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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448257/nonbacterial-thrombotic-endocarditis-presenting-with-leg-pain-and-a-left-atrial-mass-lesion
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Ahmed A Abouarab, Adham Elmously, Jeremy R Leonard, Mohammed J Arisha, Mario Gaudino, Naveent Narula, Arash Salemi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a major cause of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE) associated with intracardiac sterile vegetations. It is rare for vegetations to present as an atrial tumor. This report describes a 48-year-old female with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome complicated by recurrent thrombosis on anticoagulation. A large left atrial mass lesion was detected on echocardiography during a work-up for leg burning. Infective endocarditis could not be confirmed, and hence left atrial mass lesion was the most likely diagnosis...
February 15, 2018: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445713/effects-of-laser-physical-parameters-on-lesion-size-in-retinal-photocoagulation-surgery-clinical-oct-and-experimental-study
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A Soleimani, S H Rasta, T Banaei, A Asgharsharghi Bonab
Introduction: The aim of the present study was to determine burn intensity in retinal laser photocoagulation based on laser parameters; wavelength, power, beam size and pulse duration, using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), fundus camera, physical eye model and computer simulation in a clinical study. Materials and Methods: Participants were 10 adult patients between 50-80 years with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. A multicolor-photo coagulator with 532 nm green and 672 nm red for retina photocoagulation in diabetic retinopathy was used to investigate the participants...
December 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438815/new-onset-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-previous-split-thickness-skin-graft-donor-site
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Vincent J Noori, Kanika Trehan, Alisa Savetamal, Damien W Carter
INTRODUCTION: Marjolin' s ulcer, an aggressive ulcerating squamous cell carcinoma, is a well-known phenomenon that occurs in chronically inflamed or scarred tissue; however, squamous cell carcinoma arising in the acute setting after tissue trauma - specifically autograft donor harvest sites for burns - is a rare, but notable event. METHODS: This case series describes three instances of squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed in split-thickness skin graft donor sites in the immediate post-operative period...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436743/plasma-n-acylethanolamine-and-endocannabinoid-levels-in-burning-mouth-syndrome-potential-role-in-disease-pathogenesis
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Alison Barry, Ken D O'Halloran, Joseph P McKenna, Christine McCreary, Brendan Harhen, Daniel M Kerr, David P Finn, Eric J Downer
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to measure endocannabinoid (eCB) ligands and non-cannabinoid N-acylethanolamine (NAE) molecules in plasma from individuals with burning mouth syndrome (BMS), and to determine if plasma eCB/NAE levels correlated with pain, inflammation and depressive symptomatology in this cohort. STUDY DESIGN: Plasma content of the eCBs, anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol (2-AG), and the NAE molecules, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and oleolylethanolamide (OEA), were assessed in healthy subjects (n=8) and in a cohort of newly diagnosed BMS patients (n=9) using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436110/catastrophizing-pain-and-traumatic-stress-symptoms-following-burns-a-prospective-study
#5
N E Van Loey, I Klein, A E E de Jong, H W C Hofland, E Vandermeulen, I M Engelhard
BACKGROUND: Pain and PTSD symptoms are significant problems in the aftermath of a burn injury and they often co-occur. Catastrophizing has been linked to both phenomena. The aim of this study was to investigate the underlying role of catastrophizing in PTSD symptoms and pain following burns. METHODS: This prospective study included 216 patients with burns. PTSD symptoms and pain were measured during hospitalization (T1) and 6 (T2) and 12 months (T3) postburn. The Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) indexed PTSD symptoms...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435491/genomewide-identification-of-essential-genes-and-fitness-determinants-of-streptococcus-mutans-ua159
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Robert C Shields, Lin Zeng, David J Culp, Robert A Burne
Transposon mutagenesis coupled with next-generation DNA sequencing (Tn-seq) is a powerful tool for discovering regions of the genome that are required for the survival of bacteria in different environments. We adapted this technique to the dental caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans UA159 and identified 11% of the genome as essential, with many genes encoding products required for replication, translation, lipid metabolism, and cell wall biogenesis. Comparison of the essential genome of S. mutans UA159 with those of selected other streptococci for which such information is available revealed several metabolic pathways and genes that are required in S...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432327/mixed-methods-development-of-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-instrument-for-chronic-low-back-pain-part-1-the-patient-assessment-for-low-back-pain-symptoms-pal-s
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Mona L Martin, Steven I Blum, Hiltrud Liedgens, Donald M Bushnell, Kelly P McCarrier, Noël V Hatley, Abhilasha Ramasamy, Rainer Freynhagen, Mark Wallace, Charles Argoff, Mariёlle Eerdekens, Maurits Kok, Donald L Patrick
We describe the mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) development and preliminary validation of the Patient Assessment for Low Back Pain - Symptoms (PAL-S), a patient-reported outcome measure for use in chronic low back pain (cLBP) clinical trials. Qualitative methods (concept elicitation, cognitive interviews) were used to identify and refine symptom concepts and quantitative methods (Classical test theory, Rasch measurement theory) were used to evaluate item- and scale-level performance of the measure using an iterative approach...
February 7, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430564/sensory-symptom-profiles-differ-between-trigeminal-and-thoracolumbar-postherpetic-neuralgia
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Stefanie Rehm, Moritz Groβkopf, Maria Kabelitz, Thomas Keller, Rainer Freynhagen, Thomas R Tölle, Ralf Baron
Introduction: Animal experimental evidence suggests that mechanisms of pain generation and response to treatment differ between neuropathic pain in the cephalic and the extracephalic innervation territories. Objectives: The objective of the study was to examine whether in humans an identical peripheral painful neuropathy is associated with different pain qualities and sensory abnormalities in the face as compared with the thoracic region. Methods: We retrospectively analysed epidemiological and clinical data of 639 patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in the face and at the trunk who were collected within a cross-sectional cohort survey and compared the respective sensory symptom profiles captured with the painDETECT questionnaire...
January 2018: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427450/reconstruction-of-the-plantar-toe-with-a-distal-reverse-instep-sensory-island-flap
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Mohammad Ali Hosseinian, Ali Gharibi Loron, Behzad Nemati Honar
BACKGROUND: Plantar toe ulcers are a challenging surgical problem. There are several methods for reconstruction, but no attention has been given to the preservation of sensation. This report proposes a method to provide protective sensation for the reconstructed area. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The ulcers of seven patients ranged from 2 × 3 to 7 × 3 cm with defects of the plantar first toe and distal metatarsus, including four burns, a trauma, a diabetic ulcer, and a neuropathy injury reconstructed with a distal reverse instep sensory island (DRISI) flap...
February 10, 2018: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427176/satisfaction-with-subcutaneous-golimumab-and-its-auto-injector-among-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-inadequate-response-to-adalimumab-or-etanercept
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Raphael J Dehoratius, Lawrence H Brent, Jeffrey R Curtis, Lorie A Ellis, Kezhen L Tang
BACKGROUND: Patient perceptions of treatment success, including satisfaction/preference, may complement clinical efficacy assessments. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate satisfaction with subcutaneous golimumab and its auto-injector in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and an inadequate adalimumab/etanercept response. METHODS: In the multicenter, assessor-blinded GO-SAVE study, 433 patients with active RA (28-joint Disease Activity Score incorporating erythrocyte sedimentation rate [DAS28-ESR] ≥ 3...
February 9, 2018: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424945/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-investigation-of-a-novel-amniotic-based-chitosan-dressing-for-wound-healing
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Maryam Momeni, Mohammad Zarehaghighi, Mirhamed Hajimiri, Ghasemali Khorasani, Rassoul Dinarvand, Abdolhossein Nekookar, Niloofar Sodeifi, Pardis Khosravani, Niloofar Shayanasl, Marzieh Ebrahimi
It is more than a decade that amniotic membrane has been used as a wound dressing because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fibrotic, anti-scaring properties, as well as its pain relieving and epithelialization promoting features. However, amniotic membrane had limited applications because it needs to suture in surgery, is highly fragile, firmly adhere to the wound and may cause bleeding and pain when changing the bandage. This study investigated the possibility of development of a novel amniotic-based chitosan gel dressing as a potential wound repair substrate with marked efficacy...
February 9, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424920/menopause-new-frontiers-in-the-treatment-of-urogenital-atrophy
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G A Casarotti, P Chiodera, C Tremolada
OBJECTIVE: Urogenital atrophy is a degenerative process that may occur during menopause causing debilitating disorders and painful symptomatology. Estrogen therapy slows the onset of atrophy, but it requires ongoing therapy to maintain its effectiveness. To mitigate the degenerative evolutions associated with menopause, patients may benefit from new therapeutic approaches, such as the use of mesenchymal stem cells. Among the many sources, the adipose tissue is considered one of the smartest, due to its abundance and easy access...
January 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423280/biomaterials-enabled-cornea-regeneration-in-patients-at-high-risk-for-rejection-of-donor-tissue-transplantation
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M Mirazul Islam, Oleksiy Buznyk, Jagadesh C Reddy, Nataliya Pasyechnikova, Emilio I Alarcon, Sally Hayes, Philip Lewis, Per Fagerholm, Chaoliang He, Stanislav Iakymenko, Wenguang Liu, Keith M Meek, Virender S Sangwan, May Griffith
The severe worldwide shortage of donor organs, and severe pathologies placing patients at high risk for rejecting conventional cornea transplantation, have left many corneal blind patients untreated. Following successful pre-clinical evaluation in mini-pigs, we tested a biomaterials-enabled pro-regeneration strategy to restore corneal integrity in an open-label observational study of six patients. Cell-free corneal implants comprising recombinant human collagen and phosphorylcholine were grafted by anterior lamellar keratoplasty into corneas of unilaterally blind patients diagnosed at high-risk for rejecting donor allografts...
2018: NPJ Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422437/effect-of-cold-pack-therapy-for-management-of-burn-scar-pruritus-a-pilot-study
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So Young Joo, June-Bum Kim, Yoon Soo Cho, Yong Suk Cho, Cheong Hoon Seo
PURPOSE: Pruritus, a common, chronically disabling condition is often refractory to treatment. The pruritus sensation is mediated in the spinal cord and post-burn pruritus is considered a form of neuropathic pain. We investigated cold pack therapy as a treatment modality for post-burn pruritus. METHODS: We studied 23 patients with severe pruritus scoring at least 5 on the visual analogue scale (VAS) and refractory to antihistamine and gabapentin administration. Each cold pack therapy lasted more than 20min...
February 5, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422377/icon-immunoconjugate-treatment-results-in-regression-of-red-lesions-in-a-non-human-primate-papio-anubis-model-of-endometriosis
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Demetra Hufnagel, Laura G Goetz, Zhiwei Hu, Atunga Nyachieo, Thomas D'Hooghe, Asgerally Fazleabas, Antoni Duleba, Graciela Krikun, Hugh S Taylor, Charles J Lockwood
Endometriosis is a common condition in reproductive-aged women characterized by ectopic endometrial lesions of varied appearance, including red, white, blue, black or powder burn coloration, which contribute to chronic pain and infertility. The immunoconjugate molecule (Icon) targets Tissue Factor, a transmembrane receptor for Factor VII/VIIa that is aberrantly expressed in the endothelium supporting ectopic endometrial tissue. Icon has been shown to cause regression of endometriosis in a murine model of disease but prior to this study had not been tested in non-human primates...
February 5, 2018: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406294/evidence-corner-taking-itch-seriously
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Laura T Bolton
Dear Readers, Itching (pruritus) of a wound, scar, or dermatologic disorder can negatively impact a patient's quality of life, resulting in injurious scratching1 or impeded rehabilitation.2 Like pain, itch can cause the su erer to lose sleep and appetite or even consider suicide.3,4 Clinical measures of pruritus have proved reliable and valid in individuals with burn wounds, dermatologic conditions, or urticaria5-7 or resulting scars,2 allowing studies to clarify its impact on human experience and compare the e ects of interventions to reduce itching...
January 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406291/why-do-wounds-itch
#17
Ethan Lerner
Everyone has experienced itch. It might simply be the nuisance of a mosquito bite or a transient itch on the scalp that is relieved by a simple scratch. For wounds such as venous ulcers, itch may be present but is usually mild. For some of the 40% of people with neuropathic itch or pain that can develop and persist following mastectomy, itch can be overwhelming, intractable, not widely appreciated by the medical community, and poorly responsive to current treatment regimens. Why are some wounds in some patients itchy whereas seemingly equivalent ones in the same or other patients not? Why is the sensation of itch present in the wound itself in some cases while in the surrounding skin in others? Why are burns so frequently associated with itch? How commonly do wounds itch? Detailed answers to these questions are lacking, but this area is beginning to be explored...
January 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29405795/oral-mucosa-grafting-in-periorbital-reconstruction
#18
Andre Grixti, Raman Malhotra
To provide an extensive literature review on the clinical indications of oral mucosa grafts (OMG) and minor salivary gland grafts (MSGG) in periorbital reconstruction together with safe practice graft harvesting techniques to minimize donor-site morbidity. A literature review was performed by searching the databases of PUBMED, EMBASE, and COCHRANE library using the keywords: minor salivary glands; oral mucosal graft; orbit; and eye. The bibliographies of the pertinent articles were examined for additional papers...
February 6, 2018: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403322/psychological-treatments-for-the-management-of-postsurgical-pain-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Judith L Nicholls, Muhammad A Azam, Lindsay C Burns, Marina Englesakis, Ainsley M Sutherland, Aliza Z Weinrib, Joel Katz, Hance Clarke
Background: Inadequately managed pain is a risk factor for chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP), a growing public health challenge. Multidisciplinary pain-management programs with psychological approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, have shown efficacy as treatments for chronic pain, and show promise as timely interventions in the pre/perioperative periods for the management of PSP. We reviewed the literature to identify randomized controlled trials evaluating the efficacy of these psychotherapy approaches on pain-related surgical outcomes...
2018: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402577/high-voltage-electric-stimulation-of-the-donor-site-of-skin-grafts-accelerates-the-healing-process-a-randomized-blinded-clinical-trial
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Rosana C Gomes, Elaine C O Guirro, Adriana C Gonçalves, Jayme A Farina Junior, Luiz O Murta Junior, Rinaldo R J Guirro
INTRODUCTION: Severe burns benefit from skin grafting, and grafting surgery is of great importance in the treatment of these injuries. As a result, there is formation of an additional wound at the donor site, which is painful and susceptible to infection. However, the therapeutic approach to these problems at donor sites for skin grafting is insufficiently explored in the literature. AIM: To evaluate electrical stimulation of the donor sites of burn patients treated by grafting surgery...
February 2, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
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