These are representative sample records from Science.gov related to your search topic.
For comprehensive and current results, perform a real-time search at Science.gov.
1

Assessment of air pockets in high-dose-rate vaginal cuff brachytherapy using cylindrical applicators  

PubMed Central

Purpose To retrospectively assess the incidence and magnitude of air pockets around vaginal cylinders and its impact on dose distribution in vaginal cuff image-guided high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Material and methods Fifty endometrial carcinoma patients treated by postoperative HDR vaginal cuff brachytherapy were included in the study. The average age of patients was 58.3 ± 11.8 years (range: 31-87 years). Brachytherapy was performed using cylindrical applicators, and the dose prescribed to 0.5 cm from the applicator's surface, over a length of 5 cm from the applicator's tip. Computed tomography (CT) simulation was used for each brachytherapy fraction. The incidence, vaginal mucosa displacement, volume, and dosimetric effect of air pockets around the vaginal cylinder were evaluated. Results A total of 78 air pockets were found in 29/50 patients (58%) and 45/135 (33%) brachytherapy plans. They were located at the apex: 16/78 (20%) and lateral to the applicator: 62/78 (80%). The volume of air pockets ranged between 0.01 and 2.1 cm3 (mean: 0.15 cm3 ± 0.36 cm3), and the maximum displacement of vaginal mucosa from cylinder surface was between 0.1 and 1.09 cm (mean: 0.34 cm ± 0.2 cm). The dose reduction to the vaginal mucosa generated by the air pockets ranged from 0.5 to 66% (mean: 26.4% ± 13.9%). Conclusions The presence of air pockets around vaginal cylinder applicators is frequently noticed in post-operative vaginal cuff brachytherapy. The dose to the vaginal mucosa is reduced, as a result of displacement generated by air pockets. The effect on the clinical outcome of this dose reduction is yet to be determined. PMID:25337128

Hassouna, Ashraf; Constantinescu, Camelia

2014-01-01

2

Adjuvant vaginal cuff brachytherapy for high-risk, early stage endometrial cancer  

PubMed Central

Purpose To report outcomes following adjuvant high-dose-rate vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) with or without chemotherapy for high-intermediate risk (HIR) and high-risk, early stage endometrial cancer as defined in Gynecologic Oncology Group trial 0249. Material and methods From May 2000 to January 2014, 68 women with HIR and high-risk endometrial cancer underwent surgical staging followed by VBT. Median VBT dose was 21 Gy delivered in three fractions prescribed to 0.5 cm depth. Paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 and carboplatin area under the curve 6 was administered every 21 days in sequence with VBT. Actuarial survival estimates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Results Patient demographics included a median age of 66 years (range: 36-91) and stages IA (49%), IB (38%), and II (13%), respectively. Thirty-one (46%) patients had HIR disease with endometrioid histology, and 33 (48%) patients had serous or clear cell histology. Thirty-seven (54%) patients received a median 3 cycles (range: 3-6) of chemotherapy in addition to VBT, and 65 patients (96%) completed all prescribed therapy. During a median follow up of 33.1 months (range: 4.0-161.7), four patients have recurred, including one vaginal recurrence. The 3-year estimates of vaginal, pelvic, and distant recurrences were 1.9%, 2.4%, and 9.1%, respectively. The 3-year rates of disease-free and overall survival were 87.7% and 93.9%, respectively. Conclusions Early outcomes with adjuvant VBT with or without chemotherapy demonstrate high rates of vaginal and pelvic control for women with HIR disease. Early vaginal and pelvic relapses in high-risk patients suggest that pelvic external beam radiotherapy is warranted in this subgroup, but additional data from large phase III trials is warranted. PMID:25337127

Eastwick, Gary; Anne, Pramila Rani; Rosenblum, Norman G.; Schilder, Russell J.; Chalian, Raffi; Zibelli, Allison M.; Kim, Christine H.; Den, Robert

2014-01-01

3

Vaginal cuff dehiscence: Risk factors and management  

PubMed Central

Vaginal cuff dehiscence and evisceration are rare but serious complications of pelvic surgery, specifically hysterectomy. The data on risks of vaginal cuff dehiscence are variable and there is no consensus on how to manage this complication. In our review, we present a summary of the risk factors, presenting symptoms, precipitating events, and management options for patients who present with vaginal cuff dehiscence after pelvic surgery. In addition, we provide a review of the current literature on this important surgical outcome and suggestions for future research on the incidence and prevention of vaginal cuff dehiscence. PMID:21974989

Cronin, Beth; Sung, Vivian W.; Matteson, Kristen A.

2011-01-01

4

Effects of Electrosurgery and Vaginal Closure Technique on Postoperative Vaginal Cuff Dehiscence  

PubMed Central

Background and Objectives: The aim of our study is to evaluate the role of electrosurgery and vaginal closure technique in the development of postoperative vaginal cuff dehiscence. Methods: From prospective surgical databases, we identified 463 patients who underwent total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) for benign disease and 147 patients who underwent laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) for cancer. All TLHs and LAVHs were performed entirely by use of electrosurgery, including colpotomy. Colpotomy in the TLH group was performed with Harmonic Ace Curved Shears (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, OH, USA), and in the LAVH group, it was performed with a monopolar electrosurgical pencil. The main surgical difference was vaginal cuff closure—laparoscopically in the TLH group and vaginally in the LAVH group. Results: Although patients in the LAVH group were at increased risk for poor healing (significantly older, higher body mass index, more medical comorbidities, higher blood loss, and longer operative time), there were no vaginal cuff dehiscences in the LAVH group compared with 17 vaginal cuff dehiscences (4%) in the TLH group (P = .02). Conclusion: It does not appear that the increased vaginal cuff dehiscence rate associated with TLH is due to electrosurgery; rather, it is due to the vaginal closure technique. PMID:24018078

Kesterson, Joshua; Davies, Matthew; Green, Janis; Penezic, Lindsey; Vargas, Roberto; Harkins, Gerald

2013-01-01

5

Evaluation of risk factors of vaginal cuff dehiscence after hysterectomy  

PubMed Central

Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate risk factors of vaginal cuff dehiscence or evisceration according to the type of operation. Methods Medical records of 604 women who underwent hysterectomies at Korea University Anam Hospital between June 2007 and June 2011 were reviewed. They were allocated to six groups. The six types of hysterectomies included robotic hysterectomy (n = 7), robotic radical hysterectomy and node dissection (RRHND, n = 9), total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH, n = 274), laparoscopy assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH, n = 238), laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and node dissection (n = 11), and abdominal radical hysterectomy (ARH, n = 63). The characteristics and outcomes of each groups were compared. Results There was no difference in the characteristics of patients between 6 groups. In total of 604 hysterectomies, 3 evisceration (0.49%) and 21 dehiscences (3.47%) occurred. Evisceration were found in RRHND (1/9, 11.1%), TLH (1/276, 0.36%), and ARH (1/63, 1.56%). Dehiscences occurred in TLH (15/274, 5.42%), LAVH (4/238, 1.68%), and ARH (2/63, 3.17%). In 169 cases of TLH with intra-corporeal continuous suture, 1 evisceration and 4 dehiscences occurred, whereas 11 dehiscences occurred in 105 TLH cases with vaginal continuous locking suture (2.96% vs. 10.47%, P = 0.02). Conclusion The incidence of vaginal cuff dehiscenceand eviscerationwas significantly higher in TLH than LAVH. The intra-corporeal cuff suture was superior to the vaginal suture to prevent the vaginal cuff complications in TLH. PMID:24678487

Kim, Myung Ji; Kim, Seongmin; Bae, Hyo Sook; Lee, Jae Kwan; Lee, Nak Woo

2014-01-01

6

Two cases of post-coital vaginal cuff dehiscence with small bowel evisceration after robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy  

PubMed Central

INTRODUCTION Vaginal cuff dehiscence following robotic surgery is uncommon. Published reports of vaginal cuff dehiscence following robotic surgery are increasing, but the true incidence is unknown. PRESENTATION OF CASE Case 1. A 45 year old female had sexual intercourse and presented with a vaginal cuff dehiscence complicated by small bowel evisceration 4 months after RA-TLH. Case 2. A 44 year old female had sexual intercourse and presented with a vaginal cuff dehiscence with small bowel evisceration 6 weeks after RA-TLH. DISCUSSION We discuss the rate of vaginal cuff dehiscence by mode of hysterectomy, surgical and non-surgical risk factors that may contribute to vaginal cuff dehiscence, and proposed preventative methods at the time of RA-TLH to reduce this complication. CONCLUSION Vaginal cuff dehiscence with associated evisceration of intraabdominal contents is a potentially severe complication of hysterectomy. We recommend counseling patients who undergo RA-TLH to abstain from vaginal intercourse for a minimum of 8–12 weeks. PMID:23708306

Nguyen, My-Linh T.; Kapoor, Monica; Pradhan, Tana S.; Pua, Tarah L.; Tedjarati, Sean S.

2013-01-01

7

Adherence to Vaginal Dilation Following High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for Endometrial Cancer  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: We report demographic, clinical, and psychosocial factors associated with adherence to vaginal dilation and describe the sexual and marital or nonmarital dyadic functioning of women following high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for endometrial cancer. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively evaluated women aged 18 years or older in whom early-stage endometrial (IAgr3-IIB) cancers were treated by HDR intravaginal brachytherapy within

Lois C. Friedman; Rita Abdallah; Mark Schluchter; Ashok Panneerselvam; Charles A. Kunos

2011-01-01

8

High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy for the Treatment of Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia  

PubMed Central

Purpose Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN), a rare premalignant condition, is difficult to eradicate. We assess the effectiveness of high-dose rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDR-ICR) in patients with VAIN or carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the vagina after hysterectomy. Materials and Methods We reviewed 34 patients treated for posthysterectomy VAIN or CIS of the vagina by brachytherapy as the sole treatment. All patients underwent a coloposcopic-directed punch biopsy or had abnormal cytology, at least 3 consecutive times. All patients were treated with a vaginal cylinder applicator. The total radiation dose was mainly 40 Gy in 8 fractions during the periods of 4 weeks at a prescription point of the median 0.2 cm (range, 0 to 0.5 cm) depth from the surface of the vaginal mucosa. Results Acute toxicity was minimal. Seven patients had grade 1/2 acute urinary and rectal complications. There were 15 cases of late toxicity, predominantly vaginal mucosal reaction in 12 patients. Of these patients, two patients suffered from grade 3 vaginal stricture and dyspareunia continuously. After a median follow-up time of 48 months (range, 4 to 122 months), there were 2 recurrences and 2 persistent diseases, in which a second-line therapy was needed. The success rate was 88.2%. The average prescription point in failure patients was 1.1 mm from the surface of the vagina compared to an average of 2.6 mm in non-recurrent patients (p=0.097). Conclusion HDR-ICR is an effective treatment method in VAIN patients. In spite of high cure rates, we should consider issues regarding vaginal toxicity and radiation techniques to reduce the occurrence of failure and toxicity. PMID:24520226

Song, Jin Ho; Lee, Joo Hwan; Lee, Jong Hoon; Park, Jong Sup; Hong, Sook Hee; Jang, Hong Seok; Kim, Yeon Sil; Choi, Byung Ock

2014-01-01

9

Efficacy and toxicity of MDR versus HDR brachytherapy for primary vaginal cancer.  

PubMed

The retrospective analysis includes a group of 50 patients with primary, invasive vaginal cancer treated with brachytherapy in the period of 1982-1993. Over 80% cases were squamous cell carcinoma. There were 14 patients in stage I according to FIGO classification and 20%, 36%, and 16% of patients in stage II, III and IV, respectively. Twenty one patients (42%) received MDR brachytherapy using Cs137 source, the remaining 29 (58%) were treated with HDR using Co60 or Ir192 sources. Among 50 patients 31 (62%) received also external beam irradiation. An overall 5-year actuarial disease-free survival was 40%, and it was 78.6% (11/14), 40% (4/10), 27.8% (5/18), 0% (0/8) for stage I, II, III and IV, respectively. For MDR or HDR5-year disease-free survival was 38% and 41%, respectively. No influence of dose rate on survival has been found (p=0.7). Local failure occurred in 20 patients (40%). Recurrences appeared in 10 patients (20%). Late complications rate was 0% and 17% for MDR and HDR, respectively. Effectiveness of brachytherapy MDR and HDR was similar, whereas serious late complications developed more often after HDR brachytherapy. PMID:12098007

Rutkowski, T; Bia?as, B; Rembielak, A; Fija?kowski, M; Nowakowski, K

2002-01-01

10

Vaginal tolerance of CT based image-guided high-dose rate interstitial brachytherapy for gynecological malignancies  

PubMed Central

Background Purpose of this study was to identify predictors of vaginal ulcer after CT based three-dimensional image-guided high-dose-rate interstitial brachytherapy (HDR-ISBT) for gynecologic malignancies. Methods Records were reviewed for 44 female (14 with primary disease and 30 with recurrence) with gynecological malignancies treated with HDR-ISBT with or without external beam radiation therapy. The HDR-ISBT applicator insertion was performed with image guidance by trans-rectal ultrasound and CT. Results The median clinical target volume was 35.5 ml (2.4-142.1 ml) and the median delivered dose in equivalent dose in 2 Gy fractions (EQD2) for target volume D90 was 67.7 Gy (48.8-94.2 Gy, doses of external-beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy were combined). For re-irradiation patients, median EQD2 of D2cc for rectum and bladder, D0.5cc, D1cc, D2cc, D4cc, D6cc and D8cc for vaginal wall was 91.1 Gy, 100.9 Gy, 260.3 Gy, 212.3 Gy, 170.1 Gy, 117.1 Gy, 105.2 Gy, and 94.7 Gy, respectively. For those without prior radiation therapy, median EQD2 of D2cc for rectum and bladder, D0.5cc, D1cc, D2cc, D4cc, D6cc and D8cc for vaginal wall was 56.3 Gy, 54.3 Gy, 147.4 Gy, 126.2 Gy, 108.0 Gy, 103.5 Gy, 94.7 Gy, and 80.7 Gy, respectively. Among five patients with vaginal ulcer, three had prior pelvic radiation therapy in their initial treatment and three consequently suffered from fistula formation. On univariate analysis, re-irradiation and vaginal wall D2cc in EQD2 was the clinical predictors of vaginal ulcer (p?=?0.035 and p?=?0.025, respectively). The ROC analysis revealed that vaginal wall D2cc is the best predictor of vaginal ulcer. The 2-year incidence rates of vaginal ulcer in the patients with vaginal wall D2cc in EQD2 equal to or less than 145 Gy and over 145 Gy were 3.7% and 23.5%, respectively, with a statistically significant difference (p?=?0.026). Conclusions Re-irradiation and vaginal D2cc is a significant predictor of vaginal ulcer after HDR-ISBT for gynecologic malignancies. Three-dimensional image-guided treatment planning should be performed to ensure adequate target coverage while minimizing vaginal D2cc in order to avoid vagina ulcer. PMID:24456669

2014-01-01

11

Administration of Concurrent Vaginal Brachytherapy During Chemotherapy for Treatment of Endometrial Cancer  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To evaluate the tolerability and toxicity of administering vaginal brachytherapy (VB) concurrently during chemotherapy compared with the sequential approach for patients with endometrial cancer. Methods and Materials: A retrospective analysis of 372 surgically staged patients with endometrial cancer American Joint Committee on Cancer 2009 stages I to IV treated with adjuvant postoperative radiation therapy (RT) at our institution from 2001 to 2012 was conducted. All patients received VB + external beam RT (EBRT) + 6 cycles of adjuvant carboplatin- and paclitaxel-based chemotherapy. The VB mean dose was 15.08 Gy (range, 15-20 Gy), with 3 to 4 weekly applications, and the EBRT mean dose was 45 Gy delivered with 3-dimensional or intensity modulated RT techniques. Hematologic, gastrointestinal (GI), and genitourinary (GU) toxicities were assessed by Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) and compared between sequential and concurrent chemotherapy and VB schedules. Results: Among patients who received RT and adjuvant chemotherapy, 180 of 372 patients (48%) received RT sandwiched between cycles 3 and 4 of chemotherapy. A separate group of 192 patients (52%) were treated with VB during the first 3 cycles of chemotherapy, with a weekly application on nonchemotherapy days, and received the EBRT portion in a sandwiched fashion. Patients treated with VB during chemotherapy had a decreased overall treatment time by 4 weeks (P<.001; 95% confidence interval: 3.99-4.02) and sustained no difference in CTC-graded acute hematologic, GI, or GU toxicities in comparison with the patients treated with VB and chemotherapy in a sequential manner (P>.05). CTC grade 3 or 4 hematologic, GI, and GU toxicities were zero. Conclusions: VB during chemotherapy is well tolerated, decreases overall treatment time, and does not render more toxicity than the sequential regimen.

Nagar, Himanshu; Boothe, Dustin; Parikh, Amar; Yondorf, Menachem; Parashar, Bhupesh [Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York (United States); Gupta, Divya; Holcomb, Kevin; Caputo, Thomas [Division of Gynecological Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York (United States); Chao, K. S. Clifford; Nori, Dattatreyudu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York (United States); Wernicke, A. Gabriella, E-mail: gaw9006@med.cornell.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York (United States)

2013-11-15

12

Determination of Prognostic Factors for Vaginal Mucosal Toxicity Associated With Intravaginal High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy in Patients With Endometrial Cancer  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: The objective of this study was to determine the patient- and treatment-related prognostic factors associated with vaginal toxicity in patients who received intravaginal high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy alone as adjuvant treatment for endometrial cancer. Secondary goals of this study included a quantitative assessment of optimal dilator use frequency and a crude assessment of clinical predictors for compliant dilator use. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 100 patients with histologically confirmed endometrial cancer who underwent total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with or without lymph node dissection and adjuvant intravaginal brachytherapy between 1995 and 2009 at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. The most common treatment regimen used was 21 Gy in three fractions (71 patients). Symptoms of vaginal mucosal toxicity were taken from the history and physical exams noted in the patients' charts and were graded according to the Common Toxicity Criteria for Adverse Events v. 4.02. Results: The incidence of Grade 1 or asymptomatic vaginal toxicity was 33% and Grade 2-3 or symptomatic vaginal toxicity was 14%. Multivariate analysis of age, active length, and dilator use two to three times a week revealed odds ratios of 0.93 (p = 0.013), 3.96 (p = 0.008), and 0.17 (p = 0.032) respectively. Conclusion: Increasing age, vaginal dilator use of at least two to three times a week, and shorter active length were found to be significantly associated with a decreased risk of vaginal stenosis. Future prospective studies are necessary to validate our findings.

Bahng, Agnes Y.; Dagan, Avner [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Bruner, Deborah W. [University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Lin, Lilie L., E-mail: lin@xrt.upenn.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

2012-02-01

13

Vaginal repair of vaginal vault dehiscence after postpartum hysterectomy  

PubMed Central

Vaginal vault dehiscence (VVD) may occur rarely after hysterectomy. Although mostly, a vaginal cuff dehiscence is seen after robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy, it may also be observed as a complication of abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy. Vaginal repair is one of the techniques used for VVD. Here, we will describe a case of vaginally repaired VVD, associated with intra-abdominal hematoma after postpartum hysterectomy. PMID:24876366

Avc?oglu, Sumeyra Nergiz; Alt?nkaya, Sunduz Ozlem; Kucuk, Mert; Yuksel, Hasan; Demircan-Sezer, Selda

2014-01-01

14

Clinical Outcomes in International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Stage IA Endometrial Cancer With Myometrial Invasion Treated With or Without Postoperative Vaginal Brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To assess the clinical outcomes of patients with Stage IA endometrial cancer with myometrial invasion treated with postoperative vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) with those who received no adjuvant therapy (NAT). Methods and Materials: All patients treated with hysterectomy for endometrial cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital between 1978 and 2005 were identified. Those patients with Stage IA disease with myometrial invasion who were treated with VBT alone or NAT were identified and included in the present analysis. Results: Of 252 patients with Stage IA endometrial cancer with superficial (<50%) myometrial invasion who met the inclusion criteria, 169 underwent VBT and 83 received NAT. The median follow-up in the VBT and NAT groups was 103 and 61 months, respectively. In the VBT group, 56.8% had Grade 1, 37.9% had Grade 2, and 5.3% had Grade 3 tumors. In the NAT group, 75.9%, 20.5%, and 3.6% had Grade 1, 2, and 3 tumors, respectively. Lymphatic or vascular space invasion was noted in 12.4% of the VBT patients and 5.6% of the NAT patients. The 5-year overall survival rate was 95.5%. The 5-year recurrence-free survival rate was 92.4% for all patients, 94.4% for the VBT group, and 87.4% for the NAT group (p = NS). Of the 169 VBT patients and 83 NAT patients, 8 (4.7%) and 6 (7.2%) developed recurrent disease. One vaginal recurrence occurred in the VBT group (0.6%) and three in the NAT group (3.8%). Recurrences developed 2-102 months after surgical treatment. Two of the four vaginal recurrences were salvaged. No Grade 3 or higher acute or late radiation toxicity was noted. Conclusions: The use of postoperative VBT in patients with Stage I endometrial cancer with <50% myometrial invasion yielded excellent vaginal disease control and disease-free survival, with minimal toxicity.

Diavolitsis, V. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States); Rademaker, A. [Department of Preventive Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)] [Department of Preventive Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States); Lurain, J.; Hoekstra, A. [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)] [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States); Strauss, J. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States); Small, W., E-mail: wsmall@nmff.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)

2012-10-01

15

Comparison of 2D and 3D Imaging and Treatment Planning for Postoperative Vaginal Apex High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy for Endometrial Cancer  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To evaluate bladder and rectal doses using two-dimensional (2D) and 3D treatment planning for vaginal cuff high-dose rate (HDR) in endometrial cancer. Methods and Materials: Ninety-one consecutive patients treated between 2000 and 2007 were evaluated. Seventy-one and 20 patients underwent 2D and 3D planning, respectively. Each patient received six fractions prescribed at 0.5 cm to the superior 3 cm of the vagina. International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) doses were calculated for 2D patients. Maximum and 2-cc doses were calculated for 3D patients. Organ doses were normalized to prescription dose. Results: Bladder maximum doses were 178% of ICRU doses (p < 0.0001). Two-cubic centimeter doses were no different than ICRU doses (p = 0.22). Two-cubic centimeter doses were 59% of maximum doses (p < 0.0001). Rectal maximum doses were 137% of ICRU doses (p < 0.0001). Two-cubic centimeter doses were 87% of ICRU doses (p < 0.0001). Two-cubic centimeter doses were 64% of maximum doses (p < 0.0001). Using the first 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 fractions, we predicted the final bladder dose to within 10% for 44%, 59%, 83%, 82%, and 89% of patients by using the ICRU dose, and for 45%, 55%, 80%, 85%, and 85% of patients by using the maximum dose, and for 37%, 68%, 79%, 79%, and 84% of patients by using the 2-cc dose. Using the first 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 fractions, we predicted the final rectal dose to within 10% for 100%, 100%, 100%, 100%, and 100% of patients by using the ICRU dose, and for 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, and 75% of patients by using the maximum dose, and for 68%, 95%, 84%, 84%, and 84% of patients by using the 2-cc dose. Conclusions: Doses to organs at risk vary depending on the calculation method. In some cases, final dose accuracy appears to plateau after the third fraction, indicating that simulation and planning may not be necessary in all fractions. A clinically relevant level of accuracy should be determined and further research conducted to address this issue.

Russo, James K. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (United States); Armeson, Kent E. [Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (United States); Richardson, Susan, E-mail: srichardson@radonc.wustl.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (United States)

2012-05-01

16

Rotator Cuff Pathology  

MedlinePLUS

... Hand Anatomy Find a Hand Surgeon Rotator Cuff Pathology Email to a friend * required fields From * To * ... locking and a feeling of instability. Rotator cuff pathology ranges from a normal, asymptomatic aging process to ...

17

Vaginal disorders.  

PubMed

Chronic vaginitis is the most common vaginal disorder. Dogs with vaginitis show no signs of systemic illness but often lick at the vulva and have purulent or hemorrhagic vaginal discharges. Vaginitis is most commonly secondary to a noninfectious inciting factor such as congenital vaginal anomalies, clitoral hypertrophy, foreign bodies, trauma to the vaginal mucosa, or vaginal tumors. Inspection of the caudal vagina and vestibule both visually and digitally will often reveal the source of vaginal irritation. Vaginal cytology is used to establish the stage of the estrous cycle as well as distinguish uterine from vaginal sources of discharge. Vaginal cultures are used to establish the predominant offending organism associated with vaginal discharges and may be used as a guide for selection of a therapeutic agent. Vaginitis is best managed by removing the inciting cause and treating the area locally with antiseptic douches. Congenital malformations at the vestibulovaginal or vestibulovulvar junction may prevent normal intromission. Affected bitches may be reluctant to breed naturally because of pain. Such defects are detected best by digital examination. Congenital vaginal defects may be corrected by digital or surgical means. Prolapse of tissue through the lips of the vulva may be caused by clitoral hypertrophy, vaginal hyperplasia, or vaginal tumors. Enlargement of clitoral tissue is the result of endogenous or exogenous sources of androgens. Treatment of this condition includes removal of the androgen source and/or surgical removal of clitoral tissue. Vaginal hyperplasia is detected during proestrus or estrus of young bitches. Hyperplastic tissue will regress during diestrus. Tissue that is excessively traumatized and/or prolapse of the entire vaginal circumference may be removed surgically. Ovariohysterectomy may be used to prevent recurrence. Vaginal tumors are detected most often in older intact bitches. Such tumors are generally of smooth muscle or fibrous tissue origin and benign. Surgical excision of the tumor combined with ovariohysterectomy is usually curative. PMID:3487158

Soderberg, S F

1986-05-01

18

Radiation therapy for primary vaginal carcinoma.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy plays a significant role in the management of cervical cancer, but the clinical significance of brachytherapy in the management of vaginal cancer remains to be defined. Thus, a single institutional experience in the treatment of primary invasive vaginal carcinoma was reviewed to define the role of brachytherapy. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 36 patients with primary vaginal carcinoma who received definitive radiotherapy between 1992 and 2010. The treatment modalities included high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy alone (HDR-ICBT; two patients), external beam radiation therapy alone (EBRT; 14 patients), a combination of EBRT and HDR-ICBT (10 patients), or high-dose-rate interstitial brachytherapy (HDR-ISBT; 10 patients). The median follow-up was 35.2 months. The 2-year local control rate (LCR), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) were 68.8%, 55.3% and 73.9%, respectively. The 2-year LCR for Stage I, II, III and IV was 100%, 87.5%, 51.5% and 0%, respectively (P = 0.007). In subgroup analysis consisting only of T2-T3 disease, the use of HDR-ISBT showed marginal significance for favorable 5-year LCR (88.9% vs 46.9%, P = 0.064). One patient each developed Grade 2 proctitis, Grade 2 cystitis, and a vaginal ulcer. We conclude that brachytherapy can play a central role in radiation therapy for primary vaginal cancer. Combining EBRT and HDR-ISBT for T2-T3 disease resulted in good local control. PMID:23559599

Murakami, N; Kasamatsu, T; Sumi, M; Yoshimura, R; Takahashi, K; Inaba, K; Morota, M; Mayahara, H; Ito, Y; Itami, J

2013-09-01

19

Rotator cuff problems  

MedlinePLUS

... 309-323. Matsen III FA, Fehringer EV, Lippitt SB, Wirth MA, Rockwood CA Jr. Rotator cuff. In: ... CA Jr, Matsen FA III, Wirth MA, Lippitt SB, eds. The Shoulder . 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders ...

20

Rotator Cuff Repair  

MedlinePLUS Videos and Cool Tools

... Dr. Uribe's going to go up into this space. It's called the subacromial space, and that is where the rotator cuff repair ... flap of tissue, gets caught in that subacromial space Dr. Zvijac was talking about and that produces ...

21

Vaginal Cancer  

MedlinePLUS

Vaginal cancer is a rare type of cancer. It is more common in women 60 and older. You are also more likely to get it if you have had a human ... test can find abnormal cells that may be cancer. Vaginal cancer can often be cured in its ...

22

Arthroscopic surgery for partial rotator cuff tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

Rotator cuff pathology is one of the most common disorders of the shoulder. However, partial rotator cuff tears, treatment, and natural history are still in a state of flux. We believe that partial rotator cuff tears should be treated surgically when the rotator cuff is torn more than 50% of the thickness or when substantial thinning of the rotator cuff

Richard C Lehman; Clayton R Perry

2003-01-01

23

Rotator cuff exercises  

MedlinePLUS

... to make the muscles and tendons in your joint stronger and more flexible. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist to treat your rotator cuff. A physical therapist is trained to help improve your ability to do the activities you want.

24

Rotator Cuff Injuries.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Many baseball players suffer from shoulder injuries related to the rotator cuff muscles. These injuries may be classified as muscular strain, tendonitis or tenosynovitis, and impingement syndrome. Treatment varies from simple rest to surgery, so it is important to be seen by a physician as soon as possible. In order to prevent these injuries, the…

Connors, G. Patrick

25

[Vaginal ecosystem].  

PubMed

The vagina is original biotype with its own ecosystem, according to medical ecology science. This ecosystem has dynamic, but very unstable equilibrium. Disturb equilibrium is known as a disbiosys. It was discussed different components of this ecosystem: morphology of vaginal walls, vaginal liquidity, lacto-acid and residental flora, "invader" microorganisms, vaginal acidity, immune processes. It was shared our own experience with medicine Polygynax, remedy of Laboratoire Innotech International (Paris, France). Polygynax has such an advantage - rapidly restore disturbed ecological equlibrium in case of bacterial vulvovaginitis, caused mainly of intestine pathogenic flora. PMID:15673027

Karag'ozov, I; Shopova, E; Andreeva, P

2004-01-01

26

Estrogen Vaginal  

MedlinePLUS

... estradiol vaginal ring is also used to treat hot flushes ('hot flashes'; sudden strong feelings of heat and sweating) ... mild soap and warm water. Do not use hot water or boil the applicator. Ask your pharmacist ...

27

Rotator Cuff and Impingement  

Microsoft Academic Search

Shoulder pain due to trauma or overuse is a common complaint in the populations of athletes in general, with a variety of\\u000a causes that are frequently diffi cult to differentiate by physical examination alone.\\u000a \\u000a MR imaging and ultrasonography are optimal and complementary tools to discriminate different forms of impingement and to localize\\u000a and classify rotator cuff injuries. A native MR

Henk-Jan Van der Woude; Diana G. Franssen-Franken; W. Jaap Willems

28

Factors affecting rotator cuff healing.  

PubMed

Several studies have noted that increasing age is a significant factor for diminished rotator cuff healing, while biomechanical studies have suggested the reason for this may be an inferior healing environment in older patients. Larger tears and fatty infiltration or atrophy negatively affect rotator cuff healing. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, double-row repairs, performing a concomitant acromioplasty, and the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) do not demonstrate an improvement in structural healing over mini-open rotator cuff repairs, single-row repairs, not performing an acromioplasty, or not using PRP. There is conflicting evidence to support postoperative rehabilitation protocols using early motion over immobilization following rotator cuff repair. PMID:24806015

Mall, Nathan A; Tanaka, Miho J; Choi, Luke S; Paletta, George A

2014-05-01

29

Special report: Occlusive cuff controller  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

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

Baker, J. T.

1975-01-01

30

Glycosaminoglycans of human rotator cuff tendons: changes with age and in chronic rotator cuff tendinitis  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVES--To analyse the glycosaminoglycans of the adult human rotator cuff tendon matrix, to characterise changes in the glycosaminoglycan composition with age and in chronic rotator cuff tendinitis. METHODS--Rotator cuff (supraspinatus) tendons (n = 84) and common biceps tendons (n = 26) were obtained from cadavers with no history of tendon pathology (age range 11-95 years). Biopsies of rotator cuff tendons

G P Riley; R L Harrall; C R Constant; M D Chard; T E Cawston; B L Hazleman

1994-01-01

31

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program  

MedlinePLUS

... orthoinfo.org Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program Introduction 1 Additional Notes Purpose of Program _________________________________________________________________ After an injury ...

32

What Is Vaginal Cancer?  

MedlinePLUS

... cancer There are several types of vaginal cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma About 70 of every 100 cases of vaginal cancer are squamous cell carcinomas . These cancers begin in the squamous cells that ...

33

Vaginal and Vulvar Cancer  

MedlinePLUS

... vaginal and vulvar cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that is passed from one ... a vaccine that protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar ...

34

Advanced brachytherapy dosimetric considerations  

E-print Network

The practice of brachytherapy and brachytherapy dosimetry was investigated with emphasis on evaluations of dose distributions and shielding considerations for both photon- and neutron-emitting radionuclides. Monte Carlo ...

Melhus, Christopher S. (Christopher Scott), 1974-

2008-01-01

35

All-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.  

PubMed

All-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair has evolved into a viable surgical option, with outcome results equal to that of mini-open and open rotator cuff repair, with less perioperative morbidity and is driven by patient demand. The technique has required refinement of arthroscopic surgical techniques, and further advances from industry to provide alternative tools and techniques to make the procedure technically easier. This manuscript discusses all aspects of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and covers the evolution of the technique and provides a step-by-step technique to be used to accomplish a successful rotator cuff repair. PMID:18004220

Fouse, Matthew; Nottage, Wesley M

2007-12-01

36

Rotator cuff injury: still a clinical controversy?  

Microsoft Academic Search

The rotator cuff mechanism is the primary stabiliser of the gleno-humeral joint and is vulnerable to considerable morbidity because of its anatomy and function. Both intrinsic and extrinsic factors are responsible for rotator cuff pathology, which is a disease spectrum ranging from inflammation to full thickness tears. The most notable extrinsic factors are impingement and demographic variables, whereas age-related degeneration

P. Hardy; S. Sanghavi

2009-01-01

37

Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis.  

PubMed

Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis (DIV) is not a diagnosis in itself, and may be the presentation of a range of blistering disorders including pemphigus vulgaris, lichen planus and mucous membrane pemphigoid. The existence of an idiopathic subset of DIV remains controversial and is discussed in the present article. Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis is a rare but disabling condition. It presents in women of any age with a history of discomfort, irritation and painful sexual intercourse. Patients may also report an increased vaginal discharge. Examination of the vulva is normal, but erythematous regions on the vaginal walls are evident with increased vaginal secretion. This secretion is high in polymorphonuclear leukocytes, with an increased number of immature squamous epithelial cells. Repeated cultures are negative for bacteria, viruses and yeast. This is a sterile inflammatory vaginitis that can be difficult to treat, but successful therapy has been reported with topical steroids and clindamycin. PMID:14756890

Murphy, Ruth

2004-01-01

38

Treatment Option Overview (Vaginal Cancer)  

MedlinePLUS

... examine the vagina and other organs in the pelvis are used to detect (find) and diagnose vaginal ... patient has had past radiation treatment to the pelvis . Stages of Vaginal Cancer After vaginal cancer has ...

39

Ruptures of the rotator cuff.  

PubMed Central

Through the use of improved diagnostic techniques, including arthrography and arthroscopy, ruptures of the rotator cuff that previously might not have been recognized are now being identified more frequently. In most cases the symptoms are relatively mild and respond satisfactorily to rest and therapy. Occasionally, however, there is severe, persistent disability despite treatment. These ruptures require surgical repair. In such cases the data obtained from special investigations help the surgeon select the appropriate surgical approach and repair technique. An imaginative program of physiotherapy before and after the operation contributes greatly to a satisfactory result. Images FIG. 3 FIG. 4 FIG. 5 FIG. 6 FIG. 7 PMID:7437980

Ha'eri, G B

1980-01-01

40

Synthetic augmentation for massive rotator cuff tears.  

PubMed

The management of massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears is challenging. They are associated with persistent defects, weakness, and poor outcomes, and can cause an uncoupling of forces across the glenohumeral joint, with unstable shoulder kinematics. There has been much interest in the development of scaffolds to bridge massive rotator cuff tears. As allograft materials may produce inflammatory responses in the host, there is notable interest in developing synthetic grafts for surgical use. Benefits and limitations of the available synthetic scaffolds for augmentation of rotator cuff tears are reported in the present review. PMID:22089286

Longo, Umile Giuseppe; Lamberti, Alfredo; Khan, Wasim S; Maffulli, Nicola; Denaro, Vincenzo

2011-12-01

41

[Brachytherapy for anal cancers].  

PubMed

Low dose-rate brachytherapy as a boost after concomitant chemoradiation therapy is a standard of care for locally advanced anal carcinoma, providing a rigorous selection taking into account the initial staging and tumor response to external beam radiotherapy. Local control is likely to be superior when the boost is performed with brachytherapy than with external beam radiotherapy. The several steps of the brachytherapy procedure are described. The standard treatment scheme is a concomitant chemoradiation therapy, including 45 Gy (1,8 Gy × 5) pelvic external beam radiotherapy and two courses of 5-fluorouracil and mitomycin-C, followed by a 15 Gy brachytherapy boost with a gap limited to 2 to 3 weeks. Higher irradiation dose for the most advanced cases has not yet demonstrated a therapeutic gain in terms of colostomy free survival. Exclusive brachytherapy for in-situ carcinoma or invasive carcinoma less than 10mm is not recommended due to a high risk of local recurrence. Pulsed dose rate brachytherapy is an alternative to low dose rate brachytherapy (iridium wires) providing the respect of the recommended dose rate (0.5 to 1 Gy/hour). High dose rate brachytherapy is still under evaluation. PMID:23582604

Pommier, P; Mirabel, X; Hannoun-Lévi, J-M; Malet, C; Gérard, J-P; Peiffert, D

2013-04-01

42

Biologics in Rotator Cuff Surgery: Management of Rotator Cuff Tears With an Extracellular Matrix Patch  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary: Chronic large and massive rotator cuff tears remain a treatment challenge for the orthopaedic surgeon. The use of an extracellular matrix (ECM) biologic patch is an emerging field and offers potential for the treatment of patients with failed rotator cuff repairs or those with tears that are chronic and large in nature. There are several commercially available grafts that

Matthew T. Provencher; Augustus Mazzocca; Anthony A. Romeo

2007-01-01

43

Effect of brachytherapy technique and patient characteristics on cervical cancer implant dosimetry  

SciTech Connect

Our purpose was to evaluate the relationship between brachytherapy technique and patient characteristics on dose to organs-at-risk (OARs) in patients undergoing high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for cervical cancer. From 1998 to 2008, 31 patients with cervical cancer with full dosimetric data were identified who received definitive external-beam radiation and HDR brachytherapy with tandem and ovoid applicators. Doses were recorded at point A, the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU)-38 rectal point, the ICRU-38 bladder point, the vaginal surface, and the pelvic sidewall. Generalized estimating equations were used to determine the significance of changes in OAR to point A dose ratios with differences in brachytherapy technique or patient characteristics. Patients underwent a median of 5 brachytherapy procedures (range, 3 to 5), with a total of 179 procedures for 31 patients. For all brachytherapy treatments, the average ratios between the doses for the rectal, bladder, vaginal surface, and pelvic sidewall reference points to those at point A were 0.49, 0.59, 1.15, and 0.17, respectively. In general, decreased OAR dose was associated with a lower stage, younger age, increased ovoid size, increased tandem length, and earlier implant number. Increased tandem curvature significantly increased bladder dose and decreased rectal dose. Intravenous anesthesia usage was not correlated with improved dosimetry. This study allowed identification of patient and procedure characteristics influencing OAR dosing. Although the advent of 3-dimensional (3D) image-guided brachytherapy will bring new advances in treatment optimization, the actual technique involved at the time of the brachytherapy implant procedure will remain important.

Anker, Christopher J., E-mail: chris.anker@hci.utah.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States); O'Donnell, Kristen [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States); Boucher, Kenneth M. [Department of Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States); Gaffney, David K. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)

2013-01-01

44

Effect of brachytherapy technique and patient characteristics on cervical cancer implant dosimetry.  

PubMed

Our purpose was to evaluate the relationship between brachytherapy technique and patient characteristics on dose to organs-at-risk (OARs) in patients undergoing high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for cervical cancer. From 1998 to 2008, 31 patients with cervical cancer with full dosimetric data were identified who received definitive external-beam radiation and HDR brachytherapy with tandem and ovoid applicators. Doses were recorded at point A, the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU)-38 rectal point, the ICRU-38 bladder point, the vaginal surface, and the pelvic sidewall. Generalized estimating equations were used to determine the significance of changes in OAR to point A dose ratios with differences in brachytherapy technique or patient characteristics. Patients underwent a median of 5 brachytherapy procedures (range, 3 to 5), with a total of 179 procedures for 31 patients. For all brachytherapy treatments, the average ratios between the doses for the rectal, bladder, vaginal surface, and pelvic sidewall reference points to those at point A were 0.49, 0.59, 1.15, and 0.17, respectively. In general, decreased OAR dose was associated with a lower stage, younger age, increased ovoid size, increased tandem length, and earlier implant number. Increased tandem curvature significantly increased bladder dose and decreased rectal dose. Intravenous anesthesia usage was not correlated with improved dosimetry. This study allowed identification of patient and procedure characteristics influencing OAR dosing. Although the advent of 3-dimensional (3D) image-guided brachytherapy will bring new advances in treatment optimization, the actual technique involved at the time of the brachytherapy implant procedure will remain important. PMID:23973016

Anker, Christopher J; O'Donnell, Kristen; Boucher, Kenneth M; Gaffney, David K

2013-01-01

45

Vaginal ring (image)  

MedlinePLUS

The vaginal ring is a flexible ring about 2 inches in diameter that is inserted into the vagina. It releases progestin and estrogen into the body to avoid pregnancy. The woman inserts it herself and it stays in the vagina ...

46

Review of Vaginitis  

PubMed Central

Adisruption of the dynamic equilibrium of the healthy vagina may have significant sequelae, leading to chronic or serious conditions. Therefore, all cases of vaginitis should be accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated. PMID:18475337

1993-01-01

47

Vaginal bleeding between periods  

MedlinePLUS

... Vaginal dryness due to lack of estrogen after menopause Stress Stopping and starting birth control pills or estrogens Underactive thyroid (low thyroid function) Use of blood thinners (anticoagulants) Cancer or precancer of the cervix, uterus, or (very ...

48

[Vaginal evisceration following radiotherapy and surgery for cervico-uterine cancer. Report of a case].  

PubMed

A 60-year-old woman with past history of perineorrhaphy due to vaginal prolapse; squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix stage IIB, treated with radiation theraphy at doses of 7500 rads administered as teletherapy and brachytherapy with Cesium 137. Ten weeks later a Piver II hysterectomy was performed, her posoperative morbidity was a vaginal abscess. Twelve years later, she developed a pulmonary metastasis. One year thereafter she had vaginal discharge of cetrinous fluid and prolapse of greater omentum through the vagina. She was treated by a midle exploratory celiotomy, primary closure of the vaginal defect and the pelvic floor was covered with an omental pedicle flap. The postoperative period was unremarkable. PMID:8714067

Luna, P; Sanchez, W

1996-02-01

49

Prehospital endotracheal intubation; need for routine cuff pressure measurement?  

PubMed

In endotracheal intubation, a secured airway includes an insufflated cuff distal to the vocal cords. High cuff pressures may lead to major complications occurring after a short period of time. Cuff pressures are not routinely checked after intubation in the prehospital setting, dealing with a vulnerable group of patients. We reviewed cuff pressures after intubation by Helicopter Emergency Medical Services and paramedics noted in a dispatch database. Initial cuff pressures are almost all too high, needing adjustment to be in the safe zone. Dutch paramedics lack manometers and, therefore, only few paramedic intubations are followed by cuff pressure measurements. We recommend cuff pressure measurements after all (prehospital) intubations and, therefore, all ambulances need to be equipped with cuff manometers. PMID:23100319

Peters, Joost H; Hoogerwerf, Nico

2013-10-01

50

Postoperative subcoracoid impingement syndrome in patients with rotator cuff tear  

Microsoft Academic Search

Impingement of the tendinous rotator cuff on the coracoid process (subcoracoid impingement syndrome) has rarely been reported as a cause of pain after surgery for rotator cuff tear. We evaluated clinical features, surgical results, and histopathology findings of resected coracoid processes in patients with subcoracoid impingement syndrome after anterior acromioplasty and management of rotator cuff tear. Pain at the anterior

Naoki Suenaga; Akio Minami; Kiyoshi Kaneda

2000-01-01

51

Polyimide cuff electrodes for peripheral nerve stimulation.  

PubMed

This paper describes a new tripolar spiral cuff electrode, composed of a thin (10 microm) and flexible polyimide insulating carrier and three circumneural platinum electrodes, suitable for stimulation of peripheral nerves. The cuffs were implanted around the sciatic nerve of two groups of ten rats each, one in which the polyimide ribbon was attached to a plastic connector to characterize the in vivo stimulating properties of the electrode, and one without a connector for testing possible mechanical nerve damage by means of functional and histological methods. The polyimide cuff electrodes induced only a very mild foreign body reaction and did not change the nerve shape over a 2-6 month implantation period. There were no changes in the motor and sensory nerve conduction tests, nociceptive responses and walking track pattern over follow-up, and no morphological evidence of axonal loss or demyelination, except in one case with partial demyelination of some large fibers after 6 months. By delivering single electrical pulses through the cuff electrodes graded recruitment curves of alpha-motor nerve fibers were obtained. Recruitment of all motor units was achieved with a mean charge density lower than 4 microC/cm(2) for a pulse width of 50 micros at the time of implantation as well as 45 days thereafter. These data indicate that the polyimide cuff electrode is a stable stimulating device, with physical properties and dimensions that avoid nerve compression or activity-induced axonal damage. PMID:10880824

Rodríguez, F J; Ceballos, D; Schüttler, M; Valero, A; Valderrama, E; Stieglitz, T; Navarro, X

2000-06-01

52

American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for reporting morbidity after prostate brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: To standardize the reporting of brachytherapy-related prostate morbidity to guide ongoing clinical practice and future investigations.Methods: Members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) with expertise in prostate brachytherapy performed a literature review and, guided by their clinical experience, formulated specific recommendations for reporting on morbidity related to prostate brachytherapy.Results: The ABS recommends using validated, patient-administered health-related quality-of-life instruments for

Subir Nag; Rodney J Ellis; Gregory S Merrick; Robert Bahnson; Kent Wallner; Richard Stock

2002-01-01

53

Delivery systems for brachytherapy.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy is described as the short distance treatment of cancer with a radioactive isotope placed on, in, or near the lesions or tumor to be treated. The main advantage of brachytherapy compared with external beam radiation (EBR) is the improved localized delivery of dose to the target volume of interest, thus normal tissue irradiation is reduced. The precise and targeted nature of brachytherapy provides a number of key benefits for the effective treatment of cancer such as efficacy, minimized risk of side effects, short treatment times, and cost-effectiveness. Brachytherapy devices have yielded promising results in preclinical and clinical studies. However, brachytherapy can only be used in localized and relatively small tumors. Although the introduction of new delivery devices allows the treatment of more complex tumor sites, with wider range of dose rate for improving treatment efficacy and reduction of side effects, a better understanding about the safety, efficacy, and accuracy of these systems is required, and further development of new techniques is warranted. Therefore, this review focuses on the delivery devices for brachytherapy and their application in prostate, breast, brain, and other tumor sites. PMID:25008970

de la Puente, Pilar; Azab, Abdel Kareem

2014-10-28

54

A Novel Device for Intravaginal Electronic Brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: Postoperative intravaginal brachytherapy for endometrial carcinoma is usually performed with {sup 192}Ir high-dose rate (HDR) afterloading. A potential alternative is treatment with a broadband 50kV X-ray point source, the advantage being its low energy and the consequential steep dose gradient. The aim of this study was to create and evaluate a homogeneous cylindrical energy deposition around a newly designed vaginal applicator. Methods and Materials: To create constant isodose layers along the cylindrical plastic vaginal applicator, the source (INTRABEAM system) was moved in steps of 17-19.5 mm outward from the tip of the applicator. Irradiation for a predetermined time was performed at each position. The axial shift was established by a stepping mechanism that was mounted on a table support. The total dose/dose distribution was determined using film dosimetry (Gafchromic EBT) in a 'solid water' phantom. The films were evaluated with Mathematica 5.2 and OmniPro-I'mRT 1.6. The results (dose D0/D5/D10 in 0/5/10 mm tissue depth) were compared with an {sup 192}Ir HDR afterloading plan for multiple sampling points around the applicator. Results: Three different dose distributions with lengths of 3.9-7.3 cm were created. The irradiation time based on the delivery of 5/7 Gy to a 5 mm tissue depth was 19/26 min to 27/38 min. D0/D5/D10 was 150%/100%/67% for electronic brachytherapy and 140%/100%/74% for the afterloading technique. The deviation for repeated measurements in the phantom was <7%. Conclusions: It is possible to create a homogeneous cylindrical dose distribution, similar to {sup 192}Ir HDR afterloading, through the superimposition of multiple spherical dose distributions by stepping a kilovolt point source.

Schneider, Frank [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Mannheim, University of Heidelberg (Germany)], E-mail: frank.schneider@umm.de; Fuchs, Holger [Carl Zeiss Surgical GmbH, Oberkochen (Germany); Lorenz, Friedlieb; Steil, Volker [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Mannheim, University of Heidelberg (Germany); Ziglio, Francesco [Ospedale S. Chiara, Trento, Fisica Sanitaria, Trento (Italy); Kraus-Tiefenbacher, Uta; Lohr, Frank; Wenz, Frederik [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Medical Center Mannheim, University of Heidelberg (Germany)

2009-07-15

55

Spontaneous vaginal evisceration  

PubMed Central

Management of vaginal prolapse in the elderly lacks a uniform consensus and continues to remain challenging. The authors report a case of an elderly lady who presented with a spontaneous vaginal evisceration. She had a long-standing vaginal prolapse being controlled by a shelf pessary, which, in her case became displaced 2 weeks prior to admission. The patient underwent a laparotomy with an intent to replace the bowel back within the peritoneal cavity and repair the vault. During the pelvic floor repair, she sustained an inadvertent button-hole injury to the rectum, which was oversewn. She went on to develop a rectovaginal fistula requiring a de-functioning colostomy. The patient made good recovery subsequently. PMID:22707628

I, Siddiqui; A, Samee; C, Hall; J, Cooper; F, O'Mahony

2011-01-01

56

Integration of IMRT and Brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Integrated courses of IMRT-brachytherapy treatment offer many clinical advantages. These range from reducing the toxicity profile associated with standard combinations of external beam therapy and brachytherapy to achieving dose intensification or accelerated fractionation to an extent not possible by either modality alone. However, combined modality treatment presents several challenges that currently available brachytherapy and IMRT planning technology are ill equipped

Jeffrey F. Williamson

57

Full thickness tears: retaining the cuff.  

PubMed

Repair of rotator cuff tears is technically challenging. Full thickness rotator cuff tears have no potential for spontaneous healing, no reliable tendons substitutes are available, and their management is only partially understood. Many factors seem to contribute to the final outcome, and considerable variations in the decision-making process exist. For these reasons, decisions are often taken on the basis of surgeon's clinical experience. Accurate and prompt diagnosis is fundamental to guide correct management, and the tear pattern should be carefully evaluated to planning the most appropriate repair. PMID:22089291

Osti, Leonardo; Rizzello, Giacomo; Panascì, Manlio; Denaro, Vincenzo; Maffulli, Nicola

2011-12-01

58

Developmental origin of vaginal epithelium  

Microsoft Academic Search

The developmental origin of vaginal epithelium has been controversial for nearly a century, with speculation that vaginal epithelium originates from the Müllerian duct, Wolffian duct, and\\/or urogenital sinus. None of these possibilities have been definitively proven or disproven by direct scientific data. To define precisely the origin of vaginal epithelium, epithelial cells of the Müllerian duct, Wolffian duct, or urogenital

Takeshi Kurita

2010-01-01

59

Measuring tracheal tube cuff pressures--tool and technique.  

PubMed

A three-part study identified factors essential to accurate determination of pressure exerted against the lateral wall of the trachea by three types of endotracheal tube cuffs. Part I compared 31 mercury sphygmomanometer measurements of tracheal cuff pressures to those of pressure-sensitive aneroid Portex manometer during simulated intubation and found 99.28% of mercury manometer readings accurate to within 2 mm Hg of Portex readings. Part II demonstrated that cuff compliance (i.e., the distensibility of the cuff material) influences such pressure determinations. Part III compared two methods of obtaining tracheal cuff pressure readings with the mercury sphygmomanometer during simulated intubation. Accurate measurement was made only with a stopcock system that simultaneously opened to the cuff, the manometer, and the inflator syringe and when a separate cuff distensibility factor was used in the computation. PMID:6909196

Bouvier, J R

1981-01-01

60

Vulvar and vaginal HPV disease.  

PubMed

Human papilloma virus is associated with a multitude of lower genital tract diseases in women in addition to cervical cancer, including genital warts, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia, and some vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers that are associated with oncogenic subtypes. The degree to which HPV manifests pathology depends on viral type, host immune response, and local environmental factors. This article reviews the evaluation and management of the following vulvar and vaginal human papilloma virus diseases: condyloma, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, and vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia. Included is a brief discussion of the association with vulvar and vaginal cancer. PMID:23732036

Nelson, Erin L; Stockdale, Colleen K

2013-06-01

61

Cuff deflation: rehabilitation in critical care.  

PubMed

This is a case series of rehabilitation failures that resulted in severe reactive depression from patients unnecessarily bereft of verbal communication by being left to breathe or be ventilated via tracheostomy tubes, with or without inflated cuffs, for months to years. PMID:24879555

Bach, John R; Gonçalves, Miguel R; Rodriguez, Pedro Landete; Saporito, Louis; Soares, Luisa

2014-08-01

62

Control device for prosthetic urinary sphincter cuff  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A device for controlling flow of fluid to and from a resilient inflatable cuff implanted about the urethra to control flow of urine therethrough. The device comprises a flexible bulb reservoir and a control unit that includes a manually operated valve that opens automatically when the bulb is squeezed to force fluid into the cuff for closing the urethra. The control unit also includes a movable valve seat member having a relatively large area exposed to pressure of fluid in a chamber that is connected to the cuff and which moves to a position in which the valve member is unseated by an abutment when fluid pressure in the chamber exceeds a predetermined value to thereby relieve excess fluid pressure in the cuff. The arrangement is such that the valve element is held closed against the seat member by the full differential in fluid pressures acting on both sides of the valve element until the seat member is moved away from the valve element to thus insure positive closing of the valve element until the seat member is moved out of engagement with the valve element by excess pressure differential.

Reinicke, Robert H. (Inventor)

1983-01-01

63

Regenerative Medicine in Rotator Cuff Injuries  

PubMed Central

Rotator cuff injuries are a common source of shoulder pathology and result in an important decrease in quality of patient life. Given the frequency of these injuries, as well as the relatively poor result of surgical intervention, it is not surprising that new and innovative strategies like tissue engineering have become more appealing. Tissue-engineering strategies involve the use of cells and/or bioactive factors to promote tendon regeneration via natural processes. The ability of numerous growth factors to affect tendon healing has been extensively analyzed in vitro and in animal models, showing promising results. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a whole blood fraction which contains several growth factors. Controlled clinical studies using different autologous PRP formulations have provided controversial results. However, favourable structural healing rates have been observed for surgical repair of small and medium rotator cuff tears. Cell-based approaches have also been suggested to enhance tendon healing. Bone marrow is a well known source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Recently, ex vivo human studies have isolated and cultured distinct populations of MSCs from rotator cuff tendons, long head of the biceps tendon, subacromial bursa, and glenohumeral synovia. Stem cells therapies represent a novel frontier in the management of rotator cuff disease that required further basic and clinical research.

Randelli, Pietro; Ragone, Vincenza; Menon, Alessandra; Cabitza, Paolo; Banfi, Giuseppe

2014-01-01

64

Vaginal dilator therapy for women receiving pelvic radiotherapy  

PubMed Central

Background Many vaginal dilator therapy guidelines advocate routine vaginal dilation during and after pelvic radiotherapy to prevent stenosis (abnormal narrowing of the vagina). The UK Gynaecological Oncology Nurse Forum recommend dilation “three times weekly for an indefinite time period”. The UK patient charity Cancer Backup advises using vaginal dilators from two to eight weeks after the end of radiotherapy treatment. Australian guidelines recommend dilation after brachytherapy “as soon as is comfortably possible” and “certainly within four weeks and to continue for three years or indefinitely if possible”. However, dilation is intrusive, uses health resources and can be psychologically distressing. It has also caused rare but very serious damage to the rectum. Objectives To review the benefits and harms of vaginal dilation therapy associated with pelvic radiotherapy for cancer. Search methods Searches included the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2008, Issue 4), MEDLINE (1950 to 2008), EMBASE (1980 to 2008) and CINAHL (1982 to 2008). Selection criteria Any comparative randomised controlled trials (RCT) or data of any type which compared dilation or penetration of the vagina after pelvic radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Data collection and analysis The review authors independently abstracted data and assessed risk of bias. We analysed the mean difference in sexual function scores and the risk ratio for non-compliance at six weeks and three months in single trial analyses. No trials met the inclusion criteria. Main results Dilation during or immediately after radiotherapy can, in rare cases, cause damage and there is no persuasive evidence from any study to demonstrate that it prevents stenosis. Data from one RCT showed no improvement in sexual scores in women who were encouraged to practice dilation. Two case series and one comparative study using historical controls suggest that dilation might be associated with a longer vaginal length but these data cannot reasonably be interpreted to show that dilation caused the change in the vagina. Authors’ conclusions Routine dilation during or soon after cancer treatment may be harmful. There is no reliable evidence to show that routine regular vaginal dilation during or after radiotherapy prevents the late effects of radiotherapy or improves quality of life. Gentle vaginal exploration might separate the vaginal walls before they can stick together and some women may benefit from dilation therapy once inflammation has settled but there are no good comparative supporting data. PMID:20824858

Miles, Tracie; Johnson, Nick

2014-01-01

65

Vaginal Discharge (2)  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a Mary is a 26-year-old woman who attends a Sexual Health clinic. For the preceding 2 weeks she has noticed a profuse, yellow\\u000a vaginal discharge that has a rather musty smell. She also has noted mild irritation on the vulva and she has had some discomfort\\u000a on passing urine. She is otherwise symptomless. Her menstrual periods are regular; the most recent

Alexander McMillan

66

Vaginal Vault Prolapse  

PubMed Central

Introduction. Vaginal vault prolapse is a common complication following vaginal hysterectomy with negative impact on women's quality of life due to associated urinary, anorectal and sexual dysfunction. A clear understanding of the supporting mechanism for the uterus and vagina is important in making the right choice of corrective procedure. Management should be individualised, taking into consideration the surgeon's experience, patients age, comorbidities, previous surgery and sex life. Result. Preexisting pelvic floor defect prior to hysterectomy is the single most important risk factor for vault prolapse. Various surgical techniques have been advanced at hysterectomy to prevent vault prolapse. Studies have shown the McCall's culdoplasty under direct visualisation to be superior. Vault prolapse repair rely on either the use of patient's tissue or synthetic materials and can be carried out abdominally or vaginally. Sacrospinous fixation and abdominal sacrocolpopexy are the commonly performed procedures, with literature in favour of abdominal sacrocolpopexy over sacrospinous fixation due to its reported higher success rate of about 90%. Other less commonly performed procedures include uterosacral ligament suspension and illiococcygeal fixation, both of which are equally effective, with the former having a high risk of ureteric injury. Colpoclesis will play a greater role in the future as the aging population increases. Mesh procedures are gaining in popularity, and preliminary data from vaginal mesh procedures is encouraging. Laparoscopic techniques require a high level of skill and experience. There are many controversies on the mechanism of prolapse and management techniques, which we have tried to address in this article. Conclusion. As the aging population increases, the incidence of prolapse will also rise, older techniques using native tissue will continue, while new techniques using the mesh needs to be studied further. The later may well be the way forward in future. PMID:19936123

Uzoma, Azubuike; Farag, K. A.

2009-01-01

67

The modified massive cuff stitch: functional and structural outcome in massive cuff tears  

PubMed Central

Background The massive cuff stitch (MCS) is known to be a strong suture, suitable for rotator cuff repair. We modified this technique for massive cuff tears by employing a horizontal medial mattress suture from an anchor as well as a vertically crossing transosseous suture. Methods We included 42 patients with massive cuff tears suitable for repair: 22 were treated with the modified MCS (MCS group), and 20 with a simple transosseous suture (STS group). The range of motion (ROM), muscle strength, visual analog scale, and the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores were evaluated pre-operatively and 12 and 24 months post-operatively. The incidence of post-operative re-tears was examined at least 1 year post-operatively using Sugaya's classification. Results The ROM, muscle strength, degree of pain, and the JOA scores were much improved after surgery in both groups, and there was no significant intergroup difference throughout the pre- and post-operative periods. In contrast, post-operative MRI revealed a significantly lower re-tear rate in the MCS group than in the STS group (9.1% vs. 40%, P = 0.0296). Conclusions The techniques tested were comparable in terms of functional outcome after surgical repair of massive cuff tears; however, the modified MCS repair technique produced superior structural outcomes with a significantly lower re-tear rate. PMID:23924298

2013-01-01

68

Severed cuff inflation tubing of endotracheal tube: A novel way to prevent cuff deflation  

PubMed Central

A well-secured endotracheal tube (ETT) is essential for safe anesthesia. The ETT has to be fixed with the adhesive plasters or with tie along with adhesive plasters appropriately. It is specially required in patients having beard, in intensive care unit (ICU) patients or in oral surgeries. If re-adjustment of the ETT is necessary, we should be cautious while removal of the plasters and tie, as there may be damage to the cuff inflation system. This can be a rare cause of ETT cuff leak, thus making maintenance of adequate ventilation difficult and requiring re-intubation. In a difficult airway scenario, it can be extremely challenging to re-intubate again. We report an incidence where the ETT cuff tubing was severed while attempting to re-adjust and re-fix the ETT and the patient required re-intubation. Retrospectively, we thought of and describe a safe, reliable and novel technique to prevent cuff deflation of the severed inflation tube. The technique can also be used to monitor cuff pressure in such scenarios.

Rao, Amrut K.; Chaudhuri, Souvik; Joseph, Tim T.; Kamble, Deependra; Gotur, Gopal; Venkatesh, Sandeep

2014-01-01

69

Reconstructive surgery for massive rotator cuff tear  

Microsoft Academic Search

Surgical Principles\\u000a \\u000a The rotator cuff is repaired with transosseous sutures if possible. If the defect is too large for direct repair, local muscle\\u000a or tendon transfers are used. An anterior acromioplasty with resection of the coraco-acromial ligament is performed in every\\u000a case. In absolutely irreparable tears the authors recommend an open or arthroscopic debridement combined with an anterior\\u000a acromioplasty and

Peter Habermeyer; Ulrich Brunner; Ernst Wiedemann

1993-01-01

70

Baby cuff as a reason for laryngeal mask airway cuff malfunction during airway management for anesthesia.  

PubMed

Placement of laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is a blind procedure without requiring laryngoscopy. The reported success rate for LMA insertion at the first attempt is almost 95%; however, many functioning LMAs may not be in an ideal anatomic place. It seems that disposable LMAs have more stable cuff pressure compared to reusable LMAs; therefore, Anesthesiologists should bear in mind this fact when using reusable LMAs to achieve a proper sealing and safe airway management. In this report, we introduced a case with malfunction of LMA cuff during the airway management. PMID:25191199

Panahi, Jafar Rahimi; Mahmoodpoor, Ata; Golzari, Samad E J; Soleimanpour, Hassan

2014-07-01

71

Effect of external cuff pressure on arterial compliance  

Microsoft Academic Search

Pressure is one of the most sensitive factors influencing the arterial wall compliance. Pulse transit time (PTT) is one simple way to assess arterial compliance changes. This study investigated the relationship between external cuff pressure and pulse transit time. The study was performed on 10 subjects with different cuff pressures (0, 10, 20 and 30 mmHg) on the lower arm,

D. Zheng; J. Allen; A. Murray

2005-01-01

72

Repair of rotator cuff tears in tennis players  

Microsoft Academic Search

Twenty-three tennis players with a symptomatic full- thickness rotator cuff tear underwent anterior acro mioplasty and rotator cuff repair. There were 8 small tears (<1 cm), 5 moderate tears (1 to 3 cm), 2 large tears (3 to 5 cm), and 8 massive tears (>5 cm). The dominant shoulder was involved in all patients and all were unable to play

Louis U. Bigiliani; Jay Kimmel; Peter D. McCann; Ira Wolfe

1992-01-01

73

The factor validity of the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: The Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC) is a self-report questionnaire developed specifically to evaluate disability in persons with pathology of the rotator cuff of the shoulder. The authors created items in 5 categories based on a model of quality of life, but never validated this structure. The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the

Jean Wessel; Helen Razmjou; Yasmin Mewa; Richard Holtby

2005-01-01

74

Cervical brachytherapy technique for locally advanced carcinoma of the cervix in a patient with septate uterus  

PubMed Central

Purpose To describe an approach to cervical brachytherapy in a patient with congenital septate uterus and locally advanced cervical carcinoma. Material and methods The patient is a 34-year-old female with septate uterus presenting with pelvic pain. Workup demonstrated a stage IIB cervical adenocarcinoma with imaging evidence of an involved right external iliac lymph node. The patient received whole pelvic radiation, with concurrent weekly cisplatin (40 mg/m2), to a dose of 45 Gy in 25 fractions followed by a parametrial boost of 5.4 Gy and an additional nodal boost of 9 Gy. Results The patient was initiated on cervical brachytherapy following fraction 23 of pelvic radiation. To conform to her septated uterus, a Rotte-Y tandem was used. Additionally, 2 CT-compatible ovoids were placed in the vaginal apex to enhance dose distribution and coverage of the target volume. Each fraction of brachytherapy was performed with CT-based planning. A high-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV) and normal structures were defined and constrained per American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) and Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie/European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (GEC-ESTRO) guidelines. The brachytherapy dose was 27.5 Gy in 5 fractions of 5.5 Gy each, prescribed to the HR-CTV. Conclusions Herein, we report the first documented case of cervical brachytherapy in a patient with septate uterus and locally advanced cervical carcinoma. Using CT-guided planning, in conjunction with the ABS and GEC-ESTRO guidelines, the patient was effectively treated with adapted cervical brachytherapy, meeting criteria for HR-CTV coverage and normal tissue tolerances. PMID:24790625

Wallace, Charlie; Gondi, Vinai; Das, Rupak; Straub, Margaret; Al-Niaimi, Ahmed; Applegate, Glenn; Bradley, Kristin A.

2014-01-01

75

Intramuscular Rotator Cuff Cysts: Association with Tendon Tears on MRI and Arthroscopy  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVE. This study was designed to explore the relationship between intramuscular cysts and rotator cuff tendon tears. CONCLUSION. Intramuscular cysts are strongly associated with rotator cuff tendon tears. Identification of such a cyst should prompt a search for a rotator cuff tear. Findings on MR arthrography and surgery suggest that a delaminating component of the rotator cuff tear may lead

Ara Kassarjian; Martin Torriani; Hugue Ouellette; William E. Palmer

76

Prevalence of rotator cuff tears in operative proximal humerus fractures.  

PubMed

Proximal humerus fractures and rotator cuff tears have been shown to have increasing rates with advancing age, theoretically leading to significant overlap in the 2 pathologies. The goal of this study was to examine the prevalence, associated factors, and effect on treatment of rotator cuff tears in surgically treated proximal humerus fractures. A retrospective review was performed of all patients who had surgery for a proximal humerus fracture from January 2007 to June 2012 in the shoulder department of a large academic institution. Patient demographics, the presence and management of rotator cuff tears, and surgical factors were recorded. Regression analysis was performed to determine which factors were associated with rotator cuff tears. This study reviewed 349 fractures in 345 patients. Of these, 30 (8.6%) had concomitant rotator cuff tears. Those with a rotator cuff tear were older (average age, 68.7 vs 63.1 years), were more likely to have had a dislocation (40% vs 12.5%), and were more likely to have undergone subsequent arthroscopic repair or reverse total shoulder arthroplasty than those without a rotator cuff tear. Most (22 of 30) were treated with suture repair at the time of surgery, but 5 patients underwent reverse total shoulder arthroplasty based primarily on the intraoperative finding of a significant rotator cuff tear. A concomitant rotator cuff tear in association with a proximal humerus fracture is relatively common. Rotator cuff tears are associated with older patients and those with a fracture-dislocation. In rare cases, these cases may require the availability of a reverse shoulder prosthesis. PMID:25361372

Choo, Andrew; Sobol, Garret; Maltenfort, Mitchell; Getz, Charles; Abboud, Joseph

2014-11-01

77

Endotracheal tube cuff pressure in three hospitals, and the volume required to produce an appropriate cuff pressure  

PubMed Central

Background Cuff pressure in endotracheal (ET) tubes should be in the range of 20–30 cm H2O. We tested the hypothesis that the tube cuff is inadequately inflated when manometers are not used. Methods With IRB approval, we studied 93 patients under general anesthesia with an ET tube in place in one teaching and two private hospitals. Anesthetists were blinded to study purpose. Cuff pressure in tube sizes 7.0 to 8.5 mm was evaluated 60 min after induction of general anesthesia using a manometer connected to the cuff pilot balloon. Nitrous oxide was disallowed. After deflating the cuff, we reinflated it in 0.5-ml increments until pressure was 20 cmH2O. Results Neither patient morphometrics, institution, experience of anesthesia provider, nor tube size influenced measured cuff pressure (35.3 ± 21.6 cmH2O). Only 27% of pressures were within 20–30 cmH2O; 27% exceeded 40 cmH2O. Although it varied considerably, the amount of air required to achieve a cuff pressure of 20 cmH2O was similar with each tube size. Conclusion We recommend that ET cuff pressure be set and monitored with a manometer. PMID:15569386

Sengupta, Papiya; Sessler, Daniel I; Maglinger, Paul; Wells, Spencer; Vogt, Alicia; Durrani, Jaleel; Wadhwa, Anupama

2004-01-01

78

When Do Rotator Cuff Repairs Fail? Serial Ultrasound Examination After Arthroscopic Repair of Large and Massive Rotator Cuff Tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Despite advances in arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tears, recurrent tears after repair of large and massive tears remain a significant clinical problem. The primary objective of this study was to define the timing of structural failure of surgically repaired large and massive rotator cuff tears by serial imaging with ultrasound. The secondary objective of this study was to

Bruce S. Miller; Brian K. Downie; Robert B. Kohen; Theresa Kijek; Bryson Lesniak; Jon A. Jacobson; Richard E. Hughes; James E. Carpenter

2011-01-01

79

Episiotomy for vaginal birth  

PubMed Central

Background Episiotomy is done to prevent severe perineal tears, but its routine use has been questioned. The relative effects of midline compared with midlateral episiotomy are unclear. Objectives The objective of this review was to assess the effects of restrictive use of episiotomy compared with routine episiotomy during vaginal birth. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group’s Trials Register (March 2008). Selection criteria Randomized trials comparing restrictive use of episiotomy with routine use of episiotomy; restrictive use of mediolateral episiotomy versus routine mediolateral episiotomy; restrictive use of midline episiotomy versus routine midline episiotomy; and use of midline episiotomy versus mediolateral episiotomy. Data collection and analysis The two review authors independently assessed trial quality and extracted the data. Main results We included eight studies (5541 women). In the routine episiotomy group, 75.15% (2035/2708) of women had episiotomies, while the rate in the restrictive episiotomy group was 28.40% (776/2733). Compared with routine use, restrictive episiotomy resulted in less severe perineal trauma (relative risk (RR) 0.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.49 to 0.91), less suturing (RR 0.71, 95% CI 0.61 to 0.81) and fewer healing complications (RR 0.69, 95% CI 0.56 to 0.85). Restrictive episiotomy was associated with more anterior perineal trauma (RR 1.84, 95% CI 1.61 to 2.10). There was no difference in severe vaginal/perineal trauma (RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.72 to 1.18); dyspareunia (RR 1.02, 95% CI 0.90 to 1.16); urinary incontinence (RR 0.98, 95% CI 0.79 to 1.20) or several pain measures. Results for restrictive versus routine mediolateral versus midline episiotomy were similar to the overall comparison. Authors’ conclusions Restrictive episiotomy policies appear to have a number of benefits compared to policies based on routine episiotomy. There is less posterior perineal trauma, less suturing and fewer complications, no difference for most pain measures and severe vaginal or perineal trauma, but there was an increased risk of anterior perineal trauma with restrictive episiotomy. PMID:19160176

Carroli, Guillermo; Mignini, Luciano

2014-01-01

80

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

PubMed

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

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

2009-12-01

81

Advances in Brachytherapy  

PubMed Central

During the past 15 years, permanent seed brachytherapy for prostate cancer has advanced significantly in all areas, including patient selection, treatment planning, technique, and technology (eg, seeds stranded in Vicryl suture). These improvements have made transperineal seed implantation an accurate and practical treatment option for men with low-, intermediate-, and high-risk disease. Because of the evidence that the various treatment options for prostate cancer are likely to be equally successful in terms of long-term cancer control, continuing efforts focus on enhancing the quality of life of implant patients. PMID:16985869

Grimm, Peter; Sylvester, John

2004-01-01

82

Urinary incontinence - vaginal sling procedures  

MedlinePLUS

... that happens when you laugh, cough, sneeze, lift things, or exercise. A vaginal sling procedure helps close ... days. The stitches (sutures) in your vagina will dissolve after several weeks. After 1 - 3 months, you ...

83

Drugs Approved for Vaginal Cancer  

Cancer.gov

This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent vaginal cancer. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI’s Cancer Drug Information summaries.

84

Can Vaginal Cancer Be Prevented?  

MedlinePLUS

... prevent this disease. Avoid HPV exposure Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for vaginal cancer. ... HPV and pass the virus to somebody else. HPV and men The 2 main factors influencing the ...

85

Vaginal Bleeding and Preterm Delivery  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a Vaginal bleeding during gestation is an ominous sign indicating an adverse pregnancy outcome. Bleeding can occur during all\\u000a stages of gestation. It complicates up to 20% of pregnancies during the first trimester and is regarded as a sign of threatened\\u000a abortion. During the second and third trimesters, vaginal bleeding was found to be a risk factor for adverse maternal and

Offer Erez; Idit Erez-Weiss; Ruth Beer-Weisel; Vered Kleitman-Meir; Moshe Mazor

86

The American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for brachytherapy of soft tissue sarcomas  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: This report presents the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) guidelines for the use of brachytherapy for patients with soft tissue sarcoma.Methods and Materials: Members of the ABS with expertise in soft tissue sarcoma formulated brachytherapy guidelines based upon their clinical experience and a review of the literature. The Board of Directors of the ABS approved the final report.Results: Brachytherapy used

Subir Nag; Daniel Shasha; Nora Janjan; Ivy Petersen; Marco Zaider

2001-01-01

87

Surgical management of irreparable rotator cuff tears.  

PubMed

PURPOSE: In this prospective case control study, the effectiveness of surgical management of irreparable rotator cuff tears in terms of patient's status and quality of life was evaluated in two groups of patients: one group receiving arthroscopic debridement associated with acromioplasty and bursectomy and the other receiving an arthroscopic partial repair of the rotator cuff tear. METHODS: Sixty-eight patients (47 males and 21 females) undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery for massive irreparable rotator cuff tear were enrolled in our study. Patients were divided into two groups: Group AP (debridement associated with acromioplasty and bursectomy) and Group PR (partial repair). Pre- and post-operative range of motion (ROM), modified-UCLA shoulder score and strength measurement were performed. The RC-QOL was used at the time of the last follow-up to assess patients' perception of their quality of life. RESULTS: The final follow-up was 7.8 (±2.3, range 5-9) years. ROM measures were significantly increased from pre- to post-operative evaluations, with significant intergroup differences (P < 0.001). The overall modified-UCLA shoulder score showed a mean pre-operative value of 7.6 ± 2.6 (95 % CI 6.7-8.5) for Group AP and 8.6 ± 4.1 (95 % CI 7.0-9.9) (n.s.) for Group PR. The post-operative values at the latest follow-up showed a statistically significant improvement in both groups [21.4 ± 3.7 (95 % CI 20.1-22.7) for Group AP and 28.8 ± 4.2 (95 % CI 27.3-30.2) for Group PR] (P < 0.0001), with a significant intergroup difference (P < 0.0001). The RC-QOL demonstrated a statistically significant difference between the groups [Group AP: 61.8 ± 6.1(95 % CI 59.6-63.9); Group PR: 71.2 ± 9.8 (95 % CI 67.7-74.6)] (P < 0.0002). CONCLUSION: Both techniques are effective in reducing patients' symptoms, with higher functional outcomes for partial repair. However, the choice of which technique to undertake should take into account the patients' features concerning the acromio-humeral interval and levels of daily activities. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic case-control study, Level III. PMID:23212188

Franceschi, Francesco; Papalia, Rocco; Vasta, Sebastiano; Leonardi, Francesco; Maffulli, Nicola; Denaro, Vincenzo

2012-12-01

88

[High dose rate prostate brachytherapy].  

PubMed

This article aims at presenting the interest of high dose rate brachytherapy in the radiation treatment of prostatic adenocarcinoma. We will discuss successively the biological and dosimetric specificity of brachytherapy for this particular cancer. Afterwards, we will review the main phase II and III studies, the therapeutic indications in the daily practice from the evidence based medicine as well as the techniques of external beam radiation therapy for the same indications. Finally, the principal avenues of development will be discussed. PMID:23578898

Nickers, P; Blanchard, P; Hannoun-Lévi, J-M; Bossi, A; Chapet, O; Guérif, S

2013-04-01

89

Comprehensive Approach to Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: Options and Techniques  

MedlinePLUS

... one. That was more for grabbing the anterior aspect just to -- for later preparation. 00:38:!6 ... try and bring the cuff from the posterior aspect to the anterior aspect on the tuberosity. 00: ...

90

Mechanics of the occlusive arm cuff and its application as a volume sensor.  

PubMed

Although a common medical instrument, the mechanical function of an occlusive arm cuff has not been fully described in an engineering sense. The occlusive arm cuff is examined here using a mathematical mechanics model and experimental measurements. Cuff stretch was modeled by a nonlinear pressure-volume function. Air compression was represented by Boyle's law. An apparatus was developed to measure pressure due to the air volume pumped into the cuff for fixed arm volume. Data were obtained for two different cuff designs, and reveal a nonlinear cuff pressure-volume relationship that could be represented accurately by the mathematical model. Calibration constants are provided for the two types of occlusive cuff. Thus, the cuff pressure was found to consist of a balance between that produced by stretch of the elastic cuff bladder and that of the compression of the air contained within the bladder. The use of the gas law alone was found to be inadequate to represent the cuff mechanics. When applying the cuff to measure change in arm volume, such as during plethysmography or oscillometry, it cannot be assumed that the cuff sensitivity is constant. More precisely, it was found that the occlusive cuff is a transducer with a volume sensitivity that increases with cuff pressure and volume until it becomes nearly constant at high levels of cuff pressure (150 mmHg). A hypothetical case of a linear elastic artery with constant pulse pressure was used as input to the cuff model to illustrate the change in cuff pressure oscillations that occurs while cuff pressure is released.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8244431

Drzewiecki, G; Bansal, V; Karam, E; Hood, R; Apple, H

1993-07-01

91

Continuous real time endotracheal tube cuff pressure waveform.  

PubMed

Endotracheal tube cuff pressure monitoring is one of the standard degrees of care afforded to anesthetized patients in the operative theater. Traditional pressure transducer when used to monitor cuff pressure provides real time continuous sine wave pressure waveform which has not been described in literature so far. This unique waveform needs to be further processed and evaluated to check its utility in airway pressure monitoring. PMID:24838549

Ganigara, Anuradha; Ramavakoda, Chandrika Y

2014-08-01

92

Improved apparatus for predictive diagnosis of rotator cuff disease  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Rotator cuff disease impacts over 50% of the population over 60, with reports of incidence being as high as 90% within this population, causing pain and possible loss of function. The rotator cuff is composed of muscles and tendons that work in tandem to support the shoulder. Heavy use of these muscles can lead to rotator cuff tear, with the most common causes is age-related degeneration or sport injuries, both being a function of overuse. Tears ranges in severity from partial thickness tear to total rupture. Diagnostic techniques are based on physical assessment, detailed patient history, and medical imaging; primarily X-ray, MRI and ultrasonography are the chosen modalities for assessment. The final treatment technique and imaging modality; however, is chosen by the clinician is at their discretion. Ultrasound has been shown to have good accuracy for identification and measurement of full-thickness and partial-thickness rotator cuff tears. In this study, we report on the progress and improvement of our method of transduction and analysis of in situ measurement of rotator cuff biomechanics. We have improved the ability of the clinician to apply a uniform force to the underlying musculotendentious tissues while simultaneously obtaining the ultrasound image. This measurement protocol combined with region of interest (ROI) based image processing will help in developing a predictive diagnostic model for treatment of rotator cuff disease and help the clinicians choose the best treatment technique.

Pillai, Anup; Hall, Brittany N.; Thigpen, Charles A.; Kwartowitz, David M.

2014-03-01

93

Complicated acromioclavicular joint cyst with massive rotator cuff tear.  

PubMed

An acromioclavicular (AC) joint cyst is an unusual presentation of full-thickness rotator cuff tears in patients with degenerative changes of the AC joint. It is important to understand the relationship between AC joint cysts and rotator cuff tears because there is a high recurrence rate if the cyst is treated without addressing the rotator cuff tear. Furthermore, recurrence or draining sinus caused by failure to treat the cyst may lead to infection. To our knowledge, there have been no reports of infected AC joint cyst as a serious complication. We present 2 cases involving an infected AC joint cyst with a massive rotator cuff tear caused by simple cyst excision. When patients have an AC joint cyst, physicians should consider the following points: (1) There is the possibility of an underlying rotator cuff tear, (2) Surgical treatment is indicated for a symptomatic cyst, (3) Aspiration and simple cyst excision are not recommended, because of the potential for postoperative complications such as recurrence, a draining sinus, and infection, and (4) Lateral clavicle resection should be performed if there is an irreparable rotator cuff tear. PMID:24551863

Cho, Chul-Hyun

2014-02-01

94

Conformal Brachytherapy Planning for Cervical Cancer Using Transabdominal Ultrasound  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To determine if transabdominal ultrasound (US) can be used for conformal brachytherapy in cervical cancer patients. Materials and Methods: Seventy-one patients with locoregionally advanced cervix cancer treated with chemoradiation and brachytherapy were included in this study. The protocol consisted of US-assisted tandem insertion and conformal US-based planning. Orthogonal films for applicator reconstruction were also taken. A standard plan was modified to suit the US-based volume and treatment was delivered. The patient then underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan with the applicators in situ. Retrospectively, individual standard (STD), US, and MRI plans were extrapolated for five fractions and superimposed onto the two-dimensional sagittal MRI images for comparison. Doses to Point A, target volume, International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) 38 bladder and rectal points, and individualized bowel points were calculated on original implant geometry on Plato for each planning method. Results: STD (high-dose-rate) plans reported higher doses to Point A, target volume, ICRU 38 bladder and rectal points, and individualized bowel point compared with US and MRI plans. There was a statistically significant difference between standard plans and image-based plans-STD vs. US, STD vs. MRI, and STD vs. Final-having consistent (p {<=} 0.001) respectively for target volume, Point A, ICRU 38 bladder, and bowel point. US plan assessed on two-dimensional MRI image was comparable for target volume (p = 0.11), rectal point (p = 0.8), and vaginal mucosa (p = 0.19). Local control was 90%. Late bowel morbidity (G3, G4) was <2%. Conclusions: Transabdominal ultrasound offers an accurate, quick, accessible, and cost-effective method of conformal brachytherapy planning.

Van Dyk, Sylvia [Radiation Therapy Services, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, East Melbourne (Australia)], E-mail: sylvia.vandyk@petermac.org; Narayan, Kailash [Division of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, East Melbourne (Australia); Fisher, Richard [Center for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, East Melbourne (Australia); Bernshaw, David [Division of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, East Melbourne (Australia)

2009-09-01

95

A simple method of partial inflation of the LMA cuff before insertion in children to allow cuff pressure without adjustment after insertion  

PubMed Central

Background The cuff of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is preferred to be partially inflated before insertion in pediatric cases. However, it is not known how much inflation is appropriate. In addition, intra-cuff pressure is not routinely monitored in many institutions despite the fact that a neglected high cuff pressure could cause several complications. This study was conducted to determine whether the cuff inflated with its resting volume before insertion could have a clinically tolerable intra-cuff pressure after insertion. Methods One hundred fifty unpremedicated children aged 0 to 9 yrs were enrolled. The pilot balloon valve was connected to a piston-free syringe to keep the valve open to the atmosphere and allowing the pressure within the cuff of to LMA to equalize to atmospheric pressure. Anesthesia was induced with 6 vol% of sevoflurane in oxygen. After insertion and final positioning of the LMA, the intra-cuff pressure was measured using a cuff pressure manometer. Results The mean intra-cuff pressure was 50 ± 12.9 cmH2O; intra-cuff pressures were 39.1 ± 9.3, 51.6 ± 11.2, and 64.6 ± 12.5 cmH2O for LMAs of sizes 1.5, 2, and 2.5, respectively. Intra-cuff pressure of more than 60 cmH2O was measured in 26 patients, and the median value was 70 cmH2O. There was weak statistical correlation among age, height, and weight with intra-cuff pressure. Conclusions The cuff inflated by the resting volume before insertion may be a simple method for guaranteeing tolerable cuff pressure after insertion. PMID:22778887

Moon, Bo-Eun; Kim, Min-Soo

2012-01-01

96

Vaginal douching practices and beliefs in Turkey  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to identify women's motivations for vaginal douching, vaginal douching practices, and women's reactions to situations that discourage vaginal douching. Research took place in the outskirts of Antalya, a city located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. A total of 776 women participated in the study. Age, religious affiliation, place of residence, and poverty were

Kamile Kukulu

2006-01-01

97

The behavior of rotator cuff tendon cells in three-dimensional culture  

E-print Network

The rotator cuff is composed of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subcapularis, and teres minor tendons. Rotator cuff injuries are common athletic and occupational injuries that surgery cannot fully repair. Therefore tendon ...

Gill, Harmeet (Harmeet Kaur)

2007-01-01

98

Degenerative rotator cuff tear in an elderly athlete: a case report  

PubMed Central

The incidence of rotator cuff tear increases with age. Degenerative rotator cuff tears are commonly seen in athletes above 40 years. These athletes are commonly involved in overhead activities. Repetitive microtrauma is a more important factor in rotator cuff degeneration than acute trauma. Conservative treatment is the mainstay treatment for these injuries. A case report of an elderly athlete who sailed competitively is presented. The clinical and radiographic presentations, management and rehabilitation of degenerative rotator cuff tears are discussed. ImagesFigure 1

Kazemi, Mohsen

1999-01-01

99

Indications for Surgery in Clinical Outcome Studies of Rotator Cuff Repair  

Microsoft Academic Search

Full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff are common, but there is no clear consensus regarding indications for rotator cuff\\u000a surgery. Because some patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears who are asymptomatic or symptomatic can be successfully\\u000a treated nonoperatively, clinical outcome studies of rotator cuff repair should describe the subjects in detail to allow appropriate\\u000a interpretation of the results. However, we

Robert G. Marx; Panagiotis Koulouvaris; Samuel K. Chu; Bruce A. Levy

2009-01-01

100

Arthroscopic vs mini-open rotator cuff repair. A quality of life impairment study  

Microsoft Academic Search

We compared the clinical and quality of life related outcome of rotator cuff repair performed using either a mini-open or\\u000a an arthroscopic technique for rotator cuff tears of less than 3 cm. The records of 64 patients who underwent rotator cuff\\u000a repair between September 2003 and September 2005 were evaluated. Thirty-two patients underwent a mini-open rotator cuff repair,\\u000a and 32 patients

Leonardo Osti; Rocco Papalia; Massimo Paganelli; Enzo Denaro; Nicola Maffulli

2010-01-01

101

Vaginal birth after cesarean section  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is safe, cost effective, and the preferred obstetrical option for most parturients in health care settings which are equipped to manage intrapartum emergencies. Since 1981, cesarean sections have been the most frequently performed major surgical procedure in the United States. Approximately 1,000,000 cesarean deliveries are performed in the United States per year. The rate

Jordan Pritzker

1996-01-01

102

Open versus Two Forms of Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair  

PubMed Central

There have been technologic advances in the methods for repairing torn rotator cuffs. We compared the clinical and structural outcomes of three different forms of rotator cuff repair with up to 24 months’ followup. We wished to assess how surgical technique affected clinical outcomes and see how these correlated to repair integrity. Three cohorts of patients had repair of a symptomatic rotator cuff tear using (1) an open technique (n = 49); (2) arthroscopic knotted (n = 53); or (3) arthroscopic knotless (n = 57) by one surgeon. Standardized patient- and examiner-determined outcomes were obtained preoperatively and at 6 weeks, 3 and 6 months, and 2 years postoperatively. Ultrasound studies were performed with a validated protocol at 6 months and 2 years postsurgery. Clinical outcomes were similar with the exception that the arthroscopic groups had, on average, 20% better American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons scores than the open group at 6 months and 2 years. Retear correlated with tear size and operation time and occurred more frequently after open repair (39%) than after arthroscopic knotted (25%) and arthroscopic knotless (16%) repair. An intact cuff on ultrasound corresponded to better results for supraspinatus strength, patient outcomes, and rotator cuff functional ability. Level of Evidence: Level III, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. PMID:19184264

Millar, Neal L.; Wu, Xiao; Tantau, Robyn; Silverstone, Elizabeth

2009-01-01

103

Leakage of fluid around endotracheal tube cuffs: a cadaver study  

PubMed Central

Background The aim of the study was to evaluate the leakage of liquid past the cuffs of tracheal tubes in fresh frozen human heads. Methods Six truncated fresh frozen heads were used and intubated with 8.0 mm endotracheal tubes. The intracuff pressures tested were 30 and 100 cmH2O. Subsequently, 20 ml of each of two oral antiseptic rinses (0.2% chlorhexidine and octenidine [octenidol®, Schülke & Mayr GmbH, Norderstedt, Germany]) was applied for thirty seconds in the mouth. During the trial, leakage of the cuffs was examined. Results The sealing between the tracheal cuff and tracheal wall was leakage-proof for all tested intracuff pressures and all tested antiseptic rinses. However, approximately 5.6 ml and 1.8 ml leaked into the esophagus and remained as a cuff-puddle, respectively. Conclusions The sealing between an endotracheal tube cuff with an intracuff pressure of 30 cmH2O and the tracheal wall is leakage-proof during oral care with antiseptic rinsing. An increase of intracuff pressure to 100 cmH2O does not appear to be required. PMID:24363847

Lucius, Ralph; Ewald, Kristian

2013-01-01

104

EM-navigated catheter placement for gynecologic brachytherapy: an accuracy study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Gynecologic malignancies, including cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancers, cause significant mortality in women worldwide. The standard care for many primary and recurrent gynecologic cancers consists of chemoradiation followed by brachytherapy. In high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, intracavitary applicators and /or interstitial needles are placed directly inside the cancerous tissue so as to provide catheters to deliver high doses of radiation. Although technology for the navigation of catheters and needles is well developed for procedures such as prostate biopsy, brain biopsy, and cardiac ablation, it is notably lacking for gynecologic HDR brachytherapy. Using a benchtop study that closely mimics the clinical interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy procedure, we developed a method for evaluating the accuracy of image-guided catheter placement. Future bedside translation of this technology offers the potential benefit of maximizing tumor coverage during catheter placement while avoiding damage to the adjacent organs, for example bladder, rectum and bowel. In the study, two independent experiments were performed on a phantom model to evaluate the targeting accuracy of an electromagnetic (EM) tracking system. The procedure was carried out using a laptop computer (2.1GHz Intel Core i7 computer, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 64-bit), an EM Aurora tracking system with a 1.3mm diameter 6 DOF sensor, and 6F (2 mm) brachytherapy catheters inserted through a Syed-Neblett applicator. The 3D Slicer and PLUS open source software were used to develop the system. The mean of the targeting error was less than 2.9mm, which is comparable to the targeting errors in commercial clinical navigation systems.

Mehrtash, Alireza; Damato, Antonio; Pernelle, Guillaume; Barber, Lauren; Farhat, Nabgha; Viswanathan, Akila; Cormack, Robert; Kapur, Tina

2014-03-01

105

EM-Navigated Catheter Placement for Gynecologic Brachytherapy: An Accuracy Study  

PubMed Central

Gynecologic malignancies, including cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancers, cause significant mortality in women worldwide. The standard care for many primary and recurrent gynecologic cancers consists of chemoradiation followed by brachytherapy. In high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, intracavitary applicators and/or interstitial needles are placed directly inside the cancerous tissue so as to provide catheters to deliver high doses of radiation. Although technology for the navigation of catheters and needles is well developed for procedures such as prostate biopsy, brain biopsy, and cardiac ablation, it is notably lacking for gynecologic HDR brachytherapy. Using a benchtop study that closely mimics the clinical interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy procedure, we developed a method for evaluating the accuracy of image-guided catheter placement. Future bedside translation of this technology offers the potential benefit of maximizing tumor coverage during catheter placement while avoiding damage to the adjacent organs, for example bladder, rectum and bowel. In the study, two independent experiments were performed on a phantom model to evaluate the targeting accuracy of an electromagnetic (EM) tracking system. The procedure was carried out using a laptop computer (2.1GHz Intel Core i7 computer, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 64-bit), an EM Aurora tracking system with a 1.3mm diameter 6 DOF sensor, and 6F (2 mm) brachytherapy catheters inserted through a Syed-Neblett applicator. The 3D Slicer and PLUS open source software were used to develop the system. The mean of the targeting error was less than 2.9mm, which is comparable to the targeting errors in commercial clinical navigation systems. PMID:25076828

Mehrtash, Alireza; Damato, Antonio; Pernelle, Guillaume; Barber, Lauren; Farhat, Nabgha; Viswanathan, Akila; Cormack, Robert; Kapur, Tina

2014-01-01

106

[Brachytherapy for head and neck cancers].  

PubMed

The main indications of brachytherapy for head and neck cancers are limited tumours of the oral cavity, the oropharynx and the nasopharynx. This technique can be exclusive, associated with external radiotherapy or postoperative. This is also a treatment for second localizations in previously irradiated areas. If low-dose rate brachytherapy is the reference, the pulse dose rate brachytherapy by control of the dose rate and optimisation of the dose distribution is the technique to be preferred. High-dose rate brachytherapy is an option. The major prognosis factors of local control and complications are the use of a leaded protection of the mandible, the intersource spacing (1.2-1.4 cm), the volume treated (30 cm(3), i.e. three loops), the safety margin (5 mm), the dose rate (0.5 Gy/h), the total dose (65 Gy in case of exclusive brachytherapy, 25 Gy in case of a combination of external beam irradiation [50 Gy] and brachytherapy in the oropharyngeal carcinomas, 35 Gy in case of a combination of external beam irradiation [40 Gy] and brachytherapy in the oral cavity carcinomas, 60 Gy in case of a second localization in previous irradiated tissues), the delay between external irradiation and brachytherapy (<20 days), the dose per fraction and the treated volume for high-dose rate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy, when possible, is the optimal method of irradiation of head and neck carcinomas with limited volume. PMID:23498590

Lapeyre, M; Coche-Dequéant, B; Moreira, J-F; Le Bourhis, J; Peiffert, D

2013-04-01

107

Effects of Wing-Cuff on NACA 23015 Aerodynamic Performances  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The main subject of this work is the numerical study control of flow separation on a NACA 23015 airfoil by using wing cuff. This last is a leading edge modification done to the wing. The modification consists of a slight extension of the chord on the outboard section of the wings. Different numerical cases are considered for the baseline and modified airfoil NACA 23015 according at different angle of incidence. The turbulence is modeled by two equations k-epsilon model. The results of this numerical investigation showed several benefits of the wing cuff compared with a conventional airfoil and an agreement is observed between the experimental data and the present study. The most intriguing result of this research is the capability for wing cuff to perform short take-offs and landings.

Meftah, S. M. A.; Belhenniche, M.; Madani Fouatih, O.; Imine, B.

2014-03-01

108

The American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for high-dose-rate brachytherapy for carcinoma of the cervix  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: This report presents guidelines for using high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in the management of patients with cervical cancer, taking into consideration the current availability of resources in most institutions.Methods: Members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) with expertise in HDR brachytherapy for cervical cancer performed a literature review, supplemented their clinical experience to formulate guidelines for HDR brachytherapy of cervical

Subir Nag; Beth Erickson; Bruce Thomadsen; Colin Orton; Jeffrey D Demanes; Daniel Petereit

2000-01-01

109

The American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for low-dose-rate brachytherapy for carcinoma of the cervix  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: This report presents guidelines for using low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy in the management of patients with cervical cancer.Methods: Members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) with expertise in LDR brachytherapy for cervical cancer performed a literature review, supplemented by their clinical experience, to formulate guidelines for LDR brachytherapy of cervical cancer.Results: The ABS strongly recommends that radiation treatment for cervical

Subir Nag; Clifford Chao; Beth Erickson; Jeffery Fowler; Nilendu Gupta; Alvaro Martinez; Bruce Thomadsen

2002-01-01

110

MR imaging of delamination tears of the rotator cuff tendons  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective  The objective was to describe the imaging appearances and location of delamination tears of the rotator cuff tendons on non-contrast\\u000a conventional MR imaging.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Subjects and methods  This study was reviewed and approved by our Institutional Review Board. The reports of 548 consecutive MR examinations of\\u000a the shoulder were reviewed, looking for mention or description of delamination tears of the rotator cuff.

Daniel M. Walz; Theodore T. Miller; Steven Chen; Josh Hofman

2007-01-01

111

Arthroscopic knots and strength sutures for rotator cuff repair.  

PubMed

Most arthroscopic rotator cuff reconstruction techniques require a method of securing the tendon to the bone to obtain a stable construct. The available options include knotless technology and suture welding, but the most common method uses suture anchors and knots. Tissue quality, surgical technique, repair material, and tension overload influence the stability of tissue repair. Arthroscopic knots are technically demanding because they are tied through cannulas with long-handled knot pushers. The strength of the repair is also influenced by the suture material used. In this study, we review the state-of-the-art of arthroscopic knots and suture materials being used for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. PMID:21822109

Longo, Umile Giuseppe; Buchmann, Stefan; Berton, Alessandra; Maffulli, Nicola; Denaro, Vincenzo

2011-09-01

112

The american brachytherapy society recommendations for permanent prostate brachytherapy postimplant dosimetric analysis  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: The purpose of this report is to establish guidelines for postimplant dosimetric analysis of permanent prostate brachytherapy.Methods: Members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) with expertise in prostate dosimetry evaluation performed a literature review and supplemented with their clinical experience formulated guidelines for performing and analyzing postimplant dosimetry of permanent prostate brachytherapy.Results: The ABS recommends that postimplant dosimetry should

Subir Nag; William Bice; Keith DeWyngaert; Bradley Prestidge; Richard Stock; Yan Yu

2000-01-01

113

Metal markers for radiographic visualization of rotator cuff margins: A new technique for radiographic assessment of cuff repair integrity.  

PubMed

Surgically repaired rotator cuff repairs may re-tear in the post-operative follow-up phase, and periodic imaging is useful for early detection. The authors describe a simple surgical technique that provides a visible clue to the tendon edge on an anteroposterior radiograph of the shoulder. The technique involves arthroscopic or mini-open radio-opaque tagging of the tendon edge using a metal marker, and followed by a double-row rotator cuff repair using suture anchors. Serial post-operative radiographs may then be used to monitor the position of the marker. Progressive or marked displacement of the marker suggests a failure of cuff repair integrity and should be evaluated further. PMID:23858295

Bhatia, Deepak N; De Beer, Joe F

2013-01-01

114

Comparison of the effects of room air and N 2 O + O 2 used for ProSeal LMA cuff inflation on cuff pressure and oropharyngeal structure  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study aimed to evaluate the effects of different inflating gases used for ProSeal LMA (PLMA) cuff inflation on cuff pressure,\\u000a oropharyngeal structure, and the incidence of sore throat. Eighty patients (American Society of Anesthesiologists; ASA I–II)\\u000a were randomly divided into two groups. PLMA cuff inflation was achieved with appropriate volumes of 50% N2O + 50% O2 in group I

Murat Tek?n; Ismail Kati; Yakup Tomak; Koksal Yuca

2008-01-01

115

Evaluation and Management of Vaginitis  

PubMed Central

OBJECTIVE To evaluate recent advances in our understanding of the clinical relevance, diagnosis, and treatment of vaginal infections, and to determine an efficient and effective method of evaluating this clinical problem in the outpatient setting. DATA SOURCES Relevant papers on vaginitis limited to the English language obtained through a MEDLINE search for the years 1985 to 1997 were reviewed. DATA SYNTHESIS Techniques that enable the identification of the various strains of candida have helped lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of recurrent candida infection. From this information a rationale for the treatment of recurrent disease can be developed. Bacterial vaginosis has been associated with complications, including upper genital tract infection, preterm delivery, and wound infection. Women undergoing pelvic surgery, procedures in pregnancy, or pregnant women at risk of preterm delivery should be evaluated for bacterial vaginosis to decrease the rate of complications associated with this condition. New, more standardized criteria for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis may improve diagnostic consistency among clinicians and comparability of study results. Use of topical therapies in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis are effective and associated with fewer side effects than systemic medication. Trichomonas vaginalis, although decreasing in incidence, has been associated with upper genital tract infection. Therapy of T. vaginalis infection has been complicated by an increasing incidence of resistance to metronidazole. CONCLUSIONS Vaginitis is a common medical problem in women that is associated with significant morbidity and previously unrecognized complications. Research in recent years has improved diagnostic tools as well as treatment modalities for all forms of vaginitis. PMID:9613891

Carr, Phyllis L; Felsenstein, Donna; Friedman, Robert H

1998-01-01

116

Comparison of the effects of room air and N2O + O2 used for ProSeal LMA cuff inflation on cuff pressure and oropharyngeal structure.  

PubMed

This study aimed to evaluate the effects of different inflating gases used for ProSeal LMA (PLMA) cuff inflation on cuff pressure, oropharyngeal structure, and the incidence of sore throat. Eighty patients (American Society of Anesthesiologists; ASA I-II) were randomly divided into two groups. PLMA cuff inflation was achieved with appropriate volumes of 50% N2O + 50% O2 in group I and room air in group II, respectively. When the PLMA was removed, oropharyngeal examination was carried out immediately, using a rigid optical telescope. Patients were asked about sore throat symptoms postoperatively. Cuff pressures were significantly lower in group I, except at the initial pressure measurement. Cuff pressure was positively correlated with the length of the operation in group II, and negatively correlated in group I. PLMA cuff inflation with room air led to increased cuff pressure during the operation, possibly due to the diffusion of N2O into the cuff. We consider that a PLMA cuff inflated with an N2O-O2 mixture is convenient, especially in operations in which N2O has been used. PMID:19011792

Tekin, Murat; Kati, Ismail; Tomak, Yakup; Yuca, Koksal

2008-01-01

117

CT-Based Interstitial HDR Brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: Development, application and evaluation of a CT-guided implantation technique and a fully CT-based treatment planning procedure for brachytherapy. Methods and Materials: A brachytherapy procedure based on CT-guided implantation technique and CT-based treatment planning has been developed and clinical evaluated. For this purpose a software system (PROMETHEUS) for the 3D reconstruction of brachytherapy catheters and patient anatomy using only CT

Christos Kolotas; Dimos Baltas; Nikolaos Zamboglou

1999-01-01

118

The vaginal microbiome: rethinking health and diseases  

PubMed Central

Vaginal microbiota form a mutually beneficial relationship with their host and have major impact on health and disease. In recent years our understanding of vaginal bacterial community composition and structure has significantly broadened as a result of investigators using cultivation-independent methods based on the analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences. In asymptomatic, otherwise healthy women, several kinds of vaginal microbiota exist, the majority often dominated by species of Lactobacillus, while others comprise a diverse array of anaerobic microorganisms. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal conditions and is vaguely characterized as the disruption of the equilibrium of the ‘normal’ vaginal microbiots. A better understanding of ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’ vaginal ecosystems that is based on its ‘true’ function and not simply on its composition would help better define health and further improve disease diagnostics as well as the development of more personalized regimens to promote health and treat diseases. PMID:22746335

Ma, Bing; Forney, Larry J.; Ravel, Jacques

2013-01-01

119

Vaginal Douching Among Latinas: Practices and Meaning  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives Vaginal douching is widely practiced by American women, particularly among minority groups, and is associated with increased\\u000a risk of pelvic and vaginal infections. This research sought to investigate vaginal hygiene practices and meaning associated\\u000a with them among Latina women and adolescents. Study results would guide development of an intervention to decrease douching\\u000a among Latinas. Methods In depth qualitative interviews

M. Diane McKee; María Baquero; Matthew R. Anderson; Adelyn Alvarez; Alison Karasz

2009-01-01

120

Suitability of point kernel dose calculation techniques in brachytherapy treatment planning  

PubMed Central

Brachytherapy treatment planning system (TPS) is necessary to estimate the dose to target volume and organ at risk (OAR). TPS is always recommended to account for the effect of tissue, applicator and shielding material heterogeneities exist in applicators. However, most brachytherapy TPS software packages estimate the absorbed dose at a point, taking care of only the contributions of individual sources and the source distribution, neglecting the dose perturbations arising from the applicator design and construction. There are some degrees of uncertainties in dose rate estimations under realistic clinical conditions. In this regard, an attempt is made to explore the suitability of point kernels for brachytherapy dose rate calculations and develop new interactive brachytherapy package, named as BrachyTPS, to suit the clinical conditions. BrachyTPS is an interactive point kernel code package developed to perform independent dose rate calculations by taking into account the effect of these heterogeneities, using two regions build up factors, proposed by Kalos. The primary aim of this study is to validate the developed point kernel code package integrated with treatment planning computational systems against the Monte Carlo (MC) results. In the present work, three brachytherapy applicators commonly used in the treatment of uterine cervical carcinoma, namely (i) Board of Radiation Isotope and Technology (BRIT) low dose rate (LDR) applicator and (ii) Fletcher Green type LDR applicator (iii) Fletcher Williamson high dose rate (HDR) applicator, are studied to test the accuracy of the software. Dose rates computed using the developed code are compared with the relevant results of the MC simulations. Further, attempts are also made to study the dose rate distribution around the commercially available shielded vaginal applicator set (Nucletron). The percentage deviations of BrachyTPS computed dose rate values from the MC results are observed to be within plus/minus 5.5% for BRIT LDR applicator, found to vary from 2.6 to 5.1% for Fletcher green type LDR applicator and are up to ?4.7% for Fletcher-Williamson HDR applicator. The isodose distribution plots also show good agreements with the results of previous literatures. The isodose distributions around the shielded vaginal cylinder computed using BrachyTPS code show better agreement (less than two per cent deviation) with MC results in the unshielded region compared to shielded region, where the deviations are observed up to five per cent. The present study implies that the accurate and fast validation of complicated treatment planning calculations is possible with the point kernel code package. PMID:20589118

Lakshminarayanan, Thilagam; Subbaiah, K. V.; Thayalan, K.; Kannan, S. E.

2010-01-01

121

Anatomical Considerations of the Suprascapular Nerve in Rotator Cuff Repairs  

PubMed Central

Introduction. When using the double interval slide technique for arthroscopic repair of chronic large or massive rotator cuff tears, the posterior interval release is directed toward the scapular spine until the fat pad that protects the suprascapular nerve is reached. Injury to the suprascapular nerve can occur due to the nerve's proximity to the operative field. This study aimed to identify safe margins for avoiding injury to the suprascapular nerve. Materials and Methods. For 20 shoulders in ten cadavers, the distance was measured from the suprascapular notch to the glenoid rim, the articular margin of the rotator cuff footprint, and the lateral border of the acromion. Results. From the suprascapular notch, the suprascapular nerve coursed an average of 3.42?cm to the glenoid rim, 5.34?cm to the articular margin of the rotator cuff footprint, and 6.09?cm to the lateral border of the acromion. Conclusions. The results of this study define a safe zone, using anatomic landmarks, to help surgeons avoid iatrogenic injury to the suprascapular nerve when employing the double interval slide technique in arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff. PMID:24724030

Tom, James A.; Shah, Mitesh P.; Lee, Dan J.; Cerynik, Douglas L.; Amin, Nirav H.

2014-01-01

122

21 CFR 868.5800 - Tracheostomy tube and tube cuff.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...intended to establish a seal between the tracheal wall and the tracheostomy tube. The cuff is used to prevent the patient's aspiration of substances, such as blood or vomit, or to provide a means for positive-pressure ventilation of the patient....

2010-04-01

123

21 CFR 868.5800 - Tracheostomy tube and tube cuff.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...intended to establish a seal between the tracheal wall and the tracheostomy tube. The cuff is used to prevent the patient's aspiration of substances, such as blood or vomit, or to provide a means for positive-pressure ventilation of the patient....

2011-04-01

124

Six surgery-correlated sonographic signs for rotator cuff tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of the study is to correlate the sonographic signs of rotator cuff tears (RCTs) with surgical findings, with emphasis on partial-thickness tear. We prospectively performed ultrasonography (US) on 50 patients with suspected RCTs and comparison with operative findings. Six US signs, which included “nonvisualization”, “focal depression”, “focal thinning”, “focal hypoechoic cleft”, “floating bright spots” and “focal heterogeneous hypoechogenicity”

Chao-Hsuan Yen; Hong-Jen Chiou; Yi-Hong Chou; Chuang-Chuen Hsu; Jinn-Jer Wu; Hsiao-Li Ma; Cheng-Yen Chang

2004-01-01

125

Understanding and preventing complications in repairing rotator cuff tears.  

PubMed

Repair of rotator cuff tears is a common procedure. Prior to approaching this surgery, it should be realized that each surgical step can lead to complications, including those related to positioning and anaesthesia. Stiffness, infection and failure of repair are the more frequent complications reported. PMID:21986055

Osti, Leonardo; Papalia, Rocco; Del Buono, Angelo; Denaro, Vincenzo; Maffulli, Nicola

2012-01-01

126

Continuous low dose estradiol released from a vaginal ring versus estriol vaginal cream for urogenital atrophy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: To determine if the efficacy of continuous low dose estradiol released from a vaginal ring is equivalent to estriol vaginal cream regarding improvement of the patient's subjective feeling of vaginal dryness and to determine if there is a preference for either of the two study treatments. Methods: Open-label randomized parallel group trial with active control with a blind evaluation

Ronald Barentsen; Peter H. M. van de Weijer; Jan H. N. Schram

1997-01-01

127

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in elite rugby players  

PubMed Central

Background Rugby is an increasingly popular collision sport. A wide spectrum of injuries can be sustained during training and match play. Rotator cuff injury is uncommon in contact sports and there is little published literature on the treatment of rotator cuff tears in rugby players. Aims We therefore reviewed the results and functional outcomes of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in elite rugby players. Materials and Methods Eleven professional rugby players underwent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair at our hospital over a 2-year period. We collected data on these patients from the operative records. The patients were recalled for outcome scoring and ultrasound scans. Results There were seven rugby league players and four rugby union players, including six internationals. Their mean age was 25.7 years. All had had a traumatic episode during match play and could not return to the game after the injury. The mean time to surgery was 5 weeks. The mean width of the cuff tear was 1.8 cm. All were full- thickness cuff tears. Associated injuries included two Bankart lesions, one bony Bankart lesion, one posterior labral tear, and two 360° labral tears. The biceps was involved in three cases. Two were debrided and a tenodesis was performed in one. Repair was with suture anchors. Following surgery, all patients underwent a supervised accelerated rehabilitation programme. The final follow-up was at 18 months (range: 6–31 months) post surgery. The Constant scores improved from 44 preoperatively to 99 at the last follow-up. The mean score at 3 months was 95. The Oxford shoulder score improved from 34 to 12, with the mean third month score being 18. The mean time taken to return to full match play at the preinjury level was 4.8 months. There were no complications in any of the patients and postoperative scans in nine patients confirmed that the repairs had healed. Conclusion We conclude that full-thickness rotator cuff tears in the contact athlete can be addressed successfully by arthroscopic repair, with a rapid return to preinjury status. PMID:20616950

Tambe, Amol; Badge, Ravi; Funk, Lennard

2009-01-01

128

Dose-Response Evaluation of Braslet-M Occlusion Cuffs  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Introduction: Braslet-M is a set of special elasticized thigh cuffs used by the Russian space agency to reduce the effects of the head-ward fluid shift during early adaptation to microgravity by sequestering fluid in the lower extremities. Currently, no imaging modalities are used in the calibration of the device, and the pressure required to produce a predictable physiological response is unknown. This investigation intends to relate the pressure exerted by the cuffs to the extent of fluid redistribution and commensurate physiological effects. Materials and Methods: Ten healthy subjects with standardized fluid intake participated in the study. Data collection included femoral and internal jugular vein imaging in two orthogonal planes, pulsed Doppler of cervical and femoral vessels and middle cerebral artery, optic nerve imaging, and echocardiography. Braslet-M cuff pressure was monitored at the skin interface using pre-calibrated pressure sensors. Using 6 and 30 head-down tilt in two separate sessions, the effect of Braslet-M was assessed while incrementally tightening the cuffs. Cuffs were then simultaneously released to document the resulting hemodynamic change. Results: Preliminary analysis shows correlation between physical pressure exerted by the Braslet-M device and several parameters such as jugular and femoral vein cross-sections, resistivity of the lower extremity vascular bed, and others. A number of parameters reflect blood redistribution and will be used to determine the therapeutic range of the device and to prevent unsafe application. Conclusion: Braslet-M exerts a physical effect that can be measured and correlated with many changes in central and peripheral hemodynamics. Analysis of the full data set will be required to make definitive recommendations regarding the range of safe therapeutic application. Objective data and subjective responses suggest that a safer and equally effective use of Braslet can be achieved when compared with the current non-imaging calibration techniques.

Ebert, Douglas; Garcia, Kathleen; Sargsyan, Ashot E.; Ham, David; Hamilton, Douglas; Dulchavsky, Scott A.

2010-01-01

129

Transtendon rotator-cuff repair of partial-thickness articular surface tears can lead to medial rotator-cuff failure  

PubMed Central

Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical and anatomic outcomes of patients following transtendon rotator-cuff repair of partial articular supraspinatus tendon avulsion (PASTA) lesions. Patients and methods Patients in the senior author’s practice who had isolated PASTA lesions treated by transtendon rotator-cuff repair were included (n=8) and retrospectively reviewed. All patients were evaluated preoperatively and at a mean of 21.2 months (±9.7 months) postoperatively using standardized clinical evaluation (physical exam, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and Simple Shoulder Test). All patients underwent postoperative imaging with a magnetic resonance imaging arthrogram. Results There was a significant improvement in American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (42.7±17.5 to 86.9±25.2) and Simple Shoulder Test (4.6±3.2 to 10.1±3.8) scores from pre- to postoperative, respectively. Postoperative imaging demonstrated full-thickness medial cuff tearing in seven patients, and one patient with a persistent partial articular surface defect. Conclusion Transtendon repair of PASTA lesions may lead to improvements in clinical outcome. However, postoperative imaging demonstrated a high incidence of full-thickness rotator-cuff defects following repair. PMID:25114604

Woods, Tom C; Carroll, Michael J; Nelson, Atiba A; More, Kristie D; Berdusco, Randa; Sohmer, Stephen; Boorman, Richard S; Lo, Ian KY

2014-01-01

130

A unique nasopharynx brachytherapy technique  

SciTech Connect

To deliver a curative dose of radiation therapy to the nasopharynx using either external beam radiotherapy or conventional brachytherapy, it is often necessary to expose a large volume of normal tissue. Tolerance of normal tissue also limits the dose of radiation given for salvage therapy in failed nasopharyngeal carcinoma. A unique brachytherapy technique with associated treatment planning is presented as an alternative method of treatment. This technique combines a single linear cesium-137 source inserted in the nasopharynx via a modified cuffed endotracheal tube, in conjunction with a plaque of iridium-192 ribbons applied in the form of a modified upper denture appliance. This method allows additional treatment to the primary area while neither exposing more normal tissue than necessary nor exceeding tolerance doses to surrounding structures.

Wolf, C.D.; Giri, P.G.; Cytacki, E.P. (Univ. of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City (USA))

1990-01-01

131

Thinking about vaginal microbicide testing.  

PubMed Central

A vaginal microbicide could slow the spread of HIV. To date, volunteers in placebo-controlled trials of candidate microbicides have been counseled to use condoms. This does not reduce the number of volunteers exposed to possible risk, but it shifts the allotment of risk from those conducting the trial to those women who may be least able to make autonomous decisions. Alternative ways of meeting the obligation to offer volunteers active benefits are explored. Counseling the use of condoms prolongs clinical trials and could cause tens of thousands of otherwise avoidable deaths. PMID:10667178

Potts, M

2000-01-01

132

A customized finger brachytherapy carrier.  

PubMed

In recent years, radiation therapy has been used with increasing frequency in the management of neoplasms of the head and neck region. Brachytherapy is a method of radiation treatment in which sealed radioactive sources are used to deliver the dose a short distance by interstitial (direct insertion into tissue), intracavitary (placement within a cavity) or surface application (molds). Mold brachytherapy is radiation delivered via a custom-fabricated carriers, designed to provide a more constant and reproducible geometry for source positioning. Radiation carriers are customized to fit the patient in a comfortable, stable, and retentive manner to ensure maximal therapeutic radiations to the desired location and in addition sparing the normal surrounding tissues due to rapid fall-off radioactivity thus minimizing postreatment sequelae of irradiation. This clinical report describes a method of fabrication of a customized radiation carrier or mold for a patient suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of right ring finger, planned to undergo brachytherapy (surface mold therapy). This paper highlights the role and responsibility of the prosthodontist in fabricating the carrier and to maintain the predetermined position of the hollow tubes (catheters) within the mold to remain in the exact position as determined by the radiation oncologist for required results. PMID:25183922

Wadhwa, Supneet Singh; Duggal, Nidhi

2014-09-01

133

New delivery systems in contraception: vaginal rings  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vaginal rings, made of soft flexible silicone rubber, for delivery of contraceptive hormones are currently gaining clinical acceptance. This method provides extended release of hormones, which are implanted in the core of the ring and slowly disseminate into vaginal tissue. Although formulations and sizes vary, most rings are approximately 58 mm in diameter with a cross-section of 8.4 mm. Depending

Elof D. B. Johansson; Regine Sitruk-Ware

2004-01-01

134

Dynamic rotating-shield brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To present dynamic rotating shield brachytherapy (D-RSBT), a novel form of high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) with electronic brachytherapy source, where the radiation shield is capable of changing emission angles during the radiation delivery process.Methods: A D-RSBT system uses two layers of independently rotating tungsten alloy shields, each with a 180° azimuthal emission angle. The D-RSBT planning is separated into two stages: anchor plan optimization and optimal sequencing. In the anchor plan optimization, anchor plans are generated by maximizing the D{sub 90} for the high-risk clinical-tumor-volume (HR-CTV) assuming a fixed azimuthal emission angle of 11.25°. In the optimal sequencing, treatment plans that most closely approximate the anchor plans under the delivery-time constraint will be efficiently computed. Treatment plans for five cervical cancer patients were generated for D-RSBT, single-shield RSBT (S-RSBT), and {sup 192}Ir-based intracavitary brachytherapy with supplementary interstitial brachytherapy (IS + ICBT) assuming five treatment fractions. External beam radiotherapy doses of 45 Gy in 25 fractions of 1.8 Gy each were accounted for. The high-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV) doses were escalated such that the D{sub 2cc} of the rectum, sigmoid colon, or bladder reached its tolerance equivalent dose in 2 Gy fractions (EQD2 with ?/?= 3 Gy) of 75 Gy, 75 Gy, or 90 Gy, respectively.Results: For the patients considered, IS + ICBT had an average total dwell time of 5.7 minutes/fraction (min/fx) assuming a 10 Ci{sup 192}Ir source, and the average HR-CTV D{sub 90} was 78.9 Gy. In order to match the HR-CTV D{sub 90} of IS + ICBT, D-RSBT required an average of 10.1 min/fx more delivery time, and S-RSBT required 6.7 min/fx more. If an additional 20 min/fx of delivery time is allowed beyond that of the IS + ICBT case, D-RSBT and S-RSBT increased the HR-CTV D{sub 90} above IS + ICBT by an average of 16.3 Gy and 9.1 Gy, respectively.Conclusions: For cervical cancer patients, D-RSBT can boost HR-CTV D{sub 90} over IS + ICBT and S-RSBT without violating the tolerance doses to the bladder, rectum, or sigmoid. The D{sub 90} improvements from D-RSBT depend on the patient, the delivery time budget, and the applicator structure.

Liu, Yunlong [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 4016 Seamans Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States)] [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 4016 Seamans Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States); Flynn, Ryan T.; Kim, Yusung [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States); Yang, Wenjun [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1111 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States)] [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1111 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States); Wu, Xiaodong [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 4016 Seamans Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States)] [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 4016 Seamans Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States)

2013-12-15

135

[Correlation of the degeneration of the AC joint (acromioclavicular) and rupture of the rotator cuff].  

PubMed

During the past various factors were quoted to be causative of a degeneration of the rotator cuff. In this study 122 shoulder specimen, aged 58-95 years, were dissected. A high correlation between severe degeneration of the ac-joint and rupture of the rotator cuff was found. The correlation was even higher between distally pointing osteophytes and cuff ruptures. The results demand to clearly define the degeneration of the ac-joint and the rotator cuff in patients suffering from shoulder pain. A simultaneous occurrence has to be considered. If conservative treatment fails in patients with cuff tear and ac-joint degeneration, surgical revision is recommended. This should comprise: 1. suture of the cuff-rupture 2. excision of the coraco-acromial ligament 3. anterior acromioplasty according to Neer 4. excision of the outer end of the clavicle PMID:2149245

Jerosch, J; Müller, T; Sons, H U; Castro, W H

1990-01-01

136

Effect of rotator cuff dysfunction on the initial mechanical stability of cementless glenoid components  

Microsoft Academic Search

The functional outcome of shoulder replacement is related to the condition of the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff disease is a\\u000a common problem in candidates for total shoulder arthroplasty; this study relates the functional status of the rotator cuff\\u000a to the initial stability of a cementless glenoid implant. A 3D finite element model of a complete scapula was used to quantify

Daniel R. Suárez; Edward R. Valstar; Jacqueline C. van der Linden; Fred van Keulen; Piet M. Rozing

2009-01-01

137

Cross-sectional and longitudinal construct validity of two rotator cuff disease-specific outcome measures  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: Disease-specific Quality Of Life (QOL) measures are devised to assess the impact of a specific disease across a spectrum of important domains of life. The purpose of this study was to examine the cross-sectional and longitudinal construct validity (sensitivity to change) of two rotator cuff disease-specific measures, the Rotator Cuff-Quality Of Life (RC-QOL) and the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff

Helen Razmjou; Andrea Bean; Varda van Osnabrugge; Joy C MacDermid; Richard Holtby

2006-01-01

138

Early results of a novel technique for anterior vaginal wall prolapse repair: anterior vaginal wall darn  

PubMed Central

Background The aim of this study was to describe the results of a 1-year patient follow-up after anterior vaginal wall darn, a novel technique for the repair of anterior vaginal wall prolapse. Methods Fifty-five patients with anterior vaginal wall prolapse underwent anterior vaginal wall darn. The anterior vaginal wall was detached using sharp and blunt dissection via an incision beginning 1 cm proximal to the external meatus and extending to the vaginal apex. The space between the tissues that attach the lateral vaginal walls to the arcus tendineus fasciae pelvis was then darned. Cough Stress Test, Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification, seven-item Incontinence Impact Questionnaire, and six-item Urogenital Distress Inventory scores were performed 1-year postoperatively to evaluate recovery. Results One-year postoperatively, all patients were satisfied with the results of the procedure. No patient had vaginal mucosal erosion or any other complication. Conclusions One-year postoperative findings for patients in this series indicate that patients with stage II–III anterior vaginal wall prolapse were successfully treated with the anterior vaginal wall darn technique. PMID:24973955

2014-01-01

139

All-arthroscopic patch augmentation of a massive rotator cuff tear: surgical technique.  

PubMed

Surgical management of massive rotator cuff tears remains challenging, with failure rates ranging from 20% to 90%. Multiple different arthroscopic and open techniques have been described, but there is no current gold standard. Failure after rotator cuff repair is typically multifactorial; however, failure of tendon-footprint healing is often implicated. Patch augmentation has been described as a possible technique to augment the biology of rotator cuff repair in situations of compromised tendon quality and has shown promising short-term results. The purpose of this article is to describe our preferred surgical technique for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with patch augmentation. PMID:24400198

Chalmers, Peter N; Frank, Rachel M; Gupta, Anil K; Yanke, Adam B; Trenhaile, Scott W; Romeo, Anthony A; Bach, Bernard R; Verma, Nikhil N

2013-01-01

140

All-Arthroscopic Patch Augmentation of a Massive Rotator Cuff Tear: Surgical Technique  

PubMed Central

Surgical management of massive rotator cuff tears remains challenging, with failure rates ranging from 20% to 90%. Multiple different arthroscopic and open techniques have been described, but there is no current gold standard. Failure after rotator cuff repair is typically multifactorial; however, failure of tendon-footprint healing is often implicated. Patch augmentation has been described as a possible technique to augment the biology of rotator cuff repair in situations of compromised tendon quality and has shown promising short-term results. The purpose of this article is to describe our preferred surgical technique for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with patch augmentation. PMID:24400198

Chalmers, Peter N.; Frank, Rachel M.; Gupta, Anil K.; Yanke, Adam B.; Trenhaile, Scott W.; Romeo, Anthony A.; Bach, Bernard R.; Verma, Nikhil N.

2013-01-01

141

External Pelvic and Vaginal Irradiation Versus Vaginal Irradiation Alone as Postoperative Therapy in Medium-Risk Endometrial Carcinoma-A Prospective Randomized Study  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To evaluate the value of adjuvant external beam pelvic radiotherapy as adjunct to vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) in medium-risk endometrial carcinoma, with regard to locoregional tumor control, recurrences, survival, and toxicity. Methods and Materials: Consecutive series of 527 evaluable patients were included in this randomized trial. Median follow-up for patients alive was 62 months. The primary study endpoints were locoregional recurrences and overall survival. Secondary endpoints were recurrence-free survival, recurrence-free interval, cancer-specific survival, and toxicity. Results: Five-year locoregional relapse rates were 1.5% after external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) plus VBT and 5% after vaginal irradiation alone (p = 0.013), and 5-year overall survival rates were 89% and 90%, respectively (p = 0.548). Endometrial cancer-related death rates were 3.8% after EBRT plus VBT and 6.8% after VBT (p = 0.118). Pelvic recurrences (exclusively vaginal recurrence) were reduced by 93% by the addition of EBRT to VBT. Deep myometrial infiltration was a significant prognostic factor in this medium-risk group of endometrioid carcinomas but not International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics grade or DNA ploidy. Combined radiotherapy was well tolerated, with serious (Grade 3) late side effects of less than 2%. However, there was a significant difference in favor of VBT alone. Conclusions: Despite a significant locoregional control benefit with combined radiotherapy, no survival improvement was recorded, but increased late toxicity was noted in the intestine, bladder, and vagina. Combined RT should probably be reserved for high-risk cases with two or more high-risk factors. VBT alone should be the adjuvant treatment option for purely medium-risk cases.

Sorbe, Bengt, E-mail: bengt.sorbe@orebroll.se [Department of Gynecological Oncology, Oerebro University Hospital, Oerebro (Sweden); Horvath, Gyoergy; Andersson, Hakan [Department of Gynecological Oncology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg (Sweden); Boman, Karin [Department of Gynecological Oncology, Umea University Hospital, Umea (Sweden); Lundgren, Caroline [Department of Gynecological Oncology, Radiumhemmet, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden); Pettersson, Birgitta [Medical Products Agency, Uppsala (Sweden)

2012-03-01

142

A Review of Comparison of Complications of Vaginal Hysterectomy with and without Concomitant Surgery for SUI: A 5 Years' Experience at a Tertiary Care Hospital of Pakistan  

PubMed Central

Objective. The study was performed to review the complications of surgery for POP with or without surgery for SUI. This included the need for second procedure two years after the primary surgery. Study Design. We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional comparative study at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) was used to identify women who underwent vaginal hysterectomy with anterior/posterior repair alone and those with concomitant tension-free vaginal tape surgery for urodynamic stress incontinence. Results. The 28 cases of VH/repair combined with TVT were compared for complications with 430 cases of VH with repair alone. The basic characteristics like age, BMI, and degree of prolapse showed no statistical difference among two groups. The main comorbidities in both groups were hypertension, diabetes, and bronchial asthma. We observed no significant differences in intraoperative and postoperative complications except for cuff abscess, need for medical intervention, and readmission following discharge from hospital, which were higher in cases with vaginal hysterectomy with concomitant TVT. Conclusions. Vaginal hysterectomy is an efficient treatment for uterovaginal prolapse with a swift recovery, short length of hospital stay, and rare serious complications. The addition of surgery for USI does not appear to increase the morbidity. PMID:24454388

Mohsin Rizvi, Raheela; Akhtar, Munnazza; Zuberi, Nadeem Faiyaz

2013-01-01

143

Rotator cuff strength weakness in recurrent anterior shoulder instability physiopathology  

Microsoft Academic Search

BackgroundAlthough rotator cuff contractions play an important role in stabilizing the glenohumeral joint, little is known about the role of these muscles in physiopathological recurrent anterior instability.ObjectiveTo analyze the association between isokinetic internal rotator (IR) and external rotator (ER) muscle strength and glenohumeral joint instability in patients with nonoperated recurrent anterior instability.DesignCase-control study.SettingDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Laboratory setting.Participants48

P Edouard; L Beguin; F Farizon; P Calmels

2011-01-01

144

Neurohistology of the subacromial bursa in rotator cuff tear  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study was undertaken to identify and quantitate neural elements in the human subacromial bursa. Biopsy specimens of subacromial\\u000a bursae were obtained from patients with rotator cuff tears and from cadavers of patients with no history of shoulder disorder\\u000a (controls). We used a modified gold chloride method to characterize neural elements within the subacromial bursa. The population\\u000a of intrabursal neural

Yasuharu Tomita; Jiro Ozaki; Goro Sakurai; Tosinori Kondo; Kimio Nakagaki; Susumu Tamai

1997-01-01

145

Partial-thickness tears of the rotator cuff  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary. This review is based on 66 patients with partial-thickness tears of the rotator cuff, verified at operation. Their average\\u000a age was 54 years, and all had symptoms of subacromial impingement. The duration of shoulder pain was for between 2 and 108\\u000a months (mean 11.4 months). Ultrasonography, arthrography and bursography were helpful in establishing the diagnosis. On exploration,\\u000a tears were

H. Fukuda; K. Hamada; T. Nakajima; N. Yamada; A. Tomonaga; M. Goto

1996-01-01

146

Microscopic Evaluation of Vaginitis from a Menstrual Tampon  

Microsoft Academic Search

A simple method was studied using a menstrual tampon to collect a vaginal specimen for microscopic diagnosis of vaginal infection. The tampon specimen was compared to a specimen obtained during a vaginal speculum examination, obtained in 30 episodes of vaginal complaints from 29 college age females. Thirteen paired specimens were positive for Candida albicans. (Alternately, 1 each of the specimen

James L. Anderson; Patricia A. Sundland

1985-01-01

147

The American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for high-dose-rate brachytherapy for carcinoma of the endometrium  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: To develop recommendations for use of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in patients with endometrial cancer.Methods: A panel of members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) performed a literature review, supplemented their clinical experience, and formulated recommendations for endometrial HDR brachytherapy.Results: The ABS endorses the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for indications for radiation therapy for patients with endometrial cancer

Subir Nag; Beth Erickson; Suhrid Parikh; Nilendu Gupta; Mahesh Varia; Glenn Glasgow

2000-01-01

148

American brachytherapy society (ABS) recommendations for transperineal permanent brachytherapy of prostate cancer  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose\\/Objective: To develop and disseminate the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) recommendations for the clinical quality assurance and guidelines of permanent transperineal prostate brachytherapy with 125I or 103Pd.Methods and Materials: The ABS formed a committee of experts in prostate brachytherapy to develop consensus guidelines through a critical analysis of published data supplemented by their clinical experience. The recommendations of the panels

Subir Nag; David Beyer; Jay Friedland; Peter Grimm; Ravinder Nath

1999-01-01

149

Development of biotube vascular grafts incorporating cuffs for easy implantation.  

PubMed

We are developing functional autologous tubular tissues, called biotubes, as ideal small-caliber vascular grafts that have growth potential without immunological rejection. In this study, to improve surgical handling, a novel biotube reinforced at the anastomosis regions was designed. Silicone rods, 2 mm in diameter and used as a mold, were covered with two pieces of short polyurethane sponge tubing as anastomotic reinforcement cuffs at both ends. After the assembly was placed into dorsal subcutaneous pouches in rabbits for 1 month, seamless biotubes incorporating the cuffs were obtained. The interstices and surfaces of the cuffs were impregnated and covered with connective tissues similar to those of the biotubes, mainly consisting of collagen and fibroblasts. Since the tubular shape of both ends was rigidly maintained, end-to-end anastomosis by conventional microsurgery techniques between biotubes and native carotid arteries was very easy. In preliminary autoimplantation studies, angiographic observation of up to 2 months duration showed no formation of aneurysms or rupturing. PMID:17380291

Watanabe, Taiji; Kanda, Keiichi; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Yaku, Hitoshi; Nakayama, Yasuhide

2007-01-01

150

The detection of full thickness rotator cuff tears using ultrasound.  

PubMed

We have examined the accuracy of 143 consecutive ultrasound scans of patients who subsequently underwent shoulder arthroscopy for rotator-cuff disease. All the scans and subsequent surgery were performed by an orthopaedic surgeon using a portable ultrasound scanner in a one-stop clinic. There were 78 full thickness tears which we confirmed by surgery or MRI. Three moderate-size tears were assessed as partial-thickness at ultrasound scan (false negative) giving a sensitivity of 96.2%. One partially torn and two intact cuffs were over-diagnosed as small full-thickness tears by ultrasound scan (false positive) giving a specificity of 95.4%. This gave a positive predictive value of 96.2% and a negative predictive value of 95.4%. Estimation of tear size was more accurate for large and massive tears at 96.5% than for moderate (88.8%) and small tears (91.6%). These results are equivalent to those obtained by several studies undertaken by experienced radiologists. We conclude that ultrasound imaging of the shoulder performed by a sufficiently-trained orthopaedic surgeon is a reliable time-saving practice to identify rotator-cuff integrity. PMID:18591598

Al-Shawi, A; Badge, R; Bunker, T

2008-07-01

151

Arthroscopic Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears Using Extracellular Matrix Graft  

PubMed Central

Despite advances in surgical technology, as well as generally good outcomes, repairs of full-thickness rotator cuff tears show a retear rate of 25% to 57% and may fail to provide full return of function. The repairs tend to fail at the suture-tendon junction, which is due to several factors, including tension at the repair site, quality of the tendon, and defective tissue repair. One strategy to augment repair of large to massive rotator cuff tears is the development of biological scaffold materials, composed of extracellular matrix (ECM). The goal is to strengthen and evenly distribute the mechanical load across the repair site, thus minimizing the rupture risk of the native tendon while providing the biological elements needed for healing. The promising results of ECM-derived materials and their commercial availability have increased their popularity among shoulder surgeons. In contrast to a traditional open or arthroscopically assisted mini-open approach, this completely arthroscopic technique offers the full advantages warranted by the use of a minimally invasive approach. This technical guide describes arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using an ECM graft technique.

Gilot, Gregory J.; Attia, Ahmed K.; Alvarez, Andres M.

2014-01-01

152

Postanesthesia patients with large upper arm circumference: is use of an "extra-long" adult cuff or forearm cuff placement accurate?  

PubMed

The purpose of this study was to determine if blood pressure (BP) measured in the forearm or with an extra-long BP cuff in the upper arm accurately reflects BP measured in the upper arm with an appropriately sized BP cuff in patients with large upper arm circumference. A method-comparison design was used with a convenience sample of 49 PACU patients. Noninvasive blood pressures were obtained in two different locations (forearm; upper arm) and in the upper arm with an extra-long adult and recommended large adult cuff sizes. Data were analyzed by calculating bias and precision for the BP cuff size and location and Student's t-tests, with P < .0125 considered significant. Significantly higher forearm systolic (P < .0001) and diastolic (P < .0002) BP measurements were found compared to BP obtained in the upper arm with the reference standard BP cuff. Significantly higher systolic (t(48df) = 5.38, P < .0001), but not diastolic (t(48df) = 4.11, P < .019), BP differences were found for BP measured with the extra-long cuff at the upper arm site compared to the upper arm, reference standard BP. Findings suggest that the clinical practice of using the forearm or an extra-long cuff in the upper arm for BP measurement in post anesthesia patients with large upper arm circumferences may result in inaccurate BP values. PMID:21641528

Watson, Sheri; Aguas, Marita; Bienapfl, Tracy; Colegrove, Pat; Foisy, Nancy; Jondahl, Bonnie; Yosses, Mary Beth; Yu, Larissa; Anastas, Zoe

2011-06-01

153

Nursing considerations in patients with vaginitis.  

PubMed

Vaginitis is defined as an inflammation of the vagina. It can result in symptoms of any or all of the following: discharge, itching and pain, and often irritation or infection of the vulva. There is no specific cause for vaginitis, and many other conditions can cause the symptoms. Vaginitis is a distressing condition that affects many women of reproductive age and beyond, and encompasses candidiasis (also known as thrush), bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. It can occur in a single episode, or recur throughout a woman's lifetime. Some women will seek medical help, but many more self-treat with over-the-counter medications, suspecting the recurrence of Candida in particular. This article aims to explore the causes, signs and symptoms, and treatments of vaginitis to provide nurses with the necessary background information to feel more confident in dealing with women's health issues. PMID:20852467

Holloway, Debra

154

Vaginal douching practices and beliefs in Turkey.  

PubMed

The aim of this study was to identify women's motivations for vaginal douching, vaginal douching practices, and women's reactions to situations that discourage vaginal douching. Research took place in the outskirts of Antalya, a city located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. A total of 776 women participated in the study. Age, religious affiliation, place of residence, and poverty were found to influence women's attitudes to douching. Motivating factors included mothers' attitudes as well as women's own individual motivations. Women who douched believed that it was a normal and routine behaviour. Women who were members of the Shafii sect were much less likely to practice vaginal douching. Healthcare providers should be aware of women's beliefs and concerns about feminine hygiene and tailor their strategies accordingly. PMID:16846944

Kukulu, Kamile

2006-01-01

155

QUANTIFICATION OF THE DYNAMIC GLENOHUMERAL STABILITY PROVIDED BY THE ROTATOR CUFF MUSCLES IN THE LATE COCKING PHASE OF THROWING  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to investigate quantitatively the dynamic glenohumeral stability provided by the rotator cuff muscles in the late-cocking phase of throwing. Using ten cadaveric shoulders, a new biomechanical parameter (dynamic stability index) was calculated considering compressive and shear forces to the glenoid provided by each cuff muscle. The rotator cuff muscles provided the joint with significant

Seok-Beom Lee; Shawn W. O'Driscoll; Bernard F. Morrey; Kai-Nan An

156

Cardiac and vascular adaptation to 0g with and without thigh cuffs (Antares 14 and Altair 21 day Mir spaceflights)  

Microsoft Academic Search

Cardiovascular Actaptation was evaluated on 2 astronauts: one wearing thigh cuffs from flight day 1 to 8 (14d flight), the second without cuffs (21d flight). Ultrasound investigations were performed at rest and during LBNP. Results: Without thigh cuffs the cardiovascular Actaptation consists in (1) the development of a hypovolemia with an increase of the heart rate and the cardiac output,

Ph. Arbeille; G. Fomina; F. Achaibou; J. Pottier; A. Kotovskaya

1995-01-01

157

HDR brachytherapy for anal cancer  

PubMed Central

The challenge of treating anal cancer is to preserve the anal sphincter function while giving high doses to the tumor and sparing the organ at risk. For that reason there has been a shift from radical surgical treatment with colostomy to conservative treatment. Radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy has an important role in the treatment of anal cancer patients. New techniques as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) have shown reduced acute toxicity and high rates of local control in combination with chemotherapy compared to conventional 3-D radiotherapy. Not only external beam radio-chemotherapy treatment (EBRT) is an established method for primary treatment of anal cancer, brachytherapy (BT) is also an approved method. BT is well known for boost irradiation in combination with EBRT (+/– chemotherapy). Because of technical developments like modern image based 3D treatment planning and the possibility of intensity modulation in brachytherapy (IMBT), BT today has even more therapeutic potential than it had in the era of linear sources. The combination of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and BT allows the clinician to deliver higher doses to the tumor and to reduce dose to the normal issue. Improvements in local control and reductions in toxicity therefore become possible. Various BT techniques and their results are discussed in this work. PMID:24982770

Kovács, Gyoergy

2014-01-01

158

HDR brachytherapy for anal cancer.  

PubMed

The challenge of treating anal cancer is to preserve the anal sphincter function while giving high doses to the tumor and sparing the organ at risk. For that reason there has been a shift from radical surgical treatment with colostomy to conservative treatment. Radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy has an important role in the treatment of anal cancer patients. New techniques as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) have shown reduced acute toxicity and high rates of local control in combination with chemotherapy compared to conventional 3-D radiotherapy. Not only external beam radio-chemotherapy treatment (EBRT) is an established method for primary treatment of anal cancer, brachytherapy (BT) is also an approved method. BT is well known for boost irradiation in combination with EBRT (+/- chemotherapy). Because of technical developments like modern image based 3D treatment planning and the possibility of intensity modulation in brachytherapy (IMBT), BT today has even more therapeutic potential than it had in the era of linear sources. The combination of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and BT allows the clinician to deliver higher doses to the tumor and to reduce dose to the normal issue. Improvements in local control and reductions in toxicity therefore become possible. Various BT techniques and their results are discussed in this work. PMID:24982770

Niehoff, Peter; Kovács, Gyoergy

2014-06-01

159

Preactivated thiomers for vaginal drug delivery vehicles.  

PubMed

It was the purpose of this study to design and evaluate a chitosan derivative as mucoadhesive excipient for vaginal drug delivery systems. The chemical modification of chitosan was achieved by conjugation of thioglycolic acid (TGA) resulting in 1594 ?mol thiol groups per gram of polymer followed by the linkage of mercaptonicotinic acid (MNA) to the immobilized thiol groups via disulfide bonding leading to 702 ?mol ligand per gram of preactivated polymer. The mucoadhesive properties of these polymers within newly designed vaginal formulations (Chitosan-TGA and Chitosan-TGA-MNA) and commercially available vaginal formulations (Candibene®, Daktarin®, Dalacin®, GynoPevaryl®) were tested over a time period of 24 h via a mucoadhesion test system simulating vaginal conditions, tensile studies and mucus polymer interaction studies via viscosity measurements. Within the vaginal test system simulating vaginal in situ conditions, a 1.5-fold increase in mucoadhesion could be observed for preactivated thiomer formulations after 24 h in comparison to commercially available formulations. Similar results were achieved for tensile studies, as the chitosan-TGA-MNA containing formulation resulted in a 4.9-fold increase in total work of adhesion (TWA) in comparison to Candibene which showed the highest TWA value of all tested commercial formulations. Also in terms of rheology investigations of mucus/formulation mixtures, a 5.8-fold increase in dynamic viscosity for chitosan-TGA-MNA containing mixtures could be observed in comparison to the mucus-free control. In contrast, commercially available formulations achieved a maximum enhancement of 1.9-fold. These outcomes confirm that the newly developed polymer is a promising tool for vaginal drug delivery likely providing a prolonged vaginal residence time due to its comparatively high mucoadhesive properties. PMID:23886732

Friedl, Heike E; Dünnhaupt, Sarah; Waldner, Claudia; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

2013-10-01

160

Refining Treatment for High-risk Early Stage Endometrial Cancer  

Cancer.gov

In this clinical trial, women with high-risk early stage endometrial cancer will be randomly assigned following surgery to receive one of two types of adjuvant therapy: brachytherapy targeted to the vaginal cuff in combination with chemotherapy or standard pelvic external-beam radiotherapy.

161

Brachytherapy in India - a long road ahead  

PubMed Central

Brachytherapy can play a very important role in the definitive cure by radiation therapy in India. However, except for in a handful of centres, the majority of hospitals use it only for intracavitary treatment. The most probable reasons for such are the lack of logistical resources in terms of trained personal and supporting staff, rather than lack of radiotherapy machines and equipment. In this article, the authors look into the various aspects of brachytherapy in India: from its beginning to present days. The authors point out the resources available, shortcomings, and some possible solutions to make use of brachytherapy more popular and effective. Apart from presenting a picture of the present scenario, the article pays attention to the positive signs of brachytherapy becoming more popular in the near future. PMID:25337139

Mahantshetty, Umesh; Shrivastava, Shyamkishore

2014-01-01

162

Brachytherapy in India - a long road ahead.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy can play a very important role in the definitive cure by radiation therapy in India. However, except for in a handful of centres, the majority of hospitals use it only for intracavitary treatment. The most probable reasons for such are the lack of logistical resources in terms of trained personal and supporting staff, rather than lack of radiotherapy machines and equipment. In this article, the authors look into the various aspects of brachytherapy in India: from its beginning to present days. The authors point out the resources available, shortcomings, and some possible solutions to make use of brachytherapy more popular and effective. Apart from presenting a picture of the present scenario, the article pays attention to the positive signs of brachytherapy becoming more popular in the near future. PMID:25337139

Banerjee, Susovan; Mahantshetty, Umesh; Shrivastava, Shyamkishore

2014-10-01

163

Cuff-less and Noninvasive Measurements of Arterial Blood Pressure by Pulse Transit Time  

Microsoft Academic Search

The current blood pressure (BP) measurement devices are mostly built on the principle of auscultation, oscillometry or tonometry, all of which use an inflatable cuff to occlude or unload the artery. The need of a cuff in these devices limits the further reduction in size and power consumption, and restricts the frequency and ease of their usage. Therefore, this study

C. C. Y. Poon; Y. T. Zhang

2005-01-01

164

Interobserver Agreement in the Classification of Rotator Cuff Tears Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a standard method of assessing the extent and features of rotator cuff disease, the authors are not aware of any studies that have assessed the interobserver agreement among orthopaedic surgeons reviewing MRI scans for rotator cuff disease.Hypothesis: Fellowship-trained orthopaedic shoulder surgeons will have good interobserver agreement in predicting the more salient features of

Edwin E. Spencer; Warren R. Dunn; Rick W. Wright; Brian R. Wolf; Kurt P. Spindler; Eric McCarty; C. Benjamin Ma; Grant Jones; Marc Safran; G. Brian Holloway; John E. Kuhn

2008-01-01

165

Influence of cuff volume on oropharyngeal leak pressure and fibreoptic position with the laryngeal mask airway  

Microsoft Academic Search

We studied the size 4 laryngeal mask airway (LMA) to test the hypothesis that oropharyngeal leak pressure and fibreoptic position improves with increasing cuff volume. After LMA insertion, 50 anaesthetized adult patients had the cuff inflated in 5-ml increments to 40 ml. Oropharyngeal leak pressure was optimal at 15 ml and decreased at higher volumes. The fibreoptic position was optimal

C. KELLER; F. PÜHRINGER; J. R. BRIMACOMBE

166

Stimulation Stability and Selectivity of Chronically Implanted Multicontact Nerve Cuff Electrodes in the Human Upper Extremity  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nine spiral nerve cuff electrodes were implanted in two human subjects for up to three years with no adverse functional effects. The objective of this study was to look at the long term nerve and muscle response to stimulation through nerve cuff electrodes. The nerve conduction velocity remained within the clinically accepted range for the entire testing period. The stimulation

Katharine H. Polasek; Harry A. Hoyen; Michael W. Keith; Robert F. Kirsch; Dustin J. Tyler

2009-01-01

167

Association of Sonographically Detected Subacromial\\/Subdeltoid Bursal Effusion and Intraarticular Fluid with Rotator Cuff Tear  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVE. Although an association between sonographically detected joint fluid and rotator cuff disease has been reported, the significance of sonographically detected subacromial\\/subdeitold bursal effusion has not been studied. We examined a group of patients who had shoulder sonography and surgery to determine the associa- tion between bursal and joint effusion and surgically proved tears of the rotator cuff. MATERIALS AND

Mary S. Hollister; Laurence A. Mack; Randall M. Patten; Thomas C. Winter; Fredrick A. Matsen; Ryan A. Veith

168

Rotator cuff repair should be done open: seein’ is believin’!—in opposition  

Microsoft Academic Search

As arthroscopic techniques continue to evolve and become widespread, the repair of rotator cuff tears without an open incision will likely become both commonplace and the new “gold” standard. Similar to the evolution that occurred two decades ago with arthroscopic knee surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery will allow surgeons and patients to reduce the morbidity of this procedure while still

Sumant G Krishnan; Wayne Z Burkhead

2004-01-01

169

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Brachytherapy Perspective  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a Brachytherapy was conceptualized in the early 1900s when Pierre Curie suggested that a small radium tube could be inserted\\u000a directly into cancer. Experiments carried out at that time showed tumor shrinkage in response to the directed radiation. The\\u000a first therapeutic brachytherapy treatments used surface molds to deliver low dose rate (LDR) radiation to skin cancers, and\\u000a by 1903 the first

Caroline L. Holloway; Desmond O’Farrell; Phillip M. Devlin

170

Current status of brachytherapy for prostate cancer.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy was developed to treat prostate cancer 50 years ago. Current advanced techniques using transrectal ultrasonography were established 25 years ago. Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) has enabled the prostate to be viewed with improved resolution with the use of modern ultrasound machines. Moreover, the development of software that can provide images captured in real time has improved treatment outcomes. Other new radiologic imaging technologies or a combination of magnetic resonance and TRUS could be applied to brachytherapy in the future. The therapeutic value of brachytherapy for early-stage prostate cancer is comparable to that of radical prostatectomy in long-term follow-up. Nevertheless, widespread application of brachytherapy cannot be achieved for several reasons. The treatment outcome of brachytherapy varies according to the skill of the operator and differences in patient selection. Currently, only three radioactive isotopes are available for use in low dose rate prostate brachytherapy: I-125, Pd-103, and Cs-131; therefore, more isotopes should be developed. High dose rate brachytherapy using Ir-192 combined with external beam radiation, which is needed to verify the long-term effects, has been widely applied in high-risk patient groups. Recently, tumor-selective therapy or focal therapy using brachytherapy, which is not possible by surgical extraction, has been developed to maintain the quality of life in selected cases. However, this new application for prostate cancer treatment should be performed cautiously because we do not know the oncological outcome, and it would be an interim treatment method. This technique might evolve into a hybrid of whole-gland treatment and focal therapy. PMID:23185664

Park, Dong Soo

2012-11-01

171

Intraoperative planning and evaluation of permanent prostate brachytherapy: Report of the American Brachytherapy Society1  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: The preplanned technique used for permanent prostate brachytherapy has limitations that may be overcome by intraoperative planning. The goal of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) project was to assess the current intraoperative planning process and explore the potential for improvement in intraoperative treatment planning (ITP). Methods and Materials: Members of the ABS with expertise in ITP performed a literature

SUBIR NAG; JAY P. CIEZKI; ROBERT CORMACK; STEPHEN DOGGETT; KEITH DEWYNGAERT; GREGORY K. EDMUNDSON; RICHARD G. STOCK; NELSON N. STONE; YAN YU; MICHAEL J. ZELEFSKY

2001-01-01

172

Metronidazole in the treatment of cervical cancer using Cf-252 neutron brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Metronidazole was tested for its possible use in the Cf-252 brachytherapy of cervical cancer as a radiosensitizer and to deal with anaerobic pelvic infection. 15 patients were treated by only 14 were evaluable. All stages from stage IB-IVB were treated and complete local tumor regression was noted in all cases although it could take place very slowly. 5/14 (36%) are 1.5-3 year survivors but only among the patients with stage I-II disease. No unusual radio-enhancing action was observed but metronidazole appeared to be useful to treat the vaginal, cervix and uterine infections often associated with high stage disease and bulky, ulcerative or necrotic tumors.

Maruyama, Y.

1986-01-01

173

10 CFR 35.2406 - Records of brachytherapy source accountability.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

10 Energy 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01...false Records of brachytherapy source accountability. 35.2406 Section 35.2406 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION...2406 Records of brachytherapy source accountability. (a)...

2010-01-01

174

Histological reaction of sintered nanohydroxyapatite-coated cuff and its fibroblast-like cell hybrid for an indwelling catheter.  

PubMed

Rapid tissue-ingrowth of a sintered hydroxyapatite(HAp)-coated and cell-hybrid subcutaneous cuff equipped with an indwelling catheter was developed. The rod-like HAp nanoparticles were coated by covalent bonding on the surface of the silk fibroin (SF) fibers for about 100 microm of the length. The fibers were transplanted three-dimensionally on a cuff substrate made of silicone elastomer with an adhesive. The fibroblast-like cells, explanted and proliferated from skin tissue containing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue of Japanese white rabbits, were incubated on the three-dimensional cuff for three days. Three types of cuff--polyester, HAp-coated, and cell-hybrid cuffs--were percutaneously implanted into the backs of the same animals for 3 and 7 days. The subcutaneous tissues around the cuffs were stained with hematoxylin-eosin. Immunohistochemical staining to identify macrophages and alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) was also done and examined by light microscopy. The alpha-SMA-positive area was very limited in the polyester cuff group even after 7 days, although many macrophages infiltrated into the fibers. In the cell-hybrid cuff group, on the other hand, an alpha-SMA-positive area was formed extensively after 3 and 7 days, causing severe inflammation. In the HAp-coated cuff group, an alpha-SMA-positive area was formed among the fibers with little inflammation. The extent order of the alpha-SMA-positive area was cell-hybrid cuff > HAp-coated cuff > polyester cuff, while the degree of inflammatory cells order was cell-hybrid cuff > polyester cuff > HAp-coated cuff. PMID:18767065

Furuzono, Tsutomu; Ueki, Mitsuki; Kitamura, Harumi; Oka, Kazumasa; Imai, Enyu

2009-04-01

175

The Brandt tube system attenuates the cuff deflationary phenomenon after anesthesia with nitrous oxide.  

PubMed

The Brandt tube system can limit excessive cuff pressure during nitrous oxide (N(2)O) anesthesia, but there is a lack of data assessing whether the Brandt tube system avoids cuff deflation after cessation of N(2)O administration. In this study, we recorded air-filled cuff pressures of the Mallinckrodt Brandt or Hi-Contour (control) tracheal tubes (Mallinckrodt, Athlone, Ireland) during 67% N(2)O anesthesia and the cuffs were aspirated if the cuff pressure exceeded 22 mm Hg; 180 min later, O(2) was substituted for N(2)O. The cuff pressure of both groups significantly decreased after N(2)O anesthesia but the time required for the cuff pressure to return to the initial pressure was longer in the Brandt group than in the control group (76.5 +/- 35.2 min and 36.5 +/- 18.1 min, respectively; P = 0.03). The incidence of air leaks was more frequent in the control group than in the Brandt group (P = 0.015); changes in intracuff N(2)O were small in the Brandt group (6.6 +/- 1.2% to 3.4 +/- 0.9%) compared with those in the control group (46.2 +/- 3.8% to 18.6 +/- 5.6%). Therefore, the Brandt tube system attenuates the cuff deflationary phenomenon after N(2)O anesthesia, whereas repeated cuff deflation during N(2)O anesthesia causes cuff deflation after cessation of N(2)O, resulting in a possible risk of air leaks. PMID:12538220

Karasawa, Fujio; Takita, Akira; Mori, Tomohisa; Takamatsu, Isao; Kawatani, Yasushi; Oshima, Takashi

2003-02-01

176

Patterns of Expression of Vaginal T-Cell Activation Markers during Estrogen-Maintained Vaginal Candidiasis  

PubMed Central

The immunosuppressive activity of estrogen was further investigated by assessing the pattern of expression of CD25, CD28, CD69, and CD152 on vaginal T cells during estrogen-maintained vaginal candidiasis. A precipitous and significant decrease in vaginal fungal burden toward the end of week 3 postinfection was concurrent with a significant increase in vaginal lymphocyte numbers. During this period, the percentage of CD3+, CD3+CD4+, CD152+, and CD28+ vaginal T cells gradually and significantly increased. The percentage of CD3+ and CD3+CD4+ cells increased from 43% and 15% at day 0 to 77% and 40% at day 28 postinfection. Compared with 29% CD152+ vaginal T cells in naive mice, > 70% of vaginal T cells were CD152+ at day 28 postinfection. In conclusion, estrogen-maintained vaginal candidiasis results in postinfection time-dependent changes in the pattern of expression of CD152, CD28, and other T-cell markers, suggesting that T cells are subject to mixed suppression and activation signals. PMID:20525139

2008-01-01

177

Single versus double-row repair of the rotator cuff  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose  Several techniques for arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff defects have been introduced over the past years. Besides established\\u000a techniques such as single-row repairs, new techniques such as double-row reconstructions have gained increasing interest.\\u000a The present article therefore provides an overview of the currently available literature on both repair techniques with respect\\u000a to several anatomical, biomechanical, clinical and structural endpoints.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Systematic

Stephan Pauly; Christian Gerhardt; Jianhai Chen; Markus Scheibel

2010-01-01

178

Dosimetric Characteristics for Brachytherapy Sources  

SciTech Connect

Brachytherapy sources are characterized by the dosimetric parameters in a protocol such as the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 43. The air-kerma strength is measured and traceable to a primary standard. Then the parameters such as dose-rate constant, radial dose function, and anisotropy function are measured and related back to the primary standard. This is normally accomplished with thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs). Since radial dose function and anisotropy function are relative parameters, some of the dosimetric corrections are negligible. For the dose-rate constant, parameters such as the energy dependence compared with a calibration beam such as {sup 60}Co need to be accounted for. A description of the primary standard measurements and TLD measurements will be discussed.

DeWerd, Larry A.; Davis, Stephen D. [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States)

2011-05-05

179

In vivo dosimetry in brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

In vivo dosimetry (IVD) has been used in brachytherapy (BT) for decades with a number of different detectors and measurement technologies. However, IVD in BT has been subject to certain difficulties and complexities, in particular due to challenges of the high-gradient BT dose distribution and the large range of dose and dose rate. Due to these challenges, the sensitivity and specificity toward error detection has been limited, and IVD has mainly been restricted to detection of gross errors. Given these factors, routine use of IVD is currently limited in many departments. Although the impact of potential errors may be detrimental since treatments are typically administered in large fractions and with high-gradient-dose-distributions, BT is usually delivered without independent verification of the treatment delivery. This Vision 20/20 paper encourages improvements within BT safety by developments of IVD into an effective method of independent treatment verification.

Tanderup, Kari [Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus 8000 (Denmark); Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus 8000 (Denmark); Beddar, Sam [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030 (United States); Andersen, Claus E.; Kertzscher, Gustavo [Center of Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde 4000 (Denmark); Cygler, Joanna E. [Department of Physics, Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6 (Canada)

2013-07-15

180

In vivo dosimetry in brachytherapy.  

PubMed

In vivo dosimetry (IVD) has been used in brachytherapy (BT) for decades with a number of different detectors and measurement technologies. However, IVD in BT has been subject to certain difficulties and complexities, in particular due to challenges of the high-gradient BT dose distribution and the large range of dose and dose rate. Due to these challenges, the sensitivity and specificity toward error detection has been limited, and IVD has mainly been restricted to detection of gross errors. Given these factors, routine use of IVD is currently limited in many departments. Although the impact of potential errors may be detrimental since treatments are typically administered in large fractions and with high-gradient-dose-distributions, BT is usually delivered without independent verification of the treatment delivery. This Vision 20/20 paper encourages improvements within BT safety by developments of IVD into an effective method of independent treatment verification. PMID:23822403

Tanderup, Kari; Beddar, Sam; Andersen, Claus E; Kertzscher, Gustavo; Cygler, Joanna E

2013-07-01

181

The American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for high-dose-rate brachytherapy for head-and-neck carcinoma  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: To develop recommendations for use of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in patients with head-and-neck cancer.Methods: A panel consisting of members of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) performed a literature review, added information based upon their clinical experience, and formulated recommendations for head-and-neck HDR brachytherapy.Results: The ABS recommends the use of brachytherapy as a component of the treatment of head-and-neck tumors.

Subir Nag; Elmer R Cano; D. Jeffrey Demanes; Ajmel A Puthawala; Bhadrasain Vikram

2001-01-01

182

The use of tetrahedral mesh geometries in Monte Carlo simulation of applicator based brachytherapy dose distributions.  

PubMed

Accounting for brachytherapy applicator attenuation is part of the recommendations from the recent report of AAPM Task Group 186. To do so, model based dose calculation algorithms require accurate modelling of the applicator geometry. This can be non-trivial in the case of irregularly shaped applicators such as the Fletcher Williamson gynaecological applicator or balloon applicators with possibly irregular shapes employed in accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) performed using electronic brachytherapy sources (EBS). While many of these applicators can be modelled using constructive solid geometry (CSG), the latter may be difficult and time-consuming. Alternatively, these complex geometries can be modelled using tessellated geometries such as tetrahedral meshes (mesh geometries (MG)). Recent versions of Monte Carlo (MC) codes Geant4 and MCNP6 allow for the use of MG. The goal of this work was to model a series of applicators relevant to brachytherapy using MG. Applicators designed for (192)Ir sources and 50?kV EBS were studied; a shielded vaginal applicator, a shielded Fletcher Williamson applicator and an APBI balloon applicator.All applicators were modelled in Geant4 and MCNP6 using MG and CSG for dose calculations. CSG derived dose distributions were considered as reference and used to validate MG models by comparing dose distribution ratios.In general agreement within 1% for the dose calculations was observed for all applicators between MG and CSG and between codes when considering volumes inside the 25% isodose surface. When compared to CSG, MG required longer computation times by a factor of at least 2 for MC simulations using the same code. MCNP6 calculation times were more than ten times shorter than Geant4 in some cases.In conclusion we presented methods allowing for high fidelity modelling with results equivalent to CSG. To the best of our knowledge MG offers the most accurate representation of an irregular APBI balloon applicator. PMID:25210788

Fonseca, Gabriel Paiva; Landry, Guillaume; White, Shane; D'Amours, Michel; Yoriyaz, Hélio; Beaulieu, Luc; Reniers, Brigitte; Verhaegen, Frank

2014-10-01

183

The use of tetrahedral mesh geometries in Monte Carlo simulation of applicator based brachytherapy dose distributions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Accounting for brachytherapy applicator attenuation is part of the recommendations from the recent report of AAPM Task Group 186. To do so, model based dose calculation algorithms require accurate modelling of the applicator geometry. This can be non-trivial in the case of irregularly shaped applicators such as the Fletcher Williamson gynaecological applicator or balloon applicators with possibly irregular shapes employed in accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) performed using electronic brachytherapy sources (EBS). While many of these applicators can be modelled using constructive solid geometry (CSG), the latter may be difficult and time-consuming. Alternatively, these complex geometries can be modelled using tessellated geometries such as tetrahedral meshes (mesh geometries (MG)). Recent versions of Monte Carlo (MC) codes Geant4 and MCNP6 allow for the use of MG. The goal of this work was to model a series of applicators relevant to brachytherapy using MG. Applicators designed for 192Ir sources and 50?kV EBS were studied; a shielded vaginal applicator, a shielded Fletcher Williamson applicator and an APBI balloon applicator. All applicators were modelled in Geant4 and MCNP6 using MG and CSG for dose calculations. CSG derived dose distributions were considered as reference and used to validate MG models by comparing dose distribution ratios. In general agreement within 1% for the dose calculations was observed for all applicators between MG and CSG and between codes when considering volumes inside the 25% isodose surface. When compared to CSG, MG required longer computation times by a factor of at least 2 for MC simulations using the same code. MCNP6 calculation times were more than ten times shorter than Geant4 in some cases. In conclusion we presented methods allowing for high fidelity modelling with results equivalent to CSG. To the best of our knowledge MG offers the most accurate representation of an irregular APBI balloon applicator.

Paiva Fonseca, Gabriel; Landry, Guillaume; White, Shane; D'Amours, Michel; Yoriyaz, Hélio; Beaulieu, Luc; Reniers, Brigitte; Verhaegen, Frank

2014-10-01

184

{sup 106}Ruthenium Brachytherapy for Retinoblastoma  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of {sup 106}Ru plaque brachytherapy for the treatment of retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: We reviewed a retrospective, noncomparative case series of 39 children with retinoblastoma treated with {sup 106}Ru plaques at the Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital between October 1992 and July 2006, with 12 months of follow-up. Results: A total of 63 tumors were treated with {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy in 41 eyes. The median patient age was 27 months. {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy was the first-line treatment for 3 tumors (4.8%), second-line treatment for 13 (20.6%), and salvage treatment for 47 tumors (74.6%) resistant to other treatment modalities. Overall tumor control was achieved in 73% at 1 year. Tumor recurrence at 12 months was observed in 2 (12.5%) of 16 tumors for which {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy was used as the first- or second-line treatment and in 15 (31.9%) of 47 tumors for which {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy was used as salvage treatment. Eye retention was achieved in 76% of cases (31 of 41 eyes). Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed no statistically significant risk factors for tumor recurrence. Radiation complications included retinal detachment in 7 (17.1%), proliferative retinopathy in 1 (2.4%), and subcapsular cataract in 4 (9.7%) of 41 eyes. Conclusion: {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy is an effective treatment for retinoblastoma, with few secondary complications. Local vitreous seeding can be successfully treated with {sup 106}Ru brachytherapy.

Abouzeid, Hana [Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Moeckli, Raphael [University Institute for Radiation Physics, CHUV, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Gaillard, Marie-Claire [Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Beck-Popovic, Maja [Unit of Paediatric Oncology, CHUV, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Pica, Alessia [Department of Radiation Oncology, CHUV, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Zografos, Leonidas; Balmer, Aubin [Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland); Pampallona, Sandro [forMed, Statistics for Medicine, Evolene, Valais (Switzerland); Munier, Francis L. [Jules-Gonin Eye Hospital, University of Lausanne, Vaud (Switzerland)], E-mail: francis.munier@ophtal.vd.ch

2008-07-01

185

The vaginal microbiota and susceptibility to HIV.  

PubMed

There is some evidence that the risk of HIV infection per heterosexual act is higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. We hypothesize that variations in per sex-act transmission probability of HIV may in part be attributed to differences in the composition and function of the vaginal microbiota between different populations. This paper presents data that are in support of this hypothesis. Experimental and clinical studies have provided evidence that the normal vaginal microbiota plays a protective role against acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Epidemiological studies have convincingly shown that disturbances of the vaginal microbiome, namely intermediate flora and bacterial vaginosis, increase the risk of acquisition of HIV infection. A review of the literature found large differences in prevalence of bacterial vaginosis between different populations, with the highest prevalence rates found in black populations. Possible explanations for these differences are presented including data suggesting that there are ethnic differences in the composition of the normal vaginal microbiota. Lastly, interventions are discussed to restore and maintain a healthy vaginal environment. PMID:25389548

Buve, Anne; Jespers, Vicky; Crucitti, Tania; Fichorova, Raina N

2014-10-23

186

A comprehensive review of vaginitis phytotherapy.  

PubMed

To overview phytotherapy of vaginitis in order to identify new approaches for new pharmacological treatments. All related literature databases were searched for herbal medicinal treatment in vaginitis. The search terms were plant, herb, herbal therapy, phytotherapy, vaginitis, vaginal, anti-candida, anti-bacterial and anti-trichomonas. All of the human, animal and in vitro studies were included. Anti-candida, anti-bacterial and anti-trichomonas effects were the key outcomes. The plants including carvacrol, 1,8-cineole, geranial, germacrene-D, limonene, linalool, menthol, terpinen-4-ol and thymol exhibited anti-candida effects. A very low concentration of geranium oil and geraniol blocked mycelial growth, but not yeast. Tea tree oil including terpinen-4-ol, alpha-terpinene, gamma-terpinene and alpha-terpineol showed anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-protozoal properties against trichomonas. Allium hirtifolium (persian shallot) comparable to metronidazole exhibited anti-trichomonas activity due to its components such as allicin, ajoene and other organosulfides. The plants having beneficial effects on vaginitis encompass essential oils that clear the pathway that future studies should be focused to standardize theses herbs. PMID:22514885

Azimi, Hanieh; Fallah-Tafti, Mehrnaz; Karimi-Darmiyan, Maliheh; Abdollahi, Mohammad

2011-11-01

187

Tissue Engineering for Rotator Cuff Repair: An Evidence-Based Systematic Review  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this systematic review was to address the treatment of rotator cuff tears by applying tissue engineering approaches to improve tendon healing, specifically platelet rich plasma (PRP) augmentation, stem cells, and scaffolds. Our systematic search was performed using the combination of the following terms: “rotator cuff”, “shoulder”, “PRP”, “platelet rich plasma”, “stemcells”, “scaffold”, “growth factors”, and “tissue engineering”. No level I or II studies were found on the use of scaffolds and stem cells for rotator cuff repair. Three studies compared rotator cuff repair with or without PRP augmentation. All authors performed arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with different techniques of suture anchor fixation and different PRP augmentation. The three studies found no difference in clinical rating scales and functional outcomes between PRP and control groups. Only one study showed clinical statistically significant difference between the two groups at the 3-month follow up. Any statistically significant difference in the rates of tendon rerupture between the control group and the PRP group was found using the magnetic resonance imaging. The current literature on tissue engineering application for rotator cuff repair is scanty. Comparative studies included in this review suggest that PRP augmented repair of a rotator cuff does not yield improved functional and clinical outcome compared with non-augmented repair at a medium and long-term followup. PMID:25098365

Maffulli, Nicola; Longo, Umile Giuseppe; Loppini, Mattia; Berton, Alessandra; Spiezia, Filippo; Denaro, Vincenzo

2012-01-01

188

MRI quantification of fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy in a mouse model of rotator cuff tears.  

PubMed

Rotator cuff pathology is the most common shoulder problem seen by orthopedic surgeons. Rotator cuff muscle fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy are common in larger tears and are considered predicting factors for the prognosis of cuff repair. Clinically, MRI is the gold standard in determining fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy; however, analysis for MRI imaging is primarily qualitative in nature with the results lacking further validation. We have recently developed a mouse model of rotator cuff tears. The goal of this study is to quantify and verify rotator cuff muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration using high-resolution MRI in our mouse model. The rotator cuff muscles were analyzed for fat using a triglyceride quantification assay (TQA), muscle volume was measured through water displacement (WD), and histology. The study revealed that MRI had a high correlation with fat as measured with histology and TQA (R(2) ?=098). MRI also correlated well with atrophy measured with WD and wet weight. This suggests that MRI is a reliable modality in evaluating the progression of fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy following rotator cuff tears in a small animal model. PMID:22991068

Samagh, Sanjum P; Kramer, Erik J; Melkus, Gerd; Laron, Dominique; Bodendorfer, Blake M; Natsuhara, Kyle; Kim, Hubert T; Liu, Xuhui; Feeley, Brian T

2013-03-01

189

Murine cervical heart transplantation model using a modified cuff technique.  

PubMed

Mouse models are of special interest in research since a wide variety of monoclonal antibodies and commercially defined inbred and knockout strains are available to perform mechanistic in vivo studies. While heart transplantation models using a suture technique were first successfully developed in rats, the translation into an equally widespread used murine equivalent was never achieved due the technical complexity of the microsurgical procedure. In contrast, non-suture cuff techniques, also developed initially in rats, were successfully adapted for use in mice(1-3). This technique for revascularization involves two major steps I) everting the recipient vessel over a polyethylene cuff; II) pulling the donor vessel over the formerly everted recipient vessel and holding it in place with a circumferential tie. This ensures a continuity of the endothelial layer, short operating time and very high patency rates(4). Using this technique for vascular anastomosis we performed more than 1,000 cervical heart transplants with an overall success rate of 95%. For arterial inflow the common carotid artery and the proximal aortic arch were anastomosed resulting in a retrograde perfusion of the transplanted heart. For venous drainage the pulmonary artery of the graft was anastomosed with the external jugular vein of the recipient(5). Herein, we provide additional details of this technique to supplement the video. PMID:25350682

Oberhuber, Rupert; Cardini, Benno; Kofler, Markus; Ritschl, Paul; Oellinger, Robert; Aigner, Felix; Sucher, Robert; Schneeberger, Stefan; Pratschke, Johann; Brandacher, Gerald; Maglione, Manuel

2014-01-01

190

Interrater reproducibility of clinical tests for rotator cuff lesions  

PubMed Central

Background: Rotator cuff lesions are common in the community but reproducibility of tests for shoulder assessment has not been adequately appraised and there is no uniform approach to their use. Objective: To study interrater reproducibility of standard tests for shoulder evaluation among a rheumatology specialist, rheumatology trainee, and research nurse. Methods: 136 patients were reviewed over 12 months at a major teaching hospital. The three assessors examined each patient in random order and were unaware of each other's evaluation. Each shoulder was examined in a standard manner by recognised tests for specific lesions and a diagnostic algorithm was used. Between-observer agreement was determined by calculating Cohen's ? coefficients (measuring agreement beyond that expected by chance). Results: Fair to substantial agreement was obtained for the observations of tenderness, painful arc, and external rotation. Tests for supraspinatus and subscapularis also showed at least fair agreement between observers. 40/55 (73%) ? coefficient assessments were rated at >0.2, indicating at least fair concordance between observers; 21/55 (38%) were rated at >0.4, indicating at least moderate concordance between observers. Conclusion: The reproducibility of certain tests, employed by observers of varying experience, in the assessment of the rotator cuff and general shoulder disease was determined. This has implications for delegation of shoulder assessment to nurse specialists, the development of a simplified evaluation schedule for general practitioners, and uniformity in epidemiological research studies. PMID:15361389

Ostor, A; Richards, C; Prevost, A; Hazleman, B; Speed, C

2004-01-01

191

Calcific Tendinitis of the Rotator Cuff: A Review  

PubMed Central

Calcifying tendinitis of the rotator cuff is a common disorder; its underlying mechanism still remains unknown. Although details of the clinical presentation(s) and pathological changes which are associated with calcific tendinitis are available, conservative management of this condition remains a topic of debate. About 90% of the patients can be treated non – operatively, but as some are resistant to conservative treatment; newer techniques or surgery should be indicated. Rheumatologists and radiologists have often described this shoulder abnormality, leading to its progressive differentiation from other painful shoulder syndromes. The conservative treatment includes the use of non – steroidal anti – inflammatory agents, roentegen therapy, physical modalities for controlling the pain and for preventing loss of joint mobility, local steroid injections, and open or arthroscopic surgeries. Results of non – operative treatments have also been satisfactory. These include heat, cold, range of motion and pendulum exercises, diathermy, short – wave, and radiation therapy. Rest, immobilization with a sling, and oral non – steroidal and steroid anti – inflammatory medications have also been mentioned. This review aimed at looking at calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff with a wide vision in the light of modern advances; while at the same time, not disregarding the past experiences. PMID:23998102

Kachewar, Sushil G; Kulkarni, Devidas S

2013-01-01

192

Nitrous oxide diffusion into the cuffs of disposable laryngeal mask airways.  

PubMed

The aim of this study was to investigate cuff pressure changes found in disposable size 3 laryngeal mask airways (LMAs) from different manufacturers during nitrous oxide exposure and to compare the results with the re-usable Classic LMA. In an in vitro experiment, laryngeal mask airway cuff pressures starting from a baseline pressure of 40 cm H(2)O were recorded using a pressure transducer for 60 min with the laryngeal mask airway cuff exposed to 66% N(2)O in oxygen. Cuff pressure increases within 5 min of nitrous oxide exposure were > 250% in the Classic LMA and were not significantly different from those found in the Marshall laryngeal mask airway. However, they were significantly greater than those in the Soft Seal, the Unique, the AMBU, and Intersurgical laryngeal mask airways, all of which demonstrated stable cuff pressure levels within the first 5 min. The cuff pressure increase following 60 min of nitrous oxide exposure was 13.0 +/- 1.1 and 14.6 +/- 0.7 cm H(2)O in the Intersurgical and Unique laryngeal mask airways, respectively, which was significantly lower than the cuff pressure increase in the Soft Seal and in the Ambu laryngeal mask airways (28.3 +/- 2.9 and 30.9 +/- 1.2 cm H(2)O, respectively). Unlike the re-usable Classic LMA and the disposable Marshall laryngeal mask airway, which have silicone cuffs, the disposable Ambu, Intersurgical, Portex Soft Seal and Unique laryngeal mask airways have cuffs constructed from PVC, which seems to be less susceptible to hyperinflation caused by nitrous oxide diffusion. PMID:15710013

Maino, P; Dullenkopf, A; Bernet, V; Weiss, M

2005-03-01

193

Pregnancy's Stronghold on the Vaginal Microbiome  

PubMed Central

Objective To assess the vaginal microbiome throughout full-term uncomplicated pregnancy. Methods Vaginal swabs were obtained from twelve pregnant women at 8-week intervals throughout their uncomplicated pregnancies. Patients with symptoms of vaginal infection or with recent antibiotic use were excluded. Swabs were obtained from the posterior fornix and cervix at 8–12, 17–21, 27–31, and 36–38 weeks of gestation. The microbial community was profiled using hypervariable tag sequencing of the V3–V5 region of the 16S rRNA gene, producing approximately 8 million reads on the Illumina MiSeq. Results Samples were dominated by a single genus, Lactobacillus, and exhibited low species diversity. For a majority of the patients (n?=?8), the vaginal microbiome was dominated by Lactobacillus crispatus throughout pregnancy. Two patients showed Lactobacillus iners dominance during the course of pregnancy, and two showed a shift between the first and second trimester from L. crispatus to L. iners dominance. In all of the samples only these two species were identified, and were found at an abundance of higher than 1% in this study. Comparative analyses also showed that the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy is characterized by a marked dominance of Lactobacillus species in both Caucasian and African-American subjects. In addition, our Caucasian subject population clustered by trimester and progressed towards a common attractor while African-American women clustered by subject instead and did not progress towards a common attractor. Conclusion Our analyses indicate normal pregnancy is characterized by a microbiome that has low diversity and high stability. While Lactobacillus species strongly dominate the vaginal environment during pregnancy across the two studied ethnicities, observed differences between the longitudinal dynamics of the analyzed populations may contribute to divergent risk for pregnancy complications. This helps establish a baseline for investigating the role of the microbiome in complications of pregnancy such as preterm labor and preterm delivery. PMID:24896831

Walther-Antonio, Marina R. S.; Jeraldo, Patricio; Berg Miller, Margret E.; Yeoman, Carl J.; Nelson, Karen E.; Wilson, Brenda A.; White, Bryan A.; Chia, Nicholas; Creedon, Douglas J.

2014-01-01

194

Blood pressure measurement in freely moving rats by the tail cuff method.  

PubMed

Inconsistency in consecutive blood pressure values is one of the most frequently observed problems in tail cuff method. The aim of this study was to measure blood pressure using the tail cuff method in rats without heating, anesthesia, and movement restriction. In this study, it has been shown that blood pressure measurement could be obtained without problem using the tail cuff method in freely moving rats in their cage environment. Also, the reliability of consecutive blood pressure values obtained from freely moving rats was higher than ether anesthesia and restricted groups. PMID:22571543

Erken, Haydar Ali; Erken, Gülten; Genç, Osman

2013-01-01

195

Brachytherapy  

MedlinePLUS

... After several months, the radioactivity level of the implants eventually diminishes to nothing. The inactive seeds then ... Equipment used View larger with caption For permanent implants, radioactive material (which is enclosed within small seeds ...

196

The phylogeny of permanent prostate brachytherapy  

PubMed Central

Permanent prostate brachytherapy has been practiced for more than a century. This review examines the influence of earlier procedures on the modern transperineal ultrasound-directed technique. A literature review was conducted to examine the origin of current clinical practice. The dimensions of the modern brachytherapy seed, the prescription dose, and implant/teletherapy sequencing are vestigial features, which may be suboptimal in the current era of low-energy photon-emitting radionuclides and computerized dose calculations. Although the modern transperineal permanent prostate implant procedure has proven to be safe and effective, it should undergo continuous re-evaluation and evolution to ensure that its potential is maximized. PMID:23878553

Aronowitz, Jesse N.

2013-01-01

197

Vaginal epithelial surface appearances in women using vaginal rings for contraception  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vaginal inspections using colposcopy before insertion of contraceptive vaginal rings and at 2-month intervals during ring use were conducted on 169 users of four different formulations. The rings studied released Nestorone® alone (50, 75, 100 ?g daily over 6 months); ethinyl estradiol: Nestorone (30:100 and 15:150 ?g daily over 6 months); ethinylestradiol:norethindrone acetate (20:1000 and 15:1000 ?g daily over 4

Ian S Fraser; Maria Lacarra; Daniel R Mishell Jr; Francisco Alvarez; Vivian Brache; Pekka Lähteenmäki; Kaisa Elomaa; Edith Weisberg; Harold A Nash

2000-01-01

198

In vitro evaluation of a nitinol based vein cuff for external valvuloplasty.  

PubMed

This study shows first in vitro tests of a nitinol based vein cuff developed for external valvuloplasty. In contrary to currently existing vein cuffs the tested model enables minimal invasive implantation and also maintains its round pre-shaped profile at body temperature (37 degrees C). The examination of the cuff surface structure by scanning electron microscopy, profilometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy after sterilization with ethylene oxide and before cyto-compatibility testing revealed a nearly smooth surface (mean square roughness Rq 66 +/- 33 nm) which was primarily composed of nickel, oxygen, titanium, carbon and silicon where nickel was the least fraction (Ni: 0.7%, Ti: 1.7%, Si: 15.8%, O: 29.5%, C: 52.3%) of the surface elements. Si and C are supposed to be contaminations caused by a final cuff polishing with silicon carbide at the end of the manufacturing process. To evaluate cyto-compatibility initial cell adherence and cell activity were assessed. The results showed good initial cell adherence of L929 fibroblast-like cells on the cuff surface already after 24 h. The results also revealed no inhibitory effects on the activity of these cells (MTS test) later on. The test setup developed to analyse functionality in a dynamic mode was shown to be suited at blood pressures up to 300 mmHg. The cuff successfully limited dilation of varicose veins (Vena saphena magna) at physiological blood pressures (< 120 mmHg) and also in cases of hypertonia (300 mmHg) to the diameter determined by the cuff (4.0 mm) over thecomplete testing period. This indicates that the clasp based cuff closure mechanism is suited to close the cuff under variable physiological and pathological blood pressure conditions. The cuff structure only allowed minimal adaptation on the inhomogenously dilating vein profile in the both peripheral cuff modules. Both peripheral modules followed the vessel dilation in correlation to the applied pressure. At pressures within the physiological range cuff also maintained the pre-shaped round profile in the central and peripheral modules during the pressure increase and the consecutive cuff expansion. The study showed that the first nitinol based vein cuff for external valvuloplasty was processed well enough by electropolishing and sterilization to allow culturing of L929 fibroblast-like cells on the cuff surface as a test of general biocompatibility. The cuff also proved to limit dilation of varicose veins at physiological and pathological blood pressures in vitro. Further tests with primary cells from the venous wall will follow to test the specific biocompatibility before tests in vivo can be envisaged. PMID:20675918

Hiebl, B; Jung, F; Schossig, M; Scharnagl, N; Richau, K; Niehues, S

2010-01-01

199

Impact of the new cuff design on reliability of the AS800 artificial urinary sphincter.  

PubMed

The effect of 2 cuff design changes on the mechanical reliability of the current AS800 artificial urinary sphincter was assessed in 126 patients. The surface-treated cuff was introduced in 1983 and the narrow-back design was introduced in 1987. Mean followup for the surface-treated cuff was 40 months, while that for the narrow back was 27.2 months. The incidence of cuff leaks was 1.3%, while the revision rate for clinically significant pressure atrophy, in the absence of a bladder flap urethroplasty, was 2.3%. The overall revision rate for clinically significant pressure atrophy was 9%. No leaks involving the balloon or tubing occurred. The mechanical reliability of the current AS800 artificial urinary sphincter has improved significantly. PMID:1538439

Light, J K; Reynolds, J C

1992-03-01

200

Reusing Cadaveric Humeri for Fracture Testing After Testing Simulated Rotator Cuff Tendon Repairs  

PubMed Central

Abstract The financial cost of using human tissues in biomedical testing and surgical reconstruction is predicted to increase at a rate that is disproportionately greater than other materials used in biomechanical testing. Our first hypothesis is that cadaveric proximal humeri that had undergone monotonic failure testing of simulated rotator cuff repairs would not differ in ultimate fracture loads or in energy absorbed to fracture when compared to controls (i.e., bones without cuff repairs). Our second hypothesis is that there can be substantial cost savings if these cadaveric proximal humeri, with simulated cuff repairs, can be re-used for fracture testing. Results of fracture tests (conducted in a backwards fall configuration) and cost analysis support both hypotheses. Hence, the bones that had undergone monotonic failure tests of various rotator cuff repair techniques can be re-used in fracture tests because their load-carrying capacity is not significantly reduced. PMID:25371862

Pitts, Todd C.; Knight, Alex N.; Burkhead, Wayne Z.

2014-01-01

201

Small intestinal submucosa patch for extensive vaginal endometriosis resection.  

PubMed

This case report describes use of a porcine small intestinal submucosa patch to prevent vaginal stiffness and retraction after extensive vaginal resection of an endometriosis nodule. A 32-year-old nulliparous woman was referred for surgical treatment of a large rectovaginal nodule that extended from the vaginal to the rectal mucosa. Surgical treatment was performed in 2 steps. Initially, a laparoscopic rectal resection was performed without opening the vagina to reduce the risk of fistula formation; 6 months later, the patient underwent a laparoscopic second-look combined with the vaginal approach to remove remaining disease. A small intestinal submucosa patch was successfully used to prevent vaginal shortening. PMID:19896606

Lemos, Nucélio Luiz de Barros Moreira; Kamergorodsky, Gil; Faria, Ana Luiza Antunes; Ribeiro, Paulo Augusto Ayroza Galvão; Auge, Antonio Pedro Flores; Aoki, Tsutomu

2009-01-01

202

Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia III detected after hysterectomy for benign conditions.  

PubMed

Because primary vaginal cancer is rare, many experts discourage routine cytologic sampling of the vaginal vault following hysterectomy for benign circumstances. The following report describes a case of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia III (VAIN III) detected by a vaginal vault Papanicolaou smear obtained from an asymptomatic 57-year-old woman 23 years after she had a total abdominal hysterectomy for a benign condition. As VAIN III is a true vaginal cancer precursor, the innocent disregard of recommended screening practices averted significant morbidity and possibility mortality for this otherwise healthy woman. PMID:7807042

Ferris, D G; Messing, M J; Crosby, J H

1995-01-01

203

Comparison of Frequency Vaginal and Cesarean Deliveries  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: We investigated the rate of vaginal childbirth and Cesarean and its causes in maternity wards of Imam Khomeini Educational Hospital in Ahwaz the capital city of Khuzestan Province and Al- Hadi Hospital in Shoostar as a traditional city. Methods: In this comparative descriptive study data were obtained from medical records of birth deliveries in six months (March to September)

K Karami; M Najafian; P Shahri; S Faizi

2009-01-01

204

Clinical toxicology of clotrimazole when administered vaginally.  

PubMed

Clotrimazole, a tritylimidazole and a new antimicrobial agent, produced itching and irritation of the vulva and vaginal area in less than 1% of the population (N = 131) studied. No abdominal cramps, headache or lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea were observed when 200 mg of clotrimazole was inserted deep in the vagina for several days. PMID:7009034

Wolfson, N; Riley, J; Samuels, B; Singh, J M

1981-01-01

205

Vaginal birth after C-section  

MedlinePLUS

... If your doctor says that you can have a VBAC, chances are good that you can have one with success. Around 3 out of 4 women who try VBAC are able to deliver vaginally. Keep in mind, you can try for a VBAC, but you may need a C-section ...

206

VAGINAL REPLACEMENT IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS  

Microsoft Academic Search

PurposeAbsence of the vagina in the pediatric population most commonly results from congenital abnormalities, such as the Mayer-Rokitansky syndrome but it may also be seen after treatment for pelvic tumors, such as rhabdomyosarcoma, and in patients who have had previous gender reassignment. We review our experience using bowel for vaginal replacement in a group of children and young adults to

TERRY W. HENSLE; ELIZABETH A. REILEY

1998-01-01

207

Vaginal Lacerations from Consensual Intercourse in Adolescents  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Objective: (1) To describe lacerations of the vaginal fornices, an injury known to be associated with consensual sexual intercourse, including known complications and treatment course, (2) to contrast these injuries with injuries sustained during sexual assault, and (3) to discuss the assessment of adolescent patients for sexual injuries. Methods:…

Frioux, Sarah M.; Blinman, Thane; Christian, Cindy W.

2011-01-01

208

Vaginal Douching and Intimate Partner Violence  

Microsoft Academic Search

Findings. Six percent of the sample reported experiencing any type of IPV in the past year, and 23% reported douching in the past year. IPV is significantly associated with douching after controlling for sociodemographic and health-related covariates. This finding holds for women with and without current reproductive capacity. Conclusions. This is the first study to identify an association between vaginal

Carol S. Weisman; Diane M. Grimley; Lucy Annang; Marianne M. Hillemeier; Gary A. Chase; Anne-Marie Dyer

2007-01-01

209

Overview: Five decades of brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Brachytherapy started in 1930. Ra-226 was the radioisotope for cancer therapy at that time and much has been learned about its properties since then. One of the major findings at that time was output. When the author started, there was no T factor. People did not know how many R units were produced by 1.0 mg of radium filtered by 0.5 mm of platinum at 1.0 cm. So one was in a bit of chaos from that point of view. Eventually, that was settled in the 1930's. It was very exciting to find out that, although the national laboratories of the U.S., England, France and Germany had had values of this T factor varying from about five to seven (when they're only supposed to have less than 1% error); the value was really 8.3 and it was quite a landmark. This led to an improved knowledge of dose and effects. Developments over the next five decades are discussed in detail.

Ellis, F.

1986-01-01

210

American Brachytherapy Society recommendations for clinical implementation of NIST1999 standards for 103palladium brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: Recent important developments in palladium-103 (103Pd) dosimetry mandate a reevaluation of 103Pd brachytherapy prescribing practices.Methods and Materials: The clinical research committee of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) convened a consensus session of brachytherapists and physicists to develop recommendations regarding future dose prescribing guidelines for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-1999) calibrated 103Pd sources.Results: The ABS recommends that clinicians

David Beyer; Ravinder Nath; Wayne Butler; Gregory Merrick; John Blasko; Subir Nag; Colin Orton

2000-01-01

211

Gadolinium neutron capture brachytherapy (GdNCB), a new treatment method for intravascular brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Restenosis is a major problem after balloon angioplasty and stent implantation. The aim of this study is to introduce gadolinium neutron capture brachytherapy (GdNCB) as a suitable modality for treatment of stenosis. The utility of GdNCB in intravascular brachytherapy (IVBT) of stent stenosis is investigated by using the GEANT4 and MCNP4B Monte Carlo radiation transport codes. To study capture rate,

Hans Lundqvist; Per Munck af Rosenschoeld; Arash Rezaei; Shirin A. Enger

2006-01-01

212

Translation and validation study of the Persian version of the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index  

Microsoft Academic Search

The translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the Persian version of the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC)\\u000a were carried out in accordance with published guidelines. One hundred fifty consecutive patients with rotator cuff disorders\\u000a completed the Persian WORC, the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measure, the Short Form Health Survey\\u000a (SF-36) and visual analog scale

Sayed Javad Mousavi; Mohammad Reza Hadian; Mohsen Abedi; Ali Montazeri

2009-01-01

213

Living with a symptomatic rotator cuff tear 'bad days, bad nights': a qualitative study  

PubMed Central

Background Rotator cuff tears are a common cause of shoulder pain. There is an absence of information about symptomatic rotator cuffs from the patients’ perspective; this limits the information clinicians can share with patients and the information that patients can access via sources such as the internet. This study describes the experiences of people with a symptomatic rotator cuff, their symptoms, the impact upon their daily lives and the coping strategies utilised by study participants. Methods An interpretive phenomenological analysis approach was used. 20 participants of the UKUFF trial (The United Kingdom Rotator Cuff Surgery Trial) agreed to participate in in-depth semi-structured interviews about their experiences about living with a symptomatic rotator cuff tear. Interviews were digitally recorded and fully transcribed. Field notes, memos and a reflexive diary were used. Data was coded in accordance with interpretive phenomenological analysis. Peer review, code-recode audits and constant comparison of data, codes and categories occurred throughout. Results The majority of patients described intense pain and severely disturbed sleep. Limited movement and reduced muscle strength were described by some participants. The predominantly adverse impact that a symptomatic rotator cuff tear had upon activities of daily living, leisure activities and occupation was described. The emotional and financial impact and impact upon caring roles were detailed. Coping strategies included attempting to carry on as normally as possible, accepting their condition, using their other arm, using analgesics, aids and adaptions. Conclusions Clinicians need to appreciate and understand the intensity and shocking nature of pain that may be experienced by participants with known rotator cuff tears and understand the detrimental impact tears can have upon all areas of patient’s lives. Clinicians also need to be aware of the potential emotional impact caused by cuff tears and to ensure that patients needing help for conditions such as depression are speedily identified and provided with support, explanation and appropriate treatment. PMID:25008095

2014-01-01

214

Pectoralis major transfer for the treatment of irreparable anterosuperior rotator cuff tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of subcoracoid pectoralis major transfer for the treatment of irreparable\\u000a anterosuperior rotator cuff tears. This type of tear involves complete rupture of the subscapularis in combination with either\\u000a the supraspinatus alone or the supraspinatus and infraspinatus. These ruptures are characterised by a poor quality of the\\u000a rotator cuff that does

Iosif Gavriilidis; Jörn Kircher; Petra Magosch; Sven Lichtenberg; Peter Habermeyer

2010-01-01

215

Laryngeal mask airway cuff pressure and position during anaesthesia lasting one to two hours  

Microsoft Academic Search

The cuff of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is highly permeable to nitrous oxide (N2O), and cuff pressure increases during N2O\\/O2 anaesthesia. The extent of these changes and their effect on LMA position have previously only been investigated for short\\u000a procedures. The current study was designed to investigate the effects of nitrous oxide-oxygen (N2O\\/O2) anaesthesia lasting one to two hours

J. Brimacombe; A. Berry

1994-01-01

216

Do Outcomes Differ after Rotator Cuff Repair for Patients Receiving Workers’ Compensation?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Comparisons of outcomes after rotator cuff repair between Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) recipients and nonrecipients generally\\u000a do not consider patient, injury, and shoulder characteristics. We compared preoperative differences between WCB recipients\\u000a and nonrecipients and determined the impact on their 6-month postoperative outcome. We evaluated a prospective cohort of 141\\u000a patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears, 36 of whom (26%) were

R. Balyk; C. Luciak-Corea; D. Otto; D. Baysal; L. Beaupre

2008-01-01

217

Endotracheal tube cuff ignited by electrocautery during tracheostomy.  

PubMed

A 64-year old female requiring prolonged ventilatory support was scheduled for an elective tracheostomy. Anesthesia consisted of surgical infiltration of 1% lidocaine and supplemental isoflurane. The patient was mechanically ventilated with an FIO2 of 1.0. An incision was made over the third and fourth tracheal rings. Opening the trachea with electrocautery resulted in a large leak around the endotracheal tube. The cuff was visualized through the tracheal incision and noted to be deflated. A small bleeder was coagulated on the tracheal ring. At this point, a flash fire occurred rising about one-inch high through the tracheal incision. The surgeon immediately covered the site with his hand. The anesthetist promptly disconnected the anesthesia circuit and removed the endotracheal tube. The surgeon inserted the tracheostomy tube and ventilation resumed. The fire lasted approximately 1-2 seconds. Dexamethasone 10 mg was administered intravenously. End-tidal CO2 and oxygen saturation levels were unchanged. The endotracheal tube was inspected. Approximately one-third to one-half of the cuff was charred. Proper management of an endotracheal tube fire includes stopping ventilation, disconnecting the oxygen source, removing the endotracheal tube, diagnosing injury, administering short-term steroids, administering antibiotics if indicated, providing ventilation and medical support as necessary and monitoring the patient for at least 24 hours. Extreme caution is necessary when using electrocautery in close proximity to an endotracheal tube. If electrocautery is used in close proximity to an endotracheal tube, an FIO2 of 0.3 or less with helium should be used. PMID:2399778

Le Clair, J; Gartner, S; Halma, G

1990-08-01

218

Vaginal masses: magnetic resonance imaging features with pathologic correlation.  

PubMed

The detection of vaginal lesions has increased with the expanding use of cross-sectional imaging. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - with its high-contrast resolution and multiplanar capabilities - is often useful for characterizing vaginal masses. Vaginal masses can be classified as congenital, inflammatory, cystic (benign), and neoplastic (benign or malignant) in etiology. Recognition of the typical MR imaging features of such lesions is important because it often determines the treatment approach and may obviate surgery. Finally, vaginal MR imaging can be used to evaluate post-treatment changes related to previous surgery and radiation therapy. In this article, we will review pertinent vaginal anatomy, vaginal and pelvic MRI technique, and the MRI features of a variety of vaginal lesions with pathological correlation. PMID:17924224

Elsayes, K M; Narra, V R; Dillman, J R; Velcheti, V; Hameed, O; Tongdee, R; Menias, C O

2007-10-01

219

Extracorporeal shock wave treatment for chronic rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulder pain).  

PubMed

(1) Electrohydraulic, electromagnetic, or piezoelectric devices are used to translate energy into acoustic waves during extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) for chronic rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulder pain). The acoustic waves may help to accelerate the healing process of chronic rotator cuff tendonitis via an unknown mechanism. (2) ESWT, which is performed as an outpatient procedure, is intended to alleviate the pain due to chronic rotator cuff tendonitis. (3) Limited evidence from a German study indicates that the cost of ESWT for rotator cuff tendonitis is one-fifth to one-seventh the cost of surgical treatment, with longer recovery time and time off work in the surgical treatment group accounting for about two-thirds of the overall cost. (4) The evidence reviewed for this bulletin supports the use of high-energy ESWT for chronic calcific rotator cuff tendonitis, but not for non-calcific rotator cuff tendonitis. High-quality RCTs with larger sample sizes are needed to provide stronger evidence. PMID:17302022

Ho, C

2007-01-01

220

Imaging Algorithms for Evaluating Suspected Rotator Cuff Disease: Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference Statement  

PubMed Central

The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound convened a panel of specialists from a variety of medical disciplines to reach a consensus about the recommended imaging evaluation of painful shoulders with clinically suspected rotator cuff disease. The panel met in Chicago, Ill, on October 18 and 19, 2011, and created this consensus statement regarding the roles of radiography, ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), CT arthrography, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and MR arthrography. The consensus panel consisted of two co-moderators, a facilitator, a statistician and health care economist, and 10 physicians who have specialty expertise in shoulder pain evaluation and/or treatment. Of the 13 physicians on the panel, nine were radiologists who were chosen to represent a broad range of skill sets in diagnostic imaging, different practice types (private and academic), and different geographical regions of the United States. Five of the radiologists routinely performed musculoskeletal US as part of their practice and four did not. There was also one representative from each of the following clinical specialties: rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, and nonoperative sports medicine. The goal of this conference was to construct several algorithms with which to guide the imaging evaluation of suspected rotator cuff disease in patients with a native rotator cuff, patients with a repaired rotator cuff, and patients who have undergone shoulder replacement. The panel hopes that these recommendations will lead to greater uniformity in rotator cuff imaging and more cost-effective care for patients suspected of having rotator cuff abnormality. © RSNA, 2013 PMID:23401583

Jacobson, Jon A.; Benson, Carol B.; Bancroft, Laura W.; Bedi, Asheesh; McShane, John M.; Miller, Theodore T.; Parker, Laurence; Smith, Jay; Steinbach, Lynne S.; Teefey, Sharlene A.; Thiele, Ralf G.; Tuite, Michael J.; Wise, James N.; Yamaguchi, Ken

2013-01-01

221

Is the Supraspinatus Muscle Atrophy Truly Irreversible after Surgical Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears?  

PubMed Central

Background Atrophy of rotator cuff muscles has been considered an irreversible phenomenon. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether atrophy is truly irreversible after rotator cuff repair. Methods We measured supraspinatus muscle atrophy of 191 patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears on preoperative magnetic resonance imaging and postoperative multidetector computed tomography images, taken at least 1 year after operation. The occupation ratio was calculated using Photoshop CS3 software. We compared the change between pre- and postoperative occupation ratios after modifying the preoperative occupation ratio. In addition, possible relationship between various clinical factors and the change of atrophy, and between the change of atrophy and cuff integrity after surgical repair were evaluated. Results The mean occupation ratio was significantly increased postoperatively from 0.44 ± 0.17 to 0.52 ± 0.17 (p < 0.001). Among 191 patients, 81 (42.4%) showed improvement of atrophy (more than a 10% increase in occupation ratio) and 33 (17.3%) worsening (more than a 10% decrease). Various clinical factors such as age tear size, or initial degree of atrophy did not affect the change of atrophy. However, the change of atrophy was related to repair integrity: cuff healing failure rate of 48.5% (16 of 33) in worsened atrophy; and 22.2% (18 of 81) in improved atrophy (p = 0.007). Conclusions The supraspinatus muscle atrophy as measured by occupation ratio could be improved postoperatively in case of successful cuff repair. PMID:23467404

Chung, Seok Won; Kim, Sae Hoon; Tae, Suk-Kee; Yoon, Jong Pil; Choi, Jung-Ah

2013-01-01

222

Arthroscopic vs mini-open rotator cuff repair. A quality of life impairment study  

PubMed Central

We compared the clinical and quality of life related outcome of rotator cuff repair performed using either a mini-open or an arthroscopic technique for rotator cuff tears of less than 3 cm. The records of 64 patients who underwent rotator cuff repair between September 2003 and September 2005 were evaluated. Thirty-two patients underwent a mini-open rotator cuff repair, and 32 patients underwent an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The mean follow-up period was 31 months in the mini-open group and 30.6 months in the arthroscopic group (P?>?0.05). The UCLA rating system, range of motion examination and the self-administered SF-36 used for postoperative evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement from the preoperative to the final score for both groups (P? 0.05). This study suggests that there is no difference in terms of subjective and objective outcomes between the two surgical procedures studied if patients have rotator cuff tears of less than 3 cm. PMID:19424692

Osti, Leonardo; Papalia, Rocco; Paganelli, Massimo; Denaro, Enzo

2009-01-01

223

Arthroscopic vs mini-open rotator cuff repair. A quality of life impairment study.  

PubMed

We compared the clinical and quality of life related outcome of rotator cuff repair performed using either a mini-open or an arthroscopic technique for rotator cuff tears of less than 3 cm. The records of 64 patients who underwent rotator cuff repair between September 2003 and September 2005 were evaluated. Thirty-two patients underwent a mini-open rotator cuff repair, and 32 patients underwent an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The mean follow-up period was 31 months in the mini-open group and 30.6 months in the arthroscopic group (P > 0.05). The UCLA rating system, range of motion examination and the self-administered SF-36 used for postoperative evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement from the preoperative to the final score for both groups (P < 0.05). No statistically significant difference in the total UCLA scores was found when comparing the two repair techniques (P > 0.05). This study suggests that there is no difference in terms of subjective and objective outcomes between the two surgical procedures studied if patients have rotator cuff tears of less than 3 cm. PMID:19424692

Osti, Leonardo; Papalia, Rocco; Paganelli, Massimo; Denaro, Enzo; Maffulli, Nicola

2010-03-01

224

Cardiac, arterial and venous adaptation to weightlessness during 6-month MIR spaceflights with and without thigh cuffs (bracelets)  

Microsoft Academic Search

The objectives of this investigation were to study the effects of thigh cuffs (bracelets) on cardiovascular adaptation and\\u000a deconditioning in 0?g. The cardiovascular parameters of six cosmonauts were measured by echocardiography, Doppler, and plethysmography, during\\u000a three 6-month MIR spaceflights. Measurements were made at rest during preflight (?30?days), inflight (1, 3–4, and 5–5.5?months)\\u000a without cuffs (morning) and after 5?h with cuffs,

S. Herault; G. Fomina; I. Alferova; A. Kotovskaya; V. Poliakov; P. Arbeille

2000-01-01

225

Enhancement of rotator cuff tendon–bone healing with injectable periosteum progenitor cells-BMP-2 hydrogel in vivo  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose  The fixation and incorporation of ruptured rotator cuff tendon to bone is a major concern in rotator cuff repair surgery.\\u000a Rotator cuff repair usually fails at the tendon–bone interface, especially in case of large or massive tears. To enhance tendon–bone\\u000a healing, an injectable hydrogel made with periosteal progenitor cells(PPCs) and poly (ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA)\\u000a tethered with bone morphogenic protein-2(BMP-2)

Chih-Hwa Chen; Chih-Hsiang Chang; Kun-Chung Wang; Chun-I Su; Hsien-Tao Liu; Chung-Ming Yu; Chak-Bor Wong; I-Chun Wang; Shu Wen Whu; Hsia-Wei Liu

226

REVIEW ARTICLE Radiation Biology in Brachytherapy  

E-print Network

the Greek for ``short'' or endo from the Greek for ``within.'' Early brachytherapy sources used radium rigid and thick, mak- ing implantation very painful. There was also a potential hazard of a needle greater flexibility in the design of implants, greatly de- creasing patient discomfort. Subsequent

Brenner, David Jonathan

227

Cardiac and vascular adaptation to 0g with and without thigh cuffs (Antares 14 and Altair 21 day Mir spaceflights)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cardiovascular Actaptation was evaluated on 2 astronauts: one wearing thigh cuffs from flight day 1 to 8 (14d flight), the second without cuffs (21d flight). Ultrasound investigations were performed at rest and during LBNP. Results: Without thigh cuffs the cardiovascular Actaptation consists in (1) the development of a hypovolemia with an increase of the heart rate and the cardiac output, (2) the decrease of the vascular tone in the deep (mesenteric and splanchnic) and peripheral (Lower limbs) vascular areas. The use of thigh cuffs maintains the volemia and the cardiac output at the preflight level (without heart rate increase) and prevents the loss of vascular tone in the deep and peripheral areas. Moreover the adaptative process changes since the cuffs are removed and even the volemia seems to be unaffected at this stage the vascular tone decreases to a comparable extend as during the flight without cuffs. Nevertheless during the flight without cuffs or 3 days after removing the cuffs hemodynamic signs of decreased orthostatic tolerance are present during the inflight and the 3 days post flight LBNP. Presently the possible contribution of the thigh cuffs to the reduction of the vascular deconditioning has not been tested yet.

Arbeille, Ph.; Fomina, G.; Achaibou, F.; Pottier, J.; Kotovskaya, A.

228

Spectrum of vaginal discharge in a tertiary care setting  

PubMed Central

Introduction: Vaginal discharge is one of the common reasons for gynecological consultation. Many of the causes of vaginitis have a disturbed vaginal microbial ecosystem associated with them. Effective treatment of vaginal discharge requires that the etiologic diagnosis be established and identifying the same offers a precious input to syndromic management and provides an additional strategy for human immunodeficiency virus prevention. The present study was thus carried out to determine the various causes of vaginal discharge in a tertiary care setting. Materials and Methods: A total of 400 women presenting with vaginal discharge of age between 20 and 50 years, irrespective of marital status were included in this study and women who had used antibiotics or vaginal medication in the previous 14 days and pregnant women were excluded. Results: Of the 400 women with vaginal discharge studied, a diagnosis was established in 303 women. Infectious causes of vaginal discharge were observed in 207 (51.75%) women. Among them, bacterial vaginosis was the most common cause seen in 105 (26.25%) women. The other infections observed were candidiasis alone (61, 15.25%), trichomoniasis alone (12, 3%), mixed infections (22, 5.5%) and mucopurulent cervicitis (7 of the 130 cases looked for, 8.46%). Among the non-infectious causes, 72 (18%) women had physiological vaginal discharge and 13 (3.3%) women had cervical in situ cancers/carcinoma cervix. Conclusion: The pattern of infectious causes of vaginal discharge observed in our study was comparable with the other studies in India. Our study emphasizes the need for including Papanicolaou smear in the algorithm for evaluation of vaginal discharge, as it helps establish the etiology of vaginal discharge reliably and provides a valuable opportunity to screen for cervical malignancies. PMID:24470998

Sivaranjini, R; Jaisankar, TJ; Thappa, Devinder Mohan; Kumari, Rashmi; Chandrasekhar, Laxmisha; Malathi, M; Parija, SC; Habeebullah, S

2013-01-01

229

The effects of a combined contraceptive vaginal ring releasing ethinyloestradiol and 3-ketodesogestrel on vaginal flora.  

PubMed

Fifty nine women with documented normal ovulatory cycles and with no symptoms of vaginal infection were divided into four groups. Each group used a combined contraceptive vaginal ring (CCVR) with a mean daily release rate of 0.015 mg of ethinyloestradiol (EE) and 0.120 mg of 3-ketodesogestrel (3-KDG) per day, for one cycle of either 21, 28, 42, or 56 days. Cultures from the posterior vaginal fornix and from the endocervical canal were obtained immediately before insertion of the ring and on removal of the ring. Changes in the numbers of vaginal cells, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis, Gardnerella vaginalis, yeasts and Trichomonas vaginalis were documented at the end of each treatment. Intra- and inter- group changes in the vaginal flora were assessed at the end of each treatment. The comparison between the number and type of flora showed no significant change between the pre-treatment population and the post-treatment population. The results of this study suggest that the use of this CCVR for 21, 28, 42 and 56 days is not associated with an increase in inflammatory cells or pathogenic bacteria. PMID:1623721

Davies, G C; Feng, L X; Newton, J R; Dieben, T O; Coelingh-Bennink, H J

1992-05-01

230

Relationship among vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of female pelvic floor muscles  

PubMed Central

Background: The proper evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) is essential for choosing the correct treatment. Currently, there is no gold standard for the assessment of female PFM function. Objective: To determine the correlation between vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, and electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of the female PFM. Method: This cross-sectional study evaluated 80 women between 18 and 35 years of age who were nulliparous and had no pelvic floor dysfunction. PFM function was assessed based on digital palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic activity, bilateral diameter of the bulbocavernosus muscles and the amount of bladder neck movement during voluntary PFM contraction using transperineal bi-dimensional ultrasound. The Pearson correlation was used for statistical analysis (p<0.05). Results: There was a strong positive correlation between PFM function and PFM contraction pressure (0.90). In addition, there was a moderate positive correlation between these two variables and PFM electromyographic activity (0.59 and 0.63, respectively) and movement of the bladder neck in relation to the pubic symphysis (0.51 and 0.60, respectively). Conclusions: This study showed that there was a correlation between vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, and electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of the PFM in nulliparous women. The strong correlation between digital palpation and PFM contraction pressure indicated that perineometry could easily be replaced by PFM digital palpation in the absence of equipment. PMID:25372005

Pereira, Vanessa S.; Hirakawa, Humberto S.; Oliveira, Ana B.; Driusso, Patricia

2014-01-01

231

Can group B streptococci cause symptomatic vaginitis?  

PubMed Central

BACKGROUND: Maternal cervicovaginal colonization with Lancefield group B streptococci (GBS) is an important risk factor for neonatal morbidity and mortality. About 15% of women are carriers of GBS. Usually, they are asymptomatic. CASES: We describe two patients with symptomatic vaginitis for which no apparent cause was found. Both patients were heavily colonized with GBS. After antibiotic treatment, both became asymptomatic and culture negative, but after recolonization with GBS, symptoms resumed. This phenomenon was repeatedly observed. After emergence of resistance to antibiotics, local application of chlorhexidine appeared to be the only useful treatment. CONCLUSION: We hypothesize that GBS-vaginitis may be a possible disease entity. Although at present it is not clear why some patients become symptomatic, we speculate that the immunologic response is somehow selectively hampered in such patients. PMID:10449271

Honig, E; Mouton, J W; van der Meijden, W I

1999-01-01

232

[Morphogenesis of vaginal aplasia. Therapeutic deductions].  

PubMed

On the basis of the studies of the embryogenesis of the vagina, the authors consider that malformations classically described as being partial aplasia should not be separated from the total absence of the vagina. The important feature is the association of a functioning or non functioning uterus with the absence of the vagina. They believe that it is incorrect to describe the pouch of menstrual retention associated with a functioning uterus as "haematocolpos" and that is not justified to describe the cup-shaped vestibular depression as "hemi-vagina". According to the authors, although vaginal aplasia with a functioning uterus forming a pouch of menstrual retention constitutes an absolute indication for surgery, surgery is not justified in cases of vaginal aplasia with a non functioning uterus. If Frank's method fails in these cases, the patient or the couple should be referred to a sexologist, as women with this anomaly retain a perfect femininity, although unable to conceive. PMID:4059773

Minh, H N; Smadja, A; Belaisch, J

1985-01-01

233

Detection of brachytherapy seeds using 3D ultrasound.  

PubMed

Imaging and detection of brachytherapy seeds using transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) remains a challenge for prostate brachytherapy, mainly due to the small size of brachytherapy seeds in relatively low-quality B-mode TRUS images. In this paper, we propose a new solution for brachytherapy seed detection using 3D ultrasound. We use 3D reflected power images computed from ultrasound radio-frequency signals, instead of using conventional B-mode images. Then implanted seeds are detected in 3D local search spaces that are determined by a priori knowledge. Experimental results showed that the proposed solution works well for seed localization in the prostate phantom. PMID:19162791

Wen, Xu; Salcudean, S E

2008-01-01

234

Elevated plasma levels of TIMP-1 in patients with rotator cuff tear  

PubMed Central

Background and purpose Extracellular matrix remodeling is altered in rotator cuff tears, partly due to altered expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors. It is unclear whether this altered expression can be traced as changes in plasma protein levels. We measured the plasma levels of MMPs and their tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) in patients with rotator cuff tears and related changes in the pattern of MMP and TIMP levels to the extent of the rotator cuff tear. Methods Blood samples were collected from 17 patients, median age 61 (39–77) years, with sonographically verified rotator cuff tears (partial- or full-thickness). These were compared with 16 age- and sex-matched control individuals with sonographically intact rotator cuffs. Plasma levels of MMPs and TIMPs were measured simultaneously using Luminex technology and ELISA. Results The plasma levels of TIMP-1 were elevated in patients with rotator cuff tears, especially in those with full-thickness tears. The levels of TIMP-1, TIMP-3, and MMP-9 were higher in patients with full-thickness tears than in those with partial-thickness tears, but only the TIMP-1 levels were significantly different from those in the controls. Interpretation The observed elevation of TIMP-1 in plasma might reflect local pathological processes in or around the rotator cuff, or a genetic predisposition in these patients. That the levels of TIMP-1 and of certain MMPs were found to differ significantly between partial and full-thickness tears may reflect the extent of the lesion or different etiology and pathomechanisms. PMID:23043271

2012-01-01

235

The Vaginal Approach After Failed Previous Surgery  

Microsoft Academic Search

After any failed surgery for incontinence, or after any vaginal surgery complicated by incontinence for that matter, it is\\u000a essential to carry out a complete evaluation of the patient— both subjectively and objectively. Certainly recurrent incontinence\\u000a after previous surgery can usually be treated successfully, but it requires precise patient evaluation because it is imperative\\u000a that the exact functional derangement is

Christopher C. R. Chapple

236

The American Brachytherapy Society Survey of Brachytherapy Practice for Carcinoma of the Cervix in the United States  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose.The purpose of this study was to survey the brachytherapy practice for cervical cancer in the United States.Methods.The Clinical Research Committee of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) performed a retrospective survey of individual physicians of the ABS and American Society of Therapeutic Radiologists and Oncologists regarding the details of the brachytherapy techniques they personally used in the treatment of cervical

Subir Nag; Colin Orton; Donn Young; Beth Erickson

1999-01-01

237

Acr appropriateness Criteria management of vaginal cancer.  

PubMed

Due to its rarity, treatment guidelines for vaginal cancer are extrapolated from institutional reports and prospective studies of cervical and anal cancer. An expert panel was convened to reach consensus on the selection of imaging and therapeutic modalities. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 2 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) used by the panel to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures. In those instances where evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. Four variants were developed to represent clinical scenarios in vaginal cancer management. Group members reached consensus on the appropriateness of the pretreatment evaluation and therapeutic interventions. This article represents the consensus opinion of an expert panel and may be used to inform clinical recommendations in vaginal cancer management. PMID:24575547

Lee, Larissa J; Jhingran, Anuja; Kidd, Elizabeth; Cardenes, Higinia Rosa; Elshaikh, Mohamed A; Erickson, Beth; Mayr, Nina A; Moore, David; Puthawala, Ajmel A; Rao, Gautam G; Small, William; Varia, Mahesh A; Wahl, Andrew O; Wolfson, Aaron H; Yashar, Catheryn M; Yuh, William; Gaffney, David K

2013-11-01

238

Relationship between lactobacilli and opportunistic bacterial pathogens associated with vaginitis  

PubMed Central

Background: Vaginitis, is an infectious inflammation of the vaginal mucosa, which sometimes involves the vulva. The balance of the vaginal flora is maintained by the Lactobacilli and its protective and probiotic role in treating and preventing vaginal infection by producing antagonizing compounds which are regarded as safe for humans. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective role of Lactobacilli against common bacterial opportunistic pathogens in vaginitis and study the effects of some antibiotics on Lactobacilli isolates. Materials and Methods: In this study (110) vaginal swabs were obtained from women suffering from vaginitis who admitted to Babylon Hospital of Maternity and Paediatrics in Babylon province, Iraq. The study involved the role of intrauterine device among married women with vaginitis and also involved isolation of opportunistic bacterial isolates among pregnant and non pregnant women. This study also involved studying probiotic role of Lactobacilli by production of some defense factors like hydrogen peroxide, bacteriocin, and lactic acid. Results: Results revealed that a total of 130 bacterial isolates were obtained. Intrauterine device was a predisposing factor for vaginitis. The most common opportunistic bacterial isolates were Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus agalactiae, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. All Lactobacilli were hydrogen peroxide producers while some isolates were bacteriocin producers that inhibited some of opportunistic pathogens (S. aureus, E. coli). Lactobacilli were sensitive to erythromycin while 93.3% of them were resistant to ciprofloxacin and (40%, 53.3%) of them were resistant to amoxicillin and gentamycin respectively. Results revealed that there was an inverse relationship between Lactobacilli presence and organisms causing vaginitis. This may be attributed to the production of defense factors by Lactobacilli. Conclusion: The types of antibiotics used to treat vaginitis must be very selective in order not to kill the beneficial bacteria (Lactobacilli) that help in preservation of vaginal health and ecosystem as being one of the probiotic bacteria. PMID:22540089

Razzak, Mohammad Sabri A.; Al-Charrakh, Alaa H.; AL-Greitty, Bara Hamid

2011-01-01

239

Long-term outcome and structural integrity following open repair of massive rotator cuff tears  

PubMed Central

Background: Surgical repair of massive rotator cuff tears is associated with less favorable clinical results and a higher retear rate than repair of smaller tears, which is attributed to irreversible degenerative changes of the musculotendinous unit. Materials and Methods: During the study period, 25 consecutive patients with a massive rotator cuff tear were enrolled in the study and the tears were repaired with an open suture anchor repair technique. Preoperative and postoperative clinical assessments were performed with the Constant score, the simple shoulder test (SST) and a pain visual analog scale (VAS). At the final follow-up, rotator cuff strength measurement was evaluated and assessment of tendon integrity, fatty degeneration and muscle atrophy was done using a standardized magnetic resonance imaging protocol. Results: The mean follow-up period was 70 months. The mean constant score improved significantly from 42.3 to 73.1 points at the final follow-up. Both the SST and the pain VAS improved significantly from 5.3 to 10.2 points and from 6.3 to 2.1, respectively. The overall retear rate was 44% after 6 years. Patients with an intact repair had better shoulder scores and rotator cuff strength than those with a failed repair, and also the retear group showed a significant clinical improvement (each P<0.05). Rotator cuff strength in all testing positions was significantly reduced for the operated compared to the contralateral shoulder. Muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration of the rotator cuff muscles did not recover in intact repairs, whereas both parameters progressed in retorn cuffs. Conclusions: Open repair of massive rotator tears achieved high patient satisfaction and a good clinical outcome at the long-term follow-up despite a high retear rate. Also, shoulders with retorn cuffs were significantly improved by the procedure. Muscle atrophy and fatty muscle degeneration could not be reversed after repair and rotator cuff strength still did not equal that of the contralateral shoulder after 6 years. Level of evidence: Level IV PMID:22518073

Bartl, Christoph; Kouloumentas, Pannos; Holzapfel, Konstantin; Eichhorn, Stefan; Wortler, Klaus; Imhoff, Andreas; Salzmann, Gian M

2012-01-01

240

Influence of tendon healing after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair on clinical outcome using single-row Mason-Allen suture technique: a prospective, MRI controlled study  

Microsoft Academic Search

The reported functional results of rotator cuff repair performed arthroscopically have been good. Only little is known about the cuff integrity after arthroscopic repair and how it influences the outcome. The aim of the study is to set a baseline of what rate of healing response respectively re-tears to expect and how cuff integrity alters the outcome. Fifty-three consecutive patients

Sven Lichtenberg; Dennis Liem; Petra Magosch; Peter Habermeyer

2006-01-01

241

Arthroscopic intratendinous repair of the delaminated partial-thickness rotator cuff tear in overhead athletes.  

PubMed

A distinct type of partial-thickness rotator cuff tear has been observed in overhead athletes, characterized by partial failure of the undersurface of the posterior supraspinatus and anterior infraspinatus tendons with intratendinous delamination. We present a technique of percutaneous intratendinous repair using nonabsorbable mattress sutures designed for the management of articular-side delaminated partial-thickness tears. After tear evaluation and preparation, the torn rotator cuff undersurface is held in a reduced position with a grasper through an anterolateral rotator interval portal while viewing intra-articularly. Two spinal needles are then placed percutaneously through the full thickness of the torn and intact rotator cuff. A polydioxanone suture is passed through each needle, retrieved out the anterior portal, and used to shuttle a single nonabsorbable No. 2 suture through the tissue, creating a mattress suture. Multiple mattress sutures can be placed as dictated by tear size and morphology, with suture retrieval and knot securing then proceeding in the subacromial space. We have adopted this approach with the goals of anatomically re-establishing the rotator cuff insertion and sealing the area of intratendinous delamination while preventing significant alteration to the anatomy of the rotator cuff insertion, which could lead to motion deficits, internal impingement, and potential tear recurrence. PMID:18657747

Brockmeier, Stephen F; Dodson, Christopher C; Gamradt, Seth C; Coleman, Struan H; Altchek, David W

2008-08-01

242

Arthroscopic treatment options for irreparable rotator cuff tears of the shoulder.  

PubMed

The management of patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears remains a challenge for orthopaedic surgeons with the final treatment option in many algorithms being either a reverse shoulder arthroplasty or a tendon transfer. The long term results of these procedures are however still widely debated, especially in younger patients. A variety of arthroscopic treatment options have been proposed for patients with an irreparable rotator cuff tear without the presence of arthritis of the glenohumeral joint. These include a simple debridement with or without a biceps tenotomy, partial rotator cuff repair with or without an interval slide, tuberplasty, graft interposition of the rotator cuff, suprascapular nerve ablation, superior capsule reconstruction and insertion of a biodegradable spacer (Inspace) to depress the humeral head. These options should be considered as part of the treatment algorithm in patients with an irreparable rotator cuff and could be used as either as an interim procedure, delaying the need for more invasive surgery in the physiologically young and active, or as potential definitive procedures in the medically unfit. The aim of this review is to highlight and summarise arthroscopic procedures and the results thereof currently utilised in the management of these challenging patients. PMID:25405083

Anley, Cameron M; Chan, Samuel Kl; Snow, Martyn

2014-11-18

243

An epidemiological study of rotator cuff pathology using The Health Improvement Network database.  

PubMed

Little is known about the incidence of rotator cuff pathology or its demographic associations in the general population. We undertook a large epidemiological study of rotator cuff pathology in the United Kingdom using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. The incidence of rotator cuff pathology was 87 per 100,000 person-years. It was more common in women than in men (90 cases per 100,000 person-years in women and 83 per 100,000 person-years in men; p < 0.001). The highest incidence of 198 per 100,000 person-years was found in those aged between 55 and 59 years. The regional distribution of incidence demonstrated an even spread across 13 UK health authorities except Wales, where the incidence was significantly higher (122 per 100,000 person-years; p < 0.001). The lowest socioeconomic group had the highest incidence (98 per 100,000 person-years). The incidence has risen fourfold since 1987 and as of 2006 shows no signs of plateauing. This study represents the largest general population study of rotator cuff pathology reported to date. The results obtained provide an enhanced appreciation of the epidemiology of rotator cuff pathology and may help to direct future upper limb orthopaedic services. PMID:24589790

White, J J E; Titchener, A G; Fakis, A; Tambe, A A; Hubbard, R B; Clark, D I

2014-03-01

244

Arthroscopic treatment options for irreparable rotator cuff tears of the shoulder  

PubMed Central

The management of patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears remains a challenge for orthopaedic surgeons with the final treatment option in many algorithms being either a reverse shoulder arthroplasty or a tendon transfer. The long term results of these procedures are however still widely debated, especially in younger patients. A variety of arthroscopic treatment options have been proposed for patients with an irreparable rotator cuff tear without the presence of arthritis of the glenohumeral joint. These include a simple debridement with or without a biceps tenotomy, partial rotator cuff repair with or without an interval slide, tuberplasty, graft interposition of the rotator cuff, suprascapular nerve ablation, superior capsule reconstruction and insertion of a biodegradable spacer (Inspace) to depress the humeral head. These options should be considered as part of the treatment algorithm in patients with an irreparable rotator cuff and could be used as either as an interim procedure, delaying the need for more invasive surgery in the physiologically young and active, or as potential definitive procedures in the medically unfit. The aim of this review is to highlight and summarise arthroscopic procedures and the results thereof currently utilised in the management of these challenging patients.

Anley, Cameron M; Chan, Samuel KL; Snow, Martyn

2014-01-01

245

The propeller flap concept used in vaginal wall reconstruction.  

PubMed

Most posterior vaginal wall defects are due to abdominoperineal resection for colorectal carcinoma involving the posterior vaginal wall or resection of local malignancies. The rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap, the modified Singapore flap and the gracilis myocutaneous flap remain workhorse solutions for this type of vaginal reconstruction. The introduction of the perforator concept has introduced new therapeutic options using the gluteal donor site region. Recently, perforator-based gluteal flaps have been described as a reliable solution for reconstruction of posterior vaginal wall defects, with low donor site morbidity. Here, we present a new technique to optimise results and minimise morbidity to the patient. PMID:22133384

Smeets, L; Hendrickx, B; Teo, T C

2012-05-01

246

Assessment and characterization of in situ rotator cuff biomechanics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Rotator cuff disease is a degenerative disorder that is a common, costly, and often debilitating, ranging in severity from partial thickness tear, which may cause pain, to total rupture, leading to loss in function. Currently, clinical diagnosis and determination of disease extent relies primarily on subjective assessment of pain, range of motion, and possibly X-ray or ultrasound images. The final treatment plan however is at the discretion of the clinician, who often bases their decision on personal experiences, and not quantitative standards. The use of ultrasound for the assessment of tissue biomechanics is established, such as in ultrasound elastography, where soft tissue biomechanics are measured. Few studies have investigated the use of ultrasound elastography in the characterization of musculoskeletal biomechanics. To assess tissue biomechanics we have developed a device, which measures the force applied to the underlying musculotendentious tissue while simultaneously obtaining the related ultrasound images. In this work, the musculotendinous region of the infraspinatus of twenty asymptomatic male organized baseball players was examined to access the variability in tissue properties within a single patient and across a normal population. Elastic moduli at percent strains less than 15 were significantly different than those above 15 percent strain within the normal population. No significant difference in tissue properties was demonstrated within a single patient. This analysis demonstrated elastic moduli are variable across individuals and incidence. Therefore threshold elastic moduli will likely be a function of variation in local-tissue moduli as opposed to a specific global value.

Trent, Erika A.; Bailey, Lane; Mefleh, Fuad N.; Raikar, Vipul P.; Shanley, Ellen; Thigpen, Charles A.; Dean, Delphine; Kwartowitz, David M.

2013-03-01

247

Calculated vs measured pharyngeal mucosal pressures with the laryngeal mask airway during cuff inflation: assessment of four locations  

Microsoft Academic Search

We have compared calculated with measured pharyngeal mucosal pressures at four different locations on the surface of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) during cuff inflation in 10 anaesthetized, paralysed adult patients. Microchip sensors were attached to a size 5 LMA at the following locations: the anterior and lateral side, tip and backplate. Pressures were recorded during inflation of the cuff

C. Keller; J. Brimacombe; A. Benzer

248

The Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of the Infraspinatus on Shoulder External Rotation Force Production After Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Muscle weakness, particularly of shoulder external rotation, is common after rotator cuff repair surgery. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation has been shown to be an effective adjunct in the enhancement of muscle recruitment. Hypothesis: Shoulder external rotation peak force can be enhanced by neuromuscular electrical stimulation after rotator cuff repair surgery. Study Design: Controlled laboratory study. Methods: Thirty-nine patients (20 men,

Michael M. Reinold; Leonard C. Macrina; Kevin E. Wilk; Jeffrey R. Dugas; E. Lyle Cain; James R. Andrews

249

[Brachytherapy for extremity soft tissue sarcomas].  

PubMed

The standard of care of local treatment for extremities soft tissue sarcomas relies on conservative surgery combined with external beam radiotherapy. Brachytherapy can be realized instead of external beam radiotherapy in selected cases, or more often used as a boost dose on a limited volume on the area at major risk of relapse, especially if a microscopic positive resection is expected. In these cases, this combination allows to obtain the best local control rates published. Close interaction and communication between radiation oncologist and surgeon are mandatory at the time of implantation to limit the risk of side effects. Long-term results are available for low-dose rate brachytherapy. Nowadays, pulsed dose rate is more often used. More limited experience has been reported for high dose rate. PMID:23402876

Delannes, M; Thomas, L; Brun, T; David, I; Ducassou, A

2013-04-01

250

Harmony search optimization for HDR prostate brachytherapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

In high dose-rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy, multiple catheters are inserted interstitially into the target volume. The process of treating the prostate involves calculating and determining the best dose distribution to the target and organs-at-risk by means of optimizing the time that the radioactive source dwells at specified positions within the catheters. It is the goal of this work to investigate

Aditya Panchal

2008-01-01

251

Design and optimization of a brachytherapy robot  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Trans-rectal ultrasound guided (TRUS) low dose rate (LDR) interstitial brachytherapy has become a popular procedure for the treatment of prostate cancer, the most common type of non-skin cancer among men. The current TRUS technique of LDR implantation may result in less than ideal coverage of the tumor with increased risk of negative response such as rectal toxicity and urinary retention. This technique is limited by the skill of the physician performing the implant, the accuracy of needle localization, and the inherent weaknesses of the procedure itself. The treatment may require 100 or more sources and 25 needles, compounding the inaccuracy of the needle localization procedure. A robot designed for prostate brachytherapy may increase the accuracy of needle placement while minimizing the effect of physician technique in the TRUS procedure. Furthermore, a robot may improve associated toxicities by utilizing angled insertions and freeing implantations from constraints applied by the 0.5 cm-spaced template used in the TRUS method. Within our group, Lin et al. have designed a new type of LDR source. The "directional" source is a seed designed to be partially shielded. Thus, a directional, or anisotropic, source does not emit radiation in all directions. The source can be oriented to irradiate cancerous tissues while sparing normal ones. This type of source necessitates a new, highly accurate method for localization in 6 degrees of freedom. A robot is the best way to accomplish this task accurately. The following presentation of work describes the invention and optimization of a new prostate brachytherapy robot that fulfills these goals. Furthermore, some research has been dedicated to the use of the robot to perform needle insertion tasks (brachytherapy, biopsy, RF ablation, etc.) in nearly any other soft tissue in the body. This can be accomplished with the robot combined with automatic, magnetic tracking.

Meltsner, Michael A.

252

Rotating-shield brachytherapy for cervical cancer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this treatment planning study, the potential benefits of a rotating shield brachytherapy (RSBT) technique based on a partially-shielded electronic brachytherapy source were assessed for treating cervical cancer. Conventional intracavitary brachytherapy (ICBT), intracavitary plus supplementary interstitial (IS+ICBT), and RSBT treatment plans for azimuthal emission angles of 180° (RSBT-180) and 45° (RSBT-45) were generated for five patients. For each patient, high-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV) equivalent dose in 2 Gy fractions (EQD2) (?/? = 10 Gy) was escalated until bladder, rectum, or sigmoid colon tolerance EQD2 values were reached. External beam radiotherapy dose (1.8 Gy × 25) was accounted for, and brachytherapy was assumed to have been delivered in 5 fractions. IS+ICBT provided a greater HR-CTV D90 (minimum EQD2 to the hottest 90%) than ICBT. D90 was greater for RSBT-45 than IS+ICBT for all five patients, and greater for RSBT-180 than IS+ICBT for two patients. When the RSBT-45/180 plan with the lowest HR-CTV D90 that was greater than the D90 the ICBT or IS+ICBT plan was selected, the average (range) of D90 increases for RSBT over ICBT and IS+ICBT were 16.2 (6.3-27.2)and 8.5 (0.03-20.16) Gy, respectively. The average (range) treatment time increase per fraction of RSBT was 34.56 (3.68-70.41) min over ICBT and 34.59 (3.57-70.13) min over IS+ICBT. RSBT can increase D90 over ICBT and IS+ICBT without compromising organ-at-risk sparing. The D90 and treatment time improvements from RSBT depend on the patient and shield emission angle.

Yang, Wenjun; Kim, Yusung; Wu, Xiaodong; Song, Qi; Liu, Yunlong; Bhatia, Sudershan K.; Sun, Wenqing; Flynn, Ryan T.

2013-06-01

253

On the assay of brachytherapy sources.  

PubMed

In many of brachytherapy procedures, a large amount of radioactive sources are used to deliver desired doses to the target volume. It is both the federal regulation recommendation (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 10 CFR 35.432) and recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) [Kutcher et al., Med. Phys. 21, 581-618 (1994); Nath et al., Med. Phys. 24, 1557-1598 (1997)] that users independently verify the sources' strength. Though the reports of AAPM Task Group 40 [Kutcher et al., Med. Phys. 21, 581-618 (1994)] and 56 [Nath et al., Med. Phys. 24, 1557-1598 (1997)] have made specific recommendations on the assay of brachytherapy sources, the relevant statistical significance of the recommendations remain unanswered. In this study, statistical theories were used and a method was presented to quantify the assay process of brachytherapy sources and to evaluate the recommendations. The results showed that the quality of a source assay process was dependent on the measured source strength deviation and number of assayed sources. Its dependence on the total number of sources becomes statistically insignificant if the total number is large enough. It was concluded that the assay process can be determined by the obtained assay information, instead of a preset percentage of total sources. It was further found that the use of manufacturer's stated strength value may possibly lead to bigger uncertainty in source strength accuracy, unless the manufacturer's stated strength is the measured mean value of all the ordered sources. PMID:17654900

Yue, Ning J; Haffty, Bruce G; Yue, Jinfeng

2007-06-01

254

Paraspinal tumors: Techniques and results of brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Because of their proximity to nerve roots and the spinal cord, it is frequently difficult to achieve complete resection of paraspinal tumors. We have used brachytherapy in an attempt to prevent local recurrence and its associated neurological sequelae. This report analyzes our experience with 35 patients to determine the feasibility, optimal techniques, and efficacy of this approach. The tumor types were non small-cell lung cancer (18), sarcomas (9), and other tumor types (8). Temporary, single plane implants using Ir-192 (median minimum peripheral dose 3000 cGy) were used in 21 patients, and permanent I-125 implants were used in 14 cases (median matched peripheral dose 12,500 cGy). Local control was achieved in 51% (18/35). However, local control was poor when lung cancers were implanted and in cases where the dura was exposed. Radiation myelitis did not occur despite the combined effects of previous external beam radiotherapy (N = 21) and brachytherapy. Our experience demonstrates that combined surgery and paraspinal brachytherapy can be performed with acceptable toxicity and is reasonably effective in preventing local relapse and its neurologic sequelae, particularly for tumors other than lung cancers.

Armstrong, J.G.; Fass, D.E.; Bains, M.; Mychalczak, B.; Nori, D.; Arbit, E.; Martini, N.; Harrison, L.B. (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (USA))

1991-04-01

255

Myths and fallacies in permanent prostate brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Because there are competing modalities to treat early-stage prostate cancer, the constraints or deficiencies of one modality may be erroneously applied to others. Some valid concerns arising from surgery and external beam therapy, which have been falsely transferred to brachytherapy, are constraints based on patient age, clinical and pathological parameters, patient weight, and size of prostate. Although the constraints have a valid basis in one modality, knowledge of the origin and mechanism of the constraint has provided a means to circumvent or overcome it in brachytherapy. Failures as measured by biochemical no-evidence of disease (bNED) survival may be attributed to extracapsular disease extension. Such extension often expresses itself in surrogate parameters such as a high percentage of positive biopsies, perineural invasion, or the dominant pattern in Gleason score histology. Failures due to such factors may be prevented by implanting with consistent extracapsular dosimetric margins. Some presumed limitations on prostate brachytherapy originated from data on patients implanted in the first few years the procedure was being developed. Most of the urinary morbidity and a significant part of the decrease in sexual function observed may be avoided by controlling the dosimetry along the prostatic and membranous urethra and at the penile bulb.

Butler, Wayne M.; Merrick, Gregory S

2003-09-30

256

MCNP modeling of prostate brachytherapy and organ dosimetry  

E-print Network

MCNP MODELING OF PROSTATE BRACHYTHERAPY AND ORGAN DOSIMETRY A Thesis by SUSRUT RAJANIKANT USGAONKER Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 2003 Major Subject: Health Physics MCNP MODELING OF PROSTATE BRACHYTHERAPY AND ORGAN DOSIMETRY A Thesis by SUSRUT RAJANIKANT USGAONKER Submitted to Texas A...

Usgaonker, Susrut Rajanikant

2004-09-30

257

MIP Models and BB Strategies in Brachytherapy Treatment Optimization  

E-print Network

­Madison Abstract. Brachytherapy (brachy being derived from a Greek word meaning short) is the treatment of cancer of therapy is becoming com­ mon in the treatment of early stage prostate cancer, the most common cancer: brachytherapy, prostate cancer, branch­and­bound, optimization, inte­ ger programming, treatment planning

Meyer, Robert R.

258

Stimulation Stability and Selectivity of Chronically Implanted Multicontact Nerve Cuff Electrodes in the Human Upper Extremity  

PubMed Central

Nine spiral nerve cuff electrodes were implanted in two human subjects for up to three years with no adverse functional effects. The objective of this study was to look at the long term nerve and muscle response to stimulation through nerve cuff electrodes. The nerve conduction velocity remained within the clinically accepted range for the entire testing period. The stimulation thresholds stabilized after approximately 20 weeks. The variability in the activation over time was not different from muscle-based electrodes used in implanted functional electrical stimulation systems. Three electrodes had multiple, independent contacts to evaluate selective recruitment of muscles. A single muscle could be selectively activated from each electrode using single-contact stimulation and the selectivity was increased with the use of field steering techniques. The selectivity after three years was consistent with selectivity measured during the implant surgery. Nerve cuff electrodes are effective for chronic muscle activation and multichannel functional electrical stimulation in humans. PMID:19775987

Polasek, Katharine H.; Hoyen, Harry A.; Keith, Michael W.; Kirsch, Robert F.; Tyler, Dustin J.

2010-01-01

259

Impact of blood pressure cuff inflation rates on flow-mediated dilatation and contralateral arm response.  

PubMed

Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) is widely used as an index of nitric oxide-mediated vasodilator function, yet its methodology has not been well established. Previous research indicates that a rapid inflation of a blood pressure cuff evokes systemic vasoconstriction, as it was observed even on non-occluded contralateral arm. This would potentially contribute to the variability of FMD readings and complicate the emerging evidence that non-occluded contralateral arm fingertip temperature responses during the FMD procedure may be an indicator of the presence of coronary artery disease. To test the hypotheses that rapid inflation of a blood pressure cuff could reduce FMD values and influence contralateral vasodilatory states, 33 apparently healthy adults (18 males and 15 females, 29±6 years) were studied in two randomized FMD trials. The blood flow-occluding cuff was inflated rapidly (<1?s) in one trial or slowly over 10?s in the other trial. Arterial diameter, fingertip temperature and infrared thermography were obtained throughout each session. FMD values were not different between the rapid and slow cuff inflation trials (5.9±0.6 vs 5.9±0.4%). There were no differences in reactive hyperaemia (6.4±1.6 vs 6.2±1.7?AU), shear stress (80±20 vs 77±17?dyn?cm(-2)) and fingertip temperature rebound (TR; 1.8±1.2 vs 1.9±1.0?°C) between the rapid and slow inflation. Changes in finger temperature on the contralateral (non-occluded) arm were positively associated with those on the occluded arm (r=0.26 to 0.61, P<0.05). We concluded that rates of inflating a blood pressure cuff do not affect FMD and TR response, and that neurovascular-induced vasodilatation of the contralateral arm was not observed regardless of cuff inflation rates. PMID:21248779

Lin, H-F; Dhindsa, M S; Tarumi, T; Miles, S C; Umpierre, D; Tanaka, H

2012-01-01

260

Implantation of a Carotid Cuff for Triggering Shear-stress Induced Atherosclerosis in Mice  

PubMed Central

It is widely accepted that alterations in vascular shear stress trigger the expression of inflammatory genes in endothelial cells and thereby induce atherosclerosis (reviewed in 1 and 2). The role of shear stress has been extensively studied in vitro investigating the influence of flow dynamics on cultured endothelial cells 1,3,4 and in vivo in larger animals and humans 1,5,6,7,8. However, highly reproducible small animal models allowing systematic investigation of the influence of shear stress on plaque development are rare. Recently, Nam et al. 9 introduced a mouse model in which the ligation of branches of the carotid artery creates a region of low and oscillatory flow. Although this model causes endothelial dysfunction and rapid formation of atherosclerotic lesions in hyperlipidemic mice, it cannot be excluded that the observed inflammatory response is, at least in part, a consequence of endothelial and/or vessel damage due to ligation. In order to avoid such limitations, a shear stress modifying cuff has been developed based upon calculated fluid dynamics, whose cone shaped inner lumen was selected to create defined regions of low, high and oscillatory shear stress within the common carotid artery 10. By applying this model in Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) knockout mice fed a high cholesterol western type diet, vascular lesions develop upstream and downstream from the cuff. Their phenotype is correlated with the regional flow dynamics 11 as confirmed by in vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 12: Low and laminar shear stress upstream of the cuff causes the formation of extensive plaques of a more vulnerable phenotype, whereas oscillatory shear stress downstream of the cuff induces stable atherosclerotic lesions 11. In those regions of high shear stress and high laminar flow within the cuff, typically no atherosclerotic plaques are observed. In conclusion, the shear stress-modifying cuff procedure is a reliable surgical approach to produce phenotypically different atherosclerotic lesions in ApoE-deficient mice. PMID:22294044

Kuhlmann, Michael T.; Cuhlmann, Simon; Hoppe, Irmgard; Krams, Rob; Evans, Paul C.; Strijkers, Gustav J.; Nicolay, Klaas; Hermann, Sven; Schafers, Michael

2012-01-01

261

T lymphocytes are not required for the development of fatty degeneration after rotator cuff tear  

PubMed Central

Objectives Rotator cuff tears are among the most common and debilitating upper extremity injuries. Chronic cuff tears result in atrophy and an infiltration of fat into the muscle, a condition commonly referred to as ‘fatty degeneration’. While stem cell therapies hold promise for the treatment of cuff tears, a suitable immunodeficient animal model that could be used to study human or other xenograft-based therapies for the treatment of rotator cuff injuries had not previously been identified. Methods A full-thickness, massive supraspinatus and infraspinatus tear was induced in adult T-cell deficient rats. We hypothesised that, compared with controls, 28 days after inducing a tear we would observe a decrease in muscle force production, an accumulation of type IIB fibres, and an upregulation in the expression of genes involved with muscle atrophy, fibrosis and inflammation. Results Chronic cuff tears in nude rats resulted in a 30% to 40% decrease in muscle mass, a 23% reduction in production of muscle force, and an induction of genes that regulate atrophy, fibrosis, lipid accumulation, inflammation and macrophage recruitment. Marked large lipid droplet accumulation was also present. Conclusions The extent of degenerative changes in nude rats was similar to what was observed in T-cell competent rats. T cells may not play an important role in regulating muscle degeneration following chronic muscle unloading. The general similarities between nude and T-cell competent rats suggest the nude rat is likely an appropriate preclinical model for the study of xenografts that have the potential to enhance the treatment of chronically torn rotator cuff muscles. Cite this article: Bone Joint Res 2014;3:262–72. PMID:25185444

Gumucio, J.; Flood, M.; Harning, J.; Phan, A.; Roche, S.; Lynch, E.; Bedi, A.; Mendias, C.

2014-01-01

262

Penile brachytherapy: Results for 49 patients  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To report results for 49 men with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the penis treated with primary penile interstitial brachytherapy at one of two institutions: the Ottawa Regional Cancer Center, Ottawa, and the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Methods and Materials: From September 1989 to September 2003, 49 men (mean age, 58 years; range, 22-93 years) had brachytherapy for penile SCC. Fifty-one percent of tumors were T1, 33% T2, and 8% T3; 4% were in situ and 4% Tx. Grade was well differentiated in 31%, moderate in 45%, and poor in 2%; grade was unspecified for 20%. One tumor was verrucous. All tumors in Toronto had pulsed dose rate (PDR) brachytherapy (n = 23), whereas those in Ottawa had either Iridium wire (n 22) or seeds (n = 4). Four patients had a single plane implant with a plastic tube technique, and all others had a volume implant with predrilled acrylic templates and two or three parallel planes of needles (median, six needles). Mean needle spacing was 13.5 mm (range, 10-18 mm), mean dose rate was 65 cGy/h (range, 33-160 cGy/h), and mean duration was 98.8 h (range, 36-188 h). Dose rates for PDR brachytherapy were 50-61.2 cGy/h, with no correction in total dose, which was 60 Gy in all cases. Results: Median follow-up was 33.4 months (range, 4-140 months). At 5 years, actuarial overall survival was 78.3% and cause-specific survival 90.0%. Four men died of penile cancer, and 6 died of other causes with no evidence of recurrence. The cumulative incidence rate for never having experienced any type of failure at 5 years was 64.4% and for local failure was 85.3%. All 5 patients with local failure were successfully salvaged by surgery; 2 other men required penectomy for necrosis. The soft tissue necrosis rate was 16% and the urethral stenosis rate 12%. Of 8 men with regional failure, 5 were salvaged by lymph node dissection with or without external radiation. All 4 men with distant failure died of disease. Of 49 men, 42 had an intact and tumor-free penis at last follow-up or death. The actuarial penile preservation rate at 5 years was 86.5%. Conclusions: Brachytherapy is an effective treatment for T1, T2, and selected T3 SCC of the penis. Close follow-up is mandatory because local failures and many regional failures can be salvaged by surgery.

Crook, Juanita M. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)]. E-mail: juanita.crook@rmp.uhn.on.ca; Jezioranski, John [Department of Radiation Physics, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Grimard, Laval [Department of Radiation Oncology, Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Esche, Bernd [Department of Radiation Oncology, Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Pond, G. [Department of Biostatistics, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

2005-06-01

263

Directional interstitial brachytherapy from simulation to application  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organs at risk (OAR) are sometimes adjacent to or embedded in or overlap with the clinical target volume (CTV) to be treated. The purpose of this PhD study is to develop directionally low energy gamma-emitting interstitial brachytherapy sources. These sources can be applied between OAR to selectively reduce hot spots in the OARs and normal tissues. The reduction of dose over undesired regions can expand patient eligibility or reduce toxicities for the treatment by conventional interstitial brachytherapy. This study covers the development of a directional source from design optimization to construction of the first prototype source. The Monte Carlo code MCNP was used to simulate the radiation transport for the designs of directional sources. We have made a special construction kit to assemble radioactive and gold-shield components precisely into D-shaped titanium containers of the first directional source. Directional sources have a similar dose distribution as conventional sources on the treated side but greatly reduced dose on the shielded side, with a sharp dose gradient between them. A three-dimensional dose deposition kernel for the 125I directional source has been calculated. Treatment plans can use both directional and conventional 125I sources at the same source strength for low-dose-rate (LDR) implants to optimize the dose distributions. For prostate tumors, directional 125I LDR brachytherapy can potentially reduce genitourinary and gastrointestinal toxicities and improve potency preservation for low risk patients. The combination of better dose distribution of directional implants and better therapeutic ratio between tumor response and late reactions enables a novel temporary LDR treatment, as opposed to permanent or high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for the intermediate risk T2b and high risk T2c tumors. Supplemental external-beam treatments can be shortened with a better brachytherapy boost for T3 tumors. In conclusion, we have successfully finished the design optimization and construction of the first prototype directional source. Potential clinical applications and potential benefits of directional sources have been shown for prostate and breast tumors.

Lin, Liyong

264

Pathology Case Study: Bloody Vaginal Discharge  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is a case study presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Pathology in which an elderly woman experienced bloody vaginal discharge long after menopause. Visitors are given both the microscopic pap smear and biopsy findings, including images, and are given the opportunity to diagnose the patient. This is an excellent resource for students in the health sciences to familiarize themselves with using patient history and laboratory results to diagnose disease. It is also a helpful site for educators to use to introduce or test student learning in gynecologic pathology.

Dickson, H.; Mahood, L.; Manlucu, E. D.; Nath, Manju E.

2008-10-28

265

Vaginal mass following uncemented total hip arthroplasty  

PubMed Central

A 53-year-old woman developed a vaginal mass following an uncemented total hip arthroplasty. The mass was in direct communication with the hip through an acetabular medial wall defect after loosening of the acetabular component. The mass formation was caused simultaneously by changes secondary to polyethylene wear, a tiny delamination of the porous titanium mesh coating and a broken antirotational tab on the acetabular cup, all of which may have served as sources of metal particles. A careful evaluation of the patient's history, symptoms, X-ray findings and computed tomography scans should always be performed to ensure accurate diagnosis.

Shin, Young-Soo; Jung, Tae-Wan; Han, Seung-Beom

2014-01-01

266

Vaginal mass following uncemented total hip arthroplasty.  

PubMed

A 53-year-old woman developed a vaginal mass following an uncemented total hip arthroplasty. The mass was in direct communication with the hip through an acetabular medial wall defect after loosening of the acetabular component. The mass formation was caused simultaneously by changes secondary to polyethylene wear, a tiny delamination of the porous titanium mesh coating and a broken antirotational tab on the acetabular cup, all of which may have served as sources of metal particles. A careful evaluation of the patient's history, symptoms, X-ray findings and computed tomography scans should always be performed to ensure accurate diagnosis. PMID:25404779

Shin, Young-Soo; Jung, Tae-Wan; Han, Seung-Beom

2014-11-01

267

Cellular response and extracellular matrix breakdown in rotator cuff tendon rupture  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose  The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the disruption of ECM and cellular events including autophagic\\u000a cell death, apoptosis and cell differentiation into myofibroblasts in the degenerative rotator cuff tendon.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  Tendon samples were collected from 30 patients undergoing surgery for rotator cuff tears. Apoptosis, autophagic cell death\\u000a and myofibroblasts of the tendon cells in the ruptured

Bing Wu; Jimin Chen; Tammyl Dela Rosa; Qian Yu; Allan Wang; Jiake Xu; Ming-Hao Zheng

2011-01-01

268

Vaginal Eroticism and Female Orgasm: A Current Appraisal  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the light of very recent studies, this paper reviews two controversial issues in the area of female sexuality: vaginal eroticism and female orgasm. From the available evidence, it is concluded that most (and probably all) women possess vaginal zones, mainly located on the anterior wall, whose tactile stimulation can lead to orgasm. The apparent contradiction between this finding and

Heli Alzate

1985-01-01

269

Predictive score for vaginal birth after cesarean section  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to evaluate the relative weight of the different variables that may influence the chances of vaginal birth after one cesarean delivery, with the aim of developing a predictive score for success of such a trial. STUDY DESIGN: In this retrospective study, which covered a 10-year period (1981 to 1990), 471 women who attempted vaginal birth at

Daniel Weinstein; Abraham Benshushan; Vasilios Tanos; Ronit Zilberstein; Nathan Rojansky

1996-01-01

270

Vaginal birth after cesarean among women with gestational diabetes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: We sought to determine the pregnancy and infant outcomes of women with gestational diabetes who attempted vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery. Study Design: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to compare women with gestational diabetes with matched control subjects without diabetes who attempted vaginal birth after cesarean at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, from January 1, 1989, through December

Traci L. Coleman; Hugh Randall; William Graves; Michael Lindsay

2001-01-01

271

Estradiol-delivering vaginal rings for hormone replacement therapy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: This study was undertaken to determine the relief of climacteric symptoms by vaginal rings delivering estradiol and to monitor estrogen levels. Study Design: Rings releasing in vitro either 60 or 140 ?g\\/d estradiol were used by 35 women who had undergone hysterectomy for each dose level. Hot flash and night sweat incidences, vaginal conditions, and complaints were recorded at

Harold A. Nash; Francisco Alvarez-Sanchez; Daniel R. Mishell; Ian S. Fraser; Takeshi Maruo; Troy M. Harmon

1999-01-01

272

Immunological Characterization of Human Vaginal Xenografts in Immunocompromised Mice  

PubMed Central

A small animal model for the in vivo study of human immunodeficiency virus-1 and other fastidious infectious agents in human host target tissues is critical for the advancement of therapeutic and preventative strategies. Our laboratory has developed a human vaginal xenograft model that histologically recapitulates features of the human vaginal epithelial barrier. Vaginal xenografts were surgically implanted into C.B.-Igh-1b/IcrTac-Prkdcscid (SCID) and NOD/LtSz-scid/scid (NOD/SCID) mice, with and without human peripheral blood mononuclear cell reconstitution. Immunohistochemical staining of vaginal xenografts demonstrated that in the SCID strain healed vaginal xenografts did not retain intrinsic human immune cells at baseline levels, whereas the NOD/SCID strain supported retention of intrinsic human immune cell populations within the xenografts for at least 2 months after engraftment. In peripheral blood mononuclear cell-reconstituted NOD/SCID mice with vaginal xenografts, flow cytometric analyses detected human immune cell populations in the peripheral blood and immunohistochemical methods detected infiltration of human CD45+ cells in the mouse spleens and vaginal xenografts for at least 2 months after reconstitution. This optimized NOD/SCID human vaginal xenograft model may provide a unique small animal in vivo system for the study of human immunodeficiency virus-1 transmission and infection. PMID:11733382

Kish, Tina M.; Budgeon, Lynn R.; Welsh, Patricia A.; Howett, Mary K.

2001-01-01

273

Vaginal hygiene and douching: perspectives of Hispanic men  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vaginal douching is widely practised by women in the USA, particularly among minority ethnic groups, and is associated with increased risk of pelvic and vaginal infections. Douching practices are shaped by social and cultural norms regarding female hygiene, reproduction and sexuality. Little previous research has addressed the beliefs and practices of Latina women and none has included the perspective of

Diane McKee; María Baquero; Matthew Anderson; Alison Karasz

2009-01-01

274

Variation in vaginal breech delivery rates by hospital type  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: To relate vaginal breech delivery rates to the following hospital types: public, health maintenance organization, private teaching, or private nonteaching.Methods: In a retrospective study using administrative discharge data from Los Angeles County, California, we calculated the vaginal breech delivery rates of singleton breech deliveries during calendar years 1988 and 1991.Results: Ten thousand four hundred breech deliveries were identified, 8988

Kimberly D Gregory; Lisa M Korst; Michael Krychman; Patricia Cane; Lawrence D Platt

2001-01-01

275

Arthroscopic treatment of ruptures of the rotator cuff.  

PubMed

566 patients with shoulder disease were treated at the Clinic of Orthopaedics at the University Hospital Olomouc. Of these, 181 were operated for ruptures of the rotator cuff (RC). They were categorised according to the Gschwend classification, age and gender(1). Laterality of the operated limb was also evaluated. Patients with ruptures larger than 4 cm were treated by open operation. 84 shoulders with ruptures classified as Gschwend I, II and IIIa -52 males and 32 females-were treated arthroscopically. The age of the operated patients ranged from 40-60 years. In both genders, the right shoulder was more often affected. Two operating techniques were used: 1) Transosseal refixation of the RC muscle tendons, using RC MITEK anchor implants, 2) "End to end" sutures, without implants(2-4). Operating time was reduced to 30-40 min. The operating results were evaluated according to the UCLA criteria- University of California Shoulder Rating Score(2). 45 patients achieved excellent results (53 %), 35 patients had good results (42 %), and 4 patients (5 %) obtained satisfactory results. None of the patients obtained poor results- a score of less than 20 was poor. Patients felt comfortable following the operation and none had any post-operational complications. The author is convinced, along with others, that arthroscopic suturing of RC ruptures classified I-IIIa allows for rupture treatment that in the past had to be treated by open technique(2-5). The deltoid muscle is not affected by arthroscopy. There is normalisation of the patient's movement, pain, force, and rotational stability is comparable to the healthy limb. Treatment time is reduced to a minimum and the patient may soon return to normal daily life. PMID:16601771

Holibka, Radomír; Kalina, Radim; Pach, Miroslav; R?zicková, Katherine

2005-12-01

276

Pap test--with or without vaginal smear?  

PubMed

The aim of this study was to evaluate medical and economic justification of vaginal smears as a part of primary screening for cervical carcinoma and its precursors. Study included 245.048 participants whose VCE (vaginal, cervical, endocervical) smears were examined at Department of clinical cytology of University Hospital Center Osijek from 2003 till 2008. There were 12.639 (5.2%) abnormal findings, and they were divided into three groups: abnormal cells found only in vaginal smear (V), abnormal cells found in vaginal and in at least one other smear (V+) and abnormal cells not found in vaginal smear (C/E). These three groups were analysed in respect to cytological differential diagnosis and age of participants. It was estimated how many women could be additionally included in the screening, if vaginal smear would be included in the Pap test only after 50 years of age. In 6.9% of cytologically diagnosed lesions abnormal cells were found exclusively in vaginal smears (0.35% of all findings). As for squamous cell lesions, 91.2% were mild lesions (ASC and LSIL). Invasive squamous cell carcinoma was not diagnosed exclusively by vaginal smear in either woman under 50 years of age, while in women over 50 years of age it was diagnosed in 2.3% of cases. Exclusively by vaginal smear was diagnosed 3.9% of all AGC and 6.3% of adenocarcinoma, while in 85.0% of glandular epithelium lesions abnormal cells were not found in vaginal smears. Two thirds of adenocarcinoma diagnosed exclusively by vaginal smears were endometrial adenocarcinoma, but that is only 10.3% of all endometrial carcinoma diagnosed by Pap test. Obtained results show that taking of vaginal smears along with cervical and endocervical smears as a part of primary screening for cervical carcinoma and its precursors in women under 50 years of age is not justifiable, since vaginal smear only has a role in detection of endometrial carcinoma that are extremely rare in younger age groups. If vaginal smear would be taken only in women over 50 years of age, additional 37.7% of women under 50, or 25.1% women over 50 years of age could be included in the screening. PMID:20437636

Milici?-Juhas, Valerija; Peri?, Marija; Pajtler, Marija; Prvulovi?, Ivana; Curzik, Darko

2010-03-01

277

REPAIR OF VESICO-VAGINAL FISTULA  

PubMed Central

One hundred and thirteen patients with vesico-vaginal fistula were seen at the University of California Hospital from 1932 through 1959. The most common cause of fistula was trauma associated with pelvic operation, and the operation most often involved was total abdominal hysterectomy. Malignant disease of the pelvic organs was the second most common cause, while radiation therapy and obstetrical causes were next in the order of frequency. Three fistulas healed spontaneously. Twelve bladder by-pass operations were done and 54 repairs were carried out in 46 patients. Thirty-eight patients (82.6 per cent) were cured after one or more repair operations. A variety of operative approaches were used, selected in accordance with the needs of the individual case. Bladder distention postoperatively, due to a plugged catheter, was held responsible for failure of the repair in three cases, and this complication was considered preventable. Close attention to surgical technique, the recognition of bladder injury, and proper repair at the time of operation are prime factors in the prevention of vesico-vaginal fistula. PMID:13954511

Hill, Edward C.

1962-01-01

278

Vaginal microbial flora analysis by next generation sequencing and microarrays; can microbes indicate vaginal origin in a forensic context?  

PubMed

Forensic analysis of biological traces generally encompasses the investigation of both the person who contributed to the trace and the body site(s) from which the trace originates. For instance, for sexual assault cases, it can be beneficial to distinguish vaginal samples from skin or saliva samples. In this study, we explored the use of microbial flora to indicate vaginal origin. First, we explored the vaginal microbiome for a large set of clinical vaginal samples (n?=?240) by next generation sequencing (n?=?338,184 sequence reads) and found 1,619 different sequences. Next, we selected 389 candidate probes targeting genera or species and designed a microarray, with which we analysed a diverse set of samples; 43 DNA extracts from vaginal samples and 25 DNA extracts from samples from other body sites, including sites in close proximity of or in contact with the vagina. Finally, we used the microarray results and next generation sequencing dataset to assess the potential for a future approach that uses microbial markers to indicate vaginal origin. Since no candidate genera/species were found to positively identify all vaginal DNA extracts on their own, while excluding all non-vaginal DNA extracts, we deduce that a reliable statement about the cellular origin of a biological trace should be based on the detection of multiple species within various genera. Microarray analysis of a sample will then render a microbial flora pattern that is probably best analysed in a probabilistic approach. PMID:22282153

Benschop, Corina C G; Quaak, Frederike C A; Boon, Mathilde E; Sijen, Titia; Kuiper, Irene

2012-03-01

279

Bacterial vaginosis, vaginal flora patterns and vaginal hygiene practices in patients presenting with vaginal discharge syndrome in The Gambia, West Africa  

PubMed Central

Background Bacterial vaginosis (BV) – a syndrome characterised by a shift in vaginal flora – appears to be particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, but little is known of the pattern of vaginal flora associated with BV in Africa. We conducted a study aimed at determining the prevalence of BV and patterns of BV-associated vaginal micro-flora among women with vaginal discharge syndrome (VDS) in The Gambia, West Africa. Methods We enrolled 227 women with VDS from a large genito-urinary medicine clinic in Fajara, The Gambia. BV was diagnosed by the Nugent's score and Amsel's clinical criteria. Vaginal swabs were collected for T vaginalis and vaginal flora microscopy, and for Lactobacillus spp, aerobic organisms, Candida spp and BV-associated bacteria (Gardnerella vaginalis, anaerobic bacteria, and Mycoplasma spp) cultures; and cervical swabs were collected for N gonorrhoeae culture and C trachomatis PCR. Sera were tested for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies. Sexual health history including details on sexual hygiene were obtained by standardised questionnaire. Results BV prevalence was 47.6% by Nugent's score and 30.8% by Amsel's clinical criteria. Lactobacillus spp were isolated in 37.8% of women, and 70% of the isolates were hydrogen-peroxide (H202)-producing strains. Prevalence of BV-associated bacteria were: G vaginalis 44.4%; Bacteroides 16.7%; Prevotella 15.2%; Peptostretococcus 1.5%; Mobiluncus 0%; other anaerobes 3.1%; and Mycoplasma hominis 21.4%. BV was positively associated with isolation of G vaginalis (odds-ratio [OR] 19.42, 95%CI 7.91 – 47.6) and anaerobes (P = 0.001 [OR] could not be calculated), but not with M hominis. BV was negatively associated with presence of Lactobacillus (OR 0.07, 95%CI 0.03 – 0.15), and H2O2-producing lactobacilli (OR 0.12, 95% CI 0.05 – 0.28). Presence of H2O2-producing lactobacilli was associated with significantly lower prevalence of G vaginalis, anaerobes and C trachomatis. HIV prevalence was 12.8%. Overall, there was no association between BV and HIV, and among micro-organisms associated with BV, only Bacteroides spp. and Prevotella spp. were associated with HIV. BV or vaginal flora patterns were not associated with any of the factors relating to sexual hygiene practices (vaginal douching, menstrual hygiene, female genital cutting). Conclusion In this population, BV prevalence was higher than in corresponding populations in industrialised countries, but the pattern of vaginal micro-flora associated with BV was similar. BV or vaginal flora patterns were not associated with HIV nor with any of the vaginal hygiene characteristics. PMID:15757510

Demba, Edward; Morison, Linda; van der Loeff, Maarten Schim; Awasana, Akum A; Gooding, Euphemia; Bailey, Robin; Mayaud, Philippe; West, Beryl

2005-01-01

280

Three-Dimensional Imaging in Gynecologic Brachytherapy: A Survey of the American Brachytherapy Society  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To determine current practice patterns with regard to three-dimensional (3D) imaging for gynecologic brachytherapy among American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) members. Methods and Materials: Registered physician members of the ABS received a 19-item survey by e-mail in August 2007. This report excludes physicians not performing brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Results: Of the 256 surveys sent, we report results for 133 respondents who perform one or more implantations per year for locally advanced cervical cancer. Ultrasound aids 56% of physicians with applicator insertion. After insertion, 70% of physicians routinely obtain a computed tomography (CT) scan. The majority (55%) use CT rather than X-ray films (43%) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; 2%) for dose specification to the cervix. However, 76% prescribe to Point A alone instead of using a 3D-derived tumor volume (14%), both Point A and tumor volume (7%), or mg/h (3%). Those using 3D imaging routinely contour the bladder and rectum (94%), sigmoid (45%), small bowel (38%), and/or urethra (8%) and calculate normal tissue dose-volume histogram (DVH) analysis parameters including the D2cc (49%), D1cc (36%), D0.1cc (19%), and/or D5cc (19%). Respondents most commonly modify the treatment plan based on International Commission on Radiation Units bladder and/or rectal point dose values (53%) compared with DVH values (45%) or both (2%). Conclusions: More ABS physician members use CT postimplantation imaging than plain films for visualizing the gynecologic brachytherapy apparatus. However, the majority prescribe to Point A rather than using 3D image based dosimetry. Use of 3D image-based treatment planning for gynecologic brachytherapy has the potential for significant growth in the United States.

Viswanathan, Akila N., E-mail: aviswanathan@lroc.harvard.ed [Department of Radiation Oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Erickson, Beth A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (United States)

2010-01-15

281

The dosimetry of brachytherapy-induced erectile dysfunction  

SciTech Connect

There is emerging evidence that brachytherapy-induced erectile dysfunction (ED) is technique-related and may be minimized by careful attention to source placement. Herein, we review the relationship between radiation doses to the prostate gland/surrounding structures and the development of brachytherapy-induced ED. The permanent prostate brachytherapy literature was reviewed using MEDLINE searches to ensure completeness. Although the site-specific structure associated with brachytherapy-induced ED remains unknown, there is an increasing body of data implicating the proximal penis. With day 0 CT-based dosimetry, the dose to 50% (D{sub 50}) and 25% (D{sub 25}) of the bulb of the penis should be maintained below 40% and 60% mPD, respectively, while the crura D{sub 50} should be maintained below 28% mPD to maximize post-brachytherapy potency. To date, there is no data to suggest that either radiation doses to the neurovascular bundles or choice of isotope is associated with brachytherapy-induced ED, while conflicting data has been reported regarding radiation dose to the prostate and the use of supplemental external beam radiation therapy. Although the etiology of brachytherapy-induced ED is likely multifactorial, the available data supports the proximal penis as an important site-specific structure. Refinements in implant technique, including preplanning and intraoperative seed placement, will result in lower radiation doses to the proximal penis with potential improvement in potency preservation.

Merrick, Gregory S.; Butler, Wayne M

2003-12-31

282

Suitable location and optimum bladder width for the occluding cuff used for indirect arterial blood pressure measurements at the wrist.  

PubMed

Using a finite element method (FEM) and a volume oscillometric method with a photo-electric plethysmograph, we tried to determine which location(s) and which bladder width(s) of the occluding cuff would allow the most accurate indirect blood pressure measurements at the human wrist. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist allowed us to determine the geometry of two-dimensional (2D) finite element models. FEM analysis showed that the pressure transmission ratio (calculated tissue pressure: externally applied pressure) from the cuff to the radial artery (RA) was 100% when the cuff was placed over the site (L1) at which the RA crosses the most protuberant spot on the volar aspect of the distal end of the radius. In fact, the mean blood pressure (BPM) measured at this site in human subjects coincided with that measured at the upper arm (BPMA). In addition, a three-dimensional (3D) FEM was constructed by extending the 2D FEM at site L1 in the longitudinal direction to investigate the relation between pressure transmission to the RA and cuff bladder width. FEM analysis using the 3D finite element model showed that for all cuff widths greater than 0.25 times the diameter of the wrist, the external pressure was transmitted almost completely to the RA beneath the cuff center. Moreover, when the cuff width was as large as 0.45 times the diameter of the wrist, the BPM measured at site L1 in human subjects was similar to the BPMA. The theoretical and experimental results in the present study both suggest that for accurate indirect blood pressure measurements at the wrist, the L1 site is a suitable location for the occluding cuff and a cuff whose bladder width is more than one-third but less than one-half the wrist diameter can be used. PMID:10354907

Lu, W; Tsukada, A; Kawarada, A; Sasaki, K

1999-01-01

283

An improved technique for tail-cuff blood pressure measurements with dark-tailed mice  

Microsoft Academic Search

Study of the genetics of hypertension has been facilitated greatly by the use of mice with modified genes that affect blood pressure. A current successful method for measuring blood pressure in mice relies on detection of light passing through the tail to determine the pressure in a tail-cuff necessary to stop pulsed flow. Success in obtaining reliable blood pressure measurements

J R Hagaman; S John; L Xu; O Smithies; N Maeda

2005-01-01

284

The Single Needle Lockstitch Machine. [Making and Setting Cuffs.] Module 6.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This module on making and setting cuffs, one in a series on the single needle lockstitch sewing machine for student self-study, contains three sections. Each section includes the following parts: an introduction, directions, an objective, learning activities, student information, student self-check, check-out activities, and an instructor's final…

South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.

285

Eccentric training as a new approach for rotator cuff tendinopathy: Review and perspectives  

PubMed Central

Excessive mechanical loading is considered the major cause of rotator cuff tendinopathy. Although tendon problems are very common, they are not always easy to treat. Eccentric training has been proposed as an effective conservative treatment for the Achilles and patellar tendinopathies, but less evidence exists about its effectiveness for the rotator cuff tendinopathy. The mechanotransduction process associated with an adequate dose of mechanical load might explain the beneficial results of applying the eccentric training to the tendons. An adequate load increases healing and an inadequate (over or underuse) load can deteriorate the tendon structure. Different eccentric training protocols have been used in the few studies conducted for people with rotator cuff tendinopathy. Further, the effects of the eccentric training for rotator cuff tendinopathy were only evaluated on pain, function and strength. Future studies should assess the effects of the eccentric training also on shoulder kinematics and muscle activity. Individualization of the exercise prescription, comprehension and motivation of the patients, and the establishment of specific goals, practice and efforts should all be considered when prescribing the eccentric training. In conclusion, eccentric training should be used aiming improvement of the tendon degeneration, but more evidence is necessary to establish the adequate dose-response and to determine long-term follow-up effects. PMID:25405092

Camargo, Paula R; Alburquerque-Sendín, Francisco; Salvini, Tania F

2014-01-01

286

Saline as an alternative to air for filling the laryngeal mask airway cuff  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary We have assessed a new method to evacuate saline completely from the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) cuff and tested the hypothesis that intracuff pressures, fibreoptic position and oropharyngeal leak pressures are similar for saline compared with air during nitrous oxide-oxygen anaesthesia. Eight size 4 LMA were inflated with saline 30 ml. After syringe evacuation, median residual weight was 0.56

A. COOREY; J. BRIMACOMBE; C. KELLER

287

Rotator cuff tears in patients younger than 50 years of age.  

PubMed

The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of rotator cuff tears and the clinical outcome of rotator cuff repair in patients under 50 years of age. Sixty-eight patients (72 shoulders) aged < 50 years, who underwent repair of rotator cuff tears were evaluated. We analyzed the cause of injury, tear size, time from symptom onset to surgery, and rate that patients returned to previous jobs and sports. Postoperative results were assessed by pain, strength, range of motion, and UCLA scoring system. Most of the injuries were caused by an unambiguous traumatic event. The tear size generally was medium or large, while the time from symptom onset to surgery was shorter than that seen in a mixed population. The postoperative outcomes generally were good to excellent, and the rate that patients returned to previous jobs and sports was high. The findings suggest that a good outcome after early repair in younger patients with traumatic rotator cuff tears can be expected. PMID:23162954

Lin, Yi-Pin; Huang, Tung-Fu; Hung, Shih-Chieh; Ma, Hsiao-Li; Liu, Chien-Lin

2012-10-01

288

Clinical, socio-demographic and radiological predictors of short-term outcome in rotator cuff disease  

PubMed Central

Background Shoulder pain is common with rotator cuff disease as the most frequently used clinical diagnosis. There is a wide range of treatment options for this condition, but limited evidence to guide patients and clinicians in the choice of treatment strategy. The purpose of this study was to investigate possible prognostic factors of short-term outcome after corticosteroid injection for rotator cuff disease. Methods We performed analyses of data from 104 patients who had participated in a randomized controlled study. Socio-demographic, clinical and radiographic baseline factors were assessed for association with outcome at six-weeks follow-up evaluated by Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) and patient perceived outcome. Factors with significant univariate association were entered into multivariate linear and logistic regression analyses. Results In the multivariate analyses; a high SPADI score indicating pain and disability at follow-up was associated with decreasing age, male gender, high baseline pain and disability, being on sick-leave, and using regular pain medication. A successful patient perceived outcome was associated with not being on sick-leave, high active abduction, local corticosteroid injection and previous cortisone injections. Structural findings of rotator cuff tendon pathology on MRI and bursal exudation or thickening on ultrasonography did not contribute to the predictive model. Conclusions Baseline characteristics were associated with outcome after corticosteroid injection in rotator cuff disease. Sick-leave was the best predictor of poor short-term outcome. Trial registration: Clinical trials NCT00640575 PMID:20950433

2010-01-01

289

A less invasive surgery for rotator cuff tear: Mini-open repair  

Microsoft Academic Search

As a less invasive surgery of the shoulder, the mini-open repair was carried out from March 1997 through December 1998 in 22 patients (mini-open repair group) for all types of rotator cuff tears, except massive tears. A transacromial skin incision about 3 cm long was made. The anterior deltoid was split along its muscle fibers, and an anterior acromioplasty was

Yukihiko Hata; Satoru Saitoh; Narumichi Murakami; Hiroshi Seki; Yukio Nakatsuchi; Kunio Takaoka

2001-01-01

290

Transplantation of teres major muscle for infraspinatus muscle in irreparable rotator cuff tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors suggest transfer of teres major muscle for a detached and atrophic infraspinatus muscle in irreparable rotator cuff tears. Original studies were done on cadavers. In the period between November 1993 and June 1994, we used this technique on 6 patients. Those patients were evaluated with the Constant-Murley test and improved from an average of 40 points (minimum 27

Luigi Celli; Claudio Rovesta; Maria Carmen Marongiu; Stetano Manzieri

1998-01-01

291

“Bursal reactions” in rotator cuff tearing, the impingement syndrome, and calcifying tendinitis  

Microsoft Academic Search

Subacromial bursal specimens from 63 patients undergoing surgery for rotator cuff tearing (n = 43), the impingement syndrome (n = 14), and calcifying tendinitis (n = 6) were studied to characterize the reactions that develop at the tendinopathy “lesional” sites. Intensity of the bursal reactions and production of type III collagen vary considerably, with the highest incidence of both seen

Hirotada Ishii; Jacques A Brunet; R. Peter Welsh; Hans K Uhthoff

1997-01-01

292

RC-QOL score for rotator cuff pathology: adaptation to Italian.  

PubMed

We translated and adapted the English RC-QOL (rotator cuff quality of life) questionnaire into Italian and performed reliability and validity evaluations of the Italian RC-QOL version in patients with rotator cuff tears. The RC-QOL English version was translated into Italian by a bilingual orthopaedic surgeon. The back translation of the Italian version into English was performed by another bilingual orthopaedic surgeon. The original version was compared with the back translation. The RC-QOL questionnaire was then administered to 22 subjects (range 45-74 years) with a diagnosis of rotator cuff tears. For test-retest evaluation, the 22 patients were asked to complete the questionnaire at first examination, and 30 min following the end of this examination. The intraclass correlation coefficient for the 22 patients was 0.94 (95% CI = 0.85-0.98), indicating a high reliability. There were no significant differences between the scores immediately after the consultation and 30 min later. The Italian and the English versions of the RC-QOL questionnaire evaluate the same aspects of clinical severity in patients with rotator cuff tears. PMID:19838675

Papalia, Rocco; Osti, Leonardo; Leonardi, Francesco; Denaro, Vincenzo; Maffulli, Nicola

2010-10-01

293

Comparison of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in healthy patients over and under 65 years of age.  

PubMed

We compared the outcomes of arthroscopically repaired rotator cuff tears in 28 patients older than 65 years (the over 65 group: median age 70 years) with a control group of 28 patients younger than 65 years (the under 65 group: median age 57 years). The groups were similar in regard to sex distribution, surgical technique, and post-operative rehabilitation programmes, but different in age. After careful arthroscopic evaluation of the full-thickness rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff repair and biceps tenotomy were performed in all patients. Pre- and post-operatively, each patient was evaluated for range of motion, shoulder score (UCLA), and SF-36 self-administered questionnaire. Comparing pre- versus post-operative status at a minimum 24 months follow-up, forward elevation, internal and external rotation, modified UCLA rating system scores, and SF-36 scores improved significantly in both groups, with no significant difference between the groups. At the last follow-up, strength improved significantly in both groups, with non-significant intergroup difference. The Popeye sign was detected in 13/28 (46%) of the patients in the over 65 group and in 11/28 (39%) in the under 65 group (? = 0.29) with non-significant difference between the two groups. In selected active patients older than 65, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair associated with biceps tenotomy (when necessary) can yield clinical and related quality of life outcomes similar to those of patients younger than 65 years. PMID:20182868

Osti, Leonardo; Papalia, Rocco; Del Buono, Angelo; Denaro, Vincenzo; Maffulli, Nicola

2010-12-01

294

Eccentric training as a new approach for rotator cuff tendinopathy: Review and perspectives.  

PubMed

Excessive mechanical loading is considered the major cause of rotator cuff tendinopathy. Although tendon problems are very common, they are not always easy to treat. Eccentric training has been proposed as an effective conservative treatment for the Achilles and patellar tendinopathies, but less evidence exists about its effectiveness for the rotator cuff tendinopathy. The mechanotransduction process associated with an adequate dose of mechanical load might explain the beneficial results of applying the eccentric training to the tendons. An adequate load increases healing and an inadequate (over or underuse) load can deteriorate the tendon structure. Different eccentric training protocols have been used in the few studies conducted for people with rotator cuff tendinopathy. Further, the effects of the eccentric training for rotator cuff tendinopathy were only evaluated on pain, function and strength. Future studies should assess the effects of the eccentric training also on shoulder kinematics and muscle activity. Individualization of the exercise prescription, comprehension and motivation of the patients, and the establishment of specific goals, practice and efforts should all be considered when prescribing the eccentric training. In conclusion, eccentric training should be used aiming improvement of the tendon degeneration, but more evidence is necessary to establish the adequate dose-response and to determine long-term follow-up effects. PMID:25405092

Camargo, Paula R; Alburquerque-Sendín, Francisco; Salvini, Tania F

2014-11-18

295

Impingement syndrome of the shoulder following double row suture anchor technique for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: a case report  

PubMed Central

Introduction Arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff is a demanding surgery. Accurate placement of anchors is key to success. Case presentation A 38-year-old woman received arthroscopic repair of her rotator cuff using a double row suture anchor technique. Postoperatively, she developed impingement syndrome which resulted from vertical displacement of a suture anchor once the shoulder was mobilised. The anchor was removed eight weeks following initial surgery and the patient had an uneventful recovery. Conclusion Impingement syndrome following arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuffs using double row suture anchor has not been widely reported. This is the first such case where anchoring has resulted in impingement syndrome. PMID:19830217

2009-01-01

296

Prospective observational study on tracheal tube cuff pressures in emergency patients– is neglecting the problem the problem?  

PubMed Central

Background Inappropriately cuffed tracheal tubes can lead to inadequate ventilation or silent aspiration, or to serious tracheal damage. Cuff pressures are of particular importance during aeromedical transport as they increase due to decreased atmospheric pressure at flight level. We hypothesised, that cuff pressures are frequently too high in emergency and critically ill patients but are dependent on providers’ professional background. Methods Tracheal cuff pressures in patients intubated before arrival of a helicopter-based rescue team were prospectively recorded during a 12-month period. Information about the method used for initial cuff pressure assessment, profession of provider and time since intubation was collected by interview during patient handover. Indications for helicopter missions were either Intensive Care Unit (ICU) transports or emergency transfers. ICU transports were between ICUs of two hospitals. Emergency transfers were either evacuation from the scene or transfer from an emergency department to a higher facility. Results This study included 101 patients scheduled for aeromedical transport. Median cuff pressure measured at handover was 45 (25.0/80.0) cmH2O; range, 8-120 cmH2O. There was no difference between patient characteristics and tracheal tube-size or whether anaesthesia personnel or non-anaesthesia personnel inflated the cuff (30 (24.8/70.0) cmH2O vs. 50 (28.0/90.0) cmH2O); p?=?0.113. With regard to mission type (63 patients underwent an emergency transfer, 38 patients an ICU transport), median cuff pressure was different: 58 (30.0/100.0) cmH2O in emergency transfers vs. 30 (20.0/45.8) cmH2O in inter-ICU transports; p?cuff pressure assessment by the intubating team, a manometer had been applied in 2 of 59 emergency transfers and in 20 of 34 inter-ICU transports (method was unknown for 4 cases each). If a manometer was used, median cuff pressure was 27 (20.0/30.0) cmH2O, if not 70 (47.3/102.8) cmH2O; p?Cuff pressures in the pre-hospital setting and in intensive care units are often too high. Interestingly, there is no significant difference between non-anaesthesia and anaesthesia personnel. Acceptable cuff pressures are best achieved when a cuff pressure manometer has been used. This method seems to be the only feasible one and is recommended for general use. PMID:24304522

2013-01-01

297

Brachytherapy in the treatment of cervical cancer: a review  

PubMed Central

Dramatic advances have been made in brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Radiation treatment planning has evolved from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, incorporating magnetic resonance imaging and/or computed tomography into the treatment paradigm. This allows for better delineation and coverage of the tumor, as well as improved avoidance of surrounding organs. Consequently, advanced brachytherapy can achieve very high rates of local control with a reduction in morbidity, compared with historic approaches. This review provides an overview of state-of-the-art gynecologic brachytherapy, with a focus on recent advances and their implications for women with cervical cancer. PMID:24920937

Banerjee, Robyn; Kamrava, Mitchell

2014-01-01

298

[Pulsed-dose rate brachytherapy in cervical cancers: Why, how?].  

PubMed

The end of the production of 192 iridium wires terminates low dose rate brachytherapy and requires to move towards pulsed-dose rate or high-dose rate brachytherapy. In the case of gynecological cancers, technical alternatives exist, and many teams have already taken the step of pulsed-dose rate for scientific reasons. Using a projector source is indeed a prerequisite for 3D brachytherapy, which gradually installs as a standard treatment in the treatment of cervical cancers. For other centers, this change implies beyond investments in equipment and training, organizational consequences to ensure quality. PMID:25155782

Mazeron, R; Dumas, I; Martin, V; Martinetti, F; Benhabib-Boukhelif, W; Gensse, M-C; Chargari, C; Guemnie-Tafo, A; Haie-Méder, C

2014-10-01

299

Development of an in vitro alternative assay method for vaginal irritation  

Microsoft Academic Search

The vaginal mucosa is commonly exposed to chemicals and therapeutic agents that may result in irritation and\\/or inflammation. In addition to acute effects, vaginal irritation and inflammation can make women more susceptible to infections such as HIV-1 and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Hence, the vaginal irritation potential of feminine care formulations and vaginally administered therapeutic agents is a significant

Seyoum Ayehunie; Chris Cannon; Karen LaRosa; Jeffrey Pudney; Deborah J. Anderson; Mitchell Klausner

2011-01-01

300

The value of the vaginal pack test in large cystoceles.  

PubMed

To detect possible stress urinary incontinence associated with but masked by large cystoceles protruding through the vaginal orifice, a vaginal pack test was done in conjunction with video fluoro-urodynamic studies. Sixteen female patients with large cystoceles did not demonstrate stress urinary incontinence on clinical examination and were included in this study. Additionally, 10 healthy female volunteers underwent the same test to study the effect of a vaginal pack on urethral dynamics. The vaginal pack revealed the presence of stress urinary incontinence in 11 patients (69%): 3 (19%) with type II (vesicourethral hypermobility) and 8 (50%) with type III (internal sphincteric deficiency). After insertion of the vaginal pack, urodynamic studies showed that the closing proximal urethral pressure in patients with stress urinary incontinence was significantly lower than in continent patients (p < 0.05). No significant change in urethral pressures was noted in volunteer subjects after vaginal pack insertion. Fluoroscopy showed kinking of the posterior urethra and enlargement of the most dependent portion of the cystocele, that is the lower half of the hourglass image. Our study suggests that the mechanisms of continence in these patients are multifactorial, including urethral kinking, urethral compression and pressure dissipation. The vaginal pack test is easy to perform, increases visualization of the vesicourethral unit when used with fluoroscopy, and can aid in the selection of patients who would benefit from anti-incontinence surgery and/or cystocele repair. PMID:8051758

Ghoniem, G M; Walters, F; Lewis, V

1994-09-01

301

An investigation into the pathogenesis of vulvo-vaginal candidosis  

PubMed Central

Objective: To monitor yeasts isolated from women during and between episodes of recurrent vulvo-vaginal candidosis (VVC) to determine whether vaginal relapse or re-infection occurred. Methods: Women presenting at the genitourinary medicine clinic with signs and symptoms of VVC were recruited to the study (n = 121). A vaginal washing, high vaginal swab (HVS) and rectal swab were taken and the women treated with a single 500 mg clotrimazole pessary. Women were asked to re-attend after 1, 4, and 12 weeks, or when the VVC recurred, when vaginal washings and HVS were repeated. Candida isolates recovered were strain typed using the Ca3 probe and their similarity assessed. Antifungal susceptibility to fluconazole and clotrimazole were determined. Results: Of the women recruited, 47 completed the study, either returning for four visits or suffering a recurrence during the study period. Of the 22 women who experienced recurrence, the same strain was responsible for the initial and recurrent episode in 17 women. For the remaining five women, four had strain replacement and one had a change of species. None of the isolates recovered from the women demonstrated resistance to either clotrimazole or fluconazole. Conclusions: Our findings support the theory of vaginal relapse and thus may support the use of more prolonged courses of antifungal therapy initially to increase the chances of eradication of the yeast. Key Words: vaginal candidosis PMID:11402224

El-Din, S; Reynolds, M; Ashbee, H; Barton, R; Evans, E

2001-01-01

302

Comparative permeability of human vaginal and buccal mucosa to water.  

PubMed

There is currently a resurgence of interest in the oral mucosa as a route for drug delivery. The relative scarcity of human oral mucosa for in vitro permeability studies, and the fact that vaginal mucosa is histologically similar and more abundant than the former, caused us to compare these 2 tissues with respect to their barrier properties to water. Specimens of fresh, clinically-healthy human vaginal and buccal mucosa from non-smokers were taken from excised tissue obtained during vaginal hysterectomies and various oral surgical procedures. Biopsies from each specimen were mounted in flow-through diffusion cells and their permeability to tritiated water determined using a continuous flow-through perfusion system. Specimens were examined histologically before and after permeability experiments and similarities between vaginal and buccal tissues verified. No statistically significant differences between mean steady state flux values (10-16 h) for vaginal and buccal mucosa, respectively, were found. Human vaginal mucosa is therefore as permeable as buccal mucosa to water, and these results warrant further investigation with other compounds to establish whether vaginal mucosa may be a useful model for buccal mucosa for drug permeability studies. PMID:9469607

van der Bijl, P; Thompson, I O; Squier, C A

1997-12-01

303

Characterisation of the vaginal Lactobacillus microbiota associated with preterm delivery  

PubMed Central

The presence of an abnormal vaginal microflora in early pregnancy is a risk factor for preterm delivery. There is no investigation on vaginal flora dominated by lactic acid bacteria and possible association with preterm delivery. We assessed the dominant vaginal Lactobacillus species in healthy pregnant women in early pregnancy in relation to pregnancy outcome. We observed 111 low risk pregnant women with a normal vaginal microflora 11 + 0 to 14 + 0 weeks of pregnancy without subjective complaints. Vaginal smears were taken for the identification of lactobacilli using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Pregnancy outcome was recorded as term or preterm delivery (limit 36 + 6 weeks of gestation). The diversity of Lactobacillus species in term vs. preterm was the main outcome measure. L. iners alone was detected in 11 from 13 (85%) women who delivered preterm. By contrast, L. iners alone was detected in only 16 from 98 (16%) women who delivered at term (p < 0.001). Fifty six percent women that delivered at term and 8% women that delivered preterm had two or more vaginal Lactobacillus spp. at the same time. This study suggests that dominating L. iners alone detected in vaginal smears of healthy women in early pregnancy might be associated with preterm delivery. PMID:24875844

Petricevic, Ljubomir; Domig, Konrad J.; Nierscher, Franz Josef; Sandhofer, Michael J.; Fidesser, Maria; Krondorfer, Iris; Husslein, Peter; Kneifel, Wolfgang; Kiss, Herbert

2014-01-01

304

Effects of estroprogestins containing natural estrogen on vaginal flora.  

PubMed

Abstract Estroprogestins with "natural oestrogen" has represented a new option in terms of combined hormonal contraception. So, the aim of this study is to investigate how estroprogestins with natural estrogen may modify the vaginal niche. In literature, very few studies focused on the interaction between hormonal contraception and vaginal milieu. This is a prospective comparative study. We enrolled 60 women from January 2013 to September 2013, 30 of them were administered estradiol valerate dienogest (E2V+DNG - Klaira®) in a quadriphasic regimen, while the other 30 women were administered 17-? estradiol with nomestrol acetate (EV+NOMAC - Zoely®) in a monophasic regimen. After a baseline study of vaginal milieu at recruitment of patients (Gram stain with Nugent score, vaginal pH, vaginal wet mount for the quantification of leukocytes, Lactobacilli and/or presence of Candida), we performed the same follow-up after six months of estroprogestin therapy. Our results showed that the women treated with E2V+DNG had a trend of an improvement of vaginal health in terms of increase of lactobacillar flora and reduction of vaginal pH in place of women treated with EV+NOMAC that showed a reduction of cervical mucus. Finally, our data about the effects on vaginal flora exerted by two estroprogestin pills (EPs) containing a natural estrogen suggest slight, but interesting differences in terms of vaginal ecology. These differences could be related to the type of estrogen, type of progestin, regimen of administration and, after all, to the net balance between estrogenic and progestin component of the EPs. PMID:24993504

De Seta, Francesco; Restaino, Stefano; Banco, Rubina; Conversano, Ester; De Leo, Rossella; Tonon, Maddalena; Maso, Gianpaolo; Barbati, Giulia; Lello, Stefano

2014-11-01

305

Performing Vaginal Lavage, Crystal Violet Staining, and Vaginal Cytological Evaluation for Mouse Estrous Cycle Staging Identification  

PubMed Central

A rapid means of assessing reproductive status in rodents is useful not only in the study of reproductive dysfunction but is also required for the production of new mouse models of disease and investigations into the hormonal regulation of tissue degeneration (or regeneration) following pathological challenge. The murine reproductive (or estrous) cycle is divided into 4 stages: proestrus, estrus, metestrus, and diestrus. Defined fluctuations in circulating levels of the ovarian steroids 17-?-estradiol and progesterone, the gonadotropins luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones, and the luteotropic hormone prolactin signal transition through these reproductive stages. Changes in cell typology within the murine vaginal canal reflect these underlying endocrine events. Daily assessment of the relative ratio of nucleated epithelial cells, cornified squamous epithelial cells, and leukocytes present in vaginal smears can be used to identify murine estrous stages. The degree of invasiveness, however, employed in collecting these samples can alter reproductive status and elicit an inflammatory response that can confound cytological assessment of smears. Here, we describe a simple, non-invasive protocol that can be used to determine the stage of the estrous cycle of a female mouse without altering her reproductive cycle. We detail how to differentiate between the four stages of the estrous cycle by collection and analysis of predominant cell typology in vaginal smears and we show how these changes can be interpreted with respect to endocrine status. PMID:23007862

McLean, Ashleigh C.; Valenzuela, Nicolas; Fai, Stephen; Bennett, Steffany A.L.

2012-01-01

306

Treating dyspareunia caused by vaginal atrophy: a review of treatment options using vaginal estrogen therapy  

PubMed Central

Vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) and dryness are common symptoms of the decline in endogenous production of estrogen at menopause and often result in dyspareunia. Yet while 10% to 40% of women experience discomfort due to VVA, it is estimated that only 25% seek medical help. The main goals of treatment for vaginal atrophy are to improve symptoms and to restore vaginal and vulvar anatomic changes. Treatment choices for postmenopausal dyspareunia resulting from vulvovaginal atrophy will depend on the underlying etiology and might include individualized treatment. A number of forms of vaginal estrogen and manner of delivery are currently available to treat moderate to severe dyspareunia caused by VVA. They all have been shown to be effective and are often the preferred treatment due to the targeted efficacy for urogenital tissues while resulting in only minimal systemic absorption. Both healthcare professionals and patients often find it difficult to broach the subject of sexual problems associated with VVA. However, with minimal effort to initiate a conversation about these problems, healthcare providers can provide useful information to their postmenopausal patients in order to help them each choose the optimal treatment for their needs and symptoms. PMID:21072280

Kingsberg, SA; Kellogg, S; Krychman, M

2010-01-01

307

Effect of respiration on Korotkoff sounds and oscillometric cuff pressure pulses during blood pressure measurement.  

PubMed

Blood pressure (BP) measurement accuracy depends on consistent changes in Korotkoff sounds (KorS) for manual measurement and oscillometric pulses for automated measurement, yet little is known about the direct effect of respiration on these physiological signals. The aim of this research was to quantitatively assess the modulation effect of respiration on Korotkoff sounds and oscillometric pulses. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures were measured manually from 30 healthy subjects (age 41 ± 12 years). Three static cuff pressure conditions were studied for two respiratory rates. Cuff pressure [with oscillometric pulses (OscP)], ECG, chest motion respiration [respiration signal (Resp), from magnetometer] and Korotkoff sounds (KorS, from digital stethoscope) were recorded twice for 20 s. The physiological data were evenly resampled. Respiratory frequency was calculated from Resp (fR), OscP (fO) and KorS (fK) from peak spectral frequency. There was no statistically significant difference between fR and fO or fK. Respiratory modulation was observed in all subjects. OscP amplitude modulation changed significantly between the two respiratory rates (p < 0.05) and between the three cuff pressures (p < 0.0001), and decreased significantly with decreasing cuff pressure (p < 0.05). The phase shift between Resp and modulation of OscP was statistically significant with respiratory rates (p < 0.05), but not with cuff pressures. It is accepted that BP in individuals is variable and that this relates to respiration; we now show that this respiration modulates oscillometric pulse and Korotkoff sound amplitudes from which BP is measured. PMID:24668326

Zheng, Dingchang; Di Marco, Luigi Yuri; Murray, Alan

2014-05-01

308

Biochemical markers in the synovial fluid of glenohumeral joints from patients with rotator cuff tear.  

PubMed

It is known that rotator cuff tears are sometimes accompanied by joint destruction. Our purpose was to elucidate the pathology with this condition. Thirty-two synovial fluid (SF) samples aspirated from the glenohumeral joints of patients with rotator cuff tears, including 7 with partial-thickness and 25 with full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff (10 massive and 15 isolated supraspinatus tendon (SSp) tears), were examined. Collagenase (MMP-1), stromelysin 1 (MMP-3), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) and carboxy-terminal type II procollagen peptide (pCOL Il-C) were measured in the SF using the respective sandwich enzyme immunoassays. Glycosaminoglycan (GAG) was also quantified with a cationic dye binding method using 1,9-dimethylmethylene blue. Levels of any molecules except pCOL II-C in the SF appeared to be higher in full-thickness tears than those in partial-thickness tears. Moreover, levels of MMP-1, MMP-3 and GAG in the SF were significantly higher in massive tears of the rotator cuff in comparison with those in isolated SSp tears. Such significance was not observed in the levels of TIMP-1 or pCOL II C in the SF. We examined the relation of those levels with operative findings or clinical parameters from full-thickness tears, and observed significant correlations of the tear size with the levels of MMP-1, MMP-3 and GAG in the SF. Although these marker molecules in SF do not always originate from cartilage, our results may indicate the potential for accelerated cartilage-degrading activity in the glenohumeral joint in massive tears of the rotator cuff. PMID:11518264

Yoshihara, Y; Hamada, K; Nakajima, T; Fujikawa, K; Fukuda, H

2001-07-01

309

Conservative management of rotator cuff tears: literature review and proposal for a prognostic. Prediction Score  

PubMed Central

Summary Rotator cuff tears are a common cause of pain and shoulder dysfunction. The prevalence of the rotator cuff tears increases with the age reaching the 80% in patients aged more than 80 year. Symptomatic shoulders usually are initially treated conservatively and then, in case of poor outcomes, with surgery. Different parameters are still used to decide between the conservative or surgical treatment in patients with rotator cuff tears. Aim of the current study is to characterize the various features used in decision making and to validate a “Prediction Score” that let us know which patients could have a good and stable outcome with non operative treatment. We enrolled 60 patients (mean age 52 years) with symptomatic rotator cuff tears who were assigned to conservative treatment and were evaluated at 6,9 and 12 months follow-up. We developed a score based on 18 clinical and radiographic parameters. 27 patients (“non conservative”) (45%) with a mean prediction score of 16.1 ± 1.7 interrupted the conservative treatment, while 33 patients (“conservative”) (55%) with an average prediction score of 11.3 ± 1.8 remained conservatively treated at last follow-up. The conservative patients were 14 years older than non conservative patients. According to the results of this study we identified a value of 13 points as a “cut-off” score to predict good results by conservative management of rotator cuff tear. These outcomes support the assumption that a predictive prognostic score may guarantee a rational approach in the management of subjects with RC tears, especially in elderly who continue to have the higher rate of recurrence and therefore could be well treated with standard conservative therapies. PMID:23738239

Merolla, Giovanni; Paladini, Paolo; Saporito, Marco; Porcellini, Giuseppe

2011-01-01

310

Dosimetric characterization and output verification for conical brachytherapy surface applicators. Part I. Electronic brachytherapy source  

PubMed Central

Purpose: Historically, treatment of malignant surface lesions has been achieved with linear accelerator based electron beams or superficial x-ray beams. Recent developments in the field of brachytherapy now allow for the treatment of surface lesions with specialized conical applicators placed directly on the lesion. Applicators are available for use with high dose rate (HDR) 192Ir sources, as well as electronic brachytherapy sources. Part I of this paper will discuss the applicators used with electronic brachytherapy sources; Part II will discuss those used with HDR 192Ir sources. Although the use of these applicators has gained in popularity, the dosimetric characteristics including depth dose and surface dose distributions have not been independently verified. Additionally, there is no recognized method of output verification for quality assurance procedures with applicators like these. Existing dosimetry protocols available from the AAPM bookend the cross-over characteristics of a traditional brachytherapy source (as described by Task Group 43) being implemented as a low-energy superficial x-ray beam (as described by Task Group 61) as observed with the surface applicators of interest. Methods: This work aims to create a cohesive method of output verification that can be used to determine the dose at the treatment surface as part of a quality assurance/commissioning process for surface applicators used with HDR electronic brachytherapy sources (Part I) and 192Ir sources (Part II). Air-kerma rate measurements for the electronic brachytherapy sources were completed with an Attix Free-Air Chamber, as well as several models of small-volume ionization chambers to obtain an air-kerma rate at the treatment surface for each applicator. Correction factors were calculated using MCNP5 and EGSnrc Monte Carlo codes in order to determine an applicator-specific absorbed dose to water at the treatment surface from the measured air-kerma rate. Additionally, relative dose measurements of the surface dose distributions and characteristic depth dose curves were completed in-phantom. Results: Theoretical dose distributions and depth dose curves were generated for each applicator and agreed well with the measured values. A method of output verification was created that allows users to determine the applicator-specific dose to water at the treatment surface based on a measured air-kerma rate. Conclusions: The novel output verification methods described in this work will reduce uncertainties in dose delivery for treatments with these kinds of surface applicators, ultimately improving patient care. PMID:24506635

Fulkerson, Regina K.; Micka, John A.; DeWerd, Larry A.

2014-01-01

311

[The use of mesh in vaginal prolapse].  

PubMed

More than 13,000 vaginal prolapse operations are performed in the Netherlands each year. Native tissue repair is associated with a re-operation risk of 20-30%. Randomized trials demonstrate that mesh reinforced repairs are anatomically and functionally more effective in the short and medium term. Sexual functioning is comparable after mesh or native tissue repair; there is no difference in dyspareunia. It is not clear whether, in the long term, mesh decreases the risk of recurrence without increasing the risk of complications. 'Exposure' is the most frequently reported complication (4-19%), but treatment is usually not difficult. Pain caused by 'shrinkage' of the mesh is rare, but can be serious and is difficult to treat. The frequency of this complication is not well known. Until long-term results are known, mesh should only be considered in case of recurrent prolapse. Mesh surgery should be performed after informed consent and by surgeons with proven experience only. PMID:23899707

Milani, A L Fred; Vollebregt, Astrid; Roovers, Jan Paul W R; Withagen, Mariella I J

2013-01-01

312

Improving Vaginal Examinations Performed by Midwives  

PubMed Central

A vaginal examination (VE) is an essential part of midwifery care, and is routinely performed when assessing the progress of labour. As evidence shows that during labour women may find VEs unpleasant, embarrassing and sometimes painful, the aim of this article is to review literature on the use of VEs during labour and to synthesise information from the available literature on how to provide an effective VE. The studies considered were retrieved from three databases (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature [CINAHL], SCOPUS and MEDLINE) using the following search terms: “VEs in labour”, “midwives and use of VEs” and “women experiences of VEs in labour”. The literature reviewed suggests that midwives are not careful about VEs. Therefore, a concerted effort is needed to pay attention to the frequency of VEs, the management of pain and distress, information-giving and the preferences of the patient, so that the patient can feel in control during a VE. PMID:23984031

Muliira, Rhoda S.; Seshan, Vidya; Ramasubramaniam, Shanthi

2013-01-01

313

Vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections: an epidemiologic perspective  

PubMed Central

Vaginal bacterial communities are thought to help prevent sexually transmitted infections. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common clinical syndrome in which the protective lactic acid–producing bacteria (mainly species of the Lactobacillus genus) are supplanted by a diverse array of anaerobic bacteria. Epidemiologically, BV has been shown to be an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including preterm birth, development of pelvic inflammatory disease, and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections. Longitudinal studies of the vaginal microbiome using molecular techniques such as 16S ribosomal DNA analysis may lead to interventions that shift the vaginal microbiota toward more protective states. PMID:22133886

Brotman, Rebecca M.

2011-01-01

314

Vaginal Septoplasty in Septate Uterus with Double Cervix  

PubMed Central

Fusion defects of the Müllerian ducts occur frequently and they have been described by the American Fertility Society. However, septate uterus with cervical duplication and longitudinal vaginal septum is not described by this classification and has suggested a change in the classical theory of fusion of the Müllerian ducts. This paper describes a rare case report of a patient with complete septate uterus with double cervix and longitudinal vaginal septum, submitted to the vaginal septoplasty for dyspareunia, progressing to clinical improvement. The description of this case is to contribute with all uncommon cases of Müllerian anomalies reports and clinical treatment protocols, which is not yet established. PMID:25136464

Chiamulera, Nara; Botelho, Beatriz

2014-01-01

315

Imperforate hymen and vaginal atresia and their associated anomalies.  

PubMed Central

The presenting features and associated abnormalities of imperforate hymen and vaginal atresia were studied in 24 girls under the age of 16 years. Hydrocolpos or hydrometrocolpos occurred in 8 infants, 13 older girls developed haematocolpos, but 3 of the girls had no distension of the genital tract. Seven of the older girls were diagnosed as having appendicitis. Anorectal anomalies were present in 9 of the children. Intravenous pyelography was performed on 16 girls and was normal in only one. Urinary tract investigations are indicated in all girls with vaginal outlet obstruction, and the vaginal orifice should be inspected in all girls with anorectal abnormalities. PMID:6876046

Shaw, L M; Jones, W A; Brereton, R J

1983-01-01

316

[Vaginal prolapse of the small intestine. A rare clinical presentation].  

PubMed

A spontaneous transvaginal evisceration is a rare clinical event. The case of a 61-year-old woman is described. It is often associated with previous vaginal surgery as well as postmenopausal hypoestrogenism and therefore atrophy of the vaginal vault. The primary treatment is characterized by laparotomy and reposition of the prolapsed bowel. After assessing the viability resection of compromised segments is indicated. However, the main surgical problem is the prophylaxis of recurrence. Beside the repair of the vaginal disruption a colpocleisis, colpectomy, sacropexia or obliteration of the Douglas cavity is necessary. PMID:11143514

Simanowski, J H; Grotz, M; Kauffels, W

2000-01-01

317

Urinary and vaginal criteria for detecting ovulation in the mare  

E-print Network

equine urinary and vaginal protein, glucose and pH levels and to determine if any of these criteria could be used as an indicator(s) of estrus and/or approaching ovulation. Urinary samples and vaginal readings were obtained from 20 equine females... over 31 estrous cycles during which ovulation was timed by rectal palpation. Urinary protein, glucose and pH were measured semi-quantitatively by Combistix and quantitatively by a modified Lowry method, Glucostat analysis, and pH meter. Vaginal...

Householder, D. Douglas

2012-06-07

318

Vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections: an epidemiologic perspective.  

PubMed

Vaginal bacterial communities are thought to help prevent sexually transmitted infections. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common clinical syndrome in which the protective lactic acid-producing bacteria (mainly species of the Lactobacillus genus) are supplanted by a diverse array of anaerobic bacteria. Epidemiologically, BV has been shown to be an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including preterm birth, development of pelvic inflammatory disease, and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections. Longitudinal studies of the vaginal microbiome using molecular techniques such as 16S ribosomal DNA analysis may lead to interventions that shift the vaginal microbiota toward more protective states. PMID:22133886

Brotman, Rebecca M

2011-12-01

319

Norepinephrine Potentiates Proinflammatory Responses of Human Vaginal Epithelial Cells  

PubMed Central

The vaginal epithelium provides a barrier to pathogens and recruits immune defenses through the secretion of cytokines and chemokines. Several studies have shown that mucosal sites are innervated by norepinephrine-containing nerve fibers. Here we report that norepinephrine potentiates the proinflammatory response of human vaginal epithelial cells to products produced by Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogen that causes menstrual toxic shock syndrome. The cells exhibit immunoreactivity for catecholamine synthesis enzymes and the norepinephrine transporter. Moreover, the cells secrete norepinephrine and dopamine at low concentrations. These results indicate that norepinephrine may serve as an autocrine modulator of proinflammatory responses in the vaginal epithelium. PMID:23571017

Brosnahan, Amanda J.; Vulchanova, Lucy; Witta, Samantha R.; Dai, Yuying; Jones, Bryan J.; Brown, David R.

2013-01-01

320

Congenital vaginal obstructions: varied presentation and outcome.  

PubMed

Congenital obstructing lesions of vagina, hydrometrocolpos, and hematocolpos, present at a variable time during early childhood and adolescence to different medical and surgical specialties. Twenty-six cases presenting over an 18-years period (1987-2005) were divided into three groups; Group A: neonates (6), Group B: adolescents (18), and Group C: adults (2). Common presentations in neonates (Group A) were abdominal mass (5), neonatal sepsis (3), and respiratory distress (2); whereas abdominal pain (18), voiding dysfunctions (13), and backache (7) were prevalent in adolescents (Group B). Adults (Group C) presented with inability to consummate and infertility (2). Four patients received erroneous treatment; exploratory laparotomy (1) and appendectomy (3). Urinary symptoms and associated urinary abnormalities were present in more than 50% of cases, especially those with complex anomalies. Management included excision of imperforate hymen (16) and transverse vaginal septum (8) through perineal (20) and abdominoperineal approach (4). Patients with urogenital sinus (1) and cloacal malformation (1) had staged reconstruction at 2.5 years of age following preliminary vesicostomy and colostomy at birth. On follow up (range 1-15 years; mean 7) more than 60% patients have menstrual irregularity (11), endometriosis (5), and infertility (4). In conclusion, rarity and variable presentation of congenital vaginal obstructions can lead to delayed diagnosis and erroneous management. A high index of suspicion and cross-sectional imaging help in early diagnosis and associated renal anomalies. A comprehensive management is imperative to preserve the reproductive potentials, as significant proportion of patients may experience sexual difficulties, menstrual irregularity, and infertility. PMID:16871398

Nazir, Zafar; Rizvi, Raheela M; Qureshi, Rahat N; Khan, Zarrish Saeed; Khan, Zarak

2006-09-01

321

[Tension-free vaginal mesh repair for recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse after vaginal mesh procedures: a case report].  

PubMed

A 61-year-old woman presented with the chief complaint of a vaginal bulge for 2 years. She had undergone two operations for pelvic organ prolapse. The initial procedure was the Manchester procedure and posterior colporrhaphy, and the second was a vaginal repair with mesh for recurrent rectocele 3 years after the initial surgery. She noticed the vaginal bulge shortly after the second surgery. A gynecological examination revealed a stage III rectocele associated with a 2 cm, firm mass at the posterior vaginal wall. T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging showed a 2 × 3 cm high-intensity mass located between the vaginal wall and rectum. The recurrent rectocele might have been caused by incomplete support from the mesh, which was not fixed in the vaginal wall, resulting in formation of a mass. The patient underwent complete mesh removal and tension-free vaginal mesh-posterior surgery for the rectocele. The excised mesh had shrunk from a 7 × 5 cm rectangle mesh preoperatively into a firm 2 × 2 × 3 cm mass. No recurrence has been seen for 18 months postoperatively. PMID:21412043

Takahi, Yuko; Kiuchi, Hiroshi; Kimura, Toshio; Kato, Chikako; Ichimaru, Naotsugu

2011-02-01

322

Vaginal Flora Alterations and Clinical Symptoms in Low-Risk Pregnant Women  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background:To evaluate associations between alterations in vaginal flora and clinical symptoms in low-risk pregnant women. Methods:Vaginal specimens from 245 pregnant women were analyzed by microscopy for vaginal flora. Signs and symptoms of vaginal infection were determined by patient interviews and gynecologic examinations. Results:Abnormal vaginal flora was identified in 45.7% of the subjects. The final clinical diagnoses were bacterial vaginosis (21.6%),

Fausto Gondo; Márcia G. da Silva; Jossimara Polettini; Andréa da R. Tristao; José C. Peracoli; Steven S. Witkin; Marilza V. C. Rudge

2011-01-01

323

10 CFR 35.432 - Calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...brachytherapy source on or after October 24, 2002, a licensee shall have— (1) Determined the source output or activity using a dosimetry system that meets the requirements of § 35.630(a); (2) Determined source positioning accuracy within...

2010-01-01

324

10 CFR 35.432 - Calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

...brachytherapy source on or after October 24, 2002, a licensee shall have— (1) Determined the source output or activity using a dosimetry system that meets the requirements of § 35.630(a); (2) Determined source positioning accuracy within...

2014-01-01

325

10 CFR 35.432 - Calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

...brachytherapy source on or after October 24, 2002, a licensee shall have— (1) Determined the source output or activity using a dosimetry system that meets the requirements of § 35.630(a); (2) Determined source positioning accuracy within...

2013-01-01

326

10 CFR 35.432 - Calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...brachytherapy source on or after October 24, 2002, a licensee shall have— (1) Determined the source output or activity using a dosimetry system that meets the requirements of § 35.630(a); (2) Determined source positioning accuracy within...

2011-01-01

327

10 CFR 35.432 - Calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

...brachytherapy source on or after October 24, 2002, a licensee shall have— (1) Determined the source output or activity using a dosimetry system that meets the requirements of § 35.630(a); (2) Determined source positioning accuracy within...

2012-01-01

328

21 CFR 892.5730 - Radionuclide brachytherapy source.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

... Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES RADIOLOGY DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 892.5730 Radionuclide brachytherapy source. (a) Identification. A...

2013-04-01

329

Patient release criteria for low dose rate brachytherapy implants.  

PubMed

A lack of consensus regarding a model governing the release of patients following sealed source brachytherapy has led to a set of patient release policies that vary from institution to institution. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued regulatory guidance on patient release in NUREG 1556, Volume 9, Rev. 2, Appendix U, which allows calculation of release limits following implant brachytherapy. While the formalism presented in NUREG is meaningful for the calculation of release limits in the context of relatively high energy gamma emitters, it does not estimate accurately the effective dose equivalent for the common low dose rate brachytherapy sources Cs, I, and Pd. NUREG 1556 states that patient release may be based on patient-specific calculations as long as the calculation is documented. This work is intended to provide a format for patient-specific calculations to be used for the consideration of patients' release following the implantation of certain low dose rate brachytherapy isotopes. PMID:23439145

Boyce, Dale E; Sheetz, Michael A

2013-04-01

330

Coregistered photoacoustic-ultrasound imaging applied to brachytherapy.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy commonly used in the treatment of prostate cancer wherein sustained radiation doses can be precisely targeted to the tumor area by the implantation of small radioactive seeds around the treatment area. Ultrasound is a popular imaging mode for seed implantation, but the seeds are difficult to distinguish from the tissue structure. In this work, we demonstrate the feasibility of photoacoustic imaging for identifying brachytherapy seeds in a tissue phantom, comparing the received intensity to endogenous contrast. We have found that photoacoustic imaging at 1064 nm can identify brachytherapy seeds uniquely at laser penetration depths of 5 cm in biological tissue at the ANSI limit for human exposure with a contrast-to-noise ratio of 26.5 dB. Our realtime combined photoacoustic-ultrasound imaging approach may be suitable for brachytherapy seed placement and post-placement verification, potentially allowing for realtime dosimetry assessment during implantation. PMID:21895302

Harrison, Tyler; Zemp, Roger J

2011-08-01

331

The extracellular potential of a myelinated nerve fiber in an unbounded medium and in nerve cuff models.  

PubMed Central

A model is presented for the calculation of single myelinated fiber action potentials in an unbounded homogeneous medium and in nerve cuff electrodes. The model consists of a fiber model, used to calculate the action currents at the nodes of Ranvier, and a cylindrically symmetrical volume conductor model in which the fiber's nodes are represented as point current sources. The extracellular action potentials were shown to remain unchanged if the fiber diameter and the volume conductor geometry are scaled by the same factor (principle of corresponding states), both in an unbounded homogeneous medium and in an inhomogeneous volume conductor. The influence of several cuff electrode parameters, among others, cuff length and cuff diameter, were studied, and the results were compared, where possible, with theoretical and experimental results as reported in the literature. Images FIGURE 2 PMID:9168022

Struijk, J J

1997-01-01

332

Iatrogenic glenoid fracture after brisement manipulation for the stiffness of shoulder in patients with rotator cuff tear.  

PubMed

In combined stiffness with rotator cuff tear, the brisement manipulation with or without capsular release has been more common procedure prior to the rotator cuff repair. It is known to be relatively safe and easy procedure with rare complications. However, the present authors found the iatrogenic fracture of anteroinferior portion of glenoid after brisement manipulation during the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The patient was followed up with the routine postoperative protocol for rotator cuff repair, which was composed of 4 weeks of protection with abduction brace, passive and active assisted range of motion exercise afterward, and progressive strengthening exercise. Two years after surgery, the patient showed improved clinical score and healing of fracture fragment. However, iatrogenic glenoid fracture should be kept in mind when the brisement manipulation is performed during arthroscopic surgery. PMID:23412222

Koh, Kyoung Hwan; Kim, Jong Ho; Yoo, Jae Chul

2013-11-01

333

Conformal Brachytherapy Planning for Cervical Cancer Using Transabdominal Ultrasound  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: To determine if transabdominal ultrasound (US) can be used for conformal brachytherapy in cervical cancer patients. Materials and Methods: Seventy-one patients with locoregionally advanced cervix cancer treated with chemoradiation and brachytherapy were included in this study. The protocol consisted of US-assisted tandem insertion and conformal US-based planning. Orthogonal films for applicator reconstruction were also taken. A standard plan was

Sylvia Van Dyk; Kailash Narayan; Richard Fisher; David Bernshaw

2009-01-01

334

Dosimetric characteristics of a new unit for electronic skin brachytherapy  

PubMed Central

Purpose Brachytherapy with radioactive high dose rate (HDR) 192Ir source is applied to small skin cancer lesions, using surface applicators, i.e. Leipzig or Valencia type. New developments in the field of radiotherapy for skin cancer include electronic brachytherapy. This technique involves the placement of an HDR X-ray source close to the skin, therefore combining the benefits of brachytherapy with the reduced shielding requirements and targeted energy of low energy X-rays. Recently, the Esteya® Electronic Brachytherapy System (Esteya EBS, Elekta AB-Nucletron, Stockholm, Sweden) has been developed specifically for HDR brachytherapy treatment of surface lesions. The system provides radionuclide free HDR brachytherapy by means of a small 69.5 kV X-ray source. The purpose of this study is to obtain the dosimetric characterization required for clinical implementation, providing the detailed methodology to perform the commissioning. Material and methods Flatness, symmetry and penumbra, percentage of depth dose (PDD), kV stability, HVL, output, spectrum, linearity, and leakage have been evaluated for a set of applicators (from 10 mm to 30 mm in diameter). Results Flatness and symmetry resulted better than 5% with around 1 mm of penumbra. The depth dose gradient is about 7%/mm. A kV value of 68.4 ± 1.0 kV (k = 1) was obtained, in good agreement with manufacturer data (69.5 kV). HVL was 1.85 mm Al. Dose rate for a typical 6 Gy to 7 Gy prescription resulted about 3.3 Gy/min and the leakage value was < 100 µGy/min. Conclusions The new Esteya® Electronic Brachytherapy System presents excellent flatness and penumbra as with the Valencia applicator case, combined with an improved PDD, allowing treatment of lesions of up to a depth of 5 mm in combination with reduced treatment duration. The Esteya unit allows HDR brachytherapy superficial treatment within a minimally shielded environment due its low energy. PMID:24790622

Garcia-Martinez, Teresa; Chan, Jan-Pieter; Perez-Calatayud, Jose

2014-01-01

335

Vaginitis: How Many Women Are Affected/at Risk?  

MedlinePLUS

... Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications How many women are affected/at risk? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content How many women are affected by vaginitis? Most women will have ...

336

Postpartum Prolapsed Leiomyoma with Uterine Inversion Managed by Vaginal Hysterectomy  

PubMed Central

Background. Uterine inversion is a rare, but life threatening, obstetrical emergency which occurs when the uterine fundus collapses into the endometrial cavity. Various conservative and surgical therapies have been outlined in the literature for the management of uterine inversions. Case. We present a case of a chronic, recurrent uterine inversion, which was diagnosed following spontaneous vaginal delivery and recurred seven weeks later. The uterine inversion was likely due to a leiomyoma. This late-presenting, chronic, recurring uterine inversion was treated with a vaginal hysterectomy. Conclusion. Uterine inversions can occur in both acute and chronic phases. Persistent vaginal bleeding with the appearance of a prolapsing fibroid should prompt further investigation for uterine inversion and may require surgical therapy. A vaginal hysterectomy may be an appropriate management option in select populations and may be considered in women who do not desire to maintain reproductive function. PMID:25379314

Pieh-Holder, Kelly L.; DeVente, James E.

2014-01-01

337

Gynecologic bleeding revealing vaginal metastasis of renal cell carcinoma  

PubMed Central

Vaginal metastases of renal cell carcinoma have been rarely described. We report a case of a 75-year old woman, who underwent radical right nephrectomy for a renal cell carcinoma. Tumour was classified pT3bN0M0 and grade III of Furhmann grading. One year later, scanner discovered mediastinal and lombo-aortic lymph nodes. She received 2 months of immunotherapy associated with bevacizumab, but stopped because of intolerance. She was readmitted in our institute for vaginal bleeding. Clinical investigations showed a vaginal mass and biopsy revealed a renal cell carcinoma metastasis. This case suggests that retrograde venous dissemination may be at the origin of vaginal metastasis of renal cell carcinoma and emphasized the preventive value of early ligature of renal vein. PMID:23565309

Benbrahim, Zineb; Chouaib, Ali; Mazeron, Renaud; Leger-Ravet, Marie Benedicte; Lefort, Catherine; Lhomme, Catherine; El Mesbahi, Omar; Escudier, Bernard

2013-01-01

338

[The meshes in the cure of cystocele by vaginal way].  

PubMed

The advantages of vaginal way in the treatment of cystocele are simplicity, rapidity, peritoneal security. Raphy is subject to recidive. The meshes replace the weak fascia in its role of hammock (Delancey) for the bladder. The mesh covers the central and lateral fascial defects. The procedure consists in a short vertical colpotomy, vesicovaginal dissection, uterine preservation (if uterus is not pathologic), no vaginal excision. The mesh can be spread without fixation, fixed or anchored by arms in the obturator foramen. The results show a significative improvement in the risk of redux cystocele. Complications become less frequent with the expertise and quality of new meshes. Implants are a new vaginal evolving surgery: it must be evaluated by experts and practiced by experienced in vaginal approach surgeons. PMID:19969274

Delmas, V; Haab, F; Costa, P

2009-12-01

339

Vaginal Estrogen Therapy for Patients with Breast Cancer  

PubMed Central

On account of the good prognosis for patients with breast cancer, improving or maintaining the quality of life in the aftercare period is becoming more and more important. In particular, the increasing usage of aromatase inhibitors in the past few years has led to an increased incidence of vaginal atrophy with symptoms such as vaginal dryness, petechial bleeding, dyspareunia and recurrent cystitis. And just these symptoms have a detrimental impact on the quality of life of breast cancer patients. Application of a topical estrogen therapy represents the most effective means to treat vaginal atrophy. The use of a systemic or, respectively, topical hormone therapy is, however, contraindicated for breast cancer patients. Further clinical trials are needed in order to assess the safety of vaginal estrogen therapy. PMID:24771890

Moegele, M.; Buchholz, S.; Seitz, S.; Lattrich, C.; Ortmann, O.

2013-01-01

340

Diversity of the vaginal microbiome correlates with preterm birth.  

PubMed

Reproductive tract infection is a major initiator of preterm birth (PTB). The objective of this prospective cohort study of 88 participants was to determine whether PTB correlates with the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy. Total DNA was purified from posterior vaginal fornix swabs during gestation. The 16S ribosomal RNA gene was amplified using polymerase chain reaction primers, followed by chain-termination sequencing. Bacteria were identified by comparing contig consensus sequences with the Ribosomal Database Project. Dichotomous responses were summarized via proportions and continuous variables via means ± standard deviation. Mean Shannon Diversity index differed by Welch t test (P = .00016) between caucasians with PTB and term gestation. Species diversity was greatest among African Americans (P = .0045). Change in microbiome/Lactobacillus content and presence of putative novel/noxious bacteria did not correlate with PTB. We conclude that uncultured vaginal bacteria play an important role in PTB and race/ethnicity and sampling location are important determinants of the vaginal microbiome. PMID:23715799

Hyman, Richard W; Fukushima, Marilyn; Jiang, Hui; Fung, Eula; Rand, Larry; Johnson, Brittni; Vo, Kim Chi; Caughey, Aaron B; Hilton, Joan F; Davis, Ronald W; Giudice, Linda C

2014-01-01

341

Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Sacrocolpopexy for Vaginal Vault Prolapse  

MedlinePLUS

... Medical Center will perform the state of the art procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse by ... webcast from Duke University. Today we will be performing a robotic sacrocolpopexy using the da Vinci S system. ...

342

Mucus-penetrating nanoparticles for vaginal and gastrointestinal drug delivery  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A method that could provide more uniform and longer-lasting drug delivery to mucosal surfaces holds the potential to greatly improve the effectiveness of prophylactic and therapeutic approaches for numerous diseases and conditions, including sexually transmitted infections and inflammatory bowel disease. However, the body's natural defenses, including adhesive, rapidly cleared mucus linings coating nearly all entry points to the body not covered by skin, has limited the effectiveness of drug and gene delivery by nanoscale delivery systems. Here, we investigate the use of muco-inert mucus-penetrating nanoparticles (MPP) for improving vaginal and gastrointestinal drug delivery. Conventional hydrophobic nanoparticles strongly adhere to mucus, facilitating rapid clearance from the body. Here, we demonstrate that mucoadhesive polystyrene nanoparticles (conventional nanoparticles, CP) become mucus-penetrating in human cervicovaginal mucus (CVM) after pretreatment with sufficient concentrations of Pluronic F127. Importantly, the diffusion rate of large MPP did not change in F127 pretreated CVM, implying there is no affect on the native pore structure of CVM. Additionally, there was no increase in inflammatory cytokine release in the vaginal tract of mice after daily application of 1% F127 for one week. Importantly, HSV virus remains adherent in F127-pretreated CVM. Mucosal epithelia use osmotic gradients for fluid absorption and secretion. We hypothesized that hypotonically-induced fluid uptake could be advantageous for rapidly delivering drugs through mucus to the vaginal epithelium. We evaluated hypotonic formulations for delivering water-soluble drugs and for drug delivery with MPP. Hypotonic formulations markedly increased the rate at which drugs and MPP reached the epithelial surface. Additionally, hypotonic formulations greatly enhanced drug and MPP delivery to the entire epithelial surface, including deep into the vaginal folds (rugae) that isotonic formulations failed to reach. However, hypotonic formulations caused free drugs to be drawn through the epithelium, reducing vaginal retention. In contrast, hypotonic formulations caused MPP to accumulate rapidly and uniformly on vaginal surfaces, ideally positioned for sustained drug delivery. Using a mouse model of vaginal genital herpes (HSV-2) infection, we found that hypotonic delivery of free drug led to improved immediate protection, but diminished longer-term protection. Minimally hypotonic formulations provided rapid and uniform delivery of MPP to the entire vaginal surface, thus enabling formulations with minimal risk of epithelial toxicity. We then describe an ex vivo method for characterizing particle transport on freshly excised mucosal tissues. By directly observing MPP transport on vaginal, gastrointestinal, and respiratory tissue, we were able to determine an innate difference in mucus mesh size at different anatomical locations. In addition, we were able to optimize particle size for gastrointestinal delivery in mice. As described here, there are numerous barriers to effective drug delivery in the gastrointestinal tract, including the mucus barrier. We go on to demonstrate that MPP can improve delivery in the gastrointestinal tract, both by rectal and oral administration. Finally, we describe the use of MPP for improving vaginal drug delivery. Incomplete drug coverage and short duration of action limit the effectiveness of vaginally administered drugs, including microbicides for preventing sexually transmitted infections. We show that MPP provide uniform distribution over the vaginal epithelium, whereas CP are aggregated by mouse vaginal mucus, leading to poor distribution. By penetrating into the deepest mucus layers in the rugae, more MPP were retained in the vaginal tract compared to CP. After 24 h, when delivered in a conventional vaginal gel, patches of a model drug remained on the vaginal epithelium, whereas the epithelium was coated with drug delivered by MPP. We then demonstrate that when administered 30 min prior to inoculum, anti-HSV-2 MPP protected

Ensign-Hodges, Laura

343

The Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of the Infraspinatus on Shoulder External Rotation Force Production After Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Muscle weakness, particularly of shoulder external rotation, is common after rotator cuff repair surgery. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation has been shown to be an effective adjunct in the enhancement of muscle recruitment.Hypothesis: Shoulder external rotation peak force can be enhanced by neuromuscular electrical stimulation after rotator cuff repair surgery.Study Design: Controlled laboratory study.Methods: Thirty-nine patients (20 men, 19 women) who

Michael M. Reinold; Leonard C. Macrina; Kevin E. Wilk; Jeffrey R. Dugas; E. Lyle Cain; James R. Andrews

2008-01-01

344

Female sexual dysfunction following vaginal surgery: Myth or reality?  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reviews the mechanisms by which vaginal surgery affects female sexual function and related pathophysiology to\\u000a potential causes. The anatomy, neurovascular supply of the clitoris and introitus, and intrapelvic nerve supply are discussed\\u000a as they apply to vaginal surgery. Methods to avoid neurovascular damage during pelvic floor surgery have been corroborated\\u000a by supporting literature. The incidence of female sexual

Hari S. G. R. Tunuguntla; Angelo E. Gousse

2004-01-01

345

An unusual cause of vaginal discharge following gender reassignment  

Microsoft Academic Search

Neovaginal reconstruction is an important part of gender reassignment surgery. We report a case of stone formation at the\\u000a apex of vaginal vault constructed with sigmoid colon segment. A 48-year-old woman presented with profuse vaginal discharge\\u000a for 1 year. She had a history of gender reassignment surgery (male to female) in 1994, and the neovagina had been constructed\\u000a with an isolated

S. Sukumaran; P. A. Moran; A. Makar

2009-01-01

346

Robotic removal of eroded vaginal mesh into the bladder.  

PubMed

Vaginal mesh erosion into the bladder after midurethral sling procedure or cystocele repair is uncommon, with only a few cases having been reported in the literature. The ideal surgical management is still controversial. Current options for removal of eroded mesh include: endoscopic, transvaginal or abdominal (either open or laparoscopic) approaches. We, herein, present the first case of robotic removal of a large eroded vaginal mesh into the bladder and discuss potential benefits and limitations of the technique. PMID:23600850

Macedo, Francisco Igor B; O'Connor, Jeffrey; Mittal, Vijay K; Hurley, Patrick

2013-11-01

347

10 CFR 35.2432 - Records of calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

10 Energy 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01...calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources. 35.2432 Section 35.2432 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION...calibration measurements of brachytherapy sources. (a) A licensee shall...

2010-01-01

348

Bioadhesive mini-tablets for vaginal drug delivery.  

PubMed

Different non-ionic cellulose ethers (methyl cellulose, MC; hydroxyethyl cellulose, HEC; hydroxypropyl cellulose, HPC; hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, HPMC) and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) were investigated as matrix formers for preparation of mini-tablets targeting vaginal drug delivery. Hexyl aminolevulinat hydrochloridum (HAL) was used as a model drug. The mini-tablets were characterized with respect to their mechanical strength, bioadhesion towards cow vaginal tissue in two independent tests (rotating cylinder test, detachment test using texture analyzer), and dissolution rate in two media mimicking the pH levels of fertile, healthy and post-menopausal women (vaginal fluid simulant pH 4.5, phosphate buffer pH 6.8). Mini-tablets with a matrix of either HPMC or HPC were found to possess adequate mechanical strength, superior bioadhesive behavior towards vaginal tissue, and pH independent controlled release of the model drug, suggesting that both systems would be suited for the treatment of women regardless of age, i.e., respective of their vaginal pH levels. Bioadhesive mini-tablets offer a potential for improved residence time in the vaginal cavity targeting contact with mucosal tissue and prolonged release of the drug. PMID:25166286

Hiorth, Marianne; Nilsen, Susanne; Tho, Ingunn

2014-01-01

349

[Posthysterectomy vault prolapse of vaginal walls: choice of operating procedure].  

PubMed

Post-hysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse is a common complication following different types of hysterectomy with a negative impact on the woman's quality of life due to associated urinary, anorectal and sexual dysfunction. A clear understanding of the supporting mechanisms for the uterus and vagina is important in order to make the right choice of the corrective procedure and also to minimize the risk of posthysterectomy occurrence of vault prolapse. Preexisting pelvic floor defect prior to hysterectomy is the single most important risk factor for vault prolapse. Various surgical techniques have been advanced in hysterectomy to prevent vault prolapse. Vaginal vault repair can be carried out abdominally or vaginally. Sacrospinous fixation and abdominal sacrocolpopexy are the commonly performed procedures. The vaginal approach for vault prolapse is superior to the abdominal approach in terms of complication rates, blood loss, postoperative discomfort, length of hospital stay and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, it allows the simultaneous repair of all coexistent pelvic floor defects, such as cystocele, enterocele and rectocele. Abdominal sacrocolpopexy is associated with a lower rate of recurrent vault prolapse and dyspareunia than the vaginal sacrospinous colpopexy. Other less commonly performed procedures include uterosacral ligament suspension and illeococcygeal fixation with a high risk of ureteric injury. Surgical mesh of non-absorbent material is gaining in popularity and preliminary data from vaginal mesh procedures is encouraging. PMID:23289289

Argirovi?, Rajka

2012-01-01

350

Anterior and Posterior Vaginal Myomectomy: a New Surgical Technique  

PubMed Central

Objective To evaluate the feasibility and safety of vaginal anterior and posterior myomectomy (A surgical technique is described.). Design Longitudinal prospective study. Setting A gynecology department of a university teaching hospital. Population Women with surgical indication for myomectomy for pelvic pain, menorrhagia, symptoms of pressure, or subfertility caused by uterine myomas. Methods From December 1998 to April 2005, all women with uterine myomas selected for surgical treatment were enrolled in a prospective study and underwent vaginal myomectomy. Main Outcome Measures Feasibility of vaginal myomectomy, surgical data and morbidity, and relief of symptoms. Results From 1998 to 2004, 54 patients underwent vaginal myomectomy. There were no cases of laparotomic conversion and hysterectomy. The average operation time was 80 minutes (range, 30 to 170 min). Average blood loss was 80 mL (range, 20 to 350 mL). No complications occurred. The average postoperative stay was 2 days (range, 1 to 3 days). Symptoms resolved in all 54 patients (100%) at 6 months follow-up, and 6 patients had a pregnancy. Conclusion Vaginal myomectomy, in well-selected cases, is feasible and well tolerated. Thanks to the “morcellation” technique, vaginal myomectomy can be useful even in case of large, numerous, and intramural fibroids and allows optimal uterine wall reconstruction with minimal tissue trauma. The procedure is also low time-consuming. PMID:16915172

Carminati, Roberto; Ragusa, Antonio; Giannice, Raffaella; Pantano, Francesco

2006-01-01

351

Bioadhesive Mini-Tablets for Vaginal Drug Delivery  

PubMed Central

Different non-ionic cellulose ethers (methyl cellulose, MC; hydroxyethyl cellulose, HEC; hydroxypropyl cellulose, HPC; hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, HPMC) and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) were investigated as matrix formers for preparation of mini-tablets targeting vaginal drug delivery. Hexyl aminolevulinat hydrochloridum (HAL) was used as a model drug. The mini-tablets were characterized with respect to their mechanical strength, bioadhesion towards cow vaginal tissue in two independent tests (rotating cylinder test, detachment test using texture analyzer), and dissolution rate in two media mimicking the pH levels of fertile, healthy and post-menopausal women (vaginal fluid simulant pH 4.5, phosphate buffer pH 6.8). Mini-tablets with a matrix of either HPMC or HPC were found to possess adequate mechanical strength, superior bioadhesive behavior towards vaginal tissue, and pH independent controlled release of the model drug, suggesting that both systems would be suited for the treatment of women regardless of age, i.e., respective of their vaginal pH levels. Bioadhesive mini-tablets offer a potential for improved residence time in the vaginal cavity targeting contact with mucosal tissue and prolonged release of the drug. PMID:25166286

Hiorth, Marianne; Nilsen, Susanne; Tho, Ingunn

2014-01-01

352

Lactocin 160, a Bacteriocin Produced by Vaginal Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Targets Cytoplasmic Membranes of the Vaginal Pathogen, Gardnerella vaginalis.  

PubMed

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a commonly occurring vaginal infection that is associated with a variety of serious risks related to the reproductive health of women. Conventional antibiotic treatment for this condition is frequently ineffective because the antibiotics tend to inhibit healthy vaginal microflora along with the pathogens. Lactocin 160, a bacteriocin produced by healthy vaginal lactobacilli, is a promising alternative to antibiotics; this compound specifically inhibits the BV-associated vaginal pathogens such as Gardnerella vaginalis and Prevotella bivia without affecting the healthy microflora. This study investigates the molecular mechanism of action for lactocin 160 and reveals that this compound targets the cytoplasmic membrane of G. vaginalis, causing the efflux of ATP molecules and dissipation of the proton motive force. PMID:20445810

Turovskiy, Yevgeniy; Ludescher, Richard D; Aroutcheva, Alla A; Faro, Sebastian; Chikindas, Michael L

2009-01-20

353

Predictors of Metastatic Disease After Prostate Brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To identify predictors of metastatic disease after brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer. Methods and Materials: All patients who received either brachytherapy alone (implant) or brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiation therapy for treatment of localized prostate cancer at The Mount Sinai Hospital between June 1990 and March 2007 with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. Univariate and multivariable analyses were performed on the following variables: risk group, Gleason score (GS), clinical T stage, pretreatment prostate-specific antigen level, post-treatment prostate-specific antigen doubling time (PSA-DT), treatment type (implant vs. implant plus external beam radiation therapy), treatment era, total biological effective dose, use of androgen deprivation therapy, age at diagnosis, and race. PSA-DT was analyzed in the following ordinate groups: 0 to 90 days, 91 to 180 days, 180 to 360 days, and greater than 360 days. Results: We included 1,887 patients in this study. Metastases developed in 47 of these patients. The 10-year freedom from distant metastasis (FFDM) rate for the entire population was 95.1%. Median follow-up was 6 years (range, 2-15 years). The only two significant predictors of metastatic disease by multivariable analyses were GS and PSA-DT (p < 0.001 for both variables). Estimated 10-year FFDM rates for GS of 6 or less, GS of 7, and GS of 8 or greater were 97.9%, 94.3%, and 76.1%, respectively (p < 0.001). Estimated FFDM rates for PSA-DT of 0 to 90 days, 91 to 180 days, 181 to 360 days, and greater than 360 days were 17.5%, 67.9%, 74%, and 94.8%, respectively (p < 0.001). Estimated 10-year FFDM rates for the low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups were 98.6%, 96.2%, and 86.7%, respectively. A demographic shift to patients presenting with higher-grade disease in more recent years was observed. Conclusions: GS and post-treatment PSA-DT are both statistically significant independent predictors of metastatic disease. Patients with a high GS and/or short PSA-DT have a higher likelihood of developing metastatic disease and should be considered for systemic therapy.

Forsythe, Kevin [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Burri, Ryan [Department of Radiation Oncology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY (United States); Stone, Nelson [Department of Urology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Stock, Richard G., E-mail: richard.stock@moutsinai.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States)

2012-06-01

354

Fabrication of an ?-lipoic acid-eluting poly-(D,L-lactide-co-caprolactone) cuff for the inhibition of neointimal formation  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this study was to develop a novel polymer cuff for the local delivery of ?-lipoic acid (ALA) to inhibit neointimal formation in vivo. The polymer cuff was fabricated by incorporating the ALA into poly-(D,L-lactide-co-caprolactone) 40:60 (PLC), with or without methoxy polyethylene glycol (MethoxyPEG). The release kinetics of ALA and in vitro degradation by hydrolysis were analyzed by HPLC and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), respectively. In vivo evaluation of the effect of the ALA-containing polymer cuff was carried out using a rat femoral artery cuff injury model. At 24 h, 48% or 87% of the ALA was released from PCL cuffs with or without MethoxyPEG. FE-SEM results indicated that ALA was blended homogenously in the PLC with MethoxyPEG, whereas ALA was distributed on the surface of the PLC cuff without MethoxyPEG. The PLC cuff with MethoxyPEG showed prolonged and controlled release of ALA in PBS, in contrast to the PLC cuff without MethoxyPEG. Both ALA-containing polymer cuffs had a significant effect on the inhibition of neointimal formation in rat femoral artery. Novel ALA-containing polymer cuffs made of PLC were found to be biocompatible and effective in inhibiting neointimal formation in vivo. Polymer cuffs containing MethoxyPEG allowed the release of ALA for one additional week, and the rate of drug release from the PLC could be controlled by changing the composition of the polymer. These findings demonstrate that polymer cuffs may be an easy tool for the evaluation of anti-restenotic agents in animal models. PMID:19287197

Lee, Hyo Jeong; Choi, Seung Hee; Nah, Mun Hee

2009-01-01

355

Preparation and Characterisation of Fluconazole Vaginal Films for the Treatment of Vaginal Candidiasis  

PubMed Central

Objective of the present study was to develop and evaluate vaginal films with essential in vitro studies. Films were developed using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose as a polymer and formulations were coded. The developed films were evaluated with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, drug content, viscosity, surface pH, thickness, mechanical characterisation and in vitro drug release study. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results confirmed that there is no chemical interaction between drug and stabilisers/excipients. The batch variation was not more than 5% for average thickness and weight of the films. The drug content for the prepared formulation was in the range of 72.32±0.18% to 94.48±0.54%. Viscosity of the formulations increased with the increase in concentration of polymer. Mechanical characterisation revealed that tensile strength and percentage elongation of the films improved as there is increase in degree of substitution of the polymer, but the values of modulus decreased which confirmed that all the prepared films are soft in nature. The in vitro study indicated that 1 and 2% concentrations of polymer are the least concentrations to control the release of drug whereas the 4% concentration of polymer is a good and more effective concentration to control the release. Only one prepared formulation released the drug by following anomalous transport whereas other film formulations released the fluconazole by following Fickian diffusion mechanism. Prepared vaginal films may be an important alternative for the treatment of vaginal candidiasis, because these prepared films suggest the benefits of controlled release of fluconazole at the site of absorption. PMID:24403660

Kumar, L.; Reddy, M. S.; Shirodkar, R. K.; Pai, G. K.; Krishna, V. T.; Verma, R.

2013-01-01

356

Efficacy of Rifaximin Vaginal Tablets in Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis: a Molecular Characterization of the Vaginal Microbiota  

PubMed Central

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal disorder characterized by an alteration of the vaginal bacterial morphotypes, associated with sexually transmitted infections and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the impact of different doses of rifaximin vaginal tablets (100 mg/day for 5 days, 25 mg/day for 5 days, and 100 mg/day for 2 days) on the vaginal microbiota of 102 European patients with BV enrolled in a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. An integrated molecular approach based on quantitative PCR (qPCR) and PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) was used to investigate the effects of vaginal tablets containing the antibiotic. An increase in members of the genus Lactobacillus and a decrease in the BV-related bacterial groups after the antibiotic treatment were demonstrated by qPCR. PCR-DGGE profiles confirmed the capability of rifaximin to modulate the composition of the vaginal microbial communities and to reduce their complexity. This molecular analysis supported the clinical observation that rifaximin at 25 mg/day for 5 days represents an effective treatment to be used in future pivotal studies for the treatment of BV. PMID:22585228

Cruciani, Federica; Brigidi, Patrizia; Calanni, Fiorella; Lauro, Vittoria; Tacchi, Raffaella; Donders, Gilbert; Peters, Klaus; Guaschino, Secondo

2012-01-01

357

High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy technique: For carcinoma of uterine cervix using nucletron applicators  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study describes our existing treatment method for high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy of carcinoma of uterine cervix using Nucletron applicators. Based on our clinical experience with low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy since 1986, we deliver 40–45Gy by external and 30Gy by internal radiation therapy. The change in regimen using HDR brachytherapy is that internal radiation dose is given in

Murali T. K. Nair; Mei-Chang Cheng; Arlene Barker; Bryan S. Rouse

1995-01-01

358

Species-level classification of the vaginal microbiome  

PubMed Central

Background The application of next-generation sequencing to the study of the vaginal microbiome is revealing the spectrum of microbial communities that inhabit the human vagina. High-resolution identification of bacterial taxa, minimally to the species level, is necessary to fully understand the association of the vaginal microbiome with bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy complications, menopause, and other physiological and infectious conditions. However, most current taxonomic assignment strategies based on metagenomic 16S rDNA sequence analysis provide at best a genus-level resolution. While surveys of 16S rRNA gene sequences are common in microbiome studies, few well-curated, body-site-specific reference databases of 16S rRNA gene sequences are available, and no such resource is available for vaginal microbiome studies. Results We constructed the Vaginal 16S rDNA Reference Database, a comprehensive and non-redundant database of 16S rDNA reference sequences for bacterial taxa likely to be associated with vaginal health, and we developed STIRRUPS, a new method that employs the USEARCH algorithm with a curated reference database for rapid species-level classification of 16S rDNA partial sequences. The method was applied to two datasets of V1-V3 16S rDNA reads: one generated from a mock community containing DNA from six bacterial strains associated with vaginal health, and a second generated from over 1,000 mid-vaginal samples collected as part of the Vaginal Human Microbiome Project at Virginia Commonwealth University. In both datasets, STIRRUPS, used in conjunction with the Vaginal 16S rDNA Reference Database, classified more than 95% of processed reads to a species-level taxon using a 97% global identity threshold for assignment. Conclusions This database and method provide accurate species-level classifications of metagenomic 16S rDNA sequence reads that will be useful for analysis and comparison of microbiome profiles from vaginal samples. STIRRUPS can be used to classify 16S rDNA sequence reads from other ecological niches if an appropriate reference database of 16S rDNA sequences is available. PMID:23282177

2012-01-01

359

MRI of symptomatic and asymptomatic full-thickness rotator cuff tears  

PubMed Central

Background and purpose Why some full-thickness rotator cuff tears are symptomatic and others are asymptomatic is not understood. By comparing MRI findings in symptomatic and asymptomatic tears, we wanted to identify any tear characteristics that differed between groups. Patients and methods 50 subjects with asymptomatic and 50 subjects with symptomatic full-thickness tears were examined by MRI. Tear characteristics including tear size, tear location, the condition of the long head of the biceps, atrophy, and fatty degeneration of the muscles were compared between groups. Results Single factor logistic regression analysis showed that there were statistically significant associations between symptoms and tear size exceeding 3 cm in the medial-lateral plane, positive tangent sign, and fatty degeneration exceeding grade 1 of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles. Interpretation We found associations between the symptomatic status of a rotator cuff tear and MRI-derived tear characteristics. The causal relationships are unclear. PMID:20450423

Tariq, Rana; Stiris, Morten G; Smith, Hans-J?rgen

2010-01-01

360

A device for emulating cuff recordings of action potentials propagating along peripheral nerves.  

PubMed

This paper describes a device that emulates propagation of action potentials along a peripheral nerve, suitable for reproducible testing of bio-potential recording systems using nerve cuff electrodes. The system is a microcontroller-based stand-alone instrument which uses established nerve and electrode models to represent neural activity of real nerves recorded with a nerve cuff interface, taking into consideration electrode impedance, voltages picked up by the electrodes, and action potential propagation characteristics. The system emulates different scenarios including compound action potentials with selectable propagation velocities and naturally occurring nerve traffic from different velocity fiber populations. Measured results from a prototype implementation are reported and compared with in vitro recordings from Xenopus Laevis frog sciatic nerve, demonstrating that the electrophysiological setting is represented to a satisfactory degree, useful for the development, optimization and characterization of future recording systems. PMID:24760928

Rieger, Robert; Schuettler, Martin; Chuang, Sheng-Chih

2014-09-01

361

A Load-Sharing Rip-Stop Fixation Construct for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair  

PubMed Central

Despite advancements in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair techniques, achieving tendon-to-bone healing can be difficult in the setting of poor-quality tendon. Moreover, medial tendon tears or tears with lateral tendon loss may preclude standard techniques. Rip-stop suture configurations have been shown to improve load to failure compared with simple or mattress stitch patterns and may be particularly valuable in these settings. The purpose of this report is to describe a technical modification of a rip-stop rotator cuff repair that combines the advantages of a rip-stop suture (by providing resistance to tissue cutout) and a double row of load-sharing suture anchors (minimizing the load per anchor and therefore the load per suture within each anchor). PMID:23766972

Denard, Patrick J.; Burkhart, Stephen S.

2012-01-01

362

Estimating optimal shoulder immobilization postures following surgical repair of massive rotator cuff tears.  

PubMed

Although shoulder immobilization is commonly prescribed following surgical repair of rotator cuff tears there is no consensus about the best shoulder immobilization postures. A musculoskeletal model was used with a minimax algorithm to estimate optimal post-operative shoulder immobilization postures for massive rotator cuff tears involving the supraspinatus and infraspinatus. An optimal posture was defined as one in which the stresses in the repaired tendons and the angle of humerus elevation were minimized. The optimal post-operative shoulder immobilization postures were with the humerus elevated and externally rotated. Elevation increased with the severity of the tear from 21° to 45° while external rotation decreased slightly from 23° to 18°. The minimax algorithm effectively balanced the competing criteria, resulting in feasible postures that did not overstress the repaired tendons. This method could be used to guide prescription of shoulder immobilization postures for various injuries. PMID:23116766

Jackson, M; Sylvestre, É; Bleau, J; Allard, P; Begon, M

2013-01-01

363

An overview of interstitial brachytherapy and hyperthermia  

SciTech Connect

Interstitial thermoradiotherapy, an experimental cancer treatment that combines interstitial radiation implants (brachytherapy) and interstitial hyperthermia, is in the early stages of investigation. In accordance with the procedure used in a current national trial protocol, a 60-minute hyperthermia treatment is administered after catheters are placed into the tumor area while the patient is under general anesthesia. This is immediately followed by loading of radioactive Iridium-192 seeds into the catheters for a defined period of time. Once the prescribed radiation dose is delivered, the radioactive sources are removed and a second, 60-minute hyperthermia treatment is administered. Clinical trials with hyperthermia in combination with radiation have increased in recent years. Nurses caring for these patients need to become more knowledgeable about this investigational therapy. This paper provides an overview of the biologic rationale for this therapy, as well as a description of the delivery method and clinical application. Specific related nursing interventions are defined in a nursing protocol.23 references.

Brandt, B.B.; Harney, J.

1989-11-01

364

Harmony search optimization for HDR prostate brachytherapy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In high dose-rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy, multiple catheters are inserted interstitially into the target volume. The process of treating the prostate involves calculating and determining the best dose distribution to the target and organs-at-risk by means of optimizing the time that the radioactive source dwells at specified positions within the catheters. It is the goal of this work to investigate the use of a new optimization algorithm, known as Harmony Search, in order to optimize dwell times for HDR prostate brachytherapy. The new algorithm was tested on 9 different patients and also compared with the genetic algorithm. Simulations were performed to determine the optimal value of the Harmony Search parameters. Finally, multithreading of the simulation was examined to determine potential benefits. First, a simulation environment was created using the Python programming language and the wxPython graphical interface toolkit, which was necessary to run repeated optimizations. DICOM RT data from Varian BrachyVision was parsed and used to obtain patient anatomy and HDR catheter information. Once the structures were indexed, the volume of each structure was determined and compared to the original volume calculated in BrachyVision for validation. Dose was calculated using the AAPM TG-43 point source model of the GammaMed 192Ir HDR source and was validated against Varian BrachyVision. A DVH-based objective function was created and used for the optimization simulation. Harmony Search and the genetic algorithm were implemented as optimization algorithms for the simulation and were compared against each other. The optimal values for Harmony Search parameters (Harmony Memory Size [HMS], Harmony Memory Considering Rate [HMCR], and Pitch Adjusting Rate [PAR]) were also determined. Lastly, the simulation was modified to use multiple threads of execution in order to achieve faster computational times. Experimental results show that the volume calculation that was implemented in this thesis was within 2% of the values computed by Varian BrachyVision for the prostate, within 3% for the rectum and bladder and 6% for the urethra. The calculation of dose compared to BrachyVision was determined to be different by only 0.38%. Isodose curves were also generated and were found to be similar to BrachyVision. The comparison between Harmony Search and genetic algorithm showed that Harmony Search was over 4 times faster when compared over multiple data sets. The optimal Harmony Memory Size was found to be 5 or lower; the Harmony Memory Considering Rate was determined to be 0.95, and the Pitch Adjusting Rate was found to be 0.9. Ultimately, the effect of multithreading showed that as intensive computations such as optimization and dose calculation are involved, the threads of execution scale with the number of processors, achieving a speed increase proportional to the number of processor cores. In conclusion, this work showed that Harmony Search is a viable alternative to existing algorithms for use in HDR prostate brachytherapy optimization. Coupled with the optimal parameters for the algorithm and a multithreaded simulation, this combination has the capability to significantly decrease the time spent on minimizing optimization problems in the clinic that are time intensive, such as brachytherapy, IMRT and beam angle optimization.

Panchal, Aditya

365

Automatic Brachytherapy Seed Placement Under MRI Guidance  

PubMed Central

The paper presents a robotic method of performing low dose rate prostate brachytherapy under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance. The design and operation of a fully automated MR compatible seed injector is presented. This is used with the MrBot robot for transperineal percutaneous prostate access. A new image-registration marker and algorithms are also presented. The system is integrated and tested with a 3T MRI scanner. Tests compare three different registration methods, assess the precision of performing automated seed deployment, and use the seeds to assess the accuracy of needle targeting under image guidance. Under the ideal conditions of the in vitro experiments, results show outstanding image-guided needle and seed placement accuracy. PMID:17694871

Patriciu, Alexandru; Petrisor, Doru; Muntener, Michael; Mazilu, Dumitru; Schar, Michael; Stoianovici, Dan

2011-01-01

366

''Natural'' volume--dose histogram for brachytherapy  

SciTech Connect

The most useful formulation of the volume--dose histogram for brachytherapy is one which suppresses inverse square law effects while preserving proportionality between volume and the area under the curve. These objectives are met by plotting the distribution of volume per unit -3/2 power of dose rate versus the -3/2 power of dose rate; such a distribution is constant for a single point source. Adding sources results in the formation of a peak, which provides a graphical indication of dose rate uniformity. Evaluation of other peak parameters such as width, position, and contained volume, in relation to treatment dose rate, permits a quantitative and clinically relevant volume--dose assessment of interstitial implants.

Anderson, L.L.

1986-11-01

367

Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia: a therapeutical dilemma.  

PubMed

Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VaIN) represents a rare and asymptomatic pre-neoplastic lesion. Its natural history and potential evolution into invasive cancer are uncertain. VaIN can occur alone or as a synchronous or metachronous lesion with cervical and vulvar HPV-related intra epithelial or invasive neoplasia. Its association with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia is found in 65% of cases, with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia in 10% of cases, while for others, the association with concomitant cervical or vulvar intraepithelial neoplasias is found in 30-80% of cases. VaIN is often asymptomatic and its diagnosis is suspected in cases of abnormal cytology, followed by colposcopy and colposcopically-guided biopsy of suspicious areas. In the past, high-grade VaIN and multifocal VaIN have been treated by radical surgery, such as total or partial upper vaginectomy associated with hysterectomy and radiotherapy. The need to maintain the integrity of reproductive capacity has determined the transition from radical therapies to conservative ones, according to the different patients' characteristics. PMID:23267125

Frega, Antonio; Sopracordevole, Francesco; Assorgi, Chiara; Lombardi, Danila; DE Sanctis, Vitaliana; Catalano, Angelica; Matteucci, Eleonora; Milazzo, Giusi Natalia; Ricciardi, Enzo; Moscarini, Massimo

2013-01-01

368

Photoacoustic imaging of prostate brachytherapy seeds.  

PubMed

Brachytherapy seed therapy is an increasingly common way to treat prostate cancer through localized radiation. The current standard of care relies on transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) for imaging guidance during the seed placement procedure. As visualization of individual metallic seeds tends to be difficult or inaccurate under TRUS guidance, guide needles are generally tracked to infer seed placement. In an effort to improve seed visualization and placement accuracy, the use of photoacoustic (PA) imaging, which is highly sensitive to metallic objects in soft tissue, was investigated for this clinical application. The PA imaging properties of bare (i.e., embedded in pure gelatin) and tissue-embedded (at depths of up to 13 mm) seeds were investigated with a multi-wavelength (750 to 1090 nm) PA imaging technique. Results indicate that, much like ultrasonic (US) imaging, an angular dependence (i.e., seed orientation relative to imaging transducer) of the PA signal exists. Despite this shortcoming, however, PA imaging offers improved contrast, over US imaging, of a seed in prostate tissue if sufficient local fluence is achieved. Additionally, although the PA signal of a bare seed is greatest for lower laser wavelengths (e.g., 750 nm), the scattering that results from tissue tends to favor the use of higher wavelengths (e.g., 1064 nm, which is the primary wavelength of Nd:YAG lasers) when the seed is located in tissue. A combined PA and US imaging approach (i.e., PAUS imaging) shows strong potential to visualize both the seed and the surrounding anatomical environment of the prostate during brachytherapy seed placement procedures. PMID:21833361

Su, Jimmy L; Bouchard, Richard R; Karpiouk, Andrei B; Hazle, John D; Emelianov, Stanislav Y

2011-08-01

369

Arthroscopic Intratendinous Repair of the Delaminated Partial-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear in Overhead Athletes  

Microsoft Academic Search

A distinct type of partial-thickness rotator cuff tear has been observed in overhead athletes, characterized by partial failure of the undersurface of the posterior supraspinatus and anterior infraspinatus tendons with intratendinous delamination. We present a technique of percutaneous intratendinous repair using nonabsorbable mattress sutures designed for the management of articular-side delaminated partial-thickness tears. After tear evaluation and preparation, the torn

Stephen F. Brockmeier; Christopher C. Dodson; Seth C. Gamradt; Struan H. Coleman; David W. Altchek

2008-01-01

370

The Biomechanical and Histologic Effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Rat Rotator Cuff Repairs  

PubMed Central

Background Rotator cuff tears are common injuries that are often treated with surgical repair. Because of the high concentration of growth factors within platelets, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has the potential to enhance healing in rotator cuff repairs. Hypothesis Platelet-rich plasma would alter the biomechanical and histologic properties of rotator cuff repair during an acute injury response. Study Design Controlled laboratory study. Methods Platelet-rich plasma was produced from inbred donor rats. A tendon-from-bone supraspinatus tear was created surgically and an immediate transosseous repair performed. The control group underwent repair only. The PRP group underwent a repair with PRP augmentation. Rats in each group were sacrificed at 7, 14, and 21 days. The surgically repaired tendons underwent biomechanical testing, including failure load, stiffness, failure strain, and stress relaxation characteristics. Histological analysis evaluated the cellular characteristics of the repair tissue. Results At 7- and 21-day periods, augmentation with PRP showed statistically significant effects on the biomechanical properties of the repaired rat supraspinatus tear, but failure load was not increased at the 7-, 14-, or 21-day periods (P = .688, .209, and .477, respectively). The control group had significantly higher stiffness at 21 days (P = .006). The control group had higher failure strain at 7 days (P = .02), whereas the PRP group had higher failure strain at 21 days (P = .008). Histologically, the PRP group showed increased fibroblastic response and vascular proliferation at each time point. At 21 days, the collagen fibers in the PRP group were oriented in a more linear fashion toward the tendon footprint. Conclusion In this controlled, rat model study, PRP altered the tissue properties of the supraspinatus tendon without affecting the construct’s failure load. Clinical Relevance The decreased tendon tissue stiffness acutely and failure to enhance tendon-to-bone healing of repairs should be considered before augmenting rotator cuff repairs with PRP. Further studies will be necessary to determine the role of PRP in clinical practice. PMID:22822177

Beck, Jennifer; Evans, Douglas; Tonino, Pietro M.; Yong, Sherri; Callaci, John J.

2013-01-01

371

Partial-thickness Articular Surface Rotator Cuff Tears: An All-inside Repair Technique  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background  Treatment of partial-thickness articular surface rotator cuff tears varies from simple débridement with or without an acromioplasty\\u000a to various repair techniques. These repair techniques have included in situ transtendinous methods, as well as completion\\u000a of the tear and repairing the full-thickness defect. The transtendinous techniques can be associated with stiffness and completing\\u000a the tear takes down normal intact tissue. Therefore,

Edwin E. Spencer Jr

2010-01-01

372

A Shortened Version of the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Disability Index: Development and Measurement Properties  

PubMed Central

ABSTRACT Purpose: The objective of this study was to develop and examine the measurement properties of a shortened version of the Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC), the SHORTWORC, in individuals with rotator-cuff pathology. Methods: The study occurred in two stages, both using secondary analysis of existing data sets. The first stage used cross-sectional data from candidates for rotator-cuff surgery to develop the SHORTWORC. The second stage examined various measurement properties of the SHORTWORC by analyzing scores from the WORC, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons questionnaire, and the Constant–Murley score obtained from patients before and after rotator-cuff surgery. Approaches to validating the SHORTWORC included calculating the standard error of measurement (SEM) at an instant in time, performing a confirmatory factor analysis, correlating findings among the questionnaires, and examining differences between men and women. Sensitivity to change was investigated using standardized response mean and relative efficiency. Results: Data for 712 patients were used to develop the SHORTWORC, the final version of which consisted of 7 questions. Data for 166 patients (86 men, 80 women; mean age 57±11 years) were used for validation. The SEM based on internal consistency (SEMIC) was calculated as 7.43 SHORTWORC points. The SHORTWORC had similar convergent validity (r=0.72?0.82) and sensitivity to change (SRM=1.20 vs. 1.25, p>0.05) to the longer version. The relative efficiency of the SHORTWORC was 3.19 times that of the WORC (95% CI, 1.50–71.51) in discriminating men's from women's level of disability. Conclusions: The SHORTWORC has indicators of validity, relative efficiency, and sensitivity to change comparable to those of the original version but has a smaller response burden. PMID:23450087

Stratford, Paul; Holtby, Richard

2012-01-01

373

Rotator Cuff Tears: Prospective Comparisonof MR Imaging with Arthrography,Sonography,and Surgery  

Microsoft Academic Search

Thirty-eight patients with suspected rotator cuff tears were examined at 1.5 T by using a loop-gap resonator surface coil. The MR findings were compared prospectively in a blinded fashion with the results from double-contrast arthrography in all 38 patients, high-resolution sonography in 23 patients, and surgery in 16 patients. In the total group of 38 patients, MR imaging detected 22

D. Lawrence; David Karasick; Alfred B. Kurtz; Donald G. Mitchell; Matthew D. Rifkin; Cynthia L. Miller; David W. Levy; John M. Fenlin; Arthur R. Bartolozzi

374

The effect of laryngeal mask cuff pressure on postoperative sore throat incidence  

Microsoft Academic Search

Study objective: To study the effect of laryngeal mask airway (LMA) cuff pressure on the incidence of postoperative sore throat.Design: Prospective, randomized, observational study.Setting: Operating room of a university hospital.Patients: 200 consecutive adult patients requiring anesthesia for gynecologic procedures.Interventions: Anesthesia was induced with thiopental 3–5 mg\\/kg, fentanyl 2 ?g\\/kg, vecuronium bromide 0.05 mg\\/kg, and enflurane, 0.8% to 2% and maintained

Gerald Burgard; Thomas Möllhoff; Thomas Prien

1996-01-01

375

Arthroscopic assisted rotator cuff repair: Results using a mini-open deltoid splitting approach  

Microsoft Academic Search

Out of 78 patients identified who underwent mini-open cuff repair, 64 were interviewed and returned a detailed questionnaire and 47 returned for a physical examination. Their average age was 64 years (31 to 85 years); and the average follow-up was 29.2 months (image, 12 to 65 months). The average tear size was 8 cm2. Preoperatively, all patients complained of pain

Field T. Blevins; Russell F. Warren; Charles Cavo; David W. Altchek; David Dines; George Palletta; Thomas L. Wickiewicz

1996-01-01

376

Comparison of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in healthy patients over and under 65 years of age  

Microsoft Academic Search

We compared the outcomes of arthroscopically repaired rotator cuff tears in 28 patients older than 65 years (the over 65 group:\\u000a median age 70 years) with a control group of 28 patients younger than 65 years (the under 65 group: median age 57 years).\\u000a The groups were similar in regard to sex distribution, surgical technique, and post-operative rehabilitation programmes, but\\u000a different in age. After

Leonardo OstiRocco; Rocco Papalia; Angelo Del Buono; Vincenzo Denaro; Nicola Maffulli

2010-01-01

377

Risk Factors for Readmission and Revision Surgery Following Rotator Cuff Repair  

Microsoft Academic Search

Risk factors for revision surgery and hospitalization following rotator cuff repair (RCR) have not been clearly identified.\\u000a We hypothesized patient factors and surgeon and hospital volume independently contribute to the risk of readmission within\\u000a 90 days and revision RCR within one year. Using the SPARCS database, we included patients undergoing primary RCR in New York\\u000a State between 1997 and 2002. These

Seth L. Sherman; Stephen Lyman; Panagiotis Koulouvaris; Andrew Willis; Robert G. Marx

2008-01-01

378

Correlations of isokinetic measurements with tendon healing following open repair of rotator cuff tears  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation of tendon integrity following open cuff repairs with functional and\\u000a isokinetic strength measurements. Twenty-six shoulders of 25 patients were included in this study. At the final follow-up,\\u000a 14 repairs (53.8%) were intact and 12 repairs (46.2%) had failed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mean UCLA score at latest\\u000a follow-up was

Huseyin Demirors; Esra Circi; Rahmi Can Akgun; Nefise Cagla Tarhan; Nuri Cetin; Sercan Akpinar; Ismail Cengiz Tuncay

2010-01-01

379

[Salvage 125I brachytherapy of locally recurrent prostate cancer].  

PubMed

The purpose of the study is to report a case of salvage low dose rate (LDR) prostate brachytherapy in a patient with locally recurrent prostate cancer, four years after his first treatment with combined external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. A 61-year-old man was treated with 1x10 Gy HDR brachytherapy and a total of 60 Gy EBRT for an organ confined intermediate risk carcinoma of the prostate in 2009. The patient's tumor had been in regression with the lowest PSA level of 0.09 ng/ml, till the end of 2013. After slow but continuous elevation, his PSA level had reached 1.46 ng/ml by February 2014. Pelvis MRI and whole body acetate PET/CT showed recurrent tumor in the dorsal-right region of the prostate. Bone scan was negative. After discussing the possible salvage treatment options with the patient, he chose LDR brachytherapy. In 2014, in spinal anesthesia 21 125I "seeds" were implanted with transrectal ultrasound guidance into the prostate. The prescribed dose to the whole prostate was 100 Gy, to the volume of the recurrent tumor was 140 Gy. The patient tolerated the salvage brachytherapy well. The postimplant dosimetry was evaluated using magnetic resonance imaging-computed tomography (MR-CT) fusion and appeared satisfactory. PSA level decreased from the pre-salvage value of 1.46 ng/ml to 0.42 ng/ml by one month and 0.18 ng/ml by two months after the brachytherapy. No gastrointestinal side effects appeared, the patient's urination became slightly more frequent. In selected patients, salvage LDR brachytherapy can be a good choice for curative treatment of locally recurrent prostate cancer, after primary radiation therapy. Multiparametric MRI is fundamental, acetate PET/CT can play an important role when defining the localization of the recurrent tumor. PMID:25260087

Gesztesi, László; Agoston, Péter; Major, Tibor; Gõdény, Mária; Andi, Judit; Lengyel, Zsolt; Polgár, Csaba

2014-09-26

380

A novel technique of rotator cuff repair using spinal needle and suture loop  

PubMed Central

Background We present a simple technique of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using a spinal needle and suture loop. Methods With the arthroscope laterally, a spinal needle looped with PDS is inserted percutaneously into the shoulder posteriorly and penetrated through the healthy posterior cuff tear margin. Anteriorly, another spinal needle loaded with PDS is inserted percutaneously to engage the healthy tissue at the anterior tear margin. The suture in the anterior needle is then delivered into the suture loop of the posterior needle using a suture retriever. The posterior needle and loop are then pulled out carrying the anterior suture with it. The two limbs of this suture are then retrieved through a cannula for knotting. The same procedure is then repeated for additional suturing. Suture anchors placed over the greater tuberosity are used to complete the repair. Conclusion This is an easy method of rotator cuff repair using simple instruments and lesser time, hence can be employed at centers with less equipment and at reduced cost to the patient. PMID:21062442

2010-01-01

381

Advantages and techniques of utilizing anterolateral portal in delaminated rotator cuff repair.  

PubMed

Typically, rotator cuff repair is performed two-dimensionally while visualizing the subacromial space. To achieve a more complete repair, sutures can be retrieved from inside the joint utilizing a penetrating suture device through the anterolateral portal, which permits visualization of the articular side and bursal side of the rotator cuff tear. Utilizing other portals can leave the sutures out of sight and reach. The anterolateral portal helps capture both leaves of a delaminated tear and places the sutures in the center of the field for retrieval and tying. The anterolateral portal is located with a spinal needle just off the anterolateral corner of the acromion, and the suture anchor is inserted into the greater tuberosity through this portal. The sutures are passed into the joint through the tear in the rotator cuff with a suture grasper. The scope is redirected intraarticularly, and the suture is visualized. The sutures are positioned, and the penetrator is passed through the tendon. The scope is placed back in the bursa for tying sutures and capturing both leaves of a delaminated tear. It works equally well for simple complete tears and partial articular-sided supraspinatus tendon avulsion lesions. PMID:25153817

Chavan, Prithviraj; Gothelf, Todd K; Nord, Keith M; Garrett, William H; Nord, Keith D

2014-01-01

382

On the identification of sensory information from mixed nerves by using single-channel cuff electrodes  

PubMed Central

Background Several groups have shown that the performance of motor neuroprostheses can be significantly improved by detecting specific sensory events related to the ongoing motor task (e.g., the slippage of an object during grasping). Algorithms have been developed to achieve this goal by processing electroneurographic (ENG) afferent signals recorded by using single-channel cuff electrodes. However, no efforts have been made so far to understand the number and type of detectable sensory events that can be differentiated from whole nerve recordings using this approach. Methods To this aim, ENG afferent signals, evoked by different sensory stimuli were recorded using single-channel cuff electrodes placed around the sciatic nerve of anesthetized rats. The ENG signals were digitally processed and several features were extracted and used as inputs for the classification. The work was performed on integral datasets, without eliminating any noisy parts, in order to be as close as possible to real application. Results The results obtained showed that single-channel cuff electrodes are able to provide information on two to three different afferent (proprioceptive, mechanical and nociceptive) stimuli, with reasonably good discrimination ability. The classification performances are affected by the SNR of the signal, which in turn is related to the diameter of the fibers encoding a particular type of neurophysiological stimulus. Conclusions Our findings indicate that signals of acceptable SNR and corresponding to different physiological modalities (e.g. mediated by different types of nerve fibers) may be distinguished. PMID:20423488

2010-01-01

383

Optimal care and design of the tracheal cuff in the critically ill patient  

PubMed Central

Despite the increasing use of non-invasive ventilation and high-flow nasal-oxygen therapy, intubation is still performed in a large proportion of critically ill patients. The aim of this narrative review is to discuss recent data on long-term intubation-related complications, such as microaspiration, and tracheal ischemic lesions. These complications are common in critically ill patients, and are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Recent data suggest beneficial effects of tapered cuffed tracheal tubes in reducing aspiration. However, clinical data are needed in critically ill patients to confirm this hypothesis. Polyurethane-cuffed tracheal tubes and continuous control of cuff pressure could be beneficial in preventing microaspiration and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, large multicenter studies are needed before recommending their routine use. Cuff pressure should be maintained between 20 and 30 cmH2O to prevent intubation-related complications. Tracheal ischemia could be prevented by manual or continuous control of cuff pressure. PMID:24572178

2014-01-01

384

Immunolocalization of cytokines and growth factors in subacromial bursa of rotator cuff tear patients.  

PubMed

Inflammation in the subacromial bursa causes pain in patients suffering from rotator cuff tear, with this long-lasting inflammation leading to fibrosis and thickening of the subacromial bursa. Both inflammatory cytokines and mechanical stress, and impingement in the subacromial space, might induce and worsen this inflammation. However, little is known of the mechanism of this inflammation. In this study, we used immunohistological staining to demonstrate the expression of Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in subacromial bursa derived from the patients suffering from rotator cuff tear. On the other hand the expression of these inflammatory cytokines and growth factors were little detected only to a small degree in patients with anterior shoulder instability who did not have severe shoulder pain and impingement in the subacromial space. Our findings suggest that those inflammatory cytokines and growth factors may play an important role in inflammation of the subacromial bursa. Controlling the expression of these cytokines and growth factors might be important for treating patients suffering from shoulder pain due to rotator cuff tear. PMID:11565192

Sakai, H; Fujita, K; Sakai, Y; Mizuno, K

2001-02-01

385

Indirect MR arthrography of the shoulder in detection of rotator cuff ruptures.  

PubMed

The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of indirect MR arthrography images obtained following intravenous contrast injection and conventional MR imaging in the diagnosis of rotator cuff tears. Twenty-four patients with clinically suspected rotator cuff disease were examined. Conventional MR images and post-contrast indirect MR arthrography images were obtained. All images were evaluated in a blinded fashion by two musculoskeletal radiologist. Results were than analyzed depending on surgical output. The correlation coefficient (Spearman rank correlation test) and the kappa values for agreement between surgery and imaging techniques were calculated. The correlation coefficients between indirect MR arthrography and surgery for reader 1 and reader 2 were 0.9137 and 0.9773, respectively. Whereas the agreement between conventional MR imaging and surgery was moderate (n = 0.383-0.571), the agreement between indirect MR arthrography and surgery was excellent (n = 0.873-0.936). We suggest the use of indirect MR arthrography technique when conventional MR images are equivocal in diagnosis of rotator cuff disease. PMID:11218024

Yagci, B; Manisali, M; Yilmaz, E; Ozkan, M; Ekin, A; Ozaksoy, D; Kovanlikaya, I

2001-01-01

386

Biomechanical testing of a new knotless suture anchor compared with established anchors for rotator cuff repair.  

PubMed

Various suture anchors are available for rotator cuff repair. For arthroscopic application, a knotless anchor was developed to simplify the intra-operative handling. We compared the new knotless anchor (BIOKNOTLESStrade mark RC; DePuy Mitek, Raynham, MA) with established absorbable and titanium suture anchors (UltraSorbtrade mark and Super Revo 5mmtrade mark; ConMed Linvatec, Utica, NY). Each anchor was tested on 6 human cadaveric shoulders. The anchors were inserted into the greater tuberosity. An incremental cyclic loading was performed. Ultimate failure loads, anchor displacement, and mode of failure were recorded. The anchor displacement of the BIOKNOTLESStrade mark RC (15.3 +/- 5.3 mm) after the first cycle with 75 N was significantly higher than with the two other anchors (Super Revo 2.1 +/- 1.6 mm, UltraSorb: 2.7 +/- 1.1 mm). There was no significant difference in the ultimate failure loads of the 3 anchors. Although the Bioknotlesstrade mark RC indicated comparable maximal pullout strength, it bares the risk of losing contact between the tendon-bone-interface due to a significantly higher system displacement. Therefore, gap formation between the bone and the soft tissue fixation jeopardizes the repair. Bioknotlesstrade mark RC should be used in the lateral row only when a double row technique for rotator cuff repair is performed, and is not appropriate for rotator cuff repair if used on its own. PMID:18396417

Pietschmann, Matthias F; Froehlich, Valerie; Ficklscherer, Andreas; Wegener, Bernd; Jansson, Volkmar; Müller, Peter E

2008-01-01

387

Acid production by vaginal flora in vitro is consistent with the rate and extent of vaginal acidification.  

PubMed

Perinatally, and between menarche and menopause, increased levels of estrogen cause large amounts of glycogen to be deposited in the vaginal epithelium. During these times, the anaerobic metabolism of the glycogen, by the epithelial cells themselves and/or by vaginal flora, causes the vagina to become acidic (pH approximately 4). This study was designed to test whether the characteristics of acid production by vaginal flora in vitro can account for vaginal acidity. Eight vaginal Lactobacillus isolates from four species-L. gasseri, L. vaginalis, L. crispatus, and L. jensenii-acidified their growth medium to an asymptotic pH (3.2 to 4.8) that matches the range seen in the Lactobacillus-dominated human vagina (pH 3.6 to 4.5 in most women) (B. Andersch, L. Forssman, K. Lincoln, and P. Torstensson, Gynecol. Obstet. Investig. 21:19-25, 1986; L. Cohen, Br. J. Vener. Dis. 45:241-246, 1969; J. Paavonen, Scand. J. Infect. Dis. Suppl. 40:31-35, 1983; C. Tevi-Bénissan, L. Bélec, M. Lévy, V. Schneider-Fauveau, A. Si Mohamed, M.-C. Hallouin, M. Matta, and G. Grésenguet, Clin. Diagn. Lab. Immunol. 4:367-374, 1997). During exponential growth, all of these Lactobacillus species acidified their growth medium at rates on the order of 10(6) protons/bacterium/s. Such rates, combined with an estimate of the total number of lactobacilli in the vagina, suggest that vaginal lactobacilli could reacidify the vagina at the rate observed postcoitally following neutralization by the male ejaculate (W. H. Masters and V. E. Johnson, Human sexual response, p. 93, 1966). During bacterial vaginosis (BV), there is a loss of vaginal acidity, and the vaginal pH rises to >4.5. This correlates with a loss of lactobacilli and an overgrowth of diverse bacteria. Three BV-associated bacteria, Gardnerella vaginalis, Prevotella bivia, and Peptostreptococcus anaerobius, acidified their growth medium to an asymptotic pH (4.7 to 6.0) consistent with the characteristic elevated vaginal pH associated with BV. Together, these observations are consistent with vaginal flora, rather than epithelial cells, playing a primary role in creating the acidity of the vagina. PMID:10496892

Boskey, E R; Telsch, K M; Whaley, K J; Moench, T R; Cone, R A

1999-10-01

388

Converting Potential Abdominal Hysterectomy to Vaginal One: Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy  

PubMed Central

Background. The idea of laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is to convert a potential abdominal hysterectomy to a vaginal one, thus decreasing associated morbidity and hastening recovery. We compared intraoperative and postoperative outcomes between LAVH and abdominal hysterectomy, to find out if LAVH achieves better clinical results compared with abdominal hysterectomy. Material and methods. A total of 48 women were enrolled in the study. Finally 17 patients underwent LAVH (cases) and 20 underwent abdominal hysterectomy (controls). All surgeries were performed by a set of gynecologists with more or less same level of surgical experience and expertise. Results.None of the patients in LAVH required conversion to laparotomy. Mean operating time was 30 minutes longer in LAVH group as compared to abdominal hysterectomy group (167.06 + 31.97?min versus 135.25 + 31.72 min; P < 0.05). However, the mean blood loss in LAVH was 100?mL lesser than that in abdominal hysterectomy and the difference was found to be statistically significant (248.24 + 117.79?mL versus 340.00 + 119.86?mL; P < 0.05). Another advantage of LAVH was significantly lower pain scores on second and third postoperative days. Overall complications and postoperative hospital stay were not significantly different between the two groups. PMID:24729873

Shetty, Jyothi; Shanbhag, Asha

2014-01-01

389

Arthroscopic versus mini-open rotator cuff repair: a prospective, randomized study with 24-month follow-up.  

PubMed

This prospective, randomized study was performed to evaluate the results of mini-open and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in a comparative case series of patients followed for 24 months. A total of 125 patients were randomized to mini-open (Group I) or arthroscopic (Group II) rotator cuff repair at the time of surgical intervention. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) score, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) index, and muscle strength were measured to evaluate the clinical results, while magnetic resonance arthrography was used at 24-month follow-up to investigate the postoperative rotator cuff integrity. Fifty-three patients in Group I and 55 patients in Group II were available for evaluation at 24-month follow-up. At 24-month follow-up, the UCLA score, the ASES index, and muscle strength were statistically significantly increased in both groups postoperatively, while no significant difference was detected between the 2 groups. Intact rotator cuffs were investigated in 42 patients in Group I and 35 in Group II, and there was a significant difference in postoperative structural integrity between the two groups (P < 0.05). When analysis was limited to the patients with full-thickness tear, the muscle strength of the shoulder was significantly better in Group II, and the retearing rate was significantly higher in Group II. Based on the results obtained from this study, it can be indicated that arthroscopic and mini-open rotator cuff repair displayed substantially equal outcomes, except for higher retearing rate in the arthroscopic repair group. While for patients with full-thickness tear, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair displayed better shoulder strength and significantly higher retearing rate as compared to mini-open rotator cuff repair at 24-month follow-up. PMID:23812851

Zhang, Zhenxiang; Gu, Beibei; Zhu, Wei; Zhu, Lixian; Li, Qingsong

2014-08-01

390

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Rotator Cuff Tears in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome  

PubMed Central

Summary Background Shoulder joint is a common site of musculoskeletal pain caused, among other things, by rotator cuff tears due to narrowing of subacromial space, acute trauma or chronic shoulder overload. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an excellent modality for imaging of soft tissues of the shoulder joint considering a possibility of multiplanar image acquisition and non-invasive nature of the study. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of partial and complete rotator cuff tears in magnetic resonance images of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome and to review the literature on the causes and classification of rotator cuff tears. Material/Methods We retrospectively analyzed the results of 137 shoulder MRI examinations performed in 57 women and 72 men in Magnetic Resonance facility of the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging at the St. Jadwiga the Queen Regional Hospital No. 2 in Rzeszow between June 2010 and February 2013. Examinations were performed using Philips Achieva 1.5T device, including spin echo and gradient echo sequences with T1-, T2- and PD-weighted as well as fat saturation sequences in transverse, frontal and sagittal oblique planes. Patients were referred from hospital wards as well as from outpatient clinics of the subcarpathian province. Results The most frequently reported injuries included partial supraspinatus tendon tear and complete tearing most commonly involved the supraspinatus muscle tendon. The smallest group comprised patients with complete tear of subscapularis muscle tendon. Among 137 patients in the study population, 129 patients suffered from shoulder pain, including 57 patients who reported a history of trauma. There was 44% women and 56% men in a group of patients with shoulder pain. Posttraumatic shoulder pain was predominantly reported by men, while women comprised a larger group of patients with shoulder pain not preceded by injury. Conclusions Rotator cuff injury is a very common pathology in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome. Isolated supraspinatus tendon injury or complete tearing is most frequent, rather than in conjunction with injuries to other rotator cuff tendons. We did not observe isolated complete tears of infraspinatus and subscapular muscle tendons. PMID:25374626

Freygant, Magdalena; Dziurzynska-Bialek, Ewa; Guz, Wieslaw; Samojedny, Antoni; Golofit, Andrzej; Kostkiewicz, Agnieszka; Terpin, Krzysztof

2014-01-01

391

Oral microflora in infants delivered vaginally and by caesarean section.  

PubMed

BACKGROUND.? Early in life, vaginally delivered infants exhibit a different composition of the gut flora compared with infants delivered by caesarean section (C-section); however, it is unclear whether this also applies to the oral cavity. AIM.? To investigate and compare the oral microbial profile between infants delivered vaginally and by C-section. DESIGN.? This is a cross-sectional case-control study. Eighty-four infants delivered either vaginally (n = 42) or by C-section (n = 42) were randomly selected from the 2009 birth cohort at the County Hospital in Halmstad, Sweden. Medically compromised and premature children (<32 weeks) were excluded. The mean age was 8.25 months (range 6-10 months), and parents were asked to complete a questionnaire on socioeconomic factors, lifestyle, and hygiene habits. Saliva was collected and analysed using checkerboard DNA-DNA hybridization. RESULTS.? A higher prevalence of salivary Streptococcus salivarius, Lactobacillus curvata, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Lactobacuillus casei was detected in infants delivered vaginally (P < 0.05). The caries-associated bacteria Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus were detected in 63% and 59% of all children, respectively. CONCLUSION.? A significantly higher prevalence of certain strains of health-related streptococci and lactobacilli was found in vaginally delivered infants compared with infants delivered by C-section. The possible long-term effects on oral health need to be further investigated. PMID:21702851

Nelun Barfod, Mette; Magnusson, Kerstin; Lexner, Michala Oron; Blomqvist, Susanne; Dahlén, Gunnar; Twetman, Svante

2011-11-01

392

Percutaneous interstitial brachytherapy for adrenal metastasis: technical report  

PubMed Central

We developed and evaluated the feasibility of a brachytherapy technique as a safe and effective treatment for adrenal metastasis. Adapting a paravertebral insertion technique in radiofrequency ablation of adrenal tumors, we developed an interstitial brachytherapy for adrenal metastasis achievable on an outpatient basis. Under local anesthesia and under X-ray CT guidance, brachytherapy applicator needles were percutaneously inserted into the target. A treatment plan was created to eradicate the tumor while preserving normal organs including the spinal cord and kidney. We applied this interstitial brachytherapy technique to two patients: one who developed adrenal metastasis as the third recurrence of uterine cervical cancer after reirradiation, and one who developed metachronous multiple metastases from malignant melanoma. The whole procedure was completed in 2.5 hours. There were no procedure-related or radiation-related early/late complications. FDG PET-CT images at two and three months after treatment showed absence of FDG uptake, and no recurrence of the adrenal tumor was observed for over seven months until expiration, and for six months until the present, respectively. This interventional interstitial brachytherapy procedure may be useful as a safe and eradicative treatment for adrenal metastasis. PMID:22843376

Kishi, Kazushi; Tamura, Shinji; Mabuchi, Yasushi; Sonomura, Tetsuo; Noda, Yasutaka; Nakai, Motoki; Sato, Morio; Ino, Kazuhiko; Yamanaka, Noboru

2012-01-01

393

Prostate brachytherapy in patients with median lobe hyperplasia.  

PubMed

Our aim was to document the technical and clinical course of prostate brachytherapy patients with radiographic evidence of median lobe hyperplasia (MLH). Eight patients with MLH were identified during our routine brachytherapy practice, representing 9% of the 87 brachytherapy patients treated during a 6-month period. No effort was made to avoid brachytherapy in patients noted to have MLH on diagnostic work-up. Cystoscopic evaluation was not routinely performed. Postimplant axial computed tomographic (CT) images of the prostate were obtained at 0.5 cm intervals. Preimplant urinary obstructive symptoms were quantified by the criteria of the American Urologic Association (AUA). Each patient was contacted during the writing of this report to update postimplant morbidity information. There was no apparent association between the degree of MLH and preimplant prostate volume or AUA score. Intraoperatively, we were able to visualize MLH by transrectal ultrasound and did not notice any particular difficulty placing sources in the MLH tissue or migration of sources out of the tissue. The prescription isodose covered from 81% to 99% of the postimplant CT-defined target volume, achieving adequate dose to the median lobe tissue in all patients. Two of the eight patients developed acute, postimplant urinary retention. The first patient required intermittent self-catheterization for 3 months and then resumed spontaneous urination. MLH does not appear to be a strong contraindication to prostate brachytherapy, and prophylactic resection of hypertrophic tissue in such patients is probably not warranted. Int. J. Cancer (Radiat. Oncol. Invest.) 90, 152-156 (2000). PMID:10900427

Wallner, K; Smathers, S; Sutlief, S; Corman, J; Ellis, W

2000-06-20

394

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Deciding on a Trial of Labor After a Cesarean Delivery (TOLAC)  

MedlinePLUS

What is a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC)? If you have had a previous cesarean delivery , you have two choices ... vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC). What is a trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC)? A ...

395

Three or Four Fractions of 4-5 Gy per Week in Postoperative High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy for Endometrial Carcinoma  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To evaluate the results of high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDRBT) using a schedule of three or four fractions per week, when possible, in 89 patients on local control and toxicity in postoperative treatment of endometrial carcinoma. The effect of the overall HDRBT treatment time (OTT) on toxicity was also evaluated. Patients and Methods: Federation Internationale de Gynecologie Obstetrique Stage: 24 IB, 45 IC, 4 IIA, 6 IIB, 4 IIIA, 2 IIIB, and 4 IIIC. Radiotherapy: Group 1-67 of 89 patients received external beam irradiation (EBI; 44-50 Gy) plus HDRBT (3 fractions of 4-6 Gy); Group 2-22 of 89 patients received HDRBT alone (6 fractions of 4-5 Gy). OTT: Group 1-HDRBT was completed in a median of 5 days in 32 patients and in >5 days in 35; Group 2-HDRBT was completed in <15 days in 11 patients and in {>=}16 days in 11. Toxicity was evaluated using Radiation Therapy Oncology Group scores and the bioequivalent dose (BED) study was performed in vaginal mucosa surface. Statistics included Student's t test, chi-square test, and receiving operator curves. Results: With a mean follow-up of 31 months (range, 6-70), 1 of 89 patients had vaginal relapse. Early toxicity appeared in 8 of 89 (9%) patients and was resolved. Late toxicity appeared in 13/89 (14%): vaginal nine Grade 1, three Grade 2, one Grade 4; bladder two Grade 2; rectal three Grade 1, one Grade 2. No differences were found in relation to OTT in Groups 1 and 2. Mean BED was 88.48 Gy in Group 1 and 165.28 Gy in Group 2. Cases with Grade 2 late vaginal toxicity received >75 Gy after EBI and >165 Gy in Group 2. Conclusions: Three fractions of 4-5 Gy in 3-5 days after EBI or 6 fractions in <15 days in patients receiving HDRBT alone was a safe treatment in relation to toxicity and local control. Vaginal surface BED less than 75 Gy after EBI and less than 160 Gy in HDRBT alone may be safe to avoid G2 toxicity.

Rovirosa, Angeles, E-mail: rovirosa@clinic.ub.es [Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Clinic, Institut d'Investicacio Biomedica Agusti Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona (Spain); Ascaso, Carlos [Public Health Department, University of Barcelona, IDIBAPS (Spain); Sanchez-Reyes, Alberto [Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Plato, Barcelona (Spain); Herreros, Antonio [Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Clinic, Institut d'Investicacio Biomedica Agusti Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona (Spain); Abellana, Rosa [Public Health Department, University of Barcelona, IDIBAPS (Spain); Pahisa, Jaume; Lejarcegui, Jose Antonio [Gynecology and Obstetrics Department, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona (Spain); Biete, Albert [Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Clinic, Institut d'Investicacio Biomedica Agusti Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona (Spain)

2011-10-01

396

A Vaginal Cyst Causing Dysuria and Dyschezia in a Bitch  

PubMed Central

ABSTRACT A 9-year-old female dog was referred to Azabu University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for dysuria and dyschezia after ovariohysterectomy. After a series of diagnostic imaging, vaginal obstruction was suspected by vaginal fluid retention. Surgical repair was attempted three times to establish patency through the vagina and the vestibule by episiotomy and laparotomy. Another laparotomy was performed to remove the entire vaginal mucosal layer to prevent recurrence, which resulted in favorable outcome. Histopathological examination revealed that the resected tissue was a cyst originated from mesonephric duct remnant. In the present case, the cyst was curable by the entire resection of the cyst lining membrane, which could eradicate all the secretory cells with least damage to the urethral vasculature and innervation. PMID:24646603

WATANABE, Toshifumi; MISHINA, Mika; SAKURAI, Yohei

2014-01-01

397

Large vesico-vaginal fistula caused by a foreign body.  

PubMed

Foreign body is a rare cause of vesico-vaginal fistula most often reported in developed countries. In developing countries obstructed labor is the commonest cause of fistula. A nulliparous 19-year-old female presented with a 3-week history of a foreign body in the vagina causing urinary incontinence and offensive vaginal discharge. Her guardian allegedly inserted the foreign body after she refused a pre-arranged marriage. A plastic container was removed from the vagina under general anesthesia. A large vesico-vaginal fistula was discovered, which was successfully surgically repaired. We recommend urgent removal of the foreign body, preferably under general anesthesia. However, if the history or physical examination reveals prolonged exposure, repair of the fistula should be delayed to allow for adequate debridement in order to prevent any life-threatening complications. PMID:24116334

Massinde, An; Kihunrwa, A

2013-07-01

398

Complications of neglected vaginal pessaries: case presentation and literature review.  

PubMed

Vaginal pessaries are often used as first-line management of pelvic organ prolapse in women who are poor surgical candidates or who decline surgical repair. Mostly, pessaries are well tolerated but when neglected may lead to serious complications including vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas. An 89-year-old woman presented with a large vesicovaginal fistula resulting from a Gellhorn pessary that had been neglected for 3 years. The base of the pessary had migrated completely inside the bladder and the fistulous opening measured 4 cm. The pessary was extracted under anesthesia using a Schuchardt incision to increase exposure. After 6 weeks of vaginal estrogen treatment, the fistula was successfully repaired using the Latzko partial colpocleisis technique. Neglect of a vaginal pessary can lead to serious complications. Patient education, local estrogen treatment, excellent fitting, and careful follow-up are of paramount importance in prevention of such complications. PMID:18301852

Arias, Beatriz E; Ridgeway, Beri; Barber, Matthew D

2008-08-01

399

Cardiac and Vascular Responses to Thigh Cuffs and Respiratory Maneuvers on Crewmembers of the International Space Station  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The transition to microgravity eliminates the hydrostatic gradients in the vascular system. The resulting fluid redistribution commonly manifests as facial edema, engorgement of the external neck veins, and a decrease in leg diameter. This experiment examined the responses to modified Valsalva and Mueller maneuvers measured by cardiac and vascular ultrasound (ECHO) in a baseline steady state and during preload reduction introduced with thigh occlusion cuffs used as a counter-measure device (Braslet cuffs) measured by cardiac and vascular ultrasound examinations. Methods: Nine International Space Station crewmember subjects (Expeditions 16 - 20) were examined in 15 experiment sessions 101 +/- 46.days after launch (mean +/- SD; 33 - 185). Twenty Seven cardiac and vascular parameters were obtained with/without respiratory maneuvers before and after tightening of the Braslet cuffs. Results: Non-physicians performed diagnostic-quality cardiac and vascular ultrasound examinations using remote guidance. Three of 27 combinations of maneuvers and Braslet or Braslet alone were identified as being significant changed when compared to baseline. Eleven of 81 differences between combinations of Mueller, Valsalva or baseline were significant and related to cardiac preload reduction or increase in lower extremity venous volume. Conclusions: Acute application of Braslet occlusion cuffs causes lower extremity fluid sequestration and exerts commensurate measurable effects on cardiac performance in microgravity. Ultrasound techniques to measure the hemodynamic effects of thigh cuffs in combination with respiratory maneuvers may serve as an invaluable tool in determining the volume status of the cardiac patient at the 'microgravity bedside'.

Hamilton, Douglas; Sargsyan, Ashot E.; Garcia, Kathleen; Ebert, Douglas; Whitson, Peggy A.; Feiveson, Alan; Alferova, Irina V.; Dulchavsky, Scott A.; Matveev, Vladimir P.; Bogomolov, Valery V.; Duncan, J. Michael

2011-01-01

400

Posterior Rotator Cuff Strengthening Using Theraband(R) in a Functional Diagonal Pattern in Collegiate Baseball Pitchers  

PubMed Central

The deceleration phase of the pitching mechanism requires forceful eccentric contraction of the posterior rotator cuff. Because traditional isotonic strengthening may not be specific to this eccentric pattern, a more effective and functional means of strengthening the posterior rotator cuff is needed. Twelve collegiate baseball pitchers performed a moderate intensity isotonic dumbbell strengthening routine for 6 weeks. Six of the 12 subjects were randomly assigned to an experimental group and placed on a Theraband® Elastic Band strengthening routine in a functional-diagonal pattern to emphasize the eccentric contraction of the posterior rotator cuff, in addition to the isotonic routine. The control group (n = 6) performed only the isotonic exercises. Both groups were evaluated on a KIN-COM® isokinetic dynamometer in a functional diagonal pattern. Pretest and posttest average eccentric force production of the posterior rotator cuff was compared at two speeds, 60 and 180°/s. Data were analyzed with an analysis of covariance at the .05 level with significance at 60°/s. Values at 180°/s, however, were not significant. Eccentric force production at 60°/s increased more during training in the experimental group (+19.8%) than in the control group (-1.6%). There was no difference in the two groups at 180°/s; both decreased (8 to 15%). Theraband was effective at 60°/s in functional eccentric strengthening of the posterior rotator cuff in the pitching shoulder. ImagesFig 1. PMID:16558251

Page, Phillip A.; Lamberth, John; Abadie, Ben; Boling, Robert; Collins, Robert; Linton, Russell

1993-01-01

401

Study of the vaginal tolerance to acidform, an acid-buffering, bioadhesive gel  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vaginal tolerance tests were performed with a new potential microbicidal and spermicidal product, an acid-buffering vaginal gel (Acidform) without or with nonoxynol-9 (N-9). The potential advantages over other vaginal products include keeping a low pH, decrease of the irritating effect of N-9 on the cervix or vaginal mucosa associated with greater retention of the product after application, and decreasing “messiness”

Eliana Amaral; Anibal Faúndes; Lourens Zaneveld; Donald Waller; Sanjay Garg

1999-01-01

402

Depomedroxyprogesterone-induced hypoestrogenism and changes in vaginal flora and epithelium  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: To identify the effects of depomedroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) on vaginal microbial flora and epithelium.Methods: Women who desired DMPA for contraception were evaluated before and at 3 and 6 months after initiation of 150-mg DMPA injections every 3 months. At each visit, we assessed genital symptoms, vaginal signs, vaginal microflora, and histopathology by vaginal biopsies.Results: Among 38 women observed for

Leslie Miller; Dorothy L Patton; Amalia Meier; Soe Soe Thwin; Thomas M Hooton; David A Eschenbach

2000-01-01

403

Primate vaginal microbiomes exhibit species specificity without universal Lactobacillus dominance.  

PubMed

Bacterial communities colonizing the reproductive tracts of primates (including humans) impact the health, survival and fitness of the host, and thereby the evolution of the host species. Despite their importance, we currently have a poor understanding of primate microbiomes. The composition and structure of microbial communities vary considerably depending on the host and environmental factors. We conducted comparative analyses of the primate vaginal microbiome using pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA genes of a phylogenetically broad range of primates to test for factors affecting the diversity of primate vaginal ecosystems. The nine primate species included: humans (Homo sapiens), yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus), olive baboons (Papio anubis), lemurs (Propithecus diadema), howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra), red colobus (Piliocolobus rufomitratus), vervets (Chlorocebus aethiops), mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Our results indicated that all primates exhibited host-specific vaginal microbiota and that humans were distinct from other primates in both microbiome composition and diversity. In contrast to the gut microbiome, the vaginal microbiome showed limited congruence with host phylogeny, and neither captivity nor diet elicited substantial effects on the vaginal microbiomes of primates. Permutational multivariate analysis of variance and Wilcoxon tests revealed correlations among vaginal microbiota and host species-specific socioecological factors, particularly related to sexuality, including: female promiscuity, baculum length, gestation time, mating group size and neonatal birth weight. The proportion of unclassified taxa observed in nonhuman primate samples increased with phylogenetic distance from humans, indicative of the existence of previously unrecognized microbial taxa. These findings contribute to our understanding of host-microbe variation and coevolution, microbial biogeography, and disease risk, and have important implications for the use of animal models in studies of human sexual and reproductive diseases. PMID:25036926

Yildirim, Suleyman; Yeoman, Carl J; Janga, Sarath Chandra; Thomas, Susan M; Ho, Mengfei; Leigh, Steven R; Consortium, Primate Microbiome; White, Bryan A; Wilson, Brenda A; Stumpf, Rebecca M

2014-12-01

404

Effects of feminine hygiene products on the vaginal mucosal biome  

PubMed Central

Background Over-the-counter (OTC) feminine hygiene products come with little warning about possible side effects. This study evaluates in-vitro their effects on Lactobacillus crispatus, which is dominant in the normal vaginal microbiota and helps maintain a healthy mucosal barrier essential for normal reproductive function and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and gynecologic cancer. Methods A feminine moisturizer (Vagisil), personal lubricant, and douche were purchased OTC. A topical spermicide (nonoxynol-9) known to alter the vaginal immune barrier was used as a control. L. crispatus was incubated with each product for 2 and 24h and then seeded on agar for colony forming units (CFU). Human vaginal epithelial cells were exposed to products in the presence or absence of L. crispatus for 24h, followed by epithelium-associated CFU enumeration. Interleukin-8 was immunoassayed and ANOVA was used for statistical evaluation. Results Nonoxynol-9 and Vagisil suppressed Lactobacillus growth at 2h and killed all bacteria at 24h. The lubricant decreased bacterial growth insignificantly at 2h but killed all at 24h. The douche did not have a significant effect. At full strength, all products suppressed epithelial viability and all, except the douche, suppressed epithelial-associated CFU. When applied at non-toxic dose in the absence of bacteria, the douche and moisturizer induced an increase of IL-8, suggesting a potential to initiate inflammatory reaction. In the presence of L. crispatus, the proinflammatory effects of the douche and moisturizer were countered, and IL-8 production was inhibited in the presence of the other products. Conclusion Some OTC vaginal products may be harmful to L. crispatus and alter the vaginal immune environment. Illustrated through these results, L. crispatus is essential in the preservation of the function of vaginal epithelial cells in the presence of some feminine hygiene products. More research should be invested toward these products before they are placed on the market. PMID:24009546

Fashemi, Bisiayo; Delaney, Mary L.; Onderdonk, Andrew B.; Fichorova, Raina N.

2013-01-01

405

Blood pressure cuffs as a potential fomite for transmission of pathogenic micro- organisms: A prospective study in a university teaching hospital  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: To investigate the contamination of blood pressure cuffs on medical, surgical, paediatric and intensive care areas in a university teaching hospital.Design: A comprehensive, prospective study quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the bacterial contamination on blood pressure cuffs of 100 sphygmomanometers in use in ten hospital units from June through to July 2007.Setting: A university teaching hospital with medical, surgical, paediatric

J. Baruah; S. Kumar; A. Gratrix; W. Dibb; M. Madeo

2008-01-01

406

Failed vaginal birth after a cesarean section: How risky is it?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: Our purpose was to determine the maternal risks associated with failed attempt at vaginal birth after cesarean compared with elective repeat cesarean delivery or successful vaginal birth after cesarean. Study Design: From 1989 to 1998 all patients attempting vaginal birth after cesarean and all patients undergoing repeat cesarean deliveries were reviewed. Data were extracted from a computerized obstetric database

Judith U. Hibbard; Muhammed A. Ismail; Yantao Wang; Catherine Te; Theodore Karrison; Mahmoud A. Ismail

2001-01-01

407

Randomized controlled trial of a prenatal vaginal birth after cesarean section education and support program  

Microsoft Academic Search

OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess whether, for women with previous cesarean section, a prenatal education and support program promoting vaginal birth after cesarean delivery increases the probability of vaginal delivery.STUDY DESIGN: Women with a single previous cesarean were recruited before 28 weeks' gestation. Women's self-assessed motivation to attempt vaginal birth after a previous cesarean delivery was measured on a

William Fraser; Elizabeth Maunsell; Ellen Hodnett; Jean-Marie Moutquin

1997-01-01

408

Vaginal Microbiome and Epithelial Gene Array in PostMenopausal Women with Moderate to Severe Dryness  

Microsoft Academic Search

After menopause, many women experience vaginal dryness and atrophy of tissue, often attributed to the loss of estrogen. An understudied aspect of vaginal health in women who experience dryness due to atrophy is the role of the resident microbes. It is known that the microbiota has an important role in healthy vaginal homeostasis, including maintaining the pH balance and excluding

Ruben Hummelen; Jean M. Macklaim; Jordan E. Bisanz; Jo-Anne Hammond; Amy McMillan; Rebecca Vongsa; David Koenig; Gregory B. Gloor; Gregor Reid

2011-01-01

409

Non-surgical treatment of uterovaginal prolapse using double vaginal rings  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new technique of using double vaginal ring pessaries to treat uterovaginal prolapse in a group of elderly women is described. Eighteen women with a mean age of 82 years and advanced Stage III or IV uterovaginal prolapse had double vaginal rings inserted. All of them previously had used single vaginal ring pessaries or had undergone pelvic floor repair surgery.

K. Singh; W. M. N. Reid

2001-01-01

410

Molecular analysis of the diversity of vaginal microbiota associated with bacterial vaginosis  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an ecological disorder of the vaginal microbiota that affects millions of women annually, and is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes including pre-term birth and the acquisition of sexually transmitted infections. However, little is known about the overall structure and composition of vaginal microbial communities; most of the earlier studies focused on predominant vaginal bacteria

Zongxin Ling; Jianming Kong; Fang Liu; Haibin Zhu; Xiaoyi Chen; Yuezhu Wang; Lanjuan Li; Karen E Nelson; Yaxian Xia; Charlie Xiang

2010-01-01

411

Menstrual-like vaginal bleeding in prepubertal girls: an unexplained condition  

PubMed Central

Unexplained menstrual-like cyclic vaginal bleeding, lasting for several days and without any uterine and vaginal anomaly, is a rare condition in prepubertal girls. Only small series (containing four to eleven cases) have been described in literature. We report our in nine girls presenting with vaginal bleeding without any abnormality at gynaecological, hormonal and echographic examination. PMID:24753876

Merckx, M.; Weyers, S.; Santegoeds, R.; De Schepper, J.

2011-01-01

412

Vaginal hysterectomy for the woman with a moderately enlarged uterus weighing 200 to 700 grams  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare the surgical outcomes of women with moderately enlarged uteri undergoing vaginal hysterectomy with those of women with uteri of normal size undergoing vaginal hysterectomy. A secondary objective was to investigate the roles of uterine morcellation and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy in the treatment of these women. Study Design: Thirty consecutive women

James B. Unger

1999-01-01

413

Long-term, controlled release of the HIV microbicide TMC120 from silicone elastomer vaginal rings  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: The feasibility of providing prolonged and controlled release of the experimental non- nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor TMC120 from a silicone vaginal ring in quantities sufficient to maintain a vaginal concentration offering protection against heterosexual HIV transmission was investigated. Methods: Core-type, silicone elastomer vaginal rings containing TMC120 were manufactured, and in vitro release studies performed under sink conditions. The experimental

R. Karl Malcolm; A. David Woolfson; Clare F. Toner; Ryan J. Morrow; Stephen D. McCullagh

2005-01-01

414

Validation of GPUMCD for low-energy brachytherapy seed dosimetry  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To validate GPUMCD, a new package for fast Monte Carlo dose calculations based on the GPU (graphics processing unit), as a tool for low-energy single seed brachytherapy dosimetry for specific seed models. As the currently accepted method of dose calculation in low-energy brachytherapy computations relies on severe approximations, a Monte Carlo based approach would result in more accurate dose calculations, taking in to consideration the patient anatomy as well as interseed attenuation. The first step is to evaluate the capability of GPUMCD to reproduce low-energy, single source, brachytherapy calculations which could ultimately result in fast and accurate, Monte Carlo based, brachytherapy dose calculations for routine planning. Methods: A mixed geometry engine was integrated to GPUMCD capable of handling parametric as well as voxelized geometries. In order to evaluate GPUMCD for brachytherapy calculations, several dosimetry parameters were computed and compared to values found in the literature. These parameters, defined by the AAPM Task-Group No. 43, are the radial dose function, the 2D anisotropy function, and the dose rate constant. These three parameters were computed for two different brachytherapy sources: the Amersham OncoSeed 6711 and the Imagyn IsoStar IS-12501. Results: GPUMCD was shown to yield dosimetric parameters similar to those found in the literature. It reproduces radial dose functions to within 1.25% for both sources in the 0.5< r <10 cm range. The 2D anisotropy function was found to be within 3% at r = 5 cm and within 4% at r = 1 cm. The dose rate constants obtained were within the range of other values reported in the literature.Conclusion: GPUMCD was shown to be able to reproduce various TG-43 parameters for two different low-energy brachytherapy sources found in the literature. The next step is to test GPUMCD as a fast clinical Monte Carlo brachytherapy dose calculations with multiple seeds and patient geometry, potentially providing more accurate results than the TG-43 formalism while being much faster than calculations using general purpose Monte Carlo codes.

Hissoiny, Sami; Ozell, Benoit; Despres, Philippe; Carrier, Jean-Francois [Ecole polytechnique de Montreal, Departement de genie informatique et genie logiciel, 2500 chemin de Polytechnique, Montreal, QC, H3T 1J4 (Canada); Departement de radio-oncologie, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ), 11 Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC, G1R 2J6 (Canada); Departement de physique, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC (Canada) and Departement de radio-oncologie and Centre de recherche du CHUM, Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal (CHUM), Montreal, QC, H2L 4M1 (Canada)

2011-07-15

415

Imaging method for monitoring delivery of high dose rate brachytherapy  

DOEpatents

A method for in-situ monitoring both the balloon/cavity and the radioactive source in brachytherapy treatment utilizing using at least one pair of miniature gamma cameras to acquire separate images of: 1) the radioactive source as it is moved in the tumor volume during brachytherapy; and 2) a relatively low intensity radiation source produced by either an injected radiopharmaceutical rendering cancerous tissue visible or from a radioactive solution filling a balloon surgically implanted into the cavity formed by the surgical resection of a tumor.

Weisenberger, Andrew G; Majewski, Stanislaw

2012-10-23

416

New intraoperative brachytherapy techniques for positive or close surgical margins  

SciTech Connect

Tumors attached or adjacent to critical structures can often not be completely resected or resected with adequate surgical margins. Sites involving major blood vessels, the paravertebral spaces, or critical abdominal structures often present technical difficulties for standard brachytherapy procedures using I-125 or Ir-192 implants. These techniques allow for a high-dose delivery to the tumor bed with minimal normal tissue toxicity. A relatively simple and accurate method is described using I-125 seeds in Vicryl suture threaded through Gelfoam. These permanent implant procedures with radioactive I-125 seeds effectively treat small residual tumors or suspicious margins where standard brachytherapy techniques may be unsatisfactory and technically difficult to perform.

Nori, D.; Bains, M.; Hilaris, B.S.; Harrison, L.; Fass, D.; Peretz, T.; Donath, D.; Fuks, Z. (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (USA))

1989-09-01

417

A study of intravascular brachytherapy treatment planning in peripheral arteries  

PubMed Central

A two-step method to determine the seed parameters for the planning of peripheral intravascular brachytherapy, which took the actual vessel geometry into consideration, was developed. Firstly, the characteristics of the vessel geometry was obtained by using active navigation; Then a method combined genetic algorithm with BFGS algorithm was applied to optimize the number of seeds, and the parameters associated with each seed such as the position, and the dwell time. Application of the method to a phantom model and three animal models of stenosis shows that promising result could be obtained, and the planning of peripheral intravascular brachytherapy should take actual vessel geometry into consideration. PMID:17282698

Zhou, Zhengdong; Haigron, Pascal; Shu, Huazhong; Yu, Wenxue; Acosta, Oscar; Manens, Jean-Pierre; Lucas, Antoine; Luo, Liming

2005-01-01

418

Epimacular brachytherapy for wet AMD: current perspectives  

PubMed Central

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is considered the most common cause of blindness in the over-60 age group in developed countries. There are basically two forms of presentation: geographic (dry or atrophic) and wet (neovascular or exudative). Geographic atrophy accounts for approximately 85%–90% of ophthalmic frames and leads to a progressive degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium and the photoreceptors. Wet AMD causes the highest percentage of central vision loss secondary to disease. This neovascular form involves an angiogenic process in which newly formed choroidal vessels invade the macular area. Today, intravitreal anti-angiogenic drugs attempt to block the angiogenic events and represent a major advance in the treatment of wet AMD. Currently, combination therapy for wet AMD includes different forms of radiation delivery. Epimacular brachytherapy (EMBT) seems to be a useful approach to be associated with current anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents, presenting an acceptable efficacy and safety profile. However, at the present stage of research, the results of the clinical trials carried out to date are insufficient to justify extending routine use of EMBT for the treatment of wet AMD.

Casaroli-Marano, Ricardo P; Alforja, Socorro; Giralt, Joan; Farah, Michel E

2014-01-01

419

Evaluation of the Effects of a New Intravaginal Gel, Containing Purified Bovine Colostrum, on Vaginal Blood Flow and Vaginal Atrophy in Ovariectomized Rat  

PubMed Central

Introduction Vaginal dryness due to vaginal atrophy is a common complaint of postmenopausal women, interfering with sexual function and quality of life. Hormone replacement therapy is the only effective therapy but with known risks that leave unmet medical needs. A new product, ZP-025 vaginal gel, containing purified (dialyzed lyophilized) bovine colostrum, has been developed for the treatment of vaginal dryness secondary to vaginal atrophy. Aim The study aims to investigate the effects of intravaginal application of ZP-025 on vaginal atrophy using an animal model. Methods Ovariectomized female Sprague-Dawley rats were used. Three weeks after surgery, rats were divided into four groups and treated for 4 weeks (twice a day) with placebo or ZP-025 at low (0.5%) or high (2.3%) concentrations of colostrum; in the control group, rats did not receive any treatment. Changes in vaginal blood flow due to pelvic nerve stimulation were assessed by laser Doppler flowmetry and vaginal tissue was collected for histological assay. Main Outcome Measures The main outcome measures were vaginal blood flow before and after pelvic nerve stimulation and histology of vaginal epithelium. Results Treatment with ZP-025 to ovariectomized rats induced an increase of vaginal blood flow parameters (vascular capacitance, amplitude and area under the curve of the response) in response to pelvic nerve stimulation compared with control group, statistically significant at 2.3%. Vaginal epithelium showed a physiological estrous cycle aspect in treated animals, with at least five cell layers vs. one or two cell layers in control rats. As expected from a topical formulation, systemic effects on body weights and uterine wet weights were not observed with application of ZP-025. Conclusions In this study, the new product ZP-025, containing purified colostrum, was shown to have beneficial effects on vaginal atrophy in ovariectomized rats, improving vaginal hemodynamics and thickness of vaginal epithelium. Vailati S, Melloni E, Riscassi E, Behr Roussel D, and Sardina M. Evaluation of the effects of a new intravaginal gel, containing purified bovine colostrum, on vaginal blood flow and vaginal atrophy in ovariectomized rat. Sex Med 2013;1:35–43. PMID:25356286

Vailati, Silvia; Melloni, Elsa; Riscassi, Ermanno; Behr Roussel, Delphine; Sardina, Marco

2013-01-01

420

Hybrid Repair of Large Crescent Rotator Cuff Tears Using a Modified SpeedBridge and Double-Pulley Technique.  

PubMed

An ideal rotator cuff repair maximizes the tendon-bone interface and has adequate biomechanical strength that can withstand a high level of demand. Arthroscopic transosseous-equivalent rotator cuff repairs have become popular and have been shown to be superior to many other methods of fixation. We present an alternative method of repair for large crescent rotator cuff tears that combines 2 well-known methods of fixation: modified SpeedBridge (Arthrex, Naples, FL) and double-pulley techniques. These 2 repair constructs were combined to provide the greatest amount of compression across the footprint while also providing rigid fixation. Ultimately, this can provide an optimal environment for healing in otherwise significant injuries. PMID:25126513

Chauhan, Aakash; Regal, Steven; Frank, Darren A

2014-06-01

First Page Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9