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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316189/acute-lumbar-paraspinal-compartment-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
William Alexander, Nelson Low, George Pratt
While still a rare entity, acute lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome has an increasing incidence. Similar to other compartment syndromes, acute lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome is defined by raised pressure within a closed fibro-osseous space, limiting tissue perfusion within that space. The resultant tissue ischaemia presents as acute pain, and if left untreated, it may result in permanent tissue damage. A literature search of 'paraspinal compartment syndrome' revealed 21 articles. The details from a case encountered by the authors are also included...
January 8, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315428/cervical-radiculopathy-effectiveness-of-adding-traction-to-physical-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Paolo Pillastrini, Antonio Romeo, Carla Vanti, Valerio Boldrini, Martina Ruggeri, Andrew Guccione, Lucia Bertozzi
Background: Cervical radiculopathy (CR) is a common cervical spine disorder. Cervical traction (CT) is a frequently recommended treatment for patients with CR. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to conduct a review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effect of CT combined with other physical therapy procedures versus physical therapy procedures alone on pain and disability. Data Sources: Data were obtained from COCHRANE Controlled Trials Register, PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, ISI Web of Science, and PEDro, from their inception to July 2016...
January 5, 2018: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302697/-laser-and-light-therapy-for-treatment-of-radiation-dermatitis
#3
REVIEW
H-J Laubach, J Robijns
Radiation dermatitis (RD), an inflammatory skin disease that can be an unwanted side effect of medical radiation therapy (RT), most commonly occurs in patients undergoing cancer of the ENT, anal, and vulvar regions. The side effects on the skin and mucous membranes occur within a few weeks after the initiation of RT; however, late side effects can develop months to years after the RT. Therapeutically, various treatment approaches are considered such as pentoxifylline, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, laser therapy, and PBMT...
January 4, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283468/noninvasive-electrical-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-ocular-pain-and-photophobia
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Eellan Sivanesan, Roy C Levitt, Constantine D Sarantopoulos, Dennis Patin, Anat Galor
INTRODUCTION: "Dry eye" or "keratoconjunctivitis sicca" is a multifactorial disease estimated to have a worldwide prevalence of 5-33%. Conventional therapies targeting the ocular surface with artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, punctal closure, eyelid hygiene, and antibiotics do not provide relief in all patients, especially those with neuropathic-like ocular complaints (wind hyperalgesia and photophobia). We anticipated that ocular transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) would alleviate symptoms of ocular pain, photophobia, and dryness in these latter individuals...
December 28, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258952/5-aminolevulinic-acid-photodynamic-therapy-in-refractory-vulvar-lichen-sclerosus-et-atrophicus-series-of-ten-cases
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Ting Lan, Yongzhen Zou, Michael R Hamblin, Rui Yin
BACKGROUND: Vulvar lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (VLSA) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease of unknown etiology that mainly affects postmenopausal and perimenopausal women. The primary clinical symptoms of VLSA are itching, burning pain, and dyspareunia that can results in decreased quality of life. Existing therapies including topical corticosteroid ointment, topical calcineurin inhibitors, estrogens, are not very effective for treatment of VLSA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of 5-aminolevulinic acid mediated photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) in the treatment of VLSA...
December 16, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249044/endogenous-fusarium-endophthalmitis-during-treatment-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-successfully-treated-with-25-gauge-vitrectomy-and-antifungal-medications
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Masaaki Yoshida, Naoki Kiyota, Kazuichi Maruyama, Hiroshi Kunikata, Masahiro Toyokawa, Shigehiro Hagiwara, Koichi Makimura, Naomi Sato, Shinji Taniuchi, Toru Nakazawa
Endogenous fungal endophthalmitis (EFE) caused by disseminated fusariosis is a rare condition that generally has a poor outcome, even with intensive therapy. Here, we describe a case in which this type of EFE was diagnosed with vitreous sampling and was successfully treated with 25-gauge vitrectomy and antifungals, including liposomal amphotericin B and voriconazole. A 16-year-old male patient undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia complained of eye pain and blurred vision in his right eye. Treatment was initiated for a vitreous opacity, possibly associated with herpetic retinitis, but the patient worsened and he was referred to us...
December 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240719/pericardial-effusion-as-a-presenting-symptom-of-hashimoto-thyroiditis-a-case-report
#7
Alberto Leonardi, Laura Penta, Marta Cofini, Lucia Lanciotti, Nicola Principi, Susanna Esposito
Background: Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) is the most frequent cause of acquired hypothyroidism in paediatrics. HT is usually diagnosed in older children and adolescents, mainly in females and is rare in infants and toddlers with cardiac involvement, including pericardial effusion, that can be found in 10% to 30% of adult HT cases. In this paper, a child with HT and pericardial effusion as the most important sign of HT is described. Case presentation: A four-year-old male child suffering for a few months from recurrent abdominal pain sometimes associated with vomiting underwent an abdominal ultrasound scan outside the hospital...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239815/provider-recommendations-for-patient-reported-muscle-symptoms-on-statin-therapy-insights-from-the-understanding-statin-use-in-america-and-gaps-in-patient-education-survey
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Terry A Jacobson, Abdullah Khan, Kevin C Maki, Eliot A Brinton, Jerome D Cohen
BACKGROUND: Statin-associated muscle symptoms are reported by 10% to 29% of patients in clinical practice and are a major determinant of statin nonadherence, discontinuation, and switching. Little is known about what advice patients receive from their providers when dealing with these symptoms. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to assess patient's reports of provider advice when experiencing new or worsened muscle symptoms while taking a statin. METHODS: Data were analyzed from the Understanding Statin Use in America and Gaps in Education survey, a self-administered internet-based survey of 10,138 adults with a reported history of high cholesterol and statin use...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227199/two-step-irradiance-treatment-can-achieve-excellent-pain-control-during-red-light-5-aminolevulinic-acid-photodynamic-therapy-for-actinic-keratoses
#9
Gyorgy Paragh, Nathalie C Zeitouni
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of two-step irradiance to maintain pain control during red light 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) photodynamic therapy (PDT) for actinic keratoses (AK) and assess factors influencing pain. BACKGROUND: PDT provides excellent clinical and cosmetic results in the treatment AK and early basal cell carcinomas (BCC). Widespread use of PDT is limited, in part, by pain. A two-step irradiance method for PDT has previously been shown to significantly reduce PDT-associated pain during the treatment of BCC, but the ability of this method to limit pain during the treatment of AKs has not been reported...
December 11, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220303/locally-aggressive-connective-tissue-tumors
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Mrinal M Gounder, David M Thomas, William D Tap
In this review, we highlight the complexities of the natural history, biology, and clinical management of three intermediate connective tissue tumors: desmoid tumor (DT) or aggressive fibromatosis, tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) or diffuse-type pigmented villonodular synovitis (dtPVNS), and giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB). Intermediate histologies include tumors of both soft tissue and bone origin and are locally aggressive and rarely metastatic. Some common aspects to these tumors are that they can be locally infiltrative and/or impinge on critical organs, which leads to disfigurement, pain, loss of function and mobility, neurovascular compromise, and occasionally life-threatening consequences, such as mesenteric, bowel, ureteral, and/or bladder obstruction...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212103/recurrent-diffuse-gastric-bleeding-as-a-leading-symptom-of%C3%A2-gastrointestinal-al-amyloidosis
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Caspar Franck, Marino Venerito, Jochen Weigt, Albert Roessner, Peter Malfertheiner
Amyloidosis is a rare disease (incidence about 0.8/100 000) characterized by extracellular tissue deposition of fibrils composed of low molecular weight subunits of a variety of serum proteins. Clinical manifestations are largely determined by the type of precursor protein, the tissue distribution and the amount of amyloid deposition. Gastrointestinal (GI) manifestations of amyloidosis are even more uncommon (3 % of all amyloidosis patients). Symptoms of GI amyloidosis are nonspecific, heterogeneous, and include weight loss, GI bleeding, heartburn, early satiety, diarrhea and abdominal pain...
December 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208007/a-pilot-study-to-determine-the-effect-of-one-physical-therapy-session-on-physical-activity-levels-for-individuals-with-chronic-low-back-pain
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Wayne Brewer, Brian T Swanson, Toni S Roddey, Habeeblai Adewale, Caleb Ashmore, Jennifer Frerich, Cory Perrin, Alexis Ortiz
BACKGROUND: A pilot study was conducted to quantify the effect size of changes in physical activity after of one session of physical therapy for individuals with chronic low back pain and to determine factors that predict daily sedentary activity time. METHODS: Fourteen subjects with at least 3 days of physical activity accelerometer data were analyzed before and after one session of physical therapy. Data was analyzed using 1-tailed, paired t-tests with level of significance set at 0...
December 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207005/global-health-journal-club-is-honey-effective-as-a-treatment-for-chemotherapy-induced-mucositis-in-paediatric-oncology-patients
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Amanda Friend, Fidel Rubagumya, Peter Cartledge
Oral mucositis (OM) is an inflammatory response of mucosal epithelium to the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy causing severe oral pain and ulceration, which may complicate the management of cancer. The Mucositis Prevention Guideline Development Group has developed an international guideline for the prevention of mucositis in children receiving treatment for cancer or undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Evidence-based preventative strategies include cryotherapy, low-level light therapy and keratinocyte growth factor...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194091/menthol-reduces-phototoxicity-pain-in-a-mouse-model-of-photodynamic-therapy
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Lisa Wright, Daniel Baptista-Hon, Fiona Bull, Faith Dalgaty, Michael Gallacher, Sally H Ibbotson, Tim G Hales
Phototoxicity-induced pain is a major clinical problem triggered by light acting on photosensitising drugs or endogenous porphyrins, notably protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), an intermediary in heme biosynthesis. Protoporphyrin IX accumulates in individuals with erythropoietic protoporphyria and is elevated during photodynamic therapy subsequent to application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA). Pain occurs during irradiation of PpIX and responds poorly to conventional analgesics. Our objective was to develop a model of PpIX phototoxicity pain and investigate the potential of menthol as an analgesic...
November 25, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178843/a-qualitative-evidence-synthesis-to-explore-healthcare-professionals-experience-of-prescribing-opioids-to-adults-with-chronic-non-malignant-pain
#15
Fran Toye, Kate Seers, Stephanie Tierney, Karen Louise Barker
BACKGROUND: Despite recent guidelines suggesting that patients with chronic non-malignant pain might not benefit, there has been a significant rise in opioid prescription for chronic non-malignant pain. This topic is important because an increasing number of HCPs are prescribing opioids despite very limited evidence for long-term opioid therapy for chronic non-malignant pain outside of end-of-life care. To better understand the challenges of providing effective treatment, we conducted the first qualitative evidence synthesis to explore healthcare professionals' experience of treating people with chronic non-malignant pain...
November 25, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170901/randomized-blinded-controlled-trial-on-effectiveness-of-photobiomodulation-therapy-and-exercise-training-in-the-fibromyalgia-treatment
#16
Mariana Moreira da Silva, Regiane Albertini, Paulo de Tarso Camillo de Carvalho, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal-Junior, Sandra Kalil Bussadori, Stella Sousa Vieira, Danilo Sales Bocalini, Luis Vicente Franco de Oliveira, Vanessa Grandinetti, José Antonio Silva, Andrey Jorge Serra
This study evaluated the role of the phototherapy and exercise training (EXT) as well as the combined treatment in general symptoms, pain, and quality of life in women suffering from fibromyalgia (FM). A total of 160 women were enrolled and measures were carried out in two sets: it was sought to identify the acute effect for a single phototherapy and EXT session (Set 1); long-term effect (10 weeks) of the interventions (Set 2). Phototherapy irradiation was performed at 11 locations in their bodies, employing a cluster with nine diodes (one super-pulsed infrared 905 nm, four light-emitting diodes [LEDs] of 640 nm, and four LEDs of 875 nm, 39...
November 23, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164625/mechanisms-and-mitochondrial-redox-signaling-in-photobiomodulation
#17
Michael R Hamblin
Photobiomodulation (PBM) involves the use of red or near-infrared light at low power densities to produce a beneficial effect on cells or tissues. PBM therapy is used to reduce pain, inflammation, edema, and to regenerate damaged tissues such as wounds, bones and tendons. The primary site of light absorption in mammalian cells has been identified as the mitochondria, and more specifically, cytochrome c oxidase (CCO). It is hypothesized that inhibitory nitric oxide can be dissociated from CCO thus restoring electron transport and increasing mitochondrial membrane potential...
November 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162863/pulse-frequency-dependency-of-photobiomodulation-on-the-bioenergetic-functions-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#18
Hong Bae Kim, Ku Youn Baik, Pill-Hoon Choung, Jong Hoon Chung
Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy contributes to pain relief, wound healing, and tissue regeneration. The pulsed wave (PW) mode has been reported to be more effective than the continuous wave (CW) mode when applying PBM to many biological systems. However, the reason for the higher effectiveness of PW-PBM is poorly understood. Herein, we suggest using delayed luminescence (DL) as a reporter of mitochondrial activity after PBM treatment. DL originates mainly from mitochondrial electron transport chain systems, which produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP)...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159776/non-pharmacological-interventions-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-compression-a-systematic-review
#19
REVIEW
María Paniagua-Collado, Omar Cauli
Spinal cord compression is a complex and challenging condition that greatly affects the quality of life. Non-pharmacological techniques have only been studied to a very lesser extent; although they are evidence to be beneficial. We performed Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) analysis of the scientific literature in several databases (Medline, Cochrane, Scopus, Cuiden, Pubmed, Lilacs and Embase); using the following keywords: spinal cord compression, spine compression, mobilization, positioning, brace and bracing...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158689/assessment-of-chronic-pain-and-access-to-pain-therapy-a-cross-sectional-population-based-study
#20
Rosaria Del Giorno, Paolo Frumento, Giustino Varrassi, Antonella Paladini, Stefano Coaccioli
Background: Chronic pain (CP) has been shown as an important public health problem, and several studies emphasize the need to strengthen the health care and social systems to reduce its marginalization. This study aimed to: evaluate the epidemiology of CP in the general population in an Italian area; and assess the awareness of a specific law, unanimously approved in Parliament, which provides citizens the right to access pain management (Italian Law 38/2010). Methods: A cross-sectional population-based study carried out during the spring of 2014 at Narni, Umbria, Italy...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
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