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- Indocyanine green video angiography predicts outcome of extravasation injuries. [Journal Article]
- PLoS One 2014; 9(8):e103649.
Extravasation of cytotoxic drugs is a serious complication of systemic cancer treatment. Still, a reliable method for early assessment of tissue damage and outcome prediction is missing. Here, we demonstrate that the evaluation of blood flow by indocyanine green (ICG) angiography in the extravasation area predicts for the need of surgical intervention.Twenty-nine patients were evaluated by ICG angiography after extravasation of vesicant or highly irritant cytotoxic drugs administered by peripheral i.v. infusion. Tissue perfusion as assessed by this standardized method was correlated with clinical outcome.The perfusion index at the site of extravasation differed significantly between patients with reversible tissue damage and thus healing under conservative management (N = 22) versus those who needed surgical intervention due to the development of necrosis (N = 7; P = 0.0001). Furthermore, in patients benefiting from conservative management, the perfusion index was significantly higher in the central extravasation area denoting hyperemia, when compared with the peripheral area (P = 0.0001).In this patient cohort, ICG angiography as indicator of local perfusion within the extravasation area was of prognostic value for tissue damage. ICG angiography could thus be used for the early identification of patients at risk for irreversible tissue damage after extravasation of cytotoxic drugs.
- Serum Diamine Oxidase as a Hemorrhagic Shock Biomarker in a Rabbit Model. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- PLoS One 2014; 9(8):e102285.
In prolonged hemorrhagic shock, reductions in intestinal mucosal blood perfusion lead to mucosal barrier damage and systemic inflammation. Gastrointestinal failure in critically ill patients has a poor prognosis, so early assessment of mucosal barrier injury in shock patients is clinically relevant. Unfortunately, there is no serum marker that can accurately assess intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury.The aim of this study was to assess if serum diamine oxidase levels can reflect intestinal mucosal injury subsequent to prolonged hemorrhagic shock.Thirty New Zealand white rabbits were divided into three groups: a control group, a medium blood pressure (BP) group (exsanguinated to a shock BP of 50 to 41 mm Hg), and a low BP group (exsanguinated to a shock blood pressure of 40 to 31 mm Hg), in which the shock BP was sustained for 180 min prior to fluid resuscitation.The severity of hemorrhagic shock in the low BP group was significantly greater than that of the medium BP group according to the post-resuscitation BP, serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and arterial lactate. Intestinal damage was significantly more severe in the low BP group according to Chiu's scoring, claudin-1, intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1, and myeloperoxidase expression. Serum diamine oxidase was significantly increased in the low BP group compared to the medium BP and control groups and was negatively correlated with shock BP.Serum diamine oxidase can be used as a serological marker in evaluating intestinal injury and shows promise as an indicator of hemorrhagic shock severity.
- The Relation of Visualization of Internal Mammary Lymph Nodes on Lymphoscintigraphy to Axillary Lymph Node Metastases in Breast Cancer. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Lymphat Res Biol 2014 Aug 21.
Abstract Background: A few studies about lymphoscintigraphy in breast cancer patients have reported a correlation between decreased sentinel lymph node (LN) uptake and increased risk of axillary involvement with the hypothesis of blocked lymphatic passage of radiotracers by metastatic burden. This study is designed to investigate whether the visible internal mammary LN of lymphoscintigraphy (IM-LPS) is related to axillary LN metastasis, rather than identifying sentinel LN in the internal mammary area. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed medical records of 401 breast cancer patients who underwent sentinel lymphoscintigraphy using Tc-99m phytate and subsequent axillary LN dissection. The IM-LPS was divided into positive or negative groups, and axillary lymphoscintigraphy (A-LPS) was visually graded into four groups according to the method suggested by Lee et al. (1) To evaluate the relation of positive IM-LPS and A-LPS pattern with axillary LN metastasis, multivariate logistic regression analysis was done with covariates of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center model. Results: Positive IM-LPS was found in 32 patients. On the univariate logistic regression analysis, positive IM-LPS (p=0.01) and A-LPS pattern (p<0.05) successfully predicted the axillary LN status. On the multivariate logistic regression model, positive IM-LPS (OR 2.6362; 95% CI 1.0382-6.6938; p=0.04) and group II A-LPS (OR 1.9773; 95% CI 1.1336-3.4491; p=0.01) remained statistically significant variables for the predictor of axillary LN metastasis. Conclusion: This study suggests that IM-LPS and A-LPS pattern might be useful to show the burden of axillary LN metastasis in breast cancer patients, as an indicator of altered lymphatic pathway.
- Identifying position, visibility, dimensions, and angulation of the ear. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Rehabil Res Dev 2014 Jul; 51(4):599-608.
We selected 254 subjects between the ages of 18 and 30 yr to assess the ear position, angulations of the ear in relation to the nose, visibility from the frontal view, and dimensions of the ear by using various anthropometric points of the face. Subjects were divided into four groups based on facial form. A reference plane indicator, facial topographical measurements, metal ruler, and digital photography were used. While considering the position of the ear, in all facial forms except square tapering, the most samples showed a tendency for the subaurale being in line with subnasale. Regression analysis showed a tendency to gnathion distance is the most dependent variable with length of the ear kept as a constant predictor, while both interalar distance and exocanthion to endocanthion distance correlate highly significantly to the width of the ear. In all subjects, the visibility of the ear when viewed from the front was an average of 1.5 mm. Regardless of facial form, ear angulation was generally less than nose angulation.
- Blood coagulation screening using a paper-based microfluidic lateral flow device. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Lab Chip 2014 Aug 21.
A simple approach to the evaluation of blood coagulation using a microfluidic paper-based lateral flow assay (LFA) device for point-of-care (POC) and self-monitoring screening is reported. The device utilizes whole blood, without the need for prior separation of plasma from red blood cells (RBC). Experiments were performed using animal (rabbit) blood treated with trisodium citrate to prevent coagulation. CaCl2 solutions of varying concentrations are added to citrated blood, producing Ca(2+) ions to re-establish the coagulation cascade and mimic different blood coagulation abilities in vitro. Blood samples are dispensed into a paper-based LFA device consisting of sample pad, analytical membrane and wicking pad. The porous nature of the cellulose membrane separates the aqueous plasma component from the large blood cells. Since the viscosity of blood changes with its coagulation ability, the distance RBCs travel in the membrane in a given time can be related to the blood clotting time. The distance of the RBC front is found to decrease linearly with increasing CaCl2 concentration, with a travel rate decreasing from 3.25 mm min(-1) for no added CaCl2 to 2.2 mm min(-1) for 500 mM solution. Compared to conventional plasma clotting analyzers, the LFA device is much simpler and it provides a significantly larger linear range of measurement. Using the red colour of RBCs as a visible marker, this approach can be utilized to produce a simple and clear indicator of whether the blood condition is within the appropriate range for the patient's condition.
- Discriminate sensing of pyrophosphate using a new tripodal tetramine-based dinuclear Zn(ii) complex under an indicator displacement assay approach. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Dalton Trans 2014 Aug 21.
In this research, the dinuclear Zn(ii) complex of anthracene based tripodal tetramine Zn2L was synthesized, and its sensing abilities towards anions was investigated using the indicator displacement assay (IDA) approach with four complexometric indicators: pyrocatechol violet (PV), bromopyrogallol red (BPG), methylthymol blue (MTB) and xylenol orange (XO). UV-vis spectrophotometry results indicated that the Zn2L-MTB ensemble sensor could discriminate the pyrophosphate anion (PPi) from other phosphate containing anions. (1)H and (31)P NMR spectroscopy as well as DFT calculations confirmed that PPi bound to Zn2L in a 2 : 2 manner. Both NMR spectroscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry suggested that the two bulky tripodal tetramine units in Zn2L played an important role to provide the ensemble cleft for MTB, giving rise to an ensemble that could be displaced exclusively by PPi. The detection limit of PPi for the reported IDA system was 0.3 μM in 20% (v/v) water-acetonitrile buffered at pH 7.4 with HEPES.
- Recurrent solitary fibrous tumor in distal lower extremity: An extremely rare entity. [Journal Article]
- Int J Appl Basic Med Res 2014 Jul; 4(2):134-6.
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) represents a spectrum of mesenchymal tumors, encompassing tumors previously termed hemangiopericytoma, as having intermediate biological potential. Though they can occur at any site, lower distal extremity is a rare site and recurrence in it is extremely rare. Behavior of SFT is unpredictable. Histomorphology and clinical follow-up have poor correlation. The most important single indicator of clinical outcome is complete excision of the tumor at the time of primary presentation. Tumors with positive margins require close follow-up for several years owing to the potential for late local recurrence.
- IQ Score of Children with Persistent or Perennial Allergic Rhinitis: A Comparison with Healthy Children. [Journal Article]
- Iran J Child Neurol 2014; 8(3):44-8.
Prevalence of allergies is different around the world. Allergic rhinitis is a common chronic disease in children. Intelligence quotient (IQ) is an indicator of efficacy and many factors including chronic diseases may affect it. This study compares the IQs of children diagnosed with persistent or perennial allergic rhinitis with healthy children.This was a comparative study that was conducted from June 2011-May 2013 in an academic referral clinic. In this study, 90 patients aged 6- to 14-yearsold who were diagnosed with persistent or perennial allergic rhinitis and were compared to 90 age and gender match healthy patients from their respective families. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children was used to divide and calculate overall IQ, verbal IQ, and practical IQ. The t-test and chi square were used to analyze quantitative variables and qualitative variables, respectively.In this study, out of total 180 children, 90 (50%) in the case group and 90 children (50%), the control group participated for IQ comparison. One hundred (57%) were male and 80 (43%) were female. The overall IQ for allergic rhinitis patients and healthy patients was 109.2 and 107.5, respectively. This difference was not considered significant. Furthermore, there was no significant difference between the IQ scores of males and females.Although allergic rhinitis is a chronic disease and effects quality of life, there were no identifiable negative effects on IQ.
- B-cell depletion attenuates serological biomarkers of fibrosis and myofibroblast activation in IgG4-related disease. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Ann Rheum Dis 2014 Aug 20.
Fibrosis is a predominant feature of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). B-cell depletion induces a prompt clinical and immunological response in patients with IgG4-RD, but the effects of this intervention on fibrosis in IgG4-RD are unknown. We used the enhanced liver fibrosis (ELF) score to address the impact of rituximab on fibroblast activation. The ELF score is an algorithm based on serum concentrations of procollagen-III aminoterminal propeptide, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and hyaluronic acid.Ten patients with active, untreated IgG4-RD were enrolled. ELF scores were measured and correlated with the IgG4-RD Responder Index, serum IgG4, circulating plasmablasts and imaging studies. Through immunohistochemical stains for CD3, CD20, IgG4 and α-smooth muscle actin, we assessed the extent of the lymphoplasmacytic infiltration and the degree of fibroblast activation in one patient with tissue biopsies before and after rituximab.The ELF score was increased in patients with IgG4-RD compared with healthy controls (8.3±1.4 vs 6.2±0.9; p=0.002) and correlated with the number of organs involved (R(2)=0.41; p=0.04). Rituximab induced significant reductions in the ELF score, the number of circulating plasmablasts and the IgG4-RD Responder Index (p<0.05 for all three parameters). Rituximab reduced both the lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate and myofibroblast activation. IgG4-RD relapse coincided with recurrent increases in the ELF score, indicating reactivation of collagen deposition.The ELF score may be a clinically useful indicator of active fibrosis and the extent of disease in IgG4-RD. B-cell depletion has the potential to halt continued collagen deposition by attenuating the secretory phenotype of myofibroblasts in IgG4-RD lesions.
- Methylmalonic Acid Quantified in Dried Blood Spots Provides a Precise, Valid, and Stable Measure of Functional Vitamin B-12 Status in Healthy Women. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Nutr 2014 Aug 20.
Methylmalonic acid (MMA) is a sensitive and specific functional biomarker of vitamin B-12 status, commonly assessed in plasma or serum. Dried blood spots (DBSs) allow simpler and more cost-efficient blood sampling than plasma. To facilitate convenient testing for vitamin B-12 deficiency in large-scale surveys and in population groups from remote areas, we developed a method for MMA quantification in DBSs and tested its applicability as well as the long-term stability of MMA in DBSs at various temperatures. MMA was extracted from an 8-mm DBS punch with water:methanol (95:5, v:v) and methyl-d3-malonic acid as the internal standard. After sample cleanup by ultrafiltration and hexane extraction, MMA was quantified by using reversed-phase LC-tandem mass spectrometry. Extraction conditions were optimized to maximize the detection signal and achieve DBS extract concentrations above the lowest limit of quantification (signal-to-noise ratio ≥ 10) of 10 nmol/L. Recovery was between 93% and 96%. Intra- and interassay variation (CV%) for DBS MMA was 0.49% and 2.3%, respectively. Calibrators showed linearity (R(2) = 0.998) between 10 and 10,000 nmol/L. In 94 healthy women, MMA concentrations in DBS extract (min-max: 10.2-80.5 nmol/L) and plasma (min-max: 68-950 nmol/L) were correlated (ρ = 0.90) (P < 0.001). MMA concentrations in DBSs were stable at room temperature for 1 wk, in the refrigerator for 8 wk, and at -80°C for (at least) 1 y. This simple and robust method allows quantification of MMA in DBSs of healthy individuals. The linear relation between plasma and DBS MMA suggests that DBS MMA could predict plasma MMA, the current reference indicator for functional vitamin B-12 deficiency. With the advantages of minimally invasive specimen collection and no need for laborious blood processing steps, this method has the potential to be a reliable, convenient, and field-applicable alternative for assessment of vitamin B-12 status.