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Neurourology and Urodynamics
Biomimetic implants for pelvic floor repair
Friday, August 11, 2017
Background Polypropylene implants are used for the reconstructive surgery of urogynaecological disorders like pelvic organ prolapse, but severe complications associated with their use have been reported. There is evidence that surface properties and a difference in mechanical stiffness between the implant and the host tissue contribute to these adverse events. Electrospinning is an innovative engineering alternative that provides a biomimetic microstructure for implants, resulting in a different mechano‐biological performance. Aim The main objective of this review is to inform about the potential of electrospun matrices as an alternative modality for pelvic floor repair. Methods Publications with the following studies of electrospun matrices were reviewed: (i) the technique; (ii) in vitro use for soft tissue engineering; (iii) in vivo use for reconstruction of soft tissues in animals; and (iv) clinical use in humans. Results Electrospun matrices provide a synthetic mimic of natural extracellular matrix (ECM), favoring cellular attachment, proliferation and matrix deposition, through which a proper, low‐inflammatory tissue‐implant interaction can be established. Electrospun sheets can also be created with sufficient mechanical strength and stiffness for usage in prolapse surgery. Conclusion Electrospun matrices mimic the structural topography of the extracellular matrix and can be functionalized for better biological performance. As such, they have great potential for the next generation of urogynecological implants. However, their long‐term safety and efficacy must still be established in vivo.
Evaluation and management of tethered cord syndrome in occult spinal dysraphism: Recommendations from the international children's continence society
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Aims As awareness and frequency of tethered spinal cord (TSC) related to occult spinal dysraphism (OSD) has increased with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), variability exists in its evaluation and management. Due to no published level I data, we summarize the current International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of OSD. Methods Guidelines were formulated based on analysis of pertinent literature and consensus among authors. This document was vetted by the multidisciplinary members of the ICCS via its website before submission for peer review publication. Results The more frequent diagnosis of OSD is associated with increased operative intervention. Spinal cord untethering (SCU) has a highly variable risk profile, largely dependent on the specific form of OSD. Progressive neurological deterioration attributed to “tethered cord” may occur, with or without surgery, in selected forms of OSD whereas other cohorts do well. Conclusion Infants with classic cutaneous markers of OSD, with progressive neurologic, skeletal, and/or urologic findings, present no diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma: they routinely undergo MRI and SCU. Conversely, in asymptomatic patients or those with fixed, minor abnormalities, the risk profile of these OSD cohorts should be carefully considered before SCU is performed. Irrespective of whether or not SCU is performed, patients at risk for progression should be followed carefully throughout childhood and adolescence by a multidisciplinary team.
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