Sample records for uterine structural abnormalities

  1. Abnormal uterine cavity: differential diagnosis with MR imaging

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    Izumi Imaoka; Kazuro Sugimura; Takayuki Masui; Yasuo Takehara; Katsutoshi Ichijo; Masaaki Naito

    1999-01-01

    The objective of the study was to assess the usefulness of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in distinguishing malignant from benign conditions in patients with an abnormal uterine cavity. Fifty-four patients that were suspected of having abnormal uterine cavities were retrospectively evaluated by using MR imaging. The diagnosis of an abnormal uterine cavity included a thickened endometrium, and\\/or a endometrial mass,

  2. Outpatient versus inpatient uterine polyp treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding: randomised controlled non-inferiority study

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    Cooper, Natalie A M; Middleton, Lee; Diwakar, Lavanya; Smith, Paul; Denny, Elaine; Roberts, Tracy; Stobert, Lynda; Jowett, Susan; Daniels, Jane

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare the effectiveness and acceptability of outpatient polypectomy with inpatient polypectomy. Design Pragmatic multicentre randomised controlled non-inferiority study. Setting Outpatient hysteroscopy clinics in 31 UK National Health Service hospitals. Participants 507 women who attended as outpatients for diagnostic hysteroscopy because of abnormal uterine bleeding and were found to have uterine polyps. Interventions Participants were randomly assigned to either outpatient uterine polypectomy under local anaesthetic or inpatient uterine polypectomy under general anaesthesia. Data were collected on women’s self reported bleeding symptoms at baseline and at 6, 12, and 24 months. Data were also collected on pain and acceptability of the procedure at the time of polypectomy. Main outcome measures The primary outcome was successful treatment, determined by the women’s assessment of bleeding at six months, with a prespecified non-inferiority margin of 25%. Secondary outcomes included generic (EQ-5D) and disease specific (menorrhagia multi-attribute scale) quality of life, and feasibility and acceptability of the procedure. Results 73% (166/228) of women in the outpatient group and 80% (168/211) in the inpatient group reported successful treatment at six months (intention to treat relative risk 0.91, 95% confidence interval 0.82 to 1.02; per protocol relative risk 0.92, 0.82 to 1.02). Failure to remove polyps was higher (19% v 7%; relative risk 2.5, 1.5 to 4.1) and acceptability of the procedure was lower (83% v 92%; 0.90, 0.84 to 0.97) in the outpatient group Quality of life did not differ significantly between the groups. Four uterine perforations, one of which necessitated bowel resection, all occurred in the inpatient group. Conclusions Outpatient polypectomy was non-inferior to inpatient polypectomy. Failure to remove a uterine polyp was, however, more likely with outpatient polypectomy and acceptability of the procedure was slightly lower. Trial registration International Clinical Trials Registry 65868569. PMID:25801579

  3. Estrogen-induced uterine abnormalities in TIMP-1 deficient mice are associated with elevated plasmin activity and reduced expression of the novel uterine plasmin protease inhibitor serpinb71

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    Zhang, Xuan; Hoang, Etter; Nothnick, Warren B.

    2008-01-01

    Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) is a multifunctional protein capable of regulating a variety of biological processes in a wide array of tissue and cell types. We have previously demonstrated that TIMP-1 deficient mice exhibit alterations in normal uterine morphology and physiology. Most notably, absence of TIMP-1 is associated with an altered uterine phenotype characterized by profound branching of the uterine lumen and altered adenogenesis. To begin to assess the mechanism by which TIMP-1 may control these uterine events, we utilized steroid-treated ovariectomized wild-type and TIMP-1 null mice exposed to estrogen for 72 hours. Administration of estrogen to TIMP-1 deficient mice resulted in development of an abnormal uterine histo-architecture characterized by increased endometrial gland density, luminal epithelial cell height, and abnormal lumen structure. To determine the mediators which may contribute to the abnormal uterine morphology in the TIMP-1 deficient mice, cDNA microarray analysis was performed. Analysis revealed that expression of two plasmin inhibitors (serpbinb2 and serbinb7) was significantly reduced in the TIMP-1 null mice. Associated with the reduction in expression of these inhibitors was a significant increase in plasmin activity. Localization of the novel uterine serpinb7 revealed that expression was confined to the luminal and glandular epithelial cells. Further, expression of uterine serpinb7 was decreased by estrogen and showed an inverse relationship with plasmin activity. We conclude from these studies that in addition to controlling MMP activity, TIMP-1 may also control activity of serine proteases through modulation of serine protease inhibitors such as serpinb7. PMID:18537133

  4. Vaginoscopic Hysteroscopy and Transvaginal Sonography in the Evaluation of Patients with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

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    Minas Paschopoulos; Evangelos D. Lolis; Yannis Alamanos; George Koliopoulos; Evangelos Paraskevaidis

    2001-01-01

    Study ObjectiveTo compare accuracy of vaginoscopic hysteroscopy, a new method of outpatient hysteroscopy, with that of transvaginal sonography in diagnosing intracavitary pathology in women with abnormal uterine bleeding.

  5. Hysterosalpingographic features of cervical abnormalities: acquired structural anomalies.

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    Zafarani, F; Ahmadi, F; Shahrzad, G

    2015-08-01

    Cervical abnormalities may be congenital or acquired. Congenital cervical structural anomalies are relatively uncommon, whereas acquired cervical abnormalities are commonly seen in gynaecology clinics. Acquired abnormalities of the cervix can cause cervical factor infertility and recurrent spontaneous abortion. Various imaging tools have been used for evaluation of the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes. Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is a quick and minimally invasive tool for evaluation of infertility that facilitates visualization of the inner surfaces of the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes, as well as the cervical canal and isthmus. The lesions of the uterine cervix show various imaging manifestations on HSG such as narrowing, dilatation, filling defects, irregularities and diverticular projections. This pictorial review describes and illustrates the hysterosalpingographic appearances of normal variants and acquired structural abnormalities of the cervix. Accurate diagnosis of such cases is considered essential for optimal treatment. The pathological findings and radiopathological correlation will be briefly discussed. PMID:26111269

  6. Elevated level of basic fibroblast growth factor in leiomyoma-related abnormal uterine bleeding and its reversal by interferon-?

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    Ali Farid Mohamed Ali; Baha Fateen; Ahmed Ezzet; Hoda Badawy; Asherf Ramadan; Alaa El-tobge

    2000-01-01

    Objectives: To test for the first time the role of basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF) in abnormal uterine bleeding from myoma; to test for the first time in the literature the role of interferon-? as a new modality in the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding by myoma; to test for the first time the role of interferon-? in the treatment

  7. Cesarean scar defects: an underrecognized cause of abnormal uterine bleeding and other gynecologic complications.

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    Tower, Amanda M; Frishman, Gary N

    2013-01-01

    The gynecologic sequelae due to deficient uterine scar healing after cesarean section are only recently being identified and described. These include conditions such as abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, infertility, and cesarean scar ectopic pregnancy, as well as a potentially higher risk of complications and difficulties during gynecologic procedures such as uterine evacuation, hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, and insertion of an intrauterine device. The proposed mechanism of abnormal uterine bleeding is a pouch or "isthmocele" in the lower uterine segment that causes delayed menstrual bleeding. The prevalence of symptomatic or clinically relevant cesarean scar defects (CSDs) ranges from 19.4% to 88%. Possible risk factors for CSD include number of cesarean sections, uterine position, labor before cesarean section, and surgical technique used to close the uterine incision. There are no accepted guidelines for the diagnostic criteria of CSD. We propose that a CSD be defined on transvaginal ultrasound or saline infusion sonohysterography as a triangular hypoechoic defect in the myometrium at the site of the previous hysterotomy. We also propose a classification system to aid in standardized classification for future research. Surgical techniques for repair of CSD include laparoscopic excision, resectoscopic treatment, vaginal revision, and endometrial ablation. PMID:23680518

  8. Management of abnormal uterine bleeding in women with mechanical heart valve prosthesis and anticoagulant therapy.

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    Saha, Pradip Kumar; Rakshit, Bibek Mohan; Jana, Narayan; Dutta, Sanjib; Roy, Subesha Basu; Sengupta, Gautam

    2011-12-01

    In a prospective observational case series, we assessed the effects and management and outcome of oral anticoagulant associated abnormal uterine bleeding in women with mechanical heart valve prosthesis. Six women with mechanical heart valve prosthesis, who were admitted with persistent severe vaginal bleeding between 2003 and 2010, were evaluated. For each woman, detailed history, treatment received, if there was any complication and their final outcome and satisfaction were recorded. All the 6 women were parous, with their ages ranging from 27 to 50 years. They were receiving oral anticoagulant therapy for mechanical heart valve prosthesis. Of the 6 women, 4 had uterine fibroids, and the other 2 had dysfunctional uterine bleeding.Three patients with uterine fibroids underwent abdominal hysterectomy, and one underwent balloon thermal ablation of endometrium. While 1 patient with dysfunctional uterine bleeding underwent hysterectomy, the other patient desirous for further children, required levonorgestrel intra-uterine system. Two women requiring hysterectomy, developed postoperative complications, one a massive intraperitoneal haemorrhage and another a rectus sheath haematoma. At follow-up, 5 women were satisfied, and 1 woman had died suddenly at home 1 year after hysterectomy. Because of the twin problem of heart disease and anticoagulant therapy, treatment of abnormal vaginal bleeding in these women is extremely challenging. Although medical treatment yields only temporary relief, endometrial ablative procedures or levonorgestrel intra-uterine system provides more durable solution. As anticoagulant associated peri-operative haemorrhage can be potentially fatal, hysterectomy should be reserved for women with major pelvic pathologies. Proper counselling and integrated management involving gynaecologist, cardiologist, haematologist and anaesthesiologist is essential to tackle this problem. PMID:23469574

  9. Abnormal uterine bleeding as a presenting symptom is related to multiple uterine leiomyoma: an ultrasound-based study

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    Fonseca-Moutinho, José Alberto; Barbosa, Lígia Silva; Torres, Daniel Gonçalves; Nunes, Sara Morgado

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To determine the prevalence of uterine leiomyomas, diagnosed by ultrasound, in a private health care setting located in the central eastern region of Portugal, and to explore the demographic and clinical factors related to diagnosis and symptomatology. Patients and methods The files of 624 patients attending a private clinic in Covilhã, Portugal, from January 2 to December 31, 2010 were retrieved for evaluation. Pelvic ultrasound record, age, weight, height, age at menarche, number of pregnancies and deliveries, marital status, menstrual cycles characteristic, and contraceptive method at consultation were included in the analysis. Results Uterine leiomyoma (UL) was diagnosed by ultrasonography in 161 (25.8%) patients. A single UL was diagnosed in 80 (49.7%) patients. In 79 (49.1%) patients, the largest leiomyoma had a dimension <20 mm. Prevalence of UL was age dependent: at 11.0% for women 20–39 years old; 45.4% for those aged 40–59 years; and 19.5% for women 60 years or older. Metrorrhagia was the most distressing presenting symptom. When menorrhagia was the presenting symptom, the probability of having an ultrasound diagnosis of UL was 73.3%. Metrorrhagia or menorrhagia, as presenting symptom, was significantly related to the ultrasound diagnosis of multiple ULs. Conclusion UL was especially prevalent in women aged between 40 and 59 years. Patients with multiple ULs had significantly more abnormal uterine bleeding. In patients with menorrhagia or metrorrhagia, special attention should be taken in searching for the presence of multiple ULs during ultrasound. PMID:24194648

  10. Intra-cavitary uterine pathology in women with abnormal uterine bleeding: a prospective study of 1220 women

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    Van den Bosch, T.; Ameye, L.; Van Schoubroeck, D.; Bourne, T.; Timmerman, D.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Our primary aim was to assess how patients’ characteristics, bleeding pattern, sonographic endometrial thickness (ET) and additional features at unenhanced ultrasound examination (UTVS) and at fluid instillation sonography (FIS) contribute to the diagnosis of intracavitary uterine pathology in women presenting with abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). We further aimed to report the prevalence of pathology in women presenting with AUB. Methods: 1220 consecutive women presenting with AUB underwent UTVS, colour Doppler imaging (CDI) and FIS. Most women (n = 1042) had histological diagnosis. Results: Mean age was 50 years and 37% were postmenopausal. Of 1220 women 54% were normal, polyps were diagnosed in 26%, intracavitary fibroids in 11%, hyperplasia without atypia in 4% and cancer in 3%. All cancers were diagnosed in postmenopausal (7%) or perimenopausal (1%) women. ET had a low predictive value in premenopausal women (LR+ and LR- of 1.34 and 0.74, respectively), while FIS had a LR+ and LR- of 6.20 and 0.24, respectively. After menopause, ET outperformed all patient characteristics for the prediction of endometrial pathology (LR+ and LR- of 3.13 and 0.24). The corresponding LR+ and LR- were 10.85 and 0.71 for CDI and 8.23 and 0.26 for FIS. Conclusion: About half of the women presenting to a bleeding clinic will have pathology. In premenopausal women, benign lesions are often the cause of AUB. For the prediction of intracavitary pathology ET is of little value in premenopausal women. CDI and FIS substantially improve the diagnostic accuracy. PMID:25897368

  11. Levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena): An emerging tool for conservative treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding

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    Dhamangaonkar, Pallavi C.; Anuradha, K.; Saxena, Archana

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: To study the efficacy of levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS; Mirena) in conservative management of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). Materials and Methods: Seventy women between 30 and 55 years with AUB were included in a study conducted over a period of 3 years. Response was assessed monthly for first 4 months and then yearly for maximum 2 years. Results: Mirena caused a 80% decrease in median menstrual blood loss (MBL) at 4 months, 95% decrease in MBL by 1 year, and 100% decrease (amenorrhea) by 2 years. Mean hemoglobin (Hb) % showed a significant rise of 7.8% from baseline 4 months post Mirena insertion. Mirena acted as an effective contraceptive in women not using any other form of contraception. Hysterectomy could be avoided in most of the women. Conclusion: Mirena provides an incredible nonsurgical alternative in treatment of menorrhagia. Its effects are reversible and it is an excellent fertility-sparing device. It is also an effective contraceptive. PMID:25861205

  12. Effect of myrtle fruit syrup on abnormal uterine bleeding: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Myrtle (Myrtus communis L.) has been used in the Iranian Traditional Medicine as a treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding-menometrorrhagia. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of myrtle fruit syrup on abnormal uterine bleeding-menometrorrhagia. Methods A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted on 30 women suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding-menometrorrhagia. Treatment comprised of giving 15 ml oral myrtle syrup daily (5 ml three times a day) for 7 days starting from the onset of bleeding. The myrtle syrup along with placebo was repeated for 3 consecutive menstrual periods. Menstrual duration and number of used pads were recorded by the Pictorial Blood loss Assessment Chart at the end of each menstrual period. The quality of life was also evaluated using the menorrhagia questionnaire. Results The mean number of bleeding days significantly declined from 10.6?±?2.7 days to 8.2?±?1.9 days after 3 months treatment with the syrup (p?=?0.01) and consequently the participants in the intervention group used fewer pads after 3 months (16.4?±?10.7) compared with the number of pads used at the beginning of the treatment (22.7?±?12.0, p?=?0.01). Bleeding days and number of pads used by the participants in the placebo group did not change significantly. Also significant changes of quality of life scores were observed in the intervention group after 3 months compared to the baseline. Conclusion Myrtle syrup is introduced as a potential remedy for abnormal uterine bleeding-menometrorrhagia. PMID:24888316

  13. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

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  14. Uterine Rupture

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    Sharon R. Sheehan; Deirdre J. Murphy

    \\u000a Uterine rupture may be defined as a disruption of the uterine muscle extending to and involving the uterine serosa or disruption\\u000a of the uterine muscle with extension to the bladder or broad ligament [1]. Uterine dehiscence is defined as disruption of\\u000a the uterine muscle with intact uterine serosa [1]. Uterine rupture is associated with severe maternal and perinatal morbidity\\u000a and

  15. Structural brain abnormalities in cervical dystonia

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    2013-01-01

    Background Idiopathic cervical dystonia is characterized by involuntary spasms, tremors or jerks. It is not restricted to a disturbance in the basal ganglia system because non-conventional voxel-based MRI morphometry (VBM) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have detected numerous regional changes in the brains of patients. In this study scans of 24 patients with cervical dystonia and 24 age-and sex-matched controls were analysed using VBM, DTI and magnetization transfer imaging (MTI) using a voxel-based approach and a region-of-interest analysis. Results were correlated with UDRS, TWSTRS and disease duration. Results We found structural alterations in the basal ganglia; thalamus; motor cortex; premotor cortex; frontal, temporal and parietal cortices; visual system; cerebellum and brainstem of the patients with dystonia. Conclusions Cervical dystonia is a multisystem disease involving several networks such as the motor, sensory and visual systems. PMID:24131497

  16. DETECTION & MAPPING OF ABNORMAL BRAIN STRUCTURE IN METHAMPHETAMINE USERS

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    Thompson, Paul

    DETECTION & MAPPING OF ABNORMAL BRAIN STRUCTURE IN METHAMPHETAMINE USERS 1 P.M. Thompson, 1 K, beginning in their mid-twenties, consuming about 3 g/week of MA. All 43 MRI scans were aligned to ICBM space correspondence, using a covariant fluid PDE model for data alignment on non-flat manifolds. At each aligned

  17. Specific binding of hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyl metabolites and other substances to bovine calf uterine estrogen receptor: structure-binding relationships

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    Vincent J. Kramer; John P. Giesy

    1999-01-01

    The objectives of this research were: (1) to survey a wide variety of structurally diverse (and mostly chlorinated) aromatic chemicals for specific binding to the calf uterine estrogen receptor; (2) to develop a quantitative structure-binding relationship (QSBR) for hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (OH-PCBs). This report specifically includes data on substances that did not exhibit specific binding to ER thereby exploring the

  18. Hierarchical structure analysis describing abnormal base composition of genomes

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    Ouyang, Zhengqing; Liu, Jian-Kun; She, Zhen-Su

    2005-10-01

    Abnormal base compositional patterns of genomic DNA sequences are studied in the framework of a hierarchical structure (HS) model originally proposed for the study of fully developed turbulence [She and Lévêque, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 336 (1994)]. The HS similarity law is verified over scales between 103bp and 105bp , and the HS parameter ? is proposed to describe the degree of heterogeneity in the base composition patterns. More than one hundred bacteria, archaea, virus, yeast, and human genome sequences have been analyzed and the results show that the HS analysis efficiently captures abnormal base composition patterns, and the parameter ? is a characteristic measure of the genome. Detailed examination of the values of ? reveals an intriguing link to the evolutionary events of genetic material transfer. Finally, a sequence complexity (S) measure is proposed to characterize gradual increase of organizational complexity of the genome during the evolution. The present study raises several interesting issues in the evolutionary history of genomes.

  19. Retrospective database analysis of clinical outcomes and costs for treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding among women enrolled in US Medicaid programs

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    Bonafede, Machaon M; Miller, Jeffrey D; Laughlin-Tommaso, Shannon K; Lukes, Andrea S; Meyer, Nicole M; Lenhart, Gregory M

    2014-01-01

    Background Women with abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) may be treated surgically with hysterectomy or global endometrial ablation (GEA), an outpatient procedure. We compared the costs and clinical outcomes of these surgical procedures for AUB among women in Medicaid programs. Methods The Truven Health MarketScan® Medicaid Multi-State Database was used to identify Medicaid women aged 30–55 years with AUB who newly initiated GEA or hysterectomy (index event) during 2006–2010. Patients were required to have 12 months of continuous enrollment pre-index and post-index. Baseline characteristics were assessed in the pre-index period; health care utilization and costs (2011 USD), treatment complications, and reinterventions were assessed in the post-index period. Results Of 1,880 women who met the study criteria (mean age 40.7 years), 53.4% were Caucasian, 33.1% were African-American, and 2.3% were Hispanic; many (42.8%) received their Medicaid eligibility due to disability. Similar proportions received GEA (50.9%) or hysterectomy (49.1%). At baseline, both groups also had similar Deyo-Charlson Comorbidity scores (0.65), and use of antibiotics (69.4%), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (56.3%), and oral contraceptives (5.3%). More hysterectomy patients than GEA patients had a treatment-related complication (52% versus 36%, respectively, P<0.001). Initial treatment costs were higher for hysterectomy ($11,270) than for GEA ($3,958, P<0.001); monthly gynecology-related costs in the remainder of the year were not significantly different for hysterectomy ($63) and GEA ($16, P=0.11). Conclusion Hysterectomy was nearly three times more costly than GEA for initial treatment of AUB, and associated with more treatment-related complications. These results may be informative in the context of new federal mandates for Medicaid expansion, which are likely to focus on cost savings through use of outpatient treatments such as GEA. PMID:25336979

  20. Connectivity and functional profiling of abnormal brain structures in pedophilia.

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    Poeppl, Timm B; Eickhoff, Simon B; Fox, Peter T; Laird, Angela R; Rupprecht, Rainer; Langguth, Berthold; Bzdok, Danilo

    2015-06-01

    Despite its 0.5-1% lifetime prevalence in men and its general societal relevance, neuroimaging investigations in pedophilia are scarce. Preliminary findings indicate abnormal brain structure and function. However, no study has yet linked structural alterations in pedophiles to both connectional and functional properties of the aberrant hotspots. The relationship between morphological alterations and brain function in pedophilia as well as their contribution to its psychopathology thus remain unclear. First, we assessed bimodal connectivity of structurally altered candidate regions using meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM) and resting-state correlations employing openly accessible data. We compared the ensuing connectivity maps to the activation likelihood estimation (ALE) maps of a recent quantitative meta-analysis of brain activity during processing of sexual stimuli. Second, we functionally characterized the structurally altered regions employing meta-data of a large-scale neuroimaging database. Candidate regions were functionally connected to key areas for processing of sexual stimuli. Moreover, we found that the functional role of structurally altered brain regions in pedophilia relates to nonsexual emotional as well as neurocognitive and executive functions, previously reported to be impaired in pedophiles. Our results suggest that structural brain alterations affect neural networks for sexual processing by way of disrupted functional connectivity, which may entail abnormal sexual arousal patterns. The findings moreover indicate that structural alterations account for common affective and neurocognitive impairments in pedophilia. The present multimodal integration of brain structure and function analyses links sexual and nonsexual psychopathology in pedophilia. Hum Brain Mapp 36:2374-2386, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25733379

  1. Abnormalities in structural covariance of cortical gyrification in schizophrenia.

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    Palaniyappan, Lena; Park, Bert; Balain, Vijender; Dangi, Raj; Liddle, Peter

    2015-07-01

    The highly convoluted shape of the adult human brain results from several well-coordinated maturational events that start from embryonic development and extend through the adult life span. Disturbances in these maturational events can result in various neurological and psychiatric disorders, resulting in abnormal patterns of morphological relationship among cortical structures (structural covariance). Structural covariance can be studied using graph theory-based approaches that evaluate topological properties of brain networks. Covariance-based graph metrics allow cross-sectional study of coordinated maturational relationship among brain regions. Disrupted gyrification of focal brain regions is a consistent feature of schizophrenia. However, it is unclear if these localized disturbances result from a failure of coordinated development of brain regions in schizophrenia. We studied the structural covariance of gyrification in a sample of 41 patients with schizophrenia and 40 healthy controls by constructing gyrification-based networks using a 3-dimensional index. We found that several key regions including anterior insula and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex show increased segregation in schizophrenia, alongside reduced segregation in somato-sensory and occipital regions. Patients also showed a lack of prominence of the distributed covariance (hubness) of cingulate cortex. The abnormal segregated folding pattern in the right peri-sylvian regions (insula and fronto-temporal cortex) was associated with greater severity of illness. The study of structural covariance in cortical folding supports the presence of subtle deviation in the coordinated development of cortical convolutions in schizophrenia. The heterogeneity in the severity of schizophrenia could be explained in part by aberrant trajectories of neurodevelopment. PMID:24771247

  2. Identification of 9 uterine genes that are regulated during mouse pregnancy and exhibit abnormal levels in the cyclooxygenase-1 knockout mouse

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    Baohui Zhao; Deanna Koon; Allyson L Curtis; Jessica Soper; Kathleen E Bethin

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is the leading cause of all infant mortality. In 2004, 12.5% of all births were preterm. In order to understand preterm labor, we must first understand normal labor. Since many of the myometrial changes that occur during pregnancy are similar in mice and humans and mouse gestation is short, we have studied the uterine genes that change

  3. The spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied by quickly variation and SWF flares

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    C.-L. Zhu; G.-Q. Zhan

    1986-01-01

    The relation between the spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied with quickly variation and SWF flares occurring in the 21th solar cycle (1976.6 - 1980.12) is discussed. The results indicate that the spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied by rapid variations are important conditions causing SWF flares.

  4. The spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied by quickly variation and SWF flares.

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    Zhu, C.-L.; Zhan, G.-Q.

    The relation between the spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied with quickly variation and SWF flares occurring in the 21th solar cycle (1976.6 - 1980.12) is discussed. The results indicate that the spot groups of abnormal magnetic structures accompanied by rapid variations are important conditions causing SWF flares.

  5. Uterine Cancer

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  6. Structural abnormality of the corticospinal tract in major depressive disorder

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    2014-01-01

    Background Scientists are beginning to document abnormalities in white matter connectivity in major depressive disorder (MDD). Recent developments in diffusion-weighted image analyses, including tractography clustering methods, may yield improved characterization of these white matter abnormalities in MDD. In this study, we acquired diffusion-weighted imaging data from MDD participants and matched healthy controls. We analyzed these data using two tractography clustering methods: automated fiber quantification (AFQ) and the maximum density path (MDP) procedure. We used AFQ to compare fractional anisotropy (FA; an index of water diffusion) in these two groups across major white matter tracts. Subsequently, we used the MDP procedure to compare FA differences in fiber paths related to the abnormalities in major fiber tracts that were identified using AFQ. Results FA was higher in the bilateral corticospinal tracts (CSTs) in MDD (p’s?abnormalities in MDD, including in relation to explicating CST-related abnormalities to depressive symptoms and RDoC domains and constructs. PMID:25295159

  7. Localized right ventricular structural abnormalities in patients with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation: Magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Yuichi Sato; Kaori Kato; Makoto Hashimoto; Haruhiko Akiyama; Naoya Matsumoto; Hidehito Takase; Kazuya Ogawa; Tatsuo Sakamaki; Hiroshi Yagi; Katsuo Kanmatsuse

    1996-01-01

    Summary Lethal arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, may occur in the absence of apparent morphological abnormalities. However, a recent study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has suggested that localized, minor structural abnormalities of the right ventricle are responsible for right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia in a number of patients. We demonstrated regional wall thinning and systolic dyskinesia

  8. ABNORMALITIES IN NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTION STRUCTURE AND SKELETAL MUSCLE FUNCTION IN MICE LACKING

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    Burnstock, Geoffrey

    ABNORMALITIES IN NEUROMUSCULAR JUNCTION STRUCTURE AND SKELETAL MUSCLE FUNCTION IN MICE LACKING). While ACh is the transmitter that mediates via nicotinic receptors muscle contraction in mature animals reappear after denerva- tion of chick skeletal muscle (Wells et al., 1995). Electrophysiology

  9. Molecular cytogenetic studies in structural abnormalities of chromosome 13

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    Lozzio, C.B.; Bamberger, E.; Anderson, I. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    A partial trisomy 13 was detected prenatally in an amniocentesis performed due to the following ultrasound abnormalities: open sacral neural tube defect (NTD), a flattened cerebellum, and lumbar/thoracic hemivertebrae. Elevated AFP and positive acetylcholinesterase in amniotic fluid confirmed the open NTD. Chromosome analysis showed an extra acrocentric chromosome marker. FISH analysis with the painting probe 13 showed that most of the marker was derived from this chromosome. Chromosomes on the parents revealed that the mother had a balanced reciprocal translocation t(2;13)(q23;q21). Dual labeling with painting chromosomes 2 and 13 on cells from the mother and from the amniotic fluid identified the marker as a der(13)t(2;13)(p23;q21). Thus, the fetus had a partial trisomy 13 and a small partial trisomy 2p. The maternal grandfather was found to be a carrier for this translocation. Fetal demise occurred a 29 weeks of gestation. The fetus had open lumbar NTD and showed dysmorphic features, overlapping fingers and imperforate anus. This woman had a subsequent pregnancy and chorionic villi sample showed that this fetus was normal. Another case with an abnormal chromosome 13 was a newborn with partial monosomy 13 due to the presence of a ring chromosome 13. This infant had severe intrauterine growth retardation, oligohydramnios, dysmorphic features and multiple congenital microphthalmia, congenital heart disease, absent thumbs and toes and cervical vertebral anomalies. Chromosome studies in blood and skin fibroblast cultures showed that one chromosome 3 was replaced by a ring chromosome of various sizes. This ring was confirmed to be derived from chromosome 13 using the centromeric 21/13 probe.

  10. Delineating the Structure of Normal and Abnormal Personality: An Integrative Hierarchical Approach

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    Markon, Kristian E.; Krueger, Robert F.; Watson, David

    2008-01-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that normal and abnormal personality can be treated within a single structural framework. However, identification of a single integrated structure of normal and abnormal personality has remained elusive. Here, a constructive replication approach was used to delineate an integrative hierarchical account of the structure of normal and abnormal personality. This hierarchical structure, which integrates many Big Trait models proposed in the literature, replicated across a meta-analysis as well as an empirical study, and across samples of participants as well as measures. The proposed structure resembles previously suggested accounts of personality hierarchy and provides insight into the nature of personality hierarchy more generally. Potential directions for future research on personality and psychopathology are discussed. PMID:15631580

  11. Medical Treatment of Uterine Leiomyoma

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    Sabry, Mohamed; Al-Hendy, Ayman

    2012-01-01

    Uterine leiomyomas (also called myomata or fibroids) are the most common gynecologic tumors in the United States. The prevalence of leiomyomas is at least 3 to 4 times higher among African American women than in white women. Pathologically, uterine leiomyomas are benign tumors that arise in any part of the uterus under the influence of local growth factors and sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These common tumors cause significant morbidity for women and they are considered to be the most common indication for hysterectomy in the world; they are also associated with a substantial economic impact on health care systems that amounts to approximately $2.2 billion/year in the United States alone. Uterine myomas cause several reproductive problems such as heavy or abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pressure, infertility, and several obstetrical complications including miscarriage and preterm labor. Surgery has traditionally been the gold standard for the treatment of uterine leiomyomas and has typically consisted of either hysterectomy or myomectomy. In recent years, a few clinical trials have evaluated the efficacy of orally administered medications for the management of leiomyoma-related symptoms. In the present review, we will discuss these promising medical treatments in further detail. PMID:22378865

  12. Uterine Rbpj is required for embryonic-uterine orientation and decidual remodeling via Notch pathway-independent and -dependent mechanisms

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    Zhang, Shuang; Kong, Shuangbo; Wang, Bingyan; Cheng, Xiaohong; Chen, Yongjie; Wu, Weiwei; Wang, Qiang; Shi, Junchao; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Shumin; Lu, Jinhua; Lydon, John P; DeMayo, Francesco; Pear, Warren S; Han, Hua; Lin, Haiyan; Li, Lei; Wang, Hongmei; Wang, Yan-ling; Li, Bing; Chen, Qi; Duan, Enkui; Wang, Haibin

    2014-01-01

    Coordinated uterine-embryonic axis formation and decidual remodeling are hallmarks of mammalian post-implantation embryo development. Embryonic-uterine orientation is determined at initial implantation and synchronized with decidual development. However, the molecular mechanisms controlling these events remain elusive despite its discovery a long time ago. In the present study, we found that uterine-specific deletion of Rbpj, the nuclear transducer of Notch signaling, resulted in abnormal embryonic-uterine orientation and decidual patterning at post-implantation stages, leading to substantial embryo loss. We further revealed that prior to embryo attachment, Rbpj confers on-time uterine lumen shape transformation via physically interacting with uterine estrogen receptor (ER?) in a Notch pathway-independent manner, which is essential for the initial establishment of embryo orientation in alignment with uterine axis. While at post-implantation stages, Rbpj directly regulates the expression of uterine matrix metalloproteinase in a Notch pathway-dependent manner, which is required for normal post-implantation decidual remodeling. These results demonstrate that uterine Rbpj is essential for normal embryo development via instructing the initial embryonic-uterine orientation and ensuring normal decidual patterning in a stage-specific manner. Our data also substantiate the concept that normal mammalian embryonic-uterine orientation requires proper guidance from developmentally controlled uterine signaling. PMID:24971735

  13. Abnormal optical characteristics of the waveguide-grating structures

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    Li, J.; Zhang, X.; Liu, H.; Li, R.

    2011-03-01

    In this paper we investigate the optical property of the waveguide-grating structures (WGS) with the grating period in the scale of micrometer, which is larger than the wavelength of the incident light. In such structures, the higher-order diffracted beams can also couple into the waveguide, while in the structure that the period of grating is much smaller than the wavelength of incident light, only the ±1 orders of diffraction can excite the propagation modes of the waveguide. Numerical calculations of extinction of the higher-order structure show that except for the extinction peaks, enhanced transmission can also be obtained, which is also observed in experiment. Further simulations indicate that the enhancement can be tuned by changing the structural and the geometric parameters of the WGS device. In addition, the wavelength that extraordinary transmit is decided by the duty cycles of the gratings, so, the enhancement might be attributed to the phenomena of missing order in gratings with large period.

  14. Effects of abnormal cytoskeletal structure on erythrocyte membrane mechanical properties

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    Waugh, R.E.

    1983-01-01

    Measurements of the mechanical properties of the erythrocyte membrane provide a direct assessment of the proper function of its structural components. To assess the effects of alterations in molecular structure on membrane mechanical properties, measurements have been performed on cells from six individuals whose membranes contain inherited, biochemically characterized structural defects. Because the contribution of the membrane skeleton to the mechanical behavior of the membrane is most evident in shear deformation, mechanical experiments were performed to measure the material constants which characterize the response of the membrane to shear force resultants. Generally, it was found that when the molecular defect is found to occur in a region of the skeleton which is stress-supporting, the maximum elastic strength of the membrane is reduced. However, the magnitude of the reduction can be quite different for membranes having similar or even identical defects. In some cases the differences can be attributed to the removal of the most fragile cells of the population by the spleen, but other results indicate that the biochemical description of the defects may be incomplete. These results emphasize the need for further refinements both in the biochemical characterization of membrane skeleton structure and in the description and measurement of membrane mechanical properties.

  15. Inhibition of PPAR? during rat pregnancy causes intrauterine growth restriction and attenuation of uterine vasodilation

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    Gokina, Natalia I.; Chan, Siu-Lung; Chapman, Abbie C.; Oppenheimer, Karen; Jetton, Thomas L.; Cipolla, Marilyn J.

    2013-01-01

    Decreased peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR?) activity is thought to have a major role in preeclampsia through abnormal placental development. However, the role of PPAR? in adaptation of the uteroplacental vasculature that may lead to placental hypoperfusion and fetal growth restriction during pregnancy is not known. Here, pregnant Sprague–Dawley rats (n = 11/group) were treated during the second half of pregnancy with the PPAR? inhibitor GW9662 (10 mg/kg/day in food) or vehicle. Pregnancy outcome and PPAR? mRNA, vasodilation and structural remodeling were determined in maternal uterine and mesenteric arteries. PPAR? was expressed in uterine vascular tissue of both non-pregnant and pregnant rats with ~2-fold greater expression in radial vs. main uterine arteries. PPAR? mRNA levels were significantly higher in uterine compared to mesenteric arteries. GW9662 treatment during pregnancy did not affect maternal physiology (body weight, glucose, blood pressure), mesenteric artery vasodilation or structural remodeling of uterine and mesenteric vessels. Inhibition of PPAR? for the last 10 days of gestation caused decreased fetal weights on both day 20 and 21 of gestation that was associated with impaired vasodilation of radial uterine arteries in response to acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside. These results define an essential role of PPAR? in the control of uteroplacental vasodilatory function during pregnancy, an important determinant of blood flow to the placenta and fetus. Strategies that target PPAR? activation in the uterine circulation could have important therapeutic potential in treatment of pregnancies complicated by hypertension, diabetes or preeclampsia. PMID:23888144

  16. Constitutive activation of transforming growth factor Beta receptor 1 in the mouse uterus impairs uterine morphology and function.

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    Gao, Yang; Duran, Samantha; Lydon, John P; DeMayo, Francesco J; Burghardt, Robert C; Bayless, Kayla J; Bartholin, Laurent; Li, Qinglei

    2015-02-01

    Despite increasing evidence pointing to the essential involvement of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) superfamily in reproduction, a definitive role of TGFB signaling in the uterus remains to be unveiled. In this study, we generated a gain-of-function mouse model harboring a constitutively active (CA) TGFB receptor 1 (TGFBR1), the expression of which was conditionally induced by the progesterone receptor (Pgr)-Cre recombinase. Overactivation of TGFB signaling was verified by enhanced phosphorylation of SMAD2 and increased expression of TGFB target genes in the uterus. TGFBR1 Pgr-Cre CA mice were sterile. Histological, cellular, and molecular analyses demonstrated that constitutive activation of TGFBR1 in the mouse uterus promoted formation of hypermuscled uteri. Accompanying this phenotype was the upregulation of a battery of smooth muscle genes in the uterus. Furthermore, TGFB ligands activated SMAD2/3 and stimulated the expression of a smooth muscle maker gene, alpha smooth muscle actin (ACTA2), in human uterine smooth muscle cells. Immunofluorescence microscopy identified a marked reduction of uterine glands in TGFBR1 Pgr-Cre CA mice within the endometrial compartment that contained myofibroblast-like cells. Thus, constitutive activation of TGFBR1 in the mouse uterus caused defects in uterine morphology and function, as evidenced by abnormal myometrial structure, dramatically reduced uterine glands, and impaired uterine decidualization. These results underscore the importance of a precisely controlled TGFB signaling system in establishing a uterine microenvironment conducive to normal development and function. PMID:25505200

  17. Multivariate examination of brain abnormality using both structural and functional MRI

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    Yong Fan; Hengyi Rao; Hallam Hurt; Joan Giannetta; Marc Korczykowski; David Shera; Brian B. Avants; James C. Gee; Jiongjiong Wang; Dinggang Shen

    2007-01-01

    A multivariate classification approach has been presented to examine the brain abnormalities, i.e., due to prenatal cocaine exposure, using both structural and functional brain images. First, a regional statistical feature extraction scheme was adopted to capture discriminative features from voxel-wise morphometric and functional representations of brain images, in order to reduce the dimensionality of the features used for classification, as

  18. Abnormal guiding and filtering properties for some composite structures of right\\/left-handed metamaterials

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    Sailing He; Xin Hu; Jinlong He; Jiushen Li; Yongzhuo Zou

    2005-01-01

    We study some abnormal guiding and filtering properties for some multi-layered structures consisting of right\\/left-handed metamaterials. The extremely slow propagation of guided waves in a slab waveguide with a left-handed material substrate is studied. Resonating and notch filters based on some composite right\\/left-handed (CRLH) transmission lines are also proposed.

  19. Neurobiology of Disease Structural Abnormalities in the Brains of Human Subjects

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    Thompson, Paul

    Neurobiology of Disease Structural Abnormalities in the Brains of Human Subjects Who Use of Neuroimaging, Brain Mapping Division, Department of Neurology, Departments of 2Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and 3Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and 4Brain Research Institute, University of California

  20. Microbial community structure and function during abnormal curve development of substrate-induced respiration measurements

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    Johanna Bartling; Anja Kotzerke; Maike Mai; Jürgen Esperschütz; Franz Buegger; Michael Schloter; Berndt-Michael Wilke

    2009-01-01

    Soil respiration measurements are an established method to test the abundance, activity and vitality of the soil microorganisms. However, abnormal progressions of soil respiration curves impede a clear interpretation of the data. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in the microbial structure during the formation of phenomena like double peaks and terraces by analysis of the

  1. r Human Brain Mapping 000:000000 (2013) r Structural Abnormalities in the Thalamus

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    Hadjikhani, Nouchine

    2013-01-01

    r Human Brain Mapping 000:000­000 (2013) r Structural Abnormalities in the Thalamus of Migraineurs-channel coil. We acquired whole-brain T1 relaxation maps and computed magnetization transfer ratio (MTR and to assess iron deposition. We also correlated the obtained parametric values with the average monthly

  2. Structure Learning in Random Fields for Heart Motion Abnormality Detection Mark Schmidt, Kevin Murphy

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    Murphy, Kevin Patrick

    Structure Learning in Random Fields for Heart Motion Abnormality Detection Mark Schmidt, Kevin Heart Disease can be diagnosed by assessing the regional motion of the heart walls in ultrasound images the different heart re- gions and their overall influence on the clinical condition of the heart need

  3. Extra-Visual Functional and Structural Connection Abnormalities in Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

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    Rocca, Maria A.; Valsasina, Paola; Pagani, Elisabetta; Bianchi-Marzoli, Stefania; Milesi, Jacopo; Falini, Andrea; Comi, Giancarlo; Filippi, Massimo

    2011-01-01

    We assessed abnormalities within the principal brain resting state networks (RSNs) in patients with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) to define whether functional abnormalities in this disease are limited to the visual system or, conversely, tend to be more diffuse. We also defined the structural substrates of fMRI changes using a connectivity-based analysis of diffusion tensor (DT) MRI data. Neuro-ophthalmologic assessment, DT MRI and RS fMRI data were acquired from 13 LHON patients and 13 healthy controls. RS fMRI data were analyzed using independent component analysis and SPM5. A DT MRI connectivity-based parcellation analysis was performed using the primary visual and auditory cortices, bilaterally, as seed regions. Compared to controls, LHON patients had a significant increase of RS fluctuations in the primary visual and auditory cortices, bilaterally. They also showed decreased RS fluctuations in the right lateral occipital cortex and right temporal occipital fusiform cortex. Abnormalities of RS fluctuations were correlated significantly with retinal damage and disease duration. The DT MRI connectivity-based parcellation identified a higher number of clusters in the right auditory cortex in LHON vs. controls. Differences of cluster-centroid profiles were found between the two groups for all the four seeds analyzed. For three of these areas, a correspondence was found between abnormalities of functional and structural connectivities. These results suggest that functional and structural abnormalities extend beyond the visual network in LHON patients. Such abnormalities also involve the auditory network, thus corroborating the notion of a cross-modal plasticity between these sensory modalities in patients with severe visual deficits. PMID:21347331

  4. Co-localisation of abnormal brain structure and function in specific language impairment

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    Badcock, Nicholas A.; Bishop, Dorothy V.M.; Hardiman, Mervyn J.; Barry, Johanna G.; Watkins, Kate E.

    2012-01-01

    We assessed the relationship between brain structure and function in 10 individuals with specific language impairment (SLI), compared to six unaffected siblings, and 16 unrelated control participants with typical language. Voxel-based morphometry indicated that grey matter in the SLI group, relative to controls, was increased in the left inferior frontal cortex and decreased in the right caudate nucleus and superior temporal cortex bilaterally. The unaffected siblings also showed reduced grey matter in the caudate nucleus relative to controls. In an auditory covert naming task, the SLI group showed reduced activation in the left inferior frontal cortex, right putamen, and in the superior temporal cortex bilaterally. Despite spatially coincident structural and functional abnormalities in frontal and temporal areas, the relationships between structure and function in these regions were different. These findings suggest multiple structural and functional abnormalities in SLI that are differently associated with receptive and expressive language processing. PMID:22137677

  5. Reproductive outcomes in women with congenital uterine anomalies detected by three-dimensional ultrasound screening

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    Brigitte Woelfer; Rehan Salim; Saikat Banerjee; Janine Elson; Lesley Regan; Davor Jurkovic

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE:To determine reproductive outcomes in women with congenital uterine anomalies detected incidentally by three-dimensional ultrasound.METHODS:We studied 1089 women with no history of infertility or recurrent miscarriage who were seen for a transvaginal ultrasound scan. They were screened for uterine abnormalities using three-dimensional ultrasound. We determined prevalence of miscarriage and preterm labor in women with normal and abnormal uterine morphology.RESULTS:We found

  6. [Uterine fibroids].

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    Fernandez, Hervé

    2014-04-01

    The uterine fibroid is a benign tumour. The prevalence, in all the population, is 50% for european women and 80% for black women. 30% of fibroids are symptomatic. The new FIGO classification gives 7 positions (0 to 7), submuccus (0, 1, 2), interstitial (3, 4, 5), subserous (6, 7). Diagnosis is performed by 2D and 3D ultrasound which could be associated by hysterosonography. Hysteroscopy and MRI could be proposed. Hysterectomy is the main treatment, if possible by vaginal or laparoscopic way. Conservative treatment (myomectomy) could be realized by hysteroscopic, laparoscopic way or laparotomy for patients who desire to preserve fertility. Arteries embolisation is an alternative to hysterectomy or myomectomy for patients without desire of pregnancy. Preoperative treatments by GnRH agonist or SPRM like ulipristal acetate treat anaemia, decrease the myoma volume and could modify the therapeutic strategy. PMID:24855792

  7. Cost effectiveness of endometrial ablation with the NovaSure® system versus other global ablation modalities and hysterectomy for treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding: US commercial and Medicaid payer perspectives

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    Miller, Jeffrey D; Lenhart, Gregory M; Bonafede, Machaon M; Basinski, Cindy M; Lukes, Andrea S; Troeger, Kathleen A

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) interferes with physical, emotional, and social well-being, impacting the quality of life of more than 10 million women in the USA. Hysterectomy, the most common surgical treatment of AUB, has significant morbidity, low mortality, long recovery, and high associated health care costs. Global endometrial ablation (GEA) provides a surgical alternative with reduced morbidity, cost, and recovery time. The NovaSure® system utilizes unique radiofrequency impedance-based GEA technology. This study evaluated cost effectiveness of AUB treatment with NovaSure ablation versus other GEA modalities and versus hysterectomy from the US commercial and Medicaid payer perspectives. Methods A health state transition (semi-Markov) model was developed using epidemiologic, clinical, and economic data from commercial and Medicaid claims database analyses, supplemented by published literature. Three hypothetical cohorts of women receiving AUB interventions were simulated over 1-, 3-, and 5-year horizons to evaluate clinical and economic outcomes for NovaSure, other GEA modalities, and hysterectomy. Results Model analyses show lower costs for NovaSure-treated patients than for those treated with other GEA modalities or hysterectomy over all time frames under commercial payer and Medicaid perspectives. By Year 3, cost savings versus other GEA were $930 (commercial) and $3,000 (Medicaid); cost savings versus hysterectomy were $6,500 (commercial) and $8,900 (Medicaid). Coinciding with a 43%–71% reduction in need for re-ablation, there were 69%–88% fewer intervention/reintervention complications for NovaSure-treated patients versus other GEA modalities, and 82%–91% fewer versus hysterectomy. Furthermore, NovaSure-treated patients had fewer days of work absence and short-term disability. Cost-effectiveness metrics showed NovaSure treatment as economically dominant over other GEA modalities in all circumstances. With few exceptions, similar results were shown for NovaSure treatment versus hysterectomy. Conclusion Model results demonstrate strong financial favorability for NovaSure ablation versus other GEA modalities and hysterectomy from commercial and Medicaid payer perspectives. Results will interest clinicians, health care payers, and self-insured employers striving for cost-effective AUB treatments. PMID:25610002

  8. Pharmacological Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

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    Moroni, RM; Vieira, CS; Ferriani, RA; Candido-dos-Reis, FJ; Brito, LGO

    2014-01-01

    Uterine fibroids (UF) are common, benign gynecologic tumors, affecting one in three to four women, with estimates of up to 80%, depending on the population studied. Their etiology is not well established, but it is under the influence of several risk factors, such as early menarche, nulliparity and family history. More than 50% of affected women are asymptomatic, but the lesions may be related to bothersome symptoms, such as abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain and bloating or urinary symptoms. The treatment of UF is classically surgical; however, various medical options are available, providing symptom control while minimizing risks and complications. A large number of clinical trials have evaluated commonly used medical treatments and potentially effective new ones. Through a comprehensive literature search using PubMed, EMBASE, CENTRAL, Scopus and Google Scholar databases, through which we included 41 studies out of 7658 results, we thoroughly explored the different pharmacological options available for management of UF, their indications, advantages and disadvantages. PMID:25364587

  9. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (Beyond the Basics)

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    ... also occur in premenopausal women who use hormonal birth control methods. Some women do not ovulate regularly and ... hypothyroidism, liver disease, or chronic renal disease Hormonal birth control — Girls and women who use hormonal birth control ( ...

  10. Development and experimental validation of computational methods to simulate abnormal thermal and structural environments

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    Moya, J.L.; Skocypec, R.D.; Thomas, R.K.

    1993-10-01

    Over the past 40 years, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has been actively engaged in research to improve the ability to accurately predict the response of engineered systems to abnormal thermal and structural environments. These engineered systems contain very hazardous materials. Assessing the degree of safety/risk afforded the public and environment by these engineered systems, therefore, is of upmost importance. The ability to accurately predict the response of these systems to accidents (to abnormal environments) is required to assess the degree of safety. Before the effect of the abnormal environment on these systems can be determined, it is necessary to ascertain the nature of the environment. Ascertaining the nature of the environment, in turn, requires the ability to physically characterize and numerically simulate the abnormal environment. Historically, SNL has demonstrated the level of safety provided by these engineered systems by either of two approaches: (1) a purely regulatory approach, or (2) by a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA). This paper will address the latter of the two approaches.

  11. A new FISH assay to simultaneously detect structural and numerical chromosomal abnormalities in mouse sperm.

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    Hill, Francesca S; Marchetti, Francesco; Liechty, Melissa; Bishop, Jack; Hozier, John; Wyrobek, Andrew J

    2003-10-01

    De novo aberrations in chromosome structure represent important categories of paternally transmitted genetic damage. Unlike numerical abnormalities, the majority of de novo structural aberrations among human offspring are of paternal origin. We report the development of a three-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay (CT8) to detect mouse sperm carrying structural and numerical chromosomal abnormalities. The CT8 assay uses DNA probes for the centromeric and telomeric regions of chromosome 2, and a probe for the subcentromeric region of chromosome 8. The CT8 assay was used to measure the frequencies of sperm carrying certain structural aberrations involving chromosome 2 (del2ter, dup2ter, del2cen, dup2cen), disomy 2, disomy 8, and sperm diploidy. Analysis of approximately 80,000 sperm from eight B6C3F1 mice revealed an average baseline frequency of 2.5 per 10,000 sperm carrying partial duplications and deletions of chromosome 2. Extrapolated to the entire haploid genome, approximately 0.4% of mouse sperm are estimated to carry structural chromosomal aberrations, which is more than fivefold lower than the spontaneous frequencies of sperm with chromosome structural aberrations in man. We validated the CT8 assay by comparing the frequencies of abnormal segregants in sperm of T(2;14) translocation carriers detected by this assay against those detected by chromosome painting cytogenetic analysis of meiosis II spermatocytes. The CT8 sperm FISH assay is a promising method for detecting structural chromosome aberrations in mouse sperm with widespread applications in genetics, physiology, and genetic toxicology. PMID:12950105

  12. Phenotyping structural abnormalities in mouse embryos using high-resolution episcopic microscopy

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    Weninger, Wolfgang J.; Geyer, Stefan H.; Martineau, Alexandrine; Galli, Antonella; Adams, David J.; Wilson, Robert; Mohun, Timothy J.

    2014-01-01

    The arrival of simple and reliable methods for 3D imaging of mouse embryos has opened the possibility of analysing normal and abnormal development in a far more systematic and comprehensive manner than has hitherto been possible. This will not only help to extend our understanding of normal tissue and organ development but, by applying the same approach to embryos from genetically modified mouse lines, such imaging studies could also transform our knowledge of gene function in embryogenesis and the aetiology of developmental disorders. The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium is coordinating efforts to phenotype single gene knockouts covering the entire mouse genome, including characterising developmental defects for those knockout lines that prove to be embryonic lethal. Here, we present a pilot study of 34 such lines, utilising high-resolution episcopic microscopy (HREM) for comprehensive 2D and 3D imaging of homozygous null embryos and their wild-type littermates. We present a simple phenotyping protocol that has been developed to take advantage of the high-resolution images obtained by HREM and that can be used to score tissue and organ abnormalities in a reliable manner. Using this approach with embryos at embryonic day 14.5, we show the wide range of structural abnormalities that are likely to be detected in such studies and the variability in phenotypes between sibling homozygous null embryos. PMID:25256713

  13. Exome sequencing improves genetic diagnosis of structural fetal abnormalities revealed by ultrasound

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    Carss, Keren J.; Hillman, Sarah C.; Parthiban, Vijaya; McMullan, Dominic J.; Maher, Eamonn R.; Kilby, Mark D.; Hurles, Matthew E.

    2014-01-01

    The genetic etiology of non-aneuploid fetal structural abnormalities is typically investigated by karyotyping and array-based detection of microscopically detectable rearrangements, and submicroscopic copy-number variants (CNVs), which collectively yield a pathogenic finding in up to 10% of cases. We propose that exome sequencing may substantially increase the identification of underlying etiologies. We performed exome sequencing on a cohort of 30 non-aneuploid fetuses and neonates (along with their parents) with diverse structural abnormalities first identified by prenatal ultrasound. We identified candidate pathogenic variants with a range of inheritance models, and evaluated these in the context of detailed phenotypic information. We identified 35 de novo single-nucleotide variants (SNVs), small indels, deletions or duplications, of which three (accounting for 10% of the cohort) are highly likely to be causative. These are de novo missense variants in FGFR3 and COL2A1, and a de novo 16.8 kb deletion that includes most of OFD1. In five further cases (17%) we identified de novo or inherited recessive or X-linked variants in plausible candidate genes, which require additional validation to determine pathogenicity. Our diagnostic yield of 10% is comparable to, and supplementary to, the diagnostic yield of existing microarray testing for large chromosomal rearrangements and targeted CNV detection. The de novo nature of these events could enable couples to be counseled as to their low recurrence risk. This study outlines the way for a substantial improvement in the diagnostic yield of prenatal genetic abnormalities through the application of next-generation sequencing. PMID:24476948

  14. Functional and Structural Abnormalities in Deferoxamine Retinopathy: A Review of the Literature

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    Di Nicola, Maura; Barteselli, Giulio; Dell'Arti, Laura; Ratiglia, Roberto; Viola, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Deferoxamine mesylate (DFO) is the most commonly used iron-chelating agent to treat transfusion-related hemosiderosis. Despite the clear advantages for the use of DFO, numerous DFO-related systemic toxicities have been reported in the literature, as well as sight-threatening ocular toxicity involving the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The damage to the RPE can lead to visual field defects, color-vision defects, abnormal electrophysiological tests, and permanent visual deterioration. The purpose of this review is to provide an updated summary of the ocular findings, including both functional and structural abnormalities, in DFO-treated patients. In particular, we pay particular attention to analyzing results of multimodal technologies for retinal imaging, which help ophthalmologists in the early diagnosis and correct management of DFO retinopathy. Fundus autofluorescence, for example, is not only useful for screening patients at high-risk of DFO retinopathy, but is also a prerequisite for identify specific high-risk patterns of RPE changes that are relevant for the prognosis of the disease. In addition, optical coherence tomography may have a clinical usefulness in detecting extent and location of different retinal changes in DFO retinopathy. Finally, this review wants to underline the need for universally approved guidelines for screening and followup of this particular disease. PMID:26167477

  15. Abnormal structural connectivity in the brain networks of children with hydrocephalus

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    Yuan, Weihong; Holland, Scott K.; Shimony, Joshua S.; Altaye, Mekibib; Mangano, Francesco T.; Limbrick, David D.; Jones, Blaise V.; Nash, Tiffany; Rajagopal, Akila; Simpson, Sarah; Ragan, Dustin; McKinstry, Robert C.

    2015-01-01

    Increased intracranial pressure and ventriculomegaly in children with hydrocephalus are known to have adverse effects on white matter structure. This study seeks to investigate the impact of hydrocephalus on topological features of brain networks in children. The goal was to investigate structural network connectivity, at both global and regional levels, in the brains in children with hydrocephalus using graph theory analysis and diffusion tensor tractography. Three groups of children were included in the study (29 normally developing controls, 9 preoperative hydrocephalus patients, and 17 postoperative hydrocephalus patients). Graph theory analysis was applied to calculate the global network measures including small-worldness, normalized clustering coefficients, normalized characteristic path length, global efficiency, and modularity. Abnormalities in regional network parameters, including nodal degree, local efficiency, clustering coefficient, and betweenness centrality, were also compared between the two patients groups (separately) and the controls using two tailed t-test at significance level of p < 0.05 (corrected for multiple comparison). Children with hydrocephalus in both the preoperative and postoperative groups were found to have significantly lower small-worldness and lower normalized clustering coefficient than controls. Children with hydrocephalus in the postoperative group were also found to have significantly lower normalized characteristic path length and lower modularity. At regional level, significant group differences (or differences at trend level) in regional network measures were found between hydrocephalus patients and the controls in a series of brain regions including the medial occipital gyrus, medial frontal gyrus, thalamus, cingulate gyrus, lingual gyrus, rectal gyrus, caudate, cuneus, and insular. Our data showed that structural connectivity analysis using graph theory and diffusion tensor tractography is sensitive to detect abnormalities of brain network connectivity associated with hydrocephalus at both global and regional levels, thus providing a new avenue for potential diagnosis and prognosis tool for children with hydrocephalus.

  16. Neurobehavioral comorbidities of pediatric epilepsies are linked to thalamic structural abnormalities

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    Lin, Jack J.; Siddarth, Prabha; Riley, Jeffrey D.; Gurbani, Suresh G.; Ly, Ronald; Yee, Victor W.; Levitt, Jennifer G.; Toga, Arthur W.; Caplan, Rochelle

    2013-01-01

    Summary Purpose Neurobehavioral comorbidities are common in pediatric epilepsy with enduring adverse effects on functioning, but their neuroanatomical underpinning is unclear. Striatal and thalamic abnormalities have been associated with childhood-onset epilepsies, suggesting that epilepsy-related changes in the subcortical circuit might be associated with the combordities of children with epilepsy. We aimed to compare subcortical volumes and their relationship with age in children with complex partial seizures (CPS), childhood absence epilepsy (CAE), and healthy controls (HC). We examined the shared versus unique structural-functional relationships of these volumes with behavior problems, intelligence, language, peer interaction, and epilepsy variables in these two epilepsy syndromes. Methods We investigated volumetric differences of caudate, putamen, pallidum, and thalamus in children with CPS (N= 21), CAE (N=20), and HC (N=27). Study subjects underwent structural MRI, intelligence, and language testing. Parent-completed Child Behavior Checklists provided behavior problem and peer interaction scores. We examined the association of age, IQ, language, behavioral problems, and epilepsy variables with subcortical volumes that were significantly different between the children with epilepsy and HC. Results Both children with CPS and CAE exhibited significantly smaller left thalamic volume compared to HC. In terms of developmental trajectory, greater thalamic volume was significantly correlated with increasing age in children with CPS and CAE but not in HC. With regard to the comorbidities, reduced left thalamic volumes were related to more social problems in children with CPS and CAE. Smaller left thalamic volumes in children with CPS were also associated with poor attention, lower IQ and language scores, and impaired peer interaction. Significance Our study is the first to directly compare and detect shared thalamic structural abnormalities in children with CPS and CAE. These findings highlight the vulnerability of the thalamus and provide important new insights on its possible role in the neurobehavioral comorbidities of childhood-onset epilepsy. PMID:24304435

  17. Structural and Functional Coronary Artery Abnormalities in Patients With Vasospastic Angina Pectoris.

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    Ong, Peter; Aziz, Ahmed; Hansen, Henrik Steen; Prescott, Eva; Athanasiadis, Anastasios; Sechtem, Udo

    2015-06-25

    Coronary spasm is involved in many clinical scenarios, such as stable angina, acute coronary syndrome, sudden cardiac death, non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia and syncope. In recent years, imaging tools such as computerized tomographic angiography, intravascular ultrasound or optical coherence tomography have been applied to study the coronary pathology in patients with vasospastic angina. Patients with vasospastic angina represent a heterogeneous cohort of patients with regard to the extent of concomitant coronary atherosclerosis. They share the common pathophysiological phenomenon of vascular smooth muscle hyperreactivity leading to spasm caused by various factors that may also overlap. Focal coronary spasm is related to epicardial atherosclerosis and in the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease it may be useful to treat the lesion to prevent further spasm. The aim of this article is to review structural and functional coronary artery abnormalities in patients with vasospastic angina. (Circ J 2015; 79: 1431-1438). PMID:26084380

  18. Abnormal behavior associated with a point mutation in the structural gene for monoamine oxidase A

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    Brunner, H.G. (Univ. Hospital, Nijmegan (Netherlands)); Nelen, M.; Ropers, H.H.; van Oost, B.A. (Univ. Hospital Nijmegen (Netherlands))

    1993-10-22

    Genetic and metabolic studies have been done on a large kindred in which several males are affected by a syndrome of borderline mental retardation and abnormal behavior. The types of behavior that occurred include impulsive aggression, arson, attempted rape, and exhibitionism. Analysis of 24-hour urine samples indicated markedly disturbed monoamine metabolism. This syndrome was associated with a complete and selective deficiency of enzymatic activity of monoamine oxidase A (MAOA). In each of five affected males, a point mutation was identified in the eighth exon of the MAOA structural gene, which changes a glutamine to a termination codon. Thus, isolated complete MAOA deficiency in this family is associated with a recognizable behavioral phenotype that includes disturbed regulation of impulsive aggression.

  19. Uterine amulets and Greek uterine medicine.

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    Hanson, A E

    1995-01-01

    This article publishes for the first time a hematite uterine amulet in the author's possession. After a brief look at this amulet I offer a summary of previous scholarship on uterine amulets, and then focus on three specific aspects -the amulets' relation to Greek medical texts on gynecological topics; evidence for the use of perishable and non-perishable amulets by Greek women prior to the proliferation of the hematite examples in the Roman period (ca. II CE). I conclude with a discussion of the derivation and meaning of ororiouth, based on my correspondence with Dr. Roy Kotansky. PMID:11623421

  20. Uterine fibroids: current perspectives

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    Khan, Aamir T; Shehmar, Manjeet; Gupta, Janesh K

    2014-01-01

    Uterine fibroids are a major cause of morbidity in women of a reproductive age (and sometimes even after menopause). There are several factors that are attributed to underlie the development and incidence of these common tumors, but this further corroborates their relatively unknown etiology. The most likely presentation of fibroids is by their effect on the woman’s menstrual cycle or pelvic pressure symptoms. Leiomyosarcoma is a very rare entity that should be suspected in postmenopausal women with fibroid growth (and no concurrent hormone replacement therapy). The gold standard diagnostic modality for uterine fibroids appears to be gray-scale ultrasonography, with magnetic resonance imaging being a close second option in complex clinical circumstances. The management of uterine fibroids can be approached medically, surgically, and even by minimal access techniques. The recent introduction of selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs) and aromatase inhibitors has added more armamentarium to the medical options of treatment. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) has now been well-recognized as a uterine-sparing (fertility-preserving) method of treating fibroids. More recently, the introduction of ultrasound waves (MRgFUS) or radiofrequency (VizAblate™ and Acessa™) for uterine fibroid ablation has added to the options of minimal access treatment. More definite surgery in the form of myomectomy or hysterectomy can be performed via the minimal access or open route methods. Our article seeks to review the already established information on uterine fibroids with added emphasis on contemporary knowledge. PMID:24511243

  1. Left Temporal Lobe Structural and Functional Abnormality Underlying Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

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    Hugdahl, Kenneth; Løberg, Else-Marie; Nygård, Merethe

    2008-01-01

    In this article, we have reviewed recent findings from our laboratory, originally presented in Hugdahl et al. (2008). These findings reveal that auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia should best be conceptualized as internally generated speech mis-representations lateralized to the left superior temporal gyrus and sulcus, not cognitively suppressed due to enhanced attention to the ‘voices’ and failure of fronto-parietal executive control functions. An overview of diagnostic questionnaires for scoring of symptoms is presented together with a review of behavioral, structural, and functional MRI data. Functional imaging data have either shown increased or decreased activation depending on whether patients have been presented an external stimulus during scanning. Structural imaging data have shown reduction of grey matter density and volume in the same areas in the temporal lobe. We have proposed a model for the understanding of auditory hallucinations that trace the origin of auditory hallucinations to neuronal abnormality in the speech areas in the left temporal lobe, which is not suppressed by volitional cognitive control processes, due to dysfunctional fronto-parietal executive cortical networks. PMID:19753095

  2. Adolescent Intermittent Alcohol Exposure: Persistence of Structural and Functional Hippocampal Abnormalities into Adulthood

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    Risher, Mary-Louise; Fleming, Rebekah L.; Risher, Christopher; Miller, K. M.; Klein, Rebecca C.; Wills, Tiffany; Acheson, Shawn K.; Moore, Scott D.; Wilson, Wilkie A.; Eroglu, Cagla; Swartzwelder, H. S.

    2015-01-01

    Background Human adolescence is a crucial stage of neurological development during which ethanol (EtOH) consumption is often at its highest. Alcohol abuse during adolescence may render individuals at heightened risk for subsequent alcohol abuse disorders, cognitive dysfunction, or other neurological impairments by irreversibly altering long-term brain function. To test this possibility, we modeled adolescent alcohol abuse (i.e., intermittent EtOH exposure during adolescence [AIE]) in rats to determine whether adolescent exposure to alcohol leads to long-term structural and functional changes that are manifested in adult neuronal circuitry. Methods We specifically focused on hippocampal area CA1, a brain region associated with learning and memory. Using electrophysiological, immunohistochemical, and neuroanatomical approaches, we measured post-AIE changes in synaptic plasticity, dendritic spine morphology, and synaptic structure in adulthood. Results We found that AIE-pretreated adult rats manifest robust long-term potentiation, induced at stimulus intensities lower than those required in controls, suggesting a state of enhanced synaptic plasticity. Moreover, AIE resulted in an increased number of dendritic spines with characteristics typical of immaturity. Immunohistochemistry-based analysis of synaptic structures indicated a significant decrease in the number of co-localized pre- and postsynaptic puncta. This decrease is driven by an overall decrease in 2 postsynaptic density proteins, PSD-95 and SAP102. Conclusions Taken together, these findings reveal that repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in enduring structural and functional abnormalities in the hippocampus. These synaptic changes in the hippocampal circuits may help to explain learning-related behavioral changes in adult animals preexposed to AIE. PMID:25916839

  3. Filaggrin Genotype in Ichthyosis Vulgaris Predicts Abnormalities in Epidermal Structure and Function

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    Gruber, Robert; Elias, Peter M.; Crumrine, Debra; Lin, Tzu-Kai; Brandner, Johanna M.; Hachem, Jean-Pierre; Presland, Richard B.; Fleckman, Philip; Janecke, Andreas R.; Sandilands, Aileen; McLean, W.H. Irwin; Fritsch, Peter O.; Mildner, Michael; Tschachler, Erwin; Schmuth, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    Although it is widely accepted that filaggrin (FLG) deficiency contributes to an abnormal barrier function in ichthyosis vulgaris and atopic dermatitis, the pathomechanism of how FLG deficiency provokes a barrier abnormality in humans is unknown. We report here that the presence of FLG mutations in Caucasians predicts dose-dependent alterations in epidermal permeability barrier function. Although FLG is an intracellular protein, the barrier abnormality occurred solely via a paracellular route in affected stratum corneum. Abnormal barrier function correlated with alterations in keratin filament organization (perinuclear retraction), impaired loading of lamellar body contents, followed by nonuniform extracellular distribution of secreted organelle contents, and abnormalities in lamellar bilayer architecture. In addition, we observed reductions in corneodesmosome density and tight junction protein expression. Thus, FLG deficiency provokes alterations in keratinocyte architecture that influence epidermal functions localizing to the extracellular matrix. These results clarify how FLG mutations impair epidermal permeability barrier function. PMID:21514438

  4. Uterine Cancer Statistics

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  5. [Successful management of an acquired uterine arteriovenous malformation by selective ligation of the internal iliac artery].

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    Raherinantenaina, F; Rajaonanahary, T M A; Randriamandrato, T A V; Rakoto Ratsimba, H N

    2015-05-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformations can be congenital or acquired. When acquired, they result from abnormal arteriovenous communication between one or more uterine arteries and a myometrial and/or endometrial venous plexus, without the interposition of a vascular nidus. Arteriovenous malformations are composed of a tortuous net of fragile low-resistant arteriovenous shunts. Uterine arteriovenous malformations create a rare and potentially life-threatening condition. The method of treatment is determined by symptoms, desire for future fertility, extent, and location of the malformation. The first treatment option for uterine arteriovenous malformation is hysterectomy, and the second option is uterine artery embolization. Selective ligation of the vessels supplying the malformation is an effective treatment option when conservative methods have failed. The present report describes a patient whose uterine arteriovenous malformation was successfully managed by selective ligation of the internal iliac artery. PMID:25778842

  6. Curcumin Ameliorates Functional and Structural Abnormalities in Cisplatin-induced Neuropathy

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    Kaewsema, Athitaya; Charoensub, Thuntawat

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral neuropathy is one of the major side effects of cisplatin; however, effective treatments are lacking. Curcumin is a polyphenol found in the root of Curcuma longa and has been shown neuroprotective against several neurological diseases. Nevertheless, its effects on cisplatin neuropathy remain unclear. This study aimed to clarify this issue by inducing neuropathy in the rats with intraperitoneal injection of cisplatin 2 mg/kg twice a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Curcumin 200 mg/kg/day was given by gavage to a group of cisplatin-treated rats during these five weeks. The results showed that cisplatin induced thermal hypoalgesia in the 5th week which could be prevented by curcumin. In the 5th and 8th weeks, sciatic motor nerve conduction velocity was reduced in the cisplatin compared with the control groups. Curcumin significantly attenuated this deficit. Morphometric analysis of L4 dorsal root ganglia from the cisplatin group revealed nuclear and nucleolar atrophy including loss of neurons in the 8th week. These alterations were significantly blocked by curcumin. Moreover, curcumin also ameliorated the reduced myelin thickness in the sciatic nerve of cisplatin-treated rats. Taken together, our findings suggest the favorable effects of curcumin on both functional and structural abnormalities in cisplatin neuropathy. Future studies are needed to clarify the exact underlying mechanisms.

  7. Curcumin Ameliorates Functional and Structural Abnormalities in Cisplatin-induced Neuropathy.

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    Agthong, Sithiporn; Kaewsema, Athitaya; Charoensub, Thuntawat

    2015-06-01

    Peripheral neuropathy is one of the major side effects of cisplatin; however, effective treatments are lacking. Curcumin is a polyphenol found in the root of Curcuma longa and has been shown neuroprotective against several neurological diseases. Nevertheless, its effects on cisplatin neuropathy remain unclear. This study aimed to clarify this issue by inducing neuropathy in the rats with intraperitoneal injection of cisplatin 2 mg/kg twice a week for 5 consecutive weeks. Curcumin 200 mg/kg/day was given by gavage to a group of cisplatin-treated rats during these five weeks. The results showed that cisplatin induced thermal hypoalgesia in the 5(th) week which could be prevented by curcumin. In the 5(th) and 8(th) weeks, sciatic motor nerve conduction velocity was reduced in the cisplatin compared with the control groups. Curcumin significantly attenuated this deficit. Morphometric analysis of L4 dorsal root ganglia from the cisplatin group revealed nuclear and nucleolar atrophy including loss of neurons in the 8(th) week. These alterations were significantly blocked by curcumin. Moreover, curcumin also ameliorated the reduced myelin thickness in the sciatic nerve of cisplatin-treated rats. Taken together, our findings suggest the favorable effects of curcumin on both functional and structural abnormalities in cisplatin neuropathy. Future studies are needed to clarify the exact underlying mechanisms. PMID:26113793

  8. [Influence of abnormal structure beta chain of luteinizing hormone on endocrinological kinetics of luteinizing hormone and gynecologic diseases].

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    Karino, K; Shibata, H; Takahashi, K; Masuda, J

    1999-02-01

    With recent progress in endocrinology and in procreation physiology, the importance of kinetics of pituitary gonadotropin has been increasing, and the measurement method has been improved. In the present study, however, we found inconsistency in measured LH values between IRMA (SPAC-S LH) as the conventional method and CLEIA (IMMULYZE LH) as the newly developed method. The inconsistency between the SPAC-S LH value and the IMMULYZE LH value was observed in 10.0% of the healthy group and in 12.5% of the patient group. The cause of this discrepancy was due to a reaction of the SPAC-S LH of the intact LH monoclonal antibodies to the LH with the abnormal structure beta chain by two point mutation in the LH beta gene. The response of LH-RH test varied depending on the measurement reagent of LH in patients who had the LH with the abnormal structure beta chain, which made it difficult to determine the lesion and histological grading regarding the ovulation mechanism. Therefore, in patients with abnormal beta chain, an accurate treatment protocol was indeterminate. In this study, although a relationship between various gynecological diseases and the point mutation of LH was not clarified, we suggest that LH of the abnormal structure beta chain may cause excessive secretion in the early stage, and lead to some effect on physical activities. PMID:10097632

  9. Are Structural Brain Abnormalities Associated With Suicidal Behavior In Patients With Psychotic Disorders?

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    Giakoumatos, Christoforos I; Tandon, Neeraj; Shah, Jai; Mathew, Ian T; Brady, Roscoe O; Clementz, Brett A; Pearlson, Godfrey D; Thaker, Gunvant K; Tamminga, Carol A; Sweeney, John A; Keshavan, Matcheri S

    2014-01-01

    Suicide represents a major health problem world-wide. Nevertheless, the understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal behavior remains far from complete. We compared suicide attempters to non-attempters, and high vs. low lethality attempters, to identify brain regions associated with suicidal behavior in patients with psychotic disorders. 489 individuals with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or psychotic bipolar disorder I and 262 healthy controls enrolled in the B-SNIP study were studied. Groups were compared by attempt history and the highest medical lethality of previous suicide attempts. 97 patients had a history of a high lethality attempt, 51 of a low lethality attempt and 341 had no attempt history. Gray matter volumes were obtained from 3T structural MRI scans using FreeSurfer. ANCOVAs were used to examine differences between groups, followed by Hochberg multiple comparison correction. Compared to non-attempters, attempters had significantly less gray matter volume in bilateral inferior temporal and superior temporal cortices, left superior parietal, thalamus and supramarginal regions, right insula, superior frontal and rostral middle frontal regions. Among attempters, a history of high lethality attempts was associated with significantly smaller volumes in the left lingual gyrus and right cuneus. Compared to non-attempters, low lethality attempters had significant decreases in the left supramarginal gyrus, thalamus and the right insula. Structural brain abnormalities may distinguish suicide attempters from non-attempters and high from low lethality attempters among individuals with psychotic disorders. Regions in which differences were observed are part of neural circuitries that mediate inhibition, impulsivity and emotion, visceral, visual and auditory perception. PMID:23866739

  10. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Docetaxel With or Without Bevacizumab in Treating Patients With Advanced or Recurrent Uterine Leiomyosarcoma

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    2015-07-07

    Recurrent Uterine Corpus Sarcoma; Stage IIIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIC Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVB Uterine Sarcoma; Uterine Corpus Leiomyosarcoma

  11. Altered structure of cortical sulci in gilles de la Tourette syndrome: Further support for abnormal brain development.

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    Muellner, Julia; Delmaire, Christine; Valabrégue, Romain; Schüpbach, Michael; Mangin, Jean-François; Vidailhet, Marie; Lehéricy, Stéphane; Hartmann, Andreas; Worbe, Yulia

    2015-04-15

    Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the presence of motor and vocal tics. We hypothesized that patients with this syndrome would present an aberrant pattern of cortical formation, which could potentially reflect global alterations of brain development. Using 3 Tesla structural neuroimaging, we compared sulcal depth, opening, and length and thickness of sulcal gray matter in 52 adult patients and 52 matched controls. Cortical sulci were automatically reconstructed and identified over the whole brain, using BrainVisa software. We focused on frontal, parietal, and temporal cortical regions, in which abnormal structure and functional activity were identified in previous neuroimaging studies. Partial correlation analysis with age, sex, and treatment as covariables of noninterest was performed amongst relevant clinical and neuroimaging variables in patients. Patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome showed lower depth and reduced thickness of gray matter in the pre- and post-central as well as superior, inferior, and internal frontal sulci. In patients with associated obsessive-compulsive disorder, additional structural changes were found in temporal, insular, and olfactory sulci. Crucially, severity of tics and of obsessive-compulsive disorder measured by Yale Global Tic severity scale and Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive scale, respectively, correlated with structural sulcal changes in sensorimotor, temporal, dorsolateral prefrontal, and middle cingulate cortical areas. Patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome displayed an abnormal structural pattern of cortical sulci, which correlated with severity of clinical symptoms. Our results provide further evidence of abnormal brain development in GTS. PMID:25820811

  12. Uterine fibroid embolization

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    Raikhlin, Antony; Baerlocher, Mark Otto; Asch, Murray R.

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To review evidence supporting the use of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) as an alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy for managing uterine fibroids. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE MEDLINE was searched using the MeSH terms embolization, therapeutic; leiomyoma; treatment outcome; pregnancy; and clinical trials. Most published studies on use of UFE for management of uterine fibroids provide level II evidence. MAIN MESSAGE For 71% to 92% of patients, UFE is effective at alleviating fibroid-related symptoms. After UFE, fibroids are reduced in size by 42% to 83%. Patients’ satisfaction with the procedure is high (>90%), and UFE is safe and has a low rate of major complications (1.25%). When compared with hysterectomy, UFE is associated with fewer major complications, shorterhospital stays, and faster recovery. Although successful pregnancy following UFE is possible, there is insufficient evidence to advocate use of UFE over myomectomy for management of uterine fibroids in women wishing to preserve fertility. CONCLUSION For treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids, UFE is a safe and effective nonsurgical alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy. PMID:17872642

  13. Abnormal structure of fear circuitry in pediatric post-traumatic stress disorder.

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    Keding, Taylor J; Herringa, Ryan J

    2015-02-01

    Structural brain studies of adult post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show reduced gray matter volume (GMV) in fear regulatory areas including the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and hippocampus. Surprisingly, neither finding has been reported in pediatric PTSD. One possibility is that they represent age-dependent effects that are not fully apparent until adulthood. In addition, lower-resolution MRI and image processing in prior studies may have limited detection of such differences. Here we examine fear circuitry GMV, including age-related differences, using higher-resolution MRI in pediatric PTSD vs healthy youth. In a cross-sectional design, 3?T anatomical brain MRI was acquired in 27 medication-free youth with PTSD and 27 healthy non-traumatized youth of comparable age, sex, and IQ. Voxel-based morphometry was used to compare GMV in a priori regions including the medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala/hippocampus. Compared with healthy youth, PTSD youth had reduced GMV but no age-related differences in anterior vmPFC (BA 10/11, Z=4.5), which inversely correlated with PTSD duration. In contrast, although there was no overall group difference in hippocampal volume, a group × age interaction (Z=3.6) was present in the right anterior hippocampus. Here, age positively predicted hippocampal volume in healthy youth but negatively predicted volume in PTSD youth. Within the PTSD group, re-experiencing symptoms inversely correlated with subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (sgACC, Z=3.7) and right anterior hippocampus (Z=3.5) GMV. Pediatric PTSD is associated with abnormal structure of the vmPFC and age-related differences in the hippocampus, regions important in the extinction and contextual gating of fear. Reduced anterior vmPFC volume may confer impaired recovery from illness, consistent with its role in the allocation of attentional resources. In contrast, individual differences in sgACC volume were associated with re-experiencing symptoms, consistent with the role of the sgACC in fear extinction. The negative relationship between age and hippocampal volume in youth with PTSD may suggest an ongoing neurotoxic process over development, which further contributes to illness expression. Future studies employing a longitudinal design would be merited to further explore these possibilities. PMID:25212487

  14. Congenital Abnormalities

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  15. Structural genomic abnormalities in autism and schizophrenia. With a focus on the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

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    J. A. S. Vorstman

    2008-01-01

    The research presented in this thesis is centered around one question: What can we learn from the study of psychiatric phenotypes related to structural genomic abnormalities? In this thesis this subject is examined, with most studies focused on the clinical and genetic aspects of the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. In chapter 1 a review of all published case-reports on individuals with

  16. Increased self-focus in major depressive disorder is related to neural abnormalities in subcortical-cortical midline structures

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    Simone Grimm; Jutta Ernst; Peter Boesiger; Daniel Schuepbach; Daniel Hell; Heinz Boeker; Georg Northoff

    2009-01-01

    Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) often show a tendency to strongly introspect and reflect upon their self, which has been described as increased self-focus. Although subcortical-corti- cal midline structures have been associated with reflection and introspection of oneself in healthy sub- jects, the neural correlates of the abnormally increased attribution of negative emotions to oneself, i.e. negative self-attribution, as

  17. Uterine artery embolization - discharge

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  18. Bis(monoacylglycerol) phosphate in rat uterine stromal cells: structural characterization and specific esterification of docosahexaenoic acid.

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    Luquain, C; Dolmazon, R; Enderlin, J M; Laugier, C; Lagarde, M; Pageaux, J F

    2000-01-01

    In rat uterine stromal cells (U(III) cells), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was esterified extensively in alkenylacyl-glycerophosphoethanolamine and in an unknown phospholipid accounting for only 0.7% of the total phospholipid. The latter was identified as a bis(monoacylglycerol) phosphate (BMP) using MS. Incorporation studies using C(18:3)n-3 and C(20:5)n-3 demonstrated that BMP had a high specificity to incorporate DHA and C(22) polyunsaturated fatty acids of the (n-3) series. By contrast, polyunsaturated fatty acids of the (n-6) series were never incorporated into BMP. Incubation of U(III) cells with 5 microM DHA for 24 h increased the DHA content of BMP from 36 to 71% of the total acyl chains. [(3)H]DHA-labelled BMP purified as a single TLC spot was resolved into three peaks using HPLC. These peaks were also observed when cells were labelled with [(3)H]phosphatidylglycerol, an exogenous BMP precursor, and with [(33)P]P(i). Electrospray MS of BMP from control cells showed that the first two peaks contained the same molecular species (mainly C(22:6)n-3/C(22:6)n-3 and C(18:1)n-9/C(22:6)n-3) while the third peak mainly contained the C(18:1)n-9/C(18:1)n-9 species. The stereoconfiguration analysis of the compounds revealed an sn-glycero-3-phospho-1'-sn-glycerol configuration for the first peak and sn-glycero-1-phospho-1'-sn-glycerol configurations for the other two. BMP from rat testis was used to establish the positions of the acyl groups. More than 70% of its acyl chains were C(22:5) n-6. It was separated on HPLC into three peaks that co-migrated with the three peaks of BMP from U(III) cells. Lipase activity and NMR analysis of the second peak showed that fatty acids esterified the primary alcohol group on each glycerol moiety. We conclude that the three peaks are stereoisomeric compounds with different acyl-chain locations and may be the result of different metabolic fates depending on subcellular localization. PMID:11042136

  19. White Matter Abnormalities and Structural Hippocampal Disconnections in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Rowley, Jared; Fonov, Vladimir; Wu, Ona; Eskildsen, Simon Fristed; Schoemaker, Dorothee; Wu, Liyong; Mohades, Sara; Shin, Monica; Sziklas, Viviane; Cheewakriengkrai, Laksanun; Shmuel, Amir; Dagher, Alain; Gauthier, Serge; Rosa-Neto, Pedro

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this project was to evaluate white matter degeneration and its impact on hippocampal structural connectivity in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. We estimated white matter fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity and hippocampal structural connectivity in two independent cohorts. The ADNI cohort included 108 subjects [25 cognitively normal, 21 amnestic mild cognitive impairment, 47 non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment and 15 Alzheimer’s disease]. A second cohort included 34 subjects [15 cognitively normal and 19 amnestic mild cognitive impairment] recruited in Montreal. All subjects underwent clinical and neuropsychological assessment in addition to diffusion and T1 MRI. Individual fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity maps were generated using FSL-DTIfit. In addition, hippocampal structural connectivity maps expressing the probability of connectivity between the hippocampus and cortex were generated using a pipeline based on FSL-probtrackX. Voxel-based group comparison statistics of fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity and hippocampal structural connectivity were estimated using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics. The proportion of abnormal to total white matter volume was estimated using the total volume of the white matter skeleton. We found that in both cohorts, amnestic mild cognitive impairment patients had 27-29% white matter volume showing higher mean diffusivity but no significant fractional anisotropy abnormalities. No fractional anisotropy or mean diffusivity differences were observed between non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment patients and cognitively normal subjects. Alzheimer’s disease patients had 66.3% of normalized white matter volume with increased mean diffusivity and 54.3% of the white matter had reduced fractional anisotropy. Reduced structural connectivity was found in the hippocampal connections to temporal, inferior parietal, posterior cingulate and frontal regions only in the Alzheimer’s group. The severity of white matter degeneration appears to be higher in advanced clinical stages, supporting the construct that these abnormalities are part of the pathophysiological processes of Alzheimer’s disease. PMID:24086371

  20. Transient Occlusion of Uterine Arteries in Laparoscopic Uterine Surgery

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    Kwon, Yong-Soon; Roh, Hyun Jin; Ahn, Jun Woo; Lee, Sang-Hun

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives: This study was conducted to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of transient occlusion of the uterine arteries (TOUA) during laparoscopic surgery for benign uterine tumors, with preservation of fertility. Methods: Patients with uterine myoma or adenomyoma underwent laparoscopic uterine surgery, with or without TOUA, performed by a single surgeon (Y.-S.K.). Surgical outcomes included operative time; occurrence of intraoperative injury of blood vessels, nerves, and pelvic organs; and intraoperative blood loss. Results: Of the 168 surgical patients included in this study, 144 were enrolled consecutively during the study period, and 24 had undergone adenomectomy before the study period. A total of 104 women (70 with myoma; 34 with adenomyoma) seeking uterine preservation underwent laparoscopic surgery with TOUA for benign uterine tumors. Sixty-four women (40 with myoma; 24 with adenomyoma) underwent surgery without TOUA. The mean total surgical time of the TOUA groups was 74.85 minutes for uterine myoma and 84.09 minutes for uterine adenomyoma. The mean estimated blood loss during laparoscopic myomectomy and adenomyomectomy was less in the TOUA groups than in the non-TOUA groups (109 vs. 203.4 mL in myomectomy, P < .05; 148.1 vs. 158.9 mL in adenomyomectomy; P < .05). Time to perform TOUA was 13.9 minutes in laparoscopic myomectomy and 7.33 minutes in laparoscopic adenomyomectomy. The hospital stay of the TOUA groups was 3.32 days for uterine myoma and 3.82 days for uterine adenomyoma. No intraoperative conversion to laparotomy was necessary, and no major complications occurred during any of the procedures. Conclusion: Laparoscopic uterine surgery with TOUA could be a safe and effective surgical method for women with symptomatic benign uterine tumors who wish to preserve fertility. PMID:25848179

  1. Abnormal structure of frontostriatal brain systems is associated with aspects of impulsivity and compulsivity in cocaine dependence.

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    Ersche, Karen D; Barnes, Anna; Jones, P Simon; Morein-Zamir, Sharon; Robbins, Trevor W; Bullmore, Edward T

    2011-07-01

    A growing body of preclinical evidence indicates that addiction to cocaine is associated with neuroadaptive changes in frontostriatal brain systems. Human studies in cocaine-dependent individuals have shown alterations in brain structure, but it is less clear how these changes may be related to the clinical phenotype of cocaine dependence characterized by impulsive behaviours and compulsive drug-taking. Here we compared self-report, behavioural and structural magnetic resonance imaging data on a relatively large sample of cocaine-dependent individuals (n?=?60) with data on healthy volunteers (n?=?60); and we investigated the relationships between grey matter volume variation, duration of cocaine use, and measures of impulsivity and compulsivity in the cocaine-dependent group. Cocaine dependence was associated with an extensive system of abnormally decreased grey matter volume in orbitofrontal, cingulate, insular, temporoparietal and cerebellar cortex, and with a more localized increase in grey matter volume in the basal ganglia. Greater duration of cocaine dependence was correlated with greater grey matter volume reduction in orbitofrontal, cingulate and insular cortex. Greater impairment of attentional control was associated with reduced volume in insular cortex and increased volume of caudate nucleus. Greater compulsivity of drug use was associated with reduced volume in orbitofrontal cortex. Cocaine-dependent individuals had abnormal structure of corticostriatal systems, and variability in the extent of anatomical changes in orbitofrontal, insular and striatal structures was related to individual differences in duration of dependence, inattention and compulsivity of cocaine consumption. PMID:21690575

  2. Nail abnormalities

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  3. Uterine peaking – sonographic sign of vesico-uterine adhesion

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    Walid, Mohammad Sami; Heaton, Richard L.

    2011-01-01

    Objective: In this paper we present our observation of a specific sign on transvaginal ultrasound that may help basic minimal invasive surgeons diagnose vesico-uterine adhesions preoperatively. Methods: The ultrasound images of the latest eleven patients who were preoperatively diagnosed with vesico-uterine adhesions using transvaginal ultrasound were compared with their intraoperative findings. Results: Ultrasonography showed a spectrum of changes from obliterated anterior cul-de-sac to dense fibrosis between the lower uterine segment and cervix with the bladder. Horn- or beak-shaped streaks of tissue with the same density of uterine myometrium is a sign of fundal attachment of vesico-uterine adhesions or of complete anterior cul-de-sac obliteration with adhesions going between the uterus and the anterior abdominal wall. Fine papillary peaking is seen in cases of dense lower uterine segment and cervical fibrosis without fundal involvement. These signs combined with limited mobility of the cervix and bladder base correlated with the presence of dense vesico-uterine adhesions. Conclusion: The described sonographic signs, two static and the other dynamic, may help basic minimal invasive gynecological surgeons who do not have advanced laparoscopic skills and do not feel comfortable dealing with an obliterated anterior cul-de-sac or dense vesico-uterine space fibrosis predict the presence of dense vesico-uterine adhesions allowing them to choose another route that they may be more comfortable with such as vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy or request assistance from a more experienced colleague. PMID:21921998

  4. The inwardly rectifying K+ channel KIR7.1 controls uterine excitability throughout pregnancy

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    McCloskey, Conor; Rada, Cara; Bailey, Elizabeth; McCavera, Samantha; van den Berg, Hugo A; Atia, Jolene; Rand, David A; Shmygol, Anatoly; Chan, Yi-Wah; Quenby, Siobhan; Brosens, Jan J; Vatish, Manu; Zhang, Jie; Denton, Jerod S; Taggart, Michael J; Kettleborough, Catherine; Tickle, David; Jerman, Jeff; Wright, Paul; Dale, Timothy; Kanumilli, Srinivasan; Trezise, Derek J; Thornton, Steve; Brown, Pamela; Catalano, Roberto; Lin, Nan; England, Sarah K; Blanks, Andrew M

    2014-01-01

    Abnormal uterine activity in pregnancy causes a range of important clinical disorders, including preterm birth, dysfunctional labour and post-partum haemorrhage. Uterine contractile patterns are controlled by the generation of complex electrical signals at the myometrial smooth muscle plasma membrane. To identify novel targets to treat conditions associated with uterine dysfunction, we undertook a genome-wide screen of potassium channels that are enriched in myometrial smooth muscle. Computational modelling identified Kir7.1 as potentially important in regulating uterine excitability during pregnancy. We demonstrate Kir7.1 current hyper-polarizes uterine myocytes and promotes quiescence during gestation. Labour is associated with a decline, but not loss, of Kir7.1 expression. Knockdown of Kir7.1 by lentiviral expression of miRNA was sufficient to increase uterine contractile force and duration significantly. Conversely, overexpression of Kir7.1 inhibited uterine contractility. Finally, we demonstrate that the Kir7.1 inhibitor VU590 as well as novel derivative compounds induces profound, long-lasting contractions in mouse and human myometrium; the activity of these inhibitors exceeds that of other uterotonic drugs. We conclude Kir7.1 regulates the transition from quiescence to contractions in the pregnant uterus and may be a target for therapies to control uterine contractility. PMID:25056913

  5. Uterine artery embolisation

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    Bhardwaj, Rajeev

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of study Fibroids are commonest benign tumour of the uterus. It presents with bleeding per vagina in most of the cases. Surgical treatment consists of myomectomy or hysterectomy with or without salpingo oophrectomy, with its inherent morbidity, prolonged hospital stay and psychosocial problems. Surgery is not the best option especially in unmarried and nullipara. Materials and methods Thirty-five patients were subjected to uterine artery embolisation (UAE). Mean age was 35.51 ± 7.36 years. Two patients were suffering from advanced carcinoma of cervix, 32 had fibroid of uterus, one had endometriosis. Three patients were unmarried, three did not have any issue, three had associated haemodynamically significant cardiac disorders, one had polycystic renal disease, and one had hypernephroma. Four patients had multiple fibroids. The UAE was done through contralateral femoral artery puncture, bilaterally, with the help of Judkin's right coronary catheter. Ultrasound was repeated after 3 months. Results The UAE was successful in all patients. Mean procedural time was 75 minutes. Hospital stay was 1 day only. Bleeding stopped in all 35 patients. One patient had recurrence of bleeding after 2 months and underwent surgery. Fibroids disappeared in eight patients, decreased in size by > 75% in 11 patients, and by 50–75% in six patients. Five patients did not report back with ultrasound. Two patients had normal delivery after UAE. Conclusion Uterine artery embolisation is effective therapy to stop uterine bleeding. It is effective in controlling the symptoms in uterine fibroids and also decreases the size of fibroids. Hospital stay is only 1 day. PMID:22664816

  6. Reed Uterine Carcinosarcomas

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    Nicholas Reed

    \\u000a Uterine sarcomas present a challenging group of tumours to manage. They represent a diverse group of tumours and it is argued\\u000a whether they are true sarcomas. There is now increasing evidence that the carcinosarcomas (CS) – which have been known under\\u000a a variety of names in the past – are most probably poorly differentiated epithelial carcinomas [1–11]. This switch to

  7. Brain structural abnormalities in patients with major depression with or without generalized anxiety disorder comorbidity.

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    Canu, Elisa; Kosti?, Milutin; Agosta, Federica; Munjiza, Ana; Ferraro, Pilar M; Pesic, Danilo; Copetti, Massimiliano; Peljto, Amir; Tosevski, Dusica Lecic; Filippi, Massimo

    2015-05-01

    An overlap frequently occurs between major depression disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Aim of this study was to assess cortical and white matter (WM) alterations in MDD patients with or without GAD comorbidity. Seventy-one MDD patients and 71 controls were recruited. All subjects underwent T1-weighted and diffusion tensor (DT)/MRI. MRI metrics of cortical thickness and WM integrity were obtained from atlas-based cortical regions and the interhemispheric and major long association WM tracts. Between-group MRI comparisons and multiple regressions with clinical scale scores were performed. Compared to controls, both MDD and MDD-GAD patients showed a cortical thinning of the middle frontal cortex bilaterally, left medial frontal gyrus and frontal pole. Compared to controls and MDD patients, MDD-GAD cases also showed a thinning of the right medial orbitofrontal and fusiform gyri, and left temporal pole and lateral occipital cortices. Compared to controls, MDD patients showed DT MRI abnormalities of the right parahippocampal tract and superior longitudinal fasciculus bilaterally, while no WM alterations were found in MDD-GAD. In all patients, brain abnormalities were related with symptom severity. MDD and MDD-GAD share a common pattern of cortical alterations located in the frontal regions. However, while both the cortex and WM integrity are affected in MDD, only the former is affected in MDD-GAD. These findings support the notion of MDD-GAD as a distinct clinical entity, providing insights into patient vulnerability for specific networks as well as into patient resilience factors reflected by the integrity of other cerebral circuits. PMID:25794861

  8. Gray matter textural heterogeneity as a potential in-vivo biomarker of fine structural abnormalities in Asperger syndrome.

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    Radulescu, E; Ganeshan, B; Minati, L; Beacher, F D C C; Gray, M A; Chatwin, C; Young, R C D; Harrison, N A; Critchley, H D

    2013-02-01

    Brain imaging studies contribute to the neurobiological understanding of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Herein, we tested the prediction that distributed neurodevelopmental abnormalities in brain development impact on the homogeneity of brain tissue measured using texture analysis (TA; a morphological method for surface pattern characterization). TA was applied to structural magnetic resonance brain scans of 54 adult participants (24 with Asperger syndrome (AS) and 30 controls). Measures of mean gray-level intensity, entropy and uniformity were extracted from gray matter images at fine, medium and coarse textures. Comparisons between AS and controls identified higher entropy and lower uniformity across textures in the AS group. Data reduction of texture parameters revealed three orthogonal principal components. These were used as regressors-of-interest in a voxel-based morphometry analysis that explored the relationship between surface texture variations and regional gray matter volume. Across the AS but not control group, measures of entropy and uniformity were related to the volume of the caudate nuclei, whereas mean gray-level was related to the size of the cerebellar vermis. Similar to neuropathological studies, our study provides evidence for distributed abnormalities in the structural integrity of gray matter in adults with ASC, in particular within corticostriatal and corticocerebellar networks. Additionally, this in-vivo technique may be more sensitive to fine microstructural organization than other more traditional magnetic resonance approaches and serves as a future testable biomarker in AS and other neurodevelopmental disorders. PMID:22333911

  9. Uterine artery embolization for uterine arteriovenous malformation in five women desiring fertility: pregnancy outcomes.

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    Vilos, Angelos G; Vilos, George A; Hollett-Caines, Jackie; Rajakumar, Chandrew; Garvin, Greg; Kozak, Roman

    2015-07-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformations (AVM) are rare and can be classified as either congenital or acquired. Acquired AVMs may result from trauma, uterine instrumentation, infection or gestational trophoblastic disease. The majority of acquired AVMs are encountered in women of reproductive age with a history of at least one pregnancy. Traditional therapies of AVMs include medical management of symptomatic bleeding, blood transfusions, uterine artery embolization (UAE) or hysterectomy. In this retrospective case series, we report our experience with AVM and UAE in five symptomatic women of reproductive age who wished to preserve fertility. Patients were 18-32 years old, and had 1-3 previous pregnancies prior to initial presentation. All patients were followed until their deliveries. All five patients delivered live births. Three of the five patients required two embolization procedures and one of these women required a subsequent hysterectomy. Two deliveries were at term and had normal weight babies and normal placenta. One woman had cerclage placed and developed chorioamnionitis at 34 weeks but had a normal placenta. Two pregnancies were induced <37 weeks for pre-eclampsia/b intrauterine growth restriction ± abnormal umbilical artery dopplers. The low birthweight were both <2000 g. Both placentas showed accelerated maturity and infarcts. All estimated blood losses were recorded as <500 cc. In conclusion, UAE may not be as effective at managing AVM as previously thought and should be questioned as an initial therapy in symptomatic women of reproductive age desiring fertility preservation. PMID:25954037

  10. Abnormal coexistence of unipolar, bipolar, and threshold resistive switching in an Al/NiO/ITO structure

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    Yuan, Xin-Cai; Tang, Jin-Long; Zeng, Hui-Zhong; Wei, Xian-Hua

    2014-05-01

    This paper reports an abnormal coexistence of different resistive switching behaviors including unipolar (URS), bipolar (BRS), and threshold switching (TRS) in an Al/NiO/indium tin oxide (ITO) structure fabricated by chemical solution deposition. The switching behaviors have been strongly dependent on compliance current (CC) and switching processes. It shows reproducible URS and BRS after electroforming with low and high CC of 1 and 3 mA, respectively, which is contrary to previous reports. Furthermore, in the case of high-forming CC, TRS is observed after several switching cycles with a low-switching CC. Analysis of current-voltage relationship demonstrates that Poole-Frenkel conduction controlled by localized traps should be responsible for the resistance switching. The unique behaviors can be dominated by Joule heating filament mechanism in the dual-oxygen reservoir structure composed of Al/NiO interfacial layer and ITO. The tunable switching properties can render it flexible for device applications.

  11. Abnormal coexistence of unipolar, bipolar, and threshold resistive switching in an Al/NiO/ITO structure

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    2014-01-01

    This paper reports an abnormal coexistence of different resistive switching behaviors including unipolar (URS), bipolar (BRS), and threshold switching (TRS) in an Al/NiO/indium tin oxide (ITO) structure fabricated by chemical solution deposition. The switching behaviors have been strongly dependent on compliance current (CC) and switching processes. It shows reproducible URS and BRS after electroforming with low and high CC of 1 and 3 mA, respectively, which is contrary to previous reports. Furthermore, in the case of high-forming CC, TRS is observed after several switching cycles with a low-switching CC. Analysis of current-voltage relationship demonstrates that Poole-Frenkel conduction controlled by localized traps should be responsible for the resistance switching. The unique behaviors can be dominated by Joule heating filament mechanism in the dual-oxygen reservoir structure composed of Al/NiO interfacial layer and ITO. The tunable switching properties can render it flexible for device applications. PMID:24940181

  12. Comparison of transvaginal ultrasonography and hysteroscopy in the diagnosis of uterine pathologies

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    Babacan, Ali; Gun, Ismet; Kizilaslan, Cem; Ozden, Okan; Muhcu, Murat; Mungen, Ercument; Atay, Vedat

    2014-01-01

    A thorough evaluation of the uterine cavity is frequently required in gynecology practice. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic values of transvaginal ultrasound examination and hysteroscopy in detecting uterine abnormalities in a group of patients within a range of menopausal status and symptomatology. This study included 285 patients admitted with complaints of abnormal uterine bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, lower abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal discharge or for a routine gynecological examination. All patients had available transvaginal ultrasonography and hysteroscopy data for evaluation. A biopsy was obtained from all patients during the hysteroscopy session. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and likelihood ratio were calculated for both methods and compared, considering the histopathological diagnosis as the gold standard. The mean age of the patients was 49.5±12.9 years (range, 24-89 y). Majority of the patients admitted for abnormal uterine bleeding (n=198, 69.4%). For the diagnosis of polyps of any size, hysteroscopy had better sensitivity (p<0.001), however, specificities did not differ (p=1.0). On the other hand, hysteroscopy did not have a sensitivity advantage over TVU in diagnosing polyps greater than 1 cm (p=0.077), although this time hysteroscopy had better specificity (p<0.001). Combined approach did not offer diagnostic advantage for any of the specific pathologies. Although TVU represents a practical approach for the initial evaluation of uterine pathologies, hysteroscopy seems to offer better diagnostic value for uterine pathologies in general, and uterine polyps in particular. PMID:24753775

  13. DEFINING POSTPARTUM UTERINE DISEASE IN CATTLE.

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    Uterine health is often compromised in cattle by bacterial contamination of the uterine lumen after parturition, and pathogenic bacteria often persist causing uterine disease, which is a key cause of infertility in cattle. However, the definition or characterization of uterine disease frequently lac...

  14. Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep Contribute to Further Cardiac Structure Abnormalities in Hemodialysis Patients with Restless Legs Syndrome

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    Giannaki, Christoforos D.; Zigoulis, Paris; Karatzaferi, Christina; Hadjigeorgiou, Georgios M.; George, Keith P.; Gourgoulianis, Konstantinos; Koutedakis, Yiannis; Stefanidis, Ioannis; Sakkas, Giorgos K.

    2013-01-01

    Study Objectives: In hemodialysis (HD) patients, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) constitute common sleep disorders. Recent findings indicate a role for PLMS as a risk factor in the development of new or the aggravation of existing cardiovascular disease. The aim of the current study was to investigate the association of PLMS with indices of cardiac morphology and function in HD patients with RLS as a potential pathway by which PLMS could alter cardiovascular risk. Methods: Based on PLMS diagnosis by an overnight polysomnographic evaluation, 19 stable HD-RLS patients were divided into the PLMS group (n = 10) and the non-PLMS group (n = 9). During the overnight assessment, nocturnal blood pressure (BP) indices were also assessed. Left ventricular (LV) dimensions were examined by M-mode echocardiography, whereas LV diastolic function was evaluated by conventional Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging the following day. Results: LV internal diameter in diastole was significantly increased in the PLMS group (4.96 ± 0.61 vs 4.19 ± 0.48 cm, p = 0.007), leading to a significantly increase in LV mass (202 ± 52 vs 150 ± 37 g, p = 0.026). In contrast, no between group differences were observed in diastolic function indices (p > 0.05). Conclusions: These are the first data to associate severe PLMS with further LV structure abnormalities in HD patients with RLS. Citation: Giannaki CD; Zigoulis P; Karatzaferi C; Hadjigeorgiou GM; George KP; Gourgoulianis K; Koutedakis Y; Stefanidis I; Sakkas GK. Periodic limb movements in sleep contribute to further cardiac structure abnormalities in hemodialysis patients with restless legs syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med 2013;9(2):147–153. PMID:23372468

  15. Chromosomal abnormalities

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    Goh, K.; Jacox, R.F.; Anderson, F.W.

    1980-09-01

    Cytogenetic studies from the peripheral blood of a patient with malignant lymphoma and rhematoid arthritis who was treated with intra-articular gold Au 198 revealed mosaicism with a normal female metaphase and a 43-chromosome metaphase. The abnormal cell line showed six missing normal chromosomes and three morphologically abnormal chromosomes. The trypsin-digested G-banding metaphases showed that the marker chromosomes were an isochromosome of the long arm of chromosome 17, a translocated chromosome that involved the long arm of chromosome 4 and a chromosome 16, and a translocated chromosome that involved the long arm of chromosome 4 and a chromosome 5. It is tempting to conclude that these abnormalities were due to the gold Au 198 treatment, but we cannot exclude other possibilities.

  16. Uterine arteriovenous malformation caused by intrauterine instrumentation for laparoscopic surgery due to left tubal pregnancy

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    Chang, Kylie Hae-Jin; Park, Jong-Kyu; Park, Sung-Ho; Kim, Hong-Bae

    2014-01-01

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare entity in gynecology with fewer than 100 cases reported in the literature. Due to abnormal connection between arteries and veins without an intervening capillary system, recurrent and profuse vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom which can be potentially life-threatening. Uterine AVM can be either congenital or acquired. Acquired AVM is reported as a consequence of previous uterine trauma such as curettage procedures, caesarean section or pelvic surgery. It is also associated with infection, retained product of conception, gestational trophoblastic disease, malignancy and exposure to diethlystilboestrol. We herein report a case of acquired uterine AVM located on the right lateral wall after intrauterine instrumentation for laparoscopic left salpingectomy due to left tubal pregnancy. The patient was successfully treated with embolization. PMID:25264537

  17. Structural, energetic, and dynamic insights into the abnormal xylene separation behavior of hierarchical porous crystal

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    Lin, Jiao-Min; He, Chun-Ting; Liao, Pei-Qin; Lin, Rui-Biao; Zhang, Jie-Peng

    2015-01-01

    Separation of highly similar molecules and understanding the underlying mechanism are of paramount theoretical and practical importance, but visualization of the host-guest structure, energy, or dynamism is very difficult and many details have been overlooked. Here, we report a new porous coordination polymer featuring hierarchical porosity and delicate flexibility, in which the three structural isomers of xylene (also similar disubstituted benzene derivatives) can be efficiently separated with an elution sequence inversed with those for conventional mechanisms. More importantly, the separation mechanism is comprehensively and quantitatively visualized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography coupled with multiple computational simulation methods, in which the small apertures not only fit best the smallest para-isomer like molecular sieves, but also show seemingly trivial yet crucial structural alterations to distinguish the meta- and ortho-isomers via a gating mechanism, while the large channels allow fast guest diffusion and enable the structural/energetic effects to be accumulated in the macroscopic level. PMID:26113287

  18. Structural brain abnormalities in the frontostriatal system and cerebellum in pedophilia

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    Boris Schiffer; Thomas Peschel; Thomas Paul; Elke Gizewski; Michael Forsting; Norbert Leygraf; Manfred Schedlowski; Tillmann H. C. Krueger

    2007-01-01

    Even though previous neuropsychological studies and clinical case reports have suggested an association between pedophilia and frontocortical dysfunction, our knowledge about the neurobiological mechanisms underlying pedophilia is still fragmentary. Specifically, the brain morphology of such disorders has not yet been investigated using MR imaging techniques.Whole brain structural T1-weighted MR images from 18 pedophile patients (9 attracted to males, 9 attracted

  19. Network-Level Structural Abnormalities of Cerebral Cortex in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Renshaw, Perry F.; Hwang, Jaeuk; Bae, Sujin; Musen, Gail; Kim, Jieun E.; Bolo, Nicolas; Jeong, Hyeonseok S.; Simonson, Donald C.; Lee, Sun Hea; Weinger, Katie; Jung, Jiyoung J.; Ryan, Christopher M.; Choi, Yera; Jacobson, Alan M.

    2013-01-01

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) usually begins in childhood and adolescence and causes lifelong damage to several major organs including the brain. Despite increasing evidence of T1DM-induced structural deficits in cortical regions implicated in higher cognitive and emotional functions, little is known whether and how the structural connectivity between these regions is altered in the T1DM brain. Using inter-regional covariance of cortical thickness measurements from high-resolution T1-weighted magnetic resonance data, we examined the topological organizations of cortical structural networks in 81 T1DM patients and 38 healthy subjects. We found a relative absence of hierarchically high-level hubs in the prefrontal lobe of T1DM patients, which suggests ineffective top-down control of the prefrontal cortex in T1DM. Furthermore, inter-network connections between the strategic/executive control system and systems subserving other cortical functions including language and mnemonic/emotional processing were also less integrated in T1DM patients than in healthy individuals. The current results provide structural evidence for T1DM-related dysfunctional cortical organization, which specifically underlie the top-down cognitive control of language, memory, and emotion. PMID:24058401

  20. Uterine Artery Anatomy Relevant to Uterine Leiomyomata Embolization

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    Gomez-Jorge, Jackeline [University of Miami School of Medicine, PO Box 016960 (R-109), Miami, FL 33101, Department of Radiology (United States)], E-mail: igomez2@med.miami.edu; Keyoung, Andrew [Georgetown University Hospital, CCC Building Ground Floor, 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, Department of Radiology (United States); Levy, Elliot B.; Spies, James B. [University of Miami School of Medicine, PO Box 016960 (R-109), Miami, FL 33101, Department of Radiology (United States)

    2003-11-15

    To categorize the anatomic variants of uterine arteries, and determine the incidence of menopausal symptoms where the tubo-ovarian branches were seen prior to embolization. Between July 1997 and June 2000, 257 (n = 257) uterine fibroid embolizations were performed at our institution. Arteriograms were retrospectively evaluated. Uterine arteries were classified into groups: type I (the uterine artery as first branch of the inferior gluteal artery), type II (the uterine artery as second or third branch of the inferior gluteal artery), type III (the uterine artery, the inferior gluteal and the superior gluteal arteries arising as a trifurcation), type IV (the uterine artery as first branch of the hypogastric artery), inconclusive, or not studied. Tubo-ovarian branches were recorded if visualized prior to and/or after embolization. Menopausal symptoms were recorded (n = 175 at 3 months, n = 139 at 6 months, n = 98 at 1 year, n = 22 at 2 years) using written questionnaires. Five hundred and fourteen uterine arteries (n = 514) were evaluated. There were 38% classifiable types, 23% inconclusive, and 39% not studied. Classification was as follows: type I, 45%; type II, 6%; type III, 43%; type IV, 6%. Among 256 patients, tubo-ovarian arteries were seen in 36 prior to embolization, but not afterwards. In this group, 25 patients reported transient menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, amenorrhea). Five patients did not report any menopausal symptoms. Six patients did not answer the questionnaires. Type I is the most common type of anatomy, followed by type III. The tubo-ovarian arteries may be visualized prior to and/or after embolization. The embolization was monitored to avoid embolization of the tubo-ovarian branches. Menopausal symptoms were transient all patients when the tubo-ovarian branches were seen prior to embolization.

  1. Structure-fluctuation-induced abnormal thermoelectric properties in semiconductor copper selenide

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    Liu, Huili [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shi, Xun [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Kirkham, Melanie J [ORNL; Wang, Hsin [ORNL; Li, Qiang [Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); Uher, Ctirad [University of Michigan; Zhang, Wenqing [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS); Chen, Lidong [Chinese Academy of Sciences

    2013-01-01

    Thermoelectric effects and related technologies have attracted a great interest due to the world-wide energy harvesting. Thermoelectricity has usually been considered in the context of stable material phases. Here we report that the fluctuation of structures during the second-order phase transition in Cu2Se semiconductor breaks the conventional trends of thermoelectric transports in normal phases, leading to a critically phase-transition-enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit zT above unity at 400K, a three times larger value than for the normal phases. Dynamic structural transformations introduce intensive fluctuations and extreme complexity, which enhance the carrier entropy and thus the thermopower, and strongly scatter carriers and phonons as well to make their transports behave critically.

  2. Naturally occurring lesions of the uterine tube in sheep and serologic evidence of exposure to Chlamydophila abortus.

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    Tomlinson, L; Barker, I K; Foster, R A; McEwen, S A; Menzies, P I; Shewen, P E

    2000-01-01

    The uterine tubes from 405 ewes, collected at an abattoir, were assessed grossly and microscopically for abnormalities that correlated with serological evidence of exposure to Chlamydophila abortus. Gross lesions were found in 41 ewes and 86 had microscopic lesions. Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) of serum was used as an indication of exposure of individual ewes to C. abortus; 52 were found to be positive. Chi-squared analysis indicated no association between EIA-positive animals and lesions of the uterine tube. PMID:11041501

  3. Structural brain abnormalities in postural tachycardia syndrome: A VBM-DARTEL study.

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    Umeda, Satoshi; Harrison, Neil A; Gray, Marcus A; Mathias, Christopher J; Critchley, Hugo D

    2015-01-01

    Postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), a form of dysautonomia, is characterized by orthostatic intolerance, and is frequently accompanied by a range of symptoms including palpitations, lightheadedness, clouding of thought, blurred vision, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Although the estimated prevalence of PoTS is approximately 5-10 times as common as the better-known condition orthostatic hypotension, the neural substrates of the syndrome are poorly characterized. In the present study, we used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with voxel-based morphometry (VBM) applying the diffeomorphic anatomical registration through exponentiated lie algebra (DARTEL) procedure to examine variation in regional brain structure associated with PoTS. We recruited 11 patients with established PoTS and 23 age-matched normal controls. Group comparison of gray matter volume revealed diminished gray matter volume within the left anterior insula, right middle frontal gyrus and right cingulate gyrus in the PoTS group. We also observed lower white matter volume beneath the precentral gyrus and paracentral lobule, right pre- and post-central gyrus, paracentral lobule and superior frontal gyrus in PoTS patients. Subsequent ROI analyses revealed significant negative correlations between left insula volume and trait anxiety and depression scores. Together, these findings of structural differences, particularly within insular and cingulate components of the salience network, suggest a link between dysregulated physiological reactions arising from compromised central autonomic control (and interoceptive representation) and increased vulnerability to psychiatric symptoms in PoTS patients. PMID:25852449

  4. Ulipristal acetate: in uterine fibroids.

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    Croxtall, Jamie D

    2012-05-28

    Ulipristal acetate, a selective progesterone-receptor modulator, inhibits the proliferation and induces apoptosis of leiomyoma cells in vitro. It also modulates the expression of vascular endothelial growth factors and hormone receptors and modulates extracellular matrix breakdown in leiomyoma cells but not in myometrial cells. In two randomized, double-blind, multinational phase III trials of 13 weeks' duration in women aged 18-50 years with uterine fibroids, a once-daily regimen of oral ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day controlled excessive uterine bleeding (primary endpoint) in ?90% of patients. Ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day was more effective than placebo and was shown to be noninferior to intramuscular leuprolide acetate 3.75 mg once monthly in controlling uterine bleeding. Uterine bleeding was rapidly controlled by ulipristal acetate. Approximately half of recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day became amenorrhoeic within the first 10 days of treatment. Furthermore, uterine bleeding was controlled significantly more rapidly for recipients of ulipristal acetate than recipients of leuprolide acetate. A significantly greater median reduction from baseline in total fibroid volume was observed for recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg once daily than recipients of placebo following 13 weeks' treatment (coprimary endpoint). For patients who did not undergo surgery, the volume reduction was maintained for at least 6 months after discontinuing treatment. Ulipristal acetate was generally well tolerated in women with uterine fibroids. The incidence of hot flush occurred with a significantly lower frequency for recipients of ulipristal acetate than for recipients of leuprolide acetate. PMID:22568731

  5. Does abnormal glycogen structure contribute to increased susceptibility to seizures in epilepsy?

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    DiNuzzo, Mauro; Mangia, Silvia; Maraviglia, Bruno; Giove, Federico

    2015-02-01

    Epilepsy is a family of brain disorders with a largely unknown etiology and high percentage of pharmacoresistance. The clinical manifestations of epilepsy are seizures, which originate from aberrant neuronal synchronization and hyperexcitability. Reactive astrocytosis, a hallmark of the epileptic tissue, develops into loss-of-function of glutamine synthetase, impairment of glutamate-glutamine cycle and increase in extracellular and astrocytic glutamate concentration. Here, we argue that chronically elevated intracellular glutamate level in astrocytes is instrumental to alterations in the metabolism of glycogen and leads to the synthesis of polyglucosans. Unaccessibility of glycogen-degrading enzymes to these insoluble molecules compromises the glycogenolysis-dependent reuptake of extracellular K(+) by astrocytes, thereby leading to increased extracellular K(+) and associated membrane depolarization. Based on current knowledge, we propose that the deterioration in structural homogeneity of glycogen particles is relevant to disruption of brain K(+) homeostasis and increased susceptibility to seizures in epilepsy. PMID:24643875

  6. Structure and distribution of abnormal pressures in the Vicksburg Formation (Oligocene), Hinde Field, Starr County, Texas 

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    Barrell, Kirk Arthur

    1988-01-01

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  7. Divergent structural brain abnormalities between different genetic subtypes of children with Prader–Willi syndrome

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    2013-01-01

    Background Prader–Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex neurogenetic disorder with symptoms that indicate not only hypothalamic, but also a global, central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. However, little is known about developmental differences in brain structure in children with PWS. Thus, our aim was to investigate global brain morphology in children with PWS, including the comparison between different genetic subtypes of PWS. In addition, we performed exploratory cortical and subcortical focal analyses. Methods High resolution structural magnetic resonance images were acquired in 20 children with genetically confirmed PWS (11 children carrying a deletion (DEL), 9 children with maternal uniparental disomy (mUPD)), and compared with 11 age- and gender-matched typically developing siblings as controls. Brain morphology measures were obtained using the FreeSurfer software suite. Results Both children with DEL and mUPD showed smaller brainstem volume, and a trend towards smaller cortical surface area and white matter volume. Children with mUPD had enlarged lateral ventricles and larger cortical cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volume. Further, a trend towards increased cortical thickness was found in children with mUPD. Children with DEL had a smaller cerebellum, and smaller cortical and subcortical grey matter volumes. Focal analyses revealed smaller white matter volumes in left superior and bilateral inferior frontal gyri, right cingulate cortex, and bilateral precuneus areas associated with the default mode network (DMN) in children with mUPD. Conclusions Children with PWS show signs of impaired brain growth. Those with mUPD show signs of early brain atrophy. In contrast, children with DEL show signs of fundamentally arrested, although not deviant brain development and presented few signs of cortical atrophy. Our results of global brain measurements suggest divergent neurodevelopmental patterns in children with DEL and mUPD. PMID:24144356

  8. The comparative evaluation of uterine and cervical mucosa cytology with endometrial histopathology in cows

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    M. R. Ahmadi; A. Khodakaram Tafti; S. Nazifi; H. R. Ghaisari

    2005-01-01

    Reproductive tract abnormalities especially in the uterus and ovaries of cows often results in infertility. The object of this study was to determine the relationship between the cytology of uterine and cervical mucosa and endometrial histopathology in normal and endometritic cows. In this study, the genital tracts of 131 slaughtered cows were collected. According to macroscopic appearances and histopathological evaluation,

  9. Current Evidence on Uterine Embolization for Fibroids

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    Spies, James B.

    2013-01-01

    Strong evidence for both safety and effectiveness of uterine fibroid embolization has been generated since the procedure's introduction. This review will focus on the key articles representing the best evidence to summarize the outcomes from uterine embolization. This review will attempt to answer three important questions associated with uterine embolization. First, does uterine embolization relieve symptoms caused by uterine fibroids? Second, how well does the improvement in symptoms and quality of life after uterine embolization compare with standard surgical options for fibroids? Finally, how durable is the improvement in fibroid-related symptoms and quality of life after embolization? PMID:24436560

  10. Psychological Factors in 155 Patients with Functional Uterine Bleeding

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    Dutton, W. A.

    1965-01-01

    One hundred and fifty-five women with functional uterine bleeding were studied to evaluate the importance of concomitant psychological disorders. Psychological illnesses were diagnosed in 128 patients (82.6%), most of which arose from problems directly related to sexual or reproductive functions. The remaining 27 patients (17.4%) were different in that they were psychologically stable and all but two were at puberty or approaching the menopause. Histological studies of endometrial samples from 135 of these patients indicated little evidence of abnormal sex hormone activity; 77 (57%) showed normal secretory phase endometrium and 32 (23.7%), proliferative phase endometrium. The remaining 26 (19.2%) showed evidence of some endocrine dysfunction, 15 such specimens being obtained from psychologically stable patients. It is probable that psychological disturbances are the principal cause of functional uterine bleeding during the prime reproductive years. The psychological component of the illness is the most important and determines the ultimate prognosis. PMID:14261152

  11. Abnormal structure or function of the amygdala is a common component of neurodevelopmental disorders

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    Schumann, Cynthia M.; Bauman, Melissa D.; Amaral, David G.

    2010-01-01

    The amygdala, perhaps more than any other brain region, has been implicated in numerous neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. It is part of a system initially evolved to detect dangers in the environment and modulate subsequent responses, which can profoundly influence human behavior. If its threshold is set too low, normally benign aspects of the environment are perceived as dangers, interactions are limited, and anxiety may arise. If set too high, risk taking increases and inappropriate sociality may occur. Given that many neurodevelopmental disorders involve too little or too much anxiety or too little of too much social interaction, it is not surprising that the amygdala has been implicated in many of them. In this chapter, we begin by providing a brief overview of the phylogeny, ontogeny, and function of the amygdala and then appraise data from neurodevelopmental disorders which suggest amygdala dysregulation. We focus on neurodevelopmental disorders where there is evidence of amygdala dysregulation from postmortem studies, structural MRI analyses or functional MRI. However, the results are often disparate and it is not totally clear whether this is due to inherent heterogeneity or differences in methodology. Nonetheless, the amygdala is a common site for neuropathology in neurodevelopmental disorders and is therefore a potential target for therapeutics to alleviate associated symptoms. PMID:20950634

  12. Congenital heart disease usually refers to abnormalities in the heart's structure or function that arise before birth. They occur often and in

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    Cai, Long

    Congenital heart disease usually refers to abnormalities in the heart's structure or function that arise before birth. They occur often and in many forms. Congenital heart diseases are found in 19 for understanding the genesis of congenital heart disease, because dysregulation of heart development is at the root

  13. Uterine Artery Embolization as Nonsurgical Treatment of Uterine Myomas

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    Tomislav, Strinic; Josip, Maskovic; Liana, Cambi Sapunar; Marko, Vulic; Marko, Jukic; Ante, Radic; Dzenis, Jelcic; Leo, Grandic; Ivica, Stipic; Marijan, Tandara; Situm, Kristina

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate safety, efficacy or complications of uterine artery embolization (UAE). Patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids (n = 157) were treated by selective bilateral UAE using 350–500??m sized polyvinyl alcohol particles. Bilateral UAE was successful in 152 (96.8%) cases. Baseline measures of clinical symptoms and MRI taken before the procedure were compared to those taken 3, 6, and 12 months after embolotherapy. Also, complications and outcomes were analyzed after procedure. All patients had an uneventful recovery and were able to return to normal activity within two weeks of embolization. After the procedure, most patients experienced crampy pelvic pain, of variable intensity, which was well managed with the standard analgesia protocol. Five (3%) of participants had persisting amenorrhea after procedure. None reported any new gynecologic or medical problem during the follow-up period. There were no deaths and no major permanent injuries. Reductions in mean uterine volume were 61% (P < 0.01) and in dominant fibroid volume 66% (P?0.01). The follow-up showed significant improvement of bleeding. In conclusion, uterine artery embolization is a successful, minimal invasive treatment of uterine fibroids that preserves the uterus, had minimal complications, and requires short hospitalization and recovery. PMID:22191046

  14. Gadolinium-Enhanced MR Imaging in the Evaluation of Uterine Fibroids Treated with Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Tetsuya Katsumori; Kazuhiro Nakajima; Mitsukuni Tokuhiro

    OBJECTIVE . The purpose of this study was to determine whether tumor volume reduc- tion can be predicted by the infarction rate of uterine fibroids as seen on gadolinium-enhanced MR images obtained immediately after uterine artery embolization. MATERIALS AND METHODS . In our study, 36 women with symptomatic uterine fi- broids successfully underwent uterine artery embolization. Unenhanced and enhanced MR

  15. Possible structural abnormality of the brainstem in unipolar depressive illness: a transcranial ultrasound and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging study

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    Steele, J; Bastin, M; Wardlaw, J; Ebmeier, K

    2005-01-01

    Background: Most empirically derived antidepressants increase monoamine levels. The nuclei of cells synthesising these monoamines are located in the brainstem, and projection tracts such as the medial forebrain bundle reach virtually all other brain areas. Two studies of unipolar depressive illness using transcranial ultrasound have reported reduced echogenicity of the brainstem midline in unipolar depressed patients. This may be consistent with disruption of white matter tracts, including the medial forebrain bundle, and it has been suggested that the effect of such disruption could be reversed by antidepressants. Objective: To replicate these findings in a group of unipolar depressed patients and controls. Methods: Fifteen unipolar depressed patients and 15 controls were studied using transcranial ultrasound imaging and diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI). Results: No difference in echogenicity of the brainstem midline of unipolar depressed patients was found. A possible trend (Cohen's d = 0.39) in the direction of previous studies was found. Although the echogenicity of the brainstem midline of the control group was found to be similar to previous reports, there was no reduction in the patient group. Additionally, no structural abnormality of the brainstem was identified using DT-MRI. Conclusions: While these data do not replicate the findings of previous studies reporting a significant reduction in the echogenicity of the brainstem midline in unipolar depressed patients, the ultrasound investigation indicated that there may be a trend in this direction. Given the importance of identifying the causes of depressive illness, it is important that other groups attempt similar studies. PMID:16227541

  16. Gemcitabine Hydrochloride, Docetaxel, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Uterine Sarcoma That Has Been Removed By Surgery

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    2015-01-16

    Stage IA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IC Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIB Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIIC Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVA Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVB Uterine Sarcoma; Uterine Corpus Leiomyosarcoma

  17. Uterine artery emerging variants - angiographic aspects

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    ALBULESCU, DANA; CONSTANTIN, C.; CONSTANTIN, CONSTANTIN

    2014-01-01

    Uterine artery embolization as a therapeutic method in fibromyoma requires a good knowledge of the origin of the uterine artery to the success of this procedure involving selective catheterization. This study presents a classification of anatomical variants of uterine artery as a retrospective review of consecutive arteriogram, complete with various aspects of the origin of the uterine artery in cadaver dissection, in the Department of Anatomy. PMID:25729609

  18. Uterine artery emerging variants - angiographic aspects.

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    Albulescu, Dana; Constantin, C; Constantin, Constantin

    2014-01-01

    Uterine artery embolization as a therapeutic method in fibromyoma requires a good knowledge of the origin of the uterine artery to the success of this procedure involving selective catheterization. This study presents a classification of anatomical variants of uterine artery as a retrospective review of consecutive arteriogram, complete with various aspects of the origin of the uterine artery in cadaver dissection, in the Department of Anatomy. PMID:25729609

  19. Pregnancy after uterine arterial embolization

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    Bonduki, Cláudio E; Feldner, Paulo C; da Silva, Juliana; Castro, Rodrigo A; Sartori, Marair G F; Girão, Manoel J B C

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnancy outcomes, complications and neonatal outcomes in women who had previously undergone uterine arterial embolization. METHODS: A retrospective study of 187 patients treated with uterine arterial embolization for symptomatic uterine fibroids between 2005-2008 was performed. Uterine arterial embolization was performed using polyvinyl alcohol particles (500-900 µm in diameter). Pregnancies were identified using screening questionnaires and the study database. RESULTS: There were 15 spontaneous pregnancies. Of these, 12.5% were miscarriages (n?=?2), and 87.5% were successful live births (n?=?14). The gestation time for the pregnancies with successful live births ranged from 36 to 39.2 weeks. The mean time between embolization and conception was 23.8 months (range, 5–54). One of the pregnancies resulted in twins. The newborn weights (n?=?14) ranged from 2.260 to 3.605 kg (mean, 3.072 kg). One (7.1%) was considered to have a low birth weight (2.260 kg). There were two cases of placenta accreta (12.5%, treated with hysterectomy in one case [6.3%]), one case of premature rupture of the membranes (PRM) (6.3%), and one case of preeclampsia (6.3%). All of the patients were delivered via Cesarean section. CONCLUSION: In this study, there was an increased risk of Cesarean delivery. There were no other major obstetric risks, suggesting that pregnancy after uterine arterial embolization is possible without significant morbidity or mortality. PMID:21789384

  20. Haem degradation in abnormal haemoglobins.

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    Brown, S B; Docherty, J C

    1978-01-01

    The coupled oxidation of certain abnormal haemoglobins leads to different bile-pigment isomer distributions from that of normal haemoglobin. The isomer pattern may be correlated with the structure of the abnormal haemoglobin in the neighbourhood of the haem pocket. This is support for haem degradation by an intramolecular reaction. PMID:708385

  1. Sequencing of a patient with balanced chromosome abnormalities and neurodevelopmental disease identifies disruption of multiple high risk loci by structural variation.

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    Blake, Jonathon; Riddell, Andrew; Theiss, Susanne; Gonzalez, Alexis Perez; Haase, Bettina; Jauch, Anna; Janssen, Johannes W G; Ibberson, David; Pavlinic, Dinko; Moog, Ute; Benes, Vladimir; Runz, Heiko

    2014-01-01

    Balanced chromosome abnormalities (BCAs) occur at a high frequency in healthy and diseased individuals, but cost-efficient strategies to identify BCAs and evaluate whether they contribute to a phenotype have not yet become widespread. Here we apply genome-wide mate-pair library sequencing to characterize structural variation in a patient with unclear neurodevelopmental disease (NDD) and complex de novo BCAs at the karyotype level. Nucleotide-level characterization of the clinically described BCA breakpoints revealed disruption of at least three NDD candidate genes (LINC00299, NUP205, PSMD14) that gave rise to abnormal mRNAs and could be assumed as disease-causing. However, unbiased genome-wide analysis of the sequencing data for cryptic structural variation was key to reveal an additional submicroscopic inversion that truncates the schizophrenia- and bipolar disorder-associated brain transcription factor ZNF804A as an equally likely NDD-driving gene. Deep sequencing of fluorescent-sorted wild-type and derivative chromosomes confirmed the clinically undetected BCA. Moreover, deep sequencing further validated a high accuracy of mate-pair library sequencing to detect structural variants larger than 10 kB, proposing that this approach is powerful for clinical-grade genome-wide structural variant detection. Our study supports previous evidence for a role of ZNF804A in NDD and highlights the need for a more comprehensive assessment of structural variation in karyotypically abnormal individuals and patients with neurocognitive disease to avoid diagnostic deception. PMID:24625750

  2. Sequencing of a Patient with Balanced Chromosome Abnormalities and Neurodevelopmental Disease Identifies Disruption of Multiple High Risk Loci by Structural Variation

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    Blake, Jonathon; Riddell, Andrew; Theiss, Susanne; Gonzalez, Alexis Perez; Haase, Bettina; Jauch, Anna; Janssen, Johannes W. G.; Ibberson, David; Pavlinic, Dinko; Moog, Ute; Benes, Vladimir; Runz, Heiko

    2014-01-01

    Balanced chromosome abnormalities (BCAs) occur at a high frequency in healthy and diseased individuals, but cost-efficient strategies to identify BCAs and evaluate whether they contribute to a phenotype have not yet become widespread. Here we apply genome-wide mate-pair library sequencing to characterize structural variation in a patient with unclear neurodevelopmental disease (NDD) and complex de novo BCAs at the karyotype level. Nucleotide-level characterization of the clinically described BCA breakpoints revealed disruption of at least three NDD candidate genes (LINC00299, NUP205, PSMD14) that gave rise to abnormal mRNAs and could be assumed as disease-causing. However, unbiased genome-wide analysis of the sequencing data for cryptic structural variation was key to reveal an additional submicroscopic inversion that truncates the schizophrenia- and bipolar disorder-associated brain transcription factor ZNF804A as an equally likely NDD-driving gene. Deep sequencing of fluorescent-sorted wild-type and derivative chromosomes confirmed the clinically undetected BCA. Moreover, deep sequencing further validated a high accuracy of mate-pair library sequencing to detect structural variants larger than 10 kB, proposing that this approach is powerful for clinical-grade genome-wide structural variant detection. Our study supports previous evidence for a role of ZNF804A in NDD and highlights the need for a more comprehensive assessment of structural variation in karyotypically abnormal individuals and patients with neurocognitive disease to avoid diagnostic deception. PMID:24625750

  3. Herbal preparations for uterine fibroids

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    Liu, Jian Ping; Yang, Hong; Xia, Yun; Cardini, Francesco

    2011-01-01

    Background Uterine fibroids are the most common non-malignant growths in women of childbearing age. They are associated with heavy menstrual bleeding and subfertility. Herbal preparations are commonly used as alternatives to surgical procedures. Objectives To assess the benefits and risks of herbal preparations for uterine fibroids. Search strategy Authors searched following electronic databases: the Trials Registers of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group and the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2008, Issue 3), MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Chinese Biomedical Database, the Traditional Chinese Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (TCMLARS), AMED, and LILACS. The searches ended on 31st December 2008. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials comparing herbal preparations with no intervention, placebo, medical treatment or surgical procedures in women with uterine fibroids. We also included trials of herbal preparations with or without conventional therapy. Data collection and analysis Two review authors collected data independently. We assessed trial risk of bias according to our methodological criteria. We presented dichotomous data as risk ratios (RR) and continuous outcomes as mean difference (MD), both with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Main results We included two randomised trials (involved 150 women) with clear description of randomisation methods. The methodological risk of bias of the trials varied. There were variations in the tested herbal preparations, and the treatment duration was six months. The outcomes available were not the primary outcomes selected for this review, such as symptom relief or the need for surgical treatment; trials mainly reported outcomes in terms of shrinkage of the fibroids. Compared with mifepristone, Huoxue Sanjie decoction showed no significant difference in the disappearance of uterine fibroids, number of patients with shrinking of uterine fibroids or average volume of uterine fibroids, but less effective than mifepristone on reducing average size of uterus (mean difference 23.23 cm3, 95% confidence interval 17.85 to 28.61). There was no significant difference between Nona Roguy herbal product and GnRH agonist in average volume of uterine fibroids or size of uterus. No serious adverse effects from herbal preparations was reported. Authors’ conclusions Current evidence does not support or refute the use of herbal preparations for treatment of uterine fibroids due to insufficient studies of large sample and high quality. Further high quality trials evaluating clinically relevant outcomes are warranted. PMID:19370619

  4. Structural Abnormalities in Early Tourette Syndrome Children: A Combined Voxel-Based Morphometry and Tract-Based Spatial Statistics Study

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    Wang, Jieqiong; Gao, Peiyi; Yin, Guangheng; Zhang, Liping; Lv, Chuankai; Ji, Zhiying; Yu, Tong; Sabel, B. A.; He, Huiguang; Peng, Yun

    2013-01-01

    Tourette Syndrome (TS) is characterized with chronic motor and vocal tics beginning in childhood. Abnormality of both gray (GM) and white matter (WM) has been observed in cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical circuits and sensory-motor cortex of adult TS patient. It is not clear if these morphological changes are also present in TS children and if there are any microstructural changes of WM. To understand the developmental cause of such changes, we investigated volumetric changes of GM and WM using VBM and microstructural changes of WM using DTI, and correlated these changes with tic severity and duration. T1 images and Diffusion Tensor Images (DTI) from 21 TS children were compared with 20 age and gender matched health control children using a 1.5T Philips scanner. All of the 21 TS children met the DSM-IV-TR criteria. T1 images were analyzed using DARTEL-VBM in conjunction with statistical parametric mapping (SPM). Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) analysis was performed using Tract-Based Spatial Statistics (TBSS). Brain volume changes were found in left superior temporal gyrus, left and right paracentral gyrus, right precuneous cortex, right pre- and post- central gyrus, left temporal occipital fusiform cortex, right frontal pole, and left lingual gyrus. Significant axial diffusivity (AD) and mean diffusivity (MD) increases were found in anterior thalamic radiation, right cingulum bundle projecting to the cingulate gurus and forceps minor. Decreases in white matter volume (WMV) in the right frontal pole were inversely related with tic severity (YGTSS), and increases in AD and MD were positively correlated with tic severity and duration, respectively. These changes in TS children can be interpreted as signs of neural plasticity in response to the experiential demand. Our findings may suggest that the morphological and microstructural measurements from structural MRI and DTI can potentially be used as a biomarker of the pathophysiologic pattern of early TS children. PMID:24098769

  5. Ichthyosis in Sjögren-Larsson syndrome reflects defective barrier function due to abnormal lamellar body structure and secretion.

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    Rizzo, William B; S'Aulis, Dana; Jennings, M Anitia; Crumrine, Debra A; Williams, Mary L; Elias, Peter M

    2010-08-01

    Sjögren-Larsson syndrome is a genetic disease characterized by ichthyosis, mental retardation, spasticity and mutations in the ALDH3A2 gene coding for fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase, an enzyme necessary for oxidation of fatty aldehydes and fatty alcohols. We investigated the cutaneous abnormalities in 9 patients with Sjögren-Larsson syndrome to better understand how the enzymatic deficiency results in epidermal dysfunction. Histochemical staining for aldehyde oxidizing activity was profoundly reduced in the epidermis. Colloidal lanthanum perfusion studies showed abnormal movement of tracer into the extracellular spaces of the stratum corneum consistent with a leaky water barrier. The barrier defect could be attributed to the presence of abnormal lamellar bodies, many with disrupted limiting membranes or lacking lamellar contents. Entombed lamellar bodies were present in the cytoplasm of corneocytes suggesting blockade of lamellar body secretion. At the stratum granulosum-stratum corneum interface, non-lamellar material displaced or replaced secreted lamellar membranes, and in the stratum corneum, the number of lamellar bilayers declined and lamellar membrane organization was disrupted by foci of lamellar/non-lamellar phase separation. These studies demonstrate the presence of a permeability barrier abnormality in Sjögren-Larsson syndrome, which localizes to the stratum corneum interstices and can be attributed to abnormalities in lamellar body formation and secretion. PMID:20049467

  6. Ichthyosis in Sjögren–Larsson syndrome reflects defective barrier function due to abnormal lamellar body structure and secretion

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    S’Aulis, Dana; Jennings, M. Anitia; Crumrine, Debra A.; Williams, Mary L.; Elias, Peter M.

    2010-01-01

    Sjögren–Larsson syndrome is a genetic disease characterized by ichthyosis, mental retardation, spasticity and mutations in the ALDH3A2 gene coding for fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase, an enzyme necessary for oxidation of fatty aldehydes and fatty alcohols. We investigated the cutaneous abnormalities in 9 patients with Sjögren–Larsson syndrome to better understand how the enzymatic deficiency results in epidermal dysfunction. Histochemical staining for aldehyde oxidizing activity was profoundly reduced in the epidermis. Colloidal lanthanum perfusion studies showed abnormal movement of tracer into the extracellular spaces of the stratum corneum consistent with a leaky water barrier. The barrier defect could be attributed to the presence of abnormal lamellar bodies, many with disrupted limiting membranes or lacking lamellar contents. Entombed lamellar bodies were present in the cytoplasm of corneocytes suggesting blockade of lamellar body secretion. At the stratum granulosum–stratum corneum interface, non-lamellar material displaced or replaced secreted lamellar membranes, and in the stratum corneum, the number of lamellar bilayers declined and lamellar membrane organization was disrupted by foci of lamellar/non-lamellar phase separation. These studies demonstrate the presence of a permeability barrier abnormality in Sjögren–Larsson syndrome, which localizes to the stratum corneum interstices and can be attributed to abnormalities in lamellar body formation and secretion. PMID:20049467

  7. Phosphatase and tensin homolog, deleted on chromosome 10 deficiency in brain causes defects in synaptic structure, transmission and plasticity, and myelination abnormalities.

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    Fraser, M M; Bayazitov, I T; Zakharenko, S S; Baker, S J

    2008-01-24

    The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway modulates growth, proliferation and cell survival in diverse tissue types and plays specialized roles in the nervous system including influences on neuronal polarity, dendritic branching and synaptic plasticity. The tumor-suppressor phosphatase with tensin homology (PTEN) is the central negative regulator of the PI3K pathway. Germline PTEN mutations result in cancer predisposition, macrocephaly and benign hamartomas in many tissues, including Lhermitte-Duclos disease, a cerebellar growth disorder. Neurological abnormalities including autism, seizures and ataxia have been observed in association with inherited PTEN mutation with variable penetrance. It remains unclear how loss of PTEN activity contributes to neurological dysfunction. To explore the effects of Pten deficiency on neuronal structure and function, we analyzed several ultra-structural features of Pten-deficient neurons in Pten conditional knockout mice. Using Golgi stain to visualize full neuronal morphology, we observed that increased size of nuclei and somata in Pten-deficient neurons was accompanied by enlarged caliber of neuronal projections and increased dendritic spine density. Electron microscopic evaluation revealed enlarged abnormal synaptic structures in the cerebral cortex and cerebellum. Severe myelination defects included thickening and unraveling of the myelin sheath surrounding hypertrophic axons in the corpus callosum. Defects in myelination of axons of normal caliber were observed in the cerebellum, suggesting intrinsic abnormalities in Pten-deficient oligodendrocytes. We did not observe these abnormalities in wild-type or conditional Pten heterozygous mice. Moreover, conditional deletion of Pten drastically weakened synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity at excitatory synapses between CA3 and CA1 pyramidal neurons in the hippocampus. These data suggest that Pten is involved in mechanisms that control development of neuronal and synaptic structures and subsequently synaptic function. PMID:18082964

  8. Pregnancy following uterine fibroid embolization

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    B McLucas; S Goodwin; L Adler; A Rappaport; R Reed; R Perrella

    2001-01-01

    Objective: This paper seeks to evaluate the ability to deliver term pregnancies following uterine fibroid embolization, and to identify impediments to pregnancy in the embolization procedure. Study design: Four physicians performed embolization procedures at various facilities. Patients were asked if fertility was an issue prior to embolization. We measured follicle-stimulating hormone levels before and after embolization. Clinical follow-up, six months

  9. Human uterine leukocytes and pregnancy.

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    Trundley, A; Moffett, A

    2004-01-01

    In human pregnancy, the embryo implants into the specialized mucosal wall of the uterus (decidua) and the placenta starts to form. Cells from the placenta (trophoblasts) invade into the uterine mucosa in order to open up maternal uterine arteries to ensure an adequate supply of blood to the developing fetus. The trophoblasts have a unique immunological phenotype compared to most cells especially with regard to their expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens. On the other side of the interaction, the uterine mucosa (endometrium) differentiates in preparation for implantation. One of the changes that takes place is the appearance in the endometrium of a large number of maternal leukocytes in the final part of the menstrual cycle. If pregnancy ensues, these leukocytes continue to increase in number and are found in close contact with trophoblasts. The composition of this population of maternal immune cells is unusual compared to that seen at other mucosal sites. A lot of research has focused on whether maternal T-cell responses are suppressed or modified during pregnancy. Research has also concentrated on the specialized uterine natural killer (NK) cells, which are found in the decidua in large numbers during early pregnancy. These uterine NK cells have been shown to express receptors for trophoblast MHC antigens, but their role in pregnancy is still mysterious. The purpose of this review is to give an overview of what is known about the immunology at the implantation site and also to provide an update of some of the most recent findings in this field. PMID:14651517

  10. Detection, visualization and animation of abnormal anatomic structure with a deformable probabilistic brain atlas based on random vector field transformations.

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    Thompson, P M; Toga, A W

    1997-09-01

    This paper describes the design, implementation and preliminary results of a technique for creating a comprehensive probabilistic atlas of the human brain based on high-dimensional vector field transformations. The goal of the atlas is to detect and quantify distributed patterns of deviation from normal anatomy, in a 3-D brain image from any given subject. The algorithm analyzes a reference population of normal scans and automatically generates color-coded probability maps of the anatomy of new subjects. Given a 3-D brain image of a new subject, the algorithm calculates a set of high-dimensional volumetric maps (with typically 384(2) x 256 x 3 approximately 10(8) degrees of freedom) elastically deforming this scan into structural correspondence with other scans, selected one by one from an anatomic image database. The family of volumetric warps thus constructed encodes statistical properties and directional biases of local anatomical variation throughout the architecture of the brain. A probability space of random transformations, based on the theory of anisotropic Gaussian random fields, is then developed to reflect the observed variability in stereotaxic space of the points whose correspondences are found by the warping algorithm. A complete system of 384(2) x 256 probability density functions is computed, yielding confidence limits in stereotaxic space for the location of every point represented in the 3-D image lattice of the new subject's brain. Color-coded probability maps are generated, densely defined throughout the anatomy of the new subject. These indicate locally the probability of each anatomic point being unusually situated, given the distributions of corresponding points in the scans of normal subjects. 3-D MRI and high-resolution cryosection volumes are analyzed from subjects with metastatic tumors and Alzheimer's disease. Gradual variations and continuous deformations of the underlying anatomy are simulated and their dynamic effects on regional probability maps are animated in video format (on the accompanying CD-ROM). Applications of the deformable probabilistic atlas include the transfer of multi-subject 3-D functional, vascular and histologic maps onto a single anatomic template, the mapping of 3-D atlases onto the scans of new subjects, and the rapid detection, quantification and mapping of local shape changes in 3-D medical images in disease and during normal or abnormal growth and development. PMID:9873911

  11. Biological Roles of Uterine Glands in Pregnancy

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    Spencer, Thomas E.

    2014-01-01

    All mammalian uteri contain glands in the endometrium that synthesize or transport and secrete substances essential for survival and development of the conceptus (embryo/fetus and associated extraembryonic membranes). This review summarizes information related to the biological roles of uterine glands and their secretions in blastocyst/conceptus survival and implantation, uterine receptivity, and stromal cell decidualization in humans and animal models. The infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss observed in the ovine uterine gland knockout (UGKO) model unequivocally supports a primary role for uterine glands and, by inference, their secretions present in uterine luminal fluid in survival and development of the conceptus. Further, studies with mutant and progesterone-induced UGKO mice found that uterine glands and their secretions are required for establishment of uterine receptivity and blastocyst implantation as well as stromal cell decidualization. Similarly in humans, uterine glands and their secretory products are likely critical regulators of blastocyst implantation, uterine receptivity, and conceptus growth and development during the first trimester. Circumstantial evidence suggests that deficient glandular activity may be a causative factor in pregnancy failure and complications in humans. Thus, an increased understanding of uterine gland biology is important for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fertility and pregnancy problems in mammals. PMID:24959816

  12. Chromosomal abnormalities in human sperm

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    Martin, R.H.

    1985-01-01

    The ability to analyze human sperm chromosome complements after penetration of zona pellucida-free hamster eggs provides the first opportunity to study the frequency and type of chromosomal abnormalities in human gametes. Two large-scale studies have provided information on normal men. We have studied 1,426 sperm complements from 45 normal men and found an abnormality rate of 8.9%. Brandriff et al. (5) found 8.1% abnormal complements in 909 sperm from 4 men. The distribution of numerical and structural abnormalities was markedly dissimilar in the 2 studies. The frequency of aneuploidy was 5% in our sample and only 1.6% in Brandriff's, perhaps reflecting individual variability among donors. The frequency of 24,YY sperm was low: 0/1,426 and 1/909. This suggests that the estimates of nondisjunction based on fluorescent Y body data (1% to 5%) are not accurate. We have also studied men at increased risk of sperm chromosomal abnormalities. The frequency of chromosomally unbalanced sperm in 6 men heterozygous for structural abnormalities varied dramatically: 77% for t11;22, 32% for t6;14, 19% for t5;18, 13% for t14;21, and 0% for inv 3 and 7. We have also studied 13 cancer patients before and after radiotherapy and demonstrated a significant dose-dependent increase of sperm chromosome abnormalities (numerical and structural) 36 months after radiation treatment.

  13. Abnormal Bleeding During Menopause Hormone Therapy: Insights for Clinical Management

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    de Medeiros, Sebastião Freitas; Yamamoto, Márcia Marly Winck; Barbosa, Jacklyne Silva

    2013-01-01

    Objective Our objective was to review the involved mechanisms and propose actions for controlling/treating abnormal uterine bleeding during climacteric hormone therapy. Methods A systemic search of the databases SciELO, MEDLINE, and Pubmed was performed for identifying relevant publications on normal endometrial bleeding, abnormal uterine bleeding, and hormone therapy bleeding. Results Before starting hormone therapy, it is essential to exclude any abnormal organic condition, identify women at higher risk for bleeding, and adapt the regimen to suit eachwoman’s characteristics. Abnormal bleeding with progesterone/progestogen only, combined sequential, or combined continuous regimens may be corrected by changing the progestogen, adjusting the progestogen or estrogen/progestogen doses, or even switching the initial regimen to other formulation. Conclusion To diminish the occurrence of abnormal bleeding during hormone therapy (HT), it is important to tailor the regimen to the needs of individual women and identify those with higher risk of bleeding. The use of new agents as adjuvant therapies for decreasing abnormal bleeding in women on HT awaits future studies. PMID:24665210

  14. Impaired uterine artery flow associated with the presence of ovarian endometrioma: preliminary results of a prospective study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Aim of this prospective, case–control study was to evaluate uterine arteries’ blood flow before and after laparoscopic surgery in patients with ovarian endometriosis and its possible correlation with infertility. Methods We prospectively enrolled 110 women of reproductive age; 69 with ovarian endometriomas and scheduled for surgery, and 41 controls. At enrolment, a detailed medical, gynecologic and obstetric history was collected. Fertility and pregnancy desire were assessed. All patients underwent complete physical and gynecologic examination. Transvaginal ultrasound with Doppler color flow was performed to evaluate Resistance Index (RI) of uterine arteries during the secretory phase, at enrolment (T0) and 3 months after laparoscopic surgery (T1). Results Among cases, 27 patients were excluded because they did not meet the inclusion criteria. At enrolment (T0) unilateral or bilateral flow alterations (RI???0.8) were found in 38 out of 42 patients with ovarian endometriosis (90%), whereas in the control group only 17 women (41%) had Doppler alterations. The difference in uterine artery RI values between cases and controls was statistically significant (P?uterine artery flow (P <0.0001) was found 3 months after surgical treatment of endometriosis. Nineteen patients with endometriosis (45%) were infertile before surgery; all of them presented uterine artery Doppler alterations at T0. After surgery the pregnancy rate was significantly higher in patients who presented uterine artery flow normalization than in those with persistent uterine artery flow alterations (p?=?0.002). Conclusions A strong correlation was found between uterine artery flow abnormalities and ovarian endometriosis. Uterine artery flow improvement following surgery seems to increase the probabilities of achieving pregnancy. PMID:24401654

  15. 21 CFR 884.2730 - Home uterine activity monitor.

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    2014-04-01

    ...uterine activity monitor. (a) Identification. A home uterine activity monitor (HUAM) is an electronic system for at home antepartum measurement of uterine contractions, data transmission by telephone to a clinical setting, and...

  16. 21 CFR 884.2730 - Home uterine activity monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...uterine activity monitor. (a) Identification. A home uterine activity monitor (HUAM) is an electronic system for at home antepartum measurement of uterine contractions, data transmission by telephone to a clinical setting, and...

  17. 21 CFR 884.2730 - Home uterine activity monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...uterine activity monitor. (a) Identification. A home uterine activity monitor (HUAM) is an electronic system for at home antepartum measurement of uterine contractions, data transmission by telephone to a clinical setting, and...

  18. 21 CFR 884.2730 - Home uterine activity monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...uterine activity monitor. (a) Identification. A home uterine activity monitor (HUAM) is an electronic system for at home antepartum measurement of uterine contractions, data transmission by telephone to a clinical setting, and...

  19. A critical period in the onset of parturition in rats and uterine sensitivity to estradiol and progesterone

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    Boyer, Edmond

    A critical period in the onset of parturition in rats and uterine sensitivity to estradiol parturition in rats in order to measure tissue levels of progestins and estrogens and compare these results with those of normal parturition in rats. Abnormal parturition was obtained by injection of isotonic saline

  20. Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Indicates Silencing of Tumor Suppressor Genes in Uterine Leiomyoma

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    Navarro, Antonia; Yin, Ping; Monsivais, Diana; Lin, Simon M.; Du, Pan; Wei, Jian-Jun; Bulun, Serdar E.

    2012-01-01

    Background Uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids, represent the most common benign tumor of the female reproductive tract. Fibroids become symptomatic in 30% of all women and up to 70% of African American women of reproductive age. Epigenetic dysregulation of individual genes has been demonstrated in leiomyoma cells; however, the in vivo genome-wide distribution of such epigenetic abnormalities remains unknown. Principal Findings We characterized and compared genome-wide DNA methylation and mRNA expression profiles in uterine leiomyoma and matched adjacent normal myometrial tissues from 18 African American women. We found 55 genes with differential promoter methylation and concominant differences in mRNA expression in uterine leiomyoma versus normal myometrium. Eighty percent of the identified genes showed an inverse relationship between DNA methylation status and mRNA expression in uterine leiomyoma tissues, and the majority of genes (62%) displayed hypermethylation associated with gene silencing. We selected three genes, the known tumor suppressors KLF11, DLEC1, and KRT19 and verified promoter hypermethylation, mRNA repression and protein expression using bisulfite sequencing, real-time PCR and western blot. Incubation of primary leiomyoma smooth muscle cells with a DNA methyltransferase inhibitor restored KLF11, DLEC1 and KRT19 mRNA levels. Conclusions These results suggest a possible functional role of promoter DNA methylation-mediated gene silencing in the pathogenesis of uterine leiomyoma in African American women. PMID:22428009

  1. Ichthyosis in Sjögren–Larsson syndrome reflects defective barrier function due to abnormal lamellar body structure and secretion

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    William B. RizzoDana; Dana S’Aulis; M. Anitia Jennings; Debra A. Crumrine; Mary L. Williams; Peter M. Elias

    2010-01-01

    Sjögren–Larsson syndrome is a genetic disease characterized by ichthyosis, mental retardation, spasticity and mutations in\\u000a the ALDH3A2 gene coding for fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase, an enzyme necessary for oxidation of fatty aldehydes and fatty alcohols. We\\u000a investigated the cutaneous abnormalities in 9 patients with Sjögren–Larsson syndrome to better understand how the enzymatic\\u000a deficiency results in epidermal dysfunction. Histochemical staining for aldehyde

  2. Innovative Oral Treatments of Uterine Leiomyoma

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    Sabry, Mohamed; Al-Hendy, Ayman

    2012-01-01

    Uterine fibroids (leiomyoma), the benign tumors of the uterine wall, are very common cause of morbidity in reproductive age women usually in the form of excessive vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, miscarriage and infertility. These tumors are the leading indication for hysterectomy in the United States. Uterine fibroids are about 4 times higher in blacks compared to whites and constitute a major health disparity challenge. The estimated cost of uterine fibroids is up to $34.4 billion annually. Additionally, women who suffer from this disease and desire to maintain their future fertility have very limited treatment choices. Currently, there is no effective long-term medicinal treatment for uterine fibroids. While surgery has traditionally been the gold standard for the treatment of uterine fibroids, there is growing interest towards orally administered medications for the management of leiomyoma-related symptoms. In this paper, we will discuss these promising innovative oral medical treatments in detail. PMID:22518167

  3. Application of Detergents or High Hydrostatic Pressure as Decellularization Processes in Uterine Tissues and Their Subsequent Effects on In Vivo Uterine Regeneration in Murine Models

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    Hirota, Yasushi; Aizawa, Masanori; Yoshino, Osamu; Kishida, Akio; Osuga, Yutaka; Saito, Shigeru; Ushida, Takashi; Furukawa, Katsuko S.

    2014-01-01

    Infertility caused by ovarian or tubal problems can be treated using In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET); however, this is not possible for women with uterine loss and malformations that require uterine reconstruction for the treatment of their infertility. In this study, we are the first to report the usefulness of decellularized matrices as a scaffold for uterine reconstruction. Uterine tissues were extracted from Sprague Dawley (SD) rats and decellularized using either sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) or high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) at optimized conditions. Histological staining and quantitative analysis showed that both SDS and HHP methods effectively removed cells from the tissues with, specifically, a significant reduction of DNA contents for HHP constructs. HHP constructs highly retained the collagen content, the main component of extracellular matrices in uterine tissue, compared to SDS constructs and had similar content levels of collagen to the native tissue. The mechanical strength of the HHP constructs was similar to that of the native tissue, while that of the SDS constructs was significantly elevated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed no apparent denaturation of collagen fibers in the HHP constructs compared to the SDS constructs. Transplantation of the decellularized tissues into rat uteri revealed the successful regeneration of the uterine tissues with a 3-layer structure 30 days after the transplantation. Moreover, a lot of epithelial gland tissue and Ki67 positive cells were detected. Immunohistochemical analyses showed that the regenerated tissues have a normal response to ovarian hormone for pregnancy. The subsequent pregnancy test after 30 days transplantation revealed successful pregnancy for both the SDS and HHP groups. These findings indicate that the decellularized matrix from the uterine tissue can be a potential scaffold for uterine regeneration. PMID:25057942

  4. Uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis without fibroids

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    M. D Kim; J. W Won; D. Y Lee; C.-S Ahn

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the potential usefulness of transcatheter uterine artery embolization as a treatment for symptomatic adenomyosis in patients without uterine fibroids.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Uterine artery embolization using polyvinyl alcohol particles sized 250–710 mm was performed in 43 patients (mean; 40.3 years, range; 31–52 years) with dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia, or bulk-related symptoms (pelvic heaviness, urinary frequency) due to adenomyosis without fibroids.

  5. Induction of different types of uterine adenocarcinomas in Donryu rats due to neonatal exposure to high-dose p-t-octylphenol for different periods.

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    Yoshida, Midori; Katsuda, Shin-ichi; Tanimoto, Tomo; Asai, Sayaka; Nakae, Dai; Kurokawa, Yuji; Taya, Kazuyoshi; Maekawa, Akihiko

    2002-10-01

    Inappropriate exposure to estrogens in the fetal and/or newborn period can exert irreversible influence, including carcinogenesis on the reproductive system in mammals. The present study was conducted to investigate uterine carcinogenesis in Donryu rats treated neonatally with a high-dose estrogenic compound, p-t-octylphenol (OP) for different exposure periods. Female Donryu rats were subcutaneously administered 100 mg/kg/day OP every other day for the first 5 postnatal days (PNDs 1-5) or the first 2 weeks (PNDs 1-15). They received a single injection of 20 mg/kg N-ethyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (ENNG) into a uterine horn at 11 weeks of age and were examined until 15 months of age. PNDs 1-5 OP-treated rats showed normal development of the female reproductive system, including uterine gland genesis and normal estrous cycling after vaginal opening. The treatment, however, accelerated an earlier occurrence of persistent estrus and increased the number of well differentiated uterine adenocarcinomas as compared with controls. This indicated that PNDs 1-5 OP treatment acts as a delayed modulator of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian hormonal control system and the modulation increased the serum estrogen:progesterone ratio, resulting in induction of uterine tumors. On the contrary, PNDs 1-15 OP treatment demonstrated immediate and irreversible influences on the control system, called 'androgenization', and induced abnormal uterine development manifested by prolonged persistent estrus immediately after vaginal opening and also suppression of uterine gland genesis. In addition, uterine tumor malignancy in morphological and biological property clearly increased in this group although the total number of adenocarcinomas was not increased. The present study provides evidence that neonatal exposure to a high-dose OP enhances uterine carcinogenesis in rats, and the type of uterine tumors is changed by the periods of neonatal exposure to OP, suggesting that the mechanism of uterine tumor development is dependent upon neonatal exposure periods. PMID:12376485

  6. Maternal Uterine Vascular Remodeling During Pregnancy

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    Maurizio Mandala (University of Calabria)

    2009-02-01

    Sufficient uteroplacental blood flow is essential for normal pregnancy outcome and is accomplished by the coordinated growth and remodeling of the entire uterine circulation, as well as the creation of a new fetal vascular organ: the placenta. The process of remodeling involves a number of cellular processes, including hyperplasia and hypertrophy, rearrangement of existing elements, and changes in extracellular matrix. In this review, we provide information on uterine blood flow increases during pregnancy, the influence of placentation type on the distribution of uterine vascular resistance, consideration of the patterns, nature, and extent of maternal uterine vascular remodeling during pregnancy, and what is known about the underlying cellular mechanisms.

  7. Microvessels Density in Uterine Leiomyosarcoma

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    Bobi?ski, Marcin; Bednarek, Wies?awa; Szumi?o, Justyna; Cybulski, Marek; Polak, Grzegorz; Kotarski, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Uterine leiomyosarcomas (LMS) are rare tumors typically presenting rapid growth and unfavorable outcome. Nowadays the results of uterine LMS treatment do not meet expectations. Angiogenesis is one of processes investigated to be target for future treatment. The aim of the research was to assess microvessels density (MVD) in tumor samples collected from 50 patients with histological confirmed uterine leiomyosarcoma and to investigate statistical relations between MVD, patients survival, and FIGO stage of tumor. The assessment was carried out using immunohistochemistry methods with anti-CD34 antibody. No significant difference in MVD between FIGO stages was observed. Furthermore, contrary to many other malignancies, we found no significant relation between MVD and patients overall and 2-year survival. Results obtained in the study suggest that processes on vascular mimicry and mesenchymal to epithelial transition (MET) may play important role in development of LMS. No statistical relation between MVD and survival leads to conclusion that not only angiogenesis but other mechanisms as well should be taken into consideration in planning future research.

  8. Review literature on uterine carcinosarcoma.

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    Singh, Rajendra

    2014-01-01

    Carcinosarcoma of the uterus is a rare gynaecological neoplasm, which is also known as malignant mixed mesodermal tumor. Traditionally this tumour has been regarded as a subtype of uterine sarcoma, and its origin remains controversial. The exact nature and prognosis was not clear in the past. It is believed that uterine carcinosarcoma have a Mullerian duct origin and have a capacity to differentiate into various mesenchymal and epithelial components. Regarding the histogensis, various theories have been given; of which 'conversion theory' was broadly accepted. Carcinosarcoma are mostly of monoclonal origin with the carcinomatous component being the driving force. This type of tumor is broadly divided into two groups, homologous and heterologous, depending on the characteristics of the stroma or mesenchymal components of endometrial tissue. It is more frequent in black women and postmenopausal women. Radiation is a possible etiological factor but the exact etiology is not known yet. However, tamoxifen may induce carcinogenesis in some patients. Its clinical feature is very similar to endometrial carcinoma i.e. postmenopausal vaginal bleeding, have a very aggressive behavior and a poor prognosis. This pelvic malignancy is treated by multimodality therapy including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Here we are reviewing old concepts about the disease and modern understandings of the origin, classification, pathogenesis and recent advances in the treatment of the uterine carcinosarcoma. PMID:25313723

  9. Therapeutic management of uterine fibroid tumors: updated French guidelines.

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    Marret, Henri; Fritel, Xavier; Ouldamer, Lobna; Bendifallah, Sofiane; Brun, Jean-Luc; De Jesus, Isabelle; Derrien, Jean; Giraudet, Géraldine; Kahn, Vanessa; Koskas, Martin; Legendre, Guillaume; Lucot, Jean Philippe; Niro, Julien; Panel, Pierre; Pelage, Jean-Pierre; Fernandez, Hervé

    2012-12-01

    The medical management of symptomatic non-submucosal uterine fibroid tumors (leiomyomas or myomas) is based on the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding by any of the following: progestogens, a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device, tranexamic acid, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or GnRH analogs. Selective progesterone receptor modulators are currently being evaluated and have recently been approved for fibroid treatment. Neither combined estrogen-progestogen contraception nor hormone treatment of the menopause is contraindicated in women with fibroids. When pregnancy is desired, whether or not infertility is being treated by assisted reproductive technology, hysteroscopic resection in one or two separate procedures of submucosal fibroids less than 4 cm in length is recommended, regardless of whether they are symptomatic. Interstitial, also known as intramural, fibroids have a negative effect on fertility but treating them does not improve fertility. Myomectomy is therefore indicated only for symptomatic fibroids; depending on their size and number, and may be performed by laparoscopy or laparotomy. Physicians must explain to women the potential consequences of myomas and myomectomy on future pregnancy. For perimenopausal women who have been informed of the alternatives and the risks, hysterectomy is the most effective treatment for symptomatic fibroids and is associated with a high rate of patient satisfaction. When possible, the vaginal or laparoscopic routes should be preferred to laparotomy for hysterectomies for fibroids considered typical on imaging. Because uterine artery embolization is an effective treatment with low long-term morbidity, it is an option for symptomatic fibroids in women who do not want to become pregnant, and a validated alternative to myomectomy and hysterectomy that must be offered to patients. Myolysis is under assessment, and research on its use is recommended. Isolated laparoscopic ligation of the uterine arteries is a potential alternative to uterine artery embolization; it also complements myomectomy by reducing intraoperative bleeding. It is possible to use second-generation techniques of endometrial ablation to treat submucosal fibroids in women whose families are complete. Subtotal hysterectomy is a possible alternative to total hysterectomy for fibroid treatment, given that by laparotomy the former has a lower complication rate than the latter, while by laparoscopy, these rates are the same. In each case, the patient is informed about the benefit and risk associated with each therapeutic option. PMID:22939241

  10. Popliteal cysts and subgastrocnemius bursitis are associated with knee symptoms and structural abnormalities in older adults: a cross-sectional study

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction The role of popliteal cysts and subgastrocnemius bursitis in knee joint homeostasis is uncertain. The aim of this study is to describe cross-sectional associations between popliteal cysts, subgastrocnemius bursitis, knee symptoms and structural abnormalities in older adults. Methods A cross-sectional sample of 900 randomly-selected subjects (mean age 63 years, 48% female) were studied. Knee pain, stiffness and dysfunction were assessed by self-administered Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) questionnaire. Radiographic knee osteophyte and joint space narrowing (JSN) were recorded. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was utilized to assess popliteal cysts, subgastrocnemius bursitis, cartilage defects and bone marrow lesions (BMLs). Results Popliteal cysts were present in 11.7% and subgastrocnemius bursitis in 12.7% of subjects. Subgastrocnemius bursitis was more common in those with popliteal cyst (36.2% versus 9.7%, P <0.01). In multivariable analyses, popliteal cysts were significantly associated with increased osteophytes in both medial and lateral tibiofemoral compartments while subgastrocnemius bursitis was associated with increased osteophytes and JSN in the medial tibiofemoral compartment. Both were significantly associated with cartilage defects in all compartments, and with BMLs in the medial tibiofemoral compartment. Furthermore, both popliteal cysts and subgastrocnemius bursitis were significantly associated with increased weight-bearing knee pain but these associations became non-significant after adjustment for cartilage defects and BMLs. Conclusions Popliteal cysts and subgastrocnemius bursitis are associated with increased symptoms as well as radiographic and MRI-detected joint structural abnormalities. Longitudinal data will help resolve if they are a consequence or a cause of knee joint abnormalities. PMID:24581327

  11. Acute Renal Failure after Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Rastogi, Sachin [University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology (United States); Wu, Yu-Hsin [University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (United States); Shlansky-Goldberg, Richard D.; Stavropoulos, S. William [University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology (United States)], E-mail: stav@rad.upenn.edu

    2004-09-15

    Renal failure is a potential complication of any endovascular procedure using iodinated contrast, including uterine artery embolization (UAE). In this report we present a case of acute renal failure (ARF) following UAE performed as a treatment for uterine fibroids. The likely causes of ARF in this patient are explored and the possible etiologies of renal failure in patients undergoing UAE are reviewed.

  12. Dynamic and quasi-static mechanical testing for characterization of the viscoelastic properties of human uterine tissue.

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    Omari, Eenas A; Varghese, Tomy; Kliewer, Mark A; Harter, Josephine; Hartenbach, Ellen M

    2015-07-16

    Ultrasound elastography is envisioned as an optional modality to augment standard ultrasound B-mode imaging and is a promising technique to aid in detecting uterine masses which cause abnormal uterine bleeding in both pre- and post-menopausal women. In order to determine the effectiveness of strain imaging, mechanical testing to establish the elastic contrast between normal uterine tissue and stiffer masses such as leiomyomas (fibroids) and between softer pathologies such as uterine cancer and adenomyosis has to be performed. In this paper, we evaluate the stiffness of normal uterine tissue, leiomyomas, and endometrial cancers using a EnduraTEC ElectroForce (ELF) system. We quantify the viscoelastic characteristics of uterine tissue and associated pathologies globally by using two mechanical testing approaches, namely a dynamic and a quasi-static (ramp testing) approach. For dynamic testing, 21 samples obtained from 18 patients were tested. The testing frequencies were set to 1, 10, 20, and 30Hz. We also report on stiffness variations with pre-compression from 1% to 6% for testing at 2%, 3%, and 4% strain amplitude. Our results show that human uterine tissue stiffness is both dependent on percent pre-compression and testing frequencies. For ramp testing, 20 samples obtained from 14 patients were used. A constant strain rate of 0.1% was applied and comparable results to dynamic testing were obtained. The mean modulus contrast at 2% amplitude between normal uterine tissue (the background) and leiomyomas was 2.29 and 2.17, and between the background and cancer was 0.47 and 0.39 for dynamic and ramp testing, respectively. PMID:26072212

  13. Preoperative Uterine Artery Embolization (PUAE) Before Uterine Fibroid Myomectomy

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    Dumousset, E.; Chabrot, P.; Rabischong, B.; Mazet, N.; Nasser, S.; Darcha, C.; Garcier, J.M.; Mage, G.; Boyer, L. [Services de Radiologie B et Gynecologie, hopital G. Montpied, CHU Clermont Ferrand (France)], E-mail: lboyer@chu-clermont-ferrand.fr

    2008-05-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the potential of uterine artery embolization to minimize blood loss and facilitate easier removal of fibroids during subsequent myomectomy. Methods. This retrospective study included 22 patients (median age 37 years), of whom at least 15 wished to preserve their fertility. They presented with at least one fibroid (mean diameter 85.6 mm) and had undergone preoperative uterine artery embolization (PUAE) with resorbable gelatin sponge. Results. No complication or technical failure of embolization was identified. Myomectomies were performed during laparoscopy (12 cases) and laparotomy (9 cases). One hysterectomy was performed. The following were noted: easier dissection of fibroids (mean 5.6 per patient, range 1-30); mean intervention time 113 min (range 25-210 min); almost bloodless surgery, with a mean peroperative blood loss of 90 ml (range 0-806 ml); mean hemoglobin pretherapeutically 12.3 g/dl (range 5.9-15.2 g/dl) and post-therapeutically 10.3 g/dl (range 5.6-13.3 g/dl), with no blood transfusion needed. Patients were discharged on day 4 on average and the mean sick leave was 1 month. Conclusion. Preoperative embolization is associated with minimal intraoperative blood loss. It does not increase the complication rate or impair operative dissection, and improves the chances of performing conservative surgery.

  14. A Mutation in Rab38 Small GTPase Causes Abnormal Lung Surfactant Homeostasis and Aberrant Alveolar Structure in Mice

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    Osanai, Kazuhiro; Oikawa, Rieko; Higuchi, Junko; Kobayashi, Makoto; Tsuchihara, Katsuma; Iguchi, Masaharu; Jongsu, Huang; Toga, Hirohisa; Voelker, Dennis R.

    2008-01-01

    The chocolate mutation, which is associated with oculocutaneous albinism in mice, has been attributed to a G146T transversion in the conserved GTP/GDP-interacting domain of Rab38, a small GTPase that regulates intracellular vesicular trafficking. Rab38 displays a unique tissue-specific expression pattern with highest levels present in the lung. The purpose of this study was to characterize the effects of Rab38-G146T on lung phenotype and to investigate the molecular basis of the mutant gene product (Rab38cht protein). Chocolate lungs exhibited a uniform enlargement of the distal airspaces with mild alveolar destruction as well as a slight increase in lung compliance. Alveolar type II cells were engorged with lamellar bodies of increased size and number. Hydrophobic surfactant constituents (ie, phosphatidylcholine and surfactant protein B) were increased in lung tissues but decreased in alveolar spaces, consistent with a malfunction in lamellar body secretion and the subsequent cellular accumulation of these organelles. In contrast to wild-type Rab38, native Rab38cht proteins were found to be hydrophilic and not bound to intracellular membranes. Unexpectedly, recombinant Rab38cht proteins retained GTP-binding activity but failed to undergo prenyl modification that is required for membrane-binding activity. These results suggest that the genetic abnormality of Rab38 affects multiple lysosome-related organelles, resulting in lung disease in addition to oculocutaneous albinism. PMID:18832574

  15. High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Microscopy and Diffusion Tensor Imaging to Assess Brain Structural Abnormalities in the Murine Mucopolysaccharidosis VII Model

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    Poptani, Harish; Kumar, Manoj; Nasrallah, Ilya M; Kim, Sungheon; Ittyerah, Ranjit; Pickup, Stephen; Li, Joel; Parente, Michael K; Wolfe, John H.

    2014-01-01

    High-resolution microscopic magnetic resonance imaging (?MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were performed to characterize brain structural abnormalities in a mouse model of mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII). ?MRI demonstrated a decrease in the volume of anterior commissure and corpus callosum and a slight increase in the volume of the hippocampus in MPS VII vs. wild-type mice. DTI indices were analyzed in gray and white matter. In vivo and ex vivo DTI demonstrated significantly reduced fractional anisotropy in the anterior commissure, corpus callosum, external capsule and hippocampus in MPS VII vs. control brains. Significantly increased mean diffusivity was also found in the anterior commissure and corpus callosum from ex-vivo DTI. Significantly reduced linear anisotropy was observed from the hippocampus from in-vivo DTI, whereas significantly decreased planar anisotropy and spherical anisotropy were observed in the external capsule from only ex-vivo DTI. There were corresponding morphological differences in the brains of MPS VII mice by hematoxylin and eosin staining. Luxol fast blue staining demonstrated less intense staining of the corpus callosum and external capsule; myelin abnormalities in the corpus callosum were also demonstrated quantitatively in toluidine blue-stained sections and confirmed by electron microscopy. These results demonstrate the potential for ?MRI and DTI for quantitative assessment of brain pathology in murine models of brain diseases. PMID:24335527

  16. Uterine artery embolization as a treatment option for uterine myomas.

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    Marshburn, Paul B; Matthews, Michelle L; Hurst, Bradley S

    2006-03-01

    Information is still being collected on the long-term clinical responses and appropriate patient selection for UAE. Prospective RCTs have not been performed to compare the clinical results from UAE with more conventional therapies for symptomatic uterine leiomyomata. At least three attempts at conducting such RCTs have been unsuccessful because of poor patient accrual that related to differing patient expectation and desires, clinical bias, insurance coverage, and the tendency that patients who have exhausted other treatment options may be disposed more favorably to less invasive treatments. Other comparative studies have serious limitations. For example, the retrospective study that compared outcomes after abdominal myomectomy with UAE suggested that patients who received UAE were more likely to require further invasive treatment by 3 years than were recipients of myomectomy. Lack of randomization introduced a selection bias because women in the group that underwent UAEwere older and were more likely to have had previous surgeries. A prospective study of "contemporaneous cohorts," which excluded patients who had sub-mucosal and pedunculated subserosal myomas, sought to compare quality of life measures and adverse events in patients who underwent UAE or hysterectomy. The investigators concluded that both treatments resulted in marked improvement in symptoms and quality of life scores, but complications were higher in the group that underwent hysterectomy over 1 year. In this study,however, a greater proportion of patients who underwent hysterectomy had improved pelvic pain scores. Furthermore, hysterectomy eliminates uterine bleeding and the risk for recurrence of myomas. Despite the lack of controlled studies that compared UAE with conventional surgery, and despite limited extended outcome data, UAE has gained rapid acceptance, primarily because the procedure preserves the uterus, is less invasive, and has less short-term morbidity than do most surgical options. The cost of UAE varies by region, but is comparable to the charges for hysterectomy and is less expensive than abdominal myomectomy. The evaluation before UAE may entail additional fees for diagnostic testing, such as MRI, to assess the uterine size and screen for adenomyosis. Other centers have recommended pretreatment ultrasonography, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, and biopsy of large fibroids to evaluate sarcoma. Generally,after UAE the recovery time and time lost from work are less; however, the potential need for subsequent surgery may be greater when compared with abdominal myomectomy. Any center that offers UAE should adhere to published clinical guidelines,maintain ongoing assessment of quality improvements measures, and observe strict criteria for obtaining procedural privileges. After McLucas advocated that gynecologists learn the skill to perform UAE for managing symptomatic myomas, the Society of Interventional Radiology responded with a precautionary commentary on the level of technical proficiency that is necessary to maintain optimum results from UAE. The complexity of pelvic arterial anatomy, the skill that is required to master modern coaxial microcatheters, and the hazards of significant patient radiation exposure were cited as reasons why sound training and demonstration of expertise be obtained before clinicians are credentialed to perform UAE.A collaboration between the gynecologist and the interventional radiologist is necessary to optimize the safety and efficacy of UAE. The primary candidates for this procedure include women who have symptomatic uterine fibroids who no longer desire fertility, but wish to avoid surgery or are poor surgical risks. The gynecologist is likely to be the primary initial consultant to patients who present with complaints of symptomatic myomas. Therefore, they must be familiar with the indications, exclusions, outcome expectations, and complications of UAE in their particular center. When hysterectomy is the only option, UAE should be considered. Appropriate diagnostic testing should ai

  17. Vaccinia Virus Mutations in the L4R Gene Encoding a Virion Structural Protein Produce Abnormal Mature Particles Lacking a Nucleocapsid

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    Moussatche, Nissin; Condit, Richard C.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Electron micrographs from the 1960s revealed the presence of an S-shaped tubular structure in the center of the vaccinia virion core. Recently, we showed that packaging of virus transcription enzymes is necessary for the formation of the tubular structure, suggesting that the structure is equivalent to a nucleocapsid. Based on this study and on what is known about nucleocapsids of other viruses, we hypothesized that in addition to transcription enzymes, the tubular structure also contains the viral DNA and a structural protein as a scaffold. The vaccinia virion structural protein L4 stands out as the best candidate for the role of a nucleocapsid structural protein because it is abundant, it is localized in the center of the virion core, and it binds DNA. In order to gain more insight into the structure and relevance of the nucleocapsid, we analyzed thermosensitive and inducible mutants in the L4R gene. Using a cryo-fixation method for electron microscopy (high-pressure freezing followed by freeze-substitution) to preserve labile structures like the nucleocapsid, we were able to demonstrate that in the absence of functional L4, mature particles with defective internal structures are produced under nonpermissive conditions. These particles do not contain a nucleocapsid. In addition, the core wall of these virions is abnormal. This suggests that the nucleocapsid interacts with the core wall and that the nucleocapsid structure might be more complex than originally assumed. IMPORTANCE The vaccinia virus nucleocapsid has been neglected since the 1960s due to a lack of electron microscopy techniques to preserve this labile structure. With the advent of cryo-fixation techniques, like high-pressure freezing/freeze-substitution, we are now able to consistently preserve and visualize the nucleocapsid. Because vaccinia virus early transcription is coupled to the viral core structure, detailing the structure of the nucleocapsid is indispensable for determining the mechanisms of vaccinia virus core-directed transcription. The present study represents our second attempt to understand the structure and biological significance of the nucleocapsid. We demonstrate the importance of the protein L4 for the formation of the nucleocapsid and reveal in addition that the nucleocapsid and the core wall may be associated, suggesting a higher level of complexity of the nucleocapsid than predicted. In addition, we prove the utility of high-pressure freezing in preserving the vaccinia virus nucleocapsid. PMID:25253347

  18. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding as an early sign of polycystic ovary syndrome during adolescence.

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    Deligeoroglou, E K; Creatsas, G K

    2015-08-01

    Excessive uterine bleeding during the early years after menarche can be worrisome to the girl and her parents. The most prevalent diagnosis set is Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB), after thorough examination and exclusion of other causes of abnormal uterine bleeding. The aim of this article was to review our knowledge and share our experience as tertiary reference center of pediatric-adolescent gynecology in Greece. We conducted a review of current literature using Pubmed and MedLine as our primary databases, as well as providing commentary considering work up, treatment and follow-up of our DUB patients. Insufficient progesterone production and subsequent abnormal shedding of the endometrium appears to orchestrate the pathophysiology of DUB in adolescence. Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis immaturity right after menarche, is usually the most plausible cause. Nevertheless, it is necessary to exclude other, possibly even life-threatening causes. Complete work up including physical examination, laboratory and imaging studies (complete blood count, b-HCG, hormonal levels and ultrasonography) is needed, and appropriate treatment with combined oral contraceptives is administered accordingly. Although menstrual disorders are very common in early adolescence, a severe episode of DUB should always be thoroughly attended by any physician. Follow-up should be offered in all young patients due to high incidence of recurrence or subsequent development of endocrine disorders such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PMID:26054370

  19. Evaluation of subcortical grey matter abnormalities in patients with MRI-negative cortical epilepsy determined through structural and tensor magnetic resonance imaging

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    2014-01-01

    Background Although many studies have found abnormalities in subcortical grey matter (GM) in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy or generalised epilepsies, few studies have examined subcortical GM in focal neocortical seizures. Using structural and tensor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we evaluated subcortical GM from patients with extratemporal lobe epilepsy without visible lesion on MRI. Our aims were to determine whether there are structural abnormalities in these patients and to correlate the extent of any observed structural changes with clinical characteristics of disease in these patients. Methods Twenty-four people with epilepsy and 29 age-matched normal subjects were imaged with high-resolution structural and diffusion tensor MR scans. The patients were characterised clinically by normal brain MRI scans and seizures that originated in the neocortex and evolved to secondarily generalised convulsions. We first used whole brain voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to detect density changes in subcortical GM. Volumetric data, values of mean diffusivity (MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) for seven subcortical GM structures (hippocampus, caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus, nucleus accumbens, thalamus and amygdala) were obtained using a model-based segmentation and registration tool. Differences in the volumes and diffusion parameters between patients and controls and correlations with the early onset and progression of epilepsy were estimated. Results Reduced volumes and altered diffusion parameters of subcortical GM were universally observed in patients in the subcortical regions studied. In the patient-control group comparison of VBM, the right putamen, bilateral nucleus accumbens and right caudate nucleus of epileptic patients exhibited a significantly decreased density Segregated volumetry and diffusion assessment of subcortical GM showed apparent atrophy of the left caudate nucleus, left amygdala and right putamen; reduced FA values for the bilateral nucleus accumbens; and elevated MD values for the left thalamus, right hippocampus and right globus pallidus A decreased volume of the nucleus accumbens consistently related to an early onset of disease. The duration of disease contributed to the shrinkage of the left thalamus. Conclusions Patients with neocortical seizures and secondary generalisation had smaller volumes and microstructural anomalies in subcortical GM regions. Subcortical GM atrophy is relevant to the early onset and progression of epilepsy. PMID:24885823

  20. Outcomes following unilateral uterine artery embolisation.

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    McLucas, B; Reed, R A; Goodwin, S; Rappaport, A; Adler, L; Perrella, R; Dalrymple, J

    2002-02-01

    Uterine artery embolisation has been described as successful only when both arteries are embolised. However, results in patients with one congenitally absent or previously ligated artery are unknown. Women suffering from symptomatic uterine myomata were treated at a university teaching hospital, a community hospital and an outpatient surgery centre. Retrospective review of patient response to embolisation was assessed by chart review and questionnaire. Uterine and dominant fibroid size response was assessed by comparing pre- and post-embolisation ultrasound examinations. This study analysed three patient groups within the general population: those who underwent unilateral embolisation because of technical failure, those who ultimately underwent bilateral embolisation after initial technical failure and those who underwent unilateral embolisation because of an absent uterine artery. 12 patients underwent unilateral embolisation, 4 of whom underwent this procedure because of an absent uterine artery. Three of these four patients had a congenitally absent uterine artery arising from the internal iliac artery and all three experienced successful outcomes. The fourth patient had a previously ligated internal iliac artery and her symptoms worsened after the procedure. Eight patients had unilateral embolisation due to technical failure. Five of these patients underwent a subsequent procedure during which the contralateral uterine artery was embolised. Four of these five patients had successful outcomes and one was lost to follow-up. Another of the eight patients suffered an arterial injury leading to technical failure, and was lost to follow-up. Of the two remaining patients with unilateral technical failure, only one had a successful outcome. This study concluded that patients who undergo unilateral embolisation for technical reasons should be offered a second embolisation procedure shortly after the initial procedure. Patients with a congenitally absent uterine artery may respond with similar success to those who underwent bilateral embolisation. In contrast, the patient with a previously ligated internal iliac artery failed. The numbers in this study are too small for statistical analysis and subsequent studies should be performed to confirm these findings. PMID:11893635

  1. Arterial embolisation to treat uterine myomata

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    J. H. Ravina; N. Ciraru-Vigneron; J. M. Bouret; D. Herbreteau; E. Houdart; A. Aymard; J. J. Merland

    1995-01-01

    Haemorrhage, probably related to hypervascularisation, is the commonest complication of uterine myomata and is difficult to treat. 16 patients, aged 34-48 years, with symptomatic uterine myomata, for which a major surgical procedure was planned after failure of medical treatment, were treated by selective free-flow arterial embolisation of the myomata with Ivalon particles. With a mean follow-up of 20 months (range

  2. Kidney transplantation in abnormal bladder

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    Mishra, Shashi K.; Muthu, V.; Rajapurkar, Mohan M.; Desai, Mahesh R.

    2007-01-01

    Structural urologic abnormalities resulting in dysfunctional lower urinary tract leading to end stage renal disease may constitute 15% patients in the adult population and up to 20-30% in the pediatric population. A patient with an abnormal bladder, who is approaching end stage renal disease, needs careful evaluation of the lower urinary tract to plan the most satisfactory technical approach to the transplant procedure. Past experience of different authors can give an insight into the management and outcome of these patients. This review revisits the current literature available on transplantation in abnormal bladder and summarizes the clinical approach towards handling this group of difficult transplant patients. We add on our experience as we discuss the various issues. The outcome of renal transplant in abnormal bladder is not adversely affected when done in a reconstructed bladder. Correct preoperative evaluation, certain technical modification during transplant and postoperative care is mandatory to avoid complications. Knowledge of the abnormal bladder should allow successful transplantation with good outcome. PMID:19718334

  3. Uterine sarcomas: clinical presentation and MRI features

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    Santos, Pedro; Cunha, Teresa Margarida

    2015-01-01

    Uterine sarcomas are a rare heterogeneous group of tumors of mesenchymal origin, accounting for approximately 8% of uterine malignancies. They comprise leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma, undifferentiated endometrial sarcoma, and adenosarcoma. Compared with the more common endometrial carcinomas, uterine sarcomas behave more aggressively and are associated with a poorer prognosis. Due to their distinct clinical and biological behavior, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics introduced a new staging system for uterine sarcomas in 2009, categorizing uterine carcinosarcoma as a variant of endometrial carcinoma, rather than a pure sarcoma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has a developing role in the assessment of these malignancies. Features such as tumor localization, irregular or nodular margins, necrosis, rapid growth, intense contrast enhancement, and restriction at diffusion-weighted imaging can suggest the diagnosis and help differentiate from more common leiomyomas and endometrial carcinoma. MRI is therefore extremely useful in preoperative detection and staging and, consequently, in determination of appropriate management. This pictorial review aims to discuss the clinical features of uterine sarcomas, as well as their most common appearances and distinct characteristics in MRI. PMID:25347940

  4. Ovarian steroid hormone-regulated uterine remodeling occurs independently of macrophages in mice.

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    Care, Alison S; Ingman, Wendy V; Moldenhauer, Lachlan M; Jasper, Melinda J; Robertson, Sarah A

    2014-09-01

    Macrophages are abundant in the uterine stroma and are intimately juxtaposed with other cell lineages comprising the uterine epithelial and stromal compartments. We postulated that macrophages may participate in mediating or amplifying the effects of ovarian steroid hormones to facilitate the uterine remodeling that is a characteristic feature of every estrus cycle and is essential for pregnancy. Using the Cd11b-Dtr transgenic mouse model with an ovariectomy and hormone replacement strategy, we depleted macrophages to determine their role in hormone-driven proliferation of uterine epithelial and stromal cells and uterine vascular development. Following diphtheria toxin (DT) administration, approximately 85% of EMR1-positive (EMR1?) macrophages, as well as 70% of CD11C? dendritic cells, were depleted from Cd11b-Dtr mice. There was no change in bromodeoxyuridine incorporation into epithelial cells induced to proliferate by administration of 17beta-estradiol (E2) to ovariectomized mice or into stromal cells induced to proliferate in response to E2 and progesterone (P4), and the resulting sizes and structures of the luminal epithelial and stromal cell compartments were not altered compared with those of leukocyte replete controls. Depletion of CD11B? myeloid cells failed to alter the density or pattern of distribution of uterine blood vessels, as identified by staining PECAM1-positive endothelial cells in the uterine stroma of E2- or E2 combined with P4 (E2P4)-treated ovariectomized mice. These experiments support the interpretation that macrophages are dispensable to regulation of proliferative events induced by steroid hormones in the cycling and early pregnant mouse uterus to establish the epithelial, stromal, and vascular architecture which is critical for normal reproductive competence. PMID:25061095

  5. Broad Gap Junction Blocker Carbenoxolone Disrupts Uterine Preparation for Embryo Implantation in Mice1

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    Diao, Honglu; Xiao, Shuo; Howerth, Elizabeth W.; Zhao, Fei; Li, Rong; Ard, Mary B.; Ye, Xiaoqin

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Gap junctions have an important role in cell-to-cell communication, a process obviously required for embryo implantation. Uterine luminal epithelium (LE) is the first contact for an implanting embryo and is critical for the establishment of uterine receptivity. Microarray analysis of the LE from peri-implantation mouse uterus showed low-level expression of 19 gap junction proteins in preimplantation LE and upregulation of gap junction protein, beta 2 (GJB2, connexin 26, Cx26) in postimplantation LE. Time course study using in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence revealed upregulation of GJB2 in the LE surrounding the implantation site before decidualization. Similar dynamic expression of GJB2 was observed in the LE of artificially decidualized mice but not pseudopregnant mice. To determine the potential function of uterine gap junctions in embryo implantation, carbenoxolone (CBX), a broad gap junction blocker, was injected i.p. (100 mg/kg) or via local uterine fat pad (10 mg/kg) into pregnant mice on Gestation Day 3 at 1800 h, a few hours before embryo attachment to the LE. These CBX treatments disrupted embryo implantation, suggesting local effects of CBX in the uterus. However, i.p. injection of glycyrrhizic acid (100 mg/kg), which shares similar structure and multiple properties with CBX but is ineffective in blocking gap junctions, did not affect embryo implantation. Carbenoxolone also inhibited oil-induced artificial decidualization, concomitant with suppressed molecular changes and ultrastructural transformations associated with uterine preparation for embryo implantation, underscoring the adverse effect of CBX on uterine preparation for embryo implantation. These data demonstrate that uterine gap junctions are important for embryo implantation. PMID:23843229

  6. Malignant Müllerian Mixed Tumor of the Uterine Cervix with a Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Component

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    Iwai, Emi; Tanaka, Tomohito; Nakamura, Michihiko; Kanda, Takayoshi

    2013-01-01

    Malignant Müllerian mixed tumors (MMMTs) of the uterine cervix are extremely rare, accounting for 0.005% of all cervical malignancies. To date, only approximately 50 well-documented cases have been reported. Although several epithelial components have been described in cervical MMMTs, small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SCC) has not appeared in the English literature. We present a 43-year-old woman, para 2 gravida 2, who had MMMT with SCC and rhabdomyosarcoma components in the uterine cervix. She was referred to our hospital because of a cervical mass with an abnormal Pap smear result. Cervical biopsy revealed SCC. After neoadjuvant chemotherapy with balloon-occluded arterial infusion, she underwent type II radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy. Histological analysis revealed that the cervical tumor comprised SCC and rhabdomyosarcoma components. Genotype analysis indicated human papillomavirus type 18. She underwent concurrent chemoradiation therapy. The patient had been free of the disease and showed no evidence of recurrence 38 months after operation. PMID:23533892

  7. Malignant müllerian mixed tumor of the uterine cervix with a small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma component.

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    Munakata, Satoru; Iwai, Emi; Tanaka, Tomohito; Nakamura, Michihiko; Kanda, Takayoshi

    2013-01-01

    Malignant Müllerian mixed tumors (MMMTs) of the uterine cervix are extremely rare, accounting for 0.005% of all cervical malignancies. To date, only approximately 50 well-documented cases have been reported. Although several epithelial components have been described in cervical MMMTs, small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (SCC) has not appeared in the English literature. We present a 43-year-old woman, para 2 gravida 2, who had MMMT with SCC and rhabdomyosarcoma components in the uterine cervix. She was referred to our hospital because of a cervical mass with an abnormal Pap smear result. Cervical biopsy revealed SCC. After neoadjuvant chemotherapy with balloon-occluded arterial infusion, she underwent type II radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy. Histological analysis revealed that the cervical tumor comprised SCC and rhabdomyosarcoma components. Genotype analysis indicated human papillomavirus type 18. She underwent concurrent chemoradiation therapy. The patient had been free of the disease and showed no evidence of recurrence 38 months after operation. PMID:23533892

  8. Papillary squamotransitional cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix: A histomorphological and immunohistochemical study of nine cases

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    Anand, Mani; Deshmukh, Sanjay D.; Gulati, Harveen K.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Papillary squamotransitional cell carcinoma (PSCC) is a distinctive subcategory of squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix. It has a propensity for local recurrence and late metastasis. Histologically, it can be misinterpreted as transitional cell carcinoma, or other papillary lesions of the cervix including squamous papilloma, verrucous carcinoma or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 with papillary configuration. Materials and Methods: Nine cases of PSCC of the uterine cervix were diagnosed on a cervical biopsy specimen on routine hematoxylin and eosin (H and E) stained sections. Their clinic-morphological features were analyzed. The cases were further evaluated immunohistochemically by cytokeratin 7 (CK7), cytokeratin 20 (CK20), p53 and Ki-67. Results: The patients ranged in age from 35 years to 75 years; with abnormal uterine bleeding being the most common clinical presentation. All the cases showed papillary architecture with fibrovascular cores lined by multilayered atypical epithelium. Three cell types were observed: Clear, intermediate and basaloid. Stromal invasion was seen in five cases, whereas in the remaining four cases, the biopsy specimen was too superficial to definitely assess invasion. Immunohistochemically, eight cases were CK7+/CK20– and one case was CK7–/CK20–. All nine cases showed nuclear accumulation of mutant p53. Moderate and high proliferative activity was observed in two and seven cases, respectively. Five of patients for whom follow-up information was available underwent radical hysterectomy and two of them were disease free 18 months following treatment. Conclusion: PSCC of the uterine cervix are a clinicomorphologically distinct group of cervical lesions that display a morphologic spectrum. They are potentially aggressive malignant tumors that should be distinguished from transitional cell carcinoma and other papillary lesions of the uterine cervix. PMID:24049289

  9. Uterine infarction in a patient with uterine adenomyosis following biochemical pregnancy

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    Lee, Jae-Yeon; Won, Kyu-Hee; Lee, Da-Yong; Jeon, Hye-Won; Moon, Min-Hwan

    2014-01-01

    Adenomyosis is a common gynecological disorder characterized by the presence of endometrial glands and stroma deep within the myometrium associated with myometrial hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Focal uterine infarction after IVF-ET in a patient with adenomyosis following biochemical pregnancy has not been previously reported, although it occurs after uterine artery embolization in order to control symptoms caused by fibroids or adenomyosis. We report a case of a nulliparous woman who had uterine adenomyosis presenting with fever, pelvic pain and biochemical abortion after undergoing an IVF-ET procedure and the detection of a slightly elevated serum hCG. Focal uterine infarction was suspected after a pelvic magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated preserved myometrium between the endometrial cavity and inner margin of the necrotic myometrium. This case demonstrates that focal uterine infarction should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding and infectious signs in women experiencing biochemical abortion after an IVF-ET procedure. PMID:25599041

  10. Skeletal Structure in Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia and Fractures is Characterized by Abnormal Trabecular Plates and Cortical Thinning

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    Stein, Emily M.; Kepley, Anna; Walker, Marcella; Nickolas, Thomas L.; Nishiyama, Kyle; Zhou, Bin; Liu, X. Sherry; McMahon, Donald J.; Zhang, Chiyuan; Boutroy, Stephanie; Cosman, Felicia; Nieves, Jeri; Guo, X. Edward; Shane, Elizabeth

    2014-01-01

    The majority of fragility fractures occur in women with osteopenia rather than osteoporosis by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). However, it is difficult to identify which women with osteopenia are at greatest risk. We performed this study to determine whether osteopenic women with and without fracture had differences in trabecular morphology and biomechanical properties of bone. We hypothesized that women with fractures would have fewer trabecular plates, less trabecular connectivity and lower stiffness. We enrolled 117 postmenopausal women with osteopenia by DXA (mean age 66 years; 58 with fragility fractures and 59 non-fractured controls). All had areal bone mineral density by DXA. Trabecular and cortical volumetric BMD (vBMD), trabecular microarchitecture, and cortical porosity were measured by high resolution peripheral computed tomography (HR-pQCT) of the distal radius and tibia. HR-pQCT scans were subjected to finite element analysis to estimate whole bone stiffness and individual trabecula segmentation (ITS) to evaluate trabecular type (as plate or rod), orientation and connectivity. Groups had similar age, race, BMI, and mean T-scores. Fracture subjects had lower cortical and trabecular vBMD, thinner cortices, and thinner more widely separated trabeculae. By ITS, fracture subjects had fewer trabecular plates, less axially aligned trabeculae and less trabecular connectivity. Whole bone stiffness was lower in women with fractures. Cortical porosity did not differ. Differences in cortical bone were found at both sites, whereas trabecular differences were more pronounced at the radius. In summary, postmenopausal women with osteopenia and fractures had lower cortical and trabecular vBMD, thinner, more widely separated and rod-like trabecular structure, less trabecular connectivity and lower whole bone stiffness compared to controls, despite similar aBMD by DXA. Our results suggest that in addition to trabecular and cortical bone loss, changes in plate and rod structure may be important mechanisms of fracture in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. PMID:24877245

  11. Correlation between biochemical findings, structural and enzymatic abnormalities in mutated HMBS identified in six Israeli families with acute intermittent porphyria.

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    Ulbrichova, Dana; Schneider-Yin, Xiaoye; Mamet, Rivka; Saudek, Vladimir; Martasek, Pavel; Minder, Elisabeth I; Schoenfeld, Nili

    2009-01-01

    Mutations in the hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS) gene are responsible for the inherited disorder of acute intermittent porphyria (AIP). AIP is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic clinical symptoms, elevated levels of urinary porphyrin precursors aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and porphobilinogen (PBG) and a decreased erythrocytic HMBS activity, although an identifiable HMBS mutation provides the ultimate proof for AIP. Six Israeli AIP families underwent biochemical and mutation analysis in order to establish an AIP diagnosis. Variability with respect to the ALA/PBG levels and HBMS activity was found among the index patients. Indeed, each family carried a unique mutation in the HMBS gene. A novel missense c.95G>C (p.R32P) was shown to be a de novo mutation in one family, along with five known mutations p.T59I, p.D178N, p.V215M, c.730_731delCT and c.982_983delCA identified in the rest of the families. Both R32P and D178N were expressed in a prokaryotic system. Recombinant p.R32P was enzymatically inactive as demonstrated by a <1% residual activity, whereas p.D178N possessed 81% of the activity of the wild type enzyme. However, the p.D178N mutant did display a shift in optimal pH and was thermo labile compared to the wild type. Among the four missense mutations, p.R32P and p.V215M had not only harmful effects on the enzyme in vitro but also were associated with high levels of ALA/PBG in patients. On the other hand, the in vitro effect of both p.T59I and p.D178N, and the impact of these mutations on the enzyme structure and function as interpreted by the 3-D structure of the Escherichia coli enzyme, were weaker than that of p.R32P and p.V215M. Concomitantly, patients carrying the p.T59I or p.D178N had normal or borderline increases in ALA/PBG concentrations although they presented characteristic clinical symptoms. These findings provided further insights into the causal relationship between HMBS mutations and AIP. PMID:19138865

  12. What's New in Uterine Sarcoma Research and Treatment?

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    ... Next Topic Additional resources for uterine sarcoma What`s new in uterine sarcoma research and treatment? Molecular pathology ... the chromosomes leads to the formation of a new gene, called JAZF1/JJAZ. This gene may help ...

  13. Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer

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    ... nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_152753.html Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer Women ... 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to a Mediterranean diet may significantly reduce a woman's risk of uterine ...

  14. What Are the Key Statistics about Uterine Sarcoma?

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    ... factors for uterine sarcoma? What are the key statistics about uterine sarcoma? The American Cancer Society's estimates ... Symptoms of Cancer Treatments & Side Effects Cancer Facts & Statistics News About Cancer Expert Voices Blog Programs & Services ...

  15. Using tensor-based morphometry to detect structural brain abnormalities in rats with adolescent intermittent alcohol exposure

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    Paniagua, Beatriz; Ehlers, Cindy; Crews, Fulton; Budin, Francois; Larson, Garrett; Styner, Martin; Oguz, Ipek

    2011-03-01

    Understanding the effects of adolescent binge drinking that persist into adulthood is a crucial public health issue. Adolescent intermittent ethanol exposure (AIE) is an animal model that can be used to investigate these effects in rodents. In this work, we investigate the application of a particular image analysis technique, tensor-based morphometry, for detecting anatomical differences between AIE and control rats using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). Deformation field analysis is a popular method for detecting volumetric changes analyzing Jacobian determinants calculated on deformation fields. Recent studies showed that computing deformation field metrics on the full deformation tensor, often referred to as tensor-based morphometry (TBM), increases the sensitivity to anatomical differences. In this paper we conduct a comprehensive TBM study for precisely locating differences between control and AIE rats. Using a DTI RARE sequence designed for minimal geometric distortion, 12-directional images were acquired postmortem for control and AIE rats (n=9). After preprocessing, average images for the two groups were constructed using an unbiased atlas building approach. We non-rigidly register the two atlases using Large Deformation Diffeomorphic Metric Mapping, and analyze the resulting deformation field using TBM. In particular, we evaluate the tensor determinant, geodesic anisotropy, and deformation direction vector (DDV) on the deformation field to detect structural differences. This yields data on the local amount of growth, shrinkage and the directionality of deformation between the groups. We show that TBM can thus be used to measure group morphological differences between rat populations, demonstrating the potential of the proposed framework.

  16. Disruption of Arp2/3 results in asymmetric structural plasticity of dendritic spines and progressive synaptic and behavioral abnormalities.

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    Kim, Il Hwan; Racz, Bence; Wang, Hong; Burianek, Lauren; Weinberg, Richard; Yasuda, Ryohei; Wetsel, William C; Soderling, Scott H

    2013-04-01

    Despite evidence for a strong genetic contribution to several major psychiatric disorders, individual candidate genes account for only a small fraction of these disorders, leading to the suggestion that multigenetic pathways may be involved. Several known genetic risk factors for psychiatric disease are related to the regulation of actin polymerization, which plays a key role in synaptic plasticity. To gain insight into and test the possible pathogenetic role of this pathway, we designed a conditional knock-out of the Arp2/3 complex, a conserved final output for actin signaling pathways that orchestrates de novo actin polymerization. Here we report that postnatal loss of the Arp2/3 subunit ArpC3 in forebrain excitatory neurons leads to an asymmetric structural plasticity of dendritic spines, followed by a progressive loss of spine synapses. This progression of synaptic deficits corresponds with an evolution of distinct cognitive, psychomotor, and social disturbances as the mice age. Together, these results point to the dysfunction of actin signaling, specifically that which converges to regulate Arp2/3, as an important cellular pathway that may contribute to the etiology of complex psychiatric disorders. PMID:23554489

  17. Regulation of the uterine contractile apparatus and cytoskeleton

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    Morgan, Kathleen G

    2007-01-01

    Parturition at term, the end stage of a successful pregnancy occurs as a result of powerful, co-ordinated and periodic contractions of uterine smooth muscle (myometrium). To occur in a propitious manner, a high degree of control over the activation of a myometrial cell is required. We review the molecular mechanisms and structural composition of myometrial cells that may contribute to their increased contractile capacity at term. We focus attention on pathways that lead to the activation of filamentous networks traditionally labeled ‘contractile’ or ‘cytoskeletal’ yet draw attention to the fact that functional discrimination between these systems is not absolute. PMID:17582796

  18. Structural abnormalities in cortical volume, thickness, and surface area in 22q11.2 microdeletion syndrome: Relationship with psychotic symptoms?

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    Jalbrzikowski, Maria; Jonas, Rachel; Senturk, Damla; Patel, Arati; Chow, Carolyn; Green, Michael F.; Bearden, Carrie E.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) represents one of the largest known genetic risk factors for psychosis, yet the neurobiological mechanisms underlying symptom development are not well understood. Here we conducted a cross-sectional study of 22q11DS to decompose cortical volume into its constituent parts, cortical thickness (CT) and surface area (SA), which are believed to have distinct neurodevelopmental origins. Methods High-resolution T1-weighted scans were collected on 65 participants (31 22q11DS, 34 demographically comparable typically developing controls, 10–25 years old). Measures of cortical volume, CT, and SA were extracted from regions of interest using the FreeSurfer image analysis suite. Group differences and age-related trajectories in these structures, as well as their association with psychotic symptomatology, were assessed. Results Relative to controls, 22q11DS participants showed bilateral volumetric reductions in the inferior temporal cortex, fusiform gyrus, anterior cingulate, superior parietal cortex, and cuneus, which were driven by decreased SA in these regions. 22q11DS participants also had increased volumes, driven by increased CT, in bilateral insula regions. 22q11DS youth had increased CT in frontal regions, particularly middle frontal and medial orbitofrontal cortices. A pattern of age-associated cortical thinning was observed in typically developing controls in brain regions associated with visual and sensory information-processing (i.e., left pericalcarine cortex and fusiform gyrus, right lingual and postcentral cortices). However, this relationship was disrupted in 22q11DS participants. Finally, correlational analyses revealed that increased CT in right medial orbitofrontal cortex was associated with increased positive symptom severity in 22q11DS. Conclusion Differential disruptions of CT and SA in distinct cortical regions in 22q11DS may indicate abnormalities in distinct developmental neural processes. Further, neuroanatomic abnormalities in medial frontal brain structures disproportionately affected in idiopathic schizophrenia were associated with psychotic symptom severity in 22q11DS youth, suggesting that disrupted biological processes in these cortical regions may underlie development of psychotic symptoms, both in 22q11DS and in the broader population. PMID:24273724

  19. Uterine biology in pigs and sheep

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    2012-01-01

    There is a dialogue between the developing conceptus (embryo-fetus and associated placental membranes) and maternal uterus which must be established during the peri-implantation period for pregnancy recognition signaling, implantation, regulation of gene expression by uterine epithelial and stromal cells, placentation and exchange of nutrients and gases. The uterus provide a microenvironment in which molecules secreted by uterine epithelia or transported into the uterine lumen represent histotroph required for growth and development of the conceptus and receptivity of the uterus to implantation. Pregnancy recognition signaling mechanisms sustain the functional lifespan of the corpora lutea (CL) which produce progesterone, the hormone of pregnancy essential for uterine functions that support implantation and placentation required for a successful outcome of pregnancy. It is within the peri-implantation period that most embryonic deaths occur due to deficiencies attributed to uterine functions or failure of the conceptus to develop appropriately, signal pregnancy recognition and/or undergo implantation and placentation. With proper placentation, the fetal fluids and fetal membranes each have unique functions to ensure hematotrophic and histotrophic nutrition in support of growth and development of the fetus. The endocrine status of the pregnant female and her nutritional status are critical for successful establishment and maintenance of pregnancy. This review addresses the complexity of key mechanisms that are characteristic of successful reproduction in sheep and pigs and gaps in knowledge that must be the subject of research in order to enhance fertility and reproductive health of livestock species. PMID:22958877

  20. Clinical efficiency investigation of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids.

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    Yin, Xiang-Hua; Gao, Ling-Ling; Gu, Yang; Song, Jing-Zhe; Gao, Jing; Ji, Xiao-Ping

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion combined with myomectomy for uterine fibroids. From August 2008 to August 2009, forty-eight women with uterine fibroids desiring to preserve their uteri underwent laparoscopic myomectomy. Among them, 18 women received laparoscopic uterine artery occlusion before uterine myomectomy while the others received laparoscopic myomectomy only. All of the 48 cases with uterine fibroids underwent laparoscopic myomectomy successfully, and no patient developed Intraoperative or postoperative complications. The average operation time was (105.6±27.6) min, and the average surgical blood loss was (87.52±18.35) ml. Blocking uterine artery before laparoscopic myomectomy is valuable and feasible for the management of women with symptomatic fibroids. Adopting this method can obtain pleasing therapeutic effect. The method can reduce blood loss thus make the surgical field clean and clear, and it can reduce the operating time and recurrence rate. It can also reduce electro-coagulation on the surgical surface and therefore cause less tissue necrosis and lower incidence of complications. PMID:24995096

  1. Cryomyolysis, a new procedure for the conservative treatment of uterine fibroids

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    Tony G. Zreik; Thomas J. Rutherford; Steven F. Palter; Robert N. Troiano; Ena Williams; Janis M. Brown; David L. Olive

    1998-01-01

    Conservative surgical options for uterine myomata traditionally were abdominal myomectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, and, more recently, myolysis. Each of these procedures has distinct advantages, but also apparent disadvantages. We attempted to introduce an additional option for conservative surgical treatment of fibroids by freezing the structures, a procedure termed cryomyolysis. In this pilot study, 14 women were pretreated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone

  2. Structural chromosome abnormalities, increased DNA strand breaks and DNA strand break repair deficiency in dermal fibroblasts from old female human donors

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    Kalfalah, Faiza; Seggewiß, Sabine; Walter, Regina; Tigges, Julia; Moreno-Villanueva, María; Bürkle, Alexander; Ohse, Sebastian; Busch, Hauke; Boerries, Melanie; Hildebrandt, Barbara; Royer-Pokora, Brigitte; Boege, Fritz

    2015-01-01

    Dermal fibroblasts provide a paradigmatic model of cellular adaptation to long-term exogenous stress and ageing processes driven thereby. Here we addressed whether fibroblast ageing analysed ex vivo entails genome instability. Dermal fibroblasts from human female donors aged 20–67 years were studied in primary culture at low population doubling. Under these conditions, the incidence of replicative senescence and rates of age-correlated telomere shortening were insignificant. Genome-wide gene expression analysis revealed age-related impairment of mitosis, telomere and chromosome maintenance and induction of genes associated with DNA repair and non-homologous end-joining, most notably XRCC4 and ligase 4. We observed an age-correlated drop in proliferative capacity and age-correlated increases in heterochromatin marks, structural chromosome abnormalities (deletions, translocations and chromatid breaks), DNA strand breaks and histone H2AX-phosphorylation. In a third of the cells from old and middle-aged donors repair of X-ray induced DNA strand breaks was impaired despite up-regulation of DNA repair genes. The distinct phenotype of genome instability, increased heterochromatinisation and (in 30% of the cases futile) up-regulation of DNA repair genes was stably maintained over several cell passages indicating that it represents a feature of geroconversion that is distinct from cellular senescence, as it does not encompass a block of proliferation. PMID:25678531

  3. Dietary Glutamate Supplementation Ameliorates Mycotoxin-Induced Abnormalities in the Intestinal Structure and Expression of Amino Acid Transporters in Young Pigs

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    Wu, Miaomiao; Liao, Peng; Deng, Dun; Liu, Gang; Wen, Qingqi; Wang, Yongfei; Qiu, Wei; Liu, Yan; Wu, Xingli; Ren, Wenkai; Tan, Bie; Chen, Minghong; Xiao, Hao; Wu, Li; Li, Tiejun; Nyachoti, Charles M.; Adeola, Olayiwola; Yin, Yulong

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that dietary supplementation with glutamic acid has beneficial effects on growth performance, antioxidant system, intestinal morphology, serum amino acid profile and the gene expression of intestinal amino acid transporters in growing swine fed mold-contaminated feed. Fifteen pigs (Landrace×Large White) with a mean body weight (BW) of 55 kg were randomly divided into control group (basal feed), mycotoxin group (contaminated feed) and glutamate group (2% glutamate+contaminated feed). Compared with control group, mold-contaminated feed decreased average daily gain (ADG) and increased feed conversion rate (FCR). Meanwhile, fed mold-contaminated feed impaired anti-oxidative system and intestinal morphology, as well as modified the serum amino acid profile in growing pigs. However, supplementation with glutamate exhibited potential positive effects on growth performance of pigs fed mold-contaminated feed, ameliorated the imbalance antioxidant system and abnormalities of intestinal structure caused by mycotoxins. In addition, dietary glutamate supplementation to some extent restored changed serum amino acid profile caused by mold-contaminated feed. In conclusion, glutamic acid may be act as a nutritional regulating factor to ameliorate the adverse effects induced by mycotoxins. PMID:25405987

  4. Advances in management of uterine myomas.

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    Duhan, Nirmala

    2013-01-01

    Uterine myomas, the most common benign solid pelvic tumors in women, occur in twenty percent of them in reproductive years and form the most common indication for hysterectomy. Various factors affect the choice of the best treatment modality for a given patient. Asymptomatic myomas may be managed by careful follow up. Medical therapy should be tried as a first line of treatment for symptomatic myomas while surgical treatment should be reserved only for appropriate indications. Myomectomy would be preferred over hysterectomy in those wishing subsequent childbearing. Preoperative GnRH-analogue treatment reduces the myoma size and vascularity but may render the capsule more difficult to resect. Poor surgical risk women with large symptomatic myomas or those wishing to avoid major surgical procedures may be offered uterine artery embolization. Serial follow-up for growth and symptoms may be appropriate for asymptomatic perimenopausal women. The present article reviews the available therapeutic modalities for uterine myomas. PMID:23276966

  5. Abnormal Cone Structure in Foveal Schisis Cavities in X-Linked Retinoschisis from Mutations in Exon 6 of the RS1 Gene

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    Ratnam, Kavitha; Birch, David G.; Sundquist, Sanna M.; Lucero, Anna S.; Zhang, Yuhua; Meltzer, Meira; Smaoui, Nizar; Roorda, Austin

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate macular cone structure in patients with X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS) caused by mutations in exon 6 of the RS1 gene. Methods. High-resolution macular images were obtained with adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in two patients with XLRS and 27 age-similar healthy subjects. Retinal structure was correlated with best-corrected visual acuity, kinetic and static perimetry, fundus-guided microperimetry, full-field electroretinography (ERG), and multifocal ERG. The six coding exons and the flanking intronic regions of the RS1 gene were sequenced in each patient. Results. Two unrelated males, ages 14 and 29, with visual acuity ranging from 20/32 to 20/63, had macular schisis with small relative central scotomas in each eye. The mixed scotopic ERG b-wave was reduced more than the a-wave. SD-OCT showed schisis cavities in the outer and inner nuclear and plexiform layers. Cone spacing was increased within the largest foveal schisis cavities but was normal elsewhere. In each patient, a mutation in exon 6 of the RS1 gene was identified and was predicted to change the amino acid sequence in the discoidin domain of the retinoschisin protein. Conclusions. AOSLO images of two patients with molecularly characterized XLRS revealed increased cone spacing and abnormal packing in the macula of each patient, but cone coverage and function were near normal outside the central foveal schisis cavities. Although cone density is reduced, the preservation of wave-guiding cones at the fovea and eccentric macular regions has prognostic and therapeutic implications for XLRS patients with foveal schisis. (Clinical Trials.gov number, NCT00254605.) PMID:22110067

  6. Arterial embolisation to treat uterine myomata.

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    Ravina, J H; Herbreteau, D; Ciraru-Vigneron, N; Bouret, J M; Houdart, E; Aymard, A; Merland, J J

    1995-09-01

    Haemorrhage, probably related to hypervascularisation, is the commonest complication of uterine myomata and is difficult to treat. 16 patients, aged 34-48 years, with symptomatic uterine myomata, for which a major surgical procedure was planned after failure of medical treatment, were treated by selective free-flow arterial embolisation of the myomata with Ivalon particles. With a mean follow-up of 20 months (range 11-48) in the responders, symptoms resolved in 11 patients; menstrual cycles returned to normal in ten of these. Three patients had partial improvement. Two failures required surgery. In 14 cases embolisation caused pelvic pain, which required analgesia in all. PMID:7544859

  7. Uterine prolapse: from antiquity to today.

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    Downing, Keith T

    2012-01-01

    Uterine prolapse is a condition that has likely affected women for all of time as it is documented in the oldest medical literature. By looking at the watershed moments in its recorded history we are able to appreciate the evolution of urogynecology and to gain perspective on the challenges faced by today's female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons in their attempts to treat uterine and vaginal vault prolapse."He who cannot render an account to himself of at least three thousand years of time, will always grope in the darkness of inexperience"-Goethe, Translation of Panebaker. PMID:22262975

  8. MRI Assessment of Uterine Artery Patency and Fibroid Infarction Rates 6 Months after Uterine Artery Embolization with Nonspherical Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    Das, Raj, E-mail: rajdas@nhs.net; Gonsalves, Michael; Vlahos, Ioannis [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)] [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Manyonda, Issac [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Gynaecology (United Kingdom)] [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Gynaecology (United Kingdom); Belli, Anna-Maria [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)] [St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

    2013-10-15

    Purpose: We have observed significant rates of uterine artery patency after uterine artery embolization (UAE) with nonspherical polyvinyl alcohol (nsPVA) on 6 month follow-up MR scanning. The study aim was to quantitatively assess uterine artery patency after UAE with nsPVA and to assess the effect of continued uterine artery patency on outcomes. Methods: A single centre, retrospective study of 50 patients undergoing bilateral UAE for uterine leiomyomata was undertaken. Pelvic MRI was performed before and 6 months after UAE. All embolizations were performed with nsPVA. Outcome measures included uterine artery patency, uterine and dominant fibroid volume, dominant fibroid percentage infarction, presence of ovarian arterial collaterals, and symptom scores assessed by the Uterine Fibroid Symptom and Quality of Life questionnaire (UFS-QOL). Results: Magnetic resonance angiographic evidence of uterine artery recanalization was demonstrated in 90 % of the patients (64 % bilateral, 26 % unilateral) at 6 months. Eighty percent of all dominant fibroids demonstrated >90 % infarction. The mean percentage reduction in dominant fibroid volume was 35 %. No significant difference was identified between nonpatent, unilateral, and bilateral recanalization of the uterine arteries with regard to percentage dominant fibroid infarction or dominant fibroid volume reduction. The presence of bilaterally or unilaterally patent uterine arteries was not associated with inferior clinical outcomes (symptom score or UFS-QOL scores) at 6 months. Conclusion: The high rates of uterine artery patency challenge the current paradigm that nsPVA is a permanent embolic agent and that permanent uterine artery occlusion is necessary to optimally treat uterine fibroids. Despite high rates of uterine artery recanalization in this cohort, satisfactory fibroid infarction rates and UFS-QOL scores were achieved.

  9. Clonally related uterine leiomyomas are common and display branched tumor evolution.

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    Mehine, Miika; Heinonen, Hanna-Riikka; Sarvilinna, Nanna; Pitkänen, Esa; Mäkinen, Netta; Katainen, Riku; Tuupanen, Sari; Bützow, Ralf; Sjöberg, Jari; Aaltonen, Lauri A

    2015-08-01

    Uterine leiomyomas are extremely frequent benign smooth muscle tumors often presenting as multiple concurrent lesions and causing symptoms such as abnormal menstrual bleeding, abdominal pain and infertility. While most leiomyomas are believed to arise independently, a few studies have encountered separate lesions harboring identical genetic changes, suggesting a common clonal origin. To investigate the frequency of clonally related leiomyomas, genome-wide tools need to be utilized, and thus little is known about this phenomenon. Using MED12 sequencing and SNP arrays, we searched for clonally related uterine leiomyomas in a set of 103 tumors from 14 consecutive patients who entered hysterectomy owing to symptomatic lesions. Whole-genome sequencing was also utilized to study the genomic architecture of clonally related tumors. This revealed four patients to have two or more tumors that were clonally related, all of which lacked MED12 mutations. Furthermore, some tumors were composed of genetically distinct subclones, indicating a nonlinear, branched model of tumor evolution. DEPDC5 was discovered as a novel tumor suppressor gene playing a role in the progression of uterine leiomyomas. Perhaps counterintuitively-considering Knudson's two-hit hypothesis-a large shared deletion was followed by different truncating DEPDC5 mutations in four clonally related leiomyomas. This study provides insight into the intratumor heterogeneity of these tumors and suggests that a shared clonal origin is a common feature of leiomyomas that do not carry an MED12 mutation. These observations also offer one explanation to the common occurrence of multiple concurrent lesions. PMID:25964426

  10. Ultrasound studies of the effects of certain poisonous plants on uterine function and fetal development in livestock.

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    Bunch, T D; Panter, K E; James, L F

    1992-05-01

    Ingestion of locoweed (Astragalus spp. and Oxytropis spp.) by pregnant livestock may result in fetal malformations, delayed placentation, reduced placental and uterine vascular development, hydrops amnii, hydrops allantois, abnormal cotyledonary development, interruption of fetal fluid balance, and abortion. Ultrasonography of pregnant sheep fed locoweed demonstrated that abortion was first preceded by changes in fetal heart rate and strength of contraction and structural changes of the cotyledons, followed by increased accumulation of fetal fluid within the placental membranes and death of the fetus. During pregnancy the toxic agent in locoweed (swainsonine) apparently passes through the placental barrier to the fetus and during lactation through the milk to the neonate. Poison-hemlock (Conium maculatum), wild tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca), and lunara lupine (Lupinus formosus) all contain piperidine alkaloids and induce fetal malformations, including multiple congenital contractures and cleft palate in livestock. Ultrasonography studies of pregnant sheep and goats gavaged with these plants during 30 to 60 d of gestation suggests that the primary cause of multiple congenital contractures and cleft palate is the degree and the duration of the alkaloid-induced fetal immobilization. PMID:1526931

  11. Anastomoses of the Ovarian and Uterine Arteries: A Potential Pitfall and Cause of Failure of Uterine Embolization

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    Matson, Matthew [Department of Radiology, St. George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London, SW17 OQT (United Kingdom); Nicholson, Anthony [Department of Radiology, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 2JZ (United Kingdom); Belli, Anna-Maria [Department of Radiology, St. George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London, SW17 OQT (United Kingdom)

    2000-09-15

    Four women with symptomatic uterine fibroids were treated by uterine artery embolization (UAE). In all cases both uterine arteries were embolized via a single femoral puncture with polyvinyl alcohol using a selective catheter technique. In three cases, the ovarian artery was not visible on the initial angiogram before embolization, but appeared after the second uterine artery had been treated. In one case of clinical failure following UAE, a repeat angiogram demonstrated filling of the fibroids from the ovarian artery. Anastomoses between uterine and ovarian arteries may cause problems for radiologists performing UAE and are a potential cause of treatment failure.

  12. Imaging the pediatric pelvis: The normal and abnormal genital tract and simulators of its diseases

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    Harris L. Cohen; Stewart E. Bober; Shirley N. Bow

    1992-01-01

    Imaging of the pediatric pelvis has proven of great use in defining the normal and abnormal genital tracts. Sonography is\\u000a the key screening tool and often the only tool necessary for the diagnosis of problems related to ambiguous genitalia, ovarian\\u000a and uterine masses, amenorrhea, and abdominal and pelvic pain. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)\\u000a have key roles

  13. Characterization of porcine uterine estrogen sulfotransferase

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    J. G Kim; J. L Vallet; G. A Rohrer; R. K Christenson

    2002-01-01

    A quantitative trait locus (QTL) for uterine capacity is located on chromosome 8. Comparison of porcine and human genetic maps suggested that the estrogen sulfotransferase (STE) gene may be located near this region. The objectives of this study were to clone the full coding region for STE, compare endometrial STE gene expression between Meishan and White composite pigs during early

  14. Hysterectomy as treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding

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    Harry Reich; Sergio Conti Ribeiro; Andrea Vidali

    1999-01-01

    The surgical treatment of patients with dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) is discussed in this chapter, including indications, techniques and complications. Hysterectomy is the definitive treatment for DUB; in most studies it has a higher rate of patient satisfaction than does hysteroscopic endometrial ablation. The vaginal or laparoscopic approach should be selected in this group of patients with small uteri, while

  15. Uterine receptivity and the plasma membrane transformation

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    Christopher R MURPHY

    2004-01-01

    This review begins with a brief commentary on the diversity of placentation mechanisms, and then goes on to examine the extensive alterations which occur in the plasma membrane of uterine epithelial cells during early pregnancy across species. Ultrastructural, biochemical and more general morphological data reveal that strikingly common phenomena occur in this plasma membrane during early pregnancy despite the diversity

  16. [Assessment of the penetration of culture media in uterine cavity as an effect of cervical lavage before embryo transfer: prospective and observational study of samples obtained in hysterectomy].

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    Kably, A; Karchmer, S; Grosso, J M; Quesnel, C; Barroso, G

    2001-10-01

    Cervical lavage used to remove and cleaning some of the scale elements as well as cervical mucous during embryo transfer has been a regular practice in many reproductive centers worldwide. However, the microenvironment influence using these techniques will or not be detrimental in the embryo development. Under this issue, a prospective study was doing in 16 patients (underwent hysterectomy). A cervical lavage was performed previous to the procedure similar to the embryo's transfer step, subsequently cervical invasion was checking. The age was 36.4 +/- 8.6 years, preoperatory diagnosis was abnormal uterine bleeding (n = 4), myomata (n = 4), adenomiosis (n = 4), endometrial polyp (n = 3) and chronic pelvic pain (n = 1). Uterine weight was 127.5 +/- 55.4 g with a surgical time of 48.8 +/- 12.5 minutes. Medium in the uterine cavity was founded in only one case. We believe that cervical lavage is a secure technique in embryo transfer. PMID:11816524

  17. Uterine artery impedance during the first eight postpartum weeks

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    Guedes-Martins, L.; Gaio, A. R.; Saraiva, J.; Cunha, A.; Macedo, F.; Almeida, H.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to construct reference ranges for the uterine artery (UtA) mean pulsatility (PI) and resistance (RI) indices from 1–8 weeks postpartum. A prospective, cross-sectional, and observational study was performed with 320 healthy women from week 1 through week 8 postpartum. UtAs were examined transvaginally using colour and pulsed Doppler imaging, and the means of the right and left values of the PI and RI, as well as the presence or absence of a bilateral protodiastolic notch, were recorded. The 5th, 50th and 95th reference percentile curves for the UtA-PI and UtA-RI were derived using regression models. The adjusted reference intervals uncovered a convergence trend at the week 8 time-point, although impedance was lower at the week 1 time-point in multiparous women compared with primiparous women. The notching prevalence was 22.5% (9/40) at week 1 and 95.0% (38/40) at week 8. The study revealed consistent evidence of a progressive increase of postpartum uterine impedance and provided new average UtA-PI and UtA-RI reference charts for weeks 1 through 8. Multiparity does not change the trend but does impart a lower rate of increase, likely as a consequence of previous vascular structural and functional differences. PMID:25739463

  18. Rare Cytogenetic Abnormalities in Myelodysplastic Syndromes

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    Bacher, Ulrike; Schanz, Julie; Braulke, Friederike; Haase, Detlef

    2015-01-01

    The karyotype represents one of the main cornerstones for the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and the revised IPSS-R (IPSS-R) that are most widely used for prognostication in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The most frequent cytogenetic abnormalities in MDS, i.e. del(5q), -7/del(7q), +8, complex karyotypes, or ?Y have been extensively explored for their prognostic impact. The IPSS-R also considers some less frequent abnormalities such as del(11q), isochromosome 17, +19, or 3q abnormalities. However, more than 600 different cytogenetic categories had been identified in a previous MDS study. This review aims to focus interest on selected rare cytogenetic abnormalities in patients with MDS. Examples are numerical gains of the chromosomes 11 (indicating rapid progression), of chromosome 14 or 14q (prognostically intermediate to favorable), -X (in females, with an intermediate prognosis), or numerical abnormalities of chromosome 21. Structural abnormalities are also considered, e.g. del(13q) that is associated with bone marrow failure syndromes and favorable response to immunosuppressive therapy. These and other rare cytogenetic abnormalities should be integrated into existing prognostication systems such as the IPSS-R. However, due to the very low number of cases, this is clearly dependent on international collaboration. Hopefully, this article will help to inaugurate this process. PMID:25960862

  19. [Conservative management of perforation, dehiscence, and uterine rupture].

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    Ruiz-Velasco, V; Rosas Arceo, J; Juarez Olivo, H; Arreola Ortiz, J

    1973-04-01

    Of 237 cases that suffered a perforation, dehiscence or uterine rupture, the conservative treatment was carried out in 71.3% of all cases. 155 which were conservatively handled, were followed. 55 corresponded to perforation, 89 to dehiscence and 11 to rupture. Out of 155 patients 82 (52.9%) became pregnant again, some thereof even on five occasions, thus reaching a total of 117 gestations. 13.6% ended in abortion, 23.8% has a vaginal birth. A cesarean section was applied in 47% of the cases and 5.1% a cesarean hysterectomy. Only in 2 cases (1.7%), the disunion occurred again. A hysterographical control was exerted. 41% of the hysterograms were normal. 26.2% showed the "habitual post surgical isthmic defect" and only in 32.7% of the cases, there were abnormal patterns in isthmic and cavity. The absolute post natal morbility was 6.5% and the noncorrected perinatal mortality was 5.4%. Based on these results, we recommended that, whenever it is possible, one should apply a conservative therapy, in cases of these accidents. PMID:17474190

  20. Etiology and pathogenesis of uterine leiomyomas: a review.

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    Flake, Gordon P; Andersen, Janet; Dixon, Darlene

    2003-01-01

    Uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids, represent a major public health problem. It is believed that these tumors develop in the majority of American women and become symptomatic in one-third of these women. They are the most frequent indication for hysterectomy in the United States. Although the initiator or initiators of fibroids are unknown, several predisposing factors have been identified, including age (late reproductive years), African-American ethnicity, nulliparity, and obesity. Nonrandom cytogenetic abnormalities have been found in about 40% of tumors examined. Estrogen and progesterone are recognized as promoters of tumor growth, and the potential role of environmental estrogens has only recently been explored. Growth factors with mitogenic activity, such as transforming growth factor- (subscript)3(/subscript), basic fibroblast growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor-I, are elevated in fibroids and may be the effectors of estrogen and progesterone promotion. These data offer clues to the etiology and pathogenesis of this common condition, which we have analyzed and summarized in this review. PMID:12826476

  1. Renal abnormalities in leprosy.

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    Kirsztajn, G M; Nishida, S K; Silva, M S; Ajzen, H; Pereira, A B

    1993-01-01

    We have evaluated laboratory and clinical manifestations of renal disease in 96 patients with leprosy, looking for a sensitive and early marker for detection and possibly follow-up of nephropathy in these patients. Microscopic hematuria was observed in 21.9% of the cases (with dysmorphic erythrocytes in 71.4% of them). Abnormal microalbuminuria and urinary beta 2-microglobulin were found in 15.8 and 19.8% of the cases, respectively. We have observed a high frequency of hematuria, abnormal microalbuminuria and elevation of urinary beta 2-microglobulin in these patients still with normal serum creatinine. PMID:8289988

  2. Combination of plasma-soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 and uterine artery Doppler for the prediction of preeclampsia in cases of elderly gravida.

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    Kulmala, Lalita; Phupong, Vorapong

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the predictive value of the combination of plasma-soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and uterine artery Doppler for the detection of preeclampsia in women of advanced age at 16-18 weeks of gestation and to identify associations between other pregnancy complications and abnormalities of these combined tests. The maternal plasma sFlt-1 level was measured, and uterine artery Doppler was performed at 16-18 weeks of gestation in 314 cases of elderly gravida. The main outcome was preeclampsia. Fourteen women (4.46%) developed preeclampsia. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of uterine artery Doppler combined with plasma sFlt-1 for preeclampsia prediction were 28.6, 95.7, 23.5 and 96.6%, respectively. For the prediction of early-onset preeclampsia, the sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV were 80, 95.8, 23.5 and 99.7%, respectively. Patients with abnormal uterine artery Doppler findings and an abnormal plasma s Flt-1 level (greater than 1724.5?pg?ml(-1)) had a higher risk of preterm delivery (relative risk (RR)=3.38, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.47-7.59), neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RR=52.06, 95% CI 5.71-474.45) and perinatal death (RR=17.35, 95% CI 1.13-265.64). Our findings indicate that the combination of uterine artery Doppler and sFlt-1 level at 16-18 weeks of gestation in cases of elderly gravida has a high predictive value for early-onset preeclampsia, but not for overall preeclampsia. This combination test may be a useful early second trimester screening test for the prediction of early-onset preeclampsia in cases of elderly gravida. PMID:24621465

  3. Risk of Uterine Rupture and Placenta Accreta With Prior Uterine Surgery Outside of the Lower Segment

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    Gyamfi-Bannerman, Cynthia; Gilbert, Sharon; Landon, Mark B.; Spong, Catherine Y.; Rouse, Dwight J.; Varner, Michael W.; Caritis, Steve N.; Meis, Paul J.; Wapner, Ronald J.; Sorokin, Yoram; Carpenter, Marshall; Peaceman, Alan M.; O’Sullivan, Mary J.; Sibai, Baha M.; Thorp, John M.; Ramin, Susan M.; Mercer, Brian M.

    2012-01-01

    Objective Women with a prior myomectomy or prior classical cesarean delivery are often delivered early by cesarean due to concern for uterine rupture. Although theoretically at increased risk for placenta accreta, this risk has not been well quantified. Our objective was to estimate and compare the risks of uterine rupture and placenta accreta in women with prior uterine surgery. Methods Women with prior myomectomy or prior classical cesarean delivery were compared to women with a prior low transverse cesarean to estimate rates of both uterine rupture and placenta accreta. Results One hundred seventy-six women with a prior myomectomy, 455 with a prior classical cesarean delivery, and 13,273 women with a prior low transverse cesarean were evaluated. Mean gestational age at delivery differed by group (p<0.001), prior myomectomy (37.3 weeks), prior classical cesarean delivery (35.8 weeks), and low transverse cesarean (38.6 weeks). The frequency of uterine rupture in the prior myomectomy group was 0% (95% CI 0-1.98%). The frequency of uterine rupture in the low transverse cesarean group (0.41%) was not statistically different from the risk in the prior myomectomy group (p>0.99) or in the prior classical cesarean delivery group (0.88%, p=0.13). Placenta accreta occurred in 0% (95% CI 0-1.98%) of prior myomectomy compared with 0.19% in the low transverse cesarean group (p>0.99) and 0.88% in the prior classical cesarean delivery group (p=0.01 relative to low transverse cesarean). The adjusted OR for the prior classical cesarean delivery group (relative to low transverse cesarean) was 3.23 (1.11-9.39) for uterine rupture and 2.09 (0.69-6.33) for accreta. The frequency of accreta for those with previa was 11.1% for the prior classical cesarean delivery and 13.6% for low transverse cesarean groups (p>0.99=1.0). Conclusion A prior myomectomy is not associated with higher risks of either uterine rupture or placenta accreta. The absolute risks of uterine rupture and accreta after prior myomectomy are low. PMID:23168757

  4. An unusual presentation of recurrent uterine rupture during pregnancy

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    Tan, Shu Qi; Thia, Edwin Wee Hong; Tee, Chee Seng John; Yeo, George Seow Heong

    2015-01-01

    We describe a case of recurrent uterine rupture at the site of a previous rupture. Our patient had a history of right interstitial pregnancy with spontaneous uterine fundal rupture at 18 weeks of pregnancy. During her subsequent pregnancy, she was monitored closely by a senior consultant obstetrician. The patient presented at 34 weeks with right hypochondriac pain. She was clinically stable and fetal monitoring showed no signs of fetal distress. Ultrasonography revealed protrusion of the intact amniotic membranes in the abdominal cavity at the uterine fundus. Uterine rupture is a rare but hazardous obstetric complication. High levels of caution should be exercised in patients with a history of prior uterine rupture, as they may present with atypical symptoms. Ultrasonography could provide valuable information in such cases where there is an elevated risk of uterine rupture at the previous rupture site.

  5. An unusual presentation of recurrent uterine rupture during pregnancy.

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    Tan, Shu Qi; Thia, Edwin Wee Hong; Tee, Chee Seng John; Yeo, George Seow Heong

    2015-06-01

    We describe a case of recurrent uterine rupture at the site of a previous rupture. Our patient had a history of right interstitial pregnancy with spontaneous uterine fundal rupture at 18 weeks of pregnancy. During her subsequent pregnancy, she was monitored closely by a senior consultant obstetrician. The patient presented at 34 weeks with right hypochondriac pain. She was clinically stable and fetal monitoring showed no signs of fetal distress. Ultrasonography revealed protrusion of the intact amniotic membranes in the abdominal cavity at the uterine fundus. Uterine rupture is a rare but hazardous obstetric complication. High levels of caution should be exercised in patients with a history of prior uterine rupture, as they may present with atypical symptoms. Ultrasonography could provide valuable information in such cases where there is an elevated risk of uterine rupture at the previous rupture site. PMID:26106245

  6. Diversity and Succession of Bacterial Communities in the Uterine Fluid of Postpartum Metritic, Endometritic and Healthy Dairy Cows

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    Santos, Thiago M. A.; Bicalho, Rodrigo C.

    2012-01-01

    The diversity of the uterine bacterial composition in dairy cows is still poorly understood, although the emerging picture has shown to be increasingly complex. Understanding the complexity and ecology of microorganisms in the uterus of postpartum dairy cows is critical for developing strategies to block their action in reproductive disorders, such as metritis/endometritis. Here, we used PCR-Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) and DNA pyrosequencing to provide a comprehensive description of the uterine bacterial diversity and compare its succession in healthy, metritic and endometritic Holstein dairy cows at three intervals following calving. Samples were collected from 16 dairy cows housed in a dairy farm located in upstate New York. PCR-DGGE revealed a complex profile with extensive differences in the community structure. With few exceptions, clustering analysis grouped samples from cows presenting the same health status. Analysis of >65,000 high-quality 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the uterine bacterial consortia, regardless of the health status, is mainly composed of members of the phyla Bacteroidetes, Fusobacteria, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, and Tenericutes. In addition to these co-dominant phyla, sequences from Spirochaetes, Synergistetes, and Actinobacteria appear less frequently. It is possible that some sequences detected in the uterine fluid resulted from the presence of fecal or vaginal contaminants. Overall, the bacterial core community was different in uterine fluid of healthy cows, when compared to cows suffering from postpartum diseases, and the phylogenetic diversity in all the combined samples changed gradually over time. Particularly at the 34–36 days postpartum (DPP), the core community seemed to be specific for each health status. Our finding reveals that the uterine microbiota in dairy cows varies according with health status and DPP. Also, it adds further support to the hypothesis that there is uterine contamination with diverse bacterial groups following calving and emphasizes the role of unidentified microorganisms in this context. PMID:23300859

  7. [Doppler ultrasound images of the uterine artery and uterine involution in normal puerperium].

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    Reles, A; Ertan, A K; Kainer, F; Dudenhausen, J W

    1992-01-01

    Serial sonographic studies of the involution of the uterus and Doppler ultrasound studies of the uterine artery blood flow were done with a pulsed Doppler apparatus on 102 patients with uncomplicated pregnancy, normal vaginal develivery, and normal puerperal course on the 2nd and 4th post-partum days and 1 and 2 months post partum. Length of the uterus, anteroposterior and transversal uterine diameter, and diameter of the myometrium on the anterior and posterior uterine wall underwent main involution during the 1st month post partum and showed only a slight decrease during the 2nd month post partum. Systolic/diastolic ratio and resistance index of the uterine artery increased slightly, but not significantly, between the 2nd and 4th post-partum days, but significantly until the end of the 1st month post partum. Until the end of the 2nd month post partum systolic/diastolic ratio and resistance index of the uterine artery showed, although the involution of the uterus was largely completed, a further significant increase. PMID:1392630

  8. Patient, Physician, and Nurse Factors Associated With Entry Onto Clinical Trials and Finishing Treatment in Patients With Primary or Recurrent Uterine, Endometrial, or Cervical Cancer

    ClinicalTrials.gov

    2014-12-23

    Recurrent Cervical Carcinoma; Recurrent Uterine Corpus Carcinoma; Recurrent Uterine Corpus Sarcoma; Stage I Uterine Corpus Cancer; Stage I Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IA Cervical Cancer; Stage IB Cervical Cancer; Stage II Uterine Corpus Cancer; Stage II Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIB Cervical Cancer; Stage III Cervical Cancer; Stage III Uterine Corpus Cancer; Stage III Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IV Uterine Corpus Cancer; Stage IV Uterine Sarcoma; Stage IVA Cervical Cancer; Stage IVB Cervical Cancer

  9. Uterine muscle contractant from the root of Dalbergia saxatilis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. N Uchendu; B. F Leek

    1999-01-01

    Contractile responses of uterine muscle strips to a saponin (DSS) isolated from the root of Dalbergia saxatilis was investigated in the rat. Uterine muscle response to the glycoside was characterized by a single but transient contraction that was concentration-dependent, with an ED50 of 0.13 mg\\/ml and 0.04 mg\\/ml as the lowest active concentration. Atropine sulphate (0.69 ?mol) abolished uterine muscle

  10. First-trimester uterine artery Doppler and spontaneous preterm delivery

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. C. Soares; N. Fratelli; F. Prefumo; A. Bhide; B. Thilaganathan

    2007-01-01

    Objectives To assess the relationship between first- trimester uterine artery Doppler measurements and spontaneous preterm delivery. Methods This was a retrospective analysis of uterine artery Doppler findings at 11-14 weeks in 73 singleton pregnancies with spontaneous preterm labor and 2417 pregnancies delivered at term. Results The uterine artery mean resistance index (RI) was 0.68 (coefficient of variation 19%) and 0.69

  11. Abnormal Psychology Psychology 280

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    Liu, Taosheng

    1 Abnormal Psychology Psychology 280 1st Summer Session 2013 May 13June 27, 2013 Tuesday" Kalibatseva, M.A. Office: 127B Psychology Building Email: kalibats@msu.edu Phone Psychology PhD program at Michigan State University. I completed my bachelor's dual degree in psychology

  12. Thermal ablative treatment of uterine fibroids.

    PubMed

    Quinn, Stephen Derek; Gedroyc, Wladyslaw M

    2015-05-01

    In addition to surgical methods of treating uterine fibroids, numerous non-invasive treatments have been developed. Many of these involve the use of hyperthermia, the heating of tissue by a variety of methods. These include the use of lasers, radiofrequency, microwave energy and high intensity focused ultrasound, guided by both ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. In this review we examine the technology behind these treatment modalities and review the current evidence for their use. PMID:25815582

  13. Uterine Necrosis Associated with Fusobacterium necrophorum Infection

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    Widelock, T.; Elkattah, R.; Gibbs, S.; Mashak, Z.; Mohling, S.; DePasquale, S.

    2015-01-01

    Fusobacterium necrophorum is infrequently implicated as a pathogenic organism. When pathogenic, the typical clinical presentation is that of pharyngitis, cervical adenopathy, and unilateral thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein. Infections caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum within the fields of obstetrics and gynecology have been infrequently reported. We describe a 19-year-old woman who underwent a cesarean delivery complicated by sepsis and purulent uterine necrosis secondary to Fusobacterium necrophorum infection. PMID:26000185

  14. Microwave occlusion of the rabbit uterine horn

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    Trembly, B. Stuart; Manganiello, Paul D.; Hoopes, P. Jack

    1998-04-01

    A microwave applicator was developed and tested in a rabbit model, with the goal of developing a system to sterilize a human female through a transvaginal-transcervical- transuterine retrograde technique. The clinical procedure wold create an occluding lesion in the isthmic portion of the human fallopian tube in an out-patient procedure. The microwave applicator consisted of a flexible coaxial cable from which the inner conductor was extended to form a resonant monopole antenna. The coaxial cable and monopole were placed within a sealed teflon catheter of 3 mm diameter. A second parallel catheter of 1 mm diameter was secured to the first to provide guidance for a microwave- immune thermometry probe. Following laparotomy exposure, the applicator was placed with a transvaginal-transcervical retrograde technique in each uterine horn in succession. The temperature was elevated to 65 degree(s)C for 5 minutes. Thirty days following treatment, there was marked constriction and discoloration of the treated site as well as significant architectural effacement of the tissue composing the uterine wall. In some cases, the uterine lumen was completely occluded. Future experiments will assess the tissue response to smaller thermal doses.

  15. Genetic parameters of ovarian and uterine reproductive traits in dairy cows.

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    Carthy, T R; Ryan, D P; Fitzgerald, A M; Evans, R D; Berry, D P

    2015-06-01

    The objective of the study was to estimate genetic parameters of detailed reproductive traits derived from ultrasound examination of the reproductive tract as well as their genetic correlations with traditional reproductive traits. A total of 226,141 calving and insemination records as well as 74,134 ultrasound records from Irish dairy cows were used. Traditional reproductive traits included postpartum interval to first service, conception, and next calving, as well as the interval from first to last service; number of inseminations, pregnancy rate to first service, pregnant within 42 d of the herd breeding season, and submission in the first 21 d of the herd breeding season were also available. Detailed reproductive traits included resumed cyclicity at the time of ultrasound examination, incidence of multiple ovulations, incidence of early postpartum ovulation, heat detection, ovarian cystic structures, embryo loss, and uterine score; the latter was a subjectively assessed on a scale of 1 (little fluid with normal uterine tone) to 4 (large quantity of fluid with a flaccid uterine tone). Variance (and covariance) components were estimated using repeatability animal linear mixed models. Heritability for all reproductive traits were generally low (0.001-0.05), with the exception of traits related to cyclicity postpartum, regardless if defined traditionally (0.07; calving to first service) or from ultrasound examination [resumed cyclicity at the time of examination (0.07) or early postpartum ovulation (0.10)]. The genetic correlations among the detailed reproductive traits were generally favorable. The exception was the genetic correlation (0.29) between resumed cyclicity and uterine score; superior genetic merit for cyclicity postpartum was associated with inferior uterine score. Superior genetic merit for most traditional reproductive traits was associated with superior genetic merit for resumed cyclicity (genetic correlations ranged from -0.59 to -0.36 and from 0.56 to 0.70) and uterine score (genetic correlations ranged from -0.47 to 0.32 and from 0.25 to 0.52). Genetic predisposition to an increased incidence of embryo loss was associated with both an inferior uterine score (0.24) and inferior genetic merit for traditional reproductive traits (genetic correlations ranged from -0.52 to -0.42 and from 0.33 to 0.80). The results from the present study indicate that selection based on traditional reproductive traits, such as calving interval or days open, resulted in improved genetic merit of all the detailed reproductive traits evaluated in this study. Additionally, greater accuracy of selection for calving interval is expected for a relatively small progeny group size when detailed reproductive traits are included in a multitrait genetic evaluation. PMID:25841973

  16. Repair of uterine rupture in twin gestation after laparoscopic cornual resection.

    PubMed

    Liao, Chi-Yuan; Ding, Dah-Ching

    2009-01-01

    Spontaneous uterine rupture in the course of pregnancy is a rare event that usually occurs in a scarred uterus. The event occurs mostly during the intrapartum period and is potentially catastrophic for both mother and fetus. We report a case of 2-cm cornual rupture in a pregnant woman at 13 weeks twin gestation with previous history of cornual pregnancy successfully managed via laparoscopy. Sudden onset of abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding was noted first. Physical examination revealed stable vital signs, lower abdominal tenderness, and mild rebounding pain. Pelvic ultrasonography revealed twin pregnancy at 13 weeks with extrauterine saccular structure 6 cm in diameter located on the left fundus and contiguous with an intrauterine oligohydramnics twin. Exploratory laparotomy was promptly performed, and a small rupture about 2 cm in diameter was observed on the upper portion of the left fundus, the site of a previous laparoscopic cornual resection scar. A protruding amniotic sac of about 6 cm diameter and containing some part of the umbilical cord was seen. The uterine rupture site was repaired directly after aspiration of amniotic fluid from the protruding sac. After surgery, the patient received antibiotics, 17-OH-progesterone for potential rupture of membranes and prematurity. Tocolysis with Ritodrine for irregular uterine contractions was given at 22 weeks gestation. Steroids were given at 24 weeks gestation. The pregnancy ended with a successful delivery by cesarean section because of uncontrollable uterine contractions at 30 5/7 weeks gestation. In conclusion, although termination of pregnancy would normally be recommended when uterine rupture occurs, a different approach to management may now be accepted. PMID:19573828

  17. Role of oxytocin in activation of spontaneous electrical activity of uterine body and uterine tubes in non-pregnant rats

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    K. V. Kazaryan; N. G. Hunanyan; I. B. Meliksetyan; R. R. Hakopyan; A. A. Saakyan

    2011-01-01

    The work studies effects of various doses of oxytocin (0.01, 0.1, 1, and 10 ?g\\/kg) on duration of discharges of spontaneous\\u000a electrical activity and frequency of spikes in various parts of uterine tubes and of uterine body of non-pregnant rats. Under\\u000a these conditions, changes in these parameters for ovarian parts of the uterine tubes had similar character, unlike those in

  18. MR Reproducibility in the Assessment of Uterine Fibroids for Patients Scheduled for Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Volkers, Nicole A. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Radiology (Netherlands)], E-mail: n.a.volkers@amc.uva.nl; Hehenkamp, Wouter J. K. [Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Spijkerboer, Anje M. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Moolhuijzen, Albert D. [Waterland Hospital, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Birnie, Erwin [Amsterdam, and Erasmus Medical Centre, Institute of Health Policy and Management, Academic Medical Centre, Department of Public Health Epidemiology (Netherlands); Ankum, Willem M. [Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Reekers, Jim A. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Radiology (Netherlands)

    2008-03-15

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly applied in the evaluation of uterine fibroids. However, little is known about the reproducibility of MRI in the assessment of uterine fibroids. This study evaluates the inter- and intraobserver variation in the assessment of the uterine fibroids and concomitant adenomyosis in women scheduled for uterine artery embolization (UAE). Forty patients (mean age: 44.5 years) with symptomatic uterine fibroids who were scheduled for UAE underwent T{sub 1}- and T{sub 2}-weighted MRI. To study inter- and intraobserver agreement 40 MR images were evaluated independently by two observers and reevaluated by both observers 4 months later. Inter- and intraobserver agreement was calculated using Cohen's {kappa} statistic and intraclass correlation coefficient for categorical and continuous variables, respectively. Inter-observer agreement for uterine volumes ({kappa} = 0.99, p < 0.0001), dominant fibroid volumes ({kappa} = 0.98, p {<=} 0.0001), and number of fibroids ({kappa} = 0.88; CI, 0.77-0.93; p < 0.0001) was excellent. For the T{sub 1}- and T{sub 2}-weighted signal intensity of the dominant fibroid there was good agreement between the observers (87%; 95% CI, 71.9%-95.6%) and the intraobserver agreement was good for observer A (95%; 95% CI, 83.1%-99.4%) and moderate for observer B ({kappa} = 0.47). The interobserver agreement with respect to the presence of adenomyosis was good ({kappa} = 0.73, p < 0.0001), while both intraobserver agreements were fair to moderate (observer A, {kappa} = 0.55, p = 0.0003; and observer B, {kappa} = 0.66, p < 0.0001). In conclusion, MRI criteria used for the selection of suitable UAE patients show good inter- and intraobserver reproducibility.

  19. Midterm Clinical Results and Patient Satisfaction After Uterine Artery Embolization in Women with Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Albert J. Smeets; Paul N. M. Lohle; Harry A. M. Vervest; P. Focco Boekkooi; Leo E. H. Lampmann

    2006-01-01

    Purpose  To evaluate the mid-term clinical results and patient satisfaction following uterine artery embolization (UAE) in women with\\u000a symptomatic fibroids.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Between August 1998 and December 2002, 135 patients had UAE for symptomatic uterine fibroids. All patients were asked to fill\\u000a in a questionnaire. Questions were aimed at changes in bleeding, pain, and bulk-related symptoms. Symptoms after UAE were\\u000a scored as disappeared,

  20. [An autopsy case of ovarian clear cell carcinoma 14 years after irradiation for uterine cervical carcinoma].

    PubMed

    Inoue, Y; Maeda, S; Yoshida, K; Fujihara, T; Matsuo, H; Sugiyama, T

    1984-04-01

    An autopsy case of a 46-year-old woman who developed right ovarian clear cell carcinoma 14 years after radiation treatment for uterine cervical cancer, is reported. The pathological characteristics of the clear cell carcinoma were solid, tubulo-cystic and papillary structures of clear, granular eosinophilic, hobnail , and vacuolated cells. A Review of the literature on ovarian clear cell carcinoma and multiple cancers is also presented. PMID:6727043

  1. Unique double de novo structural rearrangements for chromosome 11 with 46,XX,del(11)(q13q23)/46,XX,inv dup(11)(q13q23) in an infant with minor congenital abnormalities and delayed development

    SciTech Connect

    Tharapel, A.T.; Zhao, J.; Smith, M.E. [Univ. of Tennessee, Memphis, TN (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Reported here is a patient with two most unusual structural rearrangements, both involving chromosome 11. The first cell line showed an interstitial deletion of a chromosome 11 with a 46,XX,del(11)(q13q23) chromosome complement. In the second cell line, one of the chromosome 11s had a duplication for the exact region, (11)(q13q23), that was deleted in the first cell line. This duplication also appeared to be inverted with karyotype 46,XX,inv dup(11)(q13q23). Interestingly, chromosome analysis did not reveal a normal cell line and the two abnormal cell lines were present in a 1:1 ratio. Parental chromosome analyses showed normal karyotypes. The patient was referred for genetic evaluation because of developmental delay. Minor congenital anomalies presented on physical examination included: weight and height at or below the 5th percentile, microcephaly, downward slanting palpebral fissures, severe clinodactyly of one toe, bilateral short fifth fingers and a broad based gait. Results of the MRI and urine metabolic screen were normal. Two hypotheses are advanced to explain the origin of the abnormality. It is most likely that the abnormality arose as a postzygotic event at the very early zygotic division. During the first DNA synthesis after fertilization and before the zygotic division, DNA synthesis errors could result in two chromatids, one with a deletion and the other with a duplication. It is also possible that after the DNA synthesis prior to the first cell division, the chromatids of the same chromosome 11 for unknown reasons were involved in uneven double somatic crossing over events resulting in deleted and duplicated chromatids, respectively. The 1:1 cell ratio found in the patient and the apparent non-existence of a normal cell line further suggest that the origin of the abnormality was post-zygotic.

  2. Exercises to Improve Gait Abnormalities

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    ... Home About Goals Articles Directories Videos Resources Contact Exercises to Improve Gait Abnormalities Home » Article Categories » Exercise and Fitness Font Size: A A A A Exercises to Improve Gait Abnormalities Next Page The manner ...

  3. Abnormal human sex chromosome constitutions

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1993-12-31

    Chapter 22, discusses abnormal human sex chromosome constitution. Aneuploidy of X chromosomes with a female phenotype, sex chromosome aneuploidy with a male phenotype, and various abnormalities in X chromosome behavior are described. 31 refs., 2 figs.

  4. Matrix production and remodeling as therapeutic targets for uterine leiomyoma.

    PubMed

    Fujisawa, Caitlin; Castellot, John J

    2014-09-01

    Uterine leiomyoma, commonly known as fibroids, is a benign neoplasm of smooth muscle in women. The incidence of clinically symptomatic fibroids in reproductive-age women is approximately 20 %, with nearly 80 % of black women suffering from this condition. Symptoms include severe pain and hemorrhage; fibroids are also a major cause of infertility or sub-fertility in women. Uterine leiomyoma consist of hyperplastic smooth muscle cells and an excess deposition of extracellular matrix, specifically collagen, fibronectin, and sulfated proteoglycans. Extracellular matrix components interact and signal through integrin-?1 on the surface of uterine leiomyoma smooth muscle cells, provide growth factor storage, and act as co-receptors for growth factor-receptor binding. ECM and growth factor signaling through integrin-?1 and growth factor receptors significantly increases cell proliferation and ECM deposition in uterine leiomyoma. Growth factors TGF-?, IGF, PDGF, FGF and EGF are all shown to promote uterine leiomyoma progression and signal through multiple pathways to increase the expression of genes encoding matrix or matrix-modifying proteins. Decreasing integrin expression, reducing growth factor action and inhibiting ECM action on uterine leiomyoma smooth muscle cells are important opportunities to treat uterine leiomyoma without use of the current surgical procedures. Both natural compounds and chemicals are shown to decrease fibrosis and uterine leiomyoma progression, but further analysis is needed to make inroads in treating this common women's health issue. PMID:25012731

  5. Uterine clearance and resistance to persistent endometritis in the mare

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. H. T. Troedsson

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this article is to review the role of uterine defense mechanisms in natural resistance to chronic or persistent endometritis. A breakdown of uterine physical clearance mechanisms is currently believed to play a major role in susceptibility to persistent endometritis. Mares with increased susceptibility to persistent endometritis have impaired myometrial contractility in response to an acute inflammation, resulting

  6. Retroperitoneal uterine leiomyoma occurring 5 years after hysterectomy for fibroids.

    PubMed

    Fukamachi, Nobuyuki; Togami, Shinichi; Iwamoto, Ichiro; Tsuji, Takahiro; Nomoto, Mitsuharu; Goto, Masamichi; Kamiyama, Takuro; Fukukura, Yoshihiko; Douchi, Tsutomu

    2007-12-01

    We encountered a 49-year-old, multiparous female with a very rare isolated retroperitoneal uterine leiomyoma measuring 72 x 43 mm in diameter occurring 5 years after hysterectomy for fibroids. The case was preliminarily diagnosed as right ovarian cancer or fibroma. An edematous, isolated solid tumor in the right retroperitoneal cavity was surgically resected. Pathological findings demonstrated uterine leiomyoma. PMID:18001458

  7. Diagnosis and Nonsurgical Management of Uterine Arteriovenous Malformation

    SciTech Connect

    Rangarajan, R. D.; Moloney, J. C.; Anderson, H. J. [Eastbourne District General Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)], E-mail: Hugh.Anderson@esht.nhs.uk

    2007-11-15

    Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an uncommon problem and traditional treatment by hysterectomy excludes the possibility of future pregnancy. Developments in interventional techniques make transcatheter embolization of the feeding vessel(s) a therapeutic alternative, potentially preserving the patient's fertility. We present a case of successful endovascular treatment of uterine AVM.

  8. Ridge extraction from the scalogram of the uterine electromyogram

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Helene; Marque Catherine

    1998-01-01

    We propose a ridge extraction method, based on the local maxima of the scalogram, in order to follow the spectral components during time. The method is applied on a monkey's uterine electromyogram signal, which represents the electrical uterine activity during pregnancy. This signal possesses two spectral components, identified as FWL and FW H in the literature. Their extraction and characterization

  9. Endoscopic OCT for imaging of uterine body and cervix pathologies

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Natalia Shakhova; Irina N. Kuznetzova; Natalia D. Gladkova; Ludmila Snopova; Valentin M. Gelikonov; Grigory V. Gelikonov; Felix I. Feldchtein; Roman Kuranov; Alexander M. Sergeev

    1998-01-01

    First results of endoscopic applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in gynecology are presented. We have studied mucosa of uterus, uterine cervix and vagina in vivo. Images of healthy endometrium in different stages of menstrual cycle have been recorded. For uterine cervix not only OCT data of normal state but some kids of pathology have been analyzed. Capability of OCT

  10. Uterine preservation during surgery for uterovaginal prolapse: a review

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Aparna Diwan; Charles R. Rardin; Neeraj Kohli

    2004-01-01

    The traditional surgical treatment for uterovaginal prolapse has been vaginal hysterectomy. For many reasons, women may request uterine preservation at the time of prolapse surgery. The purpose of this paper is to review the medical literature pertaining to the role of uterine preservation during reconstructive surgery for uterovaginal prolapse. A MEDLINE search of literature in the English language (1966 to

  11. Human Papillomavirus: Detection of Viral DNA Sequences and Evidence for Molecular Heterogeneity in Metaplasias and Dysplasias of the Uterine Cervix

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wayne D. Lancaster; Robert J. Kurman; Luis E. Sanz; Sophie Perry; Bennett Jenson

    1983-01-01

    Summary Colposcopic-directed biopsies of the uterine cervix from 22 patients were analyzed for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA and structural antigens. 11 of the biopsies were classified microscopically as mild dysplasia, 3 as moderate dysplasia, 1 as severe dysplasia, and 7 as squamous metaplasia. Nonstringent hybridization with a bovine papillomavirus type 1 DNA probe and immunocytochemical analysis with

  12. Uterine artery embolization for the treatment of uterine fibroids: An outpatient procedure

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Arnold Klein; Martin L. Schwartz

    2001-01-01

    Objective: Our objectives were to establish an outpatient program for uterine artery embolization of fibroids and to monitor the following: percentage of patients who required immediate hospitalization or admission within 2 weeks, outcomes in terms of the degree of ultrasound regression of the fibroids, patient satisfaction, reduction of pressure symptoms, and reduction of bleeding. Study Design: Patients were screened by

  13. Uterine Artery Embolization in the Treatment of Symptomatic Uterine Fibroid Tumors (EMMY Trial): Periprocedural Results and Complications

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nicole A. Volkers; Wouter J. K. Hehenkamp; Erwin Birnie; Cees de Vries; Cor Holt; Willem M. Ankum; Jim A. Reekers

    2006-01-01

    PURPOSE: Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is an emerging treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors. This study was performed to evaluate the periprocedural results of the UAE procedure and identify risk factors for technical failure, fever after UAE, pain, and other complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: As part of a multicenter, randomized trial to compare UAE versus hysterectomy in patients with symptomatic

  14. [Inflammation of the uterine corpus: endometritis].

    PubMed

    Grio, R; Giobbe, C; Cellula, A; Zaccheo, F; Porpiglia, M; Malara, D; Marchino, G L; Mazza, O; Fuda, G; Tamburrano, F

    1990-04-01

    In industrialised countries endometritis is a problem which represents an increasing risk to personal health and to society. In almost all cases the inflammatory process which affects the uterine mucosa forms part of a more generalised infection which involves the entire internal genital system (PID). The most important problem associated with pelvic phlogosis is increased sterility, a greater number of ectopic pregnancies and chronic pelvic pain. In order to treat the symptoms of genito-pelvic infection, an early diagnosis and adequate medical therapy are indispensable. In this event it may be possible to prevent invalidating effects on fertility and chronic pelvic pain. PMID:2359511

  15. Human Uterine Smooth Muscle and Leiomyoma Cells Differ in Their Rapid 17 -Estradiol Signaling

    E-print Network

    McLachlan, John

    Human Uterine Smooth Muscle and Leiomyoma Cells Differ in Their Rapid 17 -Estradiol Signaling kinase C (PKC ) in both immortalized uterine smooth muscle (UtSM) and leiomyoma (UtLM) cell lines Uterine leiomyomas, benign uterine smooth muscle tumors that affect 30% of reproductive-aged women

  16. Abnormal ionization in sonoluminescence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Wen-Juan; An, Yu

    2015-04-01

    Sonoluminescence is a complex phenomenon, the mechanism of which remains unclear. The present study reveals that an abnormal ionization process is likely to be present in the sonoluminescing bubble. To fit the experimental data of previous studies, we assume that the ionization energies of the molecules and atoms in the bubble decrease as the gas density increases and that the decrease of the ionization energy reaches about 60%–70% as the bubble flashes, which is difficult to explain by using previous models. Project supported by the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120002110031) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11334005).

  17. Mesonephric Adenocarcinoma of the Uterine Cervix Associated with Florid Mesonephric Hyperplasia: A Case Report

    PubMed Central

    Abdul-Ghafar, Jamshid; Chong, Yosep; Han, Hyuck Dong; Cha, Dong Soo; Eom, Minseob

    2013-01-01

    Hyperplasia and neoplasia of mesonephric remnants in the uterine cervix are uncommon conditions that are often mis-diagnosed as usual forms of cervical adenocarcinoma. Here, we report a case of mesonephric adenocarcinoma with florid mesonephric hyperplasia of the uterine cervix in a 48-year-old female patient. The cervix was slightly enlarged eccentrically, without a definite mass-like lesion. Microscopically, the tumor cells infiltrated the cervical stroma with focal myometrial extension and were composed of predominantly round to polygonal cells arranged in ductal, tubular, or cystic structures. The remaining stroma revealed diffuse and florid mesonephric hyperplasia intertwined with tumor cells. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were positive for pancytokeratin, epithelial membrane antigen, and CD10. The Ki-67 proliferation index was slightly increased. The patient received routine adjuvant treatment and was alive and clinically free of disease at two-year follow-up.

  18. [Phenomenology of abnormal body perceptions].

    PubMed

    Schäfer, M L

    1983-01-01

    The present paper deals with the problematic nature of the phenomenological grasping of the consciousness of the body and its pathological modifications. The reasoning is oriented by the doctrine of Husserl of the so-called sentiments as the fundamentals of the experience of the own body. This basic approach does not only seem to be basically for a psychology of the consciousness of the body, but also to give the theoretical-conceptual structure for a great number of psychopathological modifications. Subsequent to a criticism of the conventional use of the term 'hallucination of the body' we attempt to chart elements of a scheme of the abnormal consciousness of the body. PMID:6647887

  19. 18F-FDG avid in uterine leiomyoma: a case report.

    PubMed

    Chiewvit, Sunanta

    2012-02-01

    The author presents a case of 18F-FDG avid in uterine leiomyoma. A 32-year old female had Hodgkin's lymphoma stage IVb (the primary lesions at bilateral supraclavicular right paratracheal, subcarina, intraabdominal, bilateral iliac lymph nodes with liver spleen and bone marrow involvement). She was sent for 18F-FDG PET/CT scan for detection of active lymphoma after chemotherapy treatment. The positive finding was hypermetabolic well defined round shape-enhanced lesion at posterior fundus. The SUV max (maximum value of Standard uptake value) was 6.3 and 2.0 x 1.9 CM in size. This lesion on CT finding is compatible with uterine leiomyoma. There is no other area of abnormal activity in the other body parts in the scan finding. After the PET/CT study, the patient was in remission of disease with no treatment. The planning is for follow-up CT. The knowledge of normal variation or false positive finding of 18F-FDG PET scan in order to get the exact diagnosis can dramatically alter the clinical course or plan of treatment. PMID:22435263

  20. Nitroxidergic nerve stimulation relaxes human uterine vein.

    PubMed

    Toda, N; Kimura, T; Okamura, T

    1995-11-01

    The predominant action of nitroglycerin, a nitric oxide (NO) donor, on veins over arterioles is well recognized. This study was carried out to determine whether endogenous NO derived from vasodilator nerve regulates the tone of human uterine venous strips. The isolated vein partially contracted with prostaglandin F2 alpha responded to nicotine with a contraction or a relaxation; the contraction was reversed to a relaxation by prazosin, and the relaxation was potentiated by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist. In prazosin-treated strips, nicotine-induced relaxations were not affected by timolol, atropine and indomethacin but were abolished by oxyhemoglobin and NG-nitro-L-arginine (L-NA), a NO synthase inhibitor. The D-enantiomer was without effect. The inhibition by L-NA was reversed by L-arginine. The NO-induced relaxation was not influenced by L-NA but was abolished by oxyhemoglobin. It may be concluded that the human uterine vein is innervated by vasodilator nerves from which NO is liberated as a vasodilator neurotransmitter. Norepinephrine from adrenergic nerves contracts venous smooth muscle possibly via stimulation of alpha 1-adrenoceptors. PMID:8801269

  1. Is manual palpation of the uterine scar following vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) helpful?

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    Dinglas, C; Rafael, T J; Vintzileos, A

    2015-05-01

    Risk of uterine rupture with trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) is less than one percent. Discovery of uterine rupture often occurs during labor. In our case, the uterine scar is discovered to be ruptured during the postpartum period. The exact cause and time of uterine rupture is difficult to ascertain in this case, yet manual palpation of the uterine scar did not aid in the eventual diagnosis. PMID:24939626

  2. Chromosomal abnormalities, meiotic behavior and fertility in domestic animals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. A. F. Villagómez; A. Pinton

    2008-01-01

    Since the advent of the surface microspreading technique for synaptonemal complex analysis, increasing interest in describing the synapsis patterns of chromosome abnormalities associated with fertility of domestic animals has been noticed during the past three decades. In spite of the number of scientific reports describing the occurrence of structural chromosome abnormalities, their meiotic behavior and gametic products, little is known

  3. A Rare Stapes Abnormality

    PubMed Central

    Kanona, Hala; Virk, Jagdeep Singh; Kumar, Gaurav; Chawda, Sanjiv; Khalil, Sherif

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to increase awareness of rare presentations, diagnostic difficulties alongside management of conductive hearing loss and ossicular abnormalities. We report the case of a 13-year-old female reporting progressive left-sided hearing loss and high resolution computed tomography was initially reported as normal. Exploratory tympanotomy revealed an absent stapedius tendon and lack of connection between the stapes superstructure and footplate. The footplate was fixed. Stapedotomy and stapes prosthesis insertion resulted in closure of the air-bone gap by 50?dB. A review of world literature was performed using MedLine. Middle ear ossicular discontinuity can result in significant conductive hearing loss. This can be managed effectively with surgery to help restore hearing. However, some patients may not be suitable or decline surgical intervention and can be managed safely conservatively. PMID:25628909

  4. The abnormal fontanel.

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    Kiesler, Joseph; Ricer, Rick

    2003-06-15

    The diagnosis of an abnormal fontanel requires an understanding of the wide variation of normal. At birth, an infant has six fontanels. The anterior fontanel is the largest and most important for clinical evaluation. The average size of the anterior fontanel is 2.1 cm, and the median time of closure is 13.8 months. The most common causes of a large anterior fontanel or delayed fontanel closure are achondroplasia, hypothyroidism, Down syndrome, increased intracranial pressure, and rickets. A bulging anterior fontanel can be a result of increased intracranial pressure or intracranial and extracranial tumors, and a sunken fontanel usually is a sign of dehydration. A physical examination helps the physician determine which imaging modality, such as plain films, ultrasonography, computed tomographic scan, or magnetic resonance imaging, to use for diagnosis. PMID:12825844

  5. Primary uterine osteosarcoma presenting synchronously with bilateral breast carcinomas.

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    Powell, George; Barth, Laura; Todd, Richard; Ganesan, Raji

    2014-01-01

    Primary uterine sarcomas are infrequent neoplasms and most commonly leiomyosarcomas or endometrial stromal sarcomas. We report a rare case of primary uterine osteosarcoma discovered in a woman in her 60s following staging CT imaging for bilateral breast carcinomas. Examination of the subsequent hysterectomy specimen showed a tumour composed of malignant spindle cells and osteoclast-like giant cells associated with osteoid and neoplastic bone, in keeping with primary uterine osteosarcoma. Distinction of osteosarcoma from the more common carcinosarcoma is important due to the worse prognosis impacting on treatment decisions. In addition, synchronous presentation of this unusual tumour with bilateral breast carcinomas raises the possibility of a mutual genetic pathogenesis. PMID:24898994

  6. Image-guided thermal therapy of uterine fibroids

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    Shen, Shu-Huei; Fennessy, Fiona; McDannold, Nathan; Jolesz, Ferenc; Tempany, Clare

    2009-01-01

    Thermal ablation is an established treatment for tumor. The merging of newly developed imaging techniques has allowed precise targeting and real-time thermal mapping. This article provides an overview of the image-guided thermal ablation techniques in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Background on uterine fibroids, including epidemiology, histology, symptoms, imaging findings and current treatment options, is first outlined. After describing the principle of magnetic resonance thermal imaging, we introduce the applications of image-guided thermal therapies, including laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy and particularly the newest, magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery, and how they apply to uterine fibroid treatment. PMID:19358440

  7. [Primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the uterine cervix successfully treated with rituximabplus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone chemotherapy-a case report].

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    Hashimoto, Akari; Fujimi, Akihito; Kanisawa, Yuji; Matsuno, Teppei; Okuda, Toshinori; Minami, Shinya; Doi, Tadashi; Ishikawa, Kazuma; Uemura, Naoki; Jyomen, Yuko; Tomaru, Utano

    2013-12-01

    Primary malignant lymphoma of the uterine cervix is a rare disease, and the therapeutic strategy has not been clearly established. A 45-year old woman presented with vaginal bleeding and hypermenorrhea in January 2012. Physical examination revealed a mass in the pelvic cavity approximately the size of a neonate's head. Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) showed a solid mass 11 cm in size in the uterine cervix with homogeneous low intensity on T1-weighted images, iso-high intensity on T2-weighted images, and heterogeneous iso-high intensity on gadolinium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetate(Gd- DTPA)-enhanced images. Multiple lymphadenopathy were also detected in the pelvis. The Papanicolaou smear indicated class 5 cervical cytology, and a subsequent histological examination by a punch biopsy of the cervix showed diffuse infiltration of medium- to large-sized mononuclear cells that stained positive for CD20 and CD79a and negative for CD3, CD5, and EBER. Bone marrow biopsy revealed no abnormality. Positron emission tomography-computed tomography(PET-CT)showed strong fluorodeoxyglucose(FDG)accumulation in the uterine cervix mass, and in the pelvic and right inguinal lymphadenopathy. The patient was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the uterine cervix, Ann Arbor stage II AE. She was successfully treated with 8 courses of rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone(R-CHOP) chemotherapy, and maintains a complete remission. PMID:24335377

  8. Uterine Telocytes: A Review of Current Knowledge.

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    Roatesi, Iurie; Radu, Beatrice Mihaela; Cretoiu, Dragos; Cretoiu, Sanda Maria

    2015-07-01

    Telocytes (TCs), a novel cell type, are briefly defined as interstitial cells with telopodes (Tps). However, a specific immunocytochemical marker has not yet been found; therefore, electron microscopy is currently the only accurate method for identifying TCs. TCs are considered to have a mesenchymal origin. Recently proteomic analysis, microarray-based gene expression analysis, and the micro-RNA signature clearly showed that TCs are different from fibroblasts, mesenchymal stem cells, and endothelial cells. The dynamics of Tps were also revealed, and some electrophysiological properties of TCs were described (such as membrane capacitance, input resistance, membrane resting potential, and absence of action potentials correlated with different ionic currents characteristics), which can be used to distinguish uterine TCs from smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Here, we briefly present the most recent findings on the characteristics of TCs and their functions in human pregnant and nonpregnant uteri. PMID:25695721

  9. Apparatus for treating carcinoma of the uterine cervix

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    Kumar, P.P.

    1984-03-06

    Disclosed is an apparatus for treating carcinoma of the uterine cervix by judiciously applying radioactive material immediately adjacent the uterine cervix for an extended period of time empirically determined by the radiologist. The novel apparatus comprises three radioactively chargeable components including a central tubular tandem vaginally insertable longitudinally into the uterine cervix and two non-lineal tubular ovoidal assemblies longitudinally locatable at the cervix and positioned laterally between the respective vaginal walls and the uterine cervix. The ovoidal assemblies are conveniently removably and pivotably connected to the central tandem component externally of the vaginal along the sagittal plane through a novel adapter member whereby the radioactively chargeable ovoidal assemblies tend to remain within a laterally extending plane located substantially midway the transversely separated vasicovaginal and rectovaginal septa, even though the patient periodically shifts her reclining posture during the extended treatment by said vaginally protruding apparatus.

  10. Polarization-correlation study of biotissues such as myoma and uterine cervix

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    Peresunko, A. P.; Ushenko, A. G.; Plavyuk, L. A.; Ushenko, Yu. A.

    2003-09-01

    The paper presents the results of polarization-correlation investigation of multifractal collagen structure of physiologically normal and pathologically changed tissues of women"s reproductive sphere. The technique of polarization selection of coherent biotissues" images with the following determination of their autocorrelation functions and spectral densities is suggested. The correlation-optical criteria of early diagnostics of pathological changes" appearance of myometry (forming of the germ of fibromyoma) and of uterine cervix (precancerous) are determined. The suggested paper is directed to investigation of the possibilities of pathological changes of biotissues" morphological structure by means of determining the polarizationally filtered autocorrelation functions (ACF) and corresponding spectral densities of their coherent images.

  11. Outcome analysis in patients with uterine sarcoma

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    Yu, Tosol; Wu, Hong-Gyun; Ha, Sung Whan; Song, Yong-Sang; Park, Noh-Hyun; Kim, Jae-Won

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To analyze the prognostic factors for survivals and to evaluate the impact of postoperative whole pelvic radiotherapy (WPRT) on pelvic failure in patients with uterine sarcoma treated with radical surgery. Materials and Methods We retrospectively analyzed 75 patients with uterine sarcoma who underwent radical surgery with (n = 22) or without (n = 53) radiotherapy between 1990 and 2010. There were 23 and 52 patients with carcinosarcoma and non-carcinosarcoma (leiomyosarcoma, 22; endometrial stromal sarcoma, 25; others, 5), respectively. The median follow-up period was 64 months (range, 17 to 269 months). Results The 5-year overall survival (OS) and pelvic failure-free survival (PFFS) of total patients was 64.2% and 83.4%, respectively. Multivariate analysis revealed that mitotic count (p = 0.006) was a significant predictor of OS. However, factors were not found to be associated with PFFS. On analyzing each of the histologic subtypes separately, postoperative WPRT significantly reduced pelvic failure in patients with carcinosarcoma (10.0% vs. 53.7%; p = 0.046), but not in patients with non-carcinosarcoma (12.5% vs. 9.9%; p = 0.866). Among the patients with carcinosarcoma, 4 patients (17%) had recurrence within the pelvis and 3 patients (13%) had recurrence in other sites as an initial failure, whereas among the patients with non-carcinosarcoma, 3 patients (6%) experienced pelvic failure and 13 patients (25%) experienced distant failure. Conclusion The most significant predictor of OS was mitotic count. Based on the improved PFFS after postoperative WPRT only in patients with carcinosarcoma and the difference in patterns of failure between histologic subtypes, optimal adjuvant treatment options should be offered to patients based on the risk of recurrence patterns. PMID:25874175

  12. Characteristics of rhabdomyosarcoma cell lines derived from uterine carcinosarcomas

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    M. Emoto; H. Iwasaki; K. Oshima; M. Kikuchi; Y. Kaneko; T. Kawarabayashi

    1997-01-01

    Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is occasionally found in the female genital tract, and mostly appears as one of the heterologous mesenchymal\\u000a components in uterine carcinosarcoma designated as malignant mixed müllerian tumour (MMMT). We examined the biological properties\\u000a of a pure rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cell line designated FU-MMT-3, which was newly established from a surgical specimen taken\\u000a from a patient with uterine MMMT. We

  13. Therapeutic failure of uterine fibroid embolization caused by underlying leiomyosarcoma.

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    Common, A A; Mocarski, E J; Kolin, A; Pron, G; Soucie, J

    2001-12-01

    The authors describe an unusual case in which continued growth of uterine fibroids in a postmenopausal patient after polyvinyl alcohol embolization therapy prompted hysterectomy, which revealed an underlying leiomyosarcoma. The surgery was nearly fatal as a result of venous bleeding, and parasitization of blood from adjacent bowel by the tumor was noted. The difficulty of preoperative diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma and the need for diligent follow-up after uterine fibroid embolization are discussed. PMID:11742024

  14. Four different mutations in codon 28 of alpha spectrin are associated with structurally and functionally abnormal spectrin alpha I/74 in hereditary elliptocytosis.

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    Coetzer, T L; Sahr, K; Prchal, J; Blacklock, H; Peterson, L; Koler, R; Doyle, J; Manaster, J; Palek, J

    1991-01-01

    Hereditary elliptocytosis (HE) Sp alpha I/74 is a disorder associated with defective spectrin (Sp) heterodimer self-association and an abnormal tryptic cleavage of the 80-kD alpha I domain of Sp resulting in increased amounts of a 74-kD peptide. The molecular basis of this disorder is heterogeneous and mutations in codons 28, 46, 48, and 49 (codons 22, 40, 42, and 43 in the previous nomenclature which did not include the six NH2-terminal amino acids) have been reported. In this study we present data on seven unrelated HE Sp alpha I/74 kindred from diverse racial backgrounds in whom we identified four different mutations all occurring in exon 2 of alpha Sp at codon 28. Utilizing the polymerase chain reaction we established a CGT----CTT; Arg----Leu 28 mutation in one kindred of Arab/Druze origin. In two unrelated white kindred of English/European origin the substitution is CGT----AGT; Arg----Ser 28 and in two apparently unrelated white kindred from New Zealand, the mutation is CGT----TGT; Arg----Cys 28. Finally, in one American black kindred and in a black kindred from Ghana the mutation involves CGT----CAT; Arg----His 28. Allele specific oligonucleotide hybridization confirmed that the probands are heterozygous for the respective mutant alleles. All four point mutations abolished an Aha II restriction enzyme site which allowed verification of linkage of the mutation with HE Sp alpha I/74. Our results imply that codon 28 of alpha Sp is a "hot spot" for mutations and also indicate that Arg 28 is critical for the conformational stability and functional self association of Sp heterodimers. Images PMID:1679439

  15. The electrical conductivity of in vivo human uterine fibroids.

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    DeLonzor, Russ; Spero, Richard K; Williams, Joseph J

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the value of electrical conductivity that can be used for numerical modelling in vivo radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatments of human uterine fibroids. No experimental electrical conductivity data have previously been reported for human uterine fibroids. In this study electrical data (voltage) from selected in vivo clinical procedures on human uterine fibroids were used to numerically model the treatments. Measured versus calculated power dissipation profiles were compared to determine uterine fibroid electrical conductivity. Numerical simulations were conducted utilising a wide range of values for tissue thermal conductivity, heat capacity and blood perfusion coefficient. The simulations demonstrated that power dissipation was insensitive to the exact values of these parameters for the simulated geometry, treatment duration, and power level. Consequently, it was possible to determine tissue electrical conductivity without precise knowledge of the values for these parameters. Results of this study showed that an electrical conductivity for uterine fibroids of 0.305?S/m at 37°C and a temperature coefficient of 0.2%/°C can be used for modelling Radio Frequency Ablation of human uterine fibroids at a frequency of 460?kHz for temperatures from 37°C to 100°C. PMID:21501027

  16. Drivers of post-partum uterine disease in dairy cattle.

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    Williams, E J

    2013-09-01

    Post-partum uterine disease has a detrimental effect on dairy cow fertility; affected cows require more serves per conception, have reduced conception rates and are more likely to be culled for infertility. Furthermore, the detrimental effects on fertility remain even after clinical resolution of disease. There are many factors that influence a cow's resistance to or development of post-partum disease, and the key drivers determining disease outcome are uterine microbial load, regulation of inflammation and immune responses peripherally and at a local level, production pressure, and metabolic (energy) status. These factors are intricately interlinked, which makes assessment of their individual effects difficult. It is clear, however, that the period surrounding calving is a key transition phase and events during this time point will influence uterine disease outcome and subsequent fertility. Good peripartum management and accurate diagnosis are critical to facilitate the use of the most effective treatment and limit the negative impact of post-partum uterine disease on fertility. If we can improve our understanding of the underlying causes of disease, then we can identify 'at risk' animals and implement management and breeding strategies to prevent uterine disease or reduce its severity. Thus, this article aims to summarize the key factors that drive uterine disease in the post-partum dairy cow. PMID:23962215

  17. Abnormal pressure in hydrocarbon environments

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    Law, B.E.; Spencer, C.W.

    1998-01-01

    Abnormal pressures, pressures above or below hydrostatic pressures, occur on all continents in a wide range of geological conditions. According to a survey of published literature on abnormal pressures, compaction disequilibrium and hydrocarbon generation are the two most commonly cited causes of abnormally high pressure in petroleum provinces. In young (Tertiary) deltaic sequences, compaction disequilibrium is the dominant cause of abnormal pressure. In older (pre-Tertiary) lithified rocks, hydrocarbon generation, aquathermal expansion, and tectonics are most often cited as the causes of abnormal pressure. The association of abnormal pressures with hydrocarbon accumulations is statistically significant. Within abnormally pressured reservoirs, empirical evidence indicates that the bulk of economically recoverable oil and gas occurs in reservoirs with pressure gradients less than 0.75 psi/ft (17.4 kPa/m) and there is very little production potential from reservoirs that exceed 0.85 psi/ft (19.6 kPa/m). Abnormally pressured rocks are also commonly associated with unconventional gas accumulations where the pressuring phase is gas of either a thermal or microbial origin. In underpressured, thermally mature rocks, the affected reservoirs have most often experienced a significant cooling history and probably evolved from an originally overpressured system.

  18. Abnormalities of the foetal cerebral cortex.

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    Toi, Ants; Chitayat, David; Blaser, Susan

    2009-04-01

    Prenatal ultrasound has concentrated on readily visible cerebral structures including head size, shape, ventricles, CSP (cavum septi pellucidi), cerebellar size/vermian presence and cisterna magna. However, apart from these easily visible structures it is important to evaluate the brain itself. Patients who initially appear to have mild isolated findings such as borderline ventriculomegaly in fact can have many more subtle findings that significantly alter prognosis and management that can be detected on detailed examination of the brain. There has been rapid evolution in imaging these foetuses, especially with neurosonography and MRI, and a revolution in understanding the underlying genetic and biochemical mechanisms. There is increasing emphasis to detect cortical abnormalities as early as possible. This article reviews development of the cerebral cortex, the classification, aetiologies and clinical manifestations of cortical disorders, normal and abnormal appearances at ultrasound and MRI, and approaches to investigation. PMID:19235759

  19. Reproductive outcome after IVF following hysteroscopic division of incomplete uterine septum/arcuate uterine anomaly in women with primary infertility

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    Abuzeid, M.; Ghourab, G.; Abuzeid, O.; Mitwally, M.; Ashraf, M.; Diamond, M.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To determine reproductive outcome after in-vitro fertilization/embryo transfer (IVF-ET) in women with primary infertility following hysteroscopic septoplasty of incomplete uterine septum or arcuate uterine anomaly. Methods: This is a historical cohort study. The study group consisted of 156 consecutive patients who underwent a total of 221 cycles of IVF/ET following hysteroscopic septoplasty of an incomplete uterine septum or arcuate anomaly (Group 1). The control group included 196 consecutive patients with normal endometrial cavity on hysteroscopy who underwent a total of 369 cycles of IVF/ET (Group 2). The reproductive outcome after the first cycle of IVF-ET and the best reproductive outcome of all the cycles the patient underwent were calculated. In addition, we compared the reproductive outcome in the study group based on the type of the anomalies (septum versus arcuate). Results: In the first fresh cycle, following septoplasty, there were significantly higher clinical pregnancy and delivery rates in Group 1 (60.3% and 51.3% respectively) compared to Group 2 (38.8% and 33.2% respectively). However, there was no significant difference between the two groups in the clinical pregnancy (74.4% vs. 67.3%) or in the delivery (65.4% vs. 60.2%) rates per patient, respectively. There was no significant difference in the reproductive outcome after IVF-ET between patients who previously had arcuate uterine anomaly versus incomplete uterine septum. Conclusion: Reproductive outcome of IVF-ET after hysteroscopic correction of incomplete uterine septum/arcuate uterine anomaly in women with primary infertility is no different from women with normal uterine cavity. PMID:25593694

  20. Mice-lacking LMP2, immuno-proteasome subunit, as an animal model of spontaneous uterine leiomyosarcoma

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    Takuma Hayashi; Akiko Horiuchi; Kenji Sano; Nobuyoshi Hiraoka; Yae Kanai; Tanri Shiozawa; Susumu Tonegawa; Ikuo Konishi

    2010-01-01

    Uterine tumors are the most common type of gynecologic neoplasm. Uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is rare, accounting for 2% to\\u000a 5% of tumors of the uterine body. Uterine LMS develops more often in the muscle tissue layer of the uterine body than in the\\u000a uterine cervix. The development of gynecologic tumors is often correlated with female hormone secretion; however, the development

  1. Vaginal Abnormalities: Vaginal Agenesis

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    ... able to lead a normal sex life? Since much of sexual pleasure comes from stimulation of the clitoris, the female erectile structure, and not the vagina, she should enjoy normal sensations and a good sex life. Since ...

  2. Increased angiogenesis in the uterine cervix associated with human papillomavirus infection.

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    Nair, P; Gangadevi, T; Jayaprakash, P G; Nair, M B; Nair, M K; Pillai, M R

    1999-01-01

    We studied the relationship between angiogenesis (using the CD34 antibody), the presence of human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, HPV E6 protein expression and the accumulation of p53 protein at various phases of tumour progression in the uterine cervix. Expression of CD34, p53 and HPV E6 protein was evaluated by immunocytochemistry. Presence of the mutant p53 was detected using a mutant specific ELISA, and the type of HPV was determined by the Polymerase Chain Reaction. A total of 230 cervical tissue samples were analyzed and included 40 cases of apparently normal cervical epithelium, 37 low grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs), 43 high grade SILs, 36 well-differentiated squamous cell carcinomas (DSCC), 31 moderately differentiated (MDSCC) and 43 poorly differentiated carcinomas (PDSCC). There was an excellent correlation between the extent of angiogenesis and histological abnormality (r = 0.912, p = 0.000004). The least extent of angiogenesis was seen in normal cervical tissue and low grade SILs where the mean (low power) intra lesional vascular density (ILVD) was 12 +/- 1.13 and 25.66 +/- 5.20, respectively. In high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs), the mean ILVD value was 80.84 +/- 25.57. In well-differentiated squamous cell carcinomas (WDSCC's) the mean value was 144.22 +/- 28.67 while in moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinomas (MDSCC's) the mean value was 166.29 +/- 34.95 and in poorly differentiated tumours (PDSCC's) 192.42 +/- 27.98. The extent of angiogenesis also correlated to presence of HPV (r = 0.505, p = 0.00001). Increased CD34 expression was associated with the presence of HPV types 16 and 18. A similar correlation was also evident in HPV, 16/18 infected cases expressing the E6 protein (r = 0.612, p = 0.000001). CD34 expression also correlated well with p53 accumulation (r = 0.859, p = 0.000002). Presence of HPV infection significantly correlated with the extent of histological abnormality (r = 0.467, p = 0.00001). Expression of E6 also showed this significant correlation (r = 0.644, p = 0.00002). Accumulation of p53 was significantly more elevated in HPV 16-infected lesions (r = 0.518, p = 0.00001) and E6-expressing cells (r = 0.650, p = 0.000004). Only 12 of the 230 cases analyzed showed presence of the mutant p53 protein. Angiogenesis appears to increase with histological abnormality in the uterine cervix. Angiogenesis also appears to be influenced by high risk HPV infection, the expression of the E6 transforming protein and the p53 tumour suppressor protein. PMID:10220796

  3. Uterine artery embolisation for symptomatic fibroids: clinical results in 400 women with imaging follow up

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    W. J. Walker; J. P. Pelage

    2002-01-01

    ObjectiveTo evaluate the mid-term efficacy and complications of uterine artery embolisation in women with symptomatic fibroids. To assess reduction in uterine and dominant fibroid volumes using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

  4. A novel uterine manipulator incorporating non-local controls and lateral motion

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    Tsai, Wan-Ni

    2013-01-01

    The work described in the paper was driven by a clinical need for a better uterine manipulator during laparoscopic gynecological procedures, including both hysterectomy and hysteroscopy. The primary purpose of the uterine ...

  5. Emergency and Abnormal Situations Project

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    --------------------------------------------------------Context Dependent Manufacturers Regulatory Agencies Company (Management, Dispatch, Maintenance) Flight and Cabin Crews ATC #12;Economic and Regulatory Pressures Philosophies Emergency and Abnormal Situations Project Taxonomy of the Domain Economic and Regulatory Pressures Pertaining to Dealing with and Training

  6. Light delivery schemes for uterine photodynamic therapy

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    Stringer, Mark R.; Hudson, Emma J.; Dunkley, Colin P.; Boyce, Jeanetta C.; Gannon, Michael J.; Smith, Michael A.

    1994-03-01

    The use of photodynamic therapy in the removal of the endometrial layer of the uterus provides the possibility of a rapid and effective treatment of menorrhagia avoiding the difficulties and complications of conventional methods. A treatment is proposed in which topical application of 5-aminolaevulinic acid to the inner surface of the uterus is followed by illumination at 630 nm. The surface layer would in this way be rendered necrotic to slough off over subsequent days. The removal of the entire endometrium must be achieved in order to prevent the return of the original condition, which demands that a therapeutic dose of both light and photosensitizer must be achieved throughout the depth of the tissue. This work presents a method of light delivery suitable for intra-uterine PDT along with in vitro optical phantom and ex vivo tissue measurements that aid in the characterization of the light field prior to treatment. These measurements allow the prediction of a treatment time suitable for the delivery of an effective light dose.

  7. Automated image analysis of uterine cervical images

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    Li, Wenjing; Gu, Jia; Ferris, Daron; Poirson, Allen

    2007-03-01

    Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide and the leading cause of cancer mortality of women in developing countries. If detected early and treated adequately, cervical cancer can be virtually prevented. Cervical precursor lesions and invasive cancer exhibit certain morphologic features that can be identified during a visual inspection exam. Digital imaging technologies allow us to assist the physician with a Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) system. In colposcopy, epithelium that turns white after application of acetic acid is called acetowhite epithelium. Acetowhite epithelium is one of the major diagnostic features observed in detecting cancer and pre-cancerous regions. Automatic extraction of acetowhite regions from cervical images has been a challenging task due to specular reflection, various illumination conditions, and most importantly, large intra-patient variation. This paper presents a multi-step acetowhite region detection system to analyze the acetowhite lesions in cervical images automatically. First, the system calibrates the color of the cervical images to be independent of screening devices. Second, the anatomy of the uterine cervix is analyzed in terms of cervix region, external os region, columnar region, and squamous region. Third, the squamous region is further analyzed and subregions based on three levels of acetowhite are identified. The extracted acetowhite regions are accompanied by color scores to indicate the different levels of acetowhite. The system has been evaluated by 40 human subjects' data and demonstrates high correlation with experts' annotations.

  8. Uterine artery embolization for primary postpartum hemorrhage

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    Kim, Tae-Hee; Lee, Hae-Hyeog; Kim, Jun-Mo; Ryu, Ae-Li; Chung, Soo-Ho; Seok Lee, Woo

    2013-01-01

    Background: Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of severe maternal morbidity and death. A prompt management of uterine artery embolization (UAE) is important for a good outcome. UAE is generally accepted to be a safe and reliable procedure. Objective: To estimate critical patient characteristics influencing the success of UAE for the treatment of emergent primary postpartum hemorrhage. Materials and Methods: This was a cross sectional study that reviewed 121 patients who were diagnosed primary postpartum hemorrhage between February 2002 and December 2009 at a tertiary treatment center among 4,022 deliveries. We evaluated patient clinical characteristics associated with a successful surgical outcome of UAE. Results: The success rate for UAE was 96%. For two cases, UAE complication was associated with fever (>38.5oC). Five patients had problems that required admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). Conclusion: To increase the surgical success rate and lower the number of ICU admissions, the decision to treat primary postpartum hemorrhage using UAE should be based on individual patient clinical findings under the direction of obstetrics staff and an interventional radiologist. PMID:24639786

  9. Collateral supply to uterine leiomyomata from an unnamed vessel: a case report.

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    McLucas, Bruce

    2009-01-01

    Uterine leiomyomata are most often supplied solely by the uterine arteries. However, myomata have been reported to recruit collateral supply, usually from the ovarian arteries, which may contribute to clinical failure of uterine artery embolization. This case report describes a patient in whom a uterine myoma developed collateral supply de novo. The aberrant vessel was identified using computed tomographic angiography (CTA) and was selectively occluded in a successful embolization procedure. PMID:19255925

  10. Interrelationship of endogenous and exogenous prostaglandins with uterine involution and postpartum interval in beef cows and heifers

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    Tolleson, Douglas Ray

    1986-01-01

    , glandular tissue and connective tissue. Epithelial ce11s line the lumen. Glandular and connective tissue are found between the endometrium and the myometrium. The endometrium contains caruncles which connect to cotyledons on the placenta during pregnancy.... In this way, the placenta receives its vascular supply. The myometrium is the muscular portion of the uterus. Like other hollow structures, the uterus contains longitudinal and circular layers of smooth muscle. The myometrium is responsible for uterine...

  11. Proteomic identification of plasma biomarkers in uterine leiomyoma.

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    Lin, Chao-Po; Chen, Yi-Wen; Liu, Wen-Hsin; Chou, Hsiu-Chuan; Chang, Yi-Ping; Lin, Szu-Ting; Li, Ji-Min; Jian, Shiou-Fen; Lee, Ying-Ray; Chan, Hong-Lin

    2012-04-01

    Recent progresses in quantitative proteomics have offered opportunities to discover plasma proteins as biomarkers for tracking the progression and for understanding the molecular mechanisms of uterine leiomyomas. In the present study, plasma samples were analyzed by fluorescence two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) and differentially expressed proteins were identified by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). In total, 20 proteins have been firmly identified representing 13 unique gene products. These proteins mainly functioned in transportation (such as apolipoprotein A-I) and coagulation (such as fibrinogen gamma chain). Additionally, our quantitative proteomic approach has identified numerous previous reported plasma markers of uterine leiomyomas such as alpha-1-antitrypsin. On the contrary, we have presented several putative uterine leiomyomas biomarkers including afamin, apolipoprotein A-I, carbonic anhydrase 1, fibrinogen beta chain, fibrinogen gamma chain, gelsolin, hemopexin, leucine-rich alpha-2-glycoprotein, serotransferrin and vitamin D-binding protein which have not been reported and may be associated with the progression and development of the disease. In summary, we report a comprehensive patient-based proteomic approach for the identification of potential plasma biomarkers for uterine leiomyomas. The potential of utilizing these markers for screening and treating uterine leiomyomas warrants further investigations. PMID:22193648

  12. Response of adult murine uterine epithelium to 50% methoxychlor.

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    Swartz, W J; Wink, C S; Johnson, W D

    1994-01-01

    This study was designed to assess the response of uterine epithelia of adult mice to a 4-week exposure of 50% methoxychlor (MXC) to ascertain whether significant changes were induced by 50% MXC that might compromise future implantation. Sexually mature virgin female mice were exposed to 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, or 5.0 mg MXC via oral gavage for 5 consecutive days for 4 weeks. Controls received either sesame oil or 25 micrograms estradiol-17 beta (E-17 beta) also by gavage. At sacrifice, segments from each uterine horn were prepared for morphometric studies or for transmission electron microscopy. Results revealed a dose-dependent increase in the heights of uterine epithelial cells. Epithelial cell heights of the two groups treated with the highest doses of the pesticide were similar to that of the E-17 beta-treated group. Electron microscopy revealed increased vacuolization and swelling of mitochondria in cells of the 2.5 and 5.0 mg treated groups when compared to either of the control groups. In addition, there were effects on the number and size of microvilli in the uterine epithelial cells. The present study clearly demonstrates that a 4-week exposure of adult female mice to 50% MXC elicits significant estrogenic and toxic effects on the uterine epithelium. PMID:8186629

  13. Modified Uterine Allotransplantation and Immunosuppression Procedure in the Sheep Model

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    Yang, Hong; Zhao, Guang-Yue; Zhang, Geng; Lu, Zhi-Hong; Huang, Yan-Hong; Ma, Xiang-Dong; Liu, Hai-Xia; Liang, Sheng-Ru; Yang, Fang; Chen, Bi-Liang

    2013-01-01

    Objective To develop an orthotopic, allogeneic, uterine transplantation technique and an effective immunosuppressive protocol in the sheep model. Methods In this pilot study, 10 sexually mature ewes were subjected to laparotomy and total abdominal hysterectomy with oophorectomy to procure uterus allografts. The cold ischemic time was 60 min. End-to-end vascular anastomosis was performed using continuous, non-interlocking sutures. Complete tissue reperfusion was achieved in all animals within 30 s after the vascular re-anastomosis, without any evidence of arterial or venous thrombosis. The immunosuppressive protocol consisted of tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil and methylprednisolone tablets. Graft viability was assessed by transrectal ultrasonography and second-look laparotomy at 2 and 4 weeks, respectively. Results Viable uterine tissue and vascular patency were observed on transrectal ultrasonography and second-look laparotomy. Histological analysis of the graft tissue (performed in one ewe) revealed normal tissue architecture with a very subtle inflammatory reaction but no edema or stasis. Conclusion We have developed a modified procedure that allowed us to successfully perform orthotopic, allogeneic, uterine transplantation in sheep, whose uterine and vascular anatomy (apart from the bicornuate uterus) is similar to the human anatomy, making the ovine model excellent for human uterine transplant research. PMID:24278415

  14. Phospholipase-Mediated Inhibition of Spontaneous Oscillatory Uterine Contractions by Lindane in Vitro

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    Chwen-Ting Wang; Rita Loch-Caruso

    2002-01-01

    Although regulation of uterine contractility is fundamental for parturition, mechanisms by which toxicants modify uterine muscle contractions remain poorly understood. In a previous cumulative concentration-response study, 10 ?M lindane (?-hexachlorocyclohexane) reduced contraction force and 30 ?M lindane abolished contractions in Gestation Day 10 rat uterine strips when lindane was added to muscle baths at 10-min intervals. Other studies showed that

  15. Regulation of uterine immune function by progesterone—lessons from the sheep

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    P. J. Hansen

    1998-01-01

    Survival of the fetal allograft results from orchestrated adjustments in activity of maternal lymphoid cells as well as in trophoblast gene expression. One molecule that regulates uterine immune responsiveness is progesterone. In fact, uterine skin graft survival and susceptibility to bacterial infections are increased by progesterone. This review focuses on the role of progesterone in regulation of uterine immune function

  16. Skeletal Muscle Expression of the Adhesion-GPCR CD97: CD97 Deletion Induces an Abnormal Structure of the Sarcoplasmatic Reticulum but Does Not Impair Skeletal Muscle Function

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    Zyryanova, Tatiana; Schneider, Rick; Adams, Volker; Sittig, Doreen; Kerner, Christiane; Gebhardt, Claudia; Ruffert, Henrik; Glasmacher, Stefan; Hepp, Pierre; Punkt, Karla; Neuhaus, Jochen; Hamann, Jörg; Aust, Gabriela

    2014-01-01

    CD97 is a widely expressed adhesion class G-protein-coupled receptor (aGPCR). Here, we investigated the presence of CD97 in normal and malignant human skeletal muscle as well as the ultrastructural and functional consequences of CD97 deficiency in mice. In normal human skeletal muscle, CD97 was expressed at the peripheral sarcolemma of all myofibers, as revealed by immunostaining of tissue sections and surface labeling of single myocytes using flow cytometry. In muscle cross-sections, an intracellular polygonal, honeycomb-like CD97-staining pattern, typical for molecules located in the T-tubule or sarcoplasmatic reticulum (SR), was additionally found. CD97 co-localized with SR Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA), a constituent of the longitudinal SR, but not with the receptors for dihydropyridine (DHPR) or ryanodine (RYR), located in the T-tubule and terminal SR, respectively. Intracellular expression of CD97 was higher in slow-twitch compared to most fast-twitch myofibers. In rhabdomyosarcomas, CD97 was strongly upregulated and in part more N-glycosylated compared to normal skeletal muscle. All tumors were strongly CD97-positive, independent of the underlying histological subtype, suggesting high sensitivity of CD97 for this tumor. Ultrastructural analysis of murine skeletal myofibers confirmed the location of CD97 in the SR. CD97 knock-out mice had a dilated SR, resulting in a partial increase in triad diameter yet not affecting the T-tubule, sarcomeric, and mitochondrial structure. Despite these obvious ultrastructural changes, intracellular Ca2+ release from single myofibers, force generation and fatigability of isolated soleus muscles, and wheel-running capacity of mice were not affected by the lack of CD97. We conclude that CD97 is located in the SR and at the peripheral sarcolemma of human and murine skeletal muscle, where its absence affects the structure of the SR without impairing skeletal muscle function. PMID:24949957

  17. Embolization of uterine fibroids from the point of view of the gynecologist: pros and cons

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    Mara, Michal; Kubinova, Kristyna

    2014-01-01

    Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a minimally invasive procedure with large symptomatic potential in treatment of women with uterine leiomyomas. Due to specificities of this method and possible complications the appropriate indication is crucial. Patient’ symptoms, age, plans for pregnancy, and surgical and reproductive history play a major role in decision-making regarding appropriate subjects for UAE. Close cooperation between the gynecologist and the interventional radiologist is necessary. UAE is usually offered as an alternative to surgical treatment. In patients with no fertility plans, it is a less invasive option than abdominal hysterectomy, with a comparable effect on fibroid-related symptoms and quality of life. The need for reintervention is markedly greater in patients after UAE (up to 35% within 5 years) than after hysterectomy. Women with large symptomatic fibroids wishing to retain the uterus and ineligible for minimally invasive (laparoscopic or vaginal) hysterectomy are good candidates for UAE. However, studies comparing UAE with minimally invasive hysterectomy are lacking. Use of UAE in younger women desiring pregnancy is more controversial, mainly because of the significant risk of miscarriage (as high as 64% in some studies) as well as the increased risk of other complications of pregnancy, such as preterm delivery, abnormal placentation, and post-partum hemorrhage. The risk of infertility or subfertility following UAE is unknown. Even poor candidates for myomectomy should be carefully selected for UAE after counseling about all possible adverse effects on fertility. Good prospective studies focused on fertility comparing UAE with no treatment or with myomectomy are needed but would be ethically questionable. This review summarizes the current knowledge regarding the benefits and potential risks of UAE from the point of view of the gynecologist, who should be responsible for proper indication of this treatment. PMID:25018653

  18. Endometrial morphology after treatment of uterine fibroids with the selective progesterone receptor modulator, ulipristal acetate.

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    Williams, Alistair R W; Bergeron, Christine; Barlow, David H; Ferenczy, Alex

    2012-11-01

    Selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs) have beneficial effects in reducing the size of uterine fibroids and the amount of bleeding, but their endometrial effects have not been seen with other agents. This report describes the morphology of the endometrium after 3 mo of treatment with the SPRM, ulipristal acetate (UPA). In 2 Phase III randomized double-blind controlled clinical trials, 546 patients with uterine myomas were treated with 5 or 10 mg of UPA daily for 13 wk or placebo or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. Endometrial biopsies were taken at screening, end of treatment (13 wk), and after treatment-free follow-up (38 wk). Biopsies were assessed independently by 3 pathologists according to a preset morphologic scheme. After 13 wk, the UPA-treated endometrium showed altered architectural glandular features including extensive cystic dilatation. The glandular epithelium appeared inactive or contained abortive subnuclear vacuolization, occasional mitoses, and apoptosis. Abnormal stromal vessels were commonly seen. There was a high level of agreement between pathologists on the presence or the absence of nonphysiological changes. One case of hyperplasia without atypia and 4 polyps were seen at 13 wk of UPA treatment. Six months after treatment, the endometrium returned to normal histology in the majority of the patients, with 1 polyp and no cases of hyperplasia in the UPA-treated groups, and 2 hyperplasias (1 with and 1 without atypia) in the placebo or the gonadotropin-releasing hormone-agonist groups. Mild reversible thickening of the endometrium occurs in a minority of cases. It is important that pathologists are aware of the spectrum of changes induced by SPRMs to avoid misdiagnoses of endometrial hyperplasia or polyps. PMID:23018219

  19. Anthrax Toxin Receptor 2 Promotes Human Uterine Smooth Muscle Cell Viability, Migration and Contractility

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    VINK, Joy Y.; CHARLES-HORVATH, Pelisa C.; KITAJEWSKI, Jan K.; REEVES, Claire V.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Previously we demonstrated anthrax toxin receptor 2 knockout (Antxr2?/?) mice are fertile but fail to deliver their pups at term. This parturition defect is associated with over-accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and decreased myometrial cell content in the uterus. Myometrial cell loss in Antxr2?/? uterine tissue prompted us to evaluate if ANTXR2 is essential for human uterine smooth muscle cell (HUSMC) viability and function. Study Design We subjected HUSMC to lentiviral-mediated knock down (R2KD) or retroviral-mediated over-expression (R2OE) of ANTXR2. Flow cytometry confirmed R2KD or R2OE in cell lines vs control (CTL). Cell behavior and function in CTL, R2KD and R2OE cells were evaluated for apoptosis via TUNEL assay, migration via Boyden chamber assay and with oxytocin-mediated collagen contraction assays. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity was evaluated using gelatin zymography. Cell lines and samples were run in duplicate. Student t-test was used for statistical analysis. Results ANTXR2 is expressed by HUSMC. HUMSC-R2KD cells exhibited increased apoptosis (p<0.05) and decreased migration (p<0.05) while HUSMC-R2OE cells exhibited no change in apoptosis (p=0.91) and increased migration (p=0.05) vs CTL. HUMSC-R2KD cells contracted significantly less than CTL while HUSMC-R2OE cells showed no difference in contractility vs CTL. MMP2 activity appeared slightly decreased in HUMSC-R2KD cells and increased in HUSMC-R2OE cells vs CTL. Conclusion ANTXR2 is expressed by HUSMC and appears important for normal HUSMC viability, migration and contractility. Further studies are needed to delineate if ANTXR2 is important for normal and abnormal labor patterns. PMID:24060446

  20. [Effect of sodium oxybutyrate on the development of uterine hyperactivity].

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    Sizov, P I; Iasnetsov, V S

    1984-01-01

    Chronic experiments on ovariectomized rabbits were made to study the effect of sodium hydroxybutyrate, a gamma-hydroxybutyric acid derivative, on the myometrium. The mechanical distension of the uterine horn provoked hyperactivity. The dopamine agonist levodopa dramatically potentiated the mechanical hyperactivity of the rabbit uterus. Sodium hydroxybutyrate (800 mg/kg i.v.) significantly inhibited the mechanical and levodopa uterine hyperactivity. The most powerful inhibitory action was produced on the levodopa hyperactivity. Sodium hydroxybutyrate can be regarded as a potential gravidoprotector. It may be assumed that the dopaminergic system is involved in the development of the myometrium hyperactivity. The GABA-ergic mechanisms are likely to play a definite role in the reduction of uterine contractility. PMID:6500034

  1. Conservative treatment of a gossypiboma causing uterine wound dehiscence.

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    Usta, Taner A; Yildirim, Dogukan; Ozyurek, Sefik E; Gundogdu, Elif C

    2013-01-01

    We present a rare case with gossypiboma following cesarean section which led to uterine wound dehiscence. A 30-year-old woman had been submitted to an emergency cesarean section 4 months previously at another hospital. Clinical and ultrasound findings revealed a large intra-abdominal mass and diffuse peritonitis. At laparotomy, a gossypiboma causing an abscess and uterine wound dehiscence with necrosis of the margins was detected. We performed repetitive wound debridements under broad-spectrum antibiotic cover and eventually resutured the incision. Although hysterectomy has so far been the choice of treatment in the literature once a uterine wound dehiscence had occurred, it was possible in this case to preserve the uterus. PMID:24106624

  2. Conservative Treatment of a Gossypiboma Causing Uterine Wound Dehiscence

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    Usta, Taner A.; Ozyurek, Sefik E.; Gundogdu, Elif C.

    2013-01-01

    We present a rare case with gossypiboma following cesarean section which led to uterine wound dehiscence. A 30-year-old woman had been submitted to an emergency cesarean section 4 months previously at another hospital. Clinical and ultrasound findings revealed a large intra-abdominal mass and diffuse peritonitis. At laparotomy, a gossypiboma causing an abscess and uterine wound dehiscence with necrosis of the margins was detected. We performed repetitive wound debridements under broad-spectrum antibiotic cover and eventually resutured the incision. Although hysterectomy has so far been the choice of treatment in the literature once a uterine wound dehiscence had occurred, it was possible in this case to preserve the uterus. PMID:24106624

  3. Survey of perceptions of health care professionals in the United Kingdom toward uterine transplant.

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    Saso, Srdjan; Clarke, Alex; Bracewell-Milnes, Timothy; Al-Memar, Maya; Hamed, Ali Hassan; Thum, Meen-Yau; Ghaem-Maghami, Sadaf; Priore, Giuseppe Del; Smith, J Richard

    2015-03-01

    Context-Currently, the only 2 options that women with absolute uterine factor infertility have for managing their infertility are surragocy or adoption. These women may also benefit from a possible future third option: uterine transplantObjective-To investigate the opinions and views of UK health care professionals toward uterine transplant and rank issues related to uterine transplant by importance in order to make uterine transplant transparent and understandable to colleagues.Design-Large, in-depth survey investigating health care professionals' opinions on uterine transplant.Setting-Analysis done at Imperial College London.Participants-UK transplant professionals (surgeons, nurses, operating room staff, and donor coordinators) and obstetricians and gynecologists (trainees, members, and fellows of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists).Intervention-Questionnaires were given out at hospital grand rounds, trainee teaching days, and conferences (national and international).Main Outcome Measures-Should uterine transplant take place? Is uterine transplant achievable? What is the rank order of importance of key issues related to uterine transplant?Results-The study had 528 participants. With respect to overall support for uterine transplant and as a possible future therapeutic option for absolute uterine factor infertility, 93.8% (n=495) thought that uterine transplant should take place if considered appropriate medically, surgically, and ethically and 57.2% (n=302) thought it was an achievable objective. Issues related to immunology of uterine transplant and pregnancy after uterine transplant were unanimously thought of as most important. More effort is required to educate health care professionals about all aspects of uterine transplant. PMID:25758802

  4. Abnormal calcium homeostasis in peripheral neuropathies

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    Fernyhough, Paul; Calcutt, Nigel A.

    2010-01-01

    Abnormal neuronal calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis has been implicated in numerous diseases of the nervous system. The pathogenesis of two increasingly common disorders of the peripheral nervous system, namely neuropathic pain and diabetic polyneuropathy, has been associated with aberrant Ca2+ channel expression and function. Here we review the current state of knowledge regarding the role of Ca2+ dyshomeostasis and associated mitochondrial dysfunction in painful and diabetic neuropathies. The central impact of both alterations of Ca2+ signalling at the plasma membrane and also intracellular Ca2+ handling on sensory neuron function is discussed and related to abnormal endoplasmic reticulum performance. We also present new data highlighting sub-optimal axonal Ca 2+ signalling in diabetic neuropathy and discuss the putative role for this abnormality in the induction of axonal degeneration in peripheral neuropathies. The accumulating evidence implicating Ca2+ dysregulation with both painful and degenerative neuropathies, along with recent advances in understanding of regional variations in Ca2+ channel and pump structures, makes modulation of neuronal Ca2+ handling an increasingly viable approach for therapeutic interventions against the painful and degenerative aspects of many peripheral neuropathies. PMID:20034667

  5. Abnormal functional connectivity density in Parkinson's disease.

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    Zhang, Jiuquan; Bi, Wenwei; Zhang, Yuling; Zhu, Maohu; Zhang, Yanling; Feng, Hua; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Yuanchao; Jiang, Tianzi

    2015-03-01

    The pathology of Parkinson's disease (PD) is not confined to the nigrostriatal pathway, but also involves widespread cerebral cortical areas. Using seed-based resting state functional connectivity, many previous studies have demonstrated that PD patients have abnormal functional integration. However, this technique strongly relies on a priori selection of the seed regions and may miss important unpredictable findings. Using an ultrafast voxel-wise functional connectivity density approach, this study performed a whole brain functional connectivity analysis to investigate the abnormal resting-state functional activities in PD patients. Compared with healthy controls, PD patients exhibited decreased short-range functional connectivity densities in regions that were mainly located in the ventral visual pathway and decreased long-range functional connectivity densities in the right middle and superior frontal gyrus, which have been speculated to be associated with visual hallucinations and cognitive dysfunction, respectively. PD patients also exhibited increased short- and long-range functional connectivity densities in the bilateral precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex, which may represent a compensatory process for maintaining normal brain function. The observed functional connectivity density alterations might be related to the disturbed structural connectivity of PD patients, leading to abnormal functional integration. Our results suggest that functional connectivity density mapping may provide a useful means to assess PD-related neurodegeneration and to study the pathophysiology of PD. PMID:25496782

  6. [Radiotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix].

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    Okamoto, Y; Hirota, S; Soejima, T; Maeda, H; Takada, Y; Hasegawa, K; Hishikawa, Y

    1997-12-01

    One hundred three patients with adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix treated with radiotherapy between 1975 and 1992 were evaluated. The results for 24 patients treated with radiotherapy alone were as follows: The overall 5-year survival rates for Stages I + II (N = 12) and III + IV (N = 12) were 52% and 16%, respectively, lower than those for squamous cell carcinoma (stage I: 89%, II: 54%, III: 44%, IV: 19%). The overall response rate was 79.1%, and the recurrence rate was 54.2% (local recurrence: 29.2%, distant metastasis: 33.3%). In Stage I + II patients with an intracavitary irradiation dose of 40 Gy (LDR) or more, there was no local recurrence. In stage III + IV patients, local recurrence was recognized in spite of the high dosage of intracavitary irradiation. The results for 79 patients treated with combined irradiation and operation were as follows: The overall 5-year survival rates for Stages I, II, III and IV were 76%, 60%, 57%, and 0%, respectively. The incidence of lymph node metastasis was 30.4%, and for Stages I, II, III and IV was 26.7%, 34.6%, 28.6%, and 100%, respectively. This showed that adenocarcinoma had a higher incidence of lymph node metastasis after the early stage. The recurrence rate for patients with lymph node metastasis was 75.0%, significantly higher than 25.4% for patients without lymph node metastasis (p < 0.001). To improve prognosis, 40 Gy or more of intracavitary irradiation dose (LDR) and systemic chemotherapy to prevent distant metastasis are recommended for stage I and II cases. For stage III and IV cases, it was thought to be difficult to control local disease with radiation alone. Additional treatment should be used for these cases, i.e. intraarterial infusion, chemotherapy, hyperthermia and so on. PMID:9483941

  7. Cellular Regulation of the Uterine Microenvironment That Enables Embryo Implantation

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    Zenclussen, Ana Claudia; Hämmerling, Günter J.

    2015-01-01

    Implantation of the fertilized egg into the maternal uterus is a crucial step in pregnancy establishment. Increasing evidence suggests that its success depends on various cell types of the innate immune system and on the fine balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory processes. In addition, it has recently been established that regulatory T cells play a superordinate role in dictating the quality of uterine environment required for successful pregnancy. Here, we discuss the cellular regulation of uterine receptivity with emphasis on the function and regulation of cells from the innate and adaptive immune system.

  8. Metastatic uterine leiomyosarcoma presenting as a breast lump

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    S. Sibartie; J. O. Larkin; G. Lee; J. Fitzgibbon; S. O’Reilly; D. Richardson

    Background  It is uncommon to encounter a breast metastasis from an extramammary malignancy and even rarer from a uterine leiomyosarcoma.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Aims  We describe the third case report in the medical literature of a breast metastasis from a uterine leiomyosarcoma.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We report the management of a 56-year-old patient who presented with a breast lump 3 years after hysterectomy for a fibroid\\u000a uterus. We conducted

  9. Receptor for Hyaluronan-Mediated Motility Correlates with Centrosome Abnormalities in Multiple Myeloma and Maintains Mitotic Integrity

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    Christopher A. Maxwell; Jonathan J. Keats; Andrew R. Belch; Linda M. Pilarski; Tony Reiman

    2005-01-01

    Elevated expression of receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM) within ex vivo diagnostic multiple myeloma plasma cells predicts for aggressive disease and patient survival. Here, we investigate the relationship between RHAMM and centrosomal abnormalities within multiple myeloma patient samples. We report that myeloma patient samples contain pervasive structural and numerical centro- somal abnormalities. Structural, but not numerical, centro- somal abnormalities strongly

  10. Uterine Leiomyoma and Prolapse in a Live-stranded Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis).

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    Díaz-Delgado, J; Fernández, A; Edwards, J F; Sierra, E; Xuriach, A; García-Álvarez, N; Sacchini, S; Groch, K R; Andrada, M; Arbelo, M

    2015-07-01

    A uterine prolapse associated with a leiomyoma (fibroid) was observed in a live-stranded Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis). A 7 cm segment of the reproductive tract including the cervix, uterine neck and caudal uterine body had intussuscepted and prolapsed into the cranial vaginal vault. In the leading edge of the intussuscepted/prolapsed uterine wall was a 6 × 3 × 3.5 cm leiomyoma expanding the myometrium. The leiomyoma and prolapse were associated with necrotizing exposure endometritis. This is the first report of a uterine prolapse associated with a leiomyoma in a cetacean. This lesion was believed to be the underlying cause of the live stranding. PMID:25979681

  11. Effects of organochlorine pesticides on DNA synthesis of cultured oviductal and uterine cells and on estrogen receptor of uterine tissue from heifers

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    U. Tiemann; F. Schneider; A. Tuchscherer

    1996-01-01

    The pesticides DDT, MXC and ?HCH at concentrations between 41 and 200??M inhibited DNA synthesis (measured by [3H]thymidine incorporation) of cultured bovine oviductal endosalpingeal and uterine cells in the order DDT>MXC>?HCH, in comparison\\u000a to nonexposed controls. Sensitivity to the toxicants was greater in uterine epithelial and stromal cells than in uterine smooth\\u000a muscle or oviductal endosalpingeal cells. Besides the inhibitory

  12. Review: Human uterine stem/progenitor cells: Implications for uterine physiology and pathology.

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    Maruyama, T; Miyazaki, K; Masuda, H; Ono, M; Uchida, H; Yoshimura, Y

    2013-03-01

    The human uterus is composed of the endometrial lining and the myometrium. The endometrium, in particular the functionalis layer, regenerates and regresses with each menstrual cycle under hormonal control. A mouse xenograft model has been developed in which the functional changes of the endometrium are reproduced. The myometrium possesses similar plasticity, critical to permit the changes connected with uterine expansion and involution associated with pregnancy. Regeneration and remodeling in the uterus are likely achieved through endometrial and myometrial stem cell systems. Putative stem/progenitor cells in humans and rodents recently have been identified, isolated and characterized. Their roles in endometrial physiology and pathophysiology are presently under study. These stem/progenitor cells ultimately may provide a novel means by which to produce tissues and organs in vitro and in vivo. PMID:23332213

  13. The uterine gland knock-out ewe: a model to study the role of endometrial glands in uterine function 

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    Gray, Catherine Allison

    2000-01-01

    to Texas A&M University in pariial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCF. Approved as to style and content by; WE Thomas E. S cer (Committee C -Chair) Fuller W. Bazer (Committee Co-Chair) Robert C. Bur ardt (Member...) Laur' ' . J cger ( ber) Bryan H. Johnson (Head of Department) May 2000 Major Subject: Physiology of Reproduction ABSTRACT The Uterine Gland Knock-Out Ewe: A Model to Study the Role of Endometrial Glands in Uterine Function. (May 2000...

  14. Consequences of chromosomal abnormalities in tumor development.

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    Sánchez-García, I

    1997-01-01

    This article highlights recent advances in the molecular structure and function of proteins that are activated or created by chromosomal abnormalities and discusses their possible role in tumor development. The molecular characterization of these proteins has revealed that tumor-specific fusion proteins are the consequence of most chromosome translocations associated with leukemias and solid tumors. An emerging common theme is that creation of these proteins disrupts the normal development of tumor-specific target cells by blocking apoptosis. These insights identify these chromosomal translocation-associated genes as potential targets for improved cancer therapies. PMID:9442903

  15. Hair Shaft Abnormalities – Clues to Diagnosis and Treatment

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    Peter H. Itin; Susanna K. Fistarol

    2005-01-01

    Hair dysplasias are congenital or acquired alterations which often involve the hair shaft. Hair shaft abnormalities are characterized by changes in color, density, length and structure. Hair shaft alterations often result from structural changes within the hair fibers and cuticles which may lead to brittle and uncombable hair. The hair of patients with hair shaft diseases feels dry and looks

  16. Cytogenetic abnormalities in Tunisian women with premature ovarian failure.

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    Ayed, Wiem; Amouri, Ahlem; Hammami, Wajih; Kilani, Olfa; Turki, Zinet; Harzallah, Fatma; Bouayed-Abdelmoula, Nouha; Chemkhi, Imen; Zhioua, Fethi; Slama, Claude Ben

    2014-12-01

    To identify the distribution of chromosome abnormalities among Tunisian women with premature ovarian failure (POF) referred to the department of Cytogenetic at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis (Tunisia), standard cytogenetic analysis was carried out in a total of 100 women younger than 40 affected with premature ovarian failure. We identified 18 chromosomal abnormalities, including seven X-numerical anomalies in mosaic and non-mosaic state (45,X; 47,XXX), four sex reversal, three X-structural abnormalities (terminal deletion and isochromosomes), one autosomal translocation and one supernumerary marker. The overall prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities was 18% in our cohort. X chromosome aneuploidy was the most frequent aberration. This finding confirms the essential role of X chromosome in ovarian function and underlies the importance of cytogenetic investigations in the routine management of POF. PMID:25433561

  17. Intrauterine Adhesions following Conservative Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

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    Gambadauro, Pietro; Gudmundsson, Johannes; Torrejón, Rafael

    2012-01-01

    Uterine fibroids are common in women of reproductive age and various conservative treatments are available. In order to achieve a successful conservative treatment of fibroids, functional integrity of the uterus is as important as tumor removal or symptoms relief. In this context, intrauterine adhesions must be recognized as a possible complication of conservative management of uterine fibroids, but diagnostic pitfalls might justify an underestimation of their incidence. Hysteroscopic myomectomy can cause adhesions as a result of surgical trauma to the endometrium. The average reported incidence is around 10% at second-look hysteroscopy, but it is higher in certain conditions, such as the case of multiple, apposing fibroids. Transmural myomectomies also have the potential for adhesion, especially when combined with uterine ischemia. Uterine arteries embolization also carries a risk of intracavitary adhesions. Prevention strategies including bipolar resection, barrier gel or postoperative estradiol, might be useful, but stronger evidence is needed. In view of current knowledge, we would recommend a prevention strategy based on a combination of surgical trauma minimization and identification of high-risk cases. Early hysteroscopic diagnosis and lysis possibly represents the best means of secondary prevention and treatment of postoperative intrauterine adhesions. PMID:22190959

  18. Original article Embryo survival, uterine fluids and tubal SEM

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Original article Embryo survival, uterine fluids and tubal SEM in progesterone, NY 14853-4801, USA (Received 2 August 1999; accepted 1 December 1999) Abstract -- Survival of embryos, but caused severe embryo mortality, were studied. In exper- iment 1, 332 morulae were cultured for 24 h

  19. Successful pregnancy after treatment with ulipristal acetate for uterine fibroids.

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    Monleón, Javier; Martínez-Varea, Alicia; Galliano, Daniela; Pellicer, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    This case report presents a clinical pregnancy after ulipristal acetate (UA) to decrease uterine fibroid size. A 37-year-old patient, gravida 1, abortus 1, with uterine fibroids was treated with 5?mg of UA daily for 13 weeks starting eight months after a multiple laparotomic myomectomy. Fibroid shrinkage and restoration of the morphology of endometrial cavity were evaluated in order to allow a subsequent pregnancy. A decrease of the uterine fibroids and a normal morphology of the endometrial cavity were noted by transvaginal ultrasound after treatment. An endometrial biopsy excluded histologic endometrial changes. Three months after the end of UA the patient reported amenorrhea for 5 weeks and a clinical pregnancy was confirmed with transvaginal ultrasound. She underwent a subsequent uneventful pregnancy. Thus, the spontaneous pregnancy after UA to reduce fibroid size may support the potential clinical utility of this selective progesterone receptor modulator in the management of women with pregnancy desire and uterine fibroids after a prior myomectomy. Patients who refuse a new surgical procedure and/or those who are going to undergo assisted reproductive techniques would benefit from UA. It effectively shrinks fibroids, avoids risks of a new surgical procedure, and allows an immediate attempt at conception after the end of treatment. PMID:25143845

  20. Developmental Diethylstilbestrol Exposure Alters Genetic Pathways of Uterine Cytodifferentiation

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    Wei-Wei Huang; Yan Yin; Qun Bi; Tung-Chin Chiang; Neysa Garner; Jussi Vuoristo; John A. McLachlan; Liang Ma

    2004-01-01

    The formation of a simple columnar epithelium in the uterus is essential for implantation. Perturba- tion of this developmental process by exogenous estrogen, such as diethylstilbestrol (DES), results in uterine metaplasia that contributes to infertility. The cellular and molecular mechanism underlying this transformation event is not well understood. Here we use a combination of global gene expres- sion analysis and

  1. Placental transcriptome profile differences associated with selection for uterine capacity

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    Selection for 11 generations for uterine capacity (UC) resulted in 1.6 more live pigs born with no change in birth and placental weights. It was determined that the critical time period for the difference in litter size was established between d 25 and 45 of gestation. Our objective was to gain in...

  2. Relationship between electrohysterogram and internal uterine pressure: a preliminary study.

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    Rabotti, C; Mischi, M; van Laar, J O E H; Aelen, P; Oei, S G; Bergmans, J W M

    2006-01-01

    Electrohysterography (EHG) is a promising technique for monitoring the uterine activity, based on electrical recordings on the abdominal surface. However, a quantitative estimation of the internal uterine pressure (IUP) by means of EHG is not available for clinical practice. In this paper we present a preliminary study on the estimation of the mechanical uterine activity from abdominal EHG measurements. For the EHG analysis we use two different Time Frequency Distributions (TFD): the spectrogram and the Wigner-Ville Distribution. We assume the EHG to be the sum of frequency modulated signals. Based on this assumption, the IUP is estimated from the unnormalized first moment of the TFD. Eventually, a third order polynomial model is applied to the estimated IUP in order to improve the estimate accuracy. A recent method for detection of uterine contraction by EHG is employed for comparison of the performance. The algorithms were tested on two patient recordings. The results were compared with a reference IUP which is simultaneously measured by an intrauterine catheter. The IUP estimated by our method showed a correlation coefficient with the reference IUP (R=0.93) higher than that achieved by the comparison method (R=0.85). Therefore the proposed method may be considered as a promising clinical technique for accurate non invasive IUP measurements. PMID:17946058

  3. Characterization and estrogen regulation of uterine growth factor activity

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    Beck, C.A.

    1988-01-01

    Acid extracts of rat, bovine and rabbit uterus stimulated glucose transport, measured by phosphorylation of 2-deoxyglucose and DNA synthesis, measured by {sup 3}H-thymidne incorporation, in uterine tumor cells and in primary cultures of rat uterine cells. The stimulation of glucose transport was of the same magnitude and followed the same time course as estradiol stimulation in vivo. Uteri from estradiol-treated rat uteri contained 4 times more glucose transport-stimulating activity as control uteri. DNA synthetic activity in rat uterine homogenates was elevated 3-fold within 18-24 h after estradiol injection. Gel filtration showed molecular weight heterogeneity with activity eluting between 10-30 kDA. Both activities were acid and heat stable, were reduced by trypsin but not by dextran-coated charcoal. The effect of purified growth factors on DNA synthesis in primary cultures of rat uterine cells was examined. Epidermal growth factor (EGF), basic fibroblasts growth factor (bFGF), and transforming growth factor-{beta} (TGF{beta}) had no effect on {sup 3}H-thymidine incorporation.

  4. Uterine progesterone receptors in the aged golden hamster.

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    Blaha, G C; Leavitt, W W

    1978-11-01

    Uterine capacity to form cytoplasmic progesterone receptor was compared in ovariectomized golden hamsters at three months and 15-17 months of age. A dose-response test with 17beta-estradiol(E2) showed that the uterine content of progesterone receptor (pmole/uterus) was equal in young and old at all dose levels. However, heavier old uteri had less receptor per gm tissue. Old and young hamsters were mated, ovariectomized on day 7 post coitum and after two weeks, all were given the same dose of E2. Endometrium was separated from myometrium before analysis of progesterone receptor. Myometrium was analyzed for both estrogen and progesterone receptors. Myometrium of both groups had comparable levels of both receptors. The mean concentration of progresterone receptor (pmole/gm tissue) was higher in old endometrium. Some old animals with liver, kidney and adrenal disease had more endometrial reaction after E2 treatment. A few with low endometrial receptor levels had normal livers but at least one sterile uterine horn. There was, however, no general decline with age in intrinsic uterine capacity to form progesterone receptors. PMID:744855

  5. UTERINE RESPONSE TO INFECTIOUS BACTERIA IN ESTROUS CYCLIC EWES

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    Luteal-phase uteri are susceptible to infections, and PGE2 and exogenous progesterone can down-regulate, whereas PGF2a can up-regulate, uterine immune functions. To study this phenomenon, uteri of follicular- or luteal-phase ewes were inoculated with either saline or bacteria (Arcanobacterium pyogen...

  6. Uterine rupture during trial of labor: controversy of induction's methods.

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    Ophir, Ella; Odeh, Marwan; Hirsch, Yael; Bornstein, Jacob

    2012-11-01

    The rate of attempted vaginal birth after cesarean has decreased during the past 15 years. Most of the change since the mid 1990s is the result of increasing reports of uterine rupture during trial of labor, with the highest rates related to labor induction. Not all induction agents have the same magnitude of increased risk of uterine rupture, and there have been only a small number of randomized controlled trials of labor induction in women with previous cesarean delivery. Evaluation of the evidence on specific methods of induction reveals that the lowest rate of uterine rupture occurs with oxytocin at 1.1% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.9%-1.5%) then dinoprostone at 2% (95% CI, 1.1%-3.5%), and the highest rate is with misoprostol, 6% (95% CI, 0.74%-51.4%). We review the incidence of uterine rupture during induction of labor after previous cesarean and examine the methods of induction and the safety of different techniques for cervical ripening, induction, and/or augmentation of labor in women with previous cesarean delivery. PMID:23151757

  7. Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) of the uterine cavity

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    Jane Buch Sørensen; Henrik R Schultze; Ebbe Lindegård Madsen; Berit Hølund

    1998-01-01

    The occurrence of primitive neuroectodermal tumors located in the uterus is extremely rare. Eight cases have been described in the literature, and with the addition of this ninth case, we summarize treatment and outcome of PNET located in the uterine cavity.

  8. Treatment of fibroids via uterine artery occlusion (uterine artery embolization and Doppler-guided uterine artery occlusion): potential role in today’s armamentarium

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    Andrew I. Brill

    2009-01-01

    Uterine fibroids, the most common benign tumors of the female reproductive system, are the most common indication for hysterectomy.\\u000a However, this procedure is not the ideal treatment for many women including those who desire to preserve their fertility or\\u000a simply do not want to undergo surgery. New technologies and surgical innovation provide treatments that are less associated\\u000a with morbidity such

  9. Postural Abnormalities: An Individualized Program.

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    Vodola, Thomas M.

    As one of the components of the Project ACTIVE (All Children Totally Involved Exercising) Teacher Training Model Kit, the manual is designed to enable the educator to organize, conduct, and evaluate individualized-personalized programs for children in grades 4 through 12 with postural abnormalities. An introductory chapter covers definitions and…

  10. [A boy with nail abnormalities].

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    Atiq, Nasirah; van Meurs, Tim

    2013-01-01

    A 12-year-old boy consulted the dermatologist for nail abnormalities. Three weeks earlier, he was treated with doxycycline 100 mg BID for 10 days because of erythema chronicum migrans. Following sun exposure, the patient had developed distal onycholysis surrounded by a hyperpigmented zone. He was diagnosed with doxycycline-induced photo-onycholysis. PMID:23838405

  11. Steganography with Least Histogram Abnormality

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    Xinpeng Zhang; Shuozhong Wang; Kaiwen Zhang

    2003-01-01

    A novel steganographic scheme is proposed which avoids asymmetry inherent in conventional LSB embedding techniques so that abnormality in the image histogram is kept minimum. The proposed technique is capable of re- sisting the ?2 test and RS analysis, as well as a new steganalytic method named GPC analysis as introduced in this paper. In the described steganographic tech- nique,

  12. Outcomes After Unilateral Uterine Artery Embolization: A Retrospective Review

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    Bratby, M. J. [St George's Hospital, Radiology Department (United Kingdom); Hussain, F. F.; Walker, W. J. [Royal Surrey County Hospital, Radiology Department (United Kingdom)], E-mail: wj.walker@virgin.net

    2008-03-15

    Purpose. Bilateral uterine artery embolization (UAE) is considered necessary to provide effective treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Occasionally, only unilateral embolization is performed, and this study evaluates these outcomes. Materials and Methods. As part of a prospective observational study of more than 1600 patients treated with UAE since 1996, there have been 48 patients in whom unilateral embolization has been performed. This study retrospectively reviews clinical response as assessed by our standard questionnaire and radiological response assessed by either magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasound. Results. Two principal groups emerged: the largest, where only the dominant unilateral arterial supply was electively embolized (30 patients); and the second, where there was technical failure to catheterize the second uterine artery as a result of anatomical constraints (12 patients). Favorable clinical response with a reduction in menorrhagia at 1 year was seen in 85.7% (18/21) of those patients with a dominant arterial supply to the fibroid(s). In contrast, in those patients where there was technical failure to embolize one uterine artery, there was a high rate of clinical failure requiring further intervention in 58.3% (7/12). Comparison of the technical failure group with the dominant uterine artery group demonstrated a statistically significant (Fisher's exact test) difference in the proportion of patients with evidence of persistent fibroid vascularity (p < 0.001) and requiring repeat intervention (p < 0.01). Conclusion. We conclude that unilateral UAE can achieve a positive clinical result in the group of patients where there is a dominant unilateral artery supplying the fibroid(s), in contrast to the poor results seen following technical failure.

  13. Role of Foxl2 in uterine maturation and function.

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    Bellessort, Brice; Bachelot, Anne; Heude, Églantine; Alfama, Gladys; Fontaine, Anastasia; Le Cardinal, Marine; Treier, Mathias; Levi, Giovanni

    2015-06-01

    Foxl2 codes for a forkhead/HNF3 transcription factor essential for follicular maturation and maintenance of ovarian identity. FOXL2 mutations are associated with Blepharophimosis, Ptosis and Epicanthus inversus Syndrome (BPES) characterized by eyelid malformations (types I and II) and premature ovarian insufficiency (type I). We show that Foxl2 is not only expressed by the ovary, but also by other components of the mouse female reproductive tract, including the uterus, the cervix and the oviduct. In the uterus, Foxl2 expression is first observed in the neonatal mesenchyme and, during uterine maturation, persists in the stroma and in the deep inner myometrial layer (IML). In the adult, Foxl2 is expressed in the differentiated stromal layer, but no longer in the myometrium. Conditional deletion of Foxl2 in the postnatal (PN) uterus using Progesterone Receptor-cre (Pgr(cre/+)) mice results in infertility. During PN uterine maturation Pgr(cre/+); Foxl2(flox/flox) mice present a severely reduced thickness of the stroma layer and an hypertrophic, disorganized IML. In adult Pgr(cre/+); Foxl2(flox/flox) mice a supplementary muscular layer is present at the stroma/myometrium border and vascular smooth muscle cells fail to form a coherent layer around uterine arteries. Wnt signalling pathways play a central role in uterine maturation; in Pgr(cre/+); Foxl2(flox/flox) mice, Wnt genes are deregulated suggesting that Foxl2 acts through these signals. In humans, thickening of the IML (also called "junctional zone") is associated with reduced fertility, endometriosis and adenomyosis. Our data suggest that Foxl2 has a crucial role in PN uterine maturation and could help to understand sub-fertility predisposition in women. PMID:25687138

  14. Effects of abnormal cannabidiol on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractility.

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    Houlihan, Diarmaid D; Dennedy, Michael C; Morrison, John J

    2010-04-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of abnormal cannabidiol (abn-cbd) on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractility occurring during pregnancy. Isometric tension recordings were performed in isolated myometrial strips from biopsies obtained at elective cesarean section. The effects of cumulative doses of abn-cbd (10(-9)-10(-5) M) on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractions alone, and on those following pre-incubation with SR 144528, AM 251, methylene blue, and iberiotoxin were measured, and dose-response curves were constructed. The pD(2) (-log EC(50)) values and the maximal inhibitory (MMI) values that were achieved were compared for each tissue type. Abn-cbd exerted a potent relaxant effect on oxytocin-induced myometrial contractions in vitro. Pre-incubation with the guanylate cyclase inhibitor, methylene blue, and the BK(Ca) channel antagonist, iberiotoxin, significantly attenuated this effect (for pD(2), P<0.01; for MMI, P<0.01). Abn-cbd exerts a potent inhibitory effect on human uterine contractility. This effect is partially mediated through modulation of guanylate cyclase and activation of BK(Ca) channel activity. These findings have implications for physiologic regulation of myometrial quiescence. PMID:20068032

  15. Alcohol-Induced Alterations in Maternal Uterine Endothelial Proteome: A Quantitative iTRAQ Mass Spectrometric Approach

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    Ramadoss, Jayanth; Magness, Ronald R.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To quantitate alcohol-induced alterations in the maternal uterine endothelial proteome utilizing iTRAQ-based mass spectrometry. Study Design Uterine artery endothelial cells from third trimester pregnant ewes were FAC sorted, validated and treated without or with binge-like alcohol. Lysates were trypsin digested, iTRAQ-labeled, and analyzed using nano LC MS/MS. Results Alcohol significantly upregulated 14 and downregulated 17 proteins (P<0.05) including those related to cell structure, transcription/translation regulation, histones, Ca+2/NO, and redox balance. Gene ontology and ArrayTrack analyses revealed alterations to protein processing, binding, and nutrient metabolism pathways. Further, alcohol altered proteins previously correlated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and those that regulate epigenetic, transcriptional, and translational processes. Conclusions Alcohol differentially alters the proteome in the maternal uterine compartment at the level of the endothelium. iTRAQ mass spectrometry provides a robust high throughput platform to comprehend the multi-mechanistic actions of alcohol and develop appropriate biomarkers and ameliorative measures for FASD. PMID:22960358

  16. Technical Results and Effects of Operator Experience on Uterine Artery Embolization for Fibroids: The Ontario Uterine Fibroid Embolization Trial

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    Gaylene Pron; John Bennett; Andrew Common; Kenneth Sniderman; Murray Asch; Stuart Bell; Roman Kozak; Leslie Vanderburgh; Greg Garvin; Martin Simons; Cuong Tran; John Kachura

    2003-01-01

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved a multicenter prospective single-arm clinical treatment trial and included the practices of 11 IRs at eight university-affiliated teaching and community hospitals. Vascular access with percutaneous femoral artery approach was followed by transcatheter delivery of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles into uterine arteries with fluoroscopic guidance. Technical success, complications, procedural time, fluoroscopy time, and effects of

  17. Excessive centrosome abnormalities without ongoing numerical chromosome instability in a Burkitt's lymphoma

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    Stefan Duensing; Benjamin H Lee; Paola Dal Cin; Karl Münger

    2003-01-01

    Numerical and structural centrosome abnormalities are detected in various human malignancies and have been implicated in the formation of multipolar mitoses, chromosome missegregation, and chromosomal instability. Despite this association between centrosome abnormalities and cancerous growth, a causative role of centrosome aberrations in generating chromosomal instability and aneuploidy has not been universally established. We report here excessive numerical and structural centrosome

  18. High expression of calcium channel subtypes in uterine fibroid of patients

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    Ke, Xiaoping; Cheng, Zhongping; Qu, Xiaoyan; Dai, Hong; Zhang, Wenchao; Chen, Zi-Jiang

    2014-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the expression of calcium channel protein in uterine fibroids, and to explore the relationship between calcium signaling pathway and the pathogenesis of uterine fibroids. Methods: Uterine fibroid tissues (UFC) and adjacent healthy uterine smooth muscle tissues (SMC) were collected from 30 cases of uterine fibroids. Real-time quantitative PCR and western blot were used to detect cell membrane calcium channel protein subtypes: TRPC1, TRPC3, TRPC4, TRPC6, TRPM6 and TRPM7. The effects of genes exhibiting most-notable differences on cell proliferation were examined using gene interference techniques. Results: We found that calcium channel protein subtypes expressed differently in fibroids and the surrounding smooth muscles. The mRNA and protein expressions of TRPC1 and TRPM7 were higher in uterine fibroid tissues than in smooth muscle (P < 0.05), while no obvious difference was found in terms of other subtypes (TRPC3, TRPC4, TRPC6 and TRPM6). In cultured uterine leiomyoma cells, modifying the expressions of TRPC1 and TRPM7 significantly affected the proliferation rate of uterine fibroids. Conclusion: Calcium channel subtypes TRPC1 and TRPM7 exhibit different expression patterns in uterine fibroids and surrounding smooth muscles, suggesting that calcium signaling pathway regulated by these calcium channel proteins may be associated with the incidence of uterine fibroids. PMID:24995090

  19. Uterine vascular degeneration is present throughout the uterine wall of multiparous mares. Colinearity between elastosis, endometrial grade, age and parity.

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    Esteller-Vico, A; Liu, I K; Couto, S

    2012-09-15

    Vascular degeneration is present in endometrial vessels of multiparous aged mares. The lesions associated with vascular degeneration consist of enlargement, duplication and splitting of the membrana elastica interna and perivascular deposits of elastin. However, there are no similar data available for deep myometrial vessels and the vascular layer. The objectives of the present study were to characterize the status of vasculature in full-thickness uterine necropsy samples and to correlate these findings to endometrial grade, age, and parity. Elastosis was present in myometrial vessels, as well as in large arteries and veins located between the circular and longitudinal myometrial layers. Vascular degeneration was associated with number of foals (P < 0.001) and endometrial grade (P < 0.05), but not with mare age (P > 0.05). Endometrial grade was associated with age (P < 0.001) and vascular grade (P < 0.05), but not with number of foals (P > 0.05). The presence of elastosis in the myometrial vessels was related to problems associated with chronic uterine infection (CUI) and delayed uterine clearance (DUC) of infertile mares. Uterine contractility was impaired in mares affected by CUI and/or DUC and could be related to a lack of myometrial blood flow. Additionally, degeneration of large vessels in the vascular layer may indicate a general compromise in uterine blood flow and fertility. The main conclusions were the presence of vascular elastosis in large deep myometrial vessels as well as in endometrial vessels, and that the factor with the strongest association with vascular degeneration was number of foals (P < 0.001), followed by endometrial grade (P < 0.05), but no association with mare age. PMID:22763073

  20. Mastoid abnormalities in down syndrome

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    R. B. J. Glass; D. K. Yousefzadeh; N. J. Roizen

    1989-01-01

    Hearing loss and otitis media are commonly associated with Down syndrome. Hypoplasia of the mastoids is seen in many affected\\u000a children and sclerosis of mastoid bones is not uncommon in Down syndrome. Awareness and early recognition of mastoid abnormality\\u000a may lead to appropriate and timely therapy, thereby preserving the child’s hearing or compensating for hearing loss; factors\\u000a which are important

  1. Infertile mares with chromosome abnormalities

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    I. A. Stewart-Scott

    1988-01-01

    Chromosomal abnormalities have been detected in five mares identified by their poor reproductive performance. All had small gonads and absent or irregular oestrous cycles. One mare was 65, XXX, two were 64, XY sex-reversal females and two were sex chromosome mosaics with karyotypes of 63, XO\\/64, XX\\/64, XY and 63, XO\\/64, XX respectively. This report supports the suggestion made in

  2. Atlas: Cartilage Abnormalities and Scores

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    Hans Liebl; Thomas M. Link

    \\u000a The following chapter illustrates cartilage abnormalities and provides semiquantitative scores for these lesions. The focus\\u000a of this chapter is on the most frequently used Recht (modified Noyes and Stabler) score [1, 2] and Whole-Organ-MRI-Score (WORMS)\\u000a [3]. These scores have been used in a number of previous studies and have been found helpful in assessing the grade of cartilage\\u000a lesions, in

  3. Ovarian Steroidogenic Abnormalities in PCOS

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    Jessica K. Wickenheisser; Jan M. McAllister

    Androgen excess, theca, granulosa, polycystic ovary syndrome, steroidogenesis, folliculogenesis, estrogen, insulin sensitivity,\\u000a signaling defect. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common, clinically heterogeneous disorder that affects approximately\\u000a 6–10% of premenopausal women [1, 2]. Hyperandrogenemia is the biochemical hallmark of PCOS. Reproductive and endocrine abnormalities\\u000a include disordered gonadotropin secretion, oligomenorrhea and anovulatory infertility, and endometrial hyperplasia. Obesity,\\u000a hirsutism, acne, and alopecia

  4. Gray Matter Volumetric Abnormalities Associated with the Onset of Psychosis

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    Jung, Wi Hoon; Borgwardt, Stefan; Fusar-Poli, Paolo; Kwon, Jun Soo

    2012-01-01

    Patients with psychosis display structural brain abnormalities in multiple brain regions. The disorder is characterized by a putative prodromal period called ultra-high-risk (UHR) status, which precedes the onset of full-blown psychotic symptoms. Recent studies on psychosis have focused on this period. Neuroimaging studies of UHR individuals for psychosis have revealed that the structural brain changes observed during the established phases of the disorder are already evident prior to the onset of the illness. Moreover, certain brain regions show extremely dynamic changes during the transition to psychosis. These neurobiological features may be used as prognostic and predictive biomarkers for psychosis. With advances in neuroimaging techniques, neuroimaging studies focusing on gray matter abnormalities provide new insights into the pathophysiology of psychosis, as well as new treatment strategies. Some of these novel approaches involve antioxidants administration, because it is suggested that this treatment may delay the progression of UHR to a full-blown psychosis and prevent progressive structural changes. The present review includes an update on the most recent developments in early intervention strategies for psychosis and potential therapeutic treatments for schizophrenia. First, we provide the basic knowledge of the brain regions associated with structural abnormalities in individuals at UHR. Next, we discuss the feasibility on the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-biomarkers in clinical practice. Then, we describe potential etiopathological mechanisms underlying structural brain abnormalities in prodromal psychosis. Finally, we discuss the potentials and limitations related to neuroimaging studies in individuals at UHR. PMID:23227013

  5. Outcome of occult uterine leiomyosarcoma after surgery for presumed uterine fibroids: a systematic review.

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    Pritts, Elizabeth A; Parker, William H; Brown, Jubilee; Olive, David L

    2015-01-01

    There is concern that morcellation of occult leiomyosarcomas during surgery to treat presumed myomas may substantially worsen patient outcome. We reviewed the existing medical literature to better understand whether such a risk was demonstrable and, if so, what the magnitude of that risk might be. We identified 4864 articles initially, of which 60 were evaluated in full. Seventeen were found to have outcomes information and are included in this review. Six studies addressed the question of whether morcellation of occult leiomyosarcomas resulted in inferior outcomes as compared with en bloc uterine and tumor removal. In these 6 studies, results suggested that en bloc removal may result in improved survival and less recurrence; however, the data are highly biased and of poor quality. There is no reliable evidence that morcellation, power or otherwise, substantially results in tumor upstaging. There is no evidence from these 17 studies that power morcellation differs in any way from other types of morcellation or even simple myomectomy insofar as patient outcome. Whether electromechanical morcellation poses a unique danger to the patient with occult leiomyosarcoma is an unanswered question and one clearly in need of more extensive investigation before conclusions are drawn and policies created. PMID:25193444

  6. Combining Registration and Abnormality Detection in Mammography

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    Desolneux, Agnès

    Combining Registration and Abnormality Detection in Mammography Mohamed Hachama, Agn`es Desolneux (e.g. lesions) in mammography are solved separately, although the solutions of these problems 2006 #12;Combining Registration and Abnormality Detection in Mammography 179 The definition

  7. Laparoscopic bipolar coagulation of uterine vessels: a new method for treating symptomatic fibroids

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    Wei-Min Liu; Heung-Tat Ng; Yi-Cheng Wu; Yuan-Kuei Yen; Chiou-Chung Yuan

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effects of laparoscopic bipolar coagulation of uterine vessels in treating symptomatic fibroids.Design: Prospective clinical study.Setting: University-affiliated tertiary referral center.Patient(s): Eighty-seven women with symptomatic fibroids warranting surgical treatment and wanting to retain their uteri.Intervention(s): Laparoscopic bipolar coagulation of uterine arteries and anastomotic sites of uterine arteries with ovarian arteries.Main Outcome Measure(s): Percentage reduction in the dominant fibroid

  8. [Effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid and its agonists on uterine contractile activity].

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    Sizov, P I; Iasnetsov, V S

    1988-01-01

    In chronic experiments on female rabbits it was shown that GABA-receptor agonist phenibut given in small doses exerts the stimulating effect, while GABA and phenibut administered in large doses suppress the uterine contractile activity, acting probably as modulators of presynaptic release of neuromediators. Diazepam displays the regulatory effect on the uterine contractions via the postsynaptic receptor mechanisms. The data suggest the involvement of the GABAergic mechanisms in the uterine contractile function. PMID:3191975

  9. Variation in the Incidence of Uterine Leiomyoma Among Premenopausal Women by Age and Race

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    Lynn M Marshall; Donna Spiegelman; Robert L Barbieri; Marlene B Goldman; JoAnn E Manson; Graham A Colditz; Walter C Willett; David J Hunter

    1997-01-01

    Objective: To quantify the incidence of uterine leiomyoma confirmed by hysterectomy, ultrasound, or pelvic examination according to age and race among premenopausal women.Methods: From September 1989 through May 1993, 95,061 premenopausal nurses age 25–44 with intact uteri and no history of uterine leiomyoma were followed to determine incidence rates of uterine leiomyoma. The self-reported diagnosis was confirmed in 93% of

  10. Initial Experience of Uterine Fibroid Embolization Using Porous Gelatin Sponge Particles

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    Tetsuya KatsumoriToshiyuki Kasahara; Toshiyuki Kasahara; Minori Oda; Tomoya Kotani

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to prospectively assess the safety and effectiveness of uterine artery embolization (UAE) using\\u000a porous gelatin particle (PGP; Gelpart; Asuterasu, Tokyo, Japan) for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Twenty-five consecutive\\u000a premenopausal women underwent UAE with PGP. The angiographic end point of embolization was near stasis of the ascending uterine\\u000a artery. Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was obtained

  11. Functional neuroimaging abnormalities in idiopathic generalized epilepsy

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    McGill, Megan L.; Devinsky, Orrin; Wang, Xiuyuan; Quinn, Brian T.; Pardoe, Heath; Carlson, Chad; Butler, Tracy; Kuzniecky, Ruben; Thesen, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques have been used to quantitatively assess focal and network abnormalities. Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE) is characterized by bilateral synchronous spike–wave discharges on electroencephalography (EEG) but normal clinical MRI. Dysfunctions involving the neocortex, particularly the prefrontal cortex, and thalamus likely contribute to seizure activity. To identify possible morphometric and functional differences in the brains of IGE patients and normal controls, we employed measures of thalamic volumes, cortical thickness, gray–white blurring, fractional anisotropy (FA) measures from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (fALFF) in thalamic subregions from resting state functional MRI. Data from 27 patients with IGE and 27 age- and sex-matched controls showed similar thalamic volumes, cortical thickness and gray–white contrast. There were no differences in FA values on DTI in tracts connecting the thalamus and prefrontal cortex. Functional analysis revealed decreased fALFF in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) subregion of the thalamus in patients with IGE. We provide minimum detectable effect sizes for each measure used in the study. Our analysis indicates that fMRI-based methods are more sensitive than quantitative structural techniques for characterizing brain abnormalities in IGE. PMID:25383319

  12. Abnormal Supranuclear Eye Movements in the Child

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    Lorraine Cassidy; David Taylor; Christopher Harris

    2000-01-01

    Abnormal eye movements in the infant or young child can be congenital or acquired. They may be a result of abnormal early visual development or a sign of underlying neurologic or neuromuscular disease. It is important to be able to detect these abnormalities and to distinguish them from normal but immature eye movements. The spectrum of disease in children differs

  13. [Treatment of uterine fibroids using high-intensity ultrasound].

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    Pessarrodona, Antoni; Isern, Jordi; Rodríguez, Jordi; Vallejo, Elena; Cassado, Jordi

    2013-07-01

    High-intensity ultrasound surgery is being actively introduced as an alternative treatment to conventional surgery for uterine fibroids. Numerous studies have shown that high-intensity ultrasound surgery is a safe and effective treatment, with fewer side effects than fibroidectomy and hysterectomy, and is cost-effective. It is now possible to offer this alternative therapy to patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids. We describe the technical basis of ultrasound surgery, the pretherapy selection of patients, the limiting factors and the risks of high-intensity ultrasound therapy. We describe our unit's clinical experience with 319 patients treated in an outpatient regimen, which resulted in a high rate of success (81%) and an acceptable rate of mild complications, as well as a virtually immediate return to daily activities. We comment on the follow-up of pregnancies that occurred after treatment with high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) with no side effects attributable to the therapy. PMID:24314564

  14. Carcinosarcoma of the uterine cervix arising from Müllerian ducts.

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    Kim, Myounghwan; Lee, Chulmin; Choi, Hoon; Ko, Ji-Kyung; Kang, Guhyun; Chun, Kyoung-Chul

    2015-05-01

    Carcinosarcomas of the uterine cervix are extremely rare. Cervical carcinosarcoma can be characterized by having two different origins: the Müllerian ducts and the mesonephric duct remnants. A 53-year-old Korean woman was admitted to the hospital because of pelvic mass detected on computed tomography scan done at private clinic. A Radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingooophorectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy was carried out upon a diagnosis of stage IB2 cervical sarcoma. Immunohistochemically, the epithelial component was positive for pancytokeratin and estrogen receptor, but negative for CD 10 and carletinin. The mesenchymal component was positive for vimentin. The histopathologic diagnosis was a carcinosarcoma of the uterine cervix arising from Müllerian ducts. She underwent chemotherapy. She developed systemic recurrence seven months after operation and died of disease. The origin of cervical carcinosarcoma needs to be verified and immunohistochemical studies using mesonephric marker (CD 10, carletinin, and estrogen receptor) is helpful. PMID:26023676

  15. Carcinosarcoma of the uterine cervix arising from Müllerian ducts

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    Kim, Myounghwan; Choi, Hoon; Ko, Ji-Kyung; Kang, Guhyun; Chun, Kyoung-chul

    2015-01-01

    Carcinosarcomas of the uterine cervix are extremely rare. Cervical carcinosarcoma can be characterized by having two different origins: the Müllerian ducts and the mesonephric duct remnants. A 53-year-old Korean woman was admitted to the hospital because of pelvic mass detected on computed tomography scan done at private clinic. A Radical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingooophorectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy was carried out upon a diagnosis of stage IB2 cervical sarcoma. Immunohistochemically, the epithelial component was positive for pancytokeratin and estrogen receptor, but negative for CD 10 and carletinin. The mesenchymal component was positive for vimentin. The histopathologic diagnosis was a carcinosarcoma of the uterine cervix arising from Müllerian ducts. She underwent chemotherapy. She developed systemic recurrence seven months after operation and died of disease. The origin of cervical carcinosarcoma needs to be verified and immunohistochemical studies using mesonephric marker (CD 10, carletinin, and estrogen receptor) is helpful. PMID:26023676

  16. Laparoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation of Uterine Fibroids

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    Milic, Andrea [University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging (Canada); Asch, Murray R. [Lakeridge Health Corporation, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Canada)], E-mail: masch@lakeridgehealth.on.ca; Hawrylyshyn, Peter A.; Allen, Lisa M. [Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Canada); Colgan, Terence J. [Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Pathology (Canada); Kachura, John R. [Toronto General Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Canada); Hayeems, Eran B. [Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Canada)

    2006-08-15

    Four patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids measuring less than 6 cm underwent laparoscopic ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using multiprobe-array electrodes. Follow-up of the treated fibroids was performed with gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and patients' symptoms were assessed by telephone interviews. The procedure was initially technically successful in 3 of the 4 patients and MRI studies at 1 month demonstrated complete fibroid ablation. Symptom improvement, including a decrease in menstrual bleeding and pain, was achieved in 2 patients at 3 months. At 7 months, 1 of these 2 patients experienced symptom worsening which correlated with recurrent fibroid on MRI. The third, initially technically successfully treated patient did not experience any symptom relief after the procedure and was ultimately diagnosed with adenomyosis. Our preliminary results suggest that RFA is a technically feasible treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids in appropriately selected patients.

  17. Carcinoma of the uterine cervix treated with external irradiation alone.

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    Akine, Y; Hashida, I; Kajiura, Y; Watai, K; Tsukiyama, I; Egawa, S; Yamada, T; Tanemura, K; Tsunematsu, R; Ohmi, K

    1986-09-01

    One hundred and four out of 2701 patients with carcinoma of the uterine cervix were treated with a curative intent by external irradiation alone at the National Cancer Center Hospital from 1962 to 1979. All patients were judged inappropriate for the combined treatment of intracavitary and external irradiation, which was the treatment of choice for patients with advanced carcinoma of the uterine cervix in the hospital. The 5-year survival rate was 17% overall and 36, 17, and 5% for patients with Stage II, III, and IV disease, respectively. The local control rate was 20%, at 2 years, for all patients. Major complications were observed in five patients. There were no major complications in patients given a total dose of less than 115 in the Time Dose Fractionation factor (TDF). External irradiation combined with interstitial irradiation and/or hyperthermia is being considered to improve the results. PMID:3759588

  18. A uterine choriocarcinoma in a virgin Donryu rat.

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    Yoshida, M; Shiraki, K; Kudoh, K; Ando-Lu, J; Takahashi, M; Maekawa, A

    1997-01-01

    A uterine choriocarcinoma was found in a 49-wk-old virgin Donryu rat given intrauterine administration of N-ethyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (ENNG). The tumor was macroscopically present as a bloody cystic mass and microscopically composed of 2 kinds of cells: small basophilic cells similar to cytotrophoblasts in the rat placenta and large cells with big nuclei resembling giant trophoblasts. The giant cells were positive for 3 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3 beta-HSD), although immunohistochemical examination was negative or nonspecific for chorionic gonadotrophins, including beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta hCG), human placental lactogen (hPL), and placental glycoprotein (SP-1), or for placental alkaline phosphatase (ALP). However, the animal exhibited a slight mammotropic status. The results thus suggest a choriocarcinoma nature for this uterine tumor and that the tumor cells secrete a weakly mammotrophic hormone. PMID:9437811

  19. Eyeblink Conditioning Deficits Indicate Timing and Cerebellar Abnormalities in Schizophrenia

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    Brown, S.M.; Kieffaber, P.D.; Carroll, C.A.; Vohs, J.L.; Tracy, J.A.; Shekhar, A.; O'Donnell, B.F.; Steinmetz, J.E.; Hetrick, W.P.

    2005-01-01

    Accumulating evidence indicates that individuals with schizophrenia manifest abnormalities in structures (cerebellum and basal ganglia) and neurotransmitter systems (dopamine) linked to internal-timing processes. A single-cue tone delay eyeblink conditioning paradigm comprised of 100 learning and 50 extinction trials was used to examine cerebellar…

  20. A Dynamic Fuzzy Classifier for Detecting Abnormalities in Mammograms

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    Sabah Mohammed; Lei Yang; Jinan Fiaidhi

    2004-01-01

    One of the most important steps in digital mammography is an adequate segmentation of possible abnormalities. This obviously minimizes errors in further stages such as in classification. However, several factors affect the proper segmentation of mammograms. Mammograms contain low signal to noise ratio (low contrast) and a complicated structured background.In this article we are describing a generic approach for detecting

  1. 12-lead ECG in the athlete: physiological versus pathological abnormalities

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    D Corrado; A Biffi; C Basso; A Pelliccia; G Thiene

    2009-01-01

    Participation in sports activity and regular physical training is associated with physiological structural and electrical changes in the heart (athlete’s heart) that enable sustained increases in cardiac output for prolonged periods. Cardiovascular remodelling in the conditioned athlete is often associated with ECG changes. In rare cases, abnormalities of an athlete’s ECG may reflect an underlying heart disease which puts the

  2. PAX8 expression in uterine malignant mesodermal mixed tumor (carcinosarcoma).

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    Holmes, Brittany J; Gown, Allen M; Vang, Russell; Ronnett, Brigitte M; Yemelyanova, Anna

    2014-07-01

    PAX8 has emerged as a useful immunohistochemical marker for epithelial neoplasms of gynecologic origin. Expression of PAX8 in uterine malignant mesodermal mixed tumors (MMMT, carcinosarcoma) has not been characterized in detail. The goal of this study is to evaluate PAX8 expression in uterine MMMTs, with particular attention to its distribution in specific tumor components. Thirty-seven cases were studied. PAX8 expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry and scored separately in the epithelial and mesenchymal components of the tumors. The extent of staining was scored based on the estimated percentage of positive tumor cells as 1+: 1% to 25%; 2+: 26% to 50%; 3+: 51% to 75%; 4+: 76% to 100%. The epithelial component expressed PAX8 in all but 1 tumor, with 92% of tumors displaying 3+ and 4+ extent of staining. The mesenchymal component lacked PAX8 expression in 27 cases (73%) with variable expression in the remaining 10 cases. In addition, 12 tumors contained undifferentiated areas that were not readily classifiable as carcinoma or sarcoma based on morphologic features. Of these, 8 (67%) were negative for PAX8, whereas 4 (33%) demonstrated variable extent of expression. Thus, PAX8 is expressed in the carcinomatous components of nearly all uterine MMMTs (97%), with expression in sarcomatous and undifferentiated components being less common and less extensive. The uniform, extensive expression in the carcinomatous components makes PAX8 a useful marker for diagnosis of carcinomatous metastases of uterine MMMT at extrauterine sites. Its infrequent expression in the sarcomatous and undifferentiated components limits its utility in identifying sarcoma-predominant metastases as gynecologic in origin. PMID:24901404

  3. Treatment for Uterine Fibroids: Searching for Effective Drug Therapies

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    Leppert, Phyllis C.

    2012-01-01

    Uterine fibroids are common reproductive-age benign tumors that contribute to severe morbidity and infertility. Cumulative incidence is 4 times higher in Africian-Americans compared to Caucasians and constitutes a major health disparity challenge. Fibroids are the leading indication for hysterectomy and their management averages $21 billion annually in the US. No long term minimally invasive therapies exist. Thus, promising drug therapies, their chemistry, pharmacology, and clinical efficacy, focusing first on innovative drug delivery approaches, are reviewed. PMID:23264802

  4. Internalization of urinary trypsin inhibitor in human uterine fibroblasts

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    H. Kobayashi; Yasuyuki Hirashima; Guang Wei Sun; Michio Fujie; Satoshi Shibata; Satoshi Tamotsu; Katsuaki Kato; Hideaki Morishita; Toshihiko Terao

    1998-01-01

    We have characterized the molecular species and internalization of urinary trypsin inhibitor (UTI) in human uterine fibroblasts.\\u000a Link protein (LP) has previously been identified as one of the cell-associated UTI binding proteins. The truncated forms of\\u000a UTI were readily detectable in the cells after incubating the cells with purified UTI. Immunoblotting analysis with a panel\\u000a of domain-specific antibodies revealed that

  5. Response of adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix to chemoradiotherapy

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    KAIDAR-PERSON, ORIT; YOSEFIA, SAWSAN; ABDAH-BORTNYAK, ROXOLYANA

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the current retrospective study was to investigate the response of advanced cervical adenocarcinoma (AC) to definitive chemoradiotherapy. Uterine cervical cancer is one of the most common cancer types among females, with squamous cell carcinoma (SQCC) being the most prevalent histological type. The incidence of cervical AC and its variants has markedly increased in recent decades. The current understanding with regard to the treatment of cervical cancer has been established through studies in which the majority of the patients suffered from SQCC, while only a limited number of studies have focused on the treatment of AC. Therefore, the optimal treatment for uterine cervical AC remains unclear. In the present study, data were collected from the medical files of patients who were diagnosed with advanced uterine cervical AC and treated with chemoradiotherapy between 1998 and 2013. Data were also collected from a group of patients with SQCC for comparison with AC patients in terms of response and survival. A total of 68 uterine cervical cancer cases were included, including 29 AC patients and 39 SQCC patients. Compared with the SQCC subgroup, a higher number of AC patients required surgery following chemoradiotherapy due to a lack of response to the initial treatment (5% vs. 31%, respectively; P=0.0065). After a median follow-up period of 10 years, patients with AC exhibited shorter overall survival (7.4 years vs. 11 years for AC and SQCC groups, respectively; P=0.01). Differences in recurrence (40.7% vs. 34.4%; P=0.79) and disease-free interval (1.2 years vs. 2 years; P=0.11) were not statistically significant. The results indicated that cervical AC is less responsive to chemoradiotherapy compared with SQCC.

  6. [Treatment of uterine prolapse and vaginal vault by vaginal route].

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    de Tayrac, R; Letouzey, V; Costa, P; Haab, F; Delmas, V

    2009-12-01

    All the prolapses of the median compartment (uterine or vault prolapse) of the pelvis have the same physiopathology. The surgical treatment must be reserved to symptomatic patients. Hysterectomy is discussed. The gold standard of the vaginal way is the sacrospinofixation (Richter procedure) Many other procedures are possible: colpofixation or colpocléisis. On young premenopausal women, the abdominal sacrofixation is the gold standard, but in postmenopausal ones, the vaginal way, specially the sacrospinofixation, is quicker and with less morbidity and hospitalization. PMID:19969278

  7. Uterine primitive neuroectodermal tumor with adenosarcoma: a case report

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    Minakshi Bhardwaj; Meenakshi Batrani; Indu Chawla; Renuka Malik

    2010-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the uterus is extremely rare. They occur as either pure primitive neuroectodermal tumors or admixed with neoplasms of mullerian origin. CASE PRESENTATION: A case of uterine primitive neuroectodermal tumor with adenosarcoma in a 50-year-old Asian Indian woman is presented. Histologically, the neoplasm displayed perivascular pseudorosettes and occasional Homer-Wright rosettes. A strong positivity for neuronspecific enolase

  8. Extra-gonadal collateral supply to uterine leiomyomata: a case report.

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    McLucas, Bruce

    2009-01-01

    Although the vast majority of uterine leiomyomata are supplied solely by the uterine arteries, myomata have been reported to recruit additional blood supply, especially from the ovarian arteries. This report describes a patient with vascular supply to uterine leiomyomata from a non-gonadal source. The collateral supply was identified during uterine artery embolization as originating from an aortoiliac hemorrhoidal artery emanating from the inferior mesenteric artery. The aberrant vessel was selectively embolized during a follow-up procedure, which produced successful anatomical and clinical results. PMID:19255926

  9. Uterine artery embolization for leioyomas, ultrasonography and angiography aspects

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    Horhoianu, IA; Horhoianu, VV; Joita, D; Carstoiu, M; Dorobat, B

    2012-01-01

    Objective and Rationale. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the degree of fibroid shrinkage which well correlates with symptom regression, and thus to assess the effectiveness of the procedure Method. 31 patients were included in the trial after selection. All the patients were thoroughly evaluated before embolization, the following day and at a month after but also at 3 months for 10 of them. A certain protocol was followed passing through well established steps. The purpose was to discover and rule out any associated possible disease and to assess and grade the symptoms, ultrasound and angiographic aspects. Results. Regarding the uterus, its volume evolution registered a descending trend, the mean decrease at 30 days being of 25% (-81,6 cm³) and at 90 days of 52%(-173,15 cm³). The fibroids also decreased statistically, the mean global variation at 30 days registering a decrease of -17,66 cm³(27%) and 61% at day 90. The mean global reduction at 30 days was of 44% (-33,18 cm³) and of 62% (-60,85 cm³) at 90 days. Absence of uterine anastomoses lead to proper fibroid decrease whereas their presence diminished the chances. Conclusions. The uterine and fibroid volumes registered a statistical volume decrease at 30 and 90 days in comparison with the volumes before embolization. Absence of uterine anastomoses led to proper fibroid decrease. Longer evaluation time is needed for an accurate evaluation of volume reduction degree. PMID:23346257

  10. Dietary components and uterine leiomyomas: a review of published data.

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    Parazzini, Fabio; Di Martino, Mirella; Candiani, Massimo; Viganò, Paola

    2015-01-01

    Some studies have considered the association between diet and uterine fibroid risk, but the issue is largely unsettled. To identify potential modifiable risk factors for fibroid development, we have herein systematically reviewed prior publications dealing with this aspect. Comprehensive searches in electronic databases were conducted to collect studies published on association between uterine leiomyomas and both nutrients and food groups. We identified 13 publications deriving from 4 case-control, 3 cross-sectional, and 4 cohort studies. A protective effect has been demonstrated for consumption of fruits and green vegetables in both case-control and cohort studies. Moreover, very recent cross-sectional and case-control studies evaluating serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3 tend to indicate that vitamin D insufficiency, which may in part be due to the diet intake, may play an important role in the development of uterine fibroids. No association was found with the intake of fibers, vitamin C and E, phytoestrogens and carotenoids, whereas association was controversial for the consumption of meat, fish, dairy products, and vitamin A. Most data have also been discussed herein in light of the available experimental and animal model results. These findings may be useful in devising nutritional strategies to reduce leiomyoma risk in humans. PMID:25826470

  11. Pelvic prolapse: diagnosing and treating uterine and vaginal vault prolapse.

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    Cespedes, R D; Cross, C A; McGuire, E J

    1998-07-01

    Uterine prolapse is often associated with a concomitant rectocele, cystocele, and/or an enterocele. Moderate degrees of prolapse are often associated with a feeling of pelvic heaviness or fullness or low back pain. The symptoms usually worsen with exertion and ease with bed rest. In severe prolapse, the cervix may descend outside the vaginal introitus, and patients may complain that a "mass" is protruding from the vagina. Bleeding from mucosal ulcerations or from the cervical os may occur due to rubbing of the prolapsed tissue against the patient's clothing. The commonly associated problems of cystoceles and rectoceles may lead the patient to complain of difficulty voiding, recurrent urinary infections, and/or "splinting" to defecate. Mild cases of uterine prolapse do not require therapy unless the patient is symptomatic; in most cases of second- or third-degree prolapse, however, patients may be quite uncomfortable and desire therapy. Nonsurgical options, such as a pessary, are usually tried first if the patient desires conservative therapy. Operative repair for uterine prolapse is usually approached vaginally if the uterus is small. An abdominal approach may be preferred if the uterus is large or if the woman has had multiple previous pelvic procedures or has extensive endometriosis or other processes that may obliterate the cul-de-sac. In either approach, the uterosacral and cardinal ligaments must be carefully ligated and tied together, and the cul-de-sac must be obliterated to reduce the risk of subsequent enterocele and to properly suspend the vaginal vault. PMID:9732100

  12. Radiosensitization of uterine cancer cell lines by cytotoxic agents.

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    Nguyen, H N; Sevin, B U; Averette, H E; Gottlieb, C; Perras, J; Donato, D; Penalver, M

    1993-01-01

    Radiotherapy remains an integral part of uterine cancer therapy. Overcoming radioresistant tumors by sensitizers continues to be a prime objective in radiotherapy research. In this study, the effects of five cytotoxic agents on two radiosensitive and four radioresistant uterine cancer cell lines were investigated. The ATP bioluminescence was used to measure surviving fractions. Data analysis was done using the linear quadratic model and radiosensitivity index D. Both AN3 and SKUT1B were radiosensitive with Ds of 1.73 and 1.72 Gy, respectively. The resistant cell lines had the following D values: AE7, 3.50; ECC, 6.61; HEC1A, 4.59; and HEC1B, 13.49 Gy. The average radiosensitization effects for various drugs were measured by reduction of D: DXR 45 +/- 7, DDP 40 +/- 9, 5FU 55 +/- 10, MITO 59 +/- 14, and HU 1.7 +/- 7%. Except for HU, Wilcoxon analyses revealed that these sensitizing effects were significant with P < 0.02. In summary, Adriamycin, 5-fluorouracil, cisplatin, and mitomycin-C have the potential to be radiosensitizers in uterine cancer cell lines. PMID:8423017

  13. Chemopreventive effects of hydroxymatairesinol on uterine carcinogenesis in Donryu rats.

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    Katsuda, Shin-ichi; Yoshida, Midori; Saarinen, Niina; Smeds, Annika; Nakae, Dai; Santti, Risto; Maekawa, Akihiko

    2004-05-01

    Hydroxymatairesinol (HMR), obtained from the heartwood of spruce (Picea abies), has been demonstrated to exert chemo-preventive effects on the development of mammary tumors in rats. To examine the influence of HMR on uterine carcinogenesis, adult Donryu rats were initiated with a single intrauterine treatment of N-ethyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (ENNG) at 11 weeks of age and fed thereafter 0, 200, or 600 ppm HMR mixed in the soy-containing diet until 15 months of age. Incidences of uterine adenocarcinoma in both 200 and 600 ppm HMR-dosed groups were significantly reduced to 11% and 15%, respectively, less than 50% of 0 ppm, at the end of the experiment (P < 0.05). A delay in the start of persistent estrus by HMR was observed at 8 months of age compared with controls given carcinogen alone. From urinalysis, HMR was metabolized mainly to enterolactone and hydroxyenterolactone. These findings suggest that HMR or its metabolites exert chemo-preventive effects in the rat ENNG-uterine carcinogenesis model. PMID:15096654

  14. Nonosseous abnormalities on bone scans.

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    Loutfi, Issa; Collier, B David; Mohammed, Ahmed M

    2003-09-01

    Although bone scanning is a test primarily concerned with skeletal abnormalities, important nonosseous findings are occasionally present on the images. To gauge the significance of such nonosseous uptake and, in particular, to determine whether these findings contain useful diagnostic information, the technical and medical staff in nuclear medicine must recognize the various patterns of nonbony uptake and understand their causes. The objectives of this article are to demonstrate the appearances of nonosseous uptake on bone scans, to categorize the forms of soft-tissue uptake, to emphasize technical artifacts leading to soft-tissue uptake, and to highlight the clinical significance of pathologic soft-tissue uptake. PMID:12968045

  15. Foot abnormalities of wild birds

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    Herman, C.M.; Locke, L.N.; Clark, G.M.

    1962-01-01

    The various foot abnormalities that occur in birds, including pox, scaly-leg, bumble-foot, ergotism and freezing are reviewed. In addition, our findings at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center include pox from dove, mockingbird, cowbird, grackle and several species of sparrows. Scaly-leg has been particularly prevalent on icterids. Bumble foot has been observed in a whistling swan and in a group of captive woodcock. Ergotism is reported from a series of captive Canada geese from North Dakota. Several drug treatments recommended by others are presented.

  16. Abnormalities of the erythrocyte membrane.

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    Gallagher, Patrick G

    2013-12-01

    Primary abnormalities of the erythrocyte membrane are characterized by clinical, laboratory, and genetic heterogeneity. Among this group, hereditary spherocytosis patients are more likely to experience symptomatic anemia. Treatment of hereditary spherocytosis with splenectomy is curative in most patients. Growing recognition of the long-term risks of splenectomy has led to re-evaluation of the role of splenectomy. Management guidelines acknowledge these considerations and recommend discussion between health care providers, patient, and family. The hereditary elliptocytosis syndromes are the most common primary disorders of erythrocyte membrane proteins. However, most elliptocytosis patients are asymptomatic and do not require therapy. PMID:24237975

  17. Pathology Case Study: Sensory Abnormalities

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    Duggal, Neil

    The Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has compiled a wide range of pathology case studies to aid students and instructors in the medical/health science field. This particular case focuses on a 30-year-old man with a history of focal numbness, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and progressive sensory abnormalities. The patientâ??s history, images from an MRI, microscopic images of a specimen collected during his laminectomy, and final diagnosis are provided in this case for your review. Students will find this resource especially helpful, as it provides experience with patient history, lab results, and diagnostics.

  18. Diagnostic accuracy of sonohysterography compared to endometrial biopsy in pre-menopausal women with abnormal uterine bleeding

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    Tehranian, Afsaneh; Bayani, Leila; Heidary, Somayesadat; Rastad, Hadis; Rahimi, Akram; Hosseini, Ladan

    2015-01-01

    Background: AUB is a common cause of women’s referring to gynecologists. Although hysteroscopy is known as the gold standard technique for diagnosing the cause of AUB, sonohysterography is less invasive, and it is performed by general gynecologists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of sonohysterography compared to the results of the endometrial biopsy, guided by hysteroscopy in premenopausal women with AUB. Methods: This cross- sectional Study was conducted at the gynecological clinic of Roointan -Arash women's Hospital from February 2011 to February 2012. The study participants were 90 premenopausal female patients, who visited the clinic for AUB, for whom, hormonal, iatrogenic and systemic causes were ruled out. They underwent sonohysterography and hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy. The results of sonohysterography and pathological reports of endometrial biopsy were compared, and the diagnostic accuracy of sonohysterography for normal endometrium, endometrial polyps, sub mucosal fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia was evaluated. Results: The diagnostic accuracy of sonohysterography was found to be 89.1% for the normal endometrium, 90% for endometrial polyps, 99% for sub mucosal fibroids and 94.4% for endometrial hyperplasia. Conclusion: Sonohysterography is an accurate, non-invasive and cost-effective method for diagnosing AUB causes compared to hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy. Therefore, as an initial diagnostic step, it can replace the alternative and less accurate methods such as transvaginal ultrasound, blind endometrial curettage or more costly and invasive methods such as hysteroscopy requiring anesthesia.

  19. Paracrine effects of a uterine agglutinin are mediated via the sialic acids present in the rat uterine endometrium

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    U. Chatterji; A. K. Sen; R. Schauer; M. Chowdhury

    2000-01-01

    A 32 kDa estrogen-induced, sialic acid-specific agglutinin (P-SAS) was isolated from rat endometrium in its proestrus stage [1]. To investigate the functional importance of P-SAS in the uterine milieu, specific binding assays were carried out with 125I-labeled P-SAS and different cellular components of the uterus (epithelial, stromal and myometrial cells), that were isolated from different stages of the estrus cycle.

  20. Midterm Results after Uterine Artery Embolization Versus MR-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids

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    Froeling, V., E-mail: vera.froeling@charite.de; Meckelburg, K., E-mail: katrin.meckelburg@charite.de; Scheurig-Muenkler, C., E-mail: christian.scheurig-muenkler@charite.de; Schreiter, N. F., E-mail: nils.schreiter@charite.de; Kamp, J., E-mail: julia.kamp@charite.de; Maurer, M. H., E-mail: martin.maurer@charite.de; Beck, A., E-mail: alexander.beck@charite.de; Hamm, B., E-mail: bernd.hamm@charite.de; Kroencke, T. J., E-mail: Thomas.kroencke@charite.de [Charite-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Department of Radiology (Germany)

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: To compare the rate of reintervention and midterm changes in symptom severity (SS) and Total health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores after uterine artery embolization (UAE) and magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-g HIFU) for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Methods: Eighty women (median age 38.3 years), equally eligible for MR-g HIFU and UAE who underwent one of both treatments between 2002 and 2009 at our institution, were included. The primary end point of the study was defined as the rate of reintervention after both therapies. The secondary outcome was defined as changes in SS and Total HRQoL scores after treatment. SS and Total HRQoL scores before treatment and at midterm follow-up (median 13.3 months) were assessed by the uterine fibroid symptom and quality-of-life questionnaire (UFS-QoL) and compared. Results: The rate of reintervention was significantly lower after UAE than after MR-g HIFU (p = 0.002). After both treatments, SS and Total HRQoL scores improved significantly from baseline to follow-up (UAE: p < 0.001, p < 0.001; MR-g HIFU: p = 0.002, p < 0.001). Total HRQoL scores were significantly higher after UAE than after MR-g HIFU (p = 0.032). Changes in the SS scores did not differ significantly for both treatments (p = 0.061). Conclusion: UAE and MR-g HIFU significantly improved the health-related quality of life of women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. After UAE, the change in Total HRQoL score improvement was significantly better, and a significantly lower rate of reintervention was observed.

  1. Cardiac abnormalities and sudden infant death syndrome.

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    Sweeting, Joanna; Semsarian, Christopher

    2014-12-01

    Many factors have been implicated in SIDS cases including environmental influences such as sleeping arrangements and smoking. Most recently, cardiac abnormalities have been hypothesised to play a role in some cases, particularly the primary genetic arrhythmogenic disorders such as familial long QT syndrome (LQTS). Both post-mortem and clinical studies of SIDS cases have provided supporting evidence for the involvement of cardiac genetic disorders in SIDS. This review provides a summary of this evidence focussing particularly on the primary hypothesis related to underlying familial LQTS. In addition, the current literature relating to other cardiac genetic conditions such as Brugada syndrome (BrS) and structural heart diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is briefly presented. Finally, the implications of a possible cardiac genetic cause of SIDS is discussed with reference to the need for genetic testing in SIDS cases and subsequent clinical and genetic testing in family members. PMID:25301030

  2. Using Reduced Interference Distribution to Analyze Abnormal Cardiac Signal

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    Mousa, Allam; Saleem, Rashid

    2011-05-01

    Due to the non-stationary, multicomponent nature of biomedical signals, the use of time-frequency analysis can be inevitable for these signals. The choice and selection of the proper Time-Frequency Distribution (TFD) that can reveal the exact multicomponent structure of biological signals is vital in many applications, including the diagnosis of medical abnormalities. In this paper, the instantaneous frequency techniques using two distribution functions are applied for analysis of biological signals. These distributions are the Wigner-Ville Distribution and the Bessel Distribution. The simulation performed on normaland abnormal cardiac signals show that the Bessel Distribution can clearly detect the QRS complexes. However, Wigner-Ville Distribution was able to detect the QRS complexes in the normal signa, but fails to detect these complexes in the abnormal cardiac signal.

  3. Factors associated with postpartum hemorrhage severity 1 Postpartum hemorrhage due to uterine atony after vaginal delivery:1

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    to uterine atony after vaginal delivery:1 Factors associated with severity2 3 Marine Driessen MD MPH1 , Marie with PPH due to uterine atony after36 vaginal delivery in 106 French hospitals between November 2004

  4. Developmental Abnormalities and Epimutations Associated with DNA Hypomethylation Mutations

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    Tetsuji Kakutani; Jeffrey A. Jeddeloh; Susan K. Flowers; Kyoko Munakata; Eric J. Richards

    1996-01-01

    A number of aberrant morphological phenotypes were noted during propagation of the Arabidopsis thaliana DNA hypomethylation mutant, ddm1, by repeated self-pollination. Onset of a spectrum of morphological abnormalities, including defects in leaf structure, flowering time, and flower structure, was strictly associated with the ddm1 mutations. The morphological phenotypes arose at a high frequency in selfed ddm1 mutant lines and some

  5. Mutations in ?-Tubulin Cause Abnormal Neuronal Migration in Mice and Lissencephaly in Humans

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    David A. Keays; Guoling Tian; Karine Poirier; Guo-Jen Huang; Christian Siebold; James Cleak; Peter L. Oliver; Martin Fray; Robert J. Harvey; Zoltán Molnár; Maria C. Piñon; Neil Dear; William Valdar; Steve D. M. Brown; Kay E. Davies; J. Nicholas P. Rawlins; Nicholas J. Cowan; Patrick Nolan; Jamel Chelly; Jonathan Flint

    2007-01-01

    SUMMARY The development of the mammalian brain is dependent on extensive neuronal migration. Mutations in mice and humans that affect neuronal migration result in abnormal lamina- tion of brain structures with associated behav- ioral deficits. Here, we report the identification of a hyperactive N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)- induced mouse mutant with abnormalities in the laminar architecture of the hippocampus and cortex, accompanied

  6. Differential expression patterns of N-acetylglucosaminyl transferases and polylactosamines in uterine lesions.

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    Clark, A T R; Guimarães da Costa, V M L; Bandeira Costa, L; Bezerra Cavalcanti, C L; De Melo Rêgo, M J B; Beltrão, E I C

    2014-01-01

    Polylactosamine (polyLacNAc) is a fundamental structure in glycoconjugates and it is expressed in specific cells/tissues associated with the development and carcinogenesis. ?1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyl transferases (?3GnTs) play an important role in polyLacNAc synthesis, however the roles of these glycosyltransferases and their products in cancer progression are still unclear. In this sense, this work aimed to evaluate differential expression pattern of the N-acetylglucosaminyl transferases and polylactosamines in invasive and premalignant lesions of the uterus cervix. The expression of ?3GnT2 and ?3GnT3 were evaluated in normal (n=10) and uterine cervix lesions (n= 120) malignant (squamous carcinoma - SC) and premalignant (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia - CIN - grades 1, 2 and 3) using immunohistochemistry. Besides, lectin histochemistry with Phytolacca americana lectin (PWM) and Wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) was also carried out to observe the presence of polyLacNAc chains and N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), respectively. The ?3GnT3 was expressed in almost all samples (99%) and ?3GnT2 was higher expressed in disease samples mainly in CIN 3, when compared with normal (P=0.002), CIN 1 (P=0.009) and CIN 2 (P=0.03). The expression of polyLacNAc was higher is SC samples, when compared with normal (P=0.03), CIN 1 (P=0.02) and CIN 3 (P=0.004), and was observed only nuclear expression in nearly 50% of the SC samples, showing a statistically significant when compared with normal (P=0.01), CIN 1 (P=0.002), CIN 2 (P=0.007) and CIN 3 (P=0.04). Deferring from transferases and polyLacNAc chains, GlcNAc (WGA ligand) reveals a gradual staining pattern decrease with the increase of the lesion degree, being more expressed in CIN 1 lesions when compared with normal (P<0.0001), CIN 2 (P<0.0001), SC (P<0.0001) and CIN 3 (P=0.0003). Our data reveals ?3GnT2 and polyLacNAc may be involved in the progression of the pre-malignant lesions of human the uterine cervix. In addition, polyLacNAc expression only in the nucleus can be associated a poor prognostic in uterine lesions. PMID:24998922

  7. Differential Expression Patterns of N-Acetylglucosaminyl Transferases and Polylactosamines in Uterine Lesions

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    Clark, A.T.R.; da Costa, V.M.L. Guimarães; Costa, L. Bandeira; Cavalcanti, C.L. Bezerra; Rêgo, M.J.B. de Melo; Beltrão, E.I.C.

    2014-01-01

    Polylactosamine (polyLacNAc) is a fundamental structure in glycoconjugates and it is expressed in specific cells/tissues associated with the development and carcinogenesis. ?1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyl transferases ((?3GnTs) play an important role in polyLacNAc synthesis, however the roles of these glycosyltransferases and their products in cancer progression are still unclear. In this sense, this work aimed to evaluate differential expression pattern of the N-acetylglucosaminyl transferases and polylactosamines in invasive and premalignant lesions of the uterus cervix. The expression of ?3GnT2 and ?3GnT3 were evaluated in normal (n=10) and uterine cervix lesions (n=120), both malignant [squamous carcinoma (SC)] and premalignant [cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), grades 1, 2 and 3] using immunohistochemistry. Besides, lectin histochemistry with Phytolacca americana lectin (PWM) and Wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) was also carried out to observe the presence of polyLacNAc chains and N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), respectively. The ?3GnT3 was expressed in almost all samples (99%) and ?3GnT2 was higher expressed in disease samples mainly in CIN 3, when compared with normal (P=0.002), CIN 1 (P=0.009) and CIN 2 (P=0.03). The expression of polyLacNAc was higher is SC samples, when compared with normal (P=0.03), CIN 1 (P=0.02) and CIN 3 (P=0.004), and was observed only nuclear expression in nearly 50% of the SC samples, showing a statistically significant when compared with normal (P=0.01), CIN 1 (P=0.002), CIN 2 (P=0.007) and CIN 3 (P=0.04). Deferring from transferases and polyLacNAc chains, GlcNAc (WGA ligand) reveals a gradual staining pattern decrease with the increase of the lesion degree, being more expressed in CIN 1 lesions when compared with normal (P<0.0001), CIN 2 (P<0.0001), SC (P<0.0001) and CIN 3 (P=0.0003). Our data reveal that ?3GnT2 and polyLacNAc may be involved in the progression of the pre-malignant lesions of the human uterine cervix. In addition, polyLacNAc expression only in the nucleus can be associated a poor prognostic in uterine lesions. PMID:24998922

  8. Expression of genes associated with immunity in the endometrium of cattle with disparate postpartum uterine disease and fertility

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    Shan Herath; Sonia T Lilly; Natalia R Santos; Robert O Gilbert; Leopold Goetze; Clare E Bryant; John O White; James Cronin; I Martin Sheldon

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Contamination of the uterine lumen with bacteria is ubiquitous in cattle after parturition. Some animals develop endometritis and have reduced fertility but others have no uterine disease and readily conceive. The present study tested the hypothesis that postpartum cattle that develop persistent endometritis and infertility are unable to limit the inflammatory response to uterine bacterial infection. METHODS: Endometrial biopsies

  9. Transmission line models to simulate the impedance of the uterine vasculature during the ovarian cycle and pregnancy

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    Chesler, Naomi C.

    adequately with pregnancy is a hallmark of pre-eclampsia [8­11]. Increases in uterine vascular compliance with pre- eclampsia, which contributes to insufficient uterine perfusion [14,15], but the consequences of pre-eclampsia for uterine artery compliance changes during pregnancy are not known. Further- more

  10. Screening for pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction by uterine artery Doppler at 11-14 weeks of gestation

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    A. M. Martin; R. Bindra; P. Curcio; S. Cicero; K. H. Nicolaides

    2001-01-01

    Objective To examine the value of uterine artery Doppler at 11-14 weeks of gestation in the identification of women at risk of developing pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Methods Uterine artery Doppler was carried out at 11- 14 weeks in 3324 consecutive singleton pregnancies attend- ing for routine care in three London hospitals. The right and left uterine arteries were

  11. Congenital Abnormalities and Multiple Sclerosis

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    2010-01-01

    Background There is a strong maternal parent-of-origin effect in determining susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS). One hypothesis is that an abnormal intrauterine milieu leading to impaired fetal development could plausibly also result in increased susceptibility to MS. A possible marker for this intrauterine insult is the presence of a non-fatal congenital anomaly. Methods We investigated whether or not congenital anomalies are associated with MS in a population-based cohort. We identified 7063 MS index cases and 2655 spousal controls with congenital anomaly information from the Canadian Collaborative Project on Genetic Susceptibility to MS (CCPGSMS). Results The frequency of congential anomalies were compared between index cases and controls. No significant differences were found. Conclusions Congenital anomalies thus do not appear to be associated with MS. However, we did not have complete data on types and severity of congenital anomalies or on maternal birth history and thus this study should be regarded as preliminary. PMID:21080921

  12. Plasticity in developing rat uterine sensory nerves: the role of NGF and TrkA

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    C. Chalar; A. Richeri; L. Viettro; R. Chávez-Genaro; P. Bianchimano; N. M. Marmol; K. Crutcher; G. Burnstock; T. Cowen; M. M. Brauer

    2003-01-01

    In the present study we investigated the effects of infantile\\/prepubertal chronic oestrogen treatment, chemical sympathectomy with guanethidine and combined sympathectomy and chronic oestrogen treatment on developing sensory nerves of the rat uterus. Changes in sensory innervation were assessed quantitatively on uterine cryostat tissue sections stained for calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). Uterine levels of NGF protein, using immunohistochemistry and ELISA, and

  13. Uterosacral ligament fixation for vaginal vault suspension in uterine and vaginal vault prolapse

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    Van Jenkins

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the simplicity, safety, anatomic, and functional success of using the uterosacral ligaments for correction of significant complex uterine and vaginal vault prolapse by the vaginal route. STUDY DESIGN: Fifty women with uterine or vaginal vault prolapse with descent of the cervix or the vaginal vault to the introitus or greater were

  14. Ovarian Artery: Angiographic Appearance, Embolization and Relevance to Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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    J. P. Pelage; W. J. Walker; O. Le Dref; R. Rymer

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: To describe the angiographic appearance of the ovarian artery and its main variations that may be relevant to uterine fibroid embolization. Methods: The flush aortograms of 294 women who had been treated by uterine artery embolization for fibroids were reviewed. Significant arterial supply to the fibroid, and the origin and diameter of identified ovarian arteries were recorded. In patients

  15. Focused ultrasound treatment of uterine fibroid tumors: Safety and feasibility of a noninvasive thermoablative technique

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    Elizabeth A. Stewart; Wladyslaw M. W. Gedroyc; Clare M. C. Tempany; Bradley J. Quade; Yael Inbar; Tilman Ehrenstein; Asher Shushan; Jonathan T. Hindley; Robert D. Goldin; Matthias David; Miri Sklair; Jaron Rabinovici

    2003-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of focused ultrasound surgery with magnetic resonance imaging guidance for the noninvasive treatment of uterine leiomyomas. Study Design: Fifty-five women with clinically significant uterine leiomyomas were treated. Pain and complications were assessed prospectively, and posttreatment magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure the treatment effects. Patients in

  16. Hoxa11 Regulates Stromal Cell Death and Proliferation during Neonatal Uterine Development

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    Capecchi, Mario R.

    Hoxa11 Regulates Stromal Cell Death and Proliferation during Neonatal Uterine Development KENNETH H is required for proper cellular proliferation and apoptotic responses in the devel- oping neonatal uterus: 184­193, 2004) NORMAL UTERINE GROWTH in mice occurs dur- ing the neonatal stages after birth. From

  17. Expression of angiogenic growth factors by uterine natural killer cells during early pregnancy

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    Gendie E. Lash; Barbara Schiessl; Maureen Kirkley; Barbara A. Innes; Alix Cooper; Roger F. Searle; Stephen C. Robson; Judith N. Bulmer

    2006-01-01

    Remodeling of uterine spiral arteries is critical for the continuation of a successful preg- nancy. Uterine natural killer (uNK) cells are the predominant leukocyte population in the early pregnant decidua, and a role for these cells in spiral artery remodeling in pregnancy has been suggested. Angiogenic growth factors were mea- sured in isolated uNK and total (unseparated) de- cidual cells

  18. Uterine malignant mixed mullerian tumors should not be included in studies of endometrial carcinoma

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    Ami P. Vaidya; Neil S. Horowitz; Esther Oliva; Elkan F. Halpern; Linda R. Duska

    2006-01-01

    ObjectiveUterine mixed malignant mullerian tumors (MMMT) have traditionally been excluded from clinical trials of endometrial cancer because of a belief that they are more correctly included in the sarcoma category. Recently, investigators have suggested that uterine MMMTs are actually dedifferentiated epithelial tumors and should be treated as such. The current study was undertaken to compare outcomes, stage for stage, of

  19. Shear stress regulation of nitric oxide production in uterine and placental artery endothelial cells

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    Chesler, Naomi C.

    Shear stress regulation of nitric oxide production in uterine and placental artery endothelial physiological regulator of endothe- lial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS), leading to rapid rises in nitric oxide: pregnancy, shear stress, nitric oxide, blood flow, rheology Introduction Substantial increases in uterine

  20. Estrogenic Effects of Organochlorine Pesticides on Uterine Leiomyoma Cells in Vitro

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    Leslie C. Hodges; Jill S. Bergerson; Deborah S. Hunter; Cheryl L. Walker

    2000-01-01

    present a significant health problem. Leiomyomas develop in the uterine myometrium and are sensitive to ovarian hormones, mak- ing them potential target sites for endocrine disruptors. Here we utilize cell lines derived from rat uterine leiomyomas to determine if a panel of 7 organochlorine pesticides have potential agonist activity in myometrial cells using cellular and molecular in vitro assays. The

  1. The Clinical Value of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Antigen in Cancer of the Uterine Cervix

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    H. W. A. de Bruijn; J. M. Duk; E. Pras; P. H. B. Willemse; H. Boonstra; H. Hollema; M. J. E. Mourits; E. G. E. de Vries; J. G. Aalders

    1998-01-01

    A review is given of the clinical use and interpretation of serum tumor marker levels during the treatment of patients with cancer of the uterine cervix. Pretreatment serum squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) antigen provides a new prognostic factor in early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix. Elevated serum values of SCC antigen at the time of diagnosis of

  2. Laparoscopic Extraperitoneal Uterine Suspension to Anterior Abdominal Wall Bilaterally Using Synthetic Mesh to Treat Uterovaginal Prolapse

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    Gang Chen; Bin Ling; Jia Li; Ping Xu; Weiping Hu; Weidong Zhao; Dabao Wu

    2010-01-01

    Between August 2007 and May 2009, 28 patients with uterovaginal prolapse, stage 2 or greater, and who desired uterine preservation, underwent laparoscopic extraperitoneal uterine suspension to the anterior abdominal wall bilaterally using mesh. The primary outcome was recurrence, which was evaluated using point C. Secondary outcomes were effects on quality of life (Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory [PFDI-20] and Pelvic Floor

  3. Pregnancy After Uterine Artery Embolization for Leiomyomata: The Ontario Multicenter Trial

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    Gaylene Pron; Eva Mocarski; John Bennett; George Vilos; Andrew Common; Leslie Vanderburgh

    2005-01-01

    leiomyomata. METHODS: A total of 555 women underwent uterine embo- lization in a multicenter clinical trial. The primary embolic agent was 355-500 m polyvinyl alcohol particles with treatment end-point as bilateral stasis in the uterine arter- ies. Women desiring pregnancy were informed of the un- certain effect of embolization on fertility and pregnancy. Average age at embolization was 43 years

  4. The Utility of Uterine Artery Doppler Velocimetry in Prediction of Preeclampsia in a Low-Risk Population

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    Myatt, Leslie; Clifton, Rebecca G.; Roberts, James M.; Spong, Catherine Y.; Hauth, John C.; Varner, Michael W.; Wapner, Ronald J.; Thorp, John M.; Mercer, Brian M.; Grobman, William A.; Ramin, Susan M.; Carpenter, Marshall W.; Samuels, Philip; Sciscione, Anthony; Harper, Margaret; Tolosa, Jorge E.; Saade, George; Sorokin, Yoram; Anderson, Garland D.

    2012-01-01

    Objective The underlying pathophysiology of preeclampsia is thought to be abnormal trophoblast invasion of the spiral arteries, leading to maldevelopment of uteroplacental perfusion. We estimated whether uterine artery Doppler measurements made in the early second trimester would predict the subsequent development of preeclampsia. Methods Uterine artery Doppler measurements prior to 21 weeks of gestation (median 16.6 weeks) were correlated with subsequent development of preeclampsia in a cohort of 2,188 low-risk nulliparous women in a randomized control trial of antioxidant supplementation for prevention of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia developed in 165 (7.5%) women. Results Development of preeclampsia overall was associated with increased resistance index (RI), pulsatility index (PI), a PI or RI multiples of the median (MoM) at or above the 75th %ile, but not the presence of a notch or a bilateral notch prior to 21 weeks. The sensitivity was 43% (95% CI 35–51) and specificity 67% (95% CI 65–69) for prediction of preeclampsia overall. The presence of a notch or bilateral notch, RI and PI MoM were significantly associated with early onset (before 34 weeks of gestation) vs late onset or no preeclampsia (OR = 6.9 (95% CI 2.3–20.9), sensitivity 78% (95% CI 52–94), specificity 66% (95% CI 64–68)). The presence of a notch or RI MoM at or above the 75%ile increased the odds of developing severe vs mild or no preeclampsia (OR=2.2 (95% CI 1.4–3.7), sensitivity 53% (95% CI 40–65), specificity 66% (95% CI 64–68)). Conclusion Our data show poor sensitivity of second-trimester Doppler ultrasound measurements for prediction of preeclampsia overall in a well-characterized, low-risk, nulliparous population. The technique has utility in identifying poor trophoblast invasion of spiral arteries of a magnitude that severely compromises uteroplacental blood flow and gives early-onset disease. PMID:22996099

  5. Absence of CD9 reduces endometrial VEGF secretion and impairs uterine repair after parturition

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    Kawano, Natsuko; Miyado, Kenji; Yoshii, Noriko; Kanai, Seiya; Saito, Hidekazu; Miyado, Mami; Inagaki, Noboru; Odawara, Yasushi; Hamatani, Toshio; Umezawa, Akihiro

    2014-01-01

    In mammals, uterine epithelium is remodeled cyclically throughout adult life for pregnancy. Despite the expression of CD9 in the uterine epithelium, its role in maternal reproduction is unclear. Here, we addressed this issue by examining uterine secretions collected from patients undergoing fertility treatment and fertilization-competent Cd9?/? mice expressing CD9-GFP in their eggs (Cd9?/?TG). CD9 in uterine secretions was observed as extracellular matrix-like feature, and its amount of the secretions associated with repeated pregnancy failures. We also found that the litter size of Cd9?/?TG female mice was significantly reduced after their first birth. Severely delayed re-epithelialization of the endometrium was then occurred. Concomitantly, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was remarkably reduced in the uterine secretions of Cd9?/?TG female mice. These results provide the first evidence that CD9-mediated VEGF secretion plays a role in re-epithelialization of the uterus. PMID:24736431

  6. Delayed presentation of uterine perforation with ovary migration after dilatation and curettage

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    Su, Shili; Tao, Guowei; Dong, Baihua; Shi, Linlin; Dong, Jianchun

    2015-01-01

    We present a rare but serious uterine perforation. A 31-year-old woman was referred to our department for hyperechogenic mass in uterus on ultrasonography after Dilation and curettage (D&C) for the adherent placenta and retained products of conception. Transvaginal ultrasound examination showed that a mass with several follicles measuring 35×29 mm was seen emanating from the right posterior wall of the uterine cavity, and there was absence of the myometrial tissue. A hysteroscopy and laparoscopy showed a uterine perforation with ovary incarceration. The ovary was rehabilitated, and the uterine perforation site was incised. D&C can not be performed when delayed presentation of uterine perforation with migration of an extrauterine organ is suspected, particularly, some of them are asymptomatic after a difficult intrauterine operation.

  7. Absence of CD9 reduces endometrial VEGF secretion and impairs uterine repair after parturition.

    PubMed

    Kawano, Natsuko; Miyado, Kenji; Yoshii, Noriko; Kanai, Seiya; Saito, Hidekazu; Miyado, Mami; Inagaki, Noboru; Odawara, Yasushi; Hamatani, Toshio; Umezawa, Akihiro

    2014-01-01

    In mammals, uterine epithelium is remodeled cyclically throughout adult life for pregnancy. Despite the expression of CD9 in the uterine epithelium, its role in maternal reproduction is unclear. Here, we addressed this issue by examining uterine secretions collected from patients undergoing fertility treatment and fertilization-competent Cd9(-/-) mice expressing CD9-GFP in their eggs (Cd9(-/-)TG). CD9 in uterine secretions was observed as extracellular matrix-like feature, and its amount of the secretions associated with repeated pregnancy failures. We also found that the litter size of Cd9(-/-)TG female mice was significantly reduced after their first birth. Severely delayed re-epithelialization of the endometrium was then occurred. Concomitantly, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was remarkably reduced in the uterine secretions of Cd9(-/-)TG female mice. These results provide the first evidence that CD9-mediated VEGF secretion plays a role in re-epithelialization of the uterus. PMID:24736431

  8. Uterine cervical cancer with brain metastasis as the initial site of presentation.

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    Sato, Yumi; Tanaka, Kei; Kobayashi, Yoichi; Shibuya, Hiromi; Nishigaya, Yoshiko; Momomura, Mai; Matsumoto, Hironori; Iwashita, Mitsutoshi

    2015-07-01

    Brain metastasis from uterine cervical cancer is rare, with an incidence of 0.5%, and usually occurs late in the course of the disease. We report a case of uterine cervical cancer with brain metastasis as the initial site of presentation. A 50-year-old woman with headache, vertigo, amnesia and loss of appetite was admitted for persistent vomiting. Contrast enhanced computed tomography showed a solitary right frontal cerebral lesion with ring enhancement and uterine cervical tumor. She was diagnosed with uterine cervical squamous cell carcinoma with parametrium invasion and no other distant affected organs were detected. The cerebral lesion was surgically removed and pathologically proved to be metastasis of uterine cervical squamous cell carcinoma. The patient underwent concurrent chemoradiotherapy, followed by cerebral radiation therapy, but multiple metastases to the liver and lung developed and the patient died 7?months after diagnosis of brain metastasis. PMID:25656985

  9. Improvement in embryo recovery using double uterine flushing.

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    Neto, A S Castro; Sanches, B V; Binelli, M; Seneda, M M; Perri, S H; Garcia, J F

    2005-03-15

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of double uterine flushing on the recovery of embryos/ova in cattle. Two hundred and ten embryo recovery procedures were conducted using a double uterine flushing method, and the results were compared with 432 conventional single-flushing procedures. Cyclic Limousin (n = 403) and Guzera (n = 239) donor cows received an intravaginal progesterone releasing device and 2 mg of estradiol benzoate on Day 0. Between Days 5 and 9, donors received decreasing doses of FSH, which ranged from 200 to 300 IU (Bos indicus) and 300 to 500 IU (Bos taurus). On the afternoon of Day 7, donors received an injection of 500 microg cloprostenol and progesterone implants were removed 12 h later (morning of Day 8). Artificial insemination was performed between 14 and 26 h after first detection of behavioral estrus. Cows were randomly assigned to have embryos recovered by a double-flushing method (n = 210) or the conventional single-flushing procedure (n = 432). For the double-flushing procedure, after first flushing the whole uterus with 1L of Dubelco's Phosphate Buffered Saline (DPBS), a Foley catheter was positioned in the uterine body to permit refilling of the uterus with fresh DPBS (80-150 mL). The catheter was closed with the plunger of a disposable 5 mL syringe, and the donors were allowed to rest in a holding area for 30 min. Thereafter, a second flush was performed to recover the solution remaining in the uterus. Animals from the control group were subjected to a single uterine flush. From 210 double-flushing procedures, 1409 viable embryos were recovered. In comparison, from 432 cows receiving the single-flushing procedure, 1993 embryos were recovered. Double flushing increased (P < 0.05) the number of embryos recovered per procedure compared to single flushing (6.7 +/- 0.4 versus 4.6 +/- 0.2, respectively; mean +/- S.E.M.). When double flushing was performed, average recovered embryos/ova increased (P < 0.05) from 8.3 +/- 0.4 to 12.7 +/- 0.7 in Limousin and from 7.9 to 11.5 in Guzera. Also, utilization of double flushing increased (P < 0.05) the number of viable embryos from 4.7 +/- 0.3 to 6.9 +/- 0.5 in Limousin and from 4.5 +/- 0.4 to 6.4 +/- 0.7 in Guzera. Mean total embryos/ova was similar (P > 0.05) between the control group and after the first uterine flushing in the double-flushing group; therefore, both flushings were conducted efficiently. In conclusion, double uterine flushing increased embryo recovery in cattle. PMID:15725433

  10. Bisphenol A-Induced Increase in Uterine Weight and Alterations in Uterine Morphology in Ovariectomized B6C3F1 Mice: Role of the Estrogen Receptor

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    Andriana D. Papaconstantinou; Thomas H. Umbreit; Benjamin R. Fisher; Peter L. Goering; Nicholas T. Lappas; Ken M. Brown

    2000-01-01

    The ability of the environmental xenoestrogen bisphenol A (BPA) to increase uterine wet weight in the rodent remains con- troversial, and few studies have previously examined the effects of BPA on uterine morphology. Furthermore, it is not known whether BPA-induced uterotrophic effects are, similarly to b-es- tradiol (E2), mediated through the estrogen receptor (ER). In this study, we compared the

  11. Abnormal fat distribution in PMM2-CDG.

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    Wolthuis, D F G J; van Asbeck, E V; Kozicz, T; Morava, E

    2013-11-01

    We hypothesize that abnormal fat distribution, a common feature of PMM2-CDG, is associated with abnormal perinatal hormone regulation. We assessed 32 cases with PMM2-CDG, for the comorbidity of hypoglycemia/hyperinsulinism and fat pads. Ninety percent of patients with hypoketotic hypoglycemia and/or hyperinsulinism had abnormal fat distribution, while normoglycemic patients showed this feature in 50% of the cases. This statistically significant difference suggests an etiological role of the insulin receptor in developing abnormal fat distribution in PMM2-CDG. PMID:24063868

  12. Bidimensional and Doppler ultrasonographic evaluation of postpartum uterine involution in the queen.

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    Blanco, P G; Rodríguez, R; Batista, P R; Barrena, J P; Arias, D O; Gobello, C

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this study was to describe bidimensional and Doppler ultrasonographic changes of uterine involution during normal feline puerperium. Secondary, the postpartum vaginal discharge was described. Twelve pregnant female cats were included in this study. After queening, vulvar discharge was grossly and microscopically examined daily. Bidimensional and Doppler ultrasonographic examinations of the uterus were performed on Days -4 to -2, 4, 11, 18, and 25 from parturition. Total uterine diameter, uterine wall thickness, uterine lumen contents, peak systolic velocity, end diastolic velocity, and resistance index of uterine arteries were measured. The cats presented serosanguineous vulvar discharge for a mean of 3 ± 1 days after parturition, and the cytology revealed 70% to 80% of erythrocytes, which progressively decreased up to Day 13. Immediately after parturition, there were less than 20% neutrophils, and this percentage gradually diminished to 0% to 1% at the end of the study. Uterine total diameter diminished up to Day 25 (P < 0.01), when ultrasonographic uterine dimensions were similar to that of anestrus. A progressive decrease of uterine wall thickness (P < 0.05), uterine lumen contents (P < 0.01), peak systolic velocity (P < 0.01), and end diastolic velocity (P < 0.01) was found throughout the study period. Conversely, resistance index increased during the first week after parturition (P < 0.01). It is concluded that the uterine artery blood flow progressively decreased during the first 25 days after parturition, which was associated with the bidimensional ultrasonographic regression of the organ. Although lochial discharge disappeared far before ultrasonographic involution, cytologic findings further corroborated the duration of this regression process. PMID:25770977

  13. Dexmedetomidine modifies uterine contractions in pregnancy terms of rats

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    Öcal, I?il; Güne?, Yasemin; Mert, Tufan; Özcengiz, Dilek; Günay, Ismail

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: The present study was aimed at determining the effective doses of Dexmedetomidine (Dex) involved in amplitude of contraction-force and frequency of uterine rings in pregnancy terms of rats. All experiments involving animal subjects were carried out with the approval of animal care and use Ethical Committee of Cukurova University. Experiments were performed on female Albino-Wistar rats (200-260 g; n = 40). Materials and Methods: Uterine rings from pregnant rats were placed in organ bath with Krebs and calcium ion (Ca2+)-free solutions to record and exposed to serially increasing log10 concentrations of Dex. Results: In Krebs solution, while Dex caused an increase in the spontaneous contraction-forces in all pregnancy terms of rats in a significant dose-dependent manner, it led to a decrease in contraction-frequency in late-pregnancy term of rats. In Ca2+ -free, the spontaneous contraction-force decreased in late-pregnancy term and increased in early and middle-pregnancy terms. In addition, while Dex increased the contraction-frequency in early and middle-pregnancy terms, it decreased in late-pregnancy term in a dose-dependent manner. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were subjected to one-way analysis of variance. Repeated measures were employed for comparison of several group means through the Tukey post-hoc test (SPSS 10.00 Inc., Chicago, Ill, USA). P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Conclusions: This study suggested that Dex might differently alter the spontaneous contraction-forces and contraction-frequencies of uterine rings in all pregnancy terms of rats in Krebs and Ca2+-free solutions. PMID:23716894

  14. Uterine Artery Embolization for Ureteric Obstruction Secondary to Fibroids

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    Mirsadraee, Saeed [Leeds Teaching Hospitals (United Kingdom); Tuite, David [Cork University Hospital (Ireland); Nicholson, Anthony, E-mail: Tony.Nicholson@leedsth.nhs.u [Leeds Teaching Hospitals (United Kingdom)

    2008-11-15

    This case series examines the safety and efficacy of uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the treatment of obstructive nephropathy caused by large fibroids. Between 2004 and 2007, 10 patients referred with symptomatic uterine fibroids that were found to be causing either unilateral (7 patients) or bilateral (3 patients) hydronephrosis were treated by UAE. Presenting complaints included menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, bulk symptoms, loin pain, postobstructive atrophy, and mild renal impairment. All had posterior intramural dominant fibroids >11 cm in maximum sagittal diameter and uterine volumes between 3776 and 15,625 ml. Outcome measures at between 12 and 36 months included procedural success, repeat intervention, relief of symptoms, resolution of hydronephrosis, stable renal function and size, and avoidance of hysterectomy. In all cases the cause of renal obstruction was confirmed to be a giant fibroid compressing the ureter at the pelvic brim. In all cases UAE was technically successful, though two patients required a repeat procedure. In eight patients hydronephrosis resolved and the obstruction was relieved, though two still had some bulk symptoms not requiring further treatment. Renal function improved or was stable in all cases. Renal size was stable in all cases. Where menorrhagia was part of the symptom complex it was relieved in all cases. Two patients diagnosed as having postobstructive atrophy of one kidney underwent retrograde ureteric stenting on the nonatrophied side prior to UAE. This was unsuccessful in one of the cases due to the distortion caused by the fibroid. Despite improvement in hydronephrosis this patient underwent hysterectomy at 7 months after a renogram demonstrated persistent obstruction at the pelvic brim. In the second patient a double pigtail stent was inserted with difficulty and eventually removed at 8 months. This patient has had stable renal function and size for 3 years post-UAE. We conclude that UAE is safe and effective in treating patients with obstructive hydronephrosis caused by large fibroids.

  15. Familial cancer among consecutive uterine cancer patients in Sweden

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    2014-01-01

    Background Uterine cancer (UC) represents 5.1% of all female malignancies in Sweden. Accumulation of UC in families occurs in around 5% of cases. We wanted to identify any familial association between UC and other selected cancers and to study the frequency of Lynch,Cowden and cancer syndromes among consecutive UC patients in Sweden. Methods 481 UC patients were included. Information on the cancer diagnoses of their relatives (first- (FDRs) and second-degree (SDRs) relatives and first cousins) was obtained. The relative frequencies of different cancers among relatives were compared to those in the Swedish general cancer population in 1970 and 2010. Families that fulfilled the criteria for hereditary cancer syndromes were tested for mutations in the causative genes. Families with at least one case of UC in addition to the index patient were compared to families with no additional cases to investigate possible characteristics of putative hereditary cancer syndromes. Results There was an increased prevalence of UC in our study population compared to the Swedish general cancer population in 1970 and 2010 (6% vs. 4% and 3%, respectively). Seven families had Lynch Syndrome according to the Amsterdam II criteria. No families fulfilled the criteria for Cowden syndrome. In total 13% of index patients had at least one relative with UC and these families tended to have more cases of early onset cancer among family members. In addition, 16% of index patients were diagnosed with at least one other cancer. No families fulfilled the criteria for Cowden syndrome. Conclusion We showed a familial clustering of UC among relatives of our index patients. Of the seven families with mutation-verified Lynch Syndrome, only one had been previously diagnosed, highlighting the need to increase gynecologists’ awareness of the importance of taking family history. Our data on multiple cancers and young age of onset in families with uterine cancer is compatible with the existence of additional hereditary uterine cancer syndromes. PMID:24851142

  16. Cesarean scar pregnancy: a rare cause of uterine arteriovenous malformation.

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    Akbayir, Ozgur; Gedikbasi, Ali; Akyol, Alpaslan; Ucar, Adem; Saygi-Ozyurt, Sezin; Gulkilik, Ahmet

    2011-01-01

    A 38-year-old gravida 4, para 2 woman with a history of two Cesarean sections and one curettage was referred to our hospital, because of painless vaginal bleeding and 6 weeks + 2 days of amenorrhea. The first diagnosis was Cesarean scar pregnancy, managed with methotrexate. Subsequently, an arteriovenous malformation developed, which was diagnosed with color Doppler imaging. The diagnosis was confirmed with angiography. Successful bilateral uterine artery embolization was performed with ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx), n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl), and gelfoam. PMID:21647920

  17. Prevalence of porcine circovirus-2 DNA-positive ovarian and uterine tissues in gilts culled due to reproductive disturbance in Thailand.

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    Pearodwong, Pachara; Srisuwatanasagul, Sayamon; Teankum, Komkrich; Tantilertcharoen, Rachod; Tummaruk, Padet

    2015-06-01

    The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of porcine circovirus-2 (PCV-2) DNA-positive ovarian and uterine tissues in gilts culled due to reproductive disturbance in Thailand. Tissues (70 ovaries and 102 uteri) and serum (n?=?102) samples from 102 gilts were included. PCV-2 DNA was detected by using polymerase chain reactions. The localisation of PCV-2 antigen was determined by immunohistochemistry, and PCV-2 antibody was evaluated by ELISA. PCV-2 DNA was detected in 30.0 % (21/70) of the ovaries and in 45.1 % (46/102) of the uteri. Age did not influence the frequency of PCV-2 DNA detection in these reproductive organs of gilts (P?>?0.05). The prevalence of PCV-2 DNA-positive uterine tissue in gilts culled due to non-reproductive problems (20.0 %) was lower than gilts culled due to abortion (85.0 %), abnormal vaginal discharge (47.5 %) and anoestrus (53.5 %) (P?uterine tissue in the gilts with high antibody titres (23.0 %) was lower than in gilts with low antibody titres (57.6 %) and seronegative gilts (64.5 %) (P?

  18. Dosimetry for a uterine cervix cancer treatment

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    Rodríguez-Ponce, Miguel; Rodríguez-Villafuerte, Mercedes; Sánchez-Castro, Ricardo

    2003-09-01

    The dose distribution around the 3M 137Cs brachytherapy source as well as the same source inside the Amersham ASN 8231 applicator was measured using thermoluminescent dosimeters and radiochromic films. Some of the results were compared with those obtained from a Monte Carlo simulation and a good agreement was observed. The teletherapy dose distribution was measured using a pin-point ionization chamber. In addition, the experimental measurements and the Monte Carlo results were used to estimate the dose received in the rectum and bladder of an hypothetical patient treated with brachytherapy and compared with the dose distribution obtained from the Hospital's brachytherapy planning system. A 20 % dose reduction to the rectum and bladder was observed in both Monte Carlo and experimental measurements, compared with the results of the planning system, which results in a better dose control to these structures.

  19. Strain-differences in proliferative activity of uterine endometrial cells in Donryu and Fischer 344 rats.

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    Ando-Lu, J; Sasahara, K; Nishiyama, K; Takano, S; Takahashi, M; Yoshida, M; Maekawa, A

    1998-06-01

    Strain differences in proliferative activities of uterine endometrial cells were sequentially investigated in Donryu and Fischer 344 (F344) rats until 52 weeks of age. At 13 and 26 weeks of age, when all rats showed a normal estrous cycle, histological findings for the endometrium at each estrous stage were similar in both strains. Mitoses of epithelial cells were frequently observed during the proestrous and metestrous stages, and especially in the latter, but were very few in the estrous stage. The bromodeoxyuridine(BrdU)-labeling indices coincided with the histological findings, the results indicating a peak of cell proliferative activity in the metestrous stage. In Donryu rats, estrous cycle abnormalities increased age-dependently after 26 weeks of age, and almost all animals showed persistent estrus at 52 weeks of age. At 39 and 52 weeks of age, the rats showing persistent estrus displayed similar vaginal smears and histological findings to those of younger rats in the estrous stage, but the BrdU-labeling indices of epithelial cells were age-dependently increased. In contrast, vaginal smear of F344 rats indicated a normal estrous cycle at all ages, with no changes in BrdU-labeling being observed. Previously, we reported that the Donryu rat is a high incidence strain in terms of spontaneous development of endometrial adenocarcinomas, this being related to an age-dependent hormonal imbalance, characterized in particular by an increased estrogen/progesterone ratio. The F344 rat in contrast is a low incidence strain. The present results thus indicate that a constant high-level of proliferative activity of epithelial cells may play an important role, together with an age-related hormonal imbalance, in the spontaneous development of endometrial carcinomas in Donryu rats. PMID:9681648

  20. Semen abnormalities with SSRI antidepressants.

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    2015-01-01

    Despite decades of widespread use, the adverse effect profile of "selective" serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants has still not been fully elucidated. Studies in male animals have shown delayed sexual development and reduced fertility. Three prospective cohort studies conducted in over one hundred patients exposed to an SSRI for periods ranging from 5 weeks to 24 months found altered semen param-eters after as little as 3 months of exposure: reduced sperm concentration, reduced sperm motility, a higher percentage of abnormal spermatozoa, and increased levels of sperm DNA fragmentation. One clinical trial showed growth retardation in children considered depressed who were exposed to SSRls. SSRls may have endocrine disrupting properties. Dapoxetine is a short-acting serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is chemically related to fluoxetine and marketed in the European Union for men complaining of premature ejaculation. But the corresponding European summary of product characteristics does not mention any effects on fertility. In practice, based on the data available as of mid-2014, the effects of SSRI exposure on male fertility are unclear. However, it is a risk that should be taken into account and pointed out to male patients who would like to father a child or who are experiencing fertility problems. PMID:25729824

  1. Biochemical abnormalities in Pearson syndrome.

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    Crippa, Beatrice Letizia; Leon, Eyby; Calhoun, Amy; Lowichik, Amy; Pasquali, Marzia; Longo, Nicola

    2015-03-01

    Pearson marrow-pancreas syndrome is a multisystem mitochondrial disorder characterized by bone marrow failure and pancreatic insufficiency. Children who survive the severe bone marrow dysfunction in childhood develop Kearns-Sayre syndrome later in life. Here we report on four new cases with this condition and define their biochemical abnormalities. Three out of four patients presented with failure to thrive, with most of them having normal development and head size. All patients had evidence of bone marrow involvement that spontaneously improved in three out of four patients. Unique findings in our patients were acute pancreatitis (one out of four), renal Fanconi syndrome (present in all patients, but symptomatic only in one), and an unusual organic aciduria with 3-hydroxyisobutyric aciduria in one patient. Biochemical analysis indicated low levels of plasma citrulline and arginine, despite low-normal ammonia levels. Regression analysis indicated a significant correlation between each intermediate of the urea cycle and the next, except between ornithine and citrulline. This suggested that the reaction catalyzed by ornithine transcarbamylase (that converts ornithine to citrulline) might not be very efficient in patients with Pearson syndrome. In view of low-normal ammonia levels, we hypothesize that ammonia and carbamylphosphate could be diverted from the urea cycle to the synthesis of nucleotides in patients with Pearson syndrome and possibly other mitochondrial disorders. PMID:25691415

  2. Regeneration of uterine horns in rats using collagen scaffolds loaded with human embryonic stem cell-derived endometrium-like cells.

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    Song, Tianran; Zhao, Xia; Sun, Haixiang; Li, Xin'an; Lin, Nacheng; Ding, Lijun; Dai, Jianwu; Hu, Yali

    2015-01-01

    A variety of diseases may lead to hysterectomies or uterine injuries, which may form a scar and lead to infertility. Due to the limitation of native materials, there are a few effective methods to treat such damages. Tissue engineering combines cell and molecular biology with materials and mechanical engineering to replace or repair damaged organs and tissues. The use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) as a donor cell source for the replacement therapy will require the development of simple and reliable cell differentiation protocols. This study aimed at efficiently generating endometrium-like cells from the hESCs and at using these cells with collagen scaffold to repair uterine damage. The hESCs were induced by co-culturing with endometrial stromal cells, and simultaneously added cytokines: epidermal growth factor (EGF), platelet-derived growth factor-b (PDGF-b), and E2. Expression of cell specific markers was analyzed by immunofluorescence and reverse trascription-polymerase chain reaction to monitor the progression toward an endometrium-like cell fate. After differentiation, the majority of cells (>80%) were positive for cytokeratin-7, and the expression of key transcription factors related to endometrial development, such as Wnt4, Wnt7a, Wnt5a, Hoxa11, and factors associated with endometrial epithelial cell function: Hoxa10, Intergrin?3, LIF, ER, and PR were also detected. Then, we established the uterine full-thickness-injury rat models to test cell function in vivo. hESC-derived cells were dropped onto collagen scaffolds and transplanted into the animal model. Twelve weeks after transplantation, we discovered that the hESC-derived cells could survive and recover the structure and function of uterine horns in a rat model of severe uterine damage. The experimental system presented here provides a reliable protocol to produce endometrium-like cells from hESCs. Our results encourage the use of hESCs in cell-replacement therapy for severe uterine damage in future. PMID:25097004

  3. Abnormal Web Usage Control by Proxy Strategies.

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    Yu, Hsiang-Fu; Tseng, Li-Ming

    2002-01-01

    Approaches to designing a proxy server with Web usage control and to making the proxy server effective on local area networks are proposed to prevent abnormal Web access and to prioritize Web usage. A system is implemented to demonstrate the approaches. The implementation reveals that the proposed approaches are effective, such that the abnormal

  4. Immune Abnormalities in Patients with Autism.

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    Warren, Reed P.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    A study of 31 autistic patients (3-28 years old) has revealed several immune-system abnormalities, including decreased numbers of T lymphocytes and an altered ratio of helper-to-suppressor T cells. Immune-system abnormalities may be directly related to underlying biologic processes of autism or an indirect reflection of the actual pathologic…

  5. Renal abnormalities and their developmental origin

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    Andreas Schedl

    2007-01-01

    Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) occur in 1 out of 500 newborns, and constitute approximately 20–30% of all anomalies identified in the prenatal period. CAKUT has a major role in renal failure, and there is increasing evidence that certain abnormalities predispose to the development of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in adult life. Moreover, defects in nephron

  6. Pathophysiology of Cancer: Hormonal and Metabolic Abnormalities

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    David Heber; N. S. Tchekmedyian

    1992-01-01

    Despite the development of advanced nutritional support technology, malnutrition remains a significant morbid and mortal complication of cancer. A number of metabolic abnormalities have been demonstrated in malnourished cancer patients, including increased protein breakdown, increased glucose production, increased lipolysis, hypogonadism in male patients, and insulin resistance. Previous studies conducted under metabolic ward conditions have demonstrated that metabolic abnormalities interfere with

  7. Dark Immunofluorescence: Correlation with Serum Immunoglobulin Abnormalities?

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    List, J.; Buckland, M. S.; Thobhani, B.; Sheed, C. J.; Mann, J. C.; Claxton, M.; Heelan, B.

    2006-01-01

    Occasional serum samples (<0.5%) tested by indirect immunofluorescence showed less fluorescence than did negative-control serum. A retrospective review of these patients' serum immunoglobulins revealed a high percentage of abnormalities (71%, versus 22% of controls). We suggest that this observation should be reported when seen and that the clinician should be alerted to an association with immunoglobulin abnormalities. PMID:16971516

  8. An Abnormal Psychology Community Based Interview Assignment

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    White, Geoffry D.

    1977-01-01

    A course option in abnormal psychology involves students in interviewing and observing the activities of individuals in the off-campus community who are concerned with some aspect of abnormal psychology. The technique generates student interest in the field when they interview people about topics such as drug abuse, transsexualism, and abuse of…

  9. Sonographically detected abnormalities of the umbilical cord

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    T. D. Shipp; B. Bromley; B. R. Benacerraf

    1995-01-01

    Objectives: This study was undertaken as a retrospective chart review to evaluate the range of umbilical cord abnormalities detected by prenatal sonography, as well as the outcome and pathologic correlation. Methods: We identified 13 cases of umbilical cord abnormalities detected sonographically over a 46-month period. We evaluated the ultrasound appearance, size, location, and color Doppler characteristic in each case. Results:

  10. Unsupervised Abnormality Detection in Video Surveillance

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    Takuya Nanri; Nobuyuki Otsu

    2005-01-01

    The detection of abnormal movements is an important prob- lem in video surveillance applications. We propose an unsupervised method for abnormal movement detection in scenes containing multiple persons. Our method uses cu- bic higher-order local auto-correlation (CHLAC) to extract movement features. We show that the additive property of CHLAC in combination with a linear subspace method is well suited to

  11. Detecting electrocardiogram abnormalities with independent component analysis

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    Noel, Steven

    detection of abnormal conditions in the heart. Unsupervised ICA neural networks can demix the components of measured ECG signals. Such components may correspond to individual heart functions, either normal for diagnosis well in advance of the actual onset of heart attack, in which abnormalities in the original

  12. Retinal Circulatory Abnormalities in Type 1 Diabetes

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    Gilbert T. Feke; Sheldon M. Buzney; Hironobu Ogasawara; Naoki Fujio; Douglas G. Goger; Norman P. Spack; Kenneth H. GabbayX

    Purpose. To quantify retinal circulatory abnormalities in patients with type 1 diabetes; to compare blood speed and blood flow in major temporal retinal arteries as well as total retinal arterial cross-section measured in patients to that measured in controls without diabetes; to determine which factors are related to the measured abnormalities within the patient group. Methods. The laser Doppler technique

  13. Multiparametric tissue abnormality characterization using manifold regularization

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    Batmanghelich, Kayhan; Wu, Xiaoying; Zacharaki, Evangelia; Markowitz, Clyde E.; Davatzikos, Christos; Verma, Ragini

    2008-03-01

    Tissue abnormality characterization is a generalized segmentation problem which aims at determining a continuous score that can be assigned to the tissue which characterizes the extent of tissue deterioration, with completely healthy tissue being one end of the spectrum and fully abnormal tissue such as lesions, being on the other end. Our method is based on the assumptions that there is some tissue that is neither fully healthy or nor completely abnormal but lies in between the two in terms of abnormality; and that the voxel-wise score of tissue abnormality lies on a spatially and temporally smooth manifold of abnormality. Unlike in a pure classification problem which associates an independent label with each voxel without considering correlation with neighbors, or an absolute clustering problem which does not consider a priori knowledge of tissue type, we assume that diseased and healthy tissue lie on a manifold that encompasses the healthy tissue and diseased tissue, stretching from one to the other. We propose a semi-supervised method for determining such as abnormality manifold, using multi-parametric features incorporated into a support vector machine framework in combination with manifold regularization. We apply the framework towards the characterization of tissue abnormality to brains of multiple sclerosis patients.

  14. Ovarian dysgenesis in individuals with chromosomal abnormalities

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    Christopher Cunniff; Kenneth Lyons Jones; Kurt Benirschke

    1991-01-01

    To understand better the pathogenesis of ovarian dysgenesis in individuals with abnormalities such as 45,X Turner syndrome, trisomy 13, and trisomy 18, we have examined microscopically the ovaries of 36 infants with a number of chromosomal abnormalities confirmed by karyotype analysis. All infants with trisomy 13, trisomy 18, triploidy, and 45,X were found to have severe ovarian dysgenesis characterized by

  15. Survival and fertility of dairy cows following uterine prolapse.

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    Oakley, G E

    1992-09-01

    During the springs of the 1990-91 and 1991-92 dairying seasons, 103 cases of uterine prolapse in dairy cows were treated and then followed to determine the survival rate and the pregnancy rate of the remaining cows. It was found that 19 (18.4%) cows died within 24 hours of treatment and a further 16 (15.5%) died or were lost to the study during the course of the season. The 68 cows that remained were mated, and of these 53 (77.9%) were found to be pregnant and six (8.8%) aborted later. No cows suffered a repeat prolapse during the season. Cases were seen in all age groups, with the highest incidence in this study occurring in the 4 year-olds. All cases that survived went on to milk satisfactorily until the end of the season, indicating that prompt attention to uterine prolapse gives a reasonable survival rate and an acceptable conception rate. PMID:16031674

  16. Clear cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix: clinical characteristics and feasibility of fertility-preserving treatment

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    Jiang, Xiang; Jin, Ying; Li, Yan; Huang, Hui-Fang; Wu, Ming; Shen, Keng; Pan, Ling-Ya

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this retrospective study was to analyze the clinical characteristics and prognosis of clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) in the post-diethylstilbestrol (DES) era and to evaluate the feasibility of fertility-preserving treatment. The records of 32 patients with CCAs who were treated at Peking Union Medical College Hospital from August 1986 to June 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Three of the patients had undergone fertility-preserving treatment. The incidence of CCA among cervical adenocarcinomas was 15.2%. The median age was 38 years: 11 patients (34.4%) were diagnosed before 30 years of age and two (6.3%) after 70 years of age. Ten patients (31.2%) were nulliparous. No patient had been exposed to DES. Twenty-nine patients (90.6%) presented with obvious symptoms, and the cervix appeared abnormal in 26 patients (81.3%). Cervical Papanicolaou (Pap) tests were abnormal in all four patients in whom they were performed (three had high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions and one had atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance). The distribution by stage was 56.3% stage I, 34.4% stage II, 6.3% stage III, and 3.1% stage IV. Treatments mainly included surgery for patients with stage I to IIA CCA and radiochemotherapy for patients with advanced CCA. The overall 5-year progression-free survival was 72.2%. Patients with stage I to IIA CCA had better 5-year progression-free survival than did patients with stage IIB to IV CCA (81.5% versus 40.0%, P=0.003). The three patients who had undergone fertility-preserving treatment had no recurrences. CCA may also affect adolescents and children without prior DES exposure, who are often misdiagnosed as having functional uterine bleeding. Radiotherapy appears to be effective for local control but to have no effect on distant recurrences. In our study, the prognosis of patients with early-stage CCA, including those who had undergone fertility-preserving treatment, was not inferior to that of patients with other types of cervical adenocarcinoma. PMID:24470762

  17. Multidetector computed tomography of congenital aortic abnormalities.

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    Lindsay, Alistair C; Sriharan, Mona; Lazoura, Olga; Padley, Simon P G; Nicol, Edward D; Rubens, Michael B

    2014-04-01

    For many years invasive angiographic techniques have been considered as the gold standard for the assessment of large arterial abnormalities. However, the complexities and complications inherent to invasive imaging have meant that more recently non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and multidetector CT (MDCT) have been increasingly used in congenital cardiovascular disorders. In particular, MDCT has emerged as a fundamental tool for the diagnosis and pre-surgical work-up of aortic abnormalities due to its high spatial resolution, large area of coverage, and short scan time, and therefore is now one of the most widely used modalities for the detection of congenital abnormalities of the aorta. The purpose of this pictorial review is to review the spectrum of abnormalities of the aorta than can be reliably detected by MDCT both in infants and in adulthood. Abnormalities of the aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending aorta will be described separately. PMID:24560026

  18. Markers of the uterine innate immune response of the mare.

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    Nash, D M; Sheldon, I M; Herath, S; Lane, E A

    2010-05-01

    Reproductive efficiency in mares is low and persistent mating-induced endometritis (PMIE) is an important cause of subfertility. Mating-induced endometritis (MIE) an obligate precursor to PMIE, is a ubiquitous, transient inflammatory response to the presence of sperm, seminal components and pathogens. However, the specific inflammatory pathways that derive from MIE and that may also be precursors to PMIE are not clear. The ability to identify and measure robust, repeatable markers of inflammation integral to MIE may be key to understanding the progression to PMIE. The aim of the study was to (i) refine a protocol for inducing MIE and in doing so test a range of cellular and molecular parameters as valid markers of MIE to facilitate future studies of mares susceptible to PMIE (ii) concurrently identify those parameters with potential as inflammatory indicators during MIE to inform and enhance early treatment regimens in practice. Mating-induced endometritis was induced in pony mares using a stringent protocol; mares were treated intrauterine with frozen/thawed semen (n = 5; FTS) or frozen/thawed extender (n = 6: FTEx). The parameters tested were measured before treatment were compared to samples collected at strategic time points after treatment: uterine cytology using cytological (at 8, 16, 24, 48 and 72 h after treatment) or histological analysis (at 24 and 72 h); uterine bacteriology (at 24 and 72 h); secretion of prostaglandin F(2alpha) (PGF(2alpha); at 8, 16, 24, 48 and 72 h); peripheral concentrations of serum amyloid A (SAA; at 24h); endometrial mRNA gene expression, focussing upon IL8 and TLR4, as examples of genes pertinent to inflammation (at 24 h). Uterine neutrophil cell numbers in both treatment groups increased at 8 (P < 0.001), 16 (P < 0.01) and 24 (P < 0.01) h after insemination, indicative of MIE and distinguished between different treatments because neutrophil numbers were greater from FTS mares than FTEx mares 8h after challenge. Uterine neutrophil cell numbers, assessed by histology, increased (P < 0.001) 24 and 72 h after treatment. Prostaglandin F(2alpha) concentrations increased (P < 0.05) 16 h after treatments, while SAA concentrations and bacterial growth scores were not significantly different after treatment. Endometrium from pony mares expressed mRNA for IL8 and TLR4 but expression was not altered after insemination. The protocol induced MIE, as confirmed by uterine cytology and maybe used hereafter as a repeatable and robust method for studying immune mechanisms that underlie MIE and so may aid the understanding of progression to persistent inflammation. It can be concluded that of the range of parameters tested, neutrophil cell numbers by cytological analysis and PGF(2alpha) were regarded as the most accurate markers of inflammation during MIE and important for use in practice. PMID:20022187

  19. Novel immunocontraceptive targets in mammals: uterine secretions and the conceptus; a marsupial approach.

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    Menkhorst, E M; Cui, S; Selwood, L

    2008-10-01

    We report the first immunocontraceptive trial in mammals using a uterine-secreted protein, the marsupial shell coat protein 4 (CP4). The marsupial shell coat, which surrounds the conceptus for 60-80% of gestation, is secreted by the uterine epithelium. Following immunization against glutathione S-transferase (GST)-CP4, the fertility of female common brushtail possums (n=6) was significantly reduced (P=0.000), and this reduction in fertility was positively correlated with the maximum GST-CP4 humoral immune response (P=0.025). Ultrastructural examination of the reproductive tract indicated that the cell-mediated immune response against GST-CP4 targeted the shell coat, the shell-free conceptus and the uterine glandular epithelium, thus preventing normal conceptus development and uterine secretion of shell coat proteins and nutrients. These results show that uterine-secreted proteins are promising immunocontraceptive targets, especially in pest mammal species, e.g. possum, rabbit and horse, that have uterine-secreted additions to embryonic coats, or that have late implantation requiring uterine nutrient provisioning from secretions. PMID:18614625

  20. Expression of CAVEOLIN 1 in uterine mesenchymal tumors: No relationship between malignancy and CAVEOLIN 1 expression.

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    Hayashi, Takuma; Ichimura, Tomoyuki; Yaegashi, Nobuo; Shiozawa, Tanri; Konishi, Ikuo

    2015-08-01

    Although most smooth muscle neoplasms detected in the human uterus are benign, uterine leiomyosarcoma (Ut-LMS) is extremely malignant with high rates of recurrence and metastasis. CAVEOLIN 1 (CAV1) levels in the epithelial cells of some carcinomas have been reported to increase during tumor progression. We herein evaluated the relationship between CAV1 expression and the pathological features of patients diagnosed with uterine mesenchymal tumors at several clinical facilities. No clinical link was observed between CAV1 expression and the malignancy of human uterine mesenchymal tumors. CAV1 expression was decreased in the normal myometrium, whereas it was strongly expressed in uterine mesenchymal tumors. However, the expression of CAV1 was not a potential biomarker to distinguish Ut-LMS from other types of uterine mesenchymal tumors. The perivascular expression of CAV1 was clearly observed in all types of uterine mesenchymal tumors and myometria. Therefore, the results of the present study suggest that CAV1 may not act as a potential biomarker of uterine malignant mesenchymal tumors. PMID:26072376

  1. Biological effects of platelet-derived growth factor receptor ? blockade in uterine cancer

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    Roh, Ju-Won; Huang, Jie; Hu, Wei; Yang, XiaoYun; Jennings, Nicholas B.; Sehgal, Vasudha; Sohn, Bo Hwa; Han, Hee Dong; Lee, Sun Joo; Thanapprapasr, Duangmani; Bottsford-Miller, Justin; Zand, Behrouz; Dalton, Heather J.; Previs, Rebecca A.; Davis, Ashley N.; Matsuo, Koji; Lee, Ju-Seog; Ram, Prahlad; Coleman, Robert L.; Sood, Anil K.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFR?) expression is frequently observed in many kinds of cancer and is a candidate for therapeutic targeting. This preclinical study evaluated the biological significance of PDGFR? and PDGFR? blockade (using a fully humanized monoclonal antibody, 3G3) in uterine cancer. Experimental Design Expression of PDGFR? was examined in uterine cancer clinical samples and cell lines, and biological effects of PDGFR? inhibition were evaluated using in vitro (cell viability, apoptosis, and invasion) and in vivo (orthotopic) models of uterine cancer. Results PDGFR? was highly expressed and activated in uterine cancer samples and cell lines. Treatment with 3G3 resulted in substantial inhibition of PDGFR? phosphorylation and of downstream signaling molecules AKT and MAPK. Cell viability and invasive potential of uterine cancer cells were also inhibited by 3G3 treatment. In orthotopic mouse models of uterine cancer, 3G3 monotherapy had significant antitumor effects in PDGFR?-positive models (Hec-1A, Ishikawa, Spec-2), but not in PDGFR?-negative model (OVCA432). Greater therapeutic effects were observed for 3G3 in combination with chemotherapy than for either drug alone in the PDGFR?-positive models. The anti-tumor effects of therapy were related to increased apoptosis and decreased proliferation and angiogenesis. Conclusions These findings identify PDGFR? as an attractive target for therapeutic development in uterine cancer. PMID:24634380

  2. Layer of Abnormally Cold Bottom Water over Southern Aves Ridge.

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    Gordon, A L; Grim, P J; Langseth, M

    1966-03-25

    A thermograd record obtained over the Ayes Ridge indicated existence, at the time of observation, of a cold layer of water in the lowest 13 meters, undergoing high-frequency internal oscillations. The great discontinuity in temperature across the sedimnent-water interface and the lack of agreement with the normal temperature structure indicate that the layer was a transient feature. This abnormal condition may be related to the passage of a hurricane 3 days earlier. PMID:17730083

  3. Localized gray matter volume abnormalities in generalized anxiety disorder

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    Franz Ebner; Axel Schäfer

    2011-01-01

    Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and persistent worrying. Neural substrates of this disorder\\u000a are insufficiently understood, which relates to functional as well as to structural brain abnormalities. Especially, findings\\u000a on the neuroanatomy of GAD have been inconsistent and were predominantly derived from pediatric samples. Therefore, we studied\\u000a adult patients. Thirty-one women (16 patients with GAD and 15

  4. Transmission Line Models to Simulate the Impedance of the Uterine Vasculature during the Ovarian Cycle and Pregnancy

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    Zhu, Yanmei; Sprague, Benjamin J.; Phernetton, Terrance M.; Magness, Ronald R.; Chesler, Naomi C.

    2010-01-01

    Objectives Changes in uterine vascular impedance may yield diagnostic insight into physiological and pathological changes in uterine vascular resistance and compliance during the ovarian cycle and pregnancy. Herein, our objectives were to develop a model to simulate uterine vascular impedance in order to gain insight into the vascular size and stiffness changes that occur during the ovarian cycling and pregnancy. Study Design Two electrical analogue transmission line models were developed and evaluated based on goodness-of-fit to experimental impedance measurements, which were obtained in nonpregnant luteal and follicular phase (NP-L and NP-F) and pregnant (P) ewes (n=4-8 per group). First, an anatomically-based, multi-segment, symmetric, branching transmission line model was developed. Parameter values were calculated based on experimental measurements of size and stiffness in the first three generations of the uterine arterial tree for NP-L, NP-F and P ewes. Then, a single segment transmission line model was developed and effective parameter values were optimized to best-fit the measured impedances. Results The anatomically-based multi-segment model did not yield the expected good agreement with the experimental data (R2>0.5 for all groups). In contrast, the impedance spectra predicted by the single segment model agreed very well with experimental data (R2=0.93, 0.82, and 0.84 for NP-L, NP-F and P, respectively; P<0.0001, all groups). Furthermore, the changes in the best-fit model parameters for NP-F and P compared to the NP-L were consistent with the prior literature on the effects of the ovarian cycle and pregnancy on vascular resistance and compliance. In particular, compared to NP-L, NP-F had decreased longitudinal and terminal resistance with a modest increase in compliance whereas pregnancy caused more dramatic drops in longitudinal and terminal resistance and a significant increase in compliance. Conclusions The single segment transmission line model is a useful tool to examine changes in vascular structure and function that occur during the ovarian cycle and pregnancy. PMID:19303694

  5. Involvement of VCAM1 in the bovine conceptus adhesion to the uterine endometrium.

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    Bai, Rulan; Bai, Hanako; Kuse, Mariko; Ideta, Atsushi; Aoyagi, Yoshito; Fujiwara, Hiroshi; Okuda, Kiyoshi; Imakawa, Kazuhiko; Sakurai, Toshihiro

    2014-08-01

    Following bidirectional communication, the conceptus and the uterine epithelium must establish a proper cell-cell interaction, resulting in the progression of implantation processes. To clarify the mechanism of conceptus attachment to the uterine endometrium, we studied whether vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM1) was expressed in bovine conceptuses or endometrium during the peri-attachment period. Uterine VCAM1 expression was minimal in day 17 (day 0=day of estrus) cyclic and pregnant animals, but increased between days 20 and 22 of pregnancy. In the intercaruncular regions, VCAM1 protein was localized to the luminal and glandular epithelia, whereas in the caruncular regions, VCAM1 protein was detected in the stroma and endothelia of the uterine endometrium. In cultured endometrial epithelial cells (EECs), VCAM1 expression was up-regulated when treated with uterine flushings or growth factor and further increased when EECs were cocultured with bovine trophoblast CT1 cells. VCAM1 expression in CT1 cells was also up-regulated with the use of uterine flushings, and further increased when these cells were cocultured with EECs. Expression of VCAM1 receptor, integrin ? 4 (ITGA4) mRNA, increased significantly in day 22 conceptuses. In day 22 pregnant uteri, VCAM1 protein was found in both EECs and conceptuses, but ITGA4 was localized only to trophoblasts. These observations indicate that cell-cell interactions between conceptuses and uterine epithelial cells are required for sufficient VCAM1 and ITGA4 expression in the bovine species and suggest that uterine VCAM1 and conceptus ITGA4 play a role in the establishment of conceptus adhesion to the uterine endometrium. PMID:24803492

  6. Striatal Abnormalities and Spontaneous Dyskinesias in Non-Clinical Psychosis

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    Mittal, Vijay A.; Orr, Joseph M.; Turner, Jessica A.; Pelletier, Andrea L.; Dean, Derek J.; Lunsford-Avery, Jessica; Gupta, Tina

    2013-01-01

    Background Accumulating evidence suggests that individuals experiencing non-clinical psychosis (NCP) represent a critical group for improving understanding of etiological factors underlying the broader psychosis continuum. Although a wealth of evidence supports widespread neural dysfunction in formal psychosis, there has been little empirical evidence to support our understanding of putative vulnerability markers or brain structure in NCP. In this study, we examined the neural correlates of spontaneous movement abnormalities, a neural biomarker previously detected in NCP that is linked to abnormalities in the striatal dopamine. Methods We screened a total of 1,285 adolescents/young adults, and those scoring in the upper 15 percentile on a NCP scale were invited to participate; 20 of those invited agreed and these individuals were matched with healthy controls. Participants were administered a structural scan, clinical interviews, and an instrumental motor assessment. Results The NCP group showed elevated force variability, smaller putamen (but not caudate), and there was a significant relationship between motor dysfunction and striatal abnormalities for the sample. Elevated force variability was associated with both higher positive and negative symptoms, and there was a strong trend (p=.06) to suggest that smaller left putamen volumes were associated with elevated positive symptoms. Conclusions The results are among the first to suggest an association between neural structure and a risk marker in NCP. Findings indicate that vulnerabilities seen in schizophrenia also characterize the lower end of the psychosis spectrum. PMID:24156901

  7. Preoperative Uterine Artery Embolisation for Large Uterine Fibroids with Subsequent Uterus Preservation – Three Case Histories and Review of the Literature

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    David, M.; Kröncke, T.

    2012-01-01

    Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is an established procedure to treat uterine fibroids as an alternative to surgery. The combination of both approaches is reserved for only a few cases. A preoperative UAE (PUAE) contributes to reducing bleeding complications and helps preserve the uterus. We report here on 3 patients, each with very large fibroid (all >?1100?g), who were successfully treated by interdisciplinary hybrid intervention (embolisation followed by surgery). Preserving the uterus was a “sine qua non” for all 3 patients. As discussed in some articles, PUAE should be considered when treating patients who wish to preserve their uterus at all costs but who are considered preoperatively to be at increased risk of bleeding and/or patients who are considered to be at high risk of requiring a hysterectomy “for technical reasons”. The additional costs of embolisation can be set against the potentially shorter hospitalisation times due to the more favourable intraoperative and postoperative course, the savings arising from the reduced need for blood transfusions, and the greater patient satisfaction. PMID:25284842

  8. Sexuality and Body Image After Uterine Artery Embolization and Hysterectomy in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: A Randomized Comparison

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    Volkers, Nicole A.; Bartholomeus, Wouter; de Blok, Sjoerd; Birnie, Erwin; Reekers, Jim A.; Ankum, Willem M.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper the effect of uterine artery embolization (UAE) on sexual functioning and body image is investigated in a randomized comparison to hysterectomy for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The EMbolization versus hysterectoMY (EMMY) trial is a randomized controlled study, conducted at 28 Dutch hospitals. Patients were allocated hysterectomy (n = 89) or UAE (n = 88). Two validated questionnaires (the Sexual Activity Questionnaire [SAQ] and the Body Image Scale [BIS]) were completed by all patients at baseline, 6 weeks, and 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment. Repeated measurements on SAQ scores revealed no differences between the groups. There was a trend toward improved sexual function in both groups at 2 years, although this failed to reach statistical significance except for the dimensions discomfort and habit in the UAE arm. Overall quality of sexual life deteriorated in a minority of cases at all time points, with no significant differences between the groups (at 24 months: UAE, 29.3%, versus hysterectomy, 23.5%; p = 0.32). At 24 months the BIS score had improved in both groups compared to baseline, but the change was only significant in the UAE group (p = 0.009). In conclusion, at 24 months no differences in sexuality and body image were observed between the UAE and the hysterectomy group. On average, both after UAE and hysterectomy sexual functioning and body image scores improved, but significantly so only after UAE. PMID:17671809

  9. Sexuality and Body Image After Uterine Artery Embolization and Hysterectomy in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: A Randomized Comparison

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    Hehenkamp, Wouter J. K. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)], E-mail: w.j.k.hehenkamp@amc.uva.nl; Volkers, Nicole A. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Bartholomeus, Wouter [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Faculty of Medicine (Netherlands); Blok, Sjoerd de [Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Birnie, Erwin [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Public Health Epidemiology (Netherlands); Reekers, Jim A. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Ankum, Willem M. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)

    2007-09-15

    In this paper the effect of uterine artery embolization (UAE) on sexual functioning and body image is investigated in a randomized comparison to hysterectomy for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The EMbolization versus hysterectoMY (EMMY) trial is a randomized controlled study, conducted at 28 Dutch hospitals. Patients were allocated hysterectomy (n = 89) or UAE (n 88). Two validated questionnaires (the Sexual Activity Questionnaire [SAQ] and the Body Image Scale [BIS]) were completed by all patients at baseline, 6 weeks, and 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment. Repeated measurements on SAQ scores revealed no differences between the groups. There was a trend toward improved sexual function in both groups at 2 years, although this failed to reach statistical significance except for the dimensions discomfort and habit in the UAE arm. Overall quality of sexual life deteriorated in a minority of cases at all time points, with no significant differences between the groups (at 24 months: UAE, 29.3%, versus hysterectomy, 23.5%; p = 0.32). At 24 months the BIS score had improved in both groups compared to baseline, but the change was only significant in the UAE group (p = 0.009). In conclusion, at 24 months no differences in sexuality and body image were observed between the UAE and the hysterectomy group. On average, both after UAE and hysterectomy sexual functioning and body image scores improved, but significantly so only after UAE.

  10. ADAPTIVE MECHANISMS CONTROLLING UTERINE SPIRAL ARTERY REMODELING DURING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PREGNANCY

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    Soares, Michael J.; Chakraborty, Damayanti; Kubota, Kaiyu; Renaud, Stephen J.; Rumi, M.A. Karim

    2015-01-01

    Implantation of the embryo into the uterus triggers the initiation of hemochorial placentation. The hemochorial placenta facilitates the acquisition of maternal resources required for embryo/fetal growth. Uterine spiral arteries form the nutrient supply line for the placenta and fetus. This vascular conduit undergoes gestation stage-specific remodeling directed by maternal natural killer cells and embryo-derived invasive trophoblast lineages. The placentation site, including remodeling of the uterine spiral arteries, is shaped by environmental challenges. In this review, we discuss the cellular participants controlling pregnancy-dependent uterine spiral artery remodeling and mechanisms responsible for their development and function. PMID:25023691

  11. Ulipristal acetate for use in moderate to severe symptoms of uterine fibroids.

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    Talaulikar, Vikram Sinai; Manyonda, Isaac

    2014-11-01

    Although it has been known for a long time that uterine fibroids respond to changes in sex steroid concentrations, it is the availability of selective progesterone receptor modulators such as ulipristal acetete that has provided the gynecologist with a novel option for medical management of uterine fibroids. Ulipristal acetate is presently licensed in Europe for use in women with symptomatic fibroids up to 3 months prior to surgery and has demonstrated good clinical efficacy and safety for this indication. Future trials will define the long-term safety of this drug and its role in medical management of uterine fibroids. PMID:25482483

  12. Small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the uterine cervix presenting with syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion

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    Kim, Do Young; Yun, Hye Jung; Lee, Yong Seok; Lee, Hae Nam

    2013-01-01

    Small cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix is rare. It is estimated that 10% of patients with small-cell lung cancer have syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) and hyponatremia has been reported to be significantly associated with a poor prognosis. A proportion of small cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix exhibit neuroendocrine characteristics as revealed by immunohistochemistry, However, cases presenting typical symptoms due to SIADH are extremely rare. This report of the SIADH of the uterine cervix is a rare case in the small cell carcinoma of the cervix presenting with tumor-associated paraneoplastic syndrome. PMID:24396824

  13. Pseudoaneurysm of uterine artery causing intra-abdominal and vaginal bleeding after cervical conization

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    Moon, Gaeul; Jeon, Seob; Nam, Kye-Hyun; Choi, Seungdo; Sunwoo, Jaegeun

    2015-01-01

    Uterine arterial pseudoaneurysm is a very rare condition usually associated with postpartum hemorrhage. It almost never occurs after cervical conization; however, since ruptured pseudoaneurysm could be life threatening, we should consider the possibility of vascular injury such as pseudoaneurysm when we find a patient with vaginal bleeding after the process of surgical operation. Emergency arterial embolization is a well established therapeutic option to control the ruptured pseudoaneurysm. This is a case report of uterine arterial pseudoaneurysm causing intra-abdominal bleeding followed by cervical conization, which was successfully treated by uterine artery embolization. PMID:26023677

  14. Magnetic Resonance Angiography of Uterine Artery: Changes with Embolization Using Gelatin Sponge Particles Alone for Fibroids

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    Tetsuya Katsumori; Toshiyuki Kasahara; Yoko Kin; Shigeo Ichihashi

    2007-01-01

    Purpose  To assess uterine artery recanalization, together with tumor devascularization, after embolization using gelatin sponge particles\\u000a alone for fibroids.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Twenty-seven patients underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) for fibroids using only gelatin sponge particles. The angiographic\\u000a endpoint of embolization was defined as near stasis of contrast medium in the ascending segment of the uterine artery. All\\u000a patients underwent contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography

  15. Aberrant Ovarian Collateral Originating from External Iliac Artery During Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Kwon, Joon Ho; Kim, Man Deuk, E-mail: mdkim@yuhs.ac; Lee, Kwang-hun; Lee, Myungsu; Lee, Mu Sook; Won, Jong Yun; Park, Sung Il; Lee, Do Yun [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital (Korea, Republic of)] [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-02-15

    We report a case of a 35-year-old woman who underwent uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic multiple uterine fibroids with collateral aberrant right ovarian artery that originated from the right external iliac artery. We believe that this is the first reported case in the literature of this collateral uterine flow by the right ovarian artery originated from the right external iliac artery. We briefly present the details of the case and review the literature on variations of ovarian artery origin that might be encountered during UAE.

  16. Sleep abnormality in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

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    Song, Yijun; Pan, Liping; Fu, Ying; Sun, Na; Li, Yu-Jing; Cai, Hao; Su, Lei; Shen, Yi; Cui, Linyang

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: We investigated the sleep structure of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and the association of abnormalities with brain lesions. Methods: This was a prospective cross-sectional study. Thirty-three patients with NMOSD and 20 matched healthy individuals were enrolled. Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients were collected. Questionnaires were used to assess quality of sleep, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and depression. Nocturnal polysomnography was performed. Results: Compared with healthy controls, patients with NMOSD had decreases in sleep efficiency (7%; p = 0.0341), non-REM sleep N3 (12%; p < 0.0001), and arousal index (6; p = 0.0138). REM sleep increased by 4% (p = 0.0423). There were correlations between arousal index and REM% or Epworth Sleepiness Scale (r = ?0.0145; p = 0.0386, respectively). Six patients with NMOSD (18%, 5 without infratentorial lesions and 1 with infratentorial lesions) had a hypopnea index >5, and all of those with sleep apnea had predominantly the peripheral type. The periodic leg movement (PLM) index was higher in patients with NMOSD than in healthy controls (20 vs 2, p = 0.0457). Surprisingly, 77% of the patients with PLM manifested infratentorial lesions. Conclusions: Sleep architecture was markedly disrupted in patients with NMOSD. Surveillance of nocturnal symptoms and adequate symptomatic control are expected to improve the quality of life of patients with NMOSD. PMID:25918736

  17. Cortical thickness abnormalities associated with dyslexia, independent of remediation status

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    Ma, Yizhou; Koyama, Maki S.; Milham, Michael P.; Castellanos, F. Xavier; Quinn, Brian T.; Pardoe, Heath; Wang, Xiuyuan; Kuzniecky, Ruben; Devinsky, Orrin; Thesen, Thomas; Blackmon, Karen

    2014-01-01

    Abnormalities in cortical structure are commonly observed in children with dyslexia in key regions of the “reading network.” Whether alteration in cortical features reflects pathology inherent to dyslexia or environmental influence (e.g., impoverished reading experience) remains unclear. To address this question, we compared MRI-derived metrics of cortical thickness (CT), surface area (SA), gray matter volume (GMV), and their lateralization across three different groups of children with a historical diagnosis of dyslexia, who varied in current reading level. We compared three dyslexia subgroups with: (1) persistent reading and spelling impairment; (2) remediated reading impairment (normal reading scores), and (3) remediated reading and spelling impairments (normal reading and spelling scores); and a control group of (4) typically developing children. All groups were matched for age, gender, handedness, and IQ. We hypothesized that the dyslexia group would show cortical abnormalities in regions of the reading network relative to controls, irrespective of remediation status. Such a finding would support that cortical abnormalities are inherent to dyslexia and are not a consequence of abnormal reading experience. Results revealed increased CT of the left fusiform gyrus in the dyslexia group relative to controls. Similarly, the dyslexia group showed CT increase of the right superior temporal gyrus, extending into the planum temporale, which resulted in a rightward CT asymmetry on lateralization indices. There were no group differences in SA, GMV, or their lateralization. These findings held true regardless of remediation status. Each reading level group showed the same “double hit” of atypically increased left fusiform CT and rightward superior temporal CT asymmetry. Thus, findings provide evidence that a developmental history of dyslexia is associated with CT abnormalities, independent of remediation status. PMID:25610779

  18. Use of transrectal ultrasound for high dose rate interstitial brachytherapy for patients of carcinoma of uterine cervix

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    Rath, Goura Kisor; Thulkar, Sanjay; Kumar, Sunesh; Subramani, Vellaiyan; Julka, Parmod Kumar

    2010-01-01

    Objective Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) has been widely used for guiding prostate implants, but not much for interstitial brachytherapy (IBT) of cervix cancer. The aim of our study is to report our experience with TRUS guided high dose rate (HDR) IBT in patients with carcinoma of uterine cervix. Methods During the year 2005-2006, 25 patients of cervical cancer not suitable for intracavitary radiotherapy (ICRT), were enrolled in this prospective study. We used B-K Medical USG machine (Falcon 2101) equipped with a TRUS probe (8658) having a transducer of 7.5 MHz for IBT. Post procedure, a CT scan was done for verification of needle position and treatment planning. Two weekly sessions of HDR IBT of 8-10 Gy each were given after pelvic external beam radiation therapy. Results A total of 40 IBT procedures were performed in 25 patients. Average duration of implant procedure was 50 minutes. There was no uterine perforation in any of 11 patients in whom central tandem was used. CT scan did not show needle perforation of bladder/rectum in any of the patients. During perioperative period, only 1 procedure (2.5%) was associated with hematuria which stopped within 6 hours. Severe late toxicity was observed in 3 (12%) patients. Overall pelvic control rate was 64%. Conclusion Our experience suggests that TRUS is a practical and effective imaging device for guiding the IBT procedure of cervical cancer patients. It helps in accurate placements of needles thus avoiding the injury to normal pelvic structures. PMID:20379442

  19. Numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans

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    NONE

    1993-12-31

    Chapter 24, discusses numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans. This involves abnormalities of human chromosome number, including polyploidy (when the number of sets of chromosomes increases) and aneuploidy (when the number of individual normal chromosomes changes). Chapter sections discuss the following chromosomal abnormalities: human triploids, imprinting and uniparental disomy, human tetraploids, hydatidiform moles, anomalies caused by chromosomal imbalance, 13 trisomy (D{sub 1} trisomy, Patau syndrome), 21 trisomy (Down syndrome), 18 trisomy syndrome (Edwards syndrome), other autosomal aneuploidy syndromes, and spontaneous abortions. The chapter concludes with remarks on the nonrandom participation of chromosomes in trisomy. 69 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  20. Effect of photoaffinity labeling on rabbit uterine progesterone receptor.

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    Clarke, C L; Feil, P D; Satyaswaroop, P G

    1986-08-15

    Photoaffinity labeling with [17 alpha-methyl-3H]promegestone ([ 3H]R5020) is an effective technique for the covalent labeling of the progesterone receptor (PR), which allows monitoring of the steroid receptor complex under denaturing conditions. The present study was initiated to evaluate whether photolabeled PR could be used also as a marker for PR under nondenaturing conditions. Accordingly, the effect of irradiation on each component of the reaction was evaluated separately. When [3H]R5020 alone was irradiated, there was a rapid (less than 5 min), light dependent destruction of [3H]R5020, as evident from increased formation of a more polar tritiated product on TLC and a concomitant decrease in the ability of the irradiated preparation to bind to PR. When rabbit uterine PR was irradiated in the absence of steroid, a gradual decrease in the binding capacity was observed, reaching 70% of the nonirradiated control in 10 min. The optimal irradiation time for covalent [3H]R5020-PR complex formation was determined by irradiation for up to 5 min, and separation of the products by sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Specific labeling of proteins of Mr 116,000 and 85,000 was observed, with the rate of labeling of the two being similar, and reaching a plateau by 4 min of irradiation. The photolabeling efficiency ranged from 2 to 12%. Sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation of photolabeled PR revealed that both the irradiated sample and the nonirradiated control sedimented to the same position. Subsequent SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the sucrose gradient peak from the photolabeled sample showed the presence of both labeled proteins of Mr 116,000 and 85,000. In addition, photolabeled rabbit uterine PR (Mr 116,000 and 85,000) could be immunoprecipitated with a guinea pig antiserum raised against rabbit uterine PR. Analysis of the photoaffinity labeling procedure in our system revealed that the photodestruction of [3H]R5020 was very rapid. However, maximal labeling with [3H]R5020 was obtainable with minimal photodestruction of PR which suggests that photolabeled receptor can be used as a marker for PR under nondenaturing conditions. PMID:3766957

  1. Human cytotrophoblast differentiation/invasion is abnormal in pre-eclampsia.

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    Lim, K. H.; Zhou, Y.; Janatpour, M.; McMaster, M.; Bass, K.; Chun, S. H.; Fisher, S. J.

    1997-01-01

    During human placental development, cytotrophoblast stem cells differentiate and invade the uterus. Simultaneously, the cells modulate their expression of several classes of stage-specific antigens that mark transitions in the differentiation process and play a role in either uterine invasion (integrin cell-extracellular matrix receptors and matrix metalloproteinase-9) or immune interactions (HLA-G). The pregnancy disease pre-eclampsia is associated with shallow cytotrophoblast invasion. Previously we showed, by immunofluorescence localization on placental tissue, that in pre-eclampsia invasive cytotrophoblasts fail to properly modulate their integrin repertoire. This finding suggests possible abnormalities in the differentiation pathway that leads to uterine invasion. Here we used a culture system that supports this differentiation process to compare the differentiative and invasive potential of cytotrophoblasts obtained from control (n = 8, 22 to 38 weeks) and pre-eclamptic (n = 9, 24 to 38 weeks) placentas. In culture, the cells from pre-eclamptic placentas failed to properly modulate alpha1 integrin and matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression at the protein and mRNA levels. Their invasive potential was also greatly reduced. Likewise, the cells failed to up-regulate HLA-G protein and mRNA expression. These results suggest that defective cytotrophoblast differentiation/invasion can have significant consequences to the outcome of human pregnancy (ie, development of pre-eclampsia) and that, by the time delivery becomes necessary, the defect is not reversed by removing the cells from the maternal environment. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 9 PMID:9403732

  2. White matter abnormalities in methcathinone abusers with an extrapyramidal syndrome.

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    Stepens, Ainars; Stagg, Charlotte Jane; Platkajis, Ardis; Boudrias, Marie-Hélène; Johansen-Berg, Heidi; Donaghy, Michael

    2010-12-01

    We examined white matter abnormalities in patients with a distinctive extrapyramidal syndrome due to intravenous methcathinone (ephedrone) abuse. We performed diffusion tensor imaging in 10 patients and 15 age-matched controls to assess white matter structure across the whole brain. Diffuse significant decreases in white matter fractional anisotropy, a diffusion tensor imaging metric reflecting microstructural integrity, occurred in patients compared with controls. In addition, we identified two foci of severe white matter abnormality underlying the right ventral premotor cortex and the medial frontal cortex, two cortical regions involved in higher-level executive control of motor function. Paths connecting different cortical regions with the globus pallidus, the nucleus previously shown to be abnormal on structural imaging in these patients, were generated using probabilistic tractography. The fractional anisotropy within all these tracts was lower in the patient group than in controls. Finally, we tested for a relationship between white matter integrity and clinical outcome. We identified a region within the left corticospinal tract in which lower fractional anisotropy was associated with greater functional deficit, but this region did not show reduced fractional anisotropy in the overall patient group compared to controls. These patients have widespread white matter damage with greatest severity of damage underlying executive motor areas. PMID:21036949

  3. Management Strategies in Advanced Uterine Leiomyosarcoma: Focus on Trabectedin

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    Amant, Frédéric; Lorusso, Domenica; Duffaud, Florence; Pautier, Patricia

    2015-01-01

    The treatment of advanced uterine leiomyosarcomas (U-LMS) represents a considerable challenge. Radiological diagnosis prior to hysterectomy is difficult, with the diagnosis frequently made postoperatively. Whilst a total abdominal hysterectomy is the cornerstone of management of early disease, the role of routine adjuvant pelvic radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy is less clear, since they may improve local tumor control in high risk patients but are not associated with an overall survival benefit. For recurrent or disseminated U-LMS, cytotoxic chemotherapy remains the mainstay of treatment. There have been few active chemotherapy drugs approved for advanced disease, although newer drugs such as trabectedin with its pleiotropic mechanism of actions represent an important addition to the standard front-line systemic therapy with doxorubicin and ifosfamide. In this review, we outline the therapeutic potential and in particular the emerging evidence-based strategy of therapy with trabectedin in patients with advanced U-LMS. PMID:26089739

  4. Complications Associated with Uterine Artery Embolisation for Fibroids

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    Memtsa, Maria; Homer, Hayden

    2012-01-01

    Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is a relative newcomer to the mainstream treatment modalities available for fibroid-related problems. The efficacy of UAE is indisputable and has been shown to be comparable to hysterectomy in the short term in large-scale trials. Moreover, compared with hysterectomy, UAE is less invasive, carries a superior risk profile, and, importantly, preserves the uterus. UAE therefore offers patients symptom relief whilst at the same time retaining reproductive potential. Notably however, although women can have successful pregnancies following UAE, it is becoming increasingly evident that pregnancies after UAE are more risky especially during the early stages. Long-term outcome data from randomised trials involving UAE have very recently become available and show that whilst high satisfaction rates previously identified during early-stage followup are sustained, one notable drawback is a substantial risk of reintervention. It remains to be seen how this facet of UAE will impact on its future uptake. PMID:22190951

  5. Uterine adenomyosis in southern three-banded armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus).

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    Marrow, Judilee; Viner, Tabitha; Thompson, Rachel; Boedeker, Nancy

    2013-12-01

    Uterine adenomyosis was diagnosed in five southern three-banded armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus) from four different zoological collections in North America between 1995 and 2012. Two cases were diagnosed after ovariohysterectomy and histopathologic evaluation of the uteri, and the remaining cases were identified incidentally at the time of postmortem examination. Animals ranged from 5 to 14 yr of age at the time of diagnosis. Of armadillos diagnosed before postmortem examination, clinical signs included weakness, collapse, anemia, and vulvar discharge. Histopathologic evaluation of the uteri revealed well-developed, irregular endometrial glands extending into the myometrium and occasional hemorrhage within these glands. The two cases diagnosed antemortem were successfully treated with ovariohysterectomy. To the authors' knowledge, this condition has not been previously reported in Xenarthra, including armadillos. PMID:24450063

  6. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) of the uterine isthmus.

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    Venizelos, I D; Zafrakas, M; Dragoumis, K; Tzevelekis, P; Kellartzis, D; Bontis, J

    2004-01-01

    Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) of the uterus are very rare. The histogenesis of these tumors is still unknown and the differential diagnosis includes a wide variety of tumor entities. We describe a rare case of a 68-year-old female who presented with persistent vaginal bleeding. Physical examination and CT-scan revealed a large tumor in the uterus. Macroscopically the tumor involved the uterine isthmus. Histological and immunohistochemical examination showed that the tumor fulfilled the diagnostic criteria set for PNET. Only a very small number of cases of PNETs of the uterus have been reported in the literature, thus no definitive conclusions concerning the therapeutic management and prognosis have been ascertained. PMID:15171326

  7. Digital Subtraction Fluoroscopy to Enhance Visualization During Uterine Fibroid Embolization: A Technical Note

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    Andrews, Robert T. [Dotter Interventional Institute, Portland, OR, Oregon Health and Science University (United States)], E-mail: tandrews@u.washington.edu; Binkert, Christoph A. [Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, Department of Radiology (United States)

    2003-06-15

    We describe a simple but underutilized technique for improving visualization during transcatheter embolization using particulate agents. The technique is of distinct utility in uterine fibroid embolization, during which non-target embolization can be of particular clinical significance.

  8. ABDOMINAL PREGNANCY IN A SERVAL (LEPTAILURUS SERVAL) SECONDARY TO UTERINE RUPTURE.

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    Bryan, Laura K; Blue-McLendon, Alice; Hoffmann, Aline Rodrigues

    2015-06-01

    A 14-yr-old female serval ( Leptailurus serval ) died unexpectedly after 2 wk of inappetence and lethargy. Necropsy revealed a pyoabdomen with a full-term, well-developed fetus in the caudal abdomen covered by a mesenteric sac. The mesenteric sac communicated with a tear in the wall of the right uterine horn, supporting a diagnosis of secondary abdominal pregnancy. The uterine wall had evidence of adenomyosis at the rupture site with no evidence of pyometra. The fetus, supporting mesentery, and peritoneum were coated with mixed bacteria, which may have ascended through an open cervix to the site of uterine rupture. This is the first case of abdominal pregnancy related to uterine rupture reported in a large felid species. PMID:26056905

  9. Genome-wide Linkage and Association Analyses Implicate FASN in Predisposition to Uterine Leiomyomata

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    Nyholt, Dale R.

    and analyzed in 261 white UL-affected sister-pair families from the Finding Genes for Fibroids study. Two), commonly known as fibroids, are benign tumors of the uterine myometrium. They repre- sent the most

  10. Clinicopathologic analysis of uterine sarcomas from a single institution in the Canary Islands

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    Virginia Benito; Amina Lubrano; Octavio Arencibia; Miguel Andújar; Eva Álvarez; Norberto Medina; Juan Miguel Falcón; Orlando Falcón

    2009-01-01

    ObjectiveTo evaluate the clinicopathologic data and prognostic factors for patients with uterine sarcomas treated at a single institution, with special emphasis on malignant mixed müllerian tumors (MMMT).

  11. The roles of estradiol-17 beta and prolactin in uterine gland development in the neonatal ewe 

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    Carpenter, Karen Denise

    2005-11-01

    Endometrial glands are required for adult uterine function and develop post-natally in mammalian species. Therefore, studies were conducted using neonatal ewes as a model to determine: 1) the roles of estradiol-17-alpha ...

  12. Uterine leiomyoma mimicking a gastrointestinal stromal tumor with chronic spontaneous hemorrhage: A case report

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    ZHU, XIAOQING; FEI, JING; ZHANG, WEIJIANG; ZHOU, JIANWEI

    2015-01-01

    Uterine leiomyomas are the most common tumors to affect women. Cases of uterine leiomyoma mimicking a gastrointestinal stromal tumor with chronic spontaneous hemorrhage are extremely rare, and similar cases to that of the present study are yet to be reported. In the current study, a 48-year-old female presented with symptoms of lower abdominal pain after menses that had persisted for 4 months. The patient was initially diagnosed with uterine leiomyoma. However, according to the results of the gross and auxiliary examinations, a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor could not be excluded. Therefore, the patient underwent a rectal sigmoid bowel resection, subtotal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy. Subsequent to surgery, the immunohistochemical examinations confirmed the initial diagnosis of uterine leiomyoma. The surgery had therefore involved an unnecessary organ resection.

  13. Abnormalities of lung function in hay fever.

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    Morgan, E J; Hall, D R

    1976-01-01

    Twenty subjects with symptoms of hay fever were studied to see whether abnormalities could be detected in the function of small airways. The investigations included dynamic compliance at varying respiratory frequencies, closing capacity, residual volume, transfer factor, and maximal expiratory flow-volume curves. The tests were repeated in the winter when symptoms had resolved. Frequency dependence of compliance was found in eight subjects with symptoms (40%), closing capacities being abnormal in only two instances. Conventional pulmonary function tests, including expiratory flow rates at mid vital capacity, were within the predicted range of all subjects. When tests were repeated in the winter, frequency dependence of compliance was no longer present in subjects whose symptoms had resolved. The study suggests that reversible small airway abnormalities are present in a significant proportion of subjects with symptoms of hay fever and that such abnormalities are best detected by the measurement of dynamic compliance at varying respiratory frequencies. PMID:769243

  14. Four families with immunodeficiency and chromosome abnormalities.

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    Candy, D C; Hayward, A R; Hughes, D T; Layward, L; Soothill, J F

    1979-01-01

    Six children, with severe deficiency of some or all of the immunoglobulins and minor somatic abnormalities, had chromosomal abnormalities: (1) 45,XY,t(13q/18q), (2) 46,XY,21ps +, (3) two brothers 46,XY (inv. 7) (4) 45,X,t(11p/10p)/46X,iXq,t(11p/10p) and, (5) in addendum, 45,XX,-18;46,XX, r18. The chromosome abnormalities were detected in B- as well as T-lymphocytes (as evidenced by using both PHA- and PWM-stimulated cultures) in all probands, but one was mosaic in PHA culture, although all his PWM-stimulated cells were abnormal. Chromosomal variants were also detected in relatives of three and immunodeficiency in relatives of two. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 3 PMID:314782

  15. Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results

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    ... freeze abnormal cervical tissue, which then sloughs off. • Laser therapy—A focused beam of light is used ... tissue is removed from the cervix. Cryotherapy: A freezing technique used to destroy diseased tissue; also known ...

  16. Pinna abnormalities and low-set ears

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    ... Common abnormalities include cysts in the pinna or skin tags . Many children are born with ears that stick ... affect hearing. However, sometimes cosmetic surgery is recommended. Skin tags may be tied off, unless there is cartilage ...

  17. T cell immune abnormalities in immune thrombocytopenia.

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    Ji, Xuebin; Zhang, Liping; Peng, Jun; Hou, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Immune thrombocytopenia is an autoimmune disease with abnormal T cell immunity. Cytotoxic T cells, abnormal T regulatory cells, helper T cell imbalance, megakaryocyte maturation abnormalities and abnormal T cell anergy are involved in the pathogenesis of this condition. The loss of T cell-mediated immune tolerance to platelet auto-antigens plays a crucial role in immune thrombocytopenia. The induction of T cell tolerance is an important mechanism by which the pathogenesis and treatment of immune thrombocytopenia can be studied. Studies regarding the roles of the new inducible costimulator signal transduction pathway, the ubiquitin proteasome pathway, and the nuclear factor kappa B signal transduction pathway in the induction of T cell tolerance can help improve our understanding of immune theory and may provide a new theoretical basis for studying the pathogenesis and treatment of immune thrombocytopenia. PMID:25274611

  18. ICSN Data - Abnormal Result Technologies and Procedures

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    Skip to Main Content Search International Cancer Screening Network Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute Home | About ICSN | Collaborative Projects | Meetings | Cancer Sites | Publications | Contact Us Breast Cancer (Archived Tables): Home Abnormal

  19. Modulation of the immune system during postpartum uterine inflammation.

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    Walker, Caroline G; Meier, Susanne; Hussein, Hassan; McDougall, Scott; Burke, Chris R; Roche, John R; Mitchell, Murray D

    2015-04-01

    Postpartum uterine inflammation (endometritis) in the dairy cow is associated with lower fertility at both the time of infection and after the inflammation has resolved. We hypothesized that aberrant DNA methylation may be involved in the subfertility associated with uterine inflammation. The objective of this study was to characterize genome-wide DNA methylation and gene expression in the endometrium of dairy cows with subclinical endometritis (SCE). Endometrial tissues were obtained at 29 days postpartum (n = 12), and microarrays were used to characterize transcription and DNA methylation. Analyses revealed 1,856 probes differentially expressed in animals with SCE (n = 6) compared with controls (CON, n = 6, P < 0.05, Storey Multiple testing correction) and 2,976 probes with significant correlation between gene expression and bacteriology score. No significant associations among DNA methylation and gene expression were detected. Analysis of transcription data using the Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery and Gene Set Enrichment Analysis identified several pathways and processes enriched in SCE cows, with the majority related to the immune response. Furthermore, the top ontology terms enriched in genes that had expression data correlated to bacteriology score were: Defense response, inflammatory response, and innate immune response. Gene expression profiles in cows with subclinical endometritis in this study indicate that the immune response is activated, potentially resulting in a local proinflammatory environment in the uterus. If this period of inflammation is prolonged it could result in tissue damage or failure to complete involution of the uterus, which may create a suboptimal environment for future pregnancy. PMID:25604124

  20. Uterine rupture in a teaching hospital in Mbarara, western Uganda, unmatched case- control study

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    2013-01-01

    Background Uterine rupture is one of the most devastating complications of labour that exposes the mother and foetus to grave danger hence contributing to the high maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in Uganda. Every year, 6000 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, uterine rupture accounts for about 8% of all maternal deaths. The objective of this study was to establish the incidence of uterine rupture, predisposing factors, maternal and fetal outcomes and modes of management at a regional referral university hospital in South-western Uganda. Methods Case–control design of women with uterine rupture during 2005–2006. Controls were women who had spontaneous vaginal delivery or were delivered by caesarean section without uterine rupture as a complication. For every case, three consecutive in-patient chart numbers were picked and retrieved as controls. All available case files, labour ward and theater records were reviewed. Results A total of 83 cases of uterine rupture out of 10940 deliveries were recorded giving an incidence of uterine rupture of 1 in 131 deliveries. Predisposing factors for uterine rupture were previous cesarean section delivery(OR 5.3 95% CI 2.7-10.2), attending?5 km from the facility (OR 10.86 95% CI 1.46-81.03). There were 106 maternal deaths during the study period giving a facility maternal mortality ratio of 1034 /100,000 live births, there were 10 maternal deaths due to uterine rupture giving a case fatality rate of 12%. Conclusion Uterine rupture still remains one of the major causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in Mbarara Regional referral Hospital in Western Uganda. Promotion of skilled attendance at birth, use of family planning among those at high risk, avoiding use of herbs during pregnancy and labour, correct use of partograph and preventing un necesarry c-sections are essential in reducing the occurences of uterine repture. PMID:23718798

  1. Neurophysiological model of the normal and abnormal human pupil

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    Krenz, W.; Robin, M.; Barez, S.; Stark, L.

    1985-01-01

    Anatomical, experimental, and computer simulation studies were used to determine the structure of the neurophysiological model of the pupil size control system. The computer simulation of this model demonstrates the role played by each of the elements in the neurological pathways influencing the size of the pupil. Simulations of the effect of drugs and common abnormalities in the system help to illustrate the workings of the pathways and processes involved. The simulation program allows the user to select pupil condition (normal or an abnormality), specific site along the neurological pathway (retina, hypothalamus, etc.) drug class input (barbiturate, narcotic, etc.), stimulus/response mode, display mode, stimulus type and input waveform, stimulus or background intensity and frequency, the input and output conditions, and the response at the neuroanatomical site. The model can be used as a teaching aid or as a tool for testing hypotheses regarding the system.

  2. Normal and Abnormal Behavior in Early Childhood

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    Spinner, Miriam R.

    1981-01-01

    Evaluation of normal and abnormal behavior in the period to three years of age involves many variables. Parental attitudes, determined by many factors such as previous childrearing experience, the bonding process, parental psychological status and parental temperament, often influence the labeling of behavior as normal or abnormal. This article describes the forms of crying, sleep and wakefulness, and affective responses from infancy to three years of age. PMID:21289833

  3. 21 CFR 864.7415 - Abnormal hemoglobin assay.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 false Abnormal hemoglobin assay. 864.7415 Section 864.7415 Food...Packages § 864.7415 Abnormal hemoglobin assay. (a) Identification. An abnormal hemoglobin assay is a device consisting of the...

  4. Uterine Biology of the Pig: Gene Expression for Establishment of Pregnancy 

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    Brown, Gladys

    2013-09-25

    for pregnancy recognition signaling. Estrogen has the effect of increasing expression of receptors for prolactin. Oxytocin, a hormone released by the posterior pituitary gland (pars nervosa), induces contractions of the uterus during labor, but also has... important implications due to its presence in uterine secretions of pigs and the uterine endometrium is responsive to oxytocin in pigs [4-6]. The development of endometrial responsiveness to oxytocin occurs between Days 12 and 14 of the estrous cycle...

  5. Small Cell Carcinoma of Uterine Cervix: A Single-institution Experience

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    Forn-Chia Lin; Ling-Wei Wang; Li-Ching Lin

    2006-01-01

    We aimed to analyze the clinical outcome of patients with small cell carcinoma (SmCC) of uterine cervix. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical courses of patients with SmCC of uterine cervix referred to Taipei Veterans General Hospital between 1993 and 2001. Demographic and clinical data were presented and analyzed. Survival analysis was performed by using the Kaplan-Meier method. The statistical significance

  6. The excision of uterine fibroids by vaginal myomectomy: a prospective study

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    Anthony Davies; Roger Hart; Adam L Magos

    1999-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of the excision of uterine fibroids by vaginal myomectomy.Design: Prospective study.Setting: A gynecology department of a university teaching hospital.Patient(s): Women with menorrhagia, pelvic pain, symptoms of pressure, or subfertility attributable to moderate-sized uterine fibroids who otherwise would have required abdominal or laparoscopic myomectomy.Intervention(s): Vaginal myomectomy.Main Outcome Measure(s): The feasibility of vaginal surgery,

  7. [Effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid, its agonists and antagonists on uterine smooth muscle].

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    Sizov, P I; Iasnetsov, V S

    1985-11-01

    Experiments on isolated strips of the rabbit uterus showed the ability of GABA, GABAA-receptor agonist (diazepam) and GABAB-receptor antagonist (phenibut) to inhibit uterine contractility. GABAA-receptor antagonist (bicuculline) had a stimulating effect on contractility. It is assumed that GABA-ergic system plays an important role in the regulation of functional inhibition of contractile activity in the rabbit uterus, with GABA agonists regarded as potential gravidoprotectors in uterine hyperactivity or threatening miscarriage. PMID:2998506

  8. Establishment and Characterization of Cell Lines Derived from Uterine Malignant Mixed Müllerian Tumor

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    Ying Yuan; Woo-Ho Kim; Hye Seung Han; Jae-Ho Lee; Hyun-Sook Park; June-Key Chung; Soon-Beom Kang; Jae-Gahb Park

    1997-01-01

    Objective.We report the establishment and characterization of three new cell lines derived from uterine malignant mixed müllerian tumor (MMMT).Methods.Three uterine MMMT cell lines from primary tumors of Korean patients were cultured and the involved cell morphology, growth properties, DNA profiles, immunohistochemical properties, tumor-associated antigen secretion, and genetic alterations of related oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes were studied as well.Results.Three MMMT

  9. Chronic hypoxia inhibits pregnancy-induced upregulation of SKCa channel expression and function in uterine arteries.

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    Zhu, Ronghui; Hu, Xiang-Qun; Xiao, Daliao; Yang, Shumei; Wilson, Sean M; Longo, Lawrence D; Zhang, Lubo

    2013-08-01

    Small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SKCa) channels are crucial in regulating vascular tone and blood pressure. The present study tested the hypothesis that SKCa channels play an important role in uterine vascular adaptation in pregnancy, which is inhibited by chronic hypoxia during gestation. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant and near-term pregnant sheep maintained at sea level (?300 m) or exposed to high-altitude (3801 m) hypoxia for 110 days. Immunohistochemistry revealed the presence of SKCa channels type 2 (SK2) and type 3 (SK3) in both smooth muscles and endothelium of uterine arteries. The expression of SK2 and SK3 channels was significantly increased during pregnancy, which was inhibited by chronic hypoxia. In normoxic animals, both SKCa channel opener NS309 and a large-conductance (BKCa) channel opener NS1619 relaxed norepinephrine-contracted uterine arteries in pregnant but not nonpregnant sheep. These relaxations were inhibited by selective SKCa and BKCa channel blockers, respectively. NS309-induced relaxation was largely endothelium-independent. In high-altitude hypoxic animals, neither NS1691 nor NS309 produced significant relaxation of uterine arteries in either nonpregnant or pregnant sheep. Similarly, the role of SKCa channels in regulating the myogenic reactivity of uterine arteries in pregnant animals was abrogated by chronic hypoxia. Accordingly, the enhanced SKCa channel activity in uterine arterial myocytes of pregnant animals was ablated by chronic hypoxia. The findings suggest a novel mechanism of SKCa channels in regulating myogenic adaptation of uterine arteries in pregnancy and in the maladaptation of uteroplacental circulation caused by chronic hypoxia during gestation. PMID:23716582

  10. Successful pregnancies with uterine leiomyomas and myomectomy at the time of caesarean section

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    Yu-Lan Mu; Shan Wang; Jing Hao; Min Shi; Frank D Yelian; Xie-Tong Wang

    2011-01-01

    ObjectiveTo ascertain the impact of uterine leiomyomas on pregnancy outcome, and to determine the effectiveness of myomectomy at the time of caesarean delivery.MethodsA retrospective study was conducted on pregnant women with uterine leiomyomas. Clinical information including the course of the pregnancy, mode of delivery, pathology findings, and postpartum course were extracted from medical records and analysed for statistical significance.ResultsThere were

  11. Uterine and umbilical blood flow velocity during epidural anaesthesia for Caesarean section

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    Stephen Halpern; Phyllis Glanc; Terri Myhr; Marylou Ryan; Katherine Fong; Kofi Amankwah; Arne Ohlsson

    1994-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to use colour Doppler to determine the effect of epidural anaesthesia on the uterine and umbilical\\u000a blood flow velocities. After determining the precision of the technique, Doppler insonation of the uterine and umbilical arteries\\u000a was performed in consenting non-labouring patients requesting epidural anaesthesia for Caesarean section. Patients in Group\\u000a I were normal and those

  12. Uterine Spiral Artery Remodeling: The Role of Uterine Natural Killer Cells and Extravillous Trophoblasts in Normal and High-Risk Human Pregnancies.

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    Tessier, Daniel R; Yockell-Lelièvre, Julien; Gruslin, Andrée

    2015-07-01

    The process of uterine spiral artery remodeling in the first trimester of human pregnancy is an essential part of establishing adequate blood perfusion of the placenta that will allow optimal nutrient/waste exchange to meet fetal demands during later development. Key regulators of spiral artery remodeling are the uterine natural killer cells and the invasive extravillous trophoblasts. The functions of these cells as well as regulation of their activation states and temporal regulation of their localization within the uterine tissue are beginning to be known. In this review, we discuss the roles of these two cell lineages in arterial remodeling events, their interaction/influence on one another and the outcomes of altered temporal, and spatial regulation of these cells in pregnancy complications. PMID:25472023

  13. Association of Trochlear Dysplasia with degenerative Abnormalities in the Knee

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    Jungmann, Pia. M.; Tham, Seng-Choe; Liebl, Hans; Nevitt, Michael C; McCulloch, Charles E.; Lynch, John; Link, Thomas M.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate trochlear morphology as a potential risk factor for patellofemoral osteoarthritis, determined by morphological and quantitative measurements of cartilage degeneration using 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee. Materials and Methods MR images of right knees of 304 randomly selected subjects, aged 45–60 years, from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) progression cohort were screened for trochlear dysplasia, defined by an abnormal trochlear depth. Out of 304 subjects, n=85 demonstrated a shallow trochlea (depth ?3mm; 28%). In these, and also in a random sample of controls with normal trochlear depth (n=50), the facetal ratio and the sulcus angle were calculated and knee structural abnormalities were assessed by using a modified Whole-Organ-MR-Imaging Score (WORMS). Cartilage segmentation was performed and T2 relaxation times and patellar cartilage volume were determined. ANOVA and multivariate regression models were used for statistical analysis of the association of MRI structural measures and trochlear morphology. Results Knees with a shallow trochlea showed higher patellofemoral degeneration (WORMS mean ±standard deviation, 11.2±0.5 versus 5.7±0.6; Multivariate regression, P<0.001) and lower patellar cartilage volume than controls (900±664mm3 versus 1671±671mm3; P<0.001). Knees with an abnormal medial-to-lateral facetal ratio (<0.4) showed increased patellofemoral WORMS scores (12.3±0.9 versus 8.3±0.5; P<0.001). Knees with an abnormal sulcus angle (>170°) also showed increased WORMS scores (12.2±1.1 versus 8.6±0.6; P=0.003). T2 values at the patella were significantly lower in the dysplasia group with a shallow trochlea. However, significance was lost after adjustment for cartilage volume (P=0.673). Conclusion Trochlear dysplasia, defined by a shallow trochlea, was associated with higher WORMS scores and lower cartilage volume, indicating more advanced osteoarthritis at the patellofemoral joint. PMID:23801099

  14. Abnormal Sterol Metabolism in Holoprosencephaly

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    HAAS, DOROTHEA; MUENKE, MAXIMILIAN

    2014-01-01

    Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is the most common structural malformation of the developing forebrain in humans. The HPE phenotype is extremely variable and the etiology is heterogeneous. Among a variety of embryological toxins that can induce HPE, inhibitors, and other pertubations of cholesterol biosynthesis have been shown to be important factors, most likely because cholesterol is required in the Sonic hedgehog signaling cascade. Decreased levels of maternal cholesterol during pregnancy increase the risk for preterm delivery, but they are not associated with congenital malformations. However, if the fetus is affected by an inborn error of endogenous cholesterol synthesis, a reduction of maternal cholesterol concentration and cholesterol transport over the placenta aggravates the phenotypic expression. Exposure to lipophilic statins in early pregnancy may be associated with a substantial risk for structural CNS defects. PMID:20104605

  15. A Case of Lymphoepithelioma-like Carcinoma in the Uterine Cervix

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    Takebayashi, Kanetoshi; Nishida, Masakazu; Matsumoto, Harunobu; Nasu, Kaei; Narahara, Hisashi

    2015-01-01

    Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma occurring in the reproductive organs is a rare variant of squamous cell carcinoma, and this tumor of the uterine cervix accounts for 0.7% of all primary cervical uterine neoplasms. Associations with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human papilloma virus (HPV) have been demonstrated in some studies. Some investigators suggested that EBV has an important role in the initiation of lymphoepitheliomalike carcinoma in Asian women. Here we report the case of a 45-year-old Japanese woman, gravida 2 and parity 2. She was admitted due to severe atypical genital bleeding caused by uterine cervical cancer. A >60-mm tumor was detected at the uterine cervix, and no distal metastasis or swallowing of lymph nodes was revealed by magnetic resonance imaging and a computed tomography scan. The cervical cancer stage FIGO Ib2 was diagnosed, and a radical hysterectomy was performed for this malignant tumor. The in situ hybridization for EBV was negative. HVP infection was strongly suspected because the squamous cell carcinoma was observed macroscopically in the uterine cervix. The prognosis of uterine lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma is thought to be better than those of other cervical cancer types, but careful follow-up at fixed intervals is recommended. The patient has been followed up for 4 months since her surgery, and no evidence of recurrence has been detected. PMID:25918614

  16. The effect of the space flight environment on mucin production in the mouse uterine tube

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    Svalina, Gorica; Forsman, Allan D.

    2013-06-01

    Numerous studies have indicated that the microgravity environment of space has harmful effects on several tissues throughout the body. Although this phenomenon is well documented, research in this area is still in its relative infancy. This study investigates the effects of space flight on mucin production of the uterine tubes of mice. This study examined the epithelium of the uterine tubes from female mice that were flown on the space shuttle Endeavour for 13 days in August, 2007 and their concomitant controls. The tissue was qualitatively analyzed for the type of mucin produced, i.e., acidic, neutral, acidic/neutral mixture. Further, the tissue was quantitatively analyzed for the amounts of mucins produced by measuring the thickness of the mucin layer for each region of the uterine tube: isthmus, ampulla, and infundibulum. One way ANOVA tests were used to compare mucin thickness between all three sets of animals. Results indicate similar but not identical results between the three regions of the uterine tube. The Baseline tissue had the thickest mucin layer regardless of treatment group. In the ampulla the mucin layer was the thinnest in the Flight tissue, followed by the Ground Control, with the Baseline being the thickest. Analysis of the mucin layer of the infundibulum of the three treatment groups indicated no difference in its thickness between the three regions of the uterine tube. These results indicate a trend toward thinning of the mucin layer of the uterine tube in space flight, but also indicate an influence by the housing environment.

  17. Detection of congenital uterine malformation by using transvaginal three-dimensional ultrasound.

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    Yu, Li-Li; Zhang, Xuan; Zhang, Ting; Chen, Han-Rong; Wang, Ze-Hua

    2014-10-01

    This study assessed the clinical application of transvaginal three-dimensional ultrasound (3D TVUS) in the diagnosis of congenital uterine malformation. A retrospective study was performed on 62 patients with congenital uterine malformation confirmed hysteroscopically and/or laparoscopically. The patients were subjected to transvaginal two-dimensional ultrasound (2D TVUS) and 3D TVUS. The accuracy rate was compared between the two methods. The accuracy rate of 3D TVUS was (98.38%, 61/62), higher than that of 2D TVUS (80.65%, 50/62). 3D TVUS coronal plane imaging could demonstrate the internal shape of the endometrial cavity and the external contour of the uterine fundus. It allowed accurate measurement on the coronary plane, and could three-dimensionally show the image of cervical tube, thereby providing information for the diagnosis of some complex uterine malformation. 3D TVUS imaging can obtain comprehensive information of the uterus malformation, and it is superior to 2D TVUS for the diagnosis of congenital uterine malformations, especially complex uterine anomaly. PMID:25318893

  18. [Prevention and treatment of intra-uterine synechiae: Review of the literature].

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    Warembourg, S; Huberlant, S; Garric, X; Leprince, S; de Tayrac, R; Letouzey, V

    2015-04-01

    Intra-uterine adhesions are a major cause of secondary infertility. The prevalence of adhesions is probably underestimated due to the heterogeneity of the symptoms. An exhaustive literature search using search engines MEDLINE, Pubmed, Cochrane library and Web of Science was performed to make a focus on the origins, consequences and methods of prevention of intra-uterine adhesions. Intra-uterine adhesions are likely to occur after any endo-uterine surgery via dysregulated activation of coagulation chain linked to the inflammatory process. Early and late obstetric complications are also recognized as caused by adhesions. The diagnosis is currently performed by hysteroscopy but it remains an invasive procedure even if it can be done with an ambulatory management. Several research approaches inspired by intra-abdominal surgery for the prevention of pelvic adhesions have been developed. However, no current method of prevention has proven its effectiveness in terms of improving spontaneous fertility. The improvement in surgical practices, the design of new intra-uterine medical devices and new research especially in the field of endometrial stem cells can maybe reduce the rate of adhesions end their complications after intra-uterine surgery. PMID:25479692

  19. A patient with advanced gastric cancer presenting with extremely large uterine fibroid tumor.

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    Park, Kwang-Kuk; Yang, Song-I

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Uterine fibroid tumors (uterine leiomyomas) are the most common benign uterine tumors. The incidence of uterine fibroid tumors increases in older women and may occur in more than 30% of women aged 40 to 60. Many uterine fibroid tumors are asymptomatic and are diagnosed incidentally. Case Presentation. A 44-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with general weakness, dyspepsia, abdominal distension, and a palpable abdominal mass. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed a huge tumor mass in the abdomen which was compressing the intestine and urinary bladder. Gastroduodenal endoscopic and biopsy results showed a Borrmann type IV gastric adenocarcinoma. The patient was diagnosed with gastric cancer with disseminated peritoneal carcinomatosis. She underwent a hysterectomy with both salphingo-oophorectomy and bypass gastrojejunostomy. Simultaneous uterine fibroid tumor with other malignancies is generally observed without resection. But in this case, a surgical resection was required to resolve an intestinal obstruction and to exclude the possibility of a metastatic tumor. Conclusion. When a large pelvic or ovarian mass is detected in gastrointestinal malignancy patients, physicians try to exclude the presence of a Krukenberg tumor. If the tumors cause certain symptoms, surgical resection is recommended to resolve symptoms and to exclude a metastatic tumor. PMID:24707431

  20. A Patient with Advanced Gastric Cancer Presenting with Extremely Large Uterine Fibroid Tumor

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    Park, Kwang-Kuk; Yang, Song-I

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Uterine fibroid tumors (uterine leiomyomas) are the most common benign uterine tumors. The incidence of uterine fibroid tumors increases in older women and may occur in more than 30% of women aged 40 to 60. Many uterine fibroid tumors are asymptomatic and are diagnosed incidentally. Case Presentation. A 44-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with general weakness, dyspepsia, abdominal distension, and a palpable abdominal mass. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed a huge tumor mass in the abdomen which was compressing the intestine and urinary bladder. Gastroduodenal endoscopic and biopsy results showed a Borrmann type IV gastric adenocarcinoma. The patient was diagnosed with gastric cancer with disseminated peritoneal carcinomatosis. She underwent a hysterectomy with both salphingo-oophorectomy and bypass gastrojejunostomy. Simultaneous uterine fibroid tumor with other malignancies is generally observed without resection. But in this case, a surgical resection was required to resolve an intestinal obstruction and to exclude the possibility of a metastatic tumor. Conclusion. When a large pelvic or ovarian mass is detected in gastrointestinal malignancy patients, physicians try to exclude the presence of a Krukenberg tumor. If the tumors cause certain symptoms, surgical resection is recommended to resolve symptoms and to exclude a metastatic tumor. PMID:24707431

  1. 21 CFR 864.7415 - Abnormal hemoglobin assay.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...a) Identification. An abnormal hemoglobin assay is a device consisting of the reagents, apparatus, instrumentation, and controls necessary to isolate and identify abnormal genetically determined hemoglobin types. (b)...

  2. 21 CFR 864.7415 - Abnormal hemoglobin assay.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...a) Identification. An abnormal hemoglobin assay is a device consisting of the reagents, apparatus, instrumentation, and controls necessary to isolate and identify abnormal genetically determined hemoglobin types. (b)...

  3. Metabolomic changes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with abnormal Savda syndrome

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    XU, WEI-FANG; UPUR, HALMURAT; WU, YU-HUA; MAMTIMIN, BATUR; YANG, JIAN; GA, YONG-JUAN; YOU, LI

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the metabolic biomarkers for abnormal Savda syndrome in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Based on Traditional Uyghur Medicine (TUM) theory, a total of 103 patients with COPD were classified into abnormal Savda and non-abnormal Savda syndrome groups and 52 healthy volunteers acted as the control group. Blood samples from the three groups were analyzed using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy combined with orthogonal projection to latent structure-discriminant analysis. NMR tests showed that the regional distributions of the patients with COPD with abnormal Savda syndrome, those with non-abnormal Savda syndrome and the control group were completely separate (P>0.05). The patients with COPD with abnormal Savda syndrome exhibited relatively low levels of amino acids, glycoproteins and unsaturated lipids (P<0.05) but significantly higher levels of lactic acid, carnitine, acetone and acetoacetate (P<0.05) compared with the healthy controls. Abnormal Savda syndrome was one of the main types of syndrome among the patients with COPD; increased age, a longer duration of illness and a higher disease severity were characteristic of this type of syndrome. In addition, the present study provided biochemical evidence for the TUM theory-based classification of patients with COPD; these biomarkers can be used in the clinic for the diagnosis of COPD with abnormal Savda syndrome. The study also demonstrated that the plasma metabolic disorder in patients with COPD with abnormal Savda syndrome was more serious than that in the control and COPD with non-abnormal Savda syndrome groups. The plasma metabolic disorder was also associated with a low immune function of the body and endocrine and energy metabolism disorders. PMID:25574210

  4. Epidural Analgesia Versus Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Pain Relief in Uterine Artery Embolization for Uterine Fibroids: A Decision Analysis

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    Kooij, Sanne M. van der, E-mail: s.m.vanderkooij@amc.uva.nl; Moolenaar, Lobke M.; Ankum, Willem M. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)] [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Reekers, Jim A. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Radiology (Netherlands)] [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Mol, Ben Willem J. [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)] [Academic Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Hehenkamp, Wouter J. K. [VU University Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)] [VU University Medical Centre, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: This study was designed to compare the costs and effects of epidural analgesia (EDA) to those of patient-controlled intravenous analgesia (PCA) for postintervention pain relief in women having uterine artery embolization (UAE) for systematic uterine fibroids. Methods: Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) based on data from the literature by constructing a decision tree to model the clinical pathways for estimating the effects and costs of treatment with EDA and PCA. Literature on EDA for pain-relief after UAE was missing, and therefore, data on EDA for abdominal surgery were used. Outcome measures were compared costs to reduce one point in visual analogue score (VAS) or numeric rating scale (NRS) for pain 6 and 24 h after UAE and risk for complications. Results: Six hours after the intervention, the VAS was 3.56 when using PCA and 2.0 when using EDA. The costs for pain relief in women undergoing UAE with PCA and EDA were Euro-Sign 191 and Euro-Sign 355, respectively. The costs for EDA to reduce the VAS score 6 h after the intervention with one point compared with PCA were Euro-Sign 105 and Euro-Sign 179 after 24 h. The risk of having a complication was 2.45 times higher when using EDA. Conclusions: The results of this indirect comparison of EDA for abdominal surgery with PCA for UAE show that EDA would provide superior analgesia for post UAE pain at 6 and 24 h but with higher costs and an increased risk of complications.

  5. Phospholipase-Mediated Inhibition of Spontaneous Oscillatory Uterine Contractions by Lindane in Vitro1,2

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    Wang, Chwen-Ting; Loch-Caruso, Rita

    2010-01-01

    Although regulation of uterine contractility is fundamental for parturition, mechanisms by which toxicants modify uterine muscle contractions remain poorly understood. In a previous cumulative concentration-response study, 10 ?M lindane (?-hexachlorocyclohexane) reduced contraction force and 30 ?M lindane abolished contractions in Gestation Day 10 rat uterine strips when lindane was added to muscle baths at 10-min intervals. Other studies showed that brief (<10 min) exposures to 10–100 ?M lindane inhibit gap junctions and activate phospholipase pathways in rat myometrial cells in culture. Consequently, lindane was used as a prototype toxicant with known uterine activity to investigate the hypothesis that activation of a specific phospholipase pathway provides a mechanistic link between inhibition of uterine contraction and inhibition of myometrial gap junctions. Uterine tissue and cells were pretreated with phospholipase pathway inhibitors to evaluate the role of phospholipase pathways in lindane’s actions in the uterus. Concentrations of inhibitors were selected based on previous reports of effective concentrations for the enzyme activity and on pilot toxicity studies of the inhibitors on uterine contraction and gap junction communication. To monitor uterine contractions, longitudinal uterine strips were excised from Gestation Day 10 rats and suspended in isometric muscle baths, consistent with previous experiments. Exposure in vitro for 60 min to 10–50 ?M lindane, an effective concentration range for the uterine responses of interest, revealed that 30 ?M lindane rapidly abolished contractions. Subsequently, uterine strips were pretreated with phospholipase pathway inhibitors and then challenged with 30 ?M lindane, the lindane concentration that elicited maximal inhibition of uterine contraction. Pretreatment with 20–50 ?M of the phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C inhibitor 1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphorylcholine (ET-18-OCH3) reversed lindane-induced inhibition of spontaneous uterine contractions. Gap junction intercellular communication was monitored by injecting the fluorescent dye Lucifer yellow into rat myometrial cells grown in culture and assessing dye transfer to adjacent cells using epifluorescence microscopy. Similar to uterine contraction, pretreatment of cell cultures with phospholipase C inhibitors (30 ?M ET-18-OCH3, 50 ?M tricyclodecan-p-yl-xanthogenate · K [D609] or 50 ?M tricyclodecan-p-yl-xanthogenate · K or 2-nitro-4-carboxyphenyl-N,N-dophenylcarbamate [NCDC]) partially reversed inhibition of dye transfer by 100 ?M lindane, a lindane concentration previously shown to abolish myometrial Lucifer yellow dye transfer under similar culture conditions. In contrast, pretreatment with 20 ?M of bromoenol lactone (BEL) to inhibit the calcium-independent phospholipase A2 or 100 mM ethanol to interrupt the phospholipase D pathway failed to prevent inhibition of spontaneous uterine contractions and inhibition of Lucifer yellow dye transfer by lindane (100 ?M). These data suggest that lindane inhibits myometrial gap junctions and spontaneous oscillatory contractions by a phospholipase C-mediated pathway. PMID:12140177

  6. Abnormal gate oxide thickening at active edge with SiN-linered shallow trench isolation

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    Kong-Soo Lee; Jae-Jong Ban; Seung-Mok Shin; Ki-Hyun Hwang; Seok-Woo Nam; Hyeon-Deok Lee; Chang-Lyong Song

    2003-01-01

    Abnormal gate oxide thickening at active edge (GOTAE) has been investigated in dynamic random access memories (DRAMs) with SiN-lineared shallow trench isolation (STI). 1% of gaseous HCl, which is added during dry oxidation, plays a major role in inducing abnormal GOTAE by the mechanical interaction with thin SiN layers in STI. Other structural parameters, such as the thickness of trench

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging of urea transporter knockout mice shows renal pelvic abnormalities

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    Vinitha A Jacob; Calista M Harbaugh; John R Dietz; Robert A Fenton; Soo M Kim; Hayo Castrop; Jurgen Schnermann; Mark A Knepper; Chung-Lin Chou; Stasia A Anderson

    2008-01-01

    Many transgenic and knockout mice with increased urine flow have structural abnormalities of the renal pelvis and inner medulla. Here, we used high resolution contrast enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of mice whose urea transporters UT-A1 and UT-A3 were deleted (UT-A1\\/3?\\/? mice) as a model for the in vivo study of such abnormalities. Three distinct variations in the appearance of

  8. Neonatal uterine and vaginal cell proliferation and adenogenesis are independent of estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1) in the mouse.

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    Nanjappa, Manjunatha K; Medrano, Theresa I; March, Amelia G; Cooke, Paul S

    2015-03-01

    Neonatal uterus and vagina express estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1) and respond mitogenically to exogenous estrogens. However, neonatal ovariectomy does not inhibit preweaning uterine cell proliferation, indicating that this process is estrogen independent. Extensive literature suggests that ESR1 can be activated by growth factors in a ligand-independent manner and drive uterine cell proliferation. Alternatively, neonatal uterine cell proliferation could be ESR1 independent despite its obligatory role in adult luminal epithelial proliferation. To determine ESR1's role in uterine and vaginal development, we analyzed cell proliferation, apoptosis, and uterine gland development (adenogenesis) in wild-type (WT) and Esr1 knockout (Esr1KO) mice from Postnatal Day 2 to Postnatal Day 60. Uterine and vaginal cell proliferation, apoptosis, and uterine adenogenesis were comparable in WT and Esr1KO mice before weaning. By Days 29-60, glands had regressed, and uterine cell proliferation was reduced in Esr1KO mice in contrast to continued adenogenesis and proliferation in WT. Apoptosis in Esr1KO uterine epithelium was not increased compared to WT at any age, indicating that differences in cell proliferation, rather than apoptosis, cause divergence of uterine size in these two groups at puberty. Similarly, vaginal epithelial proliferation was reduced, and the epithelium became atrophic in Esr1KO mice by 29 days of age and later in Esr1KO mice. These results indicate that preweaning uterine and vaginal development is ESR1 independent but becomes dependent on ESR1 by Day 29 on. It is not yet clear what mechanisms drive preweaning vaginal and uterine development, but ligand-independent activation of ESR1 is not involved. PMID:25653281

  9. Fetal Calcifications Are Associated with Chromosomal Abnormalities

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    Sahlin, Ellika; Sirotkina, Meeli; Marnerides, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Objective The biological importance of calcifications occasionally noted in fetal tissues (mainly liver) at autopsy or ultrasound is largely unexplored. Previous reports hint at an association to infection, circulatory compromise, malformations or chromosomal abnormalities. To identify factors associated with calcifications, we have performed a case-control study on the largest cohort of fetuses with calcifications described thus far. Methods One-hundred and fifty-one fetuses with calcifications and 302 matched controls were selected from the archives of the Department of Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital. Chromosome analysis by karyotyping or quantitative fluorescence-polymerase chain reaction was performed. Autopsy and placenta reports were scrutinized for presence of malformations and signs of infection. Results Calcifications were mainly located in the liver, but also in heart, bowel, and other tissues. Fetuses with calcifications showed a significantly higher proportion of chromosomal abnormalities than controls; 50% vs. 20% (p<0.001). The most frequent aberrations among cases included trisomy 21 (33%), trisomy 18 (22%), and monosomy X (18%). A similar distribution was seen among controls. When comparing cases and controls with chromosomal abnormalities, the cases had a significantly higher prevalence of malformations (95% vs. 77%, p=0.004). Analyzed the other way around, cases with malformations had a significantly higher proportion of chromosomal abnormalities compared with controls, (66% vs. 31%, p<0.001). Conclusion The presence of fetal calcifications is associated with high risk of chromosomal abnormality in combination with malformations. Identification of a calcification together with a malformation at autopsy more than doubles the probability of detecting a chromosomal abnormality, compared with identification of a malformation only. We propose that identification of a fetal tissue calcification at autopsy, and potentially also at ultrasound examination, should infer special attention towards co-existence of malformations, as this would be a strong indicator for a chromosomal abnormality. PMID:25923652

  10. Effect of superovulation on uterine and serum biochemical parameters and its potential association with transferable embryos in Holstein dairy cows

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    Rasolomboahanginjatovo, Hasina Santatriniaina; Dupras, Raynald; Mills, Louis; Lefebvre, Réjean

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effects of superovulation (SOV) on serum and uterine biochemical parameters, uterine bacteriology and cytology and number of transferable embryos (TE). Dairy cows were placed on a Presynch/CIDR Synch protocol. The SOV group was superovulated, induced in estrus, and inseminated, whereas the control group was induced in estrus and inseminated without SOV. Uterine bacteriology and cytology and uterine and serum biochemical parameters were measured at day 7 of the estrous cycle to start the SOV protocol, as well as on the day of embryo recovery (DER). The SOV group produced 7.5 ± 6.7 oocytes/embryos, of which 3.4 ± 4.7 were TE. Serum urea and E2 and uterine Glu, CK, LDH, TP, P4 and PGFM in the control group and serum P4 and PGFM and uterine LDH and PGFM in the SOV group were significantly higher (p < 0.01) at DER than day 7. At DER, uterine urea, LDH, PGFM and TP and serum urea, LDH, PGFM, and P4 concentrations were higher (p < 0.01) in the SOV group than the control. There was no significant variation in uterine bacteriology or cytology. Overall, these results infer that SOV affects both serum profile and uterine secretions, and that these changes may influence the number of TE. PMID:24675828

  11. Effects of vascular elastosis on uterine blood flow and perfusion in anesthetized mares.

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    Esteller-Vico, A; Liu, I K M; Vaughan, B; Steffey, E P; Brosnan, R J

    2015-04-01

    In the uterus of the mare, data obtained using transrectal Doppler ultrasonography indicate that uterine blood flow (UBF) is dynamic and changes throughout the estrous cycle. Degenerative lesions in the uterus are associated with subfertility and infertility. Among these lesions, vascular elastosis has been reported in aged, multiparous, and infertile mares. Angiosis of the uterine vasculature could potentially compromise UBF. The objectives of this experiment are to determine levels of UBF and perfusion of reproductively healthy mares and compare them to levels of subfertile/infertile mares affected by uterine vascular elastosis. Twenty mares were classified on the basis of degree of vascular degeneration and stage of cycle. A fluorescent microsphere technique was used to measure reproductive organ perfusion, where microspheres were injected into the left ventricle of the heart and became trapped in capillary beds in proportion to blood flow and tissue perfusion. The reproductive tract was removed, sectioned, and the fluorescent intensity evaluated to measure blood flow and perfusion. Additionally, full-thickness samples of the uterine wall were examined postmortem to further assess the degree of vascular degeneration in all layers of uterine wall. The mean value of uterine perfusion for the control mares during estrus (n = 5) was higher (P < 0.01) than that during diestrus (n = 5); 17.6 and 11.9 mL/min/100g, respectively. For the subfertile/infertile mares, the mean value of tissue perfusion was not different (P > 0.05) during estrus (n = 5) and diestrus (n = 5); 5.9 and 7.2 mL/min/100g, respectively. Uterine perfusion in subfertile/infertile mares affected by elastosis was lower than that of control mares during both estrus (P < 0.01) and diestrus (P < 0.01). The differences in baseline levels of perfusion between the control and elastosis groups indicate that elastosis of the uterine vasculature is associated with decreased uterine perfusion during both phases of the estrous cycle. In the uterus, a compromise in UBF could have implications in endometrial glandular development, postbreeding endometritis, uterine clearance, development of the conceptus, and overall fertility. PMID:25543154

  12. Abnormal hepatocellular mitochondria in methylmalonic acidemia.

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    Wilnai, Yael; Enns, Gregory M; Niemi, Anna-Kaisa; Higgins, John; Vogel, Hannes

    2014-10-01

    Methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) is one of the most frequently encountered forms of branched-chain organic acidemias. Biochemical abnormalities seen in some MMA patients, such as lactic acidemia and increased tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediate excretion, suggest mitochondrial dysfunction. In order to investigate the possibility of mitochondrial involvement in MMA, we examined liver tissue for evidence of mitochondrial ultrastructural abnormalities. Five explanted livers obtained from MMA mut(0) patients undergoing liver transplantation were biopsied. All patients had previous episodes of metabolic acidosis, lactic acidemia, ketonuria, and hyperammonemia. All biopsies revealed a striking mitochondriopathy by electron microscopy. Mitochondria were markedly variable in size, shape, and conformation of cristae. The inner matrix appeared to be greatly expanded and the cristae were diminutive and disconnected. No crystalloid inclusions were noted. This series clearly documents extensive mitochondrial ultrastructure abnormalities in liver samples from MMA patients undergoing transplantation, providing pathological evidence for mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathophysiology of MMA mut(0). Considering the trend to abnormally large mitochondria, the metabolic effects of MMA may restrict mitochondrial fission or promote fusion. The correlation between mitochondrial dysfunction and morphological abnormalities in MMA may provide insights for better understanding and monitoring of optimized or novel therapeutic strategies. PMID:24933007

  13. Electroencephalographic abnormalities in patients with snake bites.

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    Ramachandran, S; Ganaikabahu, B; Pushparajan, K; Wijesekera, J

    1995-01-01

    Electroencephalograms (EEGs) were obtained for 26 patients with snake bite to observe the cerebral impact of snake venom. All snakes were identified; 19 (73%) were Russell's vipers, one (4%) was a common cobra, five (19%) were hump-nosed vipers, and one (4%) was a dog-faced fresh water snake. The EEG was abnormal in 25 patients (96%) and these results included all the snake species identified. The EEG abnormalities observed were reduced alpha activity, increased theta/beta activity or sharp waves (grade 1), sharp waves or spikes and slow waves (grade 2), or diffuse delta activity (grade 3). Grade 1 changes occurred in 16 patients (62%), grade 11 in eight patients (31%), and grade 111 in one patient (4%). Thus, grade 2 and 3 changes, which were moderately severe to severe abnormalities, occurred in nine patients (35%). One patient had acute renal failure and two others had mild jaundice and hyponatremia. These three patients had EEG abnormalities that were similar to those observed in the remaining 22 patients. The altered EEG, suggestive of an encephalopathy, appeared within hours of the bite and persisted for several days without clinical neurologic effects. The changes were seen mainly in the temporal lobe. Similar changes occurred in both patients with and without antivenom therapy. It appeared that the EEG abnormalities are a consequence of the effects of venom from the bites of a variety of snakes. PMID:7856822

  14. Software development for registration of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) images in uterine fibroid embolization.

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    Traynor, L; Levy, E; Choi, J J; Cleary, K; Zeng, J; Lindisch, D

    2000-01-01

    The ISIS Center at Georgetown University Medical Center has developed a comprehensive program for image-guided procedures in the spine. As part of this program, ISIS has developed a software application known as I-SPINE (ISIS's Spine Procedure Imaging Navigation Engine). I-SPINE is a Windows NT application, which is based on the Analyze/AVM libraries. The software architecture follows the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) single document, multiple view paradigm. This has allowed the developers to add new visualization modules to I-SPINE that aid physicians in procedures outside the spine. One such procedure I-SPINE has been expanded for is uterine fibroid embolization. The idea is that by registering and subtracting post-embolization angiographic images from pre-treatment images the resulting image can be used to quantify the embolization effect on the fibroid circulation and predict the treatment response. The I-SPINE digital subtraction angiography (DSA) module allows the interventional radiologist to open a series of pre and post-embolization DSA images that shows the vascular structures of the uterus and the fibroid or fibroids. From these images, the radiologist selects an appropriate image from each series. The selected images are then hand registered using pixel shifting. Once the images are registered, the pixels are subtracted resulting in an image that shows the embolized arteries that were supplying the fibroids. PMID:10977570

  15. Estrogenic effects of organochlorine pesticides on uterine leiomyoma cells in vitro.

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    Hodges, L C; Bergerson, J S; Hunter, D S; Walker, C L

    2000-04-01

    Although benign, uterine leiomyomas occur with high frequency and significant morbidity in reproductive-age women, and they present a significant health problem. Leiomyomas develop in the uterine myometrium and are sensitive to ovarian hormones, making them potential target sites for endocrine disruptors. Here we utilize cell lines derived from rat uterine leiomyomas to determine if a panel of 7 organochlorine pesticides have potential agonist activity in myometrial cells using cellular and molecular in vitro assays. The organochlorine pesticides investigated have been previously characterized as having agonist activity in other hormonally responsive tissues, but their effects have not been studied in uterine myometrial cells. In Eker rat leiomyoma-derived cells, HPTE, kepone, and the alpha isomer of endosulfan stimulated proliferation, an effect dampened by the antiestrogen ICI 182,780. In addition, these compounds stimulated transcription of the vitellogenin estrogen-response element via the ER in a transcriptional reporter gene assay and induced the expression of an endogenous estrogen-responsive gene, the progesterone receptor (PR). This contrasted with the agonist profile of methoxychlor, dieldrin, toxaphene, and endosulfan-beta. These compounds, unable to stimulate proliferation of uterine leiomyoma cells, did exhibit agonistic activity in these cells at the transcriptional level in the estrogen-sensitive reporter gene assay, and they were also able to upregulate PR message. These data demonstrate that organochlorine pesticides act as estrogen receptor agonists in Eker rat uterine myometrial cells, and they indicate a need for further investigation of the potential tissue-specific agonist activity of these pesticides and their role in the pathogenesis of uterine leiomyoma. PMID:10774817

  16. Lived experiences of women who developed uterine rupture following severe obstructed labor in Mulago hospital, Uganda

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    2014-01-01

    Background Maternal mortality is a major public health challenge in Uganda. Whereas uterine rupture remains a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality, there is limited research into what happens to women who survive such severe obstetric complications. Understanding their experiences might delineate strategies to support survivors. Methods This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach to explore lived experiences of women who developed uterine rupture following obstructed labor. In-depth interviews initially conducted during their hospitalization were repeated 3–6 months after the childbirth event to explore their health and meanings they attached to the traumatic events and their outcomes. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results The resultant themes included barriers to access healthcare, multiple “losses” and enduring physical, psychosocial and economic consequences. Many women who develop uterine rupture fail to access critical care needed due to failure to recognise danger signs of obstructed labor, late decision making for accessing care, geographical barriers to health facilities, late or failure to diagnose obstructed labor at health facilities, and failure to promptly perform caesarean section. Secondly, the sequel of uterine rupture includes several losses (loss of lives, loss of fertility, loss of body image, poor quality of life and disrupted marital relationships). Thirdly, uterine rupture has grim economic consequences for the survivors (with financial loss and loss of income during and after the calamitous events). Conclusion Uterine rupture is associated with poor quality of care due to factors that operate at personal, household, family, community and society levels, and results in dire physical, psychosocial and financial consequences for survivors. There is need to improve access to and provision of emergency obstetric care in order to prevent uterine rupture consequent to obstructed labor. There is also critical need to provide counselling and support to survivors to enable them cope with physical, social, psychological and economic consequences. PMID:24758354

  17. Uterine glycogen metabolism in mink during estrus, embryonic diapause and pregnancy

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    DEAN, Matthew; HUNT, Jason; MCDOUGALL, Lisa; ROSE, Jack

    2014-01-01

    We have determined uterine glycogen content, metabolizing enzyme expression and activity in the mink, a species that exhibits obligatory embryonic diapause, resulting in delayed implantation. Gross uterine glycogen concentrations were highest in estrus, decreased 50% by diapause and 90% in pregnancy (P ? 0.05). Endometrial glycogen deposits, which localized primarily to glandular and luminal epithelia, decreased 99% between estrus and diapause (P ? 0.05) and were nearly undetectable in pregnancy. Glycogen synthase and phosphorylase proteins were most abundant in the glandular epithelia. Glycogen phosphorylase activity (total) in uterine homogenates was higher during estrus and diapause, than pregnancy. While glycogen phosphorylase protein was detected during estrus and diapause, glycogen synthase was almost undetectable after estrus, which probably contributed to a higher glycogenolysis / glycogenesis ratio during diapause. Uterine glucose-6-phosphatase 3 gene expression was greater during diapause, when compared to estrus (P ? 0.05) and supports the hypothesis that glucose-6-phosphate resulting from phosphorylase activity was dephosphorylated in preparation for export into the uterine lumen. The relatively high amount of hexokinase-1 protein detected in the luminal epithelia during estrus and diapause may have contributed to glucose trapping after endometrial glycogen reserves were depleted. Collectively, our findings suggest to us that endometrial glycogen reserves may be an important source of energy, supporting uterine and conceptus metabolism up to the diapausing blastocyst stage. As a result, the size of uterine glycogen reserves accumulated prior to mating may in part, determine the number of embryos that survive to the blastocyst stage, and ultimately litter size. PMID:25225159

  18. STAT3 Regulates Uterine Epithelial Remodeling and Epithelial-Stromal Crosstalk During Implantation

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    Pawar, Sandeep; Starosvetsky, Elina; Orvis, Grant D.; Behringer, Richard R.; Bagchi, Indrani C.

    2013-01-01

    Embryo implantation is regulated by a variety of endometrial factors, including cytokines, growth factors, and transcription factors. Earlier studies identified the leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), a cytokine produced by uterine glands, as an essential regulator of implantation. LIF, acting via its cell surface receptor, activates the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in the uterine epithelial cells. However, the precise mechanism via which activated STAT3 promotes uterine function during implantation remains unknown. To identify the molecular pathways regulated by STAT3, we created SWd/d mice in which Stat3 gene is conditionally inactivated in uterine epithelium. The SWd/d mice are infertile due to a lack of embryo attachment to the uterine luminal epithelium and consequent implantation failure. Gene expression profiling of uterine epithelial cells of SWd/d mice revealed dysregulated expression of specific components of junctional complexes, including E-cadherin, ?- and ?-catenin, and several claudins, which critically regulate epithelial junctional integrity and embryo attachment. In addition, uteri of SWd/d mice exhibited markedly reduced stromal proliferation and differentiation, indicating that epithelial STAT3 controls stromal function via a paracrine mechanism. The stromal defect arose from a drastic reduction in the production of several members of the epidermal growth factor family in luminal epithelium of SWd/d uteri and the resulting lack of activation of epidermal growth factor receptor signaling and mitotic activity in the stromal cells. Collectively, our results uncovered an intricate molecular network operating downstream of STAT3 that regulates uterine epithelial junctional reorganization, and stromal proliferation, and differentiation, which are critical determinants of successful implantation. PMID:24100212

  19. Advances in understanding paternally transmitted Chromosomal Abnormalities

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    Marchetti, F; Sloter, E; Wyrobek, A J

    2001-03-01

    Multicolor FISH has been adapted for detecting the major types of chromosomal abnormalities in human sperm including aneuploidies for clinically-relevant chromosomes, chromosomal aberrations including breaks and rearrangements, and other numerical abnormalities. The various sperm FISH assays have been used to evaluate healthy men, men of advanced age, and men who have received mutagenic cancer therapy. The mouse has also been used as a model to investigate the mechanism of paternally transmitted genetic damage. Sperm FISH for the mouse has been used to detect chromosomally abnormal mouse sperm, while the PAINT/DAPI analysis of mouse zygotes has been used to evaluate the types of chromosomal defects that can be paternally transmitted to the embryo and their effects on embryonic development.

  20. Referenceless stratification of parenchymal lung abnormalities.

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    Raghunath, Sushravya; Rajagopalan, Srinivasan; Karwoski, Ronald A; Bartholmai, Brian J; Robb, Richard A

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces computational tools that could enable personalized, predictive, preemptive, and participatory (P4) Pulmonary medicine. We demonstrate approaches to (a) stratify lungs from different subjects based on the spatial distribution of parenchymal abnormality and (b) visualize the stratification through glyphs that convey both the grouping efficacy and an iconic overview of an individual's lung wellness. Affinity propagation based on regional parenchymal abnormalities is used in the referenceless stratification. Abnormalities are computed using supervised classification based on Earth Mover's distance. Twenty natural clusters were detected from 372 CT lung scans. The computed clusters correlated with clinical consensus of 9 disease types. The quality of inter- and intra-cluster stratification as assessed by ANOSIM R was 0.887 +/- 0.18 (pval < 0.0005). The proposed tools could serve as biomarkers to objectively diagnose pathology, track progression and assess pharmacologic response within and across patients. PMID:22003703