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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people.
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailURINARY AND SALIVARY CORTISOL IN LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY–TANDEM MASS SPECTROMETRY: METHOD VALIDATION AND EXPECTED VALUES DETERMINATION
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; DELCOUR, Sandra ULg; PEETERS, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014, June), 52(Special Suppl), 1241

BACKGROUND: Cortisol measurement is useful in evaluation of Cushing syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, mineralocorticoid excess and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. We developed a liquid ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Cortisol measurement is useful in evaluation of Cushing syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, mineralocorticoid excess and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. We developed a liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (LCMS/MS) method for salivary and urinary cortisol and we determined the 95th percentile (p95) for the urinary and salivary cortisol. We compared them to the Mayo Clinic expected values. METHODS: Saliva at 8 am and 11 pm and 24h urine were obtained from 32 healthy (22 female, 34.3±9.3 yo) volunteers. We performed validation with the enoval software (Arlenda, Belgium). For the validation, we used water or urine with spiked known amounts of cortisol for the CORS and CTU respectively. For the CORS, samples were centrifuged, deuterium labelled cortisol was added as internal standard and the protein precipated by acetonitril. The supernatant was evaporated, dissolved in methanol acidified with acetic acid and analyzed by LCMS/MS. For CTU, samples were centrifuged, deuterium labelled cortisol was added as internal standard and diluted by the ammonium acetate and analyzed by LCMS/MS. At the Mayo Clinic, the expected values were 1-7.5 μg/L (7 a.m-9 a.m) and <1 μg/L (11-12 p.m) for CORS and 3.5-45 μg/24h (<18yo) for CTU. RESULTS: For the CTU, the with-in run did not exceed 3% (0.4-3%) and the between-run did not exceed 3.1% (0.4-3.1%) for 1.5-750 μg/L. The limit of quantification was 1.5 μg/L. The linearity was good between 1.5 and 750 μg/L. The recovery is 97.9±2.2% (95%CI for the mean: 92.4-101.1%). For the CORS, the with-in run and between run did not exceed 8% (1.9-8%) for 1.15-8.65 μg/L. The limit of quantification was 1.15 μg/L. The analyse presents a good linearity between 1.15 and 8.65 μg/L. The recovery is 99.9±2.9% (95%CI for the mean: 94.2-108.7%). The p95 for the CTU according to the CLSI C28-A3 was 33 μg/24h, and for the CORS was 5.42 μg/L at 8 am and 0.7 μg/L at 12 pm. CONCLUSIONS: Our developed method in liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry was validated for the measurement of urinary and salivary cortisol. Our findings indicate that the proposed analytical methods were suitable for routine purposes and useful in many pathological conditions.The expected values confirm these defined by the Mayo Clinic. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of troponin T on AQT90 Flex and COBAS 8000 as a rule in/out tool in an emergency ward
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; EVRARD, Séverine ULg; BREVERS, Eric ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014, June), 52(Special Suppl), 510

BACKGROUND: Troponin measurement is the gold standard for diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). Troponin (highly sensitive (hs), T or I) is measured by immunochemistry instrument or by Point of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Troponin measurement is the gold standard for diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). Troponin (highly sensitive (hs), T or I) is measured by immunochemistry instrument or by Point of Care (POCT). POCT can be useful in emergency lab or ward for a faster diagnosis of patients with chest pain. Our study compared analytical performance of a POCT AQT90 Flex (Radiometer Medical) (AQT) and TnThs Cobas 8000 (Roche Diagnostics) (Cobas). We also compared the clinical performance of both methods at recommended cut-off (14 ng/L for Cobas and 30 ng/ L for AQT). METHODS: We selected 104 patients (296 samples) (range: 6-13822 ng/L) admitted in the Emergency ward for which at least 1 troponin determination (Cobas 8000) had been re-quested in the past 24 hours according to rule in/out procedure applied by this ward. Samples were then measured with the AQT. Inter-assay CV was maximum 8.6% and 9.6% for Cobas and AQT respectively. The cut-off defined as the 99th percentile for Roche was 14 ng/L and the recommended decision threshold value was 30 ng/L for Radiometer. Retrospective analysis of final diagnostic was obtained for all participants: we considered as “true positive” patients for whom a final diagnostic was ST segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) or non STEMI (NSTEMI). RESULTS: On the whole range of measure, the 2 methods showed a good correlation (r2=0.98). Regression equation was Cobas = 0.98 AQT + 31 ng/L (95%CI of the intercept: (26.7;37.7) and 95% CI of the slope (0.96;1)). When we stratified, for the values <54 ng/L, the equation became Cobas = 0.52 AQT +1.1 ng/L (95%CI of the intercept: (-4.8;5.5) and 95% CI of the slope (0.39;0.69)). Bland and Altman plot did not show any bias. At admission [2-7 hours], 78 (81%) of admitted patients were finally considered as AMI, sensitivity was 92 % [96%] for Cobas and 78% [91%] for AQT. Specificity was 15% for Cobas (cut-off 14ng/L) or 73% (cut-off 54 ng/L) and 76% for AQT. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, there was a good correlation between the 2 methods. However, using a cut-off of 14 ng/L for Cobas is questionable for a rule in/out procedure in an emergency ward. Using 54 ng/L for Roche and 30 ng/L for AQT would have led to the best discrimination between patients presenting AMI or not. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma to treat patellar tendinopathies: a 1 year follow-up.
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014, June), 52(Special Suppl), 1285

Background: Jumper’s knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons ... [more ▼]

Background: Jumper’s knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons. Infiltration of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may be considered as a recent therapeutic option for chronic tendinopathies. The aim of the current study is to evaluate the clinical status and the return to sports activities in patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathies up to 1 year after 1 infiltration of PRP. Methods: Twenty patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathy were enrolled. Assessments were made before infiltration of PRP, and 6 weeks and 3 months and 1 year after the infiltration, using a 10-point Visual Analogic Scale and algofunctional scores (IKDC and VISA-P). Moreover, they had to answer an information questionnaire concerning their life and sports activities. The PRP was obtained with an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). Six millilitres of PRP were injected without local anaesthetic. One week after infiltration, patients started a standardised sub-maximal eccentric reeducation. Results: Pain during daily activities significantly decreased with time. VAS has significantly dropped, IKDC and VISA-P significantly improved over the follow-up of 1 year. Seventy percents of patients reported a favourable evolution with decrease of pain, 15% did never report any improvement and 15% were treated surgically. Seventy percents returned to sports activities, 64,3% without any pain, and 50% of them recovered the same sport level. Younger patients seemed to be more susceptible to have an improvement of pain by the PRP infiltration. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a local infiltration of PRP associated with a submaximal eccentric protocol can improve, at 1 year, symptoms of chronic jumper’s knee in patients non-responsive to classical conservative treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailSUITABILITY OF 24,25(OH)2 VITAMIN D3 DETERMINATION WITH AN ADAPTED VERSION OF THE CHROMSYSTEMS® MASSCHROM® 25-OH-VITAMIN D3/D2– LC-MS/MS KIT
SCHLECK, Marie-Louise ULg; NETCHACOVITCH, Matthieu ULg; CRINE, Yannick ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014, June), 52(Special Suppl), 1235

BACKGROUND: The enzym CYP24A1 catalyses the conversion of 25(OH)D3 in 24,25(OH)2D3. Recently, loss-of-function mutation of CYP24A1 has been identified in idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). This ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The enzym CYP24A1 catalyses the conversion of 25(OH)D3 in 24,25(OH)2D3. Recently, loss-of-function mutation of CYP24A1 has been identified in idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). This genetic defect can be highlighted by high 1,25(OH)2D3 and undetectable 24,25(OH)2D3 levels. 24,25(OH)2D3 is also known to interfere with 25(OH)D3 determinations with immunoassays, leading to an overestimation of the 25(OH)D3 concentrations. We adapted the MassChrom kit on the AB SCIEX TQ 5500 in order to systematically provide, next to 25(OH)D3, 25(OH)D2 and C3 epimer, the concentrations of 24,25(OH)2D3. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of 24,25(OH)2D3 determination with this modified method. We also wanted to establish the reference value of 24,25(OH)2D3. METHODS: We modified the Chromsystems MassChrom method by adding the 24,25(OH)D3 correspondent transitions and performed a calibration by spiking known amounts of 24.25(OH)2D3. The LOQ was determined with 10 concentration levels of 24,25(OH)2D3. We selected 92 healthy children (40 girls; 2.4±1.51 years) presenting normal calcium levels (2.49±0.13mmol/l) to determine the 95th percentile (p95). RESULTS: The 24,25(OH)2D3 LOQ was 4.7 ng/ml. 85.9% of our subjects were below this LOQ. The p 95 for the 24,25(OH)2D3, according to the CLSI C28-A3, was <6.2 ng/ml. The average serum concentrations (mean±SD) of 25(OH)D3 and 3-epi-25(OH)D3 were 24.48±10.22ng/ml and 2.07±1.86 ng/ml respectively. The 24,25(OH)2D3 levels (r2=0.64) correlated with the 25(OH)D3 levels. CONCLUSIONS: Our adapted method from Chromsystems Vitamin D determination is available to quantify 24,25(OH)2D3. In this context, this method is able to determine high levels of 24,25(OH)2D3 that can possibly cross react with immunoassays. However, as the LOQ was not low enough, we couldn’t establish correct reference value for 24,25(OH)2D3. A derivatization step in the sample preparation would be interesting to improve the sensibility of the method. [less ▲]

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See detailIs isokinetic eccentric exercise dangerous for the heart?
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; LAURENT, Terry ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2014), 22(2), 131-136

BACKGROUND: Very strenuous exercises can be performed on an isokinetic dynamometer in order to evaluate the resistance to fatigue of different muscular groups. Good cardiac function is necessary in order ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Very strenuous exercises can be performed on an isokinetic dynamometer in order to evaluate the resistance to fatigue of different muscular groups. Good cardiac function is necessary in order to perform these very intensive exercises; otherwise an acute myocardial dysfunction could theoretically appear in predisposed patients. OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to observe the cardiovascular impact of a maximal intense isokinetic eccentric exercise performed by a population of sedentary young men. METHODS: Resting and post-exercise (just after, 3 hours and 24 hours after the exercise) blood samples were taken from 12 young male sedentary healthy subjects. These subjects performed an intense maximal eccentric isokinetic exercise of the quadriceps muscle.We evaluated markers of cardiovascular risk (troponin I, highly sensitive troponin T, NT-proBNP,myoglobin), of inflammation (hsCRP) and of oxidative stress (myeloperoxydase, lipidic peroxides, reduced and oxidized glutathione). RESULTS: The following observations were made: no significant increase in cardiac (NT-proBNP, troponins) or inflammation (hsCRP) biomarkers; a significant increase in myoglobin, myeloperoxidase, lipidic peroxides, oxidised glutathione just after the exercise. CONCLUSIONS: No modification in cardiac biomarkers were observed after the maximal eccentric isokinetic exercise. We were thus able to prove that the exercise could be performed without any risk to cardiac function in young sedentary subjects. However, a significant level of oxidative stress was induced by this exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailNo interest for a second close infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Buhler, Frédéric et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2014, May), 50(Suppl. 1 to No. 3), 21639-002-

Background: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to ... [more ▼]

Background: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to be an effective treatment for this indication, most of the existing studies evaluated the effects of 2 or 3 successive infiltrations. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether 2 infiltrations of PRP proves more effective than a single treatment. Methods: Twenty patients suffering from jumper’s knee for over than 3 months were enrolled into the study and split into two randomized groups (1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP, respectively). The follow-up evaluation consisted of VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores, along with algometer, isokinetic and ultrasounds evaluations. Results: The concentration of the PRP used for each infiltration was similar in both groups, and contained no red or white cells. Results revealed no difference in treatment efficacy between the groups. Conclusion: The comparison between 1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP did not reveal any difference between the 2 groups after a follow-up period of 3 months. A second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat jumper’s knees is not necessary to improve the efficacy of this treatment in the short term. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-year follow-up of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2014, May), 50(Suppl. 1 to No. 3), 227250-

Introduction: Infiltration of PRP may be used as a recent therapeutic option for chronic tendinopathies The aim of the current study is to evaluate the clinic and the return to sports activities in ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Infiltration of PRP may be used as a recent therapeutic option for chronic tendinopathies The aim of the current study is to evaluate the clinic and the return to sports activities in patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathies 1 year after 1 infiltration of PRP. Material and methods: The follow-up of 20 subjects who beneficed from 1 infiltration of PRP was made before infiltration, after 3 months and 1 year after infiltration; it was made as follow: VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores. Moreover, they had to answer an information questionnaire concerning their life and sports activities. Results: Seventy percents of patients reported a favourable evolution with decrease of pain, 10% did never report any improvement and 20% were treated surgically. Eighty-seven percents returned to sports activities without any pain, and 50% of them recovered the same sport level. VAS has significantly (p<0.0001) dropped, IKDC significantly improved (p=0.0007) and VISA-P also significantly increased (p=0.0087) over the follow-up of 1 year. Discussion: This study confirms that a local injection of PRP coupled with a program of eccentric rehabilitation through a chronic Jumper's knee, improves painful symptoms and the functionality of the subjects’ knee up to a follow-up of 1 year. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac troponins and natriuretic peptides in runners: useful for cardiac risk screening ?
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2014, April), 48(7), 173

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. Objective Our aim was to compare ... [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. Objective Our aim was to compare cTnT and NT-proBNP levels before and after the stress tests, in sportive subjects. Design Prospective, cohort study. Setting Amateur marathon runners and ultrarunners. Patients 28 subjects (26 men, 42.5±11 yrs) were enrolled. Interventions Subjects ran the Maasmarathon (42.195 kilometers) and 33 subjects (33 men, 45.7±9.3 yrs) ran the Ultratour of Liège (Belgium; 67 km). All subjects gave their informed consent. We took blood sample before (T0), just after (T1) and 3 hours after the race (T3). Main outcome measurements 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. All statistical analyses were performed using Medcalc version 8.1 for Windows. P-value <.01 was regarded as statistically significant. Results A significant difference between hsTnT concentrations at T0 and T1 (P<.001), and between T0 and T3 (P<.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. Conclusion 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 detailTwo biomarkers for the screening of cardiac risk among runners ?
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2014, April), 48(7), 174

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. Troponin T is a ... [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. Troponin T is a component of the contractile apparatus of the striated musculature. Both are early markers for acute coronary syndrome. Objective 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. Design Prospective, cohort study. Setting Amateur marathon runners. Patients 23 runners (marathon) were enrolled. Interventions We drowned blood samples at three times: just before (T0), just after (T1), and three hours after the end of the race (T3). Main outcome measurements H-FABP and hs-TnT were performed according to the manufacturer's instructions. A linear regression was calculated to observe if there is any correlation between the two biomarkers. Values above the 95th percentile for H-FABP (2.5 ng/mL) and the 99th percentile for hsTnT (14 ng/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×hsTnT T0; at T1: H-FABP T1=51.838–1.7026×hsTnT T1; at T3: H-FABP T3=47.977–1.6193×hsTnT T3. No correlation was observed between the 2 biomarkers. Conclusion 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. These biomarkers could be helpful for the screening of cardiac risk among runners. [less ▲]

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See detailEccentric training improves tendon biomechanical properties: a rat model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Libertiaux, Vincent et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2014, April), 48(7), 155

Background: Even if eccentric exercises appear favourable in primary prevention of tendons lesions and, especially, in secondary prevention after tendinopathy, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are ... [more ▼]

Background: Even if eccentric exercises appear favourable in primary prevention of tendons lesions and, especially, in secondary prevention after tendinopathy, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Objective: We aimed to better define the biomechanical changes that affect healthy tendon after eccentric and concentric training. Design: Randomised controlled trial. Participants: Eighteen Sprague-Dawley rats of 2 months. Interventions: The six rats in the control group (U) were not subjected to physical exercise. The 12 remaining rats (6 in each group) ran on a treadmill set at a +15° incline for concentric training (C) or a -15° incline for eccentric training (E), at a speed of 17 m/min for 1 h, three times per week for 5 weeks. Main Outcome Measurements: The tricipital, patellar and Achilles tendons were subsequently removed to perform a traction test until 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, but none between E and C groups. No significant difference was observed for the mechanical stress at rupture per surface unit between the three groups for all three tendons. However, a tendency towards improvement these values was observed between the trained and the U groups for the patellar tendon. Histological studies demonstrated the tendency of the development of a greater number of blood vessels and a larger quantity of collagen in the eccentric group. Conclusions: The mechanical properties of tendons in rats improve after specific training, especially following eccentric training. Our results partly explained how mechanical loading, especially in eccentric mode, could improve the tendon structure. [less ▲]

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See detailExuberant inflammatory reaction as a side effect of platelet-rich plasma injection in treating one case of tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (2014), 24(2), 150-152

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance tendon healing processes. Local infiltration of PRP represents a relatively new treatment for tendinopathies. To ... [more ▼]

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains a large quantity of growth factors, which may enhance tendon 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. We reported a case of exuberant inflammatory reaction after one infiltration of PRP to treat jumper’s knee in a type 1 diabetic patient who was 35 years old. Injections of PRP must be proposed after careful consideration for patients with morbidity risks linked to insulin-dependent diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailRevue épidémiologique des blessures lors de la pratique du rugby à XV
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Julia, Marc; Chupin, Marie et al

in Journal de Traumatologie du Sport (2014), 31(1), 49-53

Rugby is an increasingly popular sport. Full contact being a major characteristic of rugby, injuries are not uncommon. The incidence of injury in Rugby Union reaches 30–91 per 1,000 hours of game time ... [more ▼]

Rugby is an increasingly popular sport. Full contact being a major characteristic of rugby, injuries are not uncommon. The incidence of injury in Rugby Union reaches 30–91 per 1,000 hours of game time. This epidemiological review of injuries in rugby players reports their localization, nature, causes, moment of occurrence in matches and seasonal trends as well as the influence of the player’s position, field conditions, and duration of off time after injury. [less ▲]

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See detailVascular Endothelial Growth Factor-111 (VEGF-111) and tendon healing: preliminary results in a rat model of tendon injury
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Janssen, Lauriane ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal (2014), 4(1), 25-28

Tendon lesions are among the most frequent musculoskeletal pathologies. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is known to regulate angiogenesis. VEGF-111, a biologically active and proteolysis ... [more ▼]

Tendon lesions are among the most frequent musculoskeletal pathologies. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is known to regulate angiogenesis. VEGF-111, a biologically active and proteolysis-resistant splice variant of this family, was recently identified. This study aimed at evaluating whether VEGF-111 could have a therapeutic interest in tendon pathologies. Surgical section of one Achilles tendon of rats was performed before a local injection of either saline or VEGF-111. After 5, 15 and 30 days, the Achilles tendons of 10 rats of both groups were sampled and submitted to a biomechanical tensile test. The force necessary to induce tendon rupture was greater for tendons of the VEGF-111 group (p<0.05) while the section areas of the tendons were similar. The mechanical stress was similar at 5 and 15 days in the both groups but was improved for the VEGF-111 group at day 30 (p <0.001). No difference was observed in the mRNA expression of collagen III, tenomodulin and MMP-9. In conclusion, we observed that a local injection of VEGF-111 improves the early phases of the healing process of rat tendons after a surgical section. Further confirmatory experimentations are needed to consolidate our results. [less ▲]

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See detailVitamien D et pahtologies cardiovasculaires
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg

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See detailTechnical and clinical evaluation of the VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products 25-OH Vitamin D Total Assay - comparison with marketed automated immunoassays and a liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry method
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; ROUSSELLE, Olivier ULg; FERRANTE, Nunzio ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2013), 51(10), 1983-1989

Background: The study was conducted to evaluate the technical and clinical performance of the VITROS ® Immunodiagnostic Products 25-OH Vitamin D Total Assay, and compare it with the performance of five ... [more ▼]

Background: The study was conducted to evaluate the technical and clinical performance of the VITROS ® Immunodiagnostic Products 25-OH Vitamin D Total Assay, and compare it with the performance of five marketed automated assays and a liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry reference method (LC-MS/MS). Methods: Three hundred patient serum samples were used to compare the correlation of the VITROS ® 25-OH Vitamin D Total Assay with both the other immunoassays and the LC-MS/MS method, using Passing-Bablok regression and Bland-Altman analyses. Concordance of the diagnosis of vitamin D status was calculated to test the agreement between the different assays. In addition, samples containing vitamin D2 were used to test the assay ’ s ability to detect the D2 form of the vitamin. Results and conclusions: These results from the VITROS ® 5-OH Vitamin D Total Assay generally correlated well with those from most of the marketed immunoassays. Cross-reactivity of the D2 form was calculated as being close to 100%. Additionally, we found substantial variability in performance amongst the various assays, which suggests the need for optimisation and recalibration of commercial methods. [less ▲]

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See detailRéaction inflammatoire exubérante comme effet secondaire d’une infiltration de PRP
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; LEONARD, Philippe ULg et al

in Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2013, October), 56(Sup 1), 068

Introduction : Infiltrations of plasma rich platelets (PRP) represent a new treatment of tendinopathies. Currently, no side effects were reported in this indication. Case report: We report the case of a ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Infiltrations of plasma rich platelets (PRP) represent a new treatment of tendinopathies. Currently, no side effects were reported in this indication. Case report: We report the case of a 35-year-old type 1 diabetic patient with right upper patellar tendinopathy that had persisted for more than 6 months. The patient benefited from an intratendinous infiltration of 6 mL of PRP (8.105 platelets/mm3, almost no red or white blood cells) after a carefully disinfection but without local anesthesia. Typically, a standardized program of sub-maximal eccentric rehabilitation should be started 1 week after infiltration. However, the patient experienced local swelling with erythema, increased heating and pain, which appeared just underneath the patella, without biological inflammatory syndrome. In absence of septic general symptoms, no blood or wound culture were made. At 2 weeks post-infiltration, a greatly increased Doppler signal in a thicker tendon was observed by ultrasounds compared to that before infiltration, but there was no sign of infection demonstrated by either MRI or CT. However, the local inflammation did not decrease after a 3-week treatment of local cryotherapy, local and oral NSAID, and adjunct use of colchicine 1 mg. Thus, an insidious infection was suspected, even though there was no evidence of biological inflammatory syndrome or sign of infectious lesion on imagery examination. Antibiotic therapy (rifampicine 600 mg + minocycline 100 mg), was initiated for three months. Due to a lack of improvement via imaging and clinical examination, a 3-phase bone scintigraphy was performed. The results suggested the presence of a complex regional pain syndrome type 1. The patient benefited from classical physical therapy and concomitant pain killers. The evolution was favorable after 6 months of treatment. Discussion : Even though PRP infiltration represents a new and promising treatment for tendinopathy, more studies are needed both to verify its clinical efficacy. Moreover, implementing this innovative treatment requires caution because of potential adverse events. Thus, the balance between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated before using this treatment, especially in patients with type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailUne infiltration de plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) pour traiter les tendinopathies rotuliennes supérieures chroniques
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2013, October), 56(Sup 1),

Objective: Jumper’s knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons ... [more ▼]

Objective: Jumper’s knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons. Infiltration of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) could be a new therapy for such chronic tendinopathies. Materiel and methods: Twenty patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathy were enrolled. Assessments were made before infiltration of PRP, and 6 weeks and 3 months after the infiltration, using a 10-point Visual Analogic Scale, clinical examinations with a pressure algometer, algofunctional scores (IKDC and VISA-P), functional assessments (isokinetic and optojump evaluations) and imagery (ultrasounds and MRI). The PRP was obtained with an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). Six millilitres of PRP were injected without local anaesthetic. One week after infiltration, patients started a standardised sub-maximal eccentric reeducation. Results: Pain during daily activities significantly decreased with time (especially after 6 weeks and continued to a lesser extend up to 3 months). During functional evaluation, it decreased as well, but without significant functional improvement. No improvements in the imagery measurements were observed. Younger patients seemed to be more susceptible to have an improvement of pain by the PRP infiltration. Discussion: This study demonstrates that a local infiltration of PRP associated with a submaximal eccentric protocol is efficient to improve symptoms of chronic jumper’s knee in patients non-responsive to classical conservative treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailDosage des catécholamines et métabolites par LCMS-MS
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg

Conference (2013, September 25)

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