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PubMed | CHU Liege, CHU of Liege, French Institute of Health and Medical Research and University of Liège
Type: Journal Article | Journal: European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging | Year: 2016

With (18)F-FDG PET/CT, tumor uptake intensity and heterogeneity have been associated with outcome in several cancers. This study aimed at investigating whether (18)F-FDG uptake intensity, volume or heterogeneity could predict the outcome in patients with non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) treated by stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).Sixty-three patients with NSCLC treated by SBRT underwent a (18)F-FDG PET/CT before treatment. Maximum and mean standard uptake value (SUVmax and SUVmean), metabolic tumoral volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), as well as 13 global, local and regional textural features were analysed. The predictive value of these parameters, along with clinical features, was assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis for overall survival (OS), disease-specific survival (DSS) and disease-free survival (DFS). Cutoff values were obtained using logistic regression analysis, and survivals were compared using Kaplan-Meier analysis.The median follow-up period was 27.1months for the entire cohort and 32.1months for the surviving patients. At the end of the study, 25 patients had local and/or distant recurrence including 12 who died because of the cancer progression. None of the clinical variables was predictive of the outcome, except age, which was associated with DFS (HR 1.1, P=0.002). None of the (18)F-FDG PET/CT or clinical parameters, except gender, were associated with OS. The univariate analysis showed that only dissimilarity (D) was associated with DSS (HR=0.822, P=0.037), and that several metabolic measurements were associated with DFS. In multivariate analysis, only dissimilarity was significantly associated with DSS (HR=0.822, P=0.037) and with DFS (HR=0.834, P<0.01).The textural feature dissimilarity measured on the baseline (18)F-FDG PET/CT appears to be a strong independent predictor of the outcome in patients with NSCLC treated by SBRT. This may help selecting patients who may benefit from closer monitoring and therapeutic optimization.


PubMed | CHR de la Citadelle, CHU of Liege and University of Liège
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Facts, views & vision in ObGyn | Year: 2016

Complications of (pre)eclampsia may involve multiple systems and organs. Neurological symptoms may occur. Visual symptoms concern up to 25% the of patients with severe preeclampsia and 50% of the patients with eclampsia. An uncommon effect of severe preeclampsia is sudden blindness. Blindness may be part of a clinical and radiological presentation named Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES). PRES may lead to permanent neurological deficit, recurrences or death. We report the case of a 24-year-old Caucasian patient, gravida 5 para 2 who developed preeclampsia and PRES complicated with blindness at 32 weeks of gestation. Optimal care allowed visual symptoms to resolve within 24 hours and a favourable maternal outcome and no long- term sequelae. We describe different causes and manifestations of PRES and highlight the need for immediate care in order to optimize the chance of symptoms reversibility.


Phan-Ba R.,Myelin Disorder Research Team MYDREAM | Lommers E.,Myelin Disorder Research Team MYDREAM | Tshibanda L.,CHU of Liege | Calay P.,Myelin Disorder Research Team MYDREAM | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry | Year: 2012

Early detection of progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy (PML) in the setting of natalizumab therapy currently is performed by rapid evaluation of new symptoms occurring in treated patients. The role of MR scanning has not been investigated but holds promise since MR detection is highly sensitive for PML lesions. The authors report a case of presymptomatic PML of the posterior fossa detected by MR scans. Immediate suspension of natalizumab and plasma exchanges resulted in a rapid decline of natalizumab serum concentration. Intravenous steroids started together with plasma exchanges followed by an oral tapering course were used to minimise the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. No symptoms (beyond mild headache) developed, and the repeat PCR for JC Virus (JCV) DNA detection performed 10 weeks later was negative. This case suggests that: (1) periodic brain MR scans may detect signs of presymptomatic PML in MS patients treated with natalizumab, (2) corticosteroid management of inflammatory reaction may contribute to optimal control of the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome routinely seen with natalizumab-associated PML and (3) early radiological detection of PML can have an excellent outcome even in a clinically critical region and despite prior immunosuppressant exposure. The potential benefit of regular MR scanning just using the T2/FLAIR modalities could be further investigated in order to detect early natalizumab-associated PML, leading to benign outcomes.


Balsat C.,University of Liège | Signolle N.,University of Liège | Goffin F.,Hospital of la Citadelle | Delbecque K.,Hospital of la Citadelle | And 9 more authors.
Modern Pathology | Year: 2014

Lymphatic dissemination is a key event in cervical cancer progression and related tumor lymphatic markers are viewed as promising prognostic factor of nodal extension. However, validating such parameters requires an objective characterization of the lymphatic vasculature. Here, we performed a global analysis of the lymphatic network using a new computerized method applied on whole uterine cervical digital images. Sixty-eight cases of cervical neoplasia (12 CIN3, 10 FIGO stage 1A and 46 stage IB1) and 10 cases of normal cervical tissue were reacted with antibodies raised against D2-40, D2-40/p16 and D2-40/Ki67. Immunostained structures were automatically detected on whole slides. The lymphatic vessel density (D2-40), proliferating lymphatic vessel density (D2-40/ki67) and spatial lymphatic distribution in respect to the adjacent epithelium were assessed from normal cervix to early cervical cancer and correlated with lymphovascular space invasion and lymph node status. Prominent lymphatic vessel density and proliferating lymphatic vessel density are detected under the transformation zone of benign cervix and no further increase is noted during cancer progression. Notably, a shift of lymphatic vessel distribution toward the neoplastic edges is detected. In IB1 cervical cancer, although intra-and peritumoral lymphatic vessel density are neither correlated with lymphovascular space invasion nor with lymph node metastasis, a specific spatial distribution with more lymphatic vessels in the vicinity of tumor edges is predictive of lymphatic dissemination. Herein, we provide a new computerized method suitable for an innovative detailed analysis of the lymphatic network. We show that the transformation zone of the benign cervix acts as a baseline lymphangiogenic niche before the initiation of neoplastic process. During cancer progression, this specific microenvironment is maintained with lymphatic vessels even in closer vicinity to tumor cells. © 2014 USCAP, Inc. All rights reserved.


Hody S.,University of Liège | Leprince P.,University of Liège | Sergeant K.,CRP Gabriel Lippmann | Renaut J.,CRP Gabriel Lippmann | And 3 more authors.
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise | Year: 2011

Introduction: Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), a condition triggered by eccentric exercise, affects muscle cells at a biochemical level in a poorly understood fashion. The objective of the present study was to examine human muscle proteome modifications induced by strenuous eccentric exercises after a specific training aimed to prevent DOMS. Methods: Biopsy samples of the rectus femoris were obtained from healthy human volunteers in three successive conditions: 1) at rest, 2) 24 h after an injuring exercise protocol consisting of three series of 30 maximal contractions of the quadriceps on an isokinetic dynamometer, and 3) 24 h after a similar exercise bout preceded either by five eccentric training sessions or by no training. RESULTS: Muscle damage was assessed before and 1 d after each maximal eccentric test by comparing three indirect markers: plasma activity of creatine kinase, muscle stiffness, and subjective pain intensity. Compared with the first eccentric test, those markers were reduced after the second test and further reduced if this second test followed the eccentric training, thus confirming the protective effect of such training. Muscle protein extracts were subjected to a two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis proteomic analysis coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry protein identification. Surprisingly, we observed that myosin heavy chains decreased after the first eccentric test and were reduced further with other contractile proteins after the second test. Furthermore, the expression of several glycolytic enzymes decreased only after the second test, which was preceded by a specific training. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the eccentric training resulted in a switch to oxidative metabolism, which may be associated with protection from DOMS. © 2011 by the American College of Sports Medicine.


Hans G.A.,CHU of Liege | Besser M.W.,Addenbrookes Hospital
British Journal of Haematology | Year: 2016

Hellmut Hartert was the first person to exploit the viscoelastic properties of clotting blood to measure blood coagulation in 1948. Since then, the technology has improved, allowing these analyses to be performed as point-of-care tests with immediately-available results. The addition of several activators and inhibitors to the original assay creates a panel of tests able to quantify the different aspects of blood clotting that can rival conventional laboratory assays. However, although much progress has been made, the standardization and validation of these tests still need improvement. Viscoelastic analyses of blood coagulation are mainly used to guide haemostatic therapy in bleeding patients and have proven superior to standard clotting tests in some circumstances. There is potential to extend their use to other areas, such as drug monitoring, and diagnosis and management of congenital bleeding disorders. The forthcoming cartridge-based assays are expected to improve the reliability and usability of viscoelastic assays of blood coagulation but high quality clinical trials remain urgently needed to determine their exact place, benefit and cost effectiveness. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Desreux J.,CHU of Liege | Bleret V.,CHU of Liege | Lifrange E.,CHU of Liege
Maturitas | Year: 2012

Publicly organized population breast cancer screening is presently hotly debated. Indeed, population screening is poorly effective, induces harms in a healthy population and is costly. However, stopping all kind of screening of low- and average-risk women would be problematic as about 70% of breast cancers are diagnosed in those subgroups, and maintaining current population screening in high-risk women would be insufficient. We propose herein a review about the advantages and the inconvenients of individualized screening. The latter could be a more efficient strategy. The principles of individualized screening are (a) to start from the age at which the breast cancer risk is equal to that for an average women aged 50 years, (b) to stop when the risk of co-mortality exceeds the risk of breast cancer mortality, (c) to adapt the exams frequency and the imaging modalities to the individual risk and to the breast density, (d) to reassess regularly and individually the screening strategy, and (e) to discuss honestly with each woman in order to help her to decide if she participates or not. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


PubMed | CHU of Liege and University of Liège
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Aging clinical and experimental research | Year: 2016

The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between frailty and a large number of indicators related to physical and muscular performance as well as quality of life.This is an analysis of data collected at baseline in the Sample of Elderly Nursing home Individuals: an Observational Research (SENIOR) cohort including nursing home residents. Subjects are volunteer, oriented and able to walk (walking assistance allowed) nursing home residents in Belgium. A large number of demographic and clinical characteristics, including physical and muscular performance, were collected from each patient. The prevalence of frailty in this population was assessed using Frieds definition.In total, 662 subjects are included in this analysis. The mean age of the sample is 83.28.99years, and 484 (73.1%) are women. In this population of nursing home residents, the prevalence of frailty is 25.1%, pre-frailty, 59.8% and robustness, 15.1%. Compared to non-frail subjects, frail subjects have lower physical and muscular performances and a lower quality of life.Frailty, according to Frieds definition, seems to be associated with several clinical indicators suggesting a higher level of disability and an increased propensity to develop major clinical consequences. Follow-up data of the SENIOR cohort will be helpful in confirming these findings, establishing cause-effect relationships and identifying the most predictive components of physical frailty for adverse outcomes in nursing homes.


PubMed | CHU of Liege
Type: | Journal: Acta chirurgica Belgica | Year: 2016

We present the case of a 48-year-old patient with a left adrenal incidentaloma found on computed tomography (CT) for which the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma was confirmed by a 24-hour urinary dosage of norepinephrine. The


PubMed | CHU of Liege and Addenbrookes Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: British journal of haematology | Year: 2016

Hellmut Hartert was the first person to exploit the viscoelastic properties of clotting blood to measure blood coagulation in 1948. Since then, the technology has improved, allowing these analyses to be performed as point-of-care tests with immediately-available results. The addition of several activators and inhibitors to the original assay creates a panel of tests able to quantify the different aspects of blood clotting that can rival conventional laboratory assays. However, although much progress has been made, the standardization and validation of these tests still need improvement. Viscoelastic analyses of blood coagulation are mainly used to guide haemostatic therapy in bleeding patients and have proven superior to standard clotting tests in some circumstances. There is potential to extend their use to other areas, such as drug monitoring, and diagnosis and management of congenital bleeding disorders. The forthcoming cartridge-based assays are expected to improve the reliability and usability of viscoelastic assays of blood coagulation but high quality clinical trials remain urgently needed to determine their exact place, benefit and cost effectiveness.

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