July highlights: Mother’s intuition, music therapy & more

Catch up on what you may have missed on Thriving last month. Our staff takes a look back at a few of this month’s favorite posts. A mother’s intuition—and a fall down the stairs—save a little girl’s life Liz Beaulieu is likely the only person in the world who can say she saved her child by falling down the stairs. Her daughter, Arielle, was just 4 days old. Liz was carrying her downstairs when she slipped. Not sure whether Arielle had hit her head, she whisked her to her local ER. “She seemed fine, and they said that she looked fine,” Liz says. Still concerned, though, Liz kept a close eye on Arielle over the next couple of days. That’s when she noticed something. “I noticed the slightest flicker of her eyes,” Liz recalls, “and decided that I wanted to get it checked out.” She took Arielle back to the hospital, asking them to do a CT scan. The hospital demurred, but Liz insisted, telling them she needed the peace of mind. “So they did the scan,” Liz recalls, “and they found an enormous tumor.” Read about Arielle and her family. Kyle Cooper waits 18 years for oral surgery Kyle at prom c/o VeraAnn Photography Kyle Cooper was born with hemifacial microsomia (HFM), a craniofacial anomaly that resulted in the left side of his face being underdeveloped. It meant his face was noticeably uneven and barely any of his teeth touched. “I made it through and got used...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories Chiari Malformation concussion congenital heart defect Dr. Alex Taylor Dr. Ben Warf Dr. Bonnie Padwa Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Michael O'brien Dr. Michael Scott Dr. Roger Nuss hemifacial microsomia Source Type: news

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We present bone scan findings in a case of erythromelalgia in an 18 years old student, in whom the symptoms developed suddenly. No underlying disease could be demonstrated and the patient fully recovered. The scan findings were strikingly similar to those of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. PMID: 30006649 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
Authors: Miao C, Zhang L, Sun M, Ma C Abstract A 3 years old boy was hospitalized with a month's history of polydipsia, polyuria and low fever. There was no relevant family history. This is a rare case of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) with both bone and pituitary infiltration shown on the technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (99mTc-MDP) scan and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sagittal and coronal T1-weighted images on MRI showed the typical lack of high signal intensity of the posterior pituitary which corresponded to the central signs of diabetes insipidus (DI). The diagnosis of LCH was suspected ...
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This is the first case to our knowledge describing both such lesions in one patient and the first case describing the use of 2-(3-{1-carboxy-5-[(6-[18F]fluoro-pyridine-3-carbonyl)-amino]-pentyl}-ureido)-pentanedioic acid (18F-DCFPyL)-PSMA PET/CT to detect IPAS. Furthermore we highlight the value of nuclear medicine diagnostic work up in complex cases. PMID: 30006647 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: A method of tumor size determination, using PHL on 18F-FDG PET/CT, showed more linear relationship and smaller size differences with pathology than MRI (average 0.6 vs. 1.9cm). It provides sufficient reliability and reproducibility for measuring tumor size in breast cancer. PMID: 30006644 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
This study was conducted to determine the role of computed tomography (CT)-based segmentation methodology to semi-quantify the degree of inflammation and reactive bone formation in the knee joints by fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) and 18F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography/CT (18F-NaF PET/CT) imaging, respectively. Furthermore, we assessed the impact of aging and body mass index (BMI) on these biological responses. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we examined a total of 97 subjects who had undergone both 18F-FDG and 18F-NaF PET/CT scanning. The mean age was 49.3±14.9 (21-75)...
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
Authors: Peter J, Khosravi M, Werner TJ, Alavi A Abstract OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of global semi-quantitative analysis via fluorine-18-flurodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET) at lateralizing seizure foci and diagnosing patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: Seventeen patients with unilateral TLE (11 right TLE and 6 left TLE) were retrospectively selected for semi-quantitative 18F-FDG PET analysis. Twenty-three control subjects with a Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) score of 29 or greater were selected for comparison. Glo...
Source: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Hell J Nucl Med Source Type: research
This article encapsulates the findings of the thorough environmental scan and the discussion from the NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit, including identified gaps and needs in addressing survivorship in cancer care. PMID: 30006422 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Natl Compr Canc Netw Source Type: research
DISCUSSION: These findings may allow improved tracer-independent amyloid quantitation. PMID: 30006100 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Journal of Alzheimers Association - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Alzheimers Dement Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: A negative CT scan does not necessarily mean that the test was not indicated. Higher positive yield rates may reflect insufficient use of CT scanning by the ED. Local guidelines should be established to ensure judicious and effective clinical use of CT scans. PMID: 30004368 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
We report a South African series of 5 patients who presented with trichobezoars. Each patient was retrospectively reviewed and analysed with regard to background, demographics, clinical presentation, diagnosis, surgical management and complications. Five female patients with a median age of 19 (range 12 - 27) years presented with clinical symptoms, including early satiety, intermittent vomiting with gastric outlet obstruction, abdominal pain and weight loss. The diagnosis was made by endoscopy, abdominal computed tomography (CT) imaging, barium meal examination or plain abdominal radiography. Two patients presented with se...
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
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