Christina's World and the Universe of Lyme Disease

Radonjic's article about Andrew Wyeth's masterpiece, Christina's World,1 is thought-provoking even though it simply covers old ground about the possible diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) polyneuropathy in the woman who is the subject of the painting.2 As is often the case in art and medicine, however, viewing a picture with fresh eyes may reveal new possibilities. Therefore, it is worthwhile to consider a different diagnosis in this young woman of Scandinavian descent lying in a lush New England field of grass.
Source: The American Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Letter Source Type: research

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CONCLUSIONS: Immunohistochemistry seems to be a promising option not only in clinical recognition, but also in the selection and monitoring of treatment effects. However, these methods have not yet recommended for routine clinical use. PMID: 33032462 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Scand J Gastroenterol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Paramagnetic rims might be a characteristic MRI finding for MS, and therefore they have potential as an imaging marker for differentially diagnosing MS from NMOSD using 3-T MRI. PMID: 33029961 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Clinical Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: J Clin Neurol Source Type: research
From 5G to a fancy scanner
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Background: Controversy exists regarding the need for proximal fibular epiphysiodesis in conjunction with proximal tibial epiphysiodesis to prevent relative overgrowth of the fibula. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of relative fibular overgrowth in patients who had undergone proximal tibial epiphysiodesis with or without proximal fibular epiphysiodesis to manage leg-length discrepancy. Methods: We identified patients who had undergone proximal tibial epiphysiodesis, with or without concomitant fibular epiphysiodesis, followed to skeletal maturity, and with adequate scanograms to measure tibial...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Leg Length Discrepancy Source Type: research
Conclusions: In this dual-center retrospective series, the single-incision triple innominate osteotomy was extremely effective for improving acetabular coverage and stabilizing unstable hips in a variety of underlying diagnoses with an acceptably low rate of complications. Level of Evidence: Level IV—case series.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Selected Topics Source Type: research
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that there is minimal error due to image acquisition and measurement when using a biplanar slot scanner. Biplanar slot scanning technology tended to underestimate the size of the marker; however, the least accurate measurements only erred by 1.5% from the true length. This indicates that unlike traditional radiographs the sources of error in biplanar slot scanning images are not due to parallax and are likely due to patient-specific factors and rather than the technology itself.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Scioliosis/Kyphosis Source Type: research
Conclusions. The nerve roots of CIDP, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type-1, and polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M protein, and skin changes syndrome were difficult to distinguish by MRN. Atypical CIDP patients had less nerve root injury compared with typical CIDP patients. MRN of either the brachial plexus or the lumbosacral plexus had a high diagnostic accuracy for CIDP, and it is not necessary to perform both parts of the examination. Level of Evidence: 2
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: DIAGNOSTICS Source Type: research
Statins do not decrease coronary artery calcium (CAC) and may increase existing calcification or its density. Therefore, we examined the prognostic significance of CAC among statin users at the time of CAC scanning.
Source: Atherosclerosis - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsQuantitative lung CT can automatically identify the nature of lung involvement and quantify the dynamic changes of lung lesions on CT during COVID-19. For patients who recovered from COVID-19, GGO was the predominant imaging feature on the initial CT scan, while GGO and CO were the main appearances at peak stage.
Source: Emergency Radiology - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of reviewTo highlight imaging features of coronary artery anomalies, especially those that may require surgical intervention, and review various management options.Recent findingsThe clinical presentation of coronary artery anomalies ranges from clinically silent lesions to those leading to sudden cardiac death. With the evolution and increasing use of advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography, more cases are being identified on scans either done specifically for this purpose or discovered incidentally. Management decisions can be complex and often require a multidisciplinary approach.SummaryI...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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