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Dr. Christopher Fink Do

588 E Lakewood Blvd
Holland MI 49424
616 945-5800
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Adipose tissue and inflammatory bowel disease pathogenesis. - Inflammatory bowel diseases
Creeping fat has long been recognized as an indicator of Crohn's disease (CD) activity. Although most patients with CD have normal or low body mass index (BMI), the ratio of intraabdominal fat to total abdominal fat is far greater than that of controls. The obesity epidemic has instructed us on the inflammatory nature of hypertrophic adipose tissue and similarities between mesenteric depots in obese and CD patients can be drawn. However, several important physiological differences exist between these two depots as well. While the molecular basis of the crosstalk between mesenteric adipose and the inflamed intestine in CD is largely unknown, novel evidence implicates neuropeptides along with adipocyte-derived paracrine mediators (adipokines) as potential targets for future investigations and highlight adipose tissue physiology as a potential important determinant in the course of IBD.Copyright © 2012 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.
Ross-konno procedure in children: midterm results. - World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery
The aim of this study was to analyze the midterm results following the Ross-Konno procedure in children. Between 1999 and 2008, 29 patients with complex left ventricular outflow tract obstruction underwent the Ross-Konno procedure. There were 12 (41%) infants (group A) and 17 (59%) older patients (group B). The median age at operation was 3.3 years (range, 6 days to 16 years). At 7 years of follow-up, survival was 96% (1 late death), with no differences between groups A and B. Freedom from aortic regurgitation ≥ mild was 81%, with no differences between groups A and B. No residual gradient was noted in the left ventricular outflow tract in either group. Freedom from mitral regurgitation ≥ mild was 100% in group B and 41% in group A (P = .0029). The mitral regurgitation was associated with morphological abnormalities of the mitral valve and with development of endocardial fibroelastosis after failed intervention during the newborn period. Freedom from reoperation was 73% in group B and 24% in group A (P = .0093). All patients are now in sinus rhythm, and 43% are without medication. With the technical aspects of this procedure well accomplished, mortality is low, and the functional outcome is encouraging. At midterm follow-up, there was no residual or recurrent outflow tract obstruction and an excellent function of the neoaortic valve. The higher incidence of mitral regurgitation in infants, which was associated with morphological abnormalities of mitral valve and development of endocardial fibroelastosis, is worrisome.
A novel approach to the repair of tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve and the reduction of airway compression by the pulmonary artery. - Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Pediatric cardiac surgery annual
Controversy persists regarding the management of patients suffering from tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve syndrome. Airway obstruction caused by the dilated pulmonary arteries is the determining factor in the mortality of symptomatic newborns and infants. A number of surgical techniques for the reduction of bronchial obstruction have been proposed, producing variable results. All strategies have focused on plication and reduction of the anterior or posterior wall of the normally positioned pulmonary arteries, with or without pulmonary valve replacement. An alternative approach is to bring the pulmonary arteries anterior to the aorta and away from the trachea and bronchial tree. This technique has the potential to reduce or eliminate bronchial compression by the central pulmonary arteries. Failure of the treatment could be expected in symptomatic patients, where the pathology of the airways extends beyond the proximal pulmonary arteries.
C1q nephropathy and minimal change nephrotic syndrome. - Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany)
C1q nephropathy (C1qN) is an uncommon disorder seen in children and adults with nephrotic syndrome and non-specific urinary findings. It has been described with minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS), focal segmental glomerulonephritis and isolated mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis. We describe nine children with MCNS and mesangial C1q deposition. These children had a median age of 2.7 years at diagnosis (range 1.3-15 years), 56% were male and 78% were Hispanic. We compared these children to concurrent patients with nephrotic syndrome and biopsy-proven MCNS. We found that the C1qN patients were more likely than MCNS children to require chronic immunosuppression with calcineurin inhibitors or mycophenolate mofetil to maintain remission. However, all children were able to achieve and sustain clinical remission of nephrotic syndrome. Children with C1qN and minimal change histology have an increased frequency of frequently relapsing and steroid-unresponsive disease, but they can attain prolonged remission and stable renal function with calcineurin inhibitor or mycophenolate mofetil therapy.
Melanoma and ionizing radiation: is there a causal relationship? - Radiation research
This review was initiated in response to concerns that ionizing radiation could be a cause of melanoma. Studies presenting the relative risks for melanoma after external ionizing radiation exposure were in seven categories: (1) The Canadian Radiation Dose Registry, (2) nuclear industry workers, (3) subjects near nuclear test blasts, (4) survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan, (5) airline pilots and cabin attendants, (6) recipients of medical radiation, and (7) radiological technicians. Relative risks for leukemia in each of the studies were used to confirm the likelihood of exposure to ionizing radiation. When studies within a category were compatible, meta-analytic methods were used to obtain combined estimates of the relative risk, and a meta-regression analysis of melanoma relative risk compared to leukemia relative risk was used to examine consistency across exposure categories. Generally, exposure categories with elevated relative risks of leukemia had proportionately elevated relative risks of melanoma. This suggests that people exposed to ionizing radiation may be at increased risk of developing melanoma, although alternative explanations are possible. Future epidemiological studies of ionizing radiation effects should include melanoma as an outcome of interest.

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