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Yin Yuan, Xiu-Yue Xu, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
Nerve transfer is the most common treatment for total brachial plexus avulsion injury. After nerve transfer, the movement of the injured limb may be activated by certain movements of the healthy limb at the early stage of recovery, i.e., trans-hemispheric reorganization. Previous studies have focused on functional magnetic resonance imaging and changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and growth associated protein 43, but there have been no proteomics studies. In this study, we designed a rat model of total brachial plexus avulsion injury involving contralateral C7 nerve transfer...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Kevin C Maki, Mary R Dicklin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aims of this review are to provide perspective on evaluation of relative and absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reductions for assessing the efficacy of preventive therapies and to summarize methods for evaluation of CVD risk in clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: Major CVD risk factors can be used to stratify patients into risk categories. Results from recent trials reinforce the view that benefits of preventive therapies will be greatest in those with the highest absolute risk and in those with the most severe disturbance in the risk factor targeted...
March 20, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Sumit S Sood, Christopher McClinton, Rajeev Badkul, Nathan Aguilera, Fen Wang, Allen M Chen
Purpose: The treatment of apical lung tumors with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is challenging due to the proximity of the brachial plexus and the concern for nerve damage. Methods and materials: Between June 2009 and February 2017, a total of 75 consecutive patients underwent SBRT for T1-T3N0 non-small cell lung cancer involving the upper lobe of the lung. All patients were treated with 4-dimensional computed tomography (CT)-based image guided SBRT to a dose of 40 to 60 Gy in 3 to 5 fractions...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
M Iglesias, M Ramírez-Berumen, P Butrón, J Alberú-Gómez, F Salazar-Hernández, J Macias-Gallardo, R P Leal-Villalpando, J Zamudio-Bautista, V Acosta, L Jauregui, A Hernández-Campos, V Espinosa-Cruz, J Vázquez-Lamadrid, J González-Sánchez, J Cuellar-Rodriguez, J G Sierra-Madero, R Gaytan-Cervantes, S Contreras-Barbosa, A Navarro-Lara, J Guzman-Gonzalez, J Domínguez-Cherit, M Vilatoba, S Toussaint-Caire, F Vega-Boada, F J Gómez-Pérez, M Mayorquin-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: The function reported after arm transplantation is deemed beneficial relative to the marked disability that upper arm amputation causes. OBJECTIVE: We report a 51-year-old man with a Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score of 75.83 who underwent bilateral arm transplantation in October 2015. PROCEDURE: The right arm was transplanted at the glenohumeral joint level, including transplantation of the humeral head, joint capsule, and rotator cuff ligaments and tendons...
March 16, 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Julien Chevreau, David Krief, Osama Abou Arab, Mickaël Zitoun, Arthur Foulon, Fabrice Sergent, Jean Gondry
OBJECTIVES: Nexplanon® 's new applicator system was designed to limit deep implant placements, known to lead to difficult removals. However, removal difficulties still exist and induce specific and potentially severe complications. Our objective was to identify risk factors associated with difficult removals. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective single-center study was performed from January 2015 to December 2016. Participants were divided into two groups depending on whether implant was removed during a standard ("standard removal" group) or difficult consultation ("difficult removal" group) after an initial failed removal attempt...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Sebastian Gorgonius Passon, Viviane Küllmar, Anna Katharina Blatzheim, Kristin Solveig Pausewang, Max Jonathan Stumpf, Doris Hendig, Martin Gliem, Simon Pingel, Robert Schueler, Dirk Skowasch, Najib Schahab, Georg Nickenig, Christian Alexander Schaefer
Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum (PXE), caused by autosomal-recessive mutations in the ATP-binding cassette transporter (ABCC6) gene, is known for high prevalence of atherosclerosis. A novel method investigating elastic properties of arteries in atherosclerotic patients is vascular strain analysis. We compared 44 PXE patients with peripheral artery disease (PXE+PAD group) with 50 control patients, each 25 without (control group) and with PAD (PAD group). All participants underwent an angiological examination including ankle-brachial index (ABI) and were examined with speckle-tracking based vascular strain analysis of common carotid arteries, measuring radial displacement (r...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Kalliopi Pitarokoili, Moritz Kronlage, Philip Bäumer, Daniel Schwarz, Ralf Gold, Martin Bendszus, Min-Suk Yoon
Background: We present a clinical, electrophysiological, sonographical and magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) study examining the complementary role of two neuroimaging methods of the peripheral nervous system for patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). Furthermore, we explore the significance of cross-sectional area (CSA) increase through correlations with MRN markers of nerve integrity. Methods: A total of 108 nerve segments on the median, ulnar, radial, tibial and fibular nerve, as well as the lumbar and cervical plexus of 18 CIDP patients were examined with high-resonance nerve ultrasound (HRUS) and MRN additionally to the nerve conduction studies...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
Belen Ponte, Menno Pruijm, Daniel Ackermann, Georg Ehret, Nicholas Ansermot, Jan A Staessen, Bruno Vogt, Antoinette Pechère-Bertschi, Michel Burnier, Pierre-Yves Martin, Chin B Eap, Murielle Bochud, Idris Guessous
OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of caffeine on arterial stiffness by exploring the association of urinary excretion of caffeine and its related metabolites with pulse pressure (PP) and pulse wave velocity (PWV). PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Families were randomly selected from the general population of 3 Swiss cities from November 25, 2009, through April 4, 2013. Pulse pressure was defined as the difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressures obtained by 24-hour ambulatory monitoring...
March 15, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Shiteng Suo, Lan Zhang, Hui Tang, Qihong Ni, Suqin Li, Haimin Mao, Xiangyu Liu, Shengyun He, Jianxun Qu, Qing Lu, Jianrong Xu
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques including arterial spin labeling (ASL), blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD), and intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM), are capable of measuring tissue perfusion-related parameters. We sought to evaluate and compare these three CMR techniques in characterizing skeletal muscle perfusion in lower extremities and to investigate their abilities to diagnose and assess the severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Concetta Irace, Salvatore De Rosa, Cesare Tripolino, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Caterina Covello, Ennio Abramo, Claudio Carallo, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Daniele Torella, Agostino Gnasso, Ciro Indolfi
Endothelial dysfunction, wall thickening and plaque are progressive manifestations of atherosclerosis. Delayed or absent brachial artery dilation after ischemic stimulus has been associated with severity of extracoronary and coronary atherosclerosis. In the current study, we aimed to verify if delayed or absent dilation associates with critical coronary stenosis. We also evaluated the association between coronary stenosis, carotid artery wall thickness and peripheral artery disease. Endothelial function was investigated by flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery up to 3 min after ischemia, and patients classified as early, late or no dilators...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
Xiao Yang, Massoud A Leesar, Hinan Ahmed, Vasili Lendel, Gerardo Rodriguez, Deniz Mutlu, Ian Cawich, Anand Prasad, Meagan Oglesby, Kostas Marmagkiolis, Nathanael E Phillips, Dijkstra Jouke, Joel Michalek, Qianqian Liu, Thomas Milner, Austin McElroy, Taylor Hoyt, Marc D Feldman, Mehmet Cilingiroglu
PURPOSE: To compare OCT identified white thrombus decline, neointimal hyperplasia and clinical outcomes of patients treated with ticagrelor plus aspirin with those patients treated with clopidogrel plus aspirin after peripheral interventions. BACKGROUND: Ticagrelor is a potent platelet inhibitor. In patients with coronary artery disease, ticagrelor and aspirin demonstrated reduced rates of stent thrombosis, compared to aspirin and clopidogrel. The clinical importance of potent antiplatelet inhibition after peripheral endovascular interventions is unknown...
February 23, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
M Kim, M Kim, H J Yoo, A Lee, S Jeong, J H Lee
We aimed to evaluate the longitudinal interaction effects between the minor allele of FADS1 rs174547 and overweight on n-3 and n-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) levels and pulse wave velocity (PWV). Plasma PUFA levels were measured via GC-MS, and arterial stiffness was determined as brachial-ankle PWV (ba-PWV) at baseline and after a mean follow-up of 3 years. The FADS1 rs174547 T > C genotype was analyzed. At 3-years of follow-up, after adjustment for age, sex, smoking and drinking, there were interaction effects between the FADS1 rs174547 T > C genotype and baseline BMI on the changes (from baseline) in plasma arachidonic acid (AA) levels, in the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)/AA ratio, and in ba-PWV (p for interaction = 0...
March 2018: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
Osama Abou-Arab, Lucie Martineau, Stéphane Bar, Pierre Huette, Amar Ben Amar, Thierry Caus, Hervé Dupont, Said Kamel, Pierre-Grégoire Guinot, Emmanuel Lorne
OBJECTIVES: Vasoplegic syndrome (VS) affects up to 30% of cardiac surgery patients. Onset of VS may be associated with overproduction of nitric oxide (NO). The response of the brachial artery to NO can be assessed using flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD). The aim of this study was to assess brachial artery diameter and FMD response immediately after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: Single-center study in a tertiary teaching hospital...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Juan Alcántara Fructuoso, Lorena Bernal José, Carmelo Tornero Ramos, Luis Pretel Serrano
We report the case of an 83-year-old man on rivaroxaban treatment, with pain in right shoulder, back of the upper arm, forearm and wrist, and inability to extend the wrist and fingers, as the result of an injury. The radiographs were normal, but thoracic CT showed an axillary artery pseudoaneurysm and a secondary hematoma that compressed the brachial plexus. This should be borne in mind in patients with painful shoulder, treated with anticoagulant therapy and without associated radiographic changes.
March 13, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
Gustavo S Oderich, Rodrigo Macedo, David H Stone, Edward Y Woo, Jean M Panneton, Timothy Resch, Nuno V Dias, Björn Sonesson, Marc L Schermerhorn, Jason T Lee, Manju Kalra, Randall R DeMartino, Giuliano de A Sandri, Emanuel J Ramos Tenorio
OBJECTIVE: Retrograde open mesenteric stenting (ROMS) through laparotomy was introduced as an alternative to surgical bypass in patients with acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the indications and outcomes of ROMS for treatment of AMI and chronic mesenteric ischemia. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical data and outcomes of all consecutive patients treated by ROMS in seven academic centers from 2001 to 2013. ROMS was performed through laparotomy with retrograde access into the target mesenteric artery and stent placement using a retrograde or antegrade approach...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Keiji Uchida, Norihisa Karube, Keiichiro Kasama, Tomokazu Minami, Shota Yasuda, Motohiko Goda, Shinichi Suzuki, Kiyotaka Imoto, Munetaka Masuda
OBJECTIVE: The control of malperfusion is the key to improving the outcomes of surgery for type A acute aortic dissection. We revised our treatment strategy to reperfuse each ischemic organ before central repair. METHODS: Our current early reperfusion strategy consists of percutaneous coronary artery intervention for coronary malperfusion, direct surgical fenestration for carotid artery occlusion, active perfusion of the superior mesenteric artery for visceral malperfusion, and external shunting from the brachial artery to the femoral artery for lower limb ischemia...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Tomas Madura, Kazuteru Doi, Yasunori Hattori, Sotetsu Sakamoto, Takashi Shimoe
The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term outcomes of the free functioning gracilis transfer in children with traumatic total brachial plexus palsy. We used the free functioning gracilis transfer to reconstruct elbow flexion and prehension in 17 children with a mean age of 13.4 years (range 3-17) who were followed-up over a mean period of 6 years (range 2-16). The transferred gracilis delivered a stable elbow flexion with a useful power, as well as reconstructed active finger motion. In 3-11-year-old patients we noted a tendency towards developing a progressive flexion contracture of the elbow...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
Olga Gutkowska, Jacek Martynkiewicz, Marek Stępniewski, Jerzy Gosk
Brachial plexus injuries (BPIs) caused by shoulder dislocation usually have a transient character and tend to resolve spontaneously. However, in some patients the symptoms can persist and require operative intervention. This work aims to determine the risk factors for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. The study comprised 73 patients (58 men, 15 women; mean age: 50 years) treated operatively between the years 2000 and 2016 for persistent BPIs resulting from shoulder dislocation. Patient age, gender, type of initial trauma, number of affected nerves, presence of accompanying injuries, and time interval from dislocation to its reduction were analysed...
2018: BioMed Research International
Guglielmo Maulucci, Francesco Cipriani, Dolores Russo, Grazia Casavecchia, Carlo Di Staso, Luigi Di Martino, Antonio Ruggiero, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti
BACKGROUND: The reduction of cholesterol levels with cholesterol-lowering therapy may improve endothelial function. Lipid-lowering therapy has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) antibodies. Less is known of the effect of PCSK9 inhibitors on endothelial function of subjects with hypercholesterolemia. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether treatment with PCSK9 inhibitors may improve endothelial function evaluated by brachial artery vasoreactivity test...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Karsten Königstein, Denis Infanger, Christopher Klenk, Timo Hinrichs, Anja Rossmeissl, Sandra Baumann, Benjamin Hafner, Henner Hanssen, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Higher cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with lower pulse wave velocity and arterial stiffness in normal weight individuals, and this has not been examined in obese individuals. It is unclear whether an altered body composition acts as a modifier of the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and arterial stiffness. We examined the association between peak oxygen uptake and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and analysed whether body composition attenuates this association in obese middle-aged individuals...
March 8, 2018: Atherosclerosis
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