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See detailEmerging pathogenic mechanisms in human myxomatous mitral valve: lessons from past and novel data.
Hulin, Alexia; Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Lambert, Charles ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Pathology (2013), 22

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See detail18F-FDG Uptake Assessed by PET/CT in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Is Associated with Cellular and Molecular Alterations Prefacing Wall Deterioration and Rupture.
Courtois, Audrey ULg; Richelle, Betty ULg; Hustinx, Roland ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2013)

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) leads to a significant morbidity and mortality in aging populations, and its prediction would be most beneficial to public health. Spots of positive uptake of ... [more ▼]

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) leads to a significant morbidity and mortality in aging populations, and its prediction would be most beneficial to public health. Spots of positive uptake of 18F-FDG detected by PET are found in 12% of AAA patients (PET+), who are most often symptomatic and at high rupture risk. Comparing the 18F-FDG-positive site with a negative site from the same aneurysm and with samples collected from AAA patients with no 18F-FDG uptake should allow the discrimination of biologic alterations that would help in identifying markers predictive of rupture. METHODS: Biopsies of the AAA wall were obtained from patients with no 18F-FDG uptake (PET0, n = 10) and from PET+ patients (n = 8), both at the site of positive uptake and at a distant negative site of the aneurysmal wall. Samples were analyzed by immunohistochemistry, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, and zymography. RESULTS: The sites of the aneurysmal wall with a positive 18F-FDG uptake were characterized by a strikingly increased number of adventitial inflammatory cells, highly proliferative, and by a drastic reduction of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the media as compared with their negative counterpart and with the PET0 wall. The expression of a series of genes involved in the maintenance and remodeling of the wall was significantly modified in the negative sites of PET+, compared with the PET0 wall, suggesting a systemic alteration of the aneurysmal wall. Furthermore, a striking increase of several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), notably the MMP1 and MMP13 collagenases, was observed in the positive sites, mainly in the adventitia. Moreover, PET+ patients were characterized by a higher circulating C-reactive protein. CONCLUSION: Positive 18F-FDG uptake in the aneurysmal wall is associated with an active inflammatory process characterized by a dense infiltrate of proliferating leukocytes in the adventitia and an increased circulating C-reactive protein. Moreover, a loss of SMC in the media and alterations of the expression of genes involved in the remodeling of adventitia and collagen degradation potentially participate in the weakening of the aneurysmal wall preceding rupture. [less ▲]

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See detailL'insuffisance rénale aiguë dans le décours d'une chirurgie cardiaque adulte: incidence au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, November 20)

Cadre théorique En chirurgie cardiaque, l’insuffisance rénale aiguë (IRA) est une complication postopératoire sévère et est associée à une augmentation du taux de mortalité, de morbidité et des durées de ... [more ▼]

Cadre théorique En chirurgie cardiaque, l’insuffisance rénale aiguë (IRA) est une complication postopératoire sévère et est associée à une augmentation du taux de mortalité, de morbidité et des durées de séjour aux soins intensifs (SI). Elle survient dans 5 à 30 % des cas selon le type de définition utilisée (1,2). Objectifs L’objectif de cette étude est de présenter un état des lieux de l’IRA survenant dans le décours d’une chirurgie cardiaque, dans notre Centre. Matériel et Méthodes Cette étude rétrospective inclut des patients pris en charge pour une chirurgie cardiaque entre le 1er avril 2008 et le 31 mars 2009. Les patients sélectionnés sont des opérés de : pontages aorto-coronaires avec CEC (PAC CEC), pontages aorto-coronaires à cœur battant (PAC battant), remplacement valvulaire aortique (RVA), remplacement ou réparation valvulaire mitral (RVM), ou remplacement valvulaire aortique associé à des pontages aorto-coronaires (RVA+PAC). Les insuffisants rénaux chroniques dialysés, en période préopératoire, sont exclus. La classification RIFLE (Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss and End stage kidney disease) permet de stratifier les patients en trois grades de sévérité d’IRA. Cette stratification est basée sur l’élément le plus péjoratif observé durant les 7 premiers jours postopératoires : augmentation du niveau de créatinine sérique ou diminution de la diurèse, ou diminution de la filtration glomérulaire selon les critères définis par Bellomo (3). La fréquence d’IRA est étudiée par type de chirurgie ainsi que son impact sur les durées de séjour aux SI et hospitalier. Les proportions sont comparées par un test du Chi2 et les valeurs médianes par un test U de Mann Whitney. Les résultats sont considérés comme étant significatifs au niveau d’incertitude de 5% (p<0.05). Résultats Quatre cent trente-quatre patients sont inclus : âge médian (interquartiles) 69.0 (60.0-76.0) ans, 30.2% de femmes, 2.76 de cas urgents. Cinquante-huit patients (13.4%) sont opérés par la technique PAC battant, 182 (41.9%) PAC CEC, 104 (24.0%) RVA, 44 (10.1%) RVM et 46 (10.6%) RVA+PAC. Une IRA est diagnostiquée chez 213 (49.1%) patients : 79 (37.1%) « Risk », 108 (50.7%) « Injury » et 26 (12.2%) « Failure ». La distribution d’IRA par type de chirurgie est respectivement égale à 36.2% pour le groupe PAC battant, 44.0% PAC CEC, 49.0% RVA, 52.3 RVM et 82.6% RVA+PAC. La fréquence d’IRA diffère significativement selon le type d’intervention chirurgicale (p<0.0001). Les durées de séjour aux SI sont statistiquement plus longues (p<0.0001) pour le groupe de patients ayant développé une IRA, respectivement : 3(2-4) jours versus 2(2-3) jours. Cependant, il n’y a pas de différence (p=0.65) observée entre les deux groupes (IRA et non IRA) en termes de durées de séjour hospitalier : 13 (10-18) jours versus 12 (10-16) jours. Discussion L’incidence d’IRA est très élevée dans cette population de patients, comparée aux données disponibles dans la littérature. Cela est probablement dû au fait que les trois éléments de la classification RIFLE ont été utilisés sur toute la population de l’étude. Conclusions L’IRA après chirurgie cardiaque associée à la CEC devrait être étudiée, à l’avenir pour développer des mesures préventives pour réduire les IRA. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Large-Pore Hemofiltration in a Swine Model of Fulminant Hepatic Failure.
DETRY, Olivier ULg; JANSSEN, Nathalie ULg; CHERAMY-BIEN, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Artificial Organs (2012), 36(11), 981-987

Among the different potential mechanisms that could lead to brain edema and intracranial hypertension in fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), the inflammatory hypothesis implies that systemic inflammation ... [more ▼]

Among the different potential mechanisms that could lead to brain edema and intracranial hypertension in fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), the inflammatory hypothesis implies that systemic inflammation might be in part responsible for an increase in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and brain water content. In this study, the authors used a validated ischemic FHF swine model to evaluate the effects of 80 kDa large-pore membrane hemofiltration (LPHF) on intracranial pressure (ICP) and CBF, in relation with the clearance of proinflammatory cytokines and blood liver tests, as primary end points. Fifteen pigs were randomized into one of three groups: SHAM, FHF, and FHF + LPHF. All experiments lasted 6 h. In the FHF groups, liver failure was induced by liver ischemia. After 2 h, the FHF + LPHF group underwent 4 h of a zero-balance continuous veno-venous hemofiltration using a 0.7-m(2) , large-pore (78 A) membrane with a cutoff of 80 kDa. ICP, CBF, mean arterial pressure, central venous pressure, and heart rate were continuously monitored and recorded. Arterial aspartate aminotransferase, total bilirubin, creatinine, international normalized ratio, glucose, lactate and serum cytokines interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha were measured at T0, T120, and T360. Over the 6 h following liver ischemia, the FHF group developed a significant increase in ICP. This ICP rise was not observed in the SHAM group and was attenuated in the FHF + LDHF group. However, the ICP levels were not different at T360 in the FHF + LDHF group compared to the FHF group. No significant effect of LPHF on liver tests or levels of proinflammatory cytokines could be demonstrated. In this model, 80 kDa LPHF was not efficient to control FHF intracranial hypertension and to decrease serum cytokine levels. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac surgery and acute kidney injury: retrospective study
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 27)

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units ... [more ▼]

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units (ICU). It occurs in 5% to 30% of patients depending on the definition used [1] [2] [3]. The aim of this study is to present an overview of AKI following cardiac surgery associated or not with cardiopulmonary bypass, in our center. Methods: This retrospective study includes patients treated by cardiac surgery from April 1st, 2008 to March 31th, 2009 in a single center. We selected patients who underwent on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), off-pump CABG (OPCAB), aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair or replacement and aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. Patients undergoing renal replacement therapy preoperatively were excluded. The RIFLE classification (Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss and End stage kidney disease) allowed stratifying the patients into the 3 grades of AKI severity. The stratification was based on the most pejorative element observed within 7 days after surgery: increased serum creatinine level or decreased urine output, or decreased glomerular filtration rate according to criteria of Bellomo [4]. Occurrence of AKI was studied by type of cardiac surgery as its impact on the length of stay in ICU and in the hospital. Proportions were compared by the Chi-square test and median values by the Mann-Whitney U test. Results were considered significant at p < 0.05. Results: Four hundred and thirty-four patients were included: median (IQR) age 69.0(60.0-76.0) year, 30.2% females, 2.76% urgent/emergent cases. Fifty-eight patients (13.4%) underwent OPCAB, 182(41.9%) on-pump CABG, 104(24.0%) aortic valve replacement, 44(10.1%) mitral valve repair or replacement and 46(10.6%) aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. AKI occurred in 213(49.1%) patients: 79(37.1%) “Risk”, 108(50.7%) “Injury” and 26(12,2%) “Failure”. Distribution of AKI by type of surgery was equal to 36.2% among OPCABG, 44.0% on-pump CABG, 49.0% aortic valve replacement, 52.3% mitral valve surgery and 82.6% aortic valve replacement combined with CABG, respectively. AKI occurrences differed significantly according to the type of surgery (p<0.0001). Lengths of stay in ICU were significantly longer (p<0.0001) in AKI group compared with non AKI group: 3(2-4) days versus 2(2-3) days. However, no difference (p = 0.65) was observed between the two (AKI and NON-AKI) groups in hospital length of stay: 13(10-18) days versus 12(10-16) days. Conclusions: The incidence of AKI is very high in this population as compared to the literature. This may be due to the fact that the three elements of the RIFLE classification for all the population studied have been used. This study emphasizes the need for clear definition of AKI in order to compare different studies adequately. AKI after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass would be further studied in order to develop more appropriate preventive measures. [less ▲]

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See detailCPB AND AORTIC SURGERY The state of the Art (From a Theoritical to a Practical Approach)
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg

Conference (2012, October 04)

Background Despite recent improvements in prevention, medical treatment [1]and endovascular aortic repair , invasive surgery associated with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) remains the best option of ... [more ▼]

Background Despite recent improvements in prevention, medical treatment [1]and endovascular aortic repair , invasive surgery associated with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) remains the best option of treatment for some patients. The aim of this study is to make a review of the specific CPB protocols associated with these invasive surgical approaches, based on our clinical experience and according to the recent literature. Up to now, these protocols are not supported by evidence based in medicine (EBM) [2] or in perfusion (EBP). Discrepancies can be observed regarding target temperature , selective cerebral protection , CPB circuit concept and arterial cannulation sites . Variables guidelines are suggested concerning regional flow , transfusion requirements [3], coagulation monitoring blood gas management[4] as for cerebral and CPB monitoring tools. Conclusions In the absence of EBM and EBP in the aortic surgery field, the short and long terms clinical outcomes of the patients elected to invasive surgery for aortic diseases must guide and substantiate our choices of techniques and of CPB protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac surgery and acute kidney injury: retrospective study
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2012, September 29)

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units ... [more ▼]

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units (ICU). It occurs in 5% to 30% of patients depending on the definition used [1] [2] [3]. The aim of this study is to present an overview of AKI following cardiac surgery associated or not with cardiopulmonary bypass. Methods: This retrospective study includes patients treated by cardiac surgery from April 1st, 2008 to March 31th, 2009 in a single center. We selected patients who underwent on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), off-pump CABG (OPCAB), aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair or replacement and aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. Patients undergoing renal replacement therapy preoperatively were excluded. The RIFLE classification (Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss and End stage kidney disease) allowed to stratify the patients into the 3 grades of AKI severity. The stratification was based on the most pejorative element observed within 7 days after surgery: increased serum creatinine level or decreased urine output, or decreased glomerular filtration rate according to criteria of Bellomo [4]. Occurrence of AKI was studied by type of cardiac surgery as its impact on the length of stay in ICU and in the hospital. Proportions were compared by the Chi-square test and median values by the Kruskal-Wallis. Results were considered significant at p < 0.05. Results: Four hundred and thirty four patients were included: median (IQR) age 69.0(60.0-76.0) year, 30.2% females, 2.76% urgent/emergent cases. Fifty-eight patients (13.4%) underwent OPCAB, 182(41.9%) on-pump CABG, 104(24.0%) aortic valve replacement, 44(10.1%) mitral valve repair or replacement and 46(10.6%) aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. AKI occurred in 213(49.1%) patients: 79(37.1%) “Risk”, 108(50.7%) “Injury” and 26(12,2%) “Failure”. Occurrence of AKI after OPCAB was 21(9.86%), CABG 80(37.6%), aortic valve replacement 51(23.9%), mitral valve surgery 23(10.8%) and aortic valve replacement combined with CABG 38(17.8%). AKI occurrences differed significantly between the different groups of surgery (p<0.0001). Lengths of stay in ICU were significantly longer (p<0.0001) in AKI group compared with non AKI group: 3(2-4) days versus 2(2-3) days. No difference (p = 0.65) was observed between the two (AKI and NON-AKI) groups in hospital length of stay: 13(10-18) days versus 12(10-16) days. Conclusions: The incidence of AKI is very high in this population as compared to the literature. This may be due to the fact that the three elements of the RIFLE classification for all the population studied have been used: serum creatinine level, urine output and glomerular filtration rate. This study emphasizes the need for clear definition of AKI in order to compare adequately different studies. AKI after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass would be further studied in order to develop more appropriate preventive measures. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac surgery and shed blood management: one way to improve the quality of cardiopulmonary bypass
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2012)

Présentation réalisée au cours d'un "work-shop" organisé par la société Eurox, implantée à Bruxelles. Au cours de cette présentation, la gestion du sang épanché durant la circulation extra-corporelle a ... [more ▼]

Présentation réalisée au cours d'un "work-shop" organisé par la société Eurox, implantée à Bruxelles. Au cours de cette présentation, la gestion du sang épanché durant la circulation extra-corporelle a été développée ainsi que la présentation d'un projet d'étude clinique en cours au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on the healing of Achilles tendons of rats
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Wound Repair & Regeneration : Official Publication of the Wound Healing Society and the European Tissue Repair Society (2012), 20(5), 748-756

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles ... [more ▼]

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles tendons of rats. After surgery, rats received an injection of PRP (n=60) or a physiological solution (n=60) in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were submitted to a biomechanical test using cryo-jaws before performing transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the 5 remaining tendons in each group. Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days. The mechanical stress was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group at day 30. Histological analysis showed a precocious deposition of fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical measurement. The expression of tenomodulin was significantly higher at day 5. The mRNA level of type III collage, matrix metalloproteinase 2, 3 and 9 was similar in the 2 groups at all time points whereas type I collagen was significantly increased at day 30 in the PRP group. In conclusion, an injection of PRP in sectioned rat Achilles tendon influences the early phase of tendons healing and results in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailIntraperitoneal Adhesions After Open or Laparoscopic Abdominal Procedure: An Experimental Study in the Rat.
Arung, Willy; Drion, Pierre ULg; CHERAMY-BIEN, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A. (2012), 22(7), 651-657

Abstract Background: Adhesion formation is common after abdominal surgery. The incidence and severity of adhesion formation following open or laparoscopic surgery remain controversial. The role of CO(2 ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: Adhesion formation is common after abdominal surgery. The incidence and severity of adhesion formation following open or laparoscopic surgery remain controversial. The role of CO(2) pneumoperitoneum is also widely discussed. This study aimed to compare adhesion formation following peritoneal injury by electrocoagulation performed through open or laparoscopic procedures in a rat model. Materials and Methods: Sixty male rats were randomized to undergo a 1.5-cm peritoneal injury with unipolar cautery under general anesthesia: open surgery (Group A, n=20), laparoscopic surgery with CO(2) pneumoperitoneum (Group B, n=20), and laparoscopic surgery with air pneumoperitoneum (Group C, n=20). Duration of the procedures was fixed at 90 minutes in all groups, and pneumoperitoneum pressure was kept at 10 mm Hg. Ten days later, the animals underwent a secondary laparotomy to score peritoneal adhesions using qualitative and quantitative parameters. Results: Forty-five rats developed at least one adhesion: 95% in Group A, 83% in Group B, and 55% in Group C (P<.01; Group C versus Group A, P<.01). According to number, thickness, tenacity, vascularization, extent, type, and grading according to the Zuhkle classification, no significant difference was observed between Groups A and B. The distribution of adhesions after open surgery was significantly different than after laparoscopic surgery (P<.001). It is interesting that Group C rats developed significantly fewer adhesions at the traumatized site, and their adhesions had less severe qualitative scores compared with those after open surgery (P<.01). Conclusions: In this animal model, CO(2) laparoscopic surgery did not decrease the formation of postoperative adhesion, compared with open surgery. The difference with the animals operated on with air pneumoperitoneum emphasizes the role of CO(2) in peritoneal injury leading to adhesion formation. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of type of contraction upon tendinous tissue during training: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Meeusen, R; Duchateau, J; Roelands, B (Eds.) et al Book of Abstracts of the 17th annual Congress of the ECSS (2012, July)

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Materiel and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Materiel and methods: This study compared the effects of two methods of training (eccentric (E) training and concentric (C) training) with untrained (U) rats. The animals underwent training over a period of five weeks. The tricipital, patellar and Achilles tendons were subsequently removed to perform a traction test to the point of tendon rupture, and a histological analysis was performed. Results: There was a significant improvement in the rupture force of the patellar and tricipital tendons between the U and E groups. The tricipital tendons in the control group presented a significantly smaller cross-section than the E- and C-trained groups. No significant difference was observed for the constraints between the three groups for all three tendons. However, a tendency towards improvement was observed between the trained and the U groups for the patellar tendon. Histological studies demonstrated the development of a greater number of blood vessels and a larger quantity of collagen in the eccentric group. Discussion and conclusion: The mechanical properties of tendons in rats improve after specific training, especially following eccentric training. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma on the healing of tendons: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Biomedica 2012 (2012, April)

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the cicatrisation of ruptured Achilles tendons of rats. Material and Methods: A 5mm defect was surgically made in the Achilles tendon of 120 rats. A few hours after surgery, 45 rats received a PRP or PBS injection in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were immediately submitted to a biomechanical tensile strength test until rupture using a “cryo-jaw” device. After, theses samples were used for transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the five remained tendons in each group. Results: Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days than those in the control group. The transverse area of tendons in the PRP group was significantly higher at day 5 and 15. The constraint was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group in the late phase of the healing (day 30). Histological and immunohistological analysis showed an increased staining for fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical analysis showing an increased collagen concentration in the callus. The expression of tenomodulin, a tenocyte differentiation marker, was significantly higher in the PRP-treated tendons at day 5. No significant difference in terms of mRNA for type III collagen and matrix metalloproteinase 9 was observed at any time between the 2 groups. Conclusion: A single injection of PRP in sectioned Achilles tendon of rats few hours after surgery influences the early phase of tendons healing, resulting in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailExtraction conditions can greatly influence antioxidant capacity assays in plant food matrices
Michiels, Jean-Albert ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg et al

in Food Chemistry (2012), 130

The estimated antioxidant capacity of different matrices can vary considerably between research reports. Besides intrinsic factors (not studied here), our work showed that may have various causes. Firstly ... [more ▼]

The estimated antioxidant capacity of different matrices can vary considerably between research reports. Besides intrinsic factors (not studied here), our work showed that may have various causes. Firstly, different methods are used to measure antioxidant capacity. Secondly, the results obtained for a single matrix by one method (such as ORAC) can vary with the extraction conditions. Parameters having a great impact on the amount and composition of antioxidants in extracts, and thus on the measured antioxidant capacity, notably include the extraction solvent composition, temperature, extraction time (duration), solvent-to-solid ratio, and storage conditions. Standardization of the extraction procedure is thus necessary for accurate and reproducible determination of the antioxidant capacity and phenolics in different food matrices by different laboratories. In this study we optimised such a procedure for four fresh plant matrices (orange, apple, leek, and broccoli). The optimised procedure requires extraction in a mixture of acetone/water/acetic acid (70/28/2, v/v/v) for 1 h at 4°C, with a solvent-to-solid ratio of 20 mL per 1 g. Fresh material should be used, but if this is not possible, one may lyophilise the plant matrices or store the extracts for a few days at -20°C before analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Pericardite constrictive.
Johnen, J.; RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(3), 107-12

Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is a common disease with difficult diagnosis. We report a well-documented case of CP with extended pericardial calcification treated by total pericardiectomy. A brief review ... [more ▼]

Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is a common disease with difficult diagnosis. We report a well-documented case of CP with extended pericardial calcification treated by total pericardiectomy. A brief review of symptoms and signs of CP is presented, as well as additional examination allowing the diagnosis to be confirmed. The differential diagnosis with restictive cardiomyopathy is also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement endovasculaire des dissections de l'aorte descendante (type B).
BRULS, Samuel ULg; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; SAKALIHASAN, Natzi ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(9), 468-74

Aortic dissection is one of the most serious aortic diseases by its potential for rupture, but also for other complications, such as cerebral or splanchnic ischemia, which may be fatal. If open surgery is ... [more ▼]

Aortic dissection is one of the most serious aortic diseases by its potential for rupture, but also for other complications, such as cerebral or splanchnic ischemia, which may be fatal. If open surgery is the rule for lesions of the ascending aorta (type A), type B (not concerning the ascending aorta) is first a matter of medical treatment except when complications are present. In this case the placement of a stentgraft is a valuable alternative to open surgery. We report a patient presenting with a type B aortic dissection, characterized by rapid expansion and complicated by peri-aortic leakage, who was successfully treated by thoracic aortic stentgraft placement. This was done in a hybrid operating room associating the characteristics of a classical operating room for cardio-vascular surgery with those of an interventional radiology suite. [less ▲]

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See detailFaut-il operer les petits anevrysmes poplites asymptomatiques?
Holemans, Ch; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg

in Revue medicale de Liege (2012), 67(11), 576-81

The authors recently observed two patients who suffered acute lower limb ischemia secondary to thrombosis of a small (diameter of less than 2 cm) popliteal artery aneurysm. A literature search lead to the ... [more ▼]

The authors recently observed two patients who suffered acute lower limb ischemia secondary to thrombosis of a small (diameter of less than 2 cm) popliteal artery aneurysm. A literature search lead to the conclusion that small popliteal aneurysms, covered with mural thrombus and presenting a distorted neck due to elongation, are prone to thrombosis. Another risk factor is a restrained outflow bed as a result of previous micro-embolisations into the tibial arteries. The authors conclude that small popliteal artery aneurysms are not so innocent as is often presumed. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgical treatment of cardiovascular complications in patients with Marfan syndrome: a report of two cases and literature review.
BRULS, Samuel ULg; BRULS, Samuel ULg; Radermecker, Marc ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2012), 112(3), 213-8

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. The most life threatening complication is aortic root aneurysms leading to aortic dissection or ... [more ▼]

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. The most life threatening complication is aortic root aneurysms leading to aortic dissection or rupture. It can be prevented by regular aortic follow-up and prophylactic aortic surgery. Modern aortic surgery has led to a substantial increase in the life expectancy of these patients. We report two cases of Marfan syndrome with cardiovascular complications. Their management is discussed according to the most recent literature. [less ▲]

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