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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231555/edge-preserving-denoising-for-intra-operative-cone-beam-ct-in-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
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Yi Liu, Miguel Castro, Mathieu Lederlin, Huazhong Shu, Adrien Kaladji, Pascal Haigron
C-arm cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) acquisition during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is an emergent technology with more and more applications. It offers real time imaging with a stationary patient and provides 3-D information to achieve guidance of intervention. However, there is growing concern on the overall radiation doses delivered to patients all along the endovascular management due to pre-, intra-, and post-operative X-ray imaging. Manufactures may have their low dose protocols to realize reduction of radiation dose, but CBCT with a low dose protocol has too many artifacts, particularly streak artifacts, and decreased contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)...
January 30, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231511/automated-diagnosis-of-congestive-heart-failure-using-dual-tree-complex-wavelet-transform-and-statistical-features-extracted-from-2s-of-ecg-signals
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Vidya K Sudarshan, U Rajendra Acharya, Shu Lih Oh, Muhammad Adam, Jen Hong Tan, Chua Kuang Chua, Kok Poo Chua, Ru San Tan
Identification of alarming features in the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is extremely significant for the prediction of congestive heart failure (CHF). ECG signal analysis carried out using computer-aided techniques can speed up the diagnosis process and aid in the proper management of CHF patients. Therefore, in this work, dual tree complex wavelets transform (DTCWT)-based methodology is proposed for an automated identification of ECG signals exhibiting CHF from normal. In the experiment, we have performed a DTCWT on ECG segments of 2s duration up to six levels to obtain the coefficients...
February 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231425/practice-patterns-regarding-multidisciplinary-cancer-management-and-suggestions-for-further-refinement-results-from-a-national-survey-in-korea
#3
Yun-Gyoo Lee, Sukjoong Oh, Heejin Kimm, Dong-Hoe Koo, Do Yeun Kim, Bong-Seog Kim, Seung-Sei Lee
Purpose: This study was conducted to explore the process and operation of a cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) after the reimbursement decision in Korea, and to identify ways to overcome the major barriers to effective and sustainable MDTs. Materials and Methods: Approximately 1000 cancer specialists, including medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists in general hospitals in Korea were invited to complete the survey...
February 22, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230608/specialized-imaging-and-procedures-in-pediatric-pancreatology-a-north-american-society-for-pediatric-gastroenterology-hepatology-and-nutrition-clinical-report
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Tom K Lin, David M Troendle, Daniel B Wallihan, Bradley Barth, Victor L Fox, Douglas S Fishman, Veronique D Morinville
OBJECTIVES: An increasing number of children are being diagnosed with pancreatitis and other pancreatic abnormalities. Dissemination of the information regarding existing imaging techniques and endoscopic modalities to diagnose and manage pancreatic disorders in children is sorely needed. METHODS: We conducted a review of the medical literature on the use of the following imaging and procedural modalities in pediatric pancreatology: transabdominal ultrasonography (TUS), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230595/evaluation-of-a-radiological-score-in-the-management-of-pure-fractures-of-the-orbital-floor
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Flore Roul-Yvonnet, Jean-Louis Golmard, Patrick Goudot, Thomas Schouman
PURPOSE: The authors had for aim to further assess the predictive power and the relevance of a previously published radiological decision taking score for pure fractures with recording of clinical data. METHODS: The authors retrospectively included all patients managed in the authors' department for a pure orbital floor fracture, from June 2012 to November 2013. The authors collected clinical data including diplopia and enophtalmos, at initial status and after 3-months of follow-up...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230584/microsurgical-replantation-of-total-avulsed-scalp-extending-the-limits
#6
Yunbo Jin, Chen Hua, Xiaojie Hu, Hui Chen, Gang Ma, Yun Zou, Bin Chen, Dongze Lyu, Mathias Tremp, Xiaoxi Lin
BACKGROUND: Avulsion of the scalp is a rare but severe trauma and challenging to the reconstructive surgeon. It poses not only physical concussion but also significant persisting psychological distress to the patients. METHODS: Medical records from 5 patients who suffered scalp avulsion were reviewed retrospectively. The following data and methods were assessed: age, number of vessels repaired, method of replantation, vein grafts required, blood transfusion, ischemia time, total operating time, and percentage of scalp survival...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230571/infection-and-complications-following-low-velocity-intra-articular-gunshot-injuries
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Mai P Nguyen, Michael S Reich, Jeffrey A O'Donnell, Jonathan C Savakus, Nicholas F Prayson, Joseph F Golob, Amy A McDonald, John J Como, Heather A Vallier
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to characterize the demographics, interventions, infection rates, and other complications following intra-articular gunshot wounds. DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Level I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-three patients with 55 civilian low-velocity intra-articular gunshot injuries with a minimum of four weeks follow-up were included in the study. Seven patients had associated vascular injuries...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230455/outcomes-of-pharmacy-led-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antiviral-utilization-management-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
#8
Sendra Yang, Rachel B Britt, Mohamed G Hashem, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Affairs Health (VA) Administration has reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates among veterans to be twice that of the general U.S population. New HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment options offer superior sustained virologic response (SVR) rates, improved side-effect profiles, and shortened treatment courses; yet, these new HCV DAAs are expensive, and utilization management strategies are needed to optimize use and improve clinical outcomes. A VA medical center uses pharmacist-led HCV DAA utilization management strategies that includes clinical guidance, optimizing operational flow, budget tracking and forecasting, and patient outcomes tracking...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229315/the-utility-of-diagnostic-laparoscopy-in-post-bariatric-surgery-patients-with-chronic-abdominal-pain-of-unknown-etiology
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Mohammad Alsulaimy, Suriya Punchai, Fouzeyah A Ali, Matthew Kroh, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer, Ali Aminian
PURPOSE: Chronic abdominal pain after bariatric surgery is associated with diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. The aim of this study was to evaluate the yield of laparoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in post-bariatric surgery patients with chronic abdominal pain who had negative imaging and endoscopic studies. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on post-bariatric surgery patients who underwent laparoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of chronic abdominal pain at a single academic center...
February 22, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229225/implications-of-sdhb-genetic-testing-in-patients-with-sporadic-pheochromocytoma
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Aurelie Maignan, Carole Guerin, Valentin Julliard, Nunzia-Cinzia Paladino, Edward Kim, Philippe Roche, Fréderic Castinetti, Wassim Essamet, Julien Mancini, Alessio Imperiale, Roderick Clifton-Bligh, Pauline Romanet, Anne Barlier, Karel Pacak, Fréderic Sebag, David Taïeb
PURPOSE: Succinate dehydrogenase B (SDHB) associated pheochromocytomas (PHEOs) are associated with a higher risk of tumor aggressiveness and malignancy. The aim of the present study was to evaluate (1) the frequency of germline SDHB mutations in apparently sporadic patients with PHEO who undergo preoperative genetic testing and (2) the ability to predict pathogenic mutations. METHODS: From 2012 to 2016, 82 patients underwent a PHEO surgical resection. Sixteen were operated in the context of hereditary PHEO and were excluded from analysis...
February 22, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229199/-coronary-artery-disease-interventional-and-operative-therapeutic-options-after-cardiac-arrest
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M Behnes, K Mashayekhi, M Borggrefe, I Akin
Coronary artery disease (CAD) represents a common structural cause for developing cardiac arrest in older patients, whereas in young adults cardiac arrest is more often caused by cardiomyopathies and cardiac channelopathies. A structural heart disease is known in almost 50% of patients prior to cardiac arrest. The present review outlines current interventional and operative therapeutic options for patients surviving cardiac arrest. The focus is on associations between epidemiological data on the incidence of malignant arrhythmias causing cardiac arrest depending on the presence or absence of CAD...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229197/minimally-invasive-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-vs-standard-pcnl-for-management-of-renal-stones-in-the-flank-free-modified-supine-position-single-center-experience
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Ahmed Sakr, Emad Salem, Mostafa Kamel, Esam Desoky, Ahmed Ragab, Mohamed Omran, Amr Fawzi, Ashraf Shahin
To assess the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (mPCNL) as compared to standard PCNL (sPCNL) for management of 2-3-cm renal stones in the flank-free modified supine position. Between September 2010 and December 2013, 150 patients (168 renal units) with 2-3-cm renal stones were prospectively randomized into two treatment groups; Group A (75 patients/87 renal units) treated by mPCNL and Group B (75 patients/81 renal units) treated by sPCNL. In both groups, the patients were placed in the flank-free modified supine position...
February 22, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229034/comprehensive-review-of-non-operative-management-of-hallux-rigidus
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REVIEW
Charles Kon Kam King, James Loh Sy, Qishi Zheng, Kinjal V Mehta
This article aims to provide an evidence-based literature review for the non-operative management of hallux rigidus. Currently, there is very little article on the evidence for the non-operative management of hallux rigidus. A comprehensive evidence-based literature review of the PubMed database conducted in November 2016, identified 11 relevant articles out of 560 articles assessing the efficacy of non-operative modalities for hallux rigidus. The 11 studies were then assigned to a level of evidence (I-IV)...
January 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228951/are-we-cross-matching-too-much-blood-for-elective-open-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Emily Lowe, John Quarmby
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify current blood transfusion requirements in elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and to compare this to an existing maximum surgical blood order schedule. METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients who underwent elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair over a 40-month period in our institution. Pre-operative number of units cross-matched and the number of units actually transfused were identified. The cross-match to transfusion ratio was then calculated...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228948/health-system-frameworks-and-performance-indicators-in-eight-countries-a-comparative-international-analysis
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Jeffrey Braithwaite, Peter Hibbert, Brette Blakely, Jennifer Plumb, Natalie Hannaford, Janet Cameron Long, Danielle Marks
OBJECTIVES: Performance indicators are a popular mechanism for measuring the quality of healthcare to facilitate both quality improvement and systems management. Few studies make comparative assessments of different countries' performance indicator frameworks. This study identifies and compares frameworks and performance indicators used in selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development health systems to measure and report on the performance of healthcare organisations and local health systems...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228944/semi-closed-surgical-technique-for-treatment-of-pilonidal-sinus-disease
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Georgios Sahsamanis, Stavros Samaras, Georgios Mitsopoulos, Titos Deverakis, Georgios Dimitrakopoulos, Dionysios Pinialidis
INTRODUCTION: Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) is a highly debatable disorder regarding its surgical management, despite an assortment of surgical techniques described in the medical literature. The aim of this report is to provide an alternate semi-closed surgical method for treatment of PSD, with early recovery and a satisfactory cosmetic result. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 34 patients underwent surgical treatment for primary PSD; 32 male and 2 female. Patients were suffering from primary PSD, with the cyst located in the gluteal midline...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228797/femoral-neck-s-fracture-in-fahr-s-syndrome-case-report
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Marcello Sallì, Antonio D'Arienzo, Mariella Bonanno, Salvatore Morello, Antonino Sanfilippo, Giulia Letizia Mauro, Michele D'Arienzo
Fahr's syndrome, also known as "Bilateral Striopallidodentate Calcinosis" (BSPDC) primitive, is a rare neurological disease characterized by the presence of idiopathic, bilateral, symmetrical and abnormal deposition of calcium in areas of the brain that control movements including the basal ganglia, dentate nuclei of the cerebellum, nuclei of thalamus and semi-oval center. We describe a case of a 76-year-old male patient underwent reduction and fixation of a subtrochanteric fracture with intramedullary nail...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228705/her2-orientated-therapy-in-early-and-metastatic-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Severine Iborra, Elmar Stickeler
Due to the enhanced understanding of molecular oncology and signaling pathways in breast cancer (BC), therapy management has undergone a major transformation, especially with the emergence of treatment tailored to individual disease characteristics. In the case of HER2-positive early or metastatic BC, targeted therapies are well established and remain a major focus of ongoing research. The introduction of anti-HER2 biologicals such as trastuzumab, pertuzumab, and T-DM1 has made targeted and personalized treatment possible and has clearly improved disease-free and overall survival in patients with HER2-positive BC...
December 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228699/chiropractic-treatments-for-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-narrative-review-based-on-sosort-outcome-criteria
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REVIEW
Mark W Morningstar, Clayton J Stitzel, Aatif Siddiqui, Brian Dovorany
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review was to evaluate the current body of literature on chiropractic treatment of idiopathic scoliosis against the 2014 consensus paper of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Non-Operative Management Committee for outcome reporting in nonoperative treatments. METHODS: A search of the PubMed and Index to Chiropractic Literature databases for studies published from January 2000 through February 2016 detailing specific treatments and outcomes for idiopathic scoliosis was conducted...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228361/a-measurement-of-the-effectiveness-and-efficiency-of-pre-disaster-debris-management-plans
#20
Julia Crowley
Disaster debris management operations make up a significant portion of recovery expenses. The following study aims to examine how the presence of a plan makes disaster debris management effective and efficient. Ninety-five counties in the United States who received major disaster declarations between 2012 and 2015 were surveyed to examine the quality of their debris management processes. Forty-nine of these counties had debris management plans while forty-six did not. Statistical tests were conducted to address discrepancies in the effectiveness and efficiency of the debris management processes between the two groups...
February 19, 2017: Waste Management
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