Zyluk A.,Pomeranian Medical University
Polish orthopedics and traumatology | Year: 2013
In many countries, including Poland, carpal tunnel syndrome is considered to be a disease of possible occupational etiology. This review presents information about work-related risk-factors which comprise the use of handheld vibrating machinery, forceful gripping of objects with hands, repetitive and frequent manual tasks and forced postures of the wrist (flexion/extension). However, the character of the job is only one of possible several factors leading to the development of the disease, as its etiology is multifactorial. Conditions to be taken into consideration when recognizing a case as occupational carpal tunnel syndrome were shown to include: coexistence of predisposing diseases (diabetes), constitutional factors (obesity), character, level and duration of the exposure to harmful stimuli during the workday as well as total duration of work upon exposure. Consideration of these circumstances provides adequate ground for recognizing a particular case as occupational. Nonetheless, even accepting the disease as occupational should be temporary, as surgical carpal tunnel release is an effective method of treatment and should allow the patient to return to previously performed work.
Dolegowska B.,Pomeranian Medical University
Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents | Year: 2012
Lipids account for 16-19 percent dry platelet matter and includes 65 percent phospholipids, 25 percent neutral lipids and about 8 percent glycosphingolipids. The cell membrane that surrounds platelets is a bilayer that contains different types phospholipids symmetrically distributed in resting platelets, such as phosphatidylserine (PS), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylcholine, and sphingomyelin. The collapse of lipid asymmetry is exposure of phosphatidylserine in the external leaflet of the plasma bilayer, where it is known to serve at least two major functions: providing a platform for development of the blood coagulation cascade and presenting the signal that induces phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. During activation, this asymmetrical distribution becomes disrupted, and PS and PE become exposed on the cell surface. The transbilayer movement of phosphatidylserine is responsible for the platelet procoagulant activity. Exposure of phosphatidylserine is a flag for macrophage recognition and clearance from the circulation. Platelets, stored at room temperature for transfusion for more than 5 days, undergo changes collectively known as platelet storage lesions. Thus, the platelet lipid composition and its possible modifications over time are crucial for efficacy of platelet rich plasma therapy. Moreover, a number of substances derived from lipids are contained into platelets. Eicosanoids are lipid signaling mediators generated by the action of lipoxygenase and include prostaglandins, thromboxane A2, 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid. Isoprostanes have a chemical structure similar to this of prostanoids, but are differently produced into the particle, and are ligands for prostaglandins receptors, exhibiting biological activity like thromboxane A2. Endocannabinoids are derivatives from arachidonic acid which could reduce local pain. Phospholipids growth factors (sphingolipids, lysophosphatidic acid, platelet-activating factor) are involved in tissue regenerating process. Finally, a warning concerning the atherogenic role of platelets, although it should not be exerted in a local therapy, is mentioned. The lipid content of plaletets must be taken into account when these particles are concentrated and used for a local therapy, while the different categories of lipid derivatives could improve or affect the quality of the product.
Chudecka-Glaz A.M.,Pomeranian Medical University
Clinica Chimica Acta | Year: 2015
Improvement of survival in ovarian cancer may be achieved through early diagnosis and modification of treatment. Although abnormalities in the adnexal region are frequently observed in transvaginal ultrasound, interpretation may be equivocal in some cases. If neoplastic tumor is suspected, a wide range of tests and algorithms may be applied. Risk of Malignancy Algorithm (ROMA), as first described by Moore in 2009, is one of the most popular approaches. The clinical utility of this regression model has been demonstrated in both pre- (75.6% sensitivity and 74.8% specificity) and post-menopausal (92.3% sensitivity and 74.7% specificity) women. These findings have been independently confirmed in a number of publications. The sensitivity and specificity of ROMA may, however, be improved with inclusion of supplemental data, such as age and ultrasound findings. Because of its simplicity, ROMA is a reliable tool characterized by high accuracy and reproducibility to stratify patients into a high or a low ovarian cancer risk. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Machalinska A.,Pomeranian Medical University
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science | Year: 2013
Retinal degenerative diseases targeting the RPE and adjacent photoreceptors affect millions of people worldwide. The field of stem cell- and gene-based therapy holds great potential for the treatment of such diseases. The present study sought to graft genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that continuously produce neurotrophin-4 (NT-4) into the murine eye after the onset of acute retinal injury. C57BL/6 mice were subjected to acute retinal damage using a low dose of sodium iodate (20 mg/kg of body weight), followed by intravitreal injection of lentivirally modified MSC-NT-4 into the right eye. At 3 months after the MSC transplantation grafted cell survival, retinal function and gene expression were analyzed. Immunofluorescence analysis confirmed that transplanted MSCs survived for at least 3 months after intravitreal injection and preferentially migrated toward sites of injury within the retina. MSC-NT-4 actively produced NT-4 in the injured retina and significantly protected damaged retinal cells, as evaluated by ERG and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Of importance, the long-term therapy with MSC-NT-4 was also associated with induction of prosurvival signaling, considerable overexpression of some subsets of transcripts, including several members of the crystallin β-γ superfamily (Cryba4, Crybb3, Cryba2, Crybb1, Crybb2, Cryba1, and Crygc) and significant upregulation of biological processes associated with visual perception, sensory perception of light stimulus, eye development, sensory organ development, and system development. Transplantation of genetically modified MSCs that produce neurotrophic growth factors may represent a useful strategy for treatment of different forms of retinopathies in the future.
Czaja-Bulsa G.,Pomeranian Medical University
Clinical Nutrition | Year: 2015
Until recently gluten intolerance has been believed to be typical of celiac disease (CD) and wheat allergy (WA). In the last few years, however, several study results have been published that have proved that gluten intolerance can also affect people who do not suffer from any of the above mentioned diseases. The new syndrome has been named non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten sensitivity (GS). It has been included in the new list of gluten-related disorders published in 2012. Researchers believe that NCGS is the most common syndrome of gluten intolerance. This review discusses many aspects of NCGS epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical spectrum, and treatment and current tools to identify patients suffering from CD, WA, and NCGS. © 2014 The Author.