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  1. Xanthogranuloma of the choroid plexus

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    Pear, B.L.

    1984-08-01

    Uncommon tumefactions known as xanthogranulomas can occur throughout the body. Some appear to develop as benign or malignant neoplasms. An even less familiar xanthogranuloma occurs within the choroid plexus. Most are tiny plaques only a few millimeters in diameter. However, they can present as masses of significant size within the glomus. When large and unilateral, they are included in the differential diagnosis of choroid plexus tumors. A computed tomographic (CT) study of such a tumor is presented.

  2. Outcome of isolated fetal choroid plexus cyst detected in prenatal sonography among infertile patients referred to Royan Institute: A 3-year study

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    Irani, Shohreh; Ahmadi, Firoozeh; Javam, Maryam; Vosough Taghi dizaj, Ahmad; Niknejad, Fatemeh

    2015-01-01

    Background: Several studies have assessed the correlation of fetal choroid plexus cyst (CPC) and the risk of congenital anomalies, but few ones have discussed isolated CPC (with no other abnormal sonographic finding). Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the outcome of isolated fetal choroid plexus cyst and to specify its clinical significance. Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out at Royan Institute in Tehran, Iran, between April 2009 and December 2012. All prenatal sonographies in this period of time were assessed using a computerized database and fetuses who had isolated CPC were recruited in the study. Sonography reports, mother serum screening test results, fetal echocardiography and amniocentesis were evaluated until birth. A follow-up phone call was made to all individuals to learn about the neonatal outcomes. Results: Overall, 6240 prenatal sonographies were performed in this setting during this period. Isolated CPC was detected in 64 fetuses. The results of double test (N=30), triple test (N=5) and fetal echocardiography (N =24) were normal. Quadruple test result showed 3 abnormal out of 29 cases that all had normal karyotypes. Four samples were dropped out due to premature rupture of membranes (N=3) and intrauterine fetal death (N=1). It was found that the outcomes of all remaining fetuses (N=60) were normal and no anomaly ones were seen until birth. Conclusion: Isolated CPC is a benign regressive condition with no clinical significance. PMID:26568762

  3. Enlargement of choroid plexus in complex regional pain syndrome

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    Zhou, Guangyu; Hotta, Jaakko; Lehtinen, Maria K.; Forss, Nina; Hari, Riitta

    2015-01-01

    The choroid plexus, located in brain ventricles, has received surprisingly little attention in clinical neuroscience. In morphometric brain analysis, we serendipitously found a 21% increase in choroid plexus volume in 12 patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) compared with age- and gender-matched healthy subjects. No enlargement was observed in a group of 8 patients suffering from chronic pain of other etiologies. Our findings suggest involvement of the choroid plexus in the pathogenesis of CRPS. Since the choroid plexus can mediate interaction between peripheral and brain inflammation, our findings pinpoint the choroid plexus as an important target for future research of central pain mechanisms. PMID:26388497

  4. Effects of vasoactive stimuli on blood flow to choroid plexus

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    Faraci, F.M.; Mayhan, W.G.; Williams, J.K.; Heistad, D.D. )

    1988-02-01

    The goal of this study was to examine effects of vasoactive stimuli on blood flow to choroid plexus. The authors used microspheres to measure blood flow to choroid plexus and cerebrum in anesthetized dogs and rabbits. A critical assumption of the microsphere method is that microspheres do not pass through arteriovenous shunts. Blood flow values obtained with simultaneous injection of 15- and 50-{mu}m microspheres were similar, which suggest that shunting of 15-{mu}m microspheres was minimal. Blood flow to choroid plexus under control conditions was 287 {plus minus} 26 (means {plus minus} SE) ml {center dot} min{sup {minus}1} {center dot} 100 g{sup {minus}1} in dogs and 385 {plus minus} 73 ml {center dot} min{sup {minus}1} 100 g{sup {minus}1} in rabbits. Consecutive measurements under control conditions indicated that values for blood flow are reproducible. Adenosine did not alter blood flow to cerebrum but increased blood flow to choroid plexus two- to threefold in dogs and rabbits. Norepinephrine and phenylephrine did not affect blood flow to choroid plexus and cerebrum but decreased blood flow to choroid plexus by {approx} 50%. The authors suggest that (1) the microsphere method provides reproducible valid measurements of blood flow to the choroid plexus in dogs and rabbits and (2) vasoactive stimuli may have profoundly different effects on blood flow to choroid plexus and cerebrum.

  5. The choroid plexuses and their impact on developmental neurogenesis

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    Johansson, Pia A.

    2014-01-01

    During brain development the neural stem cells are regulated by both intrinsic and extrinsic sources. One site of origin of extrinsic regulation is the developing choroid plexuses, primely situated inside the cerebral ventricles. The choroid plexuses are very active in terms of both secretion and barrier function as soon as they appear during development and control the production and contents of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This suggests that regulated secretion of signaling molecules from the choroid plexuses into CSF can regulate neural stem cell behavior (as they are in direct contact with CSF) and thereby neurogenesis and brain development. Here, choroid plexus development, particularly with regards to molecular regulation and specification, is reviewed. This is followed by a review and discussion of the role of the developing choroid plexuses in brain development. In particular, recent evidence suggests a region-specific reciprocal regulation between choroid plexuses and the neural stem cells. This is accomplished by site-specific secretion of signaling molecules from the different choroid plexuses into CSF, as well as brain region specific competence of the neural stem cells to respond to the signaling molecules present in CSF. In conclusion, although in its infancy, the field of choroid plexus regulation of neurogenesis has already and will likely continue to shed new light on our understanding of the control and fine-tuning of overall brain development. PMID:25386116

  6. Psammoma bodies - friends or foes of the aging choroid plexus.

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    Jovanovi?, Ivan; Ugrenovi?, Sladjana; Vasovi?, Ljiljana; Petrovi?, Dragan; Ceki?, Sonja

    2010-06-01

    Psammoma bodies are structures classified in the group of dystrophic calcifications, which occur in some kind of tumors and in choroid plexus during the aging process. Despite early discovery of their presence in choroid plexus stroma, mechanisms responsible for their formation remained unclear. Their presence in some kind of tumors was even more extensively studied, but significant breakthrough in the field of their etiology was not attained, too. However, till today correlation between their presence in tumors and aging is not established. Also, there are not any data about structural differences between ones found in tumors and ones found in choroid plexus. This might points to the assumption that besides the aging, some other causes might be involved in their formation in choroid plexus. Furthermore, it is contradictory that forms, like psammoma bodies, present in such malignant formations as tumors, represent quite benign phenomenon in choroid plexus. Literature data and the results of our previous researches revealed that there might be connections between, these, on the first sight quite different processes. Firstly, psammoma bodies are present in stroma of tumors with predominantly papillomatous morphology, which is present in choroid plexus, too. Initial forms of psammoma bodies might be formed in fibrovascular core of choroid plexus villi, similarly like in tumors papillae of papillary thyroid cancer. Their further growth leads to the progressive destruction of both tumors papillae and choroidal villi. Choroid plexus stroma is characterized by the fenestrated blood vessels presence, which are similar to newly formed vessels in tumors. This makes it vulnerable to the noxious agents from circulation. It can contain lymphocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells and myofibroblasts in cases with psammoma bodies, similarly to tumors stroma which is in activated, proinflammatory state. So, all these facts can suggest that similar processes can lead to psammoma bodies formation in both tumors and choroid plexus and, that they might have harmful effect on choroid plexus structure and function during the aging process. Significantly higher degree of choroidal epithelial cells atrophy, in cases with present psammoma bodies proves that partially. Further researches should be focused on detection of osteopontin and nanobacteria, already detected in tumors psammoma bodies, in choroid plexus ones. Discovery of choroidal psammoma bodies mechanisms formation can be important for elucidation of some aspects in pathogenesis of some tumors, too. Application of choroid plexus epithelial cells functional markers in cases with psammoma bodies should show their functional status. PMID:20116930

  7. Development of the choroid plexus and blood-CSF barrier.

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    Liddelow, Shane A

    2015-01-01

    Well-known as one of the main sources of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the choroid plexuses have been, and still remain, a relatively understudied tissue in neuroscience. The choroid plexus and CSF (along with the blood-brain barrier proper) are recognized to provide a robust protective effort for the brain: a physical barrier to impede entrance of toxic metabolites to the brain; a "biochemical" barrier that facilitates removal of moieties that circumvent this physical barrier; and buoyant physical protection by CSF itself. In addition, the choroid plexus-CSF system has been shown to be integral for normal brain development, central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis, and repair after disease and trauma. It has been suggested to provide a stem-cell like repository for neuronal and astrocyte glial cell progenitors. By far, the most widely recognized choroid plexus role is as the site of the blood-CSF barrier, controller of the internal CNS microenvironment. Mechanisms involved combine structural diffusion restraint from tight junctions between plexus epithelial cells (physical barrier) and specific exchange mechanisms across the interface (enzymatic barrier). The current hypothesis states that early in development this interface is functional and more specific than in the adult, with differences historically termed as "immaturity" actually correctly reflecting developmental specialization. The advanced knowledge of the choroid plexus-CSF system proves itself imperative to understand a range of neurological diseases, from those caused by plexus or CSF drainage dysfunction (e.g., hydrocephalus) to more complicated late-stage diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's) and failure of CNS regeneration. This review will focus on choroid plexus development, outlining how early specializations may be exploited clinically. PMID:25784848

  8. Regulation of Zinc Transport in the Choroid Plexus 

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    Aquino, Mayra

    2014-07-21

    , Zip6, MT-1 and carbonic anhydrase (CA-2) in primary cell cultures of neonatal rat choroid plexus and isolated tissues in which extracellular zinc was depleted with 10 ?M diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid or supplemented with 25 ?M ZnCl_(2) for 48 h...

  9. Spatially Heterogeneous Choroid Plexus Transcriptomes Encode Positional Identity and Contribute to Regional CSF Production

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    Lun, Melody P.; Johnson, Matthew B.; Broadbelt, Kevin G.; Watanabe, Momoko; Kang, Young-jin; Chau, Kevin F.; Springel, Mark W.; Malesz, Alexandra; Sousa, André M.M.; Pletikos, Mihovil; Adelita, Tai; Calicchio, Monica L.; Zhang, Yong; Holtzman, Michael J.; Lidov, Hart G.W.; Sestan, Nenad; Steen, Hanno; Monuki, Edwin S.

    2015-01-01

    A sheet of choroid plexus epithelial cells extends into each cerebral ventricle and secretes signaling factors into the CSF. To evaluate whether differences in the CSF proteome across ventricles arise, in part, from regional differences in choroid plexus gene expression, we defined the transcriptome of lateral ventricle (telencephalic) versus fourth ventricle (hindbrain) choroid plexus. We find that positional identities of mouse, macaque, and human choroid plexi derive from gene expression domains that parallel their axial tissues of origin. We then show that molecular heterogeneity between telencephalic and hindbrain choroid plexi contributes to region-specific, age-dependent protein secretion in vitro. Transcriptome analysis of FACS-purified choroid plexus epithelial cells also predicts their cell-type-specific secretome. Spatial domains with distinct protein expression profiles were observed within each choroid plexus. We propose that regional differences between choroid plexi contribute to dynamic signaling gradients across the mammalian cerebroventricular system. PMID:25810521

  10. Bifid choroid plexus: always a normal fetal brain structure variant?

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    Centini, Giovanni; Imperatore, Alberto; Morelli, Michele; Rosignoli, Lucia; Passamonti, Ubaldo; Caprioli, Francesco; Lituania, Mario

    2013-06-01

    Choroid plexus, a fetal organ developing approximately from the sixth week of gestation, plays a fundamental role in developing fetal brain organization. As relatively little is known about the relationship between anomalies of choroid plexuses structure and their role in brain function, we examined cases of bifid choroid plexus (BCP) and discussed their potential association with lateral ventriculomegaly, other abnormal ultrasound findings, and their potential role as markers of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. In the present study, we described 23 cases of fetal BCP found in 2145 routine second trimester ultrasounds. For each patient 2D and 3D ultrasound volumes were acquired. BCP was defined as a choroid plexus whose body was divided into two portions (arms) differently located and oriented on the three spatial axes in correspondence to the lateral ventricle, in one or both sides. The entity of the separation and reciprocal orientation of the two arms was examined. The presence of BCP in a low-risk population of pregnant women undergoing routine second trimester ultrasound was showed. Lateral ventricles significantly increased in the presence of BCP. Malformations were found in four of 23 fetuses with BCP. Pregnancy outcome was favorable only in one of these four cases. We suggest that in the presence of mono or bilateral BCP without associated abnormal ultrasound findings, a closer look at fetal brain or extra-cranial structures is recommended. If no related abnormalities are found, serial prenatal and postnatal sonographic follow-up should be considered. In the presence of concomitant abnormal findings, genetic counseling, fetal karyotyping and magnetic resonance imaging, if possible by gestational age, are strongly advised. PMID:23751040

  11. Serum fetuin-A levels in subjects with and without choroid plexus calcification.

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    Ceylan, Mustafa; Bayraktutan, Omer Faruk; Atis, Omer; Yalcin, Ahmet; Kotan, Dilcan; Yilmaz, Tulay

    2015-03-17

    Choroid plexus is an intraventricular plexus of tissue which is responsible for secretion of cerebrospinal fluid. Calcification of choroid plexus is found to be associated with age and gender. One of novel and popular glycoprotein that involves in inhibition of mineralization is human fetuin-A. In our study, we investigated plasma levels of fetuin-A in subjects with and without choroid plexus calcification. For this purpose, 41 subjects with choroid plexus calcification and 41 age and gender matched subjects with normal appearing choroid plexus were recruited. Calcified and normal choroid plexus tissue identified on computed tomography images. Overnight fasting venous blood samples were collected to measure serum fetuin-A levels using a human fetuin-A enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit. Statistically significant difference concerning the median concentration of fetuin-A was found between subjects with and without choroid plexus calcification (p: 0.040). Significance was also present between male subgroups (p: 0.017) and 18-27 years age subgroups (p: 0.025). Our results suggest that fetuin-A has an potent role in calcification process of choroid plexus. PMID:25636693

  12. Vascular malformation and choroid plexus adrenal heterotopia: new findings in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome?

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    Drut, Ricardo; Quijano, Graciela; Altamirano, María Eugenia; Jones, Marta C; Maffessoli, Orlando B

    2006-01-01

    Large congenital arteriovenous malformations (AVM) may result in heart failure and death. We are reporting such combination with the AVM localized to the right thoracobrachial region. Remarkable postmortem findings included right renal and adrenal hemihyperplasia; the right adrenal fetal cortex presenting cytomegaly, endocrine pancreas hyperplasia, and heterotopic adrenal cortex with cytomegaly in the left lateral ventricle choroids plexus. The combination appears to be unique. The only previously reported example of adrenal cortex in the choroid plexus presented several features strongly suggestive of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. Therefore, we postulate that additional uncommon findings in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome may include arteriovenous malformations and heterotopic adrenal tissue in choroids plexus. PMID:17162526

  13. The Pro-Antioxidant Role of Zinc Supplementation in Cadmium-Treated Choroid Plexus 

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    Francis Stuart, Samantha D.

    2014-05-06

    Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal with no known physiological function in higher order animals. Previous studies in primary cultures of neonatal rat choroid plexus (CP) epithelial cells indicated Cd induced oxidative stress and stimulated apical...

  14. Choroid plexus papillomas: advances in molecular biology and understanding of tumorigenesis

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    Safaee, Michael; Oh, Michael C.; Bloch, Orin; Sun, Matthew Z.; Kaur, Gurvinder; Auguste, Kurtis I.; Tihan, Tarik; Parsa, Andrew T.

    2013-01-01

    Choroid plexus papillomas are rare, benign tumors originating from the choroid plexus. Although generally found within the ventricular system, they can arise ectopically in the brain parenchyma or disseminate throughout the neuraxis. We sought to review recent advances in our understanding of the molecular biology and oncogenic pathways associated with this disease. A comprehensive PubMed literature review was conducted to identify manuscripts discussing the clinical, molecular, and genetic features of choroid plexus papillomas. Articles concerning diagnosis, treatment, and long-term patient outcomes were also reviewed. The introduction of atypical choroid plexus papilloma as a distinct entity has increased the need for accurate histopathologic diagnosis. Advances in immunohistochemical staining have improved our ability to differentiate choroid plexus papillomas from other intracranial tumors or metastatic lesions using combinations of key markers and mitotic indices. Recent findings have implicated Notch3 signaling, the transcription factor TWIST1, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and the tumor necrosis factor–related apoptosis-inducing ligand pathway in choroid plexus papilloma tumorigenesis. A combination of commonly occurring chromosomal duplications and deletions has also been identified. Surgical resection remains the standard of care, although chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be considered for recurrent or metastatic lesions. While generally considered benign, these tumors possess a complex biology that sheds insight into other choroid plexus tumors, particularly malignant choroid plexus carcinomas. Improving our understanding of the molecular biology, genetics, and oncogenic pathways associated with this tumor will allow for the development of targeted therapies and improved outcomes for patients with this disease. PMID:23172371

  15. Altered choroid plexus gene expression in major depressive disorder

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    Turner, Cortney A.; Thompson, Robert C.; Bunney, William E.; Schatzberg, Alan F.; Barchas, Jack D.; Myers, Richard M.; Akil, Huda; Watson, Stanley J.

    2014-01-01

    Given the emergent interest in biomarkers for mood disorders, we assessed gene expression in the choroid plexus (CP), the region that produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), in individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD). Genes that are expressed in the CP can be secreted into the CSF and may be potential biomarker candidates. Given that we have previously shown that fibroblast growth factor family members are differentially expressed in post-mortem brain of subjects with MDD and the CP is a known source of growth factors in the brain, we posed the question whether growth factor dysregulation would be found in the CP of subjects with MDD. We performed laser capture microscopy of the CP at the level of the hippocampus in subjects with MDD and psychiatrically normal controls. We then extracted, amplified, labeled, and hybridized the cRNA to Illumina BeadChips to assess gene expression. In controls, the most highly abundant known transcript was transthyretin. Moreover, half of the 14 most highly expressed transcripts in controls encode ribosomal proteins. Using BeadStudio software, we identified 169 transcripts differentially expressed (p < 0.05) between control and MDD samples. Using pathway analysis we noted that the top network altered in subjects with MDD included multiple members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF?) pathway. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) confirmed downregulation of several transcripts that interact with the extracellular matrix in subjects with MDD. These results suggest that there may be an altered cytoskeleton in the CP in MDD subjects that may lead to a disrupted blood-CSF-brain barrier. PMID:24795602

  16. Human choroid plexus papilloma cells efficiently transport glucose and vitamin C.

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    Ulloa, Viviana; García-Robles, María; Martínez, Fernando; Salazar, Katterine; Reinicke, Karin; Pérez, Fernando; Godoy, David F; Godoy, Alejandro S; Nualart, Francisco

    2013-11-01

    In vitro and in vivo studies suggest that the basolateral membrane of choroid plexus cells, which is in contact with blood vessels, is involved in the uptake of the reduced form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid (AA), through the sodium-vitamin C cotransporter, (SVCT2). Moreover, very low levels of vitamin C were observed in the brains of SVCT2-null mice. The oxidized form of vitamin C, dehydroascorbic acid (DHA), is incorporated through the facilitative glucose transporters (GLUTs). In this study, the contribution of SVCT2 and GLUT1 to vitamin C uptake in human choroid plexus papilloma (HCPP) cells in culture was examined. Both the functional activity and the kinetic parameters of GLUT1 and SVCT2 in cells isolated from HCPP were observed. Finally, DHA uptake by GLUT1 in choroid plexus cells was assessed in the presence of phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA)-activated human neutrophils. A marked increase in vitamin C uptake by choroid plexus cells was observed that was associated with superoxide generation and vitamin C oxidation (bystander effect). Thus, vitamin C can be incorporated by epithelial choroid plexus papilloma cells using the basolateral polarization of SVCT2 and GLUT1. This mechanism may be amplified with neutrophil infiltration (inflammation) of choroid plexus tumors. In choroid plexus papilloma cells, the vitamin C transporters SVCT2 and GLUT1 are polarized to the basolateral epithelial membrane, where SVCT2 is essential for AA flux from the blood vessels into the brain. However, neutrophils, attracted by inflammation or the tumor microenvironment, can oxidize extracellular AA to DHA, thereby enabling its uptake through GLUT1. For the first time, we show the in vivo and in vitro basolateral co-distribution of functional SVCT2 and GLUT1 in epithelial cells. We postulate that patients with choroid plexus papillomas may continue to transport vitamin C from the blood to CSF. However, increased transport of oxidized vitamin C could generate pro-oxidative conditions that may help control tumor growth. PMID:23647458

  17. Transport of thyroid hormones via the choroid plexus into the brain: the roles of transthyretin and thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters.

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    Richardson, Samantha J; Wijayagunaratne, Roshen C; D'Souza, Damian G; Darras, Veerle M; Van Herck, Stijn L J

    2015-01-01

    Thyroid hormones are key players in regulating brain development. Thus, transfer of appropriate quantities of thyroid hormones from the blood into the brain at specific stages of development is critical. The choroid plexus forms the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. In reptiles, birds and mammals, the main protein synthesized and secreted by the choroid plexus is a thyroid hormone distributor protein: transthyretin. This transthyretin is secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid and moves thyroid hormones from the blood into the cerebrospinal fluid. Maximal transthyretin synthesis in the choroid plexus occurs just prior to the period of rapid brain growth, suggesting that choroid plexus-derived transthyretin moves thyroid hormones from blood into cerebrospinal fluid just prior to when thyroid hormones are required for rapid brain growth. The structure of transthyretin has been highly conserved, implying strong selection pressure and an important function. In mammals, transthyretin binds T4 (precursor form of thyroid hormone) with higher affinity than T3 (active form of thyroid hormone). In all other vertebrates, transthyretin binds T3 with higher affinity than T4. As mammals are the exception, we should not base our thinking about the role of transthyretin in the choroid plexus solely on mammalian data. Thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters are involved in moving thyroid hormones into and out of cells and have been identified in many tissues, including the choroid plexus. Thyroid hormones enter the choroid plexus via thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters and leave the choroid plexus to enter the cerebrospinal fluid via either thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters or via choroid plexus-derived transthyretin secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid. The quantitative contribution of each route during development remains to be elucidated. This is part of a review series on ontogeny and phylogeny of brain barrier mechanisms. PMID:25784853

  18. Transport of thyroid hormones via the choroid plexus into the brain: the roles of transthyretin and thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters

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    Richardson, Samantha J.; Wijayagunaratne, Roshen C.; D'Souza, Damian G.; Darras, Veerle M.; Van Herck, Stijn L. J.

    2015-01-01

    Thyroid hormones are key players in regulating brain development. Thus, transfer of appropriate quantities of thyroid hormones from the blood into the brain at specific stages of development is critical. The choroid plexus forms the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. In reptiles, birds and mammals, the main protein synthesized and secreted by the choroid plexus is a thyroid hormone distributor protein: transthyretin. This transthyretin is secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid and moves thyroid hormones from the blood into the cerebrospinal fluid. Maximal transthyretin synthesis in the choroid plexus occurs just prior to the period of rapid brain growth, suggesting that choroid plexus-derived transthyretin moves thyroid hormones from blood into cerebrospinal fluid just prior to when thyroid hormones are required for rapid brain growth. The structure of transthyretin has been highly conserved, implying strong selection pressure and an important function. In mammals, transthyretin binds T4 (precursor form of thyroid hormone) with higher affinity than T3 (active form of thyroid hormone). In all other vertebrates, transthyretin binds T3 with higher affinity than T4. As mammals are the exception, we should not base our thinking about the role of transthyretin in the choroid plexus solely on mammalian data. Thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters are involved in moving thyroid hormones into and out of cells and have been identified in many tissues, including the choroid plexus. Thyroid hormones enter the choroid plexus via thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters and leave the choroid plexus to enter the cerebrospinal fluid via either thyroid hormone transmembrane transporters or via choroid plexus-derived transthyretin secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid. The quantitative contribution of each route during development remains to be elucidated. This is part of a review series on ontogeny and phylogeny of brain barrier mechanisms. PMID:25784853

  19. Choroid plexus carcinomas are characterized by complex chromosomal alterations related to patient age and prognosis.

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    Ruland, Vincent; Hartung, Stefan; Kordes, Uwe; Wolff, Johannes E; Paulus, Werner; Hasselblatt, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Choroid plexus carcinoma is a malignant brain tumor predominantly occurring in young children. Only limited data are available regarding the underlying molecular genetic alterations. Therefore, molecular inversion probe single nucleotide polymorphism (MIP SNP) arrays were performed on a series of 26 neuropathologically well-characterized choroid plexus carcinomas. Recurrent copy number losses of chromosomes 5, 6, 16, 18, 19, and 22 as well as gains of chromosomes 1, 2, 4, 12, and 20 were identified. Furthermore, GISTIC analysis identified significant recurrent gains of 17 genes in 9 regions, and recurrent losses of 96 genes in 14 regions. Clustering analysis separated choroid plexus carcinomas into two groups: one characterized by marked losses and the other characterized by gains across the chromosomes. Chromosomal losses of 9, 19p, and 22q were significantly more frequent in younger children (<36 months), whereas gains on chromosomes 7 and 19, and chromosome arms 8q, 14q, and 21q prevailed in older patients. Multivariate analysis revealed that loss of 12q was associated with shorter survival [12?±?5 months vs. 86?±?8 months; (mean?±?SD; P?=?0.001)] and, in addition, 45 smaller chromosomal regions showing genetic alterations significantly associated with survival could be identified. The MIP SNP array profiles also contributed to the diagnosis of two difficult SMARCB1-negative tumors as choroid plexus carcinoma and cribriform neuroepithelial tumor (CRINET), respectively. In conclusion, choroid plexus carcinomas are characterized by complex genetic alterations, which are related to patient age and may have prognostic and diagnostic value. PMID:24478045

  20. Ion channel diversity, channel expression and function in the choroid plexuses

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    Millar, Ian D; Bruce, Jason IE; Brown, Peter D

    2007-01-01

    Knowledge of the diversity of ion channel form and function has increased enormously over the last 25 years. The initial impetus in channel discovery came with the introduction of the patch clamp method in 1981. Functional data from patch clamp experiments have subsequently been augmented by molecular studies which have determined channel structures. Thus the introduction of patch clamp methods to study ion channel expression in the choroid plexus represents an important step forward in our knowledge understanding of the process of CSF secretion. Two K+ conductances have been identified in the choroid plexus: Kv1 channel subunits mediate outward currents at depolarising potentials; Kir 7.1 carries an inward-rectifying conductance at hyperpolarising potentials. Both K+ channels are localised at the apical membrane where they may contribute to maintenance of the membrane potential while allowing the recycling of K+ pumped in by Na+-K+ ATPase. Two anion conductances have been identified in choroid plexus. Both have significant HCO3- permeability, and may play a role in CSF secretion. One conductance exhibits inward-rectification and is regulated by cyclic AMP. The other is carried by an outward-rectifying channel, which is activated by increases in cell volume. The molecular identity of the anion channels is not known, nor is it clear whether they are expressed in the apical or basolateral membrane. Recent molecular evidence indicates that choroid plexus also expresses the non-selective cation channels such as transient receptor potential channels (TRPV4 and TRPM3) and purinoceptor type 2 (P2X) receptor operated channels. In conclusion, good progress has been made in identifying the channels expressed in the choroid plexus, but determining the precise roles of these channels in CSF secretion remains a challenge for the future. PMID:17883837

  1. Iodine 125-lysergic acid diethylamide binds to a novel serotonergic site on rat choroid plexus epithelial cells

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    Yagaloff, K.A.; Hartig, P.R.

    1985-12-01

    /sup 125/I-Lysergic acid diethylamide (/sup 125/I-LSD) binds with high affinity to serotonergic sites on rat choroid plexus. These sites were localized to choroid plexus epithelial cells by use of a novel high resolution stripping film technique for light microscopic autoradiography. In membrane preparations from rat choroid plexus, the serotonergic site density was 3100 fmol/mg of protein, which is 10-fold higher than the density of any other serotonergic site in brain homogenates. The choroid plexus site exhibits a novel pharmacology that does not match the properties of 5-hydroxytryptamine-1a (5-HT1a), 5-HT1b, or 5-HT2 serotonergic sites. /sup 125/I-LSD binding to the choroid plexus site is potently inhibited by mianserin, serotonin, and (+)-LSD. Other serotonergic, dopaminergic, and adrenergic agonists and antagonists exhibit moderate to weak affinities for this site. The rat choroid plexus /sup 125/I-LSD binding site appears to represent a new type of serotonergic site which is located on non-neuronal cells in this tissue.

  2. Influx mechanisms in the embryonic and adult rat choroid plexus: a transcriptome study

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    Saunders, Norman R.; Dziegielewska, Katarzyna M.; Møllgård, Kjeld; Habgood, Mark D.; Wakefield, Matthew J.; Lindsay, Helen; Stratzielle, Nathalie; Ghersi-Egea, Jean-Francois; Liddelow, Shane A.

    2015-01-01

    The transcriptome of embryonic and adult rat lateral ventricular choroid plexus, using a combination of RNA-Sequencing and microarray data, was analyzed by functional groups of influx transporters, particularly solute carrier (SLC) transporters. RNA-Seq was performed at embryonic day (E) 15 and adult with additional data obtained at intermediate ages from microarray analysis. The largest represented functional group in the embryo was amino acid transporters (twelve) with expression levels 2–98 times greater than in the adult. In contrast, in the adult only six amino acid transporters were up-regulated compared to the embryo and at more modest enrichment levels (<5-fold enrichment above E15). In E15 plexus five glucose transporters, in particular Glut-1, and only one monocarboxylate transporter were enriched compared to the adult, whereas only two glucose transporters but six monocarboxylate transporters in the adult plexus were expressed at higher levels than in embryos. These results are compared with earlier published physiological studies of amino acid and monocarboxylate transport in developing rodents. This comparison shows correlation of high expression of some transporters in the developing brain with higher amino acid transport activity reported previously. Data for divalent metal transporters are also considered. Immunohistochemistry of several transporters (e.g., Slc16a10, a thyroid hormone transporter) gene products was carried out to confirm translational activity and to define cellular distribution of the proteins. Overall the results show that there is substantial expression of numerous influx transporters in the embryonic choroid plexus, many at higher levels than in the adult. This, together with immunohistochemical evidence and data from published physiological transport studies suggests that the choroid plexus in embryonic brain plays a major role in supplying the developing brain with essential nutrients. PMID:25972776

  3. Choroid Plexus Tumors: Experience of 10 Cases with Special References to Adult Cases.

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    Bohara, Manoj; Hirabaru, Masashi; Fujio, Shingo; Higashi, Michiyo; Yonezawa, Hajime; Karki, Prasanna; Hanaya, Ryosuke; Hirano, Hirofumi; Tokimura, Hiroshi; Arita, Kazunori

    2015-12-15

    Choroid plexus tumors (CPTs) are rare intraventricular neoplasms accounting for about 0.3-0.6% of all intracranial tumors. This retrospective study on CPTs presents clinico-pathological features and management strategies based on a 20-year single-institutional experience. This series included 10 consecutive patients with pathologically proven CPTs; 5 choroid plexus papillomas (CPPs), 3 atypical CPPs (ACPPs), and 2 choroid plexus carcinomas (CPCs). Their clinical, radiological, and histopathological features as well as management including follow-up studies were reviewed. The patients included five males and five females, aging from 0 years to 61 years with median of 28 years. The affected site was lateral ventricle in two adults and fourth ventricle in eight patients; four children and four adults. The most common symptoms were gait disturbance and memory disturbance. All the patients underwent craniotomy with total, subtotal, and partial removals achieved in 50%, 40%, and 10% of the patients, respectively. The occurrence of the high grade subtypes was 50% in both the adult and pediatric groups. The Ki-67/MIB-1 index increased across the three histological subtypes, from CPP to ACPP and then to CPC. Adjuvant therapy was administered in three patients. The two patients (one adult and one child) with CPC died of whole central nervous system dissemination. At a median of 62-month follow-up, the other eight patients were alive, with only one patient having recurrence and reoperation. The results demonstrate that gross total resection is usually curative for CPP and ACPP, and adjuvant chemoradiotherapy would be required for CPC and incompletely resected ACPP. PMID:26478476

  4. Clinical implications of leukocyte infiltration at the choroid plexus in (neuro)inflammatory disorders.

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    Demeestere, Delphine; Libert, Claude; Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E

    2015-08-01

    The choroid plexus (CP) is a highly vascularized organ located in the brain ventricles and contains a single epithelial cell layer forming the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB). This barrier is crucial for immune surveillance in health and is an underestimated gate for entry of immune cells during numerous inflammatory disorders. Several of these disorders are accompanied by disturbance of the BCSFB and increased leukocyte infiltration, which affects neuroinflammation. Understanding the mechanism of immune cell entry at the CP might lead to identification of new therapeutic targets. Here, we focus on current knowledge of leukocyte infiltration at the CP in inflammatory conditions and its therapeutic implications. PMID:25979470

  5. Vulnerability of fourth ventricle choroid plexus in sudden unexplained fetal and infant death syndromes related to smoking mothers.

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    Lavezzi, Anna M; Matturri, Luigi; Del Corno, Giuseppe; Johanson, Conrad E

    2013-08-01

    The human choroid plexuses in the ventricular system represent the main source of cerebrospinal fluid secretion and constitute a major barrier interface that controls the brain's environment. The present study focused on the choroid plexus of the fourth ventricle, the main cavity of the brainstem containing important nuclei and/or structures mediating autonomic vital functions. In serial sections of 84 brainstems of subjects aged from 17 gestational weeks to 8 postnatal months of life, the deaths due to both known and unknown causes, we examined the cytoarchitecture and the developmental steps of the fourth ventricle choroid plexus to determine whether this structure shows morphological and/or functional alterations in unexplained perinatal deaths (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Sudden Intrauterine Unexplained Death Syndrome). High incidence of histological and immunohistochemical alterations (prevalence of epithelial dark cells, the presence of cystic cells in the stroma, decreased number of blood capillaries, hyperexpression of Substance P and apoptosis) were prevalently observed in unexplained death victims (p<0.05 vs. controls). A significant correlation was found between maternal smoking in pregnancy and choroidal neuropathological parameters (p<0.01). This work underscores the negative effects of prenatal exposure to nicotine on the development of the autonomic nervous system, and in particular of the fourth ventricle choroid plexus that is a very vulnerable structure in the developing CSF-brain system. PMID:23680292

  6. Amyloid beta immunization worsens iron deposits in the choroid plexus and cerebral microbleeds.

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    Joseph-Mathurin, Nelly; Dorieux, Olène; Trouche, Stéphanie G; Boutajangout, Allal; Kraska, Audrey; Fontès, Pascaline; Verdier, Jean-Michel; Sigurdsson, Einar M; Mestre-Francés, Nadine; Dhenain, Marc

    2013-11-01

    Anti-amyloid beta (A?) immunotherapy provides potential benefits in Alzheimer's disease patients. Nevertheless, strategies based on A?1-42 peptide induced encephalomyelitis and possible microhemorrhages. These outcomes were not expected from studies performed in rodents. It is critical to determine if other animal models better predict side effects of immunotherapies. Mouse lemur primates can develop amyloidosis with aging. Here we used old lemurs to study immunotherapy based on A?1-42 or A?-derivative (K6A?1-30). We followed anti-A?40 immunoglobulin G and M responses and A? levels in plasma. In vivo magnetic resonance imaging and histology were used to evaluate amyloidosis, neuroinflammation, vasogenic edema, microhemorrhages, and brain iron deposits. The animals responded mainly to the A?1-42 immunogen. This treatment induced immune response and increased A? levels in plasma and also microhemorrhages and iron deposits in the choroid plexus. A complementary study of untreated lemurs showed iron accumulation in the choroid plexus with normal aging. Worsening of iron accumulation is thus a potential side effect of A?-immunization at prodromal stages of Alzheimer's disease, and should be monitored in clinical trials. PMID:23796662

  7. Cilia in the choroid plexus: their roles in hydrocephalus and beyond.

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    Narita, Keishi; Takeda, Sen

    2015-01-01

    Cilia are whip-like projections that are widely conserved in eukaryotes and function as a motile propeller and/or sensory platform to detect various extracellular stimuli. In vertebrates, cilia are ubiquitously found in most cells, showing structural and functional diversities depending on the cell type. In this review, we focus on the structure and function of cilia in choroid plexus epithelial cells (CPECs). CPECs form one or two dozen non-motile 9+0 cilia, which display transient acquisition of motility during development. Genetic malfunction of cilia can lead to failure of multiple organs including the brain. Especially, several groups have demonstrated that the defects in CPEC cilia cause the communicating form of hydrocephalus. In order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the hydrocephalus, we have previously demonstrated that the cilia possess an NPFF receptor for autocrine signaling to regulate transepithelial fluid transport. In this perspective, we also discuss the potential involvement of cilia in the other aspects of choroid plexus functions, such as the regulation of brain development and neuroinflammation. PMID:25729351

  8. Stress-induced stimulation of choline transport in cultured choroid plexus epithelium exposed to low concentrations of cadmium

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    Young, Robin K.

    2013-01-01

    The choroid plexus epithelium forms the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier and accumulates essential minerals and heavy metals. Choroid plexus is cited as being a “sink” for heavy metals and excess minerals, serving to minimize accumulation of these potentially toxic agents in the brain. An understanding of how low doses of contaminant metals might alter transport of other solutes in the choroid plexus is limited. Using primary cultures of epithelial cells isolated from neonatal rat choroid plexus, our objective was to characterize modulation of apical uptake of the model organic cation choline elicited by low concentrations of the contaminant metal cadmium (CdCl2). At 50–1,000 nM, cadmium did not directly decrease or increase 30-min apical uptake of 10 ?M [3H]choline. However, extended exposure to 250–500 nM cadmium increased [3H]choline uptake by as much as 75% without marked cytotoxicity. In addition, cadmium induced heat shock protein 70 and heme oxygenase-1 protein expression and markedly induced metallothionein gene expression. The antioxidant N-acetylcysteine attenuated stimulation of choline uptake and induction of stress proteins. Conversely, an inhibitor of glutathione synthesis l-buthionine-sulfoximine (BSO) enhanced stimulation of choline uptake and induction of stress proteins. Cadmium also activated ERK1/2 MAP kinase. The MEK1 inhibitor PD98059 diminished ERK1/2 activation and attenuated stimulation of choline uptake. Furthermore, inhibition of ERK1/2 activation abated stimulation of choline uptake in cells exposed to cadmium with BSO. These data indicate that in the choroid plexus, exposure to low concentrations of cadmium may induce oxidative stress and consequently stimulate apical choline transport through activation of ERK1/2 MAP kinase. PMID:24401988

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  10. The Choroid Plexus and Cerebrospinal Fluid: Emerging Roles in Development, Disease, and Therapy

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    Bjornsson, Christopher S.; Dymecki, Susan M.; Gilbertson, Richard J.; Holtzman, David M.

    2013-01-01

    Although universally recognized as the source of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the choroid plexus (ChP) has been one of the most understudied tissues in neuroscience. The reasons for this are multiple and varied, including historical perceptions about passive and permissive roles for the ChP, experimental issues, and lack of clinical salience. However, recent work on the ChP and instructive signals in the CSF have sparked new hypotheses about how the ChP and CSF provide unexpected means for regulating nervous system structure and function in health and disease, as well as new ChP-based therapeutic approaches using pluripotent stem cell technology. This minisymposium combines new and established investigators to capture some of the newfound excitement surrounding the ChP-CSF system. PMID:24198345

  11. Altered electrolyte handling of the choroid plexus in rats with glycerol-induced acute renal failure.

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    Ishikawa, Atsuko; Kono, Kentaro; Sakae, Rie; Aiba, Tetsuya; Kawasaki, Hiromu; Kurosaki, Yuji

    2010-11-01

    The altered electrolyte handling of the choroid plexus was investigated in rats with acute renal failure (ARF) using lithium and rubidium as surrogate markers for sodium and potassium, respectively. Firstly, the transport of these two markers from the plasma to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was evaluated after they were concurrently injected into the femoral vein. As a result, their disposition from the plasma to CSF was shown to decrease in ARF rats, but the relationship profile between those two markers was not different from that observed in normal rats, indicating that the decreased disposition of lithium and rubidium occurs without affecting the stoichiometric balance. To clarify the mechanisms accounting for the decreased disposition, an inhibition study was then performed. When bumetanide, an inhibitor of the Na(+) /K(+) /2Cl(-) co-transporter, was directly introduced into the cerebroventricle prior to lithium and rubidium being intravenously administered, a marked increase in the markers' disposition was observed. However, such an increased disposition did not occur when bumetanide was injected into the femoral vein. Other inhibitors, such as amiloride for the Na(+) /H(+) exchanger and ouabain for Na(+) /K(+) -ATPase, did not show any effects on marker disposition regardless of the inhibitor being administered into either the cerebroventricle or femoral vein. These findings suggest that the decreased marker disposition in ARF rats is due to an increased efflux process of the choroid plexus mediated by the Na(+) /K(+) /2Cl(-) co-transporter. That is, electrolyte efflux from the CSF to plasma increases, and thereby the electrolyte influx from the plasma to CSF is counteracted. PMID:20848389

  12. Maturation of Rb+ and PAH accumulation by rabbit anterior uvea and choroid plexus

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    Krupin, T.; Fritz, C.; Becker, B.

    1985-02-01

    In vitro accumulation of radioactive para-aminohippuric acid (/sup 3/H-PAH) and rubidium (/sup 86/Rb+) by the anterior uvea, ciliary processes, and the choroid plexus was evaluated in tissues from newborn and various aged rabbits. Accumulation of PAH was present in the anterior uvea at 1 day of age (tissue to media ratio, T/M, of 2.1 +/- 0.2) and remained at this level for the first 14 days of life. Accumulation did not rise to adult levels until 21 days of age (T/M 5.5 +/- 0.6). Rubidium accumulation in the anterior uvea, a measure of Na+, K+-pump activity, was higher than adult values 6 hr after birth (T/M25.2 +/- 0.9). Activity remained elevated through day 28 and did not fall to adult levels until day 60 (T/M 13.4 +/- 0.6). Accumulation studies on isolated ciliary processes were similar to those obtained from anterior uveal tissue. Daily subcutaneous injections of penicillin (300,000 units/kg/day) for 1 week had no effect on anterior uvea PAH accumulation (penicillin T/M was 1.7 +/- 0.1 and saline control T/M was 2.0 +/- 0.2). Accumulation of either /sup 3/H-PAH or /sup 86/Rb+ by the choroid plexus was present 1 day after birth in amounts that were similar to adult values and did not change during the 90 days of testing.

  13. Choroid plexus tumors. An immunocytochemical study with particular reference to the coexpression of intermediate filament proteins.

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    Doglioni, C; Dell'Orto, P; Coggi, G; Iuzzolino, P; Bontempini, L; Viale, G

    1987-06-01

    Sixteen choroid plexus tumors (CPTs) have been investigated for the localization of different immunocytochemical markers of epithelial and nonepithelial nature, namely, simple epithelial-type cytokeratins, vimentin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), a panepithelial antigen defined by the lu-5 monoclonal antibody (lu-5 antigen), S-100 protein, and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA). Intermediate filament proteins have been identified in paraffin sections of 14 of 16 cases (87.5%). In all these tumors, cytokeratins and vimentin were constantly coexpressed by the neoplastic cells, in a manner similar to that of the cells lining normal choroid plexus. In 7 of these 14 cases, in addition to cytokeratins and vimentin, the neoplastic cells were shown to coexpress GFAP, which is not synthesized by their normal cell counterpart. The appearance of GFAP immunoreactivity in CPTs might be related to an ependymal differentiation of the neoplastic cells, because normal ependyma and ependymomas constantly coexpress GFAP and vimentin. The simultaneous expression of three distinct intermediate filament proteins by the same neoplastic cells is an exceedingly rare phenomenon, which has never been reported by double labeling technique in neoplasms of the central nervous system. Despite the complex antigenic profile of the CPT, which includes immunoreactivity for lu-5 antigen, S-100 protein, and EMA in most of the cases, positivity for three different epithelial markers indicates that these tumors have an epithelial nature. Moreover, the immunocytochemical typing of CPT with the panel of antibodies used in the current investigation allows differentiation from other primary and metastatic central nervous system tumors. PMID:2438940

  14. Choroid plexus tumors. An immunocytochemical study with particular reference to the coexpression of intermediate filament proteins.

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    Doglioni, C.; Dell'Orto, P.; Coggi, G.; Iuzzolino, P.; Bontempini, L.; Viale, G.

    1987-01-01

    Sixteen choroid plexus tumors (CPTs) have been investigated for the localization of different immunocytochemical markers of epithelial and nonepithelial nature, namely, simple epithelial-type cytokeratins, vimentin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), a panepithelial antigen defined by the lu-5 monoclonal antibody (lu-5 antigen), S-100 protein, and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA). Intermediate filament proteins have been identified in paraffin sections of 14 of 16 cases (87.5%). In all these tumors, cytokeratins and vimentin were constantly coexpressed by the neoplastic cells, in a manner similar to that of the cells lining normal choroid plexus. In 7 of these 14 cases, in addition to cytokeratins and vimentin, the neoplastic cells were shown to coexpress GFAP, which is not synthesized by their normal cell counterpart. The appearance of GFAP immunoreactivity in CPTs might be related to an ependymal differentiation of the neoplastic cells, because normal ependyma and ependymomas constantly coexpress GFAP and vimentin. The simultaneous expression of three distinct intermediate filament proteins by the same neoplastic cells is an exceedingly rare phenomenon, which has never been reported by double labeling technique in neoplasms of the central nervous system. Despite the complex antigenic profile of the CPT, which includes immunoreactivity for lu-5 antigen, S-100 protein, and EMA in most of the cases, positivity for three different epithelial markers indicates that these tumors have an epithelial nature. Moreover, the immunocytochemical typing of CPT with the panel of antibodies used in the current investigation allows differentiation from other primary and metastatic central nervous system tumors. Images Figure 1 and 2 Figures 3 and 4 Figures 5 and 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figures 9 and 10 PMID:2438940

  15. Covert transport dysfunction in the choroid plexus as a possible cause of schizophrenia.

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    Rudin, D O

    1979-01-01

    Schizophrenia and certain forms of idiopathic mental retardation may result from covert immune complex disease of the basal lamina of the choroid plexus, a process already known to cause covert transport dysfunction in similar structures of, for example, skin, bowel, kidney, and endocrines. Plexial attack could lead to cerebrospinal fluid contamination and then, via an "open" ependyma, to neurotransmitter dysfunction in the periventricular limbic brain. The immune complex mechanism implies polygenic induction, direct or autoimmune, of immune sensitivity to exogenous agents and is thus compatible with the genetic picture in schizophrenia. Candidate agents include viral coat peptides and cereal grain glutens. The glutens are known to cause immune complex skin and bowell disease variants, and some empirical evidence links them to schizophrenia. Only newer immunofluorescence methods can detect the pathology, which is otherwise silent. Systemic lupus erythematosus provides a model since it is a genetic immune complex disease strongly associated with schizophreniform psychoses, exhibits choroid plexial immunofluorescence but no central nervous system pathology by ordinary methods, and may be triggered by viruses. PMID:42142

  16. The choroid plexus—a multi-role player during infectious diseases of the CNS

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    Schwerk, Christian; Tenenbaum, Tobias; Kim, Kwang Sik; Schroten, Horst

    2015-01-01

    The choroid plexus (CP) is the source of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production and location of the blood-CSF barrier (BCSFB), which is constituted by the epithelial cells of the CP. Several infectious pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites cross the BCSFB to enter the central nervous system (CNS), ultimately leading to inflammatory infectious diseases like meningitis and meningoencephalitis. The CP responds to this challenge by the production of chemokines and cytokines as well as alterations of the barrier function of the BCSFB. During the course of CNS infectious disease host immune cells enter the CNS, eventually contributing to the cellular damage caused by the disease. Additional complications, which are in certain cases caused by choroid plexitis, can arise due to the response of the CP to the pathogens. In this review we will give an overview on the multiple functions of the CP during brain infections highlighting the CP as a multi-role player during infectious diseases of the CNS. In this context the importance of tools for investigation of these CP functions and a possible suitability of the CP as therapeutic target will be discussed. PMID:25814932

  17. Vesicular transport of cationized ferritin by the epithelium of the rat choroid plexus

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    1981-01-01

    We have studied the transport of ferritin that was internalized by coated micropinocytic vesicles at the apical surface of the choroid plexus epithelium in situ. After ventriculocisternal perfusion of native ferritin (NF) or cationized ferritin (CF), three routes followed by the tracers are revealed: (a) to lysosomes, (b) to cisternal compartments, and (c) to the basolateral cell surface. (a) NF is micropinocytosed to a very limited degree and appears in a few lysosomal elements whereas CF is taken up in large amounts and can be followed, via endocytic vacuoles and light multivesicular bodies, to dark multivesicular bodies and dense bodies. (b) Occasionally, CF particles are found in cisterns that may represent GERL or trans-Golgi elements, whereas stacked Golgi cisterns never contain CF. (c) Transepithelial vesicular transport of CF is distinctly revealed. The intercellular spaces of the epithelium, below the apical tight junctions, contain numerous clusters of CF particles, often associated with surface-connected, coated vesicles. Vesicles in the process of exocytosis of CF are also present at the basal epithelial surface, whereas connective tissue elements below the epithelium are unlabeled. Our conclusion is that fluid and solutes removed from the cerebrospinal fluid by endocytosis either become sequestered in the lysosomal apparatus of the choroidal epithelium or are transported to the basolateral surface. However, our results do not indicate any significant recycling via Golgi complexes of internalized apical cell membrane. PMID:7228898

  18. The choroid plexus and system disease in mental illness. II. Systemic lupus erythematosus: a combined transport dysfunction model for schizophrenia.

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    Rudin, D O

    1981-04-01

    Carr et al. (1978) and Rudin (1979) independently suggested tat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) might provide a model for schizophrenia since SLE is strongly associated with schizophreniform psychoses and exhibits only a covert CNS pathology revealed by immunofluorescent immune complex deposits in the choroid plexus. To carry the concept forward we here examine SLE employing the ideas developed in the preceding paper (Rudin, 1980) indicating that the choroid plexus is part of a second blood-brain barrier guarding the periventricular primary personality brain, the limbic system, and that the choroid plexus is also but one of a set of "transport organs" sharing common vulnerability to covert basal lamina immune complex pathology. In this context both SLE and schizophrenia are viewed as expressions of combined transport dysfunction syndromes, resulting from polygenic-induced sensitivity to exogenous peptides or viruses causing basal laminar immune complex disease, but exhibiting differing statistical expressions over the transport organ group due to difference in genes which elicit different transport organ sensitivities to different exogenous viruses or peptide antigens. Immune disease processes are briefly reviewed. PMID:6452911

  19. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy reduces blood loss during the resection of pediatric choroid plexus carcinomas.

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    Schneider, Christian; Kamaly-Asl, Ian; Ramaswamy, Vijay; Lafay-Cousin, Lucie; Kulkarni, Abhaya V; Rutka, James T; Remke, Marc; Coluccia, Daniel; Tabori, Uri; Hawkins, Cynthia; Bouffet, Eric; Taylor, Michael D

    2015-08-01

    OBJECT Choroid plexus carcinomas (CPCs) are rare brain tumors originating from the ventricular choroid plexus. They account for 2%-4% of all pediatric brain tumors and are most frequently seen in very young children. This pediatric proclivity, in combination with a marked vascularity, renders an aggressive resection a difficult and often dangerous endeavor. Blood losses of several total blood volumes in small children are not uncommon, sometimes forcing the neurosurgeon to abort the procedure, often leaving residual tumor. Great extent of tumor resection is an accepted beneficial factor for overall survival. Therefore, a second resection usually follows the administration of adjuvant chemotherapy. Second-look surgery appears to be associated with markedly decreased blood loss. Histological examination of specimens obtained at a second intervention shows decreased vascularity and fibrotic changes in tumor tissue. At the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, this empirical finding led to the strategy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy to minimize blood loss and maximize cytoreduction. The authors undertook this study to assess the potentially beneficial effect of neoadjuvant chemotherapy on blood loss during surgery for CPCs. METHODS In this retrospective cohort review, the demographic, clinical, and treatment parameters of 22 consecutive patients diagnosed with CPC are presented. All underwent surgical treatment at the Hospital for Sick Children from 1982 to 2013. Special attention was given to the impact of neoadjuvant chemotherapy on extent of resection and intraoperative blood loss. Extent of resection was calculated based on perioperative neuroimaging, and amount of blood loss was estimated based on transfusion parameters and perioperative changes in hematocrit. RESULTS Ten patients did not receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and 12 were treated with 2-5 cycles of ICE (ifosfamide, carboplatin, etoposide) chemotherapy in a neoadjuvant fashion. The 22 patients included in the study underwent a total of 37 tumor resection surgeries. In all of the cases in which neoadjuvant chemotherapy was used, at least a near-total resection (> 95% of tumor volume) was achieved. Patients who underwent gross-total resection had prolonged overall survival. Of the 37 resections, 18 were performed after chemotherapy. Mean blood loss in the neoadjuvant chemotherapy group was 22% of total estimated blood volume as opposed to 96% in patients without preoperative chemotherapy. CONCLUSIONS In children with CPC, the administration of neoadjuvant chemotherapy decreases intraoperative blood loss and increases extent of resection with a significant positive effect on overall survival. PMID:25932777

  20. Cerebral nitric oxide represses choroid plexus NF?B-dependent gateway activity for leukocyte trafficking.

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    Baruch, Kuti; Kertser, Alexander; Porat, Ziv; Schwartz, Michal

    2015-07-01

    Chronic neuroinflammation is evident in brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders and is often associated with excessive nitric oxide (NO) production within the central nervous system (CNS). Under such conditions, increased NO levels are observed at the choroid plexus (CP), an epithelial layer that forms the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB) and serves as a selective gateway for leukocyte entry to the CNS in homeostasis and following injury. Here, we hypothesized that elevated cerebral NO levels interfere with CP gateway activity. We found that induction of leukocyte trafficking determinants by the CP and sequential leukocyte entry to the CSF are dependent on the CP epithelial NF?B/p65 signaling pathway, which was inhibited upon exposure to NO. Examining the CP in 5XFAD transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD-Tg) revealed impaired ability to mount an NF?B/p65-dependent response. Systemic administration of an NO scavenger in AD-Tg mice alleviated NF?B/p65 suppression at the CP and augmented its gateway activity. Together, our findings identify cerebral NO as a negative regulator of CP gateway activity for immune cell trafficking to the CNS. PMID:25940071

  1. The resolution of neuroinflammation in neurodegeneration: leukocyte recruitment via the choroid plexus

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    Schwartz, Michal; Baruch, Kuti

    2014-01-01

    Inflammation is an integral part of the body's physiological repair mechanism, unless it remains unresolved and becomes pathological, as evident in the progressive nature of neurodegeneration. Based on studies from outside the central nervous system (CNS), it is now understood that the resolution of inflammation is an active process, which is dependent on well-orchestrated innate and adaptive immune responses. Due to the immunologically privileged status of the CNS, such resolution mechanism has been mostly ignored. Here, we discuss resolution of neuroinflammation as a process that depends on a network of immune cells operating in a tightly regulated sequence, involving the brain's choroid plexus (CP), a unique neuro-immunological interface, positioned to integrate signals it receives from the CNS parenchyma with signals coming from circulating immune cells, and to function as an on-alert gate for selective recruitment of inflammation-resolving leukocytes to the inflamed CNS parenchyma. Finally, we propose that functional dysregulation of the CP reflects a common underlying mechanism in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases, and can thus serve as a potential novel target for therapy. PMID:24357543

  2. Therapeutic implications of the choroid plexus-cerebrospinal fluid interface in neuropsychiatric disorders.

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    Demeestere, Delphine; Libert, Claude; Vandenbroucke, Roosmarijn E

    2015-11-01

    The choroid plexus (CP) comprises an epithelial monolayer that forms an important physical, enzymatic and immunologic barrier, called the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB). It is a highly vascularized organ located in the brain ventricles that is key in maintaining brain homeostasis as it produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and has other important secretory functions. Furthermore, the CP-CSF interface plays a putative role in neurogenesis and has been implicated in neuropsychiatric diseases such as the neurodevelopmental disorders schizophrenia and autism. A role for this CNS border was also implicated in sleep disturbances and chronic and/or severe stress, which are risk factors for the development of neuropsychiatric conditions. Understanding the mechanisms by which disturbance of the homeostasis at the CP-CSF interface is involved in these different chronic low-grade inflammatory diseases can give new insights into therapeutic strategies. Hence, this review discusses the different roles that have been suggested so far for the CP in these neuropsychiatric disorders, with special attention to potential therapeutic applications. PMID:26116435

  3. Effects of adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation on overall survival in children with choroid plexus carcinoma.

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    Sun, Matthew Z; Ivan, Michael E; Oh, Michael C; Delance, Arthur R; Clark, Aaron J; Safaee, Michael; Oh, Taemin; Kaur, Gurvinder; Molinaro, Annette; Gupta, Nalin; Parsa, Andrew T

    2014-11-01

    Choroid plexus carcinoma (CPCs) is a rare, malignant, primary brain tumor with a poor prognosis. Currently, there is no consensus on the use of adjuvant therapy, and few large-scale studies focus exclusively on the pediatric population. We performed a comprehensive systematic review of pediatric CPCs to determine the effects of various adjuvant therapy modalities on overall survival (OS). A literature search was performed to identify studies reporting children with CPC who underwent surgical resection. Only patients who had clearly received adjuvant therapy, or were described as not selected for adjuvant therapy were analyzed in our comparison groups. Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox regression survival analyses were performed to determine the effects of different types of adjuvant therapies on OS. A total of 135 children (age ? 18 years) with CPC who had known adjuvant therapy status and OS were identified from 53 articles. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that while adjuvant therapy overall improved OS (p = 0.001), different modes of adjuvant therapies had varying effects on OS (p = 0.034). Specifically, combined chemo-radiotherapy as well as chemotherapy alone improved OS (p = 0.001), but radiation did not (p = 0.129). Multivariate Cox proportional hazard model adjusting for confounding factors showed that combined therapy was associated with better OS compared to chemotherapy alone (HR: 0.291, p = 0.027). Both chemotherapy alone and combined chemo-radiation improved OS independent of age, gender, tumor location and extent of resection, while radiation alone did not. PMID:25106865

  4. Human polyomavirus receptor distribution in brain parenchyma contrasts with receptor distribution in kidney and choroid plexus.

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    Haley, Sheila A; O'Hara, Bethany A; Nelson, Christian D S; Brittingham, Frances L P; Henriksen, Kammi J; Stopa, Edward G; Atwood, Walter J

    2015-08-01

    The human polyomavirus, JCPyV, is the causative agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a rare demyelinating disease that occurs in the setting of prolonged immunosuppression. After initial asymptomatic infection, the virus establishes lifelong persistence in the kidney and possibly other extraneural sites. In rare instances, the virus traffics to the central nervous system, where oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, and glial precursors are susceptible to lytic infection, resulting in progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. The mechanisms by which the virus traffics to the central nervous system from peripheral sites remain unknown. Lactoseries tetrasaccharide c (LSTc), a pentasaccharide containing a terminal ?2,6-linked sialic acid, is the major attachment receptor for polyomavirus. In addition to LSTc, type 2 serotonin receptors are required for facilitating virus entry into susceptible cells. We studied the distribution of virus receptors in kidney and brain using lectins, antibodies, and labeled virus. The distribution of LSTc, serotonin receptors, and virus binding sites overlapped in kidney and in the choroid plexus. In brain parenchyma, serotonin receptors were expressed on oligodendrocytes and astrocytes, but these cells were negative for LSTc and did not bind virus. LSTc was instead found on microglia and vascular endothelium, to which virus bound abundantly. Receptor distribution was not changed in the brains of patients with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Virus infection of oligodendrocytes and astrocytes during disease progression is LSTc independent. PMID:26056932

  5. Intravenously Injected Human Apolipoprotein A?I Rapidly Enters the Central Nervous System via the Choroid Plexus

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    Stukas, Sophie; Robert, Jerome; Lee, Michael; Kulic, Iva; Carr, Michael; Tourigny, Katherine; Fan, Jianjia; Namjoshi, Dhananjay; Lemke, Kalistyne; DeValle, Nicole; Chan, Jeniffer; Wilson, Tammy; Wilkinson, Anna; Chapanian, Rafi; Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran N.; Cirrito, John R.; Oda, Michael N.; Wellington, Cheryl L.

    2014-01-01

    Background Brain lipoprotein metabolism is dependent on lipoprotein particles that resemble plasma high?density lipoproteins but that contain apolipoprotein (apo) E rather than apoA?I as their primary protein component. Astrocytes and microglia secrete apoE but not apoA?I; however, apoA?I is detectable in both cerebrospinal fluid and brain tissue lysates. The route by which plasma apoA?I enters the central nervous system is unknown. Methods and Results Steady?state levels of murine apoA?I in cerebrospinal fluid and interstitial fluid are 0.664 and 0.120 ?g/mL, respectively, whereas brain tissue apoA?I is ?10% to 15% of its levels in liver. Recombinant, fluorescently tagged human apoA?I injected intravenously into mice localizes to the choroid plexus within 30 minutes and accumulates in a saturable, dose?dependent manner in the brain. Recombinant, fluorescently tagged human apoA?I accumulates in the brain for 2 hours, after which it is eliminated with a half?life of 10.3 hours. In vitro, human apoA?I is specifically bound, internalized, and transported across confluent monolayers of primary human choroid plexus epithelial cells and brain microvascular endothelial cells. Conclusions Following intravenous injection, recombinant human apoA?I rapidly localizes predominantly to the choroid plexus. Because apoA?I mRNA is undetectable in murine brain, our results suggest that plasma apoA?I, which is secreted from the liver and intestine, gains access to the central nervous system primarily by crossing the blood–cerebrospinal fluid barrier via specific cellular mediated transport, although transport across the blood–brain barrier may also contribute to a lesser extent. PMID:25392541

  6. Cellular and Molecular Inflammatory Profile of the Choroid Plexus in Depression and Suicide

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    Devorak, Julia; Torres-Platas, Susana Gabriela; Davoli, Maria Antonietta; Prud’homme, Josée; Turecki, Gustavo; Mechawar, Naguib

    2015-01-01

    The inflammatory hypothesis of depression is one of the main theories that endeavors to explain and describe the underlying biological mechanisms of depression and suicide. While mounting evidence indicates altered peripheral and central inflammatory profiles in depressed patients and suicide completers, little is known about how peripheral and central inflammation might be linked in these contexts. The choroid plexus (ChP), a highly vascularized tissue that produces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and lacks a blood–brain–barrier, is an interface between peripheral and central immune responses. In the present study, we investigated the cellular and molecular inflammatory profile of the ChP of the lateral ventricle in depressed suicides and psychiatrically healthy controls. Gene expression of macrophages, pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, and various factors implicated in immune cell trafficking were measured; and density of ionized calcium-binding adaptor molecule 1-positive (Iba1+) macrophages associated with the ChP epithelial cell layer (ECL) was examined. Significant downregulations of the genes encoding interleukin 1ß (IL1ß), a pro-inflammatory acute-phase protein; intercellular cell adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM1), a protein implicated in immune cell trafficking in the ChP; and IBA1, a monocyte/macrophage marker; were detected in depressed suicides as compared to controls. No difference in the density of Iba1+ macrophages associated with the ChP ECL was observed. While interpretation of these findings is challenging in the absence of corroborating data from the CSF, peripheral blood, or brain parenchyma of the present cohort, we hypothesize that the present findings reflect a ChP compensatory mechanism that attenuates the detrimental effects of chronically altered pro-inflammatory signaling caused by elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1ß, peripherally and/or centrally. Together, these findings further implicate neuroimmune processes in the etiology of depression and suicide. PMID:26539126

  7. Case series of choroid plexus papilloma in children at uncommon locations and review of the literature

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    Prasad, G. Lakshmi; Mahapatra, Ashok Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Background: Choroid plexus papillomas (CPPs) comprise around 1% of intracranial neoplasms. The most common location is atrium of the lateral ventricle in children and fourth ventricle in adults. Other rare locations include third ventricle, cerebellopontine (CP) angle and cerebral parenchyma, with only a few cases reported. Authors report three cases of CPP at uncommon locations in pediatric patients. The rarity of these locations, diagnostic dilemma and management aspects are discussed along with an extensive review of the literature. Methods: Retrospective institutional data analysis of histopathologically confirmed pediatric CPPs from 2010 to 2014. Results: Authors noted three cases of CPP in children in uncommon locations-one each in the posterior third ventricle, fourth ventricle, and CP angle. All were males in the first decade. Two cases presented with features of obstructive hydrocephalus while the latter presented with compressive effects. Complete excision was achieved in two cases while subtotal removal was performed in one case (fourth ventricular) because of excess blood loss. Mean follow-up duration was 24.6 months (range 20–30 months). One case (of subtotal removal) had fair recovery while other two had excellent outcomes. Conclusions: Posterior third ventricle, fourth ventricle, and CP angle are uncommon locations for these tumors in children. Complete surgical removal is the treatment of choice and approach needs to be tailored according to the site and size of the lesion. Blood loss is a major concern in young children as they are highly vascular tumors. Complete removal leads to excellent long-term survival rates. Adjuvant treatment is not required. PMID:26500797

  8. DNGR-1(+) dendritic cells are located in meningeal membrane and choroid plexus of the noninjured brain.

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    Quintana, Elena; Fernández, Andrés; Velasco, Patricia; de Andrés, Belén; Liste, Isabel; Sancho, David; Gaspar, María Luisa; Cano, Eva

    2015-12-01

    The role and different origin of brain myeloid cells in the brain is central to understanding how the central nervous system (CNS) responds to injury. C-type lectin receptor family 9, member A (DNGR-1/CLEC9A) is a marker of specific DC subsets that share functional similarities, such as CD8?(+) DCs in lymphoid tissues and CD103(+) CD11b(low) DCs in peripheral tissues. Here, we analyzed the presence of DNGR-1 in DCs present in the mouse brain (bDCs). Dngr-1/Clec9a mRNA is expressed mainly in the meningeal membranes and choroid plexus (m/Ch), and its expression is enhanced by fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand (Flt3L), a cytokine involved in DC homeostasis. Using Clec9a(egfp/egfp) mice, we show that Flt3L induces accumulation of DNGR-1-EGFP(+) cells in the brain m/Ch. Most of these cells also express major histocompatibility complex class II (MHCII) molecules. We also observed an increase in specific markers of cDC CD8?+ cells such as Batf-3 and Irf-8, but not of costimulatory molecules such as Cd80 and Cd86, indicating an immature phenotype for these bDCs in the noninjured brain. The presence of DNGR-1 in the brain provides a potential marker for the study of this specific brain cell subset. Knowledge and targeting of brain antigen presenting cells (APCs) has implications for the fight against brain diseases such as neuroinflammation-based neurodegenerative diseases, microbe-induced encephalitis, and brain tumors such as gliomas. PMID:26184558

  9. The Impact of Radiotherapy Fields in the Treatment of Patients With Choroid Plexus Carcinoma

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    Mazloom, Ali; Wolff, Johannes E.; Paulino, Arnold C.

    2010-09-01

    Purpose: To perform a comprehensive literature review and analysis of cases dealing with choroid plexus carcinoma (CPC) to determine the optimal radiotherapy (RT) treatment field. Methods and Materials: A PubMed search of English language articles from 1979 to 2008 was performed, yielding 33 articles with 56 patients who had available data regarding RT treatment field. The median age at diagnosis was 2.7 years (range, 1 month-53 years). Of 54 patients with data regarding type of surgery, 21 (38.9%) had complete resection. Chemotherapy was delivered to 27 (48%) as part of initial therapy. The RT treatment volume was the craniospinal axis in 38 (68%), whole brain in 9 (16%), and tumor/tumor bed in 9 (16%). Median follow-up for surviving patients was 40 months. Results: The 5-year overall survival and progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 59.5% and 37.2%, respectively. Complete resection (p = 0.035) and use of craniospinal irradiation (CSI; p = 0.025) were found to positively affect PFS. The 5-year PFS for patients who had CSI vs. whole brain and tumor/tumor bed RT were 44.2% and 15.3%. For the 19 patients who relapsed, 9 (47%) had a recurrence in the RT field, 6 (32%) had a recurrence outside the RT field, and 4 (21%) had a recurrence inside and outside the irradiated field. Conclusion: Patients with CPC who received CSI had better PFS compared with those receiving less than CSI. This study supports the use of CSI in the multimodality management of patients with CPC.

  10. Prenatal diagnosis and successful postnatal therapy of an atypical choroid plexus papilloma-Case report and review of literature.

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    Hartge, David Rafael; Axt-Fliedner, Roland; Weichert, Jan

    2010-09-01

    This report describes the perinatal management of a prenatally detected choroid plexus papilloma in an otherwise unaltered singleton pregnancy of a healthy woman. After elective Caesarean section, a successful embolization of the feeding vessel followed by a craniotomy and complete removal of the remaining tumor were performed. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis. One-, 2-, and 3-year follow-up showed a normal development of the girl with a regular neuropediatric status. A review of literature including related papers listed in PubMed between 1985 and 2009 are included. PMID:20564313

  11. Ossified choroid plexus papilloma of the fourth ventricle: elucidation of the mechanism of osteogenesis in benign brain tumors.

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    Manjila, Sunil; Miller, Erin; Awadallah, Amad; Murakami, Shunichi; Cohen, Mark L; Cohen, Alan R

    2013-07-01

    True ossification within benign brain tumors is rare, and the molecular mechanism for this process is poorly understood. The authors report a case of ossified choroid plexus papilloma (CPP) and analyze it to help elucidate the underlying molecular basis of osteogenesis in benign brain tumors. A 21-year-old man presented with headache and depression that progressed over years. Computed tomography, MRI, and angiography demonstrated a large heavily calcified fourth ventricular tumor with a vascular blush and no hydrocephalus. The tumor was resected and was found to be an ossified CPP. Immunohistochemical staining for VEGF, Sox2, BMP-2, osterix, osteopontin, and osteocalcin was performed in an attempt to elucidate the mechanism of bone formation. The tumor was extensively ossified with mature bone trabeculae. Immunostaining for VEGF was positive. Additional staining showed the presence of osteocalcin in this ossified tumor but not in samples of nonossified CPPs collected from other patients. Staining for osterix and osteopontin was equivocally positive in the ossified CPP but also in the nonossified CPPs examined. The presence of osteocalcin in the ossified CPP demonstrates that there is true bone formation rather than simple calcification. Its appearance within cells around the trabeculae suggests the presence of osteoblasts. The presence of osterix suggests that a pluripotent cell, or one that is already partially differentiated, may be differentiated into an osteoblast through this pathway. This represents the first systematic immunohistochemical analysis of osteogenesis within choroid plexus tumors. PMID:23641963

  12. Ontogeny of specific prolactin binding sites in the rat choroid plexus and their temporal relation to the prolactin short-loop feedback system

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    Silverman, .F.

    1985-01-01

    The development of prolactin receptors in the choroid plexus of the rat was examined using the in vivo autoradiographic approach employing the principle of competitive binding. Animals aged 0, 10, 14, and 18 days postnatal were perfusion fixed following hormone injection and prepared for light microscopic autoradiography. The choroid plexus first demonstrated specific binding of prolactin at 14 days postnatal. The lactogen specificity of these binding sites was further defined by the ability of I/sup 125/-prolactin to be displaced by unlabelled human growth hormone, which is lactogenic in rats, and not by unlabelled insulin, which is structurally dissimilar to prolactin. Morphometric analysis was performed on electron micrographs of choroid plexus from 10 and 14 day postnatal rats. The volume densities of constituents known to be involved in the synthesis and/or function of polypeptide hormone receptors were measured and differences tested for statistical significance. A semi-quantitative histo-fluorescence technique was used to evaluate the ability of prolactin to stimulate secretion of its inhibiting factor, dopamine, in 10 day postnatal rats. The present findings indicate that the ontogenesis of specific prolactin binding sites is not temporally connected with the establishment of the prolactin short-loop feedback system since activation of the system occurs prior to the establishment of specific prolactin binding at choroid plexus.

  13. Lipid A-activated inducible nitric oxide synthase expression via nuclear factor-?B in mouse choroid plexus cells.

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    Takano, Masaoki; Ohkusa, Mami; Otani, Mieko; Min, Kyong-Son; Kadoyama, Keiichi; Minami, Katori; Sano, Keiji; Matsuyama, Shogo

    2015-10-01

    Choroid plexus (CP) which is responsible for the inflammatory mediators including nitric oxide (NO) are thought to play a crucial role in the process of bacterial meningitis. The present study investigated the mechanisms regulating inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression in the choroid plexus epithelium (CPe) in mice. Initially, the expression of iNOS in mouse CPe was strengthened by intracerebroventriclar (i.c.v.) administration of lipid A, which is part of a Gram-negative bacterial endotoxin located at one end of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecule. Next, the expression of iNOS in the CP epithelial cell line ECPC-4 cells was increased from 24 to 48h after lipid A treatment, although mRNA and proteins of toll-like receptor (TLR)-2 and -4 expressed in ECPC-4 cells were not changed by lipid A. The expression of total nuclear factor ?B (NF?B), an inflammatory transcriptional factor, in ECPC-4 cells was not changed for 72h after lipid A treatment, while cytoplasmic NF?B was decreased and nuclear NF?B was increased from 1 to 2h. In addition, the phosphorylation of inhibitor ?B (I?B) was peaked at 10min, and the level of I?B was attenuated from 10 to 45min after lipid A treatment. Moreover, the RNA interference (RNAi) of NF?B suppressed the expression of iNOS induced by lipid A. We demonstrated that lipid A-induced iNOS expression in ECPC-4 cells was mainly regulated by the activation of NF?B-I?B intracellular signaling pathway. Thus, we propose that the CPe plays a pivotal role in innate immunity responses of the brain, that is, the signal pathway TLRs on the CPe following inflammatory stimulation such as meningitis is activated, leading to iNOS expression through NF?B. PMID:26235132

  14. Choroid plexus dysfunction impairs beta-amyloid clearance in a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease

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    González-Marrero, Ibrahim; Giménez-Llort, Lydia; Johanson, Conrad E.; Carmona-Calero, Emilia María; Castañeyra-Ruiz, Leandro; Brito-Armas, José Miguel; Castañeyra-Perdomo, Agustín; Castro-Fuentes, Rafael

    2015-01-01

    Compromised secretory function of choroid plexus (CP) and defective cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production, along with accumulation of beta-amyloid (A?) peptides at the blood-CSF barrier (BCSFB), contribute to complications of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The AD triple transgenic mouse model (3xTg-AD) at 16 month-old mimics critical hallmarks of the human disease: ?-amyloid (A?) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) with a temporal- and regional- specific profile. Currently, little is known about transport and metabolic responses by CP to the disrupted homeostasis of CNS A? in AD. This study analyzed the effects of highly-expressed AD-linked human transgenes (APP, PS1 and tau) on lateral ventricle CP function. Confocal imaging and immunohistochemistry revealed an increase only of A?42 isoform in epithelial cytosol and in stroma surrounding choroidal capillaries; this buildup may reflect insufficient clearance transport from CSF to blood. Still, there was increased expression, presumably compensatory, of the choroidal A? transporters: the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) and the receptor for advanced glycation end product (RAGE). A thickening of the epithelial basal membrane and greater collagen-IV deposition occurred around capillaries in CP, probably curtailing solute exchanges. Moreover, there was attenuated expression of epithelial aquaporin-1 and transthyretin (TTR) protein compared to Non-Tg mice. Collectively these findings indicate CP dysfunction hypothetically linked to increasing A? burden resulting in less efficient ion transport, concurrently with reduced production of CSF (less sink action on brain A?) and diminished secretion of TTR (less neuroprotection against cortical A? toxicity). The putative effects of a disabled CP-CSF system on CNS functions are discussed in the context of AD. PMID:25705176

  15. Choroid plexus dysfunction impairs beta-amyloid clearance in a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

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    González-Marrero, Ibrahim; Giménez-Llort, Lydia; Johanson, Conrad E; Carmona-Calero, Emilia María; Castañeyra-Ruiz, Leandro; Brito-Armas, José Miguel; Castañeyra-Perdomo, Agustín; Castro-Fuentes, Rafael

    2015-01-01

    Compromised secretory function of choroid plexus (CP) and defective cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production, along with accumulation of beta-amyloid (A?) peptides at the blood-CSF barrier (BCSFB), contribute to complications of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The AD triple transgenic mouse model (3xTg-AD) at 16 month-old mimics critical hallmarks of the human disease: ?-amyloid (A?) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) with a temporal- and regional- specific profile. Currently, little is known about transport and metabolic responses by CP to the disrupted homeostasis of CNS A? in AD. This study analyzed the effects of highly-expressed AD-linked human transgenes (APP, PS1 and tau) on lateral ventricle CP function. Confocal imaging and immunohistochemistry revealed an increase only of A?42 isoform in epithelial cytosol and in stroma surrounding choroidal capillaries; this buildup may reflect insufficient clearance transport from CSF to blood. Still, there was increased expression, presumably compensatory, of the choroidal A? transporters: the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) and the receptor for advanced glycation end product (RAGE). A thickening of the epithelial basal membrane and greater collagen-IV deposition occurred around capillaries in CP, probably curtailing solute exchanges. Moreover, there was attenuated expression of epithelial aquaporin-1 and transthyretin (TTR) protein compared to Non-Tg mice. Collectively these findings indicate CP dysfunction hypothetically linked to increasing A? burden resulting in less efficient ion transport, concurrently with reduced production of CSF (less sink action on brain A?) and diminished secretion of TTR (less neuroprotection against cortical A? toxicity). The putative effects of a disabled CP-CSF system on CNS functions are discussed in the context of AD. PMID:25705176

  16. Cl-HCO3 exchange in choroid plexus: analysis by the DMO method for cell pH

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    Johanson, C.E.; Parandoosh, Z.; Smith, Q.R.

    1985-10-01

    ( UC)DMO distribution was used to measure steady-state intracellular pH (pHi) and (HCO3)i in adult rat choroid plexus (CP) incubated in synthetic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for 30 min. In controls at 37 degrees C, mean pHi (6.95 at PCO2 = 30 mmHg) was close to corresponding in vivo values; and (HCO3)i/(HCO3)csf, i.e., rHCO3, was 0.37. At normal (HCO3)csf = 18 mM, cell HCO3 was accumulated threefold above electrochemical equilibrium. (HCO3)i decreased proportionally with (HCO3)csf, as the latter was altered from 47 to 9 mM; in severe extracellular acidosis (( HCO3)csf = 3.7 mM), (HCO3)i was not reduced further and so rHCO3 rose to 0.66. Except in low (HCO3)csf, acetazolamide and ouabain (10(-4) M) caused small depletion of cell HCO3. 4-Acetamido-4'-isothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid lowered (HCO3)i by 60%, thus decreasing rHCO3 (0.16) and rCl (0.25) to values close to estimated equilibrium distribution (0.15). Augmented PCO2 associated with temperature reduction to 15 degrees C elevated (HCO3)i, thereby increasing rHCO3 (to 0.66) as well as rCl. Anion distribution ratios indicate heteroanion exchange in mammalian CP.

  17. Choroid plexus papilloma-A case highlighting the challenges of extrapolating pediatric chemotherapy regimens to adult populations.

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    Barman, Stephen L; Jean, Gary W; Dinsfriend, William M; Gerber, David E

    2016-02-01

    The treatment of adults who present with rare pediatric tumors is not characterized well in the literature. We report an instance of a 40-year-old African American woman with a diagnosis of choroid plexus carcinoma admitted to the intensive care unit for severe sepsis seven days after receiving chemotherapy consisting of carboplatin (350?mg/m(2) on Days 1 and 2 plus etoposide 100?mg/m(2) on Days 1-5). Her laboratory results were significant for an absolute neutrophil count of 0/µL and blood cultures positive for Capnocytophagia species. She was supported with broad spectrum antibiotics and myeloid growth factors. She eventually recovered and was discharged in stable condition. The management of adults with malignancies most commonly seen in pediatric populations presents substantial challenges. There are multiple age-specific differences in renal and hepatic function that explain the need for higher dosing in pediatric patients without increasing the risk of toxicity. Furthermore, differences in pharmacokinetic parameters such as absorption, distribution, and clearance are present but are less likely to affect patients. It is expected that the pediatric population will have more bone marrow reserve and, therefore, less susceptible to myelosuppression. The extrapolation of pediatric dosing to an adult presents a problematic situation in treating adults with malignancies that primarily effect pediatric patients. We recommend extrapolating from adult treatment regimens with similar agents rather than extrapolating from pediatric treatment regimens to reduce the risk of toxicity. We also recommend the consideration of adding myeloid growth factors. If the treatment is tolerated without significant toxicity, dose escalation can be considered. PMID:25063761

  18. Fetal Brain-directed AAV Gene Therapy Results in Rapid, Robust, and Persistent Transduction of Mouse Choroid Plexus Epithelia

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    Haddad, Marie Reine; Donsante, Anthony; Zerfas, Patricia; Kaler, Stephen G

    2013-01-01

    Fetal brain-directed gene addition represents an under-appreciated tool for investigating novel therapeutic approaches in animal models of central nervous system diseases with early prenatal onset. Choroid plexuses (CPs) are specialized neuroectoderm-derived structures that project into the brain's ventricles, produce cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and regulate CSF biochemical composition. Targeting the CP may be advantageous for adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene therapy for central nervous system disorders due to its immunoprivileged location and slow rate of epithelial turnover. Yet the capacity of AAV vectors to transduce CP has not been delineated precisely. We performed intracerebroventricular injections of recombinant AAV serotype 5-green fluorescent protein (rAAV5-GFP) or rAAV9-GFP in embryonic day 15 (E15) embryos of CD-1 and C57BL/6 pregnant mice and quantified the percentages of GFP expression in CP epithelia (CPE) from lateral and fourth ventricles on E17, postnatal day 2 (P2), and P22. AAV5 was selective for CPE and showed significantly higher transduction efficiency in C57BL/6 mice (P = 0.0128). AAV9 transduced neurons and glial cells in both the mouse strains, in addition to CPE. We documented GFP expression in CPE on E17, within just 48 hours of rAAV administration to the fetal lateral ventricle, and expression by both the serotypes persisted at P130. Our results indicate that prenatal administration of rAAV5 and rAAV9 enables rapid, robust, and sustained transduction of mouse CPE and buttress the rationale for experimental therapeutics targeting the CP. PMID:23799375

  19. Encapsulated living choroid plexus cells: potential long-term treatments for central nervous system disease and trauma

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    Skinner, S. J. M.; Geaney, M. S.; Lin, H.; Muzina, M.; Anal, A. K.; Elliott, R. B.; Tan, P. L. J.

    2009-12-01

    In neurodegenerative disease and in acute brain injury, there is often local up-regulation of neurotrophin production close to the site of the lesion. Treatment by direct injection of neurotrophins and growth factors close to these lesion sites has repeatedly been demonstrated to improve recovery. It has therefore been proposed that transplanting viable neurotrophin-producing cells close to the trauma lesion, or site of degenerative disease, might provide a novel means for continuous delivery of these molecules directly to the site of injury or to a degenerative region. The aim of this paper is to summarize recent published information and present new experimental data that indicate that long-lasting therapeutic implants of choroid plexus (CP) neuroepithelium may be used to treat brain disease. CP produces and secretes numerous biologically active neurotrophic factors (NT). New gene microarray and proteomics data presented here indicate that many other anti-oxidant, anti-toxin and neuronal support proteins are also produced and secreted by CP cells. In the healthy brain, these circulate in the cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and spinal cord, maintaining neuronal networks and associated cells. Recent publications describe how transplanted CP cells and tissue, either free or in an immunoprotected encapsulated form, can effectively deliver therapeutic molecules when placed near the lesion or site of degenerative disease in animal models. Using simple techniques, CP neuroepithelial cell clusters in suspension culture were very durable, remaining viable for 6 months or more in vitro. The cell culture conditions had little effect on the wide range and activity of genes expressed and proteins secreted. Recently, completed experiments show that implanting CP within alginate-poly-ornithine capsules effectively protected these xenogeneic cells from the host immune system and allowed their survival for 6 months or more in the brains of rats, causing no adverse effects. Previously reported evidence demonstrated that CP cells support the survival and differentiation of neuronal cells in vitro and effectively treat acute brain injury and disease in rodents and non-human primates in vivo. The accumulated preclinical data together with the long-term survival of implanted encapsulated cells in vivo provide a sound base for the investigation of these treatments for chronic inherited and established neurodegenerative conditions.

  20. Na+ dependent acid-base transporters in the choroid plexus; insights from slc4 and slc9 gene deletion studies

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    Christensen, Henriette L.; Nguyen, An T.; Pedersen, Fredrik D.; Damkier, Helle H.

    2013-01-01

    The choroid plexus epithelium (CPE) is located in the ventricular system of the brain, where it secretes the majority of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that fills the ventricular system and surrounds the central nervous system. The CPE is a highly vascularized single layer of cuboidal cells with an unsurpassed transepithelial water and solute transport rate. Several members of the slc4a family of bicarbonate transporters are expressed in the CPE. In the basolateral membrane the electroneutral Na+ dependent Cl?/HCO3? exchanger, NCBE (slc4a10) is expressed. In the luminal membrane, the electrogenic Na+:HCO3? cotransporter, NBCe2 (slc4a5) is expressed. The electroneutral Na+:HCO3? cotransporter, NBCn1 (slc4a7), has been located in both membranes. In addition to the bicarbonate transporters, the Na+/H+ exchanger, NHE1 (slc9a1), is located in the luminal membrane of the CPE. Genetically modified mice targeting slc4a2, slc4a5, slc4a7, slc4a10, and slc9a1 have been generated. Deletion of slc4a5, 7 or 10, or slc9a1 has numerous impacts on CP function and structure in these mice. Removal of the transporters affects brain ventricle size (slc4a5 and slc4a10) and intracellular pH regulation (slc4a7 and slc4a10). In some instances, removal of the proteins from the CPE (slc4a5, 7, and 10) causes changes in abundance and localization of non-target transporters known to be involved in pH regulation and CSF secretion. The focus of this review is to combine the insights gathered from these knockout mice to highlight the impact of slc4 gene deletion on the CSF production and intracellular pH regulation resulting from the deletion of slc4a5, 7 and 10, and slc9a1. Furthermore, the review contains a comparison of the described human mutations of these genes to the findings in the knockout studies. Finally, the future perspective of utilizing these proteins as potential targets for the treatment of CSF disorders will be discussed. PMID:24155723

  1. The choroid plexus and system disease in mental illness. I. A new brain attack mechanism via the second blood--brain barrier.

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    Rudin, D O

    1980-08-01

    Schizophrenia and certain idiopathic neuroses and retardations may be caused by polygenic sensitization to exogeneous peptide antigens or viruses causing a covert immune complex basal lamina disease of the choroid plexus. This organ has the general structure and disease susceptibility of many other transport organs but acts as a second blood--brain barrier putting at risk to contamination and dysfunction the periventricular primary personality (limbic) brain now thought to be centrally involved in schizophrenia. Genetic variability selects different antigens and different target organs so that a complex statistical structure of disease expression can result over the transport organ group as well as between this group and the endocrines and exocrines. This leads to the concept of intra- and intercombined system diseases all of which may have a covert biphasic (hyper-hypo) time course. To this extrinsic combinatorial complexity may be added an intrinsic or neural combinatorial complexity resulting from the fact that the choroid plexus is threaded throughout the limbic system and subject to spotty disease characteristic of many immunopathies. In this way a wide range of behavioral disorders may arise as well as mental retardations if the process occurs during development. In this paper we discuss basic mechanisms. In the next paper of the series we examine systemic lupus erythematosus, the prototypical "combined transport dysfunction," as a model for schizophrenia. In the last paper we search for specific exogeneous peptide triggers for schizophrenia viewed as one expression of combined transport organ dysfunction. We conclude that immunofluorescent and virological surveys should be conducted in all mental illnesses as well as clinical trials of interferon therapy and elemental diets. PMID:6446942

  2. Age-dependent increase of brain copper levels and expressions of copper regulatory proteins in the subventricular zone and choroid plexus

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    Fu, Sherleen; Jiang, Wendy; Zheng, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Our recent data suggest a high accumulation of copper (Cu) in the subventricular zone (SVZ) along the wall of brain ventricles. Anatomically, SVZ is in direct contact with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is secreted by a neighboring tissue choroid plexus (CP). Changes in Cu regulatory gene expressions in the SVZ and CP as the function of aging may determine Cu levels in the CSF and SVZ. This study was designed to investigate the associations between age, Cu levels, and Cu regulatory genes in SVZ and plexus. The SVZ and CP were dissected from brains of 3-week, 10-week, or 9-month old male rats. Analyses by atomic absorption spectroscopy revealed that the SVZ of adult and old animals contained the highest Cu level compared with other tested brain regions. Significantly positive correlations between age and Cu levels in SVZ and plexus were observed; the SVZ Cu level of old animals was 7.5- and 5.8-fold higher than those of young and adult rats (p < 0.01), respectively. Quantitation by qPCR of the transcriptional expressions of Cu regulatory proteins showed that the SVZ expressed the highest level of Cu storage protein metallothioneins (MTs), while the CP expressed the high level of Cu transporter protein Ctr1. Noticeably, Cu levels in the SVZ were positively associated with type B slow proliferating cell marker Gfap (p < 0.05), but inversely associated with type A proliferating neuroblast marker Dcx (p < 0.05) and type C transit amplifying progenitor marker Nestin (p < 0.01). Dmt1 had significant positive correlations with age and Cu levels in the plexus (p < 0.01). These findings suggest that Cu levels in all tested brain regions are increased as the function of age. The SVZ shows a different expression pattern of Cu-regulatory genes from the CP. The age-related increase of MTs and decrease of Ctr1 may contribute to the high Cu level in this neurogenesis active brain region. PMID:26106293

  3. Cross-reactivity of Antibodies Directed to the Gram-Negative Bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae With Heat Shock Protein 60 and ATP-Binding Protein Correlates to Reduced Mitochondrial Activity in HIBCPP Choroid Plexus Papilloma Cells.

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    Reuss, B; Schroten, H; Ishikawa, H; Asif, A R

    2015-09-01

    Antibacterial antibodies can cause neurologic side-effects by cross-reactivity with cellular antigens. Here we investigated interactions of antibodies to Neisseria gonorrhoeae (?-NG) - maternal infections by which increases the offspring's risk for later psychosis-with HIBCPP cells, a cell culture model of choroid plexus epithelium. Immunocytochemistry and Western blotting with ?-NG, revealed organelle-like intracellular staining in HIBCPP cells, and labelling of several immunoreactive bands in cellular protein. Two-dimensional Western blotting revealed several immunopositive spots, most prominent of which were identified by mass spectrometry as mitochondrially localized proteins heat shock protein 60 (Hsp60) and ATP-binding protein ?-subunit (ATPB). Similarly ?-NG interacted with commercial samples of these proteins as revealed by Western blotting. Three alternative methods (JC-1, Janus green and MTT staining) revealed ?-NG to cause in HIBCPP cells a significant decrease in mitochondrial activity, which could be reverted by neuroleptic drugs. Immunoreactivity of ?-NG with choroid plexus epithelium in human post mortem samples suggests in vivo relevance of these findings. Finally, distinctly different staining patterns of antibodies against Neisseria meningitidis (?-NM), confirmed antibody specificity. To our knowledge this is the first report that ?-NG cross-reactivity with Hsp60 and ATPB impairs mitochondrial activity in choroid plexus epithelial cells, pathogenetic relevance of which needs further clarification. PMID:26080747

  4. Uneven distribution of nucleoside transporters and intracellular enzymatic degradation prevent transport of intact [14C] adenosine across the sheep choroid plexus epithelium as a monolayer in primary culture

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    Redzic, Zoran B; Isakovic, Aleksandra J; Misirlic Dencic, Sonja T; Popadic, Dusan; Segal, Malcolm B

    2006-01-01

    Background Efflux transport of adenosine across the choroid plexus (CP) epithelium might contribute to the homeostasis of this neuromodulator in the extracellular fluids of the brain. The aim of this study was to explore adenosine transport across sheep CP epithelial cell monolayers in primary culture. Methods To explore transport of adenosine across the CP epithelium, we have developed a method for primary culture of the sheep choroid plexus epithelial cells (CPEC) on plastic permeable supports and analysed [14C] adenosine transport across this cellular layer, [14C] adenosine metabolism inside the cells, and cellular uptake of [14C] adenosine from either of the chambers. The primary cell culture consisted of an enriched epithelial cell fraction from the sheep fourth ventricle CP and was grown on laminin-precoated filter inserts. Results and conclusion CPEC grew as monolayers forming typical polygonal islands, reaching optical confluence on the third day after the seeding. Transepithelial electrical resistance increased over the time after seeding up to 85 ± 9 ? cm2 at day 8, while permeability towards [14C] sucrose, a marker of paracellular diffusion, simultaneously decreased. These cells expressed some features typical of the CPEC in situ, including three nucleoside transporters at the transcript level that normally mediate adenosine transport across cellular membranes. The estimated permeability of these monolayers towards [14C] adenosine was low and the same order of magnitude as for the markers of paracellular diffusion. However, inhibition of the intracellular enzymes, adenosine kinase and adenosine deaminase, led to a significant increase in transcellular permeability, indicating that intracellular phosphorylation into nucleotides might be a reason for the low transcellular permeability. HPLC analysis with simultaneous detection of radioactivity revealed that [14C] radioactivity which appeared in the acceptor chamber after the incubation of CPEC monolayers with [14C] adenosine in the donor chamber was mostly present as [14C] hypoxanthine, a product of adenosine metabolic degradation. Therefore, it appears that CPEC in primary cultures act as an enzymatic barrier towards adenosine. Cellular uptake studies revealed that concentrative uptake of [14C] adenosine was confined only to the side of these cells facing the upper or apical chamber, indicating uneven distribution of nucleoside transporters. PMID:16571111

  5. PCB153 (2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexachlorobiphenyl) differentially affects the VEGF/VEGFR system depending on photoperiod in the ovine choroid plexus.

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    Szczepkowska, Aleksandra; Lagaraine, Christine; Robert, Vincent; M?ynarczuk, Jaros?aw; Dufourny, Laurence; Thiéry, Jean-Claude; Skipor, Janina

    2016-02-01

    Ortho-substituted polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) preferentially accumulate in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) compared with other PCBs. We previously demonstrated in ewes that an identical dose of PCB153, the most environmentally prevalent congener, resulted in a higher plasma concentration during short days (SD: 1200pg/ml) than during long days (LD: 200pg/ml). Moreover, PCB153 treatment only reduced the SD tight junction protein content in the choroid plexus (CP), which was followed by a significant increase of the PCB153 concentration in the CSF. The aim of the present study was to evaluate how PCB153 treatment affects the VEGF/VEGFR system that maintains CSF homoeostasis and CP function. To do so, we collected CPs from ovariectomised, oestradiol-replaced adult ewes maintained under artificial LD or SD and treated them per os with low doses of PCB153 (0.3mg/kg, 3 times a week for 3 weeks). Exposure to PCB153 significantly affected (P<0.05) the VEGF/VEGFR system during the SD period, provoking increases in VEGF164 mRNA and protein levels and decreases in VEGFR-1 mRNA levels and VEGFR-2 mRNA and protein levels. These results suggest that exposure to environmentally relevant dose of PCB153 affects the VEGF/VEGFR system, which is involved in the fenestration of the CP endothelium and therefore in CSF production. PMID:26580897

  6. Stereotactic Radiosurgical Treatment of Brain Metastases to the Choroid Plexus;Renal cell cancer; Recursive partitioning analysis (RPA); Graded prognostic assessment (GPA); Survival and outcomes; Gamma knife

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    Siomin, Vitaly; Lin, Jennifer L.; Marko, Nicholas F.; Barnett, Gene H.; Toms, Steven A.; Chao, Samuel T.; Angelov, Lilyana; Vogelbaum, Michael A.; Navaratne, Kapila; Suh, John H.; Weil, Robert J.

    2011-07-15

    Purpose: Choroid plexus metastases (CPM) are uncommon lesions. Consequently, optimal management of CPM is uncertain. We summarize our experience with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) of CPM. Methods and Materials: Sixteen consecutive patients with presumed CPM treated with SRS between 1997 and 2007 were examined. Twelve were men with a median age at diagnosis of CPM of 61.9 {+-} 9.9 years; 14 had metastases from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). All patients had controlled primary disease at the time of treatment for CPM. Four patients with RCC and 1 with non-small-cell lung cancer had undergone whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) previously and 2 had received SRS to other brain metastases. The disease-free interval from the primary diagnosis to CPM diagnosis averaged 39.3 {+-} 46.2 months (range, 1.0-156.3). Five patients were asymptomatic; of the remaining 11, none had symptoms related to CPM. All presented with a single CPM. Results: Average maximum diameter of the CPMs was 2.0 {+-} 1.0 cm (range, 0.9-4.1 cm); mean volume was 2.4 {+-} 2.6 cm{sup 3} (range, 0.2-9.3). Median SRS dose was 24 Gy to the 53% isodose line (range, 14-24 Gy). Survival after SRS to the CPM was 25.3 {+-} 23.4 months (range, 3.2-101.6). Patients in Recursive Partitioning Analysis (RPA) class I (n = 10) had improved survival compared to those in class II (n = 6), as did those with better GPA scores. There were no local failures. After SRS, 1 patient underwent WBRT, 3 patients had one, and another had two subsequent SRS treatments to other brain lesions. Of the 14 patients who have died, 11 succumbed to systemic disease progression, 2 to progressive, multifocal central nervous system disease, and 1 to systemic disease with concurrent, stable central nervous system disease. There were no complications related to SRS. Conclusions: Most CPMs are associated with RCC. SRS represents a safe and viable treatment option as primary modality for these metastases, with excellent outcomes.

  7. Thyroxine (T4) transfer from CSF to choroid plexus and ventricular brain regions in rabbit: contributory role of P-glycoprotein and organic anion transporting polypeptides.

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    Kassem, Nouhad A; Deane, Rashid; Segal, Malcolm B; Chen, RuoLi; Preston, Jane E

    2007-11-21

    This study investigated the transfer of T4 from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) into the choroid plexuses (CP) and ventricular brain regions, and the role of P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multidrug resistance protein 1 (mrp1) and organic anion transporting polypeptides (oatps). During in vivo ventriculo-cisternal (V-C) perfusion in the anesthetized rabbit (meditomidine hydrochloride 0.5 mg kg(-1), pentobarbitone 10 mg kg(-1) i.v.), 125I-T4 was perfused continuously into ventricular CSF with reference molecules 14C-mannitol and blue dextran. Over 2 h, 36.9+/-4.6% 125I-T4 was recovered in cisternal CSF. Addition of P-gp substrate verapamil increased CSF 125I-T4 recovery to 51.4+/-2.8%, although mrp1 and oatp substrates had no significant effect. In brain, 125I-T4 showed greatest accumulation in the CP (1.52+/-0.31 ml g(-1)), followed by ventricular regions (caudate putamen, ependyma, hippocampus, 0.05-0.14 ml g(-1)). At the CP, verapamil and probenecid (but not indomethacin) significantly increased 125I-T4 accumulation, implicating a role for P-gp and oatps. Of other brain regions, all three drugs increased accumulation in caudate putamen 3-5 times, and indomethacin and probenecid increased accumulation in ependyma 4-5 times. The role of P-gp was investigated further in isolated incubated CPs using 5 microg/ml C219 anti-P-gp antibody. Both 125I-T4 and 3H-cyclosporin accumulation increased by 80%, suggesting that P-gp is functional in the CP and has a role in removal of T4. Combined with the in vivo results, these studies suggest that P-gp provides a local homeostatic mechanism, maintaining CSF T4 levels. We conclude that P-gp and oatps contribute to the transfer of 125I-T4 between the CSF, CP and brain, hence regulating 125I-T4 availability in CSF. PMID:17915195

  8. Thyroxine transfer from cerebrospinal fluid into choroid plexus and brain is affected by brefeldin A, low sodium, BCH, and phloretin, in ventriculo-cisternal perfused rabbits

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    Zibara, Kazem; El-Zein, Ali; Joumaa, Wissam; El-Sayyad, Mohammad; Mondello, Stefania; Kassem, Nouhad

    2015-01-01

    Background: Thyroxine (T4) hormone is synthesized by the thyroid gland and then released into the systemic circulation where it binds to a number of proteins. Dysfunction in T4 transport mechanisms has been demonstrated in multiple central nervous system (CNS) diseases including Alzheimer's disease. In the presence of different compounds that inhibit potential T4 transport mechanisms, this study investigated the transfer of T4 from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) into Choroid Plexus (CP) and other brain tissues. The compounds used were brefeldin A, low sodium artificial CSF (aCSF), BCH, phloretin, and taurocholate (TA). Methods: Radiolabeled T4 (125I-T4) was perfused continuously into the CSF and was assessed in several brain compartments with reference molecule 14C-mannitol and blue dextran, using the in vivo ventriculo-cisternal perfusion (V-C) technique in the rabbit. The aCSF containing the drug of interest was infused after 1 h of perfusion. Drugs were applied independently to the aCSF after 1 h of control perfusion. Results: Of interest, in presence of low sodium or BCH, the percentage recovery of 125I-T4, was increased compared to controls, with concomitant increase in T4 clearance. Conversely, brefeldin A, phloretin, and TA did not exert any significant effect on the recovery and clearance of 125I-T4 assessed in aCSF. On the other hand, the uptake of 125I-T4 into CP was raised by 18 fold compared to controls in the presence of brefeldin A. In addition, low sodium, BCH, or phloretin alone, enhanced the uptake of 125I-T4 by almost 3-fold, whereas TA did not show any significant effect. Finally, the uptake and distribution of 125I-T4 into other brain regions including ependymal region (ER) and caudate putamen (CAP) were significantly higher than in controls. Conclusion: Our study suggests the involvement of different mechanisms for the transfer of 125I-T4 from CSF into CP and other brain regions. This transfer may implicate sodium-dependent mechanisms, amino acid “L” system, or organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP). PMID:26484343

  9. 5-hydroxytryptamine1C receptor density and mRNA levels in choroid plexus epithelial cells after treatment with mianserin and (-)-1-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-2-aminopropane.

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    Barker, E L; Sanders-Bush, E

    1993-10-01

    5-Hydroxytryptamine (5HT)1C and 5HT2 receptors display paradoxical down-regulation when exposed to receptor antagonists in vivo, a property that is unique to these two subtypes of serotonin (5HT) receptors. Because of the absence of cell culture model systems, the mechanisms involved in this paradoxical down-regulation have been difficult to explore. The present study focuses on the regulation of 5HT1C receptors in primary cultures of rat choroid plexus epithelial cells. Exposure of the epithelial cell cultures to 100 nM mianserin, a receptor antagonist, or (-)-1-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-2-aminopropane, an agonist, for 72 hr caused a loss of 5HT1C receptor binding sites, as determined by [3H]mesulergine binding to crude membrane preparations. No significant changes in Kd values were observed. Neither the agonist nor antagonist caused a significant change in binding sites after 24 hr. A solution hybridization assay was used to determine whether the down-regulation by mianserin or (-)-1-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-2-aminopropane was accompanied by a decrease in the steady state level of 5HT1C receptor mRNA. These studies showed that neither treatment caused an alteration in the levels of 5HT1C receptor mRNA. Thus, it is possible to reproduce the in vivo regulatory effects of drugs on 5HT1C receptors in choroid plexus epithelial cells in culture, including the atypical down-regulation by receptor antagonists. Using this cell culture model system, indirect transynaptic effects and decreases in receptor mRNA levels have been ruled out as mechanisms accounting for the down-regulation. PMID:8232222

  10. Ruptured distal anterior choroidal artery aneurysm presenting with casting intraventricular haemorrhage.

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    Yoneoka, Y; Ezuka, I; Takai, N; Oda, T; Tamura, T; Yamashita, S

    1998-01-01

    This report describes a rare case of a distal anterior choroidal artery aneurysm which developed intraventricular haemorrhage without subarachnoid haemorrhage as shown on computerized tomographic (CT) scan. A 69-year-old hypertensive man suddenly became unconscious. An emergency CT scan showed a severe intraventricular haemorrhage and a small round low-dense lesion within the haematoma at the right trigone. The haematoma with obstructive hydrocephalus made the lateral ventricles larger on the right than on the left. CT scan could not detect any subarachnoid haemorrhage. Right interal carotid angiography revealed a saccular aneurysm at the plexal point of the right anterior choroidal artery. We approached the aneurysm and the small round lesion through the trigone via a right temporo-occipital corticotomy. We could clip the aneurysmal neck and remove the intraventricular haematoma and the papillary cystic mass (corresponding to the small round lesion on CT scan) totally in one sitting. Histological examination revealed the aneurysm to be a true one and the papillary cystic mass to be a choroid plexus cyst. PMID:10399000

  11. Arachnoid Cysts

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  12. Serpiginous choroiditis and infectious multifocal serpiginoid choroiditis

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    Nazari, Hossein; Rao, Narsing A

    2012-01-01

    Serpiginous choroiditis (SC) is a posterior uveitis displaying a geographic pattern of choroiditis, extending from the juxtapapillary choroid and intermittently spreading centrifugally. The choroiditis involves the overlying retinal pigment epithelium, and the outer retina. This intraocular inflammation typically involves both eyes in otherwise healthy, middle-aged individuals with no familial or ethnic predilection. Pathogenesis is unclear; however, based on limited histopathologic studies, favorable response to immunosuppressive agents, and the absence of association with systemic or local infectious or noninfectious diseases, an organ-specific autoimmune inflammation seems likely to be the underlying process. Patients, particularly from tuberculosis-endemic regions, may present with fundus changes simulating SC, but show evidence of active tuberculosis and/or the presence of mycobacterial DNA in the aqueous humor. This has been referred to as serpiginous-like choroiditis, but we prefer the description multifocal serpiginoid choroiditis (MSC). We present the distinguishing features of SC and infectious multifocal serpiginoid choroiditis simulating SC. The distinction is crucial to avoid unnecessarily treating SC with antimicrobial agents. Advances in diagnostic and imaging modalities can help differentiate SC from MSC. Novel local and systemic treatment approaches improve the outcome and preserve vision in SC. PMID:23541041

  13. Tarlov Cysts

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  14. Zinc transporter 7 is located in the cis-Golgi apparatus of mouse choroid epithelial cells

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    The cellular localization of zinc transporter 7 protein in the mouse choroid plexus, an area on the ventricles of the brain where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced, was examined in this study. Zinc transporter 7 expressing cells were detected in the third, lateral, and fourth ventricles of the m...

  15. THE MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHOROID

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    Nickla, Debora L.; Wallman, Josh

    2010-01-01

    The choroid of the eye is primarily a vascular structure supplying the outer retina. It has several unusual features: It contains large membrane-lined lacunae, which, at least in birds, function as part of the lymphatic drainage of the eye and which can change their volume dramatically, thereby changing the thickness of the choroid as much as four-fold over a few days (much less in primates). It contains non-vascular smooth muscle cells, especially behind the fovea, the contraction of which may thin the choroid, thereby opposing the thickening caused by expansion of the lacunae. It has intrinsic choroidal neurons, also mostly behind the central retina, which may control these muscles and may modulate choroidal blood-flow as well. These neurons receive sympathetic, parasympathetic and nitrergic innervation. The choroid has several functions: Its vasculature is the major supply for the outer retina; impairment of the flow of oxygen from choroid to retina may cause Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The choroidal blood flow, which is as great as in any other organ, may also cool and warm the retina. In addition to its vascular functions, the choroid contains secretory cells, probably involved in modulation of vascularization and in growth of the sclera. Finally, the dramatic changes in choroidal thickness move the retina forward and back, bringing the photoreceptors into the plane of focus, a function demonstrated by the thinning of the choroid that occurs when the focal plane is moved back by the wearing of negative lenses, and, conversely, by the thickening that occurs when positive lenses are worn. In addition to focusing the eye, more slowly than accommodation and more quickly than emmetropization, we argue that the choroidal thickness changes also are correlated with changes in the growth of the sclera, and hence of the eye. Because transient increases in choroidal thickness are followed by a prolonged decrease in synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules and a slowing of ocular elongation, and attempts to decouple the choroidal and scleral changes have largely failed, it seems that the thickening of the choroid may be mechanistically linked to the scleral synthesis of macromolecules, and thus may play an important role in the homeostatic control of eye growth, and, consequently, in the etiology of myopia and hyperopia. PMID:20044062

  16. Ganglion Cyst

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  17. Fuchs' Adenoma of the Choroid Simulating a Choroidal Hemangioma

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    Razzaq, Lubna; Marinkovic, Marina; Swart, Wouter; van Duinen, Sjoerd G.; Keunen, Jan E.E.; Luyten, Gregorius P.M.

    2012-01-01

    We report the case of a 54-year-old female who was referred to us with an amelanotic mass on the posterior pole of the left eye involving the macula. Fundus fluorescein angiography revealed a hyperfluorescent choroidal mass. Indocyanine green chorioangiography revealed a hypofluorescent choroidal lesion with hyperfluorescent margins. B-scan ultrasonography showed a choroidal mass with moderate reflectivity. Choroidal biopsy was performed, which revealed the diagnosis of Fuchs' adenoma. PMID:22529807

  18. Scleral buckle hemorrhagic cyst masquerading as an orbital tumor

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    Almeida, David RP; Chin, Eric K; Boldt, H Culver; Mahajan, Vinit B

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of a 41-year-old man who was referred for evaluation of a choroidal tumor with a remote history of scleral buckle placement for traumatic retinal detachment. Ocular imaging, echography, and magnetic resonance imaging could not rule out a neoplastic process so the patient was taken for surgical exploration where a hemorrhagic cyst was discovered. This is the first case in the literature of a silicone scleral buckle–associated hemorrhagic cyst presenting as orbital mass. PMID:25709397

  19. Circumscribed Choroidal Hemangioma

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    Karimi, Saeed; Nourinia, Ramin; Mashayekhi, Arman

    2015-01-01

    Circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas are benign vascular hamartomas without systemic associations. Generally, they are orange-red elevated masses, which are found posterior to the equator. Lesions are usually solitary and unilateral. Overlying subretinal fluid, serous retinal detachment and cystoid macular edema are common findings. Intravenous fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography and enhanced depth imaging are helpful ancillary tests for diagnosis of circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas. Asymptomatic circumscribed choroidal hemangiomas do not require treatment. For symptomatic lesions with exudative retinal detachment or cystoid macular edema, photodynamic therapy has emerged as the treatment of choice with high rates of tumor regression, subretinal fluid resorption and minimal complications. Lens-sparing external beam radiotherapy, plaque brachytherapy, proton beam therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, transpupillary thermotherapy, laser photocoagulation and anti-VEGF injections are other treatment modalities.

  20. Kidney Cysts

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  1. Hepatic Cysts.

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    Kaul; Friedenberg; Rothstein

    2000-12-01

    Treatment of hepatic cysts should be considered only for those patients who are symptomatic. For simple cysts, percutaneous aspiration invariably leads to recurrence; laparoscopic deroofing is usually curative. Open deroofing (fenestration) should be reserved for cysts inaccessible by laparoscopy. Percutaneous instillation of sclerosing agents (ethanol, iophendylate, minocycline) into nonbiliary and nonparasitic cysts is an alternative therapeutic option in certain cases. Due to increased morbidity, hepatic resection should be reserved for polycystic liver disease, diffuse hepatic involvement, or recurrence after a deroofing procedure. Patients with congenital fibropolycystic disorders (eg, congenital hepatic fibrosis) with evidence of hepatic decompensation, should be considered for liver transplantation. For hepatic hydatid cysts, simple cystectomy or the PAIR (puncture, aspirate, inject, and reaspirate) technique with albendazole treatment have been shown to be equally successful. In the case of alveolar echinococcosis, hepatic resection and liver transplantation are the only effective modalities for localized and extensive hepatic disease, respectively. PMID:11096603

  2. Klestadt's cyst.

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    Kamal, Reet; Dahiya, Parveen; Palaskar, Sangeeta

    2011-01-01

    The nasolabial cyst is a rare nonodontogenic cyst originating in maxillofacial soft tissues. In the previous reports and literature, it is mentioned that nasolabial cyst clinical features of an asymptomatic swelling beneath the ala of nose and characteristic lip swelling are diagnostic. This is a case report of a 36-year-old male, who reported to our department with the chief complaint of swelling lateral to right ala of nose since 4 months. Characteristic lip swelling was missing. The reason for this unusual finding is not documented in the literature. PMID:22470247

  3. Kidney Cysts

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    ... fluid-filled sac. There are two types of kidney cysts. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) runs in families. In PKD, the ... place of the normal tissue. They enlarge the kidneys and make them work poorly, leading to kidney ...

  4. Pilar Cyst

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  5. Ovarian Cysts

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    ... ovary. They are common and usually form during ovulation. Ovulation happens when the ovary releases an egg each ... and cause pain. Some medicines used to cause ovulation can raise the risk of getting these cysts. ...

  6. Brachial plexus injury in newborns

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    ... Pressure on the baby's raised arms during a breech (feet-first) delivery There are different forms of ... factors increase the risk of brachial plexus injury: Breech delivery Larger-than-average newborn (such as an ...

  7. Choledochal cysts

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    Singham, Janakie; Yoshida, Eric M.; Scudamore, Charles H.

    2010-01-01

    Much about the etiology, pathophysiology, natural course and optimal treatment of cystic disease of the biliary tree remains under debate. Gastroenterologists, surgeons and radiologists alike still strive to optimize their roles in the management of choledochal cysts. To that end, much has been written about this disease entity, and the purpose of this 3-part review is to organize the available literature and present the various theories currently argued by the experts. In part 3, we discuss the management of choledochal cysts, thus completing our comprehensive review. PMID:20100414

  8. [Choroidal hemangioma and epiretinal membrane].

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    Samoil?, O; C?lug?ru, D; C?lug?ru, M; Kaucsar, Emese; Stan, Cristina

    2006-01-01

    Choroidal hemangiomas are benign vascular hamartomas developed from birth, but undetected until the 4th and 5th decade. They have been seldom described in association with epiretinal membranes. Here we present a patient with associated pathology choroidal hemangioma with atypical fluorescein angiography pattern, undetected on ocular echography hence the difficulties in establishing a positive diagnosis and epiretinal membrane observed both clinically and on fluorescein angiography. Visual acuity is impaired by cystoid macular edema, with a complicated pathogenetic mechanism. PMID:17144511

  9. Choroidal thickness profile in healthy Indian children

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    Chhablani, Jay Kumar; Deshpande, Riddhima; Sachdeva, Virender; Vidya, Sagar; Rao, P Srinivasa; Panigati, Anand; Mahat, Birendra; Pappuru, Rajeev Reddy; Pehere, Niranjan; Pathengay, Avinash

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose was to study choroidal thickness and its profile based on location in healthy Indian children using enhanced depth spectral-domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods: In this cross-sectional observational study 255 eyes of 136 children with no retinal or choroidal disease were consecutively scanned using enhanced depth SD-OCT. Eyes with any ocular disease or axial length (AXL) >25 mm or < 20 mm were excluded. A single observer measured choroidal thickness from the posterior edge of the retinal pigment epithelium to the choroid/sclera junction at 500-microns intervals up to 2500 microns temporal and nasal to the fovea. Generalized estimating equations were used to evaluate the correlation between choroidal thickness at various locations and age, AXL, gender and spherical equivalent (SEq). Results: Mean age of the subjects was 11.9 ± 3.4 years (range: 5–18 years). There were 62 Females and 74 males. The mean AXL was 23.55 ± 0.74 mm. Mean subfoveal choroidal thickness was 312.1 ± 45.40 ?m. Choroid was found to be thickest subfoveally, then temporally. Age, AXL and SEq showed a significant correlation with choroidal thickness, whereas gender did not affect choroidal thickness. Conclusion: Our study provides a valid normative database of choroidal thickness in healthy Indian children. This database could be useful for further studies evaluating choroidal changes in various chorioretinal disorders. Age and AXL are critical factors, which negatively correlated with choroidal thickness. PMID:26265634

  10. Canine choroidal melanoma with metastases.

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    Hyman, Jennifer A; Koch, Seth A; Wilcock, Brian P

    2002-06-01

    A 3-year-old-female, spayed Golden Retriever was examined for a unilateral retinal detachment with exophthalmos. Ultrasonographically, a mass was detected with intra- and extraocular extension. The orbit was exenterated and the dog recovered uneventfully. Histopathologic diagnosis was a primary choroidal melanoma with orbital extension, however, the behavioral and cytologic features were benign. Routine examinations postsurgically were nonremarkable. Twenty-one months after surgery the dog was euthanized for respiratory collapse with radiographic signs of metastasis. Necropsy revealed black lesions in the lung and liver. Histopathologic diagnosis was metastatic melanoma with morphology and behavior identical to the primary choroidal melanoma. This is the first definitive case of a canine choroidal melanoma with metastasis. PMID:12071869

  11. Choroid Melanoma – A Rare Case Report

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    Acharya, Sourya; Dulani, Manisha

    2015-01-01

    Uveal tract encomprise melanomas of the iris, ciliary body and the choroid. The choroid melanomas are more frequent to occur in comparison to iris and ciliary body melanomas. Choroid melanoma though rare, is the most common occurring intraocular malignancy amongst the adults. Incidence of occurrence of choroid melanoma is around 20 per million cases per year globally. The uveal tract pigment producing melanocytes are the origin for the melanoma in the eye. Melanomas tend to commonly arise from sixth decade of age with increasing incidence with progressive age. We present a rare case choroidal melanoma, in a 65-year-old adult, who presented with three months history of headache and gradual dimunision of vision, his investigations revealed clinical diagnosis of choroid melanoma , an enucleation was carried. PMID:26155486

  12. Patency of the anterior choroidal artery covered with a flow-diverter stent.

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    Neki, Hiroaki; Caroff, Jildaz; Jittapiromsak, Pakrit; Benachour, Nidhal; Mihalea, Cristian; Ikka, Leon; Moret, Jacques; Spelle, Laurent

    2015-12-01

    OBJECT The concept of the flow-diverter stent (FDS) is to induce aneurysmal thrombosis while preserving the patency of the parent vessel and any covered branches. In some circumstances, it is impossible to avoid dangerously covering small branches, such as the anterior choroidal artery (AChA), with the stent. In this paper, the authors describe the clinical and angiographic effects of covering the AChA with an FDS. METHODS Between April 2011 and July 2013, 92 patients with intracranial aneurysms were treated with the use of FDSs in the authors' institution. For 20 consecutive patients (21.7%) retrospectively included in this study, this involved the unavoidable covering of the AChA with a single FDS during endovascular therapy. AChAs feeding the choroid plexus were classified as the long-course group (14 cases), and those not feeding the choroid plexus were classified as the short-course group (6 cases). Clinical symptoms and the angiographic aspect of the AChA were evaluated immediately after stent delivery and during follow-up. Neurological examinations were performed to rule out hemiparesis, hemihypesthesia, hemianopsia, and other cortical signs. RESULTS FDS placement had no immediate effect on AChA blood flow. Data were obtained from 1-month clinical follow-up in all patients and from midterm angiographic follow-up in 17 patients (85.0%), with a mean length of 9.8 ± 5.4 months. No patient in either group complained of transient or permanent symptoms related to an AChA occlusion. In all cases, the AChA remained patent without any flow changes. CONCLUSIONS The results of this study suggest that when impossible to avoid, the AChA may be safely covered with a single FDS during intracranial aneurysm treatment, irrespective of anatomy and anastomoses. PMID:26047410

  13. Baker’s cyst

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    Popliteal cyst; Bulge-knee ... Baker's cyst is caused by swelling in the knee. The swelling is due to an increase in the fluid that lubricates the knee joint (synovial fluid). When pressure builds up, fluid ...

  14. Choroidal Imaging Using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Regatieri, Caio V.

    Background: A structurally and functionally normal choroidal vasculature is essential for retinal function. Therefore, a precise clinical understanding of choroidal morphology should be important for understanding many ...

  15. Clinical applications of choroidal imaging technologies

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    Chhablani, Jay; Barteselli, Giulio

    2015-01-01

    Choroid supplies the major blood supply to the eye, especially the outer retinal structures. Its understanding has significantly improved with the advent of advanced imaging modalities such as enhanced depth imaging technique and the newer swept source optical coherence tomography. Recent literature reports the findings of choroidal changes, quantitative as well as qualitative, in various chorioretinal disorders. This review article describes applications of choroidal imaging in the management of common diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, high myopia, central serous chorioretinopathy, chorioretinal inflammatory diseases, and tumors. This article briefly discusses future directions in choroidal imaging including angiography. PMID:26139797

  16. Tail gut cyst.

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    Rao, G Mallikarjuna; Haricharan, P; Ramanujacharyulu, S; Reddy, K Lakshmi

    2002-01-01

    The tail gut is a blind extension of the hindgut into the tail fold just distal to the cloacal membrane. Remnants of this structure may form tail gut cyst. We report a 14-year-old girl with tail gut cyst that presented as acute abdomen. The patient recovered after cyst excision. PMID:12546176

  17. Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN)

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    Isaacs, Rufus

    Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Management A Field Guide for SCN Management in Michigan by Diane Brown-Rytlewski, George Bird, Fred Warner and Kelly Barnett #12;Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) A guide to SCN Management University #12;Why is SCN important, and where is it found? Soybean cyst nematode is the major limiting

  18. Neuronal populations in the submucous plexus of the human colon.

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    Hoyle, C H; Burnstock, G

    1989-01-01

    The submucous plexus of the human distal colon was studied in order to determine whether or not it contains two or more ganglionated plexuses which can be separately identified. Nerve cells were visualised in sections through the wall of the distal colon, and in wholemount preparations of laminae from the submucous plexus by staining for NADH-diaphorase activity. The submucous plexus appeared to contain three identifiable plexuses: Henle's plexus was located adjacent to the circular muscle layer, Meissner's plexus was located adjacent to the muscularis mucosae and a third intermediate plexus was found which lay closer to the muscularis mucosae than to the circular muscle. In Henle's plexus, there were fewer smaller neurons than in the other plexuses: 15.1% had an area less than 180 microns 2, while in the intermediate plexus and in Meissner's plexus the equivalent figures were 43.1% and 43.2%, respectively. In Meissner's plexus, approximately half the ganglia were associated with single fibre tracts and half with two or more fibre tracts, but in the intermediate plexus and Henle's plexus, approximately three quarters of the ganglia were associated with single fibre tracts and the remaining quarter with multiple tracts. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 Fig. 6 PMID:2621148

  19. Semimembranosus ganglion cyst

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    Kannadath, Bijun Sai; Soundamourthy, Sandosh; Subramanian, Aruna; Sinhasan, Sankappa P.; Bhat, Ramachandra V.

    2014-01-01

    Ganglion cysts are tumor-like lesions in the soft tissues, generated by mucoid degeneration of the joint capsule, tendon or tendon sheaths on the dorsum of hand, wrist and foot. However, an intratendinous origin for a ganglion cyst is extremely rare. During dissection of the popliteal fossa, a cyst of 2.5 cm×2 cm×0.5 cm was observed in the tendon of right semimembranosus, 3.5 cm above the insertion of the muscle. Contrast X-ray revealed the cyst as not communicating with the knee joint or any adjacent bursae. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of ganglion cyst. PMID:25276481

  20. Vascular tumors of the choroid and retina

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    Shanmugam, P Mahesh; Ramanjulu, Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Vascular tumors of the retina and choroid can be seen occasionally. In the following article, the key clinical and diagnostic features of the major retinal and choroidal vascular tumors, their systemic associations, and the literature pertaining to the most currently available treatment strategies are reviewed. PMID:25827544

  1. Neurinomas of the brachial plexus: case report.

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    Forte, A; Gallinaro, L S; Bertagni, A; Montesano, G; Prece, V; Illuminati, G

    1999-01-01

    Neurinomas, also referred to as neurilemmomas and schwannomas, are rare benign tumours of the peripheral nerves, a low proportion of which arise from the brachial plexus. Authors report a case of an ancient schwannoma arising from the brachial plexus. The tumour, usually asymptomatic, may cause sensory radicular symptoms, or rarely motor deficits in the involved arm. Enucleation of the tumour from the nerve without damage to any of the fascicles is the correct treatment. PMID:10710825

  2. Pigmented epidermal cysts.

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    Shet, T; Desai, S

    2001-10-01

    There are few reports documenting the presence of melanin or melanocytes in epidermal cysts. One hundred and twenty five epidermal cysts from Indian patients were analyzed for the presence of melanin pigment and their sites were noted. A Masson's Fontana stain and immunohistochemistry for S-100 protein and HMB 45 was performed for localization of melanin and melanocytes within the epidermal cysts. Seventy-nine (63%) of the epidermal cysts showed presence of melanin pigment or melanocytes to a variable extent. Melanin was not present in epidermal cysts occurring along lines of fusion of skin folds during embryonogenesis (e.g., ventral midline, inner canthus, nose, upper lip and in the distal most parts like leg and foot and also scrotum). Ten of the 79 epidermal cysts showed extensive accumulation of melanin pigment and infiltration with melanophages in the cyst wall. Four of these patients gave history of trauma and the follow-up was uneventful in two of them. Pigmentation of epidermal cysts thus follows a definite anatomic pattern and is dependent on the natural skin color. Large amount of pigment accumulation within epidermal cysts occurs after cyst rupture and is not associated with hemochromatosis as was believed in the past. PMID:11801783

  3. Establishing a positional information assay for brain ventricle mutants and investigating the choroid plexuses in zebrafish

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    Wolf, Catherine D., 1980-

    2004-01-01

    The process by which the neural tube expands into three brain ventricles can be understood through genetic mutant analysis. Within the framework of a characterization of zebrafish mutants with brain ventricle phenotypes, ...

  4. Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy in Asians

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    Wong, Chee Wai; Wong, Tien Y.; Cheung, Chui Ming Gemmy

    2015-01-01

    Age related macular degeneration (AMD) in Asians has been suggested to differ from their Western counterparts in terms of epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and treatment. In particular, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) appears to be the predominant subtype of exudative AMD in Asian populations, in contrast to choroidal neovascularization secondary to AMD (CNV-AMD) in Western populations. Epidemiological data on PCV has been largely limited to hospital-based studies and there are currently no data on the incidence of PCV. Similarities and differences in risk factor profile between PCV and CNV-AMD point to some shared pathogenic mechanisms but also differential underlying mechanisms leading to the development of each phenotype. Serum biomarkers such as CRP, homocysteine and matrix metalloproteinases suggest underlying inflammation, atherosclerosis and deranged extracellular matrix metabolism as possible pathogenic mechanisms. In addition, recent advances in genome sequencing have revealed differences in genetic determinants of each subtype. While the standard of care for CNV-AMD is anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been the mainstay of treatment for PCV, although long-term visual prognosis remains unsatisfactory. The optimal treatment for PCV requires further clarification, particularly with different types of anti-VEGF agents and possible benefits of reduced fluence PDT. PMID:26239448

  5. Penile Epidermal Inclusion Cyst

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    El-Shazly, M.; Ghobashy, A.; Allam, A.; Alenezy, T.; Alenezy, N.; Yordanov, E.; Hathout, B.; Albunnai, R.

    2012-01-01

    We report a case of epidermal inclusion cyst in a 32-year-old male. This was a complication of circumcision that was neglected over years to form stones and urethrocutaneous fistula. Complete excision of the cyst and repair of the fistula were performed successfully. Histopathological examination confirmed our diagnosis. PMID:22693677

  6. Intradural enterogenous cyst.

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    Mohanty, S; Rao, C J; Shukla, P K; Verma, D N; Nayak, A K

    1979-01-01

    A 23 year old woman with an intradural extramedullary enterogenous cyst in the cervical region, unassociated with vertebral cleft, presented with two episodes of neurological disturbance at an interval of five years. Subtotal excision of the anteriorly placed cyst at C6 vertebral level was followed by rapid and complete recovery. Images PMID:448381

  7. [Thymus gland cervical cysts].

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    Ruiz Santiago, F; Alonso Pérez, J; Fernández Pérez, A; Martín Marcos, J; Rubí Uría, J; Fernández Ollero, L; Navarro Bernal, J M

    1993-01-01

    We present a cervical thymic cyst clinically manifest as a lateral neck mass and studied preoperatively with ultrasound. We point to the sonographic findings that allow us to include the cervical thymic cyst as one of the diagnostic possibilities. PMID:8217274

  8. Image diagnosis: arachnoid cyst.

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    Karnazes, Andrew C; Kei, Jonathan; Le, Minh V

    2015-01-01

    A 14-year-old boy presented with 3 months of generalized headache that had increased in intensity and frequency with associated light-headedness. Primary arachnoid cysts result from developmental abnormalities; more rare secondary cysts develop as a result of head injury, meningitis, tumors, or as a complication of brain surgery. PMID:25902350

  9. Treatment of Ganglion Cysts

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    Fung, B.; Lung, C. P.

    2013-01-01

    Ganglion cysts are soft tissue swellings occurring most commonly in the hand or wrist. Apart from swelling, most cysts are asymptomatic. Other symptoms include pain, weakness, or paraesthesia. The two main concerns patients have are the cosmetic appearance of the cysts and the fear of future malignant growth. It has been shown that 58% of cysts will resolve spontaneously over time. Treatment can be either conservative or through surgical excision. This review concluded that nonsurgical treatment is largely ineffective in treating ganglion cysts. However, it advised to patients who do not surgical treatment but would like symptomatic relief. Compared to surgery, which has a lower recurrence rate but have a higher complication rate with longer recovery period. It has been shown that surgical interventions do not provide better symptomatic relief compared to conservative treatment. If symptomatic relief is the patient's primary concern, a conservative approach is preferred, whilst surgical intervention will decrease the likelihood of recurrence. PMID:24967120

  10. Arachnoid cyst spontaneous rupture.

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    Marques, Inês Brás; Vieira Barbosa, José

    2014-01-01

    Arachnoid cysts are benign congenital cerebrospinal fluid collections, usually asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally in children or adolescents. They may become symptomatic after enlargement or complications, frequently presenting with symptoms of intracranial hypertension. We report an unusual case of progressive refractory headache in an adult patient due to an arachnoid cyst spontaneous rupture. Although clinical improvement occurred with conservative treatment, the subdural hygroma progressively enlarged and surgical treatment was ultimately needed. Spontaneous rupture is a very rare complication of arachnoid cysts. Accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid accumulation in the subdural space causes sustained intracranial hypertension that may be life-threatening and frequently requires surgical treatment. Patients with arachnoid cysts must be informed on their small vulnerability to cyst rupture and be aware that a sudden and severe headache, especially if starting after minor trauma or a Valsalva manoeuvre, always requires medical evaluation. PMID:24581205

  11. Primary perisplenic hydatid cyst.

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    Sharif, Muhammad Ashraf; Mahmood, Asad; Murtaza, Badar; Malik, Imran Bashir; Khan, Abdullah; Asghar, Zunera; Arif, Adeel

    2009-06-01

    Splenic parasitic cysts due to flat worm Echinococci resulting in hydatid disease are a rare presentation as primary site even in the endemic regions. Primary splenic parasitic cysts have an incidence of 0.5-4%. A 21-year-old male with pet dogs at home, presented with 3 months history of gradually increasing discomfort in the left hypochondrium and tender splenomegaly. He had marked eosinophilia with normal liver function tests and positive serum IgM Echinococcus antibodies. Ultrasonography showed a cyst in the hilar region of spleen having septations with internal echos. An upper midline laparotomy was performed and a perisplenic cyst was removed along with spleen from the sub-diaphragmatic location. Histopathological examination confirmed acellular fibrous wall of hydatid cyst with germinal layer and scolices in the centre. Postoperatively, patient was continued on oral Albendazole for one month. PMID:19486579

  12. Magnetic resonance neurography of the brachial plexus

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    Upadhyaya, Vaishali; Upadhyaya, Divya Narain; Kumar, Adarsh; Pandey, Ashok Kumar; Gujral, Ratni; Singh, Arun Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is being increasingly recognised all over the world as the imaging modality of choice for brachial plexus and peripheral nerve lesions. Recent refinements in MRI protocols have helped in imaging nerve tissue with greater clarity thereby helping in the identification, localisation and classification of nerve lesions with greater confidence than was possible till now. This article on Magnetic Resonance Neurography (MRN) is based on the authors’ experience of imaging the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves using these protocols over the last several years. PMID:26424974

  13. Oesophageal duplication cyst mimicking hydatid cyst in endemic areas

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    Akin, Melih; Yildiz, Abdullah; Karadag, Cetin Ali; Sever, Nihat; Dokucu, Ali Ihsan

    2015-01-01

    The cystic appearance of both oesophageal duplications and pulmonary hydatid cysts can cause a misdiagnosis very easily due to rarity of cystic oesophageal duplications beside the higher incidence of hydatid cyst, especially in endemic areas. Here we report a 7-year-old girl with an oesophageal duplication cyst on the left side misdiagnosed as a hydatid cyst. The aim of the study is to report rare oesophageal duplications in the differential diagnosis of intrathoracic cysts. PMID:26702290

  14. Management of adult choledochal cysts.

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    Powell, C S; Sawyers, J L; Reynolds, V H

    1981-01-01

    A review of the English literature reveals a total of 1,337 patients with choledochal cysts. Improved diagnostic techniques to visualize the biliary system are demonstrating an increasing number of unsuspected choledochal cysts in adult patients. Either choledochal cysts remain clinically silent until adulthood or may develop in later life. Experience is reported with adult patients having type I, II, III, and IV choledochal cysts. Type I cysts are preferably managed by excision but cyst anatomy may necessitate choledochoenteric drainage. Type II cysts are treated by excision except for those located within the pancreatic portion of the common bile duct. These are best managed by transduodenal cystoduodenostomy. The type III cyst (choledochocele) should be excised carefully, identifying and preserving the common bile and pancreatic ducts. Type IV cysts include a combination of any one of the first three types of cyst plus the presence of intrahepatic cyst or cysts. Treatment of these cysts is dictated by the type and location of the extrahepatic cyst. Since choledochal cysts are being recognized with increased frequency in adults, surgeons need to be aware of the diagnostic and treatment modalities available for each type of biliary cyst. Images Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 6. Fig. 7. Fig. 9. Fig. 10. PMID:7235770

  15. What has changed in brachial plexus surgery?

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    de Rezende, Marcelo Rosa; Silva, Gustavo Bersani; de Paula, Emygdio José Leomil; Junior, Rames Mattar; de Camargo, Olavo Pires

    2013-01-01

    Brachial plexus injuries, in all their severity and complexity, have been extensively studied. Although brachial plexus injuries are associated with serious and often definitive sequelae, many concepts have changed since the 1950s, when this pathological condition began to be treated more aggressively. Looking back over the last 20 years, it can be seen that the entire approach, from diagnosis to treatment, has changed significantly. Some concepts have become better established, while others have been introduced; thus, it can be said that currently, something can always be offered in terms of functional recovery, regardless of the degree of injury. Advances in microsurgical techniques have enabled improved results after neurolysis and have made it possible to perform neurotization, which has undoubtedly become the greatest differential in treating brachial plexus injuries. Improvements in imaging devices and electrical studies have allowed quick decisions that are reflected in better surgical outcomes. In this review, we intend to show the many developments in brachial plexus surgery that have significantly changed the results and have provided hope to the victims of this serious injury. PMID:23644864

  16. Right Ventricular Bronchogenic Cyst

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    Prates, Paulo R.; Lovato, Lucas; Homsi-Neto, Abud; Barra, Marinez; Sant'Anna, Joã R.M.; Kalil, Renato A.K.; Nesralla, Ivo A.

    2003-01-01

    We report an exceedingly rare case of primary bronchogenic cyst in the outflow tract of the right ventricle in a 48-year-old woman. In our review of the world literature, we found only 1 other report of an intracardiac bronchogenic cyst. Our patient's only symptom was mild dyspnea not associated with physical exertion, and the cyst was resected successfully. We report clinical aspects of the case, diagnostic methods, surgical management, and histopathologic findings. (Tex Heart Inst J 2003;30:71–3) PMID:12638677

  17. Acromioclavicular joint cyst formation.

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    Hiller, Andrew D; Miller, Joshua D; Zeller, John L

    2010-03-01

    Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) cysts are an uncommon and unusual sequela associated with shoulder pathophysiology. The majority of literature on ACJ cysts consists of individual case reports with no definitive literature review currently available. In addition to a comprehensive literature review, four clinical cases are presented in this report. First described by Craig (1984), a total of 41 cases have been previously reported in the literature. Of these cases, five occurred with the rotator cuff musculature intact. The remaining 36 cases of ACJ cysts occurred in patients with a complete tear/avulsion of the rotator cuff. Previous attempts at compiling a complete record of all reported cases have combined several distinct conditions into a single category. This article presents two distinct etiologies for the pathogenesis of ACJ cyst formation. In the presence of an intact rotator cuff, a Type 1 cyst can form superficially and be limited to the ACJ. Following a massive or traumatic tear of the rotator cuff, mechanical instability of the humeral head can cause a deterioration of the inferior acromioclavicular capsule (cuff tear arthropathy) and an overproduction of synovial fluid. Overtime, a "geyser" of fluid can form between the glenohumeral and the ACJ, forming a Type 2 cyst. This differentiation and categorization is essential for appropriate classification and treatment. PMID:20069645

  18. Focal Choroidal Excavation in Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy: Case Report

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    Esfahani, Mohammad Riazi; Esfahani, Hamid Riazi; Mahmoudi, Alireza; Johari, Mohammad Karim

    2015-01-01

    Focal choroidal excavation (FCE) was first reported as a choroidal posteriorly excavated zone without any scleral change. Choroidal excavation also divided into conforming and nonconforming type. Numerous reports demonstrated association between FCE and other disease such as choroidal neovascularization and central serous choroidoretinopathy. Here, we report a rare case of FCE in a patient with Best disease. The patient was diagnosed by spectoral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). To the best of our knowledge, our patient is the second report of choroidal excavation in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy. PMID:26155505

  19. Treatment Options for Brachial Plexus Injuries

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    Sakellariou, Vasileios I.; Badilas, Nikolaos K.; Stavropoulos, Nikolaos A.; Mazis, George; Kotoulas, Helias K.; Kyriakopoulos, Stamatios; Tagkalegkas, Ioannis; Sofianos, Ioannis P.

    2014-01-01

    The incidence of brachial plexus injuries is rapidly growing due to the increasing number of high-speed motor-vehicle accidents. These are devastating injuries leading to significant functional impairment of the patients. The purpose of this review paper is to present the available options for conservative and operative treatment and discuss the correct timing of intervention. Reported outcomes of current management and future prospects are also analysed. PMID:24967125

  20. Chronologic versus Biologic Aging of the Human Choroid

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    May, Christian Albrecht

    2013-01-01

    Several aspects of chronologic and biologic aging in the human choroid are reviewed from the literature. They often reveal methodological problems for age-dependent changes of the following parameters: choroidal thickness, choroidal pigmentation, choroidal vasculature and blood flow, and choroidal innervation. On reinterpreting some data of studies concerning Bruch's membrane, changes observed at different age points seem more likely to be nonlinear. Concluding from the data presented so far, chronologic aging should not be used as a factor for physiological changes in the human choroid. Longitudinal study designs are necessary to further establish the impact of age. Meanwhile, a more biologic oriented model of aging processes in the choroid should be established, including specified conditions (e.g., light exposure and refractory state). This would help to define more individual strategies for prevention and early stages of a certain defined disease. PMID:24453840

  1. The Choroidal Eye Oximeter - An instrument for measuring oxygen saturation of choroidal blood in vivo

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    Laing, R. A.; Danisch, L. A.; Young, L. R.

    1975-01-01

    The Choroidal Eye Oximeter is an electro-optical instrument that noninvasively measures the oxygen saturation of choroidal blood in the back of the human eye by a spectrophotometric method. Since choroidal blood is characteristic of blood which is supplied to the brain, the Choroidal Eye Oximeter can be used to monitor the amount of oxygen which is supplied to the brain under varying external conditions. The instrument consists of two basic systems: the optical system and the electronic system. The optical system produces a suitable bi-chromatic beam of light, reflects this beam from the fundus of the subject's eye, and onto a low-noise photodetector. The electronic system amplifies the weak composite signal from the photodetector, computes the average oxygen saturation from the area of the fundus that was sampled, and displays the value of the computed oxygen saturation on a panel meter.

  2. Benign ear cyst or tumor

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    Osteomas; Exostoses; Tumor - ear; Cysts - ear; Ear cysts; Ear tumors; Bony tumor of the ear canal ... can be released from the gland. Benign bony tumors of the ear canal (exostoses and osteomas) are ...

  3. [Endoscopic fenestration of median supratentorial cerebrospinal fluid cysts].

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    Melikian, A G; Ozerova, V I; Bragina, N N; Kolycheva, M V

    1999-01-01

    Mid-supratentorial liquor cysts are a relatively rare and generally congenital abnormality of the cerebral ventricles and subdural spaces. The data and views available in the literature on rational surgical policy is contradictory. The authors' experience in treating 16 patients was used to consider whether endoscopic techniques can be employed for invasive fenestration of the cysts. The goal of surgery was to remove the masses caused by cystic malformations and their local compression of the brain via fenestration of the walls of the cysts and via communication of their cavities with the ventricles and cisterns. There were solitary cysts in all cases (arachnoidal cysts of the interpedicular cistern and the third ventricle in 9; cysts of the ventricular septum in 4, ependicular cysts of the lateral ventricle in 2, and cysts of the celiac plexus of the third ventricle in other 2 cases, in 1 cases a liquor cyst was located in the midbrain thickness). The clinical picture was characterized by a combination of hypertensive, hydrocephalic and focal symptoms of damages to the hypothalamic and thalamic structures and the adjacent formations of the brain (pyramidal and extrapyramidal disorders, ataxia, chiasmal syndrome, metabolic and endocrine disorders, etc.). In 6 cases these symptoms were persistent despite preimplanted VP anastomosis. Rigid Storz endoscopes (Germany) with an external coat, 6 mm in diameter, and a Codman fibroendoscope (USA), 4 mm in diameter, were employed. Cystic ventriculostomy and cystic ventriculocisternostomies were made in 11 and 6 patients, respectively; one patient underwent endoscopic resection of the walls of an ependymal cyst. In one patient with signs of decreased liquor resorption, endoscopic fenestration was concurrently developed into a ventricle-peritoneal anastomosis. In other 4 anastomosis-dependent patients, the preimplanted mechanically consistent bypass system was left at its site. In 2 of these cases, cystic ventriculostomy was supplemented by ventricular septal fenestration and third-ventricular bottom perforation. Twelve patients were followed up for 6 to 36.5 months (mean 15 months). There has been no information about 6 patients since their discharge. In 12 (66.5%) surgery yielded expected results and the fenestration of cystic walls was followed by their retraction and a steady-state regression of local and/or hypertensive symptoms. In 5 (28%) patients, the complaints and clinical data remained unchanged despite although incomplete but objective cystic relaxation. This was most frequently noted in patients (n = 4) with arachnoidal cysts of the interpedicular cistern and the third ventricle who had endocrine disorders. In one case the operation was stopped due to bleeding. Totally, 5 patients were found to have complications (hemorrhage, ventriculitis). None patient died. Some aspects of indications for endoscopy and surgical techniques are considered. It is concluded that endoscopic internal bypass surgery in patients wit median cystic liquor malformations is the treatment of choice. When equipment is adjusted, fenestration of the membranous walls of these cysts by using an endoscope is reliable and safe. Such patients may be recommended endoscopic technology used as the method of choice. PMID:10696675

  4. Renal Cysts and Urinomas

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    Lee, Jessica; Darcy, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Renal cysts are a common imaging finding. Although most cysts never have symptoms, some cause pain, collecting system compression, hematuria, hypertension, and secondary infection. The mere presence of a cyst is not an indication for intervention, but treatment may be indicated in symptomatic patients or those with secondary obstruction. Urinomas generally are a contained collection of urine outside of the normal pathways where urine travels. As such, urinomas can arise anywhere from the upper abdomen down into the low pelvis and have a variety of etiologies. Ureteral obstruction with forniceal rupture and trauma (blunt, penetrating, or iatrogenic) are the most common causes of urinomas. When urinomas arise spontaneously, the likely cause varies with the patient's age. Blunt or penetrating trauma can cause perinephric urinomas by two mechanisms—direct disruption of the pelvis or collecting system or by degeneration of nonviable tissue. These urinomas are often perinephric, but can also occur in a subcapsular location. This review will discuss diagnosis, classification, and treatment of renal cysts and urinomas. PMID:23204636

  5. Canine intracranial epidermoid cyst.

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    Platt, S R; Graham, J; Chrisman, C L; Adjiri-Awere, A; Clemmons, R M

    1999-01-01

    A 7-year-old intact male pitbull presented with a 2-month history of progressive dysequilibrium. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis was indicative of a central inflammatory or neoplastic disorder. A cerebellar cystic structure was identified on magnetic resonance imaging which was found to be an epidermoid cyst on histopathology. PMID:10528837

  6. Ruptured intracranial dermoid cyst

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    Barnett, David W.; Snipes, George J.; Layton, Kennith F.; Opatowsky, Michael J.

    2012-01-01

    Rupture of an intracranial dermoid cyst is a rare event with considerable associated morbidity and potential mortality. We present a case of intracranial rupture of a dermoid cystic tumor with consequent dissemination of subarachnoid fat droplets resulting in acute aseptic chemical meningitis. Radiographic findings, operative treatment, and pathologic features are described. PMID:22275778

  7. Choroidal Thickness in Eyes with Unilateral Ocular Ischemic Syndrome

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    Kim, Dong Yoon; Joe, Soo Geun; Lee, Joo Yong; Kim, June-Gone; Yang, Sung Jae

    2015-01-01

    Aim. To analyze the subfoveal choroid thickness and choroidal volume in unilateral ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS). Methods. A retrospective review was conducted for all patients with unilateral OIS from October 2010 through June 2014. The subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFChT) and choroidal volume of both eyes were compared. Results. 19 unilateral OIS patients were included in this study. The mean SFChT of OIS eyes was significantly lower than that of fellow eyes (OIS eyes: 208.89 ± 82.62??m and fellow eyes: 265.31 ± 82.77??m, P < 0.001). The choroidal volume of OIS eyes was significantly smaller than that of fellow eyes (OIS eyes: 0.16 ± 0.05?mm3 and fellow eyes: 0.21 ± 0.05?mm3, P < 0.001). Conclusion. The choroidal thickness and volume of OIS eyes were smaller than those of unaffected fellow eyes. Decreased choroidal circulation caused by carotid artery stenosis might affect the discordance of choroidal thickness and choroidal volume. PMID:26504596

  8. Current perspectives of herpesviral retinitis and choroiditis.

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    Madhavan, H N; Priya, K; Biswas, J

    2004-10-01

    Vision-threatening viral retinitis are primarily caused by members of the herpesvirus family. The biology and molecular characterization of herpesviruses, clinical presentations of retinopathies, pathology and pathogenesis including the host responses, epidemiology and the laboratory methods of aetiological diagnosis of these diseases are described. Clinical syndromes are acute retinal necrosis (ARN), progressive outer retinal necrosis (PORN), cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, multifocal choroiditis and serpiginous choroiditis besides other viral retinopathies. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) retinitis is more common in immunocompetent persons while varicella zoster virus (VZV) affects both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed patients equally. CMV retinitis is most common among patients with AIDS. The currently employed laboratory methods of antigen detection, virus isolation and antibody detection by enzyme linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) have low sensitivity. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has increased the value of diagnosis due to its high clinical sensitivity and absolute specificity in detection of herpesviruses in intraocular specimens. PMID:16295367

  9. Motor Cortex Neuroplasticity Following Brachial Plexus Transfer

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    Dimou, Stefan; Biggs, Michael; Tonkin, Michael; Hickie, Ian B.; Lagopoulos, Jim

    2013-01-01

    In the past decade, research has demonstrated that cortical plasticity, once thought only to exist in the early stages of life, does indeed continue on into adulthood. Brain plasticity is now acknowledged as a core principle of brain function and describes the ability of the central nervous system to adapt and modify its structural organization and function as an adaptive response to functional demand. In this clinical case study we describe how we used neuroimaging techniques to observe the functional topographical expansion of a patch of cortex along the sensorimotor cortex of a 27-year-old woman following brachial plexus transfer surgery to re-innervate her left arm. We found bilateral activations present in the thalamus, caudate, insula as well as across the sensorimotor cortex during an elbow flex motor task. In contrast we found less activity in the sensorimotor cortex for a finger tap motor task in addition to activations lateralized to the left inferior frontal gyrus and thalamus and bilaterally for the insula. From a pain perspective the patient who had experienced extensive phantom limb pain (PLP) before surgery found these sensations were markedly reduced following transfer of the right brachial plexus to the intact left arm. Within the context of this clinical case the results suggest that functional improvements in limb mobility are associated with increased activation in the sensorimotor cortex as well as reduced PLP. PMID:23966938

  10. [Arachnoid cysts: Embriology and pathology].

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    García-Conde, Mario; Martín-Viota, Lucia

    2015-01-01

    There is still great controversy surrounding the origin of the arachnoid cyst. The most accepted theory in the case of congenital cysts explains how they are formed from an anomalous development of the arachnoid membrane, which is unfolded allowing the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid inside and creating a cyst. This theory seems to explain the origin of convexity and sylvian cistern arachnoid cysts, whereas those in other locations might be due to other mechanisms. In the anatomopathological analysis, the arachnoid cyst wall can be seen as having few differences from normal, although thickened due to an increase quantity of collagenous material. A description of the embryological development of the arachnoid layer and cyst formation is presented, describing the main anatomopathological findings. PMID:25866380

  11. Giant supratentorial neurenteric cyst.

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    Junaid, Muhammad; Kalsoom, Anisa; Khalid, Muhammad; Bukhari, Syed Sarmad

    2014-11-01

    Intracranial neurenteric cysts are rare congenital lesions that may be mistaken for other cystic neoplastic and nonneoplastic lesions. A 35 years old right handed man presented with a one year history of progressive left hemiparesis, headache, personality changes and seizures. Clinical examination revealed a confused patient with left hemiparesis (power 4/5 in both left upper and lower limbs), upper motor neuron type signs in left half of the body (up going plantar reflex and exaggerated deep tendon reflexes at 3+), left facial weakness of upper motor neuron type. CT scan head with contrast revealed a non-enhancing spherical cystic lesion in the frontotemporoparietal region with minimal to moderate mass effect. The cyst was removed using a combination of hydrodissection and excision. Recovery was complete with no evidence of recurrence or residual disease at 3 months. PMID:25518778

  12. Electroacupuncture attenuates neuropathic pain after brachial plexus injury.

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    Zhang, Shenyu; Tang, Hailiang; Zhou, Junming; Gu, Yudong

    2014-07-15

    Electroacupuncture has traditionally been used to treat pain, but its effect on pain following brachial plexus injury is still unknown. In this study, rat models of an avulsion injury to the left brachial plexus root (associated with upper-limb chronic neuropathic pain) were given electroacupuncture stimulation at bilateral Quchi (LI11), Hegu (LI04), Zusanli (ST36) and Yanglingquan (GB34). After electroacupuncture therapy, chronic neuropathic pain in the rats' upper limbs was significantly attenuated. Immunofluorescence staining showed that the expression of ?-endorphins in the arcuate nucleus was significantly increased after therapy. Thus, experimental findings indicate that electroacupuncture can attenuate neuropathic pain after brachial plexus injury through upregulating ?-endorphin expression. PMID:25221593

  13. Megalencephalic Leukoencephalopathy with Subcortical Cysts (MLC)

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    ... new treatments for the disease. Are there other names for Megalencephalic Leukoencephalopathy with subcortical Cysts (MLC)? Other names for Megalencephalic Leukoencephalopathy with subcortical Cysts (MLC) include: ...

  14. Arachnoid cyst slit valves: the mechanism for arachnoid cyst enlargement.

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    Halani, Sameer H; Safain, Mina G; Heilman, Carl B

    2013-07-01

    Arachnoid cysts are common, accounting for approximately 1% of intracranial mass lesions. Most are congenital, clinically silent, and remain static in size. Occasionally, they increase in size and produce symptoms due to mass effect or obstruction. The mechanism of enlargement of arachnoid cysts is controversial. One-way slit valves are often hypothesized as the mechanism for enlargement. The authors present 4 cases of suprasellar prepontine arachnoid cysts in which a slit valve was identified. The patients presented with hydrocephalus due to enlargement of the cyst. The valve was located in the arachnoid wall of the cyst directly over the basilar artery. The authors believe this slit valve was responsible for the net influx of CSF into the cyst and for its enlargement. They also present 1 case of an arachnoid cyst in the middle cranial fossa that had a small circular opening but lacked a slit valve. This cyst did not enlarge but surgery was required because of rupture and the development of a subdural hygroma. One-way slit valves exist and are a possible mechanism of enlargement of suprasellar prepontine arachnoid cysts. The valve was located directly over the basilar artery in each of these cases. Caudad-to-cephalad CSF flow during the cardiac cycle increased the opening of the valve, whereas cephalad-to-caudad CSF flow during the remainder of the cardiac cycle pushed the slit opening against the basilar artery and decreased the size of the opening. Arachnoid cysts that communicate CSF via circular, nonslit valves are probably more likely to remain stable. PMID:23662935

  15. Blood Flow MRI of the Human Retina/Choroid during Rest and Isometric Exercise

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    Duong, Timothy Q.

    Retina Blood Flow MRI of the Human Retina/Choroid during Rest and Isometric Exercise Yi Zhang,1. To investigate blood flow (BF) in the human retina/ choroid during rest and handgrip isometric exercise using/choroid during rest and isometric exercise. Retina/choroid BF increases during brief handgrip exercise

  16. Reduced Choroidal Neovascular Membrane Formation in Cyclooxygenase-2 Null Mice

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    Rezaei, Kasra A.; Toma, Hassanain S.; Cai, Jiyang; Penn, John S.; Sternberg, Paul

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To assess the degree of laser-induced choroidal neovascular membrane formation in wild-type (WT) and COX-2 null mice and to measure vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin (IL)-1?, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-? levels in the retina and choroid. Methods. Four laser burns were placed in each eye of WT and COX-2 null mice to induce choroidal neovascularization. Fluorescein angiography (FA) was performed at 14 days, and retinal pigment epithelium-choroid-sclera (choroidal) flat mounts were prepared. The retina and choroid were isolated from WT and COX-2 null mice at 24, 72, and 168 hours after laser photocoagulation and from unlasered eyes and were tested for VEGF, IL-1?, and TNF-?. Results. COX-2 null mice demonstrated 58% (P = 0.001) and 48% (P = 0.001) reductions in CNV formation on FA and choroidal flat mounts, respectively, compared with WT mice. For unlasered mice, mean VEGF concentrations in the retina and choroid were 1.2 ± 0.42 pg/mg protein for WT but only 0.42 ± 0.2 pg/mg protein for COX-2 null mice (P < 0.05). After laser photocoagulation, WT mice showed significantly greater VEGF and IL-? expression in the retina and choroid by 168 hours (P < 0.05) and 72 hours (P < 0.05), respectively, compared with COX-2 null mice. Conclusions. COX-2 null mice exhibited significantly less choroidal neovascular membrane formation associated with reduced expression of VEGF. The results of this study suggest that COX-2 modulates VEGF expression in CNV and implicates a potential therapeutic role for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. PMID:20881304

  17. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Retinal Vascular Diseases and Choroidal Neovascularization

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    Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Di Antonio, Luca; Di Staso, Silvio; Agnifili, Luca; Di Gregorio, Angela; Ciancaglini, Marco; Mastropasqua, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To assess the ability of optical coherence tomography-angiography (OCT-A) to show and analyze retinal vascular patterns and the choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in retinal vascular diseases. Methods. Seven eyes of seven consecutive patients with retinal vascular diseases were examined. Two healthy subjects served as controls. All eyes were scanned with the SD-OCT XR Avanti (Optovue Inc, Fremont CA, USA). Split spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography algorithm was used to identify the blood flow within the tissue. Fluorescein angiography (FA) and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) with Spectralis HRA + OCT (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH) were performed. Results. In healthy subjects OCT-A visualized major macular vessels and detailed capillary networks around the foveal avascular zone. Patients were affected with myopic CNV (2 eyes), age-related macular degeneration related (2), branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) (2), and branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) (1). OCT-A images provided distinct vascular patterns, distinguishing perfused and nonperfused areas in BRVO and BRAO and recognizing the presence, location, and size of CNV. Conclusions. OCT-A provides detailed images of retinal vascular plexuses and quantitative data of pathologic structures. Further studies are warranted to define the role of OCT-A in the assessment of retinovascular diseases, with respect to conventional FA and ICG-A. PMID:26491548

  18. Cyst of accessory lacrimal gland.

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    Durán, J. A.; Cuevas, J.

    1983-01-01

    We present a case of an epithelial cyst of the conjunctiva caused by the dilatation of an accessory lacrimal gland. The case is peculiar in regard to the size of the cyst and the absence of traumatic or inflammatory factors to explain the retention of fluid. Images PMID:6860616

  19. Neurochemical characterization of intrinsic neurons in ferret tracheal plexus.

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    Dey, R D; Altemus, J B; Rodd, A; Mayer, B; Said, S I; Coburn, R F

    1996-03-01

    Although neuroanatomical and neurophysiological features of neurons in the ferret trachea have been studied, the neural mediators associated with this plexus have not been completely characterized. The purpose of this study was to examine the occurrence of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), and substance P(SP) in the intrinsic neurons of this plexus. The distribution of double- and triple-labeled neurons was quantified in cryostat sections and in whole mounted specimens to evaluate the neurochemical profiles. About 85% of the nerve cell bodies with ChAT immunoreactivity (ChAT-IR) were located in ganglia of the longitudinal trunks or the closely associated bridge ganglia. Approximately 15% of ChAT-positive neurons were in ganglia of the superficial muscular plexus. Conversely, VIP-IR neurons were most frequent in the superficial muscular plexus (>75%) and, <10% were observed in the longitudinal trunks or bridge neurons. Most NOS- and SP-IR neurons were also located in the superficial muscular plexus. The following distribution of neurochemical profiles was determined for neurons of the superficial muscular plexus: 11% only NOS, 20% only VIP, 5% only SP, 67% NOS and VIP, and 40% VIP and SP. NOS, VIP, and SP were frequently localized in the same nerve cell body. The occurrence of nerve terminals containing only SP located around the borders of individual NOS/VIP/SP-containing neurons suggests possible sensory innervation to the airway neurons. The results demonstrate that: (1) most cholinergic nerves do not contain VIP, NOS, or SP; (2) cholinergic neurons are predominantly located in the longitudinal trunk ganglia; (3) VIP, NOS, and SP are predominantly located in the superficial muscular plexus ganglia; and (4) nerve terminals containing exclusively SP, suggesting possible sensory origin, are closely associated with some neurons in the plexus. PMID:8845170

  20. [Imaging diagnosis of arachnoid cysts].

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    Gelabert-González, Miguel; Santín-Amo, José María; Aran-Echabe, Eduardo; García-Allut, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    Arachnoid cysts are malformed lesions that contain a fluid similar to the cerebrospinal fluid, and are usually located within the arachnoidal membrane. They represent 1% of all intracranial lesions, and in recent years, with the development of radiological techniques, the clinical detectability of arachnoid cysts seems to have increased. Although the majority of diagnosed arachnoid cysts are located in the cranial cavity and especially in the Sylvian fissure, a small number are located at spinal level and they can occur extra- or intra-spinally. An analysis is carried out, detailing the various tests used for the diagnosis of both intracranial and spinal arachnoids cysts, analysing the indications of each one depending on the location of the cysts and patient age. PMID:25866381

  1. Changes in the cholinergic innervation pattern of porcine ovaries with cysts induced by dexamethasone administration.

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    Koz?owska, A; Majewski, M; Jana, B

    2014-09-01

    We revealed earlier that induction of ovarian cysts in gilts by dexamethasone phosphate disodium salt (DXM) administration from the follicular phase of the estrous cycle (EC) changed the cholinergic innervation of the gonad. In the present study, the innervation of porcine ovaries by vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT)-, neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)-, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)- and somatostatin (SOM)-immunoreactive (IR) fibres, after induction of cystic changes from the middle luteal phase of the EC, was determined. The cystic changes were induced by DXM injections from days 7 to 21 of the EC, and 11 days later, the ovaries were collected. In the cystic ovaries, VAChT-, nNOS- and SOM-IR fibres were found around cysts and small tertiary follicles; nNOS-IR and also VAChT-IR fibres were observed near secondary follicles and veins; and VAChT- and nNOS-IR fibres were not found around cortical arteries. The number of VIP-IR fibres increased near the cysts and within the ground plexus, while the number of VAChT-IR fibres decreased within the medullar part of this structure. Thus, our study showed changes in the cholinergic innervation pattern of the porcine cystic ovaries induced from the middle phase of the cycle and confirmed that cystic ovary innervation depends partly on the phase of the EC in which the induction of cysts was started. PMID:24519145

  2. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, diagnosis and management.

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    Coppens, G; Spielberg, L; Leys, A

    2011-01-01

    Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV) was first identified in 1985. Initially considered to be rare, PCV is currently frequently diagnosed in patients of African and Asian descent. In Caucasians, PCV counts for 10% of cases of AMD, and for up to 85% of patients with hemorrhagic or exudative retinal pigment epithelial detachment. Although the clinical presentation can be suggestive, extensive investigation with the indispensable indocyanine green angiography, is required for confirmation of PCV. Treatment has to be considered in active disease threatening the macula. Photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin is required for closure of PCV complexes. Anti-VEGF treatment reduces associated macular edema. PMID:21560855

  3. Neurenteric cyst of the ventral cervicomedullary region.

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    Prasad, G Lakshmi; Borkar, Sachin Anil; Subbarao, Kiran Chikkanahalli; Sharma, Mehar Chand; Mahapatra, Ashok Kumar

    2012-09-01

    Neurenteric cysts are rare, benign, endodermally derived tumors of the central nervous system. Intracranial neurenteric cysts are rare with posterior fossa being the most common location among them. Neurenteric cyst of the craniocervical region is very rare. Authors report a rare case of neurenteric cyst located in the ventral cervicomedullary region. The pertinent literature is reviewed regarding this uncommon entity. PMID:23560004

  4. Neurenteric cyst of the ventral cervicomedullary region

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    Prasad, G. Lakshmi; Borkar, Sachin Anil; Subbarao, Kiran Chikkanahalli; Sharma, Mehar Chand; Mahapatra, Ashok Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Neurenteric cysts are rare, benign, endodermally derived tumors of the central nervous system. Intracranial neurenteric cysts are rare with posterior fossa being the most common location among them. Neurenteric cyst of the craniocervical region is very rare. Authors report a rare case of neurenteric cyst located in the ventral cervicomedullary region. The pertinent literature is reviewed regarding this uncommon entity. PMID:23560004

  5. Artemia cyst production in Russia

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    Litvinenko, Liudmila I.; Litvinenko, Aleksandr I.; Boiko, Elena G.; Kutsanov, Kirill

    2015-11-01

    In Western Siberia (Russia) there are about 100 Artemia lakes with total area over 1 600 km2. Geographically these lakes are located between 51°-56°N and 61°-82°E. In general these lakes are shallow (depth less than 1.5 m), small or medium size (0.1 to 10 km2); they are chloride; their total salinity is from 40 to 250 g/L. The harvesting of cysts per year is only in 20-40 lakes. In Russia 550 tons of dry Artemia cysts (14%-18% of the world production) were harvested annually. This includes about 350 tons in the Altai region and 200 tons in other regions. During our regular 20-year study period the cyst harvest was: 95 tons in Kurgan; 65 tons in Omsk, 20 tons in Novosibirsk, 20 tons in Tyumen. Ways of increasing cyst harvest in Russia are considered in this article. During the last 30 years the harvest of cysts in Russia has increased from 7-20 to 500-600 tons. A significant influence of dryness of the year was found on productivity in selected lakes, but taken for all the lakes together, the relationship was not significant. The optimal salinity for productivity of cysts in the lakes was determined. Analysis of productivity of the lakes and the harvesting results showed that the stocks of cysts are underutilized by approximately 1.7 times.

  6. Thermoablation of Liver Metastases: Efficacy of Temporary Celiac Plexus Block

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    Beck, A.N. Schaefer, M.; Werk, M.; Pech, M.; Wieners, G.; Cho, C.; Ricke, J.

    2005-05-15

    Purpose. To determine the efficacy of celiac plexus block during thermoablation of liver metastases. Methods. Fifty-five consecutive patients underwent thermoablation therapy of liver tumors by laser-induced thermotherapy. Twenty-nine patients received a temporary celiac plexus block, 26 patients acted as control group. In both groups fentanyl and midazolam were administered intravenously upon request of the patient. The duration of the intervention, consumption of opiates, and individual pain sensations were documented. Results. No complications resulting from the celiac plexus block were recorded. Celiac plexus block significantly reduced the amount of pain medication used during thermoablation therapy of liver tumors (with block, 2.45 {mu}g fentanyl per kg body weight; without block, 3.58 {mu}g fentanyl per kg body weight, p < 0.05; midazolam consumption was not reduced) in patients with metastases {<=}5 mm from the liver capsule. For metastases farther away from the capsule no significant differences in opiate consumption were seen. Celiac plexus block reduced the time for thermoablation significantly (178 min versus 147 min, p < 0.05) no matter how far the metastases were from the liver capsule. Average time needed to set the block was 12 min (range 9-15 min); additional costs for the block were marginal. As expected (as pain medications were given according to individual patients' needs) pain indices did not differ significantly between the two groups. Conclusion. In patients with liver metastases {<=}5 mm from the liver capsule, celiac plexus block reduces the amount of opiates necessary, simplifying patient monitoring. In addition celiac plexus block reduces intervention time, with positive effects on overall workflow for all patients.

  7. A case of primary choroidal malignant melanoma in a cat.

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    Bourguet, Aurélie; Piccicuto, Virginie; Donzel, Elise; Carlus, Marine; Chahory, Sabine

    2015-07-01

    This report describes the clinical presentation, diagnosis, histological lesions, and prognosis of a primary choroidal malignant melanoma in a 15-year-old cat. The animal was presented for unilateral blindness. On ocular examination, a raised pigmented mass protruding from the posterior pole into the vitreous body was observed by diffuse transillumination and indirect ophthalmoscopy. Ocular ultrasound and computer tomography (CT) scan confirmed localization of the tumor to the posterior segment. The diagnosis of primary choroidal melanoma was confirmed by histopathology after enucleation. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a feline malignant melanoma with a primary choroidal localization without iris involvement. PMID:25399839

  8. Role of Intravitreal Antivascular Endothelial Growth Factor Injections for Choroidal Neovascularization due to Choroidal Osteoma.

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    Mansour, Ahmad M; Arevalo, J Fernando; Al Kahtani, Eman; Zegarra, Hernando; Abboud, Emad; Anand, Rajiv; Ahmadieh, Hamid; Sisk, Robert A; Mirza, Salman; Tuncer, Samuray; Navea Tejerina, Amparo; Mataix, Jorge; Ascaso, Francisco J; Pulido, Jose S; Guthoff, Rainer; Goebel, Winfried; Roh, Young Jung; Banker, Alay S; Gentile, Ronald C; Martinez, Isabel Alonso; Morris, Rodney; Panday, Neeraj; Min, Park Jung; Mercé, Emilie; Lai, Timothy Y Y; Massoud, Vicky; Ghazi, Nicola G

    2014-01-01

    We treated 26 eyes of 25 young patients having a mean age of 30 years with intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor for choroidal new vessel (CNV) formation overlying choroidal osteoma over a mean follow-up of 26 months. Mean number of injections was 2.4 at 6 months, 3.2 at 12 months, and 5.5 at 24 months. CNV was subfoveal in 14 eyes, juxtafoveal in 5, extrafoveal in 5, and peripapillary in 2. By paired comparison, mean decrease from baseline was 119.7 microns at 6 months (n = 15; P = 0.001), 105.3 microns at 1 year (n = 10; P = 0.03), and 157.6 microns at 2 years (n = 7; P = 0.08). BCVA improved by 3.3 lines at 6 months after therapy (n = 26; P < 0.001), 2.8 lines (n = 20; P = 0.01) at 1 year, and 3.1 lines (n = 13; P = 0.049) at 2 years. We conclude that intravitreal anti-VEGF injections improve vision in majority of eyes with CNV from choroidal osteoma. PMID:25147732

  9. Choriocapillaris and Choroidal Microvasculature Imaging with Ultrahigh Speed OCT Angiography

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    Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar

    We demonstrate in vivo choriocapillaris and choroidal microvasculature imaging in normal human subjects using optical coherence tomography (OCT). An ultrahigh speed swept source OCT prototype at 1060 nm wavelengths with a ...

  10. [Prenatal diagnosis of ovarian cysts].

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    Frémond, B; Guibert, L; Jouan, H; Milon, J; Tekou, H; Duval, J M; Babut, J M

    1986-01-01

    The authors report 10 cases of ante-natally diagnosed ovarian cysts. Ultrasonography greatly contributed to the diagnosis of this condition rarely described before. These cysts are usually follicular cysts. Physiopathological explanation still remain unclear: excessive fetal gonadotrope activity, enzymatic abnormality of the theca interna, abnormal stimulation by the mother's HCG are the main hypothesis. Ultrasonographic prenatal diagnosis is based on the discovery of an intra-abdominal round liquid area in a female fetus with normal kidneys and bladder. Obstetrical management is very simple: observation and vaginal delivery. After birth, diagnosis is assessed by clinical examination and ultrasonography which may be able to recognize a possible torsion (intracystic fluid septation). Treatment is conditioned by two facts: first these cysts are usually follicular benign lesions, second there is a high risk of complications, mainly torsion or rupture. Non-operative treatment and observation can be justified for very small cysts which have low risk of torsion. Laparotomy confirms the diagnosis: regarding non complicated cysts, surgery must be as conservative as possible: cystectomy is often feasible, leaving a laminated but functional ovary. Percutaneous puncture under ultrasonography could be considered. PMID:3533290

  11. Primary Intrathoracic Extrapulmonary Hydatid Cysts

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    Gursoy, Soner; Ucvet, Ahmet; Tozum, Halil; Erbaycu, Ahmet Emin; Kul, Cemil; Basok, Oktay

    2009-01-01

    Primary hydatid cysts very rarely form in intrathoracic yet extrapulmonary sites. Accurate preoperative diagnosis in such cases is difficult, and corrective surgical procedures necessarily differ from those that are used to treat the far more typical pulmonary or hepatic hydatid cysts. We retrospectively evaluated the diagnostic and operative characteristics of intrathoracic extrapulmonary hydatid cysts, and we examined the outcome of aggressive surgical interventions that went beyond conventional parenchymal-sparing procedures. From 2003 through 2007, 14 patients (mean age, 39.14 ± 16.8 yr) underwent surgical treatment in our hospital for primary intrathoracic extrapulmonary hydatid cysts. These cysts were variously in the diaphragm, chest wall, mediastinum, pleura, and pericardial cavity. All patients underwent cystectomy, decortication, resection, and repair of the adjacent structure. No complication, recurrence, or death occurred in the follow-up period of 15 ± 18.1 months (range, 2–52 mo). In order to achieve complete resection and to avoid recurrence of disease from intrathoracic extrapulmonary hydatid cysts, the thoracic surgeon should forgo cystotomy and capitonnage in favor of cystectomy with a wide resection and reconstruction of surrounding tissues. Postoperatively, patients should adhere to a regimen of anthelmintic therapy. PMID:19568393

  12. Clinical study of histologically proven conjunctival cysts

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    Thatte, Shreya; Jain, Jagriti; Kinger, Mallika; Palod, Sapan; Wadhva, Jatin; Vishnoi, Avijit

    2014-01-01

    Purpose This is a clinco-histopathological study of different varieties of conjunctival cysts where modification of surgical technique was done as per requirement for intact removal of cysts to minimise recurrence rate. Materials and methods Retrospective study of 40 cases of conjunctival cysts. A thorough ocular examination and basic haematological work up was done for all patients. B-scan USG and MRI was done wherever required to see the posterior extent. All patients underwent surgical excision of cyst followed by histo-pathological examination. Results The various types of conjunctival cysts found in our study were primary inclusion cyst 12 (30%), secondary inclusion cyst 6 (15%), pterygium with cysts 15 (37.5%), parasitic cyst 4 (10%), lymphatic cyst 2 (5%), and orbital cyst with rudimentary eye 1 (2.5%). The common symptoms noted were progressive increase in size of cyst (39.45%), cosmetic disfigurement (26.23%), foreign body sensations (27.86%), proptosis (1.6%), ocular motility restrictions (3.2%) and decreased visual acuity (1.6%). The patients were followed till one year after surgical excision for any recurrence and complications and no recurrence was seen. Conclusion Careful and intact removal of conjunctival cyst is important to prevent recurrence. Minor modifications in surgical technique according to the size, site and nature of cyst help in intact removal and prevent recurrence. PMID:25892928

  13. Treatment of choroidal neovascularization in high myopia.

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    Montero, Javier A; Ruiz-Moreno, Jose M

    2010-05-01

    High myopia affects approximately 2% of general population, and is a major cause of legal blindness in many developed countries. Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is the most common vision-threatening complication of high myopia. Different therapeutic approaches have been attempted such as thermal laser photocoagulation, surgery and photodynamic therapy with verteporfin (PDT). The visual outcome of these therapies has been reported to be better than the natural history of the condition. However, the limited visual acuity improvement after PDT monotherapy and the appearance of subretinal fibrosis and chorioretinal atrophy prompted the association of other therapies. In the past few years a tremendous advance in the knowledge of the mechanisms underling CNV secondary to high myopia and age related macular degeneration has been achieved, leading to new therapeutic targets and novel drugs and combined therapies. These new therapeutic weapons have been designed to achieve a selective shut down of choroidal new vessels. Recent reviews have been published on the natural history and therapies for myopic CNV. Ohno-Matsui reported on the natural history of the condition as well as the outcome of laser photocoagulation, surgical extraction of CNV, foveal translocation and photodynamic therapy on myopic CNV in the short-term. Soubrane et al reviewed the new advances on surgery, laser photocoagulation and PDT, considering some of the potential effects of triamcinolone, pegaptanib and ranibizumab in CNV secondary to age related macular degeneration (AMD). Novack et al reported on the pharmacological therapy of CNV in AMD. The aim of this review is to summarize the recent advances in myopic CNV pathophysiology and the new therapeutic targets and drugs that are changing the clinical management of myopic CNV. PMID:20196722

  14. Ethanol sclerosis of a mediastinal cyst.

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    Malde, H M; Kedar, R P; Chadda, D J

    1993-08-01

    The authors report a mediastinal cyst treated by aspiration and ethanol sclerosis, which were performed under ultrasonographic guidance. Mediastinoscopy and thoracotomy were thus avoided. One year later there had been no recurrence of the cyst or any symptoms. PMID:8348365

  15. Primary Peritoneal Hydatid Cyst Presenting as Ovarian Cyst Torsion: A Rare Case Report

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    Gandhiraman, Kavitha; Balakrishnan, Renukadevi; Ramamoorthy, Rathna; Rajeshwari, Raja

    2015-01-01

    Hydatid cyst disease is a zoonotic disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus, E.multilocularis or E.Vogli. The most common primary site is liver (75%) followed by lungs (5-15%) and other organs constitute 10-20%. Peritoneal hydatid cysts are very rare especially primary peritoneal hydatid. Secondary peritoneal hydatid cysts are relatively common, which usually occurs due to rupture of primary hepatic hydatid cyst. We present a rare case of large primary peritoneal hydatid cyst misdiagnosed as torsion of ovarian cyst that underwent Laparotomy with cyst excision and postoperative Albendazole therapy. PMID:26436004

  16. Proximal Sciatic Nerve Intraneural Ganglion Cyst

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    Swartz, Karin R.; Wilson, Dianne; Boland, Michael; Fee, Dominic B.

    2009-01-01

    Intraneural ganglion cysts are nonneoplastic, mucinous cysts within the epineurium of peripheral nerves which usually involve the peroneal nerve at the knee. A 37-year-old female presented with progressive left buttock and posterior thigh pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a sciatic nerve mass at the sacral notch which was subsequently revealed to be an intraneural ganglion cyst. An intraneural ganglion cyst confined to the proximal sciatic nerve has only been reported once prior to 2009. PMID:20069041

  17. “Primary Omental Hydatid Cyst”: A Rare Entity

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    Sable, Shailesh; Mehta, Jyoti; Yadav, Sudeep; Jategaokar, Priyadarshan; Haldar, Premashish J.

    2012-01-01

    Hydatid cyst is caused by the parasite Echinococcus granulosus commonly seen in temperate regions. Primary omental hydatid cyst is rare entity. Diagnosis can be achieved with contrast-enhanced computed tomography of abdomen and pelvis along with serology. Eosinophilia is a strong pointer to hydatid cyst as a differential diagnosis. Open or laparoscopic excision of the cyst along with medical therapy remains the treatment of choice. PMID:23050190

  18. A noninvasive eye fixation monitoring system for CyberKnife radiotherapy of choroidal and orbital tumors

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    Daftari, I. K.; Petti, P. L.; Larson, D. A.; O'Brien, J. M.; Phillips, T. L.

    2009-03-15

    A new noninvasive monitoring system for fixing the eye has been developed to treat orbital and choroidal tumors with CyberKnife-based radiotherapy. This device monitors the eye during CT/MRI scanning and during treatment. The results of this study demonstrate the feasibility of the fixation light system for CyberKnife-based treatments of orbital and choroidal tumors and supports the idea that larger choroidal melanomas and choroidal metastases could be treated with CyberKnife without implanting fiducial markers.

  19. Popliteal masses masquerading as popliteal cysts.

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    Griffiths, H T; Elston, C W; Colton, C L; Swannell, A J

    1984-01-01

    Two popliteal swellings, thought initially to be synovial cysts associated with arthritic knees, were found to be unrelated tumours of serious significance. In the presence of neurological signs or a large cyst in association with a noninflammed knee joint a disease other than a simple synovial cyst should be considered. Images PMID:6696518

  20. Epithelial cysts of the spleen: A minireview

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    Ingle, Sachin B; Hinge (Ingle), Chitra R; Patrike, Swapna

    2014-01-01

    Primary splenic epithelial cyst is an unusual event in everyday surgical practice with about 800 cases reported until date in the English literature. Splenic cysts may be parasitic or non-parasitic in origin. Nonparasitic cysts are either primary or secondary. Primary cysts are also called true, congenital, epidermoid or epithelial cysts. Primary splenic cysts account for 10% of all benign non-parasitic splenic cysts and are the most frequent type of splenic cysts in children. Usually, splenic cysts are asymptomatic and can be found incidentally during imaging techniques or on laprotomy. The symptoms are related to the size of cysts. When they assume large sizes, they may present with fullness in the left abdomen, local or referred pain, symptoms due to compression of adjacent structures (like nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhoea) or rarely thrombocytopenia, and occasionally complications such as infection, rupture and/or haemorrhage. The preoperative diagnosis of primary splenic cysts can be ascertained by ultrasonography (USG), computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, although the wide use of USG today has led to an increase in the incidence of splenic cysts by 1%. However, careful histopathological evaluation along with immunostaining for presence of epithelial lining is mandatory to arrive at the diagnosis. The treatment has changed drastically from total splenectomy in the past to splenic preservation methods recently. PMID:25320525

  1. Asymptomatic vallecular cyst: case report.

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    Yuce, Yucel; Uzun, Sennur; Aypar, Ulku

    2013-01-01

    A 56-year-old man presented himself for an intracranial glioblastoma multiforme excision. After being routinely monitored, he was preoxygenated. We induced anesthesia and paralysis with 200 mg propofol, 50 ?g fentanyl and 9 mg vecuronium. Direct laryngoscopy with a Macintosh 3 blade revealed a 2x2 cm cyst, pedunculated, arising from the right side of the vallecula preventing the endotracheal intubation. While the patient remained anesthetized, we urgently consulted an otolaryngologist and aspirated the cyst with a 22-gauge needle and syringe under direct laryngoscopy. We aspirated 10 cc of liquid content. This was followed by an uneventful tracheal intubation with a 9.0 enforced spiral cuffed tube. An alternative to fiberoptic intubation may be careful cyst aspiration to facilitate the intubation. PMID:24263047

  2. Laparoscopic approach to retrorectal cyst

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    Gunkova, Petra; Martinek, Lubomir; Dostalik, Jan; Gunka, Igor; Vavra, Petr; Mazur, Miloslav

    2008-01-01

    Retrorectal cysts are rare benign lesions in the presacral space which are frequently diagnosed in middle-aged females. We report here our experience with two symptomatic female patients who were diagnosed as having a retrorectal cyst and managed using a laparoscopic approach. The two patients were misdiagnosed as having an ovarian cystic lesion after abdominal ultrasonography. Computer tomography (CT) scan was mandatory to establish the diagnosis. The trocar port site was the same in both patients. An additional left oophorectomy was done for a coexisting ovarian cystic lesion in one patient in the same setting. There was no postoperative morbidity or mortality and the two patients were discharged on the 5th and 6th post operative days, respectively. Our cases show that laparoscopic management of retrorectal cysts is a safe approach. It reduces surgical trauma and offers an excellent tool for perfect visualization of the deep structures in the presacral space. PMID:19030218

  3. Review of spectral domain enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography of tumors of the choroid

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    Shields, Carol L; Manalac, Janet; Das, Chandana; Saktanasate, Jarin; Shields, Jerry A

    2015-01-01

    Background: Spectral domain enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT) can provide anatomic localization of intraocular tumors. Aims: The aim was to identify topographical and intrinsic patterns of choroidal tumors on EDI-OCT. Settings and Design: Retrospective review. Materials and Methods: Analysis of published reports and personal observations using office based EDI-OCT. Results: Using EDI-OCT, choroidal nevus displayed a smooth, dome-shaped topography with overlying retinal pigment epithelium alterations, drusen, and occasional subretinal cleft demonstrating photoreceptor loss. Small choroidal melanoma showed smooth, moderately dome-shaped topography, commonly with overlying shallow subretinal fluid that often depicted “shaggy” photoreceptors. Choroidal metastasis showed a minimally “lumpy, bumpy” surface topography and with overlying subretinal fluid and shaggy photoreceptors. Choroidal hemangioma showed a smooth, dome-shaped topography, with expansion of the affected small, medium, and large choroidal vessels. Choroidal lymphoma showed varying topography with increasing tumor thickness as “flat, rippled, or undulating (seasick)” surface. Choroidal osteoma displayed a smooth undulating surface with visible intralesional horizontal lines suggestive of bone lamellae and occasional horizontal and vertical tubules with intralesional “spongy” flecks. Choroidal melanocytosis appeared as uniformly thickened choroid with increased stromal density surrounding the normal choroidal vascular structures. Conclusions: Enhanced depth imaging-OCT can depict characteristic patterns that are suggestive of various choroidal tumors. PMID:25827541

  4. Ultrastructural changes in the melanocytes of aging human choroid.

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    Nag, Tapas Chandra

    2015-12-01

    Retinal pigment epithelial cells as well as choroidal melanocytes (CM) possess melanin granules. The former show clear, age-related changes (formation of lipofuscin granules with a concomitant decrease in melanin content); however, data on changes in the CM with aging are fairly limited. We examined CM in human macular and mid-peripheral areas by light- and transmission electron microscopy in 50-94 year-old donor eyes (N=12). Unlike in the choroid of lower ages, the melanocytes from aging choroid (>75 years) showed partial fusion of about 8-15 melanosomes, forming rosettes-like structures. Besides, there was evidence of emptiness in cytoplasm caused by the loss of melanosomes in aged CM, as was confirmed by quantification in macular part of choroid. In advanced aged eyes (85-94-year-old), the CM possessed many lipid droplets as well as irregular lipofuscin granules, the latter had a tendency to fuse with melanosomes, as happens in aged retinal pigment epithelium. Macrophages in their cytoplasm contained abundant irregular as well as clumped melanosomes of variable size, suggesting that damaged granules/melanocytes are cleared by these phagocytes. These obvious changes in the CM are likely to make the choroid prone to damage by visible light. PMID:26283070

  5. Dentigerous cyst of inflammatory origin.

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    Santos, Bianca Zimmermann; Beltrame, Ana Paula; Bolan, Michele; Grando, Liliane Janete; Cordeiro, Mabel Mariela Rodríguez

    2014-01-01

    There is an association between persistent, prolonged inflammation of a primary tooth and the development of an inflammatory dentigerous cyst involving the succedaneous tooth. The purpose of this case report is to describe the management of an inflammatory dentigerous cyst of the permanent maxillary left central incisor in a nine-year-old boy caused by a long-term inflammation/infection of its predecessor. The treatment consisted of conservative decompression, which allowed for rapid healing and the eruption of the permanent tooth. The patient was followed up with periodic clinical and radiographic evaluations for several years. PMID:25198956

  6. Peripapillary choroidal thickness in healthy Turkish subjects

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    Erbagci, Hulya; Oren, Burak; Okumus, Seydi; Kenan, Serhat; Celemler, Pelin; Erbagci, Ibrahim

    2015-01-01

    Aim The objective of the study reported here was to investigate the normal peripapillary choroidal thickness (CT), measured by enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), in healthy Turkish volunteers. Materials and methods In this prospective cross-sectional study, 57 eyes of 57 healthy Turkish subjects were enrolled. Each participant underwent a comprehensive ophthalmic examination and peripapillary CT measurement using EDI-OCT. Results The mean age of the 25 female and 32 male patients in the study was 30.9±10.6 years (range, 18–56 years). The mean peripapillary CT at the superior, inferior, nasal, and temporal sites was 225±57, 183±47, 220±57, and 233±59 ?m, respectively. The inferior peripapillary CT value was significantly lower than the peripapillary CT values (P<0.001 for all), whereas no significant differences were found between the superior, nasal, and temporal peripapillary CT values. Conclusion The findings of the study revealed that Turkish people had significantly lower peripapillary CT values in the inferior quadrant than in the superior, nasal, and temporal quadrants. PMID:26257510

  7. Antiangiogenic effect of deguelin on choroidal neovascularization.

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    Kim, Jeong Hun; Kim, Jin Hyoung; Yu, Young Suk; Park, Kyu Hyung; Kang, Hye Jin; Lee, Ho-Young; Kim, Kyu-Won

    2008-02-01

    Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) leads to severe vision loss in patients of age-related macular degeneration. Previously, we have demonstrated that deguelin, isolated from plants in the Mundulea sericea family, is a chemopreventive agent. This study evaluates the antiangiogenic effect of deguelin on CNV. The toxicity of deguelin was evaluated through 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as well as histological examination and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling staining in the deguelin-injected retina. Antiangiogenic activity of deguelin was evaluated by in vitro tube formation assay of HUVECs and in vivo angiogenesis of chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM). In C57BL/6 mice with laser-induced CNV, deguelin or phosphate-buffered saline was injected intravitreously. CNV lesions were examined by fluorescence angiography and vessel counting in cross-sections. Deguelin showed no effect on cell viability of HUVECs and no retinal toxicity in a concentration range of 0.01 to 1 microM. Deguelin effectively inhibited in vitro tube formation of HUVECs and in vivo angiogenesis of CAM. Interestingly, deguelin significantly reduced CNV and its leakage in mouse model of laser photocoagulation-induced CNV. Our data suggests that deguelin is a potent inhibitor of CNV and may be applied in the treatment of other vasoproliferative retinopathies such as retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy. PMID:17967937

  8. Adrenal epithelial cyst: a case report.

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    Limaiem, F; Korbi, S; Jedidi, S; Aloui, S; Hassan, F; Arfa, N; Lahmar, A; Bouraoui, S; Mzabi, S

    2012-04-01

    Epithelial-lined or true cysts of the adrenal gland are exceedingly rare accounting for only 9% of all adrenal cysts. A 55-year-old woman with a medical history for cholecystectomy and liver hydatidosis presented with an 8-month history of abdominal pain in the upper left quadrant. Physical examination was unremarkable and laboratory tests were within normal range. Computed tomography displayed a homogeneous and finely calcified cystic mass of the left adrenal gland measuring 12 x 10 cm. A hydatid cyst of the adrenal gland was suspected preoperatively and the patient underwent uneventful excision of the cyst. Histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed that the cyst wall was lined by cuboidal to flattened cells with bland cytologic features. Immuohistochemically, the cyst lining expressed intensely cytokeratin but was negative for CD 34 and calretinin. The final pathological diagnosis was epithelial adrenal cyst. PMID:22953505

  9. A case of symptomatic Rathke's cyst

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    Naik, Vismay Dinesh; Thakore, Nilay Rajendra

    2013-01-01

    Rathke's cleft cyst is a benign growth found on the pituitary gland in the brain, specifically a fluid-filled cyst in the posterior portion of the anterior pituitary gland. It occurs when the Rathke's pouch does not develop properly, and ranges in size from 2 to 40?mm in diameter. Asymptomatic cysts are common, detected during autopsies of 2–26% of individuals who have died of unrelated causes. Symptomatic cysts are rare and only approximately 150 cases have been reported. Females are twice as likely as males to have a cyst. Symptomatic cysts can trigger visual disturbances, pituitary dysfunction and headaches. Here we present a case of a 40-year-old female patient who presented with complains of visual disturbances, headache and amenorrhoea. On investigations, MRI of brain revealed findings suggestive of Rathke's cleft cyst. PMID:23355555

  10. True Intramural Esophageal Duplication Cyst.

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    Al-Riyami, Salim; Al-Sawafi, Yaqoob

    2015-11-01

    Esophageal duplication is the second most common site of gastrointestinal duplication and most cases present with complications. These complications include bleeding, infection, dysphagia, and dyspnea. We report an incidental case of a true intramural esophageal duplication cyst in a new military recruit. The patient was diagnosed in Armed Forces Hospital, Oman. The patient came for a pre-recruitment routine check-up, he was found to have a suspicious soft tissue lesion on chest X-ray. He was referred to the thoracic surgeon for further investigations. The investigations included computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging chest scans, barium swallow, endoscopy and, finally, an endoscopic ultrasound. All workup pointed to a diagnosis of esophageal duplication cyst; therefore, the decision was made to excise the lesion after discussion with the patient about the possible diagnosis and nature of the treatment. The cyst was completely excised thoracoscopically with uneventful recovery. The patient was discharged a few days later and was doing well in subsequent visits to the outpatient department. The histopathological exam confirmed the diagnosis of a true congenital duplication cyst, which was lined by pseudostrati?ed ciliated columnar epithelium overlying double layers of thick bundles of smooth muscle ?bers. PMID:26674014

  11. DETERMINATION OF 'GIARDIA' CYST VIABILITY

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    The principal objective of this research was the development of a sensitive, standardized method of determining whether or not Giardia cysts are viable. The availability of such a method is necessary to determine the effect of chemical and physical agents on the viability of thes...

  12. A giant splenic hydatid cyst

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    Sandhu, Karamjot Singh; Mittal, Amit; Gupta, Samita; Jindal, Gunjan

    2016-01-01

    A 16-year-old girl presented with pain in the left hypochondrium, which had been progressing for 5 months. Examination revealed large splenomegaly, and ultrasonography showed a huge hydatid cyst in the spleen. Preoperative planning and postoperative care lead to successful management of this entity. Radiological investigations also play a major role in diagnosis and decrease morbidity. PMID:26722171

  13. True Intramural Esophageal Duplication Cyst

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    Al-Riyami, Salim; Al-Sawafi, Yaqoob

    2015-01-01

    Esophageal duplication is the second most common site of gastrointestinal duplication and most cases present with complications. These complications include bleeding, infection, dysphagia, and dyspnea. We report an incidental case of a true intramural esophageal duplication cyst in a new military recruit. The patient was diagnosed in Armed Forces Hospital, Oman. The patient came for a pre-recruitment routine check-up, he was found to have a suspicious soft tissue lesion on chest X-ray. He was referred to the thoracic surgeon for further investigations. The investigations included computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging chest scans, barium swallow, endoscopy and, finally, an endoscopic ultrasound. All workup pointed to a diagnosis of esophageal duplication cyst; therefore, the decision was made to excise the lesion after discussion with the patient about the possible diagnosis and nature of the treatment. The cyst was completely excised thoracoscopically with uneventful recovery. The patient was discharged a few days later and was doing well in subsequent visits to the outpatient department. The histopathological exam confirmed the diagnosis of a true congenital duplication cyst, which was lined by pseudostrati?ed ciliated columnar epithelium overlying double layers of thick bundles of smooth muscle ?bers. PMID:26674014

  14. Improved assessment of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization

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    Toma, Hassanain S.; Barnett, Joshua M.; Penn, John S.; Kim, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to develop and evaluate new methods of analyzing laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV), in order to make recommendations for improving the reporting of experimental CNV in the literature. Six laser burns of sufficient power to rupture Bruch's membrane were concentrically placed in each eye of 18 adult Norway rats. Eyes received intravitreal injections of either triamcinolone acetonide, ketorolac, or balanced salt solution (BSS). Fluorescein angiography (FA) was performed 2 and 3 weeks after injection, followed by choroidal flat mount preparation. Vascular leakage on FAs and vascular budding on choroidal mounts were quantified by measuring either the cross-sectional area of each CNV lesion contained within the best-fitting polygon using Adobe Photoshop (Lasso Technique or Quick Selection Technique), or the area of bright pixels within a lesion using Image-Pro Plus. On choroidal mounts, the Lasso Technique and Image-Pro Plus detected a significant difference in lesion size between either ketorolac or triamcinolone when compared to BSS, while the Quick Selection Technique did not (Lasso Technique, 0.78 and 0.64; Image-Pro Plus, 0.77 and 0.65). On FA, the Lasso Technique and Quick Selection Technique detected a significant difference in lesion size between either ketorolac or triamcinolone when compared to BSS, while Image-Pro Plus did not (Lasso Tool, 0.81 and 0.54; Quick Selection Tool, 0.76 and 0.57). Choroidal mounts and FA are both valuable for imaging experimental CNV. Adobe Photoshop and Image-Pro Plus are both able to detect subtle differences in CNV lesion size, when images are not manipulated. The combination of choroidal mounts and FA provides a more comprehensive assessment of CNV anatomy and physiology. PMID:20553963

  15. Transplantation of human amniotic epithelial cells repairs brachial plexus injury: pathological and biomechanical analyses

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    Yang, Qi; Luo, Min; Li, Peng; Jin, Hai

    2014-01-01

    A brachial plexus injury model was established in rabbits by stretching the C6 nerve root. Immediately after the stretching, a suspension of human amniotic epithelial cells was injected into the injured brachial plexus. The results of tensile mechanical testing of the brachial plexus showed that the tensile elastic limit strain, elastic limit stress, maximum stress, and maximum strain of the injured brachial plexuses were significantly increased at 24 weeks after the injection. The treatment clearly improved the pathological morphology of the injured brachial plexus nerve, as seen by hematoxylin eosin staining, and the functions of the rabbit forepaw were restored. These data indicate that the injection of human amniotic epithelial cells contributed to the repair of brachial plexus injury, and that this technique may transform into current clinical treatment strategies. PMID:25657737

  16. Low velocity gun shot wounds of the brachial plexus.

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    Vrettos, B C; Rochkind, S; Boome, R S

    1995-04-01

    28 patients with low velocity gunshot wounds of the brachial plexus were treated at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980 to 1991. Delayed exploration of the brachial plexus (up to 7 months after injury) was performed in nine (30%) of the patients. The other 19 patients did not have exploration of the plexus; most of these patients showed signs of recovery within 2 to 4 weeks of injury. Injury to the subclavian or axillary artery occurred in nine (30%) of the cases. The average length of follow-up of the patients was 19 months (range 2-90 months). Of the 19 patients treated non-operatively, 15 (79%) had an excellent or good result and four (21%) a fair result. The indications for surgery were the absence of improvement within 3 months of injury or persistent pain. Surgery was indicated for significant pain in five of the nine patients; postoperatively two had complete relief of pain, two improvement in the pain and one no improvement. Of the nine surgically treated patients, three (33%) had a good result, two (22%) a fair result and four (45%) a poor result. The potential for recovery was not dependent on the severity of the injury at presentation or the presence of vascular injury but on the appearance of signs of recovery within 4 weeks of injury. PMID:7797973

  17. Interocular Symmetry in Macular Choroidal Thickness in Children

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    Al-Haddad, Christiane; El Chaar, Lama; Noureddin, Baha'

    2014-01-01

    Objective. To report interocular differences in choroidal thickness in children using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and correlate findings with biometric data. Methods. This observational cross-sectional study included 91 (182 eyes) healthy children aged 6 to 17 years with no ocular abnormality except refractive error. After a comprehensive eye exam and axial length measurement, high definition macular scans were performed using SD-OCT. Two observers manually measured the choroidal thickness at the foveal center and at 1500?µm nasally, temporally, inferiorly, and superiorly. Interocular differences were computed; correlations with age, gender, refractive error, and axial length were performed. Results. Mean age was 10.40 ± 3.17 years; mean axial length and refractive error values were similar between fellow eyes. There was excellent correlation between the two observers' measurements. No significant interocular differences were observed at any location. There was only a trend for right eyes to have higher values in all thicknesses, except the superior thickness. Most of the choroidal thickness measurements correlated positively with spherical equivalent but not with axial length, age, or gender. Conclusion. Choroidal thickness measurements in children as performed using SD-OCT revealed a high level of interobserver agreement and consistent interocular symmetry. Values correlated positively with spherical equivalent refraction. PMID:25525509

  18. Intraocular malignant melanoma of the choroid presenting as orbital cellulitis.

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    Nair, Akshay Gopinathan; Kaliki, Swathi; Ali, Mohammed Javed; Naik, Milind N; Vemuganti, Geeta K

    2014-06-01

    We report a case of choroidal melanoma with features suggestive of orbital cellulitis. A 24-year-old Asian Indian male presented with a 20-day history of sudden loss of vision in the right eye. Edematous eyelids with complete mechanical ptosis, complete ophthalmoplegia, gross proptosis accompanied by massive chemosis, and prolapse of the inferior forniceal conjunctiva were noted. He denied perception of light in the right eye. The left eye was unremarkable. B-scan ultrasonography of the right eye showed a large dome-shaped mass filling the posterior segment suggestive of choroidal melanoma. Computed tomography confirmed those findings and showed no extraocular tumor extension. The patient was conservatively treated with systemic steroids following which the inflammation subsided. He underwent enucleation of the right eye and a diagnosis of spindle A cell choroidal melanoma was confirmed by histopathological examination. Although rare, orbital cellulitis is one of the presenting features of choroidal melanoma. Uveal melanoma-associated orbital cellulitis can be well controlled with systemic steroids, does not always indicate extraocular tumor extension, and can occur in spindle A cell melanomas. PMID:23918350

  19. Epidermoid Cyst of the Cecum

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    Park, Jae-Young; Kim, Youn Wha; Lee, Kil Yeon

    2015-01-01

    An epidermoid cyst of the cecum is extremely rare; only eight cases have been reported in the literature. A 63-year-old woman was admitted to Kyung Hee University Medical Center with a colonic mass that had been discovered incidentally during a regular health check-up. The radiographic impression was that this mass was a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. During surgery, an exophytic mass in the cecal wall was resected by using an ileocecectomy. Based on the macroscopic and the microscopic findings, this case was identified as an epidermoid cyst of the cecal wall. We report this case to discuss the origin of this entity and the unusual nature of our case. PMID:25745626

  20. Choroidal Blood Flow Change in Eyes with High Myopia

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    Yang, Young Seong

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate choroidal blood flow changes in eyes with high myopia according to the pulsatile components of ocular blood flow analysis. Methods A total of 104 subjects (52 males and 52 females) were included in this study. One eye of each participant was randomly selected and assigned to one of four refractive groups, designated as, hyperopes (n = 20; refractive error, ?+1.00 diopter [D]), emmetropes (n = 28; refractive error, ±0.75 D), lower myopes (n = 33; refractive error, -1.00 to -4.75 D), and high myopes (n = 23; refractive error, ?-5.00 D). Components of pulse amplitude (OBFa), pulse volume (OBFv), pulse rate (OBFr), and pulsatile ocular blood flow (POBF) were analyzed using a blood flow analyzer. Intraocular pressure and axial length were measured. Results Pulsatile components of OBFa, OBFv, and POBF showed positive correlations with refractive error and showed negative correlations with axial length (r = 0.729, r = 0.772, r = 0.781, respectively, all p < 0.001; r = -0.727, r = -0.762, r = -0.771, respectively, all p < 0.001). The correlations of refractive error and axial length with OBFr were irrelevant (r = -0.157, p = 0.113; r = 0.123, p = 0.213). High myopes showed significantly lower OBFa, OBFv, and POBF than the other groups (all p < 0.001). Conclusions Axial length changes in high myopes potentially influence choroidal blood flow, assuming the changes are caused by narrowing of the choroidal vessel diameter and increasing rigidity of the choroidal vessel wall. These finding explains the influence of axial length on OBFa, OBFv, and POBF, but not on OBFr. Thus, changes in axial length and the possible influence of these changes on the physical properties of choroidal vessels is the mechanism believed to be responsible for putting high myopes at risk for ocular vascular diseases. PMID:26457036

  1. 9 CFR 311.24 - Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts.

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    2011-01-01

    ...2011-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 ...PARTS § 311.24 Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae) may be...

  2. 9 CFR 311.24 - Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts.

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    2012-01-01

    ...2012-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 ...PARTS § 311.24 Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae) may be...

  3. 9 CFR 311.24 - Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...2014-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 ...PARTS § 311.24 Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae) may be...

  4. 9 CFR 311.24 - Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...2013-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 ...PARTS § 311.24 Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae) may be...

  5. 9 CFR 311.24 - Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 ...PARTS § 311.24 Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae) may be...

  6. 75 FR 11111 - Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas

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    ...No. APHIS-2010-0010] Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas AGENCY...quarantined to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode. The description of the quarantined...INFORMATION: Background The pale cyst nematode (PCN, Globodera pallida) is a...

  7. 75 FR 54592 - Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas

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    ...No. APHIS-2010-0076] Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas AGENCY...quarantined to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode. The description of the quarantined...INFORMATION: Background The pale cyst nematode (PCN, Globodera pallida) is a...

  8. An unusual cause of posterior mediastinal cyst

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    Dhooria, Sahajal; Muthu, Valliappan; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2015-01-01

    Cystic lesions of the mediastinum may be congenital or acquired. The differential diagnosis depends on their location in the mediastinum. Cysts in the posterior mediastinum are generally developmental cysts and are neurogenic or of foregut origin. We report the case of a 14-year-old boy, who presented with dry cough and progressively increasing breathlessness, and was found to have a cystic lesion in the posterior mediastinum. Fine needle aspiration from the cyst helped make a diagnosis of tuberculosis.

  9. Nasoalveolar cyst: an enigma for the dentist.

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    Misra, Satya Ranjan; Gopal, Maragathavalli; Mohanty, Neeta; Rastogi, Varun

    2015-01-01

    A nasoalveolar cyst is a rare, non-odontogenic soft tissue cyst encountered in the anterior maxillary labial sulcus as an asymptomatic soft tissue swelling. Often, patients with these cysts report them to the dental clinic where they are mistaken for odontogenic lesions by the dental surgeon, especially if concomitant dental problems are present. They cannot be detected by routine conventional dental radiography as they are peripheral, lying within the mucosa thereby posing a diagnostic challenge. We document a case of a 47-year-old woman with a nasoalveolar cyst. PMID:25566935

  10. Laparoscopic Management of Renal Hydatid Cyst

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    Bansal, Ankur

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Renal involvement by hydatid disease is uncommon. The patients may be asymptomatic or present with flank pain, hematuria, and hypertension. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment, and options include cyst deroofing, partial nephrectomy, and total nephrectomy. We share our experience of laparoscopic management of 3 patients with large hydatid cysts of the kidney and review the literature. Case Description: Three patients with hydatid cysts of the kidney were treated at our institution between 2008 and 2010. In all 3 patients, hydatid disease involved the left kidney. One of the three cases also had concomitant liver involvement. Abdominal pain was the predominant symptom. A flank mass was palpable in 2 patients. The diagnosis was confirmed on abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography in all 3 patients. Laparoscopic management was successfully completed in 2 patients. A large intrahepatic cyst in 1 patient prompted conversion to an open procedure. A special hydatid trocar-cannula system helps in eliminating the possibility of spillage from the cyst while puncturing and aspirating the cyst. Discussion: There are few reports on laparoscopic management of this uncommon disease of the kidney. In our series the laparoscopic management was attempted in all 3 cases. The procedures included laparoscopic aspiration of the cyst contents along with subtotal excision of the ectocyst in 2 patients and nephrectomy in 1 patient. The latter case had to be converted to an open procedure because of inaccessibility of the intrahepatic liver hydatid cyst. Laparoscopic management of renal hydatid cysts is feasible and safe. PMID:24960508

  11. Glioependymal cyst in the posterior fossa.

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    Tsuchida, T; Kawamoto, K; Sakai, N; Tsutsumi, A

    1997-01-01

    A large cyst filled with clear fluid was resected from the cerebellum of a 29-year-old man. By light microscopy the cyst was lined by flat epithelial cells. These epithelial cells abutted on a glial layer and immunohistochemical staining revealed that some of them expressed glial fibrillary acidic protein. Corpora amylacea were noted within the glial layer. Ultrastructurally, 2 types of cells lining the cyst were identified. One was characterized by electron-dense cytoplasm, cytoplasmic vacuoles, microvilli without surface-coated material, cilia, and basal bodies. The other was a cell with a smooth cytoplasmic membrane, round nucleus, and clear cytoplasm. Zonulae adherentes was observed between cyst lining cells and the cyst lining cells were shown to rest directly on the glial layer. Surprisingly, myelinated axons were identified in the glial layer, although nerve cells were not identified. These findings are compatible with those of a glioependymal cyst. The origin of glioependymal cysts of the posterior fossa is not understood, but possibilities include neuroglial heterotopia, persistent Blake's pouch (diverticulum of the roof of fourth ventricle), and remnants of a tela chorioidea. The location of the cyst and the presence of myelinated axons in the cyst wall may be best explained by an origin from neuroglial heterotopia. PMID:9020388

  12. Multicentric primary malignant melanomas of the choroid: two separate malignant melanomas of the choroid and two uveal naevi in one eye.

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    Völcker, H. E.; Naumann, G. O.

    1978-01-01

    Two completely separate malignant melanomas of the choroid occurred in 1 eye containing 2 additional uveal naevi. Review of the literature disclosed 7 further patients with unilateral multicentric malignant melanomas of the choroid and 11 bilateral multicentric malignant melanomas of the uvea. General aspects of multicentric primary neoplasia are discussed and an interpretation is attempted. Images PMID:666990

  13. Segmentation of the macular choroid in OCT images acquired at 830nm and 1060nm

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    Lee, Sieun; Beg, Mirza F.; Sarunic, Marinko V.

    2013-06-01

    Retinal imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT) has rapidly advanced in ophthalmic applications with the broad availability of Fourier domain (FD) technology in commercial systems. The high sensitivity afforded by FD-OCT has enabled imaging of the choroid, a layer of blood vessels serving the outer retina. Improved visualization of the choroid and the choroid-sclera boundary has been investigated using techniques such as enhanced depth imaging (EDI), and also with OCT systems operating in the 1060-nm wavelength range. We report on a comparison of imaging the macular choroid with commercial and prototype OCT systems, and present automated 3D segmentation of the choroid-scleral layer using a graph cut algorithm. The thickness of the choroid is an important measurement to investigate for possible correlation with severity, or possibly early diagnosis, of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.

  14. Ginkgolide B inhibits renal cyst development in in vitro and in vivo cyst models

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    Zhou, Hong; Gao, Jinsheng; Zhou, Li; Li, Xin; Li, Weidong; Li, Xuejun; Xia, Yin

    2012-01-01

    Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common inherited disease characterized by massive enlargement of fluid-filled cysts in the kidney. However, there is no effective therapy yet for this disease. To examine whether ginkgolide B, a natural compound, inhibits cyst development, a Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cyst model, an embryonic kidney cyst model, and a PKD mouse model were used. Interestingly, ginkgolide B significantly inhibited MDCK cyst formation dose dependently, with up to 69% reduction by 2 ?M ginkgolide B. Ginkgolide B also significantly inhibited cyst enlargement in the MDCK cyst model, embryonic kidney cyst model, and PKD mouse model. To determine the underlying mechanisms, the effect of ginkgolide B on MDCK cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, chloride transporter CFTR activity, and intracellular signaling pathways were also studied. Ginkgolide B did not affect cell viability, proliferation, and expression and activity of the chloride transporter CFTR that mediates cyst fluid secretion. Ginkgolide B induced cyst cell differentiation and altered the Ras/MAPK signaling pathway. Taken together, our results demonstrate that ginkgolide B inhibits renal cyst formation and enlargement, suggesting that ginkgolide B might be developed into a novel candidate drug for ADPKD. PMID:22338085

  15. Retroperitoneal Cyst: An Uncommon Presentation of Filariasis

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    Ganesan, Senthil; Galodha, Saurabh; Saxena, Rajan

    2015-01-01

    Primary retroperitoneal parasitic cysts are rare. Here we report about a middle aged male patient from rural north India with a recent onset of central abdominal retroperitoneal lump, pain, and fever. After surgical resection due to diagnostic uncertainty, at histopathology, it turned out be a filarial cyst. After receiving a course of diethylcarbamazine, the patient is asymptomatic at 4 months' follow-up.

  16. Epidermoid Cyst of Orbit in a Newborn

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    Canan, Handan; Bal, Nebil; Törer, Birgin; Çetinkaya-Çakmak, Bilin; Gülcan, Hande

    2015-01-01

    A 3-day-old male newborn presented with a severe proptosis of the left eye leading to exposure keratopathy. He underwent debulking of the cyst and biopsy of the tumour and received the pathological diagnosis of epidermoid cyst of orbit. Clinicopathological features of this rare disease are discussed. PMID:26075126

  17. Aneurysmal bone cyst and other nonneoplastic conditions

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    Dahlin, D.C.; McLeod, R.A.

    1982-08-01

    Aneurysmal bone cyst is a benign proliferative tumefaction of bone. Histologic similarities indicate a kinship among classic aneurysmal bone cysts, essentially 'solid' proliferative lesions in bones; giant cell reparative granulomas of the jaws, at the base of the skull, and in the small bones of the hands and feet; skeletal lesions of hyperparathyroidism; and even pseudosarcomatous myositis ossificans, proliferative myositis, and proliferative fasciitis.

  18. Ependymal cyst of the thoracic spinal cord

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    Gainer, J. V.; Chou, S. M.; Nugent, G. R.; Weiss, V.

    1974-01-01

    A unique case of an ependymal cyst on the anterior aspect of the thoracic spinal cord in a woman aged 68 years is described. Clinical signs were precipitated by trauma. Recovery of function, while incomplete, was remarkably good after extirpation of the cyst. Images PMID:4419009

  19. Unusual presentation of a simple renal cyst

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    Maheshwari, Veena; Alam, Kiran; Varshney, Manoranjan; Khan, Roobina; Gaur, Kavita; Harris, S Hasan

    2011-01-01

    The authors present the case of a 23-year-old woman who presented with a lump in her right abdomen which was 7 cm in diameter. Ultrasonography showed a unilocular cyst, which was diagnosed as a simple renal cyst. This case is presented for its rare occurrence in young females and unusual clinical presentation as a huge abdominal mass. PMID:22715271

  20. Nerve transfer helps repair brachial plexus injury by increasing cerebral cortical plasticity

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    Sun, Guixin; Wu, Zuopei; Wang, Xinhong; Tan, Xiaoxiao; Gu, Yudong

    2014-01-01

    In the treatment of brachial plexus injury, nerves that are functionally less important are transferred onto the distal ends of damaged crucial nerves to help recover neuromuscular function in the target region. For example, intercostal nerves are transferred onto axillary nerves, and accessory nerves are transferred onto suprascapular nerves, the phrenic nerve is transferred onto the musculocutaneous nerves, and the contralateral C7 nerve is transferred onto the median or radial nerves. Nerve transfer has become a major method for reconstructing the brachial plexus after avulsion injury. Many experiments have shown that nerve transfers for treatment of brachial plexus injury can help reconstruct cerebral cortical function and increase cortical plasticity. In this review article, we summarize the recent progress in the use of diverse nerve transfer methods for the repair of brachial plexus injury, and we discuss the impact of nerve transfer on cerebral cortical plasticity after brachial plexus injury. PMID:25657729

  1. Ischaemic neuropathy of the lumbosacral plexus following intragluteal injection.

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    Stöhr, M; Dichgans, J; Dörstelmann

    1980-01-01

    A lesion of the lumbo sacral plexus may result from an inadvertent intra-arterial injection of vasotoxic drugs into one of the gluteal arteries. Symptoms and follow-up of three cases are reported. The neuropathy is attributed to a toxic endarteritis with retrograde propagation of spasm and thrombosis. Swelling an bluish discoloration of the buttocks ("embolia cutis medicamentosa") as well as an impaired circulation in the homolateral leg are associated with the neurological syndrome in fully developed cases and makes possible a correct diagnosis. Images PMID:7205289

  2. Choledochal Cysts : A Review of Literature

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    Bhavsar, Mahendra S.; Vora, Hasmukh B.; Giriyappa, Venugopal H.

    2012-01-01

    Choledochal cysts are cystic dilation of extrahepatic duct, intrahepatic duct, or both that may result in significant morbidity and mortality, unless identified early and managed appropriately. The incidence is common in Asian population compared with western counterpart with more than two third of the cases in Asia being reported from Japan. The traditional anatomic classification system is under debate with more focus on etiopathogenesis and other aspects of choledochal cysts. Even though categorized under the same roof, choledochal cysts vary with respect to their natural course, complications, and management. In this review, with the available literature on choledochal cysts, we discuss different views about the etiopathogenesis along with the natural course, complications, diagnosis, and surgical approach for choledochal cysts, which also explains why the traditional classification is questioned by some authors. PMID:22824764

  3. Midline Prostatic Cyst Marsupialization Using Holmium Laser

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    Kilinc, Mehmet; Goger, Yunus Emre; Piskin, Mesut; Balasar, Mehmet; Kandemir, Abdulkadir

    2015-01-01

    Many of the prostatic cysts are asymptomatic and only 5% are symptomatic (Hamper et al., 1990; Higashi et al., 1990). These symptoms include pelvic pain, hematospermia, infertility, voiding dysfunction, prostatitis-like syndrome, and painful ejaculation. Treatment of prostatic cysts includes TRUSG guided drainage, endoscopic transurethral resection, and in some cases even open surgery. In the literature, endoscopic interventions use marsupialization of the midline prostatic cyst with transurethral resection (TUR) or transurethral incision with endoscopic urethrotomy (Dik et al., 1996; Terris, 1995). Holmium: YAG laser was employed for the marsupialization of the cyst wall in midline prostatic cyst treatment for the first time in the present study. Symptoms, treatment, and follow-up are presented in this paper. PMID:26101688

  4. Midline Prostatic Cyst Marsupialization Using Holmium Laser.

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    Kilinc, Mehmet; Goger, Yunus Emre; Piskin, Mesut; Balasar, Mehmet; Kandemir, Abdulkadir

    2015-01-01

    Many of the prostatic cysts are asymptomatic and only 5% are symptomatic (Hamper et al., 1990; Higashi et al., 1990). These symptoms include pelvic pain, hematospermia, infertility, voiding dysfunction, prostatitis-like syndrome, and painful ejaculation. Treatment of prostatic cysts includes TRUSG guided drainage, endoscopic transurethral resection, and in some cases even open surgery. In the literature, endoscopic interventions use marsupialization of the midline prostatic cyst with transurethral resection (TUR) or transurethral incision with endoscopic urethrotomy (Dik et al., 1996; Terris, 1995). Holmium: YAG laser was employed for the marsupialization of the cyst wall in midline prostatic cyst treatment for the first time in the present study. Symptoms, treatment, and follow-up are presented in this paper. PMID:26101688

  5. Unique Imaging Features of Spinal Neurenteric Cyst.

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    Jung, Hyoung-Seok; Park, Sang-Min; Kim, Gang-Un; Kim, Mi Kyung; Song, Kwang-Sup

    2015-12-01

    A 50-year-old male presented with acutely progressed paraplegia. His magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated two well-demarcated components with opposite signals in one cystic lesion between the T1- and T2-weighted images at the T1 spine level. The patient showed immediately improved neurological symptoms after surgical intervention and the histopathological exam was compatible with a neurenteric cyst. On operation, two different viscous drainages from the cyst were confirmed. A unique similarity of image findings was found from a review of the pertinent literature. The common findings of spinal neurenteric cyst include an isointense or mildly hyperintense signal relative to cerebrospinal fluid for both T1- and T2-weighted images. However, albeit rarer, the signals of some part of the cyst could change into brightly hyperintensity on T1-weighted images and hypointensity on T2-weighted images due to the differing sedimentation of the more viscous contents in the cyst. PMID:26640637

  6. Unique Imaging Features of Spinal Neurenteric Cyst

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    Jung, Hyoung-Seok; Park, Sang-Min; Kim, Gang-Un; Kim, Mi Kyung

    2015-01-01

    A 50-year-old male presented with acutely progressed paraplegia. His magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated two well-demarcated components with opposite signals in one cystic lesion between the T1- and T2-weighted images at the T1 spine level. The patient showed immediately improved neurological symptoms after surgical intervention and the histopathological exam was compatible with a neurenteric cyst. On operation, two different viscous drainages from the cyst were confirmed. A unique similarity of image findings was found from a review of the pertinent literature. The common findings of spinal neurenteric cyst include an isointense or mildly hyperintense signal relative to cerebrospinal fluid for both T1- and T2-weighted images. However, albeit rarer, the signals of some part of the cyst could change into brightly hyperintensity on T1-weighted images and hypointensity on T2-weighted images due to the differing sedimentation of the more viscous contents in the cyst. PMID:26640637

  7. Vitelline cyst in the rat ileum

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    Oshikata, Takafumi; Kobayashi, Azusa; Kumabe, Shino; Kawasako, Kazufumi; Katoku, Koshirou; Mitsuishi, Mikio; Kanno, Takeshi; Hamamura, Masao

    2015-01-01

    Congenital vitelline duct anomalies other than Meckel’s diverticulum are rare in animals. A cyst of approximately 8 mm in diameter was observed on the antimesenteric surface of the ileal serosa in a 10-week-old female Crl:CD(SD) rat. Microscopically, the cyst closely resembled the ileum, but it did not communicate with the ileal lumen. We diagnosed this case as a vitelline cyst derived from the vitelline duct based on the location where it developed and its histological behavior. In rats, only Meckel’s diverticulum has been reported with a congenital anomaly of the vitelline duct, and no other spontaneous anomalies including a vitelline cyst have been reported. This case may be the first report concerning a vitelline cyst in the rat ileum. PMID:26538812

  8. Groove pancreatitis associated with true pancreatic cyst.

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    Sanada, Yuichi; Yoshida, Kazuhiro; Itoh, Hiroyuki; Kunita, Satoko; Jinushi, Kazuto; Matsuura, Hideo

    2007-01-01

    We report a case of groove pancreatitis (GP) associated with a true pancreatic cyst. An 81-year-old man who had suffered epigastric pain for 4 months was referred to Saisekai Kure Hospital. Computed tomography and endoscopic retrograde pancreatography showed a cystic lesion in the groove area of the pancreas. Serum amylase elevation and imaging findings suggested GP due to the cyst. Six weeks of medical treatment did not improve the clinical symptoms. Therefore, pancreatoduodenectomy was performed. Histologic examination revealed a true cyst with intraluminal necrosis, which produced a protein plug that obstructed the Santorini duct. The parenchyma surrounding the groove area showed marked fibrosis and inflammatory cell infiltration. GP due to true pancreatic cyst was diagnosed. Although GP is usually caused by overconsumption of alcohol, which leads to changes in the pancreatic juice and the ultimate blockage of pancreatic outflow, the histologic features in our patient suggest that true pancreatic cyst stands as a secondary cause of GP. PMID:17653641

  9. Choroideremia associated with choroidal neovascularization treated with intravitreal bevacizumab

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    Palejwala, Neal V; Lauer, Andreas K; Weleber, Richard G

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To report a rare case of central vision loss in a patient with choroideremia. Patients and methods A retrospective, interventional case report. Results A 13-year-old male with history of choroideremia presented with subacute loss of central acuity in his left eye. Examination and diagnostic testing revealed subretinal fibrosis secondary to a choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM). A trial of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy with the injection of intravitreal bevacizumab was attempted. Mild improvements in acuity and anatomy were noted. Conclusion Choroideremia is a rare hereditary choroidal dystrophy that predominantly affects males in the first and second decades of life. Visual acuity is usually spared until later in life. CNVM is a rare manifestation of choroideremia with only a handful of case reports presented in the literature. This case is unique in that it is the first reported case that received treatment with intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy. PMID:25214760

  10. Cataract extraction after brachytherapy for malignant melanoma of the choroid

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    Fish, G.E.; Jost, B.F.; Snyder, W.I.; Fuller, D.G.; Birch, D.G. )

    1991-05-01

    Thirteen eyes of 55 consecutive patients treated with brachytherapy for malignant melanoma of the choroid developed postirradiation cataracts. Cataract development was more common in older patients and in patients with larger and more anterior tumors. Eleven eyes had extracapsular cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation. Initial visual improvement occurred in 91% of eyes, with an average improvement of 5.5 lines. Visual acuity was maintained at 20/60 or better in 55% of the eyes over an average period of follow-up of 24 months (range, 6 to 40 months). These data suggest that, visually, cataract extraction can be helpful in selected patients who develop a cataract after brachytherapy for malignant melanoma of the choroid.

  11. Lack of Thrombospondin-1 and Exacerbation of Choroidal Neovascularization

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    Wang, Shoujian; Sorenson, Christine M.; Sheibani, Nader

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To assess the impact of thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) deficiency on choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and determine whether administration of a TSP1 antiangiogenic mimetic peptide attenuates CNV. Methods The impact of TSP1-deficiency on laser induced CNV was assessed using wild type (TSP1+/+) and TSP1-deficient (TSP1?/?) mice. Three laser burns were placed in each eye of TSP1+/+ and TSP1?/? mice to induce CNV. Intravitreal injection of the TSP1 mimetic peptide was performed on the day 1 and day 7 post laser in the mice. For quantitative measurements of neovascularization, ICAM-2 staining was performed at 14 days post-laser of the choroidal-sclera flatmounts. The recruitment of macrophages to the sites of damage was investigated by immunohistochemistry. The CNV area was measured by ICAM-2 staining and use of image J software. Results TSP1?/? mice exhibited significantly larger areas of neovascularization on choroidal flatmounts compared to TSP1+/+ mice. This was consistent with enhanced recruitment of macrophages in TSP1?/? mice compared to TSP1+/+ mice 3 days post-laser. The development of CNV was significantly attenuated in mice receiving the TSP1-antiangiogenic mimetic peptide compared to those receiving vehicle alone. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance TSP1 deficiency contributes to enhanced choroidal neovascularization. This is consistent with the anti-inflammatory and antiangiogenic activity of TSP1. TSP1 antiangiogenic peptide was effective in attenuation of CNV. Therefore, intravitreal injection of TSP1 antiangiogenic mimetic peptides may provide alternative treatment for CNV. PMID:22232368

  12. Multilobed uveal melanoma masquerading as postoperative choroidal detachment.

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    Shields, J A; Leonard, B C; Sarin, L V

    1976-05-01

    A case of multilobed malignant melanoma with a haemorrhagic retinal detachment which mimicked a postoperative choroidal detachment is described. Because the lesion showed no resolution six weeks after cataract surgery a tumour evaluation was undertaken. The diagnosis was established with a positive radioactive phosphorus uptake (32P) test and biopsy of the intraocular mass. A suggested approach to the diagnosis in such difficult cases is proposed. PMID:952810

  13. Choroidal coloboma in a case of tay-sachs disease.

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    Ahmed, Nasreen Raees; Tripathy, Koushik; Kumar, Vivek; Gogia, Varun

    2014-01-01

    Coloboma as an ocular finding has been documented in various syndromes. Here we have a case of infantile Tay-Sachs disease associated with unilateral choroidal coloboma. To the best of our knowledge, such an association has not been documented in the literature. Whether such an association is a matter of chance or signifies the involvement of ganglioside metabolism in ocular embryogenesis remains to be elucidated. PMID:25295204

  14. Choroidal Coloboma in a Case of Tay-Sachs Disease

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    Ahmed, Nasreen Raees; Kumar, Vivek; Gogia, Varun

    2014-01-01

    Coloboma as an ocular finding has been documented in various syndromes. Here we have a case of infantile Tay-Sachs disease associated with unilateral choroidal coloboma. To the best of our knowledge, such an association has not been documented in the literature. Whether such an association is a matter of chance or signifies the involvement of ganglioside metabolism in ocular embryogenesis remains to be elucidated. PMID:25295204

  15. A diagnostic dilemma: infectious versus noninfectious multifocal choroiditis with panuveitis

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    2013-01-01

    Background The objective of this study was to report a diagnostic dilemma in a patient with multifocal choroiditis. This is a case report study. Findings A 68-year-old female presented with new onset of floaters in both eyes and diagnosed with bilateral panuveitis. Her visual acuity was 20/200 in both eyes. Slit-lamp examination showed 1+ anterior chamber cells in both eyes. Ophthalmoscopic examination of both eyes showed vitreous cells, optic disc edema, small amounts of subretinal hemorrhage, and punctate choroidal lesions throughout the fundus. Laboratory work-up revealed a positive QuantiFERON-TB Gold result, and the patient was started on antituberculosis medications. However, given the patient’s intolerance to antituberculosis medications and progressive worsening of vision, she underwent a chorioretinal biopsy to assist with determining a definitive diagnosis. Biopsy results showed noncaseating granulomas and were negative for an infectious etiology. The patient was diagnosed with ocular sarcoidosis and started on immunomodulatory therapy for sarcoid-related multifocal choroiditis. Conclusions Multifocal chorioretinal lesions of unknown etiology can present as a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma. Laboratory work-up is useful in determining an etiology; however, more invasive procedures, such as chorioretinal biopsy, may be necessary to guide treatment. PMID:23514267

  16. Massive bilateral choroidal detachment induced by administration of topiramate.

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    Dehghani, Alireza; Abtahi, Mohammad-Ali; Abtahi, Seyed-Hossein; Peyman, Alireza; Etemadifar, Masoud; Ghanbari, Heshmatollah; Mohammadi, Zahra

    2011-05-01

    Topiramate is a sulfa-derivative antiepileptic drug which is also used for other indications such as essential tremor. A 79-year-old male was admitted to our center due to acute bilateral painless decline of vision. One month before admission, he had experienced essential tremor and treatment with topiramate 50 mg/day and propranolol 40 mg/day. Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/800 OD and 20/600 OS. Both eyes had normal anterior chamber depths and irides. Intraocular pressure was 10 mm Hg in the right eye and 11 mm Hg in the left eye. Retinal examination showed notable choroidal detachments in all quadrants of the periphery, which were confirmed by ultrasonography. Refraction showed no myopic shift. The administration of topiramate was discontinued as a potential causative agent for this condition. During follow-up, choroidal detachment and visual acuity gradually resolved. In this study, we described the first case of isolated massive choroidal detachment induced by topiramate. PMID:21941501

  17. Follicular hybrid cyst: a combination of bullous pilomatricoma and epidermoid cyst.

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    Sanusi, Tutyana; Qu, Xiaoying; Li, Yanqiu; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Ming; Zhao, Yun; Yang, Zhen; An, Xiangjie; Qian, Yue; Wang, Chunsen; Chen, Hongxiang; Chen, Siyuan; Huang, Changzheng

    2013-01-01

    The follicular hybrid is composed of more than two components of pilosebaceous unit. There are several studies of hybrid cyst, combination of trichilemmal and epidermoid cyst was the most frequently reported. In this paper, we reported one case of hybrid cyst composed of bullous pilomatricoma and epidermoid cyst. A 14-year-old girl was complaint of a solitary flesh-colored to erythematous nodule with flaccid appearance sized 3.2 × 1.8 cm in diameter on her right upper back for one year. The histologic findings showed there were edema and proliferation of capillaries in the superficial dermis, a cyst in the middle to deep dermis. There were laminated keratins in the cystic space. The cyst wall was composed of two different components, one was composed of epithelial cells containing of granular layer, and another consisted of basophilic cells, transient cells and shadow cells. The cyst not related with Gardner's syndrome. Hybrid cyst such as trichilemmal cyst, epidermoid and pilomatricoma cysts maybe have same clinical features or mimicking each others, but we can distinguish them from histopathology evaluation. PMID:24294394

  18. The Cutaneous Ciliated Cyst in Young Male: The Possibility of Ciliated Cutaneous Eccrine Cyst

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    Kim, Youngjoon; Kim, Hyunjung

    2015-01-01

    Cutaneous ciliated cyst was described as a painless cyst occurring on the lower limbs of women between the ages of 15 and 30 years. The cysts are typically lined by ciliated cuboidal to columnar epithelium with pseudostratified areas and focal squamous metaplasia is occasionally present. Immunohistochemical studies have demonstrated that the cysts are PR and ER positive, similar to the epithelia of the fallopian tubes. However, outliers of cutaneous ciliated cysts, including those in male patients and in unexpected locations such as the scalp, finger, and scapular area, have been reported. Thus, some hypotheses have been proposed including the Mullerian heterotopias, ciliated metaplasia of eccrine sweat glands, and embryonic remnants of the cloacal membrane. We report a rare case of cutaneous ciliated cyst on the left shoulder of a 7-year-old boy and this is the eighth case of cutaneous ciliated cyst in male patients. Moreover, through reviewing the articles, we try to propose the classification of the cutaneous ciliated cysts into the cutaneous Mullerian cysts and the ciliated cutaneous eccrine cysts. PMID:26491452

  19. Conservative management of dentigerous cysts in children

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    Arjona-Amo, Manuel; Serrera-Figallo, María-Angeles; Hernández-Guisado, José-María; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José-Luis

    2015-01-01

    Purpose and Introduction Dentigerous cysts are epithelial in origin and are the most commonly found cyst in children. The majority of these lesions are usually a radiological finding and are capable of quite large before being diagnosed. The standard treatment for these cysts is the enucleation and the extraction of the affected tooth. However, if the patient is a child and the affected tooth is not developed, a more conservative attitude should be considered. Material and Methods (Clinical case): A 7-year-old patient is presented with an eruptive backlog of the lower permanent first molars. Radiological examination reveals two radiolucid lesions in relation to them, which are compatible with a dentigerous cyst, and in relation to the inferior aveolar nerve and various germs. A partial enucleation is carried out, maintaining all the dental germs related to the cyst in mouth and monitoring the patient until the case study is over. Results and Discussion Diagnosis and early treatment of these lesions in children is of great importance, especially in cases where the lesions enclose permanent teeth. Conclusions Whenever possible, a conservative attitude should be taken, one that allows for the maintenance of the dentition and treatment of the associated cyst in order to not compromise either the occlusion or the mental state of these patients. Key words:Dentigerous cyst, conservative treatment, dental impaction, child. PMID:26644847

  20. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2013-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. (a) In the disposal of carcasses, edible... 315 of this subchapter, it shall be condemned. (b) In the case of sheep carcasses affected...

  1. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. (a) In the disposal of carcasses, edible... 315 of this subchapter, it shall be condemned. (b) In the case of sheep carcasses affected...

  2. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. (a) In the disposal of carcasses, edible... 315 of this subchapter, it shall be condemned. (b) In the case of sheep carcasses affected...

  3. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. (a) In the disposal of carcasses, edible... 315 of this subchapter, it shall be condemned. (b) In the case of sheep carcasses affected...

  4. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2011-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. (a) In the disposal of carcasses, edible... 315 of this subchapter, it shall be condemned. (b) In the case of sheep carcasses affected...

  5. Concomitant Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brachial Plexus Injuries in Adult Patients

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    Rhee, Peter C.; Pirola, Elena; Hébert-Blouin, Marie-Noëlle; Kircher, Michelle F.; Spinner, Robert J.; Bishop, Allen T.; Shin, Alexander Y.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Combined injuries to the spinal cord and brachial plexus present challenges in the detection of both injuries as well as to subsequent treatment. The purpose of this study is to describe the epidemiology and clinical factors of concomitant spinal cord injuries in patients with a known brachial plexus injury. Methods: A retrospective review was performed on all patients who were evaluated for a brachial plexus injury in a tertiary, multidisciplinary brachial plexus clinic from January 2000 to December 2008. Patients with clinical and/or imaging findings for a coexistent spinal cord injury were identified and underwent further analysis. Results: A total of 255 adult patients were evaluated for a traumatic traction injury to the brachial plexus. We identified thirty-one patients with a combined brachial plexus and spinal cord injury, for a prevalence of 12.2%. A preganglionic brachial plexus injury had been sustained in all cases. The combined injury group had a statistically greater likelihood of having a supraclavicular vascular injury (odds ratio [OR] = 22.5; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.9, 271.9) and a cervical spine fracture (OR = 3.44; 95% CI = 1.6, 7.5). These patients were also more likely to exhibit a Horner sign (OR = 3.2; 95% CI = 1.5, 7.2) and phrenic nerve dysfunction (OR = 2.5; 95% CI = 1.0, 5.8) compared with the group with only a brachial plexus injury. Conclusion: Heightened awareness for a combined spinal cord and brachial plexus injury and the presence of various associated clinical and imaging findings may aid in the early recognition of these relatively uncommon injuries. Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions to Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. PMID:22258773

  6. Pediatric Odontogenic Cysts of the Jaws.

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    Arce, Kevin; Streff, Christopher S; Ettinger, Kyle S

    2016-02-01

    Odontogenic cysts represent a common form of pathology of the jaws, and the natural history, clinicopathologic findings, and appropriate management strategies are important to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Odontogenic cysts in the pediatric populations are important pathologic entities given their potential impact on the growth and development of the maxillofacial complex. Inappropriate management strategies can severely affect the form and function of the growing child. Categorizing pediatric odontogenic cysts into inflammatory or developmental causes provides a convenient way of conceptualizing these various entities and helps facilitate the appropriate diagnosis and the subsequent management. PMID:26614698

  7. A congenital intraspinal gastroenterogenous cyst in diastematomyelia

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    Bale, Patricia M.

    1973-01-01

    A female neonate, with neurological signs and leucocytosis in sterile spinal fluid, was found to have anomalies of the upper thoracic vertebral bodies with a bony spur indicating diastematomyelia. The spur was removed, but symptoms recurred. Necropsy at the age of 5 months revealed an intraspinal gastroenterogenous cyst containing a perforated peptic ulcer. Analysis of eight previous reports of intraspinal enterogenous cysts, shows that, like prevertebral enterogenous cysts, they are frequently combined with defects in the vertebral bodies. This association suggests development from an embryonic ectoendodermal adhesion. Vertebral body defects are a significant pointer to the diagnosis and should not be overlooked, as curative resection is sometimes possible. Images PMID:4772715

  8. [Growing septum pellucidum cyst in infancy].

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    Sauter, R; Klemm, T; Hassler, W

    1995-01-01

    We report a baby's development with expanding cyst of the septum pellucidum. It was detected accidentally during diagnostic evaluation of epileptic convulsions and psychomotoric retardation. The dramatic increasing of the cyst was followed by cranial ultrasonography for ten months. The progression of clinical symptoms couldn't be explained because after drainage of the cyst, no improvement took place. MRT with Spectroscopy lead to the tentative diagnosis, Morbus Alexander. This couldn't be proved because no biopsy of the brain was performed against the decision of the child's mother, nor postmortal (the child died at 20 months). PMID:7623429

  9. Cysts

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    ... Pediatric Caregiver Resource Center Treatment & Care Newly Diagnosed Continuum of Care Brain Tumor Treatments Treatment Side Effects & ... An enlarged, fluid-filled area of the subarachnoid space that occurs in both adults and children. Colloid ...

  10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Indicates Decreased Choroidal and Retinal Blood Flow in the DBA/2J Mouse

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    Duong, Timothy Q.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Indicates Decreased Choroidal and Retinal Blood Flow in the DBA/2J Mouse. This study tests the hypothesis that reduced retinal and choroidal blood flow (BF) occur in the DBA/2J mouse contributing factor in the optic neuropathy in the DBA/2J mouse model of glaucoma. (Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci

  11. Avulsion of the brachial plexus in a great horned owl (Bubo virginaus)

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    Moore, M.P.; Stauber, E.; Thomas, N.J.

    1989-01-01

    Avulsion of the brachial plexus was documented in a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). A fractured scapula was also present. Cause of these injuries was not known but was thought to be due to trauma. Differentiation of musculoskeletal injury from peripheral nerve damage can be difficult in raptors. Use of electromyography and motor nerve conduction velocity was helpful in demonstrating peripheral nerve involvement. A brachial plexus avulsion was suspected on the basis of clinical signs, presence of electromyographic abnormalities in all muscles supplied by the nerves of the brachial plexus and absence of median-ulnar motor nerve conduction velocities.

  12. Choroidal thickening and macular serous retinal detachment in pregnancy-induced hypertension

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    Aoyagi, Ranko; Hayashi, Takaaki; Tsuneoka, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to report optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiographic findings in a patient with pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). Case report A 39-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with PIH, reported blurred and distorted vision at 5 days after an emergency cesarean delivery. OCT revealed a large serous retinal detachment (SRD) that included areas in the macula, along with an increased choroidal thickness noted in both eyes. Indocyanine green angiograms indicated delayed filling of the choroidal circulation in the early phase but choroidal hyperpermeability in the mid-phase. The SRD was gradually resolving without any treatment except for antihypertensive drugs. At 40 days after the initial examination, OCT revealed both the disappearance of the SRD and marked improvement of the choroidal thickening. Conclusion Ophthalmologists need to be aware that PIH can cause choroidal ischemia, a breakdown of the outer blood–retinal barrier, and lead to the development of SRD. PMID:26635487

  13. Hydatid Cyst of Spleen: A Diagnostic Challenge

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    Rasheed, Khalid; Zargar, Showkat Ali; Telwani, Ajaz Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    Although splenic involvement alone in hydatid disease is very rare, spleen is the third most common organ involved in hydatid disease. The rarity of splenic hydatid disease poses a diagnostic challenge for clinicians, particularly in non-endemic areas. As the hydatid cyst can present as a simple cyst without having the classic serological and imaging features, and later can lead to life-threatening complications like anaphylaxis, hydatid disease of spleen should be considered in differential in every patient in endemic areas with cystic lesion of spleen until proved otherwise. The author used the keyword “splenic hydatid cyst” in PubMed and reviewed the scientific literatures published from January 1965 to June 2012. The present review is to accentuate the incidence, classification, clinical and pathophysiological features, differential diagnosis, diagnostic modalities, and treatment choices of hydatid cyst of spleen along with follow-up strategy and newer treatment approaches. PMID:23378949

  14. Luteinized ovarian cysts in Mediterranean striped dolphins.

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    Munson, L; Calzada, N; Kennedy, S; Sorensen, T B

    1998-07-01

    The morbillivirus epizootic during 1990 to 1992 in Mediterranean striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) off the Mediterranean coast of Spain diminished these populations directly through mortalities, and indirectly through loss of normal fecundity. High levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) also were detected in stranded animals. In addition to high numbers of abortions during the epidemic, unusual cystic structures were noted in the ovaries of several morbillivirus-infected dolphins with high PCB levels. These structures were identified as multiple luteinized cysts from their gross and histomorphologic characteristics. No morbillivirus antigens were detected in the lesions by immunohistochemistry. Because luteinized cysts occur when ovulation is impeded, either an effect of morbillivirus or PCB's on hypothalamic/pituitary function or an effect of PCB's on ovarian responsiveness are proposed as pathogenic mechanisms. These cysts may impede population recovery from the epidemic if similar cysts occurred on surviving dolphins. PMID:9706582

  15. A Rare Case Report of Conjunctival Cyst

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    Pujari, M. R.; Murthy, Chethan N

    2015-01-01

    A conjunctival cyst is a thin-walled sac or vesicle that contains fluid. This vesicle may develop either on or under the conjunctiva. It develops due to variety of causes such as infection, inflammation, retention cyst and rarely drug induced. The authors aimed to report a case of conjuctival cyst in a 34-year-old male following instillation of anti-allergic topical drugs for over period of one year. Conjuctival cyst developing due to chronic use of anti-allergic topical drugs containing preservatives is one of the complications associated with it. Presence of a preservative in an ocular medication has often been considered in damaging the epithelium. Inclusion of a preservative is equally necessary, especially in multiple-drug therapy in order to protect against dangerous organisms accidentally gaining access during instillation. Benzalkonium chloride (BAK), chlorobutanol, chlorhexidine acetate (CHA) and phenylmercuric nitrate or acetate are some commonly used preservatives in eye drops. PMID:26675748

  16. A Rare Case Report of Conjunctival Cyst.

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    Salagar, Kavita Mallikarjun; Pujari, M R; Murthy, Chethan N

    2015-11-01

    A conjunctival cyst is a thin-walled sac or vesicle that contains fluid. This vesicle may develop either on or under the conjunctiva. It develops due to variety of causes such as infection, inflammation, retention cyst and rarely drug induced. The authors aimed to report a case of conjuctival cyst in a 34-year-old male following instillation of anti-allergic topical drugs for over period of one year. Conjuctival cyst developing due to chronic use of anti-allergic topical drugs containing preservatives is one of the complications associated with it. Presence of a preservative in an ocular medication has often been considered in damaging the epithelium. Inclusion of a preservative is equally necessary, especially in multiple-drug therapy in order to protect against dangerous organisms accidentally gaining access during instillation. Benzalkonium chloride (BAK), chlorobutanol, chlorhexidine acetate (CHA) and phenylmercuric nitrate or acetate are some commonly used preservatives in eye drops. PMID:26675748

  17. Thoracic radiculopathy caused by a myodil cyst.

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    Fitzpatrick, M O; Goyal, K; Johnston, R A

    2000-08-01

    We report the case of a myodil cyst causing a thoracic radiculopathy in a patient who had undergone a myelogram 30 years previously. Although myodil is no longer used, sequelae can continue to be seen for many years. PMID:11045204

  18. Ganglion Cyst of the Wrist and Hand

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  19. Idiopathic benign retroperitoneal cyst: a case report

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    Alzaraa, Ahmed; Mousa, Husam; Dickens, Paul; Allen, Jonathan; Benhamida, Abduljalil

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Retroperitoneal cysts are uncommon, with an estimated incidence of 1/5750 to 1/250,000. Case presentation A male patient was admitted with an abdominal pain, jaundice and fever. Clinical examination and investigations confirmed an idiopathic benign retroperitoneal cyst. He underwent surgery and was discharged after making good recovery. Conclusion Retroperitoneal cysts are very rare, and most of the time they are discovered incidentally. Patients may be asymptomatic or present with abdominal pain, referred pain to the legs or weight loss. Imaging may help diagnose these lesions, but surgery is the keystone in confirming the diagnosis. This case is very rare and very educational as it highlights an unusual presentation of a benign retroperitoneal cyst. In our patient, the course of the disease was unique as the patient presented with jaundice. PMID:18261209

  20. Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Associated with Xanthogranulomatous Inflammation.

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    Taskin, Orhun Cig; Gucer, Hasan; Winer, Daniel; Mete, Ozgur

    2015-12-01

    Xanthogranulomatous inflammation (XGI) is an uncommon destructive chronic inflammatory process mainly occurring in the kidney and gallbladder, characterized by the accumulation of foamy histiocytes, multinucleated giant cells (Touton type), cholesterol clefts and chronic inflammatory cells. The head and neck region is an uncommon site for XGI. This type of inflammatory reaction has been defined in branchial cleft cyst, salivary gland tumors following fine-needle aspiration biopsies, Rathke's cleft cyst in the pituitary gland, and colloid cyst in the 3rd ventricle. We present herein a unique case of ruptured thyroglossal duct cyst leading to XGI, characterized by an infiltrative subcutaneous central neck lesion, clinically mimicking a thyroid carcinoma. In addition, we also summarize current insights into the pathogenesis of XGI in the head and neck region. PMID:25896144

  1. Enteric duplication cyst associated with melanosis peritonei.

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    Nada, R; Vaiphei, K; Rao, K L

    2000-01-01

    Melanosis peritonei is usually associated with benign cystic teratomas of the ovary. We describe a one-and-a-half-year-old girl with melanosis peritonei associated with enteric duplication cyst. Melanophages were seen in aggregates in and around the serosal blood vessels, nerve bundles, and scattered within the muscular wall of the cyst. Presence of hyperplastic nerve bundles associated with melanophages suggests their origin from the neural crest. PMID:10918728

  2. OCT/PS-OCT imaging of brachial plexus neurovascular structures

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    Raphael, David T.; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Yaoping; Chen, Zhongping; Miller, Carol; Zhou, Li

    2004-07-01

    Introduction: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows high-resolution imaging (less than 10 microns) of tissue structures. A pilot study with OCT and polarization-sensitive OCT (PS-OCT) was undertaken to image ex-vivo neurovascular structures (vessels, nerves) of the canine brachial plexus. Methods: OCT is an interferometry-based optical analog of B-mode ultrasound, which can image through non-transparent biological tissues. With approval of the USC Animal Care and Use Committee, segments of the supra- and infraclavicular brachial plexus were excised from euthanized adult dogs, and the ex-vivo specimens were placed in cold pH-buffered physiologic solution. An OCT beam, in micrometer translational steps, scanned the fixed-position bisected specimens in transverse and longitudinal views. Two-dimensional images were obtained from identified arteries and nerves, with specific sections of interest stained with hematoxylin-eosin for later imaging through a surgical microscope. Results: with the beam scan direction transverse to arteries, the resulting OCT images showed an identifiable arterial lumen and arterial wall tissue layers. By comparison, transverse beam OCT images of nerves revealed a multitude of smaller nerve bundles contained within larger circular-shaped fascicles. PS-OCT imaging was helpful in showing the characteristic birefringence exhibited by arrayed neural structures. Discussion: High-resolution OCT imaging may be useful in the optical identification of neurovascular structures during attempted regional nerve blockade. If incorporated into a needle-shaped catheter endoscope, such a technology could prevent intraneural and intravascular injections immediately prior to local anesthetic injection. The major limitation of OCT is that it can form a coherent image of tissue structures only to a depth of 1.5 - 2 mm.

  3. Neonatal brachial plexus palsy: incidence, prevalence, and temporal trends.

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    Chauhan, Suneet P; Blackwell, Sean B; Ananth, Cande V

    2014-06-01

    Epidemiological knowledge of the incidence, prevalence, and temporal changes of neonatal brachial plexuses palsy (NBPP) should assist the clinician, avert unnecessary interventions, and help formulate evidence-based health policies. A summary of 63 publications in the English language with over 17 million births and 24,000 NBPPs is notable for six things. First, the rate of NBPP in the US and other countries is comparable: 1.5 vs. 1.3 per 1000 total births, respectively. Second, the rate of NBPP may be decreasing: 0.9, 1.0 and 0.5 per 1,000 births for publications before 1990, 1990-2000, and after 2000, respectively. Third, the likelihood of not having concomitant shoulder dystocia with NBPP was 76% overall, though it varied by whether the publication was from the US (78%) vs. other countries (47%). Fourth, the likelihood of NBPP being permanent (lasting at least 12 months) was 10-18% in the US-based reports and 19-23% in other countries. Fifth, in studies from the US, the rate of permanent NBPP is 1.1-2.2 per 10,000 births and 2.9-3.7 per 10,000 births in other nations. Sixth, we estimate that approximately 5000 NBPPs occur every year in the US, of which over 580-1050 are permanent, and that since birth, 63,000 adults have been afflicted with persistent paresis of their brachial plexus. The exceedingly infrequent nature of permanent NBPP necessitates a multi-center study to improve our understanding of the antecedent factors and to abate the long-term sequela. PMID:24863027

  4. On the morphology of the brachial plexus of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus).

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    Koizumi, M; Sakai, T

    1997-04-01

    Four forelimbs of 3 platypuses and 3 forelimbs of 2 echidnas were examined to study the precise form of the brachial plexus and to clarify the structural characteristics of the brachial plexus in phylogeny. The spinal components contributing to the plexus (C4-T2) and the formation patterns of the 3 trunks of the plexus were the same as those generally observed in mammals. In the cranial half of the brachial plexus from C4, 5 and 6 in monotremes, division into the ventral bundle (lateral cord) and dorsal bundle (axillary nerve) is clear, as in other mammals. However, for monotremes, in the caudal half of the plexus from C7 and T1 (+T2) and the nerves arising from the caudal plexus there is no definite division into the ventral and dorsal bundles, which distribute to the flexor and extensor parts of the forelimbs, respectively. The lower trunk of the monotreme brachial plexus forms a cord which contains both ventral and dorsal components. This characteristic diverges from the generally accepted idea that the tetrapod limb plexus is divided clearly into 2 layers: a dorsal layer for extensors and a ventral layer for flexors of the limb. Considering the incomplete dorsoventral division of forelimb nerves in some reptiles and urodeles, the caudal half of the monotreme brachial plexus has characteristics in common with those of lower tetrapods. PMID:9147230

  5. Chronic Hydatid Cyst in Malaysia: A Rare Occurence

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    SURIA HAYATI, Md Pauzi; BOON TECK EUGENE, Chan; JAN JIN, Bong; MOHD ROSE, Isa

    2015-01-01

    Hydatid cysts are not endemic in Malaysia and are rarely seen. We hereby report a case of hydatid cyst of the liver in a 55-year-old Chinese-Australian lady who presented with a calcified liver cyst and negative hydatid serology. A liver segmentectomy was performed and revealed a well-circumscribed, calcified liver cyst containing only creamy whitish material without the typical daughter cyst. A histological examination revealed different layers of the cyst wall and the presence of loose, calcified scolices without a daughter cyst. The case highlights the importance of considering hydatid cyst in the differential diagnosis of liver cyst even in non-endemic areas, as the ease of travelling and migration allows the condition to be seen outside the endemic region. PMID:25892954

  6. Hyperdense renal masses: a CT manifestation of hemorrhagic renal cysts

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    Sussman, S.; Cochran, S.T.; Pagani, J.J.; McArdle, C.; Wong, W.; Austin, R.; Curry, N.; Kelly, K.M.

    1984-01-01

    Eleven patients with sharply circumscribed round to ovoid renal cysts measuring 70-90 H on CT are reported. The cysts were hyperdense on unenhanced scans, measuring 30-60 H greater than the adjacent parenchyma, and either hypodense, isodense, or hyperdense on enhanced scans. Four patients had polycystic kidney disease; of the other 7 patients, the cysts were cortical in 6 and parapelvic in 1. Eight patients had a solitary cyst and 3 had multiple cysts. Sonography demonstrated internal echoes and/or lack of increased through-transmission in 6 patients. Pathological analysis was available in 6 cases and indicated a benign, hemorrhagic renal cyst. This hyperdense CT appearance is characteristic of some hemorrhagic renal cysts, though differentiation between benign and malignant cysts requires cyst puncture and/or surgery.

  7. Choriocapillaris and Choroidal Microvasculature Imaging with Ultrahigh Speed OCT Angiography

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    Choi, WooJhon; Mohler, Kathrin J.; Potsaid, Benjamin; Lu, Chen D.; Liu, Jonathan J.; Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar; Cable, Alex E.; Duker, Jay S.; Huber, Robert; Fujimoto, James G.

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate in vivo choriocapillaris and choroidal microvasculature imaging in normal human subjects using optical coherence tomography (OCT). An ultrahigh speed swept source OCT prototype at 1060 nm wavelengths with a 400 kHz A-scan rate is developed for three-dimensional ultrahigh speed imaging of the posterior eye. OCT angiography is used to image three-dimensional vascular structure without the need for exogenous fluorophores by detecting erythrocyte motion contrast between OCT intensity cross-sectional images acquired rapidly and repeatedly from the same location on the retina. En face OCT angiograms of the choriocapillaris and choroidal vasculature are visualized by acquiring cross-sectional OCT angiograms volumetrically via raster scanning and segmenting the three-dimensional angiographic data at multiple depths below the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Fine microvasculature of the choriocapillaris, as well as tightly packed networks of feeding arterioles and draining venules, can be visualized at different en face depths. Panoramic ultra-wide field stitched OCT angiograms of the choriocapillaris spanning ?32 mm on the retina show distinct vascular structures at different fundus locations. Isolated smaller fields at the central fovea and ?6 mm nasal to the fovea at the depths of the choriocapillaris and Sattler's layer show vasculature structures consistent with established architectural morphology from histological and electron micrograph corrosion casting studies. Choriocapillaris imaging was performed in eight healthy volunteers with OCT angiograms successfully acquired from all subjects. These results demonstrate the feasibility of ultrahigh speed OCT for in vivo dye-free choriocapillaris and choroidal vasculature imaging, in addition to conventional structural imaging. PMID:24349078

  8. Primary Intraosseous Hydatid Cyst of Femur

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    Arik, Hasan Onur; Arican, Mehmet; Cetin, Nesibe Kahraman; Sarp, Umit

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Echinococcosis is a parasitic and zoonotic disease of animals and humans. The cause is Echinococcus granulosus and occasionally, Echinococcus multilocularis. Hydatid cysts are mostly seen in the liver and lungs, although almost all organs and systemscan be involvement. Hydatid cysts seen with bone involvement comprise approximately 3% of all hydatid cysts. Even if a long period of survey is possible, it is still difficult to eradicate the disease and effect a cure. Case Presentation: In this study, an evaluation was made of a patient referred at Yozgat State Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Polyclinic with complaints of pain in her left thigh close to the knee. After examinations of plain radiographs, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance images, and blood parameters, a diagnosis was made of left femoral intramedullary hydatid cyst from excised intraoperative material. Throughout a 6-month follow-up period, there was no recurrence and functional results were good. Conclusions: Based on this report (of a patient presented with an intramedullary cyst in the long bones), the primary bone hydatid cyst disease should be kept in mind and be investigated in the differential diagnosis. PMID:25838934

  9. Brachial Plexus Injury from CT-Guided RF Ablation Under General Anesthesia

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    Shankar, Sridhar Sonnenberg, Eric van; Silverman, Stuart G.; Tuncali, Kemal; Flanagan, Hugh L.; Whang, Edward E.

    2005-06-15

    Brachial plexus injury in a patient under general anesthesia (GA) is not uncommon, despite careful positioning and, particularly, awareness of the possibility. The mechanism of injury is stretching and compression of the brachial plexus over a prolonged period. Positioning the patient within the computed tomography (CT) gantry for abdominal or chest procedures can simulate a surgical procedure, particularly when GA is used. The potential for brachial plexus injury is increased if the case is prolonged and the patient's arms are raised above the head to avoid CT image degradation from streak artifacts. We report a case of profound brachial plexus palsy following a CT-guided radiofrequency ablation procedure under GA. Fortunately, the patient recovered completely. We emphasize the mechanism of injury and detail measures to combat this problem, such that radiologists are aware of this potentially serious complication.

  10. Current and emerging treatment options for myopic choroidal neovascularization

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    El Matri, Leila; Chebil, Ahmed; Kort, Fedra

    2015-01-01

    Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is the main cause of visual impairment in highly myopic patients younger than 50 years of age. There are different treatments for myopic CNV (mCNV), with 5- to 10-year outcomes currently. Chorioretinal atrophy is still the most important determinant factor for visual outcome. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of the current treatments for mCNV, including laser, surgical management, verteporfin photodynamic therapy, and mainly anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. Emerging treatment options are also discussed. PMID:25987831

  11. Bevacizumab (avastin) in ocular processes other than choroidal neovascularization.

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    Barkmeier, Andrew J; Akduman, Levent

    2009-01-01

    Bevacizumab is a full-length humanized murine monoclonal anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) IgG1 antibody that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. The intravenous formulation of bevacizumab was first injected intravitreally in 2005 and has proven to be a relatively safe and extremely effective off-label treatment for neovascular ocular disease and diseases associated with macular edema. This paper is a review of the ophthalmic uses of bevacizumab in processes other than choroidal neovascularization. PMID:19412873

  12. Automated choroidal neovascularization detection algorithm for optical coherence tomography angiography

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    Liu, Li; Gao, Simon S.; Bailey, Steven T.; Huang, David; Li, Dengwang; Jia, Yali

    2015-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography angiography has recently been used to visualize choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in participants with age-related macular degeneration. Identification and quantification of CNV area is important clinically for disease assessment. An automated algorithm for CNV area detection is presented in this article. It relies on denoising and a saliency detection model to overcome issues such as projection artifacts and the heterogeneity of CNV. Qualitative and quantitative evaluations were performed on scans of 7 participants. Results from the algorithm agreed well with manual delineation of CNV area. PMID:26417524

  13. Automated choroidal neovascularization detection algorithm for optical coherence tomography angiography.

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    Liu, Li; Gao, Simon S; Bailey, Steven T; Huang, David; Li, Dengwang; Jia, Yali

    2015-09-01

    Optical coherence tomography angiography has recently been used to visualize choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in participants with age-related macular degeneration. Identification and quantification of CNV area is important clinically for disease assessment. An automated algorithm for CNV area detection is presented in this article. It relies on denoising and a saliency detection model to overcome issues such as projection artifacts and the heterogeneity of CNV. Qualitative and quantitative evaluations were performed on scans of 7 participants. Results from the algorithm agreed well with manual delineation of CNV area. PMID:26417524

  14. [Light coagulation in central and paracentral choroiditis (author's transl)].

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    Heydenreich, A; Lemke, L; Jütte, A; Krautwald, R

    1975-11-01

    Since 1966 photocoagulation has been performed in 52 cases and 54 eyes of choroiditis located on the posterior pole. The course of the cases treated is compared with a control group treated with drugs. Photocoagulation shortens the duration of the acute inflammatory process, decreases the frequency of recurrences by about 40% and improves the visual prognosis. The follow-up 1 year to 9 years later (average 7 years) showed in the control group a visual function of 0.5, in the treated group of 0.8. PMID:1206947

  15. Glenohumeral joint ganglion cyst and other rare cysts of the axilla.

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    Fogelson, Marc H; Craig, William D; McPhee, Joseph R; Lenert, Jeffrey T; Henry, Leonard R

    2007-09-01

    Although ganglion cysts have been reported to arise from almost any joint, those arising from the glenohumeral joint producing an axillary mass are extremely rare. We report what we believe to be the eighth such case and describe its management. The unusual differential diagnosis and aids to diagnosis of axillary cysts are reviewed. Specific issues regarding axillary space ganglions are emphasized. PMID:17939425

  16. Atlantoaxial Joint Synovial Cyst: Diagnosis and Percutaneous Treatment

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    Velan, Osvaldo; Rabadan, Alejandra; Paganini, Lisandro; Langhi, Luciano

    2008-11-15

    Synovial cysts at the atlantoaxial level are found uncommonly. Lumbar symptomatic cases are treated by percutaneous cyst aspiration with or without corticoid injection or by surgical resection, but synovial cysts at the C1-C2 level are usually treated by surgery. We report here a 92-year-old woman with a retro-odontoid synovial cyst producing spinal cord compression that was treated by percutaneous aspiration of the cyst under CT guidance. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an atlantoaxial synovial cyst successfully treated with a minimally invasive procedure.

  17. Ganglion Cysts Arising from a Canine Stifle Joint

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    MURATA, Daiki; SOGAWA, Takeshi; TOKUNAGA, Satoshi; IWANAGA, Tomoko; KAWAGUCHI, Hiroaki; MIYOSHI, Noriaki; MOMOI, Yasuyuki; FUJIKI, Makoto; MIURA, Naoki

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT A 10-year-old, neutered male Labrador retriever presented with progressive left hind lameness. Ultrasonography revealed large, subcutaneous, ovoid cysts around the stifle joint. Radiographic and computed tomographic images revealed periosteal reaction of the distal femur. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed a large cyst that was hypointense in T1-weighted images, hyperintense in T2-weighted images and had a thin lining that was enhanced by intravenous gadonium injection. The cyst communicated with the joint cavity and other small cysts around the joint. Histopathology of an excisional biopsy specimen led to diagnosis of ganglion cyst. This report provides MR images of a ganglion cyst in a canine stifle. PMID:24257194

  18. Laparoscopic management of ovarian cysts: an endocrinologist view.

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    Thornton, K. L.; DeCherney, A. H.

    1991-01-01

    The management of certain ovarian cysts has evolved from the traditional and often quite radical surgical approach to a more conservative approach. Much of this change can be attributed to the improvement in laparoscopic surgical technique. After a brief discussion of the differential diagnosis and clinical presentation of ovarian cysts, ultrasonographic features of certain ovarian cysts will be reviewed. Certainly the ability to characterize cysts ultrasonographically has facilitated gynecologists' ability to predict the neoplastic potential of a cyst and therefore to justify the more conservative approach. The various techniques of laparoscopic ovarian cyst aspiration, fenestration, and cystectomy will then be described. PMID:1839754

  19. Residual Cyst Associated with Calcifications in an Elderly Patient

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    Sridevi, K; Nandan, S. Ratheesh Kumar; Ratnakar, P.; Srikrishna, K.; Vamsi Pavani, B.

    2014-01-01

    A residual cyst, as the name implies, is a radicular, lateral periodotal, dentigerous or any other cyst that has persisted after it’s associated tooth has been lost. Residual cysts show more predilection in males and they commonly affect the maxillary region. Usually, residual cysts are asymptomatic and calcifications occurring in the residual cysts are quite rare. We are reporting a case of symptomatic residual cyst, associated with calcifications involving the anterior region of the body of the mandible in a 60-year-old male patient. The pathogenesis, clinical, radiological features and differential diagnosis have been discussed. PMID:24701547

  20. The oral nerve plexus in amphioxus larvae: function, cell types and phylogenetic significance

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    C.Lacalli, T.; J.Gilmour, T. H.; J.Kelly, S.

    1999-01-01

    Serial electron microscope reconstructions were used to examine the organization and cell types of the nerve plexus that surrounds the mouth in amphioxus larvae. The plexus is involved in a rejection response that occurs during feeding: a number of oral spines project across the mouth, and debris impinging on them triggers a contraction of the gill slit and pharyngeal musculature that forces water through the mouth, dislodging the debris. The oral spine cells are secondary sense cells that synapse with neurites belonging to a class of peripheral interneurons intrinsic to the oral nerve plexus. These in turn synapse with a second class of peripheral neurons with large axons that we interpret as sensory cells and which probably transmit signals to the nerve cord. The intrinsic cells also appear to synapse with each other, implying that local integrative activities of some complexity occur in the oral plexus. In comparative terms, the intrinsic neurons most closely resemble the Merkel-like accessory cells of vertebrate taste buds, and we postulate a homology between oral spine cells and taste buds, despite differences in function. There are also similarities between the amphioxus oral plexus and adoral nerves and ganglia of echinoderm larvae, suggesting homology of both the oral nerve plexus and the mouth itself between lower deuterostome phyla and chordates.

  1. Aqueous Levels of Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor and Macular Choroidal Thickness in High Myopia

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    Chen, Wei; Guan, Yubo; He, Guanghui; Li, Zhiwei; Song, Hui; Xie, Shiyong; Han, Quanhong

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate the correlation between aqueous and serum levels of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and macular choroidal thickness in high myopia patients, both with and without choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Methods. Serum and aqueous levels of PEDF were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 36 high myopia patients (36 eyes) with no CNV (non-CNV group), 14 high myopia patients (14 eyes) with CNV (CNV group), and 42 nonmyopia patients (42 eyes) (control group). Macular choroidal thickness was measured by enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography. Results. Aqueous levels of PEDF were significantly higher in CNV group compared with non-CNV (P < 0.001) and control (P < 0.001) groups. Macular choroidal thicknesses were significantly decreased in the non-CNV and CNV groups compared with the control (P < 0.001) group. A statistically significant difference (P = 0.012) was found between the CNV and non-CNV groups. There was a positive correlation between aqueous PEDF and macular choroidal thickness in the non-CNV group (P = 0.005), but no correlation with the CNV group. No correlation between serum PEDF and macular choroidal thickness was detected in the three groups. Conclusion. Variations in aqueous PEDF levels coincide with changes in macular choroidal thickness in high myopia patients with no CNV, while no such relationship exists in high myopia patients with CNV. PMID:26491554

  2. Automated estimation of choroidal thickness distribution and volume based on OCT images of posterior visual section.

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    Vupparaboina, Kiran Kumar; Nizampatnam, Srinath; Chhablani, Jay; Richhariya, Ashutosh; Jana, Soumya

    2015-12-01

    A variety of vision ailments are indicated by anomalies in the choroid layer of the posterior visual section. Consequently, choroidal thickness and volume measurements, usually performed by experts based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) images, have assumed diagnostic significance. Now, to save precious expert time, it has become imperative to develop automated methods. To this end, one requires choroid outer boundary (COB) detection as a crucial step, where difficulty arises as the COB divides the choroidal granularity and the scleral uniformity only notionally, without marked brightness variation. In this backdrop, we measure the structural dissimilarity between choroid and sclera by structural similarity (SSIM) index, and hence estimate the COB by thresholding. Subsequently, smooth COB estimates, mimicking manual delineation, are obtained using tensor voting. On five datasets, each consisting of 97 adult OCT B-scans, automated and manual segmentation results agree visually. We also demonstrate close statistical match (greater than 99.6% correlation) between choroidal thickness distributions obtained algorithmically and manually. Further, quantitative superiority of our method is established over existing results by respective factors of 27.67% and 76.04% in two quotient measures defined relative to observer repeatability. Finally, automated choroidal volume estimation, being attempted for the first time, also yields results in close agreement with that of manual methods. PMID:26526231

  3. The Acute Effect of Hemodialysis on Choroidal Thickness

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    Çelikay, Osman; Çal??kan, Sinan; Biçer, Tolga; Kabata?, Naciye; Gürdal, Canan

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To determine the effect of hemodialysis (HD) on choroidal thickness (CT). Methods. The right eyes of 41 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing HD were included. All patients underwent an ophthalmic examination, including CT measurement via optical coherence tomography, intraocular pressure (IOP), blood pressure, and body weight measurement immediately before and after a HD session. Results. Mean subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT) after HD decreased significantly from 254.59 ± 84.66?µm to 229.34 ± 77.79?µm (p < 0.001). CT at the temporal and nasal regions also decreased significantly after HD (both p < 0.001). IOP changes after HD were insignificant (p = 0.958). CT difference was insignificant in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and without DM before and after HD, respectively (p = 0.285 and p = 0.707). Stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis showed that diastolic blood pressure was the best fitted factor to explain the changes in CT (r = 0.327 and p = 0.040).??Conclusion. CT was decreased in the patients with ESRD following a HD session. This study suggested that the changes in CT may be related to the changes in systemic blood pressure. PMID:26605079

  4. An Angiogenic Role for Adrenomedullin in Choroidal Neovascularization

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    Sakimoto, Susumu; Kidoya, Hiroyasu; Kamei, Motohiro; Naito, Hisamichi; Yamakawa, Daishi; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Wakabayashi, Taku; Nishida, Kohji; Takakura, Nobuyuki

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Adrenomedullin (ADM) has been shown to take part in physiological and pathological angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether ADM signaling is involved in choroidal neovascularization (CNV) using a mouse model. Methods and Results CNV was induced by laser photocoagulation in 8-week-old C57BL/6 mice. ADM mRNA expression significantly increased following treatment, peaking 4 days thereafter. The expression of ADM receptor (ADM-R) components (CRLR, RAMP2 and RAMP 3) was higher in CD31+CD45? endothelial cells (ECs) than CD31?CD45? non-ECs. Inflammatory stimulation upregulated the expression of ADM not only in cell lines but also in cells in primary cultures of the choroid/retinal pigment epithelium complex. Supernatants from TNF?-treated macrophage cell lines potentiated the proliferation of ECs and this was partially suppressed by an ADM antagonist, ADM (22–52). Intravitreous injection of ADM (22–52) or ADM neutralizing monoclonal antibody (mAb) after laser treatment significantly reduced the size of CNV compared with vehicle-treated controls (p<0.01). Conclusions ADM signaling is involved in laser-induced CNV formation, because both an ADM antagonist and ADM mAb significantly inhibited it. Suppression of ADM signaling might be a valuable alternative treatment for CNV associated with age-related macular degeneration. PMID:23520487

  5. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: an update on therapeutic approaches.

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    Wong, Raymond L M; Lai, Timothy Y Y

    2013-10-01

    Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) is a retinal disease involving the choroidal vasculature characterized by the presence of polypoidal lesions with or without branching vascular network best seen on indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). Clinical features of PCV include recurrent subretinal hemorrhage; serosanguineous pigment epithelial detachment, subretinal exudation and serous retinal detachment. PCV is more prevalent among Asians and Blacks as compared to Caucasians and has been found to account for 25 to 50% of cases of presumed neovascular age-related macular degeneration in Asian patients. Treatment is indicated in patients with symptomatic PCV due to potentially irreversible visual loss. Various treatment modalities for symptomatic PCV have been described in the literature, including thermal laser photocoagulation, ICGA-guided photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy, and combined PDT and anti-VEGF therapy. This review aims to provide an update on the therapeutic options for PCV, with particular reference to recent studies published in the past two years. PMID:24653824

  6. Attenuation of Choroidal Neovascularization by Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor

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    Chan, Nymph; He, Shikun; Spee, Christine K.; Ishikawa, Keijiro; Hinton, David R.

    2015-01-01

    Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a blinding complication of age-related macular degeneration that manifests as the growth of immature choroidal blood vessels through Bruch’s membrane, where they can leak fluid or hemorrhage under the retina. Here, we demonstrate that the histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) trichostatin A (TSA) can down-regulate the pro-angiogenic hypoxia-inducible factor-1? and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and up-regulate the anti-angiogenic and neuro-protective pigment epithelium derived factor in human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. Most strikingly, TSA markedly down-regulates the expression of VEGF receptor-2 in human vascular endothelial cells and, thus, can knock down pro-angiogenic cell signaling. Additionally, TSA suppresses CNV-associated wound healing response and RPE epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation. In the laser-induced model of CNV using C57Bl/6 mice, systemic administration of TSA significantly reduces fluorescein leakage and the size of CNV lesions at post—laser days 7 and 14 as well as the immunohistochemical expression of VEGF, VEGFR2, and smooth muscle actin in CNV lesions at post-laser day 7. This report suggests that TSA, and possibly HDACi’s in general, should be further evaluated for their therapeutic potential for the treatment of CNV. PMID:25807249

  7. Characterization of Choroidal Layers in Normal Aging Eyes Using Enface Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Mullins, Robert F.; Baumal, Caroline R.; Mohler, Kathrin J.; Kraus, Martin F.; Liu, Jonathan; Badaro, Emmerson; Alasil, Tarek; Hornegger, Joachim; Fujimoto, James G.; Duker, Jay S.; Waheed, Nadia K.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To characterize qualitative and quantitative features of the choroid in normal eyes using enface swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). Methods Fifty-two eyes of 26 consecutive normal subjects were prospectively recruited to obtain multiple three-dimensional 12x12mm volumetric scans using a long-wavelength high-speed SS-OCT prototype. A motion-correction algorithm merged multiple SS-OCT volumes to improve signal. Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) was segmented as the reference and enface images were extracted at varying depths every 4.13?m intervals. Systematic analysis of the choroid at different depths was performed to qualitatively assess the morphology of the choroid and quantify the absolute thicknesses as well as the relative thicknesses of the choroidal vascular layers including the choroidal microvasculature (choriocapillaris, terminal arterioles and venules; CC) and choroidal vessels (CV) with respect to the subfoveal total choroidal thickness (TC). Subjects were divided into two age groups: younger (<40 years) and older (?40 years). Results Mean age of subjects was 41.92 (24-66) years. Enface images at the level of the RPE, CC, CV, and choroidal-scleral interface were used to assess specific qualitative features. In the younger age group, the mean absolute thicknesses were: TC 379.4?m (SD±75.7?m), CC 81.3?m (SD±21.2?m) and CV 298.1?m (SD±63.7?m). In the older group, the mean absolute thicknesses were: TC 305.0?m (SD±50.9?m), CC 56.4?m (SD±12.1?m) and CV 248.6?m (SD±49.7?m). In the younger group, the relative thicknesses of the individual choroidal layers were: CC 21.5% (SD±4.0%) and CV 78.4% (SD±4.0%). In the older group, the relative thicknesses were: CC 18.9% (SD±4.5%) and CV 81.1% (SD±4.5%). The absolute thicknesses were smaller in the older age group for all choroidal layers (TC p=0.006, CC p=0.0003, CV p=0.03) while the relative thickness was smaller only for the CC (p=0.04). Conclusions Enface SS-OCT at 1050nm enables a precise qualitative and quantitative characterization of the individual choroidal layers in normal eyes. Only the CC is relatively thinner in the older eyes. In-vivo evaluation of the choroid at variable depths may be potentially valuable in understanding the natural history of age-related posterior segment disease. PMID:26172550

  8. Dentigerous Cyst associated with Horizontally Impacted Mandibular Second Premolar

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    Tripathi, Abhay Mani; Rathore, Monika

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Dentigerous Cyst/developmental cyst of benign odontogenic origin are ones that surround the crown of impacted, embedded, unerupted or developing teeth. Dentigerous cyst is second most common cyst of the oral cavity after radicular cyst. They are usually solitary in occurrence and mostly associated with the mandibular third molars. Dentigerous cysts involving impacted second premolars are rarely reported in the literatures. We present a rare case of dentigerous cyst in a 12-year-old female patient associated with an impacted mandibular second premolar. How to cite this article: Mishra R, Tripathi AM, Rathore M. Dentigerous Cyst associated with Horizontally Impacted Mandibular Second Premolar. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2014;7(1): 54-57. PMID:25206240

  9. Congenital Giant Keratinous Cyst Mimicking Lipoma: Case Report and Review

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    Sabhlok, Samrat; Kalele, Ketki; Phirange, Asmita; Kheur, Supriya

    2015-01-01

    Epidermal cysts represent the most common cutaneous cysts. They arise following a localized inflammation of the hair follicle and occasionally after the implantation of the epithelium, following a trauma or surgery. Conventional epidermal cysts are about 5 cm in diameter; however, rare reports of cysts more than 5 cm are reported in the literature and are referred as “Giant epidermal cysts.” Epidermal cysts although common, can mimic other common benign lesions in the head and neck area. A thorough clinico-pathologic investigation is needed to diagnose these cutaneous lesions as they differ in their biologic behavior, treatment, and prognosis. We report a case of a giant epidermoid cyst in the scalp area of a young female patient which mimicked lipoma on clinical, as well as cyotological examination. We also present a brief review of epidermal cysts, their histopathological differential diagnosis, and their malignant transformation. PMID:26677303

  10. Ependymal cyst of the spinal cord: case report

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    Wisoff, Hugh S.; Ghatak, Nitya R.

    1971-01-01

    A subarachnoid ependymal cyst of the spinal cord is rarely reported. A 44 year old man with a cyst compressing the lower spinal cord and conus medullaris is described. Excellent functional recovery followed excision of the lesion. The cells lining the cyst were histologically indistinguishable from normal ependymal cells, but, unlike the normal ependymal cells which are related to subependymal glial tissue, the cells lining the cyst abutted directly on the connective tissue forming the cyst wall. This is in contrast with ependymal lined cysts occurring within the conus medullaris, and intradural teratomatous cysts which consistently contain intracytoplasmic mucinous material. It is postulated that an ependymal cyst could result from isolation of ependymal cells from either the roof or floor plates during embryogenesis of the neural tube. Images PMID:5122382

  11. Infected thyroglossal duct cyst involving submandibular region: a case report.

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    Gandhi, Rahul A; Bhowate, Rahul; Degweker, Shirish; Bhake, Arvind

    2011-01-01

    Thyroglossal duct cyst presents most frequently in the midline of the neck, either at or just below the level of the hyoid bone. They generally manifest as painless neck swelling, and they move on protrusion of tongue and during swallowing. A case of thyroglossal cyst was reported in the left submandibular region in a 14-year-old girl, above the level of hyoid bone; ultrasound examination favored a cystic lesion which moved in a vertical fashion on swallowing whereas fine needle aspiration cytology report was suggestive of simple cystic lesion of thyroglossal cyst. No lymphoid or malignant cells were present. The cyst was excised completely by surgical procedure under general anesthesia. Histopathological analysis revealed thyroglossal cyst showing columnar and flattened epithelium of cyst with focal aggregate of chronic inflammatory cells supported by fibrocollagenous cyst wall. The clinical, ultrasound, and histopathological findings suggested that the lesion was an infected thyroglossal cyst. There was no evidence of recurrence 6 months after surgery. PMID:22567451

  12. Retrovesical hydatic cyst: About 4 cases

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    Saadi, Ahmed; Bouzouita, Abderrazak; Cherif, Mohamed; Rebai, Mohamed Hedi; Kerkeni, Walid; Ayed, Haroun; Derouiche, Amine; Ben Slama, Riadh; Chebil, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The hydatid cyst is a real public health problem in Tunisia. The retrovesical localization is rare. It is considered an aberrant or ectopic location defined by the development of the parasite in the subvesical and retrovesical fat. Methods: From 2004 to 2013, 4 patients with retrovesical hydatid cyst were hospitalized and operated in the Department of Urology at the Charles Nicolle hospital of Tunis in Tunisia. The average patient age was 40.75 years (range: 23–76). Signs of bladder irritation were the most frequent presenting complaint. No cases of hydaturia were noted. The diagnosis was made on the ultrasound and the computed tomographic urography. Hydatid serology was positive for 3 patients. In 3 cases, a hydatid cyst of the liver was associated. A total cysto-pericystectomy was performed for 1 patient, for others it was partial. Results: The postoperative course was uneventful. No urinary fistula or infection of the residual cavity was observed. One patient had a retroperitoneal cyst recurrence requiring reoperation. Conclusion: Retrovesical location of hydatid cyst is rare and treatment is primarily surgical. PMID:26225181

  13. Neurenteric cyst of the area postrema.

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    Miller, Claire M; Wang, Bonnie H; Moon, Seong-Jin; Chen, Eric; Wang, Huan

    2014-01-01

    Neurenteric cysts are CNS lesions most frequently occurring in the spinal cord. Intracranial neurenteric cysts are rarer, typically presenting with headache, mass effect, or location-specific symptoms. The area postrema is known as the emetic center of the brain; lesions can cause nausea and vomiting. Our case, featuring a neurenteric cyst of the area postrema, illustrates the importance of considering a neurological etiology for nonspecific symptoms that otherwise elude explanation. Our patient presented with acute decompensated hydrocephalus upon exploratory abdominal laparoscopy for unresolving abdominal pain. The patient had an eight-month history of unexplained intermittent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. These bouts increased in frequency during the weeks before acute presentation, prompting exploratory abdominal laparoscopy. The acute decompensation was managed by ventriculostomy, and cranial MRI revealed a cystic mass by the floor of the fourth ventricle. After the patient stabilized and returned to neurological baseline, suboccipital craniectomy and resection were performed. The mass was histologically identified as a neurenteric cyst. The patient was free from neurological complaints at one-year follow-up, indicating that the successful resection of the area postrema-associated neurenteric cyst resolved her previous symptoms. Thus, some intracranial lesions can masquerade as nonspecific symptoms, presenting a challenge to accurate diagnosis. PMID:25317345

  14. How simple are ‘simple renal cysts’?

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    Simms, Roslyn J.; Ong, Albert C. M.

    2014-01-01

    The increasing use of medical imaging as an investigative tool is leading to the incidental and frequent finding of renal cysts in the general population. The presence of a solitary or multiple renal cysts has been generally considered benign in the absence of a family history of renal cystic disease or evidence of chronic kidney disease. Nonetheless, a number of recent studies have questioned this consensus by reported associations with the development of hypertension or malignant change. For these reasons, some clinicians consider the presence of renal cysts to be a contraindication to kidney donation. The situation is complicated by the different usage of the term ‘simple’ by some radiologists (to indicate non-complex lesions) or nephrologists (to indicate age-related non-hereditary lesions). We propose that the term ‘simple’ be replaced with the morphological description, Stage I renal cyst (Bosniak Classification). The presence of a Stage I renal cyst should not preclude kidney donation. However, occult renal disease should be excluded and appropriate donor assessment performed. PMID:25165175

  15. Surgical outcomes following nerve transfers in upper brachial plexus injuries

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    Bhandari, P. S.; Sadhotra, L. P.; Bhargava, P.; Bath, A. S.; Mukherjee, M. K.; Bhatti, Tejinder; Maurya, Sanjay

    2009-01-01

    Background: Brachial plexus injuries represent devastating injuries with a poor prognosis. Neurolysis, nerve repair, nerve grafts, nerve transfer, functioning free-muscle transfer and pedicle muscle transfer are the main surgical procedures for treating these injuries. Among these, nerve transfer or neurotization is mainly indicated in root avulsion injury. Materials and Methods: We analysed the results of various neurotization techniques in 20 patients (age group 20-41 years, mean 25.7 years) in terms of denervation time, recovery time and functional results. The inclusion criteria for the study included irreparable injuries to the upper roots of brachial plexus (C5, C6 and C7 roots in various combinations), surgery within 10 months of injury and a minimum follow-up period of 18 months. The average denervation period was 4.2 months. Shoulder functions were restored by transfer of spinal accessory nerve to suprascapular nerve (19 patients), and phrenic nerve to suprascapular nerve (1 patient). In 11 patients, axillary nerve was also neurotized using different donors - radial nerve branch to the long head triceps (7 patients), intercostal nerves (2 patients), and phrenic nerve with nerve graft (2 patients). Elbow flexion was restored by transfer of ulnar nerve motor fascicle to the motor branch of biceps (4 patients), both ulnar and median nerve motor fascicles to the biceps and brachialis motor nerves (10 patients), spinal accessory nerve to musculocutaneous nerve with an intervening sural nerve graft (1 patient), intercostal nerves (3rd, 4th and 5th) to musculocutaneous nerve (4 patients) and phrenic nerve to musculocutaneous nerve with an intervening graft (1 patient). Results: Motor and sensory recovery was assessed according to Medical Research Council (MRC) Scoring system. In shoulder abduction, five patients scored M4 and three patients M3+. Fair results were obtained in remaining 12 patients. The achieved abduction averaged 95 degrees (range, 50 - 170 degrees). Eight patients scored M4 power in elbow flexion and assessed as excellent results. Good results (M3+) were obtained in seven patients. Five patients had fair results (M2+ to M3). PMID:20368849

  16. Penile Epidermal Cyst in a Patient With Augmentation Penoplasty

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    Jung, Jae Hung; Eom, Minseob; Arkoncel, Francis Raymond P.; Sung, Yun Hsien; Kim, Won; Byun, Hyun Keun; Joo, Jung Min; Kim, Kwang Jin

    2013-01-01

    A 44-year-old male patient who had undergone augmentation penoplasty 20 years previously presented with a slowly growing penoscrotal mass. The penile mass was excised totally and the pathologic diagnosis was an epidermal cyst. Epidermal cysts are benign disorders that can occur in any part of the body. However, an epidermal cyst as a late complication of augmentation penoplasty is extremely rare. We report this case of a penile epidermal cyst that developed after augmentation penoplasty. PMID:23524950

  17. Liver Hydatid Cyst with Transdiaphragmatic Rupture and Lung Hydatid Cyst Ruptured into Bronchi and Pleural Space

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    Ar Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I bas, Bilgin Kadri Dingil, Guerbuez; Koeroglu, Mert; Uenguel, Uemit; Zaral Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I , Aliye Ceylan

    2011-02-15

    The aim of this case study is to present effectiveness of percutaneous drainage as a treatment option of ruptured lung and liver hydatid cysts. A 65-year-old male patient was admitted with complicated liver and lung hydatid cysts. A liver hydatid cyst had ruptured transdiaphragmatically, and a lung hydatid cyst had ruptured both into bronchi and pleural space. The patient could not undergo surgery because of decreased respiratory function. Both cysts were drained percutaneously using oral albendazole. Povidone-iodine was used to treat the liver cyst after closure of the diaphragmatic rupture. The drainage was considered successful, and the patient had no recurrence of signs and symptoms. Clinical, laboratory, and radiologic recovery was observed during 2.5 months of catheterization. The patient was asymptomatic after catheter drainage. No recurrence was detected during 86 months of follow-up. For inoperable patients with ruptured liver and lung hydatid cysts, percutaneous drainage with oral albendazole is an alternative treatment option to surgery. The percutaneous approach can be life-saving in such cases.

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    2011-01-01

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  2. The successful arthroscopic treatment of suprascapular intraneural ganglion cysts.

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    Prasad, Nikhil K; Spinner, Robert J; Smith, Jay; Howe, Benjamin M; Amrami, Kimberly K; Iannotti, Joseph P; Dahm, Diane L

    2015-09-01

    OBJECT High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can distinguish between intraneural ganglion cysts and paralabral (extraneural) cysts at the glenohumeral joint. Suprascapular intraneural ganglion cysts share the same pathomechanism as their paralabral counterparts, emanating from a tear in the glenoid labrum. The authors present 2 cases to demonstrate that the identification and arthroscopic repair of labral tears form the cornerstone of treatment for intraneural ganglion cysts of the suprascapular nerve. METHODS Two patients with suprascapular intraneural ganglion cysts were identified: 1 was recognized and treated prospectively, and the other, previously reported as a paralabral cyst, was identified retrospectively through the reinter-pretation of high-resolution MR images. RESULTS Both patients achieved full functional recovery and had complete radiological involution of the intraneural ganglion cysts at the 3-month and 12-month follow-ups, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Previous reports of suprascapular intraneural ganglion cysts described treatment by an open approach to decompress the cysts and resect the articular nerve branch to the glenohumeral joint. The 2 cases in this report demonstrate that intraneural ganglion cysts, similar to paralabral cysts, can be treated with arthroscopic repair of the glenoid labrum without resection of the articular branch. This approach minimizes surgical morbidity and directly addresses the primary etiology of intraneural and extraneural ganglion cysts. PMID:26323813

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    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Hogs affected with tapeworm cysts. 311.24 Section 311.24 Animals and Animal Products FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF... affected with tapeworm cysts. Carcasses of hogs affected with tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus cellulosae)...

  8. Cervical Perineural Cyst Masquerading as a Cervical Spinal Tumor

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    Joshi, Vijay P; Zanwar, Atul; Karande, Anuradha

    2014-01-01

    Tarlov (perineural) cysts of the nerve roots are common and usually incidental findings during magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbosacral spine. There are only a few case reports where cervical symptomatic perineural cysts have been described in the literature. We report such a case where a high cervical perineural cyst was masquerading as a cervical spinal tumor. PMID:24761204

  9. An unusual eyelid mass: Tarsal dermoid cyst

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    Sezenoz, Almila Sarigul; Arat, Yonca Ozkan; Tepeoglu, Merih

    2015-01-01

    We report the case of a 15-month-old boy who presented with a mass lesion of the right upper eyelid that had been present since birth and had slowly enlarged over the last 3 months. The lesion had minimal surrounding erythema simulating the appearance of a chalazion. Intraoperatively the lesion was noted to be firmly adherent to the underlying tarsus. The lesion was excised completely through an eyelid crease approach leaving the tarsus intact. The histopathology was consistent with dermoid cyst. To our knowledge, this is the third case of a tarsal dermoid cyst reported in the literature. Dermoid cyst should be included in the differential diagnosis of eyelid mass lesions, and particulary differentiated from a chalazion to avoid mismanagement that may lead to scarring, recurrence and inflammation. The excision of these lesions sparing the underlying tarsus can be possible.

  10. Laparoscopic Management of a Complex Adrenal Cyst

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    Kodama, Koichi; Takase, Yasukazu; Niikura, Susumu; Shimizu, Akiko; Tatsu, Hiroki; Saito, Katsuhiko

    2015-01-01

    Adrenal cysts are rare, and their clinical management remains controversial. We report a case involving an adrenal cyst with a complicated appearance on radiological studies. Unenhanced computed tomography revealed a unilocular, noncalcified, hypoattenuating mass with a thin wall in the left adrenal gland. The lesion gradually increased in size from 10 to 50?mm at two-year follow-up. On contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging, a mural nodule with contrast enhancement was observed. The entire adrenal gland was excised en bloc via a lateral transperitoneal laparoscopic approach without violating the principles of surgical oncology. The pathological diagnosis was an adrenal pseudocyst. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is a safe option for the treatment of complex adrenal cysts, while maintaining the benefits of minimal invasiveness. PMID:26634170

  11. An Unusual Presacral Cyst in An Infant

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    Ghodke, Ratnaprabha Kundlikrao; Laxmilal, Vageriya Natasha; Kandalkar, Bhuvaneshwari Mahendra; Vinod, Parelkar Sandesh

    2015-01-01

    The neurenteric cyst is a rare developmental lesion arising as a result of persistence of the neurenteric canal. It usually presents in the second and third decade. Lesions occurring in children are rare. Majority of the cases presented with signs of spinal cord involvement. This is a rare case of neurenteric cyst in an infant who presented with a presacral mass. A nine-month-old female had an antenatally diagnosed sacrococcygeal lesion. Radiology suggested a diagnosis of sacrococcygeal teratoma. Histology was typical of a neurenteric cyst. We report this case to create awareness about this rare cystic lesion and inclusion of this entity in the differential diagnosis of cystic masses in children at this location. PMID:26500914

  12. [Laparoscopic treatment of benign ovarian cysts].

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    Imme, Antonio; Caglià, Pietro; Gandolfo, Luigi; Cavallaro, Giovanni; Amodeo, Corrado

    2002-01-01

    Laparoscopic surgery is the most frequent indication for the management of benign ovarian cysts in the obstetric and gynaecological field. On the basis of their experience the authors address the clinical classification of benign ovarian pathology and the surgical laparoscopic procedures utilised in the treatment of adnexal cysts. Forty-two patients underwent laparoscopic surgery after a preoperative clinical and biological evaluation and imaging in order to exclude the presence of ovarian malignancies. All surgical procedures were carried out laparoscopically, with a conversion index of 0%. The morbidity was 2.3% (one case of haematoma of the umbilical trocar site) and there was no mortality. No late complications were observed. In conclusion, laparoscopic surgery in the management of ovarian cysts is technically feasible. On the basis of these findings laparoscopic surgery is the treatment of choice for adnexal cystic tumours after careful exclusion of malignancy. PMID:12239764

  13. Acute apnea caused by an epiglottic cyst.

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    Dahm, M C; Panning, B; Lenarz, T

    1998-01-01

    A life threatening complication in the course of routine sedation in a 5 year old child is reported in a case study. A retention cyst of the epiglottis was found to be responsible for obstruction of the larynx leading to acute apnea. The patient history revealed recurrent episodes of stridor previously diagnosed and treated as acute laryngotracheobronchitis as well as border line psychomotoric retardation. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging was performed for neuroradiological evaluation. After administration of sedation the child presented with stridor and acute apnea. Emergency orotracheal intubation could prevent tracheotomy but was complicated by the unexpected presence of a tumor at the base of the tongue. Further evaluation revealed a large epiglottic cyst. After endoscopic removal of the cyst no further episodes of apnea or stridor were noted. PMID:9466231

  14. Development of myenteric plexus in human foetuses: a quantitative study

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    Shariff, Ahmadulla; Roy, Tarasankar; Das, Taposh; Rani, Neerja

    2015-01-01

    Maturation of neurons of the myenteric plexus (MP) of human fetal sigmoid colon was studied at various weeks of gestation (WG). There is abundant literature on the development of MP in various segments of the gut but there are fewer reports on the development of MP in human sigmoid colon which is a site of various disorders. Sigmoid colonic segments from 12 aborted foetuses aged 14-23WG were processed for NADPH histochemistry. Stereologic evaluation of the neuronal cell profiles, numerical density, number of neurons per ganglion and myenteric fraction was conducted using using imageJ software. According to gestational age, foetuses were assigned into two groups (group 1 [n=7], less than <17WG and group 2 [n=5], more than >17WG). The overall size of neuronal cell profiles in the MP was significantly increased (P<0.05). The numerical density of neurons decreased in group 2 in comparison to group 1, the number of neurons per ganglion and myenteric fraction were increased in group 2 but all these were not statistically significant. This study revealed that the maturational event increases after 17WG and extensive innervations is established at 23WG. During prenatal life there is an increase in the neuronal cell size from 14-23WG signifying maturational process. Such studies are essential for clinicians and surgeons to correlate the normal and pathologic development of the enteric nervous system. PMID:26140223

  15. Histologic and immunohistochemical characteristics of cutaneous cysts in Goltz-Gorlin syndrome: clues for differentiation of nonsyndromic cysts.

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    Tirado, Mariantonieta; Ständer, Sonja; Metze, Dieter

    2014-11-01

    Goltz-Gorlin syndrome presents with multiple basal cell carcinomas, odontogenic keratocysts, and cutaneous cysts, among other manifestations. The cutaneous cysts have been described as both epidermoid cysts and keratocysts but were not further characterized. Light microscopic examinations were made on 23 cutaneous cysts in 4 patients associated with Goltz-Gorlin syndrome located on extremities, face, trunk, palms, and soles and compared with nonsyndromic vellus hair cysts, steatocystomas, and hybrid cysts. Twenty-one of the syndromic cysts revealed alternating infundibular-like and steatocystoma-like squamous epitheliums in varying proportions. The cysts were lined by both smooth and corrugated squamous epithelium. The horny layer was composed by alternating areas of thin, lamellate, and compact eosinophilic keratin. Only 2 cases showed an exclusive steatocystoma-like type of epithelium very similar to odontogenic keratocysts. Sebaceous glands and follicular structures were absent. There were no differences between palmar and plantar cysts and other anatomic locations. The ultrastructural findings in syndromatic cysts confirmed variable expression of keratohyalin granules. Only 3 of 6 cases of nonsyndromic hybrid cysts showed overlapping features with syndromic cysts. Immunohistochemical profiling of keratin, involucrin, filaggrin, loricrin, and BCL-2 expression in syndromatic cysts showed exclusive positivity of K19 and continuous staining for BCL-2. In summary, 2 types of cutaneous cysts are characteristic of Goltz-Gorlin, irrelevant of their anatomic location, namely steatocystoma-like and more frequently hybrid-like. The diagnosis of syndromic hybrid-like cysts should be considered whenever infundibular and steatocystoma differentiation alternate and overlap. Altogether, these findings in epithelial cysts may raise the suspicion of Goltz-Gorlin as an underlying cause. PMID:24698937

  16. Concomitant Choroidal Melanoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Two Adult Patients: Case Report

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    Vlaskamp, Marcel; de Wolff-Rouendaal, Didi; Jansen, Patty M.; Luyten, Gre P.M.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To report two cases of concomitant choroidal melanoma and intraocular non-Hodgkin lymphoma in two patients. Design Case report. Participants Two patients with yellow creamy infiltrates in fundo. Intervention Both patients had a complete ophthalmologic evaluation and histology was obtained after enucleation of the affected eye. Main Outcome Measures Histology findings of the enucleated eyes. Results One patient showed a choroidal melanoma with a primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma located solely in the affected eye. The other patient showed a systemic non-Hodgkin lymphoma with ocular manifestations concomitant with a choroidal melanoma. Conclusions In the presence of yellow creamy infiltrates one should include a choroidal lymphoma in the differential diagnosis even if there is another clear pathologic condition. Furthermore in those cases systemic disease should be excluded. PMID:22807909

  17. The Toxoplasma gondii Cyst Wall Protein CST1 Is Critical for Cyst Wall Integrity and Promotes Bradyzoite Persistence

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    Tomita, Tadakimi; Bzik, David J.; Ma, Yan Fen; Fox, Barbara A.; Markillie, Lye Meng; Taylor, Ronald C.; Kim, Kami; Weiss, Louis M.

    2013-01-01

    Toxoplasma gondii infects up to one third of the world's population. A key to the success of T. gondii as a parasite is its ability to persist for the life of its host as bradyzoites within tissue cysts. The glycosylated cyst wall is the key structural feature that facilitates persistence and oral transmission of this parasite. Because most of the antibodies and reagents that recognize the cyst wall recognize carbohydrates, identification of the components of the cyst wall has been technically challenging. We have identified CST1 (TGME49_064660) as a 250 kDa SRS (SAG1 related sequence) domain protein with a large mucin-like domain. CST1 is responsible for the Dolichos biflorus Agglutinin (DBA) lectin binding characteristic of T. gondii cysts. Deletion of CST1 results in reduced cyst number and a fragile brain cyst phenotype characterized by a thinning and disruption of the underlying region of the cyst wall. These defects are reversed by complementation of CST1. Additional complementation experiments demonstrate that the CST1-mucin domain is necessary for the formation of a normal cyst wall structure, the ability of the cyst to resist mechanical stress, and binding of DBA to the cyst wall. RNA-seq transcriptome analysis demonstrated dysregulation of bradyzoite genes within the various cst1 mutants. These results indicate that CST1 functions as a key structural component that confers essential sturdiness to the T. gondii tissue cyst critical for persistence of bradyzoite forms. PMID:24385904

  18. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2010-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... DISEASED OR OTHERWISE ADULTERATED CARCASSES AND PARTS § 311.25 Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm... tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus ovis, so-called sheep measles, not transmissible to man), such carcasses may...

  19. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2012-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... DISEASED OR OTHERWISE ADULTERATED CARCASSES AND PARTS § 311.25 Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm... tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus ovis, so-called sheep measles, not transmissible to man), such carcasses may...

  20. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2011-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... DISEASED OR OTHERWISE ADULTERATED CARCASSES AND PARTS § 311.25 Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm... tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus ovis, so-called sheep measles, not transmissible to man), such carcasses may...

  1. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2014-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... DISEASED OR OTHERWISE ADULTERATED CARCASSES AND PARTS § 311.25 Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm... tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus ovis, so-called sheep measles, not transmissible to man), such carcasses may...

  2. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder-worms. 311.25 Section 311.25 Animals and Animal... DISEASED OR OTHERWISE ADULTERATED CARCASSES AND PARTS § 311.25 Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm... tapeworm cysts (Cysticercus ovis, so-called sheep measles, not transmissible to man), such carcasses may...

  3. Cysts of the lower male genitourinary tract: embryologic and anatomic considerations and differential diagnosis.

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    Shebel, Haytham M; Farg, Hashim M; Kolokythas, Orpheus; El-Diasty, Tarek

    2013-01-01

    Cysts of the lower male genitourinary tract are uncommon and usually benign. These cysts have different anatomic origins and may be associated with a variety of genitourinary abnormalities and symptoms. Various complications may be associated with these cysts, such as urinary tract infection, pain, postvoiding incontinence, recurrent epididymitis, prostatitis, and hematospermia, and they may cause infertility. Understanding the embryologic development and normal anatomy of the lower male genitourinary tract can be helpful in evaluating these cysts and in tailoring an approach for developing a differential diagnosis. There are two main groups of cysts of the lower male genitourinary tract: intraprostatic cysts and extraprostatic cysts. Intraprostatic cysts can be further classified into median cysts (prostatic utricle cysts, müllerian duct cysts), paramedian cysts (ejaculatory duct cysts), and lateral cysts (prostatic retention cysts, cystic degeneration of benign prostatic hypertrophy, cysts associated with tumors, prostatic abscess). Extraprostatic cysts include cysts of the seminal vesicle, vas deferens, and Cowper duct. A variety of pathologic conditions can mimic these types of cysts, including ureterocele, defect resulting from transurethral resection of the prostate gland, bladder diverticulum, and hydroureter and ectopic insertion of ureter. Accurate diagnosis depends mainly on the anatomic location of the cyst. Magnetic resonance imaging and transrectal ultrasonography (US) are excellent for detecting and characterizing the nature and exact anatomic origin of these cysts. In addition, transrectal US can play an important therapeutic role in the management of cyst drainage and aspiration, as in cases of prostatic abscess. PMID:23842975

  4. Localized choroidal thickness variation and pigment epithelial detachment in dome-shaped macula with subretinal fluid.

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    Deobhakta, Avnish; Ross, Adam H; Helal, John; Maia, André; Freund, K Bailey

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this report is to demonstrate that individuals with dome-shaped macula can develop persistent subretinal fluid due to abrupt changes in the thickness of the choroid, making it unlikely to be reported. Additionally, these patients often have pigment epithelial detachments, suggestive of possible choroidal neo-vascularization. These two qualities can often lead to persistent subretinal fluid that is refractory to treatment. PMID:25835309

  5. Choroidal Thickness and Biometric Markers for the Screening of Lacquer Cracks in Patients with High Myopia

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    Wang, Nan-Kai; Lai, Chi-Chun; Chou, Chai Lin; Chen, Yen-Po; Chuang, Lan-Hsin; Chao, An-Ning; Tseng, Hsiao-Jung; Chang, Chee-Jen; Wu, Wei-Chi; Chen, Kuan-Jen; Tsang, Stephen H.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives Validation of choroidal thickness and other biometrics measured by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in predicting lacquer cracks formation in highly myopic eyes. Methods Patients with a refractive error worse than ?8 diopters and moderate myopic maculopathy were recruited into two groups based on the presence or absence of lacquer cracks (36 eyes without and 33 eyes with lacquer cracks). Choroidal thickness, refractive error, and axial length were measured and subjected to receiver operating characteristic curve analysis to identify the optimal cutoff values at predicting lacquer crack formation. The width of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), RPE to the inner segment/outer segment line, RPE to the external limiting membrane were also measured and compared to the subfoveal choroidal thickness to assess their relationships as potential markers of lacquer crack formation. Results Lacquer crack is associated with decreased choroidal thickness, lower best-corrected visual acuity, longer axial length and higher refractive errors. Choroidal thickness has the strongest association with lacquer crack formation versus axial length and refractive error. In eyes with lacquer cracks, stellate lacquer cracks are associated with thinner choroidal thickness compared to eyes with linear lacquer cracks. Subfoveal choroidal thickness less than the width of the retinal pigment epithelium to the inner segment/outer segment line is also associated with lacquer crack formation (sensitivity 78.8%, specificity 88.3%, and accuracy 81.2%). Conclusions This study suggests that choroidal thickness and other SD-OCT measurements could be employed clinically to predict the development and severity of lacquer cracks in patients with high myopia. PMID:23349728

  6. Proton beam irradiation and hyperthermia. Effects on experimental choroidal melanoma

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    Riedel, K.G.; Svitra, P.P.; Seddon, J.M.; Albert, D.M.; Gragoudas, E.S.; Koehler, A.M.; Coleman, D.J.; Torpey, J.; Lizzi, F.L.; Driller, J.

    1985-12-01

    Ultrasonically induced hyperthermia (4.75 MHz) and proton irradiation (160 meV) were evaluated alone and combined to treat experimental choroidal melanoma in 58 rabbit eyes. Threshold tumoricidal doses were established for each modality. Therapy was performed combining subthreshold doses of heat and radiation. Focused ultrasonic energy via an external beam was found to deliver well-localized heat to an intraocular tumor. Ectopic temperature elevations due to soft-tissue-bone interfaces were alleviated by modifying beam alignment. The results indicate that hyperthermia (43 degrees C for one hour) potentiated the tumoricidal effects of radiation, while sparing normal ocular structures. Therefore, we believe that experimental hyperthermia is suitable as an adjuvant treatment modality. This shows that ultrasound hyperthermia has the potential to increase the efficacy of proton irradiation by lowering radiation doses and thus decreasing posttreatment ocular morbidity in human intraocular malignancies.

  7. Radiotherapy for choroidal melanoma. An 18-year experience with radon

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    Davidorf, F.H.; Pajka, J.T.; Makley, T.A. Jr.; Kartha, M.K.

    1987-03-01

    Twenty-three patients were treated with radon therapy for choroidal melanoma at the Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, between 1968 and 1976. We present an 18-year experience, including follow-up of at least eight years, in all those receiving therapy. Three patients (13%) died of metastatic disease. Four patients (17.4%) died of other causes. Sixteen patients (69.6%) were alive, with no signs of metastatic disease. Eight patients subsequently required enucleation due to inadequate tumor response. Of the 15 patients who demonstrated successful tumor destruction and retained their eyes, 13 (86.7%) developed substantial irradiation-induced retinopathy, including hard exudates, telangiectasias, neovascularization, microaneurysms, intraretinal and vitreous hemorrhages, secondary glaucoma, and irradiation-induced cataract. Our long-term results indicate a high incidence of both vascular complications and decreased visual acuity.

  8. Choroidal Neovascularization Secondary to Myopia, Infection and Inflammation.

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    Weber, Marissa L; Heier, Jeffrey S

    2016-01-01

    Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a significant cause of vision loss in all age groups. The most common cause of CNV is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, CNV can also occur as a secondary manifestation of various inherited and acquired conditions, including pathologic myopia, presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, angioid streaks, and various hereditary, traumatic or inflammatory disorders. Fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography are useful tools in the diagnosis and evaluation of CNV. Treatment options are similar to those for CNV secondary to AMD, specifically anti-angiogenic therapy, but including laser photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy and surgery. Anti-angiogenic therapy has been associated with better visual outcomes than other treatment modalities and is now advocated as the first-line therapy for CNV secondary to myopia, infection and inflammation. PMID:26501802

  9. Sympathetic ophthalmia complicating helium ion irradiation of a choroidal melanoma

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    Fries, P.D.; Char, D.H.; Crawford, J.B.; Waterhouse, W.

    1987-11-01

    Sympathetic ophthalmia was diagnosed 49 months after helium ion irradiation of a left choroidal melanoma. The patient maintained good vision until 18 months after therapy, when she developed neovascular glaucoma. This complication required multiple therapeutic procedures, including topical anti-inflammatory and antiglaucomatous drops, 360 degrees peripheral panretinal cryoblation, and a single 180 degrees application of inferior cyclocryotherapy over a 2 1/2-year period. Four weeks after the cyclocryotherapy, inflammation was noted in both eyes, and, one month later, enucleation of the left sympathogenic eye was performed. Serial histopathologic sections showed a full-thickness, fibrovascular, scleral scar and tantalum marker ring suture without uveal incarceration. Penetrating surgical trauma, a uveal melanoma, and multiple nonpenetrating treatments resulted in the development of sympathetic ophthalmia.

  10. Failure of choroidal melanoma to respond to helium ion therapy

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    Char, D.H.; Crawford, J.B.; Castro, J.R.; Woodruff, K.H.

    1983-02-01

    Helium ion irradiation is a promising alternative therapy for choroidal melanoma. In short-term follow-up (less than 5 years), more than 90% (18/19) of treated patients demonstrated tumor regression. Researchers had to enucleate five eyes after helium ion therapy either because of continued tumor growth (four patients) or other complications (one patient). Two melanomas continued to grow and seemed to be radioresistant. In two other tumors it retrospectively seemed that the entire lesion was not inside the radiation field. In one patient total retinal detachment and glaucoma developed; enucleation was performed because of a painful eye. Metastatic disease developed in no patients. The treatment failures emphasize that there are a number of unresolved issues regarding the use of charged-particle irradiation in the treatment of melanoma. Further studies must be performed to answer these questions and better delineate the use of these newer forms of therapy.

  11. Dye-enhanced diode laser photocoagulation of choroidal neovascularizations

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    Klingbeil, Ulrich; Puliafito, Carmen A.; McCarthy, Dan; Reichel, Elias; Olk, Joseph; Lesiecki, Michael L.

    1994-06-01

    Dye-enhanced diode laser photocoagulation, using the dye indocyanine green (ICG), has shown some potential in the treatment of choroidal neovascularizations (CNV). A diode laser system was developed and optimized to emit at the absorption maximum of ICG. In a clinical study at two retinal centers, more than 70 patients, the majority of which had age-related macular degeneration, were treated. Eighteen cases with ill-defined subfoveal CNV were followed an average of 11 months after laser treatment. The results show success in resolving the CNV with an average long-term preservation of visual function equal to or superior to data provided by the Macular Photocoagulation Study for confluent burns of low intensity applied to the CNV. Details of the technique and discussion of the controversies inherent in such a treatment strategy will be presented.

  12. Colorectal and uterine movement and tension of the inferior hypogastric plexus in cadavers

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    2012-01-01

    Background Hypotheses on somatovisceral dysfunction often assume interference by stretch or compression of the nerve supply to visceral structures. The purpose of this study is to examine the potential of pelvic visceral movement to create tension of the loose connective tissue that contains the fine branches of the inferior hypogastric nerve plexus. Methods Twenty eight embalmed human cadavers were examined. Pelvic visceral structures were displaced by very gentle 5?N unidirectional tension and the associated movement of the endopelvic fascia containing the inferior hypogastric plexus that this caused was measured. Results Most movement of the fascia containing the inferior hypogastric plexus was obtained by pulling the rectosigmoid junction or broad ligament of the uterus. The plexus did not cross any vertebral joints and the fascia containing it did not move on pulling the hypogastric nerve. Conclusions Uterine and rectosigmoid displacement produce most movement of the fascia containing the hypogastric nerve plexus, potentially resulting in nerve tension. In the living this might occur as a consequence of menstruation, pregnancy or constipation. This may be relevant to somatovisceral reflex theories of the effects of manual therapy on visceral conditions. PMID:22520735

  13. Phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve for the repair of brachial plexus injury: electrophysiological characteristics

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    Liu, Ying; Xu, Xun-cheng; Zou, Yi; Li, Su-rong; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Phrenic nerve transfer is a major dynamic treatment used to repair brachial plexus root avulsion. We analyzed 72 relevant articles on phrenic nerve transfer to repair injured brachial plexus that were indexed by Science Citation Index. The keywords searched were brachial plexus injury, phrenic nerve, repair, surgery, protection, nerve transfer, and nerve graft. In addition, we performed neurophysiological analysis of the preoperative condition and prognosis of 10 patients undergoing ipsilateral phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve in our hospital from 2008 to 201 3 and observed the electromyograms of the biceps brachii and motor conduction function of the musculocutaneous nerve. Clinically, approximately 28% of patients had brachial plexus injury combined with phrenic nerve injury, and injured phrenic nerve cannot be used as a nerve graft. After phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve, the regenerated potentials first appeared at 3 months. Recovery of motor unit action potential occurred 6 months later and became more apparent at 12 months. The percent of patients recovering ‘excellent’ and ‘good’ muscle strength in the biceps brachii was 80% after 18 months. At 12 months after surgery, motor nerve conduction potential appeared in the musculocutaneous nerve in seven cases. These data suggest that preoperative evaluation of phrenic nerve function may help identify the most appropriate nerve graft in patients with an injured brachial plexus. The functional recovery of a transplanted nerve can be dynamically observed after the surgery. PMID:25883637

  14. Above Elbow Amputation Under Brachial Plexus Block at Supraclavicular and Interscalene Levels

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    Ahmad, Hassan; Yadagiri, Manjula; Macrosson, Duncan; Majeed, Amer

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The brachial plexus block is a commonly performed procedure in the anesthetic practice today. It is performed for analgesia as well as anesthesia for upper limb procedures. It has been used for amputation and replantation surgeries of the upper limb. Case presentation: We present the case of a 68-year-old gentleman who had brachial plexus block at supraclavicular and interscalene levels as the sole anesthetic for undergoing above elbow amputation. He was deemed to be very high risk for a general anesthetic as he suffered from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a very poor exercise tolerance (NYHA Class III). The supraclavicular brachial plexus block was supplemented with an interscalene brachial plexus block due to inadequate surgical anesthesia encountered with the former. The procedure was successfully completed under regional anesthesia. Conclusions: The brachial plexus block can be performed at different levels in the same patient to achieve desired results, while employing sound anatomical knowledge and adhering to the maximum safe dose limit of the local anesthetic. PMID:26705518

  15. Safe digital isolation of the santorini plexus during radical retropubic prostatectomy

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    2013-01-01

    Background We describe a safe and easily reproducible technique to control Santorini plexus during radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) which uses simple digital dissection. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 56 consecutive patients who underwent RRP for clinically localised prostate cancer from November 2008 to November 2010. Santorini plexus was isolated and secured in all patients using a new technique of simple digital dissection in which the index finger is used not to only localize the catheter inside the urethra, but also to develop the right plane between Santorini plexus and urethra. This is obtained by gentle bilateral digital dissection through the lateral aspects of periprostatic fascia which are eventually breached by the fingers, developing a right plane just above the urethra. Santorini plexus is then easily ligated and divided. Indicators of outcomes included estimated blood loss, transfusion requirements, operative time, positive margins and complication rates of the technique. Results The maneuver was successful in 53/56 (95%) patients. Mean (range) blood loss and overall operative time for RRP were 620 ml (100–1500) and 130 min. (80–190), respectively. Transfusion rate was 8,9% (5/56). Positive surgical margin rate was 14% (8/56). No complication related to the employed technique was recorded. Conclusions Digital dissection of Santorini plexus during RRP is simple and easily feasible. It speeds up the process of finding the right plane just above the urethra allowing good haemostasis in the surgical field and proper apical dissection. PMID:23445607

  16. Ketorolac inhibits choroidal neovascularization by suppression of retinal VEGF

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    Kim, Stephen J.; Toma, Hassanain S.; Barnett, Joshua M.; Penn, John S.

    2011-01-01

    We assessed the effect of topical ketorolac on laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV), measured retinal PGE2 and VEGF levels after laser treatment, and determined the effect of ketorolac on PGE2 and VEGF production. Six laser burns were placed in eyes of rats which then received topical ketorolac 0.4% or artificial tears four times daily until sacrifice. Fluorescein angiography (FA) was performed at 2 and 3 weeks and retinal pigment epithelium-choroid-sclera flat mounts were prepared. The retina and vitreous were isolated at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 14 days after laser treatment and tested for VEGF and PGE2. Additional animals were lasered and treated with topical ketorolac or artificial tears and tested at 3 and 7 days for retinal and vitreous VEGF and PGE2. Ketorolac reduced CNV on FA by 27% at 2 weeks (P < 0.001) and 25% at 3 weeks (P < 0.001). Baseline retina and vitreous PGE2 levels were 29.4 ?g/g and 16.5 ?g/g respectively, and reached 51.2 ?g/g and 26.9 ?g/g respectively, 24 h after laser treatment (P < 0.05). Retinal VEGF level was 781 pg/g 24 h after laser treatment and reached 931 pg/g by 7 days (P < 0.01). Ketorolac reduced retinal PGE2 by 35% at 3 days (P < 0.05) and 29% at 7 days (P < 0.001) and retinal VEGF by 31% at 3 days (P = 0.10) and 19% at 7 days (P < 0.001). Topical ketorolac inhibited CNV and suppressed retinal PGE2 and VEGF production. PMID:20659449

  17. Jugular Vein Insufficiency and Choroidal Neovascularization in Moderate Myopia: A New Unknown Factor of Additional Risk?

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    Ratti, Cristiano; Novelli, Eugenio

    2015-01-01

    To date, choroidal blood flow reduction in highly myopic eyes appears to be related to the development of choroidal neovascularization secondary to local reduction of arterial flow. Instead, no evidence of choroidal neovascularization was found in subjects with low or moderate myopia. The authors' aim has been to encourage new studies regarding the potential role of chronic retinal venous congestion in the pathogenesis of choroidal neovascularization. In December 2011, a 54-year-old woman with moderate bilateral myopia had a sudden block upon swallowing while she was eating. Subsequently (January 2013) metamorphopsia in the left eye revealed macular degeneration with choroidal neovascularization. The related echo-color Doppler study of the neck veins, performed in November 2014, showed an atypical left jugular insufficiency associated with homolateral hypertension of the superior ophthalmic veins. This singular case highlights the necessity to further investigate the potential role of chronic alterations of intra- and extracranial venous drainage in the disruption of choroidal flow in myopic patients. PMID:26064738

  18. Gastric Duplication Cyst Presenting as Acute Abdomen: A Case Report

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    Sheikh, Afzal

    2010-01-01

    Gastric duplication cysts are rare variety of gastrointestinal duplications. Sometimes they may present with complications like hemorrhage, infection, perforation, volvulus, intussusception and rarely neoplastic changes in the gastric duplication cyst. We present one and half year old male child who developed sudden abdominal distension with pain and fever for two days. Ultrasound revealed a cystic mass in the hypochondrium and epigastric regions. On exploration an infected and perforated gastric duplication cyst was found. Surgical excision of most part of cyst wall with mucosal stripping of the rest was performed. Histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of gastric duplication cyst. Early surgical intervention can result in good outcome. PMID:22953249

  19. A Rare Case of a Pilar Cyst With Ductal Differentiation.

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    Torous, Vanda F; Su, Albert; Binder, Scott W; Ra, Seong H

    2015-12-01

    Pilar cysts are common squamous-lined cysts that typically occur on the scalp. They are believed to arise from the isthmus of anagen hairs or from the sac surrounding catagen and telogen hairs. The authors describe a rare case of a pilar cyst with prominent ductal differentiation, presumably of eccrine derivation. Sweat duct differentiation has been described in a myriad of cutaneous neoplasms and rarely within epidermoid cysts. The authors could only find one other case in the literature describing a pilar cyst with sebaceous and apocrine differentiation. The clinicopathologic findings are described here. PMID:26588334

  20. Spontaneous rupture of non-parasitic hepatic cyst.

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    Poggi, G; Gatti, C; Delmonte, A; Teragni, C; Bernardo, G

    2006-01-01

    Intrahepatic cysts are generally classified as congenital, traumatic, infectious or neoplastic. Non-parasitic hepatic cysts (NPHCs) include simple cysts and adult polycystic liver disease in which the liver is diffusely occupied by cysts. NPHCs usually reach a large size before causing symptoms, unless a complication such as rupture, bleeding, infection, obstructive jaundice or neoplastic transformation occurs. We report the case of a 67-year-old man with spontaneous rupture of simple liver cyst. The clinical pictures and the unusual ultrasound features of this rare condition are discussed. PMID:16409436

  1. Correlation of Aging and Segmental Choroidal Thickness Measurement using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography in Healthy Eyes

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    Wakatsuki, Yu; Shinojima, Ari; Kawamura, Akiyuki; Yuzawa, Mitsuko

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To assess and compare choroidal thickness changes related to aging, we determined whether changes are due to thinning of the choriocapillaris plus Sattler's (CS) layer and/or the large vessel layer in healthy eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) at a wavelength of 1,050-nm. Methods We studied 115 normal eyes of 115 healthy volunteers, all with refractive errors of less than -6 diopters. All 115 eyes underwent analysis of choroidal thickness at the fovea, the CS layer and the large choroidal vessel layer. In 68 of the 115 eyes, choroidal thickness was determined at five sites (the fovea, and superior, inferior, nasal, and temporal sites) using SS-OCT with an Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy grid scan. Results Total choroidal thicknesses at each of the five sites were related to subject age (P<0.0001). The choroid was thinnest at the nasal site, followed by the temporal, inferior, superior and finally the subfoveal site itself. The total choroidal thickness at the nasal site was significantly less than those at the other four sites (p<0.05). The CS layer showed thinning which correlated with age (P<0.0001). The thickness of the choroidal large vessel layer also decreased with age (p = 0.02). Subfoveal choroidal thickness was calculated as follows: 443.89–2.98×age (?m) (P<0.0001). Conclusion Subfoveal choroidal thickness decreases by 2.98 ?m each year. Total choroidal thickness diminishes with age. The CS and large vessel layers of the choroid at the subfovea showed significant decreases, though only the former correlated strongly with age. PMID:26632821

  2. Intracranial neuroenteric cysts: a concise review including an illustrative patient.

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    Gauden, Andrew J; Khurana, Vini G; Tsui, Alpha E; Kaye, Andrew H

    2012-03-01

    Neuroenteric cysts (NC) are rare, benign lesions lined by mucin-secreting cuboidal or columnar epithelium of an intestinal or respiratory type. They are regarded as ectopic endodermal cysts, and tend to be found in the spine rather than an intracranial location. Advances in neuroimaging have led to an increased frequency of diagnosis of NC, especially as an incidental finding, although such cysts may be confused radiologically with other lesions such as epidermoid and arachnoid cysts. We undertook a PubMed search of the literature using the search terms "neuroenteric cyst" and its many pseudonyms, including "endodermal cyst", "enterogenous cyst", "neurenteric cyst", "epithelial cyst", "intestinome", "teratomatous cyst", "gastrocytoma", and also "enterogenic", "foregut", "respiratory", and "bronchogenic cyst". Only reports in English and those containing histopathologically-confirmed NC were considered for this review. In total, 140 patients with intracranial NC were found, including the patient reported in the present review. This review describes the classification, epidemiology, embryology, clinical presentation, radiology, histopathology, and surgical treatment of NC, and includes an illustrative patient. PMID:22260959

  3. Acetabular Paralabral Cyst: An Unusual Cause of Femoral Vein Compression

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    Kullar, Raj S.; Kapron, Ashley L.; Ihnat, Daniel; Aoki, Stephen K.; Maak, Travis G.

    2015-01-01

    Acetabular labral tears are a known cause of hip pain in the young, active patient. Labral tears can be due to trauma, femoroacetabular impingement, capsular laxity, dysplasia, and degenerative pathology. Paralabral cysts are relatively common in association with labral tears of the hip, with cysts seen on magnetic resonance imaging studies in as many as 50% to 70% of patients with labral tears. In some cases the cysts can become sizeable and cause neurovascular compression. Nonoperative interventions for the management of paralabral cysts in the shoulder and knee have shown high recurrence rates. In the shoulder and knee, arthroscopic debridement of paralabral cysts has shown good results with lower recurrence rates and resolution of neurovascular function. In the hip there is limited literature regarding surgical management of paralabral cysts. We present a surgical technique for arthroscopic decompression of acetabular paralabral cysts combined with labral repair. PMID:25973371

  4. Acetabular paralabral cyst: an unusual cause of femoral vein compression.

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    Kullar, Raj S; Kapron, Ashley L; Ihnat, Daniel; Aoki, Stephen K; Maak, Travis G

    2015-02-01

    Acetabular labral tears are a known cause of hip pain in the young, active patient. Labral tears can be due to trauma, femoroacetabular impingement, capsular laxity, dysplasia, and degenerative pathology. Paralabral cysts are relatively common in association with labral tears of the hip, with cysts seen on magnetic resonance imaging studies in as many as 50% to 70% of patients with labral tears. In some cases the cysts can become sizeable and cause neurovascular compression. Nonoperative interventions for the management of paralabral cysts in the shoulder and knee have shown high recurrence rates. In the shoulder and knee, arthroscopic debridement of paralabral cysts has shown good results with lower recurrence rates and resolution of neurovascular function. In the hip there is limited literature regarding surgical management of paralabral cysts. We present a surgical technique for arthroscopic decompression of acetabular paralabral cysts combined with labral repair. PMID:25973371

  5. Hand Function in Children with an Upper Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: Results of the Nine-Hole Peg Test

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    Immerman, Igor; Alfonso, Daniel T.; Ramos, Lorna E.; Grossman, Leslie A.; Alfonso, Israel; Ditaranto, Patricia; Grossman, John A. I.

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate hand function in children with Erb upper brachial plexus palsy. Method: Hand function was evaluated in 25 children (eight males; 17 females) with a diagnosed upper (C5/C6) brachial plexus birth injury. Of these children, 22 had undergone primary nerve reconstruction and 13 of the 25 had undergone…

  6. Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children with Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy: Two Single-Case Series

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    Buesch, Francisca Eugster

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this pilot study was to investigate the feasibility of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) in children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy and receive preliminary information about functional improvements. Two patients (age 12 years) with obstetric brachial plexus palsy were included for a 126-h home-based CIMT…

  7. Ciliated Foregut Cyst of the Pancreas

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    Munshi , Imtiaz A.; Parra-Davila, Eduardo; Casillas, Victor J.; Levi, Joé U.

    1998-01-01

    Cystic lesions of the pancreas are relatively uncommon. We describe the case of a young man with a complex cystic mass located within the head of the pancreas. The patient underwent exploration with resection of the mass. Pathology revealed a ciliated epithelial cyst, a rare cystic lesion of the pancreas. PMID:9893242

  8. Multiple aneurysmal bone cysts in a foal.

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    Thomas, H L; Livesey, M A; Caswell, J L

    1997-01-01

    Multiple aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) are previously unreported in horses. An ABC was diagnosed in the left 3rd metacarpal of a Thoroughbred foal, which partially resolved following surgical curettage. A 2nd ABC developed in the left tibia, 7 wk postoperatively, and the foal was euthanized. Images Figure 1. Figure 2. PMID:9285139

  9. EFFECT OF HALOGENS ON 'GIARDIA' CYST VIABILITY

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    The objective of this research was to determine the effect of chlorine and other disinfecting agents on Giardia lamblia cyst viability. The agents studied included free residual chlorine and six different methods recommended for emergency disinfection of small quantities of water...

  10. Potato cyst nematodes: pests of national importance

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    Potato cyst nematodes (PCN; G. rostochiensis and G. pallida) are internationally-recognized quarantine pests and considered the most devastating pests of potatoes due to annual worldwide yield losses estimated at 12.2%. PCNs continue to spread throughout North America and were recently detected in I...

  11. Diverse CLE peptides from cyst nematode species

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    Plant CLAVATA3/ESR (CLE)-like peptides play diverse roles in plant growth and development including maintenance of the stem cell population in the root meristem. Small secreted peptides sharing similarity to plant CLE signaling peptides have been isolated from several cyst nematode species including...

  12. Lipopolysaccharide Promotes Choroidal Neovascularization by Up-Regulation of CXCR4 and CXCR7 Expression in Choroid Endothelial Cell

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    Feng, Yi-fan; Guo, Hua; Yuan, Fei; Shen, Min-qian

    2015-01-01

    Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) has been confirmed to participate in the formation of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) via its two receptors: CXC chemokine receptors 4 (CXCR4) and CXCR7. Previous studies have indicated that the activation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) might elevate CXCR4 and/or CXCR7 expression in tumor cells, enhancing the response to SDF-1 to promote invasion and cell dissemination. However, the impact of LPS on the CXCR4 and CXCR7 expression in endothelial cells and subsequent pathological angiogenesis formation remains to be elucidated. The present study shows that LPS enhanced the CXCR4 and CXCR7 expression via activation of the TLR4 pathway in choroid-retinal endothelial (RF/6A) cells. In addition, the transcriptional regulation of CXCR4 and CXCR7 by LPS was found to be mediated by phosphorylation of the extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK) 1/2 and activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-?B) signaling pathways, which were blocked by ERK- or NF-?B-specific inhibitors. Furthermore, the increased CXCR4 and CXCR7 expression resulted in increased SDF-1-induced RF/6A cells proliferation, migration and tube formation. In vivo, LPS-treated rat had significantly higher mRNA levels of CXCR4 and CXCR7 expression and lager laser-induced CNV area than vehicle-treated rat. SDF-1 blockade with a neutralizing antibody attenuated the progression of CNV in LPS-treated rat after a single intravitreal injection. Altogether, these results demonstrated that LPS might influence CNV formation by enhancing CXCR7 and CXCR7 expression in endothelial cells, possibly providing a new perspective for the treatment of CNV-associated diseases. PMID:26288180

  13. Outcome in adolescence of brachial plexus birth palsy

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    Hulleberg, Gunn; Elvrum, Ann-Kristin G; Brandal, Merethe; Vik, Torstein

    2014-01-01

    Background and purpose — The frequency and severity of a permanent lesion after brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP) and its impact on activities of daily living are not well documented. We therefore investigated the outcome of BPBP in adolescents, regarding arm function and consequences for activity and participation. Participants and methods — Of 30,574 babies born at St. Olavs University Hospital in 1991–2000, 91 had BPBP (prevalence 3 per 1,000), and 69 of these individuals were examined at a median age of 14 (10–20) years. The examination included the modified Mallet classification, range of motion, shoulder rotation and grip strength, Assisting Hand Assessment, and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure. Of the 22 subjects who were not examined, 3 could not be traced and 19 reported having no problems in the affected arm. Results — At follow-up, 17 adolescents had a permanent lesion (i.e. individual Mallet subscore below 4) with a median Mallet total score of 15 (9–19), while 52 had good or normal shoulder function (median Mallet total score 25 (23–25)). All participants with a permanent lesion had reduced active shoulder rotation (? 15°), 16 had elbow extension deficit, and 10 had subnormal grip strength. External rotation was considerably weaker in the affected shoulder. In addition, they had ineffective use of the affected arm in bimanual activities. Even so, all except 1 were independent in activities of daily living, although 15 experienced minor difficulties. Interpretation — Every fourth to fifth child with BPBP had a permanent lesion as an adolescent. External rotation was the most impaired movement. Despite ineffective use of the affected arm in bimanual activities, all of the participants except one were independent in activities of daily living. PMID:25238434

  14. Interpositional Nerve Grafting of the Prostatic Plexus after Radical Prostatectomy

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    Kung, Theodore A.; Waljee, Jennifer F.; Curtin, Catherine M.; Wei, John T.; Montie, James E.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Injury to the prostatic plexus may occur during radical prostatectomy even with the use of minimally invasive techniques. Reconstruction of these nerves by interpositional nerve grafting can be performed to reduce morbidity. Although the feasibility of nerve reconstruction has been shown, long-term functional outcomes are mixed, and the role of nerve grafting in these patients remains unclear. Methods: A retrospective study was performed on 38 consecutive patients who underwent immediate unilateral or bilateral nerve reconstruction after open prostatectomy. Additionally, 53 control patients who underwent unilateral, bilateral, or non–nerve-sparing open prostatectomy without nerve grafting were reviewed. Outcomes included rates of urinary continence, erections sufficient for sexual intercourse, and ability to have spontaneous erections. Analysis was performed by stratifying patients by D’Amico score and laterality of nerve involvement. Results: Unilateral nerve grafting conferred no significant benefit compared with unilateral nerve-sparing prostatectomy. Bilateral nerve-sparing patients demonstrated superior functional outcomes compared with bilateral non–nerve-sparing patients, whereas bilateral nerve-grafting patients displayed a trend toward functional improvement. With increasing D’Amico score, there was a trend toward worsening urinary continence and erectile function regardless of nerve-grafting status. Conclusions: In the era of robotic prostatectomy, interpositional nerve reconstruction is not a routine practice. However, the substantial morbidity experienced in patients with bilateral nerve resections remains unacceptable, and therefore, nerve grafting may still improve functional outcomes in these patients. Further investigation is needed to improve the potential of bilateral nerve grafting after non–nerve-sparing prostatectomy. PMID:26301141

  15. Real-time mapping of the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus by in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy

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    Guthoff, Rudolf F.; Zhivov, Andrey; Stachs, Oliver

    2010-02-01

    The aim of the study was to produce two-dimensional reconstruction maps of the living corneal sub-basal nerve plexus by in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy in real time. CLSM source data (frame rate 30Hz, 384x384 pixel) were used to create large-scale maps of the scanned area by selecting the Automatic Real Time (ART) composite mode. The mapping algorithm is based on an affine transformation. Microscopy of the sub-basal nerve plexus was performed on normal and LASIK eyes as well as on rabbit eyes. Real-time mapping of the sub-basal nerve plexus was performed in large-scale up to a size of 3.2mm x 3.2mm. The developed method enables a real-time in vivo mapping of the sub-basal nerve plexus which is stringently necessary for statistically firmed conclusions about morphometric plexus alterations.

  16. Architecture and Chemical Coding of the Inner and Outer Submucous Plexus in the Colon of Piglets

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    Petto, Carola; Gäbel, Gotthold; Pfannkuche, Helga

    2015-01-01

    In the porcine colon, the submucous plexus is divided into an inner submucous plexus (ISP) on the epithelial side and an outer submucous plexus (OSP) on the circular muscle side. Although both plexuses are probably involved in the regulation of epithelial functions, they might differ in function and neurochemical coding according to their localization. Therefore, we examined expression and co-localization of different neurotransmitters and neuronal markers in both plexuses as well as in neuronal fibres. Immunohistochemical staining was performed on wholemount preparations of ISP and OSP and on cryostat sections. Antibodies against choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), substance P (SP), somatostatin (SOM), neuropeptide Y (NPY), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and the pan-neuronal markers Hu C/D and neuron specific enolase (NSE) were used. The ISP contained 1,380 ± 131 ganglia per cm2 and 122 ± 12 neurons per ganglion. In contrast, the OSP showed a wider meshwork (215 ± 33 ganglia per cm2) and smaller ganglia (57 ± 3 neurons per ganglion). In the ISP, 42% of all neurons expressed ChAT. About 66% of ChAT-positive neurons co-localized SP. A small number of ISP neurons expressed SOM. Chemical coding in the OSP was more complex. Besides the ChAT/±SP subpopulation (32% of all neurons), a nNOS-immunoreactive population (31%) was detected. Most nitrergic neurons were only immunoreactive for nNOS; 10% co-localized with VIP. A small subpopulation of OSP neurons was immunoreactive for ChAT/nNOS/±VIP. All types of neurotransmitters found in the ISP or OSP were also detected in neuronal fibres within the mucosa. We suppose that the cholinergic population in the ISP is involved in the control of epithelial functions. Regarding neurochemical coding, the OSP shares some similarities with the myenteric plexus. Because of its location and neurochemical characteristics, the OSP may be involved in controlling both the mucosa and circular muscle. PMID:26230272

  17. Architecture and Chemical Coding of the Inner and Outer Submucous Plexus in the Colon of Piglets.

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    Petto, Carola; Gäbel, Gotthold; Pfannkuche, Helga

    2015-01-01

    In the porcine colon, the submucous plexus is divided into an inner submucous plexus (ISP) on the epithelial side and an outer submucous plexus (OSP) on the circular muscle side. Although both plexuses are probably involved in the regulation of epithelial functions, they might differ in function and neurochemical coding according to their localization. Therefore, we examined expression and co-localization of different neurotransmitters and neuronal markers in both plexuses as well as in neuronal fibres. Immunohistochemical staining was performed on wholemount preparations of ISP and OSP and on cryostat sections. Antibodies against choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), substance P (SP), somatostatin (SOM), neuropeptide Y (NPY), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and the pan-neuronal markers Hu C/D and neuron specific enolase (NSE) were used. The ISP contained 1,380 ± 131 ganglia per cm2 and 122 ± 12 neurons per ganglion. In contrast, the OSP showed a wider meshwork (215 ± 33 ganglia per cm2) and smaller ganglia (57 ± 3 neurons per ganglion). In the ISP, 42% of all neurons expressed ChAT. About 66% of ChAT-positive neurons co-localized SP. A small number of ISP neurons expressed SOM. Chemical coding in the OSP was more complex. Besides the ChAT/±SP subpopulation (32% of all neurons), a nNOS-immunoreactive population (31%) was detected. Most nitrergic neurons were only immunoreactive for nNOS; 10% co-localized with VIP. A small subpopulation of OSP neurons was immunoreactive for ChAT/nNOS/±VIP. All types of neurotransmitters found in the ISP or OSP were also detected in neuronal fibres within the mucosa. We suppose that the cholinergic population in the ISP is involved in the control of epithelial functions. Regarding neurochemical coding, the OSP shares some similarities with the myenteric plexus. Because of its location and neurochemical characteristics, the OSP may be involved in controlling both the mucosa and circular muscle. PMID:26230272

  18. Documentation of brachial plexus compression (in the thoracic inlet) utilizing provocative neurosensory and muscular testing.

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    Howard, Michael; Lee, Cathy; Dellon, A Lee

    2003-07-01

    Diagnosis and documentation of brachial plexus compression in the thoracic inlet, "thoracic outlet syndrome", remains difficult because the syndrome complex overlaps that of patients with cervical disc disease, intrinsic shoulder pathology, and peripheral nerve compression. While traditional electrodiagnostic testing can identify cervical radiculopathy and the rare isolated lower trunk compression, it cannot identify brachial plexus compression in the thoracic inlet. In 2000, neurosensory testing with the Pressure-Specified Sensory Device (PSSD) was applied to this diagnostic dilemma, demonstrating a significant increase in the one-point static touch cutaneous pressure threshold between controls and patients, when the index finger (upper trunk) and little finger (lower trunk) were tested with the hands at rest and after provoking the plexus by elevating the hands above the head. In the present study, this approach has been extended to include two-point static touch thresholds with the PSSD, and pinch and grip strength (Digit-Grip). Sixteen controls (mean: 34.2, range: 11 to 48 years) were tested and the 99 percent upper confidence limit calculated for percent change after elevation of the hands for 3 min. Forty-one patients symptomatic for brachial plexus compression (mean: 41.0, range: 21 to 62 years) were tested. The clinical severity of the plexus compression was dichotomized as either "severe" or "not severe" judged by the Roos and Tinel sign. Results demonstrated that when five or more of the eight possible neurosensory and motor test results were > 99 percent normal confidence limit for change, this testing has a sensitivity of 82 percent, a specificity of 100 percent, and a positive predictive value of 100 percent for the diagnosis of clinically severe brachial plexus compression. Seventeen patients who were in the "severe" category prior to surgery, were tested before and after plexus neurolysis and anterior scalenectomy. All 17 patients were clinically improved and in 16 of these patients, postoperative neurosensory and motor testing returned to a normal pattern (no significant increase in thresholds with hand elevation). It is concluded that neurosensory (PSSD) and motor testing (Digit-Grip) can help in the diagnosis and documentation of brachial plexus compression. PMID:14506578

  19. Synaptic potentials recorded from neurones of the submucous plexus of guinea-pig small intestine.

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    Hirst, G D; McKirdy, H C

    1975-01-01

    1. Intracellular recordings have been made from neurones lying in the submucous plexus of guinea-pig mid small intestine. 2. Most neurones in this plexus receive an extensive excitatory input which could be abolished by tubocurarine. 3. A proportion of neurones also received a single inhibitory input which was activated by transmural stimulation. 4. Some of the characteristics of the inhibitory potentials evoked by transmural stimulation are described. 5. The observations are discussed in relation to the concept of descending excitation (Hirst, Holman & McKirdy, 1975). Images a b c PMID:1177096

  20. The Whole Macular Choroidal Thickness in Subjects with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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    Nakakura, Shunsuke; Yamamoto, Minami; Terao, Etsuko; Nagasawa, Toshihiko; Tabuchi, Hitoshi; Kiuchi, Yoshiaki

    2014-01-01

    Purpose We investigated the whole macular choroidal thickness in subjects with glaucoma in order to evaluate the effects of glaucoma and glaucoma visual field damage on the choroidal thickness. Subjects and Methods We examined 40 primary open angle glaucoma patients with only superior visual field defects and 48 normal controls. The macular choroidal thickness was measured using swept-source optical coherence tomography according to the three-dimensional raster scan protocol (6×6 mm). We used the choroidal thickness within a 1.0-mm circle measured on ETDRS grids as the central sector and then used a 6×6 rectangular grid to divide the area into six sectors. Results No significant differences were found in the choroidal thickness values between the glaucoma and normal subjects in any of the sectors after adjusting for the age and axial length (all P>0.4, ANCOVA). According to a stepwise analysis of the glaucoma subjects performed using the parameters of age, axial length, central corneal thickness and mean deviation (MD value) obtained by static perimetry, age was the most predictive and significant factor in all sectors (coefficient ?=??3.091 to ?4.091 and F value ?=?15.629 to 22.245), followed by axial length (coefficient ?=??10.428 to ?23.458 and F value ?=?2.454 to 6.369). The central corneal thickness and MD values were not significant predictive factors in any of the sectors. No significant predictive factors were found for the differences in the choroidal thickness values observed between the superior and inferior field sectors. Conclusions Neither the glaucoma-related visual field damage nor glaucoma itself have any apparent associations with the whole macular choroidal thickness. Trial Registration Japan Clinical Trials Register (http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr/ number, UMIN 000012527). PMID:25350379

  1. CD56 Expression in Odontogenic Cysts and Tumors

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    Jaafari-Ashkavandi, Zohreh; Dehghani-Nazhvani, Ali; Razmjouyi, Faranak

    2014-01-01

    Background and aims. Odontogenic cysts and tumors have a wide spectrum of clinical characteristics that lead to the different management strategies. Since definite diagnosis is difficult in some cases, it has been suggested that CD56 may be a candidate marker for definitive diagnosis of some odontogenic tumors. The present study was designed to examine CD56 expression in lesions with histopathological similarities. Materials and methods. In this cross-sectional, analytical study the subjects were 22 ameloblastomas, 13 dentigerous cysts, 10 keratocystic odontogenic tumors (KCOT), 4 adenomatoid odontogenic tumors (AOT), 3 orthokeratinized odonto-genic cysts, 3 calcifying odontogenic cysts (COC) and one glandular odontogenic cyst (GOC). All the samples were examined for CD56 immunoreactivity. Data were analyzed using chi-square test. Results. Twenty cases (91%) of ameloblastomas, 3 (75%) AOT, 4 (40%) KCOT and one case of GOC were positive for CD56. None of the dentigerous cysts, COC and orthokeratinized odontogenic cysts was CD56-positive. There was a significant difference in the CD56 expression between ameloblastoma and dentigerous cyst, as well as COC. Also, KCOT showed significantly higher expression than orthokeratinized odontogenic cyst. Conclusion. In this study CD56 expression was limited to the odontogenic tumors and more aggressive cystic lesions. This marker can be a useful aid for distinguishing cysts and tumors from similar lesions. PMID:25587387

  2. Blood Flow Velocity in the Choroid in Punctate Inner Choroidopathy and Vogt-Koyanagi Disease:. and Multifractal Analysis of Choroidal Blood Flow in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Yoshida, K.; Saito, W.; Fujii, H.; Yakubo, K.

    2007-07-01

    Recently, the important role of the choroidal circulation has been recognized in various fundus diseases, such as punctate inner choroidopathy (PIC), Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). An apparatus based on the laser speckle phenomenon, which we call laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) has been used to measure the blood flow velocity in the retina and choroid with the diode laser. PIC presents in myopic women who complain of decreased visual acuity. VKH disease is a bilateral, granulomatous chorioretinitis. The composite map of the LSFG represent that blood flow velocity in the choroid was decreased in PIC and VKH. After the treatment, blood flow velocity in this area was increased in both disease and visual acuity recovered. LSFG appears to be a safe and sensitive means to evaluate these disease progression and response to therapy. A multifractal analysis has been performed for blood flow data in the composite map of the LSFG. In consequence, multifractality becomes clearly worse for the AMD patient compared to normal choroidal blood flows. The multifractal analysis of LSFG data represents an additional useful method to detect the early stage of AMD.

  3. Using the nerve stimulator for peripheral or plexus nerve blocks.

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    Urmey, W F

    2006-06-01

    Conventional methodology for nerve location utilizes anatomical landmarks followed by invasive exploration with a needle to a suitable endpoint. An appropriate endpoint can be either anatomical in nature (e.g. transaterial technique) or functional (paresthesia or motor response to electrical stimulation). Ability to electrically stimulate a peripheral nerve or plexus depends upon many variables, including; 1) conductive area at the electrode, 2) electrical impedance, 3) electrode-to-nerve distance, 4) current flow (amperage), and 5) pulse duration. Electrode conductive area follows the equation R = rhoL/A, where R = electrical resistance, p = tissue resistivity, L = electrode-to-nerve distance, and A = electrode conductive area. Therefore resistance varies to the inverse of the electrode's conductive area. Tissue electrical impedance varies as a function of the tissue composition. In general, tissues with higher lipid content have higher impedances. Modern electrical nerve stimulators are designed to keep current constant, in spite of varying impedance. The electrode-to-nerve distance has the most influence on the ability to elicit a motor response to electrical stimulation. This is governed by Coulomb's law: E = K(Q/r2) where E = required stimulating charge, K= constant, Q = minimal required stimulating current, and r = electrode-to-nerve distance. Therefore, ability to stimulate the nerve at low amperage (e.g. < 0.5 mA), indicates an extremely close position to the nerve. Similarly, increasing current flow (amperage) increases the ability to stimulate the nerve at a distance. Increasing pulse duration increases the flow of electrons during a current pulse at any given amperage. Therefore, reducing pulse duration to very short times (e.g. 0.1 or 0.05 ms) diminishes current dispersion, requiring the needle tip to be extremely close to the nerve to elicit a motor response. The above parameters can be varied optimally to enhance successful nerve location and subsequent blockade. Unlike imaging modalities such as ultrasonography, electrical nerve stimulation depends upon nerve conduction. Similarly, percutaneous electrode guidance (PEG) makes use of the above variables to allow prelocation of the nerve by transcutaneous stimulation. PMID:16682917

  4. The Toxoplasma gondii cyst wall protein CST1 is critical for cyst wall integrity and promotes bradyzoite persistence

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    Tomita, Tadakimi; Bzik, David J.; Ma, Yan Fen; Fox, Barbara A.; Markillie, Lye Meng; Taylor, Ronald C.; Kim, Kami; Weiss, Louis M.

    2013-12-26

    Toxoplasma gondii infects up to one third of the world’s population. A key to the success of T.gondii is its ability to persist for the life of its host as bradyzoites within tissue cysts. The glycosylated cyst wall is the key structural feature that facilitates persistence and oral transmission of this parasite. We have identified CST1 (TGME49_064660) as a 250 kDa SRS (SAG1 related sequence) domain protein with a large mucin-like domain. CST1 is responsible for the Dolichos biflorus Agglutinin (DBA) lectin binding characteristic of T. gondii cysts. Deletion of CST1 results in a fragile brain cyst phenotype revealed by a thinning and disruption of the underlying region of the cyst wall. These defects are reversed by complementation of CST1. Additional complementation experiments demonstrate that the CST1-mucin domain is necessary for the formation of a normal cyst wall structure, the ability of the cyst to resist mechanical stress and binding of DBA to the cyst wall. RNA-seq transcriptome analysis demonstrated dysregulation of bradyzoite genes within the various cst1 mutants. These results indicate that CST1 functions as a key structural component that reinforces the cyst wall structure and confers essential sturdiness to the T. gondii tissue cyst.

  5. Effects of a human VEGF antibody (Bevacizumab) on deprivation myopia and choroidal thickness in the chicken.

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    Mathis, Ute; Ziemssen, Focke; Schaeffel, Frank

    2014-10-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a dimeric glycoprotein which is responsible for neovascularization and fenestrations of the choriocapillaris. In neovascular maculopathies secondary to age-related degeneration (nAMD) or pathologic myopia (PM-CNV), its inhibition by humanized antibodies is currently the most successful therapy. The choroid has an important role in maintaining retinal health and its thickness declines with age and with myopia. Since choroidal thickness depends on its perfusion rate, one would expect that anti-VEGF agents can also change choroidal thickness. We have tested the hypothesis in the chicken model, using a humanized antibody, Bevacizumab, and also studied the distribution of VEGF-A in the chicken fundal layers by immunohistochemical techniques. Even though it was raised against human VEGF, Bevacizumab had several long lasting effects in the chicken eye (1) after a single unilateral intravitreal injection of 0.5 mg, it partially suppressed the development of deprivation myopia, similarly in both eyes, (2) it completely suppressed choroidal thickening that normally occurs when eyes recover from induced myopia over a time period of about 10 days, (3) it had little effect on the choroidal thickness in eyes that had normal visual experience, (4) VEGF-A was absent in sclera, but highly expressed in the walls of choroidal blood vessels and presumed nerve fiber bundles, as well as in retinal photoreceptors and cells of the inner and outer nuclear layer. One day after the injection of Bevacizumab, the immunoreactivity against VEGF-A had largely disappeared. In conclusion, Bevacizumab is similary effective in human and chicken tissue, has similar time constants (few days), has almost symmetrical effects on myopia in both eyes even after monocular application, and fully suppresses choroidal thickening that normally occurs during recovery from deprivation myopia. The mechanisms by which Bevacizumab acts on the choroidal thickness are perhaps most interesting, both to better understand the role of the choroid in myopia development but also to clarify its potential side effects during nAMD and PM-CNV treatment in the clinics. PMID:25094067

  6. ET-1 Plasma Levels, Aqueous Flare, and Choroidal Thickness in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa

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    Strobbe, Ernesto; Fresina, Michela; Campos, Emilio C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To assess endothelin-1 (ET-1) plasma levels, choroidal thickness, and aqueous flare in patients with early stage retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and to search for possible correlations. Methods. We compared 24 RP patients with 24 healthy controls. Choroidal thickness and aqueous flare were measured, respectively, by using a spectral domain optical coherence tomography and a laser flare-cell meter, whereas plasma samples were obtained from each patient to evaluate ET-1 plasma levels. Results. Notably, RP subjects showed significantly increased ET-1 plasma levels and reduced choroidal thickness compared with controls: 2.143 ± 0.258 versus 1.219 ± 0.236?pg/mL, P < 0.002, and 226.75 ± 76.37 versus 303.9 ± 39.87??m, P < 0.03, respectively. Higher aqueous flare values were also demonstrated in RP compared to controls: in detail, 10.51 ± 3.97 versus 5.66 ± 1.29 photon counts/ms, P < 0.0001. Spearman's correlation test highlighted that the increase of ET-1 plasma levels was related with the decrease of choroidal thickness (r = ?0.702; P < 0.023) and the increase of aqueous flare (r = 0.580; P < 0.007). Conclusions. Early stage RP patients show a breakdown of blood-ocular barrier and increased ET-1 plasma levels and these findings may contribute to the reduction of choroidal thickness. PMID:26137317

  7. Enhanced visualization of choroidal vessels using ultrahigh resolution ophthalmic OCT at 1050 nm

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    Povazay, B.; Bizheva, K.; Hermann, B.; Unterhuber, A.; Sattmann, H.; Fercher, A. F.; Drexler, W.; Schubert, C.; Ahnelt, P. K.; Mei, M.; Holzwarth, R.; Wadsworth, W. J.; Knight, J. C.; Russell, P. St. J.

    2003-08-01

    In this article the ability of ultrahigh resolution ophthalmic optical coherence tomography (OCT) to image small choroidal blood vessels below the highly reflective and absorbing retinal pigment epithelium is demonstrated for the first time. A new light source (lc= 1050 nm, Dl = 165 nm, Pout= 10 mW), based on a photonic crystal fiber pumped by a compact, self-starting Ti:Al2O3 laser has therefore been developed. Ex-vivo ultrahigh resolution OCT images of freshly excised pig retinas acquired with this light source demonstrate enhanced penetration into the choroid and better visualization of choroidal vessels as compared to tomograms acquired with a state-of-the art Ti:Al2O3 laser (Femtolasers Compact Pro, lc= 780 nm, Dl= 160 nm, Pout= 400 mW), normally used in clinical studies for in vivo ultrahigh resolution ophthalmic OCT imaging. These results were also compared with retinal tomograms acquired with a novel, spectrally broadened fiber laser (MenloSystems, lc= 1350 nm, Dl= 470 nm, Pout = 4 mW) permitting even greater penetration in the choroid. Due to high water absorption at longer wavelengths retinal OCT imaging at ~1300 nm may find applications in animal ophthalmic studies. Detection and follow-up of choroidal neovascularization improves early diagnosis of many retinal pathologies, e.g. age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy and can aid development of novel therapy approaches.

  8. Modified PAIR Technique for Percutaneous Treatment of High-Risk Hydatid Cysts

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    Gabal, Abdelwahab M. Khawaja, Fazal I.; Mohammad, Ghanem A.

    2005-04-15

    Purpose. This paper presents a modification of the known method for percutaneous treatment of hydatid cyst, the PAIR technique. It aimed to achieve safe aspiration of large symptomatic cysts and cysts with a danger of impending rupture. Methods. We designed a coaxial catheter system to achieve concomitant evacuation of cyst contents while infusing scolicidal agent. Hypertonic saline is used to wash out cyst contents and to kill protoscolices. This was followed by injection of a sclerosant (ethyl alcohol 95%) into the residual cyst cavity to prevent formation of a cyst collection after the procedure. Seventeen cysts in 14 patients were successfully aspirated. Follow-up plain radiographs, ultrasonography and CT were performed weekly in the first 4 weeks and then at 3, 6 and 12 months for all patients. Seven patients (9 drained cysts) were followed up for 2 years and 1 patient for 3 years. Results. All cysts were successfully aspirated. The following morphologic changes were noticed: a gradual decrease in cyst size (17 cysts, 100%), thickening and irregularity of the cyst wall due to separation of endocyst from pericyst (7 cysts, 41%), development of a heterogeneous appearance of the cyst components (8 cysts, 47%) and development of pseudotumor (2 cysts, 12%). None of the treated cysts disappeared completely. No significant procedure-related complications were encountered. Conclusion. This modified PAIR technique is a reliable method for percutaneous treatment of risky and symptomatic hydatid cysts.

  9. Robot-assisted surgery of the shoulder girdle and brachial plexus.

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    Facca, Sybille; Hendriks, Sarah; Mantovani, Gustavo; Selber, Jesse C; Liverneaux, Philippe

    2014-02-01

    New developments in the surgery of the brachial plexus include the use of less invasive surgical approaches and more precise techniques. The theoretical advantages of the use of robotics versus endoscopy are the disappearance of physiological tremor, three-dimensional vision, high definition, magnification, and superior ergonomics. On a fresh cadaver, a dissection space was created and maintained by insufflation of CO2. The supraclavicular brachial plexus was dissected using the da Vinci robot (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA). A segment of the C5 nerve root was grafted robotically. A series of eight clinical cases of nerve damage around the shoulder girdle were operated on using the da Vinci robot. The ability to perform successful microneural repair was confirmed in both the authors' clinical and experimental studies, but the entire potential of robotically assisted microneural surgery was not realized during these initial cases because an open incision was still required. Robotic-assisted surgery of the shoulder girdle and brachial plexus is still in its early stages. It would be ideal to have even finer and more suitable instruments to apply fibrin glue or electrostimulation in nerve surgery. Nevertheless, the prospects of minimally invasive techniques would allow acute and subacute surgical approach of traumatic brachial plexus palsy safely, without significant and cicatricial morbidity. PMID:24872778

  10. The technique comparison of brachial plexus blocks by ultrasound guided with blocks by nerve stimulator guided

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    Liu, Guo-Ying; Chen, Zhen-Qiang; Jia, Hai-Yan; Dai, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Xue-Jun

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Brachial plexus perineural blocks provide specific analgesia for upper limb surgery. We present our experience with ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus perineural blocks for distal upper limb surgery. Although single-injection ultrasound-guided supraclavicular blocks have been reported, little is known about the advantages using this approach compared with nerve stimulator guided. Methods: There were 60 patients who underwent upper limb surgery for orthopedic trauma and received a supraclavicular brachial plexus anesthesia. 30 patients (U-group) were injected by an ultrasound-guided technique with the needle tip remaining under direct vision. 30 patients (NS-group) were inserted by nerve stimulator guided. Recorded the onset time, puncture times, pains cases with tourniquet in each group. Compared the difference between two groups. Results: In U-group, all cases had successful perineural injection. Most of them, effect of anesthesia was fast onset and needed insert only once. No pains were reported under using tourniquet. There were no vessel punctures or other direct procedure-related complications. In NS-group, most injections were successful, but slow onset and needed multiply insert needle. 5 patients said pains under using tourniquet when surgery started and had to add opioid by vein. One patients’ lung were puncture and result in pneumothorax. One patient’s was intravascular injection. Conclusions: Supraclavicular brachial plexus perineural insertion using ultrasound guidance is feasible and almost have no complications, deserves further study with a randomized controlled trial comparing this relatively new technique with only using nerve stimulator. PMID:26629206

  11. Distribution of nitric oxide synthase in stomach myenteric plexus of rats

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    Peng, Xi; Feng, Jin-Bin; Yan, Hong; Zhao, Yun; Wang, Shi-Liang

    2001-01-01

    AIM: To study the distribution of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in rat stomach myenteric plexus. METHODS: The distribution of NOS in gastric wall was studied in quantity and location by the NADPH-diaphorase (NDP) histochemical staining method and whole mount preparation technique. RESULTS: NOS was distributed in whole stomach wall, most of them were located in myenteric plexus, and distributed in submucosal plexus. The shape of NOS positive neurons was basically similar, most of them being round and oval in shape. But their density, size and staining intensity varied greatly in the different parts of stomach. The density was 62 ± 38 cells/mm2 (antrum), 43 ± 32 cells/mm2 (body), and 32 ± 28 cells/mm2 (fundus), respectively. The size and staining intensity of NOS positive neurons in the fundus were basically the same, the neurons being large and dark stained, while they were obviously different in antrum. In the body of the stomach, the NOS positive neurons were in an intermediate state from fundus to antrum. There were some beadlike structures which were strung together by NOS positive varicosities in nerve fibers, some were closely adherent to the outer walls of blood vessels. CONCLUSION: Nitric oxide might be involved in the modulation of motility, secretion and blood circulation of the stomach, and the significant difference of NOS positive neurons in different parts of stomach myenteric plexus may be related to the physiologic function of stomach. PMID:11854915

  12. Gross anatomy of the brachial plexus in the giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).

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    Souza, P R; Cardoso, J R; Araujo, L B M; Moreira, P C; Cruz, V S; Araujo, E G

    2014-10-01

    Ten forelimbs of five Myrmecophaga tridactyla were examined to study the anatomy of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexuses of the M. tridactyla observed in the present study were formed by the ventral rami of the last four cervical spinal nerves, C5 through C8, and the first thoracic spinal nerve, T1. These primary roots joined to form two trunks: a cranial trunk comprising ventral rami from C5-C7 and a caudal trunk receiving ventral rami from C8-T1. The nerves originated from these trunks and their most constant arrangement were as follows: suprascapular (C5-C7), subscapular (C5-C7), cranial pectoral (C5-C8), caudal pectoral (C8-T1), axillary (C5-C7), musculocutaneous (C5-C7), radial (C5-T1), median (C5-T1), ulnar (C5-T1), thoracodorsal (C5-C8), lateral thoracic (C7-T1) and long thoracic (C6-C7). In general, the brachial plexus in the M. tridactyla is similar to the plexuses in mammals, but the number of rami contributing to the formation of each nerve in the M. tridactyla was found to be larger than those of most mammals. This feature may be related to the very distinctive anatomical specializations of the forelimb of the anteaters. PMID:23952693

  13. Robot-Assisted Surgery of the Shoulder Girdle and Brachial Plexus

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    Facca, Sybille; Hendriks, Sarah; Mantovani, Gustavo; Selber, Jesse C.; Liverneaux, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    New developments in the surgery of the brachial plexus include the use of less invasive surgical approaches and more precise techniques. The theoretical advantages of the use of robotics versus endoscopy are the disappearance of physiological tremor, three-dimensional vision, high definition, magnification, and superior ergonomics. On a fresh cadaver, a dissection space was created and maintained by insufflation of CO2. The supraclavicular brachial plexus was dissected using the da Vinci robot (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA). A segment of the C5 nerve root was grafted robotically. A series of eight clinical cases of nerve damage around the shoulder girdle were operated on using the da Vinci robot. The ability to perform successful microneural repair was confirmed in both the authors' clinical and experimental studies, but the entire potential of robotically assisted microneural surgery was not realized during these initial cases because an open incision was still required. Robotic-assisted surgery of the shoulder girdle and brachial plexus is still in its early stages. It would be ideal to have even finer and more suitable instruments to apply fibrin glue or electrostimulation in nerve surgery. Nevertheless, the prospects of minimally invasive techniques would allow acute and subacute surgical approach of traumatic brachial plexus palsy safely, without significant and cicatricial morbidity. PMID:24872778

  14. Changes in Spinal Cord Architecture after Brachial Plexus Injury in the Newborn

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    Korak, Klaus J.; Tam, Siu Lin; Gordon, Tessa; Frey, Manfred; Aszmann, Oskar C.

    2004-01-01

    Obstetric brachial plexus palsy is a devastating birth injury. While many children recover spontaneously, 20-25% are left with a permanent impairment of the affected limb. So far, concepts of pathology and recovery have focused on the injury of the peripheral nerve. Proximal nerve injury at birth, however, leads to massive injury-induced…

  15. Importance of the Ultrasonography in Diagnosis of Ileal Duplication Cyst

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    Gebesce, Arzu; Korkmaz, Mevlit; Keles, Esengul; Korkmaz, Feride; Mahmutyaz?c?oglu, Kamran; Yazgan, Hamza

    2013-01-01

    Gastrointestinal duplication cysts are rare congenital anomalies that can be seen in anywhere of the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the anus. These are prenatally diagnosed through antenatal ultrasonography. However, attention must be paid since these formations might be confused with ovarian or mesenteric cysts. Our patient, who had been diagnosed with ovarian cyst on the ultrasonography performed in another center and with mesenteric cyst based on the abdominal MRI carried out at fifth month of life, presented to our clinic with the only complaint of constipation at 9th month of life. The diagnosis was set through double wall appearance of duplication cyst on the abdominal ultrasonography. The patient's cyst was resected. PMID:24302931

  16. Noncholesteatomatous Cyst of the Tympanic Membrane: A Nonpublished Entity?

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    Ramírez-Camacho, Rafael; Salas, Isabel; Trinidad, Almudena; Villarreal, Ithzel Maria

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. The presence of a serous cyst in the tympanic membrane implies the description of a new or unpublished entity based on our knowledge whose origin may be very unlikely explained on actual embryologic and anatomic background. Clinical Case. We present a case of a 45-year-old woman with progressing right hearing loss. Physical examination revealed a whitish, round-shaped malformation in the posterior-inferior quadrant of the right tympanic membrane. The cyst was removed with a transcanal tympanoplasty. Discussion. A thorough PubMed search that involved the terms tympanic membrane gland, epithelial inclusion cysts, mucous-secreting cyst, and tympanic cyst has shown no positive results. The first description of an unknown entity, such as a tympanic membrane serous cyst, may be the key for clinicians to start paying attention to patients who suffer from similar pathologies and may pass unnoticed because of their rarity or peculiarity. PMID:26442163

  17. Bowel obstruction secondary to mesenteric cyst formation.

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    Olivencia-Yurvati, A H; Leifheit, S H; Peterson, D M

    1989-03-01

    A rare cause of intra-abdominal obstruction, mesenteric cysts derive from lymphatic tissue. The differential diagnosis should include mesenteric cyst when the patient presents with a history of multiple episodes of partial small-bowel obstruction or with an asymptomatic abdominal mass. A year-old girl was brought to the Family Practice Center with episodic, sharp, nonradiating, left-sided, mid-upper-abdominal pain. Examination indicated a possible diagnosis of mesenteric adenitis. Due to variation in the signs and symptoms of the condition, it appears that the use of ultrasonography is the most effective, nonoperative method of evaluation. Ultrasonography appears to be the most effective, nonoperative method of evaluation. Surgery is the only definitive diagnostic and therapeutic modality. PMID:2708094

  18. Botryoid Odontogenic Cyst: A Diagnostic Chaos

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    U, Urmila; Srinivas G, Vijay; Deviramisetty, Sabitha; HK, Puneeth

    2014-01-01

    Botryoid Odontogenic cyst (BOC) originally described by Weathers and Waldron (1973) is a variant of a lateral periodontal cyst characterized by macroscopic and microscopic multilocular growth pattern. We report a case of BOC in a 21-year-old male patient. Orthopantamogram revealed a multilocular radiolucency extending from 43 to 47. The histological examination of incisional biopsy revealed a thin 2-4 layered non keratinised epithelium without rete ridges resembling a reduced enamel epithelium with few localised plaque like thickenings and occasional mural bulges. These features were suggestive of BOC. The excisional biopsy revealed histological features similar to those of incisional biopsy except for the presence of 5-6 epithelial follicles with outer columnar cells and inner stellate reticulum like cells. CD56 and calretinin immunohistochemical staining (IHC) was done. This paper highlights the unusual appearance of follicles in BOC with differential diagnosis and IHC staining characteristics. PMID:25654045

  19. Multivalent nanoparticles bind the retinal and choroidal vasculature.

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    Hennig, Robert; Ohlmann, Andreas; Staffel, Janina; Pollinger, Klaus; Haunberger, Alexandra; Breunig, Miriam; Schweda, Frank; Tamm, Ernst R; Goepferich, Achim

    2015-12-28

    The angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1R), which is expressed in blood vessels of the posterior eye, is of paramount significance in the pathogenesis of severe ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. However, small molecule angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have not proven to be a significant therapeutic success. We report here on a nanoparticle system consisting of ARB molecules presented in a multivalent fashion on the surface of quantum dots (Qdots). As a result of the multivalent receptor binding, nanoparticles targeted cells with high AT1R expression and inhibited their angiotensin receptor signaling with an IC50 of 3.8nM while showing only minor association to cells with low AT1R expression. After intravenous injection into the tail vein of mice, multivalent nanoparticles accumulated in retinal and choroidal blood vessels of the posterior eye. At the same time, multivalent ligand display doubled the Qdot concentration in the blood vessels compared to non-targeted Qdots. Remarkably, ARB-targeted Qdots showed no pronounced accumulation in AT1R-expressing off-target tissues such as the kidney. Following systemic application, this multivalent targeting approach has the potential to amplify AT1R blockade in the eye and concomitantly deliver a therapeutic payload into ocular lesions. PMID:26494258

  20. Myopic choroidal neovascularisation: current concepts and update on clinical management.

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    Wong, Tien Y; Ohno-Matsui, Kyoko; Leveziel, Nicolas; Holz, Frank G; Lai, Timothy Y; Yu, Hyeong Gon; Lanzetta, Paolo; Chen, Youxin; Tufail, Adnan

    2015-03-01

    Choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) is a common vision-threatening complication of myopia and pathological myopia. Despite significant advances in understanding the epidemiology, pathogenesis and natural history of myopic CNV, there is no standard definition of myopic CNV and its relationship to axial length and other myopic degenerative changes. Several treatments are available to ophthalmologists, but with the advent of new therapies there is a need for further consensus and clinical management recommendations. Verteporfin photodynamic therapy has been an established treatment for subfoveal myopic CNV for many years, but this treatment does not restore visual acuity and is associated with long-term chorioretinal atrophy. More recently, clinical trials investigating the efficacy and safety of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents in patients with myopic CNV have demonstrated substantial visual acuity gains and quality of life increases compared with photodynamic therapy. These enhanced outcomes provide updated evidence-based clinical management guidelines of myopic CNV, and increase the need for a generally accepted definition for myopic CNV. This review critically summarises the latest myopic CNV literature in the context of clinical experience and recommends a myopic CNV treatment algorithm. PMID:24990871

  1. An evaluation of cognitive disorders after anterior choroidal artery infarction.

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    Rousseaux, Marc; Cabaret, Maryline; Serafi, Rawabi; Kozlowski, Odile

    2008-09-01

    Anterior choroidal artery infarction (AChAI) can be the source of aphasia and spatial neglect, but we have no idea of the other possible cognitive disorders. Here, we investigated these disorders in a relatively large cohort of AChAI patients. Twenty patients with relatively recent infarction (left side: 13; mean delay = 47.4 days; 10 men; mean age = 59.6; mean education level, EL = 10.3) were included. We assessed nonspatial attention (alertness, Go Nogo, divided attention and visual vigilance from the computerized test TEA), spatial attention (bell test), language (BDAE) orientation (time, place), short-term memory (forward and backward digit spans, spatial span), executive functioning (WCST, TMT A and B, categorial evocation), delayed memory (Buschke verbal test, Rey figure test), and retrograde memory (questionnaire on famous events). The performance level was compared with that of 20 control subjects matched in age and EL. AChAI patients were impaired in several tests of attention (slowness, increase in omission and error rate), executive functioning (TMT B; categorical evocation) and delayed memory. Conversely, we found preservation of spatial attention, language, orientation, short-term memory, WCST, and retrograde memory. In conclusion, at the secondary phase post-stroke, these patients can present with moderate disorders of attention, memory and executive functioning, which are clearly less severe than what is usually observed following thalamic or cortical lesions. PMID:18575919

  2. Esophageal cyst in the duodenum of a foal.

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    Loynachan, Alan T

    2014-03-01

    A 21-day-old Thoroughbred colt was euthanized following a history of recurrent colic. A 4.5 cm in diameter, occlusive, submucosal cyst was identified in the duodenum at necropsy. Histologically, the cyst was surrounded by a smooth muscle wall and was lined by both squamous and attenuated cuboidal to columnar epithelium. A diagnosis of an esophageal cyst was made based on the gross and histologic findings. PMID:24595302

  3. Extradural Dermoid Cyst of the Anterior Infratemporal Fossa. Case Report

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    Watanabe, Kentaro; Filomena, Carol A.; Nonaka, Yoichi; Matsuda, Masahide; Zomorodi, Ali R.; Friedman, Allan H.; Fukushima, Takanori

    2015-01-01

    Dermoid cysts are rare in the skull base. There have been 10 reported cases of dermoid cysts in the cavernous sinus, two in the petrous apex, and one in the extradural Meckel cave. This is the first case report of a dermoid cyst in the anterior infratemporal fossa attached to the anterior dura of the foramen ovale. The clinical presentation, radiologic findings, histologic features, tumor origin, and operative technique are described along with a review of the literature. PMID:26623226

  4. Biliary cysts: Etiology, diagnosis and management

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    Jab?o?ska, Beata

    2012-01-01

    Biliary cysts (BC) are rare dilatations of different parts of a biliary tract. They account for approximately 1% of all benign biliary diseases. BC occur the most frequently in Asian and female populations. They are an important problem for pediatricians, gastroenterologists, radiologists and surgeons. Clinical presentation and management depend on the BC type. Cholangiocarcinoma is the most serious and dangerous BC complication. The other complications associated with BC involve cholelithiasis and hepatolithiasis, cholangitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis, portal hypertension, liver fibrosis and secondary liver cirrhosis and spontaneous cyst perforation. Different BC classifications have been described in the literature. Todani classification dividing BC into five types is the most useful in clinical practice. The early diagnosis and proper treatment are very important, because BC are associated with a risk of carcinogenesis. A malignancy risk increases with the age. Radiological investigations (ultrasonography, computed tomography, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) play an important role in BC diagnostics. Currently, prenatal diagnosis using ultrasonography is possible. It allows to differentiate biliary disorders in fetals and to perform the early surgical treatment that improves results. In most patients, total cyst excision with Roux-Y hepaticojejunostomy is the treatment of choice. Surgical treatment of BC is associated with high success rate and low morbidity and mortality. The early treatment is associated with a lower number of complications. Patients following BC surgery require permanent and careful postoperative observation using laboratory and imaging investigations because of possibility of biliary anastomosis stricture and biliary cancer in tissue remnant. PMID:23002354

  5. Aneurysmal bone cyst associated with fibrous dysplasia.

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    Yuen, Vernon Ho; Jordan, David R; Jabi, Maha; Agbi, Charles

    2002-11-01

    We report the clinicopathologic features of a 22-year-old patient with aneurysmal bone cyst and fibrous dysplasia of the orbit. The patient was evaluated clinically with computed tomography of the orbit before surgery. An orbital biopsy specimen was examined histologically with conventional light microscopy. The lesion was treated with combined neurosurgical and orbital intervention. Clinical evaluation revealed axial and inferior displacement of the globe. Computed tomography revealed a cystic mass in the superotemporal left orbit with adjacent bone erosion. "Ground-glass" thickening of the adjacent frontal bone and sphenoid bone was observed. Microscopic examination showed fibrous stroma with giant cells and hemosiderin-laden macrophages with adjacent trabeculae of woven bone and osteoblast cells. A fronto-orbital craniotomy was performed, the cystic cavity was excised, and the hyperostotic bone was debulked. After treatment, the globe position and patient appearance have improved. There has been no sign of recurrence of the aneurysmal bone cyst. Aneurysmal bone cyst should be considered in patients with fibrous dysplasia that has a cystic component, or in patients with fibrous dysplasia who present with sudden expansion of their lesion. PMID:12439066

  6. Automatic contouring of brachial plexus using a multi-atlas approach for lung cancer radiotherapy

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    Yang, Jinzhong; Amini, Arya; Williamson, Ryan; Zhang, Lifei; Zhang, Yongbin; Komaki, Ritsuko; Liao, Zhongxing; Cox, James; Welsh, James; Court, Laurence; Dong, Lei

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To demonstrate a multi-atlas segmentation approach to facilitating accurate and consistent delineation of low-contrast brachial plexuses on CT images for lung cancer radiotherapy. Materials and Methods We retrospectively identified 90 lung cancer patients with treatment volumes near the brachial plexus. Ten representative patients were selected to form an atlas group, and their brachial plexuses were delineated manually. We used deformable image registration to map each atlas brachial plexus to the remaining 80 patients. In each patient, a composite contour was created from 10 individual segmentations using the Simultaneous Truth and Performance Level Estimation (STAPLE) algorithm. This auto-delineated contour was reviewed and modified appropriately for each patient. We also performed 10 leave-one-out tests using the 10 atlases to validate the segmentation accuracy and demonstrate the contouring consistency using multi-atlas segmentation. Results The multi-atlas segmentation took less than 2 minutes to complete. Contour modification took 5 minutes compared with 20 minutes for manual contouring from scratch. The multi-atlas segmentation from the 10 leave-one-out tests had a mean 3D volume overlap of 59.2% ± 8.2% and a mean 3D surface distance of 2.4 mm ± 0.5 mm. The distances between the individual and average contours in the 10 leave-one-out tests demonstrated much better contouring consistency for modified contours than for manual contours. The auto-segmented contours did not require substantial modification, demonstrated by the good agreement between the modified and auto-segmented contours in the 80 patients. Dose volume histograms of auto-segmented and modified contours were also in good agreement, showing that editing auto-segmented contours is clinically acceptable in view of the dosimetric impact. Conclusions Multi-atlas segmentation greatly reduced contouring time and improved contouring consistency. Editing auto-segmented contours to delineate the brachial plexus proved to be a better clinical practice than manually contouring from scratch. PMID:24273627

  7. The prevalence of pineal cyst in patients with cerebral palsy

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    Özmen, Evrim; Derinkuyu, Betül; Samanc?, Cesur; Ünlü, Havva Akmaz; Demirkan, Tülin Hakan; Ha??lo?lu, Zehra I??k; Kuruo?lu, Sebuh; Adaletli, ?brahim

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE Pineal cysts are common incidental findings during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. The etiology of pineal cyst development is still unclear. We aimed to determine whether there is an association between periventricular leukomalacia and pineal cyst prevalence. METHODS Clinical and MRI data of 201 patients with periventricular leukomalacia (110 female, 91 male; mean age, 6 years; range, 2–18 years) and 687 control patients (355 female, 332 male; mean age, 6 years¸ range, 2–18 years) who did not have any evidence of periventricular leukomalacia were independently evaluated by two radiologists for presence or absence of pineal cyst. RESULTS Pineal cysts were detected in 32.3% of the study group (65/201) and 8.4% of the control group (58/687) (P < 0.001). Patients with periventricular leukomalacia were more likely to have a pineal cyst. In terms of pineal cyst detection on MRI, interobserver reliability was high between the two radiologists. CONCLUSION The prevalence of pineal cysts is higher in patients with periventricular leukomalacia. We suggest that an ischemic process may have a role in the etiopathogenesis of pineal cyst development. PMID:25858521

  8. First record of cysts in the tidal tardigrade Echiniscoides sigismundi

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    Clausen, Lykke K. B.; Andersen, Kasper N.; Hygum, Thomas L.; Jørgensen, Aslak; Møbjerg, Nadja

    2014-12-01

    Tardigrades are microscopic metazoans that withstand environmental extremes by entering dormant states, such as cryptobiosis (latent life). In addition, they may also form cysts. Here, we present the first report of cyst formation in a marine heterotardigrade, i.e., Echiniscoides sigismundi, which constitutes a cryptic species complex present worldwide in tidal zones. The cysts were initially discovered during experimental series constructed to investigate osmotic stress tolerance. The animals, which eventually formed cysts, showed signs of an imminent molt at the beginning of experimentation. We use the term "cyst" for stages, where a total of three or more cuticles have been synthesized. Our observations show that encystment in E. sigismundi involves synthesizing of at least two new cuticle layers. Legs with discharged claws are present in connection with the first outer cuticle, as well as the second cuticular layer. In the most developed cyst, a third cuticle lacking claws seems to surround the animal, which is delineated by a fourth cuticle. Many features are shared with the well-studied cysts of eutardigrades. The cysts of E. sigismundi, however, lack pigmentation and have an extra set of claws, and the animal inside retains buccopharyngeal sclerified parts, until discharging the third cuticle. The finding of cysts in a marine heterotardigrade is novel and confirms that encystment also occurs within this major evolutionary lineage.

  9. Hydatid cyst of the buccal mucosa: An unusual presentation.

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    Lavanya, R M; Kamath, V V; Komali, Y; Krishnamurthy, Shruthi

    2015-01-01

    Hydatid cyst is a parasitic cyst caused by the tapeworm Echinococcus that occurs primarily in sheep grazing areas worldwide. It is a chronic disease, and the cysts can be localized in unusual anatomical and geographic locations. It is known to affect the head and neck region. Patients must undergo a thorough systemic investigation as 20-30% show multiorgan involvement. We report a case of hydatid cyst occurring in the buccal mucosa of a 45- year -old male presenting as a small asymptomatic lump and emphasize on its rarity and diagnostic issues. PMID:26392735

  10. Automated measurement of choroidal thickness in the human eye by polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Torzicky, Teresa; Pircher, Michael; Zotter, Stefan; Bonesi, Marco; Götzinger, Erich; Hitzenberger, Christoph K.

    2015-01-01

    We present a new method to automatically segment the thickness of the choroid in the human eye by polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). A swept source PS-OCT instrument operating at a center wavelength of 1040 nm is used. The segmentation method is based entirely on intrinsic, tissue specific polarization contrast mechanisms. In a first step, the anterior boundary of the choroid, the retinal pigment epithelium, is segmented based on depolarization. In a second step, the choroid-sclera interface is found by using the birefringence of the sclera. The method is demonstrated in five healthy eyes. The mean repeatability (standard deviation) of thickness measurement was found to be 18.3 ?m. PMID:22453435

  11. Nonodontogenic Cysts of the Jaws and Treatment in the Pediatric Population.

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    Jones, Richard Scott; Dillon, Jasjit

    2016-02-01

    Nonodontogenic cysts within the jaws are not a common presentation in the pediatric population. Cysts within the pediatric population tend to be developmental and odontogenic in nature. Although nonodontogenic cysts of the jaws are relatively uncommon, it is imperative the clinician understand their clinical behavior and management because failure to do so can result in increased patient morbidity. The nonodontogenic cysts of the jaws that are most often encountered are the central giant cell granuloma, traumatic bone cavity, aneurysmal bone cyst, nasopalatine duct cyst, and nasolabial cyst. This article reviews common clinical findings, radiographic features, histopathologic features, and current treatments of nonodontogenic cysts. PMID:26614699

  12. Effects of Dorzolamide on Choroidal Blood Flow, Ciliary Blood Flow, and Aqueous Production in Rabbits

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    Reitsamer, Herbert A.; Bogner, Barbara; Tockner, Birgit; Kiel, Jeffrey W.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To determine the effects of topical dorzolamide (a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor) on choroidal and ciliary blood flow and the relationship between ciliary blood flow and aqueous flow. Methods The experiments were performed in four groups of pentobarbital-anesthetized rabbits treated with topical dorzolamide (2%, 50 ?L). In all groups, intraocular pressure (IOP) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) at the eye level were measured continuously by direct cannulation. In group 1, aqueous flow was measured by fluorophotometry before and after dorzolamide treatment. In group 2, aqueous flow was measured after dorzolamide at normal MAP and while MAP was held constant at 80, 55, or 40 mm Hg with occluders on the aorta and vena cava. In group 3, the same MAP levels were used, and ciliary blood flow was measured transsclerally by laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF). In group 4, choroidal blood flow was measured by LDF with the probe tip positioned in the vitreous over the posterior pole during ramp increases and decreases in MAP before and after dorzolamide. Results Dorzolamide lowered IOP by 19% (P < 0.01) and aqueous flow by 17% (P < 0.01), and increased ciliary blood flow by 18% (P < 0.01), which was associated with a significant reduction in ciliary vasculature resistance (?7%, P < 0.01). Dorzolamide shifted the relationship between ciliary blood flow and aqueous flow downward relative to the previously determined control relationship in the rabbit. Dorzolamide did not alter choroidal blood flow, choroidal vascular resistance, or the choroidal pressure flow relationship. Conclusions Acute topical dorzolamide is a ciliary vasodilator and has a direct inhibitory effect on aqueous production, but it does not have a detectable effect on choroidal hemodynamics at the posterior pole in the rabbit. PMID:19182250

  13. Recurrent fetal complex ovarian cysts with rupture followed by simple cyst in the neonatal period with no adverse sequelae.

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    Dera-Szymanowska, Anna; Malinger, Adam; Madejczyk, Mateusz; Szymanowski, Krzysztof; Br?borowicz, Gregor H; Opala, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    Fetal ovarian cysts are the most frequent type of abdominal tumors in female fetuses with prenatal detection rate of more than 30%. The etiology of fetal ovarian cysts is unclear, but hormonal stimulation as well as presence of maternal diabetes, hypothyroidism, Rh iso-immune hemolytic disease and toxemia has been generally considered responsible for the disease. Complications of fetal ovarian cysts include compression of other viscera, cyst rupture, hemorrhage and, most frequently, ovarian torsion with consequent loss of the ovary. Management is controversial with several options described in the literature, including watchful expectancy, antenatal aspiration of simple cysts to prevent torsion and ovarian loss and finally, resection of all complex cysts in the neonatal period. To date, no case report has described recurrent complex cysts with rupture in the fetal period and recurrence of simple cyst in neonatal period. By presenting this case, we wanted to show that surgical intervention in case of prenatally diagnosed fetal ovarian cyst should be considered postnatally and only in symptomatic or complicated cases. PMID:25567557

  14. A case of choroidal osteoma in a 10-year-old child

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    Behera, Madhusmita; Das, Manmath Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Choroidal osteoma is a rare, benign tumor, usually diagnosed in healthy adult women in their second or third decade of life. Though its etiology and pathogenesis are unclear, it is usually diagnosed due to its typical clinical features of yellowish-orange colored subretinal lesion at posterior pole and a dense echogenic plaque persisting even in lower gains on B-scan ultrasonography. Mostly unilateral (79%), the median age of diagnosis is 26 years. It is relatively rare in children. We report a case of choroidal osteoma in a 10-year-old boy. PMID:26586966

  15. Effect of Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy on Choroidal Thickness in Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Yiu, Glenn; Manjunath, Varsha; Chiu, Stephanie J.; Farsiu, Sina; Mahmoud, Tamer H.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To determine the effect of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy on choroidal thickness in eyes with diabetic macular edema (DME) Design A retrospective, cohort analysis of 59 eyes from 59 patients with DME without prior anti-VEGF therapy Methods Choroidal thickness was measured using semi-automated segmentation of enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT) images at 0.5mm intervals from 2.5mm nasal to 2.5mm temporal to the fovea. Changes in choroidal thickness with and without anti-VEGF treatment over 6 months were compared. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central foveal thickness (CFT) were analyzed to evaluate the association of choroidal thickness with functional and anatomical outcomes. Results Of the 59 eyes with DME, 26 eyes were observed without treatment, while 33 underwent intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy (mean number of injections = 2.73) over 6 months. In untreated eyes, there was no significant change in BCVA (p=0.098), CFT (p=0.472), or choroidal thickness at all measurements along the macula (p=0.057 at the fovea). In eyes treated with anti-VEGF injections, choroidal thickness significantly decreased at the fovea (246.6?m to 224.8?m; p<0.001) and at 0.5 mm nasal (240.9?m to 221.9?m; p = 0.002) and 0.5 mm temporal (249.3?m to 224.8?m; p=0.011) to the fovea. The decrease in subfoveal choroidal thickness after anti-VEGF treatment was not associated with the cumulative number of anti-VEGF injections (R2=0.031, p=0.327), or to changes in BCVA (R2=0.017; p=0.470) or CFT (R2=0.040; p=0.263). Conclusions Central choroidal thickness decreases after anti-VEGF therapy for DME after 6 months, but may not be associated with functional or anatomical outcomes in eyes with DME. PMID:24952275

  16. Hemorrhagic lumbar synovial cyst: case report and literature review

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    Cannarsa, Gregory; Clark, Shannon W.; Chalouhi, Norah; Zanaty, Mario; Heller, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Intraspinal synovial cysts are infrequent causes of back and radicular leg pain. Commonly associated with degenerative spinal disease, the majority of synovial cysts appear in the lumbar spine. Rarely, intracystic hemorrhage can occur through an unclear mechanism. Similarly rare, cysts may also become migratory. The pathogenesis of hemorrhagic synovial cysts remains uncertain and their potential for migration also remains unclear. A 36 year-old male presented to the clinic with 5 months of back pain and leg pain that began after a work-related injury. An initial MRI obtained by another surgeon 3 month prior demonstrated an epidural cystic mass with T1 hypointensity and T2 hyperintensity at L2-L3. With worsening pain, the patient came to our clinic for a second opinion. A second MRI demonstrated resolution of the L2-L3 epidural cystic mass and formation of a new epidural cystic mass at L3-L4 causing compression of the thecal sac. The patient subsequently underwent decompressive hemilaminectomy with cyst removal. We present a case of two lumbar synovial cysts, separated over time and a vertebral level and giving the appearance of a single, migratory cyst. This is the first case of an "occult migratory" synovial cyst with repeat MR imaging capturing spontaneous resolution of the initial cyst and formation of a hemorrhagic cyst one level below. We also present a summary of the 44 cases of hemorrhagic synovial cysts reported in the literature and propose a mechanism that may account for the hemorrhagic and migratory progression in some patients. PMID:26412895

  17. Subfoveal Choroidal Thickness and Glaucoma. The Beijing Eye Study 2011

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    Wang, Ya Xing; Xu, Liang; Shao, Lei; Zhang, Ya Qin; Yang, Hua; Da Wang, Jin; Jonas, Jost B.; Wei, Wen Bin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To examine subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT) in eyes with glaucoma, using enhanced depth imaging spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Methods The population-based Beijing Eye Study 2011 included 3468 individuals with a mean age of 64.6±9.8 years (range: 50–93 years). A detailed ophthalmic examination was performed including spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) with enhanced depth imaging for measurement of SFCT, and assessment of fundus photographs for presence of glaucoma. In addition, the group of patients with chronic angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) from the Beijing Eye Study (n?=?37) was merged with a group of patients with chronic ACG from the Tongren hospital (n?=?52). Results Assessments of SFCT and glaucoma were available for 3232 (93.2%) subjects. After adjusting for age, axial length, gender, anterior chamber and lens thickness, SFCT was not significantly associated with presence of glaucoma (P?=?0.08; regression coefficient B:?15.7). As a corollary, in logistic regression analysis with adjustment for age, axial length and intraocular pressure, presence of glaucoma was not significantly associated with SFCT (P?=?0.20). If only open-angle glaucoma was considered, multivariate analysis revealed no significant association between SFCT and presence of open-angle glaucoma (P?=?0.44). As a corollary, in logistic regression analysis, open-angle glaucoma was not significantly associated with SFCT (P?=?0.91). In a similar manner if only ACG was taken into account, SFCT was not significantly associated with the presence of ACG (P?=?0.27) in multivariate analysis. As a corollary in binary regression analysis, presence of ACG was not significantly associated with SFCT (P?=?0.27). Conclusions In multivariate analysis with adjustment for age, axial length, gender, anterior chamber and lens thickness, neither OAG nor ACG was associated with an abnormal SFCT. PMID:25210857

  18. Modifying Choroidal Neovascularization Development with a Nutritional Supplement in Mice

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    Ivanescu, Alina Adriana; Fernández-Robredo, Patricia; Heras-Mulero, Henar; Sádaba-Echarri, Luis Manuel; García-García, Laura; Fernández-García, Vanessa; Moreno-Orduna, Maite; Redondo-Exposito, Aitor; Recalde, Sergio; García-Layana, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    We examined the effect of nutritional supplements (modified Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)-II formulation containing vitamins, minerals, lutein, resveratrol, and omega-3 fatty acids) on choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Supplements were administered alone and combined with intravitreal anti-VEGF in an early-CNV (diode laser-induced) murine model. Sixty mice were evenly divided into group V (oral vehicle, intravitreal saline), group S (oral supplement, intravitreal saline), group V + aVEGF (oral vehicle, intravitreal anti-VEGF), and group S + aVEGF (oral supplement, intravitreal anti-VEGF). Vehicle and nutritional supplements were administered daily for 38 days beginning 10 days before laser. Intravitreal injections were administered 48 h after laser. Fluorescein angiography (FA) and flat-mount CD31 staining evaluated leakage and CNV lesion area. Expression of VEGF, MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity, and NLRP3 were evaluated with RT-PCR, zymography, and western-blot. Leakage, CNV size, VEGF gene and protein expression were lower in groups V + aVEGF, S + aVEGF, and S than in V (all p < 0.05). Additionally, MMP-9 gene expression differed between groups S + aVEGF and V (p < 0.05) and MMP-9 activity was lower in S + aVEGF than in V and S (both p < 0.01). Levels of MMP-2 and NLRP3 were not significantly different between groups. Nutritional supplements either alone or combined with anti-VEGF may mitigate CNV development and inhibit retinal disease involving VEGF overexpression and CNV. PMID:26153682

  19. Objective Area Measurement Technique for Choroidal Neovascularization from Fluorescein Angiography

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    Guthrie, Micah J.; Osswald, Christian R.; Valio, Nicole L.; Mieler, William F.; Kang-Mieler, Jennifer J.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a non-biased method of quantitatively measuring choroidal neovascularization (CNV) areas based on late-phase fluorescein angiography (FA) images. Experimental CNV was induced in Long Evans rats by laser disruption of the Bruch’s membrane. FA was performed weekly for 5 weeks. Multi-Otsu thresholding (MOT) was used to quantify CNV in late-phase FA images from both experimental rodent CNV and wet age-related macular degeneration patients (wAMD). Images were automatically thresholded into three levels based on the image histogram, with the highest level containing CNV. To determine the technique’s ability to quantify CNV areas, rats were given either triamcinolone acetonide or dexamethasone sodium phosphate to treat CNV and compared to untreated rats. The rat CNV lesion areas measured from 5-week histology sections from each treatment group were compared to areas measured from the corresponding FA images. MOT was able to detect statistical decreases in rodent CNV area in the treatment groups versus control from weeks 3 through 5. The ratio of CNV area measured from histology to area measured from FA images was not statistically different between groups. Finally, to determine the usefulness of MOT on pathological morphologies of CNV, MOT was performed on late-phase FA images from patients with classic and diffuse CNV. The technique was able to segment classical CNV in wAMD patients, but performed poorly with diffuse CNV. MOT provides a robust, objective, and quantifiable area measurement of CNV lesion area in both experimentally-induced and pathological CNV. The results indicate that MOT could be a useful research tool in helping evaluate the effects of therapeutics on CNV growth. PMID:24316422

  20. Modifying Choroidal Neovascularization Development with a Nutritional Supplement in Mice.

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    Ivanescu, Alina Adriana; Fernández-Robredo, Patricia; Heras-Mulero, Henar; Sádaba-Echarri, Luis Manuel; García-García, Laura; Fernández-García, Vanessa; Moreno-Orduna, Maite; Redondo-Exposito, Aitor; Recalde, Sergio; García-Layana, Alfredo

    2015-07-01

    We examined the effect of nutritional supplements (modified Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)-II formulation containing vitamins, minerals, lutein, resveratrol, and omega-3 fatty acids) on choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Supplements were administered alone and combined with intravitreal anti-VEGF in an early-CNV (diode laser-induced) murine model. Sixty mice were evenly divided into group V (oral vehicle, intravitreal saline), group S (oral supplement, intravitreal saline), group V + aVEGF (oral vehicle, intravitreal anti-VEGF), and group S + aVEGF (oral supplement, intravitreal anti-VEGF). Vehicle and nutritional supplements were administered daily for 38 days beginning 10 days before laser. Intravitreal injections were administered 48 h after laser. Fluorescein angiography (FA) and flat-mount CD31 staining evaluated leakage and CNV lesion area. Expression of VEGF, MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity, and NLRP3 were evaluated with RT-PCR, zymography, and western-blot. Leakage, CNV size, VEGF gene and protein expression were lower in groups V + aVEGF, S + aVEGF, and S than in V (all p < 0.05). Additionally, MMP-9 gene expression differed between groups S + aVEGF and V (p < 0.05) and MMP-9 activity was lower in S + aVEGF than in V and S (both p < 0.01). Levels of MMP-2 and NLRP3 were not significantly different between groups. Nutritional supplements either alone or combined with anti-VEGF may mitigate CNV development and inhibit retinal disease involving VEGF overexpression and CNV. PMID:26153682

  1. 76 FR 59767 - Plexus Fund II, L.P.; Notice Seeking Exemption Under Section 312 of the Small Business Investment...

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    2011-09-27

    ..., Conflicts of Interest Notice is hereby given that Plexus Fund II, L.P., 200 Providence Road, Suite 210... Act and Section 107.730, Financings which Constitute Conflicts of Interest of the Small...

  2. ALTERNATIVE FILTRATION METHODS FOR REMOVAL OF 'GIARDIA' CYSTS AND CYST MODELS

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    Recent occurrence of numerous outbreaks of waterborne giardiasis has renewed interest in water filtration for cyst removal. This paper presents an in-depth review of granular media and diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filtration research conducted in the 1930's and 1940's when Entamoeba...

  3. Water relations during desiccation of cysts of the potato-cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis.

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    Wharton, D A; Worland, M R

    2001-03-01

    The loss during desiccation of osmotically active water (OAW), which freezes during cooling to -45 degrees C, and osmotically inactive water (OIW), which remains unfrozen, from the cysts of the potato cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, was determined using differential scanning calorimetry. Exotherms and endotherms associated with non-egg compartments were not detected after 5 min desiccation at 50% relative humidity and 20 degrees C. The pattern of water loss from the cysts indicates that water is lost from compartments outside the eggs first, that nearly all the non-egg water is OAW and that the OIW content of the cyst is contained within the eggs. Water is lost from the eggs only after the OAW content outside the eggs falls below that within the eggs. Both OAW and OIW are lost from the eggs during desiccation but the eggs retain a small amount of OIW. Other animals which survive some desiccation but which are not anhydrobiotic will tolerate the loss of OAW but not the loss of their OIW. Anhydrobiotic animals can survive the loss of both their OAW and a substantial proportion of their OIW. PMID:11302528

  4. An Atypical Case of Microphthalmos With Cyst: Cyst Masquerading as Phthisical Eye.

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    Ozturker, Can; Kaynak, Pelin; Özkan Arat, Yonca; Ozturk Karabulut, Gamze; Akar, Serpil; Demirok, Ahmet

    2015-01-01

    A 6-year-old boy diagnosed with congenital microphthalmic OS was referred for prosthetic eye fitting. He was otherwise healthy without known congenital anomalies. His visual acuity was 20/20 in the OD and no light perception in the OS. His disfigured OS with a conjunctivalized opaque cornea appeared smaller than his OD. He had left esotropia with severely restricted ductions in all directions of gaze. The preoperative orbital MRI of the patient revealed a small orbital cyst posteroinferior to the OS. Because the patient could not tolerate the prosthetic eye worn over his disfigured eye, evisceration was planned. During the surgery, blunt dissection of the conjunctiva and Tenon's capsule uncovered a large orbital cyst that was misdiagnosed as phthisis bulbi preoperatively based on the clinical examination and imaging findings. The structure that was thought to be an orbital cyst on orbital MRI was the microphthalmic eye. Enucleation with cyst excision was performed. Patient had uneventful postoperative course and has been wearing an artificial eye for 1 year since surgery. PMID:24833453

  5. Rare Thoracolumbar Facet Synovial Cyst Presenting as Paraparesis

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    Dahuja, Gitanshu; Kaur, Rashmeet

    2015-01-01

    Spinal cord compressing syndrome due to synovial cyst (SC) of the thoracolumbar spine is a rare clinical condition. In this report we aim to heighten awareness of the thoracolumbar facet synovial cyst as a possible cause of thoracic myelopathy. The SC was removed thoroughly by laminectomy. The patient had an excellent recovery. The etiological and therapeutic aspects are discussed. PMID:26512282

  6. Sixth cranial nerve palsy due to arachnoid cyst.

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    Raveenthiran, Venkatachalam; Reshma, Khajamohideen B

    2014-01-01

    Sixth cranial nerve palsy is an extremely rare complication of an arachnoid cyst. A 4-year-old boy who presented with left abducens palsy and a subdural hygroma complicating arachnoid cyst is discussed. Comprehensive review of the world literature revealed only 12 additional cases. PMID:25347081

  7. Soybean Cyst Nematode Infects Roots of Sugar Beet

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    Soybean cyst nematode (SCN; Heterodera glycines) is the most important pest of soybean in the world. With the increase of soybean production in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota over the past decades, SCN has become a growing threat to local soybean production. The sugar beet cyst...

  8. Dermoid Cyst of the Floor of the Mouth.

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    Dillon, Jessica R; Avillo, Andrew J; Nelson, Brenda L

    2015-09-01

    A case of a dermoid cyst of the floor of mouth affecting a 19 years old male will be discussed. The macroscopic and histologic findings used for diagnosis will be covered. The typical features of this type of cyst will also be reviewed including radiographic and histologic findings. Discussion will include etiology and usual presentation, as well as treatment. PMID:25351706

  9. Percutaneous unroofing of renal simple cysts: Experience from one centre

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    Tehranchi, Ali; Hamedanchi, Sepehr; Badalzadeh, Afshin

    2011-01-01

    Objective To assess the efficacy of percutaneous unroofing (PU) for treating simple renal cysts, compared with laparoscopic decortication and open surgery. Patients and methods From November 2009 to October 2010, 11 patients with 12 simple cysts in renal units were managed by PU. All cysts were evaluated with ultrasonography and abdominal computed tomography. A standard transurethral resectoscope was used to resect the cyst wall, and the parenchymal portion of the cyst was subsequently cauterised. A drain was left in place for 2 days. Success was defined as a >50% reduction in cyst diameter. Results At the 5-month follow-up, patients were asked about their symptoms and assessed by ultrasonography. Of the 12 cyst units, eight were completely resolved, three were reduced to <50% in diameter and one was persistent, close to the original size. Conclusion Simple renal cysts can be managed safely by PU, with a success rate of >90%. This technique offers several advantages over open surgery, with a shorter hospital stay, improved convalescence and reduced risk of complications. PU also avoids the multiple trocar sites, extensive dissection, and technical difficulty associated with laparoscopy. PMID:26579308

  10. DO AUTOCHTHONOUS BACTERIA AFFECT GIARDIA CYST SURVIVAL IN NATURAL WATERS?

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    Giardia lamblia survives in and is transmitted to susceptible human and animal populations via water, where it is present in an environmentally resistant cyst form. Previous research has highlighted the importance of water temperature in cyst survival, and has also suggested the ...

  11. Functional characterization of plant-parasitic cyst nematode CLE peptides

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    During root infection by plant-parasitic cyst nematodes, proteins originating in gland cells are secreted through the stylet into a cell near the vasculature of the host root for the initiation and maintenance of a specialized feeding structure (syncytium). Soybean cyst nematode (SCN; Heterodera gl...

  12. Surgical Management of Intracranial Neuroenteric Cysts: The UCSF Experience.

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    Breshears, Jonathan D; Rutkowski, Martin J; McDermott, Michael W; Cha, Soonmee; Tihan, Tarik; Theodosopoulos, Philip V

    2015-12-01

    Objective?Modern surgical experience with intracranial neuroenteric cysts is limited in the literature. We review our 15-year institutional experience with these rare lesions. Design?Single-institution retrospective study. Setting?Large North American tertiary care center. Participants?Histologically confirmed cases of intracranial neuroenteric cyst from January 2000 to September 2014. Main Outcome Measures?Pre- and postoperative modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores, extent of resection, and postoperative complications are reported. Clinical presentation, imaging features, pathology, and operative approach are discussed. Results?Five spinal and six intracranial neuroenteric cysts were surgically treated over a 15-year period. Median age at presentation for the intracranial cysts was 38.5 years. Mean cyst diameter was 3.8 cm. Five cysts were located in the pre-pontomedullary cistern, and one was located in the third ventricle. Gross total resection was achieved in four of the five posterior fossa cysts through a far lateral transcondylar approach. Postoperative complications included aseptic meningitis (one), transient abducens palsy (one), and pseudomeningocele requiring reoperation (three). Postoperative mRS scores improved to ?1 by 6.5 months median follow-up. Conclusions?Intracranial neuroenteric cysts are rare lesions with a variable imaging appearance. Complete surgical resection through a far lateral transcondylar approach is possible and usually results in symptom improvement or resolution. PMID:26682127

  13. A possible role for metalloproteinases in renal cyst development

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    Witzgall, Ralph - Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät III

    : F540­F550, 2001.--The expan- sion of cysts in polycystic kidneys bears several similarities/ ) rat model of autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease. Upregu- lated MMP-14 mRNA was predominantly batimastat resulted in a significant reduction of cyst number and kidney weight. Our study suggests

  14. Synovial cyst of the high cervical spine causing myelopathy.

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    Quaghebeur, G; Jeffree, M

    1992-01-01

    The authors describe the myelographic and postmyelographic CT findings of an extradural mass with cord compression in an 82-year-old woman. Synovial cysts generally occur posterolaterally and are associated with degenerative facet joints; an unusual site together with facet joint disease should alert the observer to the possibility of a synovial cyst. PMID:1590200

  15. Does glioblastoma cyst fluid promote sciatic nerve regeneration?

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    Özay, Rafet; Akta?, Abit; Ta?kap?l?o?lu, Mevlüt Özgür; Gürer, Bora; Erdo?an, Bülent; Ça?lar, Yusuf ?ükrü

    2015-01-01

    Glioblastoma cyst fluid contains growth factors and extracellular matrix proteins which are known as neurotrophic and neurite-promoting agents. Therefore, we hypothesized that glioblastoma cyst fluid can promote the regeneration of injured peripheral nerves. To validate this hypothesis, we transected rat sciatic nerve, performed epineural anastomosis, and wrapped the injured sciatic nerve with glioblastoma cyst fluid- or saline-soaked gelatin sponges. Neurological function and histomorphological examinations showed that compared with the rats receiving local saline treatment, those receiving local glioblastoma cyst fluid treatment had better sciatic nerve function, fewer scars, greater axon area, counts and diameter as well as fiber diameter. These findings suggest that glioblastoma cyst fluid can promote the regeneration of injured sciatic nerve and has the potential for future clinical application in patients with peripheral nerve injury.

  16. A case of a duodenal duplication cyst presenting as melena

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    Ko, Seung Yeon; Ko, Sun Hye; Ha, Sungeun; Kim, Mi Sung; Shin, Hyang Mi; Baeg, Myong Ki

    2013-01-01

    Duodenal duplication cysts are benign rare congenital anomalies reported mainly in the pediatric population, but seldom in adults. Symptoms depend on the type and location and can present as abdominal pain, distension, dysphagia or dyspepsia. They have been reported to be responsible for duodenal obstruction, pancreatitis and, in rare cases, gastrointestinal bleeding. We present a case of a duodenal duplication cyst in a 43-year-old man presenting as melena. Initial gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy did not reveal any bleeding focus. However, the patient began passing melena after 3 d, with an acute decrease in hemoglobin levels. Subsequent studies revealed a duplication cyst in the second portion of the duodenum which was surgically resected. Histology revealed a duodenal duplication cyst consisting of intestinal mucosa. There was no further bleeding and the patient recovered completely. In rare cases, duodenal duplication cysts might cause gastrointestinal bleeding and should be included in the differential diagnosis. PMID:24151370

  17. Bilateral orthokeratinized odontogenic cyst: A rare case report and review

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    Pimpalkar, Rahul Devidas; Barpande, Suresh R; Bhavthankar, Jyoti D; Mandale, Mandakini S

    2014-01-01

    Orthokeratinized odontogenic cyst (OOC) is a developmental cyst of jaw and was initially considered by the World Health Organization (1992) as the uncommon orthokeratinized variant of odontogenic keratocyst (OKC). However, studies have shown that OOC has peculiar clinicopathologic aspects when compared with other developmental odontogenic cysts, especially OKC. So orthokeratinized odontogenic cyst now stands out to be a distinct entity. Clinically, it occurs as a single cyst, shows a predilection for males and is most often found in the second to the fifth decade. Its bilateral occurrence is extremely rare. The purpose of the article is to present a rare case of bilateral OOC arising in the mandible and review the literature on bilateral occurrence of this lesion. PMID:25328309

  18. [«De novo» development of a suprasellar arachnoid cyst].

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    Gelabert-González, Miguel; Pita-Buezas, Lara; Santín-Amo, José María; Román-Pena, Paula; Serramito-García, Ramón; García-Allut, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    Intracranial arachnoid cysts are fluid-filled cavities that arise within the cranial arachnoid, representing approximately 1%-2% of all intracranial lesions among the paediatric population. We present the case of a 2-year-old boy who presented with instability and episodes of ocular deviation. A computed tomography scan (CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed a suprasellar cyst and obstructive hydrocephalus. At birth a transfontanellar ultrasound was normal. The cyst underwent endoscopic fenestration with complete remission of symptoms. In the review of the literature, we found only 6 previous cases of an intracranial arachnoid cyst whose origin was not clearly congenital or traumatic, and ours is the second case of a suprasellar arachnoid cyst to arise de novo. The clinical features, imaging characteristics and treatment of the previously reported cases are discussed. PMID:25656308

  19. Radicular cyst of primary tooth associated with maxillary sinus

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    Bahadure, Rakesh N; Khubchandani, Monika; Thosar, Nilima R; Singh, Rajeev Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Radicular cyst is one of the most common odontogenic cystic lesions found in the jaws. It is inflammatory in nature and found mostly in relation to a non-vital tooth. It usually presents at a later stage in life because the formation of the cyst is the last step in the progression of inflammatory events after a periapical infection. The cyst usually goes unnoticed because of its painless nature and small size. We present the clinical, radiographic and histological characteristics of a radicular cyst along with its management. Cystic sac was removed surgically under general anaesthesia after the elevation of the mucoperiosteal flap. Histopathologically, the cystic sac was consistent with the features of a radicular cyst. Follow-up period of 21?months showed improved radiographical appearance on Coned Beam CT. Vestibular deepening was planned as a future treatment in the same region. PMID:23833085

  20. Phaeohyphomycotic cyst in the Foot by Exophiala

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    CH, Karunakarreddy; Kini, Hema; Shenoy, Suchitra; Prabhu, Shivananda

    2014-01-01

    A 52-year-old male, presented to us with a swelling over plantar aspect of right foot following trauma. Clinically it was a cystic swelling diagnosed as an abscess; ultrasound showed thick walled multilocular collection with thick echogenic debris, following which complete excision of the swelling was done. A part of the swelling was sent for histopathological examination and cut section showed thick purulent material. Other part sent for culture sensitivity grew, Exophiala, which belongs to Dematiaceous group of fungi. Surgical excision with antifungal treatment is the management in general for fungal cyst, whereas in our case complete excision was done without antifungal treatment. PMID:25584264

  1. Smoking and choroidal thickness in patients over 65 with early-atrophic age-related macular degeneration and normals

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    Sigler, E J; Randolph, J C; Calzada, J I; Charles, S

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare macular choroidal thickness between cigarette smokers, those with a history of smoking, and nonsmokers in patients over 65 years of age with early-atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and normals. Methods Prospective, consecutive, observational case series. Enhanced depth imaging spectral domain optical coherence tomography 12-line radial scans were performed and choroidal thickness manually quantified at 84 points in the central 3?mm of the macula. Data of normals, soft drusen alone, and soft drusen with additional features of early AMD were compared. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) model, controlling for age, was constructed to evaluate the effect of smoking history and AMD features on choroidal thickness. Results A history of smoking was significantly associated with a thinner choroid across all patients via logistic regression (P=0.004; O.R.=12.4). Mean macular choroidal thickness was thinner for smokers (148±63??m) than for nonsmokers (181±65??m) among all diagnosis categories (P=0.003). Subgroup analysis of patients with AMD features revealed a similar decreased choroidal thickness in smokers (121±41??m) compared with nonsmokers (146±46??m, P=0.006). Bivariate analysis revealed an association between increased pack-years of smoking and a thin choroid across all patients (P<0.001) and among patients with features of early AMD (P<0.001). Both the presence of features of macular degeneration (P<0.001) and a history of smoking (P=0.024) were associated with decreased choroidal thickness in a MANOVA model. Conclusion Chronic cigarette smoke exposure may be associated with decreased choroidal thickness. There may be an anatomic sequelae to chronic tobacco smoke exposure that underlies previously reported AMD risk. PMID:24833184

  2. Three-dimensional spectral domain optical coherence tomography imaging of the retina in choroidal tuberculoma

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    Saxena, Sandeep; Singhal, Vivek; Akduman, Levent

    2013-01-01

    Introduction To study retinal imaging in choroidal tuberculoma by three-dimensional spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) for the first time. Methods QuantiFERON-TB GOLD test, colour Doppler imaging, fluoroscein angiography and SD-OCT were performed in an 18-year-old immunocompetent female patient. Results Three-dimensional imaging over the choroidal lesion revealed marked retinal elevation. Subfoveal neurosensory detachment along with serous retinal detachment resulted from effusion of fluid from the underlying choroidal lesion. Granularity of the outer photoreceptor layer and proliferating retinal pigment epithelium cells indicated chronicity of the underlying choroidal lesion abutting the retina. Antitubercular therapy, after 2?weeks, resulted in a resolution of the subfoveal neurosensory detachment, reduction in the serous retinal detachment and a decrease in retinal elevation. Conclusions Three-dimensional SD-OCT allows a spatial visualisation and documentation of retinal elevation. It also allows a detailed visualisation of the secondary retinal pigment epithelial and intraretinal changes and is helpful in monitoring the response to medication. PMID:23376668

  3. Local tumor control after {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy of choroidal melanoma

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    Damato, Bertil . E-mail: Bertil@damato.co.uk; Patel, Imran; Campbell, Ian R.; Mayles, Helen M.; Errington, R. Douglas

    2005-10-01

    Purpose To report on local tumor control after {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy for choroidal melanoma. Methods and Materials A total of 458 patients with choroidal melanoma were treated at a single institution between January 1993 and December 2001. The tumors had a median longest basal dimension of 10.6 mm and a median height of 3.2 mm. The brachytherapy was administered using a 15- or 20-mm plaque. For posterior tumors, the plaque was positioned eccentrically with its posterior edge aligned with the posterior tumor margin to reduce the radiation dose to the optic disk and fovea. A minimal scleral dose sufficient to cause visible choroidal atrophy provided a permanent ophthalmoscopic record of the distribution of choroidal irradiation. If radiotherapy to the posterior tumor was uncertain, adjunctive transpupillary thermotherapy was administered 6 months postoperatively. Results The actuarial rates of tumor recurrence were 1%, 2%, and 3% at 2, 5, and 7 years, respectively. Local tumor recurrence correlated with the longest basal tumor dimension (Cox univariate analysis, p = 0.02, risk ratio 1.41, 95% confidence interval 1.06-1.88). Seven of the nine eyes with recurrent tumor were salvaged with additional conservative therapy. Conclusion The low rate of local tumor recurrence suggests that ruthenium plaque radiotherapy is effective with good case selection and if special measures are taken to ensure that the plaque is positioned correctly.

  4. Dose De-Escalation With Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the Treatment of Choroidal Melanoma

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    Schirmer, Clemens M.; Chan, Michael; Mignano, John; Duker, Jay; Melhus, Christopher S.; Williams, Lloyd B.; Wu, Julian K.; Yao, Kevin C.

    2009-09-01

    Purpose: Single-fraction targeted radiation therapy delivered by the Leksell Gamma Knife system is a minimally invasive treatment option for choroidal melanoma that has been used as an alternative to enucleation, proton beam therapy, or brachytherapy. Previously reported Gamma Knife series involved the treatment of choroidal melanomas with a dose of 40 to 50 Gy at the tumor margin. We report our institutional experience using a significantly lower dose. Methods and Materials: Fourteen patients with choroidal melanoma were treated with the Leksell Gamma Knife at our institution over a 7-year period. The treatment and clinical data were analyzed in a retrospective fashion after a mean follow-up of 32.2 months. Results: The mean dose to the tumor margin was 22.2 {+-} 2.4 Gy (range, 20- 25 Gy). Mean treated tumor volume was 1.1 {+-} 1.2 cc. Local control was achieved in 13 cases (93%). In 1 patient both intraocular spread and distant metastatic disease developed after treatment. Visual function of the affected eye was preserved in 5 patients (36%) at latest follow-up, in 9 patients (64%) visual loss ensued. Mild to moderate radiation toxicity developed in 8 patients. Conclusions: Choroidal melanoma can be safely and effectively treated using Leksell Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery with a marginal dose of less than 25 Gy.

  5. A statistical model for 3D segmentation of retinal choroid in optical coherence tomography images

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    Ghasemi, F.; Rabbani, H.

    2014-03-01

    The choroid is a densely layer under the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Its deeper boundary is formed by the sclera, the outer fibrous shell of the eye. However, the inhomogeneity within the layers of choroidal Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)-tomograms presents a significant challenge to existing segmentation algorithms. In this paper, we performed a statistical study of retinal OCT data to extract the choroid. This model fits a Gaussian mixture model (GMM) to image intensities with Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm. The goodness of fit for proposed GMM model is computed using Chi-square measure and is obtained lower than 0.04 for our dataset. After fitting GMM model on OCT data, Bayesian classification method is employed for segmentation of the upper and lower border of boundary of retinal choroid. Our simulations show the signed and unsigned error of -1.44 +/- 0.5 and 1.6 +/- 0.53 for upper border, and -5.7 +/- 13.76 and 6.3 +/- 13.4 for lower border, respectively.

  6. A Case of Horner's Syndrome following Ultrasound-Guided Infraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block

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    Walid, Trabelsi; Mondher, Belhaj Amor; Mohamed Anis, Lebbi; Mustapha, Ferjani

    2012-01-01

    Horner's syndrome results from paralysis of the ipsilateral sympathetic cervical chain (stellate ganglion) caused by surgery, drugs (mainly high concentrations of local anesthetics), local compression (hematoma or tumor), or inadequate perioperative positioning of the patient. It occurs in 100% of the patients with an interscalene block of the brachial plexus and can also occur in patients with other types of supraclavicular blocks.In this case report, we presented a case of Horner's syndrome after performing an ultrasound-guided infraclavicular brachial plexus block with 15?mL of bupivacaine 0.5%. It appeared 40 minutes after the block with specific triad (ptosis, miosis, and exophtalmia) and quickly disappears within 2 hours and a half without any sequelae. Horner's syndrome may be described as an unpleasant side effect because it has no clinical consequences in itself. For this reason anesthesiologists should be aware of this syndrome, and if it occurs patients should be reassured and monitored closely. PMID:22957277

  7. Ultrasound-guided central cluster approach for the supraclavicular brachial plexus block: a case series

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    Lee, Mi Geum; Lee, Kyung Cheon; Kim, Hong Soon; Park, Seol Ju; Suh, Young Je

    2015-01-01

    There are many different approaches to ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block (US-SCBPB), and each has a different success rate and complications. The most commonly performed US-SCBPB is the corner pocket approach in which the needle is advanced very close to the subclavian artery and pleura. Therefore, it may be associated with a risk of subclavian artery puncture or pneumothorax. We advanced the needle into the central part of the neural cluster after penetrating the sheath of the brachial plexus in US-SCBPB. We refer to this new method as the "central cluster approach." In this approach, the needle does not have to advance close to the subclavian artery or pleura. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of the central cluster approach in US-SCBPB. PMID:26634085

  8. Diurnal Variations in Blood Flow at Optic Nerve Head and Choroid in Healthy Eyes

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    Iwase, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Ra, Eimei; Murotani, Kenta; Matsui, Shigeyuki; Terasaki, Hiroko

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To investigate the diurnal variations of the ocular blood flow in healthy eyes using laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG), and to determine the relationship of the diurnal variations between the ocular blood flow and other ocular parameters. This prospective cross-sectional study was conducted at Nagoya University Hospital. We studied 13 healthy volunteers whose mean age was 33.5?±?7.6 years. The mean blur rate (MBR), expressing the relative blood flow, on the optic nerve head (ONH) and choroidal blood flow was determined by LSFG (LSFG-NAVI) every 3 hours from 6:00 to 24:00 hours. The intraocular pressure (IOP), choroidal thickness measured by enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography, systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure, and heart rate (HR) in the brachial artery were also recorded. We evaluated the diurnal variations of the parameters and compared the MBR to the other parameters using a linear mixed model. The diurnal variations of the MBR on the ONH varied significantly with a trough at 9:00 hours and a peak at 24:00 hours (P?choroid also had significant diurnal variations with a trough at 15:00 hours and a peak at 18:00 hours (P?=?0.001). The IOP (P?choroidal thickness (P?choroid was significantly and positively correlated with the DBP (P?=?0.002), mean arterial pressure (P?=?0.023), and mean ocular perfusion pressure (P?=?0.047). We found significant diurnal variations in the ONH and choroidal blood flow. Although the ONH blood flow had its own diurnal variation because of strong autoregulation, the choroidal blood flow was more likely affected by systemic circulatory factors because of poor autoregulation. PMID:25674750

  9. Morphological changes of the myenteric plexus during early postnatal development of the rat.

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    Schäfer, K H; Hänsgen, A; Mestres, P

    1999-09-01

    The enteric nervous system needs to adapt itself constantly to the postnatal changes of the developing gut. The aim of this study was to examine the morphological changes between the distal and proximal segments of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract during the first two postnatal weeks. Myenteric plexus from the duodenum, proximal and distal colon of 1-, 7- and 14-day-old rat pups was dissected and examined under the scanning electron microscope. Wholemounts from the same regions and postnatal stages were stained with cuprolinic blue. Neuronal numbers per ganglionic area were counted and neuronal sizes were measured. Furthermore, segments of the above-mentioned areas were embedded in resin and semithin sections were cut. The thickness of the circular and longitudinal muscle layers was measured. The morphology of the myenteric plexus depends on localization as well as on the age of the animal. While in younger animals the myenteric plexus is usually densely packed, the network expands with increasing age. Similarly, the thickness of the circular and the longitudinal muscle layers increases. Nerve cell numbers per ganglionic area increase from duodenum to distal colon and decrease from the 1-day (P1) to the 14-day-old (P14) animal. The longest diameters and the area of the nerve cells decrease from duodenum to distal colon and increase with age of the animal. The intensity of the cuprolinic blue staining varies also according to age and segment of the gut. During the first two postnatal weeks the three-dimensional architecture of the myenteric plexus as well as the size and densities of the enteric neurons change according to the increasing gut length and the thickness of the muscle layer. The differences between duodenum and colon might reflect the different physiological properties of the proximal and distal gut as well as a varying grade of maturity, which is also supported by a variation in the cuprolinic blue staining intensity. PMID:10456982

  10. Sensory Evaluation of the Hands in Children with Brachial Plexus Birth Injury

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    Palmgren, Tove; Peltonen, Jari; Linder, Tove; Rautakorpi, Sanna; Nietosvaara, Yrjana

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine sensory changes of the hand in brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI). Ninety-five patients (43 females, 52 males) comprising two age groups, 6 to 8 years (mean age 7y 6mo) and 12 to 14 years (mean age 13y 2mo), were included. Sixty-four had upper (cervical [C] 5-6), 19 upper and middle (C5-7), and 12 had total…

  11. Laparoscopic treatment of congenital choledochal cyst.

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    Shimura, H; Tanaka, M; Shimizu, S; Mizumoto, K

    1998-10-01

    We describe the laparoscopic treatment of a patient presenting with congenital choledochal cyst. Our patient was a 19-year-old man with a complaint of recurrent abdominal pain due to pancreatitis. The choledochal cyst was type I and had a common channel of pancreatobiliary duct, as revealed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Under laparoscopic guidance, the dilated bile duct and the gallbladder were excised, and a Roux-en-Y anastomosis was constructed with an endo-EEA. Finally, end-to-side anastomosis was carried out by the continuous suture method, aided by an Endostitch between the stump of the hepatic duct and the Roux-en-Y limb. After the operation, slight hyperamylasemia was observed for several days but further treatment was not necessary. Postoperative symptoms were minimal, and the patient was discharged on the 11th day after the procedure. Although it is difficult and time-consuming, laparoscopic operation is highly beneficial for the patient. The use of such instruments as the endostapler and Endostitch may help to simplify this complex intracorporeal procedure involving division and anastomosis of the digestive tract. PMID:9745070

  12. Unusual dermoid cyst in oral cavity.

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    Vieira, Evanice Menezes Marçal; Borges, Alvaro Henrique; Volpato, Luis Evaristo Ricci; Porto, Alessandra Nogueira; Carvalhosa, Artur Aburad; Botelho, Gilberto de Almeida; Bandeca, Matheus Coelho

    2014-01-01

    Dermoid cysts in oral cavity are unusual lesions. Their etiology is not yet clear and can be associated with trapped cells as a result of the inclusion error resulting in the development into the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm tissues. The aim of this case report is to evidence the presence of a dermoid cyst in the floor of mouth surgically removed. In the present case, the lesion showed soft consistency, floating, regular borders, smooth surface, and the same color as the adjacent mucosa, asymptomatic and measuring 4.5?×?5.5?cm in its greatest diameter. The initial diagnostic was ranula in consequence of the similarity with clinical characteristics and localization. After surgical removal lesion, a fibrotic capsule was identified with a friable material with intensive yellow color. The microscopic exam showed cystic lesion with cavity lined by squamous stratified epithelium hyperorthokeratinized. Cutaneous attachments, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, were present in connective adjacent tissue. Surgical intervention is elective in these situations. All dentists must have a thorough knowledge of this unusual lesion. PMID:24818032

  13. Unusual Dermoid Cyst in Oral Cavity

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    Vieira, Evanice Menezes Marçal; Volpato, Luis Evaristo Ricci; Porto, Alessandra Nogueira; Carvalhosa, Artur Aburad; Botelho, Gilberto de Almeida; Bandeca, Matheus Coelho

    2014-01-01

    Dermoid cysts in oral cavity are unusual lesions. Their etiology is not yet clear and can be associated with trapped cells as a result of the inclusion error resulting in the development into the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm tissues. The aim of this case report is to evidence the presence of a dermoid cyst in the floor of mouth surgically removed. In the present case, the lesion showed soft consistency, floating, regular borders, smooth surface, and the same color as the adjacent mucosa, asymptomatic and measuring 4.5?×?5.5?cm in its greatest diameter. The initial diagnostic was ranula in consequence of the similarity with clinical characteristics and localization. After surgical removal lesion, a fibrotic capsule was identified with a friable material with intensive yellow color. The microscopic exam showed cystic lesion with cavity lined by squamous stratified epithelium hyperorthokeratinized. Cutaneous attachments, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, were present in connective adjacent tissue. Surgical intervention is elective in these situations. All dentists must have a thorough knowledge of this unusual lesion. PMID:24818032

  14. Documentation of brachial plexus compression in the thoracic inlet with quantitative sensory testing.

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    Lee, G W; Massry, D R; Kupfer, D M; Abrams, R

    2000-01-01

    This study evaluated the cutaneous pressure threshold of subjects with and without a clinical diagnosis of brachial plexus compression in the thoracic inlet, usually termed thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). Sixty-one subjects (102 arms) made up the control population; 11 subjects 120 arms) made up the TOS population. Assessment by two upper-extremity specialists preceded the testing. The one-point cutaneous pressure threshold was measured with the Pressure-Specifying Sensory Device (PSSD) on the pulp of both the index and little finger (upper and lower brachial plexus distributions) with the arm in the unprovoked (adducted) and provoked (abducted 180 degrees) positions. In the control subjects, there was no significant change in the cutaneous pressure threshold between unprovoked and provoked positions. In contrast in patients with TOS, there was a significant increase in the cutaneous pressure threshold at both sites (p < .0001 ) between the unprovoked and the provoked positions. Furthermore, the cutaneous pressure threshold for patients with TOS was significantly higher in both positions than it was in the controls (p < .0001 ). It was concluded that measurement of changes in the cutaneous pressure threshold with the PSSD in distal sensory targets of the upper and lower trunk can identify patients symptomatic for compression, when the brachial plexus is provoked as part of the testing sequence. PMID:10668749

  15. Variations of the origin of collateral branches emerging from the posterior aspect of the brachial plexus

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    2007-01-01

    Background The frequency of variation found in the arrangement and distribution of the branches in the brachial plexus, make this anatomical region extremely complicated. The medical concerns involved with these variations include anesthetic blocks, surgical approaches, interpreting tumor or traumatic nervous compressions having unexplained clinical symptoms (sensory loss, pain, wakefulness and paresis), and the possibility of these structures becoming compromised. The clinical importance of these variations is discussed in the light of their differential origins. Methods The anatomy of brachial plexus structures from 46 male and 11 female cadaverous specimens were studied. The 40–80 year-old specimens were obtained from the Universidad Industrial de Santander's Medical Faculty's Anatomy Department (dissection laboratory). Parametric measures were used for calculating results. Results Almost half (47.1%) of the evaluated plexuses had collateral variations. Subscapular nerves were the most varied structure, including the presence of a novel accessory nerve. Long thoracic nerve variations were present, as were the absence of C5 or C7 involvement, and late C7 union with C5–C6. Conclusion Further studies are needed to confirm the existence of these variations in a larger sample of cadaver specimens. PMID:17587464

  16. Morphology and Topography of the Celiac Plexus in Degu (Octodon Degus).

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    Kuchinka, Jacek; Nowak, El?bieta; Kuder, Tadeusz; Szczurkowski, Aleksander

    2015-11-01

    Here, we investigate the morphology and topography of the celiac plexus components in degu (Octodon degus). The study was performed using six adult individuals of both sexes. Macromorphological observations were performed using a derivative of the thiocholine method specially adapted for this study type (Gienc, 1977). The classical H&E technique was used for analysis of the cytoarchitectonic of the ganglion, and the AChE (Karnovsky and Roots, 1964) and SPG (De la Torre, 1980) techniques to observe cholinergic and adrenergic activity. The celiac plexus of degu is located on the ventral and lateral surface of the abdominal aorta, at the level where the celiac artery separates from the aorta. This structure consists of two large and two smaller aggregations of neurocytes connected with postganglionic fibers. Histochemical investigations have demonstrated the mainly cholinergic characteristic of the intraganglionic and postganglionic fibers of the celiac plexus, while the adrenergic fibers accompanied only the blood vessels and neurocytes revealed differentiation of adrenergic activity. Histological analysis revealed that neurocytes occupied about half of the cross-section area, with the nerve fibers, connective tissue, and blood vessels forming the remaining part. Ganglionic cells were oval, and usually contained a single nucleus, although two nuclei were sometimes observed. Anat Rec, 298:1880-1884, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25926344

  17. Prevalence and fate of Giardia cysts in wastewater treatment plants.

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    Nasser, A M; Vaizel-Ohayon, D; Aharoni, A; Revhun, M

    2012-09-01

    The present study was conducted to review factors affecting the prevalence and concentration of Giardia in raw wastewater. The removal and inactivation efficiency of Giardia by wastewater treatment technologies was also reviewed. Data published for the prevalence of Giardia in wastewater and the removal by wastewater treatment plants was reviewed. Giardia cysts are highly prevalent in wastewater in various parts of the world, which may reflect the infection rate in the population. In 23 of 30 (76.6%) studies, all of the tested raw wastewater samples were positive for Giardia cysts at concentrations ranging from 0.23 to 100 000 cysts l(-1). The concentration of Giardia in raw wastewater was not affected by the geographical region or the socio-economic status of the community. Discharge of raw wastewater or the application of raw wastewater for irrigation may result in Giardia transmission. Activated sludge treatment resulted in a one to two orders of magnitude reduction in Giardia, whereas a stabilization pond with a high retention time removed up to 100% of the cysts from wastewater. High-rate sand filtration, ultrafiltration and UV disinfection were reported as the most efficient wastewater treatment methods for removal and disinfection of Giardia cysts. Wastewater treatment may not totally prevent the environmental transmission of Giardia cysts. The reviewed data show that a combination of wastewater treatment methods may results in efficient removal of Giardia cysts and prevent their environmental transmission. PMID:22564037

  18. PAIR as percutaneous treatment of hydatid liver cysts.

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    Peláez, V; Kugler, C; Correa, D; Del Carpio, M; Guangiroli, M; Molina, J; Marcos, B; Lopez, E

    2000-03-25

    Hydatid disease of the liver remains an important and challenging problem in rural areas; although, surgery is considered the treatment of choice, percutaneous treatment of hydatid cysts is relatively new, and the data related to it are limited. The purpose of the study was to present the results of percutaneous treatment of liver hydatid cysts. Thirty-four patients (13 male and 21 female), ranging in age between 14 and 80 years, with 55 liver hydatid cysts underwent percutaneous treatment with albendazole prophylaxis. Cysts were treated with a one-stage procedure that consisted of puncture of the cysts under guidance with computed tomography, aspiration of fluid, injection of hypertonic saline solution as scolicidal agent and reaspiration. Follow-up examinations showed progressive reduction and solidification of the cysts. The mean reduction in volume was 72%. No mortality, abdominal dissemination, or tract seeding occurred. Minor complications were urticaria with pruritus in two patients. One patient had a subcapusular hematoma without problem. Hospitalization courses varied from ambulatory procedures to 15 days of in-patient, mean hospital stay was 1.82 days. The results of percutaneous liver hydatid cyst treatment, indicating that the procedure is efficient and safe and offers complete cure in selected patients with a short hospitalization and that this technique should be considered an alternative to surgery. PMID:10708659

  19. Marfan syndrome and symptomatic sacral cyst: Report of two cases

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    Arnold, Paul M.; Teuber, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Context Meningeal abnormalities such as dural ectasia are seen in Marfan syndrome, but spinal meningeal cysts are rarely seen. These cysts usually asymptomatic and often found incidentally on magnetic resonance imaging, large cysts may cause neurological deficits and pain secondary to nerve root compression. Design Case reports. Findings Two patients with Marfan syndrome presented with urinary symptoms secondary to dural ectasia and sacral cysts. Patient 1 had a history of low back pain, erectile dysfunction, and occasional urinary incontinence and groin pain with recent symptom worsening. He underwent L5 partial laminectomy and S1-S2 laminectomy with sacral cyst decompression. Nine weeks later, he underwent drainage of a sacral pseudomeningocele. Pain and urinary symptoms resolved, and he remains neurologically normal 2 years after surgery. Patient 2 presented after a fall on his tailbone, complaining of low back pain and difficulty urinating. Physical therapy was implemented, but after 4 weeks, urinary retention had not improved. He then underwent resection of the sacral cyst and S1-S3 laminectomy. Pain and paresthesias resolved and bowel function returned to normal. Other than needing intermittent self-catheterization, all other neurologic findings were normal 30 months after surgery. Conclusion/clinical relevance Surgical goals for sacral cysts include resection as well as closure of the dura, which can be challenging due to thinning from ectasia. Neurosurgical intervention in Marfan syndrome is associated with a high risk of dural tears and osseous complications, and should be performed only when symptoms are severe. PMID:23941798

  20. Neurochemical features of endomorphin-2-containing neurons in the submucosal plexus of the rat colon

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    Li, Jun-Ping; Zhang, Ting; Gao, Chang-Jun; Kou, Zhen-Zhen; Jiao, Xu-Wen; Zhang, Lian-Xiang; Wu, Zhen-Yu; He, Zhong-Yi; Li, Yun-Qing

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the distribution and neurochemical phenotype of endomorphin-2 (EM-2)-containing neurons in the submucosal plexus of the rat colon. METHODS: The mid-colons between the right and left flexures were removed from rats, and transferred into Kreb’s solution. For whole-mount preparations, the mucosal, outer longitudinal muscle and inner circular muscle layers of the tissues were separated from the submucosal layer attached to the submucosal plexus. The whole-mount preparations from each rat mid-colon were mounted onto seven gelatin-coated glass slides, and processed for immunofluorescence histochemical double-staining of EM-2 with calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), nitric oxide synthetase (NOS), neuron-specific enolase (NSE), substance P (SP) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). After staining, all the fluorescence-labeled sections were observed with a confocal laser scanning microscope. To estimate the extent of the co-localization of EM-2 with CGRP, ChAT, NOS, NSE, SP and VIP, ganglia, which have a clear boundary and neuronal cell outline, were randomly selected from each specimen for this analysis. RESULTS: In the submucosal plexus of the mid-colon, many EM-2-immunoreactive (IR) and NSE-IR neuronal cell bodies were found in the submucosal plexus of the rat mid-colon. Approximately 6 ± 4.2 EM-2-IR neurons aggregated within each ganglion and a few EM-2-IR neurons were also found outside the ganglia. The EM-2-IR neurons were also immunopositive for ChAT, SP, VIP or NOS. EM-2-IR nerve fibers coursed near ChAT-IR neurons, and some of these fibers were even distributed around ChAT-IR neuronal cell bodies. Some EM-2-IR neuronal cell bodies were surrounded by SP-IR nerve fibers, but many long processes connecting adjacent ganglia were negative for EM-2 immunostaining. Long VIP-IR processes with many branches coursed through the ganglia and surrounded the EM-2-IR neurons. The percentages of the EM-2-IR neurons that were also positive for ChAT, SP, VIP or NOS were approximately 91% ± 2.6%, 36% ± 2.4%, 44% ± 2.5% and 44% ± 4.7%, respectively, but EM-2 did not co-localize with CGRP. CONCLUSION: EM-2-IR neurons are present in the submucosal plexus of the rat colon and express distinct neurochemical markers. PMID:26379398

  1. Clinical aspects of patients with traumatic lesions of the brachial plexus following surgical treatment?

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    de Moraes, Frederico Barra; Kwae, Mário Yoshihide; da Silva, Ricardo Pereira; Porto, Celmo Celeno; Magalhães, Daniel de Paiva; Paulino, Matheus Veloso

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate sociodemographic and clinical aspects of patients undergoing operations due to traumatic lesions of the brachial plexus. Method This was a retrospective study in which the medical files of a convenience sample of 48 patients operated between 2000 and 2010 were reviewed. The following were evaluated: (1) range of motion (ROM) of the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand, in degrees; (2) grade of strength of the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand; (3) sensitivity; and (4) visual analogue scale (VAS) (from 0 to 10). The Student's t, chi-square, Friedman, Wilcoxon and Kruskal–Wallis tests were used (p < 0.05). Results The patients’ mean age was 30.6 years; 60.4% of them had suffered motorcycle accidents and 52.1%, multiple trauma. The mean length of time until surgery was 8.7 months (range: 2–48). Thirty-one patients (64.6%) presented complete rupture of the plexus. The frequent operation was neurosurgery in 39 cases (81.3%). The ROM achieved was ?30° in 20 patients (41.6%), with a range from 30° to 90° and mean of 73° (p = 0.001). Thirteen (27.1%) already had shoulder strength ?M3 (p = 0.001). Twenty-seven patients (56.2%) had elbow flexion ?80°, with a range from 30° to 160° and mean of 80.6° (p < 0.001). Twenty-two had strength ?M3 (p < 0.001). Twenty-two patients (45.8%) had wrist extension ?30° starting from flexion of 45°, with a range from 30° to 90° and mean of 70° (p = 0.003). Twenty-seven (56.3%) presented wrist/hand extension strength ?M3 (p = 0.002). Forty-five (93.8%) had hypoesthesia and three (6.2%) had anesthesia (p = 0.006). The initial VAS was 4.5 (range: 1.0–9.0) and the final VAS was 3.0 (range: 1.0–7.0) (p < 0.001). Conclusion Traumatic lesions of the brachial plexus were more prevalent among young adults (21–40 years), men, people living in urban areas, manual workers and motorcycle accidents, with multiple trauma and total rupture of the plexus. Neurosurgery, with a second procedure consisting of muscle-tendon transfer, was the commonest operation. Surgery for traumatic lesions of the brachial plexus resulted in significant improvement in the ROM and strength of the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand, improvement of the sensitivity of the limb affected and reduction of the final pain. PMID:26535203

  2. Analgesic efficacy of bilateral superficial and deep cervical plexus block in patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism due to chronic renal failure

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    Su, Yinglan; Zhang, Qiuli; Zhang, Yaoxian; Liu, Zhanli

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) develops in patients with chronic renal failure. This study aimed to compare analgesic efficacy in SHPT patients who undergo subtotal parathyroidectomy after superficial versus deep cervical plexus block. Methods Sixty chronic renal failure patients with SPHT scheduled for subtotal parathyroidectomy were randomized to receive general anesthesia (group GA), general anesthesia plus bilateral superficial and deep cervical plexus block (group BD), or general anesthesia plus bilateral superficial cervical plexus block (group BS) (n = 20). Bilateral superficial cervical plexus block or combined superficial and deep cervical plexus block with 0.5% ropivacaine was administered. Postoperative pain was assessed using visual analogue scale (VAS). Results VAS score at 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours after operation was 3.71 ± 0.60, 2.72 ± 0.54, 2.17 ± 0.75 in BS group; 4.00 ± 0.28, 2.89 ± 0.21, and 2.46 ± 1.01 in BD group, significantly lower than in GA group (6.50 ± 0.50, 5.02 ± 0.54, and 4.86 ± 0.51, respectively). The dosage of tramadol was 109.0 ± 35.2 mg in BS group and 93.0 ± 24.52 mg in BD group, significantly lower than in GA group (300.0 ± 27.13 mg). The incidence of complications in GA group (90%) was significantly higher than in BS group (30%) and BD group (15%). Serum glucose and norepinephrine levels were significantly higher at 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours after operation, but returned to baseline levels at 24 hours after operation. Conclusion Superficial cervical plexus block or combined superficial and deep cervical plexus block effectively reduces postoperative pain, stress response, and complications in SHPT patients who undergo subtotal parathyroidectomy. PMID:26665128

  3. Airway Management of Incidental Vallecular Cysts in Adults.

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    Vorobeichik, Leon; Hare, Gregory M T; Zirkle, Molly; Garavaglia, Marco M

    2015-12-15

    Vallecular cysts, largely asymptomatic in adults, are typically described only on incidental discovery during laryngoscopy, where they may present a challenge in airway management. The current literature is limited to case reports despite the potential for life-threatening complications. We describe management of such a case complicated by cyst rupture and intensive care unit admission. A literature review of eligible case reports was conducted, demonstrating an association between incidental vallecular cysts and difficult bag-mask ventilation and laryngoscopy with intraoperative otolaryngology consultation and intervention being common. Anesthetic management recommendations are thus presented, highlighting any conflicts with current difficult airway algorithms. PMID:26657703

  4. Discal cysts of the cervical spine in two dogs.

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    Kang, Byung-Jae; Jung, Yechan; Park, Sangjun; Lee, Kichang

    2015-12-30

    Discal cysts, which lie directly over intervertebral discs, are rare. Two old dogs with tetraparesis were referred to our facility. In both animals, magnetic resonance imaging revealed intraspinal extradural cystic mass lesions that were dorsal to degenerative intervertebral discs at the C3-C4 level. These lesions had low signal intensity on T1-weighted images, and high signal intensity on T2-weighted images. A ventral slot approach was used to perform surgical decompression, after which the symptoms improved remarkably. Discal cysts should be included in the differential diagnosis of dogs with cervical pain and tetraparesis. One effective treatment for discal cysts is surgical intervention. PMID:26040615

  5. Giant hydatid cyst in the posterior fossa of a child.

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    Fakhouri, Fakhr; Ghajar, Abdelwahed; Mahli, Nihad; Shoumal, Nihad

    2015-01-01

    The hydatid cyst (HC) is endemic in Mediterranean region including Syria. The central nervous system is involved in 2-3% of cases. HC in cerebellum is very rare. We report a case that presented as an emergency for high intracranial pressure and deteriorating Glascow coma scale. Close monitoring and precise surgical management using Dowling's technique resulted in very good outcome with full recovery. We highlight the need for very careful surgical treatment because cyst rupture and secondary hydatidosis due to spillage of the cyst contents can dramatically worsen the outcome. HC should be taken into consideration in countries where hydatid infestation is endemic. PMID:26425166

  6. Duplication Cyst Presenting as Hydrocoele in a Child.

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    Liaqat, Naeem; Nayyer, Sajid; Yousaf, Abdul Rehman; Iqbal, Nayyer; Ahmed, Ejaz; Dar, Sajid Hameed

    2015-10-01

    Enteric duplication cyst can occur anywhere in Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT), from oropharynx to rectum. Their presentation depends upon the portion of GIT involved. The most common site of GIT involved is small intestine, in 50% of cases. Small intestinal duplication cyst usually present with abdominal pain or mass and rarely as intussusception, volvulus or small bowel obstruction. It may also present very rarely as inguinal hernia of which only 2 cases have been reported yet. We report a 3 years child presenting as hydrocoele of the cord which turned to be duplication cyst which is very rare presentation. PMID:26454396

  7. Unusual Presentation of Interventricular Hydatid Cyst: A Case Report

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    TABESH, Hanif; AHMADI TAFTI, Hossein; AMERI, Sara

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Echinococcus infection typically affects liver and lungs while rarely occur through heart. Cardiac hydatidosis can be fatal or lead to major complications if it is not treated. The majority of patients with cardiac hydatid cysts complain from cardiac problems as their first presentation. However, this article reports an unusual case suffers from an interventricular hydatid cyst presented by abdominal pain on 2013. After the patient transferred to Tehran Heart Center, surgical cyst excision with removing germinal layer and concurrent albendazole therapy was prescribed for the management of this Iranian 15 year old female. PMID:26060784

  8. Single-incision laparoscopic management of a giant hepatic cyst

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    Willems, Kaitlin; Monsivais, Sharon; Vassaur, Hannah; Buckley, Francis P.

    2015-01-01

    Large symptomatic hepatic cysts may warrant surgical management. Traditional multiport laparoscopic technique is typically preferred over open laparotomy, but the use of the single-incision laparoscopic approach for this diagnosis is not well documented. Here, we describe the case of a 68-year-old woman who underwent complete anterior wall fenestration, excision and cauterization of a simple hepatic cyst via a single-incision laparoscopic technique through an incision at the umbilicus. The objective of this case report is to document single-incision laparoscopy as a safe, feasible and cosmetically appealing approach for the management of a large hepatic cyst. PMID:26224889

  9. [Epidemiology and classification of arachnoid cysts in children].

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    Candela, Santiago; Puerta, Patricia; Alamar, Mariana; Barcik, Uli; Guillén, Antonio; Muchart, Jordi; García-Fructuoso, Gemma; Ferrer-Rodríguez, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    The prevalence of arachnoid cysts in children is 1-3%. They are more frequent in boys. They can be located intracranially or in the spine. Intracranial cysts are classified as supratentorial, infratentorial, and supra-infratentorial (tentorial notch). Supratentorial are divided into middle cranial fossa, convexity, inter-hemisferic, sellar region, and intraventricular. Infratentorial are classified into supracerebellar, infracerebellar, hemispheric, clivus, and cerebellopontine angle. Finally spinal arachnoid cysts are classified taking into account whether they are extra- or intradural, and nerve root involvement. PMID:25843209

  10. Abdominal and pelvic hydatid cyst obstructing the labor.

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    Zulfikaroglu, Ebru; Islimye, Mine; Zulfikaroglu, Baris; Danisman, Nuri

    2010-01-01

    Hydatid cystic disease is a parasitic disease primarily infesting the sheep and cattle. It is a rare condition in pregnancy with an incidence of 1/20000 pregnancies. An eighteen-year-old primigravida was evaluated due to obstructed labor. Multiple abdominal and pelvic hydatid cysts were diagnosed by ultasonography and a healthy infant with birthweight of 3330 g was delivered by cesarean section. While the cysts situated on the posterior uterine wall, paraovarian region and omentum were removed totally, the hepatic cysts were only partially removed and then drained. The hydatid disease should be considered in differential diagnosis of adnexal masses obstructing the labor in pregnancy (Fig. 3, Ref. 9). PMID:21033629

  11. Evolution of focal choroidal excavation underlying combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium in a child.

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    Sivalingam, Meera D; Say, Emil Anthony T; Shields, Carol L

    2015-08-01

    Combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a benign tumor seen mostly in children. Enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (OCT) of these tumors often shows an epiretinal membrane, tangential traction, disorganization of the retinal layers, and underlying uniform choroidal thinning. We describe the evolution over 9 years of focal choroidal excavation, a novel finding on OCT characterized as a "microstaphyloma," in a girl with combined hamartoma of the retina and RPE. PMID:26198017

  12. Choroidal bulging in patients with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in the non-acute uveitic stage

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    2014-01-01

    Background Detection of choroidal inflammation in Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease is still a challenge. Progression to sunset glow fundus has been observed despite apparent good clinical control of inflammation. Indocyanine green angiography (ICGA) permits choroid inflammation detection, though it is invasive, time consuming, and costly. The purpose of the present study is to report a sign indicative of probable inflammation on enhanced depth imaging spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT): a localized increase in choroidal thickness with bulging of the outer retina (‘choroidal bulging’) in patients with VKH disease in the non-acute uveitic stage. Findings This is a retrospective observational study. The choroidal bulging was a particular finding observed in four eyes of three patients with VKH disease in the non-acute uveitic stage (median disease duration 55.3?±?40.3 months, range 10 to 108). This study is part of an ongoing longitudinal study in patients with VKH disease carried out in the Uveitis Service, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. In all eyes, the choroidal bulging was identified in the presence of anterior chamber cells and/or on fundus angiographic (fluorescein and indocyanine green) findings, indicative of disease activity. Changes in the thickness of the choroidal bulging accompanied the variation in the clinical and angiographic signs of inflammation. Conclusion The choroidal bulging is a particular finding detected on EDI-OCT that may indicate ongoing inflammation in the posterior segment of the eye. This EDI-OCT feature may assist in the treatment-monitoring of patients with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in the non-acute uveitic stage. PMID:24548697

  13. Dentigerous Cyst Associated with Adenomatoid Odontogenic Tumour

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    Majumdar, Sumit; Uppala, Divya; Talasila, Sunil; Babu, Mahesh

    2015-01-01

    Adenomatoid odontogenic tumour (AOT), a tumour composed of odontogenic epithelium, is an uncommon tumour of odontogenic origin that accounts for only 2.2- 7.1% of all odontogenic tumours. Very few cases of AOT associated with Dentigerous cyst (DC) have been reported till date, most cases are in females and have a striking tendency to occur in the anterior maxilla. The present case is that of a 14-year-old female who revealed a large radiolucent lesion associated with the crown of an unerupted canine located in the left maxillary anterior region. The microscopic examination revealed the presence of AOT in the fibrous capsule of a DC. In this paper, we describe the importance of grossing, sectioning and complete examination of the slide to diagnose such hybrid lesions. PMID:26155575

  14. [Diaphragmatic bronchogenic cyst: an exceptional location].

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    Legras, A; Mordant, P; Gibault, L; Hernigou, A; Le Pimpec Barthes, F; Riquet, M

    2014-12-01

    A 64-year-old man complained of persistent dyspnea and bilateral basi-thoracic pain with shoulder irradiation. Chest computed tomography revealed a heterogeneous left diaphragmatic mass, while magnetic resonance imaging showed hypo-T1 and hyper-T2 signal. Positron-emission tomography did not show any hypermetabolism. Video-assisted thoracic surgery was decided. At inspection, tumour appeared within the posterior costal part of the diaphragmatic muscle. Tumour resection was extended to a 8-cm-long portion of the lumbar part of diaphragm. Diaphragm was repaired with non-absorbable interrupted sutures. Postoperative course was uneventful. Final pathology revealed an intra-diaphragmatic bronchogenic cyst, which is an exceptional condition. Primary diaphragmatic tumours are very rare and preoperative diagnosis cannot be affirmed. Embryologic hypotheses (migration along the oesophagus or envelopment within diaphragmatic precursors of an abnormal supernumerary lung bud) including recent molecular findings of deregulated pathways (fibroblast growth factor-10 and NOTCH) are discussed. PMID:25131363

  15. Effect of candesartan on the expression of sclera-choroidal intercellular adhesion molecule-1 in hypercholesterolemic models

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    de Almeida Torres, Rogil Jose; Luchini, Andrea; do Rocio de Almeida Torres, Regiane; de Oliveira, Luciano Rodrigo Silva; de Almeida Torres, Caroline Luzia; de Almeida Torres, Robson Antonio; Olandoski, Marcia; Nagashima, Seigo; de Noronha, Lucia; Precoma, Dalton Bertolim

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of blocking the angiotensin II AT-1 receptor by the systemic administration of candesartan on the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 in the sclera and choroid of hypercholesterolemic rabbits. METHODS: New Zealand rabbits were divided into 3 groups, as follows: GI, which was fed a rabbit standard diet; GII, which was fed a hypercholesterolemic diet; and GIII, which received hypercholesterolemic diet plus candesartan. Samples of the rabbits' sclera and choroid were then studied by hematoxylin-eosin staining and histomorphometric and immunohistochemical analyses for intercellular adhesion molecule-1 expression. RESULTS: Histological analysis of hematoxylin- and eosin-stained sclera and choroid revealed that macrophages were rarely present in GI, and GII had significantly increased macrophage numbers compared to GIII. Moreover, in GII, the sclera and choroid morphometry showed a significant increase in thickness in comparison to GI and GIII. GIII presented a significant increase in thickness in relation to GI. Sclera and choroid immunohistochemical analysis for intercellular adhesion molecule-1 expression revealed a significant increase in immunoreactivity in GII in relation to GI and GIII. GIII showed a significant increase in immunoreactivity in relation to GI. CONCLUSION: Candesartan reduced the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and consequently macrophage accumulation in the sclera and choroid of hypercholesterolemic rabbits. PMID:24519206

  16. OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY–BASED CORRELATION BETWEEN CHOROIDAL THICKNESS AND DRUSEN LOAD IN DRY AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

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    KO, ASHLEY; CAO, SIJIA; PAKZAD-VAEZI, KAIVON; BRASHER, PENELOPE M.; MERKUR, ANDREW B.; ALBIANI, DAVID A.; KIRKER, ANDREW W.; CUI, JING; MATSUBARA, JOANNE; FOROOGHIAN, FARZIN

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Spectral domain optical coherence tomography can be used to measure both choroidal thickness and drusen load. The authors conducted an exploratory study using spectral domain optical coherence tomography to determine if a correlation between choroidal thickness and drusen load exists in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration. Methods Forty-four patients with dry age-related macular degeneration were recruited. The drusen area and volume were determined using the automated software algorithm of the spectral domain optical coherence tomography device, and choroidal thickness was measured using enhanced depth imaging. Correlations were determined using multivariable and univariable analyses. Results The authors found an inverse correlation between choroidal thickness and drusen load (r = ?0.35, P = 0.04). Drusen load was also correlated with visual acuity (r = 0.32, P = 0.04). A correlation between choroidal thickness and visual acuity was suggested (r = ?0.22, P = 0.21). Conclusion Spectral domain optical coherence tomography can be used to assess the correlation between drusen load and choroidal thickness, both of which show a relationship with visual acuity. The measurement of these outcomes may serve as important outcome parameters in routine clinical care and in clinical trials for patients with dry age-related macular degeneration. PMID:23474546

  17. INFLUENCE OF COMPONENTS OF GLOBODERA ROSTOCHIENSIS CYSTS ON THE IN VITRO HATCH OF SECOND-STAGE JUVENILES

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    The effects of potato nematode Globodera rostochiensis cyst components on in vitro egg hatching were evaluated. Aqueous homogenates of eggs and cyst walls, and aqueous rinses of cyst walls and eggs were examined. Homogenates of cyst walls, or rinsates of either cyst walls or eggs, each significantly...

  18. [Clinical study of spinal intradural arachnoid cyst].

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    Aoyagi, N; Hayakawa, I; Takizawa, T; Matsumoto, M

    1985-11-01

    Spinal intradural arachnoid cysts (S-IAC) are rarely found and only 80 cases have been reported since 1915. We report two of them. A 68-year-old male had slowly progressive dull pain in both thighs for about 6 years prior to admission. Neurological examination and plain x-ray on admission showed no abnormality. Myodil myelography showed a S-IAC at T4 vertebral level. Surgical treatment of cyst wall excision resulted in success. The other case, a 39-year-old male suddenly noticed monoparesis and sensory disturbance of left leg in the morning. On admission were observed spastic monoparesis of the left leg, analgesia at right T2-3 cord segment and sensory disturbance (hypesthesia, dysesthesia, paresthesia) below T3-4 cord segment on the left side. Plain X-ray showed no abnormality. Myodil myelography revealed a S-IAC at T3-4 vertebral level. This patient was treated not surgically but conservatively because all neurological deficits but numbness in the left leg almost subsided after bed rest. The patient has experienced no neurological deterioration for five years since then. We also discuss the clinical feature, treatment and etiology of the S-IAC, by analyzing these 82 cases. There is a slight male preponderance. The age ranges between 3 and 66 years (mean 38 years). The duration from onset to admission is 2 days to 30 years. Sixty percent (48/80) of the cases were ill far longer than a year (mean 6.7 years). Of 82 cases, 83% suffered from motor disturbance, 70% had sensery disturbance, 62% local pain and 24% urinary with/without fecal disturbance.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:4088443

  19. The damping properties of the venous plexus of the heel region of the foot during simulated heelstrike.

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    Weijers, René E; Kessels, Alphons G H; Kemerink, Gerrit J

    2005-12-01

    The damping mechanisms that are operational in the heel pad during the impact phase of locomotion have the important function to protect the musculo-skeletal system from injuries. How this is achieved is still not fully understood, as is for instance illustrated by the 'heel pad paradox', the observation that in vivo and in vitro experiments yielded widely different results. This paradox could so far only partially be explained. In the light of this paradox, and a previous study by our group, we conjectured that the venous plexus might contribute as a hydraulic shock absorber to the damping properties of the heel pad. To investigate this hypothesis in vivo, heel pads of 11 volunteers were subjected to pendulum impact tests, using velocities of 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6 m/s, and three physiologically different, consecutive conditions: (i) a relatively empty venous plexus, (ii) a congested venous plexus, and (iii) a decongested venous plexus. At congestion, the maximum impact force decreased slightly but significantly by 2.6% at 0.2 m/s and 1.8% at 0.4 m/s. This effect was no longer found at 0.6 m/s. Although these effects are rather small, they confirm the fundamental hypothesis that the venous plexus contributes to the damping properties of the heel pad during walking. It is likely that some underestimation of the effect has occurred. PMID:16214490

  20. Injury to the brachial plexus during Putti-Platt and Bristow procedures. A report of eight cases.

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    Richards, R R; Hudson, A R; Bertoia, J T; Urbaniak, J R; Waddell, J P

    1987-01-01

    Eight patients with documented recurrent anterior dislocation of the shoulder sustained iatrogenic brachial plexus injuries during either Putti-Platt or Bristow procedures. Two patients also sustained axillary artery injuries. There were six males and two females. Postoperatively, complete paralysis of the musculocutaneous nerve was noted in six cases and incomplete paralysis in one case. Two patients had complete axillary nerve palsies. There were two cases of partial paralysis of the radial, median, and ulnar nerves, respectively. Seven of the patients underwent brachial plexus exploration an average of 16 weeks following their initial operation (range, 4 to 40). Suture material was removed from around or within two musculocutaneous nerves and one ulnar, one median, and one axillary nerve. Two lacerated musculocutaneous nerves were amenable to delayed primary repair. Two musculocutaneous, one median and one axillary nerve required grafting. Injury to the brachial plexus was associated with inadequate knowledge of regional anatomy, blind clamping of axillary artery lacerations, use of axillary incisions which limited exposure, and failure to identify the musculocutaneous nerve during Bristow procedures. If a brachial plexus injury occurs during a Putti-Platt or a Bristow procedure and the lesion does not rapidly, progressively, and completely recover, the brachial plexus should be explored since there is a high likelihood of structural neurologic injury. PMID:3661820

  1. A new approach to the surgical treatment of hydatid cyst.

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    Saidi, F.

    1977-01-01

    Hydatid cysts of soft-tissue organs occur in five forms: univesicular, multivesicular, calcified (aborted), ruptured (into adjacent body cavities or host organ ducts), and infected. Each of these distinct forms requires an appropriate surgical approach. For uni- or multivesicular cysts uncontrolled spillage of fertile elements of the parasite is a major hazard. A new method using local freezing of the cyst's outer layer and 0.5% silver nitrate as a scolicidal agent effectively overcomes this problem. Calcified cysts can be left alone. Suppuration or rupture into adjacent body cavities or internal organ channels must be handled according to basic surgical principles and all of the parasitic material removed. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 PMID:843043

  2. Bilateral thoracic ganglion cyst : a rare case report.

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    Kazanci, Burak; Tehli, Ozkan; Türkoglu, Erhan; Guclu, Bulent

    2013-05-01

    Ganglion cysts usually arise from the tissues around the facet joints. It is usually associated with degenerative cahanges in facet joints. Bilateral thoracic ganglion cysts are very rare and there is no previous case that located in bilateral intervertebral foramen compressing the L1 nerve root associated with severe radiculopathy. We report a 53 years old woman who presented with bilateral groin pain and severe numbness. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed bilateral cystic mass in the intervertebral foramen between 12th thoracal and 1st lumbar vertebrae. The cystic lesions were removed after bilateral exposure of Th12-L1 foramens. The result of hystopathology confirmed the diagnosis as ganglion cyst. The ganglion cyst may compromise lumbar dorsal ganglion when it located in the intervertebral foramen. The surgeon should keep this rare entity in their mind for differential diagnosis. PMID:23908708

  3. Epiduroscopic Removal of a Lumbar Facet Joint Cyst

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    Jin, Hyun Seung; Bae, Jun Yeol; In, Chi Bum; Choi, Eun Joo; Lee, Pyung Bok

    2015-01-01

    Facet joint synovial cysts are usually associated with osteoarthritis of the adjacent facet joint and/or spondylolisthesis. In between the conservative and operative ends of the treatment spectrum lie minimally invasive techniques such as cyst rupture using epiduroscopy. In this report, we describe an 82-year-old male patient presenting with low back pain radiating to his lower left extremity and associated paresthesia. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine revealed a synovial cyst at left L4/5 facet joint. Using epiduroscopy, the cyst was mechanically ruptured by popping it with the tip of the scope. The patient remained symptom-free at his successive visits until 12 months after the procedure, and was opened for desired follow up. PMID:26495082

  4. Subarachnoid epithelial cyst of the cerebellum. Immunohistochemical and ultrastructural studies.

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    Ho, K L; Chason, J L

    1989-01-01

    This report describes the immunohistochemical and ultrastructural studies of a subarachnoid epithelial cyst of the cerebellum found incidentally at autopsy of a 76-year-old man. The cyst was composed of an inner epithelial layer, a middle connective tissue layer and an outer arachnoid membrane. The epithelial layer was strongly positive for cytokeratin, carcinoembryonic antigen and epithelial membrane antigen, but negative for glial fibrillary acidic protein, S-100 protein, neuron-specific enolase and vimentin. Ultrastructurally, the epithelial layer had four distinct types of cells: ciliated cells, non-ciliated cells with coated microvilli, basal cells with tonofilaments and desmosomes, and cells with dense-core secretory granules (Kulchitsky cells). The latter two types of cells have not been described previously in epithelial cysts of the CNS. The lining epithelium closely resembled the upper respiratory epithelium. The findings suggest that the cyst was of endodermal rather than neuroectodermal origin. PMID:2473596

  5. Several staining techniques to enhance the visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts.

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    El-Sayed, Nagwa Mostafa; Hikal, Wafaa Mohamed

    2015-03-01

    Acanthamoeba is one of the most common free-living amoebae. It is widespread in the environment and can infect humans causing keratitis. Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis leads to extensive corneal inflammation and profound visual loss. Therefore, accurate and rapid diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis is essential for successful treatment and good prognosis. This study was designed to use different staining techniques to facilitate the identification of Acanthamoeba cysts. Acanthamoeba cysts were isolated by cultivation of either corneal scraping specimens or tap water samples onto non-nutrient agar plates seeded with Escherichia coli. Subcultures were done from positive cultures until unique cysts were isolated. Acanthamoeba cysts were stained temporarily using iodine, eosin, methylene blue, and calcofluor white (CFW) stains and as permanent slides after processing for mounting using modified trichrome, Gimenez and Giemsa staining. These stains were compared on the basis of staining quality including clarity of morphological details, differentiation between cytoplasm and nuclei, color and contrast, and also other characteristics of the staining techniques, including ease of handling, time taken for the procedure, and cost effectiveness. The cysts of Acanthamoeba were recognized in the form of double-walled cysts: the outer wall (ectocyst) that was being differentiated from the variably stained surrounding background and the inner wall (endocyst) that was sometimes stellated, polygonal, round, or oval and visualized as separate from the spherical, sometimes irregular, outline of the ectocyst. Regarding the temporary stains, it was found that they were efficient for visualizing the morphological details of Acanthamoeba cysts. In CFW staining, Acanthamoeba cysts appeared as bluish-white or turquoise oval halos although the internal detail was not evident. On the other hand, the results of permanent-stained slides showed the most consistent stain for identification of Acanthamoeba cysts was modified trichrome followed by Gimenez stain and lastly Giemsa stain that gave poor visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts due to the intense staining background and monochrome staining of parasite. In the present study, multi-attribute ranking of the used staining techniques showed the highest rank for iodine stain (92 %) followed by eosin stain (84 %), Gimenez stain (76 %), methylene blue (72 %), CFW (64 %), modified trichrome (56 %), and the least was Giemsa stain (44 %). In conclusion, the staining techniques enhance the overall visibility of Acanthamoeba cysts. PMID:25346196

  6. Paralabral cyst: an unusual cause of quadrilateral space syndrome.

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    Sanders, T G; Tirman, P F

    1999-09-01

    A paralabral cyst arising from a detached inferior glenoid labral tear was shown by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to dissect into the quadrilateral space, resulting in a compressive neuropathy of the axillary nerve. Three consecutive MRI examinations were performed over a 5-year period in a 47-year-old man with a long history of worsening shoulder pain. The MRI examinations revealed a slowly enlarging paralabral cyst extending into the quadrilateral space with progressive atrophy of the teres minor muscle. PMID:10495180

  7. Cardiac hydatid cyst in left ventricular free wall

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    Sachdeva, Ankush; Bhatia, Mona; Shrivastava, Sameer

    2015-01-01

    Summary We report a rare case of a cardiac hydatid cyst that was incidentally found during routine work up for a redo-CABG and was picked up on echocardiography and confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and, after successful removal, further confirmed by histopathology. The report emphasizes the importance of early and urgent surgery for such cardiac hydatid cysts whenever discovered to prevent fatal and unexpected death. Cardiac hydatidosis is a most infrequent type, in comparison with hydatidosis of the liver (65%) and lung (25%). Learning points Hydatidosis or cystic echinococcosis is caused by infection with the metacestode stage of the tapeworm Echinococcus (family Taeniidae). The adult tapeworm is usually found in dogs or other canines; the tapeworm eggs are expelled in the animal's feces and humans become infected after ingestion of the eggs. The initial phase of primary infection is asymptomatic.Cardiac hydatidosis is extremely rare, more commonly the liver and lungs are affected.Morbidity from heart echinococcosis in men is three times higher than that in women. Solitary cysts occur in almost 60% of the cases; the most frequent location is the ventricular myocardium and they are usually subepicardially located, hence they rarely rupture in the pericardial space. The left ventricle is damaged twofold to threefold more frequently than the right one.The diagnosis of echinococcosis in heart can be divided into two steps: detection of the cyst and its identification as echinococcus. It is based on serological reactions, echocardiography, X-ray, computerized tomography, and/or magnetic resonance imaging.The most dangerous complication of cardiac echinococcosis is cyst perforation. After cyst perforation three quarters of the patients die from septic shock or embolic complications.It is very important to understand that chemotherapy may lead to cyst death, and destruction of its wall and result in cyst rupture. Therefore, no germicide must be administered before surgical removal. PMID:26693324

  8. [Epidermoid cyst of the cerebellopontine angle. Report of a case].

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    Cano Cuenca, B; Giménez Vaíllo, F; Pérez Climent, F; García Roig, I

    2000-01-01

    Epidermal cysts of the cerebello-pontine angle (CPA) are lesions arising from epidermal remainders having an expansive and slow growth sitting on the PCA space or on the temporal bone. Are diagnosed approximately in the fourth life's decade by its deficient or irritant symptoms related to VIIth and VIIIth cranial nerves. It is important the nuclear magnetic resonance exam because the specific radiologic characteristics that distinguish these cysts from other conditions of CPA as neuromata or meningiomata. PMID:11200550

  9. Paravertebral mediastinal Mullerian cyst resected by video assisted thoracoscopic surgery

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    Chon, Soon-Ho; Im, Ui Jae

    2015-01-01

    Ever since Hattori et al. had described the mediastinal Mullerian cyst in 2005 there has been several new cases described in the literature. We report a 51-year-old woman with an incidentally found 2 cm × 3 cm mass in her left paravertebral mediastinum. She underwent thoracoscopic removal with the impression of a neurogenic tumor and was unexpectedly found with a ciliated cyst of Mullerian origin. PMID:25922749

  10. Paravertebral mediastinal Mullerian cyst resected by video assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

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    Chon, Soon-Ho; Im, Ui Jae; Song, Dong Seop

    2015-03-01

    Ever since Hattori et al. had described the mediastinal Mullerian cyst in 2005 there has been several new cases described in the literature. We report a 51-year-old woman with an incidentally found 2 cm × 3 cm mass in her left paravertebral mediastinum. She underwent thoracoscopic removal with the impression of a neurogenic tumor and was unexpectedly found with a ciliated cyst of Mullerian origin. PMID:25922749

  11. Pediatric cervicofacial actinomycosis disclosing an underlying congenital dermoid cyst

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    Verma, Santwana; Verma, Ghanshyam Kumar; Shanker, Vinay; Kanga, Anil; Singh, Gagandeep; Gupta, Neelam; Tegta, Geeta Ram; Sharma, Jatin; Garg, Aarti

    2014-01-01

    Pediatric cervicofacial actinomycosis is a rare occurrence consequent to dental infections and manipulations or maxillofacial trauma. The clinical presentation ranges from multiple draining sinuses to swellings resembling tumors and cysts. The present unusual case had congenital dermoid cyst of mid upper lip with Actinomyces israelii infection identified on microscopy, culture, and histopathology. A successful outcome in the present case was obtained using combination of medical and surgical treatment. PMID:24932203

  12. Humeral head cysts: association with rotator cuff tears and age.

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    Suluova, Fatih; Kanatli, Ulunay; Ozturk, Burak Yagmur; Esen, Erdinc; Bolukbasi, Selcuk

    2014-07-01

    The objective of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the prevalence of the cystic changes at rotator cuff footprint on proximal humeral tuberosities and investigate their relationship with rotator cuff tears and patient age. Magnetic resonance (MR) images of 657 patients who underwent shoulder arthroscopy for treatment of rotator cuff disorders were reviewed to localize the cystic changes at anterior (supraspinatus insertion) and posterior (infraspinatus insertion) aspects of greater tuberosity (GT) and lesser tuberosity (subscapularis insertion). Preoperative MR reports as well as cyst size and locations on MR images were correlated with arthroscopic records of rotator cuff pathology (tear type, size, location and tendon involvement) and patient age. The prevalence of cystic changes was 9.1% (60 patients) in the study population. Anterior GT cysts were found in 56% of patients and were strongly associated with full-thickness (p<.001) and articular-sided partial-thickness rotator cuff tears (p=.02). Posterior GT and lesser tuberosity cysts were found in 27 and 17% of patients, respectively, and were not significantly related to rotator cuff tears, although there was an increased trend of posterior cysts in patients with infraspinatus tears (p=.09). A significant relation was found between patient age and the cyst size (p=.01), while none of the cyst localizations were statistically related to age. Anterior GT cysts were more common in this patient group and demonstrated a strong association with rotator cuff disorders regardless of age. Posterior GT and lesser tuberosity cysts were less common and showed no association with rotator cuff pathology or patient age. PMID:23748696

  13. Extra-Articular Ganglion Cysts around the Knee Joint

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    Park, Sang-Eun; Panchal, Karnav; Kim, Young-Yul; Ji, Jong-Hun; Park, Sung-Ryeoll; Park, Min-Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to report clinical results of open excision of extra-articular ganglion cysts around the knee joint combined with arthroscopic management of intra-articular pathologies if present. Materials and Methods Of the total 107 cases of cystic lesions around the knee, 23 cases of extra-articular ganglion cysts were reviewed between January 2006 and July 2011. There were 13 males and 10 females with a mean age of 48 years (range, 30 to 73 years). The mean follow-up duration was 40 months (range, 30 to 60 months). Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan was done in all cases. Open surgical excision of the cyst was performed after arthroscopic management of intra-articular pathologies in all but 1 case. At the last follow-up, Lysholm and International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) scores were evaluated and MRI was conducted to detect recurrence. Results The mean Lysholm and IKDC scores showed significant improvement (p=0.005 and 0.013, respectively).The location of the cysts was anterior in 9, lateral in 7, medial in 6, and posterosuperior in 1. Intra-articular pathologies were found in 16/23 cases (69.6%). In 10/23 cases (43%), the cyst was connected to the knee joint. Three months postoperative MRI did not show any recurrence of ganglion cysts except for 1 case. Conclusions In the treatment of extra-articular ganglion cysts, MRI can be useful for detecting intra-articular lesions and connecting orifices, and arthroscopic management of intra-articular pathologies with open excision of the cyst should be considered as a viable treatment option. PMID:26672721

  14. Ciliated pancreatic foregut cyst: MRI, EUS, and cytologic features.

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    Alessandrino, Francesco; Allard, Felicia D; Mortelé, Koenraad J

    2016-01-01

    Ciliated foregut cysts are extremely uncommon pancreatic cystic lesions, with-to the best of our knowledge-only five cases previously reported in the English literature. We report herein on a case of a ciliated foregut cyst of the pancreas connected with the duct of Wirsung. The magnetic resonance imaging, endoultrasonographic, and cytologic features are described and a brief review of literature is also presented. PMID:26526788

  15. Posttraumatic Intradiploic Leptomeningeal Cyst: A Rare Complication of Head Trauma

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    Bava, Jernailsingh; Bansal, Ashank; Patil, Santosh Bhaugaunda; Kale, Kiran Ashok; Joshi, Anagha Rajiv

    2015-01-01

    Posttraumatic intradiploic leptomeningeal cyst is an exceedingly uncommon complication of skull fracture in childhood with only about twenty-one cases described in literature till now. We report 2 such cases of intradiploic leptomeningeal cyst of occipital bone in two 17- and 21-year-old males presenting with headache with history of occipital bone fracture in childhood and briefly discuss its pathogenesis and differential diagnosis. PMID:26558129

  16. Branchial Cleft-Like Cysts Involving 3 Different Organs

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    Nakazawa, Tadao; Kondo, Tetsuo; Oishi, Naoki; Tahara, Ippei; Kasai, Kazunari; Inoue, Tomohiro; Mochizuki, Kunio; Katoh, Ryohei

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Branchial cleft cysts (BCCs) are also named lateral cervical cysts and widely acknowledged as being derived from embryonic remnants. Lymphoepithelial cysts (LECs) generally show microscopic features that are identical to those of BCCs, and rarely occur at unusual sites or organs. A case of multiple cysts arising in both lobes of the thyroid gland, thymus, and right parotid gland in a 41-year-old man is reported. Clinically, the patient presented with Hashimoto's thyroiditis for about 20 years and had past histories of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and severe respiratory infection. This case is unusual in that multiple cysts arose synchronously and/or heterochronously and grew, increasing their sizes in these different organs. Microscopic examinations revealed that all of the cysts were composed of squamous epithelium, dense lymphoid tissue with germinal centers, and a fibrous capsule. These findings corresponded to those of BCCs or LECs. It is notable that the histopathological features were nearly the same in the individual organs. A review of the literature disclosed no previous such reported cases. The etiology is unknown. However, based upon the similar histopathological features of all the excised specimens, common immune and/or hematopoietic disorders may have contributed to their occurrence and development in association with putative genetic abnormalities. PMID:26496296

  17. Giant Vulvar Epidermoid Cyst in an Adolescent Girl

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    Karaman, Erbil; Çim, Numan; Akdemir, Zülküf; Elçi, Erkan; Akdeniz, Hüseyin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Vulvar cyst in adolescent girls is very uncommon. Epidermoid cyst can be seen in many sites including face, trunk, and extremities but its occurrence in vulva is uncommon. This is the first case of epidermoid cyst of vulva reported in an adolescent girl. Case. A 17-year-old, adolescent girl admitted to our gynecology outpatient clinic with a complaint of painful and palpable mass in her vulva. On examination, a giant mass located in left vulva and labia majora with 11?cm in diameter was seen. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a well-defined cystic mass without contrast enhancement. The surgery was advised to the patient and the pathologic examination of mass revealed vulvar epidermoid cyst. Discussion. Vulvar cysts generally grow slowly and the main etiologies are vulvar trauma and surgical interventions including episiotomy and female circumcision in some culture. The exact treatment is total surgical excision and pathologic examination. MRI is an important imaging modality for detection of extension to deep perineal tissue and localization of mass in vulva especially in giant ones. Conclusion. Although vulvar mass in adolescents is rare, the epidermoid cyst with benign origin should be kept in mind. PMID:25949839

  18. Giant vulvar epidermoid cyst in an adolescent girl.

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    Karaman, Erbil; Çim, Numan; Akdemir, Zülküf; Elçi, Erkan; Akdeniz, Hüseyin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Vulvar cyst in adolescent girls is very uncommon. Epidermoid cyst can be seen in many sites including face, trunk, and extremities but its occurrence in vulva is uncommon. This is the first case of epidermoid cyst of vulva reported in an adolescent girl. Case. A 17-year-old, adolescent girl admitted to our gynecology outpatient clinic with a complaint of painful and palpable mass in her vulva. On examination, a giant mass located in left vulva and labia majora with 11?cm in diameter was seen. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a well-defined cystic mass without contrast enhancement. The surgery was advised to the patient and the pathologic examination of mass revealed vulvar epidermoid cyst. Discussion. Vulvar cysts generally grow slowly and the main etiologies are vulvar trauma and surgical interventions including episiotomy and female circumcision in some culture. The exact treatment is total surgical excision and pathologic examination. MRI is an important imaging modality for detection of extension to deep perineal tissue and localization of mass in vulva especially in giant ones. Conclusion. Although vulvar mass in adolescents is rare, the epidermoid cyst with benign origin should be kept in mind. PMID:25949839

  19. Bilateral lung and liver hydatid cysts. Case report.

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    Geraci, G; Sciuto, A; Lo Nigro, C; Sciumè, C; Li Volsi, F; Cupido, F; Calbo, E; Modica, G

    2012-01-01

    Introduction. Synchronous occurrence of pulmonary and hepatic hydatid cysts is an uncommon manifestation of hydatid disease that is observed in less than 10% of cases. We report a rare case of bilateral lung (with bronchial fistula) and liver cyst, surgically treated after medical therapy. Case report. A 44-year-old housewife reporting fever, anorexia and fatigue that had been present for the previous 20 days received diagnosis of bilateral lung and liver hydatid cyst. Because of the dimensions of right lung cyst and the successive bronchial fistolization, we proceeded to three-stage operation of two thoracotomies and a laparotomy to control the risk of further rupture. After surgery, all post-operatives were uneventful. Complete resolution of the therapy with no evidence of recurrence at 2 years follow-up. Conclusion. We emphasize the need to search for additional hydatids in patients who present with either pulmonary or liver hydatids. The simultaneous treatment of liver and lung should be reserved to patients in good conditions; in all other cases, especially when one cyst is more symptomatic than the others or has more risk of rupture, we prefer to treat single cyst. PMID:22958805

  20. Gene expression signatures in tree shrew choroid during lens-induced myopia and recovery

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    He, Li; Frost, Michael R.; Siegwart, John T.; Norton, Thomas T.

    2014-01-01

    Gene expression in tree shrew choroid was examined during the development of minus-lens induced myopia (LIM, a GO condition), after completion of minus-lens compensation (a STAY condition), and early in recovery (REC) from induced myopia (a STOP condition). Five groups of tree shrews (n = 7 per group) were used. Starting 24 days after normal eye-opening (days of visual experience [DVE]), one minus-lens group wore a monocular ?5 D lens for 2 days (LIM-2), another minus-lens group achieved stable lens compensation while wearing a monocular ?5 D lens for 11 days (LIM-11); a recovery group also wore a ?5D lens for 11 days and then received 2 days of recovery starting at 35 DVE (REC-2). Two age-matched normal groups were examined at 26 DVE and 37 DVE. Quantitative PCR was used to measure the relative differences in mRNA levels in the choroid for 77 candidate genes that were selected based on previous studies or because a whole-transcriptome analysis suggested their expression would change during myopia development or recovery. Small myopic changes were observed in the treated eyes of the LIM-2 group (?1.0 ± 0.2 D; mean ± SEM) indicating eyes were early in the process of developing LIM. The LIM-11 group exhibited complete refractive compensation (?5.1 ± 0.2 D) that was stable for five days. The REC-2 group recovered by 1.3 ± 0.3 D from full refractive compensation. Sixty genes showed significant mRNA expression differences during normal development, LIM, or REC conditions. In LIM-2 choroid (GO), 18 genes were significantly down-regulated in the treated eyes relative to the fellow control eyes and 10 genes were significantly up-regulated. In LIM-11 choroid (STAY), 10 genes were significantly down-regulated and 12 genes were significantly up-regulated. Expression patterns in GO and STAY were similar, but not identical. All genes that showed differential expression in GO and STAY were regulated in the same direction in both conditions. In REC-2 choroid (STOP), 4 genes were significantly down-regulated and 18 genes were significantly up-regulated. Thirteen genes showed bi-directional regulation in GO vs. STOP. The pattern of differential gene expression in STOP was very different from that in GO or in STAY. Significant regulation was observed in genes involved in signaling as well as extracellular matrix turnover. These data support an active role for the choroid in the signaling cascade from retina to sclera. Distinctly different treated eye vs. control eye mRNA signatures are present in the choroid in the GO, STAY, and STOP conditions. The STAY signature, present after full compensation has occurred and the GO visual stimulus is no longer present, may participate in maintaining an elongated globe. The 13 genes with bi-directional expression differences in GO and STOP responded in a sign of defocus-dependent manner. Taken together, these data further suggest that a network of choroidal gene expression changes generate the signal that alters scleral fibroblast gene expression and axial elongation rate. PMID:24742494

  1. Post-irradiation regression of choroidal melanomas as a risk factor for death from metastatic disease

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    Augsburger, J.J.; Gamel, J.W.; Shields, J.A.; Markoe, A.M.; Brady, L.W.

    1987-09-01

    To determine the prognostic value of the regression rate of choroidal melanomas after cobalt-60 plaque radiotherapy, the authors performed a multivariate analysis on 159 patients treated with a cobalt plaque during the interval from 1976 through 1980. Thirty-three of the 159 patients had died as of the survey date; 29 of metastatic melanoma and 4 of other causes. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards modeling identified a two-term regression incorporating maximal basal tumor diameter at treatment and tumor thickness at 12 months posttreatment as the best model (P less than 0.005 for both parameters) for predicting length of tumor-free survival. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that rapid regression of a choroidal melanoma after cobalt-60 plaque radiotherapy is an unfavorable prognostic sign for prolonged metastasis-free survival.

  2. Identification of inwardly rectifying potassium channels in bovine retinal and choroidal endothelial cells.

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    Eschke, Dagmar; Richter, Maik; Brylla, Elke; Lewerenz, Anne; Spanel-Borowski, Katharina; Nieber, Karen

    2002-01-01

    Ion channels were studied using the whole-cell patch clamp technique in bovine retinal and choroidal microvascular endothelial cells (MVEC) cultured under the same conditions. The two types of MVEC expressed inward currents at hyperpolarizing voltage steps and showed small outward currents at depolarizing steps. The extrapolated reversal potentials of the inward currents were near to the potassium equilibrium potential. Cs(+) and the K(+) channel blocker TEA reduced the amplitudes of the currents indicating the selectivity and permeability for potassium. This was confirmed by changes of outside K(+) concentration shifting the I-V curves to the right. RT-PCR studies revealed the presence of mRNA of Kir2.1, an inwardly rectifying K(+) channel, in retinal and choroidal MVEC. The profile of the small outward currents is related to the Kv family but not identical with the Kv1.4 subtype. PMID:12483021

  3. Treatment of choroidal melanoma: MR imaging in the assessment of radioactive plaque position.

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    Hanna, S L; Lemmi, M A; Langston, J W; Fontanesi, J; Brooks, H L; Gronemeyer, S

    1990-09-01

    Verification of the position of an episcleral iodine-125 gold plaque in relation to underlying choroidal melanoma is essential during early radiation therapy to ensure accurate plaque placement and thus optimum dose delivery. The authors used magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to examine 15 patients with choroidal melanoma after plaque placement to assess tumor coverage. The relationship of the plaque to the tumor was well defined in all cases, including two tumors anterior to the ora serrata. MR imaging measurements of the plaques were within 1 mm of the actual plaque sizes, while tumor measurements were within 2 mm of the preoperative ultrasound estimations of tumor dimensions. Tumors as small as 3 mm thick were readily visualized with MR imaging. Associated subretinal effusion was demonstrated in seven cases. PMID:2389046

  4. 9 CFR 311.25 - Parasites not transmissible to man; tapeworm cysts in sheep; hydatid cysts; flukes; gid bladder...

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    2010-01-01

    ...bladder-worms (Coenurus cerebralis, Multiceps multiceps) may be passed for human food after condemnation of the affected organ (brain or spinal cord). (d) Organs or other parts of carcasses infested with hydatid cysts (echinococus) shall be...

  5. The effect of ethanol sclerotherapy of 5 minutes duration on cyst diameter and rat ovarian tissue in simple ovarian cysts

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    ?im?ek, Mehmet; Kulo?lu, Tuncay; Pala, ?ehmus; Boztosun, Abdullah; Can, Behzat; Atilgan, Remzi

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To examine the effect of 95% ethanol sclerotherapy (EST) administered over 5 minutes on cyst diameter and ovarian tissue in experimentally induced simple ovarian cysts in a rat model. Materials and methods In order to induce ovarian cysts, unilateral total salpingectomy was performed in regularly menstruating adult female Wistar albino rats (n=20) between 12 and 14 weeks of age and weighing between 200 and 220 g. One month after the procedure, the abdominal cavity was opened and 14 rats (70%) were found to have developed macroscopic cysts. Rats with macroscopic cysts (n=14) were assigned into two groups in a prospective and single-blinded manner: group 1 (G1) (n=7), control rats; and group 2 (G2) (n=7), 5-minute EST 95% group. Cyst diameter was measured and recorded for each rat. In G2, after whole cyst fluid was aspirated the cystic cavity was irrigated with 95% ethanol, approximately equal to half of the aspirated cyst volume, after which an interval of 5 minutes was allowed and same amount was re-aspirated and the abdominal cavity was closed. One month after this procedure, abdominal cavities were reopened and intra-abdominal adhesion scoring was performed in both groups. Cyst diameter was measured for each rat, and the right ovary was removed, fixed in 10% formaldehyde, and transported to the laboratory. A histologic assessment of the ovarian tissues was performed under light microscopy following staining with hematoxylin and eosin. Mann–Whitney U-test was used for statistical analysis. A P-level less than 0.05 was considered significant. Results In comparison with G1, there was a statistically significant reduction in the mean ovarian cyst dimensions in G2, while there were no significant differences between the two groups with respect to total number of follicles. Again, a significant increase in apoptotic activity and germinal epithelial degeneration was observed in G2 as compared to G1. The two groups were similar in terms of adhesion formation. Conclusion Although 95% EST results in a reduction in the size of simple ovarian cysts, this effect seems to be achieved at the expense of ovarian tissue injury. PMID:25834392

  6. Mixed hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation of iris and choroid in Chediak-Higashi syndrome.

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    Ho, Min-Chieh; Hsieh, Yi-Ting

    2013-10-01

    An 8-year-old Taiwanese girl presented with hyperpigmentation and scattered hypopigmentation in her irides and choroids. Her skin showed hyperpigmentation with speckled hypopigmentation over cheeks and sun-exposed areas. Medical history was remarkable for frequent infectious episodes and lower extremity bruising. A peripheral blood smear revealed large inclusion bodies in the cytoplasm of neutrophils. The patient was diagnosed with Chediak-Higashi syndrome and continues to be monitored closely. PMID:24160983

  7. Suppression of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization by intravitreal injection of tristetraprolin

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    Cho, Yong Wun; Han, Yong Seop; Chung, In Young; Kim, Seong Jae; Seo, Seong Wook; Yoo, Ji Myong; Park, Jong Moon

    2014-01-01

    AIM To examine the effect of intravitreal adenoviral vector-mediated tristetraprolin (Ad-TTP) on VEGF mRNA expression in a rat model of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization. METHODS Ad-TTP was prepared using a commercial kit. Retinal laser-induced photocoagulation (10 spots per eye) was performed on rats in this experimental choroidal neovascularization (CNV) model. Rats were divided into four groups: control (single intravitreal injection of balanced salt solution, n=10), laser-induced CNV (photocoagulation only, n=20), laser-induced CNV plus Ad-TTP injection (photocoagulation plus a single intravitreal Ad-TTP injection, n=20) and Ad-TTP injection only (n=10). Changes in choroidal morphology were evaluated in ten rats in the laser only and the laser plus Ad-TTP groups. Two weeks after laser injury, the size of CNV was calculated by perfusion with high-molecular-weight fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-dextran. VEGF mRNA expression in retina-choroid tissue from ten rats in each group was measured by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). RESULTS Two weeks after treatment, the area of laser-induced CNV was reduced by approximately 60% in the rats given the Ad-TTP injection compared with that in the laser-only group. There was a tendency toward decreased VEGF mRNA expression in the Ad-TTP injection groups. CONCLUSION A single intravitreal injection of Ad-TTP significantly suppressed CNV size in this experimental laser-induced CNV model. Ad-TTP injection also decreased VEGF mRNA expression compared with that in the laser-induced CNV group. The present study is meaningful as the first study to investigate the effect of tristetraprolin delivered via intravitreal injection. PMID:25540745

  8. Focal choroidal excavation: a preliminary interpretation based on clinic and review

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    Liu, Guang-Hui; Lin, Bing; Sun, Xin-Quan; He, Zi-Fang; Li, Ji-Rong; Zhou, Rong; Liu, Xiao-Ling

    2015-01-01

    AIM To describe the clinical and imaging characteristics associated with focal choroidal excavation (FCE), analyze the possible complication, and interpret its probable etiopathogenesis. METHODS Retrospective descriptive case series of 37 eyes of 32 patients with FCE. Findings of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, and clinical features were analyzed. RESULTS All patients were Chinese. Five patients (15.6%) were bilaterally involved. Patients' ages ranged from 7 to 66y. Refractive error ranged between +2.0 D and ?11.0 D. Mean best-corrected visual acuity was 0.6 (range, 0.1 to 1.2). Fundus examinations exhibited mild-moderate localized pigmentary disturbances in the corresponding area of 17 eyes. Fluorescein angiography performed in 18 patients showed varying degrees of hyperfluorescence and hypofluorescence related to a range of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) alterations. Indocyanine green angiography performed in 7 patients showed hypofluorescence at the excavation. SD-OCT demonstrated choroidal excavation in all 37 eyes. Twenty-nine eyes showed a single lesion of FCE, and three eyes showed 2-3 separated lesions. Fifteen eyes showed separation between the photoreceptor tips and RPE consistent with nonconforming FCE. Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC, n=1) and choroidal neovascularization (CNV, n=1) developed during follow-up. CONCLUSION FCE could be interpreted as congenital focal choroidal dysplasia involving the RPE, choriocapillaris, and photoreceptor associated with the faulty anatomy. The abnormal anatomy of FCE was similar to anatomy at risk of CSC and CNV. PMID:26086000

  9. Choriovitreal ingrowth of a large choroidal vessel after scatter retinal photocoagulation

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    Behera, Umesh C.; Modi, Rohit Ramesh

    2015-01-01

    Choriovitreal ingrowth of a large choroidal vessel is a known complication of intense focal retinal laser photocoagulation. With a standard grey–white burn in panretinal photocoagulation where the power density used is low, such an invasion is rarely reported. We came across the complication in a clinical scenario where a patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and associated ocular ischemic syndrome developed the neovascular ingrowth after scatter retinal photocoagulation. PMID:25709279

  10. Choriovitreal ingrowth of a large choroidal vessel after scatter retinal photocoagulation.

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    Behera, Umesh C; Modi, Rohit Ramesh

    2015-01-01

    Choriovitreal ingrowth of a large choroidal vessel is a known complication of intense focal retinal laser photocoagulation. With a standard grey-white burn in panretinal photocoagulation where the power density used is low, such an invasion is rarely reported. We came across the complication in a clinical scenario where a patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and associated ocular ischemic syndrome developed the neovascular ingrowth after scatter retinal photocoagulation. PMID:25709279

  11. Angiotensin receptors alter myocardial infarction-induced remodeling of the guinea pig cardiac plexus.

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    Hardwick, Jean C; Ryan, Shannon E; Powers, Emily N; Southerland, E Marie; Ardell, Jeffrey L

    2015-07-15

    Neurohumoral remodeling is fundamental to the evolution of heart disease. This study examined the effects of chronic treatment with an ACE inhibitor (captopril, 3 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)), AT1 receptor antagonist (losartan, 3 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)), or AT2 receptor agonist (CGP42112A, 0.14 mg·kg(-1)·day(-1)) on remodeling of the guinea pig intrinsic cardiac plexus following chronic myocardial infarction (MI). MI was surgically induced and animals recovered for 6 or 7 wk, with or without drug treatment. Intracellular voltage recordings from whole mounts of the cardiac plexus were used to monitor changes in neuronal responses to norepinephrine (NE), muscarinic agonists (bethanechol), or ANG II. MI produced an increase in neuronal excitability with NE and a loss of sensitivity to ANG II. MI animals treated with captopril exhibited increased neuronal excitability with NE application, while MI animals treated with CGP42112A did not. Losartan treatment of MI animals did not alter excitability with NE compared with untreated MIs, but these animals did show an enhanced synaptic efficacy. This effect on synaptic function was likely due to presynaptic AT1 receptors, since ANG II was able to reduce output to nerve fiber stimulation in control animals, and this effect was prevented by inclusion of losartan in the bath solution. Analysis of AT receptor expression by Western blot showed a decrease in both AT1 and AT2 receptors with MI that was reversed by all three drug treatments. These data indicate that neuronal remodeling of the guinea pig cardiac plexus following MI is mediated, in part, by activation of both AT1 and AT2 receptors. PMID:25947168

  12. [A case of segmental sunset glow fundus following a choroidal tumor-like lesion].

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    Ikebe, T; Nakatsuka, K; Okada, K

    1998-01-01

    This paper presents a very rare case of segmental sunset glow fundus following a choroidal tumor-like lesion in a 59-year-old woman. She complained of metamorphopsia in her left eye. Funduscopic examination disclosed a pale yellowish choroidal tumefaction, superotemporal to the macula. She was initially thought to have a choroidal tumor. However, in spite of systemic investigation, a diagnosis could not be made. Gradually the lesion became flattened but spread to the periphery. Iridocyclitis with Koeppe's nodule occurred but regressed after treatment with a topical steroid. Three months after the initial onset of the lesion, funduscopy showed a red area, the "sunset glow", in the superior temporal quadrant. This case resembles Harada disease because of the red coloration in the fundus, iridocyclitis with Koeppe's nodule, and human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR4 positivity. But other findings were not compatible with the criteria of Harada disease. It seems that the present lesion has not been reported in the past. PMID:9489374

  13. Intravitreal TSG-6 suppresses laser-induced choroidal neovascularization by inhibiting CCR2+ monocyte recruitment

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    Jin Kim, Sang; Ju Lee, Hyun; Yun, Ji-Hyun; Hwa Ko, Jung; Choi, Da Ye; Youn Oh, Joo

    2015-01-01

    Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is the hallmark of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly. Although the pathogenesis of CNV is not clear, a number of studies show that ocular-infiltrating macrophages and inflammation play a critical role in the development of CNV. TNF?-stimulated gene/protein (TSG)-6 is a multifunctional endogenous protein that has anti-inflammatory activities partly by regulating macrophage activation. Therefore, we here investigated the therapeutic potential of TSG-6 in a rat model of CNV induced by laser photocoagulation. Time course analysis showed that the expression of VEGF and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the choroid was up-regulated early after laser injury, and gradually decreased to baseline over 14 days. An intravitreal injection of TSG-6 suppressed the expression of VEGF and pro-inflammatory cytokines including CCL2, and reduced the size of CNV. Also, the number of Iba+ and CCR2+ cells including infiltrating macrophages was markedly lower in the CNV lesion of TSG-6-treated eyes. Further analysis identified CCR2+ CD11b+ CD11c+ cells and CCR2+ CD11b-CD11c+ cells as the cell populations that were increased by laser injury and reduced by TSG-6 treatment. Together, the results demonstrate that TSG-6 inhibits inflammation and CCR2+ monocyte recruitment into the choroid, and suppresses the development of CNV. PMID:26149224

  14. Automated choroidal segmentation method in human eye with 1050nm optical coherence tomography

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    Liu, Cindy; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2014-02-01

    Choroidal thickness (ChT), defined as the distance between the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and the choroid-sclera interface (CSI), is highly correlated with various ocular disorders like high myopia, diabetic retinopathy, and central serous chorioretinopathy. Long wavelength Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has the ability to penetrate deep to the CSI, making the measurement of the ChT possible. The ability to accurately segment the CSI and RPE is important in extracting clinical information. However, automated CSI segmentation is challenging due to the weak boundary in the lower choroid and inconsistent texture with varied blood vessels. We propose a K-means clustering based automated algorithm, which is effective in segmenting the CSI and RPE. The performance of the method was evaluated using 531 frames from 4 normal subjects. The RPE and CSI segmentation time was about 0.3 seconds per frame, and the average time was around 0.5 seconds per frame with correction among frames, which is faster than reported algorithms. The results from the proposed method are consistent with the manual segmentation results. Further investigation includes the optimization of the algorithm to cover more OCT images captured from patients and the increase of the processing speed and robustness of the segmentation method.

  15. A novel, microscope based, non invasive Laser Doppler flowmeter for choroidal blood flow assessment

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    Strohmaier, C; Werkmeister, RM; Bogner, B; Runge, C; Schroedl, F; Brandtner, H; Radner, W; Schmetterer, L; Kiel, JW; Grabnerand, G; Reitsamer, HA

    2015-01-01

    Impaired ocular blood flow is involved in the pathogenesis of numerous ocular diseases like glaucoma or AMD. The purpose of the present study was to introduce and validate a novel, microscope based, non invasive laser Doppler flowmeter (NILDF) for measurement of blood flow in the choroid. The custom made NI-LDF was compared with a commercial fiber optic based laser Doppler flowmeter (Perimed PF4000). Linearity and stability of the NI-LDF were assessed in a silastic tubing model (i.d. 0.3 mm) at different flow rates (range 0.4 – 3 ml/h). In a rabbit model continuous choroidal blood flow measurements were performed with both instruments simultaneously. During blood flow measurements ocular perfusion pressure was changed by manipulations of intraocular pressure via intravitreal saline infusions. The NILDF measurement correlated linearly to intraluminal flow rates in the perfused tubing model (r = 0.99, p<0.05) and remained stable during a 1 hour measurement at a constant flow rate. Rabbit choroidal blood flow measured by the PF4000 and the NI-LDF linearly correlated with each other over the entire measurement range (r = 0.99, y = x* 1,01 – 12,35 P.U., p < 0,001). In conclusion, the NI-LDF provides valid, semi quantitative measurements of capillary blood flow in comparison to an established LDF instrument and is suitable for measurements at the posterior pole of the eye. PMID:21443871

  16. Evidence for a non-opioid sigma binding site din the guinea-pig myenteric plexus

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    Roman, F.; Pascaud, X.; Vauche, D.; Junien, J.

    1988-01-01

    The presence of a binding site to (+)-(/sup 3/H)SKF 10,047 was demonstrated in a guinea-pig myenteric plexus (MYP) membrane preparation. Specific binding to this receptor was saturable, reversible, linear with protein concentration and consisted of two components, a high affinity site and a low affinity site. Morphine and naloxone 10/sup -4/M were unable to displace (+)-(/sup 3/H)SKF 10,047 binding. Haloperidol, imipramine, ethylketocyclazocine and propranolol were among the most potent compounds to inhibit this specific binding. These results suggest the presence of a non-opioid haloperidol sensitive sigma receptor in the MYP of the guinea-pig.

  17. An experimental study of the elastic properties of the human Bruch's membrane?choroid complex: relevance to ageing

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    Ugarte, M; Hussain, A A; Marshall, J

    2006-01-01

    Aim To investigate the mechanical properties (stress?strain relation, elasticity, hysteresis, response to stress spikes and drops) of isolated human Bruch's membrane?choroid, as well as the effect of ageing and aged related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods 13 Bruch's membrane?choroid complexes were obtained from human donors (21–97?years). Two samples (aged 85 and 95) showed signs of AMD including large, soft drusen, choroidal neovascularisation, and/or disciform scars. Various hydrostatic pressures (stress) were applied to the choroidal surface of mid?peripheral samples mounted in a modified open Ussing chamber. Linear scans of the tissue were recorded by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the pressure induced deformation (strain), elasticity, hysteresis, and response to pressure spikes and drops measured. Results The elasticity of human Bruch's membrane?choroid complex decreased linearly with ageing (p<0.001) after the age of 21 with an approximate reduction of 1% per year. The decrease was not exaggerated in AMD. The recoil capacity of Bruch's membrane?choroid was not affected by ageing. The response to pressure spikes/drops was similar in age matched normal and AMD eyes. The results suggest that although the aged induced decrease in Bruch's membrane elasticity may contribute to breaks in this membrane in AMD leading to neovascularisation this is not sufficient. The presence of other factors is required for its development. Conclusion The elasticity of Bruch's membrane?choroid complex decreases with age while recoil capacity does not. The decrease was not exaggerated in AMD. PMID:16622094

  18. The effect of intravitreal bevacizumab and transpupillary thermotherapy on choroidal metastases and literature review

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    Lin, Chun-Ju; Tsai, Yi-Yu

    2015-01-01

    Aims: To represent the effects of transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) and intravitreal bevacizumab on choroidal metastases and review the literature. Settings and Design: A retrospective, interventional, noncomparative case series. Materials and Methods: A retrospective, interventional, noncomparative case series of five eyes in three patients with choroidal metastases was conducted. Fundus findings of choroidal metastases were divided into two types: Solitary or diffuse type. The size of the tumor was termed small (<10 mm diameter), medium (10–15 mm diameter) or large (>15 mm diameter). All eyes received one session of TTT followed by 3 weekly intravitreal bevacizumab injections as an adjuvant therapy. The parameters of treatment for TTT were 1.2–3 mm spot size, 150–300 mW, 60 s with the whole lesion covered confluently. The changes in preoperative and postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were recorded. Serial color fundus photography and optical coherent tomography were performed to measure the treatment efficacy. Results: All eight choroidal metastases were solitary type. The size of six tumors was small, the size of one tumor was medium, and the size of one tumor was large. All five eyes of the three patients had improvement of BCVA after treatment. Fundus photos revealed tumor shrinkage and the mean shrinkage percentage was 61.27 ± 21.71%. Optical coherence tomography revealed complete resolution of serous retinal detachment. There was no recurrence after 6 months follow-up. Conclusions: TTT combined with intravitreal bevacizumab injections brought about beneficial effects in reducing tumor size and improving vision in all five eyes of the three patients. Despite the retrospective nature of our study, the absence of control group and the size limitation that, of course, limit the statistical power, TTT combined with intravitreal bevacizumab seems to be efficient in providing another cost-reducing and time-saving treatment option for patients with choroidal metastases. The antineoplastic properties of bevacizumab make it a viable adjunctive therapy. Studies with more cases and a longer follow-up period are warranted. PMID:25686061

  19. Enteric Duplication Cysts in Children: A Clinicopathological Dilemma

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    Yadav, Amit K.; Mandal, Ashish K.; Zaheer, Sufian; Yadav, Devendra K.; Samie, Amat

    2015-01-01

    Aim Enteric duplication cysts are rare and uncommon congenital malformations formed during the embryonic period of the development of human digestive system and are mainly encountered during infancy or early childhood, but seldom in adults. The clinical presentation is extremely variable depending upon its size, location and type. We present six cases of enteric duplication cysts with diverse clinico-pathological features. Materials and Methods This study was carried out in the Department of Pathology and Department of Paediatric Surgery, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India for a period of 2 years (January 2013 - December 2014). We retrospectively analyzed six patients of enteric duplication cysts based on data obtained, which consisted of patient’s age, sex, clinical presentation, radiological features, operative findings and histopathology report. The data collected was analyzed by descriptive statistics. Results Six children between age range of 3 days to 10 years had enteric duplication cysts. Two had ileal and one each were of pyloroduodenal, colonic and rectal duplication cyst. In one patient a presumptive diagnosis of enteric duplication cyst was made. Radiology played an important contributory role in diagnosis of these cysts in all the patients but histopathology proved to be gold standard for its confirmation. All these patients were managed by surgical excision. The postoperative and follow up period in all the cases was uneventful. Conclusion It is important to be aware and make a definitive diagnosis of this rare congenital anomaly as they can present in various clinical forms and can cause significant morbidity and even mortality if left untreated by causing life threatening complications. PMID:26435952

  20. Review of the treatment of liver hydatid cysts

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    Gomez i Gavara, Concepción; López-Andújar, Rafael; Belda Ibáñez, Tatiana; Ramia Ángel, José M; Moya Herraiz, Ángel; Orbis Castellanos, Francisco; Pareja Ibars, Eugenia; San Juan Rodríguez, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    A review was carried out in Medline, LILACS and the Cochrane Library. Our database search strategy included the following terms: “hydatid cyst”, “liver”, “management”, “meta-analysis” and “randomized controlled trial”. No language limits were used in the literature search. The latest electronic search date was the 7th of January 2014. Inclusion and exclusion criteria: all relevant studies on the assessment of therapeutic methods for hydatid cysts of the liver were considered for analysis. Information from editorials, letters to publishers, low quality review articles and studies done on animals were excluded from analysis. Additionally, well-structured abstracts from relevant articles were selected and accepted for analysis. Standardized forms were designed for data extraction; two investigators entered the data on patient demographics, methodology, recurrence of HC, mean cyst size and number of cysts per group. Four hundred and fourteen articles were identified using the previously described search strategy. After applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria detailed above, 57 articles were selected for final analysis: one meta-analysis, 9 randomized clinical trials, 5 non-randomized comparative prospective studies, 7 non-comparative prospective studies, and 34 retrospective studies (12 comparative and 22 non-comparative). Our results indicate that antihelminthic treatment alone is not the ideal treatment for liver hydatid cysts. More studies in the literature support the effectiveness of radical treatment compared with conservative treatment. Conservative surgery with omentoplasty is effective in preventing postoperative complications. A laparoscopic approach is safe in some situations. Percutaneous drainage with albendazole therapy is a safe and effective alternative treatment for hydatid cysts of the liver. Radical surgery with pre- and post-operative administration of albendazole is the best treatment option for liver hydatid cysts due to low recurrence and complication rates. PMID:25574085

  1. An Island Flap Technique for Laryngeal Intracordal Mucous Retention Cysts

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    Izadi, Farzad; Ghanbari, Hadi; Zahedi, Sahar; Pousti, Behzad; Maleki Delarestaghi, Mojtaba; Salehi, Abolfazl

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Mucous retention cysts are a subtype of intracordal vocal cysts that may occur spontaneously or may be associated with poor vocal hygiene, and which require optimal treatment. The objective of this study was to present a new laser-assisted microsurgery technique for treating intracordal mucous retention cysts and to describe the final outcomes. Materials and Methods: In this prospective study, we assessed the pre-operative and post-operative acoustic analysis, maximum phonation time (MPT), and voice handicap index (VHI) of four patients with a diagnosis of mucous retention cyst. The island flap technique was applied to all patients without any complications. In this procedure, we favored the super-pulse mode using a 2-W power CO2 laser to remove the medial wall of the cyst, before clearing away the lateral wall margins of the cyst using repeat-pulse mode and a 2-W power CO2 laser. Indeed, we maintained the underlying epithelium and lamina propria, including the island flap attached to the vocal ligament. Results: There was a statistically significant improvement in the MPT (pre-op,11.05 s; post-op,15.85 s; P=0.002) and the VHI (pre-operative, 72/120; post-operative,27/120; P=0.001) in all patients. Moreover, jitter and shimmer were refined after surgery, but there was no statistically significant relationship between pre-operative and post-operative data (P=0.071) (P=0.622). In the follow-up period (median, 150 days), there was no report of recurrence or mucosal stiffness. Conclusion: The island flap procedure in association with CO2 laser microsurgery appears to be a safe and effective treatment option for intracordal mucous retention cysts, but needs further investigation to allow comparison with other methods. PMID:26568936

  2. Risk factors for seromucinous benign ovarian cysts in northern Italy.

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    Parazzini, F; Moroni, S; Negri, E; La Vecchia, C; Mezzopane, R; Crosignani, P G

    1997-01-01

    STUDY OBJECTIVE: To analyse risk factors for seromucinous benign ovarian cysts. DESIGN: Between 1984 and 1994 a case-control study was carried out. Cases were 225 women aged less than 65 year with a histologically confirmed diagnosis of benign seromucinous ovarian cysts admitted to a network of obstetrics and gynaecology departments in Milan. Controls were a random sample of 450 women admitted for acute conditions that were not gynaecological, hormonal or neoplastic. They were interviewed within the framework of a case-control study of female genital neoplasms. SETTING: Network of hospitals in the greater Milan area, Italy. MAIN RESULTS: The risk of seromucinous benign ovarian cysts was higher in more educated women than in women with fewer than seven years of schooling. The odds ratios (OR) for seromucinous ovarian cysts were 1.3 and 1.4 respectively in women reporting 7-11 and > or = 12 years of schooling, and the trend in risk was statistically significant (chi(2)1 trend 5.20, p < 0.05). There was no clear relationship between the risk of seromucinous ovarian cysts and marital status, age at first marriage, oral contraceptive use, smoking or body mass index. In comparison with women reporting menstrual cycles lasting < 28 days, the risks of seromucinous cysts were 1.6, 2.6, and 2.5 respectively in women reporting cycles lasting 28-30, > or = 31 days, or with totally irregular ones. Among ever married women, nine cases and two controls reported difficulty in conception, and the corresponding OR for seromucinous cysts was 17.7 (95% confidence interval 4.2, 83.8). CONCLUSIONS: The risk of seromucinous benign ovarian tumours is greater in more educated women and in women with a history of infertility and with long or irregular menstrual cycles. PMID:9328556

  3. Transoccipital endoscopic fenestration of atrial cysts causing ventricular entrapment.

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    Ellis, Jason A; McCormick, Paul C; Feldstein, Neil A; Ghatan, Saadi

    2015-06-01

    OBJECT Cystic lesions in the atrium (trigone) of the lateral ventricle may become symptomatic due to obstruction of physiological CSF circulation and/or from mass effect on adjacent structures. A minimally invasive approach that not only allows for straightforward access to multiple regions of the atrial cyst wall, but also enables direct inspection of the entire lateral ventricular system, has not been elaborated. In this paper the authors describe their experience with the endoscopic transoccipital horn approach for treating cystic lesions in the atrium of the lateral ventricle. METHODS A retrospective review was performed of all patients who underwent endoscopic surgical treatment for cysts in the atrium of the lateral ventricle between 1999 and 2014. RESULTS The cohort consisted of 13 consecutive patients who presented with symptomatic lateral ventricular entrapment due to the presence of an atrial cyst. There were 9 male and 4 female patients, with a median age of 5 years. Headache was the most common complaint at presentation. The transoccipital horn approach facilitated successful cyst reduction and fenestration in all cases. Temporal and occipital horn entrapment was reversed in all cases, with reestablishment of a physiological CSF flow pattern throughout the ventricles. Hydrocephalus was also reversed in all patients presenting with this neuroimaging finding at presentation. No cyst or ventricular entrapment was noted to recur during a mean follow-up period of 36 months. No patient in the study cohort required repeat surgery or permanent CSF diversion postoperatively. CONCLUSIONS The endoscopic transoccipital horn approach represents a safe and effective treatment strategy for patients with symptomatic atrial cysts of the lateral ventricle. Using this minimally invasive technique, all poles of the lateral ventricular system can be visualized and the unobstructed flow of CSF can be confirmed after cyst resection obviating the need for additional diversion. PMID:25815633

  4. Early inflammatory response in epithelial ovarian tumor cyst fluids

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    Kristjánsdóttir, Björg; Partheen, Karolina; Fung, Eric T; Yip, Christine; Levan, Kristina; Sundfeldt, Karin

    2014-01-01

    Mortality rates for epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) are high, mainly due to late-stage diagnosis. The identification of biomarkers for this cancer could contribute to earlier diagnosis and increased survival rates. Given that chronic inflammation plays a central role in cancer initiation and progression, we selected and tested 15 cancer-related cytokines and growth factors in 38 ovarian cyst fluid samples. We used ovarian cyst fluid since it is found in proximity to the pathology and mined it for inflammatory biomarkers suitable for early detection of EOC. Immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sample fractionation were obtained by using tandem antibody libraries bead and mass spectrometry. Two proteins, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2) and interleucin-8 (IL-8/CXCL8), were significantly (P < 0.0001) higher in the malignant (n = 16) versus benign (n = 22) tumor cysts. Validation of MCP-1, IL-8, and growth-regulated protein-? (GRO?/CXCL1) was performed with ELISA in benign, borderline, and malignant cyst fluids (n = 256) and corresponding serum (n = 256). CA125 was measured in serum from all patients and used in the algorithms performed. MCP-1, IL-8, and GRO? are proinflammatory cytokines and promoters of tumor growth. From 5- to 100-fold higher concentrations of MCP-1, IL-8 and GRO? were detected in the cyst fluids compared to the serum. Significant (P < 0.001) cytokine response was already established in borderline cyst fluids and stage I EOC. In serum a significant (P < 0.01) increase of IL-8 and GRO? was found, but not until stage I and stage III EOC, respectively. These findings confirm that early events in tumorigenesis can be analyzed and detected in the tumor environment and we conclude that ovarian cyst fluid is a promising source in the search for new biomarkers for early ovarian tumors. PMID:24947406

  5. Cyst formation following disruption of intracellular calcium signaling

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    Kuo, Ivana Y.; DesRochers, Teresa M.; Kimmerling, Erica P.; Nguyen, Lily; Ehrlich, Barbara E.; Kaplan, David L.

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in polycystin 1 and 2 (PC1 and PC2) cause the common genetic kidney disorder autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). It is unknown how these mutations result in renal cysts, but dysregulation of calcium (Ca2+) signaling is a known consequence of PC2 mutations. PC2 functions as a Ca2+-activated Ca2+ channel of the endoplasmic reticulum. We hypothesize that Ca2+ signaling through PC2, or other intracellular Ca2+ channels such as the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R), is necessary to maintain renal epithelial cell function and that disruption of the Ca2+ signaling leads to renal cyst development. The cell line LLC-PK1 has traditionally been used for studying PKD-causing mutations and Ca2+ signaling in 2D culture systems. We demonstrate that this cell line can be used in long-term (8 wk) 3D tissue culture systems. In 2D systems, knockdown of InsP3R results in decreased Ca2+ transient signals that are rescued by overexpression of PC2. In 3D systems, knockdown of either PC2 or InsP3R leads to cyst formation, but knockdown of InsP3R type 1 (InsP3R1) generated the largest cysts. InsP3R1 and InsP3R3 are differentially localized in both mouse and human kidney, suggesting that regional disruption of Ca2+ signaling contributes to cystogenesis. All cysts had intact cilia 2 wk after starting 3D culture, but the cells with InsP3R1 knockdown lost cilia as the cysts grew. Studies combining 2D and 3D cell culture systems will assist in understanding how mutations in PC2 that confer altered Ca2+ signaling lead to ADPKD cysts. PMID:25228769

  6. Impaired acetylcholine release from the myenteric plexus of Trichinella-infected rats

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    Collins, S.M.; Blennerhassett, P.A.; Blennerhassett, M.G.; Vermillion, D.L. )

    1989-12-01

    We examined the release of acetylcholine (ACh) from jejunal longitudinal muscle-myenteric plexus preparations in noninfected control rats and in rats infected 6, 23, or 40 days previously with Trichinella spiralis. ACh release was assessed by preincubating the tissue with ({sup 3}H)choline and measuring the evoked release of tritium. The uptake of {sup 3}H was significantly less in tissue from T. spiralis-infected rats compared with control. In tissues from either infected or control animals, electrical field stimulation (30 V, 0.5 ms, 10 Hz for 1 min), or veratridine (6-30 microM) induced {sup 3}H release that was tetrodotoxin sensitive. Depolarization by KCl (25-75 mM) also caused {sup 3}H release, but this was only partially reduced by tetrodotoxin. Radiochromatographic analysis indicated evoked release of {sup 3}H to be almost entirely ({sup 3}H)ACh. In rats infected 6 days previously with T. spiralis, ({sup 3}H)ACh release induced by KCl, veratridine, and field stimulation were decreased at least 80%. The suppression of ({sup 3}H)ACh release induced by veratridine or KCl was fully reversible after 40 days postinfection, but field-stimulated responses remained approximately 50% of control values. These results indicate that T. spiralis infection in the rat is accompanied by a reversible suppression of ACh release from the longitudinal muscle-myenteric plexus of the jejunum.

  7. Perineural administration of dexmedetomidine in combination with ropivacaine prolongs axillary brachial plexus block

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    Zhang, Yu; Wang, Chang-Song; Shi, Jing-Hui; Sun, Bo; Liu, Shu-Jie; Li, Peng; Li, En-You

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the hypothesis that adding dexmedetomidine to ropivacaine prolongs axillary brachial plexus block. Forty-five patients of ASA I~II and aged 25-60 yr who were scheduled for elective forearm and hand surgery were randomly divided into 3 equal groups and received 40 ml of 0.33% ropivacaine + 1 ml dexmedetomidine (50 ?g) (Group DR1), 40 ml of 0.33% ropivacaine + 1 ml dexmedetomidine (100 ?g) (group DR2) or 40 ml of 0.33% ropivacaine + 1 ml saline (group R) in a double-blind fashion. The onset and duration of sensory and motor blocks and side effects were recorded. The demographic data and surgical characteristics were similar in each group. Sensory and motor block onset times were the same in the three groups. Sensory and motor blockade durations were longer in group DR2 than in group R (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference in the sensory blockade duration between group DR1 and group R. Bradycardia, hypertension and hypotension were not observed in group R and occurred more often in group DR2 than in group DR1. Dexmedetomidine added to ropivacaine for an axillary brachial plexus block prolongs the duration of the block. However, dexmedetomidine may also lead to side effects such as bradycardia, hypertension, and hypotension. PMID:24753763

  8. Pressure-specified sensory device versus electrodiagnostic testing in brachial plexus upper trunk injury.

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    Nath, Rahul Kumar; Bowen, Margaret Elaine; Eichhorn, Mitchell George

    2010-05-01

    Brachial plexus upper trunk injury is associated with winged scapula owing to the close anatomical course of the long thoracic nerve and upper trunk. Needle electromyography is a common diagnostic test for this injury; however, it does not detect injury in most patients with upper trunk damage. The pressure-specified sensory device may be an alternative to needle electromyography. Thirty patients with winged scapula and upper trunk injury were evaluated with needle electromyography (EMG) and pressure-specified sensory device (PSSD) tests. EMG testing of the biceps muscle was compared with PSSD testing of the dorsal hand skin (C6 damage), and EMG testing of the deltoid and spinati muscles was compared with PSSD testing of the deltoid skin (C5 damage). PSSD pressure values were significantly higher on the affected arm. On the basis of published and calculated threshold values the PSSD was found to be significantly more sensitive than EMG. The PSSD tests consistently identified injuries that were not detected by needle EMG tests. These findings provide strong evidence that the PSSD is more effective than needle EMG in the detection of brachial plexus upper trunk injury. PMID:20143301

  9. Brachial plexus palsy following proximal humerus fracture in patients who are skeletally immature.

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    Hwang, Raymond W; Bae, Donald S; Waters, Peter M

    2008-04-01

    From 1998 to 2006, 578 patients who were skeletally immature with proximal humerus fractures were treated at our institution. During that time period, 4 patients (0.7%) had associated brachial plexus and major peripheral nerve palsies. Average age at the time of injury was 12.3 years (range 10-14 years). Two fractures were physeal and 2 were metaphyseal. In all patients, the distal fracture fragment was displaced into the axilla, with resultant adduction and valgus malalignment at the time of injury. Two patients were treated with closed reduction and sling and swathe immobilization. One patient was treated with closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of the fracture. One patient was treated with sling immobilization without fracture reduction. All went on to bony healing with acceptable bony alignment. All patients were evaluated with serial physical examinations and radiographs to assess for neurologic recovery and bony healing. Average clinical and radiographic follow-up was 7.1 months (5-9 months). All patients demonstrated complete neurologic recovery by 5-9 months postinjury. All had neuropathic pain for at least 6 months after injury. No persistent neuropathic pain or functional limitations were seen at follow-up. Although rare, brachial plexus injury may accompany displaced proximal humeral fractures in patients who are skeletally immature. With careful attention to principles of fracture care, complete neurologic recovery may be expected within 9 months. PMID:18404040

  10. Communications Between the Facial Nerve and the Vestibulocochlear Nerve, the Glossopharyngeal Nerve, and the Cervical Plexus.

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    Hwang, Kun; Song, Ju Sung; Yang, Su Cheol

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this review is to elucidate the communications between the facial nerves or facial nerve and neighboring nerves: the vestibulocochlear nerve, the glossopharyngeal nerve, and the cervical plexus.In a PubMed search, 832 articles were searched using the terms "facial nerve and communication." Sixty-two abstracts were read and 16 full-text articles were reviewed. Among them, 8 articles were analyzed.The frequency of communication between the facial nerve and the vestibulocochlear nerve was the highest (82.3%) and the frequency of communication between the facial nerve and the glossopharyngeal nerve was the lowest (20%). The frequency of communication between the facial nerve and the cervical plexus was 65.2?±?43.5%. The frequency of communication between the cervical branch and the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve was 24.7?±?1.7%.Surgeons should be aware of the nerve communications, which are important during clinical examinations and surgical procedures of the facial nerves such as those communications involved in facial reconstructive surgery, neck dissection, and various nerve transfer procedures. PMID:26413963

  11. Maxi-channels recorded in situ from ICC and pericytes associated with the mouse myenteric plexus.

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    Parsons, Sean P; Kunze, Wolfgang A; Huizinga, Jan D

    2012-04-01

    Ion channels are fundamental to gastrointestinal pacemaking by interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC). Previously, we have recorded a high-conductance chloride channel (HCCC) from ICC, both in culture and in situ, associated with the myenteric plexus. The biophysical properties of the HCCC (conductance, subconductances, voltage- and time-dependent inactivation) suggest it is a member of a class called the maxi-anion channels. In this study we further investigated the properties of the HCCC in situ. Our main finding was that the HCCC is not strictly a chloride channel but has a relative sodium-chloride permeability (P(Na/Cl)) of 0.76 to 1.64 (depending on the method of measurement). Therefore, we have renamed the HCCC the "maxi-channel." A maxi-channel was also expressed by pericytes associated with the vasculature near the myenteric plexus. This had a lower P(Na/Cl) (0.33 to 0.49, depending on the method of measurement) but similar conductance (326 ± 7 vs. 316 ± 24 pS for ICC). This is the first report of cation permeability equaling anion permeability in a maxi-anion channel. As such, the properties of the maxi-channels described in this article may have implications for the maxi-anion channel field, as well as for studies of their role in ICC and pericytes. PMID:22159087

  12. Ultrasonic DREZ-operations for treatment of pain due to brachial plexus avulsion.

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    Dreval, O N

    1993-01-01

    One, if not the only effective way of treating pain due to preganglionic avulsion of the brachial plexus is the Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ) lesion procedure. In 1985 the author began to use ultrasound as a lesion-maker for operations in the DREZ. Since then, 127 (3 patients were operated on twice) DREZ-Operations have been carried out on 124 patients suffering from chronic pain due to brachial plexus avulsion. Different technical lesioning modalities were employed: ultrasonic discontinuous DREZ lesions in 20 cases and a new modality: ultrasonic DREZ-sulcomyelotomy in 107 cases. Analysis of the results after ultrasonic DREZ-operations revealed that ultrasonic DREZ-sulcomyelotomy was the most effective technical modality. Immediately after operation good pain relief was obtained in 103 (96%) out of the 107 patients operated on with the ultrasonic DREZ-sulcomyelotomy method, and in 15 (75%) out of the 20 patients with ultrasonic discontinuous DREZ-lesions. The total follow-up study (47.5 months on average) revealed 87% good results overall. PMID:8333312

  13. Patterning mechanisms of the sub-intestinal venous plexus in zebrafish.

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    Goi, Michela; Childs, Sarah J

    2016-01-01

    Despite considerable interest in angiogenesis, organ-specific angiogenesis remains less well characterized. The vessels that absorb nutrients from the yolk and later provide blood supply to the developing digestive system are primarily venous in origin. In zebrafish, these are the vessels of the Sub-intestinal venous plexus (SIVP) and they represent a new candidate model to gain an insight into the mechanisms of venous angiogenesis. Unlike other vessel beds in zebrafish, the SIVP is not stereotypically patterned and lacks obvious sources of patterning information. However, by examining the area of vessel coverage, number of compartments, proliferation and migration speed we have identified common developmental steps in SIVP formation. We applied our analysis of SIVP development to obd mutants that have a mutation in the guidance receptor PlexinD1. obd mutants show dysregulation of nearly all parameters of SIVP formation. We show that the SIVP responds to a unique combination of pathways that control both arterial and venous growth in other systems. Blocking Shh, Notch and Pdgf signaling has no effect on SIVP growth. However Vegf promotes sprouting of the predominantly venous plexus and Bmp promotes outgrowth of the structure. We propose that the SIVP is a unique model to understand novel mechanisms utilized in organ-specific angiogenesis. PMID:26477558

  14. Management of brachial plexus injuries in adults: Clinical evaluation and diagnosis.

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    Sinha, Sumit; Pemmaiah, Devi; Midha, Rajiv

    2015-01-01

    Brachial plexus injuries are devastating injuries that usually affect the younger population. The usual modes of injuries are roadside accidents, falls, and assaults. The affected individuals are crippled and may suffer from excruciating peripheral or central deafferentation pain for rest of their lives. The loss of functional capacity accounts for a significant number of man-hours lost at the workplace and consequent financial burden on the family. The results of brachial plexus reconstructive surgery have generally been unsatisfactory in the past. However, in recent decades, the efficacy of surgery has been proven beyond doubt, and there have been various published series in literature that have reported a good outcome after surgical management of these injuries. This has been made possible by the use of operating microscopes, better microsuture techniques for nerve graft and nerve or tendon transfer repair, and advanced perioperative electrophysiological techniques. The key to successful management lies in the proper clinical evaluation, supplemented with electrophysiology, preoperative imaging studies, and planning of surgical strategy. The partial injuries have a better outcome as compared with global palsies, and early referral should be emphasized. Selective combinations of nerve graft and transfers provide a moderate shoulder and elbow control. However, a multispecialty approach involving hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, and physiotherapists is required. PMID:26588627

  15. Pale cyst nematode Globodera pallida Michigan State University's invasive species factsheets

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    Isaacs, Rufus

    Pale cyst nematode Globodera pallida Michigan State University's invasive species factsheets solanaceous crops. Michigan risk maps for exotic plant pests. Other common names potato cyst nematode, white, United Kingdom; Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela

  16. Endodontic therapy of a mandibular canine tooth with irreversible pulpitis secondary to dentigerous cyst.

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    MacGee, Scott

    2014-01-01

    Dentigerous cysts are uncommon, yet are being reported with increasing frequency in the veterinary literature. Dentigerous cysts are a type of benign odontogenic cyst associated with impacted teeth, most commonly the mandibular first premolar tooth. Significant bone destruction can occur secondary to the expansion of a dentigerous cyst. The expanding cyst can lead to pathology of neighboring teeth, which can include external root resorption or pulpitis. Intraoral dental radiographs are imperative to properly assess the presence and extent of a dentigerous cyst, as well as the status of the neighboring teeth. This case report describes treatment for dentigerous cyst including cyst lining curettage, mandibular bone regeneration, and endodontic therapy for a canine tooth with irreversible pulpitis. PMID:24902411

  17. Macrophages promote cyst growth in polycystic kidney disease.

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    Karihaloo, Anil; Koraishy, Farrukh; Huen, Sarah C; Lee, Yashang; Merrick, David; Caplan, Michael J; Somlo, Stefan; Cantley, Lloyd G

    2011-10-01

    Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) exhibits an inflammatory component, but the contribution of inflammation to cyst progression is unknown. Macrophages promote the proliferation of tubular cells following ischemic injury, suggesting that they may have a role in cystogenesis. Furthermore, cultured Pkd1-deficient cells express the macrophage chemoattractants Mcp1 and Cxcl16 and stimulate macrophage migration. Here, in orthologous models of both PKD1 and PKD2, abnormally large numbers of alternatively activated macrophages surrounded the cysts. To determine whether pericystic macrophages contribute to the proliferation of cyst-lining cells, we depleted phagocytic cells from Pkd1(fl/fl);Pkhd1-Cre mice by treating with liposomal clodronate from postnatal day 10 until day 24. Compared with vehicle-treated controls, macrophage-depleted mice had a significantly lower cystic index, reduced proliferation of cyst-lining cells, better-preserved renal parenchyma, and improved renal function. In conclusion, these data suggest that macrophages home to cystic areas and contribute to cyst growth. Interruption of these homing and proliferative signals could have therapeutic potential for PKD. PMID:21921140

  18. Macrophages Promote Cyst Growth in Polycystic Kidney Disease

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    Koraishy, Farrukh; Huen, Sarah C.; Lee, Yashang; Merrick, David; Caplan, Michael J.; Somlo, Stefan; Cantley, Lloyd G.

    2011-01-01

    Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) exhibits an inflammatory component, but the contribution of inflammation to cyst progression is unknown. Macrophages promote the proliferation of tubular cells following ischemic injury, suggesting that they may have a role in cystogenesis. Furthermore, cultured Pkd1-deficient cells express the macrophage chemoattractants Mcp1 and Cxcl16 and stimulate macrophage migration. Here, in orthologous models of both PKD1 and PKD2, abnormally large numbers of alternatively activated macrophages surrounded the cysts. To determine whether pericystic macrophages contribute to the proliferation of cyst-lining cells, we depleted phagocytic cells from Pkd1fl/fl;Pkhd1-Cre mice by treating with liposomal clodronate from postnatal day 10 until day 24. Compared with vehicle-treated controls, macrophage-depleted mice had a significantly lower cystic index, reduced proliferation of cyst-lining cells, better-preserved renal parenchyma, and improved renal function. In conclusion, these data suggest that macrophages home to cystic areas and contribute to cyst growth. Interruption of these homing and proliferative signals could have therapeutic potential for PKD. PMID:21921140

  19. A rare case of isolated hydatid cyst of breast

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    kumar, Amit; Kumar, Amar; Gaurav, Kumar; Chandra, Gautam; Tiwary, A.K.; Bhagat, S.; Sarawgi, M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Hydatid cyst of the breast is very rare. It is challenging to differentiate it from other tumoral lesions of the breast. Only few reports of breast hydatid cyst are published and majority of the reported cases have been diagnosed postoperatively as it is not possible to reach definitive diagnosis with clinical examination and radiological investigations only. Presentation of case A 31-year old woman presented with a painless lump in the right breast since one year duration. On clinical examination, a non-mobile, firm lump was detected in the right breast associated with nipple retraction, but there was no axillary lymphadenopathy. This case was diagnosed as hydatid cyst incidentally during surgery from its gross appearance which mimics that of a liver hydatid cyst, normally common in this endemic area. Discussion Hydatid disease is a parasitic infection caused by the larval form of Echinococcus granulosus and seen endemically among sheep-raising communities. The breast can be a primary site or part of a disseminated hydatidosis. It might mimic fibroadenoma, phyllodes tumors, chronic abscesses, or even carcinoma. Preoperative diagnosis can be made by fine needle aspiration cytology. It also can be diagnosed by radiological or serologic means but neither of them is definitive. Surgery is the treatment of choice. Conclusion Hydatid cyst of the breast is very uncommon but it should be included in differential diagnosis of breast lumps for patients living in endemic areas. PMID:25582084

  20. Sublingual epidermoid cyst presenting with distinctive magnetic resonance imaging findings.

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    Yoshida, Naohiro; Kodama, Kozue; Iino, Yukiko

    2014-06-18

    A case of sublingual epidermoid cyst presenting distinctive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings is described. A 39-year-old man presented to our hospital with a three months progressive left submandibular swelling, difficulty moving his tongue, and snoring. Preoperative evaluation with MRI and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) revealed that the heterogeneous cystic lesion contained the squamous cells, which is compatible with ectodermal tissue. The mass was located above the mylohyoid muscle and spread to the pharyngeal space. By considering the size, infection history, patient age, and location, the cyst was completely resected under general anesthesia via cervical approach without any complication. Histopathologically, the cyst wall was lined by stratified squamous epithelium with no skin appendage, suggesting an epidermoid cyst. Ultrasound (US), MRI and FNAC were very useful of the preoperative diagnosis for oral and sublingual lesion. The postoperative course was uneventful and without recurrence after 24 months. This case showed that epidermoid cysts formed the rarely heterogeneous cystic tumor and it underlined usefulness of preoperative diagnosis, such as US, MRI and FNAC for oral and sublingual tumor. PMID:25332766