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See detailFatty acids and associated cardiovascular risk
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Leroy, Ludovic et al

in Food and Nutrition Sciences (2013), 4(9A), 188-194

Background: A fatty acid (FA) is a carboxylic acid with a long aliphatic chain, which is either saturated or unsaturated. Recently, the role of FA and particularly omega-3 and -6 has emerged as ... [more ▼]

Background: A fatty acid (FA) is a carboxylic acid with a long aliphatic chain, which is either saturated or unsaturated. Recently, the role of FA and particularly omega-3 and -6 has emerged as cardiovascular risk factor in the literature. The aim of our study was to establish reference values for these FA and to compare them with data obtained in a population of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. Materials and methods: Hundred thirty five healthy subjects (59.38 ± 27.12 yo, 75 men) were selected as reference population. We also evaluated FA in thirty three patients (55 ± 9 yo, 23 men) admitted in the Emergency Department of our Institution for AMI. The fasting whole blood was drawn in vacutainer containing EDTA. Before analysis, samples were washed and transmethylated. We performed the quantification of different FA by gas chromatography associated with flame ionisation detector (GCFID). Results: We obtained results in control healthy patients to be used as reference values. In the AMI group, levels of omega-6 were significantly higher (p<0.05) for C18:2n6 and C18:3n6 than the reference population and omega-3 values were significantly lower (p<0.01) compared to reference value for C22:6n3. The omega-3 index was lower and the ratio omega-6/omega-3 was higher in AMI group compared to reference values. Conclusions: We have established reference value for FA and have compared these values with the results obtained in AMI population. FA determination is a new tool we are able to use and to process in our laboratory which can help the clinician to screen patients with the highest cardiovascular risks because of the implication of FA in the etiopathogeny of atherosclerosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRunning races: study of the stress and cardiac biomarkers
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, September), 1(Supplement 1), 212

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured ... [more ▼]

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured by new commercially available high-sensitive methods in subjects undergoing a marathon and an ultra-trail. Our aim was to compare cTnT and NT-proBNP levels before and after the stress tests, in sportive subjects. Materials and Methods: Twenty eight subjects (26 men, 42.5 ± 11 yo) ran the Maasmarathon (42.195 kilometers) between Visé (Belgium) and Maastricht (The Netherlands) and 33 subjects (33 men, 45.7±9.3yo) ran the Ultratour of Liège (Belgium ; 67 km). We took blood sample before (T0), just after (T1) and 3 hours after the race (T3). In all the patients, cTnT concentrations were measured by high sensitive methods (hsTnT, Roche Diagnostics) on heparin plasma. The NT-proBNP was also determined with the kit Roche on heparin plasma. The protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Liège (Belgium). All subjects gave their informed consent. All statistical analyses were performed using Medcalc version 8.1 for Windows. p-value <0.01 was regarded as statistically significant. Results and discussion: A significant difference between hsTnT concentrations at T0 and T1 (p<0.0001), and between T0 and T3 (p<0.001) for NT-proBNP have been observed, but not between T1 and T3. This observation appeared only after a strenuous exercise. However, up to now this type of exercise is not reproducible easily in a laboratory. Moreover, nobody knows if these observations would have cardiac consequences at long terms. Conclusions: Measurement of cardiac troponins by high sensitive methods allows detecting significant release of biomarkers from the heart during exercise. The value of NT-proBNP are also significant but less than TnThs. We think that the TnThs could be an interesting tool in the future to help sport medicine to detect risk of developing a cardiac problem in the future or a sudden death. [less ▲]

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Gleizes Cervera, S.; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, September), 1(1),

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See detailRéaction inflammatoire exubérante suite à une infiltration de PRP
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, September), 1(Supplement 1), 278-279

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively ... [more ▼]

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively new treatment for tendinopathies. To date, no side effects have been reported after infiltration of PRP to treat tendinopathy. Case report: A 35-year-old patient had a right upper patellar tendinopathy which was resistant to all conservative treatments for more than 6 months. The patient was a type 1 diabetic (well controlled). He had an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after disinfection but without local anaesthetic. Immediately following the infiltration, local cryotherapy was performed for 15 minutes. NSAIDs were avoided, but class-1 or -2 pain-killers were authorised if necessary. A standardised sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should have been started 1 week after. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain which appeared just underneath the patella, but without biological inflammatory syndrome. A great Doppler signal in a thicker patellar tendon was observed by US, but there was no sign of local infectious disease demonstrated by either CT or MRI. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a progressive 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAIDs and colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was neither evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome nor sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. An antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg) was initiated for 3 months. Finally, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1 treated by a classical physical therapy and concomitant class-2 pain killers. The evolution was favourable after 6 months of symptomatic treatment, and the pain decreased to a level similar to that before the infiltration of PRP. Discussion/Conclusions: This case report draws attention to potential side effects that are linked to this new therapy by infiltration of platelet rich plasma in case of tendinopathy, in particular when used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailHazard factors of ACL rupture: Neuromuscular factors
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; MASSART, Nicolas ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, September), 1(supplement 1), 50-51

Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee are disabling, often associated with other intra-articular damages and increase the risk of early onset of osteoarthritis. It is very probable ... [more ▼]

Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee are disabling, often associated with other intra-articular damages and increase the risk of early onset of osteoarthritis. It is very probable that multiple risk factors act in combination to influence injury risk. It is important to have a comprehensive understanding of these ACL risk factors, whose neuromuscular factors, even if investigations on neuromuscular factors reported to date do not provide a complete understanding of ACL injury risk. According to several recent studies, the neuromuscular control of joint biomechanics during a specific activity seems to represent a predicting factor of an ACL injury, by quantifying the intersegmental forces and moments generated about the tibio-femoral joint. Laboratory studies have shown that landing from a jump performs cutting and pivoting maneuvers with less knee and hip flexion, increases knee valgus and internal rotation of the hip coupled, with increased external rotation of the tibia and quadriceps muscle activation (especially in women). It has been hypothesized that these movement patterns increase the strain in the ACL during activity and that the large difference in knee injury incidence rates between males and females (1/4.5) may be attributed to neuromuscular differences and resultant mechanics. Although studies have shown that the position of the knee and the magnitude and sequence of muscle contraction can increase ACL strain values, it is hard to exactly correlate these movements to what occurs during activity and sport and at the time of ACL injury. Recently, a simpler assessment tool has been validated and is able to be administered in a clinic-based testing environment Consequently, the screening for ACL injury risk could be performed on a more widespread population. Athletes who went on to a primary ACL injury also demonstrated significant side to side differences in lower extremity biomechanics as well as reduced relative lower extremity flexor activation relative to an uninjured control population during the vertical drop jump. Similar mechanisms of injury risk have been identified in athletes medically cleared to return to sport after ACL reconstruction. These seminal findings indicate that these abnormal and asymmetrical biomechanical and neuromuscular control profiles are likely both residual to, and exacerbated by, the initial injury. A study revealed that a fatigue-induced protocol altered the latency as well as the magnitude of reflex responses of the hamstring muscles and the tibial translation only in women. The authors of various studies have suggested that the hamstring muscles play an important role in maintaining knee stability and that they protect the ACL during movements of the tibia relative to the femur. Therefore, decreased reflex responses of the hamstring muscles and in turn an increased the tibial translation might contribute to the pathomechanics of the ACL injuries. It is therefore conceivable that the fatigue-induced decrease of the hamstring neuromuscular function may increase the tibial translation and probably contributes to the higher incidence of ACL injuries, especially in women. A preventive approach to decrease ACL injuries could integrate muscle imbalances as a risk factor. If it has been scientifically validated than the muscle strength profile determined by an isokinetic testing offers a predictive value on the hamstring lesion occurrence, similar studies have not permitted such a conclusion about ACL injury. The isokinetic assessments after ACL reconstruction have allowed us to observe, on the healthy contralateral knee, a higher frequency of reduced hamstring/quadriceps ratios. A possible pre-existing weakness in the hamstring and the occurrence of an ACL injury is therefore possible but only a difficult prospective approach due to the multifactorial nature of ligament injuries could clarify that point. In conclusion, a functional analysis of the landing of a jump and an isokinetic muscle strength assessment have been suggested to represent predictive elements of an ACL rupture, but further studies are needed to have a stronger evidence of their predictive qualities of injury. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt des ondes de choc dans le traitement des fasciites plantaires
Fromm, Aurélien; Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; LAURENT, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, September), 1(Supplement 1), 276-277

Introduction : Over the past ten years, radial shock wave therapy usage has grown tremendously. Prescribed for chronic tendinopathy, its real benefit has yet to be demonstrated. Objective : Demonstrate ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Over the past ten years, radial shock wave therapy usage has grown tremendously. Prescribed for chronic tendinopathy, its real benefit has yet to be demonstrated. Objective : Demonstrate radial shock wave therapy benefits in plantar fasciitis treatment. Materials and methods : Our experimentation is a study over twelve weeks divided in 2 periods: the control phase (week 0 to week 6) and treatment phase (week 6 to week 11). It includes 3 evaluations (T1, T2 and T3) respectively at 0, 6 and 11 weeks. A standard evaluation consists of one VAS pain, an algo-functional backwash survey about the ankle (modified FFI), algometer test and dynamic analysis of the foot on strength platform. The radial shock wave therapy has been performed thanks to Swiss DolorClast machine (Electro Medical Systems) Results : Statistical analysis show radial shock wave therapy induces a highly significant improvement (p<0,0001) on EVA results (50%), ankle algo-functional backwash (62.6%) and pain sensitivity threshold (49.6%). Therefore, a significant correlation can be observed during T2- T3 period between pain sensitivity threshold improvement and patients age (p=0,012). The statistical results show a time increase trend for foot-ground contact over time. It is not significant though. Conclusion : The use of radial shock wave therapy in plantar fasciitis treatment helps decrease pain and improve step. However, additional studies performed on bigger samples have to be completed to confirm these results. [less ▲]

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See detailEccentric rehabilitation for elbow hypermobility
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; FOIDART, Marguerite ULg et al

in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies (2013), 3(6), 1805

Introduction: Joint hypermobility involves an increased range of motion compared to normal amplitudes for the same age, sex and ethnic group. Patients with hypermobility suffer from joints problems and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Joint hypermobility involves an increased range of motion compared to normal amplitudes for the same age, sex and ethnic group. Patients with hypermobility suffer from joints problems and chronic pain is the most frequently reported symptom. Eccentric muscle strengthening could be very important to protect hypermobile joints. Case report: An Ehler-Danlos syndrome patient presented pain in the right elbow and the right wrist after a season of tennis. Her physiotherapy (18 sessions, 3 times a week) consisted of wrist prono-supination and flexion-extension muscle group reinforcement and proprioceptive training. To protect the wrist against excessive load, the eccentric strengthening exercises of prono-supinator and flexor-extensor muscles of elbow and wrist were undertaken gradually, at increasing speeds [30°/s, 60°/s, and 90°/s] within a limited range of motion in flexion and extension, on an isokinetic device after an evaluation. She was also given an ortheosis restricting the joint range of motion of the wrist. The patient rapidly noted a decrease in pain and an increase in the stability of her right arm even when playing tennis. Isokinetic evaluation objectified an improvement in maximal torque of 20 to 25% in flexion-extension muscles of the right elbow. She was also given individualized home exercises. Conclusion: The goal of rehabilitation is to avoid hypermobility by using the muscles as a protective brake in the control of joint positioning. Muscles can be reinforced in eccentric mode with starting position at the maximum length of these muscles when unstreched. The exercises can be carried out safely on an isokinetic device, at slow speed and limited range of joint motion to avoid risk of luxation. Thus, in this case report, the eccentric exercises using an isokinetic device were effective to safely reinforce the muscles as a protective brake for joint hypermobility. [less ▲]

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See detailAnévrisme de l’artère ulnaire chez un couvreur
Lognard, Michaël; Courtois, Anne-Catherine ULg; LECLERCQ, Daniel ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2013), 68(7-8), 399-401

A case of ulnar artery aneurysm in an independent roofer is reported. It is a rare disease often associated with the Hammer Hypothenar Syndrome specifically found in manual workers and athletes exposed to ... [more ▼]

A case of ulnar artery aneurysm in an independent roofer is reported. It is a rare disease often associated with the Hammer Hypothenar Syndrome specifically found in manual workers and athletes exposed to repetitive palmar trauma. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat chronic upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, July), 47(10 (e3)), 15

Background: Upper patellar tendinopathies remain often chronic and rebel to a thorough conservative treatment. Moreover, the option of a surgical treatment could be disappointing. New treatments are being ... [more ▼]

Background: Upper patellar tendinopathies remain often chronic and rebel to a thorough conservative treatment. Moreover, the option of a surgical treatment could be disappointing. New treatments are being developed. Injection of PRP is one of these. Platelets contain lot of growth factors which would have the potentiality to enhance the healing process of tendons. Even if in vitro and animal experiments have demonstrated this stimulation of tendon healing process1, clinical series are subject to controversy2. Methods: Twenty patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathy were enrolled. Assessments [VAS, clinical examination with an algometer, algofunctional scores (IKDC and VISA-P), functional assessments (isokinetic and Optojump) and imagery (ultrasounds and MRI)]were made before infiltration of PRP, and 6 weeks and 3 months after. The PRP was obtained by an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). Six millilitres of PRP were injected without local anaesthetic. One week after infiltration, patients started a 6-week standardised sub-maximal eccentric reeducation. Results: We observed a very significant improvement of the algofunctional status as soon as 6 weeks after the infiltration of PRP, and continued to a lesser extent up to 3 months. During functional evaluation, pain decreased as well, but without significant improvement of performances. No significant improvements in the imagery were observed. Interestingly, patients who had a VAS equal or below 1 after 3 months post-infiltration were younger (24.7 vs 32.2 y.o.). Moreover, these younger patients had a significant increase of the IKDC score (p=0.003), a significant improvement of pain during isokinetic evaluations (p<0.05), and during Optojump assessments (p=0.01). Seventy-five percent of subjects were able to return to sport, even if only half of these patients recovered the same level than before the tendinopathy. Discussion / Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a local infiltration of PRP associated with a submaximal eccentric protocol is efficient to improve symptoms of chronic upper patellar tendinopathies, non-responsive to classical conservative treatments. However, up to now, there is no consensus on the method to prepare the PRP. Indeed, each technique could provide a very different PRP (variations in the platelet concentrations and of the amount of red and white cells). [less ▲]

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See detailIsocinétisme : aspects spécifiques chez le sportif
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Abstract Book de la 1ère Journée de Rééducation de l'INSEP (2013, June)

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See detailThe risk factors for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee: the neuromuscular state
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg et al

in OA Sports Medicine (2013), 1(1), 95

Multiple factors act conjointly to influence the risk of injury of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. An understanding of neuromuscular factors remains necessary, although this does not guarantee ... [more ▼]

Multiple factors act conjointly to influence the risk of injury of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. An understanding of neuromuscular factors remains necessary, although this does not guarantee a complete analysis of the risks of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament. Women have a greater risk of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in comparison to men. This can be explained by an increase in the internal rotation of the hip, coupled with an increase in the external rotation of the tibia and increased muscular activation of the quadriceps (with a concomitant decrease in hamstring activity) during landing or pivotal movements. In addition, muscular fatigue of the hamstrings and a weak hamstring/quadriceps ratio could contribute to the risk of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament. Finally, a lack of relative joint laxity can also constitute a risk factor of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in women. Other potential neuromuscular risk factors could also be highlighted. Screening for these risk factors, for example, by means of a functional jump-landing test, together with an isokinetic test, could help to recommend new prevention protocols. The aim of this review was to discuss the risk factors for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. In conclusion, thanks to an overall knowledge of all the possible risk factors (intrinsic and extrinsic, modifiable or not), sports people who are predisposed to a recurrence of rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament could be identified. However, the hypothetical neuromuscular factors reported till date (Table 1) do not offer a complete understanding of this risk. [less ▲]

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See detailExuberant inflammatory reaction after an infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively ... [more ▼]

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively new treatment for tendinopathies. To date, no side effects have been reported after infiltration of PRP to treat tendinopathy. Case report: A 35-year-old patient had a right upper patellar tendinopathy which was resistant to all conservative treatments for more than 6 months. The patient was a type 1 diabetic (well controlled). He had an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after disinfection but without local anaesthetic. Immediately following the infiltration, local cryotherapy was performed for 15 minutes. NSAIDs were avoided, but class-1 or -2 pain-killers were authorised if necessary. A standardised sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should have been started 1 week after. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain which appeared just underneath the patella, but without biological inflammatory syndrome. A great Doppler signal in a thicker patellar tendon was observed by US, but there was no sign of local infectious disease demonstrated by either CT or MRI. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a progressive 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAIDs and colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was neither evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome nor sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. An antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg) was initiated for 3 months. Finally, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1 treated by a classical physical therapy and concomitant class-2 pain killers. The evolution was favourable after 6 months of symptomatic treatment, and the pain decreased to a level similar to that before the infiltration of PRP. Discussion/Conclusions: This case report draws attention to potential side effects that are linked to this new therapy by infiltration of platelet rich plasma in case of tendinopathy, in particular when used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. Reference: Platelet-rich plasma application in the management of chronic tendinopathies. Acta Orthop Belg 2013; 79: 10-15. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; SIMONI, Paolo ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Introduction: Tendinopathies, especially upper patellar tendinopathy also known as jumper’s knee, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Several experimental studies have shown the healing ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Tendinopathies, especially upper patellar tendinopathy also known as jumper’s knee, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Several experimental studies have shown the healing properties of platelet and their growth factors. These factors have the potentiality to improve healing of different tissues: bones, muscles, tendons... Researches have specifically demonstrated the platelets action as mediator and/or enhancer of tissue healing. On the other hand, such treatment has been totally removed of list of doping treatments. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of 1 injection of PRP in patients suffering from chronic jumper’s knee. Methods: Patients performed imaging (US and MRI) and functional assessments, and a clinical examination using an algometer, before treatment and 6 weeks after PRP treatment. They were also invited to answer to questionnaire relative to pain and functional status. PRP was obtained from autologous blood using an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). The injection of 6mL of PRP was realised without local anaesthesia into the proximal insertion of the patellar tendon. A 48h rest-time was recommended after infiltration. Afterwards, a submaximal eccentric reeducation was initiated 1 week after infiltration 3 times a week during 5 weeks. In case of pain, anti-inflammatory drugs were prohibited and patient were encouraged to take class I or II painbrakers. Our protocol was approved by Ethic Committee of University and University Hospital of Liège. Results: Eighteen patients with jumper’s knee were included in our study. Pre-injection tests revealed pain of the upper part of the patellar tendon just below the patella, associated with loss of function. Imaging exams confirmed diagnosis. Six weeks post-injection, the clinical status was improved for the majority of the patients, with a significant decrease of algo-functional scores. The pain reported during functional assessments was decreased (in particular for the eccentric actions), yet no significant improvement of physical performances was observed. We found no significant differences between imaging exams before and 6 weeks after PRP injection. Conclusion: One in situ injection of PRP clinically improved patients with jumper’s knee 6 weeks after treatment. Most patients reported a decrease of pain during day-life and through physical activities. However nor functional performances neither imaging were improved. A followup at 3 months is actually in process to evaluate more long term efficacy of PRP treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) with the high sensitive cardiac troponin T in healthy runners
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; BREVERS, Eric ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker ... [more ▼]

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker for acute coronary syndrome. Troponin T (TnT) is a component of the contractile apparatus of the striated musculature. Cardiac TnT is a cardio-specific, highly sensitive marker for myocardial damage. The aim of our study was to compare the results obtained with the H-FABP and the highly sensitive cardiac troponins (hsTnT) and to test their cardiospecificity in healthy runners. Methods: Twenty three runners (marathon) were enrolled. We drowned samples at three times: just before (T0), just after (T1), and three hours after the end of the race (T3). H-FABP was determined with a Randox immunoturbidimetric assay and hs-TnT with a Roche electrochemiluminescence immunoassay, both on Cobas 6000. A linear regression was calculated to observe if there is any correlation between the two biomarkers. Values above the 95th percentile for H-FABP (2.5ng/mL) and the 99th percentile for hsTnT (14ng/L) were considered as positive. Results: At T0, none of the subjects were positive for hsTnT but 35% were positive for H-FABP; at T1, 83% for hsTnT and 100% for H-FABP; at T3, 83% for hsTnT and 96% for H-FABP. At T0, the regression equation was H-FABP T0 = 3.9454 – 0.1001 x hsTnT T0; at T1: H-FABP T1 = 51.838 – 1.7026 x hsTnT T1; at T3: H-FABP T3 = 47.977 – 1.6193 x hsTnT T3. No correlation was observed between the two biomarkers at the different time. Conclusions: We observed a significant increase of H-FABP and hsTnT in runners. These markers are independent to each other. These values could biologically correspond to a heart ischemia. However, we suggested that exercise-induced cardiac hsTnT and H-FABP release is not a marker of exercise-induced pathology but likely a physiologic response to effort or an exercise-induced cardiac remodelling. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of different endurance races on the heart: the point of view of the biologist
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; Thébault, Jérémie et al

in Book of abstracts of 18th Annual Congress of the ECSS (2013, June)

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of intense exercise, represented by different endurance races, in relationship with oxidative stress and cardiac markers. In a second time, we ... [more ▼]

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of intense exercise, represented by different endurance races, in relationship with oxidative stress and cardiac markers. In a second time, we tried to demonstrate if oxidative stress induced by physical activity is a physiological or pathological process, and to establish some issues to diagnose the risk of sudden death in athletes. Methods Four populations were compared, a control group of 16 participants “sedentary” (37 ± 4,39 years old), a group of 24 semi-marathon runners (41 years ± 8,76 years old), a group of 28 marathon runners (44,1 ± 8,37 years old) and a group of 33 ultra-trail runners (45,8 ± 8,7 years old). Three blood tests were drowned, one just before, one just after, and the last three hours after the end of the race.Different oxidative and stress and cardiac biomarkers were measured. The ultra-trail runners will be subject to an echocardiography and an ECG pre- and post-race. For statistical analysis, STATISTICA 10 software was used. We performed a non-parametric test of Kruskal-Wallis for independent sample and a Friedman ANOVA for paired samples. Results Myeloperoxydase increased during exercise, but the release is less important according to the level of training of the runners. GSH/GSSG ratio seems to remain stable during the race but it could increase during the 24 hours post-race. There is a decrease in lipidic peroxidation during exercise. But, we note an increase of creatine kinase, isoform MB, myoglobin and C-reactive protein during the race. We observe an increase of troponin T and natriuretic peptide but with a different kinetic than the kinetic obtained for a myocardial infarction. Medical imaging in ultra-trail runners present cardiac adaptations to endurance training, as left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and incomplete right bundle branch block (IRBBB). A decrease of systolic and diastolic volumes of the left ventricle and a decrease of longitudinal strain were observed by echocardiography at the end of the race. Conclusion Endurance races induce the income of oxidative stress objectified by different biomarkers increase, but a cell necrosis is not specially observed. In fact, the increase of the cardiac markers during endurance races but may be explained by a transient modification of myocyte permeability, with a release of pool cytosolic. These races may induce micro-muscle damages causing the appearance of an inflammatory process explaining our observations of markers of inflammation. For the medical imaging, it was observed a myocardial adaptation to training and a transient impairment of ventricular function due to dehydration. [less ▲]

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See detailExuberant inflammatory reaction after an infiltration of platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2013, June), 47(10 (e3)), 92

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively ... [more ▼]

Background: PRP, obtained from centrifuged autologous blood, contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance the tissue healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively new treatment for tendinopathies. To date, no side effects have been reported after infiltration of PRP to treat tendinopathy. Case report: A 35-year-old patient had a right upper patellar tendinopathy which was resistant to all conservative treatments for more than 6 months. The patient was a type 1 diabetic (well controlled). He had an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after disinfection but without local anaesthetic. Immediately following the infiltration, local cryotherapy was performed for 15 minutes. NSAIDs were avoided, but class-1 or -2 pain-killers were authorised if necessary. A standardised sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should have been started 1 week after. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain which appeared just underneath the patella, but without biological inflammatory syndrome. A great Doppler signal in a thicker patellar tendon was observed by US, but there was no sign of local infectious disease demonstrated by either CT or MRI. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a progressive 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAIDs and colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was neither evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome nor sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. An antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg) was initiated for 3 months. Finally, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1 treated by a classical physical therapy and concomitant class-2 pain killers. The evolution was favourable after 6 months of symptomatic treatment, and the pain decreased to a level similar to that before the infiltration of PRP. Discussion/Conclusions: This case report draws attention to potential side effects that are linked to this new therapy by infiltration of platelet rich plasma in case of tendinopathy, in particular when used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment in patients with type 1 diabetes. Reference: Platelet-rich plasma application in the management of chronic tendinopathies. Acta Orthop Belg 2013; 79: 10-15. [less ▲]

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See detailSyndromes canalaires rares du membre supérieur - Apport des bilans électrophysiologiques
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; MASSART, Nicolas ULg; TINANT, France ULg et al

in 32ème Séminaire de Traumatologie du Sport de l'AMDTS (2013, May)

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See detailImpact of strenuous exercise on the release of cardiac biomarkers
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Biochimica Clinica (2013, May), 37(SS), 545

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured ... [more ▼]

Background: Cardiac troponins (cTn) are considered as the best biomarkers for detection of myocardial cell injury and NT-proBNP as the best for the cardiac insufficiency. In this study, cTnT was measured by new commercially available high-sensitive methods in subjects un-dergoing the Maasmarathon. Our aim was to compare cTnT and NT-proBNP levels before and after the stress tests, in sportive subjects. Methods: Twenty eight subjects (26 ♂, 42.5±11yo) underwent a race of 42.195 kilometers be-tween Visé (Belgium) and Maastricht (The Netherlands). We drowned blood sample before (T0), just after (T1) and three hours after the race (T3). In all patients, cTnT concentrations were measured by high sensitive methods (hsTnT, Roche Diagnostics) on heparin plasma. The NT-proBNP was also determined with the kit Roche on heparin plasma. The protocol was approved by the ethics committee of the University of Liège (Belgium). All subjects gave their informed consent. All statistical analyses were performed using Medcalc version 8.1 for Windows. p-value <0.01 was regarded as statistically significant. Results: There was a significant difference between hsTnT concentrations at T0 and T1 (p<0.0001), and between T0 and T3 (p<0.001) for NT-proBNP, but not between T1 and T3. This observation appeared only after a strenuous exercise but today this type of exercise is not reproduce easier in a laboratory of sport. Moreover, at this moment, nobody knows if these observations would have cardiac consequences at long terms. Conclusions: Measurement of cardiac troponins by high sensitive methods allows detecting significant release of biomarkers from the heart during exercise. The value of NT-proBNP are also significant but less than TnThs. We think that the TnThs could be an interesting tool in the future to help sport medicine to detect risk of developing a cardiac problem in the future or a sudden death. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) with the high sensitive cardiac troponin T in healthy runners
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; BREVERS, Eric ULg et al

in Biochimica Clinica (2013, May), 37(SS), 544

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker ... [more ▼]

Background: Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is a low molecular weight protein involved in the intracellular uptake and buffering of long chain fatty in the myocardium. It is an early marker for acute coronary syndrome. Troponin T (TnT) is a component of the contractile apparatus of the striated musculature. Cardiac TnT is a cardio-specific, highly sensitive marker for myocardial damage. The aim of our study was to compare the results obtained with the H-FABP and the highly sensitive cardiac troponins (hsTnT) and to test their cardiospecificity in healthy runners. Methods: Twenty three runners (marathon) were enrolled. We drowned samples at three times: just before (T0), just after (T1), and three hours after the end of the race (T3). H-FABP was determined with a Randox immunoturbidimetric assay and hs-TnT with a Roche electrochemiluminescence immunoassay, both on Cobas 6000. A linear regression was calculated to observe if there is any correlation between the two biomarkers. Values above the 95th percentile for H-FABP (2.5ng/mL) and the 99th percentile for hsTnT (14ng/L) were considered as positive. Results: At T0, none of the subjects were positive for hsTnT but 35% were positive for H-FABP; at T1, 83% for hsTnT and 100% for H-FABP; at T3, 83% for hsTnT and 96% for H-FABP. At T0, the regression equation was H-FABP T0 = 3.9454 – 0.1001 x hsTnT T0; at T1: H-FABP T1 = 51.838 – 1.7026 x hsTnT T1; at T3: H-FABP T3 = 47.977 – 1.6193 x hsTnT T3. No correlation was observed between the two biomarkers at the different time. Conclusions: We observed a significant increase of H-FABP and hsTnT in runners. These markers are independent to each other. These values could biologically correspond to a heart ischemia. However, we suggested that exercise-induced cardiac hsTnT and H-FABP release is not a marker of exercise-induced pathology but likely a physiologic response to effort or an exercise-induced cardiac remodelling. [less ▲]

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