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Blinding diseases can destroy useful vision unless rapidly diagnosed and treated. The initial routine examination of all infants should be carried out by the primary care physician, and should include direct ophthalmoscopy, and an orderly structural examination to include the eyebrows, lids, and lashes and lacrimal system, conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, iris (note pupils), anterior chamber, lens, vitreous, and fundus (especially optic nerve and macula). Look for symmetry of ocular structures and clarity of optical media (clear cornea, lens, vitreous). The red reflex should be bright and symmetrical. In all preterm infants < 1250 g at birth, after an initial period of retinal development (from 4 to 6 weeks of life), an ophthalmologist trained to screen retinopathy of prematurity should initiate regular ophthalmologic examinations until inner retinal vascularization is complete, follow the progression and regression of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), determine the need for surgical...

Ophthalmologic Examination Of The Newborn

Following an initial period of retinal development (from 4 to 6 weeks of life) in all preterm infants < 1250 grams at birth (by an ophthalmologist trained to screen retinopathy of prematurity ROP ) 1. To initiate regular ophthalmologic examinations until inner retinal vascularization is complete (may not be to the ora serrata). 4. To follow for the development of refractive errors, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. (all of which are more frequent in preterm infants). D. At any time when any of the following are suspected or proven (by an ophthalmologist) 3. family history of eye disease in parents or siblings B. A functional examination for visual acuity, visual field, motility, and refraction is not part of the routine initial examination. Note that good fixation and following and consistently straight eyes may not be present until 6 months of age however, if there is no visual interest, nystagmus, bilaterally dull red reflexes, asymmetrical red reflexes, or a consistently crossed...

Cornea iris and trabecular meshwork [glaucoma

Peters anomaly is shown in this figure. Corneal clouding is marked because corneal endothelium is abnormal, and glaucoma is common because the trabecular meshwork may be altered. This photograph demonstrates severe corneal clouding which would justify a penetrating corneal transplant in at least one eye of a bilaterally affected infant even though the prognosis for a successful corneal transplant in infants is poor.

Glaucomaintraocular pressure lowering IOP agents 411 FPagonists

A major effort has focused on the development of FP-agonists as therapeutics aimed at lowering high intraocular pressure (IOP) in the treatment of glaucoma. To date three new drugs have entered the market, all of which are Cl-ester prodrugs of potent and selective FP-agonists. The first was latanoprost 19, an i-propyl ester prodrug marketed by Pfizer in 1996. At this time latanoprost 19 became a first-line treatment and the most efficacious IOP lowering drug. However, it was not completely devoid of hyperemic side effects in human patients. It also caused an unexpected adverse advent of iridial pigmentation which was observed after one to three months of treatment. Concerns about the origin of this event were studied and its occurrence was later dismissed as a safety issue.

Ocular Examination

The ocular examination begins with the eyelids and lashes. One should look for evidence of lid margin erythema, telangiectasia, thickening, scaling, and or lash collars. The sclera and conjunctiva are then examined for the presence of redness (injection). Certain characteristics that can assist in pinpointing the diagnosis are characterized here. Uveitis is a significant ocular condition that requires immediate ophthalmological evaluation. One of the signs of this disorder is circumcorneal injection (ciliary flush), which is often described as a ring of redness that completely encircles the edge (limbus) of the cornea. Pupil size is also extremely helpful in formulation of the diagnosis of a red eye. In iritis, the affected pupil is usually smaller and sluggish. In acute-angle closure glaucoma attacks, the pupil is usually mid-dilated and sluggish or fixed. The cornea is examined next. A corneal opacity, seen as a whitish infiltrate, is often a sign of a bacterial corneal ulcer....

Glaucoma

There are two major types of glaucoma chronic open-angle glaucoma and acute closed-angle glaucoma. Chronic open-angle glaucoma is the most common. It usually develops gradually over a number of years. In chronic open-angle glaucoma, the normal pressure of the fluid in the eyes slowly rises. At the front of your eyes lies a small space known as the anterior chamber. A clear fluid called the aqueous humor flows in and out of the chamber to deliver nutrients to nearby tissues and remove wastes. In people with chronic open-angle glaucoma, the drainage angle (the channel through which fluid leaves the eyeball) does not function normally and the fluid does not drain properly. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eyes increases, potentially causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Because it transmits visual images to the brain, damage to the optic nerve produces vision loss that can result in blindness. In acute closed-angle glaucoma, the drainage angle becomes completely...

Cataracts

A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens inside the eye. The cloudy area worsens as protein fibers in the lens clump together, preventing light rays from passing through the lens and focusing on the retina, the light-sensitive membrane that lines the back of the eye. Cataracts usually develop very gradually, and early changes in the lens of the eye may go unnoticed. As the cataract continues to develop, symptoms begin to appear. The person may have blurred vision in one eye. Bothersome glare caused by bright sunlight or vehicle headlights is common. The person also may have poor night vision. Colors appear to be less bright. The person may experience increased nearsightedness that requires frequent changes in his or her eyeglass prescription. The person also may find it more difficult to see well enough to read and perform other daily tasks. Cataracts in adults can be classified into three general types, depending on their location in the lens. The most common type is...

Allergic Eye Disease

Cromolyn may be effective in the management of several allergic eye diseases. All of these disorders appear to involve mast cells and eosinophils. These conditions include seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis. Nedocromil is more efficacious than cromolyn in the treatment of vernal keratoconjunctivitis and is effective in patients whose chronic symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are not controlled fully by cromolyn. Ocular preparations of nedocromil, however, are not commercially available in the United States. Current evidence supports preferential use of topical antihistamines (e.g., azelastine, levocabastine, or olopatadine) or mast cell stabilizers (e.g., lodoxamide) for allergic eye conditions. Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is recurrent, bilateral, interstitial inflammation of the conjunctivae that occurs more frequently in warm, dry climates. Most affected patients develop symptoms before...

Diabetic Eye Disease

People who have diabetes are at high risk for a number of eye problems that can cause severe vision loss or blindness. The most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the lightsensitive membrane at the back of the eyeball. In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels in the retina may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes can produce loss of vision or blindness. A cataract (see page 390) is a cloudy covering that appears over the normally clear lens of the eye. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataracts as are people without diabetes. Cataracts also develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes. Usually cataracts can be surgically removed. If you have diabetes, you also have twice the normal risk of developing glaucoma (see page 388). This disease is caused by abnormally high pressure from excess fluid in the...

New Therapeutic Indications

Recent reports have continued to expand the number of indications for which nAChR ligands may prove to have a therapeutic effect. A relationship between nAChRs and angiogenesis 76,77 and a role for central and peripheral nAChRs in lower urinary tract dysfunction have been suggested 78-80 . A genetic defect in the a4p2 receptor subtype has been associated with a form of epilepsy thus, selective agonists may have potential as anticonvulsants 1,81,82 . Agonists at the a7 subtype have been proposed for treatment of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy through a neuroprotective and antiangiogenic nicotinic mechanism 83 , while antagonists may be beneficial in suppression of certain cancers 84 .

Prevalence Description

(myotonia) variable muscle weakening and wasting (atrophy) cataracts defective impulse conduction by the heart inadequate gonadal function (hypogonadism) 1 1,000 Genetically heterogeneous variable age of of night vision and visual acuity 1 10,000 Multisystem long fingers and toes

Executive Functions and the Brains Signaling System

Improvement produced by stimulants generally can be seen within thirty to sixty minutes after an effective dose is administered. When the medication has worn off, ADD symptoms generally reappear at their former level. Stimulants thus do not cure ADD symptoms they only alleviate them while each dose of medication is active. In this sense, taking stimulants is not like taking doses of an antibiotic to wipe out an infection it is more like wearing eyeglasses that correct one's vision while the glasses are being worn, but do nothing to fix one's impaired eyes. This effect has been demonstrated repeatedly in over two hundred medication treatment studies that were double-blind that is, neither the doctors nor the patients knew during the study who was being given real stimulant medication and who was being treated with placebos.

What are the symptoms of MS Which symptoms are most common

Glaucoma Although visual problems are less common at onset of illness, they become relatively common over the lifetime of patients with untreated MS. A physician should always evaluate visual symptoms, especially double vision or blurring of vision accompanied by pain in one or both eyes. MS-caused blindness is uncommon. Glaucoma is a more common cause of blindness.

Persistent viral infections

The fatal disease of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), which is a rare complication in children occurring a few years after a measles infection, is a result of such an autoimmune response. SSPE is a rare outcome of measles infection, but other severe sequelae of measles are common. One of the most frequent is damage to eyesight. The virus replicates in the host and infects surface epithelium, resulting in characteristic rash and lesions in the mouth, on the tongue, and on the eye's conjunctiva. Virus infection of the conjunctiva can clear, but movement of eye muscles in response to light, or in the process of reading, can lead to further infection of eye musculature, leading to permanent damage, which is why individuals infected with measles should be protected from light and kept from using their eyes as much as possible.

Can I go blind with MS

Although visual loss accompanying attacks of MS, diagnosed as optic neuritis or retrobulbar neuritis, may occasionally be severe, blindness is unusual. There may be a small blind spot left after an attack, and occasionally, this may be large enough to interfere with vision. Glaucoma, which is another type of eye disease, unrelated to MS, is more common as a cause of blindness in MS patients. My vision problems range from a bit of blurriness to a complete lack of sight. I inherited extreme myopia I wear contact lenses and glasses even in the shower. Before MS, changes in my vision required new prescriptions and picking out the least offensiveframes. MS vision symptoms and Myopia nearsightedness inability to see distant objects without corrective lenses.

How is a diagnosis of MS made

The doctor asked whether I had ever had any prior events of weakness or numbness. By the time we went through his questions and my answers, a pattern of unexplained, often ignored, yet classic MS symptoms was evident. Previously, when a medical problem would get too bothersome, I would finally make an appointment with a doctor. Inevitably, the symptom went away I was too busy to keep the appointment before it went away or an explanation emerged, and thus, I canceled the appointment. I was a typical over-achiever working, making Christmas decorations by hand, entertaining my husband's corporate clients, starting a soup kitchen at our church, and keeping in touch with family each day. Fatigue was apparently due to hard work at law school and around-the-clock hours as a hostile takeover lawyer in the 1980s. Weakness in my right hand was explained as a side effect from writing a law review article and having a lumpectomy. Changes in my vision were thought to be due to long hours and the...

Basic Laboratory Research

Oxidative processes may play an important role in the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases, including atherosclerosis, cancer, arthritis, eye disease, and reperfusion injury during myocardial infarction (MI). Data from in vitro and in vivo studies suggest that oxidative damage to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) promotes several steps in atherogenesis,7 including endothelial cell damage,8,9 foam cell accumulation,1012 and growth13,14 and synthesis of autoantibodies.15 In addition, animal studies suggest that free radicals may directly damage arterial

Angiogenesis Associated with Other Pathological Conditions

Diabetes mellitus, occlusion of central retinal vein, or prematurity, with subsequent exposure to oxygen, can all be associated with intraocular neovascularization (2). The new blood vessels may lead to vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, neovascular glaucoma, and eventual blindness (2). Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the working population (166). All of these conditions are known to be associated with retinal ischemia (167). In 1948, Michaelson (168) proposed that a key event in the pathogenesis of these conditions is the release by the ischemic retina into the vitreous diffusible angiogenic factor(s) (factor X) responsible for retinal and iris neovascularization. VEGF, by virtue of its diffusible nature and hypoxia inducibility, was an attractive candidate as a mediator of intraocular neovascularization. Accordingly, elevations of VEGF levels in the aqueous and vitreous humors of eyes with proliferative retinopathy have been described (169-171). In a...

Cell Types of the Retina

That extend into the spaces between retinal neurons. Markers for Muller cells include antibodies directed against cellular retinalde-hyde-binding protein (also expressed in the RPE) glial fibrillar acidic protein is expressed as well but may be detectable only when Muller cells become activated, observed in some diseases. Astrocytes, the other type of true glia in the retina, are present in the ganglion cell layer and optic nerve head. These cells serve auxiliary functions in the retina, including contributing to the blood-retina barrier (12), and express glial fibrillar acidic protein and vimentin under normal conditions. Microglia are also found in the retina. These cells are not true neuroblast-derived glia, but are rather of hematopoietic origin, and can be detected in the human retina using antibodies directed against leukocytes (for example, MHC antigens, CD45). There has been considerable recent interest in these cells in age-related eye disease (for example (13-15)).

SUMO and Cancer Caretakers and Gatekeepers

With BS, most notably a high incidence of cancer. In addition, WS cells, like BS cells, are hypermutable. However, there are marked differences. WS individuals are asymptomatic before puberty, but thereafter develop a panoply of age-related disorders, including cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and osteoporosis. At the biochemical level WRN distinguishes itself from other RecQ-like helicases by possessing, apart from its helicase activity, also an N-terminal 3'-5' exonuclease activity. Several studies have linked WRN function to various DNA metabolic processes as for example replication, restoration of stalled replication forks, rDNA transaction mechanisms, homologous recombination and telomere maintenance 8, 83 . WRN is a nuclear protein that is located predominantly in the nucleolus in interphase cells. Upon DNA damage, however, it delocalizes into discrete DNA damage induced foci in the nucleoplasm 36, 70 . Its redistribution appears to be at least in part driven by p14ARF induced...

Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis

AKC is a chronic inflammatory process of the eye associated with a familial history for atopy such as eczema and asthma primary care physicians should expect to see 25 of their elderly patients with eczema to also have some form of AKC. AKC can be seen in individuals as early as their late teens it commonly persists until the fourth and fifth decades of life. AKC is an eye disorder with disabling symptoms when it involves the cornea, it can lead to blindness. Ocular symptoms of AKC are similar to the cutaneous symptoms of eczema and include intense pruritus and edematous, coarse, and thickened eyelids. Severe AKC is associated with complications such as blepharoconjunctivitis, cataract, corneal disease, and ocular herpes simplex it is primarily associated in 40 of the older patients, with the peak incidence occurring in the 30- to 50-yr age group. The symptoms of AKC commonly include itching, burning, and tearing, which are much more severe than in AC or PAC and tend to be present...

Obtaining Informed Consent

Intravenous fluorescein sodium has been used in retinal angiography or angioscopy of the fundus and iris vasculature for many years and is very safe. It causes yellow discoloration of the skin, which fades after 6-12 h. However, urine fluorescence can continue up to 36 h. Make sure you or your staff inquire specifically about the use of contact lenses, which may be discoloured by fluo-rescein. Contact lenses should be removed prior to the procedure. Mild adverse reactions of fluorescein sodium can also include nausea (2-20 of patients) and vomiting (0-7 of patients). Extravasation of fluorescein during injection is rare (< 3 of injections in ophthalmologi-cal studies), but can cause superficial thrombophlebitis, with no to mild discomfort. If a large amount of fluorescein extravasates, cellulitis or tissue necrosis can occur. Intra-arterial injection has been reported but is rare, but no serious sequelae have been described. All patients receiving intravenous fluorescein sodium for...

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

GPC is increasingly more common with the advent of extended-wear soft contact lenses and other foreign bodies such as suture materials and ocular prosthetics. There is an increase of symptoms during the spring pollen season symptoms include itching. Signs include a white or clear exudate upon awakening, which chronically becomes thick and stringy, and the patient may develop papillary hypertrophy (cobblestoning), especially in the tarsal conjunctiva of the upper lid, which has been described in 5-10 of soft and 3-4 of hard contact lens wearers (Fig. 3). The contact lens polymer, preservatives such as thimerosal, and proteinaceous deposits on the surface of the lens have all been implicated as causing GPC, but this concept remains controversial. Common symptoms include intense itching, decreased tolerance to contact lens wear, blurred vision, conjunc-tival injection, and increased mucus production. Treatment involves corticosteroids, antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers frequent...

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Some forms of bacterial infection, such as inclusion conjunctivitis, that have been associated with chlamydial infections are associated with a preauricular node. Common findings of inclusion conjunctivitis include a mucopurulent discharge and follicular conjunctivitis lasting for more than 2 wk. A Giemsa stain of a conjunctival scraping may reveal intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies and will assist in confirming the diagnosis. In addition, such prolonged ocular infections are commonly associated with a conjunctival response that reveals grayish follicles on the upper palpebra. The condition can be chronic, and treatment consists of lid margin scrubs, warm compresses, and antibiotics. In general, a topical, broad-spectrum antibiotic, such as sulfacetamide, erythromycin, or a combination of polymyxin B, bacitracin, and neosporin, is appropriate. Cultures are necessary only if the conjunctivitis is severe it would be best if they were carefully examined by an ophthalmologist. The...

The Neuropsychiatry Of The Basal Ganglia

The basal ganglia are involved in two major brain systems associated with the regulation of emotions, mood, and behavior (a) the limbic structures with widely distributed brainstem, striatal, and paralimbic sites, with rich reciprocal connections to the basal ganglia, in particular between the amygdalae and caudate (17) and (b) five frontosubcortical circuits, linking frontal lobe regions to subcortical structures, including the basal ganglia, and back to frontal lobe areas (18). These circuits receive input from brainstem nuclei, including dopaminergic input from substantia nigra and pars compacta. In addition to motor and eye movement control, the frontosubcortical circuits subserve

Ophthalmic Procedures And Testing

Fluorescein is a water-soluble dye used to examine the cornea and conjunctival surfaces. It stains the denuded epithelium. It is placed into the eye either with a sterile fluorescein sodium ophthalmic strip (Fluor-l-Strip) or with a dropper in liquid form. A cobalt blue filter is needed to best appreciate the fluorescein-staining pattern of the conjunctiva and cornea. This filter produces a blue hue against the intense green color of the fluorescein dye. The patient is asked to blink several times to spread the fluorescein uniformly and evenly over the entire corneal and conjunctival surface. Soft contact lenses must be removed prior to fluorescein instillation to prevent their permanent staining. At least 1 h must pass after completion of the examination before the soft contact lenses can be replaced in the eyes.

Ocular Drug Formulations

Solutions and suspensions are the most common formulation of ocular medications. Like other medications, ocular drugs contain inactive ingredients, including preservatives, agents to increase viscosity, antioxidants, wetting agents, buffers, and agents to adjust tonicity. Preservatives control growth of microorganisms that may be introduced into the solution accidentally. Some of these agents can stain contact lenses or have a high incidence of hypersensitivity reactions. Ocular ointments are ideal for prolonged contact of the drug with the eye. Ointments can cause blurry vision the patient should be informed of the possibility of a temporary decrease or blurring of vision. Drugs formulated into ocular gels also serve as vehicles for prolonged contact of the drug with the eye. Sometimes the use of multiple ocular medications is necessary, in which instance drops should be administered no less than 5 min apart to allow for adequate drug-tissue contact time and to prevent one drug from...

Diabetic Complication

Increase of Glycated Cu,Zn-SOD in Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataracts The glycation of proteins may play an important role in diabetic complications (C3). Cu,Zn-SOD is located in the lens epithelium (B14,S5), as are most of the drug-metabolizing enzymes and antioxidant enzymes (H12). Figure 8 shows the localization of Cu,Zn-SOD in rat lens epithelium using antirat, Cu,Zn-SOD. Glycation of Cu,Zn-SOD in the lens may play an important role in cataractogen-esis. In general, glycated Cu,Zn-SOD levels seem to correlate with the level of HbAjC. In patients with diabetic cataracts, however, the correlation is not apparent, and the level of glycated Cu,Zn-SOD is rather high compared to levels in diabetic patients with no complications. Aged persons with senile cataracts also have relatively higher levels of glycated Cu,Zn-SOD in their erythrocytes. It is unclear, however, whether the increased amount of glycated Cu,Zn-SOD is really related to the senile cataracts or due to other minor...

Other Disorders That May Affect The Basal Ganglion Disorders And May Have Abnormal Eye Movements

Wilson's disease, hepatolenticular degeneration, is an autosomal recessive, inherited disorder of copper metabolism. The defect is in a copper-transporting ATPase with the gene at q14.3 on chromosome 13. CT typically shows hypodense areas, and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning indicates a decreased rate of glucose metabolism in the globus pallidum and putamen. The classic clinical picture is a movement disorder with psychiatric symptoms and associated liver disease. The Kayser-Fleisher ring is typical in the posterior cornea in Descemet's membrane, and some patients may have a sunflower cataract. Ocular motor disorders in Wilson's disease include a distractibility of gaze, with inability to voluntarily fix upon an object unless other, competing, visual stimuli are removed (e.g., fixation of a solitary light in an otherwise dark room) (113). Slow vertical saccades have also been reported in one patient with Wilson's disease (114), but are often normal. A lid-

Oculocutaneous Albinism Type

Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 (OCA1) is one of the few disorders that results almost exclusively from mutations of a single gene. Albinism is a genetically heterogeneous condition, with at least five different genes independently leading to reduced pigmentation (hypopigmentation) of the hair, skin, and eyes. OCA1 is an autosomal recessive condition that occurs with a frequency of 1 in 40,000 in most populations. In addition to decreased levels of melanin in the hair, skin, and eyes, there is a loss of visual acuity, avoidance of light (photophobia), jerking of the eyes (nystagmus), misrouting of the optic nerves that produces crossed eyes (strabismus), and impaired stereoscopic vision. There are two subtypes of OCA1 OCA1A and OCA1B. The difference between types A and B lies predominantly in the extent of pigmentation during

Inhibition Of Diabetic Complications By Antioxidant Treatment

One of the earliest events in atherogenesis is the adhesion of monocytes to the endothelium and its migration into the arterial intima. Endothelin-l, which is increased in diabetes and is believed to be relevant for the progression of nephropathy (113), has been shown to increase monocyte chemotaxis in a dose-dependent manner (97). a-Lipoic acid inhibits migration (114). a-Lipoic acid has also been shown to be an effective inhibitor of aldose reductase (115). Aldose reductase inhibitors have been suggested to prevent or reduce the different components of vascular dysfunction, cataract, neuropathy, and nephropathy in animal models of diabetes. Several intervention studies have been performed to establish the role of a-lipoic acid as a powerful antioxidant in diabetes. Therapeutic effects of a-lipoic acid in the prevention of diabetic retinopathy and cataract have been described (116). The neuroprotective effect of a-lipoic acid in the treatment of symptomatic diabetic peripheral...

Safety concerns regarding cardiovascular gene therapy

It is theoretically possible that VEGF may exacerbate proliferative and or hemorrhagic retinopathy in patients with diabetes in view of the high VEGF levels demonstrated in the ocular fluid of patients with active proliferative retinopathy leading to loss of vision (110). To date, this adverse effect of therapeutic angiogenesis has not been observed. The local delivery of naked plasmid DNA encoding for VEGF-1 or VEGF-2 to more than 100 patients (one third with diabetes and or remote ret-inopathy) treated at our institution with up to 4-yr follow-up did not affect the visual acuity or fundoscopic findings as evidenced by serial funduscopic examinations pre- and post-gene transfer by an independent group of retinal specialists.

Monoclonal Antibodies in Management of Angiogenesis

Presently approved antiangiogenic therapies for ophthalmic conditions are biologic agents that inhibit VEGF. There are currently two approved antiangiogenic therapies for ophthalmic diseases a Fab fragment of a monoclonal antibody directed against VEGF-A (ranibizumab) and an anti-VEGF aptamer (pegaptanib).

Describe specific features of electrical burns

Care of electrical burns is similar to care of thermal burns, except that the extent of injury may be misleading. Areas of devitalized tissue may be present under normal-appearing skin. The extent of superficial tissue injury may result in underestimation of initial fluid requirements. Myoglobinuria is common, and urine output must be kept high to avoid renal damage. The development of neurologic complications after electrical burns is common, including peripheral neuropathies or spinal cord deficits. Many believe that regional anesthesia is contraindicated. Cataract formation may be another late sequela of burn injury. Cardiac dysrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation or asystole may occur up to 48 hours after injury. Apnea may result from titanic contraction of respiratory muscles or cerebral medullary injury.

Use Of Receptor Site Information

Inhibition of carbonic anhydrase (CA) remains a target for the treatment of glaucoma, and several X-ray structures of potent inhibitors are available. The consistency in the binding site features attracted Gruneberg et al. to apply sequential filtering techniques to find novel leads in this mature therapeutic area (37). Significant pre-evaluation of the active site features included consideration of displaceable waters and receptor site probing for favorable areas of interaction. The search database consisted of ca. 100,000 compounds from the Maybridge and LeadQuest (38) compound collections known CA inhibitors were included for validation. The database was first filtered for rule-of-five compliance (39) and the presence of precedented zinc-binding groups, using a 2D Unity search, with 5904 compounds passing these filters. The results of the receptor site probing were then combined with features of known inhibitors to define pharmacophoric centers. The derived Unity 3D query included...

Medication Offers Relief Not a Cure

At present, there is no cure for ADD syndrome, but there are medication treatments that have been demonstrated safe and effective in alleviating symptoms of ADD syndrome in 80 to 90 percent of children, adolescents, and adults who have the disorder. Just as eyeglasses do not repair the patient's eyes and cure impaired vision, so medications that alleviate ADD syndrome do not cure problems of brain chemistry that cause these impairments the improvements last only as long as the medication is active in the body. Yet, when carefully and appropriately utilized, these medications can facilitate substantial improvement in the daily functioning of most persons impaired by ADD syndrome, although not with equal effectiveness for all. For some patients, medication for ADD brings improvements that are dramatic and pervasive for others, effects are significant, but not huge for others, results are more modest and for 10 to 20 percent of those affected with ADD syndrome, current medication...

Gene Therapy for Ocular Angiogenesis

Encoding angiostatic proteins and siRNA against VEGF and VEGF receptors has been demonstrated in ocular neovascularization 67-75 . Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-mediated local gene transfer of a VEGF inhibitor 74, 75 , or siRNA against VEGF 67-69 controls both retinal and choroidal neovascularization. The clinical application of this approach may require the means to regulate gene expression in order to minimize the potential for adverse effects. The ability to administer adenovirus locally as well as the relatively immunoprivileged status of the posterior segment of the eye makes adenovirus a particularly attractive vector for treating retinal and choroidal neovascular diseases. RNA interference (RNAi) is an attractive new strategy to inhibit the expression of VEGF in cultured human retinal pigment epithelial cells. Use of VEGF pathway-specific siRNA makes foundation of a useful therapy against neovascular-ization-related eye diseases. The ability to downregulate VEGF...

First Taste of Research

While working in Richter's lab, I was awarded a Henry Strong Denison scholarship because of my research activities. I had been the sole author of my first published scientific paper which appeared in the Archives of Ophthalmology in 1950, entitled Objective Testing of Vision with the use of the Galvanic Skin Response. Electrodes attached to the palms of human beings or monkeys measured the bursts of decreased electrical skin resistance that occurred with activation of the sympathetic nervous system. I administered an electric shock whenever a specific letter was projected on a screen before the subject (or monkey) but not with the projection of other letters. The galvanic

New Therapies From Existing Drugs

History is replete with examples of compounds that were originally developed for one disease and subsequently found to be beneficial in another. In contrast to the hypothesis-driven philosophy of modern drug discovery, many highly successful new treatments have been discovered by serendipity 3,5,12-14 . The phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitor, sildenafil for example was originally developed as a potential anti-angina therapy but was observed during early clinical trials to be efficacious for male erectile dysfunction, for which it was subsequently first approved. Further studies on sildenafil have expanded its label to include approval for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The alpha-2 adrenergic agonist, brimonidine, was originally synthesized as an anti-hypertensive and later discovered and marketed as an anti-glaucoma agent. Further examples of drugs with unexpected benefits beyond their initially approved indications include bupropion, which is approved as a smoking cessation drug,...

A role for p2containing p2 receptors in the maturation of retinothalamic projections

In agreement with these pharmacological observations, it was recently demonstrated that during the first week of postnatal development, spontaneous retinal activity is absent in mice lacking the p2 subunit (Bansal et al., 2000). At P4 (before the normal onset of binocular segregation), the pattern of retinogeniculate projections is normal in p2 Ko animals. In contrast, adult mutant mice exhibit anomalous overlap of retinogeniculate projections, comparable to the overlap observed in the immature geniculate body of Wt neonates (Rossi et al., 2001) (Fig. 2e, f). In addition, mutant mice exhibit reduced visual acuity as well as functional expansion of the binocular visual cortex (i.e., binocular responses to light stimulation were recorded even at cortical locations normally responsive only to the contralateral eye). Although the absence of nAChRs in the adult brain can contribute to these deficits, the anatomical abnormalities observed in the geniculate body may be sufficient to explain...

Medication for More Than Just School or Work

Recognition of the pervasiveness of impairments from ADD syndrome has led many clinicians to prescribe stimulant medications to cover not only school or workdays, but every day of the week. In practice, the use of stimulant medications by persons with ADHD varies as does the use of eyeglasses. Just as some individuals wear their eyeglasses all day, every day, because the help they provide is needed for virtually everything they do, so do many with ADD syndrome maintain their stimulant medication coverage throughout virtually every day. Others, like those who need their eyeglasses only for reading or for watching TV, will plan with their physician to use their medication only when they need it for specific types of activities like schoolwork or employment.

How are MS attacks treated Why are there different drugs to treat attacks of MS

A serious infection of the brain caused by the JC papilloma virus. Cataracts trast, oral steroids had no effect except to double the risk of relapse of optic neuritis as compared with IV Medrol. There often is a rapid response to either drug in patients with acute, severe relapses, but there are no good studies of either IV compared with any dose of oral steroids to evaluate this in MS. The side effects of steroids include an increased risk of infection, including viral, bacterial, yeast, fungal, and parasitic types. This includes progressive multifocal leukoen-cephalopathy (PML), which has been recently reported in two study patients treated with Avonex and Tysabri. Other complications include psychiatric problems, cataracts, osteoporosis, and ischemic necrosis of hips and other joints (as well as others).

Autophagy in Immunity Against Toxoplasma gondii

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA e-mail carlos.subauste case.edu

Color Vision Deficiency

Some people have defective color vision that is not inherited. Aging can cause the lens of the eye to darken, affecting a person's ability to differentiate colors. Certain drugs and eye diseases also can disturb normal color vision. There is no cure for inherited color vision deficiency, but affected people can take steps to counteract the problem. Some people learn to compensate by developing their own methods of distinguishing different colors for example, by brightness or location. Tinted prescription eyeglasses may help some people who have red-green color vision deficiency. If you have a family history of color vision deficiency and work in an occupation that requires distinguishing colors, or if you are having trouble identifying colors, see an ophthalmologist to be tested for color vision deficiency. He or she can recommend steps you can take to compensate for the problem.

Joseph D Spahn md and Ronina Covar md

Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the most effective therapy we have for the treatment of asthma. Systemically administered GCs are first-line agents for acute severe asthma, whereas topical (i.e., inhaled) GCs are first line agents for the long-term management of all patients with persistent asthma. In the treatment of acute asthma exacerbations, early institution of systemic GCs can prevent further worsening of symptoms, reduce emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. Inhaled GCs are the recommended controller class of medications for all patients with persistent asthma, including children. They are the most effective class of agents in reducing symptoms, improving lung function, and decreasing bronchial hyperresponsiveness, in addition to reducing asthma morbidity and mortality. Long-term administration of oral GCs is associated with multiple adverse effects including adrenal insufficiency, weight gain, increased skin fragility, myopathy, osteoporosis, cataracts, and mood changes....

Figure 1510 continued

Crystallin, which maintains the structural integrity of other proteins. About one-third of all cataracts in infants are familial, whereas only a small proportion of age-related cataracts appear to be inherited. Linkage studies, usually with large single kindreds, have identified the chromosome locations for a number of different autosomal dominant cataracts, some autosomal recessive loci, and at least one X-linked site. Fourteen genes that are responsible for primary cataract formation have been characterized (Table 15.2). Not surprisingly, seven of these genes encode lens crystallins. Overall, different gene mutations and alleles of the same gene produce an array of cataract phenotypes. Generally, the crystallin gene mutations may alter protein conformations that make them more susceptible to misfolding and aggregation, prevent essential protein-protein interactions that maintain lens transparency, and or decrease solubility that results in the formation of protein agglomerates. The...

Specimen Collection and Transport

In the patient with keratitis, an ophthalmologist should obtain scrapings of the cornea with a heat-sterilized platinum spatula. Multiple inoculations with the spatula are made to blood agar, chocolate agar, an agar for fungi, thioglycollate broth, and an anaerobic blood agar plate. Other special media may be used if indicated. For culture of HSV and adenovirus, corneal material is transferred to viral transport media. Recently, the collection of only two corneal scrapes (one used for Gram stain and the other transported in brain hean infusion medium and used for culture) was determined to provide a simple method for diagnosis of bacterial keratitis.6 Cultures of endophthalmitis specimens are inoculated with material obtained by the ophthalmologist from the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye, wound abscesses, and wound dehiscences (splitting open). Lid infection material is collected on a swab in a conventional manner. For microbiologic studies of canaliculus, material from...

Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is characterized by nonprogressive impaired vision in dim light as the result of defective rod receptor response. In addition, some individuals with CSNB have a rolling or jerky oscillation of the eyeballs (nystagmus). CSNB has been divided into two groups based on phenotypic differences. In complete CSNB, patients have no observable rod cell activity, moderate to severe shortsightedness (myopia), and unimpaired cone vision. In incomplete CSNB, rod and cone functions are reduced, with either severe myopia or farsightedness (hyperopia). Oguchi disease is a variant type of CSNB that features a golden-brown or gray-white tint at the back of the eye (fundus). This distinctive coloration disappears after 45 min in the dark and reappears when the eyes are reexposed to light.

Genome Wide Gene Expression Profiling

These data created the foundation for determining that astrocytes can induce RGCs to upregulate complement receptor C1q, a necessary step for RGC synapse elimination during development and possibly glaucoma (60). In a separate study, the transcriptome of Muller glia, the major glial type in the mammalian retina identified core Muller glia cell genes as well as growth factors and chemokines that may allow communication between Muller glia and surrounding retinal neurons (61). Gene expression profiles of cell types are a necessary resource in understanding normal functions of cells and then importantly how these become perturbed in disease. Currently, MPS is being used in a number of different areas, for example, to better understand cancer biology by assessing tumor-specific transcriptomes and identifying somatic mutations in tumors. In one study, microRNAs, a class of nonprotein-coding genes, are being shown to be important in the progression of disease in a mouse model of leukemia...

Adverse Effects of Systemic Glucocorticoid Therapy

As all nucleated cells in the body have a common GC receptor, all are potentially affected by GC therapy and thus susceptible to the development of untoward effects. These effects can occur immediately (i.e., metabolic effects) or can develop insidiously over several months to years (i.e., osteoporosis and cataracts). In addition, some adverse effects are limited to children (growth suppression) while others appear to require interaction with other drugs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents and peptic ulcer disease). Most adverse effects occur in a dose-dependent and duration-of-treatment manner, although this has not been uniformly noted. Table 3 lists many of the common adverse effects associated with chronic GC use. Cataracts, glaucoma Cataracts Posterior subcapsular cataracts are a well described complication of chronic GC use with a prevalence rate of up to 29 . GC-induced cataracts are often small, but can at times significantly affect visual acuity, requiring surgical...

Congress Needs to Step Back from the FDA Especially Where Science Is Concerned

As illustrated by the Ketek fiasco, the FDA must be protected from inappropriate intrusion by congress. Politics has no role to play in the practical and scientific establishment of clinical trial designs. The move by congress to extensively investigate the FDA's handling of antimicrobial clinical trial designs was an unneeded distraction to an already overburdened agency at a critical juncture. FDA staffers were spending hours providing materials for a possible investigation which, in fact, never materialized. It also led to the unnecessary transfer of a very talented and dedicated director of antimicrobial products and ophthalmology that has further eroded FDA leadership in this area. In my view, if the congress has serious scientific questions regarding FDA's conduct, the matter should be turned over to the National Academy of Science that exists for the very purpose of providing neutral scientific assessments for congress. An excellent example of this is the recent report on the...

Microbiology And Toxins

Botulinum toxins are the most potent toxins known. The estimated lethal doses for purified crystalline botulinum toxin type A for a 70-kg man are 0.09 to 0.15 ig when introduced intravenously, 0.80 to 0.90 ig when introduced inhalationally, and 70 ig when introduced orally (12). Botulinal toxin type A has therapeutic value in the treatment of several neurologic and ophthalmologic disorders through chemical denervation (13). It is used as a therapeutic agent through local instillations in strabismus, blepharospasm, and other facial nerve disorders.

Si SV See simian sarcoma virus

Sjogren's syndrome A complex disease of unknown etiology named after Swedish ophthalmologist HSC Sjogren which might be linked to Human herpes virus 4 (EBV) infection. Occurs mainly in middle-aged or older women involving keratoconjunctivitis, dry eyes, dry mouth and connective tissue disease (usually

Neurofibromatosis Type

Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2, central neurofibromatosis) is an autosomal dominant trait affecting about 1 in 40,000 people worldwide. The major clinical features are the formation of tumors of the CNS. The most common NF2 tumor is bilateral vestibular schwannoma (acoustic schwannoma, acoustic neuroma), which forms around both acoustic nerves (cranial nerve VIII, vestibulocochlear nerve) in the brain. A schwannoma is a tumor that originates from the sheath cells of neurons. The acoustic nerves emanate from the junction of the pons and medulla oblongata (pontomedullary junction) in both halves of the brain and proceed to each ear. In each of these nerves, one branch (vestibular division) innervates the balance control center of the ear and the other branch (cochlear division) innervates the part of the ear that receives and transmits auditory signals. In NF2 patients, schwannomas often compress each cochlear branch and cause deafness. In addition to bilateral vestibular schwannomas,...

Infections Related to Vascular and Neurologic Problems

(often both large-vessel and small-vessel disease), and peripheral neuropathy (neurologic problems, such as numbness). Because of a loss of sensation resulting from the neuropathy, these individuals traumatize their feet readily (often just by virtue of wearing a new pair of shoes) without being aware of it. The traumatized area develops an ulcer that does not heal readily because of the poor vascular supply and that often becomes infected.212 The infections tend to be chronic and difficult to heal, particularly because these patients may also have poor vision and therefore may not recognize the problem and may not seek medical attention until the process has gone on for some time.

Adverse Event Profile Of Tnp470

408) and anorexia and vomiting (two each of 408). The greatest incidence of severe or grade 3 or 4 AEs involved neurological function (16 of 110 AEs, or 14.6 ). In addition to gait disturbances and dizziness, these neurologic AEs included single complaints of vision abnormalities (diplopia, amblyopia, and nystagmus), emotional lability, coordination difficulties, insomnia, nervousness, and vertigo. The incidence of AEs related to central nervous system and visual function increased in a dose-dependent manner, but this was not the case for AEs affecting other systems. Central nervous system AEs of grade 2 or higher severity (moderate or severe) increased in incidence at dose levels of 40 mg m2 and higher, when TNP-470 was administered as a 1-h infusion qod, or every MWF. The incidence of grade 2 or higher (moderate or severe) AEs did not differ between male and female patients.

Other Safety Findings

An additional toxicology finding, the development of cataracts in dogs following 3 mo treatment with TNP-470, was monitored closely by the incorporation of serial ophthalmologic examinations into the study design. In two cases, a 69-yr-old prostate cancer patient and a 70-yr-old female patient with metastatic colon cancer, the development of cataracts was recorded. The former patient was treated with 47.2 mg m2 of TNP-470 for 126 d prior to cataract detection, and the latter received TNP-470 at 235 mg m2 for 85 d before mild cataract changes were noted. In both cases, earlier ophthalmologic examinations during treatment did not show these changes.

Solifenacin Pollakiuria [8287

It is contraindicated in patients with hepatic impairment, gastric retention, urinary retention, or uncontrolled narrow angle glaucoma. Further precautions, such as dose adjustment, should be considered for patients with concurrent use of ketoconazole or other potent CYP3A4 inhibitors or for patients with a history of QT prolongation or currently on medications known to prolong the QT interval. Finally, while other muscarinic antagonists have been explored in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is too early to predict the therapeutic utility of solifenacin for IBS although animal studies are promising.

Antigen Presenting Cells and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Induction of Immune Deviation

Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 29. Masli S, Turpie B, Streilein JW. Thrombospondin (TSP) is the primary molecular mediator of ACAID-inducing properties of TGF -treated antigen presenting cells. (Abstract). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2002. 36. Masli S, Turpie B, Streilein JW. By altering TNFR2 TNFR1, TGFb prevents ACAID-inducing antigen presenting cells from secreting IL-12. (Abstract) The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2003. 42. Ghafoori AP, Turpie B, Streilein JW, Masli S. Increased expression of an inhibitor of NFkB, IKBa, in APCs endows them with ACAID-inducing property. (Abstract). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2005.

Looking at a Face Using a Scientific Approach

Mentocervical Angle

Technological advances in the military have given pilots the ability to look at an imaginary computerized windshield and to know the exact location and position of their targets. Special helmets and eyeglasses can measure exactly where a pilot looks. Similar technology can be used in determining where we look when looking at a beautiful face. Visually, we perceive light highlights and dark shadows as shapes. This perception allows us to assess the position, volume, and shape of objects. We are able to visualize distance and depth perception through binocular vision. Owing to the number and the physical structure of the optic muscles that move the eyeball, the cerebral cortex evaluates an image more easily when the eyes move from side to side on a horizontal plane rather than up and down on a vertical plane. Graceful flowing curves are more satisfying to the eye

Blue Cone Monochromacy

The loss of all red and green color vision blue cone monochromacy (BCM) X-linked incomplete achromatopsia blue cone monochromatism is a rare X-linked disorder affecting about one in 100,000 worldwide. A hallmark of BCM is the absence of both red and green cones, which, despite the presence of blue cones, abolishes all color discrimination and produces a colorless world. In addition, decreased visual acuity, nystagmus, and, in some individuals, progressive degeneration of the central retina are associated with BCM. The molecular status of the red and green opsin genes in individuals with BCM has been examined, and two classes of genetic change were observed. First, some individuals with BCM have either one red opsin gene or a single 5' red-green hybrid gene. Neither of these changes by itself necessarily accounts for the

Nepafenac Antiinflammatory [5255

Nepafenac, launched last year by Alcon Laboratories, is a topical ophthalmic medication indicated for the treatment of ocular pain and inflammation associated with cataract surgery. Nepafenac is a prodrug of amfenac, which is an NSAID and a potent non-selective inhibitor of COX-1 (IC50 0.25 mM)) and COX-2 (IC50 0.15 mM). Nepefenac itself exhibits only weak activity against COX-1 (IC50 64.3 mM). Amfenac (Fenazox) has been marketed in Japan since 1986 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, post-surgical pain, and inflammation. With most NSAIDs that are currently being used as topical ophthalmic agents, the maximum drug concentration is achieved on the ocular surface, with progressively lower concentrations in the cornea, aqueous humor, vitreous, and retina. Ne-pafenac has been found to have a penetration coefficient that is 4 - 28 times greater than that achieved with conventional NSAIDs such as diclofenac, bromofenac, and ketorolac. In addition, the bioconversion of nepefenac to...

Contact Dermatitis of the Eyelids

Contact dermatitis of the lids and periorbital area more often is caused by cosmetics applied to the hair, face, or fingernails than by cosmetics applied to the eye area. It is important to bear in mind that the sites to which some of these cosmetics are applied may not be affected. This is particularly true for hair dye (Fig. 2) and nail polish. Preservatives such as thimerosal found in contact lens cleaning solutions have been shown by patch tests to be major culprits. Stinging and burning of the eyes and lids are the most common complaints. These subjective symptoms are usually transitory and unaccompanied by objective signs of irritation. Two principal forms of contact dermatitis attributable to eye area cosmetics are recognized allergic contact dermatitis and irritant (toxic) contact

Osteonecrosis Avascular Necrosis or Aseptic Necrosis

Asherson RA, Cervera R, de Groot PG, Erkan D, Boffa MC, Piette JC et al (2003) Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome international consensus statement on classification criteria and treatment guidelines. Lupus 12(7) 530-534 Asherson RA, Frances C, Iaccarino L, Khamashta MA, Malacarne F, Piette JC et al (2006) The antiphospholipid antibody syndrome diagnosis, skin manifestations and current therapy. Clin Exp Rheumatol 24(1 Suppl 40) S46-S51 Branch DW, Khamashta MA (2003) Antiphospholipid syndrome obstetric diagnosis, management and controversies. Obstet Gynecol 101(6) 1333-1344 Cabral AR, Cabiedes J, Alarcon-Segovia D (1990) Hemolytic anemia related to an IgM autoantibody to phosphatidylcholine that binds in vitro to stored and to bromelain-treated human eryth-rocytes. J Autoimmun 3(6) 773-787 Castanon C, Amigo MC, Banales JL, Nava A, Reyes PA (1995) Ocular vaso-occlusive disease in primary antiphospholipid syndrome. Ophthalmology 102 256-262 Cervera R, Khamashta MA, Font J, Reyes PA,...

Retinal Imaging Background

Still digital images and live digital image sequences of the human retina are captured using a digital video camera attached to a fundus camera 42, 85 . Still photography is generally performed with a flash and live imaging is done with continuous illumination. In the former case, imaging noise is lower than in the latter case where less light is available. The confocal imaging case is not considered here 116 . Readers who do not have access to a source of retinal images, such as an ophthalmology clinic, can access large collections of retinal images on CD-ROM 123 . Several aspects of retinal images make automated processing challenging. First, the images are highly variable. Large variability is observed between images from different patients, even if healthy, with the situation worsening when pathologies exist. For the same patient, variability is observed under differing imaging conditions and during the course of treatment. Unlike industrial vision problems where the conditions...

Some Edible Vegetables Of Saponin Containing Indigenous To China

Fruits and seeds all possessed potent physiological effects. The main active components were glycoside derivated from tetra cyclic triterpene, cucurbitacenc. It contained glycosides of stigmastanol also.It was used as a drug for clearing away summer-heat, treatment of extreme thirst and desire for drinking, improving eyesight and detoxication, relieving carbuncle and sore in traditional medicine. Studies in recent years Buds of tender leaves contained triterpene saponins from which genins were obtained after hydrolysis, they were barringtogenol C and Rl-barrigenol, along with cinnamic acidangelic acid, tiglinic acid, arbinose, xylose, galactose andglucuronic acid etc.The tender leaves have the effects toimprove eyesight, relieve excessive thirst, dissipate phlegm, promote digestion of diuretic and detoxication. The saponinshave the effects of antifungus, microrganismcide, anti-inflamation antigonizing of atherosclerosis, provention and treatment of...

Dysgenics Fact or Fiction

First, a genetic disorder is irrelevant if a fully effective remedy exists and can be delivered to an affected individual. The cure nullifies the previous biological significance of an allele or genotype. In other words, medical treatment converts what at one time had been a deleterious genetic condition into one that is benign. Among many possible examples, shortsightedness (myopia), which probably has a genetic component, can be used to illustrate this point. In the US, about 25 of adults are myopic, and depending on the extent, if untreated, headaches, fatigue, personal injuries, and impaired learning are common symptoms. Treatment entails corrective lenses or refractive surgery. In terms of individuals, the gene pool, and the overall population, perpetuation of myopia is of minimal concern as long as the condition is recognized early and corrected. Simply put, treatment overrides genetics.

Ciclesonide Asthma Copd [69

Ciclesonide, a new inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), is indicated for the prophylactic treatment of persistent asthma. ICS treatment is a widely accepted standard of care for maintenance therapy of chronic asthma, and the currently available agents include fluticasone propionate, budesonide, triamcinolone acetonide, flunisolide, and beclomethasone dipropionate. These agents exert their potent anti-inflammatory effects via modulation of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). Although ICS drugs are generally safe and well tolerated compared with oral corticosteroids, many have measurable systemic exposures, and concerns over potential side effects resulting from it severely limit the dose at which they can be administered for long-term therapy. Systemic adverse effects associated with corticosteroids include HPA axis suppression, osteoporosis, abnormal glucose metabolism, cataracts, and glaucoma, some of which could potentially occur with the long-term use of high dose ICS. The key...

Subacute myeloopticoneuropathy virus

(SMON) A herpesvirus isolated from the feces and CSF of patients with subacute myelo-optico-neuropathy. Seen mainly in Japan, the disease is characterized by sensory disturbance, especially of the lower part of the legs, abdominal symptoms, decreased muscle strength and bilateral impairment of visual acuity. There are no changes in the blood or CSF. There is degeneration of posterior and lateral tracts of the spinal cord. The virus was isolated in BAT-6 cells and causes a thinning of the cell sheet. On injection into newborn C57Bl 6 mice it is reported to cause paralysis of the hind legs. It is claimed that the virus can be derived on passage of avian infectious laryngotra-cheitis virus on the CAM or in newborn C57BL 6 mice. It is antigenically related to this virus but is said to differ from it in being non-pathogenic for fowls, less unstable at low pH and pathogenic for C57BL 6 mice. The role of the virus in subacute myelo-optico-neuropathy has suckling mouse cataract virus An...

Beyond Kinases Purine Binding Enzymes as Cancer Targets

Also caused the expected reduction in the expression level of several surrogate markers such as Raf-1, Lck, and cdk4 in treated patients (14) Nonetheless, 17AAG is generally being viewed only as a valuable proof-of-concept anti-tumor agent, and may not eventually become a marketed drug due to several salient drawbacks 1) poor solubility and difficulty in formulation 2) lack of an easy synthetic route and dependence on fermentation 3) hepatotoxicity associated with benzoquinone moiety in its structure 4) lack of selectivity among the four Hsp90 family members, and 5) ineffectiveness on a subset of cancer cells (15). Likewise, the clinical development of radicicol derivatives has also been impeded by the fact that these compounds cause cataracts, an off-target effect in animals (16). Several GM analogs with pharmaceutical properties (i.e. potency and solubility) superior to those of 17AAG have recently been developed, e.g. the water-soluble (17-DMAG, 5) (17). The clinical advantages and...

Why should I take drugs that have side effects

What are the side effects of the drugs that are used for treatment of MS attacks Are cataracts a result of steroid use Is osteoporosis a complication of MS Side effects of steroids are common whether they are administered by mouth or IV. There are several categories of side effects alteration of mood, formation of cataracts, increased risk of infection, impaired wound healing, loss of calcium from bone, ischemic necrosis of bone, and muscle damage, to mention only the more commonly recognized problems. Cataracts Cataracts are a well-known complication of steroid use. The risk of cataracts is related to the total dose of steroid used but varies greatly from person to person. The type of cataract is unique to the use of steroids and is easily recognized by ophthalmologists. As with other cataracts, extraction with lens replacement is the only real treatment. There seems to be little or no risk associated with ACTH use in MS. Ophthalmologists

Pseudomonas Spp And Brevundimonas

Even with the variety of potential virulence factors discussed, P. aeruginosa remains an opportunistic pathogen that requires compromised host defenses to establish infection. In normal, healthy hosts, infection is usually associated with events that disrupt or bypass protection provided by the epidermis (e.g., burns, puncture wounds, use of contaminated needles by intravenous drug abusers, eye trauma with contaminated contact lenses). The result is infections of the skin, bone, heart, or eye (see Tible 24-2).

Erythema infectiosum fifth disease A

Eye disease caused by viruses eye disease caused by viruses Viruses from at least 10 families can cause ocular disease in humans. In most cases infection spreads from the upper respiratory tract or skin. (5) Togaviridae. Rubella virus infection during pregnancy is an important cause of congenital eye disease.

What is retinopathy of prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity is a disorder that occurs in premature and occasionally full-term infants who have been exposed to high inspired concentrations of oxygen. Proliferation of the retinal vessels, retinal hemorrhage, fibroproliferation, scarring, and retinal detachment may occur, with decreased visual acuity and blindness. Premature and full-term infants should have limited exposure to high concentrations of inspired oxygen. Oxygen saturation should be maintained between 92 and 95 , except during times of greater risk for desaturation.

Protection for Eyes

Nevertheless, prescription safety glasses, that are made-to-order, are readily available through specialized sources only, and though a little more expensive, should be used exclusively for the full-time laboratory researcher or staff. It has been observed that the contact lenses do provide certain extent of protection against possible mechanical damage to the eye however, the wearing of protective goggles is still very much essential and almost a must.

Occupational Asthma

The p-adrenergic blocking agent propranolol hydrochloride was introduced in 1964, and it was immediately recognized that asthmatics were adversely affected by this drug. p-Adrenergic blocking agents are being used in diverse diseases such as glaucoma, migraine, hypertension, myocardial infarction, and tremor. The underlying mechanism by which p blockade induces asthma is thought to involve prevention of the normal p-adrenergic inhibitory influences on the parasympathetic ganglia in the airways. The reduction in p -adrenergic inhibitory influences at this level thereby allows relatively unimpaired cholinergic constrictor influences to develop. In the opinion of most specialists, asthmatics should not take p -adrenergic blocking agents in most situations. Of note, worsening of the status of a previously stable asthmatic should provoke inquiries as to other medications given by practitioners, in search of possible p -adrenergic blocking agent administration. There is an ever-widening use...

Leonard Bielory md

Ocular Examination Allergic diseases of the eye are allergic conjunctivitis (AC), vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC). The key element in the history that unites these three conditions is pruritus. They must be distinguished from other conjunctival abnormalities that mimic atopic disease. These include conjunctivitis sicca, infectious conjunctivitis resulting from both viruses and bacteria, blepharoconjunctivitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC). Acute AC is nonthreat-ening to the site, but both AKC and vernal keratoconjunctivitis, because of corneal involvement, can be threatening to vision. The treatment of allergic eye disease is namely topical, and a number of classes of drugs are available, including antihistamines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, mast cell stabilizers, and corticosteroids.

Frontal Syndrome

The patient may complain of problems with visual acuity as they cannot read properly anymore. Several pairs of glasses have been changed unsuccessfully. The upward- and downward-gaze impairment are rarely detected by the patient. In contrast, the family will observe a reptilian gaze, with a staring and terrified look.

Viral Conjunctivitis

Produces an inferior follicular response and a serous discharge and can occur without any other sign of a herpetic infection. The pain associated with herpetic infections is excruciating. The pain can occur days before the lesions appear. The absence of pruritus should guide the clinician away from a diagnosis of allergic eye disease and toward an infectious complication. It may also involve the cornea in the form of punctate keratopathy or the classic dendritic superficial ulcerations. The possibility of herpes keratitis is one of the most compelling reasons for a primary care physician to examine the cornea with fluo-rescein staining. Treatment of nonspecific viral conjunctivitis is largely supportive and requires no drug therapy. Topical vasoconstrictors may provide symptomatic relief, and they may decrease conjunctival injection. If the corneal epithelium becomes compromised and there is a risk for secondary infection, prophylactic antibiotics may be indicated.

Disorders

When topically administered medications such as antihistamines, vasoconstrictors, or cromolyn sodium are ineffective, milder topical steroids are a consideration. Topical corticosteroids are highly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic forms of AC regretfully, they are required for control of some of the more severe variants of conjunctivitis, including AKC, vernal conjunctivitis, and GPC. The local administration of these medications is not without possible localized ocular complications, however, including increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma), viral infections, and cataract formation. Fluorometholone, 0.1 , eye drops are often selected as useful in the treatment of external ocular inflammation. Two modified steroids have been investigated recently for their efficacy in AC. Rimexolone and another modified corticosteroid, loteprednol etabonate, are highly effective in the treatment of AC and are only rarely associated with a significant rise in intraocular pressure....

Trauma Iatrogenic

The ocular photograph on the left shows acute linear corneal edema which is transient but is usually associated with permanent corneal damage. The ocular photograph on the right shows the same eye, 2 weeks later, with breaks in Descemet's layer of the cornea which marks the axis of severe myopic astigmatism. Figure 2.1. The ocular photograph on the left shows acute linear corneal edema which is transient but is usually associated with permanent corneal damage. The ocular photograph on the right shows the same eye, 2 weeks later, with breaks in Descemet's layer of the cornea which marks the axis of severe myopic astigmatism.

Closing Remarks

Secondly, each of these specializations can, and does, malfunction in humans with different eye diseases. For this reason, the study of animal models of retinal diseases in which genetic, anatomic, and physiologic features can be manipulated continues to greatly improve our understanding of human disease. Current and future treatments for blinding diseases depend on a deeper understanding of the biology of the retina, which can, thankfully, be appreciated through the study of animal eyes.

Treatment

Isolated elevations in ICP can be treated with lumbar puncture and acetazolamide. If visual acuity worsens, a dehydrating agent, such as mannitol, should be administered or optic nerve fenestration performed. Anticonvulsants should be used to treat seizures, but not necessarily prophylactically, as antiepileptic drugs interact with warfarin.

Future Directions

There is now abundant evidence that electrophysiological or anatomical measures of retinal disease cannot be equated with visual performance. For example, in Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats, photoreceptor degeneration is evident at 3 weeks of age, and by 90 days of age the 12 photoreceptor cell body thick layer has declined to one cell body thick. Previously published electrophysiological data in the RCS rat suggests that the elec-troretinogram (ERG) is no longer measurable by 4 months, and luminance thresholds measured from the brain are lost by 7 months (30). Using the VWT and VOS visual thresholds can be measured reliably with each behavioral method up to 10 months of age (15-17), significantly longer than expected given the degree of photoreceptor death and the earlier loss of electrophysiological responses. The differences are substantial. For example, at 4 months of age, a time when nearly all photore-ceptors have been lost, and the ERG is no longer measurable, the RCS rat...

Ocular Angiogenesis

Diabetic retinopathy is the commonest cause of visual loss in young people. Hyperglycemia leads to retinal microvascular occlusion and ischemia. The subsequent hypoxia-induced upregulation of angiogenic growth factors results in neovascularization that extends from the inner retinal surface to the vitreous gel 10 . Complications of the neovascular proliferation are the major causes for severe visual loss in diabetes through hemorrhage into the vitreous or retinal detachment 11 . Panretinal laser photocoagulation is the current conventional treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Pathological angiogenesis also occurs in tissues in the anterior segment of the eye. Neovascularization of the iris typically occurs in ischemic retinopathies like diabetic retinopathy and central retinal vein occlusion and can cause loss of vision through the associated closure of the iridocorneal drainage angle, resulting in increased intraocular pressure and glaucoma. Corneal neovascularization...

Pagonists

Past SAR of FP-agonist design focused on synthesis of analogs of PGF2a. More recent analog development centered on modifications of 17-phenyl PGF2a 3 and 16-phenoxy PGF2a 4. These two analogs are an order of magnitude more potent than PGF2a, however, they exhibit significant off-target PG receptor activity. A thorough investigation of substituted phenyl analogs of 3 has revealed that a slight increase in FP potency 56 can be obtained. Removal of the 13,14-unsaturation provided a better separation between ocular side effects and IOP lowering effect leading to identification of latanoprost 19, the first prostanoid introduced to market for treatment of glaucoma. Bioisosteric replacement of 3 with various 17-thienyl substituents has provided highly potent (EC5o < 1 nM) and selective FP-agonists 57 .

Summary

Prusky GT, West PW, Douglas RM (2000) Behavioral assessment of visual acuity in mice and rats. Vis Res 40 2201-2209 12. Prusky GT, Harker KT, Douglas RM, Whishaw IQ (2002) Variation in visual acuity within pigmented, and between pigmented and albino rat strains. Behav Brain Res 136 339-348 13. Bowden F, Douglas RM, Prusky GT. Horizontal bias in rat visual acuity. Program No 26018 Abstract Viewer Itinerary Planner Washington, DC Society for Neuroscience, 2002 Online 2002. 35. Prusky GT, West PW, Douglas RM (2000) Experience-dependent plasticity of visual acuity in rats. Eur J NeuroSci 12 3781-3786

Retinavitreous

Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV) results from a failure of the embryonic hyaloid artery system to involute. In this eye, the persistence is primarily anterior with formation of a large cataract. Figure 2.91. Retinoblastoma is an autosomal dominant (13ql4) disorder which usually occurs without mental retardation or other systemic malformations. This is a left eye widi a large tumor treated by enucleation. The differential diagnosis includes all causes of leukocoria (white pupil) including congenital cataracts, persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity, and the entities in the differential diagnosis of cicatricial retinopadiy of prematurity.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disorder caused by diabetes (see page 365), a chronic disease that can damage blood vessels, including those in the eye. A leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States, diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive membrane that lines the back of the eye. In some people, the blood vessels leak fluid. In others, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These abnormal blood vessels can bleed and leak into the vitreous humor (the jellylike substance that fills the center of the eye), preventing light from passing through to the retina. The abnormal blood vessels and bleeding also can produce scar tissue that pulls the retina away from the back of the eye, causing a detached retina. Anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy, and the longer a person has diabetes, the more likely he or she is to develop this disorder. Nearly half of all people with diabetes will...

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Mutations in the mouse ortholog, Rd3 cause a similar retinal degeneration. RD3 has no known molecular function in either humans or mice. However, the degeneration phenotype is significantly faster on a BALB cByJ genetic background (BALB-rd3 rd3) compared to an albino C57BL 6 J strain (B6a-rd3 rd3) (27). Potential modifiers were identified using a reciprocal (BALB-rd3 rd3 x B6a-rd3 rd3) F1 intercross and six highly significant QTLs were identified (31). In a similar study, Li and colleagues observed varying levels of susceptibility to optic nerve crush in 15 inbred strains of mice (32). Optic nerve crush causes optic nerve degeneration and RGC death, important components of glaucoma. They went on to map a dominant modifying QTL, RGC susceptible 1 (Rgcsl) to a 58 Mb region on mouse chromosome 5 (29). Further refinement of QTLs by The identification of genetic modifiers can suggest new avenues for improved therapy in human disease. In humans, mutations in the...

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Allergic Rhinitis Allergic Eye Disease Cromolyn sodium and nedocromil sodium are two nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications that may be used in the treatment of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and allergic eye disease. They are not, however, chemically or mechanistically related to the prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors commonly known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Aniridia

The absence of part or all of an iris (aniridia) is usually bilateral and occurs only in about 1 in 80,000 live births. In two-thirds of the cases of aniridia, one of the parents is affected, suggesting that the disorder is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The aniridia phenotype is extremely heterogeneous and usually includes a number of other ocular abnormalities. For example, alteration of the iris may be accompanied by impaired visual acuity, uncontrolled rolling or jerking of the eyes (nystagmus), underdevelopment of both the fovea and optic nerve, opacity of the lens (cataract), early-onset glaucoma, granulation of the cornea, crossed eyes, retinal abnormalities, and a permanent downward shift of the lens.

Falls and Fractures

Considering the above described negative effects on muscle and physical performance in persons with anemia, it can be expected that anemia also increases the risk for falling and fall-related fractures. Various study findings do indeed support this expectation. Results from a cross-sectional study of hospital inpatient discharge records for individuals > 65 years of age obtained from the Wisconsin Bureau of Health Information indicated that 6.9 of 223,085 older adults discharged in 2000 had an unintentional fall. Independent predictors for such falls included age, sex, season of year, area of residence, alcohol-related issues, dementia, Parkinson's disease, mechanical or motor problems, altered consciousness, convulsions epilepsy, glaucoma, and anemia (15).

Crop Rotation

The overall impact of crop rotation on global pest population and resistance is quite complex. On the one hand, crop rotation may lead to a drastic reduction of pest population in the fields where it occurs. On the other hand, the myopia suggested earlier may encourage larger applications of chemicals that could increase resistance in other fields. Although the answer is unclear, the fact that crop rotation is being promoted as an antiresistance strategy suggests that the overall effect is positive. For example, According to Nebraska extension offices, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, more than 35 of Nebraska's corn acreage was rotated to soybeans in 19 96, reducing the need for insecticides to control corn rootworms. Use of crop rotation has resulted in a reduction of over one million lbs. of active ingredient per year, and an annual savings in production costs of at least 10 million (Pure Foods Campaign 2001).

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And in combination with data from in vitro inhibition of the CYP isozymes, lisdexamfetamine should possess a low potential for drug-drug interactions. Approximately 96 of the radioactivity was recovered in the urine with only 0.3 found in the feces. Regarding the efficacy of lisdexamfetamine, a doubleblind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted in 290 children aged 6-12 years who met DSM-IV criteria for ADHD. Over the course of 4 weeks, patients were randomized to a fixed dose of lisdexamfetamine (30, 50, or 70 mg) or placebo once daily in the morning. Employing the ADHD rating scale, significant improvements in patient behavior were observed at endpoint for all doses compared to placebo. While the mean effects were similar for all doses, the 70-mg dose was superior to the lower two doses. Furthermore, as assessed by the Connor's Parent rating scale, the effects were maintained throughout the day with culmination at the 6 p.m. evaluation. The most common adverse events,...

Ranibizumab

Are achieved in approximately 24 h after intravitreal administration of ranibizumab 0.5mg.These serum levels are well below the concentration of 11-27 ng mL thought to be necessary to inhibit the biological activity of VEGF-A by 50 , as measured in an in vitro cellular proliferation assay. Average vitreous half-life is estimated at 9 days. The clinical efficacy and safety of ranibizumab were evaluated in three randomized, double-blinded, sham- or active-controlled studies in 1323 patients representative of the population usually affected with AMD. The primary efficacy end point in these studies was the proportion of patients who maintained vision, defined as losing fewer than 15 letters of visual acuity at 12 months compared with baseline. Nearly 95 percent of the participants who received a monthly intravitreal injection of 0.3- or 0.5-mg ranibizumab maintained their vision at 12 months compared to approximately 60 percent of patients who received the control treatment. Additionally,...

Rod Monochromacy

The total loss of color vision rod monochromacy (RM) rod monochroma-tism complete achromatopsia total color blindness is a rare autosomal recessive condition that affects about one person in 30,000. The retinal cones are either absent or defective. Accompanying features include nystagmus, impaired visual acuity, and extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia). At least three RM genes have been characterized. Briefly, CNGA3 at 2q11.2 and CNGB3 at 8q21.3 encode the a and b subunits of the cone-specific cGMP-gated cation channel (cyclic nucleotide-gated channel) and GNAT2 at 1p13.3 the a subunit of cone-specific transducin. These proteins are components of the cone pho-totransduction cascade, and, as a result of mutations, signals are not generated. Consequently, there is no color processing by the brain. myopia cataract

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In addition to the informed consent form, each patient has had a recent annual physical performed by an internist or family physician before surgery. The blood studies include HIV for each patient. A cardiologist, ophthalmologist or other specialist that the patient has seen is asked for recommendations as to the patient's fitness for surgery. The consent for photography is included in the informed operative consent and a separate consent is used for the anesthetist or anesthesiologist.

Ocular Conditions

Ocular abnormalities may be seen in patients of all ages with AD. The most common and potentially severe complication is the development of anterior subcapsular cataracts in some patients with AD. The incidence has been reported to be between 5 and 16 , with most cataracts occurring between 10 and 30 yr. Rarely, posterior subcapsular cataracts may occur, but this is more commonly seen in the patient treated with systemic corticosteriods.

The Ketek Scandal

During the scandal leading up to the 2006 advisory committee meeting, Senator Grassley and Representative Markey were threatening a full-scale congressional investigation of the approval of Ketek. They seemed to suspect that the agency was somehow in cahoots with industry in general or with Aventis in particular or was simply incompetent. The FDA anti-infectives group went into defense mode and was working many extra hours and days supplying materials to congressional staffers. It is possible if not likely that the entire 2006 advisory committee meeting was a response to this political pressure. In fact, the pressure seemed to dissipate after the advisory committee meeting and with the reassignment of the Director of the Divison of Anti-Infective and Ophthalmology Products at the FDA.