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Engelen S.M.E.,Maastricht University | Beets-Tan R.G.H.,Maastricht University | Lahaye M.J.,Maastricht University | Lammering G.,Maastricht University | And 6 more authors.
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum | Year: 2010

PURPOSE: If identification of good responders to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in rectal cancer is possible, there might be opportunities for local excision in selected patients. The aim of this study was to determine whether postchemoradiation MRI in rectal cancer can accurately identify ypT0 to 2/ypN0, because both features are essential for identification of good responders. METHODS: Seventy-nine patients (4 hospitals) underwent postchemoradiation MRI, 62 received a lymph node-specific contrast agent (ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide). An expert and general radiologist prospectively predicted whether the tumor penetrated the mesorectal fat and whether nodes were sterilized after chemoradiation. Histology was the reference standard. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value were calculated. RESULTS: For prediction of whether a tumor penetrated the bowel wall, there was an negative predictive value of 0.90 and 0.76 for the expert and general radiologist, respectively. The negative predictive value for prediction of nodal status was 0.95 and 0.85 for expert and general radiologist, respectively. CONCLUSION: This prospective multicenter study demonstrates that MRI with a lymph node-specific contrast agent interpreted by an expert radiologist can select ypT0 to 2/ypN0 rectal cancer with low risk of undetected nodal metastases or invasion through the bowel wall. These patients could thus have been selected for local excision. However, future studies will have to prove equal outcome of such a modified surgical approach compared with current practice. © The ASCRS 2010. Source

Van Teeffelen A.S.P.,Maxima Medical Center Veldhoven | Van Der Heijden J.,VieCuri Medical Center Venlo | Oei S.G.,Maxima Medical Center Veldhoven | Porath M.M.,Maxima Medical Center Veldhoven | And 4 more authors.
Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2012

In women who have suffered mid-trimester prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM), prediction of pulmonary hypoplasia is important for optimal management. We performed a systematic review to assess the capacity of imaging parameters to predict pulmonary hypoplasia. We searched for published articles that reported on biometric parameters and allowed the construction of a 2 × 2 table, comparing at least one of these parameters with the occurrence of pulmonary hypoplasia. The selected studies were scored on methodological quality and we calculated sensitivity and specificity of the tests in the prediction of pulmonary hypoplasia and lethal pulmonary hypoplasia. Overall performance was assessed by summary receiver-operating characteristics (sROC) analyses that were performed with bivariate meta-analysis. We detected 13 studies that reported on the prediction of lethal pulmonary hypoplasia. The quality of the included studies was poor to mediocre. The estimated sROC curves for the chest circumference/abdominal circumference ratio and other parameters showed limited accuracy in the prediction of pulmonary hypoplasia. In women with mid-trimester PPROM, the available evidence indicates limited accuracy of biometric parameters in the prediction of pulmonary hypoplasia. Copyright © 2012 ISUOG. Source

Meyer U.,Maastricht University | Meyer U.,University of Zurich | De Jong J.J.,Maastricht University | Bours S.G.,Maastricht University | And 12 more authors.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research | Year: 2014

Fracture healing is an active process with early changes in bone and inflammation. We performed an exploratory study evaluating the association between early changes in densitometric, structural, biomechanical, and biochemical bone parameters during the first weeks of fracture healing and wrist-specific pain and disability at 12 weeks in postmenopausal women with a conservatively treated distal radius fracture. Eighteen patients (aged 64±8 years) were evaluated at 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 weeks postfracture, using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT), micro-finite element analysis, serum procollagen type-I N-terminal propeptide (P1NP), carboxy-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), and high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP). After 12 weeks, patients rated their pain and disability using Patient Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) questionnaire. Additionally, Quick Disability of the Arm Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) questionnaire and active wrist range of motion was evaluated. Linear regression models were used to study the relationship between changes in bone parameters and in hsCRP from visit 1 to 2 and PRWE score after 12 weeks. A lower PRWE outcome, indicating better outcome, was significantly related to an early increase in trabecular bone mineral density (BMD) (β -0.96 [95% CI -1.75 to -0.16], R2=0.37), in torsional stiffness (-0.14 [-0.28 to -0.004], R2=0.31), and to an early decrease in trabecular separation (209 [15 to 402], R2=0.33) and in ICTP (12.1 [0.0 to 24.1], R 2=0.34). Similar results were found for QuickDASH. Higher total dorsal and palmar flexion range of motion was significantly related to early increase in hsCRP (9.62 [3.90 to 15.34], R2=0.52). This exploratory study indicates that the assessment of early changes in trabecular BMD, trabecular separation, calculated torsional stiffness, bone resorption marker ICTP, and hsCRP after a distal radius fracture provides valuable information regarding the 12-week clinical outcome in terms of pain, disability, and range of motion and validates its use in studies on the process of early fracture healing. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Source

Tabatabaie L.,University Utrecht | Klomp L.W.J.,University Utrecht | Rubio-Gozalbo M.E.,Maastricht University | Spaapen L.J.M.,Maastricht University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease | Year: 2011

3-Phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (3-PGDH) deficiency is considered to be a rare cause of congenital microcephaly, infantile onset of intractable seizures and severe psychomotor retardation. Here, we report for the first time a very mild form of genetically confirmed 3-PGDH deficiency in two siblings with juvenile onset of absence seizures and mild developmental delay. Amino acid analysis showed serine values in CSF and plasma identical to what is observed in the severe infantile form. Both patients responded favourably to relatively low dosages of serine supplementation with cessation of seizures, normalisation of their EEG abnormalities and improvement of well-being and behaviour. These cases illustrate that 3-PGDH deficiency can present with mild symptoms and should be considered as a treatable disorder in the differential diagnosis of mild developmental delay and seizures. Synopsis: we present a novel mild phenotype in patients with 3-PGDH deficiency. © The Author(s) 2010. Source

Geusens P.,Maastricht University | Geusens P.,Hasselt University | Emans P.J.,Maastricht University | De Jong J.J.A.,Maastricht University | And 3 more authors.
Current Opinion in Rheumatology | Year: 2013

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Published data raise concerns about the use of nonselective NSAIDs and selective cyclo-oxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors as anti-inflammatory or analgesic drugs in patients after a recent fracture or who are undergoing (uncemented) arthroplasty or osteotomy. However, clinical reports on the effect of COX-2 inhibition on fracture healing in humans have been variable and inconclusive. This review gives an overview of the published data and an advice when to avoid NSAIDs. RECENT FINDINGS: Prostaglandins play an important role as mediators of inflammation and COX are required for their production. Inflammation is an essential step in the fracture healing process in which prostaglandin production by COX-2 is involved. Data from animal studies suggest that NSAIDs, which inhibit COX-2, can impair fracture healing due to the inhibition of the endochondral ossification pathway. Animal data suggest that the effects of COX-2 inhibitors are dependent on the timing, duration, and dose, and that these effects are reversible. SUMMARY: These animal data, together with the view of limited scientifically robust clinical evidence in humans, indicate that physicians consider only short-term administration of COX-2 inhibitors or other drugs in the pain management of patients who are in the phase of fracture or other bone defect healing. COX-2-inhibitors should be considered a potential risk factor for fracture healing, and therefore to be avoided in patients at risk for delayed fracture healing. © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

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