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  1. Adamantinoma of the tibia treated with a new intramedullary diaphyseal segmental defect implant.

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    Mavrogenis, A F; Sakellariou, V I; Tsibidakis, H; Papagelopoulos, P J

    2009-01-01

    In this case report, a 75-year old male presented with a mass on the anterior surface of the mid-shaft of the right tibia. Imaging studies showed a well-circumscribed radiolucent lesion in the anterior tibial cortex, without soft tissue extension. Plain radiographs and computed tomography scan of the chest were negative. Histological diagnosis was consistent with adamantinoma, a rare primary bone tumour. Wide tumour resection of approximately 16 cm of the tibial diaphysis with a surrounding cuff of normal tissue was performed. The bone defect was reconstructed using an intramedullary diaphyseal segmental defect fixation system. At 26 months post-operatively the patient is alive with no evidence of local recurrence, distant metastases or implant failure. The intramedullary diaphyseal segmental defect fixation system is associated with excellent oncological and functional outcomes. Intra-operative modularity, ease of application, immediate post-operative stability and rapid rehabilitation are the major advantages of this diaphyseal prosthesis.

  2. Management of traumatic tibial diaphyseal bone defect by “induced-membrane technique”

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    Gupta, Gaurav; Ahmad, Sohail; Mohd. Zahid; Khan, A H; Sherwani, M K A; Khan, Abdul Qayyum

    2016-01-01

    Background: Gap nonunion of long bones is a challenging problem, due to the limitation of conventional reconstructive techniques more so if associated with infection and soft tissue defect. Treatment options such as autograft with non-vascularized fibula and cancellous bone graft, vascularized bone graft, and bone transportation are highly demanding on the part of surgeons and hospital setups and have many drawbacks. This study aims to analyze the outcome of patients with wide diaphyseal bone gap treated with induced-membrane technique (Masquelet technique). Materials and Methods: This study included 9 patients (7 males and 2 females), all with tibial bone-gap. Eight of the 9 patients were infected and in 3 patients there was associated large soft tissue defect requiring flap cover. This technique is two-stage procedure. Stage I surgery included debridement, fracture stabilization, application of spacer between bone ends, and soft tissue reconstruction. Stage II surgery included removal of spacer with preservation of induced membrane formed at spacer surface and filling the bone-gap with morselized iliac crest bone-graft within the membrane sleeve. Average bone-gap of 5.2 cm was treated. The spacer was always found to be encapsulated by a thick glistening membrane which did not collapse after its removal. All patients were followed up for an average period of 21.5 months. Results: Serial Radiographs showed regular uptake of autograft and thus consolidation within themselves in the region of bone gap and also with host bone. Bone-union was documented in all patients and all patients are walking full weight-bearing without support. Conclusions: The study highlights that the technique provide effective and practical management for difficult gap nonunion. It does not require specialized equipment, investigations, and surgery. Thus, it provides a reasonable alternative to the developing infrastructures and is a reliable and reproducible technique. PMID:27293290

  3. Prosthetic devices shaped as tubular chambers for the treatment of large diaphyseal defects by guided bone regeneration.

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    Nicoli Aldini, N; Fini, M; Giavaresi, G; Guzzardella, G A; Giardino, R

    2005-01-01

    Guided tissue regeneration is based on the hypothesis that the different tissues have unequal abilities to penetrate a wounded area during the healing process. The use of a device acting as a chamber allows the growth of a particular tissue and prevents the ingrowth of other tissues which impair the healing process. At the same time the chamber protects and maintains in situ the intrinsic growth factors so that they may perform their specific activity. Guided tissue regeneration currently plays a well-recognized role mostly in dentistry and peripheral nerve surgery but interesting perspectives have also opened up in orthopedics. Considering the possibility of using guided bone regeneration in the repair of diaphyseal bone defects, this updated survey highlights some critical points and pathways related to the state-of-the-art of this promising procedure, focusing particularly on the properties of the material to make the tubular chamber, the use of osteopromotive factors and the most appropriate animal model to be used for the experimental evaluation.

  4. Fixation of diaphyseal fractures with a segmental defect: a biomechanical comparison of locked and conventional plating techniques.

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    Fulkerson, Eric; Egol, Kenneth A; Kubiak, Erik N; Liporace, Frank; Kummer, Frederick J; Koval, Kenneth J

    2006-04-01

    Locking plates are an alternative to conventional compression plate fixation for diaphyseal fractures. The objective of this study was to compare the stability of various plating with locked screw constructs to conventional nonlocked screws for fixation of a comminuted diaphyseal fracture model using a uniform, synthetic ulna. Locked screw construct variables were the use of unicortical or bicortical screws, and increasing bone to plate distance. This biomechanical study compared various construct groups after cyclic axial loading and three-point bending. Results were analyzed via one-way analysis of variance. Displacements after cyclical axial loading and number of cycles to failure in cyclic bending were used to assess construct stability. The constructs fixed by plates with bicortical locked screws withstood significantly more cycles to failure than the other constructs (p < 0.001). Significantly less displacement occurred after axial loading with bicortical locked screws than with bicortical nonlocked screws. Increased distance of the plate from the bone surface, and use of unicortical locked screws led to early failure with cyclic loading for constructs with locked screws. These results support the use of plating with bicortical locked screws as an alternative to conventional plating for comminuted diaphyseal fractures in osteoporotic bone. Bicortical locked screws with minimal displacement from the bone surface provide the most stable construct in the tested synthetic comminuted diaphyseal fracture model. The results of this study suggest use of plates with unicortical screws for the described fracture is not recommended.

  5. The in vivo behaviour of a sol-gel glass and a glass-ceramic during critical diaphyseal bone defects healing.

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    Gil-Albarova, Jorge; Salinas, Antonio J; Bueno-Lozano, Antonio L; Román, Jesus; Aldini-Nicolo, Nicolo; García-Barea, Agustina; Giavaresi, Gianluca; Fini, Milena; Giardino, Roberto; Vallet-Regí, Maria

    2005-07-01

    The in vivo evaluation, in New Zealand rabbits, of a sol-gel glass 70% CaO-30% SiO2 (in mol%) and a glass-ceramic obtained from thermal treatment of the glass, both bioactive in Kokubo's simulated body fluid (SBF), is presented. Femoral bone diaphyseal critical defects were filled with: (i) sol-gel glass cylinders, (ii) glass-ceramic cylinders, or (iii) no material (control group). Osteosynthesis was done by means of anterior screwed plates with an associate intramedullar Kirschner wire. Each group included 10 mature rabbits, 9 months old. Follow-up was 6 months. After sacrifice, macroscopic study showed healing of bone defects, with bone coating over the cylinders, but without evidence of satisfactory repair in control group. Radiographic study showed good implant stability and periosteal growth and bone remodelling around and over the filled bone defect. The morphometric study showed minimum evidences of degradation or resorption in glass-ceramic cylinders, maintaining its original shape, but sol-gel glass cylinders showed abundant fragmentation and surface resorption. An intimate union of the new-formed bone to both materials was observed. Mechanical study showed the higher results in the glass-ceramic group, whereas sol-gel glass and control group showed no differences. The minimum degradation of glass-ceramic cylinders suggests their application in critical bone defects locations of transmission forces or load bearing. The performance of sol-gel glass cylinders suggests their usefulness in locations where a quick resorption should be preferable, considering the possibility of serving as drug or cells vehicle for both of them.

  6. Regeneration of bone using nanoplex delivery of FGF-2 and BMP-2 genes in diaphyseal long bone radial defects in a diabetic rabbit model.

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    Khorsand, Behnoush; Nicholson, Nate; Do, Anh-Vu; Femino, John E; Martin, James A; Petersen, Emily; Guetschow, Brian; Fredericks, Douglas C; Salem, Aliasger K

    2017-02-28

    Bone fracture healing impairment related to systemic diseases such as diabetes can be addressed by growth factor augmentation. We previously reported that growth factors such as fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) work synergistically to encourage osteogenesis in vitro. In this report, we investigated if BMP-2 and FGF-2 together can synergistically promote bone repair in a leporine model of diabetes mellitus, a condition that is known to be detrimental to union. We utilized two kinds of plasmid DNA encoding either BMP-2 or FGF-2 formulated into polyethylenimine (PEI) complexes. The fabricated nanoplexes were assessed for their size, charge, in vitro cytotoxicity, and capacity to transfect human bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). Using diaphyseal long bone radial defects in a diabetic rabbit model it was demonstrated that co-delivery of PEI-(pBMP-2+pFGF-2) embedded in collagen scaffolds resulted in a significant improvement in bone regeneration compared to PEI-pBMP-2 embedded in collagen scaffolds alone. This study demonstrated that scaffolds loaded with PEI-(pBMP-2+pFGF-2) could be an effective way of promoting bone regeneration in patients with diabetes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The mechanical integrity of healed diaphyseal bone defects grafted with calcium hydroxyapatite/calcium triphosphate ceramic in a new animal model.

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    Black, R J; Zardiackas, L D; Teasdall, R; Hughes, J L

    1990-01-01

    The need for an animal model to test bone graft materials simulating a weight bearing clinical situation is identified. The concept, design and operative detail of a new model is described. This model involved the creation of a mid-diaphyseal wedge defect in the femur of the adult beagle which separated both cortices, plating with a six-hole dynamic compression plate, and allowed immediate full weight bearing. At six months plates were removed and immediate weight bearing was allowed for an additional six months to sacrifice. The initial animal project utilizing this model to evaluate a hydroxyapatite based synthetic graft material was performed using 12 dogs. In addition to the operative procedure, the retrieval testing in torsion of 12 healed grafted bones and their 12 contralateral unoperated controls is described and evaluated. Results showed no statistically significant difference between the torsional strength of test and control femurs (p less than or equal to 0.05). In addition, the future development of the model is discussed.

  8. [Cement-free diaphyseal fixation principle for hip shaft exchange in large bone defects--analysis of 12 years experience with the Wagner revision shaft].

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    Böhm, P; Bischel, O

    2001-01-01

    Considering the increasing incidence of revision for failed total hip arthroplasty, we evaluated if the principle of uncemented diaphyseal fixation which is realised with the Wagner SL revision stem, can solve the technical problems of significant bone loss of the proximal femur and can offer good preconditions for bony restoration in the medium term. A consecutive series of 129 femoral revisions with the Wagner SL revisions stem was evaluated. In 87 cases, the acetabular component was revised simultaneously. The revision was indicated in 97 cases of aseptic loosening, in 13 periprosthetic fractures (12 aseptic and 1 septic hip), in 16 cases of septic loosening and in 3 Girdlestone-hips after chronic deep infection. At the time of revision, the mean age of the patients was 64.9 (36.7-86.3) years. For classification of the preoperative defects, both the classification system proposed by Pak et al. and our own classification system were used. The mean period of time between operation and latest follow-up examination, rerevision, or death of the patient was 5.4 years (0.13-11.7 years). Six revision stems required rerevision because of malpositioning (1), significant subsidence (1), periprosthetic fracture (1), and deep infection (3). The mean Merle d'Aubigné score improved from preoperatively 7.7 points to 14.8 at follow-up. Cumulative survival (end point removal of the stem for any cause) was 94.4 percent at 11.7 years. A clear, good, or excellent bony restoration of the proximal femur was seen in 87.6 percent of the cases. The cumulative survival of the revised acetabular components was 97.7 percent at 11.7 years and for the non-revised cups it was 86.9 percent at 10.9 years. Due to the encouraging results with the Wagner revision stem, the principle of uncemented diaphyseal fixation seems to us to be able to solve most of the technical problems in cases of significant bone loss and obviously offers good preconditions for bony restoration. Our own classification

  9. Treatment of large diaphyseal bone defect of the tibia by the "fibula pro tibia" technique: application in developing countries.

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    Gayito, René Castro; Priuli, Giambattista; Traore, Sidi Yaya; Barbier, Olivier; Docquier, Pierre-Louis

    2015-03-01

    Large segmental bone defects of the tibia may be due to infections, high-energy fractures, congenital diseases or tumors and represent a challenge for both the physician and the patient. In developing countries, the use of expansive techniques is not possible so that amputation is sometimes proposed. However, an alternative technique for limb salvage, applicable in developing countries consists of tibialization of the ipsilateral fibula. This technique is also called "Fibula pro Tibia", fibular transfer to the tibia or fibular centralization. We report this transfer in 4 patients with an average defect length of 11.8 cm. Union between the transferred fibula and the tibia was obtained in all patients, for both proximal and distal junctions, after an average time of 8.5 months (range, 4 to 18 months). Three patients returned to a normal walking function while one was still limping, but was able to walk independently without need of crutches.

  10. Three-dimensional printing of rhBMP-2-loaded scaffolds with long-term delivery for enhanced bone regeneration in a rabbit diaphyseal defect.

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    Shim, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Se Eun; Park, Ju Young; Kundu, Joydip; Kim, Sung Won; Kang, Seong Soo; Cho, Dong-Woo

    2014-07-01

    In this study, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) delivery system with slow mode was successfully developed in three-dimensional (3D) printing-based polycaprolactone (PCL)/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds for bone formation of critical-sized rabbit segmental diaphyseal defect. To control the delivery of the rhBMP-2, collagen (for long-term delivery up to 28 days) and gelatin (for shor-term delivery within a week) solutions encapsulating rhBMP-2 were dispensed into a hollow cylinderical type of PCL/PLGA scaffold. An effective dose of 5μg/mL was determined by measuring the alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expression levels of human nasal inferior turbinate-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hTMSCs) seeded on the PCL/PLGA/collagen scaffold in vitro. However, it was found that a burst release of rhBMP-2 from the PCL/PLGA/gelatin scaffold did not induce the osteogenic differentiation of hTMSCs in vitro at an equivalent dose. In the in vivo animal experiements, microcomputed tomography and histological analyses confirmed that PCL/PLGA/collagen/rhBMP-2 scaffolds (long-term delivery mode) showed the best bone healing quality at both weeks 4 and 8 after implantation without inflammatory response. On the other hand, a large number of macrophages indicating severe inflammation provoked by burst release of rhBMP-2 were observed in the vicinity of PCL/PLGA/gelatin/rhBMP-2 (short-term delivery mode) at week 4.

  11. Three-Dimensional Printing of rhBMP-2-Loaded Scaffolds with Long-Term Delivery for Enhanced Bone Regeneration in a Rabbit Diaphyseal Defect

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    Shim, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Se Eun; Park, Ju Young; Kundu, Joydip; Kim, Sung Won

    2014-01-01

    In this study, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) delivery system with slow mode was successfully developed in three-dimensional (3D) printing-based polycaprolactone (PCL)/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds for bone formation of critical-sized rabbit segmental diaphyseal defect. To control the delivery of the rhBMP-2, collagen (for long-term delivery up to 28 days) and gelatin (for shor-term delivery within a week) solutions encapsulating rhBMP-2 were dispensed into a hollow cylinderical type of PCL/PLGA scaffold. An effective dose of 5μg/mL was determined by measuring the alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin gene expression levels of human nasal inferior turbinate-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hTMSCs) seeded on the PCL/PLGA/collagen scaffold in vitro. However, it was found that a burst release of rhBMP-2 from the PCL/PLGA/gelatin scaffold did not induce the osteogenic differentiation of hTMSCs in vitro at an equivalent dose. In the in vivo animal experiements, microcomputed tomography and histological analyses confirmed that PCL/PLGA/collagen/rhBMP-2 scaffolds (long-term delivery mode) showed the best bone healing quality at both weeks 4 and 8 after implantation without inflammatory response. On the other hand, a large number of macrophages indicating severe inflammation provoked by burst release of rhBMP-2 were observed in the vicinity of PCL/PLGA/gelatin/rhBMP-2 (short-term delivery mode) at week 4. PMID:24517081

  12. Experimental Assessment of Plasma Transport in a 16-cm Multicusp Device

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    Hubble, Aimee; Foster, John

    2012-10-01

    The physics of plasma transport from the bulk plasma through the magnetic cusp to the anode remains poorly understood. A proper accounting of plasma losses to the anode is critical to accurate modeling of multicusp device performance. In this work, plasma transport in a 16-cm multicusp discharge chamber was studied. Each ring was covered with an electrically isolated electrode, which enables the direct measurement of current to each individual ring as well as the discharge chamber wall. A translatable Langmuir probe was used to obtain maps of spatially resolved plasma parameters in bulk plasma region. These maps of spatially resolved plasma density, electron temperature, and plasma potential were compared to current collection at the cusps as well as the magnetic circuit and device performance. Ring electrode measurements coupled with spatially resolved plasma parameter measurements throughout the discharge chamber allow for an assessment of plasma losses to each ring in terms of an ``effective loss area'' which, multiplied by electron current density incident on the bulk/cusp boundary, gives the correct collected current to each ring. A relationship between effective loss area and the physical loss area was determined that can be applied to a 0-D particle and energy balance model.

  13. Scintigraphic findings in progressive diaphyseal dysplasia

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    Lundy, M.M.; Billingsley, M.L.; Redwine, M.D.; Turnbull, G.L.; Brown, T.J.

    1982-04-01

    A 14-yr-old white male with a severe form of progressive diaphyseal dysplasia (Engelmann-Camurati disease) was referred to our institution for evaluation of splenomegaly, which is not usually associated with the disease. Our studies included Tc-99m bone, bone-marrow, and liver-spleen scans. These scintigraphic findings, along with the probable cause for splenomegaly, are discussed.

  14. Scintigraphic findings in progressive diaphyseal dysplasia

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    Lundy, M.M.; Billingsley, J.L.; Redwine, M.D.; Turnbull, G.L.; Brown, T.J.

    1982-04-01

    A 14-yr-old white male with a severe form of progressive diaphyseal dysplasia (Engelmann-Camurati disease) was referred to our institution for evaluation of splenomegaly, which is not usually associated with the disease. Our studies included bone-marrow, and liver-spleen scans. These scintigraphic findings, along with the probable cause for splenomegaly, are discussed.

  15. Plating in diaphyseal fractures of the forearm.

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    Iacobellis, Claudio; Biz, Carlo

    2014-01-23

    Currently, open reduction and internal plate-screw fixation is generally accepted as the gold standard treatment of diaphyseal forearm fractures. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the clinical and radiographic outcomes of open reduction and internal fixation by using the Locking Compression Plate (LCP) implant system of radial, ulnar or combined shaft fractures of a skeletally mature patients group treated at our institution. We examined 47 patients, 44 men and 3 women, mean age 35 years (range 14-74) operated for diaphyseal fractures of the forearm. Overall 64 segments were treated: 32 ulnar and 32 radial. All patients received 3.5-mm titanium LCPs (Locking Compression Plates) with "combi-holes". Follow-ups included standard X-rays and clinical assessment according to Anderson's criteria and the DASH questionnaire. Mean follow-up was 11 months (range 6-39). The number of the patients who achieved complete consolidation was 43 with a union rate of 91.5%. They showed 37 excellent results and 6 satisfactory results according to Anderson criteria, while non-union occurred in 4 out of 64 segments (2 ulnar and 2 radial) with a non-union rate per patient of 8,5%. The mean score of the DASH scale was 13.5 (range 0-46.7). Our data show that internal plating gives good functional outcomes in the treatment of forearm diaphyseal fractures, as long as the surgical technique is perfect and carried out by expert surgeons. However, further research is desirable to better identify fracture types for which LCPs should be used.

  16. Functional significance of genetic variation underlying limb bone diaphyseal structure

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    Wallace, Ian J.; Middleton, Kevin M.; Lublinsky, Svetlana; Kelly, Scott A.; Judex, Stefan; Garland, Theodore; Demes, Brigitte

    2010-01-01

    Limb bone diaphyseal structure is frequently used to infer hominin activity levels from skeletal remains, an approach based on the well-documented ability of bone to adjust to its loading environment during life. However, diaphyseal structure is also determined in part by genetic factors. This study investigates the possibility that genetic variation underlying diaphyseal structure is influenced by the activity levels of ancestral populations and might also have functional significance in an evolutionary context. We adopted an experimental evolution approach and tested for differences in femoral diaphyseal structure in one-week-old mice from a line that had been artificially selected (45 generations) for high voluntary wheel running and unselected controls. As adults, selected mice are significantly more active on wheels and in home cages, and have thicker diaphyses. Structural differences at one week can be assumed to primarily reflect the effects of selective breeding rather than direct mechanical stimuli, given that the onset of locomotion in mice is shortly after day seven. We hypothesized that if genetically determined diaphyseal structure reflects the activity patterns of members of a lineage, then selected animals will have relatively larger diaphyseal dimensions at one week compared to controls. The results provide strong support for this hypothesis and suggest that limb bone cross sections may not always only reflect the activity levels of particular fossil individuals, but also convey an evolutionary signal providing information about hominin activity in the past. PMID:20310061

  17. Experimental healing of distraction osteogenesis comparing metaphyseal with diaphyseal sites.

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    Aronson, J; Shen, X

    1994-04-01

    Distraction osteogenesis was performed on 32 adult dogs to compare bone healing at metaphyseal and diaphyseal sites. Sixteen dogs underwent proximal metaphyseal corticotomy and 16 dogs underwent middiaphyseal corticotomy of the left tibiae for gradual lengthening. Each major group was then divided into four subgroups of four dogs each on the basis of zero-, seven-, 14- and 21-day latency periods. The standard radiograph, quantitative computer tomography density, and bone-healing index were used to evaluate new bone formation and consolidation. A distraction rate of 1 mm per day for four weeks created an average elongation of 23.9 +/- 3.7 mm in the metaphyseal groups and 23.8 +/- 2.0 mm in the diaphyseal groups, excluding nine premature consolidations. In the 16 metaphyseal lengthenings, there were six premature consolidations (37.5%): four with a 21-day latency, two with a 14-day latency, and one nonunion (6.2%). In the 16 diaphyseal lengthenings, three fused prematurely (18.7%), two with a 21-day latency and one incomplete corticotomy with a seven-day latency. Three lengthenings of the diaphyseal group resulted in nonunion (18.7%). All animals, metaphyseal and diaphyseal, successfully bridged the distraction gap after a zero-day latency. The bone-healing index showed that new bone consolidation was best with a zero-day latency in metaphyseal (22 +/- 7.6 days/cm) and diaphyseal lengthening (26.5 +/- 6.5 days/cm). Comparing the minimum quantitative computer tomography density ratio of the experimental side with the contralateral side indicated a significant difference at the end of distraction (p = 0.001), at fixator removal (p = 0.001), and when the dogs were killed (p = 0.04).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. Intramedullary nailing of adult isolated diaphyseal radius fractures.

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    Köse, Ahmet; Aydın, Ali; Ezirmik, Naci; Topal, Murat; Can, Cahit Emre; Yılar, Sinan

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate functional and cosmetic outcomes of adult patients who underwent intramedullary nailing with newly designed intramedullary radius nails for isolated radius diaphyseal fractures. Seventeen adult patients who had undergone intramedullary nailing for radius diaphyseal fractures were retrospectively evaluated. Patients with isolated radius diaphyseal closed fractures were included. Closed reduction was achieved in all patients. Wrist and elbow ranges of movement were calculated at final follow-up. Grip strength was calculated using a hydraulic hand dynamometer. Maximum radial bowing (MRB) and maximum radial bowing localization (MRBL) were calculated for treated and uninjured arms. Functional evaluation was performed using Grace-Eversman evaluation criteria and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) questionnaire score. Of the 17 patients with isolated radius diaphyseal fractures evaluated, 11 (64.7%) were male and 6 (35.3%) were female, with a mean age of 35.76 years (range: 23-61 years). Fractures were right-sided in 11 (64.7%) and left-sided in 6 (35.3%) patients. Mean time to bone union was 10.2 weeks (range: 8-20 weeks). Mean supination was 75.35º (range: 67º-80º), pronation was 85.18º (range: 74º-90º). According to Grace-Eversman evaluation criteria, results were excellent in 16 (94%) and good in 1 (6%) patient. Mean DASH score was 12.58 (3.3-32.5). The gold-standard treatment of adult isolated radius diaphyseal fractures is plate and screw osteosynthesis. However, intramedullary nailing of isolated radius fractures is a good alternative treatment method, with excellent functional results and union rates similar to those of plate and screw osteosynthesis.

  19. Bisphosphonates and fractures of the subtrochanteric or diaphyseal femur.

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    Black, Dennis M; Kelly, Michael P; Genant, Harry K; Palermo, Lisa; Eastell, Richard; Bucci-Rechtweg, Christina; Cauley, Jane; Leung, Ping Chung; Boonen, Steven; Santora, Arthur; de Papp, Anne; Bauer, Douglas C

    2010-05-13

    A number of recent case reports and series have identified a subgroup of atypical fractures of the femoral shaft associated with bisphosphonate use. A population-based study did not support this association. Such a relationship has not been examined in randomized trials. We performed secondary analyses using the results of three large, randomized bisphosphonate trials: the Fracture Intervention Trial (FIT), the FIT Long-Term Extension (FLEX) trial, and the Health Outcomes and Reduced Incidence with Zoledronic Acid Once Yearly (HORIZON) Pivotal Fracture Trial (PFT). We reviewed fracture records and radiographs (when available) from all hip and femur fractures to identify those below the lesser trochanter and above the distal metaphyseal flare (subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femur fractures) and to assess atypical features. We calculated the relative hazards for subtrochanteric and diaphyseal fractures for each study. We reviewed 284 records for hip or femur fractures among 14,195 women in these trials. A total of 12 fractures in 10 patients were classified as occurring in the subtrochanteric or diaphyseal femur, a combined rate of 2.3 per 10,000 patient-years. As compared with placebo, the relative hazard was 1.03 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.06 to 16.46) for alendronate use in the FIT trial, 1.50 (95% CI, 0.25 to 9.00) for zoledronic acid use in the HORIZON-PFT trial, and 1.33 (95% CI, 0.12 to 14.67) for continued alendronate use in the FLEX trial. Although increases in risk were not significant, confidence intervals were wide. The occurrence of fracture of the subtrochanteric or diaphyseal femur was very rare, even among women who had been treated with bisphosphonates for as long as 10 years. There was no significant increase in risk associated with bisphosphonate use, but the study was underpowered for definitive conclusions. 2010 Massachusetts Medical Society

  20. Isolated Diaphyseal Fractures of the Radius in Skeletally Immature Patients

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    Guitton, Thierry G.; Van Dijk, Niek C.; Raaymakers, Ernst L.

    2009-01-01

    Diaphyseal radius fractures without associated ulna fracture or radioulnar dislocation (isolated fracture of the radius) are recognized in adults but are rarely described in skeletally immature patients. A search of our database (1974–2002) identified 17 pediatric patients that had an isolated fracture of the radius. Among the 13 patients with at least 1 year follow-up, ten were treated with manipulative reduction and immobilization in an above elbow cast and three had initial operative treatment with plate and screw fixation. These 13 patients were evaluated for an average of 18 months (range, 12 to 45 months) after injury using the system of Price and colleagues. The incidence of isolated diaphyseal radius fractures in skeletally immature patients was 0.56 per year in our database and represented 27% of the 63 patients with a diaphyseal forearm fracture. All 13 patients, with at least 1 year follow-up, regained full elbow flexion and extension and full forearm rotation. According to the classification system of Price, all 13 patients (100%) had an excellent result. As in adults, isolated radius fractures seem to occur in children more frequently than previously appreciated. Treatment of isolated radius fractures in skeletally immature patients has a low complication rate, and excellent functional outcomes are the rule. PMID:19859772

  1. The effect of tibial diaphyseal lengthening on the longitudinal growth of the tibia.

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    Cai, Gang; Yang, Lang; Saleh, Michael; Coulton, Les

    2007-11-01

    Limb lengthening by tibial callotasis is usually performed in the metaphysis but may cause growth inhibition. Is diaphyseal lengthening more advantageous? Sixteen immature rabbits underwent 30% diaphyseal lengthening by tibial callotasis. The tibial length was measured on radiographs at the end of the distraction period and after an additional 5 weeks. The proximal and distal growth plates were assessed histomorphometrically. Osteotomy stimulated tibial elongation; however, combined with diaphyseal lengthening the stimulation was suppressed resulting in longitudinal growth that matched the control side. In longer lengthenings of limbs diaphyseal callotasis may be more advantageous than metaphyseal by not inhibiting longitudinal growth.

  2. Diaphyseal humeral fractures and intramedullary nailing: Can we improve outcomes?

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    Garnavos, Christos

    2011-01-01

    While intramedullary nailing has been established as the treatment of choice for diaphyseal fractures of the femur and tibia, its role in the management of diaphyseal humeral fractures remains controversial. The reasons include not only the complicated anatomy and unique biomechanical characteristics of the arm but also the fact that surgical technique and nail designs devised for the treatment of femoral and tibial fractures are being transposed to the humerus. As a result there is no consensus on many aspects of the humeral nailing procedure, e.g., the basic nail design, nail selection criteria, timing of the procedure, and the fundamental principles of the surgical technique (e.g., antegrade/retrograde, reamed/unreamed, and static/dynamic). These issues will be analyzed and discussed in the present article. Proposals aiming to improve outcomes include the categorization of humeral nails in two distinct groups: “fixed” and “bio”, avoidance of reaming for the antegrade technique and utilization of “semi-reaming” for the retrograde technique, guidelines for reducing complications, setting the best “timing” for nailing and criteria for selecting the most appropriate surgical technique (antegrade or retrograde). Finally, suggestions are made on proper planning and conducting clinical and biomechanical studies regarding the use of intramedullary nailing in the management of humeral shaft fractures. PMID:21559099

  3. Which measures of diaphyseal robusticity are robust? A comparison of external methods of quantifying the strength of long bone diaphyses to cross-sectional geometric properties.

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    Stock, Jay T; Shaw, Colin N

    2007-11-01

    Measures of diaphyseal robusticity have commonly been used to investigate differences in bone strength related to body size, behavior, climate, and other factors. The most common methods of quantifying robusticity involve external diameters, or cross-sectional geometry. The data derived from these different methods are often used to address similar research questions, yet the compatibility of the resulting data has not been thoroughly tested. This study provides the first systematic comparison of externally derived measures of postcranial robusticity, with those based upon cross-sectional geometry. It includes sections taken throughout the skeleton, comparisons of prediction errors associated with different measurements, and analysis of the implications of different methods of body size standardization on the prediction of relative bone strength. While the results show reasonable correlations between diaphyseal diameters and strengths derived from cross-sectional geometry, considerable prediction errors are found in many cases. A new approach to externally based quantification of diaphyseal robusticity based upon moulding of sub-periosteal contours is proposed. This method maximizes correlation with cross-sectional geometry (r(2) = .998) and minimizes prediction errors in all cases. The results underscore the importance of accurate periosteal measurement in the quantification of bone strength, and suggest that, regardless of theoretical scaling predictions, external area based robusticity estimates involving the product of diaphyseal diameters are most directly comparable to cross-sectional geometric properties when they are standardized using the product of body mass and bone length. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  4. Proximal femoral diaphyseal cross-sectional geometry in Orrorin tugenensis.

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    Bleuze, M

    2012-06-01

    Functional adaptations in femora attributed to Orrorin tugenensis provide a unique opportunity to examine locomotor behavior very early in the hominin lineage. This study examines relative cortical thickness, cortical area (CA) relative to the polar moment of area (J), and J relative to femoral head superoinferior diameter (FHD) in the proximal femur of O. tugenensis (BAR 1002'00 and BAR 1003'00), and compares patterns in this early hominin with those in a sample of modern humans (N=31), Plio-Pleistocene fossil hominins (N=8), Pan troglodytes troglodytes (N=13), and Pan paniscus (N=3). Relative cortical thickness and CA relative to J in the proximal femur of O. tugenensis are comparable to patterns generally found in other fossil hominins. Proximal femoral diaphyseal J relative to FHD in BAR 1002'00 is similar to patterns found in fossil hominins typically attributed to a non-Homo genus (i.e. SK 82, SK 97, and KNM-ER 738). Cross-sectional geometric patterns in the proximal femur of Orrorin are not unlike those generally found in australopithecines and fossil Homo. While the results of this study cannot confirm unequivocally that Orrorin was an obligate biped, a mode of locomotion comparable to that proposed for australopithecines cannot be ruled out.

  5. Distal Radioulnar Joint Reaction Force Following Ulnar Shortening: Diaphyseal Osteotomy Versus Wafer Resection.

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    Canham, Colin D; Schreck, Michael J; Maqsoodi, Noorullah; Messing, Susan; Olles, Mark; Elfar, John C

    2015-11-01

    To compare how ulnar diaphyseal shortening and wafer resection affect distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) joint reaction force (JRF) using a nondestructive method of measurement. Our hypothesis was that ulnar shortening osteotomy would increase DRUJ JRF more than wafer resection. Eight fresh-frozen human cadaveric upper limbs were obtained. Under fluoroscopic guidance, a threaded pin was inserted into the lateral radius orthogonal to the DRUJ and a second pin was placed in the medial ulna coaxial to the radial pin. Each limb was mounted onto a mechanical tensile testing machine and a distracting force was applied across the DRUJ while force and displacement were simultaneously measured. Data sets were entered into a computer and a polynomial was generated and solved to determine the JRF. This process was repeated after ulnar diaphyseal osteotomy, ulnar re-lengthening, and ulnar wafer resection. The JRF was compared among the 4 conditions. Average baseline DRUJ JRF for the 8 arms increased significantly after diaphyseal ulnar shortening osteotomy (7.2 vs 10.3 N). Average JRF after re-lengthening the ulna and wafer resection was 6.9 and 6.7 N, respectively. There were no differences in JRF among baseline, re-lengthened, and wafer resection conditions. Distal radioulnar joint JRF increased significantly after ulnar diaphyseal shortening osteotomy and did not increase after ulnar wafer resection. Diaphyseal ulnar shortening osteotomy increases DRUJ JRF, which may lead to DRUJ arthrosis. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Rare Proximal Diaphyseal Stress Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal Associated With Metatarsus Adductus.

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    Wamelink, Kyle E; Marcoux, John T; Walrath, Scott M

    2016-01-01

    Before the report of English surgeon Robert Jones, who sustained a fracture to his fifth metatarsal while dancing around a tent pole, metatarsal fractures were thought to be the result of direct trauma to the foot. The mechanism of metatarsal fractures, in particular, those involving the fifth metatarsal, is now well understood. Patients with an adducted alignment of their forefoot can overload the fifth metatarsal base, putting them at an increased risk of fractures of this bone. Studies have reported that 2 distinct types of proximal diaphyseal or junctional fractures of the fifth metatarsal occur: the acute proximal diaphyseal or transverse proximal diaphyseal fracture and the proximal diaphyseal stress fracture. The radiographic characteristics associated with proximal diaphyseal stress fractures of the fifth metatarsal can vary by the chronicity; however, the findings typically entail a radiolucent fracture line with surrounding reactive sclerosis. In addition, a reduced medullary canal width can be appreciated. In the present retrospective analysis of patients with stress-related trauma to the fifth metatarsal base with an adducted forefoot, 2012 foot trauma cases were reviewed at 3 separate institutions. Of the 2012 cases, 22 (1.11%) met the outlined criteria of stress fractures of the fifth metatarsal base and underlying metatarsus adductus. Copyright © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Factors affecting the incidence of aseptic nonunion after surgical fixation of humeral diaphyseal fracture.

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    Ding, Liang; He, Zhimin; Xiao, Haijun; Chai, Leizi; Xue, Feng

    2014-11-01

    Although aseptic nonunion of humeral diaphyseal fracture is rare, it often is debilitating for the patient. Treatment is challenging for the surgeon when nonunion occurs. The purpose of this study was to analyze and identify independent risk factors for aseptic nonunion among patients with humeral diaphyseal fracture undergoing surgical fixation. The medical records of all humeral diaphyseal fracture patients who underwent surgical fixation from January 2005 to January 2011 were reviewed to identify those who developed aseptic nonunion. We performed univariate and multivariate logistic regression to identify independent associations of potential risk factors for aseptic nonunion among patients with surgical humeral diaphyseal fracture. A total of 686 patients were identified, with 659 meeting our inclusion criteria. Among these 659 cases there were 24 cases of septic nonunion, an incidence of 3.6%. The patients were followed for 9-24 months, with an average follow-up period of 14.8 months. In the final regression model, advanced age (odds ratio, 1.09; 95% CI: 1.03-1.14, P = 0.001), smoking (odds ratio, 5.34; 95% CI: 1.05-27.00, P = 0.043), use of NSAIDs (odds ratio, 2.51; 95% CI: 1.80-3.50, P < 0.001), and ASA score (odds ratio, 3.04; 95% CI: 1.06-8.74, P = 0.039) were risk factors for aseptic nonunion of humeral diaphyseal fracture after surgical fixation. This analysis confirms advanced age, smoking, use of NSAIDs, and ASA score were related to an increased risk of aseptic nonunion of humeral diaphyseal fracture after surgical fixation. Patients who have the risk factors identified in this study should be counseled about the possibility of aseptic nonunion occurring after surgical fixation.

  8. Surgical Management of Fifth Metatarsal Diaphyseal Fractures: A Retrospective Outcomes Study.

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    Thompson, Patrick; Patel, Vivek; Fallat, Lawrence M; Jarski, Robert

    Fifth metatarsal diaphyseal fractures are a common injury treated by foot and ankle surgeons. The limited data on this specific fracture type has promoted nonoperative treatment with immobilization. The primary objective of the present study was to record the radiographic healing time of fifth metatarsal diaphyseal fractures after surgical intervention and present the specific fracture characteristics. The medical records of a series of 64 patients with surgically managed fifth metatarsal diaphyseal fractures were retrospectively reviewed. The data collected consisted of radiographic healing times, fracture characteristics, and patient demographics. The mean average age at injury was 49.23 ± 15.35 years with greatest incidence in females at 73.44%. The mean healing time was 7.73 ± 4.74 weeks, with an overall complication rate of 6.25%. The fractures were classified into 2 specific categories according to the anatomic location. Type I fractures occurred in a significantly older population, were significantly longer in length, and healed faster. The mean displacement and angulation at injury was 3.20 ± 1.22 mm, and 5.89° ± 4.60°, respectively, for all fractures. Of the 64 patients, 1 (1.56%) experienced nonunion, 2 (3.13%) delayed unions, and no malunions. One patient (1.56%) underwent repeat operation for hardware removal. One case (1.56%) of superficial postoperative infection developed and was treated with oral antibiotics. We observed good surgical outcomes with minimal postoperative complications. We also identified 2 specific entities of fifth metatarsal diaphyseal fractures. On the basis of our results, we advocate surgical intervention even for minimally displaced diaphyseal fractures to maintain even weightbearing across the metatarsal parabola. Copyright © 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Risk factors for acute compartment syndrome of the leg associated with tibial diaphyseal fractures in adults.

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    Shadgan, Babak; Pereira, Gavin; Menon, Matthew; Jafari, Siavash; Darlene Reid, W; O'Brien, Peter J

    2015-09-01

    We sought to examine the occurrence of acute compartment syndrome (ACS) in the cohort of patients with tibial diaphyseal fractures and to detect associated risk factors that could predict this occurrence. A total of 1,125 patients with tibial diaphyseal fractures that were treated in our centre were included into this retrospective cohort study. All patients were treated with surgical fixation. Among them some were complicated by ACS of the leg. Age, gender, year and mechanism of injury, injury severity score (ISS), fracture characteristics and classifications and the type of fixation, as well as ACS characteristics in affected patients were studied. Of the cohort of patients 772 (69 %) were male (mean age 39.60 ± 15.97 years) and the rest were women (mean age 45.08 ± 19.04 years). ACS of the leg occurred in 87 (7.73 %) of all tibial diaphyseal fractures. The mean age of those patients that developed ACS (33.08 ± 12.8) was significantly lower than those who did not develop it (42.01 ± 17.3, P < 0.001). No significant difference in incidence of ACS was found in open versus closed fractures, between anatomic sites and following IM nailing (P = 0.67). Increasing pain was the most common symptom in 71 % of cases with ACS. We found that younger patients are definitely at a significantly higher risk of ACS following acute tibial diaphyseal fractures. Male gender, open fracture and IM nailing were not risk factors for ACS of the leg associated with tibial diaphyseal fractures in adults. Level IV.

  10. Rigid bridging of massive femur defect using double vascularized fibula graft with hydroxyapatite.

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    Matsuo, Toshihiro; Sugita, Takashi; Shimose, Shoji; Kubo, Tadahiko; Sunagawa, Toru; Yasunaga, Yuji; Ochi, Mitsuo

    2008-09-01

    The presence of large and massive segmental defects of the diaphyseal bone following tumor resection is a significant problem for orthopedic surgeons. Double or folded free vascularized fibula graft (FVFG) is used in massive femur defects and is considered to be a reliable reconstructive procedure. However, folded or double fibula grafts cannot prevent stress fractures. Here, a novel surgical procedure for bridging of massive femur defects using double FVFG and hydroxyapatite with autogenous bone grafts to prevent stress fractures is reported.

  11. Intraoperative fracture of the femur in revision total hip arthroplasty with a diaphyseal fitting stem.

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    Meek, R M Dominic; Garbuz, Donald S; Masri, Bassam A; Greidanus, Nelson V; Duncan, Clive P

    2004-03-01

    In revision total hip arthroplasty, intraoperative split fractures and cortical perforation fractures are becoming a more common concern with the increasing use of diaphyseal fitting cementless stems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the risk factors and frequency of intraoperative fractures with the use of these stems and their effect on radiographic and functional outcomes. We performed a retrospective case-control study of 211 consecutive patients who had undergone revision hip arthroplasty with a diaphyseal fitting cementless stem between December 1998 and March 2002. Sixty-four patients sustained an intraoperative fracture of the femur. One hundred and fifteen patients were followed for a minimum of two years; function was analyzed with self-administered outcome questionnaires, and radiographs were evaluated for evidence of bone ingrowth into the femoral stem. Risk factors associated with an intraoperative fracture were a substantial degree of preoperative bone loss, a low femoral cortex-to-canal ratio, underreaming of the cortex, and the use of a large-diameter stem. The majority of the diaphyseal undisplaced linear fractures occurred at the distal end of an extended trochanteric osteotomy during stem insertion. Fracture due to cortical perforation occurred most often during cement removal. These intraoperative fractures had no significant effect on the functional outcome or radiographic evidence of bone ingrowth. There was a surprisingly high rate of intraoperative femoral fractures associated with the use of a diaphyseal fitting stem in revision total hip arthroplasty. Identification of risk factors such as preoperative bone loss and a low cortex-to-canal ratio may permit planning to avoid such fractures. However, the final functional and radiographic outcomes appear to have been unaffected by the fracture when it had been managed appropriately. Prognostic study, Level II-1 (retrospective cohort study). See Instructions to Authors for a complete

  12. Amputated limb by cerclage wire of femoral diaphyseal fracture: a case report.

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    Won, Yougun; Yang, Kyu-Hyun; Kim, Kwang-Kyoun; Weaver, M J; Allen, Elizabeth M

    2016-12-01

    An entrapment of the femoral artery by cerclage wiring is a rare complication after spiral diaphyseal femoral fractures. We report the case of an 82-year-old female treated by an antegrade intramedullary nailing and multiple cable augmentation, which was then complicated by injury to the femoral artery that resulted in ipsilateral leg necrosis and amputation. The entrapment was caused by direct belting by the cable and resulted in a total obstruction of the femoral artery.

  13. Periosteal versus true cross-sectional geometry: a comparison along humeral, femoral, and tibial diaphyses.

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    Macintosh, Alison A; Davies, Thomas G; Ryan, Timothy M; Shaw, Colin N; Stock, Jay T

    2013-03-01

    Cross-sectional geometric (CSG) properties of human long bone diaphyses are typically calculated from both periosteal and endosteal contours. Though quantification of both is desirable, periosteal contours alone have provided accurate predictions of CSG properties at the midshaft in previous studies. The relationship between CSG properties calculated from external contours and "true" (endosteal and periosteal) CSG properties, however, has yet to be examined along the whole diaphysis. Cross-sectional computed tomography scans were taken from 21 locations along humeral, femoral, and tibial diaphyses in 20 adults from a late prehistoric central Illinois Valley cemetery. Mechanical properties calculated from images with (a) artificially filled medullary cavities ("solid") and (b) true unaltered cross-sections were compared at each section location using least squares regression. Results indicate that, in this sample, polar second moments of area (J), polar section moduli (Z(p) ), and cross-sectional shape (I(max) /I(min) ) calculated from periosteal contours correspond strongly with those calculated from cross-sections that include the medullary cavity. Correlations are high throughout most of the humeral diaphysis and throughout large portions of femoral and tibial diaphyses (R(2) = 0.855-0.998, all P < 0.001, %SEE ≤ 8.0, %PE ≤ 5.0), the major exception being the proximal quarter of the tibial diaphysis for J and Z(p). The main source of error was identified as variation in %CA. Results reveal that CSG properties quantified from periosteal contours provide comparable results to (and are likely to detect the same differences among individuals as) true CSG properties along large portions of long bone diaphyses.

  14. Exchange nailing for femoral diaphyseal fracture non-unions: Risk factors for failure.

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    Tsang, S T J; Mills, L A; Baren, J; Frantzias, J; Keating, J F; Simpson, A H R W

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for failure of exchange nailing for femoral diaphyseal fracture non-unions. The study cohort comprised 40 patients with femoral diaphyseal non-unions treated by exchange nailing, of which six were open injuries. The median time to exchange nailing from primary fixation was 8.4 months. The main outcome measures were union, number of secondary fixation procedures required to achieve union and time to union. Multiple causes for non-union were found in 16 (40%) cases, with infection present in 12 (30.0%) patients. Further surgical procedures were required in nine (22.5%) cases, one of whom (2.5%) required the use of another fixation modality to achieve union. Union was ultimately achieved with exchange nailing in 34/37 (91.9%) patients. The median time to union after the exchange nailing was 9.4 months. Cigarette smoking and infection were risk factors for failure of exchange nailing. Multivariate analysis found infection to be the strongest predictor of exchange failure (p<0.05). Exchange nailing is an effective treatment for aseptic femoral diaphyseal fracture non-union. However, 50% of patients undergoing exchange nailing in the presence of infection required at least one further procedure. It is important to counsel patients of this so that they can plan for it and do not consider that the first exchange operation has failed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Drifting Diaphyses: Asymmetry in Diametric Growth and Adaptation Along the Humeral and Femoral Length.

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    Maggiano, Isabel S; Maggiano, Corey M; Tiesler, Vera G; Chi-Keb, Julio R; Stout, Sam D

    2015-10-01

    This study quantifies regional histomorphological variation along the human humeral and femoral diaphysis in order to gain information on diaphyseal growth and modeling drift patterns. Three thin sections at 40, 50, and 60% bone length were prepared from a modern Mexican skeletal sample with known age and sex to give a longitudinal perspective on the drifting cortex (12 adults and juveniles total, 7 male and 5 female). Point-count techniques were applied across eight cross-sectional regions of interest using the starburst sampling pattern to quantify percent periosteal and endosteal primary lamellar bone at each diaphyseal level. The results of this study show a posterio-medial drift pattern in the humerus with a posterior rotational trend along the diaphysis. In the femur, we observed a consistent lateral to anteriolateral drift and an increase in primary lamellar bone area of both, periosteal and endosteal origin, towards the distal part of the diaphysis. These observations characterize drifting diaphyses in greater detail, raising important questions about how to resolve microscopic and macroscopic cross-sectional analysis towards a more complete understanding of bone growth and mechanical adaptation. Accounting for modeling drift has the potential to positively impact age and physical activity estimation, and explain some of the significant regional variation in bone histomorphology seen within (and between) bone cross-sections due to differing ages of tissue formation. More study is necessary, however, to discern between possible drift scenarios and characterize populational variation.

  16. Taxonomic identification of Lower Pleistocene fossil hominins based on distal humeral diaphyseal cross-sectional shape

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    2015-01-01

    The coexistence of multiple hominin species during the Lower Pleistocene has long presented a challenge for taxonomic attribution of isolated postcrania. Although fossil humeri are well-suited for studies of hominin postcranial variation due to their relative abundance, humeral articular morphology has thus far been of limited value for differentiating Paranthropus from Homo. On the other hand, distal humeral diaphyseal shape has been used to justify such generic distinctions at Swartkrans. The potential utility of humeral diaphyseal shape merits larger-scale quantitative analysis, particularly as it permits the inclusion of fragmentary specimens lacking articular morphology. This study analyzes shape variation of the distal humeral diaphysis among fossil hominins (c. 2-1 Ma) to test the hypothesis that specimens can be divided into distinct morphotypes. Coordinate landmarks were placed on 3D laser scans to quantify cross-sectional shape at a standardized location of the humeral diaphysis (proximal to the olecranon fossa) for a variety of fossil hominins and extant hominids. The fossil sample includes specimens attributed to species based on associated craniodental remains. Mantel tests of matrix correlation were used to assess hypotheses about morphometric relationships among the fossils by comparing empirically-derived Procrustes distance matrices to hypothetical model matrices. Diaphyseal shape variation is consistent with the hypothesis of three distinct morphotypes (Paranthropus, Homo erectus, non-erectus early Homo) in both eastern and southern Africa during the observed time period. Specimens attributed to non-erectus early Homo are unique among hominids with respect to the degree of relative anteroposterior flattening, while H. erectus humeri exhibit morphology more similar to that of modern humans. In both geographic regions, Paranthropus is characterized by a morphology that is intermediate with respect to those morphological features that differentiate

  17. Comparison of intramedullary nail and plate fixation in distal tibia diaphyseal fractures close to the mortise.

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    Yavuz, Umut; Sökücü, Sami; Demir, Bilal; Yıldırım, Timur; Ozcan, Cağrı; Kabukçuoğlu, Yavuz Selim

    2014-05-01

    In this study, we aimed to compare the functional and radiological results of intramedullary nailing and plate fixation techniques in the surgical treatment of distal tibia diaphyseal fractures close to the ankle joint. Between 2005 and 2011, 55 patients (32 males, 23 females; mean age 42 years; range 15 to 72 years) who were treated with intramedullary nailing (21 patients) or plate fixation (34 patients) due to distal tibia diaphyseal fracture were included in the study. The average follow-up period was 27.6 months (range, 12-82 months). The patients were evaluated with regard to nonunion, malunion, infection, and implant irritation. The AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) scale was used for the clinical evaluation. No statistically significant difference was found between the two surgical methods with respect to unification time, AOFAS score, accompanying fibula fracture, material irritation, and malunion. Nine patients had open fractures, and these patients were treated with plate fixation (p=0.100). Nonunion developed in three patients who were treated with plates. Infection occurred in one patient. Anterior knee pain was significantly higher in patients who were treated with intramedullary nails. There was no malunion in any patient. As the distal fragment is not long enough, plate fixation technique is usually preferred in the treatment of distal tibia diaphyseal fractures. In this study, we observed that if the surgical guidelines are followed carefully, intramedullary nailing is an appropriate technique in this kind of fracture. The malunion rates are not significantly increased, and it also has the advantages of being a minimally invasive surgery with fewer wound problems.

  18. Titanium elastic nailing in diaphyseal femoral fractures of children below six years of age

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    Donati, Fabrizio; Mazzitelli, Giuseppe; Lillo, Marco; Menghi, Amerigo; Conti, Carla; Valassina, Antonio; Marzetti, Emanuele; Maccauro, Giulio

    2017-01-01

    AIM To report the clinical and radiographic results of titanium elastic nail (TEN) in diaphyseal femoral fractures of children below age of six years. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 27 diaphyseal femoral fractures in children younger than six years treated with TEN between 2005 and 2015 was conducted. Patients were immobilized in a cast for 5 wk and the nails were removed from 6 to 12 wk after surgery. Twenty-four cases were clinically and radiographically re-evaluated using the Flynn’s scoring criteria, focusing on: Limb length discrepancy, rotational deformity, angulation, hip and knee range of motion (ROM), functional status, complications, and parent’s satisfaction. RESULTS Sixteen males and eight females with a mean age of 3.2 years at the time of treatment were re-evaluated at an average follow-up of 58.9 mo. No cases of delayed union were observed. The mean limb lengthening was 0.3 cm. Four cases experienced limb lengthening greater than 1 cm and always minor than 2 cm. Twelve point five percent of the cases showed an angulation < 10°. Complete functional recovery (hip and knee ROM, ability to run and jump on the operated limb) occurred in 95.7% of cases. Complications included two cases of superficial infection of the TEN entry point, one case of refracture following a new trauma, and one TEN mobilization. According to the Flynn’s scoring criteria, excellent results were obtained in 79.2% of patients and satisfactory results in the remaining 20.8%, with an average parent’s satisfaction level of 9.1/10. CONCLUSION TEN is as a safe, mini-invasive and surgeon-friendly technique and, considering specific inclusion criteria, it represents a useful and efficacy option for the treatment of diaphyseal femoral fractures even in patients younger than six years of age. PMID:28251066

  19. Atypical Fractures are Mainly Subtrochanteric in Singapore and Diaphyseal in Sweden: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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    Schilcher, Jörg; Howe, Tet Sen; Png, Meng Ai; Aspenberg, Per; Koh, Joyce S B

    2015-11-01

    We have previously noted a dichotomy in the location of atypical fractures along the femoral shaft in Swedish patients, and a mainly subtrochanteric location of atypical fractures in descriptions of patients from Singapore. These unexpected differences were now investigated by testing the following hypotheses in a cross-sectional study: first, that there is a dichotomy also in Singapore; second, that the relation between subtrochanteric and diaphyseal location is different between the two countries; third, that the location is related to femoral bow. The previously published Swedish sample (n = 151) was re-measured, and a new Singaporean sample (n = 75) was established. Both samples were based on radiographic classification of all femoral fractures in women above 55 years of age. The distance between the fracture line and the lesser trochanter was measured. Femoral bow was classified as present or absent on frontal radiographs. Frequency distribution of the measured distances was analyzed using the Bayesian information criterion to choose the best description of the observed variable distribution in terms of a compilation of normally distributed subgroups. The analysis showed a clear dichotomy of the fracture location: either subtrochanteric or diaphyseal. Subtrochanteric fractures comprised 48% of all fractures in Singapore, and 17% in Sweden (p = 0.0001). In Singapore, femoral bow was associated with more fractures in the diaphyseal subgroup (p = 0.0001). This was not seen in Sweden. A dichotomous location of atypical fractures was confirmed, because it was found also in Singapore. The fractures showed a different localization pattern in the two countries. This difference may be linked to anatomical variations, but might also be related to cultural differences between the two populations that influence physical activity.

  20. Treatment of Ipsilateral Distal Humerus and Diaphyseal Ulna Fractures by Using an Olecranon Osteotomy and Intramedullary Nail.

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    Köse, Ahmet; Aydin, Ali; Ezirmik, Naci; Yildirim, Ömer Selim

    2016-05-01

    To evaluate the results of treatment of an osteotomy of the olecranon and an ulnar diaphyseal fracture with a single nail, in cases with an ipsilateral ulnar diaphyseal fracture and a comminuted fracture of the distal humerus. Retrospective clinical study. University-affiliated teaching hospital. Eight patients with comminuted fractures of the distal humerus and ipsilateral ulnar diaphyseal fractures were included. Using a transolecranon approach, internal fixation of the distal humeral fracture with medial and lateral plates was performed. The ulnar diaphyseal fracture and additional osteotomy were fixed using a locked intramedullary nail. Subjective pain assessment was performed by using a visual analog scale (VAS). There were 6 (75%) male and 2 (25%) female patients, with a mean age of 40.9 (range, 32-56) years. The mean follow-up period was 24.6 (range, 12-36) months. All patients achieved union of the ulnar diaphyseal fracture and olecranon osteotomy. Union of the distal humeral fracture was observed in 7 (87.5%) patients. The mean time to union was 16.3 (range, 12-22) weeks, mean visual analog scale score was 1.8 (range, 0-3), median elbow performance score was 85 (range, 70-95), and median disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand score was 17.9 (range, 5-45.8). Osteotomy of the olecranon and ulnar diaphyseal fracture using an intramedullary nail was a cosmetically advantageous and safe technique that enabled rehabilitation during the early postoperative period. Therapeutic Level IV. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

  1. The pattern of femoral diaphyseal fractures in children admitted in Sarawak General Hospital.

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    Rasit, A H; Mohammad, A W; Pan, K L

    2006-02-01

    Trend towards changing the face of management for pediatric femoral fractures tends to advocate operative treatment. This study was undertaken to review our current practice in the wake of recent progress in the management of pediatric femoral fractures. Fifty patients with femoral diaphyseal fracture treated in Sarawak General Hospital were reviewed retrospectively after an average follow-up of 2.6 years. There were 36 boys and 14 girls, with a mean age of 6.2 years (range five months to 14 years). Children under six years of age constituted the majority of the patients. Half of the fractures were caused by road traffic accident. Nine patients had associated injuries. The most common site of fracture was at the middle third (N=31). The treatment regimens were delayed hip spica (DHS) in 16, immediate hip spica (IHS) in 24, plate osteosynthesis (PO) in five, titanium elastic nailing (TEN) in five, and external fixation (EF) in one. The minimum hospital stay was two days, and the maximum 33 days (mean, 9.7 days). Malunion was the commonest complication. Conservative treatment is the preferred option for children under six years of age. It is cost-effective with minimal complication. The other treatment options are reserved for specific indication in older children. Diaphyseal fractures of the femur in children can be adequately managed non-operatively.

  2. Femoral diaphyseal endoprosthetic reconstruction after segmental resection of primary bone tumours.

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    Hanna, S A; Sewell, M D; Aston, W J S; Pollock, R C; Skinner, J A; Cannon, S R; Briggs, T W R

    2010-06-01

    Segmental resection of malignant bone disease in the femoral diaphysis with subsequent limb reconstruction is a major undertaking. This is a retrospective review of 23 patients who had undergone limb salvage by endoprosthetic replacement of the femoral diaphysis for a primary bone tumour between 1989 and 2005. There were 16 males and seven females, with a mean age of 41.3 years (10 to 68). The mean overall follow-up was for 97 months (3 to 240), and 120 months (42 to 240) for the living patients. The cumulative patient survival was 77% (95% confidence interval 63% to 95%) at ten years. Survival of the implant, with failure of the endoprosthesis as an endpoint, was 85% at five years and 68% (95% confidence interval 42% to 92%) at ten years. The revision rate was 22% and the overall rate of re-operation was 26%. Complications included deep infection (4%), breakage of the prosthesis (8%), periprosthetic fracture (4%), aseptic loosening (4%), local recurrence (4%) and metastases (17%). The 16 patients who retained their diaphyseal endoprosthesis had a mean Musculoskeletal Tumour Society score of 87% (67% to 93%). They were all able to comfortably perform most activities of daily living. Femoral diaphyseal endoprosthetic replacement is a viable option for reconstruction following segmental resection of malignant bone disease. It allows immediate weight-bearing, is associated with a good long-term functional outcome, has an acceptable complication and revision rate and, most importantly, does not appear to compromise patient survival.

  3. Electromagnetic Navigation in Distal Locking of Long Diaphyseal Interlocking Intramedullary Nailing.

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    Zhou, Zhentao; Zhou, Xiaozhong; Shan, Bingchen; Zhou, Haibin; Lu, Zhengfeng; Dong, Qirong

    2016-12-01

    To describe the applications and effects of electromagnetic navigation (EN) technology in distal locking for the treatment of long diaphyseal fracture (LDF) with interlocking intramedullary nailing (IIN). An interventional study. The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, China, from March 2013 to July 2014. Patients who underwent IIN-LDF were selected. Twenty-four (50%) of whom were operated under EN guidance (group A) and the other 24 (50%) under conventional targeting guidance (group B). The distal locking time and X-ray irradiation time of the two groups were compared. Each group included 16 (33.3%) cases of femoral fracture and 8 (16.7%) cases of tibial fracture. The success rate of distal locking in group A was higher than that in group B (95.8% vs. 83.3%, p=0.045). There were statistically significant differences in the distal locking time and X-ray irradiation time of femoral intramedullary nailing between the two groups (p=0.027 and p=0.001, respectively). There were no statistically significant differences in the distal locking time and X-ray irradiation time of tibial intramedullary nailing between the two groups (p=0.347 and p=0.056, respectively). EN-IN was advantageous as it enabled easy targeting, significantly reduced intraoperative fluoroscopy and operation time and small trauma and had other advantages when used for treating LDFs, especially femoral diaphyseal fractures.

  4. Novel 3D hexapod computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system for closed diaphyseal fracture reduction.

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    Tang, Peifu; Hu, Lei; Du, Hailong; Gong, Minli; Zhang, Lihai

    2012-03-01

    Long-bone fractures are very common in trauma centers. The conventional Arbeitsgemeindschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen (AO) technique contributes to most fracture healing problems, and external fixation technology also has several disadvantages, so new techniques are being explored. A novel hexapod computer-assisted fracture reduction system based on a 3D-CT image reconstruction process is presented for closed reduction of long-bone diaphyseal fractures. A new reduction technique and upgraded reduction device are described and the whole system has been validated. Ten bovine femoral fracture models were used with random fracture patterns. Tests results were as follows: residual deviation 1.24 + 0.65 mm for the axial deflection, 1.19 + 0.37 mm for the translation, 2.34 + 1.79° for the angulation, and 2.83 + 0.9° for the rotation. The reduction mechanism has the advantages of high positioning, reduction and computer accuracy, and intra-operative stability for both patients and surgical team. With further investigation, it could be applied in many kinds of long-bone diaphyseal fractures. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Effect of dynamization on gap healing of diaphyseal fractures under external fixation.

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    Claes, L E; Wilke, H-J; Augat, P; Rübenacker, S; Margevicius, K J

    1995-07-01

    We asked whether dynamization of externally fixed diaphyseal fractures could improve bone healing in comparison to rigid fixation of fractures having similar remaining gap sizes. To answer this question we evaluated metatarsal osteotomies in 12 sheep. The osteotomy with a 0.6-mm gap was stabilized with a specially designed high bending and torsional stiffness external ring fixator. Osteotomies in six sheep were stabilized rigidly (axial movement < 0.06 mm) or dynamically (axial movement 0.15-0.34 mm). The cyclical axial interfragmentary movement was caused by the load-bearing of the operated limb. With increasing healing time, the initially allowed movement was decreased by callus formation around the osteotomy. The reduction in interfragmentary movement was measured and monitored by a linear variable displacement transducer at the external fixator and a telemetry system. After 9 weeks the sheep were sacrificed and the healed bones were investigated biomechanically and histomorphologically. Compared to the rigidly fixed osteotomies, the dynamized osteotomies showed significantly (P < 0.05) greater (+41%) callus formation and 45% greater tensile strength of the newly formed bone in the cortical osteotomy gap. Histological analysis indicated that the effect of dynamization occurred mainly after the 5th week. RELEVANCE: From these results we conclude that dynamic fixation of diaphyseal gaps is advantageous in comparison to stable external fixation.

  6. Extracorporeal irradiated tumor bone: A reconstruction option in diaphyseal Ewing’s sarcomas

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    Puri, Ajay; Gulia, Ashish; Agarwal, MG; Jambhekar, NA; Laskar, S

    2010-01-01

    Background: Limb salvage in extremity tumors is now established as an oncologically safe option without compromising long-term survival. En bloc resection followed by extracorporeal radiation and reimplantation is a biological reconstruction option in diaphyseal Ewing’s sarcomas. We analyzed the results of 12 cases of diaphyseal Ewing’s sarcomas treated using this modality. Materials and Methods: Between March 2006 and March 2008, 12 patients with Ewing’s sarcoma underwent enbloc resection and reconstruction, with reimplantation of the sterilized tumor bone, after extracorporeal irradiation. There were eight males and four females, with a mean age of 14 years (range 2 to 22 years). The femur was the most common bone involved (n=8) followed by the tibia and the humerus (two cases each). All these patients were non-metastatic at presentation and received chemotherapy as per the existing hospital protocol. The mean length of the bone resected was 20 cm (range 11 to 25 cm). The specimen was irradiated with 50 Gy prior to reimplantation and stabilized with the host bone, using suitable internal fixation. Standard biplanar radiographs were assessed for evidence of union on the follow-up visits. The functional status was assessed using the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Scoring system at the time of the last follow up. The mean follow up duration was 29 months (range 12 to 57 months). Results: Two patients (17%) had early infection with graft removal, hence are excluded from any analysis of union, however they are included when analysing complications such as infection. Rest 10 cases were analyzed for bony union at the osteotomy sites. Sixteen (84%) of the 19 osteotomy sites united primarily, without any intervention. Implant failure and non-union was seen at three diaphyseal osteotomy sites. The average time for union of all osteotomy sites was 7.2 months (range 3 to 13 months).The average time for union of the metaphyseal osteotomy sites was 5.9 months (range 3 to

  7. Multiple forearm diaphyseal fracture: reduction and plaster cast control at the end of growth

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    Michelis, Maria Beatrice; Calevo, Maria Grazia; Stella, Marco

    2006-01-01

    The authors followed up 20 patients with multiple diaphyseal fractures of the radius and ulna who were treated nonoperatively and who healed with axial deviation >5° in at least one plane 20.4±6.7 years after radiographic evidence of fracture union. Mean age at follow-up was 28.6±6.4 years. Radiographs were measured soon after reduction, at 10 days from reduction, at the end of treatment, and at follow-up (17/20). Both elbow and forearm range of motion (ROM) were compared with those of the contralateral side. At follow-up, ROM was normal and radiographs showed angular deviations <5°. PMID:17109178

  8. Expandable self-locking nail in the management of closed diaphyseal fractures of femur and tibia.

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    Kapoor, Sudhir K; Kataria, Himanshu; Boruah, Tankeswar; Patra, Satya R; Chaudhry, Aashish; Kapoor, Saurabh

    2009-07-01

    Intramedullary fixation is the treatment of choice for closed diaphyseal fractures of femur and tibia. The axial and rotational stability of conventional interlocking nails depends primarily on locking screws. This method uses increased operating time and increased radiation exposure. An intramedullary implant that can minimize these disadvantages is obviously better. Expandable intramedullary nail does not rely on interlocking screws and achieves axial and rotational stability on hydraulic expansion of the nail. We analyzed 32 simple fractures of shaft of femur and tibia treated by self-locking expandable nail. Intramedullary fixation was done by using self-locking, expandable nail in 32 patients of closed diaphyseal fractures of tibia (n = 10) and femur (n = 22). The various modes of injury were road traffic accidents (n = 21), fall from height (n = 8), simple fall (n = 2), and pathological fracture (n = 1). Among femoral diaphyseal fractures 16 were males and six females, average age being 33 yrs (range, 18- 62 yrs). Seventeen patients had AO type A (A1 (n = 3), A2 (n = 4), A3 (n = 10)) and 5 patients had AO type B (B1 (n = 2), B2 (n = 2), B3 (n = 1)) fractures. Eight patients having tibial diaphyseal fractures were males and two were females; average age was 29.2 (range, 18- 55 yrs). Seven were AO type A (A1 (n = 2), A2 (n = 3), A3 (n = 2)) and three were AO type B (B1 (n = 1), B2 (n = 1), and B3 (n = 1)). We performed closed (n = 27) or open reduction (n = 5) and internal fixation with expandable nail to stabilize these fractures. The total radiation exposure during surgery was less as no locking screws were required. Early mobilisation and weight-bearing was started depending on fracture personality and evidences of healing. Absence of localised tenderness and pain on walking was considered clinical criteria for union, radiographic criteria of union being continuity in at least in three cortices in both AP and lateral views. Patients were followed for at

  9. Expandable self-locking nail in the management of closed diaphyseal fractures of femur and tibia

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    Kapoor, Sudhir K; Kataria, Himanshu; Boruah, Tankeswar; Patra, Satya R; Chaudhry, Aashish; Kapoor, Saurabh

    2009-01-01

    Background: Intramedullary fixation is the treatment of choice for closed diaphyseal fractures of femur and tibia. The axial and rotational stability of conventional interlocking nails depends primarily on locking screws. This method uses increased operating time and increased radiation exposure. An intramedullary implant that can minimize these disadvantages is obviously better. Expandable intramedullary nail does not rely on interlocking screws and achieves axial and rotational stability on hydraulic expansion of the nail. We analyzed 32 simple fractures of shaft of femur and tibia treated by self-locking expandable nail. Materials and Methods: Intramedullary fixation was done by using self-locking, expandable nail in 32 patients of closed diaphyseal fractures of tibia (n = 10) and femur (n = 22). The various modes of injury were road traffic accidents (n = 21), fall from height (n = 8), simple fall (n = 2), and pathological fracture (n = 1). Among femoral diaphyseal fractures 16 were males and six females, average age being 33 yrs (range, 18- 62 yrs). Seventeen patients had AO type A (A1 (n = 3), A2 (n = 4), A3 (n = 10)) and 5 patients had AO type B (B1 (n = 2), B2 (n = 2), B3 (n = 1)) fractures. Eight patients having tibial diaphyseal fractures were males and two were females; average age was 29.2 (range, 18- 55 yrs). Seven were AO type A (A1 (n = 2), A2 (n = 3), A3 (n = 2)) and three were AO type B (B1 (n = 1), B2 (n = 1), and B3 (n = 1)). We performed closed (n = 27) or open reduction (n = 5) and internal fixation with expandable nail to stabilize these fractures. The total radiation exposure during surgery was less as no locking screws were required. Early mobilisation and weight-bearing was started depending on fracture personality and evidences of healing. Absence of localised tenderness and pain on walking was considered clinical criteria for union, radiographic criteria of union being continuity in at least in three cortices in both AP and lateral views

  10. Locking flexible nails for diaphyseal humeral fractures in the multiply injured patient: a preliminary study.

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    Matityahu, Amir; Eglseder, W Andrew

    2011-09-01

    Multiply injured patients are sometimes treated with standard intramedullary nails for diaphyseal humeral fractures. We evaluated the use of the Synthes titanium locked flexible nail in 43 multiply injured patients (average injury severity score, 35.2) assessing time to union, nonunion rate, shoulder and elbow pain, and range of motion. Twenty-seven patients underwent antegrade insertion, and 16 underwent retrograde insertion. An increase in union rate was noted with antegrade (93%) versus retrograde (69%) insertion, without statistically significant difference in shoulder and elbow pain or range of motion. We recommend the locking flexible humeral nail with antegrade insertion for multiply injured patients with large soft-tissue damage or severe comminution that renders plate fixation difficult.

  11. Computerized fluoroscopy with zero-dose image updates for minimally invasive femoral diaphyseal fracture reduction

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    Zheng, Guoyan; Dong, Xiao

    2006-03-01

    In this paper, a computerized fluoroscopy with zero-dose image updates for femoral diaphyseal fracture reduction is proposed. It is achieved with a two-step procedure. Starting from a few (normally 2) calibrated fluoroscopic image, the first step, data preparation, automatically estimates the size and the pose of the diaphyseal fragments through three-dimensional morphable object fitting using a parametric cylinder model. The projection boundary of each estimated cylinder, a quadrilateral, is then fed to a region information based active contour model to extract the fragment contours from the input fluoroscopic images. After that, each point on the contour is interpolated relative to the four vertices of the corresponding quadrilateral, which resulted in four interpolation coefficients per point. The second step, image updates, repositions the fragment projection on each acquired image during bony manipulation using a computerized method. It starts with interpolation of the new position of each point on the fragment contour using the interpolation coefficients calculated in the first step and the new position of the corresponding quadrilateral. The position of the quadrilateral is updated in real time according to the positional changes of the associated bone fragments, as determined by the navigation system during fracture reduction. The newly calculated image coordinates of the fragment contour are then fed to a OpenGL® based texture warping pipeline to achieve a real-time image updates. The presented method provides a realistic augmented reality for the surgeon. Its application may result in great reduction of the X-ray radiation to the patient and to the surgical team.

  12. Biomechanical investigation of titanium elastic nail prebending for treating diaphyseal long bone fractures.

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    Chen, Yen-Nien; Lee, Pei-Yuan; Chang, Chih-Wei; Ho, Yi-Hung; Peng, Yao-Te; Chang, Chih-Han; Li, Chun-Ting

    2016-12-02

    This study numerically investigated the deformation of titanium elastic nails prebent at various degrees during implantation into the intramedullary canal of fractured bones and the mechanism by which this prebending influenced the stability of the fractured bone. Three degrees of prebending the implanted portions of the nails were used: equal to, two times, and three times the diameter of the intramedullary canal. Furthermore, a simulated diaphyseal fracture with a 5-mm gap was created in the middle shaft portion of the bone fixed with two elastic nails in a double C-type configuration. End caps were simulated using a constraint equation. To confirm that the simulation process is able to present the mechanical response of the nail inside the intramedullary, an experiment was conducted by using sawbone for validation. The results indicated that increasing the degrees of nail prebending facilitated straightening the nails against the inner aspect of canal after implantation, with increase in stability under torsion. Furthermore, reducing nail prebending caused a larger portion of the nails to move closer to the loading site and center of bone after implantation; the use of end caps prevented the nail tips from collapsing and increased axial stability. End cap use was critical for preventing the nail tips from collapsing and for increasing the stability of the nails prebent at a degree equal to the diameter of the canal with insufficient frictional force between the nail and canal. Therefore, titanium elastic nail prebending in a double C-type configuration with a degree three times the diameter of the canal represents a superior solution for treating transverse fractures without a gap, whereas that with a degree equal to the diameter of the intramedullary canal and combined with end cap use represents an advanced solution for treating comminuted fractures in a diaphyseal long bone fracture.

  13. Tibioperoneal diaphyseal toxopachyosteosis or Weismann-Netter-Stuhl syndrome: difficulties encountered in classifying this syndrome and differentiation from rickets.

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    Nores, J M; Monsegu, M H; de Masfrand, V; Oberlin, F; Denormandie, P; Remy, J M

    1997-01-01

    Using two new cases and 70 case reports in the literature as a starting point, the authors focus on the Weismann-Netter-Stuhl syndrome. Weismann-Netter and Stuhl reported the first cases of tibioperoneal diaphyseal toxopachyosteosis in 1954. This syndrome is defined as an anomaly of the diaphyseal part of both tibiae and fibulae with posterior cortical thickening and anterior-posterior bowing. This anomaly is usually bilateral and symmetrical, and patients are therefore short in stature. The thickening of the fibula is true "tibialisation" and "is the main feature and the only feature confirming diagnosis". Routine laboratory investigations showed no abnormalities in the two new cases. The authors specify the limits encountered in classifying this anomaly and discuss the degree to which this anomaly is an entity unto itself when compared with rickets sequelae.

  14. Long-term anabolic effects of prostaglandin-E2 on tibial diaphyseal bone in male rats

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    Jee, Webster S. S.; Ke, Hua Zhu; Li, Xiao Jian

    1991-01-01

    The effects of long-term prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) on tibial diaphyseal bone were studied in 7-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats given daily subcutaneous injections of 0, 1, 3 and 6 mg PGE2/kg/day for 60, 120 and 180 days. The tibial shaft was measured by single photon absorptiometry and dynamic histomorphometric analyses were performed on double-fluorescent labeled undecalcified tibial diaphyseal bone samples. Exogenous PGE2 administration produced the following transient changes in a dose-response manner between zero and 60 days: (1) increased bone width and mineral density; (2) increased total tissue and total bone areas; (3) decreased marrow area; (4) increased periosteal and corticoendosteal lamellar bone formation; (5) activated corticoendosteal lamellar and woven trabecular bone formation; and (6) activated intracortical bone remodeling. A new steady-state of increased tibial diaphyseal bone mass and elevated bone activities were observed from day 60 onward. The elevated bone mass level attained after 60 days of PGE2 treatment was maintained at 120 and 180 days. These observations indicate that the powerful anabolic effects of PGE2 will increase both periosteal and corticoendosteal bone mass and sustain the transient increase in bone mass with continuous daily administration of PGE2.

  15. Risk Factors for Subtrochanteric and Diaphyseal Fractures: The Study of Osteoporotic Fractures

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    Napoli, Nicola; Schwartz, Ann V.; Palermo, Lisa; Jin, Jenny J.; Wustrack, Rosanna; Cauley, Jane A.; Ensrud, Kristine E.; Kelly, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Context: Patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy may have an increased incidence of low-energy subtrochanteric and diaphyseal (SD) femoral fractures. However, the incidence and risk factors associated with these fractures have not been well defined. Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the incidence of and risk factors for low-energy SD fractures in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF). Design: Low-energy SD fractures were identified from a review of radiographic reports obtained between 1986 and 2010 in women in the SOF. Among the SD fractures, pathological, periprosthetic, and traumatic fractures were excluded. We assessed risk factors for SD fractures as well as risk factors for femoral neck (FN) and intertrochanteric (IT) hip fractures using both age-adjusted and multivariate time-dependent proportional hazards models. During this follow-up, only a small minority had ever used bisphosphonates. Results: Forty-five women sustained low-energy subtrochanteric/diaphyseal femoral fractures over a total follow-up of 140 000 person-years. The incidence of SD fracture was 3.2 per 10 000 person-years compared with a total hip fracture incidence of 110 per 10 000 person-years. A total of about 12% of women reported bisphosphonate use at 1 or more visits. In multivariate analyses, age, total hip bone mineral density (BMD), bisphosphonate use, and history of diabetes emerged as independent risk factors for SD fractures. Risk factors for FN and IT fractures included age, BMD, and history of falls or prior fractures. Bisphosphonate use was protective against FN fractures, whereas there was an increased risk of SD fractures (hazard ratio 2.58, P = .049) with bisphosphonate use after adjustment for other risk factors for fracture. Conclusions: In SOF, low-energy SD fractures were rare occurrences, far outnumbered by FN and IT fractures. Typical risk factors were associated with FN and IT fractures, whereas only age, total hip BMD, and history of

  16. Radiographic factors and effect of fifth metatarsal Jones and diaphyseal stress fractures on participation in the NFL.

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    Carreira, Dominic S; Sandilands, Scott M

    2013-04-01

    Jones fracture and proximal diaphyseal stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal have been associated with prolonged healing times and nonunions. We hypothesized that the Jones fracture and proximal diaphyseal stress fracture have a high incidence in elite collegiate football players and that they lead to a decrease in participation in the NFL. Also, we hypothesized that these fractures are associated with a cavovarus foot alignment. The database collected by a single NFL team during the 2004 to 2009 NFL Combines was reviewed to identify players with Jones and proximal diaphyseal fifth metatarsal fractures. A total of 74 fifth metatarsal fractures were identified in 68 players. Subsequent participation data also were collected through the NFL.com website and included games played and years played. Digital plain radiographs and additional imaging studies also were reviewed to determine the extent of healing, types of fixation utilized, and foot alignment. The locations of fractures in the proximal fifth metatarsal were 45 (61%) in the Jones area, 15 (20%) in the proximal diaphyseal area, and 14 (19%) of indeterminate location. The number of patients treated with intramedullary fixation was 55/74 (74%). Of 74 proximal fifth metatarsal fractures, 9 (12.2%) were nonunions at the time of the NFL Combine medical examinations. With the numbers available, the average number of games played in the NFL was not significantly different in the fifth metatarsal fracture group, 16.9, compared to the control group, 24.9 (P > .05). The average number of games started was 7.4 in the fracture group versus 12.1 in the control group (P > .05). No significant differences were noted in the number of years played in the NFL. Except for talonavicular angle measurements, all measurements of coronal plane alignment demonstrated significant differences across groups, but no differences were noted in sagittal plane alignment. No statistically significant difference was noted in participation in

  17. Hip spica versus Rush pins for management of femoral diaphyseal fractures in children

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    Ruhullah, Mohammad; Singh, Hare Ram; Shah, Sanjay; Shrestha, Dipak

    2014-01-01

    Background: Femoral fractures are common in children between 2 and 12 years of age and 75% of the lesions affect the femoral shaft. Traction followed by a plaster cast is universally accepted as conservative treatment. We compared primary hip spica with closed reduction and fixation with retrogradely passed crossed Rush pins for diaphyseal femur fracture in children. The hypothesis was that Rush pin might provide better treatment with good clinical results in comparison with primary hip spica. Materials and Methods: Fifty children with femoral fractures were evaluated; 25 of them underwent conservative treatment using immediate hip spica (group A) and 25 were treated with crossed retrograde Rush pins (group B). The patients ages ranged from 3 to 13 years (mean of 9 years). Results: Mean duration of fracture union was 15 weeks in group A and 12 weeks in group B. Mean duration of weight bearing 14 weeks in group and 7 weeks in group B. Mean hospital stay was 4 days in group A and 8 days in group B. Mean followup period in group A was 16 months and group B was 17 months. Complications such as angulation, shortening, infection were compared. Conclusions: Closed reduction and internal fixation with crossed Rush pins was superior in terms of early weight bearing and restoration of normal anatomy. PMID:25298556

  18. Changes in long bone diaphyseal strength with horticultural intensification in west-central Illinois.

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    Bridges, P S; Blitz, J H; Solano, M C

    2000-06-01

    This study examines changes in long bone diaphyseal strength in west-central Illinois from the Middle Woodland through the Mississippian periods. Significant differences occur between the Middle Woodland and the Late Woodland periods, at the time when use of native seed crops intensifies. In females, both humeral and femoral strength increases, which may be related to their role in growing and processing these crops. In males, right arm strength declines, which may be tied in part to the replacement of the atlatl by the bow. Fewer significant changes occur between the earlier and later Late Woodland periods, at the time when maize is introduced as a dietary staple, possibly because maize is at first grown as only one of a series of other starchy seeds. Finally, in the Mississippian period, when maize use intensifies, female left arm strength declines. This may be because maize is easier to process than native seeds, or it may reflect innovations in processing technology in the Mississippian period. External dimensions and shape indices, in part, reflect the trends seen in biomechanical strength. Comparisons are made to similar studies in other regions. Copyright 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Computer-aided parachute guiding system for closed reduction of diaphyseal fractures.

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    Du, Dajiang; Liu, Zhen; Omori, Shinsuke; Kurita, Masahiro; Tomita, Tetsuya; Sugamoto, Kazuomi; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Murase, Tsuyoshi

    2014-09-01

    Closed reduction is of great benefit for fracture healing. However, achieving this without sacrificing the reduction accuracy and exposing the surgeon and patient to excessive radiation is difficult. A novel parachute guiding system (ParaEx System) was developed for closed reduction of fractures based on computed tomography data. The system included two counter guides with stainless tubular markers that could be attached to the unilateral external fixator. Comminuted tibial diaphyseal fracture models were used to validate the ParaEx System. The mean errors (and standard deviations) of residual rotational and translational deformity were 0.67° ± 0.45°, 0.92° ± 1.00°, and 0.64° ± 0.50° in rotation and 1.30 ± 1.10 mm, 1.13 ± 0.70 mm, and 0.94 ± 0.92 mm in translation about the X, Y, and Z axes of the local coordinate axes, respectively. The ParaEx System was useful for accurate closed reduction of fractures at low cost. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Habitual throwing and swimming correspond with upper limb diaphyseal strength and shape in modern human athletes.

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    Shaw, Colin N; Stock, Jay T

    2009-09-01

    Variation in upper limb long bone cross-sectional properties may reflect a phenotypically plastic response to habitual loading patterns. Structural differences between limb bones have often been used to infer past behavior from hominin remains; however, few studies have examined direct relationships between behavioral differences and bone structure in humans. To help address this, cross-sectional images (50% length) of the humeri and ulnae of university varsity-level swimmers, cricketers, and controls were captured using peripheral quantitative computed tomography. High levels of humeral robusticity were found in the dominant arms of cricketers, and bilaterally among swimmers, whereas the most gracile humeri were found in both arms of controls, and the nondominant arms of cricketers. In addition, the dominant humeri of cricketers were more circular than controls. The highest levels of ulnar robusticity were also found in the dominant arm of cricketers, and bilaterally amongst swimmers. Bilateral asymmetry in humeral rigidity among cricketers was greater than swimmers and controls, while asymmetry for ulnar rigidity was greater in cricketers than controls. The results suggest that more mechanically loaded upper limb elements--unilaterally or bilaterally--are strengthened relative to less mechanically loaded elements, and that differences in mechanical loading may have a more significant effect on proximal compared to distal limb segments. The more circular humerus in the dominant arm in cricketers may be an adaptation to torsional strain associated with throwing activities. The reported correspondence between habitual activity patterns and upper limb diaphyseal properties may inform future behavioral interpretations involving hominin skeletal remains.

  1. An RNA-seq Protocol to Identify mRNA Expression Changes in Mouse Diaphyseal Bone: Applications in Mice with Bone Property Altering Lrp5 Mutations

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    Ayturk, Ugur M.; Jacobsen, Christina M.; Christodoulou, Danos C.; Gorham, Joshua; Seidman, Jonathan G.; Seidman, Christine E.; Robling, Alexander G.; Warman, Matthew L.

    2013-01-01

    Loss-of-function and certain missense mutations in the Wnt co-receptor LRP5 significantly decrease or increase bone mass, respectively. These human skeletal phenotypes have been recapitulated in mice harboring Lrp5 knockout and knockin mutations. We hypothesized that measuring mRNA expression in diaphyseal bone from mice with Lrp5 wild-type (Lrp5+/+), knockout (Lrp5−/−), and high bone mass (HBM)-causing (Lrp5p.A214V/+) alleles could identify genes and pathways that regulate or are regulated by LRP5 activity. We performed RNA-seq on pairs of tibial diaphyseal bones from four 16-week-old mice with each of the aforementioned genotypes. We then evaluated different methods for controlling for contaminating non-skeletal tissue (i.e., blood, bone marrow, and skeletal muscle) in our data. These methods included pre-digestion of diaphyseal bone with collagenase and separate transcriptional profiling of blood, skeletal muscle and bone marrow. We found that collagenase digestion reduced contamination, but also altered gene expression in the remaining cells. In contrast, in silico filtering of the diaphyseal bone RNA-seq data for highly expressed blood, skeletal muscle, and bone marrow transcripts significantly increased the correlation between RNA-seq data from an animal’s right and left tibiae and from animals with the same Lrp5 genotype. We conclude that reliable and reproducible RNA-seq data can be obtained from mouse diaphyseal bone and that lack of LRP5 has a more pronounced effect on gene expression than the HBM-causing LRP5 missense mutation. We identified 84 differentially expressed protein-coding transcripts between LRP5 “sufficient” (i.e., Lrp5+/+ and Lrp5p.A214V/+) and “insufficient” (Lrp5−/−) diaphyseal bone, and far fewer differentially expressed genes between Lrp5p.A214V/+ and Lrp5+/+ diaphyseal bone. PMID:23553928

  2. Trends in subtrochanteric, diaphyseal, and distal femur fractures, 1984-2007.

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    Ng, A C; Drake, M T; Clarke, B L; Sems, S A; Atkinson, E J; Achenbach, S J; Melton, L J

    2012-06-01

    The incidence of non-hip femur fractures increased between 1984 and 2007, with an increase in the rates for women after 1996. Recent reports have suggested that non-hip femur fractures may be decreasing over time, similar to proximal femur fractures. Incidence rates for non-hip femur fractures among Olmsted County, Minnesota, residents were assessed before and after 1995 when the oral bisphosphonate, alendronate, was approved in the USA. From 1984 to 2007, 727 non-hip femur fractures were observed in 690 Olmsted County residents (51% female [median age, 71.6 years] and 49% male [21.4 years]). Altogether, 20% of the fractures were subtrochanteric, 51% were diaphyseal, and 29% involved the distal femur. Causes included severe trauma in 51%, minimal to moderate trauma in 34%, and pathologic causes in 15%. The overall age- and sex-adjusted annual incidence of first non-hip femur fracture was 26.7 per 100,000 (25.0 per 100,000 for women and 26.6 per 100,000 for men). Incidence rates increased with age and were greater in women than men. Between 1984-1995 and 1996-2007, age-adjusted rates increased significantly for women (20.4 vs. 28.7 per 100,000; p = 0.002) but not for men (22.4 vs. 29.5 per 100,000; p = 0.202). The incidence of first non-hip femur fractures rose between 1984 and 2007, with an increase in the rates for women after 1995.

  3. Functional treatment of metacarpal diaphyseal fractures by buddy taping: A prospective single-center study.

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    Jardin, Emmanuelle; Pechin, Caroline; Rey, Pierre-Bastien; Uhring, Julien; Obert, Laurent

    2016-02-01

    Metacarpal diaphyseal fractures are classically treated using a non-removable glove for 4 to 6 weeks. Here, we report the results of treatment by immediate active protected mobilization (buddy taping for four weeks) of minimally displaced M2 to M5 fractures. Fifty-four fractures (15 transverse or short oblique and 39 spiral or long oblique) in 51 patients were included during a one-year period; the average age of patients was 31 years. Clinical and radiographic assessments were carried out at day 15 and then months 1, 2 and 6 post-fracture. Thirty-one cases were reviewed at day 15, 27 at 1 month, and 22 at 2 months. The initial volar tilt was 26° on average for the short oblique or transverse fractures, and 11.5° for the long oblique or spiral fractures. Six fractures (11%) experienced 16.6° of secondary displacement on average. The fracture was healed in 37% of cases at 1 month, and in 100% of cases at 2 months in the patients who were reviewed clinically. Reduction in the QuickDASH and VAS for pain was evidence of fast functional recovery. The range of motion was comparable to that of the contralateral side in 90% cases after 2 months. Grip and pinch strength was 33% less than the contralateral side at 2 months. Although secondary displacement occurs in some cases, the functional results of this simple and practical treatment method are good after 2 months, as there is little pain, stiffness, strength loss and no cases of nonunion. Copyright © 2016 SFCM. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. The locomotion of Babakotia radofilai inferred from epiphyseal and diaphyseal morphology of the humerus and femur.

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    Marchi, Damiano; Ruff, Christopher B; Capobianco, Alessio; Rafferty, Katherine L; Habib, Michael B; Patel, Biren A

    2016-09-01

    Palaeopropithecids, or "sloth lemurs," are a diverse clade of large-bodied Malagasy subfossil primates characterized by their inferred suspensory positional behavior. The most recently discovered genus of the palaeopropithecids is Babakotia, and it has been described as more arboreal than Mesopropithecus, but less than Palaeopropithecus. In this article, the within-bone and between-bones articular and cross-sectional diaphyseal proportions of the humerus and femur of Babakotia were compared to extant lemurs, Mesopropithecus and Palaeopropithecus in order to further understand its arboreal adaptations. Additionally, a sample of apes and sloths (Choloepus and Bradypus) are included as functional outgroups composed of suspensory adapted primates and non-primates. Results show that Babakotia and Mesopropithecus both have high humeral/femoral shaft strength proportions, similar to extant great apes and sloths and indicative of forelimb suspensory behavior, with Babakotia more extreme in this regard. All three subfossil taxa have relatively large femoral heads, also associated with suspension in modern taxa. However, Babakotia and Mesopropithecus (but not Palaeopropithecus) have relatively small femoral head surface area to shaft strength proportions suggesting that hind-limb positioning in these taxa during climbing and other behaviors was different than in extant great apes, involving less mobility. Knee and humeral articular dimensions relative to shaft strengths are small in Babakotia and Mesopropithecus, similar to those found in modern sloths and divergent from those in extant great apes and lemurs, suggesting more sloth-like use of these joints during locomotion. Mesopropithecus and Babakotia are more similar to Choloepus in humerofemoral head and length proportions while Palaeopropithecus is more similar to Bradypus. These results provide further evidence of the suspensory adaptations of Babakotia and further highlight similarities to both extant suspensory

  5. Intramedullary nailing of humeral diaphyseal fractures. Is distal locking really necessary?

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    Tyllianakis, Minos; Tsoumpos, Pantelis; Anagnostou, Kostas; Konstantopoulou, Anna; Panagopoulos, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Distal interlocking is regarded as an inherent part of the antegrade humeral nailing technique, but it exposes both the patient and surgeon to radiation, is time consuming, and has a potential risk of damaging neurovascular structures. We have presented our technique of diaphyseal humeral nailing without any distal interlocking in this paper. Materials and Methods: We have presented a series of 64 consecutive patients (33 male and 31 female, mean age: 41.5 years) with humeral shaft fractures treated with antegrade rigid intramedullary nailing without distal interlocking following a strict intra and postoperative protocol. According to the AO classification, there were 36 type A fractures, 22 type B, and 6 type C. Nails were inserted unreamed or by using limited proximal reaming and they were fitted as snuggly as possible into the medullary canal. After impaction of the nail into the fossa, we carefully tested rotational stability of fixation by checking any potential external rotation when the arm was slightly turned externally and left to the gravity forces. We were ready to add distal screws, but that was not required in these cases. Follow-up assessment included fracture union, complications and failures, and the final clinical outcome at minimum 2-year follow-up using the parameters of the constant score. Results: All fractures, except two, united between the 4th and 5th postoperative month. In one case, nail was exchanged with plate, and, in another, a larger nail was used at a second surgery. Shoulder function according to constant score, at a minimum of 2-year follow-up, was excellent or very good in 93.7% of the patients. Conclusions: Provided that some technical issues are followed, the method reduces intraoperative time and radiation exposure and avoids potential damage to neurovascular structures. PMID:23960365

  6. Shock wave therapy compared with intramedullary screw fixation for nonunion of proximal fifth metatarsal metaphyseal-diaphyseal fractures.

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    Furia, John P; Juliano, Paul J; Wade, Allison M; Schaden, Wolfgang; Mittermayr, Rainer

    2010-04-01

    The current "gold standard" for treatment of chronic fracture nonunion in the metaphyseal-diaphyseal region of the fifth metatarsal is intramedullary screw fixation. Complications with this procedure, however, are not uncommon. Shock wave therapy can be an effective treatment for fracture nonunions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of shock wave therapy as a treatment of these nonunions. Twenty-three patients with a fracture nonunion in the metaphyseal-diaphyseal region of the fifth metatarsal received high-energy shock wave therapy (2000 to 4000 shocks; energy flux density per pulse, 0.35 mJ/mm(2)), and twenty other patients with the same type of fracture nonunion were treated with intramedullary screw fixation. The numbers of fractures that were healed at three and six months after treatment in each group were determined, and treatment complications were recorded. Twenty of the twenty-three nonunions in the shock wave group and eighteen of the twenty nonunions in the screw fixation group were healed at three months after treatment. One of the three nonunions that had not healed by three months in the shock wave group was healed by six months. There was one complication in the shock wave group (post-treatment petechiae) and eleven complications in the screw-fixation group (one refracture, one case of cellulitis, and nine cases of symptomatic hardware). Both intramedullary screw fixation and shock wave therapy are effective treatments for fracture nonunion in the metaphyseal-diaphyseal region of the fifth metatarsal. Screw fixation is more often associated with complications that frequently result in additional surgery.

  7. Detection of vacancy defects in gallium arsenide by positron lifetime spectroscopy

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    Saarinen, K.; Kuisma, S.; Hautojaervi, P.

    1996-12-01

    Vacancy-related native defects were studied in semi-insulating GaAs by positron life-time measurements. Both gallium and arsenic vacancies are observed at concentrations of 10{sup 15} - 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}. The experiments in the dark after illumination manifest the vacancy nature of the metastable state of the EL2 center.

  8. Treatment of Bone Defects in War Wounds: Retrospective Study

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    Grubor, Predrag; Milicevic, Snjezana; Grubor, Milan; Meccariello, Luigi

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Results of the treatment of open fractures primarily depend on the treatment of connected soft tissue injuries. Objective: The aim was to present the experience and methods gained during the treatment of diaphyseal bone defects as a consequence of gunshot fracture soft war trauma. Patients and Methods: The study consisted of 116 patients with the diaphyseal bone defect who were treated with the usage of primary and delayed autotransplantation of bones, transplants of the fibula and Ilizarov distraction osteogenesis. Results: The results of compensation of bone defect less than 4 cm and conducted by an early cortico-spongioplastics were as follows: good in 8 respondents (45%), satisfactory in 6 (34%) and poor in 4 respondents (21%). In cases of delayed cortico-spongioplastics, the above mentioned results were: good in 36 (41%) respondents, satisfactory in 24 (34%) and poor in 16 (25%) respondents. The results of compensation of bone defect greater than 4 cm with the usage of fibular transplant were as follows: good in 3 (38%) respondents, satisfactory in 3 (38%) and poor in 2 (24%), and with the usage of using the Ilizarov method, the results were as follows: good in 8 (57%) respondents, satisfactory in 3 (21.5%) and poor in 3(21.5%) respondents. Conclusion: The results showed that, in cases of compensation of bone defects less than 4 cm, the advantage is given to the primary spongioplastics over the delayed one. In cases of compensation of bone defects greater than 4 cm, the advantage is given to the Ilizarov distraction osteogenesis when compared to the fibular transplant. PMID:26543315

  9. The First Korean Case of Camurati-Engelmann Disease (Progressive Diaphyseal Dysplasia) Confirmed by TGFB1 Gene Mutation Analysis

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    Park, Seo-Jin; Yoon, Choon Sik; Park, Hui-Wan; Choi, Jong Rak; Chung, Jong Shin

    2009-01-01

    Camurati-Engelmann disease (CED) is an autosomal dominant progressive diaphyseal dysplasia caused by mutations in the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGFB1) gene. We report the first Korean family with an affected mother and son who were diagnosed with CED. The proband is a 19-yr-old male with a history of abnormal gait since the age of 2. He also suffered from proximal muscle weakness, pain in the extremities, and easy fatigability. Skeletal radiographs of the long bones revealed cortical, periosteal, and endosteal thickenings, predominantly affecting the diaphyses of the upper and lower extremities. No other bony abnormalities were noted in the skull and spine and no remarkable findings were seen on laboratory tests. The patient's mother had a long-standing history of mild limb pain. Under the impression of CED on radiographic studies, we performed mutation analysis. A heterozygous G to A transition at cDNA position +653 in exon 4 of the TGFB1 gene (R218H) was detected in the patient and his mother. PMID:19654961

  10. Birth Defects

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    A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of ... in the United States is born with a birth defect. A birth defect may affect how the ...

  11. The locked Grosse-Kempf intramedullary nail in the treatment of diaphyseal and metaphyseal fractures of the femur and tibia.

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    Costa, P; Carretti, P; Giancecchi, F; Pignedoli, P; Rotini, R; Tartaglia, I

    1988-12-01

    The Gross-Kempf locked intramedullary nail widens the indications for the traditional Küntscher nail in the treatment of diaphyseal and metaphyseal fractures of the lower limbs. The study includes 87 patients with a total of 93 closed fractures treated between 1981 and 1987. Osteosynthesis was carried out in 85 closed fractures and in 8 Grade 1 or 2 open fractures. Possible assemblies in relation to the level and type of fracture and the protocol for weightbearing are illustrated, with emphasis on the fact that dynamization of static assemblies is not always essential. The high percentage of positive results (86%) and the relatively small incidence of complications confirm the validity of this method. The only drawback is the fairly high dose of radiation absorbed by the surgeon during the operation.

  12. Effectiveness of Serial Measurement of Differential Pressure in Closed Tibial Diaphyseal Fractures in Diagnosing Acute Compartment Syndrome using Whiteside's Technique.

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    Ramprasath, D R; Thirunarayanan, V; David, J; Anbazhagan, S

    2016-03-01

    Acute Compartment Syndrome is a limb-threatening emergency and it occurs most commonly after fractures. The aim of our study is to find out the effectiveness of serial measurement of differential pressure in closed tibial diaphyseal fractures, in diagnosing acute compartment syndrome, using Whiteside's technique. A total of 52 cases in the age group of 15 to 55 years admitted with closed fractures were studied for serial compartment pressure as well as serial differential pressure. Eight patients had persistent compartment pressure > 40mmHg, out of which only two patients had persistent differential pressure < 30mmHg and these two patients underwent fasciotomy. Thus, by measuring the compartment pressure serially and calculating differential pressure serially, acute compartment syndrome can be diagnosed or ruled out with higher precision, so that unnecessary fasciotomies can be avoided.

  13. Intramedullary Allograft Fibula as a Reduction and Fixation Tool for Treatment of Complex Proximal Humerus Fractures with Diaphyseal Extension.

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    Berkes, Marschall B; Little, Milton Tm; Lazaro, Lionel E; Cymerman, Rachel M; Pardee, Nadine C; Helfet, David L; Dines, Joshua S; Lorich, Dean G

    2013-05-15

    SUMMARY:: In this study, we present a novel technique for reduction and fixation of complex, unstable, proximal humerus fractures with diaphyseal extension with the assistance of fibula allograft. We treated 14 patients using this technique since 2009 and found that it improves the reduction and enhances fixation while making the surgical procedure technically more manageable, and allows for early postoperative motion. In the first part of this study, we describe in detail the indications and surgical technique applied to these fractures. In the second part, we review the clinical and radiographic outcomes of these patients. Using this new technique, we have achieved an excellent union rate with minimal incidence of complications when treating these challenging fractures.

  14. Reduced diaphyseal strength associated with high intracortical vascular porosity within long bones of children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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    Jameson, John; Smith, Peter; Harris, Gerald

    2015-01-01

    Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetic disorder resulting in bone fragility. The mechanisms behind this fragility are not well understood. In addition to characteristic bone mass deficiencies, research suggests that bone material properties are compromised in individuals with this disorder. However, little data exists regarding bone properties beyond the microstructural scale in individuals with this disorder. Specimens were obtained from long bone diaphyses of nine children with osteogenesis imperfecta during routine osteotomy procedures. Small rectangular beams, oriented longitudinally and transversely to the diaphyseal axis, were machined from these specimens and elastic modulus, yield strength, and maximum strength were measured in three-point bending. Intracortical vascular porosity, bone volume fraction, osteocyte lacuna density, and volumetric tissue mineral density were determined by synchrotron micro-computed tomography, and relationships among these mechanical properties and structural parameters were explored. Modulus and strength were on average 64–68% lower in the transverse vs. longitudinal beams (P<0.001, linear mixed model). Vascular porosity ranged between 3–42% of total bone volume. Longitudinal properties were associated negatively with porosity (P≤0.006, linear regressions). Mechanical properties, however, were not associated with osteocyte lacuna density or volumetric tissue mineral density (P≥0.167). Bone properties and structural parameters were not associated significantly with donor age (p≥0.225, linear mixed models). This study presents novel data regarding bone material strength in children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Results confirm that these properties are anisotropic. Elevated vascular porosity was observed in most specimens, and this parameter was associated with reduced bone material strength. These results offer insight towards understanding bone fragility and the role of intracortical porosity on the strength of bone

  15. Age estimation of immature human skeletal remains from the diaphyseal length of the long bones in the postnatal period.

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    Cardoso, Hugo F V; Abrantes, Joana; Humphrey, Louise T

    2014-09-01

    Age at death in immature human skeletal remains has been estimated from the diaphyseal length of the long bones, but few studies have actually been designed specifically for the purpose of age estimation and those which have, show important caveats. This study uses regression and classical calibration to model the relationship between age and diaphyseal length of the six long bones, in a sample of 184 known sex and age individuals (72 females and 112 males), younger than 13 years of age, selected from Portuguese and English skeletal collections. Age estimation models based on classical calibration were obtained for each of the six long bones, and separately for each sex and for the sexes combined, and also for the entire sample and when it is subdivided into two subsamples at the age of 2 years. Comparisons between inverse and classical calibration show there is a systematic bias in age estimations obtained from inverse calibration. In the classical calibration models, the length of the femur provides the most accurate estimates of age. Age estimates are more accurate for the male subsample and for individuals under the age of 2 years. These results and a test of previously published methods caution against inverse calibration as a technique for developing age estimation methods even from the immature skeleton. Age estimation methods developed using cemetery collections of identified human skeletons should not be uncritically applied to present-day populations from the same region since many populations have experienced dramatic secular trends in growth and adult height over the last century.

  16. Predictive factors for re-displacement in diaphyseal forearm fractures in children-role of radiographic indices.

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    Asadollahi, Shadi; Pourali, Masoumeh; Heidari, Kamran

    2017-02-01

    Background and purpose - Manipulation and cast immobilization is the primary management for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children, and re-displacement is the most common complication. We wanted (1) to analyze the incidence of re-displacement in a group of children treated with close reduction and casting; (2) to determine predictive factors such as demographics, mechanism of injury, affected bone, fracture pattern, degree of initial displacement and angulation, and reduction accuracy; and (3) to determine the prognostic effect of previously defined radiographic indices. Patients and methods - We prospectively studied 269 consecutive children with closed and complete middle-third diaphyseal fractures treated with close reduction and casting from October 2014 to April 2015. Factors analyzed included demographics, initial fracture features, having a non-anatomical reduction, and the radiographic indices of cast quality. Results - There were 189 fractures of both bones (70%) and 80 solitary fractures (30%). The overall re-displacement rate was 11%. According to multivariable analysis, independent predictors of re-displacement were initial angulation >10° (RR =5) and failure to achieve an anatomical reduction (RR =2). Statistically significant radiographic indices regarding increased rate of re-displacement included cast index ≥0.7 (RR =5), Canterbury index ≥1.1 (RR =3), and 3-point index ≥0.8 (RR =6). Interpretation - Our results suggested that fractures with a higher degree of initial angulation and non-anatomical reduction more often result in re-displacement. Moreover, the casting quality examined with the radiographic indices played an important role in the success of a non-operative management.

  17. Predictive factors for re-displacement in diaphyseal forearm fractures in children—role of radiographic indices

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    Asadollahi, Shadi; Pourali, Masoumeh; Heidari, Kamran

    2017-01-01

    Background and purpose — Manipulation and cast immobilization is the primary management for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children, and re-displacement is the most common complication. We wanted (1) to analyze the incidence of re-displacement in a group of children treated with close reduction and casting; (2) to determine predictive factors such as demographics, mechanism of injury, affected bone, fracture pattern, degree of initial displacement and angulation, and reduction accuracy; and (3) to determine the prognostic effect of previously defined radiographic indices. Patients and methods — We prospectively studied 269 consecutive children with closed and complete middle-third diaphyseal fractures treated with close reduction and casting from October 2014 to April 2015. Factors analyzed included demographics, initial fracture features, having a non-anatomical reduction, and the radiographic indices of cast quality. Results — There were 189 fractures of both bones (70%) and 80 solitary fractures (30%). The overall re-displacement rate was 11%. According to multivariable analysis, independent predictors of re-displacement were initial angulation >10° (RR =5) and failure to achieve an anatomical reduction (RR =2). Statistically significant radiographic indices regarding increased rate of re-displacement included cast index ≥0.7 (RR =5), Canterbury index ≥1.1 (RR =3), and 3-point index ≥0.8 (RR =6). Interpretation — Our results suggested that fractures with a higher degree of initial angulation and non-anatomical reduction more often result in re-displacement. Moreover, the casting quality examined with the radiographic indices played an important role in the success of a non-operative management. PMID:27841692

  18. Diaphyseal Fractures of the Forearm in Adults, Plating Or Intramedullary Nailing Is a Better Option for the Treatment?

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    Al-Sadek, Tabet A; Niklev, Desislav; Al-Sadek, Ahmed

    2016-12-15

    Fractures of the radius and ulna occupy a large field of the modern traumatology. Therefore, these fractures are a major subject in modern orthopaedics and traumatology. The study of the mechanisms of the trauma, and the pathophysiological changes that occur are of great importance for the development of ever more efficient and varied ways of the treatment and prophylactics of this type of fracture. The aim of this paper was to study the pattern of the diaphyseal fractures of the forearm in adults, to decide the modalities of surgical management, to observe the period of fracture healing clinically and radiologically, as well to study the rehabilitation of the patients. The present study included 45 cases of diaphyseal fractures of both bones forearm in adults presenting to the orthopaedic outpatient department. For all the patients a detailed history was taken. A thorough clinical examination was carried out, required X-rays were taken, and initial treatment was given and admitted as in all patients. After careful pre-operative planning and evaluation for anaesthetic fitness, patients were operated for the fractures of both bone forearms. Twenty-three cases with 46 fractures were treated by open reduction and rigid fixation with DCP & Semi-tubular plates and 22 cases with 44 fractures were treated by closed reduction and fixation with "Talwarkar" intramedullary square nails. United results were found in 100% of plating group vs. 86% in the nailing group. Delayed and non-union results were found in 9% of the nailing group only. Average time to union in weeks was 9.4 weeks in the plating group vs. 10.2 weeks in the nailing group. Open reduction and internal fixation with compression plates with strict adherence to surgical technique is the gold standard method of treatment in both bones forearm fractures with excellent results than closed reduction, internal fixation with "Talwarkar" square nails which is also again a simple method with better results than

  19. Reduced diaphyseal strength associated with high intracortical vascular porosity within long bones of children with osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    Albert, Carolyne; Jameson, John; Smith, Peter; Harris, Gerald

    2014-09-01

    Osteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disorder resulting in bone fragility. The mechanisms behind this fragility are not well understood. In addition to characteristic bone mass deficiencies, research suggests that bone material properties are compromised in individuals with this disorder. However, little data exists regarding bone properties beyond the microstructural scale in individuals with this disorder. Specimens were obtained from long bone diaphyses of nine children with osteogenesis imperfecta during routine osteotomy procedures. Small rectangular beams, oriented longitudinally and transversely to the diaphyseal axis, were machined from these specimens and elastic modulus, yield strength, and maximum strength were measured in three-point bending. Intracortical vascular porosity, bone volume fraction, osteocyte lacuna density, and volumetric tissue mineral density were determined by synchrotron micro-computed tomography, and relationships among these mechanical properties and structural parameters were explored. Modulus and strength were on average 64-68% lower in the transverse vs. longitudinal beams (P<0.001, linear mixed model). Vascular porosity ranged between 3 and 42% of total bone volume. Longitudinal properties were associated negatively with porosity (P≤0.006, linear regressions). Mechanical properties, however, were not associated with osteocyte lacuna density or volumetric tissue mineral density (P≥0.167). Bone properties and structural parameters were not associated significantly with donor age (P≥0.225, linear mixed models). This study presents novel data regarding bone material strength in children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Results confirm that these properties are anisotropic. Elevated vascular porosity was observed in most specimens, and this parameter was associated with reduced bone material strength. These results offer insight toward understanding bone fragility and the role of intracortical porosity on the strength of bone

  20. Establishment of a Segmental Femoral Critical-size Defect Model in Mice Stabilized by Plate Osteosynthesis

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    Manassero, Mathieu; Decambron, Adeline; Huu Thong, Bui Truong; Viateau, Véronique; Bensidhoum, Morad; Petite, Hervé

    2016-01-01

    The use of tissue-engineered bone constructs is an appealing strategy to overcome drawbacks of autografts for the treatment of massive bone defects. As a model organism, the mouse has already been widely used in bone-related research. Large diaphyseal bone defect models in mice, however, are sparse and often use bone fixation which fills the bone marrow cavity and does not provide optimal mechanical stability. The objectives of the current study were to develop a critical-size, segmental, femoral defect in nude mice. A 3.5-mm mid-diaphyseal femoral ostectomy (approximately 25% of the femur length) was performed using a dedicated jig, and was stabilized with an anterior located locking plate and 4 locking screws. The bone defect was subsequently either left empty or filled with a bone substitute (syngenic bone graft or coralline scaffold). Bone healing was monitored noninvasively using radiography and in vivo micro-computed-tomography and was subsequently assessed by ex vivo micro-computed-tomography and undecalcified histology after animal sacrifice, 10 weeks postoperatively. The recovery of all mice was excellent, a full-weight-bearing was observed within one day following the surgical procedure. Furthermore, stable bone fixation and consistent fixation of the implanted materials were achieved in all animals tested throughout the study. When the bone defects were left empty, non-union was consistently obtained. In contrast, when the bone defects were filled with syngenic bone grafts, bone union was always observed. When the bone defects were filled with coralline scaffolds, newly-formed bone was observed in the interface between bone resection edges and the scaffold, as well as within a short distance within the scaffold. The present model describes a reproducible critical-size femoral defect stabilized by plate osteosynthesis with low morbidity in mice. The new load-bearing segmental bone defect model could be useful for studying the underlying mechanisms in bone

  1. Identification and classification of tibioperoneal diaphyseal toxopachyosteosis (Weismann-Netter-Stuhl syndrome): based on two new cases and a review of the literature.

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    Nor 3es, J M; Monsegu, M H; de Masfrand, V; Oberlin, F; Denormandie, P; Rémy, J M

    1997-01-01

    Using two new cases and 70 case reports in the literature as a starting point, the authors focus on the Weismann-Netter-Stuhl syndrome. Weismann-Netter and Stuhl reported the first cases of tibioperoneal diaphyseal toxopachyosteosis in 1954. This syndrome is defined as an anomaly of the diaphyseal part of both tibiae and fibulae with posterior cortical thickening and anterior-posterior bowing. This anomaly is usually bilateral and symmetrical and patients are short. The thickening of the fibula is true tibialisation and is the main feature and the only feature confirming diagnosis. Routine laboratory investigations showed no abnormalities. The authors specify the limits encountered in classifying this anomaly and discuss the degree to which this anomaly is an entity unto itself when compared with rickets sequelae.

  2. Behavior of bioactive glass-ceramic implanted into long bone defects: a scintigraphic study.

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    Sponer, Pavel; Urban, Karel; Urbanová, Elen; Karpas, Karel; Mathew, Pradeep George

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to assess the long-term behavior and incorporation of the bioactive oxyhydroxyapatite glass-ceramic used to fill defects of long bones after curettage of bone cysts in 17 patients. The method of evaluation was a three-phase bone scintigraphy combined with radiographic and clinical evaluation. At a mean follow-up of 7 years, the glass-ceramic material had been completely incorporated. Mean uptake ratio was 1.31+/-0.25 after implantation of glass-ceramic in the metaphyseal region and 2.07+/-0.62 after implantation of glass-ceramic in the diaphyseal region (P<0.05). Mean uptake ratio was 1.40+/-0.30 in patients without persistent pain and 2.07+/-0.69 in patients who complained of pain in the area of synthetic filling (P<0.05). The bioactive glass-ceramic can be implanted into the metaphyseal defects of long bones, but this material is not suitable for filling the diaphyseal defects.

  3. Characterizing gait induced normal strains in a murine tibia cortical bone defect model.

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    Prasad, Jitendra; Wiater, Brett P; Nork, Sean E; Bain, Steven D; Gross, Ted S

    2010-10-19

    The critical role that mechanical stimuli serve in mediating bone repair is recognized but incompletely understood. Further, previous attempts to understand this role have utilized application of externally applied mechanical loads to study the tissue's response. In this project, we have therefore endeavored to capitalize on bone's own consistently diverse loading environment to develop a novel model that would enable assessment of the influence of physiologically engendered mechanical stimuli on cortical defect repair. We used an inverse dynamics approach with finite element analysis (FEA) to first quantify normal strain distributions generated in mouse tibia during locomotion. The strain environment of the tibia, as previously reported for other long bones, was found to arise primarily due to bending and was consistent in orientation through the stance phase of gait. Based on these data, we identified three regions within a transverse cross-section of the mid-diaphysis as uniform locations of either peak tension, peak compression, or the neutral axis of bending (i.e. minimal strain magnitude). We then used FEA to quantify the altered strain environment that would be produced by a 0.6mm diameter cylindrical cortical bone defect at each diaphyseal site and, in an in situ study confirmed our ability to accurately place defects at the desired diaphyseal locations. The resulting model will enable the exploration of cortical bone healing within the context of physiologically engendered mechanical strain. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Risk Minimization and a Late Holocene Increase in Mobility at Roonka Flat, South Australia: An Analysis of Lower Limb Bone Diaphyseal Shape.

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    Hill, Ethan C; Durband, Arthur C; Walshe, Keryn

    2016-09-01

    The strengthening of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the mid-Holocene caused significant changes in climate, vegetation, and faunal assemblages in South Australia. The appearance of a light, flexible backed-artifact toolkit ∼4 kya has been interpreted as evidence for changes in foraging behavior in response to this event. Optimal foraging theory supports a risk minimization strategy for South Australian hunter-gatherers in which increased mobility was used to cope with effects of a dryer, unstable environment in the late Holocene. Whether this event caused changes in foraging mobility will be tested by examining lower limb external diaphyseal shape between pre-ENSO and post-ENSO skeletons from Roonka Flat, South Australia. Anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters were used to construct diaphyseal shape indices for Roonka Flat femora and tibiae. If populations living in South Australia became more mobile over time, then post-ENSO skeletons should exhibit higher shape indices. The pooled-sex post-ENSO sample has significantly higher femoral shape indices than the pre-ENSO sample. Males do not show significant diaphyseal shape differences over time, but females significantly increase. These data are consistent with the risk minimization model, indicating that South Australians became more mobile post-ENSO to better exploit a less productive environment by expanding their foraging radii. The temporal shift toward more elliptical diaphyses is more notable in females than males, which is consistent with Aboriginal ethnographies that show both sexes being intensely involved in hunting and capturing game animals. Am J Phys Anthropol 161:94-103, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Diaphyseal Fractures of the Forearm in Adults, Plating Or Intramedullary Nailing Is a Better Option for the Treatment?

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    Al-Sadek, Tabet A.; Niklev, Desislav; Al-Sadek, Ahmed

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fractures of the radius and ulna occupy a large field of the modern traumatology. Therefore, these fractures are a major subject in modern orthopaedics and traumatology. The study of the mechanisms of the trauma, and the pathophysiological changes that occur are of great importance for the development of ever more efficient and varied ways of the treatment and prophylactics of this type of fracture. AIM: The aim of this paper was to study the pattern of the diaphyseal fractures of the forearm in adults, to decide the modalities of surgical management, to observe the period of fracture healing clinically and radiologically, as well to study the rehabilitation of the patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The present study included 45 cases of diaphyseal fractures of both bones forearm in adults presenting to the orthopaedic outpatient department. For all the patients a detailed history was taken. A thorough clinical examination was carried out, required X-rays were taken, and initial treatment was given and admitted as in all patients. After careful pre-operative planning and evaluation for anaesthetic fitness, patients were operated for the fractures of both bone forearms. Twenty-three cases with 46 fractures were treated by open reduction and rigid fixation with DCP & Semi-tubular plates and 22 cases with 44 fractures were treated by closed reduction and fixation with “Talwarkar” intramedullary square nails. RESULTS: United results were found in 100% of plating group vs. 86% in the nailing group. Delayed and non-union results were found in 9% of the nailing group only. Average time to union in weeks was 9.4 weeks in the plating group vs. 10.2 weeks in the nailing group. CONCLUSION: Open reduction and internal fixation with compression plates with strict adherence to surgical technique is the gold standard method of treatment in both bones forearm fractures with excellent results than closed reduction, internal fixation with “Talwarkar” square nails

  6. Combination of platelet-rich plasma with degradable bioactive borate glass for segmental bone defect repair.

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    Zhang, Ya-Dong; Wang, Gang; Sun, Yan; Zhang, Chang-Qing

    2011-02-01

    Porous scaffold biomaterials may offer a clinical alternative to bone grafts; however, scaffolds alone are typically insufficient to heal large bone defects. Numerous studies have demonstrated that osteoinductive growth factor significantly improves bone repair. In this study, a strategy combining degradable bioactive borate glass (BG) scaffolds with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) was tested. The bone defect was filled with BG alone, BG combined with autologous PRP or left empty. Bone formation was analyzed at 4, 8 and 12 weeks using both histology and radiology. The PRP treated group yielded better bone formation than the pure BG scaffold as determined by both histology and microcomputer tomography after 12 weeks. In conclusion, PRP improved bone healing in a diaphyseal rabbit model on BG. The combination of PRP and BG may be an effective approach to repair critical defects.

  7. Surgical treatment of a proximal diaphyseal tibial deformity associated with partial caudal and cranial cruciate ligament deficiency and patella baja.

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    Vincenti, S; Knell, S; Pozzi, A

    2017-04-01

    Caudal cruciate ligament injury can be a complication following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) (Slocum und Slocum, 1993) especially if the post-operative Tibial Plateau Angle (TPA) is less than 5 degree. We describe a case of negative TPA associated with partial cranial and caudal ligament rupture treated with a center of rotation of angulation (CORA) based cranial tibial opening wedge osteotomy and tibial tuberosity transposition. A 13 kg, mixed breed dog was presented for right pelvic limb lameness. Radiographically a bilateral patella baja and a malformed tibia tuberosity along with a bilateral TPA of -8 degree were detected. Arthroscopically a partial rupture of the cranial and caudal cruciate ligaments were found. A cranial tibial opening wedge osteotomy of 23 degree and a fibular ostectomy were performed. The osteotomy was fixed with a 8 holes ALPS 9 (KYON, Switzerland) and a 3-holes 2.0mm UniLock plate (Synthes, Switzerland). Then a proximal tibial tuberosity transposition of 10mm was performed and fixed with a pin and tension band construct. The postoperative TPA was 15 degree. The radiographic controls at 6, 10 weeks, 6 months and 1 year after surgery revealed an unchanged position of the implants and progressive healing of the osteotomies. At the 6 and 12 months recheck evaluation the dog had no evidence of lameness or stifle pain and radiographs revealed complete healing of the osteotomy site and no implant failure. The diaphyseal CORA based osteotomy allowed accurate correction of a proximal tibial deformity associated with negative TPA.

  8. Ovine Model for Critical-Size Tibial Segmental Defects

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    Christou, Chris; Oliver, Rema A; Pelletier, Matthew H; Walsh, William R

    2014-01-01

    A segmental tibial defect model in a large animal can provide a basis for testing materials and techniques for use in nonunions and severe trauma. This study reports the rationale behind establishing such a model and its design and conclusions. After ethics approval of the study, aged ewes (older than 5 y; n = 12) were enrolled. A 5-cm mid diaphyseal osteoperiosteal defect was made in the left tibia and was stabilized by using an 8-mm stainless-steel cross-locked intramedullary nail. Sheep were euthanized at 12 wk after surgery and evaluated by using radiography, microCT, and soft-tissue histology techniques. Radiology confirmed a lack of hard tissue callus bridging across the defect. Volumetric analysis based on microCT showed bone growth across the 16.5-cm3 defect of 1.82 ± 0.94 cm3. Histologic sections of the bridging tissues revealed callus originating from both the periosteal and endosteal surfaces, with fibrous tissue completing the bridging in all instances. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the quality of the healing response. Clinical, radiographic, and histologic union was not achieved by 12 wk. This model may be effective for the investigation of surgical techniques and healing adjuncts for nonunion cases, where severe traumatic injury has led to significant bone loss. PMID:25402178

  9. Ovine model for critical-size tibial segmental defects.

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    Christou, Chris; Oliver, Rema A; Pelletier, Matthew H; Walsh, William R

    2014-10-01

    A segmental tibial defect model in a large animal can provide a basis for testing materials and techniques for use in nonunions and severe trauma. This study reports the rationale behind establishing such a model and its design and conclusions. After ethics approval of the study, aged ewes (older than 5 y; n = 12) were enrolled. A 5-cm mid diaphyseal osteoperiosteal defect was made in the left tibia and was stabilized by using an 8-mm stainless-steel cross-locked intramedullary nail. Sheep were euthanized at 12 wk after surgery and evaluated by using radiography, microCT, and soft-tissue histology techniques. Radiology confirmed a lack of hard tissue callus bridging across the defect. Volumetric analysis based on microCT showed bone growth across the 16.5 cm(3) defect of 1.82 ± 0.94 cm(3). Histologic sections of the bridging tissues revealed callus originating from both the periosteal and endosteal surfaces, with fibrous tissue completing the bridging in all instances. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the quality of the healing response. Clinical, radiographic, and histologic union was not achieved by 12 wk. This model may be effective for the investigation of surgical techniques and healing adjuncts for nonunion cases, where severe traumatic injury has led to significant bone loss.

  10. EVALUATION OF PATIENTS UNDERGOING FIXATION OF DIAPHYSEAL HUMERAL FRACTURES USING THE MINIMALLY INVASIVE BRIDGE-PLATE TECHNIQUE

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    Superti, Mauro José; Martynetz, Fábio; Falavinha, Ricardo Sprenger; Fávaro, Rodrigo Caldonazzo; Boas, Luis Felipe Villas; Filho, Salim Mussi; Martynetz, Juliano; Ribas, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The aim was to describe the experience of our group in treating humeral shaft fractures using the bridge–plate technique via an anterior approach. Methods: Seventeen patients with acute diaphyseal humeral fractures with an indication for surgical treatment who were operated in 2006–2010 were evaluated. The AO and Gustilo & Anderson classifications were used. All the patients were operated using the anterior bridge-plate technique and completed a follow–up period of at least twelve months. Results: Sixteen men and one woman were treated. Their mean age was 31.8 years (18–52). Among the injury mechanisms found were: five motorcycle accidents, four car accidents, three fractures due to firearm projectiles, two falls to the ground and finally, with one case each, assault, crushing and being run over. Eight patients had open fractures: two grade I, one grade II, four grade IIIa and one grade IIIb, according to the Gustilo-Anderson classification. In relation to the AO classification, we found: one 12A1, three 12A2, four 12A3, one 12B1, four 12 B2, three 12B3 and one 12C2. The mean postoperative follow-up was 25 months (12–48). As complications, two patients had pain in the elbow and a ROM deficit and one had deep infection. The mean time taken to achieve consolidation was 17.5 weeks. There was no loss of reduction, pseudarthrosis or malunion in this series of patients. Conclusion: The authors believe that the technique described has low rates of complications and morbidity, with good initial results, although the series is limited by the small sample. PMID:27042639

  11. Establishing Biomechanical Mechanisms in Mouse Models: Practical Guidelines for Systematically Evaluating Phenotypic Changes in the Diaphyses of Long Bones

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    Jepsen, Karl J; Silva, Matthew J; Vashishth, Deepak; Guo, X Edward; van der Meulen, Marjolein CH

    2016-01-01

    Mice are widely used in studies of skeletal biology, and assessment of their bones by mechanical testing is a critical step when evaluating the functional effects of an experimental perturbation. For example, a gene knockout may target a pathway important in bone formation and result in a “low bone mass” phenotype. But how well does the skeleton bear functional loads; eg, how much do bones deform during loading and how resistant are bones to fracture? By systematic evaluation of bone morphological, densitometric, and mechanical properties, investigators can establish the “biomechanical mechanisms” whereby an experimental perturbation alters whole-bone mechanical function. The goal of this review is to clarify these biomechanical mechanisms and to make recommendations for systematically evaluating phenotypic changes in mouse bones, with a focus on long-bone diaphyses and cortical bone. Further, minimum reportable standards for testing conditions and outcome variables are suggested that will improve the comparison of data across studies. Basic biomechanical principles are reviewed, followed by a description of the cross-sectional morphological properties that best inform the net cellular effects of a given experimental perturbation and are most relevant to biomechanical function. Although morphology is critical, whole-bone mechanical properties can only be determined accurately by a mechanical test. The functional importance of stiffness, maximum load, postyield displacement, and work-to-fracture are reviewed. Because bone and body size are often strongly related, strategies to adjust whole-bone properties for body mass are detailed. Finally, a comprehensive framework is presented using real data, and several examples from the literature are reviewed to illustrate how to synthesize morphological, tissue-level, and whole-bone mechanical properties of mouse long bones. PMID:25917136

  12. Decision-making in the treatment of diaphyseal clavicle fractures: is there agreement among surgeons? Results of a survey on surgeons' treatment preferences.

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    Heuer, Hinrich J D; Boykin, Robert E; Petit, Charles J; Hardt, Juliane; Millett, Peter J

    2014-02-01

    Nonoperative treatment is standard for most diaphyseal clavicle fractures, but recent studies have demonstrated improved outcomes with operative treatment of displaced fractures. The objectives of this diagnostic study were to assess agreement of orthopaedic surgeons regarding their treatment preferences for diaphyseal clavicle fractures and to compare them with recent recommendations. Interobserver and intraobserver agreement in treatment decisions were hypothesized to be only slight. Anonymized case vignettes of 50 acute diaphyseal clavicle fractures including medical history, physical examination findings, and radiographs were independently reviewed by 32 orthopaedic surgeons from the United States. Four treatment options were offered and decisions were compared with current treatment recommendations. Interobserver agreement was calculated using Fleiss' kappa coefficient. Average intraobserver agreement for surgeons who completed a retest review (minimum interval of 8 weeks) was calculated. Thirty-two surgeons completed the first round of reviewing and 27 completed the retest (mean interval, 22 weeks). Interobserver agreement was overall fair (kappa = 0.36) and moderate (kappa = 0.56) when operative options were compared with nonoperative options. Median intraobserver agreement was 74% for the 4 treatment options offered and 84% in deciding on operative vs. nonoperative means. Concordance with recent recommendations for operative vs. nonoperative treatment was seen in 91% of decisions (median). Recent recommendations appear to have been adopted by a selected subgroup of U.S. orthopaedic surgeons, showing a surprisingly high median concordance of 91% in this study. However, only fair to moderate interobserver and intraobserver agreement was present, leaving potential for improvement. Copyright © 2014 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Exchange nailing for nonunion of diaphyseal fractures of the tibia: our results and an analysis of the risk factors for failure.

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    Tsang, S T J; Mills, L A; Frantzias, J; Baren, J P; Keating, J F; Simpson, A H R W

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for the failure of exchange nailing in nonunion of tibial diaphyseal fractures. A cohort of 102 tibial diaphyseal nonunions in 101 patients with a mean age of 36.9 years (15 to 74) were treated between January 1992 and December 2012 by exchange nailing. Of which 33 (32%) were initially open injuries. The median time from primary fixation to exchange nailing was 6.5 months (interquartile range (IQR) 4.3 to 9.8 months). The main outcome measures were union, number of secondary fixation procedures required to achieve union and time to union. Univariate analysis and multiple regression were used to identify risk factors for failure to achieve union. Multiple causes for the primary nonunion were found for 28 (27%) tibiae, with infection present in 32 (31%). Six patients were lost to follow-up. Further surgical procedures were required in 35 (36%) nonunions. Other fixation modalities were required in five fractures. A single nail exchange procedure achieved union in 60/96 (63%) of all nonunions. Only 11 out of 31 infected nonunions (35.4%) healed after one exchange nail procedure. Up to five repeated exchange nailings, with or without bone grafting, ultimately achieved union in 89 (93%) fractures. The median time to union after exchange nailing was 8.7 months (IQR 5.7 to 14.0 months). Univariate analysis confirmed that an oligotrophic/atrophic pattern of nonunion (p = 0.002), a bone gap of 5 mm or more (p = 0.04) and infection (p < 0.001), were predictive for failure of exchange nailing Multiple regression analysis found that infection was the strongest predictor of failure (p < 0.001). Exchange nailing is an effective treatment for aseptic tibial diaphyseal nonunion. However, in the presence of severe infection with a highly resistant organism, or extensive sclerosis of the bone, other fixation modalities, such as Ilizarov treatment, should be considered. Exchange nailing is an effective treatment for aseptic tibial

  14. Pediatric diaphyseal forearm fractures: epidemiology and treatment in an urban population during a 10-year period, with special attention to titanium elastic nailing and its complications.

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    Lyman, Amanda; Wenger, Daniel; Landin, Lennart

    2016-09-01

    This study aims to describe the epidemiology of pediatric diaphyseal forearm fractures in an urban population and the complications of titanium elastic nailing. The medical records of 456 consecutive fractures were reviewed. The annual incidence was 0.7/1000 children. Eighty-six (19%) fractures in 83 children were titanium elastic nailed. The complication rate was 24%. Dorsal entry to the radius was associated with extensor pollicis longus rupture and radial entry was associated with sensory nerve deficit in three cases each. Seventy-eight (94%) of the operated patients recovered completely. Titanium elastic nailing is effective, but associated with a high rate of complications, most of which resolve spontaneously.

  15. Local injection of lovastatin in biodegradable polyurethane scaffolds enhances bone regeneration in a critical-sized segmental defect in rat femora.

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    Yoshii, Toshitaka; Hafeman, Andrea E; Esparza, Javier M; Okawa, Atsushi; Gutierrez, Gloria; Guelcher, Scott A

    2014-08-01

    Statins, a class of naturally-occurring compounds that inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, are known to increase endogenous bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) expression. Local administration of statins has been shown to stimulate fracture repair in in vivo animal experiments. However, the ability of statins to heal more challenging critical-sized defects at the mid-diaphyseal region in long bones has not been investigated. In this study, we examined the potential of injectable lovastatin microparticles combined with biodegradable polyurethane (PUR) scaffolds in preclinical animal models: metaphyseal small plug defects and diaphyseal segmental bone defects in rat femora. Sustained release of lovastatin from the lovastatin microparticles was achieved over 14 days. The released lovastatin was bioactive, as evidenced by its ability to stimulate BMP-2 gene expression in osteoblastic cells. Micro-computed tomography (CT) and histological examinations showed that lovastatin microparticles, injected into PUR scaffolds implanted in femoral plug defects, enhanced new bone formation. Furthermore, bi-weekly multiple injections of lovastatin microparticles into PUR scaffolds implanted in critical-sized femoral segmental defects resulted in increased new bone formation compared to the vehicle control. In addition, bridging of the defect with newly formed bone was observed in four of nine defects in the lovastatin microparticle treatment group, whereas none of the defects in the vehicle group showed bridging. These observations suggest that local delivery of lovastatin combined with PUR scaffold can be an effective approach for treatment of orthopaedic bone defects and that multiple injections of lovastatin may be useful for large defects. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Masquelet technique for the treatment of bone defects: tips-tricks and future directions.

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    Giannoudis, Peter V; Faour, Omar; Goff, Thomas; Kanakaris, Nikolaos; Dimitriou, Rozalia

    2011-06-01

    Reconstruction of diaphyseal bone defects still represents a major clinical challenge. Several approaches are used with the common objective to regenerate bone loss and restore function. The methods most commonly used are the vascularised fibula autograft and the Ilizarov bone transfer technique. Recently, Masquelet proposed a procedure combining induced membranes and cancellous autografts. The aim of this article was to briefly describe the technique, to review the current evidence and to discuss the tips and tricks that could help the surgeons to improve outcome. Future directions to increase its effectiveness and expand its application are also being discussed. However, predicting the outcome of reconstruction of bone defects remains difficult; and the patient should always be informed that, although potential complications are mostly predictable, in most of the cases the reconstruction process is long and difficult. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Neural Tube Defects

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  18. Evaluation of healing in feline femoral defects filled with cancellous autograft, cancellous allograft or Bioglass.

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    Dorea, H C; McLaughlin, R M; Cantwell, H D; Read, R; Armbrust, L; Pool, R; Roush, J K; Boyle, C

    2005-01-01

    Cancellous bone grafting is a widely accepted technique in human and veterinary orthopaedic surgery. However, the use of autogenous bone graft is limited by the additional surgical time required to harvest the graft, the morbidity associated with the donor site, and the limited availability of cancellous bone, especially in feline patients. Various allografts and bone graft substitutes are available commercially but have not been fully evaluated for efficacy in the cat. The purpose of this study was to compare the incorporation of autogenous and allogenous cancellous bone graft and Bioglass, a synthetic bone graft substitute, in femoral defects in cats. Four (4.0 mm diameter) defects were created in the lateral diaphyseal cortex of the left femur with an orthopaedic drill. In each femur, one of the cortical defects was filled with autogenous cancellous graft (harvested from the tibia), one was filled with allogenic cancellous graft, and one was filled with Bioglass. The fourth defect remained unfilled. Graft incorporation within the femoral defects was evaluated by radiographic evaluation every two weeks. Six weeks after the grafting procedure, the cats were euthanatized and high detailed radiography, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), histopathology and histomorphometry of the defects were performed. Satisfactory bone healing was observed within all of the defects.

  19. Congenital Defects.

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    Goldman, Allen S.; And Others

    There are two general categories (not necessarily mutually exclusive) of congenital defects: (1) abnormalities that have an hereditary basis, such as single and multiple genes, or chromosomal abberration; and (2) abnormalities that are caused by nonhereditary factors, such as malnutrition, maternal disease, radiation, infections, drugs, or…

  20. Congenital Defects.

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    Goldman, Allen S.; And Others

    There are two general categories (not necessarily mutually exclusive) of congenital defects: (1) abnormalities that have an hereditary basis, such as single and multiple genes, or chromosomal abberration; and (2) abnormalities that are caused by nonhereditary factors, such as malnutrition, maternal disease, radiation, infections, drugs, or…

  1. Genetic sperm defects.

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    Chenoweth, Peter J

    2005-08-01

    Genetic sperm defects are specific sperm defects, which have been shown to have a genetic mode of transmission. Such genetic linkage, either direct or indirect, has been associated with a number of sperm defects in different species, with this number increasing with improved diagnostic capabilities. A number of sperm defects, which have proven or suspected genetic modes of transmission are discussed herein, with particular emphasis on cattle. These include: 1. Acrosome defects (knobbed, ruffled and incomplete); 2. Head defects (abnormal condensation, decapitated, round head, rolled head, nuclear crest); 3. Midpiece abnormalities ("Dag" defect, "corkscrew" defect, "pseudo-droplet" defect); 4. Tail defects ("tail stump" defect, primary ciliary dyskinesia).

  2. Annealing of GaAs single crystal: Relationship between electrical properties and structural defects

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    Lee, B.; Bourret, E.D.; Gronsky, R.; Park, I.

    1989-02-01

    The behavior of As-related structural defects (dislocation loops and As precipitates) and the changes in EL2 concentration during bulk annealing of an As-rich GaAs crystal were studied in the temperature range of 500--900 /sup 0/C. Results show that the EL2 concentration increases and that some structural defects dissolve during bulk annealing above 600 /sup 0/C, indicating that the source of point defects necessary to form EL2 during bulk annealing is the excess As condensed during crystal growth in various forms. It was observed that the excess As condenses as point defects, dislocation loops, and/or As precipitates, depending upon the cooling rate from high temperatures and availability of nucleation sites (dislocations). It was also determined that the solvus temperature for the crystal studied, with an excess As concentration of about 10/sup 16//cm/sup 3/, lies between 600 and 700 /sup 0/C.

  3. Titanium elastic nailing in pediatric femoral diaphyseal fractures in the age group of 5–16 years – A short term study

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    Bhuyan, Basant Kumar; Mohan Singh, Suryansh

    2014-01-01

    Background Management of femoral diaphyseal fracture in the age group of 5–16 years is controversial. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the effectiveness of intramedullary fixation of femoral shaft fractures by using titanium elastic nailing system (TENS). Materials and methods Between April 2011 and April 2014, 40 pediatric patients (31 boys, 9 girls) aged 5–16 years with diaphyseal femoral fractures were treated by retrograde TENS fixation. Fractures were classified according to system of Winquest and Hansen as Grade-I (n = 18), Grade-II (n = 10), Grade-III (n = 7) and compound fractures according to the Gustilo and Anderson's classification Grade-I (n = 3), Grade-II (n = 2). The final results were evaluated by using Flynn's criteria. Results The mean duration of follow-up was 21 months (range 3–39 months). All fractures were radiologically united with grade 3 callus formation at 8–10 weeks period (mean 9 weeks) and full weight bearing was possible in a mean time of 9.5 weeks. According to Flynn's criteria, excellent result was found in 33 patients (82.5%) and satisfactory in 7 patients (17.5%). Limb lengthening was noticed in 6 cases, varus mal-alignment was in 4 cases and rotational mal-alignment was seen in 3 cases. Peri-operative difficulties encountered were failure of closed reduction in 4 cases and cork screwing of nails in 2 cases. Conclusion TENS is a safe and effective method for the treatment of pediatric femoral shaft fractures, because it is minimally invasive, relatively easy to use and shows very good functional and cosmetic results. PMID:25983499

  4. BMP-silk composite matrices heal critically sized femoral defects.

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    Kirker-Head, C; Karageorgiou, V; Hofmann, S; Fajardo, R; Betz, O; Merkle, H P; Hilbe, M; von Rechenberg, B; McCool, J; Abrahamsen, L; Nazarian, A; Cory, E; Curtis, M; Kaplan, D; Meinel, L

    2007-08-01

    Clinical drawbacks of bone grafting prompt the search for alternative bone augmentation technologies such as use of growth and differentiation factors, gene therapy, and cell therapy. Osteopromotive matrices are frequently employed for the local delivery and controlled release of these augmentation agents. Some matrices also provide an osteoconductive scaffold to support new bone growth. In this study, silkworm-derived silk fibroin was evaluated as an osteoconductive matrix for healing critical sized mid-femoral segmental defects in nude rats. Four treatment groups were assessed over eight weeks: silk scaffolds (SS) with recombinant human BMP-2 (rhBMP-2) and human mesenchymal stem cells (HMSC) that had been pre-differentiated along an osteoblastic lineage ex vivo (Group I; pdHMSC/rhBMP-2/SS); SS with rhBMP-2 and undifferentiated HMSCs (Group II; udHMSC/rhBMP-2/SS); SS and rhBMP-2 alone (Group III; rhBMP-2/SS); and empty defects (Group IV). Bi-weekly radiographs revealed a progressive and similar increase in Group I-III mean defect mineralization through post-operative week (POW) 8. Radiographs, dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, and micro-computed tomography confirmed that Groups I-III exhibited similar substantial and significantly (p<0.05) greater defect mineralization at POW 8 than the unfilled Group IV defects which remained void of bone. No significant differences in Groups I-III defect healing at POW 8 were apparent using these same assays or mechanical testing. Histology at POW 8 revealed moderately good bridging of the parent diaphyseal cortices with woven and lamellar bone bridging islands of silk matrix in Groups I and III. Group II defects possessed comparatively less new bone which was most abundant adjacent to the parent bone margins. Elsewhere the silk matrix was more often enveloped by poorly differentiated loose fibrous connective tissue. Group IV defects showed minimal new bone formation. None of the treatment groups attained the mean mineralization

  5. [Reconstruction of soft tissue defects at finger tip with relay flaps pedicled by perforator from digital artery].

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    Xiao, Zhou; Mingyu, Xue; Yajun, Xu; Li, Qiang; Jun, Huang

    2015-11-01

    To investigate the application of relay flaps pedicled by perforator from digital artery for reconstruction of soft tissue defects at finger tip. From Mar. 2012 to Jun. 2014, 9 cases with soft tissue defects at finger tip were reconstructed with relay flaps at one side of finger pedicled by perforator from digital artery. The flap size ranged from 1.3 cm x 1.6 cm to 1.6 cm x 2.2 cm. The defects at donor sites were covered by adjacent web perforator V-Y advanced flaps. All the 18 flaps in 9 cases survived completely with primary healing both in recipient and donor sites. The patients were followed up for 5 months to 2 years ( average, 12 months) with good elasticity and cosmetic results. No pain happened in the treated finger. The 2-point discrimination distance was 7-8 mm in fingertip flaps, and 10-12 mm in web perforator flaps. Hand function was graded as excellent in 7 cases, good in 2 cases, based on ATM assessment. The affected fingers had normal temperature and cold-resistance during winter. The width and depth of web in the donor site were not affected. The relay flaps pedicled by perforator from digital artery can be applied for reconstruction of soft tissue defects at finger tip. The procedure is easy with satisfactory results and reservation of main artery. No skin graft is necessary for closure of defects on donor sites.

  6. Repair of long bone defects with demineralized bone matrix and autogenous bone composite

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    Ozdemir, Mehmet T; Kir, Mustafa Ç

    2011-01-01

    Background: Repair of diaphyseal bone defects is a challenging problem for orthopedic surgeons. In large bone defects the quantity of harvested autogenous bone may not be sufficient to fill the gap and then the use of synthetic or allogenic grafts along with autogenous bone becomes mandatory to achieve compact filling. Finding the optimal graft mixture for treatment of large diaphyseal defects is an important goal in contemporary orthopedics and this was the main focus of this study. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of demineralized bone matrix (DBM) and autogenous cancellous bone (ACB) graft composite in a rabbit bilateral ulna segmental defect model. Materials and Methods: Twenty-seven adult female rabbits were divided into five groups. A two-centimeter piece of long bone on the midshaft of the ulna was osteotomized and removed from the rabbits’ forearms. In group 1 (n=7) the defects were treated with ACB, in group 2 (n=7) with DBM, and in group 3 (n=7) with ACB and DBM in the ratio of 1:1. Groups 4 and 5, with three rabbits in each group, were the negative and positive controls, respectively. Twelve weeks after implantation the rabbits were sacrificed and union was evaluated with radiograph (Faxitron), dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), and histological methods (decalcified sectioning). Results: Union rates and the volume of new bone in the different groups were as follows: group 1 - 92.8% union and 78.6% new bone; group 2 - 72.2% union and 63.6% new bone; and group 3 - 100% union and 100% new bone. DEXA results (bone mineral density [BMD]) were as follows: group 1 - 0.164 g/cm2, group 2 - 0.138 g/cm2, and group 3 - 0.194 g/cm2. Conclusions: DBM serves as a graft extender or enhancer for autogenous graft and decreases the need of autogenous bone graft in the treatment of bone defects. In this study, the DBM and ACB composite facilitated the healing process. The union rate was better with the combination than with the use of any one of

  7. Neural Tube Defects

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  8. Facts about Birth Defects

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  9. Birth Defects (For Parents)

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    ... there is a problem with a baby's body chemistry, it is called a metabolic birth defect. Metabolic defects prevent the body from properly breaking down food to create energy. Examples of metabolic defects include ...

  10. Atrial septal defect (ASD)

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  11. Computational comparison of tibial diaphyseal fractures fixed with various degrees of prebending of titanium elastic nails and with and without end caps.

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    Chen, Yen-Nien; Lee, Pei-Yuan; Chang, Chih-Han; Chang, Chih-Wei; Ho, Yi-Hung; Li, Chun-Ting; Peng, Yao-Te

    2016-10-01

    Elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) is a treatment strategy for the management of diaphyseal long-bone fractures in adolescents and children, but few studies have investigated the mechanical stability of tibial diaphyseal fractures treated with various degrees of prebending of the elastic nails. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the mechanical stability, including the gap deformation and nail dropping, of a tibia fracture with various fracture sites and fixed with various degrees of prebending of the elastic nails by the finite element method. Furthermore, the contribution of end caps to stability was taken into consideration in the simulation. A tibia model was developed with a transverse fracture at the proximal, middle and distal parts of the diaphysis, and fixed with three degrees of prebending of elastic nails, including those equal to, two times and three times the diameter of the intramedullary canal. The outer diameter of the nail used in the computation was 3.5mm, and the fractured tibia was fixed with two elastic double C-type nails. Furthermore, the proximal end of each nail was set to free or being tied to the surrounding bone by a constraint equation to simulate with or without using end caps. The results indicated that using end caps can prevent the fracture gap from collapsing by stopping the ends of the nails from dropping back in all prebending conditions and fracture patterns, and increasing the prebending of the nails to a degree three times the diameter of the canal reduced the gap shortening and the dropping distance of the nail end in those without using end caps under axial compression and bending. Insufficient prebending of the nails and not using end caps caused the gap to collapse and the nail to drop back at the entry point under loading. Using end caps or increasing the prebending of the nails to three times the diameter of the canal is suggested to stop the nail from dropping back and thus produce a more stable

  12. Primary hip spica with crossed retrograde intramedullary rush pins for the management of diaphyseal femur fractures in children: A prospective, randomized study

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    Ruhullah, Mohammad; Singh, H. R.; Shah, Sanjay; Shrestha, Dipak

    2014-01-01

    Background: Femoral fractures are common in children aged between 2 and 12 yearsand 75% of the lesions affect the femoral shaft. Traction followed by a plaster cast is universally accepted as a conservative treatment. We compared primary hip spica or traction followed by hip spica with closed reduction and fixation with retrogradely passed crossed Rush pins for diaphyseal femur fracture in 25 children of the age group 3-12 years, randomly distributed in each group. Materials and Methods: Fifty children (age: 3-13 years, mean; 9 years) with femoral fractures were evaluated; 25 of them underwent the conservative treatment using immediate hip spica (group A) and 25 underwent treatment with crossed retrograde Rush pins (group B). Results: Mean duration of fracture union was within 15 weeks in group A and 12 weeks in group B. Mean duration of weight bearing was 14weeks in group A and 7 weeks in group A. Mean hospital stay were 4 days in group A and 8days in group B. The man follow-up period was 16 months in group A and 17 months in group B. Complications like angulation, shortening and infection were compared. Bursitis and penetration of pins at the site of Rush pin insertion is a complication associated with this method of treatment. Conclusion: Closed reduction and internal fixation with crossed Rush pins was a superior treatment method in terms of early weight bearing and restoration of normal anatomy. PMID:24791042

  13. Does morbid obesity negatively affect the hospital course of patients undergoing treatment of closed, lower-extremity diaphyseal long-bone fractures?

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    Baldwin, Keith D; Matuszewski, Paul E; Namdari, Surena; Esterhai, John L; Mehta, Samir

    2011-01-03

    Obesity is prevalent in the developed world and is associated with significant costs to the health care system. The effect of morbid obesity in patients operatively treated for long-bone fractures of the lower extremity is largely unknown. The National Trauma Data Bank was accessed to determine if morbidly obese patients (body mass index >40) with lower extremity fractures have longer length of hospital stay, higher cost, greater rehabilitation admission rates, and more complications than nonobese patients. We identified patients with operatively treated diaphyseal femur (6920) and tibia (5190) fractures. Polytrauma patients and patients younger than 16 years were excluded. Morbidly obese patients were identified by ICD-9 and database comorbidity designation (femur, 131 morbidly obese; tibia, 75 morbidly obese). Patients meeting these criteria who were not morbidly obese were used as controls. Sensitivity analyses were performed to analyze patients with isolated trauma to the tibia or femur. Morbidly obese patients were more likely to be admitted to a subacute facility. Length of stay trended higher in morbidly obese patients. There was no significant relationship between obesity and inpatient mortality or inpatient complications. These trends held true when considering patients with multiple injuries and patients who had isolated long-bone injuries. Our study showed that morbidly obese patients may have greater rehabilitation needs following long-bone fractures in the lower extremity. Our study showed no difference in mortality or complications, although further studies are needed to confirm these findings. Copyright 2011, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. Reality-augmented virtual fluoroscopy for computer-assisted diaphyseal long bone fracture osteosynthesis: a novel technique and feasibility study results.

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    Zheng, G; Dong, X; Gruetzner, P A

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, a novel technique to create a reality-augmented virtual fluoroscopy for computer-assisted diaphyseal long bone fracture osteosynthesis and feasibility study results are presented. With this novel technique, repositioning of bone fragments during closed fracture reduction and osteosynthesis can lead to image updates in the virtual imaging planes of all acquired images without any radiation. The technique is achieved with a two-stage method. After acquiring a few (normally two) calibrated fluoroscopic images and before fracture reduction, the first stage, data preparation, interactively identifies and segments the bone fragments from the background in each image. After that, the second stage, image updates, repositions the fragment projection on to each virtual imaging plane in real time during fracture reduction and osteosynthesis using an OpenGL-based texture warping. Combined with a photorealistic virtual implant model rendering technique, the present technique allows the control of a closed indirect fracture osteosynthesis in the real world through direct insight into the virtual world. The first clinical study results show the reduction in the X-ray radiation to the patient as well as to the surgical team, and the improved operative precision, guaranteeing more safety for the patient. Furthermore, based on the experiences gained from this clinical study, two technical enhancements are proposed. One focuses on eliminating the user interactions with automated identifications and segmentations of bone fragments. The other focuses on providing non-photorealistic implant visualization. Further experiments are performed to validate the effectiveness of the proposed enhancements.

  15. Corrective Osteotomy of Malunited Diaphyseal Fractures of the Forearm Simplified Using 3-Dimensional CT Data: Proposal of Our Simple Strategy Through Case Presentation.

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    Hamada, Yoshitaka; Gotani, Hiroyuki; Sasaki, Kousuke; Tanaka, Yoshitaka; Egawa, Hiroshi; Kanchanathepsak, Thepparat

    2017-09-01

    Reconstruction of malunited diaphyseal fractures of the forearm is one of the most difficult treatments due to its complicated structure. Widespread usage of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) data of 3-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) and 3D printing can make estimating the true plane of the deformity easy. A 21-year-old man with limited supination due to left forearm nonunion deformity initially treated by locking plate fixation was referred to our hospital. We evaluated the deformity by superimposing the mirror image bone model of the contralateral normal bone onto a model of the affected bone and 3D real full-scale bone model. The patient underwent a manual corrective osteotomy according to our planning. He had satisfactory improvement of his symptoms with no complications. We postulated that our simple preoperative simulation and manual osteotomy with the aid of 3D CT reconstruction and 3D real full-scale bone model fit in the clinical practice as a recent trend.

  16. Immune response and effect of adenovirus-mediated human BMP-2 gene transfer on the repair of segmental tibial bone defects in goats.

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    Xu, X Leon; Tang, Tingting; Dai, Kerong; Zhu, Zhen'an; Guo, X Edward; Yu, Chaofeng; Lou, Jueren

    2005-10-01

    Tissue-engineered bone may be used for filling bone defects. There are, however, no reports on this technique used in large animals. We evaluated the effectiveness of, and immune response in repairing diaphyseal bone defects by gene transfer using bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). We used adenovirus-mediated human BMP-2 (Adv-hBMP-2) gene-transduced bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) to repair 2.1-cm segmental tibial bone defects in goats (group I, n = 7). An Adv-ssgal-transduced BMSC group (group II, n = 5), a non-transduced BMSC group (group III, n = 5), and an untreated group (group IV, n = 2) were used as controls. Self-secreted extracellular matrix was used as cellular carrier. Radiographic and histomorphometric examination demonstrated more callus in the bone defects of group I compared to other groups. Week 24 after implantation, the defect healing rates of groups I, II, III, and IV were 6/7, 1/5, 2/5, and 0/2, respectively. The maximum compressive strength of new tissue in the bone defects of group I was higher than those of groups II and III. Temporary cellular and persistent humoral immune responses against adenovirus were detected after hBMP-2 gene transfer. We found that Adv-hBMP-2 genetransduced BMSCs had superior osteoinductivity in the repair of tibial bone defects in goats, but it could cause temporary cellular and persistent humoral immune responses against adenovirus.

  17. Atrioventricular Canal Defect

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    ... birth (congenital). The condition is often associated with Down syndrome. Atrioventricular canal defect allows extra blood to flow ... baby's heart is developing. Some factors, such as Down syndrome, might increase the risk of atrioventricular canal defect. ...

  18. Birth Defects (For Parents)

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    ... to create energy. Examples of metabolic defects include Tay-Sachs disease , a fatal disease that affects the central nervous ... called recessive inheritance and includes conditions such as Tay-Sachs disease and cystic fibrosis . A disease or defect also ...

  19. Long-term Formation of Aggressive Bony Lesions in Dogs with Mid-Diaphyseal Fractures Stabilized with Metallic Plates: Incidence in a Tertiary Referral Hospital Population

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    Gilley, Robert S.; Hiebert, Elizabeth; Clapp, Kemba; Bartl-Wilson, Lara; Nappier, Michael; Werre, Stephen; Barnes, Katherine

    2017-01-01

    The incidence of complications secondary to fracture stabilization, particularly osteolytic lesions and bony tumor formation, has long been difficult to evaluate. The objective of this study was to describe the long-term incidence of aggressive bony changes developing in dogs with long bone diaphyseal fractures stabilized by metallic bone plates compared to a breed-, sex-, and age-matched control group. The medical records of a tertiary referral center were retrospectively reviewed for dogs that matched each respective criterion. Signalment, history, cause of death (if applicable), and aggressive bony changes at previous fracture sites were recorded. Ninety dogs met the criteria for inclusion in the fracture group and were matched with appropriate control dogs. Four of the dogs in the fracture group developed aggressive bony changes at the site of previous fracture repairs most consistent with osseous neoplasia. One lesion was confirmed with cytology as neoplastic. The population of dogs was mixed with regard to breed and body weight, but all dogs with aggressive bony lesions were male. Incidence of aggressive bony lesion formation in the fracture group was 4 (4.4%) and was 0 (0%) in the control group; three (75%) of the affected dogs in the fracture group included cerclage as a component of their primary fracture stabilizations. Incidence of aggressive bony lesions in the fracture group compared to the control group was determined to be statistically significant (p = 0.0455), as was the incidence of cerclage among dogs affected by aggressive bony lesions compared to the rest of the fracture group (p = 0.0499). Development of aggressive bony lesions is an uncommon complication of fracture fixation. Additional research is needed to further identify and elucidate the long-term effects of metallic implants in dogs. PMID:28197406

  20. Long-term Formation of Aggressive Bony Lesions in Dogs with Mid-Diaphyseal Fractures Stabilized with Metallic Plates: Incidence in a Tertiary Referral Hospital Population.

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    Gilley, Robert S; Hiebert, Elizabeth; Clapp, Kemba; Bartl-Wilson, Lara; Nappier, Michael; Werre, Stephen; Barnes, Katherine

    2017-01-01

    The incidence of complications secondary to fracture stabilization, particularly osteolytic lesions and bony tumor formation, has long been difficult to evaluate. The objective of this study was to describe the long-term incidence of aggressive bony changes developing in dogs with long bone diaphyseal fractures stabilized by metallic bone plates compared to a breed-, sex-, and age-matched control group. The medical records of a tertiary referral center were retrospectively reviewed for dogs that matched each respective criterion. Signalment, history, cause of death (if applicable), and aggressive bony changes at previous fracture sites were recorded. Ninety dogs met the criteria for inclusion in the fracture group and were matched with appropriate control dogs. Four of the dogs in the fracture group developed aggressive bony changes at the site of previous fracture repairs most consistent with osseous neoplasia. One lesion was confirmed with cytology as neoplastic. The population of dogs was mixed with regard to breed and body weight, but all dogs with aggressive bony lesions were male. Incidence of aggressive bony lesion formation in the fracture group was 4 (4.4%) and was 0 (0%) in the control group; three (75%) of the affected dogs in the fracture group included cerclage as a component of their primary fracture stabilizations. Incidence of aggressive bony lesions in the fracture group compared to the control group was determined to be statistically significant (p = 0.0455), as was the incidence of cerclage among dogs affected by aggressive bony lesions compared to the rest of the fracture group (p = 0.0499). Development of aggressive bony lesions is an uncommon complication of fracture fixation. Additional research is needed to further identify and elucidate the long-term effects of metallic implants in dogs.

  1. Duralumin - Defects and Failures

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    Nelson, WM

    1927-01-01

    It is proposed in this paper to identify some of the defects and failures in duralumin most frequently encountered by the aircraft industry with a view to indicate their importance. The defects and failures in duralumin may be classified into the following groups: 1) defects produced during manufacture; 2) defects produced during fabrication; 3) corrosion and erosion; and 4) fatigue failures. Only the first two will be covered in this report.

  2. Influence of radiation defects on electrical losses in silicon diodes irradiated with electrons

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    Poklonski, N. A. Gorbachuk, N. I.; Shpakovski, S. V.; Lastovskii, S. B.; Wieck, A.

    2010-03-15

    Silicon diodes with a p{sup +}-n junction irradiated with 3.5-MeV electrons (the fluence ranged from 10{sup 15} to 4 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2}) have been studied. It is established that the dependence of the tangent of the angle of electrical losses tan{delta} on the frequency f of alternating current in the range f = 10{sup 2}-10{sup 6} Hz is a nonmonotonic function with two extrema: a minimum and a maximum. Transformation of the dependences tan{delta}(f) as the electron fluence and annealing temperature are increased is caused by a variation in the resistance of n-Si (the base region of the diodes) as a result of accumulation (as the fluence is increased) or disappearance and reconfiguration (in the course of annealing) of radiation defects. The role of time lag of the defect recharging in the formation of tan{delta}(f) is insignificant.

  3. Pedicled posteromedial thigh (PMT) flap: A new alternative for groin defect reconstruction.

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    Scaglioni, Mario F; Enrique Carrillo Jimenez, Leonardo; Kuo, Yur-Ren; Chen, Yen-Chou

    2015-11-26

    The posterior medial thigh is mainly vascularized by the profunda femoris artery (PFA), which nourishes the adductor magnus muscle and overlying skin, to supply a number of perforators that can potentially be used as pedicles for local perforator flaps. Here we present two cases utilizing the pedicled posteromedial thigh flap (PMT) to reconstruct the groin defects. Two patients underwent resection for metastatic malignant melanoma resulting in large defects of the groin with exposure of major inguinal vessels; the dimensions of the skin defects were 15 cm × 5 cm and 16 cm × 6 cm, two ipsilateral pedicled PMT flaps were designed to cover the defects. The pedicled PMT flaps were based on perforators arising from the PFA and were transposed through a submuscular tunnel into the defect. The postoperative course was uneventful and the wounds were reconstructed successfully. The pedicled PMT flap may be an option for reconstruction of groin defects and could be incorporated into the armamentarium of the reconstructive microsurgeon. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microsurgery, 2015.

  4. Congenital defects of sheep.

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    Dennis, S M

    1993-03-01

    With increasing incrimination of viruses, plants, and drugs as causes of ovine congenital defects, concerted efforts are required to identify environmental teratogens. Expanding knowledge of congenital defects requires studying as many defective lambs as possible; recording and documenting; detailed diagnostic examinations; genetic analyses and chromosomal examinations, whenever possible; and field investigations. Adopting standardized classification, terminology, and diagnostic procedures should improve descriptions, diagnoses, and interdisciplinary exchange of information. That, in turn, should improve our knowledge of and diagnosis of congenital defects of sheep in the future. Finally, veterinary clinicians and diagnosticians are encouraged to take an interest in congenital defects and teratology.

  5. Defect production in ceramics

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    Zinkle, S.J.; Kinoshita, C.

    1997-08-01

    A review is given of several important defect production and accumulation parameters for irradiated ceramics. Materials covered in this review include alumina, magnesia, spinel silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum nitride and diamond. Whereas threshold displacement energies for many ceramics are known within a reasonable level of uncertainty (with notable exceptions being AIN and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), relatively little information exists on the equally important parameters of surviving defect fraction (defect production efficiency) and point defect migration energies for most ceramics. Very little fundamental displacement damage information is available for nitride ceramics. The role of subthreshold irradiation on defect migration and microstructural evolution is also briefly discussed.

  6. Topological defect lasers

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    Knitter, Sebastian; Fatt Liew, Seng; Xiong, Wen; Guy, Mikhael I.; Solomon, Glenn S.; Cao, Hui

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a topological defect to a regular photonic crystal defect cavity with anisotropic unit cell. Spatially localized resonances are formed and have high quality factor. Unlike the regular photonic crystal defect states, the localized resonances in the topological defect structures support powerflow vortices. Experimentally we realize lasing in the topological defect cavities with optical pumping. This work shows that the spatially inhomogeneous variation of the unit cell orientation adds another degree of freedom to the control of lasing modes, enabling the manipulation of the field pattern and energy flow landscape.

  7. Postdevelopment defect evaluation

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    Miyahara, Osamu; Kiba, Yukio; Ono, Yuko

    2001-08-01

    Reduction of defects after development is a critical issue in photolithography. A special category of post development defects is the satellite defect which is located in large exposed areas generally in proximity to large unexposed regions of photoresist. We have investigated the formation of this defect type on ESCAP and ACETAL DUV resists with and without underlying organic BARCs, In this paper, we will present AFM and elemental analysis data to determine the origin of the satellite defect. Imaging was done on a full-field Nikon 248nm stepper and resist processing was completed on a TEL CLEAN TRACK ACT 8 track. Defect inspection and review were performed on a KLA-Tencor and Hitachi SEM respectively. Results indicate that the satellite defect is generated on both BARC and resist films and defect counts are dependent on the dark erosion. Elemental analysis indicates that the defects are composed of sulfur and nitrogen compounds. We suspect that the defect is formed as a result of a reaction between PAG, quencher and TMAH. This defect type is removed after a DIW re-rinse.

  8. Archeological Testing at 16 cm 61, a Prehistoric Shell Midden in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

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    1986-07-09

    Navigation Channel .................... Ii * * * * a***1 Figure 3. Reconstruction of chenier ages in the vicinity of the project area (after Burden et al...34islands" in the marsh, were developed. Ranging in age from 2800 to less than 300 years, these ridges record progressive changes in the configuration...1111ifaeOTVSE 13W01400 0 2 3 %1 -~G 00400% Figure 3. Reconstruction of chenier ages in the vicinity of the project area (after Burden et all 1978:3-5). 15

  9. Ventricular Septal Defect (For Parents)

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    ... Atrial Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Heart and Circulatory System ECG (Electrocardiogram) Anesthesia - What to Expect Tetralogy of ... Atrial Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Heart and Circulatory System Contact Us Print Resources Send to a friend ...

  10. Ventricular Septal Defect (For Parents)

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    ... Atrial Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Heart and Circulatory System ECG (Electrocardiogram) Anesthesia - What to Expect Tetralogy of ... Atrial Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Heart and Circulatory System Contact Us Print Resources Send to a Friend ...

  11. Biomimetic tubular nanofiber mesh and platelet rich plasma-mediated delivery of BMP-7 for large bone defect regeneration.

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    Berner, A; Boerckel, J D; Saifzadeh, S; Steck, R; Ren, J; Vaquette, C; Zhang, J Qiyi; Nerlich, M; Guldberg, R E; Hutmacher, D W; Woodruff, M A

    2012-03-01

    There is a growing need for successful bone tissue engineering strategies and advanced biomaterials that mimic the structure and function of native tissues carry great promise. Successful bone repair approaches may include an osteoconductive scaffold, osteoinductive growth factors, cells with an osteogenic potential and capacity for graft vascularisation. To increase osteoinductivity of biomaterials, the local combination and delivery of growth factors has been developed. In the present study we investigated the osteogenic effects of calcium phosphate (CaP)-coated nanofiber mesh tube-mediated delivery of BMP-7 from a PRP matrix for the regeneration of critical sized segmental bone defects in a small animal model. Bilateral full-thickness diaphyseal segmental defects were created in twelve male Lewis rats and nanofiber mesh tubes were placed around the defect. Defects received either treatment with a CaP-coated nanofiber mesh tube (n = 6), an un-coated nanofiber mesh tube (n=6) a CaP-coated nanofiber mesh tube with PRP (n=6) or a CaP-coated nanofiber mesh tube in combination with 5 μg BMP-7 and PRP (n = 6). After 12 weeks, bone volume and biomechanical properties were evaluated using radiography, microCT, biomechanical testing and histology. The results demonstrated significantly higher biomechanical properties and bone volume for the BMP group compared to the control groups. These results were supported by the histological evaluations, where BMP group showed the highest rate of bone regeneration within the defect. In conclusion, BMP-7 delivery via PRP enhanced functional bone defect regeneration, and together these data support the use of BMP-7 in the treatment of critical sized defects.

  12. Fracture Diaphyseal Femur in a Case of Ipsilateral Excision Arthroplasty of Hip: Report of Two Cases with Description of an Unusual Injury Pattern, Mechanism, and Clinical Decision-making in Management

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    Shah, Kunal; Ubale, Tushar; Abdul, Rahematullah; Kasodekar, Vaibhav; Assudani, Ashish; Makwana, Kiran

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Although fracture diaphyseal femur is commonly seen in orthopedic practice, its association with ipsilateral resection arthroplasty of hip/pseudarthrosis of neck is rare. The technique of excision arthroplasty has undergone modification with emphasis on preserving as much bone as possible. However, it is not always possible to preserve bone while removing the earlier prosthesis and cement. This often leads to extensive proximal bone loss. Associated ipsilateral fracture femur presents a unique scenario. Till date, only one case report is published highlighting its surgical management. Case Report: We report two cases of diaphyseal fracture femur associated with resection arthroplasty of hip at subtrochanteric level with greater trochanter as a separate fragment (Case 1) and other with pseudarthrosis of the neck of femur with intact greater trochanter (Case 2). The first case was operated with surface fixation, whereas the second was operated with closed antegrade intramedullary nail. Conclusion: Decision-making and formulating treatment plan includes taking various factors into account such as level of resection arthroplasty of hip/pseudarthrosis of neck, status of greater trochanter (intact or separate fragment), osteoporosis, and post-operative ambulation and rehabilitation. In this report, we highlight the unusual occurrence, probable mechanism of injury, risk factors for fracture, and decision-making in the surgical management of such a condition. PMID:28164068

  13. ODENDOR of Defects in GaN Epitaxial Layers

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    Glaser, E. R.; Kennedy, T. A.; Carlos, W. E.; Freitas, J. A., Jr.; Wickenden, A. E.; Koleske, D. D.

    1998-03-01

    Optically-detected electron-nuclear double resonance (ODENDOR) at 24 GHz has been performed on a set of GaN epitaxial layers (undoped and Si-doped) grown on Al_2O3 to identify and locate residual defects and dopants.(E.R. Glaser et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. B) The first observation was made by the Paderborn group.(F.K. Koschnick et al., Phys. Rev. B 54, R11042 (1996).) Strong ODENDOR with resolved quadrupole structure was observed between 6 and 14 MHz on the g = 1.951 effective-mass (EM) donor resonance found on the 2.2 eV emission bands from two high-resistivity films (n <= 1x10^16 cm-3). The lines are assigned to ^69,71Ga lattice nuclei coupled to the residual donors through a weak hyperfine interaction (<= 1 MHz). The quadrupole splitting of ~ 2.3 MHz found for ^69Ga varies between samples and in comparison to published values for strain-free GaN by 15-25 %. The symmetry of the electric field gradient provides evidence that the donors are located in the crystallites rather than near grain boundaries. ODENDOR was not found between 1.5 and 140 MHz on the g = 1.991 deep defect resonances. Possible reasons for the absence of signals will be discussed.

  14. Evaluation of injectable silica-embedded nanohydroxyapatite bone substitute in a rat tibia defect model

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    Xu, Weiguo; Ganz, Cornelia; Weber, Ulf; Adam, Martin; Holzhüter, Gerd; Wolter, Daniel; Frerich, Bernhard; Vollmar, Brigitte; Gerber, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    In clinical practice, vertebral compression fractures occur after trauma and osteoporosis. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure using bone filler material for the treatment of such fractures. A full synthetic injectable bone substitute (SIBS) was manufactured by means of spray drying. The aim of this study was to characterize the SIBS and to analyze the remodelling process during degradation of the biomaterial and new bone formation after implantation. SIBS is an aqueous suspension of donut-like microparticles. These microparticles consist of nanocrystallites of synthetic hydroxyapatite embedded in amorphous silica gel. After implantation of SIBS in a proximal tibial diaphyseal defect in 52 rats, grafts were harvested for subsequent analysis on different days. Newly formed bone originating from endosteum was observed on day 6. Hematomas in the medullary space and cortical wounds disappeared on day 12. The wound region was completely replaced by a composite of newly formed cancellous bone, extracellular matrix, and SIBS. At day 63 the cortical defect was fully healed by bone, while newly formed bone in the medullary space almost disappeared and was replaced with bone marrow. In conclusion, SIBS demonstrated a unique structure with osteoinductive and bioresorbable properties, which induced fast bone regeneration. Therefore, a clinical application of SIBS for kyphoplasty is promising. PMID:21845044

  15. Repair of Auricular Defects.

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    Watson, Deborah; Hecht, Avram

    2017-08-01

    Repairing defects of the auricle requires an appreciation of the underlying 3-dimensional framework, the flexible properties of the cartilages, and the healing contractile tendencies of the surrounding soft tissue. In the analysis of auricular defects and planning of their reconstruction, it is helpful to divide the auricle into subunits for which different techniques may offer better functional and aesthetic outcomes. This article reviews many of the reconstructive options for defects of the various auricular subunits. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. A DLTS study of defects formed in silicon during ion beam mixing

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    Auret, F. D.; Malherbe, J. B.; Nel, M.; Myburg, G.

    1988-12-01

    Ion beam mixing in Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs), achieved by implanting ions through the metal gate of the SBD, has been shown to cause substantial changes in its electrical properties. During the implantation structural damage is caused, both in the metal gate and in the Si substrate. In the latter this damage gives rise to electrically active defects. We report here on these defects caused by implanting 100 keV Si + ions through 400 Å thick Ni Schottky barrier diodes on n- and p-Si with doses ranging between 10 12 and 10 16 cm -2. The results obtained using deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) showed the presence of several implantation-induced defects. For some of them the DLTS "signatures" correspond to those of defects caused by high energy (1 Mev) electron irradiation. Further, IV and CV measurements in conjunction with isochronal annealing revealed a definite trend between the properties of the Schottky barrier diodes and the deep level defects caused by ion beam mixing.

  17. Histopathological features of bone regeneration in a canine segmental ulnar defect model

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    2014-01-01

    Background Today, finding an ideal biomaterial to treat the large bone defects, delayed unions and non-unions remains a challenge for orthopaedic surgeions and researchers. Several studies have been carried out on the subject of bone regeneration, each having its own advantages. The present study has been designed in vivo to evaluate the effects of cellular auto-transplantation of tail vertebrae on healing of experimental critical bone defect in a dog model. Methods Six indigenous breeds of dog with 32 ± 3.6 kg average weight from both sexes (5 males and 1 female) received bilateral critical-sized ulnar segmental defects. After determining the health condition, divided to 2 groups: The Group I were kept as control I (n = 1) while in Group II (experimental group; n = 5) bioactive bone implants were inserted. The defects were implanted with either autogeneic coccygeal bone grafts in dogs with 3-4 cm diaphyseal defects in the ulna. Defects were stabilized with internal plate fixation, and the control defects were not stabilized. Animals were euthanized at 16 weeks and analyzed by histopathology. Results Histological evaluation of this new bone at sixteen weeks postoperatively revealed primarily lamellar bone, with the formation of new cortices and normal-appearing marrow elements. And also reformation cortical compartment and reconstitution of marrow space were observed at the graft-host interface together with graft resorption and necrosis responses. Finally, our data were consistent with the osteoconducting function of the tail autograft. Conclusions Our results suggested that the tail vertebrae autograft seemed to be a new source of autogenous cortical bone in order to supporting segmental long bone defects in dogs. Furthermore, cellular autotransplantation was found to be a successful replacement for the tail vertebrae allograft bone at 3-4 cm segmental defects in the canine mid- ulna. Clinical application using graft expanders or bone

  18. Defects in hardwood timber

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    Roswell D. Carpenter; David L. Sonderman; Everette D. Rast; Martin J. Jones

    1989-01-01

    Includes detailed information on all common defects that may aRect hardwood trees and logs. Relationships between manufactured products and those forms of round material to be processed from the tree for conversion into marketable products are discussed. This handbook supersedes Agriculture Handbook No. 244, Grade defects in hardwood timber and logs, by C.R. Lockard, J...

  19. Do stress fractures induce hypertrophy of the grafted fibula? A report of three cases received free vascularized fibular graft treatment for tibial defects.

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    Qi, Yong; Sun, Hong-Tao; Fan, Yue-Guang; Li, Fei-Meng; Lin, Zhou-Sheng

    2016-06-01

    The presence of large segmental defects of the diaphyseal bone is challenging for orthopedic surgeons. Free vascularized fibular grafting (FVFG) is considered to be a reliable reconstructive procedure. Stress fractures are a common complication following this surgery, and hypertrophy is the main physiological change of the grafted fibula. The exact mechanism of hypertrophy is not completely known. To the best of our knowledge, no studies have examined the possible relationship between stress fractures and hypertrophy. We herein report three cases of patients underwent FVFG. Two of them developed stress fractures and significant hypertrophy, while the remaining patient developed neither stress fractures nor significant hypertrophy. This phenomenon indicates that a relationship may exist between stress fractures and hypertrophy of the grafted fibula, specifically, that the presence of a stress fracture may initiate the process of hypertrophy.

  20. Diabetes mellitus and birth defects

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    Correa, Adolfo; Gilboa, Suzanne M.; Besser, Lilah M.; Botto, Lorenzo D.; Moore, Cynthia A.; Hobbs, Charlotte A.; Cleves, Mario A.; Riehle-Colarusso, Tiffany J.; Waller, D. Kim; Reece, E. Albert

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine associations between diabetes mellitus and 39 birth defects. STUDY DESIGN This was a multicenter case-control study of mothers of infants who were born with (n = 13,030) and without (n = 4895) birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (1997–2003). RESULTS Pregestational diabetes mellitus (PGDM) was associated significantly with noncardiac defects (isolated, 7/23 defects; multiples, 13/23 defects) and cardiac defects (isolated, 11/16 defects; multiples, 8/16 defects). Adjusted odds ratios for PGDM and all isolated and multiple defects were 3.17 (95% CI, 2.20–4.99) and 8.62 (95% CI, 5.27–14.10), respectively. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was associated with fewer noncardiac defects (isolated, 3/23 defects; multiples, 3/23 defects) and cardiac defects (isolated, 3/16 defects; multiples, 2/16 defects). Odds ratios between GDM and all isolated and multiple defects were 1.42 (95% CI, 1.17–1.73) and 1.50 (95% CI, 1.13–2.00), respectively. These associations were limited generally to offspring of women with prepregnancy body mass index ≥25 kg/m2. CONCLUSION PGDM was associated with a wide range of birth defects; GDM was associated with a limited group of birth defects. PMID:18674752

  1. Defects in Calcite.

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    1991-05-13

    AD-A245 645 A TRIDENT SCHOLAR PROJECT REPORT NO. 181 "DEFECTS IN CALCITE " DTTC %N FEB 5-1912 UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 92-02841...report; no. 181 (1991) "DEFECTS IN CALCITE " A Trident Scholar Project Report by Midshipman Anthony J. Kotarski, Class of 1991 U. S. Naval Academy Annapolis...REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED 13 May 1991 Final 1990/91 . TITLE AND SUBTITLE s. FUNDING NUMBERS DEFECTS IN CALCITE 6. AUTHOR(S) Anthony J. Kotarski 7

  2. Concentration of point defects in 4H-SiC characterized by a magnetic measurement

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    Peng, B.; Jia, R. X. Wang, Y. T.; Dong, L. P.; Hu, J. C.; Zhang, Y. M.

    2016-09-15

    A magnetic method is presented to characterize the concentration of point defects in silicon carbide. In this method, the concentration of common charged point defects, which is related to the density of paramagnetic centers, is determined by fitting the paramagnetic component of the specimen to the Brillouin function. Several parameters in the Brillouin function can be measured such as: the g-factor can be obtained from electron spin resonance spectroscopy, and the magnetic moment of paramagnetic centers can be obtained from positron lifetime spectroscopy combined with a first-principles calculation. To evaluate the characterization method, silicon carbide specimens with different concentrations of point defects are prepared with aluminum ion implantation. The fitting results of the densities of paramagnetic centers for the implanted doses of 1 × 10{sup 14} cm{sup −2}, 1 × 10{sup 15} cm{sup −2} and 1 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2} are 6.52 × 10{sup 14}/g, 1.14 × 10{sup 15}/g and 9.45 × 10{sup 14}/g, respectively. The same trends are also observed for the S-parameters in the Doppler broadening spectra. It is shown that this method is an accurate and convenient way to obtain the concentration of point defects in 4H-SiC.

  3. Birth Defects: Cerebral Palsy

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  4. Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

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    ... specially sized mesh device to close the hole. Hybrid procedure. A hybrid procedure uses surgical and catheter-based techniques. Access ... clinicalkey.com. Accessed Sept. 15, 2014. Konetti NR. Hybrid muscular ventricular defect closure: Surgeon or physician. Indian ...

  5. Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

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    ... you exert yourself or when you lie down Rapid or irregular heartbeat Fatigue or weakness Causes Congenital heart defects arise from problems early in the heart's development, but there's often no clear cause. Genetics and ...

  6. Single Ventricle Defects

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    ... artery and blood reaches the aorta through a patent ductus arteriosus (see diagram). How does the defect ... only source of lung blood flow is the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), an open passageway between the ...

  7. Detecting Speech Defects

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    Kryza, Frank T., II

    1976-01-01

    Discusses the importance of early detection of speech defects and briefly describes the activities of the Pre-School Diagnostic Center for Severe Communication Disorders in New Haven, Connecticut. (ED)

  8. Neural Tube Defects

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  9. Birth Defects: Cerebral Palsy

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  10. Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... Treatment can include medicines, catheter procedures, surgery, and heart transplants. The treatment depends on the type of the defect, how severe it is, and a child's age, size, and general health. NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  11. Birth defects monitoring

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    Klingberg, M.A.; Papier, C.M.; Hart, J.

    1983-01-01

    Population monitoring of birth defects provides a means for detecting relative changes in their frequency. Many varied systems have been developed throughout the world since the thalidomide tragedy of the early 1960s. Although it is difficult to pinpoint specific teratogenic agents based on rises in rates of a particular defect or a constellation of defects, monitoring systems can provide clues for hypothesis testing in epidemiological investigations. International coordination of efforts in this area resulted in the founding of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Monitoring Systems (ICBDMS) in 1974. In this paper we will describe the functions and basic requirements of monitoring systems in general, and look at the development and activities of the ICBDMS. A review of known and suspected environmental teratogenic agents (eg, chemical, habitual, biological, physical, and nutritional) is also presented.

  12. Tyrosine-derived polycarbonate scaffolds for bone regeneration in a rabbit radius critical-size defect model.

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    Kim, Jinku; McBride, Sean; Donovan, Amy; Darr, Aniq; Magno, Maria Hanshella R; Hollinger, Jeffrey O

    2015-05-08

    The aim of the study was to determine bone regeneration in a rabbit radius critical-size defect (CSD) model using a specific polymer composition (E1001(1k)) from a library of tyrosine-derived polycarbonate scaffolds coated with a calcium phosphate (CP) formulation (E1001(1k) + CP) supplemented with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). Specific doses of rhBMP-2 (0, 17, and 35 μg/scaffold) were used. E1001(1k) + CP scaffolds were implanted in unilateral segmental defects (15 mm length) in the radial diaphyses of New Zealand White rabbits. At 4 and 8 weeks post-implantation, bone regeneration was determined using micro-computed tomography (µCT), histology, and histomorphometry. The quantitative outcome data suggest that E1001(1k) + CP scaffolds with rhBMP-2 were biocompatible and promoted bone regeneration in segmental bone defects. Histological examination of the implant sites showed that scaffolds made of E1001(1k) + CP did not elicit adverse cellular or tissue responses throughout test periods up to 8 weeks. Noteworthy is that the incorporation of a very small amount of rhBMP-2 into the scaffolds (as low as 17 μg/defect site) promoted significant bone regeneration compared to scaffolds consisting of E1001(1k) + CP alone. This finding indicates that E1001(1k) + CP may be an effective platform for bone regeneration in a critical size rabbit radius segmental defect model, requiring only a minimal dose of rhBMP-2.

  13. Optimal internal fixation of anatomically shaped synthetic bone grafts for massive segmental defects of long bones.

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    Vorys, George C; Bai, Hanying; Chandhanayingyong, Chandhanarat; Lee, Chang H; Compton, Jocelyn T; Caldwell, Jon-Michael; Gardner, Thomas R; Mao, Jeremy J; Lee, Francis Y

    2015-12-01

    Large segmental bone defects following tumor resection, high-energy civilian trauma, and military blast injuries present significant clinical challenges. Tissue engineering strategies using scaffolds are being considered as a treatment, but there is little research into optimal fixation of such scaffolds. Twelve fresh-frozen paired cadaveric legs were utilized to simulate a critical sized intercalary defect in the tibia. Poly-ε-caprolactone and hydroxyapatite composite scaffolds 5 cm in length with a geometry representative of the mid-diaphysis of an adult human tibia were fabricated, inserted into a tibial mid-diaphyseal intercalary defect, and fixed with a 14-hole large fragment plate. Optimal screw fixation comparing non-locking and locking screws was tested in axial compression, bending, and torsion in a non-destructive manner. A cyclic torsional test to failure under torque control was then performed. Biomechanical testing showed no significant difference for bending or axial stiffness with non-locking vs. locking fixation. Torsional stiffness was significantly higher (P=0.002) with the scaffold present for both non-locking and locking compared to the scaffold absent. In testing to failure, angular rotation was greater for the non-locking compared to locking constructs at each torque level up to 40 N-m (P<0.05). The locking constructs survived a significantly higher number of loading cycles before reaching clinical failure at 30 degrees of angular rotation (P<0.02). The presence of the scaffold increased the torsional stiffness of the construct. Locking fixation resulted in a stronger construct with increased cycles to failure compared to non-locking fixation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Birth Defects. Matrix No. 2.

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    Brent, Robert L.

    This report discusses the magnitude of the problem of birth defects, outlines advances in the birth defects field in the past decade, and identifies those areas where research is needed for the prevention, treatment, and management of birth defects. The problem of birth defects has consumed a greater portion of our health care resources because of…

  15. Structural birth defects associated with neural tube defects in Hawai'i from 1986 until 2001.

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    Forrester, Mathias B; Merz, Ruth D

    2007-09-01

    Using birth defects registry data, this study identified birth defects associated with anencephaly, spina bifida, and encephalocele. Musculoskeletal defects were associated with anencephaly; central nervous system defects, gastrointestinal atresia/stenosis, genitourinary system defects, and musculoskeletal system defects with spina bifida; and central nervous system defects, respiratory defects, oral clefts, genitourinary system defects, and musculoskeletal system defects with encephalocele.

  16. Reconstruction of Mandibular Defects

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    Chim, Harvey; Salgado, Christopher J.; Mardini, Samir; Chen, Hung-Chi

    2010-01-01

    Defects requiring reconstruction in the mandible are commonly encountered and may result from resection of benign or malignant lesions, trauma, or osteoradionecrosis. Mandibular defects can be classified according to location and extent, as well as involvement of mucosa, skin, and tongue. Vascularized bone flaps, in general, provide the best functional and aesthetic outcome, with the fibula flap remaining the gold standard for mandible reconstruction. In this review, we discuss classification and approach to reconstruction of mandibular defects. We also elaborate upon four commonly used free osteocutaneous flaps, inclusive of fibula, iliac crest, scapula, and radial forearm. Finally, we discuss indications and use of osseointegrated implants as well as recent advances in mandibular reconstruction. PMID:22550439

  17. Wire insulation defect detector

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    Greulich, Owen R. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    Wiring defects are located by detecting a reflected signal that is developed when an arc occurs through the defect to a nearby ground. The time between the generation of the signal and the return of the reflected signal provides an indication of the distance of the arc (and therefore the defect) from the signal source. To ensure arcing, a signal is repeated at gradually increasing voltages while the wire being tested and a nearby ground are immersed in a conductive medium. In order to ensure that the arcing occurs at an identifiable time, the signal whose reflection is to be detected is always made to reach the highest potential yet seen by the system.

  18. Assessing EUV mask defectivity

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    Okoroanyanwu, Uzodinma; Tchikoulaeva, Anna; Ackmann, Paul; Wood, Obert; La Fontaine, Bruno; Bubke, Karsten; Holfeld, Christian; Peters, Jan Hendrik; Kini, Sumanth; Watson, Sterling; Lee, Isaac; Mu, Bo; Lim, Phillip; Raghunathan, Sudhar; Boye, Carol

    2010-04-01

    This paper assesses the readiness of EUV masks for pilot line production. The printability of well characterized reticle defects, with particular emphasis on those reticle defects that cause electrical errors on wafer test chips, is investigated. The reticles are equipped with test marks that are inspected in a die-to-die mode (using DUV inspection tool) and reviewed (using a SEM tool), and which also comprise electrically testable patterns. The reticles have three modules comprising features with 32 nm ground rules in 104 nm pitch, 22 nm ground rules with 80 nm pitch, and 16 nm ground rules with 56 nm pitch (on the wafer scale). In order to determine whether specific defects originate from the substrate, the multilayer film, the absorber stack, or from the patterning process, the reticles were inspected after each fabrication step. Following fabrication, the reticles were used to print wafers on a 0.25 NA full-field ASML EUV exposure tool. The printed wafers were inspected with state of the art bright-field and Deep UV inspection tools. It is observed that the printability of EUV mask defects down to a pitch of 56 nm shows a trend of increased printability as the pitch of the printed pattern gets smaller - a well established trend at larger pitches of 80 nm and 104 nm, respectively. The sensitivity of state-of-the-art reticle inspection tools is greatly improved over that of the previous generation of tools. There appears to be no apparent decline in the sensitivity of these state-of-the-art reticle inspection tools for higher density (smaller) patterns on the mask, even down to 56nm pitch (1x). Preliminary results indicate that a blank defect density of the order of 0.25 defects/cm2 can support very early learning on EUV pilot line production at the 16nm node.

  19. Scanning electron microscope automatic defect classification of process induced defects

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    Wolfe, Scott; McGarvey, Steve

    2017-03-01

    With the integration of high speed Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) based Automated Defect Redetection (ADR) in both high volume semiconductor manufacturing and Research and Development (R and D), the need for reliable SEM Automated Defect Classification (ADC) has grown tremendously in the past few years. In many high volume manufacturing facilities and R and D operations, defect inspection is performed on EBeam (EB), Bright Field (BF) or Dark Field (DF) defect inspection equipment. A comma separated value (CSV) file is created by both the patterned and non-patterned defect inspection tools. The defect inspection result file contains a list of the inspection anomalies detected during the inspection tools' examination of each structure, or the examination of an entire wafers surface for non-patterned applications. This file is imported into the Defect Review Scanning Electron Microscope (DRSEM). Following the defect inspection result file import, the DRSEM automatically moves the wafer to each defect coordinate and performs ADR. During ADR the DRSEM operates in a reference mode, capturing a SEM image at the exact position of the anomalies coordinates and capturing a SEM image of a reference location in the center of the wafer. A Defect reference image is created based on the Reference image minus the Defect image. The exact coordinates of the defect is calculated based on the calculated defect position and the anomalies stage coordinate calculated when the high magnification SEM defect image is captured. The captured SEM image is processed through either DRSEM ADC binning, exporting to a Yield Analysis System (YAS), or a combination of both. Process Engineers, Yield Analysis Engineers or Failure Analysis Engineers will manually review the captured images to insure that either the YAS defect binning is accurately classifying the defects or that the DRSEM defect binning is accurately classifying the defects. This paper is an exploration of the feasibility of the

  20. Supersymmetric k-defects

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    Koehn, Michael; Trodden, Mark

    2016-03-03

    In supersymmetric theories, topological defects can have nontrivial behaviors determined purely by whether or not supersymmetry is restored in the defect core. A well-known example of this is that some supersymmetric cosmic strings are automatically superconducting, leading to important cosmological effects and constraints. We investigate the impact of nontrivial kinetic interactions, present in a number of particle physics models of interest in cosmology, on the relationship between supersymmetry and supercurrents on strings. Furthermore, we find that in some cases it is possible for superconductivity to be disrupted by the extra interactions.

  1. Supersymmetric k-defects

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    Koehn, Michael; Trodden, Mark

    2016-04-01

    In supersymmetric theories, topological defects can have nontrivial behaviors determined purely by whether or not supersymmetry is restored in the defect core. A well-known example of this is that some supersymmetric cosmic strings are automatically superconducting, leading to important cosmological effects and constraints. We investigate the impact of nontrivial kinetic interactions, present in a number of particle physics models of interest in cosmology, on the relationship between supersymmetry and supercurrents on strings. We find that in some cases it is possible for superconductivity to be disrupted by the extra interactions.

  2. Quantum computing with defects.

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    Weber, J R; Koehl, W F; Varley, J B; Janotti, A; Buckley, B B; Van de Walle, C G; Awschalom, D D

    2010-05-11

    Identifying and designing physical systems for use as qubits, the basic units of quantum information, are critical steps in the development of a quantum computer. Among the possibilities in the solid state, a defect in diamond known as the nitrogen-vacancy (NV(-1)) center stands out for its robustness--its quantum state can be initialized, manipulated, and measured with high fidelity at room temperature. Here we describe how to systematically identify other deep center defects with similar quantum-mechanical properties. We present a list of physical criteria that these centers and their hosts should meet and explain how these requirements can be used in conjunction with electronic structure theory to intelligently sort through candidate defect systems. To illustrate these points in detail, we compare electronic structure calculations of the NV(-1) center in diamond with those of several deep centers in 4H silicon carbide (SiC). We then discuss the proposed criteria for similar defects in other tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors.

  3. Quantum computing with defects

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    Weber, J. R.; Koehl, W. F.; Varley, J. B.; Janotti, A.; Buckley, B. B.; Van de Walle, C. G.; Awschalom, D. D.

    2010-01-01

    Identifying and designing physical systems for use as qubits, the basic units of quantum information, are critical steps in the development of a quantum computer. Among the possibilities in the solid state, a defect in diamond known as the nitrogen-vacancy (NV-1) center stands out for its robustness—its quantum state can be initialized, manipulated, and measured with high fidelity at room temperature. Here we describe how to systematically identify other deep center defects with similar quantum-mechanical properties. We present a list of physical criteria that these centers and their hosts should meet and explain how these requirements can be used in conjunction with electronic structure theory to intelligently sort through candidate defect systems. To illustrate these points in detail, we compare electronic structure calculations of the NV-1 center in diamond with those of several deep centers in 4H silicon carbide (SiC). We then discuss the proposed criteria for similar defects in other tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors. PMID:20404195

  4. Defects in flexoelectric solids

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    Mao, Sheng; Purohit, Prashant K.

    2015-11-01

    A solid is said to be flexoelectric when it polarizes in proportion to strain gradients. Since strain gradients are large near defects, we expect the flexoelectric effect to be prominent there and decay away at distances much larger than a flexoelectric length scale. Here, we quantify this expectation by computing displacement, stress and polarization fields near defects in flexoelectric solids. For point defects we recover some well known results from strain gradient elasticity and non-local piezoelectric theories, but with different length scales in the final expressions. For edge dislocations we show that the electric potential is a maximum in the vicinity of the dislocation core. We also estimate the polarized line charge density of an edge dislocation in an isotropic flexoelectric solid which is in agreement with some measurements in ice. We perform an asymptotic analysis of the crack tip fields in flexoelectric solids and show that our results share some features from solutions in strain gradient elasticity and piezoelectricity. We also compute the energy release rate for cracks using simple crack face boundary conditions and use them in classical criteria for crack growth to make predictions. Our analysis can serve as a starting point for more sophisticated analytic and computational treatments of defects in flexoelectric solids which are gaining increasing prominence in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  5. Establishment of Efficacy and Safety Assessment of Human Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (hATMSCs) in a Nude Rat Femoral Segmental Defect Model

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    Choi, Hyung Jun; Kim, Jong Min; Kwon, Euna; Che, Jeong-Hwan; Lee, Jae-Il; Cho, Seong-Ryul; Kang, Sung Keun; Ra, Jeong Chan

    2011-01-01

    Human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cell (hATMSC) have emerged as a potentially powerful tool for bone repair, but an appropriate evaluation system has not been established. The purpose of this study was to establish a preclinical assessment system to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cell therapies in a nude rat bone defect model. Segmental defects (5 mm) were created in the femoral diaphyses and transplanted with cell media (control), hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate scaffolds (HA/TCP, Group I), hATMSCs (Group II), or three cell-loading density of hATMSC-loaded HA/TCP (Group III-V). Healing response was evaluated by serial radiography, micro-computed tomography and histology at 16 weeks. To address safety-concerns, we conducted a GLP-compliant toxicity study. Scanning electron microscopy studies showed that hATMSCs filled the pores/surfaces of scaffolds in a cell-loading density-dependent manner. We detected significant increases in bone formation in the hATMSC-loaded HA/TCP groups compared with other groups. The amount of new bone formation increased with increases in loaded cell number. In a toxicity study, no significant hATMSC-related changes were found in body weights, clinical signs, hematological/biochemical values, organ weights, or histopathological findings. In conclusion, hATMSCs loaded on HA/TCP enhance the repair of bone defects and was found to be safe under our preclinical efficacy/safety hybrid assessment system. PMID:21468254

  6. A comparison of free anterolateral thigh and latissimus dorsi flaps in soft tissue reconstruction of extensive defects in the head and neck region.

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    Horn, Dominik; Jonas, Rene; Engel, Michael; Freier, Kolja; Hoffmann, Jürgen; Freudlsperger, Christian

    2014-12-01

    Tailoring the most suitable reconstructive approach to each patient remains challenging especially in the head and neck region. To compare the applicability of the latissimus dorsi (LD) and anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap, we retrospectively analyzed patients who had reconstruction of extensive and/or bulky composite tissue defects in the head and neck area. We performed 85 free tissue transfers (44 LD and 41 ALT flaps). LD mean flap surface was 115.8 cm(2). ALT mean flap surface was 67.0 cm(2). Pedicle length ranged from 8 to 16 cm in LD and 11-16 cm in ALT flaps. The survival rate was 93% in ALT and 91% in LD flaps. Donor site morbidity occurred in 5% (ALT) and 7% (LD). A Two-team-approach was possible in 24% of the LD group, whereas all ALT flaps were raised in a Two-team-approach. Both flaps present excellent opportunities for the reconstruction of extensive and/or bulky defects. They largely meet the requirements of an ideal soft tissue flap in terms of versatility, skin texture and tissue stock. Both flaps can be raised with a double skin paddle. The advantages and disadvantages of each flap have to be weighed up against each other and both flaps should be in the repertoire of every microvascular surgeon.

  7. Comparative study of femoral diaphyseal morphometry in two male populations, in France and a French West Indies island: an example of clinical relevance of comparative anatomy for orthopedic practice.

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    Uzel, André-Pierre; Deloumeaux, Jacqueline; Rouvillain, Jean-Louis; Laflamme, Georges-Yves; Durandeau, Alain; Caix, Philippe

    2011-04-01

    Our aim, through a comparative study of two populations, one European and the other Afro-Caribbean, was to find out whether there were differences in radiographic measurements of femoral diaphyseal canal diameter, thickness of the medial and lateral cortex, and global diaphyseal diameter. We studied the nailed femurs of adult males in a population of 54 Europeans and 52 Afro-Caribbeans. Both populations were comparable in terms of age, height and weight. The measurements were taken with a ruler on the narrowest area of the hourglass, the isthmus, on an antero-posterior radiograph. The diameter of the femoral canal was classified into three intervals: <13 mm, 13-14 mm and >14 mm. The femoral canal diameter was significantly larger in the European patients, 14.3 (11-19) versus 13.4 (11-15.6), while the thickness of the lateral cortex was significantly larger in the Afro-Caribbean patients, 8.50 (6-12) versus 7.72 (5.4-11.5). Patient distribution according to the intervals was different in both groups: 59% of the Afro-Caribbeans were in the average interval versus 24.1% of the Europeans. For nearly 53.7% of the Europeans, the diameter of the femoral canal fell in the last interval versus 15.4% of the Afro-Caribbeans. The fact that the femoral canal is narrower in the Afro-Caribbean population may be linked to a thicker lateral cortex. The diameters of the nails used were larger in the European population, 12.6 mm (10-15) versus 12.1 mm (11-14) in the Afro-Caribbean population. The global diameters of both populations' femurs were similar (28.9 mm for the European sample vs. 29 mm). The present study may have an impact on the implants used in the orthopedic surgery (intramedullary nailing, arthroplasty implants). The range of usable implants must be complete and there must be precise pre-operative planning. A study of computed tomography scans could complement our measurements.

  8. Congenital heart defect - corrective surgery

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    ... repair; Tetralogy of Fallot repair; Coarctation of the aorta repair; Atrial septal defect repair; Ventricular septal defect ... the pulmonary valve and removing the thickened muscle (stenosis). Placing a patch on the right ventricle and ...

  9. Birth Defects Data and Statistics

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    ... this? Submit Button Information For… Media Policy Makers Data & Statistics Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir On ... of birth defects in the United States. For data on specific birth defects, please visit the specific ...

  10. Guidance for Preventing Birth Defects

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    ... Prevention. Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects Language: English (US) Español (Spanish) Recommend on ... Tweet Share Compartir We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know ...

  11. Atrial Septal Defect (For Parents)

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  12. Neural tube defects.

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    Greene, Nicholas D E; Copp, Andrew J

    2014-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs), including spina bifida and anencephaly, are severe birth defects of the central nervous system that originate during embryonic development when the neural tube fails to close completely. Human NTDs are multifactorial, with contributions from both genetic and environmental factors. The genetic basis is not yet well understood, but several nongenetic risk factors have been identified as have possibilities for prevention by maternal folic acid supplementation. Mechanisms underlying neural tube closure and NTDs may be informed by experimental models, which have revealed numerous genes whose abnormal function causes NTDs and have provided details of critical cellular and morphological events whose regulation is essential for closure. Such models also provide an opportunity to investigate potential risk factors and to develop novel preventive therapies.

  13. Controversies in Parotid Defect Reconstruction.

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    Tamplen, Matthew; Knott, P Daniel; Fritz, Michael A; Seth, Rahul

    2016-08-01

    Reconstruction of the parotid defect is a complex topic that encompasses restoration of both facial form and function. The reconstructive surgeon must consider facial contour, avoidance of Frey syndrome, skin coverage, tumor surveillance, potential adjuvant therapy, and facial reanimation when addressing parotid defects. With each defect there are several options within the reconstructive ladder, creating controversies regarding optimal management. This article describes surgical approaches to reconstruction of parotid defects, highlighting areas of controversy.

  14. Molecular defects in the chondrodysplasias

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    Rimoin, D.L.

    1996-05-03

    There has been a recent explosion of knowledge concerning the biochemical and molecular defects in the skeletal dysplasia. Through both the candidate gene approach and positional cloning, specific gene defects that produce the skeletal dysplasia have been identified and may be classified into several general categories: (1) qualitative or quantitative abnormalities in the structural proteins of cartilage; (2) inborn errors of cartilage metabolism; (3) defects in local regulators of cartilage growth; and (4) systemic defects influencing cartilage development. 35 refs., 1 tab.

  15. Composite Defect Significance.

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    1982-07-13

    A12i 299 COMPOSITE DEFECT SIGNIFICANCE(U) MATERIALS SCIENCES 1/1 \\ CORP SPRING HOUSE PA S N CHATTERJEE ET AL. 13 JUL 82 MSC/TFR/1288/il87 NADC-80848...Directorate 30 Sensors & Avionics Technology Directorate 40 Communication & Navigation Technology Directorate 50 Software Computer Directorate 60 Aircraft ...instructions concerning commercial products herein do not constitute an endorsement by the Government nor do they convey or imply the license or right to use

  16. Defect mapping system

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    Sopori, B.L.

    1995-04-11

    Apparatus for detecting and mapping defects in the surfaces of polycrystalline materials in a manner that distinguishes dislocation pits from grain boundaries includes a laser for illuminating a wide spot on the surface of the material, a light integrating sphere with apertures for capturing light scattered by etched dislocation pits in an intermediate range away from specular reflection while allowing light scattered by etched grain boundaries in a near range from specular reflection to pass through, and optical detection devices for detecting and measuring intensities of the respective intermediate scattered light and near specular scattered light. A center blocking aperture or filter can be used to screen out specular reflected light, which would be reflected by nondefect portions of the polycrystalline material surface. An X-Y translation stage for mounting the polycrystalline material and signal processing and computer equipment accommodate rastor mapping, recording, and displaying of respective dislocation and grain boundary defect densities. A special etch procedure is included, which prepares the polycrystalline material surface to produce distinguishable intermediate and near specular light scattering in patterns that have statistical relevance to the dislocation and grain boundary defect densities. 20 figures.

  17. Defect mapping system

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    Sopori, Bhushan L.

    1995-01-01

    Apparatus for detecting and mapping defects in the surfaces of polycrystalline materials in a manner that distinguishes dislocation pits from grain boundaries includes a laser for illuminating a wide spot on the surface of the material, a light integrating sphere with apertures for capturing light scattered by etched dislocation pits in an intermediate range away from specular reflection while allowing light scattered by etched grain boundaries in a near range from specular reflection to pass through, and optical detection devices for detecting and measuring intensities of the respective intermediate scattered light and near specular scattered light. A center blocking aperture or filter can be used to screen out specular reflected light, which would be reflected by nondefect portions of the polycrystalline material surface. An X-Y translation stage for mounting the polycrystalline material and signal processing and computer equipment accommodate rastor mapping, recording, and displaying of respective dislocation and grain boundary defect densities. A special etch procedure is included, which prepares the polycrystalline material surface to produce distinguishable intermediate and near specular light scattering in patterns that have statistical relevance to the dislocation and grain boundary defect densities.

  18. Defects at semiconductor surfaces

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    Henzler, Martin

    1985-04-01

    Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) is widely used for detection of periodicity at the surface and of atom arrangement within the unit cell. Experiments and results, however, are increasing, which use the spot profile analysis (SPA-LEED) for the study of nonperiodic surfaces. Here the kinematical approximation provides a wider range of validity than expected. For semiconductors defects are especially important, since the surface states in the gap are determined or strongly influenced by almost any kind of defects at the surface. Atomic steps at the interface {Si}/{SiO2} have been shown to be correlated with many electronic properties of MOS devices like mobility, interface states and fixed charge. The epitaxy on Si and GaAs has been studied with LEED and RHEED, showing the density of the nuclei during formation of a layer and the layer-by-layer growth. The formation of metal suicides in the monolayer range is accompanied by many different superstructures and other rearrangements. It is demonstrated, that the new high resolution instruments provide additional qualitative and quantitative informations on any kind of surface defects.

  19. Mask Blank Defect Detection

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    Johnson, M A; Sommargren, G E

    2000-02-04

    Mask blanks are the substrates that hold the master patterns for integrated circuits. Integrated circuits are semiconductor devices, such as microprocessors (mPs), dynamic random access memory (DRAMs), and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are central to the computer, communication, and electronics industries. These devices are fabricated using a set of master patterns that are sequentially imaged onto light-sensitive coated silicon wafers and processed to form thin layers of insulating and conductive materials on top of the wafer. These materials form electrical paths and transistors that control the flow of electricity through the device. For the past forty years the semiconductor industry has made phenomenal improvements in device functionality, compactness, speed, power, and cost. This progress is principally due to the exponential decrease in the minimum feature size of integrated circuits, which has been reduced by a factor of {radical}2 every three years. Since 1992 the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has coordinated the efforts of producing a technology roadmap for semiconductors. In the latest document, ''The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors: 1999'', future technology nodes (minimum feature sizes) and targeted dates were specified and are summarized in Table 1. Lithography is the imaging technology for producing a de-magnified image of the mask on the wafer. A typical de-magnification factor is 4. Mask blank defects as small as one-eighth the equivalent minimum feature size are printable and may cause device failure. Defects might be the result of the surface preparation, such as polishing, or contamination due to handling or the environment. Table 2 shows the maximum tolerable defect sizes on the mask blank for each technology node. This downward trend puts a tremendous burden on mask fabrication, particularly in the area of defect detection and reduction. A new infrastructure for mask inspection will be

  20. Study of lattice defect vibration

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    Elliott, R. J.

    1969-01-01

    Report on the vibrations of defects in crystals relates how defects, well localized in a crystal but interacting strongly with the other atoms, change the properties of a perfect crystal. The methods used to solve defect problems relate the properties of an imperfect lattice to the properties of a perfect lattice.

  1. Microscopic origins of metastable effects in a-Si:H and deep defect characterization in a-Si,Ge:H alloys

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    Cohen, J.D. )

    1992-07-01

    This report describes works to use transient photocapacitance and photocurrent measurements to determine the deep defect distribution and processes in low-band-gap a-Si,Ge:H alloys. Samples for these studies were produced by the photochemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD) growth method and were obtained through a collaboration with researchers at the University of Delaware. This report discusses how a detailed comparison between the photocapacitance and photocurrent spectra can be used to separately examine the majority and minority carrier processes. The results are as follows: (1) The midgap defect densities in the alloy regime near 1.3 eV can be as low as 5 {times} 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}3} in such photo-CVD samples. (2) There exists a second defect band roughly 0.4 eV below E{sub c} of a similar magnitude to the midgap defect density that exhibits significant lattice relaxation behavior in its electron trapping dynamics. (3) The hole {mu}{tau} products determined for the lowest defect sample are roughly 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}10} cm{sup 2}/V, comparable with the highest hole {mu}{tau} products reported in sandwich geometry measurements for alloys in this composition range. (4) The hole {mu}{tau} is found to be roughly inversely proportional to the midgap defect density for the samples studied. This is consistent with the fact that the effective minority carrier lifetime for such measurements is limited by the deep state trapping time.

  2. Thermal properties of defective fullerene

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    Li, Jian; Zheng, Dong-Qin; Zhong, Wei-Rong

    2016-09-01

    We have investigated the thermal conductivity of defective fullerene (C60) by using the nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) method. It is found that the thermal conductivity of C60 with one defect is lower than the thermal conductivity of perfect C60. However, double defects in C60 have either positive or negative influence on the thermal conductivity, which depends on the positions of the defects. The phonon spectra of perfect and defective C60 are also provided to give corresponding supports. Our results can be extended to long C60 chains, which is helpful for the thermal management of C60.

  3. Topological Defects by Size Polydispersity

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    Yao, Zhenwei; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    2014-03-01

    The engineering of defects in crystalline matter introduces entirely new physical properties of materials. The fascinating possible applications of defects, known as topological defects, provide great motivations to perform fundamental investigations to uncover their role on the physical properties of various systems. Here we investigate topological defects in size polydispersity on flat surfaces. Our simulations show that in polydispersed systems topological defects play the role of order-restoring. The perfect hexagonal lattice beyond a small defective region around the impurity particle is well protected. Moreover, size polydispersity is shown numerically here to be an essential ingredient to understand short-range attractions between like-charge disclinations. Our study suggests the promising potential of size polydispersity to engineer defects in real systems. We thank the support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense under the NSSEFF program award number FA9550-10-1-0167.

  4. Multiscale, Converging Defects of Macro-Porosity, Microstructure and Matrix Mineralization Impact Long Bone Fragility in NF1

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    Kühnisch, Jirko; Seto, Jong; Lange, Claudia; Schrof, Susanne; Stumpp, Sabine; Kobus, Karolina; Grohmann, Julia; Kossler, Nadine; Varga, Peter; Osswald, Monika; Emmerich, Denise; Tinschert, Sigrid; Thielemann, Falk; Duda, Georg; Seifert, Wenke; el Khassawna, Thaqif; Stevenson, David A.; Elefteriou, Florent; Kornak, Uwe; Raum, Kay; Fratzl, Peter; Mundlos, Stefan; Kolanczyk, Mateusz

    2014-01-01

    Bone fragility due to osteopenia, osteoporosis or debilitating focal skeletal dysplasias is a frequent observation in the Mendelian disease Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). To determine the mechanisms underlying bone fragility in NF1 we analyzed two conditional mouse models, Nf1Prx1 (limb knock-out) and Nf1Col1 (osteoblast specific knock-out), as well as cortical bone samples from individuals with NF1. We examined mouse bone tissue with micro-computed tomography, qualitative and quantitative histology, mechanical tensile analysis, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM). In cortical bone of Nf1Prx1 mice we detected ectopic blood vessels that were associated with diaphyseal mineralization defects. Defective mineral binding in the proximity of blood vessels was most likely due to impaired bone collagen formation, as these areas were completely devoid of acidic matrix proteins and contained thin collagen fibers. Additionally, we found significantly reduced mechanical strength of the bone material, which was partially caused by increased osteocyte volume. Consistent with these observations, bone samples from individuals with NF1 and tibial dysplasia showed increased osteocyte lacuna volume. Reduced mechanical properties were associated with diminished matrix stiffness, as determined by SAM. In line with these observations, bone tissue from individuals with NF1 and tibial dysplasia showed heterogeneous mineralization and reduced collagen fiber thickness and packaging. Collectively, the data indicate that bone fragility in NF1 tibial dysplasia is partly due to an increased osteocyte-related micro-porosity, hypomineralization, a generalized defect of organic matrix formation, exacerbated in the regions of tensional and bending force integration, and finally persistence of ectopic blood vessels associated with localized macro-porotic bone lesions. PMID:24465906

  5. Single ventricle cardiac defect.

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    Eren, Bulent; Turkmen, Nursel; Turkmen, Nurset; Fedakar, Recep; Senel, Berna; Cetin, Volkan; Cetin, Volkn

    2010-05-01

    Single ventricle heart is defined as a rare cardiac abnormality with a single ventricle chamber involving diverse functional and physiological defects. Our case is of a ten month-old baby boy who died shortly after admission to the hospital due to vomiting and diarrhoea. Autopsy findings revealed cyanosis of finger nails and ears. Internal examination revealed; large heart, weighing 60 grams, single ventricle, without a septum and upper membranous part. Single ventricle is a rare pathology, hence, this paper aims to discuss this case from a medico-legal point of view.

  6. Ultrasound anal sphincter defects and 3D anal pressure defects.

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    Mion, F; Garros, A; Damon, H; Roman, S

    2017-04-13

    We read with interest the paper by Rezaie et al. on the use of 3D high definition anorectal manometry (3DARM) to detect anal sphincter defects in patients with faecal incontinence [1]. In their series of 39 patients, they described a new metrics to define anal pressure defect (defect of at least 18° of the 25 mmHg isobaric contour on anal resting pressures), and then compared the results of pressure defects determined by 3DARM and 3D anal ultrasound results. They found a rather good negative predictive value of manometry to eliminate the presence of ultrasound anal sphincter defects (92%), and suggested the possibility to use 3DARM to rule out anal sphincter defects and avoid the need of anal ultrasound in selected patients. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  7. [Congenital defects and incapacity].

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    Jouve de la Barreda, Nicolás

    2009-01-01

    As a whole the congenital defects constitute an important section of the medical attention affecting near 3% of the population. A 15% of spontaneous abortions take place of which the greater frequency corresponds to the chromosome anomalies (25%) and the monogenic mutations (20%) and in a lesser extent to the effects of teratogenic agents. Between the genetic causes determining the congenital defects the mutations that affect genes acting in the early stages of development occupy a main place. These alterations can affect to homeotic genes or monogenic systems that act during the critical phases of the organogenesis. It seems evident that an alteration in the expression of a necessary gene for the appearance of a morphogenetic change constitutes the angular stone to understand resurging of a malformation or discapacity. In the last years has been demonstrated the importance of the teratogenic or environmental agents on the delicate internal physiological balance during the critical stages of the development. In this context must be included the inductive environmental factors inducing epigenetic modifications in the early stage of the development of the embryos produced by fertilization in vitro.

  8. Dipole defects in beryl

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    Holanda, B. A.; Cordeiro, R. C.; Blak, A. R.

    2010-11-01

    Dipole defects in gamma irradiated and thermally treated beryl (Be3Al2Si6O18) samples have been studied using the Thermally Stimulated Depolarization Currents (TSDC) technique. TSDC experiments were performed in pink (morganite), green (emerald), blue (aquamarine) and colourless (goshenite) natural beryl. TSDC spectra present dipole peaks at 190K, 220K, 280K and 310K that change after gamma irradiation and thermal treatments. In morganite samples, for thermal treatments between 700K and 1100K, the 280K peak increase in intensity and the band at 220K disappears. An increase of the 280K peak and a decrease of the 190K peak were observed in the TSDC spectra of morganite after a gamma irradiation of 25kGy performed after the thermal treatments. In the case of emerald samples, thermal treatments enhanced the 280K peak and gamma irradiation partially destroyed this band. The goshenite TSDC spectra present only one band at 280K that is not affected either by thermal treatments or by gamma irradiation. All the observed peaks are of dipolar origin because the intensity of the bands is linearly dependent on the polarization field, behaviour of dipole defects. The systematic study, by means of TSDC measurements, of ionizing irradiation effects and thermal treatments in these crystals makes possible a better understanding of the role played by the impurities in beryl crystals.

  9. Reconstruction of perineal defects

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    Baker, RJ; Muneer, A; Mosahebi, A

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Perineal defects are commonly encountered in an oncological setting although they may also present as a result of trauma and infection (eg following Fournier’s gangrene). Reconstruction of these poses functional as well as aesthetic challenges. Skin coverage and tissue volume may both be required in addition to anogenital preservation or reconstruction. General prerequisites of an adequate reconstruction of perineal defects include provision of skin cover, well vascularised tissue to fill the dead space (reducing fluid collection and infection), vulvovaginal reconstruction and no faecal or urinary contamination. Methods A literature search was performed using PubMed and MEDLINE®. The search terms included ‘perineal defects’, ‘perineal reconstruction’, ‘perforator flaps for perineum’, ‘vulval flaps’, ‘secondary healing of wound’ and ‘vacuum assisted closure’. Backward chaining of reference lists from retrieved papers was also used to expand the search. Findings Modern developments have led to an increased expectation in improved quality of life as the main goal of reconstruction, therefore necessitating surgery with less morbidity and early return to normal activity. Progress in microsurgical procedures has been the main recent advance in perineal reconstruction and, in future, refinements in perforator flap design and tissue engineering techniques will lead to even better reconstructions. PMID:24165333

  10. Topological defects in extended inflation

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    Copeland, Edmund J.; Kolb, Edward W.; Liddle, Andrew R.

    1990-01-01

    The production of topological defects, especially cosmic strings, in extended inflation models was considered. In extended inflation, the Universe passes through a first-order phase transition via bubble percolation, which naturally allows defects to form at the end of inflation. The correlation length, which determines the number density of the defects, is related to the mean size of bubbles when they collide. This mechanism allows a natural combination of inflation and large scale structure via cosmic strings.

  11. Who named the quantum defect?

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    Rau, A.R.P.; Inokuti, M.

    1997-08-01

    The notion of the quantum defect is important in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and also in unifying spectroscopy with collision theory. In the latter context, the quantum defect may be viewed as an ancestor of the phase shift. However, the origin of the term quantum defect does not seem to be explained in standard textbooks. It occurred in a 1921 paper by Schroedinger, preceding quantum mechanics, yet giving the correct meaning as an index of the short-range interactions with the core of an atom. The authors present the early history of the quantum-defect idea, and sketch its recent developments.

  12. Defective endometrial receptivity.

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    Revel, Ariel

    2012-05-01

    The endometrium is one of the most fascinating tissues in the human body. Its sole purpose is to enable implantation of an embryo during a relatively short window of opportunity in the menstrual cycle. It is becoming clear that overcoming the current bottleneck in improvements to assisted reproductive techniques will require a closer look at the interface between uterus and embryo. Indeed, embryo implantation requires a cross talk with a receptive endometrium. Using sonography, hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy we can learn about anatomical and functional markers of endometrial receptivity. This article reviews the factors which might cause defective endometrial receptivity. These include uterine polyps, septa, leiomyomata and adhesions. The effect of thin endometrium, endometriosis and hydrosalpinx is also described. Finally contemporary investigation of molecular markers of endometrial receptivity is described. Improving embryo implantation by a closer look inside the uterus is the key to increasing pregnancy rates in IVF.

  13. Polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE) studied at Bragg wavelengths of 2.8 m, 67 cm, and 16 cm

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    Rapp, Markus; Strelnikova, Irina; Latteck, Ralph; Hoffmann, Peter; Hoppe, Ulf-Peter; Häggström, Ingemar; Rietveld, Michael T.

    2008-05-01

    We present observations of radar volume reflectivities under conditions of polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE) at three frequencies, i.e., 53.5, 224, and 930 MHz corresponding to Bragg wavelengths of 2.8, 0.67, and 0.16 m. These measurements were made with the ALWIN radar in Andenes and the EISCAT VHF and UHF radars in Tromsø. Contributions to the signal at 930 MHz by incoherent scatter are used to estimate electron number densities and their gradient at PMSE altitudes, and spectral width measurements of Doppler spectra recorded at 224 MHz are used to estimate the turbulent energy dissipation rate. We further derive a theoretical expression for the radar volume reflectivity for the case of turbulent scatter aided by a large Schmidt number (i.e., the current standard theory of PMSE) and show that our observations quantitatively agree with this theory if Schmidt numbers between 2500 and 5000 are assumed. We then show that these Schmidt numbers correspond to ice particles with radii in the range 20-30 nm which should frequently occur in the polar summer mesopause region. In addition, we show that for the short period when PMSE was observed at UHF frequencies the volume reflectivity is proportional to a factor determined by the turbulent energy dissipation rate, electron number density, and the electron number density gradient in agreement with theory. We consider our findings as strong support that PMSE at all considered frequencies is indeed created by turbulent scatter in the presence of a large Schmidt number. We finally highlight that ultimate proof of this concept will require the direct measurement of ice particle sizes in a PMSE environment probed by radars covering frequencies between 50 MHz and 1 GHz.

  14. Lumber defect detection by ultrasonics

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    K. A. McDonald

    1978-01-01

    Ultrasonics, the technology of high-frequency sound, has been developed as a viable means for locating most defects In lumber for use in digital form in decision-making computers. Ultrasonics has the potential for locating surface and internal defects in lumber of all species, green or dry, and rough sawn or surfaced.

  15. Calculating charged defects using CRYSTAL

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    Bailey, Christine L.; Liborio, Leandro; Mallia, Giuseppe; Tomić, Stanko; Harrison, Nicholas M.

    2010-07-01

    The methodology for the calculation of charged defects using the CRYSTAL program is discussed. Two example calculations are used to illustrate the methodology: He+ ions in a vacuum and two intrinsic charged defects, Cu vacancies and Ga substitution for Cu, in the chalcopyrite CuGaS2.

  16. Atrial Septal Defect (For Kids)

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    ... Dictionary of Medical Words En Español What Other Kids Are Reading 7 Videos: Kids Talk About Life Video: Am I Normal? (Girls ... Train Your Temper Atrial Septal Defect KidsHealth > For Kids > Atrial Septal Defect Print A A A What's ...

  17. Facts about Ventricular Septal Defect

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    ... the lungs forces the heart and lungs to work harder. Over time, if not repaired, this defect can increase the risk for other complications, including heart failure, high blood pressure in the lungs ... » Types of Ventricular Septal Defects Click here to ...

  18. Antisite defects at oxide interfaces

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    Chen, Hanghui; Millis, Andrew

    We use ab initio calculations to estimate formation energies of cation (transition metal) antisite defects at oxide interfaces and to understand the basic physical effects that drive or suppress the formation of these defects. We find that antisite defects are favored in systems with substantial charge transfer across the interface, while Jahn-Teller distortions and itinerant ferromagnetism can prevent antisite defects and help stabilize atomically sharp interfaces. Our results enable identification of classes of systems that are more and less susceptible to the formation of antisite defects and motivate a range of experimental studies and further theoretical calculations to further explicate the oxide interface systems. This research was supported by National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1120296 (H. Chen) and DOE-ER-046169 (A. J. Millis).

  19. Global topological k-defects

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    Babichev, E.

    2006-10-15

    We consider global topological defects in symmetry-breaking models with a noncanonical kinetic term. Apart from a mass parameter entering the potential, one additional dimensional parameter arises in such models - a kinetic mass. The properties of defects in these models are quite different from standard global domain walls, vortices, and monopoles, if their kinetic mass scale is smaller than their symmetry-breaking scale. In particular, depending on the concrete form of the kinetic term, the typical size of such a defect can be either much larger or much smaller than the size of a standard defect with the same potential term. The characteristic mass of a nonstandard defect, which might have been formed during a phase transition in the early universe, depends on both the temperature of a phase transition and the kinetic mass.

  20. Surface defects and chiral algebras

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    Córdova, Clay; Gaiotto, Davide; Shao, Shu-Heng

    2017-05-26

    Here, we investigate superconformal surface defects in four-dimensional N = 2 superconformal theories. Each such defect gives rise to a module of the associated chiral algebra and the surface defect Schur index is the character of this module. Various natural chiral algebra operations such as Drinfield-Sokolov reduction and spectral flow can be interpreted as constructions involving four-dimensional surface defects. We compute the index of these defects in the free hypermultiplet theory and Argyres-Douglas theories, using both infrared techniques involving BPS states, as well as renormalization group flows onto Higgs branches. We find perfect agreement with the predicted characters, in eachmore » case.« less

  1. Toward Intelligent Software Defect Detection

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    Benson, Markland J.

    2011-01-01

    Source code level software defect detection has gone from state of the art to a software engineering best practice. Automated code analysis tools streamline many of the aspects of formal code inspections but have the drawback of being difficult to construct and either prone to false positives or severely limited in the set of defects that can be detected. Machine learning technology provides the promise of learning software defects by example, easing construction of detectors and broadening the range of defects that can be found. Pinpointing software defects with the same level of granularity as prominent source code analysis tools distinguishes this research from past efforts, which focused on analyzing software engineering metrics data with granularity limited to that of a particular function rather than a line of code.

  2. Holographic Chern-Simons defects

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    Fujita, Mitsutoshi; Melby-Thompson, Charles M.; Meyer, René; Sugimoto, Shigeki

    2016-06-01

    We study SU( N ) Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons theory in the presence of defects that shift the Chern-Simons level from a holographic point of view by embedding the system in string theory. The model is a D3-D7 system in Type IIB string theory, whose gravity dual is given by the AdS soliton background with probe D7 branes attaching to the AdS boundary along the defects. We holographically renormalize the free energy of the defect system with sources, from which we obtain the correlation functions for certain operators naturally associated to these defects. We find interesting phase transitions when the separation of the defects as well as the temperature are varied. We also discuss some implications for the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and for 2-dimensional QCD.

  3. Shaping solitons by lattice defects

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    Dong Liangwei; Ye Fangwei

    2010-11-15

    We demonstrate the existence of shape-preserving self-localized nonlinear modes in a two-dimensional photonic lattice with a flat-topped defect that covers several lattice sites. The balance of diffraction, defocusing nonlinearity, and optical potential induced by lattices with various forms of defects results in novel families of solitons featuring salient properties. We show that the soliton shape can be controlled by varying the shape of lattice defects. The existence domains of fundamental and vortex solitons in the semi-infinite gap expand with the defect amplitude. Vortex solitons in the semi-infinite gap with rectangular intensity distributions will break into dipole solitons when the propagation constant exceeds a critical value. In the semi-infinite and first-finite gaps, we find that lattices with rectangular defects can support stable vortex solitons which exhibit noncanonical phase structure.

  4. Holographic Chern-Simons defects

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    Fujita, Mitsutoshi; Melby-Thompson, Charles M.; Meyer, René; Sugimoto, Shigeki

    2016-06-28

    Here, we study SU(N ) Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons theory in the presence of defects that shift the Chern-Simons level from a holographic point of view by embedding the system in string theory. The model is a D3-D7 system in Type IIB string theory, whose gravity dual is given by the AdS soliton background with probe D7 branes attaching to the AdS boundary along the defects. We holographically renormalize the free energy of the defect system with sources, from which we obtain the correlation functions for certain operators naturally associated to these defects. We find interesting phase transitions when the separation of the defects as well as the temperature are varied. We also discuss some implications for the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and for 2-dimensional QCD.

  5. Holographic Chern-Simons defects

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    Fujita, Mitsutoshi; Melby-Thompson, Charles M.; Meyer, René; ...

    2016-06-28

    Here, we study SU(N ) Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons theory in the presence of defects that shift the Chern-Simons level from a holographic point of view by embedding the system in string theory. The model is a D3-D7 system in Type IIB string theory, whose gravity dual is given by the AdS soliton background with probe D7 branes attaching to the AdS boundary along the defects. We holographically renormalize the free energy of the defect system with sources, from which we obtain the correlation functions for certain operators naturally associated to these defects. We find interesting phase transitions when the separation of themore » defects as well as the temperature are varied. We also discuss some implications for the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and for 2-dimensional QCD.« less

  6. Mask defect verification using actinic inspection and defect mitigation technology

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    Huh, Sungmin; Kearney, Patrick; Wurm, Stefan; Goodwin, Frank; Goldberg, Kenneth; Mochi, Iacopo; Gullikson, Eric

    2009-04-14

    The availability of defect-free masks remains one of the key challenges for inserting extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) into high volume manufacturing. The successful production of defect-free masks will depend on the timely development of defect inspection tools, including both mask blank inspection tools and absorber pattern inspection tools to meet the 22 nm half-pitch node. EUV mask blanks with embedded phase defects were inspected with a reticle actinic inspection tool (AIT) and the Lasertec M7360. The Lasertec M7360 is operated at SEMA TECH's Mask blank Development Center (MBDC) in Albany, with sensitivity to multilayer defects down to 40-45 nm, which is not likely sufficient for mask blank development below the 32 nm half-pitch node. Phase defect printability was simulated to calculate the required defect sensitivity for the next generation blank inspection tool to support reticle development for the sub-32 nm half-pitch technology node. This paper will also discuss the kind of infrastructure that will be required in the development and mass production stages.

  7. Holographic Experiments on Defects

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    Wapler, Matthias C.

    Using the AdS/CFT correspondence, we study the anisotropic charge transport properties of both supersymmetric and nonsupersymmetric matter fields on (2+1)-dimensional defects coupled to a (3+1)-dimensional { N} = 4 SYM "heat bath." We focus on the cases of a finite external background magnetic field, finite net charge density and finite mass and their combinations. In this context, we also discuss the limitations due to operator mixing that appears in a few situations and that we ignore in our analysis. At high frequencies, we discover a spectrum of quasiparticle resonances due to the magnetic field and finite density and at small frequencies, we perform a Drude-like expansion around the DC limit. Both of these regimes display many generic features and some features that we attribute to strong coupling, such as a minimum DC conductivity and an unusual behavior of the "cyclotron" and plasmon frequencies, which become related to the resonances found in the conformal case in an earlier paper. We further study the hydrodynamic regime and the relaxation properties, from which the system displays a set of different possible transitions to the collisionless regime. The mass dependence can be cast in two regimes: a generic relativistic behavior dominated by the UV and a nonlinear hydrodynamic behavior dominated by the IR. In the massless case, we furthermore extend earlier results from the literature to find an interesting selfduality under a transformation of the conductivity and the exchange of density and magnetic field.

  8. Biomaterials in periodontal osseous defects

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    Lal, Nand; Dixit, Jaya

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Osseous defects in periodontal diseases require osseous grafts and guided tissue regeneration (GTR) using barrier membranes. The present study was undertaken with the objectives to clinically evaluate the osteogenic potential of hydroxyapatite (HA), cissus quadrangularis (CQ), and oxidized cellulose membrane (OCM) and compare with normal bone healing. Materials and Methods Twenty subjects with periodontitis in the age group ranging from 20 years to 40 years were selected from our outpatient department on the basis of presence of deep periodontal pockets, clinical probing depth ≥5 mm, vertical osseous defects obvious on radiograph and two- or three-walled involvement seen on surgical exposure. Infrabony defects were randomly divided into four groups on the basis of treatment to be executed, such that each group comprised 5 defects. Group I was control, II received HA, III received CQ and IV received OCM. Probing depth and attachment level were measured at regular months after surgery. Defects were re-exposed using crevicular incisions at 6 months. Results There was gradual reduction in the mean probing pocket depth in all groups, but highly significant in the site treated with HA. Gain in attachment level was higher in sites treated with HA, 3.2 mm at 6 months. Conclusion Hydroxyapatite and OCM showed good reduction in pocket depth, attachment level gain and osseous defect fill. Further study should be conducted by using a combination of HA and OCM in periodontal osseous defects with growth factors and stem cells. PMID:25756030

  9. Biomaterials in periodontal osseous defects.

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    Lal, Nand; Dixit, Jaya

    2012-01-01

    Osseous defects in periodontal diseases require osseous grafts and guided tissue regeneration (GTR) using barrier membranes. The present study was undertaken with the objectives to clinically evaluate the osteogenic potential of hydroxyapatite (HA), cissus quadrangularis (CQ), and oxidized cellulose membrane (OCM) and compare with normal bone healing. Twenty subjects with periodontitis in the age group ranging from 20 years to 40 years were selected from our outpatient department on the basis of presence of deep periodontal pockets, clinical probing depth ≥5 mm, vertical osseous defects obvious on radiograph and two- or three-walled involvement seen on surgical exposure. Infrabony defects were randomly divided into four groups on the basis of treatment to be executed, such that each group comprised 5 defects. Group I was control, II received HA, III received CQ and IV received OCM. Probing depth and attachment level were measured at regular months after surgery. Defects were re-exposed using crevicular incisions at 6 months. There was gradual reduction in the mean probing pocket depth in all groups, but highly significant in the site treated with HA. Gain in attachment level was higher in sites treated with HA, 3.2 mm at 6 months. Hydroxyapatite and OCM showed good reduction in pocket depth, attachment level gain and osseous defect fill. Further study should be conducted by using a combination of HA and OCM in periodontal osseous defects with growth factors and stem cells.

  10. 2010 Defects in Semiconductors GRC

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    Shengbai Zhang

    2011-01-06

    Continuing its tradition of excellence, this Gordon Conference will focus on research at the forefront of the field of defects in semiconductors. The conference will have a strong emphasis on the control of defects during growth and processing, as well as an emphasis on the development of novel defect detection methods and first-principles defect theories. Electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of bulk, thin film, and nanoscale semiconductors will be discussed in detail. In contrast to many conferences, which tend to focus on specific semiconductors, this conference will deal with point and extended defects in a broad range of electronic materials. This approach has proved to be extremely fruitful for advancing fundamental understanding in emerging materials such as wide-band-gap semiconductors, oxides, sp{sup 2} carbon based-materials, and photovoltaic/solar cell materials, and in understanding important defect phenomena such as doping bottleneck in nanostructures and the diffusion of defects and impurities. The program consists of about twenty invited talks and a number of contributed poster sessions. The emphasis should be on work which has yet to be published. The large amount of discussion time provides an ideal forum for dealing with topics that are new and/or controversial.

  11. Microtubule defects & Neurodegeneration.

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    Baird, Fiona J; Bennett, Craig L

    2013-12-06

    One of the major challenges facing the long term survival of neurons is their requirement to maintain efficient axonal transport over long distances. In humans as large, long-lived vertebrates, the machinery maintaining neuronal transport must remain efficient despite the slow accumulation of cell damage during aging. Mutations in genes encoding proteins which function in the transport system feature prominently in neurologic disorders. Genes known to cause such disorders and showing traditional Mendelian inheritance have been more readily identified. It has been more difficult, however, to isolate factors underlying the complex genetics contributing to the more common idiopathic forms of neurodegenerative disease. At the heart of neuronal transport is the rail network or scaffolding provided by neuron specific microtubules (MTs). The importance of MT dynamics and stability is underscored by the critical role tau protein plays in MT-associated stabilization versus the dysfunction seen in Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and other tauopathies. Another example of the requirement for tight regulation of MT dynamics is the need to maintain balanced levels of post-translational modification of key MT building-blocks such as α-tubulin. Tubulins require extensive polyglutamylation at their carboxyl-terminus as part of a novel post-translational modification mechanism to signal MT growth versus destabilization. Dramatically, knock-out of a gene encoding a deglutamylation family member causes an extremely rapid cell death of Purkinje cells in the ataxic mouse model, pcd. This review will examine a range of neurodegenerative conditions where current molecular understanding points to defects in the stability of MTs and axonal transport to emphasize the central role of MTs in neuron survival.

  12. A free anterolateral thigh flap and iliotibial band for reconstruction of soft tissue defects at children's feet and ankles.

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    Hu, Rui; Ren, Yi-Jun; Yan, Li; Xiao, Zhi-Hong; Ding, Fan; Li, Fan; Han, Qiong; Cheng, Wen-Jun; Kan, Wu-Sheng

    2015-10-01

    High-energy injury to children caused by a traffic accident is usually characterised by extensive soft tissue defects with exposure or loss of tendons and bone at the foot. Segmental loss of the Achilles tendon along with soft tissue defects is a great challenge for microsurgical reconstruction. Free anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap is indicated for reconstruction of such defects because limited local tissues are available. Additionally, iliotibial band in the donor area can be used to reconstruct the damaged tendon. Here we described our successful management of 25 paediatric patients with such high-energy injury at feet and ankles in one-stage transplantation of a free ALT flap and an iliotibial band from January 2008 to January 2013. The tendon defect, ranging from 3 to 16cm in length, was reconstructed with an iliotibial band. The flaps ranged from 5 to 12cm in width and 8 to 18cm in length. All the flaps survived completely and no donor site complications were observed. In two flaps there was a small area of distal necrosis which was healed by dressing changes. The mean follow-up time was 14.2 months (from 6 to 24 months). Limb function was assessed using the Maryland Foot Score. The excellent and good rate was 92%. We believe a free ALT flap is ideal for reconstruction of massive soft tissue defects at the foot and ankle in children and an iliotibial band from the same donor site can be used for reconstruction of a damaged tendon. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Comparison of venous drainage in flow-through and conventional dorsalis pedis flaps for repair of dorsal foot defects.

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    Zhao, Ping; Li, Sen

    2015-01-01

    Inadequate venous drainage can lead to congestion and necrosis of flaps used in the repair of defects, thereby elevating the risk of flap failure. In this study, we sought to test the hypothesis that the venous drainage was better in flow-through flaps than in conventional dorsalis pedis free flaps used in the repair of dorsal foot defects. In this retrospective study, we investigated the data of 14 patients who underwent repair with flow-through flaps (n = 7) or conventional flaps (n = 7) for dorsal foot defects, between January 2007 and December 2013. The defects ranged from 6.2 × 11 cm to 9.5 × 16 cm in size. The donor sites were resurfaced using full-thickness free-skin grafts, and after transfer, the flaps were evaluated for postoperative congestion, surviving area, and sensory function. The results showed that the operative time was significantly longer for flow-through flaps than for conventional flaps (6.4 ± 1.7 h vs. 4.3 ± 1.2 h, P = 0.020), mainly due to additional dissection of the first dorsal metatarsal artery required in the case of the former. Necrosis was observed in the case of 4 conventional flaps, but not in the case of flow-through flaps. The flow-through flaps showed significantly lower incidence of congestion and higher survival area proportion than the conventional flaps (P < 0.05). The flow-through dorsalis pedis flaps have the advantages of lower incidence of necrosis and congestion and better survival over the conventional flaps in the repair of dorsal foot defects, and absence of additional morbidities, but required a longer operative time than conventional flaps.

  14. Self healing of defected graphene

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    Chen, Jianhui; Shi, Tuwan; Cai, Tuocheng; Wu, Xiaosong; Yu, Dapeng; Xu, Tao; Sun, Litao

    2013-03-11

    For electronics applications, defects in graphene are usually undesirable because of their ability to scatter charge carriers, thereby reduce the carrier mobility. It would be extremely useful if the damage can be repaired. In this work, we employ Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electrical measurements to study defects in graphene introduced by argon plasma bombardment. We have found that majority of these defects can be cured by a simple thermal annealing process. The self-healing is attributed to recombination of mobile carbon adatoms with vacancies. With increasing level of plasma induced damage, the self-healing becomes less effective.

  15. Care and Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... Physical Activity Recommendations for Heart Health • Tools & Resources Web Booklets on Congenital Heart Defects These online publications ... to you or your child’s defect and concerns. Web Booklet: Adults With Congenital Heart Defects Web Booklet: ...

  16. Effects of defects in composite structures

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    Sendeckyj, G. P.

    1983-01-01

    The effect of defects in composite structures is addressed. Defects in laminates such as wrinkles, foreign particles, scratches and breaks are discussed. Effects of plygap plywaviness and machining defects are also studied.

  17. Reproduction and Survival After Cardiac Defect Repair

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    2016-02-17

    Cardiovascular Diseases; Heart Diseases; Defect, Congenital Heart; Aortic Valve Stenosis; Transposition of Great Vessels; Ductus Arteriosus, Patent; Heart Septal Defects, Atrial; Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular; Down Syndrome; Tetralogy of Fallot; Pulmonic Stenosis; Coarctation of Aorta

  18. Microscopic origins of metastable effects in a-Si:H and deep defect characterization in a-Si,Ge:H alloys. Annual subcontract report, 1 February 1991--31 January 1992

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    Cohen, J.D.

    1992-07-01

    This report describes works to use transient photocapacitance and photocurrent measurements to determine the deep defect distribution and processes in low-band-gap a-Si,Ge:H alloys. Samples for these studies were produced by the photochemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD) growth method and were obtained through a collaboration with researchers at the University of Delaware. This report discusses how a detailed comparison between the photocapacitance and photocurrent spectra can be used to separately examine the majority and minority carrier processes. The results are as follows: (1) The midgap defect densities in the alloy regime near 1.3 eV can be as low as 5 {times} 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}3} in such photo-CVD samples. (2) There exists a second defect band roughly 0.4 eV below E{sub c} of a similar magnitude to the midgap defect density that exhibits significant lattice relaxation behavior in its electron trapping dynamics. (3) The hole {mu}{tau} products determined for the lowest defect sample are roughly 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}10} cm{sup 2}/V, comparable with the highest hole {mu}{tau} products reported in sandwich geometry measurements for alloys in this composition range. (4) The hole {mu}{tau} is found to be roughly inversely proportional to the midgap defect density for the samples studied. This is consistent with the fact that the effective minority carrier lifetime for such measurements is limited by the deep state trapping time.

  19. Playing with defects in metals

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    Li, Xiuyan; Lu, K.

    2017-07-01

    Xiuyan Li and K. Lu discuss a strategy, alternative to alloying, to tailor the mechanical properties of metals. By engineering defects, metals with bespoke performance might be obtained while reducing the materials' compositional complexity.

  20. Atrial Septal Defect (For Kids)

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    ... wall called the septum that normally separates the blue and red blood. In a person with an atrial septal defect, there's an opening in that wall. This hole in the wall lets oxygen-rich blood from ...

  1. Sequential detection of web defects

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    Eichel, Paul H.; Sleefe, Gerard E.; Stalker, K. Terry; Yee, Amy A.

    2001-01-01

    A system for detecting defects on a moving web having a sequential series of identical frames uses an imaging device to form a real-time camera image of a frame and a comparitor to comparing elements of the camera image with corresponding elements of an image of an exemplar frame. The comparitor provides an acceptable indication if the pair of elements are determined to be statistically identical; and a defective indication if the pair of elements are determined to be statistically not identical. If the pair of elements is neither acceptable nor defective, the comparitor recursively compares the element of said exemplar frame with corresponding elements of other frames on said web until one of the acceptable or defective indications occur.

  2. Atrial Septal Defect (For Teens)

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    ... septal defect (pronounced: AY-tree-ul SEP-tul DEE-fekt), or ASD for short, is sometimes referred ... can be treated with cardiac catheterization (pronounced: CAR-dee-ack cath-uh-turr-ih-ZAY-shun), in ...

  3. Congenital Heart Defects (For Parents)

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    ... heart, lungs, and blood vessels make up the circulatory system . The heart is the central pump of this ... Heart Defects Getting an EKG (Video) Your Heart & Circulatory System Heart Murmurs Mitral Valve Prolapse Movie: Heart & Circulatory ...

  4. Birth Defects Research and Tracking

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    ... this? Submit Button Information For… Media Policy Makers Research and Tracking Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir ... to help prevent them. Importance of Tracking and Research Tracking: Birth defects tracking systems identify babies born ...

  5. Congenital Heart Defects (For Parents)

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    ... heart, lungs, and blood vessels make up the circulatory system . The heart is the central pump of this ... Heart Defects Getting an EKG (Video) Your Heart & Circulatory System Heart Murmurs Mitral Valve Prolapse Movie: Heart & Circulatory ...

  6. Genital and Urinary Tract Defects

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  7. Congenital Heart Defects and CCHD

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  8. Low quantum defect laser performance

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    Bowman, Steven R.

    2017-01-01

    Low quantum defect lasers are possible using near-resonant optical pumping. This paper examines the laser material performance as the quantum defect of the laser is reduced. A steady-state model is developed, which incorporates the relevant physical processes in these materials and predicts extraction efficiency and waste heat generation. As the laser quantum defect is reduced below a few percent, the impact of fluorescence cooling must be included in the analysis. The special case of a net zero quantum defect laser is examined in detail. This condition, referred to as the radiation balance laser (RBL), is shown to provide two orders of magnitude lower heat generation at the cost of roughly 10% loss in extraction efficiency. Numerical examples are presented with the host materials Yb:YAG and Yb:Silica. The general conditions, which yield optimal laser efficiency, are derived and explored.

  9. Stable line defects in silicene

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    Ghosh, Dibyajyoti; Parida, Prakash; Pati, Swapan K.

    2015-11-01

    Line defects in two-dimensional (2D) materials greatly modulate various properties of their pristine form. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, we investigate the structural reconstructions of different kinds of grain boundaries in the silicene sheets. It is evident that depending upon the presence of silicon adatoms and edge shape of grain boundaries (i.e., armchair or zigzag), stable extended line defects (ELDs) can be introduced in a controlled way. Further studies show the stability of these line-defects in silicene, grown on Ag(111) surface at room-temperature. Importantly, unlike most of the 2D sheet materials such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, 5-5-8 line defects modify the nonmagnetic semimetallic pristine silicene sheet to spin-polarized metal. As ferromagnetically ordered magnetic moments remain strongly localized at the line defect, a one-dimensional spin channel gets created in silicene. Interestingly, these spin channels are quite stable because, unlike the edge of nanoribbons, structural reconstruction or contamination cannot destroy the ordering of magnetic moments here. Zigzag silicene nanoribbons with a 5-5-8 line defect also exhibit various interesting electronic and magnetic properties depending upon their width as well as the nature of the magnetic coupling between edge and defect spin states. Upon incorporation of other ELDs, such as 4-4-4 and 4-8 defects, 2D sheets and nanoribbons of silicene show a nonmagnetic metallic or semiconducting ground state. Highlighting the controlled formation of ELDs and consequent emergence of technologically important properties in silicene, we propose new routes to realize silicene-based nanoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  10. Intrauterine infections and birth defects.

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    Zheng, Xiao-Ying; Zhang, Ting; Wang, Yi-Fei; Xu, Chen; Chen, Gong; Xin, Ruo-Lei; Chen, Jia-Peng; Hu, Xu-Mei; Yang, Qing; Song, Xin-Ming; Pang, Li-Hua; Ji, Ying; Sun, Hong-Mei; Zhang, Lei; Liu, Ju-Fen; Guo, Yan-Ling; Zhang, Yan

    2004-12-01

    Intrauterine infection is an important cause of some birth defects worldwide. The most common pathogens include rubella virus, cytomegaloviurs, ureaplasma urealyticum, toxoplasma, etc. General information about these pathogens in epidemiology, consequence of birth defects, and the possible mechanisms in the progress of birth defects, and the interventions to prevent or treat these pathogens' infections are described. The infections caused by rubella virus, cytomegaloviurs, ureaplasma urealyticum, toxoplasma, etc. are common, yet they are proved to be fatal during the pregnant period, especially during the first trimester. These infections may cause sterility, abortion, stillbirth, low birth weight, and affect multiple organs that may induce loss of hearing and vision, even fetal deformity and the long-term effects. These pathogens' infections may influence the microenvironment of placenta, including levels of enzymes and cytokines, and affect chondriosome that may induce the progress of birth defect. Early diagnosis of infections during pregnancy should be strengthened. There are still many things to be settled, such as the molecular mechanisms of birth defects, the effective vaccines to certain pathogens. Birth defect researches in terms of etiology and the development of applicable and sensitive pathogen detection technology and methods are imperative.

  11. Topological defects from the multiverse

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    Zhang, Jun; Blanco-Pillado, Jose J.; Garriga, Jaume; Vilenkin, Alexander

    2015-05-28

    Many theories of the early universe predict the existence of a multiverse where bubbles continuously nucleate giving rise to observers in their interior. In this paper, we point out that topological defects of several dimensionalities will also be produced in de Sitter like regions of the multiverse. In particular, defects could be spontaneously nucleated in our parent vacuum. We study the evolution of these defects as they collide with and propagate inside of our bubble. We estimate the present distribution of defects in the observable part of the universe. The expected number of such nearby defects turns out to be quite small, even for the highest nucleation rate. We also study collisions of strings and domain walls with our bubble in our past light cone. We obtain simulated full-sky maps of the loci of such collisions, and find their angular size distribution. Similarly to what happens in the case of bubble collisions, the prospect of detecting any collisions of our bubble with ambient defects is greatly enhanced in the case where the cosmological constant of our parent vacuum is much higher than the vacuum energy density during inflation in our bubble.

  12. Topological defects from the multiverse

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    Zhang, Jun; Vilenkin, Alexander; Blanco-Pillado, Jose J.

    2015-05-01

    Many theories of the early universe predict the existence of a multiverse where bubbles continuously nucleate giving rise to observers in their interior. In this paper, we point out that topological defects of several dimensionalities will also be produced in de Sitter like regions of the multiverse. In particular, defects could be spontaneously nucleated in our parent vacuum. We study the evolution of these defects as they collide with and propagate inside of our bubble. We estimate the present distribution of defects in the observable part of the universe. The expected number of such nearby defects turns out to be quite small, even for the highest nucleation rate. We also study collisions of strings and domain walls with our bubble in our past light cone. We obtain simulated full-sky maps of the loci of such collisions, and find their angular size distribution. Similarly to what happens in the case of bubble collisions, the prospect of detecting any collisions of our bubble with ambient defects is greatly enhanced in the case where the cosmological constant of our parent vacuum is much higher than the vacuum energy density during inflation in our bubble.

  13. The suitability of an uncemented hydroxyapatite coated (HAC) hip hemiarthroplasty stem for intra-capsular femoral neck fractures in osteoporotic elderly patients: the Metaphyseal-Diaphyseal Index, a solution to preventing intra-operative periprosthetic fracture.

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    Chana, Rishi; Mansouri, Reza; Jack, Chris; Edwards, Max R; Singh, Ravi; Keller, Carmel; Khan, Farid

    2011-11-18

    This study will seek to identify a measurable radiographic index, the Metaphyseal-Diaphyseal Index (MDI) score to determine whether intra-operative fracture in osteoporotic bone can be predicted.A 5 year prospective cohort of 560 consecutive patients, undergoing hemiarthroplasty (cemented or uncemented), was evaluated. A nested case-control study to determine risk factors affecting intra-operative fracture was carried out. The Vancouver Classification was used to classify periprosthetic fracture. The MDI score was calculated using radiographs from the uncemented group. As a control (gold standard), Yeung et al's Canal Bone Ratio (CBR) score was also calculated. From this, a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was formulated for both scores and area under the curve (AUC) compared. Intra and inter-observer correlations were determined. Cost analysis was also worked out for adverse outcomes. Four hundred and seven uncemented and one hundred and fifty-three cemented stems were implanted. The use of uncemented implants was the main risk factor for intra-operative periprosthetic fracture. Sixty-two periprosthetic fractures occurred in the uncemented group (15.2%), nine occurred in the cemented group (5.9%), P < 0.001. The revision rate for sustaining a periprosthetic fracture (uncemented group) was 17.7%, P < 0.001 and 90 day mortality 19.7%, P < 0.03. MDI's AUC was 0.985 compared to CBR's 0.948, P < 0.001. The MDI score cut-off to predict fracture was 21, sensitivity 98.3%, specificity 99.8%, positive predictive value 90.5% and negative predictive value 98%. Multivariate regression analysis ruled out any other confounding factors as being significant. The intra and inter-observer Pearson correlation scores were r = 0.99, P < 0.001. JRI uncemented hemiarthroplasty has a significantly higher intra-operative fracture rate. We recommend cemented arthroplasty for hip fractures. We propose a radiographic system that may allow surgeons to select patients who are good

  14. The suitability of an uncemented hydroxyapatite coated (HAC) hip hemiarthroplasty stem for intra-capsular femoral neck fractures in osteoporotic elderly patients: the Metaphyseal-Diaphyseal index, a solution to preventing intra-operative periprosthetic fracture

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    This study will seek to identify a measurable radiographic index, the Metaphyseal-Diaphyseal Index (MDI) score to determine whether intra-operative fracture in osteoporotic bone can be predicted. A 5 year prospective cohort of 560 consecutive patients, undergoing hemiarthroplasty (cemented or uncemented), was evaluated. A nested case-control study to determine risk factors affecting intra-operative fracture was carried out. The Vancouver Classification was used to classify periprosthetic fracture. The MDI score was calculated using radiographs from the uncemented group. As a control (gold standard), Yeung et al's Canal Bone Ratio (CBR) score was also calculated. From this, a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was formulated for both scores and area under the curve (AUC) compared. Intra and inter-observer correlations were determined. Cost analysis was also worked out for adverse outcomes. Four hundred and seven uncemented and one hundred and fifty-three cemented stems were implanted. The use of uncemented implants was the main risk factor for intra-operative periprosthetic fracture. Sixty-two periprosthetic fractures occurred in the uncemented group (15.2%), nine occurred in the cemented group (5.9%), P < 0.001. The revision rate for sustaining a periprosthetic fracture (uncemented group) was 17.7%, P < 0.001 and 90 day mortality 19.7%, P < 0.03. MDI's AUC was 0.985 compared to CBR's 0.948, P < 0.001. The MDI score cut-off to predict fracture was 21, sensitivity 98.3%, specificity 99.8%, positive predictive value 90.5% and negative predictive value 98%. Multivariate regression analysis ruled out any other confounding factors as being significant. The intra and inter-observer Pearson correlation scores were r = 0.99, P < 0.001. JRI uncemented hemiarthroplasty has a significantly higher intra-operative fracture rate. We recommend cemented arthroplasty for hip fractures. We propose a radiographic system that may allow surgeons to select patients who are

  15. Repairing native defects on EUV mask blanks

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    Lawliss, Mark; Gallagher, Emily; Hibbs, Michael; Seki, Kazunori; Isogawa, Takeshi; Robinson, Tod; LeClaire, Jeff

    2014-10-01

    Mask defectivity is a serious problem for all lithographic masks, but especially for EUV masks. Defects in the EUV blank are particularly challenging because their elimination is beyond control of the mask fab. If defects have been identified on a mask blank, patterns can be shifted to place as many blank defects as possible in regions where printing impact will be eliminated or become unimportant. For those defects that cannot be mitigated through pattern shift, repair strategies must be developed. Repairing defects that occur naturally in the EUV blank is challenging because the printability of these defects varies widely. This paper describes some types of native defects commonly found and begins to outline a triage strategy for defects that are identified on the blank. Sample defects best suited to nanomachining repair are treated in detail: repairs are attempted, characterized using mask metrology and then tested for printability. Based on the initial results, the viability of repairing EUV blank native defects is discussed.

  16. Defects formation and wave emitting from defects in excitable media

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    Ma, Jun; Xu, Ying; Tang, Jun; Wang, Chunni

    2016-05-01

    Abnormal electrical activities in neuronal system could be associated with some neuronal diseases. Indeed, external forcing can cause breakdown even collapse in nervous system under appropriate condition. The excitable media sometimes could be described by neuronal network with different topologies. The collective behaviors of neurons can show complex spatiotemporal dynamical properties and spatial distribution for electrical activities due to self-organization even from the regulating from central nervous system. Defects in the nervous system can emit continuous waves or pulses, and pacemaker-like source is generated to perturb the normal signal propagation in nervous system. How these defects are developed? In this paper, a network of neurons is designed in two-dimensional square array with nearest-neighbor connection type; the formation mechanism of defects is investigated by detecting the wave propagation induced by external forcing. It is found that defects could be induced under external periodical forcing under the boundary, and then the wave emitted from the defects can keep balance with the waves excited from external forcing.

  17. Bone transport osteogenesis for reconstruction of a bone defect in the tibiotarsus of a yellow-naped Amazon parrot (Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata).

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    Johnston, Matthew S; Thode, Henry P; Ehrhart, Nicole P

    2008-03-01

    A yellow-naped Amazon parrot (Amazona ochrocephala auropalliata) was presented 5 months after a traumatic fracture of its left tibiotarsus. Fixation of the simple, closed, mid-diaphyseal fracture was originally with an intramedullary pin and external coaptation with a modified Robert-Jones bandage. During the subsequent 5 months, the bone became osteopenic, and the middle third of the tibiotarsus exhibited probable avascular necrosis. After various fixation attempts failed, the parrot was fitted with a ring fixator device, and bone transport osteogenesis was attempted. Within 7 weeks, the left tibiotarsus had regrown to full length, but the docking site at the proximal fracture line had not healed. After 2 more surgeries to debride bone ends to stimulate healing, the leg in this parrot became functional. This is the first reported clinical use of bone transport osteogenesis in a pet bird. Materials and techniques were applied successfully to this parrot, which suggests that bone transport osteogenesis deserves further study for the repair of large bone defects in birds.

  18. Photo-induced Defects in Semiconductors

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    Redfield, David; Bube, Richard H.

    2006-03-01

    1. Introduction: metastable defects; 2. III-V compounds: DX2 and EL2 centers; 3. Other crystalline materials; 4. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon: properties of defects; 5. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon: photo-induced defect kinetics and processes; 6. Other amorphous semiconductors; 7. Photo-induced defect effects in devices; References; Index.

  19. Effective actions for bosonic topological defects

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    Gregory, Ruth

    1990-01-01

    A gauge field theory is considered which admits p-dimensional topological defects, expanding the equations of motion in powers of the defect thickness. In this way an effective action and effective equation of motion is derived for the defect in terms of the coordinates of the p-dimensional worldsurface defined by the history of the core of the defect.

  20. Effect of ultrasonic cavitation on the diffusivity of a point defect in the passive film on formed Nb in 0.5 M HCl solution.

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    Li, D G

    2015-11-01

    This work primarily focused on the influence of ultrasonic cavitation on the transport property of the point defect in the passive film on formed Nb in 0.5M HCl solution via electrochemical techniques based on the point defect model (PDM). The influence of ultrasonic cavitation on the composition and structure of the passive film was detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). The transport property of a point defect in the passive film was characterized by the diffusivity of the point defect (D0). The influences of the ultrasonic cavitation power, passivated time and the distance between horn bottom and sample surface on D0 were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the passive film formed on Nb was an n-type semiconductor with a donor density (ND) ranging from 10(19) cm(-3) to 10(20) cm(-3) in the case of static state, while the order of ND increased one to two times by applying ultrasonic cavitation during film formation. The diffusivity of the point defect (D0) in the passive film formed on Nb at 0.5 V for 1 h in a 0.5 M HCl solution in the static state was calculated to be 9.704×10(-18) cm(2) s(-1), and it increased to 1.255×10(-16) cm(2) s(-1), 7.259×10(-16) cm(2) s(-1) and 7.296×10(-15) cm(2) s(-1) when applying the 180 W, 270 W and 450 W ultrasonic cavitation powers during film formation. D0 increased with the increment of the ultrasonic cavitation power, and decreased with the increased in formation time and distance between the horn bottom and sample surface. AES results showed the film structure and composition were changed by applying the ultrasonic cavitation. XPS results revealed that the passive film was mainly composed of Nb2O5 in the static state, and the low valence Nb-oxide (NbO) appeared in the passive film except Nb2O5 in the case of applying a 270 W ultrasonic cavitation power.

  1. Defect CFTs and holographic multiverse

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    Fiol, Bartomeu

    2010-07-01

    We investigate some aspects of a recent proposal for a holographic description of the multiverse. Specifically, we focus on the implications on the suggested duality of the fluctuations of a bubble separating two universes with different cosmological constants. We do so by considering a similar problem in a 2+1 CFT with a codimension one defect, obtained by an M5-brane probe embedding in AdS{sub 4} × S{sup 7}, and studying its spectrum of fluctuations. Our results suggest that the kind of behavior required by the spectrum of bubble fluctuations is not likely to take place in defect CFTs with an AdS dual, although it might be possible if the defect supports a non-unitary theory.

  2. Actin cytoskeletal defects in immunodeficiency

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    Moulding, Dale A; Record, Julien; Malinova, Dessislava; Thrasher, Adrian J

    2013-01-01

    The importance of the cytoskeleton in mounting a successful immune response is evident from the wide range of defects that occur in actin-related primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs). Studies of these PIDs have revealed a pivotal role for the actin cytoskeleton in almost all stages of immune system function, from hematopoiesis and immune cell development, through to recruitment, migration, intercellular and intracellular signaling, and activation of both innate and adaptive immune responses. The major focus of this review is the immune defects that result from mutations in the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome gene (WAS), which have a broad impact on many different processes and give rise to clinically heterogeneous immunodeficiencies. We also discuss other related genetic defects and the possibility of identifying new genetic causes of cytoskeletal immunodeficiency. PMID:24117828

  3. Congenital heart defects and medical imaging.

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    Gehin, Connie; Ragsdale, Lisa

    2013-01-01

    Radiologic technologists perform imaging studies that are useful in the diagnosis of congenital heart defects in infants and adults. These studies also help to monitor congenital heart defect repairs in adults. This article describes the development and functional anatomy of the heart, along with the epidemiology and anatomy of congenital heart defects. It also discusses the increasing population of adults who have congenital heart defects and the most effective modalities for diagnosing, evaluating, and monitoring congenital heart defects.

  4. [Repair of skin and soft tissue defects around the knee joints combined with patellar ligament defects using free anterolateral thigh flaps with iliotibial tracts].

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    Han, Fu; Hu, Dahai; Liu, Yang; Yu, Hongliang; Ma, Shaojun; Wei, Guoxing; Zheng, Zhao

    2015-10-01

    To observe clinical efficacy of using free anterolateral thigh flaps with iliotibial tracts in repairing skin and soft tissue defects around the knee joints with patellar ligament defects. Twelve patients with skin and soft tissue defects around the knee joints and patellar ligament defects were hospitalized from June 2010 to June 2014. The defects of skin and soft tissue ranged from 7 cm × 6 cm to 16 cm × 12 cm in area, and patellar ligament ranged from 5 to 12 cm in length and 2.5 to 4.0 cm in width. Free anterolateral thigh flaps with iliotibial tracts were used to repair these defects. During reconstruction of patellar ligament, both ends of iliotibial tract were successively folded to form tendon-like three-layer structure at first, and then the newly formed structure was wrapped around the broken ends of patellar ligament and fixed with suture. The flap size ranged from 9 cm × 8 cm to 18 cm × 14 cm. The iliotibial tract ranged from 7 to 14 cm in length and 8 to 12 cm in width. The donor sites were closed by grafting with autologous split-thickness skin harvested from thigh or trunk, and parked with gauze. Immediately after operation, the knee joints were fixed in extension with orthosis for 6 weeks. Weight bearing training of affected limbs being kept in extension position was started from 2 weeks after operation, and flexion and extension exercise of affected knee joints was begun from 6 weeks after operation. Before operation and 12 months after operation, the degree of pain around the knee joints and knee joint function were evaluated with the international knee documentation committee knee uation form, and the ranges of flexion and extension of knee joints were also evaluated. The integrity of reconstructed patellar ligament was assessed by color Doppler ultrasound from 6 to 12 months after operation. The occurrence of surgery-related complications was observed in all patients within 12 months after operation. (1) After operation, all flaps survived

  5. Environmental causes of enamel defects.

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    Brook, A H; Fearne, J M; Smith, J M

    1997-01-01

    A large number of causes of enamel defects, both environmental and genetic, have been described. However, many of these are derived from case histories and studies of individual conditions. What is needed now is a systematic investigation of the problem. The first requirement in exploring the aetiology further is the standardization of both the clinical diagnosis and the descriptive terminology. This has been provided by the Fédération Dentaire Internationale Developmental Defects of Enamel Index. Comparing studies using standardized methods, including this index, has highlighted areas for closer investigation. The total prevalence of enamel defects in a population needs to be established as a baseline for studies on aetiology. Sixty-eight per cent of 1518 school children in London have enamel defects in the permanent dentition, with 10.5% having 10 or more teeth affected and 14.6% having hypoplasia, i.e. missing enamel. These findings are in contrast to the 37% with hypoplasia found in a group of third to fifth century Romano-Britons from Dorset, England, suggesting further consideration of possible environmental and genetic differences between the two populations. An overall long-term study of dental development in low birth weight children has shown significantly more (P < 0.001) enamel defects related to major health problems during the neonatal period. By using standardized, reproducible criteria in prevalence studies to gain an overview of the problem and then studying specific groups or conditions, it is possible to identify general and specific factors in the aetiology of enamel defects and investigate further the varying role of genetic and environmental effects.

  6. Interface effects on calculated defect levels for oxide defects

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    Edwards, Arthur; Barnaby, Hugh; Schultz, Peter; Pineda, Andrew

    2014-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) has had impressive recent success predicting defect levels in insulators and semiconductors [Schultz and von Lillienfeld, 2009]. Such success requires care in accounting for long-range electrostatic effects. Recently, Komsa and Pasquarello have started to address this problem in systems with interfaces. We report a multiscale technique for calculating electrostatic energies for charged defects in oxide of the metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) system, but where account is taken of substrate doping density, oxide thickness, and gate bias. We use device modeling to calculate electric fields for a point charge a fixed distance from the interface, and used the field to numerically calculate the long-range electrostatic interactions. We find, for example, that defect levels in the oxide do depend on both the magnitude and the polarity the substrate doping density. Furthermore, below 20 Å, oxide thickness also has significant effects. So, transferring results directly from bulk calculations leads to inaccuracies up to 0.5 eV- half of the silicon band gap. We will present trends in defect levels as a function of device parameters. We show that these results explain previous experimental results, and we comment on their potential impact on models for NBTI. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under co.

  7. Treatment of Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures in Children

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    Vopat, Matthew L.; Kane, Patrick M.; Christino, Melissa A.; Truntzer, Jeremy; McClure, Philip; Katarincic, Julia; Vopat, Bryan G.

    2014-01-01

    Both bone forearm fractures are common orthopedic injuries. Optimal treatment is dictated not only by fracture characteristics but also patient age. In the pediatric population, acceptable alignment can tolerate greater fracture displacement due to the bone’s ability to remodel with remaining growth. Generally, these fractures can be successfully managed with closed reduction and casting, however operative fixation may also be required. The optimal method of fixation has not been clearly established. Currently, the most common operative interventions are open reduction with plate fixation versus closed or open reduction with intramedullary fixation. Plating has advantages of being more familiar to many surgeons, being theoretically superior in the ability to restore radial bow, and providing the possibility of hardware retention. Recently, intramedullary nailing has been gaining popularity due to decreased soft tissue dissection; however, a second operation is needed for hardware removal generally 6 months after the index procedure. Current literature has not established the superiority of one surgical method over the other. The goal of this manuscript is to review the current literature on the treatment of pediatric forearm fractures and provide clinical recommendations for optimal treatment, focusing specifically on children ages 3-10 years old. PMID:25002936

  8. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF CHILDREN DIAPHYSEAL FEMORAL FRACTURES

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    Hoffmann, Cassiano Ricardo; Traldi, Eduardo Franceschini; Posser, Alexandre

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the personal, fracture, treatment and complication characteristics among patients with pediatric femoral shaft fractures attended at the pediatric orthopedic service of the Joana de Gusmão Children's Hospital. Methods: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study on a population consisting of patients with femoral shaft fractures, aged between birth and 14 years and 11 months, who were divided into four age groups. Information was obtained from medical records and was transferred to a survey questionnaire to present personal, fracture, treatment and complication variables. Results: The study population consisted of 96 patients. Their mean age was 6.8 years. The cases were predominantly among males, comprising closed fractures on the right side, in the middle third with a single line. Regarding fracture etiology, traffic accidents predominated overall in the sample. Most of the patients (74 to 77.1%) presented femoral fractures as their only injury. Conservative treatment predominated in the group younger than six years of age, and surgical treatment in the group aged 6 to 14 years and 11 months. The complications observed until bone union were: discrepancy, infection and movement limitation. The mean time taken for consolidation was 9.6 ± 2.4 weeks, varying with age. Conclusion: The features of these fractures were similar to those described in the literature and the treatment used showed good results. The Joana de Gusmão Children's Hospital has used the treatment proposed in the literature for pediatric femoral shaft fractures. PMID:27042619

  9. Defects in metals. [Positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Siegel, R.W.

    1982-06-01

    The application of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) to the study of defects in metals has led to increased knowledge on lattice-defect properties during the past decade in two areas: the determination of atomic defect properties, particularly those of monovacancies, and the monitoring and characterization of vacancy-like microstructure development during post-irradiation and post-quench annealing. The study of defects in metals by PAS is reviewed within the context of the other available techniques for defect studies. The strengths and weaknesses of PAS as a method for the characterization of defect microstructures are considered. The additional possibilities for using the positron as a localized probe of the atomic and electronic structures of atomic defects are discussed, based upon theoretical calculations of the annihilation characteristics of defect-trapped positrons and experimental observations. Finally, the present status and future potential of PAS as a tool for the study of defects in metals is considered. 71 references, 9 figures.

  10. Facts about Atrial Septal Defect

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    ... Developmental Disabilities) be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image. Close × Atrial Septal Defect The images are ... Developmental Disabilities) be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image. Close Information For... ... Makers Language: English ...

  11. Photographic Screening for Eye Defects

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    Richardson, J.

    1985-01-01

    Images of retinas examined for characteristic patterns. Color photographs of retinas taken. Proper alinement of eye obtained by asking subject to gaze at light-emitting diode. "Red-eye" patterns in resulting color photographs examined by trained observers for signs of ocular defects. System used to check power of contact lenses and eyeglasses by taking photographs with these items in place.

  12. Birth Defects and Adolescent Pregnancies

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    Walters, James

    1975-01-01

    Home economists who work with adolescents can help prepare them for responsible parenthood later in life by explaining the known causes of various birth defects; providing basic information about human genetics, prenatal nutrition, and drug and alcohol effects; and motivating adolescents to exercise increased responsibility in their sexual…

  13. Water chlorination and birth defects.

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    Magnus, P; Jaakkola, J J; Skrondal, A; Alexander, J; Becher, G; Krogh, T; Dybing, E

    1999-09-01

    Chlorination of drinking water that contains organic compounds leads to the formation of by-products, some of which have been shown to have mutagenic or carcinogenic effects. As yet, too little is known about the possible teratogenic effects on the human fetus. We linked the Norwegian waterwork registry, containing 1994 data on chlorination practice and color (an indicator for natural organic matter), with the Medical Birth Registry for 1993-1995. The proportion of the population exposed to chlorination and a weighted mean color number in drinking water was computed for each municipality. Among 141,077 births, 2,608 (1.8%) had birth defects. In a comparison between exposed (high color; chlorination) and reference groups (low color; no chlorination), the adjusted odds ratio was 1.14 (0.99-1.31) for any malformation, 1.26 (0.61-2.62) for neural tube defects, and 1.99 (1.10-3.57) for urinary tract defects. This study provides further evidence of the role of chlorination of humic water as a potential cause of birth defects, in a country with relatively low levels of chlorination byproducts.

  14. Photographic Screening for Eye Defects

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Richardson, J.

    1985-01-01

    Images of retinas examined for characteristic patterns. Color photographs of retinas taken. Proper alinement of eye obtained by asking subject to gaze at light-emitting diode. "Red-eye" patterns in resulting color photographs examined by trained observers for signs of ocular defects. System used to check power of contact lenses and eyeglasses by taking photographs with these items in place.

  15. Genetic defects of iron transport.

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    Bannerman, R M

    1976-09-01

    Five genetic traits in man and laboratory animals have major effects on iron transport. The heterogeneous condition, hemochromatosis, in some families appears to segregate as a Mendelian trait, and is associated with defective control of intestinal iron absorption. In the very rare human autosomal recessive trait, atransferrinemia, there is an almost total lack of transferrin and gross maldistribution of iron through the body. In mice, sex-linked anemia (an X-linked recessive trait) causes iron deficiency through defective iron absorption, at the "exit" step; a similar defect probably exists in placental iron transfer. In microcytic anemia of mice, an autosomal recessive trait, iron absorption is also impaired because of a defect of iron entry into cells, which is probably generalized. Belgrade rat anemia, less understood at present, also may involve a major disorder of iron metabolism. Study of these mutations has provided new knowledge of iron metabolism and its genetic control Their phenotypic interaction with nutritional factors, especially the form and quantity of iron in the diet, may provide new insights for the study of nutrition.

  16. Delamination initiated by a defect

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    Biel, A.; Toftegaard, H.

    2016-07-01

    Composite materials in wind turbines are mainly joined with adhesives. Adhesive joining is preferable since it distributes the stresses over a larger area. This study shows how a defect can influence the fracture behaviour of adhesively joined composite. Repeated experiments are performed using double cantilever beam specimens loaded with bending moments. The specimens consist of two 8 mm thick GFRP-laminates which are joined by a 3 mm thick epoxy adhesive. A thin foil close to one of the laminates is used to start the crack. For some of the specimens a defect is created by an initial load-unload operation. During this operation, a clamp is used in order to prevent crack propagation in the main direction. For the specimens without defect, the crack propagates in the middle of the adhesive layer. For the specimens with defect, the crack directly deviates into the laminate. After about 25 mm propagation in the laminate, the crack returns to the adhesive. Compared to the adhesive the fracture energy for the laminate is significantly higher.

  17. Facts about Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... into the heart, where a doctor can take measurements and pictures, do tests, or repair the problem. Sometimes the heart defect can’t be fully repaired, but these procedures can improve blood flow and the way the heart works. Causes The ...

  18. Birth Defects and Adolescent Pregnancies

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Walters, James

    1975-01-01

    Home economists who work with adolescents can help prepare them for responsible parenthood later in life by explaining the known causes of various birth defects; providing basic information about human genetics, prenatal nutrition, and drug and alcohol effects; and motivating adolescents to exercise increased responsibility in their sexual…

  19. Instabilities, defects, and defect ordering in an overdamped active nematic†

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    Putzig, Elias; Redner, Gabriel S.; Baskaran, Arvind; Baskaran, Aparna

    2016-01-01

    We consider a phenomenological continuum theory for an extensile, overdamped active nematic liquid crystal, applicable in the dense regime. Constructed from general principles, the theory is universal, with parameters independent of any particular microscopic realization. We show that it exhibits two distinct instabilities, one of which arises due to shear forces, and the other due to active torques. Both lead to the proliferation of defects. We focus on the active torque bend instability and find three distinct nonequilibrium steady states including a defect-ordered nematic in which +12 disclinations develop polar ordering. We characterize the phenomenology of these phases and identify the relationship of this theoretical description to experimental realizations and other theoretical models of active nematics. PMID:26983376

  20. Predicting internal red oak (Quercus rubra) log defect features using surface defect defect measurements

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    R. Edward. Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Determining the defects located within a log is crucial to understanding the tree/log resource for efficient processing. However, existing means of doing this non-destructively requires the use of expensive x-ray/CT (computerized tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or microwave technology. These methods do not lend themselves to fast, efficient, and cost-...

  1. Defect-related properties of optical coatings

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    Cheng, Xinbin; Wang, Zhanshan

    2014-02-01

    Defects in optical coatings are a major factor degrading their performance. Based on the nature of defects, we classified them into two categories: visible defects and non-visible defects. Visible defects result from the replication of substrate imperfections or particulates within the coatings by subsequent layers and can increase scattering loss, produce critical errors in extreme ultraviolet lithography, weaken mechanical and environmental stability, and reduce laser damage resistance. Non-visible defects mainly involve a decrease in laser damage resistance but typically have no influence on other properties of optical coatings. In the case of widely used HfO2/SiO2 dielectric coatings, metallic Hf nano-clusters, off-stoichiometric HfO2 nano-clusters, or areas of high-density electronic defects have been postulated as possible sources for non-visible defects. The emphasis of this review is devoted to discussing localized defect-driven laser-induced damage (LID) in optical coatings used for nanosecond-scale pulsed laser applications, but consideration is also given to other properties of optical coatings such as scattering, environmental stability, etc. The low densities and diverse properties of defects make the systematic study of LID initiating from localized defects time-consuming and very challenging. Experimental and theoretical studies of localized defect-driven LID using artificial defects whose properties can be well controlled are highlighted.

  2. Engaging Hill-Sachs Defects

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    Burns, David; Chahal, Jaskarndip; Shahrokhi, Shahram; Henry, Patrick; Wasserstein, David; Whyne, Cari; Theodoropoulos, John S.; Ogilvie-Harris, Darrell; Dwyer, Tim

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: Anatomic studies have demonstrated that bipolar glenoid and humeral bone loss have a cumulative impact on shoulder instability, and that these defects may engage in functional positions depending on their size, location, and orientation, potentially resulting in failure of stabilization procedures. Determining which lesions pose a risk for engagement remains a challenge, with arthroscopic assessment and Itoi’s 3DCT based glenoid track method being the accepted approaches at this time. The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction of humeral and glenoid bone defects on shoulder engagement in a cadaveric model. Two alternative approaches to predicting engagement were evaluated; 1) CT scanning the shoulder in abduction and external rotation 2) measurement of Bankart lesion width and a novel parameter, the intact anterior articular angle (IAAA), on conventional 2D multi-plane reformats. The results of these two approaches were compared to the results obtained using Itoi’s glenoid track method for predicting engagement. Methods: Hill-Sachs and Bony Bankart defects of varying size were created in 12 cadaveric upper limbs, producing 45 bipolar defect combinations. The shoulders were assessed for engagement using cone beam CT in various positions of function, from 30 to 90 degrees of both abduction and external rotation. The humeral and glenoid defects were characterized by measurement of their size, location, and orientation. Diagnostic performance measures for predicting engagement were calculated for both the abduction external rotation scan and 2D IAAA approaches using the glenoid track method as reference standard. Results: Engagement was predicted by Itoi’s glenoid track method in 24 of 45 specimens (53%). The abduction external rotation CT scan performed at 60 degrees of glenohumeral abduction (corresponding to 90 degrees of abduction relative to the trunk) and 90 degrees of external rotation predicted engagement accurately in 43 of

  3. 7 CFR 52.780 - Defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... United States Standards for Grades of Canned Red Tart Pitted Cherries 1 Factors of Quality § 52.780 Defects. (a) General. The factor of defects refers to the degree of freedom from harmless extraneous...

  4. 7 CFR 52.780 - Defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... United States Standards for Grades of Canned Red Tart Pitted Cherries 1 Factors of Quality § 52.780 Defects. (a) General. The factor of defects refers to the degree of freedom from harmless extraneous...

  5. 7 CFR 51.2659 - Condition defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... Standards for Grades for Sweet Cherries 1 Definitions § 51.2659 Condition defects. Condition defects means... soft cherries and such factors as pitting, shriveling, sunken areas, brown discoloration and...

  6. Atrioventricular canal (endocardial cushion defect) (image)

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    Endocardial cushion defect is an abnormal heart condition which occurs during the development of the baby. In this condition ... mix causing the heart to work harder. Endocardial cushion defect is strongly associated with several genetic abnormalities.

  7. Automatic classification of blank substrate defects

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    Boettiger, Tom; Buck, Peter; Paninjath, Sankaranarayanan; Pereira, Mark; Ronald, Rob; Rost, Dan; Samir, Bhamidipati

    2014-10-01

    Mask preparation stages are crucial in mask manufacturing, since this mask is to later act as a template for considerable number of dies on wafer. Defects on the initial blank substrate, and subsequent cleaned and coated substrates, can have a profound impact on the usability of the finished mask. This emphasizes the need for early and accurate identification of blank substrate defects and the risk they pose to the patterned reticle. While Automatic Defect Classification (ADC) is a well-developed technology for inspection and analysis of defects on patterned wafers and masks in the semiconductors industry, ADC for mask blanks is still in the early stages of adoption and development. Calibre ADC is a powerful analysis tool for fast, accurate, consistent and automatic classification of defects on mask blanks. Accurate, automated classification of mask blanks leads to better usability of blanks by enabling defect avoidance technologies during mask writing. Detailed information on blank defects can help to select appropriate job-decks to be written on the mask by defect avoidance tools [1][4][5]. Smart algorithms separate critical defects from the potentially large number of non-critical defects or false defects detected at various stages during mask blank preparation. Mechanisms used by Calibre ADC to identify and characterize defects include defect location and size, signal polarity (dark, bright) in both transmitted and reflected review images, distinguishing defect signals from background noise in defect images. The Calibre ADC engine then uses a decision tree to translate this information into a defect classification code. Using this automated process improves classification accuracy, repeatability and speed, while avoiding the subjectivity of human judgment compared to the alternative of manual defect classification by trained personnel [2]. This paper focuses on the results from the evaluation of Automatic Defect Classification (ADC) product at MP Mask

  8. Window defect planar mapping technique

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    Minton, F. R.; Minton, U. O. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    A method of planar mapping defects in a window having an edge surface and a planar surface. The method is comprised of steps for mounting the window on a support surface. Then a light sensitive paper is placed adjacent to the window surface. A light source is positioned adjacent to the window edge. The window is then illuminated with the source of light for a predetermined interval of time. Defects on the surface of the glass, as well as in the interior of the glass are detected by analyzing the developed light sensitive paper. The light source must be in the form of optical fibers or a light tube whose light transmitting ends are placed near the edge surface of the window.

  9. Defect tolerant transmission lithography mask

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    Vernon, Stephen P.

    2000-01-01

    A transmission lithography mask that utilizes a transparent substrate or a partially transparent membrane as the active region of the mask. A reflective single layer or multilayer coating is deposited on the membrane surface facing the illumination system. The coating is selectively patterned (removed) to form transmissive (bright) regions. Structural imperfections and defects in the coating have negligible effect on the aerial image of the mask master pattern since the coating is used to reflect radiation out of the entrance pupil of the imaging system. Similarly, structural imperfections in the clear regions of the membrane have little influence on the amplitude or phase of the transmitted electromagnetic fields. Since the mask "discards," rather than absorbs, unwanted radiation, it has reduced optical absorption and reduced thermal loading as compared to conventional designs. For EUV applications, the mask circumvents the phase defect problem, and is independent of the thermal load during exposure.

  10. Reconstructive options for periocular defects.

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    Jewett, B S; Shockley, W W

    2001-06-01

    Reconstruction of the periorbital area following skin cancer excision requires a thorough knowledge of orbital anatomy and eyelid function. Reconstructive procedures should maintain the function of periorbital structures while attempting to achieve optimal cosmesis. Generally, eyelid reconstruction can be considered in terms of the thickness and overall size of the defect. Both the anterior and posterior lamella should be restored, and at least one of these layers needs to be vascularized. The integrity of the canthal tendons should also be addressed. If severed, the tendons should be attached to bony landmarks in order to recreate the proper curvature of the eyelid against the globe. Finally, defects involving the lacrimal system should be assessed and properly reconstituted.

  11. Why Search for Congenital Defects?

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    Collins, John F.

    1966-01-01

    The causation of congenital malformation is receiving increased study. In Canada, epidemiologic surveys are being planned, based upon the institution of Provincial Registries to which physicians and other agencies will voluntarily report cases coming to their attention. The literature in regard to prevalence studies of congenital cardiac defects in school children is reviewed. Over the past 25 years, studies employing the proposed technique demonstrated a rising trend, from 1.4 per 1000 to 2.6 per 1000. By contrast, specific surveys for congenital cardiac defect carried out by expert personnel using radiographs and electrocardiographs, resulted in essentially uniform rates, approximating 5 to 6 per 1000. It is concluded that the latter is a superior technique of epidemiologic survey over the “Central Registry” method, and should command a due proportion of health resources directed towards congenital malformation research. PMID:5914837

  12. Cooperation and Defection in Ghetto

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    Kułakowski, Krzysztof

    We consider ghetto as a community of people ruled against their will by an external power. Members of the community feel that their laws are broken. However, attempts to leave ghetto makes their situation worse. We discuss the relation of the ghetto inhabitants to the ruling power in context of their needs, organized according to the Maslow hierarchy. Decisions how to satisfy successive needs are undertaken in cooperation with or defection the ruling power. This issue allows to construct the tree of decisions and to adopt the pruning technique from the game theory. Dynamics of decisions can be described within the formalism of fundamental equations. The result is that the strategy of defection is stabilized by the estimated payoff.

  13. Inspection of lithographic mask blanks for defects

    DOEpatents

    Sommargren, Gary E.

    2001-01-01

    A visible light method for detecting sub-100 nm size defects on mask blanks used for lithography. By using optical heterodyne techniques, detection of the scattered light can be significantly enhanced as compared to standard intensity detection methods. The invention is useful in the inspection of super-polished surfaces for isolated surface defects or particulate contamination and in the inspection of lithographic mask or reticle blanks for surface defects or bulk defects or for surface particulate contamination.

  14. COMPARISON OF SELECTED WELD DEFECT EXTRACTION METHODS

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    Sikora, R.; Baniukiewicz, P.; Chady, T.; Rucinski, W.; Swiadek, K.; Caryk, M.; Lopato, P.

    2008-02-28

    This paper presents three different methods of welding defects detection from radiographs. First two methods are dedicated for extraction of flaws directly from radiograms. Fuzzy logic system considers whether the pixel belongs to crack (or background) using defects probability maps together with simple fuzzy rules. Neural network method uses knowledge gathered from radiographs with known defects. Indirect method extracts defects by subtracting background from the radiograph and next using various local thresholding methods.

  15. Comparison of Selected Weld Defect Extraction Methods

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    Sikora, R.; Baniukiewicz, P.; Chady, T.; Ruciński, W.; Świadek, K.; Caryk, M.; Lopato, P.

    2008-02-01

    This paper presents three different methods of welding defects detection from radiographs. First two methods are dedicated for extraction of flaws directly from radiograms. Fuzzy logic system considers whether the pixel belongs to crack (or background) using defects probability maps together with simple fuzzy rules. Neural network method uses knowledge gathered from radiographs with known defects. Indirect method extracts defects by subtracting background from the radiograph and next using various local thresholding methods.

  16. Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-04-01

    chest CT was performed to evaluate for pulmonary embolism (figure 2). The chest radiograph (figure 1) demonstrates increased central pulmonary ...Fig. 5 Sinus venosus defect at birth . The shaded area in purple represents the sinus venosum. The anomalous right pulmonary venous anatomy...department (ED) with chest pain and an ankle fracture after being hit by a car while riding a horse. Chest imaging noted enlarged central pulmonary

  17. Visual field defects in onchocerciasis.

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    Thylefors, B; Tønjum, A M

    1978-01-01

    Lesions in the posterior segment of the eye in onchocerciasis may give visual field defects, but so far no detailed investigation has been done to determine the functional visual loss. Examination of the visual fields in 18 selected cases of onchocerciasis by means of a tangent screen test revealed important visual field defects associated with lesions in the posterior segment of the eye. Involvement of the optic nerve seemed to be important, giving rise to severely constricted visual fields. Cases of postneuritic optic atrophy showed a very uniform pattern of almost completely constricted visual fields, with only 5 to 10 degree central rest spared. Papillitis gave a similar severe constriction of the visual fields. The pattern of visual fields associated with optic neuropathy in onchocerciasis indicates that a progressive lesion of the optic nerve from the periphery may be responsible for the loss of vision. The visual field defects in onchocerciasis constitute a serious handicap, which must be taken into consideration when estimating the socioeconomic importance of the disease. Images PMID:678499

  18. Photonic crystals with topological defects

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    Liew, Seng Fatt; Knitter, Sebastian; Xiong, Wen; Cao, Hui

    2015-02-01

    We introduce topological defects to a square lattice of elliptical cylinders. Despite the broken translational symmetry, the long-range positional order of the cylinders leads to a residual photonic band gap in the local density of optical states. However, the band-edge modes are strongly modified by the spatial variation of the ellipse orientation. The Γ -X band-edge mode splits into four regions of high intensity and the output flux becomes asymmetric due to the formation of crystalline domains with different orientation. The Γ -M band-edge mode has the energy flux circulating around the topological defect center, creating an optical vortex. By removing the elliptical cylinders at the center, we create localized defect states, which are dominated by either clockwise or counterclockwise circulating waves. The flow direction can be switched by changing the ellipse orientation. The deterministic aperiodic variation of the unit cell orientation adds another dimension to the control of light in photonic crystals, enabling the creation of a diversified field pattern and energy flow landscape.

  19. Characterization of deep level defects present in mono-like, quasi-mono and multicrystalline silicon solar substrates

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    Pérez, E.; García, H.; Castán, H.; Dueñas, S.

    2015-03-01

    Defects on mono-like (ml-Si), quasi-mono (qm-Si) and multicrystalline silicon solar cell substrates are studied in depth. Using the thermal admittance spectroscopy technique we found a single deep level with an activation energy between 213 and 224 meV and a capture cross section in the order of 10-15-10-14 cm2, in the case of ml-Si samples. The 271, 291 and 373 meV levels were found in qm-Si samples. The first one is associated with a capture cross section in the order of 10-16 cm2, the second one in the order of 10-14, while the third one is associated, for the same magnitude, with a value in the order of 10-12 cm2. Multicrystalline samples showed two tendencies in the Arrhenius plot fit associated with a deep level in each one. The activation energy of the first one ranges from 336 meV to 342 meV, and the capture cross sections are in the order of 10-13-10-11 cm2. The values obtained for the second one are 251 and 171 meV, with the capture cross section values in the order of 10-15 and 10-18 cm2, respectively. The nature of these defects is probably due to iron-based impurities in different complexes. Segregation into extended defects of Fei or Fei-V is the most probable cause of the deep levels with higher capture cross section value. Punctual complexes such as Fei or Fei-V2 are probably the reason for the deep levels with lower capture cross section value.

  20. Templates Aid Removal Of Defects From Castings

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    Hendrickson, Robert G.

    1992-01-01

    Templates used to correlate defects in castings with local wall thicknesses. Placed on part to be inspected after coated with penetrant dye. Positions of colored spots (indicative of defects) noted. Ultrasonic inspector measures thickness of wall at unacceptable defects only - overall inspection not necessary.

  1. Electroneutral intrinsic point defects in cadmium chalcogenides

    SciTech Connect

    Kharif, Ya.L.; Kudryashov, N.I.; Strunilina, T.A.

    1987-12-01

    Low-mobility electrically neutral intrinsic point defects were observed in cadmium chalcogenides. It was shown that the concentration of these defects is proportional to the cadmium vapor pressure to the 1/3 power at a constant temperature, and a mechanism for the formation of these defects were proposed.

  2. 7 CFR 51.2659 - Condition defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Condition defects. 51.2659 Section 51.2659 Agriculture... Standards for Grades for Sweet Cherries 1 Definitions § 51.2659 Condition defects. Condition defects means... soft cherries and such factors as pitting, shriveling, sunken areas, brown discoloration and bruising...

  3. Method for mask repair using defect compensation

    DOEpatents

    Sweeney, Donald W.; Ray-Chaudhuri, Avijit K.

    2001-01-01

    A method for repair of amplitude and/or phase defects in lithographic masks. The method involves modifying or altering a portion of the absorber pattern on the surface of the mask blank proximate to the mask defect to compensate for the local disturbance (amplitude or phase) of the optical field due to the defect.

  4. Photographic guide of selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in yellow birch

    Treesearch

    Everette D. Rast; John A. Beaton; David L. Sonderman

    1991-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide assists the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development for yellow birch. Eleven types of external...

  5. Photographic guide of selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in sugar maple

    Treesearch

    Everette D. Rast; John A. Beaton; David L. Sonderman

    1991-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide assists the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development for sugar maple. Eleven types of external...

  6. Second workshop role of point defects/defect complexes in silicon device fabrication

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    Abstracts are presented of 24 papers, arranged under the following session/panel headings: defects and impurities in commercial photovoltaic Si substrates, point defects and point defect processes, impurity gettering for Si solar cells, gettering in Si solar cells, and passivation of impurities and defects.

  7. Photographic guide of selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in northern red oak

    Treesearch

    Everette D. Rast

    1982-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide aids the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and also shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development. It illustrates and describes eight types...

  8. Photographic guide of selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in white oak

    Treesearch

    Everette D. Rast; John A. Beaton; David L. Sonderman; David L. Sonderman

    1989-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide assists the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and also shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development for white oak. It illustrates and...

  9. Photographic guide to selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in black walnut

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    Everette D.Beaton John A. Rast; David L. Sonderman; David L. Sonderman

    1988-01-01

    To properly classify qr grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide aids the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and also shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its develqpment for black walnut. It illustrates and...

  10. Photographic guide of selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in yellow-poplar

    Treesearch

    Everette D. Rast; John A. Beaton; David L. Sonderman

    1991-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide assists the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development for yellow-poplar. Twelve types of external...

  11. Photographic guide to selected external defect indicators and associated internal defects in black cherry

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    Everette D. Rast; John A. Beaton; John A. Beaton

    1985-01-01

    To properly classify or grade logs or trees, one must be able to correctly identify defect indicators and assess the effect of the underlying defect on possible end products. This guide aids the individual in identifying the surface defect indicator and also shows the progressive stages of the defect throughout its development for black cherry. It illustrates and...

  12. ENDEAVOUR to understand EUV buried defect printability

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    Seki, Kazunori; Isogawa, Takeshi; Kagawa, Masayuki; Akima, Shinji; Kodera, Yutaka; Badger, Karen; Qi, Zhengqing J.; Lawliss, Mark; Rankin, Jed; Bonam, Ravi

    2015-07-01

    NAP-PD (Native Acting Phase - Programmed Defects), otherwise known as buried program defects, with attributes very similar to native defects, are successfully fabricated using a high accuracy overlay technique. The defect detectability and visibility are analyzed with conventional phase contrast blank inspection @193 nm wavelength, pattern inspection @193 nm wavelength and SEM. The mask is also printed on wafer and printability is discussed. Finally, the inspection sensitivity and wafer printability are compared, leading to the observation that the current blank and pattern inspection sensitivity is not enough to detect all of the printable defects.

  13. The defect variance of random spherical harmonics

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    Marinucci, Domenico; Wigman, Igor

    2011-09-01

    The defect of a function f:M\\rightarrow {R} is defined as the difference between the measure of the positive and negative regions. In this paper, we begin the analysis of the distribution of defect of random Gaussian spherical harmonics. By an easy argument, the defect is non-trivial only for even degree and the expected value always vanishes. Our principal result is evaluating the defect variance, asymptotically in the high-frequency limit. As other geometric functionals of random eigenfunctions, the defect may be used as a tool to probe the statistical properties of spherical random fields, a topic of great interest for modern cosmological data analysis.

  14. Effects of Stone-Wales and vacancy defects in atomic-scale friction on defective graphite

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    Sun, Xiao-Yu; Wu, RunNi; Xia, Re; Chu, Xi-Hua; Xu, Yuan-Jie

    2014-05-05

    Graphite is an excellent solid lubricant for surface coating, but its performance is significantly weakened by the vacancy or Stone-Wales (SW) defect. This study uses molecular dynamics simulations to explore the frictional behavior of a diamond tip sliding over a graphite which contains a single defect or stacked defects. Our results suggest that the friction on defective graphite shows a strong dependence on defect location and type. The 5-7-7-5 structure of SW defect results in an effectively negative slope of friction. For defective graphite containing a defect in the surface, adding a single vacancy in the interior layer will decrease the friction coefficients, while setting a SW defect in the interior layer may increase the friction coefficients. Our obtained results may provide useful information for understanding the atomic-scale friction properties of defective graphite.

  15. Defect disorder in UO{sub 2}

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    Hassan, A.-R.; El-Azab, Anter; Yablinsky, Clarissa; Allen, T.

    2013-08-15

    A defect disorder model has been developed to determine equilibrium off-stoichiometry and its spatial variations in UO{sub 2} crystals. The model gives the concentrations of atomic defects and electronic carriers as functions of oxygen partial pressure and temperature in the bulk and near crystal surfaces subject to an oxygen environment. Energetic parameters from published density functional theory calculations have been integrated into the defect disorder model for an accurate determination of the defect density and off-stoichiometry. The ionosorption theory has been used to couple the oxygen environment with the defect state in the crystal as we solved for the defect disorder near crystal surfaces. Contrary to the common belief that hyper-stoichiometry of UO{sub 2} is dominated by oxygen interstitials, the current model predicts that this regime is rather dominated by uranium vacancies. The model predictions also show that, in the presence of surfaces, the point defect concentrations vary by orders of magnitude in the subsurface region relative to the bulk region. Highlights: • Defect disorder in bulk UO2+x is modeled in terms of temperature and oxygen pressure. • The densities of atomic defects and electronic charge carriers are determined. • The model is extended to study the heterogeneity of defect density near crystal surfaces. • The surface effect is modeled using ionosorption theory. • The dominant defect type and off-stoichiometry profile near surface are found.

  16. Novel EUV Mask Blank Defect Repair Developments

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    Hau-Riege, S; Barty, A; Mirkarimi, P

    2003-03-31

    The development of defect-free reticle blanks is an important challenge facing the commercialization of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL). The basis of EUVL reticles are mask blanks consisting of a substrate and a reflective Mo/Si multilayer. Defects on the substrate or defects introduced during multilayer deposition can result in critical phase and amplitude defects. Amplitude- or phase-defect repair techniques are being developed with the goal to repair many of these defects. In this report, we discuss progress in two areas of defect repair: (1) We discuss the effect of the residual reflectance variation over the repair zone after amplitude-defect repair on the process window. This allows the determination of the maximum tolerable residual damage induced by amplitude defect repair. (2) We further performed a quantitative assessment of the yield improvement due to defect repair. We found that amplitude- and phase-defect repair have the potential to significantly improve mask blank yield. Our calculations further show that yield can be maximized by increasing the number of Mo/Si bilayers.

  17. Resist process optimization for further defect reduction

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    Tanaka, Keiichi; Iseki, Tomohiro; Marumoto, Hiroshi; Takayanagi, Koji; Yoshida, Yuichi; Uemura, Ryouichi; Yoshihara, Kosuke

    2012-03-01

    Defect reduction has become one of the most important technical challenges in device mass-production. Knowing that resist processing on a clean track strongly impacts defect formation in many cases, we have been trying to improve the track process to enhance customer yield. For example, residual type defect and pattern collapse are strongly related to process parameters in developer, and we have reported new develop and rinse methods in the previous papers. Also, we have reported the optimization method of filtration condition to reduce bridge type defects, which are mainly caused by foreign substances such as gels in resist. Even though we have contributed resist caused defect reduction in past studies, defect reduction requirements continue to be very important. In this paper, we will introduce further process improvements in terms of resist defect reduction, including the latest experimental data.

  18. 7 CFR 42.106 - Classifying and recording defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... container is scored only once for these two defects since the rust condition can be atributed to the leak... “leaker” (a critical defect) and not as “pitted rust” (a major defect). (2) Unrelated defects are...

  19. 7 CFR 42.106 - Classifying and recording defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... container is scored only once for these two defects since the rust condition can be atributed to the leak... “leaker” (a critical defect) and not as “pitted rust” (a major defect). (2) Unrelated defects are...

  20. 7 CFR 42.106 - Classifying and recording defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... container is scored only once for these two defects since the rust condition can be attributed to the leak... “leaker” (a critical defect) and not as “pitted rust” (a major defect). (2) Unrelated defects are...

  1. 7 CFR 42.106 - Classifying and recording defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... container is scored only once for these two defects since the rust condition can be atributed to the leak... “leaker” (a critical defect) and not as “pitted rust” (a major defect). (2) Unrelated defects are...

  2. Posttraumatic cortical defect of femur.

    PubMed

    Nadarajah, Jeyaseelan; Srivastava, Deep N; Malhotra, Rajesh; Palaniswamy, Aravindh

    2013-01-01

    Posttraumatic cortical defect of bone is a rare entity which occurs in a maturing skeleton following green stick or torus fracture. Most of the cases are asymptomatic and they are detected incidentally on radiograph. These lesions usually require no treatment. However, the appearance of these lesions can mimic various pathological conditions affecting bone. Knowledge about this entity is important as it avoids unnecessary investigations. We present this case as the occurrence of this entity in femur is very rare and the child was symptomatic.

  3. On nuclear reactions in defects

    SciTech Connect

    Sienes, J.K. )

    1991-05-01

    The variability of results concerning cold fusion, together with the difficulty of explaining the observations, suggests that some nonstandard processes may be occurring. One such possibility is that nuclear reactions occur in defects of a deuterated lattice as a result of transient motions that momentarily bring deuterium atoms into close proximity. In this paper a mechanism involving shear of a one-dimensional lattice is described that illustrates this possibility. Order-of-magnitude estimates indicate that the expected fusion rate is not inconsistent with some experiments.

  4. Reconstruction of Peripelvic Oncologic Defects.

    PubMed

    Weichman, Katie E; Matros, Evan; Disa, Joseph J

    2017-10-01

    After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand the anatomy of the peripelvic area. 2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of performing peripelvic reconstruction in patients undergoing oncologic resection. 3. Select the appropriate local, pedicled, or free-flap reconstruction based on the location of the defect and donor-site characteristics. Peripelvic reconstruction most commonly occurs in the setting of oncologic ablative surgery. The peripelvic area contains several distinct reconstructive regions, including vagina, vulva, penis, and scrotum. Each area provides unique reconstructive considerations. In addition, prior or future radiation therapy or chemotherapy along with cancer cachexia can increase the complexity of reconstruction.

  5. Robotic atrial septal defect closure.

    PubMed

    Senay, Sahin; Gullu, Ahmet Umit; Kocyigit, Muharrem; Degirmencioglu, Aleks; Karabulut, Hasan; Alhan, Cem

    2014-01-01

    Atrial septal defect (ASD) is one of the most common congenital cardiac diseases. This pathology can be treated with percutaneous devices. However, some of the ASDs are not suitable for device closure. Also, there may be device-related late complications of transcatheter ASD closure. Currently, robotic surgical techniques allow surgeons to close ASDs in a totally endoscopic fashion with a high success rate and a low complication rate. This study demonstrates the basic concepts and technique of robotic ASD closure. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  6. Paediatric cranial defect reconstruction using bioactive fibre-reinforced composite implant: early outcomes.

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    Piitulainen, Jaakko M; Posti, Jussi P; Aitasalo, Kalle M J; Vuorinen, Ville; Vallittu, Pekka K; Serlo, Willy

    2015-04-01

    In children, approximately half of cryopreserved allograft bone flaps fail due to infection and resorption. Synthetic materials offer a solution for allograft bone flap resorption. Fibre-reinforced composite with a bioactive glass particulate filling is a new synthetic material for bone reconstruction. Bioactive glass is capable of chemically bonding with bone and is osteoinductive, osteoconductive and bacteriostatic. Fibre-reinforced composite allows for fabricating thin (0.8 mm) margins for implant, which are designed as onlays on the existing bone. Bioactive glass is dissolved over time, whereas the fibre-reinforced composite serves as a biostable part of the implant, and these have been tested in preclinical and adult clinical trials. In this study, we tested the safety and other required properties of this composite material in large skull bone reconstruction with children. Eight cranioplasties were performed on seven patients, aged 2.5-16 years and having large (>16 cm(2)) skull bone defects. The implant used in this study was a patient-specific, glass-fibre-reinforced composite, which contained a bioactive glass particulate compound, S53P4. During follow-up (average 35.1 months), one minor complication was observed and three patients needed revision surgery. Two surgical site infections were observed. After treatment of complications, a good functional and cosmetic outcome was observed in all patients. The implants had an onlay design and fitted the defect well. In clinical and imaging examinations, the implants were in the original position with no signs of implant migration, degradation or mechanical breakage. Here, we found that early cranioplasty outcomes with the fibre-reinforced composite implant were promising. However, a longer follow-up time and a larger group of patients are needed to draw firmer conclusions regarding the long-term benefits of the proposed novel biomaterial and implant design. The glass-fibre-reinforced composite implant

  7. Improvement in accuracy of defect size measurement by automatic defect classification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Samir, Bhamidipati; Pereira, Mark; Paninjath, Sankaranarayanan; Jeon, Chan-Uk; Chung, Dong-Hoon; Yoon, Gi-Sung; Jung, Hong-Yul

    2015-10-01

    The blank mask defect review process involves detailed analysis of defects observed across a substrate's multiple preparation stages, such as cleaning and resist-coating. The detailed knowledge of these defects plays an important role in the eventual yield obtained by using the blank. Defect knowledge predominantly comprises of details such as the number of defects observed, and their accurate sizes. Mask usability assessment at the start of the preparation process, is crudely based on number of defects. Similarly, defect size gives an idea of eventual wafer defect printability. Furthermore, monitoring defect characteristics, specifically size and shape, aids in obtaining process related information such as cleaning or coating process efficiencies. Blank mask defect review process is largely manual in nature. However, the large number of defects, observed for latest technology nodes with reducing half-pitch sizes; and the associated amount of information, together make the process increasingly inefficient in terms of review time, accuracy and consistency. The usage of additional tools such as CDSEM may be required to further aid the review process resulting in increasing costs. Calibre® MDPAutoClassify™ provides an automated software alternative, in the form of a powerful analysis tool for fast, accurate, consistent and automatic classification of blank defects. Elaborate post-processing algorithms are applied on defect images generated by inspection machines, to extract and report significant defect information such as defect size, affecting defect printability and mask usability. The algorithm's capabilities are challenged by the variety and complexity of defects encountered, in terms of defect nature, size, shape and composition; and the optical phenomena occurring around the defect [1]. This paper mainly focuses on the results from the evaluation of Calibre® MDPAutoClassify™ product. The main objective of this evaluation is to assess the capability of

  8. Defect engineering in Multinary Semiconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Radautsan, S. I.

    1993-12-01

    The last two decades have shown a rapid increase both in our knowledge of the multinary compounds and their applications in engineering. The remarkable scientific leaders from different countries Prof. N.A.Goryunova, M.Rodot, A. Rabenau, E. Parthe, P. Manca, K. Matsumoto, C. Schwab, R. Tomlinson, J. Woolley, W.T. Kim, T. Irie, A. Zunger, N. Joshi, E. Sato et al. made their valuable contribution to the problems of the classification,crystal chemistry,growing processes and characterizations of multinary compounds [1-3]. Most of them were technologically difficult and as a result it was very hard to obtain the crystals with reproducible parameters. It was therefore obvious the well coordinated efforts in the field of chemistry,physics and electronics to be required. In this paper we review some of the major original results to get the defective compounds suitable for fundamental research and electronic applications. The main attention is paid to such effects as non-stoichiometry, order-disorder phase transitions as well as to non-equilibrium treatment by employing different methods of the defect engineering.

  9. Magnetoencephalography signals are influenced by skull defects.

    PubMed

    Lau, S; Flemming, L; Haueisen, J

    2014-08-01

    Magnetoencephalography (MEG) signals had previously been hypothesized to have negligible sensitivity to skull defects. The objective is to experimentally investigate the influence of conducting skull defects on MEG and EEG signals. A miniaturized electric dipole was implanted in vivo into rabbit brains. Simultaneous recording using 64-channel EEG and 16-channel MEG was conducted, first above the intact skull and then above a skull defect. Skull defects were filled with agar gels, which had been formulated to have tissue-like homogeneous conductivities. The dipole was moved beneath the skull defects, and measurements were taken at regularly spaced points. The EEG signal amplitude increased 2-10 times, whereas the MEG signal amplitude reduced by as much as 20%. The EEG signal amplitude deviated more when the source was under the edge of the defect, whereas the MEG signal amplitude deviated more when the source was central under the defect. The change in MEG field-map topography (relative difference measure, RDM(∗)=0.15) was geometrically related to the skull defect edge. MEG and EEG signals can be substantially affected by skull defects. MEG source modeling requires realistic volume conductor head models that incorporate skull defects. Copyright © 2013 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Low-temperature photoluminescence characterization of defects formation in hydrogen and helium implanted silicon at post-implantation annealing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mudryi, A. V.; Korshunov, F. P.; Patuk, A. I.; Shakin, I. A.; Larionova, T. P.; Ulyashin, A. G.; Job, R.; Fahrner, W. R.; Emtsev, V. V.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Oganesyan, G.

    2001-12-01

    The systematical low-temperature (4.2 K) photoluminescence (PL) study of the formation kinetics of optically active centers in H and He implanted CZ Si, annealed in the temperature range of 200-1000°C is presented. The samples were implanted with H (energy E=80 keV, dose D=10 15/10 16 cm -2) and He ( E=150 keV, D=5×10 14 cm -2) ions. It was found that the annealing of H or He implanted samples leads to the appearance and evolution of a number of zero-phonon lines as well as of broad bands. The origin of the observed lines and bands is discussed. It is assumed that the strong stresses around hydrogen-related structural defects (voids, bubbles) during the annealing at 500-700°C of H implanted Si lead to the formation of a specific optical center M‧ (∼1.012 eV PL line).

  11. [Treatment of post-traumatic chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis and soft tissue defect by using combined muscle and skin flaps of calf].

    PubMed

    Shen, Yuming; Hu, Xiaohua; Wen, Chunquan; Ning, Fanggang; Yu, Dongning; Qin, Fengjun

    2013-09-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of distally pedicled peroneus brevis muscle flaps and reverse sural neurovascular island flaps for post-traumatic chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis and soft tissue defects. Between January 2008 and January 2012, 9 patients suffering from post-traumatic chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis and soft tissue defects were treated, including 8 males and 1 female with an average age of 33 years (range, 18-46 years). The left heel was involved in 4 cases, and right heel in 5 cases. Infection occurred after reduction and internal fixation of closed fractures of the calcaneus in 7 cases, and open calcaneal fracture and soft tissue defect in 2 cases. The disease duration was 2 months to 3 years (mean, 5 months). Purulent secretion, tissue necrosis, or sinus formation was observed in all wounds. The results of bacterial culture were positive. X-ray and CT examination showed uneven density of calcaneus and bone cavity or dead bone formation. After thorough debridement, the size of bone defect ranged from 3 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm to 6 cm x 4 cm x 3 cm; the size of soft tissue defect ranged from 7 cm x 3 cm to 12 cm x 7 cm. The distally pedicled peroneus brevis muscle flaps (11 cm x 3 cm-16 cm x 4 cm) were used for bone defect repair, and reverse sural neurovascular island flaps (8 cm x 4 cm-14 cm x 8 cm) for soft tissue defect. The donor site was directly sutured in 6 cases and repaired by skin graft in 3 cases. After operation, reverse sural neurovascular island flaps survived in 9 cases, and all wounds healed by first intention. No necrosis or liquefaction of distally pedicled peroneus brevis muscle flaps was observed. Incision at donor site healed by first intention, and skin grafts at donor site survived. All cases were followed up 6-24 months (mean, 13.5 months). The flaps had good texture. No recurrence of osteomyelitis was observed. Basic weight-bearing walking function was restorated. No obvious calcaneal collapse happened. The distally pedicled

  12. Effects of in-cascade defect clustering on near-term defect evolution

    SciTech Connect

    Heinisch, H.L.

    1997-08-01

    The effects of in-cascade defect clustering on the nature of the subsequent defect population are being studied using stochastic annealing simulations applied to cascades generated in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The results of the simulations illustrates the strong influence of the defect configuration existing in the primary damage state on subsequent defect evolution. The large differences in mobility and stability of vacancy and interstitial defects and the rapid one-dimensional diffusion of small, glissile interstitial loops produced directly in cascades have been shown to be significant factors affecting the evolution of the defect distribution. In recent work, the effects of initial cluster sizes appear to be extremely important.

  13. Defect-Engineered Metal–Organic Frameworks

    PubMed Central

    Fang, Zhenlan; Bueken, Bart; De Vos, Dirk E; Fischer, Roland A

    2015-01-01

    Defect engineering in metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) is an exciting concept for tailoring material properties, which opens up novel opportunities not only in sorption and catalysis, but also in controlling more challenging physical characteristics such as band gap as well as magnetic and electrical/conductive properties. It is challenging to structurally characterize the inherent or intentionally created defects of various types, and there have so far been few efforts to comprehensively discuss these issues. Based on selected reports spanning the last decades, this Review closes that gap by providing both a concise overview of defects in MOFs, or more broadly coordination network compounds (CNCs), including their classification and characterization, together with the (potential) applications of defective CNCs/MOFs. Moreover, we will highlight important aspects of “defect-engineering” concepts applied for CNCs, also in comparison with relevant solid materials such as zeolites or COFs. Finally, we discuss the future potential of defect-engineered CNCs. PMID:26036179

  14. Agricultural Compounds in Water and Birth Defects.

    PubMed

    Brender, Jean D; Weyer, Peter J

    2016-06-01

    Agricultural compounds have been detected in drinking water, some of which are teratogens in animal models. The most commonly detected agricultural compounds in drinking water include nitrate, atrazine, and desethylatrazine. Arsenic can also be an agricultural contaminant, although arsenic often originates from geologic sources. Nitrate has been the most studied agricultural compound in relation to prenatal exposure and birth defects. In several case-control studies published since 2000, women giving birth to babies with neural tube defects, oral clefts, and limb deficiencies were more likely than control mothers to be exposed to higher concentrations of drinking water nitrate during pregnancy. Higher concentrations of atrazine in drinking water have been associated with abdominal defects, gastroschisis, and other defects. Elevated arsenic in drinking water has also been associated with birth defects. Since these compounds often occur as mixtures, it is suggested that future research focus on the impact of mixtures, such as nitrate and atrazine, on birth defects.

  15. Primordial inhomogeneities from massive defects during inflation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Firouzjahi, Hassan; Karami, Asieh; Rostami, Tahereh

    2016-10-01

    We consider the imprints of local massive defects, such as a black hole or a massive monopole, during inflation. The massive defect breaks the background homogeneity. We consider the limit that the physical Schwarzschild radius of the defect is much smaller than the inflationary Hubble radius so a perturbative analysis is allowed. The inhomogeneities induced in scalar and gravitational wave power spectrum are calculated. We obtain the amplitudes of dipole, quadrupole and octupole anisotropies in curvature perturbation power spectrum and identify the relative configuration of the defect to CMB sphere in which large observable dipole asymmetry can be generated. We observe a curious reflection symmetry in which the configuration where the defect is inside the CMB comoving sphere has the same inhomogeneous variance as its mirror configuration where the defect is outside the CMB sphere.

  16. Little string origin of surface defects

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    Haouzi, Nathan; Schmid, Christian

    2017-05-01

    We derive a large class of codimension-two defects of 4d \\mathcal{N}=4 Super Yang-Mills (SYM) theory from the (2, 0) little string. The origin of the little string is type IIB theory compactified on an ADE singularity. The defects are D-branes wrapping the 2-cycles of the singularity. We use this construction to make contact with the description of SYM defects due to Gukov and Witten [1]. Furthermore, we provide a geometric perspective on the nilpotent orbit classification of codimension-two defects, and the connection to ADE-type Toda CFT. The only data needed to specify the defects is a set of weights of the algebra obeying certain constraints, which we give explicitly. We highlight the differences between the defect classification in the little string theory and its (2 , 0) CFT limit.

  17. Altering graphene line defect properties using chemistry

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    Vasudevan, Smitha; White, Carter; Gunlycke, Daniel

    2012-02-01

    First-principles calculations are presented of a fundamental topological line defect in graphene that was observed and reported in Nature Nanotech. 5, 326 (2010). These calculations show that atoms and smaller molecules can bind covalently to the surface in the vicinity of the graphene line defect. It is also shown that the chemistry at the line defect has a strong effect on its electronic and magnetic properties, e.g. the ferromagnetically aligned moments along the line defect can be quenched by some adsorbates. The strong effect of the adsorbates on the line defect properties can be understood by examining how these adsorbates affect the boundary-localized states in the vicinity of the Fermi level. We also expect that the line defect chemistry will significantly affect the scattering properties of incident low-energy particles approaching it from graphene.

  18. Congenital defects of the ruminant nervous system.

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    Washburn, Kevin E; Streeter, Robert N

    2004-07-01

    Abnormalities of the nervous system are common occurrences among congenital defects and have been reported in most ruminant species. From a clinical standpoint, the signs of such defects create difficulty in arriving at an antemortem etiology through historical and physical examination alone. By first localizing clinical signs to their point of origin in the nervous system, however, a narrower differential list can be generated so that the clinician can pursue a definitive diagnosis. This article categorizes defects of the ruminant nervous system by location of salient clinical signs into dysfunction of one of more of the following regions: cerebrum, cerebellum,and spinal cord. A brief review of some of the more recognized etiologies of these defects is also provided. It is important to make every attempt to determine the cause of nervous system defects because of the impact that an inherited condition would have on a breeding program and for prevention of defects caused by infectious or toxic teratogen exposure.

  19. Reconstruction of partial laryngopharyngectomy defects.

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    Anthony, J P; Neligan, P C; Rotstein, L E; Coleman, J

    1997-09-01

    As our contributors to this section have pointed out, there are at present two main methods of reconstructing defects of the pharynx and cervical esophagus: free jejunal transfer (FJT) and tubed radial forearm flap. The advantage of the FJT is that it is a tube, thus limiting the enteric suture lines to proximal and distal. The radial forearm flap requires not only the proximal and distal suture lines but a long longitudinal suture line to create the tube. This increase the possibility for fistula formation. The controversy surrounding this case concerns what to do with a remaining mucosal strip after a subtotal laryngectomy. Traditional reconstructive principles would dictate that normal tissue should not be sacrificed, but some would argue that the remaining mucosa should be sacrificed to allow for use of a FJT. The other alternative would be use of a radical forearm skin flap tubed to 270 degrees. At the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, we preferentially use the FJT for almost all defects and would probably have sacrificed the remaining mucosal strip in this particular case. We have used skin flaps to patch pharyngeal defects and prevent stricture in a number of cases. This is usually done however when the remaining pharyngeal mucosa approaches 50% or greater. Although we do not routinely use the tubed radial forearm flap because of the increased rate of fistula formation, there are some definite indications for its use. The first important indication is in patients in whom speech rehabilitation is desired or indicated. The skin flap provides a stiffer resonating chamber for the speech production and does not have the peristalsis or the mucus production associated with the jejunal flap. Another indication for use of radial forearm flap would be when there is a contraindication to celiotomy, ie, patients with hepatic cirrhosis and associated ascites or other abdominal conditions precluding abdominal exploration. In this situation, avoiding an

  20. Defect Characterization Using Two-Dimensional Arrays

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    Velichko, A.; Wilcox, P. D.

    2011-06-01

    2D arrays are able to `view' a given defect from a range of angles leading to the possibility of obtaining richer characterization detail than possible with 1D arrays. In this paper a quantitative comparison of 2D arrays with different element layouts is performed. A technique for extracting the scattering matrix of a defect from the raw 2D array data is also presented. The method is tested on experimental data for characterization of various volumetric defects.

  1. Processed-induced defects in EFG ribbons

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    Cunningham, B.; Ast, D. G.

    1982-01-01

    The defect structure of processed edge defined film-fed growth (EFG) silicon ribbons was studied using a variety of electron microscopic techniques. Comparison between the present results and previous studies on as-grown ribbons has shown that solar cell processing introduces additional defects into the ribbons. The creation of point defects during high temperature phosphorus diffusion induces dislocation climb, resulting in the formation of dislocation helices in the diffused layer.

  2. Detection of tanker defects with infrared thermography

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    Kantsios, A. G.

    1980-01-01

    Infrared scanning technique for finding defects in secondary barrier of liquid natural gas (LNG) tank has been successfully tested on ship under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Technique determines defects with minimal expenditure of time and manpower. Tests could be repeated during life of tanker and make more complicated testing unnecessary. Tests also confirmed that tank did not have any major defects, and tank was certified.

  3. Research In Diagnosing Bearing Defects From Vibrations

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    Zoladz, T.; Earhart, E.; Fiorucci, T.

    1995-01-01

    Report describes research in bearing-defect signature analysis - use of vibration-signal analysis to diagnose defects in roller and ball bearings. Experiments performed on bearings in good condition and other bearings in which various parts scratched to provide known defects correlated with vibration signals. Experiments performed on highly instrumented motor-driven rotor assembly at speeds up to 10,050 r/min, using accelerometers, velocity probes, and proximity sensors mounted at various locations on assembly to measure vibrations.

  4. Detection of tanker defects with infrared thermography

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    Kantsios, A. G.

    1980-01-01

    Infrared scanning technique for finding defects in secondary barrier of liquid natural gas (LNG) tank has been successfully tested on ship under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Technique determines defects with minimal expenditure of time and manpower. Tests could be repeated during life of tanker and make more complicated testing unnecessary. Tests also confirmed that tank did not have any major defects, and tank was certified.

  5. Non-Topological Inflation from Embedded Defects

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    Alexander, Stephon H.S

    2003-02-28

    We discuss a new mechanism of obtaining a period of cosmological inflation in the context of string theory. This mechanism is based on embedded defects which form dynamically on higher dimensional D-branes. Such defects generate topological inflation, but unlike topological inflation from stable defects, here there is a natural graceful exit from inflation: the decay of the embedded defect. We demonstrate the idea in the context of a brane-antibrane annihilation process. The graceful exit mechanism suggested here applies generically to all realizations of inflation on D-branes.

  6. Dynamic defects in photonic Floquet topological insulators

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    Jörg, Christina; Letscher, Fabian; Fleischhauer, Michael; von Freymann, Georg

    2017-08-01

    Edge modes in topological insulators are known to be robust against defects. We investigate if this also holds true when the defect is not static, but varies in time. We study the influence of defects with time-dependent coupling on the robustness of the transport along the edge in a Floquet system of helically curved waveguides. Waveguide arrays are fabricated via direct laser writing in a negative tone photoresist. We find that single dynamic defects do not destroy the chiral edge current, even when the temporal modulation is strong. Quantitative numerical simulation of the intensity in the bulk and edge waveguides confirms our observation.

  7. Multimode model based defect characterization in composites

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    Roberts, R.; Holland, S.; Gregory, E.

    2016-02-01

    A newly-initiated research program for model-based defect characterization in CFRP composites is summarized. The work utilizes computational models of the interaction of NDE probing energy fields (ultrasound and thermography), to determine 1) the measured signal dependence on material and defect properties (forward problem), and 2) an assessment of performance-critical defect properties from analysis of measured NDE signals (inverse problem). Work is reported on model implementation for inspection of CFRP laminates containing delamination and porosity. Forward predictions of measurement response are presented, as well as examples of model-based inversion of measured data for the estimation of defect parameters.

  8. Surface defects and instanton-vortex interaction

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    Gorsky, A.; Le Floch, B.; Milekhin, A.; Sopenko, N.

    2017-07-01

    We propose a simple formula for the 4d-2d partition function of half-BPS surface defects in d = 4, N = 2 gauge theories: Z4d-2d =4d. Our results are applicable for any surface defect obtained by gauging a 2d flavor symmetry using a 4d gauge group. For defects obtained via the Higgsing procedure, our formula reproduces the recent calculation by Pan and Peelaers. For Gukov-Witten defects our results reproduce the orbifold calculation by Kanno and Tachikawa. We emphasize the role of ;negative vortices; which are realized as negative D0 branes.

  9. Augmentation of craniofacial defects using alloplastic material.

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    Osunde, O D; Adebola, R A; Ver-or, N; Amole, I O; Akhiwu, B I; Jinjiri, N; Ladeinde, A; Ajike, S O; Efunkoya, A

    2013-09-01

    Alloplastic materials are increasingly being used in augmentation of craniofacial defects because of its ready availability, good aesthetic outcome and absence of donor site morbidity. This paper highlights experience in the use of heat-cured acrylic in augmentation cranioplasty. The management of three patients with anterior skull defect who presented at the Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital over a five-year period is presented. There was good aesthetic outcome in all the patients and no complications were recorded. Augmentation of craniofacial defects using customized prefabricated heat-cured acrylic provides patients with a durable, stable and structural repair of craniofacial defects with good aesthetic outcome.

  10. Reconstruction of Small Soft Tissue Nasal Defects

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    Wolfswinkel, Erik M.; Weathers, William M.; Cheng, David; Thornton, James F.

    2013-01-01

    Nasal defect repair has been one of the more challenging areas of reconstructive surgery due to the lack of uniform nasal skin thickness and complex contours. Currently, algorithms for medium to large nasal soft tissue defects have been well defined by various authors. Small defects, arbitrarily defined as 1 cm or less, still present significant challenges. In this article, the authors examine the options available to repair small soft tissue nasal defects and the appropriate situations in which each method is best suited. PMID:24872751

  11. [Integrated approach to nasal defects reconstruction].

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    Verbo, E V; Gorkush, K N

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the study was to define and solve main problems in nasal defects reconstruction procedures planning. Fifty-two patients with nasal defects treated in Central Research Institute of Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2010-2015 were included in the study. In 28 cases the defects were reconstructed by means of paramedial forehead flap. The authors highlight typical procedure pitfalls mainly associated with the planning stage. The study results prove paramedical forehead flap to be the most useful tool for subtotal and total nasal defects reconstruction but meticulous procedure planning is a must for success.

  12. Defect interactions within a group of subcascades

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    Heinisch, H.L.

    1996-10-01

    The evolution of the defect distributions within high energy cascades that contain multiple subcascades is studied as a function of temperature for cascades in copper. Low energy cascades generated with molecular dynamics are placed in close proximity to simulate the arrangement of subcascades within a high energy event, then the ALSOME code follows the evolution of the cascade damage during short term annealing. The intersubcascade defect interactions during the annealing stage are found to be minimal. However, no conclusions regarding effects of subcascades on defect production should be drawn until intersubcascade defect interactions during the quenching stage are examined.

  13. Defect reduction through Lean methodology

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    Purdy, Kathleen; Kindt, Louis; Densmore, Jim; Benson, Craig; Zhou, Nancy; Leonard, John; Whiteside, Cynthia; Nolan, Robert; Shanks, David

    2010-09-01

    Lean manufacturing is a systematic method of identifying and eliminating waste. Use of Lean manufacturing techniques at the IBM photomask manufacturing facility has increased efficiency and productivity of the photomask process. Tools, such as, value stream mapping, 5S and structured problem solving are widely used today. In this paper we describe a step-by-step Lean technique used to systematically decrease defects resulting in reduced material costs, inspection costs and cycle time. The method used consists of an 8-step approach commonly referred to as the 8D problem solving process. This process allowed us to identify both prominent issues as well as more subtle problems requiring in depth investigation. The methodology used is flexible and can be applied to numerous situations. Advantages to Lean methodology are also discussed.

  14. Electricity generation from defective tomatoes.

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    Shrestha, Namita; Fogg, Alex; Wilder, Joseph; Franco, Daniel; Komisar, Simeon; Gadhamshetty, Venkataramana

    2016-12-01

    The United States faces a significant burden in treating 0.61billionkg of defective tomatoes (culls) every year. We present a proof-of-concept for generating electricity from culled tomatoes in microbial-electrochemical systems (MESs). This study delineates impedance behavior of the culled tomatoes in MESs and compares its impedance spectra with that of soluble substrates (dextrose, acetate, and wastewater). A series of AC and DC diagnostic tests have revealed the superior performance of the culled tomatoes compared to the pure substrates. Cyclic voltammetry results have indicated the active role of indigenous, diffusible redox-active pigments in the culled tomatoes on overall electricity production. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results have elucidated the role of peel and seed on the oxidation behavior of the culled tomatoes.

  15. Topological conformal defects with tensor networks

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    Hauru, Markus; Evenbly, Glen; Ho, Wen Wei; Gaiotto, Davide; Vidal, Guifre

    2016-09-01

    The critical two-dimensional classical Ising model on the square lattice has two topological conformal defects: the Z2 symmetry defect Dɛ and the Kramers-Wannier duality defect Dσ. These two defects implement antiperiodic boundary conditions and a more exotic form of twisted boundary conditions, respectively. On the torus, the partition function ZD of the critical Ising model in the presence of a topological conformal defect D is expressed in terms of the scaling dimensions Δα and conformal spins sα of a distinct set of primary fields (and their descendants, or conformal towers) of the Ising conformal field theory. This characteristic conformal data {Δα,sα}D can be extracted from the eigenvalue spectrum of a transfer matrix MD for the partition function ZD. In this paper, we investigate the use of tensor network techniques to both represent and coarse grain the partition functions ZDɛand ZD σ of the critical Ising model with either a symmetry defect Dɛ or a duality defect Dσ. We also explain how to coarse grain the corresponding transfer matrices MDɛand MD σ, from which we can extract accurate numerical estimates of {Δα,sα}Dɛ and {Δα,sα}Dσ. Two key ingredients of our approach are (i) coarse graining of the defect D , which applies to any (i.e., not just topological) conformal defect and yields a set of associated scaling dimensions Δα, and (ii) construction and coarse graining of a generalized translation operator using a local unitary transformation that moves the defect, which only exist for topological conformal defects and yields the corresponding conformal spins sα.

  16. Modeling the relationships among internal defect features and external Appalachian hardwood log defect indicators

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    R. Edward. Thomas

    2009-01-01

    As a hardwood tree grows and develops, surface defects such as branch stubs and wounds are overgrown. Evidence of these defects remain on the log surface for decades and in many instances for the life of the tree. As the tree grows the defect is encapsulated or grown over by new wood. During this process the appearance of the defect in the tree's bark changes. The...

  17. Predicting internal white oak (Quercus alba) log defect features using surface defect indicator measurements

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    Ralph E. Thomas

    2012-01-01

    As hardwood trees grow and develop, surface defects such as limb stubs and wounds are overgrown and encapsulated into the tree. Evidence of these defects can remain on the tree's surface for decades and in many instances for the life of the tree. The location and severity of internal defects dictate the quality and value of products that can be obtained from logs...

  18. 9 CFR 91.30 - Defective fittings.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Defective fittings. 91.30 Section 91... LIVESTOCK FOR EXPORTATION Inspection of Vessels and Accommodations § 91.30 Defective fittings. If previously used fittings aboard an ocean vessel are employed, any portion thereof found by the inspector to...

  19. Localization of defects using checkerboard test structures

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    Schellenberg, Sven-Olaf

    2001-04-01

    Defects in semiconductor industry become more important by shrinking structures and increasing complexity of process. Therefore the size of a killer defect becomes smaller and it is not easy to find them with optical inspection tools. In addition Inspection tools are not able to say something about electrical effects from defects which are found. With Checkerboard Test Structures it is possible to locate electrical defects. In fact these special test structures will be tested at the end of the process, like an usual function test. A special developed algorithm allows low quantity of pads. This gives a high spatial resolution and on the other hand we have good ratio between active and passive area. A reduction of a statistical failure could be reached, because it is not necessary to calculate the defect density from a small region. In particular special defect distribution like cluster can be considered. With this structures different layers can be examined for disconnections and short-circuits. Therefore it is possible to locate defects in one layer or between two layers. So the defect density for the sensitive dielectrica between two layers, like any kind of oxide can be calculated. The karree test structures can be used very good as an inline-defectmonitoring, because there is no difference from the original technology of proces. There are also no differences in time for processing and for testing, so Karreeteststructures is an optimal representation for your process.

  20. 7 CFR 51.2720 - Minor defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... Standards for Shelled Runner Type Peanuts Definitions § 51.2720 Minor defects. Minor defects means that the... which is dark brown, dark gray, dark blue or black and covers more than one-fourth of the surface; (b) Flesh discoloration which is darker than a light yellow color or consists of more than a slight...

  1. 7 CFR 51.2762 - Minor defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... Standards for Shelled Virginia Type Peanuts Definitions § 51.2762 Minor defects. Minor defects means that... discoloration which is dark brown, dark gray, dark blue or black and covers more than one-fourth of the surface; (b) Flesh discoloration which is darker than a light yellow color or consists of more than a...

  2. Folic acid and birth defect prevention

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    ... Women who have had a baby with a neural tube defect may need a higher dose of folic acid. If you have had a baby with a neural tube defect, you should take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, even when you are not planning ...

  3. Sizing Dye-Penetrant Indications Of Defects

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    Molina, Orlando G.

    1988-01-01

    Sizes of cracks and holes viewed through borescope measured. Reference chart makes it possible to estimate sizes of borescope-observed defects on inner walls of tubes or otherwise hidden. Used both for round defects like pits or pores and for elongated ones like cracks.

  4. 30 CFR 56.7002 - Equipment defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-SURFACE METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Drilling and Rotary Jet Piercing Drilling § 56.7002 Equipment defects. Equipment defects affecting safety shall be corrected...

  5. 30 CFR 57.7002 - Equipment defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Drilling and Rotary Jet Piercing Drilling-Surface Only § 57.7002 Equipment defects. Equipment defects affecting...

  6. 7 CFR 52.780 - Defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... Cherries 1 Factors of Quality § 52.780 Defects. (a) General. The factor of defects refers to the degree of freedom from harmless extraneous material, mutilated cherries, and cherries blemished by scab, hail injury, discoloration, scar tissue, or by other means. (1) Cherry means a whole cherry, whether or not pitted,...

  7. First principles calculations for defects in U

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    B. Beeler; B. Good; S. Rashkeev; C. Deo; M. Baskes; M. Okuniewski

    2010-12-01

    Uranium (U) exhibits a high temperature body-centered cubic (bcc) allotrope that is often stabilized by alloying with transition metals such as Zr, Mo, and Nb for technological applications. One such application involves U–Zr as nuclear fuel, where radiation damage and diffusion (processes heavily dependent on point defects) are of vital importance. Several systems of U are examined within a density functional theory framework utilizing projector augmented wave pseudopotentials. Two separate generalized gradient approximations of the exchange-correlation are used to calculate defect properties and are compared. The bulk modulus, the lattice constant, and the Birch–Murnaghan equation of state for the defect free bcc uranium allotrope are calculated. Defect parameters calculated include energies of formation of vacancies in the a and ? allotropes, as well as self-interstitials, Zr interstitials, and Zr substitutional defects for the ? allotrope. The results for vacancies agree very well with experimental and previous computational studies. The most probable self-interstitial site in ?-U is the 110 dumbbell, and the most probable defect location for dilute Zr in ?-U is the substitutional site. This is the first detailed study of self-defects in the bcc allotrope of U and also the first comprehensive study of dilute Zr defects in ?-U.

  8. Effects of log defects on lumber recovery.

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    James M. Cahill; Vincent S. Cegelka

    1989-01-01

    The impact of log defects on lumber recovery and the accuracy of cubic log scale deductions were evaluated from log scale and product recovery data for more than 3,000 logs. Lumber tally loss was estimated by comparing the lumber yield of sound logs to that of logs containing defects. The data were collected at several product recovery studies; they represent most of...

  9. Impurity Role In Mechanically Induced Defects

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    Howell, R.H.; Asoka-Kumar, P.; Hartley, J.; Sterne, P.

    2000-02-25

    An improved understanding of dislocation dynamics and interactions is an outstanding problem in the multi scale modeling of materials properties, and is the current focus of major theoretical efforts world wide. We have developed experimental and theoretical tools that will enable us to measure and calculate quantities defined by the defect structure. Unique to the measurements is a new spectroscopy that determines the detailed elemental composition at the defect site. The measurements are based on positron annihilation spectroscopy performed with a 3 MeV positron beam [1]. Positron annihilation spectroscopy is highly sensitive to dislocations and associated defects and can provide unique elements of the defect size and structure. Performing this spectroscopy with a highly penetrating positron beam enables flexibility in sample handling. Experiments on fatigued and stressed samples have been done and in situ measurement capabilities have been developed. We have recently performed significant upgrades to the accelerator operation and novel new experiments have been performed [2-4] To relate the spectrographic results and the detailed structure of a defect requires detailed calculations. Measurements are coupled with calculated results based on a description of positions of atoms at the defect. This gives an atomistic view of dislocations and associated defects including impurity interactions. Our ability to probe impurity interactions is a unique contribution to defect understanding not easily addressed by other atomistic spectroscopies.

  10. Simple intrinsic defects in InAs :

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    Schultz, Peter Andrew

    2013-03-01

    This Report presents numerical tables summarizing properties of intrinsic defects in indium arsenide, InAs, as computed by density functional theory using semi-local density functionals, intended for use as reference tables for a defect physics package in device models.

  11. Quantum defect analysis of HD photoionization

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    Du, N.Y.; Greene, C.H.

    1986-11-15

    A multichannel quantum defect calculation is shown to reproduce most observed features in several portions of the HD photoabsorption spectrum. The rovibrational frame transformation theory of Atabek, Dill, and Jungen is reformulated in terms of a quantum defect matrix. The calculation accounts for spectral regions far from dissociation thresholds despite its neglect of g--u mixing.

  12. Defect complexes in semiconductors and insulators

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    Raebiger, Hannes

    2010-03-01

    The interaction of isolated defects and impurities (concentration upto ˜10^18 cm-3) is usually rationalized as that of point charges in a dielectric medium, but as defect concentrations are in the order of atomic percent (˜10^21 cm-3), the statistical probability for two or more defects to sit on neighboring sites, forming a cluster or complex, becomes significant [1]. The formation of such clusters changes the local chemical environment, which in turn affects the electronic (and optical and magnetic) properties of the constituent defects non-trivially. To understand these changes, I study a variety of bound defect complexes in wide-gap semiconductors, composed of both deep and shallow defects, focusing on the shifting of the gap levels caused by defect--defect chemical interactions. First the electronic structure is calculated from first principles calculations, and then I will outline a simple theory that describes the level shifts due to cluster formation qualitatively and semi-quantitatively in terms local atomic shielding constants derived from local charge self-regulation [2].[4pt] [1] R. Behringer, J. Chem. Phys. 29, 537 (1958).[0pt] [2] H. Raebiger, S. Lany, and A. Zunger, Nature 453, 763 (2008).

  13. Biomaterials for reconstruction of cranial defects

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    Song, Tao; Qiu, Zhi-Ye; Cui, Fu-Zhai

    2015-12-01

    Reconstruction of cranial defect is commonly performed in neurosurgical operations. Many materials have been employed for repairing cranial defects. In this paper, materials used for cranioplasty, including autografts, allografts, and synthetic biomaterials are comprehensively reviewed. This paper also gives future perspective of the materials and development trend of manufacturing process for cranioplasty implants.

  14. Unsound defect volume in hardwood pallet cants

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    Philip Araman; Matt Winn; Firoz Kabir; Xavier Torcheux; Guillaume Loizeaud

    2003-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the percentage of unsound defect volume to sound/clear wood in pallet cants at selected sawmills in Virginia and West Virginia. Splits,wane, shake, holes, decay, unsound knots, bark pockets, and mechanical defects were all considered to be unsound. Data were collected from seven Appalachian area sawmills for four hardwood species: red...

  15. Orbital dystopia due to orbital roof defect.

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    Rha, Eun Young; Joo, Hong Sil; Byeon, Jun Hee

    2013-01-01

    We performed a retrospective review of patients who presented with delayed dystopia as a consequence of an orbital roof defect due to fractures and nontraumatic causes to search for a correlation between orbital roof defect size and surgical indications for the treatment thereof. Retrospective analyses were performed in 7 patients, all of whom presented with delayed dystopia due to orbital roof defects, between January 2001 and June 2011. The causes of orbital roof defects were displaced orbital roof fractures (5 cases), tumor (1 case), and congenital sphenoid dysplasia (1 case). All 7 patients had initially been treated conservatively and later presented with significant dystopia. The sizes of the defects were calculated on computed tomographic scans. Among the 7 patients, aspiration of cerebrospinal fluid, which caused ocular symptoms, in 1 patient with minimal displaced orbital roof and reconstruction with calvarial bone, titanium micromesh, or Medpor in 6 other patients were performed. The minimal size of the orbital roof in patients who underwent orbital roof reconstruction was 1.2 cm (defect height) x 1.0 cm (defect length), 0.94 cm(2). For all patients with orbital dystopia, displacement of the globe was corrected without any complications, regardless of whether the patient was evaluated grossly or by radiology. In this retrospective study, continuous monitoring of clinical signs and active surgical management should be considered for cases in which an orbital roof defect is detected, even if no definite symptoms are noted, to prevent delayed sequelae.

  16. Point Defect Structure of Cr203

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    1987-10-01

    11 2.2.5 Effects of Impurities on Defect Equilibria .................. 14 2.3 Electrical Conductivity...both cationic vacancies and interstitials ........................................ 15 2.4 The impurity effect on the defect structure of a P-type...25 2.7 Seebeck effect of a semiconductor ................................................ 27 2.8 Oxygen partial pressure

  17. 7 CFR 52.780 - Defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... free from defects may be given a score of 27 to 30 points. “Practically free from defects” means that... in Table IV. (c) (B) classification. Canned red tart pitted cherries that are reasonably free from defects may be given a score of 24 to 26 points. Canned red tart pitted cherries that fall into this...

  18. 7 CFR 52.780 - Defects.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... Defects. (a) General. The factor of defects refers to the degree of freedom from harmless extraneous... given a score of 24 to 26 points. Canned red tart pitted cherries that fall into this classification may... red tart pitted cherries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade...

  19. Line defects and (framed) BPS quivers

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    Cirafici, Michele

    2013-11-01

    The BPS spectrum of certain = 2 supersymmetric field theories can be determined algebraically by studying the representation theory of BPS quivers. We introduce methods based on BPS quivers to study line defects. The presence of a line defect opens up a new BPS sector: framed BPS states can be bound to the defect. The defect can be geometrically described in terms of laminations on a curve. To a lamination we associate certain elements of the Leavitt path algebra of the BPS quiver and use them to compute the framed BPS spectrum. We also provide an alternative characterization of line defects by introducing framed BPS quivers. Using the theory of (quantum) cluster algebras, we derive an algorithm to compute the framed BPS spectra of new defects from known ones. Line defects are generated from a framed BPS quiver by applying certain sequences of mutation operations. Framed BPS quivers also behave nicely under a set of "cut and join" rules, which can be used to study how = 2 systems with defects couple to produce more complicated ones. We illustrate our formalism with several examples.

  20. Defective Artemis causes mild telomere dysfunction.

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    Yasaei, Hemad; Slijepcevic, Predrag

    2010-05-26

    Repair of DNA double strand breaks by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) requires several proteins including Ku, DNA-PKcs, Artemis, XRCC4, Ligase IV and XLF. Two of these proteins, namely Ku and DNA-PKcs, are also involved in maintenance of telomeres, chromosome end-structures. In contrast, cells defective in Ligase IV and XRCC4 do not show changes in telomere length or function suggesting that these proteins are not involved in telomere maintenance. Since a mouse study indicated that defective Artemis may cause telomere dysfunction we investigated the effects of defective Artemis on telomere maintenance in human cells. We observed significantly elevated frequencies of telomeric fusions in two primary fibroblast cell lines established from Artemis defective patients relative to the control cell line. The frequencies of telomeric fusions increased after exposure of Artemis defective cells to ionizing radiation. Furthermore, we observed increased incidence of DNA damage at telomeres in Artemis defective cells that underwent more than 32 population doublings using the TIF (Telomere dysfunction Induced Foci) assay. We have also inhibited the expression levels of DNA-PKcs in Artemis defective cell lines by either using synthetic inhibitor (IC86621) or RNAi and observed their greater sensitivity to telomere dysfunction relative to control cells. These results suggest that defective Artemis causes a mild telomere dysfunction phenotype in human cell lines.

  1. Defective Artemis causes mild telomere dysfunction

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Background Repair of DNA double strand breaks by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) requires several proteins including Ku, DNA-PKcs, Artemis, XRCC4, Ligase IV and XLF. Two of these proteins, namely Ku and DNA-PKcs, are also involved in maintenance of telomeres, chromosome end-structures. In contrast, cells defective in Ligase IV and XRCC4 do not show changes in telomere length or function suggesting that these proteins are not involved in telomere maintenance. Since a mouse study indicated that defective Artemis may cause telomere dysfunction we investigated the effects of defective Artemis on telomere maintenance in human cells. Results We observed significantly elevated frequencies of telomeric fusions in two primary fibroblast cell lines established from Artemis defective patients relative to the control cell line. The frequencies of telomeric fusions increased after exposure of Artemis defective cells to ionizing radiation. Furthermore, we observed increased incidence of DNA damage at telomeres in Artemis defective cells that underwent more than 32 population doublings using the TIF (Telomere dysfunction Induced Foci) assay. We have also inhibited the expression levels of DNA-PKcs in Artemis defective cell lines by either using synthetic inhibitor (IC86621) or RNAi and observed their greater sensitivity to telomere dysfunction relative to control cells. Conclusion These results suggest that defective Artemis causes a mild telomere dysfunction phenotype in human cell lines. PMID:20678254

  2. [Clinical effect of distally-based dorsal thumb neurocutaneous vascular flap on repair of soft tissue defect in thumb].

    PubMed

    Huang, Yixiong; Shen, Zunli; Wang, Yongchun; Zhang, Shimin

    2009-10-01

    To investigate the surgical methods and clinical results of repairing soft tissue defects in the thumb with distally-based dorsal thumb neurocutaneous vascular flap. From January 2006 to October 2007, 23 patients with soft tissue defect in the thumb were treated, including 20 males and 3 females aged 19-46 years old (average 27.5 years old). The defect was caused by crush injury in 1 case, electric planer accident in 6 cases, incised injury in 8 cases, and avulsion injury in 8 cases. The defect was located on the palmar aspect of the thumb distal phalanx in 3 cases, the dorsal-radial aspect of the thumb distal phalanx in 3 cases, and ulnar or dorsal aspect in 17 cases. The defect size ranged from 3.3 cm x 1.2 cm to 4.2 cm x 1.2 cm. Among them, 18 cases were complicated with distal 1/2 nail bed defect or injury. The time between injury and hospital admission was 1-72 hours (average 22 hours). During operation, the defect was repaired with distally-based dorsal-radial neurovenocutaneous vascular flap of the thumb in 3 cases and distally-based dorsal-ulnar neurovenocutaneous vascular flap of the thumb in 20 cases. The size of those flaps was 4.0 cm x 1.6 cm-5.0 cm x 3.0 cm. The donor site underwent direct suture or split thickness skin graft repair. At 10 days after operation, 3 cases suffered from the epidermal necrosis in the distal part of the flap, 2 of them experienced the exfoliation of dark scab 14 days later and the flap survived, and the flap of the rest one survived after dressing change. The other flaps and the skin graft at the donor site all survived uneventfully. The wounds healed by first intention. All the patients were followed up for 10-16 months (average 12.6 months). The flaps were soft in texture and full in appearance. The two-point discrimination value 6 months after operation was 8-10 mm. At 12 months after operation, the growth of the residual fingernail was evident in 18 cases, including 4 cases of curved or hook fingernail. Active flexion

  3. Defect chemistry of silver selenogallate

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    Whittaker, Matthew Thomas

    2007-12-01

    The source of 9.3 mum absorption in silver selenogallate, AgGaSe 2 was investigated. Infrared spectrophotometric analysis of two as-received, reportedly stoichiometric, single crystals found 9.3 mum absorption coefficients of 0.109 and 0.101 cm-1. Infrared transmission of the slabs was otherwise uniform at 0.007 cm-1 through the range 6--12 gym. X-ray fluorescence measurements did not indicate an extrinsic impurity was responsible for the absorption. Intrinsic defect reactions were investigated and a Brouwer diagram was constructed to determine probable native defects. Analysis of the Brouwer diagram led to the hypothesis that the 9.3 mum absorption was caused by a native selenium vacancy. A series of heat treatments were conducted at 790°C with selenium partial pressures of 0.026, 0.040, 0.057, 0.138, and 0.243 atmospheres. Heat treatments below 0.060 atmospheres selenium partial pressure resulted in null or increased absorption at 9.3 mum up to 0.128 cm-1. Heat treatment at 0.243 atmospheres selenium partial pressure resulted in a decrease of the 9.3 mum absorption coefficient of 63% to 0.037 cm-1. A linear least-squares regression of the 9.3 mum absorption coefficient versus selenium partial pressure during heat treatment resulted in an equation for the absorption coefficient. alpha9.3mum = -0.4048 (PSe) atm -1cm-1 + 0.1322cm -1. The highest electrical resistivity of AgGaSe2 was measured at 7.6 x 1011 Ocm for a crystal with a 9.3 mum absorption coefficient of 0.037 cm-1. A linear least-squares regression of the 9.3 mum absorption coefficient versus bulk electrical resistivity resulted in an equation for the resistivity: rho = -7 x 1012 alpha9.3mumO cm2 + 1 x 1012 O cm. Thus, the electrical resistivity increases as the stoichiometric composition is approached and may be used as a measure of stoichiometry. The deleterious 9.3 mum absorption has not been entirely eliminated; however, the reduction in the 9.3 mum absorption coefficient from greater than 0.100 cm-1

  4. Defective Reduction in Frozen Pie Manufacturing Process

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    Nooted, Oranuch; Tangjitsitcharoen, Somkiat

    2017-06-01

    The frozen pie production has a lot of defects resulting in high production cost. Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) technique has been applied to improve the frozen pie process. Pareto chart is also used to determine the major defects of frozen pie. There are 3 main processes that cause the defects which are the 1st freezing to glazing process, the forming process, and the folding process. The Risk Priority Number (RPN) obtained from FMEA is analyzed to reduce the defects. If RPN of each cause exceeds 45, the process will be considered to be improved and selected for the corrective and preventive actions. The results showed that RPN values decreased after the correction. Therefore, the implementation of FMEA technique can help to improve the performance of frozen pie process and reduce the defects approximately 51.9%.

  5. Characterizing solute-lean defects in superalloys

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    Samuelsson, E.; Domingue, J. A.; Maurer, G. E.

    1990-08-01

    Solute-lean defects, commonly called white spots, are frequently found in superalloys. These defects limit the service life of components made from superalloys, and alloy producers have devoted intense study to their characterization and elimination. Recent work shows that solute lean defects can be classified as "discrete," "diffuse" and "mini," and can be further classified into "clean" and "dirty" white spots. More than one formation mechanism for white spots is exemplified by the chemical and morphological differences between discrete, diffuse and mini white spots. White spot detection depends on the thermomechanically developed precipitation of hardening phases, coupled with specific etches that preferentially react to microstructure differences. The white spot defect is indigenous to the vacuum arc remelting process, but defect formation can be minimized by careful process control.

  6. Eggshell defects detection based on color processing

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    Garcia-Alegre, Maria C.; Ribeiro, Angela; Guinea, Domingo; Cristobal, Gabriel

    2000-03-01

    The automatic classification of defective eggs constitutes a fundamental issue at the poultry industry for both economical and sanitary reasons. The early separation of eggs with spots and cracks is a relevant task as the stains can leak while progressing on the conveyor-belts, degrading all the mechanical parts. Present work is focused on the implementation of an artificial vision system for detecting in real time defective eggs at the poultry farm. First step of the algorithmic process is devoted to the detection of the egg shape to fix the region of interest. A color processing is then performed only on the eggshell to obtain an image segmentation that allows the discrimination of defective eggs from clean ones in critic time. The results are presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed visual process on a wide sample of both defective and non-defective eggs.

  7. Topological defect dynamics in operando battery nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, Andrew; Meng, Shirley; Shpyrko, Oleg

    2015-03-01

    Topological defects are ubiquitous in physics and manifest themselves as magnetic monopoles in quantum field theories and crystallographic imperfections in condensed matter systems. In the latter, the defect properties determine many of the material's properties and as such represent substantial novel opportunities for design and optimization of desired functionalities through deliberate defect engineering and manipulation. However, this approach of ``defect choreography'' currently suffers from the lack of suitable nanoscale probes to track buried single defects in-situ and in-operando. Here we report 3D imaging of single edge dislocations and their motion in an individual nanoparticle under operando conditions in a Lithium ion battery. We further observe the dislocation act as a nucleation point during the structural phase transformation. We find that the region near the dislocation enters a negative Poisson's ratio, or auxetic, regime at high voltage. Dislocation imaging is thus a powerful nanotechnology and it opens a new, powerful avenue for facilitating improvement of nanostructured devices.

  8. Native point defects in GaSb

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    Kujala, J.; Segercrantz, N.; Tuomisto, F.; Slotte, J.

    2014-10-14

    We have applied positron annihilation spectroscopy to study native point defects in Te-doped n-type and nominally undoped p-type GaSb single crystals. The results show that the dominant vacancy defect trapping positrons in bulk GaSb is the gallium monovacancy. The temperature dependence of the average positron lifetime in both p- and n-type GaSb indicates that negative ion type defects with no associated open volume compete with the Ga vacancies. Based on comparison with theoretical predictions, these negative ions are identified as Ga antisites. The concentrations of these negatively charged defects exceed the Ga vacancy concentrations nearly by an order of magnitude. We conclude that the Ga antisite is the native defect responsible for p-type conductivity in GaSb single crystals.

  9. Wavenumber and Defect Distributions in Undulation Chaos

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    Daniels, Karen E.; Bodenschatz, Eberhard

    2000-11-01

    We report experimental results on thermally driven convection in a large aspect ratio inclined layer with a fluid of Prandtl number σ ≈ 1. Very close to the onset of convection for inclination angles between 20 and 70 degrees, we find the defect turbulent state of undulation chaos (Daniels, Plapp, and Bodenschatz. Phys. Rev. Lett. 84:5320). We characterize this state by determining the defect locations and the wavenumber distribution. A snapshot of the pattern, as well as its wavenumber distribution, can be well-reconstructed from a perfect underlying undulation pattern and the phase field given by the point defects. The defect density distribution shows a crossover from a Poisson to a squared Poisson distribution. By measuring the creation, annihilation, inflow, and outflow rates of defects we can quantitatively explain this behavior. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation DMR-0072077.

  10. Woodgrain defect on tinned steel Flandres foil

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    Sarkis, A.M.; Robin, A. Souza, V.A.; Suzuki, P.A.

    2011-06-15

    Tin electrocoated steel strip, also referred to as Flandres foil, is largely used for manufacturing food containers. Tinplates must have good corrosion resistance, workability, weldability, as well as a bright appearance. The woodgrain defect, a not yet fully understood defect that occurs on tinplates and accounts for their high scrap rate, consists of alternate bands of bright/dull reflectivity and resembles longitudinally cut wood. Observations of the woodgrain defect by scanning electron microscopy showed that the molten tin spreads irregularly during both the melting and solidification stages. X-ray diffraction analyses showed that the metallic tin tended to crystallize in the (200) direction for coupons with and without the woodgrain defect. Nevertheless, the preferential orientation degree decreased for coupons with the woodgrain defect. The rocking curves, also known as omega-scan, showed that the tin grains were uniformly aligned parallel to the strip surface for coupons with no defects, whereas for tinplates with woodgrain, the tin grains were not uniformly oriented, probably due to the misalignment of the grains in relation to the surface. - Graphical abstract: The woodgrain defect occurs on Flandres tinplates and consists in the formation of alternate bands of different reflectivity (bright/dull), which looks like longitudinally cut wood. X-ray diffractometry showed that the typical bright surface of tinplate is associated to the uniform distribution of aligned (200) Sn grains, whereas in tinplate with the woodgrain defect, the Sn grains were not uniformly oriented, due to the misalignment of the (200) Sn planes relative to the surface. Research highlights: {yields} The bright surface of tinplate is associated to the uniform distribution of aligned (200) Sn grains. {yields} The woodgrain defect on tinplate consists in alternate bands of bright/dull appearance. {yields} In tinplate with the woodgrain defect, the Sn grains were not uniformly oriented, due

  11. Point defects at the ice (0001) surface.

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    Watkins, Matthew; VandeVondele, Joost; Slater, Ben

    2010-07-13

    Using density functional theory we investigate whether intrinsic defects in ice surface segregate. We predict that hydronium, hydroxide, and the Bjerrum L- and D-defects are all more stable at the surface. However, the energetic cost to create a D-defect at the surface and migrate it into the bulk crystal is smaller than its bulk formation energy. Absolute and relative segregation energies are sensitive to the surface structure of ice, especially the spatial distribution of protons associated with dangling hydrogen bonds. It is found that the basal plane surface of hexagonal ice increases the bulk concentration of Bjerrum defects, strongly favoring D-defects over L-defects. Dangling protons associated with undercoordinated water molecules are preferentially injected into the crystal bulk as Bjerrum D-defects, leading to a surface dipole that attracts hydronium ions. Aside from the disparity in segregation energies for the Bjerrum defects, we find the interactions between defect species to be very finely balanced; surface segregation energies for hydronium and hydroxide species and trapping energies of these ionic species with Bjerrum defects are equal within the accuracy of our calculations. The mobility of the ionic hydronium and hydroxide species is greatly reduced at the surface in comparison to the bulk due to surface sites with high trapping affinities. We suggest that, in pure ice samples, the surface of ice will have an acidic character due to the presence of hydronium ions. This may be important in understanding the reactivity of ice particulates in the upper atmosphere and at the boundary layer.

  12. The role of point defects and defect complexes in silicon device processing. Summary report and papers

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    Sopori, B.; Tan, T.Y.

    1994-08-01

    This report is the summary of the third workshop on the role of point defects and defect complexes in silicon device processing. The workshop was organized: (1) to discuss recent progress in the material quality produced by photovoltaic Si manufacturers, (2) to foster the understanding of point defect issues in Si device processing, (3) to review the effects of inhomogeneities on large- area solar cell performance, (4) to discuss how to improve Si solar cell processing, and (5) to develop a new understanding of gettering, defect passivation, and defect annihilation. Separate abstract were prepared for the individual papers, for the database.

  13. Interleukin-6 Stimulates Defective Angiogenesis.

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    Gopinathan, Ganga; Milagre, Carla; Pearce, Oliver M T; Reynolds, Louise E; Hodivala-Dilke, Kairbaan; Leinster, David A; Zhong, Haihong; Hollingsworth, Robert E; Thompson, Richard; Whiteford, James R; Balkwill, Frances

    2015-08-01

    The cytokine IL6 has a number of tumor-promoting activities in human and experimental cancers, but its potential as an angiogenic agent has not been fully investigated. Here, we show that IL6 can directly induce vessel sprouting in the ex vivo aortic ring model, as well as endothelial cell proliferation and migration, with similar potency to VEGF. However, IL6-stimulated aortic ring vessel sprouts had defective pericyte coverage compared with VEGF-stimulated vessels. The mechanism of IL6 action on pericytes involved stimulation of the Notch ligand Jagged1 as well as angiopoietin2 (Ang2). When peritoneal xenografts of ovarian cancer were treated with an anti-IL6 antibody, pericyte coverage of vessels was restored. In addition, in human ovarian cancer biopsies, there was an association between levels of IL6 mRNA, Jagged1, and Ang2. Our findings have implications for the use of cancer therapies that target VEGF or IL6 and for understanding abnormal angiogenesis in cancers, chronic inflammatory disease, and stroke.

  14. Epidemiology of neural tube defects.

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    Frey, Lauren; Hauser, W Allen

    2003-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs)-malformations secondary to abnormal neural tube closure between the third and fourth weeks of gestational age-have a complex and imperfectly understood etiology in which both genetic and environmental factors appear to be involved. A number of specific chromosomal or single-gene disorders, presumably not affected by environmental influences, are associated with the development of NTDs, but such syndromal cases account for a small proportion of NTDs in live-born infants. Analysis of recurrence patterns within families and of twin-concordance data provides evidence of a genetic influence in nonsyndromal cases, but factors such as socioeconomic status and geographic area (independent of race or ethnicity) are also associated with variations in the incidence of NTDs. The prevalence at birth of both anencephaly and spina bifida has decreased, but the advent of antenatal diagnosis and elective termination of affected pregnancies has undermined the reliability of birth prevalence rate as an estimate of incidence. Some occupational and other exposures, including maternal use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), are associated with increased risk for NTDs. Among women who have had an NTD-affected pregnancy, recurrence risk is markedly higher than the risk for a first NTD-affected pregnancy in the general population. There is strong evidence, overall, for a protective effect of adequate folate consumption. In some high-risk groups, however, such as women taking AEDs, folate supplementation has not been proven to reduce NTD risk.

  15. The defective RNAs of Closteroviridae

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    Bar-Joseph, Moshe; Mawassi, Munir

    2013-01-01

    The family Closteroviridae consists of two genera, Closterovirus and Ampelovirus with monopartite genomes transmitted respectively by aphids and mealybugs and the Crinivirus with bipartite genomes transmitted by whiteflies. The Closteroviridae consists of more than 30 virus species, which differ considerably in their phytopathological significance. Some, like beet yellows virus and citrus tristeza virus (CTV) were associated for many decades with their respective hosts, sugar beets and citrus. Others, like the grapevine leafroll-associated ampeloviruses 1, and 3 were also associated with their grapevine hosts for long periods; however, difficulties in virus isolation hampered their molecular characterization. The majority of the recently identified Closteroviridae were probably associated with their vegetative propagated host plants for long periods and only detected through the considerable advances in dsRNA isolation and sequencing of PCR amplified replicons. Molecular characterization of CTV and several other Closteroviridae revealed that, in addition to genomic and subgenomic RNAs, infected plants contain several different subviral defective RNAs (dRNAs). The roles and biological functions of dRNAs associated with Closteroviridae remain terra incognita. PMID:23734149

  16. Reconstruction of posterior trunk defects.

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    Ramasastry, S S; Schlechter, B; Cohen, M

    1995-01-01

    A high rate of success can be expected in the management of posterior trunk defects with muscle flaps. The surgeon has to adhere closely to the basic reconstructive principles of adequate debridement of all necrotic or devitalized tissues; management of infection with local wound care and appropriate antibiotic therapy; and coverage with well-vascularized tissue to obliterate any residual dead space and to cover bone grafts, orthopedic hardware, and vital structures such as the dura and spinal cord. Flap selection is also of paramount importance for success, and only muscles with appropriate arc of rotation, vascularity (vascular pedicles outside the field of radiation injury, or intact vascularity following previous procedures) and bulk should be used. Adequate flap mobilization to obtain a tension-free closure and judicious use of drains and perioperative antibiotic agents are essential. Occasionally, microvascular free-tissue transfer may be necessary if local flaps are unavailable. The complications of flap reconstruction include partial flap loss, persistent dead space for lack of adequate muscle bulk, and persistent infection. Debridement and re-advancement of the flap is adequate in most cases. If there is significant or total flap loss, however, a second flap reconstruction is often necessary to obliterate the dead space and protect vital structures.

  17. DIVAS: an integrated networked system for mask defect dispositioning and defect management

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    Munir, Saghir; Bald, Dan; Tolani, Vikram; Ghadiali, Firoz

    2003-06-01

    Mask quality is a prime concern to the Intel Mask Operation (IMO) and the Intel wafer fabrication customers. Extreme concern is taken to inspect and repair all defects before shipment. Given that the classification and repair of defects detected by inspection systems is labor intensive, the procedure is prone to human error. Futhermore, since operators manually disposition hundreds of defects each day, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all misclassifications. Due to diffraction effects, not all defects resolve on a wafer. Hence, a defect that an operator may classify as 'real' may indeed be 'lithographically insignifincant'. Conversely an operator may miss a defect that prints, causing a serious reduction in product yield. The DIVAS (Defect, Inspection, Viewing, Archiving and Simulation) system has been described previously and was developed to address these manual classification issues. This paper outlines the fully automated system deployed in a production environment.

  18. Studying post-etching silicon crystal defects on 300mm wafer by automatic defect review AFM

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    Zandiatashbar, Ardavan; Taylor, Patrick A.; Kim, Byong; Yoo, Young-kook; Lee, Keibock; Jo, Ahjin; Lee, Ju Suk; Cho, Sang-Joon; Park, Sang-il

    2016-03-01

    Single crystal silicon wafers are the fundamental elements of semiconductor manufacturing industry. The wafers produced by Czochralski (CZ) process are very high quality single crystalline materials with known defects that are formed during the crystal growth or modified by further processing. While defects can be unfavorable for yield for some manufactured electrical devices, a group of defects like oxide precipitates can have both positive and negative impacts on the final device. The spatial distribution of these defects may be found by scattering techniques. However, due to limitations of scattering (i.e. light wavelength), many crystal defects are either poorly classified or not detected. Therefore a high throughput and accurate characterization of their shape and dimension is essential for reviewing the defects and proper classification. While scanning electron microscopy (SEM) can provide high resolution twodimensional images, atomic force microscopy (AFM) is essential for obtaining three-dimensional information of the defects of interest (DOI) as it is known to provide the highest vertical resolution among all techniques [1]. However AFM's low throughput, limited tip life, and laborious efforts for locating the DOI have been the limitations of this technique for defect review for 300 mm wafers. To address these limitations of AFM, automatic defect review AFM has been introduced recently [2], and is utilized in this work for studying DOI on 300 mm silicon wafer. In this work, we carefully etched a 300 mm silicon wafer with a gaseous acid in a reducing atmosphere at a temperature and for a sufficient duration to decorate and grow the crystal defects to a size capable of being detected as light scattering defects [3]. The etched defects form a shallow structure and their distribution and relative size are inspected by laser light scattering (LLS). However, several groups of defects couldn't be properly sized by the LLS due to the very shallow depth and low

  19. Rotational defects in cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) crystals

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    Pal, A.; Picu, R. C.

    2014-01-28

    Cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) crystalizes in the orthorhombic α-phase at the ambient pressure and temperature. In principle, the point defects commonly found in monatomic crystals, such as vacancies and interstitials, may exist in RDX as well. However, in molecular crystals one encounters additional point defects associated with the distortion of the molecules. A set of rotational defects are described in this article. These are molecules which are located in the proper positions in the crystal but are rotated relative to the molecules in the perfect crystal, and their ring is slightly puckered. The energetic barriers for defect formation and for their annealing back to the perfect crystal configuration are computed using an atomistic model. It is shown that the formation energy of rotational defects is smaller than the vacancy formation energy. Such defects are identified in the cores of dislocations in RDX and hence their concentration in the crystal is expected to increase during plastic deformation. The importance of such point defects is related to their role in phonon scattering and in dislocation-mediated plastic deformation.

  20. Reduction in Defect Content in ODS Alloys

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    Ritherdon, J.; Jones, A.R.

    2000-02-01

    The work detailed within this report is a continuation of earlier work that was carried out under contract number IDX-SY382V. The earlier work comprised a literature review of the sources and types of defects found principally in Fe-based ODS alloys together with a series of experiments designed to identify defects in ODS Fe{sub 3}Al material and recommend methods of defect reduction. Defects found in the Mechanically Alloyed (MA) ODS Fe{sub 3}Al included regions of incomplete MA, porosity, intrusions and fine-grained stringers. Some defects tended to be found in association with one another e.g. intrusions and fine-grained stringers. Preliminary powder separation experiments were also performed. The scope and objectives of the present work were laid out in the technical proposal ``Reduction in Defect Content in ODS Alloys--II'' which formed the basis of amendment 3 of the current contract. The current studies were devised in the context of the preceding work with a view to extending and concluding certain experiments while exploring new avenues of investigation of defect control and reduction where appropriate. All work proposed was within the context of achieving an ODS Fe{sub 3}Al alloy of improved overall quality and potential creep performance (particularly) in the consolidated, release condition. The interim outturn of the experimental work performed is also reported.

  1. Robust defect segmentation in woven fabrics

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    Sari-Sarraf, H.; Goddard, J.S. Jr.

    1997-12-01

    This paper describes a robust segmentation algorithm for the detection and localization of woven fabric defects. The essence of the presented segmentation algorithm is the localization of those events (i.e., defects) in the input images that disrupt the global homogeneity of the background texture. To this end, preprocessing modules, based on the wavelet transform and edge fusion, are employed with the objective of attenuating the background texture and accentuating the defects. Then, texture features are utilized to measure the global homogeneity of the output images. If these images are deemed to be globally nonhomogeneous (i.e., defects are present), a local roughness measure is used to localize the defects. The utility of this algorithm can be extended beyond the specific application in this work, that is, defect segmentation in woven fabrics. Indeed, in a general sense, this algorithm can be used to detect and to localize anomalies that reside in images characterized by ordered texture. The efficacy of this algorithm has been tested thoroughly under realistic conditions and as a part of an on-line fabric inspection system. Using over 3700 images of fabrics, containing 26 different types of defects, the overall detection rate of this approach was 89% with a localization accuracy of less than 0.2 inches and a false alarm rate of 2.5%.

  2. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers

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    Hong, Jinhua; Hu, Zhixin; Probert, Matt; Li, Kun; Lv, Danhui; Yang, Xinan; Gu, Lin; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Xie, Liming; Zhang, Jin; Wu, Dianzhong; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jin, Chuanhong; Ji, Wei; Zhang, Xixiang; Yuan, Jun; Zhang, Ze

    2015-02-01

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment-theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 1013 cm-2 is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices.

  3. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers

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    Hong, Jinhua; Hu, Zhixin; Probert, Matt; Li, Kun; Lv, Danhui; Yang, Xinan; Gu, Lin; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Xie, Liming; Zhang, Jin; Wu, Dianzhong; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jin, Chuanhong; Ji, Wei; Zhang, Xixiang; Yuan, Jun; Zhang, Ze

    2015-01-01

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment–theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 1013 cm−2 is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices. PMID:25695374

  4. Defects and impurities in mercuric iodine processing

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    van Scyoc, J.M.; James, R.B.; Schlesinger, T.E.; Gilbert, T.S.

    1996-03-01

    In the fabrication of mercuric iodide HgI{sub 2} room temperature radiation detectors, as in any semiconductor process, the quality of the final device is very sensitive to the impurities and defects present. Each process step can change the effects of existing defects, reduce the number of defects, or introduce new defects. In HgI{sub 2} detectors these defects act as trapping and recombination centers, thereby degrading immediate performance and leading to unstable devices. In this work we characterized some of the defects believed to strongly affect detector operation. Specifically, we studied impurities that are known to be present in typical HgI{sub 2} materials. Leakage current measurements were used to study the introduction and characteristics of these impurities, as such experiments reveal the mobile nature of these defects. In particular, we found that copper, which acts as a hole trap, introduces a positively charged center that diffuses and drifts readily in typical device environments. These measurements suggest that Cu, and related impurities like silver, may be one of the leading causes of HgI{sub 2} detector failures.

  5. Modeling of Powder Bed Manufacturing Defects

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    Mindt, H.-W.; Desmaison, O.; Megahed, M.; Peralta, A.; Neumann, J.

    2017-09-01

    Powder bed additive manufacturing offers unmatched capabilities. The deposition resolution achieved is extremely high enabling the production of innovative functional products and materials. Achieving the desired final quality is, however, hampered by many potential defects that have to be managed in due course of the manufacturing process. Defects observed in products manufactured via powder bed fusion have been studied experimentally. In this effort we have relied on experiments reported in the literature and—when experimental data were not sufficient—we have performed additional experiments providing an extended foundation for defect analysis. There is large interest in reducing the effort and cost of additive manufacturing process qualification and certification using integrated computational material engineering. A prerequisite is, however, that numerical methods can indeed capture defects. A multiscale multiphysics platform is developed and applied to predict and explain the origin of several defects that have been observed experimentally during laser-based powder bed fusion processes. The models utilized are briefly introduced. The ability of the models to capture the observed defects is verified. The root cause of the defects is explained by analyzing the numerical results thus confirming the ability of numerical methods to provide a foundation for rapid process qualification.

  6. Defects and metrology of ultrathin resist films

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    Okoroanyanwu, Uzodinma; Cobb, Jonathan L.; Dentinger, Paul M.; Henderson, Craig C.; Rao, Veena; Monahan, Kevin M.; Luo, David; Pike, Christopher

    2000-06-01

    Defectivity in spin-coated, but unpatterned ultrathin resist (UTR) films (defectivity will present an issue in EUV (13.4-nm) and 157-nm lithographic technologies. These are the lithographic regimes where absorption issues mandate the use of ultrathin resists. Four resist samples formulated from the same Shipley UV6 polymer batch and having the same polymer molecular weight properties but different viscosities, were spin-coated at spin speeds ranging from 1000 to 5000 RPM on a production-grade track in a Class 1 pilot line facility. Defect inspection was carried out with KLA SP1/TBI tool, while defect review was carried out with JEOL 7515 SEM tool and KLA Ultrapointe Confocal Review Station (CRS) Microscope. The results obtained are related to the physical properties of the resist polymers, as well as to spin coating parameters. Also, the results of the defect inspection, review, characterization, and pareto are compared to those obtained on baseline thick resists (>= 3500 Angstrom) processed under similar condition as the ultra-thin resists. The results show that for a well-optimized coating process and within the thickness range explored (800 - 4200 Angstrom), there is no discernible dependence of defectivity on film thickness of the particular resists studied and on spin speed. Also assessed is the capability of the current metrology toolset for inspecting, reviewing, and classifying the various types of defects in UTR films.

  7. Platelet rich fibrin in jaw defects

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    Nica, Diana; Ianes, Emilia; Pricop, Marius

    2016-03-01

    Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is a tissue product of autologous origin abundant in growth factors, widely used in regenerative procedures. Aim of the study: Evaluation of the regenerative effect of PRF added in the bony defects (after tooth removal or after cystectomy) Material and methods: The comparative nonrandomized study included 22 patients divided into 2 groups. The first group (the test group) included 10 patients where the bony defects were treated without any harvesting material. The second group included 12 patients where the bony defects were filled with PRF. The bony defect design was not critical, with one to two walls missing. After the surgeries, a close clinically monitoring was carried out. The selected cases were investigated using both cone beam computer tomography (CBCT) and radiographic techniques after 10 weeks postoperatively. Results: Faster bone regeneration was observed in the bony defects filled with PRF comparing with the not grafted bony defects. Conclusions: PRF added in the bony defects accelerates the bone regeneration. This simplifies the surgical procedures and decreases the economic costs.

  8. Geometric defects in quantum Hall states

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    Gromov, Andrey

    2016-08-01

    We describe a geometric (or gravitational) analog of the Laughlin quasiholes in fractional quantum Hall states. Analogously to the quasiholes, these defects can be constructed by an insertion of an appropriate vertex operator into the conformal block representation of a trial wave function; however, unlike the quasiholes these defects are extrinsic and do not correspond to true excitations of the quantum fluid. We construct a wave function in the presence of such defects and explain how to assign an electric charge and a spin to each defect and calculate the adiabatic, non-Abelian statistics of the defects. The defects turn out to be equivalent to the genons in that their adiabatic exchange statistics can be described in terms of representations of the mapping class group of an appropriate higher genus Riemann surface. We present a general construction that, in principle, makes it possible to calculate the statistics of Zn genons for any "parent" topological phase. We illustrate the construction on the example of the Laughlin state and perform an explicit calculation of the braiding matrices. In addition to non-Abelian statistics, geometric defects possess a universal Abelian overall phase, determined by the gravitational anomaly.

  9. Rail Defect Detection Using Ultrasonic Surface Waves

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    Edwards, R. S.; Jian, X.; Fan, Y.; Dixon, S.

    2006-03-01

    Current testing of the rail network is limited in terms of both speed of testing and accuracy of detecting surface defects such as gauge corner cracking. By using ultrasonic surface waves generated and detected in a pitch-catch manner we can detect such defects with a much higher accuracy. We use electro-magnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) to generate and detect the ultrasound. These have the advantage of being non-contact and require no couplant. It is not sufficient to merely detect the presence of a defect; hence accurate calibration of the system is required. We present measurements on calibration samples giving the response of the system to defects of different depths. Further experiments have been performed on rail samples containing real and manufactured defects, both longitudinal and transverse. Using the change in signal amplitude and frequency content we are able to give a depth and position for these defects, and these are compared with more established measurement methods. An enhancement of the signal when the receive EMAT is close to the defect is also discussed.

  10. 48 CFR 1652.215-70 - Rate Reduction for Defective Pricing or Defective Cost or Pricing Data.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Defective Pricing or Defective Cost or Pricing Data. 1652.215-70 Section 1652.215-70 Federal Acquisition... or Defective Cost or Pricing Data. As prescribed in 1615.407-1, the following clause shall be... of cost and price analysis (community rated): Rate Reduction for Defective Pricing or Defective Cost...

  11. Defects in liquid crystal nematic shells

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    Fernandez-Nieves, A.; Utada, A. S.; Vitelli, V.; Link, D. R.; Nelson, D. R.; Weitz, D. A.

    2006-03-01

    We generate water/liquid crystal (LC)/water double emulsions via recent micro-capillary fluidic devices [A. S. Utada, et.al. Science 308, 537 (2005)]. The resultant objects are stabilized against coalescence by using surfactants or adequate polymers; these also fix the boundary conditions for the director field n. We use 4-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) and impose tangential boundary conditions at both water/LC interfaces by having polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) dispersed in the inner and outer water phases. We confirm recent predictions [D. R. Nelson, NanoLetters 2, 1125 (2002)] and find that four strength s=+1/2 defects are present; this is in contrast to the two s=+1 defect bipolar configuration observed for bulk spheres [A. Fernandez-Nieves, et.al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 105503 (2004)]. However, these defects do not lie in the vertices of a tetrahedron but are pushed towards each other until certain equilibration distance is reached. In addition to the four defect shells, we observe shells with two s=+1 defects and even with three defects, a s=+1 and two s=+1/2. We argue these configurations arise from nematic bulk distortions that become important as the shell thickness increases. Finally, by adding a different surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), to the outer phase, we can change the director boundary conditions at the outermost interface from parallel to homeotropic, to induce coalescing of the two pair of defects in the four defect shell configuration to yield two defect bipolar shells.

  12. Management of extensive frontal cranioplasty defects.

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    Hatamleh, Muhanad M; Cartmill, Maria; Watson, Jason

    2013-11-01

    Cranioplasty is a medical technique to correct cranial bone defects. Depending on the size and location of the defect, a bone substitute can be used to replace the missing bone. Frontal bone defects are important to patients in terms of cosmetics because they are visible. Advances in computer design allow the production of customized implants with improved cosmetic and functional results. This report describes hybrid optimization of three-dimensional technological methods along with traditional methods toward the manufacture of deep-buried titanium implants, restoring frontal skull defects for 4 patients. A three-dimensional model was produced from the computed tomographic scan data of 3 patients using an in-house three-dimensional printer. A new approach was followed in treating the fourth patient. The defect was restored using preoperative scan before cranioplasty. These data were transported digitally into the defect skull to recreate the bone contour required, and a three-dimensional model was produced from the "new" digital model using the three-dimensional printer. Defect areas of the patients were large and measured 101.21 × 123.35 (vertical × horizontal) in average (mm). Conventional wax-up of the defect was carried to restore normal conformity. A titanium sheet (0.5 mm) was swaged into the desired shape; however, convexity of the defect area makes titanium swaging challenging, especially at the deep lateral undercuts. Making side flanges at reasonable lengths made it easy to swage without creasing. Three-dimensional models aided to produce accurately fitting plates. Finally, the sequential method of using both digital and manual procedures is a low-cost, reliable, accurate, and reproducible method.

  13. Phenol dissociation on pristine and defective graphene

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    Widjaja, Hantarto; Oluwoye, Ibukun; Altarawneh, Mohammednoor; Hamra, A. A. B.; Lim, H. N.; Huang, N. M.; Yin, Chun-Yang; Jiang, Zhong-Tao

    2017-03-01

    Phenol (C6H5O‒H) dissociation on both pristine and defective graphene sheets in terms of associated enthalpic requirements of the reaction channels was investigated. Here, we considered three common types of defective graphene, namely, Stone-Wales, monovacancy and divacancy configurations. Theoretical results demonstrate that, graphene with monovacancy creates C atoms with dangling bond (unpaired valence electron), which remains particularly useful for spontaneous dissociation of phenol into phenoxy (C6H5O) and hydrogen (H) atom. The reactions studied herein appear barrierless with reaction exothermicity as high as 2.2 eV. Our study offers fundamental insights into another potential application of defective graphene sheets.

  14. Model based defect characterization in composites

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    Roberts, R.; Holland, S.

    2017-02-01

    Work is reported on model-based defect characterization in CFRP composites. The work utilizes computational models of the interaction of NDE probing energy fields (ultrasound and thermography), to determine 1) the measured signal dependence on material and defect properties (forward problem), and 2) an assessment of performance-critical defect properties from analysis of measured NDE signals (inverse problem). Work is reported on model implementation for inspection of CFRP laminates containing multi-ply impact-induced delamination, with application in this paper focusing on ultrasound. A companion paper in these proceedings summarizes corresponding activity in thermography. Inversion of ultrasound data is demonstrated showing the quantitative extraction of damage properties.

  15. Defect-free switchable phase grating.

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    Lester, Garry A; Coulston, Stephen J; Strudwick, Adrian M

    2006-01-01

    Liquid-crystal-filled polymer structure devices offer a very low cost switchable spatial phase modulator. The phase profile set by the polymer structure may be varied or switched on/off with an applied field. Defects have been observed in some devices giving rise to spurious diffraction peaks. Computational modeling of the liquid-crystal director profile suggests that these defects might be suppressed if the dimensions of the liquid-crystal region are small. Experimental measurements confirm that this approach is effective in controlling the defects. This provides a route to fabrication of low-cost switchable complex diffractive devices.

  16. Defect-tolerant extreme ultraviolet nanoscale printing.

    PubMed

    Urbanski, L; Isoyan, A; Stein, A; Rocca, J J; Menoni, C S; Marconi, M C

    2012-09-01

    We present a defect-free lithography method for printing periodic features with nanoscale resolution using coherent extreme ultraviolet light. This technique is based on the self-imaging effect known as the Talbot effect, which is produced when coherent light is diffracted by a periodic mask. We present a numerical simulation and an experimental verification of the method with a compact extreme ultraviolet laser. Furthermore, we explore the extent of defect tolerance by testing masks with different defect layouts. The experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical calculations.

  17. Rational defect introduction in silicon nanowires.

    PubMed

    Shin, Naechul; Chi, Miaofang; Howe, Jane Y; Filler, Michael A

    2013-05-08

    The controlled introduction of planar defects, particularly twin boundaries and stacking faults, in group IV nanowires remains challenging despite the prevalence of these structural features in other nanowire systems (e.g., II-VI and III-V). Here we demonstrate how user-programmable changes to precursor pressure and growth temperature can rationally generate both transverse twin boundaries and angled stacking faults during the growth of <111> oriented Si nanowires. We leverage this new capability to demonstrate prototype defect superstructures. These findings yield important insight into the mechanism of defect generation in semiconductor nanowires and suggest new routes to engineer the properties of this ubiquitous semiconductor.

  18. Genetics Home Reference: congenital bile acid synthesis defect type 2

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  20. 43 CFR 3830.93 - When are defects curable?

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    2014-10-01

    ... curable? (a) If there is a defect in your compliance with a statutory requirement, the defect is incurable... of this chapter). If your payment, recording, or filing has incurable defects, the affected mining...

  1. New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

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    ... that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects. As it advised in 2009, the independent ... acid to prevent these potentially fatal birth defects. Neural tube defects occur when the brain or spinal cord ...

  2. Defect chemistry and defect engineering of TiO2-based semiconductors for solar energy conversion.

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    Nowotny, Janusz; Alim, Mohammad Abdul; Bak, Tadeusz; Idris, Mohammad Asri; Ionescu, Mihail; Prince, Kathryn; Sahdan, Mohd Zainizan; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Mat Teridi, Mohd Asri; Sigmund, Wolfgang

    2015-12-07

    This tutorial review considers defect chemistry of TiO2 and its solid solutions as well as defect-related properties associated with solar-to-chemical energy conversion, such as Fermi level, bandgap, charge transport and surface active sites. Defect disorder is discussed in terms of defect reactions and the related charge compensation. Defect equilibria are used in derivation of defect diagrams showing the effect of oxygen activity and temperature on the concentration of both ionic and electronic defects. These defect diagrams may be used for imposition of desired semiconducting properties that are needed to maximize the performance of TiO2-based photoelectrodes for the generation of solar hydrogen fuel using photo electrochemical cells (PECs) and photocatalysts for water purification. The performance of the TiO2-based semiconductors is considered in terms of the key performance-related properties (KPPs) that are defect related. It is shown that defect engineering may be applied for optimization of the KPPs in order to achieve optimum performance.

  3. The analysis of EUV mask defects using a wafer defect inspection system

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    Cho, Kyoung-Yong; Park, Joo-On; Park, Changmin; Lee, Young-Mi; Kang, In-Yong; Yeo, Jeong-Ho; Choi, Seong-Woon; Park, Chan-Hoon; Lange, Steven R.; Cho, SungChan; Danen, Robert M.; Kirk, Gregory L.; Pae, Yeon-Ho

    2010-04-01

    EUVL is the strongest candidate for a sub-20nm lithography solution after immersion double-patterning. There are still critical challenges for EUVL to address to become a mature technology like today's litho workhorse, ArF immersion. Source power and stability, resist resolution and LWR (Line Width Roughness), mask defect control and infrastructure are listed as top issues. Source power has shown reasonably good progress during the last two years. Resist resolution was proven to resolve 32nm HP (Half Pitch) lines and spaces with good process windows even though there are still concerns with LWR. However, the defectivity level of blank masks is still three orders of magnitude higher than the requirement as of today. In this paper, mask defect control using wafer inspection is studied as an alternative solution to mask inspection for detection of phase defects on the mask. A previous study suggested that EUVL requires better defect inspection sensitivity than optical lithography because EUVL will print smaller defects. Improving the defect detection capability involves not only inspection system but also wafer preparation. A few parameters on the wafer, including LWR and wafer stack material and thickness are investigated, with a goal of enhancing the defect capture rate for after development inspection (ADI) and after cleaning inspection (ACI). In addition to defect sensitivity an overall defect control methodology will be suggested, involving mask, mask inspection, wafer print and wafer inspection.

  4. ILT based defect simulation of inspection images accurately predicts mask defect printability on wafer

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    Deep, Prakash; Paninjath, Sankaranarayanan; Pereira, Mark; Buck, Peter

    2016-05-01

    At advanced technology nodes mask complexity has been increased because of large-scale use of resolution enhancement technologies (RET) which includes Optical Proximity Correction (OPC), Inverse Lithography Technology (ILT) and Source Mask Optimization (SMO). The number of defects detected during inspection of such mask increased drastically and differentiation of critical and non-critical defects are more challenging, complex and time consuming. Because of significant defectivity of EUVL masks and non-availability of actinic inspection, it is important and also challenging to predict the criticality of defects for printability on wafer. This is one of the significant barriers for the adoption of EUVL for semiconductor manufacturing. Techniques to decide criticality of defects from images captured using non actinic inspection images is desired till actinic inspection is not available. High resolution inspection of photomask images detects many defects which are used for process and mask qualification. Repairing all defects is not practical and probably not required, however it's imperative to know which defects are severe enough to impact wafer before repair. Additionally, wafer printability check is always desired after repairing a defect. AIMSTM review is the industry standard for this, however doing AIMSTM review for all defects is expensive and very time consuming. Fast, accurate and an economical mechanism is desired which can predict defect printability on wafer accurately and quickly from images captured using high resolution inspection machine. Predicting defect printability from such images is challenging due to the fact that the high resolution images do not correlate with actual mask contours. The challenge is increased due to use of different optical condition during inspection other than actual scanner condition, and defects found in such images do not have correlation with actual impact on wafer. Our automated defect simulation tool predicts

  5. Nanoparticle Solubility in Liquid Crystalline Defects

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    Whitmer, Jonathan K.; Armas-Perez, Julio C.; Joshi, Abhijeet A.; Roberts, Tyler F.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2013-03-01

    Liquid crystalline materials often incorporate regions (defects) where the orientational ordering present in the bulk phase is disrupted. These include point hedgehogs, line disclinations, and domain boundaries. Recently, it has been shown that defects will accumulate impurities such as small molecules, monomer subunits or nanoparticles. Such an effect is thought to be due to the alleviation of elastic stresses within the bulk phase, or to a solubility gap between a nematic phase and the isotropic defect core. This presents opportunities for encapsulation and sequestration of molecular species, in addition to the formation of novel structures within a nematic phase through polymerization and nanoparticle self-assembly. Here, we examine the solubility of nanoparticles within a coarse-grained liquid crystalline phase and demonstrate the effects of nanoparticle size and surface interactions in determining sequestration into defect regions.

  6. New Device Approved for Esophageal Birth Defect

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_165596.html New Device Approved for Esophageal Birth Defect Condition affects ... 2017 MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new medical device has been approved by the U.S. ...

  7. Reduction of Defects in Jewelry Manufacturing

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    Ayudhya, Phitchaya Phanomwan na; Tangjitsitcharoen, Somkiat

    2017-06-01

    The aim of this research was to reduce the defects of gem bracelet found during manufacturing process at a jewelry company. It was found that gem bracelet product has the highest rejects compared to the rejects found in ring, earring, and pendant products. Types of defect were classified by using Pareto Diagram consisting of gem falling, seam, unclean casting, impinge, and deformation. The causes of defect were analyzed by Cause and Effect Diagram and applied Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) was applied during manufacturing processes. This research found that the improvement of manufacturing process could reduce the Risk Priority Number (RPN) and total of all defects by 48.70% and 48.89%, respectively.

  8. Infrared computations of defect Schur indices

    SciTech Connect

    Córdova, Clay; Gaiotto, Davide; Shao, Shu-Heng

    2016-11-18

    We conjecture a formula for the Schur index of four-dimensional N = 2 theories in the presence of boundary conditions and/or line defects, in terms of the low-energy effective Seiberg-Witten description of the system together with massive BPS excitations. We test our proposal in a variety of examples for SU(2) gauge theories, either conformal or asymptotically free. We use the conjecture to compute these defect-enriched Schur indices for theories which lack a Lagrangian description, such as Argyres-Douglas theories. We demonstrate in various examples that line defect indices can be expressed as sums of characters of the associated two-dimensional chiral algebra and that for Argyres-Douglas theories the line defect OPE reduces in the index to the Verlinde algebra.

  9. Genetic Counseling for Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... Peripheral Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Genetic Counseling for Congenital Heart Defects Updated:Sep 12, ... person with congenital heart disease considers having children. Genetic counseling can help answer these questions and address ...

  10. Defect scanning technology in the works

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    Philip A. Araman; R. Conners

    1994-01-01

    This article describes the defect scanning technology being developed by Virginia Tech and U.S. Forest Service scientists in Blacksburg, Virginia to scan full sized hardwood lumber at industrial speeds.

  11. Dental Enamel Defects and Celiac Disease

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    ... Follow Us Home Health Information Digestive Diseases Dental Enamel Defects and Celiac Disease Related Topics Section Navigation Digestive Diseases Abdominal Adhesions Acid Reflux (GER & GERD) in Adults Definition & Facts ...

  12. When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect

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    ... as heart defects, cleft lip and palate, or cerebral palsy. Still, you may find yourself being both the ... the NICU Gene Therapy and Children Down Syndrome Cerebral Palsy Spina Bifida Prenatal Genetic Counseling What Is a ...

  13. Defect properties of ZnO nanowires

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    Stehr, J. E.; Devika, M.; Reddy, N. Koteeswara; Tu, C. W.; Chen, W. M.; Buyanova, I. A.

    2014-02-01

    In this work we examined optical and defect properties of as-grown and Ni-coated ZnO nanowires (NWs) grown by rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition by means of optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR). Several grown-in defects are revealed by monitoring visible photoluminescence (PL) emissions and are attributed to Zn vacancies, O vacancies, a shallow (but not effective mass) donor and exchange-coupled pairs of a Zn vacancy and a Zn interstitial. It is also found that the same ODMR signals are detected in the as-grown and Ni-coated NWs, indicating that metal coatings does not significantly affect formation of the aforementioned defects and that the observed defects are located in the bulk of the NWs.

  14. Visualization of columnar defects in superconductors

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    Bauer, P.; Rossel, C.; Williams, E. J.; Berger, R.; Daniel, J.; Irmer, B.; Kraus, M.; Kreiselmeyer, G.; Saemann-Ischenko, G.; Karpinski, J.

    1996-02-01

    Columnar defects in single crystals of superconductors were investigated using scanning probe microscopy. We show that the observable topography strongly depends on the crystal structure as well as on the type of the interaction with the probe. In scanning tunneling microscopy studies, the low conductance of the amorphous tracks leads to tip-surface contact. Owing to this contact, the defects are imaged as hollows having a depth that primarily reflects the tunneling distance. For the high transition temperature materials, atomic force microscopy images the real defect structure as hillocks growing out of the surface. This outgrowth of amorphous material is time dependent and produced by the relaxation of irradiation-induced stress. The dynamic outgrowth of the columnar defects is discussed in terms of a so-called “tooth paste” model.

  15. Molecular Mechanisms of Midfacial Developmental Defects

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    Suzuki, Akiko; Sangani, Dhruvee R.; Ansari, Afreen; Iwata, Junichi

    2015-01-01

    The morphogenesis of midfacial processes requires the coordination of a variety of cellular functions of both mesenchymal and epithelial cells to develop complex structures. Any failure or delay in midfacial development as well as any abnormal fusion of the medial and lateral nasal and maxillary prominences will result in developmental defects in the midface with a varying degree of severity, including cleft, hypoplasia, and midline expansion. In spite of the advances in human genome sequencing technology, the causes of nearly 70 percent of all birth defects, which include midfacial development defects, remain unknown. Recent studies in animal models have highlighted the importance of specific signaling cascades and genetic-environmental interactions in the development of the midfacial region. This review will summarize the current understanding of the morphogenetic processes and molecular mechanisms underlying midfacial birth defects based on mouse models with midfacial developmental abnormalities. PMID:26562615

  16. Residual Defect Density in Random Disks Deposits

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    Topic, Nikola; Pöschel, Thorsten; Gallas, Jason A. C.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the residual distribution of structural defects in very tall packings of disks deposited randomly in large channels. By performing simulations involving the sedimentation of up to 50 × 109 particles we find all deposits to consistently show a non-zero residual density of defects obeying a characteristic power-law as a function of the channel width. This remarkable finding corrects the widespread belief that the density of defects should vanish algebraically with growing height. A non-zero residual density of defects implies a type of long-range spatial order in the packing, as opposed to only local ordering. In addition, we find deposits of particles to involve considerably less randomness than generally presumed. PMID:26235809

  17. Phase measurements of EUV mask defects

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    Claus, Rene A.; Wang, Yow-Gwo; Wojdyla, Antoine; ...

    2015-02-22

    Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography mask defects were examined on the actinic mask imaging system, SHARP, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also, a quantitative phase retrieval algorithm based on the Weak Object Transfer Function was applied to the measured through-focus aerial images to examine the amplitude and phase of the defects. The accuracy of the algorithm was demonstrated by comparing the results of measurements using a phase contrast zone plate and a standard zone plate. Using partially coherent illumination to measure frequencies that would otherwise fall outside the numerical aperture (NA), it was shown that some defects are smaller than themore » conventional resolution of the microscope. We found that the programmed defects of various sizes were measured and shown to have both an amplitude and a phase component that the algorithm is able to recover.« less

  18. Phase measurements of EUV mask defects

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    Claus, Rene A.; Wang, Yow-Gwo; Wojdyla, Antoine; Benk, Markus P.; Goldberg, Kenneth A.; Neureuther, Andrew R.; Naulleau, Patrick P.; Waller, Laura

    2015-02-22

    Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography mask defects were examined on the actinic mask imaging system, SHARP, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also, a quantitative phase retrieval algorithm based on the Weak Object Transfer Function was applied to the measured through-focus aerial images to examine the amplitude and phase of the defects. The accuracy of the algorithm was demonstrated by comparing the results of measurements using a phase contrast zone plate and a standard zone plate. Using partially coherent illumination to measure frequencies that would otherwise fall outside the numerical aperture (NA), it was shown that some defects are smaller than the conventional resolution of the microscope. We found that the programmed defects of various sizes were measured and shown to have both an amplitude and a phase component that the algorithm is able to recover.

  19. National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS)

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    ... taking multivitamins before their pregnancy. [ Read Summary ] Air Pollution and Congenital Heart Defects Many pregnant women, especially ... air quality standards to limit the amount of pollution in our air, we still do not know ...

  20. Defect trapping in ABC block copolymers

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    Corte, Laurent; Yamauchi, Kazuhiro; Court, Francois; Cloitre, Michel; Hashimoto, Takeji; Leibler, Ludwik

    2004-03-01

    Equilibrium morphologies in molten ABC triblock terpolymers are much more difficult to attain than in AB diblocks. In practice, it is important to know whether and how synthesis conditions influence the morphology and properties of copolymer materials. It is also relevant to understand the mechanisms of defect formation and annihilation. Indeed, a potential use of copolymers in new applications such as lithography highly depends on the ability to produce regular structures with no or few defects. We show that even the simplest lamellar structures exhibit high sensitivity to preparation conditions and that strongly trapped structural defects inherent to ABC triblock architecture cannot be removed by long annealing. Annealing can induce a transition from a lamellar structure in which A and C blocks are mixed to a lamellar structure where A, B and C are segregated. We propose reorganization mechanisms that are at the origin of some characteristic defects.

  1. Oral telangiectatic granuloma with an intrabony defect

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    Rathore, Akanksha; Jadhav, Tanya; Kulloli, Anita; Singh, Archana

    2015-01-01

    Oral telangiectatic granuloma is a benign hyperplastic lesion occurring in response to trauma or chronic irritation in the oral cavity. The characteristic histological appearance comprises of typical granulation tissue with a proliferation of small thin-walled blood vessels in the loose connective tissue. We describe a case of a 36-year-old female who had a swelling in the left maxillary region which was associated with the intrabony defect. An internal bevel gingivectomy was performed, and the histopathological report was suggestive of telangiectatic granuloma. The intrabony defect was managed with the placement of platelet rich fibrin plug in the defect. A follow-up at 6 months showed no recurrence and no loss in the width of keratinized tissue. The aim of this case is to highlight the rare association of intrabony defect with telangiectatic granuloma and the need for histopathological diagnosis in such lesions. PMID:26941527

  2. Dislocation-Defect Interactions in Materials

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    Robach, J S; Robertson, I M; Ahn, D C; Sofronis, P; Wirth, B D; Arsenlis, T

    2003-02-27

    In order to develop predictive models of the mechanical response of irradiated materials it is necessary to understand the fundamental physical processes controlling the deformation. This is particularly important near yielding where local defect interactions may dominate the behavior. Dislocation-defect interactions in copper containing various densities and distributions of stacking-fault tetrahedra and small dislocation loops were examined dynamically using the in-situ TEM straining technique. Defect annihilation mechanisms as well as the conditions required to produce defect-free channels are proposed. The experimental results are compared to atomistic simulations and continuum mechanics calculations of unit interactions. Based on these observations, an improved continuum model of the mechanical behavior of irradiated materials is presented.

  3. Exploration of defect structures on graphene.

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    Yu, Shansheng; Zheng, Weitao

    2013-02-01

    For graphene obtained by chemical vapor deposition, there are large amount of defects in the crystalline structures. The carbon atoms from the feedstock can attack the graphene surface in annealing process, which may be one of the reasons affecting the structure of graphene. In order to explore some defect structures on graphene, we investigate the adsorption of carbon adatoms and vacancies on graphene using first-principles calculations. It is demonstrated that the adatoms can form strong covalent bonds with the graphene and the C-C dimmer adsorption may be the most prolific defect model. The C adatom can even fill simple vacancy of graphene. Our numerical simulations also show that the defect structures can lead to the splitting of the mid-gap peak of perfect graphene in the electronic structures. It is suggested that its conductivity would be lower than that of the perfect graphene, which can explain the low mobility of the charge carriers in some experiments.

  4. When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect

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    ... or a heart defect ) or functional/developmental (like Down syndrome , deafness, or a metabolic disorder like phenylketonuria). Some ... in the baby, which can cause problems like Down syndrome and Turner syndrome . amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling. ...

  5. Infrared computations of defect Schur indices

    DOE PAGES

    Córdova, Clay; Gaiotto, Davide; Shao, Shu-Heng

    2016-11-18

    We conjecture a formula for the Schur index of four-dimensional N = 2 theories in the presence of boundary conditions and/or line defects, in terms of the low-energy effective Seiberg-Witten description of the system together with massive BPS excitations. We test our proposal in a variety of examples for SU(2) gauge theories, either conformal or asymptotically free. We use the conjecture to compute these defect-enriched Schur indices for theories which lack a Lagrangian description, such as Argyres-Douglas theories. We demonstrate in various examples that line defect indices can be expressed as sums of characters of the associated two-dimensional chiral algebramore » and that for Argyres-Douglas theories the line defect OPE reduces in the index to the Verlinde algebra.« less

  6. Instilling defect tolerance in new compounds

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    Walsh, Aron; Zunger, Alex

    2017-10-01

    The properties of semiconducting solids are determined by the imperfections they contain. Established physical phenomena can be converted into practical design principles for optimizing defects and doping in a broad range of technology-enabling materials.

  7. Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects: Zika

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  8. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

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    ... unit (NICU) Birth defects & other health conditions Loss & grief Tools & Resources Frequently asked health questions Ask our ... experts Calculating your due date Ovulation calendar Order bereavement materials News Moms Need Blog News & Media News ...

  9. Holographic entanglement entropy of surface defects

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    Gentle, Simon A.; Gutperle, Michael; Marasinou, Chrysostomos

    2016-04-01

    We calculate the holographic entanglement entropy in type IIB supergravity solutions that are dual to half-BPS disorder-type surface defects in N=4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory. The entanglement entropy is calculated for a ball-shaped region bisected by a surface defect. Using the bubbling supergravity solutions we also compute the expectation value of the defect operator. Combining our result with the previously-calculated one-point function of the stress tensor in the presence of the defect, we adapt the calculation of Lewkowycz and Maldacena [1] to obtain a second expression for the entanglement entropy. Our two expressions agree up to an additional term, whose possible origin and significance is discussed.

  10. Topological defect dynamics in operando battery nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A.; Singer, A.; Clark, J. N.; Cho, H. M.; Kim, J. W.; Harder, R.; Maser, J.; Meng, Y. S.; Shpyrko, O. G.

    2015-06-01

    Topological defects can markedly alter nanomaterial properties. This presents opportunities for “defect engineering,” where desired functionalities are generated through defect manipulation. However, imaging defects in working devices with nanoscale resolution remains elusive. We report three-dimensional imaging of dislocation dynamics in individual battery cathode nanoparticles under operando conditions using Bragg coherent diffractive imaging. Dislocations are static at room temperature and mobile during charge transport. During the structural phase transformation, the lithium-rich phase nucleates near the dislocation and spreads inhomogeneously. The dislocation field is a local probe of elastic properties, and we find that a region of the material exhibits a negative Poisson’s ratio at high voltage. Operando dislocation imaging thus opens a powerful avenue for facilitating improvement and rational design of nanostructured materials.

  11. Observing Dissipative Topological Defects with Coupled Lasers

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    Pal, Vishwa; Tradonsky, Chene; Chriki, Ronen; Friesem, Asher A.; Davidson, Nir

    2017-07-01

    Topological defects have been observed and studied in a wide range of systems, such as cosmology, spin systems, cold atoms, and optics, as they are quenched across a phase transition into an ordered state. These defects limit the coherence of the system and its ability to approach a fully ordered state, so revealing their origin and control is becoming an increasingly important field of research. We observe dissipative topological defects in a one-dimensional ring of phased-locked lasers, and show how their formation is related to the Kibble-Zurek mechanism and is governed in a universal manner by two competing time scales. The ratio between these two time scales depends on the system parameters, and thus offers the possibility of enabling the system to dissipate to a fully ordered, defect-free state that can be exploited for solving hard computational problems in various fields.

  12. Pulmonary complications of abdominal wall defects.

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    Panitch, Howard B

    2015-01-01

    The abdominal wall is an integral component of the chest wall. Defects in the ventral abdominal wall alter respiratory mechanics and can impair diaphragm function. Congenital abdominal wall defects also are associated with abnormalities in lung growth and development that lead to pulmonary hypoplasia, pulmonary hypertension, and alterations in thoracic cage formation. Although infants with ventral abdominal wall defects can experience life-threatening pulmonary complications, older children typically experience a more benign respiratory course. Studies of lung and chest wall function in older children and adolescents with congenital abdominal wall defects are few; such investigations could provide strategies for improved respiratory performance, avoidance of respiratory morbidity, and enhanced exercise ability for these children.

  13. Topological Defect Dynamics in Operando Battery Nanoparticles

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    Ulvestad, A; Singer, A; Clark, J. N.; Cho, H. M.; Kim, J.W.; Harder, R.; Maser, J.; Meng, Y.S.; Shpyrko, O.G.

    2015-06-19

    Topological defects can markedly alter nanomaterial properties. This presents opportunities for "defect engineering," where desired functionalities are generated through defect manipulation. However, imaging defects in working devices with nanoscale resolution remains elusive. We report three-dimensional imaging of dislocation dynamics in individual battery cathode nanoparticles under operando conditions using Bragg coherent diffractive imaging. Dislocations are static at room temperature and mobile during charge transport. During the structural phase transformation, the lithium-rich phase nucleates near the dislocation and spreads inhomogeneously. The dislocation field is a local probe of elastic properties, and we find that a region of the material exhibits a negative Poisson's ratio at high voltage. Operando dislocation imaging thus opens a powerful avenue for facilitating improvement and rational design of nanostructured materials.

  14. This Issue: Correlates of a Defective School.

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    Gilman, David Alan

    1992-01-01

    Describes correlates of defective schools: perks for very few; faulty communication; adult-centered programs; special interest group indulgence; poor professional relationships; personnel warehousing; incompetent consultants; literal interpretation of technicalities; imperial leadership; intimate relationships among personnel; incoherent…

  15. Epidemiology of neural tube defects

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    Seidahmed, Mohammed Z.; Abdelbasit, Omar B.; Shaheed, Meeralebbae M.; Alhussein, Khalid A.; Miqdad, Abeer M.; Khalil, Mohamed I.; Al-Enazy, Naif M.; Salih, Mustafa A.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To find the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), and compare the findings with local and international data, and highlight the important role of folic acid supplementation and flour fortification with folic acid in preventing NTDs. Methods: This is a retrospective study of data retrieved from the medical records of live newborn infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Security Forces Hospital (SFH), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with NTDs spanning 14 years (1996-2009). All pregnant women on their first antenatal visit to the primary care clinic were prescribed folic acid 0.5 mg daily, or 5 mg if there is a family history of NTD. The pre-fortification prevalence is compared to post-fortification, before and after excluding syndromic, genetic, and chromosomal causes. The results were compared with reports from other parts of Saudi Arabia and internationally, through a literature search using MEDLINE. Results: The prevalence of NTDs during the period was 1.2 per 1000 live births. The pre-fortification of flour with folic acid prevalence was 1.46 per 1000 live births. The post-fortification prevalence was 1.05 (p=0.103). After excluding syndromic, genetic, and chromosomal causes from calculation of the prevalence, there was a significant reduction in the prevalence, from 1.46 to 0.81 per 1000 live births (p=0.0088). Syndromic, genetic, and chromosomal causes were identified in 20 cases (19.4%). Only 2% of mothers received preconception folic acid, and only 10% of them received it during the first 4 weeks of gestation. Conclusion: Despite the implementation of fortification of flour with folic acid since 2001, the prevalence of NTDs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still high. This is due to the impact of genetic, syndromic, and chromosomal causes of NTD not preventable by folic acid. Other factors like unplanned pregnancy and lack of awareness of the role of folic acid in preventing nonsyndromic causes, play a significant role. PMID

  16. Defect classes - an overdue paradigm for CMOS IC testing

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    Hawkins, C.F.; Soden, J.M.; Righter, A.W.; Ferguson, F.J.

    1994-09-01

    The IC test industry has struggled for more than 30 years to establish a test approach that would guarantee a low defect level to the customer. We propose a comprehensive strategy for testing CMOS ICs that uses defect classes based on measured defect electrical properties. Defect classes differ from traditional fault models. Our defect class approach requires that the test strategy match the defect electrical properties, while fault models require that IC defects match the fault definition. We use data from Sandia Labs failure analysis and test facilities and from public literature. We describe test pattern requirements for each defect class and propose a test paradigm.

  17. Medial Femoral Condyle Cartilage Defect Biomechanics: Effect of Obesity, Defect Size, and Cartilage Thickness.

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    Lacy, Kyle W; Cracchiolo, Allison; Yu, Stephen; Goitz, Henry

    2016-02-01

    Medial femoral condyle (MFC) chondral defects cause knee pain. Clinical studies have shown worse functional outcomes and cartilage defect fill rates after microfracture in obese patients (BMI ≥30) and for defects with size ≥2 cm(2). To determine the effect of obesity, defect size, and cartilage thickness on the force sustained at the base of full-thickness MFC cartilage defects during weightbearing. Controlled laboratory study. Eight human cadaveric knees were loaded in 15° of flexion. A sensor measured force across the medial compartment. The area at the base of the defect protected from load, termed the "area of containment," was quantified, and loads simulating weightbearing for BMIs of 20, 30, and 40 were applied. A full-thickness cartilage defect was created on the MFC. Cycles of loads were applied for defect sizes with diameters of 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 mm. A second sensor recorded force at the base of the defect for defects with diameters of 14, 16, 18, and 20 mm. Loads simulating BMI ≥30 led to a decrease in the area of containment for all defects ≥14 mm in diameter (P ≤ .038). Base of defect force increased for defects ≥16 mm in diameter (area, ≥2 cm(2)) between loaded and unloaded states (P ≤ .042) and for loads simulating BMI ≥30 (P ≤ .045). Cartilage rim thickness <2 mm showed higher base of defect force than did thickness ≥2 mm, for all BMI groups (P ≤ .025). Increased force at the base of MFC cartilage defects was observed for weightbearing loads simulating BMI ≥30, for defect size ≥2 cm(2), and for rim thickness <2 mm. This may lead to a biomechanically unfavorable environment after microfracture in these patient subsets. These biomechanical findings corroborate clinical studies that have noted worse outcomes after microfracture in patients with BMI ≥30 and cartilage defects of size ≥2 cm(2). Further clinical studies are needed to compare microfracture with other cartilage restoration procedures in these

  18. Laparoscopic Repair of Cesarean Scar Defect "Isthmocele".

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    Urman, Bulent; Arslan, Tonguc; Aksu, Sertan; Taskiran, Cagatay

    2016-01-01

    To demonstrate the technique of laparoscopic repair of a large cesarean scar defect (isthmocele). Case report (Canadian Task Force classification III). Cesarean scar defect, also known as an isthmocele, is the result of incomplete healing of the isthmic myometrium after a low transverse uterine incision performed for cesarean section. Although mostly asymptomatic, it may cause menstrual abnormalities (typically postmenstrual spotting), chronic pelvic pain, and secondary infertility. Scar tissue dehiscence, scar pregnancy, and abnormally adherent placenta are some of the obstetric complications associated with this defect. No standardized treatment has yet been accepted. Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy are the minimally invasive approaches currently used to repair the defect. A 40-year-old patient, G2P2, presented with postmenstrual spotting and secondary infertility for the past 2 years. She had a history of 2 previous cesarean deliveries. Transvaginal ultrasound revealed a large (2.5 × 1.5 cm) niche. Thickness of the myometrium over the defect was 3 mm. Laparoscopic repair of the uterine defect was performed. The bladder that was densely adherent to the lower uterine segment was freed by careful dissection. The defect was then localized with a sharp curette placed transcervically into the uterus. The curette was pushed anteriorly to delineate the margins of the defect and puncture the ceiling of the isthmocele cavity. The fibrotic tissue that formed the ceiling and the lateral borders of the defect was excised using laparoscopic scissors. Reapproximation of the edges was done with continuous nonlocking 3-0 V-Loc sutures. The procedure took 90 minutes, and there were no associated complications. Postoperative ultrasound performed in the second month after the operation showed a minimal defect measuring 0.5 cm, with a residual myometrial thickness of 7 mm. At the time of this writing, the patient was free of symptoms. Laparoscopic repair, although not

  19. [Unawareness for homonymous visual field defect].

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    Ito, Tomoko; Hirayama, Kazumi; Yamawaki, Rie; Kondo, Yumiko; Sakai, Shinya; Kondo, Takeo; Yamadori, Atsushi

    2003-10-01

    There was no report which dealt with the relationship between emotional state, degree of defective visual search, severity of hemianopic dyslexia, the episode when the patient became aware of the defect, and unawareness of visual loss in homonymous hemifield. To investigate the relationship between degree of awareness and those factors that might be responsible for the unawareness, including the aspects listed above. Four patients with visual field defects caused by a brain lesion after a stroke was investigated. Self rating of emotional state, search performance for an object among many placed on a table, and for text reading, as well as visual field, visual positive phenomena, and hemispatial neglect were evaluated. Degree of unawareness for field loss was evaluated by modified version of the method of Bisiach et al. (1985). In addition, the episodes when the patient became aware of the defect were asked. In accordance with the previous studies, we found no relationship between the degree of awareness of field defect and anatomic lesions, co-existence of hemispatial neglect, or the degree of awareness of hemiplegia. However, the patient with neglect was unaware of their troubles in vision at all, whereas the patients without neglect were aware of the troubles but misinterpreted them as problems of the eyes including acuity. In accordance with previous studies, co-existence of visual hallucinations or illusions seemed to be associated with awareness of visual field defect. No relationship was found between the degree of awareness of field defect and emotional state, degree of field loss, degree of defective visual search, or severity of hemianopic dyslexia. Their responses to the inquiry about the degree of awareness of field defect were not consistent. Thus, the awareness of the field defect seemed to be difficult to be kept firmly in their mind. On the other hand, the patients could remember the episode when they became aware of the defect for the first time

  20. A short history of two nineteenth century German instruments at the Bologna Observatory: The 16-cm Steinheil refractor and the Ertel & Sohn meridian circle

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    Poppi, Francesco; Bònoli, Fabrizio; Gualandi, Andrea

    2008-07-01

    Recent work to restore and set up the materials exhibited at the Museo della Specola of the University of Bologna provided an opportunity to review the history of two important German instruments from the mid-nineteenth century, an Ertel & Sohn meridian circle and a Steinheil refractor. Purchased by the directors of the Bologna Observatory to revitalise local astronomical research, which had gradually declined over the years, both instruments have intriguing histories because, despite the fact that they were essentially underused, they also contributed to two important research projects. Lorenzo Respighi used one of them - the Ertel & Sohn meridian circle - for an experiment in physical optics related to the debate on whether light was undulatory or corpuscular, and it was essentially a forerunner of ‘water-filled telescopes’. The other, a Steinheil refractor to which a Tauber spectroscope was attached, was the largest and most important instrument used by the Italian expedition to India, organised by Pietro Tacchini to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun in 1874.

  1. Polymer-based solar cells having an active area of 1.6 cm{sup 2} fabricated via spray coating

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    Scarratt, N. W.; Griffin, J.; Zhang, Y.; Lidzey, D. G.; Wang, T.; Yi, H.; Iraqi, A.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of polymer solar cells in which both a PEDOT:PSS hole transport and a PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM photoactive layer are deposited by spray-casting. Two device geometries are explored, with devices having a pixel area of 165 mm{sup 2} attaining a power conversion efficiency of 3.7%. Surface metrology indicates that the PEDOT:PSS and PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM layers have a roughness of 2.57 nm and 1.18 nm over an area of 100 μm{sup 2}. Light beam induced current mapping reveals fluctuations in current generation efficiency over length-scales of ∼2 mm, with the average photocurrent being 75% of its maximum value.

  2. Corrosion of surface defects in fine wires.

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    Rentler, R M; Greene, N D

    1975-11-01

    Defects were observed on the surfaces of various fine diameter wires commonly used in biomedical applications. These surface irregularities were viewed at high magnifications using a scanning electron microscope which has a much greater depth of field than normal light microscopy. Defects include scratches, pits, and crevices, which are the result of commercial wire drawing practices. Corrosion test results show that imperfections can serve as sites for localized corrosion attack which could lead to premature failures.

  3. Neutron-induced defects in optical fibers

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    Rizzolo, S.; Morana, A.; Boukenter, A.; Ouerdane, Y.; Girard, S.; Cannas, M.; Boscaino, R.; Bauer, S.; Perisse, J.; Mace, J-R.; Nacir, B.

    2014-10-21

    We present a study on 0.8 MeV neutron-induced defects up to fluences of 10{sup 17} n/cm{sup 2} in fluorine doped optical fibers by using electron paramagnetic resonance, optical absorption and confocal micro-luminescence techniques. Our results allow to address the microscopic mechanisms leading to the generation of Silica-related point-defects such as E', H(I), POR and NBOH Centers.

  4. Defect structure of web silicon ribbon

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    Cunningham, B.; Strunk, H.; Ast, D.

    1980-01-01

    The results of a preliminary study of two dendritic web samples are presented. The structure and electrical activity of the defects in the silicon webs were studied. Optical microscopy of chemically etched specimens was used to determine dislocation densities. Samples were mechanically polished, then Secco etched for approximately 5 minutes. High voltage transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the crystallographic nature of the defects.

  5. Neutron-induced defects in optical fibers

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    Rizzolo, S.; Morana, A.; Cannas, M.; Bauer, S.; Perisse, J.; Mace, J.-R.; Boscaino, R.; Boukenter, A.; Ouerdane, Y.; Nacir, B.; Girard, S.

    2014-10-01

    We present a study on 0.8 MeV neutron-induced defects up to fluences of 1017 n/cm2 in fluorine doped optical fibers by using electron paramagnetic resonance, optical absorption and confocal micro-luminescence techniques. Our results allow to address the microscopic mechanisms leading to the generation of Silica-related point-defects such as E', H(I), POR and NBOH Centers.

  6. INNOVATIVE EDDY CURRENT PROBE FOR MICRO DEFECTS

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    Santos, Telmo G.; Vilaca, Pedro; Quintino, Luisa; Santos, Jorge dos; Rosado, Luis

    2010-02-22

    This paper reports the development of an innovative eddy current (EC) probe, and its application to micro-defects on the root of the Friction Stir Welding (FSW). The new EC probe presents innovative concept issues, allowing 3D induced current in the material, and a lift-off independence. Validation experiments were performed on aluminium alloys processed by FSW. The results clearly show that the new EC probe is able to detect and sizing surface defects about 60 microns depth.

  7. Defect Evolution in Graphene upon Electrochemical Lithiation

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    Jaber-Ansari, Laila; Puntambekar, Kanan Prakash; Tavassol, Hadi; Yildirim, Handan; Kinaci, Alper; Kumar, Rajan; Saldana, Spencer J.; Gewirth, Andrew A.; Greeley, J. P.; Chan, Maria K. Y.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2014-10-22

    Despite rapidly growing interest in the application of graphene in lithium ion batteries, the interaction of the graphene with lithium ions and electrolyte species during electrochemical cycling is not fully understood. In this work, we use Raman spectroscopy in a model system of monolayer graphene transferred on a Si(111) substrate and density functional theory (DFT) to investigate defect formation as a function of lithiation. This model system enables the early stages of defect formation to be probed in a manner previously not possible with commonly used reduced graphene oxide or multilayer graphene substrates. Using ex situ and Ar-atmosphere Raman spectroscopy, we detected a rapid increase in graphene defect level for small increments in the number of lithiation/delithiation cycles until the I(D)/I(G) ratio reaches ~1.5–2.0 and the 2D peak intensity drops by ~50%, after which the Raman spectra show minimal changes upon further cycling. Using DFT, the interplay between graphene topological defects and chemical functionalization is explored, thus providing insight into the experimental results. In particular, the DFT results show that defects can act as active sites for species that are present in the electrochemical environment such as Li, O, and F. Furthermore, chemical functionalization with these species lowers subsequent defect formation energies, thus accelerating graphene degradation upon cycling. This positive feedback loop continues until the defect concentration reaches a level where lithium diffusion through the graphene can occur in a relatively unimpeded manner, with minimal further degradation upon extended cycling. Overall, this study provides mechanistic insight into graphene defect formation during lithiation, thus informing ongoing efforts to employ graphene in lithium ion battery technology.

  8. Defects and Transport in Lithium Niobium Trioxide

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    Mehta, Apurva

    1990-01-01

    This dissertation presents work done on characterizing the defects and transport properties of congruent LiNbO _3. The focus of the study is the high temperature (800^circC to 1000^circC) equilibrium defect structure. The majority defects are described in terms of the 'LiNbO_3-ilmenite' defect model previously presented (26). Here the emphasis is placed on quantifying the defect concentrations. Congruent LiNbO_3 is highly nonstoichiometric. The large concentration of ionic defects present are mobile and contribute to electrical conduction. The ionic conduction was separated from the total conduction using defect chemistry and the transference number thus obtained was checked against the transference number obtained in a galvanic cell measurement. LiNbO_3 is an insulator (band gap = 4 eV). Hence one assumes that almost all of the conduction electrons are created by reduction. The degree of oxygen nonstoichiometry, a measure of the extent of chemical reduction, and the electron concentrations, were quantified as a function of oxygen partial pressure and the temperature by coulometric titration. The nonstoichiometry thus obtained was compared with nonstoichiometry obtained by TGA measurements. By fixing the phase composition of the sample in a buffered system, a set of constant composition measurements could be undertaken. These constant composition measurements were used to obtain the enthalpy of formation of conduction electrons, 1.95 eV, and the hopping energy for their motion at elevated temperatures, 0.55 eV, independently. The sum of the two energies was obtained by measuring the temperature dependence of the electronic conduction. The sum of the energies was found to be in excellent agreement with the energy obtained from equilibrium conduction. In conclusion, a quantitative and self-consistent picture of defects and their migration in LiNbO _3 was obtained.

  9. Topological Defects in Liquid Crystals: Studying the Correlation between Defects and Curvature

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    Melton, Charles

    2015-03-01

    Topological defects have recently been the subject of many fascinating studies in soft condensed matter physics. In particular, linking the evolution of topological defects to curvature changes has been a focus, leading possible applications in the areas such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. In this study, defects in nematic liquid crystal droplets are investigated via laboratory and theoretical techniques. Nematic liquid crystal defects are reproduced via Monte Carlo simulations using a modified 2D XY-Model Hamiltonian. The simulation is performed on a curved surface to replicate a nematic droplet and examine possible defect configurations. To complement this theoretical work, we have trapped nematic droplets inside a dual-beam optical trap. This system allows controllable non-contact droplet deformation on a microscope based platform. Future work will focus on using the trap to stretch nematic droplets, correlating the changing topological defects with theoretical predictions.

  10. EUV actinic defect inspection and defect printability at the sub-32 nm half pitch

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    Huh, Sungmin; Kearney, Patrick; Wurm, Stefan; Goodwin, Frank; Han, Hakseung; Goldberg, Kenneth; Mochi, Iacopp; Gullikson, Eric M.

    2009-08-01

    Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) mask blanks with embedded phase defects were inspected with a reticle actinic inspection tool (AIT) and the Lasertec M7360. The Lasertec M7360, operated at SEMA TECH's Mask Blank Development Center (MBDC) in Albany, NY, has a sensitivity to multilayer defects down to 40-45 nm, which is not likely sufficient for mask blank development below the 32 nm half-pitch node. Phase defect printability was simulated to calculate the required defect sensitivity for a next generation blank inspection tool to support reticle development for the sub-32 nm half-pitch technology node. Defect mitigation technology is proposed to take advantage of mask blanks with some defects. This technology will reduce the cost of ownership of EUV mask blanks. This paper will also discuss the kind of infrastructure that will be required for the development and mass production stages.

  11. Defect Tolerant Semiconductors for Solar Energy Conversion.

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    Zakutayev, Andriy; Caskey, Christopher M; Fioretti, Angela N; Ginley, David S; Vidal, Julien; Stevanovic, Vladan; Tea, Eric; Lany, Stephan

    2014-04-03

    Defect tolerance is the tendency of a semiconductor to keep its properties despite the presence of crystallographic defects. Scientific understanding of the origin of defect tolerance is currently missing. Here we show that semiconductors with antibonding states at the top of the valence band are likely to be tolerant to defects. Theoretical calculations demonstrate that Cu3N with antibonding valence band maximum has shallow intrinsic defects and no surface states, in contrast to GaN with bonding valence band maximum. Experimental measurements indicate shallow native donors and acceptors in Cu3N thin films, leading to 10(16)-10(17) cm(-3) doping with either electrons or holes depending on the growth conditions. The experimentally measured bipolar doping and the solar-matched optical absorption onset (1.4 eV) make Cu3N a promising candidate absorber for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical solar cells, despite the calculated indirect fundamental band gap (1.0 eV). These conclusions can be extended to other materials with antibonding character of the valence band, defining a class of defect-tolerant semiconductors for solar energy conversion applications.

  12. Quality metrics for product defectiveness at KCD

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    Grice, J.V.

    1993-07-01

    Metrics are discussed for measuring and tracking product defectiveness at AlliedSignal Inc., Kansas City Division (KCD). Three new metrics, the metric (percent defective) that preceded the new metrics, and several alternatives are described. The new metrics, Percent Parts Accepted, Percent Parts Accepted Trouble Free, and Defects Per Million Observations, (denoted by PPA, PATF, and DPMO, respectively) were implemented for KCD-manufactured product and purchased material in November 1992. These metrics replace the percent defective metric that had been used for several years. The PPA and PATF metrics primarily measure quality performance while DPMO measures the effects of continuous improvement activities. The new metrics measure product quality in terms of product defectiveness observed only during the inspection process. The metrics were originally developed for purchased product and were adapted to manufactured product to provide a consistent set of metrics plant- wide. The new metrics provide a meaningful tool to measure the quantity of product defectiveness in terms of the customer`s requirements and expectations for quality. Many valid metrics are available and all will have deficiencies. These three metrics are among the least sensitive to problems and are easily understood. They will serve as good management tools for KCD in the foreseeable future until new flexible data systems and reporting procedures can be implemented that can provide more detailed and accurate metric computations.

  13. Reduction in Defect Content of ODS Alloys

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    Ritherdon, J

    2001-05-15

    The work detailed within this report is a continuation of earlier work carried out under contract number 1DX-SY382V. The earlier work comprises a literature review of the sources and types of defects found principally in Fe-based ODS alloys as well as experimental work designed to identify defects in the prototype ODS-Fe{sub 3}Al alloy, deduce their origins and to recommend methods of defect reduction. The present work is an extension of the experimental work already reported and concentrates on means of reduction of defects already identified rather than the search for new defect types. This report also includes results gathered during powder separation trials, conducted by the University of Groningen, Netherlands and coordinated by the University of Liverpool, involving the separation of different metallic powders in terms of their differing densities. The scope and objectives of the present work were laid out in the technical proposal ''Reduction in Defect Content in ODS Alloys-III''. All the work proposed in the ''Statement of Work'' section of the technical proposal has been carried out and all work extra to the ''Statement of Work'' falls within the context of an ODS-Fe{sub 3}Al alloy of improved overall quality and potential creep performance in the consolidated form. The outturn of the experimental work performed is reported in the following sections.

  14. A novel inspection system for cosmetic defects

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    Hazra, S.; Roy, R.; Williams, D.; Aylmore, R.; Hollingdale, D.

    2013-12-01

    The appearance of automotive skin panels creates desirability for a product and differentiates it from the competition. Because of the importance of skin panels, considerable care is taken in minimizing defects such as the 'hollow' defect that occur around door-handle depressions. However, the inspection process is manual, subjective and time-consuming. This paper describes the development of an objective and inspection scheme for the 'hollow' defect. In this inspection process, the geometry of a panel is captured using a structured lighting system. The geometry data is subsequently analyzed by a purpose-built wavelet-based algorithm to identify the location of any defects that may be present and to estimate the perceived severity of the defects without user intervention. This paper describes and critically evaluates the behavior of this physically-based algorithm on an ideal and real geometry and compares its result to an actual audit. The results show that the algorithm is capable of objectively locating and classifying 'hollow' defects in actual panels.

  15. Radiographic defect depth and width for prognosis and description of periodontal healing of infrabony defects.

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    Klein, F; Kim, T S; Hassfeld, S; Staehle, H J; Reitmeir, P; Holle, R; Eickholz, P

    2001-12-01

    The aims of the present study were to evaluate 1) defect depth and width as a prognostic factor and 2) change in defect width as a describing parameter of periodontal healing in infrabony defects treated by regenerative therapy after 6 and 24 months. In 24 patients with advanced periodontitis, 39 infrabony defects were treated by guided tissue regeneration (GTR) using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) (n = 7) or bioabsorbable barriers (n = 32). Clinical parameters were assessed and 39 standardized radiographs (in triplicate) were taken before and 6 and 24 months after surgery. Using a computer-assisted analysis, the depth, width, and angle of the bony defects were measured. Statistically significant vertical clinical attachment gains (CAL-V: 3.15 +/- 1.63 mm to 3.31 +/- 1.65 mm; P<0.001) and bony fill (1.30 +/- 2.53 mm; P<0.01 to 1.54 +/- 2.70 mm; P<0.005) were observed 6 and 24 months postsurgically. In a multilevel regression analysis CAL-V gain was predicted by baseline CAL-V (P <0.0001), actual smoking (P <0.05), and age (P <0.1). Bony fill could be predicted by baseline height of the infrabony component (P<0.0001), gingival index at baseline (P<0.05), and actual smoking (P <0.01). In narrow (<26 degrees) and deep (> or = 3 mm) infrabony defects bony fill was more pronounced than in wide and shallow defects (P <0.05). Improvement achieved by guided tissue regeneration in infrabony defects can be maintained up to 24 months after surgery. Narrow and deep infrabony defects respond radiographically and to some extent clinically more favorably to GTR therapy than wide and shallow defects. However, depth of the infrabony component was a stronger prognostic parameter than defect angle. Actual smoking impairs the results of GTR therapy in infrabony defects.

  16. Multiscale simulations of defect dipole-enhanced electromechanical coupling at dilute defect concentrations

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    Liu, Shi; Cohen, R. E.

    2017-08-01

    The role of defects in solids of mixed ionic-covalent bonds such as ferroelectric oxides is complex. Current understanding of defects on ferroelectric properties at the single-defect level remains mostly at the empirical level, and the detailed atomistic mechanisms for many defect-mediated polarization-switching processes have not been convincingly revealed quantum mechanically. We simulate the polarization-electric field (P-E) and strain-electric field (ɛ-E) hysteresis loops for BaTiO3 in the presence of generic defect dipoles with large-scale molecular dynamics and provide a detailed atomistic picture of the defect dipole-enhanced electromechanical coupling. We develop a general first-principles-based atomistic model, enabling a quantitative understanding of the relationship between macroscopic ferroelectric properties and dipolar impurities of different orientations, concentrations, and dipole moments. We find that the collective orientation of dipolar defects relative to the external field is the key microscopic structure feature that strongly affects materials hardening/softening and electromechanical coupling. We show that a small concentration (≈0.1 at. %) of defect dipoles dramatically improves electromechanical responses. This offers the opportunity to improve the performance of inexpensive polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramics through defect dipole engineering for a range of applications including piezoelectric sensors, actuators, and transducers.

  17. Comparison of defects identified through Minnesota's Birth Defects Information System And Vital Records, 2006-2008.

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    Banerjee, Emily; Zabel, Erik; Alexander, Bruce

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the differences in birth defects identified through passive and active surveillance systems in Hennepin and Ramsey counties in Minnesota, 2006-2008. This was done by comparing birth defects identified on birth certificates through the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of the State Registrar's Birth and Death Registry (vital records) with those identified by the Minnesota Department of Health's Birth Defects Information System (BDIS), an active birth defects surveillance system. The study population included 73,059 babies born to residents of Hennepin and Ramsey counties. There were 1,882 babies that either vital records and/or BDIS identified as having 1 or more birth defects. Cases identified by BDIS were then linked with matching birth certificates found in the vital records database. Using BDIS as the gold standard, it was observed that the vital records database had an overall underreporting rate of 89% when all broad groups of defects were compared, and 72% when 11 specific defects tracked by both registries were compared. The sensitivity and positive predictive values of vital records to identify cases were also compared using BDIS as the gold standard, and demonstrated low sensitivities for most of the 11 comparable defects (range: 0% for tracheoesophageal fistula to 80% for anencephalus). These observations indicate that BDIS has significantly improved the quality of birth defects surveillance in Minnesota.

  18. Entanglement entropy in integrable field theories with line defects. Part I. Topological defect

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    Jiang, Yunfeng

    2017-07-01

    In this paper and a companion one [1], we study the effect of integrable line defects on entanglement entropy in massive integrable field theories in 1+1 dimensions. The current paper focuses on topological defects that are purely transmissive. Using the form factor bootstrap method, we show that topological defects do not affect the the entanglement entropy in the UV limit and modify slightly the leading exponential correction in the IR. This conclusion holds for both unitary and non-unitary field theories. In contrast, non-topological defects affect the entanglement entropy more significantly both in UV and IR limit and will be studied in the companion paper.

  19. Automated defect review of the wafer bevel with a defect review scanning electron microscope

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    McGarvey, Steve; Kanezawa, Masakazu

    2009-03-01

    One of the few remaining bastions of non-regulated Integrated Circuit defectivity is the wafer bevel. Recent internal Integrated Circuit Manufacturing studies have suggested that the edge bevel may be responsible for as much as a two to three percent yield loss during a defect excursion on the manufacturing line and a one to two percent yield loss during ongoing wafer manufacturing. A new generation of defect inspection equipment has been introduced to the Research and Development, Integrated Circuit, MEM's and Si wafer manufacturing markets that has imparted the ability for the end equipment user to detect defects located on the bevel of the wafer. The inherent weakness of the current batch of wafer bevel inspection equipment is the lack of automatic discrete defect classification data into multiple, significant classification bins and the lack of discrete elemental analysis data. Root cause analysis is based on minimal discrete defect analysis as a surrogate for a statistically valid sampling of defects from the bevel. This paper provides a study of the methods employed with a Hitachi RS-5500EQEQ Defect Review Scanning Electron Microscope (DRSEM) to automatically capture high resolution/high magnification images and collect elemental analysis on a statistically valid sample of the discrete defects that were located by a bevel inspection system.

  20. Multiscale crystal defect dynamics: A coarse-grained lattice defect model based on crystal microstructure

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    Lyu, Dandan; Li, Shaofan

    2017-10-01

    Crystal defects have microstructure, and this microstructure should be related to the microstructure of the original crystal. Hence each type of crystals may have similar defects due to the same failure mechanism originated from the same microstructure, if they are under the same loading conditions. In this work, we propose a multiscale crystal defect dynamics (MCDD) model that models defects by considering its intrinsic microstructure derived from the microstructure or material genome of the original perfect crystal. The main novelties of present work are: (1) the discrete exterior calculus and algebraic topology theory are used to construct a scale-up (coarse-grained) dual lattice model for crystal defects, which may represent all possible defect modes inside a crystal; (2) a higher order Cauchy-Born rule (up to the fourth order) is adopted to construct atomistic-informed constitutive relations for various defect process zones, and (3) an hierarchical strain gradient theory based finite element formulation is developed to support an hierarchical multiscale cohesive (process) zone model for various defects in a unified formulation. The efficiency of MCDD computational algorithm allows us to simulate dynamic defect evolution at large scale while taking into account atomistic interaction. The MCDD model has been validated by comparing of the results of MCDD simulations with that of molecular dynamics (MD) in the cases of nanoindentation and uniaxial tension. Numerical simulations have shown that MCDD model can predict dislocation nucleation induced instability and inelastic deformation, and thus it may provide an alternative solution to study crystal plasticity.

  1. Automated Heuristic Defect Classification (AHDC) for haze-induced defect growth management and mask requalification

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    Munir, Saghir; Qidwai, Gul

    2012-03-01

    This article presents results from a heuristic automated defect classification algorithm for reticle inspection that mimics the classification rules. AHDC does not require CAD data, thus it can be rapidly deployed in a high volume production environment without the need for extensive design data management. To ensure classification consistency a software framework tracks every defect in repeated inspections. Through its various image based derived metrics it is shown that such a system manages and tracks repeated defects in applications such as haze induced defect growth.

  2. Nonequilibrium occupancy of tail states and defects in a-Si:H: Implications for defect structure

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    Schumm, G.; Jackson, W. B.; Street, R. A.

    1993-11-01

    A detailed investigation of the electron and hole occupancy of tail states in undoped amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) as well as changes in the dangling-bond occupancy as a function of excitation intensity was carried out using light-induced electron-spin-resonance (LESR) measurements. For very thick films the band-tail electron and hole densities are not proportional. Over a wide range of excitation conditions the excess hole density is constant, suggesting the presence of charged defects with a density that is 5-10 times larger than the neutral defect density in annealed or as-grown a-Si:H. Light soaking increases mainly the neutral defect density. The dependence of the excess hole density on film thickness and absorption profiles indicates that this effect is a bulk property, which may be masked in thinner films by the comparatively high interface defect density. Model calculations of nonequilibrium occupation statistics confirm the experimental results. For a defect distribution that includes charged defects, the calculations suggest a very small positive LESR signature of the dangling bond, in spite of the high density of charged defects in the material, as a necessary consequence of the asymmetries observed between electron and hole capture rates and tail-state distributions. The calculations demonstrate that the lack of this signature does not imply a defect structure that contains predominantly neutral defects.

  3. USE OF BIOCERAMICS IN FILLING BONE DEFECTS

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    Garrido, Carlos Antõnio; Sampaio, Tania Clarete Fonseca Vieira Sales

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To present the results from using biological ceramics for filling bone defects resulting from post-traumatic or orthopedic injuries. Methods: Thirty-six patients with bone defects caused by trauma or orthopedic injury were evaluated. Nineteen patients were male (52.8%) and 17 were female (47.2%). Their ages ranged from 19 to 84 years, with a mean of 45.7 years and median of 37 years. Only patients with defects that required at least five grams of biological ceramic were included. Eighteen cases were classified as orthopedic: bone defects were observed in 11 cases of total hip arthroplasty; one case of primary total hip arthroplasty, due to coxarthrosis; five cases of femoral or tibial open wedge osteotomy; and one case of tarsal arthrodesis. There were 18 cases of trauma-related defects; uninfected pseudarthrosis, eight cases; recent fractures of the tibial plateau with compression of the spongy bone, three cases; and exposed fractures treated with external fixators, seven cases. The surgical technique consisted of curetting and debriding the injury until bone suitable for grafting was found. Biological ceramic was then used to fill the defect and some kind of fixation was applied. Results: Among the 36 patients evaluated, it was seen that 35 (97.2%) presented integration of the biological ceramic, while one case of open fracture treated with external fixation had poor integration of the biological ceramic. Conclusion: Treatment of bone defects of orthopedic or post-traumatic etiology using a phosphocalcium ceramic composed of hydroxyapatite was shown to be a practical, effective and safe method. PMID:27022576

  4. Point-defect-mediated dehydrogenation of alane

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    Ismer, Lars

    2011-03-01

    For the engineering of better hydrogen storage materials a systematic understanding of their hydrogen sorption kinetics is crucial. Theoretical studies on metal hydrides have indicated that in many cases point defects control mass transport and hence hydrogen uptake and release. Manipulating point-defect concentrations thus allows control over hydrogen sorption kinetics, opening up new engineering strategies. However, in some cases the relevance of kinetic limitations due to point defects is still under debate; kinetic inhibition of hydrogen sorption has also been attributed to surface effects, e.g. oxide layers or low recombination rates. We present a systematic analysis of the dehydrogenation kinetics of alane (AlH3), one of the prime candidate materials for hydrogen storage. Using hybrid-density functional calculations we determine the concentrations and mobilities of point defects and their complexes. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations are used to describe the full dehydrogenation reaction. We show that under dehydrogenation conditions charged hydrogen vacancy defects form in the crystal, which have a strong tendency towards clustering. The vacancy clusters denote local nuclei of Al phase, and the growth of these nuclei eventually drives the AlH3/Al transformation. However, the low concentration of vacancy defects limits the transport of hydrogen across the bulk, and hence acts as the rate-limiting part of the process. The dehydrogenation is therefore essentially inactive at room temperature, explaining why AlH3 is metastable for years, even though it is thermodynamically unstable. Our derived activation energy and dehydrogenation curves are in excellent agreement with the experimental data, providing evidence for the relevance of bulk point-defect kinetics. Work performed in collaboration with A. Janotti and C. G. Van de Walle, and supported by DOE.

  5. [Prenatal diagnosis of abdominal wall defects].

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    El Mhabrech, H; Ben Hmida, H; Charfi, H; Zrig, A; Hafsa, C

    2017-09-07

    Anterior abdominal wall defects (AAWD) correspond to a wide spectrum of congenital defects affecting 6.3/10,000 pregnancies. They have in common a closure defect of the anterior abdominal wall and can be fatal or expose the fetus and the neonate (NN) to many complications. This study was based on a retrospective study of 22 cases of AAWD collected between May 2009 and December 2014. Its purpose was to specify the importance of prenatal ultrasonography in the diagnosis and prognosis assessment of these defects. These 22 AAWDs consisted in 13 cases of omphalocele (including four cases of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome), four of gastroschisis, one of pentalogy of Cantrell, three of vesical exstrophy and one of cloacal exstrophy. Prenatal ultrasonography provided the diagnosis of 14 of these defects with a changing sensitivity with the gestational age varying from 17% in the first trimester to 71.4% and 77.8% in the second and third trimesters, respectively. The relevance of this examination was improved when performed by an imaging specialist. The prenatal diagnosis of these defects indicated an amniocentesis in eight cases, allowing the diagnosis of two cases of trisomy 18. It also motivated a therapeutic termination of the pregnancy (TTP) in ten cases. Prenatal ultrasonography allowed better prenatal follow-up and planning of the delivery of the continued pregnancies. It indicated an emergency C-section in only one case by showing intestinal complications of gastroschisis. Four NNs died (two cases of omphalocele and two of gastroschisis), three of which postoperatively and the prenatal diagnosis did not improve survival. Prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis provided a precise morphological study determining the type of the AAWD, a complete malformation assessment, and the prognosis factors. This resulted in adequate multidisciplinary pre and postnatal care, including a rigorous ultrasound follow-up, a TTP in case of associated defects, and emergency delivery once the

  6. Two-dimensional defect modes in optically induced photonic lattices

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    Wang Jiandong; Yang Jianke; Chen Zhigang

    2007-07-15

    In this article, localized linear defect modes due to band gap guidance in two-dimensional photonic lattices with localized or nonlocalized defects are investigated theoretically. First, when the defect is localized and weak, eigenvalues of defect modes bifurcated from edges of Bloch bands are derived analytically. It is shown that in an attractive (repulsive) defect, defect modes bifurcate out from Bloch-band edges with normal (anomalous) diffraction coefficients. Furthermore, distances between defect-mode eigenvalues and Bloch-band edges decrease exponentially with the defect strength, which is very different from the one-dimensional case where such distances decrease quadratically with the defect strength. It is also found that some defect-mode branches bifurcate not from Bloch-band edges, but from quasiedge points within Bloch bands, which is very unusual. Second, when the defect is localized but strong, defect modes are determined numerically. It is shown that both the repulsive and attractive defects can support various types of defect modes such as fundamental, dipole, quadrupole, and vortex modes. These modes reside in various band gaps of the photonic lattice. As the defect strength increases, defect modes move from lower band gaps to higher ones when the defect is repulsive, but remain within each band gap when the defect is attractive, similar to the one-dimensional case. The same phenomena are observed when the defect is held fixed while the applied dc field (which controls the lattice potential) increases. Lastly, if the defect is nonlocalized (i.e., it persists at large distances in the lattice), it is shown that defect modes can be embedded inside the continuous spectrum, and they can bifurcate out from edges of the continuous spectrum algebraically rather than exponentially.

  7. Hardwood log defect photographic database, software and user's guide

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    R. Edward Thomas

    2009-01-01

    Computer software and user's guide for Hardwood Log Defect Photographic Database. The database contains photographs and information on external hardwood log defects and the corresponding internal characteristics. This database allows users to search for specific defect types, sizes, and locations by tree species. For every defect, the database contains photos of...

  8. Decision making in reconstruction of defects of the eyelid.

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    Ferguson, Noor M; Mathijssen, Irene M J; Hofer, Stefan O P; Mureau, Marc A M

    2011-02-01

    We present three patients with major defects of the eyelid who subsequently had them reconstructed. They included a defect of the lateral upper lid, a defect of the medial upper and lower lids, and a defect of the medial lower lid, cheek, and nose.

  9. Efficient Co-Replication of Defective Novirhabdovirus

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    Rouxel, Ronan N.; Mérour, Emilie; Biacchesi, Stéphane; Brémont, Michel

    2016-01-01

    We have generated defective Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Viruses (VHSV) which express either the green fluorescent protein (GFP) or a far-red fluorescent protein (mKate) by replacing the genes encoding the nucleoprotein N or the polymerase-associated P protein. To recover viable defective viruses, rVHSV-ΔN-Red and rVHSV-ΔP-Green, fish cells were co-transfected with both deleted cDNA VHSV genomes, together with plasmids expressing N, P and L of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. After one passage of the transfected cell supernatant, red and green cell foci were observed. Viral titer reached 107 PFU/mL after three passages. Infected cells were always red and green with the very rare event of single red or green cell foci appearing. To clarify our understanding of how such defective viruses could be so efficiently propagated, we investigated whether (i) a recombination event between both defective genomes had occurred, (ii) whether both genomes were co-encapsidated in a single viral particle, and (iii) whether both defective viruses were always replicated together through a complementation phenomenon or even as conglomerate. To address these hypotheses, genome and viral particles have been fully characterized and, thus, allowing us to conclude that rVHSV-ΔN-Red and rVHSV-ΔP-Green are independent viral particles which could propagate only by simultaneously infecting the same cells. PMID:26959049

  10. High purith low defect FZ silicon

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    Kimura, H.; Robertson, G.

    1985-01-01

    The most common intrinsic defects in dislocation-free float zone (FZ) silicon crystals are the A- and B-type swirl defects. The mechanisms of their formation and annihilation have been extensively studied. Another type of defect in dislocation-free FZ crystals is referred to as a D-type defect. Concentrations of these defects can be minimized by optimizing the growth conditions, and the residual swirls can be reduced by the post-growth extrinsic gettering process. Czochralski (Cz) silicon wafers are known to exhibit higher resistance to slip and warpage due to thermal stress than do FZ wafers. The Cz crystals containing dislocations are more resistant to dislocation movement than dislocated FZ crystals because of the locking of dislocations by oxygen atoms present in the Cz crystals. Recently a transverse magnetic field was applied during the FZ growth of extrinsic silicon. Resultant flow patterns, as revealed by striation etching and spreading resistance in Ga-doped silicon crystals, indicate strong effects of the transverse magnetic field on the circulation within the melt. At fields of 5500 gauss, the fluid flow in the melt volume is so altered as to affect the morphology of the growing crystal.

  11. Coating defect evaluation based on stimulated thermography

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    Palumbo, Davide; Tamborrino, Rosanna; Galietti, Umberto

    2017-05-01

    Thermal Barrier Coatings are used to protect the materials from severe temperature and chemical environments. In particular, these materials are used in the engineering fields where high temperatures, corrosive environments and high mechanical stress are required. Defects present between substrate material and coating, as detachments may cause the break of coating and the consequent possibility to exposure the substrate material to the environment conditions. The capability to detect the defect zones with non-destructive techniques could allow the maintenance of coated components with great advantages in terms of costs and prediction of fatigue life. In this work, two different heat sources and two different thermographic techniques have been used to detect the adhesion defects among the base material and the coating. Moreover, an empirical thermographic method has been developed to evaluate the thickness of the thermal coating and to discriminate between an unevenness of the thickness and a defect zone. The study has been conducted on circular steel specimens with simulated adhesion defect and on specimens prepared with different thicknesses of thermal barrier coating.

  12. Ultrasonic NDE Simulation for Composite Manufacturing Defects

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    Leckey, Cara A. C.; Juarez, Peter D.

    2016-01-01

    The increased use of composites in aerospace components is expected to continue into the future. The large scale use of composites in aerospace necessitates the development of composite-appropriate nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods to quantitatively characterize defects in as-manufactured parts and damage incurred during or post manufacturing. Ultrasonic techniques are one of the most common approaches for defect/damage detection in composite materials. One key technical challenge area included in NASA's Advanced Composite's Project is to develop optimized rapid inspection methods for composite materials. Common manufacturing defects in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites include fiber waviness (in-plane and out-of-plane), porosity, and disbonds; among others. This paper is an overview of ongoing work to develop ultrasonic wavefield based methods for characterizing manufacturing waviness defects. The paper describes the development and implementation of a custom ultrasound simulation tool that is used to model ultrasonic wave interaction with in-plane fiber waviness (also known as marcelling). Wavefield data processing methods are applied to the simulation data to explore possible routes for quantitative defect characterization.

  13. Congenital defects of the pericardium: a review.

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    Shah, Ankit B; Kronzon, Itzhak

    2015-08-01

    Pericardial defects are a rare disorder that can be characterized as acquired or congenital. Congenital defects can be further characterized by location and size of the defect, e.g. left- or right-sided and partial or complete absence of the pericardium. While physical examination and electrocardiogram are not diagnostic, chest radiographs and echocardiography have findings that should alert the clinician to the absence of the pericardium as a possible diagnosis. Despite its limitations with visualizing the normal pericardium in areas of minimal adipose, cardiac magnetic resonance is currently the gold standard for diagnosing the congenital absence of the pericardium. Patients have a similar life expectancy to those without pericardial defects; however in certain cases, herniation and strangulation of cardiac chambers can be life threatening and lead to sudden cardiac death. Treatment is tailored to the patient's symptoms, presentation, and the size and location of the defect. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Imprinting defects on human chromosome 15.

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    Horsthemke, B; Buiting, K

    2006-01-01

    The Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and Angelman syndrome (AS) are two distinct neurogenetic diseases that are caused by the loss of function of imprinted genes on the proximal long arm of human chromosome 15. In a few percent of patients with PWS and AS, the disease is due to aberrant imprinting and gene silencing. In patients with PWS and an imprinting defect, the paternal chromosome carries a maternal imprint. In patients with AS and an imprinting defect, the maternal chromosome carries a paternal imprint. Imprinting defects offer a unique opportunity to identify some of the factors and mechanisms involved in imprint erasure, resetting and maintenance. In approximately 10% of cases the imprinting defects are caused by a microdeletion affecting the 5' end of the SNURF-SNRPN locus. These deletions define the 15q imprinting center (IC), which regulates imprinting in the whole domain. These findings have been confirmed and extended in knock-out and transgenic mice. In the majority of patients with an imprinting defect, the incorrect imprint has arisen without a DNA sequence change, possibly as the result of stochastic errors of the imprinting process or the effect of exogenous factors.

  15. Developmental defects of enamel in phenylketonuria patients.

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    de Marco Salvadori, Carina; Pereira, Rosana Marques; Raichert, Caroline; de Morais Ferreira, Fernanda; de Menezes, José Vitor Nogara Borges

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of developmental defects of enamel in patients diagnosed with phenylketonuria (PKU). The study group consisted of 24 four- to 24-year-old subjects with PKU. The control group consisted of 24 healthy individuals. An examination for the detection of developmental defects of enamel was conducted at the university pediatric dentistry clinic by a single examiner. Data were analyzed using the chi-square test (P<.05) and odds ratios. The prevalence of developmental defects of enamel was 36 percent in the study group and 15 percent in the control group. The maxillary central incisors were the most affected teeth in patients with PKU, while the maxillary and mandibular first molars were the most affected teeth in the control group. Patients with PKU had a 3.3-fold greater chance of exhibiting developmental defects of enamel versus the healthy controls, which was statistically significant (P<.001). The study findings suggest that PKU increases the risk of developmental defects of enamel.

  16. Structure Defect Property Relationships in Binary Intermetallics

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    Medasani, Bharat; Ding, Hong; Chen, Wei; Persson, Kristin; Canning, Andrew; Haranczyk, Maciej; Asta, Mark

    2015-03-01

    Ordered intermetallics are light weight materials with technologically useful high temperature properties such as creep resistance. Knowledge of constitutional and thermal defects is required to understand these properties. Vacancies and antisites are the dominant defects in the intermetallics and their concentrations and formation enthalpies could be computed by using first principles density functional theory and thermodynamic formalisms such as dilute solution method. Previously many properties of the intermetallics such as melting temperatures and formation enthalpies were statistically analyzed for large number of intermetallics using structure maps and data mining approaches. We undertook a similar exercise to establish the dependence of the defect properties in binary intermetallics on the underlying structural and chemical composition. For more than 200 binary intermetallics comprising of AB, AB2 and AB3 structures, we computed the concentrations and formation enthalpies of vacancies and antisites in a small range of stoichiometries deviating from ideal stoichiometry. The calculated defect properties were datamined to gain predictive capabilities of defect properties as well as to classify the intermetallics for their suitability in high-T applications. Supported by the US DOE under Contract No. DEAC02-05CH11231 under the Materials Project Center grant (Award No. EDCBEE).

  17. Robust detection of defects in imaging arrays

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    Dudas, Jozsef; Jung, Cory; Chapman, Glenn H.; Koren, Zahava; Koren, Israel

    2006-01-01

    As digital imagers continue to increase in size and pixel density, the detection of faults in the field becomes critical to delivering high quality output. Traditional schemes for defect detection utilize specialized hardware at the time of manufacture and are impractical for use in the field, while previously proposed software-based approaches tend to lead to quality-degrading false positive diagnoses. This paper presents an algorithm that utilizes statistical information extracted from a sequence of normally captured images to identify the location and type of defective pixels. Building on previous research, this algorithm utilizes data local to each pixel and Bayesian statistics to more accurately infer the likelihood of each defect, which successfully improves the detection time. Several defect types are considered, including pixels with one-half of the typical sensitivity and permanently stuck pixels. Monte Carlo simulations have shown that for defect densities of up to 0.5%, 50 ordinary images are sufficient to accurately identify all faults without falsely diagnosing good pixels as faulty. Testing also indicates that the algorithm can be extended to higher resolution imagers and to those with noisy stuck pixels, with only minimal cost to performance.

  18. Role of point defects/defect complexes in silicon device processing. Book of abstracts, fourth workshop

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    Not Available

    1994-06-01

    The 41 abstracts are arranged into 6 sessions: impurities and defects in commercial substrates: their sources, effects on material yield, and material quality; impurity gettering in silicon: limits and manufacturability of impurity gettering and in silicon solar cells; impurity/defect passivation; new concepts in silicon growth: improved initial quality and thin films; and silicon solar cell design opportunities.

  19. Radiographic parameters for prognosis of periodontal healing of infrabony defects: two different definitions of defect depth.

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    Eickholz, Peter; Hörr, Torten; Klein, Filip; Hassfeld, Stefan; Kim, Ti-Sun

    2004-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate defect width and two different definitions of defect depth as prognostic factors of periodontal healing in infrabony defects treated by regenerative therapy 6 and 24 months after surgery. In 32 patients with moderate to advanced periodontitis, 50 infrabony defects were treated by the guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique using non-resorbable or bioabsorbable barriers. Clinical parameters were assessed, and 50 triplets of standardized radiographs were taken before surgery and 6 and 24 months after surgery. Using a computer-assisted analysis, the distances cemento-enamel junction (CEJ) to alveolar crest (AC), CEJ to bony defect (BD), horizontal projection of the most coronal extension of the bony wall to the root surface to BD, width, and angle of the bony defects were measured. Depth of the bony defect was 1) calculated as CEJ-BD minus CEJ-AC (INFRA1) and 2) measured as horizontal projection of the most coronal extension of the bony wall to the root surface to BD (INFRA2). Whereas statistically significant vertical clinical attachment level gains (CAL-V: 3.36 +/- 1.59 mm/ 3.41 +/- 1.72 mm; P < 0.001) could be found both 6 and 24 months after surgery, bony fill (0.70 +/- 2.52 mm; P = 0.056/1.21 +/- 2.55 mm; P < 0.005) was significant 24 months post-surgically only. In a multilevel regression analysis, CAL-V gain was predicted by bioabsorbable membrane (P = 0.005), baseline probing depths (PD) (P < 0.001), and actual smoking (P < 0.05). Bony fill could be predicted by baseline depth of the infrabony component as determined by INFRA2 (P < 0.05), angulation of bony defect (P < 0.005), and gingival index at baseline (P < 0.001). In narrow (< 37 degrees) and deep (> or = 4 mm) infrabony defects, bony fill was more pronounced than in wide and shallow defects (P < 0.001). Improvement achieved by GTR in infrabony defects can be maintained up to 24 months after surgery. Narrow and deep infrabony defects respond

  20. Determining the critical size of EUV mask substrate defects

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    Goldberg, Kenneth A.; Gullikson, Eric M.; Han, Hakseung; Cho, Wonil; Jeon, Chan-Uk; Wurm, Stefan

    2008-05-26

    Determining the printability of substrate defects beneath the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reflecting multilayer stack is an important issue in EUVL lithography. Several simulation studies have been performed in the past to determine the tolerable defect size on EUV mask blank substrates but the industry still has no exact specification based on real printability tests. Therefore, it is imperative to experimentally determine the printability of small defects on a mask blanks that are caused by substrate defects using direct printing of programmed substrate defect in an EUV exposure tools. SEMATECH fabricated bump type program defect masks using standard electron beam lithography and performed printing tests with the masks using an EUV exposure tool. Defect images were also captured using SEMATECH's Berkeley Actinic Imaging Tool in order to compare aerial defect images with secondary electron microscope images from exposed wafers. In this paper, a comprehensive understanding of substrate defect printability will be presented and printability specifications of EUV mask substrate defects will be discussed.

  1. Determining the Critcial Size of EUV Mask Substrate Defects

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    Mccall, Monnikue M; Han, Hakseung; Cho, Wonil; Goldberg, Kenneth; Gullikson, Eric; Jeon, Chan-Uk; Wurm, Stefan

    2008-02-28

    Determining the printability of substrate defects beneath the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reflecting multilayer stack is an important issue in EUVL lithography. Several simulation studies have been performed in the past to determine the tolerable defect size on EUV mask blank substrates but the industry still has no exact specification based on real printability tests. Therefore, it is imperative to experimentally determine the printability of small defects on a mask blanks that are caused by substrate defects using direct printing of programmed substrate defect in an EUV exposure tool. SEMATECH fabricated bump type program defect masks using standard electron beam lithography and performed printing tests with the masks using an EUV exposure tool. Defect images were also captured using SEMATECH's Berkeley Actinic Imaging Tool in order to compare aerial defect images with secondary electron microscope images from exposed wafers. In this paper, a comprehensive understanding of substrate defect printability will be presented and printability specifications of EUV mask substrate defects will be discussed.

  2. A practical approach for modeling EUVL mask defects

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    Gullikson, E.M.; Cerjan, C.; Stearns, D.J.; Mirkarimi, P.B.; Sweeney, D.W.

    2001-06-01

    An approximate method is proposed to calculate the EUV scattering from a defect within a multilayer coating. In this single surface approximation (SSA) the defective multilayer structure is replaced by a single reflecting surface with the shape of the top surface of the multilayer. The range of validity of this approximation has been investigated for Gaussian line defects using 2D finite-difference-time-domain simulations. The SSA is found to be valid for sufficiently low aspect ratio defects such as those expected for the critical defects nucleated by particles on the mask substrate. The critical EUVL defect size is calculated by combining the SSA with a multilayer growth model and aerial image simulations. Another approximate method for calculating the aerial image of an unresolved defect is also discussed. Although the critical substrate defects may be larger than the resolution of higher NA cameras, the point defect approximation provides a useful framework for understanding the printability of a wide range of defects.

  3. Maternal autoimmune disease and birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.

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    Howley, Meredith M; Browne, Marilyn L; Van Zutphen, Alissa R; Richardson, Sandra D; Blossom, Sarah J; Broussard, Cheryl S; Carmichael, Suzan L; Druschel, Charlotte M

    2016-11-01

    Little is known about the association between maternal autoimmune disease or its treatment and the risk of birth defects. We examined these associations using data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, a multi-site, population-based, case-control study. Analyses included 25,116 case and 9897 unaffected control infants with estimated delivery dates between 1997 and 2009. Information on autoimmune disease, medication use, and other pregnancy exposures was collected by means of telephone interview. Adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated for birth defects with five or more exposed cases; crude ORs and exact 95% CIs were estimated for birth defects with three to four exposed cases. Autoimmune disease was reported by 373 mothers (279 case and 94 control mothers). The majority of birth defects evaluated were not associated with autoimmune disease; however, a statistically significant association between maternal autoimmune disease and encephalocele was observed (OR, 4.64; 95% CI, 1.95-11.04). Eighty-two mothers with autoimmune disease used an immune modifying/suppressing medication during pregnancy; this was associated with encephalocele (OR, 7.26; 95% CI, 1.37-24.61) and atrial septal defects (OR, 3.01; 95% CI, 1.16-7.80). Our findings suggest maternal autoimmune disease and treatment are not associated with the majority of birth defects, but may be associated with some defects, particularly encephalocele. Given the low prevalence of individual autoimmune diseases and the rare use of specific medications, we were unable to examine associations of specific autoimmune diseases and medications with birth defects. Other studies are needed to confirm these findings. Birth Defects Research (Part A) 106:950-962, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Birth defects in pregestational diabetes: Defect range, glycemic threshold and pathogenesis.

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    Gabbay-Benziv, Rinat; Reece, E Albert; Wang, Fang; Yang, Peixin

    2015-04-15

    Currently, 60 million women of reproductive age (18-44 years old) worldwide, and approximately 3 million American women have diabetes mellitus, and it has been estimated that this number will double by 2030. Pregestational diabetes mellitus (PGD) is a significant public health problem that increases the risk for structural birth defects affecting both maternal and neonatal pregnancy outcome. The most common types of human structural birth defects associated with PGD are congenital heart defects and central nervous system defects. However, diabetes can induce birth defects in any other fetal organ. In general, the rate of birth defects increases linearly with the degree of maternal hyperglycemia, which is the major factor that mediates teratogenicity of PGD. Stringent prenatal care and glycemic control are effective means to reduce birth defects in PGD pregnancies, but cannot reduce the incidence of birth defects to the rate of that is seen in the nondiabetic population. Studies in animal models have revealed that PGD induces oxidative stress, which activates cellular stress signalling leading to dysregulation of gene expression and excess apoptosis in the target organs, including the neural tube and embryonic heart. Activation of the apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1)-forkhead transcription factor 3a (FoxO3a)-caspase 8 pathway causes apoptosis in the developing neural tube leading to neural tube defects (NTDs). ASK1 activates the c-Jun-N-Terminal kinase 1/2 (JNK1/2), which leads to activation of the unfolded protein response and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Deletion of the ASK1 gene, the JNK1 gene, or the JNK2 gene, or inhibition of ER stress by 4-Phenylbutyric acid abrogates diabetes-induced apoptosis and reduces the formation of NTDs. Antioxidants, such as thioredoxin, which inhibits the ASK1-FoxO3a-caspase 8 pathway or ER stress inhibitors, may prevent PGD-induced birth defects.

  5. Point defect reduction in wide bandgap semiconductors by defect quasi Fermi level control

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    Reddy, P.; Hoffmann, M. P.; Kaess, F.; Bryan, Z.; Bryan, I.; Bobea, M.; Klump, A.; Tweedie, J.; Kirste, R.; Mita, S.; Gerhold, M.; Collazo, R.; Sitar, Z.

    2016-11-01

    A theoretical framework for a general approach to reduce point defect density in materials via control of defect quasi Fermi level (dQFL) is presented. The control of dQFL is achieved via excess minority carrier generation. General guidelines for controlling dQFL that lead to a significant reduction in compensating point defects in any doped material is proposed. The framework introduces and incorporates the effects of various factors that control the efficacy of the defect reduction process such as defect level, defect formation energy, bandgap, and excess minority carrier density. Modified formation energy diagrams are proposed, which illustrate the effect of the quasi Fermi level control on the defect formation energies. These formation energy diagrams provide powerful tools to determine the feasibility and requirements to produce the desired reduction in specified point defects. An experimental study of the effect of excess minority carriers on point defect incorporation in GaN and AlGaN shows an excellent quantitative agreement with the theoretical predictions. Illumination at energies larger than the bandgap is employed as a means to generate excess minority carriers. The case studies with CN in Si doped GaN, H and VN in Mg doped GaN and VM-2ON in Si doped Al0.65Ga0.35N revealed a significant reduction in impurities in agreement with the proposed theory. Since compensating point defects control the material performance (this is particularly challenging in wide and ultra wide bandgap materials), dQFL control is a highly promising technique with wide scope and may be utilized to improve the properties of various materials systems and performance of devices based upon them.

  6. Preliminary work on the quantum defect measurements

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    Hutcherson, Lindsay; Sanders, Justin; Han, Jianing

    2016-05-01

    Van der Waals interactions are generally studied in physics, chemistry, biology, and other fields of science. In order to fine-tune van der Waals interactions, the atomic energy levels need to be known very accurately. That is, we must accurately determine the quantum defects. Quantum defects of 85Rb have been recently measured, and the quantum defects of 87Rb have also been measured for nS and nD states with the resolution of 1 MHz. this experiment will focus on the P, F, and G states, which are higher angular momentum states and more sensitive to electric fields. These states are crucial for collisions, which may lead to some of the interesting phenomena in ultracold atoms, such as ultracold plasma. In this presentation, a progress report will be given on this project. The authors would like to acknowledge the travel Grants from DDOE and the University of South Alabama.

  7. Defects and degeneracies in supersymmetry protected phases

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    Fokkema, Thessa; Schoutens, Kareljan

    2015-08-01

    We analyse a class of 1D lattice models, known as \\text{M}k models, which are characterised by an order-k clustering of spin-less fermions and by N}=2 lattice supersymmetry. Our main result is the identification of a class of (bulk or edge) defects, that are in one-to-one correspondence with so-called spin fields in a corresponding {Z}k parafermion CFT. In the gapped regime, injecting such defects leads to ground-state degeneracies that are protected by the supersymmetry. The defects, which are closely analogous to quasi-holes over the fermonic Read-Rezayi quantum Hall states, display characteristic fusion rules, which are of Ising type for k = 2 and of Fibonacci type for k = 3.

  8. Congenital varicella associated with multiple defects

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    McKendry, J. B. J.; Bailey, J. D.

    1973-01-01

    Only two previous reports in the medical literature record the association of multiple congenital defects in the baby and varicella in the mother during the first trimester of pregnancy. The case is reported of a female infant born to a mother who contracted varicella in the 11th week of pregnancy. The infant was premature, small for dates, and had skin and localized muscular defects and respiratory difficulty. Subsequently she was found to be retarded. She failed to thrive and was subject to frequent infections. Further investigation revealed a unilateral diaphragmatic weakness, scoliosis and abnormalities of the ocular fundi. Several non-febrile seizures occurred. A pneumoencephalogram revealed dilated ventricles. She died at 20 months of age following a seizure. Consideration of maternal infections, especially viral, occurring early in pregnancy, augmented by antibody studies in the newborn and mother should be part of the investigation of multiple congenital defects in the newborn. PMID:4682642

  9. Ribosome defects in disorders of erythropoiesis.

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    Narla, Anupama; Hurst, Slater N; Ebert, Benjamin L

    2011-02-01

    Over the past decade, genetic lesions that cause ribosome dysfunction have been identified in both congenital and acquired human disorders. These discoveries have established a new category of disorders, known as ribosomopathies, in which the primary pathophysiology is related to impaired ribosome function. The protoptypical disorders are Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a congenital bone marrow failure syndrome, and the 5q- syndrome, a subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome. In both of these disorders, impaired ribosome function causes a severe macrocytic anemia. In this review, we will discuss the evidence that defects in ribosomal biogenesis cause the hematologic phenotype of Diamond-Blackfan anemia and the 5q- syndrome. We will also explore the potential mechanisms by which a ribosomal defect, which would be expected to have widespread consequences, may lead to specific defects in erythropoiesis.

  10. Osteochondral defects in the ankle: why painful?

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    Reilingh, Mikel L.; Zengerink, Maartje; van Bergen, Christiaan J. A.

    2010-01-01

    Osteochondral defects of the ankle can either heal and remain asymptomatic or progress to deep ankle pain on weight bearing and formation of subchondral bone cysts. The development of a symptomatic OD depends on various factors, including the damage and insufficient repair of the subchondral bone plate. The ankle joint has a high congruency. During loading, compressed cartilage forces its water into the microfractured subchondral bone, leading to a localized high increased flow and pressure of fluid in the subchondral bone. This will result in local osteolysis and can explain the slow development of a subchondral cyst. The pain does not arise from the cartilage lesion, but is most probably caused by repetitive high fluid pressure during walking, which results in stimulation of the highly innervated subchondral bone underneath the cartilage defect. Understanding the natural history of osteochondral defects could lead to the development of strategies for preventing progressive joint damage. PMID:20151110

  11. Global defect topology in nematic liquid crystals

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    Machon, Thomas; Alexander, Gareth P.

    2016-07-01

    We give the global homotopy classification of nematic textures for a general domain with weak anchoring boundary conditions and arbitrary defect set in terms of twisted cohomology, and give an explicit computation for the case of knotted and linked defects in R3, showing that the distinct homotopy classes have a 1-1 correspondence with the first homology group of the branched double cover, branched over the disclination loops. We show further that the subset of those classes corresponding to elements of order 2 in this group has representatives that are planar and characterize the obstruction for other classes in terms of merons. The planar textures are a feature of the global defect topology that is not reflected in any local characterization. Finally, we describe how the global classification relates to recent experiments on nematic droplets and how elements of order 4 relate to the presence of τ lines in cholesterics.

  12. Osteochondral defects in the ankle: why painful?

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    van Dijk, C Niek; Reilingh, Mikel L; Zengerink, Maartje; van Bergen, Christiaan J A

    2010-05-01

    Osteochondral defects of the ankle can either heal and remain asymptomatic or progress to deep ankle pain on weight bearing and formation of subchondral bone cysts. The development of a symptomatic OD depends on various factors, including the damage and insufficient repair of the subchondral bone plate. The ankle joint has a high congruency. During loading, compressed cartilage forces its water into the microfractured subchondral bone, leading to a localized high increased flow and pressure of fluid in the subchondral bone. This will result in local osteolysis and can explain the slow development of a subchondral cyst. The pain does not arise from the cartilage lesion, but is most probably caused by repetitive high fluid pressure during walking, which results in stimulation of the highly innervated subchondral bone underneath the cartilage defect. Understanding the natural history of osteochondral defects could lead to the development of strategies for preventing progressive joint damage.

  13. Defect engineering of ZnO

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    Weber, M. H.; Selim, F. A.; Solodovnikov, D.; Lynn, K. G.

    2008-10-01

    The defect responsible for the transparent to red color change of nominally undoped ZnO bulk single crystals is investigated. Upon annealing in the presence of metallic Zn as reported by Halliburton et al. and also Ti and Zr a native defect forms with an energy level about 0.7 eV below the conduction band. This change is reversible upon annealing in oxygen. Optical transmission data along with positron depth profiles and annealing studies are combined to identify the defect as oxygen vacancies. Vacancy clustering occurs at about 500 °C if isolated zinc and oxygen vacancies. In the absence of zinc vacancies, clusters form at about 800 °C.

  14. Interaction between water and defective silica surfaces

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    Chen Yunwen; Cheng Haiping

    2011-03-21

    We use the density functional theory method to study dry (1 x 1) {alpha}-quartz (0001) surfaces that have Frenkel-like defects such as oxygen vacancy and oxygen displacement. These defects have distinctively different effects on the water-silica interface depending on whether the adsorbent is a single water molecule, a cluster, or a thin film. The adsorption energies, bonding energies, and charge transfer or redistributions are analyzed, from which we find that the existence of a defect enhances the water molecule and cluster surface interaction by a large amount, but has little or even negative effect on water thin film-silica surface interaction. The origin of the weakening in film-surface systems is the collective hydrogen bonding that compromises the water-surface interaction in the process of optimizing the total energy. For clusters on surfaces, the lowest total energy states lower both the bonding energy and the adsorption energy.

  15. Global defect topology in nematic liquid crystals

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    Machon, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We give the global homotopy classification of nematic textures for a general domain with weak anchoring boundary conditions and arbitrary defect set in terms of twisted cohomology, and give an explicit computation for the case of knotted and linked defects in R3, showing that the distinct homotopy classes have a 1–1 correspondence with the first homology group of the branched double cover, branched over the disclination loops. We show further that the subset of those classes corresponding to elements of order 2 in this group has representatives that are planar and characterize the obstruction for other classes in terms of merons. The planar textures are a feature of the global defect topology that is not reflected in any local characterization. Finally, we describe how the global classification relates to recent experiments on nematic droplets and how elements of order 4 relate to the presence of τ lines in cholesterics. PMID:27493576

  16. Structural control design and defective systems

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    Gattulli, Vincenzo; Potenza, Francesco

    2016-05-01

    The intersection between the two concepts of structural control and defectiveness is discussed. Two simple oscillators differently connected by serial spring-dashpot arrangement are used to simply simulate technically relevant cases: dissipatively coupled adjacent free-standing structures, structures equipped by TMD and base-isolated structures. Eigensolution loci of the two classes of systems are tracked against one or more significant parameters to determine the potential benefits realized by different combinations of stiffness and viscosity. In both studied cases, codimension-two manifolds in the four-parameter space corresponding to coalescing eigenvalues are determined by analytical expressions. Conditions to discern semi-simple eigenvalues from defective ones confirm that the latter is the generic case laying in a two-parameter space while the former span a one-parameter subspace. The knowledge of the location of the defective systems in the parameter space permits to determine regions with specific dynamical properties useful for control design purpose.

  17. Quantitative defect characterization via guided waves

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    Zhao, Xiaoliang

    Pipeline inspection systems are being developed to locate critical defects, and more recently to characterize and size them efficiently in order to prevent potential leakage or catastrophic failure, as well as to assist in the decision process of wait or replace. Ultrasonic guided waves have demonstrated their abilities and advantages of detecting a variety of defect types that occur in a plate or hollow cylindrical structure compared to other conventional methods. Yet defect classification and sizing in these structures by guided waves is still a major issue. In this work, the Boundary Element Method (BEM) combined with the guided wave normal mode expansion technique is used to study the interaction of various guided wave packets of energy with various crack and corrosion boundaries in a structure. Attempts are made to find the best modes and frequency with the best chance of success in carrying out the defect classification and sizing process. To simplify the problem, a plate model is used to approximate the wall structure of a hollow cylinder of large diameter-to-wall-thickness ratio. The dispersion relation and wave structures of Shear Horizontal (SH) waves along the circumference of a hollow cylinder is derived and calculated. A parametric study with the hollow cylinder wall thickness to diameter ratio is conducted. Together with similar studies on circumferential Lamb waves in a pipe wall, a quantitative criterion as when a hollow cylinder wall can indeed be treated as a plate is given. A two-dimensional boundary element method (BEM) FORTRAN code was developed for surface breaking defect characterization and sizing in a plate using guided waves. A new code is developed for internal inclusion types of defect that are considered benign to see whether they will give false alarms. Parametric studies on different incident wave modes and frequencies establish a guideline on how to characterize a defect in a two-dimensional wave guide. In reality, all defects are

  18. [Nonoperative management of rotator cuff defects].

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    Heers, H; Heers, G

    2007-09-01

    Rotator cuff defects are common disorders of the shoulder. Although the outcome of surgical treatment of rotator cuff tears is well documented in the literature, less is known about the efficacy of physical therapy for symptomatic rotator cuff tears. Clear therapeutic standards are still missing. This article presents the nonoperative treatment options as well as a literature review. The results of most studies show that patients with rotator cuff defects do benefit from both physical therapy and simple home exercises independent from the size of the defect. However, due to the heterogeneity of outcome measures used, it is difficult to compare the results published. There is still a need for well-planned randomised controlled studies investigating the efficacy of exercise in the management of rotator cuff tears.

  19. Partial atrioventricular canal defect in a dog.

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    Santamarina, G; Espino, L; Vila, M; Suarez, M L

    2002-01-01

    A case of a partial atrial canal defect is described in a nine-month-old female English setter. The patient had a large ostium primum atrial septal defect and a concurrent malformation of the mitral valve. Electrocardiographic and radiographic findings were suggestive of marked enlargement of the right heart and pulmonary overcirculation. Definitive diagnosis and assessment of the haemodynamic consequences were made using echocardiography. The magnitude of the left-to-right intracardiac shunt was estimated by measuring the pulmonary to systemic flow ratio (Qp/Qs) from Doppler-derived pulmonary and aortic blood flow. The results of this report suggest that dogs with a partial atrioventricular canal defect and concurrent mild mitral regurgitation may exhibit no clinical signs during the first years of life, even in cases with a Qp/Qs ratio of greater than 2.

  20. Trapping of drops by wetting defects

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    't Mannetje, Dieter; Ghosh, Somnath; Lagraauw, Rudy; Otten, Simon; Pit, Arjen; Berendsen, Christian; Zeegers, Jos; van den Ende, Dirk; Mugele, Frieder

    2014-01-01

    Controlling the motion of drops on solid surfaces is crucial in many natural phenomena and technological processes including the collection and removal of rain drops, cleaning technology and heat exchangers. Topographic and chemical heterogeneities on solid surfaces give rise to pinning forces that can capture and steer drops in desired directions. Here we determine general physical conditions required for capturing sliding drops on an inclined plane that is equipped with electrically tunable wetting defects. By mapping the drop dynamics on the one-dimensional motion of a point mass, we demonstrate that the trapping process is controlled by two dimensionless parameters, the trapping strength measured in units of the driving force and the ratio between a viscous and an inertial time scale. Complementary experiments involving superhydrophobic surfaces with wetting defects demonstrate the general applicability of the concept. Moreover, we show that electrically tunable defects can be used to guide sliding drops along actively switchable tracks—with potential applications in microfluidics. PMID:24721935