Protracted Delay in Taste Sensation Recovery After Surgical Lingual Nerve Repair: A Case Report.

Protracted delay in taste sensation recovery after surgical lingual nerve repair: a case report.

J Med Case Rep. 2013 Mar 18; 7(1): 77
Seo K, Inada Y, Terumitsu M, Nakamura T, Shigeno K, Tanaka Y, Tsurumaki T, Kurata S, Matsuzawa H

INTRODUCTION: Lingual nerve injury is sometimes caused by dental treatment. Many kinds of treatment have been reported, but many have exhibited poor recovery. Here the authors report changes in somatosensory and chemosensory impairments during a long-term observation after lingual nerve repair. CASE PRESENTATION: A 30-year-old Japanese woman claimed dysesthesia and difficulty eating. Quantitative sensory test results indicated complete loss of sensation in the right side of her tongue. She underwent a repair surgery involving complete resection of her lingual nerve using a polyglycolic acid tube containing collagen 9 months after the injury. A year after the operation, her mechanical touch threshold recovered, but no other sensations recovered. Long-term observation of her somatosensory and chemosensory function after the nerve repair suggested that recovery of taste sensation was greatly delayed compared with that of somatosensory function. CONCLUSION: This case shows characteristic changes in somatosensory and chemosensory recoveries during 7 postoperative years and suggests that taste and thermal sensations require a very long time to recover after repair surgery. HubMed – eating


Peach allergy in spanish children: tolerance to the pulp and molecular sensitization profile.

Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2013 Mar; 24(2): 168-172
Boyano-Martínez T, Pedrosa M, Belver T, Quirce S, García-Ara C

BACKGROUND: Peach allergy is the main cause of vegetable food allergy in the Mediterranean area. Pru p 3 is the major allergen, and it is mainly found in the peel. OBJECTIVE: We sought to calculate the frequency of tolerance to peach pulp in Spanish children suffering from allergic reactions after eating or having contact with peach and to analyze the sensitization pattern to peach allergens. METHODS: Fifty-seven children (32 boys; median age, 7.4 yr) were included in the study. A systematized questionnaire on allergic reactions to peach was administered. Prick tests with peach peel and pulp, peach lipid transfer protein (LTP), and profilin were performed. Serum-specific IgE to peach, rPru p 1, rPru p 3, and rPru p 4 was determined by ImmunoCAP. Oral food challenges (OFCs) with peach pulp were performed on all but one child. RESULTS: Eighty-eight percent of the children had positive prick tests with peach peel, 35% with peach pulp, 88% with peach LTP, and 9% with profilin. Serum-specific IgE to peach was demonstrated in 100% of the patients; rPru p 3-specific IgE in 96%; rPru p 1-specific IgE in 11%; and rPru p 4-specific IgE in 10%. Oral food challenge was negative in 52 (93%) children. CONCLUSIONS: More than 90% of the study population tolerated peeled peach. Pru p 3 was the major allergen. Pru p 1 and 4 showed low prevalence. HubMed – eating


Serologic survey of infectious diseases in populations of maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) and crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) from Aguas Emendadas Ecological Station, Brazil.

J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Mar; 44(1): 152-5
Proença LM, Silva JC, Galera PD, Lion MB, Marinho-Filho JS, Ragozo AM, Gennari SM, Dubey JP, Vasconcellos SA, Souza GO, Pinheiro JW, Santana VL, França GL, Rodrigues FH

Domestic dogs are reservoirs for many infectious diseases and may represent a potential source of infection for wild canid populations. A serologic investigation of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum, Brucella abortus, and Leptospira spp. was conducted on three maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus) and seven crab-eating foxes (Cerdocyon thous), all free-living, at the Aguas Emendadas Ecological Station (ESECAE), Federal District, Brazil, between February and October 2006. Out of the 10 samples analyzed, eight (80%) were seropositive for T. gondii: 3/3 (100%) of the maned wolves and 5/7 (71.4%) of the crab-eating foxes. None of the animals presented anti-N. caninum, B. abortus, and Leptospira spp. antibodies. This study demonstrated that the wild canid populations at ESECAE presented high exposure to T. gondii and indicated that there is high environmental contamination at the Station, which can be attributed to its proximity to urban zones, the presence of domestic cats in the study area, or the existence of other wild infected felines. HubMed – eating