Ludolph, Sebastian Stösser, Hermann Neugebauer, Joachim Röther, Peter Michels, Michael Schwarz, Gernot Reimann, Hansjörg Bäzner, Henning Schwert, Joseph Claßen, Dominik Michalski, Armin Grau, Frederick Palm, Christian Urbanek, Johannes C Wöhrle, Fahid Alshammari, Markus Horn, Dirk Bahner, Otto W Witte, Albrecht Günther, Gerhard F Hamann, Hannes Lücking, Arnd Dörfler, Stephan Achenbach, Stefan Schwab, Hagen B Huttner
Aims: Evidence is lacking regarding acute anticoagulation management in patients after intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) with implanted mechanical heart valves (MHVs). Our objective was to investigate anticoagulation reversal and resumption strategies by evaluating incidences of haemorrhagic and thromboembolic complications, thereby defining an optimal time-window when to restart therapeutic anticoagulation (TA) in patients with MHV and ICH. Methods and results: We pooled individual patient-data (n = 2504) from a nationwide multicentre cohort-study (RETRACE, conducted at 22 German centres) and eventually identified MHV-patients (n = 137) with anticoagulation-associated ICH for outcome analyses...
February 24, 2018: European Heart Journal
Joseph Acquaye, Michael S Borofsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) becomes a more common disease, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of investigational procedures being developed to manage it. We seek to present an overview of the most recently developed treatments and present clinical data related to application wherever available. RECENT FINDINGS: As a greater number of treatments become available for BPH, improved diagnostic testing could prove beneficial in helping guide patient selection...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
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