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  1. Long-term follow-up of congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

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    Hollinger, Laura E; Harting, Matthew T; Lally, Kevin P

    2017-06-01

    Increased survival of patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia has created a unique cohort of children, adolescent, and adult survivors with complex medical and surgical needs. Disease-specific morbidities offer the opportunity for multiple disciplines to unite together to provide long-term comprehensive follow-up, as well as an opportunity for research regarding late outcomes. These children can exhibit impaired pulmonary function, altered neurodevelopmental outcomes, nutritional insufficiency, musculoskeletal changes, and specialized surgical needs that benefit from regular monitoring and intervention, particularly in patients with increased disease severity. Below we aim to characterize the specific challenges that these survivors face as well as present an algorithm for a multidisciplinary long-term follow-up program. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. [Patient education: the way for long-term follow up].

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    Ruiz, J

    2008-06-04

    Therapeutic education is now perfectly integrated in caring and medicine. Its field of application is primarily in chronic diseases for the acquisition of competences in the management of treatments, in co-operation with health professionals. In ambulatory medicine, patients and health professionals are currently running up against the difficulties of the long-term follow-up with its part of uncertainty, lassitude and economic pressure. EBM and the various models of health psychology light us only partially the way. A new type of reflexive step is emerging. This way of thinking should place in its center the concept of therapeutic relation: between science and being. We summarize here our reflexive process in the course of an interdisciplinary team gathering social sciences, art and medicine.

  3. Bleeding oesophageal varices with long term follow up.

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    Spence, R A; Johnston, G W; Odling-Smee, G W; Rodgers, H W

    1984-01-01

    Complete long term follow up was obtained in 27 children who had bled from oesophageal varices. Most presented with haematemesis or melaena at an average age of 5.2 years in the portal vein thrombosis group (20 children) and 9.5 years in the intrahepatic group (7 children). All had splenomegaly. Only 6 of 20 children with portal vein thrombosis had a possible precipitating factor. A total of 182 admissions for bleeding are reported, in 68 of which injection sclerotherapy was used to control bleeding. Control rate with injection sclerotherapy was 97%. Shunts performed below age 10 years were associated with a high thrombosis rate. A conservative approach to bleeding varices in children is recommended with transfusion, pitressin, and injection sclerotherapy. Oesophageal transection may have a role in the emergency management of the few children in whom bleeding is not controlled by injection sclerotherapy. PMID:6609683

  4. Long-term effectiveness of an ad hoc tailored titanium implant as a spacer for microvascular decompression in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia caused by megadolichoectatic basilar artery anomaly: 9-year follow-up.

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    Banczerowski, Péter; Czigléczki, Gábor; Nyáry, István

    2014-12-01

    An enlarged, elongated, ectatic, and sclerotic aberration of the vertebrobasilar system is known as a megadolichoectatic basilar artery (BA) anomaly. The anomaly is often involved in the pathological process of trigeminal neuralgia by compressing and distorting the trigeminal nerve. First-line medical treatment includes drug therapy, but a second-line surgical procedure could be effective in medication-resistant cases. The authors report the case of a 65-year-old man with a 12-year history of progressing trigeminal neuralgia who underwent microvascular decompression after the first-line drug treatment had failed. This case is unique because an in situ tailored titanium microplate was used as a spacer to alleviate compression by the BA on the trigeminal nerve. The titanium implant provided durable and sufficient retraction for the sclerotic arterial complex when the trigeminal nerve was placed in the tunnel of the implant. The 9-year follow-up examination proves the safety and long-term efficacy of titanium implants in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia caused by a megadolichoectatic BA anomaly. The method applied in this case was not intended to be and certainly is not an alternative to routine microvascular decompression-this surgical solution may be reserved for some extreme cases.

  5. Long-term follow-up of atomic bomb survivors.

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    Sakata, Ritsu; Grant, Eric J; Ozasa, Kotaro

    2012-06-01

    The Life Span Study (LSS) is a follow-up study of atomic bomb (A-bomb) survivors to investigate the radiation effects on human health and has collected data for over 60 years. The LSS cohort consists of 93,741 A-bomb survivors and another 26,580 age and sex-matched subjects who were not in either city at the time of the bombing. Radiation doses have been computed based on individual location and shielding status at the time of the bombings. Age at death and cause of death are gathered through the Japanese national family registry system and cancer incidence data have been collected through the Hiroshima and Nagasaki cancer registries. Noncancer disease incidence and health information are collected through biannual medical examinations among a subset of the LSS. Radiation significantly increases the risks of death (22% at 1 Gy), cancer incidence (47% at 1 Gy), death due to leukemia (310% at 1 Gy), as well as the incidence of several noncancer diseases (e.g. thyroid nodules, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, uterine myoma, and hypertension). Significant effects on maturity (e.g. growth reduction and early menopause) were also observed. Long-term follow-up studies of the A-bomb survivors have provided reliable information on health risks for the survivors and form the basis for radiation protection standards for workers and the public. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy: a long-term follow-up.

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    Faunø, P; Nielsen, A B

    1992-01-01

    A follow-up study was conducted to clarify the clinical and radiological long-term consequences of arthroscopic meniscus resection. One hundred thirty-six patients who had unilateral arthroscopic resection of an isolated meniscal tear attended for an interview and a physical and radiological examination. Follow-up averaged 8.5 years, with a range of 7.9-11.6 years. The reoperation rate was as high as 22.8%, but was the lowest in the bucket handle tear group (13%). Pain after exercise was less frequent among patients treated for a bucket handle tear compared to other lesions. Fifty-three percent of the patients had at least one of the Fairbanks change in the operated knee and only 22% in the control knees. The radiographic result was not influenced by the type of meniscus lesion nor were high age or intraoperatively described cartilage damage factors of significance. Malalignment less than 4 degrees of valgus and greater than 10 degrees of valgus was found to be a significant risk factor for the development of degenerative changes following meniscus resection.

  7. [Long-term follow-up of osteochondritis dissecans].

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    Gudas, Rimtautas; Kunigiskis, Giedrius; Kalesinskas, Romas Jonas

    2002-01-01

    Fifty-two patients with osteochondritis dissecans lesions were evaluated after 7-25 years after excision of a partially detached (grade III) fragment or loose (grade IV) fragment from the medial femoral condyles. Average follow-up time was 17.2 (range 7-25 years). Two homogenic groups based on special inclusion criteria were formed; 31 patient was in the first and 21--in the second group. The only difference between the groups was the age; the age average in the first group was--25.6 years (range 15-35 years), and -45.2 years (range 35-55 years) in the second group. Patients were evaluated through ICRS (International Cartilage Repair Society), modified HSS and KOOS (Knee injury and osteoarthritis Outcome score) scales, and with X-rays. Evaluation with the ICRS, modified HSS and KOOS rating scales for osteochondritis dissecans revealed in 9 cases (17%) good results, 32 cases (62%)--fair, and 11 cases (21%)--failure results. Final ICRS and modified HSS evaluation showed statistically significantly better results in the younger patient group at the 21 years (p < 0.04). At an average 17.2 year follow-up X-rays and KOOS evaluation form showed initial and second-degree (according to Ahlbäck) osteoarthritis signs in the knees. The long-term results of the natural history of osteochondritis dissecans are extremely poor. Consequently, we recommend autologous osteochondral grafting for the replacement of the osteochondritis dissecans defects in the knee joint.

  8. Long-term follow-up of DDD pacing mode.

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    Ulman, Mateusz; Dębski, Maciej; Ząbek, Andrzej; Haberka, Kazimierz; Lelakowski, Jacek; Małecka, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the long-term survival of DDD pacing and identify the main reasons for its loss. The study group consisted of 496 patients in whom a DDD pacing system was implanted between October 1984 and March 2002 and who were followed up until July 2010. The follow-up period was 152.1 ± 35.5 months. The patients' mean age at the time of implantation was 59.5 ± 12.5 years, and 53.5% were male; 58% had sick sinus syndrome (SSS), 26% had atrioventricular block (AVB), 15% had both of these indications simultaneously, and 1% had other indications. The incidence of lead malfunction, progression to chronic atrial fibrillation (AF), and the rate of infective complications was analysed. During the follow-up, 369 patients remained in DDD mode stimulation. DDD mode survival rate at one, five, ten and 15 years was, respectively, 96%, 86%, 77% and 72%. The most common reason for reprogramming out of DDD mode was the development of permanent AF in 65 (13.1%) patients. The occurrence of chronic AF was associated with a prior history of paroxysmal AF (p = 0.0001), SSS (p = 0.0215), and older age at time of implantation (p = 0.0068) compared to patients who remained in sinus rhythm. Lead malfunction caused loss of DDD mode pacing in 56 (11.3%) patients. Atrial leads were damaged in 37 patients, ventricular in 12 patients, and both leads in seven patients. The subclavian vein puncture was correlated with the mechanical damage of the atrial lead (p = 0.02935) compared to cephalic vein access. At the moment of complication, the patients with a dysfunctional lead were significantly younger than those who progressed to chronic AF(p = 0.0019). Infective complications which caused temporary loss of DDD pacing were observed in six patients: five had pocket infection and one had lead-dependent infective endocarditis. 1. Effective DDD pacing from the originally implanted system was noted in a high percentage (72%) of patients in long-term observation (15 years

  9. Long term follow up of untreated primary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Paterson, C R; Burns, J; Mowat, E

    1984-01-01

    Fourteen patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and whose initial serum calcium concentrations were 2.75 mmol/l (11.0 mg/100 ml) or more were followed up for five to 23 years without operative treatment. One had osteitis fibrosa when seen and died with a fibrosarcoma 22 years later. The remaining 13 patients, who were followed up for a mean of 10 years, came to little obvious harm from not being operated on. Their serum calcium concentrations did not rise and there was no evidence of progressive renal impairment. In four patients who presented originally with renal calculi there were three further episodes of renal colic in 54 patient years of follow up. Conservative management of primary hyperparathyroidism is not an unreasonable option, and patients who do not have symptoms need not necessarily be pressed to accept surgery. PMID:6437508

  10. Long-term follow-up of ophthalmic Graves' disease.

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    Agapitos, P J; Hart, I R

    1987-01-01

    Sixteen patients with ophthalmic Graves' disease (clinically euthyroid with ophthalmopathy or exophthalmos) were followed up for 4.3 to 14.3 (mean 9.1) years to determine whether thyroid dysfunction developed and whether their ophthalmopathy progressed, regressed or remained stable. Five patients (31%) manifested hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, all before the end of the fifth year of follow-up. The ophthalmopathy was mild, and none of the patients required specific treatment. The thyroid function of patients with ophthalmic Graves' disease should be periodically monitored for at least 5 years. PMID:3815199

  11. Ablative radioiodine therapy for hyperthyroidism: long term follow up study.

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    Kendall-Taylor, P; Keir, M J; Ross, W M

    1984-01-01

    A total of 225 patients were treated for hyperthyroidism with 555 MBq (15 mCi) radioiodine to ablate the thyroid and induce early hypothyroidism. The efficacy of this treatment in eradicating hyperthyroidism and problems of follow up were assessed one to six years later from case records and questionnaires. Information was received from 197 out of 219 live patients (90%) and from 160 doctors concerning 207 patients (92%). Only three patients were not traced and six had died since treatment. The modal time to hypothyroidism was three months, and 64% of patients were hypothyroid at one year; 5.6% had failed to become euthyroid within one year. Ninety five per cent of patients had been seen by the doctor and 82% had had a thyroid test done within the past two years. Most doctors preferred patients to be returned to their care once thyroxine treatment was stabilised. An ablative dose of 131I is recommended as an effective means of treatment which has clear advantages over conventional methods. Good communications and effective follow up should ensure success. PMID:6432100

  12. Tuberculosis of the knee -- a long term follow-up.

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    Chow, S P; Yau, A

    1980-01-01

    Thirty cases of tuberculosis of the knee followed up for an average of 15 years were reviewed. The majority of patients developed the disease during childhood. All had received standard anti-tuberculous drug treatment. Fifteen were treated conservatively alone, while the other 15 had a debridement type of surgery in addition to drugs. At review, one-third had occasional mild pain, but this was only present in the conservatively treated group. Stiffness, however, was more predominant in the operated and in the late onset groups. Some mild deformity was seen in 17 out of 30 patients and was related not so much to disturbance of epiphyseal growth, but rather, to bone collapse. Interesting X-ray appearances at follow-up were found. The factors which could lead to a good outcome included young age of onset, treatment within six months of onset, and early mobilisation. If the disease is well advanced, surgical treatment will lead to a painless joint, but with greater restriction of joint movement.

  13. Endoscopic palliation for inoperable malignant dysphagia: long term follow up.

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    Maunoury, V; Brunetaud, J M; Cochelard, D; Boniface, B; Cortot, A; Paris, J C

    1992-01-01

    This prospective non-randomised trial of 128 selected patients with unresectable oesophageal or gastrooesophageal junction cancers aims to evaluate the initial relief of malignant obstruction by means of bipolar electrocoagulation for both circumferential and submucosal strictures of Nd:YAG laser for the other patients. A limited dilatation was performed initially if a small calibre endoscope was unable to pass through the stricture. Prompt and significant relief of dysphagia without complications was achieved in 83% of patients. Improved patients were retreated monthly during the follow up period. Radiotherapy was recommended when possible. Symptomatic relief of obstruction lasted 4.2 months on average and 76% of patients remained palliated until death. Monthly retreatment using the most appropriate endoscopic procedure for the tumour configuration and radiotherapy after endoscopic relief of obstruction seems to give the best palliation for patients with unresectable cancers of the oesophagus or gastrooesophageal junction. PMID:1283144

  14. Long-term follow-up of elite controllers

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    Stafford, Kristen A.; Rikhtegaran Tehrani, Zahra; Saadat, Saman; Ebadi, Maryam; Redfield, Robert R.; Sajadi, Mohammad M.

    2017-01-01

    Abstract To estimate the effect of hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection on the development of complications and progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease among HIV-infected elite controllers. Single-center retrospective cohort. Kaplan–Meier methods, prevalence ratios, and Cox proportional-hazards models were used. In all, 55 HIV-infected elite controllers were included in this study. Among them, 45% were HIV/HCV coinfected and 55% were HIV mono-infected. Median follow-up time for the cohort was 11 years. Twenty-five patients experienced a complication and 16 lost elite controller status during the study period. HCV coinfected patients were 4.78 times (95% confidence interval 1.50–15.28) more likely to develop complications compared with HIV mono-infected patients. There was no association between HCV coinfection status and loss of elite control (hazard ratio 0.75, 95% confidence interval 0.27–2.06). Hepatitis C virus coinfection was significantly associated with the risk of complications even after controlling for sex, injecting drug use, and older age. HCV coinfected patients had higher levels of cellular activation while also having similar levels of lipopolysaccharide and soluble CD14. HCV coinfection was not associated with loss of elite controller status. Taken together, this suggests that HCV coinfection does not directly affect HIV replication dynamics or natural history, but that it may act synergistically with HIV to produce a greater number of associated complications. Continued follow-up will be needed to determine whether HCV cure through the use of direct-acting antivirals among HIV/HCV coinfected elite controllers will make the risk for complications among these patients similar to their HIV mono-infected counterparts. PMID:28658155

  15. Multidisciplinary management and long-term follow-up of mesiodens: a case report.

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    Cogulu, Dilsah; Yetkiner, Enver; Akay, Cemal; Seckin, Ozlem; Alpoz, Riza

    2008-01-01

    Supernumerary teeth are relatively common in the oral cavity and are characterized by an excessive number of teeth. The term "mesiodens" refers to a supernumerary tooth located in the midline of the maxilla between the central incisors. Mesiodens may cause a variety of pathological complications such as impaction of the maxillary central incisors, tooth retention or delayed eruption of the permanent incisors, crowding, eruption within the nasal cavity, formation of diastema, intraoral infection, root anomaly, root resorption of adjacent teeth and cyst formation accompanied by bone destruction. Therefore it is recommended to follow-up with regular radiographic examination. Early diagnosis minimizes treatment needs and prevents associated complications. The present case, followed for 7 years, presented bilateral mesiodens resulting in delayed eruption of the permanent incisors and emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary management and long-term follow-up.

  16. GuLF Study: The Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study

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    ... Investigator for the GuLF STUDY The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study ( GuLF STUDY ) is the largest ... in Spain and South Korea – included any long-term follow-up. Early data from these studies suggested ...

  17. Career Program Completers. 1989-90 Long-Term Follow-Up Study.

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    Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.

    In summer 1994, a long-term follow-up study was conducted of 1989-90 graduates of career programs at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Kansas. A survey was mailed to 536 graduates, certificate holders, and students who left JCCC with marketable skills to assess their satisfaction with JCCC and their jobs. With telephone follow-up, a…

  18. Long-term urological outcomes in cloacal anomalies.

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    Caldwell, Brian T; Wilcox, Duncan T

    2016-04-01

    Cloacal anomalies are the most complex and severe form of congenital anorectal malformations (ARM) and urogenital malformations, and it has been well documented that increased severity of ARM leads to worse outcomes. While short-term data on persistent cloaca are available, a paucity of data on long-term outcomes exists, largely because of a lack of uniform terminology, inclusion with other ARM and evolution of the operative technique. On comprehensive review of the published literature on long-term urological outcomes in patients with cloacal anomalies, we found a significant risk of chronic kidney disease and incontinence, however, with improvements in surgical technique, outcomes have improved. Continence often requires intermittent catheterization and in some cases, bladder augmentation. The complexity of cloacal malformations and associated anomalies make long-term multidisciplinary follow-up imperative. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. White mineral trioxide aggregate pulpotomies: Two case reports with long-term follow-up

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    Emine, Sen Tunc; Tuba, Ulusoy Ayca

    2011-01-01

    This case report describes the partial pulpotomy treatment of complicated crown fractures of two cases by using white mineral trioxide aggregate (WMTA) with long-term follow-up. In the cases presented here, to injured incisor teeth were open apices and the pulp exposure site was large, so it was decided to perform vital pulpotomy with WMTA. Long-term follow-up examinations revealed that the treatment preserved pulpal vitality with continued root development and apex formation. WMTA may be considered as an alternative option for the treatment of traumatized immature permanent teeth. PMID:22346173

  20. Long-term follow-up of psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation.

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    Johnson, Matthew W; Garcia-Romeu, Albert; Griffiths, Roland R

    2017-01-01

    A recent open-label pilot study (N = 15) found that two to three moderate to high doses (20 and 30 mg/70 kg) of the serotonin 2A receptor agonist, psilocybin, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for smoking cessation, resulted in substantially higher 6-month smoking abstinence rates than are typically observed with other medications or CBT alone. To assess long-term effects of a psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation program at ≥12 months after psilocybin administration. The present report describes biologically verified smoking abstinence outcomes of the previous pilot study at ≥12 months, and related data on subjective effects of psilocybin. All 15 participants completed a 12-month follow-up, and 12 (80%) returned for a long-term (≥16 months) follow-up, with a mean interval of 30 months (range = 16-57 months) between target-quit date (i.e., first psilocybin session) and long-term follow-up. At 12-month follow-up, 10 participants (67%) were confirmed as smoking abstinent. At long-term follow-up, nine participants (60%) were confirmed as smoking abstinent. At 12-month follow-up 13 participants (86.7%) rated their psilocybin experiences among the five most personally meaningful and spiritually significant experiences of their lives. These results suggest that in the context of a structured treatment program, psilocybin holds considerable promise in promoting long-term smoking abstinence. The present study adds to recent and historical evidence suggesting high success rates when using classic psychedelics in the treatment of addiction. Further research investigating psilocybin-facilitated treatment of substance use disorders is warranted.

  1. Long-Term Follow-up of Self-Modeling as an Intervention for Stuttering.

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    Bray, Melissa A.; Kehle, Thomas J.

    2001-01-01

    Reports a long-term follow-up of the effects of self-modeling on the reduction of stuttering in two groups of students who initially evidenced different mean percentages of stuttered words. Results reveal that students involved in the initial study who initially exhibited substantially higher mean percentages of stuttered words, maintained their…

  2. Cessation of Long-term Naltrexone Administration: Longitudinal Follow-Ups.

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    Crews, W. David, Jr.; Rhodes, Robert D.; Bonaventura, Sharon H.; Rowe, Frederick B.; Goering, Aaron M.

    1999-01-01

    Longitudinal follow-ups of the cessation of long-term Naltrexone administration were conducted with a women with profound mental retardation who had previously displayed dramatic decreases in self-injurious behavior (SIB). After two and four years post-Naltrexone therapy, the subject exhibited near-zero rates of SIB despite changes in staff and in…

  3. Long-Term Follow-Up of Behavior Modification With High-Risk Adolescents

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    McCombs, Dan; And Others

    1978-01-01

    This investigation reports on follow-up information received from past participants of a school-based social learning program designed for problem adolescents. Data resulting from this pilot study fail to conclusively demonstrate the long-term merits of the behavioral program with this population. (Author)

  4. Long term follow-up and transition of care in anorectal malformations: An international survey.

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    Giuliani, Stefano; Decker, Emily; Leva, Ernesto; Riccipetitoni, Giovanna; Bagolan, Pietro

    2016-09-01

    The aim of the study was to assess current international practice in the long term follow-up, in managing active problems and transition of care for teenagers born with anorectal malformations (ARM). An original survey was administered to delegates attending two large colorectal surgical meetings in 2015. The 21 questions covered long term follow-up, specific issues for teenagers and transition of care. 96/236 delegates completed the survey. Follow-up was routinely suspended before 10 year of age by 33% of respondents. 90% of them did not use a scoring system to assess or risks stratify patients, despite 81% stating that an objective score would be beneficial. 40% of respondents felt that >30% of their teenagers had ongoing active medical or psychosocial issues. 42% thought their patients were not ready to be transitioned. The process of transition should start around 13-16 years according to 54% of respondents. 72% had no protocol for transition and 82% did not hold multidisciplinary meetings with adult practitioners before transition. International consensus on the following aspects of the care in ARM is needed: structured long term follow-up, objective assessment and risk stratification scores, pathways of transition and methods to prepare patients, parents and adult practitioners. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Long-term follow up of renal anastomosing hemangioma mimicking renal angiosarcoma.

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    Heidegger, Isabel; Pichler, Renate; Schäfer, Georg; Zelger, Bernhard; Zelger, Bettina; Aigner, Friedrich; Bektic, Jasmin; Horninger, Wolfgang

    2014-08-01

    Anastomosing hemangioma of the kidney is a very rare neoplasm, currently 19 cases have been reported in the literature. First described in 2009, histopathologically anastomosing hemangioma is similar to aggressive angiosarcoma. No long-term follow-up data of anastomosing hemangioma have been described yet. Here, we present the case of a healthy 56-year-old man diagnosed in 2002 with a 7 × 5-cm anastomosing hemangioma mimicking an aggressive renal angiosarcoma. The patient underwent nephrectomy and has been followed up disease free for 13 years.

  6. The importance of long-term follow-up in child and adolescent obesity prevention interventions.

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    Jones, Rachel A; Sinn, Natalie; Campbell, Karen J; Hesketh, Kylie; Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth; Morgan, Philip J; Lubans, David R; Magarey, Anthea

    2011-08-01

    Pediatric overweight and obesity continues to be a major public health concern. Once established it is difficult to treat; therefore well-designed and evaluated prevention interventions are vitally important. There is considerable evidence to suggest that obesity prevention initiatives can change children's behaviours and weight status over the short- or medium-term; however, there is far less evidence on which to judge the impact over the longer term. In response to the rise in short- and medium-term obesity prevention studies for children and adolescents over recent years, the Prevention Stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network highlight five points as to why the dearth of obesity prevention studies with long-term follow-up should be urgently addressed. Furthermore, recommendations to strengthen the evidence base and outline key implications for research design in this area and the support required for long-term follow-up studies are detailed.

  7. Growth and development after oesophageal atresia surgery: Need for long-term multidisciplinary follow-up.

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    IJsselstijn, Hanneke; Gischler, Saskia J; Toussaint, Leontien; Spoel, Marjolein; Zijp, Monique H M van der Cammen-van; Tibboel, Dick

    2016-06-01

    Survival rates in oesophageal atresia patients have reached over 90%. In long-term follow-up studies the focus has shifted from purely surgical or gastrointestinal evaluation to a multidisciplinary approach. We reviewed the literature on the long-term morbidity of these patients and discuss mainly issues of physical growth and neurodevelopment. We conclude that growth problems - both stunting and wasting - are frequently seen, but that sufficient longitudinal data are lacking. Therefore, it is unclear whether catch-up growth into adolescence and adulthood occurs. Data on determinants of growth retardation are also lacking in current literature. Studies on neurodevelopment beyond preschool age are scarce but oesophageal atresia patients seem at risk for academic problems and motor function delay. Many factors contribute to the susceptibility to growth and development problems and we propose a multidisciplinary follow-up schedule into adulthood future care which may help improve quality of life.

  8. Long-Term Follow-up of Uterine Artery Embolization for Symptomatic Adenomyosis

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    Smeets, A. J. Nijenhuis, R. J.; Boekkooi, P. F.; Vervest, H. A. M.; Rooij, W. J. van; Lohle, P. N. M.

    2012-08-15

    Introduction: Long-term results of uterine artery embolization (UAE) for adenomyosis are largely unknown. We assess long-term outcome of UAE in 40 women with adenomyosis. Materials and methods: Between March 1999 and October 2006, 40 consecutive women with adenomyosis (22 in combination with fibroids) were treated with UAE. Changes in junction zone thickness were assessed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at baseline and again at 3 months. After a mean clinical follow-up of 65 months (median 58 [range 38-129]), women filled out the uterine fibroid symptom and quality of life (UFS-QoL) questionnaire, which had additional questions on the long-term evolution of baseline symptoms and adverse events. Results: During follow-up, 7 of 40 women (18%) underwent hysterectomy. Among these 7 women, the junction zones were significantly thicker, both at baseline (mean 23 vs. 16 mm, P = 0.028) and at 3-month follow-up (mean 15 vs. 9 mm, P = 0.034). Of 33 women with preserved uterus, 29 were asymptomatic. Four patients had symptom severity scores of 50 to 85 and overall QoL scores of 60 to 66, indicating substantial clinical symptoms. There was no relation between clinical outcome and the initial presence of fibroids in addition to adenomyosis. Conclusion: In women with therapy-resistant adenomyosis, UAE resulted in long-term preservation of the uterus in the majority. Most patients with preserved uterus were asymptomatic. The only predictor for hysterectomy during follow-up was initial thickness of the junction zone. The presence or absence of fibroids in addition to adenomyosis had no relation with the need for hysterectomy or clinical outcome.

  9. Long-term follow-up care for pediatric cancer survivors.

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    2009-03-01

    Progress in therapy has made survival into adulthood a reality for most children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with cancer today. Notably, this growing population remains vulnerable to a variety of long-term therapy-related sequelae. Systematic ongoing follow-up of these patients, therefore, is important for providing for early detection of and intervention for potentially serious late-onset complications. In addition, health counseling and promotion of healthy lifestyles are important aspects of long-term follow-up care to promote risk reduction for health problems that commonly present during adulthood. Both general and subspecialty pediatric health care providers are playing an increasingly important role in the ongoing care of childhood cancer survivors, beyond the routine preventive care, health supervision, and anticipatory guidance provided to all patients. This report is based on the guidelines that have been developed by the Children's Oncology Group to facilitate comprehensive long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors (www.survivorshipguidelines.org).

  10. Long-term follow-up of zonulo-hyaloido-vitrectomy for pseudophakic malignant glaucoma

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    Madgula, Indira M; Anand, Nitin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To report long-term follow-up of zonulo-hyaloido-vitrectomy (ZHV) via anterior approach for pseudophakic malignant glaucoma refractory to medical treatment. Design: Noncomparative case-series. Materials and Methods: Medical records of 9 patients who sought treatment for aqueous humor misdirection refractory to medical treatment were reviewed. All patients underwent anterior vitrectomy, hyaloido-zonulectomy, and peripheral iridectomy (PI) via an anterior approach. Main outcome measures were preoperative and postoperative visual acuity, intraocular pressure, medications, slit-lamp examination, and fundus findings. Results: 10 eyes of 9 patients (7 female, 2 male) who underwent ZHV for refractory pseudophakic malignant glaucoma between 2003 and 2010 were included in this case-series. The mean age of patients was 77.4 ± 9.0 years, mean follow-up duration 50.2 ± 27.2 months. Recurrence of malignant glaucoma was noted in 40% (four cases) after a successful ZHV on long-term follow-up. Conclusions: An anterior segment surgeon can treat malignant glaucoma refractory to medical treatment successfully by vitrectomy, hyaloido-zonulectomy, and PI. This can be done via an anterior approach and patients require long follow-up to rule out a relapse despite a successful outcome in the short term. PMID:25579353

  11. Efficacy of an integrative CBT for prolonged grief disorder: A long-term follow-up.

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    Rosner, Rita; Bartl, Helga; Pfoh, Gabriele; Kotoučová, Michaela; Hagl, Maria

    2015-09-01

    While some intervention trials have demonstrated efficacy in treating prolonged grief disorder (PGD), data on long-term treatment effects are scarce. Fifty-one outpatients with clinically relevant prolonged grief symptoms, who had participated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT), were followed up, on average, 1.5 years after integrative cognitive behavioral therapy for PGD (PG-CBT). Initial assessment procedures were repeated, with PGD symptom severity as the main outcome and general mental health symptoms as secondary outcomes. As results in the immediate and delayed treatment groups (former wait list) were similar, the follow-up data were pooled. Overall, 80% of the original ITT sample could be reached, that is 89% of the 37 treated participants, as well as 8 out of 14 participants who had dropped out of the RCT. The considerable short-term treatment success of PG-CBT was stable; pre to follow-up Cohen׳s d was large, with 1.24 in the ITT analysis and 2.22 for completers. The pre to post-improvement in overall mental health was maintained. Since the RCT wait list group had been treated after their waiting period as well, no controlled long-term outcomes are available. PG-CBT proved to be effective in the longer run. In comparison to other RCTs on prolonged grief this is the largest sample followed up for this long. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Long-term follow-up study of radial forearm free flap reconstruction after hemiglossectomy.

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    Akashi, Masaya; Hashikawa, Kazunobu; Sakakibara, Akiko; Komori, Takahide; Terashi, Hiroto

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies on postoperative long-term results in patients who underwent reconstructive free flap transfer following hemiglossectomy had some issues, including the heterogeneity of the patient population and the observation period. The present study aimed to evaluate changes of reconstructed tongues in patients who underwent radial forearm free flap (RFFF) after hemiglossectomy with long-term follow-up. We enrolled 23 patients who underwent RFFF after hemiglossectomy with a postoperative follow-up of 5 years or more. Postoperative status (eating, speech, sensation function) was assessed by concise medical inquiries. Morphological changes of flaps were evaluated by reviewing clinical photographs. Hemiglossectomy involving the base of the tongue was performed in 4 cases (17.4%) and was limited to the mobile tongue in 19 cases (82.6%). The mean follow-up was 85.4 months (range, 60-122 months). All patients experienced gradually improved postoperative status. The most significant improvement was found between 1 and 5 years after surgery (P = 0.007), but not between 1 and 3 years (P = 0.075) or between 3 and 5 years (P = 0.530). In almost all of the flaps, there were few morphological changes throughout the follow-up period. Postoperative status in patients who underwent reconstructive RFFF following hemiglossectomy improved sequentially.

  13. Long-term follow-up of large symptomatic hepatic cysts treated by percutaneous ethanol sclerotherapy.

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    Jang, Se Young; Park, Soo Young; Tak, Won Young; Kweon, Young Oh; Ryeom, Hunkyu

    2016-10-01

    As a minimally invasive treatment, ethanol sclerotherapy has been used for large symptomatic hepatic cysts, but there are not many long-term reports on treatment outcomes and safety. To evaluate the long-term outcomes of percutaneous ethanol sclerotherapy in patients with large symptomatic hepatic cysts. This study included 43 symptomatic, enlarging hepatic cysts in 42 patients who had undergone ethanol sclerotherapy from 2003 to 2013 and were followed up for >1 year. The treatment outcomes were evaluated in terms of the reduction of cyst size and resolution of symptoms. The patients were followed up for a mean period of 33 months with either ultrasound or computed tomography examination. Thirty-nine hepatic cysts (91%) were successfully treated with ethanol sclerotherapy, showing resolution of symptoms and remarkable reduction in cyst volume. Eight hepatic cysts (19%) disappeared completely, and 31 hepatic cysts (72%) decreased in size during the follow-up period. The mean diameter of the cysts decreased from 12.5 ± 4.4 cm to 3.8 ± 3.4 cm during follow-up. There were no immediate serious complications related to the procedure. There were four cases (9%) of treatment failure requiring subsequent surgical procedures. Percutaneous ethanol sclerotherapy can be considered as an effective first-line treatment for large symptomatic hepatic cysts. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2016.

  14. Long-Term Follow-Up of a Revascularized Immature Necrotic Tooth Evaluated by CBCT

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    She, C. M. L.; Cheung, G. S. P.; Zhang, C. F.

    2016-01-01

    This case study reports the successful treatment of an immature upper premolar with periapical pathosis and sinus tract using revascularization technique. Clinical and radiographic examination demonstrated the recovery of vitality, continued root development, and periapical healing at the 7-month follow-up. In addition, severe calcification of the canal was noted at the 36-month follow-up. At the 66-month follow-up, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) revealed complete periapical healing, apical closure, increase in root length and thickness of dentin, and severe calcification of the root canal. Even though the nature of tissue within the root canal is unknown, revascularization appears to give good clinical and radiographic success. This case report highlights that severe calcification of the canal is one of the long-term outcomes of revascularized root canals. PMID:26949550

  15. Tarlov cysts: long-term follow-up after microsurgical inverted plication and sacroplasty.

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    Weigel, Ralf; Polemikos, Manolis; Uksul, Nesrin; Krauss, Joachim K

    2016-11-01

    Surgical treatment of Tarlov cysts is still a matter of debate. Published literature thus far includes mainly small case series with retrospective evaluation and short-term follow-up. We present a novel microsurgical technique that combines the decompression of the nerve fibers with the prevention of recurrence. The long-term follow-up is provided. The indication for surgery was incapacitating pain refractory to medical therapy for at least 6 months. The surgical technique consisted in microsurgical opening of the cyst, relief of CSF followed by secured inverted plication of the cyst wall, packing of remnant space with fat graft, and sacroplasty. Pain and neurological deficits were evaluated according to a modified Barrow National Institute score (BNI score, 0-5) and the Departmental Neuro Score (DNS score, 0-20). A total of 13 patients (9 women, 4 men) were operated and followed up to 14 years (mean FU 5.3 years). Mean age at surgery was 51.8 (±14) years. Pain and neurological deficits improved significantly in 11/13 patients (BNI score pre-OP 5 vs 3.1 ± 1.2 at 1-year-FU, and 2.8 ± 1.2 at last follow-up visit; DNS score pre-OP 5.5 ± 1.5 vs 2.8 ± 2.1 at 1-year follow-up, and 2.6 ± 2.2 at last follow-up visit. Two patients needed revision surgery due to reoccurrence of the cyst. One patient suffered deterioration of preexisting neurological deficit. The inverted plication technique combined with sacroplasty is a promising technique. It improves pain and neurological deficits on the long term in the majority of patients with symptomatic Tarlov cysts.

  16. Yoga for Adult Women with Chronic PTSD: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study.

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    Rhodes, Alison; Spinazzola, Joseph; van der Kolk, Bessel

    2016-03-01

    Yoga-the integrative practice of physical postures and movement, breath exercises, and mindfulness-may serve as a useful adjunctive component of trauma-focused treatment to build skills in tolerating and modulating physiologic and affective states that have become dysregulated by trauma exposure. A previous randomized controlled study was carried out among 60 women with chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated mental health problems stemming from prolonged or multiple trauma exposures. After 10 sessions of yoga, participants exhibited statistically significant decreases in PTSD symptom severity and greater likelihood of loss of PTSD diagnosis, significant decreases in engagement in negative tension reduction activities (e.g., self-injury), and greater reductions in dissociative and depressive symptoms when compared with the control (a seminar in women's health). The current study is a long-term follow-up assessment of participants who completed this randomized controlled trial. Participants from the randomized controlled trial were invited to participate in long-term follow-up assessments approximately 1.5 years after study completion to assess whether the initial intervention and/or yoga practice after treatment was associated with additional changes. Forty-nine women completed the long-term follow-up interviews. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to examine whether treatment group status in the original study and frequency of yoga practice after the study predicted greater changes in symptoms and PTSD diagnosis. Group assignment in the original randomized study was not a significant predictor of longer-term outcomes. However, frequency of continuing yoga practice significantly predicted greater decreases in PTSD symptom severity and depression symptom severity, as well as a greater likelihood of a loss of PTSD diagnosis. Yoga appears to be a useful treatment modality; the greatest long-term benefits are derived from

  17. Long-term follow-up of children with nonoperative management of blunt splenic trauma.

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    Moore, Hunter B; Vane, Dennis W

    2010-03-01

    : The effectiveness of nonoperative management (NOM) of blunt splenic injuries (BSIs) in children is established; however, only limited data of their long-term follow-up exist. We hypothesize that long-term follow-up verifies that NOM of BSI in children is safe and effective. : From 1993 to 2008, 153 children (1-17 years, mean = 12) with BSI were admitted. Patients were contacted by telephone and answered a standardized questionnaire. Medical records were reviewed to validate injury grade, hospital stay, and complications. : Eighty patients (52%) participated; 18 were excluded (8 splenectomies, 2 splenorraphies, 3 comatose, 2 language barriers, and 3 with unavailable records). Mean follow-up of the remaining 62 patients was 74 months (range, 5-165 months). There were 9 grade I, 9 grade II, 22 grade III, 20 grade IV, and 2 grade V injuries. Mechanism of injury was motor vehicle crashes (14), falls (11), all terrain vehicle (ATV) crashes (10), snow recreation related (14), and other recreation (13). Two patients were readmitted for spleen complications (splenic cyst and hematoma), but neither required additional treatment. Seven patients reported potential spleen-related complications: six immunologic (asthma, rashes, and increased illness), two abdominal pain, and two psychiatric related to fear of reinjuring their spleen. Three children sustained a second BSI, and none required surgical intervention. : Long-term follow-up indicates that our protocol for NOM of BSI in children is safe, including secondary injuries. However, this study indicates that children who sustain BSI may require more counseling than presently provided. With an intact spleen, fear of immunologic dysfunction is irrational and indicates a lack of understanding at discharge. In addition, more intensive investigation and interventions for families that may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder or related disorders appears indicated.

  18. Long-term follow-up of pacing of the conditioned diaphragm in quadriplegia.

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    Elefteriades, John A; Quin, Jacquelyn A; Hogan, James F; Holcomb, Wade G; Letsou, George V; Chlosta, William F; Glenn, William W W L

    2002-06-01

    The authors have previously shown that conditioning of the diaphragm for continuous bilateral pacing is a feasible and effective means of ventilation in patients with complete respiratory paralysis from high cervical (above C3) quadriplegia. The present study reports the long-term results of continuous diaphragmatic pacing. Twelve quadriplegia patients underwent bilateral phrenic nerve pacemaker placement and diaphragm conditioning from 1981 to 1987. Pacing was initiated at 11 Hz and progressively decreased to 7.1 Hz. A pulse train duration of 1.3 seconds for adults and 0.9 seconds for children was used. Long-term follow-up information obtained included pacing status (full-time, part-time, or mechanical ventilation), ventilation parameters, and social circumstances. Of the 12 patients, 6 continued to pace full time (mean 14.8 years); all were living at home. Three patients paced for an average of 1.8 years before stopping; two were institutionalized. One patient who paced full time for 6.5 years before lapsing to part time, lived at home. Two patients were deceased; one paced continuously for 10 years before his demise, the other stopped pacing after 1 year. Patients who stopped full-time pacing did so mainly for reasons of inadequate social or financial support or associated medical problems. All patients demonstrated normal tidal volumes and arterial blood gases while pacing full time. Despite theoretical concerns about long-term nerve damage, no patient lost the ability to pace the phrenic nerve. Threshold currents did not increase over time (original/follow-up: 0.46/0.47 for right, 0.45/0.46 for left), nor did maximal currents (original/follow-up: 1.16/1.14 for right, 1.37/1.26 for left). This follow-up confirms that quadriplegic patients are able to meet long-term, full-time ventilation requirements using phrenic nerve stimulation of the conditioned diaphragm. Careful review of diaphragmatic pacing candidates with respect to associated medical conditions

  19. Long-term follow-up of astigmatic keratotomy for corneal astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Böhringer, Daniel; Dineva, Nina; Maier, Philip; Birnbaum, Florian; Kirschkamp, Thomas; Reinhard, Thomas; Eberwein, Philipp

    2016-11-01

    To report the long-term stability of paired arcuate corneal keratotomies (AKs) in patients with high regular postpenetrating keratoplasty astigmatism. Retrospective chart review of best-corrected visual acuity, refraction and keratometric values of 41 eyes with AK between 2003 and 2012. Magnitude of median target induced astigmatism vector was 9.2 dioptres (Dpt). We reached a median magnitude of surgically induced astigmatism vector of 9.81 Dpt and a median magnitude of difference vector of 5.5 Dpt. In keratometry, we achieved a net median astigmatism reduction by 3.3 Dpt. The average correction index was 1.14, showing a slight overcorrection. Irregularity of keratometric astigmatism increased by 0.6 Dpt, and spherical equivalent changed by 1.75 Dpt. Monocular best spectacle corrected visual acuity increased from preoperatively 20/63 (0.5 logMAR) to 20/40 (0.3 logMAR) postoperatively. Median gain on the ETDRS chart was two lines. Long-term follow-up showed a median keratometric astigmatic increase by 0.3 Dpt per year. Arcuate corneal keratotomies is a safe and effective method to reduce high regular corneal astigmatism following penetrating keratoplasty but has limited predictability. The long-term follow-up shows an increase of keratometric astigmatism by 0.3 Dpt/year, equalizing the surgical effect after 10 years. © 2016 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Long-term follow-up of Norwegian horses affected with acquired equine polyneuropathy.

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    Hanche-Olsen, S; Kielland, C; Ihler, C F; Hultin Jäderlund, K

    2017-09-01

    Acquired equine polyneuropathy (AEP), a neurological disease clinically characterised by knuckling of metatarsophalangeal joints, has been described in numerous Nordic horses during the last 20 years. Although clinical recovery has been reported, large-scale data on long-term follow-up of survivors have been lacking. To describe long-term survival of AEP affected horses registered in Norway, with a focus on athletic performance and possible residual clinical signs connected to the disease. A retrospective cohort study. The study includes 143 horses recorded with AEP in Norway from 2000 to 2012, with the follow-up period continuing until 2015. Participating owners of survivors completed a standardised questionnaire, providing information on disease and convalescence, management, performance-level and possible residual clinical signs. To investigate the follow-up of survivors, we performed 2 multivariable linear regression models. The follow-up time of survivors was 1.0-14.5 years (median 5.3, interquartile range 2.5-7.2). Fifty-seven horses survived and all but 3 horses returned to previous or higher level of performance. However, possible disease-related residual clinical signs were reported in 14/57 horses. Forty-nine of the survivors were in athletic use at time of contact. The majority of survivors were categorised with low severity-grades at time of diagnosis and the initial grade was significantly associated with time to resumed training. Only 3 horses had experienced relapse/new attack during the follow-up period. Athletic performance was judged by owners, which renders a possible source of bias. Although AEP is a potential fatal disease, most survivors will recover and return to minimum previous level of athletic performance. Some horses display residual clinical signs, but often without negative effect on performance and relapse of disease is rare. © 2017 EVJ Ltd.

  1. Long-term follow-up of echolalia and question answering.

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    Foxx, R M; Faw, G D

    1990-01-01

    A long-term follow-up of echolalia and correct question answering was conducted for 6 subjects from three previously published studies. The follow-up periods ranged from 26 to 57 months. In a training site follow-up, subjects were exposed to baseline/posttraining conditions in which the original trainer and/or a novel person(s) presented trained and untrained questions. Four subjects displayed echolalia below baseline levels, and another did so in some assessments. Overall, echolalia was lower than in baseline in 80.6% of the follow-ups. Five subjects displayed correct responding above baseline levels. No clear differences were noted in correct responding or echolalia between the trainer and novel-person presentations or between trained and untrained questions. In a follow-up in a natural environment conducted by a novel person, lower than baseline levels of echolalia were displayed by 3 subjects; 2 subjects displayed lower than baseline levels in some assessments. Two subjects consistently displayed correct responding above baseline, and 3 did so occasionally. Issues related to the study of maintenance are discussed.

  2. Microvascular Angina - Long-Term Exercise Stress Test Follow-up.

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    Lanza, Gaetano A; Filice, Monica; De Vita, Antonio; Villano, Angelo; Manfredonia, Laura; Lamendola, Priscilla; Crea, Filippo

    2017-09-09

    A sizeable proportion of patients with primary stable microvascular angina (MVA; exercise-induced angina, positive exercise stress test [EST], normal coronary arteries) have recurrent symptoms during follow-up. There have been no previous studies, however, on the long-term results of EST and their correlation with symptom outcome.Methods and Results:Follow-up EST was performed in 71 MVA patients at an average of 16.2 years (range, 5-25 years) from the first EST. Angina status was assessed on weekly frequency of angina episodes and nitroglycerin consumption and by whether symptoms had worsened, improved, or remained unchanged over time. At follow-up EST, 41 patients (group 1) had exercise-induced ischemia, whereas 30 patients (group 2) had negative EST. Compared to group 2, group 1 patients more frequently had exercise-induced dyspnea, and had a greater maximum ST-segment depression and a lower coronary blood flow response to adenosine and cold pressor test, but group 2 patients had a more frequent history of rest angina. No differences between the 2 groups were found at follow-up in angina status or change in symptom status during follow-up. Electrocardiogram results improve significantly in a sizeable proportion of patients with MVA. Changes in EST results, however, were not associated with clinical outcome.

  3. Long term azathioprine maintenance therapy in ANCA-associated vasculitis: combined results of long-term follow-up data.

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    de Joode, Anoek A E; Sanders, Jan Stephan F; Puéchal, Xavier; Guillevin, Loic P; Hiemstra, Thomas F; Flossmann, Oliver; Rasmussen, Nils; Westman, Kerstin; Jayne, David R; Stegeman, Coen A

    2017-08-03

    We studied whether in ANCA-associated vasculitis patients, duration of AZA maintenance influenced relapse rate during long-term follow-up. Three hundred and eighty newly diagnosed ANCA-associated vasculitis patients from six European multicentre studies treated with AZA maintenance were included; 58% were male, median age at diagnosis 59.4 years (interquartile range: 48.3-68.2 years); granulomatosis with polyangiitis, n = 236; microscopic polyangiitis, n = 132; or renal limited vasculitis, n = 12. Patients were grouped according to the duration of AZA maintenance after remission induction: ⩽18 months, ⩽24 months, ⩽36 months, ⩽48 months or > 48 months. Primary outcome was relapse-free survival at 60 months. During follow-up, 84 first relapses occurred during AZA-maintenance therapy (1 relapse per 117 patient months) and 71 after withdrawal of AZA (1 relapse/113 months). During the first 12 months after withdrawal, 20 relapses occurred (1 relapse/119 months) and 29 relapses >12 months after withdrawal (1 relapse/186 months). Relapse-free survival at 60 months was 65.3% for patients receiving AZA maintenance >18 months after diagnosis vs 55% for those who discontinued maintenance ⩽18 months (P = 0.11). Relapse-free survival was associated with induction therapy (i.v. vs oral) and ANCA specificity (PR3-ANCA vs MPO-ANCA/negative). Post hoc analysis of combined trial data suggest that stopping AZA maintenance therapy does not lead to a significant increase in relapse rate and AZA maintenance for more than 18 months after diagnosis does not significantly influence relapse-free survival. ANCA specificity has more effect on relapse-free survival than duration of maintenance therapy and should be used to tailor therapy individually.

  4. Long-term follow-up of patients after retinal detachment surgery.

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    Coakes, R L; Ramsay, J H; Tarbuck, D T

    1978-04-01

    The value of long-term follow-up of patients after retinal detachment surgery depends on the number of further detachments prevented. This in turn depends on the frequency with which predisposing lesions are found and treated and also the risk of leaving them untreated. In a retrospective study of 128 patients who had attended the Retina Clinic at Moorfields, High Holborn, for at least 10 years, the frequency with which asymptomatic retinal breaks were detected was less than two per hundred patients per year of follow-up. The risk of such lesions progressing to detachment if left untreated is estimated to be no more than 12 per cent and on this basis it is likely that no more than four or five detachments were prevented in our series. During the same period 66 new or re-detachments occurred, in spite of regular examination and treatment of predisposing lesions found, and it is concluded that long-term follow-up is of doubtful value in the prevention of further detachments.

  5. Consequences of sarcopenia among nursing home residents at long-term follow-up.

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    Henwood, Tim; Hassan, Bothaina; Swinton, Paul; Senior, Hugh; Keogh, Justin

    2017-03-10

    The consequences of and transition into sarcopenia with long-term survival was investigated in the nursing home setting. Eligible residents from 11 nursing homes were followed-up 18-months after their assessment for sarcopenia using the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People criteria, with other demographic, physical and cognitive health measures collected. Of the 102 older adults who consented at baseline, 22 had died and 58 agreed to participate at follow-up, 51.7% of whom had sarcopenic. Sarcopenia at baseline was associated with a depression (p < .001), but not mortality, hospitalization, falls or cognitive decline at follow-up. Age was the strongest predictor of mortality (p = .05) with the relative risk of death increasing 5.2% each year. The prevalence of sarcopenia is high and increases with long-term survival in end-of-life care. However, the risk of sarcopenia-related mortality is not as great as from increasing age alone.

  6. Hyperplasia of the mandibular coronoid process: long-term follow-up after coronoidotomy.

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    Gerbino, G; Bianchi, S D; Bernardi, M; Berrone, S

    1997-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term results of treatment by intraoral coronoidotomy and prolonged physiotherapy in five patients with mandibular coronoid process hyperplasia. Five consecutive cases of coronoid process hyperplasia were studied (two unilateral and three bilateral) at the Department of Maxillo-facial Surgery of the University of Turin during the period 1985-1990. All patients were treated by intraoral coronoidotomy and given physiotherapy from the third postoperative day. This continued for an entire year. A clinical and radiological follow-up (average 39.4 months), in three cases over a 5-year period, was completed. Three months after the operation, all patients had achieved satisfactory improvement in mandibular interincisal opening. The mean value for mouth opening at the end of follow-up was 42 mm. Radiographic follow-up showed the presence of a coronoid process almost the size of the original, apparently united with the mandibular ascending ramus, with moderate dislocation and inclination posterior to the body of the zygomatic bone. The results of this study indicate that treatment of coronoid process hyperplasia by intraoral coronoidotomy, when combined with prolonged postoperative physiotherapy, gives satisfactory and stable long-term results in the correction of coronoid-malar interference.

  7. Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients at High Risk for Nephropathy After Contrast Exposure.

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    Abaci, Okay; Harmankaya, Ozlem; Kocas, Betul; Kocas, Cuneyt; Bostan, Cem; Coskun, Ugur; Yildiz, Ahmet; Ersanli, Murat

    2015-07-01

    Contrast medium-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is associated with morbidity and mortality, but the long-term outcomes of patients who do not develop CI-AKI remain unknown. We assessed clinical end points during long-term follow-up in patients at high risk for nephropathy who did not develop CI-AKI. Patients (n = 135) with impaired renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rate: 30-60 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) were divided into 2 groups according to contrast media (CM) exposure. The primary end point of this study was a composite outcome measure of death or renal failure requiring dialysis. Multivariate analyses identified CM exposure to be independently associated with major adverse long-term outcomes (hazard ratio: 2.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.34-6.52; P = .018). Even when CM exposure does not cause CI-AKI in patients with impaired renal function, in the long term, primary end points occur more frequently in patients exposed to CM than in those with no CM exposure.

  8. Long-term follow-up after bariatric surgery in a national cohort.

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    Thereaux, J; Lesuffleur, T; Païta, M; Czernichow, S; Basdevant, A; Msika, S; Millat, B; Fagot-Campagna, A

    2017-09-01

    Lifelong medical follow-up is mandatory after bariatric surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the 5-year follow-up after bariatric surgery in a nationwide cohort of patients. All adult obese patients who had undergone primary bariatric surgery in 2009 in France were included. Data were extracted from the French national health insurance database. Medical follow-up (medical visits, micronutrient supplementation and blood tests) during the first 5 years after bariatric surgery was assessed, and compared with national and international guidelines. Some 16 620 patients were included in the study. The percentage of patients with at least one reimbursement for micronutrient supplements decreased between the first and fifth years for iron (from 27.7 to 24.5 per cent; P < 0.001) and calcium (from 14·4 to 7·7 per cent; P < 0·001), but increased for vitamin D (from 33·1 to 34·7 per cent; P < 0·001). The percentage of patients with one or more visits to a surgeon decreased between the first and fifth years, from 87·1 to 29·6 per cent (P < 0·001); similar decreases were observed for visits to a nutritionist/endocrinologist (from 22·8 to 12·4 per cent; P < 0·001) or general practitioner (from 92·6 to 83·4 per cent; P < 0·001). The mean number of visits to a general practitioner was 7·0 and 6·1 in the first and the fifth years respectively. In multivariable analyses, male sex, younger age, absence of type 2 diabetes and poor 1-year follow-up were predictors of poor 5-year follow-up. Despite clear national and international guidelines, long-term follow-up after bariatric surgery is poor, especially for young men with poor early follow-up. © 2017 BJS Society Ltd Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Office-based cryoablation of breast fibroadenomas with long-term follow-up.

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    Kaufman, Cary S; Littrup, Peter J; Freeman-Gibb, Laurie A; Smith, J Stanley; Francescatti, Darius; Simmons, Rache; Stocks, Lewis H; Bailey, Lisa; Harness, Jay K; Bachman, Barbara A; Henry, C Alan

    2005-01-01

    Approximately 10% of women will experience a breast fibroadenoma in their lifetime. Cryoablation is a new treatment that combines the better attributes of the current standards: surveillance and surgery. It is a minimally invasive office-based procedure that is administered without the use of general anesthesia, involving minimal patient discomfort and little to no scarring. This work aimed to establish the long-term (2-3 years) efficacy, safety, and satisfaction of the procedure, as well as the impact of cryoablation on mammogram and ultrasound images. Thirty-seven treated fibroadenomas were available for assessment with an average follow-up period of 2.6 years. Of the original 84% that were palpable prior to treatment, only 16% remained palpable to the patient as of this writing. Of those fibroadenomas that were initially < or = 2.0 cm in size, only 6% remained palpable. A median volume reduction of 99% was observed with ultrasound. Ninety-seven percent of patients and 100% of physicians were satisfied with the long-term treatment results. Mammograms and ultrasounds showed cryoablation produced no artifact that would adversely affect interpretation. Cryoablation for breast fibroadenomas has previously been reported as safe and effective both acutely and at the 1-year follow-up mark, and thus has been implemented as a treatment option. At long-term follow-up, cryoablation as a primary therapy for breast fibroadenomas demonstrates progressive resolution of the treated area, durable safety, and excellent patient and physician satisfaction. The treatment is performed in an office setting rather than an operating room, resulting in a cost-effective and patient-friendly procedure. Cryoablation should be considered a preferred option for those patients desiring definitive therapy for their fibroadenomas without surgical intervention.

  10. Multimorbidity and long-term care dependency—a five-year follow-up

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    2014-01-01

    Background Not only single, but also multiple, chronic conditions are becoming the normal situation rather than the exception in the older generation. While many studies show a correlation between multimorbidity and various health outcomes, the long-term effect on care dependency remains unclear. The objective of this study is to follow up a cohort of older adults for 5 years to estimate the impact of multimorbidity on long-term care dependency. Methods This study is based on claims data from a German health insurance company. We included 115,203 people (mean age: 71.5 years, 41.4% females). To identify chronic diseases and multimorbidity, we used a defined list of 46 chronic conditions based on ICD-10 codes. Multimorbidity was defined as three or more chronic conditions from this list. The main outcome was “time until long-term care dependency”. The follow-up started on January 1st, 2005 and lasted for 5 years until December 31st, 2009. To evaluate differences between those with multimorbidity and those without, we calculated Kaplan–Meier curves and then modeled four distinct Cox proportional hazard regressions including multimorbidity, age and sex, the single chronic conditions, and disease clusters. Results Mean follow-up was 4.5 years. People with multimorbidity had a higher risk of becoming care dependent (HR: 1.85, CI 1.78–1.92). The conditions with the highest risks for long-term care dependency are Parkinson’s disease (HR: 6.40 vs. 2.68) and dementia (HR: 5.70 vs. 2.27). Patients with the multimorbidity pattern “Neuropsychiatric disorders” have a 79% higher risk of care dependency. Conclusions The results should form the basis for future health policy decisions on the treatment of patients with multiple chronic diseases and also show the need to introduce new ways of providing long-term care to this population. A health policy focus on chronic care management as well as the development of guidelines for multimorbidity is crucial to secure

  11. Benign myoclonic epilepsy: long-term follow-up of 11 new cases.

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    Rossi, P G; Parmeggiani, A; Posar, A; Santi, A; Santucci, M

    1997-11-01

    The authors report a long-term follow-up of 11 new subjects with benign myoclonic epilepsy. There were some unusual clinical features such as the need for dual therapy in 45.5% of subjects, and the presence of non-epileptic myoclonus in 54.5%, neither of which influenced the prognosis. Neuropsychological and behavioral evolution was less favorable in 45.5% of patients (mental retardation, school learning problems, attention deficit disorder, hyperkinesia, aggressiveness, irritability, negativism). The less favorable neuropsychological outcome might be related to additional interacting factors such as personal antecedents, seizure onset and antiepileptic treatment.

  12. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Sasso, R C; Ahmad, R I; Butler, J E; Reimers, D L

    2001-05-01

    Sixty-nine patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were prospectively evaluated and treated with a structured physical therapy program. Follow-up clinical outcome was obtained from a patient questionnaire administered by an independent reviewer a minimum of 2 years after treatment. Average patient age was 40 years, and 80% were women. Ninety-five percent rated their result as good or excellent, while 5% believed their outcome was fair or poor. A structured physical therapy program can produce good long-term results in most patients; however, 5% continue to be symptomatic. This small subset may be candidates for more invasive evaluation.

  13. Fibular Allograft After Anterior Cervical Corpectomy: Long Term Follow-Up

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    McKoy, Brodie E; Wingate, Jeffrey K; Poletti, Steven C; Johnson, Donald R; Stanley, Mark D; Glaser, John A

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to provide clinical and radiographic evaluation after a minimum of two years in patients who had an anterior cervical corpectomy and a fibular allograft strut. Nineteen patients returned for a follow-up visit which included independent radiographic evaluation as well as completing a Visual Analogue Scale and Oswestry and Short-Form 36 questionnaires. The categories of fusion were as follows: 1) definitely fused (84%) 2) questionably fused (11%) 3) definitely not fused (5%). The average VAS was 29 mm (range 0-85). The Oswestry Back Scores showed relatively low levels of significant pain with an average score of 29 (range 0-73). Anterior cervical corpectomy followed by an allograft fibular strut provides for relatively high rates of arthrodesis without severe loss of height or sagittal alignment at long term radiographic follow-up. PMID:12180610

  14. Percutaneous transhepatic lithotripsy using a choledochoscope: long-term follow-up in 14 patients.

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    Hayashi, N; Sakai, T; Yamamoto, T; Inagaki, R; Ishii, Y

    1998-11-01

    The purpose of our study was to estimate the long-term prognosis of patients with bile duct stones who undergo electrohydraulic lithotripsy guided by choledochoscopy. Since 1987, at our institution, 14 patients with bile duct stones have been treated using percutaneous electrohydraulic lithotripsy guided by choledochoscopy. The procedure was performed 5-7 days after biliary drainage using a 5-mm choledochoscope placed through an 18- to 20-French sheath. All patients underwent follow-up CT, sonography, or both every 6-12 months after treatment. No complications occurred in the 14 patients who underwent treatment. During a mean follow-up period of 4.8 years (range, 2-9 years), two (14%) of the 14 patients developed recurrent common bile duct stones, and another two (14%) developed recurrent small intrahepatic stones; all patients remained asymptomatic. Percutaneous electrohydraulic lithotripsy can be safely performed using a 5-mm choledochoscope. Recurrent calculi may be seen in 28% of patients.

  15. Endotherapy of Zenker's diverticulum using the needle-knife technique: long-term follow-up.

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    Vogelsang, A; Preiss, C; Neuhaus, H; Schumacher, B

    2007-02-01

    Endotherapy of Zenker's diverticulum by mucomyotomy of the bridge between the diverticulum and the esophageal lumen has been introduced as a promising alternative to surgical techniques. However the data on long-term clinical outcome are limited. After poor results in four patients treated by argon plasma coagulation, we studied the efficacy and the long-term outcome of dissection using a needle-knife in a consecutive series of patients. Between December 2001 and November 2004, 31 consecutively treated symptomatic patients (18 men; median age 69 years; range 52-92) with Zenker's diverticulum were enrolled into this retrospective study. In all cases mucomyotomy was performed with a needle-knife with the patient under conscious sedation. The procedure was repeated in the case of incomplete relief from dysphagia or of recurrent symptoms during follow-up. All patients completed questionnaires on the frequency and severity of dysphagia, using a numeric analogue scale, ranging from 0 (never/none/excellent) to 10 (each time of swallowing/very severe/very bad). Endoscopic mucomyotomy was achieved in all 31 patients, with initial symptomatic improvement. Repeat treatment was required in 10 patients after a mean of 5.3 months, due to recurrence of symptoms. During a mean follow-up period of 26 months (range 14-49), 26 patients (84%) had long-term success of variable degree (65% with no or minimal remaining symptoms); four patients (13%) had insufficient relief and wanted a repeat treatment; and one patient (3%) underwent surgery. The success rate in the entire group was 84% (26/31) including those with repeat treatment, and 61% (19/31) if only success following a single treatment session was counted. Minor complications such as subcutaneous or mediastinal emphysema were observed in 23% and were conservatively managed. There were no major complications. A single needle-knife mucomyotomy procedure can achieve long-term symptomatic improvement in about two out of three cases of

  16. Life Outcomes of Anterior Temporal Lobectomy: Serial Long-term Follow-up Evaluations

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    Jones, Jana E.; Blocher, Jacquelyn B.; Jackson, Daren C.

    2014-01-01

    Background At three time points, this study examined long-term psychosocial life outcomes of individuals who underwent anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) compared to individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy that were medically managed. Objective Participants were on average 17 years post-surgery. Seizure frequency, employment, driving, independent living, financial independence, mental health, and quality of life were examined at each follow-up assessment, and predictors of outcomes were examined. Methods All participants were diagnosed with medically intractable complex partial seizures of temporal lobe origin with or without secondary generalization. A structured clinical interview was utilized at all three time points. Information was obtained regarding seizure frequency, anti-epilepsy medications, employment, driving status, financial assistance, and independent living. Additionally, questions regarding quality of life, satisfaction with surgery, and presence of depression or anxiety were included. Results Surgery resulted in significantly improved and sustained seizure outcomes. At the first, second, and third follow-ups 67%, 72%, and 67% of participants in the surgery group remained seizure free in the year prior to follow-up interview. At each follow-up, 97%, 84%, and 84% reported that they would undergo surgery again. Seizure freedom predicted driving outcomes at all three time points, but was not a significant predictor for employment, independent living or financial independence. Psychosocial life outcomes in the surgical group were improved and maintained over time when compared to the medically managed group. Conclusion This systematic long-term investigation provides strong support for the positive impact of ATL on psychosocial life outcomes including driving, employment, independent living, and financial independence. PMID:24056319

  17. Long-Term Follow-Up of Percutaneous Balloon Angioplasty in Adult Aortic Coarctation

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    Paddon, Alex J.; Nicholson, Anthony A.; Ettles, Duncan F.; Travis, Simon J.; Dyet, John F.

    2000-09-15

    Purpose: To assess long-term outcomes following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of congenital aortic coarctation in adults.Methods: Seventeen patients underwent PTA for symptomatic adult coarctation of the aorta. Sixteen patients, with a mean age of 28 years (range 15-60 years), were reviewed at a mean interval after angioplasty of 7.3 years (range 1.5-11 years). Assessment included magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Doppler echocardiography, and clinical examination. Current clinical measurements were compared with pre- and immediate post-angioplasty measurements.Results: At follow-up 16 patients were alive and well. The patient not included in follow-up had undergone surgical repair and excision of the coarctation segment following PTA. Mean brachial systolic blood pressure for the group decreased from 174 mmHg before angioplasty to 130 mmHg at follow-up (p 0.0001). The mean gradient had fallen significantly from 50.9 to 17.8 at follow-up (p = 0.001). The average number of antihypertensive drugs required per patient decreased from 0.56 to 0.31 (p = 0.234). No significant residual stenoses or restenoses were seen at MRI. Small but clinically insignificant residual pressure gradients were recorded in all patients using Doppler echocardiography. Complications included one transient ischemic attack at 5 days, one external iliac dissection requiring stent insertion, and a further patient who developed a false aneurysm close to the coarctation site at 12 months which subsequently required surgical excision.Conclusion: PTA of adult coarctation is safe and effective in the long term. Although primary stenting has recently been advocated in the treatment of this condition, our results suggest that PTA remains the treatment of choice.

  18. Long-term follow-up of impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease.

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    Mamikonyan, Eugenia; Siderowf, Andrew D; Duda, John E; Potenza, Marc N; Horn, Stacy; Stern, Matthew B; Weintraub, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    Recent studies have linked dopamine agonist (DA) usage with the development of impulse control disorders (ICDs) in Parkinson's disease (PD). Little is known about optimal management strategies or the long-term outcomes of affected patients. To report on the clinical interventions and long-term outcomes of PD patients who developed an ICD after DA initiation. Subjects contacted by telephone for a follow-up interview after a mean time period of 29.2 months. They were administered a modified Minnesota Impulse Disorder Interview for compulsive buying, gambling, and sexuality, and also self-rated changes in their ICD symptomatology. Baseline and follow-up dopamine replacement therapy use was recorded and verified by chart review. Of 18 subjects, 15 (83.3%) participated in the follow-up interview. At follow-up, patients were receiving a significantly lower DA levodopa equivalent daily dosage (LEDD) (Z = -3.1, P = 0.002) and a higher daily levodopa dosage (Z = -1.9, P = 0.05), but a similar total LEDD dosage (Z = -0.47, P = 0.64) with no changes in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale motor score (Z = -1.3, P = 0.19). As part of ICD management, 12 (80.0%) patients discontinued or significantly decreased DA treatment, all of whom experienced full or partial remission of ICD symptoms by self-report, and 10 (83.3%) of whom no longer met diagnostic criteria for an ICD. For PD patients who develop an ICD in the context of DA treatment, discontinuing or significantly decreasing DA exposure, even when offset by an increase in levodopa treatment, is associated with remission of or significant reduction in ICD behaviors without worsening in motor symptoms.

  19. Long-term follow-up results of primary and recurrent pigmented villonodular synovitis.

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    Verspoor, Floortje G M; Zee, Aniek A G; Hannink, Gerjon; van der Geest, Ingrid C M; Veth, Rene P H; Schreuder, H W Bart

    2014-11-01

    Adequate documentation of the outcome of treatment of pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is sparse. Available case series show relatively short follow-up times and often combine locations or subtypes to increase patient numbers. This article describes the long-term follow-up of a single institution's large consecutive series of PVNS. Retrospectively, 107 PVNS patients were identified between 1985 and 2011 by searching pathology and radiology records. Treatment complications, recurrences and quality of life were evaluated. Most patients (85.2%) were primarily or secondarily treated at our institution. Both subtypes, localized PVNS [29 (27%)] and diffuse PVNS [75 (70%)] were represented. The knee was affected in 88% of patients. Treatments received were surgery, external beam radiotherapy, radiosynovectomy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or combinations of these. Forty-nine (46%) patients had prior treatment elsewhere. The mean follow-up from diagnosis until last contact was 7.0 years (range 0.3-27.4) for localized PVNS and 14.5 years (range 1.1-48.7) for diffuse PVNS. The 1- and 5-year recurrence-free survival rates for diffuse PVNS were 69% and 32%, respectively. Quality of life, estimated by 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) scores, were not significantly different between localized and diffuse PVNS. However, both patient groups scored lower than the general population norms on the general health component (59.2 and 56.3, respectively, P < 0.05). Recurrence rates of PVNS increase with time. Long-term follow-up shows, particularly in diffuse PVNS, it is a continually recurring problem, and over time it becomes increasingly difficult to cure. The quality of life is decreased in patients with PVNS compared with the general population. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  20. Predictors of Response Rates to a Long Term Follow-Up Mail out Survey

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    Koloski, Natasha A.; Jones, Michael; Eslick, Guy; Talley, Nicholas J.

    2013-01-01

    Objective Very little is known about predictors of response rates to long-term follow-up mail-out surveys, including whether the timing of an incentive affects response rates. We aimed to determine whether the timing of the incentive affects response rates and what baseline demographic and psychological factors predict response rates to a 12 year follow-up survey. Study design and setting: Participants were 450 randomly selected people from the Penrith population, Australia who had previously participated in a mail-out survey 12 years earlier. By random allocation, 150 people received no incentive, 150 received a lottery ticket inducement with the follow-up survey and 150 received a lottery ticket inducement on the return of a completed survey. Results The overall response rate for the study was 63%. There were no significant differences in terms of response rates between the no incentive (58.8%;95%CI 49.8%,67.3%), incentive with survey (65.1%;95%CI 56.2%,73.3%) and promised incentive (65.3%;95%CI 56.1%,73.7%) groups. Independent predictors of responding to the 12 year survey were being older (OR=1.02, 95%CI 1.01,1.05,P=0.001) and being less neurotic as reported on the first survey 12 years earlier (OR=0.92, 95%CI 0.86,0.98, P=0.010). Conclusions Psychological factors may play a role in determining who responds to long-term follow-up surveys although timing of incentives does not. PMID:24223902

  1. Treatment of fear of blushing, sweating, or trembling. Results at long-term follow-up.

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    Scholing, A; Emmelkamp, P M

    1996-07-01

    This study investigated the long-term effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral treatments for patients with a specific type of social phobia: fear of showing bodily symptoms (blushing, sweating, or trembling). Patients were reassessed 18 months after they had finished one of the following treatments: (a) exposure in vivo followed by cognitive therapy, (b) cognitive therapy followed by exposure in vivo, or (c) a cognitive-behavioral treatment in which both strategies were integrated from the start. All patients were individually treated. Self-report assessments were held before and after treatment and at 3-month and 18-month follow-ups. Repeated measures MANOVAs for the patients who completed the 18-month follow-up (n = 26) demonstrated significant time effects from pretest to follow-up, indicating overall improvement. Between the posttest and the 18-month follow-up, no significant change was observed. No differences among the treatment packages were found, although the cognitive-exposure treatment showed a trend to be less effective than both other treatments.

  2. [Long-term prognosis of Peters anomaly].

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    Reichl, S; Böhringer, D; Richter, O; Lagrèze, W; Reinhard, T

    2017-05-08

    Peters anomaly normally presents in early childhood. Common features are central corneal opacities and dysgeneses of the anterior eye segment. Early surgery is commonly warranted to prevent deep amblyopia or because of severe glaucoma. We herein present the clinical outcomes of all patients treated in the Eye Center of the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg since 2005. Emphasis is placed on the Peters subtype. Data were collected retrospectively by means of chart review. Kaplan-Meier analyses were used to estimate visual prognosis, the indication for keratoplasty, and the incidence of retinal detachment. A total of 23 patients were identified. Subtype distribution was 40% type 1, 50% type 2, and 10% Peters plus syndrome. Ten patients were female (45%). Mean age at first presentation was 5 years; mean follow-up period censored in terms of eyeball preservation was 2 years (0 months-8 years). At mean follow-up, 40.5% of all patients had undergone at least one keratoplasty (up to six per eye); 43% had undergone glaucoma surgery (cylophotocoagulation, trabeculectomy, implants) at this time. Important complications were retinal detachment (31%) and phthisis bulbi (15%). After 4 years, visual acuity in the better eye was at most 0.05 in every second patient. Prognosis of visual acuity in Peters anomaly is poor. It is generally not possible to restore visual function in the long run, i. e., reading-grade visual acuity is rarely achieved. Surgical interventions are associated with a high risk of severe complications. Therefore, the young patients should be connected to institutions for visually impaired persons at an early stage.

  3. [Objectives and organization for the long-term follow-up after childhood cancer].

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    Berger, Claire; El Fayech, Chiraz; Pacquement, Hélène; Demoor-Goldschmidt, Charlotte; Ducassou, Stéphane; Ansoborlo, Sophie; Defachelles, Anne-Sophie

    2015-01-01

    Increased survival of patients with childhood cancer has resulted in a growing population of survivors. In France approximately 50,000 alive people have been treated before 20 years old and, as survivors, are at risk for health problems due to disease or cancer therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy). Complications such as cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease (after radiotherapy or chemotherapy), neurocognitive deficiency, endocrine disorders (hypopituitary axis, or thyroid dysfunction), gonadal function, and second malignancy can be life-threatening and seriously affect quality of life. Upon discharge former patients should be given 'passport', containing a summary of their medical history, treatment (surgery, chemotherapy cumulative doses, characteristics of radiotherapy and organs involved), methods used to preserve fertility, and complications during treatment. Treatments can then be linked to individualized recommendations for follow-up care. The risk of developing long-term complications increases with time and can be aggravated by age-related comorbidity and environmental factors (tobacco, alcohol, obesity). Many regions and treatment centres in France have in place organised long-term follow-up procedures. Copyright © 2015 Société Française du Cancer. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Long-term follow-up of cochlear implant users with ossified cochlea.

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    Trinh, B T; Bergeron, F; Ferron, P

    2000-10-01

    Cochlear implantation surgery in ossified cochlea is a challenge, even for the experienced otologist. Short-term assessments of auditory perception show that implantation in partial or even extensive ossified cochlea could be achieved with varying success, but no long-term follow-up results have been published yet. This paper proposes a retrospective review of eight Nucleus cochlear implant users with ossified cochlea who have been followed on a 12- to 60-month period. Auditory performances of users are reported at each control on a scale of 100 units divided into 4 skill zones of 25 units based on Erber's proposition, that is, detection, discrimination, identification, and recognition. Three of the eight subjects showed some progression in their auditory performances during the follow-up. The five other subjects showed no long-term progress in their auditory performance. Open-set comprehension could be achieved with the insertion of 9 to 10 electrodes of the Nucleus device. Auditory performance in users with ossified cochlea seems to be influenced by the same factors as in users with patent cochlea.

  5. Patient location strategies for pediatric long-term follow-up studies.

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    Lovell, Matthew E; Morcuende, Jose A

    2006-01-01

    Poor follow-up rates greatly diminish the validity of prospective and long-term studies. Therefore, locating patients is of critical importance. This is especially true in populations treated during childhood because addresses will change several times in intervening years. Recent publications have reported new strategies for patient location. The purpose of this study is to test an algorithm proposed by King et al., as well as other search methods, using a cohort of patients treated for clubfoot in childhood The study population included 126 patients with clubfeet treated between 1950 and 1967. We followed the search algorithm proposed by King et al. In addition, we used state driver's license records, Reunitetonight.com, and Intelius.com. Patients were considered to be found when they returned a postage-paid reply letter or were contacted by phone. Using web pages recommended by King et al. we located 26 of 126 (21 percent) patients. Operator directory assistance failed to locate any patients not located by free internet sources. Additional websites had varied results. State driver's license records found 25 patients. Reunitetonight.com found none with thirty attempted. The best search engine was Intelius.com which located 68 out of 126 (54 percent) patients. The algorithm proposed by King et al. is not effective for long-term follow-up studies of pediatric populations. Intelius.com is worth the small fee charged (dollar 22.45) as it was the most effective method of locating patients.

  6. Viscosupplementation in haemophilic arthropathy: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Carulli, C; Civinini, R; Martini, C; Linari, S; Morfini, M; Tani, M; Innocenti, M

    2012-05-01

    Haemophilic arthropathy is the most common clinical manifestation of haemophilia, secondary to recurrent haemarthroses and chronic synovitis. Modern bleeding-preventing drugs have limited significantly the incidence of severe arthropathy, and primary approach is usually conservative. Use of intra-articular injections of hyaluronan acid is considered one of the most efficient treatments for early stages of articular degenerative diseases. Assessment of long-term effectiveness of intra-articular administration of hyaluronic acid (HA) in knees, ankles and elbows of patients affected by haemophilic arthropathy was done for 46 patients (10 elbows, 24 knees and 25 ankles) affected by haemophilic arthropathy. They received injections of HA and were evaluated with Visual Analogue Scale, Short Form-36, World Federation of Haemophilia score and Petterson score with a 6-year mean follow-up. Most of the patients showed improvement in pain relief and functional recovery without any complications: only a limited number of patients (8.6%) found poor results, undergoing surgery or other further treatments in the follow-up period for persistent pain or limitation. Viscosupplementation is an effective therapeutic strategy in early stages of haemophilic arthropathy, with no complications and long-term good clinical results.

  7. Oligometastases Treated With Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy: Long-Term Follow-Up of Prospective Study

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    Milano, Michael T.; Katz, Alan W.; Zhang Hong; Okunieff, Paul

    2012-07-01

    Purpose: To analyze the long-term survival and tumor control outcomes after stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for metastases limited in number and extent. Methods and Materials: We prospectively analyzed the long-term overall survival (OS) and cancer control outcomes of 121 patients with five or fewer clinically detectable metastases, from any primary site, metastatic to one to three organ sites, and treated with SBRT. Freedom from widespread distant metastasis (FFDM) was defined as metastatic disease not amenable to local therapy (i.e., resection or SBRT). Prognostic variables were assessed using log-rank and Cox regression analyses. Results: For breast cancer patients, the median follow-up was 4.5 years (7.1 years for 16 of 39 patients alive at the last follow-up visit). The 2-year OS, FFDM, and local control (LC) rate was 74%, 52%, and 87%, respectively. The 6-year OS, FFDM, and LC rate was 47%, 36%, and 87%, respectively. From the multivariate analyses, the variables of bone metastases (p = .057) and one vs. more than one metastasis (p = .055) were associated with a fourfold and threefold reduced hazard of death, respectively. None of the 17 bone lesions from breast cancer recurred after SBRT vs. 10 of 68 lesions from other organs that recurred (p = .095). For patients with nonbreast cancers, the median follow-up was 1.7 years (7.3 years for 7 of 82 patients alive at the last follow-up visit). The 2-year OS, FFDM, and LC rate was 39%, 28%, and 74%, respectively. The 6-year OS, FFDM, and LC rate was 9%, 13%, and 65%, respectively. For nonbreast cancers, a greater SBRT target volume was significantly adverse for OS (p = .012) and lesion LC (p < .0001). Patients whose metastatic lesions, before SBRT, demonstrated radiographic progression after systemic therapy experienced significantly worse OS compared with patients with stable or regressing disease. Conclusions: Select patients with limited metastases treated with SBRT are long-term survivors. Future

  8. Vagus nerve stimulation: outcome and predictors of seizure freedom in long-term follow-up.

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    Ghaemi, Kazem; Elsharkawy, Alaa Eldin; Schulz, Reinhard; Hoppe, Matthias; Polster, Tilman; Pannek, Heinz; Ebner, Alois

    2010-06-01

    To present long-term outcome and to identify predictors of seizure freedom after vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). All patients who had undergone VNS implantation in the Epilepsy Centre Bethel were retrospectively reviewed. There were 144 patients who had undergone complete presurgical evaluation, including detailed clinical history, magnetic resonance imaging, and long-term video-EEG with ictal and interictal recordings. After implantation, all patients were examined at regular intervals of 4 weeks for 6-9 months. During this period the antiepileptic medication remained constant. All patients included in this study were followed up for a minimum of 2 years. Ten patients remained seizure-free for more than 1 year after VNS implantation (6.9%). Seizures improved in 89 patients (61.8%) but no changes were observed in 45 patients (31.3%). The following factors were significant in the univariate analysis: age at implantation, multifocal interictal epileptiform discharges, unilateral interictal epileptiform discharge, cortical dysgenesis, and psychomotor seizure. Stepwise multivariate analysis showed that unilateral interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs), P=0.014, HR=0.112 (95% CIs, 0.019-0.642), cortical dysgenesis P=0.007, HR=0.065 (95% CIs, 0.009-0.481) and younger age at implantation P=0.026, HR=7.533 (95% CIs 1.28-44.50) were independent predictors of seizure freedom in the long-term follow-up. VNS implantation may render patients with some forms of cortical dysgenesis (parietooccipital polymicrogyria, macrogyria) seizure-free. Patients with unilateral IEDs and earlier implantation achieved the most benefit from VNS. Copyright 2010 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Long-Term Follow-Up After Catheter Ablation of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia in Children.

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    Backhoff, David; Klehs, Sophia; Müller, Matthias J; Schneider, Heike E; Kriebel, Thomas; Paul, Thomas; Krause, Ulrich

    2016-11-01

    Catheter ablation of the slow conducting pathway (SP) is treatment of choice for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). Although there are abundant data on AVNRT ablation in adult patients, little is known about the long-term results ≥3 years after AVNRT ablation in pediatric patients. Follow-up data from 241 patients aged ≤18 years who had undergone successful AVNRT ablation were analyzed. Median age at ablation had been 12.5 years, and median follow-up was 5.9 years. Radiofrequency current had been used in 168 patients (70%), whereas cryoenergy had been used in 73 patients (30%). Procedural end point of AVNRT ablation had been either SP ablation (no residual dual atrioventricular nodal physiology) or SP modulation (residual SP conduction allowing for a maximum of one atrial echo beat). After the initial AVNRT ablation, calculated freedom from AVNRT was 96% at 1 year, 94% at 3 years, 93% at 5 years, and 89% at 8 years. Age, sex, body weight, the choice of ablation energy, and the procedural end point of AVNRT ablation did not impact freedom from AVNRT. Six of 22 AVNRT recurrences (27%) occurred ≥5 years after ablation. No late complications including atrioventricular block were noted. Cumulatively, catheter ablation of AVNRT continued to be effective in >90% of our pediatric patients during the long-term course. A significant part of recurrences occurred >5 years post ablation. Body weight, energy source, and the end point of ablation had no impact on long-term results. No adverse sequelae were noted. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  10. Vasoactive peptides during long-term follow-up of patients after cardiac transplantation.

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    Kirchhoff, Wiebke Ch; Gradaus, Rainer; Stypmann, Joerg; Deng, Mario C; Tian, Tonny D T; Scheld, Hans H; Breithardt, Günter; Brisse, Betty

    2004-03-01

    Vasoactive peptides are accepted indicators of the degree of heart failure and its progression or improvement following medical therapy. Normalization of cardiac hemodynamics by cardiac transplantation (HTx) may lead to normalization of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) plasma levels shortly after the procedure. Long-term follow-up was done for 14 consecutive patients, 12 men and 2 women, 49 years of age (range 24 to 64 years). ANP and BNP were measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA) in central venous plasma samples (before breakfast, at steady state) at the following intervals after HTx: 7 to 30 (1), 31 to 60 (2), 61 to 90 (3), 120 to 180 (4) and 210 to 365 (5) days. During follow-up, ANP decreased significantly within 2 months after HTx and continued of this level, whereas BNP decreased continuously without reaching normal values. The mean ratio of ANP:BNP increased from 3.23 to 8.01 during follow-up. Whereas right atrial pressure (RAP), right ventricular pressure (RVP), right ventricular end-diastolic pressure (RVEDP) and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) did not change during follow-up, cardiac output (CO) improved slightly, but significantly from 5.21 liters/min to 5.9 liters/min (p = 0.035). Normalization of left ventricular function after orthotopic HTx does not induce an early diminution of ANP and BNP plasma levels to normal concentrations. Although elevated ANP concentrations showed only minimal changes within 1 year, BNP decreased significantly as early as 2 months after HTx, without reaching normal values during the year of follow-up. Also, the ratio of ANP and BNP increased significantly from 3.23 to 8.01. These results demonstrate the contribution of other factors beyond cardiac function that determine the levels of these peptides.

  11. Hyperbaric oxygen for persistent post-concussive symptoms: long-term follow-up.

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    Skipper, Leonard D; Churchill, Susan; Wilson, Steffanie H; Deru, Kayla; Labutta, Robert J; Hart, Brett B

    2016-01-01

    We report results of an observational cohort study investigating long-term follow-up in participants from two completed United States military trials of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO₂) for persistent post-concussive symptoms (PCS), as well as challenges in recruitment and retention in active-duty military personnel. After informed consent, participants completed an electronic survey assessing PCS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and quality of life. Of 132 HBO₂ study participants, 40 (30%) completed the survey (42 could not be contacted; 50 were lost to follow-up or declined). All were male, age 28.1 ±6.6 years (mean ±1SD). Time to follow-up was 39.2 ±6.1 months. At follow-up, participants reported continued symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety and reduced quality of life. Among DARPA/VCU study participants, total PCS scores worsened in the 1.5 atmospheres absolute (ATA) equivalent HBO₂ group (mean change 7.4 ±15.8) and improved in the sham (-8.0 ±7.7) and 2.0 atmospheres absolute equivalent HBO₂ groups (-3.3 ±7.4). Individual changes varied widely, range -23 to +28 points. In participants from the HOPPS study, total PCS scores worsened in all groups: local care (10.5 ±8.7), sham (7.9 ±11.9) and 1.5 ATA HBO₂ (1.0 ±19.4). In this limited, cross-sectional sample, PCS and PTSD symptoms did not appear to improve over time by descriptive analyses. Low participation rates and potential response bias limit our ability to perform statistical hypothesis testing and to draw conclusions from these data. Future studies should prospectively plan longitudinal follow-up and regular engagement with participants to minimize attrition. Copyright© Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

  12. Essential infantile esotropia with inferior oblique hyperfunction: long term follow-up of 6 muscles approach

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    Magli, Adriano; Carelli, Roberta; Chiariello Vecchio, Elisabetta; Esposito, Francesca; Rombetto, Luca; Esposito Veneruso, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    AIM To evaluate long term follow-up (10y) of 6 muscle surgical approach in essential infantile esotropia (EIE). METHODS A 6 muscle approach to EIE was retrospectively evaluated in patients with inferior oblique (IO) hyperfunction and lateral rectus (LR) pseudoparalysis, who underwent surgery at different ages. Different clinical characters were analyzed pre- and postoperatively, in patients who underwent a 6 muscles approach ≤4 years of age. All patients underwent a multiple muscles approach: bilateral medial recti (MR) recession (4-5 mm), bilateral LR resection (lower than 7 mm) and bilateral IO recession and anteroposition. Of 108 children with preoperative angle ≥+30 prism diopters (PD) and IO hyperfunction were selected from larger cohort of patients (n=213, 103 females and 110 males) after excluding patients with: angle variability, who underwent reoperation and with incomplete follow up. Preoperative assessment and complete orthoptic examination were performed. Follow-up was performed 3mo, 2, 5 and 10y after surgery. Statistical analysis was performes using SAS statistical software package (version 9.1, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA). RESULTS Ten years follow up data analysis showed the following percentage of orthotropic patients: (0 PD): 3mo, 22.2%; 2y, 16.7%; 5y, 25.0% and 10y, 27.8%. A slight, significant (P<0.01), increase of 2y follow up residual deviation was found when compared to 3mo one. Stationary surgical results is reported during time, with a trend of mean residual deviation reduction (P=0.04). CONCLUSION Our results confirm the reliability of multiple muscles surgical approach in the treatment of patients affected by EIE with OI hyperfunction. PMID:28003983

  13. Long-term follow-up of coronary angioplasty in patients with diabetes compared with nondiabetics.

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    Brueren, B R G; Ten Berg, J M; Kelder, J C; Suttorp, M J; Mast, E G; Bal, E; Ernst, S M P G; Plokker, H W T

    2004-04-01

    Some reports have indicated that in patients with diabetes mellitus and multivessel disease, coronary artery bypass surgery is preferred over percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We retrospectively compared outcome PCI in diabetic and nondiabetic patients. Ninety-seven diabetics and 971 nondiabetics were included and randomised before PCI to aspirin alone or aspirin plus coumadin. Fifty diabetics and 481 nondiabetics underwent follow-up angiography. The primary endpoint comprised all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction or targetvessel revascularisation. Baseline characteristics were similar between the groups except for significantly more males and smokers among the nondiabetics. The diabetics had significantly more previous strokes, more left anterior descending coronary artery disease as well as more restenotic lesions and multivessel disease. At 30 days, the primary endpoint had occurred in five diabetics (5.2%) and 47 nondiabetics (4.9%), (p=0.8) and at one year in 17 (17.5%) and in 165 (17.1%), respectively (p=0.9). Event-free survival remained comparable during long-term follow-up (four years). Multivariate analysis showed no differences for the occurrence of any event (p=0.9, 95% CI 0.6-1.7). At six months, the minimal luminal diameter was significantly smaller in the diabetics (1.55±0.76 mm vs. 1.78±0.66 mm, p=0.01). Diabetics also had more restenosis (41% vs. 23%, p=0.003). Despite angiographical differences at six months between the diabetics and nondiabetics, both short-term and long-term clinical follow-up appeared to be similar.

  14. Long-term follow-up of coronary angioplasty in patients with diabetes compared with nondiabetics

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    Brueren, B.R.G.; ten Berg, J.M.; Kelder, J.C.; Suttorp, M.J.; Mast, E.G.; Bal, E.; Ernst, S.M.P.G.; Plokker, H.W.T.

    2004-01-01

    Background Some reports have indicated that in patients with diabetes mellitus and multivessel disease, coronary artery bypass surgery is preferred over percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We retrospectively compared outcome PCI in diabetic and nondiabetic patients. Methods Ninety-seven diabetics and 971 nondiabetics were included and randomised before PCI to aspirin alone or aspirin plus coumadin. Fifty diabetics and 481 nondiabetics underwent follow-up angiography. The primary endpoint comprised all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction or targetvessel revascularisation. Results Baseline characteristics were similar between the groups except for significantly more males and smokers among the nondiabetics. The diabetics had significantly more previous strokes, more left anterior descending coronary artery disease as well as more restenotic lesions and multivessel disease. At 30 days, the primary endpoint had occurred in five diabetics (5.2%) and 47 nondiabetics (4.9%), (p=0.8) and at one year in 17 (17.5%) and in 165 (17.1%), respectively (p=0.9). Event-free survival remained comparable during long-term follow-up (four years). Multivariate analysis showed no differences for the occurrence of any event (p=0.9, 95% CI 0.6-1.7). At six months, the minimal luminal diameter was significantly smaller in the diabetics (1.55±0.76 mm vs. 1.78±0.66 mm, p=0.01). Diabetics also had more restenosis (41% vs. 23%, p=0.003). Conclusion Despite angiographical differences at six months between the diabetics and nondiabetics, both short-term and long-term clinical follow-up appeared to be similar. PMID:25696315

  15. Long-Term Follow-Up of Children after Venom Immunotherapy: Low Adherence to Anaphylaxis Guidelines.

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    Fiedler, Claudia; Miehe, Ulrich; Treudler, Regina; Kiess, Wieland; Prenzel, Freerk

    2017-01-01

    Data on the long-term outcome of children after specific venom immunotherapy (VIT) are limited. Therefore, we assessed sting recurrence and anaphylaxis relapse rates as well as adherence to anaphylaxis guidelines with regard to the availability of emergency equipment and education status. For this long-term survey, data of 311 children with a history of anaphylactic reactions to hymenoptera stings were collected by chart review. We included patients who were treated with a 3-year VIT between 1993 and 2009 and had completed a questionnaire. Forty of the 311 patients were included. Mean VIT duration was 3.1 years. Of the 40 patients included, 29 children (72.5%) received VIT with vespid venom, 9 with bee venom, and 2 patients with both venoms. During a mean follow-up period of 13 years, 20/40 patients (50%) suffered re-stings. Six of the 20 (30%) patients developed again anaphylactic symptoms (grade 1 n = 5, grade 3 n = 1); 2 were allergic to vespid and 4 to bee venom. Of the entire cohort, only 5/40 (12.5%) had appropriate emergency kits according to the guidelines of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Among the patients who had emergency kits available, one third (5/15) felt uncertain about the correct application of the medication. Less than two thirds of our population (25/40) affirmed that they have been educated in emergency management. The vast majority (95%; 38/40) of our patients did not have allergy follow-ups after VIT completion. Anaphylactic relapses are not uncommon, and there are considerable deficits in the emergency management of patients. Hence, comprehensive standardized anaphylaxis education programs as well as regular follow-ups of the allergy status are crucial. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  16. Right ventricular septal pacing: Safety and efficacy in a long term follow up.

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    Occhetta, Eraldo; Quirino, Gianluca; Baduena, Lara; Nappo, Rosaria; Cavallino, Chiara; Facchini, Emanuela; Pistelli, Paolo; Magnani, Andrea; Bortnik, Miriam; Francalacci, Gabriella; Dell'Era, Gabriele; Plebani, Laura; Marino, Paolo

    2015-08-26

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the permanent high interventricular septal pacing in a long term follow up, as alternative to right ventricular apical pacing. We retrospectively evaluated: (1) 244 patients (74 ± 8 years; 169 men, 75 women) implanted with a single (132 pts) or dual chamber (112 pts) pacemaker (PM) with ventricular screw-in lead placed at the right ventricular high septal parahisian site (SEPTAL pacing); (2) 22 patients with permanent pacemaker and low percentage of pacing (< 20%) (NO pacing); (3) 33 patients with high percentage (> 80%) right ventricular apical pacing (RVA). All patients had a narrow spontaneous QRS (101 ± 14 ms). We evaluated New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, quality of life (QoL), 6 min walking test (6MWT) and left ventricular function (end-diastolic volume, LV-EDV; end-systolic volume, LV-ESV; ejection fraction, LV-EF) with 2D-echocardiography. Pacing parameters were stable during follow up (21 mo/patient). In SEPTAL pacing group we observed an improvement in NYHA class, QoL score and 6MWT. While LV-EDV didn't significantly increase (104 ± 40 mL vs 100 ± 37 mL; P = 0.35), LV-ESV slightly increased (55 ± 31 mL vs 49 ± 27 mL; P = 0.05) and LV-EF slightly decreased (49% ± 11% vs 53% ± 11%; P = 0.001) but never falling < 45%. In the RVA pacing control group we observed a worsening of NYHA class and an important reduction of LV-EF (from 56% ± 6% to 43% ± 9%, P < 0.0001). Right ventricular permanent high septal pacing is safe and effective in a long term follow up evaluation; it could be a good alternative to the conventional RVA pacing in order to avoid its deleterious effects.

  17. Muscle strength in patients with acromegaly at diagnosis and during long-term follow-up.

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    Füchtbauer, Laila; Olsson, Daniel S; Bengtsson, Bengt-Åke; Norrman, Lise-Lott; Sunnerhagen, Katharina S; Johannsson, Gudmundur

    2017-08-01

    Patients with acromegaly have decreased body fat (BF) and increased extracellular water (ECW) and muscle mass. Although there is a lack of systematic studies on muscle function, it is believed that patients with acromegaly may suffer from proximal muscle weakness despite their increased muscle mass. We studied body composition and muscle function in untreated acromegaly and after biochemical remission. Prospective observational study. Patients with acromegaly underwent measurements of muscle strength (dynamometers) and body composition (four-compartment model) at diagnosis (n = 48), 1 year after surgery (n = 29) and after long-term follow-up (median 11 years) (n = 24). Results were compared to healthy subjects. Untreated patients had increased body cell mass (113 ± 9% of predicted) and ECW (110 ± 20%) and decreased BF (67 ± 7.6%). At one-year follow-up, serum concentration of IGF-I was reduced and body composition had normalized. At baseline, isometric muscle strength in knee flexors and extensors was normal and concentric strength was modestly increased whereas grip strength and endurance was reduced. After one year, muscle strength was normal in both patients with still active disease and patients in remission. At long-term follow-up, all patients were in remission. Most muscle function tests remained normal, but isometric flexion and the fatigue index were increased to 153 ± 42% and 139 ± 28% of predicted values, respectively. Patients with untreated acromegaly had increased body cell mass and normal or modestly increased proximal muscle strength, whereas their grip strength was reduced. After biochemical improvement and remission, body composition was normalized, hand grip strength was increased, whereas proximal muscle fatigue increased. © 2017 European Society of Endocrinology.

  18. Long-term follow-up results of foot and ankle tuberculosis in Turkey.

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    Gursu, Sarper; Yildirim, Timur; Ucpinar, Hanifi; Sofu, Hakan; Camurcu, Yalkin; Sahin, Vedat; Sahin, Nursu

    2014-01-01

    The incidence of tuberculosis has been increasing, especially in the past 2 decades. Skeletal tuberculosis is very rare compared with the frequency of the pulmonary form. In the present study, we have shared our long-term experience with foot and ankle tuberculosis, providing information about the different aspects of the disease. A total of 70 patients with foot and ankle tuberculosis, treated from 1983 to 2005, were evaluated. The mean patient age was 34.4 (range 7 to 85) years at the diagnosis. The mean interval between the first symptoms and the diagnosis was 26.4 months (range 1 month to 15 years). The mean follow-up period was 21.7 (range 8 to 30) years. The infection affected both the joint and the bones in 29 patients, only the joints in 13, only the bones in 22, and the soft tissues alone in the remaining 6 patients. The most common joint location was the tibiotalar joint. The talus was the most commonly infiltrated bone. All patients underwent biopsy, and 28 patients underwent additional surgical procedures. In 18 patients (25.7%), 1 to 4 recurrences developed during the follow-up period. In the last follow-up visits, either severe destruction of the bones or end-stage arthrosis was evident in 39 patients (55.7%), especially in those with osseous tuberculosis. Foot and ankle tuberculosis is very rare. The diagnosis of the disease will often be late owing to the lack of pathognomonic findings. A histopathologic evaluation should not be omitted in cases with suspicion. The incidence of residual deformity or end-stage arthrosis has been high in the long term; however, the patients will usually be without any symptoms.

  19. Development of requirements and a pilot registry for long-term follow-up of children with heritable conditions.

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    Holbrook, Reid; Staes, Catherine; Longo, Nicola; Botkin, Jeffrey; Anderson, Rebecca; Mitchell, Joyce

    2007-10-11

    Advances in newborn screening (NBS) have led to earlier detection of heritable conditions. Little is known about the natural history of these conditions or the long-term benefits of NBS. This study will examine the user and data requirements necessary to develop a long-term follow-up registry for these patients. The system will subsequently be analyzed to determine its usefulness for research and reporting outcomes after long-term follow-up of patients.

  20. Laparoscopy for ureteral endometriosis: surgical details, long-term follow-up, and fertility outcomes.

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    Uccella, Stefano; Cromi, Antonella; Casarin, Jvan; Bogani, Giorgio; Pinelli, Ciro; Serati, Maurizio; Ghezzi, Fabio

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate perioperative details, long-term outcomes, and postsurgical fertility in case of laparoscopic ureterolysis for deep endometriosis. Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. Academic research center. One hundred nine consecutive women who underwent laparoscopic ureterolysis for deep endometriosis. Laparoscopic excision of ureteral endometriosis (ureteral shaving was attempted in all cases). Perioperative details, long-term outcomes, fertility rates, and need for secondary surgery, stratifying on presence/absence of hydronephrosis. Predictors of longer operative time, pain recurrence, and fertility were also investigated. No conversion to open surgery was necessary. Intraoperative ureteral injury occurred in one case (0.9%). Nine women (8.3%) underwent ureteral stenting. Eight cases (7.3%) of mild postoperative complications were registered; no case of severe complications or postoperative ureteral fistula occurred. An increase was observed in the risk of short-/long-term adverse outcomes, according to the grade of preoperative hydronephrosis. Of the 80 women with available follow-up data, secondary ureteral procedures were necessary in 5 women (6.3%), whereas 22 patients (27.5%) had recurrence of endometriosis symptoms. Among the 36 women who wished to conceive, a total of 26 pregnancies were registered in 20 women (55.6%). The miscarriage rate was 15.6%. Hydronephrosis grade≥2 was independently associated with longer operative time and higher rate of symptoms recurrence. Adjuvant hormonal therapy after ureterolysis was the only independent factor associated with lower fertility rates. Laparoscopic ureterolysis is a safe procedure, with encouraging pregnancy rates and satisfactory long-term results. However, hydronephrosis grade≥2 is associated with worse outcomes. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  1. Metallic stents for airway complications after lung transplantation: long-term follow-up.

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    Abdel-Rahman, Nader; Kramer, Mordechai R; Saute, Milton; Raviv, Yael; Fruchter, Oren

    2014-05-01

    Bronchial stenosis is still a significant source of morbidity and mortality following lung transplantation (LTX) and often mandating placement of a bronchial stent. It has been suggested that although self-expanding metal stents offer excellent early palliation, their long-term complication rates are unacceptably high, and hence, their usage in many transplantation centres has been nearly abandoned. The aim of the study was to assess short- and long-term complication rates and survival in LTX patients with bronchial stenosis treated with insertion of self-expanding metal stents. From January 1997 to March 2013, 435 patients underwent LTX (325 single-LTX and 110 bilateral LTX). Of 503 actual anastomoses at risk (derived by subtracting the number of anastomoses in 30 patients who died within 30 days of LTX), 60 airway complications (11.9%) in 47 patients required self-expanding metal stent insertion. We assessed the early results and long-term outcomes and survival compared with LTX patients in whom stents were not required. The median follow-up period ranged from 1 to 132 (median 54) months. Immediate relief of symptoms was achieved in the vast majority of patients (95%). One-, three- and five-year survival in patients who required self-expanding metal stent placement were 77.7, 66.6 and 55.5%, respectively. The corresponding survival rates in LTX patients without stents were 69, 64.9 and 61.1% (P > 0.05). Self-expanding metal stents are safe and effective tools in the management of airway complications post-LTX and provide immediate improvement in symptoms and pulmonary function tests in the vast majority of cases. The long-term complication rate is low, and mortality is similar to that in LTX patients who did not require stent insertion.

  2. Long-term follow-up of patients with choroidal neovascularization due to angioid streaks

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    Martinez-Serrano, Maria Guadalupe; Rodriguez-Reyes, Abelardo; Guerrero-Naranjo, Jose Luis; Salcedo-Villanueva, Guillermo; Fromow-Guerra, Jans; García-Aguirre, Gerardo; Morales-Canton, Virgilio; Velez-Montoya, Raul

    2017-01-01

    Background The following case series describes the long-term anatomical and functional outcome of a group of seven patients with choroidal neovascularization (CNV), secondary to angioid streaks (AS), who were treated with antiangiogenic drugs in a pro re nata (PRN) regimen. After the 4-year mark, visual acuity tends to return to pretreatment level. Treatment delays and lack of awareness and self-referral by the patients are believed to be the cause of the PRN regimen failure. Purpose To assess the long-term outcomes (>4 years) of patients with CNV due to AS treated with a PRN regimen of antiangiogenic. Methods This was a retrospective, case series, single-center study. We reviewed the electronic medical records from patients with CNV due to AS. From each record, we noted general demographic data and relevant medical history; clinical presentation, changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) over time, optical coherent tomography parameters, treatment and retreatment details, and systemic associations. Changes in BCVA and central macular thickness were assessed with a Wilcoxon two-sample test, with an alpha value of ≤0.05 for statistical significance. Results The mean follow-up time was 53.8±26.8 months. BCVA at baseline was: 1.001±0.62 logMAR; at the end of follow-up: 0.996±0.56 logMAR (P=0.9). Central macular thickness at baseline was: 360.85±173.82 μm; at the end of follow-up: 323.85±100.34 μm (P=0.6). Mean number of intravitreal angiogenic drugs: 6±4.16 injections (range 4–15). Mean time between injections was 3.8±2.7 months (range 1.9–5.8 months). Conclusion Despite initial anatomical and functional improvement, patients at the end of the follow-up had no visual improvement after a pro re nata regimen of antiangiogenic drugs. The amount of retreatments, number of recurrences, and time between intravitreal injections were similar to previous reports with shorter follow-up. PMID:28031699

  3. Long-term follow-up of functioning after spinal surgery in patients with Rett syndrome.

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    Larsson, Eva-Lena; Aaro, Stig; Ahlinder, Peter; Normelli, Helena; Tropp, Hans; Oberg, Birgitta

    2009-04-01

    In a prospective study, 23 consecutive girls with Rett syndrome and neuromuscular scoliosis were evaluated for functioning at a long-term follow-up. The patients had mostly improved, which was confirmed by their parents. Rett syndrome is associated with neuromuscular scoliosis and has a typically long C-shaped thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis. Prospective long-term follow-up studies related to these patients' total situation are sparse. Most studies focus on the Cobb angle of the scoliosis, whereas parents are mainly concerned about the girls' continued functioning. Twenty-three patients with Rett syndrome and neuromuscular scoliosis were evaluated preoperatively from 1993 to 2002. At follow-up, 19 patients remained in the study. Three patients died (not due to surgery), and one patient could not participate because it was too far to travel. Mean follow-up time was 74 months (range 49-99 months). The assessments comprised the sitting balance, seating supports in wheelchair, weight distribution, time used for rest, care given, and angle of scoliosis. Follow-up questionnaires and two-open-ended questions about the positive and negative effects of surgery were sent to parents. Sitting balance, number of seating supports in wheelchair, weight distribution, time used for rest, and the Cobb angle had all improved after surgery. The parents assessed improvement in seating position, daily activities, time used for rest, and cosmetic appearance. We can conclude that the stabilized spine resulted in sufficient strength to keep the body upright with the possibility of looking around at the surroundings more easily. The girls got better seating position with less need for seating adaptations in the wheelchair and with reduced time needed for resting during the day. Finally we can conclude that the indication for surgery is to get a better posture which lead to less risk of pressure sores, and that un upright position lead to better possibility to easily breath with fewer episodes

  4. Long-Term follow up after intra-Uterine transfusionS; the LOTUS study

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    2010-01-01

    Background The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) is the Dutch national referral centre for pregnancies complicated by haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) caused by maternal alloimmunization. Yearly, 20-25 affected fetuses with severe anaemia are transfused with intra-uterine blood transfusions (IUT). Mothers of whom their fetus has undergone IUT for HDFN are considered high responders with regard to red blood cell (RBC) antibody formation. Most study groups report high perinatal survival, resulting in a shift in attention towards short- and long-term outcome in surviving children. Methods/Design We set up a large long-term observational follow-up study (LOTUS study), in cooperation with the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation and the LUMC departments of Obstetrics, Neonatology and ImmunoHematology & Bloodtransfusion. The first part of this study addresses several putative mechanisms associated with blood group alloimmunization in these mothers. The second part of this study determines the incidence of long-term neurodevelopment impairment (NDI) and associated risk factors in children treated with IUT. All women and their life offspring who have been treated with IUT for HDFN in the LUMC from 1987-2008 are invited to participate and after consent, blood or saliva samples are taken. RBC and HLA antigen profile and antibodies are determined by serologic or molecular techniques. Microchimerism populations are tested by real time polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR). All children are tested for their neurological, cognitive and psychosocial development using standardised tests and questionnaires. The primary outcome is neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI), a composite outcome defined as any of the following: cerebral palsy, cognitive or psychomotor development < 2 standard deviation, bilateral blindness and/or bilateral deafness. Discussion The LOTUS study includes the largest cohort of IUT patients ever studied and is the first to investigate post

  5. A long-term follow-up of cognitive, emotional, and behavioural sequelae to Reye syndrome.

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    Meekin, S L; Glasgow, J F; McCusker, C G; Rooney, N

    1999-08-01

    Eighteen adolescents who had survived Reye syndrome (RS) in early childhood were assessed on cognitive, emotional, and behavioural variables in a second follow-up study tracking this group. Siblings were used as controls. The entire group with RS had survived with no obvious neurological damage at the first follow-up study. Indeed, current findings suggested that long-term cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning was comparable to siblings in approximately half of the group with RS. However, two factors were associated with a less favourable outcome. Cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functioning were significantly poorer in the subgroup of survivors whose illness had occurred in the first year of life. In addition, loss of consciousness, although the association with poor outcome was not as noticeable, was also associated with relative deficits on some scales of cognitive ability. Many of these deficits had not been obvious at the first follow-up and the importance of neurodevelopmental factors are considered. Finally, the implications of these findings for research and interventions in RS and other such encephalopathies are discussed.

  6. Long-Term Follow-up After Embolization of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations with Detachable Silicone Balloons

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    Andersen, Poul Erik Kjeldsen, Anette D.

    2008-05-15

    Long-term follow-up results after embolization of 13 pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in 10 patients by use of 14 detachable silicone balloons are given. Patients were followed for a mean of 99 months (range, 63-123 months) with chest x-rays and for a mean of 62 months (range, 3-101 months) with pulmonary angiography. Fifty-four percent of the balloons were deflated at latest radiographic chest film follow-up, but at pulmonary angiographic follow-up all embolized malformations were without flow irrespective of whether or not the balloons were visible. Detachable silicone balloons are not available anymore, but use of these balloons for embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations has been shown to be a safe and precise method, with immediate occlusion of the feeding artery and with long-lasting occlusion, even though many balloons deflate with time, leaving a fibrotic scar replacing the pulmonary arteriovenous malformation. No case of recanalization has been discovered, and these results seem to justify a reduced number of controls of these balloon-embolized malformations.

  7. Long-term follow-up after embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations with detachable silicone balloons.

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    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2008-01-01

    Long-term follow-up results after embolization of 13 pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in 10 patients by use of 14 detachable silicone balloons are given. Patients were followed for a mean of 99 months (range, 63-123 months) with chest x-rays and for a mean of 62 months (range, 3-101 months) with pulmonary angiography. Fifty-four percent of the balloons were deflated at latest radiographic chest film follow-up, but at pulmonary angiographic follow-up all embolized malformations were without flow irrespective of whether or not the balloons were visible. Detachable silicone balloons are not available anymore, but use of these balloons for embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations has been shown to be a safe and precise method, with immediate occlusion of the feeding artery and with long-lasting occlusion, even though many balloons deflate with time, leaving a fibrotic scar replacing the pulmonary arteriovenous malformation. No case of recanalization has been discovered, and these results seem to justify a reduced number of controls of these balloon-embolized malformations.

  8. DISTAL FEMORAL VARUSING FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS OF VALGUS KNEE: A LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP

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    Andrade, Marco Antônio Percope de; Gomes, Davi Coutinho Fonseca Fernandes; Portugal, André Lopes; Silva, Guilherme Moreira de Abreu e

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Assess the long-term results of distal femoral varusing osteotomy and try to establish predictive criteria that could help on selecting patients to be submitted to this technique. Methods: Fifteen patients with lateral compartment osteoarthritis and valgus deformity of the knee were submitted to distal femoral “V” varusing osteotomy fixated with lateral plate, pursuing knee alignment at 0° on the anatomical axis. The mean follow-up period was 81.4 months, ranging from 43 to 132 months. The Knee Society Rating System protocol was employed. Additional assessed variables were the following: patient age, follow-up time, and postoperative anatomical angle. Results: 11 results were regarded as excellent or good (73%) and four as fair or poor (27%). Conclusion: Distal femoral “V” varusing osteotomy constitutes a good treatment alternative for patients with lateral compartment osteoarthritis and valgus knee. The following variables have not been confirmed: patient age at the time of surgery, follow-up time, and postoperative anatomical angle as predictive factors for the results. PMID:27022518

  9. Plication corporoplasty for congenital penile curvature: our results with long-term follow-up.

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    Cantoro, Ubaldo; Polito, Massimo; Lacetera, Vito; Muzzonigro, Giovanni

    2014-09-01

    To evaluate the outcome of the long-term follow-up in patients who underwent corporoplasty-straightening treatment for congenital penile curvature (CPC). Between 1989 and 2012, a total of 60 patients underwent corporoplasty-straightening surgery using penile plication for CPC. We followed up on all the correction of the curvature; (a) any penile shortening; (b) sexual function; (c) complications. The mean follow-up period was of 98 months. Complete correction of the curvature was obtained in 54 patients (90 %). Shortening of the penis (1.5 to not more than 3 cm) occurred in 16 patients (26.6 %). All patients had good erectile function (IIEF-5 > 21). The most frequent complication was the sensitivity reduction of the glans in five patients (8.3 %), which was resolved with in about a year after surgery (mean 11 months) and the shortening of the penis in 16 patients (26.6 %), which, however, did not result in problems during sexual intercourse. Corporoplasty using penile straightening plication is a safe procedure whose results are maintained even after many years after surgery. It is a procedure that can be applied to any type of curvature. Any reduction in the length of the penis, as a result of the surgery procedure, does not lead to difficulties in sexual intercourse.

  10. Blood pressure in the long-term follow-up of children with hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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    De Petris, Laura; Gianviti, Alessandra; Giordano, Ugo; Calzolari, Armando; Tozzi, Alberto E; Rizzoni, Gianfranco

    2004-11-01

    The hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is the most common cause of acute renal failure (ARF) in young children. Most patients recover from the acute phase of the illness but they may develop arterial hypertension(AH) after many years, even in the absence of signs of renal impairment during short-term follow-up. In this study, we performed casual blood pressure (BP) measurement, 24-h blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), and a Bruce walking treadmill study (ET) in 24 children (aged 5-15 years, 13 males, 11 females) with a history of HUS and normal renal function during follow-up (median 5.8 years, range 1.8-12.4 years). There were 22 children(91%) with prodromal diarrhea associated with HUS and 20 (83%) underwent dialysis during the acute illness. All children had normal casual BP measurement. Of 13 children (54%) with normal ABPM, 5 patients (38%) had an abnormal BP response during the ET study. There were 4 (58%) of the 7 patients with AH by ABPM (29%)and an abnormal BP response during ET. These findings suggest that ET could be a useful means of identifying children with a history of HUS that could be at risk of future AH even if they had normal renal function, casual BP, and ABPM during long-term follow-up. These results should be confirmed with a large prospective clinical study.

  11. Long-term follow-up of incidental intracranial aneurysms in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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    Oh, Yoon-Sang; Shon, Young-Min; Kim, Beum Saeng; Cho, A-Hyun

    2013-05-01

    The natural history of incidental intracranial aneurysms in patients with acute ischemic stroke is not well known. Therefore, we performed a 2-year follow-up of clinical outcomes and computed tomographic angiography (CTA) findings of incidentally found aneurysm in acute ischemic stroke patients. We included acute ischemic stroke patients who presented within 7 days of stroke onset. Patients underwent magnetic resonance imaging and CTA. Demographics, clinical outcome, presence of aneurysm, aneurysm type, location, and diameter of aneurysm were identified. CTA was performed at least 2 years after the initial examination. The development of all cases of hemorrhage related to aneurysmal rupture and long-term clinical outcome were checked. Incidental intracranial aneurysms were found in 19 (6.1%) of the 314 patients. The sex (female) and old age were associated with the presence of incidental intracranial aneurysms. Favorable outcome (modified Rankin scale score 0-2) at 3 months showed no difference between the patients with aneurysm and those without (72.2% v 75.2%; P = .78). No aneurysm rupture or subarachnoid hemorrhage has occurred during the 2-year follow-up period. Follow-up CTA could be performed in 10 out of the 19 patients with aneurysm. Nine of them showed no change regarding to aneurysm shape and size, and the aneurysm disappeared in 1 patient. In our study, the prevalence of incidental aneurysm among acute ischemic stroke patients was 6.1%. After 2 years of follow-up, there was no aneurysm rupture or subarachnoid hemorrhage, and the diameter and shape of aneurysms did not change except for 1 patient in whom the aneurysm disappeared. Copyright © 2013 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. The health status of Q-fever patients after long-term follow-up

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    2011-01-01

    Background In the Netherlands, from 2007 to 2009, 3,522 Q-fever cases were notified from three outbreaks. These are the largest documented outbreaks in the world. Previous studies suggest that symptoms can persist for a long period of time, resulting in a reduced quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study was to qualify and quantify the health status of Q-fever patients after long-term follow-up. Methods 870 Q-fever patients of the 2007 and 2008 outbreaks were mailed a questionnaire 12 to 26 months after the onset of illness. We assessed demographic data and measured health status with the Nijmegen Clinical Screening Instrument (NCSI). The NCSI consists of three main domains of functional impairment, symptoms and QoL that are divided into eight sub-domains. The NCSI scores of Q-fever patients older than 50 years (N = 277) were compared with patients younger than 50 years (N = 238) and with norm data from healthy individuals (N = 65) and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (N = 128). Results The response rate was 65.7%. After applying exclusion criteria 515 Q-fever patients were included in this study. The long-term health status of two thirds of Q-fever patients (both younger and older than 50 years) was severely affected for at least one sub-domain. Patients scores were most severely affected on the sub-domains general QoL (44.9%) and fatigue (43.5%). Hospitalisation in the acute phase was significantly related to long-term behavioural impairment (OR 2.8, CI 1.5-5.1), poor health related QoL (OR 2.3,CI 1.5-4.0) and subjective symptoms (OR 1.9, CI 1.1-3.6). Lung or heart disease, depression and arthritis significantly affected the long-term health status of Q-fever patients. Conclusions Q-fever patients presented 12 to 26 months after the onset of illness severe -clinically relevant- subjective symptoms, functional impairment and impaired QoL. All measured sub-domains of the health status were impaired. Hospitalisation and co-morbidity were

  13. Long-term follow-up of occlusion of the central retinal vein in young adults.

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    Priluck, I A; Robertson, D M; Hollenhorst, R W

    1980-08-01

    We did a long-term follow-up study of 42 patients aged 40 years and younger who had occlusion of the central retinal vein in order to learn its course and determine the frequency of related systemic disorders. Two groups of venous occlusion (complete and incomplete) were delineated by initial ocular findings. Final visual prognosis could not be predicted by the severity of the venous occlusion at the time of diagnosis. The presence of anomalous disk vessels closely correlated with a favorable prognosis in patients who had complete occlusion of the central retinal vein. None of the patients with incomplete central vein occlusion developed neovascular glucoma; three (14%) of the 21 patients with complete venous occlusion developed neovascular glucoma, which resulted in enucleation. Significant associated systemic maladies included cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. An apparent correlation exists between occlusion of the central retinal vein and early death.

  14. [Neurotological long-term follow-up in Minamata disease in Niigata, Japan].

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    Mizukoshi, Kanemasa; Watanabe, Yukio; Shojaku, Hideo; Aso, Shin; Asai, Masatsugu; Inukai, Kenya; Takahashi, Sugata

    2002-03-01

    To determine the long-term influence of organic mercurial intoxication on audiological and equilibrium findings, we followed up 36 patients neurotologically during 1980-1987 and 1991-2000 at Kido Hospital in Niigata. Typical findings were as follows: 1. In pure-tone audiometry, 24 of 72 ears (33%) showed slight hearing deterioration and 3 (4%) showed improvement. 2. Spontaneous nystagmus had disappeared in 5 patients (14%), but appeared in new 13 patients (36%). Positional nystagmus did not improve in any patient, and deteriorated in 11 (31%). 3. In optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) tests, especially in vertical OKN test showing significant deterioration (44%). 4. The caloric nystagmus test showed marked deterioration (47%). Body-equilibrium testing showed slight deterioration in 11 patients (31%) and improvement in 5 (14%). Neurotological findings thus varied widely among patients and we were concluded that these differences were caused both by duration of methyl mercury contamination and by aging factors in patients.

  15. Long-term follow-up after successful treatment of Pythium insidiosum keratitis in Israel.

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    Barequet, Irina S; Lavinsky, Fabio; Rosner, Mordechai

    2013-07-01

    The purpose of this project is to report a case of severe Pythium insidiosum keratitis confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and its long-term cure after therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty. A 24-year-old woman with a history of contact lens wear and exposure to swimming pool water presented with a severe corneal abscess. She was treated with intensive fortified topical antibiotics and natamycin with limited response. Initial cultures suggested the presence of a septate mold, unclearly identified; therefore, both topical and intravenous voriconazole were administered. Despite the above treatment, there was worsening of the clinical picture. PCR assay revealed homology to Pythium insidiosum. Promptly, the patient underwent a large therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty. After five years of follow-up, the graft exhibits neither signs of rejection nor any recurrence of infection. We conclude that prompt identification of Pythium insidiosum keratitis and aggressive treatment by therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty may offer a cure to this disease.

  16. Long-term follow-up of radiation accident patients in Peru: review of two cases.

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    Barriga, L E; Zaharia, M; Pinillos, L; Moscol, A; Heredia, A; Sarria, G; Marquina, J; Barriga, O; Picon, C

    2012-10-01

    Overexposure to radioactive sources used in radiotherapy or industrial radiography may result in severe health consequences. This report assesses the initial clinical status and the medical and psychological long-term follow-up of two radiation accident patients from Peru during the mid-to-late 1990s: one patient exposed to a radiotherapy (60)Co source in Arequipa, the other patient to a (192)Ir source in Yanango. Commonalities and differences are described. The main causes in both accidents were human error and the failure to apply appropriate safety guidelines and standard operating procedures. Education and training of the personnel working with radiation sources are essential to prevent accidents. The experience gained from the medical management of the two patients is valuable for future treatment of such patients.

  17. Transvaginal Aspiration of Ovarian Cysts: Long-Term Follow-up

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    Duke, D.; Colville, J.; Keeling, A.; Broe, D.; Fotheringham, T.; Lee, M.J.

    2006-06-15

    Background and purpose. Transvaginal aspiration of ovarian cysts has been advocated as a viable alternative to surgery in patients who are high-risk surgical candidates. We describe a retrospective study evaluating the results of transvaginal aspirations of benign ovarian cysts in patients at increased surgical risk, focusing on long-term follow-up for recurrence of the cyst and/or development of malignancy. Methods. Twenty-four women with ovarian cysts underwent 34 transvaginal drainages between October 1998 and December 2004. All patients were referred following diagnosis of a persistent ovarian cyst with a benign appearance on ultrasound. All patients were unsuitable candidates for surgery (history of previous pelvic surgery, n = 21; high risk for anesthesia, n = 1; and unsuitable for laparoscopy due to obesity, n = 2). Patients with a history of pregnancy, acute abdominal symptoms, or previous gynecologic malignancy were excluded. A 20G x 20 cm Chiba needle was used for transvaginal aspiration using an endocavity probe (Acuson XP, Mountain View, CA, USA; Siemens Sololine, Erlangen, Germany) and intravenous sedoanalgesia. Cysts were aspirated to dryness. Results. Long-term follow-up of patients was performed and revealed a recurrence rate of 75%. Eighty-three percent of cysts on the left and 42% of those on the right recurred. Nine of 15 (60%) patients with recurrence required further intervention. Two of 9 underwent surgical intervention only, 4 of 9 had repeat transvaginal aspiration(s) performed, and 3 of 9 had a combination of both transvaginal aspiration and surgery. No patient developed ovarian malignancy. Conclusion. Transvaginal cyst aspiration has many advantages including short hospital stay, rapid recovery, excellent patient tolerance, and a low rate of procedure-related complications. Our study demonstrates that ovarian cyst recurrence following transvaginal drainage is a more significant problem than previously documented, especially if the cyst is

  18. [Nonaneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Study of long-term follow-up].

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    Arauz, A; López, M; Cantú, C; Barinagarrementeria, F

    2007-10-01

    Nonaneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) accounts for 15% to 20% of all the cases of SAH. Its prognosis may vary from complete recovery to different and serious complications. We describe a series of cases with nonaneurysmal SAHs, their clinical and tomographic characteristics and causes as well as long term prognosis. 50 patients diagnosed of SAH and two negative brain angiographies for aneurysm were followed-up for an average period of 62 months. The demographic data of importance, vascular risk factors, were recorded. They were evaluated during the acute phase with the Hunt and Hess clinical scale and Fisher topographic scale. The distribution of the hemorrhage was listed as absent, perimesencephalic, focal, ventricular or diffuse. Presence of rebleeding, death and the functional course, measured by the Rankin modified scale, were recorded during the follow-up. According to this scale, Rankin of 0 to 2 was considered as a favorable prognosis. This series represents 8.6 of all the SAH cases in our hospital. In 6 cases (12%), there was a causal relationship between the use of sympathicomimetic drugs and the development of SAH. In 80% of them, it was not possible to document the cause of the hemorrhage, while difference causes )cerebral venous thrombosis in 4 [8%], spontaneous dissection of the vertebral artery in 2 [4%], vasculitis secondary to neurocystecerosis in 2 [4%], cavernous angioma in 1 [2%] and spinal arteriovenous malformation in 1) were found. Rebleeding did not occur in any of the cases and only one patient died. In 45 patients (90%), the final functional prognosis was good (Rankin 0-2). We found no significant differences between the tomographic pattern of the hemorrhage, initial clinical condition and long term prognosis. Our findings show a low frequency of nonaneurysmal SAH in our population and a diversity of causes greater than those reported by other series. The good functional prognosis in these cases was confirmed.

  19. Long-term follow-up of a dental faculty development program.

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    McAndrew, Maureen; Motwaly, Suzanne; Kamens, Tracy Ellen

    2013-06-01

    Many, if not most, dental faculty members have not received formal training to be educators. However, the importance of faculty development programs in improving teaching skills, fostering career development, and reinforcing relationships with colleagues and mentors has increasingly been acknowledged. In 2005, the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) was created to enhance the clinical teaching skills of NYUCD faculty members. As of spring 2009, fifty-nine faculty members had participated in eight separate cohorts. The program consists of five formal group sessions supplemented by readings, reflection papers, and a final project. This study examined the short- and long-term effectiveness of the program. Participants were asked to complete a short pre-program survey to self-assess their teaching abilities and, at the last session, a satisfaction survey. In fall 2011, forty-eight faculty members who completed the program from spring 2005 to fall 2009 and were actively teaching at least one session a week at NYUCD were asked to complete a follow-up survey asking about the long-term value of the program and their academic career progression since program completion. Thirty-three faculty members responded for a response rate of 69 percent. Ninety-seven percent of the respondents indicated they would recommend the program to their colleagues, 94 percent said program participation led to a greater likelihood of conferring with peers about teaching issues,79 percent had increased their teaching responsibilities, and 62 percent said that presenting the final project improved their presentation skills. In addition, the retention rate of those still teaching at the school (81 percent) exceeds national retention rate averages for dental faculty. This follow-up study suggests that participation in the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Program is associated with meaningful professional growth.

  20. Long-term follow-up of vitrectomy in patients with pathologic myopic foveoschisis

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    Zhang, Ting; Zhu, Ying; Jiang, Chun-Hui; Xu, Ge-Zhi

    2017-01-01

    AIM To report the long-term surgical outcomes of pathologic myopic foveoschisis (MF) following vitrectomy. METHODS We performed a retrospective case series analysis of 50 consecutive patients diagnosed with MF who experienced vision loss due to progression of foveoschisis. The 50 patients (67 eyes) were treated in our hospital with vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling from December 2004 to September 2010. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), refractive error, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and routine examination results were analysed. The changes of BCVA, foveal anatomical features on OCT scan, and complications were the main outcome measures. RESULTS The mean follow-up duration was 42±17mo (range 24 to 93mo). BCVA improved significantly postoperatively (0.76±0.65 logMAR) compared with preoperative baselines (1.31±0.78 logMAR, P<0.0001), and in 53 eyes (79%) including 3 lines gain in 44 eyes (66%) at the last follow-up visit. OCT scans showed that central retinal thickness decreased from 580.0±270.0 µm preoperatively (n=67) to 179.7±84.7 µm postoperatively (n=58, P<0.0001). Total resolution of foveoschisis occurred in 41 eyes (61%). Preoperative BCVA correlated well with postoperative BCVA, whereas other factors such as age, axial length, and refractive error were not correlated. The most common complications were cataract and full-thickness macular hole formation in 14 and 9 cases, respectively. CONCLUSION Patients with progressive vision loss due to MF who were treated with vitrectomy with ILM peeling show favourable outcomes. In most eyes, visual acuity and foveal structure remain stable during long-term observation. PMID:28251089

  1. Childhood acromegaly due to X-linked acrogigantism: long term follow-up

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    Gordon, Rebecca J.; Bell, Jennifer; Chung, Wendy K.; David, Raphael; Oberfield, Sharon E.; Wardlaw, Sharon L.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Acromegaly in infancy is extremely rare. We describe a 32 year old woman who presented at 6 months of age with isolated macrocephaly, followed by accelerated linear growth. At 21 months of age, her head circumference was 55 cm (+5.5 SD), height was 97.6 cm (+4.4 SD) and weight was 20.6 kg (+6.2 SD). She had markedly elevated levels of growth hormone (GH) (135 ng/ml), IGF-1 (1540 ng/ml) and prolactin (370 ng/ml). A pituitary macroadenoma was surgically resected. Immunohistochemical staining was positive for GH. Post-operatively, she developed ACTH and TSH deficiency and diabetes insipidus. Methods Long term clinical follow-up and genetic testing with chromosomal microarray analysis. Results Despite GH deficiency, she grew well until 7 ½ years old, with subsequent decline in growth velocity, and received GH therapy for 5 years. Puberty was initiated with estrogen therapy. As an adult, she has no stigmata of acromegaly, with a height of 164.5 cm and non-acromegalic features. IGF-1 has remained in the low normal range. Prolactin has been mildly elevated. Serial MRIs have shown no evidence of tumor recurrence. She receives replacement therapy with hydrocortisone, levothyroxine and DDAVP. Chromosomal microarray analysis revealed that she has X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) due to a de novo duplication of Xq26.3 (516 kb). She recently became pregnant following ovarian stimulation and chorionic villus sampling revealed that she is carrying a male with the same duplication. Conclusion This report provides detailed long term clinical follow-up of a patient with X-LAG syndrome. PMID:27631333

  2. ANMCO Position Paper: long-term follow-up of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism

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    Zonzin, Pietro; Enea, Iolanda; Gulizia, Michele Massimo; Ageno, Walter; Agostoni, Piergiuseppe; Azzarito, Michele; Becattini, Cecilia; Bongarzoni, Amedeo; Bux, Francesca; Casazza, Franco; Corrieri, Nicoletta; D’Alto, Michele; D’Amato, Nicola; D’Armini, Andrea Maria; De Natale, Maria Grazia; Di Minno, Giovanni; Favretto, Giuseppe; Filippi, Lucia; Grazioli, Valentina; Palareti, Gualtiero; Pesavento, Raffaele; Roncon, Loris; Scelsi, Laura; Tufano, Antonella

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis, is the third most common cause of cardiovascular death. The management of the acute phase of VTE has already been described in several guidelines. However, the management of the follow-up (FU) of these patients has been poorly defined. This consensus document, created by the Italian cardiologists, wants to clarify this issue using the currently available evidence in VTE. Clinical and instrumental data acquired during the acute phase of the disease are the cornerstone for planning the FU. Acquired or congenital thrombophilic disorders could be identified in apparently unprovoked VTE during the FU. In other cases, an occult cancer could be discovered after a VTE. The main targets of the post-acute management are to prevent recurrence of VTE and to identify the patients who can develop a chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Knowledge of pathophysiology and therapeutic approaches is fundamental to decide the most appropriate long-term treatment. Moreover, prognostic stratification during the FU should be constantly updated on the basis of the new evidence acquired. Currently, the cornerstone of VTE treatment is represented by both the oral and the parenteral anticoagulation. Novel oral anticoagulants should be an interesting alternative in the long-term treatment. PMID:28751848

  3. Long-term follow-up for Shang Ring male circumcision.

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    Cheng, Yue; Wu, Kerong; Yan, Zejun; Yang, Shuwei; Li, Fang; Su, Xinjun

    2014-01-01

    Shang Ring male circumcision (MC) is a safe surgery with good short-term effects. This retrospective study was performed to investigate the long-term result of patients who had undergone Shang Ring MC. A total of 103 patients who underwent the surgery were recruited in the study. Before and after the surgery, a questionnaire inquiring sexual function and sexual satisfaction was filled up. Face-to-face interview was executed. Physical examination of the external genitals was performed and complications were evaluated. The median follow-up duration was 19.1 months (range from 9 to 28 months). The mean width of penile mucosa was (9.3 ± 2.5) mm. The mean width of scar was (3.7 ± 1.6) mm. No tender pain was found in participants when palpating the penis. No significant or functional complication was observed except of mucosa asymmetry in one case and scar hyperplasia in two cases. The postoperative sexual function did not differ from the preoperative one, although partners showed better satisfaction toward sexual life. Shang Ring MC represents a good long-term cosmetic result with no significant complication or adverse effects on sexual function.

  4. [Syndrome and symptom development in long-term follow-up of schizophrenia].

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    Franzek, E; Beckmann, H

    1991-09-01

    In a five year follow-up study of 57 hospitalized chronic schizophrenics we investigated the development of symptoms and syndromes, taking into account different nosological concepts. We could demonstrate that after a careful methodological training Leonhard's differentiated classification of schizophrenia is highly reliable. Analyses of the long-term course of individual syndromes showed that a dichotomy into positive and negative symptoms does not provide a reliable prognosis. Within the Leonhard classification, however, a remarkable homogeneity was evident with regard to course and outcome of various schizophrenic subtypes. Investigating the biography of the kinships we found further indication of nosologic heterogeneity, particularly between unsystematic (high hereditary loading) and systematic schizophrenias (almost no hereditary loading). However, the strategy of a simple dichotomy into familial/sporadic cases appears to have too many methodological shortcomings. Further, the study showed that, in this cohort, neuroleptic long-term treatment did not decisively influence the development of residual states, with or without residual marked positive symptoms. It is suggested that the Leonhard classification is a promising concept for further psychopathological as well as biological investigations in psychiatry.

  5. Recycling of extracorporeally irradiated autograft for malignant bone tumors: long-term follow-up.

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    Kotb, Samir Z; Mostafa, Mohamed F

    2013-11-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the long-term oncological and functional outcomes. Forty-two patients (29 men and 13 women) with primary malignant bone tumors were included in this study. The procedure consisted of wide en bloc resection, clearing the extraosseous soft tissue and medullary content, extracorporeal irradiation with a single dose of 50 Gy using linear accelerator, and reimplantation using suitable fixation devices. The mean survivor follow-up was 54 months (24-174 months). There were 32 (76.2%) patients continuously disease free, 7 (16.7%) died of disease, and 3 (7.1%) alive with disease. Local recurrence was encountered in 4 (9.5%) patients. Nonunion occurred at 3 (6.4%) osteotomy sites. Deep infection developed in 4 (9.5%) cases. There were 13 patients rated excellent, 17 good, 10 fair, and 2 failures according to the Mankin scoring system. The mean ratings of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society score and the Toronto Extremity Salvage Score were 77 and 81, respectively. The long-term oncological and functional results are encouraging and suggest that extracorporeal irradiation and reimplantation can be a long-lasting biological reconstructive technique in properly selected patients.

  6. Long-term follow-up after curative surgery for early gastric lymphoma.

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    Bartlett, D L; Karpeh, M S; Filippa, D A; Brennan, M F

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to examine the long-term survival of a homogenous group of patients with stage IE or IIE-1 gastric lymphoma after complete surgical resection. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The management of gastric lymphoma remains controversial. Enthusiasm for multimodality approaches for gastric lymphoma has lead to the current trend of using chemotherapy as primary treatment, thus avoiding gastric resection. Surgery, however, may result in improved long-term survival rates. METHODS: The records of all patients with the diagnosis of gastric lymphoma from 1980 to 1991 were reviewed retrospectively. Of 106 patients examined, 34 underwent curative resection and regional lymphadenectomy for pathologically staged IE or IIE-1 (pN1) gastric lymphoma. Fifteen patients underwent surgery alone, whereas 19 also received postoperative adjuvant therapy. RESULTS: The median follow-up time was 74 months. The 10-year actuarial disease-free survival was 91% for stage IE disease (n = 23) and 82% for stage IIE-1 disease (n = 11). There were no operative deaths and a 26% morbidity rate. No difference in survival was found for those treated with adjuvant therapy. CONCLUSIONS: The results compare favorably to those reported with the use of primary chemotherapy and radiation therapy and suggest that surgery remains the best frontline therapy for early gastric lymphoma. PMID:8554419

  7. Long-term follow-up of chronic spinal cord stimulation for medically intractable orthostatic tremor.

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    Blahak, Christian; Sauer, Tamara; Baezner, Hansjoerg; Wolf, Marc E; Saryyeva, Assel; Schrader, Christoph; Capelle, Hans-Holger; Hennerici, Michael G; Krauss, Joachim K

    2016-11-01

    Orthostatic tremor (OT) is a rare form of tremor occurring in the legs when standing upright. Medical treatment frequently is unsatisfactory, thus in selected cases, surgical treatment, such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS) or thalamic deep brain stimulation has been proposed. We report the long-term results (follow-up (FU) 34-133 months) of SCS in four patients with medically intractable OT. Outcome was assessed by recording the time tolerated to stand still pre- and post-operatively and by a patient self-rating (PSR) scale (0 = poor to 6 = excellent). Furthermore, surface electromyography (EMG) recordings of different leg muscles were performed to estimate tremor activity with and without SCS post-operatively. With chronic SCS, all four patients showed an improvement of unsteadiness occurring in the presence of stimulation-induced paraesthesia of the legs. The mean standing time improved from 51 s (SD 47 s, range 4-120 s) pre-operatively to 220 s (SD 184 s, range 10-480 s) with SCS at last available FU. Tremor activity in the EMG of the anterior tibial muscle was reduced by 30-60 % with SCS compared with off SCS. PSR score was 4 or 5 in three patients and 3 in the other. In conclusion, SCS is an effective long-term treatment option in patients with otherwise intractable OT.

  8. Long-term follow-up after combined fissurectomy and Botox injection for chronic anal fissures.

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    Scholz, Th; Hetzer, F H; Dindo, D; Demartines, N; Clavien, P A; Hahnloser, D

    2007-09-01

    Chronic anal fissures are difficult to treat. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the outcome of combined fissurectomy and injection of botulinum toxin Type A (BT). Between January 2001 and August 2004, 40 patients (21 women), median age 37 years (range 18 to 57), underwent fissurectomy and BT injection. Fissurectomy was performed followed by injection of 10 U of BT into the internal anal sphincter on both sides of the fissure. All patients were clinically checked 6 weeks after the operation. At 1 year, patients were sent a detailed questionnaire regarding symptoms, recurrence and further treatment for evaluation of long-term results. At 6 weeks, 38 patients (95%) were free of symptoms. No adverse effects were detected. The response rate of questionnaires was 93%; the median follow-up was 1 year (range 0.9 to 1.6). In the long-term, a recurrence was found in four patients. These patients were treated successfully with repeated fissurectomy and BT injections and salvage procedures, respectively. Overall, the success rate of combined fissurectomy and BT injection was 79%. Combined fissurectomy and Botox injection for chronic anal fissure is an excellent and safe procedure with low morbidity and a high healing rate.

  9. Long-term follow-up after gene therapy for canavan disease.

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    Leone, Paola; Shera, David; McPhee, Scott W J; Francis, Jeremy S; Kolodny, Edwin H; Bilaniuk, Larissa T; Wang, Dah-Jyuu; Assadi, Mitra; Goldfarb, Olga; Goldman, H Warren; Freese, Andrew; Young, Deborah; During, Matthew J; Samulski, R Jude; Janson, Christopher G

    2012-12-19

    Canavan disease is a hereditary leukodystrophy caused by mutations in the aspartoacylase gene (ASPA), leading to loss of enzyme activity and increased concentrations of the substrate N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) in the brain. Accumulation of NAA results in spongiform degeneration of white matter and severe impairment of psychomotor development. The goal of this prospective cohort study was to assess long-term safety and preliminary efficacy measures after gene therapy with an adeno-associated viral vector carrying the ASPA gene (AAV2-ASPA). Using noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging and standardized clinical rating scales, we observed Canavan disease in 28 patients, with a subset of 13 patients being treated with AAV2-ASPA. Each patient received 9 × 10(11) vector genomes via intraparenchymal delivery at six brain infusion sites. Safety data collected over a minimum 5-year follow-up period showed a lack of long-term adverse events related to the AAV2 vector. Posttreatment effects were analyzed using a generalized linear mixed model, which showed changes in predefined surrogate markers of disease progression and clinical assessment subscores. AAV2-ASPA gene therapy resulted in a decrease in elevated NAA in the brain and slowed progression of brain atrophy, with some improvement in seizure frequency and with stabilization of overall clinical status.

  10. Long-term importance of fundamental motor skills: a 20-year follow-up study.

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    Lloyd, Meghann; Saunders, Travis J; Bremer, Emily; Tremblay, Mark S

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential long-term association of motor skill proficiency at 6 years of age and self-reported physical activity (PA) at age 26. Direct motor performance data were collected in 1991 with a follow-up study occurring in 1996, and then indirect questionnaires (self-report) administered in 2001 and 2011. In 2011, 17 participants who were identified as either having high motor proficiency (HMP) or low motor proficiency (LMP) in 1991 completed a series of 4 questionnaires. Analyses were conducted to determine whether there were differences between groups for motor skill proficiency, PA, or sedentary behavior, and whether these outcomes were related across ages. Motor skill proficiency at age 6 was related to self-reported proficiency at age 16 (r = .77, p = .006), and self-reported proficiency between 16 and 26 years (r = .85, p = .001). Motor skill proficiency at age 6 was positively associated with leisure time PA at age 26 in females and participants in the HMP group. The results may provide preliminary evidence about the importance of how early motor skill proficiency relates to long-term PA. More research with larger sample sizes is needed to investigate the importance of motor skills over time.

  11. Manipulation under anaesthesia post total knee replacement: long term follow up.

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    Yeoh, David; Nicolaou, Nick; Goddard, Richard; Willmott, Henry; Miles, Kim; East, Debra; Hinves, Barry; Shepperd, John; Butler-Manuel, Adrian

    2012-08-01

    A reduced range of motion post total knee replacement (TKR) is a recognised problem. Manipulation under anaesthesia (MUA) is commonly performed in the stiff post-operative TKR. Long-term results are variable in the literature. We retrospectively reviewed, prospectively collected data on 48 patients followed up since 1996 from one centre, over an average of 7.5 years, (range 1 to 10 years) and report on the long-term results. During the study period 2.3% of TKRs underwent MUA. The mean time to MUA post TKR was 12.3 weeks (range 3 to 48). Pre MUA, the mean flexion was 53°. The mean immediate passive flexion post MUA was 97°, an improvement of 44° (Range 10° to 90°, p<0.05). By 1year, the mean flexion was 87°, an improvement of 34°, (range -15° to 70°, p<0.05). At 10 years the mean flexion was 86°, (range 55° to 100°, p<0.05). We found no difference in the gain in range of motion (ROM) between knees manipulated before or after 12 weeks. Additionally, the gain was no different in stiff knees with a pre TKR ROM <90°, compared to a pre TKR ROM >90°. There were no complications as a result of MUA. However, one patient was eventually revised at 2 years secondary to low grade infection. Our findings show that MUA is a safe and effective method at improving the ROM in a stiff post-operative TKR. The improvement is maintained in the long term irrespective of time to MUA and range of motion pre TKR.

  12. Long term follow up of radiosynovectomy with yttrium-90 silicate in haemophilic haemarthrosis.

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    van Kasteren, M E; Nováková, I R; Boerbooms, A M; Lemmens, J A

    1993-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--The aim of this study was to evaluate the long term effect of radiation synovectomy with yttrium-90 silicate in haemophiliac patients with recurrent haemarthrosis. METHODS--The bleeding frequency and the mobility of the joint were recorded in 16 joints of 14 patients 1 year before radiosynovectomy and during follow up, which ranged from 3 to 6 years. Patients evaluated the effect of their own treatment by completing a questionnaire. Radiographs of the joints were scored by an independent radiologist before treatment. RESULTS--A satisfactory reduction of the frequency of haemorrhage was achieved in 94% of joints during the first year after treatment and was maintained in 63% until the end of the follow up period. In general there was no decrease in mobility attributable to radiosynovectomy, and the patients' own evaluations agreed with the evaluations based on the frequencies of haemarthrosis in 75%. Patients who had only minor, or no, radiological abnormalities of the joints before treatment showed the best results. One patient developed synovitis as a complication of the radiosynovectomy. CONCLUSION--Radiosynovectomy is an effective and safe treatment for recurrent haemarthrosis in haemophiliac patients, especially in those who have joints with no or minor radiological damage. PMID:8346985

  13. Efficacy of transconjunctival excision of orbital fat prolapse: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Siban, Michael; Weijtens, Olga; van den Bosch, Willem; Paridaens, Dion

    2014-05-01

    To describe the long-term efficacy of transconjunctival excision of subconjunctival orbital fat prolapse. Retrospective study of consecutive cases of orbital fat prolapse treated with transconjunctival resection between December 2002 and December 2011. Thirty-two eyes of 23 patients (19 males and four females) were included. The lesion was unilateral in 14 and bilateral in nine cases. It was located superotemporally in a majority of cases. Excision was performed by opening the conjunctiva and excising the prolapsing orbital fat. The conjunctival wound was closed with 1-2 interrupted sutures. With an average follow-up of 29 months (range 4-108), a recurrence was seen in three cases. The average time to recurrence was 46 months (range 40-52 months). Transconjunctival excision is a simple, safe and effective primary surgical procedure to treat subconjunctival fat prolapse. In our series, the recurrence rate was 9%, but no additional surgery was required. As the average time to recurrence was longer than our average follow-up, more patients may develop a recurrence in future. © 2013 The Authors. Acta Ophthalmologica © 2013 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation.

  14. [Swedish National Guidelines for long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors].

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    Jarfelt, Marianne

    2016-10-06

    Swedish National Guidelines for long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors The prognosis of childhood cancer has improved during the last 30-40 years. Today, the five year survival is in excess of 80%. Therefore the number of childhood cancer survivors is increasing. Today, there are approximately 9,000 childhood cancer survivors in Sweden. Unfortunately, the number of late complications after childhood cancer increases with follow-up time. Thirty years after cancer treatment 60-80% of the survivors will have at least one late complication. In a common effort between national representatives of paediatric and adult oncology in Sweden as well as the specialties mostly involved in controls and care of late complications, the pre-existing recommendations from the national paediatric oncology late effect group (SALUB) were updated and adapted to serve as a nation-wide guideline for health care authorities when planning the screening and care of former childhood cancer patients. After a cycle of referral to the national societies of the specialties and presumed user organizations and a second cycle of referrals to health care authorities around Sweden, the guidelines were approved by all six Swedish Regional Cancer Centers in May, 2016. For most caregivers the implementation is expected to take place from the autumn 2016 and onwards.

  15. Long-term follow-up in toxic solitary autonomous thyroid nodules treated with radioactive iodine

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    Huysmans, D.A.; Corstens, F.H.; Kloppenborg, P.W. )

    1991-01-01

    The long-term effects of radioiodine treatment on thyroid function in patients with a toxic solitary autonomous thyroid nodule were evaluated. Fifty-two patients received a therapeutic dose of 20 mCi of iodine-131 ({sup 131}I). Duration of follow-up was 10 +/- 4 yr. Follow-up data included a biochemical evaluation of thyroid function. The failure rate (recurrent hyperthyroidism) was 2%. The incidence of hypothyroidism was 6% and was not related to the dose per gram of nodular tissue. Oral administration of 20 mCi of radioiodine is a simple and highly effective method for the treatment of patients with a toxic autonomous thyroid nodule. The risk of development of hypothyroidism is low if extranodular uptake of {sup 131}I is prevented. This can be achieved by not treating euthyroid patients, by no longer using injections of exogenous thyroid stimulating hormone in the diagnostic work-up of the patients and by always performing radioiodine imaging shortly before treatment.

  16. Frequency and long-term follow-up of trapped fourth ventricle following neonatal posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus.

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    Pomeraniec, I Jonathan; Ksendzovsky, Alexander; Ellis, Scott; Roberts, Sarah E; Jane, John A

    2016-05-01

    OBJECTIVE Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is a common complication of premature neonates with small birth weight, which often leads to hydrocephalus and treatment with ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting procedures. Trapped fourth ventricle (TFV) can be a devastating consequence of the subsequent occlusion of the cerebral aqueduct and foramina of Luschka and Magendie. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed 8 consecutive cases involving pediatric patients with TFV following VP shunting for IVH due to prematurity between 2003 and 2012. The patients ranged in gestational age from 23.0 to 32.0 weeks, with an average age at first shunting procedure of 6.1 weeks (range 3.1-12.7 weeks). Three patients were managed with surgery. Patients received long-term radiographic (mean 7.1 years; range 3.4-12.2 years) and clinical (mean 7.8 years; range 4.6-12.2 years) follow-up. RESULTS The frequency of TFV following VP shunting for neonatal posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus was found to be 15.4%. Three (37.5%) patients presented with symptoms of posterior fossa compression and were treated surgically. All of these patients showed signs of radiographic improvement with stable or improved clinical examinations during postoperative follow-up. Of the 5 patients treated conservatively, 80% experienced stable ventricular size and 1 patient experienced a slight increase (3 mm) on imaging. All of the nonsurgical patients showed stable to improved clinical examinations over the follow-up period. CONCLUSIONS The frequency of TFV among premature IVH patients is relatively high. Most patients with TFV are asymptomatic at presentation and can be managed without surgery. Symptomatic patients may be treated surgically for decompression of the fourth ventricle.

  17. Clinical and Radiographic Changes After Percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy: A Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Lee, Sang-Ho

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Objective: Results following anterior cervical discectomy (ACD) without fusion are not well reported because of skepticism that the disturbed cervical spine anatomy after ACD might compromise clinical outcome. The purpose of this study was to determine whether ACD without fusion prompts the degenerative process significantly, and whether it is necessary to preserve disc height and cervical alignment for the sake of better clinical outcome following cervical spine surgery. Background data: Out of 56 consecutive patients, 37 patients who replied and consequently underwent postoperative MRI from April to June 2009 were included in this study. Material and methods: A total of 37 consecutive patients diagnosed as having cervical monoradiculopathy and treated with percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy (PECD) were investigated. Angle of cervical lordosis, change in cervical range of motion, disc height change, and degree of degenerative changes at the corresponding level were evaluated. The visual analogue scale (VAS) score for neck and arm pain and the neck disability index (NDI) were compared preoperatively and at the final follow-up. The mean follow-up period was 45.5 months. Results: Despite prompted radiological deterioration such as loss of disc height (the posterior disc heights and central disc height ratio were significantly decreased from 3.6 to 2.6 mm, from 30.3% to 24.5%, respectively, p<0.05) or degenerative progression (from average grade of 2.8 to 4.1, p<0.05), the patients achieved significant improvement in clinical outcomes (VAS for neck and arm dropped from mean 6.3 and 7.5 to 2.7 and 2.6, respectively, and NDI score improved from 46.8% to 17.2%, p<0.05) after PECD. Conclusions: Neither loss of disc height nor progression of degeneration at disc space compromised clinical outcome after PECD without fusion on long-term follow-up. PMID:25393058

  18. Long-term virological follow up of patients with occult hepatitis C virus infection.

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    Castillo, Inmaculada; Bartolomé, Javier; Quiroga, Juan A; Barril, Guillermina; Carreño, Vicente

    2011-11-01

    Patients with occult hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (HCV-RNA in liver without detectable anti-HCV and serum HCV-RNA) may have viral RNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and in serum after ultracentrifugation, and may present HCV-specific T-cell responses, but it is unknown whether these markers persist to be detectable over time. To perform a prospective virological long-term follow up of patients with occult HCV. Viral markers were tested every 3-4 months during 55.7 ± 20.3 months in 37 patients with occult HCV who were under ursodeoxycholic acid treatment. Viral RNA was detectable in PBMCs of 31 patients during the follow up. In 23 of them, viral RNA in PBMCs was detected intermittently and in the other eight patients HCV-RNA was positive in a single sample. After ultracentrifugation, serum HCV-RNA was detected in 33 patients, being the viraemia intermittently detectable in 28, whereas in the remaining five patients, serum HCV-RNA was positive only once. Only one patient tested always HCV-RNA negative in PBMCs and in ultracentrifuged serum during follow up. Specific Core, NS3, and/or NS4 T-cell responses were found in 31 of the patients. The patient who was always HCV-RNA negative in PBMCs and in ultracentrifuged serum had specific HCV-T-cell responses. Occult HCV infection persists over time with fluctuating viraemia levels that induce and maintain specific T-cell responses against viral proteins. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  19. Long-term Follow-up After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation for Severe Aortic Stenosis.

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    Salinas, Pablo; Moreno, Raúl; Calvo, Luis; Sánchez-Recalde, Ángel; Jiménez-Valero, Santiago; Galeote, Guillermo; López-Fernández, Teresa; Ramírez, Ulises; Riera, Luis; Plaza, Ignacio; Moreno, Isidro; Mesa, José María; López-Sendón, José Luis

    2016-01-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is used as an alternative to surgical valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered high-surgical-risk or inoperable. Two of the main areas of uncertainty in this field are valve durability and long-term survival. This prospective single-center registry study from a tertiary hospital included all consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous aortic valve implantation between 2008 and 2012. Clinical follow-up lasted a minimum of 2.5 years and a maximum of 6.5 years. Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 definitions were used. Seventy-nine patients were included, with an immediate success rate of 94.9%. The median survival was 47.6 months (95% confidence intervals, 37.4-57.9 months), ie, 4 years. One quarter of deaths occurred in the first month, and most were of cardiovascular cause. After the first month, most deaths were due to noncardiovascular causes. The mean values of valve gradients did not increase during follow-up. The cumulative rate of prosthetic valve dysfunction was 15.3%, with no cases of repeat valve replacement. Half of the patients with aortic stenosis who underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation were alive 4 years after the procedure. There was a 15.3% prosthetic valve dysfunction rate in cumulative follow-up, with no cases of repeat valve replacement. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  20. Long-term trajectories of back pain: cohort study with 7-year follow-up

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    Dunn, Kate M; Campbell, Paul; Jordan, Kelvin P

    2013-01-01

    Objective To describe long-term trajectories of back pain. Design Monthly data collection for 6 months at 7-year follow-up of participants in a prospective cohort study. Setting Primary care practices in Staffordshire, UK. Participants 228 people consulting their general practitioners with back pain, on whom information on 6-month back pain trajectories had been collected during 2001–2003, and who had valid consent and contact details in 2009–2010, were contacted. 155 participants (68% of those contacted) responded and provided sufficient data for primary analyses. Outcome measures Trajectories based on patients’ self-reports of back pain were identified using longitudinal latent class analysis. Trajectories were characterised using information on disability, psychological status and presence of other symptoms. Results Four clusters with different back pain trajectories at follow-up were identified: (1) no or occasional pain, (2) persistent mild pain, (3) fluctuating pain and (4) persistent severe pain. Trajectory clusters differed significantly from each other in terms of disability, psychological status and other symptoms. Most participants remained in a similar trajectory as 7 years previously (weighted κ 0.54; 95% CI 0.42 to 0.65). Conclusions Most people with back pain appear to follow a particular pain trajectory over long time periods, and do not have frequently recurring or widely fluctuating patterns. The results are limited by lack of information about the time between data collection periods and by loss to follow-up. However, findings do raise questions about standard divisions into acute and chronic back pain. A new framework for understanding the course of back pain is proposed. PMID:24334157

  1. Treatment of type II endoleak using Onyx with long-term imaging follow-up.

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    Khaja, Minhaj S; Park, Auh Whan; Swee, Warren; Evans, Avery J; Fritz Angle, J; Turba, Ulku C; Sabri, Saher S; Matsumoto, Alan H

    2014-06-01

    The purpose of our study is to report our experience with the use of an ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx) in an off-label fashion for the treatment of type II endoleak after endovascular repair of the thoracic (TEVAR) and abdominal (EVAR) aorta. A retrospective review of patients with type I and/or II endoleak treated with Onyx was performed. Data regarding the technical, clinical, and imaging outcomes were collected. Technical success was defined as decreased or eliminated endoleak on the first imaging follow-up. Clinical success was defined as unchanged or decreased aneurysm sac size on subsequent follow-up. Eighteen patients (15 male, 3 female) with a mean age of 79 years (range 69-92) met inclusion criteria (16 abdominal aortic aneurysm, 2 thoracic aortic aneurysm). Sixteen patients had type II endoleak, and 2 had complex type II endoleak with a type I component. The interval between endograft placement and treatment was a mean of 30 months. Direct sac treatment approach was used in 13 patients; transarterial approach was used in 3 patients. Seven patients required the use of coils, N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue, or Amplatzer vascular plugs. The average volume of Onyx used per treatment was 5.6 mL (range 2.5-13). Duration of imaging follow-up was 0.75-72.5 months (mean 32.8). Sixteen of 18 (88.9 %) patients had initial technical and clinical success. Two of 18 patients (11.1 %) were initial technical failures, and 1 remained a failure despite a second treatment and attempted surgical ligation. Eight of 18 (44.4 %) of patients eventually required a second intervention, 5 (27.8 %) of them due to delayed clinical failure. Complications included 1 psoas hematoma, 1 transient L2 nerve paresis, and 1 intraperitoneal Onyx leak; all of these were without clinical sequelae. Onyx with or without coil/glue/Amplatzer plug embolization is safe and useful in the treatment of type II endoleak after TEVAR and EVAR. However, long-term clinical and imaging follow-up is needed

  2. Renal Transplant in the Abnormal Bladder: Long-Term Follow-Up.

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    Salman, Baher; Hassan, Ahmed; Sultan, Sultan; Tophill, Paul; Halawa, Ahmed

    2017-07-31

    Normal urinary bladder stores urine at low pressure, does not leak, and completely empties by natural voiding. An abnormal bladder may be due to neurologic or urologic disorders that render the bladder of small capacity, of high storage pressure, or of poor compliance. The aim of this study was to determine the long-term outcomes of renal transplant in patients with abnormal bladders. We retrospectively compared 30 transplanted kidneys in 25 patients with abnormal bladders with a control group comprising 30 grafts transplanted simultaneously during the same period of time (1990-2014) in 30 patients without bladder abnormality. Patient demographics, graft function, survival, and postoperative complications were compared. Patients with abnormal bladders received transplants at a younger age than the control group (32 ± 17 vs 47 ± 12 y; P <. 001). Graft survival was not significantly different between the study and the control groups at 1 (90% vs 97%; P = .30), 3 (88% vs 91%; P = .67), and 5 years (82% vs 87%; P = .68). On long-term follow-up (20 years), 19 grafts (63%) were functioning in the study group compared with 25 grafts (83%) in the control group, suggesting inferior survival in those with an abnormal bladder after the first 10 years of transplant. In the abnormal bladder group, there was higher incidence of urologic complications (93% vs 50%; P<.001). Despite the earlier age at transplant, the previous urologic operations, and the high incidence of urinary tract infection after renal transplant, graft survival and functions after renal transplant were not significantly different between patients with abnormal and normal bladders over at least the first 10 years. Therefore, it is safe to transplant into abnormal bladders once they have been assessed, reconstructed if necessary, and managed appropriately.

  3. Long-term follow-up on Cushing disease patient after transsphenoidal surgery.

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    Jeong, Insook; Oh, Moonyeon; Kim, Ja Hye; Cho, Ja Hyang; Choi, Jin-Ho; Yoo, Han-Wook

    2014-09-01

    Cushing disease is caused by excessive adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) production by the pituitary adenoma. Transsphenoidal surgery is its first-line treatment. The incidence of Cushing disease in children and adolescents is so rare that long-term prognoses have yet to be made in most cases. We followed-up on a 16-year-old male Cushing disease patient who presented with rapid weight gain and growth retardation. The laboratory findings showed increased 24-hour urine free cortisol and lack of overnight cortisol suppression by low-dose dexamethasone test. The serum cortisol and 24-hour urine free cortisol, by high-dose dexamethasone test, also showed a lack of suppression, and a bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling suggested lateralization of ACTH secretion from the right-side pituitary gland. However, after a right hemihypophysectomy by the transsphenoidal approach, the 24-hour urine free cortisol levels were persistently high. Thus the patient underwent a total hypophysectomy, since which time he has been treated with hydrocortisone, levothyroxine, recombinant human growth hormone, and testosterone enanthate. Intravenous bisphosphonate for osteoporosis had been administered for three years. At his current age of 26 years, his final height had attained the target level range; his bone mineral density was normal, and his pubic hair was Tanner stage 4. This report describes the long-term treatment course of a Cushing disease patient according to growth profile, pubertal status, and responses to hormone replacement therapy. The clinical results serve to emphasize the importance of growth optimization, puberty, and bone health in the treatment management of Cushing disease patients who have undergone transsphenoidal surgery.

  4. Long-term follow-up after liver transplantation in Egyptians transplanted abroad.

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    Khalaf, Hatem; Farag, Sherif; El-Hussainy, Ehab

    2004-12-01

    To study the long-term outcome after liver transplantation (LT) in Egyptian patients who underwent LT outside Egypt. Between May 1993 and February 2004, over 150 Egyptians underwent LT outside Egypt. Data of 67 recipients were collected in Egypt through personal communications with the Overseas Liver Transplant Centers and through the records of the Egyptian Liver Transplant Association. Most patients underwent LT in Europe (73.1%), few in the United State of America (17.9%) and in Japan (9%). Sixty-one patients underwent cadaveric LT and the remaining 6 patients underwent living related liver transplantation (LDLT). The male to female ratio was 58:9. Median age was 45 (3-63 years). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) cirrhosis whether alone or mixed with schistosomiasis was the main indication for LT. Out of those 67 recipients, 52 (77.6%) survived after a median follow-up period of 4.6 years (rang 1-10.5 years). Deaths were due to primary non-function in 3 patients, postoperative bleeding in one patient, recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 10 patients, and chronic rejection in one patient. Egyptians underwent LT abroad showed a good long-term outcome. Due to the high prevalence of HCV, we expect a growing need for LT in Egypt. Although LDLT has been introduced recently in Egypt, cadaveric liver donation is still not legalized by the government. Efforts should be directed to expanding LDLT, legalizing cadaveric LT and also to the prevention and control of HCV infection in Egypt in order to avoid its devastating effect on the society as well as its enormous negative impact on Egypt's economy and future development.

  5. Long-term cognitive follow-up of Parkinson's disease patients with impulse control disorders.

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    Siri, Chiara; Cilia, Roberto; Reali, Elisa; Pozzi, Beatrice; Cereda, Emanuele; Colombo, Aurora; Meucci, Nicoletta; Canesi, Margherita; Zecchinelli, Anna L; Tesei, Silvana; Mariani, Claudio B; Sacilotto, Giorgio; Zini, Michela; Pezzoli, Gianni

    2015-04-15

    This study investigated cognitive functions in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with impulse control disorders (ICDs) and aimed to identify possible predictors of behavioral outcome. In this longitudinal cohort study, 40 PD outpatients with ICDs and 40 without, were matched for sex, age at PD onset, age and disease duration at cognitive assessment. All patients had two neuropsychological assessments at least 2 years apart (mean, 3.5 years). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors of ICDs remission at follow-up. The PD patients with and without ICDs had overall comparable cognitive performance at baseline. When evaluating changes between baseline and follow-up, we found significant group × time interactions in several frontal lobe-related tests, with the ICDs group showing a less pronounced worsening over time. ICDs remission was associated with better performance at baseline in working memory-related tasks, such as digit span (odds ratio [OR] = 2.69 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.09-6.66]) and attentive matrices (OR=1.19 [95%CI, 1.03-1.37]). ICDs remitters and non-remitters had no remarkable differences in baseline PD-related features and therapy management strategies (including the extent of dopamine agonist dose reduction). In conclusion, ICDs in PD patients are not related to greater cognitive impairment or executive dysfunction, but rather show relatively lower cognitive decline over time. The impaired top-down inhibitory control characterizing ICDs is likely attributable to a drug-induced overstimulation of relatively preserved prefrontal cognitive functions. Full behavioral remission in the long term was predicted by better working memory abilities. © 2015 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. © 2015 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

  6. Long-term follow-up of the outcome of supracervical versus total abdominal hysterectomy.

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    Ala-Nissilä, Seija; Haarala, Mervi; Järvenpää, Tuija; Mäkinen, Juha

    2017-02-01

    Hysterectomy for benign indications can be performed either as a supracervical or a total procedure. It is controversial whether removing the cervix is beneficial or not. This study aimed at comparing long-term outcomes after supracervical (n = 107) and total (n = 105) abdominal hysterectomy. Two prospective questionnaire-based studies were conducted among the original 212 patients operated on between February 1978 and May 1979 at Turku University Hospital, Finland. In the first study in 1997, a nonvalidated questionnaire was mailed to 193 patients to inquire about any postoperative symptoms. In the second study in 2011, a validated questionnaire and an invitation to a follow-up visit were sent to 153 women. During the visit, pelvic support was assessed using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification system. Additionally, hospital records were reviewed to identify any gynecological operations at both evaluation times. In the first evaluation, the response rate was 94 %, and in the second, the rate was 62 %. Objective evaluation was possible in 75 women in 2011, 37 in the supracervical group and 38 in the total hysterectomy group. There were no significant differences in the rates of subjective urinary and sexual symptoms or subsequent operations for urinary incontinence and genital prolapse between women in the supracervical group and women in the total hysterectomy group. Four patients in the supracervical group required a re-operation: three for a prolapsed cervical stump and one for a cervical abscess. Supracervical and total hysterectomies resulted in similar postoperative outcomes regarding subjective symptoms and subsequent gynecological operations during a follow-up of 33 years. ClinicalTrials.gov ( www.clinicaltrials.gov ): NCT02166749.

  7. Tai Chi for treating knee osteoarthritis: Designing a long-term follow up randomized controlled trial

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    Wang, Chenchen; Schmid, Christopher H; Hibberd, Patricia L; Kalish, Robert; Roubenoff, Ronenn; Rones, Ramel; Okparavero, Aghogho; McAlindon, Timothy

    2008-01-01

    Background Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) is a major cause of pain and functional impairment among elders. Currently, there are neither feasible preventive intervention strategies nor effective medical remedies for the management of KOA. Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that is reported to enhance muscle function, balance and flexibility, and to reduce pain, depression and anxiety, may safely and effectively be used to treat KOA. However, current evidence is inconclusive. Our study examines the effects of a 12-week Tai Chi program compared with an attention control (wellness education and stretching) on pain, functional capacity, psychosocial variables, joint proprioception and health status in elderly people with KOA. The study will be completed by July 2009. Methods/Design Forty eligible patients, age > 55 yr, BMI ≤ 40 kg/m2 with tibiofemoral osteoarthritis (American College of Rheumatology criteria) are identified and randomly allocated to either Tai Chi (10 modified forms from classical Yang style Tai Chi) or attention control (wellness education and stretching). The 60-minute intervention sessions take place twice weekly for 12 weeks. The study is conducted at an urban tertiary medical center in Boston, Massachusetts. The primary outcome measure is the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) pain subscale at 12 weeks. Secondary outcomes include weekly WOMAC pain, function and stiffness scores, patient and physician global assessments, lower-extremity function, knee proprioception, depression, self-efficacy, social support, health-related quality of life, adherence and occurrence of adverse events after 12, 24 and 48 weeks. Discussion In this article, we present the challenges of designing a randomized controlled trial with long-term follow up. The challenges encountered in this design are: strategies for recruitment, avoidance of selection bias, the actual practice of Tai Chi, and the maximization of adherence/follow-up while conducting

  8. Long-term follow-up of penile curvature correction utilizing autologous albugineal crural graft.

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    Da Ros, Carlos Teodósio; Graziottin, Túlio Meyer; Ribeiro, Eduardo; Averbeck, Márcio Augusto

    2012-01-01

    Peyronie 's disease is an acquired connective tissue disorder of the penile tunica albuginea with fibrosis and inflammation. The disease produces palpable plaques, penile curvature and pain during erections. Usually it results in impairment of the quality of life. Our objective is to review the long-term results of the albugineal grafting harvested from the penile crura for the treatment of severe penile curvature. Thirty-three patients with Peyronie 's disease were submitted to a grafting with tunica albuginea from the penile crura for the correction of penile curvature. The results were evaluated after 6 months of the procedure. Variables studied were overall satisfaction with the procedure, correction of the penile curvature, erectile capacity, penile shortening and the presence of surgical complications. Mean follow-up after surgery was 41 months. Complete correction of the curvature was achieved in 30 patients (90%). The mean preoperative curvature was 91.8 degrees and median plaque length was 2 cm (ranged from 1 to 5 cm). Three patients (9%) experienced recurrence of the penile curvature and required a new procedure. In 30 men (90%) the procedure fulfilled their expectations and in 31 patients (93.9%) their opinions were that sexual partners were satisfied with the penile correction. Penile shortening or augmentation was referred in 6 (18.1%) and 1 (3%) patient, respectively. Our series demonstrated that grafting the albugineal defect after incision of the tunica albuginea with tunica from the crus for the correction of penile curvature is safe and results in satisfactory straight erections during along-term follow-up.

  9. Primary aldosteronism: functional histopathology and long-term follow-up after unilateral adrenalectomy.

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    Volpe, Cristina; Hamberger, Bertil; Höög, Anders; Mukai, Kuniaki; Calissendorff, Jan; Wahrenberg, Hans; Zedenius, Jan; Thorén, Marja

    2015-05-01

    To investigate the long-term outcome after unilateral adrenalectomy in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) and to establish the role of functional pathology for the final diagnosis of aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) or hyperplasia. A single-centre, retrospective cohort study in a hospital setting. Consecutive patients with PA, n = 120, who underwent unilateral adrenalectomy between 1985 and 2010. Preoperative and postoperative data were analysed. To indicate the site of aldosterone secretion in the resected adrenal, we added functional methods to routine histopathology, using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry to detect the presence of enzymes needed for aldosterone (CYP11B2) and cortisol (CYP11B1, CYP17A1) synthesis. The median follow-up was 5 years and the cure rate of PA 91%. Hypertension was improved in 97% and normalized in 38%. Functional histopathology changed the final diagnosis from APA to hyperplasia in 6 cases (7%). Five of these had no expression of or staining for aldosterone synthase in the adenoma, but only in nodules in the adjacent cortex. All except one APA patient were cured of PA. They had lower preoperative serum potassium and higher 24-h urinary aldosterone than patients with hyperplasia. Among patients with hyperplasia 16 of 26 were cured. Most patients were cured of PA by unilateral adrenalectomy. Almost all noncured benefitted from the operation as the blood pressure improved. Functional histopathology proved helpful in the distinction between APA and hyperplasia, and we recommend that functional histopathology should be added to routine histopathology to improve the diagnostic evaluation and aid in tailoring the follow-up. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Long-term follow-up in patients with CCFDN syndrome.

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    Walter, Maggie C; Bernert, Günther; Zimmermann, Uta; Müllner-Eidenböck, Andrea; Moser, Elisabeth; Kalaydjieva, Luba; Lochmüller, Hanns; Müller-Felber, Wolfgang

    2014-10-07

    We describe the 10-year follow-up in a cohort of 16 patients with genetically confirmed congenital cataracts, facial dysmorphism, and neuropathy (CCFDN) syndrome, providing new insights in the clinical course of the disease. We performed a detailed clinical and paraclinical characterization and 10-year follow-up study in 16 patients with molecularly defined CCFDN syndrome, illustrating that CCFDN is a severe disabling disorder. All patients initially presented with congenital cataracts along with strabismus, facial dysmorphism, short stature, and demyelinating neuropathy. In all patients, paresis of small hand muscles and foot extensors worsened with disease progression, while ataxia scores remained stable or improved. Nerve conduction velocity was normal in early infancy up to 18 months, decreased to approximately 20 m/s around age 10 years, and then remained stable; distal motor latency was prolonged. Sensory nerve conduction velocities were slowed, and initially of normal amplitude. With disease progression, both sensory and motor nerves showed reduction of amplitudes indicating axonal loss. In 6 patients, acute severe proximal weakness and myalgia after febrile infections, along with rhabdomyolysis, myoglobinuria, and hyperCKemia, led to a less favorable outcome and permanent loss of ambulation in 3 patients. CCFDN should be classified as a recessive demyelinating sensory-motor neuropathy, and axonal loss is a major determinant of long-term outcomes and disability. Patients benefit from early and ongoing physiotherapy, and should be thoroughly counseled regarding virus-triggered rhabdomyolysis and the risk of malignant hyperthermia. Whether supplementation with liposoluble vitamins results in a therapeutic benefit should be evaluated in further studies. © 2014 American Academy of Neurology.

  11. [Treatment strategy in tuberculous spondylitis: long-term follow-up results of 55 patients].

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    Güven, Osman; Bezer, Murat; Aydin, Nuri; Ketenci, Ismail Emre

    2008-01-01

    We evaluated our treatment algorithm used in adult patients with tuberculous spondylitis together with long-term treatment results. The study included 55 adult patients (26 males, 29 females; mean age 50 years; range 23 to 71 years) with tuberculous spondylitis. The patients underwent four different treatment methods including non-operative treatment (NO, 6 patients), posterior debridement, fusion and instrumentation (PDFI, 21 patients), anterior debridement, instrumentation and fusion (ADIF, 21 patients), and finally, urgent radical debridement (RD, 11 patients) due to financial limitations of the patients. All the patients received antituberculous therapy for 12 months. On presentation, 17 patients (30.9%) had neurologic deficits (ADIF, 6 patients; RD, 11 patients). Neurologic assessment was made according to the Frankel grading system. The results were evaluated with respect to kyphosis, sagittal balance, neurologic recovery, and patient satisfaction. The mean follow-up period was 95.3 months (range 66 to 114 months). Radiographically, successful bone fusion was achieved in all the patients. Following treatment, all surgically treated groups exhibited decreases in the kyphotic angle. The mean correction was significantly greater in ADIF (17.5 degrees ) and PDFI (12.1 degrees ) groups compared to the RD group (4.9 degrees ) (p<0.05). Final increases in the kyphotic angle were 0.7 degrees , 1.2 degrees , 1.4 degrees , and 1.6 degrees in NO, PDFI, ADIF, and RD groups, respectively. The mean sagittal deviations in the first postoperative month were +2 mm, +11 mm, +12 mm, and +14 mm in NO, PDFI, ADIF, and RD groups, respectively, which remained unchanged till the end of follow-up. Complete neurologic recovery was obtained in all but one patient. All the patients expressed satisfaction with the treatment. No recurrences or reactivation of disease were observed. This study showed that, with appropriate patient selection, the results of NO, PDFI, and ADIF were

  12. Long-term follow-up of surgical resection of microcystic meningiomas.

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    Kalani, M Yashar S; Cavallo, Claudio; Coons, Stephen W; Lettieri, Salvatore C; Nakaji, Peter; Porter, Randall W; Spetzler, Robert F; Feiz-Erfan, Iman

    2015-04-01

    Microcystic meningioma is a rare tumor with myxoid and microcystic features. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy of surgical resection of microcystic meningioma. Between December 1985 and October 2000 we treated 25 microcystic meningioma patients with surgical resection. We retrospectively analyzed the results including the long-term follow-up of this patient population. We identified 15 women and 10 men with a mean age of 53.8 years (24-76 years) who had microcystic meningiomas treated with surgery. Based on the Simpson grade, we found four Grade I (16%), 16 Grade II (64%), three Grade III (12%) and two Grade IV (8%) resections. The mean preoperative Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) score was 80.3 (range 60-100). The mean postoperative KPS score was 90.4 (range 60-100). At a mean follow-up of 101.7 months (range 16-221) the KPS score improved to a mean of 93.8. The recurrence/progression free survival (RFS/PFS) rates at 3 and 5 years were 96% and 88%, respectively. The 3 and 5 year RFS/PFS rates based on the Simpson grade were evaluated. The 3 year RFS/PFS rates for Grade I, II, III and IV were 100%, 100%, 66.6% and 100%, respectively. The 5 year RFS/PFS rates were 66.6%, 90%, 66.6% and 100%, respectively. Microcystic meningioma is a rare tumor, which is characterized by extracellular microcystic spaces filled by edematous fluid and peritumoral edema. Following surgical resection these tumors have a positive prognosis with a benign course. The surgical outcomes seem to be associated with the risks related to the surgical procedure. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Ferric sulphate and formocresol in pulpotomy of primary molars: long term follow-up study.

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    Ibricevic, H; Al-Jame, Q

    2003-03-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the effects of ferric sulphate (FS) to that of the full strength of formocresol (Buckley's formula) (FC) as pulpotomy agents in primary human molar teeth 42-48 months after treatment. This was to assess the succeeding premolar teeth for decalcification, abnormal morphology or any other defect. Seventy children, ranging in age from 3 to 6 years, mean 4.3 years, were treated for pulpotomy of primary molars. Ferric sulphate 15.5% solution (applied for 15 seconds for 84 teeth) and formocresol solution (5 minutes procedure for next the 80 teeth) were used as pulpotomy agents. In both groups, pulp stumps were covered with zinc oxide eugenol paste. Permanent restorations were, in most cases, stainless steel crowns and in some of them amalgams. Follow-up clinical assessments were every 3 months and the radiographic follow-up time was 6, 20 and 42-48 months after treatment. The differences were statistically analyzed using the Chi square test. These revealed 96.4% clinical success rate in the FS and 97.5% in the FC groups. Radiographic success rate in the FS group was 92.0%, while 94.6% in the FC group. No statistical significant differences were found between the radiographic assessment of the two pulpotomy agents. Ferric sulphate showed similar clinical and radiographic success rate as a pulpotomy agent for primary molar teeth after long term evaluation period, compared with formocresol. Ferric sulphate, because of its lower toxicity, may become a replacement for formocresol in primary molar teeth.

  14. Long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up of children with congenital muscular torticollis.

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    Schertz, Mitchell; Zuk, Luba; Green, Dido

    2013-10-01

    Congenital muscular torticollis is a common condition, but long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up is lacking. This study reports on neurodevelopmental outcome of 68 children, aged 7 to 9 years, with a history of congenital muscular torticollis, excluding children with torticollis due to other conditions. Thirty-eight children were examined for presence of neurodevelopmental disorders. Telephone interview data were available for an additional 30 children. Of those examined, 22/38 (57.9%) had or were at risk for a developmental disorder (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental coordination disorder, language impairment, autistic spectrum disorder) on at least 1 of the assessments administered, 23/38 (60.5%) had received developmental treatment during childhood. One child, based on a telephone interview, had a history of developmental treatment. Therefore, 30/68 (44.1%) children of the total sample demonstrated a developmental delay/disorder, currently (22/68) or previously (8/68). Our findings suggest congenital muscular torticollis to be a significant risk factor for later neurodevelopmental conditions with disorders presenting at different stages of development.

  15. Materials in embolotherapy of high-flow priapism: results and long-term follow-up.

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    Oztürk, Mehmet Halil; Gümüş, Mehmet; Dönmez, Halil; Peynircioğlu, Bora; Onal, Baran; Dinç, Hasan

    2009-09-01

    To review our experience with embolic materials used in the selective arterial embolization of high-flow priapism and present the results of long-term follow-up. Eight patients with traumatic high-flow priapism were reviewed. The patients were evaluated with clinical findings, laboratory examinations, and imaging findings including color Doppler ultrasonography and angiography. Diagnostic angiography demonstrated a connection between the cavernosal artery and the corpus cavernosum. Fistulas were embolized using autologous blood clot, polyvinyl alcohol particles, detachable coils, or acrylic glue. One or more procedures per patient were needed to achieve success. Eleven embolization procedures were performed in eight patients. Immediate resolution of priapism was obtained after the procedures. Three patients (37.5%) had recurrence of priapism in the subsequent 1-3 weeks and required a repeat procedure. After the final procedures, all patients had complete resolution of priapism. Normal recurrence of erectile function was obtained in six of the patients (75%) after the final embolization. Selective arterial embolization is a useful therapeutic option in the management of patients with high-flow priapism. Various materials can be used successfully as embolizing agents in the procedures according to the patient's status.

  16. Balloon mitral valvuloplasty with bifoil catheter: immediate and long-term follow-up results.

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    Rath, P C; Tripathy, M P; Das, N K; Rao, P S; Deb, T; Chandra, K S; Agarwal, S; Dikshit, V; Reddy, B S

    1998-01-01

    This report documents clinical and hemodynamic benefits of balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV) using a bifoil balloon catheter from a single center in 415 consecutive cases of rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS). The procedure was successful in 396 (95.2%) patients, with an increase in mitral valve area (MVA) from 0.82+/-0.35 cm2 to 2.21+/-0.24 cm2 (P < 0.001). There were 2 (0.48%) in-hospital deaths, and 6 (1.44%) patients developed acute mitral regurgitation. The procedural and fluroscopy time was reduced significantly from 52+/-11 and 38+/-6 min to 33+/-7 and 19+/-5 min, respectively, after modifications of technique in our last 326 cases. The bifoil balloon catheter technique is safe and effective, and provides excellent hemodynamic benefits which are sustained at long-term follow-up. This technique should be considered as an addition to the existing armamentarium of interventional cardiologists performing mitral balloon valvuloplasty.

  17. Long-term follow-up of different refractory systemic vasculitides treated with rituximab.

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    Rees, Frances; Yazdani, Ramin; Lanyon, Peter

    2011-09-01

    There is increasing interest in rituximab (RTX) as an alternative to cyclophosphamide (CYC) for remission induction in systemic vasculitis. Recent studies have reported high remission rates, but it is not clear how long the initial remission lasts [1, 2]. A retrospective study was undertaken of 15 cases of refractory systemic vasculitis (11 Wegener's granulomatosis, 1 Churg-Strauss syndrome, 1 cutaneous polyarteritis nodosa and 2 cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis) treated with RTX, with a mean follow-up of 34 months. All had previously received CYC, and 14, at least one other immunosuppressive drug. All had active disease when treated (median Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) 2003, 13). All cases achieved remission (BVAS 2003, 0). Thirteen required re-treatment, nine due to relapse (mean, 9 months after initial treatment) and four because of repopulation or rising ANCA in the context of CYC intolerance or previous CYC refractory disease. Relapsing cases have been successfully re-treated up to five further cycles, either at B cell repopulation or at six monthly intervals. Infections were rare. Mean IgG levels fell significantly, and IgM levels became subnormal in six cases. There were three cases of neutropenia, one severe at 10 months post-treatment. These results provide further evidence that RTX is an effective induction agent in systemic vasculitis. The optimal and long-term outcome of re-treatment remains to be defined.

  18. Cerebral changes after injury to the median nerve: a long-term follow up.

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    Rosén, Birgitta; Chemnitz, Anette; Weibull, Andreas; Andersson, Gert; Dahlin, Lars B; Björkman, Anders

    2012-04-01

    Injury to the peripheral nerves in the upper extremity results in changes in the nerve, and at multiple sites throughout the central nervous system (CNS). We studied the long-term effects of an injury to the median nerve in the forearm with a focus on changes in the CNS. Four patients with isolated injuries of the median nerve in their 20s were examined a mean of 14 years after the injury. Cortical activation was monitored during tactile stimulation of the fingers of the injured and healthy hand using functional magnetic resonance imaging at 3 Tesla. The neurophysiological state and clinical outcome were also examined. Activation in the primary somatosensory cortex was substantially larger during tactile stimulation of the injured hand than with stimulation of the uninjured hand. We also saw a redistribution of hemispheric dominance. Stimulation of the injured median nerve resulted in a substantially increased dominance of the contralateral hemisphere. However, stimulation of the healthy ulnar nerve resulted in a decreased dominance of the contralateral hemisphere. Neurophysiology showed low sensory amplitudes, velocity, and increased motor latency in the injured nerve. Clinically there were abnormalities predominately in the sensory domain. However, there was an overall improved mean result compared with a five year follow-up in the same subjects. The cortical changes could be the result of cortical reorganisation after a changed afferent signal pattern from the injured nerve. Even though the clinical function improved over time it did not return to normal, and neither did the cortical response.

  19. Mitral mechanical valve without long-term anticoagulation. Eight-year follow-up.

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    Björk, V O; Ribeiro, A; Canetti, M; Bomfim, V

    1994-01-01

    In 12 patients with sinus rhythm (including 5 children and 6 young women), mitral valve replacement was performed with a microporous-surfaced valve similar to the Björk-Shiley Monostrut. After the first 3 months, permitting endothelialization of the suture ring to continue over the groove and adjacent metal valve ring, no long-term anticoagulant treatment was given. There was no thromboembolic complication in this group during follow-up for 6-8 years, during which four women gave birth to a total of seven children. In eight other cases, one mitral case with atrial fibrillation, anti-coagulant was not discontinued, and in the remaining aortic cases it was reinstituted. One of them (with atrial fibrillation) had hematuria during inadequate anticoagulant medication, but no thromboembolism. Of five patients with only aortic valve replacement, two had thromboembolic complications, one without residual symptoms and one with slight hand weakness. Another had a transient ischemic attack while on anticoagulant and acetylsalicylic acid was added. Two patients with aortic and mitral valve replacement died, one from heart tamponade and the other from venous thrombosis with pulmonary embolism.

  20. A long term follow up of 15 patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.

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    Blomström-Lundqvist, C; Sabel, K G; Olsson, S B

    1987-01-01

    The clinical course in 15 patients with features consistent with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia is described. At referral seven patients had abnormal physical findings, nine had abnormal electrocardiograms with non-specific right-sided abnormalities, and seven patients had increased heart size or prominent right ventricles on chest x ray. During long term follow up (mean 8.8 years, range 1.5 to 28 years) 11 patients had abnormal physical findings, 11 had electrocardiographic changes, and nine had increased heart size. Recurrent sustained right ventricular tachycardia was the most common arrhythmia (10 patients). Two patients experienced ventricular fibrillation. Seven patients suffered from over 10 episodes of ventricular tachycardia, nine required cardioversions, and 10 patients had associated serious symptoms such as syncope, severe hypotension, or cardiac arrest. Four patients required operation to correct the arrhythmia and three patients developed right heart failure. Two out of three deaths were sudden. These data suggest that in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia right ventricular abnormalities may be progressive and that the condition may affect the left ventricle. The course of the ventricular arrhythmias was highly variable and could not be predicted in individual patients. The potential for lethal ventricular arrhythmias is evident and warrants intensive diagnostic efforts to identify patients with adverse prognostic features. PMID:3676037

  1. Effectiveness of a therapeutic community treatment in Spain: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Fernández-Hermida, José-Ramón; Secades-Villa, Roberto; Fernández-Ludeña, José-Javier; Marina-González, Pedro-Antonio

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, the effectiveness of the treatment program developed by Proyecto Hombre ('Project Mankind') in Asturias, Spain, is evaluated. In a long-term follow-up (range from 73 days to 8 years) with a sample of 249 subjects, the results obtained by subjects completing the treatment (194) were compared with pre-treatment results and with those of the group that dropped out (55). The measurements used were relapses in illegal drugs, alcohol, changes in family situation, educational level, employment, criminal involvement and state of health. External validation of self-report measures given in the questionnaire was carried out. Findings support the effectiveness of the treatment in all measures and the validity of self-report items. Relapse rate in 'treatment-completed' group was 10.3%, whilst in the non-completers group it reached 63.6% (significant difference, p < 0.001). Relapses of non-completers were more severe, occurred sooner after leaving the program (they stayed abstinent for shorter periods) and lasted longer than those of subjects completing the treatment.

  2. Pallidal stimulation for segmental dystonia: long term follow up of 11 consecutive patients.

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    Sensi, Mariachiara; Cavallo, Michele A; Quatrale, Rocco; Sarubbo, Silvio; Biguzzi, Sara; Lettieri, Cristian; Capone, Jay G; Tugnoli, Valeria; Tola, Maria Rosaria; Eleopra, Roberto

    2009-09-15

    Pallidal stimulation is a convincing and valid alternative for primary generalized dystonia refractory to medical therapy or botulinum toxin. However, the clinical outcome reported in literature is variable most likely because of heterogeneity DBS techniques employed and /or to clinical dystonic pattern of the patients who undergo surgery. In this study, we report the long term follow up of a homogeneous group of eleven subjects affected by segmental dystonia who were treated with bilateral stimulation of the Globus Pallidus pars interna (GPi) from the years 2000 to 2008. All the patients were evaluated, before surgery and at 6-12-24-36 months after the treatment, in accordance with the Burke Fahn Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale (BFMDRS). Our study indicates that DBS promotes an early and significant improvement at 6 months with an even and a better outcome later on. The analysis of specific sub items of the BFMDRS revealed an earlier and striking benefit not only as far as segmental motor function of the limbs but also for the complex cranial functions like face, (eyes and mouth), speech and swallowing, differently from results reported in primary generalized dystonia. Deep Brain Stimulation of GPi should be considered a valid indication for both generalized and segmental dystonia when other therapies appear ineffective.

  3. Pediatric familial neuromyelitis optica in two sisters with long term follow-up.

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    Chuquilin, Miguel; Mullaguri, Naresh; Weinshenker, Brian

    2016-07-01

    Neuromyelitis optica causes bilateral optic neuritis and longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis. Although usually sporadic, 3% of cases of neuromyelitis optica are familial. The interval over which attacks continue and the long term prognosis for pediatric-onset neuromyelitis optica are not well defined. We describe two patients with pediatric familial neuromyelitis optica with the longest clinical follow-up of a pediatric case reported in the literature to our knowledge. One woman developed blindness with bilateral eye involvement within a few weeks at age 3. This was followed by transverse myelitis with paraparesis at age 19 leading to diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica. Her serum anti-aquaporin 4 antibody was later found to be positive. She continued with sporadic myelitis-related relapses but remained ambulant until age 40 when she had a more severe relapse. There was evidence of longitudinal extensive T2 hyperintensity in the thoracic spinal cord. Her sister also developed blindness at age 3.5 followed by myelitis 1year later with multiple relapses of gait impairment until her death from pneumonia at age 21. These patients represent the rare occurrence of neuromyelitis optica in children within the same family and show that this disease can have prolonged periods of remission but a continued tendency to relapse, supporting the need for lifelong immunosuppression. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Long Term Follow-Up of Sulfur Mustard Related Bronchiolitis Obliterans Treatment.

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    Abtahi, Hamidreza; Peiman, Soheil; Foroumandi, Morteza; Safavi, Enayat

    2016-09-01

    Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) is the most remarkable pulmonary sequels of war-related sulfur mustard inhalation. There is little if any data about long-term efficacy of associated BO treatment. Five years spirometric records of three groups of patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases (asthma, COPD, BO) and documented sulfur mustard inhalation were evaluated. The BO patients were treated with inhaled Seretide 125-250/25 (2 puffs BID), azithromycin (250 mg, three times/week) and N-acetylcysteine (1200-1800/day). Asthma and COPD patients were treated according to existing guidelines. Seventy-three (38 asthma, 16 COPD and 19 BO) patients completed the 5 years follow-up. Basal and final FEV1 in BO patients (2.69±0.81 and 2.39±0.65 respectively) were not significantly different from COPD patients (2.46±0.56 and 1.96±0.76 respectively). There was also no significant difference between the yearly FEV1 decline in BO patients compared to COPD patients (60±84 cc vs. 99±79 cc respectively, P=0.163). The non-significant difference of FEV1 decline in BO compared to COPD patients suggests the effectiveness of azithromycin, inhaled steroid and N-acetyl cysteine in BO patients. Considering safety and possible effectiveness, this treatment is recommended until more data is available from controlled clinical studies.

  5. Long-term follow-up of young children with brain tumors after irradiation

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    Syndikus, I.; Tait, D.; Ashley, S.

    1994-11-15

    Young children with brain tumors are at high risk of developing late sequelae after curative radiotherapy. A retrospective study was undertaken to determine the frequency and severity of neurological deficits, endocrine dysfunction, and intellectual disabilities. One hundred and fifty-six children age {ge} 3 years were treated between 1952 and 1986 with radiotherapy. Of the 57 survivors, 47 had surgery, 12 chemotherapy and 24 children received cranio-spinal radiotherapy. Late radiation side effects were assessed with a clinical examination, blood tests and an interview. The median follow-up was 13 years and the actuarial survival at 5 and 10 years was 49% and 44%, respectively. No, or only a mild, handicap was noted in 24 patients, while 21 had moderately severe and 16 severe disabilities. Children with supratentorial tumors had more abnormal neurological findings compared to those with infratentorial malignancies (p<0.001). Eighty percent of children had endocrine abnormalities, which were more marked in children with parasellar tumors (p<0.001). Twenty-one children were mentally retarded. In a multivariate analysis epilepsy emerged as the only significant variable independently associated with poor cognitive function. Long-term morbidity was found to be disabling in 58% of the surviving children. These findings encourage the development of treatment strategies designed to reduce toxity. 34 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. Long-Term Follow-Up Results of Delayed Fixation of Femoral Neck Fractures in Adults

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    Elmi, Asghar; Tabrizi, Ali; Rouhani, Alireza; Mirzatolouei, Fardin

    2013-01-01

    Background Femoral neck fractures are urgent injuries that require precise reduction and stable fixation. In some cases, however, early treatment is not possible. Objectives The present study aimed to evaluate long-term results of delayed fixation of femoral neck fractures using cannulated screws. Patients and Methods This retrospective descriptive-analytical study was conducted on 26 patients with femoral neck fractures. The patients were treated through a closed reduction and fixation method using cannulated screws. Patients were followed up for at least five years and the rate of complications was determined. Results In this study, 26 patients with mean age of 34.3 years were assessed. Average time interval from injury to surgery was 46.4 ± 12.2 hours; 18 patients (69%) were operated on with more than 36 hours of delay. Incidence of AVN and nonunion was reported in 10 (38.4%) and 3 (11.5%) patients, respectively. Conclusions Time plays an important role in treatment results of femoral neck fractures. To treat the fractures, closed reduction and fixation using cannulated screws may still be the best option. PMID:24350142

  7. Maintenance immunotherapy in recurrent ovarian cancer: long term follow-up of a phase II study.

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    Recchia, Francesco; Di Orio, Ferdinando; Candeloro, Giampiero; Guerriero, Gabriele; Piazze, Juan; Rea, Silvio

    2010-02-01

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a mediator of tumor-associated immunodeficiency, plays a key role in angiogenesis and is a prognostic factor in advanced ovarian cancer (AOC). Previously, we showed that low-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) and 13-cis-retinoic acid (RA) improved the tumor-associated immunodeficiency and decreased VEGF in patients with AOC. Here, we report long term follow-up of a group of patients with platinum-sensitive AOC who were treated with IL-2 and RA. Sixty-five patients with AOC who had a clinical benefit from second line chemotherapy and elevated serum levels of VEGF were entered into the study from 04/98 to 04/05. Therapy consisted of low-dose subcutaneous IL-2 and oral RA, administered on intermittent schedules for up to 5 years. A statistically significant improvement in lymphocyte and NK counts and a decrease in VEGF levels were observed with respect to baseline values among the 65 evaluable patients. Five-year progression-free survival and overall survival rate were 29% and 38%, respectively. These data show that patients treated with low-dose IL-2 and RA have a statistically significant improvement in their lymphocyte and NK counts, a decrease in VEGF, and seem to have an improved clinical outcome. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Long-term follow-up of women treated with Norplant implants.

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    Díaz, S; Pavez, M; Miranda, P; Johansson, E D; Croxatto, H B

    1987-06-01

    This report describes the long-term follow-up of 376 women who received NORPLANT implants in the period October 1974 through May 1979. One-hundred-and-ten subjects received replacement implants after variable lengths of use of the first set. The average levonorgestrel plasma levels declined steadily through eight years of use of NORPLANT capsules (r = -.937). Values were 0.35 ng/ml, 0.29 ng/ml and 0.22 ng/ml at treatment years 1, 5 and 8, respectively. Levonorgestrel plasma levels after replacement with a second set of implants were similar to those observed after the first insertion, either when placed in the same site as the first set or in a different area. Nineteen pregnancies occurred during 18,530 woman-months of use of the first set of implants, eleven of them during years 6 through 8 of treatment. The Pearl Index for the first 5 years of NORPLANT implants use was 0.63. No pregnancy has occurred in 4194 woman-months observed during treatment with a second set of capsules. Fifty-six women (14.9%) out of 376 acceptors of the first implant and 10 (9.1%) out of 110 acceptors of the replacement implants were terminated for other medical reasons, mainly bleeding problems and side effects commonly associated with hormonal contraception. Two women died while using NORPLANT implants, one of a cardiac arrest after surgery for a gallbladder disease and one because of endocranial hypertension originating from the rupture of an aneurism of the median cerebral artery. The bleeding pattern observed in the three months after NORPLANT capsules replacement was similar to that observed in the 90 days before replacement and different from that experienced by the same women in the first 90 days of implant use. This finding can be interpreted as an indicator of adaptive changes experienced by the target organs during long-term continuous administration of levonorgestrel. The prompt recovery of fertility after removal of NORPLANT implants suggests that these changes are reversible.

  9. Long-Term Follow-Up After Endovascular Treatment of Acute Aortic Emergencies

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    Pitton, M. B. Herber, S.; Schmiedt, W.; Neufang, A.; Dorweiler, B.; Dueber, C.

    2008-01-15

    Purpose. To investigate the long-term outcome and efficacy of emergency treatment of acute aortic diseases with endovascular stent-grafts. Methods. From September 1995 to April 2007, 37 patients (21 men, 16 women; age 53.9 {+-} 19.2 years, range 18-85 years) with acute complications of diseases of the descending thoracic aorta were treated by endovascular stent-grafts: traumatic aortic ruptures (n = 9), aortobronchial fistulas due to penetrating ulcer or hematothorax (n = 6), acute type B dissections with aortic wall hematoma, penetration, or ischemia (n = 13), and symptomatic aneurysm of the thoracic aorta (n = 9) with pain, penetration, or rupture. Diagnosis was confirmed by contrast-enhanced CT. Multiplanar reformations were used for measurement of the landing zones of the stent-grafts. Stent-grafts were inserted via femoral or iliac cut-down. Two procedures required aortofemoral bypass grafting prior to stent-grafting due to extensive arteriosclerotic stenosis of the iliac arteries. In this case the bypass graft was used for introduction of the stent-graft. Results. A total of 46 stent-grafts were implanted: Vanguard/Stentor (n = 4), Talent (n = 31), and Valiant (n = 11). Stent-graft extension was necessary in 7 cases. In 3 cases primary graft extension was done during the initial procedure (in 1 case due to distal migration of the graft during stent release, in 2 cases due to the total length of the aortic aneurysm). In 4 cases secondary graft extensions were performed-for new aortic ulcers at the proximal stent struts (after 5 days) and distal to the graft (after 8 months) and recurrent aortobronchial fistulas 5 months and 9 years after the initial procedure-resulting in a total of 41 endovascular procedures. The 30-day mortality rate was 8% (3 of 37) and the overall follow-up was 29.9 {+-} 36.6 months (range 0-139 months). All patients with traumatic ruptures demonstrated an immediate sealing of bleeding. Patients with aortobronchial fistulas also

  10. Long-term follow-up of distal intestinal obstruction syndrome in cystic fibrosis

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    Lavie, Moran; Manovitz, Tzipora; Vilozni, Daphna; Levy-Mendelovich, Sarina; Sarouk, Ifat; Weintraubv, Ilana; Shoseyov, David; Cohen-Cymberknoh, Malena; Rivlin, Joseph; Efrati, Ori

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the long-term follow-up of distal intestinal obstruction syndrome (DIOS) in Israeli cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. METHODS: This is a multi-center, comparative, retrospective study in which we reviewed the medical records of all CF patients from three major CF centers in Israel who were treated in the period from 1980 to 2012. Patients diagnosed with DIOS were defined as the study group. The patients were diagnosed with DIOS based on their clinical presentation and typical findings on either abdominal X-ray or computerized tomography scan. For the control group, CF patients with no DIOS were matched to the patients in the study group for age, sex, and cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) mutations. For both groups, the collected data included age, sex, CFTR genotype, weight, height, and body mass index. Clinical data included respiratory function tests in the last five years prior to the study, respiratory function test immediately before and after the DIOS event, number of hospitalizations, sputum culture results, and CF-related conditions diagnosed according to the CF clinical practice guidelines. In the study group, data on the DIOS treatment and tendency for DIOS recurrence were also analyzed. RESULTS: The medical charts for a total of 350 CF patients were reviewed. Of the 350 CF patients, 26 (7.4%) were diagnosed with DIOS. The control group included 31 CF patients with no DIOS diagnosis. The mean follow-up period was 21.6 ± 8.2 years. The total of DIOS episodes in the follow-up period was 60. The distribution of DIOS episodes was as follows: 6/26 (23.1%) study patients had one episode of DIOS in their lifetime, 7/26 (26.9%) had two episodes, 7/26 (26.9%) had three episodes, and 6/26 (23.1%) had four or more episodes. Compared to the control group, DIOS patients had a significantly higher incidence of meconium ileus in the past (65.4% vs 0%, respectively, P < 0.02), more Aspergillus spp. colonization (34.6% vs 3

  11. Anemia after gastrectomy for early gastric cancer: Long-term follow-up observational study

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    Lim, Chul-Hyun; Kim, Sang Woo; Kim, Won Chul; Kim, Jin Soo; Cho, Yu Kyung; Park, Jae Myung; Lee, In Seok; Choi, Myung-Gyu; Song, Kyo-Young; Jeon, Hae Myung; Park, Cho-Hyun

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To identify the incidence and etiology of anemia after gastrectomy in patients with long-term follow-up after gastrectomy for early gastric cancer. METHODS: The medical records of those patients with early gastric adenocarcinoma who underwent curative gastrectomy between January 2006 and October 2007 were reviewed. Patients with anemia in the preoperative workup, cancer recurrence, undergoing systemic chemotherapy, with other medical conditions that can cause anemia, or treated during follow up with red cell transfusions or supplements for anemia were excluded. Anemia was defined by World Health Organization criteria (Hb < 12 g/dL in women and < 13 g/dL in men). Iron deficiency was defined as serum ferritin < 20 μg/dL. Vitamin B12 deficiency was defined as serum vitamin B12 < 200 pg/mL. Iron deficiency anemia was defined as anemia with concomitant iron deficiency. Anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency was defined as megaloblastic anemia (mean cell volume > 100 fL) with vitamin B12 deficiency. The profile of anemia over 48 mo of follow-up was analyzed. RESULTS: One hundred sixty-one patients with gastrectomy for early gastric cancer were analyzed. The incidence of anemia was 24.5% at 3 mo after surgery and increased up to 37.1% at 48 mo after surgery. The incidence of iron deficiency anemia increased during the follow up and became the major cause of anemia at 48 mo after surgery. Anemia of chronic disease and megaloblastic anemia were uncommon. The incidence of anemia in female patients was significantly higher than in male patients at 12 (40.0% vs 22.0%, P = 0.033), 24 (45.0% vs 25.0%, P = 0.023), 36 (55.0% vs 28.0%, P = 0.004), and 48 mo (52.0% vs 31.0%, P = 0.022) after surgery. Patients with total gastrectomy showed significantly higher incidence of anemia than patients with subtotal gastrectomy at 48 mo after surgery (60.7% vs 31.3%, P = 0.008). The incidence of iron deficiency was significantly higher in female patients than in male patients at 6 (35.4% vs

  12. Elbow interposition arthroplasty in children and adolescents: long-term follow-up

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    Rodriguez, Janeth; Oliver, Guillermo

    2007-01-01

    A long-term follow-up was made of 12 elbows operated upon between 1971 and 1986, with more than 20 years’ follow-up, in nine males and three females, age at the time of surgery between 10 and 19 years . Eight right and four left elbows were involved, and there were three aetiological causes. Seven cases were sequelae of elbow fractures, of which five were supracondylar and two were of the olecranon. There were four cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and one was post-osteomyelitis. The surgical technique involved a modification made by Vainio of MacAusland’s technique (wider resection of the osseous ends and total covering of the bloody surfaces) [5, 9]. After extirpating the tissue blocking the joint, we proceeded to remodel the distal humerus in a wide V shape, the proximal end of the ulnar and, if necessary, the radial head. The proximal end of the ulna was sectioned transversely. All surgery was carried out sub-periosteally. Then, an interposition material was placed in one piece and sutured over the distal humerus and cut ends of the ulna and radius. The articular ends were brought together, and the capsule was closed using equidistant stitching, as is the skin. A small compression bandage was applied, and the arm was immobilised with a collar and cuff sling, with the forearm flexed to slightly less than a right angle. In ten cases, the interposition material was fascia lata grafts; in one case, skin graft and in one case, Gelfoam graft. Early rehabilitation began when post-operative pain allowed. Follow-up ranged from 25 to 32 years. Pre-surgical movement ranged between 90° and 120° of flexion and 30° and 90° of extension. Post-operative range varied between 90° and 150° of flexion. The five cases of full pre-operative ankylosis achieved between 90° and 150° of flexion and between 0° and 70° of extension. The total range of motion at the latest follow-up varied from 35° to 150°. Patients who were able to perform flexion of 120° or more

  13. Pacemaker replacement in nonagenarians: Procedural safety and long-term follow-up.

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    Loirat, Aurélie; Fénéon, Damien; Behaghel, Albin; Behar, Nathalie; Le Helloco, Alain; Mabo, Philippe; Daubert, Jean-Claude; Leclercq, Christophe; Martins, Raphaël P

    2015-01-01

    The rate of pacemaker implantation is rising. Given that the life expectancy of the population is projected to increase, a large number of elderly patients are likely to be implanted in the future. As pacemaker batteries can last for 8-10years, an increasing number of pacemaker recipients will require replacement of their devices when they become nonagenarians. To analyse the short- and long-term outcomes after device replacement in nonagenarians. Patients aged≥90years referred to a tertiary centre for pacemaker replacement from January 2004 to July 2014 were included retrospectively. Clinical follow-up data were obtained from clinical visits or telephone interviews with patients or their families. The primary clinical endpoint was total mortality. Secondary endpoints included early and delayed procedure-related complications and predictive risk factors for total mortality. Sixty-two patients were included (mean age 93.3±2.9years at time of pacemaker replacement). Mean procedure duration was 35.7±17.2minutes. Mean hospital stay was 2.2±1.1days. One patient died from a perioperative complication. Thirty-seven patients (59.7%) died during a median follow-up of 22.1months (interquartile range, 11.8-39.8months). Survival rates were 84.2% (95% confidence interval [CI] 71.8-91.5%) at 1year, 66.9% (95% CI 51.8-78.2%) at 2years and 22.7% (95% CI 10.6-37.7%) at 5years. Atrial fibrillation (hazard ratio 2.47, 95% CI 1.1-5.6) and non-physiological pacing (i.e. VVI pacing in patients in sinus rhythm) (hazard ratio 2.20, 95% CI 1.0-4.9) were predictors of mortality. Pacemaker replacement in nonagenarians is a safe and straightforward procedure. These data suggest that procedures can be performed securely in this old and frail population, with patients living for a median of 30months afterwards. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Long-term follow-up of blunt cerebrovascular injuries: Does time heal all wounds?

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    Laser, Adriana; Bruns, Brandon R; Kufera, Joseph A; Kim, Andrew I; Feeney, Timothy; Tesoriero, Ronald B; Lauerman, Margaret H; Sliker, Clint W; Scalea, Thomas M; Stein, Deborah M

    2016-12-01

    The short-term natural history of blunt cerebrovascular injuries (BCVIs) has been previously described in the literature, but the purpose of this study was to analyze long-term serial follow-up and lesion progression of BCVI. This is a single institution's retrospective review of a prospectively collected database over four years (2009-2013). All patients with a diagnosis of BCVI by computed tomographic (CT) scan were identified, and injuries were graded based on modified Denver scale. Management followed institutional algorithm: initial whole-body contrast-enhanced CT scan, followed by CT angiography at 24 to 72 hours, 5 to 7 days, 4 to 6 weeks, and 3 months after injury. All follow-up imaging, medication management, and clinical outcomes through 6 months following injury were recorded. There were 379 patients with 509 injuries identified. Three hundred eighty-one injuries were diagnosed as BCVI on first CT (Grade 1 injuries, 126; Grade 2 injuries, 116; Grade 3 injuries, 69; and Grade 4 injuries, 70); 100 "indeterminate" on whole-body CT; 28 injuries were found in patients reimaged only for lesions detected in other vessels. Sixty percent were male, mean (SD) age was 46.5 (19.9) years, 65% were white, and 62% were victims of a motor vehicle crash. Most frequently, Grade 1 injuries were resolved at all subsequent time points. Up to 30% of Grade 2 injuries worsened, but nearly 50% improved or resolved. Forty-six percent of injuries originally not detected were subsequently diagnosed as Grade 3 injuries. Greater than 70% of all imaged Grade 3 and Grade 4 injuries remained unchanged at all subsequent time points. This study revealed that there are many changes in grade throughout the six-month time period, especially the lesions that start out undetectable or indeterminate, which become various grade injuries. Low-grade injuries (Grades 1 and 2) are likely to remain stable and eventually resolve. Higher-grade injuries (Grades 3 and 4) persist, many up to six months

  15. [Long-term follow-up after intravenous injection of mercury--two cases report].

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    Goszcz, Halina; Szczepańska, Łucja; Lech, Teresa; Groszek, Barbara

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present the long-term follow-up of two patients, after injection of metallic mercury. Case 1. In 1997, 29-years-old man injected himself to left elbow about 20 ml of metallic mercury by mistake (he was heroin abuser for short time). Mercury concentration in the blood was 400 microg/L. X-ray of the chest, abdomen and affected elbow area showed radiopaque foreign material (depots of mercury). Depots of mercury were also visible on the tricuspid valve in echocardiography. Mercury from the soft tissue left elbow pit was partially surgically removed. During 15 years follow-up two times chelating therapy was performed with d-penicyllamine and DMPS. In 2012, he was admitted to hospital next time. The blood and urine mercury concentration was still elevated (55.2 microg/L and 197 microg/L), mercury depots in the lung and abdomen were present. The signs and symptoms of CNS damage, like peripheral polyneuropathy and ataxia, were diagnosed. CT of brain did not revealed any changes, despite head trauma before 6 years. However neurological findings are typical for chronic mercury poisoning, it is not possible to determine whether these changes are directly related to mercury, because head trauma history, Case 2. In 2003, 16-years-old woman injected herself one month before, in suicidal attempts to both elbows several millilitres of metallic mercury. Mercury concentration in the blood was 56.2 microg/L, in urine 906 microg/L and in the hair 1.12 microg/g. Chest Xray showed depots of mercury in the lung. Mercury from the soft tissue was two times surgically removed. During 9 years two times chelating therapy was performed with d-penicyllamine and DMPS. After 9 years there is no symptoms of mercury poisoning. Mercury depots in the lung are still present. The blood and urine mercury concentration is low (13.7 microg/L and 2.53 microg/L). In mean time she gave birth two healthy children. Further patients evaluation is necessary.

  16. Long-Term Follow-Up of Quality of Life following DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction.

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    Hunsinger, Vincent; Hivelin, Mikael; Derder, Mohamed; Klein, Delphine; Velten, Michel; Lantieri, Laurent

    2016-05-01

    Sequelae resulting from breast cancer negatively impact patients' quality of life. Although the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap has become a standard for autologous breast reconstruction, there are limited data regarding long-term quality of life. The authors studied patients' quality of life more than 5 years after DIEP flap breast reconstruction and compare it with two French reference samples. A cross-sectional study of quality of life was performed in women who underwent DIEP flap breast reconstruction between 1995 and 2007 using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Health Survey (Short Form-36). The first reference sample included subjects from the French general population (n = 3308), and the second included cancer survivors who underwent mastectomy with (n = 70) or without (n = 135) breast reconstruction. One hundred eleven respondents were analyzed among 186 eligible women. The mean follow-up period after reconstruction was 8.6 years (range, 5 to 15 years). There were no statistically significant differences in the quality of life between women from 45 to 64 years old who underwent DIEP flap breast reconstruction and from the French general population. Five of the eight Short Form-36 dimensions were significantly better in the DIEP flap breast reconstruction group in the 65- to 74-year-old cohort. In addition, quality of life of our study population was significantly higher than that of women who underwent mastectomy with or without any type of breast reconstruction. These results indicate that DIEP flap breast reconstruction allows patients with breast cancer to maintain a good postoperative quality of life comparable to that of the general population. Therapeutic, III.

  17. Reconstruction of the thoracic wall-long-term follow-up including pulmonary function tests.

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    Daigeler, Adrien; Druecke, Daniel; Hakimi, Mitra; Duchna, Hans-Werner; Goertz, Ole; Homann, Heinz-Herbert; Lehnhardt, Marcus; Steinau, Hans-Ulrich

    2009-07-01

    Thoracic wall reconstructions have become a standard procedure for the reconstructive plastic surgeon in the larger hospital setting, but detailed reports about long-term results including pulmonary function and physical examination are rare. The data of 92 consecutive patients with full thickness chest wall resections were acquired from patient's charts and contact to patients, their relatives or general practitioners, with special reference to treatment and clinical course. At a mean follow-up of 5.5 years, 36 patients were examined physically and interviewed. Twenty-seven of them underwent additional pulmonary function tests. Kaplan-Meier method was used to calculate survival. Regression tests were undertaken to identify factors influencing the outcome. Postoperative complications were observed in 42.4%, but neither mesh implantation nor the size of the defect contributed significantly. The 5-year mortality was worse for patients with recurrent mamma carcinoma (90.6%) than for patients with soft tissue sarcoma (56.3%). No medical history or operation parameter (resection size and localization) besides the general patients' conditions increased mortality. Pulmonary function parameters were only moderately reduced and not significantly affected by the resections' size or its localization. Majority of patients suffer from sensation disorders and motion-dependent pain, which contributed significantly to hypoxemia. Quality-of-life parameters were significantly reduced compared to the healthy control group but similar to the control group with cancer according to the Short Form-36 protocol. We could not detect a relevant decrease in quality of life comparing post- to preoperative values. Thoracic wall reconstruction provides sufficient thoracic wall stability to maintain pulmonary function, but postoperative pain and sensation disorders are considerable. However, chest wall repair can contribute to palliation and even cure after full-thickness resections.

  18. Surgical Revascularization in North American Adults with Moyamoya Phenomenon: Long Term Angiographic Follow-Up

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    Arias, Eric J.; Dunn, Gavin P.; Washington, Chad W.; Derdeyn, Colin P.; Chicoine, Michael R.; Grubb, Robert L.; Moran, Christopher J.; Cross, DeWitte T.; Dacey, Ralph G.; Zipfel, Gregory J.

    2015-01-01

    Background North American and Asian forms of moyamoya have distinct clinical characteristics. Asian adults with moyamoya are known to respond better to direct vs. indirect revascularization. It is unclear whether North American adults with moyamoya have a similar long-term angiographic response to direct vs. indirect bypass. Methods A retrospective review of surgical revascularization for adult moyamoya phenomenon was performed. Pre-operative and post-operative cerebral angiograms underwent consensus review, with degree of revascularization quantified as extent of new middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory filling. Results Late angiographic follow up was available in 15 symptomatic patients who underwent 20 surgical revascularization procedures. In 10 hemispheres treated solely with indirect arterial bypass, 3 had 2/3 revascularization, 4 had 1/3 revascularization, and 3 had no revascularization of the MCA territory. In the 10 hemispheres treated with direct arterial bypass (8 as a stand alone procedure; 2 in combination with an indirect procedure), 2 had complete revascularization, 7 had 2/3 revascularization, and 1 had 1/3 revascularization. Direct bypass provided a higher rate of “good” angiographic outcome (complete or 2/3 revascularization) when compared to indirect techniques (p = 0.0198). Conclusions Direct bypass provides a statistically significant, more consistent and complete cerebral revascularization than indirect techniques in this patient population. This is similar to that reported in the Asian literature, which suggests that the manner of presentation (ischemia in North American adults vs. hemorrhage in Asian adults) is likely not a contributor to the extent of revascularization achieved following surgical intervention. PMID:25972283

  19. Long-term follow-up of retinitis pigmentosa patients with multifocal electroretinography.

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    Nagy, Ditta; Schönfisch, Birgitt; Zrenner, Eberhart; Jägle, Herbert

    2008-10-01

    To study the rate of multifocal electroretinographic (mfERG) response amplitude changes and their relation to other parameters of disease development in retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Twenty-three patients (9 men and 14 women) with clinically defined RP were included in the study. Disease progression was monitored during a period of up to 10 years by psychophysical techniques and Ganzfeld electroretinography. In addition, ERGs were recorded with a mfERG imaging system (VERIS; Electro-Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., Redwood City, CA). The black and white stimulus consisted of 61 hexagons covering a visual field of approximately 60 degrees x 55 degrees . Responses were analyzed according to concentric ring averages. The progression of visual field loss for target III4e was approximately 14.5%. Using the same type of regression model, the yearly progression according to the mfERG values was found to be approximately 6% to 10% in the outer three rings. Visual acuity (median 0.8) correlated well with the amplitude of the central segment of the mfERGs, ring 5 amplitudes of the mfERG strongly correlated with the scotopic Ganzfeld ERG mixed cone-rod response amplitude. However, in advanced cases, reliable mfERG responses could still be recorded, even if the ISCEV scotopic Ganzfeld ERG was not reproducible. MfERG ring 5 amplitudes as well as the Ganzfeld ERG mixed cone-rod response amplitude showed only a mild correlation with visual field area. The mfERG allows long-term follow-up of disease progression in retinitis pigmentosa. It does not replace, but complements psychophysical methods and could be used as an objective outcome measure in upcoming treatment studies involving patients with advanced retinal diseases.

  20. Protocol for follow up of hip arthroplasty in the long term: effect on revision (WHISTLER study).

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    Smith, Lindsay K; Lenguerrand, Erik; Blom, Ashley; Powell, Jane; Palmer, Shea

    2017-04-10

    Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is highly successful for reducing pain and improving function, providing health-related quality of life benefit. Demand for THA is increasing with associated increase in revision hip surgery. Hip arthroplasty surveillance (long-term follow up) can identify asymptomatically failing THA to prepare for revision surgery, reducing potential for complications or complexity of surgery. However, it is unknown whether the surveillance of THA can be shown to improve the patient outcomes or reduce costs around revision surgery. With the current need to reduce unnecessary health consultations and to show the economic advantages of any service, the purpose of this study is to consider the relative effectiveness of hip arthroplasty surveillance on revision hip arthroplasty. This is a single-centre, observational study in which consecutive patients undergoing aseptic revision of THA over 12 months in a large orthopaedic unit will be considered for participation. Primary outcome measures will be change in each of three valid patient-reported scores from pre-operatively to 12 months post-surgery. Secondary outcomes will be the costs of treatment calculated using data obtained from the participants' hospital records and a self-report questionnaire. An exploratory approach will be used to investigate the effect of surveillance on the outcomes of interest. A linear mixed method model will be used to study the change in scores between baseline and 12 months. The economic evaluation will be a cost-utility analysis, which compares the value of alternative interventions by attaching costs to the quality-adjusted life years produced by each intervention.

  1. Long-term Follow-up and Outcomes in Traumatic Macular Holes.

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    Miller, John B; Yonekawa, Yoshihiro; Eliott, Dean; Kim, Ivana K; Kim, Leo A; Loewenstein, John I; Sobrin, Lucia; Young, Lucy H; Mukai, Shizuo; Vavvas, Demetrios G

    2015-12-01

    To review presenting characteristics, clinical course, and long-term visual and anatomic outcomes of patients with traumatic macular holes at a tertiary referral center. Retrospective case series. Twenty-eight consecutive patients with traumatic macular holes at a single tertiary referral center were reviewed. In addition to visual acuities and treatments throughout the clinical course, specific dimensions of the macular hole, including diameters, height, configuration, shape, and the presence of a cuff of fluid, were examined using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). Twenty-eight patients were identified with a mean initial visual acuity (VA) of logMAR 1.3 (20/400) and a mean follow-up of 2.2 years. Eleven holes (39.3%) closed spontaneously in median 5.7 weeks. Eleven underwent vitrectomy with a median time to intervention of 35.1 weeks. Median time to surgery for the 5 eyes with successful hole closure was 11.0 weeks vs 56.3 weeks for the 6 eyes that failed to close (P = .02). VA improved in closed holes (P < .01), whether spontaneously (P < .01) or via vitrectomy (P = .04), but VA did not improve in holes that did not close (P = .22). There was no relation between initial OCT dimensions and final hole closure status, although there was a trend, which did not reach statistical significance, toward small dimensions for those that closed spontaneously. A fairly high spontaneous closure rate was observed, with a trend toward smaller OCT dimensions. We found no relationship between hole closure and the OCT characteristics of the hole. Surgical intervention was less successful at hole closure when elected after 3 months. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Long-term follow-up of open reduction surgery for developmental dislocation of the hip.

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    Holman, Joel; Carroll, Kristen L; Murray, Kathleen A; Macleod, Lynne M; Roach, James W

    2012-03-01

    We posed 2 questions: what is the long-term result of open reduction surgery in developmental dysplasia of the hip, and is there an age at surgery above which the outcome was too poor to recommend the operation? Between 1955 and 1995, 148 patients with 179 dislocated hips had open reduction surgery for developmental dysplasia of the hip (141 anterior and 38 Ludloff medial approaches). We attempted to locate all 148 patients for the follow-up evaluation. Fifty-three patients (36%) with 66 hips (37%) were located and participated in the study. These 66 hips represented 34% of the anterior open reductions and 47% of the Ludloff medial reductions. Twenty-two of the 66 hips had Severin IV or worse outcomes and included 7 with total hip arthroplasties and 2 with hip fusions. Age at surgery was significantly lower for Severin I, II, and III, compared with Severin IV and above (P=0.003, 0.001, 0.003) with outcomes deteriorating substantially after age 3. Approximately half of the hips required further surgery for dysplasia. All hips that sustained osseous necrosis had Severin IV or worse outcomes, and hips that redislocated and required revision surgery only achieved Severin I or II ratings 18% of the time. Nine "normal" hips became dysplastic and 3 had pelvic osteotomies as teenagers. Two other normal hips developed osseous necrosis during treatment of the contralateral hip. Results deteriorate as the age at surgery increases. Osseous necrosis and redislocation predict a poor functional and radiographic result. The "normal" hip may develop insidious dysplasia and also may be injured during treatment of the involved hip. Above age 3, some patients may not have sufficient acetabular growth to remodel a surgically reduced hip. Level IV--case series.

  3. Follow-up care instructions, treatment summaries, and cancer survivors' receipt of follow-up health care and late/long term effects.

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    Jabson, Jennifer M

    2015-07-01

    Cancer survivors need follow-up care. Survivorship care plans (SCP), including follow-up care instructions (FCI) and treatment summaries (TS), were designed to improve cancer survivors' receipt of follow-up care after cancer treatment. However, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the relationship between survivors' receipt of FCI and TS and their receipt of follow-up care and late/long term effects. This study used data from the 2010 LIVESTRONG online survey of people affected by cancer, including 3541 cancer survivors who had completed treatment. Receipt of FCI was associated with greater likelihood of attendance at all regular medical appointments (aOR 2.28, 95% CI 1.60-3.23), receipt of cancer surveillance (aOR 1.64, 95% CI 1.28-2.09), being up to date on preventive cancer screening (aOR 2.63, 95% CI 2.00-3.47), and with fewer late/long term effects (IRR 0.77, 95% CI 0.69-0.85). Receipt of TS was associated with greater likelihood of attendance at all regular medical appointments (aOR 1.79, 95% CI 1.31-2.44) and being up to date on preventive cancer screening (aOR 1.43, 95% CI 1.14-1.78), but not cancer surveillance or late/long term effects. This study is among the first to document the associations between SCP and survivors' attendance at regular medical appointments, cancer surveillance, preventive cancer screenings, and late/long term effects. The findings suggest that SCP may facilitate follow-up care needed by cancer survivors after cancer treatment is completed.

  4. [Long-term Follow-up of Patients with Hepatitis-Associated Aplastic Anemia].

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    You, Ya-Hong; Meng, Xian-Bin; Li, Xing-Xin; Ge, Mei-Li; Nie, Neng; Huang, Jin-Bo; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Zhen-Dong; Shao, Ying-Qi; Shi, Jun; Zheng, Yi-Zhou

    2017-08-01

    To explore the clinical characteristic, therapeutic efficacy and prognosis of patients with hepatitis-associated aplasitc anemia (HAAA). the clinical data and labrotatory examination results of 30 cases of HAAA were analyzed retrospectively, the 6-month response ratio and overall survival (OS) were assessed. HAAA most commonly occured in males, with the occurence rate of males and females was 4:1, the median onset age was 16 (4-43) years old, HAAA oriented focus on sever aplastic anemia (SAA)(4 cases,13%) and very sever aplastic anemia (VSAA)(22 cases,73%). Aplastic anemia (AA) could be seen on occurence of hepatitis (accompanied aplastic anemia) (7 cases,23%), or after the onset of hepatits (delayed aplastic anemia) (23 cases,77%), but more often occured in the latter. Statistical analysis showed that when compared with the patients of delayed aplastic anemia, patients accompanied aplastic anemia possesses lower levels of glutamic-pyruvic transaminase(ALT), aspertate aminotransferase (AST) and total bilirubin (TBIL)(P=0.042,0.012,0.001), and possessed a more obvious lymphoid cell disorder when AA occured, with more lower peripheral blood CD19(+) B cells proportion (P=0.046) and more obvious imbalance of CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratio, but the difference was no statistical significant (P=0538). Factors affecting the 6-month respose were the severity of AA (P=0.044), the peak level of bilirubin of hepatitis (P=0.006) and the propotion of mature monocyte in bone marrow (P=0.034). The long-term follow-up showed that the 2-year OS of HAAA was 64.3±9.2%, the 6-month curative efficacy significantly affect the prognosis (P<0.001). HAAA more often occur in young male, HAAA is mainly SAA and VSAA and mostly non-A-C hepatitis associated aplastic anemia, patients usually have a high incidence of early infection. Patients acompanied with aplastic anemia possess more obvious immunological derangement; the treatment efficacy for HAAA is poor, patients who haven't obtained 6-month response

  5. Long-term follow-up of surgically treated localized pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee.

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    Dines, Joshua S; DeBerardino, Thomas M; Wells, Jason L; Dodson, Christopher C; Shindle, Michael; DiCarlo, Edward F; Warren, Russell F

    2007-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to review a single institution's large consecutive series of localized pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) of the knee. Cases for review were identified by a search of our institution's pathology records for definitive diagnoses of monoarticular localized PVNS (LPVNS) of the knee between 1970 and 1996. Patients' presenting symptoms and examination were recorded, as were the preoperative diagnosis and documentation of the PVNS nodule's location in the knee at surgery. Eighty-four patients were diagnosed with localized PVNS of the knee during the study period. Twenty-nine of these cases were incidental findings associated with planned total knee replacement and were excluded from the study. Of the remaining 55 patients constituting the study subgroup, 26 have been reviewed in detail. There were 15 males and 11 females, and the mean age at presentation was 36.7 years. Patients presented for evaluation at an average of 15 months after the onset of symptoms. Pain was the most common complaint, reported by 24 of the 26. Locking and giving way were reported by 10 and 5 patients, respectively. On examination, 13 patients had an effusion, 11 had joint line tenderness, and 10 had a palpable mass. The most common preoperative diagnosis was a meniscus tear (10 of the 26), followed by PVNS (4), "mass" (4), and anterior cruciate ligament injury (3). At surgery, the nodule of PVNS was found most frequently in the suprapatellar pouch (6 cases), followed by the femoral notch (4), lateral synovium/gutter (4), popliteal fossa (3), lateral compartment (3), and medial compartment (2). Fourteen of the procedures performed were open, and 12 were performed by arthroscopy. Ten of the 26 patients participated in a long-term follow-up via the Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale questionnaire (average, 65.8 months postoperatively; average score, 95.4/100). Of these 10, 7 returned for follow-up clinical examinations (6 excellent results and 1 good). All 10 patients

  6. Medium to long-term follow-up after ACL revision.

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    Lind, Martin; Lund, Bent; Faunø, Peter; Said, Sinan; Miller, Lene Lindberg; Christiansen, Svend Erik

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present study is to present epidemiology and clinical outcome after revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with an intermediate follow-up time of up to 9 years. A retrospective study of patients treated with ACL revision from 2001 to 2007 at a university referral clinic was conducted. Study follow-up was performed in 2010; this follow-up included objective IKDC scores, KOOS, Tegner and SANE subjective scores, KT-1000 knee laxity measurements and registration of reoperations and complications. One hundred and twenty-eight patients were available for follow-up. Median follow-up time was 6 (2-9) years. Mean age was 32 years, 50% were men. Eleven percent required staged procedures, 30% were reconstructed with allograft tendons and 23% had collateral ligament reconstruction in combination with the ACL revision. SANE knee global score (0-100) was 74 at follow-up, KOOS sub-scores were preoperatively 66, 69, 77, 42 and 39 for pain, symptoms, activity of daily living, sports and quality of life, respectively. At follow-up, scores were 70, 76, 81, 50 and 50, respectively. Sport and quality of life scores increased significantly. KT-1000 was 6.2 mm preoperatively and 2.5 at follow-up (P < 0.05). Six percent were re-revised and 2 patients had total knee replacements. Despite objective findings of acceptable sagittal knee stability at follow-up, subjective outcome scores indicate significant knee impairment with low scores in sport and quality of life. A re-revision rate of 6% after 6 years is acceptable. It is imperative that patients eligible for ACL revision receive proper counseling in terms of outcome expectancies. Retrospective case series, Level IV.

  7. Schultz metacarpophalangeal arthroplasty: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Adams, B D; Blair, W F; Shurr, D G

    1990-07-01

    We describe a prospective, long-term evaluation of the Schultz metacarpophalangeal joint implant. The prosthesis is a semiconstrained, cemented implant with a ball-in-socket articulation. Thirty-six implants were followed for an average of 10.9 years. There was a progressive decrease in range of motion and strength and a recurrence of ulnar deviation. The neck of the proximal phalangeal component fractured in 39% of the joints. Periarticular heterotopic bone formed in all joints, but was extensive in only 22%. Although some lucency of the bone-cement interface was seen in 80% of the joints, no prosthetic loosening occurred in this series. Our results indicate that long-term, intramedullary cement fixation of relatively long-stemmed components can be satisfactory. However, the articulated portion of this implant does not consistently withstand the stresses transmitted across the joint and does not provide long-term joint stability.

  8. Validation of a Multivariate Career and Educational Counseling Intervention Model Using Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Greenwood, Janet I.

    2008-01-01

    In this study, the author sought to validate the effectiveness of a multivariate career and educational counseling intervention model through long-term follow-up of clients seen in private practice. Effectiveness was measured by clients' commitment to and enjoyment of their chosen career paths and the relationship of these factors to adherence to…

  9. Long term follow-up of remission patients in adult acute leukemia.

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    Gerecke, D; Kress, M; Hirschmann, W D

    1983-10-03

    31 adults suffering from acute leukemia were followed for a period of more than 5 years after achieving complete remission. Maintenance chemotherapy consisted of antimetabolite treatment (mercaptopurine + methotrexate) as well as COAP reinduction every 3 months. Chemotherapy was stopped if the first complete remission lasted for 3 years ("long term remission"). This was the case in 8 out of 31 remission patients (26%). Analysis of hematological parameters at diagnose for long term remission patients revealed that the initial leukocyte count was of prognostic significance.

  10. Comparison of clinical outcomes of endodontic microsurgery: 1 year versus long-term follow-up.

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    Song, Minju; Nam, Taekjin; Shin, Su-Jung; Kim, Euiseong

    2014-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine and compare the clinical outcome of endodontic microsurgery after 1 year of follow-up and over a period of 4 years. The database of the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, was searched for patients who had undergone endodontic microsurgery and had been evaluated 1 year after surgery and over a period of 4 years. Two examiners independently evaluated the postoperative radiographs taken 1 year after surgery and over a period of 4 years using Rud's criteria. To analyze and compare the success rate based on the observation period, the McNemar test was performed with a significance level of 0.05. The study included 115 cases. Using Rud's criteria, the overall success rate of cases with 4 or more years of follow-up was 87.8% compared with 91.3% at 1 year of follow-up. There was no significant difference between the follow-up periods (P = .344). There was no significant difference in the clinical outcome after endodontic microsurgery when comparing 1-year follow-up periods with longer follow-up periods. Copyright © 2014 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Young and midlife stroke survivors' experiences with the health services and long-term follow-up needs.

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    Martinsen, Randi; Kirkevold, Marit; Sveen, Unni

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this qualitative study was to explore young and midlife stroke survivors' experiences with the health services and to identify long-term follow-up needs. Sixteen participants from two cohorts were interviewed in-depth. The interviews were analyzed applying a hermeneutic-phenomenological analysis. The participants struggled to gain access to follow-up health services. They felt that whether they were systematically followed up was more coincidental than planned. Young and midlife stroke survivors thus appear vulnerable to falling outside the follow-up system. Those participants who received some follow-up care perceived it as untailored to their specific needs. To be considered supportive, the follow-up programs must be in line with their long-term needs, take into account their particular challenges as young and midlife stroke survivors, and be planned in close collaboration with the individual patient. To secure systematic and follow-up health services tailored to the individual, knowledgeable and committed healthcare professionals should play a prominent role within the community health services.

  12. Long-Term Follow-Up of Echolalia and Question Answering.

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    Foxx, R. M.; Faw, Gerald D.

    1990-01-01

    A long-term followup (from 26 to 57 months) of echolalia and correct question-answering was conducted with six mentally retarded adult subjects identified from three previously published studies. Echolalia was lower than in baseline in 80.6 percent of the followups. Issues related to the study of maintenance are discussed. (Author/DB)

  13. Rett syndrome: long-term clinical follow-up experiences over four decades.

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    Hagberg, Bengt

    2005-09-01

    Long-term clinical profiles of female patients with classic Rett syndrome are presented and exemplified by three cases, as experienced over four decades. Emphasized is the frequently surprisingly well-preserved eye contact and primitive memory, in contrast to a premature neuromuscular aging and often advanced peripheral atrophy, usually combined with dystonic-rigid signs that are predominantly right sided.

  14. Stability and relapse after orthodontic treatment of deep bite cases-a long-term follow-up study.

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    Danz, J C; Greuter, C; Sifakakis, I; Fayed, M; Pandis, N; Katsaros, C

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this long-term follow-up study was twofold-firstly, to assess prevalence of relapse after treatment of deep bite malocclusion and secondly, to identify risk factors that predispose patients with deep bite malocclusion to relapse. Sixty-one former patients with overbite more than 50% incisor overlap before treatment were successfully recalled. Clinical data, morphometrical measurements on plaster casts before treatment, after treatment and at long-term follow-up, as well as cephalometric measurements before and after treatment were collected. The median follow-up period was 11.9 years. Patients were treated by various treatment modalities, and the majority of patients received at least a lower fixed retainer and an upper removable bite plate during retention. Relapse was defined as increase in incisor overlap from below 50% after treatment to equal or more than 50% incisor overlap at long-term follow-up. Ten per cent of the patients showed relapse to equal or larger than 50% incisor overlap, and their amount of overbite increase was low. Among all cases with deep bite at follow-up, gingival contact and palatal impingement were more prevalent in partially corrected noncompliant cases than in relapse cases. In this sample, prevalence and amount of relapse were too low to identify risk factors of relapse.

  15. Therapeutic approaches and long-term follow-up for prenatal hydronephrosis

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    Aydogdu, Bahattin; Tireli, Gulay; Demirali, Oyhan; Guvenc, Unal; Besik, Cemile; Sander, Serdar; Kiyak, Aysel

    2016-01-01

    Objective: This study summarises the outcomes of 149 patients who underwent surgery for antenatally diagnosed unilateral hydronephrosis. Methods: The medical records of such patients over a 23-year period were reviewed retrospectively. Age at the time of operation, preoperative and postoperative mean pelvic diameter on ultrasound, split renal function, washout patterns on scintigraphy, and early and late complications were recorded. Results: The mean preoperative follow-up period was five months (range: 1–66 months). One patient was operated on after 12 months and two patients after five years of follow-up. Mean preoperative pelvic diameter and renal function were 30.8 mm and 38.6%, respectively; all patients had an obstructive wash-out pattern. In the postoperative period, the corresponding measurements were 11.7 mm and 39.2%, with 111 non-obstructive, 24 partially obstructive, and 14 obstructive wash-out patterns. Three patients with severe caliectasis and low renal function underwent surgery despite mild hydronephrosis. The mean postoperative follow-up period was six (range 4–11) years. Complications developed in 14 (9.3%) patients. Conclusion: Patients with antenatal hydronephrosis may need surgery even after a follow-up period of six years. Because of the potential late development of complications, postoperative follow-up should be continued for 10 years. PMID:27375711

  16. [Long-term follow up of childhood cancer survivors in the Murcia Region: preferences and attitudes of Primary Care professionals].

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    Cárceles-Álvarez, A; Ortega-García, J A; Fuster-Soler, J L; Rivera-Pagán, G A; Bermúdez-Cortés, M; Gomariz-Peñalver, V; Monzó-Nuñez, E; López-Hernández, F A

    2015-10-01

    To assess attitudes, beliefs and knowledge of primary medical care professionals as regards the follow-up of Childhood Cancer Survivors (CCS) and the introduction of a Long-Term Follow-Up Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors in the Region of Murcia (PLASESCAP-MUR). Descriptive cross-sectional study using a structured, self-administered questionnaire. These questionnaires were sent to all primary medical care professionals in Murcia Health District 1. Response rate of 58% (100/172), with 71% and 22% being family physicians and pediatricians, respectively, of whom 49% provided medical care to a CCS in the last 5 years, with 84% reporting that they never or rarely received a detailed report of overall assessment of the survivor. More than 75% found that access to detailed follow-up information was quite or very useful; 95% prefer to consult experts when providing medical care to survivors, and 80% believe that improving the quality of the environment may decrease the morbidity and mortality of the survivors. A statistically significant relationship was found between the length of practicing medicine and the perception of the importance of environmental factors. It seems to be important to increase the training of primary care professionals for the long-term follow-up of CCS, as well as having the detailed information through a personalized long-term follow-up of each survivor. PLASESCAP-MUR offers an integrated follow-up to CCS in a model of shared care between Long Term Monitoring Units and Primary Care Units. Copyright © 2014 Asociación Española de Pediatría. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Underuse of long-term routine hospital follow-up care in patients with a history of breast cancer?

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    2011-01-01

    Background After primary treatment for breast cancer, patients are recommended to use hospital follow-up care routinely. Long-term data on the utilization of this follow-up care are relatively rare. Methods Information regarding the utilization of routine hospital follow-up care was retrieved from hospital documents of 662 patients treated for breast cancer. Utilization of hospital follow-up care was defined as the use of follow-up care according to the guidelines in that period of time. Determinants of hospital follow up care were evaluated with multivariate analysis by generalized estimating equations (GEE). Results The median follow-up time was 9.0 (0.3-18.1) years. At fifth and tenth year after diagnosis, 16.1% and 33.5% of the patients had less follow-up visits than recommended in the national guideline, and 33.1% and 40.4% had less frequent mammography than recommended. Less frequent mammography was found in older patients (age > 70; OR: 2.10; 95%CI: 1.62-2.74), patients with comorbidity (OR: 1.26; 95%CI: 1.05-1.52) and patients using hormonal therapy (OR: 1.51; 95%CI: 1.01-2.25). Conclusions Most patients with a history of breast cancer use hospital follow-up care according to the guidelines. In older patients, patients with comorbidity and patients receiving hormonal therapy yearly mammography is performed much less than recommended. PMID:21708039

  18. Long-term follow-up study of patients with refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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    Ross, Stephen; Fallon, Brian A; Petkova, Eva; Feinstein, Suzanne; Liebowitz, Michael R

    2008-01-01

    The authors prospectively followed patients with treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Between 1988 and 1995, 56 patients with a history of inadequate response to oral clomipramine received 14 infusions of intravenous clomipramine. The follow-up period ranged from 4 to 11 years after treatment. Of the 44 subjects interviewed at follow-up, 70.5% had current OCD and 29.5% had sub-threshold OCD. Almost half reported feeling much improved or very much improved compared to their state prior to treatment with intravenous clomipramine.

  19. Conservative surgical management of in situ subungual melanoma: long-term follow-up*

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    Anda-Juárez, Mariana Catalina De; Martínez-Velasco, María Abril; Fonte-Ávalos, Verónica; Toussaint-Caire, Sonia; Domínguez-Cherit, Judith

    2016-01-01

    Subungual melanoma represents 20% of all melanomas in Hispanic population. Here, we report the outcome of 15 patients with in situ subungual melanoma treated with resection of the nail unit with a 5-mm margin without amputation, followed up for 55.93 ± 43.08 months. The most common complications included inclusion cysts and nail spicules. We found no evidence of local or distant recurrences at the last visit of our follow up. Functional outcome was good, with only one patient reporting persistent mild pain. These results support functional, non-amputative surgical management of in situ subungual melanomas. PMID:28099619

  20. Long Term Follow up and Patient Satisfaction after Reduction Mammoplasty: Superomedial versus Inferior Pedicle

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    Makboul, Mohamed; Abdelhamid, Mahmoud; Al-Attar, Ghada

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND Surgery for hypertrophied breast represents a challenge for plastic surgeons. The search for a good cosmetic breast has led to the development of many techniques. Objectives for reduction mammoplasty are to achieve elevated, symmetrical breasts, with round shape, good projection, small cicatrices that are not very perceptible, and a lasting result. METHODS This study was carried out on 60 cases who had done reduction mammoplasty from January 2009 to December 2014. All patients were examined and asked for late post-operative results and overall patients’ satisfaction. RESULTS Long term projection and contour of the breast were more satisfactory among patients who had superomedial pedicle with a statistical significant difference. No statistical significant difference was observed between patients undergone either types of operations concerning breast symmetry, nipple symmetry and sensation. The mean score of satisfaction was higher among patients undergone superomedial pedicle than inferior pedicle. CONCLUSION The superomedial pedicle shows better long term cosmetic result in reduction mammoplasty. PMID:28289618

  1. Long-Term Follow-up Study of Children Developmentally Retarded by Early Environmental Deprivation.

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    Fujinaga, Tamotsu; And Others

    This paper reports on a 14-year follow-up study of two developmentally retarded Japanese children, a brother and sister, who had been kept shut up in a small shack before being rescued (at ages 5 and 6 respectively). Following birth they consistently suffered malnutrition, maternal deprivation, social isolation from adults, language deprivation,…

  2. Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anemia syndrome: long term follow-up.

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    Borgna-Pignatti, Caterina; Azzalli, Milena; Pedretti, Stefania

    2009-08-01

    Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anemia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder whose main symptoms are anemia, diabetes mellitus, and sensorineural deafness. We describe a 20-year follow-up of 2 previously reported patients and of 1 patient diagnosed before onset of symptoms and treated with thiamine since the first sign of disease.

  3. Long-term follow-up of autogenous tooth bone graft blocks with dental implants.

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    Kim, Young-Kyun; Pang, Kang-Mi; Yun, Pil-Young; Leem, Dae-Ho; Um, In-Woong

    2017-02-01

    Demineralized dentin matrix block (ABTB: Autogenous Tooth Bone Graft Block) is 3-D scaffold with same components and geometry with alveolar bone. ABTB is well incorporated and remodelled into cortico-cancellous bone with dental implant. The shape and volume were maintained with little marginal bone loss after average 44 months of follow-up.

  4. Developmental Follow-Up of Long-Term Infant Tracheostomy: A Preliminary Report.

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    Singer, Lynn Twarog; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Tracheostomized infants tended to be white, male, and premature, with moderate to severe medical illness. The majority of survivors presented with multiple physical and mental handicaps. Follow-up of survivors without other major handicapping conditions suggested an association with impaired physical and emotional development, even when cognitive…

  5. [Colonoscopy in the long-term follow-up of surgical anastomoses of the large intestine].

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    Rossini, F P; Ferrari, A; Roatta, L; Presti, F; Boido, C

    1976-10-15

    On the bases of personal experience the importance of endoscopic examination of the colon in the follow-up of patients who have been subjected to resection of the large intestine is emphasized. Fibercoloscopy permits direct observation of "high" surgical anastomoses, which are inaccessible for examination with rigid rectosigmoidoscope, and thus opens the way to precise diagnosis and a correct therapeutic approach.

  6. Pemphigus with characteristics of dermatitis herpetiformis. A long-term follow-up of five patients.

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    Ingber, A; Feuerman, E J

    1986-11-01

    Five patients had a form of pemphigus which in its early stages resembled dermatitis herpetiform, although the immunofluorescent findings were typical of pemphigus. Potassium iodide tests, performed for the first time in such patients, showed positive results in two patients. Follow-ups ranging from 5 to 14 years have shown a benign course with low to absent dosages of steroids.

  7. Long-term follow-up after iodine-131 treatment for Plummer's disease (autonomous goiter)

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    Wiener, J.D.

    1985-04-01

    A follow-up study is presented in 88 patients treated with I-131 for Plummer's disease (localized autonomous thyroid function, either multifocal or as a solitary nodule) one to 17 years before the present study. Studies included clinical examination, scintigraphy, and function tests. One patient was hypothyroid, seven were marginally hyperthyroid, and five still received low dose antithyroid drugs. Of 75 euthyroid patients, the thyrotropin (TSH) response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) was absent in 16 (generally with scintigraphic evidence of autonomous function), subnormal in 20, and normal in 39. A single autonomous nodule prior to treatment was found relatively frequently in males and in patients with a normal TRH test at follow-up. Most goiters had become smaller and one third of all solitary nodules could not be detected anymore. Autonomous function at follow-up was probably due to residual rather than recurrent disease in most, if not all, cases. It is concluded that I-131 therapy is at least as satisfactory as partial thyroidectomy in the treatment of Plummer's disease; lifelong follow-up was not found to be necessary.

  8. Rett females: patterns of characteristic side-asymmetric neuroimpairments at long-term follow-up.

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    Hagberg, B; Romell, M

    2002-12-01

    From a follow-up series of 24 classical Rett syndrome females (13-59 years of age), side asymmetries of neuroimpairments were systematically investigated. A characteristic right-sided dominance in terms of dysfunction and neurology was revealed. Differences in the perinatal/early postnatal development of finer brain net structures between brain halves are suggested as a possible explanation.

  9. Long-term follow-up of children conceived through assisted reproductive technology.

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    Lu, Yue-hong; Wang, Ning; Jin, Fan

    2013-05-01

    Children conceived via assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are nowadays a substantial proportion of the population. It is important to follow up these children and evaluate whether they have elevated health risks compared to naturally conceived (NC) children. In recent years there has been a lot of work in this field. This review will summarize what is known about the health of ART-conceived children, encompassing neonatal outcomes, birth defects, growth and gonadal developments, physical health, neurological and neurodevelopmental outcomes, psychosocial developments, risk for cancer, and epigenetic abnormalities. Most of the children conceived after ART are normal. However, there is increasing evidence that ART-conceived children are at higher risk of poor perinatal outcome, birth defects, and epigenetic disorders, and the mechanism(s) leading to these changes have not been elucidated. Continuous follow-up of children after ART is of great importance as they progress through adolescence into adulthood, and new ART techniques are constantly being introduced.

  10. Desmoplastic fibroma in the proximal femur: A case report with long-term follow-up

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    GONG, YU-BAO; QU, LI-MEI; QI, XIN; LIU, JIAN-GUO

    2015-01-01

    Desmoplastic fibroma of the bone is an extremely rare primary benign tumor. The present study reports a case of desmoplastic fibroma of the bone with the longest published follow-up. A 21-year-old female presented to The First Hospital of Jilin University (Changchun, Jilin, China) with thigh pain. Radiography demonstrated a lytic expansile lesion in the proximal femur. Curettage was performed, followed by use of an allogeneic graft. One month later, the patient suffered a pathological fracture and was treated with an open reduction and internal fixation. There was no recurrence of the tumor over a 28-year follow-up period. In conclusion, desmoplastic fibroma in the proximal femur is rare and an intralesional resection is strongly recommended to prevent recurrence. The disease may be misdiagnosed as a bone cyst, so the diagnosis should be confirmed with a histological examination. PMID:26622872

  11. [Permanent pacemakers in children. The indications, complications and long-term follow-up].

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    Camacho-Casillas, R; Vizcaíno-Alarcón, A; García-Hernández, N; Hurtado-del Río, D; Cerviño-Bárcena, L; Gordillo-Tobar, L

    1992-08-01

    Definitive pacemakers were placed in 27 children from June 1970 to October 1988. The indication for the pacemakers was congenital auriculoventricular block in 12 patients who were symptomatic; 8 were children with postoperative auriculoventricular block; 4 had developed complete auriculoventricular block from myocardiopathies and 3 from idiopathic sick-sinus syndrome. Two patients died: one 4 months after placement of the pacemaker due to unrelated causes, and the other 14 years later due to fracture of the electrode. There were 23 who were reoperated for different reasons but the most frequent was battery failure in 8 patients and pacemaker malfunction in 4 patients. The electrode was implanted in the epicardium in 21 patients and via subclavian vein into the endocardium in 6 cases. The growth and development physically and mentally were normal during the follow-up of these children. The average follow-up period was 55.6 months.

  12. Long-term follow-up in distal renal tubular acidosis with sensorineural deafness.

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    Peces, R

    2000-11-01

    A 20-year-old man presented with failure to thrive and bilateral genu valgum. On the basis of growth failure, skeletal deformity, hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis with alkaline urine and hypokalemia, nephrocalcinosis, and hearing loss, a diagnosis of distal renal tubular acidosis (DRTA) with sensorineural deafness was made. The genu valgum was treated by corrective osteotomy. Skeletal deformity was corrected and impaired growth improved after sustained therapy of metabolic acidosis with alkali supplementation. During an 8-year follow-up period the patient's glomerular filtration rate remained stable, the nephrocalcinosis did not progress, and his height increased 10 cm. Although nephrolithiasis led to atrophy of the right kidney, at last follow-up, when the patient was 44 years old, his creatinine clearance was 50 ml/min per 1.73 m2 body surface.

  13. [A long-term follow-up of a patient with DIDMOAD (Wolfram) syndrome].

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    Shiono, T; Noro, M; Abe, S

    1991-03-01

    A 19-year-old Japanese woman developed diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus and optic atrophy. Other abnormal ocular findings included color blindness, elevated dark adaptation threshold and constriction of visual fields. Diabetic retinopathy, which is considered to be rare in this syndrome, also was found in the fundi of this patient. During the nine-year follow-up period, diabetic retinopathy deteriorated despite treatment by photocoagulation and vitrectomy, suggesting the importance of ophthalmological examinations in patients with DIDMOAD syndrome.

  14. Central odontogenic fibroma: a case report with long-term follow-up.

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    Brazão-Silva, Marco T; Fernandes, Alexandre V; Durighetto-Júnior, Antônio F; Cardoso, Sérgio V; Loyola, Adriano M

    2010-08-13

    An osteolytic tumour of the mandible with prominent expansive growth on the alveolar ridge and displacement of the involved teeth is described in a 28-year-old man. The lesion was diagnosed as a central odontogenic fibroma, an uncommon benign neoplasm derived from dental apparatus, and was removed by curettage. The patient remains asymptomatic after thirteen years of follow-up, which supports the claimed indolent behavior of this poorly documented disease and the adequacy of a conservative surgical treatment.

  15. Central odontogenic fibroma: a case report with long-term follow-up

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    2010-01-01

    An osteolytic tumour of the mandible with prominent expansive growth on the alveolar ridge and displacement of the involved teeth is described in a 28-year-old man. The lesion was diagnosed as a central odontogenic fibroma, an uncommon benign neoplasm derived from dental apparatus, and was removed by curettage. The patient remains asymptomatic after thirteen years of follow-up, which supports the claimed indolent behavior of this poorly documented disease and the adequacy of a conservative surgical treatment. PMID:20707924

  16. Long-term follow-up and late complications following treatment of pediatric urologic disorders.

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    Akhavan, Ardavan; Stock, Jeffrey A

    2011-01-01

    Many pediatric urologic disorders have sequelae that may affect patients well into adulthood. Despite adequate treatment, many patients are at risk for progressive urologic deterioration years after surgical reconstruction. While many pediatric urologists follow their patients years after surgery, screening for late complications is a shared responsibility with primary care providers. This article discusses potential late complications and appropriate follow-up for patients who have a history of ureteral reimplantation, pyeloplasty, hypospadias repair, posterior urethral valve ablation, and intestinal interposition.

  17. Long-Term Follow-Up of Adults with Gender Identity Disorder.

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    Ruppin, Ulrike; Pfäfflin, Friedemann

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this study was to re-examine individuals with gender identity disorder after as long a period of time as possible. To meet the inclusion criterion, the legal recognition of participants' gender change via a legal name change had to date back at least 10 years. The sample comprised 71 participants (35 MtF and 36 FtM). The follow-up period was 10-24 years with a mean of 13.8 years (SD = 2.78). Instruments included a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods: Clinical interviews were conducted with the participants, and they completed a follow-up questionnaire as well as several standardized questionnaires they had already filled in when they first made contact with the clinic. Positive and desired changes were determined by all of the instruments: Participants reported high degrees of well-being and a good social integration. Very few participants were unemployed, most of them had a steady relationship, and they were also satisfied with their relationships with family and friends. Their overall evaluation of the treatment process for sex reassignment and its effectiveness in reducing gender dysphoria was positive. Regarding the results of the standardized questionnaires, participants showed significantly fewer psychological problems and interpersonal difficulties as well as a strongly increased life satisfaction at follow-up than at the time of the initial consultation. Despite these positive results, the treatment of transsexualism is far from being perfect.

  18. [Importance of long-term follow-up of diabetes insipidus; from lymphocytic hypophysitis to germinoma].

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    Amat Madramany, A; Gastaldo Simeón, E; Revert Ventura, A; Escobar Hoyos, L A; Riesgo Suárez, P

    2015-01-01

    A case is presented of a 10-year old boy who had a hypothalamic-pituitary axis disorder. He initially presented with diabetes insipidus that progressed to panhypopituitarism. A hidden hypothalamic lesion should be suspected in all these cases, and should be followed up. New lesions were found in the pituitary stem three years later. Although tumor markers were negative, there was an increase in size, and a biopsy was performed. The histopathology reported a Lymphocytic Hypophysitis. There were increases in the tumor markers during the follow-up, thus a second biopsy was performed, with the diagnosis of Germinoma. Lymphocytic Hypophysitis is an uncommon diagnosis in children. Few cases have been reported, and in some cases, they were later diagnosed with Germinoma. We believe this case highlights the importance of the follow-up of children with Central Diabetes Insipidus with a normal MRI, as well as not taking the diagnosis of Lymphocytic Hypophysitis/lymphocytic Infundibular neurohypophysitis as definitive, as it is a rare diagnosis at this age, and could mask a Germinoma, as recorded in some cases.

  19. Long-term follow-up of papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas with bone metastasis

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    Chen, Szu-Tah; Hsueh, Chuen; Li, Chia-Lin; Chao, Tzu-Chieh

    2017-01-01

    The aims of this study were to investigate papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas with bone metastasis in various clinical presentations and to determine the prognostic factors after multimodality treatment. A retrospective analysis was performed of 3,120 patients with papillary and follicular thyroid carcinoma. Of these patients, 131 (including 97 women, 71.8%) were diagnosed with bone metastasis and underwent follow-up at the Chang Gung Medical Center. Patients with bone metastasis were categorized into two groups. Group A was comprised of patients who were diagnosed with bone metastasis either before thyroidectomy or within 6 months of the initial thyroidectomy (90 patients, 68.7%). Group B was comprised of patients with bone metastasis who received a diagnosis 6 months post-thyroidectomy in the follow-up period (41 patients, 31.3%). After a mean follow-up period of 8.4 ± 7.0 years, there were 88 deaths (67.2%) attributed to thyroid cancer and 13 patients (9.9%) achieved disease-free status. A multivariate analysis showed that older age, early diagnosis, and brain metastasis were each associated with a poor prognosis. The difference in disease-specific mortality rates between groups A and B was significant (p < 0.0001). In conclusion, papillary and follicular thyroid cancers with bone metastasis have a high rate of mortality. Despite this high mortality, 9.9% patients still had an excellent response to treatment. PMID:28278295

  20. Long-term follow-up of a patient with achondroplasia treated with an orthodontic approach.

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    Mori, Hiroyo; Matsumoto, Kazuma; Kawai, Nobuhiko; Izawa, Takashi; Horiuchi, Shinya; Tanaka, Eiji

    2017-04-01

    We successfully treated a patient with achondroplasia with conventional orthodontic techniques. It was followed by long-term retention. The patient, a 12-year-old boy, had chief complaints of occlusal disturbance and mandibular protrusion. He had been diagnosed with achondroplasia and had growth hormone treatment in his early teenage years. His facial profile was concave with a bulging forehead and a retrognathic maxilla. It was characterized by a skeletal Class III jaw-base relationship with a retropositioned maxilla. At the age of 12 years 9 months, maxillary protraction was initiated with a reverse headgear; for 2 years 6 months, the maxillomandibular growth was controlled. After the growth spurt, at the age of 15 years 6 months, leveling and alignment of both dental arches were started with preadjusted edgewise appliances. After 83 months of multibracket treatment, an acceptable occlusion with a Class I molar relationship and an adequate interincisal relationship was achieved, despite the simultaneous marked vertical growth of the mandible. The resultant occlusion was stable during a 6-year retention period, although considerable forward-downward mandibular growth was observed. Conclusively, our results indicated the necessity of long-term observation in this patient with achondroplasia, especially because of the persistent mandibular growth. Copyright © 2017 American Association of Orthodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Long-term follow-up of children treated with the modified Atkins diet.

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    Chen, Wendy; Kossoff, Eric H

    2012-06-01

    The modified Atkins diet has been studied in mostly short-term clinical trials and case series. No studies have systematically examined the long-term benefits and side effects. The modified Atkins diet was started without prior ketogenic diet use in 87 children at the Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2002, of which 54 continued for more than 6 months. Children who had not been seen within the past 2 years were contacted by phone and email. At their most recent point during the modified Atkins diet (mean 19.9 months), 30 of 54 (55%) children with diet durations of more than 6 months achieved >50% improvement; 19 (35%) were seizure-free. Using an intent-to-treat analysis, at 12 months, 33 of 87 (38%) had >50% seizure reduction; 16 (18%) were seizure-free. These results are similar to published data for short-term modified Atkins diet and long-term ketogenic diet use. Side effects were predominantly elevations in lipid profile and gastrointestinal upset.

  2. Long-term follow-up and patient satisfaction after reduction mammoplasty: Superomedial versus inferior pedicle

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    Makboul, Mohamed; Abdelhamid, Mahmoud S.; Al-Attar, Ghada S.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Surgery for hypertrophied breasts represents a challenge for plastic surgeons. The search for a good post-surgical cosmetic breast has led to the development of many techniques. Objectives for reduction mammoplasty are to achieve elevated, symmetrical breasts, a round shape, good projection, small cicatrices that are not very perceptible, and a lasting result. Patients and Methods: This study was carried out on sixty cases who had done reduction mammoplasty from January 2009 to December 2014. All patients were examined and were asked for late post-operative results and overall patients' satisfaction. Results: Long-term projection and contour of the breast were more satisfactory among patients who had superomedial pedicle with a statistically significant difference. No statistically significant difference was observed between patients underwent either superomedial or inferior pedicle reduction mammoplasty with regard to breast shape symmetry, nipple symmetry and sensation. The mean score for satisfaction was higher among patients who underwent superomedial pedicle rather than the inferior pedicle method. Conclusion: The superomedial pedicle shows better long-term cosmetic results. PMID:27833284

  3. Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction: treatment and long term follow up of 44 patients

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    Heneyke, S; Smith, V; Spitz, L; Milla, P

    1999-01-01

    AIMS—To document the long term course of chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction syndrome (CIIPS) in children with defined enteric neuromuscular disease, and the place and type of surgery used in their management; in addition, to identify prognostic factors.
METHODS—Children with CIIPS were investigated and treated prospectively.
RESULTS—Twenty four children presented congenitally, eight during the 1st year of life, and 10 later. Twenty two had myopathy and 16 neuropathy (11 familial). Malrotation was present in 16 patients, 10 had short small intestine, six had non-hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, and 16 had urinary tract involvement. Thirty two patients needed long term parenteral nutrition (TPN): for less than six months in 19 and for more than six months in 13, 10 of whom are TPN dependent; 14 are now enteral feeding. Prokinetic treatment improved six of 22. Intestinal decompression stomas were used in 36, colostomy relieved symptoms in five of 11, and ileostomy in 16 of 31. A poor outcome (death (14) or TPN dependence (10)) was seen with malrotation (13 of 16), short small bowel (eight of nine), urinary tract involvement (12 of 16), and myopathic histology (15 of 22).
CONCLUSIONS—In CIIPS drugs are not helpful but decompression stomas are. Outcome was poor in 24 of 44 children (15 muscle disorder, 10nerve disease).

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  4. Long-term follow-up of women and men after unsuccessful IVF.

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    Filetto, Juliana N; Makuch, Maria Y

    2005-10-01

    The experience of 92 couples, who had unsuccessfully undergone one or more IVF cycles at a university clinic, was evaluated 3-8 years following their last failed attempt. One member of each couple completed a telephone questionnaire regarding life events during their last IVF cycle performed at the clinic and at the time of the interview. Some couples had continued further treatment and some had not. Multivariate correspondence analysis was used to analyse the data. Regarding the long-term experience of couples who had undergone further treatment, for men the main experiences were psychological problems and having adopted a child. For women, the main experiences were related to problems of self-image, psychological problems, loss of hope, and having adopted a child. These women also presented a strong association with problems in their marital relationship and with adoption. For the group that did not undergo further treatment, the women showed a strong association with considering adoption, and a less intense association with psychological problems and loss of hope. The men presented psychological problems and having adopted a child as associated variables. Comparison between men and women showed that recognizing the impossibility of conceiving a child and giving up treatment were strongly associated. Men and women who had not continued with further treatment were more affected in the long term than those who had undergone further treatment after IVF failure.

  5. Stability and development of psychotic symptoms and the use of antipsychotic medication - long-term follow-up.

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    Gotfredsen, D R; Wils, R S; Hjorthøj, C; Austin, S F; Albert, N; Secher, R G; Thorup, A A E; Mors, O; Nordentoft, M

    2017-09-01

    Few studies have evaluated the development in the use of antipsychotic medication and psychotic symptoms in patients with first-episode psychosis on a long-term basis. Our objective was to investigate how psychotic symptoms and the use of antipsychotic medication changed over a 10-year period in a cohort of patients with first-episode psychosis. The study is a longitudinal prospective cohort study over 10 years with follow-ups at years 1, 2, 5 and 10. A total of 496 patients with first-episode psychosis were included in a multi-centre study initiated between 1998 and 2000 in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark. At all follow-ups, a large proportion (20-30%) of patients had remission of psychotic symptoms without use of antipsychotic medication at the time of the follow-up. Patients who were in this group at the 5-year follow-up had an 87% [95% confidence interval (CI) 77-96%] chance of being in the same group at the 10-year follow-up. This stability was also the case for patients who had psychotic symptoms and were treated with antipsychotic medication at year 5, where there was a 67% (95% CI 56-78%) probability of being in this group at the consecutive follow-up. A large group of patients with psychotic illness were in remission without the use of antipsychotic medication, peaking at year 10. Overall there was a large degree of stability in disease courses over the 10-year period. These results suggest that the long-term outcome of psychotic illness is heterogeneous and further investigation on a more individualized approach to long-term treatment is needed.

  6. Electrophysiological detection of scalar changing perimodiolar cochlear electrode arrays: a long term follow-up study.

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    Mittmann, Philipp; Todt, I; Ernst, A; Rademacher, G; Mutze, S; Göricke, S; Schlamann, M; Ramalingam, R; Lang, S; Christov, F; Arweiler-Harbeck, D

    2016-12-01

    The position of the cochlear electrode array within the scala tympani is essential for an optimal hearing benefit. An intraoperative NRT-ratio was established, which can provide information about the intraoperative intracochlear electrode array position for perimodiolar electrodes. The aims of this study were to verify the longterm reliability for the NRT-ratio in perimodiolar electrodes. In a retrospective controlled study in a Tertiary Referral Center the electrophysiological data sets of 123 patients with implanted Nucleus Contour Advance electrodes were enclosed. Intraoperative and up to 1 year follow-up Auto-NRTs were evaluated. A NRT-ratio was calculated by dividing the average Auto-NRT data from electrode 16 to 18 with the average from electrode 5 to 7. Using a flat panel tomography system, the position of the electrode array was certified radiological. 31 patients with perimodiolar electrodes with 1 year follow-up data were included in the study. Eleven patients showed regular follow-up NRT-ratio with a correlated and radiologically confirmed electrode position. 20 patients showed mismatches between the NRT-ratio and the radiological position. These patients were highly variable in terms of duration of deafness and neural spectrum disorders. The NRT-ratio can be used to determine the intracochlear position of the electrode array for perimodiolar electrodes. Intraoperatively the NRT-ratio predicts the array position within the cochlea highly reliable for perimodiolar electrodes. We showed that after 6 months and a year, the NRT-ratio remains unchanged in most of the cases and shows a good correlation to the radiological determined position of the array. Nevertheless, the condition of the neural structures is highly important for reproducible responses. Limited validity is given in patients with degenerative and structural neural disorders.

  7. Racial Disparities in Oncologic Outcomes After Radical Prostatectomy: Long-term Follow-up

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    Faisal, Farzana A.; Sundi, Debasish; Cooper, John L.; Humphreys, Elizabeth B.; Partin, Alan W.; Han, Misop; Ross, Ashley E.; Schaeffer, Edward M.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To report race-based outcomes after radical prostatectomy (RP) in a cohort stratified by National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) risk category with updated follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS Studies describing racial disparities in outcomes after RP are conflicting. We studied 15,993 white and 1634 African American (AA) pretreatment-naïve men who underwent RP at our institution (1992–2013) with complete preoperative and pathologic data. Pathologic outcomes were compared between races using appropriate statistical tests; biochemical recurrence (BCR) for men with complete follow-up was compared using multivariate models that controlled separately for preoperative and postoperative covariates. RESULTS Very low- and low-risk AA men were more likely to have positive surgical margins (P <.01), adverse pathologic features (P <.01), and be upgraded at RP (P <.01). With a median follow-up of 4.0 years after RP, AA race was an independent predictor of BCR among NCCN low-risk (HR, 2.16; P <.001) and intermediate-risk (hazard ratio [HR], 1.34; P = .024) classes and pathologic Gleason score ≤6 (HR, 2.42; P <.001) and Gleason score 7 (HR, 1.71; P <.001). BCR-free survival for very low-risk AA men was similar to low-risk white men (P = .890); BCR-free survival for low-risk AA men was similar to intermediate-risk white men (P = .060). CONCLUSION When stratified by NCCN risk, AA men with very low-, low-, or intermediate-risk prostate cancer who undergo RP are more likely to have adverse pathologic findings and BCR compared with white men. AA men with “low risk” prostate cancer, especially those considering active surveillance, should be counseled that their recurrence risks can resemble those of whites in higher risk categories. PMID:25432835

  8. Long-term clinical and radiographic follow up of subluxated and intruded maxillary primary anterior teeth.

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    Qassem, Aya; Martins, Nathália da Motta; da Costa, Vanessa Polina Pereira; Torriani, Dione Dias; Pappen, Fernanda Geraldo

    2015-02-01

    This study aimed to determine the kinds of sequelae resulting from intrusive luxation and subluxative injuries in primary anterior teeth as well as the timing of such sequelae. In this longitudinal retrospective study, data were collected from dental records and radiographs of patients with traumatic dental injury (TDI) treated at the Centre for the Study and Treatment of Dental Trauma in Primary Dentition (Pelotas, RS, Brazil). Fifty-two children, with seventy intruded teeth, and 76 children, with 99 subluxated teeth, met the inclusion criteria. Sequelae, such as crown discoloration, fistula, pulp canal obliteration (PCO), inflammatory root resorption (IRR), and internal root resorption, were investigated. The data on the sequelae were distributed into eight follow-up periods: 0-30 days, 31-90 days, 91-180 days, 181-365 days, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, and >4 years. The sample comprised 99 subluxation cases and 70 intruded teeth. Crown discoloration was the most prevalent sequelae. Among the subluxated teeth, <50% of IRR, fistula, crown discoloration, and PCO occurred within 180 days after TDI; however, the sequelae were also diagnosed after longer periods. Majority of sequelae of intrusion were diagnosed within the 181-365 days and 1-2 years periods but were also observed after more than 4 years of follow up. For both intrusion and subluxation, trauma sequelae were diagnosed even after the 3-4 years of follow-up. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Risk factors and long-term follow-up of adrenal incidentalomas.

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    Barzon, L; Scaroni, C; Sonino, N; Fallo, F; Paoletta, A; Boscaro, M

    1999-02-01

    The natural course of adrenal incidentalomas and the risk that such lesions evolve toward hormonal hypersecretion or malignancy are still under evaluation. Of 246 consecutive patients with adrenal incidentaloma studied at our institution in the last 15 yr, 91 underwent surgery. Of the remaining patients, a group of 75 (52 females and 23 males; median age, 56 yr; range, 19-77 yr) with incidentally discovered asymptomatic adrenal masses (60 unilateral and 15 bilateral; median diameter, 2.5 cm; range, 1.0-5.6) was enrolled in an endocrine and morphological follow-up of at least 2 yr after diagnosis (median, 4 yr; range, 2-10). During follow-up, no patients developed malignancy; 9 showed mass enlargement, with appearance of a new mass in the contralateral gland in 2; 3 developed adrenal hyperfunction (overt Cushing's syndrome in 2, nonclinical hypercortisolism in 1); and 3 showed adrenal mass enlargement associated with adrenal hyperfunction (nonclinical hypercortisolism in 2, pheochromocytoma in 1). The estimated cumulative risks to develop mass enlargement and hyperfunction were 8% and 4%, respectively, after 1 yr, 18% and 9.5% after 5 yr, and 22.8% and 9.5% after 10 yr. Nine risk factors for adrenal mass enlargement or hyperfunction were arbitrarily selected and evaluated: sex, age, presence of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, abnormal endocrine tests, mass size, mass location, and scintigraphic uptake pattern. Three of them attained statistical significance: mass size of 3 cm or more at diagnosis and exclusive radiocholesterol uptake by the mass at scintigraphy had relevance for the occurrence of adrenal hyperfunction, whereas the presence of endocrine test abnormalities at diagnosis had predictive value for mass enlargement. It is concluded that subtle hormonal abnormalities are risk factors for mass size increase, which is not a sign of malignant transformation. Both mass size of 3 cm or more at diagnosis and exclusive radiocholesterol uptake, indicating higher

  10. [Psychosocial impact of breast cancer in long-term survival: proposal of an integral follow-up care for survivors].

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    Vivar, Cristina G

    2012-05-01

    The aim of the article is to show the psychosocial impact of breast cancer in the long-term survival and to promote the idea of implementing a follow-up plan for survivors. A narrative review of published articles on the experience of survival in breast cancer survivors was conducted. Data were organised according to the domains of measurement (physical, psychological and social) of the Quality of Life of Long-term Breast Cancer Survivors Scale (LTQOL-BC). Breast cancer survivors may feel emotionally affected by the physical sequels (mastectomy, lymphedema, early menopause, and infertility), psychological (fear of recurrence and emotional stress) and/or social (family relationships and employment changes). The data are the foundation of a proposal of specific follow-up care for breast cancer survivors.

  11. Long-term follow-up of behavioral treatment for obesity: patterns of weight regain among men and women.

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    Kramer, F M; Jeffery, R W; Forster, J L; Snell, M K

    1989-01-01

    Maintenance of weight loss continues to be a critical concern in behavioral treatment programs. Problems with the acquisition and/or application of behavioral skills are a likely contributor to relapse. However, biological models, especially the hypothesis of a body weight setpoint, are being offered increasingly as alternative explanations for maintenance failure. Within the context of these sometimes opposing viewpoints the present study describes long-term weight outcomes for 114 men and 38 women assessed annually for 4 or 5 years following completion of a 15 week behavioral weight loss program. Although significant mean weight loss was evident at long-term follow-up, a negatively accelerating pattern of weight regain was the predominant outcome. Less than 3 percent of the subjects were at or below their posttreatment weight on all follow-up visits. Consistent sex differences were found, with women having better weight loss maintenance than men. Implications and potential future directions are discussed.

  12. Microabrasion in tooth enamel discoloration defects: three cases with long-term follow-ups

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    SUNDFELD, Renato Herman; SUNDFELD-NETO, Daniel; MACHADO, Lucas Silveira; FRANCO, Laura Molinar; FAGUNDES, Ticiane Cestari; BRISO, André Luiz Fraga

    2014-01-01

    Superficial irregularities and certain intrinsic stains on the dental enamel surfaces can be resolved by enamel microabrasion, however, treatment for such defects need to be confined to the outermost regions of the enamel surface. Dental bleaching and resin-based composite repair are also often useful for certain situations for tooth color corrections. This article presented and discussed the indications and limitations of enamel microabrasion treatment. Three case reports treated by enamel microabrasion were also presented after 11, 20 and 23 years of follow-ups. PMID:25141208

  13. Long-term follow-up of corticosteroid injection for traumatic olecranon bursitis.

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    Weinstein, P S; Canoso, J J; Wohlgethan, J R

    1984-01-01

    Forty-seven patients with traumatic olecranon bursitis were evaluated after a mean follow-up of 31 months (range 6 to 62 months). Twenty-two patients treated with bursal aspiration had delayed recovery and no complications of therapy. Twenty-five patients treated with intrabursal injection of 20 mg of triamcinolone hexacetonide had rapid recovery, usually within one week, but suffered complications such as infection (3 cases), skin atrophy (5 cases), and chronic local pain (7 cases). Since spontaneous resolution can be expected, a conservative approach is suggested in the treatment of traumatic olecranon bursitis. Images PMID:6696516

  14. Double Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Stomach with a Long-term Endoscopic Follow-up

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    Doi, Ayako; Sumiyoshi, Tetsuya; Omori, Yuko; Oyamada, Yumiko; Kumano, Koki; Yoshizaki, Naohito; Hirayama, Michiaki; Suzuki, Yoshinori; Okushiba, Syunichi; Kogawa, Takahiro; Doi, Toshihiko; Kondo, Hitoshi

    2016-01-01

    A 56-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a growing gastric submucosal tumor. An upper endoscopic examination revealed two gastric tumors, an original polypoid tumor and a newly diagnosed superficial tumor. Boring biopsied specimens of the submucosal tumor showed gastric plasmacytoma; however, the other specimens showed no malignancy. Blood diseases were ruled out using various examinations; therefore, we diagnosed the tumor as extramedullary gastric plasmacytoma. The patient underwent laparoscopic distal gastrectomy, and both tumors were thus revealed to be plasmacytomas. We experienced a rare case with two differently shaped extramedullary gastric plasmacytomas without significant morphologic change during the follow-up. PMID:27980257

  15. Double Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Stomach with a Long-term Endoscopic Follow-up.

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    Doi, Ayako; Sumiyoshi, Tetsuya; Omori, Yuko; Oyamada, Yumiko; Kumano, Koki; Yoshizaki, Naohito; Hirayama, Michiaki; Suzuki, Yoshinori; Okushiba, Syunichi; Kogawa, Takahiro; Doi, Toshihiko; Kondo, Hitoshi

    A 56-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a growing gastric submucosal tumor. An upper endoscopic examination revealed two gastric tumors, an original polypoid tumor and a newly diagnosed superficial tumor. Boring biopsied specimens of the submucosal tumor showed gastric plasmacytoma; however, the other specimens showed no malignancy. Blood diseases were ruled out using various examinations; therefore, we diagnosed the tumor as extramedullary gastric plasmacytoma. The patient underwent laparoscopic distal gastrectomy, and both tumors were thus revealed to be plasmacytomas. We experienced a rare case with two differently shaped extramedullary gastric plasmacytomas without significant morphologic change during the follow-up.

  16. Long-term follow-up of cloth-covered Starr-Edwards prostheses.

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    Carey, J S

    1976-05-01

    One hundred patients in whom cloth-covered Starr-Edwards prostheses were implanted have now been followed for 3 to 7 years. The hospital mortality rate was 5 per cent, and survival at five years was 70 per cent. Complications related to valve design occurred in 8 per cent (4 per cent fatal). The majority of late deaths and poor results were related to progressive cardiac disease rather than valve-related complications. The results indicate that cloth-covered prostheses have significantly lowered the incidence of thromboembolism and eliminated poppet dysfunction. The problem of strut cloth wear was clinically observed only twice in 500 patient-years of follow-up.

  17. Long-term follow-up of heel spur surgery. A 10-year retrospective study.

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    Vohra, P K; Giorgini, R J; Sobel, E; Japour, C J; Villalba, M A; Rostkowski, T

    1999-02-01

    A comparative retrospective study of 48 open heel spur surgeries and 20 endoscopic plantar fasciotomies was conducted involving 59 patients over a 10-year period. There was a significant reduction in heel pain at the time of follow-up (average, 3 years) for both groups. Overall, 85% of procedures were associated with patient satisfaction with the results, and patients said that they would recommend heel spur surgery for relief of severe heel pain in 94% of cases. Factors influencing the postoperative outcome, such as duration of preoperative symptoms, extent of conservative care, and obesity, are discussed.

  18. Odd MECP2-mutated Rett variant-long-term follow-up profile to age 25.

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    Hagberg, Bengt; Erlandsson, Anna; Kyllerman, Mårten; Larsson, Gunillla

    2003-01-01

    A 25-year-old MECP2-mutated female with odd developmental and dyspraxic/ataxic features, followed up through two decades, is reported. She does not fit either the classical Rett syndrome or the criteria required for any Rett variant phenotypes so far described. Nevertheless, she belongs clinically to the latter group. This case deserves attention in order, among other things, to provide important clues to better understand the puzzling battery of neuroimpairments and behavioural abnormalities met in classical Rett phenotypes and Rett variants defined thus far.

  19. Long-term follow-up after purine analogue therapy in hairy cell leukaemia.

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    Else, Monica; Dearden, Claire E; Catovsky, Daniel

    2015-12-01

    Since 2006 when we last reviewed the literature concerning the use of purine analogues in hairy cell leukaemia (HCL), results from several new and updated series have been published. Here we examine these reports and consider their implications for patient management. The two purine analogues pentostatin and cladribine remain the first-line treatments of choice for all patients with HCL. Although they have not been compared in randomised trials, they appear to be equally effective. A complete response is important for the long-term outcome and we look at how best this can be achieved. Evidence is emerging which supports the use of either purine analogue plus an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody after relapse, though questions remain concerning the scheduling of the monoclonal antibody. Patients refractory to the purine analogues may require alternative agents. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  20. Long term follow up of serostatus after maternofetal parvovirus B19 infection

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    Dembinski, J; Eis-Hubinger, A; Maar, J; Schild, R; Bartmann, P

    2003-01-01

    Background: Maternofetal parvovirus B19 infection may result in fetal hydrops or abortion. Chronic infection has been associated with long term complications (polyarthritis, persistent aplastic anaemia, hepatitis). In pregnancy maternal immunosuppression caused by a TH2 dominant response to viral antigens has been observed. There is little information on long term reactivity to intrauterine infection. Aims: To assess the serological status in children and their mothers after maternofetal parvovirus B19 infection and development of fetal hydrops. Methods: A total of 18 children and their mothers, and 54 age matched control infants were studied. Main outcome measures were parvovirus B19 DNA, specific IgM and IgG against the virus proteins VP1/VP2, and NS-1 in venous blood. Results: Parvovirus B19 DNA and antiparvovirus B19 (IgM) were undetectable in all sera. A significant larger proportion of maternal sera compared to study children's sera contained IgG against the non-structural protein NS-1. Mean levels of VP1/VP2 IgG antibodies were significantly lower in the children than in their mothers (48 (36) v 197 (95) IU/ml). There was no history of chronic arthritis in mothers and children. Five women had subsequent acute but transient arthritis postpartum, which was not correlated with antibodies against NS-1. Conclusions: Serological evidence of persistent infection after maternofetal parvovirus B19 disease could not be detected. Increased maternal prevalence of anti NS-1 (IgG) and increased levels of antiparvovirus B19 (IgG) may reflect prolonged viraemia compared to fetal disease. PMID:12598382

  1. Sublingual immunotherapy for peanut allergy: Long-term follow-up of a randomized multicenter trial.

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    Burks, A Wesley; Wood, Robert A; Jones, Stacie M; Sicherer, Scott H; Fleischer, David M; Scurlock, Amy M; Vickery, Brian P; Liu, Andrew H; Henning, Alice K; Lindblad, Robert; Dawson, Peter; Plaut, Marshall; Sampson, Hugh A

    2015-05-01

    We previously reported the initial results of the first multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of peanut sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), observing a favorable safety profile associated with modest clinical and immunologic effects in the first year. We sought to provide long-term (3-year) clinical and immunologic outcomes for our peanut SLIT trial. Key end points were (1) percentage of responders at 2 years (ie, could consume 5 g of peanut powder or a 10-fold increase from baseline), (2) percentage reaching desensitization at 3 years, (3) percentage attaining sustained unresponsiveness after 3 years, (4) immunologic end points, and (5) assessment of safety parameters. Response to treatment was evaluated in 40 subjects aged 12 to 40 years by performing a 10-g peanut powder oral food challenge after 2 and 3 years of daily peanut SLIT therapy. At 3 years, SLIT was discontinued for 8 weeks, followed by another 10-g oral food challenge and an open feeding of peanut butter to assess sustained unresponsiveness. Approximately 98% of the 18,165 doses were tolerated without adverse reactions beyond the oropharynx, with no severe symptoms or uses of epinephrine. A high rate (>50%) discontinued therapy. By study's end, 4 (10.8%) of 37 SLIT-treated participants were fully desensitized to 10 g of peanut powder, and all 4 achieved sustained unresponsiveness. Responders at 2 years showed a significant decrease in peanut-specific basophil activation and skin prick test titration compared with nonresponders. Peanut SLIT induced a modest level of desensitization, decreased immunologic activity over 3 years in responders, and had an excellent long-term safety profile. However, most patients discontinued therapy by the end of year 3, and only 10.8% of subjects achieved sustained unresponsiveness. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Long-term follow-up and quality of life after robot assisted sacrohysteropexy.

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    Grimminck, K; Mourik, S L; Tjin-Asjoe, F; Martens, J; Aktas, M

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of robot assisted laparoscopic sacrohysteropexy (RALS), with preservation of the uterus, in patients with pelvic organ prolapse on short and long term outcome. We report on (anatomical) status of the prolaps and the associated health related quality of life of women treated with RALS before and five years after surgery. A prospective cohort study in a teaching hospital in The Netherlands was performed. Quality of life was assessed pre-operative, post-operative and five years after RALS using the UDI/IIQ validated self-questionnaire designed for Dutch-speaking patients. Clinical and operative data were prospectively collected up to five years. Statistical analysis of categorical data was performed with the paired T-test. Descriptive statistics were computed with the use of standard methods for means, median and proportions. Hundred women with utero vaginal prolapse were treated with RALS with preservation of the uterus. The overall success rate of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was 89.2%. After surgery the quality of life improved (P<0.05) Overall health status, based on a 0-100% visual analogue scale (VAS), improved from 72.6% pre-operative to 82.2% six weeks postoperative (P<0.05). Postoperative patients experienced less feelings of nervousness (P=0.01), shame (P<0.05) and frustration (P<0.05). The positive effects on these feelings remained present after five years. The learning curve shows a decrease in operating time with gained experience. RALS has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for uterine preserving surgery in cases of pelvic organ prolapse. The long term anatomical outcomes and quality of life after RALS compare favorably with laparoscopic and open hysteropexy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Long-Term Follow-Up of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Solid Cancer.

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    Omazic, Brigitta; Remberger, Mats; Barkholt, Lisbeth; Söderdahl, Gunnar; Potácová, Zuzana; Wersäll, Peter; Ericzon, Bo-Göran; Mattsson, Jonas; Ringdén, Olle

    2016-04-01

    We wanted to determine whether allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) may result in long-term survival in patients with solid cancer. HSCT was performed in 61 patients with solid cancer: metastatic renal carcinoma (n = 22), cholangiocarcinoma (n = 17), colon carcinoma (n = 15), prostate cancer (n = 3), pancreatic adenocarcinoma (n = 3), or breast cancer (n = 1). Liver transplantation was performed for tumor debulking in 18 patients. Median age was 56 years (range, 28 to 77). Donors were either HLA-identical siblings (n = 29) or unrelated (n = 32). Conditioning was nonmyeloablative (n = 23), reduced (n = 36), or myeloablative (n = 2). Graft failure occurred in 13 patients (21%). The cumulative incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) of grades II to IV was 47%, and that of chronic GVHD was 32%. Treatment-related mortality was 21%. At 5 years cancer-related mortality was 63%. Currently, 6 patients are alive, 2 with renal cell carcinoma, 1 with cholangiocarcinoma, and 3 with pancreatic carcinoma. Eight-year survival was 12%. Risk factors for mortality were nonmyeloablative conditioning (HR, 2.95; P < .001), absence of chronic GVHD (HR, 3.57; P < .001), acute GVHD of grades II to IV (HR, 2.90; P = .002), and HLA-identical transplant (HR, 5.00; P = .03). With none of these risk factors, survival at 6 years was 50% (n = 6). Long-term survival can be achieved in some patients with solid cancer after HSCT.

  4. Long-term follow-up after dilation in symptomatic esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis: an observational study in 22 cases.

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    Bechtler, Matthias; Vollmer, Heiko; Vetter, Stephan; Fuchs, Erik-Sebastian; Weickert, Uwe; Jakobs, Ralf

    2014-09-01

    Endoscopic bougienage seems to be the most effective therapy for dysphagia in esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis (EIPD), but nothing is known about the long-term success of this treatment option. This report presents long-term results for 21 of 22 patients with EIPD who were treated with bougienage. A total of 103 sessions of bougienage up to a diameter of 18 mm were performed, without major complications and with 100 % clinical success. During follow-up, symptom recurrence with further bougienage occurred in 12 /21 patients (57 %), who had variable symptom-free intervals (range 1.5 - 96 months). Symptom recurrence was associated with concomitant reflux esophagitis. Although this series demonstrates that bougienage is an effective method for relieving dysphagia in EIPD, the long-term effectiveness is limited.

  5. Long-term follow-up of beryllium sensitized workers from a single employer

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    2010-01-01

    Background Up to 12% of beryllium-exposed American workers would test positive on beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT) screening, but the implications of sensitization remain uncertain. Methods Seventy two current and former employees of a beryllium manufacturer, including 22 with pathologic changes of chronic beryllium disease (CBD), and 50 without, with a confirmed positive test were followed-up for 7.4 +/-3.1 years. Results Beyond predicted effects of aging, flow rates and lung volumes changed little from baseline, while DLCO dropped 17.4% of predicted on average. Despite this group decline, only 8 subjects (11.1%) demonstrated physiologic or radiologic abnormalities typical of CBD. Other than baseline status, no clinical or laboratory feature distinguished those who clinically manifested CBD at follow-up from those who did not. Conclusions The clinical outlook remains favorable for beryllium-sensitized individuals over the first 5-12 years. However, declines in DLCO may presage further and more serious clinical manifestations in the future. These conclusions are tempered by the possibility of selection bias and other study limitations. PMID:20047684

  6. Pectus excavatum. A clinical study with long-term postoperative follow-up.

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    Morshuis, W J; Mulder, H; Wapperom, G; Folgering, H T; Assman, M; Cox, A L; van Lier, H J; Vincent, J G; Lacquet, L K

    1992-01-01

    Between 1972 and 1987, 192 patients have been operated upon for pectus excavatum of which 152 patients were included in the study (79%). Mean age at operation was 15.3 +/- 5.5 years; 117 were male. Mean follow-up was 8.1 +/- 3.6 years. The deformity was noted before the age of 5 in 90%. Type I symmetrical and localized deformity was seen in 33.2%, type II symmetrical but diffuse depression in 23.7% and type III localized or diffuse asymmetrical deformity in 43.1%. It was considered severe in 68.9%, fair in 16.9% and mild in 14.2%. There were significantly more asymmetrical defects in the older age groups. The operation consisted of subperichondral chondrectomy, transverse sternotomy and division of the intercostal bundles at the outer limit of the chondrectomy and suturing the edge of this broad sheet of muscle and perichondrium to the anterior surface of the chest wall more laterally and under tension, elevating and stabilizing the sternum. Results were satisfactory in 83.6% (excellent 44.1%, good 39.5%). Results were not significantly influenced by age, sex, severity, type, symmetry, the extent of cartilage resection or follow-up. Results were inversely influenced by the occurrence of wound problems. The optimal age for operation is considered to be between 5 and 10 years. Both physical as well as psychological cosmetic factors may serve as an indication for operation.

  7. [Transcatheter ablation of atrioventricular accessory pathways. Immediate results and long-term follow-up].

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    Silva Oropeza, E; Frank, R; Fontaine, G; Tonet, J; Lascault, G; Gallais, Y; Poulain, F; Grosgogeat, Y

    1994-01-01

    We present the immediate results and follow-up, from our initial serie of patients, where radiofrequency was attempted to ablate atrio-ventricular accessory pathways. Initiation policy included direct current-shocks following every unsuccessful radiofrequency session. Initial ablation success rate with radiofrequency solely was 75% (17/22), same as when direct current-shocks were associated 80% (8/10); but accessory pathway conduction recurrence was present only in this latter (6/10). During follow-up period of 18 to 25 months, from the recurrence group, one patient had spontaneous delta-wave disappearance, and four more required two to three ablation sessions. Permanent elimination with both methods was attained in 91% (20/22 pathways), and all patients remain asymptomatic, and drug free. There were one acute major complication, but no deaths. Because of its superior initial success rate, minor technical requirements, and their economical implications, radiofrequency catheter ablation of accessory pathways is the first choice of treatment. At our institution, direct current-shock remain an alternative method whenever a serious tachycardia prevents radiofrequency treatment.

  8. Long term follow up of newborns tested with the auditory response cradle.

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    Bhattacharya, J; Bennett, M J; Tucker, S M

    1984-01-01

    The auditory response cradle is being used in a mass hearing screening project. Babies are assessed in the first week after birth by the fully automatic, microprocessor controlled cradle. The test, lasting from two to 10 minutes, compares physiological auditory responses to natural behaviour measured in control trials. More than 5000 babies have been tested and full follow up information at the age of 7 to 9 months is available from over two thirds of these. Less detailed information is available for 71% and 64% of those babies who have been followed up at 18 months and three years of age respectively. A total of 439 of 5553 neonates tested failed the first screening test. Eighty eight (1 X 6%) failed a second screening test while still in the maternity unit but 61 of these were subsequently shown to be normal, giving a false positive rate of 1 X 1%. The babies who failed the screening tests included 9 with sensorineural hearing loss, three with secretory otitis media, and three with abnormal auditory brain stem response tests. One child who passed the initial screening tests was found to have a moderately severe hearing loss at the age of 18 months. Images Figure PMID:6540071

  9. Post-traumatic fibromyalgia. A long-term follow-up.

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    Waylonis, G W; Perkins, R H

    1994-01-01

    This report describes a follow-up study of 176 individuals seen between 1980 and 1990, in whom a diagnosis of post-traumatic fibromyalgia was made. Sixty-seven people completed a lengthy questionnaire and underwent a confirmatory physical examination using the American College of Rheumatology Criteria to confirm or deny the presence of fibromyalgia at the time of follow-up. A total of 60.7% noted the onset of symptoms after a motor vehicle accident, 12.5% after a work injury, 7.1% after surgery, 5.4% after a sports-related injury and 14.3% after other various traumatic events. Fifty-six of 67 individuals had 11 or more tenderpoints (average, 13.5), 3 had 10 tenderpoints, and 7 had fewer than 10 or no tenderpoints. Study subjects were asked to compare the use of the following for the first 2 yr after onset as well as the year preceding the current evaluation: biofeedback, medications, physical therapy, manipulation, massage therapy and tenderpoint injections. In addition, we asked detailed questions regarding symptoms commonly seen in association with fibromyalgia (fatigue, sleep disturbance, etc.). Symptoms of traumatically induced fibromyalgia are quite similar to spontaneous fibromyalgia. There was a dramatic reduction in the use of all forms of physical treatments. Fifty-four percent continued to use over-the-counter pain medications, and 39% were on antidepressants. Eighty-five percent of the patients continued to have significant symptoms and clinical evidence of fibromyalgia.

  10. Social Support, Self-Efficacy for Decision Making, and Follow-up Care Use in Long-term Cancer Survivors

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    Forsythe, Laura P.; Alfano, Catherine M.; Kent, Erin E.; Weaver, Kathryn E.; Bellizzi, Keith; Arora, Neeraj; Aziz, Noreen; Keel, Gretchen; Rowland, Julia H.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Cancer survivors play an important role in coordinating their follow-up care and making treatment-related decisions. Little is known about how modifiable factors like social support are associated with active participation in follow-up care. This study tests associations between social support, cancer-related follow-up care use, and self-efficacy for participation in decision making related to follow-up care (SEDM). We also identified sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with social support among long-term survivors. Methods The FOllow-up Care Use among Survivors (FOCUS) study is a cross-sectional, population based survey of breast, prostate, colon, and gynecologic cancer survivors (n=1522) 4 to 14 years post-diagnosis. Multivariable regression models were used to test associations between perceived social support (tangible and emotional/informational support modeled separately), follow-up care use (past two years), and SEDM, as well as to identify factors associated with perceived support. Results Neither support type was associated with follow-up care use (all p>0.05), although marital status was uniquely, positively associated with follow-up care use (p<0.05). Both tangible support (B for a standard deviation increase (SE)=9.75(3.15), p<0.05) and emotional/informational support (B(SE)=12.61(3.05), p<0.001) were modestly associated with SEDM. Being married, having adequate financial resources, history of recurrence, and better perceived health status were associated with higher perceived tangible and emotional support (all p<0.05). Conclusions While perceived social support may facilitate survivor efficacy for participation in decision making during cancer follow-up care, other factors, including marital satisfaction, appear to influence follow-up care use. Marital status and social support may be important factors to consider in survivorship care planning. PMID:24481884

  11. Long-term effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders in an adult outpatient clinic sample: a follow-up study.

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    DiMauro, Jennifer; Domingues, Janine; Fernandez, Geraldine; Tolin, David F

    2013-02-01

    The short-term efficacy and effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for treating anxiety disorders in adults has been well established by a multitude of clinical studies and well-controlled randomized trials. However, though the long-term efficacy of CBT as a treatment modality is fairly well established, the degree of its long-term effectiveness has yet to be fully evaluated. Thus, the present study sought to assess both the immediate and long-term effectiveness of individually-administered CBT for the treatment of anxiety disorders in an outpatient psychological clinic. Individuals with a primary diagnosis of Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder who had received 3 or more sessions of CBT were assessed for symptom severity and improvement prior to initiating treatment, at posttreatment, and at one-year follow-up. Symptom severity and improvement ratings were used to categorize patients as "responders" or "remitters" at posttreatment, and "maintained responders" or "maintained remitters" at follow-up. Findings demonstrated that posttreatment success as responder and remitter was significantly maintained at one-year follow-up. Additionally, pre- and posttreatment severity and posttreatment improvement scores were also predictive of maintenance. Furthermore, effect sizes were used to compare the effectiveness of CBT in the present clinical sample to research treatment outcomes demonstrated by previous efficacy studies.

  12. Surgical treatment of inflammatory abdominal aortic aneurysms: a long-term follow-up of 19 patients.

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    Railo, Mikael; Isoluoma, Martti; Keto, Pekka; Salo, Jarmo A

    2005-05-01

    The prevalence of inflammatory abdominal aortic aneurysms (IAAA) in autopsy material ranges between 2.5 and 10% of all aneurysms. Clinical findings, the distinction between inflammatory and degenerative aneurysms, and epidemiological data are uncertain, and only a few long-term follow-up studies of patients after surgical treatment of IAAAs exist. In this study, 19 patients underwent either emergency or elective surgery for IAAA during the 10-year period between 1983 and 1993 at Helsinki University Central Hospital. Demographics, symptoms, and operative and follow-up data were collected retrospectively with emphasis on the long-term outcome of IAAA. Causes of late death were available from hospital records and the central statistical office of Finland. For survival analysis we compared ruptured versus nonruptured and emergency versus elective cases of IAAAs. Mean follow-up for the 18 surviving patients (1 hospital death) was 7.4 years. One patient (5%) died of a long-term complication of the aneurysmal disease. There was no statistically significant difference in survival rates for emergency versus elective surgery cases or ruptured versus nonruptured aneurysms. The most common cause of late death was myocardial infarction. The hospital stay mortality (5%) and morbidity (31%), and the survival rate of 26% at 5 years for ruptured and 65% and 43% for nonruptured IAAAs at 5 years and 10 years, respectively, are comparable to normal AAA survival rates. These findings show that surgery is recommended, especially as ruptures also occur in this subgroup of aneurysms.

  13. [The long-term follow-up of patients with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia: review of the literature].

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    Pennaforte, T; Rakza, T; Fily, A; Mur, S; Diouta, L; Sfeir, R; Aubry, E; Bonnevalle, M; Storme, L

    2013-09-01

    The increased survival rate reached in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has shown a concomitant increase in late morbidity. Many complications including pulmonary damage, cardiovascular disease, gastro-intestinal disease, failure to thrive, neurocognitive defects and musculoskeletal abnormalities have been described. Long-term pulmonary morbidity in CDH consists of obstructive and restrictive lung function impairments due to altered lung structure and prolonged ventilatory support. Long-term consequences of pulmonary hypertension are unknown. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is also an important contributor to overall morbidity. Failure to thrive may be caused by GERD, insufficient intake due to oral aversion and increased caloric requirements due to pulmonary morbidity. Neurological outcome is determined by an increased risk of perinatal and neonatal hypoxemia in the first days of life of CDH patients. Many studies have addressed the substantial impact of the health problems described above, on the overall well-being of CDH patients, but only a few studies focus on the health-related quality of life. Considering the scattered data indicating substantial morbidity in long-term survivors of CDH, follow-up studies that systematically assess long-term sequelae are needed. Based on such studies, a more focused approach for routine multidisciplinary follow-up programs could be established. It is the goal of the French Collaborative Network to promote exchange of knowledge, future research and development of treatment protocols.

  14. Behcet disease: long-term follow-up of three children and review of the literature.

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    Rakover, Y; Adar, H; Tal, I; Lang, Y; Kedar, A

    1989-06-01

    Behcet disease is rare in children. There are only two reports of Behcet disease in childhood, describing seven patients. Three pediatric patients are described, in whom the age of onset ranged from 6 to 11 years. Aphthous stomatitis and arthritis were present in all of the patients; genital ulcers, iridocylitis, erythema nodosum, and CNS involvement were present in two patients. Other manifestations included Stevens-Johnson-like eruption, fever of unknown origin, and testicular involvement. All of the patients responded to glucocorticoids; two were also treated with colchicine and one was treated with chlorambucil. In two patients, follow-up of more than 10 years was done, with complete cure in one patient and benign course of illness in the other. Because of the rarity of the disease in childhood and the difficulty in making the diagnosis, there is not enough awareness by pediatricians concerning this disease.

  15. Long-term follow-up of Cushing's disease:a case report.

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    Baş, Veysel Nijat; Ağladıoğlu, Sebahat Yılmaz; Onder, Aşan; Ozışık, Pınar; Peltek Kendirci, Havva Nur; Cetinkaya, Semra; Aycan, Zehra

    2013-09-10

    Cushing's disease is a condition in which hypercortisolism develops due to excessive hypophyseal adrenocorticotropic hormone production. It is rare in childhood. In this paper, we report the case of a 10-year-old male patient with hypophyseal microadenoma-related Cushing's disease who presented with obesity and was found to show poor height growth at follow-up. The diagnosis was confirmed with inferior petrosal sinus sampling, and the adenoma was successfully removed by transsphenoidal surgery. While adrenal axis suppression continued for approximately 1 year, clinical improvement was clearly observed after the third month following surgery. The findings in this patient demonstrate that decreased growth rate despite rapid weight gain in children can be early sign of Cushing's disease and emphasize the importance of monitoring of growth in obese children.

  16. The Darrach procedure defended: technique redefined and long-term follow-up.

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    Tulipan, D J; Eaton, R G; Eberhart, R E

    1991-05-01

    Thirty-three patients with pain and decreased range of motion after traumatic derangement of the distal radioulnar and ulna-carpal joint were treated with a modified Darrach distal ulnar resection. Their ages ranged from 22 to 75 years (average, 50 years). Twenty-seven patients had Colles' or other distal radius fractures. Seven patients had ulnar resection for treatment of distal ulnar-carpal derangement. Follow-up averaged 54.4 months. The patients showed an average increase in extension of 58% and flexion increased by 40% (p less than 0.01). Pronation increased by 40% and supination increased by 60% (p less than 0.01). Average grip strength increased by 38% (p less than 0.05). Ninety-one percent good or excellent results were achieved with this procedure. The Darrach resection can predictably provide pain relief while improving strength and motion when attention is paid to minimal bony resection and meticulous soft tissue reconstruction.

  17. Mononucleosis and chronic daytime sleepiness. A long-term follow-up study.

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    Guilleminault, C; Mondini, S

    1986-07-01

    Twelve patients between 14 and 26 years of age, ten with infectious mononucleosis and two with Guillain-Barré syndrome, all of whom were suspected of having had Epstein-Barr viral infection, developed daytime sleepiness. The daytime somnolence was confirmed objectively by polygraphic monitoring seven weeks to 4 1/2 months after the onset of clinical symptoms. The patients have been followed up for three to 12 years. None has had any other neurologic sequelae, but all have disabling daytime sleepiness. Treatment brings only mild relief. A retrospective chart study of 35 patients with infectious mononucleosis did not identify, on the basis of initial clinical symptoms, those patients who developed chronic impairment.

  18. [Long-term follow-up of a case of unilateral retinitis pigmentosa].

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    Kato, Kumiko; Miyake, Yozo; Matsubara, Hisashi; Uji, Yukitaka

    2012-11-01

    Unilateral retinitis pigmentosa is a retinal dystrophy affecting only one eye, the fellow eye being affected neither functionally nor in fundus appearance. There are relatively few cases of unilateral retinitis pigmentosa being followed for more than 5 years. An 18-year-old woman complaining of blurred vision of left eye was found to have left visual field concentric contraction. Because the right eye was unaffected electrofunctionally and in fundus appearance, there was a suspicion of unilateral retinitis pigmentosa. We tracked her for 8 years and, because the right eye remained unaffected, we diagnosed unilateral retinitis pigmentosa of left eye. We report a case of unilateral retinitis pigmentosa. It is reported that the healthy fellow eye of patients with unilateral retinitis pigmentosa developed bilateral retinitis pigmentosa after 10 years, consequently, this case needs further follow-up.

  19. Testicular cancer patients: considerations in long-term follow-up.

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    Gospodarowicz, Mary

    2008-04-01

    Over the past 30 years, testicular tumors have become the paradigm for a curable adult cancer. Numerous factors have contributed to this success, including the introduction of newer treatment approaches, such as cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy and curative retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Moreover, the last three decades have witnessed the evolution of newer diagnostic methods, improvements in staging, the evaluation of patient response, and the monitoring of relapse. These treatment successes have been accompanied by the emergence of the late effects of testicular cancer and its treatment, including second primary cancers, cardiovascular sequelae, the metabolic syndrome, gonadal toxicity, neurotoxicity, and pulmonary sequelae. An overview of these late effects and recommendations for patient follow-up are presented in this article.

  20. Long term follow-up of a tobacco prevention and cessation program in cystic fibrosis patients.

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    Ortega-García, Juan Antonio; Perales, Joseph E; Cárceles-Álvarez, Alberto; Sánchez-Sauco, Miguel Felipe; Villalona, Seiichi; Mondejar-López, Pedro; Pastor-Vivero, María Dolores; Mira Escolano, Pilar; James-Vega, Diana Carolina; Sánchez-Solís, Manuel

    2016-03-02

    This study evaluates the impact over time of a telephone-based intervention in tobacco cessation and prevention targeting patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the Mediterranean region of Murcia, Spain. We conducted an experimental prospective study with a cohort of CF patients using an integrative smoking cessation programme, between 2008 and 2013. The target population included family members and patients from the Regional CF unit. The study included an initial tobacco exposure questionnaire, measurement of lung function, urinary cotinine levels, anthropomorphic measures and the administered intervention at specific time intervals. Of the 88 patients tracked through follow-up, active smoking rates were reduced from 10.23% to 4.55% (p = 0.06). Environmental tobacco exposure was reduced in non-smoker patients from 62.03% to 36.90% (p < 0.01) during the five year follow-up. Significant reductions in the gradient of household tobacco smoke exposure were also observed with a decrease of 12.60%, from 31.65% (n = 25/79) to 19.05% (n = 16/84) in 2013 (p = <0.01). Cotinine was significantly correlated with both active and passive exposure (p<0.01) with a significant reduction of cotinine levels from 63.13 (28.58-97.69) to 20.56 (0.86-40.27) ng/ml (p<0.01). The intervention to significantly increase the likelihood of family quitting (smoke-free home) was 1.26 (1.05-1.54). Telephone based interventions for tobacco cessation and prevention is a useful tool when applied over time. Trained intervention professionals in this area are needed in the environmental health approach for the treatment of CF.

  1. Epidemiology of infections requiring hospitalization during long-term follow-up of pancreas transplantation.

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    Rostambeigi, Nassir; Kudva, Yogish C; John, Seby; Mailankody, Sham; Pedersen, Rachel A; Dean, Patrick G; Prieto, Mikel; Cosio, Fernando G; Kremers, Walter K; Walker, Randall C; Abraham, Roshini S; Stegall, Mark D

    2010-05-15

    BACKGROUND.: Pancreas transplantation (PT) provides the best glycemic control option for diabetes mellitus but is associated with significant morbidities related to infectious disease. METHODS.: We performed a retrospective study of a cohort of consecutive PT recipients in whom PT was performed from 1998 to 2006 (n=216) and followed up them until July 2008. Data regarding infections, rejection, infection chemoprophylaxis, graft failure, absolute lymphocyte counts (ALCs), and mortalities were collected. RESULTS.: Simultaneous pancreas and kidney, pancreas transplantation alone, and pancreas after kidney (PAK) transplantations were performed in 42, 67, and 107 patients, with a mean (standard deviation) age at transplantation of 46.8 (8.03), 40.6 (10.1), and 43.7 (8.19) years. Of the simultaneous pancreas and kidney, pancreas transplantation alone, and PAK transplant recipients, 54.7%, 37.3%, and 58.8% were men. Overall, 63% developed a serious infection during the median follow-up of 6.4 years. Mean (range) number of infectious episodes was 2.3 (1-12), with mostly bacterial infections both within (68%) and after 1 year (78%). Incidence of bacterial and viral infections was greatest in the first 3 months after transplantation. Fungal infections were more constant. Bladder exocrine drainage was associated with higher risk of infection (hazard ratio=2.5, P<0.001). Infection within the first 3 months after transplantation was related to higher mortality after the first 3 months (hazard ratio=3.19). ALC was associated with the risk of first infections (P=0.005) and bacterial infections (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS.: Incidence of infections after PT was 63% and mostly bacterial. Bladder drainage increases infection risk and low ALC partially predicts episodes. Limitations include retrospective design, unequal composition of PT groups, and lack of data between kidney and PT for PAK.

  2. Long term follow-up of a tobacco prevention and cessation program in cystic fibrosis patients

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    Ortega-García, Juan Antonio; Perales, Joseph E.; Cárceles-Álvarez, Alberto; Sánchez-Sauco, Miguel Felipe; Villalona, Seiichi; Mondejar-López, Pedro; Pastor-Vivero, María Dolores; Escolano, Pilar Mira; Jaimes-Vega, Diana Carolina; Sánchez-Solís, Manuel

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluates the impact over time of a telephone-based intervention in tobacco cessation and prevention targeting patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the Mediterranean region of Murcia, Spain. We conducted an experimental prospective study with a cohort of CF patients using an integrative smoking cessation programme, between 2008 and 2013. The target population included family members and patients from the Regional CF unit. The study included an initial tobacco exposure questionnaire, measurement of lung function, urinary cotinine levels, anthropomorphic measures and the administered intervention at specific time intervals. Of the 88 patients tracked through follow-up, active smoking rates were reduced from 10.23% to 4.55% (p = 0.06). Environmental tobacco exposure was reduced in non-smoker patients from 62.03% to 36.90% (p < 0.01) during the five year follow-up. Significant reductions in the gradient of household tobacco smoke exposure were also observed with a decrease of 12.60%, from 31.65% (n = 25/79) to 19.05% (n = 16/84) in 2013 (p = <0.01). Cotinine was significantly correlated with both active and passive exposure (p<0.01) with a significant reduction of cotinine levels from 63.13 (28.58–97.69) to 20.56 (0.86–40.27) ng/ml (p<0.01). The intervention to significantly increase the likelihood of family quitting (smoke-free home) was 1.26 (1.05–1.54). Telephone based interventions for tobacco cessation and prevention is a useful tool when applied over time. Trained intervention professionals in this area are needed in the environmental health approach for the treatment of CF. PMID:26990263

  3. Adamantinoma of long bones: a long-term follow-up study of 11 cases.

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    Szendroi, Miklós; Antal, Imre; Arató, Gabriella

    2009-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinicopathological features and prognostic significances of 11 histologically proven adamantinoma cases based on an average 12,7 year long follow-up. The male: female ratio was 8:3, aged between 4 and 80 years (mean 29,3 years). The initial diagnosis at referral was other than adamantinoma in six patients (fibrous dysplasia, carcinoma metastasis, osteofibrous dysplasia, bone cyst, non-ossifying fibroma), referring to the differential diagnostic problems. All tumors were localized to the mid part of tibia. By histological evaluation, basaloid pattern on a background of fibrotic stroma dominated in six patients, while spindle and squamous features were less frequently seen. All adamantinoma were positive for cytokeratins often in coexpression with vimentin. No correlation was experienced between histology and clinical outcome. Intralesional curettage (2 pts) was followed by recurrence of the tumor. Wide resection was performed in eight patients with reconstruction using intercalary fibula autografts in seven patients. Reconstruction-related complications occurred in two third of the cases, all of them could however be controlled by repeated surgery. Six recurrences occurred in four patients, two of these recurrences occurred 20 and 16 years after initial surgery. One patient died 9 years after recognition of the tumor of pulmonary metastases. Adamantinoma of the long bones is a low grade malignant tumor, which clinical outcome is difficult to predict based on histology or surgical stage of the tumor. Wide surgical margin, e.g. resection the tumor reduces the rate of recurrence. This study underlines that recurrences do occur even decades after recognition the tumor, therefore a life-long follow-up of the patient is necessary.

  4. Childhood to adult transition and long-term follow-up after blood and marrow transplantation.

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    Cupit, M C; Duncan, C; Savani, B N; Hashmi, S K

    2016-02-01

    The use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) is on the increase worldwide. With BMT's increasing utilization and increasing success, the number of BMT survivors in the United States alone is expected to surpass 500 000 by the year 2030. BMT survivors are susceptible to a host of long-term side effects and complications. The pediatric and adolescent and young adult (AYA) populations comprise an increasing proportion of BMT survivors. Though these populations are both at risk of a specific set of sequelae and faced with the additional challenge of transitioning to adult care, no previous literature has addressed their specific challenges. In this review, we illustrate with clinical vignettes the need for focused and specific survivorship clinics for pediatric/AYA BMT survivors. We then focus on the following areas pertaining to pediatric BMT survivorship and care: (1) psychological health, (2) neurocognition, (3) endocrine health, (4) infertility resources, (5) issues in transition from pediatric to adult clinicians, (6) preventative services and (7) cost of care issues.

  5. Paroxetine in panic disorder: clinical management and long-term follow-up.

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    Dannon, Pinhas N; Lowengrub, Katherine; Iancu, I; Kotler, Moshe

    2004-03-01

    Panic disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders and has a lifetime prevalence of 3-5%. Panic attacks can begin at any age, but commonly have their onset in early adulthood between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Naturalistic data has shown that panic disorder has a chronic and relapsing course. Panic disorder is reported to be associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses such as depression and substance abuse. Currently, recommended treatment modalities for panic disorder include the use of antidepressant pharmacotherapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy. Paroxetine is unique among the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors since, in addition to its effect on the CNS serotonergic neurotransmission, it also has mild noradrenergic properties demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Paroxetine treatment has the potential to cause weight gain and sexual dysfunction, primarily anorgasmia and ejaculatory dysfunction for the long term. In the short-term, treatment causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, irritability, headaches and eating and sleeping difficulties. Paroxetine is an example of an selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor agent, which has been well studied in the treatment of panic disorder and is efficacious and well-tolerated. Paroxetine pharmacotherapy has been recommended to be continued for 1 year as specified in the treatment guidelines set by the American Psychiatric Association in the treatment of panic disorder.

  6. Long-term follow-up for organic dysfunction in breech – presenting children

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    Preis, Krzysztof; Bidzan, Mariola; Swiatkowska-Freund, Małgorzata; Peplińska, Aleksandra

    2012-01-01

    Summary Background The authors performed a long term outcome analysis of minimal brain damage in children delivered in breech presentation, and related the results to the mode of delivery (vaginal or by cesarean section). Material/Methods In the Department of Obstetrics at the Medical University of Gdansk (Poland), 917 breech deliveries took place between 1981 and 1990. Excluding stillbirths and multiple pregnancies, 874 deliveries were analyzed. We received positive responses from 232 mothers, who provided us with considerable information about the children’s further development and problems that had arisen during their school years. All the respondents were contacted by telephone, and 83 of them agreed to visit our Department with their children to undergo a psychological examination – the following tests were performed: 1) the Bender-Kopitz Test (BKT), and 2) the Benton Visual Retention Test (BVRT). Results The mode of delivery for all groups and subgroups had no influence on the incidence of organic brain disorders in later childhood, assessed by the Benton Visual Retention test and by the Bender-Kopitz test. Conclusions Vaginal breech deliveries are safe in both primiparous and multiparous mothers. PMID:23197237

  7. Long-term follow-up and second malignancies in 487 patients with hairy cell leukaemia.

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    Cornet, Edouard; Tomowiak, Cécile; Tanguy-Schmidt, Aline; Lepretre, Stéphane; Dupuis, Jehan; Feugier, Pierre; Devidas, Alain; Mariette, Clara; Leblond, Véronique; Thiéblemont, Catherine; Validire-Charpy, Patricia; Sutton, Laurent; Gyan, Emmanuel; Eisenmann, Jean-Claude; Cony-Makhoul, Pascale; Ysebaert, Loïc; Troussard, Xavier

    2014-08-01

    A large, multicentre, retrospective survey of patients with hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) was conducted in France to determine the frequency of second malignancies and to analyse the long-term effects of the established purine nucleoside analogues (PNAs), cladribine and pentostatin. The survey retrospectively reviewed the medical history of patients and their immediate family, clinical and biological presentation at the time of HCL diagnosis, treatment choice, response to treatment, time to relapse and cause of death. Data were collected for 487 patients with HCL. Of the patients included in the survey, 18% (88/487) had a familial history of cancers, 8% (41/487) presented with malignancies before HCL diagnosis and 10% (48/487) developed second malignancies after HCL was diagnosed. An excess incidence of second malignancies was observed, with a standardized incidence ratio (SIR) of 1·86 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1·34-2·51), with no significant difference between PNAs. For second haematological malignancies alone, the SIR was markedly increased at 5·32 (95% CI: 2·90-8·92). This study highlights the high frequency of cancers in HCL patients and their family members. The frequency of second malignancies is notably increased, particularly for haematological malignancies. The respective role of pentostatin and cladribine in the development of second malignancies is debatable. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Long-term follow-up of mind-body medicine practices among medical school graduates.

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    Staffaroni, Andrew; Rush, Christina L; Graves, Kristi D; Hendrix, Kumudhnini; Haramati, Aviad; Harazduk, Nancy

    2017-09-21

    We sought to determine the long-term use of mind-body medicine (MBM) skills after graduation from medical school. An online survey was sent to Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) graduates who completed at least one semester of a MBM skills training course. Using a quantitative-qualitative mixed-methods approach, we assessed the personal and professional practices of graduates, and identified factors that may influence practice/training after graduation. Current personal practices were positively related to the level of the course completed and amount of home practice during medical school (N = 112). Over half the sample indicated they currently practice MBM and refer patients to MBM. Moreover, physician specialty and awareness of home institution MBM training was associated with MBM patient training and referral. Participants reported a dearth of MBM training at their home institutions, and provided qualitative insights about the personal and professional impact of MBM training as well as barriers to continued MBM practice. The results provide preliminary evidence that MBM training during medical school may be related over time to physician trainee self-care and patient care. Rigorous tests of these relationships should be conducted in future work.

  9. Long-term follow-up and treatment of congenital alveolar proteinosis

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    2011-01-01

    Background Clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and outcome of molecularly defined congenital pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) due to mutations in the GM-CSF receptor are not well known. Case presentation A 2 1/2 years old girl was diagnosed as having alveolar proteinosis. Whole lung lavages were performed with a new catheter balloon technique, feasible in small sized airways. Because of some interstitial inflammation in the lung biopsy and to further improve the condition, empirical therapy with systemic steroids and azathioprin, and inhaled and subcutaneous GMCSF, were used. Based on clinical measures, total protein and lipid recovered by whole lung lavages, all these treatments were without benefit. Conversely, severe respiratory viral infections and an invasive aspergillosis with aspergilloma formation occurred. Recently the novel homozygous stop mutation p.Ser25X of the GMCSF receptor alpha chain was identified in the patient. This mutation leads to a lack of functional GMCSF receptor and a reduced response to GMCSF stimulation of CD11b expression of mononuclear cells of the patient. Subsequently a very intense treatment with monthly lavages was initiated, resulting for the first time in complete resolution of partial respiratory insufficiency and a significant improvement of the overall somato-psychosocial condition of the child. Conclusions The long term management from early childhood into young adolescence of severe alveolar proteinosis due to GMCSF receptor deficiency requires a dedicated specialized team to perform technically demanding whole lung lavages and cope with complications. PMID:21849033

  10. Long-term follow-up results and radiographic findings of anterior surgery with Cloward trephination for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

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    Xu, Bao-Shan; Zhang, Zuo-Lun; Le Huec, Jean-Charles; Xia, Qun; Hu, Yong-Cheng

    2009-04-01

    Serial retrospective long-term follow-up study. To assess the long-term results of anterior surgery with Cloward trephination and iliac strut grafting for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Anterior surgery remains the most common surgical option and generally gives good results, although early and late deterioration after initial postoperative improvement has been noted. Although anterior decompression with trephination is a variant of the Cloward technique, little information is available concerning the long-term results after this procedure. One hundred sixty-eight consecutive patients treated with this technique by the same author from the years 1978 to 1992 were followed serially. One hundred and seven patients were followed for over 10 years (mean: 14.1 y) (follow-up rate: 71.8%). Clinical results were evaluated according to the Japanese Orthopedic Association system and the results at different postoperative intervals were analyzed. Thirty-six patients returned for the final follow-up. Plain radiographs were taken in neutral and flexion-extension positions and computed tomography scans were taken at fused segments and unfused levels. The mean recovery rate was 56.8% at final follow-up. Deterioration of 2 Japanese Orthopedic Association points or more was experienced in 44 patients at various postoperative periods and was more frequent at over 10 years follow-up. Kyphosis of fused segments was noted frequently on the radiographies of the 36 patients with a mean of 7.8 degrees. A straight or misaligned cervical spine was found in 28 (77.8%) patients and these deformities were more serious in multilevel fusions. Stenosis of the canal at fused segments was found in 15 (41.7%) patients owing to osteogenesis resulting from inadequate decompression or pseudoarthrosis. At unfused levels, the incidence of spondylolisthesis, bony bridge, disc hernia, and thickening or bulging of the ligament flavum was 19.4%, 27.8%, 33.3%, 19.4%, respectively, and these abnormalities

  11. Lunate silicone replacement arthroplasty in Kienböck's disease: a long-term follow-up.

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    Alexander, A H; Turner, M A; Alexander, C E; Lichtman, D M

    1990-05-01

    We report a long-term follow-up (average, 5 years) of 10 patients who had lunate silicone replacement arthroplasty for treatment of Kienböck's disease. Clinical results were assessed on relief of pain, return to normal occupation, and range of motion. At 18- to 20-months follow-up, eight patients had satisfactory results, whereas at final follow-up only five of the patients had satisfactory results. Three of five patients with radiographs averaging 57 months after operation had evidence of particulate synovitis. Contrary to our previous publications on silicone replacement arthroplasty, it was concluded that the success rate for silicone replacement arthroplasty and the incidence of particulate synovitis do not warrant the continued use of silicone replacement arthroplasty as a primary treatment modality for Kienböck's disease.

  12. Long-term Follow-up After Endometrial Ablation in Finland: Cancer Risks and Later Hysterectomies.

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    Soini, Tuuli; Rantanen, Matti; Paavonen, Jorma; Grénman, Seija; Mäenpää, Johanna; Pukkala, Eero; Gissler, Mika; Hurskainen, Ritva

    2017-09-01

    To study the risk of endometrial cancer and breast cancer and the hysterectomy rate after endometrial ablation. In this retrospective cohort study, records of all women with endometrial ablation at ages 30-49 years in Finland (1997-2014) were extracted from the Hospital Discharge Register and linked to the Cancer Registry and Finnish Central Population Register. The primary outcome was cancer incidences in the endometrial ablation cohort compared with those in the background population of the same age. Secondarily, the postablation hysterectomy rate was compared with that of a control cohort of similar-aged women extracted from the Finnish Central Population Register. Multivariate regression models with adjustment for age, parity, number of cesarean deliveries, history of sterilization, and the duration of follow-up were evaluated as risk factors for postablation hysterectomy. In total, 154 cancers (standardized incidence ratio [observed-to-expected ratio] 0.96, 95% CI 0.82-1.13) were diagnosed among 5,484 women treated with endometrial ablation during the follow-up of 39,892 women-years. The standardized incidence ratio for endometrial cancer was 0.56 (95% CI 0.12-1.64) and for breast cancer 0.86 (95% CI 0.67-1.09). A total of 1,086 (19.8%) women had postablation hysterectomy. Risk of hysterectomy was almost fourfold in the endometrial ablation cohort compared with 26,938 women in a control group (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] 3.63, 95% CI 3.32-3.96). Factors predisposing to postablation hysterectomy were leiomyomas (adjusted HR 1.78, 95% CI 1.03-3.10), age younger than 35 years (adjusted HR 1.44, 95% CI 1.15-1.81), at least two prior cesarean deliveries (adjusted HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.04-1.55), and history of sterilization (adjusted HR 1.15, 95% CI 1.01-1.32). Endometrial ablation was not associated with an elevated endometrial cancer or breast cancer risk in Finland. Leiomyomas, young age, and history of prior cesarean deliveries or sterilization were associated with

  13. Dental Implants in the Elderly Population: A Long-Term Follow-up.

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    Compton, Sharon M; Clark, Danielle; Chan, Stephanie; Kuc, Iris; Wubie, Berhanu A; Levin, Liran

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate implant survival and success in the elderly population and to assess indicators and risk factors for success or failure of dental implants in older adults (aged 60 years and older). This historical prospective study was developed from a cohort of patients born prior to 1950 who received dental implants in a single private dental office. Implant survival and marginal bone levels were recorded and analyzed with regard to different patient- and implant-related factors. The study examined 245 patient charts and 1,256 implants from one dental clinic. The mean age at the time of implant placement was 62.18 ± 8.6 years. Smoking was reported by 9.4% of the cohort studied. The overall survival rate of the implants was 92.9%; 7.1% of the implants had failed. Marginal bone loss depicted by exposed threads was evident in 23.3% of the implants. Presenting with generalized periodontal disease and/or severe periodontal disease negatively influenced the survival probability of the implant. Implants placed in areas where bone augmentation was performed prior to or during implant surgery did not have the same longevity compared with those that did not have augmentation prior to implantation. The overall findings concluded that implants can be successfully placed in older adults. A variety of factors are involved in the long-term success of the implant, and special consideration should be taken prior to placing implants in older adults to limit the influence of those risk factors.

  14. Long-term follow-up of salvage radiotherapy in Hodgkin's lymphoma after chemotherapy failure

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    Campbell, Belinda; Wirth, Andrew . E-mail: andrew.wirth@petermac.org; Milner, Alvin; Di Iulio, Juliana; MacManus, Michael; Ryan, Gail M.

    2005-12-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the long-term results of salvage radiotherapy (SRT) for Hodgkin's lymphoma after chemotherapy failure. Methods and Materials: We reviewed 81 patients undergoing SRT for persistent or recurrent Hodgkin's lymphoma after chemotherapy; 19 also received conventional-dose salvage chemotherapy. Results: At SRT, the median patient age was 31 years. Of the 81 patients, 81% had Stage I-II, 25.9% had B symptoms, 14.8% had bulky disease, and 7.4% had extranodal disease. A less than a complete response (CR) to the last chemotherapy regimen occurred in 47%. SRT was generally limited to one side of the diaphragm, and the median dose was 36 Gy. After SRT, 75% of patients achieved a CR, with 82% retaining durable in-field control. In-field failure was associated with less than a CR to the last chemotherapy regimen (p = 0.0287). Most failures were at distant sites, with 60% in previously involved sites. The 10-year freedom from treatment failure and overall survival rates were 32.8% and 45.7%, respectively. The adverse prognostic factors for freedom from treatment failure were age >50 years (p < 0.001), B symptoms (p < 0.001), extranodal disease (p = 0.012), and less than a CR to the last chemotherapy regimen (p = 0.001). The adverse prognostic factors for overall survival were male gender (p = 0.034), age >50 years (p < 0.001), B symptoms (p = 0.002), and less than a CR to the last chemotherapy regimen (p = 0.002). Favorable cohorts had a 10-year freedom from treatment failure rate of 51% and overall survival rate of 92%. Conclusions: Salvage radiotherapy is effective for selected patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma after chemotherapy failure and should be considered for incorporation into salvage programs.

  15. Long-term follow-up of nephrotoxicity in rats administered both melamine and cyanuric acid

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    2014-01-01

    Background Melamine was recently identified as a risk factor for renal calculi following the milk powder contamination in China. However, the long-term natural history of melamine exposure and its renal effects remain unknown. We evaluated renal function and other adverse health effects using a rat model administered melamine and cyanuric aid, considering age and sex. Methods Twelve male F334/N rats each of ages 6, 10, and 26 weeks (N = 36) were equally assigned to Group M + C or controls. Group M + C rats were administered 12 mg · kg-1 · day-1 of melamine and cyanuric acid for 28 days. Serum and urine samples and kidney sections were evaluated on day 28. Six-week-old male and female F344/N rats were administered 12 mg of melamine and cyanuric acid for 28 days. Body weights were measured weekly; on days 0, 28, 90, and 180 after the 28-day period of melamine and cyanuric acid administration, serum samples and kidney sections were obtained. Results Although the control group had no crystals, 6-week-old Group M + C rats had more crystals compared to the 10- and 26-week old Group M + C rats. Male rats also had significantly more crystals than females of the same age. Male rats were affected to a greater extent than females. Conclusion Younger rats experienced more severe renal failure and greater renal crystal deposition following melamine and cyanuric acid administration. However, after melamine and cyanuric acid administration cessation, crystal deposition and renal failure improved and did not cause growth arrest. Therefore, early diagnosis of melamine-associated calculi is critical. PMID:24507656

  16. Long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery in adolescents with severe obesity (FABS-5+): a prospective follow-up analysis.

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    Inge, Thomas H; Jenkins, Todd M; Xanthakos, Stavra A; Dixon, John B; Daniels, Stephen R; Zeller, Meg H; Helmrath, Michael A

    2017-03-01

    Little is known about the long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery for severe adolescent obesity, raising questions about the durability of early responses to surgery. We aimed to analyse long-term (>5 years) outcomes of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a cohort of young adults who had undergone the operation during adolescence, in the Follow-up of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at 5 Plus Years (FABS-5+) extension study. A cohort of young people aged 13-21 years underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for clinically severe obesity at a paediatric academic medical centre in the USA. We did a prospective follow-up analysis of these patients' outcomes 5-12 years after surgery. Outcomes assessed included BMI, comorbidities, micronutrient status, safety, and other risks. The FABS study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00776776. Between May, 2001, and February, 2007, 74 young people underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in the FABS study. Of these, 58 individuals were eligible for the FABS-5+ study, could be located, and agreed to follow-up assessment. At baseline, the mean age of the cohort was 17·1 years (SD 1·7) and mean BMI was 58·5 kg/m(2) (10·5). At mean follow-up of 8·0 years (SD 1·6; range 5·4-12·5), the mean age of the cohort was 25·1 years (2·4) and mean BMI was 41·7 kg/m(2) (12·0; mean change in BMI -29·2% [13·7]). From baseline to long-term follow-up, significant declines were recorded in the prevalence of elevated blood pressure (27/57 [47%] vs 9/55 [16%]; p=0·001), dyslipidaemia (48/56 [86%] vs 21/55 [38%]; p<0·0001), and type 2 diabetes (9/56 [16%] vs 1/55 [2%]; p=0·03). At follow-up, 25 (46%) of 58 patients had mild anaemia (ie, not requiring intervention), 22 (45%) had hyperparathyroidism, and eight (16%) had low amounts of vitamin B12 (ie, below the normal cutpoint). Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery resulted in substantial and durable bodyweight reduction and cardiometabolic benefits for young adults. Long-term health maintenance after

  17. Long-Term Nationwide Follow-Up Study of Simple Congenital Heart Disease Diagnosed in Otherwise Healthy Children.

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    Videbæk, Jørgen; Laursen, Henning Bækgaard; Olsen, Morten; Høfsten, Dan Eik; Johnsen, Søren Paaske

    2016-02-02

    Systematic follow-up is currently not recommended for patients with simple congenital heart disease; however, only a few data exist on the long-term prognosis of simple congenital heart disease. We undertook a nationwide follow-up study of a cohort of 1241 simple congenital heart disease patients, diagnosed from 1963 through 1973, in otherwise healthy children and alive at 15 years of age. We identified 10 age- and sex-matched general population controls per patient. We followed the study population through Danish public registries from the age of 15 years up to January 1, 2013 with respect to mortality, cause of death, morbidity, and medical follow-up. The patients were followed for a total of 58 422 patient-years and had a median age at the end of follow-up of 47.4 years (interquartile range, 43.5-50.9). Mortality was increased compared with the general population, both overall (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR],1.9; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.5-2.4)] and for patients (79%) without medical follow-up (aHR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.3-2.2). The most common cause of death (40%) was sudden unexpected death (aHR, 4.3; 95% CI, 2.9-6.5). The incidence of critical cardiac morbidity was 3.9 per 1000 patient-years with the most frequent events being an adult (re)operation and hospitalization for heart failure or ventricular tachyarrhythmia. This corresponded to an aHR of 5.7 (95% CI, 4.6-6.9) when compared with the general population. Patients diagnosed with simple congenital heart disease in the 1960s have substantially increased long-term mortality and cardiac morbidity compared with the general population. Further studies on the effectiveness of systematic medical follow-up programs appear warranted. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  18. Ankle arthrodesis. Long-term follow-up with gait analysis.

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    Mazur, J M; Schwartz, E; Simon, S R

    1979-10-01

    A functional assessment of twelve patients after ankle arthrodesis for post-traumatic arthritis was carried out by means of an extensive clinical evaluation and gait analysis after an average follow-up of eight years. A weighted point system was developed to grade ankle function clinically. The data on gait analysis were examined to determine the effect of arthrodesis of the ankle on the over-all pattern of walking. Under conditions of normal daily living while wearing shoes, all patients functioned well after arthrodesis. The gait-analysis data obtained with the patients wearing shoes showed excellent gait characteristics, and the ankle motion that had been lost was compensated for by: (1) motion of the small joints of the ipsilateral foot; (2) altered motion of the ankle in the contralateral limb; and (3) appropriate footwear. While the patients were walking barefooted, some adverse effects of fusion of the ankle were evident. Velocity of gait was slowed and the length of stride was shortened in all twelve patients. One patient whose ankle had been fused in an equinus position had a back-knee deformity during stance phase, and another walked only on his toes when he was without shoes. The gait patterns of all patients were markedly improved when they were wearing shoes with appropriate heel heights.

  19. Long-term follow-up of patients with silent ischemia during exercise radionuclide angiography

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    Breitenbuecher, A.P.; Pfisterer, M.; Hoffmann, A.; Burckhardt, D. )

    1990-04-01

    A retrospective 5 year follow-up study was performed in 140 patients with unequivocal ischemia during exercise radionuclide angiography (greater than or equal to 10% decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction or greater than or equal to 5% decrease in ejection fraction together with a distinct regional wall motion abnormality). In 84 patients (60%), ischemia during radionuclide angiography was silent (silent ischemia group), whereas 56 patients experienced angina during the test (symptomatic group). Work load and antianginal medication were similar in both groups. Critical cardiac events (unstable angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac death) occurred in 27% of patients in the silent ischemia group and 16% of those in the symptomatic group (p = NS); however, myocardial infarction or death was more frequent in patients with silent ischemia (22% versus 9%; p less than 0.05). If there was additional exercise-induced ST segment depression, the rate of critical events was further increased (p less than 0.05). The difference in critical cardiac events seemed to be influenced by the higher incidence of revascularization procedures in symptomatic patients, whereas medical therapy had no similar effect. Thus, these findings suggest that patients with documented severe ischemia should undergo left heart catheterization and revascularization irrespective of symptoms to improve their prognosis.

  20. Calcium hydroxyapatite ceramic implants in bone tumour surgery. A long-term follow-up study.

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    Matsumine, A; Myoui, A; Kusuzaki, K; Araki, N; Seto, M; Yoshikawa, H; Uchida, A

    2004-07-01

    We reviewed the results of 51 patients with benign bone tumours treated by curettage and implantation of calcium hydroxyapatite ceramic (CHA). The mean follow-up was 11.4 years (10 to 15.5). Post-operative fractures occurred in two patients and three had local recurrences; three had slightly limited movement of the adjacent joint and one had mild osteoarthritis. There were no allergic or neoplastic complications. In all cases, radiographs showed that the CHA was well incorporated into the host bone. Statistical analysis showed that absorption of the implanted CHA was greater in males (odds ratio, 6.2; 95% CI, 1.6 to 23.7) and younger patients (odds ratio, 0.6 for increase in age of 10 years; 95% CI, 0.91 to 0.99). However, the implanted CHA was not completely absorbed in any patient. We conclude that CHA is a useful and safe bone substitute for the treatment of benign bone tumours.

  1. Percutaneous Drainage of 300 Intraperitoneal Abscesses with Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Akinci, Devrim; Akhan, Okan Ozmen, Mustafa N.; Karabulut, Nevzat; Ozkan, Orhan; Cil, Barbaros E.; Karcaaltincaba, Musturay

    2005-12-15

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous drainage of intraperitoneal abscesses with attention to recurrence and failure rates. A retrospective analysis of percutaneous treatment of 300 intraperitoneal abscesses in 255 patients (147 male, 108 female; average age: 38 years; range: 40 days to 90 years) for whom at least 1-year follow-up data were available was performed. Abscesses were drained with fluoroscopic, sonographic, or computed tomographic guidance. Nine abscesses were drained by simple aspiration; catheter drainage either by Seldinger or trocar technique was used in the remaining 291 abscesses with 6F to 14 F catheters. Initial cure and failure rates were 68% (203/300) and 12% (36/300), respectively. Sixty-one abscesses (20%) were either palliated or temporized. The recurrence rate was 4% (12/300) and nine of them were cured by recatheterization, whereas three of them were treated by medication or surgery. The overall success and failure rates were 91% (273/300) and 9% (27/300), respectively, with temporized, palliated, and recatheterized recurred abscesses. The 30-day mortality rate was 3.1% (8/255). The mean duration of catheterization was 13 days. Intraperitoneal abscesses with safe access routes should be drained percutaneously because of high success and low morbidity, mortality, and recurrence rates.

  2. Percutaneous Vertebroplasty in Multiple Myeloma: Prospective Long-Term Follow-Up in 106 Consecutive Patients

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    Anselmetti, Giovanni Carlo Manca, Antonio; Montemurro, Filippo; Hirsch, Joshua; Chiara, Gabriele; Grignani, Giovanni Carnevale Schianca, Fabrizio Capaldi, Antonio Rota Scalabrini, Delia; Sardo, Elena Debernardi, Felicino; Iussich, Gabriella; Regge, Daniele

    2012-02-15

    Purpose: Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) is a minimally invasive procedure involving the injection of bone cement within a collapsed vertebral body. Although this procedure was demonstrated to be effective in osteoporosis and metastases, few studies have been reported in cases of multiple myeloma (MM). We prospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of PV in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) resulting from MM. Materials and Methods: PV was performed in 106 consecutive MM patients who had back pain due to VCFs, the treatment of which had failed conservative therapies. Follow-up (28.2 {+-} 12.1 months) was evaluated at 7 and 15 days as well as at 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and every 6 months after PV. Visual analog scale (VAS) pain score, opioid use, external brace support, and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score were recorded. Results: The median pretreatment VAS score of 9 (range 4-10) significantly (P < 0.001) decreased to 1 (range 0-9) after PV. Median pre-ODI values of 82% (range 36-89%) significantly improved to 7% (range 0-82%) (P < 0.001). Differences in pretreatment and posttreatment use of analgesic drug were statistically significant (P < 0.001). The majority of patients (70 of 81; 86%) did not use an external brace after PV (P < 0.001). Conclusion: PV is a safe, effective, and long-lasting procedure for the treatment of vertebral compression pain resulting from MM.

  3. Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia due to amiodarone: long-term follow-up after corticosteroid treatment.

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    Schindler, Katja; Schima, Wolfgang; Kaliman, Josef F

    2010-08-01

    Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (formerly known as bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia) is a clinicopathological entity with characteristical radiographic findings such as bilateral, asymmetrical, sometimes migrating, patchy infiltrates in chest radiograph and ground-glass opacities in computed tomography. The disease has been observed in the context of gastrointestinal disorders, certain lung infections, autoimmune-mediated diseases (such as Wegener granulomatosis), inhalation of toxic fumes, bone marrow transplantation and administration of drugs. The benzofuran amiodarone, a commonly used antiarrythmic drug for atrial fibrillation, can exhibit several pulmonary adverse effects, amongst them cryptogenic organizing pneumonia as a rarely diagnosed and published one. We report a case of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia secondary to amiodarone treatment, its clinical course with significant improvement of clinical symptoms within a few days after discontinuation of amiodarone treatment and administration of corticosteroids. Also the infiltrations found in chest X-ray and computed tomography responded well and showed remarkable resolution tendency quickly. During 5 months of corticoid therapy pulmonary abnormalities gradually resolved almost completely and remained equal during the 8 months follow-up after corticoid termination.

  4. Long term follow-up of patients with Cushing's disease treated by interstitial irradiation

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    Sandler, L.M.; Richards, N.T.; Carr, D.H.; Mashiter, K.; Joplin, G.F.

    1987-09-01

    The first 86 patients with Cushing's disease treated with interstitial irradiation (by needle implantation) as the sole therapy were reviewed. In the 82 patients who were reassessed 1 yr after treatment 63 (77%) achieved remission. This study comprises the outcome and complications in the 54 patients who had a remission and whom we were able to follow. The follow-up period ranged from 3-26 yr (mean, 10.5) from the time of remission. No instance of clinical or radiological relapse has occurred. Of these 54 patients, yttrium-90 alone was used in 32, of whom 12 (37%) required corticosteroid or T4 replacement therapy in a mean time of 3.5 months; in 7 of these 12 we elected to give an ablative dose. Gold-198 alone was used in 15 patients, of whom 7 (47%) developed hypopituitarism in a mean time of 76 months. Both isotopes were used in 7 patients. A diurnal serum cortisol rhythm was found in 28 of the 31 patients who were not receiving corticosteroid therapy. In 5 of the 7 patients with an initially abnormal pituitary fossa, serial radiological studies revealed remodelling in 3. There have been no complications in the last 17 years. Pituitary implantation with yttrium-90 is an effective alternative to transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, with a high remission rate, no recurrence (as yet), no operative complications, and avoidance of hormone replacement in the majority.

  5. Ischemic monomelic neuropathy: a long-term follow-up of two cases.

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    Singh, Vikas; Qaisar, Huzaif; Masud, Avais; Mehandru, Sushil; Sadiang-Abay, Elmer; Costanzo, Eric J; Salman, Loay

    2017-06-20

    Ischemic monomelic neuropathy (IMN) is the most dreaded complication of an arteriovenous access creation. While uncommon, it can lead to pain, paresthesia or/and hand weakness. Creation of an arteriovenous connection causing a sudden diversion of blood away from the nerves can lead to ischemic injury to the neural tissue and cause IMN. Immediate surgical ligation has been traditionally recommended to limit ongoing neural tissue injury. We present two diabetic patients who developed IMN after the creation of a left upper extremity brachial-cephalic fistula and refused to undergo surgical ligation. The clinical examination revealed paresthesia localized to the volar aspect of the left forearm with mild weakness of the thumb, index and middle finger. Rehabilitation therapy was initiated in both and revealed a significant improvement in weakness but paresthesia persisted. Fistula maturation was achieved in both patients with an access flow of 1100-1200 cc/min. At 4 months, fistula was used successfully for dialysis in both patients. At a follow-up of 11 months, hand weakness did not progress and paresthesia disappeared. These cases demonstrate sensory-motor improvement with time and rehabilitation therapy and challenge the traditional approach of fistula ligation. The approach presented in this paper also results in the preservation of the lifeline of a patient. Future investigations should focus on identifying candidates who could benefit from physical therapy and rehabilitation.

  6. Intracorneal ring segment depth in keratoconus patients: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Shahhoseini, Saied; Hashemi, Hassan; Asgari, Soheila

    2017-06-12

    To compare the actual depth of the tunnel created with femtosecond laser for intracorneal ring segment (ICRS) implantation with the target depth in keratoconus patients. In this mix design study, eligible keratoconus patients were identified through chart review. The inclusion criterion was a history of ICRS implantation with femtosecond laser more than 6 months prior to enrollment. Participants underwent anterior segment optical coherence tomography using Spectralis (Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany) for depth measurement defined as the distance from the anterior corneal surface to anterior rim of the ring. The mean age of the 30 participants was 31.4 ± 7.9 years, and 58.6% were male. Mean follow-up time after ring implantation was 25.8 ± 10.0 (range 7-41) months. Mean actual depth was 59.9% (42.4-86.8%), and the target depth was 85.0% (74.8-90.0%) (P < 0.001). The ring was at a depth of less than 70% in 25 eyes of the 30 (83.3%) studied eyes. The mean 26 months after implantation, ring segments are placed at a shallower depth than originally intended. Therefore, although femtosecond laser technology is an acceptable method for the surgeon, it is necessary to revisit the depth calculator of the device.

  7. Congenital cloaca: Long-term follow-up results with emphasis on outcomes beyond childhood.

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    Rintala, Risto J

    2016-04-01

    Persistent cloaca remains a challenge for pediatric surgeons and urologists. Reconstructive surgery of cloacal malformations aims to repair the anorectum, urinary tract, and genital organs, and achieve fecal and urinary continence as well as functional genital tract capable for sexual activity and pregnancy. Unfortunately, even in most experienced hands these goals are not always accomplished. The endpoint of the functional development of bowel, urinary, and genital functions is the completion of patient's growth and sexual maturity. It is unlikely that there will be any significant functional improvement beyond these time points. About half of the patients with cloaca attain fecal and urinary continence after their growth period. The remaining half stay clean or dry by adjunctive measures such as bowel management by enemas or ACE channel, and continent urinary diversion or intermittent catheterization. Problems related to genital organs such as obstructed menstruations, amenorrhea, and introitus stenosis are common and often require secondary surgery. Encouragingly, most adolescent and adult patients are capable of sexual life despite often complex vaginal primary and secondary reconstructions. Also, cloacal malformation does not preclude pregnancies, although they still are quite rare. Pregnant patients with cloaca require special care and follow-up to guarantee uncomplicated pregnancy and preservation of anorectal and urinary functions. Cesarean section is recommended for cloaca patients. The self-reported quality of life of cloaca patients appears to be comparable to that of female patients with less complex anorectal malformations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Reversible weight gain and prolactin levels--long-term follow-up in childhood.

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    Galluzzi, F; Salti, R; Stagi, S; La Cauza, F; Chiarelli, F

    2005-09-01

    In adult patients weight gain is a frequent complaint of hyperprolactinaemia and it has been associated with a high prevalence of obesity. Normalization of prolactin (PRL) levels result in weight loss. The nature of this link is poorly defined. In this report we describe a 14 year-old female with primary amenorrhea and persistent progressive weight gain. The patient's height, weight and BMI were 152 cm, 70 kg, and 30.3 kg/m2, respectively. Basal hormonal investigation showed normal free thyroxin, TSH, IGF-I, cortisol and ACTH values. Serum PRL level was very high (16,278 mIU/l; normal range 63-426 mIU/l). Magnetic resonance imaging scan showed the presence of a pituitary microadenoma. Treatment with the non-selective dopamine agonist pergolide caused a significant reduction of serum PRL concentration with a remarkable decrease of body weight. During follow-up, repeat MRI scan revealed disappearance of the microadenoma. The reduction of the daily dose of pergolide was associated with an increase of serum PRL with significant weight gain. A further reduction of body weight was subsequently observed with an increase of pergolide dosage. Serum PRL measurement may be useful as part of the endocrine work-up of obese children with a history of unexplained recent weight gain, especially if associated with pituitary-gonadal axis dysfunction. The relationship between PRL secretion and weight change needs to be examined in prospective larger studies.

  9. Life satisfaction following spinal cord injury: long-term follow-up.

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    Putzke, John D; Barrett, John J; Richards, John S; Underhill, Andrea T; Lobello, Steven G

    2004-01-01

    To determine the course of self-reported life satisfaction in a spinal cord injury (SCI) cohort. Prospective study using longitudinal data from the Injury Control Research Center. Adult persons with traumatic-onset SCI (n = 207) evaluated at 1, 2, 4, and 5 years postinjury using the Life Satisfaction Index-A. A nonsignificant (P > 0.05) main effect of time was found using a repeated-measures analysis controlling for education and employment status. Several methods were used that provided a range of liberal to conservative estimates for missing data (ie, 38% retention rate at year 5). Subsequent missing data analyses tended to corroborate the finding of a nonsignificant effect of time, although the most conservative methods showed a significant decrease in life satisfaction between year 1 and year 5 postinjury (P < 0.05). Examination of numerous demographic, injury, and treatment-related characteristics at each follow-up time point suggested that the main findings of the study were not merely the result of differential dropout rates. Life satisfaction after the first year of injury remains largely the same over the next 4 years. Methodologic and analytic recommendations are discussed.

  10. Primary malignant fibrous histiocytoma of long bones: long-term follow-up.

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    Özkurt, Bülent; Başarır, Kerem; Yıldız, Yusuf H; Kalem, Mahmut; Sağlık, Yener

    2016-08-01

    This study aims to evaluate patients diagnosed with malignant fibrous histiocytoma and investigate the possible prognostic factors associated with duration of survival. The study, which was conducted between May 1994 and September 2013, included 14 patients diagnosed as malignant fibrous histiocytoma (12 males, 2 females; median age 48 years; range 17 to 64 years). We evaluated patients' demographic features, location of the pathology, histological findings, surgical margins, and treatment modalities and investigated the effects of these parameters on survival. Femur was the most frequently involved bone, followed by tibia and humerus. The median follow-up duration of the patients was 129 months. We performed limb salvage surgeries in 13 patients and amputation in one patient. Surgical margins were marginal in three patients and postoperative radiotherapy was performed for local control of the disease. Although there was no local recurrence in these patients, distant metastasis developed in two patients, indicating the importance of surgical margin as a significant factor on survival. Five-year survival rate was 81.9% in patients with wide surgical margins and 33.3% in patients with marginal margins. Surgical excision with wide margins and adjuvant chemotherapy provided adequate control of the disease and longer survival. The only prognostic factor statistically significantly associated with duration of survival was surgical margins. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy may be used when there is a suspicion of not obtaining adequately wide surgical margin perioperatively due to close association with neurovascular structures.

  11. Long-term follow-up of donor chimerism and tolerance after human liver transplantation.

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    Ayala, Rosa; Grande, Silvia; Albizua, Enriqueta; Crooke, Almudena; Meneu, Juan Carlos; Moreno, Almudena; Pérez, Baltasar; Gilsanz, Florinda; Moreno, Enrique; Martínez-Lopez, Joaquín

    2009-06-01

    We aimed to quantify peripheral donor chimerism (DC) and to analyze its association with graft and recipient outcome. Forty-two liver transplant recipients and their respective donors were studied, providing a total of 148 posttransplantation serum samples. DC was assessed with real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to detect polymorphic markers. DC did not decrease with time post-transplantation and was higher in child recipients versus adults and in recipients of deceased donor liver transplants versus recipients of live donor liver transplants. Higher levels of DC were detected in Rh-positive blood group donors, in O blood group recipients versus A blood group recipients, and in recipients with hepatitis C virus versus recipients with alcoholic cirrhosis. High DC was associated with patients with organ damage due to recurrent disease and rejection. Stable, high levels of DC, in the absence of other major clinical events, may thus be a marker of transplantation tolerance, and this knowledge may help to tailor immunosuppressive treatment. In conclusion, qPCR is a useful technique for DC follow-up in liver transplantation, although the evolution of DC levels should be analyzed in accordance with the clinical outcome of the patient.

  12. Predicting return to work. A long-term follow-up study of railroad workers after low back injuries.

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    Hunter, S J; Shaha, S; Flint, D; Tracy, D M

    1998-11-01

    Evaluation of the long-term outcomes of 178 railroad employees with low back injury who had completed a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. To study two major areas: 1) outcomes of the rehabilitation program in terms of the patient's improvement in function and rate of return to work and 2) factors that predict long-term retention at work, both at the railroad and elsewhere. Several studies have been published examining rehabilitation outcomes of individuals covered under workers' compensation law, but few exist that have examined railroad workers covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act, and few studies exist with follow-up periods longer than 3 years. Physical/medical, self-reported, and employment/financial data were collected on each patient from medical and employment records. Follow-up data regarding employment status were obtained either from the employer or from the patient by telephone interview. On average, the patients improved in all objective and subjective measures after rehabilitation. Improvements in these measures were not predictive of return to work. At follow-up examination, 89% of the contacted patients were employed--61% still at the rail-road. The employment factors of lost work days and length of employment and the financial factor of wage rate were the most predictive of long-term work status. The multidisciplinary program in the current study was found to improve patient physical functioning and reduce pain. However, success in these measures was not predictive of long-term work status, suggesting that other factors have an impact on work status. Clinicians must be aware that employment and financial factors may have a strong influence on return-to-work outcomes.

  13. Long-Term Durability of Ceramic Tri-Condylar Knee Implants: A Minimum 15-Year Follow-Up.

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    Nakamura, Shinichiro; Ito, Hiromu; Nakamura, Kenji; Kuriyama, Shinichi; Furu, Moritoshi; Matsuda, Shuichi

    2017-06-01

    Ceramic bearings are not commonly used in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). So far, little information is available about whether long-term survivorship and good clinical outcomes can be ensured with ceramic knee implants. The purposes of the present study were to evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes, and to assess the long-term durability of a ceramic tri-condylar implant. A total of 507 consecutive TKAs were carried out using a ceramic tri-condylar femoral implant. The posterior cruciate ligament was sacrificed, and all components were fixed with bone cement. Clinical outcomes were assessed retrospectively with the Knee Society scoring system. Kaplan-Meier survivorship was calculated to determine the cumulative survival rate. One hundred sixty-seven knees (114 patients) were available for clinical outcomes. The average range of flexion improved from 118.1° preoperatively to 123.7° at a minimum 15-year follow-up (P < .001). The average Knee Society knee score improved from 39.1 to 92.8 (P < .001). The functional score also improved from 36.0 to 47.0 (P < .001). With revision for any surgery or radiographic failure as the end point, Kaplan-Meier survivorship at 15 years was 94.0%. With revision of any component as the end point, the corresponding survivorship was 96.2%. Clinically, the postoperative knee flexion range and Knee Society scores were good after long-term follow-up. The survivorship of the ceramic knee implant was excellent over the 15-year follow-up, and long-term durability was achieved, making ceramic a promising alternative material for the femoral component in TKA. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Medial patellar ligament splitting in horses with upward fixation of the patella: A long-term follow-up.

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    Andersen, C; Tnibar, A

    2016-05-01

    Medial patellar ligament splitting (MPLS) has been shown to be a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment for upward fixation of the patella (UFP) in horses. However, long-term follow-up results of this procedure have not previously been reported. To evaluate the long-term resolution of UFP following MPLS and provide information on complications and recurrence. Retrospective case series. Data were collected from horses that underwent MPLS between 1999 and 2013. All cases had a confirmed diagnosis of UFP that had not responded to conservative therapy. Data were collected from medical records, including follow-up visits and through telephone conversations with the owner, trainer or referring veterinarian. A total of 85 horses were included. Fifty-eight horses (68%) had surgery under general anaesthesia in dorsal recumbency, while 27 horses (32%) underwent standing surgery and 97.6% had complete resolution of the UFP immediately after surgery or within the 2 week rehabilitation period. Two cases (2.4%) had only unilateral resolution after bilateral surgery, even after the procedure was repeated. The majority of cases (90.5%) were followed up at least 3 and up to 14 years after surgery. No short- or long-term complications were reported. No recurrence of UFP was observed in the horses that resumed exercise after surgery. Medial patellar ligament splitting is a highly effective and minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat UFP when conservative treatment is unsuccessful. In addition, it allows for a very rapid return to sports activity. No short- or long-term complications were observed and no recurrence of this condition was noted. © 2015 EVJ Ltd.

  15. Hepatobiliary complications of alveolar echinococcosis: A long-term follow-up study

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    Graeter, Tilmann; Ehing, Franziska; Oeztuerk, Suemeyra; Mason, Richard Andrew; Haenle, Mark Martin; Kratzer, Wolfgang; Seufferlein, Thomas; Gruener, Beate

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To determine the long-term hepatobiliary complications of alveolar echinococcosis (AE) and treatment options using interventional methods. METHODS: Included in the study were 35 patients with AE enrolled in the Echinococcus Multilocularis Data Bank of the University Hospital of Ulm. Patients underwent endoscopic intervention for treatment of hepatobiliary complications between 1979 and 2012. Patients’ epidemiologic data, clinical symptoms, and indications for the intervention, the type of intervention and any additional procedures, hepatic laboratory parameters (pre- and post-intervention), medication and surgical treatment (pre- and post-intervention), as well as complications associated with the intervention and patients‘ subsequent clinical courses were analyzed. In order to compare patients with AE with and without history of intervention, data from an additional 322 patients with AE who had not experienced hepatobiliary complications and had not undergone endoscopic intervention were retrieved and analyzed. RESULTS: Included in the study were 22 male and 13 female patients whose average age at first diagnosis was 48.1 years and 52.7 years at the time of intervention. The average time elapsed between first diagnosis and onset of hepatobiliary complications was 3.7 years. The most common symptoms were jaundice, abdominal pains, and weight loss. The number of interventions per patient ranged from one to ten. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was most frequently performed in combination with stent placement (82.9%), followed by percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage (31.4%) and ERCP without stent placement (22.9%). In 14.3% of cases, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography was performed. A total of eight patients received a biliary stent. A comparison of biochemical hepatic function parameters at first diagnosis between patients who had or had not undergone intervention revealed that these were significantly elevated in six

  16. Transoral outlet reduction for weight regain after gastric bypass: long-term follow-up.

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    Kumar, Nitin; Thompson, Christopher C

    2016-04-01

    Dilated gastrojejunal anastomosis aperture is associated with weight regain after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Transoral outlet reduction (TORe) has proved safe and effective for the treatment of weight regain. The objective of this study was to determine the long-term weight trend and number needed to treat for TORe. This prospective series included consecutive post-RYGB patients with weight regain and a gastrojejunal anastomosis aperture greater than 15 mm. TORe was performed with a full-thickness endoscopic suturing device. A total of 150 patients who had regained 49.9% ± 3.6% of the weight lost after gastric bypass (4.1 ± 0.3 kg/y after nadir) before TORe. At TORe, body mass index was 40.2 ± 0.8 kg/m(2) and weight was 110.7 ± 2.2 kg. At 1 year, weight loss was 10.5 ± 1.2 kg or 24.9 ± 2.6% excess weight loss (EWL); at 2 years, weight loss was 9.0 ± 1.7 kg or 20.0% ± 6.4% EWL; at 3 years, weight loss was 9.5 ± 2.1 kg or 19.2% ± 4.6% EWL. The number needed to treat for arrest of weight regain was 1.0 at 6 months, 1.1 at 1 year, and 1.2 at 2 and 3 years. The number needed to treat to maintain weight loss of ≥5 kg from TORe was 1.2 at 6 months, 1.5 at 1 year, 1.9 at 2 years, and 2.0 at 3 years. TORe safely and effectively arrested weight regain and provided durable weight loss with a low number needed to treat. Patients with weight regain after RYGB should be evaluated for dilation of the gastrojejunal anastomosis, as TORe can be part of a multidisciplinary strategy to address post-RYGB weight regain. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The natural history and long-term follow-up of Scheuermann kyphosis.

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    Murray, P M; Weinstein, S L; Spratt, K F

    1993-02-01

    Sixty-seven patients who had a diagnosis of Scheuermann kyphosis and a mean angle of kyphosis of 71 degrees were evaluated after an average follow-up of thirty-two years (range, ten to forty-eight years) after the diagnosis. All sixty-seven patients completed a questionnaire; fifty-four had a physical examination and radiographs; fifty-two, pulmonary function testing; and forty-five, strength-testing of the trunk muscles. The results were compared with those in a control group of thirty-four subjects who were matched for age and sex. The patients who had Scheuermann kyphosis had more intense back pain, jobs that tended to have lower requirements for activity, less range of motion of extension of the trunk and less-strong extension of the trunk, and different localization of the pain. No significant differences between the patients and the control subjects were demonstrated for level of education, number of days absent from work because of low-back pain, extent that the pain interfered with activities of daily living, presence of numbness in the lower extremities, self-consciousness, self-esteem, social limitations, use of medication for back pain, or level of recreational activities. Also, the patients reported little preoccupation with their physical appearance. Normal or above-normal averages for pulmonary function were found in patients in whom the kyphosis was less than 100 degrees. Patients in whom the kyphosis was more than 100 degrees and the apex of the curve was in the first to eighth thoracic segments had restrictive lung disease. Five patients had an unexplained, mildly abnormal neurological examination. Mild scoliosis was common; spondylolisthesis was not observed.

  18. Long term functioning in early onset psychosis: Two years prospective follow-up study

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    2011-01-01

    Background There were few studies on the outcome of schizophrenia in developing countries. Whether the outcome is similar to or different from developed world is still a point for research. The main aim of the current study was to know if patients with early onset non affective psychosis can behave and function properly after few years from start of the illness or not. Other aims included investigation of possible predictors and associated factors with remission and outcome. Method The study prospectively investigated a group of 56 patients with onset of psychosis during childhood or adolescence. Diagnosis made according to DSM-IV criteria and included; schizophrenia, psychotic disorder not otherwise specified and acute psychosis. Severity of psychosis was measured by PANSS. Measures of the outcome included; remission criteria of Andreasen et al 2005, the children's global assessment scale and educational level. Results Analysis of data was done for only 37 patients. Thirty patients diagnosed as schizophrenia and 7 with Psychotic disorder not otherwise specified. Mean duration of follow up was 38.4 +/- 16.9 months. At the end of the study, 6 patients (16.2%) had one episode, 23(62.1%) had multiple episodes and 8 (21.6%) continuous course. Nineteen patients (51.4%) achieved full remission, and only 11(29.7%) achieved their average educational level for their age. Twenty seven percent of the sample had good outcome and 24.3% had poor outcome. Factors associated with non remission and poor outcome included gradual onset, low IQ, poor premorbid adjustment, negative symptoms at onset of the illness and poor adherence to drugs. Moreover, there was tendency of negative symptoms at illness start to predict poor outcome. Conclusion Some patients with early onset non affective psychosis can behave and function properly after few years from the start of the illness. Although remission is a difficult target in childhood psychosis, it is still achievable. PMID:21801438

  19. Long-term follow-up of men with male pattern baldness treated with topical minoxidil.

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    Olsen, E A; DeLong, E R; Weiner, M S

    1987-03-01

    Forty-one men with male pattern baldness completed 132 study weeks (2 years 9 months) with topical minoxidil and had follow-up 1-inch target-area vertex scalp hair counts. Initially these men were treated with either twice-daily 2% topical minoxidil for 12 months or 3% topical minoxidil for 8 to 12 months (one third of the subjects received placebo for the first 4 months). After 12 months all subjects continued to apply 3% topical minoxidil twice daily for 1 more year, after which they were randomized to once- versus twice-daily topical minoxidil for an additional 9 months. Those subjects who changed to once-daily application of topical minoxidil at 2 years had a mean change from baseline nonvellus hair count at 1 year of 291.2 (range of hairs four to 553) and at 2 years 9 months of 235 (two to 592 hairs). Those subjects who continued with twice-daily application of topical minoxidil throughout the study had a mean change from baseline nonvellus hair count at 1 year of 323 (15 to 589 hairs) and 335 (13 to 808 hairs) at 2 years 9 months with maintenance topical minoxidil. There were subjects on both maintenance schedules of topical minoxidil who lost some of the nonvellus hair they had initially gained with topical minoxidil; however, there was a greater mean loss in those patients following the once-daily versus twice-daily topical minoxidil regimen (p = 0.05). No subject lost nonvellus target hair as compared with baseline.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Ectopic ureteroceles in duplex systems: long-term follow up and 'treatment-free' status.

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    Wang, Ming-Hsien; Greenfield, Saul P; Williot, Pierre; Rutkowski, John

    2008-06-01

    Definitive treatment of ectopic ureterocele (EU) implies that no further surgery or prophylactic antibiotic is needed. The literature is unclear on which interventions render a child 'treatment free'. Thirty (23 female, seven male) patients presented between 1984 and 2000. Follow up ranged from 5 to 15 years (mean: 7). Presenting reasons were: urinary tract infection in 18 (16 females, two males; age: 17<6 months, one 2 years), prenatal ultrasound in 11 (seven females, four males), and renal failure in one (male, aged 3 weeks). Treatment was as follows. No intervention, three (10%). Single procedure, eight (27%): five hemi-nephrectomy (HN), two transurethral incisions (TUI), one excision and re-implantation (E&R). Two procedures, 14 (47%): first procedure 10 TUI, 4 HN; second procedure 13 E&R, 1 TUI. Three procedures, three (10%): first 2 TUI, 1 HN; second 3 TUI; third 2 E&R, 1 HN. Four procedures, two (7%): first 2 TUI; second 1 HN, 1 TUI; third 2 TUI; fourth 2 E&R. Eight (27%) remained on prophylaxis: two had no intervention, in 4 the ectopic ureterocele was in situ after HN or TUI, and two had reflux after E&R. Twenty two (73%) came off prophylaxis (16 E&R, 4 HN, 1 TUI, 1 observation). Poorly or non-functioning upper pole moieties were left in place in 14/18 who underwent E&R. 'Treatment-free' status most often requires ureterocele excision. HN alone can be definitive, while TUI alone is so rarely. Poor or non-functioning upper pole segments can remain after E&R. Children with collapsed ureteroceles in situ often must remain on antibiotic prophylaxis. A staged approach with initial TUI, followed by E&R, was successful in definitively treating the majority.

  1. LIVER TRANSPLANTATION FOR ALCOHOLIC CIRRHOSIS: LONG TERM FOLLOW-UP AND IMPACT OF DISEASE RECURRENCE

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    Bellamy, Christopher O.C.; DiMartini, Andrea M.; Ruppert, Kris; Jain, Ashok; Dodson, Forrest; Torbenson, Michael; Starzl, Thomas E.; Fung, John J.; Demetris, Anthony J.

    2010-01-01

    Background Alcoholic liver disease has emerged as a leading indication for hepatic transplantation, although it is a controversial use of resources. We aimed to examine all aspects of liver transplantation associated with alcohol abuse. Methods Retrospective cohort analysis of 123 alcoholic patients with a median of 7 years follow-up at one center. Results In addition to alcohol, 43 (35%) patients had another possible factor contributing to cirrhosis. Actuarial patient and graft survival rates were, respectively, 84% and 81% (1 year); 72% and 66% (5 years); and 63% and 59% (7 years). After transplantation, 18 patients (15%) manifested 21 noncutaneous de novo malignancies, which is significantly more than controls (P=0.0001); upper aerodigestive squamous carcinomas were overrepresented (P=0.03). Thirteen patients had definitely relapsed and three others were suspected to have relapsed. Relapse was predicted by daily ethanol consumption (P=0.0314), but not by duration of pretransplant sobriety or explant histology. No patient had alcoholic hepatitis after transplantation and neither late onset acute nor chronic rejection was significantly increased. Multiple regression analyses for predictors of graft failure identified major biliary/vascular complications (P=0.01), chronic bile duct injury on biopsy (P=0.002), and pericellular fibrosis on biopsy (P=0.05); graft viral hepatitis was marginally significant (P=0.07) on univariate analysis. Conclusions Alcoholic liver disease is an excellent indication for liver transplantation in those without coexistent conditions. Recurrent alcoholic liver disease alone is not an important cause of graft pathology or failure. Potential recipients should be heavily screened before transplantation for coexistent conditions (e.g., hepatitis C, metabolic diseases) and other target-organ damage, especially aerodigestive malignancy, which are greater causes of morbidity and mortality than is recurrent alcohol liver disease. PMID:11544420

  2. Liver transplantation for classical maple syrup urine disease: long-term follow-up.

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    Díaz, Victoria M; Camarena, Carmen; de la Vega, Ángela; Martínez-Pardo, Mercedes; Díaz, Carmen; López, Manuel; Hernández, Francisco; Andrés, Ane; Jara, Paloma

    2014-11-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate indications, results, and clinical and neurological evolution in children who have undergone liver transplantation for classical maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). Descriptive study of liver transplantation for MSUD between 1991 and 2012. Eight patients were transplanted. Indications for transplant were poor metabolic control expressed as significant psychomotor disabilities (4 had psychomotor delays, 5 had spasticity, and 5 had epilepsy) and poor quality of life (mean number of acute metabolic decompensations and mean number of total hospitalizations before transplantation 5 and 12, respectively). Four required nasogastric tube, with a maximum 4 g/day protein-restricted diet in all of them. Seven sustained significant alterations in brain magnetic resonance imaging. Mean leucine and alloisoleucine levels were 608 (standard deviation [SD] 516) and 218 μmol/L (SD 216), respectively. All of the patients received transplants with deceased-donor livers, with ages between 1.5 and 2.5 years (mean 1.78 years). Mean posttransplantation follow-up period was 12.2 years (range 5-21 years). Final patient and graft survival was 87.5% and 75%, respectively. Following transplantation, none required hospitalization in the last 3 years nor did any have new acute metabolic decompensations following a normal diet. Five followed normal schooling, 2 had motor disabilities, and 2 had convulsive crises. Brain magnetic resonance imaging was taken in 4 patients, showing neuroimage improvement in 3 of them. Mean leucine levels were <350 μmol/L from the immediate posttransplantation period (mean 225 μmol/L, SD 78), with a maximum alloisoleucine level of 20 μmol/L. Liver transplantation is an effective treatment for classical MSUD that arrests brain damage, although it does not reverse the process.

  3. Long-term follow-up of exhibitionists: psychological, phallometric, and offense characteristics.

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    Firestone, Philip; Kingston, Drew A; Wexler, Audrey; Bradford, John M

    2006-01-01

    Exhibitionism has historically been viewed as more of a nuisance than a serious criminal justice matter. Research has demonstrated that the number of exhibitionists who are detected re-offending is a significant under-representation of the number who actually re-offend. The objective of this study was to extend a previous study conducted on exhibitionists, while attempting to solve the limitations described in that study. Two hundred eight exhibitionists were assessed at a university teaching hospital between 1983 and 1996. Archival data were derived from police and medical files. Results indicated that, over a mean follow-up period of 13.24 years, 23.6, 31.3, and 38.9 percent of exhibitionists were charged with or convicted of sexual, violent, or criminal offenses, respectively. Undoubtedly, this is an under-representation of the true rate, as we have no way of knowing how many exhibitionists re-offended and did not get caught. Nevertheless, in the present investigation, sexual recidivists compared with non-recidivists were less educated, scored higher on the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST), the Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R), and the Pedophile Index. Violent recidivists were also less educated and scored higher on the MAST, PCL-R, and the Pedophile Index, and had accumulated a greater number of prior violent or criminal charges and/or convictions. Criminal recidivists were less educated; scored higher on the MAST, Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory (BDHI), PCL-R, and Pedophile Index; and had accumulated a greater number of prior sexual, violent, and criminal offenses. Finally, the hands-on sexual recidivists accumulated a greater number of prior violent and criminal charges and or convictions than did the hands-off sexual recidivists.

  4. Focal vitiligo: long-term follow-up of 52 cases.

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    Lommerts, J E; Schilder, Y; de Rie, M A; Wolkerstorfer, A; Bekkenk, M W

    2016-09-01

    Focal vitiligo is characterized by depigmented patches located in a small area without a typical segmental distribution. Focal vitiligo is classified as an undetermined type of vitiligo, and a more definitive diagnosis can be made when the lesions have not evolved into non-segmental or segmental vitiligo after a period of 1-2 years. However, the chance of progression is not known and may lead to treatment-indecision. The objective was to study the characteristics of patients with focal vitiligo and possible predictors of progression. We conducted a survey study in patients with initial diagnosis of focal vitiligo between January 2005 and June 2010. Focal vitiligo was defined as either a small acquired isolated depigmented lesion without typical segmental distribution, or two to three small acquired lesions localized in a non-segmental area with a maximum of 5 cm. The survey comprised of 21 questions concerning the patient's characteristics, the onset of focal vitiligo, progression of depigmentation and treatment history. We identified 128 eligible patients and the response rate was 40.6% (n = 52 completed questionnaires). Progression to non-segmental vitiligo occurred in 23%. The median follow-up duration was 7 years. In 11.5% of the patients, progression to non-segmental vitiligo occurred within 2 years after onset. Nevertheless, even after a first stable period of more than 2 years, another 11.5% of the patients advanced to non-segmental vitiligo. No associated prognostic factors at baseline of progression to non-segmental or long-lasting focal vitiligo were found. Focal vitiligo is a rare subtype of vitiligo and most patients have long-lasting focal lesions after onset of the disease. In this study, focal vitiligo progressed to typical non-segmental vitiligo, but not towards typical segmental vitiligo. Progression 2 years after onset of focal vitiligo, occurs in 50% of the patients with eventual progression to non-segmental vitiligo. There seem to be no clinical

  5. Long-term follow-up of febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome.

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    Howell, Katherine B; Katanyuwong, Kamornwan; Mackay, Mark T; Bailey, Catherine A; Scheffer, Ingrid E; Freeman, Jeremy L; Berkovic, Samuel F; Harvey, A Simon

    2012-01-01

    Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is an increasingly recognized epileptic syndrome that presents with multifocal refractory status epilepticus in previously normal children and evolves into a chronic, refractory, focal epilepsy with associated cognitive and behavioral difficulties. Herein we describe the features of the chronic epilepsy and critically review evidence for the etiology of this syndrome. Seven patients with FIRES were studied. The duration of follow-up in six survivors was 5-17 years. Clinical, electroencephalography (EEG), neuroimaging, and other investigative findings during the acute and chronic phases were reviewed. These previously normal children presented with a febrile illness and status epilepticus that was refractory to antiepileptic medications in all children, to immunotherapies (including immunoglobulin, corticosteroids, plasma exchange, and rituximab) in four, and to acute vagus nerve stimulation in one. Markers of cerebral inflammation were few and response to antiepileptic and immunomodulatory therapies was poor. Evolution to chronic epilepsy occurred without a silent period. Seizure characteristics in the chronic phase were strikingly stereotyped and similar to the acute phase, with head and eye version, unilateral facial jerking, asymmetric tonic posturing, and unilateral limb jerking in all patients. Electrographic ictal onset was lateralized in all recorded seizures, unilateral in one patient, and independent bilateral in three. Seizures were refractory to multiple antiepileptic medications in all patients and partly responsive to chronic vagus nerve stimulation in two patients. Moderate to severe intellectual impairment was noted in four patients, and borderline intellectual abilities were noted in two. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the chronic phase was normal in three patients and showed mild diffuse cortical atrophy and/or mild hippocampal atrophy or sclerosis in three. The similar perirolandic and

  6. Percutaneous therapy of low stage and grade urothelial neoplasia: long-term follow up.

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    Montanari, Emanuele; Del Nero, Alberto; Bernardini, Paolo; Mangiarotti, Barbara; Confalonieri, Silvia; Grisotto, Massimo; Cordima, Giovanni

    2005-12-01

    Nephroureterectomy with the excision of the ipsilateral ureteral orifice and bladder cuff has been considered the standard treatment of the urinary upper transitional cell carcinoma. With the advent of sophisticated techniques for the endo-urologic management of many benign urologic diseases of the upper tract, there has been growing enthusiasm for the application of these same techniques in the management of upper tract TCC, which is also supported by recent advances in the development of small calibre telescopes with improved optics and the development of small calibre adjunctive instruments and laser fibers. A large number of cases published in the literature has confirmed the safety and efficacy of percutaneous treatment in selected patients with upper tract TCC of low grade and stage. Between 1997 and 2005 we treated 62 pts (37 pelvic transitional cell carcinoma and 25 ureteral). 4 pts (5 renal units: 4 T1G2 and 1 TaG1) underwent percutaneous resection for a tumor in a solitary kidney (2 cases), one case for bilateral neoplasm, and in the other case the lesion was unilateral with chronic renal failure. After preoperative evaluation, (excretory urography, computerized tomography and ureteroscopy with biopsy to confirm the low stage and grade of the lesion) the tumor was resected using an Amplatz sheat of 26-30 Fr and a 24 Fr resectoscope to keep a low intra-caliceal pressure. The tumor base was biopsied and fulgurated After 48 h, contrastography to assure integrity of the urinary system was performed and Mitomycin C was infused over 24 h. Second-look nephroscopy with multiple biopsies was performed in all cases 7 days later and 8 Ch nephrostomy was placed. If the biopsies resulted negative the patient was submitted to 6 weekly endocavitary instillation of BCG through the nephrostomy tube. All pts at a mean follow up of 71 months were tumor free. One patient presented a bladder relapse after 83 months. No complication of percutaneous resection was observed. The

  7. Long-term follow-up after tight control of blood pressure in type 2 diabetes.

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    Holman, Rury R; Paul, Sanjoy K; Bethel, M Angelyn; Neil, H Andrew W; Matthews, David R

    2008-10-09

    Post-trial monitoring of patients in the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) examined whether risk reductions for microvascular and macrovascular disease, achieved with the use of improved blood-pressure control during the trial, would be sustained. Among 5102 UKPDS patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus, we randomly assigned, over a 4-year period beginning in 1987, 1148 patients with hypertension to tight or less-tight blood-pressure control regimens. The 884 patients who underwent post-trial monitoring were asked to attend annual UKPDS clinics for the first 5 years, but no attempt was made to maintain their previously assigned therapies. Annual questionnaires completed by patients and general practitioners were used to follow patients who were unable to attend the clinic in years 1 through 5, and questionnaires were used for all patients in years 6 to 10. Seven prespecified aggregate clinical end points were examined on an intention-to-treat basis, according to the previous randomization categories. Differences in blood pressure between the two groups during the trial disappeared within 2 years after termination of the trial. Significant relative risk reductions found during the trial for any diabetes-related end point, diabetes-related death, microvascular disease, and stroke in the group receiving tight, as compared with less tight, blood-pressure control were not sustained during the post-trial follow-up. No risk reductions were seen during or after the trial for myocardial infarction or death from any cause, but a risk reduction for peripheral vascular disease associated with tight blood-pressure control became significant (P=0.02). The benefits of previously improved blood-pressure control were not sustained when between-group differences in blood pressure were lost. Early improvement in blood-pressure control in patients with both type 2 diabetes and hypertension was associated with a reduced risk of complications, but it

  8. Predictive factors of the long term outcome in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: six year follow up of 107 patients.

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    Kuster, E; Ros, E; Toledo-Pimentel, V; Pujol, A; Bordas, J M; Grande, L; Pera, C

    1994-01-01

    There is little information concerning the long term outcome of patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Thus 109 patients with reflux symptoms (33 with erosive oesophagitis) with a diagnosis of GORD after clinical evaluation and oesophageal testing were studied. All patients were treated with a stepwise approach: (a) lifestyle changes were suggested aimed at reducing reflux and antacids and the prokinetic agent domperidone were prescribed; (b) H2 blockers were added after two months when symptoms persisted; (c) anti-reflux surgery was indicated when there was no response to (b). Treatment was adjusted to maintain clinical remission during follow up. Long term treatment need was defined as minor when conservative measures sufficed for proper control, and as major if daily H2 blockers or surgery were required. The results showed that one third of the patients each had initial therapeutic need (a), (b), and (c). Of 103 patients available for follow up at three years and 89 at six years, respective therapeutic needs were minor in 52% and 55% and major in 48% and 45%. Eighty per cent of patients in (a), 67% in (b), and 17% in (c) required only conservative measures at six years. A decreasing lower oesophageal sphincter pressure (p < 0.001), radiological reflux (p = 0.028), and erosive oesophagitis (p = 0.031), but not initial clinical scores, were independent predictors of major therapeutic need as shown by multivariate analysis. The long term outcome of GORD is better than previously perceived. PMID:8307456

  9. Long-term outcome of patients with dysthymia and panic disorder: a naturalistic 9-year follow-up study.

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    Svanborg, Cecilia; Wistedt, Anna Aberg; Svanborg, Pär

    2008-01-01

    The highly prevalent psychiatric disorders dysthymia and panic disorder have often a chronic or recurrent course with superimposed major depression. The prominent comorbidity between these diagnoses constitutes a confounding factor in the study of long-term outcome. We performed a 9-year follow-up of 38 patients with "pure" diagnoses, i.e. without comorbid dysthymia and panic disorder, selected from two 2-year naturalistic treatment studies with psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. The aims of the present study were to investigate 1) the stability of change, and 2) the impact of comorbid personality disorders (PDs) on long-term outcome. Patients were reassessed with SCID-I and SCID-II interviews, SCL-90/BSI and a detailed, modified life-charting interview, investigating course and treatment over time. About 50% of patients showed substantial improvement, of whom about half were in remission. Comorbid PD was a negative prognostic factor independently of Axis I diagnosis. Although patients with panic disorder had a lower frequency of comorbid PD, later onset, shorter duration of illness and better outcome after the original studies, there was no difference in the long-term outcome. The less stable outcome among panic patients suggests that standard treatments are not resulting in enduring remission. In order to achieve remission, it is necessary to 1) address comorbid PDs, 2) perform careful assessments of all comorbid diagnoses, and 3) build routines for the follow-up and augmentation of treatments.

  10. Long term clinical follow-up of atypical ductal hyperplasia and lobular carcinoma in situ in breast core needle biopsies.

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    Renshaw, Andrew A; Gould, Edwin W

    2016-01-01

    Atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) may be associated with a relatively high incidence of invasive carcinoma and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) on immediate excision when found on core needle biopsy of the breast. However, the long term significance of ADH and LCIS in a breast core needle biopsy is not as well characterised. We reviewed the results of all breast core needle biopsies with a diagnosis of ADH or LCIS and immediate excision from the years 2000-2004, and correlated the results with long term clinical follow-up. Of 175 biopsies with ADH, 53 (30.3%) had carcinoma (8 invasive, and 45 DCIS) at the time of immediate re-excision. Of 69 biopsies with LCIS, three (4.3%) had carcinoma (2 invasive, and 1 DCIS) at the time of immediate re-excision. A total of 14 (11.5%) patients with ADH and benign re-excisions developed invasive carcinoma (12) or DCIS (2) on follow-up. A total of 17 (25.8%) patients with LCIS and benign re-excisions developed invasive carcinoma (13) or DCIS (4) on follow-up. The risk of invasive carcinoma or DCIS on immediate re-excision was significantly higher for women with ADH than LCIS (p<0.001). Women with LCIS developed significantly more invasive carcinomas and DCIS than women with ADH on long term follow-up (p=0.01). Compared to women with fibrocystic changes (FCC) on core needle biopsy, the risk of developing invasive carcinoma or DCIS was significantly higher for women with ADH and benign initial re-excisions (95% CI 1.092-7.297, p=0.03), and women with LCIS and benign re-excisions (95% CI 3.028-18.657, p<0.001). Overall, 67/175 (38.3%) women with ADH and 20/69 (29.0%) women with LCIS on core needle biopsy either had carcinoma at the time of the biopsy or later developed carcinoma. Significantly more women with LCIS developed invasive carcinoma or DCIS than women with ADH on long term follow-up. The relative risk for ADH and LCIS on core biopsy with a negative excision compared with FCC was similar

  11. Evaluating long-term effects of heroin-assisted treatment: the results of a 6-year follow-up.

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    Güttinger, Franziska; Gschwend, Patrick; Schulte, Bernd; Rehm, Jürgen; Uchtenhagen, Ambros

    2003-04-01

    Since January 1994, heroin-assisted treatment for opiate addicts has been available in Switzerland. This is the first report of the long-term effects of this form of treatment. The report examines subjects who entered a study involving medical prescription of opiates (Projekt zur ärztlichen Verschreibung von Betäubungsmitteln; PROVE) in Switzerland between January 1994 and March 1995 (n = 366). Opiates were dispensed in eight treatment centres. A follow-up was conducted 6 years after treatment entry. Two groups were assessed: clients who have continuously been on heroin-assisted treatment since entry into the PROVE study or who re-entered this treatment, and ex-clients who had discontinued heroin-assisted treatment at the time of follow-up. Two kinds of comparisons were conducted. Firstly, conditions at treatment entry were compared to 6-year follow-up outcomes, and secondly, outcomes were compared between clients still on heroin-assisted treatment and those who had been discharged. It was found that 46% of the clients still alive were on heroin-assisted treatment at the time of follow-up. A comparison of the present living conditions showed very little difference between those in treatment and those who had terminated treatment. Compared to the situation at entry, the results of the follow-up showed a significant decrease in the use of illegal substances, illegal income and most other variables concerning social conditions, but they also showed an increase in unemployment and reliance on social benefits. Heroin-assisted treatment is thus efficacious in the long-term course of treatment and is still effective after termination of treatment with respect to living conditions and use of illicit substances.

  12. Long-term follow-up of individuals with celiac disease: An evaluation of current practice guidelines

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    Silvester, Jocelyn A; Rashid, Mohsin

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Celiac disease can be treated by following a strict gluten-free diet for life. If properly followed, the diet resolves symptoms and nutritional deficiencies. It is generally recommended that individuals with celiac disease have careful long-term follow-up. However, it is not clear which elements of disease status evaluation, laboratory investigations and self-management support should be included in follow-up. OBJECTIVES: To examine the current practice guidelines and recommendations regarding follow-up of individuals with celiac disease. METHODS: Guidelines issued by gastroenterological societies and associations, and recommendations by experts were retrieved using MEDLINE and other Internet search engines. RESULTS: Practice guidelines were available from the American Gastroenterological Association; the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference 2004; the World Gastroenterology Organization; the British Society for Gastroenterology and the United Kingdom-based Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology. Most guidelines recommended a scheduled annual review and regular measurements of body mass index. The British Society for Gastroenterology recommended dietary review only at times of stress, while others recommended dietary review with a nutritionist. All associations recommended serial tissue transglutaminase antibody testing. The American Gastroenterological Association and the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology recommended annual hemoglobin, ferritin and folate checks. One guideline recommended annual hemoglobin, electrolyte, calcium, albumin, ferritin, folate, fat-soluble vitamin, liver function test, parathyroid hormone and bone density measurements (approximately $400 per patient). CONCLUSIONS: The current practice guidelines regarding the follow-up of patients with celiac disease varied greatly in their recommendations and many were

  13. Continuing Risk of Ipsilateral Breast Relapse After Breast-Conserving Therapy at Long-Term Follow-up

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    Kreike, Bas; Hart, Augustinus A.M.; Velde, Tony van de; Borger, Jacques; Peterse, Hans; Rutgers, Emiel; Bartelink, Harry; Vijver, Marc J. van de

    2008-07-15

    Purpose: Currently, the local treatment of most patients with early invasive breast cancer consists of breast-conserving therapy (BCT). We have previously reported on the risk factors for ipsilateral breast relapse (IBR) in 1,026 patients treated with BCT after a median follow-up of 5.5 years. In the present study, we evaluated the IBR incidence and the risk factors for IBR after prolonged follow-up. Methods and Materials: We updated the disease outcome for all 1,026 patients using the clinical information collected from the medical registration of The Netherlands Cancer Institute and performed step-wise proportional hazard Cox regression analysis to identify the risk factors associated with an increased risk of IBR after BCT at long-term follow-up. Results: After a median follow-up of 13.3 years, 114 patients had developed an IBR as the first event. The IBR rate was 9.3% and 13.8%, respectively, at 10 and 15 years. Also, the increase in IBR was continuous without reaching a plateau, even after 15 years. Univariate analysis showed that involved surgical resection margins, young age, vascular invasion, and the presence and quantity of an in situ component are risk factors for IBR. Multivariate analysis showed that tumor-positive surgical resection margins (hazard ratio, 2.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.7-5.2, p = 0.0002) or the presence of vascular invasion (hazard ratio, 2.0; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-3.2, p = 0.004) is the major independent risk factor for IBR. Conclusions: The data from long-term follow-up showed a constant increase in IBR among patients treated by BCT, even after 15 years, without reaching a plateau. Involved surgical resection margins and vascular invasion were the most important risk factors for IBR.

  14. Long-term follow-up of spinal cord stimulation to restore cough in subjects with spinal cord injury

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    DiMarco, Anthony F.; Kowalski, Krzysztof E.; Hromyak, Dana R.; Geertman, Robert T.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To determine the long-term effects of the cough stimulation system. Design Nonrandomized clinical trial of subjects using the study device well beyond the period of close follow-up. Setting Use of the study device in the home setting. Participants Subjects (N = 10) implanted with the device for a minimum of 2 years (mean 4.6 ± 0.6 years). Interventions Application of daily stimulation. Outcome measures Airway pressure generation and other clinical assessments including ease in raising secretions, life quality, caregiver support, and incidence of respiratory tract infections were measured at 1 year and mean 4.6 years after implantation. Results Each subject continued to use the device on a regular basis. During SCS, mean maximum airway pressures were 103.1 ± 20.4 and 107.7 ± 23.0 cmH2O at the 1-year and mean 4.6-year follow-up points, respectively (P < 0.05 compared with pre-implant and not significantly different (NS) compared with 1-year follow-up). Benchmarks related to ease in raising secretions and improvements in life quality related to respiratory care were maintained at the mean 4.6 year follow-up. The need for trained caregivers to provide other means of secretion management remained significantly below the pre-implant values (P < 0.05). The incidence of acute respiratory tract infections remained low at 0.2 ± 0.1 events/year, which is significantly below the pre-implant value of 1.4 ± 0.3 events/year (P < 0.05). Conclusion Subjects continued to use the system on a long-term basis beyond the period of close follow-up and to continued derive significant clinical benefits. PMID:24090524

  15. Is modified brief assertiveness training for nurses effective? A single-group study with long-term follow-up.

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    Yoshinaga, Naoki; Nakamura, Yohei; Tanoue, Hiroki; MacLiam, Fionnula; Aoishi, Keiko; Shiraishi, Yuko

    2017-07-25

    To evaluate the long-term effectiveness of modified brief assertiveness training (with cognitive techniques) for nurses. Most assertiveness training takes a long time to conduct; thus, briefer training is required for universal on-the-job training in the workplace. In this single-group study, nurses received two 90-min training sessions with a 1-month interval between sessions. The degree of assertiveness was assessed by using the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule as the primary outcome, at four time points: pre- and post-training, 3-month follow-up and 6-month follow-up. A total of 33 nurses received the training, and the mean Rathus Assertiveness Schedule score improved from -14.2 (SD = 16.5) pre-training to -10.5 (SD = 18.0) post-training (p < .05). These improvements were maintained until the 6-month follow-up. The pre-post effect size of 0.22 (indicating small effect) was larger than the effect sizes ranging from -0.56 to 0.17 (no effect) reported in previous studies that used brief training. Modified brief assertiveness training seems feasible and may achieve long-term favourable outcomes in improving assertiveness among nurses. The ease of implementation of assertiveness training is important because creating an open environment for communication leads to improved job satisfaction, improved nursing care and increased patient safety. © 2017 The Authors. Journal of Nursing Management Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Efficacy, Safety, and Long-Term Follow-Up Results of EUS-Guided Transmural Drainage for Pancreatic Pseudocyst

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    Kato, Shin; Katanuma, Akio; Maguchi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Kuniyuki; Osanai, Manabu; Yane, Kei; Kim, Toshifumi; Kaneko, Maki; Takaki, Ryo; Matsumoto, Kazuyuki; Matsumori, Tomoaki; Gon, Katsushige; Tomonari, Akiko

    2013-01-01

    Background and Aim. EUS-guided transmural drainage (EUS-GTD) is now considered a minimally invasive and effective alternative to surgery for drainage of symptomatic pancreatic pseudocysts. However, the technique is rather difficult, and sometimes serious complications occur to patients undergoing this procedure. We retrospectively evaluated efficacy, safety, and long-term follow-up results of EUS-GTD for pancreatic pseudocyst. Methods. Sixty-seven patients with pancreatic pseudocyst who underwent EUS-GTD from April 2000 to March 2011 were enrolled. We retrospectively evaluated (1) technical success, (2) clinical success, (3) adverse event of procedure, and (4) long-term follow-up results. Results. Total technical success rate was 88%. Ninety-one percent of external drainage, 79% of internal drainage, and 66% of puncture and aspiration only achieved clinical success. There was only one case with an adverse event, perforation (1.5%). The case required emergency operation. Total recurrence rate was 23.9%. Median follow-up period was 33.9 months. The recurrence rates in the cases of stent remaining, spontaneously dislodged, removed on schedule, external tube removal, and aspiration only were 10.0%, 12.5%, 42.9%, 50%, and 0%, respectively. Conclusion. EUS-GTD is a relatively safe and effective therapeutic method. However, further analysis should be done by larger series to determine the method of EUS-GTD for pancreatic pseudocyst. PMID:23554548

  17. Organ-preserving neodymium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser therapy for penile carcinoma: a long-term follow-up.

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    Schlenker, Boris; Tilki, Derya; Seitz, Michael; Bader, Markus J; Reich, Oliver; Schneede, Peter; Hungerhuber, Edwin; Stief, Christian G; Gratzke, Christian

    2010-09-01

    To retrospectively analyse the long-term follow-up of 54 patients treated with organ-preserving laser therapy for penile carcinoma, as such therapy provides excellent cosmetic and functional results, but recurrence rates are high, which might impair the oncological outcome and worsen tumour-related survival. Between 1979 and 2008, 54 patients with penile carcinoma were treated with the neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser at our institution; 11 were classified as having carcinoma in situ (Tis), 39 as T1 and four as T2. There was local recurrence in 16 patients (42%); the mean (range) time to local recurrence was 53 (9-132) months. In half the patients the time to local recurrence was >53 months, with the latest recurrence at 132 months after initial therapy of primary tumour. There was no statistically significant difference in recurrence rates with Tis or invasive penile carcinoma. In lymph-node-negative patients at initial presentation, there were no newly developed positive lymph nodes during the follow-up. Organ-preserving laser therapy showed a relatively high recurrence rate in patients with a long-term follow up, but the oncological outcome and survival were not compromised by local recurrence. Therefore, laser therapy appears to be appropriate for treating premalignant lesions and early stages of penile carcinoma. Patients should be informed about the potential for late recurrence.

  18. Long-term follow-up clinics after hematopoietic cell transplantation: its needs and challenges in Japan.

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    Kurosawa, Saiko

    2017-01-01

    With a growing number of transplant survivors, long-term survivorship care has received more attention. In long-term survivors, mortality remains higher than that of the general population, and they are prone to a unique set of late complications. The common late effects are as follows: chronic graft-versus-host disease, organ failure, endocrine complication, secondary cancer, mental health problem, and financial burden due to factors including unemployment. Long-term follow-up (LTFU) clinic plays an important role in the screening and early intervention for late effects and in informing and supporting patients to improve their quality of life. The importance of LTFU has been recognized, and the guidelines for screening and preventive practices for long-term survivors after transplantation were first published in 2006 and updated in 2012 based on a consensus opinion of the international working group. The guidelines for LTFU have been recently published by the Japan society for hematopoietic cell transplantation; they highlight the recommended screening and intervention available in our country, utilizing the evidence on the late effects reported from our country and overseas. In this review, I would like to illustrate the background of the need for LTFU and discuss the challenges in operating an LTFU clinic to effectively provide physical, mental, and social care to transplant survivors.

  19. Follow-up of long-term survivors of breast cancer in primary care versus specialist attention.

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    Baena-Cañada, José M; Ramírez-Daffós, Patricia; Cortés-Carmona, Cristina; Rosado-Varela, Petra; Nieto-Vera, Juan; Benítez-Rodríguez, Encarnación

    2013-10-01

    Hospitals have traditionally been the place where the follow-up of breast cancer patients occurs in Spain. To describe the evolution of long-term survivors of breast cancer according to type of follow-up received (in primary or specialist/hospital care), measuring impact of care type on health, cost, health-related quality of life (HRQL) and satisfaction results. Retrospective study of cohorts with disease-free patients followed up for at least 5 years in Oncology. Using personal questionnaires, the type and cost of the follow-up, events, HRQL and satisfaction were analysed. Ninety-eight women were surveyed, 60 in primary and 38 in specialist care. There were no differences between groups in diagnosis of metastasis or new primary tumours. The number of annual visits per patient was 0.98 (0.48) in primary and 1.11 (0.38) in specialist care (P = 0.19). In primary, 44.6% were programmed and 55.4% on demand; in specialist, 94.6% were programmed and 5.4% on demand (P = 0.0001). The costs of follow-up in primary care were lower--€112.86 (77.54) versus €184.61 (85.87) per patient and year (P = 0.0001). No differences were reported in HRQL. Preference for specialist care was expressed by 80%, versus 10% for primary, with 10% indifferent. Patients showed greater satisfaction with specialist care in all questionnaire dimensions. Compliance with follow-up protocol was high in both groups. In specialist care nearly all the visits were programmed and in primary almost half were on demand. In our locality, primary is more cost-effective than specialist care, but patients express greater satisfaction with specialist follow-up and hence prefer it.

  20. Isolated Adrenocorticotropic Hormone or Thyrotropin Deficiency Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Three Cases with Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Baek, Cho-Ok; Kim, Yu Ji; Kim, Ji Hye

    2015-01-01

    Few studies have examined the clinical features and long-term outcomes of isolated pituitary hormone deficiencies after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such deficiencies typically present at time intervals after TBI, especially after mild injuries such as concussions, which makes their diagnosis difficult without careful history taking. It is necessary to improve diagnosis and prevent life threatening or morbid conditions such as those that may occur in deficiencies of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) or thyroid-stimulating hormone (as known as thyrotropin, TSH), the two most important pituitary hormones in hypopituitarism treatment. Here, we report two cases of isolated ACTH deficiency and one case of isolated TSH deficiency. These patients presented at different time points after concussion and underwent long-term follow-ups. PMID:27169080

  1. Long-term follow-up on 33 TPR ankle joint replacements in 26 patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Jensen, Niels C; Linde, Frank

    2009-01-01

    There exist very few long-term follow-up studies, on total ankle replacement (TAR). In the present study a cohort of rheumatoid arthritic (RA) were followed for up to 23 years. Thirty-three TAR were performed in 26 RA patients from 1980 to 1993. Removal of the prostheses and radiolucency was considered endpoints. All patients were followed to prosthesis failure or until death of the patients or until January 2008. Two patients with 3 prostheses were still alive with their prosthesis in place. Eighteen patients with 23 prostheses had died with their prosthesis in place. Two patients had their ipsilateral leg amputated 12 and 14 years after operation of unrelated causes. Five prostheses in 4 patients had been removed. The 10 years prosthesis survival was 85%, when removal is the endpoint. The long-term survival of this first generation type of TAR adds some optimism to the development of TAR.

  2. Long-term follow-up of cognitive dysfunction in patients with aluminum hydroxide-induced macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF).

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    Passeri, Elodie; Villa, Chiara; Couette, Maryline; Itti, Emmanuel; Brugieres, Pierre; Cesaro, Pierre; Gherardi, Romain K; Bachoud-Levi, Anne-Catherine; Authier, François-Jérôme

    2011-11-01

    Macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) is characterized by specific muscle lesions assessing long-term persistence of aluminum hydroxide within macrophages at the site of previous immunization. Affected patients are middle-aged adults, mainly presenting with diffuse arthromyalgias, chronic fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. Representative features of MMF-associated cognitive dysfunction (MACD) include (i) dysexecutive syndrome; (i) visual memory; (iii) left ear extinction at dichotic listening test. In present study we retrospectively evaluated the progression of MACD in 30 MMF patients. Most patients fulfilled criteria for non-amnestic/dysexecutive mild cognitive impairment, even if some cognitive deficits seemed unusually severe. MACD remained stable over time, although dysexecutive syndrome tended to worsen. Long-term follow-up of a subset of patients with 3 or 4 consecutive neuropsychological evaluations confirmed the stability of MACD with time, despite marked fluctuations.

  3. Isolated Adrenocorticotropic Hormone or Thyrotropin Deficiency Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Three Cases with Long-Term Follow-Up.

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    Baek, Cho-Ok; Kim, Yu Ji; Kim, Ji Hye; Park, Ji Hyun

    2015-10-01

    Few studies have examined the clinical features and long-term outcomes of isolated pituitary hormone deficiencies after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such deficiencies typically present at time intervals after TBI, especially after mild injuries such as concussions, which makes their diagnosis difficult without careful history taking. It is necessary to improve diagnosis and prevent life threatening or morbid conditions such as those that may occur in deficiencies of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) or thyroid-stimulating hormone (as known as thyrotropin, TSH), the two most important pituitary hormones in hypopituitarism treatment. Here, we report two cases of isolated ACTH deficiency and one case of isolated TSH deficiency. These patients presented at different time points after concussion and underwent long-term follow-ups.

  4. Subacute Subclinical Brain Infarctions after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Negatively Impact Cognitive Function in Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Schulze-Hagen, Leonie; Müller, Andreas; Wilsing, Marius; Sinning, Jan-Malte; Lütkens, Julian; Frerker, Christian; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Gräff, Ingo; Schild, Hans; Werner, Nikos; Grube, Eberhard; Nickenig, Georg

    2017-01-01

    Aims To date every post-procedural cerebrovascular embolic event (CVE) is dreaded for its potential to accelerate cognitive decline after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study differentiates the impact of acute (procedural) and post-acute cerebrovascular embolic events (CVEs) on cognitive performance. Methods Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before, early and late after TAVI was performed to quantify embolic burden. Quantification of diffusion- and T1-weighted lesions, as well as white-matter and total brain volumes, as well as cognitive function testing (MMSE) were assessed in 28 patients with a medium follow-up period of 34 months. Results Procedural diffusion-weighted lesions were observed in 17 patients (61%), but demonstrated locoregional remnants only in a minority of patients in long-term follow-up (6.5%). Acute CVEs did not impact the trajectory of late silent brain infarctions (SBI), white-matter hyperintensities, and cerebral atrophy. Functionally, early CVEs did not affect cognitive function. In contrast, patients with “new” SBIs after TAVI had a trend to cognitive deterioration in long-term follow-up (“new”SBI: MMSE -1.4 / no “new”SBI: MMSE +1.5, p = 0.067). Interestingly, only a fraction of these “new” SBIs evolved from procedural CVEs (22.2%). Conclusions Aquired SBIs after TAVI, but not DW-CVE per se are associated with functional impairment long-term after TAVI. In the context of subacute thrombosis seen in TAVI prostheses, these findings set the stage for tailored stroke prevention and comprehensive surrogate endpoint definitions in neuroprotective trials. PMID:28056466

  5. PTA of Infrapopliteal Arteries: Long-term Clinical Follow-up and Analysis of Factors Influencing Clinical Outcome

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    Peregrin, Jan H. Koznar, Boris; Kovac, Josef; Lastovickova, Jarmila; Novotny, Jiri; Vedlich, Daniel; Skibova, Jelena

    2010-08-15

    This study was a retrospective analysis of patients with CLI who underwent infrapopliteal percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). The main goal was to evaluate clinical and morphological factors that influence the clinical outcome of PTA in long-term follow-up. A total of 1,445 PTA procedures were performed in 1,268 patients. Main indications for PTA included gangrene, nonhealing ulcers, or rest pain. The mean number of treated arteries was 1.77 artery/limb, and the majority of lesions were type TASC D. The technical success rate of PTA was 89% of intended-to-treat arteries. The main criterion of clinical success was functional limb salvage (LS). One-year follow-up involved 1,069 limbs. Primary and secondary 1-year LS rates were 76.1 and 84.4%, respectively. The effect of clinical and morphological parameters on the 1-year LS was that the only associated disease with an adverse effect on LS rate was DM combined with dialysis. Regarding limb preprocedural status, gangrene was clearly a negative predictor. The most important factor affecting LS was the number of patent arteries post-PTA: patients with 0, 1, 2, and 3 patent arteries had 1-year primary LS rates of 56.4, 73.1, 80.4, and 83%, respectively. Long-term follow-up of LS rates demonstrated secondary LS rates of 84.4, 78.8, and 73.3% at 1, 5, and 10 years. Every effort should be made to perform PTA for as many arteries as possible, even if TASC D type, to improve clinical outcome. Our study shows that repeat PTA is capable of keeping the long-term LS rate close to 75%.

  6. A long-term clinical follow-up study after arthroscopic intra-articular Bankart repair using absorbable tacks.

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    Elmlund, Anna; Kartus, Catarina; Sernert, Ninni; Hultenheim, Ingrid; Ejerhed, Lars

    2008-07-01

    The aim of the study was to perform an independent long-term evaluation after arthroscopic Bankart repair using absorbable tacks. We hypothesise that arthroscopic Bankart repair using absorbable tacks will result in stable shoulders. Eighty-one consecutive patients (84 shoulders) with symptomatic, recurrent, anterior, post-traumatic shoulder instability were included in the study. All the patients had a Bankart lesion. The age of the patients was 28 (15-62) years. The number of dislocations prior to surgery was five (sublux-50). The operation was performed 28 (3-360) months after the index injury by one of three surgeons with a special interest in shoulder surgery using an intra-articular arthroscopic Bankart procedure involving absorbable Suretac fixators. Seventy-six/84 (90%) of the shoulders (50 male, 23 female patients) were re-examined by two independent observers, after a follow-up period of 98 (46-129) months. In the long-term, the failure rate in terms of stability was 8/76 (11%) dislocations and a further 6/76 (8%) had experienced or had clinical signs of subluxation. The Rowe score was 91 (38-98) points at follow-up and the Constant score was 90 (56-100) points. The Constant score for the contralateral shoulder was 93 (69-100) points (P < 0.001). In the long-term, the arthroscopic Bankart procedure using Suretac fixators resulted in stable, well-functioning shoulders in the majority of patients. Eighteen per cent of the patients had experienced signs of instability during the follow-up period in terms of dislocations or subluxations.

  7. Results of long-term follow-up observations of blepharoptosis correction using the palmaris longus tendon.

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    Park, SangKeun; Shin, YongHo

    2008-07-01

    The frontalis sling procedure is a useful approach for correcting severe blepharoptosis. However, blepharoptosis often recurs after corrective surgery using the tensor fascia lata. Good results without recurrence after a modified Fox method were obtained using the palmaris longus tendon. This study examined the safety and validity of the surgical method using the palmaris longus tendon through long-term follow-up observations. To reduce the rate of recurrence, the highest point on the pentagon of the Fox method was fixed to the frontalis fascia and frontalis muscle. It was fixed once again to the area 1 cm above the highest point. This approach remarkably reduces the incidence of recurrence by fixing the pentagon of the Fox method not only to the palmaris longus tendon but also to the frontalis fascia and again to the frontalis muscle. A modified Fox method using the palmaris longus tendon was used to treat 16 eyelids of 10 patients. A senior surgeon performed the procedure in all cases under local anesthesia. The mean follow-up period was 51 months (range = 18-86 months). There was no case of blepharoptosis recurrence and a good field of view was secured after surgery. Long-term follow-up revealed that the visual field had been well secured with a mean MRD1 of 3.1 mm. The eyelids were well maintained without any postoperative adverse reaction such as exposure keratitis. The palmaris longus tendon as useful donor material does not lead to recurrence of blepharoptosis, which is often encountered when the tensor fascia lata is used. The modified Fox method using the palmaris longus tendon can be an effective and valid surgical approach that produces both immediate and long-term results.

  8. Long-Term Follow-up of Acoustic Schwannoma Radiosurgery With Marginal Tumor Doses of 12 to 13 Gy

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    Chopra, Rahul; Kondziolka, Douglas; Niranjan, Ajay; Lunsford, L. Dade; Flickinger, John C. . E-mail: flickingerjc@upmc.edu

    2007-07-01

    Purpose: To define long-term tumor control and clinical outcomes of radiosurgery with marginal tumor doses of 12 to 13 Gy for unilateral acoustic schwannoma. Methods and Materials: A total of 216 patients with previously untreated unilateral acoustic schwannoma underwent Gamma Knife radiosurgery between 1992 and 2000 with marginal tumor doses of 12 to 13 Gy (median, 13 Gy). Median follow-up was 5.7 years (maximum, 12 years; 41 patients with >8 years). Treatment volumes were 0.08-37.5 cm{sup 3} (median, 1.3 cm{sup 3}). Results: The 10-year actuarial resection-free control rate was 98.3% {+-} 1.0%. Three patients required tumor resection: 2 for tumor growth and 1 partial resection for an enlarging adjacent subarachnoid cyst. Among 121 hearing patients with >3 years of follow-up, crude hearing preservation rates were 71% for keeping the same Gardner-Robertson hearing level, 74% for serviceable hearing, and 95% for any testable hearing. For 25 of these patients with intracanalicular tumors, the respective rates for preserving the same Gardner-Robertson level, serviceable hearing, and testable hearing were 80%, 88%, and 96%. Ten-year actuarial rates for preserving the same Gardner-Robertson hearing levels, serviceable hearing, any testable hearing, and unchanged facial and trigeminal nerve function were 44.0% {+-} 11.7%, 44.5% {+-} 10.5%, 85.3% {+-} 6.2%, 100%, and 94.9% {+-} 1.8%, respectively. Conclusions: Acoustic schwannoma radiosurgery with 12 to 13 Gy provides high rates of long-term tumor control and cranial nerve preservation after long-term follow-up.

  9. Dysphagia and health-related quality of life in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis: a long-term follow-up.

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    Larsson, Helen; Bergman, Karin; Finizia, Caterina; Johansson, Leif; Bove, Mogens; Bergquist, Henrik

    2015-12-01

    Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune/antigen-mediated disease, with dysphagia as the main symptom. The aim of this study was to survey symptoms and health-related quality of life in adult patients with EoE at least 1 year after diagnosis and a 2-month course of topical corticosteroids. Forty-seven consecutive patients [79 % males, mean age 49 years (range 18-90 years)] were evaluated using three different questionnaires at three different occasions: the Watson Dysphagia Scale (WDS), the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Oesophageal Module 18 (EORTC QLQ-OES18) and the Short Form-36 (SF-36). The median time from diagnosis to the long-term follow-up was 23 months (range 12-34 months). The WDS scores and the EORTC QLQ-OES18 Dysphagia and Eating scale scores were improved after 2 months of treatment (p = 0.00007, p = 0.01, p = 0.004, respectively), as were the long-term follow-up scores (p = 0.01, p = 0.03, p = 0.005, respectively), relative to the scores at diagnosis. In addition, the EORTC QLQ-OES18 Choking scores were improved after the steroid course (p = 0.003) but not after the long-term follow-up. No significant differences were detected with respect to the SF-36 scores. In summary, EoE seems to be associated with a substantial burden of symptoms that improve significantly after treatment. A partial remission persists more than 1 year after diagnosis and the discontinuation of medication. The WDS and the EORTC QLQ-OES18 appear to be sensitive instruments appropriate for surveillance in these patients.

  10. Long-term follow up of pediatric immunoglobulin A nephropathy treated with tonsillectomy plus methylprednisolone pulse therapy.

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    Kawasaki, Yukihiko; Maeda, Ryo; Kanno, Shuto; Suzuki, Yuichi; Ohara, Shinichiro; Suyama, Kazuhide; Hosoya, Mitsuaki

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to clarify the long-term efficacy of tonsillectomy plus methylprednisolone pulse therapy (tonsillectomy pulse therapy [TMP]) for pediatric immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN). The clinical and laboratory findings as well as the prognosis for IgAN treated with TMP at long-term follow up were evaluated. We collected data on 33 IgAN children treated with TMP. The children were retrospectively divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of 18 children treated with TMP as the initial therapy, and group 2 consisted of 15 children treated with TMP as rescue therapy for IgAN relapse. The clinical features, and laboratory and pathological findings, including those at first and second renal biopsy as well as at the latest follow up, were analyzed for both groups. Mean urinary protein excretion, incidence of hematuria, and serum creatinine in groups 1 and 2 were all decreased significantly after TMP compared with beforehand. The percentage of glomeruli showing crescents after TMP in groups 1 and 2 was significantly lower than before TMP. At the most recent follow up, 94% of patients in group 1 and 87% in group 2 had normal urine, 6% in group 1 and 13% in group 2 had minor urinary abnormalities, and no patients in either group had active renal disease or renal insufficiency. TMP is effective in ameliorating urinary abnormalities and improving the long-term outcome of pediatric IgAN both as an initial and as a rescue treatment. © 2016 Japan Pediatric Society.

  11. Results of Long-Term Follow-Up Observations of Blepharoptosis Correction Using the Palmaris Longus Tendon

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    Shin, YongHo

    2008-01-01

    Background The frontalis sling procedure is a useful approach for correcting severe blepharoptosis. However, blepharoptosis often recurs after corrective surgery using the tensor fascia lata. Good results without recurrence after a modified Fox method were obtained using the palmaris longus tendon. This study examined the safety and validity of the surgical method using the palmaris longus tendon through long-term follow-up observations. Methods To reduce the rate of recurrence, the highest point on the pentagon of the Fox method was fixed to the frontalis fascia and frontalis muscle. It was fixed once again to the area 1 cm above the highest point. This approach remarkably reduces the incidence of recurrence by fixing the pentagon of the Fox method not only to the palmaris longus tendon but also to the frontalis fascia and again to the frontalis muscle. A modified Fox method using the palmaris longus tendon was used to treat 16 eyelids of 10 patients. A senior surgeon performed the procedure in all cases under local anesthesia. Results The mean follow-up period was 51 months (range = 18–86 months). There was no case of blepharoptosis recurrence and a good field of view was secured after surgery. Long-term follow-up revealed that the visual field had been well secured with a mean MRD1 of 3.1 mm. The eyelids were well maintained without any postoperative adverse reaction such as exposure keratitis. Conclusion The palmaris longus tendon as useful donor material does not lead to recurrence of blepharoptosis, which is often encountered when the tensor fascia lata is used. The modified Fox method using the palmaris longus tendon can be an effective and valid surgical approach that produces both immediate and long-term results. PMID:18446402

  12. Long-Term Effects of Neonatal Morphine Infusion on Pain Sensitivity: Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

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    Valkenburg, Abraham J; van den Bosch, Gerbrich E; de Graaf, Joke; van Lingen, Richard A; Weisglas-Kuperus, Nynke; van Rosmalen, Joost; Groot Jebbink, Liesbeth J M; Tibboel, Dick; van Dijk, Monique

    2015-09-01

    Short-term and long-term effects of neonatal pain and its analgesic treatment have been topics of translational research over the years. This study aimed to identify the long-term effects of continuous morphine infusion in the neonatal period on thermal pain sensitivity, the incidence of chronic pain, and neurological functioning. Eighty-nine of the 150 participants of a neonatal randomized controlled trial on continuous morphine infusion versus placebo during mechanical ventilation underwent quantitative sensory testing and neurological examination at the age of 8 or 9 years. Forty-three children from the morphine group and 46 children from the placebo group participated in this follow-up study. Thermal detection and pain thresholds were compared with data from 28 healthy controls. Multivariate analyses revealed no statistically significant differences in thermal detection thresholds and pain thresholds between the morphine and placebo groups. The incidence of chronic pain was comparable between both groups. The neurological examination was normal in 29 (76%) of the children in the morphine group and 25 (61%) of the children in the control group (P = .14). We found that neonatal continuous morphine infusion (10 μg/kg/h) has no adverse effects on thermal detection and pain thresholds, the incidence of chronic pain, or overall neurological functioning 8 to 9 years later. Perspective: This unique long-term follow-up study shows that neonatal continuous morphine infusion (10 μg/kg/h) has no long-term adverse effects on thermal detection and pain thresholds or overall neurological functioning. These findings will help clinicians to find the most adequate and safe analgesic dosing regimens for neonates and infants.

  13. Predictors for long-term seizure outcome in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: 25-63 years of follow-up.

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    Geithner, Julia; Schneider, Felix; Wang, Zhong; Berneiser, Julia; Herzer, Rosemarie; Kessler, Christof; Runge, Uwe

    2012-08-01

    The long-term seizure outcome of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is still controversial; the value of factors that are potentially predictive for seizure outcome remains unclear. The aim of this study was both to investigate the long-term seizure outcome in patients with JME after a follow-up of at least 25 years and to identify factors that are predictive for the seizure outcome. Data from 31 patients (19 women) with JME were studied. All of them had a follow-up of at least 25 years (mean 39.1 years) and were reevaluated with a review of their medical records and direct telephone or face-to-face interview. Of 31 patients 21 (67.7%) became seizure-free; in six of them (28.6%) antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment was discontinued due to seizure freedom. The occurrence of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) preceded by bilateral myoclonic seizures (BMS) (p = 0.03), a long duration of epilepsy with unsuccessful treatment (p = 0.022), and AED polytherapy (p = 0.023) were identified as significant predictors for a poor long-term seizure outcome, whereas complete remission of GTCS under AED significantly increased the chance for complete seizure freedom (p = 0.012). The occurrence of photoparoxysmal responses significantly increases the risk of seizure recurrence after AED discontinuation (p = 0.05). This study shows conclusively that JME is a heterogeneous epilepsy syndrome. Life-long AED treatment is not necessarily required to maintain seizure freedom. Several long-term outcome predictors that can potentially increase the ability of clinicians and their confidence to recommend different treatment options to patients with JME were identified. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2012 International League Against Epilepsy.

  14. Long-term follow-up on cardiac function following fulminant myocarditis requiring percutaneous extracorporeal cardiopulmonary support.

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    Ishida, Kohki; Wada, Hiroshi; Sakakura, Kenichi; Kubo, Norifumi; Ikeda, Nahoko; Sugawara, Yoshitaka; Ako, Junya; Momomura, Shin-ichi

    2013-01-01

    Fulminant myocarditis is a rapidly progressive, life-threatening disease with severe impairment of systolic left ventricle function in the acute phase. However, the long-term prognosis of patients who survive the acute phase with percutaneous extracorporeal cardiopulmonary support (PCPS) is not established. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the long-term follow-up on chronic cardiac function and long-term outcome. Twenty consecutive patients with fulminant myocarditis in the acute phase supported by PCPS were enrolled between January 1995 and March 2010. Echocardiography was performed at least three times; acute phase (within 3 days from onset), predischarge (days 3-30), and chronic phase (>6 months, 2.67 ± 2.19 years, mean ± SD). The clinical events were queried by their medical record and questionnaires. Eight patients (40%) died in the acute phase. The time course of ejection fraction (%) by echocardiography was 22.7 ± 9.8, 53.1 ± 7.2, and 57.2 ± 9.6 in acute, predischarge, and chronic phase, respectively. Diastolic dimension (mm) was 46.8 ± 7.4, 51.3 ± 2.9, and 50.4 ± 1.8, and systolic dimension (mm) was 41.4 ± 7.7, 36.8 ± 4.0, and 35.2 ± 3.3 in acute, predischarge, and chronic phase, respectively. There was no recurrence or admission related to heart failure during the follow-up period. The cardiac function of patients with fulminant myocarditis recovers rapidly during their stay in hospital. The cardiac function of predischarge patients remains unchanged in the chronic phase. The long-term survival of fulminant myocarditis appears favorable in the chronic phase.

  15. Long-term outcome of head injuries: a 23 year follow up study of children with head injuries.

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    Klonoff, H; Clark, C; Klonoff, P S

    1993-04-01

    The purpose of the 23 year follow up study was to determine the relationship between trauma variables including measures of head injury and very long-term sequelae. The study included 159 individuals with a mean age 31.40 years, of whom approximately 90% were admitted to hospital with a mild head injury during childhood (mean age 7.96). Extent of head injury was determined by unconsciousness, neurological status, skull fracture, EEG, post-traumatic seizures and a composite measure. The composite measure of neurological variables was the best predictor of long-term outcome. In addition, IQ recorded in the post-acute phase was a reliable predictor of long-term outcome. Of the sample, 32.7% reported physical complaints and 17.6% reported current psychological/psychiatric problems unrelated to the head injury. Subjective sequelae (physical, intellectual and emotional) specified as due to the head injury were reported by 31% of the sample, and the sequelae were found to be related to the extent of the head injury and initial IQ. There were no discernible relationships between attribute variables including premorbid status and age with subjective sequelae. There were, however, significant relationships between subjective sequelae and objective, psychosocial measures of adaptation including educational lag, unemployment, current psychological/psychiatric problems and relationships with family members. Finally, there appeared to be continuity of complaints elicited during the five year follow up of the original project and current sequelae. The severity of the head injury was identified as the primary contributory factor in the reconstitution process and in the prediction of long term outcomes.

  16. AA type renal amyloidosis secondary to FMF: a long-term follow-up in two patients.

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    Aybal Kutlugün, Aysun; Yildirim, Tolga; Altindal, Mahmut; Arici, Mustafa; Yasavul, Unal; Turgan, Cetin

    2010-01-01

    Renal amyloidosis, which leads to renal failure, is the most important long-term complication of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Resolution of nephrotic syndrome secondary to amyloidosis in FMF following colchicine treatment has rarely been reported. We describe two patients with FMF and nephrotic syndrome. These patients were treated with colchicine 1.5 mg/day and had a complete remission of nephrotic syndrome with a stable clinical course over 30 years. To our knowledge, our patients have the longest follow-up time without proteinuria.

  17. Long term follow up of prosthetic valve endocarditis: what characteristics identify patients who were treated successfully with antibiotics alone?

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    Truninger, K; Jost, C; Seifert, B; Vogt, P; Follath, F; Schaffner, A; Jenni, R

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To identify predictors for the safe use of antibiotic treatment without reoperation in patients with prosthetic valve endocarditis.
SETTING—Retrospective study in a tertiary care centre.
SUBJECTS AND DESIGN—All 49 episodes of definite prosthetic valve endocarditis (Duke criteria) diagnosed at one institution between 1980 to 1997 were analysed. Ten episodes (20%) were treated with antibiotics only (antibiotic group) and 39 episodes (80%) with combined antibiotic and surgical treatment (surgery group). The analysis included detailed study of hospital records and data on long term follow up which were obtained in all patients by a questionnaire or telephone contact with physician or patient. The length of follow up (mean (SD)) was 41 (32) months in the antibiotic group and 45 (24) months in the surgery group (NS). Long term survival was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method and compared by the log-rank test.
RESULTS—There was no significant difference in age, history of previous endocarditis, number of previous heart operations, vegetations, emboli, type of prosthesis, or percentage of early prosthetic valve endocarditis and positive blood cultures between the two groups. In the antibiotic group, there were more enterococcal (50%; p = 0.005) and in the surgery group more staphylococcal infections (55%; p = 0.048). Annular abscesses (p < 0.0001) and aortoventricular dehiscence (p = 0.02) were more common in the surgery group. No patient in the antibiotic group had heart failure. Long term follow up showed no significant difference between the surgery and antibiotic groups regarding late mortality (14% v 18%) and five year rates of recurrent endocarditis (14% v 16%), event related mortality (14% v 3%, log-rank test), and the need for reoperation (14% v 19%; log-rank test). The only patient with conservatively treated staphylococcal prosthetic valve endocarditis died after reoperation for recurrence

  18. Identification of two novel mutations and long-term follow-up in abetalipoproteinemia: a report of four cases.

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    Chardon, Laurence; Sassolas, Agnès; Dingeon, Bernard; Michel-Calemard, Laurence; Bovier-Lapierre, Michel; Moulin, Philippe; Lachaux, Alain

    2009-08-01

    Abetalipoproteinemia (ABL; OMIM 200100) is an inherited disorder resulting from mutations in the microsomal triglyceride transfer protein gene and characterized by a major lipid malabsorption leading to extremely low plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels and fat-soluble vitamins deficiencies. We report two novel mutations (c.59del17 and c.582C>A) and the long-term follow-up of four ABL subjects treated with vitamin E. The good outcome of the early-treated patients contrasts with severe ataxia and retinopathy observed in the patient with delayed treatment. In conclusion, early diagnosis and early management are essential to prevent the manifestations following the fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies.

  19. Long-term follow-up of flaps for extensive Dupuytren's and Ledderhose disease in one family.

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    Kan, Hester J; Hovius, Steven E R

    2012-12-01

    Dupuytren's and Ledderhose disease can be a cumbersome condition in patients with a severe diathesis with a very early onset. Two brothers are described with a reversed radial forearm flap on both hands and two upper lateral arm flaps on both feet with a long-term follow-up ranging from 14 to 25 years. They had multiple procedures of both hands before the flaps were considered. No recurrence occurred under the flap. In very severe diathesis flaps should be considered in an earlier phase to prevent multiple procedures and early recurrence.

  20. A combined regenerative approach for the treatment of aggressive periodontitis: long-term follow-up of a familial case.

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    Sant'Ana, Adriana Campos Passanezi; Passanezi, Euloir; Todescan, Sylvia Maria Correia; de Rezende, Maria Lúcia Rubo; Greghi, Sebastião Luiz Aguiar; Ribeiro, Mônica Garcia

    2009-02-01

    This article reports the longitudinal follow-up of a familial case of aggressive periodontitis treated by a combined regenerative approach that consisted of root conditioning, bone grafting, and membrane positioning. Treatment resulted in attachment level gain, reduction of probing depth, absence of bleeding on probing, and complete bone filling of the defect. The short-term results obtained after surgery were maintained after 6 years, suggesting that the combined regenerative approach is able to completely arrest the disease with long-term stability.

  1. Long-term Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Suture Versus Mesh Repair of Incisional Hernia

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    Burger, Jacobus W.A.; Luijendijk, Roland W.; Hop, Wim C.J.; Halm, Jens A.; Verdaasdonk, Emiel G.G.; Jeekel, Johannes

    2004-01-01

    Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the best treatment of incisional hernia, taking into account recurrence, complications, discomfort, cosmetic result, and patient satisfaction. Background: Long-term results of incisional hernia repair are lacking. Retrospective studies and the midterm results of this study indicate that mesh repair is superior to suture repair. However, many surgeons are still performing suture repair. Methods: Between 1992 and 1998, a multicenter trial was performed, in which 181 eligible patients with a primary or first-time recurrent midline incisional hernia were randomly assigned to suture or mesh repair. In 2003, follow-up was updated. Results: Median follow-up was 75 months for suture repair and 81 months for mesh repair patients. The 10-year cumulative rate of recurrence was 63% for suture repair and 32% for mesh repair (P < 0.001). Abdominal aneurysm (P = 0.01) and wound infection (P = 0.02) were identified as independent risk factors for recurrence. In patients with small incisional hernias, the recurrence rates were 67% after suture repair and 17% after mesh repair (P = 0.003). One hundred twenty-six patients completed long-term follow-up (median follow-up 98 months). In the mesh repair group, 17% suffered a complication, compared with 8% in the suture repair group (P = 0.17). Abdominal pain was more frequent in suture repair patients (P = 0.01), but there was no difference in scar pain, cosmetic result, and patient satisfaction. Conclusions: Mesh repair results in a lower recurrence rate and less abdominal pain and does not result in more complications than suture repair. Suture repair of incisional hernia should be abandoned. PMID:15383785

  2. Long-term results with Bankart procedure: a 26-year follow-up study of 50 cases.

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    Fabre, Thierry; Abi-Chahla, Marie Laure; Billaud, Anselme; Geneste, Marc; Durandeau, Alain

    2010-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term outcome (>20 years) of patients who underwent an open Bankart procedure, many of them contact athletes, in terms of shoulder stability, return to sport, and the development of osteoarthritis. We retrospectively reviewed 49 patients (50 shoulders) who underwent an open Bankart procedure for recurrent shoulder instability. There were 36 contact athletes (73%) in this cohort. Mean follow-up was 28 years (25-32). Clinical examination was performed by an independent reviewer, with standard shoulder radiographs obtained. Eight patients had recurrence of dislocation after a new traumatic episode, in six cases while playing rugby, with two of them requiring re-operation. Forty (82%) patients returned to their previous level of sports activities, including all 31 rugby players. No statistically significant loss of motion occurred in this group, although there was slight loss of flexion (6 degrees ) and external rotation (9 degrees ). The mean Rowe score at final follow-up was 82 (25-97), and all but two patients considered themselves satisfied with the results of the surgery. Thirty-four (69%) patients showed signs of osteoarthritis at follow-up, as follows: Stage 1 -18, Stage 2 - 5, Stage 3 - 5, and Stage 4 - 1. At long-term follow-up, patients undergoing an open Bankart procedure for recurrent shoulder instability obtained a high percentage of shoulder stability, and reliably returned to high-level sports activities. However, 69% did show radiographic signs of osteoarthritis. Copyright 2010 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Survival outcome of radioiodine therapy in post thyroidectomy thyroid carcinoma patients: Outcome of long term follow up

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    Haque, F.; Nahar, N.; Sultana, S.; Nasreen, F.; Jabin, Z.; Alam, A. S. M. M.

    2016-03-01

    The overall prognosis of patients with thyroid carcinoma is excellent whenever managed following best practice guidelines. Objective: To calculate sex and age group affected by thyroid cancer; to compare between single or multiple dose of radio ablation needed after thyroidectomy and to determine the percentage of patients become disease free during their follow up. Methods: This was a retrospective study done in NINMAS, Bangladesh on 687 patients from 1984 to 2004. In all cases total or near total thyroidectomy was done before commencing radioiodine therapy. Patients TG level, neck ultrasonography, thyroid scan, whole body I131 scans, neck examination were done every six monthly/yearly. Results: Among 687 patients, female were more sufferers (68.1%) and female to male ratio was 2:1. Age group 19-40 years was mostly affected (57.8%). Most common type seen was papillary carcinoma (81.8%). After ablation 100 patients did not follow-up. Total 237 patients discontinued within 4 years. Remaining 450 patients undergone regular follow-up for 5 years and more, 394 were disease free (87.6%). Total recurrence of metastasis was 23 and 12 patients expired at different times. Conclusions: Long-term regular follow-up is necessary after radioiodine ablation to become free of disease.

  4. Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold

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    Meneguz-Moreno, Rafael Alexandre; Costa Junior, José de Ribamar; Moscoso, Freddy Antônio Britto; Staico, Rodolfo; Tanajura, Luiz Fernando Leite; Centemero, Marinella Patrizia; Chaves, Auréa Jacob; Abizaid, Andrea Claudia Leão de Sousa; Sousa, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego e; Abizaid, Alexandre Antonio Cunha

    2017-01-01

    Background Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) were developed to improve the long-term results of percutaneous coronary intervention, restoring vasomotion. Objectives To report very late follow-up of everolimus-eluting Absorb BVS (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, USA) in our center. Methods Observational retrospective study, in a single Brazilian center, from August 2011 to October 2013, including 49 patients submitted to Absorb BVS implantation. Safety and efficacy outcomes were analyzed in the in-hospital and very late follow-up phases (> 2 years). Results All 49 patients underwent a minimum follow-up of 2.5 years and a maximum of 4.6 years. Mean age was 56.8 ± 7.6 years, 71.4% of the patients were men, and 26.5% were diabetic. Regarding clinical presentation, the majority (94%) had stable angina or silent ischemia. Device success was achieved in 100% of cases with 96% overall procedure success rate. Major adverse cardiovascular events rate was 4% at 30 days, 8.2% at 1 year, and 12.2% at 2 years, and there were no more events until 4.6 years. There were 2 cases of thrombosis (1 subacute and 1 late). Conclusions In this preliminary analysis, Absorb BVS showed to be a safe and effective device in the very late follow-up. Establishing the efficacy and safety profiles of these devices in more complex scenarios is necessary. PMID:28076449

  5. Incidence of Esophageal Carcinomas After Surgery for Achalasia: Usefulness of Long-Term and Periodic Follow-Up

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    Ota, Masaho; Narumiya, Kosuke; Kudo, Kenji; Yagawa, Yohsuke; Maeda, Shinsuke; Osugi, Harushi; Yamamoto, Masakazu

    2016-01-01

    Case series Patients: Male, 48 • Male, 60 • Male, 63 • Male, 69 • Male, 68 • Female, 63 Final Diagnosis: Esophageal cancer Symptoms: None Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Oncology Objective: Rare disease Background: Patients with esophageal achalasia are considered to be a high-risk group for esophageal carcinoma, and it has been reported that this cancer often arises at a long interval after surgery for achalasia. However, it is unclear whether esophageal carcinoma is frequent when achalasia has been treated successfully and the patient is without dysphagia. In this study, we reviewed patients with esophageal carcinoma who were detected by regular follow-up after surgical treatment of achalasia. Case Report: Esophageal cancer was detected by periodic upper GI endoscopy in 6 patients. Most of them had early cancers that were treated by endoscopic resection. All 6 patients had undergone surgery for achalasia and the outcome had been rated as excellent or good. Annual follow-up endoscopy was done and the average duration of follow-up until cancer was seen after surgery was 14.3 years (range: 5 to 40 years). Five patients had early cancer. Four cases had multiple lesions. Conclusions: In conclusion, surgery for achalasia usually improves passage symptoms, but esophageal cancer still arises in some cases and the number of tumors occurring many years later is not negligible. Accordingly, long-term endoscopic follow-up is needed for detection of malignancy at an early stage. PMID:27840406

  6. Incidence of Esophageal Carcinomas After Surgery for Achalasia: Usefulness of Long-Term and Periodic Follow-up.

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    Ota, Masaho; Narumiya, Kosuke; Kudo, Kenji; Yagawa, Yohsuke; Maeda, Shinsuke; Osugi, Harushi; Yamamoto, Masakazu

    2016-11-14

    BACKGROUND Patients with esophageal achalasia are considered to be a high-risk group for esophageal carcinoma, and it has been reported that this cancer often arises at a long interval after surgery for achalasia. However, it is unclear whether esophageal carcinoma is frequent when achalasia has been treated successfully and the patient is without dysphagia. In this study, we reviewed patients with esophageal carcinoma who were detected by regular follow-up after surgical treatment of achalasia.   CASE REPORT Esophageal cancer was detected by periodic upper GI endoscopy in 6 patients. Most of them had early cancers that were treated by endoscopic resection. All 6 patients had undergone surgery for achalasia and the outcome had been rated as excellent or good. Annual follow-up endoscopy was done and the average duration of follow-up until cancer was seen after surgery was 14.3 years (range: 5 to 40 years). Five patients had early cancer. Four cases had multiple lesions.   CONCLUSIONS In conclusion, surgery for achalasia usually improves passage symptoms, but esophageal cancer still arises in some cases and the number of tumors occurring many years later is not negligible. Accordingly, long-term endoscopic follow-up is needed for detection of malignancy at an early stage.

  7. Long-term follow-up of internet-delivered exposure and mindfulness based treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

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    Ljótsson, Brjánn; Hedman, Erik; Lindfors, Perjohan; Hursti, Timo; Lindefors, Nils; Andersson, Gerhard; Rück, Christian

    2011-01-01

    We conducted a follow-up of a previously reported study of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for IBS, based on exposure and mindfulness exercises (Ljótsson et al. (2010). Internet-delivered exposure and mindfulness based therapy for irritable bowel syndrome - a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 531-539). Seventy-five participants from the original sample of 85 (88%) reported follow-up data at 15-18 months (mean 16.4 months) after completing treatment. The follow-up sample included participants from both the original study's treatment group and waiting list after it had been crossed over to treatment. Intention-to-treat analysis showed that treatment gains were maintained on all outcome measures, including IBS symptoms, quality of life, and anxiety related to gastrointestinal symptoms, with mainly large effect sizes (within-group Cohen's d=0.78-1.11). A total of fifty participants (59% of the total original sample; 52% of the original treatment group participants and 65% of the original waiting list participants) reported adequate relief of symptoms. Improvements at follow-up were more pronounced for the participants that had completed the full treatment and maintenance of improvement did not seem to be dependent on further treatment seeking. This study suggests that internet-delivered CBT based on exposure and mindfulness has long-term beneficial effects for IBS-patients.

  8. Long-term outcome after topical ciclosporin in severe dry eye disease with a 10-year follow-up

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    Straub, Morgane; Bron, Alain M; Muselier-Mathieu, Aurore; Creuzot-Garcher, Catherine

    2016-01-01

    Aim To report a 10-year follow-up of patients suffering from severe dry eye syndrome (DES) initially treated with topical ciclosporin A (tCSA) for 6 months. Methods The charts of 26 patients with severe DES related to keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) and followed for a minimum 10-year follow-up were retrospectively reviewed. All of them were treated initially with tCSA for 6 months. The Schirmer I test, fluorescein and lissamine green staining scores and tear film break-up time (TBUT) were recorded to assess clinical symptoms before, during and after treatment. The subjective signs were evaluated with the ocular surface disease index (OSDI) questionnaire. Prolongation and reintroduction of tCSA after the initial treatment and combined treatments were also noted. Results Overall the median (IQR) duration of tCSA treatment was 23 (7–51) months after a prolonged induction treatment lasting 20 (8–41) months during the 10-year follow-up. For symptoms, a statistically significant difference in the OSDI between baseline and the end of the 10-year follow-up was not found (p=0.67). We noted a statistically significant improvement in all clinical signs after the initial treatment period, still present at the end of follow-up. Only 6.5% of the patients needed reintroduction of tCSA after their prolonged induction treatment. Conclusions The improvement observed after an initial tCSA treatment was sustained after a long-term follow-up with few cases requiring additional tCSA treatment. A prolonged induction treatment to decrease initial inflammatory local signs is a promising option in KCS. PMID:26823393

  9. Proteinuria during Follow-Up Period and Long-Term Renal Survival of Childhood IgA Nephropathy.

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    Kamei, Koichi; Harada, Ryoko; Hamada, Riku; Sakai, Tomoyuki; Hamasaki, Yuko; Hataya, Hiroshi; Ito, Shuichi; Ishikura, Kenji; Honda, Masataka

    2016-01-01

    Proteinuria is the most important risk factor for IgA nephropathy progression. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term outcome and risk factors for poor prognosis in childhood IgA nephropathy. Patients who were diagnosed with IgA nephropathy between 1972 and 1992 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Kiyose Children's Hospital were included. We analyzed risk factors for progression to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) using Kaplan-Meier method and multivariate analyses of Cox proportional hazard model. One hundred patients were included and the median observation period was 11.8 years. Twelve and 17 patients progressed to ESKD and CRI, respectively. The survival probabilities were 90.0% at 10 years and 79.8% at 20 years for ESKD, and 86.1% at 10 years and 72.3% at 20 years for CRI. Notably, patients with heavy proteinuria with hypoalbuminemia during follow-up period showed extremely poor prognosis. In this group, the survival rate at 10 years from ESKD and CRI was 40.6% and 20.8%, respectively. By multivariate analysis, proteinuria at diagnosis and proteinuria during follow-up period were risk factors for ESKD, whereas glomeruli showing mesangial proliferation ≥50% and proteinuria during follow-up period were risk factors for CRI. Patients without heavy proteinuria during follow-up period did not develop CRI and 63% of patients with mild proteinuria during follow-up period showed no proteinuria at the last observation. The degree of proteinuria during follow-up period is the strongest risk factor for ESKD and CRI.

  10. Proteinuria during Follow-Up Period and Long-Term Renal Survival of Childhood IgA Nephropathy

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    Kamei, Koichi; Harada, Ryoko; Hamada, Riku; Sakai, Tomoyuki; Hamasaki, Yuko; Hataya, Hiroshi; Ito, Shuichi

    2016-01-01

    Background Proteinuria is the most important risk factor for IgA nephropathy progression. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term outcome and risk factors for poor prognosis in childhood IgA nephropathy. Methods Patients who were diagnosed with IgA nephropathy between 1972 and 1992 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Kiyose Children’s Hospital were included. We analyzed risk factors for progression to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) using Kaplan-Meier method and multivariate analyses of Cox proportional hazard model. Results One hundred patients were included and the median observation period was 11.8 years. Twelve and 17 patients progressed to ESKD and CRI, respectively. The survival probabilities were 90.0% at 10 years and 79.8% at 20 years for ESKD, and 86.1% at 10 years and 72.3% at 20 years for CRI. Notably, patients with heavy proteinuria with hypoalbuminemia during follow-up period showed extremely poor prognosis. In this group, the survival rate at 10 years from ESKD and CRI was 40.6% and 20.8%, respectively. By multivariate analysis, proteinuria at diagnosis and proteinuria during follow-up period were risk factors for ESKD, whereas glomeruli showing mesangial proliferation ≥50% and proteinuria during follow-up period were risk factors for CRI. Patients without heavy proteinuria during follow-up period did not develop CRI and 63% of patients with mild proteinuria during follow-up period showed no proteinuria at the last observation. Conclusions The degree of proteinuria during follow-up period is the strongest risk factor for ESKD and CRI. PMID:26978656

  11. Long-term prognosis for neck-shoulder pain and disorders: a 14-year follow-up study.

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    Jakobsen, Emma Lise Thorlund; Biering, Karin; Kærgaard, Anette; Dalbøge, Annett; Andersen, Johan Hviid

    2017-08-23

    The long-term prognosis for neck-shoulder pain and disorders and the impact of shoulder exposure among former sewing machine operators were investigated in a 14-year follow-up study. Information on neck-shoulder pain and disorders was collected by questionnaire and clinical examination at baseline in 243 female sewing machine operators and by questionnaire 14 years later. During follow-up, information on comorbidity and job exposures was obtained from registers and by linking register-based D-ISCO 88 codes with a job exposure matrix. Logistic regression analyses were performed to examine associations between neck-shoulder pain and disorders at baseline and neck-shoulder pain and physical functioning at follow-up. We found an association between neck-shoulder disorders at baseline and neck-shoulder pain at follow-up (OR 5.9;95% CI 1.9 to 17.7), and between neck-shoulder pain at baseline and neck-shoulder pain at follow-up (OR 8.2;95% CI 3.5 to 19.2). Associations between neck-shoulder disorders and pain at baseline and limited physical functioning at follow-up had ORs of 5.0 (95% CI 1.5 to 16.1) and 2.2 (95% CI 1.1 to 4.6), respectively. In women still working in 2008, the association between neck-shoulder pain in 1994 and in 2008 seemed to be stronger for those in jobs with high job shoulder exposure. The results suggest a long-term adverse prognosis for neck-shoulder pain. High job shoulder exposure can worsen this prognosis for those who continue working. This knowledge could influence the counselling given to similar workers and emphasises the need to prevent neck-shoulder pain. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  12. Long-term follow-up of fertility and pregnancy in autoimmune diseases after autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Massenkeil, G; Alexander, T; Rosen, O; Dörken, B; Burmester, G; Radbruch, A; Hiepe, F; Arnold, R

    2016-11-01

    Issues of fertility and pregnancy require special attention in the long-term care of patients with autoimmune diseases (AD), who are candidates for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). In this single-centre observational study, we report fertility status and pregnancy outcomes in 15 patients (11 female and 4 male) after immunoablation with cyclophosphamide, antithymocyte globulin and autologous CD34(+)-selected HSCT for severe, refractory AD. The median follow-up after HSCT was 12 years (range 2-16 years). Impaired fertility was observed in six patients (five females and one male) before HSCT based on sexual hormone measurements. Higher age and cumulative cyclophosphamide dosage before HSCT correlated with fertility impairment. Median serum level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) was significantly higher in female patients at 1 year after HSCT compared to baseline values, but premature ovarian failure developed in only one patient. Four women had five pregnancies and six healthy offsprings during follow-up, and no miscarriages were observed. The mothers were in treatment-free remissions during conception. No peripartal flare of their AD occurred. Although AD patients undergoing HSCT are at risk of developing infertility, pre-HSCT treatment and patients' age seem to have higher impact on long-term fertility status than HSCT itself. HSCT offers the opportunity to conceive during treatment-free remissions with favourable pregnancy outcomes.

  13. Evaluation of a therapeutic community treatment program: a long-term follow-up study in Spain.

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    Fernández-Montalvo, Javier; López-Goñi, José J; Illescas, Cristina; Landa, Natalia; Lorea, Iñaki

    2008-01-01

    The aims of this study is to carry out a long-term follow-up evaluation of a well-established therapeutic community treatment for addictions in Navarre (Spain) and to make a comparison between the program completers and the dropouts, as well as between relapsing and nonrelapsing patients, on a broad set of variables. A long-term follow-up design (mean of 6 years after leaving treatment) was used to analyze the outcomes of the therapeutic program. The sample consisted of 155 subjects (113 completers and 42 dropouts). A personal interview was carried out with each one of the located subjects. The interviews took place between September 2000 and September 2004. Treatment "dropouts" manifested a higher and earlier rate both of relapses, and of new treatments for their drug addiction than the completion group. The program was also effective in reducing criminal behavior and improving the state of health. Significant differences were found across outcome variables when comparison was made between treatment completers and "dropouts." All subjects improved on outcome variables after receiving the treatment. When relapsing and nonrelapsing patients were compared, significant outcome differences were also found between groups. The study's limitations are noted and future needed research is suggested.

  14. Long-Term Follow-up of Foamy Viral Vector-Mediated Gene Therapy for Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency

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    Bauer, Thomas R; Tuschong, Laura M; Calvo, Katherine R; Shive, Heather R; Burkholder, Tanya H; Karlsson, Eleanor K; West, Robert R; Russell, David W; Hickstein, Dennis D

    2013-01-01

    The development of leukemia following gammaretroviral vector-mediated gene therapy for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disease and chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) has emphasized the need for long-term follow-up in animals treated with hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy. In this study, we report the long-term follow-up (4–7 years) of four dogs with canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD) treated with foamy viral (FV) vector-mediated gene therapy. All four CLAD dogs previously received nonmyeloablative conditioning with 200 cGy total body irradiation followed by infusion of autologous, CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells transduced by a FV vector expressing canine CD18 from an internal Murine Stem Cell Virus (MSCV) promoter. CD18+ leukocyte levels were >2% following infusion of vector-transduced cells leading to ongoing reversal of the CLAD phenotype for >4 years. There was no clinical development of lymphoid or myeloid leukemia in any of the four dogs and integration site analysis did not reveal insertional oncogenesis. These results showing disease correction/amelioration of disease in CLAD without significant adverse events provide support for the use of a FV vector to treat children with leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD-1) in a human gene therapy clinical trial. PMID:23531552

  15. Long-Term Follow-Up of the Edmonton Protocol of Islet Transplantation in the United States.

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    Brennan, D C; Kopetskie, H A; Sayre, P H; Alejandro, R; Cagliero, E; Shapiro, A M J; Goldstein, J S; DesMarais, M R; Booher, S; Bianchine, P J

    2016-02-01

    We report the long-term follow-up of the efficacy and safety of islet transplantation in seven type 1 diabetic subjects from the United States enrolled in the multicenter international Edmonton Protocol who had persistent islet function after completion of the Edmonton Protocol. Subjects were followed up to 12 years with serial testing for sustained islet allograft function as measured by C-peptide. All seven subjects demonstrated continued islet function longer than a decade from the time of first islet transplantation. One subject remained insulin independent without the need for diabetic medications or supplemental transplants. One subject who was insulin-independent for over 8 years experienced graft failure 10.9 years after the first islet transplant. The remaining six subjects demonstrated continued islet function upon trial completion, although three had received a supplemental islet transplant each. At trial completion, five subjects were receiving insulin and two remained insulin independent, although one was treated with liraglutide. The median hemoglobin A1c was 6.3% (45 mmol/mol). All subjects experienced progressive decline in the C-peptide/glucose ratio. No patients experienced severe hypoglycemia, opportunistic infection, or lymphoma. Thus, although the rate and duration of insulin independence was low, the Edmonton Protocol was safe in the long term. Alternative approaches to islet transplantation are under investigation. © Copyright 2015 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

  16. Neurological Manifestations of Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection in Hospitalized Children and Their Long-Term Follow-Up.

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    Kammer, Jessica; Ziesing, Stefan; Davila, Lukas Aguirre; Bültmann, Eva; Illsinger, Sabine; Das, Anibh M; Haffner, Dieter; Hartmann, Hans

    2016-10-01

    Objective In this retrospective study, we aimed to assess frequency, types, and long-term outcome of neurological disease during acute Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) infection in pediatric patients. Materials and Methods Medical records of patients hospitalized with acute M. pneumoniae infection were reviewed. Possible risk factors were analyzed by uni- and multivariate regression. Patients with neurological symptoms were followed up by expanded disability status score (EDSS) and the cognitive problems in children and adolescents (KOPKJ) scale. Results Out of 89 patients, 22 suffered from neurological symptoms and signs. Neurological disorders were diagnosed in 11 patients: (meningo-) encephalitis (n = 6), aseptic meningitis (n = 3), transverse myelitis (n = 1), and vestibular neuritis (n = 1), 11 patients had nonspecific neurological symptoms and signs. Multivariate logistic regression identified lower respiratory tract symptoms as a negative predictor (odds ratio [OR] = 0.1, p < 0.001), a preexisting immune deficit was associated with a trend for a decreased risk (OR = 0.12, p = 0.058). Long-term follow-up after a median of 5.1 years (range, 0.6-13 years) showed ongoing neurological deficits in the EDSS in 8/18, and in the KOPKJ in 7/17. Conclusion Neurological symptoms occurred in 25% of hospitalized pediatric patients with M. pneumoniae infection. Outcome was often favorable, but significant sequels were reported by 45%.

  17. Incidence, characteristics, and long-term follow-up of sternoclavicular injuries: An epidemiologic analysis of 92 cases.

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    Boesmueller, Sandra; Wech, Margit; Tiefenboeck, Thomas M; Popp, Domenik; Bukaty, Adam; Huf, Wolfgang; Fialka, Christian; Greitbauer, Manfred; Platzer, Patrick

    2016-02-01

    The majority of published studies concerning sternoclavicular injuries are case series or systematic reviews. Prospective studies on the subject are hindered by the low incidence of these lesions. The aims of the present study were to provide an overview of this rare entity compared with those described in the literature and to present the long-term clinical outcome. We performed a retrospective data analysis of all sternoclavicular injuries treated at a single Level I trauma center from 1992 to 2011. Long-term clinical outcome was assessed using the ASES [American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons], SST [Simple Shoulder Test], UCLA [University of California-Los Angeles] Shoulder Scale, and VAS [Visual Analog Scale] at latest follow-up. We detected an overall incidence of 0.9% of sternoclavicular injuries related to all shoulder-girdle lesions. Ninety-two patients (52 males and 40 females) with a mean (SD) age of 39.2 (19.5) years (median, 41 years; range, 4-92 years) were included in this study. The main trauma mechanism was fall. Classification was performed according to Allman, the time point of treatment after initial trauma, and the direction of the dislocation. Nine patients of the 15 Grade III lesions were treated conservatively by closed reduction and immobilization, while four patients were treated surgically by open reduction and internal fixation. Forty-nine percent of the patients were available for long-term follow-up at a median of 11.3 years (range, 5.3-22.6 years) with a mean ASES score of 96.21, SST score of 11.69, UCLA score of 31.89, and VAS score of 0.47. We found an overall incidence of 0.9% of sternoclavicular joint injuries related to all shoulder-girdle lesions and of 1.1% related to all dislocations, which is slightly lower compared with those described in the literature. Furthermore, we observed a high number of physeal sternoclavicular injuries with a percentage of 16% and overall good-to-excellent results at long-term follow-up. Epidemiologic

  18. Long-term follow-up of melatonin treatment in children with ADHD and chronic sleep onset insomnia.

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    Hoebert, Michel; van der Heijden, Kristiaan B; van Geijlswijk, Ingeborg M; Smits, Marcel G

    2009-08-01

    We conducted this study to assess long-term melatonin treatment course, effectiveness and safety in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and chronic sleep onset insomnia (CSOI). This was conducted by means of a structured questionnaire for the parents. The subjects of this study consisted of participants who previously participated in a randomised clinical trial on melatonin efficacy. The response rate was 93% (94/101). The mean time to follow up was 3.7 yr. No serious adverse events or treatment related co-morbidities were reported. Sixty-five percent of the children still used melatonin daily and 12% occasionally. Temporal discontinuation of treatment resulted in a delay of sleep onset in 92% of the children. Nine percent of the children could discontinue melatonin completely because of improvement of sleep onset insomnia. Long-term melatonin treatment was judged to be effective against sleep onset problems in 88% of the cases. Improvement of behaviour and mood was reported in 71% and 61% respectively. We conclude that melatonin remains an effective therapy on the long term for the treatment of CSOI in children with ADHD and has no safety concerns regarding serious adverse events or treatment related co-morbidity. Discontinuation of melatonin treatment usually leads to a relapse of sleep onset insomnia and in resuming melatonin treatment, even after several years of treatment.

  19. Long-term follow-up of patients undergoing autologous noncultured melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation for vitiligo and other leukodermas.

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    Silpa-Archa, Narumol; Griffith, James L; Huggins, Richard H; Henderson, Marsha D; Kerr, Holly A; Jacobsen, Gordon; Mulekar, Sanjeev V; Lim, Henry W; Hamzavi, Iltefat H

    2017-08-01

    Persistence of pigmentation after a melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation procedure (MKTP) is an important consideration for efficacy. We sought to determine long-term repigmentation of MKTP in vitiligo and other leukodermas. A retrospective review of electronic medical records was conducted for all MKTPs performed at Henry Ford Hospital between January 2009 and April 2014. Repigmentation was assessed by a 5-point grading scale (poor to excellent) and Vitiligo Area Scoring Index (VASI). One hundred patients had MKTP performed at 236 anatomically-based lesions (ABLs); 63 patients with 157 ABLs had long-term data available (12-72 months; median, 24 months). Segmental vitiligo, nonsegmental vitiligo, and physical leukoderma demonstrated improvement in VASI scores: -75.6 ± 24.6%, -59.2 ± 36.6%, and -32.4 ± 33.5%, respectively. In vitiligo, at 24, 48, and 72 months after MKTP, 53%, 64%, and 53% of ABLs, respectively, maintained >75% repigmentation. Skin phototype, age, and anatomic location of ABLs had no significant effect on the outcome of treatment. Limitations of the study include the retrospective design with uncontrolled, postoperative adjuvant treatments and inconsistent compliance to scheduled follow-up evaluations. MKTP provides satisfactory long-term repigmentation in the majority of appropriately selected patients with leukoderma. MKTP can maintain repigmentation for at least 72 months. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Audiologic results of surgery for cholesteatoma: short- and long-term follow-up of influential factors.

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    Stankovic, Milan D

    2008-10-01

    To review the audiologic results in a cohort of patients surgically treated for cholesteatoma. Retrospective review of patient records. Tertiary referral center. A retrospective study of patients operated on for acquired middle ear cholesteatoma during the period 1990 to 2002 was performed. A total of 758 patients were followed during a short-term period, and 611 patients were followed during a long-term period. The patients were divided into 3 age groups: children, adolescents, and adults. The localization of cholesteatoma was classified as attic, sinus, or tensa. Closed tympanoplasty was always performed as the single procedure of choice on all the children, and reoperation or conversion to open tympanoplasty was made later if needed. Adult patients were treated with single classic canal wall up, or wall down (CWD), according to the propagation of disease and condition of middle ear. Preoperative and postoperative air-bone gap (ABG) and pure-tone average were compared after short-term and long-term follow-up. Average hearing improvement (reduction of ABG) amounted 20.0 dB for short-term and deteriorated to 18.0 dB during long-term analysis for all the patients. Preoperative hearing level was significantly worse for CWD than for intact canal wall technique. The ABG closure was much better in the group with attic cholesteatoma. Both preoperative and postoperative hearing levels were worse for children than for adolescents or adults. Revision operations and bilateral cholesteatoma gave worse total postoperative hearing. The long-term results of primary operations, when recurrent cholesteatoma did not occur, were stable. Damage to auditory ossicles correlated well with total preoperative and postoperative results. The most hearing improvement was verified for the frequencies between 500 and 3,000 Hz, and there was no sensorineural hearing loss. The audiologic results of cholesteatoma surgery are preserved during long-term follow-up. We found that recurrent

  1. Long-term Change in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and All-Cause Mortality: A Population-Based Follow-up Study.

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    Laukkanen, Jari A; Zaccardi, Francesco; Khan, Hassan; Kurl, Sudhir; Jae, Sae Young; Rauramaa, Rainer

    2016-09-01

    Few studies have investigated long-term changes in cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), defined by indirect measures of CRF, and all-cause mortality. We aimed to investigate whether long-term change in CRF, as assessed by the gold standard method of respiratory gas exchange during exercise, is associated with all-cause mortality. A population-based sample of 579 men aged 42 to 60 years with no missing data at baseline examination (V1) and at reexamination at 11 years (V2) were included. Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) was measured at both visits using respiratory gas exchange during maximal exercise testing, and the difference (ΔVO2max) was calculated as VO2max (V2) - VO2max (V1). Deaths were ascertained annually using national death certificates during 15 years of follow-up after V2. The mean ΔVO2max was -5.2 mL/min*kg. During median follow-up of 13.3 years (interquartile range, 12.5-14.0 years), 123 deaths (21.2%) were recorded. In a multivariate analysis adjusted for baseline age, VO2max, systolic blood pressure, smoking status, low- and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride levels, C-reactive protein level, body mass index, alcohol consumption, physical activity, socioeconomic status, and history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease, a 1 mL/min*kg higher ΔVO2max was associated with a 9% relative risk reduction of all-cause mortality (hazard ratio, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.87-0.95). This study suggested that in this population, long-term CRF reduction was associated with an increased risk of mortality, emphasizing the importance of maintaining good CRF over the decades. Copyright © 2016 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Long-term outcomes of Botulinum toxin in the treatment of chronic anal fissure: 5 years of follow-up.

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    Barbeiro, Sandra; Atalaia-Martins, Catarina; Marcos, Pedro; Gonçalves, Cláudia; Canhoto, Manuela; Arroja, Bruno; Silva, Filipe; Cotrim, Isabel; Eliseu, Liliana; Santos, Antonieta; Vasconcelos, Helena

    2017-03-01

    Chronic anal fissure is a frequent and disabling disease, often affecting young adults. Botulinum toxin and lateral internal sphincterotomy are the main therapeutic options for refractory cases. Botulinum toxin is minimally invasive and safer compared with surgery, which carries a difficult post-operative recovery and fecal incontinence risk. The long-term efficacy of Botulinum toxin is not well known. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of Botulinum toxin in the treatment of chronic anal fissure. This was a retrospective study at a single center, including patients treated with Botulinum toxin from 2005 to 2010, followed over at least a period of 5 years. All patients were treated with injection of 25U of Botulinum toxin in the intersphincteric groove. The response was registered as complete, partial, refractory and relapse. Botulinum toxin was administered to 126 patients, 69.8% (n = 88) were followed over a period of 5 years. After 3 months, 46.6% (n = 41) had complete response, 23.9% (n = 21) had partial response and 29.5% (n = 26) were refractory. Relapse was observed in 1.2% (n = 1) at 6 months, 11.4% (n = 10) at 1 year, 2.3% (n = 2) at 3 years; no relapse at 5 years. The overall success rate was 64.8% at 5 years of follow-up. Botulinum toxin was well tolerated by all patients and there were no complications. The use of Botulinum toxin to treat patients with chronic anal fissure was safe and effective in long-term follow-up.

  3. Long-Term Serological Follow-Up of Acute Q-Fever Patients after a Large Epidemic

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    Wielders, Cornelia C. H.; van Loenhout, Joris A. F.; Morroy, Gabriëlla; Rietveld, Ariene; Notermans, Daan W.; Wever, Peter C.; Renders, Nicole H. M.; Leenders, Alexander C. A. P.; van der Hoek, Wim; Schneeberger, Peter M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Serological follow-up of acute Q-fever patients is important for detection of chronic infection but there is no consensus on its frequency and duration. The 2007–2009 Q-fever epidemic in the Netherlands allowed for long-term follow-up of a large cohort of acute Q-fever patients. The aim of this study was to validate the current follow-up strategy targeted to identify patients with chronic Q-fever. Methods A cohort of adult acute Q-fever patients, diagnosed between 2007 and 2009, for whom a twelve-month follow-up sample was available, was invited to complete a questionnaire and provide a blood sample, four years after the acute episode. Antibody profiles, determined by immunofluorescence assay in serum, were investigated with a special focus on high titres of IgG antibodies against phase I of Coxiella burnetii, as these are considered indicative for possible chronic Q-fever. Results Of the invited 1,907 patients fulfilling inclusion criteria, 1,289 (67.6%) were included in the analysis. At any time during the four-year follow-up period, 58 (4.5%) patients were classified as possible, probable, or proven chronic Q-fever according to the Dutch Q-fever Consensus Group criteria (which uses IgG phase I ≥1:1,024 to as serologic criterion for chronic Q-fever). Fifty-two (89.7%) of these were identified within the first year after the acute episode. Of the six patients that were detected for the first time at four-year follow-up, five had an IgG phase I titre of 1:512 at twelve months. Conclusions A twelve-month follow-up check after acute Q-fever is recommended as it adequately detects chronic Q-fever in patients without known risk factors. Additional serological and clinical follow-up is recommended for patients with IgG phase I ≥1:512, as they showed the highest risk to progress to chronic Q-fever. PMID:26161658

  4. Long-Term Serological Follow-Up of Acute Q-Fever Patients after a Large Epidemic.

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    Wielders, Cornelia C H; van Loenhout, Joris A F; Morroy, Gabriëlla; Rietveld, Ariene; Notermans, Daan W; Wever, Peter C; Renders, Nicole H M; Leenders, Alexander C A P; van der Hoek, Wim; Schneeberger, Peter M

    2015-01-01

    Serological follow-up of acute Q-fever patients is important for detection of chronic infection but there is no consensus on its frequency and duration. The 2007-2009 Q-fever epidemic in the Netherlands allowed for long-term follow-up of a large cohort of acute Q-fever patients. The aim of this study was to validate the current follow-up strategy targeted to identify patients with chronic Q-fever. A cohort of adult acute Q-fever patients, diagnosed between 2007 and 2009, for whom a twelve-month follow-up sample was available, was invited to complete a questionnaire and provide a blood sample, four years after the acute episode. Antibody profiles, determined by immunofluorescence assay in serum, were investigated with a special focus on high titres of IgG antibodies against phase I of Coxiella burnetii, as these are considered indicative for possible chronic Q-fever. Of the invited 1,907 patients fulfilling inclusion criteria, 1,289 (67.6%) were included in the analysis. At any time during the four-year follow-up period, 58 (4.5%) patients were classified as possible, probable, or proven chronic Q-fever according to the Dutch Q-fever Consensus Group criteria (which uses IgG phase I ≥1:1,024 to as serologic criterion for chronic Q-fever). Fifty-two (89.7%) of these were identified within the first year after the acute episode. Of the six patients that were detected for the first time at four-year follow-up, five had an IgG phase I titre of 1:512 at twelve months. A twelve-month follow-up check after acute Q-fever is recommended as it adequately detects chronic Q-fever in patients without known risk factors. Additional serological and clinical follow-up is recommended for patients with IgG phase I ≥1:512, as they showed the highest risk to progress to chronic Q-fever.

  5. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for atherosclerotic stenosis of the intracranial cerebral arteries. initial results and long-term follow-up.

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    Hyodo, A; Kato, N; Nakai, Y; Anno, I; Sato, H; Okazaki, M; Matsumaru, Y; Nose, T

    1999-11-01

    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was carried out 52 times for 49 lesions in 47 cases of atheroscrelotic stenosis of the intracranial or skull base cerebral arteries. The stenotic lesions involved the middle cerebral artery in 21 cases, the basilar artery in eight cases, the internal carotid artery (petrous-supraclinoid portion) in 15 cases, and the intracranial vertebral artery in five cases. Nearly all cases were symptomatic, such as TIA or stroke, and the degree of stenosis ranged from 70 to 99 percent, with a mean of 80 percent. PTA was performed using a STEALTH balloon angioplasty catheter. In these trials, PTA was successfully performed (as indicated by a residual stenosis under 50%) 41 times. The initial success rate was 79% and stenosis was reduced from 80% to 25%. Clinical follow-up was performed from 7 to 84 months with a mean of 44 months. During this period, death due to myocardial infarction or pneumonia occurred in five cases, stroke related to previous PTA occurred ih one case (due to re-stenosis) and stroke unrelated tl? previous PTA occurred in two cases. Angiographic follow-up was performed in 31 cases after 41 successful PTA procedures. Re-stenosis was seen in 20% of the cases, symptomrltic complications occurred in 6%, and asymptomatic complications occurred in 6% of the cases. One case suffered severe subarachnoid hemorrhage just after the PTA due to preexisting aneurysm rupture and he died a week after the PTA. So mortality in this series was 2%. From the results described here, we may conclude that PTA of the intracranial or skull base cerebral artery is technically feasible, and it can be performed with relatively low risk. From our results, it may be a useful method and effective for long-term survival of patients. But results from a larger number of patients and more long-term follow-up data are still necessary in order to evaluate the safety and usefulness of this method.

  6. Long-term follow-up shows excellent transmural atrial lead performance in patients with complex congenital heart disease.

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    Williams, Matthew R; Shepard, Suzanne M; Boramanand, Nicole K; Lamberti, John J; Perry, James C

    2014-08-01

    Many patients with congenital heart disease require permanent pacing for rhythm management but cannot undergo transvenous lead placement. In others, epicardial scarring prohibits adequate sensing and pacing thresholds using epicardial leads. This study describes long-term lead performance using a transmural atrial (epicardial to endocardial) pacing approach in patients with congenital heart disease. For transmural atrial (TMA) lead access, a bipolar, steroid-eluting transvenous lead was placed from the epicardium via purse-string incision or atriotomy and affixed to atrial endocardium. Records were reviewed for patient data and acute and long-term lead performance for TMA leads placed 1998 to 2004. Forty-two of 48 TMA leads remain active at last follow-up. Two leads fractured, 4 were functional at >5-year follow-up but no longer active. Freedom from lead failure 98% (95% confidence interval, 86%-100%) at mean follow-up 7.8 years. TMA leads gave excellent sensing and pacing characteristics at implant and chronically. Median acute and chronic sensing thresholds were 3 and 2.8 mV, respectively; median acute and chronic pacing thresholds at 0.5 ms were 0.9 and 0.7 V, respectively. TMA leads performed similarly in Fontan patients. Overdrive pacing for intra-atrial re-entrant tachycardia was successful in 7 of 8 patients. One patient with high baseline risk died of stroke 7 years after implant. No lead-associated thrombi were observed. TMA pacing leads had excellent longevity, initial, and chronic functional properties and provide an alternative to epicardial leads in patients with congenital heart disease. Patients who cannot receive transvenous leads, have epicardial scarring or have intra-atrial re-entrant tachycardia could benefit most from routine use of this technique. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Chronic central serous chorioretinopathy: long-term follow-up and vision-related quality of life

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    Breukink, Myrte B; Dingemans, Alexander JM; den Hollander, Anneke I; Keunen, Jan EE; MacLaren, Robert E; Fauser, Sascha; Querques, Giuseppe; Hoyng, Carel B; Downes, Susan M; Boon, Camiel JF

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To describe the clinical findings and long-term outcome of patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC). Materials and methods This was a retrospective case series in 52 eyes of 36 patients with a follow-up period of at least 1 year. Extensive ophthalmic examination and a validated questionnaire concerning vision-related quality of life (National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire [NEI-VFQ]-39) were analyzed. Results Mean visual acuity showed a significant decline over time of 0.16 logarithm of minimum angle of resolution ([logMAR] range: −0.22 to 1.3; P=0.009) after a mean follow-up period of 10.6 years. Also, patients reported lower vision-related quality of life based on the NEI-VFQ-39 for almost all categories compared to healthy controls. Macular atrophy was diagnosed more often on optical coherence tomography compared to other diagnostic entities. Retinal pigment epithelium detachments in the macula were documented on optical coherence tomography in 56% of the patients. A significant thinning of foveal thickness was measured over time compared to unaffected fellow eyes (P=0.002). On long-term follow-up, 13 eyes (37%) showed an increase in number of hot spots on fluorescein angiography. Conclusion This study indicates that cCSC is a progressive disease in many patients, causing a progressive decline in visual acuity, accompanied by lower reported vision-related quality of life. In deciding whether or not to treat, the progressive nature of cCSC should be taken into account in this relatively young and often still professionally active patient group. PMID:28053499

  8. Tick-Borne Encephalitis sequelae at long-term follow-up: a self-reported case-control study.

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    Veje, M; Nolskog, P; Petzold, M; Bergström, T; Lindén, T; Peker, Y; Studahl, M

    2016-12-01

    Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), caused by the TBE virus (TBEV), is a major neurotropic infection throughout Europe and Asia, with a considerable risk of neurological sequelae. Our aim was to study the symptoms in patients with TBE in Western Gotaland between 1997 and 2012 in the acute phase and at follow-up after 2-15 years (median: 5.5 years). The medical records of 96 patients with TBE were studied. Phone-based interviews were held with 92 patients and 58 controls, matched by age, gender and residential area. The Encephalitis Support Group Questionnaire (ESGQ) 2000 was used, further developed with dimensions and scoring 1-4, where a high score is related to better outcome. Patients and controls also answered a written survey regarding functional outcome of sleep (FOSQ). Of the patients, 35% had a mild disease, 56% moderate and 7.3% severe disease. At the follow-up, patients scored significantly lower than controls in the dimensions of memory/learning, executive functions, vigilance and physical impairments. In addition, the answers concerning tiredness/fatigue, poor concentration/attention, reduced initiative/motivation, balance disturbances, coordination problems, difficulties with short- and long-term memory, learning difficulties and problems with fine motor skills resulted in significantly lower scores in the patients compared with the controls. The patients scored lower than the controls in the FOSQ dimension social outcome. At the long-term follow-up, the patients scored significantly lower in a diversity of neurocognitive and motor symptoms, in comparison with controls. These sequelae and their pathogenesis should be further explored and specific neurocognitive assessment tests are needed. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. New insights into long-term follow-up of atrial fibrillation ablation: full disclosure by an implantable pacemaker device.

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    Martinek, Martin; Aichinger, Josef; Nesser, Hans-Joachim; Ziegler, Paul D; Purerfellner, Helmut

    2007-08-01

    Long-term outcome of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) is difficult to assess. This study sought to evaluate various aspects of very long-term follow-up (FU) by the properties of an implantable device. Fourteen patients with an implanted pacemaker device (Medtronic AT500) were selected for RFA, due to drug-refractory and highly symptomatic AF despite antibradycardic pacing. With a mean FU of 41.4 +/- 15.1 months, we could achieve continuous monitoring for more than 400,000 hours after RFA. Based on symptomatic episodes, simulated 24-hour, 48-hour, or 7-day Holter, 57% to 71% of the patients were classified as RFA responders. With permanent FU provided by the implanted device, 43% of the patients exhibited a positive treatment effect and only 21% had no tachyarrhythmic episode at all in long-term FU. With a mean of 1.7 +/- 0.7 RFA per subject, atrial tachyarrhythmia burden (ATB) was significantly reduced from a median of 3.6 to 0.3 hours per day (P < 0.001). Two out of 14 patients developed AF recurrences after a tachyarrhythmia-free period of more than 12 months. Continuous monitoring provided by an implantable device is able to detect significantly more AF episodes than routine FU. ATB is decreased significantly by (repeated) RFA over a very long-term FU. AF may reoccur very late after long-lasting (>1 year) episode-free intervals. A subgroup of patients with drug-aggravated bradycardia in brady-tachy syndrome might be considered for PV isolation rather than pacemaker implantation.

  10. Long-term follow-up of patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) receiving intraocular ciliary neurotrophic factor implants

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    Birch, David G.; Bennett, Lea D.; Duncan, Jacque L.; Weleber, Richard G.; Pennesi, Mark E.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the long-term efficacy of ciliary neurotrophic factor delivered via an intraocular encapsulated cell implant for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Design Long-term follow up of a multicenter, sham-controlled study. Methods Thirty-six patients at three CNTF4 sites were randomly assigned to receive a high- or low- dose implant in one eye and sham surgery in the fellow eye. The primary endpoint (change in visual field sensitivity at 12 months) has been reported previously.1 Here we report long-term visual acuity, visual field and optical coherence tomography (OCT) outcomes in 24 patients either retaining or explanting the device at 24 months relative to sham-treated eyes. Results Eyes retaining the implant showed significantly greater visual field loss from baseline than either explanted eyes or sham eyes through 42 months. By 60 months and continuing through 96 months, visual field loss was comparable among sham-treated eyes, eyes retaining the implant and explanted eyes, as was visual acuity and OCT macular volume. Conclusions Over the short term, ciliary neurotrophic factor released continuously from an intra-vitreal implant lead to loss of total visual field sensitivity that was greater than the natural progression in the sham-treated eye. This additional loss of sensitivity related to the active implant was reversible when the implant was removed. Over the long term (60 – 96 months), there was no evidence of efficacy for visual acuity, visual field sensitivity or OCT measures of retinal structure. PMID:27457255

  11. Reasons for ICU demand and long-term follow-up of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cohort.

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    Takir, Huriye Berk; Karakurt, Zuhal; Salturk, Cuneyt; Kargin, Feyza; Balci, Merih; Yalcinsoy, Murat; Ozmen, Ipek; Yazicioglu, Ozlem Mocin; Gungor, Gokay; Burunsuzoğlu, Bünyamin; Adiguzel, Nalan

    2014-12-01

    Acute respiratory failure (ARF) can necessitate mechanical ventilation and intensive care unit (ICU) admission in patients with COPD. We evaluated the reasons COPD patients are admitted to the ICU and assessed long-term outcomes in a retrospective cohort study in a respiratory level-III ICU of a teaching government hospital between November 2007 and April 2012. All COPD patients admitted to ICU for the first time were enrolled and followed for 12 months. Patient characteristics, body mass index (BMI), long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT), non-invasive ventilation (LT-NIV) at home, COPD co-morbidities, reasons for ICU admission, ICU data, length of stay, prescription of new LTOT and LT-NIV, and ICU mortality were recorded. Patient survival after ICU discharge was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. A total of 962 (710 male) patients were included. The mean age was 70 (SD 10). The major reasons for ICU admission were COPD exacerbation (66.7%) and pneumonia (19.7%). ICU and hospital mortality were 11.4%, 12.5% respectively, and 842 patients were followed-up. The new LT-NIV prescription rate was 15.8%. The 6-month 1, 2, 3, and 5-year mortality rates were 24.5%, 33.7%, 46.9%, 58.9% and 72.5%, respectively. Long-term survival was negatively affected by arrhythmia (p < 0.013) and pneumonia (p < 0.025). LT-NIV use (p < 0.016) with LTOT (p < 0.038) increase survival. Pulmonary infection can be a major reason for ICU admission and determining outcome after ICU discharge. Unlike arrhythmia and pneumonia, LT-NIV can improve long-term survival in eligible COPD patients.

  12. Long-term follow-up of lateral reconstruction with extensor retinaculum flap for chronic ankle instability.

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    Tourné, Yves; Mabit, Christian; Moroney, Paul J; Chaussard, Christophe; Saragaglia, Dominique

    2012-12-01

    Chronic instability is a common complication of lateral ankle sprains. Furthermore, patients often have unrecognized associated lesions affecting the ankle and subtalar joints. Many stabilizing surgical techniques have been described, each with variable results. This article reports the long-term results of ligamentous retensioning combined with reinforcement using an extensor retinaculum flap. This is a retrospective, multicenter study. One hundred fifty cases were reviewed at a mean follow-up of 11 years. Functional results were assessed using the Karlsson score. Pre- and postoperative radiological assessment employed stress x-rays to measure varus tilt and anterior drawer and the Van Dijk classification to grade osteoarthrosis. The Stata 10 program was used for statistical analysis. A thorough preoperative workup identified ligamentous lesions of the subtalar joint in 30% of cases. At review, 93% of patients were satisfied. Residual instability was present in only 4.8%. Radiographic analysis of both ankles revealed a differential in varus tilt of only 0.12° and in anterior drawer of 0.17~mm. There was no deterioration of the articular surfaces after 11 years of follow-up. To the authors' knowledge, this is the largest series reported with such a follow-up. This technique addressed both lateral ankle and subtalar instability without sacrificing the peroneal tendons. It protected against progression of posttraumatic arthrosis and provided superior results to other reported techniques in terms of patient satisfaction and residual instability.

  13. Long-term follow-up of mobile-bearing total ankle replacement in patients with inflammatory joint disease.

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    Kraal, T; van der Heide, H J L; van Poppel, B J; Fiocco, M; Nelissen, R G H H; Doets, H C

    2013-12-01

    Little is known about the long-term outcome of mobile-bearing total ankle replacement (TAR) in the treatment of end-stage arthritis of the ankle, and in particular for patients with inflammatory joint disease. The aim of this study was to assess the minimum ten-year outcome of TAR in this group of patients. We prospectively followed 76 patients (93 TARs) who underwent surgery between 1988 and 1999. No patients were lost to follow-up. At latest follow-up at a mean of 14.8 years (10.7 to 22.8), 30 patients (39 TARs) had died and the original TAR remained in situ in 28 patients (31 TARs). The cumulative incidence of failure at 15 years was 20% (95% confidence interval (CI) 11 to 28). The mean American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) ankle-hindfoot score of the surviving patients at latest follow-up was 80.4 (95% CI 72 to 88). In total, 21 patients (23 TARs) underwent subsequent surgery: three implant exchanges, three bearing exchanges and 17 arthrodeses. Neither design of TAR described in this study, the LCS and the Buechel-Pappas, remains currently available. However, based both on this study and on other reports, we believe that TAR using current mobile-bearing designs for patients with end-stage arthritis of the ankle due to inflammatory joint disease remains justified.

  14. Coronary Artery Calcification Is Related to Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study

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    Meedt, Thomas; Jonsson, Fredrik; Henein, Michael Y.

    2016-01-01

    Objective. A long-term follow-up of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to evaluate factors related to coronary artery calcification (CAC). Methods. All 22 eligible patients (4 males/18 females, mean age 65 years, and RA-duration 30–36 years) from the original (baseline; n = 39) study of atherosclerosis were included. Inflammation, cardiovascular risk factors, and biomarkers were measured at baseline. At follow-up 13 years later, CAC was assessed by computed tomography (CT) and the grade of inflammation was measured. Multivariate analysis of differences between patients with low (0–10) and high CAC (>10) was done by orthogonal projection to latent structures (OPLS). Results. Ten patients had CAC 0–10 and 12 had >10 (range 18–1700). Patients with high CAC had significantly higher ESR (24.3 versus 9.9 mm/h) and swollen joint count (2 versus 0). The OPLS models discriminated between patients having high or low CAC. With only baseline variables, the sensitivity was 73% and the specificity 82%. The model that also included inflammatory variables from follow-up had a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 85%. Exclusion of baseline intima media thickness and plaque from the latter model modestly reduced the accuracy (sensitivity 80% and specificity 83%). Conclusions. CAC is related to inflammation in patients with RA. PMID:27648442

  15. Long-term follow-up of lung biodistribution and effect of instilled SWCNTs using multiscale imaging techniques

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    Faraj, Achraf Al; Bessaad, Amine; Cieslar, Katarzyna; Lacroix, Ghislaine; Canet-Soulas, Emmanuelle; Crémillieux, Yannick

    2010-04-01

    Due to their distinctive properties, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are being more and more extensively used in nanotechnology, with prospects in nanomedicine. It would therefore appear essential to develop and apply appropriate imaging tools for detecting and evaluating their biological impacts with the prospect of medical applications or in the situation of accidental occupational exposure. It has been shown recently that raw SWCNTs with metallic impurities can be noninvasively detected in the lungs by hyperpolarized 3helium (HP-3He) MRI. Moreover raw and purified SWCNTs had no acute biological effect. The purpose of the present longitudinal study was to investigate long-term follow-up by imaging, as well as chronic lung effects. In a 3-month follow-up study, multiscale imaging techniques combining noninvasive HP-3He and proton (H) MRI to ex vivo light (histopathological analysis) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to assess the biodistribution and biological effects of intrapulmonary instilled raw SWCNTs. Specific in vivo detection of carbon nanotubes with MRI relied on their intrinsic metal impurities. MRI also has the ability to evaluate tissue inflammation by the follow-up of local changes in signal intensity. MRI and ex vivo microscopy techniques showed that granulomatous and inflammatory reactions were produced in a time and dose dependent manner by instilled raw SWCNTs.

  16. Entirely subcutaneous defibrillator and complex congenital heart disease: Data on long-term clinical follow-up.

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    Ferrero, Paolo; Ali, Hussam; Barman, Palash; Foresti, Sara; Lupo, Pierpaolo; D'Elia, Emilia; Cappato, Riccardo; Stuart, Alan Graham

    2017-06-26

    To describe the long-term follow-up of patients with complex congenital heart disease who underwent subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD), focusing on local complications, appropriate and inappropriate shocks. Patients with complex congenital heart disease underwent S-ICD implant in two centers with the conventional technique. Data at follow-up were retrieved from clinical notes and institutional database. Eight patients were implanted in two centres between 2010 and 2016. Median age at implant was 37.5 years (range 13-57). All patients who were deemed suitable for S-ICD implant passed the pre-procedural screening. Three patients were previously implanted with a anti-bradycardia device, one of whom with CRT. In one patient the device was explanted due to local infection. During the total median follow-up of 874 d, one patient had an appropriate and one inappropriate shock triggered by fast atrial tachycardia. None of the patients had inappropriate shocks secondary to T wave oversensing or electrical interference with anti- bradycardia devices. S-ICD appears to be effective and safe in patients with complex congenital heart disease.

  17. Single-session percutaneous ethanol sclerotherapy in simple renal cysts in children: long-term follow-up.

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    Akinci, Devrim; Gumus, Burcak; Ozkan, Orhan S; Ozmen, Mustafa N; Akhan, Okan

    2005-02-01

    Simple renal cysts are rare in children and managed conservatively unless symptomatic. To demonstrate the efficacy and long-term results of single-session ethanol sclerotherapy in symptomatic simple renal cysts in children. Three simple renal cysts in three children (age 1, 5 and 16 years) were included in the study. Indications for treatment were flank pain (n = 1), hypertension (n = 1), and increasing cyst size and urinary tract infection (n = 1). The mean follow-up period was 5.5 years (range 3-7 years). The procedures were performed with the guidance of US and fluoroscopy and under IV sedation. After the cystogram, 95% ethanol with a volume of 40% of the cyst volume (but not more than 100 ml) was used as the sclerosing agent. Two cysts disappeared completely, while the volume reduction was 99% for the third cyst at the end of the first year. CT demonstrated calcification of the cyst without an enhancing soft-tissue component in the third one 7 years after sclerotherapy. After the procedures, hypertension and pain resolved without any medication. There were no complications during the procedures or during follow-up. Cytological examination was unremarkable in all patients. Percutaneous treatment of symptomatic simple renal cysts in children with single-session ethanol sclerotherapy is a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure. Calcification owing to sclerotherapy can be observed on follow-up.

  18. Long-term Follow-up of MDD Patients Who Respond to Deep rTMS: A Brief Report.

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    Rosenberg, Oded; Dinur Klein, Limor; Gersner, Roman; Kotler, Moshe; Zangen, Abraham; Dannon, Pinhas

    2015-01-01

    Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) is effective in treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and in re-treatment in case of relapse. Our study evaluates the long-term durability of dTMS in MDD. Seventeen patients that responded to dTMS treatment evaluated. Follow-up period was 9.3 months. Patients were considered as relapsed if: HDRS (Hamilton Depression Rating Scale) score was 16 points or more, in case of change in antidepressants, hospitalization due to exacerbation, referral to ECT. Six months after last treatment three patients relapsed (17.6%). During the follow-up of 9.3 months, nine relapsed. Relapse rate was 5.6 per 100 person-months. Patients continued to improve in HDRS following the treatment. We have found number of treatment sessions, stimulation, age, age of depressive disorder onset, length of depressive episode prior to the first treatment, as well as number of depressive episodes to have no predictive value regarding propensity to relapse in these patients. The study's main limitations are the relatively small sample size, patients differing in follow-up periods and the lack of a control group. Relapse rates after dTMS are comparable to pharmacotherapy and ECT.

  19. Long-term follow-up of Dupuytren disease after injection of triamcinolone acetonide in Chinese patients in Taiwan.

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    Yin, C-Y; Yu, H-H M; Wang, J-P; Huang, Y-C; Huang, T-F; Chang, M-C

    2017-09-01

    Injection of triamcinolone acetonide is a non-operative treatment for early-stage Dupuytren disease in Caucasians, but its effectiveness in non-Caucasians is unclear. We report averaged 5-year follow-up results of 37 patients (49 affected hands) with early-stage Dupuytren disease for patients in Taiwan (non-Caucasian) who received a single dose of 5 mg triamcinolone acetonide injection into nodules monthly for 3 months. Using ultrasound, we recorded no progression of sizes of the modules following injection after 6 months. After an average 5-year follow-up, two patients with three hands (6%) experienced reactivation of the treated nodules. None required surgical intervention. Ultrasound examination showed that sizes of the treated Dupuytren nodules decreased significantly by 40% 6 months after injection and 56% at the final follow-up. We conclude that in these Chinese patients in Taiwan with early Dupuytren nodules, triamcinolone acetonide injection was effective in reducing the size of the Dupuytren nodules and maintaining long-term durable control of the nodular growth. III.

  20. Long-term Course of Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Three Years of Prospective Follow-up

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    Mancebo, Maria C.; Boisseau, Christina L.; Garnaat, Sarah; Eisen, Jane L.; Greenberg, Benjamin; Sibrava, Nicholas J.; Stout, Robert L.; Rasmussen, Steven A.

    2015-01-01

    Objective This study assesses the long-term course of treatment-seeking youth with a primary diagnosis of DSM-IV OCD. Method Sixty youth and their parents completed intake interviews and annual follow-up interviews for three years using the youth version of the Longitudinal Interval Follow-up Evaluation (Y-LIFE) and Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS). Remission was defined as no longer meeting DSM-IV criteria for OCD for 8 weeks or more, and recurrence was defined as meeting full criteria for OCD for 4 consecutive weeks after having achieved symptom remission. Remission rates for youth were compared to rates of adults participating in the same study. Results The probability of achieving partial remission of OCD was 0.53 and the probability of achieving full remission was 0.27. Among the 24 youth participants who achieved remission: 79% stayed in remission throughout the study (mean of 88 weeks of follow-up) and 21% experienced a recurrence of symptoms. Better functioning at intake and a shorter latency to initial OCD treatment were associated with faster onset of remission (P < .001). Conclusions Remission is more likely among youth versus adults with OCD. Treatment early in the course of illness and before substantial impact on functioning predicted a better course. PMID:24952937

  1. Entirely subcutaneous defibrillator and complex congenital heart disease: Data on long-term clinical follow-up

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    Ferrero, Paolo; Ali, Hussam; Barman, Palash; Foresti, Sara; Lupo, Pierpaolo; D’Elia, Emilia; Cappato, Riccardo; Stuart, Alan Graham

    2017-01-01

    AIM To describe the long-term follow-up of patients with complex congenital heart disease who underwent subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD), focusing on local complications, appropriate and inappropriate shocks. METHODS Patients with complex congenital heart disease underwent S-ICD implant in two centers with the conventional technique. Data at follow-up were retrieved from clinical notes and institutional database. RESULTS Eight patients were implanted in two centres between 2010 and 2016. Median age at implant was 37.5 years (range 13-57). All patients who were deemed suitable for S-ICD implant passed the pre-procedural screening. Three patients were previously implanted with a anti-bradycardia device, one of whom with CRT. In one patient the device was explanted due to local infection. During the total median follow-up of 874 d, one patient had an appropriate and one inappropriate shock triggered by fast atrial tachycardia. None of the patients had inappropriate shocks secondary to T wave oversensing or electrical interference with anti- bradycardia devices. CONCLUSION S-ICD appears to be effective and safe in patients with complex congenital heart disease. PMID:28706590

  2. Do Autotransplanted Teeth Require Elective Root Canal Therapy? A Long-Term Follow-Up Case Series.

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    Murtadha, Linda; Kwok, Jerry

    2017-09-01

    To determine the long-term survival and outcomes of 252 autotransplanted teeth with a novel root canal therapy (RCT) and follow-up protocol and to establish whether elective RCT after autotransplantation is routinely required for teeth with complete root formation. A retrospective analysis of 209 patients 10 to 58 years old, with a total of 252 autotransplants was carried out with a minimum observational period of 1 year and a maximum period of 29 years. Patients were reviewed at specified intervals. Only the teeth showing any radiographic or clinical signs of internal resorption (IR), external resorption (ER), or pulpal necrosis underwent RCT. A failure was considered the loss or extraction of the autotransplanted tooth. Ten of the 252 autotransplants constituted failures, with 249, 190, 155, 97, 70, and 35 teeth surviving at 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 years, respectively; the remainder were lost to follow-up. Eighteen percent of teeth (n = 46) showed radiographic signs of IR, ER, and apical pathology (AP). Most cases of ER were observed by 3 years (18 of 28 teeth) and then at 5 to -8 years. Only 3 teeth showed signs of IR, which were observed within 5 years. Most cases of AP were observed within the first year (8 of 15 teeth) and then at 3 to 6 years. Five teeth showed signs of pulp obliteration or sclerosis and did not require RCT, with a maximum period of 16 years after identification of sclerosis. Retrospective analysis of the data showed that 184 autotransplanted teeth had complete root formation and 68 had incomplete root formation at the time of autotransplantation. Of the teeth that were followed for at least 5 years, 59.3% had complete root formation with no signs of pathology and required no RCT. Despite the limitation of this long-term study of patients lost to follow-up, the results suggest that, with close monitoring, some autotransplanted teeth with complete root formation that do not undergo RCT could have the potential for revascularization

  3. Analysis of Solar Irradiation Anomalies in Long Term Over India

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    Cony, M.; Polo, J.; Martin, L.; Navarro, A.; Serra, I.

    2012-04-01

    India has a high potential for solar energy applications due to its geographic position within the Sun Belt and the large number of cloudless days in many regions of the country. However, certain regions of India, particularly those largely populated, can exhibit large aerosol loading in the atmosphere as a consequence of anthropogenic emissions that could have a negative feedback in the solar resource potential. This effect, named as solar dimming, has already been observed in India, and in some other regions in the world, by some authors using ground data from the last two decades. The recent interest in the promotion of solar energy applications in India highlights the need of extending and improving the knowledge of the solar radiation resources in this country, since most of the long term measurements available correspond to global horizontal radiation and most of them are also located big cities or highly populated areas. In addition, accurate knowledge on the aerosol column quantification and on its dynamical behavior with high spatial resolution is particularly important in the case of India, due to their impact on direct normal irradiation. Long term studies of solar irradiation over India can be performed using monthly means of global hemispheric irradiation measurements from the Indian Meteorological Department. Ground data are available from 1964 till today through the World Radiation Data Centre that publish these values in the web. This work shows a long term analysis of solar irradiation in India using anomalies techniques and trends in ten places over India. Most of the places have exhibit a decreasing trend and negative anomalies confirming thus the darkening effect already reported by solar dimming studies. The analysis of anomalies has also found two periods of different behavior. From 1964 till 1988 the anomalies observed were positive and the last 20 years seems to be a period of negative anomalies. This observation is also consequent with

  4. Global Horizontal Irradiance Anomalies in Long Term Series Over India

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    Cony, Marco; Liria, Juan; Weisenberg, Ralf; Serrano, Enrique

    2014-05-01

    India has a high potential for solar energy applications due to its geographic position within the Sun Belt and the large number of cloudless days in many regions of the country. However, certain regions of India, particularly those largely populated, can exhibit large aerosol loading in the atmosphere as a consequence of anthropogenic emissions that could have a negative feedback in the solar resource potential. This effect, named as solar dimming, has already been observed in India, and in some other regions in the world, by some authors using ground data from the last two decades. The recent interest in the promotion of solar energy applications in India highlights the need of extending and improving the knowledge of the solar radiation resources in this country, since most of the long term measurements available correspond to global horizontal radiation (GHI) and most of them are also located big cities or highly populated areas. In addition, accurate knowledge on the aerosol column quantification and on its dynamical behavior with high spatial resolution is particularly important in the case of India, due to their impact on direct normal irradiation. Long term studies of solar irradiation over India can be performed using monthly means of GHI measurements from the Indian Meteorological Department. Ground data are available from 1964 till today through the World Radiation Data Centre that publish these values in the web. This work shows a long term analysis of GHI using anomalies techniques over ten different sites over India. Besides, techniques of linear trends have been applied for to show the evolution over this period. The analysis of anomalies has also found two periods of different behavior. From 1964 till 1988 the anomalies observed were positive and the last 20 years seems to be a period of negative anomalies. The results exhibit a decreasing trend and negative anomalies confirming thus the darkening effect already reported by solar dimming studies

  5. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia treated by Gamma Knife radiosurgery: safety and efficacy through long-term follow-up.

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    Pommier, Benjamin; Touzet, Gustavo; Lucas, Christian; Vermandel, Maximilien; Blond, Serge; Reyns, Nicolas

    2017-06-16

    OBJECTIVE Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GPN) is a rare and disabling condition. Just as for trigeminal neuralgia, Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is increasingly proposed as a therapeutic option for GPN. The purpose of this study was to assess long-term safety and efficacy of GKRS for this indication. METHODS From 2007 to 2015, 9 patients (4 male and 5 female) underwent a total of 10 GKRS procedures. All of the patients presented with GPN that was refractory to all medical treatment, and all had a long history of pain. One patient had previously undergone surgical microvascular decompression. In 5 cases, a neurovascular conflict had been identified on MRI. For the GKRS procedure, the glossopharyngeal nerve was localized on MRI and CT under stereotactic conditions. The target was located at the glossopharyngeal meatus of the jugular foramen. The dose administered to the nerve was 80 Gy in 3 procedures and 90 Gy in the others. Follow-up was planned for 3, 6, and 12 months after the procedure and annually thereafter. RESULTS Eight patients experienced an improvement in their pain. The median length of time from GKRS to symptom improvement in this group was 7 weeks (range 2-12 months). At the first follow-up, 6 patients were pain-free (pain intensity scores of I-III, based on an adaptation of the Barrow Neurological Institute scoring system for trigeminal neuralgia), including 4 patients who were also medication-free (I). One patient had partial improvement (IV) and 2 patients had no change. The mean duration of follow-up was 46 months (range 10-90 months). At the last follow-up 6 patients remained pain-free (pain scores of I-III), including 4 patients who were pain free with no medication (I). No side effect was observed. CONCLUSIONS Because of its safety and efficacy, GKRS appears to be a useful tool for treatment of GPN, including first-line treatment.

  6. Right-Side Colon Ischemia: Clinical Features, Large Visceral Artery Occlusion, and Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Longstreth, George F; Hye, Robert J

    2015-01-01

    Context: Large visceral artery occlusion (LVAO) could underlie right-side colon ischemia (RSCI) but is little known. Objective: To assess patients with RSCI through long-term follow-up, including features and management of LVAO. Main Outcome Measures: Mesenteric ischemia and mortality. Design: Retrospective observational study in an integrated health care system. Results: Of 49 patients (30 women [61.2%]; mean [standard deviation] age, 69.4 [11.9] years), 19 (38.8%) underwent surgery—that is, 5 (83.3%) of 6 who developed RSCI in hospital following surgical procedures and 14 (32.6%) of 43 who had RSCI before hospitalization (p value = 0.03); overall, 5 (10.2%) died. Among 44 survivors with a median (range) follow-up of 5.19 (0.03–14.26) years, 5 (11.4%), including 3 (20.0%) of 15 operated cases, had symptomatic LVAO and underwent angioplasty and stent placement: 2 for abdominal angina that preceded RSCI, 1 for acute mesenteric ischemia 1 week after resection of RSCI, 1 for RSCI 6 weeks after resection of left-side ischemia, and 1 for abdominal angina that began 3 years after spontaneous recovery from RSCI. None had further mesenteric ischemia until death from nonintestinal disease or the end of follow-up (1.6 to 10.2 years later). Kaplan-Meier survival estimates for all 44 survivors at 1, 3, 5, and 10 years were 88.6%, 72.3%, 57.6%, and 25.9%, respectively. Thirty-one patients (70.4%) died during follow-up, 19 (61.3%) of a known cause; the 39 patients not treated for LVAO lacked mesenteric ischemia. Conclusion: Patients with RSCI may have symptomatic LVAO; therefore, we advise they undergo careful query for symptoms of abdominal angina and routine visceral artery imaging. PMID:26263388

  7. The natural history of prenatally diagnosed congenital cystic lung lesions: long-term follow-up of 119 cases.

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    Cook, James; Chitty, Lyn S; De Coppi, Paolo; Ashworth, Michael; Wallis, Colin

    2017-09-01

    A paucity of evidence regarding the natural history of congenital pulmonary airway malformations (CPAMs) and pulmonary sequestration (PS) has resulted in a divergence in management strategy of asymptomatic cases. We describe the long-term clinical course of 119 children diagnosed with these lesions treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Cases were identified via the GOSH patient database. Study entry required the identification of a cystic lung lesion on prenatal ultrasound and confirmation of CPAM/PS on postnatal CT imaging. Patients followed up for at least 5 years were included. 51 (43%) patients were managed surgically; 8 (6.7%) as an emergency during the neonatal period, 6 (5.1%) electively due to concerning features on CT scan, 20 (17%) following medical advice, 1 (0.8%) following a severe respiratory infection and in 5 (4.2%) the indication was unclear. The indication in 11 (9.2%) was recurrent respiratory infection and median age at surgery was 1.6 years (range 0.4 to 4.6 years). No cases of malignancy were identified on histological examination of resected lesions. 68 (57%) patients were managed conservatively for a median period of 9.9 years (range 5.2 years to 18 years). Seven (10%) were discharged, one was followed-up elsewhere (1.5%) and eight (11%) were lost to follow-up. In four patients (5.9%), the lesion resolved spontaneously. 52 (76%) continue to be followed-up and remain asymptomatic. This is one of the largest case series documenting the natural history of CPAMs and PS following a prenatal diagnosis and demonstrates that conservative management is a reasonable option in selected cases. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  8. Ross procedure is a safe treatment option for aortic valve endocarditis: Long-term follow-up of 42 patients.

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    Ringle, A; Richardson, M; Juthier, F; Rousse, N; Polge, A S; Coisne, A; Duva-Pentiah, A; Ben Abda, A; Banfi, C; Montaigne, D; Vincentelli, A; Prat, A

    2016-01-15

    Aortic root replacement with a pulmonary autograft (Ross procedure) can be performed as a treatment of aortic valve endocarditis, avoiding prosthetic valve implantation in septic context. We sought to assess long-term outcomes of the Ross procedure in this indication. From April 1992 to March 2009, the intervention was performed in 42 patients (mean age 34 ± 8 years) suffering from an active or ancient aortic valve endocarditis. 36% of the patients had extensive perivalvular involvement, and surgery was urgent in 18 patients (43%). We performed a prospective clinical and echocardiographic follow-up of this population. Median follow-up was 10 years (4-21 years). Overall survival at 10 and 15 years was respectively 87 ± 5% and 81 ± 8%. Perioperative mortality was 4.7% (2 patients) and no late cardiac death was reported. Eight patients (19%) underwent repeat surgery for autograft and/or homograft dysfunction at a median time of 8.4 years (3 months-18 years). Rate of recurrent endocarditis was low (7%-3 patients), including 1 in a context of persistent intravenous drug abuse. Clinical follow-up showed good functional status for all patients with NYHA ≤ II, and less than 25% of patients requiring cardiovascular medication. Late echocardiographic follow-up demonstrated well-functioning autograft and homograft, with only one severe aortic regurgitation, and one significant increase in pulmonary mean gradient. The Ross procedure in aortic valve endocarditis is an interesting alternative to prosthetic valvular replacement in a selected population, with a high rate of survival free from any cardiovascular event or medication requirement. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Stress-Related Sleep Vulnerability and Maladaptive Sleep Beliefs Predict Insomnia at Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Yang, Chien-Ming; Hung, Chih-Ying; Lee, Hsin-Chien

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Vulnerability to stress-related sleep disturbances and maladaptive sleep beliefs has been proposed to be predisposing factors for insomnia. Yet previous studies addressing these factors have been cross-sectional in nature and could not be used to infer the time sequences of the association. The current study used a six-year follow-up to examine the predisposing roles of these two factors and their interactions with major life stressors in the development of insomnia. Methods: One hundred seventeen college students recruited for a survey in 2006 participated in this follow-up survey in 2012. In 2006, they completed a packet of questionnaires including the Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep Questionnaire, 10-item version (DBAS-10), the Ford Insomnia Response to Stress Test (FIRST), and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI); in 2012 they completed the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and the modified Life Experiences Survey (LES). Results: Fourteen of the participants were found to suffer from insomnia as measured by the ISI. Logistic regression showed that scores on both DBAS-10 and FIRST could predict insomnia at follow-up. When the interaction of DBAS-10 and LES and that of FIRST and LES were added, both DBAS-10 and FIRST remained significant predictors, while the interaction of FIRST and LES showed a near-significant trend in predicting insomnia. Conclusions: The results showed that both vulnerability to stress-related sleep disturbances and maladaptive sleep beliefs are predisposing factors for insomnia. The hypothesized interaction effect between sleep vulnerability and major life stressors was found to be marginal. The maladaptive sleep beliefs, on the other hand, showed a predisposing effect independent from the influences of negative life events. Citation: Yang CM, Hung CY, Lee HC. Stress-related sleep vulnerability and maladaptive sleep beliefs predict insomnia at long-term follow-up. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(9):997-1001. PMID

  10. Long-term Outcomes After Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in Competitive Baseball Players: Minimum 10-Year Follow-up.

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    Osbahr, Daryl C; Cain, E Lyle; Raines, B Todd; Fortenbaugh, Dave; Dugas, Jeffrey R; Andrews, James R

    2014-06-01

    Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) has afforded baseball players with excellent results; however, previous studies have described only short-term outcomes. To evaluate long-term outcomes after UCLR in baseball players. Case series; Level of evidence, 4. All UCLRs performed on competitive baseball players with a minimum 10-year follow-up were identified. Surgical data were collected prospectively and patients were surveyed by telephone follow-up, during which scoring systems were used to assess baseball career and post-baseball career outcomes. Of 313 patients, 256 (82%) were contacted at an average of 12.6 years; 83% of these baseball players (90% pitchers) were able to return to the same or higher level of competition in less than 1 year, but results varied according to preoperative level of play. Baseball career longevity was 3.6 years in general and 2.9 years at the same or higher level of play, but major and minor league players returned for longer than did collegiate and high school players after surgery (P < .001). Baseball retirement typically occurred for reasons other than elbow problems (86%). Many players had shoulder problems (34%) or surgery (25%) during their baseball career, and these occurrences most often resulted in retirement attributable to shoulder problems (P < .001). For post-baseball career outcomes, 92% of patients were able to throw without pain, and 98% were still able to participate in throwing at least on a recreational level. The 10-year minimum follow-up scores (mean ± standard deviation) for the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH), DASH work module, and DASH sports module were 0.80 ± 4.43, 1.10 ± 6.90, and 2.88 ± 11.91, respectively. Overall, 93% of patients were satisfied, with few reports of persistent elbow pain (3%) or limitation of function (5%). Long-term follow-up of UCLRs in baseball players indicates that most patients were satisfied, with few reports of persistent elbow pain or limitation of

  11. Long-term follow-up of stent implantation versus stent-like angioplasty in unstable angina.

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    Marzocchi, A; Ortolani, P; Piovaccari, G; Marrozzini, C; Palmerini, T; Marinucci, L; Saia, F; Bacchi-Reggiani, M L; Branzi, A; Magnani, B

    1999-03-01

    Stent-like plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA, < or = 30% residual diameter stenosis) in patients with stable angina resulted in a clinical and angiographic long-term outcome equivalent to stenting. In unstable angina POBA showed lower acute and long-term efficacy than in the stable setting. Data comparing stent-like POBA and coronary stenting in unstable angina are lacking in the literature. The aim of this retrospective single-center study was to compare the long-term effectiveness of stent-like POBA and coronary stenting in unstable angina. From January 1996 to December 1996 we retrospectively examined 187 consecutive patients with unstable angina who underwent coronary angioplasty on a native vessel: 135 had coronary stenting in addition to POBA and 50 achieved a stent-like result with POBA. Two patients, with major contraindication to coronary stenting, who did not reach a stent-like angiographic result, were also treated with only POBA but were excluded from the study. Stent implantation indications were: elective (54 stents, 30%), suboptimal angiographic result (104 stents, 58%), and bail-out situation (21 stents, 12%). Stent implantation showed high angiographic (98.5%) and clinical (95.5%) success. Stent thrombosis occurred only in 2 patients (1.5%). At quantitative coronary angiography the stent group showed a higher post-procedure minimal lumen diameter (2.74 +/- 1.25 vs 2.27 +/- 0.58 mm, p = 0.025), acute gain (1.95 +/- 1.28 vs 1.43 +/- 0.57 mm, p = 0.007) and lower residual stenosis diameter (13.89 +/- 7.43 vs 20.4 +/- 7.28%, p = 0.001) than the stent-like POBA group. At 1-year follow-up the stent group showed a higher event-free survival rate (77.9 vs 64.6%, p = 0.009) mainly due to lower recurrence of angina and repetition of percutaneous procedures. Stent-like POBA procedure and baseline lesion length > or = 10 mm proved to be the only independent predictors of long-term ischemic event occurrence. In conclusion, in unstable angina, stent

  12. Unusual presentation and treatment of biliary ileus with long term follow up: case report and review of the literature.

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    Zulian, Viola; Vasquez, Giorgio; Feo, Carlo V

    2013-01-01

    Gallstone ileus is a rare complication of cholelithiasis. It accounts for 25% of nonstrangulated small bowel obstructions in patients over the age of 65 years. The morbidity and mortality rate of gallstone ileus remains very high, partly because of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. The two surgical options are: a) enterolithotomy with removal of impacted stone, cholecystectomy, and fistula repair at the same surgical operation (i.e., "one-stage" procedure) and b) enterolithotomy with stone extraction followed or not by elective biliary surgery. The latter is the most popular surgical approach, whereas enterolithotomy combined with cholecistectomy and fistulectomy is indicated only in selected cases. In this article, a case of biliary ileus with unusual presentation treated by entherolithotomy alone with long term follow up is described, and the literature on this subject is reviewed and discussed.

  13. Medulloblastoma: Long-term follow-up of patients treated with electron irradiation of the spinal field

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    Gaspar, L.E.; Dawson, D.J.; Tilley-Gulliford, S.A.; Banerjee, P. )

    1991-09-01

    Thirty-two patients with posterior fossa medulloblastoma underwent treatment with electron irradiation to the spinal field. The 5- and 10-year actuarial survival rates were 57% and 50%, respectively. Late complications observed in the 15 patients followed up for more than 5 years were short stature (six patients), decreased sitting-standing height ratio (four patients), scoliosis (two patients), poor school performance (seven patients), xerostomia (one patient), esophageal stricture (one patient), pituitary dysfunction (four patients), primary hypothyroidism (one patient), bilateral eighth-nerve deafness (one patient), and carcinoma of the thyroid (one patient). Complications following treatment with electrons to a spinal field are compared with reported complications following treatment with photons to the spinal field. Although short-term reactions were minimal, the authors found no difference in late complications. More sophisticated treatment planning may show such a long-term benefit in the future.

  14. Medulloblastoma: long-term follow-up of patients treated with electron irradiation of the spinal field.

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    Gaspar, L E; Dawson, D J; Tilley-Gulliford, S A; Banerjee, P

    1991-09-01

    Thirty-two patients with posterior fossa medulloblastoma underwent treatment with electron irradiation to the spinal field. The 5- and 10-year actuarial survival rates were 57% and 50%, respectively. Late complications observed in the 15 patients followed up for more than 5 years were short stature (six patients), decreased sitting-standing height ratio (four patients), scoliosis (two patients), poor school performance (seven patients), xerostomia (one patient), esophageal stricture (one patient), pituitary dysfunction (four patients), primary hypothyroidism (one patient), bilateral eighth-nerve deafness (one patient), and carcinoma of the thyroid (one patient). Complications following treatment with electrons to a spinal field are compared with reported complications following treatment with photons to the spinal field. Although short-term reactions were minimal, the authors found no difference in late complications. More sophisticated treatment planning may show such a long-term benefit in the future.

  15. Long term follow-up of a child with ambiguous genitalia, mixed gonadal dysgenesis, and unusual mosaicism.

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    Ostrow, Vlady; De Luca, Francesco

    2009-09-01

    Mixed gonadal dysgenesis (MGD) is a condition of abnormal and asymmetrical gonadal development. This disorder is typically associated with 45,X/46,XY mosaicism; however, other karyotypes have been rarely reported. The phenotype characterizing MGD is highly variable, although in most cases ambiguous genitalia are found. In addition, many individuals with MGD exhibit stigmata of Turner's syndrome. We describe a patient with MGD, found to have a 45,X/47,XYY karyotype, with the majority of the cell lines being 47,XYY. To our knowledge, our report is the first to describe the long-term follow-up of a patient with ambiguous genitalia diagnosed at birth with 45,X/47,XYY mosaicism.

  16. Endovascular Exclusion of Visceral Artery Aneurysms with Stent-Grafts: Technique and Long-Term Follow-up

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    Rossi, Michele; Rebonato, Alberto Greco, Laura; Citone, Michele; David, Vincenzo

    2008-01-15

    This paper describes four cases of visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs) successfully treated with endovascular stent-grafts and discusses the endovascular approach to VAAs and the long-term results. Four balloon expandable stent-grafts were used to treat three splenic artery aneurysms and one bleeding common hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. The percutaneous access site and the materials were chosen on the basis of CT angiography findings. In all cases the aneurysms were successfully excluded. In one case a splenic infarction occurred, with nonrelevant clinical findings. At 16- to 24-month follow-up three patients had patent stents and complete exclusion and shrinkage of the aneurysms. One patient died due to pancreatitis and sepsis, 16 days after successful stenting and exclusion of a bleeding pseudoaneurysm. We conclude that endovascular treatment using covered stent-grafts is a valid therapeutic option for VAAs. Multislice CT preoperative study helps in planning stent-graft positioning.

  17. Clinical application and long-term follow-up study of porcine acellular dermal matrix combined with autoskin grafting.

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    Jiong, Chen; Jiake, Chai; Chunmao, Han; Yingen, Pan; Qiuhe, Wu; Zhouxi, Fang; Xiangsheng, Feng

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical effects of porcine acellular dermal matrix combined with autoskin grafting on full-thickness skin defects using long-term clinical follow-up study and histologic examination. One hundred fifty-two patients with deep burn or trauma hospitalized from February 2000 to July 2003 were repaired with porcine acellular dermal matrix and split-thickness autoskin graft. Take rate of the grafts was calculated on 1 week after operation. Scar hyperplasia was examined on 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after operation. At the same time, the contracture rates of grafted areas were also calculated. Skin biopsy was performed on five patients for histologic examination, as well as transmission electron microscopy 78 months after operation. The take rate of grafts of 116 patients (76.3%) was 100%, and the take rate of the rest of the patients (36 patients, 23.7%) was more than 95%. No one needed skin transplantation for the second time. One hundred twenty-seven patients were followed up on 1 month after operation; grafts showed mild contraction. There was slight cicatricle at skin junction with tender texture. There was no obvious pruritus and blister. One hundred one patients were followed up on 3 months after operation. The graft contraction showed obvious relief with good articular function. Eighty-two patients were followed up on 6 months after operation. The color and texture of the grafts were similar to normal skin without obvious cicatricial hyperplasia. Fifty-eight patients were followed up on 12 months after operation. The grafts were similar to normal skin without obvious rejection. There were no significant differences between the contracture rates at 3, 6, and 12 months and 1 month after the second surgery. Sixteen patients were followed up on 78 months after operation. The appearance of grafts was slightly dry compared with normal skin. Tissue structure of grafts was similar to normal skin with sweat gland-like structure

  18. Long-term sedimentary recycling of rare sulphur isotope anomalies.

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    Reinhard, Christopher T; Planavsky, Noah J; Lyons, Timothy W

    2013-05-02

    The accumulation of substantial quantities of O2 in the atmosphere has come to control the chemistry and ecological structure of Earth's surface. Non-mass-dependent (NMD) sulphur isotope anomalies in the rock record are the central tool used to reconstruct the redox history of the early atmosphere. The generation and initial delivery of these anomalies to marine sediments requires low partial pressures of atmospheric O2 (p(O2); refs 2, 3), and the disappearance of NMD anomalies from the rock record 2.32 billion years ago is thought to have signalled a departure from persistently low atmospheric oxygen levels (less than about 10(-5) times the present atmospheric level) during approximately the first two billion years of Earth's history. Here we present a model study designed to describe the long-term surface recycling of crustal NMD anomalies, and show that the record of this geochemical signal is likely to display a 'crustal memory effect' following increases in atmospheric p(O2) above this threshold. Once NMD anomalies have been buried in the upper crust they are extremely resistant to removal, and can be erased only through successive cycles of weathering, dilution and burial on an oxygenated Earth surface. This recycling results in the residual incorporation of NMD anomalies into the sedimentary record long after synchronous atmospheric generation of the isotopic signal has ceased, with dynamic and measurable signals probably surviving for as long as 10-100 million years subsequent to an increase in atmospheric p(O2) to more than 10(-5) times the present atmospheric level. Our results can reconcile geochemical evidence for oxygen production and transient accumulation with the maintenance of NMD anomalies on the early Earth, and suggest that future work should investigate the notion that temporally continuous generation of new NMD sulphur isotope anomalies in the atmosphere was likely to have ceased long before their ultimate disappearance from the rock record.

  19. Uterine Artery Embolization in Patients with a Large Fibroid Burden: Long-Term Clinical and MR Follow-up

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    Smeets, Albert J. Nijenhuis, Robbert J.; Rooij, Willem Jan van; Weimar, Emilie A. M.; Boekkooi, Peter F.; Lampmann, Leo E. H.; Vervest, Harry A. M.; Lohle, Paul N. M.

    2010-10-15

    Uterine artery embolization (UAE) in patients with a large fibroid burden is controversial. Anecdotal reports describe serious complications and limited clinical results. We report the long-term clinical and magnetic resonance (MR) results in a large series of women with a dominant fibroid of >10 cm and/or an uterine volume of >700 cm{sup 3}. Seventy-one consecutive patients (mean age, 42.5 years; median, 40 years; range, 25-52 years) with a large fibroid burden were treated by UAE between August 2000 and April 2005. Volume reduction and infarction rate of dominant fibroid and uterus were assessed by comparing the baseline and latest follow-up MRIs. Patients were clinically followed at various time intervals after UAE with standardized questionnaires. There were no serious complications of UAE. During a mean follow-up of 48 months (median, 59 months; range, 6-106 months), 10 of 71 patients (14%) had a hysterectomy. Mean volume reduction of the fibroid and uterus was 44 and 43%. Mean infarction rate of the fibroid and overall fibroid infarction rate was 86 and 87%. In the vast majority of patients there was a substantial improvement of symptoms. Clinical results were similar in patients with a dominant fibroid >10 cm and in patients with large uterine volumes by diffuse fibroid disease. In conclusion, our results indicate that the risk of serious complications after UAE in patients with a large fibroid burden is not increased. Moreover, clinical long-term results are as good as in other patients who are treated with UAE. Therefore, a large fibroid burden should not be considered a contraindication for UAE.

  20. Long-term follow-up after bronchoscopic lung volume reduction treatment with coils in patients with severe emphysema

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    Hartman, Jorine E; Klooster, Karin; Gortzak, Kiki; ten Hacken, Nick HT; Slebos, Dirk-Jan

    2015-01-01

    Background and objective Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction coil (LVR-coil) treatment has been shown to be safe and clinically effective in patients with severe emphysema in the short term; however, long-term safety and effectiveness has not been evaluated. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term safety and effectiveness of LVR-coil treatment in patients with severe emphysema. Methods Thirty-eight patients with severe emphysema (median age is 59 years, forced expiratory volume in 1 s is 27% predicted) who were treated in LVR-coil clinical trials were invited for a voluntary annual visit. Safety was evaluated by chest X-ray and recording of adverse events and by efficacy by pulmonary function testing, 6-min walk distance (6MWD) and questionnaires. Results Thirty-five patients visited the hospital 1 year, 27 patients 2 years and 22 patients 3 years following coil placement. No coil migrations were observed on X-rays. At 1-year follow-up, all clinical outcomes significantly improved compared with baseline. At 2 years, residual volume % pred, modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) and the SGRQ score were still significantly improved. At 3 years, a significant improvement in mMRC score remained, with 40% of the patients reaching the 6MWD minimal important difference, and 59% for the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) minimal important difference. Conclusions Follow-up of the patients treated with LVR-coils in our pilot studies showed that the coil treatment is safe with no late pneumothoraces, coil migrations or unexpected adverse events. Clinical benefit gradually declines over time; at 3 years post-treatment, around 50% of the patients maintained improvement in 6MWD, SGRQ and mMRC. PMID:25418910

  1. Efficacy of bronchoscopic closure of a bronchopleural fistula with amplatzer devices: long-term follow-up.

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    Fruchter, Oren; El Raouf, Bayya Abed; Abdel-Rahman, Nader; Saute, Milton; Bruckheimer, Elchanan; Kramer, Mordechai R

    2014-01-01

    The development of a bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. We have developed a minimally invasive method of bronchoscopic BPF closure using Amplatzer devices (AD) and Amplatzer vascular plugs (AVP), with excellent short-term results. The aim of the present report was to explore the long-term outcome of patients treated by Amplatzer occluders and the durability of this novel modality of BPF treatment. A total of 31 central BPF in 31 patients (mean age 66.8 years, range 19-91) were sealed under moderate sedation bronchoscopically by either AD (n = 19) or AVP (n = 12). The average follow-up period was 17.6 months (range 1-68 months). The main etiology for BPF was surgery (n = 24), pneumonectomy (n = 14) or lobectomy/segmentectomy (n = 10). The underlying disease was either primary (n = 19) or metastatic (n = 2) lung cancer. The immediate success rate was 96% as symptoms related to BPF disappeared in 30 of the 31 patients. Short-term (<30 days) mortality was 13% (4 patients). At follow-up, 14 patients (45%) are still alive. Out of 12 patients with late mortality, in 5 patients (41%) the death was directly related to cancer relapse, and no patient died due to BPF recurrence. Endobronchial closure of BPF using both types of Amplatzer occluders (AD and AVP) is a minimally invasive effective modality of treatment with high safety profile and satisfactory long-term outcome considering the poor prognosis in this particular group of patients. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  2. Migraine Headache and Long-Term Cardiovascular Outcomes: An Extended Follow-Up of the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation.

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    Rambarat, Cecil A; Elgendy, Islam Y; Johnson, B Delia; Reis, Steven E; Thompson, Diane V; Sharaf, Barry L; Bittner, Vera; Sopko, George; Bairey Merz, C Noel; Pepine, Carl J; Ahmed, Bina

    2017-06-01

    The association between migraine headache and cardiovascular events has been inconsistent. This study determines the long-term risk of cardiovascular events among women with and without a history of migraine headache who were under evaluation for suspected myocardial ischemia in the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE). The WISE is a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-sponsored prospective, multicenter study that aims to improve myocardial ischemia evaluation in women. A total of 936 women presenting with symptoms of myocardial ischemia underwent structured data collection and coronary angiography. Information pertaining to migraine headache was available in 917 women. All-cause mortality data were available on all women for a median of 9.5 years, and nonfatal cardiovascular event data were available on 888 women for a median of 6.5 years. A total of 224 (24.4%) women reported a history of migraine headache. Compared with women who did not report a history of migraine headache, women with a history of migraine headache had an increased adjusted risk of cardiovascular event (cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, heart failure, or stroke) (hazard ratio 1.83; 95% confidence interval, 1.22-2.75) at a median follow-up of 6.5 years. This result was driven mainly by a twofold increase in the risk of stroke (hazard ratio 2.33; 95% confidence interval, 1.16-4.68). Among women being evaluated for ischemic heart disease, those reporting a history of migraine headache had increased risk of future cardiovascular events on long-term follow-up. This risk was primarily driven by a more-than twofold increase in the risk of stroke. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Long-term follow-up of study participants from prophylactic HIV vaccine clinical trials in Africa

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    Schmidt, Claudia; Jaoko, Walter; Omosa-Manyonyi, Gloria; Kaleebu, Pontiano; Mpendo, Juliet; Nanvubya, Annet; Karita, Etienne; Bayingana, Roger; Bekker, Linda-Gail; Chomba, Elwyn; Kilembe, William; Nchabeleng, Maphoshane; Nyombayire, Julien; Stevens, Gwynn; Chetty, Paramesh; Lehrman, Jennifer; Cox, Josephine; Allen, Susan; Dally, Len; Smith, Carol; Fast, Patricia E

    2014-01-01

    Long-term safety is critical for the development and later use of a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS. Likewise, the persistence of vaccine-induced antibodies and their impact on HIV testing must be established. IAVI has sponsored several Phase I and IIA HIV vaccine trials enrolling healthy, HIV-seronegative African volunteers. Plasmid DNA and viral vector based vaccines were tested. No vaccine-related serious adverse events were reported. After completion of vaccine trials conducted between 2001–2007, both vaccine and placebo recipients were offered enrolment into an observational long-term follow-up study (LTFU) to monitor potential late health effects and persistence of immune responses. At scheduled 6-monthly clinic visits, a health questionnaire was administered; clinical events were recorded and graded for severity. Blood was drawn for HIV testing and cellular immune assays. 287 volunteers were enrolled; total follow-up after last vaccination was 1463 person years (median: 5.2 years). Ninety-three (93)% of volunteers reported good health at their last LTFU visit. Infectious diseases and injuries accounted for almost 50% of the 175 reported clinical events, of which over 95% were mild or moderate in severity. There were 30 six pregnancies, six incident HIV infections and 14 volunteers reported cases of social harm. Persistence of immune responses was rare. No safety signal was identified. No potentially vaccine-related medical condition, no immune mediated disease, or malignancy was reported. HIV vaccines studied in these trials had a low potential of induction of persisting HIV antibodies. PMID:24374365

  4. Transanal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation with mucopexy versus stapler haemorrhoidopexy: a randomised trial with long-term follow-up

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    Lucarelli, R; Caporossi, M; De Angelis, F; Di Filippo, A; Stipa, F; Spaziani, E

    2013-01-01

    Introduction The present study aimed to compare the long-term results of transanal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation (THD) with mucopexy and stapler haemorrhoidopexy (SH) in treatment of grade III and IV haemorrhoids. Methods One hundred and twenty-four patients with grade III and IV haemorrhoids were randomised to receive THD with mucopexy (n=63) or SH (n=61). A telephone interview with a structured questionnaire was performed at a median follow-up of 42 months. The primary outcome was the occurrence of recurrent prolapse. Patients, investigators and those assessing the outcomes were blinded to group assignment. Results Recurrence was present in 21 patients (16.9%). It occurred in 16 (25.4%) in the THD group and 5 (8.2%) in the SH group (p=0.021). A second surgical procedure was performed in eight patients (6.4%). Reoperation was open haemorrhoidectomy in seven cases and SH in one case. Five patients out of six in the THD group and both patients in the SH group requiring repeat surgery presented with grade IV haemorrhoids. No significant difference was found between the two groups with respect to symptom control. Patient satisfaction for the procedure was 73.0% after THD and 85.2% after SH (p=0.705). Postoperative pain, return to normal activities and complications were similar. Conclusions The recurrence rate after THD with mucopexy is significantly higher than after SH at long-term follow-up although results are similar with respect to symptom control and patient satisfaction. A definite risk of repeat surgery is present when both procedures are performed, especially for grade IV haemorrhoids. PMID:23676807

  5. Long-term clinical follow-up of patients undergoing percutaneous alcohol septal reduction for symptomatic obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Fortunato de Cano, Silvia; Nicolas Cano, Manuel; de Ribamar Costa, José; Alves Pinheiro, Jairo; Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Rodrigo; Costa de Souza Le Bihan, David; Abizaid, Alexandre; Sousa, Amanda; Eduardo Sousa, J

    2016-11-15

    Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is an alternative treatment for symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) patients refractory to pharmacological therapy. We sought to evaluate the immediate and long-term incidence of death and changes in life quality in a consecutive cohort submitted to ASA. Between October 1998 and December 2013, a total of 56 patients (mean age 53.2 ± 15.5) with symptomatic refractory HOCM were treated with ASA and followed during 15 years (mean 8 ± 4 years). There were 7 (12.5%) deaths, 2 (3.6%) being of cardiac cause. The Kaplan-Meier survival probability estimate was 96.4% at 1 year, 87.7 at 5 years and 81.0% at 12 years post-ASA. Significant improvement was observed in life quality assessed by DASI index and NYHA functional class as well as in the left ventricle outflow tract (LVOT) gradient reduction (from 92.8 ± 3.3 mm Hg to 9.37 ± 6.7 mm Hg, P < 0.001) and septum thickness (from 23.9 ± 0.6 mm to 12.9 ± 1.0 mm, P < 0.001). Only one patient (1.7%) required permanent pacemaker immediately after ASA. During follow-up, one patient had a repeated ASA, three patients underwent myectomy and other four required ICD/pacemaker. In the multivariate model only post-ASA LVOT residual gradient and left ventricle mass were associated with worse prognosis. In this long-term clinical follow-up without losses, ASA was effective in improving quality of life and NYHA functional class, with relatively low mortality and very low need for immediate permanent pacemaker implantation. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Long-Term Follow-Up of Cyclophosphamide Compared with Azathioprine for Initial Maintenance Therapy in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

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    Faurschou, Mikkel; Berden, Annelies; Flossmann, Oliver; Bajema, Ingeborg; Hoglund, Peter; Smith, Rona; Szpirt, Wladimir; Westman, Kerstin; Pusey, Charles D.; Jayne, David R.W.

    2014-01-01

    Background and objectives Treatment with azathioprine within 3 months of remission induction with cyclophosphamide is a common treatment strategy for patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis. This study comprised patients undergoing long-term follow-up who were randomly allocated to azathioprine after 3–6 months or after 12 months of cyclophosphamide treatment. Design, setting, participants, & measurements Patients from 39 European centers between 1995 and 1997 with a new diagnosis of ANCA-associated vasculitis that involved the kidneys or another vital organ were eligible. At the time of diagnosis, participants were randomly allocated to convert to azathioprine after 3–6 months (the azathioprine group) or after 12 months of cyclophosphamide (the cyclophosphamide group). Patients who did not achieve a remission within 6 months were excluded. This study assessed relapses, ESRD, and death during long-term follow-up. Results Patients were allocated to the azathioprine group (n=71) and the cyclophosphamide group (n=73). Of these patients, 63 (43.8%) developed a relapse, 35 (24.3%) developed a renal relapse, 13 (9.0%) developed ESRD, and 21 (14.6%) died. Although there were worse outcomes in the azathioprine group, none were statistically significant. The subdistribution hazard ratio [sHR] for relapse was 1.63 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.99 to 2.71), the composite of relapse or death hazard ratio [HR] was 1.59 (95% CI, 1.00 to 2.54), the ESRD sHR was 1.71 (95% CI, 0.56 to 5.19), and the death HR was 0.75 (95% CI, 0.32 to 1.79). Conclusions It remains uncertain whether converting to azathioprine after 3–6 months of induction cyclophosphamide therapy is as effective as converting after 12 months. Outcomes are still poor for this group of patients and further research is required to determine the optimal timing of maintenance therapy. PMID:24970876

  7. Rituximab therapy for chonic and refractory immune thrombocytopenic purpura: a long-term follow-up analysis

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    Garcia-Chavez, Jaime; Montiel-Cervantes, Laura; Esparza, Miriam García-Ruiz; Vela-Ojeda, Jorge

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term response to rituximab in patients with chronic and refractory immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Adults with ITP fail to respond to conventional therapies in almost 30% of cases, developing a refractory disease. Rituximab has been successfully used in these patients. We used rituximab at 375 mg/m2, IV, weekly for a total of four doses in 18 adult patients. Complete remission (CR) was considered if the platelet count was >100 × 109/l, partial remission (PR) if platelets were >50 × 109/l, minimal response (MR) if the platelet count was >30 × 109/l and <50 × 109/l, and no response if platelet count remained unchanged. Response was classified as sustained (SR) when it was stable for a minimum of 6 months. Median age was 43.5 years (range, 17 to 70). Median platelet count at baseline was 12.5 × 109/l (range, 3.0 to 26.3). CR was achieved in five patients (28%), PR in five (28%), MR in four (22%), and two patients were classified as therapeutic failures (11%). Two additional patients were lost to follow-up. The median time between rituximab therapy and response was 14 weeks (range, 4 to 32). SR was achieved in 12 patients (67%). There were no severe adverse events during rituximab therapy. During follow-up (median, 26 months; range, 12 to 59), no other immunosuppressive drugs were used. In conclusion, rituximab therapy is effective and safe in adult patients with chronic and refractory ITP. Overall response rate achieved is high, long term, and with no risk of adverse events. PMID:17874322

  8. Long-term follow-up outcomes of perinatally HIV-infected adolescents: infection control but school failure.

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    Souza, Edvaldo; Santos, Nicole; Valentini, Sophia; Silva, Gerlane; Falbo, Ana

    2010-12-01

    Perinatally human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected children are fighting acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and becoming adolescents. The objective of this study was to examine long-term outcomes among perinatally HIV-1-infected adolescents. Cross-sectional clinical and laboratory data were collected for 49 perinatally HIV-infected adolescents followed at the Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira (IMIP's) Hospital from 1987 to 2007. The mean age of these adolescents was 12.5 years, the majority were female (73.5%) with a mean follow-up duration of 9.0 years, 71.4% of adolescents had no signs of HIV infection, 81.6% had normal CD4(+) lymphocyte count, and 53.1% had undetectable HIV viral load. HIV disclosure to the adolescent was reported in 31 (63.3%) participants. The majority were in school (89.8%) but failure and drop-out were reported by 51% and 28.6% of the subjects, respectively. All five domains of quality of life (QOL) measured revealed high scores. The majority of long-term adolescent survivors showed HIV-infection control and high scores of QOL, but with problems in schooling functioning that need early detection and intervention.

  9. Quality of life and functionality after total hip arthroplasty: a long-term follow-up study

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    2011-01-01

    Background There is a lack of data on the long-term outcome of total hip arthroplasty procedures, as assessed by validated tools. Methods We conducted a follow-up study to evaluate the quality of life and functionality of 250 patients an average of 16 years (range: 11-23 years) after total hip arthroplasty using a validated assessment set including the SF-36 questionnaire, Harris Hip Score, WOMAC score, Functional Comorbidity Index, and a study specific questionnaire. Models of multiple stepwise linear and logistic regression analysis were constructed to evaluate the relationships between several explanatory variables and these functional outcomes. Results The SF-36 physical indexes of these patients compared negatively with the normative values but positively with the results obtained in untreated subjects with severe hip osteoarthritis. Similar results were detected for the Harris Hip Score and WOMAC score. There was a 96% rate of post-surgical satisfaction. Hip functionality and comorbidities were the most important determinants of physical measures on the SF-36. Conclusions Patients who had undergone total hip arthroplasty have impaired long-term self-reported physical quality of life and hip functionality but they still perform physically better than untreated patients with advanced hip osteoarthritis. However, the level of post-surgical satisfaction is high. PMID:21978244

  10. Long-Term Impact of Cyclosporin Reduction with MMF Treatment in Chronic Allograft Dysfunction: REFERENECE Study 3-Year Follow Up.

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    Frimat, L; Cassuto-Viguier, E; Provôt, F; Rostaing, L; Charpentier, B; Akposso, K; Moal, M C; Lang, P; Glotz, D; Caillard, S; Ducloux, D; Pouteil-Noble, C; Girardot-Seguin, S; Kessler, M

    2010-01-01

    Calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity contributes to chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN). In the 2-year, randomized, study, we showed that 50% cyclosporin (CsA) reduction in combination with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) treatment improves kidney function without increasing the risk for graft rejection/loss. To investigate the long-term effect of this regimen, we conducted a follow up study in 70 kidney transplant patients until 5 years after REFERENCE initiation. The improvement of kidney function was confirmed in the MMF group but not in the control group (CsA group). Four graft losses occurred, 2 in each group (graft survival in the MMF group 95.8% and 90.9% in control group). One death occurred in the control group. There was no statistically significant difference in the occurrence of serious adverse events or acute graft rejections. A limitation is the weak proportion of patient still remaining within the control group. On the other hand, REFERENCE focuses on the CsA regimen while opinions about the tacrolimus ones are still debated. In conclusion, CsA reduction in the presence of MMF treatment seems to maintain kidney function and is well tolerated in the long term.

  11. Implant prosthodontic management of anterior partial edentulism: long-term follow-up of a prospective study.

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    Zarb, John P; Zarb, George A

    2002-02-01

    This paper reports on the long-term outcome of patients with Kennedy Class IV partial edentulism treated in the Implant Prosthodontic Unit (IPU) at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. The information for this paper was gathered from the charts of the first 30 consecutive, partially edentulous patients treated at the IPU. These patients all had Class IV edentulism and formed part of the original prospective clinical studies that were initiated in 1983. The patients' dental history suggested maladaptive experiences with traditional removable prostheses or a reluctance to have intact or quasi-intact teeth prepared as retainers for fixed prostheses. Fifteen men and 15 women treated with 94 Br nemark dental implants, supporting 34 prostheses, were followed until June 2000 (25 patients) or until they were lost to follow-up (5 patients). The multiple missing teeth occurred in 19 maxillae and 15 mandibles. The original prosthodontic treatments were intended to result in 33 fixed partial prostheses and 1 overdenture. At the time of this report, 25 patients with 86 implants supporting 31 fixed prostheses and 3 overdentures had been followed for an average of 12 years (range 7 16 years). The overall survival of implants was 92%. The difference between men (94%) and women (89%) was not statistically significant. This report is an interim update on an ongoing long-term prospective study. The results so far demonstrate a high survival rate for Br nemark implants supporting tissue-integrated prostheses for the management of anterior partial edentulism.

  12. Long Term Outcomes in Stress Echocardiography: Ten Year Follow up of a Cohort in a Single Centre

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    Ashrafi, Reza; McKay, Ewan; Jones, Julia; Amadi, Aham

    2012-01-01

    Backgroud The high service burden for acute admissions and referrals via rapid access chest pain clinics for evaluation of possible coronary artery disease means that many patients are now undergoing an investigation such as stress echocardiography as part of their evaluation. We aimed to see if the reassurance provided by negative stress echocardiography correlates with long-term event free survival. Methods A cohort of all patients who were referred at a single centre for stress echocardiography for diagnosis of coronary artery disease between January 1st 1999 and December 31st 2000 were followed up at least 10 years following theirs stress echocardiogram for further major cardiovascular events and mortality. Results A total of 64 patients were identified where records could be obtained for analysis. There were 16 positive scans, 37 negative scans and 11 inconclusive scans. The indeterminacy rate of scans was 17%, the sensitivity rate for detecting significant disease as indexed to invasive angiography was 88 % and the specificity rate compared with angiography was 75%. There were no myocardial infarctions or new diagnoses of heart failure in the negative echocardiogram group. There were seven deaths in the total population and only one death from cardiovascular causes in the negative echocardiogram group. Conclusion Stress echocardiography even in this small group predicts long-term outcomes as well as invasive coronary angiography.

  13. Socioeconomic position predicts long-term depression trajectory: a 13-year follow-up of the GAZEL cohort study.

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    Melchior, M; Chastang, J-F; Head, J; Goldberg, M; Zins, M; Nabi, H; Younès, N

    2013-01-01

    Individuals with low socioeconomic position have high rates of depression; however, it is not clear whether this reflects higher incidence or longer persistence of disorder. Past research focused on high-risk samples, and risk factors of long-term depression in the population are less well known. Our aim was to test the hypothesis that socioeconomic position predicts depression trajectory over 13 years of follow-up in a community sample. We studied 12 650 individuals participating in the French GAZEL study. Depression was assessed by the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008. These five assessments served to estimate longitudinal depression trajectories (no depression, decreasing depression, intermediate/increasing depression, persistent depression). Socioeconomic position was measured by occupational grade. Covariates included year of birth, marital status, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, negative life events and preexisting psychological and non-psychological health problems. Data were analyzed using multinomial regression, separately in men and women. Overall, participants in intermediate and low occupational grades were significantly more likely than those in high grades to have an unfavorable depression trajectory and to experience persistent depression (age-adjusted ORs: respectively 1.40, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.16-1.70 and 2.65, 95% CI 2.04-3.45 in men, 2.48, 95% CI 1.36-4.54 and 4.53, 95% CI 2.38-8.63 in women). In multivariate models, the socioeconomic gradient in long-term depression decreased by 21-59% in men and women. Long-term depression trajectories appear to follow a socioeconomic gradient; therefore, efforts aiming to reduce the burden of depression should address the needs of the whole population rather than exclusively focus on high-risk groups.

  14. A Retrospective Evaluation of 192 Implants Placed in Augmented Bone: Long-Term Follow-Up Study.

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    Beretta, Mario; Cicciù, Marco; Poli, Pier Paolo; Rancitelli, Davide; Bassi, Gianluca; Grossi, Giovanni Battista; Maiorana, Carlo

    2015-12-01

    The purpose of the present study was to assess the cumulative survival rate (CSR) of 192 implants placed in association with guided bone regeneration (GBR) procedures to evaluate the long-term predictability of this technique. Moreover, the Kaplan Meier survival analysis was applied to the data in order to evaluate predictors of implant failures, including the source of the graft, the type of membrane, and the timing of implant placement. The CSR of the sample was 95.6% over a mean follow-up period of 78 months (range, 1-175 months). Considering the source of graft, a 95.0%, 93.3%, and 97.7% CSR was obtained for demineralized bovine bone mineral (DBBM), autologous, and 1:1 ratio mixture of autologous and DBBM grafts,, respectively. The CSR referred to bioabsorbable membranes was 96.5%, whereas 94.6% was the CSR reported for nonresorbable membranes. The CSR of simultaneous surgeries was 96.8%, whereas staged surgeries showed a CSR of 94.5%. According to the data, implants placed in conjunction with GBR procedures presented a satisfying survival rate even in the long term. All the procedures performed with different bone grafts and type of membranes guaranteed optimal results both in one- and two-stage approaches. No statistically significant differences could be detected among the groups; indeed, the use of DBBM associated with resorbable membranes may be suggested to reduce patients' morbidity and treatment time. Therefore, the dental implants placed in association with bone regenerative procedures presented safe and predictable long-term clinical results.

  15. Subcutaneous Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction: Surgical, Functional, and Aesthetic Results after Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Calabrese, Claudio; Cecconi, Lorenzo; Santi, Caterina; Gjondedaj, Ulpjana; Roselli, Jenny; Nori, Jacopo; Fausto, Alfonso; Orzalesi, Lorenzo; Casella, Donato

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Background: Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction can be achieved more easily by means of soft-tissue replacement devices such as dermal matrices and synthetic meshes. The feasibility of a subcutaneous approach has been recently investigated by some studies with different devices functioning as implant support. Aim of this study is to analyze the long-term results, both objective and subjective, of a previous nonrandomized trial comparing prepectoral (subcutaneous) and retropectoral breast reconstructions. Methods: Patients enrolled in a nonrandomized prospective trial, comparing the standard retropectoral reconstruction and the prepectoral subcutaneous approach, using a titanium-coated mesh in both techniques, were followed up and evaluated for long-term results. Cases were compared in terms of the causes and rate of reinterventions, of the postoperative BREAST-Q questionnaire results, and of an objective surgical evaluation. Results: The subcutaneous group had a rate of implant failure and removal of 5.1% when compared with 0% in the retropectoral group. Aesthetic outcome was significantly better for the subcutaneous group both at a subjective and at an objective evaluation. Capsular contracture rate was 0% in the subcutaneous group. Conclusions: A higher rate of implant failure and removal, although not significant, always because of skin flaps and wound problems, should be taken into account for a careful patients selection. The subcutaneous breast reconstruction shows good long-term results. A coherent subjective and objective cosmetic advantage of this approach emerges. Moreover, no capsular contracture is evident, albeit in a relatively limited number of cases. PMID:26893999

  16. Fast and Early Mandibular Osteodistraction: The Long-Term Follow-Up of Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis on Teeth Position.

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    Cascone, Piero; Basile, Emanuela; Saccucci, Matteo; Di Carlo, Gabriele; Angeletti, Diletta; Ramieri, Valerio; Polimeni, Antonella

    2015-11-01

    Pierre Robin Sequence is a congenital pathology defined by the triad micrognathia, glossoptosis and often a U-shaped cleft of soft palate. Newborns affected by airways obstruction may necessitate more invasive options: tongue-lip adhesion, tracheostomy and mandibular distraction osteogenesis. The authors analyzed the effect of fast and early mandibular osteodistraction on deciduous dental development in patients affected by Pierre Robin Sequence. Analysis of the patients treated for severe form was performed by a team composed by maxillofacial surgeons and dentists. Five patients were included for the analysis: before and long term clinical and radiological assessments were considered. All patients underwent fast and early mandibular osteodistraction; two years follow up computed tomography and panorex reconstructions showed bone consolidation, 33 of 35 teeth analyzed before ostedistraction are present after distraction protocol; no positional changes were detected at the follow up analysis either deciduous teeth and molar permanent buds. No deformities regarding molar buds were detected. In conclusion external mandibular distractor devices have been associated with dental injuries and facial scaring. Even though, the dental complications identified can not be unambiguously connected to the external distractor devices.

  17. Our experience of liver Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma: from a misdiagnosis to liver transplantation with long term follow-up

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    Giuliani, Antonio; Amato, Bruno; Marsilia, Giuseppina Marino; Tafuri, Domenico; Ceriello, Antonio; Santaniello, Walter; Sodano, Loredana; Rocca, Aldo

    2015-01-01

    Malignant Hepatic Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (HEHE) is an uncommon vascular tumor of intermediate malignant potential. HEHE is a rare tumor and it is difficult to diagnose for surgeons, hepatologists, radiologists and pathologists. So, misdiagnosis with a delay of the treatment is not uncommon. We describe a case of a young woman with a diagnosis of HEHE made 6 years after the first evidence of liver mass with a very long term follow-up after surgical treatment. She had two diagnoses of Hepatocellurar carcinoma (HCC) and a diagnosis of Cholangiocarcinoma after three different fine needle biopsies. After clinical observation, a new laparoscopic core biopsy was performed. In a first time approach, considering clinical and radiological patterns, a diagnosis of Budd-Chiari Syndrome was finally made. For that the patient underwent an orthotopicliver transplantation (OLTx). The surgical sample histological analysis allowed a definitive diagnosis of HEHE. At last, at follow up 7 years after three OLTx the patient is still alive and in good health with no evidence of recurrence. PMID:28352745

  18. Long-term angiographic follow up, cardiac events, and survival in patients undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.

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    Ernst, S M; van der Feltz, T A; Bal, E T; van Bogerijen, L; van den Berg, E; Ascoop, C A; Plokker, H W

    1987-01-01

    The results of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty were studied in 1352 consecutive patients. The angioplasty procedure was angiographically successful in 1163 (86%) patients and the success rate increased gradually with time. There were no significant differences in success rates in different vessels or indications. The success rate for repeat coronary angioplasty was 92%. In 85% of the patients the clinical course was uncomplicated. Myocardial infarction occurred in 3.6%, emergency coronary bypass grafting in 2.6%, elective bypass surgery in 4.6%, and there were 10 deaths (0.7%). There were 16 deaths (10 non-cardiac) during follow up in the 1163 patients in whom the first procedure was successful. Actuarial analysis showed that after a first angioplasty 77.9% remained free of symptoms and cardiac events for five years and that after a second angioplasty 76% did so. Angiographic follow up showed restenosis in 24% of patients but the overall clinical success rate was 86.2%. On the basis of the intention to treat the procedure was successful in 74.3% of all 1352 patients. Coronary artery bypass surgery was eventually performed in 11.6% of all patients. The long term angiographic success rate of coronary angioplasty is higher than previously suggested. PMID:2952153

  19. Revision hip arthroplasty using impacted cancellous bone and cement: a long-term follow-up study.

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    Arumugam, Gowthaman; Nanjayan, Shashi Kumar; Quah, Conal; Wraighte, Philip; Howard, Peter

    2015-12-01

    Acetabular bone deficiency is one of the many challenging problems encountered in revision hip arthroplasty. A variety of surgical options and techniques are available including impaction bone grafting. We present our long-term experience of 68 consecutive cups in 64 patients, using impacted cancellous bone grafting with bone cement. With a mean follow-up of 10.5 year (IQR 7.5-12.9) after revision surgery, three implants had undergone further revision. Three patients had subsequent femoral peri-prosthetic fractures, and none of these three required further acetabular revision. Survival of the acetabular components was 95.5 % for all causes and 100 % for aseptic loosening as the end point, with a further four patients showing radiographic, but asymptomatic loosening. A significant correlation was found between previous revision and re-revision (early failure) (p = 0.01) as well as progression of lytic lesion and re-revision (p = 0.01). The median Harris hip score at final follow-up was 79.5 (IQR 67.9-80.4). The use of impacted morcellised allograft bone with a cemented cup is an effective technique to achieve longevity and restoration of bone stock in acetabular revision arthroplasty. Our series has shown good clinical and radiological outcome with survivorship of the prosthesis exceeding 95 % at 10 years.

  20. Long-term Survival After Stereotactic Radiosurgery of Brain Metastases: A Case Series with 10-year Follow-up.

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    Ampil, Federico; Ellika, Shehanaz; Nanda, Anil; Vora, Moiz

    2017-09-01

    Patients with brain metastases (BRM) generally have a poor prognosis with infrequent long-term outcomes. Four patients treated by stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for BRM between 2000 and 2010 with a minimum follow-up of 10 years are described. The mean age was 43.5 years, and these individuals exhibited good performance status at the time of diagnosis of intracranial disease. BRM was solitary or multiple, and the primary malignant tumor originated from the thyroid gland, lung, mediastinum or large intestine. Progression of the original and secondary tumors subsequent to diagnosis and SRS was not observed. Radioimaging of the brain obtained 9 years later in one of the patients who was asymptomatic at follow-up revealed white matter changes; BRM in this individual was treated by tumor resection and cranial irradiation prior to SRS. We contend that extended longevity is not precluded when standard management of BRM is practiced in selected cases. Copyright© 2017, International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. George J. Delinasios), All rights reserved.

  1. Long-term effects of a community-based intervention: 5-year follow-up of 'Clubs against Drugs'.

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    Gripenberg Abdon, Johanna; Wallin, Eva; Andréasson, Sven

    2011-11-01

    To evaluate long-term effects of a multi-component community-based club drug prevention programme. A pre- (2003) and post-intervention study (2004 and 2008) design. High-risk licensed premises in central Stockholm, Sweden. The intervention programme, 'Clubs against Drugs', included community mobilization, drug-training for doormen and other staff, policy work, increased enforcement, environmental changes and media advocacy and public relations work. The indicator chosen for this study was the frequency of doormen intervention towards obviously drug-intoxicated guests at licensed premises. Professional male actors (i.e. pseudopatrons) were trained to act impaired by cocaine/amphetamines while trying to enter licensed premises with doormen. An expert panel standardized the scene of drug intoxication. Each attempt was monitored by two male observers. At the follow-up study in 2008 the doormen intervened in 65.5% of the attempts (n=55), a significant improvement compared to 27.0% (n=48) at the first follow-up in 2004 and to 7.5% (n=40) at baseline in 2003. The 'Clubs against Drugs' community-based intervention programme, a systems approach to prevention, appears to increase the frequency and effectiveness of club doormen's interventions regarding obviously drug-intoxicated guests. © 2011 The Authors, Addiction © 2011 Society for the Study of Addiction.

  2. Inactivated hepatitis A vaccine-induced antibodies: follow-up and estimates of long-term persistence.

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    Van Herck, K; Van Damme, P

    2001-01-01

    To estimate the long-term persistence of anti-HAV antibodies, 120 (schedule 0-6) and 194 (schedule 0-12) adults were vaccinated and followed-up annually for 6 years. Shortly after the last dose, anti-HAV levels fell sharply (annual decline rate delta > 65%). Thereafter, delta diminished to 10-15%. GMTs 5.5 years after the last dose were 522 mIU/ml (0-6 group) and 749 mIU/ml (0-12 group); all subjects except one maintained detectable antibodies. The average delta over the whole follow-up period was 15-20%, resulting in an estimated persistence of anti-HAV levels > or =20 mIU/ml for 20-25 years. These estimates were similar for both applied calculation methods (GMT or individual based) and both vaccination schedules. Because the individual antibody levels tended to stabilise between the last two measurements, the hypothesis of a slow, log-linear decrease and its matching calculation methods might be subject to reconsideration. With the current methodology, however, detectable antibodies are estimated to persist for 20-25 years.

  3. Early hemispherectomy in catastrophic epilepsy: a neuro-cognitive and epileptic long-term follow-up.

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    Lettori, D; Battaglia, D; Sacco, A; Veredice, C; Chieffo, D; Massimi, L; Tartaglione, T; Chiricozzi, F; Staccioli, S; Mittica, A; Di Rocco, C; Guzzetta, F

    2008-01-01

    The authors report their experience about a neuro-cognitive and epileptic long-term follow-up of children with catastrophic epilepsy treated with hemispherectomy in the first 5 years of life. Nineteen children with resistant epilepsy that significantly interfered with their neuro-cognitive development underwent hemispherectomy within 5 years of life (mean: 2 years, 3 months; range: 5 months to 5 years). All patients were assessed before surgery and after, at least at the end of the follow-up (mean: 6 years and 6 months; range: 2-11 years and 2 months) with a full clinical examination including motor ability and functional status evaluation as well as behaviour observation, neuroimaging and an ictal/interictal prolonged scalp video-EEG. A seizure-free outcome was obtained in 73.7% of patients. Gross motility generally improved and cognitive competence did not worsen, with an evident progress in two cases. Consistently with previous reports, evolution was worse in cortical dysplasia than in progressive or acquired vascular cerebropathies. The excellent epileptic outcome and the lack of developmental deterioration in comparison with other more aged series seem to suggest a possible better evolution in earlier surgery treatment. To confirm this suggestion, however, further experience with larger series is needed.

  4. Treatment of melasma using fractional photothermolysis: a report of eight cases with long-term follow-up.

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    Katz, Tracy M; Glaich, Adrienne S; Goldberg, Leonard H; Firoz, Bahar F; Dai, Tianhong; Friedman, Paul M

    2010-08-01

    Melasma on the face is difficult to treat and is often refractory to multiple treatment modalities. To investigate the safety and efficacy of fractional photothermolysis (FP) for the treatment of melasma and to determine recurrence rates with this treatment method. Eight female patients (Fitzpatrick skin type II-IV) with clinically diagnosed melasma on the face were treated using FP (1,550 nm Fraxel SR laser). Two to seven treatments were performed at 3- to 8-week intervals. Treatment levels ranged from 3 to 10, corresponding to 9% to 29% surface area coverage (8-10 passes per treatment). Energies used ranged from 6 to 40 mJ. Physician and patient assessments were recorded at each visit and at a follow-up visit 7 to 36 months (mean 13.5 months) after the last treatment session. At the last treatment, assessments revealed greater than 50% clinical improvement in melasma in five of eight patients. Follow-up assessments by the evaluating physician revealed sustained efficacy in five patients. Recurrence was reported in three patients. No significant adverse effects were noted. FP is a safe and effective treatment for refractory melasma, with long-term remission.

  5. Management of women with human papillomavirus persistence: long-term follow-up of a randomized clinical trial.

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    Elfgren, Kristina; Elfström, K Miriam; Naucler, Pontus; Arnheim-Dahlström, Lisen; Dillner, Joakim

    2017-03-01

    Introduction of human papillomavirus-based screening is ongoing in many countries, given its higher sensitivity and longer-lasting protection compared with cytology-based screening. However, optimal clinical management of human papillomavirus-positive but cytology-negative women is unclear, and additional studies with clinical follow-up are warranted. The aim of the current study was to investigate the long-term outcomes of the clinical management used in a double-blind, randomized clinical trial of human papillomavirus screening conducted in the context of the routine, organized screening program in Sweden. Among 12,527 women aged 32-38 years enrolled in the trial, we followed up the 195 women who attended the colposcopy screening who were cytologically normal but persistently human papillomavirus positive (at least 12 months later; median, 19 months) in the human papillomavirus testing arm (n = 100) or were randomly selected from the control arm (n = 95). Women in the human papillomavirus testing arm were followed up with repeated human papillomavirus testing, cytologies, and colposcopies if persistently human papillomavirus-positive without cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse. A similar number of random colposcopies and tests were carried out in the control arm. Women were followed up over 13 years for the main outcome measures: cumulative incidence of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse. Among women who continued to attend and had continuous human papillomavirus persistence, all (40 of 40, 100% [95% confidence interval, 91-100%]) developed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse. There were no cases among women who cleared their human papillomavirus persistence (0 of 35, 0% (95% confidence interval, 0-10%) (P < .001). Among women who had had human papillomavirus persistence but did not continue with repeated human papillomavirus tests (unknown persistence

  6. Long-term recurrence of soft tissue sarcomas: prognostic factors and implications for prolonged follow-up.

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    Toulmonde, Maud; Le Cesne, Axel; Mendiboure, Jean; Blay, Jean-Yves; Piperno-Neumann, Sophie; Chevreau, Christine; Delcambre, Corinne; Penel, Nicolas; Terrier, Philippe; Ranchère-Vince, Dominique; Lae, Marick; Le Guellec, Sophie; Michels, Jean-Jacques; Robin, Yves-Marie; Bellera, Carine; Italiano, Antoine

    2014-10-01

    To the authors' knowledge, the incidence of late recurrence (> 5 years after initial management) is unknown and no prognostic factors for late events have been characterized in patients with soft tissue sarcomas. Follow-up data from patients with localized soft tissue sarcoma who were included in the French Sarcoma Group database from January 1990 to June 2005 were reviewed. The outcomes of interest were the cumulative probabilities of late (> 5 years) local and metastatic disease recurrence with death as a competing event. Estimations and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were computed with the cumulative incidence function. A total of 719 patients who were alive and event free > 5 years after their initial diagnosis were included in the current study. Sixty-seven patients (9.3%) developed a late local recurrence and 42 patients (5.8%) developed a late metastatic recurrence, respectively. On multivariate analysis, internal trunk location (hazard ratio [HR], 3.9; 95% CI, 2.2-6.7 [P < .001]) and tumor size > 100 mm (HR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.1-4 [P = .035]) were the 2 factors found to be independently associated with an increased risk of late local recurrence. Grade > 1 (graded according to the French Federation of Cancer Centers Sarcoma Group) (HR, 4.7; 95% CI 1.1-21 [P = .04]) was the sole factor found to be independently associated with an increased risk of late metastatic recurrence. Late recurrence of soft tissue sarcoma is relatively uncommon. However, the results of the current study emphasize the critical role of long-term follow-up to detect late local disease recurrence in patients with retroperitoneal or very large soft tissue sarcomas, and late metastatic recurrence in patients with high-grade disease. Conversely, the prolonged follow-up of patients with grade 1 disease is not needed. © 2014 American Cancer Society.

  7. Platinum Compound-Related Ototoxicity in Children: Long-Term Follow-Up Reveals Continuous Worsening of Hearing Loss.

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    Bertolini, Patrizia; Lassalle, Mathilde; Mercier, Guilaine; Raquin, Marie Anne; Izzi, Giancarlo; Corradini, Nadege; Hartmann, Olivier

    2004-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the severity of hearing loss after cisplatin and/or carboplatin treatment in young children and to analyze its evolution and its relation to different therapy schedules. One hundred twenty patients treated in the Pediatrics Department at the Institut Gustave-Roussy from 1987 to 1997 for neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, hepatoblastoma, or germ cell tumors were analyzed. Median age at diagnosis was 2.6 (range 0-17) years. Median follow-up was 7 (1-13) years. Chemotherapy regimens contained cisplatin and/or carboplatin. Three patients also received high-dose carboplatin. Cisplatin was administered at a dose of 200 mg/m/course in 72% of cases. The median cumulative dose was 400 mg/m for cisplatin and 1,600 mg/m for carboplatin. Hearing loss of grade 2 or above, according to Brock's grading scale, was revealed with pure tone audiometry and behavioral techniques. Carboplatin alone was not ototoxic. Deterioration of hearing of grade 2 or above was observed in 37% of patients treated with cisplatin and 43% of patients treated with cisplatin plus carboplatin (P = NS). Fifteen percent of patients experienced grade 3 or 4 ototoxicity. Ototoxicity was most often observed after a total cisplatin dose of at least 400 mg/m. No improvement was observed with time; on the contrary, worsening or progression of hearing loss at lower frequencies was detected during follow-up. Only 5% of audiograms showed toxicity of at least grade 2 before the end of therapy; in contrast, this level was observed in 11% of early post-therapy evaluations and in 44% after more than 2 years of follow-up. Children treated with cisplatin at cumulative doses approaching 400 mg/m require long-term surveillance to avoid overlooking hearing deficits. Carboplatin, at a standard dose, does not appear to be a significant risk factor for ototoxicity even in patients who have already been treated with cisplatin.

  8. Left ventricular dysfunction in repaired tetralogy of Fallot: incidence and impact on atrial arrhythmias at long term-follow up.

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    Ait Ali, Lamia; Trocchio, GianLuca; Crepaz, Roberto; Stuefer, Josef; Stagnaro, Nicola; Siciliano, Valeria; Molinaro, Sabrina; Sicari, Rosa; Festa, Pierluigi

    2016-09-01

    Left ventricle (LV) systolic dysfunction in repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) has been identified as a risk factor for functional status and adverse outcome. The aims of this cross-sectional followed by a prospective study were: (1) to evaluate the prevalence of LV systolic dysfunction in a large cohort of adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot, (2) to test the relationship between LV systolic dysfunction and other known risk factors and (3) to evaluate the impact of LV systolic dysfunction on adverse cardiac events. In a multicenter study, 237 adults repaired TOF (58 % males, age 30 ± 10 years) were evaluated by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). Demographics, surgical history, ECG, Echo-Color Doppler and follow-up data were recorded. LV was dilated (Z value >2) in 16 patients (6 %), however 56 patients (23.6 %) had a reduced LV systolic function left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) (Z value <-2). Patients with LV systolic dysfunction were mainly males (82 %), had reduced right ventricle ejection fraction (RVEF), and higher right and left Late Gadolinium Enhanced scores. In a multivariate regression analysis male gender and RVEF resulted to be independent factors associated to LV systolic dysfunction. Atrial arrhythmias were the main adverse cardiac event at the follow-up and were associated to higher biventricular volumes and lower biventricular ejection fraction (EF); however multivariable analysis identified age, right ventricle end-diastolic volume (RVEDVi) and tricuspid regurgitation as independents factors associated to atrial arrhythmias. At long term follow-up at least ¼ of repaired TOF has LV dysfunction. Lower LVEF is associated to male gender and lower RVEF.

  9. Cervical laminoforaminotomy for radiculopathy: Symptomatic and functional outcomes in a large cohort with long-term follow-up

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    Church, Ephraim W.; Halpern, Casey H.; Faught, Ryan W.; Balmuri, Usha; Attiah, Mark A.; Hayden, Sharon; Kerr, Marie; Maloney-Wilensky, Eileen; Bynum, Janice; Dante, Stephen J.; Welch, William C.; Simeone, Frederick A.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The efficacy and safety of cervical laminoforaminotomy (FOR) in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy has been demonstrated in several series with follow-up less than a decade. However, there is little data analyzing the relative effectiveness of FOR for radiculopathy due to soft disc versus osteophyte disease. In the present study, we review our experience with FOR in a single-center cohort, with long-term follow-up. Methods: We examined the charts of patients who underwent 1085 FORs between 1990 and 2009. A cohort of these patients participated in a telephone interview designed to assess improvement in symptoms and function. Results: A total of 338 interviews were completed with a mean follow-up of 10 years. Approximately 90% of interviewees reported improved pain, weakness, or function following FOR. Ninety-three percent of patients were able to return to work after FOR. The overall complication rate was 3.3%, and the rate of recurrent radiculopathy requiring surgery was 6.2%. Soft disc subtypes compared to osteophyte disease by operative report were associated with improved symptoms (P < 0.05). The operative report of these pathologic subtypes was associated with the preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) interpretation (P < 0.001). Conclusions: These results suggest that FOR is a highly effective surgical treatment for cervical radiculopathy with a low incidence of complications. Radiculopathy due to soft disc subtypes may be associated with a better prognosis compared to osteophyte disease, although osteophyte disease remains an excellent indication for FOR. PMID:25593773

  10. Long-term follow-up of 287 meningiomas in neurofibromatosis type 2 patients: clinical, radiological, and molecular features

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    Goutagny, Stéphane; Bah, Alpha Boubacar; Henin, Dominique; Parfait, Béatrice; Grayeli, Alexis Bozorg; Sterkers, Olivier; Kalamarides, Michel

    2012-01-01

    Decision-making criteria for optimal management of meningiomas in neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) patients is hampered by lack of robust data, particularly long-term natural history. Seventy-four NF2 patients harboring 287 cranial meningiomas followed up for a mean period of 110.2 months were studied retrospectively. The median number of meningiomas per patient was 3. The mean maximum diameter of meningiomas at diagnosis was 14.3 mm, with a mean annual growth rate of 1.5 mm. Sixty-six percent of tumors showed no or minimal growth. In a subgroup of patients with 3D MRI, 7.3% of meningiomas (28% of patients) had a volumetric growth rate 20% or more per year. Twenty-five de novo meningiomas appeared during the follow-up (8.7%) and demonstrated a higher growth rate than other meningiomas (6.6 mm/year). Fifty-six meningiomas (23%) in 34 NF2 patients (45.9%) were operated on during the follow-up period. Among symptomatic resected meningiomas, grades II and III tumors were found in 29% and 6% of cases, respectively, with a remarkable intratumor histological heterogeneity. Single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis of 22 meningioma samples in 14 NF2 patients showed increasing chromosome instability with increasing grade, the most frequent losses being on 22q, 1p, 18q, and 6p. This study provides clues to improve tailored treatment of meningiomas: de novo and brain edema-associated meningiomas require active treatment. Future clinical trials in NF2 need to focus specifically on meningiomas as the primary endpoint and should include patients with meningiomas growing 20% or more per year in order to assess new treatments. PMID:22711605

  11. Long-term follow-up of long and flat bone eosinophilic granulomas managed only with biopsy.

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    Erol, Bülent; Sofulu, Ömer; Topkar, Mert Osman; Çalışkan, Emrah; Türköz, Hüseyin Kemal

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated long-term clinical and radiological follow-up results of patients with long and flat bone eosinophilic granulomas managed only with biopsy. Seventeen patients [11 male, 6 female; average age 8.5 years (range: 3.5 to 14 years)] with long and flat bone eosinophilic granulomas were followed after biopsy. Involved bones were femur (5), tibia (3), humerus (2), ulna (1), pelvis (3), scapula (1) and clavicle (1). After confirmation of diagnosis by biopsy, no further surgical intervention was performed. Clinical follow-up was done with preoperative and postoperative MSTS and VAS scores. The healing process was followed with periodic radiographs. Limb-length discrepancy, deformity, and lesion progression or recurrence were recorded. Average follow-up was 65 months (range: 28 to 115 months). Average preoperative MSTS score was 45% (range: 30 to 56.6%), while postoperative 6, 12 and 24 months scores were measured as 76% (range: 70 to 83.3%), 88% (range: 73.3 to 93.3%) and 94% (range: 86.6 to 100%) respectively. Average VAS score, which was 8.4 (range: 6 to 10) preoperatively, had a tendency to decrease postoperatively, and was measured as 3.5 (range: 2 to 5), 2.2 (range: 1 to 3.5) and 1.1 (range: 0 to 2) at 3, 6, and 12 months. Even though the majority of lesions demonstrated complete radiographic healing at 12 months, the healing process extended to 24 months for flat bones. No patients experienced limb-length discrepancy or deformity. All lesions regressed following biopsy and no recurrence was seen. Eosinophilic granuloma has a spontaneous healing potential, and confirming the diagnosis by biopsy is sufficient to obtain good functional and radiological results without any further intervention.

  12. BIOCHEMICAL CONTROL DURING LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP OF 230 ADULT PATIENTS WITH CUSHING DISEASE: A MULTICENTER RETROSPECTIVE STUDY.

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    Geer, Eliza B; Shafiq, Ismat; Gordon, Murray B; Bonert, Vivien; Ayala, Alejandro; Swerdloff, Ronald S; Katznelson, Laurence; Lalazar, Yelena; Manuylova, Ekaterina; Pulaski-Liebert, Karen J; Carmichael, John D; Hannoush, Zeina; Surampudi, Vijaya; Broder, Michael S; Cherepanov, Dasha; Eagan, Marianne; Lee, Jackie; Said, Qayyim; Neary, Maureen P; Biller, Beverly M K

    2017-08-01

    Cushing disease (CD) results from excessive exposure to glucocorticoids caused by an adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting pituitary tumor. Inadequately treated CD is associated with significant morbidity and elevated mortality. Multicenter data on CD patients treated in routine clinical practice are needed to assess treatment outcomes in this rare disorder. The study purpose was to describe the burden of illness and treatment outcomes for CD patients. Eight pituitary centers in four U.S. regions participated in this multicenter retrospective chart review study. Subjects were CD patients diagnosed at ≥18 years of age within the past 20 years. Descriptive statistical analyses were conducted to examine presenting signs, symptoms, comorbidities, and treatment outcomes. Of 230 patients, 79% were female (median age at diagnosis, 39 years; range, 18 to 78 years). Length of follow-up was 0 to 27.5 years (median, 1.9 years). Pituitary adenomas were 0 to 51 mm. The most common presenting comorbidities included hypertension (67.3%), polycystic ovary syndrome (43.5%), and hyperlipidemia (41.5%). Biochemical control was achieved with initial pituitary surgery in 41.4% patients (91 of 220), not achieved in 50.0% of patients (110 of 220), and undetermined in 8.6% of patients (19 of 220). At the end of follow-up, control had been achieved with a variety of treatment methods in 49.1% of patients (110 of 224), not achieved in 29.9% of patients (67 of 224), and undetermined in 21.0% of patients (47 of 224). Despite multiple treatments, at the end of follow-up, biochemical control was still not achieved in up to 30% of patients. These multicenter data demonstrate that in routine clinical practice, initial and long-term control is not achieved in a substantial number of patients with CD. BLA = bilateral adrenalectomy CD = Cushing disease CS = Cushing syndrome eCRF = electronic case report form MRI = magnetic resonance imaging PCOS = polycystic ovary syndrome.

  13. Steroid injection and needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren disease: long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial.

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    McMillan, Catherine; Binhammer, Paul

    2014-10-01

    To compare long-term outcomes and retreatment rates for patients with Dupuytren disease who underwent needle aponeurotomy (NA) combined with a series of triamcinolone acetonide injections or underwent NA alone as part of a prior randomized controlled trial. During this follow-up study, 44 of 47 participants in the original study were examined as needed between 6 and 53 months from their initial procedure. Those who had not been reassessed within 18 months of the original NA were asked to return for follow-up. The average total active extension deficit (TAED) of previously treated joints was compared between groups 7 to 12, 13 to 24, 25 to 36, and 37 to 48 months following treatment. Timing of retreatment (if performed) was recorded. Forty-four participants returned for assessment an average of 4.8 times over 53 months. Mean TAED was significantly less in needle aponeurotomy triamcinolone injection patients at 6 months and between 13 and 24 months. Sixty-two percent of NA group patients and 30% of needle aponeurotomy triamcinolone injection patients returned for a second treatment on the same digit(s) (retreatment). This difference was not significant. Mean time to retreatment and mean TAED immediately prior to retreatment did not differ significantly between groups. Kaplan-Meier survival estimates demonstrated a significantly higher percentage of NA group patients expected to return for retreatment by 24 but not by 36 months. Younger age, more than one joint treated at the initial NA, and TAED severity throughout the follow-up period were associated with earlier retreatment. Serial triamcinolone injections combined with NA was associated with lower TAED for up to 24 months. A larger study would more accurately quantify the potential benefits of combining triamcinolone injections with NA for treatment of Dupuytren disease. Therapeutic III. Copyright © 2014 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Cardiovascular risk factors in children after kidney transplantation--from short-term to long-term follow-up.

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    Kaidar, Maital; Berant, Michael; Krauze, Irit; Cleper, Roxana; Mor, Eitan; Bar-Nathan, Nathan; Davidovits, Miriam

    2014-02-01

    Cardiovascular-related mortality is 100-fold higher in pediatric renal transplant recipients than in the age-matched general population. Seventy-seven post-renal transplant children's charts were reviewed for cardiovascular risk factors at two and six months after transplantation (short term) and at two yr after transplantation and the last follow-up visit (mean 7.14 ± 3.5 yr) (long term). Significant reduction was seen in cardiovascular risk factors prevalence from two months after transplantation to last follow-up respectively: Hypertension from 52.1% to 14%, hypercholesterolemia from 48.7% to 33%, hypertriglyceridemia from 50% to 12.5%, anemia from 29.6% to 18.3%, hyperparathyroidism from 32% to 18.3% and hyperglycemia from 11.7% to 10%, and left ventricular hypertrophy from 25.8% at short term to 15%. There was an increase in the prevalence of obesity from 1.5% to 3.9% and of CKD 3-5 from 4.75% to 24%. The need for antihypertensive treatment decreased from 54% to 42%, and the percentage of patients controlled by one medication rose from 26% to 34%, whereas the percentage controlled by 2, 3, and 4 medications decreased from 21.9%, 5.5%, and 1.4% to 6%, 2%, and 0. Children after renal transplantation appear to have high rates of cardiovascular risk factors, mainly on short-term follow-up. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Variables affecting tooth survival and changes in probing depth: a long-term follow-up of periodontitis patients.

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    Saminsky, Michael; Halperin-Sternfeld, Michal; Machtei, Eli E; Horwitz, Jacob

    2015-06-01

    To retrospectively assess tooth-survival rate and its association with patient and oral variables in periodontal office patients, followed up to 18 years. Patients in a private periodontal office whose files included initial examination (T0 ), reevaluation (TRe ) and ≥ 10 years after T0 (TF ) chartings, and received periodontal therapy and supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) after TRe were included. General health, plaque scores (PI), probing depth (PPD), bleeding on probing (BOP) at six points/tooth, tooth extractions, and SPT visits were extracted from patient files at T0 , TRe , and TF . Descriptive statistics and Cox regression analysis were performed. Fifty patients (mean 26 ± 4 teeth/patient, 1301 teeth) fulfilled inclusion criteria. About 20 and 129 teeth respectively were extracted before/after TRe , 96 of them for periodontal causes. PPD>7 mm at TRe (HR = 17.7, 95%CI 8.6, 36.6), age above 60 years (HR = 3.3, 95%CI 1.5, 7.2), multi-rooted teeth (HR = 1.9, 95%CI 1.2, 3.1) and SPT<3 times/year (HR = 1.8, 95%CI 1.1, 2.9), were the best prognostic factors for tooth loss during follow-up. (p < 0.05, Cox regression analysis). A continuous, statistically significant reduction was observed in mean PPD among teeth that survived follow-up [4.3 ± 1.8 mm, 3.5 ± 1.4 mm, 3.2 ± 1.3 mm, at T0 , TRe , TF , respectively. (p < 0.001, Repeated-measures test)]. Regular SPT was associated with low tooth-loss rates and continuous reductions in probing depth. PPD after initial therapy, age above 60, multi-rooted teeth and infrequent SPT were strong negative prognostic factors for long-term tooth survival among periodontal patients. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Transient Epileptic Amnesia over twenty years: Long-term follow-up of a case series with three detailed reports.

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    Savage, Sharon A; Butler, Christopher R; Hodges, John R; Zeman, Adam Z

    2016-12-01

    Transient Epileptic Amnesia (TEA) is a form of adult onset temporal lobe epilepsy characterised by ictal amnesia. The amnesic seizures are often accompanied by interical memory disturbance, involving autobiographical amnesia and accelerated long-term forgetting. Short-term follow-up studies suggest a relatively stable cognitive profile once treated, but recent case reports raise concerns regarding the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The current study reports clinical and cognitive outcome in TEA patients over a 20-year period. A cohort of ten TEA patients first reported in 1998 were followed up at two time intervals, each 10 years apart. Information regarding clinical outcomes and subjective reports of memory functioning was gained via GP records and clinical interview. Objective memory function was determined at each time point via a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, where possible. Information was obtained for nine of the original 10 participants. Over the 20-year period, 4 participants died, with no indication of dementia prior to death. One participant was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. Seizures were generally well controlled. Subjective reports of memory varied, including no concerns, stable memory difficulties, and worsening memory. Neuropsychological assessment at 10 years showed stable performances across most measures. At the 20-year follow up, there was no evidence of a general cognitive decline. Participants showed stability on some measures, with reductions on others. Performance was not consistent with AD. No elevated risk of dementia was evident from this TEA series. Although memory difficulties persist over time, the prognosis of TEA appears generally benign. Copyright © 2016 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Long-term follow-up on a large cohort of "full-metal jacket" percutaneous coronary intervention procedures.

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    Sharp, Andrew S P; Latib, Azeem; Ielasi, Alfonso; Larosa, Claudio; Godino, Cosmo; Saolini, Marta; Magni, Valeria; Gerber, Robert T; Montorfano, Matteo; Carlino, Mauro; Michev, Iassen; Chieffo, Alaide; Colombo, Antonio

    2009-10-01

    Limited long-term data exist on patients who have undergone drug-eluting stenting of very long lesions (requiring >or=60 mm of continuous stent) in native coronary arteries ("full-metal jacket"). We examined consecutive procedures taking place between March 2002 and 2007 at 2 high-volume centers in Milan, Italy. Exclusion criteria were percutaneous coronary intervention for restenosis, percutaneous coronary intervention to a bypass graft, or percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI). We identified 658 full-metal jacket lesions in 617 patients. Average age of the cohort was 62.0+/-10.6; 32.8% were diabetic, 51.5% had a previous MI, and 33.4% had undergone a previous percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Mean ejection fraction was 52.1+/-10.4%. The lesion was a chronic total occlusion in 33.0%. Median duration of clinical follow-up was 39 months (interquartile range, 28 to 50). Six-month follow-up was achieved in 97% of patients; 2-year follow-up was achieved in 91%. All-cause mortality rate was 7.3%; cardiac death rate was 3.6%. Non-procedure-related MI rates were 3.5%. Target lesion revascularization rates were 23.4%. There were 17 cases of Academic Research Consortium-defined definite or probable stent thrombosis (2.6%): 5 acute, 2 subacute, 6 late, and 4 very late. Ten of the 17 cases occurred while the patient was receiving dual antiplatelet therapy; 4 of the 17 after premature termination of 1 or both antiplatelets, and 3 of the 17 occurred while the patient was receiving single-antiplatelet therapy, after having completed the prescribed course of dual antiplatelet therapy. When very long lesions (>or=60 mm) were treated using overlapping drug-eluting stents, 23.4% required a further procedure for restenosis at 3-year follow-up. However, MI, stent thrombosis, and cardiac mortality rates were relatively low.

  18. Stereotactic radiosurgery for vestibular schwannomas: average 10-year follow-up results focusing on long-term hearing preservation.

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    Watanabe, Shinya; Yamamoto, Masaaki; Kawabe, Takuya; Koiso, Takao; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Matsumura, Akira; Kasuya, Hidetoshi

    2016-12-01

    OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to reappraise long-term treatment outcomes of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for vestibular schwannomas (VSs). The authors used a database that included patients who underwent SRS with a unique dose-planning technique, i.e., partial tumor coverage designed to avoid excess irradiation of the facial and cochlear nerves, focusing on tumor control and hearing preservation. Clinical factors associated with post-SRS tumor control and long-term hearing preservation were also analyzed. METHODS This institutional review board-approved, retrospective cohort study used the authors' prospectively accumulated database. Among 207 patients who underwent Gamma Knife SRS for VSs between 1990 and 2005, 183 (who were followed up for at least 36 post-SRS months) were studied. The median tumor volume was 2.0 cm(3) (range 0.05-26.2 cm(3)). The median prescribed dose at the tumor periphery was 12.0 Gy (range 8.8-15.0 Gy; 12.0 Gy was used in 171 patients [93%]), whereas tumor portions facing the facial and cochlear nerves were irradiated with 10.0 Gy. As a result, 72%-99% of each tumor was irradiated with the prescribed dose. The mean cochlear doses ranged from 2.3 to 5.7 Gy (median 4.1 Gy). RESULTS The median durations of imaging and audiometric follow-up were 114 months (interquartile range 73-144 months) and 59 months (interquartile range 33-109 months), respectively. Tumor shrinkage was documented in 110 (61%), no change in 48 (27%), and enlargement in the other 22 (12%) patients. A further procedure (FP) was required in 15 (8%) patients. Thus, the tumor growth control rate was 88% and the clinical control rate (i.e., no need for an FP) was 92%. The cumulative FP-free rates were 96%, 93%, and 87% at the 60th, 120th, and 180th post-SRS month, respectively. Six (3%) patients experienced facial pain, and 2 developed transient facial palsy. Serviceable hearing was defined as a pure tone audiogram result better than 50 dB. Among the 66 patients with

  19. Reconstruction of neglected achilles tendon ruptures with gastrocnemius flaps: excellent results in long-term follow-up.

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    Seker, Ali; Kara, Adnan; Armagan, Raffi; Oc, Yunus; Varol, Ali; Sezer, Hasan Basri

    2016-10-01

    Repair of the neglected achilles tendon ruptures can be challenging due to retraction of tendon stumps. Different repair and augmentation techniques were described. This study aims to investigate long-term results of neglected achilles tendon rupture repair with gastrocnemius flaps. Between 1995 and 2005, 21 neglected achilles tendon rupture reconstructions were performed with using gastrocnemius fascial flaps. Mean age was 32.1 years. Mean period between rupture and operation was 8.4 weeks. Ankle range of motion, calf circumference, heel raise test, Visual Analog Scale (VAS), American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) hindfoot and Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI) scores were checked. The average gap length was 6.4 cm. Mean follow-up was 145.3 months. Median dorsiflexion/plantar flexion values for operated and uneffected sides were 18°/30° and 19°/30°, respectively. The mean values for AOFAS and FADI scores were 98.5 points and 98.9 %, respectively. VAS score was 0 point for all patients. With the numbers available, no significant difference could be detected in terms of ankle range of motion, calf circumference measures and dynamometric analysis. Mean time for return to daily activities was 11.1 (8-16) weeks after surgery. Prerupture activity level was achieved 14.1 months postoperatively. All patients were able to perform heel raise test. Repair of neglected achilles tendon ruptures with gastrocnemius flaps has satisfactory long-term results.

  20. Long-term Follow-up of Kidney Transplant Recipients in the Spare-the-Nephron-Trial.

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    Weir, Matthew R; Pearson, Thomas C; Patel, Anita; Peddi, V Ram; Kalil, Roberto; Scandling, John; Chan, Lawrence; Baliga, Prabhakar; Melton, Larry; Mulgaonkar, Shamkant; Waid, Thomas; Schaefer, Heidi; Youssef, Nasser; Anandagoda, Lali; McCollum, David; Lawson, Sibylle; Gordon, Robert

    2017-01-01

    In the Spare-the-Nephron (STN) Study, kidney transplant recipients randomized about 115 days posttransplant to convert from CNI (calcineurin inhibitor)/MMF to sirolimus (SRL)/MMF had a significantly greater improvement in measured GFR (mGFR) at 12 months compared with those kept on CNI/MMF. The difference at 24 months was not statistically significant. From 14 top enrolling centers, 128 of 175 patients identified with a functioning graft at 2 years consented to enroll in an observational, noninterventional extension study to collect retrospectively and prospectively annual follow-up data for the interval since baseline (completion of the parent STN study at 24 months posttransplant). Overall, 11 patients died, including 5 (7.6%) in the SRL/MMF group and 6 (9.7%) in the CNI/MMF group. Twenty-two grafts have been lost including 10 (15.2%) in the SRL/MMF arm and 12 (19.4%) in the CNI/MMF arm. Death and chronic rejection were the most common causes of graft loss in both arms. There were modestly more cardiovascular events in the MMF/SRL group. Estimated creatinine clearance (Cockcroft-Gault) from baseline out to 6 additional years (8 years posttransplant, ITT analysis, SRL/MMF, n = 34; CNI/MMF, n = 26) was 63.2 ± 28.5 mL/min/1.73 m in the SRL/MMF group and 59.2 ± 27.2 mL/min/1.73 m in the CNI/MMF group and was not statistically significant, but there is a clinically meaningful trend for improved long-term renal function in the SRL/MMF group compared with the CNI/MMF group. The long-term decision for immunosuppression needs to be carefully individualized.

  1. Long term follow up results of sequential left internal thoracic artery grafts on severe left anterior descending artery disease

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    2010-01-01

    Purpose Several alternative procedures have been proposed to achieve complete revascularization in the presence of diffuse left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) disease. With the extensive use of internal thoracic artery grafts in coronary artery bypass procedures, sequential anastomosis of the left internal thoracic artery (LITA) to LAD has gained popularity in these challenging cases. The long term results of sequential LITA to LAD anstomosis were examined in this study. Patients and Methods In order to determine the long term results of the sequential revascularization of LAD by LITA graft, 41 out of 49 patients operated between January 2001 and December 2005 were selected for control coronary arteriography. The median period for control coronary arteriography was 64 months. Results Seventy five anastomoses were found to be fully patent (91,46%) among the 82 sequential LITA anastomoses (41 LITA grafts) on the LAD at a median follow-up period of 64 months (53 to 123 months). Among the 41 LITA grafts used for this purpose, 36 were found intact (complete patency of the proximal and distal anastomoses) (87,8%). Two LITA grafts (4 anastomoses) were found to be totally occluded (4,87%). The proximal anastomosis of the LITA graft was observed to be 90% stenotic in one patient (1,21%). In one patient tight stenosis of the distal anastomosis line was observed (1,21%), while in another patient 70% narrowing of LITA lumen after the proximal anastomosis was detected (1,21%). Conclusion We strongly beleive that sequential LITA grafting of LAD is a safe alternative in the presence of severe LAD disease to achieve complete revascularization of the anterior myocardium with patency rates not much differing from conventional single LITA to LAD anastomosis. PMID:20958964

  2. Insufficient communication and anxiety in cancer-bereaved siblings: A nationwide long-term follow-up.

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    Wallin, Alexandra Eilegård; Steineck, Gunnar; Nyberg, Tommy; Kreicbergs, Ulrika

    2016-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine siblings' long-term psychological health in relation to their perception of communication with their family, friends, and healthcare professionals during a brother or sister's last month of life. A nationwide questionnaire study was conducted during 2009 in Sweden of individuals who had lost a brother or sister to cancer within the previous two to nine years. Of the 240 siblings contacted, 174 (73%), participated. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) was employed to assess psychological health (anxiety). The data are presented as proportions (%) and relative risks (RR) with a 95% confidence interval (CI 95%). Siblings who were not satisfied with the amount they talked about their feelings with others during their brother or sister's last month of life were more likely to report anxiety (15/58, 26%) than those who were satisfied (13/115, 11%; RR = 2.3(1.2-4.5)). The same was true for those who had been unable to talk to their family after bereavement (RR = 2.5(1.3-4.8)). Avoiding healthcare professionals for fear of being in their way increased siblings' risk of reporting anxiety at follow-up (RR = 2.2(1.1-4.6)), especially avoidance in the hospital setting (RR = 6.7(2.5-18.2)). No such differences were seen when the ill brother or sister was cared for at home. Long-term anxiety in bereaved siblings might be due to insufficient communication. Avoiding healthcare professionals, especially when the brother or sister is cared for at the hospital, may also increase the risk of anxiety.

  3. Long-term follow-up of jaw osteomyelitis associated with bisphosphonate use in a tertiary-care center.

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    Pigrau-Serrallach, Carlos; Cabral-Galeano, Evelyn; Almirante-Gragera, Benito; Sordé-Masip, Roger; Rodriguez-Pardo, Dolors; Fernandez-Hidalgo, Nuria; Larrosa-Escartín, Nieves; Bescos-Atín, Socorro; Pahissa-Berga, Albert

    2014-01-01

    This study reviews our experience in bisphosphonate-associated jaw osteomyelitis (BJOM), focusing on the incidence, etiology, treatment, and long-term outcome. Retrospective review of the clinical histories adult patients diagnosed with BJOM (1995-2008) in a tertiary hospital. BJOM was found in 30 of 132 (22.7%) consecutive patients with jaw osteomyelitis. The percentage of BJOM cases increased from 8.7% (4/46) in 1995-2005 to 30.2% (26/86) in 2005-2008. Symptoms appeared in a median of 2.5 years after intravenous use, and 4.5 years after oral exposure. Viridans group streptococci were isolated in 83.3% of cases. Actinomyces spp. was found in 16 (39.0%) of 41 bone histologies. All included patients received a median of 6 months of appropiate antibiotic therapy and a surgical procedure (debridament and/or sequestrectomy). Thirteen of 27 cases (48.1%) with long-term follow-up (median 22 months, IQR 25-75 17-28) failed. Clinical failure defined as, persistent infection or relapse, was more frequent in patients receiving intravenous than oral bisphosphonates (11/16 [68.8%] vs. 2/11 [18.2%]; P < .05) and in cases with Actinomyces spp. (7/10 [70.0%] vs6/17 [35.3%]; P = .08). Bisphosphonate therapy is now a frequent cause of JO. BJOM is difficult to cure and relapses are common, particularly in patients exposed to intravenous bisphosphonates. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  4. Morphological study of upper airways and long-term follow-up of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in acromegalic patients.

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    Castellani, Cinzia; Francia, Giuseppe; Dalle Carbonare, Luca; Ferrari, Marcello; Viva, Elena; Cerini, Roberto; Zaccarella, Alessandro; Trevisiol, Lorenzo; Davi', Maria Vittoria

    2016-02-01

    Pathogenesis and long-term outcome of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in acromegalic patients are still under debate. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence and long-term follow-up of a series of acromegalic patients with OSAS and to investigate site, degree, and possible causes of upper airway obstruction by morphological study. Cross-sectional and longitudinal study was conducted in 58 acromegalic patients (33 active, 25 controlled) with polysomnography in all subjects, repeated in 25 patients with OSAS, and echocardiography. Morphological study including fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy with the Müller maneuver (FNMM), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with 3-dimensional (3D) elaboration was also performed. The prevalence of OSAS was 58.6 % in the whole series: 63.6 % in the active group and 52 % in the controlled one. Left ventricular hypertrophy was more prevalent in patients with OSAS. OSAS improved in 62.5 % of active patients after achieving hormonal control, whereas it persisted or got worse in 66.6 % of the controlled ones. The uvula and tongue base were the main site of obstruction assessed by FNMM. Uvula diameters obtained by MRI study correlated with the severity of upper airway collapse assessed by FNMM and tongue measure with apnea-hypopnea index (p = 0.044). A greater narrowing and a smaller total volume of upper airways were confirmed by 3D-MRI in patients with more severe OSAS. Uvula and tongue hypertrophy plays a relevant role in the pathogenesis and severity of OSAS. Intensive treatment of acromegaly needs to be promptly adopted in order to reverse it.

  5. A long-term follow-up of weight changes in subthalamic nucleus stimulated Parkinson's disease patients.

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    Foubert-Samier, A; Maurice, S; Hivert, S; Guelh, D; Rigalleau, V; Burbaud, P; Cuny, E; Meissner, W; Tison, F

    2012-02-01

    Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) constitutes the mainstay treatment in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) with motor fluctuations. Despite its efficacy on motor signs and quality of life, emergent adverse events have been recently reported. Among them, weight gain (WG) is a recognized adverse event of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) in Parkinson's disease (PD). Also, WG is poorly known at the long-term and predisposing factors have not yet been identified. We conducted a cross-sectional study of WG in 47 STN-DBS PD patients between 1999-2006. Data on disease history, motor status and dopaminergic drug treatment were retrospectively collected at surgery and 1 year post-surgery. Weight at disease diagnosis and at surgery, as well as the current weight and height were gathered by an autoquestionnaire. Moreover, the weight before surgery was obtained and verified in medical files in more than 90% of our patients. Sixty-six patients who underwent surgery between 1999-2006 were included, but six were deceased, four refused to participate and nine were lost for follow-up. So, 47 (71%) were retained in our analysis. A total of 78.7% of patients gained weight. On average 4.7 years follow up after surgery, the mean weight gain was +7.2±8.1kg compared to the preoperative assessment (p<0.001) and the mean BMI gain was +2.7±3.0kg/m(2) compared to pre-surgery values (p<0.001). The patients gained more weight after surgery than they had lost during disease evolution before surgery. Women and patients with a more severe UPDRS-III "off" drug score before surgery significantly gained more weight. Our study provides further evidence that the WG is a problem after STN-DBS and concerns a majority of patients at the long term. It may expose them to complications that should be considered for prevention and the patient's information before surgery.

  6. Long-term clinical and biochemical follow-up in medullary thyroid carcinoma: a single institution's experience over 20 years.

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    Cupisti, Kenko; Wolf, Achim; Raffel, Andreas; Schott, Matthias; Miersch, Daniel; Yang, Qin; Eisenberger, Claus F; Röher, Hans D; Knoefel, Wolfram T

    2007-11-01

    Many patients with medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTC) have reoperative surgery in different hospitals, which makes their follow-up difficult. To comprehend these complex courses and to find relevant prognostic factors we report a 20-year single center experience of 289 patients with MTC or precursor C-cell-hyperplasias. Between April 1986 and May 2006, 289 consecutive patients with MTC or MEN2 gene carriers were treated at the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Düsseldorf. Tumor stages were documented according to the classification of the International Union against Cancer 5th edition, 1997 (Schott. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2006;13:779-795). A system to easily comprehend operative procedures is suggested. There were 159 female and 130 male patients (f/m ratio 1.22). Mean age at time of diagnosis was 32 years (4-77) in the familial cases and 53 years (23-84) years in the sporadic cases. Sixty-six patients (23%) had multifocal disease. Twelve MEN2-patients had only C-cell-hyperplasia (pT0). Tumor stage was pT1 in 86 patients, pT2 in 106 patients, pT3 in 25 patients, pT4 in 52 patients and unclear in 8 patients. In the 289 patients 648 operations were performed. One hundred seventy patients had more than 1 operation (59%). Ninety-nine patients (34%) are calcitonin-negative and 91 patients (31%) live with elevated calcitonin. Median follow-up time of the surviving 211 patients was 8.9 years (range, 0.3-30.7 years). The 5- and 10-year survival of all tumor patients was 86% and 68%, respectively. The chance to achieve biochemical cure in MTC is clearly dependent on the primary tumor size. The chance for long-term biochemical cure in a pT4-tumor is almost nil even after multiple and extended reoperations, whereas a pT1 tumor can be cured in up to 67% of the patients. Long-term survival, however, can be achieved even in pT4 tumor patients in almost 50%.

  7. Laparoscopic One-Anastomosis Gastric Bypass: Technique, Results, and Long-Term Follow-Up in 1200 Patients.

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    Carbajo, Miguel A; Luque-de-León, Enrique; Jiménez, José M; Ortiz-de-Solórzano, Javier; Pérez-Miranda, Manuel; Castro-Alija, María J

    2017-05-01

    Excellent results have been reported with mini-gastric bypass. We adopted and modified the one-anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB) concept. Herein is our approach, results, and long-term follow-up (FU). Initial 1200 patients submitted to laparoscopic OAGB between 2002 and 2008 were analyzed after a 6-12-year FU. Mean age was 43 years (12-74) and body mass index (BMI) 46 kg/m(2) (33-86). There were 697 (58 %) without previous or simultaneous abdominal operations, 273 (23 %) with previous, 203 (17 %) with simultaneous, and 27 (2 %) performed as revisions. Mean operating time (min) was as follows: (a) primary procedure, 86 (45-180); (b) with other operations, 112 (95-230); and (c) revisions, 180 (130-240). Intraoperative complications led to 4 (0.3 %) conversions. Complications prompted operations in 16 (1.3 %) and were solved conservatively in 12 (1 %). Long-term complications occurred in 12 (1 %). There were 2 (0.16 %) deaths. Thirty-day and late readmission rates were 0.8 and 1 %. Cumulative FU was 87 and 70 % at 6 and 12 years. The highest mean percent excess weight loss was 88 % (at 2 years), then 77 and 70 %, 6 and 12 years postoperatively. Mean BMI (kg/m(2)) decreased from 46 to 26.6 and was 28.5 and 29.9 at those time frames. Remission or improvement of comorbidities was achieved in most patients. The quality of life index was satisfactory in all parameters from 6 months onwards. Laparoscopic OAGB is safe and effective. It reduces difficulty, operating time, and early and late complications of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Long-term weight loss, resolution of comorbidities, and degree of satisfaction are similar to results obtained with more aggressive and complex techniques. It is currently a robust and powerful alternative in bariatric surgery.

  8. [Maxillary sinus lift in conjunction with endosseous implants. A long-term follow-up scintigraphic study].

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    Dimonte, M; Inchingolo, F; Dipalma, G; Stefanelli, M

    2002-05-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of bone scintigraphy in the long-term follow-up of maxillary sinus lift by a mixture of bovine hydroxyapatite and autologous fibrin glue in conjunction with the insertion of endosseous implants. A three-years follow-up study involved 18 surgical interventions performed on 14 edentulous patients (4 F; 10 M; mean age 49 yrs) suffering from mono or bilateral severe distal maxillary resorbtion. The bone scintigraphy of the skull was performed before, 1-18 months and 36 months post-intervention. Perimplant bone metabolism was quantified by a parameter called M/V index, used to statistically compare normal, atrophic and regenerate maxillary bone. Conventional radiographies were performed every six months; CT dental-scan 12 months post-intervention. Bone perimplant metabolism showed top values 1-4 months post-intervention (M/V%2-2.2); then it showed a decreasing trend and the lowest values 36 months post-intervention. M/V index in the atrophic (0.6) and normal (0.7) maxillary bone was lower (p<0.05) than in the new formed one (0.8). Radiologically a good integration of the dental implants was found in the new formed bone; the CT-measured average maxillary height was equal to 1 cm. The combination of several bioactive components in the mixture used didn't allow to detect the bone inductive role of the single products. Instead, quantitative bone scintigraphy confirmed its efficacy to gain important data about natural history of the endosseous implants and the value of the surgical technique. In particular we observed complete osseous integration of dental implants inserted in the mix of bovine hydroxyapatite and autologous fibrin glue is achieved 2-3 years after the intervention. After this period, possible pathological aspects suggest an early treatment to save the implants.

  9. Prevalence of postherpetic neuralgia after a first episode of herpes zoster: prospective study with long term follow up

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    Helgason, Sigurdur; Petursson, Gunnar; Gudmundsson, Sigurdur; Sigurdsson, Johann A

    2000-01-01

    Objective To estimate the frequency, duration, and clinical importance of postherpetic neuralgia after a single episode of herpes zoster. Design Prospective cohort study with long term follow up. Setting Primary health care in Iceland. Participants 421 patients with a single episode of herpes zoster. Main outcome measures Age and sex distribution of patients with herpes zoster, point prevalence of postherpetic neuralgia, and severity of pain at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and up to 7.6 years after the outbreak of zoster. Results Among patients younger than 60 years, the risk of postherpetic neuralgia three months after the start of the zoster rash was 1.8% (95% confidence interval 0.59% to 4.18%) and pain was mild in all cases. In patients 60 years and older, the risk of postherpetic neuralgia increased but the pain was usually mild or moderate. After three months severe pain was recorded in two patients older than 60 years (1.7%, 2.14% to 6.15%). After 12 months no patient reported severe pain and 14 patients (3.3%) had mild or moderate pain. Seven of these became pain free within two to seven years, and five reported mild pain and one moderate pain after 7.6 years of follow up. Sex was not a predictor of postherpetic neuralgia. Possible immunomodulating comorbidity (such as malignancy, systemic steroid use, diabetes) was present in 17 patients. Conclusions The probability of longstanding pain of clinical importance after herpes zoster is low in an unselected population of primary care patients essentially untreated with antiviral drugs. PMID:11009518

  10. Impact of treatment on survival in polymyositis and dermatomyositis. A single-centre long-term follow-up study.

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    Danieli, Maria Giovanna; Gambini, Simona; Pettinari, Lucia; Logullo, Francesco; Veronesi, Giovanni; Gabrielli, Armando

    2014-10-01

    To assess the long-term outcome in polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM), with a particular emphasis on mortality and influence of treatment. Diagnosis was based according to the Bohan and Peter's criteria. Patients have been followed up by a standardised protocol. Deaths were registered and causes of death were ascertained. Survival probability at 5 and 10years was estimated according to the Kaplan-Meier method, in the overall series and by a diagnostic group and an initial treatment. Mortality hazard ratios (95% CI) for major clinical and demographic features were estimated through univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazard models. 91 patients (43 PM and 48 DM) were available for the study. Baseline characteristics were not different from those previously reported. Twenty-two patients (24%) died after a median follow-up of 8.7years. As for idiopathic myositis, the survival probabilities at 5 and 10years from the diagnosis were 96.2% and 88.8% for PM respectively; and 93.9% for DM, whereas a higher mortality was documented for cancer-associated myositis and overlap myositis. Male sex [HR=2.4, 95% CI 1.0 to 5.6], heart involvement (HR=1.8), interstitial lung disease (HR=2.3) and arthritis (HR=1.8) increased the risk of mortality, these risk excesses were confirmed in the multivariate analysis. Independent of these features, a higher mortality was documented for patients treated with glucocorticoids (HR=2.3) or immunosuppressants (HR=2.1) when compared to patients treated with immunoglobulins. Our study, with longitudinal and statistical analyses, suggests that survival has considerably increased in patients with PM/DM. Prognostic factors for mortality are male sex, and heart and lung involvement. Immunoglobulin treatment, intravenously or subcutaneously, is associated with a better survival. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Long-term follow-up of transplantation of preserved limbal allograft and amniotic membrane for recurrent pterygium.

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    Ono, Takashi; Mori, Yosai; Nejima, Ryohei; Tokunaga, Tadatoshi; Miyata, Kazunori; Amano, Shiro

    2016-12-01

    To conduct a long-term follow-up study evaluating the efficacy and safety of transplantation of preserved limbal allograft and amniotic membrane for recurrent pterygium. This was a retrospective, non-comparative, interventional case series conducted at a private eye hospital. Eighty-four eyes of 80 patients with recurrent pterygium were included in the study. The mean number of previous surgeries for pterygium was 1.36 ± 0.98 (range, 1-8). All subjects received transplantation of preserved limbal allograft and amniotic membrane. The mean follow-up period was 73.0 ± 38.1 months (range, 12-154 months). Pterygium recurred in 10 eyes (11.9 %). The mean period to recurrence was 16.3 ± 11.3 months (range, 5-33 months). Symblepharon was cured in 21 eyes, persisted in 2 eyes, and newly occurred in 3 eyes. Diplopia was cured in eight eyes, persisted in five eyes, and newly occurred in one eye. As for complications, intraocular pressure elevations over 21 mmHg were recognized in ten eyes of nine cases, in which the intraocular pressure was controlled by reduction of topical steroid in four eyes and by addition of topical prostaglandin derivatives in six eyes. Twenty-four eyes (28.6 %) gained two lines or more of Landolt best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), 56 eyes (66.7 %) stayed within one line from preoperation, and four eyes (4.8 %) lost two lines or more. There were no major complications and no graft rejection. Transplantation of preserved limbal allograft and amniotic membrane is a safe and effective procedure for recurrent pterygium.

  12. Pregnancy-associated spinal osteoporosis treated with bisphosphonates: long-term follow-up of maternal and infants outcome.

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    Vujasinovic-Stupar, Nada; Pejnovic, Nada; Markovic, Ljiljana; Zlatanovic, Maja

    2012-03-01

    Pregnancy-associated spinal osteoporosis (PPSO) is a rare condition characterized by severe back pain occurring near the end of the first pregnancy or shortly afterward. The aim of this report is to present a 12-year follow-up of a patient with PPSO. Also, the outcomes of patient's two pregnancies and her infants after long-term treatment with bisphosphonates are assessed. A young woman was referred to our tertiary care hospital aged 30 years, due to intense pain in thoracic and lumbar region that started during the last month of her first pregnancy and got worse after delivery. Bone mineral density (BMD) measurement, clinical, and biochemical parameters were performed. Extremely low lumbar spine BMD, L2-L4: 0.627 g/cm(2), T-score -4.8, Z-score -4.3, 52% young adult indicated severe osteoporosis. Cyclical treatment with etidronate and then pamidronate was started, and a substantial increase in the BMD and the reduction in back pain intensity were observed. An increase in BMD of 44.8% over baseline was observed after 12 years of follow-up. Her two pregnancies were uneventful, and no neonatal adverse effects were observed. Control DXA scan in her girl child aged 6.8 years revealed low BMD at the lumbar spine. As PPSO seems to be an underdiagnosed severe disease, caution is recommended if back pain occurs in the last trimester or early post-partum period. Although pre-pregnancy use of bisphosponates does not pose a substantial fetal risk, their use in women of childbearing age might best be done only when strong clinical indications exist.

  13. Breast Implant–Associated Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma: Long-Term Follow-Up of 60 Patients

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    Miranda, Roberto N.; Aladily, Tariq N.; Prince, H. Miles; Kanagal-Shamanna, Rashmi; de Jong, Daphne; Fayad, Luis E.; Amin, Mitual B.; Haideri, Nisreen; Bhagat, Govind; Brooks, Glen S.; Shifrin, David A.; O'Malley, Dennis P.; Cheah, Chan Y.; Bacchi, Carlos E.; Gualco, Gabriela; Li, Shiyong; Keech, John A.; Hochberg, Ephram P.; Carty, Matthew J.; Hanson, Summer E.; Mustafa, Eid; Sanchez, Steven; Manning, John T.; Xu-Monette, Zijun Y.; Miranda, Alonso R.; Fox, Patricia; Bassett, Roland L.; Castillo, Jorge J.; Beltran, Brady E.; de Boer, Jan Paul; Chakhachiro, Zaher; Ye, Dongjiu; Clark, Douglas; Young, Ken H.; Medeiros, L. Jeffrey

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Breast implant–associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a recently described clinicopathologic entity that usually presents as an effusion-associated fibrous capsule surrounding an implant. Less frequently, it presents as a mass. The natural history of this disease and long-term outcomes are unknown. Patients and Methods We reviewed the literature for all published cases of breast implant–associated ALCL from 1997 to December 2012 and contacted corresponding authors to update clinical follow-up. Results The median overall survival (OS) for 60 patients was 12 years (median follow-up, 2 years; range, 0-14 years). Capsulectomy and implant removal was performed on 56 of 60 patients (93%). Therapeutic data were available for 55 patients: 39 patients (78%) received systemic chemotherapy, and of the 16 patients (28%) who did not receive chemotherapy, 12 patients opted for watchful waiting and four patients received radiation therapy alone. Thirty-nine (93%) of 42 patients with disease confined by the fibrous capsule achieved complete remission, compared with complete remission in 13 (72%) of 18 patients with a tumor mass. Patients with a breast mass had worse OS and progression-free survival (PFS; P = .052 and P = .03, respectively). The OS or PFS were similar between patients who received and did not receive chemotherapy (P = .44 and P = .28, respectively). Conclusion Most patients with breast implant–associated ALCL who had disease confined within the fibrous capsule achieved complete remission. Proper management for these patients may be limited to capsulectomy and implant removal. Patients who present with a mass have a more aggressive clinical course that may be fatal, justifying cytotoxic chemotherapy in addition to removal of implants. PMID:24323027

  14. Laparoscopic and robotic ureteral stenosis repair: a multi-institutional experience with a long-term follow-up.

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    Schiavina, Riccardo; Zaramella, Stefano; Chessa, Francesco; Pultrone, Cristian Vincenzo; Borghesi, Marco; Minervini, Andrea; Cocci, Andrea; Chindemi, Andrea; Antonelli, Alessandro; Simeone, Claudio; Pagliarulo, Vincenzo; Parma, Paolo; Samuelli, Alessanrdo; Celia, Antonio; De Concilio, Bernardino; Rocco, Bernardo; De Lorenzis, Elisa; La Manna, Gaetano; Terrone, Carlo; Falsaperla, Mario; Dente, Donato; Porreca, Angelo

    2016-12-01

    The treatment of ureteral strictures represents a challenge due to the variability of aetiology, site and extension of the stricture; it ranges from an end-to-end anastomosis or reimplantation into the bladder with a Boari flap or Psoas Hitch. Traditionally, these procedures have been done using an open access, but minimally invasive approaches have gained acceptance. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and feasibility and perioperative results of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of ureteral stenosis with a long-term follow-up. Data of 62 laparoscopic (n = 36) and robotic (n = 26) treatments for ureteral stenosis in 9 Italian centers were reviewed. Patients were followed according to the referring center's protocol. Laparoscopic and robotic approaches were compared. All the procedures were completed successfully without open conversion. Average estimated blood loss in the two groups was 91.2 ± 71.9 cc for the laparoscopic and 47.2 ± 32.3 cc for the robotic, respectively (p = 0.004). Mean days of hospitalization were 5.9 ± 2.4 for the laparoscopic group and 7.6 ± 3.4 for the robotic group (p = 0.006). No differences were found in terms of operative time and post-operative complications. After a median follow-up of 27 months, the robotic group yielded 2 stenosis recurrence, instead the laparoscopic group shows no cases of recurrence (p = 0.091). Minimally invasive approach for ureteral stenosis is safe and feasible. Both robotic and pure laparoscopic approaches may offer good results in terms of perioperative outcomes, low incidence of complications and recurrence.

  15. Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate: Long-Term Outcomes and Safety During 10 Years of Follow-Up.

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    Yamada, Yasushi; Furusawa, Jun; Sugimura, Yoshiki; Kuromatsu, Isao

    2016-12-01

    To evaluate the long-term outcomes and safety photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP). From April 2005 to December 2015, a total of 1154 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia underwent PVP. The type of Green Light laser was an 80 W potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser and later a 120 W lithium triborate laser. Before and after surgery, the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), post-voiding volume of residual urine (PVR), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, and prostate volume were assessed regularly. After surgery, events such as second PVP, transurethral incision, and permanent urethral catheterization were defined as retreatment. The mean and median periods of follow-up after PVP were 35.4 and 24.0 months, respectively. The maximum duration of follow-up was 125 months. Compared with before surgery, the IPSS, quality of life score, and PSA concentration improved significantly, even at 10 years after PVP; however, Qmax and PVR were not improved at 10 years. The retreatment-free survival rate was 93.9% at 5 years and 79.0% at 10 years. Prostate cancer was found in 27 cases after PVP, and all patients who were found to have prostate cancer remained alive. Prostate cancer-free survival after PVP was 96.7% at 5 years and 89.4% at 10 years. Our data suggest that the efficacy of PVP was maintained for 10 years; however, it may decrease after more than 10 years. PVP also did not promote the progression of or worsen the prognosis of prostate cancer.

  16. Long-term stability of cardiovascular and catecholamine responses to stress tests: an 18-year follow-up study.

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    Hassellund, Skjalg S; Flaa, Arnljot; Sandvik, Leiv; Kjeldsen, Sverre E; Rostrup, Morten

    2010-01-01

    Cardiovascular (CV) hyperreactivity to stress must be reasonably stable if it is considered to be important in the development of hypertension and CV disease. The aim of the present study was to assess long-term stability of blood pressure, heart rate, epinephrine, and norepinephrine responses to a cold pressor test and a mental arithmetic stress test. Eighty-one subjects selected from the first (n=30), 50th (n=30), and 95th to 99th (n=39) percentiles of the mean blood pressure distribution at a military draft procedure were tested on 2 occasions 18 years apart. Stress responses were measured during a cold pressor test (hand immersed in ice water for 1 minute) and during a mental stress test (subtraction for 5 minutes). Intra-arterial blood pressure measurements and arterial catecholamine samples were taken at the initial examination. At follow-up, noninvasive Finapres beat-to-beat blood pressure measurements and venous plasma catecholamine samples were used. The 18-year correlations of the CV and epinephrine absolute responses during mental stress ranged from 0.6 to 0.8. The entry/follow-up correlation of systolic blood pressure during the mental stress test (95% CI: 0.69 to 0.86) was significantly higher than during the cold pressor test (95% CI: 0.30 to 0.65), and responses to mental stress overall appeared to be more stable than responses to the cold pressor test. Our study suggests that CV and sympathoadrenal reactivity, specifically to mental stress, are relatively stable individual characteristics. These results support one of the necessary preconditions to consider hyperreactivity involved in the development of hypertension and CV disease.

  17. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma: long-term follow-up of 60 patients.

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    Miranda, Roberto N; Aladily, Tariq N; Prince, H Miles; Kanagal-Shamanna, Rashmi; de Jong, Daphne; Fayad, Luis E; Amin, Mitual B; Haideri, Nisreen; Bhagat, Govind; Brooks, Glen S; Shifrin, David A; O'Malley, Dennis P; Cheah, Chan Y; Bacchi, Carlos E; Gualco, Gabriela; Li, Shiyong; Keech, John A; Hochberg, Ephram P; Carty, Matthew J; Hanson, Summer E; Mustafa, Eid; Sanchez, Steven; Manning, John T; Xu-Monette, Zijun Y; Miranda, Alonso R; Fox, Patricia; Bassett, Roland L; Castillo, Jorge J; Beltran, Brady E; de Boer, Jan Paul; Chakhachiro, Zaher; Ye, Dongjiu; Clark, Douglas; Young, Ken H; Medeiros, L Jeffrey

    2014-01-10

    Breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a recently described clinicopathologic entity that usually presents as an effusion-associated fibrous capsule surrounding an implant. Less frequently, it presents as a mass. The natural history of this disease and long-term outcomes are unknown. We reviewed the literature for all published cases of breast implant-associated ALCL from 1997 to December 2012 and contacted corresponding authors to update clinical follow-up. The median overall survival (OS) for 60 patients was 12 years (median follow-up, 2 years; range, 0-14 years). Capsulectomy and implant removal was performed on 56 of 60 patients (93%). Therapeutic data were available for 55 patients: 39 patients (78%) received systemic chemotherapy, and of the 16 patients (28%) who did not receive chemotherapy, 12 patients opted for watchful waiting and four patients received radiation therapy alone. Thirty-nine (93%) of 42 patients with disease confined by the fibrous capsule achieved complete remission, compared with complete remission in 13 (72%) of 18 patients with a tumor mass. Patients with a breast mass had worse OS and progression-free survival (PFS; P = .052 and P = .03, respectively). The OS or PFS were similar between patients who received and did not receive chemotherapy (P = .44 and P = .28, respectively). Most patients with breast implant-associated ALCL who had disease confined within the fibrous capsule achieved complete remission. Proper management for these patients may be limited to capsulectomy and implant removal. Patients who present with a mass have a more aggressive clinical course that may be fatal, justifying cytotoxic chemotherapy in addition to removal of implants.

  18. Long-term follow-up of amiodarone therapy in the young: continued efficacy, unimpaired growth, moderate side effects.

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    Guccione, P; Paul, T; Garson, A

    1990-04-01

    Long-term follow-up data on young patients receiving amiodarone is lacking, especially in relation to growth and late side effects. The records of 95 young patients (mean age 12.4 years; range 3 weeks to 31.5 years) who received amiodarone were reviewed. Minimal follow-up time for those continuing to take amiodarone was 1.5 years; the mean duration of therapy was 2.3 years (maximal 6.5). The mean maintenance dosage was 7.7 (1.5 to 25) mg/kg body weight per day. Initial success (based on symptoms and 24 h electrocardiogram) was achieved in 23 of 34 patients with ventricular tachycardia, in 32 of 33 with atrial flutter and in 21 of 28 patients with supraventricular tachycardia. However, in 7 of 33 patients with atrial flutter, the arrhythmia returned after 6 months. Patient growth continued in the same percentiles achieved before amiodarone in all but eight patients, improving in six and worsening in two with severe underlying disease. Proarrhythmia occurred in three patients: one had torsade de pointes that disappeared when amiodarone administration was stopped; two with severe anatomic heart disease died suddenly during the loading period (one with atrial flutter and one with ventricular tachycardia). Side effects occurred in 28 (29%) of the 95 patients: keratopathy (in 11), abnormal thyroid function test (in 6), chemical hepatitis (in 3), rash (in 3), peripheral neuropathy (in 2), hypertension (in 1) and vomiting (in 1). All side effects disappeared when amiodarone was discontinued or the dose was reduced.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  19. Cardiac sympathetic denervation in patients with refractory ventricular arrhythmias or electrical storm: intermediate and long-term follow-up.

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    Vaseghi, Marmar; Gima, Jean; Kanaan, Christopher; Ajijola, Olujimi A; Marmureanu, Alexander; Mahajan, Aman; Shivkumar, Kalyanam

    2014-03-01

    Left and bilateral cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) have been shown to reduce burden of ventricular arrhythmias acutely in a small number of patients with ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT) storm. The effects of this procedure beyond the acute setting are unknown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the intermediate and long-term effects of left and bilateral CSD in patients with cardiomyopathy and refractory VT or VT storm. Retrospective analysis of medical records for patients who underwent either left or bilateral CSD for VT storm or refractory VT between April 2009 and December 2012 was performed. Forty-one patients underwent CSD (14 left CSD, 27 bilateral CSD). There was a significant reduction in the burden of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks during follow-up compared to the 12 months before the procedure. The number of ICD shocks was reduced from a mean of 19.6 ± 19 preprocedure to 2.3 ± 2.9 postprocedure (P < .001), with 90% of patients experiencing a reduction in ICD shocks. At mean follow-up of 367 ± 251 days postprocedure, survival free of ICD shock was 30% in the left CSD group and 48% in the bilateral CSD group. Shock-free survival was greater in the bilateral group than in the left CSD group (P = .04). In patients with VT storm, bilateral CSD is more beneficial than left CSD. The beneficial effects of bilateral CSD extend beyond the acute postsympathectomy period, with continued freedom from ICD shocks in 48% of patients and a significant reduction in ICD shocks in 90% of patients. Copyright © 2014 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Childhood leukaemia survivors' experiences of long-term follow-ups in an endocrine clinic - A focus-group study.

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    Pålsson, Anna; Malmström, Marlene; Follin, Cecilia

    2017-02-01

    The survival rate after childhood cancer has improved markedly and today more than 80% of patients will survive. Many childhood cancer survivors suffer from late complications due to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), treated with cranial radiotherapy, are at a particularly high risk of having endocrine complications. To illuminate childhood ALL survivors' experiences of a long-term follow-up in an endocrine clinic. Data collection carried out using semi-structured focus-group interviews. Fifteen ALL survivors were included in the study, divided into 4 groups. Data was analysed with conventional qualitative content analysis. The survivors' experiences were captured in the theme: "The need for understanding and support in order to manage daily life". An understanding of their situation, as well as support for managing daily life was fundamental. Lack of understanding and support from the community was connected with a fear for the future. The follow-up at the endocrine clinic was shown to be crucial for increasing the survivors' understanding of late complications. The past feeling of being out of control was replaced with an increased self-confidence. Many leukaemia survivors experienced their daily lives as a struggle and as a complicated issue to cope with. The theme "understanding and support to manage daily life" mirrors how the survivors are in need of knowledge and support in order to handle and understand their complex situation after surviving leukaemia. Offering understanding and support with a holistic approach, may be a way in which to strengthen the survivors' health. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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