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Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany

Poellinger A.,Campus Charite Virchow Klinikum | Persigehl T.,University of Munster | Mahler M.,Mivenion GmbH | Bahner M.,Mivenion GmbH | And 5 more authors.
Investigative Radiology

Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of the near-infrared (NIR) dye Omocianine in a placebo-controlled, dose-escalating multicenter trial for the detection of malignant breast lesions by using a NIR imaging system. Materials and Methods: The study was approved by the ethical review board of Berlin and Münster, and all participants provided written informed consent. Fifty-two consecutive patients were examined with NIR imaging before, during, and after intravenous injection of Omocianine. Three-dimensional absorption and fluorescence diffuse optical tomography scans were recorded simultaneously on a prototype NIR imaging unit (Computed Tomography Laser Mammography, Imaging Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Two readers assessed the images in consensus and assigned visibility scores to lesions seen on the absorption and absorption-corrected fluorescence diffuse optical tomography mammograms. Imaging results were compared with histopathologic findings. To analyze whether lesion detection rate for malignant lesions depended on the size of the lesion, lesions were dichotomized into those measuring less than 20 mm and those measuring 20 mm or more. Moreover, the shortest diameter between the center of the target lesions and the skin was measured on axial optical mammography data. Results: There were a total of 53 target lesions. Histopathologically, 22 target lesions were diagnosed as benign and 31 target lesions as malignant. In the absorption mode, a detection rate of 11.8% for benign and 44.4% for malignant lesions across all dose groups was found. In the fluorescence mode, a detection rate of 17.6% was revealed for benign and 55.6% for malignant lesions across all dose groups. For dose group 0.1 mg/kg, a detection rate of 100% was found for malignant lesions in the fluorescence mode and 71.4% in the absorption mode. Across all dose groups in the fluorescence mode, detection rate for malignant target lesions in breasts smaller than the median axial breast diameter of 12.8 cm was higher with 69.2% than in median diameters 12.8 cm with 46.2%. Omocianine-enhanced fluorescence optical mammography allowed a better detection of more superficially located lesions, with detection rates for a lesion-skin distance <20 mm of 63.6%, for <30 mm of 47.4% and for 30 mm of 25%. Malignant target lesions with a diameter 20 mm were slightly better detected with 61.5% in contrast to suspicious lesions <20 mm with 53.8%. Optimal imaging time points varied strongly among the different target lesions and Omocianine dose groups, with a mean optimal time point for malignant lesions at 188 ± 385 minutes. Conclusion: Preliminary data suggest that fluorescence imaging after Omocianine administration has the potential to detect malignant breast lesions. As our study showed considerable variations in the detection of breast cancer at different fluorophore concentrations ranging from 20% to 100%, future work needs to be done to assess the suitable dose for NIR imaging. © 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is additional oxygen demand reaching beyond the newborn period of 28 days. During the “old” BPD, structural changes in the lung occur because of a volutrauma and O2 toxicity due to mechanical ventilation. However, the “new” BPD is characterised by a rarefication of alveolar structures because of an impaired differentiation owing to lacking growth factors. Pulmonary function diagnostics show a reduced functional residual capacity already in prematures with BPD. FEV1, MEF75-25, RCV and DLCO are significantly decreased in infancy and adulthood. Depending on stress, there is an increased development of chronic lung problems. Patients with BPD are jeopardised by infects of the respiratory tract, pulmonary arterial hypertension and exposition to tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the disease can lead to disorders of the neurological development and to psychological problems. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

Deetjen B.,Universitatsklinikum Munster | Liljenqvist U.,St. Franziskus Hospital GmbH | Schulte T.L.,Universitatsklinikum Munster | Schmidt C.,Universitatsklinikum Munster | And 3 more authors.
Coluna/ Columna

Objective: A retrospective analysis of clinical and radiological data was conducted, with an emphasis on perioperative complications and risk factors and a minimum follow-up period of two years. The postoperative quality of life was assessed using the SRS-22 questionnaire. Methods: Between 1999 and 2009, 25 patients (nine male, 16 female) with LCTS, with a mean age of 13.7 years (2.3-29.8 years), were treated with correction and instrumented fusion at a single institution. Seven patients had congenital scoliosis and 18 patients had non-congenital scoliosis (idiopathic, n = 5; neuropathic, n = 4; neoplasm-associated/iatrogenic, n = 3; secondary to other conditions, n = 6). The average preoperative Cobb angle was 74° (49-102°). Results: A mean correction of 51% was achieved postoperatively. The mean Cobb angle at the final follow-up examination was 45° (19-85°), with a significant loss of correction of 8.8° on average. Major complications affected five patients (20%): respiratory insufficiency requiring prolonged intubation, intraoperative cardiac arrest with resuscitation being necessary twice in one patient, persistent clonus, low-grade infection, implant-based complications requiring revision surgery, and adding - on. Minor complications were observed in 22 patients (88%), mainly gastrointestinal and pulmonary. No cases of paraplegia or death occurred. A noncongenital etiology had been diagnosed before the age of 10 years in all of the patients who had major complications. The best score on the SRS-22 questionnaire was achieved in the domain of pain (87%), while the poorest was in the domain of self-image (68%). Conclusions: The results of this study emphasize an increased complication rate in patients with LCTS scheduled for scoliosis surgery. Additional preoperative examinations (MRI, paediatric consultation, cardiologic consultation, pulmonary function test) are mandatory in patients with LCTS. Preoperatively, patients should be informed about the increased cardiopulmonary and neurological risk which may be associated with scoliosis surgery. Source

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