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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107855/a-close-look-at-an-integrative-treatment-package-for-bell-s-palsy-in-korea
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Seung Min Kathy Lee, Suji Lee, Jun Hyeong Park, Jongbae J Park, Sanghoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the integrative treatment package for Bell's palsy provided at Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital (KHU KMH). SUMMARY: The Facial Palsy Center at KHU KMH has been providing integrative treatment for Bell's palsy patients during the past three decades. Within 72 h of symptom onset, corticosteroids are recommended but complementary treatment including acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to help suppress inflammation and nerve degeneration...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079654/retinal-oximetry-in-subjects-with-glaucomatous-hemifield-asymmetry
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Zhu Li Yap, Charles Ong, Yi Fang Lee, Andrew Tsai, Clarissa Cheng, Monisha E Nongpiur, Shamira A Perera
PURPOSE: Although some studies suggest a strong link between retinal vessel oxygenation and damage to the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) seen in glaucoma, it has yet to be conclusively proven. This study compares intraocular retinal oximetry in glaucomatous eyes displaying asymmetrically affected hemifields across different subgroups of glaucoma, namely primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG), primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and normal tension glaucoma (NTG). METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional study, 99 patients (PACG, n=28; POAG, n=37; NTG, n=34) underwent retinal oxygenation and vessel caliber measurements using the Oxymap T1 Retinal Oximeter, Cirrus optical coherence tomography, and Humphrey visual field testing...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073365/neurophthalmological-conditions-mimicking-glaucomatous-optic-neuropathy-analysis-of-the-most-common-causes-of-misdiagnosis
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Diego Torres Dias, Michele Ushida, Roberto Battistella, Syril Dorairaj, Tiago Santos Prata
BACKGROUND: To analyze the most common neurophthalmological conditions that may mimic glaucomatous optic neuropathy and to determine which most often lead to misdiagnosis when evaluated by a glaucoma specialist. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of consecutive patients with optic neuropathies caused by neurophthalmological conditions screened in a single Eye Clinic within a period of 24 months. Within these enrolled patients, we selected the eyes whose fundoscopic appearance could resemble glaucoma based in pre-defined criteria (vertical cup-to-disc ratio ≥0...
January 10, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067182/successful-conservative-treatment-of-an-intracranial-pneumatocele-with-post-traumatic-hypoglossal-nerve-palsy-secondary-to-diffuse-temporal-bone-pneumocele-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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M A Taube, G M Potter, S K Lloyd, S R Freeman
BACKGROUND: A pneumocele occurs when an aerated cranial cavity pathologically expands; a pneumatocele occurs when air extends from an aerated cavity into adjacent soft tissues forming a secondary cavity. Both pathologies are extremely rare with relation to the mastoid. This paper describes a case of a mastoid pneumocele that caused hypoglossal nerve palsy and an intracranial pneumatocele. CASE REPORT: A 46-year-old man presented, following minor head trauma, with hypoglossal nerve palsy secondary to a fracture through the hypoglossal canal...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042118/post-operative-neuropathy-after-total-hip-arthroplasty
#5
E P Su
Nerve palsy is a well-described complication following total hip arthroplasty, but is highly distressing and disabling. A nerve palsy may cause difficulty with the post-operative rehabilitation, and overall mobility of the patient. Nerve palsy may result from compression and tension to the affected nerve(s) during the course of the operation via surgical manipulation and retractor placement, tension from limb lengthening or compression from post-operative hematoma. In the literature, hip dysplasia, lengthening of the leg, the use of an uncemented femoral component, and female gender are associated with a greater risk of nerve palsy...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035702/refinements-of-nerve-repair-with-connector-assisted-coaptation
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REVIEW
Ivica Ducic, Bauback Safa, Erick DeVinney
Peripheral nerve repair can be very rewarding for both surgeon and patient when expected outcomes are achieved. In many cases, however, the results are suboptimal due to number of possible objective and technical reasons. Although we cannot influence patent's comorbidities, the extent or mechanism of the nerve injury, we may help optimize technical details when aiming towards improved outcomes. While the suture coaptation for primary nerve repair or nerve reconstruction with grafting served as the reconstructive standard for many decades, technical imperfections remain threats to reconstructive goals...
December 30, 2016: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005757/correction-of-pterygium-colli-in-turner-syndrome-a-clinical-report-and-review-of-the-surgical-management
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Richard Ben Lou, Petros Konofaos, Robert D Wallace
The aim of surgery for pterygium colli (PC) is to correct the contour deformity, redistribute or remove the horizontal excess of skin, address the abnormal posterior hairline, avoid excessive scarring, and prevent recurrence. The purpose of this study is to review the available methods to correct the deformity and highlight a recent patient performed by the senior author. A modified bilateral Z-plasty technique was used for correcting PC on a 5-year-old African American girl diagnosed with Turner syndrome. The patient had an uneventful postoperative period and satisfactory functional and esthetic results were demonstrated at 1 year follow-up...
November 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978460/clinical-characteristics-of-headache-or-facial-pain-prior-to-the-development-of-acute-herpes-zoster-of-the-head
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Hye Lim Lee, Minju Yeo, Gi Hwa Choi, Ji Yeoun Lee, Ji Seon Kim, Dong-Ick Shin, Sang-Soo Lee, Sung-Hyun Lee
OBJECTIVES: When physicians encounter patients with headache or facial pain (preeruptive pain) associated with acute herpes zoster of the head, especially before the appearance of characteristic skin eruptions (preeruptive phase), they typically find it difficult to make clinical impressions and apply appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. The objectives of this study were to describe the clinical characteristics of headache or facial pain associated with acute herpes zoster of the head and to elucidate the association between the manifestation of these symptoms in the preeruptive phase and incoming herpes zoster...
January 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959277/endothelial-dysfunction-may-play-a-key-role-in-keloid-and-hypertrophic-scar-pathogenesis-keloids-and-hypertrophic-scars-may-be-vascular-disorders
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Rei Ogawa, Satoshi Akaishi
Keloids and hypertrophic scars are fibroproliferative disorders (FPDs) of the skin that result from abnormal healing of injured or irritated skin. They can be called pathological or inflammatory scars. Common causes are trauma, burn, surgery, vaccination, skin piercing, folliculitis, acne, and herpes zoster infection. The pathogenesis of these scars clearly involves local conditions such as delayed wound healing, wound depth, and the tension of the skin around the scars. Scar severity is also shaped by interactions between these local factors and genetic and systemic factors such as hypertension and sex hormones...
November 2016: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916714/comparison-of-retinal-vessel-diameter-between-open-angle-glaucoma-patients-with-initial-parafoveal-scotoma-and-peripheral-nasal-step
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Eunjoo Yoo, Chungkwon Yoo, Tae-Eun Lee, Yong Yeon Kim
PURPOSE: To compare retinal vessel diameters (RVDs) between open-angle glaucoma (OAG) patients with initial parafoveal scotoma (PFS) and those with initial peripheral nasal step (PNS). DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study METHODS: We enrolled 151 eyes of 151 patients with OAG (83 with normal-tension glaucoma [NTG] and 68 with primary open-angle glaucoma [POAG]). The patients were categorized into the PFS and PNS groups according to the location of the initial visual field (VF) defect...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901275/peripheral-nerve-blocks-for-the-treatment-of-headache-in-older-adults-a-retrospective-study
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Jacob R Hascalovici, Matthew S Robbins
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to provide demographical and clinical descriptions of patients age 65 years old and older who were treated with peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) at our institution and evaluate the safety and efficacy of this treatment. BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are common, disabling chronic neurological diseases that often persist with advancing age. Geriatric headache management poses unique therapeutic challenges because of considerations of comorbidity, drug interactions, and adverse effects...
January 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890538/a-model-for-stretch-growth-of-neurons
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Prashant K Purohit, Douglas H Smith
In the first phase of axon growth, axons sprout from neuron bodies and are extended by the pull of the migrating growth cones towards their targets. Thereafter, once the target is reached, a lesser known second phase of axon growth ensues as the mechanical forces from the growth of the animal induce extension of the integrated axons in the process of forming tracts and nerves. Although there are several microscopic physics based models of the first phase of axon growth, to date, there are no models of the very different second phase...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886020/cranial-electrotherapy-stimulation-affects-mood-state-but-not-levels-of-peripheral-neurotrophic-factors-or-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-regulation
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Hee-Tae Roh, Wi-Young So
Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is reported to aid in relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety, though the mechanism underlying this effect remains unclear. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis response and levels of neurotrophic factors, as well as changes in mood state, in patients undergoing CES therapy. Fifty healthy postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to either a Sham CES group (n = 25) or an Active CES group (n = 25)...
November 18, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875487/microvascular-compromise-develops-following-nerve-fiber-layer-damage-in-normal-tension-glaucoma-without-choroidal-vasculature-involvement
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Eun Jung Lee, Sibum Kim, Sungsoon Hwang, Jong Chul Han, Changwon Kee
PURPOSE: To investigate capillary densities in patients with unilateral normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and normal controls using optical coherence tomography-angiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 13 patients with unilateral NTG and 13 healthy controls. Optical coherence tomography-angiography was performed and pure peripapillary retinal capillary density was calculated after manually excluding large vessels and the optic disc. Paired comparison of capillary densities was performed among 3 categories of eye: NTG eye, fellow eye, and normal eye...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861646/effect-of-geranylgeranylacetone-on-the-protection-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-normal-tension-glaucoma
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Zhenyu Dong, Yasuhiro Shinmei, Yoko Dong, Saori Inafuku, Junichi Fukuhara, Ryo Ando, Nobuyoshi Kitaichi, Atsuhiro Kanda, Kohichi Tanaka, Kousuke Noda, Takayuki Harada, Shinki Chin, Susumu Ishida
Glaucoma is characterized by axonal degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and apoptotic death of their cell bodies, and lowering intraocular pressure is associated with an attenuation of progressive optic nerve damage. Nevertheless, intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction alone was not enough to inhibit the progression of disease, which suggests the contribution of other factors to the glaucoma pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the cytoprotective effect of geranylgeranylacetone (GGA) on RGCs degeneration using a normal tension glaucoma (NTG) mouse model, which lacks glutamate/aspartate transporter (GLAST) and demonstrates spontaneous RGC and optic nerve degeneration without elevated intraocular pressure (IOP)...
October 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858587/the-feasibility-study-of-extradural-nerve-anastomosis-technique-for-canine-bladder-reinnervation-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jian Tang, Jun Ma, Lei Yang, Xinpeng Huang, Yingbin Ge, Tao Sui, Zhongqing Wei, Xiaojian Cao
OBJECTIVE: Intradural nerve anastomosis for bladder innervation has been demonstrated to be useful. However, its clinical application remains limited because of the complex surgery, its complications and extensive bony destruction. The purpose of the current study was to demonstrate the feasibility of extradural spinal root anastomosis for bladder innervation in canines. METHODS: Ten beagle dogs were used. The length of the extradural segment of the nerve root, upper nerve root outlet (the point at which it emerges from the spinal dura mater) to S2 (dS2), the S3 (dS3) nerve root outlet distance, and the diameters of the extradural spinal roots were measured...
November 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849014/renal-artery-vasodilation-may-be-an-indicator-of-successful-sympathetic-nerve-damage-during-renal-denervation-procedure
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Weijie Chen, Huaan Du, Jiayi Lu, Zhiyu Ling, Yi Long, Yanping Xu, Peilin Xiao, Laxman Gyawali, Kamsang Woo, Yuehui Yin, Bernhard Zrenner
Autonomic nervous system plays a crucial role in maintaining and regulating vessel tension. Renal denervation (RDN) may induce renal artery vasodilation by damaging renal sympathetic fibers. We conducted this animal study to evaluate whether renal artery vasodilation could be a direct indicator of successful RDN. Twenty-eight Chinese Kunming dogs were randomly assigned into three groups and underwent RDN utilizing temperature-controlled catheter (group A, n = 11) or saline-irrigated catheter (group B, n = 11) or sham procedure (group C, n = 6)...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846318/a-long-gap-peripheral-nerve-injury-therapy-using-human-skeletal-muscle-derived-stem-cells-sk-scs-an-achievement-of-significant-morphological-numerical-and-functional-recovery
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Tetsuro Tamaki, Maki Hirata, Nobuyuki Nakajima, Kosuke Saito, Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Shuichi Soeda, Yoshiyasu Uchiyama, Masahiko Watanabe
Losses in vital functions of the somatic motor and sensory nervous system are induced by severe long-gap peripheral nerve transection injury. In such cases, autologous nerve grafts are the gold standard treatment, despite the unavoidable sacrifice of other healthy functions, whereas the prognosis is not always favorable. Here, we use human skeletal muscle-derived stem cells (Sk-SCs) to reconstitute the function after long nerve-gap injury. Muscles samples were obtained from the amputated legs from 9 patients following unforeseen accidents...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786243/new-strategies-for-the-treatment-and-prevention-of-primary-headache-disorders
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REVIEW
Nathaniel M Schuster, Alan M Rapoport
The primary headache disorders, which include migraine, cluster headache and tension-type headache, are among the most common diseases and leading causes of disability worldwide. The available treatment options for primary headache disorders have unsatisfactory rates of efficacy, tolerability and patient adherence. In this Review, we discuss promising new approaches for the prevention of primary headache disorders, such as monoclonal antibodies targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or its receptor, and small-molecule CGRP receptor antagonists...
October 27, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783836/the-present-and-future-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#20
Georgios N Panagopoulos, Panayiotis D Megaloikonomos, Andreas F Mavrogenis
Peripheral nerve injury can have a potentially devastating impact on a patient's quality of life, resulting in severe disability with substantial social and personal cost. Refined microsurgical techniques, advances in peripheral nerve topography, and a better understanding of the pathophysiology and molecular basis of nerve injury have all led to a decisive leap forward in the field of translational neurophysiology. Nerve repair, nerve grafting, and nerve transfers have improved significantly with consistently better functional outcomes...
October 25, 2016: Orthopedics
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