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  • 1. Abbas, Sascha
    et al.
    Linseisen, Jakob
    Rohrmann, Sabine
    Chang-Claude, Jenny
    Peeters, Petra H
    Engel, Pierre
    Brustad, Magritt
    Lund, Eiliv
    Skeie, Guri
    Olsen, Anja
    Tjønneland, Anne
    Overvad, Kim
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise
    Fagherazzi, Guy
    Kaaks, Rudolf
    Boeing, Heiner
    Buijsse, Brian
    Adarakis, George
    Ouranos, Vassilis
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Masala, Giovanna
    Krogh, Vittorio
    Mattiello, Amalia
    Tumino, Rosario
    Sacerdote, Carlotta
    Buckland, Genevieve
    Suárez, Marcial Vicente Argüelles
    Sánchez, Maria-José
    Chirlaque, Maria-Dolores
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Amiano, Pilar
    Manjer, Jonas
    Wirfält, Elisabet
    Lenner, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H B
    van Duijnhoven, Fränzel J B
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nick
    Key, Timothy J
    Fedirko, Veronika
    Romieu, Isabelle
    Gallo, Valentina
    Norat, Teresa
    Wark, Petra A
    Riboli, Elio
    Dietary intake of vitamin d and calcium and breast cancer risk in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition2013In: Nutrition and Cancer, ISSN 0163-5581, E-ISSN 1532-7914, Vol. 65, no 2, 178-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Studies assessing the effects of vitamin D or calcium intake on breast cancer risk have been inconclusive. Furthermore, few studies have evaluated them jointly. This study is the largest so far examining the association of dietary vitamin D and calcium intake with breast cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. During a mean follow-up of 8.8 yr, 7760 incident invasive breast cancer cases were identified among 319,985 women. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression was used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer risk. Comparing the highest with the lowest quintile of vitamin D intake, HR and 95% CI were 1.07 (0.87-1.32) and 1.02 (0.90-1.16) for pre- and postmenopausal women, respectively. The corresponding HR and 95% CIs for calcium intake were 0.98 (0.80-1.19) and 0.90 (0.79-1.02), respectively. For calcium intake in postmenopausal women, the test for trend was borderline statistically significant (P(trend) = 0.05). There was no significant interaction between vitamin D and calcium intake and cancer risk (P(interaction) = 0.57 and 0.22 in pre- and postmenopausal women, respectively). In this large prospective cohort, we found no evidence for an association between dietary vitamin D or calcium intake and breast cancer risk.

  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Pernilla
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Åberg, Anna-Maja
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Winsö, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Blind, Per Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Outcome of microdialysis sampling on liver surface and parenchyma2016In: Journal of Surgical Research, ISSN 0022-4804, E-ISSN 1095-8673, Vol. 200, no 2, 480-487 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: To investigate whether surface microdialysis (μD) sampling in probes covered by a plastic film, as compared to noncovered and to intraparenchymatous probes, would increase the technique's sensitivity for pathophysiologic events occurring in a liver ischemia-reperfusion model. Placement of μD probes in the parenchyma of an organ, as is conventionally done, may cause adverse effects, e.g., bleeding, possibly influencing outcome.

    Methods: A transient ischemia-reperfusion model of the liver was used in six anesthetized normoventilated pigs. μD probes were placed in the parenchyma and on the liver surface. Surface probes were either left uncovered or were covered by plastic film.

    Results: Lactate and glucose levels were significantly higher in plastic film covered probes than in uncovered surface probes throughout the ischemic period. Glycerol levels were significantly higher in plastic film covered probes than in uncovered surface probes at 30 and 45 min into ischemia.

    Conclusions: Covering the μD probe increases the sensibility of the μD–technique in monitoring an ischemic insult and reperfusion in the liver. These findings confirm that the principle of surface μD works, possibly replacing need of intraparenchymatous placement of μD probes. Surface μD seemingly allows, noninvasively from an organ's surface, via the extracellular compartment, assessment of intracellular metabolic events. The finding that covered surface μD probes allows detection of local metabolic changes earlier than do intraparenchymatous probes, merit further investigation focusing on μD probe design.

  • 3. Abul-Kasim, Kasim
    et al.
    Backman, Clas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Björkman, Anders
    Dahlin, Lars B
    Advanced radiological work-up as an adjunct to decision in early reconstructive surgery in brachial plexus injuries2010In: Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury, ISSN 1749-7221, Vol. 5, 14- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    As neurophysiologic tests may not reveal the extent of brachial plexus injury at the early stage, the role of early radiological work-up has become increasingly important. The aim of the study was to evaluate the concordance between the radiological and clinical findings with the intraoperative findings in adult patients with brachial plexus injuries.

    Methods

    Seven consecutive male patients (median age 33; range 15-61) with brachial plexus injuries, caused by motor cycle accidents in 5/7 patients, who underwent extensive radiological work-up with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography myelography (CT-M) or both were included in this retrospective study. A total of 34 spinal nerve roots were evaluated by neuroradiologists at two different occasions. The degree of agreement between the radiological findings of every individual nerve root and the intraoperative findings was estimated by calculation of kappa coefficient (К-value). Using the operative findings as a gold standard, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of the clinical findings and the radiological findings were estimated.

    Results

    The diagnostic accuracy of radiological findings was 88% compared with 65% for the clinical findings. The concordance between the radiological findings and the intraoperative findings was substantial (К = 0.76) compared with only fair (К = 0.34) for the clinical findings. There were two false positive and two false negative radiological findings (sensitivity and PPV of 0.90; specificity and NPV of 0.87).

    Conclusions

    The advanced optimized radiological work-up used showed high reliability and substantial agreement with the intraoperative findings in adult patients with brachial plexus injury.

  • 4. Achouiti, A.
    et al.
    Vogl, T.
    Urban, Constantin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS).
    Hommes, T. J.
    van Zoelen, M. A.
    Florquin, S.
    Roth, J.
    van 't Veer, C.
    de Vos, A. F.
    van der Poll, T.
    Myeloid related protein (mrp) 8/14 contributes to an antibacterial host response against klebsiella (k.) pneumoniae2012In: Shock, ISSN 1073-2322, E-ISSN 1540-0514, Vol. 37, no S1, 56-56 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Adamo, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Sandblom, Gabriel
    Brännström, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Strigård, Karin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Prevalence and recurrence rate of perianal abscess -a population-based study, Sweden 1997-20092016In: International Journal of Colorectal Disease, ISSN 0179-1958, E-ISSN 1432-1262, Vol. 31, no 3, 669-673 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease, HIV/aids, and obesity on the prevalence and readmission rate of perianal abscess.

    METHODS: The study cohort was based on the Swedish National Patient Register and included all patients treated for perianal abscess in Sweden 1997-2009. The prevalence and risk for readmission were assessed in association with four comorbidity diagnoses: diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease, HIV, and/or AIDS and obesity.

    RESULTS: A total of 18,877 patients were admitted during the study period including 11,138 men and 4557 women (2.4:1). Crohn's disease, diabetes, and obesity were associated with a significantly higher prevalence of perianal abscess than an age- and gender-matched background population (p < 0.05). In univariate analysis, neither age nor gender had any significant impact on the risk for readmission. In a multivariate Cox proportional hazard analysis, Crohns disease was the only significant risk factor for readmission of perianal abscess.

    CONCLUSION: Crohn's disease, diabetes, and obesity increase the risk for perianal abscess. Of these, Crohn's and HIV has an impact on readmission. The pathogenesis and the influence of diabetes and obesity need further research if we are to understand why these diseases increase the risk for perianal abscess but not its recurrence.

  • 6. Agudo, Antonio
    et al.
    Bonet, Catalina
    Sala, Núria
    Muñoz, Xavier
    Aranda, Núria
    Fonseca-Nunes, Ana
    Clavel-Chapelon, Françoise
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie Christine
    Vineis, Paolo
    Panico, Salvatore
    Palli, Domenico
    Tumino, Rosario
    Grioni, Sara
    Quirós, J Ramón
    Molina, Esther
    Navarro, Carmen
    Barricarte, Aurelio
    Chamosa, Saioa
    Allen, Naomi E
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H Bas
    Siersema, Peter D
    Numans, Mattijs E
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Lagiou, Pagona
    Trichopoulos, Dimitrios
    Kaaks, Rudof
    Canzian, Federico
    Boeing, Heiner
    Meidtner, Karina
    Johansson, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine. WHO, IARC, Lyon, France.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Manjer, Jonas
    Overvad, Kim
    Tjonneland, Anne
    Lund, Eiliv
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Jenab, Mazda
    Fedirko, Veronika
    Offerhaus, G Johan A
    Riboli, Elio
    González, Carlos A
    Jakszyn, Paula
    Hemochromatosis (HFE) gene mutations and risk of gastric cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study2013In: Carcinogenesis, ISSN 0143-3334, E-ISSN 1460-2180, Vol. 34, no 6, 1244-1250 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is a strong risk factor for hepatocellular cancer, and mutations in the HFE gene associated with HH and iron overload may be related to other tumors, but no studies have been reported for gastric cancer (GC). A nested case-control study was conducted within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), including 365 incident gastric adenocarcinoma and 1284 controls matched by center, sex, age and date of blood collection. Genotype analysis was performed for two functional polymorphisms (C282Y/rs1800562 and H63D/rs1799945) and seven tagSNPs of the HFE genomic region. Association with all gastric adenocarcinoma, and according to anatomical localization and histological subtype, was assessed by means of the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) estimated by unconditional logistic regression adjusted for the matching variables. We observed a significant association for H63D with OR (per rare allele) of 1.32 (CI = 1.03-1.69). In subgroup analyses, the association was stronger for non-cardia anatomical subsite (OR = 1.60, CI = 1.16-2.21) and intestinal histological subtype (OR = 1.82, CI = 1.27-2.62). Among intestinal cases, two tagSNPs (rs1572982 and rs6918586) also showed a significant association that disappeared after adjustment for H63D. No association with tumors located in the cardia or with diffuse subtype was found for any of the nine SNPs analyzed. Our results suggest that H63D variant in HFE gene seems to be associated with GC risk of the non-cardia region and intestinal type, possibly due to its association with iron overload although a role for other mechanisms cannot be entirely ruled out.

  • 7. Ahlborg, Liv
    et al.
    Hedman, Leif
    Nisell, Henry
    Felländer-Tsai, Li
    Enochsson, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Training (CAMST), Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Division of Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Simulator training and non-technical factors improve laparoscopic performance among OBGYN trainees2013In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 92, no 10, 1194-1201 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate how simulator training and non-technical factors affect laparoscopic performance among residents in obstetrics and gynecology. DESIGN: In this prospective study, trainees were randomized into three groups. The first group was allocated to proficiency-based training in the LapSimGyn(®) virtual reality simulator. The second group received additional structured mentorship during subsequent laparoscopies. The third group served as control group. At baseline an operation was performed and visuospatial ability, flow and self-efficacy were assessed. All groups subsequently performed three tubal occlusions. Self-efficacy and flow were assessed before and/or after each operation. SETTING: Simulator training was conducted at the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Training, Karolinska University Hospital. Sterilizations were performed at each trainee's home clinic. POPULATION: Twenty-eight trainees/residents from 21 hospitals in Sweden were included. METHODS/MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Visuospatial ability was tested by the Mental Rotation Test-A. Flow and self-efficacy were assessed by validated scales and questionnaires. Laparoscopic performance was measured as the duration of surgery. Visuospatial ability, self-efficacy and flow were correlated to the laparoscopic performance using Spearman's correlations. Differences between groups were analyzed by the Mann-Whitney U-test. RESULTS: No differences across groups were detected at baseline. Self-efficacy scores before and flow scores after the third operation were significantly higher in the trained groups. Duration of surgery was significantly shorter in the trained groups. Flow and self-efficacy correlate positively with laparoscopic performance. CONCLUSIONS: Simulator training and non-technical factors appear to improve the laparoscopic performance among trainees/residents in obstetrics and gynecology.

  • 8. Ahlborg, Liv
    et al.
    Weurlander, Maria
    Hedman, Leif
    Nisel, Henry
    Lindqvist, Pelle G
    Felländer-Tsai, Li
    Enochsson, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Individualized feedback during simulated laparoscopic training: a mixed methods study.2015In: International Journal of Medical Education, ISSN 2042-6372, E-ISSN 2042-6372, Vol. 6, 93-100 p., ijme.6.93100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the value of individualized feedback on performance, flow and self-efficacy during simulated laparoscopy. Furthermore, we wished to explore attitudes towards feedback and simulator training among medical students.

    METHODS: Sixteen medical students were included in the study and randomized to laparoscopic simulator training with or without feedback. A teacher provided individualized feedback continuously throughout the procedures to the target group. Validated questionnaires and scales were used to evaluate self-efficacy and flow. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to evaluate differences between groups regarding laparoscopic performance (instrument path length), self-efficacy and flow. Qualitative data was collected by group interviews and interpreted using inductive thematic analyses.

    RESULTS: Sixteen students completed the simulator training and questionnaires. Instrument path length was shorter in the feedback group (median 3.9 m; IQR: 3.3-4.9) as compared to the control group (median 5.9 m; IQR: 5.0-8.1), p<0.05. Self-efficacy improved in both groups. Eleven students participated in the focus interviews. Participants in the control group expressed that they had fun, whereas participants in the feedback group were more concentrated on the task and also more anxious. Both groups had high ambitions to succeed and also expressed the importance of getting feedback. The authenticity of the training scenario was important for the learning process.

    CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the importance of individualized feedback during simulated laparoscopy training. The next step is to further optimize feedback and to transfer standardized and individualized feedback from the simulated setting to the operating room.

  • 9.
    Ahlgren, Olof
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Kalciumbrist - osteoporos: parathyreoideaes roll vid adaptionen till lågt kalciumintag hos vuxna råttor1975Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 10. Ahmadi, Zainab
    et al.
    Bornefalk-Hermansson, Anna
    Franklin, Karl A
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Midgren, Bengt
    Ekström, Magnus P
    Hypo- and hypercapnia predict mortality in oxygen-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population-based prospective study2014In: Respiratory research (Online), ISSN 1465-993X, Vol. 15, no 1, 30- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The prognostic role of the arterial blood gas tension of carbon dioxide (PaCO2) in severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remains unknown. The aim of this study was to estimate the association between PaCO2 and mortality in oxygen-dependent COPD. METHODS: National prospective study of patients starting long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) for COPD in Sweden between October 1, 2005 and June 30, 2009, with all-cause mortality as endpoint. The association between PaCO2 while breathing air, PaCO2 (air), and mortality was estimated using Cox regression adjusted for age, sex, arterial blood gas tension of oxygen (PaO2), World Health Organization performance status, body mass index, comorbidity, and medications. RESULTS: Of 2,249 patients included, 1,129 (50%) died during a median 1.1 years (IQR 0.6-2.0 years) of observation. No patient was lost to follow-up. PaCO2 (air) independently predicted adjusted mortality (p < 0.001). The association with mortality was U-shaped, with the lowest mortality at approximately PaCO2 (air) 6.5 kPa and increased mortality at PaCO2 (air) below 5.0 kPa and above 7.0 kPa. CONCLUSION: In oxygen-dependent COPD, PaCO2 (air) is an independent prognostic factor with a U-shaped association with mortality.

  • 11.
    Al-Amiry, Bariq
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences. Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Radiol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Mahmood, Sarwar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Krupic, Ferid
    Sayed-Noor, Arkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Leg lengthening and femoral-offset reduction after total hip arthroplasty: where is the problem - stem or cup positioning?2017In: Acta Radiologica, ISSN 0284-1851, E-ISSN 1600-0455, Vol. 58, no 9, 1125-1131 p., UNSP 0284185116684676Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Restoration of femoral offset (FO) and leg length is an important goal in total hip arthroplasty (THA) as it improves functional outcome. Purpose: To analyze whether the problem of postoperative leg lengthening and FO reduction is related to the femoral stem or acetabular cup positioning or both. Material and Methods: Between September 2010 and April 2013, 172 patients with unilateral primary osteoarthritis treated with THA were included. Postoperative leg-length discrepancy (LLD) and global FO (summation of cup and FO) were measured by two observers using a standardized protocol for evaluation of antero-posterior plain hip radiographs. Patients with postoperative leg lengthening >= 10mm (n = 41) or with reduced global FO >5mm (n = 58) were further studied by comparing the stem and cup length of the operated side with the contralateral side in the lengthening group, and by comparing the stem and cup offset of the operated side with the contralateral side in the FO reduction group. We evaluated also the inter-observer and intra-observer reliability of the radiological measurements. Results: Both observers found that leg lengthening was related to the stem positioning while FO reduction was related to the positioning of both the femoral stem and acetabular cup. Both inter-observer reliability and intra-observer reproducibility were moderate to excellent (intra-class correlation co-efficient, ICC >= 0.69). Conclusion: Post THA leg lengthening was mainly caused by improper femoral stem positioning while global FO reduction resulted from improper positioning of both the femoral stem and the acetabular cup.

  • 12.
    Albertsson, Pontus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Occupant casualties in bus and coach traffic: injury and crash mechanisms2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The relevance of conducting this thesis is evident by the fact that bus and coach casualties have been “stubbornly stable” in Europe recent years and a need for investigating if a similar trend could be found in Sweden is therefore obvious. It was also important to add new knowledge to the bus and coach research in Sweden, since many areas were scarcely addressed.

    Aims: To describe bus and coach occupants’ injuries, crash and injury mechanisms generated in a traffic environment based on data from the medical sector. Additional aims were to investigate the injury reducing effect of a 3-point belt, the effect of cross-winds, and crucial factors in the emergency- and rescue response.

    Material and methods: Injury data analyses were based on a complete ten-year medical data set from a catchment-area with about 130,000 inhabitants. A number of crash studies with the scope in different crash phases were conducted by applying and elaborating the Haddon matrix as a framework. An additional framework, Protocol for Major Incidents was used in order to investi-gate the emergency- and rescue response to a severe coach crash.

    Results: Between the first and second five-year period, the incidence of injured in non-crash in-cidents was increased by 24%. In non-crash incidents, 54% were injured; 2/3 while alighting from a bus or coach. The pre-crash factor cross-wind, in addition to vehicle design, vehicle speed and road friction, was investigated in ten crashes. It was confirmed that cross-wind, in relation to vehicle speed and slippery road conditions, needs more attention. The importance of goods load-ing and passengers’ position in the bus, was indicated by the fact that a displacement of the cen-tre of mass rearwards with 10% increased the necessary coefficient of friction with, on average 45%, which in many cases corresponded to dry road conditions. Three Swedish rollover crashes were analysed with regard to the injury outcome, mechanisms and the possible injury reduction for occupants using a safety belt. A considerable increase in safety for occupants belted with 3-point belts was shown through limiting interior contacts, occupant interaction and the possibility of ejection. Crucial post-crash factors in the emergency- and rescue response showed that ordi-nary ways of working and equipment are not always useful and proper equipment for lifting a coach body is essential in the case of a rollover. Finally, the communication between the hospitals is important, and the telephone systems may be overloaded by calls from worried relatives and media.

    Conclusions: In non-crash events: Non-crash events constitute a majority of all bus and coach casualties with a high proportion of elderly female occupants among the MAIS 2+ injury cases. Boarding and, especially alighting causes many injuries to the lower extremities.

    In the pre-crash phase: Cross-winds do affect the safety of buses and coaches and requires more at-tention. Seat belt usage among bus and coach occupants has to be increased.

    In the crash phase: Rollover and ejection are the major causes behind serious and fatal injuries to bus and coach occupants, consequently, retentive glazing, pillars or rails need more attention. An upgrade from 2-point seat belts to 3-point seat belts yields an increase in the estimated injury re-duction from approximately 50% up to 80% for the MAIS 2+ casualties in a rollover crash.

    In the post-crash phase: In order to be able to lift a coach body proper equipment originated from experience and development is essential in a rescue operation of a crashed bus or coach. Fur-thermore, to improve the emergency response inside crashed coaches proper methods originated from experience need to be developed.

    Euro NBAP: Based on the results and conclusions generated in this thesis, a European New Bus and Coach Assessment Programme is suggested, which would provide bus and coach occupants with a assessment programme similar to the Euro NCAP.

  • 13.
    Alfredson, Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine.
    Reply to the letter from Dr. Karsten Knobloch regarding our article "Sclerosing injections to treat midportion Achilles tendinosis: a randomized controlled study evaluating two different concentrations of polidocanol"2009In: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, ISSN 0942-2056, E-ISSN 1433-7347, Vol. 17, no 1, 113-114 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Arnell, Kai
    et al.
    Department of Paediatric Surgery, University Hospital, Uppsala.
    Koskinen, Lars-Owe D
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
    Malm, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Neurology.
    Eklund, Anders
    Evaluation of Strata NSC and Codman Hakim adjustable cerebrospinal fluid shunts and their corresponding antisiphon devices: laboratory investigation2009In: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, ISSN 1933-0707, E-ISSN 1933-0715, Vol. 3, no 3, 166-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECT: The authors investigated and compared the in vitro characteristics of 2 CSF shunts, the Strata NSC and the Codman Hakim, and their corresponding antisiphon devices (ASDs).

    METHODS: Six new CSF shunts and the corresponding ASDs for each model were tested in an automated, computerized experimental setup based on pressure regulation. Opening pressure accuracy, resistance, sensitivity to abdominal pressure, antisiphon effect, and the influence of different ASD positions were determined.

    RESULTS: In general the shunts performed according to the manufacturers' specifications. However, at the lowest setting, the opening pressure of the Strata NSC was close to 0, and in the Codman Hakim shunt, it was higher than specified. The resistance in the Codman Hakim shunt (5.4 mm Hg/ml/min) was much higher than that in the Strata NSC (3.6 mm Hg/ml/min). Abdominal pressure affected opening pressure in both valves. Positioning the Strata ASD above or below the ventricular catheter tip resulted in higher and lower opening pressures, respectively, than when it was placed in line with the catheter. The positioning of the Codman Hakim ASD did not influence the opening pressure.

    CONCLUSIONS: Both CSF shunts work properly, but at the lowest setting the opening pressure of the Strata NSC was near 0 and in the Codman Hakim it was twice the manufacturer's specifications. The resistance in the Strata NSC was below the normal physiological range, and in the Codman Hakim device it was in the lower range of normal. The ASD did not change the shunt characteristics in the lying position and therefore might not do so in children. If this is the case, then a shunt system with an integrated ASD could be implanted at the first shunt insertion, thus avoiding a second operation and the possibility of infection.

  • 15. Arnelo, Urban
    et al.
    Siiki, Antti
    Swahn, Fredrik
    Segersvärd, Ralf
    Enochsson, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    del Chiaro, Marco
    Lundell, Lars
    Verbeke, Caroline S
    Löhr, J-Matthias
    Single-operator pancreatoscopy is helpful in the evaluation of suspected intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN).2014In: Pancreatology (Print), ISSN 1424-3903, E-ISSN 1424-3911, Vol. 14, no 6, 510-4 p., S1424-3903(14)00969-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Even when advanced cross-sectional imaging modalities have been employed, endoscopic evaluation of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) is often required in order to assess the final character and extent of lesions. The current study addresses the use of SpyGlass single-operator peroral pancreatoscopy in suspected IPMN.

    DESIGN: A prospective, non-randomized exploratory cohort study.

    SETTING: Single-center.

    PATIENTS AND INTERVENTION: A prospective study-cohort of 44 consecutive patients in a single tertiary referral center who underwent ERCP and peroral pancreatoscopy, was prospectively collected between July 2007 and March 2013 because of a radiological signs of IPMN. These IPMN-findings were discovered incidentally in 44% of the cases.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: Diagnostic accuracy (specificity & sensitivity) and complications.

    RESULTS: The targeted region of the pancreatic duct was reached with the SpyGlass system in 41 patients (median age 65 years, 41% female). Three patients were excluded from analysis because of failed deep cannulation of the pancreatic duct. Brush cytology was taken in 88% and direct biopsies in 41%. IPMN with intermediate or high-grade dysplasia was the main final diagnosis (76%) in 22 patients who had surgery. Out of the 17 patients with a final diagnosis of MD-IPMN, 76% were correctly identified by pancreatoscopy. Of the 9 patients with a final diagnosis of BD-IPMN, the pancreatoscopy identified 78% of the cases correctly.The incidence of post-ERCP pancreatitis was 17%. Pancreatoscopy was found to have provided additional diagnostic information in the vast majority of the cases and to affect clinical decision-making in 76%.

    LIMITATIONS: Single-center study.

    CONCLUSIONS: Single-operator peroral pancreatoscopy contributed to the clinical evaluation of IPMN lesions and influenced decision-making concerning their clinical management. The problem of post-procedural pancreatitis needs further attention.

  • 16.
    Arnerlöv, Conny
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Söderström, Minette
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Öhberg, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Mobile kidney pain provocation ultrasonography before surgery for symptomatic mobile kidney: A prospective study of 43 consecutive patients2016In: Scandinavian journal of urology, ISSN 2168-1805, E-ISSN 2168-1813, Vol. 50, no 1, 61-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether mobile kidney pain provocation ultrasonography together with intravenous pyelography in supine and standing positions and a full medical history can confirm the diagnosis of the clinical condition of symptomatic mobile kidney and aid the selection of patients for surgical treatment.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a consecutive study, 43 patients with the clinical picture of symptomatic mobile kidney, a positive mobile kidney pain provocation ultrasonography and a renal descent of at least 2 lumbar vertebral heights on intravenous pyelography in the standing position, were operated on with nephropexy. Patients' pain relief after nephropexy was evaluated by clinical follow-up, a questionnaire and visual analogue scale (VAS) scoring.

    RESULTS: Reduction of pain after nephropexy was associated with a significant decrease in VAS scoring from a median of 8 (range 4-10) preoperatively to a median of 0 (range 0-7) postoperatively (p < 0.001). Thirty-four patients (79%) were cured of their pain and seven patients (16%) experienced substantial relief from their pain symptoms. In two patients (5%) the symptoms were unchanged.

    CONCLUSION: The results indicate that mobile kidney pain provocation ultrasonography and intravenous pyelography in supine and standing positions can verify the diagnosis of symptomatic mobile kidney and aid the selection of patients who will benefit from nephropexy.

  • 17. Arver, Brita
    et al.
    Isaksson, Karin
    Atterhem, Hans
    Baan, Annika
    Bergkvist, Leif
    Brandberg, Yvonne
    Ehrencrona, Hans
    Emanuelsson, Monica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Hellborg, Henrik
    Henriksson, Karin
    Karlsson, Per
    Loman, Niklas
    Lundberg, Jonas
    Ringberg, Anita
    Askmalm, Marie Stenmark
    Wickman, Marie
    Sandelin, Kerstin
    Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy in Swedish Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer: A National Survey2011In: Annals of Surgery, ISSN 0003-4932, E-ISSN 1528-1140, Vol. 253, no 6, 1147-1154 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/Objective: This study attempted a national inventory of all bilateral prophylactic mastectomies performed in Sweden between 1995 and 2005 in high-risk women without a previous breast malignancy. The primary aim was to investigate the breast cancer incidence after surgery. Secondary aims were to describe the preoperative risk assessment, operation techniques, complications, histopathological findings, and regional differences. Methods: Geneticists, oncologists and surgeons performing prophylactic breast surgery were asked to identify all women eligible for inclusion in their region. The medical records were reviewed in each region and the data were analyzed centrally. The BOADICEA risk assessment model was used to calculate the number of expected/prevented breast cancers during the follow-up period. Results: A total of 223 women operated on in 8 hospitals were identified. During a mean follow-up of 6.6 years, no primary breast cancer was observed compared with 12 expected cases. However, 1 woman succumbed 9 years post mastectomy to widespread adenocarcinoma of uncertain origin. Median age at operation was 40 years. A total of 58% were BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. All but 3 women underwent breast reconstruction, 208 with implants and 12 with autologous tissue. Four small, unifocal, invasive cancers and 4 ductal carcinoma in situ were found in the mastectomy specimens. The incidence of nonbreast related complications was low(3%). Implant loss due to infection/necrosis occurred in 21 women (10%) but a majority received a new implant later. In total, 64% of the women underwent at least 1 unanticipated secondary operation.

  • 18. Atroshi, Isam
    et al.
    Lyrén, Per-Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
    Gummesson, Christina
    Responsiveness of the 6-item CTS symptoms scale in carpal tunnel syndrome2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 19. Atroshi, Isam
    et al.
    Lyrén, Per-Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
    Ornstein, Ewald
    Gummesson, Christina
    Responsiveness of the 6-item CTS Symptoms Scale as a brief outcome measure in carpal tunnel syndrome2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Backman, Clas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Cold finger1993Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Post Traumatic Cold Intolerance is the most common, and often the most prominent disabilityfrom hand trauma. The discomfort caused by cold is believed to be linked to a dysfunction o f thedigital vasoregulation, but its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Cold induced vasospasm, i.e.the pathologically increased reactivity o f the digital vessels to cold, is commonly found in handsthat have sustained trauma, especially with damage to vascular and neural structures.

    This thesis is based upon a series o f clinical and laboratory studies on cold induced vasospasm andcold intolerance in 35 patients treated for digital amputation. The replanted digit was used as astudy model, since it represents a body part which at the moment o f reconstruction is devoid o f allinnervation. Replantations were performed according to two different principles o f vascularreconstruction; using long or short vessel grafts. Finger Systolic Pressure (FSP) was used as aparameter o f digital vasoregulation at different temperatures, and cold intolerance was assessedusing a logarithmic rating scale (Borg). Non-injured fingers and amputation stumps were used ascontrols. Clinical and laboratory investigations were performed at different intervals from oneweek to three years after the reconstruction.

    During the first two weeks following replantation, whole body cold exposure, or cooling o f thereplanted part to 10°C, did not cause serious spasm in the replanted vessels. Follow upinvestigations demonstrated that a cold related vasospastic tendency is established inapproximately 60% o f the replanted parts within one year after trauma. The once establishedpathologic vasoregulation, is unlikely to normalize spontaneously. Whether a cold related arterialspasticity will develop in the replanted digit or not, is not related to the surgeon's choice o ftechnique for vascular reconstruction. Cold related arterial spasticity was more common inamputation stumps than in replanted digits, Our findings suggest that there is a pathologicalreaction to cold in the distal palm vessels but the nature o f this disturbance is not clear.

    All patients developed some degree o f Post Traumatic Cold Intolerance. Approximately 60% o fthe patients stated that some improvement took place, but none o f the patients was free o f coldintolerance 1-7 years after the injury. Patients with a pathological cold induced vasospasm is likelyto present with severe cold intolerance, which indicates that the vasospasm is involved as one o fthe causes o f Post Traumatic Cold Intolerance.

  • 21.
    Backman, Olof
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences. Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm.
    Stockeld, D.
    Rasmussen, F.
    Näslund, E.
    Marsk, R.
    Alcohol and substance abuse, depression and suicide attempts after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery2016In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 103, no 10, 1336-1342 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Small studies suggest that subjects who have undergone bariatric surgery are at increased risk of suicide, alcohol and substance use disorders. This population-based cohort study aimed to assess the incidence of treatment for alcohol and substance use disorders, depression and attempted suicide after primary Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Methods: All patients who underwent primary RYGB in Sweden between 2001 and 2010 were included. Incidence of hospital admission for alcohol and substance use disorders, depression and suicide attempt was measured, along with the number of drugs prescribed. This cohort was compared with a large age-matched, non-obese reference cohort based on the Swedish population. Inpatient care and prescribed drugs registers were used. Results: Before RYGB surgery, women, but not men, were at higher risk of being diagnosed with alcohol and substance use disorder compared with the reference cohort. After surgery, this was the case for both sexes. The risk of being diagnosed and treated for depression remained raised after surgery. Suicide attempts were significantly increased after RYGB. The adjusted hazard ratio for attempted suicide in the RYGB cohort after surgery compared with the general non-obese population was 2.85 (95 per cent c.i. 2.40 to 3.39). Conclusion: Patients who have undergone RYGB are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with alcohol and substance use, with an increased rate of attempted suicide compared with a non-obese general population cohort.

  • 22. Bahi, R.
    et al.
    Pignot, G.
    Hammoudi, Y.
    Bensalah, K.
    Oger, E.
    Laguna, P.
    Barwari, K.
    Bessede, T.
    Rigaud, J.
    Roupret, M.
    Bernhard, J. C.
    Long, J. A.
    Zisman, A.
    Berger, J.
    Paparel, P.
    Lechevallier, E.
    Bertini, R.
    Salomon, L.
    Bex, A.
    Farfara, R.
    Ljungberg, Börje
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Urology and Andrology.
    Rodriguez, A. R.
    Patard, J. J.
    Ischemia is not an independent predictive factor of chronic renal failure after partial nephrectomy in a solitary kidney in patients without pre-operative renal insufficiency2015In: Progrès en urologie (Paris), ISSN 1166-7087, Vol. 25, no 1, 27-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To assess the influence of vascular clamping and ischemia time on long-term post-operative renal function following partial nephrectomy (PN) for cancer in a solitary kidney.

    Patients and methods: This is a retrospective study including 259 patients managed by PN between 1979 and 2010 in 13 centers. Clamping use, technique choice (pedicular or parenchymal clamping), ischemia time, and peri-operative data were collected. Pre-operative and last follow-up glomerular filtration rates were compared. A multivariate analysis using a Cox model was performed to assess the impact of ischemia on post-operative chronic renal failure risk.

    Results: Mean tumor size was 4.0 ± 2.3 cm and mean pre-operative glomerular filtration rate was 60.8 ± 18.9 mL/min. One hundred and six patients were managed with warm ischemia (40.9%) and 53 patients with cold ischemia (20.5%). Thirty patients (11.6%) have had a chronic kidney disease. In multivariate analysis, neither vascular clamping (P = 0.44) nor warm ischemia time (P = 0.1) were associated with a pejorative evolution of renal function. Pre-operative glomerular filtration rate (P < 0.0001) and blood loss volume (P = 0.02) were significant independent predictive factors of long-term renal failure.

    Conclusion: Renal function following PN in a solitary kidney seems to depend on non-reversible factors such as pre-operative glomerular filtration rate. Our findings minimize the role of vascular clamping and ischemia time, which were not significantly associated with chronic renal failure risk in our study.

  • 23.
    Bain, G. I.
    et al.
    Australia .
    Polites, N.
    Australia .
    Higgs, B. G.
    Australia .
    Heptinstall, R. J.
    Unaffiliated .
    McGrath, Aleksandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    The functional range of motion of the finger joints2015In: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume, ISSN 1753-1934, E-ISSN 2043-6289, Vol. 40, no 4, 406-411 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to measure the functional range of motion of the finger joints needed to perform activities of daily living. Using the Sollerman hand grip function test, 20 activities were assessed in ten volunteers. The active and passive range of motion was measured with a computerized electric goniometer. The position of each finger joint was evaluated in the pre-grasp and grasp positions. The functional range of motion was defined as the range required to perform 90% of the activities, utilizing the pre-grasp and grasp measurements. The functional range of motion was 19 degrees-71 degrees, 23 degrees-87 degrees, and 10 degrees-64 degrees at the metacarpophalangeal, proximal interphalangeal, and distal interphalangeal joints, respectively. This represents 48%, 59%, and 60% of the active motion of these joints, respectively. There was a significant difference in the functional range of motion between the joints of the fingers, with the ulnar digits having greater active and functional range. The functional range of motion is important for directing indications for surgery and rehabilitation, and assessing outcome of treatment.

  • 24. Becker, William
    et al.
    Sennerby, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Surgical Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
    Bedrossian, Edwin
    Becker, Burton E
    Lucchini, Jean Pierre
    Implant stability measurements for implants placed at the time of extraction: a cohort, prospective clinical trial2005In: Journal of Periodontology, ISSN 0022-3492, E-ISSN 1943-3670, Vol. 76, no 3, 391-397 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Studies indicate that implants placed at the time of extraction have high success rates. Implants must be stable at the time of insertion. Presently there are no data indicating the degree of implant stability when implants are placed at the time of extraction. This study evaluated changes in stability of implants from implant placement to abutment connection utilizing resonance frequency analysis (RFA). The unit of measurement was the international stability quotient (ISQ).

    Methods: Prior to treatment, patients were given medical history and dental evaluations. Periapical and panogram radiographs were taken. Fifty-two patients requiring extraction of one or two teeth and implant placement immediately after extraction were enrolled in this study. Under conscious sedation and local anesthesia or local anesthesia alone, teeth were atraumatically removed and the extraction sockets were debrided. A total of 73 dental implants (57 in the maxilla, 16 in the mandible) were placed. Using a one-stage approach, all implants were placed within the patient's alveolar envelope and were never placed directly into extraction sockets. All implants were placed into contained extraction sites. Bone augmentation procedures were not performed. After implant insertion, the RFA electronic transducer was attached to the head of the implant with the retaining screw. The device was attached to a computer designed to register RFA scores in ISQ units. RFA measurements were taken at implant placement and abutment connection. Bone qualities, quantity, implant length and width as well as site of placement were recorded.

    Results: The average interval between implant insertion and abutment connection was 5.6 months (SD 2.05). Two implants were lost between implant insertion and 1 year. At 2 to 3 years, the cumulative survival was 97.2%. Resonance frequency measurements at implant placement showed a mean primary stability of 62.0 (SE 1.1; range 43 to 83 ISQ) and a mean secondary stability after 1 year of 64.0 (SE 1.2; range 40 to 98 ISQ) for all implants. The increase was marginally significant (generalized estimating equation z-statistic = 1.79; P value = 0.07).

    Conclusions: Implants placed at the time of extraction and inserted into native bone and not directly into extractions sockets have a high degree of initial stability as evidenced by RFA measurements. Implants with initial high ISQ levels revealed a slight drop in levels over time, while implants with levels lower than 60 had increases in levels between implant insertion and abutment connection. At 2 to 3 years the cumulative survival rate was 97.2%.

  • 25.
    Behndig, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
    Cochener, Beatrice
    Luis Gueell, Jose
    Kodjikian, Laurent
    Mencucci, Rita
    Nuijts, Rudy M. M. A.
    Pleyer, Uwe
    Rosen, Paul
    Szaflik, Jacek P.
    Tassignon, Marie-Jose
    Endophthalmitis prophylaxis in cataract surgery: Overview of current practice patterns in 9 European countries2013In: Journal of cataract and refractive surgery, ISSN 0886-3350, E-ISSN 1873-4502, Vol. 39, no 9, 1421-1431 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Data on practice patterns for prophylaxis against infectious postoperative endophthalmitis (IPOE) during cataract surgery in 9 European countries were searched in national registers and reviews of published surveys. Summary reports assessed each nation's IPOE rates, nonantibiotic prophylactic routines, topical and intracameral antibiotic use, and coherence to the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) 2007 guidelines. Although the reliability and completeness of available data vary between countries, the results show that IPOE rates differ significantly. Asepsis routines with povidone iodine and postoperative topical antibiotics are generally adopted. Use of preoperative and perioperative topical antibiotics as well as intracameral cefuroxime varies widely between and within countries. Five years after publication of the ESCRS guidelines, there is no consensus on intracameral cefuroxime use. Major obstacles include legal barriers or persisting controversy about the scientific rationale for systematic intracameral cefuroxime use in some countries and, until recently, lack of a commercially available preparation.

  • 26.
    Behndig, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
    Cochener-Lamard, Beatrice
    Gueell, Jose
    Kodjikian, Laurent
    Mencucci, Rita
    Nuijts, Rudy
    Pleyer, Uwe
    Rosen, Paul
    Szaflik, Jacek
    Tassignon, Marie-Jose
    Surgical, antiseptic, and antibiotic practice in cataract surgery: results from the European Observatory in 20132015In: Journal of cataract and refractive surgery, ISSN 0886-3350, E-ISSN 1873-4502, Vol. 41, no 12, 2635-2643 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To report the results from the first iteration of the European Observatory of Cataract Surgery, which was initiated to track changes in surgical, antiseptic, and antibiotic practices in cataract surgery over the coming years. SETTING: Practicing European cataract surgeons (n = 479). DESIGN: Internet-based declarative questionnaire or telephone questionnaire. METHODS: The questionnaire comprised 37 questions divided into 8 categories as follows: screening, surgeon profile, surgical procedure used, product use before arrival at the operating room, techniques for mydriasis and anesthesia, product use during the surgery, product use after the patient leaves the operating room, and surgeon's attitude to guidelines. RESULTS: Cataract surgeons (n = 2700) were initially contacted, of whom 479 (17.7%) were included in the survey. The current baseline survey revealed considerable variation between countries in their implementation of infectious postoperative endophthalmitis (IPOE) prophylaxis. In some countries, adoption of intracameral cefuroxime is almost universal, whereas in others, the use of such prophylaxis is below one half. When intracameral cefuroxime is used, it is generally cefuroxime powder designed for parenteral use. A preparation specifically registered for intracameral use is now available, and this formulation is more commonly used in countries in which intracameral cefuroxime was most widely adopted. CONCLUSION: The baseline results from this ongoing survey suggest a considerable level of heterogeneity between European countries in IPOE prophylaxis. Further iterations of this survey will monitor whether a consensus begins to emerge. Financial Disclosures: This work was supported by Laboratoires Thea, under the supervision of the expert group. Members of the expert group were remunerated by Laboratoires Thea J.F. Stolz, MD, PhD, provided editorial assistance in manuscript preparation, for which he was remunerated by Laboratoires Thea Anders Behndig, Rita Mencucci, and Jacek P. Szaflik report no relevant conflicts of interest.

  • 27.
    Behndig, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
    Korobelnik, Jean-Francois
    Mydriatic insert and intracameral injections compared with mydriatic eyedrops in cataract surgery: Controlled studies2015In: Journal of cataract and refractive surgery, ISSN 0886-3350, E-ISSN 1873-4502, Vol. 41, no 7, 1503-1519 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mydriatic eyedrops are the standard method for pupil dilation in cataract surgery, but their limitations have prompted a search for alternative techniques. Two alternatives an ophthalmic insert containing phenylephrine and tropicamide and intracameral injections of various combinations of lidocaine, cyclopentolate, and phenylephrine, with or without epinephrine in the irrigating solution have been assessed in prospective controlled studies, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs). We reviewed the safety and efficacy of mydriatic ophthalmic inserts and intracameral mydriatic injections compared with the safety and efficacy of mydriatic eyedrops using a systematic Pub Med search (1963 to 2014). We identified 9 prospective studies (7 RCTs, 637 patients) of the mydriatic ophthalmic insert and 15 prospective studies (14 RCTs, 1020 patients) of intracameral mydriatic injections; 7 of the RCTs compared intracameral mydriatic injections and mydriatic eyedrops and 7 RCTs studied the optimum intracameral mydriatic injection protocol. The latter showed that a lidocaine and phenylephrine based solution, without irrigating epinephrine, was optimum for intracameral mydriatic injections. The mydriatic ophthalmic insert and intracameral mydriatic injections were consistently shown to be safe and as effective as mydriatic eyedrops. Each method has distinct advantages and limitations. 

  • 28.
    Behndig, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology.
    Montan, Per
    St Eriks ögonsjukhus, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Stenevi, Ulf
    Department of Ophthalmology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Molndal.
    Kugelberg, Maria
    St Eriks ögonsjukhus, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Lundstrom, Mats
    EyeNet Sweden, Blekinge Hospital, Karlskrona, € Sweden.
    One million cataract surgeries: Swedish National Cataract Register 1992-20092011In: Journal of cataract and refractive surgery, ISSN 0886-3350, E-ISSN 1873-4502, Vol. 37, no 8, 1539-1545 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This review summarizes data collected by the Swedish National Cataract Register, which now contains data pertaining to more than a million cataract surgery procedures, representing 95.6% of the surgeries performed in Sweden during 1992-2009. During this period, the rate of cataract surgery rose from 4.47 to 9.00 per 1000 inhabitants. The mean patient age increased until 1999 but has slowly decreased since then. Preoperative visual acuity has risen steadily. The distribution between the sexes was stable until 2000, after which the proportion of women slowly decreased. Registration of subjective benefit has brought new knowledge regarding indications and expectations. An improved questionnaire, Catquest-9SF has been used since 2008. The outcome register generally shows good results from the surgery. Endophthalmitis has decreased from 0.10% to below 0.040%.

  • 29. Berg, Kirsti
    et al.
    Langaas, Mette
    Ericsson, Madelene
    Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Pleym, Hilde
    Basu, Samar
    Nordrum, Ivar Skjåk
    Vitale, Nicola
    Haaverstad, Rune
    Acetylsalicylic acid treatment until surgery reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting2013In: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, ISSN 1010-7940, E-ISSN 1873-734X, Vol. 43, no 6, 1154-1163 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) is a cornerstone in the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) due to its antiplatelet effect. Cessation of aspirin before coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is often recommended to avoid bleeding, but the practice is controversial because it is suggested to worsen the underlying CAD. The aims of the present prospective, randomized study were to assess if ASA administration until the day before CABG decreases the oxidative load through a reduction of inflammation and myocardial damage, compared with patients with preoperative discontinuation of ASA. METHODS: Twenty patients scheduled for CABG were randomly assigned to either routine ASA-treatment (160 mg daily) until the time of surgery (ASA), or to ASA-withdrawal 7 days before surgery (No-ASA). Blood-samples were taken from a radial artery and coronary sinus, during and after surgery and analysed for 8-iso-prostaglandin (PG) F(2α); a major F(2)-isoprostane, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), cytokines and troponin T. Left ventricle Tru-Cut biopsies were taken from viable myocardium close to the left anterior descending artery just after connection to cardiopulmonary bypass, and before cardioplegia were established for gene analysis (Illumina HT-12) and immunohistochemistry (CD45). RESULTS: 8-Iso-PGF(2α) at baseline (t(1)) were 111 (277) pmol/l and 221 (490) pmol/l for ASA and No-ASA, respectively (P = 0.065). Area under the curve showed a significantly lower level in plasma concentration of 8-iso-PGF(2α) and hsCRP in the ASA group compared with the No-ASA group with (158 pM vs 297 pM, P = 0.035) and hsCRP (8.4 mg/l vs 10.1 mg/l, P = 0.013). All cytokines increased during surgery, but no significant differences between the two groups were observed. Nine genes (10 transcripts) were found with a false discovery rate (FDR) <0.1 between the ASA and No-ASA groups. CONCLUSIONS: Continued ASA treatment until the time of CABG reduced oxidative and inflammatory responses. Also, a likely beneficial effect upon myocardial injury was noticed. Although none of the genes known to be involved in oxidative stress or inflammation took a different expression in myocardial tissue, the genetic analysis showed interesting differences in the mRNA level. Further research in this field is necessary to understand the role of the genes.

  • 30.
    Bergdahl, M
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Hedström, L
    Metronidazole for the prevention of dry socket after removal of partially impacted mandibular third molar: a randomised controlled trial2004In: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, ISSN 0266-4356, E-ISSN 1532-1940, Vol. 42, no 6, 555-558 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We randomised 119 patients who had been referred for removal of partially impacted mandibular third molars to be given either metronidazole 1600 mg or placebo as a single dose 45 min before operation. Ten of the fifty-nine patients who were given metronidazole and 13 of the 60 given placebo developed dry sockets. Two variables were significantly associated with the development of a dry socket: pericoronitis and oral contraceptives.

  • 31. Bergenfelz, A
    et al.
    Jansson, S
    Kristoffersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Mårtensson, H
    Reihnér, E
    Wallin, G
    Lausen, I
    Complications to thyroid surgery: results as reported in a database from a multicenter audit comprising 3,660 patients2008In: Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), ISSN 1435-2443, E-ISSN 1435-2451, Vol. 393, no 5, 667-673 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND AND AIM: During recent years, more radical surgery for thyroid disease, i.e., total instead of subtotal resection, has been evident. Results following this strategy on national levels are scarce.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2004 to 2006, 26 Scandinavian Departments registered 3,660 thyroid operations in a database. Risk factors for complications were analyzed with multiple logistic regression.

    RESULTS: After thyroidectomy, re-bleeding occurred in 2.1% and was associated with older age (OR 1.04; p < 0.0001) and male gender (OR 1.90; p = 0.014). Postoperative infection occurred in 1.6% and associated with lymph node operation (OR 8.18; p < 0.0001). Postoperative unilateral paresis of the recurrent laryngeal nerve was diagnosed 3.9% and bilateral paresis in 0.2%. Unilateral paresis was associated with older age, intrathoracic goiter, thyreotoxicosis, and if routine laryngoscopy was practiced (OR 1.92; p = 0.0002). After 6 months, the incidence of nerve paresis was 0.97%. After bilateral thyroid surgery (n = 1,648), hypocalcaemia treated with vitamin D analogue occurred in 9.9% of the patients at the first follow-up and in 4.4% after 6 months.

    CONCLUSION: Complications to thyroid surgery are not uncommon. The high frequency of hypocalcaemia treated with vitamin D after 6 months is a cause of concern.

  • 32.
    Bergenheim, Tommy A
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Nordh, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Larsson, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
    Hariz, Marwan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience. UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK.
    Selective peripheral denervation for cervical dystonia: long-term follow-up2015In: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, ISSN 0022-3050, E-ISSN 1468-330X, Vol. 86, no 12, 1307-1313 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: 61 procedures with selective peripheral denervation for cervical dystonia were retrospectively analysed concerning surgical results, pain, quality of life (QoL) and recurrences.

    METHODS: The patients were assessed with the Tsui torticollis scale, Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain and Fugl-Meyer scale for QoL. Evaluations were performed preoperatively, early postoperatively, at 6 months, then at a mean of 42 (13-165) months. All patients underwent electromyogram at baseline, which was repeated in cases who presented with recurrence of symptoms after surgery.

    RESULTS: Six months of follow-up was available for 55 (90%) of the procedures and late follow-up for 34 (56%). The mean score of the Tsui scale was 10 preoperatively. It improved to 4.5 (p<0.001) at 6 months, and 5.3 (p<0.001) at late follow-up. VAS for pain improved from 6.5 preoperatively to 4.2 (p<0.001) at 6 months and 4 (p<0.01) at late follow-up. The Fugl-Meyer score for QoL improved from 43.3 to 46.6 (p<0.05) at 6 months, and to 51.1 (p<0.05) at late follow-up. Major reinnervation and/or change in the dystonic pattern occurred following 29% of the procedures, and led in 26% of patients to reoperation with either additional denervation or pallidal stimulation.

    CONCLUSIONS: Selective peripheral denervation remains a surgical option in the treatment of cervical dystonia when conservative measures fail. Although the majority of patients experience a significant relief of symptoms, there is a substantial risk of reinnervation and/or change in the pattern of the cervical dystonia.

  • 33.
    Berggren, Diana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Applications of organ culture of the mouse inner ear1991Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The embryonic mouse inner ear was used as a model with which to study ototoxicity and tissue interactions. The inner ear anlage can be explanted and cultured in vitro from about the 12th gestational day (gd), and will differentiate parallel with the inner ear developing in vivo until a time corresponding to birth (21st gd). During this period the ovoid sac develops into the labyrinth.

    In the present thesis work, otic anlagen from gd 12, 13, 13.5, 15 and 16 were used. As a rule the explants were kept in culture until a time point equivalent to the 21st gd.

    Analyses using freeze-fracture technique and transmission electron microscopy showed that in cultured 13th gd otocysts the development of junctional complexes followed the same principal pattern as in vivo. Tight junctions develop into many strands lying parallel to the apical surface of all epithelial cells. Uncoupling of the hair cells occurs with loss of gap junctions. Some tight junctions had an aberrant appearence, with in part very thick strands and strands running at right angles to the apical surface.

    All aminoglycosides are potentially ototoxic. In the inner ear, outer hair cells of the organ of Corti and vestibular type I hair cells are affected by these antibiotics. The access route to the hair cells and the sites and mechanisms of action of aminoglycosides are not precisely defined.

    The uptake of tritiated tobramycin in 16th gd inner ears was studied. An initial rapid uptake of the drug, within 10 min, was followed by a slower accumulation, reaching a steady state after 60 min. Most of the tobramycin was bound reversibly, at least after a short period of incubation (2 h). The irreversibly bound fraction was of the same magnitude as the uptake within 10 min. Uptake took place against a concentration gradient.

    The otocyst can differentiate even without the statoacoustic ganglion. The interaction of the sensory epithelium with the ganglion was investigated by explanting the statoacoustic ganglion without target tissue. Twenty-five percent of the ganglions survived and had outgrowth of neurites but there was no differentiation into either the cochlear or vestibular type of neuron cells.

    Exposure of cultured otocysts (13 or 13.5 gd) to l-azetidine-2-carboxylic acid, a 1-proline analog that disrupts formation of collagen, resulted in retarded morphogenesis of the labyrinth and a dose- dependent derangement of the basal lamina.

    The expression of intermediate filaments (IFs) was analysed using monoclonal antibodies. The same IF pattem was found in cultured inner ears as in vivo. Explants were taken on 13th, 15th or 16th gd. Exposure to gentamicin, ethacrynic acid or cisplatin did not alter the IF composition. Cytokeratins (CKs) 8 and 18 were identified in all inner ear epithelia. In addition CKs 7 and 19 were visualized in the epithelia involved in maintaining endolymph homeostasis. The ganglion cells showed coexpression of CK, vimentin and neurofilaments.

    The elemental composition of the endolymph compartment of 16th gd inner ears cultured for 5 days was studied using energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. Na to K ratios characteristic of endolymph were found.

  • 34. Bergkvist, Magnus
    et al.
    Mukka, Sebastian S.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Johansson, Lars
    Ahl, Torbjorn E.
    Sayed-Noor, Arkan S.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Skoldenberg, Olof G.
    Eisler, Thomas
    Debridement, antibiotics and implant retention in early periprosthetic joint infection2016In: HIP International, ISSN 1120-7000, E-ISSN 1724-6067, Vol. 26, no 2, 138-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a devastating complication in hip arthroplasty surgery. Debridement, antibiotics (AB) and implant retention (DAIR) is recommended in early PJI in association with stable implants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the success rate of DAIR in early PJI (<4 weeks) and to identify factors predicting the outcome. Methods: This cohort study included a consecutive series of 35 patients (median age 74 years, 25 women, 26 primary arthroplasties) treated with DAIR for an early PJI in a regional hospital. Results: 28 patients (80%) had their infection eradicated. DAIR-only eradicated the PJI in 22 (63%) patients with a median follow-up of 50 (24-84) months. In 17 (49%) patients, oral AB had been given prior to intraoperative cultures, which delayed first debridement with average 6 days and delayed hospital stay. Primary surgery for a hip fracture increased the risk of DAIR-failure. Surgical experience did not affect the outcome. 17% (n = 6) of the patients sustained a secondary infection during their hospital stay; the majority was beta-lactam resistant coagulase negative Staphylococcus aureus. Conclusions: The success rate of DAIR was inferior to pervious controls from experienced revision centers. Hip fracture patients should be informed about the increased risk of DAIR treatment failure. In order not to delay surgery, empirically based oral AB should not be administered prior to deep cultures.

  • 35. Berglund, Britta
    et al.
    Strigård, Karin
    Karolinska universitetssjukhuset, Huddinge; institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik (CLINTEC), Karolinska institutet, Stockholm.
    TENS kan lindra illamående efter kolorektal kirurgi: Men placeboeffekten är betydande2011In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 108, no 3, 90-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim was to study if postoperative nausea after colorectal surgery could be reduced with patient-active TENS-treatment. Twenty patients with malign diagnosis, ten in a treatment group and ten in a control group, tested TENS the first two postoperative days. The patients made notes about how they used TENS and if their nausea was reduced. Nausea was diminished in both groups, which as well may indicate a placebo effect. Post-operative nausea interferes with mobilization, nutrition and rehabilitation. Since TENS is easy to use and cost-effective it is a valuable method for treatment that can be offered to patients and increase their satisfaction with care. A larger randomized study should be of value.

  • 36.
    Bergström, Cecilia
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    Persson, Margareta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Nergard, Kari-Anne
    Mogren, Ingrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    Prevalence and predictors of persistent pelvic girdle pain 12 years postpartum2017In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN 1471-2474, E-ISSN 1471-2474, Vol. 18, 399Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is not always a self-limiting condition. Women with more pronounced persistent PGP (PPGP) report poorer health status compared to women with less pronounced symptoms. The knowledge concerning the long-term consequences of PPGP is limited, thus more knowledge in this area is needed. The overall aim was to study the prevalence and predictors of PPGP 12 years after delivery. Methods: This is a long-term follow-up study based on a previous cohort study that commenced in 2002. New questionnaire data 12 years postpartum were collected in 2014 and early 2015. The questionnaire was distributed to a total of 624 women from the initial cohort. Results: In total, 295 women (47.3%) responded to the questionnaire where 40.3% (n = 119) reported pain to a various degree and 59% (n = 174) reported no pain. Increased duration and/or persistency of pain, self-rated health, sciatica, neck and/or thoracic spinal pain, sick leave the past 12 months, treatment sought, and prescription and/or non-prescription drugs used were all associated with an statistically significant increase in the odds of reporting pain 12 years postpartum. Widespread pain was common and median expectation of improvement score was 5 on an 11-point numeric scale (interquartile range 2-7.50). More than one of five women (21.8%) reporting pain stated that they had been on sick leave the past 12 months and nearly 11% had been granted disability pension due to PPGP. No statistically significant differences were found between respondents and non-respondents regarding most background variables. Conclusions: This study is unique as it is one of few long-term follow-up studies following women with PPGP of more than 11 years. The results show that spontaneous recovery with no recurrences is an unlikely scenario for a subgroup of women with PPGP. Persistency and/or duration of pain symptoms as well as widespread pain appear to be the strongest predictors of poor long-term outcome. Moreover, widespread pain is commonly associated with PPGP and may thus contribute to long-term sick leave and disability pension. A screening tool needs to be developed for the identification of women at risk of developing PPGP to enable early intervention.

  • 37.
    Bergström, Olesia
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Rudberg, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Operationssal, en spännande miljö där kommunikation ochsamspel utmanar operationsprofessioner: - en studie om kommunikation och samarbete ur ett genusperspektiv2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In a room for surgery there are several different participants that together forma team consisting of; surgeon, surgeon nurse, anaesthesiologist, nurse of anaesthesia and anoperational assistant. For the team to function optional it is essential that communication betweenthe team members uphold. Earlier studies show the many surgeon nurses describestheir professional role subordinate in relation to the other roles in the team. There are storiestold about different occasions where surgeon nurses have experienced bad collegial behaviorincluding stories told of direct insult of surgeon nurses from surgeons in their team. This wasour main focus in this study, to see how gender affects communication. Aim: The surgeonnurse experience of the communication between the surgeon and the nurse from a gender perspective.Method: Qualitative method with analysis of the content from semi structured interviewsincluding five surgeon nurses. Result: Experiences of communication has proven to bedifferent between males and females in this study. The study shows that the surgeon nursesability to read the surgeons temper, and adapt to that, was frequently occuring. Surgeon nurses,of both gender, considered themselves to be important as mediators between the differentsurgeon actors in order to solve conflicts. All interviewed perceived that age, experience, ethnicity,and personal characteristics affected communication cooperation. Opinions from surgeonnurses that professionalism doesn´t have a gender was expressed. Discussion: Gendercultural norms contrahend gender cultural communicative expectations on females and males.This expectation inflects communication between genders, and thus can inflect individualskills and limit the individuals’ potential of progress. Essential is to explore all possible differencesin communication between man and woman to avoid misunderstandings, conflictsand be able to work professionally.

  • 38.
    Bergström, Ulrica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Fragility fractures in fragile people: epidemiology of the age quake2009Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Osteoporosis-related fracture is already today a major public health problem and the number of hip fractures is expected to double to 2030. Sweden has one of the highest hip fracture incidences worldwide. This may be explained by several factors: e.g. age, genetic, climatologic, geographic and a relative vitamin D deficiency, secondary to the limited sunlight exposure especially during winter months. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors contribute to a fracture, although a prior low energy fracture is one of the strongest predictors for a subsequent one and this should be a target for secondary fracture prevention in an orthopaedic setting.

    Since 1993 all injured patients admitted to the emergency floor and all in-hospital fractures at Umeå University Hospital, Sweden, were registered according to the Injury Data Base, former EHLASS. There were 31,173 fracture events (one or more fractures at the same time), of which 13,931 were in patients’ ≥ 50 years old. The fracture database was co analyzed with the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study cohort in a nested case-control study for investigations of associations between osteoporotic fracture and serum markers, lifestyle data, nutrition etc. We found that there were differences in fracture pattern depending on age and sex. Both injury mechanism and fracture site were strongly dependent of age. The most severe fragility fracture, hip fracture, had a decreasing incidence. However, the incidence curve was right-shifting leading to an increase, both in numbers and in incidence of hip fractures among the oldest female. To identify people at high risk for fractures, re-fracture patients are useful. No less than 21% of the fracture patients had suffered more than one fracture event, accounting for 38% of all fracture events. The total risk ratio for a subsequent fracture was 2.2 (2.1-2.3 95% CI). In males the highest risk for re fracture was in the age cohort 70-79 years (RR 2.7, 2.3-3.2 95% CI), in females > 90 years (RR 3.9, 3.2-4.8 95% CI). Another possible risk factor in this subarctic population is the lack of sunlight, leading to a vitamin D deficit. The overall adjusted risk of sustaining a hip fracture in this population was 2.7 (95%CI:1.3-5.4) in subjects with a serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D below 50 nmol/l. The association was, however, different according to age at baseline. Thus in subjects aged 60 years and above at baseline, the adjusted odds ratio of sustaining a hip fracture was 6.2 (1.2-32.5 95%CI) for the group of individuals with a serum 25OHD below 50 nmol/l, whereas no significant association was found in the youngest age group.

    In the next 30 years the ongoing demographic changes will accelerate. The World War II baby boomers will cause an age quake. We can already see signs heralding a new fracture pattern: an increasing cohort of mobile but fragile elderly, with considerable co-morbidity is now at risk for fragility fractures. In fracture patients, clinical information is sufficient to pinpoint patients with a high risk for re-fractures. It is therefore clinically important to use the information provided by the fracture event. We suggest that trauma units and primary care units should screen for risk factors and inform patients about the treatment options, and to organize fracture liaison services. This seems to be especially cost-efficient for our oldest and frailest patients. Secondary prophylaxis and follow-up treatment after cardiovascular disorders are now a matter of course worldwide, but the screening for risk factors, in order to prevent a second fracture, is often neglected. This is one of the most important issues of fracture care in the future in order to improve general health.

  • 39. Bhangu, A
    et al.
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Andersson, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery. Umeå University Hospital.
    Escobar, EG
    Mortality of emergency abdominal surgery in high-, middle- and low-income countries2016In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 103, no 8, 971-988 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality data are collected routinely in high-income countries, yet virtually no low- or middle-income countries have outcome surveillance in place. The aim was prospectively to collect worldwide mortality data following emergency abdominal surgery, comparing findings across countries with a low, middle or high Human Development Index (HDI).

    METHODS: This was a prospective, multicentre, cohort study. Self-selected hospitals performing emergency surgery submitted prespecified data for consecutive patients from at least one 2-week interval during July to December 2014. Postoperative mortality was analysed by hierarchical multivariable logistic regression.

    RESULTS: Data were obtained for 10 745 patients from 357 centres in 58 countries; 6538 were from high-, 2889 from middle- and 1318 from low-HDI settings. The overall mortality rate was 1·6 per cent at 24 h (high 1·1 per cent, middle 1·9 per cent, low 3·4 per cent; P < 0·001), increasing to 5·4 per cent by 30 days (high 4·5 per cent, middle 6·0 per cent, low 8·6 per cent; P < 0·001). Of the 578 patients who died, 404 (69·9 per cent) did so between 24 h and 30 days following surgery (high 74·2 per cent, middle 68·8 per cent, low 60·5 per cent). After adjustment, 30-day mortality remained higher in middle-income (odds ratio (OR) 2·78, 95 per cent c.i. 1·84 to 4·20) and low-income (OR 2·97, 1·84 to 4·81) countries. Surgical safety checklist use was less frequent in low- and middle-income countries, but when used was associated with reduced mortality at 30 days.

    CONCLUSION: Mortality is three times higher in low- compared with high-HDI countries even when adjusted for prognostic factors. Patient safety factors may have an important role.

  • 40. Bhoo-Pathy, Nirmala
    et al.
    Uiterwaal, Cuno S P M
    Dik, Vincent K
    Jeurnink, Suzanne M
    Bech, Bodil H
    Overvad, Kim
    Halkjær, Jytte
    Tjønneland, Anne
    Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine
    Fagherazzi, Guy
    Racine, Antoine
    Katzke, Verena A
    Li, Kuanrong
    Boeing, Heiner
    Floegel, Anna
    Androulidaki, Anna
    Bamia, Christina
    Trichopoulou, Antonia
    Masala, Giovanna
    Panico, Salvatore
    Crosignani, Paolo
    Tumino, Rosario
    Vineis, Paolo
    Peeters, Petra H M
    Gavrilyuk, Oxana
    Skeie, Guri
    Weiderpass, Elisabete
    Duell, Eric J
    Arguelles, Marcial
    Molina-Montes, Esther
    Navarro, Carmen
    Ardanaz, Eva
    Dorronsoro, Miren
    Lindkvist, Björn
    Wallström, Peter
    Sund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Ye, Weimin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research. Karolinska institutet.
    Khaw, Kay-Tee
    Wareham, Nick
    Key, Timothy J
    Travis, Ruth C
    Duarte-Salles, Talita
    Freisling, Heinz
    Licaj, Idlir
    Gallo, Valentina
    Michaud, Dominique S
    Riboli, Elio
    Bueno-de-Mesquita, H Bas
    Intake of Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, or Tea Does Not Affect Risk for Pancreatic Cancer: Results From the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer Study.2013In: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, ISSN 1542-3565, Vol. 11, no 1, 1486-1492 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Few modifiable risk factors have been implicated in the etiology of pancreatic cancer. There is little evidence for the effects of caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or tea intake on risk of pancreatic cancer. We investigated the association of total coffee, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption with risk of pancreatic cancer.

    METHODS: This study was conducted within the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer cohort, comprising male and female participants from 10 European countries. Between 1992 and 2000, there were 477,312 participants without cancer who completed a dietary questionnaire, and were followed up to determine pancreatic cancer incidence. Coffee and tea intake was calibrated with a 24-hour dietary recall. Adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) were computed using multivariable Cox regression.

    RESULTS: During a mean follow-up period of 11.6 y, 865 first incidences of pancreatic cancers were reported. When divided into fourths, neither total intake of coffee (HR, 1.03; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.83-1.27; high vs low intake), decaffeinated coffee (HR, 1.12; 95% CI, 0.76-1.63; high vs low intake), nor tea were associated with risk of pancreatic cancer (HR, 1.22, 95% CI, 0.95-1.56; high vs low intake). Moderately low intake of caffeinated coffee was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer (HR, 1.33; 95% CI, 1.02-1.74), compared with low intake. However, no graded dose response was observed, and the association attenuated after restriction to histologically confirmed pancreatic cancers.

    CONCLUSIONS: Based on an analysis of data from the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer cohort, total coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea consumption are not related to the risk of pancreatic cancer.

  • 41.
    Bidgoli, Hassan Haghparast
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Div Global Hlth, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden; Isfahan Univ Med Sci, Hlth Management & Econ Res Ctr, Esfahan, Iran.
    Bogg, Lennart
    Hasselberg, Marie
    Pre-hospital trauma care resources for road traffic injuries in a middle-income country: a province based study on need and access in Iran2011In: Injury, ISSN 0020-1383, E-ISSN 1879-0267, Vol. 42, no 9, 879-884 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Access to pre-hospital trauma care can help minimize many of traffic related mortality and morbidity in low-and middle-income countries with high rate of traffic deaths such as Iran. The aim of this study was to assess if the distribution of pre-hospital trauma care facilities reflect the burden of road traffic injury and mortality in different provinces in Iran.

    Methods: This national cross-sectional study is based on ecological data on road traffic mortality (RTM), road traffic injuries (RTIs) and pre-hospital trauma facilities for all 30 provinces in Iran in 2006. Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients were used to describe the distributions of RTM/RTIs and pre-hospital trauma care facilities across provinces. Spearman rank-order correlation was performed to assess the relationship between RTM/RTI and pre-hospital trauma care facilities.

    Results: RTM and RTIs as well as pre-hospital trauma care facilities were distributed unequally between different provinces. There was no significant association between the rate of RTM and RTIs and the number of pre-hospital trauma care facilities across the country.

    Conclusions: The distribution of pre-hospital trauma care facilities does not reflect the needs in terms of RTM and RTIs for different provinces. These results suggest that traffic related mortality and morbidity could be reduced if the needs in terms of RTM and RTIs were taken into consideration when distributing pre-hospital trauma care facilities between the provinces. 

  • 42.
    Birgisson, H
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Glimelius, B
    Departments of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, University Hospital, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Late gastrointestinal disorders after rectal cancer surgery with and without preoperative radiation therapy.2008In: British Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0007-1323, E-ISSN 1365-2168, Vol. 95, no 2, 206-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to analyse late gastrointestinal disorders necessitating hospital admission following rectal cancer surgery and to determine their relationship to preoperative radiation therapy.

    METHODS: Curatively treated patients participating in the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial during 1987-1990, randomized to preoperative irradiation (454 patients) or surgery alone (454), were matched against the Swedish Hospital Discharge Registry. Hospital records for patients admitted with gastrointestinal diagnoses were reviewed.

    RESULTS: Irradiated patients had an increased relative risk (RR) of late small bowel obstruction (RR 2.49 (95 per cent confidence interval (c.i.) 1.48 to 4.19)) and abdominal pain (RR 2.09 (95 per cent c.i. 1.03 to 4.24)) compared with patients treated by surgery alone. The risk of late small bowel obstruction requiring surgery was greatly increased (RR 7.42 (95 per cent c.i. 2.23 to 24.66)). Irradiated patients with postoperative anastomotic leakage were at increased risk for late small bowel obstruction (RR 2.99 (95 per cent c.i. 1.07 to 8.31)). The risk of small bowel obstruction was also related to the radiation technique and energy used.

    CONCLUSION: Small bowel obstruction is more common in patients with rectal cancer treated with preoperative radiation therapy.

  • 43.
    Birgisson, H
    et al.
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Talbäck, M
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Akademiska Sjukhuset, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Påhlman, L
    Glimelius, B
    Improved survival in cancer of the colon and rectum in Sweden.2005In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 31, no 8, 845-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIMS: To analyse time-trends in survival of patients with colon and rectal cancer in Sweden.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data including all patients diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum between 1960 and 1999, from the Swedish Cancer Registry, were analysed. The observed and relative survival rates were calculated according to the Hakulinen cohort method.

    RESULTS: Five-year relative survival rate for cancer of the colon improved significantly from 39.6% in 1960--1964 to 57.2% in 1995--1999 and for rectal cancer from 36.1 to 57.6%, respectively. Corresponding observed survival improved from 31.2 to 44.3% for colon cancer and from 28.4 to 45.4% for rectal cancer. The largest improvement of survival were seen during the later part of the period observed.

    CONCLUSION: The survival of patients with colon and rectal cancer in Sweden continues to improve, especially in rectal cancer, which now has a 5-year observed and relative survival rate comparable to that for colon cancer. The survival improvement in rectal cancer is probably a result of the implementation of total mesorectal excision and pre-operative radiotherapy.

  • 44.
    Birgisson, Helgi
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för kirurgiska vetenskaper.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery, Oncology, Radiology, and Clinical Immunology, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Adverse effects of preoperative radiation therapy for rectal cancer: long-term follow-up of the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial.2005In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0732-183X, E-ISSN 1527-7755, Vol. 23, no 34, 8697-8705 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To analyze the occurrence of subacute and late adverse effects in patients treated with preoperative irradiation for rectal cancer.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study population included 1,147 patients randomly assigned to preoperative radiation therapy or surgery alone in the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial conducted 1987 through 1990. Patient data were matched against the Swedish Hospital Discharge Register to identify patients admitted to hospital after the primary treatment of the rectal cancer. Patients with known residual disease were excluded, and patients with a recurrence were censored 3 months before the date of recurrence. Relative risks (RR) with 95% CIs were calculated.

    RESULTS: Irradiated patients were at increased risk of admissions during the first 6 months from the primary treatment (RR = 1.64; 95% CI, 1.21 to 2.22); these were mainly for gastrointestinal diagnoses. Overall, the two groups showed no difference in the risk of admissions more than 6 months from the primary treatment (RR = 0.95; 95% CI, 0.80 to 1.12). Regarding specific diagnoses, however, RRs were increased for admissions later than 6 months from the primary treatment in irradiated patients for unspecified infections, bowel obstruction, abdominal pain, and nausea.

    CONCLUSION: Gastrointestinal disorders, resulting in hospital admissions, seem to be the most common adverse effect of short-course preoperative radiation therapy in patients with rectal cancer. Bowel obstruction was the diagnosis of potentially greatest importance, which was more frequent in irradiated than in nonirradiated patients.

  • 45.
    Birgisson, Helgi
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Gastrointestinal Surgery.
    Påhlman, Lars
    Gunnarsson, Ulf
    Department of Surgery and Oncology, Radiology, and Clinical Immunology, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Occurrence of second cancers in patients treated with radiotherapy for rectal cancer.2005In: Journal of Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0732-183X, E-ISSN 1527-7755, Vol. 23, no 25, 6126-6131 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: To analyze the occurrence of second cancers in patients with rectal cancer treated with external radiotherapy (RT) in addition to surgery.

    PATIENTS AND METHODS: The analyses were based on the Uppsala Trial (completed in 1985), with patients randomly assigned to preoperative RT to all stages or postoperative RT for stage II and III cancers, and the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial (completed in 1990), with patients randomly assigned to preoperative RT or surgery alone. Patients from the trials were matched against the Swedish Cancer Registry.

    RESULTS: A total of 115 (7%) of the 1,599 patients developed 122 second cancers. More patients treated with RT developed a second cancer (relative risk [RR], 1.85; 95% CI, 1.23 to 2.78). A significant increased risk for second cancers in the RT group was seen in organs within or adjacent to the irradiated volume (RR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.10 to 3.79) but not outside the irradiated volume (RR, 1.78; 95% CI, 0.97 to 3.27). For the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial, 20.3% of the RT patients got either a local recurrence or a second cancer, compared with 30.7% of the non-RT patients (RR, 0.55; 95% CI, 0.44 to 0.70).

    CONCLUSION: An increased risk of second cancers was found in patients treated with RT in addition to surgery for a rectal cancer, which was mainly explained by an increase in the risk of second cancers in organs within or adjacent to the irradiated volume. However, a favorable effect of radiation seemed to dominate, as shown by the reduced risk of the sum of local recurrences and second cancers.

  • 46.
    Bjur, Dennis
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Integrative Medical Biology, Anatomy.
    The human Achilles tendon: innervation and intratendinous production of nerve signal substances - of importance in understanding the processes of Achilles tendinosis2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Tendinopathies are painful tendon conditions of presumably multifactorial genesis. In tendinosis, as in Achilles tendinosis, there is apart from pain also morphological changes which are described as degenerative with no signs of inflammation. The exact mechanisms behind these conditions are still, to a large extent, unknown. Pain, being the foremost impairing symptom, leads us to the hypothesis that nerves are deeply involved in the symptoms and processes of Achilles tendinosis. Locally produced nerve signal substances may also be involved in the processes. Knowledge of the innervation patterns within the tendon and knowledge on a possible local nerve signal substance production are therefore of utmost importance. There is a lack of information on these aspects.

    The specific aims of this thesis were 1) to investigate the innervation patterns regarding general, sensory, cholinergic and sympathetic innervations, and 2) to examine for the possible occurrence of a production of nerve signal substances and a presence of receptors related to these in the tendon cells, the tenocytes. Painfree normal and tendinosis Achilles tendons were examined.

    Immunohistochemistry, using antibodies against the general nerve marker PGP9.5, the synthesizing enzymes for acetylcholine (choline acetyltransferase; ChAT), and catecholamines (tyrosine hydroxylase; TH), the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT), neuropeptide Y (NPY), substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide, was applied. Immunohistochemistry was also used for the delineation of muscarinic (M2R), adrenergic (α1-AR) and NPY-ergic (Y1 and Y2) receptors. To detect mRNA for TH and ChAT, in situ hybridization was used.

    In normal Achilles tendons, as well as in the tendinosis tendons, there was a very scanty innervation within the tendon tissue proper, the main general, sensory and sympathetic innervations being found in the paratendinous loose connective tissue. Interestingly, the tenocytes showed immunoreactions for ChAT, VAChT, TH, M2R, α1-AR and Y1R. The reactions were clearly more observable in tendons of tendinosis patients than in those of controls. The tenocytes of tendinosis patients also displayed mRNA reactions for ChAT and TH. Nevertheless, all tenocytes in the tendinosis specimens did not show these reactions. Immunoreactions for α1-AR, M2R and Y1R were also seen for blood vessel walls.

    The present thesis shows that there is a very limited innervation within tendon tissue proper, whilst there is a substantial innervation in the paratendinous loose connective tissue. It also gives evidence for an occurrence of production of catecholamines and acetylcholine in tenocytes, especially for tendinosis tendons. Furthermore, that ACh, catecholamines and NPY can have effects on these, as well as on blood vessels, via the receptors observed.

    The observations suggest that Achilles tendon tissue, whilst containing a very scarce innervation, exhibits autocrine/paracrine cholinergic/catecholaminergic/NPY-ergic effects that are upregulated in tendinosis. These findings are of great importance as the results of such effects may mimic processes that are known to occur in tendinosis. That includes effects related to proliferation and angiogenesis, and blood vessel and collagen regulating effects.

    In conclusion, within the Achilles tendon there is a very scarce innervation, whilst there appears to be a marked local production of nerve signal substances in Achilles tendinosis, namely in the tenocytes, the cells also harbouring receptors for these substances. The observations give a new insight into how the tendon tissue of the Achilles tendon is influenced by signal substances and may give options for new treatments of Achilles tendinosis.

  • 47.
    Bjur, Dennis
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
    Alfredson, Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
    Forsgren, Sture
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Anatomy.
    The innervation pattern of the human Achilles tendon: studies of the normal and tendinosis tendon with markers for general and sensory innervation2005In: Cell and Tissue Research, ISSN 0302-766X, E-ISSN 1432-0878, Vol. 320, no 1, 201-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pain-free normal Achilles tendons and chronic painful Achilles tendons were examined by the use of antibodies against a general nerve marker (protein gene-product 9.5, PGP9.5), sensory markers (substance P, SP; calcitonin gene-related peptide, CGRP), and immunohistochemistry. In the normal tendons, immunoreactions against PGP9.5 and against SP/CGRP were encountered in the paratendinous loose connective tissue, being confined to nerve fascicles and to nerve fibers located in the vicinity of blood vessels. To some extent, these immunoreactions also occurred in the tendon tissue proper. Immunoreaction against PGP9.5 and against SP/CGRP was also observed in the tendinosis samples and included immunoreactive nerve fibers that were intimately associated with small blood vessels. In conclusion, Mechanoreceptors (sensory corpuscles) were occasionally observed, nerve-related components are present in association with blood vessels in both the normal and the tendinosis tendon.

  • 48. Blaszczyk, Izabela
    et al.
    Foumani, Nazli Poorsafar
    Ljungberg, Christina
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Questionnaire about the adverse events and side effects following botulinum toxin A treatment in patients with cerebral palsy2015In: Toxins, ISSN 2072-6651, E-ISSN 2072-6651, Vol. 7, no 11, 4645-4654 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) injections for treatment of spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy (CP) have been used for about two decades. The treatment is considered safe but a low frequency of adverse events (AE) has been reported. A good method to report AEs is necessary to verify the safety of the treatment. We decided to use an active surveillance of treatment-induced harm using a questionnaire we created. We studied the incidence of reported AEs and side effects in patients with CP treated with BoNT-A. We investigated the relationship between the incidence of AEs or side effects and gender, age, weight, total dose, dose per body weight, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and number of treated body parts. Seventy-four patients with CP participated in our study. In 54 (51%) of 105 BoNT-A treatments performed in 45 (61%) patients, there were 95 AEs and side effects reported, out of which 50 were generalized and/or focal distant. Severe AEs occurred in three patients (4%), and their BoNT-A treatment was discontinued. Consecutive collection of the AE and side-effect incidence using our questionnaire can increase the safety of BoNT-A treatment in patients with CP.

  • 49.
    Blaszczyk, Izabela
    et al.
    Umeå University. Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of Northern Sweden, Umeå, Sweden.
    Granström, Anna Cecilia
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of Northern Sweden, Umeå, Sweden.
    Denervation of the infraspinatus and release of the posterior deltoid muscles in the management of dyskinetic external shoulder rotation in cerebral palsy2015In: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, ISSN 1933-0707, E-ISSN 1933-0715, Vol. 15, no 4, 438-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECT: The dyskinetic subtype of cerebral palsy is difficult to manage, and there is no established gold standard for treatment. External rotation of the shoulder(s) is often managed nonsurgically using injections of botulinum toxin A into the external rotator muscles. This article reports a new surgical technique for managing external rotation when botulinum toxin A treatment is not sufficient or possible.

    METHODS: Six patients with dyskinetic cerebral palsy underwent denervation of the infraspinatus muscle and release of the posterior part of the deltoid muscle. Postoperative questionnaires were given to the patients/caregivers, and video recordings were made both pre- and postoperatively. Preoperative and postoperative Assisting Hand Assessment was possible in only 1 case.

    RESULTS: Five patients were very satisfied with their outcome. Four patients' video recordings showed improvement in their condition. One patient developed postoperative complications.

    CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that denervation of the infraspinatus muscle and posterior deltoid release can be an option for patients with dyskinetic cerebral palsy to manage external rotation of the shoulder when other treatment alternatives are insufficient.

  • 50.
    Blind, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology.
    Hulterström, Antti
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Berggren, Diana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Otorhinolaryngology.
    Treatment of nasal septal perforations with a custom-made prosthesis2009In: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, ISSN 0937-4477, E-ISSN 1434-4726, Vol. 266, no 1, 65-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present the fabrication and clinical use of a custom-made nasal septal silicone button that can be inserted transnasally into a perforation of the nasal septum by the physician as an office procedure, or by the patients themselves in their home. Questionnaire and retrospective chart review were used to evaluate the efficacy of this prosthesis as treatment of disturbing symptoms from nasal septal perforation. The study included 41 patients (27 women) with a nasal septal perforation. The follow-up time ranged from 1 to 9 years. Symptoms investigated were nasal obstruction, crusting, feeling of dryness, pain, epistaxis, and whistling from the nose. The degree of experienced symptoms was estimated on a VAS-scale. The questionnaire was answered by 37 of the 41 patients. Fourteen patients were still using their button at the follow-up. Treatment with the prosthesis greatly diminished all the investigated symptoms. Also, use of the silicone button resulted in an improved quality of life. No case of infection was noted in connection with use of the silicone prosthesis.

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