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The University of Nîmes , also known as Unîmes, is a French university, in the Academy of Montpellier. It was founded on 7 May 2007 as the successor to the Nîmes University Center for Training and Research , which already bore the short name Unîmes. Wikipedia.


Beliard A.,University of Nimes
Journal of visceral surgery | Year: 2010

Coloproctectomy with ileo-anal anastomosis (CP-IAA) has been in use for 30 years. This intervention is the standard technique when surgery is indicated for familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and for ulcerative colitis (UC). Although the surgery is safe with mortality of less than 1%, it is associated with a morbidity of 18-70%. We thought a literature review about long-term complications would be enlightening. Pouchitis is the most common complication; it occurs in 70% of patients over 20 years follow-up; small bowel obstruction affects 25% of patients and pelvic sepsis occurs in 20-30% within 10 years. CP-IAA can impact the patient's sexual life due to erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction, dyspareunia, and incontinence of stool during sexual intercourse. Nevertheless, patients with long-standing UC describe an overall improvement in their sexual function after surgery. The failure rate varies from 3.5 to 15%; major causes of failure are sepsis, unrecognized Crohn's disease, and poor functional results. Cases of dysplasia and cancer have been reported in the reservoir, but more particularly when there is retained colonic glandular mucosa. The transitional zone should be monitored whenever there are risk factors for colon neoplasia. The relatively high morbidity of CP-IAA should not overshadow the good functional results of this technique. Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. Source


OBJECTIVE:: The aim of this study was to comprehensively investigate left atrial (LA) reservoir, conduit, and booster pump functions, as well as their predictors in patients with primary systemic arterial hypertension (HTN) and left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. METHODS:: Thirty patients with HTN and LV hypertrophy, but no history of atrial arrhythmia or heart failure, were compared with 29 normotensive controls. Speckle-tracking echocardiography of the LA wall was used to measure systolic and diastolic strains and strain rates. Early diastolic velocity of transmitral flow/early diastolic mitral annular motion velocity (E/E′)/peak systolic LA strain (S-LAs) was used as an index of LA stiffness. RESULTS:: HTN patients had higher LV mass index, impaired LV diastolic function, and higher LA volume index than controls. LA reservoir, conduit, and booster pump functions were significantly lower and LA stiffness was greater. Multiple regression analysis indicated that increased LV mass and LV filling pressures as well as reduced LV strain or E′ were predictors for reduced atrial function. CONCLUSION:: HTN patients showed a significant impairment of the three components of LA function. These changes were correlated with LV hypertrophy and dysfunction, and presumably related to LA fibrotic changes, underlining the importance of LA-LV coupling. The prognostic value of these new speckle-tracking echocardiography-based LA strain indices needs to be evaluated by future studies. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Van Nies J.A.B.,Leiden University | Tsonaka R.,Leiden University | Gaujoux-Viala C.,University of Nimes | Fautrel B.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Van Der Helm-Van Mil A.H.M.,Leiden University
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases | Year: 2015

Background: A prolonged symptom or disease duration at treatment initiation is associated with unfavourable outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is unknown whether this relation is linear, referring to a common 'the-earlier-the-better principle', or whether a transient time frame in which the disease is more susceptible to treatment exists, referring to a 'window of opportunity'. To elucidate this, we evaluated the shape of the associations of symptom duration with persistence of RA. Methods: Patients with 1987 RA treated with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in the Leiden Early Arthritis Clinic (EAC, n=738) and Evaluation et Suivi de POlyarthrites Indifférenciées Récentes (ESPOIR) (n=533) were studied. Cox proportional hazards regression models using natural cubic splines were performed; the log-HR on DMARD-free sustained remission (the opposite of RA persistence) during 5-year follow-up was plotted against symptom duration. Discrimination was measured using time-dependent receiver operator characteristic curves. Subanalyses were performed stratified for the DMARDs used (methotrexate or other conventional DMARDs) and for anticitrullinated peptide antibody (ACPA). Results: 11.5% (85/738) and 5.4% (29/533) of EAC and ESPOIR RA patients achieved DMARD-free sustained remission. In both cohorts and all analyses, the curves depicting the log-HRs on remission in relation to symptom duration were not linear. The symptom duration with optimal discriminative ability was 14.9 weeks (95% CI 12.3 to 16.0; area under the curve (AUC) 0.61) in the EAC and 19.1 weeks (95% CI 12.3 to 28.0; AUC 0.59) in ESPOIR. For ACPA-positive RA, this was 11.4 weeks (95% CI 7.7 to 79.0; AUC 0.56) and for ACPA-negative RA 15.0 weeks (95% CI 9.7 to 48.7; AUC 0.56). Conclusions: The association between symptom duration and RA persistence is not linear, suggesting the presence of a confined period in which RA is more susceptible to treatment. Source


Fatton B.,University of Nimes
Nature Reviews Urology | Year: 2014

The sexual impact of urinary incontinence in women depends on a host of parameters, including physical, psychological, social and cultural dimensions. Evaluation of the effects of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and lower urinary tract symptoms on sexual function is often biased by their common association with other pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse, which also affect sexual satisfaction. Indeed, these complexities are reflected in the literature, which shows considerable disparity in sexual functional characteristics in women with incontinence both before and after treatment. This discordance is further emphasized by heterogeneity in study design, quality and analysis. Here, we describe the nature of sexual dysfunction in women with incontinence, including coital incontinence. The various treatments for SUI, which include transvaginal tape surgeries, can also affect sexual function, positively or negatively. Coital incontinence seems to be a good predictor of an improvement in postoperative sexual parameters: its cure, achieved by >90% of women, to a large extent explains the sexual benefits reported in several studies. By contrast, deterioration in sexual function is sometimes reported after surgery, with de novo or worsened dyspareunia being the most common cause. The literature does not contain any convincing arguments for one treatment or another on the basis of sexual functional outcome. Source


Greer I.A.,University of Liverpool | Brenner B.,Rambam Health Care Campus | Gris J.-C.,University of Nimes
British Journal of Haematology | Year: 2014

Haemostatic and vascular biology mechanisms appear to play an important role in the pathogenesis of placenta-mediated pregnancy complications. Although low-dose aspirin (LDA) has a modest effect in preventing preeclampsia, antithrombotic interventions, LDA and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) have not definitively proven their effectiveness in women with placenta-mediated pregnancy complications selected by previous pregnancy outcome alone. Given the heterogeneous aetiology of placenta-mediated pregnancy complications, it is critical to stratify patients according to maternal and fetal characteristics and disease mechanisms rather than simply by pregnancy outcome, such as miscarriage. Such stratification could identify those who could benefit from antithrombotic interventions in pregnancy. We lack data on genome-wide association studies, biomarkers and trials of interventions applied to specific homogeneous populations. Future studies should focus on elaborating different disease mechanisms and examining antithrombotic interventions in specific and more homogeneous groups, such as thrombophilic women with well-characterized placenta-mediated pregnancy complications, stratified by disease severity and pathological findings. Because of fetal safety concerns with new anticoagulants, the intervention should focus on heparins alone or in combination with LDA. Thus, placenta-mediated pregnancy complications deserve precision medicine, defining disease by mechanism rather than outcome with interventions focused on a more personalized approach. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source

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