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Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 1, March 2022, p.1-8
The role of stem cells in oral bone regeneration
Garyfallia Kremmyda
Keywords: Bone defects, Bone regeneration, Stem cells
Oral bone regeneration has revolutionized implant dentistry by enhancing both the quantity and quality of the available bone, ultimately leading to improved treatment outcomes. In recent years, the use of stem cells for regenerative purposes has shown promising results. The aim of this study was to review the current literature concerning the clinical applications of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and/or Adipose Stem Cells (ASCs), for the treatment of oral osseous defects. An electronic search of Ovid Medline database was conducted. All types of human studies that applied MSCs and/or ASCs for implant site development were included. Pre-clinical and in vitro studies were excluded. Out of the initial 282 identified records, 22 were considered for inclusion. Even though most reports showed some benefit after the use of MSCs/ASCs, the review indicated that there is lack of consensus, regarding the methodology and the outcomes assessment. The clinical significance and the feasibility should be further studied with standardized techniques.
Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 1, March 2022, p.9-13
Dentinogenesis imperfecta: An update
Efthimia Tsoukala, Georgia Chochtoula, Iosifina Theodorou, George I. Lambrou
Keywords: Amelogenesis, Dentin, Dentinogenesis, Metabolic disease, Osteogenesis
The term Dentinogenesis Imperfecta refers to diseases that affect the dental tissue, consisting of enamel or dentin. The disease leads to insufficient quantitative or qualitative enamel and dentin tissue formation, leading to Amelogenesis Imperfecta or Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, respectively. These diseases have a similar clinical appearance and their differential diagnosis requires good knowledge of their characteristics. They are hereditary, have a great diversity in clinical, radiological and histological appearance and require a long-term and combined treatment plan. Finally, they are often found as part of syndromes and in-depth understanding of their characteristics can help in the early diagnosis of these congenital disorders. A very common metabolic disease, in which incomplete dentinogenesis is found as a subsequent finding in more than 50% of patients, is Osteogenesis Imperfecta. In the present work, we have attempted, to review the latest data on Dentinogenesis Imperfecta, thus enabling a specialist clinician to more easily diagnose and treat these patients.
Case Report JRPMS, Vol 6, No 1, March 2022, p.14-19
Primary Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) Osteomyelitis in Sternum associated with Xeroderma Pigmentosa: A Case Report
Arvind Vatkar, Sachin Y. Kale, Shivam Mehra, Pramod Bhor, Aditya Gunjotikar, Nikhil R. Isaacs
Keywords: Immunodeficiency, Multidrug resistant Tuberculosis, Pectoral muscle cold abscess, Xeroderma Pigmentosa
Xeroderma Pigmentosa (XP) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder which causes defective gene repair. This makes XP patients cancer-prone and immunodeficient. A 10-year-old male child with XP was infected with MDR Tubercular Osteomyelitis of sternum. He had constitutional symptoms of TB like weight loss and loss of appetite. He had also developed an abscess in his right pectoral muscles. MRI was done to find out exact location and spread of infection. The abscess was aspirated by Z technique and sent for a Gene Xpert test. Patient was started on second line of anti-tubercular therapy. MDR TB is a growing challenge to treat with anti-tubercular therapy. The link of genetic disorders like XP and infections like TB (which increase in immuno-deficient subjects) needs to be studied further.
Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 1, March 2022, p.20-26
Impact of diabetes mellitus on maxillofacial complex and orthodontic treatment
Maria Bampiolaki, Christos Zafeiris, Aliki Rontogianni, Apostolos I. Tsolakis
Keywords: Bone alterations, Diabetes mellitus, Orthodontic treatment, Temporomandibular joint
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common metabolic disorders, diagnosed in 3% to 4% of the population. Its main characteristic is hyperglycemia caused by the body’s impaired insulin management. Two major types of diabetes mellitus exist. Type 1 is a complete lack of insulin secretion. Type 2 combines impedance to insulin action and inadequate compensatory insulin secretion. Although, most of the orthodontic patients under orthodontic treatment are young persons in good health condition, lately there has been a great rise in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Many adults suffer from systematic diseases, including diabetes mellitus. There are various oral manifestations of the disease and they are mainly detected to patients with either poorly controlled or completely uncontrolled diabetes. Moreover, diabetes mellitus seems to affect temporomandibular joint function and may cause bone alterations. Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder which every single dentist encounters, hence it is essential, that he is able to recognize its signs, symptoms, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects and face the emergencies when they arise. The aim of this article is to present the way in which diabetes mellitus affects patient’s orthodontic treatment.
Mini Review JRPMS, Vol 6, No 1, March 2022, p.27-30
Sarcopenic obesity
Magdalini A. Nikolaou, Dimitris A. Nikolaou
Keywords: Multifactorial disease, Obesity, Sarcopenia
Sarcopenic obesity is considered to be the unique co-existence of two distinctive pathologies: those of sarcopenia and obesity, which affects primarily older adults. Its manifestation is not afflicted by the individual’s age, sex or body weight. There is a number of different diagnostic methods, and that goes for the therapeutic approach as well. Nutrition could be one of the key-factors of tackling sarcopenic obesity, being supported by proper physical exercise. This short review aims at providing current definitions and diagnostic as well as therapeutic interventions.
Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 2, June 2022, p.31-36
Current treatment of infected arthroplasties
Elisavet Mantzila, Efstathios Chronopoulos
Keywords: Arthroplasties, Infection, Joint, Prosthetic, Treatment
Total hip and knee arthroplasties are among the most popular and common orthopaedic surgical interventions. Despite the very high success rate of those operations and the ongoing technical improvements, they still carry the risk of various complications, with the deep infections being among the most serious ones. The periprosthetic joint infection is defined as the presence of bacteria in the joint space of the artificial joint and the surrounding tissues, which is significantly associated with laboratory and histological findings and clinical signs of inflammation. Those infections, according to the time of their occurrence are characterized as acute -early postoperative, delayed and chronic. The most common microorganisms responsible for their cause are the coagulase-negative Staphyloccocal species and Staphylococcus aureus. Treatment of those infections involves a variety of combinations of procedures, both conservative and operative; the best treatment is the one which combines the elimination of the infection with the least possible complications for the patient. Debridement with retention of the prosthesis, one stage arthroplasty exchange and two stage arthoplasty exchange are the most commonly accepted surgical procedures for the treatment of this complication, whereas arthroplasty resection without reimplantation and arthrodesis are salvage procedures in order to avoid the unfortunate, but at least very rare solution of the amputation of the limb.
Mini Review JRPMS, Vol 6, No 2, June 2022, p.37-41
RANK, RANK-L and OPG system as a prognostic and severity indicator for metastatic bone disease
Anna-Louiza Chaliasou, Christos Zafeiris
Keywords: Biomarker, Metastatic bone disease, RANK/RANK-L/OPG system
Bones represent the third most common location of metastatic tumors in patients with generalized malignancy. A percentage of 83% of the patients with bone metastases will experience pain due to them and many of them will not receive adequate therapy, which will result in a decrease in their life quality. The system that is composed by the receptor activator of nuclear factor (NF)-kΒ-ligand (RANK-L), the receptor activator of nuclear factor kB (RANK) and the receptor osteoprotegerin (OPG) play a key role in the migration and growth of neoplastic cells, especially in metastatic bone disease. The aim of this review is to process the contemporary knowledge of the role of the RANK/ RANK-L/OPG system in carcinogenesis and to evaluate the potential use of the system or parts of it as biomarkers and indicators of the severity and the prognosis of metastatic bone disease. Finally, a suggestion is made for further investigation between the association of serum RANK, RANK-L and OPG levels and the severity of pain patients with metastatic bone disease endure.
Mini Review JRPMS, Vol 6, No 2, June 2022, p.42-47
The role of long non-coding RNAs in bone diseases
Cristina Elena Atudorei, Eleana Fitsi, Stavroula Rizou
Keywords: Bone, Long Noncoding RNAs, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have gained great attention in recent years as critical players in bone biology and bone diseases. A growing number of studies have demonstrated that lncRNAs are involved in osteogenic differentiation and thus serve a pivotal role in the process of occurrence and progression of bone-related diseases. Dysregulation of their expression seem to be implicated in skeletal tissue abnormalities, This article reviews the importance of lncRNAs in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of bone development, their regulatory role in tissue differentiation and in bone cells and we will highlight potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets for the treatment of bone diseases.
Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 2, June 2022, p.48-54
Association of the B-complex vitamins with osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures
Elpida D. Sachinidi
Keywords: Fractures, MTHFR, Osteoporosis, RANK, Vitamin B
Osteoporosis is a bone metabolic disease associated with low bone mass and deterioration of bone microarchitecture, thus increasing the risk for potential fractures. There is emerging evidence supporting the role of vitamin B in bone health and the prevention of fractures. In this review we evaluated both observational studies and studies assessing the genetic association of the group of B vitamins with the risk for osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. We retrieved 25 relevant studies and according to the results, future research is necessary to determine if dietary intake and supplementation of vitamin b may have a potential influence on osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.
Review Article JRPMS, Vol 6, No 2, June 2022, p.55-64
Communication of patients and healthcare personnel during the diagnostic radiological process
Kalliopi Alamanioti, George I. Lambrou
Keywords: Communication, Nursing staff, Physician, Patient, Radiology
Communication can be defined as an exchange of information between a sender and a receiver. Communication in medicine fosters the development of a therapeutic relationship. Communication between medical or nursing staff and patients during the process of a radiological diagnostic investigation constitutes a challenge, as the main objective of the procedure is the production of medical images. Communication between patients, doctors and nurses over the course of a radiological procedure can be divided into what takes place before, during, and after the imaging procedure. Communication before the procedure allows the involved parts, to meet, to start the therapeutic relationship, to explain the planned radiological investigation and set the groundwork for safety in the imaging procedure. During the procedure, the supportive role of the healthcare professionals is critical for succeeding in the production of clinically useful images, and to ensure the patient tolerates the investigation. After the procedure, communication aims at relaying the result, as well as supporting and guiding patients accordingly. The development of communication skills by the healthcare professionals is paramount for effective contact with patients in all three phases of the radiological diagnostic process, and should be the result of formal education. Optimal communication practices result in higher patient satisfaction levels, while every healthcare provider should factor-in the cost of achieving quality in communication.