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  1. Optical coherence tomography for imaging of chronic total occlusions

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    Munce, Nigel R.; Yang, Victor X. D.; Qiang, Beiping; Courtney, Brian K.; Brzozowski, Lukasz; Bakueva, Ludmilla; Mao, Linda Y.; Standish, Beau; Butany, Jagdish; Dick, Alexander J.; Strauss, Bradley H.; Wright, Graham A.; Vitkin, Alex

    2005-09-01

    Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are defined as complete occlusions of an artery older than one month. Minimally invasive catheter-based interventions commonly employed for partial occlusions (e.g., balloon angioplasty followed by stenting) are problematic in CTOs because of the phycisian's inability to pass the device through the occlusion without a significant risk of arterial wall perforations. Furthermore, successfully treated CTOs exhibit a high re-occlusion rate. As a result, these cases are mostly sent to bypass surgery. With the advent of drug-eluting stents that reduce the incidence of re-occlusion, and thus, eliminating the second problem, new devices have begun to emerge that aim to recanalize CTOs without the cost and trauma of bypass surgery. These devices, however, need effective image guidance methods to ensure successful crossing of the CTOs. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is being evaluated as an intravascular imaging modality for guiding catheter-based interventions of CTOs. Occluded ex vivo human arterial samples were used to produce longitudinal cross-sections using an OCT system. These OCT images were compared with histology to assess OCT's ability to identify different components of the occluded artery, evaluate the imaging depth, and determine the ability to detect the underlying vessel wall. Given the inherent difficulties of creating a mechanically scanning OCT probe in the distal tip of a catheter for use in a stenotic artery, we directed our initial efforts towards developing a "motionless" fiber based OCT system using a single mode fiber array. We discuss design considerations for implementing a forward viewing intravascular OCT probe.

  2. Microvessels in chronic total occlusions: pathways for successful guidewire crossing?

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    Strauss, Bradley H; Segev, Amit; Wright, Graham A; Qiang, Beiping; Munce, Nigel; Anderson, Kevan J T; Leung, General; Dick, Alexander J; Virmani, Renu; Butany, Jagdish

    2005-12-01

    Arterial chronic total occlusions (CTO) are a common and clinically relevant problem in patients with coronary artery disease. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) success rates in a wide range of CTO are low, primarily due to inability of guidewire crossing. The pathophysiology of CTO is poorly understood and limits our ability to introduce innovative therapies. Recent studies from our laboratory have suggested that microvessel formation within arterial CTO is a complex process with temporal and regional differences. Moreover, there is evidence from pilot studies that the presence of either microvessels or the particular extracellular matrix environment in the adjacent perivascular tissue can facilitate guidewire crossing and successful PCI. Currently, studies are underway in our experimental CTO model to delineate the pathophysiology of microvessel formation in CTO and its potential role in PCI. PMID:16336422

  3. Knowledge of chronic total occlusion among Polish interventional cardiologists

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    Zabojszcz, Micha?; D?bski, Grzegorz; Marchewka, Jakub; Legutko, Jacek; Surowiec, S?awomir; Siudak, Zbigniew; ?mudka, Krzysztof; Dudek, Dariusz; Bryniarski, Leszek

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization is indicated in patients with symptoms and evidence of ischemia, but in most cases those types of lesions are still treated medically. In the last few years CTO angioplasty technique has changed dramatically due to considerable advances in techniques and dedicated equipment. Aim An attempt to assess the state of knowledge of technical aspects of CTO angioplasty of coronary arteries among Polish interventional cardiologists. Material and methods Questionnaire survey performed during two major Polish invasive cardiology workshops. Results In the study there participated 113 physicians with an average length of work experience of 13 years, most of them cardiologists certified as independent primary operators. The majority of respondents recognized the need of prevention of thrombotic complications through control of activated coagulation time during the CTO procedures. Prevention of renal complications and X-ray protection are also recognized as a significant part of the procedures. The benefits from the use of over-the-wire microcatheters and balloons, the proper choice of dedicated guidewires, contralateral injections and retrograde technique are underestimated. Conclusions Despite satisfactory knowledge about indications and qualification for the CTO procedure, the awareness of procedural aspects (particularly the retrograde technique) as well as the dedicated CTO equipment among Polish interventional cardiologists is still insufficient. PMID:26161099

  4. Excimer laser coronary atherectomy in septal collaterals during retrograde recanalization of a chronic total occlusion

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    Ohlow, Marc-Alexander; Lotze, Ullrich; Lauer, Bernward

    2011-01-01

    Management of chronic total occlusions has been refined through the development of a retrograde approach via collateral pathways. We describe here the use of excimer laser coronary atherectomy in the septal collaterals. This appraoch was not yet described in the literature. PMID:22355487

  5. Successful percutaneous coronary intervention for chronic total occlusion of right coronary artery in patient with dextrocardia.

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    Munawar, Muhammad; Hartono, Beny; Iskandarsyah, Kurniawan; Nguyen, Thach N

    2013-07-01

    Situs inversus with dextrocardia is rare congenital anomaly. Coronary artery disease in such patients is quite rare. We reported a 52-year-old man with dextrocardia and chronic total occlusion at the proximal right coronary artery just after conus branch and severe stenosis at the proximal left anterior descending artery. He underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting of total occluded right coronary artery and simultaneously stenting of the proximal left anterior descending artery. PMID:23456428

  6. Photoluminescence-based detection of human chronic total occlusion in peripheral vessels

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    Bakueva, Ludmila; Brzozowski, Lukasz; Courtney, Brian; Reznik, Nikita; Fremes, Stephen E.; Rowlands, J. A.

    2005-09-01

    The work is devoted to photoluminescent investigation of arterial walls in order to create a new navigation method for minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular decease in the presence of chronic total occlusions. The method uses the distinct photoluminescent properties of arterial wall and chronic total occlusion plaque to alert the interventionalist when a fiber-optic equipped catheter is in contact with the vessel wall. We conducted a study to compare the photoluminescence properties of healthy and stenosed vessel walls, and a typical chronic total occlusion plaque in the spectral range 300-700 nm. All samples were obtained from human tibial arteries. These groups of arterial samples showed easily differentiable luminescence amplitude and spectral characteristics. The photoluminescent properties of intact and intentionally damaged vessel walls were also investigated to permit detection of artery perforation that could take place during the revascularization. Using optical excitation of different wavelength gives additional opportunities of detecting arterial plaques requiring laser treatment. The results presented are complemented with micro-computed tomography images and histology of the segments analyzed.

  7. Impact of 16-slice computed tomography in percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusions.

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    Yokoyama, Naoyuki; Yamamoto, Yoshito; Suzuki, Shigeru; Suzuki, Masatoshi; Konno, Kumiko; Kozuma, Ken; Kaminaga, Tatsuro; Isshiki, Takaaki

    2006-07-01

    The main reason for failure of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of chronic total occlusion (CTO) is because the calcified plaque prevents the guide wire crossing the occlusion. We aimed to identify the route, and characterize plaque components within CTO, using 16-slice computed tomography (MSCT). Twenty three angiographic CTO in 22 patients (mean age 69 +/- 5 years, 17 males) were included. All patients had undergone MSCT prior to PCI. Images were analyzed for lesion visibility and plaque characteristics of CTO. The presence and location of calcified plaque within the CTO were systematically assessed. Each lesion was classified as a noncalcified, moderately calcified, or exclusively calcified plaque. Procedural failure was defined as the inability to cross a guide wire through the occlusion. All coronary routes of CTO segment were visualized. MSCT revealed three markedly bent CTO segments (13.0%), which could not be identified by coronary angiography only. Calcified plaques were detected in 30 lesions of 19 CTO segments (82.6%), but were not detected in the other four. The majority of calcified plaque was located in the proximal lesion, or both proximal and distal lesions. Fifteen out of 30 calcified lesions (50.0%) were exclusively calcified plaques. Overall procedural success was obtained in 21 CTOs (91.3%). MSCT can accurately identify the route of the CTO segment and evaluate both distribution and amount of the calcified plaque within it. Even with the complicated and/or calcified lesions, PCI success rate was excellent under MSCT guidance. MSCT should become a useful tool in PCI of CTO. PMID:16755596

  8. Ventricular tachycardic storm with a chronic total coronary artery occlusion treated with percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Mixon, Timothy A

    2015-04-01

    A 66-year-old man with a history of coronary artery disease was evaluated due to ventricular tachycardic (VT) storm. The patient continued to have frequent recurrences of VT despite treatment with amiodarone and lidocaine. Since the ventricular arrhythmia could be related to myocardial ischemia related to a chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the right coronary artery, the patient underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention of the CTO, followed by implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation. He had no further episodes of VT during his hospital stay. After 9 months of follow-up, he had no further chest pain or clinically apparent recurrent ischemia. Interrogation of his defibrillator has shown brief nonsustained episodes of ventricular tachycardia, but the patient has not required delivery of a shock. The temporal association between treatment of the CTO and resolution of the VT, as well as the lack of recurrence of sustained VT, suggest a causative link between underlying ischemia produced by a chronically occluded coronary artery and provocation of VT and lend supportive evidence to this treatment approach. PMID:25829653

  9. Popliteal Retrograde Approach is Effective and Safe for Superficial Femoral Artery Chronic Total Occlusion

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    Ashikaga, Takashi; Shimura, Tsukasa; Hatano, Yu; Sasaoka, Taro; Kurihara, Ken; Yoshikawa, Shunji; Maejima, Yasuhiro; Isobe, Mitsuaki

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Endovascular treatment (EVT) using a popliteal approach is effective for superficial femoral artery (SFA) chronic total occlusion (CTO); however, its effectiveness, safety, and consequent complications are unclear. Materials and Methods: We studied 324 consecutive EVTs (in 187 patients) performed at three centers between April 2008 and March 2013, and selected all EVTs that included SFA CTO regions. A total of 91 EVTs (in 65 patients) were included and divided into two groups; “with popliteal approach” (WPA) and “without popliteal approach” (WOPA). Results: Despite higher rates of hypertension (WPA, 88.9% vs. WOPA, 69.1%; p = 0.04) and CTO length >200 mm (55.6% vs. 28.3%, respectively; p <0.01), the primary success rate was better in the WPA group (97.2% vs. 78.2%, respectively; p <0.01); however, both total complication rate and major complication rate were not significantly different. We compared popliteal puncture using a sheath and using a microcatheter alone. There were no significant differences between sheath and microcatheter use in terms of primary success rates (95.5% vs. 100%, respectively; p = 0.61) and puncture site complications (22.7% vs. 14.2%, respectively; p = 0.53). Conclusion: A popliteal approach improved the primary success rate of EVT for SFA CTO. PMID:26421071

  10. Intravascular Ultrasound and Angiographic Predictors of In-Stent Restenosis of Chronic Total Occlusion Lesions

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    Kang, Jeehoon; Cho, Young-Seok; Kim, Seong-Wook; Park, Jin Joo; Yoon, Yeonyee E.; Oh, Il-Young; Yoon, Chang-Hwan; Suh, Jung-Won; Youn, Tae-Jin; Chae, In-Ho; Choi, Dong-Ju

    2015-01-01

    Despite the benefits of successful percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions, PCIs of CTO lesions still carry a high rate of adverse events, including in-stent restenosis (ISR). Because previous reports have not specifically investigated the intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) predictors of ISR in CTO lesions, we focused on these predictors. We included 126 patients who underwent successful PCIs, using drug-eluting stents, and post-PCI IVUS of CTO lesions. Patient and lesion characteristics were analyzed to elucidate the ISR predictors. In each lesion, an average of 1.7 ± 0.7 (mean length, 46.4 ± 20.3 mm) stents were used. At 9 months follow-up, 14 (11%) patients demonstrated ISR, and 8 (6.3%) underwent target lesion revascularization. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the independent predictors of ISR were the post-PCI minimal luminal diameter (MLD) and the stent expansion ratio (SER; minimal stent cross-sectional area (CSA) over the nominal CSA of the implanted stent), measured using quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) and IVUS, respectively. A receiver operating characteristic analysis indicated that the best post-PCI MLD and SER cut-off values for predicting ISR were 2.4 mm (area under the curve [AUC], 0.762; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.639–0.885) and 70% (AUC, 0.714; 95% CI, 0.577–0.852), respectively. Lesions with post-PCI MLD and SER values less than these threshold values were at a higher risk of ISR, with an odds ratio of 23.3 (95% CI, 2.74–198.08), compared with lesions having larger MLD and SER values. Thus, the potential predictors of ISR, after PCI of CTO lesions, are the post-PCI MLD and SER values. The ISR rate was highest in lesions with a post-PCI MLD ?2.4 mm and an SER ?70%. PMID:26465755

  11. Current trends in patients with chronic total occlusions undergoing coronary CT angiography

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    Opolski, Maksymilian P; Hartaigh, Bríain ó; Berman, Daniel S; Budoff, Matthew J; Achenbach, Stephan; Al-Mallah, Mouaz; Andreini, Daniele; Cademartiri, Filippo; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Chinnaiyan, Kavitha; Chow, Benjamin J W; Hadamitzky, Martin; Hausleiter, Joerg; Feuchtner, Gudrun; Kim, Yong-Jin; Kaufmann, Philipp A; Leipsic, Jonathon; Maffei, Erica; Pontone, Gianluca; Raff, Gilbert; Shaw, Leslee J; Villines, Todd C; Min, James K

    2015-01-01

    Objective Data describing the prevalence, characteristics and management of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) in patients undergoing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) have not been reported. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, characteristics and treatment strategies of CTO identified by CCTA. Methods We identified 23 745 patients who underwent CCTA for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) from the prospective international CCTA registry. Baseline clinical data were collected, and allocation to early coronary revascularisation performed within 90 days of CCTA was determined. Multivariable hierarchical mixed-effects logistic regression reporting OR with 95% CI was performed. Results The prevalence of CTO was 1.4% (342/23 745) in all patients and 6.2% in patients with obstructive CAD (?50% stenosis). The presence of CTO was independently associated with male sex (OR 3.12, 95% CI 2.39 to 4.08, p<0.001), smoking (OR 2.02, 95% CI 1.55 to 2.64, p<0.001), diabetes (OR 1.60, 95% CI 1.22 to 2.11, p=0.001), typical angina (OR 1.51, 95% CI 1.12 to 2.06, p=0.008), hypertension (OR 1.47, 95% CI 1.14 to 1.88, p=0.003), family history of CAD (OR 1.30, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.67, p=0.04) and age (OR 1.06, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.07, p<0.001). Most patients with CTO (61%) were treated medically, while 39% underwent coronary revascularisation. In patients with severe CAD (?70% stenosis), CTO independently predicted revascularisation by coronary artery bypass grafting (OR 3.41, 95% CI 2.06 to 5.66, p<0.001), but not by percutaneous coronary intervention (p=0.83). Conclusions CTOs are not uncommon in a contemporary CCTA population, and are associated with age, gender, angina status and CAD risk factors. Most individuals with CTO undergoing CCTA are managed medically with higher rates of surgical revascularisation in patients with versus without CTO. Trial registration number ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01443637. PMID:26076936

  12. Myths to Debunk to Improve Management, Referral, and Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Total Occlusion of an Epicardial Coronary Artery.

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    Azzalini, Lorenzo; Vo, Minh; Dens, Joseph; Agostoni, Pierfrancesco

    2015-12-01

    A chronic total occlusion (CTO) is defined as an occlusive (100% stenosis) coronary lesion with anterograde Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 0 flow for at least 3 months. CTOs are common in patients referred for coronary angiography (up to 33%) and are associated with angina, impaired quality of life, and reduced survival. Unfortunately, CTO percutaneous coronary intervention continues to be underperformed worldwide (10% to 15% at most institutions, ?30% where expert operators are available). The aim of this study was to address common fallacies pertaining to CTOs among cardiologists by providing a concise review of pertinent previously published reports along with an update on safety and efficacy of state-of-the-art CTO percutaneous coronary intervention techniques. PMID:26434510

  13. Serum Cystatin C Reflects Angiographic Coronary Collateralization in Stable Coronary Artery Disease Patients with Chronic Total Occlusion

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    Zhang, Rui Yan; Zhang, Qi; Lu, Lin; Shen, Wei Feng

    2015-01-01

    Objective We investigated whether and to what extent cystatin C was associated with angiographic coronary collateralization in patients with stable coronary artery disease and chronic total occlusion. Methods Serum levels of cystatin C and high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) were determined in 866 patients with stable angina and angiographic total occlusion of at least one major coronary artery. The degree of collaterals supplying the distal aspect of a total occlusion from the contra-lateral vessel was graded as poor (Rentrop score of 0 or 1) or good coronary collateralization (Rentrop score of 2 or 3). Results In total, serum cystatin C was higher in patients with poor collateralization than in those with good collateralization (1.08 ± 0.32 mg/L vs. 0.90 ± 0.34 mg/L, P < 0.001), and correlated inversely with Rentrop score (adjusted Spearmen’s r = -0.145, P < 0.001). The prevalence of poor coronary collateralization increased stepwise with increasing cystatin C quartiles (P for trend < 0.001). After adjusting for age, gender, risk factors for coronary artery disease, GFR and hsCRP, serum cystatin C ? 0.97 mg/L remained independently associated with poor collateralization (OR 2.374, 95% CI 1.660 ~ 3.396, P < 0.001). The diagnostic value of cystatin C levels for detecting poor coronary collateralization persisted regardless of age, gender, presence or absence of diabetes, hypertension or renal dysfunction. Conclusions Serum cystatin C reflects angiographic coronary collateralization in patients with stable coronary artery disease, and cystatin C ? 0.97 mg/L indicates a great risk of poor coronary collaterals. PMID:26402227

  14. Initial and Long-Term Results of Endovascular Therapy for Chronic Total Occlusion of the Subclavian Artery

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    Babic, Srdjan; Sagic, Dragan; Radak, Djordje; Antonic, Zelimir; Otasevic, Petar; Kovacevic, Vladimir; Tanaskovic, Slobodan; Ruzicic, Dusan; Aleksic, Nikola; Vucurevic, Goran

    2012-04-15

    Purpose: To study the initial and long-term results of angioplasty and primary stenting for the treatment of chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the subclavian artery (SA). Materials and Methods: From January 1999 to February 2010, 56 patients (25 men with a mean age of 58 {+-} 8 years) underwent endovascular treatment for CTO of the SA. Duplex scans and arteriograms confirmed occlusion in all cases. Indications for recanalization were subclavian steal syndrome in 33 patients (58.1%), arm claudication in 13 patients (23.2%), and coronary ischemia in 7 patients (12.5%) who had a history of previous coronary artery bypass grafting that included left internal thoracic artery graft. Three patients (5.4%) were treated before the scheduled coronary artery bypass surgery, which included left internal thoracic artery graft. After successful recanalization, all arteries were stented, and all of the patients were followed-up at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery and annually thereafter. Results: Successful recanalization of the SA was achieved in 46 patients (82.1%), and the complication rate was 7.1%. During follow-up (mean 40 {+-} 26 months; range 2 to 125), the primary patency rates after 1 and 3 years were 97.9% and 82.7%, respectively. At the end of follow-up, 76% of the arteries showed no evidence of restenosis. Univariate analysis failed to identify any variable predictive of long-term patency of successfully recanalized SA. Conclusion: Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with stenting of the complete total occlusion of the SA is a safe and effective procedure associated with low risks and good long-term results.

  15. Trans-collateral angioplasty for the treatment of long chronic total occlusions of superficial femoral arteries: a novel wiring technique.

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    Urasawa, K; Sato, K; Koshida, R; Honma, Y

    2014-06-01

    Endovascular therapy (EVT) utilizing percutaneous transluminal angioplasty has become a standard technique to re-establish sufficient blood flow in ischemic limbs of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Long chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) remains one of the challenging lesions in the field of EVT for PAD patients, despite the recent introduction of many dedicated interventional devices such as high-performance guidewires. In this article, we report a novel interventional technique, trans-collateral angioplasty (TCA), to improve the initial success rate of EVT for long SFA-CTO lesions. We present one representative case, and describe the technical tips and appropriate device selection criteria for the TCA procedure. The outcomes of TCA for long SFA-CTO performed last year at our institution are also summarized and discussed. PMID:21796093

  16. Comparison of 12-month clinical outcomes in diabetic and nondiabetic patients with chronic total occlusion lesions: a multicenter study

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    Rha, Seung-Woon; Na, Jin Oh; Lim, Hong Euy; Kim, Jin Won; Kim, Eung Ju; Park, Chang Gyu; Seo, Hong Seog; Oh, Dong Joo; Gwon, Hyeon-Cheol; Kim, Byeong-Keuk; Kim, Hyo-Soo; Yu, Cheol Woong; Park, Hun Sik; Chae, In-Ho; Lee, Seung-Hwan; Kim, Moo Hyun; Hur, Seung-Ho; Ahn, Young-Keun; Jang, Yangsoo

    2015-01-01

    Objective This study aimed to compare 1-year clinical outcomes in diabetic and nondiabetic patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions. Methods A total of 2865 patients (age 62.82±10.64 years; 74.0% men) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention for CTO were analyzed. The patients were classified as diabetic (n=977) or nondiabetic (n=1888). One-year clinical outcomes were compared between the two groups. Results One year after percutaneous coronary intervention, 241 (8.4%) patients developed major adverse cardiac events (MACEs). Target lesion revascularization (TLR), target vessel revascularization (TVR), TLR-MACEs, and total MACEs were more common in diabetics than in nondiabetics (6.1 vs. 3.9%, P=0.021; 7.2 vs. 4.8%, P=0.023; 7.7 vs. 5.5%, P=0.017; and 10.3 vs. 7.7%, P=0.011; respectively). In multivariate analysis, diabetes mellitus was an independent predictor for 1-year TLR (odds ratio: 2.201, P=0.001) and total MACEs (odds ratio: 1.677, P=0.002). Among diabetic patients, total death, TLR, TVR, TLR-MACEs, TVR-MACEs, and total MACEs were more common in patients who used insulin than in those who did not (6.1 vs. 1.9%, P=0.018; 11.3 vs. 4.6%, P=0.007; 12.2 vs. 5.9%, P=0.025; 14.8 vs. 5.9%, P=0.003; 16.5 vs. 8.0%, P=0.008; and 17.4 vs. 9.2%, P=0.012, respectively). Insulin use was an independent predictor for total death, 12-month TLR, TVR, TLR-MACEs, TVR-MACEs, and total MACEs. Conclusion This study identified diabetes mellitus as an independent risk factor for 1-year TLR and total MACEs in patients with CTO lesions. PMID:26407238

  17. 25-Hydroxy-vitamin D level may predict presence of coronary collaterals in patients with chronic coronary total occlusion

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    Sarli, Bahadir; Baktir, Ahmet Oguz; Kurtul, Serkan; Akpek, Mahmut; Sahin, Omer; Odabas, Huseyin; Dondurmac?, Engin; Ugurlu, Mehmet; Ozkan, Eyup

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Sufficient coronary collateral circulation (CCC) protects myocardial tissue against ischemia in patients with coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO). Vitamin D is a steroid hormone which has been related to increased prevalence of hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction and cardiovascular mortality. Aim To investigate whether there is an association between serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D levels and development of CCC in patients with coronary CTO. Material and methods A total of 188 patients with CTO at coronary angiography were included in this study. Vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels were measured on the day of coronary angiography. Development of collateral circulation was graded according to the Rentrop classification after coronary angiography. Then, patients were divided into two groups on the basis of CCC grades: group 1 included 68 (36%) patients with poorly developed CCC, and group 2 included 120 (64%) patients with well-developed CCC. Results Patients with poorly developed CCC had significantly lower serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D levels compared to those with well-developed CCC (20 ±3 vs. 30 ±6 ng/ml, p<0.0001). Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) (OR = 1.794, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.453–2.216; p<0.001) as an independent predictor of poor collateral flow in patients with CTO. Conclusions Low vitamin D level is an independent predictor of poor CCC in patients with CTO. PMID:26677358

  18. Comparison of outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention for chronic total occlusion using everolimus- versus sirolimus- versus paclitaxel-eluting stents (from the Korean National Registry of Chronic Total Occlusion Intervention).

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    Lee, Min-Ho; Lee, Joo M; Kang, Si-Hyuck; Yoon, Chang-Hwan; Jang, Yangsoo; Yu, Cheol W; Park, Hun S; Lee, Seung-Hwan; Hur, Seung-Ho; Kim, Moo H; Rha, Seung-Woon; Gwon, Hyeon-Cheol; Chae, In-Ho; Kim, Hyo-Soo

    2015-07-15

    For the treatment of chronic total occlusion (CTO), the efficacy and safety of the everolimus-eluting stent (EES) remain less well defined. Also, there are limited data for the predictors of outcome after CTO intervention. The purpose of this study was to compare clinical outcomes of the EES with the first-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) in CTO intervention and to investigate the predictors of clinical outcome. The Korean National Registry of CTO Intervention is a retrospective cohort of 26 centers from the past 5 years. The primary end point was major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) defined as a composite of cardiac death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and target lesion revascularization. Of the 1,754 all-comer patients, 1,509 patients (EES 311, sirolimus-eluting stent [SES] 642, paclitaxel-eluting stent 556) were finally analyzed after excluding 245 patients (mixed DESs in 46 and follow-up loss in 199). In the inverse probability weighting-adjusted population, the 1-year MACE rate of the EES was comparable with that of the SES (5.8% vs 3.4%, p = 0.796) and the paclitaxel-eluting stent (5.8% vs 6.9%, p = 0.740). Each component of MACE was also comparable among the 3 stents. Importantly, the independent predictors of MACE were diabetes mellitus, previous congestive heart failure, and left circumflex CTO. In conclusion, for the first time in the largest CTO cohort, the EES showed good 1-year clinical outcomes that were comparable with the SES. Independent predictors of MACE after CTO intervention were clinical factors (diabetes and congestive heart failure) and lesion location. PMID:26001819

  19. The open retrograde approach as an alternative for failed percutaneous access for difficult below the knee chronic total occlusions—A case series

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    Saravana, K.; Tan, Y.K.; Kum, S.; Tang, T.Y.

    2015-01-01

    Retrograde puncture via patent pedal vessels can be attempted in failed antegrade approach for infrapopliteal long chronic total occlusion. However in cases where the pedal vessels are unable to be visualized via duplex ultrasonography or fluoroscopy an open approach offers an additional option to a vascular surgeon for successful recanalization. Our case report highlights 3 cases where successful hybrid open retrograde approach was able to achieve recanalization of long chronic total occlusion. Presentation of cases The three cases in our series presented with critical limb ischaemia. All three cases had undergone duplex imaging of the affected arterial system. As the antegrade approach to cross the lesion failed a retrograde approach was attempted in all 3 cases. However when the usual modality of retrograde puncture via the use of ultrasound or fluoroscopy failed we proceeded with an open approach. Discussion Retrograde approach usually offers a better chance of successfully crossing a chronic total occlusion lesion. However puncturing a distal vessel successfully and traversing a catheter or guidewire across proves to be a challenge. An open approach offers an additional pathway for puncturing the target vessel when duplex imaging or fluoroscopic guidance fails. Conclusion Open approach is usually attempted as a last resort by many endovascular surgeons. However procedural time, contrast and radiation usage could have been cut short in cases where the distal target vessels pose a technical challenge for approach via a percutaneous method. PMID:26439418

  20. Real-World Use and Appropriateness of Coronary Interventions for Chronic Total Occlusion (from a Japanese Multicenter Registry).

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    Inohara, Taku; Kohsaka, Shun; Miyata, Hiroaki; Ueda, Ikuko; Hayashida, Kentaro; Maekawa, Yuichiro; Kawamura, Akio; Numasawa, Yohei; Suzuki, Masahiro; Noma, Shigetaka; Nishi, Yutaro; Fukuda, Keiichi

    2015-09-15

    Little is known about the outcomes and indications of chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO-PCI), other than in high-volume centers. We sought to provide a real-world overview of the clinical outcomes and appropriateness of PCI for CTO. The analysis included 4,950 consecutive PCIs for nonacute indications registered in the multicenter Japanese PCI registry in collaboration with the US National Cardiovascular Data Registry (Cath-PCI). Data included demographics, clinical outcomes (procedural success and complication rates), and the indication appropriateness, based on the 2012 appropriate use criteria for revascularization. The overall procedural success and major adverse cardiac event rates of 501 cases with CTO-PCI (10.1%) were 76% and 3.2%, respectively. Based on the criteria, mapping failures occurred in 2,521 procedures; the remaining 2,429 PCIs were successfully mapped. The CTO-PCIs were performed for more appropriate indications than PCIs for lesions without CTO. The rate of inappropriate indications was significantly lower in CTO-PCIs than in non-CTO-PCIs (23.0% vs 31.4%, p = 0.04). Only 17% of CTO-PCIs were directly assigned to CTO-specific scenarios because such scenarios are only intended for "Lone" CTO; the rest of the CTO-PCI cases were secondarily mapped to non-CTO-specific scenarios. In conclusion, as many as 10% of the elective PCIs were performed for CTO lesions in a contemporary multicenter Japanese PCI registry; CTO-PCI was associated with lower procedural success and higher complication rates than non-CTO-PCI. Its indication was relatively appropriate; however, our findings emphasize the need for more rigorous evaluation in terms of the present insufficient CTO-related clinical scenarios. PMID:26183792

  1. Subintimal Angioplasty of Long Chronic Total Femoropopliteal Occlusions: Long-Term Outcomes, Predictors of Angiographic Restenosis, and Role of Stenting

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    Siablis, Dimitris Diamantopoulos, Athanasios; Katsanos, Konstantinos; Spiliopoulos, Stavros; Kagadis, George C.; Papadoulas, Spyros; Karnabatidis, Dimitris

    2012-06-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this article is to report the results of a prospective single-center study analyzing the long-term clinical and angiographic outcomes of subintimal angioplasty (SIA) for the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) of the femoropopliteal artery. Materials and Methods: Patients with severe intermittent claudication or critical limb ischemia (CLI) were enrolled in the study. All lesions were treated with SIA and provisional stenting. Primary end points were technical success, patient survival, limb salvage, lesion primary patency, angiographic binary restenosis (>50%), and target lesion revascularization (TLR). Regular clinical and angiographic follow-up was set at 6 and 12 months and yearly thereafter. Study end points were calculated with life-table survival analysis. Proportional-hazards regression analysis with a Cox-model was applied to adjust for confounding factors of heterogeneity. Results: Between May 2004 and July 2009, 98 patients (105 limbs, patient age 69.3 {+-} 9.9 years) were included in the study. Technical success rate was 91.4% with a lesion length of 121 {+-} 77 mm. Limb-salvage and survival rates were 88.7% and 84.1% at 3 years, respectively. After 12, 24, and 36 months, primary patency was 80.1%, 42.3%, and 29.0%, angiographic binary restenosis was 37.2%, 68.6%, and 80.0%, and TLR was 84.8%, 73.0%, and 64.5%, respectively. CLI was the only adverse predictor for decreased primary patency (hazard ratio [HR] 0.36; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.16-0.80, p = 0.012), whereas significantly less restenosis was detected after spot stenting of the entry and/or re-entry site (HR 0.31; 95% CI 0.10-0.89, p = 0.01 and HR 0.20; 95% CI 0.07-0.56, p = 0.002, respectively). Conclusions: Subintimal angioplasty is a safe and effective revascularization technique for the treatment of CTOs of the femoropopliteal artery. Provisional stenting may have a role at the subintimal entry or true lumen re-entry site.

  2. Stent implantation and optical frequency domain imaging with carbon dioxide for chronic total occlusion in the superficial femoral artery.

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    Nakamura, Akihiro; Noda, Kazuki; Nakajima, Sota; Endo, Hideaki; Takahashi, Tohru; Nozaki, Eiji

    2015-10-01

    A 68-year-old female was presented with claudication in the left lower leg. She underwent angiography with carbon dioxide (CO2) because she had a history of anaphylactic shock to iodinated contrast medium. It revealed total occlusion of the left superficial femoral artery (SFA), and subsequently endovascular therapy (EVT) was performed by an antegrade approach from the left common femoral artery. After stent implantation, we performed optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) using CO2 as contrast medium. OFDI has been extensively studied in the coronary circulation; however, its use in the peripheral arterial circulation is scarce. We present a case of stent implantation and OFDI using CO2 as an ancillary tool during EVT for SFA lesions in the patient with contraindication to iodinated contrast medium. PMID:25319810

  3. Custom total occlusal convergence angle sticker fabrication.

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    Cho, Seok-Hwan; Nagy, William W

    2015-09-01

    This article describes a method of fabricating a custom total occlusal convergence angle sticker with photo editing software and label stickers. The custom total occlusal convergence angle sticker can help clinicians achieve an accurate degree of taper during axial wall reduction of tooth preparation. PMID:26013073

  4. Stumpless chronic total occlusion with no retrograde option: Multidetector Computed Tomography-Guided Intervention via Bi-Radial Approach Utilizing Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold.

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    Dautov, Rustem; Abdul Jawad Altisent, Omar; Rinfret, Stéphane

    2015-11-15

    When dealing with flush ostial chronic total occlusion (CTO) and no viable retrograde option, the only way to perform recanalization is through an antegrade approach. Such a procedure can be extremely difficult considering the ambiguity of the proximal cap. We demonstrate how we solved ambiguity of the proximal cap of an ostial obtuse marginal CTO with the help of cardiac multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). We also discuss several techniques including bilateral radial approach with home-made sheathless large-bore catheters, IVUS-guided cap puncture, ping-pong guide catheters engagement in the left main, and bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) for an ostial left circumflex disease that we all used in our CTO case. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26011608

  5. The Role for Adjunctive Image in Pre-procedural Assessment and Peri-Procedural Management in Chronic Total Occlusion Recanalisation

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    Estevez-Loureiro, Rodrigo; Ghione, Matteo; Kilickesmez, Kadriye; Agudo, Pilar; Lindsay, Alistair; Mario, Carlo Di

    2014-01-01

    Non invasive coronary angiography with multislice computed tomography has exquisite sensitivity to detect calcium and even the faintest late contrast filling of the distal vessel. Calcium burden and occlusion length are still valuable markers of duration, complexity and success of the recanalisation procedure. The ability to visualise the vessel also in the occluded segment, especially if calcified, can also help the operator to understand where to pierce the proximal cap in stumpless occlusions and to predict unusual courses, especially in very tortuous arteries. Imaging side by side CT images and angiography during the recanalisation procedure is an established practice in many active CTO laboratories and algorithms for co-registration are designed to overcome the challenges of systo-diastolic and respiratory motion. Intravascular ultrasound is used in almost all cases by the experienced Japanese CTO operators but most of the times its main use is a better identification of the diseased segment after predilatation to ensure complete stent cover and appropriate stent expansion, an application similar to other complex non occlusive lesions. The specificity of IVUS during CTO recanalisation is the identification of the vessel path in stumpless occlusions and the guidance of wire reentry especially during reverse Controlled Retrograde Anterograde Tracking. Optical coherence tomography has limitations in the setting of CTO recanalisation because of the need of forceful contrast flushing to clear blood, contraindicated in the presence of anterograde dissections, and the limited penetration. The variability in the use of both non-invasive and invasive imaging during CTO recanalisation is immense, going from more than 90% in Japan to less than 20% in Europe and intermediate penetration in the USA. Probably the explanation is almost only in availability and cost because all countries see a progressive increase of use suggesting that these methods are becoming an established tool for guidance of CTO recanalisation. PMID:24694101

  6. Impact of Chronic Total Occlusions and Coronary Revascularization on All-Cause Mortality and the Incidence of Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Ischemic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Raja, Vijay; Wiegn, Phi; Obel, Owen; Christakopoulos, Georgios; Christopoulos, George; Rangan, Bavana V; Roesle, Michele; Abdullah, Shuaib M; Luna, Michael; Addo, Tayo; Ayers, Colby; Garcia, Santiago; de Lemos, James A; Banerjee, Subhash; Brilakis, Emmanouil S

    2015-11-01

    Coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) have been associated with higher mortality in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs); yet the impact of CTO revascularization on subsequent clinical outcomes has not been studied. We evaluated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy who also received an ICD for primary prevention of sudden death at the Dallas VA Medical Center from January 2002 to December 2013. On the basis of coronary angiography performed before device implantation, patients were divided into 3 groups: no CTOs, revascularized CTOs (with percutaneous coronary intervention or surgery), and unrevascularized CTOs. Primary and secondary outcomes were all-cause mortality and appropriate ICD therapy for sustained ventricular arrhythmias. A total of 307 patients (mean age 64.3 ± 8.1 years, 100% men) were included in the study. At least 1 CTO was present in 213 patients (69%) and was revascularized in 99 patients (32%). During a median follow-up of 4.1 years, 51 patients (17%) died and 98 (32%) had at least 1 episode of sustained ventricular arrhythmia. Mortality and incidence of ventricular arrhythmias were similar in the 3 study groups in both univariate and multivariate analyses. In conclusion, CTOs are commonly found in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. In contrast to previous studies, the presence of a CTO was not associated with higher mortality or incidence of ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, revascularization of CTOs was not associated with improved outcomes in this high-risk cohort. PMID:26341182

  7. Impact of the Presence of Chronic Total Occlusion in a Non-Infarct-Related Coronary Artery in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients.

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    Mizuguchi, Yukio; Takahashi, Akihiko; Hashimoto, Sho; Yamada, Takeshi; Taniguchi, Norimasa; Nakajima, Shunsuke; Hata, Tetsuya

    2015-12-01

    Chronic total occlusion (CTO) in a non-infarcted-related artery was reported to worsen immediate clinical outcome in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. However, the prognosis of such patients with preserved left ventricular function after successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been clarified. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the presence of CTO contributes to a worse prognosis even in patients with preserved left ventricular function after primary PCI.We retrospectively analyzed 353 consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction, whose left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was not less than 40% in the echocardiography performed 1 day after primary PCI. We divided the patients into two groups according to the presence (n = 25) or absence (n = 328) of CTO in the non-infarct-related coronary artery, and compared the clinical outcome of patients between the two groups.The LVEF estimated by echocardiography after primary PCI was similar between patients with and without CTO (55.1 ± 8.6% versus 58.0 ± 9.4%; P = 0.07). The peak creatine kinase value was also similar between the two groups (1539 versus 1921 U/L; P = 0.33); however, CTO patients were significantly more likely to undergo intra-aortic balloon pumping (56.0% versus 12.5%; P < 0.001) during primary PCI, and 30-day mortality was significantly higher in CTO patients (12.0% versus 0.9%; P < 0.001). By multivariate analysis, cardiogenic shock at arrival was significantly correlated with 30-day mortality.Even though the LVEF of AMI patients with CTO was preserved after successful PCI, a high mortality rate was observed. PMID:26549281

  8. Meta-Analysis of the Impact on Mortality of Noninfarct-Related Artery Coronary Chronic Total Occlusion in Patients Presenting With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

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    O'Connor, Stephen A; Garot, Philippe; Sanguineti, Francesca; Hoebers, Loes P; Unterseeh, Thierry; Benamer, Hakim; Chevalier, Bernard; Hovasse, Thomas; Morice, Marie-Claude; Lefèvre, Thierry; Louvard, Yves

    2015-07-01

    Several observational studies have compared clinical outcome in patients with a co-existing noninfarct-related artery chronic total occlusion (n-IRA CTO) versus those without, suggesting increased all-cause mortality. The goal of this study was to provide a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the impact of the presence of an n-IRA CTO on short- and long-term mortality after primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Studies published from January 1980 to January 2014 that compared the incidence of all-cause mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction with co-existing n-IRA CTO versus those without were identified using an electronic search and reviewed using meta-analytical techniques. Seven studies (5 observational studies and 2 observational analyses of randomized controlled trials) comprising 14,117 patients and 1,554 patients (11.7%) with n-IRA CTO were included. The presence of n-IRA CTO was associated with increased incidence of all-cause mortality at a median follow-up of 25.2 months (interquartile range 24 to 60) compared with no CTO (absolute risk 23.5% vs 9.0%; odds ratio [OR] 2.90, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.09 to 4.01; p <0.0001). This finding was consistent in the analysis of studies reporting 30-day follow-up (absolute risk 17.2% vs 4.7%; OR 3.79, 95% CI 3.13 to 4.59; p <0.0001). Co-existing n-IRA CTO was also associated with increased mortality in a subanalysis of patients with multivessel disease only (absolute risk 24.2% vs 11.3%; OR 2.23, 95% CI 1.90 to 2.63; p <0.0001). In conclusion, coronary CTO in the nonculprit artery in patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is associated with increased short- and long-term all-cause mortality. PMID:26068700

  9. Sharp Recanalization for Chronic Left Iliac Vein Occlusion

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    Ito, Nobutake Isfort, Peter; Penzkofer, Tobias; Grommes, Jochen; Greiner, Andreas; Mahnken, Andreas

    2012-08-15

    Endovascular treatment has emerged as a first-line treatment for venous occlusions, but is sometimes challenging with conventional approaches. This article describes a helpful technique using a Roesch-Uchida needle to cross a chronic occlusion of the iliac vein when conventional techniques have failed.

  10. Acute Popliteal Artery Occlusion after Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty

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    Tsujimoto, Ryu; Matsumoto, Tomoyuki; Takayama, Koji; Kawakami, Yohei; Kamimura, Masato; Matsushita, Takehiko; Kuroda, Ryosuke; Kurosaka, Masahiro

    2015-01-01

    Acute arterial occlusions are a rare complication of total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, in revision TKA, the risk of such complications is higher and these complications can lead to amputation if not adequately treated. We describe a case of acute popliteal artery occlusion 4 hours after second revision TKA in a patient with a history of several surgical procedures because of periprosthetic infection at a previous hospital. Revascularization was achieved via bypass grafting and amputation was narrowly avoided despite time lag after symptom onset to revascularization. In this case, it was possible that the arterial disease that accompanied the vascular endothelium injury such as pseudoaneurysm had existed since the previous surgery at another hospital and was destroyed by the surgical procedure, which led to the formation of thrombosis and arterial occlusion. Preoperative evaluation of the arterial condition should be considered to avoid acute arterial occlusive disease, especially in patients who had several previous surgical procedures. PMID:26357582

  11. TRACKING OF MOVING OBJECTS UNDER SEVERE AND TOTAL OCCLUSIONS

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    TRACKING OF MOVING OBJECTS UNDER SEVERE AND TOTAL OCCLUSIONS By Alberto Bartesaghi and Guillermo UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 514 Vincent Hall 206 Church Street S.E. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455­0436 Phone: 612/624-6066 Fax: 612/626-7370 URL: http://www.ima.umn.edu #12;TRACKING OF MOVING OBJECTS UNDER SEVERE AND TOTAL

  12. Navigating a guide wire through total occlusions: clinical experience

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    Neet, John M.; Winston, Thomas R.; Hedrick, Allan D.; Koolen, Jaques J.; Bonnier, Hans

    2000-05-01

    One of the last remaining frontiers in angioplasty interventions is successfully recanalizing arteries containing total occlusions. The primary limiting condition is the inability to pass a guide wire safely across the total occlusion to facilitate therapeutic interventions. The operator has to perform the intervention without the assistance of x-ray imaging to define the vessel's path since the contrast media flow is blocked by the occlusion. To overcome this limitation, a guide wire system has been developed that transmits low coherence near-infrared light through an optical fiber internal to the guide wire and illuminates the tissue adjacent the distal end. Differences in the scattering of near-infrared light by the normal arterial wall and occluding tissues are detected by optical coherence reflectometry (OCR) techniques. Through a real-time monitoring system and display, the physician is warned if the guide wire approaches the normal arterial wall, allowing the guide wire to be redirected to prevent perforating the vessel. The system has been used in clinical coronary angioplasty cases demonstrating the ability to cross 10 out of 11 total occlusions without any perforations or dissections. The OCR guide wire system has demonstrated clinical potential and will require additional testing for clinical efficacy claims.

  13. Percutaneous Endovascular Treatment of Chronic Iliac Artery Occlusion

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    Carnevale, F. C. De Blas, Mariano; Merino, Santiago; Egana, Jose M.; Caldas, Jose G.M.P.

    2004-09-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the clinical and radiological long-term results of recanalization of chronic occluded iliac arteries with balloon angioplasty and stent placement.Methods: Sixty-nine occluded iliac arteries (mean length 8.1 cm; range 4-16 cm) in 67 patients were treated by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent placement. Evaluations included clinical assesment according to Fontaine stages, Doppler examinations with ankle-brachial index (ABI) and bilateral lower extremity arteriograms. Wallstent and Cragg vascular stents were inserted for iliac artery recanalization under local anesthesia. Follow-up lasted 1-83 months (mean 29.5 months).Results: Technical success rate was 97.1% (67 of 69). The mean ABI increased from 0.46 to 0.85 within 30 days after treatment and was 0.83 at the most recent follow-up. Mean hospitalization time was 2 days and major complications included arterial thrombosis (3%), arterial rupture (3%) and distal embolization (1%). During follow-up 6% stenosis and 9% thrombosis of the stents were observed. Clinical improvement occurred in 92% of patients. Primary and secondary patency rates were 75% and 95%, respectively.Conclusion: The long-term patency rates and clinical benefits suggest that percutaneous endovascular revascularization with metallic stents is a safe and effective treatment for patients with chronic iliac artery occlusion.

  14. A transplanted kidney surviving total vessel occlusion and anuria.

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    El-Harakeh, M A; Barbari, A; Stephan, A; Saggi, S; Kilany, H; Barakeh, A

    2005-08-01

    We report a case of a 46-year-old white male with renal graft artery stenosis who developed acute renal shutdown with total anuria while on the ACE inhibitor lisinopril, one week following the discontinuation of aspirin. The serum creatinine was 8.5 mg/dl. Doppler ultrasound and MAG3 scintigraphy of the grafted kidney were highly suggestive of a viable but nonfunctioning kidney. A femoro-femoral bypass for total thrombosis of the right common iliac artery was performed distal to the occlusion. Immediate diuresis was obtained after establishing the bypass. Serum creatinine dropped to 1.35 mg/dl three days later. In this case we believe that the collateral circulation played a significant role in immediate recovery of kidney function by maintaining renal perfusion pressure and preventing acute tubular necrosis (ATN). We also believe that the ACE inhibitor might have contributed to salvaging the kidney by improving medullary oxygen balance and maintaining adequate medullary blood flow. PMID:16114794

  15. Total Occlusion of Abdominal Aortic Endograft Successfully Treated with Axillobifemoral Bypass

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    Shirasugi, Takehiro; Yuri, Koichi; Nomura, Yohei; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Adachi, Hideo; Morita, Hideki

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of total occlusion of a Zenith bifurcated stent graft 16 months after implantation. A 72-year-old man was admitted to our hospital complaining of bilateral lower extremity numbness, followed by severe rest pain 4 h after sudden onset of symptoms. Computed tomography showed total occlusion of the endograft at the mid-portion of the main body. He underwent left axillobifemoral bypass using a reinforced polytetrafluoroethylene T-shaped graft, leading to resolution of symptoms 7 h after onset. Axillobifemoral bypass successfully relieved acute lower extremity ischemia caused by total occlusion of the abdominal aortic endograft.

  16. Stent Recanalization of Chronic Portal Vein Occlusion in a Child

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    Cwikiel, Wojciech; Solvig, Jan; Schroder, Henrik

    2000-07-15

    An 8-year-old boy with a 21/2 year history of portal hypertension and repeated bleedings from esophageal varices, was referred for treatment. The 3.5-cm-long occlusion of the portal vein was passed and the channel created was stabilized with a balloon-expandable stent; a portosystemic stent-shunt was also created. The portosystemic shunt closed spontaneously within 1 month, while the recanalized segment of the portal vein remained open. The pressure gradient between the intrahepatic and extrahepatic portal vein branches dropped from 17 mmHg to 0 mmHg. The pressure in the portal vein dropped from 30 mmHg to 17 mmHg and the bleedings stopped. The next dilation of the stent was performed 12 months later due to an increased pressure gradient; the gastroesophageal varices disappeared completely. Further dilation of the stent was planned after 2, 4, and 6 years.

  17. Hemihepatic versus total hepatic inflow occlusion during hepatectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Wang, Hai-Qing; Yang, Jia-Yin; Yan, Lu-Nan

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing hepatectomy with hemihepatic vascular occlusion (HHO) compared with total hepatic inflow occlusion (THO). METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing hemihepatic vascular occlusion and total hepatic inflow occlusion were included by a systematic literature search. Two authors independently assessed the trials for inclusion and extracted the data. A meta-analysis was conducted to estimate blood loss, transfusion requirement, and liver injury based on the levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT). Either the fixed effects model or random effects model was used. RESULTS: Four RCTs including 338 patients met the prede?ned inclusion criteria. A total of 167 patients were treated with THO and 171 with HHO. Meta-analysis of AST levels on postoperative day 1 indicated higher levels in the THO group with weighted mean difference (WMD) 342.27; 95% confidence intervals (CI) 217.28-467.26; P = 0.00?001; I2 = 16%. Meta-analysis showed no significant difference between THO group and HHO group on blood loss, transfusion requirement, mortality, morbidity, operating time, ischemic duration, hospital stay, ALT levels on postoperative day 1, 3 and 7 and AST levels on postoperative day 3 and 7. CONCLUSION: Hemihepatic vascular occlusion does not offer satisfying benefit to the patients undergoing hepatic resection. However, they have less liver injury after liver resections. PMID:21912460

  18. Incidence and duration of total occlusion of the radial artery in newborn infants after catheter removal.

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    Hack, W W; Vos, A; van der Lei, J; Okken, A

    1990-01-01

    The incidence and duration of total occlusion of the radial artery after catheter removal was determined using repeated Doppler flow measurements. Thirty-two newborn infants with birthweights ranging from 945 g to 3890 g (median 1935 g) and gestational age ranging from 26 to 40 weeks (median 32 weeks) were studied. In 20 out of 32 infants (63%), complete occlusion of the radial artery occurred. The number of occlusions were not related to birthweight, gestational age or duration of cannulation. In all infants, blood flow in the radial artery resumed within 1-29 days after catheter removal. The duration of occlusion was directly related to the duration of cannulation and inversely related to birthweight. This study demonstrates a high frequency of total occlusion of the radial artery in newborn infants after percutaneous radial artery cannulation. In the majority of infants with a radial artery catheter, blood flow to the tissue distal to the cannulation site is dependent solely on the existence of an adequate arterial palmar collateral circulation. PMID:2303076

  19. Transhepatic Guidance of Translumbar Hemodialysis Catheter Placement in the Setting of Chronic Infrarenal IVC Occlusion

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    Lorenz, Jonathan M. Regalado, Sidney; Navuluri, Rakesh Zangan, Steven; Thuong Van Ha; Funaki, Brian

    2010-06-15

    When patients with end-stage renal disease have exhausted both conventional and unconventional venous access options, creative solutions must be sought for hemodialysis catheter placement in order to ensure survival. This case describes a patient in urgent need of a dialysis catheter despite total occlusion of the jugular, subclavian, and femoral veins. Occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and right renal vein resulted in failed attempts at translumbar catheter placement. A gooseneck snare was temporarily advanced through the liver to the IVC for use as a fluoroscopic target to facilitate successful single-puncture, translumbar catheterization.

  20. The Benefits of Internal Thoracic Artery Catheterization in Patients With Chronic Abdominal Aortic Occlusion

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    Ilic, Nikola Davidovic, Lazar; Koncar, Igor; Dragas, Marko; Markovic, Miroslav; Colic, Momcilo; Cinara, Ilijas

    2011-04-15

    Occlusion of the abdominal aorta may be caused by an embolic lesion, but more commonly by thrombotic disease at the aortoiliac area, progressing retrograde. However, the visualization of the distal run-off via internal thoracic-epigastric inferior artery collateral channel may be a very important diagnostic tool, especially in countries with poor technical equipment. This study was designed to show the benefit of the selective internal thoracic angiography in cases with complete aortic occlusion. We present 30 patients with chronic aortic abdominal occlusion who were submitted to the transaxillary aortography and selective ITA angiography with purpose of distal run off evaluation. Angiographic evaluation was performed by two independent radiologists according to previously defined classification. Good angiographic score via internal thoracic angiography by first observer was achieved in 19 (63.3%) patients and in 18 (60%) by a second observer. Transaxillary aortography showed inferior results: good angiographic score by the first observer in six (20%) patients and by the second observer in three (3%) patients. Low extremity run-off is better visualized during internal thoracic angiography than during transaxillary aortography.

  1. Chronic Knee Dislocation After Total Knee Arthroplasty.

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    Ross, John P; Brown, Nicholas M; Levine, Brett R

    2015-12-01

    Knee dislocation after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), although rare, is a dangerous injury that can lead to neurovascular compromise and permanent disability. Chronic dislocation after TKA is even less common and is defined as dislocation that is present for 4 weeks or more. There are few reports of its management. Chronic dislocation may be complicated further by concomitant extensor mechanism disruption, ligamentous instability, and/or capsular contracture. This article describes 3 cases of chronically dislocated TKAs and the challenges encountered in treating this difficult problem. A higher level of constraint was required to maintain knee stability, and an extensor mechanism allograft was needed in 2 of the 3 reported patients. The preferred technique at the authors' institution is a complete allograft composite, tensioned in full extension. In the setting of a chronically dislocated TKA, the authors now recommend revision surgery with an enhanced measure of constraint (constrained condylar device or hinged knee prosthesis), reconstruction of the extensor mechanism when necessary, and restoration of the joint while compensating for concomitant bony defects. Even when surgeons follow these principles, it is important to inform the patient that long-term outcomes will likely be inferior to those of revision surgery for other causes. [Orthopedics. 2015; 38(12):e1155-e1159.]. PMID:26652339

  2. Total parenteral nutrition associated crystalline precipitates resulting in pulmonary artery occlusions and alveolar granulomas.

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    McNearney, Terry; Bajaj, Christopher; Boyars, Michael; Cottingham, John; Haque, Abida

    2003-07-01

    This case report describes total parenteral nutrition (TPN) -associated crystalline precipitates occluding the pulmonary artery branches in a Crohn's disease patient who survived. These precipitates caused focal vascular disruptions and alveolar granulomas. High-resolution CT (HRCT) scan demonstrated a diffuse ground-glass appearance. Pulmonary function tests showed severe ventilatory defects, arterial hypoxemia, and decreased oxygen saturations. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX) of the patient's lung biopsy and expectorant demonstrated similar patterns, supporting crystal migration into the alveoli. Treatment included broad-spectrum antibiotics, anticoagulation, corticosteroids, and daily pulmonary toilet. The patient required continuous supplemental oxygen for two months and then was able to use it intermittently. This patient survived widespread pulmonary vascular occlusions secondary to precipitation and crystallization of TPN solution, with moderately severe residual deficits in exercise tolerance and chest x-ray abnormalities. This case underscores the importance of surveillance and recognition and of TPN-associated complications by health care workers. PMID:12870794

  3. Kissing iliac artery stent technique for salvage of a total occlusion of a jailed common iliac artery.

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    Ishizuka, Shuichi; Habara, Maoto; Nasu, Kenya

    2014-03-01

    A 70-year-old female was admitted to our hospital due to claudication of the left leg. The patient was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease and received endovascular therapy (EVT) with a stent implanted in the right common iliac artery (CIA) at another hospital 3 months earlier. The left CIA was jailed by the stent. We performed EVT for the chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the jailed left CIA. A kissing-stent strategy was selected because the strut could not be fully opened. The wire was crossed through the stent strut, since passing the wire outside of the stent was problematic. A balloon was dilated at the stent strut and further inserted while dilated in order to create a space between the implanted stent and opposite aorta wall. Finally, a wire was successfully crossed outside of the stent in this space. A balloon-expandable stent was implanted at the aorta to left CIA in order to perform the kissing-stent technique. Additionally, a self-expandable stent was deployed at the left external iliac artery. To facilitate kissing-stent technique for a jailed CIA CTO lesion, inserting the balloon while inflated at the bifurcation was useful to create space for advancing the guidewire along the stent. PMID:24610512

  4. Positive outcome of occlusal freeway space reestablishment in patients with medication overuse due to chronic migraine.

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    Didier, H; Marchetti, C; Marchetti, A; D'Amico, D; Tullo, V; Proietti Cecchini, A; Di Fiore, P; Bussone, G; Santoro, F

    2013-05-01

    Considering the great chapter of migraines, it is important to note the signs and symptoms caused by an alteration of the relationship of the facial musculature and the occlusal freeway space (FWS) that is the distance from maximal intercuspation to the habitual rest position (measurable in 1.4-2.5 mm). To any mandible position changing (detected by periodontal, muscle and joint proprioceptors), there is an influence on the neuromuscular system and then an alteration of the FWS. A group of 60 patients with chronic migraine (CM) underwent a withdrawal of overused medication and were subjected to electromyographic and kinesiographic evaluation. All those who presented an alteration of the FWS at rest position have been subjected to treatment with orthosis device for about 12 months. The aim of our work is to obtain and define a correct mandibular position, physiological, in agreement with the neuromuscular structures of the patient. Clinical results obtained on this pool of patients, in terms of reduction of the VAS, let us understand the importance of the inviolability of the FWS and to eliminate any type of mandibular deviation with respect to the closure trajectory induced by TENS in patients suffering from CM. PMID:23695073

  5. Trans-venous occlusion of incompetent pelvic veins for chronic pelvic pain in women: a systematic review.

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    Hansrani, Vivak; Abbas, Abeera; Bhandari, Sahil; Caress, Ann-Louise; Seif, Mourad; McCollum, Charles N

    2015-02-01

    Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects 24% of women worldwide; the cause cannot be identified in 40% despite invasive investigations. Dilated, refluxing pelvic veins may be a cause of CPP and treatment by trans-venous occlusion is increasingly performed when gynecological causes are excluded, but is it effective? A systematic review of the literature published between 1966 and July 2014 was conducted. Two authors independently reviewed potential studies according to a set of eligibility criteria, with a third assessor available as an arbiter. Thirteen studies including 866 women undergoing trans-venous occlusion of pelvic veins for CPP were identified (Level of evidence: one study grade 2b, 12 studies grade four). Statistical significant improvements in pelvic pain were reported in nine of the 13 studies. Technical success was reported in 865 of 866 (99.8%) with low complication rates: coil migration in 14 women (1.6%), abdominal pain in ten women (1.2%) and vein perforation in five (0.6%). In a study on varicose veins of the legs, recurrence was seen in 13% of 179 women 5-years following coil embolization. Subjective improvements in pain were seen in all 13 studies after treatment by trans-venous occlusion. All 13 studies were of poor methodological quality. Complication rates were low and no fatalities occurred. Well-designed studies are essential to determine whether pelvic vein incompetence (PVI) is associated with CPP, and to explore whether trans-venous occlusion of PVI improves quality of life for these women. PMID:25590499

  6. Chronic total uterine inversion in an adolescent

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    Birge, Ozer; Merdin, Alparslan

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message Uterine inversion is rarely seen in adolescents in western countries. But it might be seen in teenagers and adolescents due to poor conditions and early pregnancies in Africa. And early troubleshooting chronic uterine inversion represents an early resolution of the problem and allows planning pregnancy without complications.

  7. Total occlusion of the abdominal aorta in a patient with renal failure and refractory hypertension: a case report.

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    Perrino, Cinzia; Scudiero, Laura; Petretta, Maria Piera; Schiattarella, Gabriele Giacomo; De Laurentis, Mario; Ilardi, Federica; Magliulo, Fabio; Carotenuto, Giuseppe; Esposito, Giovanni

    2011-03-01

    Total occlusion of the abdominal aorta is unusual, and potentially catastrophic. It occurs in patients with advanced atherosclerotic occlusive disease, and can cause severe ischemic manifestations, depending on the site of obstruction. Prompt and appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are important whenever this condition is suspected, in order to avoid a fatal outcome. The development of a complex network of collaterals may prevent the manifestation of acute ischemic phenomena, and cause a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Here we report the clinical case of a 59-year-old man who was referred to our Department for evaluation of renal failure and refractory hypertension. Ultrasonography and 99mTc-DTPA scintigraphy showed a shrunken, non-functioning left kidney, while CT angiography and aortography showed the complete occlusion of the aorta from below the right renal artery down to the bifurcation of both common iliac arteries, with a critical stenosis of the origin of the right renal artery, an occlusion of the left renal artery as well as of the origin of the inferior mesenteric artery. The patient was referred to the surgery department for aorto-bifemoral bypass surgery and re-implantation of the right renal artery. PMID:21751737

  8. Atrial myxoma presenting as total occlusion of the abdominal aorta and its major four branches.

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    Huang, Chun-Yang; Chang, Yu-Yao; Hsieh, Ming-Yu; Hsu, Chiao-Po

    2012-07-01

    The presentations of cardiac myxoma are diverse, from asymptomatic to a variety of symptoms due to embolization. Occlusion of abdominal aortic bifurcation by straddled myxoma is not common; however, obstructive level above renal artery is very rare. We present a patient with cardiac myxoma who presented with acute onset of paraplegia. The aorta was occluded from the level of the liver dome to the renal arteries, and catastrophic outcome (ischemia/reperfusion) following its removal. PMID:22824050

  9. Chronic Total Uterine Inversion in a Young Adult Patient

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    Birge, Ozer; Tekin, Bulent; Merdin, Alparslan; Coban, Ozgur; Arslan, Deniz

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Female, 17 Final Diagnosis: Chronic total uterine inversion Symptoms: Abdominal pain • vaginal bleeding Medication: — Clinical Procedure: After manual vaginal procedure to turn the uterus into normal position had failed, surgery was done Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology Objective: Rare disease Background: Chronic uterine inversion is a very rare and life-threatening disease. It requires emergent treatment. Case Report: We present the case of a 17-year-old patient with chronic uterine inversion. A fragile, bleeding, and soft mass, which filled the entire vagina, was seen during vaginal inspection. There was also a hard and tight cervical ring palpated behind the mass. She was operated on with Haultain technique. She was treated in the first post-partum year. She had normal menstrual bleeding and normal sexual intercourse after 1 month of outpatient control. Conclusions: Immediate diagnosis and treatment of isolated chronic inversion decreases maternal morbidity and mortality. PMID:26494120

  10. Impairment of intradimensional shift in an attentional set-shifting task in rats with chronic bilateral common carotid artery occlusion.

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    Kim, Dong-Hee; Choi, Bo-Ryoung; Jeon, Won Kyung; Han, Jung-Soo

    2016-01-01

    Studies of rats with chronic bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAo), an animal model for vascular dementia (VaD), have reported hippocampus-dependent memory impairment and associated neuropathologies. Patients with VaD also experience attentional shifting dysfunction. However, animal models of VaD have not been used to study attentional function. Therefore, the present study examined attentional function in rats with BCCAo, using attentional set-shifting task (ASST) that required rats to choose a food-baited pot from 2 possible pots. ASST included 6 consecutive sessions including simple discrimination, compound discrimination, intradimensional shifting, extradimensional shifting, and reversals. The BCCAo rats were significantly slower at learning the intradimensional set-shifting task compared to control rats. Previous studies have demonstrated that the cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex are critical to intradimensional and extradimensional set-shifting, respectively. Additionally, inflammatory responses and neuronal dysfunction were observed in rats with chronic BCCAo. In addition, OX-6 positive microglia significantly increased in the forceps minor white matter of BCCAo rats, and glutamate decarboxylase signals co-localized with NeuN were reduced in the anterior cingulate cortex of BCCAo rats, compared to control rats. Impaired neuronal and GABAergic neuronal integrity in the anterior cingulate cortex, damage to white matter, and attentional impairments observed in BCCAo rats suggest dysfunction of brain structures that are associated with attentional impairments observed in patients with VaD. PMID:26365458

  11. Diagnostic value of color doppler ultrasonography in detecting stenosis and occlusion of central veins in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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    Rad, Masoud Pezeshki; Kazemzadeh, Gholam Hosain; Ziaee, Masood; Azarkar, Ghodsieh

    2015-03-01

    Venography is an invasive diagnostic test that uses contrast material that provides a picture of the condition of the veins. But, complications, including adverse effects on the kidney, do occur. On the other hand, with the current technological development, application of ultrasound in the diagnosis of obstructive diseases of the veins is gaining popularity, being non-invasive, easy to perform and cost-effective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of central vein stenosis. In this descriptive-analytical study, 41 hemodialysis patients who had been referred for 50 upper limb venographies to the radiology department of Imam Reza (AS) were included. Patients with chronic kidney disease with a history of catheterization of the vein, jugular or subclavian, and who had established fistulas or synthetic vascular grafts were targeted. Central venous ultrasound was performed on both sides to evaluate stenosis or occlusion. Venography was performed by the radiologist the next day or the day before hemodialysis. Data on demographic characteristics, findings of clinical examination and findings of ultrasound as well as venography were recorded by using the SPSS software, Chi-square test and Spearman correlation, and Kappa agreement was calculated for sensitivity, specificity and predictive values. Twenty-three (56%) patients were male subjects and 18 patients (44%) were female. Twenty-three (56%) patients of the study population were aged <60 years and 18 (43/9%) patients were aged >60 years. The overall sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value and negative predictive value of Doppler sonography in the proximal veins in hemodialysis patients compared with venography were, respectively, 80.9%, 79.3%, 73.9% and 85.1%. Color Doppler sonography, as a non-invasive method, could be a good alternative for venography in the assessment of the upper limb with central vein stenosis and occlusion. PMID:25758875

  12. [Total intravenous anesthesia with propofol, fentanyl and clopheline in young children with occlusive hydrocephalus during ventriculoperitoneal shunting].

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    Shefer, S P; Pelogeevskaia, Z I; Liapin, A P; Savvina, I A; Portniagin, I V; Za?tseva, N V; Kuz'menko, I G

    1999-01-01

    Total intravenous anesthesia with propofol, fentanyl, and clonidine was used in infants aged under 1 year operated on for occlusive hydrocephalus. The course of anesthesia in 18 patients with the hypertensive hydrocephalus syndrome is analyzed. Four of these patients with an extremely grave premorbid history and body weight of 1-3 kg were operated on before the age of 2 months. Propofol can be used in infants aged under 1 year, including physiologically immature small-for-date infants. Clonidine, an alpha 2-adrenoagonist, used in older neurosurgical patients and adults for stabilizing cerebral perfusion pressure, is allowed in infants, too. The authors analyze the time course of central hemodynamics during anesthesia with propofol, fentanyl, and clonidine and anesthesia by other drugs (combined anesthesia with ketamine and opioid analgesics, neuroleptanalgesia). PMID:11452770

  13. Chronic extensor mechanism insufficiency in total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

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    Cottino, Umberto; Abdel, Matthew P; Hanssen, Arlen D

    2015-12-01

    Chronic insufficiency of the knee extensor mechanism is a very challenging pathology to treat. An insufficient extensor mechanism negatively affects implant survival and patient outcomes. The causes of insufficiency can be several, and the surgeon has to be prepared to manage them intraoperatively and postoperatively. Various reconstructive techniques have been proposed, but traditional results in patients with a total knee arthroplasty are usually inferior to those patients with native knee joints. It is of primary importance to understand the anatomy, and tailor the correct treatment to the patient. PMID:26384696

  14. Time-course of neurodegeneration and memory impairment following the 4-vessel occlusion/internal carotid artery model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion in middle-aged rats.

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    Pereira, Francine Martins; Ferreira, Emilene Dias Fiuza; de Oliveira, Rúbia Maria Weffort; Milani, Humberto

    2012-04-15

    The present work extends previous studies with the aim of developing the 4-vessel occlusion/internal carotid artery (4-VO/ICA) model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. The permanent occlusion of the vertebral arteries (VAs) and internal carotid arteries (ICAs) followed the sequence VA?ICA?ICA. The interstage interval (ISI, ?), chronicity of 4-VO/ICA, and age of the animals may determine the success of the model with regard to neurohistological and behavioral outcomes. Using middle-aged rats, the present study evaluated (i) how brain damage evolves as the ISI is reduced and duration (i.e., "chronicity") of 4-VO/ICA is prolonged and (ii) how the duration of 4-VO/ICA affects retrograde memory performance. Male Wistar rats (12-15 months of age) were subjected to 4-VO/ICA with an ISI of 7, 5, 4, or 3 days, and hippocampal and cortical damage was examined 7, 30, and 90 days later. Using an ISI of 4 days, retrograde memory performance was assessed in the aversive radial maze after 4-VO/ICA with a duration of 7, 30, and 90 days. The severity of brain neurodegeneration and rate of mortality progressively increased as the ISI length decreased from 7 to 3 days, an effect that was not significantly altered by the chronicity of 4-VO/ICA. Permanent 4-VO/ICA effectively caused retrograde amnesia, an effect that worsened as the chronicity of 4-VO/ICA was prolonged. The findings confirm and expand the notion that permanent, 3-stage 4-VO/ICA effectively produces extensive neurodegeneration and persistent learning/memory impairment in middle-aged rats and that the ISI length, more than the chronicity of 4-VO/ICA, determines the final results. PMID:22274621

  15. Sites of Peripheral Artery Occlusive Disease as a Predictor for All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Chronic Hemodialysis

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    Tsai, Ming-Hsien; Liou, Hung-Hsiang; Leu, Jyh-Gang; Yen, Ming-Fang; Chen, Hsiu-Hsi

    2015-01-01

    Background The ankle—brachial blood pressure (BP) index (ABI) not only indicates the presence of peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD) but predicts mortality in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD). However, whether the site of PAOD can provide additional contribution to predicting mortality have not been investigated yet. Our primary objective was to determine the associations between the site of PAOD and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in chronic HD (CHD) patients. Methods A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate 444 Taiwanese CHD patients between December 2006 and June 2013. The site of PAOD together with other explanatory variables such as demographic data, body mass index, a history of cardiovascular diseases, HD vintage, biochemical data, and cardiothoracic ratio (CTR) were assessed by the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results The frequency of PAOD was 14.6% in both legs, 4.9% in the right side only, and 5.1% in the left side only. During the study period, 127 all-cause and 93 cardiovascular deaths occurred. PAOD site was found to have significant predictive power for all-cause mortality with the order of 3.04 (95% CI: 1.56–5.90) hazard ratio on the right side, 2.48 (95% CI: 1.27–4.82) on the left side, and 4.11 (95% CI: 2.76–6.13) on both sides. The corresponding figures for cardiovascular mortality were 3.81 (95% CI: 1.87–7.76) on the right side, 2.76 (95% CI: 1.30–5.82) on the left side, and 3.95 (95% CI: 2.45–6.36) on both sides. After adjustment for other explanatory variables, only right-sided PAOD still remained to have significant predictive power for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and bilateral PAOD kept the significant association with all-cause mortality. Conclusions The site of PAOD revealed various predictive powers for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in CHD patients and only right-sided PAOD remained an independent predictor for both types of mortality making allowance for relevant confounding factors. PMID:26035831

  16. One-year outcome of bevacizumab therapy for chronic macular edema in central and branch retinal vein occlusions in real-world clinical practice in the UK

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    Lip, Peck Lin; Malick, Huzaifa; Damer, Kenan; Elsherbiny, Samer; Darrad, Kanupriya M; Mushtaq, Bushra; Mitra, Arijit; Stavrou, Panagiota; Yang, Yit

    2015-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to investigate the 12-month outcome of macular edema secondary to both chronic and new central and branch retinal vein occlusions treated with intravitreal bevacizumab in the real-life clinical setting in the UK. Methods Retrospective case notes analysis of consecutive patients with retinal vein occlusions treated with bevacizumab in 2010 to 2012. Outcome measures were visual acuity (measured with Snellen, converted into logMAR [logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution] for statistical calculation) and central retinal thickness at baseline, 4 weeks post-loading phase, and at 1 year. Results There were 56 and 100 patients with central and branch retinal vein occlusions, respectively, of whom 62% had chronic edema and received prior therapies and another 32% required additional laser treatments post-baseline bevacizumab. Baseline median visual acuity was 0.78 (interquartile range [IQR] 0.48–1.22) in the central group and 0.6 (IQR 0.3–0.78) in the branch group. In both groups, visual improvement was statistically significant from baseline compared to post-loading (P<0.001 and P=0.03, respectively), but was not significant by month 12 (P=0.058 and P=0.166, respectively); 30% improved by at least three lines and 44% improved by at least one line by month 12. Baseline median central retinal thickness was 449 ?m (IQR 388–553) in the central group and 441 ?m (IQR 357–501) in the branch group. However, the mean reduction in thickness was statistically significant at post-loading (P<0.001) and at the 12-month time point (P<0.001) for both groups. The average number of injections in 1 year was 4.2 in the central group and 3.3 in the branch group. Conclusion Our large real-world cohort results indicate that bevacizumab introduced to patients with either new or chronic edema due to retinal vein occlusion can result in resolution of edema and stabilization of vision in the first year. PMID:26445525

  17. Neurohistological and behavioral changes following the four-vessel occlusion/internal carotid artery model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion: comparison between normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Valério Romanini, Cássia; Dias Fiuza Ferreira, Emilene; Correia Bacarin, Cristiano; Verussa, Mario Henrique; Weffort de Oliveira, Rúbia Maria; Milani, Humberto

    2013-09-01

    Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) may be a prodromal feature of aging-related dementias, and chronic hypertension is a major risk factor. We used a permanent, four-vessel occlusion/internal carotid artery (4-VO/ICA) model to evaluate the cognitive and neurohistological outcomes of CCH in both young and middle-aged rats. Young rats are asymptomatic after permanent 4-VO/ICA, and we tested the hypothesis that chronic hypertension aggravates the outcomes of CCH. Young normotensive rats (NTRs) and young spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) were first subjected to 4-VO/ICA and then examined for hippocampal and cortical neurodegeneration 7, 15, and 30 days later. In a second experiment, both NTRs and SHRs were then trained in a modified, non-food-rewarded aversive radial maze (AvRM) task until acquiring asymptotic performance and then subjected to 4-VO/ICA. Thirty days later, they were assessed for memory retention of the previously acquired cognition. In a third, post hoc experiment, middle-aged NTRs were trained in the AvRM, subjected to 4-VO/ICA, and tested for memory retention 30 days later. Compared with NTRs, both SHRs and middle-aged NRTs had severe hippocampal and cortical damage, but they did not differ from each other, regardless of the chronicity of 4-VO/ICA. In contrast, NTRs were behaviorally asymptomatic, and retrograde memory performance was persistently impaired in SHRs. This amnesic effect in the SHR group was very similar to the middle-aged NTR group. These findings suggest that chronic hypertension deteriorates the capacity of the brain to adaptively respond to CCH. This influence of hypertension may parallel the effect of aging. PMID:23727150

  18. Effects of chronic ethanol administration on total asialoglycoprotein receptor content in isolated rat hepatocytes

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    Casey, C.A.; Kragskow, S.L.; Sorrell, M.F.; Tuma, D.J.

    1987-05-01

    The authors have previously shown that chronic ethanol administration impairs receptor-mediated endocytosis of asialoorosomucoid (ASOR) in hepatocytes. Decreased surface binding, degradation, and internalization of /sup 125/I-ASOR, along with decreased receptor recycling, was shown in hepatocytes isolated from rats fed a liquid ethanol diet for 5-7 weeks as compared to values obtained from hepatocytes isolated from chow-fed and pair-fed control rats. The present study was undertaken to determine the effect of chronic ethanol feeding on total asialoglycoprotein receptor number and on the distribution of intracellular versus surface membrane receptor content of the hepatocytes. Chronic ethanol administration produced a significant decrease (30-50%, p<.01) in the total number of binding sites/10/sup 6/ cells, as determined by /sup 125/I-ASOR binding to cells which has been permeabilized with .055% digitonin, when compared to controls. The distribution of surface membrane/intracellular binding site number was, however, unchanged by chronic ethanol feeding. The decrease in both total and surface binding of /sup 125/I-ASOR to cells from ethanol-fed rats was confirmed using anti-rat antibody binding to intact and permeabilized cells. These results indicate that both surface and total asialoglycoprotein receptor content is decreased by chronic ethanol feeding.

  19. Endovascular recanalization of infrapopliteal occlusions in patients with critical limb ischemia

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    Singh, Gagan D.; Armstrong, Ehrin J.; Yeo, Khung-Keong; Singh, Satinder; Westin, Gregory G.; Pevec, William C.; Dawson, David L.; Laird, John R.

    2014-01-01

    Background Endovascular therapies are increasingly used for treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI). Infrapopliteal (IP) occlusions are common in CLI, and successful limb salvage may require restoration of arterial flow in the distribution of a chronically occluded vessel. We sought to describe the procedural characteristics and outcomes of patients with IP occlusions who underwent endovascular intervention for treatment of CLI. Methods All patients with IP interventions for treatment of CLI from 2006 to 2012 were included. Angiographic and procedural data were compared between patients who underwent intervention for IP occlusions vs IP stenosis. Restenosis was determined by Doppler ultrasound imaging. Limb salvage was the primary end point of the study. Additional end points included primary patency, primary assisted patency, secondary patency, occlusion crossing success, procedural success, and amputation-free survival. Results A total of 187 patients with CLI underwent interventions for 356 IP lesions, and 77 patients (41%) had interventions for an IP occlusion. Patients with an intervention for IP occlusion were more likely to have zero to one vessel runoff (83% vs 56%; P < .001) compared with interventions for stenosis. Compared with IP stenoses, IP occlusions were longer (118 ± 86 vs 73 ± 67 mm; P < .001) and had a smaller vessel diameter (2.5 ± 0.8 vs 2.7 ± 0.5 mm; P =.02). Wire crossing was achieved in 83% of IP occlusions, and the overall procedural success for IP occlusions was 79%. The overall 1-year limb salvage rate was 84%. Limb salvage was highest in the stenosis group, slightly lower in the successful occlusion group, and lowest in the failed occlusion group (92% vs 75% vs 58%, respectively; P = .02). Unsuccessfully treated IP occlusions were associated with a significantly higher likelihood of major amputation (hazard ratio, 5.79; 95% confidence interval, 1.89–17.7) and major amputation or death (hazard ratio, 2.69; 95% confidence interval, 1.09–6.63). Conclusions Successful endovascular recanalization of IP occlusions can be achieved with guidewire and support catheter techniques in most patients. In patients selected for an endovascular-first approach for IP occlusions in CLI, this strategy can be successfully implemented with favorable rates of limb salvage. PMID:24393279

  20. Retinal vein occlusion

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    Central retinal vein occlusion; Branch retinal vein occlusion; CRVO; BRVO ... Retinal vein occlusion is most often caused by hardening of the arteries ( atherosclerosis ) and the formation of a blood ...

  1. Evolution of myocardial ischemia and left ventricular function in patients with angina pectoris without myocardial infarction and total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery and collaterals from other coronary arteries

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    Juilliere, Y.; Marie, P.Y.; Danchin, N.; Karcher, G.; Bertrand, A.; Cherrier, F. )

    1991-07-01

    Repeated episodes of myocardial ischemia might lead to progressive impairment of left ventricular (LV) function. This radionuclide study assessed myocardial ischemia and LV function several years after documented coronary occlusion without myocardial infarction. Over 5 years, 24 consecutive patients, who underwent cardiac catheterization for angina pectoris without myocardial infarction, had isolated total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery with well-developed collateral vessels. Five patients were successfully treated by coronary bypass grafting and 3 by coronary angioplasty. Among the 16 medically treated patients, 1 was lost to follow-up and 1 died (extracardiac death). The mean (+/- standard deviation) follow-up (14 patients) was 48 +/- 15 months. At follow-up, 8 patients still had clinical chest pain, 11 received antianginal therapy, 4 patients had no stress ischemia and the other 10 had greater than or equal to 1 sign of stress ischemia. All patients had a normal LV ejection fraction at rest (mean 60 +/- 3%; range 55 to 65%). Collateral circulation preserves LV function at the time of occlusion and, in some cases, prevents the development of myocardial ischemia; in patients with persisting myocardial ischemia after well-collateralized coronary occlusion, LV function is not impaired at long-term follow-up.

  2. Hepatic veno-occlusive disease may develop in secondary iron overloaded mice after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with total body irradiation

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    Yeom, Mi Young; Kim, Yoo Jin; Chung, Nack Gyun; Lee, Jae Wook; Jang, Pil Sang; Cho, Bin; Kye, Chul Seung

    2015-01-01

    Background The outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is poor in patients with secondary iron overload (SIO). We evaluated the relationship between SIO and veno-occlusive disease (VOD) in an animal model with radiation for HSCT. Methods We used a 6-week-old female BDF1 (H-2b/d) and a male C57/BL6 (H-2b) as recipient and donor, respectively. Recipient mice were injected intraperitoneally with 10 mg of iron dextran (cumulative doses of 50 mg, 100 mg, and 200 mg). All mice received total body irradiation for HSCT. We obtained peripheral blood for alanine transaminase (ALT) and liver for pathologic findings, lipid hyperoxide (LH) as reactive oxygen species (ROS), and liver iron content (LIC) on post-HSCT day 1 and day 7. The VOD score was assessed by pathologic findings. Results ALT levels increased depending on cumulative iron dose, with significant differences between days 1 and 7 for mice loaded with 200 mg of iron (P<0.01). LH levels significantly increased in mice loaded with 200 mg of iron compared to those in other groups (P<0.01). For mice loaded with 100 mg of iron, the LH level depended on the radiation dose (P<0.01). There was a statistically significant relationship among ALT, LH, and LIC parameters (P<0.05). Pathologic scores for VOD correlated with LIC (P<0.01). Conclusion Livers with SIO showed high ROS levels depending on cumulative iron dose, and correlations with elevated liver enzyme and LIC. The pathologic score for VOD was associated with the LIC. Our results suggest that SIO may induce VOD after HSCT with irradiation. PMID:26457280

  3. Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autologous Transplantation: The Cure for Chronic Pancreatitis?

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    Kesseli, Samuel J; Smith, Kerrington A; Gardner, Timothy B

    2015-01-01

    Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a debilitating disease that leads to varying degrees of pancreatic endocrine and exocrine dysfunction. One of the most difficult symptoms of CP is severe abdominal pain, which is often challenging to control with available analgesics and therapies. In the last decade, total pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation has emerged as a promising treatment for the refractory pain of CP and is currently performed at approximately a dozen centers in the United States. While total pancreatectomy is not a new procedure, the endocrine function-preserving autologous islet cell isolation and re-implantation have made the prospect of total pancreatectomy more acceptable to patients and clinicians. This review will focus on the current status of total pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplant including patient selection, technical considerations, and outcomes. As the procedure is performed at an increasing number of centers, this review will highlight opportunities for quality improvement and outcome optimization. PMID:25630865

  4. Endovascular Treatment of Totally Occluded Superior Mesenteric Artery by Retrograde Crossing via the Villemin Arcade

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    Ferro, Carlo; Rossi, Umberto G. Seitun, Sara; Bovio, Giulio; Fornaro, Rosario

    2013-06-15

    Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) is a rare disorder that is commonly caused by progressive atherosclerotic stenosis or occlusion of one or more mesenteric arteries. Endovascular treatment for symptomatic CMI represents a viable option, especially in high-operative risk patients. We report a case of acute symptomatic CMI with chronic totally occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) associated with significant stenosis of celiac trunk (CT) and inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) that underwent endovascular treatment of all the three mesenteric arteries: stenting of CT and IMA stenosis, and recanalization of the SMA occlusion by retrograde crossing via the Villemin arcade.

  5. Endovascular treatment of totally occluded superior mesenteric artery by retrograde crossing via the Villemin arcade.

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    Ferro, Carlo; Rossi, Umberto G; Seitun, Sara; Bovio, Giulio; Fornaro, Rosario

    2013-06-01

    Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) is a rare disorder that is commonly caused by progressive atherosclerotic stenosis or occlusion of one or more mesenteric arteries. Endovascular treatment for symptomatic CMI represents a viable option, especially in high-operative risk patients. We report a case of acute symptomatic CMI with chronic totally occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) associated with significant stenosis of celiac trunk (CT) and inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) that underwent endovascular treatment of all the three mesenteric arteries: stenting of CT and IMA stenosis, and recanalization of the SMA occlusion by retrograde crossing via the Villemin arcade. PMID:22923330

  6. A unified mathematical model to quantify performance impairment for both chronic sleep restriction and total sleep deprivation

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    and total sleep deprivation Pooja Rajdev a , David Thorsley a , Srinivasan Rajaraman a , Tracy L. Rupp b unifies total sleep deprivation and chronic sleep restriction scenarios. Our model captures the slower Total sleep deprivation a b s t r a c t Performance prediction models based on the classical two

  7. Pain catastrophizing as a risk factor for chronic pain after total knee arthroplasty: a systematic review

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    Burns, Lindsay C; Ritvo, Sarah E; Ferguson, Meaghan K; Clarke, Hance; Seltzer, Ze’ev; Katz, Joel

    2015-01-01

    Background Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a common and costly surgical procedure. Despite high success rates, many TKA patients develop chronic pain in the months and years following surgery, constituting a public health burden. Pain catastrophizing is a construct that reflects anxious preoccupation with pain, inability to inhibit pain-related fears, amplification of the significance of pain vis-à-vis health implications, and a sense of helplessness regarding pain. Recent research suggests that it may be an important risk factor for untoward TKA outcomes. To clarify this impact, we systematically reviewed the literature to date on pain catastrophizing as a prospective predictor of chronic pain following TKA. Methods We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO databases to identify articles related to pain catastrophizing, TKA, risk models, and chronic pain. We reviewed titles and abstracts to identify original research articles that met our specified inclusion criteria. Included articles were then rated for methodological quality. including methodological quality. Due to heterogeneity in follow-up, analyses, and outcomes reported across studies, a quantitative meta-analysis could not be performed. Results We identified six prospective longitudinal studies with small-to-mid-sized samples that met the inclusion criteria. Despite considerable variability in reported pain outcomes, pain catastrophizing was identified as a significant predictor of chronic pain persisting ?3 months following TKA in five of the studies assessed. Limitations of studies included lack of large-scale data, absence of standardized pain measurements, inadequate multivariate adjustment, such as failure to control for analgesic use and other relevant covariates, and failure to report non-significant parameter estimates. Conclusion This study provides moderate-level evidence for pain catastrophizing as an independent predictor of chronic pain post-TKA. Directions for future research include larger, well-controlled studies with standard pain outcomes, identification of clinically-relevant catastrophizing cut-offs that predict pain outcomes, investigation of other psychosocial risk factors, and assessment of interventions aimed to reduce pain catastrophizing on chronic pain outcomes following TKA surgery. PMID:25609995

  8. Placement of a Port Catheter Through Collateral Veins in a Patient with Central Venous Occlusion

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    Teichgraeber, Ulf Karl-Martin Streitparth, Florian; Gebauer, Bernhard; Benter, Thomas

    2010-04-15

    Long-term utilization of central venous catheters (CVCs) for parenteral nutrition has a high incidence of central venous complications including infections, occlusions, and stenosis. We report the case of a 31-year-old woman presenting with a malabsorption caused by short gut syndrome due to congenital aganglionic megacolon. The patient developed a chronic occlusion of all central neck and femoral veins due to long-term use of multiple CVCs over more than 20 years. In patients with central venous occlusion and venous transformation, the implantation of a totally implanted port system by accessing collateral veins is an option to continue long-term parenteral nutrition when required. A 0.014-in. Whisper guidewire (Terumo, Tokyo) with high flexibility and steerability was chosen to maneuver and pass through the collateral veins. We suggest this approach to avoid unfavorable translumbar or transhepatic central venous access and to conserve the anatomically limited number of percutaneous access sites.

  9. Early Results with the Use of Heparin-bonded Stent Graft to Rescue Failed Angioplasty of Chronic Femoropopliteal Occlusive Lesions: TASC D Lesions Have a Poor Outcome

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    Kuhan, Ganesh Abisi, Said; Braithwaite, Bruce D.; MacSweeney, Shane T. R.; Whitaker, Simon C.; Habib, Said B.

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: To evaluate early patency rate of the heparin-bonded stent grafts in atherosclerotic long femoropopliteal occlusive disease, and to identify factors that affect outcome. Methods: Heparin-bonded Viabahn stent grafts were placed in 33 limbs in 33 patients during 2009-2010. The stents were deployed to rescue failed conventional balloon angioplasty. Mean age was 69 (range 44-88) years, and 67 % (22 of 33) were men. Most procedures (21 of 33, 64 %) were performed for critical limb ischemia (33 % for rest pain, 30 % tissue loss). Kaplan-Meier plots and Cox regression analysis were used to identify significant risk factors. Results: The average length of lesions treated was 25 {+-} 10 cm, and they were predominantly TASC (Transatlantic Intersociety Consensus) D (n = 13) and C (n = 17) lesions. The median primary patency was 5.0 months (95 % confidence interval 1.22-8.77). The mean secondary patency was 8.6 months (95 % confidence interval 6.82-10.42). Subsequently, 4 patients underwent bypass surgery and 5 patients underwent major amputation. One patient died. There were 5 in-stent or edge-stent stenoses. Cox multivariate regression analysis identified TASC D lesions to be a significant risk factor for early occlusion (p = 0.035). Conclusion: TASC D lesions of femoropopliteal occlusions have poor patency rates with the use of heparin-bonded stent grafts after failed conventional angioplasty. Alternative options should be considered for these patients.

  10. Occlusal scheme in a group of Thais

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    Mitrirattanakul, Somsak

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE To study the distribution of various occlusal schemes as well as associated static occlusal relationship among Thais. MATERIALS AND METHODS The subjects' occlusal schemes on the left and right sides were classified as canine protected occlusion, group function, or unclassified according to the definition from Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms (8th edition). In addition, the presence of occlusal interferences during mandibular excursions were recorded. The measurement of the horizontal overlap and vertical overlap was also performed. Chi-square, One-way ANAVA and Mann-Whitney U statistical tests were used with level of significance set at P=.05. RESULTS Total of 104 subjects were included in this study. The ratio for male to female was 1.8 to 1. Average age of the population was 25.01±6.87 years old. The mean vertical overlap and horizontal overlap were 1.94±1.20 and 2.41±1.32 mm respectively. The majority of the populations (68.3%) possessed group function occlusal scheme. For the remaining, 17.3% possess canine protected occlusion and 12.5% possess combination of both occlusal schemes. We also found that occlusal interference was presented in 20.2% of the population. The most common was protrusive interference (57.14%), the second was balancing interference (38.1%) and the third was working interference (4.1%). CONCLUSION Among Thais, the most common occlusal scheme was group function, however there were no significant occlusal factors related to any particular occlusal scheme. PMID:22053243

  11. Interventions for the prediction and management of chronic postsurgical pain after total knee replacement: systematic review of randomised controlled trials

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    Beswick, Andrew D; Wylde, Vikki; Gooberman-Hill, Rachael

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Total knee replacement can be a successful operation for pain relief. However, 10–34% of patients experience chronic postsurgical pain. Our aim was to synthesise evidence on the effectiveness of applying predictive models to guide preventive treatment, and for interventions in the management of chronic pain after total knee replacement. Setting We conducted a systematic review of randomised controlled trials using appropriate search strategies in the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and EMBASE from inception to October 2014. No language restrictions were applied. Participants Adult patients receiving total knee replacement. Interventions Predictive models to guide treatment for prevention of chronic pain. Interventions for management of chronic pain. Primary and secondary outcome measures Reporting of specific outcomes was not an eligibility criterion but we sought outcomes relating to pain severity. Results No studies evaluated the effectiveness of predictive models in guiding treatment and improving outcomes after total knee replacement. One study evaluated an intervention for the management of chronic pain. The trial evaluated the use of a botulinum toxin A injection with antinociceptive and anticholinergic activity in 49 patients with chronic postsurgical pain after knee replacement. A single injection provided meaningful pain relief for about 40?days and the authors acknowledged the need for a large trial with repeated injections. No trials of multidisciplinary interventions or individualised treatments were identified. Conclusions Our systematic review highlights a lack of evidence about the effectiveness of prediction and management strategies for chronic postsurgical pain after total knee replacement. As a large number of people are affected by chronic pain after total knee replacement, development of an evidence base about care for these patients should be a research priority. PMID:25967998

  12. Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation in Chronic Pancreatitis: Recommendations from PancreasFest

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    Bellin, Melena D.; Freeman, Martin L.; Gelrud, Andres; Slivka, Adam; Clavel, Alfred; Humar, Abhinav; Schwarzenberg, Sarah J.; Lowe, Mark E.; Rickels, Michael R.; Whitcomb, David C; Matthews, Jeffrey B.

    2014-01-01

    Description Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a surgical procedure used to treat severe complications of chronic pancreatitis or very high risk of pancreatic cancer while reducing the risk of severe diabetes mellitus. However, clear guidance on indications, contraindications, evaluation, timing, and follow-up are lacking. Methods A working group reviewed the medical, psychological, and surgical options and supporting literature related to TPIAT for a consensus meeting during PancreasFest. Results Five major areas requiring clinical evaluation and management were addressed: These included: 1) indications for TPIAT; 2) contraindications for TPIAT; 3) optimal timing of the procedure; 4) need for a multi-disciplinary team and the roles of the members; 5) life-long management issues following TPIAP including diabetes monitoring and nutrition evaluation. Conclusions TPIAT is an effective method of managing the disabling complications of chronic pancreatitis and risk of pancreatic cancer in very high risk patients. Careful evaluation and long-term management of candidate patients by qualified multidisciplinary teams is required. Multiple recommendations for further research were also identified. PMID:24555976

  13. Management of the chronic irreducible patellar dislocation in total knee arthroplasty.

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    Bullek, D D; Scuderi, G R; Insall, J N

    1996-04-01

    Neglected dislocation of the patella with gonarthrosis, genu valgum, flexion, and external rotation deformity is rarely encountered. Experience with five total knee arthroplasties in three patients with chronic patellar dislocation and gonarthrosis is reported. All knees had a modified proximal patellar realignment and arthroplasty with a constrained prosthesis. Preoperative Hospital for Special Surgery knee scores averaged 55. Average follow-up period was 40 months. At latest follow-up examination, the average Hospital for Special Surgery knee score was 83, the Knee Society knee score was 95, and the functional score averaged 50. There was one complication: a full-thickness lateral skin necrosis requiring flap coverage. The patellar score was zero in all knees. Four knees had mild quadriceps weakness. Three knees rated as excellent and two as good on both The Hospital for Special Surgery and Knee Society rating systems. Radiographic analysis revealed no radiolucent lines or osteolysis. The patellas were centralized in the trochlear groove in all patients. Patellar height averaged 14 mm (range, 12-17 mm). In conclusion, satisfactory results were obtained by restoring axial alignment with a constrained implant and realigning the patella with an extensive proximal realignment. PMID:8713916

  14. Acute arterial occlusion - kidney

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    Acute arterial occlusion of the kidney is a sudden, severe blockage of the artery that supplies blood to the kidney. ... The kidneys need a good blood supply. The main artery to the kidney is called the renal artery. Reduced ...

  15. Conventional occlusion versus pharmacologic penalization for amblyopia

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    Li, Tianjing; Shotton, Kate

    2013-01-01

    Background Amblyopia is defined as defective visual acuity in one or both eyes without demonstrable abnormality of the visual pathway, and is not immediately resolved by wearing glasses. Objectives To assess the effectiveness and safety of conventional occlusion versus atropine penalization for amblyopia. Search methods We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS, the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, preference lists, science citation index and ongoing trials up to June 2009. Selection criteria We included randomized/quasi-randomized controlled trials comparing conventional occlusion to atropine penalization for amblyopia. Data collection and analysis Two authors independently screened abstracts and full text articles, abstracted data, and assessed the risk of bias. Main results Three trials with a total of 525 amblyopic eyes were included. One trial was assessed as having a low risk of bias among these three trials, and one was assessed as having a high risk of bias. Evidence from three trials suggests atropine penalization is as effective as conventional occlusion. One trial found similar improvement in vision at six and 24 months. At six months, visual acuity in the amblyopic eye improved from baseline 3.16 lines in the occlusion and 2.84 lines in the atropine group (mean difference 0.034 logMAR; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.005 to 0.064 logMAR). At 24 months, additional improvement was seen in both groups; but there continued to be no meaningful difference (mean difference 0.01 logMAR; 95% CI ?0.02 to 0.04 logMAR). The second trial reported atropine to be more effective than occlusion. At six months, visual acuity improved 1.8 lines in the patching group and 3.4 lines in the atropine penalization group, and was in favor of atropine (mean difference ?0.16 logMAR; 95% CI ?0.23 to ?0.09 logMAR). Different occlusion modalities were used in these two trials. The third trial had inherent methodological flaws and limited inference could be drawn. No difference in ocular alignment, stereo acuity and sound eye visual acuity between occlusion and atropine penalization was found. Although both treatments were well tolerated, compliance was better in atropine. Atropine penalization costs less than conventional occlusion. The results indicate that atropine penalization is as effective as conventional occlusion. Authors' conclusions Both conventional occlusion and atropine penalization produce visual acuity improvement in the amblyopic eye. Atropine penalization appears to be as effective as conventional occlusion, although the magnitude of improvement differed among the three trials. Atropine penalization can be used as first line treatment for amblyopia. PMID:19821369

  16. Rare Case of “Wandering Artery of Drummond” As a Result of Chronic Triple Mesenteric Vessel Occlusion Treated by Isolated Angioplasty and Stenting of the Inferior Mesenteric Artery

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    Shah, Tejaskumar; Singh, Mukesh; Bhuriya, Rohit; Kovacs, Daniela; Khosla, Sandeep

    2013-01-01

    We report a rare clinical scenario of chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) patient with obstruction of all the three major gut vessels including celiac, superior mesenteric artery (SMA), and inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) with a sole artery supplying the collaterals through marginal artery of left colon (the “wandering artery of Drummond”). A 70-year-old man was presented to hospital with acute onset of dyspnea, diaphoresis, severe epigastric pain, nausea, and vomiting that started after lunch. Initially, patient was diagnosed and treated for non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Furthermore, work-up, including computed tomographic scan of abdomen followed by angiogram, revealed 100% obstruction of celiac and SMA, whereas inferior IMA had 90% ostial lesion with poststenotic dilatation and collaterals supplying to entire colon. Subsequently, IMA ostial lesion was stented through percutaneous intervention and patient noted significantly improved symptoms and quality of life. To conclude, percutaneous endovascular treatments confer favorable strategy for CMI, and it may either be curative or allow nutritional optimization before definitive surgery. PMID:24436621

  17. Endovascular Treatment Strategies in Aortoiliac Occlusion

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    Ozkan, Ugur Oguzkurt, Levent Tercan, Fahri Gumus, Burcak

    2009-05-15

    The aim of this study was to report our experience in endovascular treatment of total aortoiliac occlusion. Five patients who underwent endovascular recanalization procedures including manual aspiration thrombectomy, balloon angioplasty, and stent placement for total aortoiliac occlusion in a 4-year period were reviewed retrospectively. The mean age of patients was 51 years (range, 43 to 58 years). All patients had abdominal aorta and bilateral common iliac artery occlusion with or without external iliac artery occlusion. All patients either had a contraindication to surgery or refused it. Initial technical success was obtained in four of five (80%) patients. Endovascular techniques were successful in four patients who had good distal runoff and short-segment aortoiliac occlusion, but failed in a patient who had the worst distal runoff and long-segment aortoiliac occlusion. We observed two major complications, one of which was bilateral rupture of the common iliac arteries treated with covered stent placement. Another patient had extension of intra-aortic thrombus into the iliac stent after primary stenting. This was successfully treated with manual aspiration thrombectomy. Aortic and iliac stents remained patent during the follow-up period (median, 18 months; range, 3 to 26 months) in four patients. Primary patency rates at 6, 12, and 24 months were all 80%. In conclusion, endovascular treatment can be an alternative for aortoiliac occlusion in selected patients. Short- to midterm follow-up so far is satisfactory. Removal of intra-aortic thrombus with manual aspiration thrombectomy before balloon angioplasty and/or stenting is possible and a good alternative to thrombolysis.

  18. Total Pancreatectomy (TP) and Islet Autotransplantation (IAT) for Chronic Pancreatitis (CP)

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    Sutherland, David E.R.; Radosevich, David M.; Bellin, Melena D.; Hering, Bernard J.; Beilman, Gregory J.; Dunn, Ty B.; Chinnakotla, Srinath; Vickers, Selwyn M.; Bland, Barbara; Balamurugan, A.N.; Freeman, Martin L.; Pruett, Timothy L.

    2013-01-01

    Background Total-pancreatectomy (TP) with intraportal-islet-auto-transplantation (IAT) can relieve pain and preserve beta-cell-mass in patients with chronic-pancreatitis (CP) when other-therapies fail. Reported is a >30-year-single-center-series. Study Design 409 patients (53 children, 5–18 yrs) with CP underwent TP-IAT from Feb/1977–Sept/2011; (etiology idiopathic-41%; SOD/biliary-9%; genetic-14%; divisum-17%; alcohol-7%; other-12%); mean age-35.3 yrs,); 74% female; prior-surgeries 21%--Puestow procedure 9%, Whipple 6%, distal pancreatectomy 7%; other 2%). Islet-function was classified as insulin-independent for those on no insulin; partial if known C-peptide positive or euglycemic on once-daily-insulin; and insulin-dependent if on standard basal–bolus diabetic regimen. An SF-36-survey for Quality-of-Life (QOL)) was completed before and in serial follow-up by patients done since 2007 with an integrated-survey that added in 2008. Results Actuarial-patient-survival post-TP-IAT was 96% in adults and 98% in children (1-year) and; 89% and 98% (5-years). Complications requiring relaparotomy occurred in 15.9%, bleeding (9.5%) being most common. IAT-function is achieved in 90% (C-peptide >0.6 ng/ml). At 3 years, 30% were insulin-independent (25% in adults, 55% in children) and 33% had partial-function. Mean HbA1C was <7.0% in 82%. Prior pancreas surgery lowered islet-yield (2712vs4077/kg, p=.003). Islet yield [<2500/kg (36%); 2501–5000/kg (39%); >5000/kg (24%)] correlated with degree of function with insulin-independent rates at 3 yrs of 12, 22 and 72%, partial function 33, 62 and 24%. All patients had pain before TP-IAT and nearly all were on daily-narcotics. After TP-IAT, 85% had pain-improvement. By two years 59% had ceased-narcotics. All children were on narcotics before, 39% at follow-up; pain improved in 94%; 67% became pain-free. In the SF-36 survey, there was significant improvement from baseline in all dimensions including the Physical and Mental Component Summaries (P<0.01), whether on narcotics or not. Conclusions TP can ameliorate pain and improve QOL in otherwise-refractory-CP-patients, even if narcotic-withdrawal is delayed or incomplete because of prior long-term use. IAT preserves meaningful islet function in most patients and substantial islet function in >2/3 of patients with insulin-independence occurring in one-quarter of adults and half the children. PMID:22397977

  19. Endovascular Treatment of Veno-Occlusive Behcet's Disease

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    Tekbas, Guven; Oguzkurt, Levent Gur, Serkan; Onder, Hakan; Andic, Cagatay

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate the outcome of endovascular treatments for patients with chronic veno-occlusive disease in different vascular beds secondary to Behcet's disease (BD). There are few case reports on the subject, and this is the largest study to date. Materials and Methods: From January 2001 through October 2009, chronic venous occlusions were treated in 10 patients (all male [age range 18-76 years]) with BD using percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and/or stent placement. All patients were symptomatic and had chronic iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT; n = 5), central venous occlusion (n = 3), or Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS; n = 2). All patients met criteria of the International Study Group on Behcet's Disease. Results: Two of five patients with DVT had unsuccessful recanalization attempts. Three patients had successful recanalization with stent placement. All three veins were occluded within 1 month with unsuccessful reinterventions. Three patients with chronic central venous occlusion had successful recanalization with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (n = 1) and stent placement (n = 2). Two patients had reocclusion with successful reintervention. Two BCS patients had successful treatment with stent placements. Overall technical success was 69%, and no procedural complications were encountered. None of the patients with chronic DVT had patent veins; however, all patients with central venous occlusion or BCS had patent veins on color Doppler ultrasonography at follow-up ranging from 3 to 48 months after intervention. Conclusion: Endovenous treatment for chronic iliofemoral DVT due to BD had a poor outcome. However, long-term outcome after endovenous treatment for upper-extremity central venous occlusion and BCS syndrome was good.

  20. Urea, creatinine, uric acid, and phosphate spaces and their relationship to total body water during chronic hemodialysis

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    Ericsson, F.; Odar-Cederloef, I.E.; Eriksson, C.G.; Lindgren, S.; Kjellstrand, C.M.

    1988-07-01

    The authors determined total body water (TBW) with tritium in 11 patients on chronic hemodialysis and compared this space to that estimated by 60% of body weight, and removal spaces of urea, creatinine, uric acid, and phosphate (PO4). The latter spaces were determined by dividing the total amount of substance (measured in total dialysate) by pre- minus post-dialysis concentrations. Body water X 0.6 was more than 10% less than the tritium space, and showed a maximal variation of 10 liters, or 24%. The removal space of urea was 80% of the tritium space, but correlated closely with it. The difference between total body water and urea removal space was variable and dependent on fluid excess (edema) in the patients. Creatinine, uric acid, and phosphate removal spaces were highly variable and not correlated to total body water. The authors suggest that actual measured TBW should be used, rather than estimations using BW X 0.6, for V in K X T/V, where K = clearance, T = duration of dialysis, and V = the removal space of urea. Furthermore, one may need to introduce a correction factor for urea removal space over TBW in the equation to allow better quantification of dialysis in edematous patients and during very fast dialyses.

  1. Strategies Aimed at Preventing Chronic Post-surgical Pain: Comprehensive Perioperative Pain Management after Total Joint Replacement Surgery

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    Woodhouse, Linda J.; Kennedy, Deborah; Stratford, Paul; Katz, Joel

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose: Chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) is a frequent outcome of musculoskeletal surgery. Physiotherapists often treat patients with pain before and after musculoskeletal surgery. The purposes of this paper are (1) to raise awareness of the nature, mechanisms, and significance of CPSP; and (2) to highlight the necessity for an inter-professional team to understand and address its complexity. Using total joint replacement surgeries as a model, we provide a review of pain mechanisms and pain management strategies. Summary of Key Points: By understanding the mechanisms by which pain alters the body's normal physiological responses to surgery, clinicians selectively target pain in post-surgical patients through the use of multi-modal management strategies. Clinicians should not assume that patients receiving multiple medications have a problem with pain. Rather, the modern-day approach is to manage pain using preventive strategies, with the aims of reducing the intensity of acute postoperative pain and minimizing the development of CPSP. Conclusions: The roles of biological, surgical, psychosocial, and patient-related risk factors in the transition to pain chronicity require further investigation if we are to better understand their relationships with pain. Measuring pain intensity and analgesic use is not sufficient. Proper evaluation and management of risk factors for CPSP require inter-professional teams to characterize a patient's experience of postoperative pain and to examine pain arising during functional activities. PMID:22654235

  2. Popliteal Artery Pseudoaneurysm with Secondary Chronic Common Peroneal Nerve Neuropathy and Foot Drop after Total Knee Replacement.

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    Ghazala, Christopher George; Elsaid, Tarek Afifi; Mudawi, Ahmed

    2015-10-01

    Total knee replacements (TKRs) are performed to treat debilitating arthritis and are one of the most routinely performed surgical procedures in the United Kingdom. Complications of infection and deep vein thrombosis are well recognized and managed, whereas neurovascular injuries are rarely reported although should not be disregarded. We report on the case of a 72-year-old man who presented 5 weeks after a TKR with symptoms of a progressively worsening ipsilateral foot drop. A diagnosis of common peroneal nerve neuropathy secondary to the compressive effects of a popliteal pseudoaneurysm was made, and he underwent uneventful patch repair of the pseudoaneurysm. Unique to the literature is the chronicity of the foot drop, which still persisted at follow-up 6 weeks later. PMID:26140945

  3. Digital occlusal splints.

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    Lauren, Mark; McIntyre, Fred

    2008-02-01

    A new digital process for producing occlusal splints is described. The process mirrors conventional restorative CAD/CAM systems consisting of scanning, customized CAD design, and machining. The method provides precise and consistent digital control over articulation and design parameters, and is suitable for mounted and unmounted cases. With over 2,500 beta cases to date, an overall reduction in adjustment time has been generally reported. PMID:18330201

  4. Nontraumatic vascular emergencies: imaging and intervention in acute venous occlusion.

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    Haage, Patrick; Krings, Timo; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas

    2002-11-01

    Risk factors for acute venous occlusion range from prolonged immobilization to hypercoagulability syndromes, trauma, and malignancy. The aim of this review article is to illustrate the different imaging options for the diagnosis of acute venous occlusion and to assess the value of interventional strategies for venous thrombosis treatment in an emergency setting.First, diagnosis and treatment of the most common form of venous occlusion, at the level of the lower extremities, is presented, followed by pelvic vein and inferior vena cava occlusion, mesenteric venous thrombosis, upper extremity occlusion, acute cerebral vein thrombosis, and finally acute venous occlusion of hemodialysis access.In acute venous occlusion of the lower extremity phlebography is still the reference gold standard. Presently, duplex ultrasound with manual compression is the most sensitive and specific noninvasive test. Limitations of ultrasonography include isolated distal calf vein occlusion, obesity, and patients with lower extremity edema. If sonography is nondiagnostic, venography should be considered. Magnetic resonance venography can differentiate an acute occlusion from chronic thrombus, but because of its high cost and limited availability, it is not yet used for the routine diagnosis of lower extremity venous occlusion only. Regarding interventional treatment, catheter-directed thrombolysis can be applied to dissolve thrombus in charily selected patients with symptomatic occlusion and no contraindications to therapy. Acute occlusion of the pelvic veins and the inferior vena cava, often due to extension from the femoropopliteal system, represents a major risk for pulmonary embolism. Color flow Doppler imaging is often limited owing to obesity and bowel gas. Venography has long been considered the gold standard for identifying proximal venous occlusion. Both CT scanning and MR imaging, however, can even more accurately diagnose acute pelvis vein or inferior vena cava occlusion. MRI is preferred because it is noninvasive, does not require contrast agent, carries no exposure to ionizing radiation, and is highly accurate and reproducible. Apart from catheter-directed thrombolysis, mechanical thrombectomy has proven to be a quick and safe treatment modality by enabling the recanalization of thrombotic occlusions in conjunction with minimal invasiveness and a low bleeding risk. Mechanical thrombectomy devices should only be used in conjunction with a temporary cava filter.Contrast-enhanced CT is at present considered the examination of choice for acute mesenteric vein occlusion which has mortality rates as high as 80%. Patients with proven acute mesenteric venous occlusion and contraindications to surgical therapy and no identified bleeding disposition without looming bowel ischemia or infarction are possible contenders to the less invasive percutaneous approach either by (in)direct thrombolysis or mechanical means. Ultrasonography is the primary imaging modality for the diagnosis of upper extremity thrombosis. Computed tomography and MRI are in addition helpful in diagnosing central chest vein occlusions. The interventionalist is rarely involved in the treatment of this entity. Catheter-directed thrombolysis is known to improve lysis rates. Together with balloon angioplasty good results have been obtained. If stenosis or thrombus remains after thrombolysis and angioplasty, stent placement should follow. Within the first two weeks, thrombosed dural sinus and cerebral venous vessels are typically hyperdense on CT compared with brain parenchyma; after the course of 2 weeks, the thrombus will become isodense. In MRI an axial fluid-attenuated inversion recovery sequence, an axial diffusion-weighted MRI, coronal T1-weighted spin-echo and T2-weighted turbo-spin-echo sequences, a coronal gradient-echo and a 3D phase-contrast venous angiogram should be performed. Local thrombolysis is needed only when patients have an exacerbation of clinical symptoms or imaging signs of worsening disease despite sufficient anticoagulation therapy. Acute occlusions of dia

  5. Laparoscopic management of totally intra-thoracic stomach with chronic volvulus

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    Toydemir, Toygar; Çipe, Gökhan; Karatepe, O?uzhan; Yerdel, Mehmet Ali

    2013-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the outcomes of patients who underwent laparoscopic repair of intra-thoracic gastric volvulus (IGV) and to assess the preoperative work-up. METHODS: A retrospective review of a prospectively collected database of patient medical records identified 14 patients who underwent a laparoscopic repair of IGV. The procedure included reduction of the stomach into the abdomen, total sac excision, reinforced hiatoplasty with mesh and construction of a partial fundoplication. All perioperative data, operative details and complications were recorded. All patients had at least 6 mo of follow-up. RESULTS: There were 4 male and 10 female patients. The mean age and the mean body mass index were 66 years and 28.7 kg/m2, respectively. All patients presented with epigastric discomfort and early satiety. There was no mortality, and none of the cases were converted to an open procedure. The mean operative time was 235 min, and the mean length of hospitalization was 2 d. There were no intraoperative complications. Four minor complications occurred in 3 patients including pleural effusion, subcutaneous emphysema, dysphagia and delayed gastric emptying. All minor complications resolved spontaneously without any intervention. During the mean follow-up of 29 mo, one patient had a radiological wrap herniation without volvulus. She remains symptom free with daily medication. CONCLUSION: The laparoscopic management of IGV is a safe but technically demanding procedure. The best outcomes can be achieved in centers with extensive experience in minimally invasive esophageal surgery. PMID:24124329

  6. The Prognostic Value of Residual Volume/Total Lung Capacity in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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    Shin, Tae Rim; Oh, Yeon-Mok; Park, Joo Hun; Lee, Keu Sung; Oh, Sunghee; Kang, Dae Ryoung; Sheen, Seungsoo; Seo, Joon Beom; Yoo, Kwang Ha; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Hyung; Lim, Seong Yong; Yoon, Ho Il; Rhee, Chin Kook; Choe, Kang-Hyeon; Lee, Jae Seung; Lee, Sang-Do

    2015-10-01

    The prognostic role of resting pulmonary hyperinflation as measured by residual volume (RV)/total lung capacity (TLC) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains poorly understood. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the factors related to resting pulmonary hyperinflation in COPD and to determine whether resting pulmonary hyperinflation is a prognostic factor in COPD. In total, 353 patients with COPD in the Korean Obstructive Lung Disease cohort recruited from 16 hospitals were enrolled. Resting pulmonary hyperinflation was defined as RV/TLC ? 40%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that older age (P = 0.001), lower forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) (P < 0.001), higher St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score (P = 0.019), and higher emphysema index (P = 0.010) were associated independently with resting hyperinflation. Multivariate Cox regression model that included age, gender, dyspnea scale, SGRQ, RV/TLC, and 6-min walking distance revealed that an older age (HR = 1.07, P = 0.027), a higher RV/TLC (HR = 1.04, P = 0.025), and a shorter 6-min walking distance (HR = 0.99, P < 0.001) were independent predictors of all-cause mortality. Our data showed that older age, higher emphysema index, higher SGRQ score, and lower FEV1 were associated independently with resting pulmonary hyperinflation in COPD. RV/TLC is an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality in COPD. PMID:26425043

  7. Occlusal Relations in Patients With Scaphocephaly.

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    Lebuis, Ariane; Bortoluzzi, Patricia; Huynh, Nelly; Bach, Normand

    2015-09-01

    Scaphocephaly results from a premature fusion of the sagittal suture. Usually, cranial vault corrective surgery is performed during the first year of life. There is currently no scientific data regarding occlusion of scaphocephalic patients, or the potential effect of craniovault surgery on the occlusion. The aims were to describe occlusion in scaphocephalic patients and compare with a general pediatric population, and to compare the difference in occlusion of surgically versus unoperated treated scaphocephalic subgroup. A total of 91 scaphocephalic patients (71 boys aged between 2 and 11?y) seen at the Craniofacial Clinic of CHU Ste-Justine's formed the experimental group. All patients received an orthodontic assessment. Among them, 44 underwent craniovault surgery, whereas 47 remained unoperated. Thirty-eight (33 boys; 17 operated) had lateral cephalometric radiographies, some of them also had cephalometric growth follow-ups. Clinical values for dental classification and overjet indicate an increased prevalence of class II malocclusions in scaphocephalic patients. However, interestingly enough, cephalometric values indicative of skeletal class II malocclusions (ie, N-A perp HP, N-B perp HP, N-Pog perp HP, Wits, N-A-Pog) remained within normal limits. Some cephalometric values present statistically significant differences between operated and unoperated patients (ANS-PNS t2, P?=?0.025; /1-FH t2, P?=?0.028), but these are individual variations not related to scaphocephaly. Maxillary width of scaphocephalic children remains within normal limits. Scaphocephalic patients clinically presented more class II malocclusions compared with normal children. Radiographic values remain, however, within normal limits for both anteroposterior and transverse dimensions. Corrective craniovault surgery did not affect occlusion in these patients. PMID:26355976

  8. A New Occlusion Device: Application of the ArtVentive Endoluminal Occlusion System (EOS)—First in Human Clinical Trial

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    Venbrux, Anthony C.; Rudakov, Leon; Plass, Andre Emmert, Maximilian Y.; Ebner, Adrian

    2013-05-24

    PurposeThe purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of a new endoluminal occlusion device, ArtVentive endoluminal occlusion system (EOS), to occlude the spermatic vein in symptomatic males with varicoceles.MethodsThe ArtVentive EOS device has been developed for percutaneous, peripheral occlusion of the peripheral arterial and venous vasculature. The system is comprised of an implantable occlusion device and a delivery catheter. At present, there are two device sizes: (a) size 1 for target vessels ranging between 3.5 and 5.5 mm in diameter, and (b) size 2 for target vessels 5.5–8.5 mm in diameter. The treatment group included six adult males, ages 22–34 years. Nine target vessels were occluded. A total of 20 devices were implanted in six subjects.ResultsThe acute occlusion rate at the end of the procedure was 100 % occurring in nine of nine vessels. The spermatic veins of all patients remained occluded on venography at 30 days follow-up. Pain scores related to varicoceles decreased in five of six patients.ConclusionsAlthough we recognize this study is limited, initial experience indicates that the ArtVentive EOS is a safe and effective new device for occlusion of vessels (varicoceles). The device has potential applications in other clinical conditions requiring occlusion of veins or arteries.

  9. Percutaneous retrograde revascularization of the occluded celiac artery for chronic mesenteric ischemia using intravascular ultrasound guidance.

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    Jain, Gagan; Pandit, Bhagya Narayan; Goyal, Mayank; Trehan, Vijaya Kumar

    2013-07-01

    A 47-year-old male presented with a triad of postprandial abdominal pain, food fear and significant weight loss since 1 year suggestive of chronic mesenteric ischemia. CT angiogram revealed chronic total occlusion of the celiac artery (CA), inferior mesenteric artery and 80-90 % stenosis of the proximal superior mesenteric artery (SMA). After SMA stenting, successful retrograde recanalisation of chronically occluded CA through pancreatico-duodenal arcade using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance was done when standard tools failed. The role of IVUS in such challenging lesions is described in the following case report. PMID:23526494

  10. Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Angiography in Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion with Primary Collateral Pathway

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    Bae, Yun Jung; Jung, Cheolkyu; Kim, Jae Hyoung; Choi, Byung Se; Kim, Eunhee

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose Quantitative magnetic resonance angiography (Q-MRA) enables direct measurement of volume flow rate (VFR) of intracranial arteries. We aimed to evaluate the collateral flows in internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion with primary collateral pathway via circle of Willis using Q-MRA, and to compare them between patients who recently developed ipsilateral symptomatic ischemia and those who did not. Methods Between 2012 and 2014, 505 patients underwent Q-MRA in our institution. Among these, 33 patients who had unilateral ICA occlusion with primary collateral pathway were identified, and grouped into asymptomatic patients, stable patients with chronic infarction, and symptomatic patients with acute/subacute infarction. Mean VFR (mVFR) in intracranial arteries was measured and compared between the patients’ groups. Kruskal-Wallis test was used for statistical analysis. Results Six patients were asymptomatic, fifteen with chronic infarction were stable, and twelve with acute/subacute infarction were symptomatic. The mVFR of ipsilateral middle cerebral artery in symptomatic patients was significantly lower than those in stable or asymptomatic patients (73.7±45.6 mL/min vs. 119.9±36.1 mL/min vs. 121.8±42.0 mL/min; P = 0.04). Total sum of the mVFR of ipsilateral anterior, middle, and posterior cerebral arteries was significantly lower in symptomatic patients than those in other groups (229.3 ± 51.3 mL/min vs. 282.0±68.6 mL/min vs. 314.0±44.4 mL/min; P = 0.02). Conclusions Q-MRA could be helpful to demonstrate the difference in the degree of primary collateral flow in ICA occlusion between the patients with recent symptomatic ischemia and those without. PMID:26437997

  11. Acute Total and Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation: Effects on Neurobehavioral Functions, Waking EEG and Renin-Angiotensin System

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    Dijk, Derk-Jan

    1999-01-01

    Total sleep deprivation leads to decrements in neurobehavioral performance and changes in electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillations as well as the incidence of slow eye movements ad detected in the electro-oculogram (EOG) during wakefulness. Although total sleep deprivation is a powerful tool to investigate the association of EEG/EOG and neurobehavioral decrements, sleep loss during space flight is usual only partial. Furthermore exposure to the microgravity environment leads to changes in sodium and volume homeostasis and associated renal and cardio-endocrine responses. Some of these changes can be induced in head down tilt bedrest studies. We integrate research tools and research projects to enhance the fidelity of the simulated conditions of space flight which are characterized by complexity and mutual interactions. The effectiveness of countermeasures and physiologic mechanisms underlying neurobehavioral changes and renal-cardio endocrine changes are investigated in Project 3 of the Human Performance Team and Project 3 of the Cardiovascular Alterations Team respectively. Although the. specific aims of these two projects are very different, they employ very similar research protocols. Thus, both projects investigate the effects of posture/bedrest and sleep deprivation (total or partial) on outcome measures relevant to their specific aims. The main aim of this enhancement grant is to exploit the similarities in research protocols by including the assessment of outcome variables relevant to the Renal-Cardio project in the research protocol of Project 3 of the Human Performance Team and by including the assessment of outcome variables relevant to the Quantitative EEG and Sleep Deprivation Project in the research protocols of Project 3 of the Cardiovascular Alterations team. In particular we will assess Neurobehavioral Function and Waking EEG in the research protocols of the renal-cardio endocrine project and renin-angiotensin and cardiac function in the research protocol of the Quantitative EEG and Waking Neurobehavioral Function project. This will allow us to investigate two additional specific aims: 1) Test the hypothesis that chronic partial sleep deprivation during a 17 day bed rest experiment results in deterioration of neurobehavioral function during waking and increases in EEG power density in the theta frequencies, especially in frontal areas of the brain, as well as the nonREM- REM cycle dependent modulation of heart-rate variability. 2) Test the hypothesis that acute total sleep deprivation modifies the circadian rhythm of the renin-angiotensin system, changes the acute responsiveness of this system to posture beyond what a microgravity environment alone does and affects the nonREM-REM cycle dependent modulation of heart-rate variability.

  12. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Supplement to Vol. 7, No. 5, 2011S19 Neurobehavioral responses to acute total and chronic partial

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    Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Supplement to Vol. 7, No. 5, 2011S19 Neurobehavioral responses to acute total and chronic partial sleep deprivation occur in healthy adults and are particularly evident deficits-- such differences are manifested in proportionality between the mean and variance as sleep loss

  13. Photoacoustic removal of occlusions from blood vessels

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    Visuri, Steven R. (Livermore, CA); Da Silva, Luiz B. (Danville, CA); Celliers, Peter M. (Berkeley, CA); London, Richard A. (Orinda, CA); Maitland, IV, Duncan J. (Lafayette, CA); Esch, Victor C. (San Francisco, CA)

    2002-01-01

    Partial or total occlusions of fluid passages within the human body are removed by positioning an array of optical fibers in the passage and directing treatment radiation pulses along the fibers, one at a time, to generate a shock wave and hydrodynamics flows that strike and emulsify the occlusions. A preferred application is the removal of blood clots (thrombin and embolic) from small cerebral vessels to reverse the effects of an ischemic stroke. The operating parameters and techniques are chosen to minimize the amount of heating of the fragile cerebral vessel walls occurring during this photo acoustic treatment. One such technique is the optical monitoring of the existence of hydrodynamics flow generating vapor bubbles when they are expected to occur and stopping the heat generating pulses propagated along an optical fiber that is not generating such bubbles.

  14. Total diet study on pesticide residues in France: levels in food as consumed and chronic dietary risk to consumers.

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    Nougadère, Alexandre; Sirot, Véronique; Kadar, Ali; Fastier, Antony; Truchot, Eric; Vergnet, Claude; Hommet, Frédéric; Baylé, Joëlle; Gros, Philippe; Leblanc, Jean-Charles

    2012-09-15

    Chronic dietary exposure to pesticide residues was assessed for the French population using a total diet study (TDS) to take into account realistic levels in foods as consumed at home (table-ready). Three hundred and twenty-five pesticides and their transformation products, grouped into 283 pesticides according to their residue definition, were sought in 1235 composite samples corresponding to 194 individual food items that cover 90% of the adult and child diet. To make up the composite samples, about 19,000 food products were bought during different seasons from 2007 to 2009 in 36 French cities and prepared according to the food preparation practices recorded in the individual and national consumption survey (INCA2). The results showed that 37% of the samples contained one or more residues. Seventy-three pesticides were detected and 55 quantified at levels ranging from 0.003 to 8.7mg/kg. The most frequently detected pesticides, identified as monitoring priorities in 2006, were the post-harvest insecticides pirimiphos-methyl and chlorpyrifos-methyl-particularly in wheat-based products-together with chlorpyrifos, iprodione, carbendazim and imazalil, mainly in fruit and fruit juices. Dietary intakes were estimated for each subject of INCA2 survey, under two contamination scenarios to handle left-censored data: lower-bound scenario (LB) where undetected results were set to zero, and upper-bound (UB) scenario where undetected results were set to the detection limit. For 90% of the pesticides, exposure levels were below the acceptable daily intake (ADI) under the two scenarios. Under the LB scenario, which tends to underestimate exposure levels, only dimethoate intakes exceeded the ADI for high level consumers of cherry (0.6% of children and 0.4% of adults). This pesticide, authorised in Europe, and its metabolite were detected in both cherries and endives. Under the UB scenario, that overestimates exposure, a chronic risk could not be excluded for nine other pesticides (dithiocarbamates, ethoprophos, carbofuran, diazinon, methamidophos, disulfoton, dieldrin, endrin and heptachlor). For these pesticides, more sensitive analyses of the main food contributors are needed in order to refine exposure assessment. PMID:22595191

  15. Basilar Occlusion Syndromes

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    Broderick, Joseph P.

    2015-01-01

    Basilar artery occlusions (BAOs) are a subset of posterior circulation strokes. Particular issues relevant to BAOs include variable and stuttering symptoms at onset resulting in delays in diagnosis, high morbidity and mortality, and uncertain best management. Despite better imaging techniques, diagnosis, and therefore treatment, is often delayed. We will present the most common signs and symptoms of posterior circulation strokes. Data on optimal treatment strategies are gathered from multiple case series, registries, and one randomized trial, which was stopped early. Possible etiologies of BAOs, acute, and subacute treatment strategies and special topics in neuroimaging of the posterior fossa are discussed. This review may be helpful to neurohospitalists who are managing patients with acute stroke as well as emergency room physicians and neurologists. PMID:26288672

  16. CHRONIC FEEDING ALCOHOL-CONTAINING DIETS VIA TOTAL ENTERAL NUTRITION INDUCES ALCOHOL DEHYDROGENASE (ADH) AND INSULIN RESISTANCE

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    Induction of Class 1 ADH occurs in rats fed alcohol chronically, and we have reported that C/EBPs and SREBP-1 are important signaling factors in this process. Chronic alcohol intake in humans can result in alcohol-induced diabetes. We have studied insulin signaling pathways in adult male Sprague-D...

  17. Acute upper extremity arterial occlusion: a novel role for the use of rheolytic thrombectomy and intravascular ultrasound.

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    Puma, Joseph A; Haq, Salman A; Sacchi, Terrence J

    2005-10-01

    Acute peripheral arterial occlusion may be caused by thrombosis or embolism. The objectives of therapy are to preserve limb and life by restoration of blood flow. Thrombolytic therapy has been the mainstay, but is limited by a high risk of bleeding. Surgical treatment, often required, is invasive with higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Rheolytic thrombectomy offers a percutaneous means of thrombus removal. A 62-year-old man with chronic atrial fibrillation, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism presented with sudden onset of left arm pain. His medications included warfarin, digoxin, amiodarone, and synthroid. Examination revealed a harsh 3/6 systolic nonradiating murmur. The left arm was cold and weak with absent pulses. Laboratory data showed a prothrombin time (PT) of 12 sec and an international normalized ratio of 1.4. After heparinization, angiography was performed, showing a total occlusion of the brachial artery. A rheolytic thrombectomy catheter (RTC) was introduced to remove the thrombus. The RTC run time was 90 sec. Flow was restored to the vessel, but sluggish with angiographic evidence of stenosis. Intravascular ultrasound was performed, revealing a high-grade fibromuscular stenosis. Balloon angioplasty was performed, followed by intracatheter injection of alteplase restoring normal flow. Sudden arterial occlusion is a medical emergency, which can result in limb loss. RTC's have demonstrated a reduced need for thrombolytic agents and surgical intervention, thereby decreasing complications, procedural time, and resource utilization. While most reports have focused on infra-aortic thromboses, this case highlights its utility in the arm. PMID:16142812

  18. Retinal Vein Occlusion.

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    Sawada, Osamu; Ohji, Masahito

    2016-01-01

    The primary treatment against macular edema with retinal vein occlusion (RVO) has changed from observation in central RVO (CRVO) and laser photocoagulation in branch RVO (BRVO) to administration of intravitreal agents based on anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or anti-inflammatory strategies. Anti-VEGF treatment such as ranibizumab, bevacizumab, or aflibercept improved vision by 13.9-16.2 letters (best-corrected visual acuity) after 12 months versus baseline in patients with macular edema secondary to CRVO. A long-term study showed that reduced follow-up and fewer retreatments resulted in worsening visual acuity. Intravitreal therapy with anti-inflammatory agents stabilized visual acuity in CRVO. However, increased intraocular pressure and cataract progression were frequently observed. Anti-VEGF agents such as ranibizumab or bevacizumab improved visual acuity by 15.5-18.3 letters in patients with macular edema secondary to BRVO after 12 months. The improved vision remained during the long-term follow-up. There was no significant difference between standard care and intravitreal triamcinolone groups in BRVO, and increased intraocular pressure and cataract progression occurred frequently in the triamcinolone group. Anti-VEGF intravitreal administration resulted in good vision in CRVO and BRVO patients and is employed as a primary therapy. Anti-VEGF therapy requires frequent observations and intravitreal injections to maintain good vision. PMID:26501219

  19. Fludarabine Phosphate and Total-Body Irradiation Before Donor Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Small Lymphocytic Leukemia

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    2015-07-21

    B-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; Prolymphocytic Leukemia; Recurrent Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; Recurrent Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma; Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; T-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia

  20. Impact of a multidisciplinary pain program for the management of chronic low back pain in patients undergoing spine surgery and primary total hip replacement: a retrospective cohort study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Low back pain is a very common disorder. In this field chronic low back pain represents a special challenge. The management of chronic low back pain consists of a range of different intervention strategies. Usually operative intervention should be avoided if possible. However, there are constellations were surgical therapy in patients with chronic low back pain seems to be meaningful. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical outcomes after spine surgery and hip replacement in patients with chronic low back pain after undergoing a structured rehabilitation program including cognitive – behavioral therapy. Methods From January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2010 patients were indicated for total hip replacement (THA) or spine surgery after receiving inpatient multidisciplinary pain programs including cognitive – behavioral therapy at our orthopedic institute with a specialized unit for the rehabilitation of chronic pain patients. Indications for surgery were based on the synopsis of clinical and imaging findings and on positive effects after local injections during the multidisciplinary pain program. The tools for assessment included follow-up at 6 and 12 months and analyses of pain, chronicity, physical functioning and depression. Results Of the 256 patients admitted for multidisciplinary pain program, fifteen were indicated to benefit from a surgical intervention during multidisciplinary pain program. Ten patients received spine surgery. THA was indicated in five patients. In all cases, the peri- and postoperative clinical courses were uneventful. Only two of the patients subjected to spine surgery and three patients who had THA were improved after 12 months. One patient reported a worsened condition. All patients presented with good functional outcomes and normal radiological findings. Conclusions The indication for surgical intervention in patients with chronic low back pain and degenerative diseases must be critically assessed. THA in this cohort should focus on functional aspects, such as the improvement of range of motion, rather than the reduction of pain. Spine surgery in chronic low back pain patients after multidisciplinary pain program including cognitive – behavioral therapy cannot be recommended due to its questionable success. PMID:25473419

  1. The cumulative cost of additional wakefulness: dose-response effects on neurobehavioral functions and sleep physiology from chronic sleep restriction and total sleep deprivation

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    Van Dongen, Hans P A.; Maislin, Greg; Mullington, Janet M.; Dinges, David F.

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To inform the debate over whether human sleep can be chronically reduced without consequences, we conducted a dose-response chronic sleep restriction experiment in which waking neurobehavioral and sleep physiological functions were monitored and compared to those for total sleep deprivation. DESIGN: The chronic sleep restriction experiment involved randomization to one of three sleep doses (4 h, 6 h, or 8 h time in bed per night), which were maintained for 14 consecutive days. The total sleep deprivation experiment involved 3 nights without sleep (0 h time in bed). Each study also involved 3 baseline (pre-deprivation) days and 3 recovery days. SETTING: Both experiments were conducted under standardized laboratory conditions with continuous behavioral, physiological and medical monitoring. PARTICIPANTS: A total of n = 48 healthy adults (ages 21-38) participated in the experiments. INTERVENTIONS: Noctumal sleep periods were restricted to 8 h, 6 h or 4 h per day for 14 days, or to 0 h for 3 days. All other sleep was prohibited. RESULTS: Chronic restriction of sleep periods to 4 h or 6 h per night over 14 consecutive days resulted in significant cumulative, dose-dependent deficits in cognitive performance on all tasks. Subjective sleepiness ratings showed an acute response to sleep restriction but only small further increases on subsequent days, and did not significantly differentiate the 6 h and 4 h conditions. Polysomnographic variables and delta power in the non-REM sleep EEG-a putative marker of sleep homeostasis--displayed an acute response to sleep restriction with negligible further changes across the 14 restricted nights. Comparison of chronic sleep restriction to total sleep deprivation showed that the latter resulted in disproportionately large waking neurobehavioral and sleep delta power responses relative to how much sleep was lost. A statistical model revealed that, regardless of the mode of sleep deprivation, lapses in behavioral alertness were near-linearly related to the cumulative duration of wakefulness in excess of 15.84 h (s.e. 0.73 h). CONCLUSIONS: Since chronic restriction of sleep to 6 h or less per night produced cognitive performance deficits equivalent to up to 2 nights of total sleep deprivation, it appears that even relatively moderate sleep restriction can seriously impair waking neurobehavioral functions in healthy adults. Sleepiness ratings suggest that subjects were largely unaware of these increasing cognitive deficits, which may explain why the impact of chronic sleep restriction on waking cognitive functions is often assumed to be benign. Physiological sleep responses to chronic restriction did not mirror waking neurobehavioral responses, but cumulative wakefulness in excess of a 15.84 h predicted performance lapses across all four experimental conditions. This suggests that sleep debt is perhaps best understood as resulting in additional wakefulness that has a neurobiological "cost" which accumulates over time.

  2. Pathogenesis of veno-occlusive liver disease after radiation

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    Fajardo, L.F.; Colby, T.V.

    1980-11-01

    Radiation-induced liver disease is characterized structurally by progressive fibrous obliteration of central veins (veno-occlusive disease (VOD)). The pathogenesis is unknown. Samples of liver from 11 patients with radiation-induced VOD were studied by light and electron microscopy for evidence of central vein thrombosis. The patients had received fractionated radiation with total doses of 1850 to 4050 rads, or single doses of 1000 rads. In addition, six patients had received chemotherapy. We postulate that ionizing radiation injures preferentially the endothelial cells of central veins, which leads to focal deposition of fibrin. The resulting fibrin network is eventually replaced by collagen, causing fibrous occlusion.

  3. Monitoring cerebral oxygenation during balloon occlusion with multichannel NIRS

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    Rummel, Christian; Zubler, Christoph; Schroth, Gerhard; Gralla, Jan; Hsieh, Kety; Abela, Eugenio; Hauf, Martinus; Meier, Niklaus; Verma, Rajeev K; Andres, Robert H; Nirkko, Arto C; Wiest, Roland

    2014-01-01

    We report on oxygenation changes noninvasively recorded by multichannel continuous-wave near infrared spectroscopy (CW-NIRS) during endovascular neuroradiologic interventions requiring temporary balloon occlusion of arteries supplying the cerebral circulation. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) provides reference data on the site, timing, and effectiveness of the flow stagnation as well as on the amount and direction of collateral circulation. This setting allows us to relate CW-NIRS findings to brain specific perfusion changes. We focused our analysis on the transition from normal perfusion to vessel occlusion, i.e., before hypoxia becomes clinically apparent. The localization of the maximal response correlated either with the core (occlusion of the middle cerebral artery) or with the watershed areas (occlusion of the internal carotid artery) of the respective vascular territories. In one patient with clinically and angiographically confirmed insufficient collateral flow during carotid artery occlusion, the total hemoglobin concentration became significantly asymmetric, with decreased values in the ipsilateral watershed area and contralaterally increased values. Multichannel CW-NIRS monitoring might serve as an objective and early predictive marker of critical perfusion changes during interventions—to prevent hypoxic damage of the brain. It also might provide valuable human reference data on oxygenation changes as they typically occur during acute stroke. PMID:24301292

  4. Monitoring cerebral oxygenation during balloon occlusion with multichannel NIRS.

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    Rummel, Christian; Zubler, Christoph; Schroth, Gerhard; Gralla, Jan; Hsieh, Kety; Abela, Eugenio; Hauf, Martinus; Meier, Niklaus; Verma, Rajeev K; Andres, Robert H; Nirkko, Arto C; Wiest, Roland

    2014-02-01

    We report on oxygenation changes noninvasively recorded by multichannel continuous-wave near infrared spectroscopy (CW-NIRS) during endovascular neuroradiologic interventions requiring temporary balloon occlusion of arteries supplying the cerebral circulation. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) provides reference data on the site, timing, and effectiveness of the flow stagnation as well as on the amount and direction of collateral circulation. This setting allows us to relate CW-NIRS findings to brain specific perfusion changes. We focused our analysis on the transition from normal perfusion to vessel occlusion, i.e., before hypoxia becomes clinically apparent. The localization of the maximal response correlated either with the core (occlusion of the middle cerebral artery) or with the watershed areas (occlusion of the internal carotid artery) of the respective vascular territories. In one patient with clinically and angiographically confirmed insufficient collateral flow during carotid artery occlusion, the total hemoglobin concentration became significantly asymmetric, with decreased values in the ipsilateral watershed area and contralaterally increased values. Multichannel CW-NIRS monitoring might serve as an objective and early predictive marker of critical perfusion changes during interventions-to prevent hypoxic damage of the brain. It also might provide valuable human reference data on oxygenation changes as they typically occur during acute stroke. PMID:24301292

  5. Partial Occlusion Drawing in Autistic Children 

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    Hodgson, Eleanor

    INTRODUCTION: Partial occlusion drawing in autistic individuals has received little attention in previous research. In normally developing children field independence is positively correlated with partial occlusion drawing (Morra et al., 1996...

  6. Possible Relationship between Chronic Telogen Effluvium and Changes in Lead, Cadmium, Zinc, and Iron Total Blood Levels in Females: A Case-Control Study

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    Abdel Aziz, Abeer M; Sh Hamed, Sameera; Gaballah, Mohammad A

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Hair loss is a common and distressing problem that can affect both males and females of all ages. Chronic telogen effluvium (CTE) is idiopathic diffuse scalp hair shedding of at least 6 months duration. Hair loss can be one of the symptoms of metal toxicity. Lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) are highly toxic metals that can cause acute and chronic health problems in human. The aim of the present study is to determine if there is a relationship between these metals and CTE in women and if CTE is also associated with changes in zinc (Zn) or iron (Fe) blood levels. Materials and Methods: Pb, Cd, Fe and Zn total blood levels were determined in 40 female patients fulfilling the criteria of CTH and compared with total blood levels of same elements in 30 well-matched healthy women. Results: Quantitative analysis of total blood Fe, Zn, Pb and Cd revealed that there were no significant differences between patients and controls regarding Fe, Zn, and Pb. Yet, Cd level was significantly higher in patients than controls. In addition, Cd level showed significant positive correlation with the patient's body weight. Conclusion: Estimation of blood Pb and Cd levels can be important in cases of CTE as Cd toxicity can be the underlying hidden cause of such idiopathic condition. PMID:26622152

  7. Evaluation of body composition and nitrogen content of renal patients on chronic dialysis as determined by total body neutron activation

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    Cohn, S.H.; Brennan, B.L.; Yasumura, S.; Vartsky, D.; Vaswani, A.N.; Ellis, K.J.

    1983-07-01

    Total body protein (nitrogen), body cell mass (potassium), fat, and water were measured in 15 renal patients on maintenance hemodialysis (MHD). Total body nitrogen was measured by means of prompt ..gamma.. neutron activation analysis; total body water was determined with tritium labeled water; total body potassium was measured by whole body counting. The extracellular water was determined by a technique utilizing the measurement of total body chloride and plasma chloride. When compared with corresponding values of a control group of the same age, sex, and height, the protein content, body cell mass, and total body fat of the MHD patients were within the normal range. The only significant change was an increase in the extracellular water/body cell mass ratio in the male MHD patients compared to the control. The lack of significant difference of the nitrogen values of the MHD patients compared to matched controls suggests that dialysis minimizes any residual effects of uremic toxicity or protein-calorie malnutrition. These findings further suggest that there is a need to reevaluate the traditional anthropometric and biochemical standards of nutritional status for MHD patients. It was concluded that it is particularly important to measure protein stores of MHD patients with low protein intake to ascertain nutritional status. Finally, in vivo measurement of total body nitrogen and potassium for determination of body composition provides a simple, direct, and accurate assessment of the nutritional status of MHD patients.

  8. Three hypothesis algorithm with occlusion reasoning for multiple people tracking

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    Reta, Carolina; Altamirano, Leopoldo; Gonzalez, Jesus A.; Medina-Carnicer, Rafael

    2015-01-01

    This work proposes a detection-based tracking algorithm able to locate and keep the identity of multiple people, who may be occluded, in uncontrolled stationary environments. Our algorithm builds a tracking graph that models spatio-temporal relationships among attributes of interacting people to predict and resolve partial and total occlusions. When a total occlusion occurs, the algorithm generates various hypotheses about the location of the occluded person considering three cases: (a) the person keeps the same direction and speed, (b) the person follows the direction and speed of the occluder, and (c) the person remains motionless during occlusion. By analyzing the graph, our algorithm can detect trajectories produced by false alarms and estimate the location of missing or occluded people. Our algorithm performs acceptably under complex conditions, such as partial visibility of individuals getting inside or outside the scene, continuous interactions and occlusions among people, wrong or missing information on the detection of persons, as well as variation of the person's appearance due to illumination changes and background-clutter distracters. Our algorithm was evaluated on test sequences in the field of intelligent surveillance achieving an overall precision of 93%. Results show that our tracking algorithm outperforms even trajectory-based state-of-the-art algorithms.

  9. [Retinal vein occlusion: Therapy of retinal vein occlusion].

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    Feltgen, N; Pielen, A

    2015-08-01

    Treatment of retinal vein occlusion can be systemic or local. Therapeutic strategies include improved blood supply, treatment of the vision-reducing macular edema by intravitreal injection of inhibitors of vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF) or corticosteroids and laser photocoagulation for neovascular complications. As long as head-to-head studies comparing steroids and VEGF inhibitors have not been published, none of the available intravitreally injected substances can be given priority. Well-known side effects of intravitreal steroids are cataract formation and ocular hypertension whereas VEGF inhibitors need to be frequently injected. Although therapy for retinal vein occlusion is protracted, initial long-term data indicate that treatment can be terminated in at least half of the patients . Finally, a treatment recommendation according to the current state of data is presented. PMID:26242852

  10. Influence of occlusal plane inclination and mandibular deviation on esthetics

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    Corte, Cristiane Cherobini Dalla; da Silveira, Bruno Lopes; Marquezan, Mariana

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the degree of perception of occlusal plane inclination and mandibular deviation in facial esthetics, assessed by laypeople, dentists and orthodontists. Methods: A woman with 5.88° of inclination and 5.54 mm of mandibular deviation was selected and, based on her original photograph, four new images were created correcting the deviations and creating more symmetric faces and smiles. Examiners assessed the images by means of a questionnaire. Their opinions were compared by qualitative and quantitative analyses. Results: A total of 45 laypeople, 27 dentists and 31 orthodontists filled out the questionnaires. All groups were able to perceive the asymmetry; however, orthodontists were more sensitive, identifying asymmetries as from 4.32° of occlusal plane inclination and 4.155 mm of mandibular deviation (p< 0.05). The other categories of evaluators identified asymmetries and assigned significantly lower grades, starting from 5.88° of occlusal plane inclination and 5.54 mm of mandibular deviation (p< 0.05). Conclusion: Occlusal plane inclination and mandibular deviation were perceived by all groups, but orthodontists presented higher perception of deviations. PMID:26560821

  11. Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplantation in Children for Chronic Pancreatitis. Indication, Surgical Techniques, Post Operative Management and Long-Term Outcomes

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    Chinnakotla, Srinath; Bellin, Melena D.; Schwarzenberg, Sarah J.; Radosevich, David M.; Cook, Marie; Dunn, Ty B.; Beilman, Gregory J.; Freeman, Martin L.; Balamurugan, A.N.; Wilhelm, Josh; Bland, Barbara; Jimenez-Vega, Jose M; Hering, Bernhard J.; Vickers, Selwyn M.; Pruett, Timothy L.; Sutherland, David E.R.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Describe the surgical technique, complications and long term outcomes of total pancreatectomy and islet auto transplantation (TP-IAT) in a large series of pediatric patients. Summary Background Data Surgical management of childhood pancreatitis is not clear; partial resection or drainage procedures often provide transient pain relief, but long term recurrence is common due to the diffuse involvement of the pancreas. Total pancreatectomy (TP) removes the source of the pain, while islet auto transplantation (IAT) potentially can prevent or minimize TP-related diabetes. Methods Retrospective review of 75 children undergoing TP-IAT for chronic pancreatitis who had failed medical, endoscopic or surgical treatment between 1989–2012. Results Pancreatitis pain and the severity of pain statistically improved in 90% of patients after TP-IAT (p =<0.001). The relief from narcotics was sustained. Of the 75 patients undergoing TP-IAT, 31 (41.3%) achieved insulin independence. Younger age (p=0.032), lack of prior Puestow (p=0.018), lower body surface area (p=0.048), IEQ per Kg Body Weight (p=0.001) and total IEQ (100,000) (0.004) were associated with insulin independence. By multivariate analysis, 3 factors were associated with insulin independence after TP-IAT:(1) male gender, (2) lower body surface area and the (3) higher total IEQ per kilogram body weight. Total IEQ (100,000) was the single factor most strongly associated with insulin independence (OR = 2.62; p value < 0.001). Conclusions TP-IAT provides sustained pain relief and improved quality of life. The ? cell function is dependent on islet yield. TP-IAT is an effective therapy for children with painful pancreatitis that fail medical and or endoscopic management PMID:24509206

  12. Occlusion: A Contemporary Overview and Recommendations.

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    Racich, Michael J

    2015-01-01

    Dental occlusal concepts have developed over time, essentially by trial and error. Most have stood the test of observation, and more recently science has verified some of the viewed occlusal successes. The purpose of this article is to examine and distill, in an evidence-based manner, the commonalities that allow practitioners of one occlusal philosophy or another to achieve consistent success. Medline and the Cochrane Collaboration were used to procure relevant articles. PMID:26509980

  13. Ocular neovascularization in eyes with a central retinal artery occlusion or a branch retinal artery occlusion

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    Mason, John O; Patel, Shyam A; Feist, Richard M; Albert, Michael A; Huisingh, Carrie; McGwin, Gerald; Thomley, Martin L

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the ocular neovascularization (ONV) rate in eyes with a branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) or a central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO), and to study factors that may influence the ONV rate secondary to CRAO. Methods This was a retrospective case series of consecutive patients (286 total eyes: 83 CRAOs and 203 BRAOs) who were diagnosed with a retinal artery occlusion from 1998 to 2013 at the Retina Consultants of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA. Generalized estimating equations were used to evaluate the association between hypothesized risk factors and ONV development. Results Twelve (14.5%) of the 83 eyes with a CRAO developed ONV. Eleven of 12 eyes (91.7%) had iris neovascularization, ten of 12 eyes (83.3%) had neovascular glaucoma, and two of 12 eyes (16.7%) had neovascularization of the optic disc. The average time for ONV development secondary to CRAO was 30.7 days, ranging from the date of presentation to 137 days. Only two (<1.0%) of the 203 eyes with a BRAO developed iris neovascularization. Diabetes mellitus type 2 was a risk factor for ONV development following a CRAO with an adjusted odds ratio of 5.2 (95% confidence interval: 1.4–19.8) (P=0.02). Conclusion ONV is an important complication of CRAO and is a less-frequent complication of BRAO. Patients with a CRAO, especially those with diabetes mellitus type 2, should be closely monitored for the first 6 months for ONV. PMID:26089631

  14. Occlusion, carbon dioxide, and fungal skin infections.

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    Allen, A M; King, R D

    1978-02-18

    Occlusion of the skin renders it susceptible to acute fungal skin infections (dermatophytosis and candidiasis). Occlusion also raised carbon-dioxide (CO2) tensions at the skin's surface. Comparable CO2 tnesions have a pronounced effect on the morphology and metabolism of dermatophytes in vitro. It is postulated that dermatophyte conida and hyphae produce infective units under conditions of raised CO2 tensions, and that occlusion of the skin produces the concentrations of CO2 required for the conversion. Fungal skin infections might be prevented or controlled by interference with the action of CO2 or by prevention of its accumulation under wet, occlusive clothing. PMID:75398

  15. Rationale and design of the Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Study (LAAOS) III

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    Healey, Jeff; Vincent, Jessica; Brady, Kate; Teoh, Kevin; Royse, Alistair; Shah, Pallav; Guo, Yingqiang; Alings, Marco; Folkeringa, Richard J.; Paparella, Domenico; Colli, Andrea; Meyer, Steven R.; Legare, Jean-François; Lamontagne, François; Reents, Wilko; Böning, Andreas; Connolly, Stuart

    2014-01-01

    Background Occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is a promising approach to stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). However, evidence of its efficacy and safety to date is lacking. We herein describe the rationale and design of a definitive LAA occlusion trial in cardiac surgical patients with AF. Methods We plan to randomize 4,700 patients with AF in whom on-pump cardiac surgical procedure is planned to undergo LAA occlusion or no LAA occlusion. The primary outcome is the first occurrence of stroke or systemic arterial embolism over a mean follow-up of four years. Other outcomes include total mortality, operative safety outcomes (chest tube output in the first post-operative 24 hours, rate of post-operative re-exploration for bleeding in the first 48 hours post-surgery and 30-day mortality), re-hospitalization for heart failure, major bleed, and myocardial infarction. Results Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Study (LAAOS) III is funded in a vanguard phase by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Network and Centre for Trials Internationally, and the McMaster University Surgical Associates. As of September 9, 2013, 162 patients have been recruited into the study. Conclusions LAAOS III will be the largest trial to explore the efficacy of LAA occlusion for stroke prevention. Its results will lead to a better understanding of stroke in AF and the safety and efficacy of surgical LAA occlusion. PMID:24516797

  16. A novel method to determine perineal artery occlusion among male bicyclists

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    Hotaling, James M.; Kathrins, Martin; Baftiri, Amit P.; Freels, Sally; Niederberger, Craig S.

    2015-01-01

    Background. Perineal pressure due to bicycle riding has been associated with erectile dysfunction. We developed a novel method to measure the occlusive force exerted over the perineal arteries and determined perineal artery occlusion by a variety of seat designs. Methods. Doppler ultrasonography facilitated perineal artery localization and determination of the force required for perineal artery occlusion in 20 healthy men. Flexiforce® sensors were affixed over the proximal and distal aspects of the perineal arteries bilaterally. Individuals completed bicycle rides in the road- and stationary-settings with six distinct seat designs, including those with and without an anterior “nose.” Results. The occlusion time proportion of the total ride time was calculated for each trial. The overall occlusion time proportion was 0.59 (95% CI [0.45–0.73]) across all seats and settings. The “no-nose” bicycle seat and the stationary-setting demonstrated significantly lower occlusion proportion times than the traditional nose bicycle seat and road-setting, respectively. However, all bicycle seats yielded an occlusion time proportion of 0.41 or greater. Discussion. Our method of real-time, non-invasive force measurement localized to the perineal arteries may be used to validate future bicycle seat design. It also underscores the significant risk of perineal artery insufficiency in men who are avid bicyclists. This risk may be minimized by using newer “no-nose” bicycle seats. PMID:26713236

  17. Effect of total lymphoid irradiation on functional status in chronic multiple sclerosis: importance of lymphopenia early after treatment--the pros

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    Devereux, C.; Troiano, R.; Zito, G.; Devereux, R.B.; Kopecky, K.J.; Friedman, R.; Dowling, P.C.; Hafstein, M.P.; Rohowsky-Kochan, C.; Cook, S.D.

    1988-07-01

    To determine whether immunosuppression by total lymphoid irradiation (TLI) slowed deterioration of chronic progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), functional impairment score and blood lymphocyte counts were compared at 6-month intervals through 4 years following treatment of MS patients by either TLI (n = 27) or sham irradiation (n = 21). At each interval, 20 to 30% fewer TLI-treated patients had deteriorated (p less than 0.05 at 6, 12, and 18 months), and the difference in mean functional impairment score between groups became progressively greater (p less than 0.01 at 42 and 48 months). Benefit accrued principally to the 17 TLI-treated patients with absolute blood lymphocyte counts less than 900/mm3 3 months after treatment, whose mean functional impairment score remained within 0.6 units of baseline (p = NS), whereas the ten TLI patients with higher post-treatment lymphocyte counts had progressive deterioration (p less than 0.05 to p less than 0.001 versus TLI-treated patients with lower lymphocyte counts at all intervals except 30 months) and had deteriorated by more than 5 functional scale units by 42 and 48 months. Side effects were minor and complications rare in TLI-treated patients, but one TLI-treated patient developed staphylococcal sepsis. Thus, TLI slows deterioration of chronic progressive MS, with what appears to be enduring benefit through 4 years compartmented to patients with greater induced lymphopenia. Modification of lymphoid irradiation regimens to increase the proportion of MS patients who achieve a favorable degree of lymphopenia and to avert functional hyposplenism may further improve the benefit/risk ratio.

  18. Occlusion for maxillary dentures opposing osseointegrated mandibular prostheses.

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    Denissen, H W; Kalk, W; van Waas, M A; van Os, J H

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents a combination of several occlusal concepts designed to contribute to the successful use of maxillary dentures in opposition to osseointegrated mandibular prostheses. To ensure a positive outcome when designing such an occlusion, three factors must be considered: patient satisfaction, maxillary anterior bone preservation, and mandibular arch shortening. It is recommended that for centric occlusion the molars have a lingual contact occlusion, the premolars have a buccal contact occlusion, and the anterior teeth have an open occlusal relationship. For an eccentric occlusion, a balanced articulation is favored instead of mutually protected occlusion. PMID:8297454

  19. Review of pelvic collateral pathways in aorto-iliac occlusive disease: demonstration by CT angiography.

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    Akinwande, Olaguoke; Ahmad, Aamir; Ahmad, Shakeeb; Coldwell, Douglas

    2015-04-01

    The pelvic collateral system is a robust network of communicating vessels that provide the functional reserve to withstand chronic aorto-iliac occlusive disease. For establishment of collateral circulation, the afferent vessel must originate proximal to the occlusion and anastomose with vessel/s distal to the occlusion. These collateral pathways can be classified as viscero-systemic, systemic-systemic, and visceral-visceral. CT angiography (CTA) is often the initial modality for evaluating patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease, because it is non-invasive and has been shown to be comparable to conventional angiography. Most collateral pathways are well demonstrated on CTA, which therefore is a useful tool for preoperative planning and regional interventional procedures. PMID:24622738

  20. Special report: Occlusive cuff controller

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    Baker, J. T.

    1975-01-01

    A mechanical occlusive cuff controller suitable for blood flow experiments in space shuttle flights is described. The device requires 115 volt ac power and a pressurized gas source. Two occluding cuff pressures (30 and 50 mmHg) are selectable by a switch on the front panel. A screw driver adjustment allows accurate cuff pressurization levels for under or oversized limbs. Two pressurization cycles (20 second and 2 minutes) can be selected by a front panel switch. Adjustment of the timing cycles is also available through the front panel. A pushbutton hand switch allows remote start of the cuff inflation cycle. A stop/reset switch permits early termination of the cycle and disabling of the controller to prevent inadvertent reactivation. Pressure in the cuff is monitored by a differential aneroid barometer. In addition, an electrocardiogram trigger circuit permits the initiation of the pressurization cycle by an externally supplied ECG cycle.

  1. Basilar Occlusion Syndromes: An Update.

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    Demel, Stacie L; Broderick, Joseph P

    2015-07-01

    Basilar artery occlusions (BAOs) are a subset of posterior circulation strokes. Particular issues relevant to BAOs include variable and stuttering symptoms at onset resulting in delays in diagnosis, high morbidity and mortality, and uncertain best management. Despite better imaging techniques, diagnosis, and therefore treatment, is often delayed. We will present the most common signs and symptoms of posterior circulation strokes. Data on optimal treatment strategies are gathered from multiple case series, registries, and one randomized trial, which was stopped early. Possible etiologies of BAOs, acute, and subacute treatment strategies and special topics in neuroimaging of the posterior fossa are discussed. This review may be helpful to neurohospitalists who are managing patients with acute stroke as well as emergency room physicians and neurologists. PMID:26288672

  2. Occlusion for stimulus deprivation amblyopia

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    Antonio-Santos, Aileen; Vedula, Satyanarayana S; Hatt, Sarah R; Powell, Christine

    2014-01-01

    Background Stimulus deprivation amblyopia (SDA) develops due to an obstruction to the passage of light secondary to a condition such as cataract. The obstruction prevents formation of a clear image on the retina. SDA can be resistant to treatment, leading to poor visual prognosis. SDA probably constitutes less than 3% of all amblyopia cases, although precise estimates of prevalence are unknown. In developed countries, most patients present under the age of one year; in less developed parts of the world patients are likely to be older at the time of presentation. The mainstay of treatment is removal of the cataract and then occlusion of the better-seeing eye, but regimens vary, can be difficult to execute, and traditionally are believed to lead to disappointing results. Objectives Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of occlusion therapy for SDA in an attempt to establish realistic treatment outcomes. Where data were available, we also planned to examine evidence of any dose response effect and to assess the effect of the duration, severity, and causative factor on the size and direction of the treatment effect. Search methods We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2013, Issue 9), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to October 2013), EMBASE (January 1980 to October 2013), the Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to October 2013), PubMed (January 1946 to October 2013), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 28 October 2013. Selection criteria We planned to include randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials of participants with unilateral SDA with visual acuity worse than 0.2 LogMAR or equivalent. We did not specify any restrictions for inclusion based upon age, gender, ethnicity, co-morbidities, medication use, or the number of participants. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently assessed study abstracts identified by the electronic searches. Main results We did not identify any trials that met the inclusion criteria specified in the protocol for this review. Authors’ conclusions We found no evidence on the effectiveness of any treatment for SDA. Future randomized controlled trials are needed in order to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of occlusion, duration of treatment, level of vision that can be realistically achieved, effects of age at onset and magnitude of visual defect, optimum occlusion regimen, and factors associated with satisfactory and unsatisfactory outcomes with the use of various interventions for SDA. PMID:24504975

  3. [Clinical treatment of occlusion in implant therapy].

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    Nakamura, Kimio

    2008-01-01

    A firmly established theory on occlusion, even with natural teeth, has been all but absent throughout history. it is even more difficult to find and evidence-based concept of occlusion for the relatively new field of implantology. Since i harbored doubts on initial gnathological theories of occlusion decades ago, my work in treating occlusion in patients with temporomandibular arthrosis has brought me to the realization that the diagnosis and adjustment of the alignment or misalignment of the light guide tapping position ( LGTP ) and clenching position (CLP) in the stable condylar position are important focal points for clinical occlusion. I have therefore striven for the seamless incorporation of the prosthodontic techniques of maintaining, correcting, and restoring occlusion into my day to day clinical practice, which includes periodontal treatment and orthodontics. Implantology has now been added to this context, and i feel there is no need to take a drastically different approach to creating and adjusting implant occlusion. I will present actual case reports and post operative observations of patients who received implant therapy in our clinic. PMID:18435002

  4. Monitoring Central Venous Catheter Resistance to Predict Imminent Occlusion: A Prospective Pilot Study

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    Wolf, Joshua; Tang, Li; Rubnitz, Jeffrey E.; Brennan, Rachel C.; Shook, David R.; Stokes, Dennis C.; Monagle, Paul; Curtis, Nigel; Worth, Leon J.; Allison, Kim; Sun, Yilun; Flynn, Patricia M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Long-term central venous catheters are essential for the management of chronic medical conditions, including childhood cancer. Catheter occlusion is associated with an increased risk of subsequent complications, including bloodstream infection, venous thrombosis, and catheter fracture. Therefore, predicting and pre-emptively treating occlusions should prevent complications, but no method for predicting such occlusions has been developed. Methods We conducted a prospective trial to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of catheter-resistance monitoring, a novel approach to predicting central venous catheter occlusion in pediatric patients. Participants who had tunneled catheters and were receiving treatment for cancer or undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation underwent weekly catheter-resistance monitoring for up to 12 weeks. Resistance was assessed by measuring the inline pressure at multiple flow-rates via a syringe pump system fitted with a pressure-sensing transducer. When turbulent flow through the device was evident, resistance was not estimated, and the result was noted as “non-laminar.” Results Ten patients attended 113 catheter-resistance monitoring visits. Elevated catheter resistance (>8.8% increase) was strongly associated with the subsequent development of acute catheter occlusion within 10 days (odds ratio = 6.2; 95% confidence interval, 1.8–21.5; p <0.01; sensitivity, 75%; specificity, 67%). A combined prediction model comprising either change in resistance greater than 8.8% or a non-laminar result predicted subsequent occlusion (odds ratio = 6.8; 95% confidence interval, 2.0–22.8; p = 0.002; sensitivity, 80%; specificity, 63%). Participants rated catheter-resistance monitoring as highly acceptable. Conclusions In this pediatric hematology and oncology population, catheter-resistance monitoring is feasible, acceptable, and predicts imminent catheter occlusion. Larger studies are required to validate these findings, assess the predictive value for other clinical outcomes, and determine the impact of pre-emptive therapy. Trial Registration Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01737554 PMID:26322512

  5. Non-invasive diagnosis of portal vein occlusion by radionuclide angiography.

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    MacMathuna, P; O'Connor, M K; Weir, D G; Keeling, P W

    1992-12-01

    The accuracy of non-invasive radionuclide angiography in detecting portal vein occlusion was assessed in 61 patients--10 with portal vein occlusion confirmed by conventional portography, 25 with chronic liver disease and a patent portal vein (mild = 12, severe = 13), and 26 with normal liver function, who served as controls. The median percentage portal venous flow for the portal vein occlusion group was 8% (range 1-30) (consistent with negligible flow) compared with 78% (52-87) for control subjects (p < 0.005) and 68% (61-80) and 49% (23-59) respectively for patients with mild and severe liver disease (p < 0.001 and p < 0.005). At a portal venous inflow of < 20%, the procedure had a specificity of 100% and sensitivity of 90% in diagnosing portal vein occlusion. Non-invasive radionuclide angiography provides a safe and accurate screening method for evaluating portal vein patency or occlusion in the investigation of portal hypertension or before liver transplantation. PMID:1487169

  6. Sex Differences in Chondrocyte Maturation in the Mandibular Condyle from a Decreased Occlusal Loading Model

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    Chen, J.; Utreja, A.; Kalajzic, Z.; Xu, M.; Kilts, T.; Young, M.; Wadhwa, S.

    2012-01-01

    Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) predominantly afflict women of childbearing age. Defects in mechanical loading-induced temporomandibular joint (TMJ) remodeling are believed to be a major etiological factor in the development of TMD. The goal of this study was to determine if there are sex differences in CD-1 and C57BL/6 mice exposed to a decreased occlusal loading TMJ remodeling model. Male and female CD-1 and C57BL/6 mice, 21 days old, were each divided into two groups. They were fed either a normal pellet diet (normal loading) or a soft diet and had their incisors trimmed out of occlusion (decreased occlusal loading) for 4 weeks. The mandibular condylar cartilage was evaluated by histology, and the subchondral bone was evaluated by micro-CT analysis. Gene expression from both was evaluated by real-time PCR analysis. In both strains and sexes of mice, decreased occlusal loading caused similar effects in the subchondral bone, decreases in bone volume and total volume compared with their normal loading controls. However, in both strains, decreased occlusal loading caused a significant decrease in the expression of collagen type II (Col2) and Sox9 only in female mice, but not in male mice, compared with their normal loading controls. Decreased occlusal loading causes decreased bone volume in both sexes and a decrease in early chondrocyte maturation exclusively in female mice. PMID:21597908

  7. Evaluation of in-vehicle HMI using occlusion techniques: experimental results and practical implications.

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    Baumann, Martin; Keinath, Andreas; Krems, Josef F; Bengler, Klaus

    2004-05-01

    Despite the usefulness of new on-board information systems one has to be concerned about the potential distraction effects that they impose on the driver. Therefore, methods and procedures are necessary to assess the visual demand that is connected to the usage of an on-board system. The occlusion-method is considered a strong candidate as a procedure for evaluating display designs with regard to their visual demand. This paper reports results from two experimental studies conducted to further evaluate this method. In the first study, performance in using an in-car navigation system was measured under three conditions: static (parking lot), occlusion (shutter glasses), and driving. The results show that the occlusion-procedure can be used to simulate visual requirements of real traffic conditions. In a second study the occlusion method was compared to a global evaluation criterion based on the total task time. It can be demonstrated that the occlusion method can identify tasks which meet this criterion, but are yet irresolvable under driving conditions. It is concluded that the occlusion technique seems to be a reliable and valid method for evaluating visual and dialogue aspects of in-car information systems. PMID:15145282

  8. Thrombophilia and retinal vascular occlusion

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    Glueck, Charles J; Hutchins, Robert K; Jurantee, Joel; Khan, Zia; Wang, Ping

    2012-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this research was to assess associations of thrombophilia with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO), and amaurosis fugax (AF); to evaluate outcomes of normalizing high homocysteine; and to study CRVO, CRAO, and AF developing in estrogens/estrogen agonists in women subsequently shown to have thrombophilia. Methods Measures of thrombophilia–hypofibrinolysis were obtained in 132 CRVO cases, 15 CRAO cases, and 17 AF cases. Cases were compared to 105 healthy control subjects who did not differ by race or sex and were free of any ophthalmologic disorders. All cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors were compared to healthy general populations. Main outcome measures The main outcome measure of this study was thrombophilia. Results CRVO cases were more likely than controls to have high homocysteine (odds ratio [OR] 8.64, 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 1.96–38), high anticardiolipin immunoglobulin M (IgM; OR 6.26, 95% CI: 1.4–28.2), and high Factor VIII (OR 2.47, 95% CI: 1.31–7.9). CRAO-AF cases were more likely than controls to have high homocysteine (OR 14, 95% CI: 2.7–71.6) or the lupus anticoagulant (OR 4.1, 95% CI: 1.3–13.2). In four of 77 women with CRVO (two found to have high homocysteine, two with inherited high Factor XI), CRVO occurred after starting estrogen–progestins, estrogen–testosterone, or estrogen agonists. In one of eight women with CRAO found to have high anticardiolipin antibody IgG, CRAO occurred after starting conjugated estrogens, and AF occurred after starting conjugated estrogens in one of eleven women with AF (inherited protein S deficiency). Therapy for medians of 21 months (CRVO) and 6 months (CRAO-AF) was 5 mg folic acid, 100 mg B6, and 2000 mcg/day B12 normalized homocysteine in 13 of 16 (81%) CRVO cases and all five CRAO-AF cases with pretreatment hyperhomocysteinemia. The CRVO cases had an excess of hypertension; CRAO-AF cases had an excess of type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Conclusion Treatable thrombophilia, hyperhomocysteinemia in particular, is more common in RVO cases than in normal controls. RVO occurs after estrogens or estrogen agonists were administered in women subsequently shown to have thrombophilia. PMID:22969282

  9. 3D silhouette tracking with occlusion inference

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    Li, Wenkai; Yao, Hongxun; Ji, Rongrong; Liu, Tianqiang; Zhao, Debin

    2010-07-01

    It is a challenging problem to robustly track moving objects from image sequences because of occlusions. Previous methods did not exploit depth information sufficiently. Based on multiple camera scenes, we propose a 3D silhouette tracking framework to resolve occlusions and recover the appearances in 3D space, which enhances tracking effectiveness. In the framework, 2D object silhouettes are initially gained by Snake. Then a Voxel Space Carving procedure is introduced to simultaneously generate the occlusion model and visual hull of objects. Next, we adopt Particle Filter to select the valuable parts of occlusion model and combine them with the initial object silhouettes to generate the updated visual hull. Finally, updated visual hull of the objects are re-projected to each view to obtain their final contours. The experiments under the public LAB and SCULPTURE datasets validate the feasibility and effectiveness of our framework.

  10. Stenting in Acute Lower Limb Arterial Occlusions

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    Raja, Jowad; Munneke, Graham; Morgan, Robert; Belli, Anna-Maria

    2008-07-15

    Management of critical limb ischemia of acute onset includes surgical embolectomy, bypass grafting, aspiration thrombectomy, thrombolysis, and mechanical thrombectomy followed by treatment of the underlying cause. We present our experience with the use of stents to treat acute embolic/thrombotic occlusions in one iliac and three femoropopliteal arteries. Although this is a small case series, excellent immediate and midterm results suggest that stenting of acute occlusions of the iliac, superficial femoral, and popliteal arteries is a safe and effective treatment option.

  11. Workflow Optimization in Vertebrobasilar Occlusion

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    Kamper, Lars Meyn, Hannes; Nordmeyer, Simone; Kempkes, Udo; Piroth, Werner

    2012-06-15

    Objective: In vertebrobasilar occlusion, rapid recanalization is the only substantial means to improve the prognosis. We introduced a standard operating procedure (SOP) for interventional therapy to analyze the effects on interdisciplinary time management. Methods: Intrahospital time periods between hospital admission and neuroradiological intervention were retrospectively analyzed, together with the patients' outcome, before (n = 18) and after (n = 20) implementation of the SOP. Results: After implementation of the SOP, we observed statistically significant improvement of postinterventional patient neurological status (p = 0.017). In addition, we found a decrease of 5:33 h for the mean time period from hospital admission until neuroradiological intervention. The recanalization rate increased from 72.2% to 80% after implementation of the SOP. Conclusion: Our results underscore the relevance of SOP implementation and analysis of time management for clinical workflow optimization. Both may trigger awareness for the need of efficient interdisciplinary time management. This could be an explanation for the decreased time periods and improved postinterventional patient status after SOP implementation.

  12. Abdominal collateral vein as an unconventional vascular access for hemodialysis in patient with central vein occlusion.

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    Stró?ecki, Pawe?; Flisi?ski, Mariusz; Serafin, Zbigniew; Wiechecka-Korenkiewicz, Joanna; Manitius, Jacek

    2014-01-01

    A 65-year-old female patient with chronic kidney disease stage 5 and a history of spleen neoplasm with dissemination within peritoneum is presented. During 5 years of hemodialysis therapy, bilateral occlusion of brachiocephalic and iliac vein developed as a consequence of vein catheterization. An attempt to cannulate inferior vena cava was unsuccessful. A cannulation of dilated collateral abdominal veins with dialysis needles allowed to perform several hemodialysis sessions in the patient. PMID:24796505

  13. The prevalence of questionable occlusal caries lesions: findings from The Dental Practice-Based Research Network

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    Makhija, Sonia K; Gilbert, Gregg H.; Funkhouser, Ellen; Bader, James D; Gordan, Valeria V.; Rindal, D. Brad; Bauer, Michael; Pihlstrom, Daniel J.; Qvist, Vibeke

    2012-01-01

    Objectives Questionable occlusal caries (QOC) can be defined as clinically-suspected caries with no cavitation or radiographic evidence of occlusal caries. To our knowledge, its prevalence has not been quantified; this was the objective of this study. Methods A total of 82 dentist and hygienist practitioner-investigators from “The Dental Practice-Based Research Network” (DPBRN) participated. When patients presented with at least one unrestored occlusal surface, their number of unrestored occlusal surfaces and QOC were quantified. Information also was recorded about patient characteristics on consented patients who had QOC. Data analysis adjusted for patient clustering within practices. Results Overall, 6,910 patients had at least one unrestored occlusal surface, with a total of 50,445 unrestored surfaces. Thirty-four percent of all patients and 11% of unrestored surfaces among all patients had QOC. Patient- and surface-level QOC prevalence varied significantly by region (p<0.001; p<0.03). The highest percent for patient-and surface-level prevalence was in Florida/Georgia (42%; 16%). Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first study to quantify the prevalence of QOC in routine clinical practice. These results document a high prevalence overall, with wide variation in prevalence among DPBRN’s five main regions. Clinical Implications QOC lesions are common in routine practice and warrant further investigation regarding how best to manage them. PMID:23204090

  14. Neuromuscular dentistry: Occlusal diseases and posture

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    Khan, Mohd Toseef; Verma, Sanjeev Kumar; Maheshwari, Sandhya; Zahid, Syed Naved; Chaudhary, Prabhat K.

    2013-01-01

    Neuromuscular dentistry has been a controversial topic in the field of dentistry and still remains debatable. The issue of good occlusion and sound health has been repeatedly discussed. Sometimes we get complains of sensitive teeth and sometimes of tired facial muscles on getting up in the morning. Owing to the intimate relation of masticatory apparatus with the cranium and cervico-scapular muscular system, the disorders in any system, draw attention from concerned clinicians involved in management, to develop an integrated treatment protocol for the suffering patients. There may be patients reporting to the dental clinics after an occlusal restoration or extraction, having pain in or around the temporomandibular joint, headache or neck pain. Although their esthetic demands must not be undermined during the course of treatment plan, whenever dental treatment of any sort is planned, occlusion/bite should be given prime importance. Very few dentist are able to diagnose the occlusal disease and of those who diagnose many people resort to aggressive treatment modalities. This paper aims to report the signs of occlusal disease, and discuss their association with TMDs and posture. PMID:25737904

  15. Primary Stenting in Infrarenal Aortic Occlusive Disease

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    Nyman, Ulf; Uher, Petr; Lindh, Mats; Lindblad, Bengt; Ivancev, Krasnodar

    2000-03-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the results of primary stenting in aortic occlusive disease.Methods: Thirty patients underwent primary stenting of focal concentric (n = 2) and complex aortic stenoses (n = 19), and aortic or aorto-iliac occlusions (n = 9). Sixteen patients underwent endovascular outflow procedures, three of whom also had distal open surgical reconstructions. Median follow-up was 16 months (range 1-60 months).Results: Guidewire crossing of two aorto-biiliac occlusions failed, resulting in a 93% (28/30) technical success. Major complications included one access hematoma, one myocardial infarction, one death (recurrent thromboembolism) in a patient with widespread malignancy, and one fatal hemorrhage during thrombolysis of distal emboli from a recanalized occluded iliac artery. One patient did not improve his symptoms, resulting in a 1-month clinical success of 83% (25/30). Following restenting the 26 stented survivors changed their clinical limb status to +3 (n = 17) and +2 (n = 9). During follow-up one symptomatic aortic restenosis occurred and was successfully restented.Conclusions: Primary stenting of complex aortic stenoses and short occlusions is an attractive alternative to conventional surgery. Larger studies with longer follow-up and stratification of lesion morphology are warranted to define its role relative to balloon angioplasty. Stenting of aorto-biiliac occlusions is feasible but its role relative to bypass grafting remains to be defined.

  16. Recurrent Occlusion of Laser Iridotomy Sites After Posterior Chamber Phakic IOL Implantation

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    Park, In Ki; Lee, Je Myung

    2008-01-01

    We report a case of recurrent occlusion of laser iridotomy (LI) sites after a Visian ICL (Implantable contact lens version 4, Staar Surgical AG, Nidau, Switzerland) implantation. A 45-year-old woman had bilateral ICL implantation after placement of two peripheral LI sites in each eye to prevent pupillary block. At one month after the operation, severe narrowing or occlusion of four LI sites occurred. After this, although she received four additional LIs at postoperative months 1, 6, 9 and 10 in both eyes, the narrowing or occlusion recurred. Mild chronic anterior chamber inflammation was observed intermittently throughout the follow-up period. We performed clear lens extraction in both eyes (at postoperative month 11 in the left eye and month 26 in the right eye) due to recurrent occlusion of the LI sites and excess trabecular meshwork pigment deposition presumably caused by the four repeated LIs. Recurrent obstruction of LI sites can occur after ICL implantation. These problems were unresolvable despite four repeated laser iridotomies. The risks associated with anterior uveitis must be considered when planning an ICL implantation. PMID:18612232

  17. Use of Poly (Amidoamine) Dendrimer for Dentinal Tubule Occlusion: A Preliminary Study

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    Wang, Tianda; Yang, Sheng; Wang, Lei; Feng, Hailan

    2015-01-01

    The occlusion of dentinal tubules is an effective method to alleviate the symptoms caused by dentin hypersensitivity, a significant health problem in dentistry and daily life. The in situ mineralization within dentinal tubules is a promising treatment for dentin hypersensitivity as it induces the formation of mineral on the sensitive regions and occludes the dentinal tubules. This study was carried out to evaluate the in vitro effect of a whole generation poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (G3.0) on dentinal tubule occlusion by inducing mineralization within dentinal tubules. Dentin discs were treated with PAMAM dendrimers using two methods, followed by the in vitro characterization using Attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). These results showed that G3.0 PAMAM dendrimers coated on dentin surface and infiltrated in dentinal tubules could induce hydroxyapatite formation and resulted in effective dentinal tubule occlusion. Moreover, crosslinked PAMAM dendrimers could induce the remineralization of demineralized dentin and thus had the potential in dentinal tubule occlusion. In this in vitro study, dentinal tubules occlusion could be achieved by using PAMAM dendrimers. This could lead to the development of a new therapeutic technique for the treatment of dentin hypersensitivity. PMID:25885090

  18. Determinants of hemorrhagic infarcts. Histologic observations from experiments involving coronary occlusion, coronary reperfusion, and reocclusion.

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    Garcia-Dorado, D.; Théroux, P.; Solares, J.; Alonso, J.; Fernandez-Avilés, F.; Elizaga, J.; Soriano, J.; Botas, J.; Munoz, R.

    1990-01-01

    Quantification of intramyocardial hemorrhage was performed in 69 pigs submitted to various protocols of coronary artery occlusion and reperfusion. The study groups include 1) permanent occlusion; 2) reperfusion after periods of coronary occlusion of 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 minutes; 3) reperfusion with diltiazem and with 4) methoxamine after a 60-minute occlusion period; and 5) permanent reocclusion after a 30-minute period of reperfusion. Red blood cell counts were directly assessed by visual examination of histologic slices of myocardium and in a subgroup of animals by counts of red blood cells labeled with 99m-technetium pertechnetate. Hemorrhage occurs in infarcts reperfused after a duration of 45 minutes or more of coronary occlusion and after a period of reperfusion maintained for at least 30 minutes. Red blood cell counts were maximal in the mid portions of transmural sections of the infarcts, with decreasing values toward epicardium and endocardium. Diltiazem decreased total red blood cell counts, whereas methoxamine increased it and also caused subendocardial hemorrhage. The most powerful predictors of the severity of hemorrhage after sustained reperfusion were infarct size and higher blood pressure. Images Figure 3 Figure 3 PMID:2386198

  19. The antioxidant n-acetylcysteine reduced necrosis, but exacerbated liver fibrosis induced by chronic alcohol in rats fed via total enteral nutrition

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    Despite many years of research, the molecular mechanisms underlying progression of alcoholic liver injury from simple steatosis through steatohepatitis and fibrosis remain in dispute. In the current study male Sprague-Dawley rats (350 g) were chronically fed a high unsaturated fat diet for 120 d usi...

  20. Practical filtering for efficient ray-traced directional occlusion

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    Egan, Kevin

    Ambient occlusion and directional (spherical harmonic) occlusion have become a staple of production rendering because they capture many visually important qualities of global illumination while being reusable across multiple ...

  1. 21 CFR 870.2890 - Vessel occlusion transducer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Vessel occlusion transducer. 870.2890 Section 870...) MEDICAL DEVICES CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES Cardiovascular Monitoring Devices § 870.2890 Vessel occlusion transducer. (a) Identification. A vessel occlusion transducer is a device used to provide an...

  2. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Occlusive wound dressing. 878.4020 Section 878...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4020 Occlusive wound dressing. (a) Identification. An occlusive wound dressing is a nonresorbable, sterile or non-sterile...

  3. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Occlusive wound dressing. 878.4020 Section 878...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4020 Occlusive wound dressing. (a) Identification. An occlusive wound dressing is a nonresorbable, sterile or non-sterile...

  4. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Occlusive wound dressing. 878.4020 Section 878...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4020 Occlusive wound dressing. (a) Identification. An occlusive wound dressing is a nonresorbable, sterile or non-sterile...

  5. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Occlusive wound dressing. 878.4020 Section 878...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4020 Occlusive wound dressing. (a) Identification. An occlusive wound dressing is a nonresorbable, sterile or non-sterile...

  6. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Occlusive wound dressing. 878.4020 Section 878...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4020 Occlusive wound dressing. (a) Identification. An occlusive wound dressing is a nonresorbable, sterile or non-sterile...

  7. Detachable steel spring coils for vessel occlusion.

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    Lund, G; Rysavy, J; Kotula, F; Castaneda-Zuniga, W R; Amplatz, K

    1985-05-01

    Spring coils for vessel occlusion were modified to include a screw-on attachment for delivery wire, which permitted safe and accurate placement of the coils. We successfully implanted coils in a dog and a lamb. They were easily retrieved from within the delivery catheters and the vessels, which is not possible with conventional coils. Coil design is described. PMID:3983407

  8. [Evolution of the curves of total survivorship, without chronic illness and without incapacity in France from 1981 to 1991: the application of an OMS model].

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    Robine, J M; Mormiche, P; Cambois, E

    1996-01-01

    In 1984, World Health Organisation (WHO) has proposed a demo-epidemiological model which allows the assessment of the possible consequences of the lengthening of life on the level of health. This model is represented in a graphic form by three curves: the observed survival curve, the hypothetical survival curve without chronic diseases and the hypothetical survival curve without disability; thus, as life expectancy at any age is calculated from the survival curve, this model allows the computation of life expectancy without chronic diseases and life expectancy without disability. The relationships between the three curves, can be used to illustrate the numerous theories dealing with the evolution of the populations' health which enliven debates in public health since several decades. Application of the model to French data on mortality, morbidity and disability also allows to enlighten the evolution of the health status of the French population over the last decade. PMID:11619284

  9. Occlusion Handling in Videos Object Tracking: A Survey

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    Lee, B. Y.; Liew, L. H.; Cheah, W. S.; Wang, Y. C.

    2014-02-01

    Object tracking in video has been an active research since for decades. This interest is motivated by numerous applications, such as surveillance, human-computer interaction, and sports event monitoring. Many challenges related to tracking objects still remain, this can arise due to abrupt object motion, changing appearance patterns of objects and the scene, non-rigid object structures and most significant are occlusion of tracked object be it object-to-object or object-to-scene occlusions. Generally, occlusion in object tracking occur under three situations: self-occlusion, inter-object occlusion by background scene structure. Self-occlusion occurs most frequently while tracking articulated objects when one part of the object occludes another. Inter-object occlusion occurs when two objects being tracked occlude each other whereas occlusion by the background occurs when a structure in the background occludes the tracked objects. Typically, tracking methods handle occlusion by modelling the object motion using linear and non-linear dynamic models. The derived models will be used to continuously predicting the object location when a tracked object is occluded until the object reappears. Example of these method are Kalman filtering and Particle filtering trackers. Researchers have also utilised other features to resolved occlusion, for example, silhouette projections, colour histogram and optical flow. We will present some result from a previously conducted experiment when tracking single object using Kalman filter, Particle filter and Mean Shift trackers under various occlusion situation in this paper. We will also review various other occlusion handling methods that involved using multiple cameras. In a nutshell, the goal of this paper is to discuss in detail the problem of occlusion in object tracking and review the state of the art occlusion handling methods, classify them into different categories, and identify new trends. Moreover, we discuss the important issues related to occlusion handling including the use of appropriate selection of motion models, image features and use of multiple cameras.

  10. Occlusion handling in videos object tracking: A survey

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    Lee, B. Y.; Liew, L. H.; Cheah, W. S.; Wang, Y. C.

    2014-02-01

    Object tracking in video has been an active research for decades. This interest is motivated by numerous applications, such as surveillance, human-computer interaction, and sports event monitoring. Many challenges regarding tracking objects remain, this can arise due to abrupt object motion, changing appearance patterns of objects and the scene, non-rigid object structures and most significancly occlusion of tracked object (be it object-to-object or object-to-scene occlusions). Generally, occlusion in object tracking occurs under three situations: self-occlusion, inter-object occlusion by background scene structure. Self-occlusion most frequently arises while tracking articulated objects when one part of the object occludes another. Inter-object occlusion occurs when two objects being tracked occlude each other whereas occlusion by the background occurs when a structure in the background occludes the tracked objects. Typically, tracking methods handle occlusion by modelling the object motion using linear and non-linear dynamic models. The derived models will be used to continuously predicting the object location when a tracked object is occluded until the object reappears. Examples of these methods are Kalman filtering and Particle filtering trackers. Researchers have also utilised other features to resolved occlusion, for example, silhouette projections, colour histogram and optical flow. We will present some results from a previously conducted experiment when tracking single object using Kalman filter, Particle filter and Mean Shift trackers under various occlusion situations. We will also review various other occlusion handling methods that involved using multiple cameras. In a nutshell, the goal of this paper is to discuss in detail the problem of occlusion in object tracking and review the state of the art occlusion handling methods, classify them into different categories, and identify new trends. Moreover, we discuss the important issues related to occlusion handling including the use of appropriate selection of motion models, image features and use of multiple cameras.

  11. A case of veno-occlusive disease following liver transplantation.

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    Chen, Hong; Wang, Xu; Fan, Tieyan; Li, Jun; Wang, Letian; Shen, Zhongyang

    2014-01-01

    The present case report describes the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with veno-occlusive disease (VOD) following liver transplantation. Combining the clinical data and relevant literature, the study aimed to consider the causes of VOD following liver transplantation, and the pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis and auxiliary examination features of VOD. A 42-year-old man who had a long history of taking traditional Chinese medicine (essential components unknown) underwent an orthotropic liver transplantation on January 14, 2011, due to small venous occlusion disease of the liver. The patient was treated with tacrolimus as an antirejection therapy following the surgery, and gradually developed right upper quadrant pain and fatigue. The examination results were consistent with the diagnostic standards for VOD. Following treatment with methylprednisolone, the patient was treated with alprostadil and Danhong injections. Forty days later, the patient's total bilirubin (TBIL) level was observed to have decreased significantly, the liver function had returned to normal and the ascites had decreased, but had not completely disappeared. The patient then underwent a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure, following which the ascites were shown to have completely disappeared. PMID:24348779

  12. A case of veno-occlusive disease following liver transplantation

    PubMed Central

    CHEN, HONG; WANG, XU; FAN, TIEYAN; LI, JUN; WANG, LETIAN; SHEN, ZHONGYANG

    2014-01-01

    The present case report describes the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with veno-occlusive disease (VOD) following liver transplantation. Combining the clinical data and relevant literature, the study aimed to consider the causes of VOD following liver transplantation, and the pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis and auxiliary examination features of VOD. A 42-year-old man who had a long history of taking traditional Chinese medicine (essential components unknown) underwent an orthotropic liver transplantation on January 14, 2011, due to small venous occlusion disease of the liver. The patient was treated with tacrolimus as an antirejection therapy following the surgery, and gradually developed right upper quadrant pain and fatigue. The examination results were consistent with the diagnostic standards for VOD. Following treatment with methylprednisolone, the patient was treated with alprostadil and Danhong injections. Forty days later, the patient’s total bilirubin (TBIL) level was observed to have decreased significantly, the liver function had returned to normal and the ascites had decreased, but had not completely disappeared. The patient then underwent a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure, following which the ascites were shown to have completely disappeared. PMID:24348779

  13. Occlusal Status among 12-16 Year-Old School Children in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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    Asiry, Moshabab A

    2015-01-01

    Background: Identifying occlusal status in a particular population will be valuable in planning the appropriate preventive and treatment programs. The purpose of this study was to assess the status of occlusion among school children in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from September 2012 to June 2013. A total of 1825 Saudis (1007 males and 818 females) of 12-16 years old were randomly selected from 20 schools in different areas of Riyadh city to determine the status of their occlusion. The examiners assessed molar and canine relationships, spacing and crowding, overjet, overbite, anterior and posterior cross bite. These occlusal parameters were examined by two experienced examiners using a mouth mirror, small light source and calibrated fiber ruler. Results: About 60.11% of Saudis presented with Class I molar relationship while 7.12% and 10.13% of the subjects had Class II and III molar relationship, respectively. The most prevalent canine relationship was Class I (54.13%), followed by Class II (12.4%) and Class III (11.2). Normal overjet and overbite were observed in 76% and 67% of the sample, respectively. The prevalence of malocclusion traits were crowding (45.4%), Spacing (26.9%), excessive over jet (16.4%), posterior cross bite (8.9%), anterior open bite (8.4%) and excessive overbite (6.68%). No statistically significant differences were found between the genders about the prevalence of any occlusion traits (P > 0.05). Conclusion: Class I molar relationship, normal overbite, and normal overjet were dominant features among Saudis. Crowding was the most prevalent malocclusion trait, followed by spacing. These findings will help in understanding the occlusion status in order to plan for prevention and treatment of malocclusion in Riyadh city. PMID:26028897

  14. Incidence of Central Vein Stenosis and Occlusion Following Upper Extremity PICC and Port Placement

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    Gonsalves, Carin F. Eschelman, David J.; Sullivan, Kevin L.; DuBois, Nancy; Bonn, Joseph

    2003-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of central vein stenosis and occlusion following upper extremity placement of peripherally inserted central venous catheters(PICCs) and venous ports. One hundred fifty-four patients who underwent venography of the ipsilateral central veins prior to initial and subsequent venous access device insertion were retrospectively identified. All follow-up venograms were interpreted at the time of catheter placement by one interventional radiologist over a 5-year period and compared to the findings on initial venography. For patients with central vein abnormalities, hospital and home infusion service records and radiology reports were reviewed to determine catheter dwelltime and potential alternative etiologies of central vein stenosis or occlusion. The effect of catheter caliber and dwell time on development of central vein abnormalities was evaluated. Venography performed prior to initial catheter placement showed that 150 patients had normal central veins. Three patients had central vein stenosis, and one had central vein occlusion. Subsequent venograms (n = 154)at the time of additional venous access device placement demonstrated 8 patients with occlusions and 10 with stenoses. Three of the 18 patients with abnormal follow-up venograms were found to have potential alternative causes of central vein abnormalities. Excluding these 3 patients and the 4 patients with abnormal initial venograms, a 7% incidence of central vein stenosis or occlusion was found in patients with prior indwelling catheters and normal initial venograms. Catheter caliber showed no effect on the subsequent development of central vein abnormalities. Patients who developed new or worsened central vein stenosis or occlusion had significantly (p =0.03) longer catheter dwell times than patients without central vein abnormalities. New central vein stenosis or occlusion occurred in 7% of patients following upper arm placement of venous access devices.Patients with longer catheter dwell time were more likely to develop central vein abnormalities. In order to preserve vascular access for dialysis fistulae and grafts and adhere to Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative guidelines, alternative venous access sites should be considered for patients with chronic renal insufficiency and end-stage renal disease.

  15. Dental Occlusal Changes Induce Motor Cortex Neuroplasticity.

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    Avivi-Arber, L; Lee, J-C; Sessle, B J

    2015-12-01

    Modification to the dental occlusion may alter oral sensorimotor functions. Restorative treatments aim to restore sensorimotor functions; however, it is unclear why some patients fail to adapt to the restoration and remain with sensorimotor complaints. The face primary motor cortex (face-M1) is involved in the generation and control of orofacial movements. Altered sensory inputs or motor function can induce face-M1 neuroplasticity. We took advantage of the continuous eruption of the incisors in Sprague-Dawley rats and used intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) to map the jaw and tongue motor representations in face-M1. Specifically, we tested the hypothesis that multiple trimming of the right mandibular incisor, to keep it out of occlusal contacts for 7 d, and subsequent incisor eruption and restoration of occlusal contacts, can alter the ICMS-defined features of jaw and tongue motor representations (i.e., neuroplasticity). On days 1, 3, 5, and 7, the trim and trim-recovered groups had 1 to 2 mm of incisal trimming of the incisor; a sham trim group had buccal surface trimming with no occlusal changes; and a naive group had no treatment. Systematic mapping was performed on day 8 in the naive, trim, and sham trim groups and on day 14 in the trim-recovered group. In the trim group, the tongue onset latency was shorter in the left face-M1 than in the right face-M1 (P < .001). In the trim-recovered group, the number of tongue sites and jaw/tongue overlapping sites was greater in the left face-M1 than in the right face-M1 (P = 0.0032, 0.0016, respectively), and the center of gravity was deeper in the left than in the right face-M1 (P = 0.026). Therefore, incisor trimming and subsequent restoration of occlusal contacts induced face-M1 neuroplasticity, reflected in significant disparities between the left and right face-M1 in some ICMS-defined features of the tongue motor representations. Such neuroplasticity may reflect or contribute to subjects' ability to adapt their oral sensorimotor functions to an altered dental occlusion. PMID:26310722

  16. Fludarabine Phosphate and Total-Body Irradiation Followed by Donor Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia That Has Responded to Treatment With Imatinib Mesylate, Dasatinib, or Nilotinib

    ClinicalTrials.gov

    2015-07-20

    Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Remission; Blastic Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Remission; Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, BCR-ABL1 Positive; Chronic Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Adult Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Childhood Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Recurrent Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Recurrent Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Relapsing Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

  17. Azygos Tip Placement for Hemodialysis Catheters in Patients with Superior Vena Cava Occlusion

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    Wong, Jeffrey J.; Kinney, Thomas B.

    2006-02-15

    Chronic central venous access is necessary for numerous life-saving therapies. Repeated access is complicated by thrombosis and occlusion of the major veins, such as the superior vena cava (SVC), which then require novel vascular approaches if therapy is to be continued. We present two cases of catheterization of the azygos system in the presence of an SVC obstruction. We conclude that the azygos vein may be used for long-term vascular access when other conduits are unavailable and that imaging studies such as magnetic resonance venography, contrast-enhanced computed tomography or conventional venography can be employed prior to the procedure to aid with planning and prevent unforeseen complications.

  18. Case report of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome with retinal arterial and venous occlusion treated with eculizumab

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    Greenwood, Gregory T

    2015-01-01

    Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare disease caused by chronic, uncontrolled activation of the alternative complement pathway, leading to thrombotic microangiopathy. Renal impairment and progression to end-stage renal disease are common in untreated patients with aHUS, and extrarenal manifestations are being increasingly characterized in the literature. Ocular involvement remains rare in aHUS. This report describes a patient with aHUS with bilateral central retinal artery and vein occlusion, vitreous hemorrhage, and blindness in addition to renal impairment. The patient’s hematologic and renal parameters and ocular manifestation improved following initiation of eculizumab therapy. PMID:26508891

  19. Optical coherence tomography in retinal arterial occlusions: case series and review of the literature.

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    Kapoor, Kapil G; Barkmeier, Andrew J; Bakri, Sophie J

    2015-01-01

    Retinal arterial occlusions (RAOs) are an uncommon source of monocular vision loss, typically occurring in patients over the age of 60. Diagnosis is typically made by history and clinical examination, while ancillary testing may include fluorescein angiography. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is not routinely utilized in the diagnostic assessment of RAO, and its role in the diagnosis and management of patients with RAO is still evolving. In this series, we review the literature on OCT findings in RAOs, particularly noting the role of OCT in delineating anatomic findings, chronicity and natural course, and functional outcomes. A case series of five patients with RAOs is provided to illustrate these findings. PMID:24074452

  20. Inertial and optical sensor fusion to compensate for partial occlusions in surgical tracking systems

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    He, Changyu; Liu, Yue

    2015-08-01

    To solve the occlusion problem in optical tracking system (OTS) for surgical navigation, this paper proposes a sensor fusion approach and an adaptive display method to handle cases where partial or total occlusion occurs. In the sensor fusion approach, the full 6D pose information provided by the optical tracker is used to estimate the bias of the inertial sensors when all of the markers are visible. When partial occlusion occurs, the optical system can track the position of at least one marker which can be combined with the orientation estimated from the inertial measurements to recover the full 6D pose information. When all the markers are invisible, the position tracking will be realized based on outputs of the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which may generate increasing drifting error. To alert the user when the drifting error is great enough to influence the navigation, the images adaptive to the drifting error are displayed in the field of the user's view. The experiments are performed with an augmented reality HMD which displays the AR images and the hybrid tracking system (HTS) which consists of an OTS and an IMU. Experimental result shows that with proposed sensor fusion approach the 6D pose of the head with respect to the reference frame can be estimated even under partial occlusion conditions. With the help of the proposed adaptive display method, the users can recover the scene of markers when the error is considered to be relatively high.

  1. A rare aberrant distal branch preventing complete internal carotid artery occlusion

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    Chang, K.H.; Cotter, J.; McGreal, G.T.

    2015-01-01

    A 72-year-old man presented with a 3-day history of recurrent transient ischaemic attacks comprising slurred speech, left arm weakness and paresthesia. Carotid Doppler revealed total occlusion of the right internal carotid artery (ICA). Computed tomography angiography demonstrated occlusion of the proximal right ICA over a length of 1.5 cm. The ICA distal to the occlusion was entirely normal. In view of the normal distal ICA, a decision was made to proceed with surgical exploration and right carotid endarterectomy, on the basis that there must have been some flow through the lesion. Intra-operatively, there was an extensive plaque in the carotid bulb and proximal ICA causing 80–90% stenosis. Fresh thrombus completed the occlusion. An aberrant branch of the ICA was identified distal to the plaque, the backflow through which maintained patency of the distal ICA. A standard endarterectomy was performed. The patient recovered uneventfully, being discharged on the second post-operative day. PMID:26070479

  2. Spontaneous ophthalmic artery occlusion in children due to Hyperhomocysteinemia

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    Sachdeva, Virender; Garg, Ravi; Pathengay, Avinash; Kekunnaya, Ramesh

    2015-01-01

    Ophthalmic artery occlusion usually presents as a sudden onset profound decrease in vision in the middle-aged and elderly patients following periocular procedures (retrobulbar injection/glabellar fat injection), embolism from the heart or after prolonged systemic surgery. In this report, we describe three children with spontaneous ophthalmic artery occlusion who presented with unilateral loss of vision and diagnosed elsewhere as optic atrophy whose detailed history and examination were suggestive of ophthalmic artery occlusion. Detailed systemic and laboratory evaluation revealed hyperhomocysteinemia as the only potential risk factor. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the association of hyperhomocysteinemia and spontaneous ophthalmic artery occlusion. PMID:26622143

  3. Safe upper limit of intermittent hepatic inflow occlusion for liver resection in cirrhotic rats

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    Lei, Dao-Xiong; Peng, Cheng-Hong; Peng, Shu-You; Jiang, Xian-Chuan; Wu, Yu-Lian; Shen, Hong-Wei

    2001-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effects of varying ischemic durations on cirrhotic liver and to determine the safe upper limit of repeated intermittent hepatic inflow occlusion. METHODS: Hepatic ischemia in cirrhotic rats was induced by clamping the common pedicle of left and median lobes after non-ischemic lobes resection. The cirrhotic rats were divided into six groups according to the duration and form of vascular clamping: sham occlusion (SO), intermittent occlusion for 10 (IO-10), 15 (IO-15), 20 (IO-20) and 30 (IO-30) minutes with 5 minutes of reflow and continuous occlusion for 60 minutes (CO-60). All animals received a total duration of 60 minutes of hepatic inflow occlusion. Liver viability was investigated in relation of hepatic adenylate energy charge (EC). Triphenyltetrazollum chloride (TTC) reduction activities were assayed to qualitatively evaluate the degree of irreversible hepatocellular injury. The biochemical and morphological changes were also assessed and a 7-day mortality was observed. RESULTS: At 60 min after reperfusion following a total of 60 min of hepatic inflow occlusion, EC values in IO-10 (0.749 ± 0.012) and IO-15 (0.699 ± 0.002) groups were rapidly restored to that in SO group (0.748 ± 0.016), TTC reduction activities remained in high levels (0.144 ± 0.002 mg/mg protein, 0.139 ± 0.003 mg/mg protein and 0.121 ± 0.003 mg/mg protein in SO, IO-10 and IO-15 groups, respectively). But in IO-20 and IO-30 groups, EC levels were partly restored (0.457 ± 0.023 and 0.534 ± 0.027) accompanying with a significantly decreased TTC reduction activities (0.070 ± 0.005 mg/mg protein and 0.061 ± 0.003 mg/mg protein). No recovery in EC values (0.228 ± 0.004) and a progressive decrease in TTC reduction activities (0.033 ± 0.002 mg/mg protein) were shown in CO-60 group. Although not significantly different, the activities of the serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) on the third postoperative day (POD3) and P OD7 and of the serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) on POD3 in CO-60 group remained higher than that in intermittent occlusion groups. Moreover, a 60% animal mortality rate and more severe morphological alterations were also shown in CO-60 group. CONCLUSION: Hepatic inflow occlusion during 60 min for liver resection in cirrhotic rats resulted in less hepatocellular injury when occlusion was intermittent rather than continuous. Each period of 15 minutes was the safe upper limit of repeated intermittent vascular occlusion that the cirrhotic liver could tolerate without undergoing irreversible hepatocellular injury. PMID:11819861

  4. Subintimal Angioplasty for Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease: A Systematic Review

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    Met, Rosemarie Lienden, Krijn P. Van; Koelemay, Mark J. W.; Bipat, Shandra; Legemate, Dink A.; Reekers, Jim A.

    2008-07-15

    The objective of this study was to summarize outcomes of subintimal angioplasty (SA) for peripheral arterial occlusive disease. The Cochrane Library, Medline and Embase databases were searched to perform a systematic review of the literature from 1966 through May 2007 on outcomes of SA for peripheral arterial occlusive disease of the infrainguinal vessels. The keywords 'percutaneous intentional extraluminal revascularization,' 'subintimal angioplasty,' 'peripheral arterial disease,' 'femoral artery,' 'popliteal artery,' and 'tibial artery' were used. Assessment of study quality was done using a form based on a checklist of the Dutch Cochrane Centre. The recorded outcomes were technical and clinical success, primary (assisted) patency, limb salvage, complications, and survival, in relation to the clinical grade of disease (intermittent claudication or critical limb ischemia [CLI] or mixed) and location of lesion (femoropopliteal, crural, or mixed). Twenty-three cohort studies including a total of 1549 patients (range, 27 to 148) were included in this review. Methodological and reporting quality were moderate, e.g., there was selection bias and reporting was not done according to the reporting standards. These and significant clinical heterogeneity obstructed a meta-analysis. Reports about length of the lesion and TASC classification were too various to summarize or were not mentioned at all. The technical success rates varied between 80% and 90%, with lower rates for crural lesions compared with femoral lesions. Complication rates ranged between 8% and 17% and most complications were minor. After 1 year, clinical success was between 50% and 70%, primary patency was around 50% and limb salvage varied from 80% to 90%. In conclusion, taking into account the methodological shortcomings of the included studies, SA can play an important role in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, especially in the case of critical limb ischemia. Despite the moderate patency rates after one year, SA may serve as a 'temporary bypass' to provide wound healing and limb salvage.

  5. Dual-Energy CT Angiography in Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease

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    Brockmann, Carolin Jochum, Susanne; Sadick, Maliha; Huck, Kurt; Ziegler, Peter; Fink, Christian; Schoenberg, Stefan O.; Diehl, Steffen J.

    2009-07-15

    We sought to study the accuracy of dual-energy computed tomographic angiography (DE-CTA) for the assessment of symptomatic peripheral arterial occlusive disease of the lower extremity by using the dual-energy bone removal technique compared with a commercially available conventional bone removal tool. Twenty patients underwent selective digital subtraction angiography and DE-CTA of the pelvis and lower extremities. CTA data were postprocessed with two different applications: conventional bone removal and dual-energy bone removal. All data were reconstructed and evaluated as 3D maximum-intensity projections. Time requirements for reconstruction were documented. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and concordance of DE-CTA regarding degree of stenosis and vessel wall calcification were calculated. A total of 359 vascular segments were analyzed. Compared with digital subtraction angiography, sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy, respectively, of CTA was 97.2%, 94.1%, and 94.7% by the dual-energy bone removal technique. The conventional bone removal tool delivered a sensitivity of 77.1%, a specificity of 70.7%, and an accuracy of 72.0%. Best results for both postprocessing methods were achieved in the vascular segments of the upper leg. In severely calcified segments, sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy stayed above 90% by the dual-energy bone removal technique, whereas the conventional bone removal technique showed a substantial decrease of sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. DE-CTA is a feasible and accurate diagnostic method in the assessment of symptomatic peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Results obtained by DE-CTA are superior to the conventional bone removal technique and less dependent on vessel wall calcifications.

  6. Surgical treatment of central retinal vein occlusion.

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    Berker, Nilufer; Batman, Cosar

    2008-05-01

    The treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) is still a subject of debate. Medical therapy efforts, as well as retinal laser photocoagulation, have mostly dealt with management of the sequelae of CRVO, and have shown limited success in improving visual acuity. The unsatisfactory results of such therapeutic efforts led to the development of new treatment strategies focused on the surgical treatment of the occluded retinal vein. The purpose of this review is to summarize the outcomes of commonly reported surgical treatment strategies and to review different opinions on the various surgical approaches to the treatment of CRVO. PMID:18494725

  7. Endoscopic transgastric debridement and drainage for splenic necrosis following an acute episode in chronic alcoholic pancreatitis.

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    Binek, J; Fretz, C; Meyenberger, C

    2006-06-01

    Management of the complications and sequelae of acute and chronic pancreatitis is a clinical challenge. We report a case of successful transgastric drainage of splenic necrosis after occlusion of the splenic vessels during an acute episode in chronic pancreatitis. PMID:16802272

  8. Mathematical and mechanical modeling of vaso-occlusion in sickle cell disease

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    Higgins, John M. (John Matthew)

    2007-01-01

    Vaso-occlusive crises cause most of the morbidity and mortality associated with sickle cell disease. The proximal causes of these occlusive events are not well understood. The risks and consequences of vaso-occlusion however ...

  9. Optimal management of infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease

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    Pennywell, David J; Tan, Tze-Woei; Zhang, Wayne W

    2014-01-01

    Peripheral arterial occlusive disease is becoming a major health problem in Western societies as the population continues to age. In addition to risk of limb loss, the complexity of the disease is magnified by its intimate association with medical comorbidity, especially cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Risk factor modification and antiplatelet therapy are essential to improve long-term survival. Surgical intervention is indicated for intermittent claudication when a patient’s quality of life remains unacceptable after a trial of conservative therapy. Open reconstruction and endovascular revascularization are cornerstone for limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia. Recent advances in catheter-based technology have made endovascular intervention the preferred treatment approach for infrainguinal disease in many cases. Nevertheless, lower extremity bypass remains an important treatment strategy, especially for reasonable risk patients with a suitable bypass conduit. In this review, we present a summary of current knowledge about peripheral arterial disease followed by a review of current, evidence-based medical and surgical therapy for infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease. PMID:25368519

  10. Intravascular balloon to minimize blood loss during total hip replacement in a Jehovah's Witness.

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    Mangar, Devanand; Shube, Sam; Omar, Hesham; Kolla, Jaya; Karlnoski, Rachel A; Camporesi, Enrico M

    2011-02-01

    Intermittent intravascular occlusive balloons are commonly used to minimize bleeding in cases where massive blood loss is anticipated. However, the efficiency and safety of balloon occlusion remains unclear for elective procedures, and several cases of distal thrombosis have been reported. A case of intra-arterial occlusive balloon that was selectively placed preoperatively to minimize bleeding in a patient during total hip replacement is presented. Use of an external tourniquet was not feasible for this patient. The balloon was inflated to a minimum volume to achieve intravascular occlusion and was periodically deflated to minimize the risk of postoperative complications. A surgical field with minimal blood loss was created. PMID:21296252

  11. Fundamentals of occlusion and restorative dentistry. Part I: basic principles.

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    Warreth, Abdulhadi; Ramadan, Marwa; Bajilan, Mustafa Raad; Ibieyou, Najia; El-Swiah, Jamal; Elemam, Ranya Faraj

    2015-01-01

    This article presents the basic principles of dental occlusion and an overview of this subject area, which is important for dental professionals. Clinical relevance: A sound knowledge of dental occlusion is important in order to improve dental treatment outcome and achieve a long-lasting restoration. PMID:26506700

  12. Guide wire extension for shape memory polymer occlusion removal devices

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    Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Small, IV, Ward (Livermore, CA); Hartman, Jonathan (Sacramento, CA)

    2009-11-03

    A flexible extension for a shape memory polymer occlusion removal device. A shape memory polymer instrument is transported through a vessel via a catheter. A flexible elongated unit is operatively connected to the distal end of the shape memory polymer instrument to enhance maneuverability through tortuous paths en route to the occlusion.

  13. Effect of glove occlusion on the skin barrier.

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    Tiedemann, Daniel; Clausen, Maja Lisa; John, Swen Malthe; Angelova-Fischer, Irena; Kezic, Sanja; Agner, Tove

    2016-01-01

    Wet work tasks are the most common exposures leading to occupational irritant contact dermatitis. Use of liquid-proof gloves is recommended when performing wet work, however, gloves may also contribute to impairment of the skin barrier and development of irritant contact dermatitis. The aim of this study is to review the literature on the effects of glove occlusion on skin barrier function. The PubMed database was searched up to 1 February 2015 for articles on the association between glove occlusion and skin barrier function, including human studies only and in English. Only experimental studies including assessment of the skin barrier function were included in the data analysis. Thirteen articles were identified, 8 with focus on occlusion alone, 7 with focus on occlusion in combination with irritant exposure (some overlapping), and 2 field studies. In conclusion, data from the literature showed that the negative effect of occlusion in itself is limited, and that only extensive and long-term occlusion will cause barrier impairment. However, studies investigating combined effect of occlusion and exposure to soaps/detergents indicate that occlusion significantly enhances the skin barrier damage caused by detergents/soaps in a dose-response fashion. PMID:26364588

  14. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Umbilical occlusion device. 880.5950 Section 880.5950 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL HOSPITAL AND PERSONAL USE DEVICES General Hospital and Personal Use Therapeutic Devices § 880.5950 Umbilical occlusion...

  15. Detecting Binocular Half-Occlusions: Empirical Comparisons of Five Approaches

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    Wildes, Richard P.

    Detecting Binocular Half-Occlusions: Empirical Comparisons of Five Approaches Geoffrey Egnal of the two views provided by a binocular imaging system. Due to their importance in binocular matching TermsÐStereo matching, binocular half-occlusions, three-dimensional vision, empirical comparisons. æ 1

  16. Posterior Teeth Occlusion Associated with Cognitive Function in Nursing Home Older Residents: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study

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    Takeuchi, Kenji; Izumi, Maya; Furuta, Michiko; Takeshita, Toru; Shibata, Yukie; Kageyama, Shinya; Ganaha, Seijun; Yamashita, Yoshihisa

    2015-01-01

    Early detection and subsequent reduction of modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline is important for extending healthy life expectancy in the currently aging society. Although a recent increase in studies on the state or number of the teeth and cognitive function, few studies have focused on the association between posterior teeth occlusion necessary to maintain chewing function and cognitive function among older adults. This study examined the association between posterior teeth occlusion and cognitive function in nursing home older residents. In this cross-sectional study, 279 residents aged ?60 years from eight nursing homes in Aso City, Japan participated in cognitive function and dental status assessments and completed a comprehensive questionnaire survey in 2014. Cognitive function was measured using a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). Posterior teeth occlusion was assessed using a total number of functional tooth units (total-FTUs), depending on the number and location of the remaining natural and artificial teeth on implant-supported, fixed, and removable prostheses. Linear regression models were used to assess univariate and multivariate associations between total-FTUs and MMSE scores. Models were sequentially adjusted for demographic characteristics, number of natural teeth, socioeconomic status, health behaviors, comorbidities, physical function, and nutritional status. Among the 200 residents included in our analysis, mean MMSE scores and total-FTUs were 11.0 ± 8.6 and 9.3 ± 4.6, respectively. Higher total-FTUs were significantly associated with higher MMSE scores after adjustment for demographics and teeth number (B = 0.48, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.22–0.74). The association remained significant even after adjustment for all covariates (B = 0.25, 95% CI = 0.01–0.49). The current findings demonstrated that loss of posterior teeth occlusion was independently associated with cognitive decline in nursing home older residents in Japan. Maintenance and restoration of posterior teeth occlusion may be a preventive factor against cognitive decline in aged populations. PMID:26512900

  17. Elevated total iron-binding capacity as a predictor of response to deferasirox therapy in the setting of chronic iron overload.

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    Watanabe, Junichi; Sato, Ken; Horiuchi, Toshikatsu; Kato, Shoichiro; Hikota, Reina; Maekawa, Takaaki; Yamamura, Takeshi; Kobayashi, Ayako; Osawa, Yukiko; Kobayashi, Shinichi; Kimura, Fumihiko

    2014-09-01

    It is difficult to predict the efficacy of deferasirox (DFX) as its pharmacokinetics varies among patients. The area under the curve (AUC) is reportedly useful for determining adequate DFX dosage; however, serum concentration measurements are often challenging. Effective DFX dosage is thus defined by assessing the efficacy of this agent in clinical practice. To analyze a predictive response marker to DFX therapy for use in adjusting the effective dosage during the early treatment phase, we retrospectively evaluated 39 DFX-treated patients. We defined response as a >40 % decrease in serum ferritin concentration from the pretreatment level. A maximum elevation of the total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) correlated with response in a multivariate analysis of iron metabolic markers (R (2) = 0.37, p < 0.001). A receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that TIBC elevation had an AUC of 0.85 (p < 0.001) and the optimal cut-off value of TIBC elevation was 150 µg/dl. TIBC elevation of >150 µg/dl is a favorable predictor of effective ferritin reduction in DFX therapy (hazard ratio 29.6, 95 % confidence interval 4.8-183.6; p < 0.001). DFX therapy with TIBC monitoring may enable the determination of the minimum effective DFX dosage. PMID:24986748

  18. Stenting for left main coronary artery occlusion in adolescent: A case report.

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    Li, Jian-Jun; Xu, Bo; Chen, Ji-Lin

    2010-07-26

    Acute total or subtotal occlusion of left main coronary artery (LMCA) is a catastrophic and mostly fatal event. Patients may present with cardiogenic shock and die whenever this event occurs. Survival is strongly dependent on the presence of collateral blood flow to the left coronary artery or a dominant right coronary artery, and emergency intervention for preserving the left ventricular function. Here, we present a case of a 14-year-old boy with subtotal occlusion of the LMCA accompanying acute myocardial infarction probably caused by congenital syphilis according to his positive serum syphilis antibody. His survival was closely associated with a dominant right coronary artery and timely thrombolytic therapy. Finally, he was treated with angioplasty and paclitaxel-eluting stent implantation. He was followed up after stenting and was doing quite well at the time when we wrote this paper. PMID:21160753

  19. Synergistic white matter protection with acute-on-chronic endotoxin and subsequent asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep

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    2014-01-01

    Background Perinatal asphyxia and exposure to intrauterine infection are associated with impaired neurodevelopment in preterm infants. Acute exposure to non-injurious infection and/or inflammation can either protect or sensitize the brain to subsequent hypoxia-ischemia. However, the effects of subacute infection and/or inflammation are unclear. In this study we tested the hypothesis that acute-on-chronic exposure to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) would exacerbate white matter injury after subsequent asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep. Methods Fetal sheep at 0.7 gestational age received a continuous LPS infusion at 100 ng/kg for 24 hours, then 250 ng/kg/24 hours for 96 hours, plus 1 ?g boluses of LPS at 48, 72, and 96 hours or the same volume of saline. Four hours after the last bolus, complete umbilical cord occlusion or sham occlusion was induced for 15 minutes. Sheep were sacrificed 10 days after the start of infusions. Results LPS exposure was associated with induction of microglia and astrocytes and loss of total and immature and mature oligodendrocytes (n?=?9) compared to sham controls (n?=?9). Umbilical cord occlusion with saline infusions was associated with induction of microglia, astrogliosis, and loss of immature and mature oligodendrocytes (n?=?9). LPS exposure before asphyxia (n?=?8) was associated with significantly reduced microglial activation and astrogliosis and improved numbers of immature and mature oligodendrocytes compared to either LPS exposure or asphyxia alone. Conclusions Contrary to our initial hypothesis, the combination of acute-on-chronic LPS with subsequent asphyxia reduced neuroinflammation and white matter injury compared with either intervention alone. PMID:24886663

  20. The inspiratory capacity/total lung capacity ratio as a predictor of survival in an emphysematous phenotype of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    French, Aimee; Balfe, David; Mirocha, James M; Falk, Jeremy A; Mosenifar, Zab

    2015-01-01

    Background Forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) grades severity of COPD and predicts survival. We hypothesize that the inspiratory capacity/total lung capacity (IC/TLC) ratio, a sensitive measure of static lung hyperinflation, may have a significant association with survival in an emphysematous phenotype of COPD. Objectives To access the association between IC/TLC and survival in an emphysematous phenotype of COPD. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of a large pulmonary function (PF) database with 39,050 entries, from April 1978 to October 2009. Emphysematous COPD was defined as reduced FEV1/forced vital capacity (FVC), increased TLC, and reduced diffusing capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide (DLCO; beyond 95% confidence intervals [CIs]). We evaluated the association between survival in emphysematous COPD patients and the IC/TLC ratio evaluated both as dichotomous (?25% vs >25%) and continuous predictors. Five hundred and ninety-six patients had reported death dates. Results Univariate analysis revealed that IC/TLC ?25% was a significant predictor of death (hazard ratio [HR]: 2.39, P<0.0001). Median survivals were respectively 4.3 (95% CI: 3.8–4.9) and 11.9 years (95% CI: 10.3–13.2). Multivariable analysis revealed age (HR: 1.19, 95% CI: 1.14–1.24), female sex (HR: 0.69, 95% CI: 0.60–0.83), and IC/TLC ?25% (HR: 1.69, 95% CI: 1.34–2.13) were related to the risk of death. Univariate analysis showed that continuous IC/TLC was associated with death, with an HR of 1.66 (95% CI: 1.52–1.81) for a 10% decrease in IC/TLC. Conclusion Adjusting for age and sex, IC/TLC ?25% is related to increased risk of death, and IC/TLC as a continuum, is a significant predictor of mortality in emphysematous COPD patients. PMID:26203237

  1. Logic-controlled occlusive cuff system

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    Baker, J. T.; Hoffler, G. W. (inventors); Hursta, W. N.

    1981-01-01

    An occlusive cuff system comprises a pressure cuff and a source of regulated compressed gas feeding the cuff through an electrically operated fill valve. An electrically operated vent valve vents the cuff to the ambient pressure. The fill valve is normally closed and the vent valve is normally open. In response to an external start signal, a logic network opens the fill valve and closes the vent valve, thereby starting the pressurization cycle and a timer. A pressure transducer continuously monitors the pressure in the cuff. When the transducer's output equals a selected reference voltage, a comparator causes the logic network to close the fill valve. The timer, after a selected time delay, opens the vent valve to the ambient pressure, thereby ending the pressurization cycle.

  2. Prosthetic occlusive device for an internal passageway

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    Tenney, J. B., Jr. (inventor)

    1983-01-01

    An occlusive device is disclosed for surgical implant to occlude the lumen of an internal organ. The device includes a cuff having a backing collar and two isolated cuff chambers. The fluid pressure of one chamber is regulated by a pump/valve reservoir unit. The other chamber is unregulated in pressure but its fluid volume is adjusted by removing or adding fluid to a septum/reservoir by means of a hypodermic needle. Pressure changes are transmitted between the two cuff chambers via faying surfaces which are sufficiently large in contact area and thin as to transmit pressure generally without attenuation. By adjusting the fluid volume of the septum, the operating pressure of the device may be adjusted to accommodate tubular organs of different diameter sizes as well as to compensate for changes in the organ following implant without reoperation.

  3. Acute Aortic Occlusion Presenting as Flaccid Paraplegia

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    Kilany, Ayman; Al-Hashel, Jasem Y.; Rady, Azza

    2015-01-01

    A 67-year-old male known to be hypertensive and diabetic had a sudden onset of severe low back pain and flaccid paraplegia with no sensory level or bladder affection and the distal pulsations were felt. Acute compressive myelopathy was excluded by MRI of the dorsal and lumbar spines. The nerve conduction study and CSF analysis was suggestive of acute demyelinating polyneuropathy. The patient developed ischemic changes of the lower limb and CT angiography revealed severe stenosis of the abdominal aorta and both common iliac arteries. We emphasize the importance of including acute aortic occlusion in the differential diagnosis of acute flaccid paraplegia especially in the presence of severe back pain even if the distal pulsations were felt. PMID:25866688

  4. Local histograms and image occlusion models

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    Massar, Melody L; Fickus, Matthew; Kovacevic, Jelena

    2011-01-01

    The local histogram transform of an image is a data cube that consists of the histograms of the pixel values that lie within a fixed neighborhood of any given pixel location. Such transforms are useful in image processing applications such as classification and segmentation, especially when dealing with textures that can be distinguished by the distributions of their pixel intensities and colors. We, in particular, use them to identify and delineate biological tissues found in histology images obtained via digital microscopy. In this paper, we introduce a mathematical formalism that rigorously justifies the use of local histograms for such purposes. We begin by discussing how local histograms can be computed as systems of convolutions. We then introduce probabilistic image models that can emulate textures one routinely encounters in histology images. These models are rooted in the concept of image occlusion. A simple model may, for example, generate textures by randomly speckling opaque blobs of one color on ...

  5. Macerated foot dermatitis related to occlusive footwear.

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    Kaitlin, Vaughan; Zinn, Zachary; Powers, Roxann

    2013-01-01

    Gram-negative bacterial toe-web infections (GNBTWI's) are relatively under-recognized among physicians. Even though skin infections are usually thought to involve gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative organisms have a particular affinity for the toe-web. We present two patients with GNBTWI's who presented with maceration of the toe-webs, vesiculopustules and a hyperkeratotic rim. Treatment includes using both oral and topical antibiotics along with antifungals to treat co-existing dermatophyte infections. Awareness of this condition is particularly important for primary care physicians in West Virginia, as a few of the potential risk factors include wearing occlusive footwear, such as work boots, and type II diabetes mellitus. PMID:24371857

  6. Coherent spatial and temporal occlusion generation

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    Klein Gunnewiek, R.; Berretty, R.-P. M.; Barenbrug, B.; Magalhães, J. P.

    2009-02-01

    A vastly growing number of productions from the entertainment industry are aiming at 3D movie theatres. These productions use a two-view format, primarily intended for eye-wear assisted viewing in a well defined environment. To get this 3D content into the home environment, where a large variety of 3D viewing conditions exists (e.g different display sizes, display types, viewing distance), we need a flexible 3D format that can adjust the depth effect. Such a format is the image plus depth format in which a video frame is enriched with depth information of all pixels in the video. This format can be extended with an additional layer for occluded video and associated depth, that contains what is behind objects in the video. To produce 3D content in this extended format, one has to deduce what is behind objects. There are various axes along which this occluded data can be obtained. This paper presents a method to automatically detect and fill the occluded areas exploiting the temporal axis. To get visually pleasing results, it is of utmost importance to make the inpainting globally consistent. To do so, we start by analyzing data along the temporal axis and compute a confidence for each pixel. Then pixels from the future and the past that are not visible in the current frame are weighted and accumulated based on computed confidences. These results are then fed to a generic multi-source framework that computes the occlusion layer based on the available confidences and occlusion data.

  7. Coil occlusion of the paient ductus arteriosus: lessons learned

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    Sanatani, Shubhayan; Potts, James E.; Ryan, Angela; Sandor, George G. S.; Human, Derek G.; Culham, J. A. Gordon

    2000-03-15

    Purpose: To review the clinical outcomes of catheter-directed coil occlusion (coil occlusion) of persistently patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) at a pediatric tertiary care hospital.Methods: A retrospective review of all patients referred to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for coil occlusion at our institution was performed. Twenty-one consecutive patients (12 female) underwent coil occlusion and follow-up between May 1995 and December 1997. We undertook PDA occlusion if: (a) the PDA narrowed to less than 4 mm on echocardiogram and (b) the minimum body weight was approximately 10 kg. Standard right and retrograde left heart catheterization was performed, followed by coil occlusion. Color-flow mapping (CFM) was used intra-procedurally to confirm occlusion of the PDA with a follow-up study several weeks later.Results: The median age and weight of the patients were 33 months and 13.2 kg, respectively. Fourteen patients received one coil, with six requiring a second coil and one requiring multiple coils. Initial follow-up was at a median of 2.4 months. At latest follow-up, 2 patients still have persistent How at the ductal level. The coils were deployed without complication or embolization.Conclusions: A review of our first 21 cases demonstrated three important lessons: (1) the maximum diameter of the PDA suitable for coil occlusion is approximately 3 mm; (2) CFM must show complete obliteration of flow in the catheterization lab in order to ensure occlusion of the PDA at follow-up; and (3) the Jackson detachable system allows for precise placement of the coil, often within another coil.

  8. Coil Occlusion of the Patent Ductus Arteriosus: Lessons Learned

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    Sanatani, Shubhayan; Potts, James E.; Ryan, Angela; Sandor, George G.S.; Human, Derek G.; Culham, J.A. Gordon

    2000-03-15

    Purpose: To review the clinical outcomes of catheter-directed coil occlusion (coil occlusion) of persistently patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) at a pediatric tertiary care hospital.Methods: A retrospective review of all patients referred to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for coil occlusion at our institution was performed. Twenty-one consecutive patients (12 female) underwent coil occlusion and follow-up between May 1995 and December 1997. We undertook PDA occlusion if: (a) the PDA narrowed to less than 4 mm on echocardiogram and (b) the minimum body weight was approximately 10 kg. Standard right and retrograde left heart catheterization was performed, followed by coil occlusion. Color-flow mapping (CFM) was used intra-procedurally to confirm occlusion of the PDA with a follow-up study several weeks later.Results: The median age and weight of the patients were 33 months and 13.2 kg, respectively. Fourteen patients received one coil, with six requiring a second coil and one requiring multiple coils. Initial follow-up was at a median of 2.4 months. At latest follow-up, 2 patients still have persistent flow at the ductal level. The coils were deployed without complication or embolization.Conclusions: A review of our first 21 cases demonstrated three important lessons: (1) the maximum diameter of the PDA suitable for coil occlusion is approximately 3 mm; (2) CFM must show complete obliteration of flow in the catheterization lab in order to ensure occlusion of the PDA at follow-up; and (3) the Jackson detachable system allows for precise placement of the coil, often within another coil.

  9. Chronic Bronchitis

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    ... Calendar Read the News View Daily Pollen Count COPD Program This program offers comprehensive, individualized care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Learn more. Doctors ...

  10. Chronic pancreatitis

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    Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve, gets worse over time, and leads ... abuse over many years. Repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis. Genetics may be ...

  11. Occlusal traits of deciduous dentition of preschool children of Indian children

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    Bahadure, Rakesh N.; Thosar, Nilima; Gaikwad, Rahul

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To assess the occlusal relationship, canine relationship, crowding, primate spaces, and anterior spacing in both maxillary and mandibular arches of primary dentition of Indian children of Wardha District and also to study the age-wise differences in occlusal characteristics. Materials and Methods: A total of 1053 (609 males and 444 females) children of 3-5 year age group with complete primary dentition were examined for occlusal relationship, canine relationship, crowding, primate spaces, and anterior spacing in both maxillary and mandibular arches. Results: The data after evaluation showed significant values for all parameters except mandibular anterior spacing, which was 47.6%. Mild crowding was prevalent at 5 year age group and moderate crowding was common at 3 year-age group. Conclusion: Evaluated parameters such as terminal molar relationship and canine relationship were predominantly progressing toward to normal but contacts and crowding status were contributing almost equal to physiologic anterior spacing. Five-year-age group showed higher values with respect to all the parameters. PMID:23633806

  12. Relationship between angiotensin I-converting enzyme insertion/deletion gene polymorphism and retinal vein occlusion

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    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the association between angiotensin I-converting enzyme insertion/deletion (ACE I/D) gene polymorphism and retinal vein occlusion (RVO). A total of 80 patients with retinal vein occlusion who was admitted to the Eye Department of Kartal Training and Research Hospital between 2008 and 2011, and 80 subjects were enrolled in this retrospective case–control study. Patients who experienced RVO within one week to six months of study enrolment were included, and those with coronary artery diseases, prior myocardial infarction history and coagulation disturbances were excluded from the study. The diagnosis was made by ophthalmoscopic fundus examination and fluorescein angiography. The ACE gene I/D polymorphism was determined by polymerase chain reaction, and the ACE gene was classified into three types: I/I, I/D and D/D. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, ACE D/D genotype (p?=?0.035), diabetes-mellitus (p?=?0.019) and hypertension (p?=?0.001) were found to be independent predictive factors for RVO. The results of the present study reveal that ACE D/D polymorphism is an independent predictive factor for RVO. However, one cannot definitely conclude that ACE gene polymorphism is a risk factor for retinal vein occlusion. PMID:25161389

  13. Evaluation of the correlation between dental occlusion and posture using a force platform

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    Baldini, Alberto; Nota, Alessandro; Tripodi, Domenico; Longoni, Salvatore; Cozza, Paola

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Force platforms are widely used to evaluate the relationship between posture and dental occlusion. This study evaluated whether force platforms are able to detect eventual postural modifications resulting from dental occlusion. METHOD: A total of 44 healthy volunteers who were given no information on the aim of the study underwent six postural stabilometric exams under different mandibular and visual conditions. Four parameters were considered: sway area, sway velocity, X axis displacement of the center of the foot pressure and Y axis displacement of the center of the foot pressure. RESULTS: An analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed the relative influence of each factor; specifically, the ocular afference significantly influenced the sway area and sway velocity parameters, and the mandibular position had only a weak influence on the sway area parameter. CONCLUSIONS: Vision was shown to influence body posture, and a weak correlation was observed between mandibular position and body posture in healthy subjects. However, the force platform is most likely not able to clearly detect this relationship. Gnathologists must use caution when using force platform analysis to modify a therapeutic plan. The sway area seems to be the most sensitive parameter for evaluating the effect of occlusion on body posture. PMID:23420156

  14. Central Retinal and Posterior Ciliary Artery Occlusion After Intralesional Injection of Sclerosant to Glabellar Subcutaneous Hemangioma

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    Matsuo, Toshihiko; Fujiwara, Hiroyasu; Gobara, Hideo; Mimura, Hidefumi; Kanazawa, Susumu

    2009-03-15

    The aim of this study is to describe vision loss caused by central retinal artery and posterior ciliary artery occlusion as a consequence of sclerotherapy with a polidocanol injection to a glabellar hemangioma. An 18-year-old man underwent direct injection with a 23-gauge needle of 1 mL of a polidocanol-carbon dioxide emulsion into the glabellar subcutaneous hemangioma under ultrasound visualization of the needle tip by radiologists. He developed lid swelling the next day, and 3 days later at referral, the visual acuity in the left eye was no light perception. Funduscopy revealed central retinal artery occlusion and fluorescein angiography disclosed no perfusion at all in the left fundus, indicating concurrent posterior ciliary artery occlusion. The patient also showed mydriasis, blepharoptosis, and total external ophthalmoplegia on the left side. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated the swollen medial rectus muscle. In a month, blepharoptosis and ophthalmoplegia resolved but the visual acuity remained no light perception. Sclerosing therapy for facial hemangioma may develop a severe complication such as permanent visual loss.

  15. [Occlusal anomalies in the deciduous and mixed bites].

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    Legovi?, M; Mady, L

    1998-01-01

    In 311 examinees (177 boys and 134 girls) with primary dentition and 535 examinees (285 boys and 250 girls) with mixed dentition in Istria--Croatia, the frequency of orthodontic and occlusal anomalies in regard of space plane and premature extraction of c, m1 and m2 are investigated. The orthodontic anomalies are fortified in 46.95%, premature loss in 11.25% and occlusal anomalies in 40.83% of examinees with primary dentition, while in mixed dentition the 58.69% of examinees have orthodontic anomaly, the 17.20% premature loss and the 48.97% of examinees have occlusal anomaly. In both phases of dentition the most frequent are occlusal anomalies: combination of sagittal-vertical plane, and those in sagittal and vertical space plane respectively. PMID:9643116

  16. [Occlusal anomalies in the deciduous and mixed bites].

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    Legovic, M; Mady, L

    1998-01-01

    In 311 examines (177 boys and 134 girls) with primary dentition and 535 examinees (285 boys and 250 girls) with mixed dentition in Istria--Croatia, the frequency of orthodontic and occlusive anomalies in regard of space plane and premature extraction of c, m1 and m2 are investigated. The orthodontic anomalies are defected in 46.95%, premature loss in 11.25% and occlusive anomalies in 40.85% of examinees with primary dentition, while in mixed dentition the 58.69% of examinees have orthodontic anomaly, the 17.20% premature loss and the 48.97% of examinees have occlusal anomaly. In both phases of dentition the most frequent are occlusive anomalies in the following planes: sagittal, vertical and sagittal-vertical. PMID:9867668

  17. Efficient occlusion-free visualization for navigation in mountainous areas

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    Deng, Hao; Zhang, Liqiang; Han, Chunming; Ren, Yingchao; Zhang, Liang; Li, Jonathan

    2013-03-01

    In three-dimensional (3D) navigation, if mountainous terrain is displayed based on ordinary perspective projection, viewers often find that the features of interest are occluded, which prevents an overview of the features. This paper presents an approach for the automatic generation of consecutive non-perspective views of mountainous terrain. The proposed method can generate views without occlusions of important features, and allows viewers to navigate the landscape. The ray-tracing technique is employed to detect occlusions. The local elevations that occlude important features are transformed, while the resemblance and realism of the 3D landscape are maintained by solving global optimization problems. The approach maximizes the visibility of the features of interest on the deformed terrain. It also maintains a good balance between the elimination of occlusion and the preservation of resemblance. The occlusion-free visualization framework satisfies the demand for navigation and tour guidance in mountainous areas at interactive frame rates.

  18. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...occlusion device is a clip, tie, tape, or other article used to close the blood vessels in the umbilical cord of a newborn infant. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket...

  19. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...occlusion device is a clip, tie, tape, or other article used to close the blood vessels in the umbilical cord of a newborn infant. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket...

  20. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...occlusion device is a clip, tie, tape, or other article used to close the blood vessels in the umbilical cord of a newborn infant. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket...

  1. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...occlusion device is a clip, tie, tape, or other article used to close the blood vessels in the umbilical cord of a newborn infant. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket...

  2. 21 CFR 880.5950 - Umbilical occlusion device.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...occlusion device is a clip, tie, tape, or other article used to close the blood vessels in the umbilical cord of a newborn infant. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). The device is exempt from the premarket...

  3. Hierarchical occlusion culling for arbitrarily-meshed height fields 

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    Edmondson, Paul Michael

    2004-09-30

    still allowing for classic terrain-rendering frameworks. By exploiting the planar-monotone characteristics of height fields, it is possible to create a unique and efficient occlusion culling method that is optimized for terrain rendering and similar...

  4. Functional Patterns of Molar Occlusion in Platyrrhine Primates

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    Rosenberger, Alfred H.

    mechanics . Dentition Molars . Occlusion Tooth wear Platyrrhine. ABSTRACT Mechanico-functional features the particular kinds of insects fed upon by the different genera and the de- tailed characters of the dentition

  5. Height Gradient Approach for Occlusion Detection in Uav Imagery

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    Oliveira, H. C.; Habib, A. F.; Dal Poz, A. P.; Galo, M.

    2015-08-01

    The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) significantly increased in the last years. It is used for several different applications, such as mapping, publicity, security, natural disasters assistance, environmental monitoring, 3D building model generation, cadastral survey, etc. The imagery obtained by this kind of system has a great potential. To use these images in true orthophoto generation projects related to urban scenes or areas where buildings are present, it is important to consider the occlusion caused by surface height variation, platform attitude, and perspective projection. Occlusions in UAV imagery are usually larger than in conventional airborne dataset due to the low-altitude and excessive change in orientation due to the low-weight and wind effects during the flight mission. Therefore, this paper presents a method for occlusion detection together with some obtained results for images acquired by a UAV platform. The proposed method shows potential in occlusion detection and true orthophoto generation.

  6. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...include an occlusive wound dressing that contains added drugs such as antimicrobial agents, added biologics such as growth factors, or is composed of materials derived from animal sources. (b) Classification. Class I (general...

  7. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...include an occlusive wound dressing that contains added drugs such as antimicrobial agents, added biologics such as growth factors, or is composed of materials derived from animal sources. (b) Classification. Class I (general...

  8. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...include an occlusive wound dressing that contains added drugs such as antimicrobial agents, added biologics such as growth factors, or is composed of materials derived from animal sources. (b) Classification. Class I (general...

  9. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...include an occlusive wound dressing that contains added drugs such as antimicrobial agents, added biologics such as growth factors, or is composed of materials derived from animal sources. (b) Classification. Class I (general...

  10. 21 CFR 878.4020 - Occlusive wound dressing.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...include an occlusive wound dressing that contains added drugs such as antimicrobial agents, added biologics such as growth factors, or is composed of materials derived from animal sources. (b) Classification. Class I (general...

  11. Chemical burn caused by topical application of garlic under occlusion.

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    Xu, Shuai; Heller, Marissa; Wu, Peggy A; Nambudiri, Vinod E

    2014-01-01

    Allium sativum (garlic) can cause an irritant contact dermatitis, secondary to naturopathic practices. We report an unusually severe case of chemical burn following garlic applied under occlusion. PMID:24456964

  12. Preoperative splenic artery occlusion as an adjunct for high risk splenectomy.

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    Fujitani, R M; Johs, S M; Cobb, S R; Mehringer, C M; White, R A; Klein, S R

    1988-10-01

    High risk splenectomy is often encountered in cases of hypersplenism with massive splenomegaly (10 times usual weight of 150-200 g) resulting from myelophthisic processes. Intra-operative ligation of the splenic artery through the lesser sac is a technically useful method of gaining vascular control prior to mobilizing the challenging spleen. However, a massive or inaccessible spleen imposes mechanical limitations during surgery and may be complicated by torrential intra-operative hemorrhage in the setting of severe thrombocytopenia refractile to platelet transfusions. The authors describe pre-operative intravascular proximal splenic artery control in four adult patients (3 men, 1 woman) with extreme splenomegaly (2,250-10,000 g). The massive splenomegaly in this group resulted from chronic myelogenous leukemia (n = 2), isolated splenic lymphoma (n = 1), and agnogenic myeloid metaplasia (n = 1). Chief symptom manifestations included left upper quadrant abdominal pain, early satiety, post-prandial emesis, dyspnea, petechiae, and associated easy bruising. Prior to surgery, all the patients were taken to the radiology suite where either detachable silastic balloons or stainless steel coils were placed selectively into the splenic artery under fluoroscopic guidance requiring approximately 35 minutes. Splenic artery occlusion aided normalization of thrombocytopenia (average increases 19,000/microliter to 215,000/microliter) with prolongation in survival of platelets. Successful splenectomy was subsequently performed with no additional transfusion requirements and was made technically easier by reducing splenic bulk. There were no adverse consequences of intravascular occlusion and no peri-operative morbidity or mortality. Preoperative intravascular selective splenic artery occlusion, used as an important potential adjunct to anticipated high risk splenectomy, is recommended.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3178046

  13. Use of PTFE Stent Grafts for Hemodialysis-related Central Venous Occlusions: Intermediate-Term Results

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    Kundu, Sanjoy Modabber, Milad; You, John M.; Tam, Paul; Nagai, Gordon; Ting, Robert

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: To assess the safety and effectiveness of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) encapsulated nitinol stents (Bard Peripheral Vascular, Tempe, AZ) for treatment of hemodialysis-related central venous occlusions. Materials and Methods: Study design was a single-center nonrandomized retrospective cohort of patients from May 2004 to August 2009 for a total of 64 months. There were 14 patients (mean age 60 years, range 50-83 years; 13 male, 1 female). All patients had autogenous fistulas. All 14 patients had central venous occlusions and presented with clinical symptoms of the following: extremity swelling (14%, 2 of 14), extremity and face swelling (72%, 10 of 14), and face swelling/edema (14%, 2 of 14). There was evidence of access dysfunction with decreased access flow in 36% (5 of 14) patients. There were prior interventions or previous line placement at the site of the central venous lesion in all 14 patients. Results were assessed by recurrence of clinical symptoms and function of the access circuit (National Kidney Foundation recommended criteria). Results: Sixteen consecutive straight stent grafts were implanted in 14 patients. Average treated lesion length was 5.0 cm (range, 0.9-7 cm). All 14 patients had complete central venous occlusion (100% stenosis). The central venous occlusions were located as follows: right subclavian and brachiocephalic vein (21%, 3 of 14), right brachiocephalic vein (36%, 5 of 14), left brachiocephalic vein (36%, 5 of 14), and bilateral brachiocephalic vein (7%, 1 of 14). A total of 16 PTFE stent grafts were placed. Ten- or 12-mm-diameter PTFE stent grafts were placed. The average stent length was 6.1 cm (range, 4-8 cm). Technical (deployment), anatomic (<30% residual stenosis), clinical (resolution of symptoms), and hemodynamic (resolution of access dysfunction) success were 100%. At 3, 6, and 9 months, primary patency of the treated area and access circuit were 100% (14 of 14). Conclusions: This PTFE encapsulated stent graft demonstrates encouraging intermediate-term patency results for central vein occlusions. Further prospective studies with long-term assessment and larger patient populations will be required.

  14. Pathophysiological aspects of sickle cell vaso-occlusion

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    Nagel, R.L.

    1987-01-01

    This book contains over 30 selections. Some of the titles are: An Animal Model for Sickle Cell Vaso-Occlusion: A Study Using NMR and Technetium Imaging; Sickle-Cell Vaso-Occlusion in an Animal Model: Intravital Microscopy and Radionuclide Imaging of Selective Sequestration of Dense Cells; Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Percentage of Dense Cells, and Serum Prostanoids as Tools for Objective Assessment of Pain Crisis: A Preliminary Report; and Painful Crisis and Dense Echinocytes: Effects of Hydration and Vasodilators.

  15. Experimental Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Induces Upstream Pericyte Loss and Vascular Destabilization

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    Dominguez, Elisa; Raoul, William; Calippe, Bertrand; Sahel, José-Alain; Guillonneau, Xavier; Paques, Michel; Sennlaub, Florian

    2015-01-01

    Aims Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) leads to extensive vascular remodeling and is important cause of visual impairment. Although the vascular morphological changes following experimental vein occlusion have been described in a variety of models using angiography, the underlying cellular events are ill defined. Methods and Results We here show that laser-induced experimental BRVO in mice leads to a wave of TUNEL-positive endothelial cell (EC) apoptosis in the upstream vascular network associated with a transient edema and hemorrhages. Subsequently, we observe an induction of EC proliferation within the dilated vein and capillaries, detected by EdU incorporation, and the edema resolves. However, the pericytes of the upstream capillaries are severely reduced, which was associated with continuing EC apoptosis and proliferation. The vascular remodeling was associated with increased expression of TGF?, TSP-1, but also FGF2 expression. Exposure of the experimental animals to hypoxia, when pericyte (PC) dropout had occurred, led to a dramatic increase in endothelial cell proliferation, confirming the vascular instability induced by the experimental BRVO. Conclusion Experimental BRVO leads to acute endothelial cells apoptosis and increased permeability. Subsequently the upstream vascular network remains destabilized, characterized by pericyte dropout, un-physiologically high endothelial cells turnover and sensitivity to hypoxia. These early changes might pave the way for capillary loss and subsequent chronic ischemia and edema that characterize the late stage disease. PMID:26208283

  16. Combination of Rotational Atherothrombectomy and Paclitaxel-Coated Angioplasty for Femoropopliteal Occlusion

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    Scheer, F; Lüdtke, CW; Kamusella, P; Wiggermann, P; Vieweg, H; Schlöricke, E; Lichtenberg, M; Andresen, R; Wissgott, C

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The rotational atherothrombectomy with Straub Rotarex® is a safe and efficient treatment of acute/subactute vascular occlusions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the benefit of paclitaxel-coated angioplasty after rotational atherothrombectomy over an observation period of six months. MATERIALS AND METHODS Overall, 29 patients were treated with the Rotarex catheter in combination with paclitaxel-coated angioplasty. All patients had acute/subacute and chronic occlusions of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and/or popliteal arteries. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) was detected before the intervention, after the procedure, and after six months. Also clinical examination and ultrasound scans were done in the observation period. RESULTS There were no technical failures. The ABI shows a significant increase from 0.52 ± 0.17 to 0.91 ± 0.25 in the follow-up. By ultrasound examination, there were found two (6.9%) restenoses during the follow-up. There was one dissection during the intervention (3.5%). CONCLUSION The rotational atherothrombectomy in combination with paclitaxel-coated angioplasty might be an effective and safe method with a promising low rate of restenosis at six months. PMID:25983558

  17. Dislocated ankle fracture complicated by near total distal ischaemia

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    Duygun, Fatih; Sertkaya, Omer; Aldemir, Cengiz; Dogan, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Total arterial ischaemia is rarely seen following a dislocated ankle fracture but if it does and intervention is not made, it can lead to serious morbidity. We present a 39-year-old woman with almost total occlusion in the arteria tibialis and arteria dorsalis pedis following a dislocated ankle fracture as a result of a bicycle fall. PMID:24248319

  18. Humanized Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease in NOD-SCID il2r?-/- (NSG) Mice with G-CSF-Mobilized Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells following Cyclophosphamide and Total Body Irradiation

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    Fujii, Hisaki; Luo, Zhi-Juan; Kim, Hye Jin; Newbigging, Susan; Gassas, Adam; Keating, Armand; Egeler, R. Maarten

    2015-01-01

    Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) is the major source of late phase morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Humanized acute GvHD (aGvHD) in vivo models using NOD-SCID il2r?-/- (NSG) mice are well described and are important tools for investigating pathogenicity of human cells in vivo. However, there have been only few reported humanized cGvHD mouse models. We evaluated if prolonged inflammation driven by low dose G-CSF-mobilized human PBMCs (G-hPBMCs) would lead to cGvHD following cyclophosphamide (CTX) administration and total body irradiation (TBI) in NSG mice. Engraftment was assessed in peripheral blood (PB) and in specific target organs by either flow cytometry or immunohistochemistry (IHC). Tissue samples were harvested 56 days post transplantation and were evaluated by a pathologist. Some mice were kept for up to 84 days to evaluate the degree of fibrosis. Mice that received CTX at 20mg/kg did not show aGvHD with stable expansion of human CD45+ CD3+ T-cells in PB (mean; 5.8 to 23.2%). The pathology and fibrosis scores in the lung and the liver were significantly increased with aggregation of T-cells and hCD68+ macrophages. There was a correlation between liver pathology score and the percentage of hCD68+ cells, suggesting the role of macrophage in fibrogenesis in NSG mice. In order to study long-term survival, 6/9 mice who survived more than 56 days showed increased fibrosis in the lung and liver at the endpoint, which suggests the infiltrating hCD68+ macrophages may be pathogenic. It was shown that the combination of CTX and TBI with a low number of G-hPBMCs (1x106) leads to chronic lung and liver inflammation driven by a high infiltration of human macrophage and mature human T cells from the graft, resulting in fibrosis of lung and liver in NSG mice. In conclusion this model may serve as an important pre-clinical model to further current understanding of the roles of human macrophages in cGvHD. PMID:26176698

  19. Left External Iliac and Common Femoral Artery Occlusion Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma without Associated Bone Injury

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    Byun, Chun Sung; Park, Il Hwan; Do, Hye-jin; Bae, Keum Seok; Oh, Joong Hwan

    2015-01-01

    Blunt abdominal trauma may cause peripheral vascular injuries. However, blunt abdominal trauma rarely results in injuries to the external iliac and common femoral arteries, which often stem from regional bone fractures. Here, we present the case of a patient who had experienced trauma in the lower abdominal and groin area three months before presenting to the hospital, but these injuries did not involve bone fractures and had been managed conservatively. The patient came to the hospital because of left lower leg claudication that gradually became severe. Computed tomography angiography confirmed total occlusion of the external iliac and common femoral arteries. The patient underwent femorofemoral bypass grafting and was discharged uneventfully. PMID:26078931

  20. Chronic kidney disease

    MedlinePLUS

    Kidney failure - chronic; Renal failure - chronic; Chronic renal insufficiency; Chronic kidney failure; Chronic renal failure ... Chronic kidney disease (CKD) slowly gets worse over months or years. you may not notice any symptoms for some ...

  1. Effect of hypertension and carotid occlusion on brain parenchymal arteriole structure and reactivity.

    PubMed

    Sweet, Julie G; Chan, Siu-Lung; Cipolla, Marilyn J

    2015-10-01

    We studied the effect of hypertension and chronic hypoperfusion on brain parenchymal arteriole (PA) structure and function. PAs were studied isolated and pressurized from 18-wk-old Wistar-Kyoto (WKY18; n = 8) and spontaneously hypertensive stroke prone (SHRSP18; n = 8) and 5-wk-old prehypertensive (SHRSP5; n = 8) rats. In separate groups, unilateral common carotid artery occlusion (UCCAo) was performed for 4 wk to cause chronic hypoperfusion in 18-wk-old WKY (WKY18-CH; n = 8) and SHRSP (SHRSP18-CH; n = 8). UCCAo caused PAs to have significantly diminished myogenic tone (31 ± 3 vs. 14 ± 6% at 60 mmHg; P < 0.05) and reactivity to pressure from WKY18-CH vs. WKY18 animals. The effect of UCCAo was limited to normotensive animals, as there was little effect of chronic hypoperfusion on vascular reactivity or percent tone in PAs from SHRSP18 vs. SHRSP18-CH animals (53 ± 4 vs. 41 ± 3%; P > 0.05). However, PAs from SHRSP18 and SHRSP5 animals had significantly greater tone compared with WKY18, suggesting an effect of strain and not hypertension per se on PA vasoconstriction. Structurally, PAs from SHRSP18 and SHRSP5 animals had similar sized lumen diameters, but increased wall thickness and distensibility compared with WKY18. Interestingly, chronic hypoperfusion did not affect the structure of PAs from either WKY18-CH or SHRSP18-CH animals. Thus PAs responded to UCCAo with active vasodilation, but not structural remodeling, an effect that was absent in SHRSP. The increased tone of PAs from SHRSP animals, combined with lack of response to chronic hypoperfusion, may contribute to the propensity for ischemic lesions and increased perfusion deficit during hypertension. PMID:26294749

  2. Percutaneous Retrograde Recanalization of the Celiac Artery by Way of the Superior Mesenteric Artery for Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia

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    Joseph, George Chacko, Sujith Thomas

    2013-02-15

    A 52-year-old man presented with recurrent postprandial abdominal pain, sitophobia, and progressive weight loss. Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) due to subtotal occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and flush occlusion of the celiac artery (CA) was diagnosed. Retrograde recanalization of the CA by way of a collateral channel from the SMA was performed using contemporary recanalization equipment. The CA and SMA were then stented, resulting in sustained resolution of CMI-related symptoms.

  3. Occlusal morphology of permanent mandibular first and second molars in Gujarati population

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    Dholia, Bhavik; Manjunatha, Bhari Sharanesha

    2015-01-01

    Background: Dental identification has been used since long time for disaster victim identification protocol. There is a difference of opinion regarding whether ethnicity influences dental morphology or not. Few studies have shown the associations between these dental features and crown traits in humans using quantitative methods. The present study is an attempt to find correlation of occlusal morphology of Gujarati population with forensic Odontology. Aim: To study different occlusal morphology of permanent mandibular first and second molars in Gujarati Population. Materials and Methods: This study comprised of a total of 100 participants of Gujarati origin, selected by random sampling method. Total number of cusps and groove patterns of mandibular first and second molar were examined clinically and photographs of the same were taken. A descriptive statistics, Chi-square test and Student t-test were used for analysis of data. Results: Mandibular first molar with 5 cusps in 71%, 4 cusps in 18% and 6 cusps in 11% were noted in the study. Mandibular first molars with “+” groove pattern in 39.5% and “Y” groove pattern in 60.5% were recorded. Mandibular second molar with 5 cusps in 6.5% and 4 cusps in 93.5% were recorded in the study. Mandibular second molars with “+” groove pattern in 93.5% and “Y” groove pattern in 6.5% were recorded. Conclusion: The most common occlusal morphology in permanent mandibular first molar is “5 cusp” and “Y” groove pattern in about 47% and for second molar is “4 cusp” and “+” groove pattern in 88.5% of Gujarati population. It may be concluded that variation in degree of expression and frequency of teeth in dentitions of different populations is different, which may help in forensic identification. PMID:26005303

  4. Quantitative intravital two-photon excitation microscopy reveals absence of pulmonary vaso-occlusion in unchallenged Sickle Cell Disease mice

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    Bennewitz, Margaret F.; Watkins, Simon C.; Sundd, Prithu

    2015-01-01

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic disorder that leads to red blood cell (RBC) sickling, hemolysis and the upregulation of adhesion molecules on sickle RBCs. Chronic hemolysis in SCD results in a hyper-inflammatory state characterized by activation of circulating leukocytes, platelets and endothelial cells even in the absence of a crisis. A crisis in SCD is often triggered by an inflammatory stimulus and can lead to the acute chest syndrome (ACS), which is a type of lung injury and a leading cause of mortality among SCD patients. Although it is believed that pulmonary vaso-occlusion could be the phenomenon contributing to the development of ACS, the role of vaso-occlusion in ACS remains elusive. Intravital imaging of the cremaster microcirculation in SCD mice has been instrumental in establishing the role of neutrophil-RBC-endothelium interactions in systemic vaso-occlusion; however, such studies, although warranted, have never been done in the pulmonary microcirculation of SCD mice. Here, we show that two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy can be used to perform quantitative analysis of neutrophil and RBC trafficking in the pulmonary microcirculation of SCD mice. We provide the experimental approach that enables microscopic observations under physiological conditions and use it to show that RBC and neutrophil trafficking is comparable in SCD and control mice in the absence of an inflammatory stimulus. The intravital imaging scheme proposed in this study can be useful in elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanism of pulmonary vaso-occlusion in SCD mice following an inflammatory stimulus. PMID:25995970

  5. Effect of occlusal rehabilitation on spatial memory and hippocampal neurons after long-term loss of molars in rats.

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    Sakamoto, S; Hara, T; Kurozumi, A; Oka, M; Kuroda-Ishimine, C; Araki, D; Iida, S; Minagi, S

    2014-10-01

    Experimental loss of occlusal support caused by the extraction or grinding of molar teeth has been reported to foment the impairment of learning and memory in laboratory animals. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of occlusal reconstruction after long-term loss of molars on spatial memory by using 8-arm radial maze and by assessing histopathological changes of neuron density in the hippocampus. Experimental dentures were inserted into the oral cavities of molarless rats to recover the occlusal support. Age-matched groups of control, molarless and denture-wearing rats were trained to perform the maze tasks. The difference of the error incidence in the maze task was evaluated between three groups. The difference of neuron density between three groups was also evaluated at the end of the maze task. Serum corticosterone levels were also measured to estimate the chronic stress, which could be caused by extraction, insertion of the experimental denture or any experimental procedure. The error incidence in the denture-wearing group was significantly higher than that of the control group, but significantly lower than that of the molarless group. Significant differences of neuron density were observed between three groups in each of the hippocampal CA1, CA3 and DG subfields. No significant difference of the serum corticosterone levels between three groups could be observed. From the results of this study, it was suggested that the recovery of occlusal support would bring amelioration of cognitive impairment concomitant with long period loss of molars in rats. PMID:24909970

  6. Imaging Natural Occlusal Caries Lesions with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Douglas, Shane M.; Fried, Daniel; Darling, Cynthia L.

    2011-01-01

    Several studies have demonstrated that polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) can be used to nondestructively measure the severity of demineralization in the important occlusal surfaces. The purpose of this study was to assess the potential of PS-OCT and OCT methods for the measurement of the depth of natural occlusal carious lesions. Teeth were screened for potential occlusal lesions using near infrared imaging (NIR). A PS-OCT system operating at 1310-nm was used to acquire polarization resolved images of the area of interest on the occlusal surface. The teeth were serial sectioned to 200 ?m thickness and examined with polarized light microscopy (PLM) and Transverse Microradiography (TMR) for comparison. The lesion depth measured nondestructively with PS-OCT was compared to the lesion depth measured with PLM and TMR to assess the performance of these methods and determine if polarization sensitivity is required. The lesion depth measured using OCT correlated well with the lesion depths measured with TMR and PLM. Although polarization sensitivity provided better contrast it was not necessary to have polarization sensitivity to identify deep occlusal lesions. PMID:22228981

  7. Mechanism of vaso-occlusion in sickle cell anemia

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    Lei, Huan; Karniadakis, George

    2012-11-01

    Vaso-occlusion crisis is one of the key hallmark of sickle cell anemia. While early studies suggested that the crisis is caused by blockage of a single elongated cell, recent experimental investigations indicate that vaso-occlusion is a complex process triggered by adhesive interactions among different cell groups in multiple stages. Based on dissipative particle dynamics, a multi-scale model for the sickle red blood cells (SS-RBCs), accounting for diversity in both shapes and cell rigidities, is developed to investigate the mechanism of vaso-occlusion crisis. Using this model, the adhesive dynamics of single SS-RBC was investigated in arterioles. Simulation results indicate that the different cell groups (deformable SS2 RBCs, rigid SS4 RBCs, leukocytes, etc.) exhibit heterogeneous adhesive behavior due to the different cell morphologies and membrane rigidities. We further simulate the tube flow of SS-RBC suspensions with different cell fractions. The more adhesive SS2 cells interact with the vascular endothelium and further trap rigid SS4 cells, resulting in vaso-occlusion in vessels less than 15 ?m . Under inflammation, adherent leukocytes may also trap SS4 cells, resulting in vaso-occlusion in even larger vessels. This work was supported by the NSF grant CBET-0852948 and the NIH grant R01HL094270.

  8. Imaging natural occlusal caries lesions with optical coherence tomography

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    Douglas, Shane M.; Fried, Daniel; Darling, Cynthia L.

    2010-02-01

    Several studies have demonstrated that polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) can be used to nondestructively measure the severity of demineralization in the important occlusal surfaces. The purpose of this study was to assess the potential of PS-OCT and OCT methods for the measurement of the depth of natural occlusal carious lesions. Teeth were screened for potential occlusal lesions using near infrared imaging (NIR). A PS-OCT system operating at 1310-nm was used to acquire polarization resolved images of the area of interest on the occlusal surface. The teeth were serial sectioned to 200 ?m thickness and examined with polarized light microscopy (PLM) and Transverse Microradiography (TMR) for comparison. The lesion depth measured nondestructively with PS-OCT was compared to the lesion depth measured with PLM and TMR to assess the performance of these methods and determine if polarization sensitivity is required. The lesion depth measured using OCT correlated well with the lesion depths measured with TMR and PLM. Although polarization sensitivity provided better contrast it was not necessary to have polarization sensitivity to identify deep occlusal lesions.

  9. Breathing pattern and occlusion pressure during moderate and heavy exercise.

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    Lind, F; Hesser, C M

    1984-09-01

    We studied changes in breathing pattern and mouth occlusion pressure (P0.1) in 11 healthy subjects performing graded steady-state exercise on a cycle ergometer up to the maximal load sustainable for 4 min. With increasing work intensity both the tidal volume (VT) and end-inspiratory volume relations to inspiratory (TI) and expiratory (TE) durations were linear in the moderate work load range; in the high load range VT and end-inspiratory volume tended to plateau with further decreases in TI and TE. The ratio of TI to total breath duration (TI/Ttot) increased with work intensity. Intraindividual coefficients of variation for VT, breathing frequency (f), mean inspiratory flow (VT/TI), and other respiratory variables decreased with increasing work intensity, indicating that breath-to-breath variations in breathing pattern became smaller as the level of ventilation increased. P0.1 rose with VT/TI as a power function with an exponent averaging 1.5 (range 1.3-1.9), indicating that the ratio P0.1/(VT/TI), an index of respiratory system impedance, increased with VT/TI and work intensity. We conclude that in moderate and heavy exercise the work of inspiration at a given ventilation is reduced because of the increase in TI/Ttot, the impedance of the respiratory system increases with work intensity because of both an increase in f and a flow-dependent rise in airway resistance, and the neuromuscular inspiratory activity is reflexly augmented because of internal flow-resistive loading. PMID:6507121

  10. Recanalization of Acute and Subacute Venous and Synthetic Bypass-Graft Occlusions With a Mechanical Rotational Catheter

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    Wissgott, Christian Kamusella, Peter; Andresen, Reimer

    2013-08-01

    PurposePercutaneous mechanical thrombectomy (PMT) is now established as an alternative treatment of acute arterial occlusions in addition to fibrinolysis and surgical thrombectomy. The objective of this retrospective study was the investigation of a rotational atherothrombectomy catheter in terms of safety and efficacy in the treatment of acute and subacute femoropopliteal bypass occlusions.Materials and MethodsForty-two patients (average age 65.8 {+-} 9.1 years) with acute (<14 days [n = 31]) and subacute (14-42 days [n = 11]) femoropopliteal bypass occlusions were treated consecutively with a rotational debulking and removal catheter (Straub Rotarex). The average occlusion length was 28.4 {+-} 2.9 (24-34) cm. Thirty-four (81 %) patients underwent venous bypass, and 8 (19 %) patients underwent polytetrafluoroethylene bypass.ResultsThe technical success rate was 97.6 % (41 of 42). In 1 patient, blood flow could not be restored despite the use of the atherothrombectomy system. The average catheter intervention time was 6.9 {+-} 2.1 (4-9) min. Ankle-brachial index increased from 0.39 {+-} 0.13 to 0.83 {+-} 0.11 at discharge and to 0.82 {+-} 0.17 after 1 month (p < 0.05). There were a total of 2 (4.8 %) peri-interventional complications: One patient developed a distal embolism, which was successfully treated with local lysis, and another patient had a small perforation at the distal anastomosis, which was successfully treated with a stent.ConclusionPMT with the Rotarex atherothrombectomy catheter represents a safe and effective option in the treatment of acute and subacute femoropopliteal bypass occlusions because it can quickly restore blood flow.

  11. Occlusion veineuse rétinienne et syndrome d'hyperviscosité

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    Younes, Samar; Abdellaoui, Meriem; Zahir, Fadoua; Benatiya, Idriss A; Tahri, Hicham

    2015-01-01

    Les occlusions veineuses rétiniennes secondaires aux syndromes d'hyperviscosité sont rares. Plusieurs cas d'occlusion de la veine centrale de la rétine [OVCR] compliquant une hémopathie ont été décrits, principalement au cours des polycythémies primitives ou secondaires, des lymphomes ou des leucémies. A travers cette observation, nous rapportons le cas d'un patient qui présente une OVCR de l’œil droit survenant dans le cadre d'un myélome multiple. La rétinopathie du syndrome d'hyperviscosité est liée au ralentissement circulatoire qui affecte de manière prépondérante le secteur veineux et donne un aspect de rétinopathie de stase bilatérale, avec dilatation et tortuosité de l'ensemble des veines rétiniennes. A un certain degré d'hyperviscosité, une occlusion veineuse véritable peut survenir. Le traitement comprend la réhydratation, phlébotomie, et plasmaphérèse. PMID:25995806

  12. Gradients of occlusal wear in hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists.

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    Deter, Christina A

    2009-03-01

    Occlusal wear was recorded in maxillary teeth from three North American late Archaic (3385 +/- 365 cal BC) hunter-gatherer sites (n = 306) and late Anasazi-early Zuni agricultural sites ( approximately 1300 AD) (n = 87). Comparisons were undertaken using descriptive and inferential statistics to determine differences between these groups, and along the maxillary tooth row. The hunter-gatherers had a significantly greater percentage of occlusal wear than the agriculturalists. For both hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists, occlusal wear was greatest on the central incisors and first molars. The third molars had the least amount of wear. It was inferred from these results that the hunter-gatherers had a more abrasive diet, and different daily task activities compared to the agriculturalists. One further finding was that wear patterns on anterior and posterior teeth are influenced by the order that teeth erupt into the jaw, as well as diet and behavior. PMID:18773466

  13. Acute coronary occlusion during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.

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    Shiu, M F; Silverton, N P; Oakley, D; Cumberland, D

    1985-01-01

    Two hundred and forty percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty procedures were performed in three centres over a two year period. Acute occlusion of the vessel undergoing angioplasty was seen on 20 (8%) occasions. The cause of occlusion was determined angiographically and in some cases confirmed at the time of emergency open heart surgery. The mechanism of coronary occlusion was arterial dissection in six cases, persisting coronary arterial spasm in seven, and coronary thrombosis in four. In three patients the mechanism could not be determined. Immediate reintroduction of a balloon dilatation catheter was attempted in 10 patients and resulted in restoration of adequate coronary flow in six. The remaining 14 patients underwent open heart surgery as an emergency procedure. Images PMID:3160376

  14. [Prevention and treatment of hepatic veno-occlusive disease].

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    Carreras, Enric

    2011-11-01

    Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is currently the main cause of hepatic veno-occlusive disease, which is the early complication of this procedure with the highest short-term morbidity and mortality. Given that mortality from severe hepatic veno-occlusive disease can be nearly 100%, the search for measures to prevent of treat this complication is essential. Several risk factors for this complication have been identified and the triggering event that leads to sinusoidal obstruction has been shown to be sinusoidal endothelial cell injury. The present review analyzes measures to avoid or modify the casual risk factors for this complication, as well as the pharmacological agents that can prevent or modify the initial endothelial dysfunction or the resulting sinusoidal occlusion. PMID:21571396

  15. Functional dental occlusion: an anthropological perspective and implications for practice.

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    Kaidonis, J A; Ranjitkar, S; Lekkas, D; Brook, A H; Townsend, G C

    2014-06-01

    Physiologic changes occur in dental occlusion throughout life, resulting from the interplay between functional demands and reciprocating adaptive responses. These changes have been reported in the anthropological literature and they reflect evolutionary changes in the human stomatognathic system during the Paleolithic, hunter-gatherer period. Specific occlusal changes occur in response to different environments, leading to extensive variation within and between extinct and extant human populations. For example, functional demands can cause occlusal and interproximal tooth wear, resulting in shortening of the dental arch, continual tooth eruption and changes in masticatory patterns. Since the advent of farming through to our current industrialized culture, functional demands on the human masticatory system, and its adaptive responses to these demands, have been reduced considerably. Indeed, it is only occasionally that functional demands are severe enough to lead to obvious pathology in the modern human dentition. In contrast to normal masticatory activity, 'modern-day conditions' such as dental caries, periodontal disease and erosion, can lead to significant changes in dental occlusion that are pathological and need to be treated. The masticatory system is a dynamic, functional unit that displays considerable change over a lifetime. In this concept paper, it is proposed that modern human populations living in industrialized environments display dental occlusions that can be considered to be 'neotenous'; that is, our dentitions tend to reflect an unworn stage of our ancestors that was only seen in infants, juveniles and young adults. Clinicians can draw on both phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives of 'functional dental occlusion' to differentiate continual physiological changes occurring over time that require ongoing review, from pathological responses that require intervention. PMID:24444303

  16. [Chronic cough].

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    Yernault, J C

    1999-09-01

    Cough becomes chronic after three weeks of evolution. Chronic cough is due to four syndromes in 90% of cases: postnasal drip syndrome, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux and chronic bronchitis. Each syndrome needs a specific therapeutic approach. Antitussive drugs like dextromethorphan are prescribed in cases of complicated cough. Cough secondary to angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors must not be neglected. In case of failure of initial check up or lack of response to specific therapy, a more thorough examination must be conducted in a specialized centre. PMID:10523911

  17. Do Mobility and Occlusal Trauma Impact Periodontal Longevity?

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    Reinhardt, Richard A; Killeen, Amy C

    2015-10-01

    The impact of tooth mobility and occlusal trauma (OT) on periodontal bone loss and need for therapy has been debated for many years. This paper summarizes the relevant literature reported in three Dental Clinics of North America articles in the late 1990s, and adds newer information from the 2000s. Principle findings indicate that strong evidence of mobility and OT impacting tooth longevity is lacking, but reducing inflammation in the surrounding periodontium remains a critical treatment. Occlusal therapy when mobility is increasing, comfort or function are compromised, or periodontal regeneration procedures are planned should be considered. PMID:26427572

  18. Visualisation of urban airborne laser scanning data with occlusion images

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    Hinks, Tommy; Carr, Hamish; Gharibi, Hamid; Laefer, Debra F.

    2015-06-01

    Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) was introduced to provide rapid, high resolution scans of landforms for computational processing. More recently, ALS has been adapted for scanning urban areas. The greater complexity of urban scenes necessitates the development of novel methods to exploit urban ALS to best advantage. This paper presents occlusion images: a novel technique that exploits the geometric complexity of the urban environment to improve visualisation of small details for better feature recognition. The algorithm is based on an inversion of traditional occlusion techniques.

  19. Near-infrared spectroscopic assessment of oxygen delivery to free flaps on monkeys following vascular occlusions and inhalation of pure oxygen

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    Tian, Fenghua; Ding, Haishu; Cai, Zhigang; Wang, Guangzhi; Zhao, Fuyun

    2002-04-01

    In recent studies, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been considered as a potentially ideal noninvasive technique for the postoperative monitoring of plastic surgery. In this study, free flaps were raised on rhesus monkeys' forearms and oxygen delivery to these flaps was monitored following vascular occlusions and inhalation of pure oxygen. Optical fibers were adopted in the probe of the oximeter so that the detection could be performed in reflectance mode. The distance between emitter and detector can be adjusted easily to achieve the best efficacy. Different and repeatable patterns of changes were measured following vascular occlusions (arterial occlusion, venous occlusion and total occlusion) on flaps. It is clear that the near-infrared spectroscopy is capable of postoperatively monitoring vascular problems in flaps. NIRS showed high sensitivity to detect the dynamic changes in flaps induced by inhalation of pure oxygen in this study. The experimental results indicated that it was potential to assess tissue viability utilizing the dynamic changes induced by a noninvasive stimulation. It may be a new assessing method that is rapid, little influenced by other factors and brings less discomfort to patients.

  20. Outcomes after Redo Aortobifemoral Bypass for Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease

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    Scali, Salvatore T.; Schmit, Bradley M.; Feezor, Robert J.; Beck, Adam W.; Chang, Catherine K.; L.Waterman, Alyson; Berceli, Scott A.; Huber, Thomas S.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Patients presenting with occluded aortobifemoral bypass(ABF) grafts are managed with a variety of techniques. Redo ABF(rABF) procedures are infrequently performed due to concerns about procedural complexity and morbidity. The purpose of this analysis is to compare mid-term results of rABF to primary ABF(pABF) for aortoiliac occlusive disease(AIOD) to determine if there are significant differences in outcomes. Methods A retrospective review was performed of all patients undergoing ABF for occlusive disease between January 2002 and March 2012. A total of 19 patients underwent rABF and 194 received pABF during that time period. Data for an indication and comorbidity-matched case control cohort of 19 elective pABF patients were collected for comparison to the rABF group. Primary end-points included rate of major complications, as well as 30-day and all-cause mortality. Secondary end-points were amputation-free survival(AFS) and freedom from major adverse limb events(MALEs). Results rABF patients more frequently underwent prior extra-anatomic or lower extremity bypass operations compared to pABF(P=.02), however no difference was found in the incidence of in prior failed endovascular iliac intervention(P =.4). By design, indications for the rABF and pABF groups were the same: claudication, N=6/6(31.6%), P =1; critical limb ischemia, N=13/13(78.4%), P=1. Aortic access was more frequently via retroperitoneal exposure in the rABF group(N=13 vs. N=1;P<.0001) and a significantly higher proportion of the rABF patients required concomitant infrainguinal bypass or intra-procedural adjuncts such profundaplasty(N=14 vs. N=5; P=.01). rABF patients experienced greater blood loss (1097±983mL vs. 580±457mL;P=.02), received more intraoperative fluids(3400±1422mL vs. 2279±993mL;P=.01), and had longer overall procedure times(408±102 vs. 270±48 minutes; P<.0001). Length of stay(days±SD) was similar (pABF, 11.2±10.4 vs. rABF, 9.1±4.5;P=.7) and no 30-day or in-hospital deaths occurred in either group. Similar rates of major complications occurred in the 2 groups(pABF, N=6(31.6%) vs. rABF, N=4(21.1%); observed difference 9.5%, 95% confidence interval:-17.6%, 36.7%;P=.7). Two-year freedom from MALE(±standard error mean) was 82±9% vs. 78±10% for pABF and rABF patients(log-rank, P=.6). Two-year AFS was 90±9% vs. 89±8% between pABF and rABF patients(P=.5). Two-year survival was 91±9% and 90±9% for pABF and rABF patients(P=.8). Conclusions Patients undergoing rABF have higher procedural complexity compared to pABF as evidenced by greater operative time, blood loss and need for adjunctive procedures. However, similar perioperative morbidity, mortality and mid-term survival occurred in comparison to pABF patients. These results support a role for rABF in selected patients. PMID:24657290

  1. Ear infection - chronic

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    Middle ear infection - chronic; Otitis media - chronic; Chronic otitis media; Chronic ear infection ... Chole RA. Chronic otitis media, mastoiditis, and petrositis. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund LJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery . 6th ed. ...

  2. Detecting Occlusions of Automobile Parts Being Inspected By a Camera System During Manufacturing

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    Hoover, Adam

    Detecting Occlusions of Automobile Parts Being Inspected By a Camera System During Manufacturing considers the problem of detecting occlusions in automobile parts on a moving assembly line in an automotive

  3. Occlusal Contacts of Milled Polyurethane Casts Mounted in a Proprietary and Semi-adjustable Articulator 

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    Allen, Sarah Parker

    2015-04-07

    Digital impressions utilize digital images of the dentition from multiple intraoral scans that are stitched together. A digital bite scan records a static, MI occlusion of the patient and orients the digital casts into the indicated occlusal...

  4. [Chronic migraine].

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    Diener, H C; Holle, D; Müller, D; Nägel, S; Rabe, K

    2013-12-01

    The classification of the International Headache Society (IHS) generally differentiates episodic from chronic headache. Chronic migraine is defined as headache on 15 and more days a month over more than 3 months and headache on 8 days or more fulfils the criteria for migraine or were triptan/ergot-responsive when thought to be migrainous in early stages of the attack. The prevalence of chronic migraine is estimated at 2-4?%. The quality of life is highly compromised in this condition and comorbidities are much more frequent compared to episodic migraine. Data from prospective randomized studies are scarce as most patients with chronic migraine were excluded from previous trials and only few studies were conducted for this condition. The efficacy for prophylactic treatment compared with placebo is proven for topiramate and onabotulinum toxin A. PMID:24337617

  5. Chronic Meningitis

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    ... not infections can cause chronic meningitis. They include sarcoidosis and certain disorders that cause inflammation, such as ... For disorders that are not infections, such as sarcoidosis and Behçet syndrome: Corticosteroids or other drugs that ...

  6. Tracheal Occlusion Conditioning in Conscious Rats Modulates Gene Expression Profile of Medial Thalamus

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    Bernhardt, Vipa; Hotchkiss, Mark T.; Garcia-Reyero, Natàlia; Escalon, B. Lynn; Denslow, Nancy; Davenport, Paul W.

    2011-01-01

    The thalamus may be the critical brain area involved in sensory gating and the relay of respiratory mechanical information to the cerebral cortex for the conscious awareness of breathing. We hypothesized that respiratory mechanical stimuli in the form of tracheal occlusions would modulate the gene expression profile of the thalamus. Specifically, it was reasoned that conditioning to the respiratory loading would induce a state change in the medial thalamus consistent with a change in sensory gating and the activation of molecular pathways associated with learning and memory. In addition, respiratory loading is stressful and thus should elicit changes in gene expressions related to stress, anxiety, and depression. Rats were instrumented with inflatable tracheal cuffs. Following surgical recovery, they underwent 10?days (5?days/week) of transient tracheal occlusion conditioning. On day 10, the animals were sacrificed and the brains removed. The medial thalamus was dissected and microarray analysis of gene expression performed. Tracheal obstruction conditioning modulated a total of 661 genes (p?occlusions. PMID:21660287

  7. Balloon-Assisted Occlusion of the Internal Iliac Arteries in Patients with Placenta Accreta/Percreta

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    Bodner, Leonard J.; Nosher, John L. Gribbin, Christopher; Siegel, Randall L.; Beale, Stephanie; Scorza, William

    2006-06-15

    Background. Placenta accreta/percreta is a leading cause of third trimester hemorrhage and postpartum maternal death. The current treatment for third trimester hemorrhage due to placenta accreta/percreta is cesarean hysterectomy, which may be complicated by large volume blood loss. Purpose. To determine what role, if any, prophylactic temporary balloon occlusion and transcatheter embolization of the anterior division of the internal iliac arteries plays in the management of patients with placenta accreta/percreta. Methods. The records of 28 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of placenta accreta/percreta were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups. Six patients underwent prophylactic temporary balloon occlusion, followed by cesarean section, transcatheter embolization of the anterior division of the internal iliac arteries and cesarean hysterectomy (n = 5) or uterine curettage (n = 1). Twenty-two patients underwent cesarean hysterectomy without endovascular intervention. The following parameters were compared in the two groups: patient age, gravidity, parity, gestational age at delivery, days in the intensive care unit after delivery, total hospital days, volume of transfused blood products, volume of fluid replacement intraoperatively, operating room time, estimated blood loss, and postoperative morbidity and mortality. Results. Patients in the embolization group had more frequent episodes of third trimester bleeding requiring admission and bedrest prior to delivery (16.7 days vs. 2.9 days), resulting in significantly more hospitalization time in the embolization group (23 days vs. 8.8 days) and delivery at an earlier gestational age than in those in the surgical group (32.5 weeks). There was no statistical difference in mean estimated blood loss, volume of replaced blood products, fluid replacement needs, operating room time or postoperative recovery time. Conclusion. Our findings do not support the contention that in patients with placenta accreta/percreta, prophylactic temporary balloon occlusion and embolization prior to hysterectomy diminishes intraoperative blood loss.

  8. Evaluation of the effect of two different occlusal splints on maximum occlusal force in patients with sleep bruxism: a pilot study

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    Dogan, Arife; Bek, Bulent

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE The occlusal splint has been used for many years as an effective treatment of sleep bruxism. Several methods have been used to evaluate efficiency of the occlusal splints. However, the effect of the occlusal splints on occlusal force has not been clarified sufficiently. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of occlusal splints on maximum occlusal force in patients with sleep bruxism and compare two type of splints that are Bruxogard-soft splint and canine protected hard stabilization splint. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twelve students with sleep bruxism were participated in the present study. All participants used two different occlusal splints during sleep for 6 weeks. Maximum occlusal force was measured with two miniature strain-gage transducers before, 3 and 6 weeks after insertion of occlusal splints. Clinical examination of temporomandibular disorders was performed for all individuals according to the Craniomandibular Index (CMI) before and 6 weeks after the insertion of splints. The changes in mean occlusal force before, 3 and 6 weeks after insertion of both splints were analysed with paired sample t-test. The Wilcoxon test was used for the comparison of the CMI values before and 6 weeks after the insertion of splints. RESULTS Participants using stabilization splints showed no statistically significant changes in occlusal force before, 3, and 6 weeks after insertion of splint (P>.05) and participants using Bruxogard-soft splint had statistically significant decreased occlusal force 6 weeks after insertion of splint (P<.05). There was statistically significant improvement in the CMI value of the participants in both of the splint groups (P<.05). CONCLUSION Participants who used Bruxogard-soft splint showed decreases in occlusal force 6 weeks after insertion of splint. The use of both splints led to a significant reduction in the clinical symptoms. PMID:24843394

  9. Colonic Varices Due to Chronic Pancreatitis: A Rare Cause of Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding.

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    Kitagawa, Sho; Sato, Takahiro; Hirayama, Atsushi

    2015-04-01

    A 75-year-old man with chronic pancreatitis presented with painless bloody stool. Computed tomography revealed a splenic vein occlusion with several collaterals towards the descending colon. Colonoscopy showed tortuous varices in the descending colon, which suggested recent bleeding. Sinistral portal hypertension (SPH) due to chronic pancreatitis was diagnosed, so splenectomy and distal pancreatectomy were performed. Our case illustrates a rare complication of SPH. PMID:26157952

  10. History of materials used for recording static and dynamic occlusal contact marks: a literature review

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    Rahul, G R.; Poduval, Soorya T.; Shetty, Karunakar; Gupta, Bhawna; Rajora, Varun

    2013-01-01

    In the discipline of prosthetic dentistry it is important not only to examine the occlusion, but to be able to record, store, and transfer the information. Over the years many occlusion testing materials have been used. It has been suggested the clinical recording and transfer of information using waxes and other occlusion recording materials have disadvantages relating to inaccuracy and problems of manipulation. Therefore, there has been introduction of many new systems for recording occlusion contacts to overcome such problems. The correct physiological recovery of occlusion posses as much a challenge as ever for every dentist and technician. Even the smallest high spots measuring just a few microns can cause dysfunctions like temporo-mandibular pain. Occlusal proportions are being constantly changed with every procedure. Therefore, an understanding of the synergy of the teeth in static and dynamic occlusion forms the basis of good dentistry. The purpose of this review article is to give and overview of the various materials and methods that have been used to record occlusal contact marks. Key words:Occlusal contact marks, Occlusion indicators, Occlusion test materials, Occlusion recording materials. PMID:24455051

  11. Learning about Occlusion: Initial Assumptions and Rapid Adjustments

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    Kochukhova, Olga; Gredeback, Gustaf

    2007-01-01

    We examined 6-month-olds' abilities to represent occluded objects, using a corneal-reflection eye-tracking technique. Experiment 1 compared infants' ability to extrapolate the current pre-occlusion trajectory with their ability to base predictions on recent experiences of novel object motions. In the first condition infants performed at asymptote…

  12. The dead leaves model : a general tessellation modeling occlusion

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    Bordenave, Charles

    The dead leaves model : a general tessellation modeling occlusion C. Bordenave, Y. Gousseau, F. Roue# Abstract In this article, we study a particular example of general random tessellation, the dead characterizes the distribution of the boundary of the dead leaves tessellation. Keywords: General Tessellation

  13. Centric slide in different Angle's classes of occlusion.

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    ?imi?, Samir; Badel, Tomislav; Šimunkovi?, Sonja Kraljevi?; Pavi?in, Ivana Savi?; ?ati?, Amir

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to test the possible differences in centric slide values between different Angle's classes of occlusion. The study included 98 participants divided into four groups: Angle's class I, Angle's class II, subdivision 1, Angle's class II, subdivision 2 and Angle's class III. All recordings were obtained using an ultrasound jaw tracking device with six degrees of freedom. The distance between the maximum intercuspation (reference position) and the centric occlusion was recorded at the condylar level. Anteroposterior, superoinferior and transversal distance of the centric slide were calculated for each participant, and the data were statistically analyzed (analysis of variance and Newman-Keuls post hoc test). No statistically significant difference was found in the anteroposterior and transversal distance of the centric slide between tested groups, while Angle's class II, subdivision 2 showed smaller vertical amount of the centric slide compared to Angle's class I and class II, subdivision 1. None of the 98 participants showed coincidence of centric occlusion and maximum intercuspation. Our results suggest that coincidence of the maximum intercuspation with the centric occlusion should not be expected. Smaller extent of the vertical distance of the centric slide could be morphological and a functional expression characteristic of the Angle's class II, subdivision 2. PMID:26434757

  14. Detection of Cardiac Occlusions Using Viscoelastic Wave Propagation

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    a sudden heart attack [22]. Current detection techniques include angiograms and CT scans. Angiograms vein - a process many may wish to avoid. On the other hand, CT scans generate a three-dimensional imageDetection of Cardiac Occlusions Using Viscoelastic Wave Propagation H.T. Banks and J. R. Samuels

  15. OCCLUSION TRACKING USING LOGIC MODELS James H. von Brecht

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    Ferguson, Thomas S.

    OCCLUSION TRACKING USING LOGIC MODELS James H. von Brecht Department of Mathematics University encountered local minima issues. 2.1 Logic Models Before introducing our model, we briefly describe the region-based logic models [1, 2] based upon the Chan-Vese (C-V) segmentation energy [4]. While dealing with multi

  16. Optically induced occlusion of single blood vessels in rodent neocortex.

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    Shih, Andy Y; Nishimura, Nozomi; Nguyen, John; Friedman, Beth; Lyden, Patrick D; Schaffer, Chris B; Kleinfeld, David

    2013-12-01

    The ability to form targeted vascular occlusions in small vessels of the brain is an important technique for studying the microscopic basis of cerebral ischemia. We describe two complementary methods that enable targeted occlusion of any single blood vessel within the upper 500 µm of adult rodent neocortex. Our goal is to generate highly localized regions of ischemia by blocking penetrating arterioles and ascending venules, which are bottlenecks of flow in the cortical angioarchitecture. One method, termed photothrombosis, makes use of linear optical absorption by a photosensitizer, transiently circulated in the blood stream, to induce a clot in a surface or near-surface segment of a vessel. The second method, termed plasma-mediated ablation, makes use of nonlinear optical interactions, without the need to introduce an exogenous absorber, to induce clots in subsurface segments of penetrating vessels, as well as subsurface microvessels and capillaries. The choice of the method for occlusion of individual vessels depends on the location of the vessels being studied and the objectives of the study. Here we describe concurrent high resolution in vivo imaging and auxiliary laser setups, occlusion protocols, and post hoc histological procedures. PMID:24298038

  17. Sex Differences during Visual Scanning of Occlusion Events in Infants

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    Wilcox, Teresa; Alexander, Gerianne M.; Wheeler, Lesley; Norvell, Jennifer M.

    2012-01-01

    A growing number of sex differences in infancy have been reported. One task on which they have been observed reliably is the event-mapping task. In event mapping, infants view an occlusion event involving 1 or 2 objects, the occluder is removed, and then infants see 1 object. Typically, boys are more likely than girls to detect an inconsistency…

  18. Standards for the Endovascular Management of Aortic Occlusive Disease

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    Uberoi, Raman Tsetis, Dimitrios

    2007-09-15

    Occlusive disease of the infrarenal aorta and aorto-iliac arteries can be safely treated by minimally invasive therapy and is now widely available. The aim of this article is to produce standards for the management of these patients using current endovascular techniques.

  19. Occlusion Handling via Random Subspace Classifiers for Human Detection.

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    Marin, Javier; Vazquez, David; Lopez, Antonio M; Amores, Jaume; Kuncheva, Ludmila I

    2014-03-01

    This paper describes a general method to address partial occlusions for human detection in still images. The random subspace method (RSM) is chosen for building a classifier ensemble robust against partial occlusions. The component classifiers are chosen on the basis of their individual and combined performance. The main contribution of this work lies in our approach's capability to improve the detection rate when partial occlusions are present without compromising the detection performance on non occluded data. In contrast to many recent approaches, we propose a method which does not require manual labeling of body parts, defining any semantic spatial components, or using additional data coming from motion or stereo. Moreover, the method can be easily extended to other object classes. The experiments are performed on three large datasets: the INRIA person dataset, the Daimler Multicue dataset, and a new challenging dataset, called PobleSec, in which a considerable number of targets are partially occluded. The different approaches are evaluated at the classification and detection levels for both partially occluded and non-occluded data. The experimental results show that our detector outperforms state-of-the-art approaches in the presence of partial occlusions, while offering performance and reliability similar to those of the holistic approach on non-occluded data. The datasets used in our experiments have been made publicly available for benchmarking purposes. PMID:23757554

  20. Evaluation of Endarterectomy Recanalization under Ultrasound Guidance in Symptomatic Patients with Carotid Artery Occlusion

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    Liu, Yumei; Jia, Lingyun; Liu, Beibei; Meng, Xiufeng; Yang, Jie; Li, Jingzhi; Zhou, Yinghua; Jiao, Liqun; Hua, Yang

    2015-01-01

    Rigorous screening and good imaging would help perform surgery on carotid artery occlusion CAO safely and effectively. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate carotid endarterectomy (CEA) recanalization in patients with common carotid artery occlusion (CCAO) or internal carotid artery occlusion (ICAO) with color Doppler flow imaging (CDFI). A total of 59 patients undergoing CEA were enrolled. According to the results of CEA, the patients were divided into successful recanalization (group A) and unsuccessful recanalization (group B) groups. The original diameter, lesion length, proximal-to-distal diameter ratio and echo characteristics of the lesion within the lumen of the carotid artery were recorded before CEA and compared between the two groups. In regards to the achievement of repatency by CEA, the overall success rate was 74.6% (44/59), the success rate in CCAO patients was 75.9% (22/29) and the success rate in ICAO patients was 73.3% (22/30). There was no significant difference in the success rates between the CCAO and ICAO patients (?2 = 0.050, P = 0.824). The overall rate of stroke and death within 30 postoperative days was 5.1% (3/59). For the CCAO patients, the lesion length in group A was shorter than that in group B (t = 3.221, P = 0.004). For the ICAO patients, the original diameter of the distal ICA was broader (t = 6.254, P = 0.000) and the proximal-to-distal ICA diameter ratio was smaller (t = 8.036, P = 0.000) in group A than in group B. The rate of recanalization for lumens with a homogeneous echo pattern (hypoecho or isoecho) was significantly higher than that for lumens with echo heterogeneity for both the CCAO and ICAO patients (?2 = 14.477, P = 0.001; ?2 = 10.519, P = 0.003). However, for both the CCAO and ICAO patients, there was no difference in the rate of recanalization between patients with hypoecho and isoecho lesions (?2 = 0.109, P = 0.742; ?2 = 0.836, P = 0.429). The original diameter, proximal-to-distal ICA diameter ratio, lesion length and echo characteristics may affect the success of CEA recanalization in patients with CCAO and ICAO. CDFI is helpful in screening patients with carotid artery occlusion and may improve the success rate of CEA. PMID:26636827

  1. Chronic urticaria.

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    Leznoff, A.

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To review the pathophysiology of chronic urticaria in light of recent evidence for it being an autoimmune disease, and to recommend appropriate management. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: An extensive literature review was supplemented with a MEDLINE search. Articles from easily available journals were preferred. These consisted of the most recent basic articles on autoimmunity in relation to chronic urticaria and a selection of previous articles on pathophysiology, which illustrate consistencies with recent evidence. The investigation and management protocol is supported by original and relevant literature. MAIN FINDINGS: The histopathology and immunohistology of chronic urticaria and certain clinical studies were a prelude to definitive evidence that most instances of chronic urticaria are autoimmune. Although allergic and other causes are uncommon, these must be sought because identification can lead to cure or specific treatment. Management of the much more common autoimmune urticaria is based on principles derived from the demonstrated pathogenesis and on results of published clinical trials. CONCLUSIONS: In most instances, chronic urticaria is an autoimmune disease, but uncommon allergic or other causes must be considered. PMID:9805172

  2. Total protein

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  3. Clinical Implications of Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Mutations and Plasma Homocysteine Levels in Patients with Thromboembolic Occlusion

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    Park, Won-Cheol; Chang, Jeong-Hwan

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Hyperhomocysteinemia has been identified as an independent risk factor in arterial and venous thrombosis. Mutations in genes encoding methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), involved in the metabolism of homocysteine, may account for reduced enzyme activity and elevated plasma homocysteine levels. In this study, we investigated the interrelation of MTHFR C677T genotype and level of homocysteine in patients with arterial and venous thrombosis. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 146 patients who were diagnosed as having arterial and venous thrombosis. We excluded patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. We examined routinely the plasma concentration of total homocysteine level and MTHFR C677T polymorphism for evaluation of thrombotic tendency in all patients. Screening processes of MTHFR C677T polymorphism were performed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: Investigated groups consisted of thrombotic arterial occlusion in 48 patients and venous occlusion in 63 patients. The distribution of the three genotypes was as follows: homozygous normal (CC) genotype in 29 (26.1%), heterozygous (CT) genotype in 57 (51.4%), and homozygous mutant (TT) genotype in 25 (22.5%) patients. There were no significant differences among individuals between each genotype group for baseline characteristics. Plasma concentration of homocysteine in patients with the TT genotype was significantly increased compared to the CC genotype (P<0.05). Conclusion: We observed a significant interaction between TT genotypes and homocysteine levels in our results. The results might reflect the complex interaction between candidate genes and external factors responsible for thrombosis. PMID:26217629

  4. Bruxism in children and transverse plane of occlusion: Is there a relationship or not?

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    Nahás-Scocate, Ana Carla Raphaelli; Coelho, Fernando Vusberg; de Almeida, Viviane Chaves

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the occurrence of bruxism in deciduous dentition and a potential association between the habit and the presence or absence of posterior crossbite. METHODS: A total of 940 patient files were assessed. They were gathered from the archives of University of São Paulo City - UNICID; however, 67 patient files were dismissed for not meeting the inclusion criteria. Therefore, 873 children, males and females, comprised the study sample. They were aged between 2-6 years old and came from six different public primary schools from the east of the city of São Paulo. Data were collected through questionnaires answered by parents/guardians and by clinical examinations carried out in the school environment in order to obtain the occlusal characteristics in the transverse direction. First, a descriptive statistical analysis of all variables was performed (age, sex, race, posterior crossbite, bruxism, headache and restless sleep); then, the samples were tested by means of chi-square test with significance level set at 0.05%. A logistic regression model was applied to identify the presence of bruxism. RESULTS: The prevalence of this parafunctional habit was of 28.8%, with 84.5% of patients showing no posterior crossbite. Regarding the association of bruxism with crossbite, significant results were not found. Children with restless sleep have 2.1 times more chances of developing bruxism, whereas children with headache have 1.5 more chances. CONCLUSION: Transverse plane of occlusion was not associated with the habit of bruxism. PMID:25715718

  5. Effect of occlusion, directionality and age on horizontal localization

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    Alworth, Lynzee Nicole

    Localization acuity of a given listener is dependent upon the ability discriminate between interaural time and level disparities. Interaural time differences are encoded by low frequency information whereas interaural level differences are encoded by high frequency information. Much research has examined effects of hearing aid microphone technologies and occlusion separately and prior studies have not evaluated age as a factor in localization acuity. Open-fit hearing instruments provide new earmold technologies and varying microphone capabilities; however, these instruments have yet to be evaluated with regard to horizontal localization acuity. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine the effects of microphone configuration, type of dome in open-fit hearing instruments, and age on the horizontal localization ability of a given listener. Thirty adults participated in this study and were grouped based upon hearing sensitivity and age (young normal hearing, >50 years normal hearing, >50 hearing impaired). Each normal hearing participant completed one localization experiment (unaided/unamplified) where they listened to the stimulus "Baseball" and selected the point of origin. Hearing impaired listeners were fit with the same two receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids and same dome types, thus controlling for microphone technologies, type of dome, and fitting between trials. Hearing impaired listeners completed a total of 7 localization experiments (unaided/unamplified; open dome: omnidirectional, adaptive directional, fixed directional; micromold: omnidirectional, adaptive directional, fixed directional). Overall, results of this study indicate that age significantly affects horizontal localization ability as younger adult listeners with normal hearing made significantly fewer localization errors than older adult listeners with normal hearing. Also, results revealed a significant difference in performance between dome type; however, upon further examination was not significant. Therefore, results examining type of dome should be viewed with caution. Results examining microphone configuration and microphone configuration by dome type were not significant. Moreover, results evaluating performance relative to unaided (unamplified) were not significant. Taken together, these results suggest open-fit hearing instruments, regardless of microphone or dome type, do not degrade horizontal localization acuity within a given listener relative to their 'older aged' normal hearing counterparts in quiet environments.

  6. Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

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  7. Ultrastructural features of masseter muscle exhibiting altered occlusal relationship—a study in a rodent model

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    Lisboa, Marcio V.; Aciole, Gilberth T. S.; Oliveira, Susana C. P. S.; Marques, Aparecida M. C.; Baptista, Abrahão F.; Pinheiro, Antonio L. B.; Aguiar, Marcio C.; Santos, Jean N.

    2010-05-01

    The role of occlusion on Tempormandibular Disorders (TMD) is still unclear, mainly regarding muscular function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the occlusion highlights on masseter ultra morphology. Twenty Wistar rats were randomly divided in four groups: 10 for control group, 10 for occlusal alteration group (CCO). Rats underwent unilateral amputation of the left inferior and superior molar cusps to simulate an occlusal wear situation. The rats of control group had no occlusal wear. Half of the animals of each group was sacrificed in 14 days after the occlusal consuming and half 30 days after the occlusal consuming. The masseter muscles ipsilateral to the amputated molars were excised and processed for light microscopy, electron microscopy. The light microscopy did not show differences between the groups. The electron microscopy was able to detect a degree of intracellular damage in muscle fibers of CCO group: swollen mitochondria with disrupted cristae and cleared matrix, signs of hypercontraction of I bands and myofibril disorganization.

  8. Ultrastructural features of masseter muscle exhibiting altered occlusal relationship - a study in a rodent model

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    Lisboa, Marcio V.; Aciole, Gilberth T. S.; Oliveira, Susana C. P. S.; Marques, Aparecida M. C.; Pinheiro, Antonio L. B.; Santos, Jean N.; Baptista, Abrahao F.; Aguiar, Marcio C.

    2010-05-31

    The role of occlusion on Tempormandibular Disorders (TMD) is still unclear, mainly regarding muscular function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the occlusion highlights on masseter ultra morphology. Twenty Wistar rats were randomly divided in four groups: 10 for control group, 10 for occlusal alteration group (CCO). Rats underwent unilateral amputation of the left inferior and superior molar cusps to simulate an occlusal wear situation. The rats of control group had no occlusal wear. Half of the animals of each group was sacrificed in 14 days after the occlusal consuming and half 30 days after the occlusal consuming. The masseter muscles ipsilateral to the amputated molars were excised and processed for light microscopy, electron microscopy. The light microscopy did not show differences between the groups. The electron microscopy was able to detect a degree of intracellular damage in muscle fibers of CCO group: swollen mitochondria with disrupted cristae and cleared matrix, signs of hypercontraction of I bands and myofibril disorganization.

  9. Efficacy of biofeedback therapy via a mini wireless device on sleep bruxism contrasted with occlusal splint: a pilot study

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    Gu, WeiPing; Yang, Jie; Zhang, FeiMin; Yin, XinMin; Wei, XiaoLong; Wang, Chen

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The putative causes of bruxism are multifactorial and there are no definite measures for bruxism management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of biofeedback therapy on sleep bruxism, compared with occlusal splint. Twenty-four volunteers with sleep bruxism were divided into two groups: the GTB group that were treated with biofeedback therapy (n ?=?12) and the GTO group that were treated with occlusal splint (n ?=?12). A mini pressure sensor integrated with a monitoring circuit by use of a maxillary biofeedback splint was fabricated. To foster the relaxation of the masticatory muscles and the nervous system, the wireless device received signals from bruxism events and vibrations alerted the bruxer when the threshold was exceeded. Total episodes and average duration of bruxism events during 8 hours of sleep were analyzed with the monitoring program (TRMY1.0). After 6 and 12 weeks, the episodes (P ?=? 0.001) and duration (P < 0.05) in the GTB group declined dramatically. In contrast, there were no significant differences in the GTO group after the treatment (P > 0.05). Furthermore, the episodes had significant differences between the GTB group and the GTO group after the same period of treatment (P ?=? 0.000). The results suggest that biofeedback therapy may be an effective and convenient measure for mild bruxers, when compared with occlusal splint therapy. The mini wireless biofeedback method may be of value for the diagnosis and management of bruxism in the future. PMID:25859272

  10. Chronic gastritis

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    Sipponen, Pentti; Maaroos, Heidi-Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Prevalence of chronic gastritis has markedly declined in developed populations during the past decades. However, chronic gastritis is still one of the most common serious pandemic infections with such severe killing sequelae as peptic ulcer or gastric cancer. Globally, on average, even more than half of people may have a chronic gastritis at present. Helicobacter pylori infection in childhood is the main cause of chronic gastritis, which microbial origin is the key for the understanding of the bizarre epidemiology and course of the disease. A life-long and aggressive inflammation in gastritis results in destruction (atrophic gastritis) of stomach mucosa with time (years and decades). The progressive worsening of atrophic gastritis results subsequently in dysfunctions of stomach mucosa. Atrophic gastritis will finally end up in a permanently acid-free stomach in the most extreme cases. Severe atrophic gastritis and acid-free stomach are the highest independent risk conditions for gastric cancer known so far. In addition to the risks of malignancy and peptic ulcer, acid-free stomach and severe forms of atrophic gastritis may associate with failures in absorption of essential vitamins, like vitamin B12, micronutrients (like iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc), diet and medicines. PMID:25901896

  11. Open surgery for chronic limb ischemia: a review.

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    Ricco, J B; Thanh Phong, L; Belmonte, R; Schneider, F; Valagier, A; Illuminati, G; Regnault De La Mothe, G

    2013-12-01

    This review considers the role of the different revascularization strategies in patients with chronic limb ischemia (CLI) and reveals that clinical evidence guiding therapeutic decision-making in CLI is poor and only careful basic recommendations can be made. For diffuse aortoiliac disease with occlusion of the aorta, aortobifemoral bypass remains the best option if the patient is fit for open surgery. Unilateral iliac occlusion should be treated by primary stenting, but an iliofemoral bypass may be the best option when the disease extends down to the common and deep femoral arteries. For infrainguinal revascularisation, bypass using the saphenous vein remains the best option for patients with occlusion of the superficial femoral artery >25 cm and for patients with multiple occlusions of the infrapopliteal arteries. In the absence of leg veins, arm veins should be used. Prosthetic grafts are the last option. Endovascular techniques are recommended in patients with short arterial lesions and limited life expectancy <2 years. Finally some patients with CLI are best treated by primary amputation. In conclusion, this review demonstrates that neither an endo- first nor a bypass-first attitude is appropriate in patients with CLI and suggests that these patients should be cared for by specialists in a multidisciplinary center in order to preserve their life and limbs, to conduct clinical trials and to control costs. PMID:24126509

  12. Use of Double-Occlusion Balloon Catheter: Preoperative Portal Vein Embolization for Induction of Future Remnant Liver Hypertrophy

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    Kim, Min Joo; Choo, Sung Wook Do, Young Soo; Park, Kwang Bo; Han, Yoon Hee; Choo, In Wook; Cho, Jae Min; Cho, Jae Won; Kim, Sung Joo; Sohn, Tae Sung

    2004-01-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of using double-occlusion balloon catheters in preoperative portal vein embolization (PVE) to induce future remnant liver hypertrophy. Materials and Methods: PVE was achieved with gelatin sponges by using double-occlusion balloon catheter in seventeen patients with hepatobiliary malignant tumors. The ipsilateral approach was used in thirteen patients and the contralateral approach in four patients due to large size of tumor in the right hepatic lobe.Surgery was performed in 15 patients, 14-27 days (mean, 21.9 days)after PVE. Computed tomographic liver volumetric studies were performed before embolization and before surgery. The changes in aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), prothrombintime (PT), and total bilirubin levels before and after the PVE were evaluated. Complications were evaluated after PVE. Results: PVE using double-occlusion balloon catheter was successful in all cases, irrespective of approach technique. The future remnant liver (FRL) volumes were 251-920 cm{sup 3} (mean, 437cm{sup 3}) before PVE and 281-1042 cm{sup 3} (mean, 555cm{sup 3}) after PVE. The mean increase in the volume of the FRL was 28.6%; this represented 37% of the pre resection volume of the liver. Clinical and biologic tolerance of PVE was mandatory. There were no complications. Conclusions: PVE using the double-occlusion balloon catheter is safe and well-tolerated and can be performed technically with ease. This hypertrophy allows hepatectomy to be performed safely when the FRL volume is initially insufficient inpatients with hepatobiliary tumors.

  13. Chronic motor tic disorder

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    Chronic vocal tic disorder; Tic - chronic motor tic disorder ... Chronic motor tic disorder is more common than Tourette syndrome . Chronic tics may be forms of Tourette syndrome. Tics usually start ...

  14. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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  15. Chronic pain - resources

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    Pain - resources; Resources - chronic pain ... The following organizations are good resources for information on chronic pain: American Chronic Pain Association -- www.theacpa.org National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association -- www.fmcpaware.org ...

  16. Chronic Pancreatitis in Children

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    ... Children/Pediatric > Chronic Pancreatitis in Children test Chronic Pancreatitis in Children What symptoms would my child have? ... will develop diabetes in adolescence. Who gets chronic pancreatitis? Those at risk for chronic pancreatitis are children ...

  17. Magnetic resonance markers of ischaemia: their correlation with vasodilatory reserve in patients with carotid artery stenosis and occlusion

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    Lythgoe, D; Simmons, A; Pereira, A; Cullinane, M; Williams, S; Markus, H

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—Better methods of identifying patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis who are at high risk of stroke are required. It has been suggested that proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) may allow the identification of ongoing ischaemia in this patient group by the detection of a potentially reversible reduction of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), a presumed marker of neuronal integrity, and the presence of lactate, a marker of anaerobic metabolism. Previous studies have reported metabolite ratios rather than absolute concentrations. This study was performed to determine if NAA was reduced ipsilateral to carotid stenosis or occlusion, and if its concentration was related to carbon dioxide reactivity, a marker of cerebrovascular reserve.?METHODS— Twenty one patients with unilateral carotid stenosis (>70%) or occlusion were studied. Single voxel proton MRS was performed in the ipsilateral and contralateral hemispheres, with the voxel positioned in the arterial borderzone region between the middle and anterior cerebral artery territories. Absolute quantification of metabolite concentrations was performed. Cerebrovascular reactivity to 6% carbon dioxide was determined in both middle cerebral artery territories using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography.?RESULTS—Mean (SD) cerebrovascular reactivity was significantly lower in the stenosed compared with the contralateral hemisphere (13.3(7.7) v 19.2 (8.2)%/kPa, p=0.002). There were no significant differences in the absolute concentrations of NAA, choline, or creatine between the ipsilateral and contralateral hemispheres (for example, NAA 10.1 (1.1) v 10.5 (1.1) mmol/l, p=0.1). No lactate peak was seen in any spectra. For each metabolite measured, there was no correlation between the absolute concentration and cerebrovascular reactivity for either hemisphere.?CONCLUSIONS—In patients with carotid stenosis and occlusion we found no evidence that chronic hypoperfusion is associated with a reduction in NAA or the presence of lactate. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy is unlikely to help in the selection of patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis for endarterectomy.?? PMID:11413263

  18. Endobronchial occlusive disease: Nd:YAG or PDT?

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    Regal, Anne-Marie; Takita, Hiroshi

    1991-06-01

    Patients with endobronchial occlusion commonly experience dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis, pneumonitis, and atelectasis. If luminal patency is not re-established, obstructive symptoms may progress to sepsis and death. Although the overall survival of patients with lung cancer may not be altered by relief of airway obstruction, the prognosis for this subset of patients may be improved by eliminating the septic complications of bronchial occlusion. Techniques to treat occluded bronchi include electro-fulguration, cryotherapy, brachytherapy, laser (CO2, Nd-YAG) therapy, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). These represent local forms of treatment and are intended to be palliative. Nd-YAG and PDT are the modalities more frequently utilized in this setting. Comparison of the two treatment forms may furnish insight regarding the appropriate role for each as individual therapies and as part of the armamentarium of cancer therapies.

  19. Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia

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  20. Modification of polyurethane to reduce occlusion of enteral feeding tubes.

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    Gaither, Kari A; Tarasevich, Barbara J; Goheen, Steven C

    2009-10-01

    Feeding tubes are used to supply nutritional formula to immobilized patients. The most common cause for failure of enteral feeding tubes is their occlusion. The purpose of this study was to examine whether occlusion of enteral feeding tubes could be minimized using an additive. An open, intermittent enteral feeding system was simulated in the laboratory and data were collected over a period ranging from 2 to 6 days. Feeding formula was cycled through a feeding tube in either the presence or absence of simulated gastric acid in an effort to generate a reproducible occlusion. Pressures in the tube were measured frequently throughout these cycles. We observed pressure spikes with each cycle, but never a complete occlusion. Pressure spikes formed only when simulated gastric acid was mixed with the feeding solution. Large amounts of feeding formula adsorbed onto polyurethane (PU) surfaces in the presence of gastric acid. Also, this subtle change in surface chemistry significantly affected the number of pressure spikes observed. The maximum pressure required to maintain flow in the tube was reduced by about half from 2.0 psi to 0.8 psi when polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was added. The addition of PVA to PU also reduced the contact angle from 83 degrees (untreated) to approximately 64 degrees in the presence of PVA. Furthermore, when formula was added to PU in the presence of PVA the thickness of the layer that remained on the surface was almost 10 times greater in controls than on PVA-treated surfaces. These results suggest that a treatment that increases the hydrophilicity of the feeding tube may help minimize clogging. PMID:19399855

  1. Does A Contralateral Carotid Occlusion Adversely Impact CAS Outcomes?

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    Keldahl, ML; Park, MS; Garcia-Toca, M; Wang, E; Kibbe, MR; Rodriguez, HE; Morasch, MD; Eskandari, MK

    2011-01-01

    Background Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has grown as a possible alternative for the treatment of extracranial cerebrovascular disease in the past decade. A pre-existing contralateral carotid artery occlusion has been described as a risk factor for inferior outcomes following carotid endarterectomy (CEA), yet its impact on CAS outcomes is less understood. Methods Retrospective review of 417 CAS procedures from May 2001 through July 2010 at a single center using self-expanding nitinol stents and mechanical embolic protection devices. Patients were divided into those with a pre-existing contralateral carotid occlusion (Group A, n=39) versus those without a contralateral occlusion (Group B, n=378). Patient demographics and co-morbidities as well as 30-day and late death, stroke, and myocardial infarction (MI) rates were analyzed. Mean follow-up was 4.0 years (range 0–9.4 years). Results Overall mean age of the 314 men and 103 women was 70.5 years. In Group A there were 2 (5.1%) octogenarians and 9 patients (23.1%) with symptomatic disease as compared to Group B with 53 (14.0%) octogenarians and 121 (32.0%) patients with symptomatic disease. The overall 30-day death, stroke, and MI rates were 0.5%, 1.9%, and 0.7%. When comparing Group A to Group B these results were not significantly different: death (0% vs 0.5%), stroke (2.6% vs 1.9%), and MI (0% vs 0.8%). Long-term outcomes for Groups A and B were not significantly different: death (25.6% vs 22.2%), stroke (5.3% vs 3.4%), and MI (15.4% vs 14.0%) (p=NS). Conclusion A pre-existing contralateral carotid artery occlusion does not appear to adversely impact CAS outcomes. PMID:21963325

  2. n-Butyl cyanoacrylate-induced multiple retinal arteriolar occlusions.

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    Naithani, Prashant; Khanduja, Sumeet; Sinha, Subijoy; Khanduja, Neha; Naithani, Preeti

    2013-10-01

    We report a case of multiple retinal arteriolar occlusions due to delayed embolisation of N-butylcyanoacrylate glue, initially injected in the external carotid artery for the management of Carotid body tumour. Ocular massage and anterior chamber paracentesis were unfruitful and patient suffered irreversible visual loss in the affected eye. Embolisation of N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue into the retinal vasculature after intratumoral injection should be kept in mind as a rare but possible complication by radiologists and ophthalmologists. PMID:23624692

  3. Basic dental information needed for the OFM initial occlusal evaluation.

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    Snow, Marjorie L

    2012-11-01

    It is incumbent upon the orofacial myologist to evaluate the presenting client's occlusion and detect any behaviors which may be influencing the alignment of the dentition or interfering with the treatment plan of the referral source. In order to accomplish these tasks, it is necessary to share some common terminology and to effectively communicate between all the participants involved in the treatment plan. The purpose of this article is to assist in accomplishing these goals. PMID:23362749

  4. Digital subtraction angiography in pediatric cerebrovascular occlusive disease

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    Faerber, E.N.; Griska, L.A.B.; Swartz, J.D.; Capitanio, M.A.; Popky, G.L.

    1984-08-01

    While conventional angiography has been used to demonstrate cerebrovascular occlusive disease in the past, digital subtraction angiography (DSA) is capable of showing progressive vascular involvement with ease, simplicity, and extremely low morbidity, making it particularly well suited for children and outpatients either alone or coordinated with computed tomography. The authors discuss the usefulness and advantages of DSA as demonstrated in 7 infants and children with hemiplegia, 4 of whom had sickle-cell disease.

  5. Totally James

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    Owens, Tom

    2006-01-01

    This article presents an interview with James Howe, author of "The Misfits" and "Totally Joe". In this interview, Howe discusses tolerance, diversity and the parallels between his own life and his literature. Howe's four books in addition to "The Misfits" and "Totally Joe" and his list of recommended books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,…

  6. Occlusion-free Blood Flow Animation with Wall Thickness Visualization.

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    Lawonn, Kai; Glaber, Sylvia; Vilanova, Anna; Preim, Bernhard; Isenberg, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    We present the first visualization tool that combines pathlines from blood flow and wall thickness information. Our method uses illustrative techniques to provide occlusion-free visualization of the flow. We thus offer medical researchers an effective visual analysis tool for aneurysm treatment risk assessment. Such aneurysms bear a high risk of rupture and significant treatment-related risks. Therefore, to get a fully informed decision it is essential to both investigate the vessel morphology and the hemodynamic data. Ongoing research emphasizes the importance of analyzing the wall thickness in risk assessment. Our combination of blood flow visualization and wall thickness representation is a significant improvement for the exploration and analysis of aneurysms. As all presented information is spatially intertwined, occlusion problems occur. We solve these occlusion problems by dynamic cutaway surfaces. We combine this approach with a glyph-based blood flow representation and a visual mapping of wall thickness onto the vessel surface. We developed a GPU-based implementation of our visualizations which facilitates wall thickness analysis through real-time rendering and flexible interactive data exploration mechanisms. We designed our techniques in collaboration with domain experts, and we provide details about the evaluation of the technique and tool. PMID:26529724

  7. A Novel Canine Model of Acute Vertebral Artery Occlusion

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    Zhang, Yunfeng; Jin, Min; Du, Bin; Lin, Hao; Xu, Chengyong; Jiang, Weijian; Jia, Jianping

    2015-01-01

    Background The extended time window and theoretic reduction in hemorrhage make mechanical strategies an attractive approach for the treatment of patients with ischemic stroke. However, a limited availability of suitable animal models of cerebrovascular thrombosis has hampered the study of novel endovascular interventions. The aim of the present study was to develop a new technique for site-specific placement of a thrombus in a canine model that would allow for the evaluation of mechanical thrombectomy and clot retrieval methods and the visualization of thrombus dislocation or fragmentation during angiographic manipulation. Methods Angiography and embolization with a preformed thrombus were performed in 12 canines. Under fluoroscopic guidance, an embolism protection device (EPD) was anchored to the middle segment of the left vertebral artery (VA) via the left femoral arterial sheath. A preformed radiopaque clot was injected through the guide catheter into the left VA, via the contralateral femoral artery, proximal to the EPD. After 15 min of occlusion, the EPD was removed and persistent occlusion of the VA was documented angiographically. Results Angiography performed during the observation period confirmed the persistence of VA occlusion in each case, and displacement of the radiopaque clots did not occur during the 3-hour observation period. The technique allowed selective embolization of targeted vessels without thrombus fragmentation. Conclusion This study demonstrates, for the first time, a canine model of post-circulation embolism induced by autologous blood clot placement. This model can be rapidly formed and easily operated, and the site of thrombosis can be readily controlled. PMID:26545253

  8. Robust face alignment under occlusion via regional predictive power estimation.

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    Heng Yang; Xuming He; Xuhui Jia; Patras, Ioannis

    2015-08-01

    Face alignment has been well studied in recent years, however, when a face alignment model is applied on facial images with heavy partial occlusion, the performance deteriorates significantly. In this paper, instead of training an occlusion-aware model with visibility annotation, we address this issue via a model adaptation scheme that uses the result of a local regression forest (RF) voting method. In the proposed scheme, the consistency of the votes of the local RF in each of several oversegmented regions is used to determine the reliability of predicting the location of the facial landmarks. The latter is what we call regional predictive power (RPP). Subsequently, we adapt a holistic voting method (cascaded pose regression based on random ferns) by putting weights on the votes of each fern according to the RPP of the regions used in the fern tests. The proposed method shows superior performance over existing face alignment models in the most challenging data sets (COFW and 300-W). Moreover, it can also estimate with high accuracy (72.4% overlap ratio) which image areas belong to the face or nonface objects, on the heavily occluded images of the COFW data set, without explicit occlusion modeling. PMID:25872211

  9. Near-IR imaging of occlusal dental decay

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    Buehler, Christopher M.; Fried, Daniel

    2005-03-01

    Dental enamel manifests high transparency in the near-IR. Previous work demonstrated that near-IR light at 1310-nm is ideally suited for the transillumination of interproximal dental caries (dental decay in between teeth) [1]. However, most new dental decay occurs in the pits and fissures of the occlusal (biting) surfaces of posterior teeth. These caries lesions cannot be detected by x-rays during the early stages of decay due to the overlapping topography of the crown of the tooth. In this study, a near-IR imaging system operating at 1310-nm was used to acquire occlusal images by launching the near-IR light into the buccal surface of the tooth just above the gingival margin (gum-line). The near-IR light diffuses through the highly scattering dentin providing uniform back illumination of the enamel of the crowns allowing imaging of the occlusal surfaces. The near-IR images show high contrast between sound and demineralized areas. Demineralization (decay) can be easily differentiated from stains and pigmentation. Moreover, the high transparency of the enamel enables imaging at greater depth for the detection of subsurface decay hidden under the enamel. These early images suggest that the near-IR offers significant advantages over conventional visual, tactile and radiographic caries detection methods.

  10. Early Experience with the TransForm™ Occlusion Balloon Catheter: A Single-Center Study

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    Quadri, Syed A.; Ramakrishnan, Vivek; Hariri, Omid; Taqi, M. Asif

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objective Balloon-assisted coil embolization has become an important adjunct in the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms. The management of broad-necked cerebral aneurysms is technically perplexed due to a variety of factors, which include the difficulty in defining the aneurysm-parent vessel interface angiographically and problems in achieving complete aneurysmal occlusion. This could later predispose to regrowth or recanalization. We sought to determine the safety and efficacy of the TransForm™ occlusion balloon catheter (TOBC) for the coiling of intracranial aneurysms at our institute. Methods A retrospective review was performed to identify TOBC cases between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. Results A total of 24 TOBC cases were identified. In 23 cases, the TOBC was used for balloon-remodeled coil embolization, and in 1 case, it was used for vasospasm treatment alone. Out of the total 24 cases in which the TOBC was used, 16 (66.6%) were ruptured aneurysms. Stents were used in 6/23 (26%) cases. In all cases, the balloon could be placed as intended. The inflation and deflation times ranged from 3 to 4 s. No serious complications were noted. In the experience of the authors, the balloon performed the intended role in most cases. Conclusions This series shows that the TOBC is feasible, safe and useful in the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. The balloon was traceable to the intended site and the preparation, inflation and deflation times were short. We believe that the TOBC has effective utility in treating broad-necked and small aneurysms. PMID:26279664

  11. Chronic urticaria.

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    Burrall, B. A.; Halpern, G. M.; Huntley, A. C.

    1990-01-01

    Urticaria affects 15% to 20% of the population once or more during a lifetime. Chronic urticaria is a frequent recurrent eruption over a period greater than 6 weeks; the cause remains a mystery in more than 75% of cases. Urticaria and angioedema may be produced by immunologic or nonimmunologic means. Urticarial vasculitis, contact urticaria, mastocytosis, physical urticarias, dermatographism, cholinergic urticaria, localized heat urticaria, cold urticaria, aquagenic urticaria, and vibratory angioedema all require specific evaluation and treatment. Chronic idiopathic urticaria is usually controlled by antihistamines; depending on the circadian rhythm of the eruption, sedative or nonsedative antihistamines are prescribed. Some patients will require a combination of H1 and H2 antagonists, or even parenteral corticosteroids. PMID:1970697

  12. Cognitive impairment induced by permanent bilateral common carotid occlusion exacerbates depression-related behavioral, biochemical, immunological and neuronal markers.

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    Khojasteh, Fatemeh; Nahavandi, Arezo; Mehrpouya, Sara; Homberg, Judith R; Mirzamohammadi, Solmaz; Raufi, Safoora; Soleimani, Mansoureh; Barati, Mahmood

    2015-01-30

    There is a strong link between cognitive impairment and depression, but up to date it is not clear whether cognitive impairment is 'cause' or 'consequence' of depression. Therefore, we here examined the effect of cognitive impairment induced by permanent occlusion of common carotid arteries, a model known as two-vessel occlusion (2VO), on chronic unpredictable stress (CUS)-induced depression-related markers in rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent 2VO or sham surgery. Sixty days after the surgery, the cognitive function of the rats was tested using the radial arm maze task measuring working and reference memory. Subsequently, the animals were randomly assigned to undergo 21 days of CUS or to stay non-stressed. One week after the last stressor, psychomotor retardation, a feature of depression-like behavior, was assessed using the forced swim test (FST) by measuring time spent on immobility. Plasma amino acid (glutamine, glutamate and glycine) and serum pro-inflammatory cytokine (interleukin 6) levels, and hippocampus CA1 neuronal damage were measured 24h after FST exposure. Results show that 2VO increased immobility in the FST only when rats had been exposed to CUS. In addition, 2VO surgery intensified the effect of CUS on IL-6, glutamate and glycine levels and increased CA1 hippocampal damage. In conclusion, our findings show that cognitive impairment may predispose to depression by intensifying the effect of stress on depression-related behavioral, biochemical, immunological and neuronal markers. PMID:25446000

  13. Endovascular Repair of a Type III Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Patient with Occlusion of Visceral Arteries

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    Klonaris, Chris Katsargyris, Athanasios; Giannopoulos, Athanasios; Georgopoulos, Sotiris; Tsigris, Chris; Michail, Othon; Marinos, George; Bastounis, Elias

    2007-07-15

    The successful endovascular repair of a type III thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) with the use of a tube endograft is reported. A 56-year-old male with a 6.4-cm type III TAAA, a 4.2-cm infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm, and chronic renal insufficiency presented with flank pain, nausea, acute anuria, and serum creatinine of 6.1 mg/dl. Acute occlusion of the left solitary renal artery was diagnosed and emergent recanalization with percutaneus transluminal angioplasty and stenting was performed successfully, with reversal of the serum creatinine level at 1.6 mg/dl. Further imaging studies for TAAA management revealed ostial occlusion of both the celiac artery (CA) and the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) but a hypertrophic inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) providing retrograde flow to the aforementioned vessels. This rare anatomic serendipity allowed us to repair the TAAA simply by using a two-component tube endograft without fenestrations (Zenith; William Cook, Bjaeverskov, Denmark) that covered the entire length of the aneurysm, including the CA and SMA origins, since a natural arterial bypass from the IMA to the CA and SMA already existed, affording protection from gastrointestinal ischemic complications. The patient had a fast and uneventful recovery and is currently doing well 6 months after the procedure. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the English literature of successful endovascular repair of a TAAA involving visceral arteries with the simple use of a tube endograft.

  14. TRPA1 mediates amplified sympathetic responsiveness to activation of metabolically sensitive muscle afferents in rats with femoral artery occlusion

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    Xing, Jihong; Lu, Jian; Li, Jianhua

    2015-01-01

    Autonomic responses to activation of mechanically and metabolically sensitive muscle afferent nerves during static contraction are augmented in rats with femoral artery occlusion. Moreover, metabolically sensitive transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily A, member 1 (TRPA1) has been reported to contribute to sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) and arterial blood pressure (BP) responses evoked by static muscle contraction. Thus, in the present study, we examined the mechanisms by which afferent nerves' TRPA1 plays a role in regulating amplified sympathetic responsiveness due to a restriction of blood flow directed to the hindlimb muscles. Our data show that 24–72 h of femoral artery occlusion (1) upregulates the protein levels of TRPA1 in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) tissues; (2) selectively increases expression of TRPA1 in DRG neurons supplying metabolically sensitive afferent nerves of C-fiber (group IV); and (3) enhances renal SNA and BP responses to AITC (a TRPA1 agonist) injected into the hindlimb muscles. In addition, our data demonstrate that blocking TRPA1 attenuates SNA and BP responses during muscle contraction to a greater degree in ligated rats than those responses in control rats. In contrast, blocking TRPA1 fails to attenuate SNA and BP responses during passive tendon stretch in both groups. Overall, results of this study indicate that alternations in muscle afferent nerves' TRPA1 likely contribute to enhanced sympathetically mediated autonomic responses via the metabolic component of the muscle reflex under circumstances of chronic muscle ischemia. PMID:26441669

  15. A rare cause of acute mesenteric ischemia: JAK2 positivity and chronic active hepatitis B

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    Baykan, Mehmet; Gündo?an, Kür?at; Aky?ld?z, H?z?r Yakup; Yurci, Mustafa Alper

    2014-01-01

    Short bowel syndrome occurs as a result of insufficiency in the total length of the small intestine to provide adequate supply of nutrients. Seventy-five percent of cases are due to massive intestinal resection. A 35-year-old male complaining of abdominal pain was admitted to the gastroenterology department. A CT scan was performed, showing total occlusion of the portal vein and superior mesenteric vein. During the operation, widespread edema and necrosis of the small intestine were found. The necrotic segments of the small intestine were resected. The spleen was larger than normal and, in some parts, infarcts were evident, thus asplenectomy was also performed during surgery. A second-look procedure was performed 24 hours later, and an additional 10 cm jejunal resection and anastomosis was performed. His further evaluations revealed myeloproliferative disease and chronic active hepatitis B leading to thrombosis. Essential thrombocytosis and portal vein thrombosis are common in hepatitis B infection. Patients with complaints of abdominal pain in the context of essential thrombocytosis and hepatitis B should be handled with caution as they are at risk of developing portal vein thrombosis. PMID:25931880

  16. A rare cause of acute mesenteric ischemia: JAK2 positivity and chronic active hepatitis B.

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    Baykan, Mehmet; Gündo?an, Kür?at; Aky?ld?z, H?z?r Yakup; Yurci, Mustafa Alper

    2014-01-01

    Short bowel syndrome occurs as a result of insufficiency in the total length of the small intestine to provide adequate supply of nutrients. Seventy-five percent of cases are due to massive intestinal resection. A 35-year-old male complaining of abdominal pain was admitted to the gastroenterology department. A CT scan was performed, showing total occlusion of the portal vein and superior mesenteric vein. During the operation, widespread edema and necrosis of the small intestine were found. The necrotic segments of the small intestine were resected. The spleen was larger than normal and, in some parts, infarcts were evident, thus asplenectomy was also performed during surgery. A second-look procedure was performed 24 hours later, and an additional 10 cm jejunal resection and anastomosis was performed. His further evaluations revealed myeloproliferative disease and chronic active hepatitis B leading to thrombosis. Essential thrombocytosis and portal vein thrombosis are common in hepatitis B infection. Patients with complaints of abdominal pain in the context of essential thrombocytosis and hepatitis B should be handled with caution as they are at risk of developing portal vein thrombosis. PMID:25931880

  17. Surgical Results of the Carotid Occlusion Surgery Study

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    Grubb, Robert L.; Powers, William J.; Clarke, William R.; Videen, Tom O.; Adams, Harold P.; Derdeyn, Colin P.

    2014-01-01

    Object The Carotid Occlusion Surgery Study (COSS) was conducted to determine if STA-MCA bypass, when added to best medical therapy, would reduce subsequent ipsilateral stroke in patients with complete ICA occlusion and an elevated OEF in the cerebral hemisphere distal to the carotid occlusion. A recent publication reported the methodology of COSS in detail and briefly outlined the major findings of the trial.29 The surgical results of COSS are described in detail in this report. Methods The Carotid Occlusion Surgery Study (COSS) was a parallel group, prospective, 1:1 randomized, open-label, blinded-adjudication treatment trial. Participants with angiographic confirmed complete occlusion of the ICA causing either a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke within 120 days and hemodynamic cerebral ischemia demonstrated by an increased oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) measured by positron emission tomography (PET) were randomized to either surgical or medical treatment. The surgical patients underwent a STA-MCA cortical branch anastomosis. One hundred and ninety-five patients were randomized: 97 to the surgical group and 98 to the medical group. Results In the intention-to-treat analysis, the two-year rates of the primary endpoint were 0.210 for the surgical group and 0.227 for the medical group (p=0.78, log rank). Fourteen (15%) of the 93 patients who had an STA-MCA arterial bypass had an endpoint ipsilateral hemispheric stroke in the 30 day peri-operative period, 12 within two days. The STA-MCA arterial bypass patency rate was 98% at the 30 day post-operative visit and 96% at the last follow-up examination. STA-MCA arterial bypass markedly improved, although it did not normalize, the level of elevated OEF in the symptomatic cerebral hemisphere. Five operated patients and one non-operated patient in the surgical group had an endpoint ipsilateral hemispheric stroke after the 30 day peri-operative period. No baseline characteristics or intra-operative variables were identified that permitted the identification of those who would experience a procedure related stroke. Conclusions In spite of excellent bypass graft patency and improved cerebral hemodynamics, STA-MCA anastomosis did not provide an overall benefit on ipsilateral two-year stroke recurrence, mainly due to a much better than expected stroke recurrence rate (22.7%) in the medical group in the trial, but also because of a significant peri-operative stroke rate (15%). PMID:23101451

  18. Stenosis or Occlusion of the Right Subclavian and Common Carotid Arteries Is More Common than That of the Innominate Artery in Takayasu Arteritis

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    Park, Bong Won; Park, Sang Jun; Park, Hojong; Hwang, Jae Chol; Seo, Young Woo; Cho, Hong Rae

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to introduce the phenomenon that stenosis or occlusion occurs less frequently in the innominate artery than in the right subclavian and common carotid arteries, which are not first-order branches of the aorta, in Takayasu arteritis (TA). Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and image findings of all patients who were diagnosed with TA from 2006 to 2014. Two vascular surgeons and two radiologists interpreted the images by disease character, location, and extent of occlusion based on computed tomography angiography, magnetic resonance angiography, or digital subtraction arteriography. We have also reviewed the literature on arterial involvement in TA. Results: A total of 42 patients were diagnosed with TA. The mean age was 43.9 years, and 83.3% (35/42) of the patients were women. The left subclavian artery was the most common stenosis or occlusion site (17, 40.5%) among the aortic branches. The innominate artery was a less common site (3, 7.1%) than the right subclavian artery (4, 9.5%) and the right common carotid artery (9, 21.4%). All innominate artery cases were found after endovascular procedures of the right subclavian or common carotid arteries. Conclusion: The innominate artery might develop stenosis or occlusion less frequently than the right subclavian and common carotid arteries in Korean TA patients. PMID:26719838

  19. Central retinal vein occlusion in an otherwise healthy child treated successfully with a single injection of bevacizumab.

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    Zheng, Linda; Gillies, Mark; Martin, Frank J

    2015-10-01

    We describe the case of an otherwise healthy 13-year-old boy who presented with blurred vision and deteriorating visual acuity in his left eye. Fundus examination showed left optic disk swelling, exudates, and hemorrhages. He was found to have an elevated left central retinal venous pressure to the level of arterial diastolic pressure, an elevated left central macular thickness and a prolonged disk-to-disk transit time on fluorescein angiography, which confirmed the diagnosis of unilateral central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). The child was treated with one injection of bevacizumab. He has maintained visual acuity of 6/6 for 2 years following treatment, despite persistent elevated left central venous pressure and chronic optic disk edema. PMID:26486035

  20. Risk of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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    Chuang, Ya-Wen; Yu, Mei-Ching; Lin, Cheng-Li; Yu, Tung-Min; Shu, Kuo-Hsiung; Kao, Chia-Hung

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with atherosclerosis, but the relationship between SLE and peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) remains unclear. We sought to investigate this relationship by comparing cardiovascular complications in patients with and without SLE. Data on patients from 2000 to 2011 were collected from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. The SLE cohort was frequency-matched according to age, sex, and history of diabetes mellitus (DM) with patients without SLE (control cohort). We evaluated the risk of cardiovascular complications, including hypertension, DM, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and hyperlipidemia. The study included 10,144 patients with SLE and 10,144 control patients. The incidence of PAOD was 9.39-fold higher (95% confidence interval [CI]?=?7.70–11.15) in the SLE cohort than in the non-SLE cohort. Moreover, SLE was an independent risk factor for PAOD. The adjusted risk of PAOD was highest in patients with SLE who were aged ?34 years (hazard ratio?=?47.6, 95% CI?=?26.8–84.4). The risk of PAOD was highest during the first year of follow-up and decreased over time. Patients with SLE exhibit a higher incidence and an independently higher risk of PAOD compared with the general population. The PAOD risk is markedly elevated in patients with SLE who are young and in whom the disease is at an early stage. PMID:26579830

  1. Early Experience with the Amplatzer Vascular Plug II for Occlusive Purposes in Arteriovenous Hemodialysis Access

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    Powell, Steven Narlawar, Ranjeet; Odetoyinbo, Tolulola; Littler, Peter; Oweis, Deyana; Sharma, Ajay; Bakran, Ali

    2010-02-15

    The Amplatzer Vascular Plug Type II (AVP II) has proven effective in the therapeutic embolization of various vascular lesions. It benefits from very rapid occlusion of the target lesion and can be deployed, retrieved, and redeployed if required. There is no literature available on use of the AVP II in the maintenance, closure, and management of complicated arteriovenous access in hemodialysis patients. In this series, we present our clinical experience with the use of the AVP II for embolization of problematic hemodialysis access. The AVP II is a self-expandable Nitinol wire-mesh device. Mounted on a delivery wire it has the capability to be deployed, recaptured, and redeployed. In total seven patients (four males: one diabetic, all nonsmokers), with ages ranging from 44 to 81 years (mean, 63 years), were treated between July 2008 and January 2009. One patient had not started dialysis. The remaining six patients had varied histories, with the time on hemodialysis ranging from 1 to 21 years. Retrospective review of clinical notes revealed patient demographics, type of access, device size, deployment site, and outcomes. Indications for embolization included steal syndrome (one patient), high-flow tributaries (two patients), and limb swelling (four patients). All patients had clinical and sonographical follow-up to 3 months. Surgical ligation had either failed, was considered a contraindication due to concerns regarding wound healing, or was considered difficult due to complex venous anatomy. Only one device was used in each patient, ranging from 6 to 16 mm in diameter. Immediate technical success was seen in 100%. All these patients were followed up clinically in the vascular access radiology clinic at 4 weeks and 3 months. Occlusion of the treated vessel and resolution of symptoms were reconfirmed in 100% of cases at 3 months. It was also noted whether patients were having successful dialysis, if required. There were no complications. Average procedural time was 19 min. We conclude that the AVP II is an efficient, safe, and technically simple occlusion device for use in arteriovenous access.

  2. Mechanical thrombectomy using Rotarex system and stent-in-stent placement for treatment of distal femoral artery occlusion secondary to stent fracture – a case report and literature review

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    Dys, Krzysztof; Drelichowska-Durawa, Justyna; Do?ega-Kozierowski, Bartosz; Lis, Micha?; Sokratous, Kyriakos; Iwanowski, Wojciech; Drelichowski, Stanis?aw; Witkiewicz, Wojciech

    2013-01-01

    Summary Background: Treatment of peripheral arterial diseases may be distinguished into conservative and interventional management; the latter is divided into surgical and endovascular procedures. Management of peripheral artery stenosis and occlusion with vascular stents is associated with the risk of late complications such as restenosis, stent fracture or dislocation. Case Report: A 62-year-old woman with generalized atherosclerosis, particularly extensive in lower limb arteries, was admitted to the Department of Angiology 11 months after having an endovascular procedure performed due to critical ischemia of left lower limb. Because of stent occlusion, a decision to perform angiographic examination of lower limb arteries was made. Examination revealed occlusion of the superficial femoral artery along its entire length, including previously implanted stents. Distal stent was fractured with slight dislocation of the proximal segment. A decision was made to perform mechanical thrombectomy using a Rotarex system followed by a stent-in-stent placement procedure. Follow-up angiography and ultrasound scan performed 24 hours after the procedure revealed a patent vessel with satisfactory blood flow. Discussion: Nowadays, imaging diagnostics of peripheral artery stenosis involves non-invasive examinations such as ultrasound, minimally invasive examinations such as angio-MRI and MDCT, or invasive examinations such as DSA and IVUS. DSA examinations are used to confirm significant stenosis or occlusion of a vessel, particularly when qualifying a patient for endovascular treatment. Due to their anatomic location, the superficial femoral artery and the popliteal artery are subject to various forces e.g. those exerted by the working muscles. Mechanical thrombectomy and atherectomy are efficient methods of arterial recanalization used in the treatment of acute, subacute or even chronic occlusions or stenosis of peripheral vessels. Conclusions: Frequency of angioplasty and vascular stent implantation procedures is increased in patients with peripheral arterial disease, thus increasing the incidence of reported early and late complications such as acute stent thrombosis, restenosis and stent fractures. The Rotarex transcutaneous mechanical thrombectomy system is an efficient method of treating occlusions in arterial stents. It is also safe when performed by experienced operators. PMID:24115965

  3. Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome (Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease)

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    Fan, Cathy Q.; Crawford, James M.

    2014-01-01

    Hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) is an obliterative venulitis of the terminal hepatic venules, which in its more severe forms imparts a high risk of mortality. SOS, also known as veno-occlusive disease (VOD), occurs as a result of cytoreductive therapy prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), following oxaliplatin-containing adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal carcinoma metastatic to the liver and treated by partial hepatectomy, in patients taking pyrrolizidine alkaloid-containing herbal remedies, and in other particular settings such as the autosomal recessive condition of veno-occlusive disease with immunodeficiency (VODI). A central pathogenic event is toxic destruction of hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (SEC), with sloughing and downstream occlusion of terminal hepatic venules. Contributing factors are SEC glutathione depletion, nitric oxide depletion, increased intrahepatic expression of matrix metalloproteinases and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and activation of clotting factors. The clinical presentation of SOS includes jaundice, development of right upper-quadrant pain and tender hepatomegaly, ascites, and unexplained weight gain. Owing to the potentially critical condition of these patients, transjugular biopsy may be the preferred route for liver biopsy to exclude other potential causes of liver dysfunction and to establish a diagnosis of SOS. Treatment includes rigorous fluid management so as to avoid excessive fluid overload while avoiding too rapid diuresis or pericentesis, potential use of pharmaceutics such as defibrotide, coagulolytic agents, or methylprednisolone, and liver transplantation. Proposed strategies for prevention and prophylaxis include reduced-intensity conditioning radiation for HSCT, treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid, and inclusion of bevacizumab with oxaliplatin-based chemotherapeutic regimes. While significant progress has been made in understanding the pathogenesis of SOS and in mitigating against its adverse outcomes, this condition remains a serious complication of a selective group of medical treatments. PMID:25755580

  4. Robust Lane Sensing and Departure Warning under Shadows and Occlusions

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    Tapia-Espinoza, Rodolfo; Torres-Torriti, Miguel

    2013-01-01

    A prerequisite for any system that enhances drivers' awareness of road conditions and threatening situations is the correct sensing of the road geometry and the vehicle's relative pose with respect to the lane despite shadows and occlusions. In this paper we propose an approach for lane segmentation and tracking that is robust to varying shadows and occlusions. The approach involves color-based clustering, the use of MSAC for outlier removal and curvature estimation, and also the tracking of lane boundaries. Lane boundaries are modeled as planar curves residing in 3D-space using an inverse perspective mapping, instead of the traditional tracking of lanes in the image space, i.e., the segmented lane boundary points are 3D points in a coordinate frame fixed to the vehicle that have a depth component and belong to a plane tangent to the vehicle's wheels, rather than 2D points in the image space without depth information. The measurement noise and disturbances due to vehicle vibrations are reduced using an extended Kalman filter that involves a 6-DOF motion model for the vehicle, as well as measurements about the road's banking and slope angles. Additional contributions of the paper include: (i) the comparison of textural features obtained from a bank of Gabor filters and from a GMRF model; and (ii) the experimental validation of the quadratic and cubic approximations to the clothoid model for the lane boundaries. The results show that the proposed approach performs better than the traditional gradient-based approach under different levels of difficulty caused by shadows and occlusions. PMID:23478598

  5. [Prevalence of normal occlusion traits in deciduous dentition].

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    Ferreira, R I; Barreira, A K; Soares, C D; Alves, A C

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this research was to study the normal occlusal patterns of deciduous dentition in Brazilian preschool children. The sample consisted of 356 preschool children, of both genders, aged 3-5 1/2 years from the urban zone of Salvador, Bahia. The occlusion exam was carried out by two examiners, in the classroom, utilizing a wooden spatula. The data were analyzed by the statistical program EPI-INFO 6.02 using the Chi-squared test. The frequency of the type I arch was 43.3% for the upper and 46.3% for the lower arch. The frequency of the type II arch was 56.7% for the upper and 53.75 for the lower arch, however, no difference between genders was noticed. The distribution of primate spaces was: 89.9% for the upper and 67.1% for the lower arch. This prevalence decreased significantly as age increased (p < 0.01). Normal canine relationship was found in almost 60% of the children for the right and left sides. Out of 712 evaluated terminal planes, 55.9% presented mesial terminal step for the primary second molars, 37.9% straight terminal plane and 6.2% distal step. The results permitted to conclude that the presence of generalized spacing between incisors, commonly described by other authors, was not the most prevailing condition for both arches in this sample. On the other hand, primate spaces were the most common ones. The most frequent normal occlusal patterns for canine and molar relationships were found to be the Class I patterns. PMID:11705312

  6. Measurement of canal occlusion during the thoracolumbar burst fracture process.

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    Wilcox, R K; Boerger, T O; Hall, R M; Barton, D C; Limb, D; Dickson, R A

    2002-03-01

    Post-injury CT scans are often used following burst fracture trauma as an indication for decompressive surgery. Literature suggests, however, that there is little correlation between the observed fragment position and the level of neurological injury or recovery. Several studies have aimed to establish the processes that occur during the fracture using indirect methods such as pressure measurements and pre/post impact CT scans. The purpose of this study was to develop a direct method of measuring spinal canal occlusion during a simulated burst fracture by using a high-speed video technique. The fractures were produced by dropping a mass from a measured height onto three-vertebra bovine specimens in a custom-built rig. The specimens were constrained to deform only in the impact direction such that pure compression fractures were generated. The spinal cord was removed prior to testing and the video system set up to film the inside of the spinal canal during the impact. A second camera was used to film the outside of the specimen to observe possible buckling during impact. The video images were analysed to determine how the cross-sectional area of the spinal canal changed during the event. The images clearly showed a fragment of bone being projected from the vertebral body into the spinal canal and recoiling to the final resting position. To validate the results, CT scans were taken pre- and post-impact and the percentage canal occlusion was calculated. There was good agreement between the final canal occlusion measured from the video images and the CT scans. PMID:11858815

  7. CAPILLARY NETWORK ANOMALIES IN BRANCH RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION ON OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY

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    Savastano, Maria Cristina; Lumbroso, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To analyze the foveal microvasculature features in eyes with branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) using optical coherence tomography angiography based on split spectrum amplitude decorrelation angiography technology. Methods: A total of 10 BRVO eyes (mean age 64.2 ± 8.02 range between 52 years and 76 years) were evaluated by optical coherence tomography angiography (XR-Avanti; Optovue). The macular angiography scan protocol covered a 3 mm × 3 mm area. The focus of angiography analysis were two retinal layers: superficial vascular network and deep vascular network. The following vascular morphological congestion parameters were assessed in the vein occlusion area in both the superficial and deep networks: foveal avascular zone enlargement, capillary non-perfusion occurrence, microvascular abnormalities appearance, and vascular congestion signs. Image analyses were performed by 2 masked observers and interobserver agreement of image analyses was 0.90 (? = 0.225, P < 0.01). Results: In both superficial and deep network of BRVO, a decrease in capillary density with foveal avascular zone enlargement, capillary non-perfusion occurrence, and microvascular abnormalities appearance was observed (P < 0.01). The deep network showed the main vascular congestion at the boundary between healthy and nonperfused retina. Conclusion: Optical coherence tomography angiography in BRVO allows to detect foveal avascular zone enlargement, capillary nonperfusion, microvascular abnormalities, and vascular congestion signs both in the superficial and deep capillary network in all eyes. Optical coherence tomography angiography technology is a potential clinical tool for BRVO diagnosis and follow-up, providing stratigraphic vascular details that have not been previously observed by standard fluorescein angiography. The normal retinal vascular nets and areas of nonperfusion and congestion can be identified at various retinal levels. Optical coherence tomography angiography provides noninvasive images of the retinal capillaries and vascular networks. PMID:26502008

  8. [Retinal vein occlusion : Epidemiology, classification and clinical findings].

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    Feltgen, N; Pielen, A

    2015-07-01

    Since the introduction of intravitreal operative medication injections (IVOM), the therapy of retinal vein occlusion (RVO) has permanently changed. The growing acceptance of IVOM is undoubtedly due to the generally positive outcome after RVO. During the pharmaceutical trials required to obtain medication approval, extensive data were collected on the spontaneous course of the disease and the risk factors responsible for the disease. As RVO is a complication of systemic or local risk factors, these data are also useful for the therapy of the underlying risk factors. In this article the currently available data are presented and evaluated to provide the reader with key guidelines to diagnose and treat this complex syndrome. PMID:26162973

  9. Branch retinal artery occlusion associated with congenital retinal macrovessel.

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    Goel, Neha; Kumar, Vinod; Seth, Anisha; Ghosh, Basudeb

    2014-05-01

    A congenital retinal macrovessel (CRM) is a large retinal vessel, usually a vein, which traverses through the central macula and has large tributaries extending on both sides of the horizontal raphe. In the majority of cases, CRM have no effect on visual acuity, although in rare cases, macular hemorrhage, foveolar cysts, serous macular detachment, and the presence of the anomalous vessel in the foveola can affect vision. We describe a case of CRM with decreased vision secondary to a branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO). To the best of our knowledge, this association has not been reported previously. PMID:25136239

  10. Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome Presenting as Bilateral Central Retinal Artery Occlusions

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    Saraf, Steven S.; Patel, Yogin P.; Desai, Ankit; Desai, Uday R.

    2015-01-01

    A previously healthy 22-year-old African American woman presented with bilateral vision loss associated with headache. Her ocular examination was significant for bilateral retinal arterial “boxcarring,” retinal whitening, retinal hemorrhages, and cherry red spots. She was diagnosed with bilateral central retinal artery occlusions and was hospitalized due to concomitant diagnosis of stroke and hypercoagulable state. She was also found to be in heart failure and kidney failure. Rheumatology was consulted and she was diagnosed with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome in association with systemic lupus erythematosus. Approximately 7 months after presentation, the patient's vision improved and remained stable at 20/200 and 20/80. PMID:25722904

  11. Splenic arteriovenous fistula: successful treatment with an Amplatz occlusion device.

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    Moghaddam, Mahsa Bidgoli; Kalra, Manju; Bjarnason, Haraldur; Vrtiska, T J

    2011-05-01

    Splenic artery and vein aneurysm with splenic arteriovenous fistula (SAVF) is a rare entity. We report the case of a 72-year-old woman who presented with signs and symptoms of portal hypertension after a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. The diagnosis of a 37-mm SAVF was confirmed by a computed tomographic angiogram. The arteriovenous fistula was successfully treated with placement of a 20-mm Amplatz occlusion device. Surgical ligation and percutaneous embolization have been reported to be equally successful in managing SAVF. We present a review of the literature and report on a novel approach to this rare and challenging diagnosis. PMID:21549928

  12. Dermatomyositis-Related Nonischemic Central Retinal Vein Occlusion.

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    Wang, Yvonne; Morgan, Michael L; Espino Barros Palau, Angelina; Lee, Andrew G; Foroozan, Rod

    2015-09-01

    A 25-year-old woman with dermatomyositis suffered a right central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) with visual acuity of 20/40. Examination of the right eye showed vitreous cells, suggesting inflammation of the central retinal vein leading to a CRVO as the presumed mechanism. She was admitted to hospital, and extensive evaluation was negative. She was maintained on corticosteroids to manage her dermatomyositis. One month later, she had macular edema and elevated intraocular pressure. Both resolved with dorzolamide, timolol, and intravitreal bevacizumab, and vision returned to 20/20 in the right eye. PMID:25815857

  13. Relationship Between Occlusal Plane and Three Levels of Ala Tragus line in Dentulous and Partially Dentulous Patients in Different Age Groups: A Pilot Study

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    Shaikh, Saquib Ahmed; K, Lekha

    2015-01-01

    Statement of problem: Correct orientation of the occlusal plane plays a vital role in achieving optimal aesthetics, occlusal balance and function of complete dentures. The use of ala tragus line for determination of occlusal plane has been a topic of debate over past many years. Also, the effect of age on level of ala tragal line has not been investigated in the past. Purpose: To determine the effect of age on location of Ala-Tragus line. Materials and Methods: A total of 180 patients (90 males and 90 females) were selected with complete dentition and were grouped according to their age in three age groups with 60 subjects in each age group (Group A: 20-35 y, Group B: 36-50 y, Group C: 51-65 y). Right lateral profile photographs were taken with subjects having fox plane placed intraorally parallel to occlusal plane. Reference points corresponding to inferior border, middle or superior border of tragus and inferior border of ala of nose were marked on photographs. These were joined to get three different levels of Ala-Tragus line. Images were analysed photometrically and most parallel relationship was determined in between arms of fox plane (that represented the occlusal plane) and three different levels of ala tragus line. Data obtained was subjected to statistical analysis using Pearson chi-square and Likelihood-ratio chi-square test. Results: Significant correlation was found between age and level of Ala-Tragus line. The occlusal plane was found to be more parallel to Ala-tragus line when inferior border of tragus was considered as posterior reference point in young adult age group (20-35 y). In older age groups, occlusal plane was found to be more parallel to Ala-tragus line when middle of tragus was considered as posterior reference point. Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that a definite relationship exists in between age and level of ala tragus line. PMID:25859523

  14. Mechanical occlusion of the patent ductus arteriosus with Jackson coils.

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    El Sisi, A; Tofeig, M; Arnold, R; Peart, I; Kitchiner, D J; Bu'Lock, F A; Walsh, K P

    2001-01-01

    The effectiveness and safety of a protocol for transcatheter patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure was assessed. Our goal is complete mechanical occlusion of the PDA in the catheterization laboratory by adding coils until it is no longer possible to cross the PDA with a guidewire. Detachable coil closure of a PDA with a narrowest diameter of 2.4 +/- 0.1 mm was attempted in 83 patients with a median age of 2.8 years (0.7 to 27.8 years) and whose median weight was 14.5 kg (6 to 61.6 kg). Coils were successfully implanted in 82 of 83 patients, and in 1 patient a large Rashkind double umbrella was used instead. Complete closure was obtained in 80 (97.6%) patients, 48 of those (59%) received more than one coil. Reintervention for residual shunting was required in only 1 patient and another patient has a trivial residual shunt. Device embolization occurred in three cases. Despite the use of multiple coils there was no evidence of significant left pulmonary artery stenosis. The fluoroscopy time increased from 14.0 +/- 2.0 minutes for a single coil to 25.3 +/- 2.9 minutes for multiple coils (p < 0.01). Attempting to obtain complete mechanical occlusion of the PDA during the implant procedure by adding extra coils reduces the need for reintervention for residual or recurrent shunting. PMID:11123123

  15. Trimeric HIV Env provides epitope occlusion mediated by hypervariable loops

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    Moscoso, Carlos G.; Xing, Li; Hui, Jinwen; Hu, Jeffrey; Kalkhoran, Mohammad Baikoghli; Yenigun, Onur M.; Sun, Yide; Paavolainen, Lassi; Martin, Loïc; Vahlne, Anders; Zambonelli, Carlo; Barnett, Susan W.; Srivastava, Indresh K.; Cheng, R. Holland

    2014-01-01

    Hypervariable loops of HIV-1 Env protein gp120 are speculated to play roles in the conformational transition of Env to the receptor binding-induced metastable state. Structural analysis of full-length Env-based immunogens, containing the entire V2 loop, displayed tighter association between gp120 subunits, resulting in a smaller trimeric diameter than constructs lacking V2. A prominent basal quaternary location of V2 and V3? that challenges previous reports would facilitate gp41-independent gp120-gp120 interactions and suggests a quaternary mechanism of epitope occlusion facilitated by hypervariable loops. Deletion of V2 resulted in dramatic exposure of basal, membrane-proximal gp41 epitopes, consistent with its predicted basal location. The structural features of HIV-1 Env characterized here provide grounds for a paradigm shift in loop exposure and epitope occlusion, while providing substantive rationale for epitope display required for elicitation of broadly neutralizing antibodies, as well as substantiating previous pertinent literature disregarded in recent reports. PMID:25395053

  16. Low-Dose Total Body Irradiation and Donor Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant Followed by Donor Lymphocyte Infusion in Treating Patients With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, or Multiple Myeloma

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    2015-10-30

    Adult Nasal Type Extranodal NK/T-cell Lymphoma; Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma; Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma; Cutaneous B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Extranodal Marginal Zone B-cell Lymphoma of Mucosa-associated Lymphoid Tissue; Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma; Intraocular Lymphoma; Nodal Marginal Zone B-cell Lymphoma; Noncutaneous Extranodal Lymphoma; Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Recurrent Adult Burkitt Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Diffuse Mixed Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Diffuse Small Cleaved Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Grade III Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis; Recurrent Adult Immunoblastic Large Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult Lymphoblastic Lymphoma; Recurrent Adult T-cell Leukemia/Lymphoma; Recurrent Cutaneous T-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Recurrent Grade 1 Follicular Lymphoma; Recurrent Grade 2 Follicular Lymphoma; Recurrent Grade 3 Follicular Lymphoma; Recurrent Mantle Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Marginal Zone Lymphoma; Recurrent Mycosis Fungoides/Sezary Syndrome; Recurrent Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma; Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; Refractory Hairy Cell Leukemia; Refractory Multiple Myeloma; Small Intestine Lymphoma; Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma; Stage II Multiple Myeloma; Stage III Multiple Myeloma; Testicular Lymphoma; Waldenström Macroglobulinemia

  17. Visual Perception Involves Event-Type Representations: The Case of Containment Versus Occlusion

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    Scholl, Brian

    height in containment events but not occlusion events). We tested whether this aspect of infant cognition in ongoing dynamic displays that depicted repeating occlusion or containment events. Mirroring some pattern of light as an animal or a vehicle) and object tokens (e.g., seeing a particular animal

  18. Robust face landmark estimation under occlusion Xavier P. Burgos-Artizzu Pietro Perona Piotr Dollar

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    Perona, Pietro

    Robust face landmark estimation under occlusion Xavier P. Burgos-Artizzu Pietro Perona Piotr Doll@microsoft.com Abstract Human faces captured in real-world conditions present large variations in shape and occlusions due registration of a (deformable, part-based) model to the im- age. The shape of human bodies and human faces has

  19. Extratropical cyclone occlusion Journal: McGraw Hill 2008 Yearbook of Science & Technology

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    Martin, Jonathan E.

    ForReview Extratropical cyclone occlusion Journal: McGraw Hill 2008 Yearbook of Science & Technology Manuscript ID: draft Manuscript Type: Yearbook Article Date Submitted by the Author: n/a Complete occlusion process on the development of a subset of tropical cyclones. http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/yearbook

  20. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption. 180.1148 Section 180.1148 Protection of Environment... RESIDUES IN FOOD Exemptions From Tolerances § 180.1148 Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia... of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia...

  1. Foreground and Shadow Occlusion Handling for Outdoor Augmented Boun Vinh Lu

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    Tokyo, University of

    Foreground and Shadow Occlusion Handling for Outdoor Augmented Reality Boun Vinh Lu The University frame in Asuka sequences and its corresponding result. ABSTRACT Occlusion handling in augmented reality in the television broadcasting industry, the augmented contexts are sim- ple. Furthermore, the illumination

  2. Integrating Context and Occlusion for Car Detection by Hierarchical And-Or Model

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    Zhu, Song Chun

    -nodes grounding symbols (i.e., objects and parts) to image data. i) The root Or-node represents different N-carIntegrating Context and Occlusion for Car Detection by Hierarchical And-Or Model Bo Li, , Tianfu Wu context and occlusion for car detec- tion. The And-Or model represents the regularities of car-to-car

  3. Analgesia Evaluation of 2 NSAID Drugs as Adjuvant in Management of Chronic Temporomandibular Disorders

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    Kurita Varoli, Fernando; Sucena Pita, Murillo; Sato, Sandra; Issa, João Paulo Mardegan; do Nascimento, Cássio

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this triple-blind full-randomized clinical trial was to quantify analgesia in masticatory muscles and temporomandibular joints after occlusal splint therapy associated with the adjuvant administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) isolated or associated with other therapeutic agents. Pain relief was also recorded. Eighteen volunteers who had been suffering from chronic pain in masticatory muscles due to temporomandibular disorders were selected after anamnesis and assessment using RDC/TMD translated to Portuguese. The 3 proposed treatments were NSAID (sodium diclofenac), panacea (sodium diclofenac + carisoprodol + acetaminophen + caffeine), and a placebo. The total treatment duration was 10 days, preceded and succeeded by patients' pain assessment. A washout interval of 11 days was established between each therapy. All participants received all treatments in different moments, in a full randomized crossover methodology. The assessment of drug therapies was performed using visual analogue scale for pain on palpation followed by 11-point numerical scale to quantify pain during treatment. Statistical analysis has shown that, after 10 days of treatment, all therapies were effective for pain relief. NSAID therapy promoted analgesia on the third day, while placebo only promoted analgesia in the eighth day. It has been concluded that sodium diclofenac used as splint adjuvant therapy, promotes significant analgesia in a shorter time. PMID:25874243

  4. Carotid endarterectomy in an awake patient with contralateral carotid occlusion: influence of selective shunting.

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    Locati, P; Socrate, A M; Lanza, G; Tori, A; Costantini, S

    2000-09-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine whether the presence of a contralateral carotid occlusion increases risk and whether the perioperative results are influenced by a systematic or selective policy of shunting during carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in an awake patient. In a retrospective study we compared patients with and without contralateral carotid occlusion (group I, n = 198 - group II, n = 1068) who required CEA. In 77 patients of group I, a shunt was systematically adopted (subgroup A); in the other 121 patients (subgroup B) and in all patients of group II a selective shunting policy was adopted. The risk for the patients with contralateral carotid occlusion was not significantly higher than that for patients without occlusion. Results were not influenced by systematic/selective shunting policy, and the incidence of signs of cerebral ischemia was higher in patients with contralateral carotid occlusion. PMID:10990554

  5. Early Venous Occlusion Detection in a Free Flap Using Real-time Laser Doppler Imaging

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    Alkhashnam, Héba; Sarfati, Benjamin; Kolb, Frédéric

    2013-01-01

    Summary: Early detection of venous occlusion in free flaps is particularly difficult to identify, and its duration is known to be directly proportional to flap mortality. Here, we report a case of deep inferior epigastric perforator based breast reconstruction in which the intraoperative use of a perfusion camera enabled identifying a venous occlusion based on microcirculatory pulsation dynamics in real time. The sensitivity of our proposed method suggests that in certain cases in which the onset of venous occlusion begins in the operating room we can detect and treat occlusion before sending the patient to recovery. Further development of this technique will allow for earlier and more objective decision making with regard to venous occlusion detection in free tissue transfer. PMID:25289200

  6. Visual perception involves event-type representations: The case of containment versus occlusion.

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    Strickland, Brent; Scholl, Brian J

    2015-06-01

    Recent infant cognition research suggests that core knowledge involves event-type representations: During perception, the mind automatically categorizes physical events into broad types (e.g., occlusion and containment), which then guide attention to different properties (e.g., with width processed at a younger age than height in containment events but not occlusion events). We tested whether this aspect of infant cognition also structures adults' visual processing. In 6 experiments, adults had to detect occasional changes in ongoing dynamic displays that depicted repeating occlusion or containment events. Mirroring the developmental progression, change detection was better for width versus height changes in containment events, but no such difference was found for otherwise equivalent occlusion events, even though most observers were not even aware of the subtle occlusion-containment difference. These results suggest for the first time that event-type representations exist and operate automatically and unconsciously as part of the underlying currency of adult visual cognition. PMID:25867222

  7. A Microarray Study of Middle Cerebral Occlusion Rat Brain with Acupuncture Intervention

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    Zhang, Chao; Wen, Yan; Fan, Xiaonong; Yang, Sha; Tian, Guang; Zhou, Xueyi; Chen, Yaqiong; Meng, Zhihong

    2015-01-01

    Microarray analysis was used to investigate the changes of gene expression of ischemic stroke and acupuncture intervention in middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) rat brain. Results showed that acupuncture intervention had a remarkable improvement in neural deficit score, cerebral blood flow, and cerebral infarction volume of MCAo rats. Microarray analysis showed that a total of 627 different expression genes were regulated in ischemic stroke. 417 genes were upregulated and 210 genes were downregulated. A total of 361 different expression genes were regulated after acupuncture intervention. Three genes were upregulated and 358 genes were downregulated. The expression of novel genes after acupuncture intervention, including Tph1 and Olr883, was further analyzed by Real-Time Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Upregulation of Tph1 and downregulation of Olr883 indicated that the therapeutic effect of acupuncture for ischemic stroke may be closely related to the suppression of poststroke depression and regulation of olfactory transduction. In conclusion, the present study may enrich our understanding of the multiple pathological process of ischemic brain injury and indicate possible mechanisms of acupuncture on ischemic stroke. PMID:25861363

  8. Consecutive Macular Edema and Visual Outcome in Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion

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    Baek, Sung Uk; Kwon, Soon Il; Park, In Won; Choi, Kyung Jun

    2014-01-01

    Purposes. The study introduced the concept of “consecutive macular edema” and evaluated the validity of visual outcome in macular edema (ME) secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). Methods. Patients were categorized into the gainer group and the nongainer group according to the final visual acuity. We analyzed clinical characteristics involving total and consecutive duration of ME between the two groups. Results. Among the total 71 eyes of 71 patients, intravitreal bevacizumab injection (26 patients), triamcinolone (21), and natural course (33) were enrolled. The consecutive duration of ME was shorter in the gainer group than in the nongainer group (3.33 ± 1.50 and 5.24 ± 2.39 months; P = 0.000). After exclusion of macular ischemia, consecutive duration of ME in gainer group was also significantly shorter than in nongainer group (3.62 ± 1.60 and 6.11 ± 4.20 months; P = 0.010). Conclusions. The duration of ME in the nongainer group was longer than in the gainer group. In particular, the consecutive duration was an important factor in determining the final visual outcome. Clinical Trial Registration. Approval by Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee was obtained for this retrospective study. PMID:24967098

  9. Blood flow and oxygen consumption with near-infrared spectroscopy and venous occlusion: spatial maps and the effect of time and pressure of inflation

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    Casavola, Claudia; Paunescu, Lelia A.; Fantini, Sergio; Gratton, Enrico

    2000-07-01

    We have measured the local blood flow (BF) and oxygen consumption (OC) in the human calf muscle using near- infrared spectroscopy during venous occlusion. Venous occlusion was achieved by inflating a pneumatic cuff around the thigh of the subject. We have investigated the influence of the inflation time and cuff pressure on the recovered values of BF and OC. We have found that if the cuff pressure is increased from a threshold pressure (approximately 30 mm Hg) to a critical pressure (approximately 45 mm Hg) in less than about 6 s, one measures the same values of BF and OC independent of the total inflation time and final cuff pressure. We also report nine-pixel spatial maps of BF and OC to show that this technique can lead to spatially resolved measurements of blood flow and oxygen consumption in tissues.

  10. Chronic Pancreatitis

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    DiMagno, Matthew J.; DiMagno, Eugene P.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of review We review important new clinical observations in chronic pancreatitis (CP) made in the past year. Recent findings Tropical pancreatitis associates with SPINK1 and/or CFTR gene mutations in approximately 50% of patients, similar to the frequency in idiopathic CP. Corticosteroids increase secretin-stimulated pancreatic bicarbonate concentrations in AIP by restoring mislocalized CFTR protein to the apical ductal membrane. Most patients with asymptomatic hyperenzymemia have pancreatic lesions of unclear significance or no pancreatic lesions. Common pitfalls in the use of diagnostic tests for EPI confound interpretation of findings in IBS and severe renal insufficiency. Further study is needed to improve the accuracy of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) to diagnose CP. Celiac plexus block provides short term pain relief in a subset of patients. Summary Results of this year’s investigations further elucidated the genetic associations of tropical pancreatitis, a reversible mislocalization of ductal CFTR in AIP, the association of asymptomatic pancreatic hyperenzymemia with pancreatic disorders, limitations of diagnostic tests for EPI, diagnosis of CP by EUS and endoscopic pancreatic function testing and treatment of pain. PMID:21844753

  11. Scoliosis and dental occlusion: a review of the literature

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    2011-01-01

    Background Idiopathic scoliosis is a deformity without clear etiology. It is unclear wether there is an association between malocclusion and scoliosis. Several types of occlusion were described in subjects with scoliosis, mostly case-reports. Objectives The aim of this review was to evaluate the type of occluslins more prevalent in subjects with scoliosis Search strategy All randomised and controlled clinical trials identified from the Cochrane Oral Health Group Trials Register, a MEDLINE search using the Mesh term scoliosis, malocclusion, and relevant free text words, and the bibliographies of papers and review articles which reported the outcome of orthodontic treatment in subjects with scoliosis that were published as abstracts or papers between 1970 and 2010. Selection criteria All randomised and controlled clinical trials published as full papers or abstracts which reported quantitative data on the outcomes malocclusion in subjects with scoliosis. Data collection and analysis Data were extracted without blinding to the authors, age of patients or type of occlusion. Main results Using the search strategy eleven observational longitudinal studies were identified. No randomized clinical trials were recorded. Twenty-three cross-sectional studies were recorderd, and the others studies were reviews, editorials, case-reports, or opinions. The clinical trials were often not controlled and were about the cephalometric evaluation after treatment with the modified Milwuakee brace, followed by the orthodontic treatment of the class II relationship with a functional appliance. Clinical trials also included the study of the associations between scoliosis and unilateral crossbite, in children with asymmetry of the upper cervical spine. This association was also investigated in rats, pigs and rabbits in clinical trials. The other associations between scoliosis and occlusion seems to be based only on cross-sectional studies, case-reports, opinions. Authors' conclusions Based on selected studies, this review concludes that there is plausible evidence for an increased prevalence of unilateral Angle Class II malocclusions associated with scoliosis, and an increased risk of lateral crossbite, midline deviation in children affected by scoliosis. Also, documentation of associations between reduced range of lateral movements and scoliosis seem convincing. Data are also mentioned about the association between plagiocephaly and scoliosis. PMID:21801357

  12. Successful endovascular treatment of severe chronic mesenteric ischemia by concurrent triple-vessel mesenteric artery revascularization.

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    Joseph, George; Agarwal, Sunil

    2015-01-01

    A 52-year-old man presenting with severely symptomatic chronic mesenteric ischemia had proximal occlusion of the celiac and superior mesenteric arteries and critical stenosis of the inferior mesenteric artery ostium. Concurrent percutaneous revascularization with stenting of all three mesenteric arteries was successfully achieved using techniques tailored to each lesion. Complete clinical recovery was observed at the six-month post-procedure follow-up. PMID:26071295

  13. Total Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation

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    Bellin, Melena D.; Gelrud, Andres; Arreaza-Rubin, Guillermo; Dunn, Ty B.; Humar, Abhinav; Morgan, Katherine A.; Naziruddin, Bashoo; Rastellini, Cristiana; Rickels, Michael R.; Schwarzenberg, Sarah J.; Andersen, Dana K.

    2015-01-01

    A workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases focused on research gaps and opportunities in total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) for the management of chronic pancreatitis. The session was held on July 23, 2014 and structured into 5 sessions: (1) patient selection, indications, and timing; (2) technical aspects of TPIAT; (3) improving success of islet autotransplantation; (4) improving outcomes after total pancreatectomy; and (5) registry considerations for TPIAT. The current state of knowledge was reviewed; knowledge gaps and research needs were specifically highlighted. Common themes included the need to identify which patients best benefit from and when to intervene with TPIAT, current limitations of the surgical procedure, diabetes remission and the potential for improvement, opportunities to better address pain remission, GI complications in this population, and unique features of children with chronic pancreatitis considered for TPIAT. The need for a multicenter patient registry that specifically addresses the complexities of chronic pancreatitis and total pancreatectomy outcomes and postsurgical diabetes outcomes was repeatedly emphasized. PMID:25599324

  14. Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Vascular Ischemic (Occlusive) Diseases: An Overview

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    2007-01-01

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is primarily considered to be an autoimmune pathological condition that is also referred to as "Hughes syndrome". It is characterized by arterial and/or venous thrombosis and pregnancy pathologies in the presence of anticardiolipin antibodies and/or lupus anticoagulant. APS can occur either as a primary disease or secondary to a connective tissue disorder, most frequently systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Damage to the nervous system is one of the most prominent clinical constellations of sequelae in APS and includes (i) arterial/venous thrombotic events, (ii) psychiatric features and (iii) other non-thrombotic neurological syndromes. In this overview we compare the most important vascular ischemic (occlusive) disturbances (VIOD) with neuro-psychiatric symptomatics, together with complete, updated classifications and hypotheses for the etio-pathogenesis of APS with underlying clinical and laboratory criteria for optimal diagnosis and disease management. PMID:18159581

  15. Ischaemia-reperfusion injury in central retinal artery occlusion

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    Saxena, Sandeep; Mishra, Nibha; Meyer, Carsten H; Akduman, Levent

    2013-01-01

    A 53-year-old man presented with sudden painless diminution of vision in his right eye for 3?days. His fundus examination showed diffuse whitening of the retina with a cherry red spot at the fovea with cilioretinal artery sparing. On fluorescein angiography delayed arteriovenous transit was observed. Three-dimensional spectral domain optical coherence tomography was used to assess retinal nerve fibre layer thickness and average macular central subfield thickness on days 3, 7, 30 and 90. Marked retinal oedema due to ischaemia was observed on day 3 of occurrence of central retinal artery occlusion. On day 7, significant decrease in retinal nerve fibre thickness and macular thickness was noted suggestive of acute reperfusion injury. Retinal nerve fibre layer thickness and macular thickness returned to near normal on day 30 due to restoration of blood supply with wash out of stress mediators. Retinal atrophy was observed on day 90. PMID:24145508

  16. Ischaemia-reperfusion injury in central retinal artery occlusion.

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    Saxena, Sandeep; Mishra, Nibha; Meyer, Carsten H; Akduman, Levent

    2013-01-01

    A 53-year-old man presented with sudden painless diminution of vision in his right eye for 3 days. His fundus examination showed diffuse whitening of the retina with a cherry red spot at the fovea with cilioretinal artery sparing. On fluorescein angiography delayed arteriovenous transit was observed. Three-dimensional spectral domain optical coherence tomography was used to assess retinal nerve fibre layer thickness and average macular central subfield thickness on days 3, 7, 30 and 90. Marked retinal oedema due to ischaemia was observed on day 3 of occurrence of central retinal artery occlusion. On day 7, significant decrease in retinal nerve fibre thickness and macular thickness was noted suggestive of acute reperfusion injury. Retinal nerve fibre layer thickness and macular thickness returned to near normal on day 30 due to restoration of blood supply with wash out of stress mediators. Retinal atrophy was observed on day 90. PMID:24145508

  17. Pedestrian Counting with Occlusion Handling Using Stereo Thermal Cameras.

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    Kristoffersen, Miklas S; Dueholm, Jacob V; Gade, Rikke; Moeslund, Thomas B

    2016-01-01

    The number of pedestrians walking the streets or gathered in public spaces is a valuable piece of information for shop owners, city governments, event organizers and many others. However, automatic counting that takes place day and night is challenging due to changing lighting conditions and the complexity of scenes with many people occluding one another. To address these challenges, this paper introduces the use of a stereo thermal camera setup for pedestrian counting. We investigate the reconstruction of 3D points in a pedestrian street with two thermal cameras and propose an algorithm for pedestrian counting based on clustering and tracking of the 3D point clouds. The method is tested on two five-minute video sequences captured at a public event with a moderate density of pedestrians and heavy occlusions. The counting performance is compared to the manually annotated ground truth and shows success rates of 95.4% and 99.1% for the two sequences. PMID:26742047

  18. Sarcopenia: An emphasis on occlusion training and dietary protein.

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    Loenneke, J P; Pujol, T J

    2011-04-01

    Demographics reveal that the world's population aged 60 years and older will triple from 600 million in 2000 to more 2 billion by the year 2050. To remain independent and healthy, an important factor to consider is the maintenance of skeletal muscle, as the elderly seem to become prone to a progressive loss of skeletal muscle with aging, termed sarcopenia. Interventions should focus on resistance training and optimal nutrition. Low intensity occlusion training may provide a mode of resistance training more applicable to the elderly, due to the lower loads used. Furthermore, an emphasis must be placed on high quality protein adequately distributed throughout the day to maximize protein synthesis. The use of drug therapy may be of some benefit, but it appears exercise and diet likely plays a more prominent role in the preservation of muscle mass and strength than administration of synthetic hormones. PMID:22110294

  19. Different Imaging Strategies in Patients With Possible Basilar Artery Occlusion

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    Beyer, Sebastian E.; Hunink, Myriam G.; Schöberl, Florian; von Baumgarten, Louisa; Petersen, Steffen E.; Dichgans, Martin; Janssen, Hendrik; Ertl-Wagner, Birgit; Reiser, Maximilian F.

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose— This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of different noninvasive imaging strategies in patients with possible basilar artery occlusion. Methods— A Markov decision analytic model was used to evaluate long-term outcomes resulting from strategies using computed tomographic angiography (CTA), magnetic resonance imaging, nonenhanced CT, or duplex ultrasound with intravenous (IV) thrombolysis being administered after positive findings. The analysis was performed from the societal perspective based on US recommendations. Input parameters were derived from the literature. Costs were obtained from United States costing sources and published literature. Outcomes were lifetime costs, quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), incremental cost-effectiveness ratios, and net monetary benefits, with a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000 per QALY. The strategy with the highest net monetary benefit was considered the most cost-effective. Extensive deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed to explore the effect of varying parameter values. Results— In the reference case analysis, CTA dominated all other imaging strategies. CTA yielded 0.02 QALYs more than magnetic resonance imaging and 0.04 QALYs more than duplex ultrasound followed by CTA. At a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000 per QALY, CTA yielded the highest net monetary benefits. The probability that CTA is cost-effective was 96% at a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000/QALY. Sensitivity analyses showed that duplex ultrasound was cost-effective only for a prior probability of ?0.02 and that these results were only minimally influenced by duplex ultrasound sensitivity and specificity. Nonenhanced CT and magnetic resonance imaging never became the most cost-effective strategy. Conclusions— Our results suggest that CTA in patients with possible basilar artery occlusion is cost-effective. PMID:26022634

  20. Visual working memory for multiple moving objects in occlusion.

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    Kibbe, Melissa

    2015-09-01

    Visual working memory (VWM) capacity is typically assessed using tasks in which participants must remember two-dimensional arrays of items that blink in and out of existence. These studies have found VWM limits of around 3-4 items. In the physical world, however, VWM may be required to maintain representations of multiple three-dimensional objects as they move in and out of occlusion. This may put different demands on VWM, requiring more attentional resources than stationary 2D items. In the current experiment, we explored participants' VWM for objects that moved into occlusion. Twenty-four participants viewed 3-D rendered displays in which sets of differently oriented bars moved sequentially behind separate rectangular occluders. Two of the occluders then dissolved, revealing the objects behind them. On half of the trials, one of the objects changed orientation. Participants reported whether they detected a change. We manipulated both set size (2-6 objects) and which object in the hiding sequence was probed (first-hidden, second-hidden, etc.) Change detection performance was best at set size 2 (88% correct), but declined significantly thereafter (set size 3: 68%; set size 4: 68% set size 5: 59%; set size 6: 60%, p< 0.001). Mean k across set sizes was 1.38 objects, fewer than typical limits observed for stationary 2D items. For all set sizes, change detection performance was best for the last-hidden object in the set (mean=79% correct). Performance then dropped significantly for the second-to-last hidden object, but only at set sizes greater than 3 (all ps< 0.01), suggesting that, as the number of hidden objects substantially exceeded participants' limits, VWM resources were preferentially allocated to the last object participants saw hidden. Our results suggest that tracking and representing multiple occluded objects may make sizable demands on attention and VWM, limiting the number of representations that may be concurrently maintained. Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2015. PMID:26326233

  1. Epidural spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

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    Horsch, S; Claeys, L

    1994-09-01

    Epidural spinal cord stimulation (ESCS) has been suggested to improve microcirculatory blood flow and reduce amputation rates in patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). Pain relief, limb salvage, and skin circulation were studied in 177 patients with ischemic pain caused by nonreconstructible PAOD who were receiving ESCS. Medical or surgical therapy had failed and vascular reconstruction was impossible in all cases. Clinical status was classified as Fontaine's stage III (chronic ischemic rest pain) in 114 patients and Fontaine's stage IV (ischemic pain and ulcers or dry gangrene) in 63 patients. PAOD was essentially due to arteriosclerosis, but 36 patients also had diabetic vascular disease. After a mean follow-up of 35.6 months, significant pain relief (> 75%) with limb salvage was achieved in 110 patients. In 11 patients with limb salvage, pain alleviation was determined to be between 50% and 70%. ESCS was ineffective in reducing pain, leading to major amputation in 56 patients. The cumulative limb salvage rate was 66% at 4 years. The systolic ankle/brachial blood pressure index did not change under stimulation. TcPO2 was assessed on the dorsum of the foot. Clinical improvement was associated with increased TcPO2, with limb salvage improving from 24.2 to 48.1 mm Hg in stage III (p < 0.02) and from 16.4 to 37.2 mm Hg in stage IV (p < 0.03) disease. A TcPO2 increase of more than 50% within the first 3 months after implantation was predictive of success. TcPO2 changes are correlated with the presence of adequate paresthesias in the painful area during the trial period.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7811584

  2. Establishing an experimental rat model of photodynamically-induced retinal vein occlusion using erythrosin B

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    Chen, Wei; Wu, Ying; Zheng, Mi; Gu, Qing; Zheng, Zhi; Xia, Xin

    2014-01-01

    AIM To develop a reliable, reproducible rat model of retinal vein occlusion (RVO) with a novel photosensitizer (erythrosin B) and study the cellular responses in the retina. METHODS Central and branch RVOs were created in adult male rats via photochemically-induced ischemia. Retinal changes were monitored via color fundus photography and fluorescein angiography at 1 and 3h, and 1, 4, 7, 14, and 21d after irradiation. Tissue slices were evaluated histopathologically. Retinal ganglion cell survival at different times after RVO induction was quantified by nuclear density count. Retinal thickness was also observed. RESULTS For all rats in both the central and branch RVO groups, blood flow ceased immediately after laser irradiation and retinal edema was evident at one hour. The retinal detachment rate was 100% at 3h and developed into bullous retinal detachment within 24h. Retinal hemorrhages were not observed until 24h. Clearance of the occluded veins at 7d was observed by fluorescein angiography. Disease manifestation in the central RVO eyes was more severe than in the branch RVO group. A remarkable reduction in the ganglion cell count and retinal thickness was observed in the central RVO group by 21d, whereas moderate changes occurred in the branch RVO group. CONCLUSION Rat RVO created by photochemically-induced ischemia using erythrosin B is a reproducible and reliable animal model for mimicking the key features of human RVO. However, considering the 100% rate of retinal detachment, this animal model is more suitable for studying RVO with chronic retinal detachment. PMID:24790863

  3. Laser-Doppler examinations in persons with healthy vasculature and in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

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    Ranft, J; Heidrich, H; Peters, A; Trampisch, H

    1986-11-01

    Recently, a new procedure for noninvasive measurement of the microcirculation has been developed in the form of a helium-neon-laser Doppler apparatus with which the total erythrocyte flow through a cubic millimeter of skin is quantifiable. The authors used the procedure to examine 17 persons with healthy vessels, 36 patients with a degenerative occlusive disease of the peripheral arteries in Fontaine stages II-IV, and 5 patients with endangiitis obliterans. It is concluded that single measurements do not permit an assessment of microcirculatory conditions but that provocative tests (which are described), especially occlusion tests, make possible valid and reproducible statements and have a high selectivity with respect to the different stages of disease. By repeated measurements followed by calculation of mean values, a further reduction in intraindividual variability among the measurement results can be obtained. Laser-Doppler examinations of the skin constitute a new procedure with which quantitative statements on the blood flow through skin are feasible and from which interesting results can be expected, especially when used as an acute test. PMID:3789462

  4. Usefulness of MRI to Differentiate Between Temporary and Long-Term Coronary Artery Occlusion in a Minimally Invasive Model of Experimental Myocardial Infarction

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    Abegunewardene, Nico Vosseler, Markus; Gori, Tommaso; Hoffmann, Nico; Schmidt, Kai-Helge; Becker, Dietmar; Kreitner, Karl-Friedrich; Petersen, Steffen E.; Schreiber, Laura M.; Horstick, Georg; Muenzel, Thomas

    2009-09-15

    The surgical technique employed to determine an experimental ischemic damage is a major factor in the subsequent process of myocardial scar development. We set out to establish a minimally invasive porcine model of myocardial infarction using cardiac contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (ce-MRI) as the basic diagnostic tool. Twenty-seven domestic pigs were randomized to either temporary or permanent occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD). Temporary occlusion was achieved by inflation of a percutaneous balloon in the left anterior descending artery directly beyond the second diagonal branch. Occlusion was maintained for 30 or 45 min, followed by reperfusion. Permanent occlusion was achieved via thrombin injection. Thirteen animals died peri- or postinterventionally due to arrhythmias. Fourteen animals survived the 30-min ischemia (four animals; group 1), the 45-min ischemia (six animals; group 2), or the permanent occlusion (4 animals; group 3). Coronary angiography and ce-MRI were performed 8 weeks after coronary occlusion to document the coronary flow grade and the size of myocardial scar tissue. The LAD was patent in all animals in groups 1 and 2, with normal TIMI flow; in group 3 animals, the LAD was totally occluded. Fibrosis of the left ventricle in group 1 (4.9 {+-} 4.4%; p = 0.008) and group 2 (9.4 {+-} 2.9%; p = 0.05) was significantly lower than in group 3 (14.5 {+-} 3.9%). Wall thickness of the ischemic area was significantly lower in group 3 versus group 1 and group 2 (2.9 {+-} 0.3, 5.9 {+-} 0.7, and 6.1 {+-} 0.7 mm; p = 0.005). The extent of late enhancement of the left ventricle was also significantly higher in group 3 (16.9 {+-} 2.1%) compared to group 1 (5.3 {+-} 5.4%; p = 0.003) and group 2 (9.7 {+-} 3.4%, p = 0.013). In conclusion, the present model of minimally invasive infarction coupled with ce-MRI may represent a useful alternative to the open chest model for studies of myocardial infarction and scar development.

  5. Minimally Invasive Monitoring of Chronic Central Venous Catheter Patency in Mice Using Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)

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    Figueiredo, Giovanna; Fiebig, Teresa; Kirschner, Stefanie; Nikoubashman, Omid; Kabelitz, Lisa; Othman, Ahmed; Nonn, Andrea; Kramer, Martin; Brockmann, Marc A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Repetitive administration of medication or contrast agents is frequently performed in mice. The introduction of vascular access mini-ports (VAMP) for mice allows long-term vascular catheterization, hereby eliminating the need for repeated vessel puncture. With catheter occlusion being the most commonly reported complication of chronic jugular vein catheterization, we tested whether digital subtraction angiography (DSA) can be utilized to evaluate VAMP patency in mice. Methods Twenty-three mice underwent catheterization of the jugular vein and subcutaneous implantation of a VAMP. The VAMP was flushed every second day with 50 ?L of heparinized saline solution (25 IU/ml). DSA was performed during injection of 100 ?L of an iodine based contrast agent using an industrial X-ray inspection system intraoperatively, as well as 7±2 and 14±2 days post implantation. Results DSA allowed localization of catheter tip position, to rule out dislocation, kinking or occlusion of a microcatheter, and to evaluate parent vessel patency. In addition, we observed different ante- and retrograde collateral flow patterns in case of jugular vein occlusion. More exactly, 30% of animals showed parent vessel occlusion after 7±2 days in our setting. At this time point, nevertheless, all VAMPs verified intravascular contrast administration. After 14±2 days, intravascular contrast injection was verified in 70% of the implanted VAMPs, whereas at this point of time 5 animals had died or were sacrificed and in 2 mice parent vessel occlusion hampered intravascular contrast injection. Notably, no occlusion of the catheter itself was observed. Conclusion From our observations we conclude DSA to be a fast and valuable minimally invasive tool for investigation of catheter and parent vessel patency and for anatomical studies of collateral blood flow in animals as small as mice. PMID:26098622

  6. Right Coronary Artery Fistula and Occlusion Causing Myocardial Infarction after Blunt Chest Trauma

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    Kim, Kun Il; Lee, Won Yong; Ko, Ho Hyun; Kim, Hyoung Soo; Lee, Hee Sung

    2014-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) secondary to coronary artery fistula and the subsequent occlusion of the distal right coronary artery (RCA) after blunt chest trauma is a rare entity. Here, we describe a case of coronary artery fistula and occlusion with an inferior MI that occurred following blunt chest trauma. At the initial visit to the emergency room after a car accident, this patient had been undiagnosed with acute myocardial infarction, readmitted five months after ischemic insult, and revealed to have experienced MI due to RCA-right atrial fistula and occlusion of the distal RCA. He underwent coronary surgery and recovered without complications. PMID:25207252

  7. Successful Recanalization of a Longstanding Right Common Iliac Artery Occlusion with a Radiofrequency Guidewire

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    Tapping, C. R.; Uri, I. F.; Dixon, S.; Bratby, M. J.; Anthony, S.; Uberoi, R.

    2012-10-15

    We describe a case of successful recanalization of a longstanding right common iliac occlusion with a radiofrequency (RF) guidewire. The patient had been symptomatic with claudication for 3 years, and a preliminary attempt to cross the lesion using conventional techniques proved unsuccessful. Using low and medium intensity RF pulses and a PowerWire, a tract through the occlusion was established, which allowed subsequent stenting with an excellent angiographic result and a good immediate clinical response. We propose this as a useful technique in the peripheral arterial system for occlusive lesions not amenable to traditional recanalization techniques.

  8. Life-threatening Cerebral Edema Caused by Acute Occlusion of a Superior Vena Cava Stent

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    Sofue, Keitaro Takeuchi, Yoshito Arai, Yasuaki; Sugimura, Kazuro

    2013-02-15

    A71-year-old man with advanced lung cancer developed a life-threatening cerebral edema caused by the acute occlusion of a superior vena cava (SVC) stent and was successfully treated by an additional stent placement. Although stent occlusion is a common early complication, no life-threatening situations have been reported until now. Our experience highlights the fact that acute stent occlusion can potentially lead to the complete venous shutdown of the SVC, resulting in life-threatening cerebral edema, after SVC stent placement. Immediate diagnosis and countermeasures are required.

  9. Prosthetic Management of A Masticatory Muscle Disorder with Customized Occlusal Splint

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    Koralakunte, Pavankumar R.

    2014-01-01

    Occlusal splints of various types and designs are used in the diagnosis and treatment of different masticatory muscle and TMJ disorders. These appliances or devices provide a relatively simple, reversible and non-invasive form of treatment management. Treating such a disorder is really challenging for both dental and medical specialists and often it is difficult to diagnose as the presenting symptoms can be variable. The present article thus describes a case report on fabrication of simplified customized occlusal splint emphasizing the importance of medico-dental team approach for successful management with occlusal splint therapy. PMID:24783152

  10. Effect of Occlusal Scheme on the Pressure Distribution of Complete Denture Supporting Tissues: An In Vitro Study

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    Madalli, Poornima; Murali, C R; Subhas, Sambit; Garg, Surbhi; Shahi, Prinka; Parasher, Pragati

    2015-01-01

    Background: The complete denture teeth arrangement that gives maximum denture stability, comfort, esthetics, and function have been studied since several years. Many occlusal schemes have been advised in which the lingualized occlusion, balanced occlusion, and monoplane occlusion are advocated most popularly. The purpose of this study was to compare the pressure values on the supporting tissue using three diff erent posterior occlusal schemes: Balanced occlusion, lingualized occlusion, and monoplane occlusion in simulated dentures Materials and Methods: The simulators used in this study, composed of the maxillary, and mandibular clear heat cure acrylic resin edentulous models. Pressures on the supporting structure under the complete denture were measured using eight strain gauges placed on the model surface on the buccal and lingual slopes of the ridges on the molar and pre-molar region. Pressure on the supporting structure was measured and signals from the sensors were amplifi ed and recorded by the multi-channel electronic strain indicator. Results: The mean pressure which was obtained at each measurement point was compared by one-way ANOVA test. Conclusion: Overall monoplane occlusion had lesser pressure values compared to completely balanced and lingualized occlusal scheme. Lingualized occlusal scheme was found to transfer stresses from working side to non-working side to stabilize the mandibular denture.

  11. Total body water and total body potassium in anorexia nervosa

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    Dempsey, D.T.; Crosby, L.O.; Lusk, E.; Oberlander, J.L.; Pertschuk, M.J.; Mullen, J.L.

    1984-08-01

    In the ill hospitalized patient with clinically relevant malnutrition, there is a measurable decrease in the ratio of the total body potassium to total body water (TBK/TBW) and a detectable increase in the ratio of total exchangeable sodium to total exchangeable potassium (Nae/Ke). To evaluate body composition analyses in anorexia nervosa patients with chronic uncomplicated semistarvation, TBK and TBW were measured by whole body K40 counting and deuterium oxide dilution in 10 females with stable anorexia nervosa and 10 age-matched female controls. The ratio of TBK/TBW was significantly (p less than 0.05) higher in anorexia nervosa patients than controls. The close inverse correlation found in published studies between TBK/TBW and Nae/Ke together with our results suggest that in anorexia nervosa, Nae/Ke may be low or normal. A decreased TBK/TBW is not a good indicator of malnutrition in the anorexia nervosa patient. The use of a decreased TBK/TBW ratio or an elevated Nae/Ke ratio as a definition of malnutrition may result in inappropriate nutritional management in the patient with severe nonstressed chronic semistarvation.

  12. Prevalence of Spaced and Non-Spaced Dentition and Occlusal Relationship of Primary Dentition and its Relation to Malocclusion in School Children of Davangere

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    Shavi, Girish R; Hiremath, Neel V; Shukla, Ravikumar; Bali, Praveen Kumar; Jain, Swapnil Kumar; Ajagannanavar, Sunil Lingaraj

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aim of the current study was carried to determine the relation of spacing, closed dentition, and occlusal relation with malocclusion in the primary dentition in children during deciduous dentition period among school children of Davangere. Materials and Methods: A total of 945 school children all having deciduous teeth were included in the study. Informed consent for the child’s participation is taken from the school principal. The dentition was examined under natural daylight, and the data was recorded. All the school children were screened for spaced and non-spaced dentition, molar and canine relationship. Results: The results concluded that most of the children showed spaced dentition (82.1%) when compared to non-spaced dentition (17.9%) with males shown more spaced dentition than compared to females. Among all children examined for molar and canine relation, flush terminal molar relation (65%) showed highest among all molar relation followed by mesial step (31%) and distal step (4%), and Class I canine relation (90%) was significant followed by Class II (6%) and Class III canine relation (4%). No significant difference was seen between right and left side. Conclusion: The study concludes that determining the malocclusion and its correction at an early age helps in preventing a future complication in permanent dentition since stable primary occlusion leads to ideal occlusion in permanent dentition. Spacing, i.e., primate and physiologic space with the terminal molar relation in primary dentition indicates proper alignment of the permanent dentition. PMID:26435622

  13. [Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction complicated by an eating disorder].

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    Azzoulai, C; Djeddi, J; Chapoy, V; Boudailliez, B; Bovin, E; Pripis, C; Buisson, P; Guilé, J-M

    2015-11-01

    Chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a rare and serious chronic disease starting in childhood, which can affect the entire digestive tract. It is caused by a peristalsis intestinal disorder that leads to occlusions without any obvious obstruction. Few studies have been carried out regarding the prognosis of this illness. This disease is often diagnosed by a process of elimination, but some histological anomalies have been present in the digestive wall of certain patients. This clinical case concerns a 17-year-old girl affected by CIPO and eating disorders. It seems difficult to discriminate between digestive disorders and eating disorders. What psychological effects can this severe pathology have? Are eating disorders induced by CIPO? These questions are raised in this article through the example of this patient's somatopsychic complexity and the ensuing difficulties in her overall care. PMID:26385649

  14. Early panretinal photocoagulation for the treatment of ischemic central retinal vein occlusion

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    Yu, Zikui; He, Naizhen

    2005-07-01

    Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of treating ischemic central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO)with early panretinal photocoagulation(PRP). Methods:24 eyes of 24 cases suffered from ischemic CRVO with history shorter than 3 months were included in this study. PRP treatments were completed through 3 to 5 times of laser therapy with total laser burns of 1000 to 2000(mean 1505+/-384).Patients were followed up 3 months to 2 years, mean 18.4+/-8.0 months.The neovascularization regression and visual acuity were compared before and after PRP, also the long-term complications were observed. Results:3 eyes of iris neovascularization (INV) regressed after PRP and there was no significant difference in visual acuity between prelaser and postlaser. No neovascular glaucoma(NVG) occurred and 2 eyes occurred vitreous hemorrhage during the follow up period.. Conclusions: Early panretinal photocoagulation is safe and efficacious in preventing and reducing complications of ischemic CRVO. It can save valuable treatment time for some patients

  15. [Perioperative management of abdominal aortic balloon occlusion in patients complicated with placenta percteta: a case report].

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    Zeng, H; Wang, Y; Wang, Y; Guo, X Y

    2015-12-18

    When placenta previa complicated with placenta percreta, the exposure of operative field is difficult and the routine methods are difficult to effectively control the bleeding, even causing life-threatening results. A 31-year-old woman, who had been diagnosed with a complete type of placenta previa and placenta percreta with bladder invasion at 34 weeks gestation. Her ultrasound results showed a complete type of placenta previa and there was a loss of the decidual interface between the placenta and the myometrium on the lower part of the uterus, suggestive of placenta increta. For further evaluation of the placenta, pelvis magnetic resonance imaging was performed, which revealed findings suspicious of a placenta percreta. She underwent elective cecarean section at 36 weeks of gestation. Firstly, two ureteral stents were placed into the bilateral ureter through the cystoscope. After the infrarenal abdominal aorta catheter was inserted via the femoral artery (9 F sheath ), subarachnoid anesthesia had been established. A healthy 2 510 g infant was delivered, with Apgar scores of 10 at 1 min and 10 at 5 min. Immediately after the baby was delivered, following which there was massive haemorrhage and general anaesthesia was induced. The balloon catheter was immediately inflated until the wave of dorsal artery disappeared. With the placenta retained within the uterus, a total hysterectomy was performed. The occluding time was 30 min. The intraoperative blood loss was 2 500 mL. The occluding balloon was deflated at the end of the operation. The patient had stable vital signs and normal laboratory findings during the recovery period and the hemoglobin was 116 g/L. She was discharged six days after delivery without intervention-related complications. This case illustrates that temporary occlusion of the infrarenal abdominal aorta using balloon might be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with placenta previa complicated with placenta percreta, who were at high risk for peripartum hemorrhage. Early removal of the endovascular catheter and close postoperative surveillance of the vascular system are required with this procedure to minimize the risk of vascular complications. However, further studies are needed to determine whether the potential benefits of temporary occlusion of the infrarenal abdominal aorta using balloon outweigh the potential risks. PMID:26679671

  16. [Hemobahn-endoprosthesis: long-term experience (< or = 4 years follow-up) with percutaneous application in stenoses and occlusions of the superficial femoral artery].

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    Fischer, M; Langhoff, R; Schulte, K-L

    2003-09-01

    We tested the value of hemobahn-endoprosthesis in a prospective, nonrandomized, clinical trial in PAD-patients with femoral artery occlusive disease. During 4 years we placed in 52 patients (55 extremities) a total of 78 hemobahn-endoprostheses for treatment of stenoses (15%) or occlusions (85%) of femoral artery. The average length of the treated lesions was 11.6 cm, the mean length of the hemobahn-endoprosthesis was 15.9 cm, the average device diameter 6.1 mm. In 45% of the patients we used cross-over and in 55% ipsilateral antegrade technique. Fontaine's clinical stages were II b (89%), III (2%) and IV (9%); there were 15 diabetics. The average period of follow-up was 33 months (1-52 months). The primary/secondary patency rates after the first year (n = 50) were 64% vs. 78%, after 2 years (n = 46) 61% vs. 76%, after 3 years (n = 32) 53% vs. 66% and after 4 years (n = 14) 29% vs. 50%. After the first experiences in 1998 with 10 stent-occlusions in 14 treated extremities, indications were checked and thereafter hemobahn was only used in "ideal indications" as segments with a length of > or = 1 cm proximal and distal without any obstruction, no lesions in the popliteal artery, at least one open lower leg vessel and no severe calcifications. The primary/secondary patency rates were significantly better after exclusion of nonideal patients treated during the first year: Thus, primary/secondary patency rates were 76 % vs. 90% after first year (n = 32), 74 % vs. 89% after second year (n = 38) and 71% vs. 83% after third year (n = 24); after 4 years of 8 treated arteries 4 were primary and 7 were secondary open. Hemobahn-endoprostheses are suitable for treatment of long femoral artery occlusions. The medium patency rate in "ideal indications" is higher than that obtained by angioplasty with or without uncovered stents. PMID:14533042

  17. Direct observation of mineral-organic composite formation reveals occlusion mechanism.

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    Rae Cho, Kang; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Yang, Pengcheng; Cai, Wei; Pan, Haihua; Kulak, Alexander N; Lau, Jolene L; Kulshreshtha, Prashant; Armes, Steven P; Meldrum, Fiona C; De Yoreo, James J

    2016-01-01

    Manipulation of inorganic materials with organic macromolecules enables organisms to create biominerals such as bones and seashells, where occlusion of biomacromolecules within individual crystals generates superior mechanical properties. Current understanding of this process largely comes from studying the entrapment of micron-size particles in cooling melts. Here, by investigating micelle incorporation in calcite with atomic force microscopy and micromechanical simulations, we show that different mechanisms govern nanoscale occlusion. By simultaneously visualizing the micelles and propagating step edges, we demonstrate that the micelles experience significant compression during occlusion, which is accompanied by cavity formation. This generates local lattice strain, leading to enhanced mechanical properties. These results give new insight into the formation of occlusions in natural and synthetic crystals, and will facilitate the synthesis of multifunctional nanocomposite crystals. PMID:26732046

  18. Recovery of Renal Function after Prolonged Anuria in Acute Suprarenal Aortic Occlusion.

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    Jongkind, Vincent; Kievit, Jur K; Wiersema, Arno M

    2016-01-01

    Acute suprarenal aortic occlusion is a rare but often catastrophic event. Despite immediate treatment, mortality and morbidity are high. We present a case of acute suprarenal aortic occlusion presenting with renal failure and dyspnea but without lower limb ischemia. Diagnosis was initially not taken in consideration. The patient required hemodialysis and temporary mechanical ventilation. After 13 days, an abdominal ultrasound was performed which revealed thrombosis of the suprarenal abdominal aorta. Suprarenal aortic thrombectomy was performed followed by aortobi-iliac bypass grafting. Diuresis returned 4 hr after surgery, and the patient fully recovered. Thorough review of the literature revealed only 8 cases of acute suprarenal aortic occlusion. Only 3 patients survived. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of acute suprarenal occlusion, in which renal function could be restored after a 14-day period of anuria. The case illustrates that in select cases with prolonged acute renal failure aortorenal revascularization can be performed successfully. PMID:26520421

  19. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

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    2014-07-01

    ...tolerance is established for residues of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomonella (codling moth) in or on all raw agricultural commodities. [60 FR 42450, Aug. 16,...

  20. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

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    2013-07-01

    ...tolerance is established for residues of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomonella (codling moth) in or on all raw agricultural commodities. [60 FR 42450, Aug. 16,...

  1. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...tolerance is established for residues of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomonella (codling moth) in or on all raw agricultural commodities. [60 FR 42450, Aug. 16,...

  2. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...tolerance is established for residues of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomonella (codling moth) in or on all raw agricultural commodities. [60 FR 42450, Aug. 16,...

  3. 40 CFR 180.1148 - Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomenella; tolerance exemption.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...tolerance is established for residues of the microbial pest control agent Occlusion Bodies of the Granulosis Virus of Cydia pomonella (codling moth) in or on all raw agricultural commodities. [60 FR 42450, Aug. 16,...

  4. Three-dimensional mapping of oxygen tension in cortical arterioles before and after occlusion.

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    Kazmi, S M Shams; Salvaggio, Anthony J; Estrada, Arnold D; Hemati, Michael A; Shaydyuk, Nazariy K; Roussakis, Emannuel; Jones, Theresa A; Vinogradov, Sergei A; Dunn, Andrew K

    2013-07-01

    Occlusions in single cortical microvessels lead to a reduction in oxygen supply, but this decrement has not been able to be quantified in three dimensions at the level of individual vessels using a single instrument. We demonstrate a combined optical system using two-photon phosphorescence lifetime and fluorescence microscopy (2PLM) to characterize the partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) in single descending cortical arterioles in the mouse brain before and after generating a targeted photothrombotic occlusion. Integrated real-time Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging (LSCI) provides wide-field perfusion maps that are used to monitor and guide the occlusion process while 2PLM maps changes in intravascular oxygen tension. We present the technique's utility in highlighting the effects of vascular networking on the residual intravascular oxygen tensions measured after occlusion in three dimensions. PMID:23847732

  5. Behavioral Assays to Study Sensorimotor Deficit and Recovery in Rats Following Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion 

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    Roman-Cruz, Glorian M.

    2010-07-14

    and then later transported to the animal holding room to continue recovering from both the surgery and anesthesia. After being monitored daily, the animals were sacrificed at 7 days post-MCA occlusion (Selvamani and Sohrabji, 2008). TTC staining Brains...

  6. Spatial regulation of cell division by the nucleoid occlusion protein SlmA in Escherichia coli

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    Du, Shishen

    2014-05-31

    ring formation is dependent on two partially redundant negative regulatory systems, the Min system, which prevents Z ring formation near the cell poles, and Nucleoid Occlusion (NO), which prevents Z ring formation over the nucleoid. The effector...

  7. Managing bruxism and temporomandibular disorders using a centric relation occlusal device.

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    Nassif, N J; al-Ghamdi, K S

    1999-11-01

    This article discusses the rationale, indications, and fabrication of the centric relation occlusal (CRO) device in the management of bruxism and temporomandibular disorders. Five methods of fabricating occlusal devices are briefly discussed. Two methods, preferred by the authors, are discussed in detail, including the laboratory phase. One method uses heat-cured acrylic resin, and the other method uses a heat-vacuum machine, thermoplastic splint resin material, and autopolymerizing clear acrylic resin. The use of the CRO device in the successful management of bruxism and temporomandibular disorders has been previously documented in the literature. Some patients may not successfully adjust to the wearing of occlusal devices (splints), which are not well-defined in terms of occlusal morphology, anterior guidance, and their relativity to centric relation. This problem usually is overcome when the dentist uses precise skill in the fabrication and delivery of a CRO device with mutually protected articulation. PMID:10650392

  8. CO-OCCLUSION AND PERSISTENCE OF A BACULOVIRUS MUTANT LACKING THE POLYHEDRIN GENE

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    A co-occlusion process was evaluated as a commercially and ecologically acceptable strategy for the development of genetically improved baculovirus insecticides. oinfection of Spodoptera frugiperda (IPLB-SF-21) tissue culture cells with Aucographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis...

  9. Radiofrequency Guide Wire Recanalization of Venous Occlusions in Patients with Malignant Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

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    Davis, Robert M.; David, Elizabeth; Pugash, Robyn A.; Annamalai, Ganesan

    2012-06-15

    Fibrotic central venous occlusions in patients with thoracic malignancy and prior radiotherapy can be impassable with standard catheters and wires, including the trailing or stiff end of a hydrophilic wire. We report two patients with superior vena cava syndrome in whom we successfully utilized a radiofrequency guide wire (PowerWire, Baylis Medical, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) to perforate through the occlusion and recanalize the occluded segment to alleviate symptoms.

  10. Effect of cut-off points on performance of laser fluorescence for detecting occlusal caries.

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    Braga, Mariana M; Mendes, Fausto M; Imparato, José Carlos P; Rodrigues, Célia R M D

    2007-01-01

    This in vitro study aimed to evaluate the influence of cut-off points on the performance of laser fluorescence (LF) in detecting occlusal caries in permanent and primary teeth. The use of different cut-off points influenced the performance of LF device in detection of occlusal caries in both kind of teeth, but the performance in permanent teeth suffered more influence from variation of cut-off points scales than in primary group. PMID:18274467

  11. Anemia of chronic disease

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  12. Time window for recanalization in basilar artery occlusion: Speculative synthesis.

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    Lindsberg, Perttu J; Pekkola, Johanna; Strbian, Daniel; Sairanen, Tiina; Mattle, Heinrich P; Schroth, Gerhard

    2015-11-17

    Basilar artery occlusion (BAO) is one of the most devastating forms of stroke and few patients have good outcomes without recanalization. Most centers apply recanalization therapies for BAO up to 12-24 hours after symptom onset, which is a substantially longer time window than the 4.5 hours used in anterior circulation stroke. In this speculative synthesis, we discuss recent advances in BAO treatment in order to understand why and under which circumstances longer symptom duration might not necrotize the brainstem and turn therapeutic attempts futile. We raise the possibility that distinct features of the posterior circulation, e.g., highly developed, persistent collateral arterial network, reverse filling of the distal basilar artery, and delicate plasma flow siding the clot, might sustain brittle patency of brainstem perforators in the face of stepwise growth of the thrombus. Meanwhile, the tissue clock characterizing the rapid necrosis of a typical anterior circulation penumbra will not start. During this perilous time period, recanalization at any point would salvage the brainstem from eventual necrosis caused by imminent reinforcement and further building up of the clot. PMID:26574535

  13. Accurate and occlusion-robust multi-view stereo

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    Zhu, Zhaokun; Stamatopoulos, Christos; Fraser, Clive S.

    2015-11-01

    This paper proposes an accurate multi-view stereo method for image-based 3D reconstruction that features robustness in the presence of occlusions. The new method offers improvements in dealing with two fundamental image matching problems. The first concerns the selection of the support window model, while the second centers upon accurate visibility estimation for each pixel. The support window model is based on an approximate 3D support plane described by a depth and two per-pixel depth offsets. For the visibility estimation, the multi-view constraint is initially relaxed by generating separate support plane maps for each support image using a modified PatchMatch algorithm. Then the most likely visible support image, which represents the minimum visibility of each pixel, is extracted via a discrete Markov Random Field model and it is further augmented by parameter clustering. Once the visibility is estimated, multi-view optimization taking into account all redundant observations is conducted to achieve optimal accuracy in the 3D surface generation for both depth and surface normal estimates. Finally, multi-view consistency is utilized to eliminate any remaining observational outliers. The proposed method is experimentally evaluated using well-known Middlebury datasets, and results obtained demonstrate that it is amongst the most accurate of the methods thus far reported via the Middlebury MVS website. Moreover, the new method exhibits a high completeness rate.

  14. Incidence and Predictors of Radial Artery Occlusion Associated Transradial Catheterization

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    Tuncez, Abdullah; Kaya, Zeynettin; Aras, Dursun; Y?ld?z, Abdulkadir; Gül, Enes Elvin; Tekinalp, Mehmet; Karaka?, Mehmet Fatih; K?sac?k, Halil Lütfü

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we sought to assess the incidence and predictors of radial artery occlusion (RAO), which is a significant complication of transradial cardiac catheterization. We prospectively evaluated the results of 106 patients who underwent coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) via the transradial approach (TRA). At the 3rd h of intervention, the radial artery was checked by palpation; color doppler ultrasonography was performed at the 24th h. Fluoroscopy duration, procedure success, and complications of the radial artery were recorded. The procedure was successfully completed in all patients. RAO was detected in eight female and two male patients. In terms of RAO, there was a statistically significant difference between males and females (p=0.019). Other parameters did not show a significant correlation with RAO. Altough did not have any effect on procedural success, eight patients developed transient radial artery spasm. Gender was not associated with radial arterial spasms (p=0.19). TRA in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease has shown high procedural success and low complication rates; it addition, it presents a low economic burden. It should be used widely and be involved in the routine cardiology residency program. PMID:24151442

  15. Isolated gastric variceal bleeding caused by splenic lymphoma-associated splenic vein occlusion.

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    Chen, Bao-Chung; Wang, Hong-Hau; Lin, Yu-Chieh; Shih, Yu-Lueng; Chang, Wei-Kuo; Hsieh, Tsai-Yuan

    2013-10-28

    Isolated gastric varices (IGV) can occur in patients with left-sided portal hypertension resulting from splenic vein occlusion caused by thrombosis or stenosis. In left-sided portal hypertension, blood flows retrogradely through the short and posterior gastric veins and the gastroepiploic veins, leading to the formation of an IGV. The most common causes of splenic vein occlusion are pancreatic diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, or a pseudocyst. However, various other cancers, such as colon, gastric, or renal cancers, have also been known to cause splenic vein occlusion. Our patient presented with a rare case of IGV bleeding induced by splenic lymphoma-associated splenic vein occlusion. Splenectomy, splenic artery embolization, and stenting of the splenic vein are the current treatment choices. Chemotherapy, however, is an alternative effective treatment for splenic vein occlusion caused by chemotherapy-sensitive tumors. Our patient responded well to chemotherapy with a cyclophosphamide, hydroxydaunorubicin, oncovin, and prednisolone regimen, and the splenic vein occlusion resolved after the lymphoma regressed. PMID:24187474

  16. Value of CT angiography in anterior circulation large vessel occlusive stroke: Imaging findings, pearls, and pitfalls.

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    Power, Sarah; McEvoy, Sinead H; Cunningham, Jane; Ti, Joanna P; Looby, Seamus; O'Hare, Alan; Williams, David; Brennan, Paul; Thornton, John

    2015-07-01

    Hyperacute stroke imaging is playing an increasingly important role in determining management decisions in acute stroke patients, particularly patients with large vessel occlusive stroke who may benefit from endovascular intervention. CT angiography (CTA) is an important tool in the work-up of the acute stroke patient. It reliably detects large occlusive thrombi in proximal cerebral arteries and is a quick and highly accurate method in identifying candidates for endovascular stroke treatment. In this article we review the imaging findings on CTA in acute large vessel occlusive stroke using a pictorial case based approach. We retrospectively reviewed CTA studies in 48 patients presenting with acute anterior circulation large vessel occlusive stroke who were brought for intra-arterial acute stroke intervention. We discuss and illustrate patterns of proximal intracranial arterial occlusion, collateralization to the occluded territory, as well as reviewing some important pearls, pitfalls and teaching points in CTA assessment of the acute stroke patient. Performed from the level of the aortic arch CTA also gives valuable information regarding the state of other vessels in the acute stroke patient, identifying additional significant vascular stenoses or occlusions, and as we illustrate, can demonstrate other clinically significant findings which may impact on patient management and outcome. PMID:25956493

  17. Fast Occlusion and Shadow Detection for High Resolution Remote Sensing Image Combined with LIDAR Point Cloud

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    Hu, X.; Li, X.

    2012-08-01

    The orthophoto is an important component of GIS database and has been applied in many fields. But occlusion and shadow causes the loss of feature information which has a great effect on the quality of images. One of the critical steps in true orthophoto generation is the detection of occlusion and shadow. Nowadays LiDAR can obtain the digital surface model (DSM) directly. Combined with this technology, image occlusion and shadow can be detected automatically. In this paper, the Z-Buffer is applied for occlusion detection. The shadow detection can be regarded as a same problem with occlusion detection considering the angle between the sun and the camera. However, the Z-Buffer algorithm is computationally expensive. And the volume of scanned data and remote sensing images is very large. Efficient algorithm is another challenge. Modern graphics processing unit (GPU) is much more powerful than central processing unit (CPU). We introduce this technology to speed up the Z-Buffer algorithm and get 7 times increase in speed compared with CPU. The results of experiments demonstrate that Z-Buffer algorithm plays well in occlusion and shadow detection combined with high density of point cloud and GPU can speed up the computation significantly.

  18. Primary Analysis of a Phase II Randomized Trial Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0212: Impact of Different Total Doses and Schedules of Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation on Chronic Neurotoxicity and Quality of Life for Patients With Limited-Disease Small-Cell Lung Cancer

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    Wolfson, Aaron H.; Bae, Kyounghwa; Komaki, Ritsuko; Meyers, Christina; Movsas, Benjamin; Le Pechoux, Cecile; Werner-Wasik, Maria; Videtic, Gregory M.M.; Garces, Yolanda I.; Choy, Hak

    2011-09-01

    Purpose: To determine the effect of dose and fractionation schedule of prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) on the incidence of chronic neurotoxicity (CNt) and changes in quality of life for selected patients with limited-disease small-cell lung cancer (LD SCLC). Methods and Materials: Patients with LD SCLC who achieved a complete response after chemotherapy and thoracic irradiation were eligible for randomization to undergo PCI to a total dose of 25 Gy in 10 daily fractions (Arm 1) vs. the experimental cohort of 36 Gy. Those receiving 36 Gy underwent a secondary randomization between daily 18 fractions (Arm 2) and twice-daily 24 fractions (Arm 3). Enrolled patients participated in baseline and follow-up neuropsychological test batteries along with quality-of-life assessments. Results: A total of 265 patients were accrued, with 131 in Arm 1, 67 in Arm 2, and 66 in Arm 3 being eligible. There are 112 patients (42.2%) alive with 25.3 months of median follow-up. There were no significant baseline differences among groups regarding quality-of-life measures and one of the neuropsychological tests, namely the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test. However, at 12 months after PCI there was a significant increase in the occurrence of CNt in the 36-Gy cohort (p = 0.02). Logistic regression analysis revealed increasing age to be the most significant predictor of CNt (p = 0.005). Conclusions: Because of the increased risk of developing CNt in study patients with 36 Gy, a total PCI dose of 25 Gy remains the standard of care for patients with LD SCLC attaining a complete response to initial chemoradiation.

  19. What Is Chronic Myeloid Leukemia?

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  20. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and ankle-brachial index are complementary tools for transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in early diagnosis of intracranial arterial stenosis/occlusion in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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    Xuan, Zhenghao; Zhou, Jingjing; Yi, Li; Zhang, Qian; Li, Li

    2015-12-15

    The aim of this study was to explore whether brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and ankle-brachial index (ABI) are suitable to serve as complementary tools for TCD in early diagnosis of intracranial arterial stenosis/occlusion in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). A total of 52 patients with AIS onset and 52 age-matched healthy controls were included in this study. All participants received TCD detection, and baPWV and ABI were measured. Computed topography (CT)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was applied to confirm diagnosis. TCD data from all participants was collected and reviewed to diagnose stenosis and occlusion of the major intracranial arteries. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and logistic regression analysis were used to assess and compare the diagnostic accuracy of the various diagnostic approaches. We found that a combination of TCD with either baPWV or ABI, or a combination of the three provided a significantly higher area under the curve (AUC) in detecting stenosis or occlusion in various intracranial arteries, excluding the anterior cerebral artery (ACA), when compared to TCD alone, thereby demonstrating that these combined approaches provide improved diagnostic accuracy. In conclusion, our findings suggest that both baPWV and ABI are suitable complementary tools for TCD in early diagnosis of intracranial arterial stenosis/occlusion in AIS patients and that these combinations may assist in facilitating the diagnostic process associated with this disease. PMID:26671137

  1. Preventing chronic postoperative pain.

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    Reddi, D

    2016-01-01

    Chronic postoperative pain is common. Nerve injury and inflammation promote chronic pain, the risk of which is influenced by patient factors, including psychological characteristics. Interventional trials to prevent chronic postoperative pain have been underpowered with inadequate patient follow-up. Ketamine may reduce chronic postoperative pain, although the optimum treatment duration and dose for different operations have yet to be identified. The evidence for gabapentin and pregabalin is encouraging but weak; further work is needed before these drugs can be recommended for the prevention of chronic pain. Regional techniques reduce the rates of chronic pain after thoracotomy and breast cancer surgery. Nerve-sparing surgical techniques may be of benefit, although nerve injury is not necessary or sufficient for chronic pain to develop. PMID:26620149

  2. Endovascular treatment of severe acute basilar artery occlusion

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    Wang, Liang; Shi, Wanchao; Su, Zhiguo; Liu, Xiaozhi; Su, Hua; Liu, Jun; Liu, Zhenlin; Lawton, Michael T.

    2015-01-01

    Severe acute basilar artery occlusion (BAO) has a high mortality rate but as yet no effective treatment has been developed. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of combined mechanical thrombectomy, intra-arterial thrombolysis, and emergent stent placement for patients with severe acute BAO. Eighteen patients who were unconscious after confirmed onset of BAO and who were given arterial interventional treatment from March 2011 to June 2013 at our department were included in this study. The mean age was 59.56 years (range: 31–76 years) and patients were in a critical physical condition upon admission, and had a mean National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score of 25.94 (range: 18–35). All patients were treated with mechanical thrombectomy, 10 of whom received mechanical thrombectomy only. Of the others, eight were also treated with intra-arterial thrombolysis, three were treated with emergent stent placement, and 17 were treated with recanalization with an achieved recanalized rate of 94.4%. The average number of passes through the stent was 1.5 (range: 1–3) and five patients died (27.8%). Thirteen patients survived, and the mean NIHSS score was 6.54 (range: 0–16). Seven patients showed a modified Rankin Scale score ?2, and the rate of good prognoses was 38.9%. In the treatment of patients with severe acute BAO, intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy combined with thrombolysis or stent placement are effective strategies to restore blood flow and preserve life, and these strategies have a low incidence of complications. PMID:25443091

  3. Endovascular treatment of severe acute basilar artery occlusion.

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    Wang, Liang; Shi, Wanchao; Su, Zhiguo; Liu, Xiaozhi; Su, Hua; Liu, Jun; Liu, Zhenlin; Lawton, Michael T

    2015-01-01

    Severe acute basilar artery occlusion (BAO) has a high mortality rate but as yet no effective treatment has been developed. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of combined mechanical thrombectomy, intra-arterial thrombolysis, and emergent stent placement for patients with severe acute BAO. Eighteen patients who were unconscious after confirmed onset of BAO and who were given arterial interventional treatment from March 2011 to June 2013 at our department were included in this study. The mean age was 59.56 years (range: 31-76 years) and patients were in a critical physical condition upon admission, and had a mean National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score of 25.94 (range: 18-35). All patients were treated with mechanical thrombectomy, 10 of whom received mechanical thrombectomy only. Of the others, eight were also treated with intra-arterial thrombolysis, three were treated with emergent stent placement, and 17 were treated with recanalization with an achieved recanalized rate of 94.4%. The average number of passes through the stent was 1.5 (range: 1-3) and five patients died (27.8%). Thirteen patients survived, and the mean NIHSS score was 6.54 (range: 0-16). Seven patients showed a modified Rankin Scale score ? 2, and the rate of good prognoses was 38.9%. In the treatment of patients with severe acute BAO, intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy combined with thrombolysis or stent placement are effective strategies to restore blood flow and preserve life, and these strategies have a low incidence of complications. PMID:25443091

  4. The prevalence of vascular occlusive disease associated with antiphospholipid syndromes.

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    Bacharach, J M; Lie, J T; Homburger, H A

    1992-01-01

    The association of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) with unexplained vascular occlusive disease (VOD) is well known. We reviewed the records of 102 consecutive patients seen over a 9 months period who had positive IgG or IgM aCL to determine the frequency and types of VOD in this unselected group of patients. Lupus anticoagulant was detectable in 17 of 67 (25%) patients tested. VOD occurred in 80 of 102 (78%) aCL-positive patients comprised of 17 (16.7%) with systemic venous VOD or pulmonary embolism; 27 (26.5%) with cerebral VOD: 11 (10.8%) with systemic arterial VOD; 3 (2.9%) with coronary thrombosis; and 5 (4.9%) with visceral venous or arterial VOD. Of the 19 obstetric patients with positive aCL, 17 (89%) had at least one unexplained fetal loss and 8 of the 17 (47%) had multiple or recurrent fetal losses. Twelve (11.7%) of the 102 patients met the ACR criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Additionally, 12 (11.7%) patients were identified as nonSLE or undifferentiated connective tissue disease (CTD). The remaining 78 (76%) had no known underlying disease (primary antiphospholipid syndrome). We conclude that IgG and IgM aCL with or without lupus anticoagulant are associated with diverse types of VOD but cerebral VOD appears predominant. aCL-associated unexplained VOD occurs frequently in patients without evidence of CTD-65 of 80 (81%) in our series. Testing for aCL is essential for identifying patients with unexplained VOD, and it should be performed in prospective clinical studies of such patients to better define the pathogenic role of aCL in the natural history of unexplained VOD. PMID:1522353

  5. Eruption Stage of Permanent Molars and Occlusal Caries Activity/Arrest

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    Alves, L.S.; Zenkner, J.E.A.; Wagner, M.B.; Damé-Teixeira, N.; Susin, C.; Maltz, M.

    2014-01-01

    This study assessed the association between the eruption stage of permanent second molars and occlusal caries activity among 12-year-old schoolchildren from South Brazil. A cross-sectional study was performed in Porto Alegre using a multistage probability sampling strategy to select a representative sample. Clinical examination was conducted to assess the eruption stage of permanent molars, Gingival Bleeding Index, and, after tooth cleaning and drying, caries experience (noncavitated and cavitated lesions, including caries activity assessment). Data were collected on sex, socioeconomic status, mother’s education, brushing frequency, and consumption of soft drinks. Generalized estimating equations were used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Overall, 983 schoolchildren with 3,071 second molars were available for analysis. Whereas active caries was observed in 6.6% of fully erupted permanent second molars, caries affected 26.2%, 29.6%, and 18.2% of erupting molars classified as stages 1, 2, and 3, respectively: stage 1, partially erupted occlusal surface; stage 2, fully erupted occlusal surface, <1/2 crown exposed; and stage 3, fully erupted occlusal surface, >1/2 crown exposed. After adjusting for socioeconomic and behavioral variables, partially erupted molars were significantly more likely to present active caries lesions than molars in full occlusion: stage 1, OR = 4.99 (95% CI = 3.38, 7.38); stage 2, OR = 5.18 (95% CI = 3.14, 8.53); stage 3, OR = 3.20 (95% CI = 2.21, 4.64). Similar results were found when clinical variables were included in the adjusted model. In conclusion, most occlusal caries lesions tend to arrest/revert when teeth reach the occlusal plan; however, an important proportion of these lesions remains active and in need of proper management. Children at risk should be targeted with preventive and minimally invasive strategies. PMID:24874701

  6. Analysis of inflammation- and atherosclerosis-related gene polymorphisms in branch retinal vein occlusion

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    Steinbrugger, Iris; Haas, Anton; Maier, Richard; Renner, Wilfried; Mayer, Monika; Werner, Christoph; Wedrich, Andreas; El-Shabrawi, Yosuf; Schmut, Otto

    2009-01-01

    Purpose Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) is a common vision-threatening disease. Compression of the underlying retinal vein due to increased rigidity of the crossing artery has been implicated in the pathogenesis of BRVO. Among others, arterial hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, both of which contribute to atherogenesis, have been identified as risk factors. Atherosclerosis itself is a chronic low-grade inflammatory disease with a distinct pro-inflammatory cytokine pattern. In addition to their role in atherogenesis, some cytokines have been shown to exert procoagulatory effects, and may thus contribute to the development of BRVO by a second mechanism. Gene polymorphisms affecting the expression of inflammation-related cytokines are therefore candidates as potential risk factors for BRVO. The purpose of the present study was to investigate hypothesized associations between cytokine gene polymorphisms and the presence of BRVO. Methods The study comprised 398 patients with BRVO and 355 control subjects. Using 5?exonuclease assays (TaqMan), genotypes of the following functional single nucleotide polymorphisms were determined: interleukin 1 beta (IL1B) ?511C>T, interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL1RN) 1018T>C, interleukin 4 (IL4) ?584C>T, interleukin 6 (IL6) ?174G>C, interleukin 8 (IL8) ?251A>T, interleukin 10 (IL10) ?592C>A, interleukin 18 (IL18) 183A>G, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ?308G>A, monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (CCL2) ?2518A>G, and RANTES (CCL5) ?403G>A. Results Neither genotype distributions nor allele frequencies of any of the investigated polymorphisms differed significantly between BRVO patients and controls (p>0.05). Arterial hypertension was found to be significantly more prevalent in BRVO patients than in controls (p<0.001). In a logistic regression analysis presence of arterial hypertension was associated with an odds ratio of 3.33 (95% confidence interval: 2.42–4.57) for BRVO. Conclusions As none of the investigated gene variants was significantly more prevalent in BRVO patients than among control subjects, our data suggest that these polymorphisms themselves are unlikely major risk factors for BRVO. PMID:19347053

  7. Biofilms in chronic wounds.

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    James, Garth A; Swogger, Ellen; Wolcott, Randall; Pulcini, Elinor deLancey; Secor, Patrick; Sestrich, Jennifer; Costerton, John W; Stewart, Philip S

    2008-01-01

    Chronic wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, and venous leg ulcers are a worldwide health problem. It has been speculated that bacteria colonizing chronic wounds exist as highly persistent biofilm communities. This research examined chronic and acute wounds for biofilms and characterized microorganisms inhabiting these wounds. Chronic wound specimens were obtained from 77 subjects and acute wound specimens were obtained from 16 subjects. Culture data were collected using standard clinical techniques. Light and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to analyze 50 of the chronic wound specimens and the 16 acute wound specimens. Molecular analyses were performed on the remaining 27 chronic wound specimens using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and sequence analysis. Of the 50 chronic wound specimens evaluated by microscopy, 30 were characterized as containing biofilm (60%), whereas only one of the 16 acute wound specimens was characterized as containing biofilm (6%). This was a statistically significant difference (p<0.001). Molecular analyses of chronic wound specimens revealed diverse polymicrobial communities and the presence of bacteria, including strictly anaerobic bacteria, not revealed by culture. Bacterial biofilm prevalence in specimens from chronic wounds relative to acute wounds observed in this study provides evidence that biofilms may be abundant in chronic wounds. PMID:18086294

  8. Mechanical Recanalization of Subacute Vessel Occlusion in Peripheral Arterial Disease with a Directional Atherectomy Catheter

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    Massmann, Alexander Katoh, Marcus; Shayesteh-Kheslat, Roushanak; Buecker, Arno

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: To retrospectively examine the technical feasibility and safety of directional atherectomy for treatment of subacute infrainguinal arterial vessel occlusions. Methods: Five patients (one woman, four men, age range 51-81 years) with peripheral arterial disease who experienced sudden worsening of their peripheral arterial disease-related symptoms during the last 2-6 weeks underwent digital subtraction angiography, which revealed vessel occlusion in native popliteal artery (n = 4) and in-stent occlusion of the superficial femoral artery (n = 1). Subsequently, all patients were treated by atherectomy with the SilverHawk (ev3 Endovascular, USA) device. Results: The mean diameter of treated vessels was 5.1 {+-} 1.0 mm. The length of the occlusion ranged 2-14 cm. The primary technical success rate was 100%. One patient experienced a reocclusion during hospitalization due to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. There were no further periprocedural complications, in particular no peripheral embolizations, until hospital discharge or during the follow-up period of 1 year. Conclusion: The recanalization of infrainguinal arterial vessel occlusions by atherectomy with the SilverHawk device is technically feasible and safe. In our limited retrospective study, it was associated with a high technical success rate and a low procedure-related complication rate.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of coronary artery occlusions in the navigator technique.

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    Wittlinger, Thomas; Voigtländer, Thomas; Rohr, Martin; Meyer, Jürgen; Thelen, Martin; Kreitner, Karl Friedrich; Kalden, Peter

    2002-06-01

    Non-invasive assessment of coronary arteries is possible with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Respiratory gated MR coronary angiography is a new imaging technique that permits reconstruction of the coronary arteries based on a three-dimensional (3D) data set obtained from the free-breathing patient. In this study, respiratory gated MR angiography (MRA) was performed to assess coronary artery occlusions. MRI was performed in 25 patients who had been referred for conventional coronary angiography because of suspected coronary artery disease. Coronary artery occlusion was evaluated in the proximal and middle vessel segments after multiplanar coronary reconstruction of the MR images. Five patients were excluded from the study; in the remaining 20 patients 120 coronary artery segments were analyzed. Good image quality could be obtained for 85% of the segments. Eighteen of the 24 occlusions were confirmed by MRI, the overall sensitivity was 75% and the specificity was 100%. The best results were found in the proximal left anterior descending (LAD) and descending parts of the right coronary artery (RCA), where all occlusions were confirmed. These results showed that coronary artery occlusions can be detected in the proximal and middle LAD and RCA using 3D respiratory gated MRA. Further technical improvements, especially in spatial resolution, are necessary before MRA can become a reliable diagnostic tool in the non-invasive evaluation of coronary arteries. PMID:12123312

  10. Temporary Arterial Balloon Occlusion as an Adjunct to Yttrium-90 Radioembolization

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    Hagspiel, Klaus D.; Nambiar, Ashwin; Hagspiel, Lauren M.; Ahmad, Ehab Ali; Bozlar, Ugur

    2013-06-15

    Purpose. This study was designed to describe the technique of arterial occlusion using a temporary occlusion balloon system as an alternative to coil occlusion during Yttrium-90 radioembolization of hepatic tumors. Methods. Review of charts, angiography, and follow-up imaging studies of consecutive patients undergoing oncological embolization procedures in which a HyperForm system (ev3 Neurovascular, Irvine, CA) was used. Intraprocedural target vessel occlusion and patency of the target vessel on follow-up were recorded. Clinical data and Bremsstrahlung scans were reviewed for evidence of nontarget embolization. Results. Four radioembolization procedures were performed in three patients (all female, age 48-54 (mean 52) years). Five arteries were temporarily occluded (three gastroduodenal arteries, one right gastric artery, and one cystic artery). All radioembolization procedures were successfully completed. Follow-up imaging (either digital subtraction angiography (DSA) or computed tomography angiography (CTA)) was available for all patients between 28-454 (mean 183) days following the procedure, demonstrating all five vessels to be patent. No clinical or imaging evidence for nontarget embolization was found. Conclusions. Temporary balloon occlusion of small and medium-sized arteries during radioembolization allows safe therapy with preserved postprocedural vessel patency on early and midterm follow-up.

  11. Nampt/PBEF/visfatin serum levels: a new biomarker for retinal blood vessel occlusions

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    Kaja, Simon; Shah, Anna A; Haji, Shamim A; Patel, Krishna B; Naumchuk, Yuliya; Zabaneh, Alexander; Gerdes, Bryan C; Kunjukunju, Nancy; Sabates, Nelson R; Cassell, Michael A; Lord, Ron K; Pikey, Kevin P; Poulose, Abraham; Koulen, Peter

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of the study was to quantify serum levels of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt/pre-B-Cell colony-enhancing factor 1/visfatin) in subjects with a history of retinal vascular occlusions (RVOs), disease conditions characterized by pronounced ischemia, and metabolic energy deficits. A case–control study of 18 subjects with a history of RVO as well as six healthy volunteers is presented. Serum Nampt levels were quantified using a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit. Serum Nampt levels were 79% lower in patients with a history of RVO compared with that in healthy volunteers (P<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference among the types of RVOs, specifically branch retinal vein occlusions (n=7), central retinal vein occlusions (n=5), hemiretinal vein occlusions (n=3), and central retinal artery occlusions (n=3; P=0.69). Further studies are needed to establish the temporal kinetics of Nampt expression and to determine whether Nampt may represent a novel biomarker to identify at-risk populations, or whether it is a druggable target with the potential to ameliorate the long-term complications associated with the condition, ie, macular edema, macular ischemia, neovascularization, and permanent loss of vision. PMID:25897200

  12. Soft versus hard occlusal splint therapy in the management of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs)

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    Seifeldin, Sameh A; Elhayes, Khaled A.

    2015-01-01

    Aim To compare between soft and hard occlusal splint therapy for the management of myofacial pain dysfunction (MPD) or internal derangement (ID) of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with reciprocal clicking. Patients and methods This study included 50 patients (age range: 24–47 years) who had been diagnosed with MPD or ID of the TMJ in the form of reciprocal clicking. Patients were divided into two groups. They were treated for 4 months with either a vacuum-formed soft occlusal splint constructed from 2-mm-thick elastic rubber sheets (soft splint group) or a hard flat occlusal splint fabricated from transparent acrylic resin (hard splint group). Monthly follow-up visits were performed during the treatment period. Before treatment and 1, 2, 3 and 4 months after treatment, the dentist measured all parameters of TMJ function (pain visual analog scores, tenderness of masticatory muscles, clicking and tenderness of the TMJ, and range of mouth opening). Results All parameters of TMJ function showed significant improvement in both groups during the follow-up period, with a statistically significant difference between the two groups at the 4-month follow-up visit. Conclusions Both forms of occlusal splints (soft and hard) improved TMJ symptoms in patients with MPD or ID of the TMJ. However, the soft occlusal splints exhibited superior results after 4 months of use.

  13. A method for resolving occlusions when multitracking individuals in a shoal.

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    Dolado, Ruth; Gimeno, Elisabet; Beltran, Francesc S; Quera, Vicenç; Pertusa, José F

    2015-12-01

    Studying the collective behavior of fishes often requires tracking a great number of individuals. When many fishes move together, it is common for individuals to move so close to each other that some fishes superimpose themselves on others during one or several units of time, which impacts on tracking accuracy (i.e., loss of fish trajectories, interchange of fish identities). Type 1 occlusions arise when two fishes swim so near each other that they look like one long fish, whereas type 2 occlusions occur when the fishes' trajectories cross to create a T- or X-shaped individual. We propose an image processing method for resolving these types of occlusions when multitracking shoals in two dimensions. We assessed processing effectiveness after videorecording shoals of 20 and 40 individuals of two species that exhibit different shoal styles: zebrafish (Danio rerio) and black neon tetras (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi). Results show that, although the number of occlusions depended on both the number of individuals and the species, the method is able to effectively resolve a great deal of occlusions, irrespective of the species and the number of individuals. It also produces images that can be used in a multitracking system to detect individual fish trajectories. Compared to other methods, our approach makes it possible to study shoals with water depths similar to those seen in the natural conditions of the two species studied. PMID:25294043

  14. RANKL, Osteopontin, and Osteoclast Homeostasis in a Hyper-Occlusion Mouse Model

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    Walker, Cameron G.; Ito, Yoshihiro; Dangaria, Smit; Luan, Xianghong; Diekwisch, Thomas G.H.

    2010-11-15

    The biological mechanisms that maintain the position of teeth in their sockets establish a dynamic equilibrium between bone resorption and apposition. In order to reveal some of the dynamics involved in the tissue responses towards occlusal forces on periodontal ligament (PDL) and alveolar bone homeostasis, we developed the first mouse model of hyperocclusion. Swiss-Webster mice were kept in hyperocclusion for 0, 3, 6, and 9 d. Morphological and histological changes in the periodontium were assessed using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and ground sections with fluorescent detection of vital dye labels. Sections were stained for tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, and the expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor-{kappa}B ligand (RANKL) and osteopontin (OPN) was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Traumatic occlusion resulted in enamel surface abrasion, inhibition of alveolar bone apposition, significant formation of osteoclasts at 3, 6 and 9 d, and upregulation of OPN and RANKL. Data from this study suggest that both OPN and RANKL contribute to the stimulation of bone resorption in the hyperocclusive state. In addition, we propose that the inhibition of alveolar bone apposition by occlusal forces is an important mechanism for the control of occlusal height that might work in synergy with RANKL-induced bone resorption to maintain normal occlusion.

  15. Nondestructive Clinical Assessment of Occlusal Caries Lesions using Near-IR Imaging Methods

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    Staninec, Michal; Douglas, Shane M.; Darling, Cynthia L.; Chan, Kenneth; Kang, Hobin; Lee, Robert C.; Fried, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Objective Enamel is highly transparent in the near-IR (NIR) at wavelengths near 1300-nm, and stains are not visible. The purpose of this study was to use NIR transillumination and optical coherence tomography (OCT) to estimate the severity of caries lesions on occlusal surfaces both in vivo and on extracted teeth. Methods Extracted molars with suspected occlusal lesions were examined with OCT and polarization sensitive OCT (PS-OCT), and subsequently sectioned and examined with polarized light microscopy (PLM) and transverse microradiography (TMR). Teeth in test subjects with occlusal caries lesions that were not cavitated or visible on radiographs were examined using NIR transillumination at 1310 nm using a custom built probe attached to an indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera and a linear OCT scanner. After imaging, cavities were prepared using dye staining to guide caries removal and physical impressions of the cavities were taken. Results The lesion severity determined from OCT and PS-OCT scans in vitro correlated with the depth determined using polarized light microscopy (PLM) and transverse microradiography (TMR). Occlusal caries lesions appeared in NIR images with high contrast in vivo. OCT scans showed that most of the lesions penetrated to dentin and spread laterally below the sound enamel. Conclusion This study demonstrates that both NIR transillumination and OCT are promising new methods for the clinical diagnosis of occlusal caries. PMID:22109697

  16. The effect of occlusion therapy on motion perception deficits in amblyopia.

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    Giaschi, Deborah; Chapman, Christine; Meier, Kimberly; Narasimhan, Sathyasri; Regan, David

    2015-09-01

    There is growing evidence for deficits in motion perception in amblyopia, but these are rarely assessed clinically. In this prospective study we examined the effect of occlusion therapy on motion-defined form perception and multiple-object tracking. Participants included children (3-10years old) with unilateral anisometropic and/or strabismic amblyopia who were currently undergoing occlusion therapy and age-matched control children with normal vision. At the start of the study, deficits in motion-defined form perception were present in at least one eye in 69% of the children with amblyopia. These deficits were still present at the end of the study in 55% of the amblyopia group. For multiple-object tracking, deficits were present initially in 64% and finally in 55% of the children with amblyopia, even after completion of occlusion therapy. Many of these deficits persisted in spite of an improvement in amblyopic eye visual acuity in response to occlusion therapy. The prevalence of motion perception deficits in amblyopia as well as their resistance to occlusion therapy, support the need for new approaches to amblyopia treatment. PMID:26049038

  17. Primary Stenting of Subclavian and Innominate Artery Occlusive Disease: A Single Center's Experience

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    Brountzos, E. N. Petersen, B.; Binkert, C.; Panagiotou, I.; Kaufman, J. A.

    2004-11-15

    Purpose: To review immediate and midterm results of primary stenting for innominate and subclavian artery occlusive lesions. Methods: Retrospective data were collected from 48 consecutive symptomatic patients (27 men and 21 women, median age 64 years) having 49 subclavian and innominate artery lesions treated with stenting. Of the patients 52% had concomitant ischemic heart disease, and 30% had carotid and/or vertebral artery disease. Indication for treatment was vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI) in 16.6% of the patients; upper limb ischemia (ULI) in 31.3%; VBI and ULI in 12.5%; transient ischemic attack in 16.7%; angina in 12.5% before or after left internal mammary artery-to-coronary artery bypass grafting; and leg claudication in 10.4% before or after axillofemoral bypass grafting. Balloon-expandable stents were used in 44 lesions and self-expandable stents in 5 lesions. In total, 53 stents were placed in 48 patients. Results: Technical success was 96%, and clinical success 94%. We encountered four complications (two puncture site hematomas, one distal hand embolization and one transient cerebral ischemia). Two patients died within 30 days from other causes, and seven patients were lost to follow-up. Mean follow-up time was 16.7 months (range 0.3 to 68.2). Five patients had recurrent lesions treated by surgical (n = 2) or endovascular (n = 3) means. Cumulative primary patency rate was 91.7% and 77% at 12 and 24 months, respectively. Cumulative secondary patency rate was 96.5% and 91.7% at 12 and 24 months, respectively. Conclusion: Stenting of subclavian and innominate artery lesions resulted in immediate resolution of patients' symptoms with durable midterm effect and few complications in a larger patient group with serious comorbid conditions.

  18. Breathing pattern and occlusion pressure during exercise in pre- and peripubertal swimmers.

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    Ramonatxo, M; Mercier, J; el-Fassi-Ben Abdallah, R; Vago, P; Préfaut, C

    1986-09-01

    In two groups of young swimmers (prepubertal stage: group A; peripubertal stage: group B), the ventilatory response to graded exercise work with a cycle ergometer was studied. Ventilatory variables (ventilation, VE, tidal volume, VT, respiratory frequency,f, ratio between inspiratory period and total breath duration, TI/TTOT, and mean inspiratory flow, VT/TI) as well as mouth occlusion pressure measured at 100 msec (P0.1), effective impedance of the respiratory system (P0.1/VT/TI), inspiratory power for breathing (W) and O2 uptake (VO2) were measured during the third minute of each work load. At the same level of exercise both groups showed identical values of VT/TI, but VE was higher in group A individuals. This resulted from higher values of respiratory frequency with higher TI/TTOT ratios. P0.1, P0.1(VT/TI) and W were also much higher during work load in group A than in peripubertal subjects. When the above results were related to the same percentage of VO2 max, P0.1, W, respiratory frequency and duty cycle did not differ within both groups. However, VE, VT and VT/TI were lower in group A subjects with a higher P0.1/(VT/TI) ratio. Further corrections of VT, VT/TI and P0.1/(VT/TI) ratios by body weight cancelled all these differences. In conclusion, our results strongly suggest that biometric factors only determined interindividual differences in ventilatory response to exercise in prepubertal and peripubertal swimmers. PMID:3786971

  19. A Comparative Study of Dermatoglyphics in Individuals with Normal Occlusions and Malocclusions

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    Reddy, Boggula Rama Mohan; Sankar, Singaraju Gowri; E.T., Roy; Govulla, Supraja

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Dermatoglyphics is the study on edpidermal ridges on the palmar and plantar surfaces of the feet and hand. Embryological development of orodental structures and these dermal patterns occur during the same period. The environmentally influenced genetic predisposition is found in different types of malocclusions. This malocclusion should also exhibit different dermal patterns which are unique for each class. Aim of the Study: The present study was conducted to compare the Dermatoglyphics parameters of individuals with normal occlusions and various classes of malocclusions. Methodology: The participants were divided into four groups; Group 1: class I ideal; Group 2: class I malocclusionl; Group 3: class II Div 1 and Div 2; Group IV: class III. The finger and palmar prints were obtained and they were analyzed for each type of pattern. The Total Finger Fridge Count (TFRC), a-b ridge count and the angle “atd” (angle formed by connecting lines from digital triradius ‘a’ to the axial triradius and from this triradius to the digital triradius ‘d’) were associated with particular groups. Results: The data was entered and analyzed by using Students t-test and ANOVA. Conclusion: Particular predictive occurrence of patterns was not found to be associated with each group. However, some of the finger patterns, such as increase in twinned loops in class II malocclusions and absence of radial loops in class III malocclusions were found to be statistically significant (p<0.001). The parameters associated with palmar prints had no statistical significance. Further studies with more samples in each group should be carried out. PMID:24551728

  20. Characteristics, detection methods, and treatment of questionable occlusal carious lesions: findings from The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

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    Makhija, Sonia K; Gilbert, Gregg H.; Funkhouser, Ellen; Bader, James D; Gordan, Valeria V.; Rindal, D. Brad; Pihlstrom, Daniel J.; Qvist, Vibeke

    2014-01-01

    Questionable occlusal carious lesions (QOC) can be defined as an occlusal tooth surface with no cavitation and no radiographic radiolucencies, but caries is suspected due to roughness, surface opacities, or staining. An earlier analysis of data from this study indicates ? of patients have a QOC. The objective of this report is to quantify the characteristics of these common lesions, diagnostic aids used, and treatment of QOC. A total of 82 dentist and hygienist practitioner-investigators from the United States and Denmark in The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network participated. When consented patients presented with a QOC, information was recorded about the patient, tooth, lesion, and treatments. 2,603 QOC from 1,732 patients were analyzed. Lesions were usually associated with a fissure, on molars, and varied from yellow to black in color. Half presented with a chalky luster and had a rough surface when examined with an explorer. There was an association between color and luster, 10% were chalky-light, 47% were shiny-dark, and 42% were mixtures. A higher proportion of chalky than shiny lesions were light (22% vs. 9%; p < 0.001). Lesions light in color were less common in adults than pediatric patients (9% vs. 32%; p < 0.001). Lesions that were chalky and light were more common among pediatric than adult patients (22% vs. 6%, p < 0.001). This is the first study to investigate characteristics of QOC in routine clinical practice. Clinicians commonly face this diagnostic uncertainty. Determining the characteristics of these lesions are relevant when making diagnostic and treatment decisions. PMID:24480989

  1. Preventing Chronic Disease

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    Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to address the interface between applied public health research, practice, and policy. Articles focus on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and conditions, promoting health, and examining the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their impact on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality across the life span.

  2. Is Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation A Reasonable Choice for Pediatric Pancreatitis?

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    Azhari, Hassan; Rahhal, Riad; Uc, Aliye

    2015-01-01

    Chronic pancreatitis is an emerging and poorly understood disease in childhood. Total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplantation is being proposed as a treatment for chronic pancreatitis and recent studies report a more favorable outcome in children compared to adults. Herein, we review the therapeutic alternatives for pediatric chronic pancreatitis, focusing primarily on TP/IAT. PMID:26523129

  3. The Role of Housing In Management of Chronic Disease

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    Znaniecki, Barbara

    1973-01-01

    A chronic patient's environment becomes an important part of his life, and can actively be used in his treatment. This article describes ways of involving the patient's surroundings in a total management plan. PMID:20468989

  4. Differential MR Delayed Enhancement Patterns of Chronic Myocardial Infarction between Extracellular and Intravascular Contrast Media

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    Wang, Jian; Xiang, Bo; Lin, Hung Yu; Liu, Hongyu; Freed, Darren; Arora, Rakesh C.; Tian, Ganghong

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Because the distribution volume and mechanism of extracellular and intravascular MR contrast media differ considerably, the enhancement pattern of chronic myocardial infarction with extracellular or intravascular media might also be different. This study aims to investigate the differences in MR enhancement patterns of chronic myocardial infarction between extracellular and intravascular contrast media. Materials and Methods Twenty pigs with myocardial infarction underwent cine MRI, first pass perfusion MRI and delayed enhancement MRI with extracellular or intravascular media at four weeks after coronary occlusion. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was determined with microsphere measurement. The infarction histopathological changes were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin staining and Masson's trichrome method. Results Cine MRI revealed the reduced wall thickening in chronic infarction compared with normal myocardium. Moreover, significant wall thinning in chronic infarction was observed in cine MRI. Peak first-pass signal intensity didn’t significantly differ between chronic infarction and normal myocardium no matter what kinds of contrast media. At the following delayed enhancement phase, extracellular media-enhanced signal intensity was significantly higher in chronic infarction than in normal myocardium. Conversely, intravascular media-enhanced signal intensity was almost equivalent among chronic infarction and normal myocardium. At four weeks after infarction, MBF in chronic infarction approached to that in normal myocardium. Large thick-walled vessels were detected at peri-infarction zones. The cardiomyocytes were replaced by scar tissue consisting of dilated blood vessels and discrete fibers of collagen. Conclusions Chronic infarction was characterized by the significantly reduced wall thickening and the definite wall thinning. First-pass myocardial perfusion defect was not detected in chronic infarction with two media due to the significantly recovered MBF and well-developed collateral vessels. Infarction remodeling enlarged the extracellular compartment, which was available for extracellular media but not accessible to intravascular media. Extracellular media identified chronic infarction as the hyper-enhancement; nonetheless, intravascular media didn’t provide delayed enhancement. PMID:25816056

  5. Prosthetic management of hemimandibulectomy patient with guiding plane and twin occlusion prosthesis

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    Koralakunte, Pavankumar R.; Shamnur, Sunitha N.; Iynalli, Rudraprasad V.; Shivmurthy, Shadakshari

    2015-01-01

    Mandibular deviation is multifactorial defect and its severity is based on the extent of osseous and soft tissue involvement, degree of tongue impaired, the loss of sensory and motor innervations, the type of wound closure, the presence of remaining natural teeth and finally the first initiation of prosthetic treatment. We describe a case of prosthetic management of a maxillary partially edentulous patient with hemimandibulectomy who reported after 4 years of postsurgical cancer therapy. A simple maxillary guided hollow inclined plane with twin occlusion acrylic prosthesis was fabricated as a functional training device to correct mandibular deviation, restore maxillomandibular relation and occlusal approximation. The patient was able to functionally achieve good maxillomandibular occlusal approximation with guidance therapy combined with physiotherapy in 2 weeks. A 6 months follow-up revealed patient satisfactory appreciation by understanding the limitations of overall prosthetic rehabilitation. PMID:26283850

  6. Occlusion of left and right coronary arteries and coronary sinus following blunt chest trauma.

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    Mastroroberto, Pasquale; Di Mizio, Giulio; Colosimo, Federica; Ricci, Pietrantonio

    2011-09-01

    Blunt chest trauma from rapid automobile airbag deployment causing coronary artery occlusion and myocardial infarction is a rare but potentially fatal condition. We present the case of a 37-year-old man who developed extensive anterior and inferior myocardial infarction because of occlusion of both left anterior and right coronary arteries following blunt injury to the chest in a car accident. The patient was scheduled for emergency coronary angiography but left and right coronary ostia were not cannulated because of thrombus formation probably. The patient died, and the autopsy revealed external compression by epicardial hematomas involving separately left and right coronary arteries and the coronary sinus without signs of coronary and/or aortic dissection. To our knowledge, this is the first case presenting occlusion of both coronary arteries secondary to blunt chest trauma causing acute myocardial infarction in a young man without signs of prior coronary artery disease. PMID:21644989

  7. Design of a compact optical see-through head-worn display with mutual occlusion capability

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    Cakmakci, Ozan; Ha, Yonggang; Rolland, Jannick

    2005-08-01

    We present the first-order design details and preliminary lens design and performance analysis of a compact optical system that can achieve mutual occlusions. Mutual occlusion is the ability of real objects to occlude virtual objects and virtual objects to occlude real objects. Mutual occlusion is a desirable attribute for a certain class of augmented reality applications where realistic overlays based on the depth cue is important. Compactness is achieved through the use of polarization optics. First order layout of the system is similar to that of a Keplerian telescope operating at finite conjugates. Additionally, we require the image to lie on the plane of the object with unit magnification. We show that the same lens can be used as the objective and the eyepiece. The system is capable of having very close to zero distortion.

  8. Studies of Olfactory System Neural Plasticity: The Contribution of the Unilateral Naris Occlusion Technique

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    Coppola, David M.

    2012-01-01

    Unilateral naris occlusion has long been the method of choice for effecting stimulus deprivation in studies of olfactory plasticity. A significant body of literature speaks to the myriad consequences of this manipulation on the ipsilateral olfactory pathway. Early experiments emphasized naris occlusion's deleterious and age-critical effects. More recent studies have focused on life-long vulnerability, particularly on neurogenesis, and compensatory responses to deprivation. Despite the abundance of empirical data, a theoretical framework in which to understand the many sequelae of naris occlusion on olfaction has been elusive. This paper focuses on recent data, new theories, and underappreciated caveats related to the use of this technique in studies of olfactory plasticity. PMID:22690343

  9. Vascular occlusions in grapevines with Pierce's disease make disease symptom development worse.

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    Sun, Qiang; Sun, Yuliang; Walker, M Andrew; Labavitch, John M

    2013-03-01

    Vascular occlusions are common structural modifications made by many plant species in response to pathogen infection. However, the functional role(s) of occlusions in host plant disease resistance/susceptibility remains controversial. This study focuses on vascular occlusions that form in stem secondary xylem of grapevines (Vitis vinifera) infected with Pierce's disease (PD) and the impact of occlusions on the hosts' water transport and the systemic spread of the causal bacterium Xylella fastidiosa in infected vines. Tyloses are the predominant type of occlusion that forms in grapevine genotypes with differing PD resistances. Tyloses form throughout PD-susceptible grapevines with over 60% of the vessels in transverse sections of all examined internodes becoming fully blocked. By contrast, tylose development was mainly limited to a few internodes close to the point of inoculation in PD-resistant grapevines, impacting only 20% or less of the vessels. The extensive vessel blockage in PD-susceptible grapevines was correlated to a greater than 90% decrease in stem hydraulic conductivity, compared with an approximately 30% reduction in the stems of PD-resistant vines. Despite the systemic spread of X. fastidiosa in PD-susceptible grapevines, the pathogen colonized only 15% or less of the vessels in any internode and occurred in relatively small numbers, amounts much too small to directly block the vessels. Therefore, we concluded that the extensive formation of vascular occlusions in PD-susceptible grapevines does not prevent the pathogen's systemic spread in them, but may significantly suppress the vines' water conduction, contributing to PD symptom development and the vines' eventual death. PMID:23292789

  10. Surgical management of peritonitis secondary to acute superior mesenteric artery occlusion

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    Acosta, Stefan

    2014-01-01

    Diagnosis of acute arterial mesenteric ischemia in the early stages is now possible using modern computed tomography with intravenous contrast enhancement and imaging in the arterial and/or portal phase. Most patients have acute superior mesenteric artery (SMA) occlusion, and a large proportion of these patients will develop peritonitis prior to mesenteric revascularization, and explorative laparotomy will therefore be necessary to evaluate the extent and severity of intestinal ischemia, and to perform bowel resections. The establishment of a hybrid operating room in vascular units in hospitals is most important to be able to perform successful intestinal revascularization. This review outlines current frontline surgical strategies to improve survival and minimize bowel morbidity in patients with peritonitis secondary to acute SMA occlusion. Explorative laparotomy needs to be performed first. Curative treatment is based upon intestinal revascularization followed by bowel resection. If no vascular imaging has been carried out, SMA angiography is performed. In case of embolic occlusion of the SMA, open embolectomy is performed followed by angiography. In case of thrombotic occlusion, the occlusive lesion can be recanalized retrograde from an exposed SMA, the guidewire snared from either the femoral or brachial artery, and stented with standard devices from these access sites. Bowel resections and sometimes gall bladder removal due to transmural infarctions are performed at initial laparotomy, leaving definitive bowel reconstructions to a planned second look laparotomy, according to the principles of damage control surgery. Patients with peritonitis secondary to acute SMA occlusion should be managed by both the general and vascular surgeon, and a hybrid revascularization approach is of utmost importance to improve outcomes. PMID:25110423

  11. Effects of sleep bruxism on functional and occlusal parameters: a prospective controlled investigation.

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    Ommerborn, Michelle Alicia; Giraki, Maria; Schneider, Christine; Fuck, Lars Michael; Handschel, Jörg; Franz, Matthias; Hans-Michael Raab, Wolfgang; Schäfer, Ralf

    2012-09-01

    This study was conducted to verify the results of a preceding retrospective pilot study by means of a prospective controlled investigation including a larger sample size. Therefore, the aim of this clinical investigation was to analyze the relationship between sleep bruxism and several functional and occlusal parameters. The null hypothesis of this study was that there would be no differences among sleep bruxism subjects and non-sleep bruxism controls regarding several functional and occlusal parameters. Fifty-eight sleep bruxism subjects and 31 controls participated in this study. The diagnosis sleep bruxism was based on clinical criteria of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sixteen functional and occlusal parameters were recorded clinically or from dental study casts. Similar to the recently published retrospective pilot study, with a mean slide of 0.77 mm (s.d., 0.69 mm) in the sleep bruxism group and a mean slide of 0.4 mm (s.d., 0.57 mm) in the control group, the evaluation of the mean comparison between the two groups demonstrated a larger slide from centric occlusion to maximum intercuspation in sleep bruxism subjects (Mann-Whitney U-test; P=0.008). However, following Bonferroni adjustment, none of the 16 occlusal and functional variables differed significantly between the sleep bruxism subjects and the non-sleep bruxism controls. The present study shows that the occlusal and functional parameters evaluated do not differ between sleep bruxism subjects and non-sleep bruxism subjects. However, as the literature reveals a possible association between bruxism and certain subgroups of temporomandibular disorders, it appears advisable to incorporate the individual adaptive capacity of the stomatognathic system into future investigations. PMID:22935746

  12. Parental Involvement of Mothers with Chronic Illness and Children's Academic Achievement

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    Chen, Yung-Chi; Fish, Marian C.

    2013-01-01

    This study examined how maternal chronic illnesses may affect children's academic achievement through parental involvement. A total of 189 mothers diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, asthma, myelodysplasic syndrome, and fibromyalgia, and with a child in middle school or high…

  13. Spontaneous Recanalization of Superior Mesenteric Artery Occlusion Following Angioplasty and Stenting of Inferior Mesenteric Artery

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    Akpinar, Erhan Cil, Barbaros E.; Arat, Anil; Baykal, Atac; Karaman, Kerem; Balkanci, Ferhun

    2006-02-15

    An 84-year-old woman with a history of hypertension and coronary artery disease was admitted with a progressively worsening diffuse abdominal pain. Computed tomography scan of the abdomen and angiography revealed occlusion of the origin and proximal portion of superior mesenteric artery. Aortography also showed severe origin stenosis of inferior mesenteric artery and that the distal part of the superior mesenteric artery was supplied by a prominent marginal artery of Drummond. Patient was effectively treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting of the inferior mesenteric artery. Follow-up imaging studies demonstrated patency of the stent and spontaneous recanalization of superior mesenteric artery occlusion.

  14. A case of an occlusive right coronary artery dissection after stent implantation: dilemmas and challenges.

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    Panoulas, Vasileios F; Figini, Filippo; Giustino, Gennaro; Carlino, Mauro; Chieffo, Alaide; Latib, Azeem; Colombo, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    A 53-year-old man with stable angina had a staged percutaneous coronary intervention to a critical focal stenosis of the mid-segment of the right coronary artery (RCA). Two hours after successful RCA stent implantation, the patient re-presented with inferior ST elevation secondary to acute dissection originating at the distal edge of the stent, causing subtotal occlusion of the distal RCA. The patient had TIMI-2 flow in the posterolateral branch and occlusion of the posterior descending artery. This case describes the procedural challenges the operators were faced with and successful use of the "rescue STAR" technique as a last resort. PMID:25589705

  15. A new computer-assisted method for design and fabrication of occlusal splints.

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    Lauren, Mark; McIntyre, Fred

    2008-04-01

    In this report, we describe computer-based design and production of occlusal splints. A research effort was undertaken to develop a process to eliminate the inherent variabilities associated with current splint-fabrication methods. The digital process provides quantitative control over articulation and splint design, and produces splints with continuously smooth occlusal surfaces. Stone casts are laser scanned, and custom software is used to articulate and design flat-plane and full-coverage splints with guidance ramps. Splints are produced by milling excess acrylic placed over stone casts. Clinically, digital splints reduce the average time needed for placement because intraoral equilibration is minimized. PMID:18407020

  16. Open Surgical Bypass for Superficial Femoral Artery Occlusion Caused by Blunt Trauma

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    Kudo, Yohei; Maeda, Michihiro; Tochiki, Aito; Ichimura, Haruto; Uesugi, Masafumi; Jikuya, Tomoaki

    2015-01-01

    Blunt vascular trauma of the lower extremities brings about a high amputation rate, because other organ injuries disturb revascularization. We experienced a case of a superficial femoral artery occlusion caused by blunt trauma. The patient also had a femoral bone fracture and a large skin defect with deep muscular injuries of the thigh. We performed a femoropopliteal (FP) bypass using a saphenous vein which was routed through the contaminated wound. Postoperative vacuum-assisted closure therapy was used to prevent graft infection. Surgical bypasses using saphenous veins are approved treatments for arterial occlusions from blunt trauma if the grafts go through contaminated wounds. PMID:26421079

  17. Open Surgical Bypass for Superficial Femoral Artery Occlusion Caused by Blunt Trauma.

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    Ikeda, Akihiko; Kudo, Yohei; Maeda, Michihiro; Tochiki, Aito; Ichimura, Haruto; Uesugi, Masafumi; Jikuya, Tomoaki

    2015-01-01

    Blunt vascular trauma of the lower extremities brings about a high amputation rate, because other organ injuries disturb revascularization. We experienced a case of a superficial femoral artery occlusion caused by blunt trauma. The patient also had a femoral bone fracture and a large skin defect with deep muscular injuries of the thigh. We performed a femoropopliteal (FP) bypass using a saphenous vein which was routed through the contaminated wound. Postoperative vacuum-assisted closure therapy was used to prevent graft infection. Surgical bypasses using saphenous veins are approved treatments for arterial occlusions from blunt trauma if the grafts go through contaminated wounds. PMID:26421079

  18. [Statins in the treatment of patients with arterial occlusive disease of the lower extremities].

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    Mayer, O; Hromádka, M

    2001-10-01

    In patients with advanced atherosclerosis manifested by arterial occlusion in the lower extremities without a baseline blood lipid disorder statin treatment caused improvement of the efficiency, i.e. prolongation of the claudication interval, while in a comparable control group without statins the efficiency deteriorated further. In patients with arterial occlusion of the lower extremities with baseline dyslipidaemia statin treatment proved protective, i.e. at least it retarded the patients' complaints. The authors recorded improvement of the prooxidation state which followed after the dynamics of improvement of the impaired blood lipid spectrum. The results admit a possible part played by the pleiotropic effect of statins. PMID:11789002

  19. Laser angioplasty of totally occluded arteries of the limb

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    Szopinski, Piotr; Hara, Marek; Noszczyk, Wojciech

    1996-03-01

    The authors summarize their experience in the use of Nd-YAG laser in chronic occlusion of lower limb arteries. Percutaneous transluminal laser angioplasty (PTLA) with laser-heated metal and sapphire tips were used as an adjuvant to conventional balloon angioplasty. In cases of reocclusions, endovascular stents were implanted. Laser recanalization was performed in 46 arteries (iliac, superficial femoral, and popliteal). Indications for the procedure were: limb salvage, claudication below 100 m, and temporal or rest pain. Initial clinical and hemodynamic improvement was observed in 37 (80%) patients. Four perforations occurred without clinical sequel. The one-year cumulative clinical patency was 27 (58%) of the 46 lesions. PTLA may be appropriate for high-risk patients, who are unsuitable for surgical reconstruction because of the concomitant diseases. The combination of laser recanalization and implantation of vascular stents may be a promising method in the management of limb ischemia.

  20. Infants' Evolving Representations of Object Motion during Occlusion: A Longitudinal Study of 6- to 12-Month-Old Infants

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    Gredeback, Gustaf; von Hofsten, Claes

    2004-01-01

    Infants' ability to track temporarily occluded objects that moved on circular trajectories was investigated in 20 infants using a longitudinal design. They were first seen at 6 months and then every 2nd month until the end of their 1st year. Infants were presented with occlusion events covering 20% of the target's trajectory (effective occlusion

  1. Resolving Incorrect Visual Occlusion in Outdoor Augmented Reality Using TOF Camera and OpenGL Frame Buffer

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    Kamat, Vineet R.

    Resolving Incorrect Visual Occlusion in Outdoor Augmented Reality Using TOF Camera and OpenGL Frame Professor University of Michigan vkamat@umich.edu ABSTRACT: Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential realism. KEYWORDS: Augmented Reality, Occlusion, Time-of-flight camera, OpenGL, depth buffering, 1

  2. Chronic gastritis - an update.

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    Varbanova, Mariya; Frauenschläger, Katrin; Malfertheiner, Peter

    2014-12-01

    Helicobacter pylori is the main aetiologic factor for chronic gastritis worldwide. The degree of inflammation and the evolution of this form of chronic gastritis can vary largely depending on bacterial virulence factors, host susceptibility factors and environmental conditions. Autoimmune gastritis is another cause of chronic inflammation in the stomach, which can occur in all age groups. This disease presents typically with vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anaemia. The presence of anti-parietal cell antibodies is highly specific for the diagnosis. The role of H. pylori as a trigger for autoimmune gastritis remains uncertain. Other rare conditions for chronic gastritis are chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease or on the background of lymphocytic or collagenous gastroenteropathies. PMID:25439069

  3. Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion

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    ... of blindness among adults. 6 Top of Page Health Risk Behaviors that Cause Chronic Diseases Health risk behaviors ... of Page The Cost of Chronic Diseases and Health Risk Behaviors In the United States, chronic diseases and ...

  4. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

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    NINDS Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Information Page Table of Contents (click to jump to sections) What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)? Is there any treatment? ...

  5. Nucleoid occlusion prevents cell division during replication fork arrest in Bacillus subtilismmi_7369 866..882

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    Rudner, David

    Nucleoid occlusion prevents cell division during replication fork arrest in Bacillus subtilismmi of transcriptional responses and inhibition of cell division. Here, we used repressor proteins bound to operator, despite robust generation of RecA­GFP filaments and a strong block to cell division during the roadblock

  6. Minimum Error Bounded Efficient 1 Tracker with Occlusion Detection Haibin Ling

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    Ling, Haibin

    Minimum Error Bounded Efficient 1 Tracker with Occlusion Detection Xue Mei Haibin Ling Yi Wu Erik subspace. Though effective, these L1 trackers require high computational costs due to numerous calculations not been fully utilized. In this paper, we propose an efficient L1 tracker with minimum error bound

  7. Low-Load Resistance Training with Blood Flow Occlusion as a Countermeasure to Disuse Atrophy

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    Ploutz-Snyder, L. L.; Cook, S. B.

    2009-01-01

    Decreases in strength and neuromuscular function are observed following prolonged disuse. Exercise countermeasures to prevent muscle dysfunction during disuse typically involve high intensity resistance training. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of low-load resistance training with a blood flow occlusion to mitigate muscle loss and dysfunction during 30 days of unilateral lower limb suspension (ULLS).

  8. Body-part templates for recovery of 2D human poses under occlusion

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    Theune, Mariët

    Body-part templates for recovery of 2D human poses under occlusion Ronald Poppe and Mannes Poel in the body. Quantitative evaluation on a HumanEva walking sequence shows mean 2D errors of approximately 27. To this end, we divide the human body into five body-parts (arms, legs and torso), each of which has

  9. Memory Dysfunction in Caudate Infarction Caused by Heubner's Recurring Artery Occlusion

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    Mizuta, Hideko; Motomura, Naoyasu

    2006-01-01

    We report five cases with caudate infarction due to Heubner's recurring artery occlusion, in which we conducted detailed memory examinations in terms of explicit memory and implicit memory. We performed the auditory verbal learning test as explicit memory tasks, and motor and cognitive procedural memory tasks, developed by Komori, as implicit…

  10. Amputee skin condition: occlusion, stratum corneum hydration and free amino acid levels.

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    Visscher, Marty O; Robinson, Marisa; Fugit, Benetta; Rosenberg, Richard J; Hoath, Steven B; Randall Wickett, R

    2011-03-01

    Patients with a prosthetic limb report negative skin effects, including irritation, rash and chafing, which can lead to infection, discomfort and reduced wear time to significantly impact normal activities. The aims were to examine the epidermal integrity (transepidermal water loss, TEWL), stratum corneum (SC) hydration [moisture accumulation rate (MAT)], friction and biomechanical properties in active below the knee amputees and to determine the effects of an inert sock liner on skin condition. The liner reduced hydration, TEWL and friction and increased elasticity versus the amputee's conventional skin care methods. Residual limb TEWL was increased and MAT was reduced versus the contralateral normal skin. In a second study, we hypothesized that complete occlusion would decrease free amino acids (FAA) and quantified them by high performance liquid chromatography in an adult volar forearm model. Occlusion with a water vapor impermeable wet dressing led to increased TEWL, erythema and dryness and reduced MAT versus normal skin, comparable to the results in the amputees. The FAA levels were significantly reduced for the occluded sites. The results suggest that residual limb occlusion in amputees may block the formation of FAA in the upper SC. Therapies based on replacement of water binding FAAs, may alleviate the consequences of long-term occlusion. PMID:21161543

  11. The Role of Visual Occlusion in Altitude Maintenance during Simulated Flight

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    Gray, R.; Geri, G. A.; Akhtar, S. C.; Covas, C. M.

    2008-01-01

    The use of visual occlusion as a cue to altitude maintenance in low-altitude flight (LAF) was investigated. The extent to which the ground surface is occluded by 3-D objects varies with altitude and depends on the height, radius, and density of the objects. Participants attempted to maintain a constant altitude during simulated flight over an…

  12. CCTV Face Hallucination under Occlusion with Motion Blur KUI JIA and SHAOGANG GONG

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    Gong, Shaogang

    CCTV Face Hallucination under Occlusion with Motion Blur KUI JIA and SHAOGANG GONG Queen Mary-resolve multiplepartially occluded CCTV low-resolution face images. By integrating hierarchicui patch-wise alignment resolution and partially occluded face im- age patches detected in realistic CCTV video. tion in video as how

  13. Atypical occlusion process caused by the merger of a sea-breeze front and gust front

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    Abulikemu, Abuduwaili; Xu, Xin; Wang, Yuan; Ding, Jinfeng; Wang, Yan

    2015-10-01

    An atypical occlusion process that occurred in North China on 14 July 2011 is studied based on both observations and a real-data Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model simulation. The results show that this atypical occlusion process was significantly different from the traditional, synoptic-scale occlusion process that occurs within extratropical cyclones. It was caused by the merger of two cold-type mesoscale fronts. One of the fronts developed from the gust front of convective storms, while the other was a sea-breeze front. As the two fronts moved towards each other, the warm air between them was squeezed and separated from the surface. An atypical occluded front was formed when the two fronts merged, with the warm air forced aloft. This kind of occlusion is termed a "merger" process, different from the well-known "catch-up" and "wrap-up" processes. Moreover, local convection was found to be enhanced during the merger process, with severe convective weather produced in the merger area.

  14. Practical Filtering for Efficient Ray-Traced Directional Occlusion Kevin Egan

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    O'Brien, James F.

    Practical Filtering for Efficient Ray-Traced Directional Occlusion Kevin Egan Columbia University of global illumination while being reusable across multiple artistic lighting iterations. How- ever, ray-traced by ray tracing costs. CR Categories: I.3.7 [Computing Methodologies]: Computer Graphics

  15. Interventional Radiological Treatment of Perihepatic Vascular Stenosis or Occlusion in Pediatric Patients After Liver Transplantation

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    Uller, Wibke; Knoppke, Birgit; Schreyer, Andreas G.; Heiss, Peter; Schlitt, Hans J.; Melter, Michael; Stroszczynski, Christian; Zorger, Niels; Wohlgemuth, Walter A.

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of percutaneous treatment of vascular stenoses and occlusions in pediatric liver transplant recipients. Methods: Fifteen children (mean age 8.3 years) underwent interventional procedures for 18 vascular complications after liver transplantation. Patients had stenoses or occlusions of portal veins (n = 8), hepatic veins (n = 3), inferior vena cava (IVC; n = 2) or hepatic arteries (n = 5). Technical and clinical success rates were evaluated. Results: Stent angioplasty was performed in seven cases (portal vein, hepatic artery and IVC), and sole balloon angioplasty was performed in eight cases. One child underwent thrombolysis (hepatic artery). Clinical and technical success was achieved in 14 of 18 cases of vascular stenoses or occlusions (mean follow-up 710 days). Conclusion: Pediatric interventional radiology allows effective and safe treatment of vascular stenoses after pediatric liver transplantation (PLT). Individualized treatment with special concepts for each pediatric patient is necessary. The variety, the characteristics, and the individuality of interventional management of all kinds of possible vascular stenoses or occlusions after PLT are shown.

  16. ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF VISION MODELING V. NONCOMMUTATIVE MONOIDS OF OCCLUSIVE PREIMAGES

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    or digital retinas, which allows humans or robots to success- fully sense and navigate the 3-D environments A significant cue for visual perception is the occlusion pattern in 2-D images pro- jected onto biological], and David Mumford in mathematical and statistical modeling of visual perception [3­5]. The left panel

  17. Occlusion Tracking with Logic Models James H von Brecht , Sheshadri R Thiruvenkadam , and Tony F Chan

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    Ferguson, Thomas S.

    Occlusion Tracking with Logic Models James H von Brecht , Sheshadri R Thiruvenkadam , and Tony F Models Before introducing our model, we briefly describe the region-based logic models [1, 2] based upon of the images. The logic models, developed by Sandberg et. al. [1], are designed to segment multi-channel images

  18. A concept to transfer a therapeutic splint position into permanent occlusion with a customized lingual appliance

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction The role of occlusion concerning temporomandibular disorder is still unclear but seems to be the only component of the stomathognathic system dentists are able to change morphologically. The aim of the paper is to describe the orthodontist’s approach for transferring and maintaining a therapeutic splint position into permanent occlusion using a fully customized lingual appliance. Methods Fixed acrylic bite planes on lower molars were used to maintain a symptom-free condyle position prior to orthodontic treatment. Silicone impressions of the arches including the fixed bite planes were used for the Incognito laboratory procedure. Two digital setups were made. One setup represents the target occlusion. A second setup including the bite planes was used to fabricate an additional set of lower molar brackets. In the leveling stage all teeth except the lower molars were settled to maintain the therapeutic condyle position. Finally, the fixed bite planes were stepwise removed and molar brackets were replaced to establish the permanent occlusion planned with the first setup. Results and discussion The advantage of an individual lingual appliance consists in the high level of congruence between the fabricated setups and the final clinical result. Both the individual scope for design and the precision of the appliance were vitally important in the treatment of a patient with a functional disorder of the masticatory system. PMID:22613064

  19. Optical Flow with Geometric Occlusion Estimation and Fusion of Multiple Frames

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    Taylor, Camillo J.

    Optical Flow with Geometric Occlusion Estimation and Fusion of Multiple Frames Ryan Kennedy,cjtaylor}@cis.upenn.edu Abstract. Optical flow research has made significant progress in recent years and it can now be computed imaging conditions are still problematic. In this paper, we present a framework for estimating optical

  20. A Model for the Onset of Fibrillation following Coronary Artery Occlusion

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    Keener, James P.

    , a "border zone arrhythmia". The border zone arrhythmia may drive a "breakup instability" (related to the APD activity. Key Words: fibrillation onset, APD alternans, ischemia, border zone arrhythmias. Acknowledgement Winfree. 1 Introduction A coronary occlusion leading to a fatal cardiac arrhythmia is one of the leading

  1. Attentional Resources in Visual Tracking through Occlusion: The High-Beams Effect

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    Flombaum, Jonathan I.; Scholl, Brian J.; Pylyshyn, Zenon W.

    2008-01-01

    A considerable amount of research has uncovered heuristics that the visual system employs to keep track of objects through periods of occlusion. Relatively little work, by comparison, has investigated the online resources that support this processing. We explored how attention is distributed when featurally identical objects become occluded during…

  2. Obstruction of the Aorta and Left Pulmonary Artery After Gianturco Coil Occlusion of Patent Ductus Arteriosus

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    Kuo, H.-Cg; Ko, Sheung-Fat; Wu, Yu-Tsun; Huang, Chien-Fu; Chien, Shao-Ju; Tiao, Mao-Meng; Liang, Chi-Di

    2005-01-15

    We report an unusual case of simultaneous obstruction of the left pulmonary artery and descending thoracic aorta after Gianturco coil occlusion in a 15-month-old boy. The diagnosis was made by echocardiography and cardiac angiography. At surgery, thrombi coating on the protruded parts of the Gianturco coil in the pulmonary artery and aorta were found.

  3. Gianturco-Grifka vascular occlusion device for closure of patent ductus arteriosus.

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    Ebeid, M R; Gaymes, C H; Smith, J C; Braden, D S; Joransen, J A

    2001-03-01

    We retrospectively reviewed the results of catheter closure of patent ductus areteriosus using the Ginaturco-Grifka vascular occlusion device in our institution. All patients in whom it was attempted had successful implantation, complete closure on follow-up, and no complications. PMID:11230860

  4. Enhancing the detection of hidden occlusal caries lesions with OCT using high index liquids

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    Kang, Hobin; Darling, Cynthia L.; Fried, Daniel

    2014-02-01

    In a previous study, we investigated the influence of several high refractive index fluids on the performance of polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT). That study showed that these liquids can increase the effective imaging depth and lesion contrast. Other in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that OCT can be used to show whether occlusal lesions have penetrated to the dentinal-enamel junction (DEJ) and spread laterally under the enamel. The purpose of this study was to determine if high index fluids can enhance the ability of OCT to detect hidden occlusal lesions and show if these lesions have penetrated through the enamel into the underlying dentin. Ten extracted teeth with occlusal lesions were imaged using OCT after the application of water, glycerol, BABB (33% Benzyl Alcohol + 67% Benzyl Benzoate) and a Cargille Liquid (Cedar Grove, NJ) (hydrogenated terphenyl 1- bromo-naphthalene) with a refractive index of 1.61. The intensity of the reflectance from the underlying lesion area for each sample was compared with the reflectance of the sound tooth surface for each fluid. The use of high index fluids significantly (P< 0.0001) increased the reflectivity of subsurface occlusal lesions under the surrounding sound enamel.

  5. Longitudinal transcriptional analysis of developing neointimal vascular occlusion and pulmonary hypertension in rats

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    Storey, John D.

    hypertension in rats Laszlo T. Vaszar,1 Toshihiko Nishimura,1 John D. Storey,2 Guohua Zhao,1 Daoming Qiu,1 John transcriptional analysis of develop- ing neointimal vascular occlusion and pulmonary hypertension in rats. Physiol and pulmonary hypertension resulting in right ven- tricular failure and death. The antiproliferative

  6. Zeolite Salt Occlusion: A Potential Route for the Immobilisation of Iodine-129? Neil C. Hyatt,1*

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    Sheffield, University of

    decomposes to produce a single crystalline phase at 800o C prior to further decomposition at 850o C to a mixture of nepheline and elemental silver. INTRODUCTION The long term immobilisation of iodine-129 arising. The occlusion of a metal (iodide) salt into a suitable zeolite host affords a nano-composite material in which

  7. Occlusion Handling for Medical Augmented Reality using a Volumetric Phantom Model

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    Bartz, Dirk

    Occlusion Handling for Medical Augmented Reality using a Volumetric Phantom Model Jan Fischer The support of surgical interventions has long been in the fo- cus of application-oriented augmented reality information visualization provided by augmented reality. The usability of medical augmented reality depends

  8. Intelligent Computing in Engineering -ICE08 Resolving Incorrect Occlusion in Augmented Reality Animations

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    Kamat, Vineet R.

    Intelligent Computing in Engineering - ICE08 24 Resolving Incorrect Occlusion in Augmented Reality Arbor, MI 48109, USA abehzada@umich.edu Abstract. Augmented Reality (AR) visualization offers operations. Following this approach, Augmented Reality (AR) is used to create mixed views of real existing

  9. Occlusion Handling Method for Ubiquitous Augmented Reality Using Reality Capture Technology and GLSL

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    Kamat, Vineet R.

    Occlusion Handling Method for Ubiquitous Augmented Reality Using Reality Capture Technology, vkamat@umich.edu ABSTRACT: The primary challenge in generating convincing Augmented Reality (AR) graphics the SMART AR framework. INTRODUCTION As a novel visualization technology, Augmented Reality (AR) has gained

  10. Functional Visual Loss in Amblyopia and the Effect of Occlusion Therapy

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    Nottingham, University of

    perception, or posi- tional uncertainty. METHODS. Fifty amblyopic children with a mean age of 5.6 1.3 yearsFunctional Visual Loss in Amblyopia and the Effect of Occlusion Therapy Anita J. Simmers,1 Lyle S of functional visual loss in amblyopia and to identify those subjects whose amblyopia is chiefly due to one

  11. INTEGRATING HUMAN CONTEXT AND OCCLUSION REASONING TO IMPROVE HANDHELD OBJECT TRACKING

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    Itti, Laurent

    to show that human context can further improve both detection and tracking. We use the DARPA Mind's EyeINTEGRATING HUMAN CONTEXT AND OCCLUSION REASONING TO IMPROVE HANDHELD OBJECT TRACKING Daniel Parks problem. Here we integrate spatial knowledge of human-object interactions into a high performing tracker

  12. Decrease in the osteocyte lacunar density accompanied by hypermineralized lacunar occlusion reveals failure

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    Ritchie, Robert

    Decrease in the osteocyte lacunar density accompanied by hypermineralized lacunar occlusion reveals to withstand load. Changes in the osteocyte distribution and in their elemental composition might be involved of the osteocyte lacunar distribution in the periosteal and endosteal human femoral cortexes of 16 female and 16

  13. The Effect of Endovascular Revascularization of Common Iliac Artery Occlusions on Erectile Function

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    Gur, Serkan; Ozkan, Ugur; Onder, Hakan; Tekbas, Gueven; Oguzkurt, Levent

    2013-02-15

    To determine the incidence of erectile dysfunction in patients with common iliac artery (CIA) occlusive disease and the effect of revascularization on erectile function using the sexual health inventory for males (SHIM) questionnaire. All patients (35 men; mean age 57 {+-} 5 years; range 42-67 years) were asked to recall their sexual function before and 1 month after iliac recanalization. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine variables effecting improvement of impotence. The incidence of impotence in patients with CIA occlusion was 74% (26 of 35) preoperatively. Overall 16 (46%) of 35 patients reported improved erectile function after iliac recanalization. The rate of improvement of impotence was 61.5% (16 of 26 impotent patients). Sixteen patients (46%), including seven with normal erectile function before the procedure, had no change. Three patients (8%) reported deterioration of their sexual function, two of whom (6%) had normal erectile function before the procedure. The median SHIM score increased from 14 (range 4-25) before the procedure to 20 (range 1-25) after the procedure (P = 0.005). The type of recanalization, the age of the patients, and the length of occlusion were related to erectile function improvement in univariate analysis. However, these factors were not independent factors for improvement of erectile dysfunction in multivariate analysis (P > 0.05). Endovascular recanalization of CIA occlusions clearly improves sexual function. More than half of the patients with erectile dysfunction who underwent endovascular recanalization of the CIA experienced improvement.

  14. Patients with chronic pain.

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    Salama-Hanna, Joseph; Chen, Grace

    2013-11-01

    Preoperative evaluation of patients with chronic pain is important because it may lead to multidisciplinary preoperative treatment of patients' pain and a multimodal analgesia plan for effective pain control. Preoperative multidisciplinary management of chronic pain and comorbid conditions, such as depression, anxiety, deconditioning, and opioid tolerance, can improve patient satisfaction and surgical recovery. Multimodal analgesia using pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies shifts the burden of analgesia away from simply increasing opioid dosing. In more complicated chronic pain patients, multidisciplinary treatment, including pain psychology, physical therapy, judicious medication management, and minimally invasive interventions by pain specialists, can improve patients' satisfaction and surgical outcome. PMID:24182727

  15. [Chronic constrictive pericarditis].

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    Seidler, S; Lebowitz, D; Müller, H

    2015-05-27

    Chronic constrictive pericarditis is a rare condition characterized by an impairment of myocardial relaxation due to limitation by a rigid pericardium. It is most often associated with infection, thoracic radiotherapy and heart surgery. Clinical features are that of chronic heart failure, therefore non-specific and resulting in a delay of several years before diagnosis is made. The echocardiogram and heart catheterization are part of the initial work-up. Surgical treatment consisting in pericardiectomy can be curative if the disease is recognised early. This article makes use of a case report and review of the litterature to discuss the physiopathology, clinical features and management of chronic constrictive pericarditis. PMID:26182634

  16. On total disc replacement.

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    Berg, Svante

    2011-02-01

    Low back pain consumes a large part of the community's resources dedicated to health care and sick leave. Back disorders also negatively affect the individual leading to pain suffering, decreased quality-of-life and disability. Chronic low back pain (CLBP) due to degenerative disc disease (DDD) is today often treated with fusion when conservative treatment has failed and symptoms are severe. This treatment is as successful as arthroplasty is for hip arthritis in restoring the patient's quality of life and reducing disability. Even so, there are some problems with this treatment, one of these being recurrent CLBP from an adjacent segment (ASD) after primarily successful surgery. This has led to the development of alternative surgical treatments and devices that maintain or restore mobility, in order to reduce the risk for ASD. Of these new devices, the most frequently used are the disc prostheses used in Total Disc Replacement (TDR). This thesis is based on four studies comparing total disc replacement with posterior fusion. The studies are all based on a material of 152 patients with DDD in one or two segments, aged 20-55 years that were randomly treated with either posterior fusion or TDR. The first study concerned clinical outcome and complications. Follow-up was 100% at both one and two years. It revealed that both treatment groups had a clear benefit from treatment and that patients with TDR were better in almost all outcome scores at one-year follow-up. Fusion patients continued to improve during the second year. At two-year follow-up there was a remaining difference in favour of TDR for back pain. 73% in the TDR group and 63% in the fusion group were much better or totally pain-free (n.s.), while twice as many patients in the TDR group were totally pain free (30%) compared to the fusion group (15%). Time of surgery and total time in hospital were shorter in the TDR group. There was no difference in complications and reoperations, except that seventeen of the patients in the fusion group were re-operated for removal of their implants. The second study concerned sex life and sexual function. TDR is performed via an anterior approach, an approach that has been used for a long time for various procedures on the lumbar spine. A frequent complication reported in males when this approach is used is persistent retrograde ejaculation. The TDR group in this material was operated via an extra-peritoneal approach to the retroperitoneal space, and there were no cases of persistent retrograde ejaculation. There was a surprisingly high frequency of men in the fusion group reporting deterioration in ability to have an orgasm postoperatively. Preoperative sex life was severely hampered in the majority of patients in the entire material, but sex life underwent a marked improvement in both treatment groups by the two-year follow-up that correlated with reduction in back pain. The third study was on mobility in the lumbar spinal segments, where X-rays were taken in full extension and flexion prior to surgery and at two-year follow-up. Analysis of the films showed that 78% of the patients in the fusion group reached the surgical goal (non-mobility) and that 89% of the TDR patients maintained mobility. Preoperative disc height was lower than in a normative database in both groups, and remained lower in the fusion group, while it became higher in the TDR group. Mobility in the operated segment increased in the TDR group postoperatively. Mobility at the rest of the lumbar spine increased in both treatment groups. Mobility in adjacent segments was within the norm postoperatively, but slightly larger in the fusion group. In the fourth study the health economics of TDR vs Fusion was analysed. The hospital costs for the procedure were higher for patients in the fusion group compared to the TDR group, and the TDR patients were on sick-leave two months less. In all, these studies showed that the results in the TDR group were as good as in the fusion group. Patients are more likely to be totally pain-free when treated with TDR compared to fusion

  17. Total Artificial Heart

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    ... NHLBI on Twitter. What Is a Total Artificial Heart? A total artificial heart (TAH) is a device ... the chest to an outside power source. Normal Heart and CardioWest Total Artificial Heart Figure A shows ...

  18. The evaluation of chronic psychiatric care

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    Kedward, H. B.; Eastwood, M. R.; Allodi, F.; Duckworth, G. S.

    1974-01-01

    During the past two decades the reduction in the size of the mental hospital population in this country has closely followed statistical predictions for bed requirements both in Canada and in the province of Ontario. The decrease has been most pronounced among chronic non-retarded patients. While these patients are now less evident in hospital statistics, it is suggested that improvements in their state may be more apparent than real, owing to differences in the terminology and numerators employed in presenting mental health statistics. Further, concern has been expressed about the quality of care received by former chronic patients now scattered through the community in a variety of after-care programs. Readmission rates have greatly increased in absolute terms and as a proportion of total admissions. The evaluation of the management of chronic psychiatric patients is discussed. PMID:20312459

  19. Efficacy and tolerability of bilateral sustained-release dexamethasone intravitreal implants for the treatment of noninfectious posterior uveitis and macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion

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    Ryder, Steven J; Iannetta, Danilo; Bhaleeya, Swetangi D; Kiss, Szilárd

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To report our experience with bilateral placement of dexamethasone 0.7 mg (DEX) sustained-release intravitreal implant in the management of noninfectious posterior uveitis or macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion. Methods A retrospective chart review of patients with bilateral noninfectious posterior uveitis and macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion who were treated with DEX intravitreal implant was performed. Ocular side effects such as intraocular pressure (IOP), cataract, and tolerability of bilateral injections was reviewed. Results Twenty-two eyes of eleven patients treated with a total of 32 DEX implants were included. Ten of eleven patients received bilateral implants due to active noninfectious uveitis while the other demonstrated macular edema in both eyes following separate central retinal vein occlusions. Among the patients with bilateral uveitis, the mean interval between DEX implant in the initial eye and the subsequent DEX in the fellow eye was 15.6 days (range 2–71 days). Seven of the ten patients received the second implant in the fellow eye within 8 days of the initial implantation. None of the patients had bilateral implantations on the same day. Seven eyes required reimplantation for recurrence of inflammation (mean interval between first and repeat implantation was 6.00±2.39 months). Following single or, in the case of the aforementioned seven eyes, repeat DEX implantation, all 20 uveitic eyes demonstrated clinical and/or angiographic evidence of decreased inflammation in the form of reduction in vitreous cells on slit lamp ophthalmoscopy, macular edema on ophthalmoscopy, or optical coherence tomography and/or disc and vascular leakage on fluorescein angiography. The mean follow-up for all eyes after initial implantation was 23.57 months (range 1–48 months). IOP was significantly higher (P=0.028) at 6 months (16.62 mmHg ±5.97) but not (P=0.82) at most recent follow-up (14.9±3.37 mmHg) when compared with baseline (14.68±3.02 mmHg). Four eyes (18.2%) required initiation of IOP-lowering medications. During the follow-up period, no eyes underwent filtration or cataract extraction. No serious ocular adverse effects were noted during the follow-up period. Conclusion In patients with bilateral noninfectious posterior uveitis and macular edema secondary to vein occlusion, bilateral injection of DEX intravitreal implant was well tolerated and had an acceptable safety profile. PMID:26150689

  20. Cerebral Angiographic Findings of Cosmetic Facial Filler-related Ophthalmic and Retinal Artery Occlusion

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    2015-01-01

    Cosmetic facial filler-related ophthalmic artery occlusion is rare but is a devastating complication, while the exact pathophysiology is still elusive. Cerebral angiography provides more detailed information on blood flow of ophthalmic artery as well as surrounding orbital area which cannot be covered by fundus fluorescein angiography. This study aimed to evaluate cerebral angiographic features of cosmetic facial filler-related ophthalmic artery occlusion patients. We retrospectively reviewed cerebral angiography of 7 patients (4 hyaluronic acid [HA] and 3 autologous fat-injected cases) showing ophthalmic artery and its branches occlusion after cosmetic facial filler injections, and underwent intra-arterial thrombolysis. On selective ophthalmic artery angiograms, all fat-injected patients showed a large filling defect on the proximal ophthalmic artery, whereas the HA-injected patients showed occlusion of the distal branches of the ophthalmic artery. Three HA-injected patients revealed diminished distal runoff of the internal maxillary and facial arteries, which clinically corresponded with skin necrosis. However, all fat-injected patients and one HA-injected patient who were immediately treated with subcutaneous hyaluronidase injection showed preserved distal runoff of the internal maxillary and facial arteries and mild skin problems. The size difference between injected materials seems to be associated with different angiographic findings. Autologous fat is more prone to obstruct proximal part of ophthalmic artery, whereas HA obstructs distal branches. In addition, hydrophilic and volume-expansion property of HA might exacerbate blood flow on injected area, which is also related to skin necrosis. Intra-arterial thrombolysis has a limited role in reconstituting blood flow or regaining vision in cosmetic facial filler-associated ophthalmic artery occlusions. PMID:26713062

  1. Multi-scale Visualization of Molecular Architecture Using Real-Time Ambient Occlusion in Sculptor

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    Wahle, Manuel; Wriggers, Willy

    2015-01-01

    The modeling of large biomolecular assemblies relies on an efficient rendering of their hierarchical architecture across a wide range of spatial level of detail. We describe a paradigm shift currently under way in computer graphics towards the use of more realistic global illumination models, and we apply the so-called ambient occlusion approach to our open-source multi-scale modeling program, Sculptor. While there are many other higher quality global illumination approaches going all the way up to full GPU-accelerated ray tracing, they do not provide size-specificity of the features they shade. Ambient occlusion is an aspect of global lighting that offers great visual benefits and powerful user customization. By estimating how other molecular shape features affect the reception of light at some surface point, it effectively simulates indirect shadowing. This effect occurs between molecular surfaces that are close to each other, or in pockets such as protein or ligand binding sites. By adding ambient occlusion, large macromolecular systems look much more natural, and the perception of characteristic surface features is strongly enhanced. In this work, we present a real-time implementation of screen space ambient occlusion that delivers realistic cues about tunable spatial scale characteristics of macromolecular architecture. Heretofore, the visualization of large biomolecular systems, comprising e.g. hundreds of thousands of atoms or Mega-Dalton size electron microscopy maps, did not take into account the length scales of interest or the spatial resolution of the data. Our approach has been uniquely customized with shading that is tuned for pockets and cavities of a user-defined size, making it useful for visualizing molecular features at multiple scales of interest. This is a feature that none of the conventional ambient occlusion approaches provide. Actual Sculptor screen shots illustrate how our implementation supports the size-dependent rendering of molecular surface features. PMID:26505203

  2. Surgical Treatment for Occlusion of Graft Arteriovenous Fistula in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

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    Noh, Tae Ook; Chang, Sung-Wook; Ryu, Kyoung Min; Ryu, Jae Wook

    2015-01-01

    Background Maintenance of adequate vascular access for hemodialysis is important in patients with end-stage renal disease. Once arteriovenous fistula (AVF) occlusion occurs, the patient should be treated with rescue therapy. This study was performed to evaluate the results of a rescue therapy for AVF occlusion. Methods From January 2008 to December 2012, 47 patients who underwent surgical rescue therapy for AVF occlusion after graft AVF formation, were enrolled in this study. The patients were divided into two groups, namely the graft repair group (group A, n=19) and the thrombectomy group (group B, n=28). Postoperative results of both groups were analyzed retrospectively. Results There were no statistically significant differences in the clinical characteristics between the two groups. In terms of the duration of AVF patency after the first rescue therapy, group A showed a longer AVF patency duration than group B (24.5±21.9 months versus 17.7±13.6 months), but there was no statistically significant difference (p=0.310). In terms of the annual frequency of AVF occlusion after the rescue therapy of group A was lower than that of group B (0.59 versus 0.71), but there was no statistically significant difference (p=0.540). The AVF patency rates at 1, 2, 3, and 5 years after the first rescue therapy in group A were 52.6%, 31.5%, 21.0%, and 15.7%, respectively, and those in group B, they were 32.1%, 25.0%, 17.8%, and 7.14%, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference (p=0.402). Conclusion Graft repair revealed comparable results. Although there was no statistically significant difference, the patent duration and annual frequency of AVF occlusion of group A were better than those of group B. Therefore, graft repair is considered as a safe and useful procedure for maintaining graft AVF. PMID:25705597

  3. Differences in mouth occlusion pressure and breathing pattern between arm and leg incremental exercise.

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    Ramonatxo, M; Prioux, J; Prefaut, C

    1996-12-01

    The aim of the study was to compare breathing pattern, mouth occlusion pressure, mean inspiratory flow and the ratio of mouth occlusion pressure to mean inspiratory flow at the same power output and carbon dioxide output during arm and leg incremental exercise. Mouth occlusion pressure was used as an index of inspiratory neuromuscular activity and its ratio to mean inspiratory flow as an index of the 'effective' impedance of the respiratory system. Eight normal subjects performed two incremental exercise tests, one with arms, the other with legs, on different weeks and in randomized order, and on two identical cycle ergometers. The power output was increased by steps of 25 W for arms and 50 W for legs every 4 min until exhaustion. At the same power output, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide output, ventilation, mean inspiratory flow, mouth occlusion pressure, 'effective' impedance (P < 0.001) and respiratory frequency (P < 0.01) were higher during arm exercise than during leg exercise, whereas inspiratory time (P < 0.05) and expiratory time (P < 0.01) were lower. At the same carbon dioxide output, mouth occlusion pressure, ventilation, 'effective' impedance (P < 0.001) and respiratory frequency (P < 0.01) were higher and expiratory time (P < 0.05) was lower during arm exercise. In conclusion, the higher inspiratory neuromuscular activity and impedance of the respiratory system during arm exercise and the differences observed in ventilation and breathing pattern at equal carbon dioxide output seem related to the differences in exercising muscle afferents and the presence of an increased load due to contraction of rib cage muscles to stabilize posture. PMID:8971254

  4. Multi-scale Visualization of Molecular Architecture Using Real-Time Ambient Occlusion in Sculptor.

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    Wahle, Manuel; Wriggers, Willy

    2015-10-01

    The modeling of large biomolecular assemblies relies on an efficient rendering of their hierarchical architecture across a wide range of spatial level of detail. We describe a paradigm shift currently under way in computer graphics towards the use of more realistic global illumination models, and we apply the so-called ambient occlusion approach to our open-source multi-scale modeling program, Sculptor. While there are many other higher quality global illumination approaches going all the way up to full GPU-accelerated ray tracing, they do not provide size-specificity of the features they shade. Ambient occlusion is an aspect of global lighting that offers great visual benefits and powerful user customization. By estimating how other molecular shape features affect the reception of light at some surface point, it effectively simulates indirect shadowing. This effect occurs between molecular surfaces that are close to each other, or in pockets such as protein or ligand binding sites. By adding ambient occlusion, large macromolecular systems look much more natural, and the perception of characteristic surface features is strongly enhanced. In this work, we present a real-time implementation of screen space ambient occlusion that delivers realistic cues about tunable spatial scale characteristics of macromolecular architecture. Heretofore, the visualization of large biomolecular systems, comprising e.g. hundreds of thousands of atoms or Mega-Dalton size electron microscopy maps, did not take into account the length scales of interest or the spatial resolution of the data. Our approach has been uniquely customized with shading that is tuned for pockets and cavities of a user-defined size, making it useful for visualizing molecular features at multiple scales of interest. This is a feature that none of the conventional ambient occlusion approaches provide. Actual Sculptor screen shots illustrate how our implementation supports the size-dependent rendering of molecular surface features. PMID:26505203

  5. A neural model of visual figure-ground segregation from kinetic occlusion.

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    Barnes, Timothy; Mingolla, Ennio

    2013-01-01

    Freezing is an effective defense strategy for some prey, because their predators rely on visual motion to distinguish objects from their surroundings. An object moving over a background progressively covers (deletes) and uncovers (accretes) background texture while simultaneously producing discontinuities in the optic flow field. These events unambiguously specify kinetic occlusion and can produce a crisp edge, depth perception, and figure-ground segmentation between identically textured surfaces--percepts which all disappear without motion. Given two abutting regions of uniform random texture with different motion velocities, one region appears to be situated farther away and behind the other (i.e., the ground) if its texture is accreted or deleted at the boundary between the regions, irrespective of region and boundary velocities. Consequently, a region with moving texture appears farther away than a stationary region if the boundary is stationary, but it appears closer (i.e., the figure) if the boundary is moving coherently with the moving texture. A computational model of visual areas V1 and V2 shows how interactions between orientation- and direction-selective cells first create a motion-defined boundary and then signal kinetic occlusion at that boundary. Activation of model occlusion detectors tuned to a particular velocity results in the model assigning the adjacent surface with a matching velocity to the far depth. A weak speed-depth bias brings faster-moving texture regions forward in depth in the absence of occlusion (shearing motion). These processes together reproduce human psychophysical reports of depth ordering for key cases of kinetic occlusion displays. PMID:23098751

  6. Cerebrospinal Fluid Enhancement on Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery Images After Carotid Artery Stenting with Neuroprotective Balloon Occlusions: Hemodynamic Instability and Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption

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    Ogami, Ryo Nakahara, Toshinori; Hamasaki, Osamu; Araki, Hayato; Kurisu, Kaoru

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: A rare complication of carotid artery stenting (CAS), prolonged reversible neurological symptoms with delayed cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) space enhancement on fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images, is associated with blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. We prospectively identified patients who showed CSF space enhancement on FLAIR images. Methods: Nineteen patients-5 acute-phase and 14 scheduled-underwent 21 CAS procedures. Balloon catheters were navigated across stenoses, angioplasty was performed using a neuroprotective balloon, and stents were placed with after dilation under distal balloon protection. CSF space hyperintensity or obscuration on FLAIR after versus before CAS indicated CSF space enhancement. Correlations with clinical factors were examined. Results: CSF space was enhanced on FLAIR in 12 (57.1%) cases. Postprocedural CSF space enhancement was significantly related to age, stenosis rate, acute-stage procedure, and total occlusion time. All acute-stage CAS patients showed delayed enhancement. Only age was associated with delayed CSF space enhancement in scheduled CAS patients. Conclusions: Ischemic intolerance for severe carotid artery stenosis and temporary neuroprotective balloon occlusion, causing reperfusion injury, seem to be the main factors that underlie BBB disruption with delayed CSF space enhancement shortly after CAS, rather than sudden poststenting hemodynamic change. Our results suggest that factors related to hemodynamic instability or ischemic intolerance seem to be associated with post-CAS BBB vulnerability. Patients at risk for hemodynamic instability or with ischemic intolerance, which decrease BBB integrity, require careful management to prevent intracranial hemorrhagic and other post-CAS complications.

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  1. Cortical pathophysiology of chronic pain

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    Apkarian, A. Vania

    Cortical pathophysiology of chronic pain A. Vania Apkarian Department of Physiology multiple non-invasive brain imaging techniques to study the characteristics of patients with chronic pain in chronic pain are summarized, emphasizing the unique role of the prefrontal cortex in chronic, especially

  2. Aggregation of MBP in chronic demyelination

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    Frid, Kati; Einstein, Ofira; Friedman-Levi, Yael; Binyamin, Orli; Ben-Hur, Tamir; Gabizon, Ruth

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Misfolding of key disease proteins to an insoluble state is associated with most neurodegenerative conditions, such as prion, Parkinson, and Alzheimer’s diseases. In this work, and by studying animal models of multiple sclerosis, we asked whether this is also the case for myelin basic protein (MBP) in the late and neurodegenerative phases of demyelinating diseases. Methods To this effect, we tested whether MBP, an essential myelin component, present prion-like properties in animal models of MS, as is the case for Cuprizone-induced chronic demyelination or chronic phases of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE). Results We show here that while total levels of MBP were not reduced following extensive demyelination, part of these molecules accumulated thereafter as aggregates inside oligodendrocytes or around neuronal cells. In chronic EAE, MBP precipitated concomitantly with Tau, a marker of diverse neurodegenerative conditions, including MS. Most important, analysis of fractions from Triton X-100 floatation gradients suggest that the lipid composition of brain membranes in chronic EAE differs significantly from that of naïve mice, an effect which may relate to oxidative insults and subsequently prevent the appropriate insertion and compaction of new MBP in the myelin sheath, thereby causing its misfolding and aggregation. Interpretation Prion-like aggregation of MBP following chronic demyelination may result from an aberrant lipid composition accompanying this pathological status. Such aggregation of MBP may contribute to neuronal damage that occurs in the progressive phase of MS. PMID:26273684

  3. Heme triggers TLR4 signaling leading to endothelial cell activation and vaso-occlusion in murine sickle cell disease.

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    Belcher, John D; Chen, Chunsheng; Nguyen, Julia; Milbauer, Liming; Abdulla, Fuad; Alayash, Abdu I; Smith, Ann; Nath, Karl A; Hebbel, Robert P; Vercellotti, Gregory M

    2014-01-16

    Treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) is hampered by incomplete understanding of pathways linking hemolysis to vaso-occlusion. We investigated these pathways in transgenic sickle mice. Infusion of hemoglobin or heme triggered vaso-occlusion in sickle, but not normal, mice. Methemoglobin, but not heme-stabilized cyanomethemoglobin, induced vaso-occlusion, indicating heme liberation is necessary. In corroboration, hemoglobin-induced vaso-occlusion was blocked by the methemoglobin reducing agent methylene blue, haptoglobin, or the heme-binding protein hemopexin. Untreated HbSS mice, but not HbAA mice, exhibited ?10% vaso-occlusion in steady state that was inhibited by haptoglobin or hemopexin infusion. Antibody blockade of adhesion molecules P-selectin, von Willebrand factor (VWF), E-selectin, vascular cell adhesion molecule 1, intercellular adhesion molecule 1, platelet endothelial cell (EC) adhesion molecule 1, ?4?1, or ?V?3 integrin prevented vaso-occlusion. Heme rapidly (5 minutes) mobilized Weibel-Palade body (WPB) P-selectin and VWF onto EC and vessel wall surfaces and activated EC nuclear factor ?B (NF-?B). This was mediated by TLR4 as TAK-242 blocked WPB degranulation, NF-?B activation, vaso-occlusion, leukocyte rolling/adhesion, and heme lethality. TLR4(-/-) mice transplanted with TLR4(+/+) sickle bone marrow exhibited no heme-induced vaso-occlusion. The TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activated ECs and triggered vaso-occlusion that was inhibited by TAK-242, linking hemolysis- and infection-induced vaso-occlusive crises to TLR4 signaling. Heme and LPS failed to activate VWF and NF-?B in TLR4(-/-) ECs. Anti-LPS immunoglobulin G blocked LPS-induced, but not heme-induced, vaso-occlusion, illustrating LPS-independent TLR4 signaling by heme. Inhibition of protein kinase C, NADPH oxidase, or antioxidant treatment blocked heme-mediated stasis, WPB degranulation, and oxidant production. We conclude that intravascular hemolysis in SCD releases heme that activates endothelial TLR4 signaling leading to WPB degranulation, NF-?B activation, and vaso-occlusion. PMID:24277079

  4. Image-guided total marrow and total lymphatic irradiation using helical tomotherapy

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    Schultheiss, Timothy E. . E-mail: Schultheiss@coh.org; Wong, Jeffrey; Liu, An; Olivera, Gustavo; Somlo, George

    2007-03-15

    Purpose: To develop a treatment technique to spare normal tissue and allow dose escalation in total body irradiation (TBI). We have developed intensity-modulated radiotherapy techniques for the total marrow irradiation (TMI), total lymphatic irradiation, or total bone marrow plus lymphatic irradiation using helical tomotherapy. Methods and Materials: For TBI, we typically use 12 Gy in 10 fractions delivered at an extended source-to-surface distance (SSD). Using helical tomotherapy, it is possible to deliver equally effective doses to the bone marrow and lymphatics while sparing normal organs to a significant degree. In the TMI patients, whole body skeletal bone, including the ribs and sternum, comprise the treatment target. In the total lymphatic irradiation, the target is expanded to include the spleen and major lymph node areas. Sanctuary sites for disease (brain and testes) are included when clinically indicated. Spared organs include the lungs, esophagus, parotid glands, eyes, oral cavity, liver, kidneys, stomach, small and large intestine, bladder, and ovaries. Results: With TBI, all normal organs received the TBI dose; with TMI, total lymphatic irradiation, and total bone marrow plus lymphatic irradiation, the visceral organs are spared. For the first 6 patients treated with TMI, the median dose to organs at risk averaged 51% lower than would be achieved with TBI. By putting greater weight on the avoidance of specific organs, greater sparing was possible. Conclusion: Sparing of normal tissues and dose escalation is possible using helical tomotherapy. Late effects such as radiation pneumonitis, veno-occlusive disease, cataracts, neurocognitive effects, and the development of second tumors should be diminished in severity and frequency according to the dose reduction realized for the organs at risk.

  5. Comprehensive analysis of myocardial infarction due to left circumflex artery occlusion: comparison with infarction due to right coronary artery and left anterior descending artery occlusion

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    Huey, B.L.; Beller, G.A.; Kaiser, D.L.; Gibson, R.S.

    1988-11-01

    Forty consecutive patients with creatine kinase-MB confirmed myocardial infarction due to circumflex artery occlusion (Group 1) were prospectively evaluated and compared with 107 patients with infarction due to right coronary artery occlusion (Group 2) and 94 with left anterior descending artery occlusion (Group 3). All 241 patients underwent exercise thallium-201 scintigraphy, radionuclide ventriculography, 24 h Holter electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring and coronary arteriography before hospital discharge and were followed up for 39 +/- 18 months. There were no significant differences among the three infarct groups in age, gender, number of risk factors, prevalence and type of prior infarction, Norris index, Killip class and frequency of in-hospital complications. Acute ST segment elevation was present in only 48% of patients in Group 1 versus 71 and 72% in Groups 2 and 3, respectively (p = 0.012), and 38% of patients with a circumflex artery-related infarct had no significant ST changes (that is, elevation or depression) on admission (versus 21 and 20% for patients in Groups 2 and 3, respectively) (p = 0.001). Abnormal R waves in lead V1 were more common in Group 1 than in Group 2 (p less than 0.003) as was ST elevation in leads I, aVL and V4 to V6 (p less than or equal to 0.048). These differences in ECG findings between Group 1 and 2 patients correlated with a significantly higher prevalence of posterior and lateral wall asynergy in the group with a circumflex artery-related infarct. Infarct size based on peak creatine kinase levels and multiple radionuclide variables was intermediate in Group 1 compared with that in Group 2 (smallest) and Group 3 (largest). During long-term follow-up, the probability of recurrent cardiac events was similar in the three infarct groups.

  6. Ambient air pollution and chronic respiratory morbidity in Delhi.

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    Chhabra, S K; Chhabra, P; Rajpal, S; Gupta, R K

    2001-01-01

    The authors conducted a cross-sectional study among residents of Delhi to determine the role of ambient air pollution in chronic respiratory morbidity in Delhi. The authors selected a random, stratified sample (N = 4,171) of permanent residents who were 18+ y of age and who lived near 1 of the 9 permanent air quality monitoring stations in the city. Air-quality data for the past 10 y were obtained; data were based on the differences in total suspended particulates, and the study areas were categorized into lower- and higher-pollution zones. A standardized questionnaire was administered, clinical examination was carried out, and spirometry followed. The authors assessed chronic respiratory morbidity by (a) prevalence of chronic respiratory symptoms (i.e., chronic cough, phlegm, breathlessness, and wheezing) and airway diseases (i.e., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma); and (b) lung function results in asymptomatic nonsmoking subjects in the two pollution zones. A multiple logistic regression identified the determinants of chronic symptoms. Smoking, male sex, increasing age, and lower socioeconomic status were strong independent risk factors for occurrence of chronic respiratory symptoms. In the comparison of nonsmoking residents of lower- and higher-pollution zones--stratified according to socioeconomic levels and sex--chronic cough, chronic phlegm, and dyspnea (but not wheezing) were significantly more common in the higher-pollution zone in only some of the strata. Furthermore, prevalence rates of bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic bronchitis among residents in the two pollution zones were not significantly different. Nonetheless, lung function of asymptomatic nonsmokers was consistently and significantly better among both male and female residents of the lower-pollution zone. PMID:11256858

  7. Endovascular Treatment of In-Stent Occlusion: New Technique for Recanalization of Long Superficial Femoral Artery Occlusion (Direct Stent Puncture Technique)

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    Palena, Luis Mariano Cester, Giacomo; Manzi, Marco

    2012-04-15

    In-stent reocclusion is a frequent complication of endovascular treatment and stenting, especially in the superficial femoral artery. Neointimal hyperplasia is the main cause of this problem, but in many cases, it occurs as a result of the presence of stent strut fractures. The two treatment options are endovascular and surgical intervention. The effectiveness of endovascular interventions in patients with critical limb ischemia has been well established, but in some cases, crossing the occluded stent is difficult. We describe a new technique to recanalize long in-stent superficial femoral artery occlusions characterized by direct stent puncture, followed by retrograde-antegrade recanalization after antegrade failures.

  8. Herbal Formula Danggui-Shaoyao-San Promotes Neurogenesis and Angiogenesis in Rat Following Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion

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    Ren, Changhong; Wang, Brian; Li, Ning; Jin, Kunlin; Ji, Xunming

    2015-01-01

    Current studies demonstrated that traditional Chinese herbal formula Danggui-Shaoyao-San (DSS) is not only used for the treatment of menstrual disorder, but has also found its use in neurological diseases. However, the neuroprotective role of DSS on ischemia-induced brain injury is still unclear. The aim of the present study is to explore the effect of DSS in ischemic brain injury. Total 30 adult female Sprague–Dawley rats underwent 90 min transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). DSS (600 mg/kg) was administered through the intragastric route at the time of reperfusion and then performed every day thereafter until sacrifice. Results showed that DSS treatment significantly improved neurobehavioral outcomes (N=10 per group, P<0.05). Immunohistochemical staining showed that microvessel density in the perifocal region of DSS-treated rats was significantly increased compared to the saline-treated group (N=4 per group, P<0.01). Similarly, the numbers of BrdU+/DCX+ cells in the subventricular zone were increased in DSS-treated rats compared to the saline-treated group (P<0.05). Furthermore, we demonstrated that DSS treatment activated vascular endothelial growth factor (N=4 per group, P<0.05) and promoted eNOS phosphorylation (N=4 per group, P<0.05). Thus, we concluded that DSS promoted focal angiogenesis and neurogenesis, and attenuated ischemia-induced brain injury in rats after MCAO, suggesting that DSS is a potential drug for ischemic stroke therapy. PMID:26236546

  9. Inferior Mesenteric Artery Stenting as a Novel Treatment for Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia in Patients with an Occluded Superior Mesenteric Artery and Celiac Trunk

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    Wohlauer, M.; Kobeiter, H.; Desgranges, P.; Becquemin, J.P.; Cochennec, F.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) is a challenging problem, with revascularization the mainstay of treatment. Management of CMI is especially challenging in the patient with superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and celiac artery (CA) occlusions. Report We report a case series of four patients with chronic mesenteric ischemia who were not candidates for CA or SMA revascularization who were successfully treated with inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) angioplasty and stent placement to improve collateral circulation and palliate symptoms. Discussion To our knowledge, this is the largest case series to date reporting the use of an IMA stent to improve collateral circulation in patients with CMI. PMID:24920877

  10. Pain management in chronic pancreatitis

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    Gachago, Cathia; Draganov, Peter V

    2008-01-01

    Abdominal pain is a major clinical problem in patients with chronic pancreatitis. The cause of pain is usually multifactorial with a complex interplay of factors contributing to a varying degree to the pain in an individual patient and, therefore, a rigid standardized approach for pain control tends to lead to suboptimal results. Pain management usually proceeds in a stepwise approach beginning with general lifestyle recommendations. Low fat diet, alcohol and smoking cessation are encouraged. Analgesics alone are needed in almost all patients. Maneuvers aimed at suppression of pancreatic secretion are routinely tried. Patients with ongoing symptoms may be candidates for more invasive options such as endoscopic therapy, and resective or drainage surgery. The role of pain modifying agents (antidepressants, gabapentin, pregabalin), celiac plexus block, antioxidants, octreotide and total pancreatectomy with islet cell auto transplantation remains to be determined. PMID:18506917

  11. SCREENING FOR PHENYLKETONURIA IN CHRONIC PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENTS

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    Tadas, A.K.; Apte, I.C.; Kamlakar, P.L.

    1999-01-01

    This study was aimed to screen the patients for phenylketonuria among chronic psychiatric inpatients. A total of 577 cases were studied which included mentally retarded patients, schizophrenics and those suffering from depressive disorders. During the extensive screening not a single positive case could be identified. The findings of this screening support the previous studies. Looking at low incidence of PKU we do not recommend extensive screening for PKU. PMID:21430812

  12. Threshold of microvascular occlusion: injury size defines the thrombosis scenario

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    Belyaev, Aleksey V; Ataullakhanov, Fazly I

    2014-01-01

    Damage to the blood vessel triggers a cascade of processes leading to the formation of a thrombus, which is meant to prevent bleeding. However, the same phenomenon may result in a total blockade of a blood vessel, causing severe medical conditions. Here we develop a mathematical model of thrombus growth in a microvessel, which demonstrates that the size of vascular injury acts like a switch between the regimes of thrombus growth. When the length of injury exceeds the critical value, thrombus occludes the vessel, otherwise the growth stops due to hydrodynamic shear forces. Our findings explain an experimentally observed distinctions between thrombosis induced by chemical lesion and laser injury. We suggest that the specifics of platelet adhesion in combination with microvascular hydrodynamics can be a major reason for cessation of thrombus growth in vivo.

  13. Nutrition and Chronic Wounds

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    Molnar, Joseph Andrew; Underdown, Mary Jane; Clark, William Andrew

    2014-01-01

    Significance: Nutrition is one of the most basic of medical issues and is often ignored as a problem in the management of our chronic wound patients. Unfortunately, malnutrition is widespread in our geriatric patients even in nursing homes in developed countries. Attention to basic nutrition and providing appropriate supplements may assist in the healing of our chronic wounds. Recent Advances: Recent research has revealed the epidemiology of malnutrition in developed countries, the similarities to malnutrition in developing countries, and some of the physiologic and sociologic causes for this problem. More information is now available on the biochemical effects of nutrient deficiency and supplementation with macronutrients and micronutrients. In some cases, administration of isolated nutrients beyond recommended amounts for healthy individuals may have a pharmacologic effect to help wounds heal. Critical Issues: Much of the knowledge of the nutritional support of chronic wounds is based on information that has been obtained from trauma management. Due to the demographic differences of the patients and differences in the physiology of acute and chronic wounds, it is not logical to assume that all aspects of nutritional support are identical in these patient groups. Before providing specific nutritional supplements, appropriate assessments of patient general nutritional status and the reasons for malnutrition must be obtained or specific nutrient supplementation will not be utilized. Future Directions: Future research must concentrate on the biochemical and physiologic differences of the acute and chronic wounds and the interaction with specific supplements, such as antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin D. PMID:25371850

  14. [Chronic disease and adolescence].

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    Bühlmann, U

    1992-01-25

    Chronic disease is not a strictly defined term and includes a large number of illnesses ranging from physical to mental impairment. It is estimated that between 10% and 20% of adolescents have a chronic disease. Independence and new relations, acceptance of a new body image and sexuality, career plans and cognitive maturation are core topics in development to adulthood. Chronic disease may interfere with these developmental tasks. Most often there is no specific psychopathology, but the type of impairment, its influence on family life and functioning, age at onset, gender, and other factors will interact with psychosocial maturation. Because of the important role of the family, not only the adolescent patient him/herself, but also parents and siblings need to be included in all major decisions. As hospitalizations may be disruptive they must be planned, taking in account the patient's plans and opinions. Chronic disease may lead to death during the period of adolescence. It is believed that the concept of one's own mortality develops at age 14 to 17 years, a fact that will influence care during the terminal stage of a disease. Whatever the problems and questions raised by the family, the developmental stage of the adolescent has always to be considered when dealing with specific issues of chronic disease. Periodic reassessment of psychosocial development is therefore one of the main tasks of the primary care physician. Counselling will address not only the disease but also the developmental tasks of any teenager. PMID:1734506

  15. Perihepatic lymphadenopathy in children with chronic viral hepatitis

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    Schreiber-Dietrich, Dagmar; Pohl, Margret; Cui, Xin-Wu; Braden, Barbara; Chiorean, Liliana

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess whether lymph node enlargement in the hepatoduodenal ligament occurs in children with chronic viral hepatitis B and C in comparison to healthy controls. Subject and methods In 49 patients with chronic viral hepatitis (38 with chronic hepatitis B, 11 with chronic hepatitis C, 31 male, 18 female; age range 1 to 17 years), and in 51 healthy controls (25 male, 26 female; age range 4 to 16 years), the total perihepatic lymph node volume was assessed using transabdominal ultrasonography as previously described in adult patients. Results Adequate visualization of the liver hilum was achieved in 46/49 (94%) pediatric patients with chronic viral hepatitis and in 46/51 (90%) pediatric healthy controls. In patients with adequate liver hilum visualization, enlarged perihepatic lymph nodes (longitudinal diameter >14 mm) were detected in 32/46 (70%) patients with chronic viral hepatitis and in 5/46 (11%) healthy controls. The total perihepatic lymph nodes volume [mean ± SD] was 1.0 ± 1.2 mL (0.1–5.4 mL) in patients with chronic viral hepatitis and 0.1 ± 0.1 mL (0.0–0.4 mL) in healthy controls (p < 0.05). A maximal lymph node diameter >14 mm identified patients with chronic viral hepatitis with 70% sensitivity and 89% specificity. Conclusion Transabdominal ultrasound can detect lymph nodes within the hepatoduodenal ligament not only in adults but also in children. Paediatric patients with chronic viral hepatitis have significantly enlarged perihepatic lymph nodes compared to controls. Therefore, sonographic assessment of perihepatic lymphadenopathy might be a non-invasive diagnostic tool to screen paediatric patients for chronic viral hepatitis. PMID:26676184

  16. The role of Rho/Rho-kinase pathway and the neuroprotective effects of fasudil in chronic cerebral ischemia

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    Yan, Ya-yun; Wang, Xiao-ming; Jiang, Yan; Chen, Han; He, Jin-ting; Mang, Jing; Shao, Yan-kun; Xu, Zhong-xin

    2015-01-01

    The Rho/Rho-kinase signaling pathway plays an important role in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. However, very few studies have examined in detail the changes in the Rho/Rho-kinase signaling pathway in chronic cerebral ischemia. In this study, rat models of chronic cerebral ischemia were established by permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion and intragastrically administered 9 mg/kg fasudil, a powerful ROCK inhibitor, for 9 weeks. Morris water maze results showed that cognitive impairment progressively worsened as the cerebral ischemia proceeded. Immunohistochemistry, semi-quantitative RT-PCR and western blot analysis showed that the expression levels of Rho-kinase, its substrate myosin-binding subunit, and its related protein alpha smooth muscle actin, significantly increased after chronic cerebral ischemia. TUNEL staining showed that chronic cerebral ischemia could lead to an increase in neuronal apoptosis, as well as the expression level of caspase-3 in the frontal cortex of rats subjected to chronic cerebral ischemia. Fasudil treatment alleviated the cognitive impairment in rats with chronic cerebral ischemia, and decreased the expression level of Rho-kinase, myosin-binding subunit and alpha smooth muscle actin. Furthermore, fasudil could regulate cerebral injury by reducing cell apoptosis and decreasing caspase-3 expression in the frontal cortex. These findings demonstrate that fasudil can protect against cognitive impairment induced by chronic cerebral ischemia via the Rho/Rho-kinase signaling pathway and anti-apoptosis mechanism. PMID:26604905

  17. [An update on the treatment of central retinal vein thrombosis (retinal vein occlusion)].

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    Iord?nescu, C; Jurja, S

    2000-01-01

    The paper reviews the actual therapeutical means in a severe invalid eye disease. The treatment is not able to improve the retinal blood flow, being more effective on the main symptoms and complications. The isovolumetric hemodilution method as an up-to-date method in the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion, appears to bring better recuperation hopes, by a higher improvement of the local anatomical and hemodynamical factors. That is the reason why we shall expose it widely in our paper. Unfortunately, despite its complexity, the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion is not satisfactory from the point of view of the high number of patients that remain with a low visual acuity. The main goal of the therapy is the recovery of visual function, but a few aspects and especially the late presentation for ophthalmological examination, reduce the objective of treatment to prevent complications. PMID:11021101

  18. [Antithrombotic therapy and follow-up of peripheral arterial occlusive disease].

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    Breddin, H K

    1999-11-01

    In patients with arterial occlusive disease the following antithrombotic drugs are used to prevent new arterial thromboses: Unfractionated heparin (UFH) and low molecular weight heparins (LMWH): UFH is frequently used perioperatively in patients with vascular reconstructions and after peripheral percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Only one study on the longterm use of a LMWH after operative revascularization has been published, where LMWH led to an increased patency rate in comparison to acetylsalicylic acid + dipyridamol. Vitamin-K-antagonists were effective in the prevention of new vascular occlusions in studies published in the 1970ies. Platelet function inhibitors (aspirine, ticlopidine and clopidogrel): Aspirine reduced reocclusions after vascular surgery and PTA. Ticlopidine was effective in the Swedish Ticlopidine-Multicenter-Trial in the prevention of ischemic heart disease and also reduced the need for vascular surgery. In the CAPRIE-study clopidogrel reduced myocardial infarctions in patients with peripheral arterial disease in comparison to aspirine. PMID:10666826

  19. Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Complicated With Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease: A Case Report.

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    Lee, Dong Hun; Park, Dong Sik; Kim, Dong Hyun; Lee, Sang Hun; Cho, Hee Mun

    2015-08-01

    Myotonic dystrophy (MD) is the most common adult muscular dystrophy characterized by multi-systemic clinical manifestations involving the brain, smooth muscle, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. However, peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) is an uncommon presentation of MD type 1 (DM1), which has not been reported in recent literature. A 53-year-old female, previously confirmed as DM1, presented with vague claudication of both lower limbs. The diagnosis of PAOD based on results of ankle-brachial index, ultrasonography, and abdominal computed tomography angiography studies was followed by aortobifemoral artery bypass surgery. Although the arterial patency was restored after the operation, she did not recover from post-operative respiratory complications. Screening of PAOD is necessary for DM1 with general risk factors of occlusive arteriopathy. However, surgery should be reserved for the most severe cases. PMID:26361604

  20. Sulfur Mustard Exposure and Non-Ischemic Central Retinal Vein Occlusion

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    Shoeibi, Nasser; Balali-Mood, Mahdi; Abrishami, Mojtaba

    2016-01-01

    A 41-year-old man was referred with a complaint of visual loss in his left eye and his best corrected visual acuity was 20/80. Slit lamp examination showed arborizing conjunctival vessels and dry eye. Fundus examination and fluorescein angiography revealed a non-ischemic central retinal vein occlusion. Cardiovascular, rheumatologic, and hematologic work up showed no abnormal findings. An ascertained history of exposure to sulfur mustard during the Iran-Iraq war was documented in his medical history. Four sessions of intravitreal bevacizumab injections were done as needed. After two-year follow-up, visual acuity in his left eye improved to 20/25 and macular edema was resolved without any need for further interventions. We conclude that sulfur mustard gas exposure may be considered as a predisposing factor for central retinal vein occlusion, as was found in our patient (an Iranian war veteran) by excluding all yet known etiologies and predisposing factors. PMID:26722147