Sample records for macular bilateral como

  1. Bilateral macular hole formation secondary to sclopetaria caused by shockwaves transmitted by a posterior vector: case report

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Background Sclopetaria is a rare ophthalmic finding in trauma Case Presentation This is a report of a patient who developed macular holes from sclopetaria induced by indirect trauma. A 22-year-old male, suffered a gunshot wound that passed behind his eyes, resulting in bilateral macular hole formation Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which trauma posterior to the globes caused bilateral macular hole formation PMID:20298610

  2. Bilateral macular infarction as an ocular manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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    Hu, Chih-Ling; Peng, Kai-Ling

    2014-01-01

    We report a rare case of bilateral macular infarction as an ocular presenting sign of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A 29-year-old woman presented to our ophthalmologic clinic with a 1-week history of progressive visual loss in her left eye after she had visited a rheumatologic clinic where SLE was diagnosed. At examination, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of the right eye was 6/6, and for the left was counting fingers. Fundus examination revealed perivascular hard exudates along some branches of vessels in both eyes. After pulse therapy, her BCVA in the right eye declined to 6/30 and in the left improved to 3/60. She was administered sub-Tenon’s injections of triamcinolone acetonide 50 mg/week in both eyes for 3 weeks. Her BCVA improved to 3/6 in her right eye and remained at 3/60 in her left eye. Macular infarction is an uncommon but most severe complication of SLE. Early and regular exam of the fundus in patients with SLE is necessary to avoid progression of severe ocular complications. PMID:25246764

  3. Bilateral Macular Edema in a Patient Treated with Tamoxifen: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Zafeiropoulos, Paraskevas; Nanos, Panagiotis; Tsigkoulis, Evangelos; Stefaniotou, Maria

    2014-01-01

    We present a case of a 41-year-old female patient with progressive bilateral visual loss. On examination, her best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in her right eye was 3/10 and her BCVA in her left eye was 2/10. Fundus and optical coherence tomography examination revealed severe bilateral macular edema. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago and was receiving tamoxifen at a dosage of 20 mg/day ever since. Tamoxifen therapy was discontinued, and the patient received 250 mg of acetazolamide three times a day for a period of 1 month. Both foveae regained their normal contour within 2 months, and her vision was restored to 10/10 BCVA 3 months later. To our knowledge, this is the first case reported where bilateral intraretinal macular edema is the only retinal manifestation in a patient on oral tamoxifen. PMID:25606038

  4. Treatment of refractory uveitic macular edema with dexamethasone intravitreal implants in a pediatric patient with bilateral granulomatous idiopathic panuveitis: a case report

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    2013-01-01

    Background Macular edema is a common complication of uveitis and represents a therapeutic challenge, especially in children. Recently, intravitreal dexamethasone implants have been shown to decrease intraocular inflammation and to control uveitic macular edema in patients with non-infectious intermediate or posterior uveitis. Findings An 11-year-old boy with bilateral granulomatous idiopathic panuveitis and orbital inflammation experienced macular edema refractory to topical steroids and subcutaneous methotrexate. He was treated with off-label bilateral injections of dexamethasone intravitreal implant. Three months later, his vision had improved from 20/200 in both eyes to 20/30 in the right eye and 20/40 in the left eye. Optical coherence tomography showed complete resolution of the cystoid macular edema and subretinal fluid in both eyes. Conclusions This is a rare report of the use of bilateral dexamethasone intravitreal implant in a pediatric patient. The implants achieved complete resolution of the uveitic macular edema with no adverse events 3 months post-implantation. PMID:24148192

  5. Bilateral macular haemorrhages secondary to hepatitis-associated aplastic anaemia, treated with Nd:YAG laser posterior hyaloidotomy

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    Ranganath, Akshatha; Mariatos, George; Thakur, Shakti

    2011-01-01

    Hepatitis-associated aplastic anaemia (HAAA) is an uncommon but distinct variant of aplastic anaemia in which pancytopenia and bone marrow failure appears 2–3 months after an acute attack of hepatitis. Although bilateral vision loss may rarely be the initial presentation of aplastic anaemia, no such report is known in HAAA. Here the authors report such a case presenting with large premacular subhyaloid haemorrhages secondary to severe anaemia and thrombocytopenia. Anaemic hypoxic damage to the vessel wall together with increased cardiac output and low platelet counts are interacting causal factors in the development of bleeding. Though these haemorrhages are benign and usually improve spontaneously, the presence of blood may cause permanent macular changes before it resolves. Posterior hyaloidotomy enabled rapid resolution of premacular subhyaloid haemorrhage thereby restoring vision and preventing need for vitreo-retinal surgery. These patients should be advised to refrain from valsalva manoeuvres, ocular rubbing and vigorous exercise to prevent ocular morbidity. PMID:22674943

  6. [Uveitic macular edema].

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    Fardeau, C; Champion, E; Massamba, N; LeHoang, P

    2015-01-01

    Macular edema may complicate anterior, intermediate, and posterior uveitis, which may be due to various infectious, tumoral, or autoimmune etiologies. Breakdown of the internal or external blood-retinal barrier is involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory macular edema. Optical coherence tomography has become standard in confirming the diagnosis of macular thickening, due to its non-invasive, reproducible and sensitivity characteristics. Fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography allows for, in addition to study of the macula, screening for associated vasculitis, detection of ischemic areas, easy diagnosis of preretinal, prepaillary or choroidal neovascular complications, and it can provide etiological information and may be required to evaluate the therapeutic response. Treatment of inflammatory macular edema requires specific treatment in cases of infectious or tumoral etiologies. If it remains persistent, or occurs in other etiologies, anti-inflammatory treatments are needed. Steroid treatment, available in intravitreal, subconjunctival and sub-Tenon's routes, are widely used. Limitations of local use include induced cataract and glaucoma, and their short-lasting action. Such products may reveal retinal infection. Thus, bilateral chronic sight-threatening posterior uveitis often requires systemic treatment, and steroids represent the classic first-line therapy. In order to reduce the daily steroid dose, immunosuppressant or immunomodulatory drugs may be added. Certain of these compounds are now available intravitreally. PMID:25547721

  7. Macular telangiectasia type 2

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    Issa, Peter Charbel; Gillies, Mark C.; Chew, Emily Y.; Bird, Alan C.; Heeren, Tjebo F.C.; Peto, Tunde; Holz, Frank G.; Scholl, Hendrik P.N.

    2013-01-01

    Macular telangiectasia type 2 is a bilateral disease of unknown cause with characteristic alterations of the macular capillary network and neurosensory atrophy. Its prevalence may be underestimated and has recently been shown to be as high as 0.1% in persons 40 years and older. Biomicroscopy may show reduced retinal transparency, crystalline deposits, mildly ectatic capillaries, blunted venules, retinal pigment plaques, foveal atrophy, and neovascular complexes. Fluorescein angiography shows telangiectatic capillaries predominantly temporal to the foveola in the early phase and a diffuse hyperfluorescence in the late phase. High-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) may reveal disruption of the photoreceptor inner segment–outer segment border, hyporeflective cavities at the level of the inner or outer retina, and atrophy of the retina in later stages. Macular telangiectasia type 2 shows a unique depletion of the macular pigment in the central retina and recent therapeutic trials showed that such depleted areas cannot re-accumulate lutein and zeaxanthin after oral supplementation. There have been various therapeutic approaches with limited or no efficacy. Recent clinical trials with compounds that block vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have established the role of VEGF in the pathophysiology of the disease, but have not shown significant efficacy, at least for the nonneovascular disease stages. Recent progress in structure–function correlation may help to develop surrogate outcome measures for future clinical trials. In this review article, we summarize the current knowledge on macular telangiectasia type 2, including the epidemiology, the genetics, the clinical findings, the staging and the differential diagnosis of the disease. Findings using retinal imaging are discussed, including fluorescein angiography, OCT, adaptive optics imaging, confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and fundus autofluorescence, as are the findings using visual function testing including visual acuity and fundus-controlled microperimetry. We provide an overview of the therapeutic approaches for both non-neovascular and neovascular disease stages and provide a perspective of future directions including animal models and potential therapeutic approaches. PMID:23219692

  8. Macular telangiectasia type 2.

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    Charbel Issa, Peter; Gillies, Mark C; Chew, Emily Y; Bird, Alan C; Heeren, Tjebo F C; Peto, Tunde; Holz, Frank G; Scholl, Hendrik P N

    2013-05-01

    Macular telangiectasia type 2 is a bilateral disease of unknown cause with characteristic alterations of the macular capillary network and neurosensory atrophy. Its prevalence may be underestimated and has recently been shown to be as high as 0.1% in persons 40 years and older. Biomicroscopy may show reduced retinal transparency, crystalline deposits, mildly ectatic capillaries, blunted venules, retinal pigment plaques, foveal atrophy, and neovascular complexes. Fluorescein angiography shows telangiectatic capillaries predominantly temporal to the foveola in the early phase and a diffuse hyperfluorescence in the late phase. High-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) may reveal disruption of the photoreceptor inner segment-outer segment border, hyporeflective cavities at the level of the inner or outer retina, and atrophy of the retina in later stages. Macular telangiectasia type 2 shows a unique depletion of the macular pigment in the central retina and recent therapeutic trials showed that such depleted areas cannot re-accumulate lutein and zeaxanthin after oral supplementation. There have been various therapeutic approaches with limited or no efficacy. Recent clinical trials with compounds that block vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have established the role of VEGF in the pathophysiology of the disease, but have not shown significant efficacy, at least for the non-neovascular disease stages. Recent progress in structure-function correlation may help to develop surrogate outcome measures for future clinical trials. In this review article, we summarize the current knowledge on macular telangiectasia type 2, including the epidemiology, the genetics, the clinical findings, the staging and the differential diagnosis of the disease. Findings using retinal imaging are discussed, including fluorescein angiography, OCT, adaptive optics imaging, confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and fundus autofluorescence, as are the findings using visual function testing including visual acuity and fundus-controlled microperimetry. We provide an overview of the therapeutic approaches for both non-neovascular and neovascular disease stages and provide a perspective of future directions including animal models and potential therapeutic approaches. PMID:23219692

  9. Macular Degeneration

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    This patient education program discusses age-related macular degeneration including the causes, risks, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and management of the disease. It also reviews the anatomy of the eye and vision. This resource is a MedlinePlus Interactive Health Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine, designed and developed by the Patient Education Institute. NOTE: This tutorial requires a special Flash plug-in, version 4 or above. If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial. You will also need an Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, in order to view the Reference Summary.

  10. Pathophysiology of Macular Edema

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    Stefan Scholl; Janna Kirchhof; Albert J. Augustin

    2010-01-01

    Macular edema is defined as an accumulation of fluid in the outer plexiform layer and the inner nuclear layer as well as a swelling of Müller cells of the retina. It consists of a localized expansion of the retinal extracellular space (sometimes associated with the intracellular space) in the macular area. Macular edema is a common cause of a sudden

  11. Macular hole formation associated with idiopathic parafoveal telangiectasia

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    Jeffrey L. Olson; Naresh Mandava

    2006-01-01

    Background  To report the occurrence of a full thickness macular hole in association with idiopathic parafoveal telangiectasia.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Observational case report.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Results  A 60-year-old female with a history of bilateral idiopathic parafoveal telangiectasia presented with acute complaints of decreased\\u000a vision and metamorphopsia in her right eye. The patient's retinal examination was significant for idiopathic parafoveal telangiectasia\\u000a bilaterally, and a new, full-thickness macular hole

  12. Delayed Macular Hole Closure

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    Distelmaier, Peter; Meyer, Linda M.; Fischer, Marie T.; Philipp, Sebastian; Paquet, Patrick; Mammen, Antje; Haller, Katharina; Schönfeld, Carl-Ludwig

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The presented case raises questions regarding the favorable scheduling of planned postoperative care and the ideal observation interval to decide for reoperations in macular hole surgery. Furthermore a discussion about the use of short- and long-acting gas tamponades in macular hole surgery is encouraged. Methods We present an interventional case report and a short review of the pertinent literature. Results We report a case of spontaneous delayed macular hole closure after vitreoretinal surgery had been performed initially without the expected success. A 73-year-old male Caucasian patient presented at our clinic with a stage 2 macular hole in his left eye. He underwent 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy and internal limiting membrane peeling with a 20% C2F6-gas tamponade. Sixteen days after the procedure, an OCT scan revealed a persistent stage 2 macular hole, and the patient was scheduled for reoperation. Surprisingly, at the date of planned surgery, which was another 11 days later, the macular hole had resolved spontaneously without any further intervention. Conclusions So far no common opinion exists regarding the use of short- or long-acting gas in macular hole surgery. Our case of delayed macular hole closure after complete resorption of the gas tamponade raises questions about the need and duration of strict prone positioning after surgery. Furthermore short-acting gas might be as efficient as long-acting gas. We suggest to wait with a second intervention at least 4 weeks after the initial surgery, since a delayed macular hole closure is possible. PMID:24847257

  13. Intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone for treatment of cystoid macular oedema associated with chronic myeloid leukaemia and imatinib therapy.

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    Newcott, Eric K; Ellabban, Abdallah A; Tavassoli, Shokufeh; Sallam, Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone in the treatment of cystoid macular oedema in a case with chronic myeloid leukaemia on imatinib treatment. Methods. We treated a 78-year-old man with bilateral cystoid macular oedema with intravitreal triamcinolone and subsequent bevacizumab in one eye and intravitreal bevacizumab, alone, in the fellow eye. Results. Serial intravitreal bevacizumab with and without triamcinolone treated cystoid macular oedema in both eyes and improved the vision. Conclusion. Intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone could be viable options to treat cystoid macular oedema due to chronic myeloid leukaemia and imatinib therapy. PMID:25722906

  14. Intravitreal Bevacizumab and Triamcinolone for Treatment of Cystoid Macular Oedema Associated with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and Imatinib Therapy

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    Newcott, Eric K.; Ellabban, Abdallah A.; Tavassoli, Shokufeh; Sallam, Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone in the treatment of cystoid macular oedema in a case with chronic myeloid leukaemia on imatinib treatment. Methods. We treated a 78-year-old man with bilateral cystoid macular oedema with intravitreal triamcinolone and subsequent bevacizumab in one eye and intravitreal bevacizumab, alone, in the fellow eye. Results. Serial intravitreal bevacizumab with and without triamcinolone treated cystoid macular oedema in both eyes and improved the vision. Conclusion. Intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone could be viable options to treat cystoid macular oedema due to chronic myeloid leukaemia and imatinib therapy. PMID:25722906

  15. Macular Thickness and Amblyopia

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    Rajavi, Zhale; Moghadasifar, Hossein; Feizi, Mohadese; Haftabadi, Narges; Hadavand, Reza; Yaseri, Mehdi; Sheibani, Kourosh; Norouzi, Ghazal

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To compare macular thickness in children with functional amblyopia and those without amblyopia using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods: This case-control study was conducted on 93 children aged 3–10 years including 44 cases with unilateral amblyopia and 49 subjects without amblyopia. Amblyopic eyes were considered as the case group and their fellow eyes as internal controls; eyes of non-amblyopic children served as the external control. Macular thickness of all eyes were measured by optical coherence tomography in the center (foveola), 1 mm ring (fovea), and 3 and 6 mm rings and compared. Results: Although macular thickness was generally not different between the study groups, there was a significant difference in central macular thickness between eyes with moderate to severe amblyopia and the external controls (P = 0.037). Foveal thickness difference exceeding 10 microns between fellow eyes was detected in a larger number of amblyopic children as compared to non-amblyopic controls (P = 0.002). Mean foveal thickness was greater in boys (P = 0.037) but there was no significant difference in foveal thickness among various types of refractive errors. Conclusion: Although there was no significant relationship between macular thickness and amblyopia, foveolar thickness in eyes with moderate to severe amblyopia was significantly greater than the external controls. Further studies with more cases of moderate to severe amblyopia are recommended. PMID:25709774

  16. Hereditary hemorrhagic macular dystrophy.

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    Wu, G; Pruett, R C; Baldinger, J; Hirose, T

    1991-03-15

    We treated two brothers who had a hemorrhagic macular lesion in one eye; a similar problem affected the fellow eye of both patients within eight months. Generalized fine granularity of the retinal pigment epithelium and peripheral iris transillumination defects were observed in both siblings. A study of the family suggested that the disorder was dominantly inherited and probably was Sorsby's pseudoinflammatory macular dystrophy. The macular lesions in one brother were treated by argon green laser photocoagulation and in the other brother by krypton red laser photocoagulation. Although the brother treated by krypton red laser photocoagulation attained better final visual function, additional differences in treatment methods also may have contributed to the final outcome. PMID:2000899

  17. Macular pigment levels following successful macular hole surgery

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    K Neelam; N O’Gorman; J Nolan; O O’Donovan; K G Au Eong; S Beatty

    2005-01-01

    Aim: Macular pigment (MP) is composed of two hydroxycarotenoids contained within the photoreceptors and the axons of the central neurosensory retina, with peak concentrations in the Henle layer. A full thickness macular hole (FTMH) is characterised by absence of all retinal layers in an area centred at the former centre of the fovea. The authors report the results of a

  18. Intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide as treatment of macular edema in central retinal vein occlusion

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    Jost B. Jonas; Ingrid Kreissig; Robert F. Degenring

    2002-01-01

    Purpose. To report the clinical outcome of a patient receiving an intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide as treatment of bilateral, long-standing, cystoid macular edema due to central retinal vein occlusion. Methods. A 70-years-old patient suffering from bilateral central retinal vein occlusion for 2 years and 1.5 years, respectively, received transconjunctivally an intravitreal injection of 25 mg of crystalline triamcinolone acetonide

  19. Effect of Depression on Vision Function in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Barry W. Rovner; Robin J. Casten; William S. Tasman

    2002-01-01

    Objectives: To report the prevalence rate of depres- sion in older patients with recent vision loss due to age- related macular degeneration (AMD) and to describe the effect of depression on self-reported vision function dur- ing 6 months. Methods: Prospective cohort study of 51 older pa- tients with recent-onset bilateral AMD attending the Retina Clinic of Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia,

  20. Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    ... related Macular Degeneration: What is AMD? In This Topic What is AMD? Wet AMD Dry AMD Risk ... for More Information National Institute on Aging Related Topics Low Vision More Vision Topics The information in ...

  1. Bilateral optic neuritis--the only ocular finding in a case of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.

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    Ozer, Pinar Altiaylik; Ozkan, Mehpare; Sekeroglu, Hande Taylan; Kadayifcilar, Sibel; Yuksel, Deniz; Aksoy, Ayse

    2014-02-01

    Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a rare disease of central nervous system caused by defective measles virus. Chorioretinitis with macular involvement is the mostly observed ocular finding in the disease. Other reported ocular findings in the disease are cortical blindness, hemianopsia, nystagmus, extraocular muscle paresis and optic atrophy. We present a rare case of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis with isolated bilateral optic neuritis as the only ocular finding without macular involvement. PMID:24063631

  2. What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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    ... regimen for dry macular degeneration . Using an Amsler grid to test for macular degeneration If you have ... you should use a chart called an Amsler grid every day to monitor your vision, as dry ...

  3. Age-related macular degeneration

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    Coleman, Hanna R; Chan, Chi-Chao; Ferris, Frederick L; Chew, Emily Y

    2008-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in elderly populations of European descent. The most consistent risk factors associated with this ocular condition are increasing age and cigarette smoking. Genetic investigations have shown that complement factor H, a regulator of the alternative complement pathway, and LOC387715/HtrA1 are the most consistent genetic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration. Although the pathogenesis of this disease is unknown, oxidative stress might have an important role. Treatment with antioxidant vitamins and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration by about a quarter in those at least at moderate risk. Intravitreal injections of ranibizumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits all forms of vascular endothelial growth factor, have been shown to stabilise loss of vision and, in some cases, improve vision in individuals with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. These findings, combined with assessments of possible environmental and genetic interactions and new approaches to modulate inflammatory pathways, will hopefully further expand our ability to understand and treat age-related macular degeneration. PMID:19027484

  4. Age-related macular degeneration.

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    Coleman, Hanna R; Chan, Chi-Chao; Ferris, Frederick L; Chew, Emily Y

    2008-11-22

    Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in elderly populations of European descent. The most consistent risk factors associated with this ocular condition are increasing age and cigarette smoking. Genetic investigations have shown that complement factor H, a regulator of the alternative complement pathway, and LOC387715/HtrA1 are the most consistent genetic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration. Although the pathogenesis of this disease is unknown, oxidative stress might have an important role. Treatment with antioxidant vitamins and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration by about a quarter in those at least at moderate risk. Intravitreal injections of ranibizumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits all forms of vascular endothelial growth factor, have been shown to stabilise loss of vision and, in some cases, improve vision in individuals with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. These findings, combined with assessments of possible environmental and genetic interactions and new approaches to modulate inflammatory pathways, will hopefully further expand our ability to understand and treat age-related macular degeneration. PMID:19027484

  5. Diabetic macular edema.

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    Stefánsson, Einar

    2009-07-01

    A variety of treatment options are available for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. They include laser photocoagulation, anti-VEGF drugs, intravitreal steroids, and vitrectomy with or without release of vitreoretinal traction. A full understanding of the physiological mechanisms of these treatment modalities allows sensible combination of treatment options. Retinal photocoagulation has repeatedly been shown to improve retinal oxygenation, as does vitrectomy. Oxygen naturally reduces VEGF production and thereby decreases leakage of plasma proteins from capillaries into the tissue. In addition, vitrectomy allows faster clearance of cytokines, such as VEGF, from the retina into the vitreous cavity. The VEGF-lowering effect of photocoagulation and vitrectomy can be augmented with anti-VEGF drugs and corticosteroids reduce the effect of VEGF on capillary permeability. Starling's law explains vasogenic edema, which is controlled by osmotic and hydrostatic gradients between vessel and tissue. It explains how VEGF-induced vascular permeability causes plasma protein to leak into the tissue interstitial space, thus decreasing the osmotic pressure gradient between vessel and tissue, resulting in water accumulation, i.e. edema. This is reversed by reducing VEGF production, which is achieved with laser treatment; or by removing VEGF with antibodies or vitrectomy; or by reducing the permeability effect with steroids. At the same time, Starling's law takes into account hemodynamic changes that affect the hydrostatic gradient. High arterial blood pressure and hypoxic vasodilatation increase the hydrostatic pressure in the microcirculation, which increases water flux from vessel to tissue and induce edema. Treatment of arterial hypertension or reversal of retinal hypoxia with laser reverses this pathophysiology and reduces edema. Newton's third law explains, that vitreoretinal traction decreases hydrostatic tissue pressure in the retina, increases the pressure gradient between vessel and tissue, and stimulates water fluxes from vessel into tissue, leading to edema. Release of vitreoretinal traction reverses this mechanism and reduces edema. PMID:23960851

  6. Spontaneous Closure of a Fully Developed Macular Hole in a Severely Myopic Eye

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    Bruè, C.; Rossiello, I.; Guidotti, J. M.; Mariotti, C.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Myopic macular holes can be difficult to close with surgery and are frequently associated with retinal detachment. We report on a case of a macular hole in a severely myopic eye that underwent spontaneous closure. Methods. An observational case study. Results. A 55-year-old female was referred to Ophthalmology for a central scotoma and metamorphopsia in the right eye. Visual acuity was 1/20 in both eyes. Fundus examination showed loss of the foveal depression, with a small yellow ring in the center of the fovea in the right eye, and a tilted optic disc and peripapillary staphyloma bilaterally. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) revealed a fully developed macular hole with a rim of thickened and slightly elevated retina in the right eye. The patient refused surgery. After 4 years of follow-up, her visual acuity improved to 20/40 in the right eye, and SD-OCT revealed spontaneous sealing of the macular hole without bare retinal pigment epithelium. Conclusions. Myopic macular holes represent a challenge regarding their management, and the prognosis is often poor. PMID:24744932

  7. Macular Oedema in Idiopathic Macular Telangiectasia Type 1 Responsive to Aflibercept but Not Bevacizumab

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    Shibeeb, O'Sam; Gillies, Mark; Gray, Timothy

    2014-01-01

    We report a patient with macular oedema due to type 1 macular telangiectasia responding to intravitreal aflibercept injection. A 51-year-old man was diagnosed with type 1 idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT) in the right eye. The macular oedema was refractory to initial treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab and argon laser photocoagulation. The patient was then treated with intravitreal aflibercept injections, following which the macular oedema was completely resolved and his vision was significantly improved. Intravitreal aflibercept injection appears to improve vision and reduce persistent macular oedema secondary to type 1 IMT and demonstrated promising anatomical and visual outcomes. PMID:25349755

  8. Macular oedema in idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 1 responsive to aflibercept but not bevacizumab.

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    Shibeeb, O'Sam; Vaze, Anagha; Gillies, Mark; Gray, Timothy

    2014-01-01

    We report a patient with macular oedema due to type 1 macular telangiectasia responding to intravitreal aflibercept injection. A 51-year-old man was diagnosed with type 1 idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT) in the right eye. The macular oedema was refractory to initial treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab and argon laser photocoagulation. The patient was then treated with intravitreal aflibercept injections, following which the macular oedema was completely resolved and his vision was significantly improved. Intravitreal aflibercept injection appears to improve vision and reduce persistent macular oedema secondary to type 1 IMT and demonstrated promising anatomical and visual outcomes. PMID:25349755

  9. Laser therapy and macular degeneration

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    Menchini, Ugo; Virgili, Gianni; Giansanti, Fabrizio; Giacomelli, Giovanni; Cappelli, Stefania

    2001-10-01

    Among macular diseases, choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is one of the most common causes of visual loss, especially in the form associated with age-related macular degeneration and pathologic myopia. Research on these diseases has recently evaluated new treatment modalities that use laser light differently; among these, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been introduced in the clinical practice, allowing us to expand the possibility of reducing visual loss in patients affected by CNV. With PDT, a photosensitizer (verteporfin, VisudyneTM) is injected intravenously, and it selectively binds to new vessels; low-power laser light exposure then activates the drug, leading to oxidative damage of the endothelium and new vessels thrombosis. Yet, other therapies, such as transpupillary termotherapy, or the use of photocoagulation to cause feeder-vessel occlusion, could proof effective, but they need further investigation.

  10. Age-related macular degeneration.

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    Randolph, Susan A

    2014-08-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common and painless eye condition that is the leading cause of vision loss for people older than 50 years. Occupational and environmental health nurses can aid in slowing the progression of AMD by encouraging workers to have periodic eye examinations, maintain good health practices, and notify health care professionals if they notice blurred vision or blind spots in central vision. PMID:25093372

  11. Bilateral symmetrical frontoparietal polymicrogyria.

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    Sztriha, László; Nork, Michael

    2002-01-01

    A patient with bilateral symmetrical frontoparietal polymicrogyria is reported. Severe developmental delay, mental retardation, spastic tetraplegia, and seizures were the main clinical features. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed bilateral thick cortex with irregular gyri and festoon-like grey-white matter junction in the frontoparietal areas. Bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria might represent either a severe form of a spectrum of malformations involving the frontoparietal area or a further variety of the congenital bilateral symmetrical polymicrogyria syndromes in addition to bilateral frontal polymicrogyria, bilateral perisylvian syndrome, and bilateral parasagittal parieto-occipital polymicrogyria. PMID:12374591

  12. Complications associated with limited macular translocation

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    Gildo Y Fujii; Dante J Pieramici; Mark S Humayun; Andrew P Schachat; Sandra M Reynolds; Michele Melia; Eugene De Juan

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report the ocular complications associated with the limited macular translocation procedure.METHODS: Retrospective review of 153 consecutive eyes of 151 patients that had the limited macular translocation procedure for subfoveal choroidal neovascularization between April 1996 and February 1999. The major study variables investigated included the incidence of specific ocular complications and their impact on visual acuity at 3 months

  13. Massive Bilateral Serous Retinal Detachment in a Case of Hypertensive Chorioretinopathy

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    Villalba-Pinto, Luis; Hernández-Ortega, M. Ángeles; de los Mozos, F. Javier Lavid; Pascual-Camps, Isabel; Dolz-Marco, Rosa; Arevalo, J. Fernando; Gallego-Pinazo, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Systemic high blood pressure is related to a variety of retinal manifestations. We present an atypical case of hypertensive chorioretinopathy with massive bilateral serous retinal detachment. Case Report A 26-year-old male with a genitourinary malformation and secondary grade IV chronic kidney failure as well as high blood pressure complained of acute vision loss. Dilated fundus examination evidenced a bilateral serous retinal detachment with macular involvement. The patient was unresponsive to oral antihypertensive therapy and dialysis treatment. The serous retinal detachment progressively decreased after the restoration of dialysis and antihypertensive therapy. The final visual acuity was 0.50 in both eyes. Discussion In cases of serous macular detachment, it is mandatory to rule out different systemic and ocular diseases. The presence of uncontrolled high blood pressure may produce aggressive bilateral retinal changes, thus hypertension must be under early and strict control in order to improve the visual outcomes. PMID:25120474

  14. Idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 2 (idiopathic juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis type 2A, Mac Tel 2).

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    Wu, Lihteh; Evans, Teodoro; Arevalo, J Fernando

    2013-01-01

    Macular telangiectasia type 2-also known as idiopathic perifoveal telangiectasia and juxtafoveolar retinal telangiectasis type 2A or Mac Tel 2-is an acquired bilateral neurodegenerative macular disease that usually manifests itself during the fourth to sixth decades of life and is characterized by minimal dilatation of the parafoveal capillaries with graying of the retinal area involved, a lack of lipid exudation, right-angled retinal venules, refractile deposits in the superficial retina, hyperplasia of the retinal pigment epithelium, foveal atrophy, and subretinal neovascularization (SRNV). Optical coherence tomography images typically demonstrate intraretinal hyporeflective spaces that are usually not related to retinal thickening or fluorescein leakage. The typical fluorescein angiographic finding is a deep intraretinal hyperfluorescent leakage in the temporal parafoveal area. With time the leakage may involve the whole parafovea, but does not extend to the center of the fovea. Long-term prognosis for central vision is variable and depends on the development of SRNV or macular atrophy. Pathogenesis remains unclear, but Müller cells and macular pigment appear to play a central role. Currently there is no known treatment for the underlying cause of this condition, but treatment of the SRNV may be beneficial. PMID:24160729

  15. Combined Therapy for Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Al Rashaed, Saba; Arevalo, J. Fernando

    2013-01-01

    Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the main cause of visual impairment in diabetic patients. Macular edema within 1 disk diameter of the fovea is present in 9% of the diabetic population. The management of DME is complex and often multiple treatment approaches are needed. This review demonstrates the benefits of intravitreal triamcinolone, bevacizumab and ranibizumab as adjunctive therapy to macular laser treatment in DME. The published results indicate that intravitreal injections of these agents may have a beneficial effect on macular thickness and visual acuity, independent of the type of macular edema that is present. Therefore, pharmacotherapy could complement focal/grid laser photocoagulation in the management of DME. For this review, we performed a literature search and summarized recent findings regarding combined therapy for DME. PMID:24339681

  16. Macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel) in a 34-year-old patient.

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    Nicolai, Heleen; Wirix, Mieke; Spielberg, Leigh; Leys, Anita

    2014-01-01

    We report macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel) in a 34-year-old man, the youngest patient so far published with MacTel type 2. The patient presented with metamorphopsia and impaired reading ability. Diagnosis was based on bilateral abnormal macular autofluorescence, perifoveal telangiectasia with fluorescein angiographic hyperfluorescence without cystoid oedema, a small foveal avascular zone, asymmetric configuration of the foveal pit, disruptions in the inner segment/outer segment layer and hyper-reflective haze and spots in the outer nuclear layer. Although MacTel usually manifests with a slowly progressive decrease in visual acuity in the fifth to seventh decades of life, younger patients may occasionally be diagnosed with the disease. Awareness of subtle signs of the condition is essential for early diagnosis. PMID:25249218

  17. Macular full-thickness and lamellar holes in association with type 2 idiopathic macular telangiectasia

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    P Charbel Issa; H P N Scholl; A Gaudric; P Massin; A E Kreiger; S Schwartz; F G Holz

    2009-01-01

    PurposeTo describe patients with full-thickness macular holes (FTMHs) and lamellar macular holes (LMHs) in association with type 2 idiopathic macular telangiectasia (type 2 IMT).MethodsSix patients with either FTMH or LMH and type 2 IMT were evaluated by means of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging, funduscopy, and fluorescein angiography.ResultsThe age of the examined patients ranged from 57 to 70 years (mean

  18. Bilateral multifocal posterior pole lesions in Reiter syndrome

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    Mansour, Ahmad M; Jaroudi, Mahmoud O; Medawar, Walid A; Tabbarah, Zuhayr A

    2013-01-01

    Reactive arthritis is associated with conjunctivitis or iritis. Rarely reactive arthritis is accompanied by permanent visual loss from macular infarction or foveal scarring. We present the case of a rheumatologist who had a sudden onset of skin lesions, arthritis of several joints and bilateral visual loss. Most of these manifestations resolved after a course of oral corticosteroids. However he was left with decreased vision in the left eye and multiple lesions in the fovea over a follow-up of 2?years. PMID:23576664

  19. Single Bilateral Dexamethasone Implant in Addition to Panretinal Photocoagulation and Oral Azathioprine Treatment in IRVAN Syndrome

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    Saatci, Ali Osman; Ayhan, Ziya; Take?, Ömer; Yaman, Aylin; Bajin, F. Meltem Söylev

    2015-01-01

    The idiopathic retinal vasculitis, aneurysms and neuroretinitis (IRVAN) syndrome is a disease characterized by multiple retinal macroaneurysms, neuroretinitis and peripheral capillary nonperfusion. Visual loss may result from either ischemia-related complications or macular involvement. Treatment is not always rewarding. We report a case with stage 2 IRVAN syndrome who was successfully treated with a single bilateral intravitreal dexamethasone implant in addition to panretinal photocoagulation and systemic azathioprine treatment. PMID:25802506

  20. Identification of the gene responsible for Best macular dystrophy

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    Markus J. Koisti; Benjamin Bakall; Wen Li; Guochun Xie; Towa Marknell; Ola Sandgren; Kristina Forsman; Gösta Holmgren; Sten Andreasson; Mihailo Vujic; Arthur A. B. Bergen; Valarie McGarty-Dugan; David Figueroa; Christopher P. Austin; Michael L. Metzker; C. Thomas Caskey; Konstantin Petrukhin; Claes Wadelius

    1998-01-01

    Best macular dystrophy (BMD), also known as vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD2; OMIM 153700), is an autosomal dominant form of macular degeneration characterized by an abnormal accumulation of lipofuscin within and beneath the retinal pigment epithelium cells. In pursuit of the disease gene, we limited the minimum genetic region by recombination breakpoint analysis and mapped to this region a novel retina-specific

  1. Bilateral Occipital Condyle Fracture

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    Schrödel, Markus H.; Kestlmeier, Ralph; Trappe, Anna E.

    2002-01-01

    Occipital condyle fractures are a rare finding in trauma victims. Bilateral fractures are even more unusual and have typically been reported in autopsy studies. We treated two patients with bilateral occipital condyle fractures who had only minor symptoms. Anderson and Montesano's classification,1 possible cranial nerve palsies, diagnosis, and treatment of this rare fracture are discussed. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2 PMID:17167657

  2. Bilateral assymetric epidural hematoma

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    Pereira, Edmundo Luis Rodrigues; Rodrigues, Daniella Brito; Lima, Lorena Oliveira; Sawada, Luis Armando; Hermes, Mário de Nazareth

    2015-01-01

    Background: Acute bilateral extradural hematoma is a rare presentation of head trauma injury. In sporadic cases, they represent 0.5–10% of all extradural hematomas. However, higher mortality rates have been reported in previous series. Case Description: The authors described the case of a 28-year-old male presenting head injury, comatose, Glasgow Coma Scale of 6, anisocoric pupils without puppilary light reflex. Computed tomography showed asymmetric bilateral epidural hematomas, effacement of the lateral ventricles and sulci, midline shift and a bilateral skull fracture reaching the vertex. Surgical evacuation was performed with simultaneous hematoma drainage. Patient was discharged on the 29th postoperative day with no neurological deficit. Conclusion: The correct approach on bilateral epidural hematomas depends on the volume, moment of diagnosis, and neurological deficit level. Simultaneous drainage of bilateral hematomas has been demonstrated to be an effective technique for it, which soon decreases the intracranial pressure and promotes an efficient resolution to the neurological damage. PMID:25657867

  3. Role of long-chain and very-long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in macular degenerations and dystrophies

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    Liu, Aihua; Lin, Yanhua; Terry, Ryan; Nelson, Kelly; Bernstein, Paul S

    2014-01-01

    Macular degeneration is a progressive, bilateral eye disorder that damages the macula of the human eye. The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in people older than 50 years in developed countries. Autosomal dominant Stargardt disease-3 (STGD3) is an inherited macular dystrophy that has clinical features similar to dry AMD, but occurs at a much earlier age. It is caused by a mutation in the elongation of very-long-chain fatty acids-like 4 (ELOVL4) gene, which is responsible for encoding the elongase enzyme that converts shorter chain fatty acids into C28–C38 very long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLCPUFAs, total number of carbons ?24). Diets rich in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) have inverse associations with the progression of AMD and STGD3, and a deficiency in retinal LCPUFAs and VLCPUFAs has been detected in AMD retinas and STGD3 animal models. This article systematically summarizes the roles of LCPUFAs and VLCPUFAs in AMD and STGD3, and discusses future research directions. PMID:25324899

  4. Bilateral and symmetrical tinea mammae

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    Yilmaz, Murat; Kavak, Ayse; Yamaner, Nalan Jale

    2013-01-01

    present a case of bilateral tinea mammae, which has not beenLetter Bilateral and symmetrical tinea mammae Murat Y?lmaz,bilateral symmetrical tinea infection on the breast area. Reported unilateral tinea mammae

  5. Macular degeneration in an arc welder.

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    Kim, Eun A; Kim, Byung-Gyu; Yi, Cheol-Ho; Kim, Il Gon; Chae, Chang-Ho; Kang, Seong-Kyu

    2007-04-01

    A male welder who had been working in an industrial machine plant for more than 20 years experienced acute intense pain in his left eye with continuous lacrimation while performing arc welding in 1997. Later in 1997, at the age of 39 yr, macular edema was found in his left eye. He was diagnosed with macular degeneration (MD) of the left eye in 2002, and with right eye MD in 2004. Radiation in the visible and near infrared (IR) spectra penetrates the eye and is absorbed by the retina, possibly causing thermal or photochemical damage. Such retinal damage may be permanent and, therefore, sight-threatening. The young age and history of an acute painful eye injury are not consistent with age related macular degeneration (AMD) but rather is likely maculopathy caused by welding arc exposure. PMID:17485886

  6. [Morphological characteristics in macular telangiectasia type 2].

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    Charbel Issa, P; Heeren, T F C; Krüger, E; Zeimer, M; Pauleikhoff, D; Holz, F G

    2014-09-01

    Macular telangiectasia type 2 is characterized by atrophic alterations of the central retina which is accompanied by a defined vascular phenotype. The disease manifests within an oval central retinal area the size of approximately two disc diameters, with a topographic predisposition temporal to the foveal center. Funduscopy reveals reduced retinal transparency, crystalline deposits, mildly ectatic capillaries, thickened venules and retinal pigment plaques. Secondary neovascularization and macular holes may occur during the disease course. Fluorescein angiography usually shows a diffuse leakage and often ectatic capillaries. On optical coherence tomography (OCT) examination, hyporeflective cavities and focal atrophy of the photoreceptor layer represent a frequent finding. A characteristic sign is an increased (para) central signal on fundus autofluorescence imaging due to a reduced density of macular pigment. PMID:25204527

  7. Quantification of reduced macular pigment optical density in the central retina in macular telangiectasia type 2

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    Peter Charbel Issa; Rob L. P. van der Veen; Astrid Stijfs; Frank G. Holz; Hendrik P. N. Scholl; Tos T. J. M. Berendschot

    2009-01-01

    Recently, a unique distribution, namely a reduction of macular pigment optical density (MPOD) within the central retina with a surrounding ring-like structure of preserved MPOD at about 6 degrees eccentricity was suggested to be a common finding in macular telangiectasia (MacTel) type 2. In order to quantify this reduced MPOD, 28 eyes of 14 patients with MacTel type 2 were

  8. Bilateral lateral periodontal cyst.

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    Govil, Somya; Gupta, Vishesh; Misra, Neeta; Misra, Pradyumna

    2013-01-01

    The bilateral lateral periodontal cyst is a rare nasological entity, which despite clinical and radiological presentation is being diagnosed by histological characteristics. It is asymptomatic in nature and is observed in routine radiography. The aim and objective of this article is to present a rare case of bilateral lateral periodontal cyst in a 14-year-old child. The clinical and radiographical findings, along with its management have been discussed. Enucleation of bilateral cyst without extraction of the adjacent tooth was performed. Lesion samples were sent for histopathological analysis. The histopathological analysis revealed a thin, non keratinised stratified squamous epithelium resembling reduced enamel epithelium. Epithelial plaques were also seen. A clinicopathological correlation incorporating the surgical, radiographical and gold standard histopathological findings was obtained to suggest the final diagnosis of the bilateral lateral periodontal cyst. PMID:23667246

  9. Bilateral vestibular loss.

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    Hain, Timothy C; Cherchi, Marcello; Yacovino, Dario A

    2013-07-01

    Bilateral vestibular loss is a rare cause of visual disturbance (oscillopsia) and imbalance. When severe, the most common cause is iatrogenic-gentamicin ototoxicity. Bilateral loss is easily diagnosed at the bedside with the dynamic illegible E test. If this test is omitted, it can easily be misdiagnosed as a cerebellar syndrome. Treatment is largely supportive. Care should be taken to avoid medications that suppress vestibular function, and to encourage activity. PMID:24057822

  10. Echinoderms have bilateral tendencies.

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    Ji, Chengcheng; Wu, Liang; Zhao, Wenchan; Wang, Sishuo; Lv, Jianhao

    2012-01-01

    Echinoderms take many forms of symmetry. Pentameral symmetry is the major form and the other forms are derived from it. However, the ancestors of echinoderms, which originated from Cambrian period, were believed to be bilaterians. Echinoderm larvae are bilateral during their early development. During embryonic development of starfish and sea urchins, the position and the developmental sequence of each arm are fixed, implying an auxological anterior/posterior axis. Starfish also possess the Hox gene cluster, which controls symmetrical development. Overall, echinoderms are thought to have a bilateral developmental mechanism and process. In this article, we focused on adult starfish behaviors to corroborate its bilateral tendency. We weighed their central disk and each arm to measure the position of the center of gravity. We then studied their turning-over behavior, crawling behavior and fleeing behavior statistically to obtain the center of frequency of each behavior. By joining the center of gravity and each center of frequency, we obtained three behavioral symmetric planes. These behavioral bilateral tendencies might be related to the A/P axis during the embryonic development of the starfish. It is very likely that the adult starfish is, to some extent, bilaterian because it displays some bilateral propensity and has a definite behavioral symmetric plane. The remainder of bilateral symmetry may have benefited echinoderms during their evolution from the Cambrian period to the present. PMID:22247765

  11. Evaluation of posturing in macular hole surgery

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    D Verma; M W Jalabi; W G Watts; G Naylor

    2002-01-01

    Aim To objectively evaluate the postoperative face down posturing in macular hole surgery.Materials and Methods An electronic device called ‘Maculog’ was developed consisting of three basic components, a mercury switch triggered by the angle of tilt placed inside an earpiece, a data-recording device connected to the earpiece with cables and a windows based software program, specially written to analyse the

  12. Depression in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Casten, Robin; Rovner, Barry

    2008-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of disability in the elderly, substantially degrades the quality of their lives, and is a risk factor for depression. Rates of depression in AMD are substantially greater than those found in the general population of older people, and are on par with those of other chronic and disabling…

  13. Steroids and the Management of Macular Edema

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    Shani Golan; Anat Loewenstein

    2010-01-01

    Macular edema (ME) is a condition which is usually secondary to an underlying disease process. It is most commonly seen following venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy and posterior segment inflammatory disease. The treatment of ME varies, depending upon the underlying etiology, and has led to varying degrees of success. Traditionally, the main treatment options have included topical and systemic steroids,

  14. Novel Rodent Models for Macular Research

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    Huber, Gesine; Heynen, Severin; Imsand, Coni; vom Hagen, Franziska; Muehlfriedel, Regine; Tanimoto, Naoyuki; Feng, Yuxi; Hammes, Hans-Peter; Grimm, Christian; Peichl, Leo; Seeliger, Mathias W.; Beck, Susanne C.

    2010-01-01

    Background Many disabling human retinal disorders involve the central retina, particularly the macula. However, the commonly used rodent models in research, mouse and rat, do not possess a macula. The purpose of this study was to identify small laboratory rodents with a significant central region as potential new models for macular research. Methodology/Principal Findings Gerbillus perpallidus, Meriones unguiculatus and Phodopus campbelli, laboratory rodents less commonly used in retinal research, were subjected to confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO), fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) using standard equipment (Heidelberg Engineering HRA1 and Spectralis™) adapted to small rodent eyes. The existence of a visual streak-like pattern was assessed on the basis of vascular topography, retinal thickness, and the topography of retinal ganglion cells and cone photoreceptors. All three species examined showed evidence of a significant horizontal streak-like specialization. cSLO angiography and retinal wholemounts revealed that superficial retinal blood vessels typically ramify and narrow into a sparse capillary net at the border of the respective area located dorsal to the optic nerve. Similar to the macular region, there was an absence of larger blood vessels in the streak region. Furthermore, the thickness of the photoreceptor layer and the population density of neurons in the ganglion cell layer were markedly increased in the visual streak region. Conclusions/Significance The retinal specializations of Gerbillus perpallidus, Meriones unguiculatus and Phodopus campbelli resemble features of the primate macula. Hence, the rodents reported here may serve to study aspects of macular development and diseases like age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema, and the preclinical assessment of therapeutic strategies. PMID:20976212

  15. Effect of change in macular birefringence imaging protocol on retinal nerve fiber layer thickness parameters using GDx VCC in eyes with macular lesions.

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    Dada, Tanuj; Tinwala, Sana I; Dave, Vivek; Agarwal, Anand; Sharma, Reetika; Wadhwani, Meenakshi

    2014-08-01

    This study evaluates the effect of two macular birefringence protocols (bow-tie retardation and irregular macular scan) using GDx VCC on the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness parameters in normal eyes and eyes with macular lesions. In eyes with macular lesions, the standard protocol led to significant overestimation of RNFL thickness which was normalized using the irregular macular pattern protocol. In eyes with normal macula, absolute RNFL thickness values were higher in irregular macular pattern protocols with the difference being statistically significant for all parameters except for inferior average thickness. This has implications for monitoring glaucoma patients who develop macular lesions during the course of their follow-up. PMID:24469116

  16. Focal macular photopic negative response in patients with optic neuritis

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    H Nakamura; K Miyamoto; S Yokota; K Ogino; N Yoshimura

    2011-01-01

    PurposeTo investigate, by focal macular electroretinography (ERG), the change of photopic negative response (PhNR) in the recovery of visual function in patients with optic neuritis.MethodsFocal macular ERG was recorded from nine patients with acute optic neuritis (38.6±10.2 years). The photostimulator device projected 15° visual angle spotlight onto the macula. Focal macular ERG recording was performed at the onset and at

  17. Bilateral Parotid Tuberculosis

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    Thakur, JS; Thakur, A; Mohindroo, NK; Mohindroo, S; Sharma, DR

    2011-01-01

    Tuberculosis of parotid is a rare clinical entity, and cases of bilateral tubercular parotitis are even rarer. We present a case of bilateral primary parotid tuberculosis in a 49-year-old female. The patient received anti-tuberculosis treatment for six months, resulting in complete resolution of the disease. We also review the theories related to the pathogenesis of tubercular parotitis, and propose a novel hypothesis about greater involvement of parotid gland as compared to other salivary glands in primary tuberculosis. PMID:21887065

  18. Bilateral parotid tuberculosis.

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    Thakur, Js; Thakur, A; Mohindroo, Nk; Mohindroo, S; Sharma, Dr

    2011-07-01

    Tuberculosis of parotid is a rare clinical entity, and cases of bilateral tubercular parotitis are even rarer. We present a case of bilateral primary parotid tuberculosis in a 49-year-old female. The patient received anti-tuberculosis treatment for six months, resulting in complete resolution of the disease. We also review the theories related to the pathogenesis of tubercular parotitis, and propose a novel hypothesis about greater involvement of parotid gland as compared to other salivary glands in primary tuberculosis. PMID:21887065

  19. Increased resolution macular thickness mapping by OCT.

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    Bernardes, Rui; Santos, Torcato; Cunha-Vaz, José

    2006-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) poor mapping resolution has been pointed out as the biggest disadvantage of this technique when compared to others, e.g., retinal thickness analyzer. In this work we were able to solve this problem by developing an atlas of macular thickness of the human retina into which OCT scans were thereafter registered. This atlas is used to allow registering OCT scans from the Fast Macular Protocol, thus bringing OCT scans into the atlas coordinates, therefore correcting for misfixations, while simultaneously allowing to perform OCT inter-scan registration. From this initial registration, we were able to compute a thickness map into which Fast RNFL Protocol scans were merged, thus allowing for increased OCT mapping resolution. PMID:17946646

  20. [Functional characteristics of macular telangiectasia type 2].

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    Heeren, T F C; Krüger, E; Holz, F G; Charbel Issa, P

    2014-09-01

    The first symptoms of macular telangiectasia type 2 usually occur between 50 and 70 years of age. Functional alterations topographically correspond to the morphological changes. Characteristic paracentral scotomata due to focal photoreceptor atrophy can be detected using microperimetry. The predominant paracentral functional loss may cause reading difficulties despite visual acuity in the range between 20/20 and 20/50. Visual acuity around 20/200 may occur once the paracentral photoreceptor atrophy extends centrally, or due to the development of a macular hole or a secondary neovascular membrane. Progression of functional loss can often only be detected by mapping scotoma size or occurrence using microperimetry, while visual acuity may remain unchanged. PMID:25204528

  1. Limited inferior macular translocation for the treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization secondary to age-related macular degeneration

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    Dante J Pieramici; Eugene De Juan Jr; Gildo Y Fujii; Sandra M Reynolds; Michele Melia; Mark S Humayun; Andrew P Schachat; Craig D Hartranft

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To review a series of patients with age-related macular degeneration undergoing limited macular translocation for the treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization, to determine short-term visual acuity outcomes, to measure amounts of attainable retinal movement, and to identify prognostic factors.METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on a consecutive series of patients undergoing inferior limited macular translocation with scleral imbrication for

  2. PERIFOVEAL VITREOUS DETACHMENT AND ITS MACULAR COMPLICATIONS

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    Johnson, Mark W

    2005-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the vitreoretinal relationship in eyes with idiopathic macular disorders putatively caused by vitreomacular traction associated with early stages of age-related posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Methods Retrospective observational case series of 43 eyes of 40 patients diagnosed with one of several idiopathic vitreomacular conditions. Included patients had no biomicroscopic evidence for complete PVD on presentation and underwent a specific clinical assessment of the vitreoretinal relationship. Affected eyes were evaluated with slit-lamp biomicroscopy, B-scan ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography, and/or intraoperative examination of the posterior hyaloid. Results By one or more examination techniques, 41 (95.3%) of the 43 study eyes had evidence of vitreous detachment from the perifoveal macular region and the remaining two eyes had complete PVD. When measurable, the size of the vitreomacular adhesion varied by diagnosis. Of 31 eyes with perifoveal vitreous detachment seen in follow-up, only three (9.7%) showed progression to complete PVD over an average preoperative or total follow-up period of 30.0 months (range, 2 to 237 months). Surgical or spontaneous separation of the residual vitreomacular adhesion in 16 eyes was followed in 15 (93.8%) by partial or complete resolution of the symptoms and signs of macular traction. Conclusions Age-related PVD appears to be an insidious, chronic event that begins in the perifoveal macula and evolves over a prolonged period of time prior to vitreopapillary separation. Though usually asymptomatic, its early (perifoveal) stages may be complicated by one of several macular pathologies, determined in part by the size of the residual vitreomacular adhesion. PMID:17057817

  3. Macular Bioaccelerometers on Earth and in Space

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    Ross, M. D.; Cutler, L.; Meyer, G.; Vazin, P.; Lam, T.

    1991-01-01

    Space flight offers the opportunity to study linear bioaccelerometers (vestibular maculas) in the virtual absence of a primary stimulus, gravitational acceleration. Macular research in space is particularly important to NASA because the bioaccelerometers are proving to be weighted neural networks in which information is distributed for parallel processing. Neural networks are plastic and highly adaptive to new environments. Combined morphological-physiological studies of maculas fixed in space and following flight should reveal macular adaptive responses to microgravity, and their time-course. Ground-based research, already begun, using computer-assisted, 3-dimensional reconstruction of macular terminal fields will lead to development of computer models of functioning maculas. This research should continue in conjunction with physiological studies, including work with multichannel electrodes. The results of such a combined effort could usher in a new era in understanding vestibular function on Earth and in space. They can also provide a rational basis for counter-measures to space motion sickness, which may prove troublesome as space voyager encounter new gravitational fields on planets, or must re-adapt to 1 g upon return to earth.

  4. Bilateral coronary arteriovenous fistulas

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    Joseph Joy; Thomas Titus; C. G. Venkitachalam; K. G. Balakrishnan

    1990-01-01

    A 14-year-old girl with bilateral coronary arteriovenous fistulas (CAVFs) draining into the right ventricle (RV) is presented. Selective coronary angiography revealed involvement of both right and left coronary arteries in the fistulous formation, but communication into the RV was single.

  5. Bilateral pisotriquetral loose bodies

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    Williams, GR; Holland, P; Beazley, J; Hyder, N

    2012-01-01

    Case reports detailing diagnosis and effective treatment of pisotriquetral loose bodies are scarce. This article describes an even rarer case of bilateral pisotriquetral joint loose bodies, explores the relative diagnostic roles of magnetic resonance imaging versus computed tomography, and outlines effective strategies used for the management of this condition drawn from the literature and our own experience. PMID:22507708

  6. Defective Lipid Transport and Biosynthesis in Recessive and Dominant Stargardt Macular Degeneration

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    Molday, Robert S.; Zhang, Kang

    2010-01-01

    Stargardt disease is a common inherited macular degeneration characterized by a significant loss in central vision in the first or second decade of life, bilateral atrophic changes in the central retina associated with degeneration of photoreceptors and underlying retinal pigment epithelial cells, and the presence of yellow flecks extending from the macula. Autosomal recessive Stargardt disease, the most common macular dystrophy, is caused by mutations in the gene encoding ABCA4, a photoreceptor ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter. Biochemical studies together with analysis of abca4 knockout mice and Stargardt patients have implicated ABCA4 as a lipid transporter that facilitates the removal of potentially toxic retinal compounds from photoreceptors following photoexcitation. An autosomal dominant form of Stargardt disease also known as Stargardt-like dystrophy is caused by mutations in a gene encoding ELOVL4, an enzyme that catalyzes the elongation of very long chain fatty acids in photoreceptors and other tissues. This review focuses on the molecular characterization of ABCA4 and ELOVL4 and their role in photoreceptor cell biology and the pathogenesis of Stargardt disease. PMID:20633576

  7. Macular dystrophy in Kabuki syndrome: a new clinical feature?

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    Lindfield, Dan; Griffiths, Michael F P; Thompson, Dorothy A; Moore, Anthony T

    2011-01-01

    Kabuki syndrome is a rare and genetically heterogenous condition that has both systemic and ophthalmic complications. Macular dystrophy has not previously been noted in conjunction with this syndrome. The authors present a 14-year-old girl with Kabuki syndrome with macular dystrophy and confirmatory electrodiagnostics. PMID:21766738

  8. Cystoid macular edema associated with topical echothiophate iodide.

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    Halperin, L S; Goldman, H B

    1993-12-01

    We report the case of a patient with visual loss and cystoid macular edema that was associated with the topical use of echothiophate iodide. After cessation of the drops, the cystoid macular edema nearly disappeared, and vision returned to normal. PMID:8129329

  9. Fast assessment of the central macular pigment density with natural pupil using the macular pigment reflectometer.

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    van de Kraats, Jan; Berendschot, Tos T J M; Valen, Suze; van Norren, Dirk

    2006-01-01

    We built a new macular pigment reflectometer (MPR) for fast and objective measuring of the optical density of macular pigment in the human eye, using the undilated eye. The design is based on the spectral reflectance from a spot of white light at the fovea. To evaluate its performance, we measured the macular pigment of 20 healthy subjects, ages 18 to 79 years, under four conditions: (1) natural pupil in the dark, (2) natural pupil with dim room light, (3) dilated pupil in the dark, and for comparison with a different technique, (4) heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) in dim room light with natural pupil. Condition 1 was repeated in a subset of 10 subjects after an interval of at least 3 days. Data analysis with a model of reflectors and absorbers in the eye provided the density of the macular pigment in conditions 1 to 3. Dim room light and pupil dilatation had no influence on measured density. Mean within subjects variation was typically 7%. Mean difference between test and retest after at least 3 days was 1%. Correlation between MPR and HFP was r=0.56 (p=0.012). Mean within subjects variation with HFP was 19%. The new instrument holds promise for specific applications such as epidemiological research. PMID:17212554

  10. Alteration of the visual evoked potential by macular holes: Comparison with optic neuritis

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    L. N. Johnson; R. D. Yee; R. S. Hepler; D. A. Martin

    1987-01-01

    Nine patients with maculopathy (macular holes, macular cysts, and lamellar holes) and ten patients with optic neuritis were examined in order to determine changes in the visual evoked potential (VEP) in response to pattern-reversal stimulation. Eyes with lamellar holes had normal P100 latency, but eyes with macular cysts and macular holes had prolonged P100 latency. Eyes with optic neuritis exhibited

  11. Measurement of macular pigment optical density in a healthy chinese population sample

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    Macular pigment may protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by its capability to absorb blue light and scavenge free radicals. Current information on human macular pigment density has been largely from studies on Caucasians populations. The purpose of this study was to assess macular ...

  12. The Impact of Macular Laser Photocoagulation on Contrast Sensitivity Function in Patients with Clinically Significant Macular Edema

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    Mohammad-Sadegh Farahvash; Amir-Hossein Mahmoudi; Mohammad-Mehdi Farahvash; Ali Tabatabaee; Mohammad Riazi; Shiva Mohammadzadeh; Houshang Faghihi; Mehdi Nilli-Ahmadabadi; Ahmad Mirshahi; Reza Karkhaneh; Zahra Aalami-Harandi; Ahmad Javadian; Ali Abdolahi; Alireza Lashey

    2008-01-01

    Background: Contrast sensitivity is an important aspect of visual function and is even more important for ordinary daily tasks than visual acuity. Contrast sensitivity function may be deteriorated to a significant level in diabetic retinopathy, especially in diabetic macular edema. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of macular laser photocoagulation—as the standard treatment of clinically significant

  13. Vitrectomy Combined with Intravitreal Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection and Macular Laser Photocoagulation for Nontractional Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Kim, Jae Hui; Ha, Hyo Shin; Kim, Jae Ryung

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the efficacy of vitrectomy combined with intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) and macular laser photocoagulation for the treatment of nontractional diabetic macular edema (DME) refractory to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy. Methods Twenty-eight eyes from 28 subjects who were diagnosed with nontractional DME refractory to three or more sequential anti-VEGF injections underwent sequential vitrectomy, IVTA, and macular laser photocoagulation. Changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central subfield thickness (CST) during the six months following vitrectomy were evaluated. Additionally, the CST and BCVA outcomes were compared with those of 26 eyes treated with the same triple therapy for nontractional DME refractory to conventional treatment, such as IVTA or macular laser photocoagulation, or both. Results The mean logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution BCVAs before and one, three, and six months after vitrectomy were 0.44 ± 0.15, 0.36 ± 0.18, 0.31 ± 0.14, and 0.34 ± 0.22, respectively. The mean CSTs were 433.3 ± 77.9, 329.9 ± 59.4, 307.2 ± 60.2, and 310.1 ± 80.1 microns, respectively. The values of both BCVA and CST at one, three, and six months were significantly improved from baseline (p < 0.05). The extent of CST reduction during the first month after triple therapy was greater in eyes refractory to conventional treatment than in eyes refractory to anti-VEGF (p = 0.012). Conclusions Vitrectomy combined with IVTA and macular laser photocoagulation had a beneficial effect on both anatomical and functional outcomes in eyes with nontractional DME refractory to anti-VEGF therapy. PMID:23730111

  14. Outcomes of chronic macular hole surgical repair

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    Shukla, Shripaad Y; Afshar, Armin R; Kiernan, Daniel F; Hariprasad, Seenu M

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To report visual and anatomic outcomes of chronic macular hole surgery, with analysis of pre-operative OCT-based hole size and post-operative closure type. Settings and Design: An IRB-approved, retrospective case series of 26 eyes of 24 patients who underwent surgery for stage 3 or 4 idiopathic chronic macular holes at a tertiary care referral center. Statistical Analysis: Student's t-test. Results: Nineteen of 26 eyes (73%) had visual improvement after surgery on most recent exam. Twenty-one of 26 eyes (81%) achieved anatomic closure; 16 of 26 eyes (62%) achieved type 1, and five of 26 eyes (19%) achieved type 2 closure. Post-operative LogMAR VA for type 1 closure holes (0.49) was significantly greater than for type 2 closure and open holes (1.26, P < 0.003 and 1.10, P < 0.005, respectively), despite similar pre-operative VA (P = 0.51 and 0.68, respectively). Mean pre-operative hole diameter for eyes with type 1 closure, type 2 closure, and holes that remained open were 554, 929, and 1205 microns, respectively. Mean pre-operative hole diameter was significantly larger in eyes that remained open as compared to eyes with type 1 closure (P = 0.015). Conclusion: Vitrectomy to repair chronic macular holes can improve vision and achieve long-term closure. Holes of greater than 3.4 years duration were associated with a greater incidence of remaining open and type 2 closure. Larger holes (mean diameter of 1205 microns) were more likely to remain open after repair. PMID:25116773

  15. [Pharmacological treatment for diabetic macular edema].

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    Fukumoto, Masanori; Ikeda, Tsunehiko

    2015-03-01

    Diabetic macular edema(DME) is a major cause of vision loss and has a remarkable impact on the quality of life of diabetic patients. New pharmacological approaches based on the use of intravitreal drugs, such as corticosteroids and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, have recently been developed for the treatment of DME. Even though laser therapy has been the standard treatment for DME, the results of several clinical trials have shown the superiority of some of these new agents to laser therapy. The purpose of this review is to briefly summarize the currently available new pharmacological treatments for DME in Japan. PMID:25812378

  16. Intravitreal bevacizumab therapy for idiopathic macular telangiectasia

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    Yoko Matsumoto; Mitsuko Yuzawa

    2010-01-01

    Purpose  To investigate the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab for the treatment of idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT).\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Ten eyes of eight consecutive patients with IMT were studied. Four eyes had type 1, and six had type 2 IMT according to Yannuzzi’s\\u000a classification. All patients were treated with intravitreal bevacizumab (1.25 mg) injections at baseline. Monthly fundus and\\u000a optical coherence tomography (OCT) examinations

  17. Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Use in Macular Diseases: A Review

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    Sebastian Wolf; Ute Wolf-Schnurrbusch

    2010-01-01

    The introduction of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) has improved the clinical value for assessment of the eyes with macular disease. This article reviews the advances of SD-OCT for the diagnostic of various macular diseases. These include vitreomacular traction syndrome, cystoid macular edema\\/diabetic macular edema, epiretinal membranes, full-thickness macular holes, lamellar holes, pseudoholes, microholes, and schisis from myopia. Besides offering

  18. Macular abnormalities in Italian patients with retinitis pigmentosa

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    Testa, Francesco; Rossi, Settimio; Colucci, Raffaella; Gallo, Beatrice; Di Iorio, Valentina; della Corte, Michele; Azzolini, Claudio; Melillo, Paolo; Simonelli, Francesca

    2014-01-01

    Aim To investigate the prevalence of macular abnormalities in a large Caucasian cohort of patients affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Methods A retrospective study was performed by reviewing the medical records and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans in a cohort of 581 RP patients in order to assess the presence of macular abnormalities —that is, cystoid macular oedema (CMO), epiretinal membrane (ERM), vitreo-macular traction syndrome, and macular hole. Results Macular abnormalities were observed in 524 (45.1%) out of the 1161 examined eyes. The most frequent abnormality was CMO, observed in 237 eyes (20.4%) from 133 patients (22.9%), followed by ERM, assessed in 181 eyes (15.6%) from 115 patients (19.8%). Moreover, vitreo-retinal abnormalities were significantly (p<0.05) associated with older age, cataract surgery, or cataract. CMO appeared to be significantly (p<0.05) associated with female gender, autosomic dominant inheritance pattern, and cataract. Conclusions Macular abnormalities are more frequent in RP compared to the general population. For that reason, screening RP patients with OCT is highly recommended to follow-up the patients, evaluate the natural history of disease, and identify those patients who could benefit from current or innovative therapeutic strategies. PMID:24532797

  19. Idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 2: ?the progressive vasculopathy.

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    Engelbert, Michael; Yannuzzi, Lawrence A

    2012-11-01

    Purpose. To describe the complete sequence of the progressive vasculopathy in macular telangiectasia type 2.?Methods. This is a report of a case demonstrating the complete vasogenic sequence in macular telangiectasia type 2 over the course of 15 years, and representative images from a collective of 150 patients with macular telangiectasia type 2 employing fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography.?Results. Macular telangiectasia may progress along a predictable vasogenic sequence which consists of nonproliferative stages, characterized by temporal loss of macular luteopigment and inner retinal volume loss in the absence of vascular changes, followed by a progressive proliferative vasculopathy, first involving the deep capillary plexus with eventual extension of the vascular changes circumferentially in the inner retinal capillary plexus. Late proliferative stages may become indistinguishable from advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration.?Conclusions. While it is rare to observe the complete vasogenic sequence of macular telangiectasia type 2, a classification into nonproliferative and proliferative stages can be established, and may prove helpful as the mechanisms driving the pathogenic process through those stages are identified. PMID:23138663

  20. Clinicopathologic findings in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy

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    Zhang, Qing; Small, Kent W.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To correlate the clinical and histopathologic features of Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD). Methods Two eyes were obtained postmortem from a patient with BVMD. The patient’s clinical information was reviewed. Series sections of the globes were performed and sequentially stained with hematoxylin-eosin, periodic acid-Schiff or Masson trichrome. A section of the left macula was submitted for electron microscopic processing. Histopathologic findings were reconstructed in a scaled two-dimensional map and compared with fundus photography, fundus autofluorescence (FAF), fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. Results The macular lesion of the right eye was identified as a well-demarcated region with pigment, elevated submacular yellow material and subretinal fluid. This corresponded histopathologically to a well-circumscribed area of RPE hyperplasia, accumulation of lipofuscin in the RPE, deposition of granular material in the photoreceptors, macrophages and drusen. The left eye displayed a 1 disc diameter chorioretinal scar with surrounding shallow fluid and submacular pigment. This corresponded to RPE changes and a fibrocellular proliferation in the choriocapillaris. Conclusion Histopathologic mapping revealed retinal edema, RPE abnormalities, drusen and a chorioretinal scar in BVMD that correlated with the fundus, FFA, FAF and OCT findings. PMID:21136072

  1. A novel clinical sign in macular telangiectasia type 2.

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    Jindal, Animesh; Choudhury, Himadri; Pathengay, Avinash; Flynn, Harry W

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the study is to report, and propose a hypothesis for, a novel clinical sign in patients with macular telangiectasia type 2. Nine consecutive patients with macular telangiectasia and visible parafoveal graying were examined. The parafoveal graying decreased in intensity with continuous light exposure from an indirect ophthalmoscope. After dark adaptation for 15 minutes, the intensity of parafoveal graying increased again. This phenomenon appears to be a novel and global sign in patients with macular telangiectasia type 2. It could be a possible photochemical reaction occurring due to the release of chromophores from the abnormal Müller cells. PMID:25559527

  2. Macular Oedema Related to Idiopathic Macular Telangiectasia Type 1 Treated with Dexamethasone Intravitreal Implant (Ozurdex)

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    Kamal, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    A 65-year-old female presented with visual disturbance in her right eye lasting for over 2 months. Following investigations, she was diagnosed with MacTel type 1 in the right eye. Visual symptoms were refractory to initial treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab and thereafter intravtireal triamicinolone. The patient was then treated with Ozurdex, following which central macular thickness (CMT) decreased (from 397??m to 286??m) and visual acuity deteriorated (from logMAR 0.48 to 0.59). At 14 weeks posttreatment with Ozurdex, a recurrence of cystoid macular oedema (CMO) was observed. Following a second Ozurdex, visual acuity improved (from logMAR 0.7 to 0.64) and CMT decreased (from 349??m to 279??m). An additional recurrence of CMO was observed at eighteen weeks following the second Ozurdex. Following a third Ozurdex injection visual acuity deteriorated (from logMAR 0.74 to 0.78) and CMT decreased (from 332??m to 279??m). Conclusion. Treatment of macular oedema secondary to MacTel with Ozurdex demonstrated promising anatomical outcomes. However, visual outcomes continued to gradually deteriorate. PMID:25045562

  3. Macular oedema related to idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 1 treated with dexamethasone intravitreal implant (ozurdex).

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    Loutfi, Mohamed; Papathomas, Thomas; Kamal, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    A 65-year-old female presented with visual disturbance in her right eye lasting for over 2 months. Following investigations, she was diagnosed with MacTel type 1 in the right eye. Visual symptoms were refractory to initial treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab and thereafter intravtireal triamicinolone. The patient was then treated with Ozurdex, following which central macular thickness (CMT) decreased (from 397??m to 286??m) and visual acuity deteriorated (from logMAR 0.48 to 0.59). At 14 weeks posttreatment with Ozurdex, a recurrence of cystoid macular oedema (CMO) was observed. Following a second Ozurdex, visual acuity improved (from logMAR 0.7 to 0.64) and CMT decreased (from 349??m to 279??m). An additional recurrence of CMO was observed at eighteen weeks following the second Ozurdex. Following a third Ozurdex injection visual acuity deteriorated (from logMAR 0.74 to 0.78) and CMT decreased (from 332??m to 279??m). Conclusion. Treatment of macular oedema secondary to MacTel with Ozurdex demonstrated promising anatomical outcomes. However, visual outcomes continued to gradually deteriorate. PMID:25045562

  4. Macular Hypoplasia in Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type Ia

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    Wang, Bob Z.; Siriwardana, Pradeep; Taranath, Deepa

    2012-01-01

    Congenital disorders of glycosylation are a rare group of metabolic disorders that can result in multiorgan disease. This article describes a novel finding of macular hypoplasia in congenital disorders of glycosylation type Ia. PMID:22649348

  5. Idiopathic Bilateral Bloody Tearing

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    Beyazy?ld?z, Emrullah; Özdamar, Yasemin; Beyazy?ld?z, Özlem; Yerli, Hasan

    2015-01-01

    Bloody tear is a rare and distinct clinic phenomenon. We report a case presenting with the complaint of recurrent episodes of bilateral bloody tearing. A 16-year-old girl presented to our clinic with complaint of bloody tearing in both eyes for 3 months. Bloody tearing was not associated with her menses. A blood-stained discharge from the punctum was not observed during the compression of both nasolacrimal ducts. Nasolacrimal passage was not obstructed. Imaging studies such as dacryocystography and gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of nasolacrimal canal were normal. Intranasal endoscopic evaluation was normal. We collected samples from bloody tears two times and pathological examination was performed. Pathological analysis showed lots of squamous cells and no endometrial cells; dysplastic cells were found. Further evaluations for underlying causes were unremarkable. No abnormalities were found in ophthalmologic, radiologic, and pathologic investigations. This condition is likely a rare abnormality and the least recognized aetiology for the idiopathic phenomenon. PMID:25685572

  6. Idiopathic bilateral lipid keratopathy.

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    Alfonso, E.; Arrellanes, L.; Boruchoff, S. A.; Ormerod, L. D.; Albert, D. M.

    1988-01-01

    A 52-year-old Mexican man presented with asymptomatic, bilaterally symmetrical lipid infiltrates of the cornea and adjacent limbus. No evidence of previous ocular disease or systemic disorder of lipid metabolism could be detected. Penetrating keratoplasty of the right eye was required. The cornea was rigid and thick, with posterior bulging into the anterior chamber. Light microscopy revealed deep corneal lipid granules, foamy histiocytes, vascularisation, and chronic non-granulomatous inflammation. Transmission electron microscopy showed extracellular lipid spaces and numerous intracytoplasmic lipid vacuoles in histiocytes, keratocytes, conjunctival epithelium, and the endothelium of blood vessels in the corneal stroma and adjacent limbal conjunctiva. Histochemical analysis revealed the presence of neutral fats, free fatty acids, cholesterol, and phospholipids. Images PMID:3395592

  7. Bilateral cheiro-oral syndrome

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    W. H Chen; M. Y Lan; Y. Y Chang; J. S Liu; M. S Chou; S. S Chen

    1997-01-01

    Eight cases of pure bilateral cheiro-oral syndrome (COS) are reported. The location and etiology of lesion were well defined in six cases, including pontine infarct in three, and brainstem hemorrhage, unilateral thalamic infarct and bilateral subdural hematoma in one patient each respectively. Neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies were normal in another two patients. Taken together with the previous five reported cases

  8. [Bilateral tumors of the eyebrows].

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    Süsskind, D; Rohrbach, J M; Besch, D; Jaissle, G B

    2010-06-01

    We report about a 5-year-old boy who presented in our clinic with bilateral, slowly progressive solid tumors of the eyebrows. Histological examination of the excised tumors revealed the typical diversified picture of pilomatrixoma with basophilic and shadow cells. The bilateral or multiple manifestation of pilomatrixoma is uncommon and can be associated with myotonic dystrophy, sarcoidosis or Gardner's syndrome. PMID:20393727

  9. Patterns of diabetic macular edema with optical coherence tomography

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    Tomohiro Otani; Shoji Kishi; Yasuhiro Maruyama

    1999-01-01

    PURPOSE: We report cross-sectional images of diabetic macular edema and correlation between tomographic features and visual acuity with best correction by means of optical coherence tomography.METHOD: In a prospective study, optical coherence tomography was performed in 59 eyes of 42 patients with diabetic macular edema and in 10 eyes of 10 normal control subjects.RESULTS: Optical coherence tomography showed three patterns

  10. Treatment of cystic macular lesions in hereditary retinal dystrophies.

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    Salvatore, Serena; Fishman, Gerald A; Genead, Mohamed A

    2013-01-01

    Cystic macular lesions frequently contribute to impaired visual acuity in hereditary retinal dystrophies. Their pathogenesis varies and is not entirely understood. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors have proven to be potentially efficacious, although not in all cases. We discuss the various factors and mechanisms implicated in the etiology of cystic macular lesions (anatomical abnormalities, impairment of the blood-retinal barrier, tangential vitreous traction, and mutations in retinoschin, etc.) and the various treatments that have been proposed. PMID:24160730

  11. Optical coherence tomography imaging of macular oedema

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    Trichonas, George; Kaiser, Peter K

    2014-01-01

    Macular oedema (ME) occurs in a wide variety of pathological conditions and accounts for different degrees of vision loss. Early detection of ME is therefore critical for diagnosis and therapeutic management. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-contact, diagnostic method that uses infrared light, which allows the analysis of the retinal structure by means of high-resolution tomographic cross sections. The identification, localisation, quantification and long-term follow-up of fluid collections are the most important capabilities of OCT. Since the introduction of OCT in clinical practice, it has become an invaluable diagnostic tool and different patterns of ME have been reported. The purpose of this manuscript is to review OCT profiles of ME according to the aetiology and describe what has been reported regarding intraretinal features in vivo. PMID:24934220

  12. Perceptual learning in patients with macular degeneration

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    Plank, Tina; Rosengarth, Katharina; Schmalhofer, Carolin; Goldhacker, Markus; Brandl-Rühle, Sabine; Greenlee, Mark W.

    2014-01-01

    Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or hereditary macular dystrophies (JMD) rely on an efficient use of their peripheral visual field. We trained eight AMD and five JMD patients to perform a texture-discrimination task (TDT) at their preferred retinal locus (PRL) used for fixation. Six training sessions of approximately one hour duration were conducted over a period of approximately 3 weeks. Before, during and after training twelve patients and twelve age-matched controls (the data from two controls had to be discarded later) took part in three functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) sessions to assess training-related changes in the BOLD response in early visual cortex. Patients benefited from the training measurements as indexed by significant decrease (p = 0.001) in the stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) between the presentation of the texture target on background and the visual mask, and in a significant location specific effect of the PRL with respect to hit rate (p = 0.014). The following trends were observed: (i) improvement in Vernier acuity for an eccentric line-bisection task; (ii) positive correlation between the development of BOLD signals in early visual cortex and initial fixation stability (r = 0.531); (iii) positive correlation between the increase in task performance and initial fixation stability (r = 0.730). The first two trends were non-significant, whereas the third trend was significant at p = 0.014, Bonferroni corrected. Consequently, our exploratory study suggests that training on the TDT can enhance eccentric vision in patients with central vision loss. This enhancement is accompanied by a modest alteration in the BOLD response in early visual cortex. PMID:25368597

  13. Optical coherence tomography classification of diabetic cystoid macular edema

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    Helmy, Yasser M; Allah, Heba R Atta

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To propose a new classification of diabetic cystoid macular edema (CME) based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings and cover all new important findings. Patients and methods A retrospective study was carried out in the El-Minia Investigation Eye Center between January 2012 and November 2012. It included 104 eyes of 86 patients, aged between 50 and 71 years, all with type II diabetes mellitus of duration from 5 to 20 years. All patients were diagnosed to have CME, as assessed by OCT, with measurement of the vertical size of the largest macular cyst and maximum macular thickness, and the relation between them. Results Patients were divided into four groups. Eyes with cysts less than 30% of macular thickness were considered to have CME I (n = 4, 3.84%), while those between 30% and 60% were considered to have CME II (n = 62, 59.62%). Eyes with cysts between 60% and 90% of macular thickness were considered to have CME III (n = 36, 34.62%). CME IV was diagnosed when the size of the cyst became more than 90% of the macular thickness, and this was encountered in two eyes (1.92%). Conclusions OCT is a useful technique for quantitative measurement and helps in better anatomical characterization of CME, and this classification of diabetic CME may be of value in classification of CME due to causes other than diabetes. PMID:24039393

  14. Bilateral cochlear implantation—9-year results

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    W. D. Baumgartner; A. Jappel; K. Frei; M. Stach; J. Eckl-Dorna; J. Hamzavi

    2004-01-01

    The topic about the patients benefit of bilateral cochlear implantation still causes a controversial discussion. We report about our experience of bilateral cochlear implantation and the importance of bilateral cochlear implantation in meningitis deafened patients.

  15. Late-onset Stargardt-like macular dystrophy maps to chromosome 1p13

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    Kaplan, J.; Gerber, S.; Rozet, J.M. [Hopital des Enfants Malades, Paris (France)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Stargardt`s disease (MIM 248200), originally described in 1909, is an autosomal recessive condition of childhood, characterized by a sudden and bilateral loss of central vision. Typically, it has an early onset (7 to 12 years), a rapidly progressive course and a poor final outcome. The central area of the retina (macula) displays pigmentary changes in a ring form with depigmentation and atrophy of the retinal pigmentary epithelium (RPE). Perimacular yellowish spots, termed fundus flavimaculatus, are observed in a high percentage of patients. We have recently reported the genetic mapping of Stargardt`s disease to chromosome 1p13. On the other hand, considering that fundus flavimaculatus (MIM 230100) is another form of fleck fundus disease, with a Stargardt-like retinal aspect but with a late-onset and a more progressive course, we decided to test the hypothesis of allelism between typical Stargardt`s disease and late-onset autosomal recessive fundus flavimaculatus. Significant pairwise lod scores were obtained in each of four multiplex families (11 affected individuals, 12 relatives) with four markers of the 1p13 region (Z = 4.79, 4.64, 3.07, 3.16 at loci D1S435, D1S424, D1S236, and D1S415, respectively at {theta} = 0). Multipoint analysis showed that the best estimate for location of the disease gene is between D1S424 and D1S236 (maximum lod score of 5.20) as also observed in Stargardt`s disease. Our results are consistent with the location of the gene responsible of the late-onset Stargardt-like macular dystrophy in the 1p13 region and raise the hypothesis of either allelic mutational events or contiguous genes in this chromosomal region. The question of possible relationship with some age-related macular dystrophies in now open to debate.

  16. Three Studies Point to Same Risk Gene for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    ... Training and Jobs Three studies point to same risk gene for age-related macular degeneration Listen NIH- ... the same gene as a rare, but powerful risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a ...

  17. Staging of Macular Telangiectasia: Power-Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography and Macular Pigment Optical Density

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    Chin, Eric K.; Kim, Dae Yu; Hunter, Allan A.; Pilli, Suman; Wilson, Machelle; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Werner, John S.; Park, Susanna S.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. Two methods were used to study the stages of macular telangiectasia (MacTel): Power-Doppler optical coherence tomography (PD-OCT), which allows imaging of the retinal circulation in three dimensions, and macular pigment optical density (MPOD), which quantifies the distribution of macular carotenoids. Methods. Among 49 patients with MacTel identified, 12 eyes (6 patients) with MacTel and 7 age-matched control eyes (7 patients) were imaged with a custom-built Fourier-domain OCT instrument to acquire PD-OCT images. MPOD was measured using heterochromatic flicker photometry in 10 eyes (5 patients) with MacTel and compared with 44 age-matched control eyes (44 patients). Clinical staging of MacTel was based on best-corrected visual acuity, fundus biomicroscopy, fluorescein angiography, and OCT. Results. Stage 1 eyes (n = 2) had subtle punctate vascular signal confined to the inner portion of the outer plexiform layer (OPL) on PD-OCT. Stage 2 (n = 2) showed larger oblique vascular signal extending into deeper OPL. Stage 3 (n = 5) had disruption of outer retinal layers with abnormal vasculature extending into the outer nuclear layer. Stage 4 (n = 3) showed diffuse blurring of the retinal layers with vascular channels extending the full thickness of the retina. MPOD values in four eyes with stage 1 or 2 MacTel correlated well with age-matched controls. Six eyes with stage 3 or 4 MacTel had loss of MPOD especially at the fovea. Conclusions. PD-OCT shows penetration of the retinal capillaries into the deeper retinal layers in early stages of MacTel, with full thickness vascular proliferation in advanced disease. MPOD is commonly depleted but may appear normal in early stage MacTel. PMID:23716628

  18. Intraocular injection of crystalline cortisone as adjunctive treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Jost B Jonas; Antje Söfker

    2001-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report the clinical outcome of a diabetic patient with macular edema treated with an intravitreal injection of crystalline cortisone.METHODS: Interventional case report. A 73-year-old patient with diabetes mellitus presented with clinically significant diffuse macular edema caused by nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. Despite grid laser coagulation in the macular region, cystoid macular edema progressed, and within 6 months before the

  19. Statins for age-related macular degeneration

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    Gehlbach, Peter; Li, Tianjing; Hatef, Elham

    2014-01-01

    Background Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive late onset disorder of the macula affecting central vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years in industrialized countries (Congdon 2003). Recent epidemiologic, genetic and pathological evidence has shown AMD shares a number of risk factors with atherosclerosis, leading to the hypothesis that statins may exert protective effects in AMD. Objectives To examine the effectiveness of statins compared with other treatments, no treatment, or placebo in delaying the onset and/or progression of AMD. Search strategy We searched CENTRAL in The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE and LILACS on 30 April 2009 and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform on 11 May 2009. We searched reference lists and the Science Citation Index. There were no language or date restrictions in the search for trials. Selection criteria We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared statins with other treatments, no treatment, or placebo in participants who were either susceptible to or diagnosed as having early stages of AMD. Data collection and analysis Two authors independently evaluated the search results against the selection criteria. Two Italian speaking colleagues extracted data. One author entered data. We did not perform a meta-analysis because only one completed RCT was identified. Main results Two studies met the selection criteria. One trial reported insufficient details to assess the risk of bias; the other trial is ongoing. Of the completed trial, the analyses of 30 participants did not show a statistically significant difference between the simvastatin and the placebo arm in visual acuity at three months of treatment (decimal visual acuity 0.21± 0.56 in simvastatin and 0.19± 0.40 in placebo arm) or 45 days after the completion of treatment (decimal visual acuity 0.20± 0.50 in simvastatin and 0.19± 0.48 in placebo arm). The lens and retina status were unchanged during and after the treatment period for both groups. Of the ongoing trial, the preliminary analyses of 42 participants who completed 12 months follow-up did not show a statistically significant difference between the simvastatin and the placebo arm in visual acuity, drusen score or visual function (effect estimates and confidence intervals were not available). We contacted the investigators and will update the review as data become available. Authors' conclusions Evidence from currently available RCTs was insufficient to conclude that statins have any role in preventing or delaying the onset or progression of AMD. PMID:19588411

  20. BILATERAL WASTEWATER LAND TREATMENT RESEARCH

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    Diplomatic relations between the United States and China, established in 1979, opened the door for development of 1985 bilateral environmental research and technology transfer between the USEPA's Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory, Ada, Oklahoma, and China's Beijing...

  1. Bilateral internal laryngoceles mimicking asthma.

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    Aksoy, Elif A; Elsürer, Ca?da?; Serin, Gediz M; Unal, O Faruk

    2013-05-01

    Laryngocele is an air-filled, abnormal dilation of the laryngeal saccule that extends upward within the false vocal fold, in communication with the laryngeal lumen. A case of 43-year-old male with bilateral internal laryngoceles, who has been treated as asthma for 4 years, is presented. The patient had dyspnea, cough, and excessive phlegm for a month and a late onset stridor. Flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy showed bilateral cystic enlargements of the false vocal folds and true vocal folds could not be visualized. Laryngeal CT without contrast enhancement showed bilateral internal laryngoceles. Submucosal total excision of bilateral cystic masses including parts of false vocal folds was performed. The symptoms resolved immediately after surgery. Although the incidence of internal laryngocele is rare, it should be remembered in the differential diagnosis of upper airway problems and diagnostic flexible nasopharnygolaryngoscopy is routinely indicated for airway evaluation in at-risk patients. PMID:24174956

  2. Vitrectomy for diffuse diabetic macular edema associated with a taut premacular posterior hyaloid

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    Scott D Pendergast; Tarek S Hassan; George A Williams; Morton S Cox; Raymond R Margherio; Philip J Ferrone; Bruce R Garretson; Michael T Trese

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of vitrectomy in eyes with diffuse diabetic macular edema associated with a taut posterior hyaloid.METHODS: Records of 55 eyes of 50 patients with diabetic retinopathy and diffuse clinically significant diabetic macular edema who underwent vitrectomy with stripping of the premacular posterior hyaloid were reviewed. In all 55 eyes, diffuse diabetic macular edema was present on

  3. Indocyanine green staining and removal of internal limiting membrane in macular hole surgery: histology and outcome

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    Alvin K. H Kwok; Winnie W. Y Li; C. P Pang; Timothy Y. Y Lai; Gary H. F Yam; Nongnart R Chan; Dennis S. C Lam

    2001-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report the surgical technique, outcome, and histologic findings involving indocyanine green staining and removal of internal limiting membrane in primary macular hole surgery.METHODS: Prospectively, consecutive patients with idiopathic macular hole or myopic macular hole with retinal detachment were recruited. After pars plana vitrectomy and epiretinal membrane removal, the internal limiting membrane was stained and removed. The specimens were

  4. Ultrastructure and Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Several Macular and Papular Telangiectases

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    Irwin M. Braverman; Agnes Keh-Yen

    1983-01-01

    Eight types of telangiectases were studied by light and electron microscopy and by 3-dimensional reconstruction from photomicrographs. Five were macular: mat telangiectasia of scleroderma, generalized essential telangiectasia, nevus flammeus, and 2 macular types not previously described. Three were papular: cherry angioma, angiokeratoma (Fabry), and angiokeratoma (Fordyce). The macular telangiectases were produced by dilatation of postcapillary venules of the upper horizontal

  5. Efficacy of autologous platelets in macular hole surgery.

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    Konstantinidis, Aristeidis; Hero, Mark; Nanos, Panagiotis; Panos, Georgios D

    2013-01-01

    The introduction of optical coherence tomography has allowed accurate measurement of the size of macular holes. A retrospective consecutive review was performed of 21 patients undergoing macular hole repair with vitrectomy, gas tamponade, and autologous platelet injection and we assessed the effect of macular hole parameters on anatomic and functional outcomes. We looked at the demographic features, final visual outcome, and anatomical closure. Twenty-one patients were included in the study. They underwent routine vitrectomy with gas tamponade (C3F8) and injection of autologous platelets. All patients were advised to maintain a facedown posture for 2 weeks. Anatomical closure was confirmed in all cases and 20 out of 21 of patients had improved postoperative visual acuity by two or more lines. In our series, the macular hole dimensions did not have much effect on the final results. The use of autologous platelets and strict facedown posture seems to be the deciding factor in good anatomical and visual outcome irrespective of macular hole dimensions. PMID:23626459

  6. Intravitreal triamcinolone for intraocular inflammation and associated macular edema

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    Couch, Steven M; Bakri, Sophie J

    2009-01-01

    Triamcinolone acetonide (TA) is a corticosteroid that has many uses in the treatment of ocular diseases because of its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-permeability actions. Intraocular inflammation broadly referred to as uveitis can result from several causes, including the immune system and after ophthalmic surgery. One of the most common reasons for vision loss with uveitis is macular edema. TA has been used for many years as an intravitreal injection for the treatment of ocular diseases. Several case control studies have been reported showing the efficacy of TA in the treatment of intraocular inflammation and associated macular edema caused by Behcet’s disease, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome, sympathetic ophthalmia and white dot syndromes. It has also been shown efficacious in cases of pars planitis and idiopathic posterior uveitis. Some authors have reported its use in postoperative cystoid macular edema. Many of the studies on the use of TA in controlling intraocular inflammation and concomitant macular edema showed its effect to be transient in many patients requiring reinjection. Complications can arise from intravitreal injection of TA including elevated intraocular pressure and cataract. Rarely, it can be associated with infectious and non-infectious endophthalmitis. TA may be useful as an adjuvant in the treatment of uveitis and its associated macular edema, especially in patients resistant or intolerant to standard treatment. PMID:19668543

  7. Characteristics of Fixational Eye Movements in People With Macular Disease

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    Kumar, Girish; Chung, Susana T. L.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Fixation stability is known to be poor for people with macular disease and has been suggested as a contributing factor for the poor visual performance of these individuals. In this study, we examined the characteristics of the different components of fixational eye movements and determined the component that plays a major role in limiting fixation stability in people with macular disease. Methods. Sixteen observers with macular disease and 14 older adults with normal vision (control observers) monocularly fixated a small cross presented using a Rodenstock scanning laser ophthalmoscope, for trials of 30 seconds. The retinal image and the position of the cross on the retina were recorded digitally. Eye movements were extracted from the recorded videos at a sampling rate of 540 Hz using a cross-correlation technique. A velocity criterion of 8°/s was used to differentiate between slow drifts and microsaccades. Results. Observers with macular disease demonstrated higher fixation instability, larger amplitudes of slow drifts and microsaccades, and lower drift velocities, when compared with older adults with normal vision. The velocity and the rate of microsaccades were comparable between the two groups of observers. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that the amplitude of microsaccades, and to a smaller extent, the amplitude of slow drifts, play a major role in limiting fixation stability. Conclusions. Fixation stability in people with macular disease is primarily limited by the amplitude of microsaccades, implying that rehabilitative strategies targeted at reducing the amplitude of microsaccades should improve fixation stability, and may lead to improved visual functions. PMID:25074769

  8. Macular hole secondary to toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis.

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    Arana, Begoña; Fonollosa, Alex; Artaraz, Joseba; Martinez-Berriotxoa, Agustin; Martinez-Alday, Nerea

    2014-02-01

    Ocular toxoplasmosis causes abnormalities in the vitreous that are responsible for several types of well-known complications including retinal detachment and epiretinal membranes. We report on a patient who developed toxoplasmic panuveitis with a full-thickness macular hole (MH) and was successfully treated with vitreoretinal surgery. A 35-year-old Hispanic female presented with a 2-week history of loss of visual acuity and metamorphopsia in her right eye. Funduscopy revealed a typical toxoplasmosis lesion and a MH, which was confirmed by optical coherence tomography. After 8 weeks of medical treatment with sulfamethoxazole (800 mg)/trimethoprim (160 mg) and steroids, the intraocular inflammation was considered inactive. Pars plana vitrectomy with inner limiting membrane peeling and injection of 24 % sulphur hexafluoride gas were performed to treat the MH, without success. Repeat pars plana vitrectomy was then performed with injection of 14 % perfluoropropane (C3F8). Closure of the MH was achieved after this second procedure. Vitreoretinal surgery may be safe and effective for treating MHs secondary to toxoplasmosis lesions, a very uncommon complication of this disease. PMID:23479051

  9. Economic Considerations of Macular Edema Therapies

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    Smiddy, William E.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To relate costs and treatment benefits for macular edema due to diabetes (DME) and branch and central retinal vein occlusion (BRVO, CRVO). Design A model of resource utilization, outcomes, and cost effectiveness and utility. Participants none Methods Results from published clinical trials (index studies) of laser, intravitreal corticosteroids, intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, and vitrectomy trials were used to ascertain visual benefit and clinical protocols. Calculations followed from the costs of one year of treatment for each treatment modality and the visual benefits as ascertained. Main Outcome measures Visual acuity (VA) saved, cost of therapy, cost per line saved, cost per line-year saved, and costs per quality adjusted life years (QALYs). Results The lines saved for DME (0.26 to 2.02), BRVO (0.74 to 4.92), and CRVO (1.2 to 3.75) yielded calculations of costs/line of saved VA for DME ($1329 to 11609), BRVO ($494 to 13039), and CRVO ($704 to 7611), costs/line-year for DME ($60 to 561), BRVO ($25 to 754), and CRVO ($45 to 473), and costs/QALY of $824 to $25566. Conclusion Relative costs and benefits should be considered in perspective when applying and developing treatment strategies. PMID:21507488

  10. Animal models of age related macular degeneration

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    Pennesi, Mark E.; Neuringer, Martha; Courtney, Robert J.

    2013-01-01

    Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss of those over the age of 65 in the industrialized world. The prevalence and need to develop effective treatments for AMD has lead to the development of multiple animal models. AMD is a complex and heterogeneous disease that involves the interaction of both genetic and environmental factors with the unique anatomy of the human macula. Models in mice, rats, rabbits, pigs and non-human primates have recreated many of the histological features of AMD and provided much insight into the underlying pathological mechanisms of this disease. In spite of the large number of models developed, no one model yet recapitulates all of the features of human AMD. However, these models have helped reveal the roles of chronic oxidative damage, inflammation and immune dysregulation, and lipid metabolism in the development of AMD. Models for induced choroidal neovascularization have served as the backbone for testing new therapies. This article will review the diversity of animal models that exist for AMD as well as their strengths and limitations. PMID:22705444

  11. Comparison of Natural Course, Intravitreal Triamcinolone and Macular laser photocoagulation for Treatment of Mild Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Kwon, Soon Il; Baek, Sung Uk; Park, In Won

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the natural course of the mild diabetic macular edema(DME) and to compare the visual outcomes with the patients with receiving either macular laser photocoagulation or intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide(IVTA). Methods: 28 eyes with central macular thickness (CMT) of between 250 to 300µm were followed without treatment and 48 eyes with CMT between 300 to 500µm had been divided into 3 subgroups according to treatment. We evaluated the best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and CMT of natural course group and compared the BCVA and CMT of the patients who had been treated with IVTA or macular laser treatment. Results: The eyes with DME between 250 to 300µm showed no significant change in BCVA and CMT at 6 month. Among the eyes with DME between 300 to 500µm, all 3 subgroups showed no statistically significant change of BCVA at any follow up period and no significant difference was revealed among the subgroups. All subgroups showed significant reduction of CMT after 1 month and maintained until final follow-up and there was no significant difference among subgroups. Conclusions: Mild DME between 250 to 500µm did not show significant worsening of BCVA or macular edema without any specific treatment. PMID:23372430

  12. Juvenile-Onset Macular Degeneration and Allied Disorders

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    North, Victoria; Gelman, Rony; Tsang, Stephen H.

    2015-01-01

    While age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of central vision loss among the elderly, many inherited diseases that present earlier in life share features of AMD. These diseases of juvenile-onset macular degeneration include Stargardt disease, Best disease, retinitis pigmentosa, X-linked retinoschisis, and other allied disorders. In particular, they can be accompanied by the appearance of drusen, geographic atrophy, macular hyperpigmentation, choroidal neovascularization, and disciform scarring just as in AMD, and often may be confused for the adult form of the disease. Diagnosis based on funduscopic findings alone can be challenging. However, the use of diagnostic studies such as electroretinography, electrooculography, optical coherence tomography, and fundus autofluorescence in conjunction with genetic testing can lead to an accurate diagnosis. PMID:24732760

  13. Spontaneous resolution of macular edema after silicone oil removal

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    Karahan, Eyyup; Tuncer, Ibrahim; Zengin, Mehmet Ozgur; Kucukerdonmez, Cem; Kaynak, Suleyman

    2014-01-01

    AIM To investigate the macular changes in eyes filled with silicone oil (SO) and course of these changes after SO removal. METHODS A retrospective optical coherence tomography scan review was conducted for twenty-four patients who underwent uncomplicated pars plana vitrectomy with SO tamponade for complex retinal detachments were detected with optical coherence tomography before, and one week, one month and three months after SO removal. RESULTS Mean duration of SO tamponade was 3.6±1.0mo (range: 3-7mo). Cystoid macular edema (CME) was detected in 3 eyes before SO removal. Submacular fluid was represented in 1 eye before silicone SO removal. Resolution of CME and submacular fluid was achieved 1mo after SO removal in all eyes. Mean best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 1.15±0.65 (range, hand movement to 0.2) before SO removal in the eyes without macular changes. After SO removal, the mean BCVA values at 1wk and 1 and 3mo, and 0.82±0.23, 0.76±0.21, and 0.70±0.19, all of which were significantly better than baseline (P=0.030, 0.017, 0.006 respectively). In the eyes with macular CME and subretinal fluid the mean BCVA was significantly improved at 3mo after SO removal compared with baseline (P=0.037). CONCLUSION Decreased visual acuity in eyes filled with SO could be caused by macular complications due to SO. CME and subretinal fluid may resolve without any additional macular surgery after SO removal. PMID:25540755

  14. Use of antivascular endothelial growth factor for diabetic macular edema

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    Karim, Rushmia; Tang, Benjamin

    2010-01-01

    Background Diabetic macular edema (DME) is one of the manifestations of diabetic retinopathy leading to loss of central vision and visual acuity. It manifests itself with swelling around the central part of the retina, the area responsible for sharp vision. Current treatment includes laser therapy and intravitreal steroids with preventative measures including diabetes control. No one treatment has guaranteed control of diabetic macular edema which leads to deteriorating visual acuity, function and quality of life in patients. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been shown to be a critical stimulus in the pathogenesis of macular edema secondary to diabetes.1 Antiangiogenic therapy encompassed treatment with anti-VEGF which inhibits VEGF-driven neovascularization hence macular edema leading to decreased visual acuity. Objective For this review, we evaluated the effectiveness of intravitreal anti-VEGF in treating DME. Data sources We identified five trials (n = 525) using electronic databases (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials [Central], Medline®, and Excerpta Medica Database [EMBASE®]) in October 2008, supplemented by hand searching of reference lists, review articles, and conference abstracts. Methods We included all randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating any form of intravitreal anti-VEGF for treating DME. The main outcome factor was change in best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness. One author assessed eligibility, methodological quality, and extracted data. Meta analysis was performed when appropriate. Results We included three trials of adequate methodological quality in our meta-analysis. Patients treated with anti-VEGF showed improvement in visual acuity of ?0.17 (95% confidence interval [CI]: ?0.23, ?0.10) and central macular thickness ?84.69 (95% CI: ?117.09, ?52.30). Patients treated with combined anti-VEGF and intravitreal triamcinolone showed improvement of visual acuity of ?0.19 (95% CI: ?0.27, ?0.11) and central macular thickness mean change being –111.20 (95% CI: ?148.13, ?74.28). Conclusions Anti-VEGF has been associated with an improvement in visual acuity and central macular thickness in the analysis, however trial analysis was of a short duration and further research is needed to determine long-term benefits. PMID:20535227

  15. Topical Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Macular Edema

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    Parmeggiani, Francesco; Romano, Mario R.; dell'Omo, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are nowadays widely used in ophthalmology to reduce eye inflammation, pain, and cystoid macular edema associated with cataract surgery. Recently, new topical NSAIDs have been approved for topical ophthalmic use, allowing for greater drug penetration into the vitreous. Hence, new therapeutic effects can be achieved, such as reduction of exudation secondary to age-related macular degeneration or diabetic maculopathy. We provide an updated review on the clinical use of NSAIDs for retinal diseases, with a focus on the potential future applications. PMID:24227908

  16. Epiretinal membrane formation associated with idiopathic macular telangiectasia: case report.

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    Gomes, Flávia Cid; Felix, João Paulo Fernandes; Nascimento, Maurício Abujamra; Lira, Rodrigo Pessoa Cavalcanti

    2014-08-01

    A 46-year-old woman complained of blurred and distorted vision in both eyes. Ophthalmic examination showed that visual acuity was 20/200 for the right eye and counting fingers left eye. Fundoscopy revealed perimacular hemorrhages, aneurismal dilatation of the vessels in the posterior pole, and a white and elevated lesion adjacent to vascular changes. We report a case of idiopathic macular telangiectasia and epiretinal membrane that occurs concomitantly. To our knowledge, this is the first report that describes an association between idiopathic macular telangiectasia and epiretinal membrane formation. PMID:25410182

  17. Bilateral synchronous male breast cancer

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    Nwashilli, Nnamdi J.; Ugiagbe, Ezekiel E.

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral synchronous breast cancer is extremely rare. A 75-year-old man presented with a right breast mass, which ulcerated and a lump in the left breast. Right breast examination revealed a breast ulcer 7×10cm with everted edges and complete nipple destruction. The left breast showed a hard lump measuring 4×5cm in the nipple-areolar area, unattached to skin, or underlying structure. There was no palpable axillary lymph node bilaterally. A wedge biopsy of right breast ulcer and excision of the left breast lump confirmed bilateral invasive ductal carcinoma - Grade 2 tumor in both breasts. He had bilateral simple mastectomy and chemotherapy; defaulted for 18 months during treatment, and re-presented with bilateral tumor recurrence. The importance of this case report is to create more awareness that breast cancer can occur in males just as in females, though the incidence is rare in males. Early presentation and compliance with treatment modality provide a better outcome. PMID:25737181

  18. Statins for age-related macular degeneration

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    Gehlbach, Peter; Li, Tianjing; Hatef, Elham

    2013-01-01

    Background Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive late onset disorder of the macula affecting central vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years in industrialized countries (Congdon 2003). Recent epidemiologic, genetic and pathological evidence has shown AMD shares a number of risk factors with atherosclerosis, leading to the hypothesis that statins may exert protective effects in AMD. Objectives To examine the effectiveness of statins compared with other treatments, no treatment, or placebo in delaying the onset and/or progression of AMD. Search methods We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 9), MEDLINE (January 1950 to September 2011), EMBASE (January 1980 to September 2011), Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature Database (LILACS) (January 1982 to September 2011), 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). There were no date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. The electronic databases were last searched on 16 September 2011. Selection criteria We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared statins with other treatments, no treatment, or placebo in participants who were either susceptible to or diagnosed as having early stages of AMD. Data collection and analysis Two authors independently evaluated the search results against the selection criteria. Two Italian speaking colleagues extracted data. One author entered data. We did not perform a meta-analysis because only one completed RCT was identified. Main results Two studies met the selection criteria. One trial reported insufficient details to assess the risk of bias; the other trial is ongoing. Of the completed trial, the analyses of 30 participants did not show a statistically significant difference between the simvastatin and the placebo arm in visual acuity at three months of treatment (decimal visual acuity 0.21± 0.56 in simvastatin and 0.19± 0.40 in placebo arm) or 45 days after the completion of treatment (decimal visual acuity 0.20± 0.50 in simvastatin and 0.19± 0.48 in placebo arm). The lens and retina status were unchanged during and after the treatment period for both groups. Of the ongoing trial, the preliminary analyses of 42 participants who completed 12 months follow-up did not show a statistically significant difference between the simvastatin and the placebo arm in visual acuity, drusen score or visual function (effect estimates and confidence intervals were not available). We contacted the investigators and will update the review as data become available. Authors' conclusions Evidence from currently available RCTs was insufficient to conclude that statins have any role in preventing or delaying the onset or progression of AMD. PMID:22419318

  19. Comparison of Modified-ETDRS and Mild Macular Grid Laser Photocoagulation Strategies for Diabetic Macular Edema

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    2008-01-01

    Purpose To compare two laser photocoagulation techniques for treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME): modified-ETDRS direct/grid photocoagulation (mETDRS) and a, potentially milder, but potentially more extensive, mild macular grid (MMG) laser technique in which small mild burns are placed throughout the macula, whether or not edema is present, and microaneurysms are not treated directly. Methods 263 subjects (mean age 59 years) with previously untreated DME were randomly assigned to receive laser photocoagulation by mETDRS (N=162 eyes) or MMG (N=161 eyes) technique. Visual acuity, fundus photographs and OCT measurements were obtained at baseline and after 3.5, 8, and 12 months. Treatment was repeated if DME persisted. Main Outcome Measure Change in OCT measures at 12-months follow up. Results From baseline to 12 months, among eyes with baseline central subfield thickness ? 250 microns, central subfield thickening decreased by an average of 88 microns in the mETDRS group and decreased by 49 microns in the MMG group (adjusted mean difference: 33 microns, 95% confidence interval 5 to 61 microns, P=0.02). Weighted inner zone thickening by OCT decreased by 42 and 28 microns, respectively (adjusted mean difference: 14 microns, 95% confidence interval 1 to 27 microns, P=0.04), maximum retinal thickening (maximum of the central and four inner subfields) decreased by 66 and 39 microns, respectively (adjusted mean difference: 27 microns, 95% confidence interval 6 to 47 microns, P=0.01), and retinal volume decreased by 0.8 and 0.4 mm3, respectively (adjusted mean difference: 0.3 mm3, 95% confidence interval 0.02 to 0.53 mm3, P=0.03). At 12 months, the mean change in visual acuity was 0 letters in the mETDRS group and 2 letters worse in the MMG group (adjusted mean difference: 2 letters, 95% confidence interval ?0.5 to 5 letters, P=0.10). Conclusions At 12 months after treatment, the MMG technique is less effective at reducing OCT measured retinal thickening than the more extensively evaluated current mETDRS laser photocoagulation approach. However, the visual acuity outcome with both approaches is not substantially different. Given these findings a larger long-term trial of the MMG technique is not justified. Application to Clinical Practice Modified ETDRS focal photocoagulation should continue as a standard approach for treating diabetic macular edema. PMID:17420366

  20. Treatment of macular degeneration, according to Bangerter.

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    Teichmann, K D

    1997-10-30

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of visual loss among elderly patients. Although some risk factors have been determined, the ultimate cause of the disease is not known. For a long time, therapeutic nihilism has been the rule among ophthalmologists confronted with such patients. Bangerter has not shared this attitude, especially since the time that he incidentally discovered, more than 40 years ago, the beneficial effects of radiotherapy, in discouraging the growth of new vessels at the posterior pole of the eye. A variety of approaches are combined and used by Bangerter in the treatment of the different types of AMD, including retrobulbar injections of either vasodilating medications (in the dry - or atrophic - type) or corticosteroids (in the wet - or exudative - type), general medical measures aimed at improving metabolic and vascular functions such as supplementation with trace elements, antioxidants, and vitamins; ozone therapy; advice to increase physical fitness, improve nutrition, and abstain from smoking; and protection from excessive light exposure. Being convinced of the usefulness of his type of combination treatment, he has always rejected undertaking controlled clinical trials, of only single aspects of the therapy, as unethical and invalid. For this reason, scientific journals have not proven cooperative in several attempts at publishing his results, as collected in retrospective surveys. Recently, however, some of the several approaches combined by Bangerter in treating AMD have been pronounced effective by other investigators. We present here an overview of his treatment approaches, as few people are aware of them, to clear up misconceptions and to set records straight. PMID:9348273

  1. Spontaneous closure of stage IV idiopathic full-thickness macular hole and late reopening as a lamellar macular hole: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Spontaneous closure of traumatic macular holes is described as a common event in the peer-reviewed literature. However, the spontaneous closure of stage III and IV full-thickness idiopathic macular holes has been reported in less than 15 cases in the literature, this being an extremely rare event, with their reopening being even more infrequent. We report a case of a spontaneous closure of stage IV idiopathic full-thickness macular hole and late reopening as a lamellar macular hole. Case presentation A 67-year-old Spanish man was referred to our hospital with a complaint of decreased vision in his right eye and metamorphopsia for approximately 11?months. He did not report any trauma. Diagnosis was based on fundoscopic and optical coherence tomography. They revealed a stage IV full-thickness idiopathic macular hole and a small epiretinal membrane. Three months later the hole spontaneously closed, and two years later we appreciated its reopening as a lamellar macular hole. Conclusions The contraction of the epiretinal membrane could have contributed to cystic spaces and their fusion, subsequently, to the formation of a lamellar macular hole. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report in the literature of a spontaneously closed full-thickness idiopathic macular hole with reopening as a partial thickness macular defect. PMID:22742449

  2. The Long-term Natural History of Geographic Atrophy from Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Sunness, Janet S.; Margalit, Eyal; Srikumaran, Divya; Applegate, Carol A.; Tian, Yan; Perry, Daniel; Hawkins, Barbara S.; Bressler, Neil M.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose To report the enlargement rate of geographic atrophy (GA) over time, its relationship to size of atrophy at baseline and to prior enlargement rate, and the implications for designing future treatment trials for GA. Design Prospective natural history study of GA resulting from age-related macular degeneration. Participants Two hundred twelve eyes of 131 patients were included in the analysis. Methods Annual follow-up included stereo color fundus photographs. The areas of GA were identified and measured, and the rate of enlargement of the atrophy was assessed. Sample sizes for clinical trials using systemic treatment and uniocular treatment were determined. Main Outcome Measure Rate of enlargement of the atrophy. Results The median overall enlargement rate was 2.1 mm2/year (mean, 2.6 mm2/year). Eyes with larger areas of atrophy at baseline tended to have larger enlargement rates, but knowledge of prior rates of enlargement was the most significant factor in predicting subsequent enlargement rates. There was high concordance between the enlargement rates in the 2 eyes of patients with bilateral GA (correlation coefficient, 0.76). To detect a 25% reduction in enlargement rate for a systemic treatment (?, 0.05; power, 0.80; losses to follow-up, 15%), 153 patients each in a control and treatment group would be required for a trial with a 2-year follow-up period for each patient. For a uniocular treatment, 38 patients with bilateral GA would be required, with the untreated eye serving as a control for the treated eye. Conclusions Treatment trials for GA with an outcome variable of change in enlargement rate are feasible. PMID:17270676

  3. Association of Vision Loss in Glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration with IADL Disability

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    Hochberg, Chad; Maul, Eugenio; Chan, Emilie S.; Van Landingham, Suzanne; Ferrucci, Luigi; Friedman, David S.; Ramulu, Pradeep Y.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. To determine if glaucoma and/or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are associated with disability in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Methods. Glaucoma subjects (n = 84) with bilateral visual field (VF) loss and AMD subjects (n = 47) with bilateral or severe unilateral visual acuity (VA) loss were compared with 60 subjects with normal vision (controls). Subjects completed a standard IADL disability questionnaire, with disability defined as an inability to perform one or more IADLs unassisted. Results. Disability in one or more IADLs was present in 18.3% of controls as compared with 25.0% of glaucoma subjects (P = 0.34) and 44.7% of AMD subjects (P = 0.003). The specific IADL disabilities occurring more frequently in both AMD and glaucoma subjects were preparing meals, grocery shopping, and out-of-home travelling (P < 0.05 for both). In multivariate logistic regression models run adjusting for age, sex, mental status, comorbidity, and years of education, AMD (odds ratio [OR] = 3.4, P = 0.02) but not glaucoma (OR = 1.4, P = 0.45) was associated with IADL disability. However, among glaucoma and control patients, the odds of IADL disability increased 1.6-fold with every 5 dB of VF loss in the better-seeing eye (P = 0.001). Additionally, severe glaucoma subjects (better-eye MD worse than ?13.5 dB) had higher odds of IADL disability (OR = 4.2, P = 0.02). Among AMD and control subjects, every Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study line of worse acuity was associated with a greater likelihood of IADL disability (OR = 1.3). Conclusions. VA loss in AMD and severe VF loss in glaucoma are associated with self-reported difficulties with IADLs. These limitations become more likely with increasing magnitude of VA or VF loss. PMID:22491415

  4. Phonemic fluency and brain connectivity in age-related macular degeneration: a pilot study.

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    Whitson, Heather E; Chou, Ying-Hui; Potter, Guy G; Diaz, Michele T; Chen, Nan-Kuei; Lad, Eleonora M; Johnson, Micah A; Cousins, Scott W; Zhuang, Jie; Madden, David J

    2015-04-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in developed nations, has been associated with poor performance on tests of phonemic fluency. This pilot study sought to (1) characterize the relationship between phonemic fluency and resting-state functional brain connectivity in AMD patients and (2) determine whether regional connections associated with phonemic fluency in AMD patients were similarly linked to phonemic fluency in healthy participants. Behavior-based connectivity analysis was applied to resting-state, functional magnetic resonance imaging data from seven patients (mean age=79.9±7.5 years) with bilateral AMD who completed fluency tasks prior to imaging. Phonemic fluency was inversely related to the strength of functional connectivity (FC) among six pairs of brain regions, representing eight nodes: left opercular portion of inferior frontal gyrus (which includes Broca's area), left superior temporal gyrus (which includes part of Wernicke's area), inferior parietal lobe (bilaterally), right superior parietal lobe, right supramarginal gyrus, right supplementary motor area, and right precentral gyrus. The FC of these reference links was not related to phonemic fluency among 32 healthy individuals (16 younger adults, mean age=23.5±4.6 years and 16 older adults, mean age=68.3±3.4 years). Compared with healthy individuals, AMD patients exhibited higher mean connectivity within the reference links and within the default mode network, possibly reflecting compensatory changes to support performance in the setting of reduced vision. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that phonemic fluency deficits in AMD reflect underlying brain changes that develop in the context of AMD. PMID:25313954

  5. Bilateral Multiple Level Lateral Meningocoele

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    Kumar, B. E. Panil; Hegde, Kishor V.; Kumari, G. Lalitha; Agrawal, Amit

    2013-01-01

    Lateral meningocoele is a very rare disorder characterized by extensions of the dura and arachnoid through an enlarged neural foramen. We report a case of a 23-year-old female with deformity of spine who presented with low back pain and no neurological deficits. A whole spine magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple well-defined cystic masses involving dorsal, lumbar, and sacral spinal levels bilaterally, with dural ectasia and neural foraminal widening suggestive of bilateral multiple level lateral meningocoele. The patient is being managed conservatively and is on regular follow-up. PMID:23607071

  6. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION, CATARACTS AND AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

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    Age-related cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are the major causes of visual impairment and blindness in the aging population. Specific nutrients in the diet that are thought to be important in the prevention of these diseases are vitamins C and E, the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxa...

  7. Nutritional modulation of age-related macular degeneration

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly worldwide. It affects 30-50 million individuals and clinical hallmarks of AMD are observed in at least one third of persons over the age of 75 in industrialized countries (Gehrs et al., 2006). Costs associated wi...

  8. Awareness, Knowledge, and Concern about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Cimarolli, Verena R.; Laban-Baker, Allie; Hamilton, Wanda S.; Stuen, Cynthia

    2012-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)--a common eye disease causing vision loss--can be detected early through regular eye-health examinations, and measures can be taken to prevent visual decline. Getting eye examinations requires certain levels of awareness, knowledge, and concern related to AMD. However, little is known about AMD-related…

  9. Serous macular detachment associated with optic nerve pits

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    Mireille Bonnet

    1991-01-01

    Between September 1972 and March 1989, we examined 25 eyes of 24 patients exhibiting optic nerve-head pits associated with serous macular detachment. We followed 21 patients for a period of 1–15 years (mean, 62 months). Various treatment modalities were applied, depending on the time of initial examination. Five eyes underwent no treatment and three eyes underwent two distinct treatment modalities.

  10. Non-invasive in vivo measurement of macular carotenoids

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    Lambert, James L. (Inventor); Borchert, Mark S. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A non-invasive in vivo method for assessing macular carotenoids includes performing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) on a retina of a subject. A spatial representation of carotenoid levels in the macula based on data from the OCT of the retina can be generated.

  11. Clinical characterization and genetic mapping of North Carolina Macular Dystrophy

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    Yang, Zhenglin; Tong, Zongzhong; Chorich, Louis J.; Pearson, Erik; Moore, Anthony; Hunt, David M.; Zhang, Kang

    2008-01-01

    North Carolina macular dystrophy (NCMD) is an autosomal dominant macular disease, was mapped to 6q14-q16.2, the disease-causing gene has yet not been identified. It shares phenotypic similarity with age-related macular degeneration including drusen and choroidal neovascularization. We collected six families with NCMD including 75 members, and conducted clinical characterization and genetic mapping for these families. Forty five patients were diagnosed as NCMD; all six NCMD families were mapped to MCDR1 locus using genetic linkage analysis. MCDR1 interval was refined to 3 cM (1.8mb) between D6S1716 to D6S1671 via fine mapping using microsatellite markers in these six families, all eleven annotated genes within the interval were analyzed by mutation screening in coding regions, no mutation was found, suggesting a potential novel gene or a new pathological mechanism causing NCMD. The refinement of MCDR1 locus will aid the disease-causing gene identification. Functional studies of NCMD genes should provide important insights into pathogenetic mechanisms of NCMD and age-related macular degeneration. PMID:17976682

  12. Cystoid macular oedema following cataract extraction in patients with diabetes

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    A. Pollack; H. Leiba; A. Bukelman; M. Oliver

    1992-01-01

    The course of cystoid macular oedema (CMO) following extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation was prospectively studied in 44 eyes of 44 consecutive diabetic patients without preoperative CMO. In 50% of eyes CMO was observed 6 weeks after surgery and in 25% was still present at 1 year. The preoperative presence of diabetic retinopathy significantly affected the

  13. Staining of Internal Limiting Membrane in Macular Hole Surgery

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    Kazuaki Kadonosono; Norihiko Itoh; Eiichi Uchio; Satoshi Nakamura; Shigeaki Ohno; Arch Ophthalmol

    2000-01-01

    emoval of internal limiting membranes (ILMs) is a potentially useful surgical approach to close an idiopathic macular hole. However, the removal of ILMs is diffi- cult to perform because of poor visibility of the ILMs. We have developed a technique for staining the ILM with a solution of indocyanine green to facilitate the removal of ILMs in eyes with an

  14. 1Continue on pg 2 What Is Macular Degeneration?

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    't By Jonna Jefferis Prevent Blindness America has designated February National Age-Related Macular already occurred. There is no FDA-approved treatment for dry AMD. Taking steps to prevent AMD from Degeneration Awareness Month to increase public education about this potentially devastating disease. Age

  15. Preventing Depression in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Barry W. Rovner; Robin J. Casten; Mark T. Hegel; Benjamin E. Leiby; William S. Tasman

    2007-01-01

    Context: Age-related macular degeneration is a preva- lent disease of aging that may cause irreversible vision loss, disability, and depression. The latter is rarely rec- ognized or treated in ophthalmologic settings. Objective: To determine whether problem-solving treat- ment can prevent depressive disorders in patients with recent vision loss. Design: Randomized, controlled trial. Setting: Outpatient ophthalmology offices in Philadel- phia, Pennsylvania.

  16. Telepresence index for bilateral teleoperations.

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    Chang, Pyung Hun; Kim, Jonghyun

    2012-02-01

    This paper proposes a performance index called telepresence index for bilateral teleoperation, which can be used both for the performance evaluation of bilateral control architectures and for design purposes. This index is intended to represent a comprehensive performance objective consisting of transparency and kinematic correspondence, which are two major performance objectives of bilateral teleoperation. In order to quantify the performance objective, telepresence index has employed the error vector magnitude, which enables a seamless combination of magnitude and phase errors and the accommodation of time delay. In comparison with existing performance indices, it was observed that telepresence index possesses the comprehensiveness of performance objectives, magnitude/phase integrity, and the capacity to include time delay, which the others lack in one way or another. The index was applied to evaluate the performances of two widely known control architectures: PD-type bilateral control and Ueda's ideal control. In all cases, telepresence index has been compared favorably with the other indices in terms of clarity, convenience, and accuracy, thereby demonstrating its superiority. PMID:21824852

  17. Bilateral and symmetrical tinea mammae.

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    Yilmaz, Murat; Kavak, Ayse; Yamaner, Nalan Jale

    2013-09-01

    Tinea corporis has rarely been reported in some locations such as on the breast skin as unilaterally. Herein, we present a case of bilateral tinea mammae, which has not been reported before in English language literature to our knowledge. PMID:24050298

  18. Quantitative analysis of macular contraction in idiopathic epiretinal membrane

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    2014-01-01

    Background We aimed to quantify the displacement of macular capillaries using infrared fundus photographs and image processing software (ImageJ) in patients with idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM) who have undergone vitrectomy and to analyze the correlation between vessel displacement and retinal thickness. Methods This prospective study included 16 patients who underwent vitrectomy for idiopathic ERM. Ophthalmic examination and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were performed before and 3 months after surgery. The length of radial vessel segment included in each area (VLA) and the length from the foveola to the vessel branching point (FBL) depending on the superior, inferior, nasal, and temporal areas of the macula were measured using infrared fundus images and image processing software (ImageJ). Preoperative and postoperative parameters were compared and correlations between VLA, FBL, macular thickness, and visual acuity were assessed. Results The VLA of superior, inferior, and temporal areas showed a significant postoperative reduction. VLA differences showed a positive correlation with differences in macular thickness, which corresponded to the superior, inferior, and temporal areas; however, no correlation was observed in the nasal area. The FBL of the superior and inferior areas was significantly increased postoperatively. A positive correlation was observed between FBL differences and macular thickness differences in the superior area. Postoperative change in VLA and FBL did not show a significant correlation with postoperative best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and BCVA differences. Conclusions Infrared fundus photographs and image processing software can be useful for quantifying progressive changes in retinal surface distortion after surgical removal of ERM. Macular edema and vascular distortion showed significant improvement after surgery. Furthermore, a correlation was observed between topographic and tomographic changes. PMID:24735324

  19. Bilateral retrocaval ureters with IVC duplication

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    Chen-Te Chou; Albert D. Yang; Yu-Cheng Hong; Hwa-Koon Wu

    We report a rare case of bilateral retrocaval ureters associated with duplicated inferior renal cava. A 69-year-old woman was sent to our emergency room for abdominal pain. Multidetector CT scan with multiplanar reconstruction revealed duplicated inferior renal cava and the bilateral ureters were positioned behind the duplicated inferior vena cava. To our knowledge, coexistence of bilateral retrocaval ureters and duplicated

  20. Bilateral ectopic pregnancy following ICSI.

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    Polat, Mehtap; Boynukal?n, Fazilet Kübra; Yaral?, ?rem; Yaral?, Hakan

    2014-01-01

    Bilateral tubal ectopic pregnancy is a rare clinical condition with an estimated prevalence of 1/200,000 spontaneous pregnancies. There is paucity of data on the prevalence of this rare condition following intracytoplasmic sperm injection and embryo transfer (ICSI-ET) cycles. We report two patients with bilateral tubal ectopic pregnancy following ICSI-ET. Both patients had normal, reassuring ?-human chorionic gonadotropin dynamics during follow-up; the diagnosis was performed when no gestational sac was noted at the first planned antenatal visit. Of the two patients, one was treated medically and the other surgically with laparoscopic salpingotomy and salpingectomy for the right and left sides, respectively. Both patients thereafter conceived and delivered healthy infants following subsequent ICSI-ET attempts. PMID:24969072

  1. Cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation to prevent age-related macular degeneration

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    Susan F Hurley; Jane P Matthews; Robyn H Guymer

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking is a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration, but studies of ex-smokers suggest quitting can reduce the risk. METHODS: We fitted a function predicting the decline in risk of macular degeneration after quitting to data from 7 studies involving 1,488 patients. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation in terms of its impact on macular degeneration-related outcomes

  2. Prostatic carcinoma bilateral iris metastases

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    Sarenac, Tatjana S.; Janicijevic-Petrovic, Mirjana A.; Sreckovic, Suncica B.; Radovanovic, Milan R.; Vulovic, Dejan D.; Janicijevic, Katarina M.

    2012-01-01

    We described a patient with bilateral iris metastases resulted from prostatic cancer. Slit lamp and ultrasonography examination of the both eye demonstrated tumor of the iris, as an amelanotic vascular mass located on the superior temporal quadrant. On open biopsy revealed undifferentiated tissue that stained strongly positive for prostate carcinoma, confirming the diagnosis of metastasis prostate adenocarcinoma. Early diagnostic procedures are essential for the causal therapy of prostate carcinoma as the primary neoplasm. PMID:22642599

  3. Bilateral intra parotid tubercular lymphadenitis.

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    Sharma, D R; Resident, S R; Mohan, C; Mohindroo, N K; Sharma, M L

    1999-10-01

    Tubercular parotitis is an extremely rare clinical condition which is difficult to diagnose. The rarity of this condition can be seen from the evidence of only a few reported cases in the litera-ture. Tubercular infection is quiet common in this part of the world, but Tubercular Parotitis is still a rarity. A case of Bilateral tubercular parotitis diagnosed by FNAC, showing tubercular involvement of the intra parotid lymph node is presented due to its rarity. PMID:23119565

  4. Compensation Following Bilateral Vestibular Damage

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    McCall, Andrew A.; Yates, Bill J.

    2011-01-01

    Bilateral loss of vestibular inputs affects far fewer patients than unilateral inner ear damage, and thus has been understudied. In both animal subjects and human patients, bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) produces a variety of clinical problems, including impaired balance control, inability to maintain stable blood pressure during postural changes, difficulty in visual targeting of images, and disturbances in spatial memory and navigational performance. Experiments in animals have shown that non-labyrinthine inputs to the vestibular nuclei are rapidly amplified following the onset of BVH, which may explain the recovery of postural stability and orthostatic tolerance that occurs within 10?days. However, the loss of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and degraded spatial cognition appear to be permanent in animals with BVH. Current concepts of the compensatory mechanisms in humans with BVH are largely inferential, as there is a lack of data from patients early in the disease process. Translation of animal studies of compensation for BVH into therapeutic strategies and subsequent application in the clinic is the most likely route to improve treatment. In addition to physical therapy, two types of prosthetic devices have been proposed to treat individuals with bilateral loss of vestibular inputs: those that provide tactile stimulation to indicate body position in space, and those that deliver electrical stimuli to branches of the vestibular nerve in accordance with head movements. The relative efficacy of these two treatment paradigms, and whether they can be combined to facilitate recovery, is yet to be ascertained. PMID:22207864

  5. Spontaneous bilateral fracture of patella.

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    Moretti, Biagio; Speciale, Domenico; Garofalo, Raffaele; Moretti, Lorenzo; Patella, Silvio; Patella, Vittorio

    2008-03-01

    Bilateral patellae fractures represent a rare entity, accounting for approximately 2.9% of all lesions interesting in this anatomical district. In most cases found in the published work, they are described as stress fractures or as complications of chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, renal failure and secondary hyperparathyroidism. Although many pathogenetic mechanisms have been supposed, none have been proved for certain. Insufficiency fractures of the patellae are rare events and no data has been published on their incidence. We present a case of bilateral fracture of the patellae due to an indirect trauma occurring in an 85-year-old patient affected by Parkinson's disease, osteoporosis and diffuse degenerative osteoarthritis. X-ray of the knees (anteroposterior and lateral) and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation confirmed the fractures. The patient was treated conservatively. She had a good result, returning to her previous autonomous ambulation. This case is unusual because there was no direct trauma to the knees because of bilaterality, but confirmed previous observations about insufficiency fractures of patellae in the presence of comorbidity. Insufficiency fractures of patellae can be an insidious condition in elderly people. Prepatellar pain, a common symptom in the relapse phase of degenerative arthritis of the knee, should not be underestimated, particularly in patients with diseases influencing metabolism of bone and with an elevated risk of fall. A periodical clinical and instrumental follow up should be done in these patient. Moreover, we underline the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach. PMID:18713190

  6. Therapy of Nonexudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Annal D. Meleth; Veena R. Raiji; Nupura Krishnadev; Emily Y. Chew

    \\u000a Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among adults over the age of 65 in the Western world.\\u000a The prevalence of AMD is expected to increase dramatically, from 1.75 million in 2000 to 2.95 million in 2020, due to the\\u000a rapidly aging population. Given the large and now increasing burden of disease, the identification of modifiable

  7. Multifocal electroretinography in patients with Stargardt’s macular dystrophy

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    U Kretschmann; M W Seeliger; K Ruether; T Usui; E Apfelstedt-Sylla; E Zrenner

    1998-01-01

    AIMSTo describe the topography of multifocal electroretinograms (ERGs) and to explore its diagnostic value in patients with Stargardt’s macular dystrophy (SMD).METHODS51 patients with SMD were examined by means of the m-sequence technique to characterise the topography of electroretinographic responses in the central visual field. The results were compared with data from 30 normal volunteers.RESULTSIn 49 of 51 patients with SMD,

  8. Predicting cataract surgery results using a macular function test

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    Jérôme C. Vryghem; Hugo Van Cleynenbreugel; Joachim Van Calster; Kathleen Leroux

    2004-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the predictive value of a macular function test in the preoperative evaluation of cataract patients.Setting: Clinique Générale St-Jean, Brussels, Belgium.Methods: This prospective study comprised 396 uneventful consecutive cataract procedures performed by 1 surgeon from September 2000 to February 2001. The best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and the density and location of the lens opacities were recorded preoperatively.

  9. Smoking and age-related macular degeneration: review and update.

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    Velilla, Sara; García-Medina, José Javier; García-Layana, Alfredo; Dolz-Marco, Rosa; Pons-Vázquez, Sheila; Pinazo-Durán, M Dolores; Gómez-Ulla, Francisco; Arévalo, J Fernando; Díaz-Llopis, Manuel; Gallego-Pinazo, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the main socioeconomical health issues worldwide. AMD has a multifactorial etiology with a variety of risk factors. Smoking is the most important modifiable risk factor for AMD development and progression. The present review summarizes the epidemiological studies evaluating the association between smoking and AMD, the mechanisms through which smoking induces damage to the chorioretinal tissues, and the relevance of advising patients to quit smoking for their visual health. PMID:24368940

  10. Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Review and Update

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    Velilla, Sara; García-Medina, José Javier; García-Layana, Alfredo; Pons-Vázquez, Sheila; Pinazo-Durán, M. Dolores; Gómez-Ulla, Francisco; Arévalo, J. Fernando; Díaz-Llopis, Manuel; Gallego-Pinazo, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the main socioeconomical health issues worldwide. AMD has a multifactorial etiology with a variety of risk factors. Smoking is the most important modifiable risk factor for AMD development and progression. The present review summarizes the epidemiological studies evaluating the association between smoking and AMD, the mechanisms through which smoking induces damage to the chorioretinal tissues, and the relevance of advising patients to quit smoking for their visual health. PMID:24368940

  11. Mutations in IMPG1 Cause Vitelliform Macular Dystrophies

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    Manes, Gaël; Meunier, Isabelle; Avila-Fernández, Almudena; Banfi, Sandro; Le Meur, Guylène; Zanlonghi, Xavier; Corton, Marta; Simonelli, Francesca; Brabet, Philippe; Labesse, Gilles; Audo, Isabelle; Mohand-Said, Saddek; Zeitz, Christina; Sahel, José-Alain; Weber, Michel; Dollfus, Hélène; Dhaenens, Claire-Marie; Allorge, Delphine; De Baere, Elfride; Koenekoop, Robert K.; Kohl, Susanne; Cremers, Frans P.M.; Hollyfield, Joe G.; Sénéchal, Audrey; Hebrard, Maxime; Bocquet, Béatrice; Ayuso García, Carmen; Hamel, Christian P.

    2013-01-01

    Vitelliform macular dystrophies (VMD) are inherited retinal dystrophies characterized by yellow, round deposits visible upon fundus examination and encountered in individuals with juvenile Best macular dystrophy (BMD) or adult-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy (AVMD). Although many BMD and some AVMD cases harbor mutations in BEST1 or PRPH2, the underlying genetic cause remains unknown for many affected individuals. In a large family with autosomal-dominant VMD, gene mapping and whole-exome sequencing led to the identification of a c.713T>G (p.Leu238Arg) IMPG1 mutation, which was subsequently found in two other families with autosomal-dominant VMD and the same phenotype. IMPG1 encodes the SPACR protein, a component of the rod and cone photoreceptor extracellular matrix domains. Structural modeling indicates that the p.Leu238Arg substitution destabilizes the conserved SEA1 domain of SPACR. Screening of 144 probands who had various forms of macular dystrophy revealed three other IMPG1 mutations. Two individuals from one family affected by autosomal-recessive VMD were homozygous for the splice-site mutation c.807+1G>T, and two from another family were compound heterozygous for the mutations c.461T>C (p.Leu154Pro) and c.1519C>T (p.Arg507?). Most cases had a normal or moderately decreased electrooculogram Arden ratio. We conclude that IMPG1 mutations cause both autosomal-dominant and -recessive forms of VMD, thus indicating that impairment of the interphotoreceptor matrix might be a general cause of VMD. PMID:23993198

  12. Mutations in IMPG1 cause vitelliform macular dystrophies.

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    Manes, Gaël; Meunier, Isabelle; Avila-Fernández, Almudena; Banfi, Sandro; Le Meur, Guylène; Zanlonghi, Xavier; Corton, Marta; Simonelli, Francesca; Brabet, Philippe; Labesse, Gilles; Audo, Isabelle; Mohand-Said, Saddek; Zeitz, Christina; Sahel, José-Alain; Weber, Michel; Dollfus, Hélène; Dhaenens, Claire-Marie; Allorge, Delphine; De Baere, Elfride; Koenekoop, Robert K; Kohl, Susanne; Cremers, Frans P M; Hollyfield, Joe G; Sénéchal, Audrey; Hebrard, Maxime; Bocquet, Béatrice; Ayuso García, Carmen; Hamel, Christian P

    2013-09-01

    Vitelliform macular dystrophies (VMD) are inherited retinal dystrophies characterized by yellow, round deposits visible upon fundus examination and encountered in individuals with juvenile Best macular dystrophy (BMD) or adult-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy (AVMD). Although many BMD and some AVMD cases harbor mutations in BEST1 or PRPH2, the underlying genetic cause remains unknown for many affected individuals. In a large family with autosomal-dominant VMD, gene mapping and whole-exome sequencing led to the identification of a c.713T>G (p.Leu238Arg) IMPG1 mutation, which was subsequently found in two other families with autosomal-dominant VMD and the same phenotype. IMPG1 encodes the SPACR protein, a component of the rod and cone photoreceptor extracellular matrix domains. Structural modeling indicates that the p.Leu238Arg substitution destabilizes the conserved SEA1 domain of SPACR. Screening of 144 probands who had various forms of macular dystrophy revealed three other IMPG1 mutations. Two individuals from one family affected by autosomal-recessive VMD were homozygous for the splice-site mutation c.807+1G>T, and two from another family were compound heterozygous for the mutations c.461T>C (p.Leu154Pro) and c.1519C>T (p.Arg507(?)). Most cases had a normal or moderately decreased electrooculogram Arden ratio. We conclude that IMPG1 mutations cause both autosomal-dominant and -recessive forms of VMD, thus indicating that impairment of the interphotoreceptor matrix might be a general cause of VMD. PMID:23993198

  13. Proteomic analysis of vitreous from diabetic macular edema

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    Masayuki Ouchi; Karen West; John W. Crabb; Shigeru Kinoshita; Motohiro Kamei

    2005-01-01

    To identify and analyze diabetic macular edema (DME)-related proteins in the vitreous, en masse, using two-dimensional gel (2D gel) electrophoresis and mass-spectrometry (MS). Vitreous samples were corrected from 20 eyes with pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy associated with DME (DME group) and without DME (non-DME group). They were subjected to 2D gel electrophoresis, and the spot intensities were compared between the groups.

  14. Intravitreal bevacizumab for type 1 idiopathic macular telangiectasia

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    K Takayama; S Ooto; H Tamura; K Yamashiro; A Otani; A Tsujikawa; N Yoshimura

    2010-01-01

    PurposeTo evaluate the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab injection for treating type 1 idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT).MethodsRetrospective case series of five eyes of five male patients with type 1 IMT that were treated with 2–3 injections of intravitreal bevacizumab. Best-corrected visual acuity, foveal thickness obtained by optical coherence tomography, and fluorescein angiography (FA) were monitored over a period of up to

  15. Metamorphopsia in patients with macular telangiectasia type 2

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    Peter Charbel Issa; Frank G. Holz; Hendrik P. N. Scholl

    2009-01-01

    Purpose To assess metamorphopsia in patients with macular telangiectasia (MacTel) type 2. Methods In a prospective observational cohort study, 40 eyes of 20 patients with MacTel type 2 were investigated by funduscopy, fluorescein\\u000a angiography, optical coherence tomography and microperimetry. Metamorphopsia was assessed using Amsler grids following a standard\\u000a protocol and standardized questionnaire. Results Metamorphopsia was present in 30 (83%) out

  16. Multifocal electroretinography in patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy

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    Kretschmann, U; Seeliger, M; Ruether, K; Usui, T; Apfelstedt-Sylla, E; Zrenner, E

    1998-01-01

    AIMS—To describe the topography of multifocal electroretinograms (ERGs) and to explore its diagnostic value in patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy (SMD).?METHODS—51 patients with SMD were examined by means of the m-sequence technique to characterise the topography of electroretinographic responses in the central visual field. The results were compared with data from 30 normal volunteers.?RESULTS—In 49 of 51 patients with SMD, macular electroretinographic activity was markedly diminished or non-detectable. Towards more peripheral areas, ERG responses of the SMD patients approached those of normals. Implicit times were not markedly delayed at any eccentricity.?CONCLUSION—In contrast with Ganzfeld electroretinography, multifocal electroretinography is useful to detect foveal dysfunction in SMD. Areas of dysfunction were found to be usually larger than expected from psychophysical measurements and morphological alteration. In early stages of the disease it was possible to detect foveal dysfunction, even in patients lacking morphological fundus changes and with good visual acuity.?? Keywords: Stargardt's macular dystrophy; fundus flavimaculatus; electroretinography PMID:9602623

  17. Atypical vitelliform macular dystrophy in a 5-generation family.

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    Hittner, H. M.; Ferrell, R. E.; Borda, R. P.; Justice, J.

    1984-01-01

    Five generations of a family with autosomal dominant atypical vitelliform macular dystrophy (A-VMD) were studied. This dystrophy is similar to autosomal dominant Best's vitelliform dystrophy (B-VMD) but clinically more closely resembles sporadic pseudovitelliform macular degeneration (P-VMD). Of the family members who were 14 years or older 43 (24 females and 19 males) of the 101 at risk (43%) were affected. Vision varied from 20/20 to 20/200. Field defects and tritan colour defects were invariably present only when vision was less than or equal to 20/200, but these defects were sometimes present when vision was good. The electrooculographic studies (LP/DT ratios) in this family were found to be normal or reduced and did not correlate with visual acuity. Minimal retinal findings consisted of macular or extramacular punctate yellow lesions or both in the retinal pigment epithelium, which were hypofluorescent by angiography, and retinal pigment epithelial defects in the temporal nerve fibre bundle, which were hyperfluorescent by angiography. Fluorescein angiographic changes were invariably present when retinal lesions were noted, and this was the most reliable test in identifying genotypically affected family members with minimal phenotypic expression. Images PMID:6607743

  18. An Experimental Model for Exudative Age-related Macular Degeneration with Choroidal Neovascularization Using the Common Marmoset.

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    Shimazawa, Masamitsu; Masuda, Tomomi; Nakamura, Shinsuke; Miwa, Miki; Nakamura, Katsuki; Hara, Hideaki

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to establish an experimental exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) model in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), which is a small New World monkey. Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) was induced by laser irradiation on the left eye of each animal under anesthesia. Eight laser spots were applied around the macular area using the image-guided laser system (532 nm) attached with Micron III at 650 mW-2,000 mW power. Laser pulse duration and spot size were fixed at 100 ms and 50 µm, respectively. At 14 days after laser irradiation, fluorescein angiograms were observed. At 21 days after laser irradiation, the fluorescein angiograms were transcardially perfused to the bilateral common carotid arteries with 4% paraformaldehyde for the transverse section or with fluorescein-conjugated dextran (MW = 2,000 kDa) for the retinal pigment epithelia (RPE)-choroidal flatmount. At 14 days after laser irradiation, late hyperfluorescence and leakage within or beyond the lesion borders were observed in a laser power-dependent manner. In the RPE-choroidal flatmount, the mean size of the CNV lesions at 1,500 mW was 1.34 ± 0.49 × 10(5) µm(2) (Mean ± S.D., n = 29), and the coefficient of variation for each CNV area was 36.5% (n = 29). In conclusion, we succeeded in producing an experimental exudative type of AMD model in the common marmoset. This model may be useful in elucidating the pathophysiological mechanism and screening of new candidates for exudative AMD. PMID:25760220

  19. Fully automated detection of diabetic macular edema and dry age-related macular degeneration from optical coherence tomography images

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    Srinivasan, Pratul P.; Kim, Leo A.; Mettu, Priyatham S.; Cousins, Scott W.; Comer, Grant M.; Izatt, Joseph A.; Farsiu, Sina

    2014-01-01

    We present a novel fully automated algorithm for the detection of retinal diseases via optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Our algorithm utilizes multiscale histograms of oriented gradient descriptors as feature vectors of a support vector machine based classifier. The spectral domain OCT data sets used for cross-validation consisted of volumetric scans acquired from 45 subjects: 15 normal subjects, 15 patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and 15 patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). Our classifier correctly identified 100% of cases with AMD, 100% cases with DME, and 86.67% cases of normal subjects. This algorithm is a potentially impactful tool for the remote diagnosis of ophthalmic diseases. PMID:25360373

  20. Strategy for the Management of Macular Edema in Retinal Vein Occlusion: The European VitreoRetinal Society Macular Edema Study

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    Adelman, Ron A.; Parnes, Aaron J.; Bopp, Silvia; Saad Othman, Ihab; Ducournau, Didier

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To compare the efficacy of different therapies in the treatment of macular edema associated with retinal vein occlusion (RVO). Design. This is a nonrandomized, multicenter collaborative study. Participants. 86 retina specialists from 29 countries provided clinical information, including choice of treatment and outcome, on 2,603 patients with macular edema including 738 cases of RVO. Methods. Reported data included the type and number of treatments performed, visual acuities, and other clinical and diagnostic findings. Main Outcome Measures. The mean increase in visual acuity and mean number of treatments performed. Results. 358 cases of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and 380 cases of branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) were included in this investigation. Taking all RVO cases together, pars plana vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling alone resulted in an improvement in vision greater than other therapies. Those treated with intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injection alone showed the second greatest improvement in vision. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant alone and intravitreal triamcinolone alone both resulted in modest visual gains. Conclusions. In the treatment of macular edema in RVO, vitrectomy with ILM peeling may achieve visual improvement and may be a good option for certain cases. Anti-VEGF injection is the most effective of the nonsurgical treatments. PMID:25705695

  1. Strategy for the Management of Macular Edema in Retinal Vein Occlusion: The European VitreoRetinal Society Macular Edema Study.

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    Adelman, Ron A; Parnes, Aaron J; Bopp, Silvia; Saad Othman, Ihab; Ducournau, Didier

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To compare the efficacy of different therapies in the treatment of macular edema associated with retinal vein occlusion (RVO). Design. This is a nonrandomized, multicenter collaborative study. Participants. 86 retina specialists from 29 countries provided clinical information, including choice of treatment and outcome, on 2,603 patients with macular edema including 738 cases of RVO. Methods. Reported data included the type and number of treatments performed, visual acuities, and other clinical and diagnostic findings. Main Outcome Measures. The mean increase in visual acuity and mean number of treatments performed. Results. 358 cases of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and 380 cases of branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) were included in this investigation. Taking all RVO cases together, pars plana vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling alone resulted in an improvement in vision greater than other therapies. Those treated with intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injection alone showed the second greatest improvement in vision. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant alone and intravitreal triamcinolone alone both resulted in modest visual gains. Conclusions. In the treatment of macular edema in RVO, vitrectomy with ILM peeling may achieve visual improvement and may be a good option for certain cases. Anti-VEGF injection is the most effective of the nonsurgical treatments. PMID:25705695

  2. Bilateral Impedance Control For Telemanipulators

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    Moore, Christopher L.

    1993-01-01

    Telemanipulator system includes master robot manipulated by human operator, and slave robot performing tasks at remote location. Two robots electronically coupled so slave robot moves in response to commands from master robot. Teleoperation greatly enhanced if forces acting on slave robot fed back to operator, giving operator feeling he or she manipulates remote environment directly. Main advantage of bilateral impedance control: enables arbitrary specification of desired performance characteristics for telemanipulator system. Relationship between force and position modulated at both ends of system to suit requirements of task.

  3. Bilateral Molariform Mandibular Second Premolars

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    Acharya, Sonu; Kumar Mandal, Pradip; Ghosh, Chiranjit

    2015-01-01

    Macrodontia is a rare dental anomaly that refers to teeth that appear larger than normal. Generalised macrodontia can be associated with certain medical conditions and syndromes. This case report presents clinical and radiographic findings of isolated bilateral macrodontia in a 14-year-old child. The patient was referred to the clinic with local crowding of maxillary and mandibular teeth. Radiographic findings revealed the presence of impacted macrodont mandibular second premolar on one side and erupted macrodontic premolar on the other side and their distinct morphological appearance, characterized by large, multitubercular, and molariform crowns and tapering, single roots. PMID:25685564

  4. Preliminary Experience in Treatment of Papillary and Macular Retinoblastoma: Evaluation of Local Control and Local Complications After Treatment With Linear Accelerator-Based Stereotactic Radiotherapy With Micromultileaf Collimator as Second-Line or Salvage Treatment After Chemotherapy

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    Pica, Alessia, E-mail: Alessia.Pica@chuv.ch [Department of Radiation Oncology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Moeckli, Raphael [University Institute for Radiation Physics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Balmer, Aubin [Department of Radiation Oncology, Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland); Beck-Popovic, Maja [Unit of Pediatric Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Chollet-Rivier, Madeleine [Department of Anesthesiology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Do, Huu-Phuoc [University Institute for Radiation Physics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Weber, Damien C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Geneva University Hospital, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland); Munier, Francis L. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2011-12-01

    Purpose: To determine the local control and complication rates for children with papillary and/or macular retinoblastoma progressing after chemotherapy and undergoing stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) with a micromultileaf collimator. Methods and Materials: Between 2004 and 2008, 11 children (15 eyes) with macular and/or papillary retinoblastoma were treated with SRT. The mean age was 19 months (range, 2-111). Of the 15 eyes, 7, 6, and 2 were classified as International Classification of Intraocular Retinoblastoma Group B, C, and E, respectively. The delivered dose of SRT was 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions using a dedicated micromultileaf collimator linear accelerator. Results: The median follow-up was 20 months (range, 13-39). Local control was achieved in 13 eyes (87%). The actuarial 1- and 2-year local control rates were both 82%. SRT was well tolerated. Late adverse events were reported in 4 patients. Of the 4 patients, 2 had developed focal microangiopathy 20 months after SRT; 1 had developed a transient recurrence of retinal detachment; and 1 had developed bilateral cataracts. No optic neuropathy was observed. Conclusions: Linear accelerator-based SRT for papillary and/or macular retinoblastoma in children resulted in excellent tumor control rates with acceptable toxicity. Additional research regarding SRT and its intrinsic organ-at-risk sparing capability is justified in the framework of prospective trials.

  5. Bilateral retrocaval ureters with IVC duplication

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    C. T. Chou; A. D. Yang; Y. C. Hong; H. K. Wu

    2006-01-01

    We report a rare case of bilateral retrocaval ureters associated with duplicated inferior renal cava. A 69-year-old woman\\u000a was sent to our emergency room for abdominal pain. Multidetector computed tomogram with multiplanar reconstruction revealed\\u000a duplicated inferior renal cavae and the bilateral ureters were positioned behind the duplicated inferior vena cava. To our\\u000a knowledge, coexistence of bilateral retrocaval ureters and duplicated

  6. Bilateral retrocaval ureters with IVC duplication.

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    Chou, C T; Yang, A D; Hong, Y C; Wu, H K

    2006-01-01

    We report a rare case of bilateral retrocaval ureters associated with duplicated inferior renal cava. A 69-year-old woman was sent to our emergency room for abdominal pain. Multidetector computed tomogram with multiplanar reconstruction revealed duplicated inferior renal cavae and the bilateral ureters were positioned behind the duplicated inferior vena cava. To our knowledge, coexistence of bilateral retrocaval ureters and duplicated inferior renal cavae has not been reported in the literature. PMID:16534551

  7. Macular lutein and zeaxanthin are related to brain lutein and zeaxanthin in primates

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    The xanthophyll pigments lutein and zeaxanthin cross the blood-retina barrier to preferentially accumulate in the macular region of the neural retina. There they form macular pigment, protecting the retina from blue light damage and oxidative stress. Lutein and zeaxanthin also accumulate in brain t...

  8. Macular pigment density measured by autofluorescence spectrometry: comparison with reflectometry and heterochromatic flicker photometry

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    François C. Delori; Douglas G. Goger; Billy R. Hammond; D. Max Snodderly; Stephen A. Burns

    2001-01-01

    We present a technique for estimating the density of the human macular pigment noninvasively that takes advantage of the autofluorescence of lipofuscin, which is normally present in the human retinal pigment epi- thelium. By measuring the intensity of fluorescence at 710 nm, where macular pigment has essentially zero absorption, and stimulating the fluorescence with two wavelengths, one well absorbed by

  9. Macular Pigment Optical Density in an Ageing Irish Population: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

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    John M. Nolan; Roseanne Kenny; Claire O’Regan; Hilary Cronin; James Loughman; Eithne E. Connolly; Patricia Kearney; Edward Loane; Stephen Beatty

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The 3 carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, which account for the ‘yellow spot’ at the macula and which are referred to as macular pigment (MP), are believed to play a role in visual function and protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) via their optical and antioxidant properties. This study was undertaken to compare MP optical density (MPOD) in a

  10. Color Matching in Diabetes: Optical Density of the Crystalline Lens and Macular Pigments

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    Morland, Antony

    compared with that of age-matched normal lens. Autofluorescence is further increased in diabetic personsColor Matching in Diabetes: Optical Density of the Crystalline Lens and Macular Pigments Nigel lens and macular pigments in a group of patients with diabetes mellitus and compare the results

  11. Cataract Surgery and the Development or Progression of Age-related Macular Degeneration: A Systematic Review

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    Angelina Bockelbrink; Stephanie Roll; Klaus Ruether; Andrej Rasch; Wolfgang Greiner; Stefan N. Willich

    2008-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration and cataract are the most frequent eye disorders of elderly people worldwide. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of cataract surgery on the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration. Data were collected by means of a systematic literature search in 28 databases and an additional update in Pubmed. Search results were

  12. Hemorrhagic Macular Infarction after Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Chronic Multifocal Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

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    Kelkar, Aditya; Gandhi, Poonam; Amoaku, Winfried; Kelkar, Jai; Kelkar, Shreekant; Raut, Priyanka; Shah, Rachana

    2014-01-01

    We hereby report a case of hemorrhagic macular infarction after intravitreal bevacizumab for chronic multifocal central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). Issues regarding safety and adverse effects of bevacizumab are discussed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of hemorrhagic macular infarction after intravitreal bevacizumab for chronic multifocal CSC. PMID:25126075

  13. Cystoid macular edema associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis resolved by a dexamethasone intravitreal implant.

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    Totan, Yüksel; Güler, Emre; Guragaç, Fatma B; Dervisogullari, Mehmet S; Tenlik, Aylin; Hepsen, Ibrahim F

    2014-01-01

    Uveitis, glaucoma, and cystoid macular edema frequently develop in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The authors describe a case of cystoid macular edema associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis that had not responded to intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and bevacizumab but improved significantly following intravitreal injection with a dexamethasone 0.7 mg implant. PMID:24811080

  14. Bilateral Clavicle Fracture in Two Newborn Infants

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    Kanik, Ali; Sutcuoglu, Sumer; Aydinlioglu, Halil; Erdemir, Aydin; Arun Ozer, Esra

    2011-01-01

    Background The fracture of clavicle is the most frequently observed bone fracture as birth trauma and it is usually unilateral. It is seen following shoulder dystocia deliveries or breech presentation of macrosomic newborns. Case Presentation We report two macrosomic newborns with bilateral clavicle fracture and brachial plexus palsy due to birth trauma. Chest X-rays confirmed bilateral fracture of clavicles. Both patients were recovered without any sequel. Conclusion Bilateral clavicular fracture should be considered in any neonate with bilateral absent Moro reflexes. PMID:23056849

  15. Sequential bilateral retinal artery occlusion

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    Padrón-Pérez, Noel; Aronés, Janny Rosario; Muñoz, Silvia; Arias-Barquet, Luis; Arruga, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    An 86 year old woman experienced a sequential bilateral loss of vision over a period of less than 24 hours. Clinical findings and complementary studies suggested a bilateral atherogenic embolic event. Initially, she presented a superior branch retinal artery occlusion in her right eye followed by a central retinal artery occlusion with cilioretinal artery sparing in her left eye. Some conservative maneuvers performed did not improve visual acuity in the left eye. Supra-aortic Doppler ultrasonography revealed mild right internal carotid artery stenosis and moderate left internal carotid artery stenosis with a small, smooth, and homogeneous plaque. The transthoracic echocardiography showed a severe calcification of the mitral valve with a mild-moderate rim of stenosis. Central retinal artery occlusion and branch retinal artery occlusion are characterized by painless monocular loss of vision. Clinical approach and management attempt to treat the acute event, find the source of the vascular occlusion, and prevent further vascular events from occurring. Giant cell arteritis is a potentially treatable cause of central retinal artery occlusion and should be excluded in every single patient over 50 years old. PMID:24748768

  16. Subconjunctival sirolimus in the treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Krishnadev, Nupura; Forooghian, Farzin; Cukras, Catherine; Wong, Wai; Saligan, Leorey; Chew, Emily Y.; Nussenblatt, Robert; Ferris, Frederick

    2011-01-01

    Background Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Sirolimus has been shown to inhibit the production, signaling, and activity of many growth factors relevant to the development of diabetic retinopathy. This phase I/II study assesses the safety of multiple subconjunctival sirolimus injections for the treatment of DME, with some limited efficacy data. Methods In this phase I/II prospective, open-label pilot study, five adult participants with diabetic macular edema involving the center of the fovea and best-corrected ETDRS visual acuity score of ?74 letters (20/32 or worse) received 20 ?l (440 ?g) of subconjunctival sirolimus at baseline, month 2 and every 2 months thereafter, unless there was resolution of either retinal thickening on OCT or leakage on fluorescein angiography. Main outcome measures included best-corrected visual acuity and central retinal thickness on OCT at 6 months and 1 year, as well as safety outcomes. Results Repeated subconjunctival sirolimus injections were well-tolerated, with no significant drug-related adverse events. There was no consistent treatment effect related to sirolimus; one participant experienced a 2-line improvement in visual acuity and 2 log unit decrease in retinal thickness at 6 months and 1 year, two remained essentially stable, one had stable visual acuity but improvement of central retinal thickness of 1 and 3 log units at 6 months and 1 year respectively, and one had a 2-line worsening of visual acuity and a 1 log unit increase in retinal thickness at 6 months and 1 year. Results in the fellow eyes with diabetic macular edema, not treated with sirolimus, were similar. Conclusions Subconjunctival sirolimus appears safe to use in patients with DME. Assessment of possible treatment benefit will require a randomized trial. PMID:21567211

  17. PASSIVE FEEDFORWARD APPROACH TO BILATERAL TELEOPERATED MANIPULATORS

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    Li, Perry Y.

    PASSIVE FEEDFORWARD APPROACH TO BILATERAL TELEOPERATED MANIPULATORS #3; Perry Y. Li + and Dongjun bilateral teleoperated manipulator system which ensures that the closed loop system is energetically passive, and that the coupling between the system and any strictly passive environment is stable. The control objective

  18. Research Article Transitioning From Bimodal to Bilateral

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    Litovsky, Ruth

    AJA Research Article Transitioning From Bimodal to Bilateral Cochlear Implant Listening: Speech of bilateral stimulation is becoming common for cochlear implant (CI) recipients with either (a) a CI in one differences. Key Words: cochlear implant, hearing aid, speech recognition, localization, bimodal devices

  19. Recursive approximation of the bilateral filter.

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    Yang, Qingxiong

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents a complete proof that the bilateral filter can be implemented recursively, as long as: 1) the spatial filter can be implemented recursively and 2) the range filter can be decomposed into a recursive product. As a result, an O(ND) solution can be obtained for bilateral filtering, where N is the image size and D is the dimensionality. PMID:25700449

  20. Implante coclear bilateral Reporte de un caso

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    Santiago GutiØrrez Maldonado; Javier JimØnez Duarte; Constanza Acevedo Zambrano

    In the United States and Europe, several Otology groups have done bilateral cochlear implants on the past few years. The outcome of the bilateral cochlear implants, published in the literature report, advantages in those patients who improved the ability to localize sound and to reach higher levels of language discrimination, also a better understanding of speech in a noisy environment

  1. CT demonstration of bilateral adrenal hemorrhage

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    Ling, D.; Korobkin, M.; Silverman, P.M.; Dunnick, N.R.

    1983-08-01

    Bilateral adrenal hemorrhage with subsequent adrenal insufficiency is a recognized complication of anticoagulant therapy. Because the clinical manifestations are often nonspecific, the antemortem diagnosis of adrenal hemorrhage has been a difficult clinical problem. Computed tomography (CT) provides detailed images of the adrenal glands that are not possible with conventional imaging methods. The CT findings of bilateral adrenal hemorrhage in an anticoagulated patient are reported.

  2. HERITABILITY ESTIMATE FOR BILATERAL OVULATION IN HEIFERS

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    Recent studies have reported that cows giving birth to twin calves as a result of bilateral ovulations have lower incidences of dystocia and higher calf survival than twins born from the same uterine horn. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine if bilateral ovulation in heifers is g...

  3. Multimodality imaging in clinical diagnosis and treatment of macular disease

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    Taibl, Jessica N.; Sayegh, Samir I.

    2013-03-01

    Accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease is a function of how well the pathology can be imaged. Coregistering images from different modalities can offer significant advantages. Multi-modal imaging is finding its place in Ophthalmology and we illustrate and analyze its use in macular disease. New technologies have provided the ability to simultaneously capture FA and OCT images, allowing dynamic analysis at the exact point of interest. We establish that the combined imaging protocol is easier and faster for both patient and technician, and ultimately and most importantly more capable of guiding the physician to a diagnosis and treatment.

  4. Inflammation and Macular Oedema after Pars Plana Vitrectomy

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    Romano, Vito; Angi, Martina; del Grosso, Renata; Romano, Davide; Vinciguerra, Paolo; Romano, Mario R.

    2013-01-01

    Cystoid macular oedema (CMO) is a major cause of reduced vision following intraocular surgery. Although the aetiology of CMO is not completely clarified, intraocular inflammation is known to play a major role in its development. The macula may develop cytotoxic oedema when the primary lesion and fluid accumulation occur in the parenchymatous cells (intracellular oedema) or vasogenic oedema when the primary defect occurs in the blood-retinal barrier and leads to extracellular fluid accumulation (extracellular oedema). We report on the mechanisms of CMO formation after pars plana vitrectomy and associated surgical procedures and discuss possible therapeutic approaches. PMID:24288446

  5. Future Therapies of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Jin, Daisuke; Sawada, Yu; Abe, Sanae; Yoshitomi, Takeshi

    2015-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly population, and the prevalence of the disease increases exponentially with every decade after the age of 50 years. While VEGF inhibitors are promising drugs for treating patients with ocular neovascularization, there are limitations to their potential for improving vision in AMD patients. Thus, future therapies are required to have the potential to improve visual outcomes. This paper will summarize the future strategies and therapeutic targets that are aimed at enhancing the efficacy and duration of effect of antiangiogenic strategies. PMID:25802751

  6. Present and Possible Therapies for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Kamal, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly population worldwide and is defined as a chronic, progressive disorder characterized by changes occurring within the macula reflective of the ageing process. At present, the prevalence of AMD is currently rising and is estimated to increase by a third by 2020. Although our understanding of the several components underpinning the pathogenesis of this condition has increased significantly, the treatment options for this condition remain substantially limited. In this review, we outline the existing arsenal of therapies available for AMD and discuss the additional role of further novel therapies currently under investigation for this debilitating disease. PMID:25097787

  7. Bevacizumab in the treatment of idiopathic macular telangiectasia

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    Maria-Andreea Gamulescu; Andreas Walter; Helmut Sachs; Horst Helbig

    2008-01-01

    Background  To describe functional and morphological long-term follow-up results in patients with idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT)\\u000a treated with intravitreal bevacizumab.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Retrospective case series of three consecutive male patients with IMT who were treated with intravitreal bevacizumab injections.\\u000a Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) as well as fluorescein angiography (FA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were monitored\\u000a over the period of up to

  8. Bilateral cochlear implants in children R. Litovskya,*, P. Johnstonea

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    Litovsky, Ruth

    Bilateral cochlear implants in children R. Litovskya,*, P. Johnstonea , A. Parkinsonb , R. Petersc of listening with bilateral cochlear implants (CIs) improves the ability of children to hear speech in noise reserved. Keywords: Bilateral; Cochlear; Implantation; Pediatric; Binaural; Experience 1. Introduction

  9. Simultaneous Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Adults: A Multicenter Clinical Study

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    Litovsky, Ruth

    Simultaneous Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Adults: A Multicenter Clinical Study Ruth Litovsky- neous" bilateral cochlear implantation (both im- plants placed during a single surgical procedure sensori- neural hearing loss. Performance with the bilateral cochlear implants, using the same speech

  10. An unusual complication of blunt ocular trauma: A horseshoe-shaped macular tear with spontaneous closure

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    Karaca, Umut; Durukan, Hakan A; Mumcuoglu, Tarkan; Erdurman, Cuneyt; Hurmeric, Volkan

    2014-01-01

    A case of horseshoe-shaped macular tear after blunt trauma with the course of the tear and the relevant findings obtained by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is described. A 21-year-old man who had suffered blunt trauma 5 days previously visited our clinic complaining of vision loss in his left eye. Ophthalmic examination and SD-OCT images revealed a horseshoe-shaped macular tear. A month later at the second visit, the macular tear was found to have spontaneously closed. There have been many cases reported previously of the spontaneous closure of traumatic macular holes. A horseshoe-shaped macular tear is an atypical clinical presentation. However, the mechanism of spontaneous closure is hypothetically as same as that for a macular hole. High-resolution images and three-dimensional maps taken with SD-OCT can provide more details on macular diseases and are more useful than time-domain OCT images. PMID:24817754

  11. Historic perspectives. Macular yellow pigment. The first 200 years.

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    Nussbaum, J J; Pruett, R C; Delori, F C

    1981-01-01

    Since 1782 there has been continuing controversy concerning the curious central coloration referred to as "macular yellow," but no cumulative source of information on the subject exists. This paper reviews the research efforts of two centuries to determine the existence, nature, location, and function of a specialized pigment in the foveal region. Using white-light illumination, it is difficult to see a macular yellow spot in the living eye; it is best observed and documented by red-free ophthalmoscopy and blue-light monochromatic photography. Histologic, biochemical, and spectral absorption data suggest that the yellow color is due to a xanthophyllic pigment, lutein, that is distributed in all retinal layers internal to the outer nuclear layer, with greatest concentration in the outer and inner plexiform layers. Clinically absent in newborns, the pigment gradually accumulates from dietary sources and appears to serve both as an optical filter, by absorbing blue light and reducing chromatic aberration, and in a protective capacity, preventing actinic damage. The absorption characteristics of the yellow pigment contribute to the central dark spot seen during fluorescein angiography and to the risk of photocoagulation near the fovea. Its apparent absence in albinos and the reported functional improvement in certain degenerative retinopathies following supplemental xanthophyll administration suggest a possible role in hereditary or acquired maculopathies. PMID:6758089

  12. Present and future treatment possibilities in macular degeneration

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    Fisher, E.; Wegner, A.; Pfeiler, T.; Mertz, M.

    2005-11-01

    Purpose: To discuss present and future treatment possibilities in different types of choroidal neovascularisation. Methods: Presented are angiographic- and OCT-findings in patients with macular degeneration of different origin. Choroidal neovascularisations, which are not likely to respond positively to established procedures like thermal laser coagulation or photodynamic therapy will be discussed. Results and conclusions: Present study-guidelines and new methods of pharmacological intervention are analysed in different patterns of macular degeneration. Conventional laser coagulation in the treatment of classic, extrafoveal CNV and photodynamic therapy of predominantly classic subfoveal CNV still represent a gold standard. There are new recommendations, loosening the tight criteria of the TAP and VIP-guidelines, which cover, for instance, wider visual acuity ranges and the treatment of juxtafoveally located choroidal neovascularisations. Positive findings in literature confirm the role of PDT in pathologic myopia and other non-AMD CNV. Studies about surgical procedures, like macula- or RPE-translocation after surgical removal or thermal laser destruction of the CNV are in progress and are expected to show promising results. Phase II/III studies will soon point out the effect of anti-VEGF agents. The application of intravitreal (triamcinolone) or peribulbar (anecortave acetat) steroids could be useful. The combination with surgical or laser techniques could bring further benefit to the patient.

  13. Vitreous estrogen levels in patients with an idiopathic macular hole

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    Inokuchi, Naoki; Ikeda, Tsunehiko; Nakamura, Kimitoshi; Morishita, Seita; Fukumoto, Masanori; Kida, Teruyo; Oku, Hidehiro

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Estrogen, a female hormone, activates collagenase and might be associated with the pathogenesis of vitreoretinal collagen fiber disease. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the vitreous levels of estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) in subjects with an idiopathic macular hole (IMH). Methods Vitreous samples were obtained from ten female patients with an IMH and from nine female patients with other retinal diseases (six with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment and three with age-related macular degeneration) as a control at the time of vitreous surgery. E1 and E2 levels in the vitreous samples were then determined using the Coat-A-Count® Estradiol Radioimmunoassay (RIA) Kit and the DSL-70 Estrone RIA Kit, respectively. Results The mean vitreous levels of E1 and E2 in the subjects with IMH were 1.83±2.00 pg/mL and 7.03±2.97 pg/mL, respectively, whereas in the control subjects they were 2.42±1.25 pg/mL and 4.90±2.90 pg/mL, respectively. Thus, the vitreous E2 levels in the subjects with IMH were significantly higher than in the controls (P<0.05). Conclusion The findings of this study suggest that E2 might be associated with the pathogenesis of IMH, but further investigation is needed to elucidate that association.

  14. Predicting visual outcomes for macular disease using optical coherence tomography.

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    Keane, Pearse A; Sadda, Srinivas R

    2011-04-01

    In recent years, the management of macular disease has undergone radical changes, in part because of new therapeutic approaches, but also due to the introduction of a new imaging modality - optical coherence tomography (OCT). The application of OCT imaging has clarified many aspects of chorioretinal disease pathophysiology and elucidated many hitherto unrecognized disease characteristics. From an early stage in its development, OCT has also been revolutionary in attempting to extract clinically useful measurements from image data in an automated fashion. As a result, OCT-derived measurements of retinal thickness have been rapidly embraced in clinical and research settings. However, as knowledge of OCT image analysis has developed, it has become increasingly clear that even accurate measurements of retinal thickness may fail to predict visual outcomes for many diseases. As a result, the focus of much current clinical imaging research is on the identification of other OCT-derived anatomic biomarkers predictive of visual outcomes - such biomarkers could serve as surrogate endpoints in clinical trials and provide prognostic information in clinical practice. In this review, we begin by highlighting the importance of accurate visual function assessment and describing the fundamentals of OCT image evaluation, before describing the current state-of-the-art with regard to predicting visual outcomes, for a variety of macular diseases, using OCT. PMID:23960916

  15. Macular Pigment Optical Density Measured by Heterochromatic Modulation Photometry

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    Huchzermeyer, Cord; Schlomberg, Juliane; Welge-Lüssen, Ulrich; Berendschot, Tos T. J. M.; Pokorny, Joel; Kremers, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To psychophysically determine macular pigment optical density (MPOD) employing the heterochromatic modulation photometry (HMP) paradigm by estimating 460 nm absorption at central and peripheral retinal locations. Methods For the HMP measurements, two lights (B: 460 nm and R: 660 nm) were presented in a test field and were modulated in counterphase at medium or high frequencies. The contrasts of the two lights were varied in tandem to determine flicker detection thresholds. Detection thresholds were measured for different R:B modulation ratios. The modulation ratio with minimal sensitivity (maximal threshold) is the point of equiluminance. Measurements were performed in 25 normal subjects (11 male, 14 female; age: 30±11 years, mean ± sd) using an eight channel LED stimulator with Maxwellian view optics. The results were compared with those from two published techniques – one based on heterochromatic flicker photometry (Macular Densitometer) and the other on fundus reflectometry (MPR). Results We were able to estimate MPOD with HMP using a modified theoretical model that was fitted to the HMP data. The resultant MPODHMP values correlated significantly with the MPODMPR values and with the MPODHFP values obtained at 0.25° and 0.5° retinal eccentricity. Conclusions HMP is a flicker-based method with measurements taken at a constant mean chromaticity and luminance. The data can be well fit by a model that allows all data points to contribute to the photometric equality estimate. Therefore, we think that HMP may be a useful method for MPOD measurements, in basic and clinical vision experiments. PMID:25354049

  16. Predicting visual outcomes for macular disease using optical coherence tomography

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    Keane, Pearse A.; Sadda, Srinivas R.

    2011-01-01

    In recent years, the management of macular disease has undergone radical changes, in part because of new therapeutic approaches, but also due to the introduction of a new imaging modality – optical coherence tomography (OCT). The application of OCT imaging has clarified many aspects of chorioretinal disease pathophysiology and elucidated many hitherto unrecognized disease characteristics. From an early stage in its development, OCT has also been revolutionary in attempting to extract clinically useful measurements from image data in an automated fashion. As a result, OCT-derived measurements of retinal thickness have been rapidly embraced in clinical and research settings. However, as knowledge of OCT image analysis has developed, it has become increasingly clear that even accurate measurements of retinal thickness may fail to predict visual outcomes for many diseases. As a result, the focus of much current clinical imaging research is on the identification of other OCT-derived anatomic biomarkers predictive of visual outcomes – such biomarkers could serve as surrogate endpoints in clinical trials and provide prognostic information in clinical practice. In this review, we begin by highlighting the importance of accurate visual function assessment and describing the fundamentals of OCT image evaluation, before describing the current state-of-the-art with regard to predicting visual outcomes, for a variety of macular diseases, using OCT. PMID:23960916

  17. Intravitreal Diclofenac for Refractory Uveitic Cystoid Macular Edema

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    Ramezani, Alireza; Fard Esmaeilpour, Nassim; Eskandari, Armen; Rabbanikhah, Zahra; Soheilian, Roham; Soheilian, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the effect of a single dose of intravitreal diclofenac on best- corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central macular thickness (CMT) in patients with refractory uveitic cystoid macular edema (CME). Methods In this prospective non-comparative case series, 8 eyes of 8 patients with refractory CME secondary to chronic intermediate uveitis received a single intravitreal injection of diclofenac (500 µg/0.1ml) in addition to other systemic (oral prednisolone and methotraxate) and topical (betamethasone) remission maintaining drugs. Outcome measures were changes in BCVA and CMT after treatment. Results Mean BCVA remained relatively unchanged at 12, 24 and 36 weeks (0.69, 0.70 and 0.64 LogMAR, respectively) as compared to baseline (0.71 LogMAR). Mean CMT, however, decreased from 488 µm at baseline to 416 and 456 µm at 24 and 36 weeks, respectively. None of the changes were statistically significant. Conclusion In eyes with refractory uveitic CME, intravitreal injection of diclofenac insignificantly reduced CMT but this was not associated with visual improvement. PMID:23825712

  18. Analysis of macular OCT images using deformable registration

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    Chen, Min; Lang, Andrew; Ying, Howard S.; Calabresi, Peter A.; Prince, Jerry L.; Carass, Aaron

    2014-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the macula has become increasingly important in the investigation of retinal pathology. However, deformable image registration, which is used for aligning subjects for pairwise comparisons, population averaging, and atlas label transfer, has not been well–developed and demonstrated on OCT images. In this paper, we present a deformable image registration approach designed specifically for macular OCT images. The approach begins with an initial translation to align the fovea of each subject, followed by a linear rescaling to align the top and bottom retinal boundaries. Finally, the layers within the retina are aligned by a deformable registration using one-dimensional radial basis functions. The algorithm was validated using manual delineations of retinal layers in OCT images from a cohort consisting of healthy controls and patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). We show that the algorithm overcomes the shortcomings of existing generic registration methods, which cannot be readily applied to OCT images. A successful deformable image registration algorithm for macular OCT opens up a variety of population based analysis techniques that are regularly used in other imaging modalities, such as spatial normalization, statistical atlas creation, and voxel based morphometry. Examples of these applications are provided to demonstrate the potential benefits such techniques can have on our understanding of retinal disease. In particular, included is a pilot study of localized volumetric changes between healthy controls and MS patients using the proposed registration algorithm. PMID:25071959

  19. Diabetic papillopathy with macular edema treated with intravitreal ranibizumab

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    Kim, Moosang; Lee, Jang-Hun; Lee, Seung-Jun

    2013-01-01

    We report a case of diabetic papillopathy that demonstrated a resolution of optic disk swelling and rapid visual recovery when intravitreal ranibizumab was administered. A 51-year-old male presented with acute painless visual loss in his right eye. His vision was 20/320 in the right eye and 20/50 in the left eye. Fundus examination of the right eye showed nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy with macular edema and a swollen optic disk. Fluorescein angiography showed dye leakage from the right optic disk. Optical coherent tomography revealed a significant increase in retinal nerve fiber-layer thickness. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was normal. The patient received a single intravitreal ranibizumab (0.5 mg) injection. Two weeks following injection, there was marked regression of the disk swelling and improvement of macular edema, with vision improving to 20/100. Three months following injection, there was complete resolution of the optic disk swelling. No further treatment was required. PMID:24348012

  20. Morphision: A method for subjective evaluation of metamorphopsia in patients with unilateral macular pathology (i.e., full thickness macular hole and epiretinal membrane)

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    Ugarte, Marta; Shunmugam, Manoharan; Laidlaw, D Alistair H; Williamson, Tom H

    2013-01-01

    Background: Lack of clinical tests to quantify spatial components of distortion in patients with full thickness macular holes (FTMH) and epiretinal membranes (ERM). Aim: To develop a test for subjective evaluation of visual distortion in the central visual field around fixation in patients with unilateral FTMH or ERM. Settings and Design: Prospective case-control study carried out at tertiary referral center. Materials and Methods: Twenty-five patients with unilateral macular disease (13 macular epiretinal membranes, 12 full-thickness macular holes), and nine controls (without ocular pathology) underwent ophthalmological examination with logMAR ETDRS visual acuity, near vision and contrast sensitivity assessed. Macular optical coherence tomography and metamorphopsia assessment using Morphision test was also carried out. This test consists of a set of modified Amsler charts for detection, identification, and subjective quantification of visual distortion in the central visual field around fixation. Morphision test content and construct validity, and reliability (test-retest method) were evaluated. Sixteen patients completed an unstructured survey on test performance and preference. Results: Every patient with unilateral FTMH or ERM identified a particular chart using Morphision test (content validity). None of the normal subjects without symptoms of metamorphopsia identified any distortion (construct validity). Test-retest showed a 100% consistency for frequency and 67% for amplitude. The mean amplitude difference between measurements was 0.02 degrees (SD = 0.038). The coefficient of repeatability was 0.075. There was a correlation between Morphision amplitude score and visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, individually. Conclusions: Morphision test allowed detection and subjective quantification of metamorphopsia in the clinical setting in our patients with unilateral macular epiretinal membranes and full thickness macular holes. PMID:24008785

  1. Heterochronic bilateral ectopic pregnancy after ovulation induction*

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    Zhu, Bo; Xu, Gu-feng; Liu, Yi-feng; Qu, Fan; Yao, Wei-miao; Zhu, Yi-min; Gao, Hui-juan; Zhang, Dan

    2014-01-01

    Ectopic pregnancy is identified with the widely-applied assisted reproductive technology (ART). Bilateral ectopic pregnancy is a rare form of ectopic pregnancy which is difficult to be diagnosed at the pre-operation stage. In this paper, we presented an unusual case of heterochronic bilateral ectopic pregnancy after stimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI), where there has been a delay of 22 d between the diagnoses of the two ectopic pregnancies. Literature was reviewed on the occurrence of bilateral ectopic pregnancy during the past four years in the MEDLINE database. We found 16 cases of bilateral ectopic pregnancy reported since 2008, and analyzed the characteristics of those cases of bilateral ectopic pregnancy. We emphasize that ovulation induction and other ARTs may increase the risk of bilateral ectopic pregnancy. Because of the difficulty in identification of bilateral ectopic pregnancy by ultrasonography, the clinician should be aware that the treatment of one ectopic pregnancy does not preclude the occurrence of a second ectopic pregnancy in the same patient and should pay attention to the intra-operation inspection of both side fallopian tubes in any ectopic pregnancy case. PMID:25091994

  2. Measuring macular pigment optical density in vivo: a review of techniques

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    Olivia Howells; Frank Eperjesi; Hannah Bartlett

    2011-01-01

    Background  Macular pigment has been the focus of much attention in recent years, as a potential modifiable risk factor for age-related\\u000a macular degeneration. This interest has been heightened by the ability to measure macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in\\u000a vivo.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Method  A systematic literature search was undertaken to identify all available papers that have used in vivo MPOD techniques. The\\u000a papers were

  3. The guided bilateral filter: when the joint/cross bilateral filter becomes robust.

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    Caraffa, Laurent; Tarel, Jean-Philippe; Charbonnier, Pierre

    2015-04-01

    The bilateral filter and its variants, such as the joint/cross bilateral filter, are well-known edge-preserving image smoothing tools used in many applications. The reason of this success is its simple definition and the possibility of many adaptations. The bilateral filter is known to be related to robust estimation. This link is lost by the ad hoc introduction of the guide image in the joint/cross bilateral filter. We here propose a new way to derive the joint/cross bilateral filter as a particular case of a more generic filter, which we name the guided bilateral filter. This new filter is iterative, generic, inherits the robustness properties of the robust bilateral filter, and uses a guide image. The link with robust estimation allows us to relate the filter parameters with the statistics of input images. A scheme based on graduated nonconvexity is proposed, which allows converging to an interesting local minimum even when the cost function is nonconvex. With this scheme, the guided bilateral filter can handle non-Gaussian noise on the image to be filtered. A complementary scheme is also proposed to handle non-Gaussian noise on the guide image even if both are strongly correlated. This allows the guided bilateral filter to handle situations with more noise than the joint/cross bilateral filter can work with and leads to high peak signal-to-noise ratio values as shown experimentally. PMID:25585418

  4. Bilateral cataract surgery: A controlled clinical trial

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    J. K. Chung; Song Hee Park; Woo Jin Lee; Sung Jin Lee

    2009-01-01

    Purpose  To evaluate the efficacy and safety of simultaneous bilateral cataract surgery with respect to patient satisfaction, outcomes,\\u000a and complication rates.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We conducted a prospective study of consecutive patients who had simultaneous bilateral cataract surgery on the same day or\\u000a separate bilateral cataract surgery with an interval of 2 days between operations. The changes in refraction, visual acuity,\\u000a degree of anisometropia,

  5. Fibromuscular Dysplasia Presenting with Bilateral Renal Infarction

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    Doody, O., E-mail: orla_doody@hotmail.co [Alfred Hospital, Department of Radiology (Australia); Adam, W. R. [University of Melbourne and Goulburn Valley Health, School of Rural Health (Australia); Foley, P. T.; Lyon, S. M. [Alfred Hospital, Department of Radiology (Australia)

    2009-03-15

    Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) describes a group of conditions which cause nonatheromatous arterial stenoses, most commonly of the renal and carotid arteries, typically in young women. We report a rare case of bilateral segmental renal infarction secondary to FMD in a young male patient. His initial presentation with loin pain and pyrexia resulted in a delay in the definitive diagnosis of FMD. He was successfully treated with bilateral balloon angioplasty. The delayed diagnosis in this patient until the condition had progressed to bilateral renal infarcts highlights the need for prompt investigation and diagnosis of suspected cases of FMD.

  6. Bilateral symptomatic supernumerary muscle belly syndrome.

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    Abe, Yukio; Watson, H Kirk; Babigian, Alan

    2003-01-01

    A 32-year-old woman with a longstanding history of bilateral forearm pain had been unable to open her fingers and use her left arm (treated as reflex sympathetic dystrophy) since the age of 14. On physical examination there was fullness and tenderness of the distal volar forearms bilaterally; the quadriga test (when the patient was asked to make a tight fist quickly, with one finger fully extended passively) elicited burning pain. Operation confirmed that she had anomalous reversed forearm muscles bilaterally, and these were successfully resected. PMID:14649693

  7. Microcystic macular oedema in multiple sclerosis is associated with disease severity

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    Gelfand, Jeffrey M.; Nolan, Rachel; Schwartz, Daniel M.; Graves, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    Macular oedema typically results from blood–retinal barrier disruption. It has recently been reported that patients with multiple sclerosis treated with FTY-720 (fingolimod) may exhibit macular oedema. Multiple sclerosis is not otherwise thought to be associated with macular oedema except in the context of comorbid clinical uveitis. Despite a lack of myelin, the retina is a site of inflammation and microglial activation in multiple sclerosis and demonstrates significant neuronal and axonal loss. We unexpectedly observed microcystic macular oedema using spectral domain optical coherence tomography in patients with multiple sclerosis who did not have another reason for macular oedema. We therefore evaluated spectral domain optical coherence tomography images in consecutive patients with multiple sclerosis for microcystic macular oedema and examined correlations between macular oedema and visual and ambulatory disability in a cross-sectional analysis. Participants were excluded if there was a comorbidity that could account for the presence of macular oedema, such as uveitis, diabetes or other retinal disease. A microcystic pattern of macular oedema was observed on optical coherence tomography in 15 of 318 (4.7%) patients with multiple sclerosis. No macular oedema was identified in 52 healthy controls assessed over the same period. The microcystic oedema predominantly involved the inner nuclear layer of the retina and tended to occur in small, discrete patches. Patients with multiple sclerosis with microcystic macular oedema had significantly worse disability [median Expanded Disability Score Scale 4 (interquartile range 3–6)] than patients without macular oedema [median Expanded Disability Score Scale 2 (interquartile range 1.5–3.5)], P?=?0.0002. Patients with multiple sclerosis with microcystic macular oedema also had higher Multiple Sclerosis Severity Scores, a measure of disease progression, than those without oedema [median of 6.47 (interquartile range 4.96–7.98) versus 3.65 (interquartile range 1.92–5.87), P?=?0.0009]. Microcystic macular oedema occurred more commonly in eyes with prior optic neuritis than eyes without prior optic neuritis (50 versus 27%) and was associated with lower visual acuity (median logMAR acuity of 0.17 versus ?0.1) and a thinner retinal nerve fibre layer. The presence of microcystic macular oedema in multiple sclerosis suggests that there may be breakdown of the blood–retinal barrier and tight junction integrity in a part of the nervous system that lacks myelin. Microcystic macular oedema may also contribute to visual dysfunction beyond that explained by nerve fibre layer loss. Microcystic changes need to be assessed, and potentially adjusted for, in clinical trials that evaluate macular volume as a marker of retinal ganglion cell survival. These findings also have implications for clinical monitoring in patients with multiple sclerosis on sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor modulating agents. PMID:22539259

  8. Bilateral symmetry across Aphrodite Terra

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    Crumpler, L. S.; Head, J. W.; Campbell, D. B.

    1987-01-01

    There are three main highland areas on Venus: Beta Regio, Ishtar Terra and Aphrodite Terra. The latter is least known and the least mapped, yet existing analyses of Aphrodite Terra based on available Pioneer-Venus orbiter data suggest that it may be the site of extensive rifting. Some of the highest resolution (30 km) PV data (SAR) included most of the western half of Aphrodite Terra. Recent analysis of the SAR data together with Arecibo range-doppler topographic profiling (10 X 100 km horizontal and 10 m vertical resolution) across parts of Aphrodite, further characterized the nature of possible tectonic processes in the equatorial highlands. The existence of distinct topographic and radar morphologic linear discontinuities across the nearly east-west strike of Aphrodite Terra is indicated. Another prominent set of linear features is distinctly parallel to and orthogonal to the ground tracks of the PV spacecraft and are not included because of the possibility that they are artifacts. Study of the northwest trending cross-strike discontinuities (CSD's) and the nature of topographic and morphologic features along their strike suggest the presence of bilateral topographic and morphologic symmetry about the long axis of Aphrodite Terra.

  9. Visual function and serous retinal detachment in patients with branch retinal vein occlusion and macular edema: a case series

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    2011-01-01

    Background The influence of serous retinal detachment (SRD) on retinal sensitivity in patients with branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) and macular edema remains unclear. This is despite the frequent co-existence of SRD and cystoid macular edema (CME) in BRVO patients on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and the fact that CME is the most common form of macular edema secondary to BRVO. We investigated visual function (visual acuity and macular sensitivity), macular thickness, and macular volume in patients with BRVO and macular edema. Methods Fifty-three consecutive BRVO patients (26 women and 27 men) were divided into two groups based on optical coherence tomography findings. Macular function was documented by microperimetry, while macular thickness and volume were measured by OCT. Results There were 15 patients with SRD and 38 patients with CME. Fourteen of the 15 patients with SRD also had CME. Visual acuity was significantly worse in the SRD group than in the CME group (P = 0.049). Also, macular thickness and macular volume within the central 4°, 10°, and 20° fields were significantly greater in the SRD group (P = 0.008, and P = 0.007, P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, and P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively). However, macular sensitivity within the central 4°, 10°, and 20° fields was not significantly worse in the SRD group than in the CME group. Conclusions SRD itself may decrease visual acuity together with CME, because nearly all SRD patients also had CME. SRD does not seem to influence macular function on microperimetry. PMID:21943190

  10. Fetal alcohol syndrome and bilateral tibial exostoses

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    E. M. Azouz; G. Kavianian; V. M. Der Kaloustian

    1993-01-01

    Maternal exposure to alcohol during pregnancy has been associated with fetal malformations referred to as the fetal alcohol syndrome. This paper describes, for the first time, the presence of bilateral tibial exostoses in a child with FAS.

  11. Bilateral, Zero-Impedance Static Semiconductor Switch

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    Doughman, C. L.

    1968-01-01

    Static semiconductor switching circuit eliminates the undesirable features of electromechanical relays and conventional semiconductor switching circuits. There is a net zero voltage drop at the terminals and thus a zero impedance for bilateral currents there.

  12. Zoster sine herpete with bilateral ocular involvement

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    Makoto Nakamura; Masumi Tanabe; Yuko Yamada; Atsushi Azumi

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report a case of zoster sine herpete with bilateral ocular involvement.METHOD: Case report.RESULTS: A 65-year-old man showed bilateral iridocyclitis with sectoral iris atrophy and elevated intraocular pressure unresponsive to steroid treatment. No cutaneous eruption was manifest on the forehead. A target region of varicella-zoster virus DNA sequence was amplified from the aqueous sample from the left eye by

  13. Fatal bilateral pneumothoraces complicating subclavian vein catheterization.

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    Maggs, P R; Schwaber, J R

    1977-04-01

    Bilateral pneumothoraces complicating attempted bilateral subclavian vein catheterization culminated in the iatrogenic death of the patient. Complications of subclavian vein catheterization are reviewed briefly. This procedure should be limited to patients in whom its use is clearly indicated and should be performed only by individuals who are experienced in the anatomy of the region, who are trained in the technique of subclavian puncture, and who have the means and ability to perform immediate tube thoracostomy should pneumothorax occur. PMID:404118

  14. Bilateral control of teleoperators with time delay

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    Anderson, Robert J.; Spong, Mark W.

    1988-01-01

    The authors present a novel control law for teleoperators which overcomes the instability caused by time delay. By using passivity and scattering theory, a criterion is developed which shows why existing bilateral control systems are unstable for certain environments, and why the proposed bilateral control law is stable for any environment and any time delay. The control law was implemented on a single-axis force-reflecting hand controller, and preliminary results are shown.

  15. [Bilateral floating forearm: a case report].

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    Zejjari, H; Louaste, J; Chkoura, M; Rachid, K

    2011-04-01

    The combination of elbow dislocation and perilunate dislocation is rare. The prognosis of this condition depends mainly on that of the wrist. While some cases of floating forearm have been reported, no bilateral affection has -of yet- to our knowledge, been published. The authors report a case of a young patient who presented with bilateral floating forearm after a fall from a height. The treatment was surgical at the wrist. The functional result is similar to cases reported in the literature. PMID:21507701

  16. Bilateral Candida albicans dacryocystitis with facial cellulitis.

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    Codère, F; Anderson, R L

    1982-08-01

    Candida albicans rarely infects the lacrimal drainage system. This paper describes a case of bilateral C. albicans dacryocystitis following midfacial trauma. The patient presented with recurrent facial cellulitis and a fistula opening onto the cheek. The condition was controlled only after bilateral dacryocystorhinostomy along with amphotericin B therapy. This appears to be the first reported case in which the lacrimal sacs acted as a reservoir for microorganisms causing recurrent facial cellulitis. PMID:7127203

  17. Eosinophilic granuloma: bilateral temporal bone involvement.

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    Barton, Chester P; Horlbeck, Drew

    2007-06-01

    Eosinophilic granuloma is an uncommon condition that is characterized by unifocal or multifocal osteolytic lesions that often affect the skull. Unilateral lesions of the temporal bone are not uncommon, but bilateral temporal bone lesions are rare. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, fewer than 20 such cases have been reported during the past 40 years. We report a new case of bilateral temporal bone eosinophilic granuloma, and we review the disease process and its treatment. PMID:17703812

  18. Investigating the genetic and molecular basis of age-related macular degeneration 

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    Stanton, Chloe May

    2012-06-30

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting an estimated 50 million individuals aged over 65 years. Environmental and genetic risk-factors contribute to the development ...

  19. Comparison of Spectral/Fourier Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Instruments for Assessment of Normal Macular Thickness

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    Sull, Alan C.

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to report normal macular thickness measurements and assess reproducibility of retinal thickness measurements acquired by a time-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (Stratus, ...

  20. Medical prophylaxis and treatment of cystoid macular edema after cataract surgery

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    Luca Rossetti; Jayanta Chaudhuri; Kay Dickersin

    1998-01-01

    ObjectiveThe study aimed to determine the effectiveness of prophylactic medical intervention in reducing the incidence of cystoid macular edema (CME) and the effectiveness of medical treatment for chronic CME after cataract surgery.

  1. Optical coherence tomography in the preoperative and postoperative management of macular hole and epiretinal membrane

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    Goldberg, Roger A; Waheed, Nadia K; Duker, Jay S

    2014-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging plays an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of macular diseases, including those of the vitreomacular interface. OCT enables accurate diagnosis and differentiation of full thickness macular hole, lamellar macular hole and epiretinal membrane, with or without the presence of vitreomacular adhesion. This information enables earlier diagnosis and treatment when necessary, and can guide the choice of therapy. OCT is useful to facilitate discussions with patients and manage the visual expectations. Postoperatively, OCT can be helpful to optimise patient comfort and visual outcomes. As the technology continues to improve, OCT will become increasingly critical for all aspects of care for patients with macular hole and epiretinal membrane. PMID:24627250

  2. Use of Immunosuppressive Agents for Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy

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    The National Eye Institute, Laboratory of Immunology is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize immunosuppressive agents for the treatment of age related macular degeneration.

  3. A Case Report of Bilateral Mirror Clubfeet and Bilateral Hand Polydactyly

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    Nguyen, Mai P; Lawler, Ericka A; Morcuende, Jose A

    2014-01-01

    We report a rare case of a patient with bilateral mirror clubfeet and bilateral hand polydactyly. The patient presented to our orthopaedic clinic with bilateral mirror clubfeet, each with eight toes, and bilateral hands with six fingers and a hypoplastic thumb. The pattern does not fit any described syndrome such as Martin or Laurin-Sandrow syndrome. Treatments by an orthopaedic pediatric surgeon and an orthopaedic pediatric hand surgeon are described. The patient achieved excellent functional and cosmetic outcomes at four year follow-up. PMID:25328478

  4. Short-wavelength sensitive visual field loss in patients with clinically significant diabetic macular oedema

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    C. Hudson; J. G. Flanagan; G. S. Turner; H. C. Chen; L. B. Young; D. McLeod

    1998-01-01

    Summary   The aim of the study was to compare the sensitivity of short-wavelength and conventional automated static threshold perimetry\\u000a for the psychophysical detection of abnormality in patients with clinically significant diabetic macular oedema. The sample\\u000a comprised 24 patients with clinically significant diabetic macular oedema (mean age 59.75 years, range 45–75 years). One eye\\u000a of each patient was selected. Exclusion criteria

  5. Successful treatment of fingolimod-associated macular edema with intravitreal triamcinolone with continued fingolimod use.

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    Thoo, Sophie; Cugati, Sudha; Lee, Andrew; Chen, Celia

    2015-02-01

    The occurrence of macular edema as an adverse effect of fingolimod is well documented. Treatment modalities used to manage fingolimod-associated macular edema (FAME) have included nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents and sub-tenon injection. We describe two cases where intravitreal injection is used to successfully treat FAME in patients who were previously unsuccessfully treated with topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. PMID:24696055

  6. Automated Detection of Clinically Significant Macular Edema by Grid Scanning Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Sadda, Srinivas R.; Tan, Ou; Walsh, Alexander C.; Schuman, Joel S.; Varma, Rohit; Huang, David

    2007-01-01

    Objective To compare the detection of clinically significant diabetic macular edema (DME) by an optical coherence tomography (OCT) grid scanning protocol and biomicroscopic examination. Design Retrospective case series. Participants Outpatients at the Doheny Eye Institute. Methods The clinical and imaging records of a consecutive series of 71 eyes of 40 patients referred for DME who underwent OCT using the both the Macular Grid 5 (MG5) scanning protocol (to allow a more evenly distributed sampling of points in the macula) and the standard Fast Macular Thickness Map (FMTM) pattern were reviewed. An automated algorithm was developed to generate a retinal thickness map using the MG5 data, which was then compared with a normative database to identify presumed areas of retinal edema. Clinically significant macular edema (CSME) was also identified by clinical examination and stereoscopic fundus photographs for comparison with the results of the OCT protocols. Main Outcome Measures Sensitivity and specificity of scanning protocols. Results Optical coherence tomograms were inspected visually, and automatically detected retinal boundaries were found to be correct in 69 of 71 MG5 scans and in 65 of 71 FMTM scans. Macular Grid 5 scanning was performed twice in each eye, and the repeatability (pooled standard deviation) of the total area of edema was 0.48 mm2 (coefficient of variation, 6.8%). Sensitivity and specificity of the MG5 for detection of CSME relative to the clinical examination were 89% and 86%, respectively, with ? being 0.74. Macular Grid 5 and FMTM assessment of foveal CSME also showed good agreement, with ? being 0.68. Conclusions The analysis algorithm for the OCT MG5 grid scan seems to be accurate and repeatable. Automated detection of CSME by the MG5 analysis correlated well with the clinical grading and standard OCT analysis (FMTM). Macular Grid 5 provides more information regarding the perifoveal macula than FMTM and may be of value to clinicians in planning treatment and in future studies of macular edema. PMID:16647123

  7. Short-wavelength automated perimetry in patients with diabetes mellitus without macular edema

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    Andreas Remky; Anke Weber; Stefan Hendricks; Kristina Lichtenberg; Oliver Arend

    2003-01-01

    Background The short-wavelength-sensitive (SWS) cone-mediated sensitivity is a sensitive indicator of functional changes of the macula in diabetic maculopathy. This study was performed to investigate whether functional losses of the macula are detectable in patients without a significant macular edema. Methods In 45 patients with diabetes mellitus with clear optical media and no macular edema, conventional white-on-white perimetry (WWP) and

  8. Macular function and morphology in acute retinal pigment epithelitis

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    Gundogan, Fatih C; Diner, Oktay; Tas, Ahmet; Ilhan, Abdullah; Yolcu, Umit

    2014-01-01

    A 20-year-old man applied with vision loss in the left eye. Right eye examination was unremarkable. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in the left eye was 20/200. Fundus examination revealed a few yellow spots within a round-shaped macular lesion. Autofluorescence imaging showed hyperautofluorescence in the lesion. Central amplitudes in multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) were depressed. The patient reported a rhinopharyngitis 7–10 days before the visual loss. The patient was diagnosed as acute retinal pigment epithelitis. BCVA improved gradually up to 20/20 in 4 weeks. mfERG amplitudes returned to normal. A slight pigmentary distortion was the only residual fundus finding. PMID:25579361

  9. Next generation therapeutic solutions for age-related macular degeneration

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    Cunnsamy, Khrishen; Ufret-Vincenty, Rafael; Wang, Shusheng

    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the primary cause of blindness among the elderly worldwide. To date, no cure is available, and the available palliative treatments only showed limited efficacy in improving visual acuity. The etiology of AMD remains elusive but research over the past decade has uncovered characteristic features of the disease. Known as the hallmarks of AMD, these features include (A) oxidative stress and RPE cytotoxicity; (B) loss of macromolecular permeability and hydraulic conductivity: (C) inflammation; (D) choroidal neovascularization and vascular leakage; and (E) loss of neuroprotection. Recent breakthrough in understanding the pathogenesis of AMD has spawned an array of novel therapeutic agents designed to address these hallmarks. Here we review the features of AMD and highlight the most promising therapeutic and diagnostic approaches based on the patents published from 2008 to 2011. Most likely, a next generation treatment for AMD will be developed from these emerging efforts. PMID:24040506

  10. Nutritional supplements in age-related macular degeneration.

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    Schmidl, Doreen; Garhöfer, Gerhard; Schmetterer, Leopold

    2015-03-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. While with new therapies that are directed towards vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potentially efficient treatment option for the wet form of the disease has been introduced, a therapeutic regimen for dry AMD is still lacking. There is evidence from several studies that oral intake of supplements is beneficial in preventing progression of the disease. Several formulations of micronutrients are currently available. The present review focuses on the role of supplements in the treatment and prevention of AMD and sums up the current knowledge about the most frequently used micronutrients. In addition, regulatory issues are discussed, and future directions for the role of supplementation in AMD are highlighted. PMID:25586104

  11. Cystoid macular edema in a patient with Danon disease

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    Mack, Heather G

    2014-01-01

    To report a patient with Danon retinopathy with cystoid macular edema treated with topical dorzolamide 2% eye drops and oral acetazolamide. A 37-year-old Caucasian man with Danon disease treated with topical and oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors participated in the study. Examinations performed before and during treatment included visual acuity (VA), spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, and electroretinography. Following total 48 weeks of treatment, VA decreased from 20/30 OD, 20/200 OS, to 20/40 OD, CF OS. The mean central retinal thickness was unchanged from baseline 263 ?m OD, 226 ?m OS, after treatment 283 ?m OD and 202 ?m OS. In our case, carbonic anydrase inhibitors were not effective. However, a general recommendation cannot be given based on a single case. PMID:23571262

  12. Radiation Therapy for Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration

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    Kishan, Amar U. [Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (United States)] [Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Modjtahedi, Bobeck S.; Morse, Lawrence S. [Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California (United States)] [Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California (United States); Lee, Percy, E-mail: percylee@mednet.ucla.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California (United States)

    2013-03-01

    In the enormity of the public health burden imposed by age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), much effort has been directed toward identifying effective and efficient treatments. Currently, anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections have demonstrated considerably efficacy in treating neovascular ARMD, but patients require frequent treatment to fully benefit. Here, we review the rationale and evidence for radiation therapy of ARMD. The results of early photon external beam radiation therapy are included to provide a framework for the sequential discussion of evidence for the usage of stereotactic radiation therapy, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The evidence suggests that these 3 modern modalities can provide a dose-dependent benefit in the treatment of ARMD. Most importantly, preliminary data suggest that all 3 can be used in conjunction with anti-VEGF therapeutics, thereby reducing the frequency of anti-VEGF injections required to maintain visual acuity.

  13. Macular Hole Formation in Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment after Scleral Buckling

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    Byon, Ik Soo; Kwon, Han Jo; Park, Gun Hyung; Park, Sung Who

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To describe early macular hole (MH) development in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) after scleral buckling (SB) based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings. Methods The medical records and spectral domain OCT images of patients in whom MH developed after RRD repair were evaluated retrospectively. Results A postoperative MH was detected in five eyes that underwent SB during a 6-year period. All had fovea-off RRD without MH at the time of surgery. OCT showed partial loss of the inner retina with a preserved photoreceptor layer in early postoperative days. On average, 7 days (range,5 to 8 days) after surgery, outer retinal tissues disappeared, resulting in the full-thickness MH. Conclusions Serial OCT findings revealed that partial-thickness lamellar holes progressed to full-thickness MHs, which were formed by the degeneration of the outer retina in eyes with preceding loss of the glial cone in the fovea. PMID:25276077

  14. [Treatment of serous macular retinal detachment with antihistamines].

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    Kirschfeld, K

    2015-01-01

    The etiology of retinal detachment in central serous retinopathy (CSR) is unknown; however, three facts are generally accepted: (1) the serous exudate which raises the layers of the receptors/pigment epithelium is formed due to hyperpermeability in the choriocapillaries, (2) patients frequently suffer from headaches and (3) stress promotes the incidence of CSR. A high blood plasma histamine concentration can cause the abovementioned symptoms which suggests that histamine might provoke CSR. Within 1 week after administration of the antihistamine loratadin a considerable reduction in the retinal exudate and restoration of vision were observed. This supports the hypothesis that histamine could be involved in the process of retinal detachment. Further investigations and large scale clinical trials should clarify if this hypothesis can be proved or disproved and whether antihistamines can be used for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). PMID:25278347

  15. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Insights into Inflammatory Genes

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    Ragazzo, Michele; Missiroli, Filippo; Borgiani, Paola; Angelucci, Francesco; Marsella, Luigi Tonino; Cusumano, Andrea; Novelli, Giuseppe; Ricci, Federico; Giardina, Emiliano

    2014-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 8.7% of elderly people worldwide (>55 years old). AMD is characterized by a multifactorial aetiology that involves several genetic and environmental risk factors (genes, ageing, smoking, family history, dietary habits, oxidative stress, and hypertension). In particular, ageing and cigarette smoking (including oxidative compounds and reactive oxygen species) have been shown to significantly increase susceptibility to the disease. Furthermore, different genes (CFH, CFI, C2, C3, IL-6, IL-8, and ARMS2) that play a crucial role in the inflammatory pathway have been associated with AMD risk. Several genetic and molecular studies have indicated the participation of inflammatory molecules (cytokines and chemokines), immune cells (macrophages), and complement proteins in the development and progression of the disease. Taking into consideration the genetic and molecular background, this review highlights the genetic role of inflammatory genes involved in AMD pathogenesis and progression. PMID:25478207

  16. Therapeutic targets in age-related macular disease

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    Bird, Alan C.

    2010-01-01

    Age-related macular disease (AMD) accounts for more than 50% of blind registration in Western society. Patients with AMD are classified as having early disease, in which visual function is well preserved, or late disease, in which central vision is lost. Until recently, there was no therapy available by which the course of the disorder could be modified. Now, the most common form of late-stage AMD — choroidal neovascularization — responds to treatment with anti-VEGF therapies; although visual loss is modified in a portion of these cases, no therapeutic approach exists that alters the evolution from early to late disease. However, as discussed in this Review, research over the last few years has demonstrated several features of AMD that are likely to be amenable to treatment. Potential targets for treatment are described, and possible therapeutic approaches are discussed. PMID:20811159

  17. Macular function and morphology in acute retinal pigment epithelitis.

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    Gundogan, Fatih C; Diner, Oktay; Tas, Ahmet; Ilhan, Abdullah; Yolcu, Umit

    2014-12-01

    A 20-year-old man applied with vision loss in the left eye. Right eye examination was unremarkable. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in the left eye was 20/200. Fundus examination revealed a few yellow spots within a round-shaped macular lesion. Autofluorescence imaging showed hyperautofluorescence in the lesion. Central amplitudes in multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) were depressed. The patient reported a rhinopharyngitis 7-10 days before the visual loss. The patient was diagnosed as acute retinal pigment epithelitis. BCVA improved gradually up to 20/20 in 4 weeks. mfERG amplitudes returned to normal. A slight pigmentary distortion was the only residual fundus finding. PMID:25579361

  18. [Visual fixation features after treatment of exudative age macular degeneration].

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    Surguch, V K; Surnina, Z V; Sizova, M V

    2011-01-01

    Changes of visual fixation in patients with choroidal neovascularitation (CNV) associated with age macular degeneration (AMD) after bevacizumab are studied. 45 patients (45 eyes) with active CNV treated with intravitreal bevacizumab were enrolled into the study. Visual fixation was studied before and 3-6 months after treatment using original method that included fundus foto and fluorescein angiography. Fixation relative to fovea and lesion was evaluated. Foveal fixation beyond lesion was found in 9%, foveal fixation within lesion--in 47%, extrafoveal fixation beyond lesion--in 18%, extrafoveal fixation within lesion--in 26% of patients. Changes of fixation localization after treatment was found in 24% patients. Examination of visual fixation may be useful for prognosis of anti-VEGF treatment efficacy in patients with CNV. PMID:21721271

  19. Age-related macular degeneration – clinical review and genetics update

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    Ratnapriya, R; Chew, E Y

    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of central vision impairment in persons over the age of 50 years in developed countries. Both genetic and non-genetic (environmental) factors play major roles in AMD etiology, and multiple gene variants and lifestyle factors such as smoking have been associated with the disease. While dissecting the basic etiology of the disease remains a major challenge, current genetic knowledge has provided opportunities for improved risk assessment, molecular diagnosis and clinical testing of genetic variants in AMD treatment and management. This review addresses the potential of translating the wealth of genetic findings for improved risk prediction and therapeutic intervention in AMD patients. Finally, we discuss the recent advancement in genetics and genomics and the future prospective of personalized medicine in AMD patients. PMID:23713713

  20. Fundus autofluorescence imaging of patients with idiopathic macular hole

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    Teke, Mehmet Yasin; Cakar-Ozdal, Pinar; ?en, Emine; Elgin, Ufuk; Nalcac?oglu-Yuksekkaya, Pinar; Ozturk, Faruk

    2013-01-01

    AIM To investigate the role of fundus autofluorescence (FAF) both in the diagnosis and the preoperative and postoperative evaluation of patients with idiopathic macular hole (MH). METHODS Forty eyes of 40 patients diagnosed as idiopathic MH between May 2010 and May 2011 were included in this retrospective study. All patients underwent full ophthalmologic examinations and imagings including fluorescein angiography, fundus autofluorescence (FAF) and optical coherence tomography. Thirty of these patients underwent MH surgery. FAF findings were associated with duration of symptoms, visual acuity at presentation, stage of MH, and postoperative anatomical correction. RESULTS The mean duration of patients' symptoms was 3.8±2.0 (1–9) months. The MH was stage 2 in 4 (10%), stage 3 in 24 (60%) and stage 4 in 12 (30%) eyes. The median preoperative best corrected visual acuity was 20/200 (between 20/800 and 20/100). Twenty-eight of cases (70%) showed a stellate appearance with dark radiating striae. Having a visual acuity ?20/200 was significantly more common in eyes with stellate appearance (P<0.001). The mean duration of symptoms was significantly shorter in eyes with stellate appearance (2.75±0.8 vs 6.33±1.61 months) (P<0.001). The frequency of stage 4 MH was significantly higher in eyes with non-stellate appearance (P<0.001). Anatomical correction of MH was achieved in 91.3% (21/23) of eyes with stellate appearance and 71.4% (5/7) of eyes without this appearance (P=0.225). CONCLUSION Stellate appearance in FAF is associated with earlier stages of macular hole, better visual acuity at presentation, shorter duration of symptoms, thus more favorable prognosis. PMID:24195050

  1. A new colour vision arrangement test to detect functional changes in diabetic macular oedema

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    Maar, N; Tittl, M; Stur, M; Zajic, B; Reitner, A

    2001-01-01

    AIM—A study was undertaken to investigate the correlation between colour discrimination tests and the presence of macular oedema in patients with type I diabetes to find a sensitive diagnostic tool for the detection of early functional changes.?METHODS—The study was performed in 39 type I diabetic patients, 10 with and 29 without macular oedema. The examination included biomicroscopy, fundus photography of the macula, videofluorescein angiography, the LogMAR visual acuity chart, Farnsworth-Lanthony desaturated D-15 test, and the new Mollon-Reffin "Minimalist" test for colour vision deficiencies version 6.0.?RESULTS—A highly significant correlation was found between the tritan value of the Mollon test and the presence of clinically significant macular oedema (p<0.0015), with a high sensitivity (88.9%) and specificity (93.3%). The DD-15 test was not significant (p=0.345) and showed low sensitivity for the presence of macular oedema (36%). All variables concerning the grading of macular oedema showed a highly significant association with the tritan values of the Mollon test (p<0.0001).?CONCLUSION—The results suggest that the Mollon-Reffin "Minimalist" test version 6.0 is the best colour discrimination test for detecting macular oedema, with higher specificity and sensitivity than the other methods used in the study.?? PMID:11133711

  2. Cataract surgery and the development or progression of age-related macular degeneration: a systematic review.

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    Bockelbrink, Angelina; Roll, Stephanie; Ruether, Klaus; Rasch, Andrej; Greiner, Wolfgang; Willich, Stefan N

    2008-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration and cataract are the most frequent eye disorders of elderly people worldwide. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of cataract surgery on the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration. Data were collected by means of a systematic literature search in 28 databases and an additional update in Pubmed. Search results were evaluated using pre-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria. All relevant publications were rated in terms of scientific quality and analyzed regarding their results. The literature search generated a total of 2,827 hits. Seven publications on five observational studies and two non-randomized clinical trials were eligible for analysis. The observational studies provided some evidence for an increased incidence of late age-related macular degeneration, respectively, for a promoting influence of cataract surgery on the progression of early types of age-related macular degeneration. The clinical trials did yield inconsistent results. In conclusion, only a small number of published studies investigated the development or progression of age-related macular degeneration following cataract surgery. The scientific level of evidence of these articles was not high and results were inconsistent, nevertheless a promoting influence of cataract surgery on the progression of early age-related macular degeneration can be assumed. PMID:18572053

  3. Aqueous flare and inflammatory factors in macular edema with central retinal vein occlusion: a case series

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    2013-01-01

    Background The association of inflammatory factors and the aqueous flare value with macular edema in central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) patients remains unclear. We investigated the relations between the aqueous flare value and vitreous levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in patients with CRVO and macular edema or patients with idiopathic macular hole (MH). Methods In 38 patients who underwent unilateral vitrectomy (21 CRVO patients and 17 MH patients), vitreous samples were obtained during vitrectomy to measure VEGF, sICAM-1, and IL-6. Retinal ischemia was evaluated from capillary non-perfusion on fluorescein angiography, and the CRVO patients were classified into nonischemic or ischemic groups. Aqueous flare values were measured with a laser flare meter and macular edema was examined by optical coherence tomography. Results The median aqueous flare value increased significantly across the three groups (MH group?macular edema in the CRVO group. Conclusions Inflammation and/or ischemia may increase vascular permeability and disrupt the blood-aqueous barrier by increasing levels of inflammatory factors in patients with CRVO and macular edema. PMID:24325604

  4. Macular Edema After Cataract Surgery In Eyes Without Pre-operative Central-involved Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Baker, Carl W.; Almukhtar, Talat; Bressler, Neil M.; Glassman, Adam R.; Grover, Sandeep; Kim, Stephen J.; Murtha, Timothy J.; Rauser, Michael E.; Stockdale, Cynthia

    2014-01-01

    Objective To estimate the incidence of central-involved macular edema (ME)16 weeks following cataract surgery in eyes with diabetic retinopathy (DR) without definite central-involved diabetic macular edema (DME) preoperatively. Methods In a multicenter, prospective, observational study, participants (N = 293) with DR without definite OCT central subfield (CSF) thickening underwent cataract surgery. The primary outcome was development of central-involved ME defined as; (1) OCT CSF thickness ? 250?m (time domain) or ? 310?m (spectral domain) with ?1 step increase in logOCT CSF thickness pre-operative to the 16-week visit; (2) ?2-step increase in logOCT CSF pre-operative to 16-week visit; or (3) non-topical treatment for ME received before the 16-week visit with either of the OCT criteria met at the time of treatment. Results Median participant age was 64 years with median visual acuity letter score of 69 (Snellen equivalent 20/40). Forty-four percent of eyes had history of prior treatment for DME. Sixteen weeks postoperatively, central-involved ME was noted in 0% (95%CI: 0-20%) of 17 eyes with no pre-operative DME. Of eyes with non-central involved DME, 10% (95%CI: 5-18%) of 97 eyes without central involved DME and 12% (95%CI: 7-19%) of 147 eyes with possible central involved DME at baseline progressed to central-involved ME. History of DME treatment was significantly associated with central-involved ME development (P<0.001). Conclusion In eyes with DR without concurrent central-involved DME, presence of non-central DME immediately prior to cataract surgery, or history of DME treatment, may increase risk of developing central-involved ME 16 weeks after cataract extraction. PMID:23599174

  5. COMPARISON OF BILATERAL VERSUS UNILATERAL VARICOCELECTOMY IN MEN WITH PALPABLE BILATERAL VARICOCELES

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    DOUGLAS SCHERR; MARC GOLDSTEIN

    1999-01-01

    PurposeThe left varicocele is usually larger in men with bilateral varicoceles. We hypothesized that most of the benefit of varicocelectomy would derive from repair of the larger varicocele. To test this hypothesis we prospectively compared the effect of unilateral versus bilateral microsurgical varicocelectomy in men with large (grade III) or moderate (II) left varicocele associated with small but palpable (I)

  6. Bilateral renal cell carcinoma with bilateral synchronous adrenal gland metastases - a case report.

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    Hadzi-Djokic, J; Andrejevic, Vladan; Pejcic, T; Djurasic, L; Acimovic, M; Dzamic, Z

    2014-02-01

    The authors reported a case of a 52-year-old patient with bilateral synchronous renal cell carcinoma synchronously disseminated in adrenal glands is presented. The patient underwent surgical treatment: radical nephrectomy on the right side, bilateral adrenectomie on the right and partial nephrectomy on the left side. Five years after surgery, patient is in complete remission. PMID:24670342

  7. Association between Microperimetric Parameters and Optical Coherent Tomographic Findings in Various Macular Diseases

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    Kim, Dong Yoon; Yang, Hyun Seung; Kook, Yoon Jun

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To analyze the correlation between microperimetric parameters and optical coherent tomographic findings in the eyes of patients with macular diseases. Methods A total of 64 eyes were included in this retrospective cross-sectional study. Differences in the macular integrity index and microperimetric parameters were analyzed according to types of outer retinal band defects. Correlations between average threshold values and retinal thickness in the corresponding areas were analyzed. Finally, microperimetric parameters were compared between inner and outer retinal lesions. Results Measures of best-corrected visual acuity, macular integrity index, and average threshold values were significantly worse in eyes with defects in the ellipsoid portion of the photoreceptor inner segment (ISe), the cone outer segment tip (COST), and the external limiting membrane (ELM) than in eyes without ISe, COST, and ELM defects. Also, visual functionality is more significantly impacted by ELM defects than by other hyper-reflective band defects. There was a significant negative correlation between retinal thickness and the average threshold of the corresponding area in the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study grid. Microperimetric parameters in the eyes of patients with inner retinal lesions were better than in the eyes of patients with outer retinal lesions. Conclusions The macular integrity index may be a useful factor for reflecting the functional aspects of macular diseases. Specifically, ELM, ISe, and COST defects are significantly associated with poor retinal sensitivity and macular integrity index values that suggest abnormalities. Among eyes with these particular defects, the visual functionality of patients is most sensitively impacted by ELM defects. This finding suggests that microperimetric parameters are sensitive and useful for evaluating functional abnormalities in the eyes of patients with macular disease, particularly in patients with outer retinal pathology. PMID:25829825

  8. Bilateral Facial Nerve Palsy: A Diagnostic Dilemma

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    Pothiawala, Sohil; Lateef, Fatimah

    2012-01-01

    Introduction. Bilateral facial nerve palsy (FNP) is a rare condition, representing less than 2% of all cases of FNP. Majority of these patients have underlying medical conditions, ranging from neurologic, infectious, neoplastic, traumatic, or metabolic disorders. Objective. The differential diagnosis of its causes is extensive and hence can present as a diagnostic challenge. Emergency physicians should be aware of these various diagnostic possibilities, some of which are potentially fatal. Case Report. We report a case of a 43-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with sequential bilateral facial nerve paralysis which could not be attributed to any particular etiology and, hence, presented a diagnostic dilemma. Conclusion. We reinforce the importance of considering the range of differential diagnosis in all cases presenting with bilateral FNP. These patients warrant admission and prompt laboratory and radiological investigation for evaluation of the underlying cause and specific further management as relevant. PMID:23326715

  9. Bilateral Supernumerary Kidney: A Very Rare Presentation

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    Keskin, Suat; Batur, Abdussamet; Keskin, Zeynep; Koc, Abdulkadir; Firat Ozcan, Irfan

    2014-01-01

    To our knowledge, bilateral supernumerary kidney is a very rare renal abnormality and there are five cases presented in the literature. It is difficult to diagnose supernumerary kidney and clinicians have not detected most cases preoperatively. Laboratory and imaging studies were acquired and carefully examined. The normal laboratory tests were found. Emergency ultrasonography was performed and they revealed no signs of parenchymal abnormality in both kidneys. Serial imaging study including enhanced computed tomography (CT) was performed. An imaging study identified bilateral supernumerary kidney with expanded collecting systems. On each side, significant rotation anomaly was found. In addition, there were two different renal arteries originating from the aorta. This report presents radiological determinations of supernumerary kidney bilaterally in a young man. We think that CT commonly appears to be enough for the diagnosis of supernumerary kidneys.

  10. Bilateral self-inflicted infectious dacryoadenitis.

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    Latasiewicz, Marta; Chang-Sotomayor, Meilin; Alonso-Caldarelli, Claudia; Farias-Plazas, Fabian; Leszczynska, Anna; Gonzalez-Candial, Miguel

    2014-12-01

    The aim of this report is to present a case of a patient with bilateral lacrimal gland abscesses in the course of dacryoadenitis. A 45-year-old female patient with a long history of cocaine abuse presented with bilateral bacterial dacryoadenitis and upper lid inflammation with purulent discharge from a palpebral wound of the right upper lid. The diagnosis was confirmed with microbiology culture and an orbital CT scan, which revealed lacrimal gland abscesses. The patient admitted to vigorous eye scratching, which we believe was the mechanism responsible for the process. The infection resolved on targeted antibiotic therapy. This is the first reported case of bilateral infectious dacryoadenitis produced in a self-inflicted mechanism in a cocaine addict. PMID:25208047

  11. Bilateral control of teleoperators with time delay

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    Anderson, Robert J.; Spong, Mark W.

    1989-01-01

    A control law for teleoperators is presented which overcomes the instability caused by time delay. By using passivity and scattering theory, a criterion is developed which shows why existing bilateral control systems are unstable for certain environments, and why the proposed bilateral control law is stable for any environment and any time delay. The control law has been implemented on a single-axis force-reflecting hand controller, and preliminary results are shown. To keep the presentation clear, a 1-DOF linear time-invariant teleoperator system is discussed. Nevertheless, the results can be extended without loss of generality to an n-DOF nonlinear teleoperation system.

  12. Bilateral Hypertrophic Olivary Degeneration in Wilson Disease

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    Guenther, Peter; Hoffmann, Karl-Titus

    2013-01-01

    Hypertrophic olivary degeneration resulting from lesions of the dento-rubro-olivary pathway, also called Guillain-Mollaret-triangle, has been described previously in a number of cases. Reports about bilateral hypertrophic olivary degeneration of the inferior olivary nuclei are very limited, and the magnetic resonance imaging findings of hypertrophic olivary degeneration in Wilson disease have not yet been described to the best of our knowledge. Herein, we present the first report of bilateral hypertrophic olivary degeneration diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging in a patient suffering from Wilson disease. PMID:23482821

  13. Bilateral orbital varices: an approach to management.

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    Tsai, Andrew S H; Fong, Kee Siew; Lim, Winston; Al Jajeh, Issam; Chuah, Chin Tek; Rootman, Jack

    2008-01-01

    The authors report a case of bilateral orbital varices in a 19-year-old man with a 7-year history of intermittent left proptosis and dystopia. CT demonstrated enhancing lesions with phleboliths and gadolinium-enhanced MRI showed characteristic hyperintense lesions. The asymptomatic right lesion was treated conservatively; the left lesion was excised following intralesional injection of cyanoacrylate. Bilaterality in orbital varices may not be obvious clinically and only diagnosed radiologically. A multidisciplinary approach involving the ophthalmologist and interventional radiologist using intraoperative fluoroscopy enabled accurate characterization, delineation, embolizationm, and excision of the lesion with good hemostatic control. PMID:19033851

  14. Moxifloxacin and bilateral acute iris transillumination

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    2013-01-01

    Recent publications have alerted clinicians to a syndrome of uveitic transilluminating iris depigmentation associated with systemic fluoroquinolones and other antibiotics. Bilateral acute iris transillumination, which is associated with loss of the iris pigment epithelium and results in iris transillumination, differs from the previously described bilateral acute depigmentation of the iris, which is associated with atrophy of the iris stroma without transillumination. We present a case of fluoroquinolone-associated uveitis with anterior segment optical coherence tomography imaging to highlight some observations about this syndrome. We interpret pharmacokinetic data to help explain why oral, but not topical, moxifloxacin may cause fluoroquinolone-associated uveitis. PMID:23514193

  15. Generalized bilateral control of robot arms

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    Bejczy, A. K.; Lee, S.

    1984-01-01

    This paper summarizes the theory of a new form of bilateral or force-reflecting manual control of remote robot (slave) arms. The mathematics of workspace representation, command structure, kinematic and dynamic control coordination required for implementing the new form of generalized bilateral control through computer programs is presented. The paper concludes with a brief description of implementation organization of the new system using a six-degree-of-freedom backdrivable hand controller, a PUMA 560 robot arm and a distributed net of microcomputers organized in two groups: one at the remote work site and one at the control station.

  16. Bilateral vision loss responsive to corticosteroids.

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    Lee, Michele D; Song, Brian J; Odel, Jeffrey G; Sadun, Alfredo A

    2013-01-01

    A 48-year-old woman presented with painless bilateral vision loss that began in the left eye and responded to steroids, followed by vision loss in the right eye one day after completing her steroid taper. Diagnosis was complicated by a positive screening test for Leber hereditary optic neuropathy and a negative workup for demyelinating disease. Steroid-dependent optic neuropathies such as autoimmune optic neuropathy and chronic relapsing inflammatory optic neuropathy were considered in the differential. Seven months after initial presentation, the patient developed a new periventricular white matter lesion, lesions on her cervical and thoracic spinal cord, bilateral leg weakness, and sensory loss consistent with multiple sclerosis. PMID:23153758

  17. Bilateral Hypertensive Retinopathy Complicated with Retinal Neovascularization: Panretinal Photocoagulation or Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Treatment?

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    Georgiadis, Odysseas; Kabanarou, Stamatina A.; Batsos, Georgios; Feretis, Elias; Xirou, Tina

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To present the case of a patient with bilateral hypertensive retinopathy complicated with retinal neovascularization who received anti-VEGF intravitreal injection in one eye and panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) in the fellow eye. Methods A 33-year-old male patient presented with gradual visual loss in both eyes for the last 5 months. At that time, he was examined by an ophthalmologist and occlusive retinopathy due to malignant systematic hypertension was diagnosed. He was put on antihypertensive treatment but no ophthalmic treatment was undertaken. At presentation, 5 months later, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.1 in the right eye (RE) and 0.9 in the left eye (LE). Fundus examination was compatible with hypertensive retinopathy complicated with retinal neovascularization. Fluorescein angiography (FFA) revealed macular ischemia mainly in the RE and large areas of peripheral retinal ischemia and neovascularization with vascular leakage in both eyes. The patient was treated with two anti-VEGF (ranibizumab) injections with 2 months interval in the RE and PRP laser in the LE. Results Follow-up examination after 12 months showed mild improvement in BCVA, and FFA documented regression of retinal neovascularization in both eyes. Conclusion Hypertensive retinopathy can be rarely complicated with retinal neovascularization. Treatment with PRP can be undertaken. In our case, the use of an intravitreal anti-VEGF agent seemed to halt its progression satisfactorily. PMID:25232335

  18. Chromatin and transcriptional regulators act in a cascade to establish a bilateral asymmetry of the C. elegans nervous system

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    Nakano, Shunji, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2011-01-01

    Neuroanatomical bilateral asymmetry is a widespread feature in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Although mostly bilaterally symmetric, the nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans displays bilateral asymmetry. Bilateral ...

  19. Reflection-based imaging of macular pigment distributions in infants and children

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    Sharifzadeh, Mohsen; Bernstein, Paul S.; Gellermann, Werner

    2013-01-01

    Abstract. We have developed a reflection-based capability of the RetCam® platform, an FDA-cleared pediatric retinal-imaging instrument, for the purpose of measuring macular pigment levels as well as their spatial distributions in infants and children. Our modifications include narrow-band blue-wavelength excitation of the macular pigment absorption in combination with spectrally selective blue-wavelength readout of the reflection signals received by the instrument’s CCD detector array. Furthermore, an algorithm is developed that allows the computation of optical density maps for the macular pigment relative to peripheral retinal areas. This made it possible for the first time to directly measure macular pigment levels and their spatial features in the developing human retina. In contrast to adults, infants with measurable pigment levels had almost exclusively a narrow, circularly symmetric, pigment distribution. The described methodology holds promise for future investigations into the role of macular pigment in the developing human retina and the effect of dietary interventions in diseases resulting from a lack of normal carotenoid levels. PMID:24196405

  20. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography documented rapid resolution of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema with topical difluprednate

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    Chalam, KV; Khetpal, Vijay; Patel, Chirag J

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Pseudophakic cystoid macular edema is a common cause of poor vision after cataract surgery, and topical corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used for its treatment. We investigated the effectiveness of difluprednate (Durezol®, recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration) in the treatment of cystoid macular edema, assisted with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Case report A 63-year-old African-American woman presented 6 weeks after uneventful cataract surgery in her left eye with decreased vision and associated distortion of the central visual field. Fluorescein angiogram and SD-OCT confirmed pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. Difluprednate was topically administered twice daily and monitored with serial imaging. Resolution was noted after 1 month of topical therapy, with improvement in visual acuity and resolution of distortion. Conclusion Difluprednate is an effective treatment for patients with severe pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. SD-OCT allows the physician to monitor resolution of the macular edema easily. PMID:22291458

  1. The development and evolution of full thickness macular hole in highly myopic eyes.

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    Lin, C-W; Ho, T-C; Yang, C-M

    2015-03-01

    PurposeTo evaluate the morphological changes before and after the formation of a full-thickness macular hole (MH) in highly myopic eyes.Patients and methodsRetrospective observational case series. From 2006 to 2013, clinical records of patients with MH and high myopia who had optical coherence tomography (OCT) before the development of MH were reviewed. All patients had been followed for more than 1 year since MH formation to observe the morphological changes.ResultsTwenty-six eyes of 24 patients were enrolled. The initial OCT images could be classified into four types: (1) normal foveal depression with abnormal vitreo-retinal relationship (eight cases), (2) macular schisis without detachment (six cases), (3) macular schisis with concomitant/subsequent detachment (nine cases), and (4) macular atrophy with underlying/adjacent scar (three cases). After MH formation, one case in type 1 and one case in type 4 group developed retinal detachment (RD). In type 2 group, four cases developed RD at the same time of MH formation. The preexisting detachment in type 3 group extended in eight cases and improved in one case. Among all the cases, 14 eyes received vitrectomy and 7 eyes received gas injection. MH sealed in nine eyes after vitrectomy and four eyes by gas injection.ConclusionThe study revealed four pathways of MH formation in highly myopic eyes. MH from macular schisis tended to be associated with detachment. However, the evolution and the results of surgical intervention were not always predictable. PMID:25572579

  2. Treatment and functional outcome of patients with cystoid macular edema: a single-center experience.

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    Taraborelli, Mara; Cavazzana, Ilaria; Fredi, Micaela; Airò, Paolo; Nascimbeni, Giuseppe; Tincani, Angela; Franceschini, Franco

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to describe a single-center experience in the treatment and follow-up of cystoid macular edema patients. Clinical records of all patients with cystoid macular edema followed up in the Rheumatologic and Ophthalmological Unit of our center between 1993 and 2013 were retrospectively evaluated. The outcome was assessed by visual acuity and optical coherence tomography status during follow-up. Comparisons were made by Fisher's exact test (p?macular edema. At the end of follow-up, 50 % of patients showed a significant visual loss, while 88 % did not present macular edema. In our small cohort, interferon-? is the most promising drug in contrasting visual acuity loss in cystoid macular edema. Visual prognosis remains severe in these patients. PMID:25028250

  3. The distribution of unique green wavelengths and its relationship to macular pigment density.

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    Welbourne, Lauren E; Thompson, Peter G; Wade, Alex R; Morland, Antony B

    2013-01-01

    Monochromatic unique green (UG) is more variable across the population than any other unique hue. Some researchers have reported that this broad distribution of UG settings is bimodal and that the distribution results from the superposition of two or more subpopulations. We have investigated this claim using a Wright colorimeter to measure the unique green wavelength of 58 participants and we have analyzed previous unique green literature by applying a rigorous statistical test to historical datasets. We have also explored the possibility that individual differences in macular pigment density may be responsible for the variation in unique green wavelength. Our results indicate that unique green wavelengths in our population are distributed unimodally and are correlated positively with macular pigment density; individuals with a higher density of macular pigment select longer wavelengths of light as unique green than individuals with a lower density of macular pigment. We model this effect using simulations of monochromatic unique green matching to broadband illuminations and show that matches in the region at approximately 500 nm exhibit particularly high variance both with respect to macular pigment density and also with respect to the precise shape of the broadband reference exemplar spectrum. PMID:23863508

  4. Bilateral Synergy: A Framework for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

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    Sainburg, RL; Good, D; Przybyla, A

    2014-01-01

    Background Unilateral stroke produces debilitating deficits in voluntary control in the contralesional arm, and significant motor coordination deficits in the ipsilesional arm. In addition, patients tend to avoid bilateral arm patterns and during performance of activities of daily living. Nevertheless, upper extremity physical rehabilitation predominantly focuses on motor training activities with only the paretic arm. This can be limiting because of persistent deficits in the ipsilesional arm, and because of the tendency of patients to avoid spontaneous bilateral arm patterns. Proposition Rehabilitation should focus on bilateral training to advance recovery of function in both arms of stroke patients, as well as to facilitate spontaneous bilateral arm use. This paper reviews the rationale for this approach, citing evidence for significant hemisphere specific bilateral motor deficits in stroke patients, which affect both the contralesional and the ipsilesional arm. The rationale for, and advantages of, training both arms simultaneously through bilateral tasks is reviewed. Although bilateral training has been employed to treat stroke patients previously, this has tended to focus on bimanual ‘coupling’ as a rationale for performing parallel, but not cooperative bilateral tasks. Bilateral synergy provides a more functional framework for structuring post-stroke upper extremity rehabilitation. Conclusion Bilateral synergy may be causally linked to spontaneous bilateral arm use, suggesting that rehabilitation should be focused on bilateral cooperative tasks, such as bilateral object transport. Further research is required to determine whether this approach could be efficacious for patients with hemiparesis, and whether both left and right hemisphere strokes can benefit from such intervention. PMID:24729985

  5. Visual acuity and foveal thickness after vitrectomy for macular edema associated with branch retinal vein occlusion: a case series

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    Hidetaka Noma; Hideharu Funatsu; Tatsuya Mimura; Shuichiro Eguchi; Katsunori Shimada

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The mechanism by which vitrectomy improves macular edema in patients with branch retinal vein occlusion remains unclear, although intraocular levels of vascular endothelial growth factor have been suggested to influence the visual prognosis and macular edema. METHODS: A series of 54 consecutive patients (54 eyes) with branch retinal vein occlusion was studied prospectively. All patients underwent pars plana vitrectomy

  6. Quantitative assessment of macular thickness in normal subjects and patients with diabetic retinopathy by scanning retinal thickness analyser

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    Yusuke Oshima; Kazuyuki Emi; Shigeki Yamanishi; Masanobu Motokura

    1999-01-01

    AIMSTo evaluate the scanning retinal thickness analyser (RTA), a novel non-invasive imaging instrument, in diagnosing and quantitatively characterising diabetic macular oedema, and to investigate the relation between central macula thickness measured by RTA and other clinical examinations.METHODSCentral macular thickness was measured using the RTA in 40 normal subjects and 60 patients with diabetic retinopathy. The reproducibility of the retinal thickness

  7. Macular blood flow during pregnancy in patients with early diabetic retinopathy measured by blue-field entoptic simulation

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    Timo Hellstedt; Risto Kaaja; Kari Teramo; Ilkka Immonen

    1996-01-01

    • Purpose: To study macular capillary blood flow velocity during pregnancy and postpartum in diabetic women with minimal diabetic retinopathy. • Methods: Macular capillary blood velocity was measured using the blue-field entoptic simulation technique in 17 type I diabetic pregnant women with minimal background retinopathy and 10 healthy pregnant women at the 12th and 32nd–36th weeks of pregnancy and 3

  8. Seven New Loci Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of blindness in older individuals. To accelerate understanding of AMD biology and help design new therapies, we executed a collaborative genomewide association study, examining >17,100 advanced AMD cases and >60,000 controls of European and Asian ancestry. We identified 19 genomic loci associated with AMD with p<5×10?8 and enriched for genes involved in regulation of complement activity, lipid metabolism, extracellular matrix remodeling and angiogenesis. Our results include 7 loci reaching p<5×10?8 for the first time, near the genes COL8A1/FILIP1L, IER3/DDR1, SLC16A8, TGFBR1, RAD51B, ADAMTS9/MIR548A2, and B3GALTL. A genetic risk score combining SNPs from all loci displayed similar good ability to distinguish cases and controls in all samples examined. Our findings provide new directions for biological, genetic and therapeutic studies of AMD. PMID:23455636

  9. Ocular surface temperature in age-related macular degeneration.

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    Sodi, Andrea; Matteoli, Sara; Giacomelli, Giovanni; Finocchio, Lucia; Corvi, Andrea; Menchini, Ugo

    2014-01-01

    Background. The aim of this study is to investigate the ocular thermographic profiles in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) eyes and age-matched controls to detect possible hemodynamic abnormalities, which could be involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. Methods. 32 eyes with early AMD, 37 eyes with atrophic AMD, 30 eyes affected by untreated neovascular AMD, and 43 eyes with fibrotic AMD were included. The control group consisted of 44 healthy eyes. Exclusion criteria were represented by any other ocular diseases other than AMD, tear film abnormalities, systemic cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes mellitus, and a body temperature higher than 37.5°C. A total of 186 eyes without pupil dilation were investigated by infrared thermography (FLIR A320). The ocular surface temperature (OST) of three ocular points was calculated by means of an image processing technique from the infrared images. Two-sample t-test and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) test were used for statistical analyses. Results. ANOVA analyses showed no significant differences among AMD groups (P value?>0.272). OST in AMD patients was significantly lower than in controls (P > 0.05). Conclusions. Considering the possible relationship between ocular blood flow and OST, these findings might support the central role of ischemia in the pathogenesis of AMD. PMID:25436140

  10. Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Genetics and Biology Coming Together

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    Fritsche, Lars G.; Fariss, Robert N.; Stambolian, Dwight; Abecasis, Gonçalo R.; Curcio, Christine A.

    2014-01-01

    Genetic and genomic studies have enhanced our understanding of complex neurodegenerative diseases that exert a devastating impact on individuals and society. One such disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a major cause of progressive and debilitating visual impairment. Since the pioneering discovery in 2005 of complement factor H (CFH) as a major AMD susceptibility gene, extensive investigations have confirmed 19 additional genetic risk loci, and more are anticipated. In addition to common variants identified by now-conventional genome-wide association studies, targeted genomic sequencing and exome-chip analyses are uncovering rare variant alleles of high impact. Here, we provide a critical review of the ongoing genetic studies and of common and rare risk variants at a total of 20 susceptibility loci, which together explain 40–60% of the disease heritability but provide limited power for diagnostic testing of disease risk. Identification of these susceptibility loci has begun to untangle the complex biological pathways underlying AMD pathophysiology, pointing to new testable paradigms for treatment. PMID:24773320

  11. Interocular Symmetry in Macular Choroidal Thickness in Children

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

    2014-01-01

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

  12. Microcystic macular edema detection in retina OCT images

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    Swingle, Emily K.; Lang, Andrew; Carass, Aaron; Ying, Howard S.; Calabresi, Peter A.; Prince, Jerry L.

    2014-03-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful imaging tool that is particularly useful for exploring retinal abnormalities in ophthalmological diseases. Recently, it has been used to track changes in the eye associated with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) where certain tissue layer thicknesses have been associated with disease progression. A small percentage of MS patients also exhibit what has been called microcystic macular edema (MME), where uid collections that are thought to be pseudocysts appear in the inner nuclear layer. Very little is known about the cause of this condition so it is important to be able to identify precisely where these pseudocysts occur within the retina. This identi cation would be an important rst step towards furthering our understanding. In this work, we present a detection algorithm to nd these pseudocysts and to report on their spatial distribution. Our approach uses a random forest classi er trained on manual segmentation data to classify each voxel as pseudocyst or not. Despite having a small sample size of ve subjects, the algorithm correctly identi es 84.6% of pseudocysts as compared to manual delineation. Finally, using our method, we show that the spatial distribution of pseudocysts within the macula are generally contained within an annulus around the fovea.

  13. Macular injury by an Nd:YAG rangefinder

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    Roider, Johann; Buesgen, Patrick; Hoerauf, Hans; Laqua, Horst; Birngruber, Reginald

    1999-06-01

    The authors report the clinical findings of a civilian patient who unintentionally looked into the laser beam of a British range finder, obtained on the black market. The patient was investigated by fluorescein angiography. Indocyanine green angiography (ICG) and microperimetry both in the acute stage (2 hours) and four weeks later. Hundred mg prednisone tapered over 9 days was prescribed. Additionally 50 ?g tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) and 0.5 ml pure C2F6 were injected in the vitreous. In the acute phase hemorrhage was located beneath the retina, primarily beneath the retinal pigment epithelium. Retinal defects as seen initially over the subretinal blood, were reduced after four weeks, but a retinal defect ranging from the lasered site towards the fovea remained. Visual acuity slightly increased from 20/100 to 20/63. ICG showed a large hypofluorescent spot in the macula. The technical parameters of the range finder were: Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm), pulse duration 10 ns, beam divergence 1.5 mrad, energy 10 mJ. A range finder can produce severe macular injury. The primary laser tissue interaction mechanism seems to be explosive disruption of choroidal tissue. Intravitral injection of TPA and C2F6 may be an adjunct in the therapy of acute laser lesions. A late complication can be secondary choroidal neovascularization.

  14. Automatic segmentation of microcystic macular edema in OCT.

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    Lang, Andrew; Carass, Aaron; Swingle, Emily K; Al-Louzi, Omar; Bhargava, Pavan; Saidha, Shiv; Ying, Howard S; Calabresi, Peter A; Prince, Jerry L

    2015-01-01

    Microcystic macular edema (MME) manifests as small, hyporeflective cystic areas within the retina. For reasons that are still largely unknown, a small proportion of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) develop MME-predominantly in the inner nuclear layer. These cystoid spaces, denoted pseudocysts, can be imaged using optical coherence tomography (OCT) where they appear as small, discrete, low intensity areas with high contrast to the surrounding tissue. The ability to automatically segment these pseudocysts would enable a more detailed study of MME than has been previously possible. Although larger pseudocysts often appear quite clearly in the OCT images, the multi-frame averaging performed by the Spectralis scanner adds a significant amount of variability to the appearance of smaller pseudocysts. Thus, simple segmentation methods only incorporating intensity information do not perform well. In this work, we propose to use a random forest classifier to classify the MME pixels. An assortment of both intensity and spatial features are used to aid the classification. Using a cross-validation evaluation strategy with manual delineation as ground truth, our method is able to correctly identify 79% of pseudocysts with a precision of 85%. Finally, we constructed a classifier from the output of our algorithm to distinguish clinically identified MME from non-MME subjects yielding an accuracy of 92%. PMID:25657884

  15. Age-related macular degeneration: linking clinical presentation to pathology.

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    Nivison-Smith, Lisa; Milston, Rebecca; Madigan, Michele; Kalloniatis, Michael

    2014-08-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide in the elderly population. Optometrists, as primary eye health care providers, require the skills and knowledge to accurately diagnose and manage AMD patients. There is an overwhelming body of research related to the clinical presentation, etiology, epidemiology, and pathology of this disease. Additionally, the evolution of new imaging modalities creates new opportunities to clinically detect and analyze previously uncharacterized and earlier changes in the retina. The challenge for optometrists is to combine all this information into an applicable knowledge base for use in everyday clinical assessment of AMD so that timely and accurate referrals can be made to retinal specialists. This review attempts to address this issue by linking the clinical presentation of AMD with the underlying disease biology. We emphasize the contribution of recent noninvasive imaging technologies to the clinical assessment of early and more advanced AMD including optical coherence tomography, fundus autofluorescence, and infrared reflectance. PMID:24879089

  16. Mechanism of Inflammation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Parmeggiani, Francesco; Romano, Mario R.; Costagliola, Ciro; Semeraro, Francesco; Incorvaia, Carlo; D'Angelo, Sergio; Perri, Paolo; De Palma, Paolo; De Nadai, Katia; Sebastiani, Adolfo

    2012-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a multifactorial disease that represents the most common cause of irreversible visual impairment among people over the age of 50 in Europe, the United States, and Australia, accounting for up to 50% of all cases of central blindness. Risk factors of AMD are heterogeneous, mainly including increasing age and different genetic predispositions, together with several environmental/epigenetic factors, that is, cigarette smoking, dietary habits, and phototoxic exposure. In the aging retina, free radicals and oxidized lipoproteins are considered to be major causes of tissue stress resulting in local triggers for parainflammation, a chronic status which contributes to initiation and/or progression of many human neurodegenerative diseases such as AMD. Experimental and clinical evidences strongly indicate the pathogenetic role of immunologic processes in AMD occurrence, consisting of production of inflammatory related molecules, recruitment of macrophages, complement activation, microglial activation and accumulation within those structures that compose an essential area of the retina known as macula lutea. This paper reviews some attractive aspects of the literature about the mechanisms of inflammation in AMD, especially focusing on those findings or arguments more directly translatable to improve the clinical management of patients with AMD and to prevent the severe vision loss caused by this disease. PMID:23209345

  17. Selective Cone Photoreceptor Injury in Acute Macular Neuroretinopathy

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    Hansen, Sean O.; Cooper, Robert F.; Dubra, Alfredo; Carroll, Joseph; Weinberg, David V.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate retinal structural and functional abnormalities in a patient with Acute Macular Neuroretinopathy (AMN). Methods An adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) was used to image the photoreceptor mosaic and assess rod and cone structure. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) was used to examine retinal lamination. Microperimetry was used to assess function across the macula. Results Microperimetry showed reduced function of localized areas within retinal lesions corresponding to subjective scotomas. SD-OCT imaging revealed attenuation of two outer retinal bands typically thought to reflect photoreceptor structure. AOSLO images of the photoreceptor mosaic revealed a heterogeneous presentation within these lesions. There were areas containing non-waveguiding cones and other areas of decreased cone density where the remaining rods had expanded to fill in the vacant space. Within these lesions, cone densities were shown to be significantly lower than eccentricity matched areas of normal retina, as well as accepted histological measurements. A 6-month follow up revealed no change in rod or cone structure. Conclusions Imaging of AMN using an AOSLO shows a preferential disruption of cone photoreceptor structure within the region of decreased retinal sensitivity (as measured by microperimetry). AO-based imaging tools provide a noninvasive way to assess photoreceptor structure at a level of detail that is not resolved by use of conventional SD-OCT or other clinical measures. PMID:23615345

  18. Cadmium exposure and age-related macular degeneration.

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    Kim, Myung Hun; Zhao, Di; Cho, Juhee; Guallar, Eliseo

    2014-11-12

    Cadmium (Cd) has been proposed as a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the association between Cd exposure and AMD risk in large population studies is unknown. This study evaluated the association of Cd exposure with AMD in a large representative sample of Korean men and women. This was a cross-sectional study of 3865 Korean adults ?40 years of age who participated in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) during 2008-2011. Cd concentrations in whole blood were measured by graphite-furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The presence of AMD was determined in digital non-mydriatic fundus photographs. Cd levels were higher in participants with AMD compared with those without AMD (1.3 vs 1.1??g/l, respectively, P<0.001). In fully adjusted models, the odds ratio for AMD comparing the highest with the lowest Cd quartiles was 1.92 (95% CI=1.08-3.39; P for trend 0.029). In restricted cubic spline models, the association between Cd and AMD was approximately linear, with no evidence of threshold effects. Blood Cd concentrations were independently associated with the prevalence of AMD. If the association is proven causal, population-based preventive strategies to decrease Cd exposure could reduce the population burden of AMD.Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology advance online publication, 12 November 2014; doi:10.1038/jes.2014.75. PMID:25388812

  19. Structural Changes in Individual Retinal Layers in Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2013-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has enabled objective measurement of the total retinal thickness in diabetic macular edema (DME). The central retinal thickness is correlated modestly with visual impairment and changes paradoxically after treatments compared to the visual acuity. This suggests the clinical relevance of the central retinal thickness in DME and the presence of other factors that affect visual disturbance. Recent advances in spectral-domain (SD) OCT have provided better delineation of the structural changes and fine lesions in the individual retinal layers. Cystoid spaces in the inner nuclear layer and outer plexiform layer are related to quantitative and qualitative parameters in fluorescein angiography. OCT often shows vitreoretinal interface abnormalities in eyes with sponge-like retinal swelling. Serous retinal detachment is sometimes accompanied by hyperreflective foci in the subretinal fluid, which exacerbates the pathogenesis at the interface of the photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium. Photoreceptor damage at the fovea is thought to be represented by disruption of the external limiting membrane or the junction between the inner and outer segment lines and is correlated with visual impairment. Hyperreflective foci in the outer retinal layers on SD-OCT images, another marker of visual disturbance, are associated with foveal photoreceptor damage. PMID:24073417

  20. Type 1 Idiopathic Macular Telangiectasia Associated with Type 3 Neovascularization

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    Tilleul, Julien; Querques, Giuseppe; Capuano, Vittorio; Miere, Alexandra; Srour, Mayer; Souied, Eric H.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To report the case of a patient with unilateral idiopathic macular telangiectasia (IMT) associated with type 3 neovascularization. Methods Observational case report. Results We describe a case of an 85-year-old woman who presented at our department with a gradual vision loss in her left eye (LE). Her best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/200 in the LE. Fundus examination showed 2 small hemorrhages located nasally to the LE fovea, as well as lipid exudates. Fluorescein angiography revealed early hyperfluorescence corresponding to the dilated capillaries. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) showed several microaneurysms within the inner retinal layers. Late indocyanine green angiography revealed a focal hyperfluorescence corresponding to a type 3 neovascularization. No signs of IMT or type 3 neovascularization were detected in the right eye. Based on these findings, the patient was diagnosed with type 1 IMT and coincident type 3 neovascularization. The LE was treated with intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections. Twenty-four months later, SD-OCT revealed regression of the exudative signs, and LE BCVA improved to 20/100. Conclusion We describe the case of an unusual association between older-onset IMT and type 3 neovascularization, and subsequent regression by anti-VEGF injections. We propose a new IMT subtype called type 1C for this association. Further research must be done in order to establish the pathophysiologic mechanism and likelihood of this association.

  1. Automatic segmentation of microcystic macular edema in OCT

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    Lang, Andrew; Carass, Aaron; Swingle, Emily K.; Al-Louzi, Omar; Bhargava, Pavan; Saidha, Shiv; Ying, Howard S.; Calabresi, Peter A.; Prince, Jerry L.

    2014-01-01

    Microcystic macular edema (MME) manifests as small, hyporeflective cystic areas within the retina. For reasons that are still largely unknown, a small proportion of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) develop MME—predominantly in the inner nuclear layer. These cystoid spaces, denoted pseudocysts, can be imaged using optical coherence tomography (OCT) where they appear as small, discrete, low intensity areas with high contrast to the surrounding tissue. The ability to automatically segment these pseudocysts would enable a more detailed study of MME than has been previously possible. Although larger pseudocysts often appear quite clearly in the OCT images, the multi-frame averaging performed by the Spectralis scanner adds a significant amount of variability to the appearance of smaller pseudocysts. Thus, simple segmentation methods only incorporating intensity information do not perform well. In this work, we propose to use a random forest classifier to classify the MME pixels. An assortment of both intensity and spatial features are used to aid the classification. Using a cross-validation evaluation strategy with manual delineation as ground truth, our method is able to correctly identify 79% of pseudocysts with a precision of 85%. Finally, we constructed a classifier from the output of our algorithm to distinguish clinically identified MME from non-MME subjects yielding an accuracy of 92%. PMID:25657884

  2. Severe hyperkalemia and bilateral adrenal metastasis.

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    Nagler, Michael; Müller, Beat; Briner, Verena; Winterhalder, Ralph

    2009-01-01

    Adrenal metastases are a common finding in metastatic lung and breast cancer. Often there are no clinical symptoms suggesting them. In this paper, we present a case of a 66-year-old man with metastatic lung cancer suffering from severe hyperkaliemia due to hypoaldosteronism as a result of bilateral adrenal metastasis. PMID:20204181

  3. Bilateral odontogenic keratocyst of the mandible.

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    Ram, Hari; Mohammad, Shadab; Husain, Nuzhat; Gupta, Shalini; Kumar, Ajay

    2014-09-01

    Odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) is a cyst of dental origin with an aggressive clinical behavior, having high recurrence rate. Multiple cysts are associated with bifid-rib basal cell nevus syndrome (Gorlin syndrome). We present a case of bilateral odontogenic keratocyst in a cleft lip patient. PMID:25018611

  4. Bilateral symmetry breaking in nonlinear circular cylinders

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    Lu, Ya Yan

    nonlinear Fabry-Perot interferometer: an analytical study," Opt. Lett. 15, 14121414 (1990). 5. C. Par.P. Torres, J. Boyce, and R.Y. Chiao, "Bilateral symmetry breaking in a nonlinear Fabry-Perot cavity. Baets, "Symmetry breaking with coupled Fano resonances," Opt. Express 16, 30693076 (2008). 12. K

  5. Complex bilateral finlines: a new analysis

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    H. C. C. Fernandes; J. De Albuquerque Sales Neto

    1998-01-01

    An electromagnetic application is developed to obtain the effective dielectric constant, the attenuation constant and the characteristic impedance of the arbitrary bilateral fin lines with semiconductor substrate and conductor thickness simultaneously at the first attempt. Also the concise Transverse Transmission Line-TTL-full wave method is used, in the analysis. New results of the complex propagation and of the characteristic impedance as

  6. Bilateral hand oedema related to acupuncture.

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    McCartney, C J; Herriot, R; Chambers, W A

    2000-02-01

    We report the case of bilateral hand swelling following acupuncture therapy for chronic low back pain. Despite thorough history, examination and laboratory testing no systemic cause for the swelling could be elicited. This case highlights the incomplete knowledge of acupuncture mechanisms and that limited acupuncture therapy can have significant adverse effects. PMID:10666550

  7. Bilateral hand oedema related to acupuncture

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    Colin J. L. McCartney; Richard Herriot; W. Alastair Chambers

    2000-01-01

    We report the case of bilateral hand swelling following acupuncture therapy for chronic low back pain. Despite thorough history, examination and laboratory testing no systemic cause for the swelling could be elicited. This case highlights the incomplete knowledge of acupuncture mechanisms and that limited acupuncture therapy can have significant adverse effects.

  8. Bilateral Compartment Syndrome Complicating Prolonged Lithotomy Position

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    J. TUCKEY

    1997-01-01

    Summary A case of bilateral compartment syndrome after prolonged Lloyd-Davies lithotomy position is described. The diagnosis was made early, despite effective extradural bupivacaine- fentanyl analgesia. The aetiology, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of compartment syn- drome are described. Complications of the syndrome may be life-threatening and perma- nently disabling. The anaesthetist should be aware of the potential complications of the operative

  9. Experiences with Bilateral Art: A Retrospective Study

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    Carole M. McNamee

    2006-01-01

    Recent advances in neuroscience describe the effect of experience on neural architecture. Paralleling these advances in neuroscience, recent explorations in the field of art therapy speculate on the relationship between specific therapeutic interventions and neuroplasticity, which underlies the changes in neural architecture. One such intervention, bilateral art, purposefully engages both left and right hemispheres of the brain, as well as

  10. Bilateral adrenal lymphoma presenting as Addison's disease

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    A. Pagliuca; D. S. Gillett; J. R. Salisbury; R. N. Basu; G. J. Mufti

    1989-01-01

    We describe an unusual case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the adrenals which presented as Addison's disease. Examination of tissue taken by computed tomography guided biopsy revealed a high grade B cell centroblastic lymphoma. The patient was treated with chemotherapy but died from invasive aspergillosis. Autopsy confirmed bilateral adrenal involvement by lymphoma.

  11. Bilateral comparison of radiated emission measurements

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    Dias, M. S.; Barbosa, M. F.; Junior, A. G. F.; Filho, M. L. P.; Silva, L. C.; Andrade, A. S.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study is to perform a proficiency testing by bilateral comparison of radiated emission measurements between accredited laboratories. The results show that both laboratories are in conformity with the criterion of acceptance proposed by a comparison, which is the uniformity between the measured values according to normalized error ratio.

  12. Bilateral integration in the common chemical sense.

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    Garcia Medina, M R; Cain, W S

    1982-08-01

    Human participants judged the pungency of various concentrations of carbon dioxide presented to one nostril, the other nostril, or both (dichorhinic stimulation). Perceived magnitude grew sharply with concentration over the range explored. The combinatorial rule of bilateral integration followed the Pythagorean theorem: the effective mass in a bilateral stimulus equalled the square root of the sum of squares of the mass entering each nostril. This simple rule implies a possible mutual inhibitory interaction between the two nostrils, but it also implies partial spatial summation of the sensory impact of bilaterally presented concentrations. When persons inhale a relatively strong irritant, such as the higher concentrations used here, they will exhibit a very brief reflex interruption of inhalation. An experiment on the threshold for the reflex implied that it too followed the Pythagorean rule of integration. This occurred for both males and females, though females displayed a lower threshold for the reflex, whether evoked unilaterally or bilaterally. This reflex may hold promise as an objective indicator of functional status of the nasal common chemical sense. PMID:7146140

  13. Bilateral hypoplasia of the internal carotid artery

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    Bhat, Dhananjaya I; Somanna, Sampath; Kovoor, Jerry ME

    2011-01-01

    Agenesis and hypoplasia of the internal carotid artery (ICA) are rare congenital anomalies, occurring in less than 0.01% of the population. We report a rare case of bilateral hypoplasia of the ICA in a patient with post-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. We describe the embryological development of the cerebral vasculature and present a review of literature. PMID:22223934

  14. Computed tomographic findings in bilateral adrenal tuberculosis

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    Wilms, G.E. (Katholicke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium); Baert, A.L.; Kint, E.J.; Pringot, J.H.; Goddeeris, P.G.

    1983-03-01

    The computed tomographic (CT) features of bilateral adrenal tuberculosis are reported in two cases that demonstrate two typical different clinical and morphological manifestations of the disease. The incidence and CT appearance of adrenal tuberculosis are discussed, with emphasis on differential diagnosis.

  15. Sporadic bilateral synchronous multicentric papillary renal cell carcinoma masquerading as bilateral multifocal pyelonephritis.

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    Karthikeyan, V S; Dorairajan, L N; Kumar, S; Vijayakumar, A R; Ramesh, A; Ganesh Rajesh, N; Halanaik, D; Gupta, S

    2014-07-01

    Pyelonephritis is defined as an inflammation of the kidney and renal pelvis. The diagnosis is usually clinical. Acute multifocal bacterial nephritis is a rare form of pyelonephritis that is more severe and sepsis is more common. We report a patient who presented with fever and right-sided abdominal pain associated with right flank tenderness, suggesting right acute pyelonephritis. Bilateral multifocal pyelonephritis was diagnosed on ultrasonography, radionuclide renal scintigraphy and computed tomography. However, owing to non-resolution of symptoms, a biopsy was performed, which showed bilateral papillary renal cell carcinoma (PRCC). PRCC is known to exhibit multicentricity. To our knowledge, a case of bilateral multicentric PRCC masquerading as bilateral multifocal pyelonephritis has not been reported in the English literature. This case highlights the need to be vigilant while treating patients with focal lesions of the kidney as an inflammatory condition lest a malignancy should be missed. PMID:24992402

  16. Bilateral botryoid nephroblastoma: a rare cause of renal failure

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    Conlon, Niamh; Teoh, Chia Wei; Pears, Jane; O’Sullivan, Maureen

    2012-01-01

    The authors describe the case of a 16-month-old girl who presented with bilateral hydronephrosis and renal failure secondary to bilateral renal pelvic botryoid Wilms’ tumour (nephroblastoma). The term ‘botryoid’ describes an intrapelvic polypoid renal Wilms tumour, either extending from the renal parenchyma or primarily pelvis-based tumour. Both tumours filled the renal pelvis and extended down the proximal ureter, with no intraparenchymal tumour seen. Bilateral intralobar nephrogenic rests were present. Histological examination demonstrated triphasic nephroblastoma, with focal rhabdomyomatous differentiation of the stromal element bilaterally. Postchemotherapy, the patient underwent bilateral nephrectomy. Post complete resection of her bilateral disease, this patient has had an excellent outcome. This is only the third reported case of bilateral botryoid Wilms’ tumour. While the condition is extremely rare, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of a young child with bilateral renal pelvic masses. PMID:22962373

  17. Symptomatic bilateral testicular metastasis from carcinoma of the prostate

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    Upchurch, Emma Ann; Khan, Faisal; Okeke, Aloysius

    2013-01-01

    A man in his late 70s, on hormonal treatment for prostatic adenocarcinoma, presented with bilateral enlarged and painful testes. Bilateral orchidectomy was undertaken and subsequent histological examination revealed both testes completely infiltrated with metastatic prostatic carcinoma. PMID:23563685

  18. Case report Bilateral multilocular cystic nephromas: a rare occurrence

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    K S SODHI; S SURI; R SAMUJH; K L N RAO; K VAIPHEI; A K SAXENA

    We present a rare case of bilateral renal cystic tumours in an 18-month-old female child, which proved to be cystic nephromas on imaging and histopathology. Although unilateral cystic nephromas are known in children; the occurrence of bilateral tumours is rare. Cystic nephroma, also called multilocular cystic nephroma is a rare renal neoplasm. Bilateral cystic nephromas are much rarer. In fact,

  19. Metachronous bilateral mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland.

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    Muthusami, John C; Gaikwad, Pranay; Raj, John P; Abraham, Deepak T; Thomas, Meera; Cornerstone, Veracious

    2008-09-01

    We report a very rare case of bilateral muco-epidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland that underwent bilateral parotidectomy with neck dissections and radiotherapy. This case has done well for three years and suggests that metachronous bilateral mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland, if treated as per the merits of each side, has a reasonable survival. PMID:23120553

  20. Serous retinal detachment and cystoid macular edema in a patient with wyburn-mason syndrome.

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    Onder, Halil Ibrahim; Alisan, Sibel; Tunc, Murat

    2015-03-01

    Abstract Wyburn-Mason syndrome is a rare phacomatosis characterized by unilateral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) involving the brain, retina, and (rarely) the skin. The diagnosis is concluded with dilated fundus examination and markedly dilated tortuous vascular loops with arteriovenous communications on fluorescent angiography. We present a 14-year-old male patient with Wyburn-Mason syndrome who developed serous macular neuroretinal detachment, cystoid macular edema (CME), and consequent visual deterioration in the left eye. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a patient with Wyburn-Mason syndrome who developed serous retinal detachment and CME. PMID:24171831

  1. Aphakic cystoid macular edema and the operating microscope: is there a connection?

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    Iliff, W J

    1985-01-01

    The literature documenting the phototoxic effect of relatively low intensity light on the retina and the suggestions by several authors that this might influence the development of cystoid macular edema in the aphakic and pseudophakic patient is reviewed. In particular, the possibility that the operating microscope may be a factor has been emphasized. A study is presented, designed to investigate the possibility that the operating microscope is a factor important in the development of cystoid macular edema. No correlation was found. The need for further investigation into other phototoxic effects from the light of the operating microscope is stressed. PMID:3832535

  2. Full-thickness macular hole in Bartonella henselae neuroretinitis in an 11-year-old girl

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    Seth, Anisha; Raina, Usha K.; Thirumalai, Sriram; Batta, Supriya; Ghosh, Basudeb

    2015-01-01

    Cat scratch disease is a febrile illness caused by Bartonella henselae and is associated with rash at the site of cat bite or scratch and regional lymphadenopathy. Various ocular manifestations of cat scratch disease have been described, mainly retinochoroiditis, optic disc swelling, neuroretinitis, vascular occlusive events, serous retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, intermediate uveitis, inflammatory lesions of the optic nerve head and rarely full thickness macular hole. We describe a case of an 11-year-old girl who presented 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms, with B. Henselae neuroretinitis with full thickness macular hole at presentation. PMID:25709274

  3. Progressive macular hypomelanosis among Egyptian patients: a clinicopathological study

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    Selim, Mohamed Khaled; Ahmed, El-Shahat Farag; Abdelgawad, Mamdouh Morsy; El-Kamel, Mohammed Fawzy

    2011-01-01

    Background: Progressive macular hypomelanosis (PMH) is a disease of unclear etiology. Propionbacterium acnes (P. acnes) was claimed to be an etiological factor. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to document the clinicopathological features of PMH in Egyptian patients and to evaluate the therapeutic outcome. Methods: Patients with clinical features of PMH were recruited. Wood’s lamp examination, skin scrapings for fungi, and skin biopsy specimens were obtained. Biopsies were stained with hematoxylin and eosin, PAS, Fontana-Masson, and S100 protein. Patients received either narrow-band UVB (nbUVB) or nbUVB plus daily topical clindamycin 1% and benzoyl peroxide gel 5% (bcUVB). The period of active treatment was 14 weeks followed by a follow-up period of 24 weeks. Results: Twenty-nine patients were included. Microscopic evaluation of skin biopsy specimens showed no significant differences between lesional and normal skin. Fontana-Masson stained sections showed overall reduction of melanin granules in the basal layer of lesional skin only and S100 staining did not detect significant differences in the number of melanocytes in lesional and normal skin. Nearly complete repigmentation was reported in 10 patients treated with bcUVB compared to 9 patients treated with nbUVb with no significant differences between both groups after 14 weeks. Only 2 patients in each group retained the pigmentation and the remaining patients returned to the baseline color before treatment. Conclusions: This study documented the clinicopathological features of PMH among Egyptians. No permanently effective treatment is available. Further studies are needed to prove or disprove the pathogenic role of P. acnes in PMH. PMID:24396712

  4. Outer Retinal Structure in Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy

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    Kay, David B.; Land, Megan E.; Cooper, Robert F.; Dubis, Adam M.; Godara, Pooja; Dubra, Alfredo; Carroll, Joseph; Stepien, Kimberly E.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To characterize outer retinal structure in Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy (BVMD), using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO). Methods Four symptomatic members of a family with BVMD with known BEST1 gene mutation were recruited. Thickness of two outer retinal layers corresponding to photoreceptor inner and outer segments were measured using SD-OCT. Photoreceptor mosaic AOSLO images within and around visible lesions were obtained, and cone density was assessed in two subjects. Results Each subject was at a different stage of BVMD, with photoreceptor disruption evident by AOSLO at all stages. When comparing SD-OCT and AOSLO images from the same location, AOSLO images allowed for direct assessment of photoreceptor structure. A variable degree of retained photoreceptors was seen within all lesions. The photoreceptor mosaic immediately adjacent to visible lesions appeared contiguous and was of normal density. Fine hyperreflective structures were visualized by AOSLO, and their anatomical orientation and size are consistent with Henle fibers. Conclusions AOSLO findings indicate substantial photoreceptor structure persists within active lesions, accounting for good visual acuity in these patients. Despite previous reports of diffuse photoreceptor outer segment abnormalities in BVMD, our data reveal normal photoreceptor structure in areas adjacent to clinical lesions. Clinical Relevance This study demonstrates the utility of AOSLO for understanding the spectrum of cellular changes that occur in inherited degenerations such as BVMD. Photoreceptors are often significantly affected at various stages of inherited degenerations, and these changes may not be readily apparent with current clinical imaging instrumentation. PMID:23765342

  5. Multimodal analysis of the progression of Best vitelliform macular dystrophy

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    Zerbib, Jennyfer; Georges, Anouk; Massamba, Nathalie; Forte, Raimondo; Querques, Lea; Rozet, Jean-Michel; Kaplan, Josseline; Souied, Eric H.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the multimodal morphological features in the different stages of Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD) in subjects harboring mutations in the BEST1 gene, and their changes during the progression of the disease. Methods In this retrospective observational study performed between January 2007 and December 2012, 21 patients (42 eyes) with Best VMD from eight families with the BEST1 mutation were included. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) were evaluated at study entry and at last visit. Results The mean age of patients was 26.3±17.4 years. Seven new missense mutations in BEST1 were identified. Mean follow-up was 41.1±18.5 months. Mean BCVA was 0.34±0.34 LogMAR at study entry and 0.32±0.33 LogMAR at last follow-up visit (p = 0.2). The overall lesion area on FAF increased from 6.62±4.9 mm2 to 7.34±6.1 mm2 (p = 0.05). At study entry, on SD-OCT, photoreceptor inner segment ellipsoid portion (ellipsoid zone, EZ) was normal in 15 eyes, disrupted in 14 eyes, and absent in 13 eyes. In two eyes, EZ changed from normal to disrupted during follow-up. Three eyes of three patients showing pseudohypopyon lesions at study entry progressed to vitelliruptive lesions at the last follow-up visit. Three eyes of three patients showing vitelliruptive lesion at study entry reverted to pseudohypopyon lesion with overall enlargement of the lesion size. Conclusions Multimodal analysis allowed documenting a continuous material accumulation and reabsorption in Best VMD progression. Blue FAF and SD-OCT could represent noninvasive imaging techniques to monitor Best VMD. PMID:24791142

  6. Individual variations in the spatial profile of human macular pigment.

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    Hammond, B R; Wooten, B R; Snodderly, D M

    1997-06-01

    Individual variations in the spatial profile of macular pigment (MP) density were measured for 32 subjects. Peak density of MP measured with a 460-nm, 12-arcmin stimulus averaged 0.58, standard deviation (SD) = 0.26, with a range of 0.175 to 1.39. To assess the symmetry of the MP distribution, MP density was measured on the horizontal and vertical meridians at +/-1 deg eccentricity. The density varied by no more than 16% at these four locations, indicating a basically symmetric distribution. Based on a linear interpolation between measured locations, the width of the spatial distribution of MP at half the maximal density averaged 1.03 deg, SD = 0.38, with a range of 0.25 to 1.9 deg. The average spatial profile of MP density across subjects was fitted with both an exponential and a Gaussian function. An exponential decay with eccentricity explained more variance in the data than did a Gaussian function. Assuming an exponential decay with eccentricity, once MP density has been measured in the center of the retina (denoted A), MP density at more eccentric locations (X, deg) can be predicted with a standardized equation (MP = A x 10(-0.42x)). For individual cases, small deviations from an exponential function suggest the existence of minor flanking peaks or shoulders for 40% of the subjects. We also examined the temporal stability of the MP profile of four subjects over a time span of 4-14 months and for a single spatial location for ten subjects over a time span of 1-16 years. These longitudinal data show that differences in MP density among subjects are maintained over time, if dietary patterns are stable. PMID:9168592

  7. MRI diagnosis of bilateral adrenal vein thrombosis.

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    Ryan, M F; Murphy, J P; Jay, R; Callum, J; MacDonald, D

    2003-08-01

    We report a case of bilateral adrenal vein thrombosis in an adult female who had a history of breast cancer. The patient does not have clinical, serological or imaging evidence of metastatic disease 14 months from the initial diagnosis. Adrenal vein thrombosis is a rare entity. There have been no previous reports specifically stating an association between adrenal vein thrombosis and hypercoaguability, but there are many cases in the literature documenting venous thrombosis elsewhere within the body in patients with hypercoaguable states. Laboratory testing performed to exclude a hypercoaguable state, revealed heterozygosity for the Factor V Leiden mutation/activated protein C resistance and elevated factor VIII levels [3660 IU l(-1) (<1500)]. This is the first reported case of bilateral metachronous adrenal vein thrombosis in which MRI established the diagnosis. PMID:12893701

  8. Bilateral breast cancer after cured Hodgkin's disease

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    Anderson, N.; Lokich, J. (New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA (USA))

    1990-01-15

    Three patients developed bilateral breast cancer at 10 to 24 years after mantle irradiation for locally or systemically advanced Hodgkin's disease (HD). Four of the six cancers in the three patients were detected only by mammography. Pathologically, five of the cancers were intraductal carcinomas (four with an invasive component) with one being a lobular carcinoma. Five of the six lesions were Stage I pathologically without evidence of axillary nodal involvement. It is recommended that female patients with Hodgkin's disease who have received mantle irradiation as part of the therapy for their Hodgkin's disease and who are observed for 10 or more years after completion of mantle irradiation be considered at risk for the development of breast cancer. Such patients should be monitored appropriately by routine bilateral mammograms to increase the early detection of early stage lesions.

  9. Bilateral asymmetric supernumerary heads of biceps brachii

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    Lee, Song Eun; Jung, Chaeyong; Ahn, Kyu Youn

    2011-01-01

    Anatomical variations of the biceps brachii have been described by various authors, but the occurrence of bilateral asymmetric supernumerary heads is rare and has not been reported. We found three accessory heads of the biceps brachii muscle on right arm and an anomalous third head of biceps brachii on left arm. The third, fourth, and fifth heads of right arm originated from the body of humerus at the insertion site of coracobrachialis and inserted into the distal part of biceps brachii short head in order. The third head of left arm originated from humerus at the insertion site of coracobrachialis and combined with the distal part of biceps brachii and continued to the proximal part of common biceps tendon. Understanding the existence of bilateral asymmetric supernumerary heads of biceps brachii may influence preoperative diagnosis and surgery on the upper limbs. PMID:22025976

  10. Bilateral psoas abscess in the emergency department.

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    Tomich, Eric B; Della-Giustina, David

    2009-11-01

    We present the case of a 45-year-old female who presented multiple times to the emergency department with acute low back pain and was subsequently diagnosed with bilateral psoas muscle abscess. Psoas abscess is an uncommon cause of acute low back pain that is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The onset of symptoms is frequently insidious and the clinical presentation vague. Proper diagnosis requires vigilance of the physician to recognize signs in the history and physical examination that are suggestive of a potentially serious spinal condition and initiate further workup. While most patients with acute low back pain have a benign etiology, this case report demonstrates the challenge of diagnosing a patient with bilateral psoas abscess who had few known risk factors and symptoms typical of mechanical low back pain. PMID:20046252

  11. Bilateral Psoas Abscess in the Emergency Department

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    Tomich, Eric B.; Della-Giustina, David

    2009-01-01

    We present the case of a 45-year-old female who presented multiple times to the emergency department with acute low back pain and was subsequently diagnosed with bilateral psoas muscle abscess. Psoas abscess is an uncommon cause of acute low back pain that is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The onset of symptoms is frequently insidious and the clinical presentation vague. Proper diagnosis requires vigilance of the physician to recognize signs in the history and physical examination that are suggestive of a potentially serious spinal condition and initiate further workup. While most patients with acute low back pain have a benign etiology, this case report demonstrates the challenge of diagnosing a patient with bilateral psoas abscess who had few known risk factors and symptoms typical of mechanical low back pain. PMID:20046252

  12. Bilateral pulmonary sequestration in the elderly adult

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    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary sequestration (PS) is a rare malformation consisting of aberrant lung tissue which is not affiliated with the normal bronchial system and is fed by an aberrant artery that derives from systemic arteries. However, PS is usually seen unilaterally but, only rarely, it is bilateral. Most patients with PS are diagnosed because of symptoms due to pulmonary infection or cardiac disease, while a small portion of patients are asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally. In this report, we present an extremely rare case of asymptomatic bilateral PS which was diagnosed at advanced age. To our knowledge, this case represents the oldest patient in the literature, and the second case that was diagnosed in a patient over the age of 50. PMID:23088281

  13. Bilateral Filtering for Gray and Color Images

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    Carlo Tomasi; Roberto Manduchi

    1998-01-01

    Proceedings of the 1998IEEE InternationalConference on Computer Vision, Bombay,IndiaBilateral filtering smooths images while preservingedges, by means of a nonlinear combination of nearbyimage values. The method is noniterative, local, and simple.It combines gray levels or colors based on both theirgeometric closeness and their photometric similarity, andprefers near values to distant values in both domain andrange. In contrast with filters that operate

  14. Bilateral motor unit synchronization is functionally organized

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    T. W. Boonstra; A. Daffertshofer; E. van As; S. van der Vlugt; P. J. Beek

    2007-01-01

    To elucidate the neural interactions underlying bimanual coordination, we investigated in 11 participants the bilateral coupling\\u000a of homologous muscles in an isometric force production task involving fatiguing elbow flexion and extension. We focused on\\u000a changes in motor unit (MU) synchronization as evident in EMG recordings of relevant muscles. In contrast to a related study\\u000a on leg muscles, the arm muscles

  15. Ovarian Remnant with Bilateral Duplicate Ureters

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    Thomas L. Lyons; Allyson J. Adolph; Wendy K. Winer

    2003-01-01

    A 27-year-old woman had a history of acute chronic pelvic pain. She had had a previous salpingo-oophorectomy for an endometrioma. A computerized tomographic scan showed a left adnexal mass. She was known to have bilateral duplicate ureters shown on intravenous pyelogram. She underwent laparoscopy and retroperitoneal dissection of endometriosis with excision of the mass from the pelvic sidewall. The final

  16. Bilateral Pregnancy Luteoma: A Case Report

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    Nanda, Annu; Gokhale, Uday A.; Pillai, G Rajasekharan

    2014-01-01

    Pregnancy luteoma is a non-neoplastic lesion of the ovary occurring during pregnancy and is usually discovered incidentally at the time of a cesarean section or during postpartum tubal ligation. An accurate diagnosis is important for the mother and the fetus as it can be confused with ovarian malignancy leading to unnecessary surgery. We report a case of a pregnant female who was discovered to have bilateral enlarged ovaries at the time of emergency cesarean section. PMID:25337317

  17. Psychic akinesia following bilateral pallidal lesions.

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    Starkstein, S E; Berthier, M L; Leiguarda, R

    1989-01-01

    After suffering a carbon monoxide intoxication, a thirty-nine-year-old patient presented a marked behavioral change, with a severe anterograde and retrograde amnesia, extreme placidity, bulimia, and hypersexuality. This picture lasted for twenty days. Placidity and anterograde amnesia persisted, while marked psychic akinesia and abnormal involuntary movements soon appeared. A CT scan disclosed bilateral low density lesions involving the pallidum. The patient showed marked improvement after treatment with bromocriptine. PMID:2681027

  18. [Clinical features of bilateral trigeminal neuralgia].

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    Yokosako, Suguru; Takahashi, Yuichi; Kikuchi, Asami; Yoshimura, Chika; Arai, Naoyuki; Ohbuchi, Hidenori; Hirota, Kengo; Hagiwara, Shinji; Tani, Shigeru; Sasahara, Atsushi; Kasuya, Hidetoshi

    2015-02-01

    Among 238 patients with bilateral trigeminal neuralgia(TN)who visited our hospital between April 2007 and June 2014, 5(2%)were surgically treated by microvascular decompression(MVD). The initial symptom was on the right side in four and on both sides in one patient. Intervals between the initial and second onset on the other side(left)were two months, and four, six, and eight years. None of the patients showed involvement of the first branch of the trigeminal nerve. The patients with bilateral TN were younger than the 154 patients with unilateral TN who were treated surgically by MVD in this period(45 vs. 65 years), and the bilateral TN patients predominantly were women(4/5 vs. 99/154). In the surgical field, the trigeminal nerve and root entry zone were compressed more by veins in the bi lateral TN patients than in the unilateral TN(4/5 vs. 60/154, respectively)patients. We could not identify any differences in MRI CISS before versus after the onset of left trigeminal neuralgia, suggesting that compression is not the sole cause of the symptom. PMID:25672553

  19. Bilateral leg edema in an older woman.

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    Thaler, H W; Pienaar, S; Wirnsberger, G; Roller-Wirnsberger, R E

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral leg edema is a frequent symptom in older people and an important concern in geriatric medicine. Further evaluation is frequently not performed and simple therapy with diuretics is prescribed. Particularly in older patients, long-term use of diuretics can lead to severe electrolyte imbalances, volume depletion, and falls. In this case report we want to focus the physicians' attention on the necessity to determine the cause and show a correspondingly effective treatment for bilateral leg edema in older people. A thorough approach is required to recognize diseases and to avoid adverse drug events as geriatric patients often show an atypical presentation or minor symptoms. The cause of swollen legs is often multifactorial; therefore, the patient's individual history and an appropriate physical examination are important. Depending on the clinical symptoms, evaluation including basic laboratory tests, urinalysis, chest radiography, and echocardiogram may be indicated. The most probable cause of bilateral edema in older patients is chronic venous insufficiency. Heart failure is also a common cause. Other systemic causes such as renal disease or liver disease are much rarer. Antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory drugs can frequently cause leg edema, but the incidence of drug-induced leg swelling is unknown. With the help of this special case we tried to develop an approach to the diagnosis of symmetric leg edema in older patients, a problem frequently neglected in geriatric medicine. PMID:24271146

  20. Bilateral orbital complications of paediatric rhinosinusitis

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    Singh, S.K.; James, E.; Sabarigirish, K.; Swami, H.; Sood, Tarun

    2013-01-01

    Background The spread of infection from the ethmoid sinuses to the orbit occurs directly through a congenital dehiscence of the lamina papyracea or via haematogenous spread through ophthalmic venous system. Hence orbital complications of paediatric rhinosinusitis are usually unilateral at presentation. Methods We describe three children with bilateral orbital cellulitis that occurred as a complication of rhinosinusitis without intracranial spread of the infection. The children ranged in the age group from 4 to 7 years. All these children had a prolonged hospital stay from 14 to 25 days and underwent multiple surgical procedures to drain the subperiosteal abscess. These children presented to the hospital with bilateral orbital cellulitis without significant past history. All of them on radiological evaluation showed subperiosteal abscess involving only one orbit. They were taken up for functional endoscopic sinus surgery and the subperiosteal abscess was drained endoscopically with partial removal of lamina papyracea. One case required second surgery despite good recovery for two days post first surgery. Result and conclusion Two cases had severe unilateral visual loss at presentation but both recovered dramatically after the surgery. All cases had uneventful recovery with no residual disability. The purpose of this article is to discuss the reasons for bilateral orbital complications of rhinosinusitis at initial presentation despite the previous hypothesis of unilateral involvement. PMID:24623951

  1. Bilateral limbic system destruction in man

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    Feinstein, Justin S.; Rudrauf, David; Khalsa, Sahib S.; Cassell, Martin D.; Bruss, Joel; Grabowski, Thomas J.; Tranel, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    We report here a case study of a rare neurological patient with bilateral brain damage encompassing a substantial portion of the so-called “limbic system.” The patient, Roger, has been studied in our laboratory for over 14 years and the current article presents his complete neuroanatomical and neuropsychological profiles. The brain damage occurred in 1980 following an episode of herpes simplex encephalitis. The amount of destroyed neural tissue is extensive and includes bilateral damage to core limbic and paralimbic regions, including the hippocampus, amygdala, parahippocampal gyrus, temporal poles, orbitofrontal cortex, basal forebrain, anterior cingulate cortex, and insular cortex. The right hemisphere is more extensively affected than the left, although the lesions are largely bilateral. Despite the magnitude of his brain damage, Roger has a normal IQ, average to above average attention, working memory, and executive functioning skills, and very good speech and language abilities. In fact, his only obvious presenting deficits are a dense global amnesia and a severe anosmia and ageusia. Roger's case presents a rare opportunity to advance our understanding of the critical functions underlying the human limbic system, and the neuropsychological and neuroanatomical data presented here provide a critical foundation for such investigations. PMID:19763994

  2. Bilateral elastofibroma dorsi: A case report

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    Sarici, Inanc Samil; Basbay, Elif; Mustu, Mehdi; Eskut, Burak; Kala, Ferhat; Agcaoglu, Orhan; Akici, Murat; Ozkurt, Enver

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Elastofibroma dorsi(EFD) is slow-growing, benign, soft tissue tumor of unclear pathogenesis, typically located at the subscapular region of elderly people. It may be unilateral or bilateral. As it exhibits benign behavior, it should be surgically removed only in symptomatic patients. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for assessment of EFD and can potentially help avoid the need for unnecessary biopsy and surgery. PRESENTATION OF CASE A 62-year-old woman presented with 2 years complaint of back pain, particularly aggravated with shoulder movements and swelling with bilateral elastofibroma dorsi. Both masses were totally excised with bilateral posterolateral subscapular incision. Symptoms were completely controlled and significant discomfort from the surgical procedure was completely resolved with in a few weeks interval from the operation. DISCUSSION The pathogenesis of the EFD still remains unclear. Elastofibroma dorsi has an unspecific clinical presentation and can be confused with other tumors of the periscapular region Imaging studies are useful for diagnosis. CONCLUSION Elastofibroma dorsi is benign soft tissue tumor mostly observed in the subscapular regions of elderly female patients. The surgery is indicated in symptomatic cases and must be confined to simple excision of the lesion. PMID:25437657

  3. High Performance, Three-Dimensional Bilateral Filtering

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    Bethel, E. Wes

    2008-06-05

    Image smoothing is a fundamental operation in computer vision and image processing. This work has two main thrusts: (1) implementation of a bilateral filter suitable for use in smoothing, or denoising, 3D volumetric data; (2) implementation of the 3D bilateral filter in three different parallelization models, along with parallel performance studies on two modern HPC architectures. Our bilateral filter formulation is based upon the work of Tomasi [11], but extended to 3D for use on volumetric data. Our three parallel implementations use POSIX threads, the Message Passing Interface (MPI), and Unified Parallel C (UPC), a Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) language. Our parallel performance studies, which were conducted on a Cray XT4 supercomputer and aquad-socket, quad-core Opteron workstation, show our algorithm to have near-perfect scalability up to 120 processors. Parallel algorithms, such as the one we present here, will have an increasingly important role for use in production visual analysis systems as the underlying computational platforms transition from single- to multi-core architectures in the future.

  4. Multilateral, regional and bilateral energy trade governance

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    Leal-Arcas, Rafael; Grasso, Costantino; Rios, Juan Alemany (Queen Mary Univ. of London (United Kingdom))

    2014-12-01

    The current international energy trade governance system is fragmented and multi-layered. Streamlining it for greater legal cohesiveness and international political and economic cooperation would promote global energy security. The current article explores three levels of energy trade governance: multilateral, regional and bilateral. Most energy-rich countries are part of the multilateral trading system, which is institutionalized by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The article analyzes the multilateral energy trade governance system by focusing on the WTO and energy transportation issues. Regionally, the article focuses on five major regional agreements and their energy-related aspects and examines the various causes that explain the proliferation of regional trade agreements, their compatibility with WTO law, and then provides several examples of regional energy trade governance throughout the world. When it comes to bilateral energy trade governance, this article only addresses the European Union’s (EU) bilateral energy trade relations. The article explores ways in which gaps could be filled and overlaps eliminated whilst remaining true to the high-level normative framework, concentrating on those measures that would enhance EU energy security.

  5. Bilateral ovarian fibroma associated with Gorlin syndrome

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    Aram, Shahnaz; Moghaddam, Noushin Afshar

    2009-01-01

    Gorlin syndrome (GS), also known as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS), is a rare inherited multisystem disorder. This paper presents a 22-years-old Iranian woman with this syndrome whose past history was multiple keratocysts of maxillary bone. She was referred to gynecology clinic with the chief complaint of irregular menses and vaginal spotting. On examination, frontal bossing and hypertelorism were detected. Physical examination of genitalia disclosed bilateral adnexal masses. Pelvic ultrasound showed two solid, echogenous and calcified masses measuring 100*50*10 & 60*50*45 mm in the left and right ovaries, respectively. The patient underwent right oophorectomy and ovarian mass resection with preservation of intact ovarian tissue on the left side. On frozen and permanent histological sections, bilateral and calcified ovarian fibromas were diagnosed. Surprisingly, during the last follow-up one year after the surgery, we found that our patient was expecting a baby. It can be concluded that in the presence of bilateral and calcified ovarian fibromas, the possibility of GS should be considered. Accurate diagnosis is only possible with close attention to the familial and past medical history and physical examination. In these patients, careful follow up for detecting malignancies and other complications is highly recommended. PMID:21772861

  6. Unilateral versus bilateral clubfoot: an analysis of severity and correlation.

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    Gray, Kelly; Barnes, Elizabeth; Gibbons, Paul; Little, David; Burns, Joshua

    2014-09-01

    This study compares the severity of unilateral and bilateral clubfoot, and the correlation between right and left feet of bilateral cases. Sixty-six unilateral and 75 bilateral clubfoot patients were assessed for severity using the Pirani score at an average age of 12.9 days (SD 9 days). In bilateral cases, the severity of right and left feet was highly correlated (r=0.68). The odds of being very severe were 2.6 (95% confidence interval 1.3-5.1) times higher in bilateral cases (P=0.007). Bilateral and unilateral clubfeet present with differing severity. Right and left feet from bilateral cases are highly correlated. Researchers need to address these issues during study design and analysis. PMID:24869905

  7. Vitreo-retinal interface changes on optical coherence tomography in the fellow eyes of patients with macular hole

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    Majji, Ajit Babu; Chhablani, Jay Kumar; Bagga, Bupesh

    2013-01-01

    AIM To study the vitreo-retinal interface and macular changes on optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the fellow eyes of patients with macular hole. METHODS Patients with idiopathic macular hole in one or both eyes presented to our institute between January 2003 and December 2009 were evaluated retrospectively. Demographic details, best-corrected visual acuity and vitreo-retinal interface, and macular changes of the fellow eye on OCT were studied. RESULTS Seventy patients underwent OCT of both eyes during the study period. The average age group was 61.96 years and 35 (50%) were females. Among the fellow eyes, normal foveal contour was noted in 36 (51.4%) eyes and 34 (48.6%) eyes were observed to have vitreo-retinal interface changes. Of them, 13 (18.6%) eyes had some stage of full thickness macular hole and 21 (30.0%) eyes had interface changes. There was no statistical correlation between involved eye lesions (P=0.64) or visual acuity (P=0.55) as predictors of development of either fellow eye lesions or poor visual acuity. CONCLUSION There is a significant chance of having vitreo-retinal interface findings in the fellow eyes of patients presenting with macular hole. OCT should be considered in both eyes of patients with macular hole to detect early changes in the fellow eyes, which may require an early intervention. PMID:23991391

  8. Macular hole formation and spontaneous closure after vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction documented in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

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    2014-01-01

    Background We present a case of a macular hole formation and its spontaneous closure after vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction. To our knowledge, it is the first description of spontaneous closure of the macular hole after vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction. Case presentation A 78-year-old woman presented decreased visual acuity and metamorphopsia in the right eye due to vitreomacular traction. A vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling and an air tamponade was performed in the right eye. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography was obtained during all visits. Seven days after the vitrectomy, the spectral-domain optical coherence tomography showed a resolved vitreomacular traction and a full-thickness macular hole. Examination after a further three weeks showed that the full-thickness macular hole had spontaneously closed. 5 months later spectral-domain optical coherence tomography showed a normal foveal contour without intraretinal microcystic spaces and a resolution of the photoreceptor and external limiting membrane elevation. Conclusions While performing a vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction posterior hyaloid membrane creates anterior-posterior traction on the fovea, and, during detachment, retinal layer damage occurs in the macular area and a full-thickness macular hole may develop. Removal of the anterio-posterior vitreous traction may play the main role and may help the spontaneous closure of the macular hole after vitrectomy for vitreomacular traction. PMID:24552161

  9. Comparison of the efficacy of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide for cystoid macular edema with versus without serous retinal detachment in branch retinal vein occlusion: influence on macular sensitivity and morphology

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    2012-01-01

    Background The influence of serous retinal detachment (SRD) on visual acuity, macular sensitivity, and macular thickness is unclear after intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) for macular edema with branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). Methods Twenty-one eyes of 21 BRVO patients with macular edema received IVTA. Patients were divided into two groups by optical coherence tomography findings: 11 patients who had cystoid macular edema (CME) with SRD (SRD (+) group) and 10 patients who had CME without SRD (SRD (?) group). Microperimetry was performed with a Micro Perimeter 1 before and at 3 and 6?months after IVTA. Macular thickness was measured by optical coherence tomography. We exchanged the superior and inferior regions to separate the regions into those with and without occlusion. As a result, the superior region was always the occluded region and the inferior region was non-occluded. Results In both the SRD (?) group and the SRD (+) group, the mean macular thickness within the central 4° field and the 10° and 20° fields of the occluded region decreased significantly from baseline to 3 and 6?months after IVTA (all P <0.01). Visual acuity also improved significantly in both groups from baseline to 3 and 6?months after IVTA (both P <0.05). In both groups, the mean macular sensitivity (measured with by microperimetry) within the central 4° field and the 10° and 20° fields of the occluded region showed a significant increase from baseline to 3 and 6?months after IVTA (all P <0.05). The trend profiles of macular thickness within the 10° and 20° fields of the occluded region showed significant differences, but there were no significant differences with respect to the trend profiles of visual acuity and macular sensitivity within the central 4° field and the 10° and 20° fields of the occluded region. Conclusions These results suggest that IVTA may achieve more marked improvement of macular morphology in BRVO patients with SRD than in those without SRD, while this therapy may have a similar effect on macular function in BRVO patients with or without SRD. PMID:22876931

  10. Wider Retinal Artery Trajectories in Eyes with Macular Hole Than in Fellow Eyes of Patients with Unilateral Idiopathic Macular Hole

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    Yamashita, Takehiro; Yamashita, Toshifumi; Yamakiri, Keita; Sonoda, Shozo; Ishibashi, Tatsuro

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To determine whether the width of the retinal artery (RA) trajectory was associated with the presence of a macular hole (MH). Methods A retrospective cross sectional case-control study was performed. The fundus photographs were rotated 90 degrees, and the coordinates of the best fit curve of the RA trajectory were determined automatically based on these plots using the ImageJ program. The converted coordinates were fit to a second degree polynomial (ax2/100 + bx + c) equation. The width and steepness of the RA trajectory, “a”, of the eyes with a MH eye were compared to that of the fellow eyes. Results One hundred and ten eyes of 55 consecutive patients (30 women) with a unilateral MH and healthy fellow eyes were analyzed. The mean age was 64.9 years (range 47-81 years). The constant ‘a’ was significantly smaller in eyes with a MH than that of the fellow eyes (0.379 ± 0.094 vs 0.416 ± 0.121, P = 0.001, paired t test), indicating that the RA trajectory was wider in the MH eyes than in the fellow eyes. There was a significant correlation between the axial length and ‘a’ of the RA trajectory in the MH eyes (R = 0.273, P = 0.044) and in the fellow eyes (R = 0.356, P = 0.008; Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient). Conclusions Because eyes with a MH have a significantly wider and flatter RA trajectory, there may be greater traction on the fovea which is located between the RA arches. The causative role of this finding is still unclear. PMID:25867212

  11. Randomised clinical trial evaluating best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness after 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation treatment in diabetic macular oedema

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    Pei-pei, W; Shi-zhou, H; Zhen, T; Lin, L; Ying, L; Jiexiong, O; Wen-bo, Z; Chen-jin, J

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To compare best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central macular thickness (CMT) after 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation and threshold laser grid photocoagulation for the treatment of diabetic macular oedema (DME). Patients and methods Twenty-three patients (46 eyes) with binocular DME were enroled in this study. The two eyes of each patient were divided into a subthreshold photocoagulation group and a threshold photocoagulation group. The eyes of the subthreshold group underwent 532-nm patter scan laser system (PASCAL) 50% end point subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation therapy, whereas the threshold photocoagulation group underwent short-pulse grid photocoagulation with a 532-nm PASCAL system. BCVA and CMT were assessed in all patients before treatment, 7 days after treatment, and 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment. Results After grid photocoagulation, the mean BCVA improved in both the subthreshold group, and the threshold group, and the two groups did not differ statistically significantly from each other. Similarly, the macular oedema diminished in both groups after treatment, and the two groups did not differ statistically significantly from each other with regard to CMT. Conclusion Both 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation and threshold laser grid photocoagulation can improve the visual acuity and reduce CMT in DME patients. PMID:25697457

  12. Randomised clinical trial evaluating best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness after 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation treatment in diabetic macular oedema.

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    Pei-Pei, W; Shi-Zhou, H; Zhen, T; Lin, L; Ying, L; Jiexiong, O; Wen-Bo, Z; Chen-Jin, J

    2015-03-01

    PurposeTo compare best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central macular thickness (CMT) after 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation and threshold laser grid photocoagulation for the treatment of diabetic macular oedema (DME).Patients and methodsTwenty-three patients (46 eyes) with binocular DME were enroled in this study. The two eyes of each patient were divided into a subthreshold photocoagulation group and a threshold photocoagulation group. The eyes of the subthreshold group underwent 532-nm patter scan laser system (PASCAL) 50% end point subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation therapy, whereas the threshold photocoagulation group underwent short-pulse grid photocoagulation with a 532-nm PASCAL system. BCVA and CMT were assessed in all patients before treatment, 7 days after treatment, and 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment.ResultsAfter grid photocoagulation, the mean BCVA improved in both the subthreshold group, and the threshold group, and the two groups did not differ statistically significantly from each other. Similarly, the macular oedema diminished in both groups after treatment, and the two groups did not differ statistically significantly from each other with regard to CMT.ConclusionBoth 532-nm subthreshold laser grid photocoagulation and threshold laser grid photocoagulation can improve the visual acuity and reduce CMT in DME patients. PMID:25697457

  13. Effect of Supplemental Lutein and Zeaxanthin on Serum, Macular Pigmentation, and Visual Performance in Patients with Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Huang, Yang-Mu; Dou, Hong-Liang; Huang, Fei-Fei; Xu, Xian-Rong; Zou, Zhi-Yong

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To compare the 2-year effect of multiple doses of lutein/zeaxanthin on serum, macular pigmentation, and visual performance on patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods. In this randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled trial, 112 early AMD patients randomly received either 10?mg lutein, 20?mg lutein, a combination of lutein (10?mg) and zeaxanthin (10?mg), or placebo daily for 2 years. Serum concentration of lutein/zeaxanthin, macular pigment optical density (MPOD), visual functions including best-spectacle corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity (CS), flash recovery time (FRT), and vision-related quality of life (VFQ25) was quantified. Results. Serum lutein concentration and MPOD significantly increased in all the active treatment groups. Supplementation with 20?mg lutein was the most effective in increasing MPOD and CS at 3 cycles/degree for the first 48 weeks. However, they both significantly increased to the same peak value following supplementation with either 10?mg or 20?mg lutein during the intervention. No statistical changes of BCVA or FRT were observed during the trial. Conclusions. Long-term lutein supplementation could increase serum lutein concentration, MPOD, and visual sensitivities of early AMD patients. 10?mg lutein daily might be an advisable long-term dosage for early AMD treatment.

  14. Management of Severe Bilateral Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction in Neonates with Prenatally Diagnosed Bilateral Hydronephrosis

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    Kim, Jongwon; Hong, Sungwoo; Park, Chang Hoo; Park, Hongzoo

    2010-01-01

    Purpose The management of prenatally detected bilateral ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) remains controversial. We attempted to develop a treatment plan for patients with severe bilateral UPJO. Materials and Methods We evaluated the records of 13 patients with prenatally diagnosed grade 3 or more bilateral hydronephrosis that led to the postnatal diagnosis of severe bilateral UPJO. Ultrasonography and 99mtechnetium mercaptoacetyltriglycine (99mTc-MAG3) renal scans were performed within 1 month. Four renal units had grade 3 and 22 had grade 4 hydronephrosis. All 13 patients were managed by unilateral pyeloplasty, and the patients' mean age was 3 months. At 1 month postoperatively, we decided whether delayed surgery in the opposite renal unit was necessary according to the findings of ultrasonography and 99mTc-MAG3 scans. Results Of 13 patients, 11 underwent initial pyeloplasty on renal units with more severe hydronephrosis or lower relative renal function (RRF) on 99mTc-MAG3 scans. The remaining 2 patients simultaneously underwent percutaneous nephrostomy on renal units with a lower RRF and initial pyeloplasty on renal units with a higher RRF. In 5 patients, contralateral hydronephrosis had spontaneously improved at 1 month postoperatively, and 8 patients underwent delayed contralateral pyeloplasty at 2 months postoperatively. Conclusions In children with severe bilateral UPJO, the non-operated renal units with grade 3 and some with grade 4 hydronephrosis improved spontaneously after unilateral pyeloplasty. Therefore, delayed pyeloplasty of the opposite side should be considered at 1 month following initial pyeloplasty. PMID:20856652

  15. Investigating a C1QTNF5 mutation associated with macular degeneration 

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    Slingsby, Fern

    2009-01-01

    C1QTNF5 is a 25kDa short chain collagen of unknown function which is mutated in late-onset retinal macular degeneration (L-ORMD). L-ORMD is an autosomal dominant disease characterised by sub-retinal pigment epithelial ...

  16. OBESITY, LUTEIN METABOLISM, AND AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION: A WEB OF CONNECTIONS

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of visual impairment in the United States. Currently there is no effective cure for this disease. Risk factors include decreased lutein and zeaxanthin status and obesity. Obesity is also an increasing public health concern. The alarming increas...

  17. Macular pigment density and distribution: comparison of fundus autofluorescence with minimum motion photometry

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    Anthony G. Robson; Jack D. Moreland; Daniel Pauleikhoff; Tony Morrissey; Graham E. Holder; Fred W. Fitzke; Alan C Bird; Frederik J. G. M. van Kuijk

    2003-01-01

    Macular pigment (MP) distribution profiles were measured for 18 subjects using a Moreland anomaloscope modified for motion photometry. The total amount of MP within the central 7° was estimated from the distribution profile by numerical integration. Fundus autofluorescence images were obtained for eight of these subjects using a scanning laser ophthalmoscope. Peak optical density of MP increased with the total

  18. Diminishing risk for age related macular degeneration with nutrition: A current view

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Clinical hallmarks of AMD are observed in one third of the elderly in industrialized countries. Preventative interventions through dietary modification are attractive strategies because they are more affordable...

  19. Introduction to the issue regarding research regarding age related macular degeneration

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    Blindness is the second greatest fear among the elderly. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly in most industrialized nations. AMD first compromises central high acuity vision. Subsequently, all vision may be lost. AMD is a progressive retinal d...

  20. The Proteome of Central and Peripheral Retina with Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Cheryl M. Ethen; Cavan Reilly; Xiao Feng; Timothy W. Olsen; Deborah A. Ferrington

    2006-01-01

    PURPOSE. A growing understanding of the molecular events in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has lead to targeted therapies for a select group of patients with advanced AMD. Development of therapies for the earlier stages requires further elucidation of disease mechanisms. In this study, a proteomics approach was used to identify proteins that had altered con- tent in human donor eyes

  1. Identification of spectral phenotypes in age-related macular degeneration patients

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    Davis, Bert; Russell, Steven; Abramoff, Michael; Nemeth, Sheila C.; Barriga, E. Simon; Soliz, Peter

    2007-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to show that there exists a spectral characteristic that differentiates normal macular tissue from various types of genetic-based macular diseases. This paper demonstrates statistically that hyperspectral images of macular and other retinal tissue can be used to spectrally differentiate different forms of age-related macular degeneration. A hyperspectral fundus imaging device has been developed and tested for the purpose of collecting hyperspectral images of the human retina. A methodology based on partial least squares and ANOVA has been applied to determine the hyperspectral representation of individual spectral characteristics of retinal features. Each discrete tissue type in the retina has an identifiable spectral shape or signature which, when combined with spatial context, aids in detection of pathological features. Variations in the amount and distribution of various ocular pigments or the inclusion of additional biochemical substances will allow detection of pathological conditions prior to traditional histological presentation. Fundus imaging cameras are ubiquitous and are one of the most common imaging modalities used in documenting a patient's retinal state for diagnosis, e.g. remotely, or for monitoring the progression of an ocular disease. The added diagnostic information obtained with only a minor retro-fit of a specialized spectral camera will lead to new diagnostic information to the clinical ophthalmologist or eye-care specialist.

  2. Protect Your Eyes: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Facts and Prevention Tips

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    PROTECT YOUR EYES Age-Related Macular Degeneration ( AMD ) FACTS & PREVENTION TIPS A LEADING CAUSE OF VISION LOSS IN THE U.S . AMD ... you are over age 60, get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Source: National ...

  3. In vivo imaging of retinal pigment epithelium cells in age related macular degeneration

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    , 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA 5 Department of Ophthalmology, Medical College; (170.4470) Ophthalmology. References and links 1. C. J. Blair, "Geographic atrophy of the retinal of senile macular degeneration," Ophthalmology 92(5), 615­627 (1985). 4. H. Kaneko, S. Dridi, V. Tarallo, B

  4. Pulsed dye laser for the treatment of macular amyloidosis: a case report.

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    Barsky, Maya; Buka, Robert L

    2014-04-01

    Macular amyloidosis causes an eruption of brown pigment in the skin when keratin is altered. The resulting hyperpigmentation, which often leads to patient distress, generally has unsatisfactory treatment options. Among the treatment modalities that have been used for amyloidosis, the pulsed dye laser (PDL) has shown success in the treatment of nodular amyloidosis, and the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser has reduced the appearance of amyloid plaques in macular amyloidosis. We investigated the effects of repeated PDL treatments in a 57-year-old man with recalcitrant macular amyloidosis. The patient was treated with 3 treatment sessions of PDL at 2-week intervals. Based on patient self-assessment and our own photographic analysis, improvement of the lesions was noted with each treatment. Macular amyloidosis can be successfully treated using the PDL, which decreases amyloid aggregation and skin hyperpigmentation. This effect from a decrease in collagen and dermatan sulfate synthesis is similar to the mechanism behind the reduction of size of hypertrophic scars using PDL. PMID:24818178

  5. Prematurely senescent ARPE-19 cells display features of age-related macular degeneration

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    Anne-Lise Glotin; Florence Debacq-Chainiaux; Jean-Yves Brossas; Anne-Marie Faussat; Jacques Tréton; Anna Zubielewicz; Olivier Toussaint; Frédéric Mascarelli

    2008-01-01

    The etiology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, remains poorly understood, but may be related to cumulative oxidative stress. The prime target of the disease is the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE). To study the molecular mechanisms underlying RPE degeneration, we investigated whether repetitive oxidative stress induced premature senescence in RPE cells from

  6. Proposed international clinical diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema disease severity scales

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    C. P Wilkinson; Frederick L Ferris; Ronald E Klein; Paul P Lee; Carl David Agardh; Matthew Davis; Diana Dills; Anselm Kampik; R Pararajasegaram; Juan T Verdaguer

    2003-01-01

    PurposeTo develop consensus regarding clinical disease severity classification systems for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema that can be used around the world, and to improve communication and coordination of care among physicians who care for patients with diabetes.

  7. Is the incidence of registrable age-related macular degeneration increasing?

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    J Evans; R Wormald

    1996-01-01

    AIMS\\/BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a growing public health problem in Britain; currently its aetiology is unclear. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the age specific incidence of blinding ARMD has increased in Britain in the past 50 years, using data on cause of visual loss in people registered as blind, published every 10

  8. Effect of Flicker on Macular Blood Flow Assessed by the Blue Field Simulation Technique

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    Charles E. Riva; Ken Kazahaya; Benno L. Petrig

    Purpose. To determine the effect of diffuse luminance flicker on the motion of leukocytes in the retinal macular capillaries of normal subjects. Methods. Using the blue field simulation technique, subjects were asked to match the motion of simulated leukocytes displayed on a video monitor to that of their own entoptically seen white blood cells (WBCs). The changes in velocity and

  9. Dietary Antioxidants and Primary Prevention of Age Related Macular Degeneration: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Elaine W.-T. Chong; Tien Y. Wong; Andreas J. Kreis; Julie A. Simpson; Robyn H. Guymer

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of dietary antioxidants in the primary prevention of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Design: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Data sources: Search of seven databases without limits on year or language of publication, and retrieval of references in pertinent reviews and articles. Methods: Two reviewers independently searched the databases and selected the studies, using standardised criteria.

  10. Scotopic Microperimetry in the Early Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Preliminary Study

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    Pescosolido, Nicola

    2014-01-01

    Background. Recent clinical studies have shown that, in some degenerative retinal diseases, like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the sensitivity of the rods decreases more rapidly than the sensitivity of the cones. The aim of this study was to evaluate if there is a correlation between the presence of hard drusen at the macular level and the rod damage responsible for the reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity in subjects at risk for AMD. Methods. The authors selected 24 subjects (14 men and 10 women) with an average age of 67.25?±?5.7 years. Macular hard drusen were present in 50% of the subjects at the fundus oculi exam. The researchers evaluated the retinal sensitivity to light in mesopic and scotopic conditions of each subject with an MP-1 scotopic microperimeter (MP-1S). Results. In subjects with hard drusen in the fundus oculi examination, there was a statistically significant reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity, while the mesopic retinal sensitivity was not compromised. Conclusion. This study revealed how the presence of hard drusen at the macular level is associated with a reduction in scotopic retinal sensitivity compared to a control group of healthy subjects. Retinal functionality in a scotopic setting examined with MP-1S could be useful in early diagnosis of AMD. PMID:25548774

  11. Fear of falling in age-related macular degeneration

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    2014-01-01

    Background Prior studies have shown age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to be associated with falls. The purpose of this study is to determine if (AMD) and AMD-related vision loss are associated with fear of falling, an important and distinct outcome. Methods Sixty-five persons with AMD with evidence of vision loss in one or both eyes and 60 glaucoma suspects with normal vision completed the University of Illinois at Chicago Fear of Falling questionnaire. Responses were Rasch analyzed. Scores were expressed in logit units, with lower scores demonstrating lesser ability and greater fear of falling. Results Compared to glaucoma suspect controls, AMD subjects had worse visual acuity (VA) (median better-eye VA?=?20/48 vs. 20/24, p?

  12. Systemic changes in neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

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    Singh, Amardeep

    2014-06-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of visual impairment in the aged population worldwide. The mechanisms underlying this multifactorial and heterogenic disease are complex and incompletely understood. There is increasing evidence to suggest that regulatory differences in the immune system are involved in the development of the various subtypes of AMD. The purpose of this thesis was to identify some of these potential differences in patients with early or late (wet, dry, or fibrotic) AMD. Specifically, we sought to determine differences in 1) expression of regulators of the complement pathway (CD46, CD55, and CD59) on circulating leukocytes; 2) expression of microglia-inhibitory proteins (CD200 and CD200R) on circulating leukocytes; and 3) plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a factor known to inhibit angiogenesis, fibrosis, inflammation, and oxidation. All participants underwent a semi-structured interview and detailed retinal imaging. Fresh venous blood was obtained and the frequency of cells expressing the proteins in question was determined using flow cytometry. Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D was measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Also, genotyping as performed in order to determine the frequency of certain single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the vitamin D metabolism. Patients with wet AMD were found to have statistically significant lower frequencies of CD46 and CD59 on CD14+monocytes and higher frequencies of CD200 on CD11b+ monocytes compared to control individuals without AMD (p = 0.0070 and p = 0.047, respectively). Moreover, we found a lower frequency of CD46 on CD45+lymphocytes in patients with wet AMD and subretinal fibrosis compared to patients with wet AMD without fibrosis (p = 0.010). Vitamin D status was not different across AMD subgroups; however, the presence of subretinal fibrosis in patients with wet AMD was associated with a statistically significant lower concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (p < 0.001). Our results suggest that inadequate systemic immune modulation is an important pathogenic mechanism in the aetiology of AMD. Moreover, some differences in protein expression and vitamin D status appear to be related to the phenotypical diversity of AMD, proposing that different mechanisms may underlie the different subtypes of AMD. PMID:24947635

  13. A twin study on age-related macular degeneration.

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    Meyers, S M

    1994-01-01

    A prospective twin study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) recruited 83 monozygotic pairs, 28 dizygotic pairs, and one triplet set from 1986 through 1993. Zygosity was determined by genetic testing of red cell markers, HLA antigens, or specific DNA loci. There were no twin pairs in which I collected data on only one twin. To decrease ascertainment bias, after 1991 the recruitment notice did not mention AMD, and I did not ask about a history of eye disease before the eye examination. Because of this, twin pairs recruited from 1986 through 1991 were statistically analyzed separately from those after January 1, 1992. From 1986 through 1991, 23 twin pairs were recruited; 11 monozygotic and 2 dizygotic pairs had nonAMD retinal changes or no retinal abnormalities, 9 monozygotic pairs with AMD were all concordant, and 1 dizygotic pair was discordant for basal laminar drusen. The concordance rate of AMD did not differ significantly between monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs (P = .10) for 1986 through 1991. In 1992 and 1993, 88 twin pairs and one triplet set were recruited; 49 monozygotic and 19 dizygotic pairs had nonAMD retinal changes or no retinal abnormalities, 14 monozygotic pairs with AMD were all concordant, and 2 of 7 dizygotic pairs were concordant for AMD. The nonidentical triplets (1 with and 2 without AMD) were categorized as one of the discordant dizygotic pairs in the statistical evaluation. In nontwin age-matched (within 2 or 5 years of age) or age- and sex-matched sibling pairs the concordance rate of AMD ranged from 16% to 25%. The concordance rate of AMD was significantly higher in monozygotic than in dizygotic twins (P = .001) for 1992 and 1993. The concordance rate was higher for monozygotic twin pairs recruited in 1992 and 1993 than in any of the four subsets of nontwin age-method or age- and sex-matched sibling pairs (P < .0001). Overall, from 1986 through 1993, 23 of 23 monozygotic and 2 of 8 dizygotic twin pairs were concordant for AMD; this included the one dizygotic pair which was discordant for basal laminar drusen. The data of this study strongly suggest a genetic predisposition to AMD. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 1 (cont.) FIGURE 2 FIGURE 2 (cont.) FIGURE 2 (cont.) FIGURE 3 FIGURE 3 (cont.) FIGURE 3 (cont.) FIGURE 3 (cont.) FIGURE 4 FIGURE 4 (cont.) FIGURE 5 FIGURE 5 (cont.) FIGURE 5 (cont.) FIGURE 6 FIGURE 6 (cont.) FIGURE 7 FIGURE 7 (cont.) FIGURE 8 FIGURE 8 (cont.) FIGURE 9 FIGURE 9 (cont.) FIGURE 9 (cont.) FIGURE 10 FIGURE 10 (cont.) FIGURE 11 FIGURE 11 (cont.) FIGURE 11 (cont.) FIGURE 12 FIGURE 12 (cont.) FIGURE 12 (cont.) PMID:7886884

  14. B-scan ultrasonographic findings in the stages of idiopathic macular hole.

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    Van Newkirk, M R; Johnson, M W; Hughes, J R; Meyer, K A; Byrne, S F

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate the relationship between the posterior hyaloid membrane (PHM) and the retina in eyes with idiopathic macular hole. METHODS: Ninety-four eyes of 94 consecutive patients with macular hole underwent complete ophthalmologic examination, contact lens biomicroscopy, and B-scan ultrasonography and/or vitreoretinal surgery. RESULTS: In 93 of 94 patients (99%), the relationship between the PHM and posterior retina could be visualized during echographic examinations or at surgery. Among these 93 patients, the PHM was detectable biomicroscopically in 36 (39%). Persistent PHM attachment to the foveola with partial separation of the PHM from the perifoveal retina was evident with ultrasonography in 5 of 6 patients (83%) with stage 1 hole and in 12 of 18 patients (67%) with stage 2 hole. When axial views were included, separation of the PHM from the perifoveal retina was evident in 13 of 13 patients (100%) with stage 1 and stage 2 hole. Separation of the PHM from the fovea and perifoveal retina with attachment to the peripapillary retina was evident with ultrasonography in 65 of 65 patients (100%) with stage 3 macular hole and pseudo-operculum and was evident biomicroscopically in 22 of the 65 patients (34%) in this group. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that high-resolution axial and paraxial ultrasonographic examination directly on the surface of the eye is more sensitive in detecting separation of the PHM from the retina than biomicroscopy in idiopathic macular holes. The perifoveal detachment of the PHM may be involved in the pathogenesis of macular holes. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 PMID:11190020

  15. Study of cystoid macular edema by optical coherent tomography following uneventful cataract surgery.

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    Chaudhary, Charu; Bahadhur, Harsh; Gupta, Neeti

    2014-09-10

    The objective of this paper is to study the incidence of cystoid macular edema (CME) using optical coherence tomography (OCT) following uneventful small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and phacoemulsification. This was a descriptive, prospective study where 200 patients undergoing cataract surgery were randomly divided into two groups over a period of 1 year. Patients undergoing uneventful small incision cataract surgery were included in group I and patient undergoing uneventful phacoemulsification were included in group II, with 100 patients in each group. Preoperative assessment included best corrected visual acuity, detailed anterior segment and posterior segment evaluation, and intraocular pressure measurement. Macular thickness was measured using RTVue 100 three dimensional Fourier domain OCT, using Enhanced Macular Map 5 (EMM5) protocol. In group II, all the phaco parameters were also noted. Postoperative examination was done at day 1, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months for BCVA and macular thickness. Preoperative and postoperative measurements were analyzed statistically using ANOVA test, paired samples t test, and Pearson's correlation coefficient was calculated for different variables like phaco time, phaco energy, and BCVA. Statistically significant increase in macular thickness was detected postoperatively at 1 week (p ? 0.05 for group I and p = 0.1 for group II) and 1 month (p = 0.001 for group I and p ? 0.05 for group II), in all patients. It returned to near normal values by 3 months post operatively. This increase was mostly sub clinical. Overall incidence of clinical CME was 1.5 %. Following SICS incidence of clinical CME was 2 % and after phacoemulsification was 1 %. BCVA was not affected in patients with subclinical CME but decreased vision was seen in patients with clinical CME. The incidence of subclinical and clinical CME was comparable in SICS and phacoemulsification, and subclinical CME did not have an impact on BCVA. PMID:25205061

  16. FIVE-YEAR FOLLOW-UP OF MACULAR MORPHOLOGIC CHANGES AFTER RHEGMATOGENOUS RETINAL DETACHMENT REPAIR

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    RASHID, SAADIA; PILLI, SUMAN; CHIN, ERIC K.; ZAWADZKI, ROBERT J.; WERNER, JOHN S.; PARK, SUSANNA S.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate serially long-term macular morphologic changes after successful macula-involving rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair and correlate changes with macular function. Methods: Repeat Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD OCT) imaging and microperimetry (MP-1) testing of 8 of the initial cohort of 17 eyes studied 5 years earlier. Results: The mean follow-up after rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair was 3.4 months (range, 1–8.5 months) for the first FD OCT and 5 years (range, 3.75–5.75 years) for the follow-up FD OCT. The final postoperative best-corrected visual acuity mean was 20/201 (range, 20/20 to counting fingers). Six eyes with final best-corrected visual acuity >20/40 had an intact external limiting membrane and progressive resolution of photoreceptor inner segment–outer segment junction disruption and/or subretinal fluid on serial FD OCT, which correlated with improvement in macular function on MP-1. Two eyes with poor or worsening best-corrected visual acuity on follow-up had persistent or worsening inner segment–outer segment disruption on serial FD OCT. External limiting membrane was intact in one eye and persistently disrupted in the other. Conclusion: Macular function may progressively improve or worsen long-term after successful rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair. Progressive resolution of subretinal fluid and/or inner segment–outer segment disruption on FD OCT correlated with improvement in macular function, whereas worsening or persistent inner segment–outer segment disruption correlates with worsening or persistently poor visual outcome. PMID:23591534

  17. Mechanism of Highly Synchronized Bilateral Hippocampal Activity

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    Wang, Y.; Toprani, S.; Tang, Y.; Vrabec, T.; Durand, D.M.

    2014-01-01

    In vivo studies of epileptiform discharges in the hippocampi of rodents have shown that bilateral seizure activity can sometimes be synchronized with very small delays (< 2 ms). This observed small time delay of epileptiform activity between the left and right CA3 regions is unexpected given the physiological propagation time across the hemispheres (> 6 ms). The goal of this study is to determine the mechanisms of this tight synchronization with in-vitro electrophysiology techniques and computer simulations. The hypothesis of a common source was first eliminated by using an in-vitro preparation containing both hippocampi with a functional ventral hippocampal commissure (VHC) and no other tissue. Next, the hypothesis that a noisy baseline could mask the underlying synchronous activity between the two hemispheres was ruled out by low noise in-vivo recordings and computer simulation of the noisy environment. Then we built a novel bilateral CA3 model to test the hypothesis that the phenomenon of very small left-to-right propagation delay of seizure activity is a product of epileptic cell network dynamics. We found that the commissural tract connectivity could decrease the delay between seizure events recorded from two sides while the activity propagated longitudinally along the CA3 layer thereby yielding delays much smaller than the propagation time between the two sides. The modeling results indicate that both recurrent and feedforward inhibition were required for shortening the bilateral propagation delay and depended critically on the length of the commissural fiber tract as well as the number of cells involved in seizure generation. These combined modeling/experimental studies indicate that it is possible to explain near perfect synchronization between the two hemispheres by taking into account the structure of the hippocampal network. PMID:24262205

  18. [New drug VEGF Trap-Eye--Eylea--and its use in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, central retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, and choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia].

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    Rejdak, Robert; Szkaradek, Ma?gorzata; Taslaq, Wesam; Ka?uzny, Jakub J; Grieb, Pawel; Jünemann, Anselm G M

    2012-01-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of choroidal and retinal neovascularization. Anti-VEGF therapy changed the standard-of-care for ocular disease with neovascularisation. This article presents one promising new drug--VEGF Trap-Eye--and results of clinical trials evaluating its efficacy in the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, central retinal vain occlusion, diabetic macular edema and choroidal neovascularization secondary to pathologic myopia. PMID:23461161

  19. [Bilateral chorioretinitis after infection with Yersinia enterocolitica].

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    Osusky, R; Kain, H L

    1991-01-01

    We report a case of severe, bilateral panuveitis with disseminated chorioretinis. With systemic steroid therapy the inflammation resolved within 4 weeks, resulting in chorioretinal scarring. Because the agglutination titer against Yersinia enterocolitica type 3 was increased to 6 times over normal, we consider Yersinia to be the most probable cause of the panuveitis. Concomitantly, serology revealed evidence for recent infection with mumps and shigella. Both can cause anterior uveitis. Therefore, we cannot exclude interactions, which may influence the clinical picture. After reviewing the literature we describe for the first time a case of chorioretinits and panuveitis associated with infection by Yersinia. PMID:1757029

  20. Bilateral Pseudoexfoliation Deposits on Intraocular Lens Implants

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    Bonafonte Marquez, Elena; Bonafonte Royo, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    We present a rare case of bilateral pseudoexfoliative deposits on both intraocular lens (IOL) implants in an 83-year-old woman with no other associated pathology, 5 years after cataract surgery. Pseudoexfoliation syndrome is the most common cause of secondary open-angle glaucoma worldwide and these deposits are usually found on the natural lens. The fact that pseudoexfoliative deposits have been found on IOL implants implies the need for a thorough examination in pseudophakic patients, for it could be the only sign of secondary glaucoma. PMID:25713742

  1. Very late relapse of bilateral retinoblastoma.

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    Choi, Jung Yoon; Kang, Hyoung Jin; Lee, Ji Won; Ju, Hee Young; Hong, Che Ry; Kim, Hyery; Yu, Young Suk; Park, Sung-Hye; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Park, Kyung Duk; Shin, Hee Young

    2015-05-01

    Retinoblastoma usually recurs within the first few years after treatment completion. We report a rare case of very late relapse in a 6-month-old girl who was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma. The patient achieved first remission after treatment with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, enucleation of the right eye, local laser therapy of the left eye, and adjuvant chemotherapy. Extraocular relapse with multiple metastases occurred 13 years and 8 months after treatment. The patient is currently in second complete remission after receiving high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. In conclusion, long-term follow-up is needed for early detection of recurrent retinoblastoma. PMID:25757022

  2. Bilateral clubfoot in three homozygous preterm triplets.

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    Pagnotta, Gaetano; Boccanera, Francesca; Rizzo, Giuseppe; Agostino, Rocco; Gougoulias, Nikolaos; Maffulli, Nicola

    2011-01-01

    The etiology of congenital idiopathic talipes equinovarus deformity is unclear. Studies on populations, families, and twins have suggested a genetic component. However, the mode of inheritance does not fit classic patterns. The intrauterine posture and environmental and developmental causative factors have also been associated with the deformity. Neurologic, muscular, bony, connective tissue, and vascular structures can be affected. We present the case of monochorionic triplets with bilateral congenital idiopathic talipes equinovarus deformities. To the best of our knowledge, such a presentation has not been previously described and supports a genetic etiology of congenital idiopathic talipes equinovarus deformity. PMID:21616690

  3. Purpose. To evaluate the reliability and validity of a portable instrument for measuring macular pigment optical density.

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    to use in the clinic and has potential as a screening tool. Keywords: macular pigment; screening; smoking ). If the anti-oxidant and free radical scaveng- ing properties of MP, demonstrated in vitro,3,4 are also

  4. Improvement of sudden bilateral hearing loss after vertebral artery stenting.

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    Kim, Ji Hwa; Roh, Kyung Jin; Suh, Sang Hyun; Lee, Kyung-Yul

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral deafness is a rare but possible symptom of vertebrobasilar ischemia. We report a case of sudden bilateral sensorineural hearing loss caused by bilateral vertebral artery (VA) occlusion which dramatically improved after stenting. A 54-year-old man was admitted with sudden onset of bilateral deafness, vertigo, and drowsy mental status. Brain diffusion-weighted MRI showed acute infarction involving both the posterior inferior cerebellar artery and left posterior cerebral artery territory. Cerebral angiography showed bilateral distal VA occlusion, and emergency intracranial stenting was performed in the left VA. After reperfusion therapy his symptoms gradually improved, including hearing impairment. Endovascular stenting may be helpful in a patient with sudden deafness caused by bilateral VA occlusion. PMID:25697296

  5. Bilateral chylothorax: an unusual complication of cervical rib resection

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    Aslam, Imran; Johnson, Brian; Greenstone, Michael A.; Kastelik, Jack A.

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral chylothorax is a rare cause of pleural effusions. Here we report an unusual acute presentation of bilateral chylothorax following thoracic outlet surgery. Unique to this case was the disparate characteristics of pleural fluid analyses with an exudate on the left and a transudate on the right. This report describes the recognition and management of bilateral chylothoraces, an uncommon but potentially serious complication of this frequently performed surgical procedure. PMID:25553240

  6. Bilateral Art: Integrating Art Therapy, Family Therapy, and Neuroscience

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    Carole M. McNamee

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the systemic use of a neurologically-based art therapy modality—bilateral art—that engages both dominant\\u000a and non-dominant hands in the process of creating images in response to opposing cognitions or feelings. It describes both\\u000a neuroscience and family therapy perspectives that argue for the use of bilateral art. A specific protocol for bilateral art\\u000a therapy is provided along with a

  7. The North Jutland County Diabetic Retinopathy Study (NCDRS) 2. Non-ophthalmic parameters and clinically significant macular oedema

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    L L Knudsen; H-H Lervang; S Lundbye-Christensen; A Gorst-Rasmussen

    2007-01-01

    Background:The influence of non-ophthalmic parameters on the prevalence of clinically significant macular oedema has not been unambiguously established. The present study was initiated with the aim of clarification.Methods:This cross-sectional study comprised 656 type 1 and 328 type 2 diabetic subjects undergoing retinopathy screening in the county of North Jutland. The association between the presence of clinically significant macular oedema and

  8. Influence of laser photocoagulation for clinically significant diabetic macular oedema (DMO) on short-wavelength and conventional automated perimetry

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    C. Hudson; J. G. Flanagan; G. S. Turner; H. C. Chen; L. B. Young; D. McLeod

    1998-01-01

    Summary   The aim of the study was to determine the effect of laser photocoagulation for clinically significant diabetic macular oedema\\u000a (DMO) on macular visual function as assessed by conventional and short-wavelength automated static threshold perimetry. The\\u000a sample comprised 24 patients who required laser photocoagulation for clinically significant DMO (mean age 59.75 years, range\\u000a 45–75 years). One eye of each patient

  9. Full Thickness Macular Hole Closure after Exchanging Silicone-Oil Tamponade with C3F8 without Posturing

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    Tina Xirou; Vasiliki Xirou; George Mangouritsas; Elias Feretis; Stamatina A. Kabanarou

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To report a case of macular hole closure after the exchange of a silicone-oil tamponade with gas C3F8 14%. Method: A 64-year-old female patient with a stage IV macular hole underwent a three-port pars-plana vitrectomy and internal limiting membrane peeling. Due to the patient’s chronic illness (respiratory problems), a silicone-oil tamponade was preferred. However, the macula hole was still

  10. Optic nerve atrophy after vitrectomy with indocyanine green-assisted internal limiting membrane peeling in diffuse diabetic macular edema

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    Fumitaka Ando; Osamu Yasui; Hiroshi Hirose; Norio Ohba

    2004-01-01

    PurposeTo report anatomic and visual outcomes of vitrectomy and indocyanine green (ICG)-assisted peeling of the retinal internal limiting membrane (ILM) in the treatment of diffuse diabetic macular edema.MethodsIn a retrospective interventional case series, 15 eyes of 11 patients with refractory diffuse diabetic macular edema underwent pars plana vitrectomy with removal of the ILM, which was stained by intravitreal injection of

  11. Analysis of glutathione S -transferase Pi isoform (GSTP1) single-nucleotide polymorphisms and macular telangiectasia type 2

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    Joshua A. Szental; Paul N. Baird; Andrea J. Richardson; F. M. Amirul Islam; Hendrik P. N. Scholl; Peter Charbel Issa; Frank G. Holz; Mark Gillies; Robyn H. Guymer

    2010-01-01

    Recent imaging studies have suggested that macular pigment is decreased centrally in macular telangiectasia type 2 (MT2).\\u000a The uptake of xanthophyll pigment into the macula is thought to be facilitated by a xanthophyll-binding protein (XBP). The\\u000a Pi isoform of glutathione S-transferase (GSTP1) represents one such XBP with high binding affinity. This case–control study aimed to determine whether\\u000a two common single-nucleotide

  12. Bilateral papillopathy as a presenting sign of pheochromocytoma associated with von Hippel–Lindau disease

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    Shah, Veeral; Zlotcavitch, Leonid; Herro, Angela M; Dubovy, Sander R; Yehoshua, Zohar; Lam, Byron L

    2014-01-01

    A 7-year-old girl presented with decreased vision in both eyes for 1 month. Examination showed visual acuity of 20/50 and 20/60, no afferent pupillary defect, cecocentral scotomas, and bilateral optic disc edema with extensive peripapillary and macular exudates. Magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple cortical and subcortical white matter lesions. Both the laboratory workup and the systemic examination were unrevealing. However, on follow-up, the patient showed episodic elevations of blood pressure as high as 240/160. Further workup revealed elevated urine catecholamines and a right supra-adrenal mass proven to be a pheochromocytoma by histopathologic analysis. The paroxysmal hypertension resolved, and the visual acuity, visual fields, fundus exam, and neuroimaging improved. The patient was lost to follow-up until age 18 when she developed shortness of breath and was found to have multiple pulmonary metastases identified as pheochromocytoma by biopsy. Genetic testing identified a 3p25-26 (c.482 G>A) VHL gene chromosomal mutation consistent with von Hippel–Lindau disease genotype. Multiple peripheral retinal vascular dilations and small retinal capillary hemangioblastomas were also found. This case highlights the importance of recognizing the lability of blood pressure often seen with pheochromocytomas, which may mask the underlying cause of hypertensive papillopathy and retinopathy, a diagnosis of low clinical suspicion in the pediatric population. The case also underscores the importance of thorough systemic workup, including genotyping to detect conditions where pheochromocytoma may be the presenting sign of the disease, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia 2A and 2B, von Hippel–Lindau disease, von Recklinghausen disease, tuberous sclerosis, and Sturge–Weber syndrome. PMID:24707167

  13. A case presentation of bilateral simultaneous Bell's palsy.

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    Kilic, Rahmi; Ozdek, Ali; Felek, Sevim; Safak, M Asim; Samim, Erdal

    2003-01-01

    Bilateral simultaneous facial paralysis is an extremely rare clinical entity. Unlike the unilateral form, bilateral facial paralysis seldom falls into Bell's category. It is most often a special finding in a symptom complex of a systemic disease; many of them are potentially life-threatening, and therefore the condition warrants urgent medical intervention. Lyme disease, Guillian-Barre syndrome, Bell's palsy, leukemia, sarcoidosis, bacterial meningitis, syphilis, leprosy, Moebius syndrome, infectious mononucleosis, and skull fracture are the most common cause of bilateral facial paralysis. Here we present a 16-year-old patient with bilateral simultaneous Bell's palsy. PMID:12884223

  14. Bilateral synchronous spermatocytic seminoma: a rare case report

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    Yadav, Sankalp; Gupta, Nishant

    2014-01-01

    Testicular tumors are very common among man under the age of 45 years. The case of bilateral synchronous testicular seminoma is very rare. We present a case of bilateral synchronous testicular seminoma stage-I in a 42-year old Indian male who came to our hospital with chief complaints of dull ache in the abdomen and groin, bilateral scrotal swelling and heaviness, left-sided scrotal swelling since last four years, and right-sided since last two years. He underwent bilateral orchidectomy followed by radiotherapy. In this case we throw light on this rare condition and discuss the management. PMID:25309674

  15. Bilateral clavicle osteomyelitis: A case report

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    Saglam, Fevzi; Saglam, Seymanur; Gulabi, Deniz; Eceviz, Engin; Elmali, Nurzat; Yilmaz, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Osteomyelitis of the clavicle is rare. Infection occurs from hematogenous spread or trauma. In adults infection is usually secondary due to an exogenous cause such as open fractures, surgery (iatrogenic) or spread from local tissue with infection. PRESENTATION OF CASE The case is presented here of a 50-year old female with bilateral clavicular fractures, who was operated on with open reduction and internal fixation. At the 6-month follow-up, she had complaints of bilateral osteomyelitis which was successfully treated with resection of the infected segment of the bone, and antibiotic impregnated collagen. DISCUSSION Predisposing factors include diabetes, intravenous drug abuse, tuberculosis or immune suppression. Management involves the removal of bone fixation, debridement of the bone and if there is a defect, coverage with a muscle flap is applied. CONCLUSION In cases of clavicular osteomyelitis where infection continues despite debridement and antibiotic therapy, excision of the sequestered clavicular section is a successful treatment approach and has been seen to improve quality of life without any functional loss. PMID:25460439

  16. Influence of unilateral weight on bilateral cyclograms

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    Pellicer Costa, Juan José; Dusza, Jacek J.

    2014-11-01

    The paper presents the results of gait parameters as a function of unilateral weight. The object of the research was a woman walking on a stationary surface and carrying in his hand weights from 0 to 15 kg. Her movement was recorded by 6 cameras recording the location of 34 markers placed at appropriate points in the body. 3D reconstruction was performed for each of the reflecting markers. Tested signals were changes in the value the joint angles of ankle, knee and hip. On the basis of about 6 cycles of movement of each load, a model for the average gait cycle was developed. The result of the experiments are graphs of changes the joint angles as a function of time, bilateral cyclograms, synchronized bilateral cyclograms and regression lines. The conclusion of the study is to determine how one-sided load affects gait asymmetry. Simple and easy to interpret method of presentation of results were also shown. Studies were conducted using VICON system.

  17. Macular star formation in diabetic patients with non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NA-AION)

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    Galvez-Ruiz, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Background NA-AION is a condition that exhibits a number of unique characteristics in diabetics compared with the rest of the population. In some diabetic patients with NA-AION, lipid deposits can be observed around the macula forming an incomplete macular star. Methods We describe 12 case studies of patients with NA-AION observing the development of lipid deposits around the macula forming an incomplete macular star. Results All our patients developed some level of lipid deposits around the macula in the form of a macular hemistar in the course of their illness. Conclusion Some authors have suggested that the macular star is formed by transudation from capillaries deep in the optic disk through the intermediary tissue of Kuhnt, which is located between the retina and the anterior portion of the lamina retinalis. However, the development of the macular star is currently understood not as a simple transudation but as a multifactorial process involving the presence of vascular damage around the optic disk, which is considered one of the most important factors leading to its occurrence. Although some studies mention the presence of a macular star in patients with NA-AION, we believe that this phenomenon may be significantly more common than the current literature suggests.

  18. Simultaneous Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Adults: A Multicenter Clinical Study

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    Litovsky, Ruth; Parkinson, Aaron; Arcaroli, Jennifer; Sammeth, Carol

    2009-01-01

    Objective To determine the efficacy of “simultaneous” bilateral cochlear implantation (both implants placed during a single surgical procedure) by comparing bilateral and unilateral implant use in a large number of adult subjects tested at multiple sites. Design Prospective study of 37 adults with postlinguistic onset of bilateral, severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Performance with the bilateral cochlear implants, using the same speech processor type and speech processing strategy, was compared with performance using the left implant alone and the right implant alone. Speech understanding in quiet (CNCs and HINT sentences) and in noise (BKB-SIN Test) were evaluated at several postactivation time intervals, with speech presented at 0° azimuth, and noise at either 0°, 90° right, or 90° left in the horizontal plane. APHAB questionnaire data were collected after each subject underwent a 3-wk “bilateral deprivation” period, during which they wore only the speech processor that produced the best score during unilateral testing, and also after a period of listening again with the bilateral implants. Results By 6-mo postactivation, a significant advantage for speech understanding in quiet was found in the bilateral listening mode compared with either unilateral listening modes. For speech understanding in noise, the largest and most robust bilateral benefit was when the subject was able to take advantage of the head shadow effect; i.e., results were significantly better for bilateral listening compared with the unilateral condition when the ear opposite to the side of the noise was added to create the bilateral condition. This bilateral benefit was seen on at least one of the two unilateral ear comparisons for nearly all (32/34) subjects. Bilateral benefit was also found for a few subjects in spatial configurations that evaluated binaural redundancy and binaural squelch effects. A subgroup of subjects who had asymmetrical unilateral implant performances were, overall, similar in performance to subjects with symmetrical hearing. The questionnaire data indicated that bilateral users perceive their own performance to be better with bilateral cochlear implants than when using a single device. Conclusions Findings with a large patient group are in agreement with previous reports on smaller groups, showing that, overall, bilateral implantation offers the majority of patients advantages when listening in simulated adverse conditions. PMID:17086081

  19. Safety and Tolerability Study of AAV2-sFLT01 in Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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    2015-02-18

    Macular Degeneration; Age-Related Maculopathies; Age-Related Maculopathy; Maculopathies, Age-Related; Maculopathy, Age-Related; Retinal Degeneration; Retinal Neovascularization; Gene Therapy; Therapy, Gene; Eye Diseases

  20. Feasibility of telemedicine in detecting diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

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    Vaziri, Kamyar; Moshfeghi, Darius M; Moshfeghi, Andrew A

    2015-03-01

    Abstract Age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are important causes of visual impairment and blindness in the world. Because of recent advances and newly available treatment modalities along with the devastating consequences associated with late stages of these diseases, much attention has been paid to the importance of early detection and improving patient access to specialist care. Telemedicine or, more specifically, digital retinal imaging utilizing telemedical technology has been proposed as an important alternative screening and management strategy to help meet this demand. In this paper, we perform a literature review and analysis that evaluates the validity and feasibility of telemedicine in detecting diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Understanding both the progress and barriers to progress that have been demonstrated in these two areas is important for future telemedicine research projects and innovations in telemedicine technology. PMID:24171781

  1. A case of vasculitis, retinitis and macular neurosensory detachment presenting post typhoid fever

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    2014-01-01

    Background Ocular and extraocular immune-mediated phenomena are known to occur following febrile illness. Vasculitis, retinitis and neurosensory detachment are not well-recognized sequelae of typhoid fever. Findings We report a case of vasculitis, retinitis and macular neurosensory detachment presenting post typhoid fever. A 27-year-old female presented with decreased vision in right eye with history of typhoid fever (treated adequately 6 weeks prior). Her best corrected visual acuity in right eye was 20/125, N36. Fundus showed a patch of vasculitis and retinitis superior to the disc associated with macular neurosensory detachment and disc pallor. With oral steroids, the inflammation resolved and visual acuity improved to 20/20 at 6 weeks. Conclusions Immune-mediated vasculitis and retinitis following typhoid fever may respond well to systemic steroids. PMID:25246983

  2. ROCK-Isoform-Specific Polarization of Macrophages Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

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    Zandi, Souska; Nakao, Shintaro; Chun, Kwang-Hoon; Fiorina, Paolo; Sun, Dawei; Arita, Ryoichi; Zhao, Ming; Kim, Enoch; Schueller, Olivier; Campbell, Stewart; Taher, Mahdi; Melhorn, Mark Ivan; Schering, Alexander; Gatti, Francesca; Tezza, Sara; Xie, Fang; Vergani, Andrea; Yoshida, Shigeo; Ishikawa, Keijiro; Yamaguchi, Muneo; Sasaki, Fumiyuki; Schmidt-Ullrich, Ruth; Hata, Yasuaki; Enaida, Hiroshi; Yuzawa, Mitsuko; Yokomizo, Takehiko; Kim, Young-Bum; Sweetnam, Paul; Ishibashi, Tatsuro; Hafezi-Moghadam, Ali

    2015-02-24

    Age is a major risk factor in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the underlying cause is unknown. We find increased Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) signaling and M2 characteristics in eyes of aged mice, revealing immune changes in aging. ROCK isoforms determine macrophage polarization into M1 and M2 subtypes. M2-like macrophages accumulated in AMD, but not in normal eyes, suggesting that these macrophages may be linked to macular degeneration. M2 macrophages injected into the mouse eye exacerbated choroidal neovascular lesions, while M1 macrophages ameliorated them, supporting a causal role for macrophage subtypes in AMD. Selective ROCK2 inhibition with a small molecule decreased M2-like macrophages and choroidal neovascularization. ROCK2 inhibition upregulated M1 markers without affecting macrophage recruitment, underlining the plasticity of these macrophages. These results reveal age-induced innate immune imbalance as underlying AMD pathogenesis. Targeting macrophage plasticity opens up new possibilities for more effective AMD treatment. PMID:25704819

  3. Surgical treatment of macular detachment secondary to congenital pit of the optic disc: case report.

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    Maia, Otacilio de Oliveira; Soriano, Danilo Sone; Takahashi, Walter Yukihiko; Suzuki, Hisashi

    2008-01-01

    The authors describe a patient with macular detachment in the right eye, secondary to congenital pit of the optic disc, submitted to vitrectomy, drainage of the subretinal fluid, perfluorocarbon, endolaser and perfluoropropane gas (C3F8). A sample of the vitreous humor was taken for comparative analysis with the subretinal fluid. Results of retinography, optical coherence tomography, and illustrations of the surgical procedure are presented. Optical coherence tomography revealed the detachment resolved 6 months after surgery. Visual acuity improved from 20/400 to 20/30. This surgical technique can lead to successful reattachment of the macula and improvement of central vision. Additionally, a qualitative and comparative analysis showed a similar biochemical composition of the subretinal fluid and the vitreous. Despite technical limitations, this analysis can confirm the pathophysiology of the disease, suggesting that the subretinal fluid may originate from the vitreous cavity in macular detachment secondary to congenital pit of the optic disc. PMID:19169525

  4. Indirect photocoagulation of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in age-related macular degeneration.

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    Angioletti, L. V.; Colquhoun, P. J.; Kulik, A. D.; Malpica, E. H.

    1991-01-01

    Forty consecutive patients with age-related macular degeneration and a choroidal neovascular membrane in the center of the macula were treated by dye laser photocoagulation. After a mean 24 month follow-up period, 21 patients (52.5%) remained stable or improved in vision. Of 21 patients with initial visual acuity of 20/100 or better, 11 patients (52%) remained 20/100 or better. In the control group only four patients (25%) remained stable or improved, and only two (15%) remained 20/100 or better. The theoretical and clinical advantages of the indirect laser treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascular membranes in age-related macular degeneration are discussed. Images Fig. 1a-d Fig. 2a-d Fig. 3a-d PMID:1714331

  5. Identification of a Rare Coding Variant in Complement 3 Associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration

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    Zhan, Xiaowei; Larson, David E.; Wang, Chaolong; Koboldt, Daniel C.; Sergeev, Yuri V.; Fulton, Robert S.; Fulton, Lucinda L.; Fronick, Catrina C.; Branham, Kari E.; Bragg-Gresham, Jennifer; Jun, Goo; Hu, Youna; Kang, Hyun Min; Liu, Dajiang; Othman, Mohammad; Brooks, Matthew; Ratnapriya, Rinki; Boleda, Alexis; Grassmann, Felix; von Strachwitz, Claudia; Olson, Lana M.; Buitendijk, Gabriëlle H.S.; Hofman, Albert; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Cipriani, Valentina; Moore, Anthony T.; Shahid, Humma; Jiang, Yingda; Conley, Yvette P.; Morgan, Denise J.; Kim, Ivana K.; Johnson, Matthew P.; Cantsilieris, Stuart; Richardson, Andrea J.; Guymer, Robyn H.; Luo, Hongrong; Ouyang, Hong; Licht, Christoph; Pluthero, Fred G.; Zhang, Mindy M.; Zhang, Kang; Baird, Paul N.; Blangero, John; Klein, Michael L.; Farrer, Lindsay A.; DeAngelis, Margaret M.; Weeks, Daniel E.; Gorin, Michael B.; Yates, John R.W.; Klaver, Caroline C.W.; Pericak-Vance, Margaret A.; Haines, Jonathan L.; Weber, Bernhard H.F.; Wilson, Richard K.; Heckenlively, John R.; Chew, Emily Y.; Stambolian, Dwight; Mardis, Elaine R.; Swaroop, Anand; Abecasis, Goncalo R.

    2013-01-01

    Macular degeneration is a common cause of blindness in the elderly. To identify rare coding variants associated with a large increase in risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), we sequenced 2,335 cases and 789 controls in 10 candidate loci (57 genes). To increase power, we augmented our control set with ancestry-matched exome sequenced controls. An analysis of coding variation in 2,268 AMD cases and 2,268 ancestry matched controls revealed two large-effect rare variants; previously described R1210C in the CFH gene (fcase = 0.51%, fcontrol = 0.02%, OR = 23.11), and newly identified K155Q in the C3 gene (fcase = 1.06%, fcontrol = 0.39%, OR = 2.68). The variants suggest decreased inhibition of C3 by Factor H, resulting in increased activation of the alternative complement pathway, as a key component of disease biology. PMID:24036949

  6. Impaired cholesterol efflux in senescent macrophages promotes age-related macular degeneration

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    Sene, Abdoulaye; Khan, Aslam A.; Cox, Douglas; Nakamura, Rei E.I.; Santeford, Andrea; Kim, Bryan M.; Sidhu, Rohini; Onken, Michael D.; Harbour, J. William; Haqbi-Levi, Shira; Chowers, Itay; Edwards, Peter A.; Baldan, Angel; Parks, John S.; Ory, Daniel S; Apte, Rajendra S.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Pathologic angiogenesis mediated by abnormally polarized macrophages plays a central role in common age-associated diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer and macular degeneration. Here we demonstrate that abnormal polarization in older macrophages is caused by programmatic changes that lead to reduced expression of ATP binding cassette transporter ABCA1. Downregulation of ABCA1 by microRNA-33 impairs the ability of macrophages to effectively efflux intracellular cholesterol, which in turn leads to higher levels of free cholesterol within senescent macrophages. Elevated intracellular lipid polarizes older macrophages to an abnormal, alternatively activated phenotype that promotes pathologic vascular proliferation. Mice deficient for Abca1, but not Abcg1, demonstrate an accelerated aging phenotype, whereas restoration of cholesterol efflux using LXR agonists or miR-33 inhibitors reverses it. Monocytes from older humans with age-related macular degeneration showed similar changes. These findings provide an avenue for therapeutic modulation of macrophage function in common age-related diseases. PMID:23562078

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  8. Development of quantitative diagnostic observables for age-related macular degeneration using Spectral Domain OCT

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    Bower, Bradley A.; Chiu, Stephanie J.; Davies, Emily; Davis, Anjul M.; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Fuller, Alfred R.; Wiley, David F.; Izatt, Joseph A.; Toth, Cynthia A.

    2007-02-01

    We report on the development of quantitative, reproducible diagnostic observables for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) based on high speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT). 3D SDOCT volumetric data sets (512 x 1000 x 100 voxels) were collected (5.7 seconds acquisition time) in over 50 patients with age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy using a state-of-the-art SDOCT scanner. Commercial and custom software utilities were used for manual and semi-automated segmentation of photoreceptor layer thickness, total drusen volume, and geographic atrophy cross-sectional area. In a preliminary test of reproducibility in segmentation of total drusen volume and geographic atrophy surface area, inter-observer error was less than 5%. Extracted volume and surface area of AMD-related drusen and geographic atrophy, respectively, may serve as useful observables for tracking disease state that were not accessible without the rapid 3D volumetric imaging capability unique to retinal SDOCT.

  9. Association of electroretinogram and morphological findings in central retinal vein occlusion with macular edema

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    Noma, Hidetaka; Mimura, Tatsuya; Kuse, Manami; Shimada, Katsunori

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the relations among electroretinogram (ERG) parameters (cone a-wave, cone b-wave, and 30 Hz flicker), retinal thickness, and retinal volume in 16 patients with central retinal vein occlusion and macular edema. The amplitude and implicit time of the ERG parameters were extracted from the ERG traces. Retinal thickness and volume were measured by optical coherence tomography in nine macular subfields. Then the correlations among ERG parameters and morphological parameters were analyzed. The cone b-wave and 30 Hz flicker implicit time were correlated with retinal thickness and volume in seven out of nine subfields, excluding the temporal subfields. In addition, the amplitude of the cone b-wave was correlated with retinal thickness and volume in the nasal inner and nasal outer subfields. These findings suggest that retinal thickness and volume may be associated with outer and inner retinal function in central retinal vein occlusion patients. PMID:24531560

  10. Laser-Based Strategies to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema: History and New Promising Therapies

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    Park, Young Gun; Kim, Eun Yeong; Roh, Young Jung

    2014-01-01

    Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the main cause of visual impairment in diabetic patients. The management of DME is complex and often various treatment approaches are needed. At the present time, despite the enthusiasm for evaluating several new treatments for DME, including the intravitreal pharmacologic therapies (e.g., corticosteroids and anti-VEGF drugs), laser photocoagulation still remains the current standard in DME. The purpose of this review is to update our knowledge on laser photocoagulation for DME and describe the developments in laser systems. And we will also discuss the new laser techniques and review the latest results including benefits of combined therapy. In this paper, we briefly summarize the major laser therapeutics for the treatment of diabetic macular edema and allude to some future promising laser therapies. PMID:25332833

  11. Subthreshold Diode Micropulse Laser Photocoagulation (SDM) as Invisible Retinal Phototherapy for Diabetic Macular Edema: A Review

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    Luttrull, Jeffrey K; Dorin, Giorgio

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To present the state-of-the-art of subthreshold diode laser micropulse photocoagulation (SDM) as invisible retinal phototherapy for diabetic macular edema (DME). Method: To review the role and evolution of retinal laser treatment for DME. Results: Thermal laser retinal photocoagulation has been the cornerstone of treatment for diabetic macular edema for over four decades. Throughout, laser induced retinal damage produced by conventional photocoagulation has been universally accepted as necessary to produce a therapeutic benefit, despite the inherent risks, adverse effects and limitations of thermally destructive treatment. Recently, SDM, performed as invisible retinal phototherapy for DME, has been found to be effective in the absence of any retinal damage or adverse effect, fundamentally altering our understanding of laser treatment for retinal disease. Summary: The discovery of clinically effective and harmless SDM treatment for DME offers exciting new information that will improve our understanding of laser treatment for retinal disease, expand treatment indications, and improve patient outcomes. PMID:22587512

  12. Aqueous levels of erythropoietin in acute retinal vein occlusion with macular edema

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    Shin, Hyun Jin; Kim, Hyung Chan; Moon, Jun Woong

    2014-01-01

    AIM To investigate the aqueous erythropoietin (EPO) levels and associated factors in patients with acute retinal vein occlusion (RVO). METHODS The aqueous EPO level was measured in patients with macular edema (ME) secondary to acute branched retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) or central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). Aqueous fluid from cataract patients served as the control. We also evaluated whether aqueous level of EPO was associated with factors such as serum EPO level, non-perfusion area, central macular thickness (CMT), and arterio-venous (AV) transit time RESULTS Twenty-seven RVO patients (16 BRVO, 11 CRVO) and 9 control subjects were enrolled in the study. The aqueous EPO level (mU/mL) was higher in RVO (68.2±54.3) than that in the control subjects (12.9±5.9). More specifically, the aqueous EPO level was higher in CRVO (118.9±52.1) than that in BRVO (33.3±10.8). However, no differences were found in serum EPO levels among three groups. CMT in RVO patients had a positive correlation with the aqueous EPO level (r=0.66). Also, in terms of non-perfusion area, the aqueous EPO levels were more elevated in the ischemic subgroup than in the non-ischemic subgroup in both BRVO and CRVO. CONCLUSION Aqueous EPO levels are elevated in patients with macular edema secondary to recent onset RVO. Patients with CRVO have higher EPO levels than those with BRVO. The aqueous EPO level in RVO has a positive correlation with CMT and is associated with non-perfusion area. These results suggest that the aqueous EPO level could be associated with retinal ischemia and may be involved in the pathogenesis of macular edema secondary to RVO. PMID:24967199

  13. Asymmetry in Hemifield Macular Thickness as an Early Indicator of Glaucomatous Change

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    Um, Tae Woong; Wollstein, Gadi; Yun, Sung-Cheol; Na, Jung Hwa; Schuman, Joel S.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate whether asymmetry in hemifield macular thickness can serve as an early indicator of glaucomatous structural damage using spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Methods. Five zones in the macular thickness map were defined. Each zone included reciprocal areas in the superior and inferior hemifield. Differences in average retinal thickness (DRT) between corresponding regional pairs were measured in each of the five zones in 50 healthy eyes. An abnormality was defined as the DRT value lying outside the 95% confidence intervals. An eye was considered to yield an “abnormal macular hemifield test” (MHT) if abnormality was evident in any zone. The sensitivity and specificity for glaucoma detection of MHT and average circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (cRNFL) classification were determined. Results. A total of 114 healthy, 103 glaucoma-suspect, and 74 glaucomatous eyes were included. Overall, 5.8%, 36.9%, 88.4%, and 77.4% of the eyes of the healthy, glaucoma-suspect (GS), early glaucoma (EG), and advanced glaucoma (AG) groups yielded abnormal MHT results, respectively. In EG eyes, the sensitivity of an abnormal MHT result was significantly greater than that of abnormal average cRNFL classification (P = 0.008). In the GS and AG groups, the sensitivity did not significantly differ between an abnormal MHT result and an average cRNFL classification (P = 0.880, 0.180). Compared with sectoral cRNFL thickness measurements, MHT showed a similar level of diagnostic performance. Specificity was not different between an abnormal MHT result and an average cRNFL classification (P = 0.687). Conclusions. Evaluation of asymmetry in hemifield macular thickness may serve as an assessment tool in the early diagnosis of glaucoma. PMID:22247461

  14. Focal Laser Photocoagulation in Non-Center Involved Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Perente, Irfan; Alkin, Zeynep; Ozkaya, Abdullah; Dardabounis, Doukas; Ogreden, Tulin Aras; Konstantinidis, Aristeidis; Kyratzoglou, Konstantinos; Yazici, Ahmet Taylan

    2014-01-01

    This study was performed to evaluate the functional and anatomic outcomes of focal macular laser photocoagulation in eyes with non-center involved macular edema (non-CI ME). Forty-nine eyes of 43 patients with non-CI ME were included. Focal macular laser photocoagulation was conducted on twenty-nine eyes of 25 patients, while 20 eyes of 18 patients with non-CI ME were followed without treatment and served as the control group. Data relating to best corrected visual acuity (BCVA; Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study) and central subfield thickness (CST), inner zone thickness (IZT), outer zone thickness (OZT), and total macular volume (TMV) as determined by optical coherence tomography (OCT) were collected and compared between the groups. At 12 months, VA decreased by a mean of 0.4 letters in the treatment group and 3.3 letters in the control group (p=0.03). Gain in VA ?5 letters was noted in 6 (21%) of the eyes in the treatment group versus 1 (5%) eye in the control group (p=0.12). At 12 months, average IZT decreased by 22.6 microns in the treatment group and increased by 10.9 microns in the control group (p<0.001). The treatment group revealed significant reduction in CST, average OZT, and TMV as compared to the control group at 12 months (all p<0.05).Generally, focal laser photocoagulation may have more favourable visual outcomes in this specific group of diabetic patients than does observation. In addition, focal laser treatment provided better outcomes with improvement in OCT parameters as compared to the control group. PMID:24804275

  15. Vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane removal for clinically significant macular oedema

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    Ferenc Kuhn; Gyöngyi Kiss; Viktória Mester; Zsuzsanna Szijártó; Bálint Kovács

    2004-01-01

    BackgroundLittle has been published on internal limiting membrane (ILM) removal for clinically significant macular oedema (CSME) in eyes not improving following maximal laser treatment.MethodsRetrospective review of the charts and intraoperative video films of 30 consecutive eyes of 27 patients undergoing vitrectomy, ILM peeling, and gas tamponade by a single surgeon.ResultsThe average patient was 52 years old; 56% were males. The

  16. Fibulin-5 mutations link inherited neuropathies, age-related macular degeneration and hyperelastic skin

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    Auer-Grumbach, Michaela; Weger, Martin; Fink-Puches, Regina; Papi?, Lea; Fröhlich, Eleonore; Auer-Grumbach, Piet; El Shabrawi-Caelen, Laila; Schabhüttl, Maria; Windpassinger, Christian; Senderek, Jan; Budka, Herbert; Trajanoski, Slave; Janecke, Andreas R.; Haas, Anton; Metze, Dieter; Pieber, Thomas R.; Guelly, Christian

    2011-01-01

    To identify the disease-causing gene responsible for an autosomal dominantly inherited Charcot–Marie–Tooth neuropathy subtype in a family excluded for mutations in the common Charcot–Marie–Tooth genes, we used array-based sequence capture to simultaneously analyse the disease-linked protein coding exome at chromosome 14q32. A missense mutation in fibulin-5, encoding a widely expressed constituent of the extracellular matrix that has an essential role in elastic fibre assembly and has been shown to cause cutis laxa, was detected as the only novel non-synonymous sequence variant within the disease interval. Screening of 112 index probands with unclassified Charcot–Marie–Tooth neuropathies detected two further fibulin-5 missense mutations in two families with Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease and hyperextensible skin. Since fibulin-5 mutations have been described in patients with age-related macular degeneration, an additional 300 probands with exudative age-related macular degeneration were included in this study. Two further fibulin-5 missense mutations were identified in six patients. A mild to severe peripheral neuropathy was detected in the majority of patients with age-related macular degeneration carrying mutations in fibulin-5. This study identifies fibulin-5 as a gene involved in Charcot–Marie–Tooth neuropathies and reveals heterozygous fibulin-5 mutations in 2% of our patients with age-related macular degeneration. Furthermore, it adumbrates a new syndrome by linking concurrent pathologic alterations affecting peripheral nerves, eyes and skin to mutations in the fibulin-5 gene. PMID:21576112

  17. Mitotropic Compounds for the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    J. Feher; A. Papale; G. Mannino; L. Gualdi; C. Balacco Gabrieli

    2003-01-01

    Recent histopathologic studies have shown that mitochondria and peroxisomes of the retinal pigment epithelium may play a central role in the pathophysiology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We supposed that compounds which improve mitochondrial functions (mitotropic compounds) may show beneficial effects in preventing AMD. Fourteen patients affected by early AMD were treated with a mixture containing acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), polyunsaturated fatty

  18. Autosomal Dominant Stargardt-like Macular Dystrophy Founder Effect and Reassessment of Genetic Heterogeneity

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    Larry A. Donoso; Arcilee T. Frost; Edwin M. Stone; Richard G. Weleber; Ian M. MacDonald; Gregory S. Hageman; Gerhard W. Cibis; Robert Ritter; Albert O. Edwards; Liliana Werner; Suresh K. Pandey; Barbara E. K. Klein; Peter W. DeBry; Jerry A. Shields; Carol L. Shields; Ralph C. Eagle; Arun D. Singh; Harvey S. Uy; Quan Dong Nguyen; Jean Arbour; Michel Gravel; Donald J. D'Amico; Frederick A. Jakobiec; C. Stephen Foster; Craig M. Greven; Tina Singh; Constance A. Stanton; Timothy J. Martin

    2001-01-01

    Objectives: To characterize a disease-associated hap- lotype in 7 families with autosomal dominant Stargardt- like macular dystrophy and to determine whether these families share a common ancestor. Methods: Twenty-five polymorphic DNA markers span- ning known dominant Stargardt-like gene loci were used to determine the haplotype associated with disease. In addition, an extensive genealogical investigation search- ing for a common ancestor

  19. The Pathophysiology of Cigarette Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    S. S. Ni Dhubhghaill; M. Campbell; L. Cassidy; M. M. Humphries; P. Humphries

    \\u000a Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of visual impairment, in people over 65, in the Western world.\\u000a AMD is a multifactorial disease with genetic and environmental factors influencing disease progression. Cigarette smoking\\u000a is the most significant environmental influence with an estimated increase in risk of 2- to 4-fold. Smoke-induced damage in\\u000a AMD is mediated through direct oxidation,

  20. Immunohistochemical localization of blood-retinal barrier breakdown sites associated with post-surgical macular oedema

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    Abha Amin; Nancy L. Derevjanik; W. Richard Green; Peter A. Campochiaro

    1994-01-01

    Summary  Post-surgical macular oedema results from blood-retinal barrier breakdown, but it is not accompanied by structural abnormalities in the retinal vessels or retinal pigmented epithelium. Previous studies, using horseradish peroxidase in a primate model, suggested that leakage occurs primarily through this epithelium. This study was conducted to localize sites of the barrier breakdown in humans following different types of intra-ocular surgery

  1. Vitelliform macular dystrophy and butterfly-shaped epithelial dystrophy: a continuum?

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    Gutman, I; Walsh, J B; Henkind, P

    1982-01-01

    We report the case of 22-year-old white female who presented for a routine ocular examination and displayed Best's disease in her right eye and butterfly-shaped macular dystrophy in her left eye. These diagnoses were confirmed by fluorescein angiography, EOG, and ERG. The fact that these 2 disorders are present in one person suggests that they are only different manifestations of the same underlying disease process. Images PMID:7066268

  2. Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress as a Primary Pathogenic Mechanism Leading to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Richard T. Libby; Douglas B. Gould

    \\u000a Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a multi-factorial disease and a leading cause of blindness. Proteomic and genetic\\u000a data suggest that activation or de-repression of the alternate complement cascade of innate immunity is involved in end-stage\\u000a disease. Several lines of evidence suggest that production of reactive oxygen species and chronic oxidative stress lead to\\u000a protein and lipid modifications that initiate the

  3. Factors Affecting Reading Speed in Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema Treated with Laser Photocoagulation

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    Pearce, Elizabeth; Sivaprasad, Sobha; Chong, Ngaihang V.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To study the factors that may affect reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema previously treated with laser photocoagulation. Methods Consecutive patients with type II diabetes treated with laser photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema (DME) at least twelve months previously, with best corrected visual acuity of better than 65 letters (approximately 20/40) measured with Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) charts were included in this study. Patients previously treated with pan-retinal photocoagulation, vitrectomy, intravitreal steroid or anti-VEGF therapy were excluded. Any other ocular co-morbidities that may influence reading ability such as cataract, glaucoma or macular degeneration were also excluded. All patients were refracted by a certified examiner, the following measurements were collected: best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity with Pelli-Robson chart, reading speed with MNREAD chart, microperimetry with Nidek MP1, and central subfield thickness with Zeiss spectral domain optical coherent topography. Results The slow reading group had poorer contrast sensitivity (p?=?0.001), reduced retinal sensitivity (p?=?0.027) and less stable fixation (p?=?0.013). Most interestingly the reduced retinal sensitivity findings were driven by the microperimetry value on the right subfield (p?=?0.033), (nasal to the fovea in the right eye and temporal to the fovea in the left eye). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that contrast sensitivity is probably the most important factor that affects reading speed (p?=?0.001). Conclusion Reduced retinal sensitivity after laser treatment is associated with reduced reading speed in patients with diabetic macular edema. PMID:25265280

  4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid for the Prevention of Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Christos Haritoglou; Joachim Gerss; Hans P. Hammes; Anselm Kampik; Michael W. Ulbig

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: To evaluate the effect of ?-lipoic acid (ALA) on the occurrence of diabetic macular edema. Methods: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, multinational study. Patients were randomized to the treatment group with 600 mg ALA per day or the placebo group. Every 6 months stereo fundus photographs, HbA1c levels, and an ophthalmological examination were documented. The primary endpoint was the occurrence

  5. Effect of intravitreal bevacizumab on diabetic macular edema with hard exudates

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    Jeon, Sohee; Lee, Won Ki

    2014-01-01

    Background We evaluated the efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab on diabetic macular edema with subfoveal and perifoveal hard exudates. Materials and methods Eleven eyes (11 patients) exhibiting diabetic macular edema with subfoveal and perifoveal hard exudates were included in this prospective, nonrandomized interventional pilot study. All patients were treated with monthly scheduled intravitreal bevacizumab injections for 6 months. Changes in the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best corrected visual acuity, amount of hard exudates on fundus photography, and macular edema detected by central subfield thickness on spectral domain optical coherence tomography after six serial injections, were assessed. The amount of hard exudates at each visit was evaluated as pixels in fundus photography, using an Adobe Photoshop program. Results Ten of 11 patients completed follow-up. The mean Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study best corrected visual acuity was 59.9±5.7 letters (Snellen equivalent, 20/63) at baseline evaluation. The best corrected visual acuity exhibited no significant difference at month 6 compared with at baseline (57.9±6.0 letters or 20/70 at month 6; P=0.085). At month 6, mean central subfield thickness decreased from 370.4±56.5 to 334.6±65.0 ?m (P=0.009). The mean amount of hard exudates increased from 4467.1±2736.1 to 6592.4±2498.3 pixels at month 6 (P=0.022). No serious adverse events occurred. Conclusion Continuous intravitreal bevacizumab was found to have no benefit in visual acuity and amount of hard exudates, despite the improvement of macular edema at 6 months. PMID:25143708

  6. [Therapeutic approaches for macular telangiectasia type 2: status quo and perspectives].

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    Holz, F G; Heeren, T F C; Krüger, E; Zeimer, M; Pauleikhoff, D; Charbel Issa, P

    2014-09-01

    Macular telangiectasia type 2 is characterized by neurodegenerative as well as vascular and retinal alterations. Previous therapeutic approaches mainly targeted the vascular changes; however, this did not prove to be beneficial except for secondary neovascularization which may be successfully treated with intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors. As the natural history of the disease is primarily characterized by the neurodegenerative processes, new therapeutic strategies, such as neuroprotective agents are already being explored in clinical trials. PMID:25204529

  7. The National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire in the Macular Telangiectasia (MacTel) Project

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    Traci E. Clemons; Mark C. Gillies; Emily Y. Chew; Alan C. Bird; Tunde Peto

    PURPOSE. To describe vision-targeted health-related quality of life (HR-QOL), measured with the National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ-25) in a cohort of patients with macular telangiectasia (MacTel) type 2 and to evaluate the relationship between visual acuity and NEI-VFQ-25 scores. METHODS. This was an analysis of cross-sectional baseline data from a longitudinal natural history study. Patients with MacTel type

  8. Thirty-month follow-up after intravitreal bevacizumab in progressive idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 2

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    G Matt; S Sacu; C Ahlers; C Schütze; R Dunavoelgyi; F Prager; C Pruente; U Schmidt-Erfurth

    2010-01-01

    AimThe aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term efficacy of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) for eyes with non-proliferative idiopathic macular telangiectasia type 2 (IMT2) and acute vision loss.MethodsIn this interventional case series, treatment-naive eyes of 13 consecutive patients with IMT2 were included. Eyes with a recent onset of visual loss were treated with 0.04 ml IVB (n=7). Fellow eyes

  9. Subacute bilateral visual loss in methylmalonic acidemia.

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    Traber, Ghislaine; Baumgartner, Matthias R; Schwarz, Urs; Pangalu, Athina; Donath, Marc Y; Landau, Klara

    2011-12-01

    A 23-year-old woman known to have methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) since birth suffered bilateral visual loss within 5 days. Multiple sclerosis, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, vasculitis, infections (in particular treponema), and vitamin deficiency were ruled out. The optic nerve head changed from normal in appearance to atrophic. Treatment attempts with high-dose intravenous steroids and coenzyme Q10 combined with vitamin E were ineffective. The patient's underlying disease was metabolically well controlled by strict diet and carnitine supplementation. Toxic damage of both optic nerves due to MMA is the most likely mechanism. MRI showed moderate enhancement of both optic nerves. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a morphological correlate on MRI. PMID:21873889

  10. An Unusual Case of Bilateral Granulomatous Mastitis

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    Pistolese, C. A.; Di Trapano, R.; Girardi, V.; Costanzo, E.; Di Poce, I.; Simonetti, G.

    2013-01-01

    Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is an uncommon benign disorder of the breast. At clinical examination, IGM is characterized by an inflammatory process of the breast, usually unilateral. Possible clinical findings are palpable mass with erythematous skin, pain, sterile abscesses, fistula and nipple retraction. Mammography and ultrasound findings are not specific for IGM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for the differential diagnosis; it is also necessary to delineate the exact extension of the disease and to plan the correct treatment. Final diagnosis is histological. We described an unusual case of IGM with bilateral involvement in a patient with history of pacemaker implantation and IGM typical clinical symptoms. Mammography, ultrasound, and MRI examinations were performed to identify the inflammatory disorder and to plan the correct therapy. Imaging features were correlated with final histological diagnosis of IGM. PMID:23781373

  11. A very rare bilateral adrenal tumor.

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    Toniato, Antonio; Boschin, Isabella Merante; Pelizzo, Maria Rosa

    2014-04-01

    We report a case of very rare adrenal tumor. A 54-year-old patient was classified as affected by bilateral adrenal incidentaloma that surprisingly, on histology resulted solitary fibrous tumors. Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm. Only five cases of localization of SFT in adrenal gland are reported in the literature, while the frequency of retroperitoneum localization is more frequent, about 30 cases. Immunohistochemically, SFT can be positive for CD34 antigen, vimentin, CD99, and bcl-2 and usually negative for cytokeratins, chromogranin A, NSE, neurofilaments, synoptophysin, and S-100. Surgical excision remains the main treatment in fact the recurrence is locoregional and correlated with positive margins due to incomplete excision, while distant metastases are correlated with atypical or malignant features. PMID:24146413

  12. Chronic bilateral otomycosis caused by Aspergillus niger.

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    Mishra, G S; Mehta, Niral; Pal, M

    2004-02-01

    Aspergillus niger, an opportunistic filamentous fungus, was identified as the cause of chronic bilateral otomycosis in a 46-year-old female patient who was unresponsive to different drugs. The patient showed signs of erythema, otalgia, itching, otorrhoea and presence of greyish black coloured mass in both the ear canals. The direct microscopical examination of the ear debris in potassium hydroxide preparations, Giemsa, phase contrast and Gram revealed many thin, branched septate hyphae, condia and conidiophores morphologically indistinguishable from Aspergillus spp. The histopathological section of the ear wax mass by haematoxylin and eosin and periodic acid-Schiff techniques also showed similar fungal elements. The patient responded to 1% solution of mercurochrome. The use of mercurochrome in developing countries like India may be recommended to treat the fungal otitis in patients. We also emphasize that 'Narayan' stain should be routinely employed by microbiology and public health laboratories to study the morphology of pathogenic fungi. PMID:14998406

  13. Laparoscopic repair of bilateral morgagni hernia.

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    Tarim, Akin; Nursal, Tarik Zafer; Yildirim, Sedat; Ezer, Ali; Caliskan, Kenan; Törer, Nurkan

    2004-04-01

    Morgagni hernias are rare and comprise approximately 3% of the congenital diaphragmatic hernias that are observed in 1 in 4800 live births. A 50-year-old female patient who complained of nonspecific chest pain radiating to the right arm for approximately 1 year presented. Chest x-ray revealed a right-sided paracardiac mass diagnosed Morgagni hernia by computerized tomography of the thorax. Laparoscopic exploration showed that the retrosternal hernia was actually a bilateral one. After reducing the contents of the hernial sacs, the defects were closed as a single defect with hernia stapler starting from each end and an appropriate sized polyprolene mesh was closed over the repair site. The patient did not have any symptoms of recurrence after 3 months. Recent advances in video-endoscopic surgery made it possible to perform repairs of these hernias less traumatic and more comfortable to the patients than the conventional transabdominal or transthoracic methods. PMID:15287610

  14. Rhinoscleroma causing severe bilateral nasal obstruction.

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    Moraes, Mário Augusto Pinto de; Magalhães, Albino Verçosa de; Marinho, Larissa Cardoso; Azevedo, Ana Emília Borges de; Carneiro, Fabiana Pirani; Raymundo, Igor Teixeira

    2010-01-01

    Rhinoscleroma is a chronic, infectious and granulomatous disease of the respiratory tract. There is often a delay in diagnosis due to unfamiliarity with the disease and also because culture is not always positive. We report a case in a 26-year-old woman with granular mass obstructing bilateral nasal cavities and causing breathing difficulty. Histopathological examination showed characteristic Mikulicz histiocytes containing numerous Gram-negative intracellular rod-shaped bacilli consistent with the diagnosis of rhinoscleroma. The patient was treated with gemifloxacin and tetracycline and remains asymptomatic over a year follow-up period. It is important to consider rhinoscleroma in cases of chronic nasal obstruction. As culture is not always positive, histopathological examination may be crucial to the diagnosis. PMID:20563449

  15. Bilateral mechanical rotational vertebral artery occlusion.

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    Dargon, Phong T; Liang, Conrad W; Kohal, Anmol; Dogan, Aclan; Barnwell, Stanley L; Landry, Gregory J

    2013-10-01

    Rotational vertebral artery occlusion, or bow hunter's stroke, is reversible, positional symptomatic vertebrobasilar ischemia. The typical mechanism of action is obstruction of a dominant vertebral artery with contralateral head rotation in the setting of baseline ipsilateral vertebral artery stenosis or occlusion. Here we present a rare case of mechanical occlusion of bilateral patent vertebral arteries manifesting as near syncope with rightward head rotation. Diagnostic cerebral angiography showed dynamic right C5 vertebral occlusion and left C2 vertebral occlusion. The patient underwent right C4/5 transverse process decompression. Postoperative angiogram showed patent flow through the right vertebral artery in neutral position and with head turn with resultant resolution of symptoms. PMID:23465174

  16. Bilateral, perivulval cuticular pores in trichostrongylid nematodes.

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    Lichtenfels, J R; Wergin, W P; Murphy, C; Pilitt, P A

    1995-08-01

    A new hypodermal gland was discovered in female nematodes of the family Trichostrongylidae. Because the new structure appears to be associated with the vulva, it was named the perivulval pore. It is similar, based on light and scanning electron microscopy, to phasmids that are located laterally on the tails of nematodes of the class Secernentea. Like phasmids, perivulval pores are paired and bilateral, with cuticular ducts to the surface in the areas of the lateral chords. They are located slightly posterior to the vulva in Haemonchus contortus, Haemonchus placei, Haemonchus similis, Mecistocirrus digitatus, Mazamastrongylus pursglovei, Ostertagia ostertagi, and Cooperia oncophora, but in Trichostrongylus colubriformis they are slightly anterior to the vulva. Because of the location near the vulva and the similarity in structure to phasmids, which are, at least in part, secretory, the perivulval pores should be considered as a possible source of a female attractant for males. PMID:7623208

  17. Bilateral taurodontism in primary dentition with hypodontia.

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    Surendar, Marappan Natarajan; Pandey, Ramesh Kumar; Khanna, Richa

    2013-01-01

    Taurodontism is a rare dental anomaly in which there is an enlarged pulp chamber at the expense of roots with apical displacement of the pulpal floor, giving it a rectangular shape. It is caused by the failure of Hertwig's epithelial root sheath to invaginate at the proper horizontal level. Taurodontism has been reported as an intraoral feature of several syndromes like Down syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Hurler syndrome, etc. Association of taurodontism with hypodontia in permanent dentition has also been reported. Taurodontism in primary dentition and its association with hypodontia is very rarely reported in the literature. The present case illustrates bilateral taurodontism of primary mandibular molars with hypodontia in maxilla. PMID:23345504

  18. Gorlin syndrome and bilateral ovarian fibroma

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    Pirschner, Fernanda; Bastos, Pollyana Marçal; Contarato, George Luiz; Bimbato, Anna Carolina Bon Lima; Filho, Antônio Chambô

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Gorlin syndrome (GS), also known as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS), is a rare hereditary, autosomal dominant disease that affects various systems. Its prevalence is estimated at 1/57,000 to 1/256,000 of the population. It is characterized by basal cell carcinomas, multiple odontogenic keratocysts, skeletal abnormalities and ovarian fibroma, among other disorders. PRESENTATION OF CASE To report the case of a young patient with Gorlin syndrome and bilateral ovarian fibroma. DISCUSSION A 20-year old patient with Gorlin syndrome presented with facial asymmetry, broad nasal root, dental abnormalities, micrognathism, convergent strabismus, multiple pigmented lesions on the trunk and face, pectus excavatum, kyphoscoliosis and a palpable mass in the abdomen occupying the entire pelvic region. CONCLUSION Gorlin–Goltz syndrome is a hereditary pathology that includes numerous clinical manifestations. Diagnosis is clinical and genetic confirmation is unnecessary. PMID:22771908

  19. A Case Report of Bilateral Obturator Foramen Bypass

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    D. I. Kim; J. H. Joh

    2005-01-01

    The obturator foramen bypass has been described as an alternative procedure to solve complicated vascular problems in the groin. This extra-anatomical bypass has been used successfully in cases of infection, mycotic aneurysms, traumatic ulcer, irradiation ulcer, and excessively scarred tissues in the femoral region. We describe a patient who required bilateral obturator foramen bypass due to bilateral infected femoral pseudoaneurysm

  20. Robust bilateral generalized predictive control for teleoperation systems

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    T. Slama; D. Aubry; R. Oboe; F. Kratz

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a Generalized Predictive Control (GPC) extension, called Bilateral GPC (BGPC), for teleoperation systems in the presence of both communication delays and slave force feedback. The originality of the proposed approach is to take into account the case where the reference trajectory is not a priori known. This difficulty is due to the bilateral problem where the force

  1. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax: one-stage treatment by bilateral videothoracoscopy

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    Xavier de Kerangal; François Pons; René Jancovici

    2000-01-01

    Background. The goal of the study was to report our 7-year experience with single-stage bilateral videothoracoscopy for bleb excision and pleural abrasion in patients suffering primary spontaneous pneumothorax.Methods. From November 1992 through June 1999, 12 men were operated on in our department. Preoperative chest computed tomographic scans were obtained for all patients. Operative indications included simultaneous bilateral pneumothorax (n =

  2. UNITED STATES/GERMAN TECHNICAL BILATERAL AGREEMENT: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) entered into a Bilateral Agreement in 1990 to study each country's efforts in developing and demonstrating remedial technologies. The bilateral agreement is being impl...

  3. Should lung volume reduction for emphysema be unilateral or bilateral?

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    Robert J. McKenna; Matthew Brenner; Richard J. Fischel; Arthur F. Gelb

    1996-01-01

    Both unilateral and bilateral lung volume reduction procedures are being advocated for treatment of severe, generalized emphysema. We analyzed the results of 166 consecutive patients who underwent unilateral (n = 87) or bilateral (n = 79) thoracoscopic stapled lung volume reductions to help define the role for these procedures. There was no statistically significant difference in the operative mortality (3.5%

  4. Bilateral congenital ureteral strictures in a young cat

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    Lee, Namsoon; Choi, Mihyun; Keh, Seoyeon; Oh, Yein; Seo, Jimin; Choi, Heeyeon; Kim, Hyunwook; Yoon, Junghee

    2014-01-01

    An 8-month-old cat was presented with bilateral hydronephrosis. Bilateral ureteral obstructions were identified by diagnostic imaging and confirmed by necropsy. Histopathologic findings revealed polypoid transitional epithelial hyperplasia with chronic lymphoplasmacytic inflammation. This report documents congenital ureteral strictures as a cause of ureteral obstruction in a young cat. PMID:25183890

  5. Traumatic bilateral basal ganglia hematoma: A report of two cases

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    Bhargava, Pranshu; Grewal, Sarvpreet Singh; Gupta, Bharat; Jain, Vikas; Sobti, Harman

    2012-01-01

    Traumatic Basal ganglia hemorrhage is relatively uncommon. Bilateral basal ganglia hematoma after trauma is extremely rare and is limited to case reports. We report two cases of traumatic bilateral basal ganglia hemorrhage, and review the literature in brief. Both cases were managed conservatively. PMID:23293672

  6. Repeat gas insufflation for successful closure of idiopathic macular hole following failed primary surgery

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    Rishi, Pukhraj; Reddy, Sumanth; Rishi, Ekta

    2014-01-01

    A 65-year-old lady presented with decreased vision in left eye since seven months. Vision was 6/9 in right eye and 6/36 in left. Examination revealed idiopathic, full-thickness macular hole in left eye; confirmed by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patient underwent phacoemulsification with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling and 14% C3F8 gas injection. OCT repeated after six weeks revealed type II closure with cuff of subretinal fluid. Four weeks later, patient underwent fluid–gas exchange with 14% C3F8 gas and postoperative positioning. OCT was repeated after two weeks, which showed complete closure of the macular hole. OCT can help in selection of eyes for re-surgery that stand a better chance for hole closure. Macular holes with cuff of subretinal fluid are probably more likely to close on re-surgery than those without. However, larger studies with longer follow-up are required to validate this finding. PMID:24008807

  7. Automated detection of exudates and macula for grading of diabetic macular edema.

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    Akram, M Usman; Tariq, Anam; Khan, Shoab A; Javed, M Younus

    2014-04-01

    Medical systems based on state of the art image processing and pattern recognition techniques are very common now a day. These systems are of prime interest to provide basic health care facilities to patients and support to doctors. Diabetic macular edema is one of the retinal abnormalities in which diabetic patient suffers from severe vision loss due to affected macula. It affects the central vision of the person and causes total blindness in severe cases. In this article, we propose an intelligent system for detection and grading of macular edema to assist the ophthalmologists in early and automated detection of the disease. The proposed system consists of a novel method for accurate detection of macula using a detailed feature set and Gaussian mixtures model based classifier. We also present a new hybrid classifier as an ensemble of Gaussian mixture model and support vector machine for improved exudate detection even in the presence of other bright lesions which eventually leads to reliable classification of input retinal image in different stages of macular edema. The statistical analysis and comparative evaluation of proposed system with existing methods are performed on publicly available standard retinal image databases. The proposed system has achieved average value of 97.3%, 95.9% and 96.8% for sensitivity, specificity and accuracy respectively on both databases. PMID:24548898

  8. Macular Findings Obtained by Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography in Retinopathy of Prematurity

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    Erol, Muhammet Kazim; Ozdemir, Ozdemir; Turgut Coban, Deniz; Bilgin, Ahmet Burak; Dogan, Berna; Sogutlu Sari, Esin; Toslak, Devrim

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. To examine the macular findings obtained with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD OCT) in infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Materials and Methods. The macular SD OCT images of 190 premature infants were analyzed. Data regarding central foveal thickness (CFT), cystoid macular edema (CME), and cyst grading were compared. The relationships of CFT with gestational age and birth weight were investigated. Results. The results were obtained from 358 eyes of 179 infants (81 females and 98 males) of a mean gestational age of 30.9 ± 2.7 weeks and a mean birth weight of 1609 ± 477?g. ROP was diagnosed in 126 eyes and CME in 139 eyes. A significantly greater percentage of eyes with ROP were found to have CME (54%) compared to eyes without ROP (31%; P = 0.001). The incidence of CME was 46.3% for stage 1 ROP, 57.1% for stage 2, and 87.5% for stage 3. There was a weakly inverse correlation between CFT, gestational age, and birth weight (P = 0.025, r = ?0.227; P = 0.002, r = ?0.182, resp., Spearman correlation test). Conclusions. High-quality SD OCT images can be obtained from premature infants using the iVue system. Severity and frequency of CME in premature infants increase as stage of ROP increases. PMID:25544895

  9. Evaluation of macular thickness change after inferior oblique muscle recession surgery

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    Turan-Vural, Ece; Unlu, Cihan; Erdogan, Gurkan; Aykut, Aslan; Bayramlar, Huseyin; Atmaca, Fatih

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the changes in macular thickness following inferior oblique muscle recession surgery. Materials and Methods: Thirty-eight eyes from 21 patients undergoing ocular muscle surgery were included. Patients were grouped into three groups based on the type of surgical intervention: Group I (n = 12), inferior oblique recession surgery alone; Group II (n = 12), inferior oblique plus horizontal muscle surgery; Group III (n = 14), horizontal muscle surgery alone. Each eye was scanned using the optical coherence tomography (OCT) device preoperatively and on the first postoperative day to measure macular thickness. Results: Following surgery, a significant increase in foveal thickness occurred in Group I (P < 0.05) and Group II (P < 0.01). In addition, a statistically significant difference was observed between the groups with regard to the increase in foveal thickness (P = 0.016), with significantly lower changes in Group III. Conclusion: Our findings suggested that inferior oblique muscle recession surgery is associated with an increase in macular thickness. PMID:25005201

  10. Multiple-object geometric deformable model for segmentation of macular OCT

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    Carass, Aaron; Lang, Andrew; Hauser, Matthew; Calabresi, Peter A.; Ying, Howard S.; Prince, Jerry L.

    2014-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the de facto standard imaging modality for ophthalmological assessment of retinal eye disease, and is of increasing importance in the study of neurological disorders. Quantification of the thicknesses of various retinal layers within the macular cube provides unique diagnostic insights for many diseases, but the capability for automatic segmentation and quantification remains quite limited. While manual segmentation has been used for many scientific studies, it is extremely time consuming and is subject to intra- and inter-rater variation. This paper presents a new computational domain, referred to as flat space, and a segmentation method for specific retinal layers in the macular cube using a recently developed deformable model approach for multiple objects. The framework maintains object relationships and topology while preventing overlaps and gaps. The algorithm segments eight retinal layers over the whole macular cube, where each boundary is defined with subvoxel precision. Evaluation of the method on single-eye OCT scans from 37 subjects, each with manual ground truth, shows improvement over a state-of-the-art method. PMID:24761289

  11. Idiopathic vitreomacular traction and macular hole: a comprehensive review of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment

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    Steel, D H W; Lotery, A J

    2013-01-01

    Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a common phenomenon in the aging eye. However, this may be complicated by persistent symptomatic vitreomacular adhesions that exert tractional forces on the macula (vitreomacular traction; VMT). VMT itself may be associated with epiretinal membrane formation and the development of idiopathic macular holes (IMH). Such pathologies may cause visual disturbances, including metamorphopsia, photopsia, blurred vision, and decreased visual acuity, which impact an individual's quality of life. Technologies such as optical coherence tomography allow an increasingly more accurate visualisation of the macular anatomy, including quantification of macular hole characteristics, and this facilitates treatment decision-making. Pars plana vitrectomy remains the primary treatment option for many patients with VMT or IMH; for the latter, peeling of the inner limiting membrane (ILM) of the retina has shown improved outcomes when compared with no ILM peeling. The development of narrow-gauge transconjunctival vitrectomy systems has improved the rate of visual recovery following surgery. Ocriplasmin, by degrading laminin and fibronectin at the vitreoretinal interface, may allow induction of PVD in a non-invasive manner. Indeed, clinical studies have supported its use as an alternative to surgery in certain patient populations. However, further research is still needed with respect to greater understanding of the pathophysiology underlying the development of VMT and IMH. PMID:24108069

  12. Bilateral Spontaneous Hemotympanum Secondary to Chemotherapy-Induced Thrombocytopenia

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    Wong, Peter; Xu, Caroline; Gomaa, Nahla; Ho, Allan

    2013-01-01

    Objective To present a case of spontaneous, bilateral hemotympanum secondary to chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia. Methods Case report and review of the literature. Results Bilateral spontaneous hemotympanum is an exceedingly rare event. We present the first case of nontraumatic bilateral hemotympanum secondary to chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia in a patient with acute myelogenous leukemia. The patient presented with a 7-day history of progressive bilateral hearing loss and a platelet count of 10 × 109/L after receiving his first dose of induction chemotherapy. A small, left-sided subdural hematoma was present in this patient though no extra-aural sources of bleeding to explain the bilateral hemotympanum were identified. Conclusion Full resolution of symptoms was achieved with conservative management. PMID:24179409

  13. Coexistence of bilateral first and second branchial arch anomalies.

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    Thakur, J S; Shekar, Vidya; Saluja, Manika; Mohindroo, N K

    2013-01-01

    Branchial arch anomalies are one of the most common congenital anomalies that are usually unilateral and bilateral presentation is rare. The simultaneous presence of bilateral second branchial arch anomalies along with bilateral first arch anomalies is extremely rare, with only three such cases reported in the literature. We present two non-syndromic cases of coexisting bilateral first and second arch anomalies. Developmental anomalies of the branchial apparatus account for 17% of all paediatric cervical masses and are the most common type of congenital cervical mass. They usually present in the paediatric age group. About 96-97% of these anomalies are unilateral. Bilateral presentation is seen in 2-3% having a strong familial association. Congenital syndromes also have been associated with first and second branchial arch anomalies. Thorough clinical examination and investigations should be done to rule out these syndromes. PMID:23580675

  14. Bilateral ethmoidal dural arteriovenous fistula: unexpected surgical diagnosis.

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    Ros de San Pedro, Javier; Pérez, Claudio J Piqueras; Parra, Joaquín Zamarro; López-Guerrero, Antonio López; Sánchez, Juan F Martínez-Lage

    2010-12-01

    Dural arteriovenous fistulae (DAVFs) are infrequent lesions, the most common locations of which are the cavernous, sigmoid and transverse sinuses. The cribiform plate is one of the less frequent sites for DAVFs, where they entail a high hemorrhage risk. Feeding arteries for ethmoidal DAVFs can be uni- or bilateral. However, the draining fistulous system has classically been described as unilateral. The authors report the second case in literature of bilateral ethmoidal DAVF, which is defined as that with bilateral draining veins. The present case was diagnosed only after surgical exploration of both cribiform plates. No preoperative radiological test could detect the presence of a bilateral venous draining system from the ethmoidal DAVF. Possible reasons for that lack of presurgical diagnosis are discussed. Bilateral surgical exploration of the anterior cranial fossa is recommended when dealing with ethmoidal DAVFs, even when they seem to be unilateral on preoperative studies. PMID:20727670

  15. Coexistence of bilateral first and second branchial arch anomalies

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    Thakur, J S; Shekar, Vidya; Saluja, Manika; Mohindroo, N K

    2013-01-01

    Branchial arch anomalies are one of the most common congenital anomalies that are usually unilateral and bilateral presentation is rare. The simultaneous presence of bilateral second branchial arch anomalies along with bilateral first arch anomalies is extremely rare, with only three such cases reported in the literature. We present two non-syndromic cases of coexisting bilateral first and second arch anomalies. Developmental anomalies of the branchial apparatus account for 17% of all paediatric cervical masses and are the most common type of congenital cervical mass. They usually present in the paediatric age group. About 96–97% of these anomalies are unilateral. Bilateral presentation is seen in 2–3% having a strong familial association. Congenital syndromes also have been associated with first and second branchial arch anomalies. Thorough clinical examination and investigations should be done to rule out these syndromes. PMID:23580675

  16. [A case of meningeal carcinomatosis presenting with bilateral hearing loss].

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    Okamoto, Yoko; Sugiyama, Hiromichi; Yamamoto, Toru

    2007-12-01

    We report the case of a 63-year-old male who developed rapidly progressive bilateral deafness. Two months later he became stuporous, and was transferred to our hospital. The patient's MRI demonstrated bilateral hypertrophic VII-VIII cranial nerve roots that were well enhanced. Gradually, the patient's condition worsened, and he died on the 12th day after admission. Autopsy revealed meningeal carcinomatosis with poorly differentiated gastric adenocarcinoma. White firm masses of the bilateral seventh and eighth bilateral cranial nerve roots were found at autopsy, which were found to be metastases of the gastric cancer cells as well. Metastatic tumors can be take into consideration as a differential diagnosis for bilateral-enhanced eighth cranial nerve root masses. PMID:18095490

  17. Reduced Fluorescein Angiography and Fundus Photography Use in the Management of Neovascular Macular Degeneration and Macular Edema During the Past Decade

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    Schneider, Eric W.; Mruthyunjaya, Prithvi; Talwar, Nidhi; Harris Nwanyanwu, Kristen; Nan, Bin; Stein, Joshua D.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. We assessed recent trends in the use of diagnostic testing for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) and macular edema (ME). Methods. Claims data from a managed-care network were analyzed on patients with NVAMD (n = 22,954) or ME (n = 31,810) to assess the use of fluorescein angiography (FA), fundus photography (FP), and optical coherence tomography (OCT) from 2001 to 2009. Repeated-measures logistic regression was performed to compare patients' odds of undergoing these procedures in 2001, 2005, and 2009. In addition, the proportions of patients with an incident NVAMD or ME diagnosis in 2003 or 2008 who underwent FA, FP, and OCT were compared. Results. From 2001 to 2009, among patients with NVAMD, the odds of undergoing OCT increased 23-fold, whereas the odds of receiving FA and FP decreased by 68% and 79%, respectively. Similar trends were observed for ME. From 2003 to 2008, the proportion of patients undergoing OCT within 1 year of initial diagnosis increased by 315% for NVAMD and by 143% for ME; the proportion undergoing OCT without FA within 1 year increased by 463% for NVAMD and by 216% for ME. Conclusions. Use of OCT increased dramatically during the past decade, whereas use of FA and FP declined considerably, suggesting that OCT may be replacing more traditional diagnostic testing in patients with NVAMD or ME. Future studies should evaluate whether this increased reliance on OCT instead of FA and FP affects patient outcomes. PMID:24346174

  18. Bilateral intralobar pulmonary sequestration in a newborn, case report and review of the literature on bilateral pulmonary sequestrations

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    Robert Stern; Steffen Berger; Carmen Casaulta; Luigi Raio; Susanne Abderhalden; Zacharias Zachariou

    2007-01-01

    We describe a rare case of bilateral intralobar pulmonary sequestration in a newborn with both sequestrations vascularized from a vessel arising from the celiac trunk of the abdominal aorta. The larger sequestration on the right side was diagnosed antenatally, the left side postnatally. At the age of 7 months, the child underwent successful bilateral thoracotomy. In follow-up at the age

  19. Evaluation of circulating miRNAs in wet age-related macular degeneration

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    Y?ld?r?m, Özlem; Dinç, Erdem; Ayaz, Lokman; Fidanc?, ?enay Balc?; Tamer, Lülüfer

    2014-01-01

    Purpose In the present study, we aimed to investigate the changes in plasma miRNA in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration. Methods The expression profiles of 384 miRNAs in plasma from 33 patients (22 male, 11 female) who were diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration with fundus examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography and 31 controls (17 male, 14 female) were evaluated using high-throughput quantitative real-time PCR. Results Our results demonstrated that the expression level of five miRNAs (miR-17-5p, miR-20a-5p, miR-24-3p, miR-106a-5p, and miR-223-3p) was significantly upregulated in patients with age-related macular degeneration when compared to the control group (p<0.05). The expression level of 11 miRNAs (miR-21-5p, miR-25-3p, miR-140-3p, miR-146b-5p, miR-192-5p, miR-335-5p, miR-342-3p, miR-374a-5p, miR-410, miR-574-3p, and miR-660-5p) was significantly downregulated in patients (p<0.05). In addition, ten miRNAs (miR-26b-5p, miR-27b-3p, miR-29a-3p, miR-139-3p, miR-212–3p, miR-324-3p, miR-324-5p, miR-532-3p, miR-744-5p, and miR-Let-7c) were expressed only in the patient group. Conclusions Our results suggest that plasma miRNA levels may change in wet age-related macular degeneration. These molecules may have an important therapeutic target in patients who are unresponsive to antivascular endothelial growth factor therapy. However, further studies must be conducted for possible effects of miRNAs in vascular disorders of eye such as age-related macular degeneration. PMID:25221421

  20. Role of inflammation in previously untreated macular edema with branch retinal vein occlusion

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    2014-01-01

    Background The association of inflammatory factors and the aqueous flare value with macular edema in branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) patients remains unclear. The relationship between the aqueous flare value and the vitreous fluid levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP)-1, soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (sICAM-1), and soluble VEGF receptor-2 (sVEGFR-2) was evaluated to investigate the role of inflammation in BRVO associated with macular edema. Aqueous flare values and the vitreous levels of VEGF, IL-6, MCP-1, sICAM-1, and sVEGFR-2 were compared between previously untreated patients with BRVO and patients with macular hole (MH). Methods Vitreous samples were obtained from 45 patients during vitreoretinal surgery (28 patients with BRVO and 17 with MH), and the levels of VEGF, IL-6, MCP-1, sICAM-1, and sVEGFR-2 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Retinal ischemia was evaluated by measuring the area of capillary non-perfusion using fluorescein angiography and the Scion Image program. Aqueous flare values were measured with a laser flare meter and macular edema was examined by optical coherence tomography. Results The median aqueous flare value was significantly higher in the BRVO group (12.1 photon counts/ms) than in the MH group (4.5 photon counts/ms, P?macular edema. PMID:24884703

  1. Efficacy of brinzolamide ophthalmic suspension 1% for treatment of a vitelliform macular lesion in a patient with desferrioxamine retinopathy.

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    Genead, Mohamed A; Fishman, Gerald A

    2011-01-01

    A 46-year-old woman with a vitelliform macular lesion secondary to desferrioxamine retinal toxicity in the right eye was treated with brinzolamide 1% ophthalmic drops three times a day. A spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) unit was used to monitor any changes in the macular lesion. Two months after starting the eye drops, the SD-OCT showed a notable improvement in the vitelliform macular lesion's thickness. Six months later, further improvement was noted in the macular lesion thickness on SD-OCT testing in the right eye. Best-corrected visual acuity was initially 1.00 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (20/200 on a Snellen acuity chart) in the right eye and 0.14 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (20/25(-2)) in the left eye. After 6 months of treatment, visual acuity was 0.92 (20/200(+1)) in the right eye and 0.08 (20/25(+1)) in the left eye. The use of brinzolamide 1% was associated with a marked reduction in a vitelliform macular lesion on SD-OCT testing secondary to desferrioxamine retinal toxicity. PMID:22150599

  2. Macular capillary blood flow velocity by blue-field entoptoscopy in diabetic and healthy women during pregnancy and the postpartum period

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    Sirpa Loukovaara; Risto Kaaja; Ilkka Immonen

    2002-01-01

    Purpose. To study macular capillary blood flow velocity in diabetic and healthy women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Methods. A prospective study of 46 pregnant women with insulin-dependent diabetes and 11 healthy pregnant women was performed. Macular capillary blood flow velocity was measured by blue-field entoptic simulation. Diabetic retinopathy was graded from colour fundus photographs. Results. In diabetic women,

  3. Anton's Syndrome due to Bilateral Ischemic Occipital Lobe Strokes

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    Zuki?, Sanela; Sinanovi?, Osman; Hodži?, Renata; Mujagi?, Svjetlana; Smajlovi?, Edina

    2014-01-01

    We present a case of a patient with Anton's syndrome (i.e., visual anosognosia with confabulations), who developed bilateral occipital lobe infarct. Bilateral occipital brain damage results in blindness, and patients start to confabulate to fill in the missing sensory input. In addition, the patient occasionally becomes agitated and talks to himself, which indicates that, besides Anton's syndrome, he might have had Charles Bonnet syndrome, characterized by both visual loss and hallucinations. Anton syndrome, is not so frequent condition and is most commonly caused by ischemic stroke. In this particular case, the patient had successive bilateral occipital ischemia as a result of massive stenoses of head and neck arteries. PMID:25530893

  4. Bilateral medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction in high-level athletes.

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    Kuroda, Yuichi; Matsushita, Takehiko; Matsumoto, Tomoyuki; Kawakami, Yohei; Kurosaka, Masahiro; Kuroda, Ryosuke

    2014-10-01

    This report presents two cases of high-level athletes with bilateral patellar dislocations who were able to return to their preinjury level of activity after bilateral medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction, without any major complications. Patient 1 was a 19-year-old male volleyball player for a top-level college volleyball team, and patient 2 was a 24-year-old woman who was a member of a national-level adult softball team. MPFL reconstruction could be an effective treatment for bilateral patellar dislocation in high-level athletes. Level of evidence V. PMID:24744173

  5. A rare case of bilateral orbital Castleman disease.

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    Mukherjee, Bipasha; Alam, Mohammad Shahid; Krishnakumar, S

    2014-08-01

    Castleman disease is a non-neoplastic cause of lymphadenopathy, first described in 1956 by Dr. Benjamin Castleman. Orbital involvement in Castleman disease is extremely rare. We report a case of bilateral orbital Castleman disease in a 48-year-old Asian male who presented with bilateral inferior dystopia. MRI revealed bilateral extraconal superior orbital mass. Histopathology and immunohistochemistry of the mass revealed features of Castleman disease of hyaline vascular type. Castleman disease should be a differential in suspected idiopathic orbital inflammatory disease and lymphoproliferative disorders. PMID:24831817

  6. Bilateral putaminal necrosis and bronopol toxicity.

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    Trivisano, Marina; Carapelle, Elena; Martino, Tommaso; Specchio, Luigi Maria

    2015-01-01

    Among alcohols, methanol intoxication is the most frequently associated with cerebral toxicity, causing retinal damage and putaminal necrosis. This consequence is believed to be due to the transformation of methanol into formic acid. We describe the case of a patient who presented with acute impairment of consciousness and tetraparesis after she had been drinking several bottles of a topical antiseptic solution (Lysoform Medical) containing 2-bromo-2-nitro-1,3-propandiol (bronopol) among excipients, in order to lose weight during previous months. Moreover, she had been on a strict slimming diet. Soon after admission, a severe respiratory and metabolic impairment became rapidly evident, requiring an intensive care unit admission. Cerebral MRI showed the presence of bilateral putaminal necrosis. She recovered in 10?days, surprisingly, without any evident clinical neurological signs. Methanol, also bronopol, when diluted in aqueous solution, at warm temperature and/or higher pH, may release formaldehyde, which is converted into formic acid, a basal ganglia toxic compound. PMID:25697297

  7. Bilateral cervical ribs in a Dobermann Pinscher.

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    Ricciardi, M; De Simone, A; Gernone, F; Giannuzzi, P

    2015-03-17

    An 11-year-old intact female Doberman Pinscher was presented with the complaint of non-ambulatory tetraparesis. Clinical and neurological examination revealed a caudal cervical spinal cord disfunction (C6-T2 spinal cord segments). Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomographic (CT) findings of the cervical spine were consistent with caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM). During the diagnostic work-up for the cervical spine, bilateral bone anomalies involving the seventh cervical vertebra and the first ribs were found on radiographs and CT examination. The rib anomalies found in this dog appear similar to cervical ribs widely described in human medicine. In people, cervical ribs are associated with a high rate of stillbirth, early childhood cancer, and can cause the thoracic outlet syndrome, characterized by neurovascular compression at level of superior aperture of the chest. In dogs, only some sporadic anatomopathological descriptions of cervical ribs exist. In this report the radiographic and CT findings of these particular vertebral and rib anomalies along with their relationships with adjacent vasculature and musculature are shown intravitam in a dog. Specific radiographic and CT findings described in this report may help in reaching a presumptive diagnosis of this anomaly. Finally, their clinical and evolutionary significance are discussed. PMID:25650786

  8. Bilateral multiple renal vessels: a case report.

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    Deshpande, Sulabha Hanumant; Bannur, Balappa Muregappa; Patil, Babasaheb Gurusiddappagoud

    2014-01-01

    The kidneys receive arterial supply from the paired renal arteries. During routine dissection we observed in an adult male cadaver the following variation. Bilateral variation is seen in 5%-10% of individuals. The right kidney was receiving 3 renal arteries. Two were arising from the abdominal aorta just below the origin of superior mesenteric artery and the 3(rd) artery was arising from aorta, below the origin of Inferior Mesenteric artery. The left kidney received 2 renal arteries, both arising from aorta at a lower level than right, just below the origin of superior mesenteric artery. On the right side, 2 renal veins were independently draining into inferior vena cava. It is important to be able to depict all accessory renal arteries, because accessory renal arteries are end arteries.The main clinical significance of arteries entering the lower pole is that they may obstruct the ureter and lead to hydronephrosis. It is important to consider these results while using non-angiographic, non-invasive methods for investigating renal artery stenosis, as well as, during surgeries related to renal arteries. PMID:24596748

  9. Bilateral Multiple Renal Vessels: A Case Report

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    Deshpande, Sulabha Hanumant; Bannur, Balappa Muregappa; Patil, Babasaheb Gurusiddappagoud

    2014-01-01

    The kidneys receive arterial supply from the paired renal arteries. During routine dissection we observed in an adult male cadaver the following variation. Bilateral variation is seen in 5%-10% of individuals. The right kidney was receiving 3 renal arteries. Two were arising from the abdominal aorta just below the origin of superior mesenteric artery and the 3rd artery was arising from aorta, below the origin of Inferior Mesenteric artery. The left kidney received 2 renal arteries, both arising from aorta at a lower level than right, just below the origin of superior mesenteric artery. On the right side, 2 renal veins were independently draining into inferior vena cava. It is important to be able to depict all accessory renal arteries, because accessory renal arteries are end arteries.The main clinical significance of arteries entering the lower pole is that they may obstruct the ureter and lead to hydronephrosis. It is important to consider these results while using non-angiographic, non-invasive methods for investigating renal artery stenosis, as well as, during surgeries related to renal arteries. PMID:24596748

  10. Rehabilitation for bilateral amputation of fingers

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    Stapanian, Martin A.; Stapanian, Adrienne M.P.; Staley, Keith E.

    2010-01-01

    We describe reconstructive surgeries, therapy, prostheses, and adaptations for a patient who experienced bilateral amputation of all five fingers of both hands through the proximal phalanges in January 1992. The patient made considerable progress in the use of his hands in the 10 mo after amputation, including nearly a 120% increase in the active range of flexion of metacarpophalangeal joints. In late 1992 and early 1993, the patient had "on-top plasty" surgeries, in which the index finger remnants were transferred onto the thumb stumps, performed on both hands. The increased web space and functional pinch resulting from these procedures made many tasks much easier. The patient and occupational therapists set challenging goals at all times. Moreover, the patient was actively involved in the design and fabrication of all prostheses and adaptations or he developed them himself. Although he was discharged from occupational therapy in 1997, the patient continues to actively find new solutions for prehension and grip strength 18 yr after amputation.

  11. [Bilateral ageusia caused by right thalamic infarction].

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    Kogawa, Shuro; Yamakawa, Isamu; Nakajima, Atsushi; Yamada, Syu

    2013-01-01

    A 58-year-old man noticed left hemiparesis at 01:00 pm on a particular day in March 2006. Because his symptoms developed gradually, he was referred to the emergency room of our hospital at 05:00 pm and was admitted with the diagnosis of cerebral infarction. While he presented slight left hemiparesis involving the face, impairment of sensation was not apparent. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the head showed a high-intensity area in the ventromedial area in the right thalamus. The patient was treated with anticoagulant and edaravone, and his symptoms resolved on hospital day 3. When he began eating, he noticed that he was unable to distinguish tastes. On day 5, we performed taste examination using a commercial kit. The taste sensation on both sides of his tongue was severely affected, while the touch sensations in the mouth and olfaction were preserved. His symptoms improved spontaneously and resolved on hospital day 15. This is the second case report of bilateral ageusia caused by right thalamic infarction. Our study indicates the importance of the right thalamus in taste sensation involving both sides of the tongue. PMID:23328062

  12. Proof of Concept, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Effect of Simvastatin on the Course of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    Guymer, Robyn H.; Baird, Paul N.; Varsamidis, Mary; Busija, Lucy; Dimitrov, Peter N.; Aung, Khin Zaw; Makeyeva, Galina A.; Richardson, Andrea J.; Lim, Lyndell; Robman, Liubov D.

    2013-01-01

    Background HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors are ubiquitous in our community yet their potential role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains to be determined. Methodology/Principal Findings Objectives: To evaluate the effect of simvastatin on AMD progression and the effect modification by polymorphism in apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and complement factor H (CFH) genes. Design: A proof of concept double-masked randomized controlled study. Participants: 114 participants aged 53 to 91 years, with either bilateral intermediate AMD or unilateral non-advanced AMD (with advanced AMD in fellow eye), BCVA?20/60 in at least one eye, and a normal lipid profile. Intervention: Simvastatin 40 mg/day or placebo, allocated 1?1. Main outcome measures: Progression of AMD either to advanced AMD or in severity of non-advanced AMD. Results. The cumulative AMD progression rates were 70% in the placebo and 54% in the simvastatin group. Intent to treat multivariable logistic regression analysis, adjusted for age, sex, smoking and baseline AMD severity, showed a significant 2-fold decrease in the risk of progression in the simvastatin group: OR 0.43 (0.18–0.99), p?=?0.047. Post-hoc analysis stratified by baseline AMD severity showed no benefit from treatment in those who had advanced AMD in the fellow eye before enrolment: OR 0.97 (0.27–3.52), p?=?0.96, after adjusting for age, sex and smoking. However, there was a significant reduction in the risk of progression in the bilateral intermediate AMD group compared to placebo [adjusted OR 0.23 (0.07–0.75), p?=?0.015]. The most prominent effect was observed amongst those who had the CC (Y402H) at risk genotype of the CFH gene [OR 0.08 (0.02–0.45), p?=?0.004]. No evidence of harm from simvastatin intervention was detected. Conclusion/Significance Simvastatin may slow progression of non-advanced AMD, especially for those with the at risk CFH genotype CC (Y402H). Further exploration of the potential use of statins for AMD, with emphasis on genetic subgroups, is warranted. Trial Registration Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ANZCTR) ACTRN1260500032065 PMID:24391822

  13. Long term result of intravitreal bevacizumab in a patient newly transformed to proliferative macular telangiectasia type 2.

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    Ozkaya, Abdullah; Alkin, Zeynep; Karakucuk, Yalcin; Yazici, Ahmet Taylan; Demirok, Ahmet

    2013-01-01

    The clinical and imaging findings and therapeutic outcomes of intravitreal bevacizumab injection in a patient with macular telangiectasia type 2 are described. The patient first presented with the non-proliferative stage of the disease for 4 months, then the disease transformed to the proliferative stage. In the proliferative period, the patient was treated with intravitreal bevacizumab injections as-clinically warranted. Over a follow up period lasting 26 months, the patient received 6 intravitreal bevacizumab injections, the visual acuity improved from 20/100 to 20/40, the central retinal thickness decreased from 318 microns to 198 microns. This case implies that the patients with non-proliferative macular telangiectasia type 2 should be followed carefully for proliferative transformation, and intravitreal bevacizumab treatment seems to be effective for proliferative macular telangiectasia type 2. PMID:24339691

  14. Patient's Self-recognition of Reduced Visual Acuity Due to Recurrence of Macular Edema and Prompt Visitation to the Hospital in Retinal Vein Occlusion

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    Jeong, Seong Hun; Kim, Jong Woo; Lee, Tae Gon; Kim, Chul Gu; Yoo, Su Jin; Choi, Mun Jung

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate patients' self-recognition of reduced visual acuity due to recurring macular edema in retinal vein occlusion. Methods A retrospective review of medical records of patients who were diagnosed with recurring macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion was performed. The proportion of patients who recognized reduced visual acuity due to the recurrence of macular edema and who visited the hospital before the scheduled follow-up date was determined. Parameters including age, sex, diagnosis, visual acuity before recurrence of macular edema, and extent of visual acuity reduction due to recurrence of macular edema were compared in patients who recognized a reduction in visual acuity and those who did not. The proportion of patients who visited the hospital promptly was also determined. Results Forty eyes of 40 patients were included in the analysis. Sixteen and 24 patients were diagnosed with central retinal vein occlusion and branch retinal vein occlusion, respectively. Twenty-one patients (52.5%) recognized reduced visual acuity due to recurring macular edema. These patients were younger (59.2 ± 7.6 vs. 64.8 ± 9.4 years, p = 0.046), had better visual acuity before recurrence of macular edema (0.52 ± 0.48 vs. 1.02 ± 0.46, p = 0.002), and exhibited a greater reduction in visual acuity after recurrence of macular edema (0.34 ± 0.24 vs. 0.14 ± 0.13, p = 0.003). Only four patients visited the hospital before the scheduled follow-up date, and all of these patients lived relatively close to the hospital. Conclusions For prompt treatment of recurring macular edema, more intensive education about the self-estimation of visual acuity is necessary, particularly for elderly patients who have relatively poor visual acuity. In addition, a simple and easy way to identify the recurrence of macular edema at the local clinic should be established for patients who live relatively far from the hospital. PMID:24882954

  15. Early structural changes during spontaneous closure of idiopathic full-thickness macular hole determined by optical coherence tomography: a case report

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    2013-01-01

    Background Spontaneous closure of an idiopathic full-thickness macular hole has been reported to occasionally occur. However, the cells involved in plugging the macular hole have not been determined conclusively. We aimed to report the early structural changes that occur during a spontaneous closure of an idiopathic full-thickness macular hole determined by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Case presentation A 71-year-old Japanese man with an idiopathic full-thickness macular hole and subclinical posterior vitreous detachment in the left eye was followed. Three weeks after the identification of the macular hole, optical coherence tomography showed tissue that protruded from the interior wall of the macular hole at the level of the external limiting membrane toward the center of the macular hole. Five months after the first examination, he returned with improvements of his visual symptoms, and the macular hole was closed by a thin retinal tissue which included the restored external limiting membrane that bridged across the macular hole. However, the inner segment/outer segment junction line was not intact and the fovea was detached. Two months later, optical coherence tomography showed an almost normal foveal configuration with an essentially restored inner segment/outer segment junction line and foveal reattachment. Conclusion Our results suggest that Müller cells proliferate and/or extend at the level of the end of the external limiting membrane to form a tissue bridge across the macular hole associated with the external limiting membrane restoration first of all. This leads to the adhesion of other retinal layers and resolution of the foveal detachment. PMID:24083650

  16. Early deprivation impairs the development of balance and bilateral coordination.

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    Roeber, Barbara J; Gunnar, Megan R; Pollak, Seth D

    2014-07-01

    This study examined balance and bilateral coordination skills in a sample of internationally adopted, post-institutionalized (PI) children. We compared the performance of these PI children to two age-matched groups. One was a group of children who were internationally adopted from foster care (FC). The second group consisted of non-adopted children being raised in their birth families, who served as controls (Control). Both PI and FC children scored lower than control children on balance, while PI children scored lower than both FC and control children on bilateral coordination. These results suggest that aspects of institutional rearing impact the development of bilateral coordination, while factors common to internationally adopted children other than institutionalization impact the development of balance. Region of birth (Asia, Latin/South America, Russia/Eastern Europe) did not moderate associations between institutional duration and bilateral coordination. PMID:24014461

  17. Bilateral primary adrenal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma without adrenal insufficiency.

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    Simpson, William Greg; Babbar, Paurush; Payne, Lynnetta Faith

    2015-01-01

    We are presenting a rare case of bilateral adrenal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) that presented as a primary malignancy. An 83-year-old man presented with newly discovered bilateral adrenal incidentalomas, fatigue, and 30 pound weight loss. Of the 116 cases of primary adrenal NHL reported, over half have presented bilaterally and occur with adrenal insufficiency. Therefore, the finding of bilateral adrenal masses requires an urgent work-up of the functional status of the adrenal gland as well as a thorough analysis of the imaging characteristics seen on noncontrast computed tomography (CT) in order to maximize patient survival. Adrenal function testing was normal. Repeat CT imaging revealed rapidly growing lesions with high attenuations; both masses >10 HU. Histological examination of core biopsies discovered malignant lymphoma with no known past history of lymphoma. Our case coincides with the literature, which states that a mass with attenuation >10 HU in the adrenal glands has a high risk of malignancy. PMID:25837497

  18. Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation for Bilateral Greater Occipital Neuralgia

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    Chhatre, Akhil

    2014-01-01

    This report describes a case of bilateral greater occipital neuralgia treated with cooled radiofrequency ablation. The case is considered in relation to a review of greater occipital neuralgia, continuous thermal and pulsed radiofrequency ablation, and current medical literature on cooled radiofrequency ablation. In this case, a 35-year-old female with a 2.5-year history of chronic suboccipital bilateral headaches, described as constant, burning, and pulsating pain that started at the suboccipital region and radiated into her vertex. She was diagnosed with bilateral greater occipital neuralgia. She underwent cooled radiofrequency ablation of bilateral greater occipital nerves with minimal side effects and 75% pain reduction. Cooled radiofrequency ablation of the greater occipital nerve in challenging cases is an alternative to pulsed and continuous RFA to alleviate pain with less side effects and potential for long-term efficacy. PMID:24716017

  19. Sound localization and interaural time sensitivity with bilateral cochlear implants

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    Poon, Becky Bikkei

    2006-01-01

    Bilateral cochlear implantation is becoming more common as clinicians attempt to provide better sound-source localization and speech reception in noise for cochlear implant (CI) users. While some improvement over the ...

  20. Bilateral fractures of Hydroflex penile prostheses: an unusual complication.

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    Kim, S C; Chang, Y S; Ahn, S Y

    1994-12-01

    We report bilaterally fractured Hydroflex implants in 2 patients. One fracture was complete and three were incomplete. All the fractures occurred at the junction of the rear reservoir and the inflation chamber. PMID:7786448

  1. Genetics Home Reference: Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens

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    ... progressive damage to the respiratory system and chronic digestive system problems. Many men with congenital bilateral absence of ... lubricates and protects the linings of the airways, digestive system, reproductive system, and other organs and tissues. Mutations ...

  2. Bilateral primary adrenal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma without adrenal insufficiency

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    Simpson, William Greg; Babbar, Paurush; Payne, Lynnetta Faith

    2015-01-01

    We are presenting a rare case of bilateral adrenal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) that presented as a primary malignancy. An 83-year-old man presented with newly discovered bilateral adrenal incidentalomas, fatigue, and 30 pound weight loss. Of the 116 cases of primary adrenal NHL reported, over half have presented bilaterally and occur with adrenal insufficiency. Therefore, the finding of bilateral adrenal masses requires an urgent work-up of the functional status of the adrenal gland as well as a thorough analysis of the imaging characteristics seen on noncontrast computed tomography (CT) in order to maximize patient survival. Adrenal function testing was normal. Repeat CT imaging revealed rapidly growing lesions with high attenuations; both masses >10 HU. Histological examination of core biopsies discovered malignant lymphoma with no known past history of lymphoma. Our case coincides with the literature, which states that a mass with attenuation >10 HU in the adrenal glands has a high risk of malignancy.

  3. A case of bilateral tibial hemimelia type VIIa

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    Chinnakkannan, Selvakumar; Das, Rashmi Ranjan; Rughmini, K.; Ahmed, Sufath

    2013-01-01

    Congenital absence of tibia is a rare anomaly, and may be total or partial, unilateral or bilateral. Total absence is more frequent than partial, unilateral absence occurs more often than bilateral, with right limb more commonly affected than the left. In partial defect, almost always the distal end of the bone is affected, and of the bilateral cases, there may be total absence on both sides, or total on one side and partial on the other. Males are slightly more commonly affected than the females. Though, the family history is usually negative for congenital abnormalities and other diseases, there is a considerable chance of occurrence of congenital defect of the tibia or of other abnormalities, in near or remote relatives. We report a case of newborn having bilateral tibial hemimelia type VIIa. PMID:23901205

  4. Interactions between bilaterally paired components of the cockroach circadian system

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    Terry L. Page

    1978-01-01

    The hypothesis that bilaterally redundant, and mutually coupled circadian pacemakers are located near the lobula of the optic lobes of the cockroach,Leucophaea maderae, was investigated in a series of lesion experiments.

  5. Differential Macular Morphology in Patients with RPE65-, CEP290-, GUCY2D-, and AIPL1-Related Leber Congenital Amaurosis

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    Pasadhika, Sirichai; Stone, Edwin M.; Lindeman, Martin; Zelkha, Ruth; Lopez, Irma; Koenekoop, Robert K.; Shahidi, Mahnaz

    2010-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate genotypic and macular morphologic correlations in patients with RPE65-, CEP290-, GUCY2D-, or AIPL1-related Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods. SD-OCT macular scans were performed in 21 patients, including 10 with RPE65, 7 with CEP290, 3 with GUCY2D, and 1 with AIPL1 mutations. An image processing software was used to manually draw segmentation lines by three observers. Lamellar structure was evaluated based on the number of retinal layers on segmented images. Total retinal thickness was measured at the central macular and perifoveal areas by using an automated algorithm. Results. All three patients with GUCY2D mutations (age range, 20–53 years) retained six retinal layers with visible photoreceptor inner/outer segment juncture (PSJ). However, the preservation of lamellar structures did not parallel better visual acuity. Patients with other mutations had poorly defined PSJ and disorganized retinal lamellar structures, where only one to three retinal layers could be observed. Patients with CEP290 mutations trended to have retention of the outer nuclear layer at the fovea and macular thickening, especially at younger ages. In patients with RPE65 (age range, 20–71 years) and AIPL1 mutations (age, 22 years), macular thickness was markedly decreased. Disorganization of retinal lamellar structures in the RPE65 group trended toward a worsening with increasing age. Conclusions. Variations of macular microstructures were observed among LCA patients with different genotypes. Disorganization of retinal lamellar structure was generally age related. Preservation of retinal microanatomic structures may not be associated with better visual acuity. PMID:19959640

  6. Recurrent Bilateral Breast Abscess Due to Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infection

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    Yoo, Hyunkyung; Choi, Sang Hyun; Kim, Sei Joong; Cho, Young Up; Choi, Suk Jin

    2014-01-01

    Since recurrent bilateral breast infection due to nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) is rare, its diagnosis is easily overlooked; in addition, complete recovery is often difficult to achieve. We report a case of recurrent bilateral infection in a 35-year-old woman who had completed treatment for NTM. Although various infectious diseases show similar clinical conditions and imaging findings, recurrences should raise suspicion of NTM infection, and this possibility should be considered in differential diagnoses. PMID:25320630

  7. A case presentation of bilateral simultaneous Bell’s palsy

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    Rahmi Kilic; Ali Ozdek; Sevim Felek; M. Asim Safak; Erdal Samim

    2003-01-01

    Bilateral simultaneous facial paralysis is an extremely rare clinical entity. Unlike the unilateral form, bilateral facial paralysis seldom falls into Bell’s category. It is most often a special finding in a symptom complex of a systemic disease; many of them are potentially life-threatening, and therefore the condition warrants urgent medical intervention. Lyme disease, Guillian-Barre syndrome, Bell’s palsy, leukemia, sarcoidosis, bacterial

  8. Bilateral Central Vein Occlusion in a Case of Diaphragmatic Eventration

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    STER, Anda-Maria; STAN, Cristina; GHERVAN, Mihaela

    2014-01-01

    Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) is a severe retinal pathology, which causes visual impairment usually after the age of 40. Mostly unilateral, less than 10% of cases are bilateral. Affected young adults (under the age of 40), usually exhibit a hidden, underlying systemic disease. Thorough testing has to be done in order to spot the pathogenic agent. We present the case of a 25 years old woman with bilateral CRVO caused by Diaphragmatic Eventration and Chronic Respiratory Failure. PMID:25705293

  9. 1112 Consecutive Bilateral Neck Explorations for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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    John Allendorf; Mary DiGorgi; Kathryn Spanknebel; William Inabnet; John Chabot; Paul LoGerfo

    2007-01-01

    Background  Bilateral neck exploration has been the standard approach for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. Improved localization\\u000a studies and the availability of intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring have challenged the necessity of four-gland\\u000a exploration. In this series we report a single surgeon’s experience with bilateral neck exploration for primary hyperparathyroidism\\u000a in an effort to establish benchmark outcomes from which to evaluate minimally invasive

  10. Bilateral thoracoscopic thymectomy using a novel positioning system.

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    Caronia, Francesco; Fiorelli, Alfonso; Monte, Attilio Lo

    2014-11-01

    Several techniques of bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic extended thymectomy have been proposed, and each has its own proponents. We summarize our experience in 20 patients who underwent bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic extended thymectomy, using a new patient positioning that amplifies the thoracoscopic view of the cardiophrenic regions which are often difficult to visualize with standard techniques. In all cases, en-bloc thymectomy with complete dissection of the mediastinal fatty tissue was achieved without sternal retractors or additional incisions. PMID:24887902

  11. Bilateral thecoma presenting as premenopausal hirsutism: Laproscopic removal

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    Ramkumar, S.; Jyotsna, V. P.; Mallick, S.; Kachhawa, Garima; Kandasamy, D.; Kriplani, A.; Ammini, A. C.

    2013-01-01

    Hyperandrogenism is a common disorder among women in the reproductive age group. One of the rare causes for androgen excess is sex cord- stromal tumors of the ovary. These are usually unilateral. Here we report case of a 48 year old woman who presented with hyperandrogenism due to bilateral ovarian thecoma. Androgen levels normalized following resection of the tumor. This, to the best of our knowledge, is the first case of bilateral thecoma presenting as hirsutism in a premenopausal woman. PMID:24910832

  12. Vestibular function in severe bilateral vestibulopathy

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    Wiest, G; Demer, J; Tian, J; Crane, B; Baloh, R

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—To assess residual vestibular function in patients with severe bilateral vestibulopathy comparing low frequency sinusoidal rotation with the novel technique of random, high acceleration rotation of the whole body.?METHODS—Eye movements were recorded by electro-oculography in darkness during passive, whole body sinusoidal yaw rotations at frequencies between 0.05 and 1.6 Hz in four patients who had absent caloric vestibular responses. These were compared with recordings using magnetic search coils during the first 100 ms after onset of whole body yaw rotation at peak accelerations of 2800°/s2. Off centre rotations added novel information about otolithic function.?RESULTS—Sinusoidal yaw rotations at 0.05 Hz, peak veocity 240°/s yielded minimal responses, with gain (eye velocity/head velocity)<0.02, but gain increased and phase decreased at frequencies between 0.2 and 1.6 Hz in a manner resembling the vestibulo-ocular reflex. By contrast, the patients had profoundly attenuated responses to both centred and eccentric high acceleration transients, representing virtually absent responses to this powerful vestibular stimulus.?CONCLUSION—The analysis of the early ocular response to random, high acceleration rotation of the whole body disclosed a profound deficit of semicircular canal and otolith function in patients for whom higher frequency sinusoidal testing was only modestly abnormal. This suggests that the high frequency responses during sinusoidal rotation were of extravestibular origin. Contributions from the somatosensory or central predictor mechanisms, might account for the generation of these responses. Random, transient rotation is better suited than steady state rotation for quantifying vestibular function in vestibulopathic patients.?? PMID:11413262

  13. Preliminary study on electrophysiological changes after cellular autograft in age-related macular degeneration.

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    Limoli, Paolo Giuseppe; Vingolo, Enzo Maria; Morales, Marco Ulisses; Nebbioso, Marcella; Limoli, Celeste

    2014-12-01

    Evolving atrophic macular degeneration represents at least 80% of all macular degenerations and is currently without a standardized care. Autologous fat transplantation efficacy was demonstrated by several studies, as these cells are able to produce growth factors. The aim of the work was to demonstrate possible therapeutic effect of the joined suprachoroidal graft of adipocytes, adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) in stromal vascular fractions (SVFs) of adipose tissue, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Twelve eyes in 12 dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients, aged 71.25 (SD ± 6.8) between 62 and 80 years, were analyzed. A complete ocular evaluation was performed using best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), retinographic analysis, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, microperimetry, computerized visual field, and standard electroretinogram (ERG). Each eye received a cell in graft between choroid and sclera of mature fat cells and ADSCs in SVF enriched with PRP by means of the variant second Limoli (Limoli retinal restoration technique [LRRT]). In order to test if the differences pre- and post-treatment were significant, the Wilcoxon signed-rank test has been performed. Adverse effects were not reported in the patients. After surgery with LRRT, the most significant increase in the ERG values was recorded by scotopic rod-ERG (answer coming from the rods), from 41.26 to 60.83 ?V with an average increase of 47.44% highly significant (P < 0.05). Moderately significant was the one recorded by scotopic maximal ERG (answer coming from the rods and cones), from 112.22 to 129.68 ?V with an average increase of 15.56% (P < 0.1). Cell-mediated therapy based on growth factors used appears interesting because it can improve the retinal functionality responses in the short term. The ERG could, therefore, be used to monitor the effect of cell-mediated regenerative therapies. PMID:25546695

  14. Automated segmentation of intraretinal layers from macular optical coherence tomography images

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    Haeker, Mona; Sonka, Milan; Kardon, Randy; Shah, Vinay A.; Wu, Xiaodong; Abràmoff, Michael D.

    2007-03-01

    Commercially-available optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems (e.g., Stratus OCT-3) only segment and provide thickness measurements for the total retina on scans of the macula. Since each intraretinal layer may be affected differently by disease, it is desirable to quantify the properties of each layer separately. Thus, we have developed an automated segmentation approach for the separation of the retina on (anisotropic) 3-D macular OCT scans into five layers. Each macular series consisted of six linear radial scans centered at the fovea. Repeated series (up to six, when available) were acquired for each eye and were first registered and averaged together, resulting in a composite image for each angular location. The six surfaces defining the five layers were then found on each 3-D composite image series by transforming the segmentation task into that of finding a minimum-cost closed set in a geometric graph constructed from edge/regional information and a priori-determined surface smoothness and interaction constraints. The method was applied to the macular OCT scans of 12 patients with unilateral anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (corresponding to 24 3-D composite image series). The boundaries were independently defined by two human experts on one raw scan of each eye. Using the average of the experts' tracings as a reference standard resulted in an overall mean unsigned border positioning error of 6.7 +/- 4.0 ?m, with five of the six surfaces showing significantly lower mean errors than those computed between the two observers (p < 0.05, pixel size of 50 × 2 ?m).

  15. Influence of scanning density on macular choroidal volume measurement using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Chhablani, Jay; Barteselli, Giulio; Bartsch, Dirk-Uwe; Kozak, Igor; Wang, Haiyan; El-Emam, Sharif; Doede, Aubrey L; Cheng, Lingyun; Freeman, William R

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND To evaluate the impact of scanning density on macular choroidal volume measurement using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). METHODS Thirty eyes of normal subjects underwent consecutive raster choroidal scanning protocols using SD-OCT in enhanced-depth imaging mode. Manual choroidal segmentation was performed using the built-in automated retinal segmentation software to obtain five analyses with different inter-scan distances including inter-scan distances of 30 microns, 60 microns, 120 microns, 240 microns, and 480 microns. The built-in software of the device automatically generated the choroidal thickness and volume map in the similar manner as for retinal volume map, using the standardized Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) grid. For each raster scan, mean absolute difference and relative difference of mean foveal choroidal thickness (FCT), foveal choroidal volume (FCV) and total macular choroidal volume (TCV) in comparison to “true value” (i.e., 30-micron inter-scan distance) were calculated. RESULTS The maximum relative differences were 10% and 16% for TCV and FCV, respectively. For mean FCT, the maximum absolute difference was 31 microns, and maximum relative difference was 12.7%. No statistically significant differences were found in measurements of mean foveal choroidal thickness (p=0.912) and volume (p=0.944), as well as macular choroidal volume (p=0.912), with varying inter-scan distance. CONCLUSIONS Our study shows that approximately 16 scans over the macula with a inter-scans distance of 480 microns is sufficient to provide clinically relevant and reliable choroidal thickness/volume map. This information could be useful in design of choroidal scanning protocols for future clinical trials. PMID:23142990

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  17. Aqueous Cytokines as Predictors of Macular Edema in Patients with Diabetes following Uncomplicated Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery

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    Dong, Ning; Xu, Bing; Wang, Bingsong; Chu, Liqun; Tang, Xin

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to ascertain whether cytokines in the aqueous humor can predict macular edema (ME) in diabetic patients following uncomplicated phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Undiluted aqueous humor samples were obtained from 136 consecutive type 2 diabetic patients who underwent cataract surgery. The concentrations of 27 cytokines were measured in aqueous humor using the multiplex bead immunoassay. At the final follow-up examination, 116 patients completed 4 weeks of follow-up, and the incidence of macular edema was 29.31% (34 patients) 4 weeks after cataract surgery. Compared to the ME (?) patients, the concentrations of interleukin-1? (IL-1?) (P < 0.001), IL-6 (P < 0.001), IL-8 (P < 0.001), interferon-induced protein-10 (IP-10) (P = 0.003), monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) (P < 0.001), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) (P < 0.001) in the ME (+) patients were significantly higher. In addition, the aqueous levels of IL-1? (r = 0.288), IL-6 (r = 0.345), IL-8 (r = 0.256), IP-10 (r = 0.377), MCP-1 (r = 0.423), and VEGF (r = 0.279) were positively correlated with the postoperative foveal center point thickness (FCPT). However, the aqueous levels of IL-10 (P = 0.003) and IL-12 (P = 0.017) were significantly lower in patients with ME. These results suggest IL-1?, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IP-10, MCP-1, and VEGF may be potential predictors of postoperative macular thickness in patients with diabetes following uncomplicated phacoemulsification cataract surgery.

  18. Vestibular dysfunction, altered macular structure and trait localization in A/J inbred mice.

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    Vijayakumar, Sarath; Lever, Teresa E; Pierce, Jessica; Zhao, Xing; Bergstrom, David; Lundberg, Yunxia Wang; Jones, Timothy A; Jones, Sherri M

    2015-04-01

    A/J mice develop progressive hearing loss that begins before 1 month of age and is attributed to cochlear hair cell degeneration. Screening tests indicated that this strain also develops early onset vestibular dysfunction and has otoconial deficits. The purpose of this study was to characterize the vestibular dysfunction and macular structural pathology over the lifespan of A/J mice. Vestibular function was measured using linear vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs). Macular structural pathology was evaluated using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and Western blotting. Individually, vestibular functional deficits in mice ranged from mild to profound. On average, A/J mice had significantly reduced vestibular sensitivity (elevated VsEP response thresholds and smaller amplitudes), whereas VsEP onset latency was prolonged compared to age-matched controls (C57BL/6). A limited age-related vestibular functional loss was also present. Structural analysis identified marked age-independent otoconial abnormalities in concert with some stereociliary bundle defects. Macular epithelia were incompletely covered by otoconial membranes with significantly reduced opacity and often contained abnormally large or giant otoconia as well as normal-appearing otoconia. Elevated expression of key otoconins (i.e., otoconin 90, otolin and keratin sulfate proteoglycan) ruled out the possibility of reduced levels contributing to otoconial dysgenesis. The phenotype of A/J was partially replicated in a consomic mouse strain (C57BL/6J-Chr 17(A/J)/NaJ), thus indicating that Chr 17(A/J) contained a trait locus for a new gene variant responsible to some extent for the A/J vestibular phenotype. Quantitative trait locus analysis identified additional epistatic influences associated with chromosomes 1, 4, 9 and X. Results indicate that the A/J phenotype represents a complex trait, and the A/J mouse strain presents a new model for the study of mechanisms underlying otoconial formation and maintenance. PMID:25645995

  19. Living together with age-related macular degeneration: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of sense-making within a dyadic relationship.

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    Burton, Amy E; Shaw, Rachel L; Gibson, Jonathan M

    2013-12-01

    In this article, we present an idiographic analysis of a couple's experience of living and coming to terms with age-related macular degeneration. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore three joint interviews, conducted over an 18-month period, with a married couple (aged 82 and 77 years) both living with age-related macular degeneration. Three themes are discussed: the disruption of vision impairment, managing mutual deterioration and resilience through togetherness. We discuss the existential challenges of vision impairment and consider the applicability of Galvin and Todres' typology of well-being as a means of understanding well-being in older adults. PMID:24296740

  20. Photoreceptor images of normal eyes and of eyes with macular dystrophy obtained in vivo with an adaptive optics fundus camera

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    Kenichiro Bessho; Takashi Fujikado; Toshifumi Mihashi; Tatsuya Yamaguchi; Naoki Nakazawa; Yasuo Tano

    2008-01-01

    Purpose  To report on images of the human photoreceptor mosaic acquired in vivo with a newly developed, compact adaptive optics (AO)\\u000a fundus camera.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  The photoreceptors of two normal subjects and a patient with macular dystrophy were examined by using an AO fundus camera\\u000a equipped with a liquid crystal phase modulator. In the eye with macular dystrophy, the fixation point in the

  1. 3-D components of a biological neural network visualized in computer generated imagery. I - Macular receptive field organization

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    Ross, Muriel D.; Cutler, Lynn; Meyer, Glenn; Lam, Tony; Vaziri, Parshaw

    1990-01-01

    Computer-assisted, 3-dimensional reconstructions of macular receptive fields and of their linkages into a neural network have revealed new information about macular functional organization. Both type I and type II hair cells are included in the receptive fields. The fields are rounded, oblong, or elongated, but gradations between categories are common. Cell polarizations are divergent. Morphologically, each calyx of oblong and elongated fields appears to be an information processing site. Intrinsic modulation of information processing is extensive and varies with the kind of field. Each reconstructed field differs in detail from every other, suggesting that an element of randomness is introduced developmentally and contributes to endorgan adaptability.

  2. Factors associated with visual recovery after sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide in diabetic macular edema

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    Kawashima, Hiroko; Mizukawa, Kenichi; Kiryu, Junichi

    2012-01-01

    Background The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to evaluate factors associated with improvement of visual acuity after a single sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide in patients with diabetic macular edema. Methods We reviewed the medical records for 63 consecutive eyes with diabetic macular edema treated by sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide and assessed at 2 months postoperatively. We evaluated changes in morphology, foveal photoreceptor status, and parafoveal cystic change, and also measured the central retinal thickness and macular volume. The association of these factors with improvement of vision (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution, logMAR) was investigated. Results Eyes were classified as having cystoid macular edema (CME, n = 52), serous retinal detachment (n = 24), or diffuse diabetic macular edema (n = 4). In eyes with CME, the mean logMAR of visual acuity improved significantly (P = 0.003) from 0.35 ± 0.31 at baseline to 0.29 ± 0.29 after 2 months. However, there was no significant improvement of visual acuity in the eyes with serous retinal detachment or diffuse diabetic macular edema after sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide (P = 0.549 and P = 0.545, respectively). The central retinal thickness and macular volume were both reduced significantly after sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide in eyes with CME and serous retinal detachment. However, improvement of visual acuity in the eyes with CME was not correlated with the reduction of central retinal thickness or macular volume. Parafoveal cystic changes showed significant improvement after sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide in eyes with CME. Photoreceptor status was significantly associated with the visual prognosis in eyes with CME, but not in eyes with serous retinal detachment. Conclusion Visual acuity improved significantly after sub-Tenon injection of triamcinolone acetonide without photoreceptor recovery in eyes with CME. Improvement of parafoveal cystic changes in the eyes with CME suggests that bipolar cells or their accessory cells might have displayed functional recovery. PMID:22927745

  3. Bilateral Traumatic Globe Luxation with Optic Nerve Transection

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    Tok, Levent; Tok, Ozlem Yalcin; Argun, Tugba Cakmak; Yilmaz, Omer; Gunes, Alime; Unlu, Elif Nisa; Sezer, Sezgin; Ibisoglu, Seda; Argun, Mehmet

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to document clinical findings and management of a patient with bilateral globe luxation and optic nerve transection. Materials and Methods A 25-year-old female patient was admitted to the emergency department with bilateral traumatic globe luxation following a motor vehicle accident. Results Visual acuity testing showed no light perception. The right pupil was dilated and bilaterally did not react to light. The globes were bilaterally intact. A computed tomography scan revealed Le Fort type II fractures, bilateral optic nerve transection and disruption of all extraocular muscles. The globes of the patient were bilaterally reduced into the orbit. However, the patient developed phthisis bulbi in the right eye at month 3. Conclusion Globe luxation presents a dramatic clinical picture, and may lead to the development of severe complications due to the concomitance of complete optic nerve dissection and multiple traumas. Even if the luxated globe is repositioned into the orbit, there is still an increased risk of the development of phthisis due to ischemia. PMID:25606034

  4. Age-related macular degeneration: A randomized clinical trial of a self-management intervention

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    Barbara L. Brody; Rebecca A. Williams; Ronald G. Thomas; Robert M. Kaplan; Ray M. Chu; Stuart I. Brown

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to conduct a randomized clinical trial to assess whether a self-management group intervention\\u000a can improve mood, self-efficacy, and activity in people with central vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).\\u000a Ninety-two elderly patients with AMD (average age=79) from a university ophthalmology clinic were randomly assigned to the\\u000a self-management intervention (n=44) or to a

  5. Fractal-Based Oscillation of Macular Arteriogenesis and Dropout During Progressive Diabetic Retinopathy

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    Radharkrishnan, Krishnan; Kaiser, Peter K.

    2011-01-01

    By both fractal (D1) and branching (Lv) analysis, macular arterial density oscillated with progression from mild NPDR to PDR. Results are consistent with out study reported recently for the entire arterial and venous branching trees within 50 degree FAs by VESGEN generational branching analysis. Current and previous results are important for advances in early-stage regenerative DR therapies, for which reversal of DR progression to a normal vessel density may be possible. For example, potential use of regenerative angiogenesis stimulators to reverse vascular dropout during mild and severe NPDR is not indicated for treatment of moderate NPDR.

  6. Recent developments in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration

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    Holz, Frank G.; Schmitz-Valckenberg, Steffen; Fleckenstein, Monika

    2014-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of visual loss in the elderly, with increasing prevalence due to increasing life expectancy. While the introduction of anti-VEGF therapy has improved outcomes, there are still major unmet needs and gaps in the understanding of underlying biological processes. These include early, intermediate, and atrophic disease stages. Recent studies have assessed therapeutic approaches addressing various disease-associated pathways, including complement inhibitors. Drug-delivery aspects are also relevant, as many agents have to be administered repeatedly. Herein, relevant pathogenetic factors and underlying mechanisms as well as recent and potential therapeutic approaches are reviewed. PMID:24691477

  7. Dry age-related macular degeneration: A currently unmet clinical need

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    Girmens, Jean-François; Sahel, José-Alain; Marazova, Katia

    2012-01-01

    Summary Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe visual impairment and disability in older people worldwide. Although considerable advances in the management of the neovascular form of AMD have been made in the last decade, no therapy is yet available for the advanced dry form of AMD (geographic atrophy). This review focuses on current trends in the development of new therapies targeting specific pathophysiological pathways of dry AMD. Increased understanding of the complex mechanisms that underlie dry AMD will help to address this largely unmet clinical need. PMID:25343081

  8. Serial bevacizumab injections and laser photocoagulation for macular edema associated with a retinal artery macroaneurysm

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    Leung, Ella H; Reddy, Ashvini K; Vedula, Anil S; Flynn, Harry W

    2015-01-01

    An 84-year-old female with a history of hypertension and dyslipidemia was referred for a retinal artery macroaneurysm with exudation that had extended into the macula. She underwent a total of six injections of bevacizumab, with some improvement in visual acuity and retinal thickness. Due to persistent macular edema, focal laser photocoagulation was performed around the macroaneurysm. The vision remained at 20/30 during 20 months of follow up. Although anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy may improve vision and decrease retinal thickness in retinal artery macroaneurysm, recalcitrant cases may be treated with laser photocoagulation to seal the leaking vessel.

  9. A Review of Current Management of Vitreomacular Traction and Macular Hole

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    García-Layana, Alfredo; García-Arumí, José; Ruiz-Moreno, José M.; Arias-Barquet, Lluís; Cabrera-López, Francisco; Figueroa, Marta S.

    2015-01-01

    The paper presents a review of the sequence of events of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), vitreomacular traction (VMT), and macular hole (MH) from their pathophysiological aspects, clinical features, diagnostic implications, and current management strategies. A treatment algorithm to be used in clinical practice in patients with VMA, VMT, and MH based on the presence of symptoms, visual acuity, associated epiretinal membrane, and width of the vitreous attachment is presented. Observation, pharmacologic vitreolysis with ocriplasmin, and surgical treatment are positioned as treatment options in the different steps of the therapeutic algorithm, with clear indications of the paths to be followed according to the initial presenting manifestations and the patient's clinical course.

  10. Genetic variants in the complement system predisposing to age-related macular degeneration: a review.

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    Schramm, Elizabeth C; Clark, Simon J; Triebwasser, Michael P; Raychaudhuri, Soumya; Seddon, Johanna M; Atkinson, John P

    2014-10-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of visual impairment in the western world. It is characterized by the presence of lipoproteinaceous deposits (drusen) in the inner layers of the retina. Immunohistochemistry studies identified deposition of complement proteins in the drusen as well as in the choroid. In the last decade, genetic studies have linked both common and rare variants in genes of the complement system to increased risk of development of AMD. Here, we review the variants described to date and discuss the functional implications of dysregulation of the alternative pathway of complement in AMD. PMID:25034031

  11. Macular edema in the era of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Hunter, Allan; Chin, Eric K; Telander, David G

    2013-01-01

    The development of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows for the highest commercially available resolution of in vivo retinal anatomic details to date. The ability to see the macula with ever increasing detail is dramatically improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of retinal disease. However, the only prospective study that partially evaluated spectral-domain OCT versus time-domain OCT failed to show any clinical benefit of increased OCT resolution. Clinical outcomes, eg, best-corrected visual acuity, central macular thickness and number of injections, with “newer” OCT technologies remain an unproven advantage. PMID:24204111

  12. 'Cortar na investigao como queimar

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    Nobel da Medicina e presidente da Royal Society, o britânico vem a Portugal mostrar que ciência e bem de sempre no financiamento de bolsas pela Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. > Como vê o? Em biologia c medicina, queremos perceber como fun- cionam os seres vivos - o que é crucial para uma

  13. Bilateral femoral neck fractures secondary to chronic carbamazepine use treated by bilateral dynamic hip screw: A case report

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    Sariyilmaz, Kerim; Gulenc, Baris; Ozkunt, Okan; Dikici, Fatih; Yazicioglu, Onder

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Bilateral femoral neck fractures without major trauma are rare and related to several conditions. Insufficiency fractures due to the use of anti-epileptic drug are one of the rare causes. This case study is about bilateral femoral neck insufficiency fractures resulting from chronic use of anti-epileptic drug. Presentation of case A 26-year-old woman was referred to our emergency department with a complaint of bilateral groin pain and a 12-year history of irregular carbamazepine use. The diagnosis was bilateral femoral neck insufficiency fractures due to irregular long-term carbamazepine use. One-stage bilateral dynamic hip screw osteosynthesis was performed. After 2 years of follow up, good result was obtained. Discussion There are several risk factors for insufficiency fracture, and antiepileptic drug related osteoporosis is one of the reason. These drugs have negative effect on bone methabolism and bone mineral density. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first case in the literature of bilateral femoral neck insufficiency fracture due to chronic carbamazepine use. Joint and bone pain with a history of long-term use of anti-epileptic drug should be investigated carefully, and insufficiency fractures should be kept in mind. PMID:25528039

  14. Single-Session Radiofrequency Ablation of Bilateral Lung Metastases

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    Palussiere, Jean, E-mail: palussiere@bergonie.org; Gomez, Fernando; Cannella, Matthieu; Ferron, Stephane; Descat, Edouard [Institut Bergonie, Department of Radiology, Regional Cancer Centre (France); Fonck, Marianne [Institut Bergonie, Department of Digestive Oncology (France); Brouste, Veronique [Institut Bergonie, Clinical and Epidemiological Research Unit (France); Avril, Antoine [Institut Bergonie, Department of Surgery (France)

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: This retrospective study examined the feasibility and efficacy of bilateral lung radiofrequency ablation (RFA) performed in a single session. Methods: From 2002-2009, patients with bilateral lung metastases were treated by RFA, where possible in a single session under general anesthesia with CT guidance. The second lung was punctured only if no complications occurred after treatment of the first lung. Five lung metastases maximum per patient were treated by RFA and prospectively followed. The primary endpoint was the evaluation of acute and delayed complications. Secondary endpoints were calculation of hospitalization duration, local efficacy, median survival, and median time to tumor progression. Local efficacy was evaluated on CT or positron emission tomography (PET) CT. Results: Sixty-seven patients were treated for bilateral lung metastases with RFA (mean age, 62 years). Single-session treatment was not possible in 40 due to severe pneumothoraces (n = 24), bilateral pleural contact (n = 14), and operational exclusions (n = 2). Twenty-seven (41%) received single-session RFA of lesions in both lungs for 66 metastases overall. Fourteen unilateral and four bilateral pneumothoraces occurred (18 overall, 66.7%). Unilateral (n = 13) and bilateral (n = 2) chest tube drainage was required. Median hospitalization was 3 (range, 2-8) days. Median survival was 26 months (95% confidence interval (CI), 19-33). Four recurrences on RFA sites were observed (4 patients). Median time to tumor progression was 9.5 months (95% CI, 4.2-23.5). Conclusions: Although performing single-session bilateral lung RFA is not always possible due to pneumothoraces after RFA of first lung, when it is performed, this technique is safe and effective.

  15. Diabetic macular edema: new concepts in patho-physiology and treatment.

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    Zhang, Xinyuan; Zeng, Huan; Bao, Shian; Wang, Ningli; Gillies, Mark C

    2014-01-01

    Diabetic macular edema (DME), a serious eye complication caused primarily by hyperglycemia, is one of the major causes of blindness. DME, which is characterized by cystic retinal thickening or lipid deposition, is prone to relapse after successful treatment. DME is a complex pathological process caused by multiple factors, including breakdown of the inner and outer blood-retinal barriers, oxidative stress, and elevated levels of vascular endothelial growth factor which have been demonstrated in both preclinical and clinical studies. Starling's law theory explains many of the features of DME. Early detection and treatment of DME can prevent vision loss. Current effective interventions for DME include treatment of systemic risk factors, such as elevated blood glucose, blood pressure and dyslipidemia. Ophthalmic treatments include laser photocoagulation, surgery and intraocular pharmacotherapy. New drugs, which are given by intraocular injection, have emerged in recent years to become first line treatment for DME that affects the central macula with loss of vision. Laser photocoagulation is still the gold standard of treatment for DME which does not involve the central macular. This review outlines these new treatments with particular emphasis on the optimal timing of how they are given. PMID:24955234

  16. Severe macular edema induced by pioglitazone in a patient with diabetic retinopathy: a case study.

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    Oshitari, Toshiyuki; Asaumi, Noriko; Watanabe, Masaru; Kumagai, Ken; Mitamura, Yoshinori

    2008-01-01

    We report a case of severe diabetic macular edema (DME) that developed after pioglitazone was used by a patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. A 30-year-old woman with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus visited our clinic in 2004. She had moderate pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy OU. Because of the rapid progression of the diabetic retinopathy, she received pan-retinal photocoagulation in both eyes. Two weeks before using pioglitazone, her visual acuity was 0.9 OD and 0.7 OS. On October 2007, pioglitazone was prescribed by her internist because of poorly controlled blood glucose level. Two weeks later, her body weight increased, and her face became edematous. Her visual acuity decreased to 0.5 OU, and ophthlamoscopy showed severe DME in both eyes. Two weeks after stopping pioglitazone, her visual acuity improved to 0.8 OD and 0.5 OS, but the DME was still severe in the optical coherence tomographic images. Then, one half the usual dose (25 mg) of spironolactone, a diuretic, was given and her macular edema was resolved. Her final visual acuity improved to 0.9 OD and 0.7 OS. We recommend that when a patient taking pioglitazone complains of decreased vision, the physician should promptly consult an ophthalmologist. PMID:19183764

  17. Severe macular edema induced by pioglitazone in a patient with diabetic retinopathy: a case study

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    Oshitari, Toshiyuki; Asaumi, Noriko; Watanabe, Masaru; Kumagai, Ken; Mitamura, Yoshinori

    2008-01-01

    We report a case of severe diabetic macular edema (DME) that developed after pioglitazone was used by a patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. A 30-year-old woman with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus visited our clinic in 2004. She had moderate pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy OU. Because of the rapid progression of the diabetic retinopathy, she received pan-retinal photocoagulation in both eyes. Two weeks before using pioglitazone, her visual acuity was 0.9 OD and 0.7 OS. On October 2007, pioglitazone was prescribed by her internist because of poorly controlled blood glucose level. Two weeks later, her body weight increased, and her face became edematous. Her visual acuity decreased to 0.5 OU, and ophthlamoscopy showed severe DME in both eyes. Two weeks after stopping pioglitazone, her visual acuity improved to 0.8 OD and 0.5 OS, but the DME was still severe in the optical coherence tomographic images. Then, one half the usual dose (25 mg) of spironolactone, a diuretic, was given and her macular edema was resolved. Her final visual acuity improved to 0.9 OD and 0.7 OS. We recommend that when a patient taking pioglitazone complains of decreased vision, the physician should promptly consult an ophthalmologist. PMID:19183764

  18. Photobiomodulation in the treatment of patients with non-center-involving diabetic macular oedema

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    Tang, Johnny; Herda, Ashley A; Kern, Timothy S

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Far-red/near-infrared phototherapy or photobiomodulation (PBM) has recently been reported to be an effective and non-invasive treatment method to inhibit lesions of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in animals. This study investigated the safety and efficacy of PBM in diabetic patients to treat non-center-involving diabetic macular oedema (NCDME). Methods This was a non-randomised, consecutive, case series, where 4 patients with type 2 diabetes with NCDME were treated for 160 s per day with PBM for 2–9 months. Demographic data including age, sex, HbA1c%, electronic ETDRS visual acuity, and retinal and macular thickness were measured using spectral domain ocular coherence tomography (SD-OCT) before and after treatment. Results Four eyes of 4 patients were treated, with fellow eyes serving as untreated controls. Daily PBM treatment for only 80 s per treatment twice daily caused a significant reduction in focal retinal thickening in all 4 treated eyes. No adverse effects attributable to therapy were noted by the patients or study investigators during the study period. Conclusions PBM potentially offers a non-invasive and cost-effective therapeutic option for patients with NCDME. Further studies of this therapeutic option in DR are warranted PMID:24682183

  19. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drug treatment of diabetic macular edema: the evolution continues.

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    Stewart, Michael W

    2012-07-01

    Diabetic mellitus is the leading cause of blindness in working aged patients in developing nations. Due to the buildup of abnormal metabolites from several overactive biochemical pathways, chronic hyperglycemia causes oxidative stress in the retina which upregulates vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Together with other growth factors and metabolites, VEGF causes endothelial cell proliferation, vasodilation, recruitment of inflammatory cells, and increased vascular permeability, leading to breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier. This allows trans-cellular exudation into the interstitial space resulting in diabetic macular edema (DME). For over 3 decades the standard treatment for DME has been laser photocoagulation. Though laser reduces the incidence of vision loss by 50%, few eyes with diffuse edema experience improved vision. This has led physicians to use the VEGF-binding drugs pegaptanib, ranibizumab, and aflibercept, each of which has been approved for the treatment of exudative macular degeneration, and bevacizumab which is commonly used off-label for a variety of chorioretinal disorders. Intravitreal administration of each drug frequently causes rapid improvement of DME with sustained improvement in vision through 2 years. Though these drugs significantly outperform laser photocoagulation over treatment periods of 1 year of less, the advantages appear to lessen when trials approach 2 years. Further studies to better determine relative efficacies of anti-VEGF drugs and laser photocoagulation are continuing. PMID:22515701

  20. Management of significant reactivation of old disciform scars in wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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    2014-01-01

    Background Fibrotic disciform scars represent the end-stage of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and ophthalmologists tend not to treat them. However, reactivation can occur resulting in further worsening of patients. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical outcomes of 10 patients with disciform scars from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that have subsequently reactivated. Methods Indocyanine green angiography (ICG) was used to identify the active areas and these “hot spots” (HS) that were subsequently treated with focal laser photocoagulation. Results In 10 out of 11 patients with potential reactivation of an AMD scar, a treatable HS was found on the ICG at the border of the disciform scar. The identified HS was treated with focal laser photocoagulation. Post treatment these areas became inactive. However in 2 cases, reactivation occurred requiring retreatment a few months later. Conclusions AMD patients who are noted to have disciform scars that are increasing in size and signs of activation such as lipid exudation and subretinal haemorrhage should undergo ICG imaging to look for HS. These patients could benefit from focal laser to stabilize the disease and avoid complications and further peripheral visual loss. It is suspected that these patients may have the polypoidal subtype of AMD. PMID:24965122