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  • Rates of Perioperative Complications Among Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Despite Having Positive Results for Methamphetamine ORTHOPEDICS Githens, T., DeBaun, M. R., Campbell, S. T., Wu, E. J., Goodnough, L., Lichstein, P., Painter, C., Krygier, J. E., Bishop, J., Gardner, M. J. 2019; 42 (4): 192–96

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    The burden of psychosocial problems, including substance abuse, is high among trauma patients. Use of illicit substances is often noted during urine toxicology screening on admission and can delay surgery because of concerns for an interaction with anesthesia. Methamphetamine theoretically has potential to increase perioperative anesthetic risks. However, the authors are unaware of any studies documenting increased rates of cardiovascular complications in the perioperative period among orthopedic trauma patients. This study sought to determine the rate of cardiovascular complications in these patients. The authors reviewed the medical records of all patients between 2013 and 2018 who underwent orthopedic trauma surgery at two level I trauma centers in the setting of a methamphetamine-positive urine toxicology screening prior to surgery. Information on demographics, injury, type of surgical intervention, and incidence of perioperative cardiovascular and overall medical complications prior to discharge was recorded. Ninety-four patients were included in the study (mean age, 44 years; range, 16-78 years). Twenty-six (28%) patients had multiple injuries. Thirteen (14%) patients had debridement and/or provisional stabilization of an open or unstable fracture, 18 (19%) had treatment for an infection, and 63 (67%) had definitive fracture surgery. The overall rates of perioperative cardiovascular complications and perioperative medical complications were 2.1% and 3.2%, respectively. This study provides both a baseline understanding of the complication rate for methamphetamine-positive orthopedic trauma patients during general anesthesia and justification for larger multicenter studies to further investigate this topic. [Orthopedics. 2019; 42(4):192-196.].

    View details for DOI 10.3928/01477447-20190523-01

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  • Microfractures and hydrogel scaffolds in the treatment of osteochondral knee defects: A clinical and histological evaluation. Journal of clinical orthopaedics and trauma Pipino, G., Risitano, S., Alviano, F., Wu, E. J., Bonsi, L., Vaccarisi, D. C., Indelli, P. F. 2019; 10 (1): 67–75

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    Background: Osteochondral knee defects (OCD) are often symptomatic, causing pain and functional impairment even in young and active patients. Regenerative surgical options, aiming to stimulate natural cartilage healing, have been recently used as a first line treatment. In this study, a new hydrogel is investigated in its capacity to regenerate the ultra-structural quality of hyaline cartilage when combined with a classical microfracture technique.Material and methods: Forty-six patients, affected by grade III and IV knee chondropathies, were consecutively treated between 2013 and 2015 with microfractures followed by application of a modern hydrogel in the lesion site. All patients underwent clinical evaluation (WOMAC) pre-operatively, at 6,12 and at 24 months postoperatively: the results were compared with a subsequent, consecutive, matched, control group of 23 patients treated with microfractures alone. In a parallel and separate in-vitro histological study, adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) were encapsulated in the hydrogel scaffold, induced to differentiation into chondrocytes, and observed for a 3 weeks period.Results: The initial WOMAC score of 58.6 ± 11.0 in the study group was reduced by 88% at 6 months (7.1 ± 9.2) and 95% at 24 months (2.9 ± 5.9). The "in-vitro" study revealed a histological characterization typical of hyaline cartilage in study group. Separate biopsies performed at 12 months post-op in the study group also revealed type 2 collagen and hyaline-like cartilage in the regenerated tissue.Conclusion: Our study demonstrated high patient satisfaction rates after microfractures combined with a modern hydrogel scaffold; histologic evaluation supported the hypothesis of creating an enhanced chondrogenic environment. Microfracture "augmentation" using modern acellular biomaterials, like hydrogels, might improve the clinical outcomes of this classical bone marrow stimulating procedure.

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  • National Trends in the Diagnosis of CRPS after Open and Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release. Journal of wrist surgery Mertz, K., Trunzter, J., Wu, E., Barnes, J., Eppler, S. L., Kamal, R. N. 2019; 8 (3): 209–14

    Abstract

    Background  Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) occurs in 2 to 8% of patients that receive open or endoscopic carpal tunnel release (CTR). Because CRPS is difficult to treat after onset, identifying risk factors can inform prevention. We determined the incidence of CRPS following open and endoscopic CTR using a national claims database. We also examined whether psychosocial conditions were associated with CRPS after CTR. Methods  We accessed insurance claims using diagnostic and procedural codes. We calculated the incidence of CRPS following open carpal tunnel release and endoscopic carpal tunnel release within 1 year. The response variable was the presence of CRPS after CTR. Explanatory variables included procedure type, age, gender, and preoperative diagnosis of anxiety or depression. Results  The number of open CTRs (85% of total) outweighs the number of endoscopic procedures. In younger patients, the percentage of endoscopic CTRs is increasing. Rates of CRPS are nearly identical between surgery types for both privately insured (0.3%) and Medicare patients (0.1%). Middle aged (range: 40-64 years) and female patients had significantly higher rates of CRPS than did the general population. Preoperative psychosocial conditions did not correlate with the presence of CRPS in surgical patients. Clinical Relevance  The decision between endoscopic and open CTR should not be made out of concern for development of CRPS postsurgery, as rates are low and similar for both procedures. Rates of CRPS found in this study are much lower than rates found in previous studies, indicating inconsistency in diagnosis and reporting or generalizability of prior work. Preoperative psychosocial disorders and CRPS are unrelated.

    View details for DOI 10.1055/s-0039-1678674

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  • Autophagic degradation of the BCR-ABL oncoprotein and generation of antileukemic responses by arsenic trioxide BLOOD Goussetis, D. J., Gounaris, E., Wu, E. J., Vakana, E., Sharma, B., Bogyo, M., Altman, J. K., Platanias, L. C. 2012; 120 (17): 3555-3562

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    We provide evidence that arsenic trioxide (As(2)O(3)) targets the BCR-ABL oncoprotein via a novel mechanism involving p62/SQSTM1-mediated localization of the oncoprotein to the autolysosomes and subsequent degradation mediated by the protease cathepsin B. Our studies demonstrate that inhibitors of autophagy or cathepsin B activity and/or molecular targeting of p62/SQSTM1, Atg7, or cathepsin B result in partial reversal of the suppressive effects of AS(2)O(3) on BCR-ABL expressing leukemic progenitors, including primitive leukemic precursors from chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) patients. Altogether, these findings indicate that autophagic degradation of BCR-ABL is critical for the induction of the antileukemic effects of As(2)O(3) and raise the potential for future therapeutic approaches to target BCR-ABL expressing cells by modulating elements of the autophagic machinery to promote BCR-ABL degradation.

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2012-01-402578

    View details for Web of Science ID 000311623800022

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  • Autophagic degradation of BCR/ABL by arsenic trioxide and the role of cysteine cathepsins Goussetis, D., Gounaris, E., Wu, E. J., Vakana, E., Sharma, B., Altman, J. K., Platanais, L. C., Bogyo, M. AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH. 2012